Dam-Funk designs drum machine for the dam-funkless

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When it comes to selling music these days, it’s not enough to just put an album out and have people listen to it. A good album isn’t like a well-sourced, well-prepared, well-cooked steak dinner wherein customers will simply consume, digest, and applaud. No. Music’s all like fondue now. The customers gotta be able to fuck with it themselves. Case in point, a little while ago, Stones Throw posted the usual yadda-yadda about old-school funk proselytizer Dam-Funk releasing a new 12-inch maxi-single “I Don’t Wanna Be Your Star” in preparation for his upcoming full-length Invite the Light. Pretty standard stuff.

Then they revealed that said 12-inch contains, in addition to the title track, a cover of Prince’s “17 Days.” A little juicer.

Then, they further revealed the news that the single is going to be — get this — released alongside the “Dam Drum,” a handheld drum machine and sequencer with four unique sounds selected by Dam-Funk himself. Jackpot! Move over “experts”! It’s time for us inexperienced mouthbreathers to push all the shiny buttons!

This little tiny hand-held work distraction was developed by the Austin, Texas company Bleep Labs (which, as Ad Hoc pointed out, is the same company that built and released the Neon Indian guy’s PAL198X mini-synth) and can be ordered directly from Stone’s Throw’s site, but you gotta act fast, because there’s only 100 of ‘em to go around, and I have a feeling that they’ll probably sell out some time between the time it takes me to think of a snappy headline for this story and the time it takes you to read it YEP IT’S GONE. But just because you missed out on your chance to be the coolest and/or most annoying kid/grownup on your block/sales floor by snatching up one of these little things, don’t sweat it. You can still listen to the Prince cover below. You’ll just have to jam along on your calculator instead.

• Dam-Funk: http://www.myspace.com/damfunk
• Stones Throw: http://stonesthrow.com
• Bleep Labs: http://bleeplabs.com

The Psychic Paramount will be touring with The Jesus and Mary Chain, but no elves will be joining them

A message from a garden gnome that lives on a friend’s mantle: The Psychic Paramount have hopped onto a few of The Jesus and Mary Chain’s fall shows, and they’ll be playing All Tomorrow’s Parties in New York City.

I know, I know. You’re thinking “Geez, Caroline’s really gone off the rails now. Next she’ll be telling us that she’s got elves living in her fireplace and that they bake muffins.” But c’mon, The Psychic Paramount released II last year (TMT Review), and we listed it as one of our favorite albums of 2011. Their 2005 album Gamelan into the Mink Supernatural fared pretty damn well too. Garden gnomes know a thing or two about noise rock.


09.05.12 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
09.06.12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
09.07.12 - Durham, NC - Hopscotch Festival
09.08.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
09.09.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
09.11.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise
09.12.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise
09.13.12 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
09.14.12 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
09.15.12 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall
09.18.12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
09.19.12 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theater
09.20.12 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
09.21.12 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
09.23.12 - New York, NY - All Tomorrows Parties

• The Psychic Paramount: http://www.thepsychicparamount.blogspot.com
• No Quarter: http://www.noquarter.net
• The Jesus and Mary Chain: http://thejesusandmarychain.co.uk

Laurel Halo and Ital tour together, are difficult to understand

Looking to check out the latest in awkward dance moves? Well, if you live in the Northeast or the more hip portions of the Midwest, then you’ll want to check out the upcoming Ital/Laurel Halo tour. Kicking off in Brooklyn next month, the it-boy and -girl of the outsider house scene will traverse the shores of the Great Lakes through early October, bringing tidings of modulated vocals and broken beats to all who attend! It’s a late-summer miracle!

Ital’s Daniel Martin-McCormick will be playing tracks from his Planet Mu debut, Hive Mind (TMT Review), while Halo will hopefully cover lots of the Eureka!-worthy territory found on her Hyperdub release Quarantine (TMT Review) from earlier this year. As a bonus, show up early to check out sets from Damon Palermo’s Magic Touch project (also a co-member of Martin-McCormick’s group Mi Ami) and likeminded artist M. Geddes Gengras. The crowd that turns out for rave music on quaaludes should be a glorious thing to behold.


09.21.12 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent
09.22.12 - Baltimore, MD - Floristree
09.23.12 - Washington, DC - DC 9
09.25.12 - Purchase, NY - SUNY Purchase College
09.26.12 - Boston, MA - Great Scotts
09.28.12 - Toronto, ON - Parts and Labour
09.29.12 - Oberlin, OH - Oberlin College
09.30.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10.01.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
10.02.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
10.03.12 - Gambier, OH - The Horn Gallery
10.04.12 - Detroit, MI - Adult Contemporary
10.06.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - VIA Festival at 6119

• Ital: http://planet.mu/artists/ital
• Laurel Halo: http://www.laurelhalo.com
• Planet Mu: http://planet.mu
• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net

Nite Jewel reissuing Good Evening via Secretly Canadian, possibly appearing as a glow-in-the-dark character in a new fantasy series

Alright, I’ve got a bunch of things to say about Nite Jewel, but I’m currently trying to eavesdrop on a conversation happening across from me: three women maybe in their 50s and one 13- or 14-year-old girl all discussing how to write the next best young adult novel. I can’t tell which one of them is the writer or if they’re all writers, but there’s talk of goths and vegetarianism and bedrooms with zebra-striped floors.

And they’re gone, which means it’s now time for Nite Jewel. She’s reissuing her debut album Good Evening via Secretly Canadian on November 11. The lo-fi synth-pop record has been out of print on vinyl for a while, and this reissue will include two bonus tracks: a cover of “The Kamera Song” by The Inner Space, who were a super-early incarnation of Can, as well as a DāM-FunK remix of Nite Jewel’s “What Did He Say.” They’re streaming (for a limited time only!) on Gorilla Vs. Bear .

Nite Jewel also collaborated with Nicholas Krgovich (No Kids) on a cover of Frank Ocean’s “Thinking About You,” which isn’t on the reissue, but is available to stream below, and also recently released a José Wolff-directed video for “Clive,” a track off her most recent LP, One Second of Love (TMT Review). On top of all of this, she’ll be on tour throughout August and September.

Here’s an idea: Nite Jewel as the title of that new YA novel? Or a character? A warlock or a vampire or a unicorn or something? Yeah?

Good Evening reissue tracklist:

01. Bottom Rung
02. Suburbia
03. What Did He Say
04. Weak For Me
05. Heart Won’t Start
06. Universal Mind
07. Artificial Intelligence
08. Let’s Go (The Two Of Us Together)
09. Chimera
10. Lower
11. The Kamera Song (The Inner Space Cover)
12. What Did He Say (DāM-FunK remix)


08.23.12 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge (Krautrock Classics New York) ^
08.24.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Electric Warehouse &
08.25.12 - Montauk, NY - The Surf Lodge
09.01.12 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
09.06.12 - San Francisco, CA - Popscene at Rickshaw Stop*
09.08.12 - Portland, OR - Holocene - Musicfest NW $
09.09.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
09.10.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Waldorf Hotel
09.12.12 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door
09.14.12 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar - San Diego Music Thing
11.02.12 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Festival

^ Peanut Butter Wolf, Chrome Canyon & DJ Scott Mou
& Lemonade (DJ) and MikeQ
* Soft Metals and Cosmetics
$ Trust

• Nite Jewel: http://nitejewel.com
• Secretly Canadian: http://www.secretlycanadian.com

RIP: Byard Lancaster, jazz musician who collaborated with Sun Ra, Archie Shepp, and Sunny Murray

From The Philadelphia Inquirer (via Pitchfork):

Byard Lancaster, 70, the Philadelphia jazz musician who earned an international reputation as an avant-garde musical explorer in the 1960s and 1970s, died of cancer Thursday, Aug. 23, at KeystoneCare in Wyndmoor, according to his sister, Mary Ann Lancaster Tyler.

In the decades that followed his early fame, he became a local institution, playing saxophone and flute on the streets, in subway concourses, and at clubs around the city.

• Byard Lancaster: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byard_Lancaster

Oneohtrix Point Never and Rene Hell releasing split LP on steroids via NNA Tapes

And to think, prior to 2009, almost nobody had any idea who this Oneohtrix Point Never character was. Who is this guy with the moderately nerdy sounding moniker releasing all this sweet, synthesizer-laced music — similarities abound between it and what I imagine the perfect soundtrack for space exploration must sound like? I suppose Replica (TMT Review) is somewhat of a different story in that regard, but Rifts (TMT Review) is the release that made a believer out of most of us.

Since that time, OPN has released two acclaimed albums, as well as started, alongside Joel Ford, the Software imprint on Mexican Summer. Likewise, as if his collaborating with ambient demigod Tim Hecker wasn’t indication enough of his ascendence, a split LP between him and Jeff Witscher’s Rene Hell project is due out September 17 in the UK, and September 18 in the US, via NNA Tapes.

Let’s not neglect Rene Hell either. The Terminal Symphony was up there as one of my favorite albums of 2011, and like OPN’s early work, it’s a wholly worthwhile flashback to electronic music of the 70s. The new split LP appears to take things in a slightly different direction, however.

Each side consists of five tracks. The OPN side, Music For Reliquary House, consists of “sonic reworkings” of the similarly-named audio/visual project between Lopatin and video artist Nate Boyce. Expect something similar to Replica. Meanwhile, Rene Hell’s contribution, In 1980 I Was A Blue Square, juxtaposes “mid 20th century classical music with chaotic electronic blasts.” You probably heard some of that on The Terminal Symphony.

The ultimate take-away? Two innovative figures in electronic music are appearing on the same LP together. Enough said.

• Oneohtrix Point Never: http://pointnever.com
• Rene Hell: http://www.myspace.com/renehell
• NNA Tapes: http://nnatapes.com


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