Death Grips show up fashionably late to 2013, make a few vague excuses and hopefully realistic promises

Death Grips show up fashionably late to 2013, make a few vague excuses and hopefully realistic promises

Death Grips have been fairly quiet this year, and that’s been weird. In 2012 it seemed not even a week could pass without them announcing a tour, dropping a video, announcing an album, canceling a tour, getting dropped from a label, or reannouncing tour dates. That flurry of activity suddenly blew itself out early this year with Death Grips taking a lengthy, if relatively low-profile, tour of Europe. This flying under the radar has left an obvious void and expectations that no band should realistically have to live up to.

Death Grips never stopped plotting though. They have announced a new label called Thirdworlds, in partnership with Harvest/Capitol Records. Fingers crossed this big label entanglement goes better than their last. They have also announced a series of tour dates spanning a few countries. Let us pray to the gods of smashed iMac screens and tinnitus that none of them get canceled. There has been vague talk of a new album, perhaps in early 2014. Now is the time to start a letter-writing campaign for it to be pressed to vinyl. They’ve also posted a video of drummer Zach Hill practicing in handcuffs. Let us hope the key has not been misplaced.

Hello, Death Grips. Even this short interval has seemed too long.

We missed you.

Tour dates:

07.13.13 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Blues Fest
07.16.13 - Toronto, ON - Echo Beach at the Molson Amphitheatre
07.26.13 - Niigata, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival
08.02.13 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
08.03.13 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.04.13 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Fest
08.06.13 - Boston, MA - Royale Boston
08.07.13 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
08.09.13 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
08.24.13 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
10.12.13 - Mexico City, Mexico - Corona Capital Fest

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Sweden and Finland continue good relations with collaborative album by Mika Vainio & Joachim Nordwall

The relations of Finland and Sweden have a long history.

The area that later became Finland was annexed by Sweden during the 13th century and was ruled by Swedish monarchs up until 1809. Finland was a fully integrated part of the Swedish realm, and, legally, the Finns had the same rights and duties as all citizens. But the language used in administration and education was Swedish. During the 20th century, after Finland’s 1917 freedom from Russian rule, much of the governmental administration and higher education was conducted according to old tradition with disproportionate amounts in Swedish.

During World War II, Sweden declared its neutrality, but in the Winter War it declared itself Non-belligerent and supported Finland’s cause to a certain, but limited, extent. This included over 8,000 Swedish military & airforce volunteers. Sweden also accepted and cared for a host of Finnish “war”-children during World War II. After the war, Sweden had a clear head-start in the post-war economic development, much due to its neutrality in the war, making the Finnish-Swedish relationship similar to that of Finland and Estonia of today since the 1990s. Since the mid-1990s, the inequalities between Finland and Sweden can be seen as balanced, and the relations between the two countries can be seen as equal and good.

Now in September of 2013, both Finland and Sweden will offer to one another their finest purveyors of noise in an historic collaboration between Sweden’s Joachim Nordwall and Finland’s Mika Vainio. The collaborative record, titled Monstrance, will represent the continuing bond between these two nations and will be released on Touch on September 2, 2013. And just as Sweden brings the best out of Finland, so does Nordwall bring the best out of Vainio, as according to Boomkat, Nordwall “encourages him to drop the Pan Sonic percussion tics and strike a little further out into the unknown.” Hear the track “Irkutsk” below:

Monstrance tracklist:

01. Alloy Ceremony
02. Live at the Chrome Cathedral
03. Midas in Reverse
04. Irkutsk
05. Praseodymium

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Lapalux announces first US tour, plans to experience nostalgia over trip in six months

If you think about it, Lapalux hasn’t been around forever. You don’t even have to think about it particularly hard, it’s just kind of a solid fact. Much of human history went on without Lapalux ever existing, particularly the period from the first year to roughly 2008. Some people are very nostalgic about that period of time, because they’re big hater jerks and also because they’re trying to make a labored joke about Lapalux’s debut album Nostalchic. Well, I see through it, buddy. I bet you don’t have anything out on Brainfeeder. Hell, I bet you’ve never even had tea with Flying Lotus.

If you also think about it (sorry to make this such a “thinkpiece” hurr hurr), Lapalux has never toured the United States. This is another thing that does not require strenuous thought, because, once again, it’s just solid fact. But that’s a solid fact that’s about to change! This fall, Lapalux will be heading out on his very first US tour. Starting in New York City (the biggest city in New York, fun fact), the tour will go on for roughly a month, finally ending in… New York City. There’s a whole bunch of shows in other cities in between them. He’s not just hanging out in New York City for a month. If you think about that, it’s true.

Lapalux dates:

09.04.13 - Manhattan, NY - Le Bain at The Standard
09.05.13 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.06.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Basement
09.07.13 - Miami, FL - Bardot Miami
09.08.13 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
09.12.13 - Halifax, NS - Reflections Cabaret
09.13.13 - Montreal, QC - Le Belmont
09.14.13 - Toronto, ON - Blk Box
09.15.13 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
09.17.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Billiken Club
09.18.13 - Chicago, IL - Schuba’s Tavern
09.19.13 - Denver, CO - Casselman’s Bar & Venue
09.20.13 - Oakdale, CA - Symbiosis Gathering
09.21.13 - Austin, TX - Holy Mountain
09.24.13 - Vancouver, BC - Shine Nightclub
09.25.13 - Calgary, AB - The HiFi Club
09.26.13 - Seattle, WA - Decibel Festival
09.27.13 - San Francisco, CA - 1015 Folsom
09.29.13 - San Diego, CA - The Void
10.02.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Low End Theory
10.03.13 - Cambridge, MA - Middlesex Lounge
10.04.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - VIA Festival
10.05.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands

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R. Stevie Moore announces new compilation album, still has way more songs than any reasonable human would presume they could shake a stick at

R. “reclusive genius” Stevie Moore’s got a new compilation album coming out, his 42nd. This one’s called Personal Appeal and it’s out on Care in the Community Recordings August 5. You know what to do. You won’t fail like last time. Call up all your buddies (yes, even Lance. He’s going through a tough breakup), and have them meet you at dawn with their best shaking sticks. Unless you’re disciplined, you won’t make it. There will be too many songs. You’ll be overwhelmed.

Look, friendo, R. Stevie Moore’s been making music since he was a little kid. He’s been recording in basements across America on to reel-to-reel machines since before you were even that hubristic glimmer in your drunken father’s eye. He’s the “godfather of DIY” for Pete’s sake (Come to think of it, you better call Pete, too, while you’re at it. He’s got a strong wrist that’s pretty much a stick-shaking warhorse. Just make sure he doesn’t try to bring his wife like last time. She’ll only slow you down.) Realistically, R. Stevie Moore has more songs than any sane human would ever think they could even begin to shake a stick at. But you, you’re not sane, you’re not normal. You think you’ve got what it takes.

I’m not here to make any definitive proclamations, sweet cheeks, but I’ll say that you’ve for sure got an uphill battle of vigorous stick shaking ahead of you. Most of the songs here you probably don’t even know about. They’re tracks from Moore’s Cassette Club that were written, recorded, and released between 1973 and 2001 when he was mostly living in New Jersey. These songs are the “un-catalogued well of material that he was creating and self-producing alongside his more ‘official’ output.” Listen to “Sort of Way” below if you’re of a mind to get your shaking tendons all limber.

In addition to the compilation, Personal Injury has recently re-issued a whole slew of Moore’s albums from between 1976 and 1986. But you already knew that, Mr. “I’m Going to Shake a Stick at All of R. Stevie Moore’s Songs Just You Wait and See,” didn’t you?

Personal Appeal tracklist:

01. Why Can’t I Write a Hit?
02. Makeup Shakeup
03. Old
04. Structure of Love
05. The Picture
06. Quarter Peep Show
07. I’ve Begun to Fall in Love
08. Pretend for a Second That You Are Very Intelligent Forecast
09. No Body
10. Man Without a Purpose
11. Treat Me What We Did
12. Copy Me
13. I’m Sorry But Goodnight

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Bloc Party get even more “Ratchet” than before on new EP for Frenchkiss Records

UK art-punk veterans Bloc Party are back, and maybe it’s a bit late, but they’ve got your Song of the Summer. FINALLY. Move over, Daft Punk. The new track is called “Ratchet” and it’s a tribute to rapper Waka Flocka Flame. (Okay, probably not, but maybe.) If you’ve ever dreamed about watching a music video where a guitar pops out of a guy’s head (but not like, in a gross bloody way or anything), then the “Ratchet” video, featuring the work of animator Cyriak, is for you:

“Ratchet” comes to us off the band’s forthcoming Frenchkiss Records EP called The Nextwave Sessions, which is a tribute to micro genres like “chillwave” and shit. (Okay, again, probably not, but maybe.) The EP is due August 13 as a digital download. The album was produced by studio wizard extraordinaire Dan Carey, who has worked with Hot Chip and Bat For Lashes.

The Nextwave Sessions tracklisting:

01. Ratchet
02. Obscene
03. French Exit
04. Montreal
05. Children of the Future

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Harold Budd to release limited edition live LP this September, just in time to lull you lovingly into a beautiful winter coma

Ever feel turned off by the way some music just seems way, way too “insistent” upon itself? Ever feel like bands just have too many people in them and are too noisy? Ever suddenly think to yourself while listening to some crappy little snippet of best-new western pop music something along the lines of “gee, why is this so loud?” Or “gah, does that guy have to be hitting cymbals the whole time like that?” Or even “boy, this music sure would be better if some idiot wasn’t spoiling the powers of my imagination by singing all these pathetic fucking words over the top of the whole thing and just flat out telling me what his dumb song is about?”

Two words. Harold Budd, baby. (Although also, you might want to cut back on the narcotics, bro).

But yeah, in case you’re not up on this stuff, Budd has long been (among other things) one of the masters of the kind of sweet, chill-ass, semi-ambient, semi-piano-based music that is so dreamy-weamy-swirly-wirly-awesome-wawesome that it almost borders on cheese-ball… which is what makes it so goddamn awesome. And now, he’s announced that he’ll be releasing a full-on double LP (and double CD) of the stuff on the Root Strata label on September 20.

The album in question is called Perhaps and consists of a December 8, 2006 live recording performed by Budd at a memorial event for fellow avant-garde composer James Tenney at the California Institute of the Arts. It was originally released digital-only (and available only via the Samadhi Sound label’s website). But now, thanks to the miracle of everyone’s growing disdain for the environment, it’s being made available for the first time on beautiful, disgusting, non-recyclable wax and plastic! From the Root Strata site:

[Perhaps] is Harold Budd sublimely distilled. Striking in its restraint & simplicity yet profoundly resonant in its depth & message, it is both eulogy to a departed friend and defining statement from an artist at the apotheosis of his career.

But be warned, the LP edition is only 500 strong. So like I said, if you hate all other forms of popular music and need a little Budd in your life, you’d better not sleep on it. Besides, there’ll be plenty of time for that after you throw it on and chew a few Ambien.

Perhaps tracklist:

01. Templar
02. Tong War
03. Quandari
04. Vari
05. Nec Spero
06. Moss Landing
07. Chualar
08. Atl Atl
09. Nec Metus
10. Drita
11. Monument
12. Reini
13. Ghost Cloud

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