Constellation film features rare performances from Matana Roberts, Do Make Say Think, Carla Bozulich, and more, in a strange and unconquered land…

Constellation film features rare performances from Matana Roberts, Do Make Say Think, Carla Bozulich, and more, in a strange and unconquered land...

Sure, Godspeed You! Black Emperor might’ve illuminated the Montreal-based Constellation inside your mental galaxy to begin with, but is it necessary to point out the extended credits that (generalization incoming) have made an enduring spectacle out of theoretical anarchy, apocalypse, and/or widespread downtroddenness? Maybe a little bit: it’s been nearly five years since Other Truths (TMT Review), but Do Make Say Think have apparently been working on a new full-length (according to the uncited, inerrant word of Wikipedia), and Evangelista’s reigning “art-punk heroin” Carla Bozulich has a new solo album Boy out next week. Turns out, through total coincidence, the two aforementioned acts are among a handful featured on a Constellation-focused documentary, crafted by La Blogothèque and set for streaming, well, now!

To get a better sense, it might be necessary to consider “documentary” as a term loosely-defined. Two years ago, La Blogothèque was invited by Viennale, the Vienna International Film Festival, to film around the Austrian capital. And like an exclusive partygoer taking liberties with the +1, Directors François Clos and Thomas Lallier opted to bring along Constellation artists Matana Roberts, Do Make Say Think, Mike Moya of Hrsta, Hangedup, Elfin Saddle, Eric Chenaux, and Carla Bozulich for the sake of showcasing their music in an “unknown place,” “far away from stage.” And We Made The Room Shine reportedly consists of eight “stripped-down performances” in the city. Also around this time: the celebration of 15 years since Constellation’s inception.

So really, it’s not a documentary at all, but a super artistic label dedication, of sorts! I guess! Could be cool!

• La Blogothèque:
• Constellation:

James Ferraro brings the super-high-definition rainforest to the MoMA PS1 with new exhibit 100%

As one does, James Ferraro — he of last year’s NYC, HELL 3:00 AM (TMT Review) — will soon be presenting a brand-new exhibit at New York’s MoMA PS1 between March 23 and June 13. It’s called 100%, and is made up of three different parts entitled Saint Prius, Dubai Dream Tone, and Eco-Savage Suite.

The whole thing seems basically designed around the notion that maybe vaporwave and vaporwavey-type music is kind of like a wild animal that we’ve been holding in captivity for all this time and that maybe all it wants is to return to its natural habitat like Free Willy in the popular whale film Free Willy. I mean, Saint Prius is a composition that Ferraro put together to act as hold music for the museum’s phone system, Dubai Dream Tone will play in the museum’s elevators, and Eco-Savage Suite is a collection of ringtones available on the museum’s website. Can you ever really go home though? I mean, I think the real Free Willy died once he was free. And I also think maybe vaporwave is already dead? This is all very confusing, which is why I’m pretty sure it’s art.

Anyhow, Ferraro says that, “Stylistically, 100% sounds fake, ethno-ambiguous, New Age, plastic, and readymade. It’s like a fake indoor rain forest in Dubai’s international airport with the most advanced systems to create sustainable ecologies and habitats.” The whole deal is designed to highlight moments where the “sonic backdrop of the 21st-century global city” breaks down into dissonance or distortion. You want to read more about the exhibit and also make the guys down in IT think the history on your work computer is pretty damn cultured? Click here, brother. You want to hear a track that will almost definitely be included in this exhibit? Check out that YouTube video below:

• James Ferraro:
• MoMA PS1:

Gobby signals eerie full-length Wakng Thrst for Seeping Banhee with “Red Seal” video release

The elusive Gobby: known but unknown, appreciated as a resident of Harlem, but scarcely recognized in public due to an admirable preference for staying inside and nursing his larval offspring — and, apparently, for dabbling in the particular art of hellish marionette, realized through situational comedy. A spoiler preface: remove any expectation of a surprise Seinfeld appearance, in which he theoretically remarks in familiar tone, “What’s the deal with demonic roommates?” No no, just appreciate the subtle commentary on human-devil parallels, and enjoy the music perfectly suited for the absurdity of it all. That, at least, seems to be one thing that you can expect from the semi-anonymous producer. Pack it up, philosophers.

Those who listened to Gobby’s Fashion Lady full-length (TMT Review) or his Lantern EP (TMT Review) and had an overwhelming preference for the general style of either (as relatively distinct as they were), well, uh, too bad, I guess. Or if you’re like me and you lay awake at night pondering the physical benefits of kneecap eyes (if any), relish the unpredictability of it all! Per FACT, Gobby will be releasing Wakng Thrst for Seeping Banhee on UNO NYC next month, and if the two unveiled tracks serve as representation, it’ll excel at playful haunting, in the non-wimpy-Casper sense, of course. The specified tone doesn’t really lend to juke or “ass techno,” but creative sample use and a general sense of abstraction, I’m guessing, would allow you to guess at the artist, if you hadn’t already been briefed beforehand.

Something about this Gobby character makes me happy.

Wakng Thrst for Seeping Banhee tracklisting:

01. Season 1 Episode 5
02. Red Seal
03. Friday Spiralhead
04. YeOldeBitch
05. …
06. Rangishiff
07. Khiss
08. Kill Dog Because Hungry
09. An
10. Season 1 Episode 6
11. Message from John
12. Tonka
13. Like If You Pee on the Side of the Bowl
14. The Beautay
15. Quinkelchaye
16. Gums
17. Pay Fonrew Shii
18. Snitchy Baluga
19. Lil Pizza Face feat. Lil Big Tymer
20. Aantezeksyll
21. Seky Petii

• Gobby:

[Photo: Stephanie Kimberly]

Arcade Fire (not so adorable) are touring with Dan Deacon and Kid Koala (extremely adorable!)

Cool bands are so weird, right? It’s like: the coolest dudes out there are the one’s not giving a shit about what you think and puttin’ out mammoth and decadent and willfully tough-to-parse double-albums whenever their temperamental genius-asses feel like puking ‘em out. And yet, if you go around poking your finger into the back of your throat on purpose and all trying to willfully do that sort of cool-guy stuff intentionally, everyone calls you a poseur and goes back to listening to Bowie and Talking Heads whenever they wanna be reminded of Bowie and Talking Heads. They’re also fairly disgusted by your gnarly puke smell.

Where does that put Arcade Fire, exactly? Well, I’ll tell you (per Consequence of Sound): it puts them ALL OVER THE FUCKING ROAD in 2014, bringing their Reflektor show to North America for a pretty incessant run of stadium shows and festival dates and whatnot.

The band first hits the road in March, and don’t look now, but they’re taking lil’ old (relatively) humble indie acts Dan Deacon and Kid Koala along for the rock-star ride before hitting every festival everywhere this summer and beyond. Will Deacon and the Koala gang be forever and irrevocably changed by the utter hipness of touring stadiums with Arcade Fire? Will kids laugh at Deacon’s glasses? Will Kid Koala fit in and “be cool” when faced with a stage as giant and illustrious as Louisville’s famed “KFC Yum Center”?? Or will the puke just hit the fan? Only time will tell.

Arcade Fire tour-palooza 2014:

03.06.14 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum Center *^
03.08.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center *^
03.10.14 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills *^
03.12.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol energy Center *^
03.13.14 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Center *^
03.14.14 - Ottawa, ON - Canadian Tire Centre *^
03.16.14 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena *^
03.17.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center *^
03.18.14 - Bridgeport, CT - Webster Bank Arena *^
03.28.14 - Mexico City, MX - Vive Latino
03.29.14 - Santiago, CL - Lollapalooza Chile
04.01.14 - Bueno Aires, Argentina - Lollapalooza Argentina
04.04.14 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Citibank Hall
04.06.14 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Lollapalooza Brazil
04.09.14 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
04.10.14 - Austin, TX - Austin360 Amphitheater
04.13.14 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music and Arts Festival
04.20.14 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music and Arts Festival
04.23.14 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
04.26.14 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
04.27.14 - St. Louis, MO - Verizone Wireless Amphitheater
04.29.14 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
05.01.14 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
05.02.14 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron’s Amphiteatre at Lakewood
05.04.14 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz Fest
05.29-31.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
05.31.14 - Lisbon, Portugal - Rock in Rio
06.03.14 - Paris, France - Zenith
06.06.14 - London, UK - Earls Court
06.07.14 - London, UK - Earls Court
06.09.14 - Landgraaf Megaland, Netherlands - Pinkpop Festival
06.10.14 - Antwerp, Belgium - Sportpaleis
06.12.14 - Oslo, Norway - Norwegian Wood
06.15.14 - Aarhus, Denmark - NorthSide Festival
06.17.14 - Dresden, Germany - Junge Garde
06.18.14 - Berlin, Germany - Kindl-Bühne Wuhlheide
06.20.14 - Neuhausen, Germany - Southside Festival
06.21.14 - Scheessel, Germany - Hurricane Festival
06.23.14 - Rome, Italy - Rock in Roma
06.25-29.14 - Pilton, UK - Glastonbury Festival
06.24.14 - Verona, Italy - Villafranca
06.29.14 - Dublin, Ireland - Marlay Park
07.30.14 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
08.09.14 - Squamish, BC - Squamish Valley Festival
08.08.14 - George, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre
08.11.14 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
08.12.14 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
08.14.14 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
08.17.14 - Washington, DC - Verizon Centre
08.19.14 - Boston, MA - Comcast Center
08.20.14 - Bangor, ME - Waterfront Pavilion
08.22.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
08.23.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
08.24.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
08.26.14 - Chicago, IL - United Center
08.27.14 - Chicago, IL - United Center
08.29.14 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Ampitheatre
08.30.14 - Montreal, QC - Parc Jean-Drapea

* Dan Deacon
^ Kid Koala

• Arcade Fire:
• Merge:

Le1f comes in peace, releases debut EP on Terrible Records; listen to “Boom” now

There’s a theory amongst certain wackjobs that aliens are responsible for the majority of humanity’s greatest achievements. The pyramids, Stonehenge, Nazca Lines, whatever. I mean, obviously that’s a lot of bullsht, but how else do you explain New York City rapper Le1f? I mean, I’m not saying Le1f’s booty-poppin’ genius is the result of extraterrestrial life forms, but I’m also not NOT saying it. And now Le1f is poised for an alien invasion so sweet the dance floors won’t even care that they’re being conquered: the release of his first work for Terrible/XL Recordings, the Hey EP.

March 11 sees the EP’s digital release, and come May 6 it’s vinyl 12-inch time. A full-length LP will follow at a later point. Hey features production from Matrixxman, Harry B, Dubbel Dutch, and Boody, who collaborated on the insane track “Soda” with Le1f before. You can listen to all of track three, “Boom,” below:

Hey tracklisting:

01. Hey
02. Sup
03. Boom
04. Wut
05. Buzz

• Le1f:
• Terrible:
• XL:

Panda Bear to release new LP for Domino, tentatively titled Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

Allow me to go in-depth about this new forthcoming Panda Bear album. According to Gorilla Vs Bear, “Panda Bear is once again working with Sonic Boom, this time on a ‘break-centric,’ 9th Wonder-influenced new album.” The post goes on to say that it’s “tentatively titled Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper.” Then it says “No release date yet for the record, which features tracks ‘constructed out of samples of self-made sounds’” and that it’s “‘meant as a celebration of the fact that new growth sometimes requires death.’”

Domino confirmed the new release in a short statement on its website. The first sentence says, “We are pleased to announce that the forthcoming Panda Bear album will be released on Domino later this year.” Second sentence begins with “Panda Bear is currently at work on the new album” then ends with “which is tentatively titled Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, with Tomboy producer Sonic Boom.” The final sentence goes like this: “More details to follow.”

Still confused? Me too. Let me blockquote it for you:

We are pleased to announce that the forthcoming Panda Bear album will be released on Domino later this year. Panda Bear is currently at work on the new album, which is tentatively titled Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, with Tomboy producer Sonic Boom. More details to follow.

Check out a newish track by Panda Bear, created for a new clothing line by designer Fernanda Pereira.

• Panda Bear:
• Domino: