Gatekeeper to release debut LP Exo via Hippos in Tanks, with realistic graphics and a superb storyline, 10/10

Gatekeeper to release debut LP Exo via Hippos in Tanks, with realistic graphics and a superb storyline, 10/10

Does the world really need so many Gatekeepers? I say we gather at least a few of these individuals and put their implied skills to the test — by having them police the border between the United States and Mexico. You might know the Bristolian Gatekeeper for his appearances on various dubstep compilations, such as 2007’s Soundboy Punishments from Skull Disco, or Surgeon’s Fabric 53 mix, released in 2010. However, that’s not the Gatekeeper we’re talking about here. You might know Gatekeeper by her other name — Zuul — who possesses Sigourney Weaver’s character in the 1984 classic Ghostbusters. However, despite her seemingly Nordic growls, she hasn’t yet explored the Satanic realm of record label contracts, so that’s not the Gatekeeper we’re talking about, either.

Gatekeeper (for this article, specifically) are a New York-based electronic duo intent on revitalizing the fear that originated in the 1970s, of artificially intelligent machines chasing you down suburban streets, when all you really wanted was a friendly robot servant to take out the garbage on the appropriate days. On July 17, Gatekeeper will be following up their 2010 EP Giza (which made our top album covers of that year) with the release of their debut full-length Exo, via Hippos in Tanks. That’s a label. They aren’t actually delivering their album through some inconceivable army of tank-driving hippopotami.

A point of intrigue about this album: according to Pitchfork, a “first-person gaming environment” will accompany the release, where one can explore “various worlds inspired by tracks on the album.” Now, let’s all reserve judgment.

Exo tracklisting:

01. Imax
02. Exolift
03. Visitor
04. Bog
05. Vengier
06. Hydrus
07. Pre - Gen
08. Tree Drum
09. Dromos
10. Aero
11. Re - Gen
12. Encarta

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RIP: Cynthia Dall, singer/songwriter and frequent Smog collaborator

From Drag City:

We are shocked and deeply disappointed to post this notice: Cynthia Dall passed away at her home in Sacramento last Thursday.

Cynthia was a muse that crossed over into actual-artist-dom. Her self was her original art, a spirit and image that was inspirational on first sight. The ’90s were a great time to start playing music when you didn’t really know the first thing about it other than you liked it, and Cynthia was able to use her unique abilities along with her incredible energy to inspire those around her to help her make two really great albums.

It hasn’t sunken in yet that we won’t be hearing from Cindy again. Though she hadn’t released a new album in ten years, she called in regularly, sometimes to talk about her music and plans, sometimes to talk about everything BUT music and plans. She was an enormous fan of the world, and there were few topics that didn’t engage her in some way. Even outrage was conveyed with an enormous vivacity that could not be suppressed. It was this energy that lifted her up above the melancholy that infused her songs, and the devastating visions they often conveyed.

When Cynthia rang us the week before last with an update on the progress of new demos, we were glad to know it; glad to think of her getting her music together and to think of another chapter in the Dall Saga. It is stunning not merely because of the loss of that vision and that unheard record; more stunning and hurtful is to know that we will won’t be talking to her anymore. A light has gone from this world — and we hope you will join us in hoping that it has gone to place of greater peace.

Goodbye Cynthia — we’ll carry your love and joy and sorrow with us until we too are gone.

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Fiona Apple announces big North American tour for June and July; another viral fan letter to be discovered in May

The idler wheel may be wiser than the driver of the screw, but the rotating wheel is definitely FUNNER! In fact it must be the MOST FUNNEST, because Fiona Apple just can’t get enough of that tour/press circuit, announcing via Pitchfork (suddenly her most ardent supporter and promoter…) a full-on North American tour that sweeps across this broken land + Canada during June and July. I think I just heard Feist punch a wall :(

The tour is in support of Apple’s forthcoming album on Epic, The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do, out June 19 and falling way short, title-wise, of 1999’s When the pawn hits the conflicts he thinks like a king what he knows throws the blows when he goes to the fight and he’ll win the whole thing ‘fore he enters the ring there’s no body to batter when your mind is your might so when you go solo, you hold your own hand and remember that depth is the greatest of heights and if you know where you stand, then you know where to land and if you fall it won’t matter, cause you’ll know that you’re right. In between those two albums was 2005’s Extraordinary Machine, which famously scrapped its original Jon Brion production for a completely different sound in the hands of megaproducers Scott Storch, Scott Stapp, Scotch Storp, and Staph Scars. See the tracklisting for The Idler Wheel followed by the tourdates below, and be sure to RSVP on Facebook so Apple and Zuckerberg know you’re coming.

The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do tracklisting:

01. Every Single Night
02. Daredevil
03. Valentine
04. Jonathan
05. Left Alone
06. Werewolf
07. Periphery
08. Regret
09. Anything We Want
10. Hot Knife


06.19.12 - Ithaca, NY - State Theatre
06.20.12 - Baltimore, MD - Lyric Opera House
06.22.12 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
06.23.12 - Holyoke, MA - Mountain Park
06.24.12 - New York, NY - Governors Ball, Randall’s Island
06.26.12 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
06.27.12 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
06.29.12 - Danbury, CT - Ives Concert Park
06.30.12 - Boston, MA - Citi Performing Arts Center
07.01.12 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
07.03.12 - Montreal, QC - Olympia Theatre
07.04.12 - Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy
07.06.12 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Cain Park
07.07.12 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
07.10.12 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
07.11.12 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre
07.13.12 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
07.14.12 - St. Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House
07.16.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre
07.17.12 - Kansas City, MO - The Midland by AMC
07.20.12 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
07.21.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kingsbury Hall - University of Utah
07.24.12 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum
07.25.12 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
07.26.12 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
07.28.12 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
07.29.12 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Palladium

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Acid Mothers Temple and Phantom Family Halo will use North America as their psychedelic playground for about a month

Uh oh, mom! Looks like somebody spiked my morning kombucha with peyote buttons again. Oh wait. I just realized The Acid Mothers Temple & Melting Paraiso U.F.O. are in town, thus making the day-glo spaceship that’s currently landing in the backyard not, in fact, a hallucination but simply the band’s interstellar tour van. Good to know! Hang on a damn minute, what’s that otherwordly din coming from up the street? Shit, it’s The Phantom Family Halo’s Hell Bus, the mighty bus from Hell!

I guess since they’re gonna be on tour with Acid Mothers for the next month or so they’d want to stick pretty close together. Everybody knows you don’t want to leave too much distance between your lead vehicle on a cross-country caravan trip. Getting separated on the road can lead to a bad time if hemophiliac worm oyster splatter into a fresh grave’s Taliban I was born with the vision of gods! Saaaaay, I guess this is just a regular ol’ freaky peyote trip after all! Mother, you jokester! I could paint Gnostic Christian poems all over the walls and spend nine hours looking for Donovan’s email address so hard right now! Tie-dying the dog will keep us safe from Obama!


04.09.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge #
04.11.12 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress #
04.12.12 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar #
04.13.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo #
04.14.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill #
04.16.12 - Portland, OR - Holocene #
04.17.12 - Seattle, WA - The Tractor Tavern #
04.18.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Media Club #
04.21.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry #
death is a lie might makes right death is a lie might makes right
04.22.12 - Madison, WI - The Frequency #
04.23.12 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle #
04.24.12 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop #
04.25.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick #
04.26.12 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison #
04.27.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore #
04.28.12 - Allston, MA - Great Scott #
04.30.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory #*
05.01.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge #*
05.02.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s #*
05.03.12 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar #*
05.04.12 - Washington, DC - Red Palace #*
05.05.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 #*
05.06.12 - West Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern #*
05.07.12 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn #*
05.08.12 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree #*
05.09.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks #*
05.10.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s #*
05.11.12 - San Antonio, TX - The Korova #*
05.12.12 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk #*

# Phantom Family Halo
* Clang Quartet

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Broken Water to release Tempest in May via Hardly Art. Did you know that their favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip?

Jon Hanna would rather fiddle around on his laptop than talk to other people, but when Kanako Pooknyw started hanging out at the house he shared with one of her friends sometime prior to 2009, she wouldn’t let him hide. After a few months of smoking and playing board games and crafting, the idea of a band seemed to make sense. Pooknyw played drums and Hanna played guitar, so they really only needed a bassist, and before long they scooped up Pooknyw’s pal Abigail Ingram and became Broken Water.

The trio definitely digs alt-rock from the 80s and 90s as well as the vibe of their hometown, Olympia, but that doesn’t mean they’re a group of flannel-clad nostalgics. They’ve honed a distinctly haunted post-punk sound, and their upcoming album, Tempest, came from thoughts on “Russian punk-rock poets, the ocean, drowning, the Occupy movement, touring, nightmares, dreams, memories; relationships to privilege, substances, and other powers.” Tempest follows last year’s EP, Peripheral Star (TMT Review) and 2010’s TMT fave Whet LP, and you can check out the first single, “Drown,” here.

In case you were wondering (and I’m positive you were), Olympia had the world’s first soft-serve ice cream machine. I’m thinking when Tempest comes out on May 29 via Hardly Art, we should all get Blizzards to celebrate.

Tempest tracklist:

01. Drown
02. Coming Down
03. Orange Blossom Stains
04. Yanka Dyagileva
05. Underground
06. Thread to Connect
07. Paranoid
08. River Under River
09. Chantal Seder
10. When You Said

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Doseone (cLOUDDEAD, 13 & God) to release solo album G Is for Deep on anticon., criticizes alphabet conformism

As our knowledge of the Universe increases, a central question seems to loom even larger in the minds of physicists, astronomers, and non-scientists alike: if extraterrestrials exist, why is there no definitive case of them ever having made physical contact with us? Of course, I can already feel the tinfoil-hat wearers around Roswell, New Mexico, channeling their disagreement with my premise, and to a degree, they have a point; we do know of at least one alien life form who continues to shock and mystify human beings around the world. That would be Anticon co-founder and exemplar of eccentricity, rapper Doseone a.k.a. Adam Drucker. His lyrics are more philosophically confusing than an Ayn Rand novel, and his vocals give rise to suspicions that his nose has been permanently clamped, but any listener who feels less than enamored by all of this is, quite frankly, lying, or an alien themselves. That’s right, I just called you an alien.

Aside from his role in the founding of Anticon, Doseone has historically built up his name recognition through collaborative projects based within the label itself; albums from cLOUDDEAD, Subtle, Themselves, and 13 & God all feature his schizophrenic delivery, and all were warmly received by fans who almost certainly had no idea what was going on, but knew that it sounded both ridiculously awesome and awesomely ridiculous. On May 29, Doseone will be releasing G Is for Deep, his first truly solo album on the label.

A disclaimer for those expecting a mirror image of his previous work: a press release notes that on this album, “he veers away from the tourettic, breathlessly fast rap that brought him to prominence and toward a bent form of electronic pop music.” Get an immediate sense of what that means right here:

Doseone - “Last Life” by anticon

G Is For Deep tracklisting:

01. Dancing X
02. Last Life
03. I Fell
04. Thy Pattern
05. Therapist This
06. End&Egg
07. OwlShark
08. SEE Answer
09. Arm in Armageddon
10. The Bends

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