Deltron 3030 excite me by announcing new album Event II, freak me out a little by calling it a rap opera

Deltron 3030 excite me by announcing new album Event II, freak me out a little by calling it a rap opera

Hot damn, hip-hop fans! If it seems like we’ve all been clamoring for another shit-hot collaboration album from Deltron 3030 (a.k.a. the supercollective comprised of Del the Funky Homosapien, DJ Kid Koala, and producer Dan the Automator) since way back in the year 2000 when the gang first released its self-titled debut and made all of our high school girlfriends threaten to dump our asses if we didn’t stop listening to it on a Discman plugged into a tape deck while smoking shitty weed; that’s because we HAVE been! It’s freaking THIRTEEN years later, man. WE’RE OLD as shit. We’re fatter, lazier, uglier (partially from drinking all of this crap), and possibly kid-ridden. On the plus side, though? Our weed is a little better.

…Which is good! Because we’re gonna need it come October 1, when the group’s long-awaited follow-up, Deltron 3030: Event II, finally comes out on Bulk Recordings. In addition to guest appearances from the likes of Damon Albarn, Mike Patton, The Lonely Island, Rage Against the Machine’s Zack De La Rocha, Emily Wells, and Jamie Cullum, the album also apparently features quite a few oddballs, including actors David Cross, Amber Tamblyn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as well as, uh, chef David Chang. But because they’ve made us all wait for 13 years, the trio is being kind enough to release an EP, entitled City Rising from the Ashes, on August 13, which will feature three tracks from the new album. Oh, and there’s also a trailer out now that features the opening track… aaaand Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Sweet.

But… so… why is there a chef in the credits? And more importantly, what’s the album concept? Let’s ask Del:

This time, the album has a specific story. The Deltron world has gone too far with technology. Everything’s destroyed, and you just see the remnants of our technology. The streets are run by criminals, the police are outnumbered and outgunned, and we’re like pirates, running rogue, doing what we do to survive. That’s the scene of it. We’re trying to be as literary as possible while dealing with a musical format. I don’t know if you could even categorize this as a hip hop album - it’s more like a rock opera, but using rap.

Uh oh. Sorry Del, but… that all kinda sounds like Waterworld. Jeez, I hope you guys didn’t make Waterworld.

Deltron 3030: Event II tracklisting:

01. Stardate (ft. Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
02. The Return
03. Pay the Price
04. Nobody Can (ft. Aaron Bruno of AWOLNATION)
05. Lawnchair Quarterback Pt. 1 (ft. David Cross and Amber Tamblyn)
06. Melding of the Minds (ft. Zach De La Rocha)
07. The Agony (ft. Mary Elizabeth Winstead)
08. Back in the Day (ft. The Lonely Island)
09. Talent Supersedes (ft. Black Rob)
10. Look Across the Sky (ft. Mary Elizabeth Winstead)
11. The Future of Food (ft. David Chang)
12. My Only Love (ft. Emily Wells)
13. What Is This Loneliness (ft. Damon Albarn and Casual)
14. Lawnchair Quarterback Pt. 2 (ft. David Cross and Amber Tamblyn)
15. City Rising From the Ashes (background vocals by Mike Patton)
16. Do You Remember (ft. Jamie Cullum)

City Rising From the Ashes EP tracklisting:

01. City Rising From the Ashes
02. The Agony (ft. Mary Elizabeth Winstead)
03. Pay the Price

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• Bulk Recordings:

GG Allin is back! In bobblehead form!

On June 27, 1993, naked and covered in his own blood and fecal material, GG Allin ran down the streets of New York in an attempt to avoid the police after one of his notoriously chaotic (and often short) live shows was shut down. Successfully escaping arrest, Allin made it to a friend’s place where the party continued into the next day. In the wee hours of the morning, God decided to reclaim one his angels from this earthly plain and return him to the heavens. 20 years ago, young Kevin Allin shuffled off this mortal coil.

So how do we pay tribute to this fallen hero? Well, rather than crack beer bottles over our heads and shove bananas in our asses in a public, or fucking everything we kill/killing everything we fuck, you can just spend some money, as there’s a bunch of GG memorabilia hitting the streets this year.

First up, we have America’s favorite scum rocker once again immortalized in polyresin with a brand new bobble Throbblehead doll. Unlike the first one Aggronautix released a few years back, portraying GG in his “1991” look, this one is based on his general appearance circa 1989; some hair, bandana, big sunglasses, leather jacket, the whole nine yards. Slightly more dignified than a glorified diaper and cowboy boots. You can check out it out on the Aggronautix site but if you want to make your office space 80% more transgressive you need to get on it because it’s a limited run of 2000.

What might be the strangest (and probably most downright terrifying) piece of GG merchandise is this which is available from Sikrik Masks. Have you ever wanted to feel like you were GG? I mean, like, be GG? Well, now you can! Sort of! This super creepy latex mask also depicts GG from the late 80s and is sure to give everyone who sees you wearing it all kinds of nightmares. Aside from scaring the shit (would GG have it any other way?) out of your friends, you can also use the mask if you’re trying to rob a bank or have the technical know-how to interrupt the signal of your local PBS station.

Really, though, the best thing about the barrage of GG stuff this year is My Prison Walls, a collection of GG’s journal writing, prose, lyrics, artwork, and correspondences (including letters to/from John Wayne Gacy). The 208-page hardcover is limited to 2500 individually numbered copies and is available from Aggronautix. The first 50 pages of the book are comprised of GG’s log of his first 30 days (his first first 30 days) in prison, titled “30 Days in the Hole.” Our pals over at Vice have offered up a preview/write-up of GG’s prison experience, and from the looks of it, there’s a lot of one-person pant rummages going on. Really though, the book gives some firsthand insight into the mind of an, at best, polarizing and, at worst, psychotic figure in American underground rock culture. It also will probably serve as a good compliment to Todd Phillips’ (yes, that Todd Phillips) 1993 documentary Hated: GG Allin & the Murder Junkies.

No word yet on Merle Allin’s take on this, or if he’s getting a cut of the sales, but I’m just glad that we’re one step closer to a real life Planet GG.

• GG Allin:

Islands announce new album Ski Mask, single, and bank robbery/winter sports-themed North American tour

Contrary to popular belief, Nick Thorburn of Islands (and previously The Unicorns) was not born a unicorn. Indeed, after last night, it would appear that he was born a cat burglar. You see, according to several witnesses, a masked man with a build suspiciously similar to Thorburn’s broke in to my home and made off with my humidor, my smoking jacket, and my other humidor! The worst part? None of my friends believe me! Needless to say, I am stricken. My closest friend, who I’ll call Skipper here for the purposes of anonymity, called me this morning to explain why he didn’t believe me. “Dear friend, I can tell by the tone of your voice and by the content of what you’ve said that you weren’t seriously robbed, but that you are instead working on your next news post for Tiny Mix Tapes, and I’ll have none of it!”

“But, Skipper! I would never do such a thing!” I complained. Skipper replied, “Enough! You and I are both well aware that Thorburn’s follow-up to last year’s A Sleep & A Forgetting with his rotating cast of collaborators in Islands is called Ski Mask. Do you honestly expect me to believe that he’s been running around the country burgling people? Did he wear the titular ski-mask while he made off with your humidors? Next you’ll tell me he invited you to spend a weekend skiing with him in Aspen! Because you are as dapper and knowledgeable as you are tricksy, I’m sure you’re well aware that Ski Mask will be out September 17 on Thorburn’s own Manqué imprint.” After tracing the shape of a SoundCloud embed box in the air, he continued, “And I’m sure you’ve heard the tropicalia-inflected ‘Wave Forms’ that is currently streaming on the band’s site? And I trust you know about their North American tour beginning in September?”

After Skipper impressively recited the tour dates from memory, I told him that I did indeed know all of this, and I thanked him for basically writing my news post for me (I had been recording our conversation, as I do with all of my friends). I thought about protesting, saying that perhaps Thorburn was robbing gentle music news writers because of his pent-up anger. After all, Thorburn described Ski Mask as an album that is both a summary of his “experience thus far with being in a band,” and “really about being angry.” However, I chose to stay silent, and Skipper graciously invited me to join he and his roommates for an egg cream at the local soda fountain later that day. I accepted the invitation, all the while plotting my revenge against Thorburn.

Ski Mask tracklist:

01. Wave Forms
02. Death Drive
03. Becoming the Gunship
04. Nil
05. Sad Middle
06. Hushed Tones
07. Here Here
08. Shotgun Vision
09. Of Corpse
10. We’ll Do It So You Don’t Have To
11. Winged Beat Drums


09.18.13 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door
09.20.13 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
09.21.13 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
09.22.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
09.24.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
09.25.13 - Santa Ana, CA - The Constellation Room
09.26.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Eagle Rock Center for the Arts
09.27.13 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
10.08.13 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
10.09.13 - Montreal, QC, Il Motore
10.10.13 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
10.11.13 - Detroit, MI - The Loving Touch
10.12.13 - Madison, WI - Der Rathskeller
10.13.13 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
10.14.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10.16.13 - Washington, DC - Empty Bottle
10.17.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
10.20.13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

• Islands:

RJD2 announces new album, More Is Than Isn’t, hopes you’re more excited than not

Attention everyone: this is a breaking news story all about the FACT that electronic/instrumental hip-hop mainstay RJD2 a.k.a. RJ Krohn is releasing his 5th proper full-length LP of electronic/instrumental hip hop music (and follow-up to 2010’s The Colossus), entitled More Is Than Isn’t, on October 8, 2013 via his label, RJ’s Electrical Connections. Great. Neat. Now what? If you ask me, it’s time for some conjecture!

1. The press release calls it “a largely instrumental affair,” but notes that the record does indeed feature several guest vocalists, including Phonte Coleman (Little Brother, Foreign Exchange), Aaron Livingston (Icebird, The Roots), rappers Blueprint, P. Blackk and STS, and Khari Mateen.

2. The press release also says that the album is “tied together by three instrumental pieces that are different explorations of the same harmonic theme” and that it “captures a dynamic range not seen before on an RJD2 album, ranging from subdued jazz-tinged pieces to bombastic club music, and a lot of funk in between.”

3. RJ himself says that, “in ways, all of my previous albums were in some fashion striving to achieve something more than being ‘just instrumental music’; this is the first RJD2 album I’ve made that actually revels in a relative lack of vocals.”

4. Meanwhile, I say that I hope that More Is Than Isn’t is making me want to listen to the White Zombie song “More Human Than Human” all of a sudden. So, I’m going to go do that now. Sorry, RJ. You’re welcome, everyone else!

More Is Than Isn’t tracklisting:

01. Suite 1
02. Temperamental (feat. Phonte Coleman)
03. Behold, Numbers!
04. Her Majesty’s Socialist Request
05. A Lot of Night Ahead of You
06. Bathwater (feat. P. Blackk)
07. Milk Tooth
08. Suite 2
09. Winter Isn’t Coming
10. See You Leave (feat. STS and Khari Mateen)
11. Got There, Sugar?
12. Love and Go (feat. Aaron Livingston)
13. Descended From Myth
14. Dirty Hands
15. It All Came To Me In A Dream (feat. Blueprint)
16. Suite 3

RJD2 tour dates:

07.11.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Morgan’s Pier
07.16.13 - Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
07.28.13 - Dufer, OR - WTF?! What The Festival
08.01.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Morgan’s Pier

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• RJ’s Electrical Connections:

America’s festival of dreams Fun Fun Fun Fest announces Snoop Dogg, M.I.A., Daniel Johnston, Death Grips, Mykki Blanco, more

Deep within the heart of Texas is a magical land. A land called Austin, Texas, where tacos rule, the best bands are always playing, and Terrence Malick shoots movies about the local rock scene. Oh, and Bill Murray just comes to hang out and bartend during SXSW and basically inspire all forms of apocryphal “Bill Murray is awesome” stories. Because everything in Austin is just a little bit awesomer anyway. Case in point: Fun Fun Fun Fest.

The annual festival of (all our) dreams takes place this year from November 8-10 at Auditorium Shores, with weekend passes already on sale at the festival website. Headliners include Snoop Dogg! M.I.A.! Slayer!!!!! Television! Johnny Marr! Plus Daniel Johnston, Death Grips, Mykki Blanco, Bill Callahan, Thee Oh Sees, The Men, Kurt Vile, MGMT, Jurassic 5, Washed Out, FLAG (Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Bill Stevenson and Stephen Egerton), Ice-T, Cut Copy, Big Freedia, Descendents, Quicksand, The Locust, Deerhunter, Simian Mobile Disco, and King Khan and the Shrines, Ice-T’s Body Count, The Julie Ruin (Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill/Le Tigre), Dismemberment Plan, Lupe Fiasco, Chelsea Light Moving (Thurston Moore’s new dealie), and Unlocking the Truth, all of which totally deserve their own exclamation marks, but hey, that’s life. More musical acts, comedy stuff, and sporty happenings to be announced. The full lineup is available at the Fun Fun Fun Fest website, and it’s pretty rad.

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Wolfgang Voigt announces book/CD Zukunft Ohne Menschen, hopes that the actual zukunft ohne menschen comes long after its release

Where would we be without Wolfgang? Well, for one, the need for surprisingly buff animated 5th graders would’ve been left unfulfilled, and we wouldn’t be one step closer to realizing that really really cool wolf/human hybrid only fantasized about in the movies. Names are the precursor to physical transformation, I’ve decided, so just as the name “Wolfgang” will ultimately lead to a new, super-intelligent, albeit vicious and overly hairy, species, the name “Michael” will precede a particular evolution into angels, who aren’t bound by altruism, but by kicking ass and flying and shit. I don’t make the rules. Sorry, Berthas.

Here’s another benefit of Wolfgangs: the founding and continued existence of one of minimal techno’s most influential labels, and a damn near classic collection of 4/4-driven serenity. Wolfgang Voigt is co-founder and co-owner of Kompakt, runs his own label Profan, and has released music under at least a dozen monikers, though his elemental form is his undoubtedly his most well-known. On September 3, Wolfgang Voigt will release (under his own name) Zukunft Ohne Menschen, a deluxe book/CD stemming from a likewise-named sound installation project featured at the entrance to this year’s Art Cologne.

Google Translate-me, please: “Zukunft ohne menschen” means “future without people” in English, and according to Voigt, it’s also a future of arpeggiated minimalism. According to a press release, the 10 compositions sound randomly generated, but were, in fact, manually composed and improvised by Voigt, possibly behind a glowing curtain à la The Wizard of Oz. Accompanying each composition were abstract images of people-removed urban photographs, as an elongated cursor “bored” its way through.

It might be best if you just wait for the 24-page booklet, if you can get your hands on one of the 500 copies.

Zukunft Ohne Menschen tracklisting:

01. Z.O.M. 1.1
02. Z.O.M. 1.2
03. Z.O.M. 1.3
04. Z.O.M. 1.4
05. Z.O.M. 1.5
06. Z.O.M. 1.6
07. Z.O.M. 1.7
08. Z.O.M. 1.8
09. Z.O.M. 1.9
10. Z.O.M. 1.10

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• Kompakt: