Circuit des Yeux plans release of new album Overdue, goes on the run from horde of angry librarians

Circuit des Yeux plans release of new album Overdue, goes on the run from horde of angry librarians

Haley Fohr has been called “the greatest menace facing our libraries today.” I didn’t believe it either until I asked a good friend of mine, a young librarian with bright eyes and big ideas, about Fohr and it froze him in gibbering fear. He managed finally to whisper, “She is the danger. She is the one who knocks. She of the late fees, the torn plastic hardback coverings, the un-rewound Doctor Who VHS tapes.” Apparently she’s got librarians across America scared. And we all know what librarians do when they’re scared: they take up arms.

In search of a normal life away from the fist of the librarian, Fohr adopted the name Circuit des Yeux, and started releasing music to throw off the scent. She also left the town where she started all this library menacing, Bloomington, IN (home of a library that’s literally shaped like a goddamn Borg cube), for Chicago (a town that’s got more libraries than I could count in the 15 seconds I spent counting before I decided knowing an actual number wouldn’t contribute much to the joke). Given the fact that she moved from a small town with relatively few libraries to one with more libraries than I could be bothered to count, her strategy seems to be “hide in plain sight.” Which, I mean, whatever, but that doesn’t seem like a great move given the fact that librarians are pretty much by definition really great at finding shit that’s in plain sight (shelves, anyone??)

Pursuant to this strategy, she’s announced that she’ll be releasing a new full-length on October 1 entitled Overdue. It’s reportedly a concept album about how, since time is just a false human concept, late fees are actually kind of bogus. Though in the past she’s released music with the likes of De Stijl and Magnetic South, Overdue appears to be self-released. Either that, or it’s out on a label called “______” which seems both unlikely and difficult to Google. Overdue is of a piece with her continual sonic shifting, pulling back a bit from her earlier experimental work, and offering instead more ambitious and sophisticated arrangements. Fohr will tour in support of the album this fall. To put it more accurately, she’ll be attempting to outrun the bespectacled, screaming, book-ish mob at her back. Catch her if you can!

Overdue tracklist:

01. Lithonia
02. Hegira
03. Nova
04. Acarina
05. Bud & Gin
06. My Name is Rune
07. I Am
08. Some Day


08.10.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival
08.21.13 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
09.07.13 - Chicago, IL - Constellation (Album Release Show)
09.21.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverwest Public House*
09.22.13 - Madison, WI - Dragon Fly Lounge*
09.23.13 - Minneapolis, MI - Cause*
09.24.13 - Iowa City, IA - Trumpet Blossom*
09.25.13 - Omaha, NE - Oleavers*
10.14.13 - Chicago, IL - Alhambra Palace#
10.16.13 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House#
10.17.13 - Columbia, MO - Mojos#
10.18.13 - Springfield, MO - Outland Ballroom#
10.19.13 - Norman, OK - The Opolis Norman#

# Bill Callahan
* Spires That in the Sunset Rise
+ Ryley Walker

• Circuit des Yeux:

Cody ChesnuTT announces US tour, hangs out with the coolest of stiltwalkers in new video

Move over cat videos and toddlers with an environmental conscience! There’s a new best video on the internet, and it’s the music video for intellectual neo-soul dude Cody ChesnuTT’s new song “I’ve Been Life.” This video has everything you didn’t know you needed in a music video until today: stilt walkers, traditional African dance garb, fire-breathing, and Cody ChesnuTT’s infectious yet political yet upbeat soul harmonies. And it’s only like three minutes long so you can totally watch it like five times in a row while your boss is in a meeting or whatever.

“I’ve Been Life” comes off ChenuTT’s 2012 release Landing on a Hundred, the long-awaited followup to his 2002 debut, the aptly-titled The Headphone Masterpiece. Recorded at Memphis’ Royal Studios, where Al Green, Buddy Guy, and Ike & Tina Turner did some of their most career-defining work, ChesnuTT’s Landing on a Hundred features a 10-piece band and classic, yet progressive, soul stylings. Now he’s striking out on a US tour to promote the album, which starts in Seattle and wraps up in Florida. You can check out the awe-inspiring new video for “I’ve Been Life” featuring the talented tall men of The Brooklyn Jumbies now:

08.08.13 - Dallas, TX – KXT’s Barefoot at the Belmont
09.05.13 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
09.06.13 - Portland, OR - MusicFestNW
09.07.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
09.10.13 - Salt Lake City - The State Room
09.11.13 - Aspen, CO - Belly UP
09.12.13 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
09.14.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Sister The Bar
09.26.13 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
09.27.13 - St. Louis, MO – Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
09.29.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10.01.13 - Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre
10.03.13 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
10.04.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft
10.05.13 - Nashville, TN – Mercy
10.11.13 - Birmingham, AL – Workplay Theatre
10.12.13 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall

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PAN announces release of Helena Hauff and F#X’s first Black Sites EP, just as you predicted

PAN, the wonderfully classy label whose album design is almost worth the price of admission alone, is releasing an EP by Black Sites, a Wonder Twins-style teamup of DJs Helena Hauff and F#X. The more cautious and wise among TMT readers may want some background on these folks before scooping up this slab of vinyl in August. What follows will hopefully provide that insight for the discerning reader.

Helena Hauff is a DJ/producer/what-have-you whose impeccable DJ sets, flavored through with experimental sounds, are getting her noticed by the likes of The Wire and Blackest Ever Black. So, she’s something to keep an eye on.

F#X screws with Google too much to find out what or who it really is. Top results indicate that it may be a Korean girl group, although this can be ruled out almost immediately. But, since it’s all we have to go on, lets just go ahead and say it’s an all-female Korean pop group and that the Black Sites Prototype EP is going to be some kind of bubble gum and EDM mashup that will be popping people’s lids from coast to coast. This is a completely erroneous statement, but don’t let that kill the dream.

Okay, here’s what’s more likely: F#X and Helena Hauff are both resident DJs at “The Golden Pudel” in Hamburg, and this EP is going be an amalgamation of their individual tastes and styles. Go ahead and listen to a cut off the EP below and decide for yourself if it’s the product of a drunken night between bubble-gum pop and EDM or two rising DJs using their combined powers for the good of mankind.

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of Montreal announce fall tour without the use of any tour-announcing robots!

Dude, this is too good…. Following all the sensational internet-buzz made by my totally made-up prank-announcement that they would be releasing a new album called lousy with sylvianbriar on Polyvinyl come October 8 of this year, Athens-based weird-rockers of Montreal have apparently decided to totally release a new album called lousy with sylvianbriar on Polyvinyl on October 8! I even made them cobble together a lead single to release really quick!

And now, Kevin Barnes and co. have taken it one step further and announced that they’ll be going on a full-blown fall tour of the US to support the album that I invented. Seriously! They leave October 18 from Athens and will be schlepping away on the road clear through Thanksgiving. All because of me!

What do you say, guys? Am I God, or am I fucking God?

Tour dates:

10.18.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
10.22.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.23.13 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
10.24.13 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
10.25.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.26.13 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
10.27.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.28.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
10.29.13 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland *
10.30.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
10.31.13 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre *
11.01.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center *
11.02.13 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room *
11.03.13 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater *
11.04.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
11.05.13 - Boise, ID - Korah Shrine *
11.06.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
11.07.13 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
11.08.13 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*
11.09.13 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*
11.10.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
11.11.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Largo at The Coronet *
11.12.13 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress *
11.14.13 - Dallas, TX - Trees *
11.15.13 - Austin, TX - Mohawk *
11.16.13 - New Orleans, LA - Howlin’ Wolf *
11.17.13 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West *

* La Luz

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Unsound Krakow adds Dean Blunt, Arca, Julianna Barwick, James Ferraro, and more to lineup; festival now officially cooler than a skateboarding dog

Things that are cool, a list: skateboarding dogs wearing sunglasses with irreverent catchphrases; poufy-haired dudes leaning against brick walls and playing saxophones in 80s music videos; sad rich people ennui in every indie film ever, not just the Sofia Coppola ones. But look out, Cool Things. There’s a new Overlord in town, one Cool Thing to Rule Them All or whatever. And that thing is… Unsound Krakow.

And the coolest festival in the world just got a bit um um a word that is not “cool”… more awesome with the recent announcement of the third wave of artists added to its lineup. Rhys Chatham and Charlemagne Palestine, together in a 15th-century St. Katherine’s Church! Dean Blunt! Arca! Julianna Barwick with a Polish girls’ choir! Mika Vainio! Nate Young from Wolf Eyes! Anna Zaradny! B/B/S/! Altar of Plagues’ last show ever! James Ferraro! Mykki Blanco and Gobby and Anthony Naples and Venus X and Svengalisghost and DJ I-F aka INTERR-FERENCE! Plus people from Hippos in Tanks, UNO NYC, and Underground Resistance presents: Interstellar Fugitives! All these and so many more join the forward-thinking artists of Unsound Krakow this year from October 13-20.

• Unsound:

Traxman to release new EP on Interscape Records, but SO DAMN WHATTT !!!!

2012’s Da Mind of Traxman was so thoroughly satisfying that it was somewhat forgivable if you glossed over or even ignored the many tracks and mixes that he — the ghetto house/footwork/juke veteran from West Side Chicago — shared through his various SoundCloud accounts. He even released a couple EPs that went way under the radar. But one of the two that caught our attention was the Heat EP on Sewage Tapes, which saw Traxman fucking with Black Sabbath, Heatwave, and even some bebop, showcasing a relatively bizarre side to an artist who has always taken odd risks with his samples, but didn’t have a chance to share on the platform that his Planet Mu release provided.

His forthcoming EP, titled SO DAMN WHATTT !!!!, has him hooking up this time with Sewage Tapes’ parent label, Interscape Records, and it’s a bit more classic Traxman (minus the juke elements, for the most part) — which is to say that it’s equal parts bonkers and soulful. The majority of the tracks share production with his buds from his Geto DJ’z and TEK families, including DJ L.P., DJ Fred, and DJ Rome, making for a varied yet focused EP. Check out tracks like “C’mon” and “Tha Tekk DJ’z,” and maybe you’ll agree that this is his strongest, boldest release since Da Mind of Traxman.

Listen to SO DAMN WHATTT !!!! in its entirety below and look for the EP on August 6 via all major digital retailers.

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