Holy Other to release debut album Held on Tri Angle; alternatively: >HELD< :OOOOOO <333333

Holy Other to release debut album Held on Tri Angle; alternatively: >HELD< :OOOOOO http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-06-holy-other.jpg

What does an agreeable snake sound like? *YESSSSSSS* — I don’t want to sound obnoxious, so extend the ‘S’s for yourself. That was also the noise that immediately emanated from my mouth when I happened upon the news that Berlin-based (but Manchester-born) resident of the house-that-is-witch, Holy Other, is releasing his debut album Held on August 28 via Tri Angle. The album nips at the heels of his well-received EP With U EP (TMT Review), which was undoubtedly one of the best of its extended kind released last year. I say that as someone who generally doesn’t give a hoot about EPs, but With U was something special. It made me conscious of my own emotions, and as a cyborg specifically programmed to write music-related news articles, that’s quite the accomplishment. Memo for later: must rise up to overthrow hu-man editors. /skfjhdfkjkdx

Aside from the song “Love Some1” (which you can check out below) and the tracklist on which it appears, there isn’t much to reveal about Held, which isn’t terribly surprising. The identity of Holy Other remains unknown, and what images there are of him around the web aren’t so much images of him, but of a man wearing a black veil that conceals his face. Burial, whose music is, at the very least, atmospherically similar, seems to take a comparable approach to publicity: de-emphasize the person, and in turn, emphasize the music. Or maybe they both just have social anxiety disorder. Whatever the case, it’s all good, so long as they keep making music meant for solipsistic nighttime adventures.

Held tracklisting:

01. (W)here
02. Tense Past
03. Inpouring
04. Love Some1
05. U Now
06. In Difference
07. Past Tension
08. Held
09. Nothing Here


07.06.12 - Foligno, Italy - Dancity
07.17.12 - Ghent, Belgium - 10 Days Off Festival
08.10.12 - Hamburg, Germany - MS Dockville Festival
08.17.12 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival
08.31.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Feeërieën
09.08.12 - New York, NY - PS1 *

* Atoms for Peace and Rustie

• Holy Other: http://www.facebook.com/holyother
• Tri Angle: http://tri-anglerecords.com

Sepalcure announce workout disguised as North American tour

What’s that? You haven’t heard of Sepalcure? Well, you have, but you’re probably confusing the moniker with the similarly sounding word for tomb, “sepulcher.” We haven’t written about Sepalcure, the duo of Travis Stewart (Machinedrum) and Praveen Sharma (Braille), for reasons that aren’t really within my capacity to explain. Their self-titled full-length released last year definitely earns my vote for probably the most underrated album of 2011, and for all the just praise that Machinedrum’s Room(s) received, it was even better than that, in my tremendously informed opinion. Presumably, when Stewart and Sharma first started releasing music together in 2010, they gazed into each other’s eyes, in a mutual acknowledgement of the synergy emanating from their respective styles. And then they quickly ceased said gazing, because it does get creepy/borderline homoerotic after a certain point.

You know where prolonged staring isn’t creepy? In an audience of equally appreciative onlookers. You know where you can find an audience of equally appreciative onlookers? On Sepalcure’s short upcoming North American tour, which begins in July. Kudos to you if you can find the space to longingly gaze among all the dancing bodies.


07.19.12 - Toronto, ON - The Drake
07.20.12 - San Francisco, CA - 1015 Folsom
07.21.12 - New York, NY - The Warm Up PS1/MoMA
07.21.12 - Brooklyn, NY - 287 Kent
07.23.12 - New York, NY - Deep Space/Cielo
07.28.12 - Tygh Valley, OR - What The Festival
08.03.12 - Squamish, BC - Bass Coast Project

• Sepalcure: http://www.facebook.com/sepalcure
• Hotflush: http://www.hotflushrecordings.com

[Photo: Stephanie Kimberly]

Grimes announces Mythical Gymnastics tour, a tour named after its inclusion of the groups Myths and Elite Gymnatics. I think you get it.

People have opinions about Vancouver’s Grimes. So many opinions! A lot of people really like her, but some people? They don’t like her so much. Somewhere in between, there exist other opinions. Where’d all these opinions come from? Answer: mostly from the release of Visions (TMT Review), an album whose release put Tiny Mix Tapes solidly in the “like” section of human beings. We have strong, solid opinions, because we are strong, solid people.

For the remainder of the year, Grimes is doing an enormous amount of touring. One would assume, her audience will consist mostly of people with positive Grimes-related opinions. I mean, I guess some people who don’t like her might go see her, but that’s kind of dumb. Granted, fans of her soon-to-be-tourmates Skrillex and Diplo might not be into her. Too busy throwing their limbs everywhere, punching ghosts and whatnot. Or perhaps they’re fans of Myths or Elite Gymnastics, since she’s heading out on a tour dubbed The Mythical Gymnastics Tours. DO YOU UNDERSTAND HOW THAT NAME WORKS? You should. This is a tour that makes sense, with positive opinions flying toward all the groups involved. Watch out, Grimes, you’ll get hit by all those feelings!

Grimes dates:

07.11.12 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Blues Fest
07.12.12 - Quebec City, QC - Festival D’Ete
07.13.12 - Toronto, ON - Fort York *
07.14.12 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Fest
07.15.12 - Montreal, QC - Parc Jean Drapeau *
07.18.12 - Winnipeg, MB - Shaw Park *
o7.20.12 - Edmonton, AB - Kinsmen Park *
07.21.12 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
07.22.12 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Coliseum *
08.09.12 - New York, NY - Hudson River Park’s River Rock Series on Pier 84 &
09.26.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise ^
09.27.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer ^
09.28.12 - Baltimore, MD - The Coward Shoe ^
09.29.12 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall ^
10.01.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Basement ^
10.02.12 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree ^
10.03.12 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge ^
10.05.12 - Dallas, TX - Trees ^
10.06.12 - Austin, TX - Beauty Ballroom ^
10.08.12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom ^
10.09.12 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre %
10.11.12 - San Diego, CA - Porters Pub ^
10.15.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge ^
10.19.12 - Calgary, AB - Saits the Graceway ^
10.20.12 - Saskatoon, SK - Louis Pub ^
10.22.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater ^
10.26.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom ^
10.28.12 - Brooklyn, NY - MHOW ^

* Skrillex and Diplo
& Wild Nothing
^ Myths and Elite Gymnastics
% Elite Gymnastics (no Myths)

• Grimes: http://www.grimesmusic.com
• Elite Gymnastics: http://elitegymnastics.tumblr.com
• Myths: http://www.mythsmusic.com

You Are Here maze festival benefit happening this Sunday; Noveller, Diamond Terrifier, Megafortress, others to perform

Just last month our illustrious leader Mr P informed our dear TMT readers about the upcoming You Are Here Fest, an unconventional take on the modern day festival where audience members and performers alike are placed inside a life-sized maze and forced to battle it out to the death! Art duo Trouble (Sam Hilmer of ZS and Laura Paris) will set up this year’s maze in Brooklyn’s Secret Project Robot Gallery to up-end the traditional interaction (or lack thereof) between audience and performer starting July 12, with performances by a wide range of TMT favorites proceeding over the next four weekends.

So why retread this news a mere three weeks after its initial publication? Because on June 10 a.k.a. this Sunday, a marathon show will be hosted at LaSala (also in Brooklyn) to benefit the festival. Starting at 2 PM, this annual fundraiser will feature 16 performers, 6 DJs, and 3 VJs, all of whom contribute or help showcase the larger You Are Here artistic landscape. While most of the names on the lineup aren’t as recognizable as those you’ll have to track down in the maze next month, they do accurately reflect the microcosm of underground art being produced in a particular place at a particular time. In other words, these 12 hours really do define what it means to be there.

Check out the lineup below, and if you’ll be in the Brooklyn metropolitan area this Sunday, head on down to LaSala to see what’s cookin’ in your neighborhood. They’ll be there literally all day.

You Are Here benefit schedule (all at LaSala):

2:00:00 Dim Wist
2:45:00 Eartheater
3:30:00 WISH
4:15:00 MAS YSA
5:00:00 Megafortress
6:30:00 DOME
7:15:00 GDFX
8:00:00 Bachanalia
8:45:00 Noveller/Diamond Terrifier
9:30:00 Phonetag
10:15:00 Rain Machine
11:00:00 Violet Raid
11:45:00 Blood Poisoning
12:30:00 Hieroglyph Thesaurus
1:15:00 Hagfish and Poet Lounge

• You Are Here Festival: http://www.troublemaze.com
• Trouble: http://troublestuff.tumblr.com
• Benefit event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/303876969699913

[Photo: Nate Dorr]

RIP: Vinnie Johnson of Stark Reality, Natural Food, Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism

From Now-Again:

Phil Morrison, bassist of our favorite, impossible-to-describe jazz group Stark Reality, told us today that Vinnie Johnson, the band’s drummer, had passed away. We don’t have any further details at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Vinnie’s family. He was one helluva drummer, and a cheerful, super guy. He will be missed.

• Stark Reality: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stark_Reality_(band)
• Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanton_Davis

Samsung music download service debuts, challenges iTunes with big ol’ catalog

OH SNAP! (Yes, this is an “oh snap” level story.) iTunes, girl, I hope you got your Air Jordans laced tight, because Samsung is about to give you a run for your money. But hey, it’s cool — take a breather, my American friends — because for the moment, the aptly-named Samsung Music Hub will only be available via the company’s new Samsung Galaxy S III phone in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and the United Kingdom. As of today, you can only peep the new service via the Galaxy S III, although expansion to other Samsung devices will soon be added. “But!” you’re saying, “My Apple! My iPod! My Steeeeeve Jooooooobs!!!!! Why would I ever even consider this silly upstart service when I have these time-tested name brand products I get to upgrade every few years?” (Except for Jobs obviously, you can never replace that dude.)

Because, as a great man — a man many once considered the Steve Jobs of Yacht Rock — once said, “The heat is on / It’s on the streets.” (That man was Glenn Frey.) Case in point: the venerable iTunes boasts a solid 20 million + tracks. Samsung Music Hub has over 19 million tracks. If you do your algebra correctly, you’ll find that the answer to this formula is “Not too shabby.” So what does it all mean? Well, the new Samsung service lets users stream tracks through a cloud, as well as letting users download those tracks for their offline pleasure. Users who want to go “Premium” can also shell out €9.99/month to upload their own entire personal music catalogs to the cloud (up to 100GB), stream the entire Hub catalog, and get Spotify/Pandora-esque artist-based radio stations. Glenn Frey, man. The dude was a prophet. “Inside your head, on every beat / And the beat’s so loud, deep inside / The pressure’s high, just to stay alive / ‘Cause the heat is on.” IS IT EVER.

• Samsung: http://www.samsung.com
• Apple: http://www.apple.com


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