Digitalis publishes Brad Rose’s novella about space clink/jail/prison/pokey/big house; includes soundtrack featuring Charlatan, Prostitutes, and more

Digitalis publishes Brad Rose's novella about space clink/jail/prison/pokey/big house; includes soundtrack featuring Charlatan, Prostitutes, and more

So, do y’all know Brad Rose? You know, the former editor of Foxy Digitalis, the fellah in charge of Digitalis Recordings, the hooded figure at the helm of pretty much every musical group you’ve ever heard of, the tech genius who figured out how podcasts work, all that. Okay, well, bad news. Turns out the guy has gotten himself stuck in a secret space jail. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Taylor, you’re mis-interpreting the news again, he’s not in space jail, he’s written a novella about space jail.” Tsk tsk, reader, that’s where you’re wrong.

I mean, I guess you’re partially right. Rose has just announced that Digitalis Industries will be releasing their first book in the form of Rose’s own sci-fi novella The Isolatarium. The Isolatarium tells the story of hacker Diadem Streng who finds himself trapped in the space pokey. Rose developed the idea for the book while working on last year’s Charlatan release of the same name, Isolatarium for Type Records. The book’s artwork is provided by Keith Rankin of Giant Claw, Orange Milk Records, and formerly of this little establishment itself. You can buy the book from Amazon and direct from the Digitalis Bandcamp (once the second half of the story is completed, there are plans to pursue a physical edition).

Rose has also put together a soundtrack to go with the book that’s available for free over at the Digitalis Bandcamp for everyone, even those of you who find books to be “dumb” and “something only old people like.” The soundtrack features a bunch of cuties whose shining faces have graced releases on the Digitalis imprint, such as Rose’s own Charlatan, Rankin’s Giant Claw, Prostitutes, and many others. At this point you’re probably wondering what gave me the impression that Rose is actually in space jail and not just writing fictional accounts of it while going about his Earthly business. Honestly? It was less of an “actual conviction” and more of a “vague notion coupled with my willingness to say pretty much anything to get you to like me.” Sorry about that. It will probably happen again.

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Deerhoof hoof it up on fall tour, release stop-motion docu short

While there’s no news of a new album from the veteran Bay Area band, Deerhoof tour all the time, so it’s not all that surprising that they’ve announced a collection of dates in New York and all over the US West this fall. The announcement came via drummer (and occasional singer) Greg Saunier’s YouTube page, accompanied by a nifty stop-motion documentary of the band’s last tour (which happened earlier this year) assembled by their touring mate Liam Finn. The clip is set to the pluralized title track from 2012’s annual Deerhoof release, Breakup Song (TMT Review), and was recorded without the knowledge of the band. In addition to new tour dates, we’ve also learned today that you can still pull one over on the Hoof.

As mentioned above, TMT has no official news of new Deerhoof music, but using our highly sophisticated analytics systems and consulting with the official TMT psychic, we’re putting our money on a new album sometime soon. The band has released a new album or EP of some kind every year for the last 16 years, and while the lineup has changed gradually over that time, their output (and their initiative to support it via touring) hasn’t slowed down one bit.

If you go see them in November and they play new songs, then you’ll be validating the huge expense TMT undertakes to make these kind of prognostications, so please, dear reader, do your part.


11.01.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg (Tinderbox Festival)
11.02.13 - Tucson, AZ - Old Tucson Studios (Night of the Living Fest)
11.03.13 - San Diego, CA - Irenic
11.04.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex
11.05.13 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
11.07.13 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
11.08.13 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
11.09.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
11.10.13 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
11.11.13 - Albuquerque, NM – Sister

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Freddie Gibbs and Madlib announce EP, new track, LP, tour dates, basically everything short of a civil union

Okay, so: turns out indie rapper Freddie Gibbs and production mastermind Madlib are doing… just about everything together. Which, is cool and all; but it kinda leaves me with little space left in which to be funny. So I’m feeling a little conflicted. Either way, let’s round it up. Who knows, maybe the whole thing will just turn out hilarious on its own.

First, there’s a new EP by the duo, entitled Deeper and out September 24 via Madlib Invazion (which, believe it or not, is a little label run by Madlib), from which you can currently stream the title track right over here. The press release says that Gibbs “showcases the yin and yang of heartbreak and anger” on it; so there’s that. You can also buy the EP early right over here, just in case you want to feel the yin and yang of having/not having money.

Then there’s the main event: the pair’s Piñata LP, which is due February 4 of next year (also on Madlib’s cute label thingy) and which features Raekwon, Scarface, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown, Domo Genesis, Joey Bada$$, Ab Soul, BJ the Chicago Kid, Meech of Flatbush Zombies, Casey Veggies, Mac Miller, Polyester the Saint, and G-Wiz. Which, if nothing else, is a very long list of people, so color me rhetorically impressed!

Lastly, there’s a few tour dates going down all over the place this fall. And by “all over the place,” I really mean all over the globe. So pay attention, East Rutherford, New Jersey! You too, Fitzroy, Australia!

Deeper EP tracklisting:

Side A:
01. Deeper
02. Deeper (Instrumental)
03. Ups and Downs (Bonus Beat)

Side B:
01. Harold’s
02. Harold’s (Instrumental)
03. The Long Walk Home (Bonus Beat)

Tour dates:

09.08.13 - San Bernadino, CA - San Manuel Amphitheater
09.14.13 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater
09.18.13 - Fitzroy, Australia - Laundry Bar
09.19.13 - Wellington, New Zealand - James Cabaret
09.20.13 - Auckland, New Zealand - The Studio
09.21-22.13 - Sydney, Australia - OutsideIn Festival
09.28.13 - Washington, DC - RFK Stadium Festival Grounds
10.04.13 - East Rutherford, NJ - Meadowlands Racetrack

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Sacred Bones journeys to the CD Collectors’ Temple of Dune to bring you lost Twin Peaks and Eraserhead CDs

The dream partnership of filmmaker/musician David Lynch and ultra-cool indie label Sacred Bones continues. According to a press release, the label “recently unearthed” limited quantities of the original CD versions of Twin Peaks: Season Two Music & More (featuring ultra-rare track “Audrey’s Rap”) and the Eraserhead soundtrack, which were released by Lynch himself half a decade ago. Featuring collaborations between Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti and Lynch and Alan Splet, respectively, each CD was lovingly rescued from a CD Collectors’ Temple of Dune or David Lynch’s fanatical aunt’s garage or a weird record store in Tulsa that went out of business 10 years ago but just recently had a “going out of business” sale — you know, something like that. There’s some story like that behind their “unearthing,” trust me.

Within the past year, Sacred Bones released David Lynch’s second album, The Big Dream (TMT Review), as well as a deluxe limited-edition version of the Eraserhead soundtrack on vinyl. Limited quantities of the Twin Peaks: Season Two Music & More and Eraserhead CDs are available online now from the Sacred Bones webstore.

Twin Peaks: Season Two Music & More tracklisting:

01. Love Theme Intro
02. Shelly
03. New Shoes
04. High School Swing
05. Hayward Boogie
06. Blue Frank
07. Audrey’s Prayer
08. I’m Hurt Bad
09. Cop Beat
10. Harold’s Theme
11. Barbershop
12. Night Bells
13. Just You
14. Drug Deal Blues
15. Audrey
16. Josie and Truman
17. Hook Rug Dance
18. Packards’ Vibration
19. Half Heart
20. Laura’s Dark Boogie
21. Dark Mood Woods / The Red Room
22. Love Theme Farewell

Eraserhead Original Soundtrack Recording tracklisting:

01. Digah’s Stomp / Lenox Avenue Blues / Stompin’ The Bug / Messin’ Around With the Blues
02. In Heaven (Lady in the Radiator Song)
03. Eraserhead Dance Mix

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O’Snap! Jim O’Rourke starts a Bandcamp page to release eight unreleased/barely released albums!

Spit out your gross vegan lunches, you skinny-fat bastards! Jim O’Rourke just did something DIGITAL while you were picking your ass in the Whole Foods food court line. Apparently, he’s launched an awesome new Bandcamp page for himself, which he’s gone and populated the fuck out of with eight (count ‘em, 8) totally rare (if ever released at all) virtual Jim O’Rourke releases! O’Shit!

Yup, collected under the awesome titles of Steamroom 1—8, each obscure release can be yours for a modest $7 USD (which is probably cheaper than your dumb lunch was), and each comes with a tidy little description that details exactly where each release comes from. (For example, Steamroom 1 says: “Recorded 2012. Originally released as a tour cd for the Christoph Heemann / Will Long / Jim O’Rourke 2013 Japan Tour.”)

Each release also says “please download best possible quality,” so don’t fuck this up the same way you fucked up the gluten-free-ness of your tofu burger by putting mustard made from grain vinegar all over the top of it. O’Rourke will KNOW. And he will ruin you.

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Two-thirds of recently-reformed Bitch Magnet now blissing out as Bored Spies

After Bitch Magnet reformed for All Tomorrow’s Parties and a selective international tour in 2011 and 2012, not to mention the reissue of their three full-length LPs via Temporary Residence, it would be easy to assume one could die happy. Well, if you haven’t done the deed yet, hold on: bassist Sooyoung Park (alias Panther Lau) and drummer Orestes Morfin have a new project bubbling up for the slow-core heads to drool all over. Bored Spies joins Park and Morfin with guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Cherie Ko (Obedient Wives Club; Pastelpower), and they’re just now wrapping up a tour of the States, bringing chunky motion à la Bitch Magnet/early Seam in line with a breezy, shoegaze-like ethereality courtesy of Ko’s arid, breathy vocals. Ko and Park live in Singapore, and Ko met the Bitch Magnet frontman while the group was on tour in Asia during 2012. Park heard some of her music, and the rest is history — they began collaborating on songs shortly thereafter, while the Phoenix-based Morfin added drum tracks via post-Millennial technology (the internet).

While a recent seven-song gig at New York’s Cake Shop showed that, like a young fawn, Bored Spies still needed to find their legs as a live act, it shouldn’t take too much time to shore up any loose ends. Meanwhile, a 7-inch single is set to arrive later this year on the Damnably label with an LP to follow shortly thereafter. If you didn’t catch them in performance, a warm studio taste of their Brad Wood-helmed single — featuring the gorgeous, chugging indie-pop anthem “Summer 720” and the breathtaking “Shashu E” — is available at the Bored Spies page on Bandcamp.

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