Demdike Stare, Hype Williams, DJ Rashad, Actress pick apart South African dance music on Shangaan Shake comp

Demdike Stare, Hype Williams, DJ Rashad, Actress pick apart South African dance music on Shangaan Shake comp

Perhaps you remember the South African dance compilation Shangaan Electro put out by the Honest Jon’s label a few years ago; let’s assume that you do, and that you’ve made up different dance moves to each jacked-up track on it, putting to shame any other South African dance fans in your voting district. You probably even got super pumped when you heard ZS mention wanting to collaborate with that scene! Boy do I have something for you, especially if you’re into other dudes who take wacked approaches to dance music and resulting atmospheres/emanations. The very same Honest Jon’s label is in the midst of releasing limited 12-inches featuring major playas on the 21st-century scene “remixing” material from Shangaan Electro, if the word “remix” didn’t instantly mean something middling and disposable. You understand the difference between a Tiësto remix and a Hype Williams one, right? One’s for people on molly, the other’s for people on antidepressants.

Past and future tagged remixers include Demdike Stare, DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn, RP Boo, Hype Williams, Actress, Ricardo Villalobos, Theo Parrish, Mark Ernestus, Burnt Friedman, Oni Ayhun, MMM, Old Apparatus, Anthony Shake Shakir, and Max Loderbauer. Since that amounts to an uneconomical number of 12-inches to collect, the label is also offering a 2-CD set of all the remixes (or song-reworkings, whatever) as the Shangaan Shake compilation, set for release on March 13. The songs vary from a “carnivalesque head scrambler” by Theo Parrish to a “deep, minimal funk” piece by Ricardo Villalobos to the aesthetically aligned reworks by footwork producers DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, and RP Boo that stay “true to the hyper-energy and raw, unhinged power of the source material.” Plus all those other respectable joes! Gosh, I can’t stand around here talking about this fantastic compilation, why I need to go right out to my record store and preorder my copy today! And I’m going to say Tiny Mix Tapes sent me! How fun!

R.P. Boo Meets Shangaan Electro (clip) by Honest Jons

Rashad and Spinn Meet Tshetsha Boys (clip) by Honest Jons

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Pulp play US shows as part of new law requiring every band to experience their careers at least twice

If you’re like me, then you usually like your summers like you like your orange juice — Pulp free. Typically the only type of Cocker I’m all about is “spaniel,” but this year (2012, I believe) I think we should embrace Jarvis Cocker and his Pulp-mates, as they will perform live four times this spring. Why? Because I said so, and I have extraneous power over you as a TMT writer.

It’s been nearly a decade since playing in the US, but all of the original members are back to run through all the solid Britpop songs they wrote when they actually existed. Shows include Coachella appearances, Radio City Music Hall in New York City, The Warfield in San Francisco, and my cousin Jango Fet’s (that’s really his name!) Sweet 16 birthday party extravaganza in Trenton, New Jersey. People attending Coachella will be pleasantly surprised this year to learn that those who have never listened to Pulp have formally promised to not even pretend that they’re fans while they’re standing in front of you.


04.11.12 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall
04.13.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.17.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
04.20.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella

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Underworld release A Collection and 1992 - 2012 Anthology; in other words: almost every-thing, every-thing, every-thing

In addition to personally inspiring a short-lived and bruise-ridden interest in urban rollerblading, the movie Hackers (1995), starring Johnny Lee Miller and a surprisingly child-free Angelina Jolie, is memorable for two reasons: cringeworthy dialogue that seems infinitely more cool during a movie than on paper, and a soundtrack filled with nostalgic techno tracks from the early 90s. The movie was perhaps my first, albeit indirect, exposure to genuine electronic music, and the British electronic group Underworld arguably gained even more of a following with the track “Cowgirl” appearing on the movie’s soundtrack. The song plays when… I don’t know, the l33t characters are performing some amazing montage-worthy hack? I can’t specifically recall.

For those who were permanently affected by that movie’s soundtrack, or for the elder among us who were already knee-deep into the electronic music scene at the time, here’s some newsworthy information that you might appreciate: Underworld are releasing two “career spanning” compilation albums this month. The first, A Collection, is a single disc set featuring “edited highlights” (or radio versions) from the group’s 20-year career, alongside recent collaborations; while the second, 1992 - 2012 Anthology, contains three discs consisting of 16 “full-length Underworld classics” and nine rare or previously unreleased tracks. Both compilations are available for digital download now on the band’s website, with CD versions becoming available January 23. Check out the tracklistings here and here.

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Icky Blossoms sign to Saddle Creek; prepare to be hazed by Conor Oberst, young’ins

Your tween-loving heart will be glad to hear that Icky Blossoms, the band composed of Tilly and The Wall’s Derek Pressnall, vocalist Sarah Bohling, and filmmaker/musician Nik Fackler, have signed to Saddle Creek. Signing with Saddle Creek means more than just a legally binding contract to clean Conor Obert’s teardrop-shaped pool and look after Rilo Kiley’s pet Gila monster — it means you’ve made it!

Icky Blossoms may sound like a rude attack on Mayim Bialik’s appearance and cool hats, but the name also represents a group of friends from Omaha, Nebraska that possibly make dance-pop reminiscent of a gross flower. TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek will help the gang record their debut in the studio, where it is likely that Cursive frontman and Saddle Creek member Tim Kasher will play hidden camera pranks on the band à la the masterpiece television series Punk’d.

If you want an idea of want Icky Blossoms sound like, you can check out two tracks on their Facebook page. That’s as far as I’m going to help you out.

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Soul Jazz’s Sounds of the Universe store begets a shiny new record label

Baby lambs. Tiny peeping chicks. KITTEHS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All newborn things, all adorable. But really — let’s be honest here — is there anything in life more precious than a newborn record label? In these trying times, it gives one heart to see a fledgling label giving it a go, and that’s precisely what the good people at revered label Soul Jazz’s London record store Sounds of the Universe are doing. That’s right! A record label’s store is giving birth to another record store. Babies having kickass babies. Somebody call Maury!

Appropriately enough, the store’s new label shares the same name: Sounds of the Universe. Its inaugural release comes from Chicago electronica dude Jamal ‘Hieroglyphic Being’ Moss, a fellow equally influenced by his hometown’s storied dance music past and the ethereal space strains of the legendary Sun Ra. The Sounds of the Universe label will release Shikaakwa, Moss’ limited-edition one-sided 12-inch named after the Native American word for Chicago, sometime towards the end of January. With hand-etched artwork from Japanese artist 2yang and a limited run of only 300 copies, this puppy, available through the Sounds of the Universe shop and website, will likely sell out quickly. Better break out those nasty bubblegum cigars while you’re at it.

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Pelican return with a new EP and a big beak full of slimy, delicious fish

Pelican is a large bird that resides primarily near the water. Pelican is also an instrumental metal band from Chicago. Ha! Got you with the classic bait-and-switch! You clicked this story thinking that it would be about your favorite bird, but now you have to read a story about your favorite instrumental metal band from Chicago. You’ve got to read this and… that sounds like it’s going to be okay for you. Really, what’s left to say about Pelican, the bird? There’s no blood in that stone, if you follow me.

But Pelican, the band? Plenty left to say about them! We could talk about how they haven’t put out anything since 2009’s What We All Come to Need and we just did. Let’s even talk about how they’re breaking that recorded silence by putting out a four song EP called Ataraxia/Taraxis through Southern Lord on April 10. Heck, while we’re chewing the fat, let’s touch on the fact that this marks a new stage in the band’s history, since all four members of Pelican live in different cities, leading to a greater focus on composition and utilizing different recording techniques.

All this talk about Pelican is making me thirsty and also hungry for fish. Let’s sit down and quench our thirsts. Sate our hunger for the sea’s delicious treats. While we’re sitting, we can talk more about Pelican. Did you know they’re going on a European tour in April? They are.

Ataraxia/Taraxis tracklist:

01. Ataraxia
02. Lathe Biosas
03. Parasite Colony
04. Taraxis

Pelican dates:

04.06.12 - Zottegem, Belgium - Dunk! Festival
04.07.12 - London, UK - The Garage *
04.08.12 - Birmingham, UK - Vudu Club *
04.09.12 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
04.10.12 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo
04.11.12 - Manchester, UK - The Ruby Lounge
04.12.12 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
04.13.12 - Bristol, UK - The Cooler
04.14.12 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Roadburn Festival
04.15.12 - Paris, France - La Maronquinerie
04.16.12 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Jubez &
04.17.12 - Dudingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn
04.18.12 - Milan, Italy - Magonlia
04.19.12 - Munich, Germany - Feierwerk &
04.20.12 - Berlin, Germany - Cassiopeia &
04.21.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Nosturi

* Chelsea Wolfe
& Tombs

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[Photo: Lisa Shelley]