Boards of Canada to reissue catalogue on vinyl, bringing to the future the past’s sounds of the future on the format of the past

Boards of Canada to reissue catalogue on vinyl, bringing to the future the past's sounds of the future on the format of the past

Back in the 1990s, Boards of Canada were considered the sound of the future. But, honey, this ain’t the 1990s. It’s 2013 and Boards of Canada are… still kind of considered the sound of the future. We’ve acknowledged that maybe the idea of the future hasn’t changed a whole lot since 1998, but, hey, nobody said when we were going to arrive at the future. Perhaps this year’s Tomorrow’s Harvest (TMT Review) is just looking toward the same future that Music Has the Right to Children was. That said, perhaps we thought we’d be done with some of the old media formats by now. Surely, by 2013, we’d only listen to Boards of Canada’s future music on future formats, right?

Nah. Not right. If that was the case, Warp would not be reissuing the Boards of Canada catalogue on vinyl. On October 21, the label will be reissuing the band’s first three albums: 1998’s Music Has the Right to Children, 2002’s Geogaddi, and 2005’s The Campfire Headphase. After the prime meat of the Boards of Canada discography is out of the way, the label’s second wave is coming in November 18: 1995’s Twoism mini-album, 2000’s In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country EP, and 2006’s Trans Canada Highway EP. All of these releases will also include a download code and an original Boards of Canada sticker with a design from the appropriate era. And that era is… THE FUTURE. No, they’re all from roughly whatever year the album came out.

Considering that this Boards of Canada reissue business is a booming market, Warp isn’t the only one getting into it. At some point in the year, Skam Records will reissue 1996’s Hi Scores EP. When will this reissue come out? When will it happen? It will happen in the, yeah, you know, the future.

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Frank Ocean and Tyler, the Creator headline Odd Future Carnival, achieve dream of becoming full-time carnies

In a recent national poll, it was revealed that the top complaint amongst concert-goers was the lack of carnival rides. And who can blame them? Almost every single concert I have ever attended had a gross lack of Merry-Go-Rounds, Tilt-a-Whirls, tiny crappy rollercoasters, and that giant monstrosity where you basically let a carnie put you inside a person and fling you into the sky. Also: no candy apples. Thankfully, Tyler, the Creator had a dream and that dream was to create an OFWGKTA carnival. He did so last year and he’s doing so again this year on November 9 at Los Angeles’ The Park @ LA Coliseum.

Headlining this year’s iteration of the OFWGKTA Carnival is the aforementioned Tyler, the Creator and Frank Ocean, the R&B singer everyone can agree on. The rest of the lineup includes: QUESTION MARK. Nobody else has yet been announced, though one can probably assume it’ll be drawing from the Odd Future pool of talent and their associates. An Earl Sweatshirt perhaps? A Trash Talk? A, um, Taco? This year, the carnival will include two stages, dubbed “Camp” and “High,” in addition to rides, games, prizes, and food trucks. Considering the frenzy Odd Future can whip kids into at a normal show, I fear the fury those kids will unleash when they’re frustrated by trying to knock over milk cans.

Tickets are available in many forms at These range from $65 general admission to a $199 package that includes stuff like a t-shirt, a lanyard, and a backpack, just in time for the backpack-wearing chunk of the year. More importantly, all tickets include unlimited rides. Forget all this music, just spend an entire day riding a Merry-Go-Round where every seat is a cat with upside down crosses over its eyes.

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Laurel Halo sweetens October with new LP Chance Of Rain on Hyperdub

Oh boy. With a release month with new albums by Oneohtrix Point Never, DJ Rashad, Circuit des Yeux, James Ferraro, Lucrecia Dalt, Magik Markers, Matana Roberts, of Montreal, Tim Hecker, Tim Heidecker, Mike Donovan (Sic Alps), Pelican, The Dismemberment Plan, Wooden Wand, David Kanaga, Richard Youngs, Omar Souleyman, Juana Molina, Deltron 3030, Arcade Fire, and Katy Fucking Perry, we already had plenty to be excited about. But October just got a lot more exciting.

Laurel Halo, whose Quarantine made #5 on our Favorite 50 Albums of 2013 list, has just announced her new album, Chance Of Rain (“of” purposefully capitalized). The album, due on the always fantastic Hyperdub imprint, features nine tracks developed from “live hardware improvisations” and is described as “a cerebral exploration of the intersection between rhythmic and ambient musics, drawing together moments of movement and stillness, psychedelia and presence of mind.” And the best part is that it’s being released just in time for Halloween! Hey, maybe this is her Halloween album. Yeah, it’s definitely her Halloween album.


01. Dr. Echt
02. Oneiroi
03. Serendip
04. Chance Of Rain
05. Melt
06. Still/Dromos
07. Thrax
08. Ainnome
09. -Out

Chance Of Rain is out October 28 via Hyperdub.

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Vektroid (Macintosh Plus, Laserdisc Visions) teams with rapper Siddiq, launches store with sexy Macintosh Plus tank

Vektroid (a.k.a. Macintosh Plus, 情報デスクVIRTUAL, Sacred Tapestry, Laserdisc Visions, etc.) has been relatively quiet this year, especially when compared to her many 2012 releases (two of which made our Favorite 50 Albums of 2012 list: Macintosh Plus’ Floral Shoppe and 情報デスクVIRTUAL’s 幌コンテンポラリー). But that doesn’t mean she’s been inactive. In January, she gave us a sneak peek into her incredibly seductive new aesthetic with “Enemy,” and a few months later, she released a conceptually bold double cassette release, Home™ and ClearSkies™, as PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises.

And now we’ve caught wind that Vektroid is hooking up with Houston rapper Siddiq to do production for an upcoming release. No word on what exactly that release might be or when it’s dropped, but Vektroid recently hinted at it with a couple tweets, while Siddiq himself just released a new mixtape, PAID2013, that features a demo intro to a longer, more complex track they’re working on together. Listen to the mixtape here, as well as a snippet of their collaboration, “Midnight Run” (which features a reworked version of Esc 不在’s “Nightvision”) here:

Meanwhile, Vektroid has set up a shop and is now selling THE SEXIEST TANK TOP I’VE EVER SEEN. With some fakes out there, it’ll probably do everyone good to support the artist directly by ordering one of these Macintosh Plus tanks before pre-orders end on Friday, August 23. Plus, then you’ll have a chance to show off those deltoids, biceps, coracobrachiales, subscapulares, supraspinati, infraspinati, and triceps that you’ve been working on all summer. (Fuck, you are looking good.)

To those of you who weren’t working on your bods this summer, consider a body transmigration with the Genetic Re-Engineering Program (GREP) at the New Dreams(TM) Body Chamber Facility at address code MEM# 046D:0880.

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Tim Heidecker & Davin Wood announce new album, prompting swift and taut media reports such as this one

Oh. Hello again, there, American actor, comedian, musician, writer, and director Mr. Tim Heidecker. I hope you’re well. I was quite pleased to hear that you — along with “longtime musical collaborator composer/multi-instrumentalist Davin Wood” — will be releasing your follow-up to 2011’s Starting from Nowhere (TMT Review), entitled Some Things Never Stay the Same, this coming November 12 on the Little Record Company label. I’ve been informed by your official press release (and am happy to re-report) that you’ve worked with some truly excellent L.A.-based musicians this time around, including Aimee Mann on some guitar, Eric Johnson (The Shins, Fruit Bats) on some vocals, and some great performances from a few former Rilo Kiley members. That sounds like good content for a news story, to be sure! However, in order to bring a little bit of additional context to the situation for the benefit of any readers whom may require (or at least appreciate) it, I thought I’d quote your press release more directly for a moment; I trust that’s alright.

“Let’s lay it all out on the table: this is the self-indulgent sophomore album,” it begins. “The horns, the female back-up singers, the songs about life on the road and redemption for indiscretions that remain vague to protect the innocent, but mostly the guilty,” the paragraph continues. Finally, it concludes thusly: “It’s by turns pompous, funny, overproduced, underbaked, overly serious and not serious enough. All in a good way, of course!” Well, splendid. I look forward to hearing all of this in full in a few months. In the meantime, it’s been both educational and interesting to write about this follow-up album of yours, and I am excited to post its complete tracklisting below, as well as a live rendition of the song “Cocaine,” which inaugurates the album. Cheers, my good sir!

Some Things Never Stay the Same tracklisting:

01. Cocaine
02. What Else Is New
03. Getaway Man
04. This Is Life
05. Tell Her I Love Her
06. Coming Home
07. Sunday Man
08. Hurricane
09. On Our Own
10. Salvation Street
11. Next Ten Years

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RIP: Cedar Walton, hard bop jazz pianist and composer

From Ottawa Citizen:

Hard bop pianist/composer Cedar Walton, who played with John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Abbey Lincoln, and a host of hardbop greats, died this morning, according to this report from WBGO’s The Checkout. The Dallas, Texas native was 79.

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