Games reinvent themselves as “Ford & Lopatin,” start Mexican Summer imprint, otherwise remain exactly the same

Games reinvent themselves as "Ford & Lopatin," start Mexican Summer imprint, otherwise remain exactly the same

Enough games. Seriously — enough. Games (consisting of Oneohtrix Point Never’s Daniel Lopatin plus Joel Ford) recently opted to rename themselves Ford & Lopatin, in a very utilitarian decision perhaps designed to eradicate their other name as “that guy from Oneohtrix Point Never.” It was only a few weeks ago that we announced that Games and Oneohtrix Point Never will be touring together this spring, but despite the nominal changes, there are no announced alterations to the dates — except that now the lineup will be Lopatin plus Ford & Lopatin.

In addition to sounding like a legal firm, Ford & Lopatin have set up an imprint on Mexican Summer, entitled Software, which will release F&L’s first LP.

Quick flashback: Late last fall, Daniel Lopatin indicated a prospective name change when he tweeted that Games couldn’t “legally be called Games anymore,” and requested fan suggestions. My question: what lazy tweeter came up with “Ford & Lopatin”? (If you’re really curious, Altered Zones just posted an interview with Dan in which he sort of answers the question.)

• Ford & Lopatin:
• Software:

Julian Lynch, friend to man and beast, announces new record Terra

That Julian Lynch is one lovable dude. He’s always putting out records of hazy, near-indescribable music on Underwater Peoples and playing shows and doing cool guy stuff. Cool guy stuff like announcing a new record on Underwater Peoples called Terra. That new record will be out this spring and if you’d like to know more, then just chill out and look at the tracklist. Be cool like Julian Lynch, man. That guy is the coolest.


01. Terra
02. Clay Horses
03. Fort Collins
04. Canopy
05. Water Wheel One
06. Ground
07. On Eastern Time
08. Water Wheel Two
09. Disappointment
10. Back

• Julian Lynch:
• Underwater Peoples:

Trentemøller brings full band, dance performances to the rigid people of Europe and the US

Ultra-atmospheric Danish electronic artist Trentemøller is a busy, busy man. He’s working on remixes for UNKLE and Chimes & Belles, REMIXING HIMSELF (soooo meta) for his upcoming single “Shades of Marble,” and doing some fancy production work for fellow Danes Darkness Falls. He’s at work on the next installment of the excellent Late Night Tales compilation series. And this winter/spring he’s DJing his way through Europe and South America in support of his most recent album on In My Room, Into the Great Wide Yonder. He’s also performing at Coachella and a multitude of international festivals, but perhaps the most exciting Trentemøller news is his upcoming series of live performance dates.

Trentemøller is bringing guitarist/bassist Mikael Simpson, guitarist Lisbet Fritze, drummer/fashion man Henrik Vibskov, and vocalists Josephine Philip and Marie Fisker along to re-create the amazingness of Into the Great Wide Yonder live. Costumes, visuals, and dance performances are also promised as part of the Trentemøller live experience. The magic premieres at Miami’s Ultra Festival and continues on to Coachella before journeying back to the Old World.

Trentemøller DJ dates:

02.11.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefaehrlich
02.12.11 - Istanbul, Turkey - Massive Weekend / Garaj Istanbul
02.18.11 - Lausanne, Switzerland - D! Club
02.19.11 - Rome,Italy - Brancaleone
03.03.11 - Sao Paolo, Brazil - D-Edge
03.05.11 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Rio Music Conference
03.07.11 - Camboriu, Brazil - Some Festival

Trentemøller w/ Full Band:

03.25.11 - Miami, FL - Ultra Festival
04.17.11 - Indio, CA - Coachella Festival
05.06.11 - Murcia, Spain - SOS 4.8 Festival
08.11.11 - Skanderborg, Denmark - Skanderborg Festival

• Trentemøller:
• In My Room:

Mute announces its Short Circuit Festival lineup; black clothing required for attendance

If your wardrobe doesn’t understand colors that aren’t black, grey, or white and you still think alternative piercings are hip, Mute Records has just made your life a little bit better. This week, Mute announced its lineup for the Short Circuit Electronic music festival, which will be hosted at The Roundhouse London in, well, London, on May 13 and 14, 2011. The lineup is as follows (with more additions TBA):

• Friday, May 13:
Recoil, Nitzer Ebb, Richard H. Kirk, Carter Tutti with Nik Void, Non, The Balanescu Quartet, Pole, T. Raumschmiere, Thomas Fehlmann, Thomas Brinkmann, Komputer, and DJ Daniel Miller.

• Saturday, May 14:
Erasure with special guests, The Residents, Laibach, Liars, Alison Moyet with special guest, S.C.U.M., Poppy and the Jezebels, SFT and Mira Calix, Big Deal, James Brooks, Peter Gregson, and DJ Danny Briottet.

In addition to live music, the festival will also play host to film screenings and talks. More information on that and ticket information can be found here.

• Short Circuit Festival:

Flaming Lips are tourin’, playin’ some fests, releasin’ vinyl box sets; you know, just the usual shit

With spring right around the corner, it’s time for The Flaming Lips to wake from their wintery slumber, brush the acid tabs out of their hair, brew some coffee with those acid tabs, and set about their usual spring and summer task of lording over the outdoor concert circuit. Sure enough, they’ve just announced some North American and European dates (a lot of them outdoors), including several stops at such festivals as Primavera and Sasquatch.

But just so they’re not touring in support of nothing but their own outlandish live show (not that they couldn’t do and still pack ‘em in if they wanted to), they’re also taking the liberty to release a new, limited-edition vinyl box before they head out for most of these dates. The set is (for real, now) called Heady Nuggs: The First 5 Warner Bros. Records, 1992-2002 and it’s dropping this April 16 (Record Store Day! You’ve got it circled, right?) at an independent record retailer near you on 140-gram vinyl. There will also be a special, multicolored vinyl edition available exclusively from the band’s website for those of you that are only excited by things that come in a variety of bright, pretty colors. The years 1992-2002 witnessed the release of such epic jams as Hit to Death in the Future Head (92), Transmissions from the Satellite Heart (93), Clouds Taste Metallic (95), The Soft Bulletin (99), and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (02). Classic Lips to be sure. And to sweeten the pot even more, they’ll also be playing The Soft Bulletin in its entirety at a few of these shows. This will probably go a long way toward quelling the annoying shouts of “Play ‘The Gaaaaaaaaash,’ bros!” that I am usually shouting at them from my shitty spot on the lawn.


03.03.11 - New York, NY - Carnegie Hall (Tibet House U.S. Benefit)
03.06.11 - Avon, CO - Snow Ball Fest
05.13.11 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
05.14.11 - Nelsonville, OH - Nelsonville Music Festival
05.15.11 - Richmond, VA - The National
05.20.11 - 19 Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle *
05.21.11 - Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Festival
05.26.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
05.29.11 - George, WA - Sasquatch Festival *
07.01.11 - London, England - ATP *
07.07.11 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom *

* performing The Soft Bulletin

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• Warner Broz:

Warner Music Group loses $18 million over three months

In today’s “Which industry/country’s economy/company is going down the toilet?” column, I bring you news of Warner Music Group. It’s no shock that the recorded music industry isn’t doing too hot, but perhaps a few shareholders’ hands still reached to cover their genteel mouths and said “Dear me!” (shareholders are all clean-livin’, constantly fainting late-19th-century southern belles) when Warner announced two days ago that, despite high-profile releases from Kid Rock, Josh Groban, and Michael Bublé, the company lost $18 million over the last three months of 2010.

The loss comes as a result of WMG’s declining stock value. Values fell $0.12 during the period, and the company’s revenue fell 14% from what it had been the year before. It’s a complicated mix over there at Warner; although many of the company’s tribulations can be attributed to the overall decline of the music industry, WMG’s special trials also arise from the fact that it is the only major music group that’s publicly traded and accountable to shareholders. In an effort to to prevent further losses, WMG hired Goldman Sachs last month to find potential buyers for either Warner/Chappell, its publishing arm, or for the entire company.