Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band gear up to release Intensity Ghost studio LP in October

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band gear up to release Intensity Ghost studio LP in October

Prolific guitar-shredder Chris Forsyth has been blowing minds and melting faces with The Solar Motel Band he assembled to bring to the stage his excellent “cosmic Americana” album, Solar Motel, which he dropped on the world last year and proved that the sounds of Television and Grateful Dead perfectly intersect.

The Solar Motel Band proved to be so awesome that the entirety of Solar Motel was recorded live with the band and released as a Record Store Day bootleg gem and other bootlegs of the band’s brilliance have been popping up all over the internet.

Come October 28 you’ll need to grow accustomed to the sight of tiny mushroom clouds littering the horizon of your town as tiny minds are blown once again when Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band release their first studio album called Intensity Ghost.

The group’s new label, No Quarter, have been pretty coy about details save for the fact that Intensity Ghost was recorded in late 2013, will consist of five tracks, and is a “masterwork of power and grace.” In the meantime, Forsyth + Solar Motel Band will be doing their live thing through July.


07.11.14 - Cleveland, OH - Happy Dog
07.12.14 - Chicago, IL - West Fest #
07.13.14 - Madison, WI - The Frequency %
07.14.14 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry
07.15.14 - Iowa City, IA - Trumpet Blossom Cafe ^
07.16.14 - Chicago, IL - HQ *
07.17.14 - Rock Island, IL - Daytrotter Session
07.18.14 - Lafayette, IN - Spot Tavern +
07.24.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Spruce Street Harbor Park ~
07.25.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle ()

# Lee Fields & The Expresssions
% Spires That In the Sunset Rise, Disembodied Monks
^ Lason Lescalleet
* Bitchin Bajas, Axis:Sova
+ Apache Dropout
~ Purling Hiss
() Oneida

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Kompakt announces Total 14 after spending 2013 being way too superstitious

Good ol’ dependable Kompakt. Past the age of prehistoric man but prior to the invention of the sundial, humans used to use the label’s annual compilations as an imperfect but reliable calendar. Obviously that purpose has diminished now that everyone and their punctual mother has access to the precise time down to the second, but that doesn’t remove our expectations. We expect these Pop Ambient and Total releases like we expect the sun to rise and our single socks to be discreetly carried off by the tiny mutants who survive on foot-shaped fabrics (shoes are too heavy). And yet… what happened in 2013? The second-ever lapse in Total dependability coincided with literal riots in the streets! Some would say that the leaders of the DPRK were right to react the way they did!

A new year offers the first chance at atonement, and it’s clear that the Köln-based specialists in (often) soothing minimal techno are taking it seriously — sort of. 2xCDs aren’t unheard of in the Total world, but skimping avoidance was all but a necessity this time around. As such, Total 14 comes out August 18, and it consists of 25 tracks of “hits” alongside previously unreleased material. On the latter front, expect new tunes from Superpitcher, Reinhard and Wolfgang Voigt, Michael Mayer, and Jürgen Paape. There are plenty of new names on the tracklisting as well, which is good, because redundancy is kind of a risk when you’re doing this thing every year. Snaps to Kompakt for embracing rarefaction.

Total 14 tracklisting:

Disc 1:

01. Dauwd - Lydia
02. COMA - Atlantis
03. Gui Boratto feat. Coma And Hell - Take Control
04. Kölsch feat. Gregor Schwellenbach - Cassiopeia
05. Terranova feat. Cath Coffey - Headache
06. Dave DK - Palmaille
07. Superpitcher - Delta
08. Saschienne - Horacio Delirium
09. Blond:ish - Wunderkammer
10. Gunjah & Niconé - Disko 90
11. Maceo Plex - Conjure Superstar
12. Weval - Something (Live)

Disc 2:

01. DAMH - Black Night
02. Thomas/Mayer - Unter Hölzern
03. Thomas Fehlmann - Eye
04. Voigt & Voigt - Tischlein Deck Dich
05. Sebastien Bouchet - Broken Heart
06. Michael Mayer - Lamusetwa (Matias Aguayo Mix)
07. DJ Tennis feat. Pillowtalk - The Outcast
08. The Modernist - Die Fette Gazelle And The Hidden Sixpack
09. Partial Arts - Taifa (The Emperor Machine Mix)
10. Justus Köhncke - Loop
11. The Field - No. No… (John Tejada Mix)
12. GusGus - This Is What You Get When You Mess With Love
13. Jürgen Paape - Heuriger

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Karen O preps first solo LP for Julian Casablancas’ label, prompts speculation on Carlos D techno album

Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs has worked on solo projects before — like her Oscar-nominated “The Moon Song,” which she co-wrote with Spike Jonze for his film Her, or her previous soundtrack work on Where the Wild Things Are — but she has yet to release an entire LP under her name. Finally, the artist born Karen Lee Orzolek has announced Crush Songs, which looks to present a more personal style of songwriting than the Yeahs’ latest techno-pop albums, judging by the precious cover art above. According to O, the songs were written and recorded around 2006 when she was 27 years old and “crushed a lot.” Our friend S-Type can relate, Karen.

Adding to this NYC blast from the past, Crush Songs will be released via Strokes singer Julian Casablancas’ label, Cult Records. Not that long ago, bands like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Strokes, and Liars were kids playing gigs in the Lower East Side, and music blogs were few and far between. Now all of these bands have grown up, the drug use has gone down considerably, and most of them are married. The wild card, however, is Interpol’s pale-skinned former bassist Carlos D, who was known to be a respectable club DJ when not vamping Peter Hook riffs on his black Jazz bass. Could Carlos D be plotting out a jacking techno record for Casablancas’ label? The basslines on that thing would be slinky as hell. Until we hear more, Karen O’s Crush Songs will be released on September 9, and any Moldy Peaches collaborations have yet to be confirmed.

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Somebody call the fire department because the new Tricky album is on FIRE (duh, it features Mykki Blanco!)

I’m pretty sure that every time I write a story about Tricky I preface it with something like “Tricky’s baaaaaack!!!!” or “don’t call it a comeback!” or something like that. But this new album, whoa. It’s Tricky’s 11th album and is named after the man himself: Adrian Thaws. It comes out September 8 as the second release on Tricky’s False Idols imprint, and it’s just a full-on banger through and through.

Recorded in Tricky’s home studio in London, the album features guest vocalists Francesca Belmonte, Oh Land, Nneka, Mykki Blanco, Bella Gotti, Tirzah, and Blue Daisy. The tracks span the gamut from introspective “headphones on the bus” style tracks to 4 AM club tracks; some of them even get political. (Check out new track “Nicotine Love” featuring Francesca Belmonte below.) Says Tricky about collaborator Mykki Blanco: “I saw this dude in a mini-skirt and high heels and he was so aggressive on stage. Some of the crowd were like what the fuck? Imagine a big dude with a woman’s rage — that’s someone who can do some serious damage.”

Adrian Thaws will be released as a 2LP gatefold vinyl and a deluxe CD with two bonus tracks with unseen #tbt photos from young Mr. Thaws’ childhood.

Adrian Thaws tracklist:

01. Sun Down (feat. Tirzah)
02. Lonnie Listen (feat. Mykki Blanco & Francesca Belmonte)
03. Something in the Way (feat. Francesca Belmonte)
04. Keep Me in Your Shake (feat. Nneka)
05. The Unloved (Skit)
06. Nicotine Love (feat. Francesca Belmonte)
07. Gangster Chronicles (feat. Bella Gotti)
08. I Had a Dream (feat. Francesca Belmonte)
09. My Palestine Girl (feat. Blue Daisy)
10. Why Don’t You (feat. Bella Gotti)
11. Silly Games (feat. Tirzah)
12. Right Here (feat. Oh Land)
13. Silver Tongue - When You Go

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Earl Sweatshirt, taking inspiration from Miley and Morrissey, cancels tour

OMFG! OFWGKTA young man and rapper Earl Sweatshirt has called it quits on his tour. The little nugget of joy just can’t hang with the big dogs, and is apparently suffering from “exhaustion.” He took to Twitter to share the news:


His last scheduled performance for the time being will take place at Pitchfork’s festival of lights at the end of this month.

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Software releasing Remembrance, the debut EP from Suicideyear, in September

James Prudhomme a.k.a. Suicideyear, the woozy trap-influenced instrumental hip-hop producer, has got some serious memories on the brain. That’s the short version of why his upcoming EP on Software is called Remembrance. These are not just some garden variety, “Oh, I think I’ve seen that tree before” type of memories, either. They’re more like the kind where you walk into the kitchen and your wife is all like, “Did you forget the milk?” and you did because your brain was otherwise engaged, tracing the contours of what it means to be alive and to have been alive for as long as you can recall so you totally spaced on that grocery list she texted you while you were at work. No big deal, right? Wrong. Huge deal. You’re sleeping on the couch tonight, bucko. And even worse, I almost just lost my train of thought and totally forgot that this news post is supposed to be about the new Suicideyear EP. Silly me!

So, some of you might recall Suicideyear’s Japan mixtape from last year, though others of you might not. I don’t know your life! Here’s a link to it. What about his production for Yung Lean’s “Hurt?” Do you remember that? It’s okay if you don’t! I’m not like your wife with the milk. I’m chill! I would never make you sleep on the couch. Anyhow, Remembrance, which Prudhomme wrote throughout 2013, tightens the screws up a bit on his previous work in order to pass inspection by the Official Debut Police. Remembrance is out September 23, though you can scope the visual single for “Hope Building A” below.

Remembrance tracklisting:

01. I Don’t Care About Death Because I Smoke
02. Daniel
03. Caroline
04. Hope Building
05. Savior
06. U S
07. Remembrance
08. When You Sleep

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