BODYGUARD, NGUZUNGUZU, Massacooramaan offer exclusive tracks for double-vinyl compilation curated by Total Freedom

BODYGUARD, NGUZUNGUZU, Massacooramaan offer exclusive tracks for double-vinyl compilation curated by Total Freedom http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1211/choco-12-11-blasting-voice.jpg

Total Freedom (a.k.a. Ashland Mines), an L.A. DJ/producer from US-based club label/movement Fade To Mind (Fatima Al Qadiri, NGUZUNGUZU, Massacooramaan, Kingdom), has curated an excitingly esoteric vinyl-only compilation for Teenage Teardrop. Blasting Voice features 18 new and exclusive tracks from TMT favorites like James Ferraro’s BODYGUARD project, NGUZUNGUZU, and Massacoormaan (Dave Quam), as well as deeper cuts from lesser-known (but also fantastic) artists like Diamond Black Hearted Boy (!), Jaws, Felix Lee, DJ Yung Tellem, and artist/filmmaker Ryan Trecartin, among many others.

Blasting Voice is available now as a double-vinyl set with a full-color insert, limited to only 300. #SAVAGE #HEAT #WET #ETC!! Listen to Massacooramaan’s contribution, “Zapotecean Foster Care,” here:

• Total Freedom: http://soundcloud.com/totalfreedom
• Fade To Mind: http://fadetomind.net
• Teenage Teardrop: http://teenageteardrops.com

Colin Stetson and Mats Gustafsson provide saxual healing through Stones release via Rune Gramophone

Saxamaphoooooone. Saxamaphooooooooooone. The immortal words of Homer J. Simpson (circa 1995) have been echoing in my mind for the last couple hours, and it’s not just because I’ve spent an absurd amount of time watching classic Simpsons lately. No, but seriously, why hasn’t the show been cancelled yet? Given the genius on display during its former years, the newer seasons (whose horribleness I’m convinced of, despite my relative unfamiliarity) only serve to tarnish its reputation. Attention: narcissistic show writers, as well as the network heads at Fox — put the damn show out of its misery already!

Back to saxamaphones. Last Friday, saxophonists Colin Stetson (of Arcade Fire and New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges fame) and Mats Gustafsson (The Thing, Fire!) released Stones, courtesy of Rune Grammofon in Europe. The album’s four tracks were recorded live at the 2011 Vancouver Jazz Festival, during which Stetson and Gustafsson (figuratively) fused their powerful lungs and improvisational minds for a performance that was, reportedly, wholly synergistic. As Gustafsson recalled, “It was completely magic. All was there, the communication, the interaction, the music, the mystery…” Bands can claim a unique degree of musical cohesion all they want, but when two talented saxophonists do the same, I’d say that’s particularly noteworthy. Expectations prior to listening: high.

Stones is out now in Europe and is slated for North American release on January 8, 2013.

Stones tracklisting:

01. Stones That Rest Heavily
02. Stones That Can Only Be
03. Stones That Need Not
04. Stones That Only Have

• Colin Stetson: http://colinstetson.com
• Mats Gustafsson: http://matsgus.com
• Rune Grammofon: http://www.runegrammofon.com

RIP: Major Harris of The Delfonics

From The Huffington Post:

Former Delfonics singer Major Harris died on Friday (Nov. 9) in Richmond. He was 65 years old.

The R&B, soul singer left the Delfonics in 1974 to go solo and record his hit 1975 song “Love Won’t Let Me Wait.” Before making a name for himself with the Delfonics in the early ’70s, Harris was a member of several groups including The Teenagers and Nat Turner’s Rebellion.

• Major Harris: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_Harris_(singer)
• The Delfonics: http://www.aaeg.com/delfonics

Kraftwerk perform each of their eight studios albums in their entirety, during eight heavenly Düsseldorfian nights

Sure, when Shakespeare coined the phrase “what dreams may come,” he was talking about the afterlife, not how mindblowingly awesome it would be if Kraftwerk were to perform all eight of their studio albums in their entirety. But surely that’s because Kraftwerk didn’t yet exist. Because afterlife, schmafterlife — surely this is as close as many of us will ever get to heaven, right?

This spring, Kraftwerk was invited to do the residency thing at MoMA in New York, an event with the unGoogleable name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8. At this time, the group first unveiled the “performing an entire studio album every night for eight nights” concept. Naturally that ish sold out faster than [I was going to insert a joke about wacko politicians here, but nah, everybody’s sick of that crap. You’re welcome.] And for those who missed this Kraftwerkstravaganza the first time around or for those who just can’t get enough of Düsseldorf, Germany, the robots have announced another eight-night journey into MAGIC, hosted by their historic hometown.

The event takes place at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Museum from January 11-13 and 16-20. (The break in between is so God has some time to judge sinners. Hey, even in heaven, work doesn’t do itself.) 3D visualizations are promised, as are an additional bonus helping of tracks from the band’s back catalogue at each performance. The schedule is as follows:

Jan 11 Autobahn (1974)
Jan 12 Radio-Aktivität (1975)
Jan 13 Trans-Europe Express (1977)
Jan 16 Die Mensch-Maschine (1978)
Jan 17 Computerwelt (1981)
Jan 18 Techno Pop (1986)
Jan 19 The Mix (1991)
Jan 20 Tour de France Soundtracks (2003)

• Kraftwerk: http://www.kraftwerk.com

Sacred Bones host five-year-anniversary shindig in the Mojave, featuring Zola Jesus, Psychic Ills, and more

Most fifth birthdays follow a formula: piñata, ice cream, and, if you’re wealthy/out of touch, a creepy clown or dude who makes balloon animals. But Sacred Bones ain’t the balloon-animal makin’ kind — hell no. The Brooklyn-based label, home to Zola Jesus, Psychic Ills, Blank Dogs, and many more, are doin’ it up big, their own way. On December 21, the label is taking the whole operation to the desert — specifically, Pappy & Harriet’s in historic Pioneertown, CA — to celebrate its five-year anniversary with a hootenanny on the very same day the Mayans decided the world would end or new consciousness would be born or whatever. Although the always mysterious “special guests” are promised, Zola Jesus, Wymond Miles, Cult of Youth, Psychic Ills, Pop 1280, and Lust for Youth will all be rockin’ the desert.

Tickets, available here, are a mere $30 for the most black-clad shindig to ever hit this former Old West movie set-turned town. Mosey on over to SPIN or clicky-clicky the player below to hear a six-track sampler of the artists who’ll be melting your face off as the new consciousness ascends.

• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com

RZA takes Hollywood: Wu-Tang leader signs on to direct two more films, considers ODB biopic

RZA has gone Hollywood, y’all. With his debut directorial effort The Man with the Iron Fists hitting theaters last Friday and dividing critics faster than a karate chop to the FACE — The Boston Globe calls RZA’s flick “lunatic, slipshod, absurdly violent” (and that’s a negative review) — the once and future Wu-Tang Clan leader is poised to take our sun-kissed, silicone-injected town by storm. The renaissance man has recently agreed to (1) bring John Milius’ (Apocalypse Now, Red Dawn) Genghis Khan biopic to life and (2) direct the thriller No Man’s Land. The Khan biopic focuses on the 13th-century warrior/empire-builder, as seen through the eyes of his son and grandson. It shoots in China next year. Meanwhile, No Man’s Land is the heartwarming tale of a dude who swipes a diamond belonging to a murderous crook and, together with a dancer, tries to not get killed and still cop some $$$$ from said jewel. The Hollywood Reporter describes it “as having echoes of The Warriors.” Reginald Hudlin, ex-prez of BET, is producing the film, and also working with RZA on adapting Grant Morrison’s latest comic, Happy.

And if all that weren’t enough, RZA is also planning on putting together an ODB biopic. Okay, now that’s enough.

• RZA: http://twitter.com/RZA
• Wu-Tang Corp.: http://www.wutang-corp.com

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