Blues Control have a new video and are serious enough about this whole music-as-a-career thing to tour Europe in support of it

Blues Control have a new video and are serious enough about this whole music-as-a-career thing to tour Europe in support of it http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1305/news-13-05-blues-control_0.jpg

Holy shit, dude, I’m psyched! I just learned how to embed videos using html and I’ve been just ITCHING to embed the everloving c-r-a-p out of some unsuspecting “clip” from YouTube or Hulioo or Vee-space or whathaveyou so that I can just sit back and relax in the satisfaction that it’s probably being “shared” at any given moment with a bunch of anonymous-ass motherfuckers. And lo and behold: BLUES CONTROL to the RESCUE!

Turns out that the krautrocky duo just put out an official music video for “Open Air,” one of the more mellowed offerings from last year’s TMT-tested, TMT-approved Valley Tangents LP. It was directed by Tara Sinn (who also directed what I and your 1990s music teacher would describe as a “funky-fresh” video for “Love’s a Rondo”) and purports to create an “apastoral-like terrain, communicating the song’s ambient qualities, which slowly builds aurally and visually with footage that becomes progressively more experimental as it approaches its denouement.”

Oh shit, wait! Did that press-release description just spoil the whole thing for you? Ahhh crap, sorry! Man, and I worked so hard to embed the damn thing too (you have to embed stuff one pixel at a time, you know. It took me three weeks to do this!!!). Well nevermind, I’m cool. And the good news is that the band is also headed to Europe for a while in June and July to support Valley Tangents. And there’s little chance of me spoiling that for you by describing it ahead of time, because I’ll be here in Chicago the whole time, carefully embedding my next video.

Blues Control tour control:

06.07.13 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Bourg
06.08.13 - Myzik Lyon, France - Kraspek
06.09.13 - Geneva, Switzerland - Cave 12
06.10.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Miscelanea
06.12.13 - Valencia, Spain - La Limera
06.13.13 - Madrid, Spain - El Perro Club
06.14.13 - Vitoria, Spain - Ibu Hots
06.15.13 - Nantes, France - Festival West Side
06.16.13 - Paris, France - Espace En Cours
06.17.13 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Slowboy
06.19.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Les Ateliers Claus
06.20.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Occii
06.22.13 - London, UK - Power Lunches
06.23.13 - Camber Sands, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival $
06.24.13 - Antwerp, Belgium - Echnum
06.25.13 - Hanover, Germany - Oberdeck
06.29.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Drone Bar
06.30.13 - Larz, Germany - Fusion Festival
07.02.13 - Helsinki, Finland - The Circus
07.03.13 - Malmö, Sweden - Sing Sang Studio
07.04.13 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
07.05.13 - Berlin, Germany - Urban Spree

$ performing w/ Laraaji

• Blues Control: http://soundcloud.com/bluescontrol
• Drag City: http://dragcity.com

[Photo: Columbus Underground]

Blues Control have a new video and are serious enough about this whole music-as-a-career thing to tour Europe in support of it

Holy shit, dude, I’m psyched! I just learned how to embed videos using html and I’ve been just ITCHING to embed the everloving c-r-a-p out of some unsuspecting “clip” from YouTube or Hulioo or Vee-space or whathaveyou so that I can just sit back and relax in the satisfaction that it’s probably being “shared” at any given moment with a bunch of anonymous-ass motherfuckers. And lo and behold: BLUES CONTROL to the RESCUE!

Turns out that the krautrocky duo just put out an official music video for “Open Air,” one of the more mellowed offerings from last year’s TMT-tested, TMT-approved Valley Tangents LP. It was directed by Tara Sinn (who also directed what I and your 1990s music teacher would describe as a “funky-fresh” video for “Love’s a Rondo”) and purports to create an “apastoral-like terrain, communicating the song’s ambient qualities, which slowly builds aurally and visually with footage that becomes progressively more experimental as it approaches its denouement.”

Oh shit, wait! Did that press-release description just spoil the whole thing for you? Ahhh crap, sorry! Man, and I worked so hard to embed the damn thing too (you have to embed stuff one pixel at a time, you know. It took me three weeks to do this!!!). Well nevermind, I’m cool. And the good news is that the band is also headed to Europe for a while in June and July to support Valley Tangents. And there’s little chance of me spoiling that for you by describing it ahead of time, because I’ll be here in Chicago the whole time, carefully embedding my next video.

Blues Control tour control:

06.07.13 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Bourg
06.08.13 - Myzik Lyon, France - Kraspek
06.09.13 - Geneva, Switzerland - Cave 12
06.10.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Miscelanea
06.12.13 - Valencia, Spain - La Limera
06.13.13 - Madrid, Spain - El Perro Club
06.14.13 - Vitoria, Spain - Ibu Hots
06.15.13 - Nantes, France - Festival West Side
06.16.13 - Paris, France - Espace En Cours
06.17.13 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Slowboy
06.19.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Les Ateliers Claus
06.20.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Occii
06.22.13 - London, UK - Power Lunches
06.23.13 - Camber Sands, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival $
06.24.13 - Antwerp, Belgium - Echnum
06.25.13 - Hanover, Germany - Oberdeck
06.29.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Drone Bar
06.30.13 - Larz, Germany - Fusion Festival
07.02.13 - Helsinki, Finland - The Circus
07.03.13 - Malmö, Sweden - Sing Sang Studio
07.04.13 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
07.05.13 - Berlin, Germany - Urban Spree

$ performing w/ Laraaji

• Blues Control: http://soundcloud.com/bluescontrol
• Drag City: http://dragcity.com

[Photo: Columbus Underground]

Local Natives announce world tour, do it all for the indie rock

America has spoken and Local Natives are your indie rock band. Many bands vied to be the indie rock band for America, but, as with so many things, there can be only one. Your one, your only indie rock band is Local Natives now. Some are enthralled, others are furious, none can change what is now pure fact. Los Angeles’ Local Natives are the indie rock band that shall represent America and they are going on tour in the land that has chosen them.

Like all that have been given power, Local Natives only want more. They plan to venture far from America, namely by venturing into seemingly every other single place where they could possibly play. Gaze upon their touring itinerary for the rest of the year, notice how it seems to go on forever. If I used this space to write an entire short story, the sort which would take a full dozen pages on a bound book, it might still be shorter in length than the Local Natives tour dates. They are your indie rock band and now they are everywhere.

Local Natives dates:

05.19.13 - Brisbane, Australia - The Zoo
05.24.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera
05.31.13 - Porto, Portugal - Primavera
06.07.13 - New York, NY - Governor’s Ball
06.10.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
06.11.13 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
06.12.13 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
06.14.13 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06.15.13 - Columbus, OH - The LC Pavilion
06.18.13 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
06.19.13 - Richmond, VA - The National
06.23.13 - Amsterdam, Holland - Best Kept Secret Festival
06.28.13 - Glastonbury, UK - Glastonbury Festival
06.30.13 - Bialystok, Poland - Halfway Festival
07.02.13 - Zagreb, Croatia - Salata
07.03.13 - Monthey, Switzerland - Pont Rouge
07.05.13 - Beauregard, France - Festival Beauregard
07.06.13 - Arras, France - Arras Festival
07.07.13 - Sesto al Reghena, Italy - Piazza Castello
07.11.13 - Luxembourg, Luxembourgh - den Atelier
07.12.13 - Russelheim, Germany - Phono Pop Festival
07.14.13 - Kinross, UK - T In The Park
07.19.13 - Berlin, Germany - Melt Festival
07.20.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Longitude
07.21.13 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
07.26.13 - Niigata, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival
08.03.13 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.08.13 - Oslo, Norway - Oya
08.09.13 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
08.10.13 - Haldern, Germany - Haldern Pop Festival
08.11.13 - Palermo, Italy - Ypsigrock Festival
08.15.13 - St. Malo, France - La Route du Rock
08.16.13 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08.17.13 - Yorkshire, UK - Beacons Festival
08.18.13 - Brecon Beacons, UK - Green Man Festival
09.06.13 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.08.13 - St. Louis, MO - LouFest
09.12.13 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
09.13.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
09.15.13 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
09.17.13 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
09.19.13 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theater
09.20.13 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
09.21.13 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
09.23.13 - Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage
09.28.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
09.30.13 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
10.01.13 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
10.02.13 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitina’s
10.04-06.13 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10.06.13 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
10.07.13 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
10.11-13.13 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10.15.13 - Cambridge, UK - Junction
10.16.13 - Norwich, UK - Waterfront
10.17.13 - London, UK - Brixton Academy
10.19.13 - Oxford, UK - Gathering Festival
10.20.13 - Newcastle, UK - Sage 2
10.21.13 - Glasgow, UK - Arches
10.22.13 - Belfast, UK - Limelight
10.24.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia Theatre
10.25.13 - Sheffield, UK - Leadmill
10.26.13 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
10.27.13 - Bristol, UK - O2 Academy
10.29.13 - Southhampton, UK - University
10.31.13 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Club
11.01.13 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
11.04.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
11.05.13 - Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall
11.06.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Molotow
11.08.13 - Vienna, Austria - Flex
11.09.13 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon
11.11.13 - Rome, Italy - Black Out
11.12.13 - Florence, Italy - Viper
11.19.13 - Bordeaux, Frnace - Theatre Barbey
11.20.13 - Paris, France - Le Bataclan

• Local Natives: http://thelocalnatives.com
• Frenchkiss: http://www.frenchkissrecords.com

Substrata 1.3: Grouper, Jacaszek, Noveller, The Sight Below, and more announced for Seattle’s annual reason to forgo prescription sedatives

Thanks to donations submitted through the associated Indiegogo campaign, Seattle’s newfound exploration of cochleas continues this year with the official announcement and lineup-unveiling of Substrata 1.3, to be hosted once again at the intimate Chapel Performance Space in the city’s Wallingford neighborhood. Perhaps serving as a testament to the enthusiasm of the event’s supporters, not only did said Indiegogo campaign succeed, but this third edition has seen a third day of performances added, just in case two days of sonic envelopment weren’t enough to leave you venturing home in a sensorial haze.

Last year’s edition had some unsurprisingly stellar performances from the likes of Tim Hecker, Loscil, and the elusive Pan•American. This year’s edition is set to maintain the stellar-ness, though again, extended across an additional evening.

The lineup includes a mix of the local and the not, as Pacific Northwesterners Grouper, Sean Curley, Ethernet, and The Sight Below (a.k.a. Substrata curator Rafael Anton Irisarri) join Christina Vantzou, Yagya, and Jacaszek to comprise part of the international bill. The guitar-wielding drone artists Noveller and Ken Camden, as well as the versatile Kim Cascone, round out what’s sure to be, as it has been previously, a thoroughly immersive few days, and a worthwhile replacement for “ommmm” activities.

And like previous editions, Substrata 1.3 will feature free daytime events on Saturday (details TBA) and a separately-ticketed auditory field trip on Sunday, for those wishing to mold their ears (and their minds) even further. Tickets for the performances are $35 per day or $65 for a three-day pass, and the event will take place July 18-July 21.

Can’t make it this year? The Substrata-inspired isolatedmix from Irisarri himself might be the next best thing:

• Substrata 1.3: http://substratafestival.com

NGUZUNGUZU roll off of tongues everywhere and into a venue near you

Has the dehumanizing grind of working day in and day out at a job you don’t care about for a paycheck you know you’re just going to convert to double cheeseburgers got you down? Does the prospect of the future fill you with preemptive regret and the strange need to use the toilet? Well, just in time for summer blockbuster season, the American film industry has got your back. You see, NGUZUNGUZU (pronounced: en-gorz-oop-en-gorz-oop) are heading out on the road this June to get some “sick b-roll” for their recently announced coming-of-age dance movie, in which they will try to teach sad young professionals just like you the value of letting loose every once in a while. The plot reportedly revolves around a legless accountant’s chance encounter with a sexy wizard. The sexy wizard, played by Channing Tatum in drag, not only grows the legless accountant a whole new set of legs in her mystical Mason jars, but she also teaches him how to dance the mambo, and eventually becomes his wife!

Hippos in Tanks (pronounced: hurrpoz-en-trornks) are bankrolling the film project, which has been described as the “most aesthetically adventurous coming-of-age dance film since 2006’s Step Up.” The short tour will hit most of the major North American dance hotspots, including Twain, California and Vancouver (pronounced: vun-crubbard). Lace up your dancing shoes, downcast American workforce, Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda are coming to your town to inject a little Tatummy skip into your step!

Dates:

06.05.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Elevate
06.07.13 - Chicago, IL - Primary
06.14.13 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sounds Festival
06.16.13 - Seattle, WA - Barboa
06.22.13 - Twain, CA - Bounce Festival
06.29.13 - Miami, FL - Bardot

• NGUZUNGUZU: https://soundcloud.com/nguzunguzu
• Hippos in Tanks: http://hipposintanks.net

Thundercat readies Apocalypse LP on Brainfeeder, so apparently Francis Ford Coppola had the timing all wrong

Doing a verbal nod of the head to Robin Williams’ tremendous success as an actor and comedian, I feel it’s also important to acknowledge the qualities that might not have earned him fame but are an inextricable part of his story nonetheless. First, those hairy arms. Dedicated bodybuilders have nothing on Williams’ perpetual ability to lift those follicle-weighted limbs day-in and day-out. Second, “carpe diem.” Sure, some Roman, poetry-writing fairy might’ve coined the phrase over 2,000 years ago, but hardly anybody alive cares about that guy; people just recall Dead Poets Society (1989). Anyway, in case you haven’t seen it, the phrase translates to “seize the day” in English.

Elaborate segue: if you didn’t “seize the day” and catch the sometimes equally furry bass monster Thundercat on his most recent tour (with Flying Lotus and Teebs), then you’re almost certainly out of luck, now or in the future, when it comes to seeing him play in person. See, the Apocalypse is coming. Specifically, Apocalypse, the sophomore album from the aforementioned rumbling — due to the bass — feline will be released digitally on June 4 via iTunes, with a physical release coming July 9. There’s no need for dire warnings about fiery meteorites raining down from the sky. Seclusion will be your choice, not because of some naive desire to prevent almost certain death, but because you won’t want anyone else seeing you getting your grove on in the most embarrassing, though personally enjoyable way possible.

That’s what’s coming. Enlightening video and tracks, below.

Apocalypse tracklisting:

01. Tenfold
02. Heartbreaks + Setbacks
03. The Life Aquatic
04. Special Stage
05. Tron Song
06. Seven
07. Oh Sheit It’s X
08. Without You
09. Lotus and the Jondy
10. Evangelion
11. We’ll Die
12. A Message for Austin / Praise the Lord / Enter the Void

• Thundercat: http://thundercattheamazing.tumblr.com
• Brainfeeder: http://www.brainfeedersite.com