Digitalism announce North American tour dates; find them in a Foot Locker near you

Digitalism announce North American tour dates; find them in a Foot Locker near you

Hamburg duo Digitalism, a.k.a Jence Moelle and Isi Tüfekçi, wear French house cheese on their sleeve, so to speak. Delicious, stinky cheese. Following their 2011 sophomore album I Love You Dude — which featured a random songwriting credit from The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas on “Forrest Gump” — the German indie-electro pair will return to North America for a 13-date tour in support of their recent single, “Wolves.”

Featuring members of L.A. pop group Youngblood Hawke, “Wolves” is a pretty serious departure from Digitalism’s past work. I just played it and my co-worker said it sounded like the soundtrack to Foot Locker. I couldn’t agree more! Nevertheless, we at TMT are adverse to snap judgements, even if the band describes “Wolves” as marrying “European electronic music with American songwriting to deliver a dance-hit that proves you don’t have to make EDM to create energetic dance music.” Wait, that’s what EDM means? I thought it stood for erectile dysfunction music…

In any case, Digitalism’s North American tour will see them playing in liberal, dance-friendly cities across the United States and Canada, with their last stop in sunny Solana Beach, California. For more “Wolves” fun, remixes from Booka Shade, RAC, and Riton can all be found here. And before you hear “Wolves” in a store without asking to, check out the music video and the full list of tour dates below.

Digitalism North American tour dates:

10.23.14 - Toronto, ONT- The Hoxton
10.24.14 - Montreal, QC - SAT
10.25.14 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
10.26.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.28.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.29.14 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
10.30.14 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
11.01.14 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
11.04.14 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
11.06.14 - Portland, OR - Whiskey Bar
11.07.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11.08.14 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theater
11.09.14 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern

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PC Worship announces new full-length Social Rust on Northern Spy and Dull Tools

Imagine a blank white background. Two smug looking fellahs wander in. One says, “Hi, I’m a Mac,” and the other says, “Hi, I’m a PC,” and at first you’re like, “Wait a second, isn’t this joke like at least 10 years old already?” but then, a third guy walks in. It’s Justin Frye. He says, “Hi, I’m PC Worship.” The Mac and PC guys look at each other for a moment before they suddenly burst into flames and crumble into nothingness. Frye walks forward, clearly dressed in a manner that is an ode to the late Steve Jobs’ get-up at Apple keynote addresses. He begins:

“I apologize for coming to you this way, wrapped as I am in the fabric of a nearly decade-old joke, but it’s just the way things work these days. I’m sure you understand. Anyway, I’m here today to tell you about an exciting new development in this beautiful world. I, under the mantle of PC Worship, am releasing a new album! It will be called Social Rust, and it’s out September 9. It’s not just me though! Michael Etten, Jordan Bernstein, and Shannon Sigley are also flying with me on a quartet-shaped spaceship through the universe. Actually, there were a bunch of other folks on this album with me too, so it really did lend to that ‘shambolic’ quality my friend Mr. Press-Release likes to say we have. In fact, I think I hear Mr. Press-Release coming now, I’ll let him say a little…”

As Frye has been speaking, the ashes of the Mac and PC men have been contorting themselves, forming an inky thick liquid, that finally begins to grow into a singular mass that pulses at a quick rate as it forms into a vaguely humanoid shape. A sound emanates from its midsection. It says, “Thanks Justin! Hi there, well yes, we’re very excited about this new PC Worship full-length. We’re doing a dual release with Northern Spy for the digital and CD and Dull Tools for the vinyl. I think, if you put a gun to my inky black head-like region, the one thing I’d say about the album is that ‘Social Rust portends a familial group hell bent on blending its own vision of fully realized songcraft and contagious melodicism into its trademark chaotic din.’ Basically, the album has a lot more traditional song structures than previous PC Worship records, but it’s still deeply indebted to the band’s avant-garde-type roots.” The white walls of the room go suddenly dark, and the only remaining light ekes out all orange from a SoundCloud player hovering just in front of your face. The sounds of “Rust” from the album fill the room, as you feel your bones turning to dust.

Social Rust tracklist:

01. Odd
02. Behind the Picture
03. Rust
04. Gypsy’s
05. Baby in the Backroom
06. Hawl
07. Paper Song (Dig)
08. Public Shrine
09. First Wave Back

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Goldrush Music Festival excavates its full 2014 lineup; Wolf Eyes and Eric Copeland to headline

Look who (alternatively: what) is coming up in the world! No, I’m not about to regale you with some lame-ass rags-to-riches story, where an impoverished kid from the inner city grows up to became the next best thing to Billy Mays. Goldrush Music Festival, which began in 2011, and which recently unveiled its already-stellar-enough initial lineup for 2014, has just announced its two headliners for this year’s edition. They are… groovy experimental musician Eric Copeland (of Black Dice), based out of Brooklyn, and the corneas that need no introduction but rather a timid staring-into, Wolf Eyes. And within the context of a lineup that otherwise contains Mount Eerie, clipping., The Howling Hex, Thug Entrancer, DVA, and numerous others, this is obviously the biggest Gold Rush ever. No no, don’t mention the 19th century. Ever.

And for how much?! 13 bucks — about the price of a freakin’ takeout meal these days — will get you a single-day pass, and $25 will get you a two-day pass, plus a companion cassette and limited zine. As a reminder, the festival will take place September 13-14 at the Larimer Lounge and Meadowlark venues in Denver, CO. Black Dice and Wolf Eyes actually have a collaborative history, so here’s a taste of that, if you’re curious.

Full Goldrush 2014 lineup:

Wolf Eyes (Detroit, MI)
Eric Copeland (Brooklyn, NY)
Trabajo (Brooklyn, NY)
RUMTUM (Denver, CO)
Mount Eerie (Anacortes, WA)
Mezzanine Swimmers (Brooklyn, NY)
clipping. (Los Angeles, CA)
Fingers of the Sun (Denver, CO)
Guerilla Toss (Boston, MA)
Braeyden Jae (Salt Lake City, UT)
DVA (Pardubice, Pardubický Kraj, Czech Republic)
Homebody (Denver, CO)
Thug Entrancer (Denver, CO)
Church Fire (Denver, CO)
Good Willsmith (Chicago, IL)
Aja Vision (Oakland, CA)
Kevin Greenspon (Los Angeles, CA)
Sister Grotto (Denver, CO)
REIGHNBEAU (Albuquerque, NM)
Champion (Denver, CO)
The Howling Hex (Denver, CO)
Docile Rottweiler (Denver, CO)
Sparkling Wide Pressure (Murfreesboro, TN)
CP 208 (Denver, CO)
Stag Hare (Salt Lake City, UT)
The Horse Latitudes (Denver, CO)

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Groundislava announces new album Frozen Throne via Wedidit, finally starts online dating

Los Angeles producer Groundislava a.k.a. Jasper Patterson is known for his contributions to the Wedidit collective, as well as having a moniker that conjures up childlike imagination and wonder. Following last month’s Feel the Heat EP, Patterson is now gearing up to release his third studio album, Frozen Throne, which follows a “thematic narrative of the search for real love in a future cyber-based reality.” Spoiler: the album ends with Groundislava getting a Tinder account. Underwhelming, I know.

In advance of Frozen Throne’s September 23 release via Wedidit and Friends of Friends, Patterson has elected to share lead single “Girl Behind the Glass,” which showcases sensual vocals from L.A. duo Rare Times a.k.a. Anthony Calonico and Alex Talan. The duo’s vocals are featured prominently throughout Frozen Throne, providing words to Patterson’s emotive sci-fi narrative. “Girl Behind the Glass” plays out like an 80s R&B ballad setting the mood for 23rd-century lovemaking, but was released in 2014 and can be heard below.

Frozen Throne tracklist:

01. Girl Behind the Glass (feat. Rare Times)
02. Terminate Uplink
03. Frozen Throne (feat. Rare Times)
04. Under the Glow (feat. Rare Times)
05. The Descent
06. Feel the Heat (feat. Rare Times)
07. October Acid
08. A Way Out
09. October Pt. 2 (feat. Rare Times)
10. Steel Sky (feat. Rare Times)

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Horse Feathers announce new album So It Is With Us, make all bald horses and furry birds feel rotten about themselves

I don’t know about you, but when I think of the website Tiny Mix Tapes, I think first and foremost of all its legendary coverage of the band Horse Feathers — the reputation is something of a blessing and a curse, really. But there’s really no sense in fighting it. Ours is simply the voice of shamble-y, Appalachian-style indie-folk-rock, what can I say? But also, when I think of the implacable independent record label Kill Rock Stars, I of course think of what theyare best known for; which is, duh, hilarious albums of Pacific Northwest stand-up comedy.

So how and under what exact circumstances do these two illimitable facts coincide? So glad you asked!

I think it happens when the Portland band Horse Feathers releases a new album on Kill Rock Stars titled So It Is With Us on October 21… and when that album is also just freakin’ HILARIOUS to listen to. So I guess the only question that can rightly be asked is, “well, is this album hilarious to listen to?” I assume so! But let’s just double-check that by asking bandleader Justin Ringle to describe the new album for us.

I wanted to stop. I did all the touring for my fourth record and ended disillusioned and defeated. I didn’t touch my guitar for months. After an arduous period of self-doubt and discovery, I finally arrived at the enlightened idea that maybe it should just be a little more fun. I stopped editing myself as much. The joy of playing live became its own reward, and I dared myself to allow that joy to shape the songwriting. In the end, I was able to let it go, and I don’t own it anymore. Which also feels like joy. That’s the way it was, and so it is with us.


What a knee slapper! I know I’m totally satisfied with the premise of this news piece being fulfilled! You? Good! Then put your freakin’ money where your bullshit mouth is already, and pre-order the thing right over here. Oh, and be sure to check out the trailer down below. And check the band out on tour this fall. No pressure or anything, but, if you don’t do those things, we’ll totally find out.

Horse Feathers 2K14 comedy tour:

10.28.14 - Bellingham, WA - The Wild Buffalo
10.29.14 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
10.30.14 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
10.31.14 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett
11.01.14 - Missoula, MT - Top Hat Lounge
11.02.14 - Bozeman, MT - The Filling Station
11.04.14 - Jackson, WY - The Town Square Tavern
11.08.14 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
11.09.14 - Colorado Springs, CO - Ivywild School
11.11.14 - Albuquerque, NM - Low Spirits
11.13.14 - Austin, TX - Holy Mountain
11.14.14 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
11.15.14 - Norman, OK - The Opolis
11.18.14 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
11.19.14 - Madison, WI - Play Circle Theater
11.20.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11.21.14 - La Crosse, WI - Cavalier Theater
11.22.14 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
11.23.14 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
11.29.14 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
12.03.14 - San Francisco, CA - GAMH
12.04.14 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Atrium at Catalyst
12.05.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
12.06.14 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
12.11.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - State Room
12.13.14 - Eugene, OR - W.O.W. Hall

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Sub Pop signs Seattle rap dude Porter Ray, who just dropped a new mixtape

Sub Pop, hitherto known as the label that stood behind the grunge explosion, have well and truly shaken off their metaphorical cardigans now with the recent signing of another Seattle-based avant-rap artist, Porter Ray. This, along with Shabazz Palaces’ recently dropped and heavily rated new album (plus a New York Times article to boot), the label may be on the brink of ushering in a space rap renaissance from Seattle.

Porter Ray is the first signing that Sub Pop’s new A+R man Ishmael Butler (a.k.a. Palaceer Lazaro from Shabazz Palaces) has brought to the label, and a quick listen to the current single “Jewelry” will disperse any doubts as to Porter Ray’s skills and spacey hip-hop credentials.

“Jewelry” is also featured on the brand-spanking-new mixtape that Porter Ray recently dropped on his Bandcamp as a prelude to the album Sub Pop are suggesting will be ready by 2015.

Fundamentals tracklisting:

01. Dice Game Diagrams (feat. D-Bleeze)
02. Ruthie Dean (feat. Nate Jack)
03. Corner Bop
04. Retrospect
05. On the Slick (feat. Nate Jack)
06. Fatal Attractions (feat. Nate Jack)
07. 166
08. AquaMarine
09. Visions
10. Woman [Alana Belle Interlude]
11. French Kiss (feat. Alana Belle)
12. Blackcherry (feat. Cam The Mac)
13. Mind of a Mack
14. Jewelry (feat. D-Bleeze)
15. Searching
16. Sunrise (feat. JusMoni)
17. Meditate (feat. D-Bleeze)

Upcoming shows:

08.15.14 - Portland, OR - Red Bull Sound Select/Music Festival Northwest
08.17.14 - Seattle, WA - 95 Slide Rooftop day party

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