How to Dress Well sails off on summer’s smoothest tour… holding a suitcase full of XXL JNCOs

How to Dress Well sails off on summer's smoothest tour... holding a suitcase full of XXL JNCOs

RIP Yacht Rock: 2005-2010. (What? This thing was on till like two years ago???? Who knew.) Your humorous skewering of smooth, soulful summer jams inspired a whole new generation of smooth, dark, skewed hipster R&B. Don’t believe me? Take a crayon and draw a family tree, Oh Ye Who Doubt. That 10cc root has grown and blossomed into a beautiful How to Dress Well EP, last year’s Just Once. Okay, okay, so maybe HTDW’s ethereal rhythm and blues is more likely to have descended from good old Janet Jackson and Sade, but never ever (sorry, Michael McD) has a night with friends on a pleasure boat beneath the stars had a better soundtrack than the shimmering swells of a How to Dress Well track.

And just as we’re about to set sail into summertime, HTDW has announced a brief string of tour dates. Now, the man behind the sentence fragment/band name, Brooklynite Tom Krell, doesn’t have a new release scheduled just yet, but that’s not gonna stop him from taking some smooth time with you, girl. Krell will hit up select cities in the US and Canada, accompanied by Vancouver music dudes Aaron Read and Warp Records’ Babe Rainbow. Babe Rainbow will do the opening act thang for most of the dates listed below.

06.07.12 - Toronto, ON - Underground at the Drake
06.08.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
06.09.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Public Assembly
06.13.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Waldorf Hotel
06.14.12 - Portland, OR - Holocene
06.15.12 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Shop
06.16.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo

• How to Dress Well:

Jean Piché’s long lost Heliograms reissued by Digitalis; take heed, fans of early Canadian electronic music

Listening to the works of Jean Piché, Canadian electronic music pioneer and video artist, is like walking into your own personal IMAX theatre, closing your eyes, and seeing what pops up behind your eyelids as you journey through the Amazon or watch a store being born or get stuck wandering inside a giant, pulsating womb. Piché’s minimalist electronic soundscapes take you there, maaaaaaan; listening is like meditating, but without all the hard work of making yourself not think and being afraid your roommates are gonna hear you doing some Enigma-style Gregorian chanting all weird and alone in your room. In short, his work is challenging, innovative, and fantastic.

Piché has taught electroacoustic music composition at the University of Montreal for the last few decades, all while building a rep as a software developer and audiovisual artist. But in a time long, long ago (the 1970s) and in a galaxy far, far away (Vancouver), dude was in college at Simon Fraser University, working on an LP made up of computer, digital synthesis, and acoustic jams. Called Heliograms, the album contains a track called “La mer à l’aube,” which has the distinction of being one of the first ever digital synthesis pieces produced in Canada. And like lots of long forgotten cool stuff and Great Art, Heliograms got lost in space when the small record label that had released it in 1982 went bankrupt.

Fortunately for music historians and fans of really freakin’ cool electronic music, Heliograms is getting a re-release through Digitalis Recordings in late May. Yankee guitarist/producer James Plotkin (Khanate, OLD, sunn 0))), ISIS) has remastered the album from ye olde original tapes, and the recordings have been magically transubstantiated into vinyl LPs. To accompany the release, Piché has created two new video projects for album tracks “Ange” and “Rouge.” No word on premiere dates for those videos yet, but you can check out excerpts from the album here:

• Digitalis Recordings:

Built to Spill, being, literally speaking, built to spill things, have, figuratively speaking, “spilled” a few things, including news about more tourdates and a new album

The plan [to tour] keeps coming up again

And the plan means [extending summer tour through September]

But [the tour] won’t accomplish anything

If it’s not [surrounding recording sessions for a new record, set for release via Warner Bros. in 2013 and following 2009’s There Is No Enemy (TMT Review)]

Like it’s always been

And [Built to Spill touring and working on a new album] makes me think of everyone [that likes that song “The Plan”]

And the cause of this is evident [in those guitar riffs still being rad]

But the [reason for me incorporating a 13-year-old song into this 2012 news story] cannot be found

Cause it’s so well hidden[?]

(BRIDGE: bum-bum-bum-bum BAHH! etc… Built to Spill fucking rules…)

This [goddamn website] doesn’t make any sense

In any less than [$30 per-thousand-impressions] increments

Of [Frito-Lay ad sales].

06.22.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise
06.23.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
06.24.12 - New York, NY - Governors Ball Music Festival @ Randall’s Island
07.08.12 - Quincy, CA - High Sierra Music Festival
08.24.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
08.26.12 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
08.27.12 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly’s
08.28.12 - Toledo, OH - Mickey Finns
08.30.12 - Portland, ME - The State Theatre
09.05.12 - Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar
09.06.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
09.07.12 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival
09.08.12 - Charleston, SC - The Music Farm
09.09.12 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
09.10.12 - Orlando, FL - The Social
09.11.12 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
09.12.12 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
09.13.12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
09.14.12 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
09.15.12 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
09.18.12 - Madison, WI - The High Noon Saloon
09.19.12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
09.20.12 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
09.21.12 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
09.22.12 - Bellevue, CO - Mishawaka Amphitheatre

• Built to Spill:
• Warner Bros.:

Death Grips to fans: FUCK YUH! Tour apparently canceled, new album to be released in the fall

Not two weeks after announcing an extension to their spring/summer Money Store tour, Pitchfork brings us the news that Death Grips have done a 180 and cancelled their tour in its entirety. The band dropped the news on Facebook, bluntly stating, “we are dropping out to complete next album NO LOVE [reportedly to be released Fall 2012]. see you when it’s done. (there are no longer any scheduled shows).” The resulting comments are a mix of outrage and disgust. It seems as if the band, what with all their current critical adulation, wanted to stir some shit up to maintain their gruff relationship with the public. It has worked.

No word on refunds, but a quick check of the venue where they’re supposed to play in Chicago still shows tickets for sale. Hopefully this is just a really bad joke and the shows aren’t actually cancelled; otherwise, someone needs to give these 40-odd venues a heads up.

Tourdates ??:

05.18.12 - Dublin, Ireland - The Academy

05.19.12 - Glasgow, UK - Stag & Dagger

05.20.12 - Manchester, UK - The Roadhouse

05.21.12 - Nottingham, UK - The Bodega

05.22.12 - Norfolk, UK- Norwich Arts Center

05.23.12 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store

05.25.12 - London, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties

05.26.12 - Paris, France - Grande Halle de La Villette

05.27.12 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands - Worm

05.28.12 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - OT301

05.29.12 - Nijmegen, The Netherlands - Merleyn

06.01.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival

06.02.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Field Day Festival

06.04.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Magasin

06.05.12 - Ghent, Belgium - Charlatan

06.06.12 - Cologne, Germany - Mtc

06.07.12 - Berlin, Germany - Gretchen

06.08.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang

06.09.12 - Porto, Portugal - Optimus Primavera Sound

06.12.12 - Philadelphia, PA - The Barbery

06.13.12 - New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

06.14.12 - Boston, MA - TT The Bear’s

06.15.12 - Montreal, QC - Club Lambri

06.16.12 - Toronto, ON - Wrong Bar

06.18.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick

06.19.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme

06.20.12 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge

06.21.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
06.22.12 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck

06.23.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge

06.26.12 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club

06.27.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile

06.28.12 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre

06.30.12 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s

07.01.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex

09.23.12 - Asbury Park, NJ - I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival

• Death Grips:
• Epic:

Godspeed You! Black Emperor announce US fall tour in support of late capitalism

Godspeed You! Black Emperor have decided to extend their stateside visit after determining it would be too depressing to get a dozen high-fives from Ryan Schreiber in July and then just get lost in the shuffle of another stacked ATP lineup in September. The hope now is that more meaningful connections will develop during the first half of October, when the Godspeed Tank rolls through the East (of the West) and leaves tread marks on our children’s hearts.

Speaking of which, what will we say to our children when they return from the Godspeed show and ask irritating questions about the gated palatial estates we raised them in? It won’t be easy to look them in the eye, but your best bet is to promise them that a new GY!BE album will be waiting for them under the Christmas tree this year (all the while knowing that the band has only mentioned working on new material and might not debut it for some time). If that’s not enough, throw in a $50 gift card to the PlayStation Network. A small group of extremist children will get even more annoyed by this, and in those cases it’s simply time to buy new locks for your bedroom door. They’ve been brainwashed, they’re coming for your hard-earned jewels, and you’ll burn the goddamn place down before those little brats make it to the hidden safe!


07.14.12 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
09.23.12 - Asbury Park, NJ - ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror NJ
10.01.12 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
10.02.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.03.12 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
10.04.12 - Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle
10.05.12 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre
10.06.12 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
10.07.12 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitinas
10.09.12 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
10.10.12 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
10.11.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
10.12.12 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
10.13.12 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
10.14.12 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre

• Godspeed You! Black Emperor:
• Constellation:

James Chance and the Contortions to release new album Incorrigible! possibly by the time you’ve read this, but shhh!

The French have been entirely too preoccupied with giving President Nicolas Sarkozy the figurative boot to his derrière lately. It’s one thing to wax poetic about the dangers of economic austerity in the midst of a crisis; it’s quite another to let that concern for the future of your country prevent you from informing your English-speaking friends around the world about a brand new release from one of the most well-known bands to represent New York’s No Wave scene during the late 1970s.

Actually, who knows what their rationale is, but here are the facts: on May 9 (this week), James Chance and the Contortions are releasing Incorrigible!, a full-length follow-up to their EP of the same name released back in 2010, and their first album in more than a decade. Why the short notice? It seems that the French promotional company that works with James Chance has focused their efforts entirely inside their home country. At the time of writing, a quick Google search reveals that there is almost zero information about this album written in English. We didn’t receive a press release; instead, we’ve had to rely on the skills of our in-house French translator, Chaton, to decipher pages like this one. It’s about time Chaton put in some work around here. He’s always laying about and obsessively cleaning himself.

Curiously, according to its listing on Rate Your Music, Incorrigible! also, apparently, received a promotional release way back in November. So much for the “promotional” aspect, I guess. The album itself was recorded between Rennes, France, and New York during the summer and fall of 2011. Also, you can preview the entire album for free here, which is good, since it looks like the initial release will be limited to Europe and Japan. The whole thing sounds pretty jazzy.

Incorrigible! tracklisting:

01. Dislocation
02. Home Is Where the Hatred Is
03. The Splurge
04. It Depends on the Amount
05. Pull the Plug
06. Yesterdays
07. Oz
08. Terminal City
09. Incorrigible

• James Chance and the Contortions: