Chris Watson plans field-recordings-based mobile app for September release

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The music app game is getting a little crowded these days. Everybody and their brother is like, “Hey instead of making an album let’s just make an app and move to San Francisco and fly around in internet planes and buy Uber drivers with Google dollars and so on and so forth,” you know? I mean, to be fair, apps are pretty cool. And so, Chris Watson, the eminent field-recordist (and founding member of Cabaret Voltaire), and dude who was at the top of my list for people who I predicted would be next to dive into this exciting (not to mention disruptive) field, has decided to take a little slice of that “apps are cool” pie for himself with a new one of his own called Nimbus.

According to The Wire, the app was built by The Nimbus Group, and it’s planned for release in conjunction with the Brighton Digital Festival on September 10. In addition to including 14 pieces that Watson has recorded throughout his career with Touch Music (such as last year’s lovely In St. Cuthbert’s Time), the app also contains four audio-based games. One requires the player to use directional audio from within the app to navigate to a specific location, another uses the “north-south auditory axis,” the third is simply described as a “collection of sounds for insomniacs,” and the fourth apparently only unlocks if the user is somehow traveling at least as fast as a diving peregrine falcon (which is 300 km per hr or about 190 miles per hour). Unconfirmed sources from within the app developer community have told me that the game can also be unlocked by inviting your friends to play Candy Crush at a rate roughly equivalent to the speed of a sprinting cheetah (about 75 miles per hour). The app will be available for iOS and Android.

• Chris Watson: http://www.chriswatson.net
• The Nimbus Group: http://the-nimbus-group.org/2014

Chris Watson plans field-recordings-based mobile app for September release

The music app game is getting a little crowded these days. Everybody and their brother is like, “Hey instead of making an album let’s just make an app and move to San Francisco and fly around in internet planes and buy Uber drivers with Google dollars and so on and so forth,” you know? I mean, to be fair, apps are pretty cool. And so, Chris Watson, the eminent field-recordist (and founding member of Cabaret Voltaire), and dude who was at the top of my list for people who I predicted would be next to dive into this exciting (not to mention disruptive) field, has decided to take a little slice of that “apps are cool” pie for himself with a new one of his own called Nimbus.

According to The Wire, the app was built by The Nimbus Group, and it’s planned for release in conjunction with the Brighton Digital Festival on September 10. In addition to including 14 pieces that Watson has recorded throughout his career with Touch Music (such as last year’s lovely In St. Cuthbert’s Time), the app also contains four audio-based games. One requires the player to use directional audio from within the app to navigate to a specific location, another uses the “north-south auditory axis,” the third is simply described as a “collection of sounds for insomniacs,” and the fourth apparently only unlocks if the user is somehow traveling at least as fast as a diving peregrine falcon (which is 300 km per hr or about 190 miles per hour). Unconfirmed sources from within the app developer community have told me that the game can also be unlocked by inviting your friends to play Candy Crush at a rate roughly equivalent to the speed of a sprinting cheetah (about 75 miles per hour). The app will be available for iOS and Android.

• Chris Watson: http://www.chriswatson.net
• The Nimbus Group: http://the-nimbus-group.org/2014

The Aislers Set announce catalog reissues, West Coast shows, foster an uneasy truce between sworn enemies Slumberland and Suicide Squeeze

Hens love roosters, geese love ganders, everyone else knows Suicide Squeeze and Slumberland hate each other. They’re like mongooses and snakes, oil and water, a duck’s back and water, fire and water, many other things and water. Yet, somehow even the bitterest of enemies join together for a worthy cause. Behold, a cause worthy enough to engender a partnership between Slumberland and Suicide Squeeze: reissuing the catalog of esteemed San Francisco indie-pop band The Aislers Set.

On September 23, Slumberland will reissue the band’s first two records, 1998’s Terrible Things Happen and 2000’s The Last Match. Taking the baton from their hated rival, Suicide Squeeze will reissue the group’s final album, 2002’s How I Learned to Write Backwards, on October 14. All three records have been remastered and given eco-friendly CD cases. In the case of the LP releases, this will be the first time the three records have been available on vinyl in a decade. Ever the overachievers, Suicide Squeeze have also re-sequenced How I Learned to Write Backwards. Beyond these reissues, a new record of singles and rarities from the band is being prepared for release in 2015. Until then, listen to a sampler of material from these records below:

To cap off this flurry of Aislers-related activity, the band will be getting together for a few West Coast shows this September. Though having ceased regular activity in 2004, the group has played sporadic reunion shows since, these dates being the latest in such a series. Word has it, all shows will be attended by Suicide Squeeze employees, who will stand at the left side of the club, and Slumberland employees, who will stand at the right.

The Aislers Set dates:

09.22.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
09.23.14 - Portland, OR - Holocene
09.26.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
09.28.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel

• The Aislers Set: http://www.aislersset.com

Braids announce pair of festival dates, summon forth a beach ball

Here at The Tape, we pride ourselves on our exceptional service. Whether we succeed or not, our goal is always for every site visitor to feel like a close friend by the time they leave our humble site. Maybe we don’t always nail it, but I’d like to think that most of the time, we do. What we offer is a level of personal engagement that you will not find at other websites. So, friend, walk with me, while I tell you about Braids and their pair of upcoming festival dates.

I trust you know Braids, correct? If not, friend, let me tell you that they’re an art-pop group from the fine city of Calgary, Alberta. Last year, they put out a record, their second overall, titled Flourish // Perish. Now, as is proper, they are playing a pair of festival dates. The first will occur on August 23 in the fine city of Rock Creek, British Columbia, at the esteemed Ponderosa Festival. That appearance will find them sharing stage with the likes of Wampire, Plants and Animals, Ladyhawk, and plenty of others, though I’ll not bore you with too many details. Now, for the second date, it shall happen on September 24 at Decibel Festival in Seattle, Washington. The lineup for that one stretches far as the eye can see, but features Tiny Mix Tape favorites such as Oneohtrix Point Never, Andy Stott, Millie & Andrea, and Demdike Stare. As such, I think you may well be interested.

Our time together, in this story at least, has ended. Goodbye, friend. I think you will agree, you’ll not find this level of service anywhere else.

Braids dates:

08.23.14 - Rock Creek, BC - Ponderosa Festival
09.24.14 - Seattle, WA - Decibel Festival

• Braids: http://braidsmusic.com

Animal Collective get their paws on the ones and twos for upcoming DJ shows, leave hair everywhere

Animal Collective have been around for a pretty long time, and like any species that’s enjoyed similar company before and after leaving the burrow — somewhere along the line, becoming arguably the most popular unpopular band in existence — they’ve realized the necessity of branching out! Obviously, Panda Bear and Avey Tare both have their individual projects, but what about the subconscious social desire to return to the family? Why… yes! The members of AnCo don’t exist outside of the norms and theories of human psychology, which is why they’ve been reconvening, not for an extremely hyped new LP, but for… er, DJ sets!

Oh yeah, that’s a curtain of some sort. The outfit had a spate of DJ shows this past May and June, and now they’ve scheduled a few more on the East Coast this fall. Panda Bear won’t be at any of them, though, and apologies to fans in Miami, as only half of the collective will actually be on hand to “perform.” Yes, yes, go ahead and debate amongst yourselves the acceptability of using the name “Animal Collective” on the bill. Not sure about their DJ chops either, but try listening to a previous set here to get a sense. Diehards ensure sellouts, I’m predicting.

(DJ set) dates:

08.02.14 - Miami, FL - Grand Central *
09.10.14 - Philadelphia, PA - The Dolphin ^
09.12.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl ^
10.02.14 Philadelphia, PA - The Dolphin %
10.03.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl %
10.05.14 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall %
11.12.14 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall %
11.13.14 - Philadelphia, PA - The Dolphin %
11.14.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl %

* Deakin and Avey Tare
^ Geologist and Deakin
% Geologist, Deakin, and Avey Tare

• Animal Collective: http://animalcollective.org

Chuck Cirino’s original Chopping Mall score released on LP because you don’t have enough anxiety in your life already

Running a label that strictly puts out reissues has always seemed like a daring move to me, repackaging sounds that could probably be found elsewhere for cheaper, usually focusing on a niche genre. Seems like you could easily end up cooking a plate of caramelized apathy with an ennui reduction. Luckily the relatively new Waxwork Records has been knocking it out of the park lately with their horror movie soundtrack reissues, which have included scores from classics like Rosemary’s Baby and Day of the Dead.

Waxwork has dug deeper into the horror movie canon with their newest release, exhuming Chuck Cirino’s Chopping Mall score (a movie originally released under the equally absurd name Killbots). Per usual, sonics and packaging are the top priorities — the songs are culled from the original master tapes (first time this baby’s appeared on vinyl!) and art for the sleeves and inserts comes from the Australian design powerhouse with an appropriately insane name, We Buy Your Kids. The album is available on 180 g neon green haze or fluorescent pink vinyl; both versions come with liner notes from both Cirino and the film’s screenwriter Steve Mitchell. Waxwork plans to release the LP on OH MY GOD IT’S OUT NOW AND IT’S RIGHT BEHIND YO—

Chopping Mall tracklist:

01. Main Title
02. Come Out And Play
03. Do They Kill Cockroaches
04. Shopping Death
05. Showdown
06. Burning Terror
07. Running Rampant
08. Fergie’s Dead
09. Zombiebot
10. The One In The Middle
11. Scary
12. Crawling Around
13. Love Theme
14. End Title
15. Have A Nice Day
16. Chopping Mall Suite

• Chuck Cirino: http://cirino.com
• Waxwork: http://waxworkrecords.com