Domino Recording Company runs for charities, asks for donations, persuades you with potential goodies

Domino Recording Company runs for charities, asks for donations, persuades you with potential goodies

Absent a staff list on their website with adjacent professional head-shots, we can only surmise the collective physical appearance of the people behind Domino, one of independent music’s largest and most successful labels, with headquarters in London but an office in Brooklyn, alongside French and German divisions. I’m personally imagining an unrivaled convergence of “beautifulness,” exemplified by carefully sculpted beards, stupendous fashion choices, and a general appreciation for music that only adds to the attraction. What happens, though, if you replace the raw denim with track shorts, in a potentially unflattering display of excessive leg hair? Well, what you have is a necessary sacrifice, for not just one but two good causes!

On October 6, 15 members of “Team Domino” will be running the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in London in order to raise funds for two UK-based charities: Shelter from the Storm, London’s only free homeless shelter, which operates year-round without the benefit of government funding; and MIND, a charity dedicated to the support of people with mental health issues. As a supplement, Domino is also asking people to support the charities by making a donation through this website (oh, and look, a photo of some of the Domino folk!). At the time of writing, they’re about halfway toward reaching their goal of raising 10,000 quid.

Moreover, if altruism stops short of being a sufficient motivator, each donator will be entered to win a Domino “swag bag,” so long as you leave a message saying “GO TEAM DOMINO” in the designated message box. There are five such “swag bags” ready for distribution, and from the looks of the possible contents, well… I’m guessing the bag would have to be rather large.

• Domino:
• Shelter from the Storm:

Blanche Blanche Blanche announce schizophrenic new LP Breaking Mirrors, their first to be recorded in a studio!

Try as you might to forget the wonderful shit show that was the lead-in to the slightly less crazy, though still unforgettably insane Mitt-Romney-becoming-the-Republican-nominee-for-president, a rare entertaining piece from that time period actually lives on through the Internet. Another might well do the job, but here’s the equivalent of my reaction upon listening to the track “I Just Wanna Know” from Blanche Blanche Blanche’s new LP Breaking Mirrors, due out November 5 on Wharf Cat Records.

Verbally, let me describe it as an initial impression of gimmicky lo-fi-ness, midway replaced by a grinning appreciation of hidden complexity — a casual and complete reversal of opinion in less than two minutes. It’s worth quoting the press release this time: “Their songs are often difficult to play but easy to hear,” and even better, the feeling doesn’t diminish with repeated listens. I’m up to #26, the gradual smiling continues, and my double life as a human puppet has just become a little less painful. Say goodbye, mouth strings!

A bit of background about the band and the aforementioned debut LP: since 2010, Blanche Blanche Blanche have recorded seven full-length albums on multitrack cassette. Breaking Mirrors marks the first that was recorded in a professional studio, and the first for which they recruited extra musicians to play drums, bass, and guitar (Jo Miller-Gamble, Adam Steck, Quentin Moore, and Colin White, respectively).

If nothing else, let’s thank the presumed budget increase for the related increase in exposure. Looking forward to this one; preorder it here.

Breaking Mirrors tracklisting:

01. Breaking Mirrors
02. Crowd Noise
03. Zeroing In
04. That’s the Ad
05. TED Talks
06. Market Thrush
07. Fire
08. Arrive Alive
09. Flash the Bios
10. Grey Pet
11. Rich Man
12. Omega Ade
13. Fisted
14. I Just Wanna Know

• Blanche Blanche Blanche:
• Wharf Cat:

Gobby and James K form SETH, release Chick on the Moon EP October 8, because at the end of the day synergy is what they bring to the table

Teamwork, friendship, collaboration. About a year ago I made three large posters with pictures of human triumph in the background and these three words boldly printed in the foreground. I hung them on the ceiling over my bed. It helps me authentically re-evaluate my values every morning, so I know exactly what I can bring to the table that day. When I heard about the new musical project SETH, I felt the warm glow of my values being confirmed out in the great big world. I want to share that warm glow with you, readers.

SETH is the collaborative project of NYC-based producer Gobby and vocalist James K. It’s a solution-based collaboration built upon mutual respect, good optics, and leverage. Gobby will leverage his success on musical releases like Lantern (TMT Review) and Fashion Lady (TMT Review) with vocalist James K in order to create a musical experience that’s been described as a “mutant from the valley between Portishead and IDM.” The duo will release Chick on the Moon on October 8 via UNO NYC. The EP’s first single, “Don’t Open Your Make,” has a video (see below) whose optics are, as you might expect, quite good. You can also download the track over at the UNO NYC SoundCloud. What’s that smell, you ask? That’s the smell of teamwork, friendship, and collaboration, and goddamn if it isn’t mouth watering.

Chick on the Moon tracklisting:

01. Widy Track (vinyl only)
02. Don’t Open Your Make
03. Cat in the Limo
04. Crow Won’t Go (vinyl only)
05. Preicpii Oowee
06. Fish Oil
07. Kit2
08. Aveswa
09. Haha
10. Puunani Wreck

• Gobby:

Jon Hopkins announces world tour, boasts that he has more mercury than any man, living or dead

From Coldplay to Cold Beats: The Jon Hopkins Story. Oh, don’t mind me, just engaging in my favorite activity: dreaming up fake biography titles for contemporary musicians. Currently, I’m focusing on producer Jon Hopkins, who, as you may have surmised, has worked as a producer for Coldplay and makes frosty electronic compositions in his own work. Now, I only dream up false biography titles, but let’s imagine what would be between those non-existent covers. Of course, it would cover Hopkins’s early years. The beginnings of his music career. His relationship with mentor Brian Eno. His rise to prominence as a solo artist. Somewhere in there, you’d have to mention his 2013 world tour. You’d have to mention it, because it is happening later this year. Look at those tour dates below if you don’t believe it is happening. If you know anything about biographies, you know they cover things that have happened.

Hopkins’s most recent album on Domino, Immunity, was recently nominated for Britain’s 2013 Mercury Prize. The prize honors the musical artist who: a) released a record within the past year, and b) possessed the most mercury. Last year, Alt-J won, because they released An Awesome Wave that year and because they had the most mercury.

Jon Hopkins dates:

09.18.13 - Toulouse, France - La Dynamo
09.19.13 - Nimes, France - Marsatac Festival
09.20.13 - Nantes, France - Scopitone
09.21.13 - London, UK - Koko
09.24.13 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
09.27.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Leisure System
09.28.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Bozar Electronic Arts Festival
10.05.13 - Bologna, Italy - Robot Festival
10.12.13 - Bristol, UK - Simple Things Festival
10.23.13 - Graz, Austria - Elevate Festival
10.25.13 - Bergen, Norway - Ekko Festival
10.26.13 - Munich, Germany - Ritournelle
11.02.13 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves Festival
11.08.13 - Turin, Italy - Club to Club Festival
11.15.13 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
11.16.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Verboten
11.18.13 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
11.21.13 - Toronto, ON - The Hoxton
11.23.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11.25.13 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
11.26.13 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
11.27.13 - Portland, OR - Rotture
11.29.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11.30.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
12.07.13 - Perth, Australia - The Bakery
12.12.13 - Melbourne, Australia - The HiFi
12.13.13 - Victoria, Australia - Meredith Festival
12.14.13 - Sydney, Australia - Oxford Art Factory
12.22.13 - London, UK - Oval

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• Domino:

iTunes 11.1 brings iTunes Radio, Genius Shuffle, Podcast Stations; 11.2 will bring auto remix generator and the robot apocalypse

Apparently everybody’s iPhones are getting fancy updates. I don’t know, exactly. Basically all I know is I read an article where somebody used the word “skeuomorphism” and I tuned right out. Look, I’m a simple guy, I don’t need a fancy phone to do crazy complicated stuff like be “flat” or have “frosted glass” everywhere up in my business. As long as I can blast music out its little speakers, send emails to my mom, and watch live streaming footage from the camera I put on my cat’s collar, I’m good. But what the hell, we’re all on the internet so I can assume we all like computers at least a little bit, so here’s a bit of relevant news for ya: iOS 7 was officially released earlier this week alongside an announcement that Apple will soon make some new-ish telephones available.

You’re nodding your head, “Oh, Mr. Newswriter, that’s sort of relevant, but I mean, this is a music site, do you have anything that’s even more… musical?” Of course I do! Now, because I’m in medical school right now and doing everything I can not to keep the doctor away (gotta prepare from the MCATs somehow) I pretty much tend to avoid Apple products, but even so, I’m well aware of the company’s music delivery program iTunes, which, good news, is also getting some fancy updates in the form of iTunes 11.1. It’s got a bunch of neato-mosquito features, and perhaps most importantly, it’s the version of iTunes you need if you want to sync your newly updated telephone to your computer.

Now when I heard “new features” I got all stoked for an automatic chopped and screwed remix generator or something, but it turns out the technology isn’t quite to that point yet. According to Mac World, this new version brings a whole bunch of other new features, including iTunes Radio, Genius Shuffle, and Podcast Stations. iTunes Radio, of course, is Apple’s long-threatened internet radio service in the vein of others such as Pandora. As on iOS 7, you can create stations based on artists, genres, or songs for those situations when picking the perfect soundtrack for a social event is just too stressful to bear. The service is also integrated with the Apple Store, so you can purchase the songs you hear from right within the app with one click. And what’s more, you can easily share the stations you create with all your besties via email, Facebook, and Twitter. Neat! (?) As of right now, iTunes Radio is only available in the US.

Genius Shuffle lets you click a button and have iTunes generate a random-ish playlist of songs that it thinks you might enjoy, like a nosy but super helpful music butler. Neat! (?) There are improvements to the podcast section as well. You can now sync your subscriptions and playback location across devices. There’s also a new My Stations feature which basically lets you make playlists of your podcasts so you don’t have to be such an asshole on the freeway anymore when you run out of new episodes of Fresh Air or whatever. All in all, it’s been a decent day for folks who like to listen to music on their computers, a good day for those who like their telephones fancy and updated, and a great day for computers, who are scheduled to become sentient by the time iTunes 11.2 comes out.

• Apple:

James Blake postpones some US dates for the opportunity to wear a tux

Bad news for fans of James Blake in the states of Texas, Louisiana, and Tennessee. According to our bros at p4k, Blake is postponing those October/November dates in order to fly to jolly ‘ol Engerland. Blake’s album Overgrown (TMT Review) has been nominated for the Mercury Prize, so he’ll be in London to attend the October 30 ceremony.

Blake writes on his Facebook page, “[Our] sincere apologies to those who bought tickets. Refunds are available and existing tickets are valid for the rescheduled dates TBA.” Expect the new dates to be some time in 2014 because, as you can see below, Blake is pretty busy for the rest of the year. He deserves a break.

Here are Blake’s tour dates with the postponed dates marked:

09.21.13 - Birmingham, UK - Institute
09.22.13 - Oxford, UK - O2 Academy
09.24.13 - Bristol, UK - O2 Academy
09.25-26.13 - London, UK - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
10.03.13 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene
10.04.13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Berns
10.06.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
10.08.13 - Berlin, Germany - Tempodrom
10.09.13 - Munich, Germany - Muffathalle
10.10.13 - Cologne, Germany - E-Werk
10.12.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
10.13.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
10.14.13 - Paris, France - Trianon
10.20.13 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Festival
10.22.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern
10.23.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Hollywood Forever Cemetery
10.24.13 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
10.25.13 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
10.27.13 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
10.28.13 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
10.29.13 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
10.30.13 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
10.31.13 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
11.02.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11.03.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11.04.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.05.13 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
11.06.13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
11.07.13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
11.09.13 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
11.10.13 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
11.11.13 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater
11.13.13 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
11.14.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
11.15.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11.16.13 - Iowa City, IA - The Englert Theatre
11.19.13 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
11.20.13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo
11.21.13 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
11.24.13 - Guadalajara, Mexico - Teatro Estudio Cavaret

• James Blake:
• Republic: