Earl Sweatshirt announces Doris release date, enjoys freedom

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FREE EARL! Never mind, Earl a.k.a. Earl Sweatshirt has been freed. With that task completed, the world must move on to its new rallying cry: FREE EARL’S ALBUM. Though the Odd Future member announced last year that his new album would be called Doris, he’s dropped very few details on it since. As such, let me blow your mind with a (relative) avalanche of details. As reported by Pitchfork, Earl has announced that Doris will be out August 20. Not only that, he released the record’s cover art, the likes of which you can see above. If you cannot handle this much information about Earl Sweatshirt’s Doris flooding your synapses, please stop reading now.

Alright, for those with unflooded synapses, here’s a little more. Earl recently took to Twitter to post a picture of the record’s tracklist, which you can view here. Fifteen tracks, roughly 45 minutes long, a wise decision according to some. If you hate looking at pictures, read the tracklist below. The album includes the trio of tracks Earl has released since returning to the Odd Future fold: the awesome “Chum,” the awesome “Whoa,” and “Guild,” which has Mac Miller on it.

Doris tracklist:

01. Pre
02. Burgandy
03. 20 Wave Caps
04. Sunday
05. Hive
06. Chum
07. Sasquatch
08. Centurion
09. 523
10. Uncle Al
11. Guild
12. Molasses
13. Whoa
14. Hoarse
15. Knight

• Earl Sweatshirt: http://www.earlsweatshirt.com

Sunglasses inspired by Ian Curtis: a real thing in America today

Ian Curtis sunglasses. It sounds like an LCD Soundsystem B-side, but no, my friends, it’s a very, very real thing. You too can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays in a sleek pair of shades commemorating the life of a guy who basically birthed the post-punk movement, inspired a solid 20% of American teens today to purchase Unknown Pleasures album art t-shirts, and tragically killed himself — all while looking super fucking cool.

So who are the nefarious masterminds behind this kinda cool, kinda just weird creation? The good folks at indie label Ghostly International have teamed up with glasses supplier to the stars Warby Parker to bring us “Curtis,” the sunglasses inspired by Ian Curtis. The shades will be available in black and gray, the colors of every Joy Division fan’s soul. The Curtis line will be available online starting tomorrow, July 16. Let the outraged tweets begin.

• Warby Parker: http://www.warbyparker.com
• Ghostly: http://www.ghostly.com

Slow Walkers (Liz Harris a.k.a. Grouper and Lawrence English) push back against sidewalk fascists, announce debut, self-titled LP on Peak Oil

Decibel Festival 2010 coincided with my first glimpse of the professional relationship between Australian composer/curator Lawrence English and the Portland, OR-based musical assuagement to my relationship problems, Liz Harris a.k.a. Grouper. As the principal figure behind the Room40 label, English performed and took on the role as MC for its dedicated showcase, which included him, Grouper, and the literally foundation-shaking Ben Frost. A brief introduction served as the only allusion, but little did we know that Harris and English ultimately shared a deeper bond — one that most of us find hard to empathize with: a craving for cerebrum. Intellectual fulfillment might be a reasonable conclusion, but I’m talking about a genuine desire for brain consumption, digestion, and releasing. They’ve so far chosen to keep it under wraps, but a new collaborative project serves as a clear disclosure…

Slow Walkers. Okay, so they aren’t actually zombies, but there’s no denying the inspiration. As the brief description of their self-titled release, due out August 20, points out, the album was “born from a mutual fascination with horrific depictions of the human present and future.” And if the phrase “horrific depictions” combined with their chosen moniker still doesn’t convince you, there’s the video for the track “Wake,” watchable below. There’s something drone-y, but not quite, about this music — analogous, perhaps, to being not quite human. Moooooreeee…

• Lawrence English: http://lawrenceenglish.com
• Liz Harris: https://sites.google.com/site/yellowelectric
• Peak Oil: http://www.thisispeakoil.com

Arcade Fire announce October release date for new record, admit guilt in burning of Montreal Biosphere

The Arcade Fire burned down the Montreal Biosphere. This is a theory I’ve believed for a long time, but now I have my first shred of evidence on the subject. Before I get to it, though, let me mention that Consequence of Sound reports that Arcade Fire have announced an October 29 release date for their fourth record. The group revealed this information as a response to a fan’s tweet. OKAY, now here’s where the important information about the Montreal Biosphere begins. Included in the tweet announcing the release date was this horrifying image, portraying the ghoulish band standing in front of the Biosphere. If you ask me, this is damning evidence. Now, I don’t know how the band returned to May 20, 1976, the day the sphere burned, to commit this heinous act, but I’ll put that together later.

Perhaps clues to the band’s time crime will be found in this forthcoming record. To keep authorities off the trail, Arcade Fire recorded in a number of locations, including the DFA Studios in New York with James Murphy. Has Murphy long been an expert on time traveling, thus allowing his former band LCD Soundsystem to so accurately mimic a number of forgotten musical styles? It is unlikely, but possible. Last month, Revolt TV reported that the band would premiere a new song on September 9. Many criminals want only to be caught, so keep eyes and ears out for valuable information during this time. Lastly, the group premiered new material during a private concert at Montreal’s Breakglass Studios last December. Where are the people who attended the concert? Why do they maintain this silence? Good lord, this rabbit hole may be too deep for any of us to delve.

• Arcade Fire: http://www.arcadefire.com

Actress shirks the dramatics and reveals via Twitter the tracklisting for his new LP Ghettoville

In the music world, when you’re an artist who’s built up a reputation, mystery tends to not pose any problems. It’s not necessary to point out the supplemental producer or engineering credits on an album. Nobody needs to know the elaborate setups used to crazily manipulate a sample, or even the length of time spent secluded in an urban apartment, frustratingly hissing at the sun whenever it peeked above the horizon and between skyscrapers. “Yeah, I actually survived on string cheese and toilet bowl water while composing this LP. That’s the degree to which it monopolized my being. It’s that good.” On the contrary, qualitative and stylistic consistency only requires the revealing of two things: the name of the album and when it’s coming out. I don’t even personally need to know the tracklisting beforehand, but I understand it to be a part of the minimum as well.

Speaking of the minimum, we still await the release date, but British producer Actress a.k.a. Darren Cunningham has unveiled via Twitter the tracklisting for his new LP Ghettoville. Confident though we can be of its distinct and totally mind-bending sound, he’s offered a wheel-turning tidbit by placing the tracklisting in an image alongside that of 2008’s Hazyville (TMT Review). A sequel? A vinyl pressing? An inability to crop? Obligatory acquisition, regardless. We have our expectations.

Ghettoville tracklisting:

01. Forgiven
02. Street Corp
03. Corner
04. Rims
05. Contagious
06. Birdcage
07. Our
08. Time
09. Towers
10. Gaze
11. Skyline
12. Image
13. Don’t
14. Rap
15. Frontline
16. Rule

• Actress: http://www.elasticartists.net/artist/actress
• Ninja Tune: http://ninjatune.net

Animal Collective come down with a case of déjà vu; all July tour dates postponed

You know those funky strains of influenza predictably referred to on the news as the next inevitable human-wiper-outers? Avian flu, swine flu, cockatoo flu, (separately) Paula Deen IBS, and the like? Well, hard-working epidemiologists don’t have a reason to spread the word amongst the general public, but I have it under secret authority that all of those illnesses got their animal-based names not from a biological adaptation, but because the members of arguably the most appreciated animal-friendly band out there right now, Animal Collective, are the only ones with that responsibility. The animal aspect is explicit. Recently, they’ve also shown a mildly disturbing habit of coming down with tour-disrupting maladies, so one can’t help but wonder if their side occupation of manufacturing diseases (and naming them) has finally gotten their better.

You need only go back to March of this year, when an Avey Tarian case of strep throat postponed a few dates, which (credit to the band) were rescheduled in exceedingly short order. Unfortunately, damn you coincidental occurrence of similar thing happening not too long after! A statement from AC themselves:

Hey AC fans,

Due to illness, we will unfortunately not be able to perform our upcoming July tour dates, including the Camp Bisco and Forecastle festivals. We deeply apologize and tried our best to make it work with an alternate set, but ultimately we didn’t feel like we were giving fans what they deserved from an Animal Collective show. We are working on rescheduling the non-festival dates as soon as possible. Again we send our sincerest apologies to fans anticipating these shows, especially considering the cancellations earlier this year.

Avey Tare, Deakin, Geoligist [sic], and Panda Bear

No sense in adding speculation to the “who” or “what” of the illness. I’m sure they’ll be back to their energetic, crowd-pleasing selves as quickly as possible.


07.11.13 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
07.12.13 - Mariaville, NY - Camp Bisco
07.14.13 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07.15.13 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall
07.16.13 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
07.18.13 - Covington, KY - The Madison Theater
07.19.13 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
09.06.13 - Portland, OR - MusicFest NW *
09.07.13 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory *
09.08.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Depot *
09.09.13 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre *
09.11.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
09.14.13 - Mexico City, MX - Ceremonia Festival
10.16.13 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre *
10.17.13 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre *
10.20.13 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Festival
10.21.13 - Los Angeles,CA - Wiltern *
10.22.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee *
10.24.13 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theater *
10.25.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
10.25-27.13 - Asheville, NC - Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit

* Dan Deacon

• Animal Collective: http://myanimalhome.net