Butterclock tours with Maria Minerva, does her best to make surrealists, cooks, and electro fans all happy

Butterclock tours with Maria Minerva, does her best to make surrealists, cooks, and electro fans all happy http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1304/news-13-04-butterclock.jpg

The name Butterclock is just weird. The word itself summons images of Dalí-lite kitchen tables covered in timepieces that would make Paula Deen’s mouth water. In actuality though, it’s the moniker for an electro-poppy music maker named Laura Clock, who has been active with bands like oOoOO for a bit now. This, oddly, makes more sense, but the lack of food-lubricant or minute-hand-relevant imagery in her music is a bit disappointing. What is not disappointing, however, are her beats. She has beats in spades. Another thing she has is an EP coming out on April 15 called First Prom. Apparently, Fantasy Music have already released it as a very limited CD but are releasing it again come April 15. It’s all very confusing. Check out “Holograms” from this already present but also impending EP below.

On a less confounded note, Butterclock is playing a series of shows with the superlative Maria Minerva. There’s only a few across the states, but if enough people show up perhaps she’ll bring her not-actually-artery-clogging or timekeeping-related synthesizer to a few more cities next time around.

First Prom tracklisting:

01. Crystal Eyes
02. Don’t
03. Holograms
04. Milky Words
05. Sorry Love

Dates:

04.16.13 - Chicago, IL - Reggies Live
04.18.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Cameo #
04.19.13 - Seattle, WA - Lo-Fi Performance
04.20.13 - San Francisco, CA - Public Works #

# Maria Minerva

• Butterclock: http://lauraclock.com
• Fantasy Music: http://fantasymusic.tumblr.com

AMDISCS hosts live streaming event with LINGERIE, AyGeeTee, Infinity Frequencies, and Igor Maximilian

∜♡MDISCS: Futures Reserve Label (a.k.a. AMDISCS), a web-centric label that’s released music from the web-centric likes of C V L T S, Afrika Pseudobruitismus, DJ Baglady, ACTRESS PETS, and Luxury Elite, is one speedy and prolific enterprise. It boasts an incredibly fast-paced release schedule, publishes a torrent of found web images nearly everyday via Facebook, and maintains a blog that seeks to document sounds that sometimes aren’t even directly related to the label. My social media feeds can barely handle it all as it is, but AMDISCS apparently wants to get more music to you even faster.

To that end, AMDISCS — who earlier this year released the towering 73-track ∜♡MDISCS 2K13 compilation — is hosting its first live streaming event. Titled SOFT FREQUENCY Vol. I, the event will feature live performances by artists from around the globe, including LINGERIE from New York, Infinity Frequencies from Oceanside, CA, AyGeeTee from London, and Igor Maximilian from Moscow, all curated and produced by label head Rado Z. Each performance will switch between the artists and custom visuals by the likes of Jónó Mí Ló, Matthew Caron, and BreakbeatTiki, all in real-time, all in HD, all everyone united.

SOFT FREQUENCY Vol. 1 starts at 9 PM EST, on Wednesday, April 17. TMT has agreed to help host the stream (which is why our logo is on the fancy poster), so stay tuned for details. Meanwhile, like we did for the mighty #SPF420 fest, you can preview music from the artists below:

LINGERIE (US):

AyGeeTee (UK):

Infinity Frequencies (US):

Igor Maximilian (RUS):

• AMDISCS: http://www.amdiscs.com

MIDI Festival announces its perfectly average-sized first wave of artists

Change just one letter and you’ve got MINI Festival, which could mean a festival where only two or three bands play, or a festival that only accommodates two or three fans, or a festival that shrinks all bands and all fans down to the size of leprechauns.

As far as I know though, MIDI Festival will have tons of bands and tons of fans and no one will have to play instruments the size of Lucky Charms. According to Dummy Mag, MIDI has announced its first round of artists, which includes the likes of Mykki Blanco, Mount Kimbie, King Krule, AlunaGeorge, Christopher Owens, and The Horrors.

MIDI will take place July 26-28 in Hyères, France, and tickets are available here.

• MIDI Festival: http://midi-festival.com

Mike Connelly (Wolf Eyes/Hair Police) starts new band Clay Rendering with his wife Tara, performance and EP coming soon on Hospital Productions

Now and then, a man and a woman who both love each other very much join together to bring something very special into the world. No, not kids, ew… what were you thinking? That’s just morally irresponsible in this bleak day and age. I meant a noise band.

Here’s a great example: Mike Connelly, of Wolf Eyes and Hair Police fame, and his wife Tara Connelly, of The Haunting fame, are introducing their latest project, Clay Rendering, to the masses in a performance on May 11 (my birthday! Clay Rendering and I will share birthdays!). The performance will be at this year’s Three Days of Struggle Festival supporting long-time friend Cut Hands (with Demdike Stare/Kevin Drumm and Failing Lights/Lussuria taking up the other two days).

Then, later this summer, the stork will bring their first release, an EP titled Vengeance Candle to be distributed by Hospital Productions as a 12-inch and digital release. Listen to one of the EP’s two tracks, “Nature’s Confusion,” over at 13:13.

• Clay Rendering: http://clayrendering.com
• Hospital Productions: http://hospitalproductions.net

Neon Indian seizes the day, unveils remix EP ERRATA ANEX, featuring Actress, Optimo, Twin Shadow, and more (but not many more)

Neon Indian, a.k.a. the band that I’ve previously confused as an affiliation of Animal Collective due to the probably similar fan base and their shared use of the word “indian,” has just announced some news bound to jumble my small-capacity brain even further. What the hell is a remix? And are anagrams a candy of some sort? Because I doubt they surpass in taste a particular teddy-shaped cereal that has been seriously undervalued since its inception.

In actuality, the news is pretty straightforward, even for me: on April 9, Neon Indian will be releasing ERRATA ANEX, an EP of tracks from their previous LP Era Extraña (TMT Review), remixed by the likes of Optimo and Actress. Okay, it’s only an EP, so I may as well give you the full list of musical mutationeers: Optimo, Boyd Rice, Pattern, Actress, and Twin Shadow. I’m not sure how releases of this type usually come about, but apparently Alan Palomo contacted a few choice artists about the EP, and they responded in kind, “Anything for you, my sweet Alaña. <3 <3 <3"

Read Palomo's version of the events below:

These remixes are a small collection found along the way of my year on the road while we were touring *Era Extraña*. The artists were chosen by whatever most consistently blared out of my headphones that Fall and what I was most giddy to hear an amalgamation of from the songs I was playing live, and the artists I'd listen to later that night. If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then total re-imagination from song scraps must be something far more warm, mutant, and mutual. I hope you enjoy them."

And visit Neon Indian’s website to download Twin Shadow’s remix of “Hex Girlfriend.”

ERRATA ANEX tracklisting:

01. Polish Girl (Optimo Mix)
02. Halogen (Boyd Rice Remix)
03. Heart Release (Patten Remix)
04. Blindside Kiss (Actress Remix)
05. Hex Girlfriend (Twin Shadow Remix)

• Neon Indian: http://neonindian.com
• Mom + Pop: http://www.momandpopmusic.com

Editions Mego prepares new album Gridshifter from Innode, shows blatant disregard for the balance of my bank account

I don’t want Editions Mego to ever stop. Right now, Editions Mego, listen: never stop releasing music. I also have a second, somewhat less sincere but ultimately honest plea: please, Editions Mego, slow your roll. The leather of my wallet is cracking and weak. It’s getting frayed in the place where I keep my debit card. The card itself is worn clean: it appears to be a solid white piece of plastic with a little black strip and what could be some braille. My money is tired, it needs to rest.

But no, they don’t listen. Instead they announce the debut album from Innode, a 10-track LP called Gridshifter. It picks on both my love for CoH and my love of Factory Floor, making it the most painful of double-whammy low-blows. Then I see that Innode is Stefan Németh of Radian, Steven Hess of Pan•American, and Bernhard Breuer of Elektro Guzzi and I tilt my head to one side, raise an eyebrow, and hold on to incredulity until I realize that nobody in the office actually cares what expression I’m making in my sad play for attention. Perhaps you will share my incredulity/need for attention when you hear the track “Dedispersion II” below. Perhaps you will hold that expression until the album comes out on June 10. I can’t really recommend that last bit though: facial paralysis is no fun, kiddies.

Gridshifter tracklisting:

01. Dedispersion I
02. Dedispersion II
03. Rotor
04. Planes and Numbers
05. Peano
06. Gridshifter 05
07. Triggerext
08. FS Revisited
09. Cumbre Vieja
10. Skatterakt

• Innode: http://www.sonotope.org/innode
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com

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