Darkside call it quits “…for now,” share final shows and two B-sides

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New York musicians Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington started their Darkside project just a few years ago, and now they’re already calling it quits. Along with the announcement, the duo shared their final tour dates, which will see them hit Los Angeles, cross Europe for a string of festivals, and bow out with one last show at Brooklyn’s Masonic Temple on September 12. Tickets for this show sold out promptly after they went on sale, and right now they’re going for as much as $200 a pop online. Because if there’s one thing that card-carrying Brooklynites love, it’s telling everyone that they saw [insert band name or short-lived DIY venue here] for the last time, everrrr. [Full disclosure: I will be at this show guys!]

It seems Darkside knew that this sad news would jaar your systems (had to), so they saved two B-sides from Psychic to cushion the blow. “Gone Too Soon” takes a dingy disco approach, with some David Byrney yelps and a tribal cadence, and “What They Say” rides a skeletal, analog sequence blended with pinging guitar lines. Both cuts and the final tour dates can be found below; if you want to see Darkside play one last time, jump on those tickets soon before Kiev is your only option. Keep in mind, the band’s break-up tweet did say “darkside is coming to an end, for now” after all. There’s always room for a reunion tour.

Darkside tour dates:

08.24.14 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
08.27.14 - Pula, Croatia - Dimensions Festival
08.29.14 - Zurich, Switzerland - Zürich Openair
08.31.14 - Izmir-Cesme, Turkey - Orange Date
09.02.14 - Istanbul, Turkey - Orange Date
09.03.14 - Kiev, Ukraine - Studio G13
09.04.14 - Vilnius, Lithuania - Loftas Fest
09.05.14 - Berlin, Germany - Berlin Festival
09.06.14 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival
09.12.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Masonic Temple (sold out)

• Darkside: http://www.darksideusa.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

[Photo: Jed Demoss]

Nick Anthony Simoncino announces Abele Dance EP on L.I.E.S., so hit up the ATM ASAP

Italian techno producer Nick Anthony Simoncino (who I shall refer to as NAS for the remainder of this article because things are getting a little too perspicuous around these parts) is following up his slew of amazing 12-inch singles with, whoop-de-do, another presumably great 12-inch single. This one’s coming out on L.I.E.S. on August 22.

Speaking of lies, NAS dropped his new single recently, and don’t be fooled, it is not remotely beyond the dance. It is deep in the bowels of dance and the 808 handclaps start less than a minute into the song, which is a great reason to listen to a track, but dammit if Simoncino didn’t lie straight to my face. Actually, slightly to the left or right to my face. My ears.

Listen below:

Abele Dance tracklist:

01. Abele Dance
02. Beyond the Dance
03. Spirit of Transmat
04. iO Rhythm

• Nick Anthony Simoncino: https://soundcloud.com/simoncino
• L.I.E.S.: https://www.facebook.com/longislandelectricalsystems

Darkside call it quits “…for now,” share final shows and two B-sides

New York musicians Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington started their Darkside project just a few years ago, and now they’re already calling it quits. Along with the announcement, the duo shared their final tour dates, which will see them hit Los Angeles, cross Europe for a string of festivals, and bow out with one last show at Brooklyn’s Masonic Temple on September 12. Tickets for this show sold out promptly after they went on sale, and right now they’re going for as much as $200 a pop online. Because if there’s one thing that card-carrying Brooklynites love, it’s telling everyone that they saw [insert band name or short-lived DIY venue here] for the last time, everrrr. [Full disclosure: I will be at this show guys!]

It seems Darkside knew that this sad news would jaar your systems (had to), so they saved two B-sides from Psychic to cushion the blow. “Gone Too Soon” takes a dingy disco approach, with some David Byrney yelps and a tribal cadence, and “What They Say” rides a skeletal, analog sequence blended with pinging guitar lines. Both cuts and the final tour dates can be found below; if you want to see Darkside play one last time, jump on those tickets soon before Kiev is your only option. Keep in mind, the band’s break-up tweet did say “darkside is coming to an end, for now” after all. There’s always room for a reunion tour.

Darkside tour dates:

08.24.14 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
08.27.14 - Pula, Croatia - Dimensions Festival
08.29.14 - Zurich, Switzerland - Zürich Openair
08.31.14 - Izmir-Cesme, Turkey - Orange Date
09.02.14 - Istanbul, Turkey - Orange Date
09.03.14 - Kiev, Ukraine - Studio G13
09.04.14 - Vilnius, Lithuania - Loftas Fest
09.05.14 - Berlin, Germany - Berlin Festival
09.06.14 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival
09.12.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Masonic Temple (sold out)

• Darkside: http://www.darksideusa.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

[Photo: Jed Demoss]

Diagonal Records please you with unpleasant new Shit and Shine album, out this week

What to make of Craig Clouse and his music as Shit and Shine? He does not give a damn about you, clearly. Yet that does not seem to matter. His music is “difficult,” noisy, freewheeling between rock, disco, and techno, proving those terms pretty ineffective. His live shows are occultish affairs, with multiple drummers syncopating or just banging away over blasts of synthesized noise. Then there’s Clouse’s recorded music, which sounds as though he’s found an old song on a cassette and then overdubbed it and then pulled the tape out of it and then crumpled it all up in his hands, cackling, and then spooled it back in. And it sounds oh so good, which I can assert with no concern for judgment because you’re a TMT reader and you tend to like unappealing things (and links).

Shit and Shine’s last album was 2012’s Jream Baby Jream for Riot Season and there’s no use in describing that one, so just listen to this. Next will be Powder Horn, Shit and Shine’s second release (the first being a self-titled EP) on techno-deconstructionist, electro-anarchist, rave-reactionist Powell’s totally whack label Diagonal. As of this Tuesday it’s available for purchase. The press release describes the album as “deviant funk, wiry disco and burnt-out acid,” but also “tactile and affectionate.” Well hey, sounds good!

Listen to “Pearl Drop” below and check out the tracklist down below.

Powder Horn tracklist:

01. Astro’s Hat
02. Who’s Your Waitress
03. Pearl Drop
04. Bingo
05. Hiss
06. Acid Minor
07. You Can’t
08. PG 13
09. Spray Bottle

• Shit & Shine: https://myspace.com/shitandshine
• Diagonal: http://diagonal-records.com

Thurston Moore and John Moloney announce new Caught on Tape album, Full Bleed

Thurston Moore is now on record as saying, “Black metal is music made by pussies of the lowest order.” That’s a fitting epitaph for the guitarist, maybe, although it’ll have to beat out “Confusion is sex” and “All the girls there playin’ on a jelly roll” (because tombstones should be nothing if not emblematic of a person’s work and also completely perplexing).

So Moore has come out against the “sound and attitude” of the current black metal scene, calling it a “loss of self, life, light and desire,” but don’t worry — he’s also going to fix it, supposedly, with his new record Full Bleed, a collab with drummer John Moloney.

Moore and Moloney have worked together a bunch in various projects, including Chelsea Light Moving. Oh, and they also know each other from the time when Moore’s old band — you know, that ol’ troupe called Sonic Youth — enlisted Moloney’s collective Sunburned Hand of the Man for a tour.

The new album contains “nine Herculean sludgefests dripping of gnarly-metal damaged heaviosity and punk-jazz-skronk-splattered fury,” per Northern Spy, who will be releasing the album. Okay! The album includes tracks with titles like “Arguing With a Balloon” and “Rubber Grandma,” so… it all sounds like fun.

Full Bleed is out October 21, which, coincidentally, is the new release date for the Scott Walker/sunn O))) project. Hopefully you don’t have to choose between the two collaborations. That would be brutal.

Full Bleed tracklist:

01. Age Limit
02. Nothing Glamorous
03. Full Bleed
04. Self-Rule
05. Arguing With a Balloon
06. Dispute
07. Reverse Funeral
08. Unsupervised
09. Rubber Grandma

• Thurston Moore: https://www.facebook.com/ThurstonMooreOfficial
• John Moloney: https://www.facebook.com/sunburnedhandoftheman
• Northern Spy: http://northernspyrecords.com

SoundCloud adding ads and artist payments; I break down the changes as an extended Gossip Girl metaphor

SoundCloud’s makin’ it rain, y’all! Well, a little bit of rain at least, for a select few. But hey, musical artists, like the great state of California, are always at least sort of in the middle of a drought. Here’s the deal: SoundCloud recently launched an exciting, exclusive new Premier Partner Program. It’s by invite only, which makes it easier to understand how the new SoundCloud membership system, called On SoundCloud, will work according to a ratings system based off the mid-2000s CW network teen drama Gossip Girl.

The first level, Partner, is basic. Like, BASIC basic. So this is the Vanessa level. It’s free and it allows new users to join the “community,” post a song, and then get feedback and basic stats on it. It works in a coffee shop and goes to public school, where it hates on the kids who got invites to the Premier Partner Program. As time goes on and the series runs out of plotlines, the Partner Level will run around Manhattan trying to sneak into gala events to “teach people a lesson” yet somehow drunkenly hook up with the hottest cast member on the show for a regrettable 2-3 episode mini arc.

Next comes the Pro level. After a lengthy debate (20 seconds) I have concluded that this is the Dan Humphrey level. The Pro level gets more upload time and more detailed stats, which it will spout out at you in a whimsical and awkward fashion so that you get it — really get it — that this level is the smart, ambitious kid from Brooklyn. You’re well off in comparison to most of America because you live in an insane loft/art gallery with your sensitive rocker dad, but you, like, don’t have a yacht or checkerboard flooring in your foyer, so you’re forever looking in, tapping on the frozen window like that orphan in A Christmas Carol. “Daaaaaaaad where’s my lunch kombucha daaaaaaaaad!!!!!! I like the works of George Saunders.” That’s this level.

Finally, the almighty Premier Partner level. The invite-only level. The Skull and Crossbones Society level of SoundCloud. You have to murder an underling and bathe in his or her blood to get into this one. (Just kidding, we’re sure it’s a complicated algorithm that’s very scientific and shit.) This level gets exclusive features, promotional opps, and the chance to make $$$ on the new advertising platform. You might say this is the Serena van der Woodsen of levels, but then you would be wrong. You watched Gossip Girl all wrong. You wasted your life. Because no, this is the Blair Waldorf of levels.

According to an actual SoundCloud statement, “In addition to supporting creators, ads will keep the service free and open for people to listen to SoundCloud. Audio ads will only be served on the content of Premier Partners with their explicit consent. If you have a Free, Pro or Pro Unlimited account, you will not have any audio ads placed on your tracks.” The statement did not reveal whether specific details of the ritual sacrifice one must enter into in order to join Premier, or whether the company swings more toward Team Blair or Team Serena. XOXO.

• SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com