Death Grips continue pre-release promotion with excellently timed spring tour announcement

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Not sure if it has anything to do with their recent signing to Epic, but Death Grips are really good at promotion these days. First, in early February, they premiered a new track called “Blackjack.” Then word gets out a couple weeks later that not only are they releasing two full-length albums this year, but they have also signed to major label Epic. The label announcement coincided with the release of a new track called “Get Got,” which was followed by a practice clip of another new track, “Lost Boys,” which was soon followed up with the studio version of “Lost Boys,” then soon another new track, “The Fever (Aye Aye),” and then a crazy video last week featuring 109 looped videos.

And now we have a tour announcement, which will take the Sacremento group from their neck of the woods (California) to Hugh Grant’s neck of the woods (Europe) to my neck of the woods (Minnesota). The tour is in support of The Money Store, the first of the two albums due this year, which is out April 24 on Epic. But of course, there’s still time to do some promotion between now and then, so expect a new video for “I’ve Seen Footage” on April 13… and maybe an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show? Or pehaps a sex tape?

Tourdates:

04.12.12 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
04.13.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.20.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella
05.05.12 - Sacramento, CA - Sacramento Electronic Music Festival
05.18.12 - Dublin, Ireland - The Academy
05.19.12 - Glasgow, UK - Stag & Dagger
05.20.12 - Manchester, UK - The Roadhouse
05.21.12 - Nottingham, UK - The Bodega
05.22.12 - Norfolk, UK - Norwich Arts Center
05.23.12 - Brighton, UK - Green Store Door
05.25.12 - London, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties
05.26.12 - Paris, France - Grande Halle de La Villette
05.27.12 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands - Worm
05.28.12 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - OT301
05.29.12 - Nijmegen, The Netherlands - Merleyn
06.01.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
06.02.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Field Day Festival
06.04.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Magasin
06.05.12 - Gent, Belgium - Charlatan
06.06.12 - Cologne, Germany - Mtc
06.07.12 - Berlin, Germany - Gretchen
06.08.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
06.09.12 - Porto, Portugal - Primavera Sound Porto
06.12.12 - Philadelphia, PA - The Barbery
06.13.12 - New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
06.14.12 - Boston, MA - TT The Bear’s
06.15.12 - Montreal, QC - Club Lambri
06.16.12 - Toronto, ON - Wrong Bar
06.18.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
06.19.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
06.20.12 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
06.21.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock

• Death Grips: http://thirdworlds.net
• Epic/Columbia: http://www.sonymusic.com

[Photo: Ryan Pollock]

OM announce Advaitic Songs 2xLP for Drag City; melodic chants of enthusiasm encouraged

Despite his insistence that he’s not “really” a drummer, drummer (no offense) Emil Amos seems to be engaging in some kind of longstanding drum-off with Zach Hill to see who can drum their way through the most side-projects and ultimately plant a flag at the top of Mount Snare. While the latter might be winning in terms of sheer numbers, it’s the former who’s exhibited more dedication to his respective projects.

In addition to the ongoing reunion of Sleep, and the recent news that Southern Lord is reissuing a deluxe edition of their album Dopesmoker, OM (which consists of Sleep’s Al Cisneros and Grails’ Emil Amos) have just announced the release of the band’s fifth proper album Advaitic Songs, due July 24 on Drag City as a double LP. Have you ever wanted to experience a Middle Eastern summer, but were too put off by the prohibition of alcohol and the possibility of kidnappings? Well, this seems to be your chance.

“Advaitic,” for the record, is a reference to a specific branch of Hindu philosophy that, among other things, rejects any separation between the self and the contents of the Universe. Supposedly, everything is an illllllussssssioooooonn, so feel free to check out the preview at the Chocolate Grinder, but be aware that you’re not actually checking it out.

• OM: http://www.omvibratory.com
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Kool Keith’s upcoming album will be his last, if believing the things that Kool Keith says is something you do

First, the good news! Kool Keith’s latest album Love & Danger is set to hit the Earth planet on June 5 via Junkadelic! Now here’s the bad news: the album could potentially be Keith’s last. The veteran weird crazy rap man has laid out his plans rather plainly in a press statement. “This is probably my last project. You just got the last of the vocals of me. I’m quitting the game. Goodbye, rap,” Keith presumably dictated to a goat in a spacesuit with a Fischer-Price tape recorder strapped to its horns.

On the one hand, Kool Keith has been at this hip-hop thing since the 1980s, and his musical achievements go well beyond his widely acknowledged work with Ultramagnetic MCs and Dr. Octagon. Why wouldn’t he want to bow out after such a long and, dare I say, unique career? At the same time, this is Kool Keith we’re talking about. It’s hard to believe that the man who once demanded that wack rappers everywhere “shut the fuck up, put your buck up, look at the dicks you suck up” could just leave all this magic behind. Hopefully more info on Keith’s alleged retirement will pop up as we get closer to the album’s drop date. In the meantime, feel free to make up your mind about this situation on your own. Perhaps you can even find the time to check out a track from Love & Danger embedded below. After all, this could be your last chance to listen to a new Kool Keith joint… or, you know, not.

• Kool Keith: http://www.koolkeith.co.uk
• Junkadelic: http://www.junkadelicmusic.net

Fennesz scores a soundtrack, probably only using one pinky while he worked on something else

As FACT reported today, completely unaware that the content vultures at TMT would swoop in and pick the meat off that story’s bones and regurgitate it on our own page as bloodied info-carrion, Christian Fennesz and his array of sleek machinery have graced Edgar Honetschlager’s film AUN with a soundtrack. If preorders appearing at the usual online locations are to be believed, the soundtrack will be released separately on Ash International as a 15-track CD — a popular music format among the socially elite who have foresworn vinyl for a less-fashionable, less-crackly alternative.

AUN, subtitled The Beginning and End of All Things, tells the tale of a Japanese scientist who accidentally kills himself experimenting with alternative energy sources, leaving his little boy Aun an orphan. Then 20 years pass and a Brazilian mathematician realizes the key to the energy source is a sea snail Aun found a long time ago. Look, I’m here for the music, go somewhere else if you’re into this heady film stuff.

The point is, most of this is brand-new Fennesz material (with a few tracks re-appearing from his 2007 Cendre collab with Ryuichi Sakamoto), and that is something to get excited about, even if you’re still taking in the double-disc Flumina (TMT Review) from last year. By the way, no offense, but referring to yourself as “Fennesz” or “Sakamoto” with no first name is just tacky and pretentious. Squeo, signing out.

AUN: The Beginning and End of All Things tracklisting:

01. Kae
02. Aware (feat. Sakamoto)
03. Haru (feat. Sakamoto)
04. Sekai
05. Euclides
06. Sasazuka
07. Trace (feat. Sakamoto)
08. Mori
09. AUN40
10. Nemuru
11. Himitsu
12. AUN80
13. Nympha
14. Shinu
15. Hikari

• Fennesz: http://www.fennesz.com
• Ash International: http://www.ashinternational.com

Bon Iver to tour a few more US cities so that he can use their names as song titles later

I know what you’re thinking. “Oh, Nobodaddy, there you are; I didn’t see any articles with your name on them last week and was so dang disappointed that I had half a mind to start dunking my donuts in Drano!” Well, first of all, that’s awesome; I’m totally flattered and a little turned on by that suicidal sentiment. And second of all, I wasn’t around because I was busy being an intrepid reporter out on the real streets of anytownsberg, Wisconsin, where I spent the better part of nine days tailing one Justin “Bon ‘Bonerizer’ Iver” Vernon. It’s true; I stuck to the man like glue and infiltrated all of his daily activities, from the fabric store grand-openings and daily beard-conditionings at the salon to the constant Skypes with Emma (they’re actually great friends) and High Teas with Kanye West.

And what kinda dirt did I dig up on my mission? Well, primarily, I learned that “Bon Iver” isn’t just a clever skewing of the ubiquitous concept of a bonny Scottish bear that we all thought it was after the Grammys; rather, it’s actually a French phrase that translates to “Bon Scott Forever, Brian Johnson Never.” Way less importantly, old boy has a shit ton of tourdates coming up this year for that one record of his that came out last year on Jagjaguwar. He’ll be hitting up just about every state in the union that has a wistfully named city in it, as well as some places in Europe that don’t yet know that he’s not Peter Gabriel. My guess is that those people probably won’t be disappointed.

Bon Iver 2012 tourdates:

04.12.12 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint *
04.14.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music Festival
04.17.12 - Davis, CA - Freeborn Hall *
04.19.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium *
04.21.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music Festival
04.22.12 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl *
04.23.12 - Tucson, AZ - AVA Ampitheater ^
04.27.12 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz Festival
05.21.12 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Alberta Jubliee #
05.22.12 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall #
05.25.12 - Burnaby, BC - Deer Lake Bark #
05.27.12 - George, WA - Sasquatch! Music Festival
05.29.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden Amphitheater #
05.31.12 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater ^
06.02.12 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater
06.03.12 - Little Rock, AR - Riverfest Ampitheatre
06.05.12 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
06.06.12 - Miami, FL - The Fillmore
06.07.12 - Tampa, FL - Carol Morsani Hall
06.08.12 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre
06.10.12 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
07.05.12 - Gdynia, Poland - Open’er Festival
07.07.12 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.08.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Stadpark
07.09.12 - Cologne, Germany - Tanzbrunen
07.11.12 - Groningen, Netherlands - Kardinger Plas
07.13.12 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
07.14.12 - Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival
07.15.12 - Paris, France - Olympia
07.17.12 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Neumunster Abbey
07.19.12 - Ferrara, Italy - Piazza Castello
07.22.12 - Bilbao, Spain - Palacia Euskalduna
07.24.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - Lisbon Coliseum
07.25.12 - Porto, Portugal - Porto Coliseum
07.27.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Poble Espanyol
07.28.12 - Hyeres, France - Midi Festival
07.30.12 - Lyon, France - Les Nuits de Fourviere
07.31.12 - Stuttgart, Germany - Killsbergpark
08.01.12 - Vienna, Austria - Big Hall
08.08.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival
08.10.12 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
08.11.12 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival

* All Tiny Creatures
^ Feist
# The Staves

• Bon Iver: http://boniver.org
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

RIP: Jimmy Little, Aboriginal musician from Australia

From The Huffington Post:

Jimmy Little, one of Australia’s most famous Aboriginal musicians, died Monday after a long illness, his family said. He was 75.

The iconic artist died at his home in the city of Dubbo, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of Sydney, after a long struggle with diabetes, kidney problems and a heart condition, his family said in a statement.

Little was one of the first indigenous artists to win mainstream success in Australia, playing everything from country to reggae across a nearly 60-year career.

• The Jimmy Little Foundation: http://www.jlf.org.au

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