Firefly Music Fest 2013: Kendrick Lamar, Dan Deacon, more to breathe musical life into Delaware

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Have a mild form of insomnia? Someone with a penchant for ineffective (yet classic) home remedies might suggest counting sheep, but that same person would be remiss for not recommending a ruminative session on Delaware — that wonderful state, known for nothing or having nothing, supposedly. But really, how justified is the notion that Dullness and Delaware are more or less synonyms in the minds of many Americans? Not at all! Did you know they have music-listening humans there? Did you know that a collective of those music-listening humans started an annual festival called Firefly last year?

Yes, Firefly began last year in Dover and attendance was apparently such that it begat a second edition, set to take place June 21-23. The lineup veers toward the accessible end — particularly headliners Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and The Red Hot Chili Peppers — but there will also be some TMT-leaning artists there, like Public Enemy, Japandroids, Dan Deacon, Kendrick Lamar, and Toro y Moi. Others whom I’ll also mention: Grizzly Bear, Azealia Banks, Vampire Weekend, and Kishi Bashi.

Tickets are now available as a “Final 3 Day Pass,” at a cost of $258. Check out the full lineup here.

• Firefly Music Festival: http://fireflyfestival.com

Firefly Music Fest 2013: Kendrick Lamar, Dan Deacon, more to breathe musical life into Delaware

Have a mild form of insomnia? Someone with a penchant for ineffective (yet classic) home remedies might suggest counting sheep, but that same person would be remiss for not recommending a ruminative session on Delaware — that wonderful state, known for nothing or having nothing, supposedly. But really, how justified is the notion that Dullness and Delaware are more or less synonyms in the minds of many Americans? Not at all! Did you know they have music-listening humans there? Did you know that a collective of those music-listening humans started an annual festival called Firefly last year?

Yes, Firefly began last year in Dover and attendance was apparently such that it begat a second edition, set to take place June 21-23. The lineup veers toward the accessible end — particularly headliners Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and The Red Hot Chili Peppers — but there will also be some TMT-leaning artists there, like Public Enemy, Japandroids, Dan Deacon, Kendrick Lamar, and Toro y Moi. Others whom I’ll also mention: Grizzly Bear, Azealia Banks, Vampire Weekend, and Kishi Bashi.

Tickets are now available as a “Final 3 Day Pass,” at a cost of $258. Check out the full lineup here.

• Firefly Music Festival: http://fireflyfestival.com

RIP: Jason Molina

From Treble:

Chunklet has reported that Jason Molina, songwriter and singer of Songs:Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co., died Saturday night of organ failure brought on by alcohol. His most recent release was 2012′s Autumn Bird Songs.

Molina had been struggling, off and on, with alcohol problems of late, which was brought to public attention in 2011 when his family posted a plea to fans and supporters to help with his medical bills. Molina did not have insurance, and was in and out of rehab over the past couple of years. He had most recently been recovering while working on a farm in West Virginia.

Per Chunklet, “For as intense as he wrote, he was a goofball. But maybe, just maybe, his music was eluding [sic] to what was fighting inside him. The demons. The ghosts. The pain. The disease.”

• Jason Molina: http://content.magnoliaelectricco.com

Gravetemple announce new album Ambient/Ruin on Ideologic Organ — emphasis on the “ruin”ing… of your soul

Excuse my hesitance in admitting that I didn’t really know that a collaboration between Oren Ambarchi, Attila Csihar, and sunn 0)))’s Stephen O’Malley existed. With a name like Gravetemple, there’s an imagined risk of pissing off the deceased, and subsequently having to deal with dishes floating in mid-air and flying into walls all your life. Unsurprisingly, the music behind the name follows suit, with 2009’s Le vampire de Paris being a single-track, 54-minute step into something distinctly hellish. Low-frequency oscillations beget Csihar’s demon-channeling vocals, which later beget manic drumming but hopefully don’t lead to soiled undergarments.

Bladder intimidation continues with the release of Ambient/Ruin, out April 29 on O’Malley’s Editions Mego imprint, Ideologic Organ. The album was recorded in parts across Japan, Australia, Paris, and Isreal, and offers the presence of one-time member Matt “Skitz” Sanders on the exxxxxtreme drums. Preorder the album direct from Mego here.

• Gravetemple: http://www.myspace.com/gravetempletrio
• Ideologic Organ: http://editionsmego.com/releases/ideologic-organ

Mika Vainio announces new album Kilo on Blast First Petite; long live the metric system!

Addressing the potentially permanent hiatus of one of Finland’s most innovative and well-known experimental acts (Pan Sonic), founding member and generally intimidating-looking guy Mika Vainio opened his mouth, grabbed the interviewer by the shirt-collar, and emitted a cacophony of pulsating electronic sounds, immediately paralyzing the questioner opposite. This was the first evidence on record of such an advanced and dangerous form of cybernetic organism completely integrating into modern society (remember, Terminator was fictional).

Nah, what he actually said was this: “There has been no argument or bad spirit or anything like that. It’s just that after, we’ve been doing this for over 15 years, it’s time to stop and concentrate on our own solo things.” And concentrate he has, and concentrate you should, considering how downright minimal and/or inaccessible two of Vainio’s most recent solo releases have been. 2009’s Black Telephone of Matter (TMT Review) and 2011’s Life (…It Eats You Up) (TMT Review) both left me feeling woefully unqualified to listen to music.

Continuing his solo ventures, and making his (former?) partner Ilpo Väisänen seem comparatively absent, Mika Vainio will be releasing Kilo on May 6 through the imprint Blast First Petite. The album’s been deemed, according to FACT, as “the beat driven follow-up to 2011’s harrowing Life (…It Eats You Up),” which may mean a slightly welcome respite from the head-wrapping-around required for his previous releases. We’ll hear soon enough.

Kilo tracklisting:

01. Cargo
02. Cranes
03. Load
04. Docks
05. Sub-Atlantic
06. Rust
07. Wreck
08. Scale
09. Freight
10. Weight

• Mika Vainio: http://www.media-loca.com/mikavainio
• Blast First Petite: http://www.blastfirstpetite.com

Robert Hampson throws us for another loop with new Main album Ablation

“Do not create anything. It will be misinterpreted. It will not change, it will follow you the rest of your life” - Bob Dylan

Robert Hampson can sympathize. Despite outgrowing his past, despite outgrowing previous incarnations of his artist self, Hampson seems destined to be forever chained to Loop, the space-rock/shoegaze band he help found over 20 years ago. Although the doors to Loop closed in 91, the 90s proved to be an abundantly fertile period for Hampson under the guise of his next endeavor, Main.

Main’s albums (most notably Motion Pool, and the Firmament series) were the chewing, stretching, and distorting of sound-places not yet imagined. This was a fusion of ambient music that, while harking back to the early sketches of Brian Eno, owed more to the likes of musique concrète and instrumental industrial music (think SPK). In the tradition of Pierre Schaeffer, Pargmegiani, and Ligeti, Hampson (with Scott Dowson) honed in on the inherent force of sound for sound’s sake, crafting a shape of music that perpetually flirted with unshape, always questioning the notions of what could and could not constitute music.

Since Main’s conclusion in 2006, Robert Hampson has continued to pursue his excursions into musical abstraction. After hooking up with electronic music research group GRM (Groupe de Recherches Musicales), Hampson focused his efforts on acousmatic music, releasing a string of solo works under his own name. Now, after seven years, Hampson has decided to unearth his Main project with the release of a new album, Ablation.

This latest work is noticeably less angular and more entrancing than previous Main outings. Ablation creates an environment that sounds and feels like the exact opposite of civilization; this is the order of known things as heard through the looking glass. With spectral decay, humming drones, and violent physicality (à la Penderecki’s Threnody) Hampson conjures dream-scenes from vapor — cluttered fields lit like eschatological badlands — where shadows and sparks of light meet at obtuse, obscenely pleasurable angles.

“II” is a future-scape spawned from satellite-speak static and the glassy patter of plastic raindrops; listen to the distended claustrophobia of this track below.

Ablation is due out in April on Editions Mego.

Ablation tracklisting:

01. I
02. II
03. III
04. IV

• Robert Hampson: http://www.roberthampson.com
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com