Hyperdub releases new Walton LP a.k.a. yet another delicious, sugary Hyperdub donut

Hyperdub releases new Walton LP a.k.a. yet another delicious, sugary Hyperdub donut http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1305/news-13-05-walton.jpg

All the artists on the Hyperdub roster are pretty damn sweet. It’s like, Hyperdub is the local bakery where there are 30 different kinds of donuts and when you walk in an old lady is like, “Have a sample, dearie,” but the sample isn’t really a sample — it’s like, practically the size of a full donut. And then at the Hyperdub Simile Bakery they throw an extra cookie into the bag at the end, just as a thank you. And you’re looking at all these records/donuts and they all look amazing and there’s like five different donuts with sprinkles on ‘em and like, one with bacon on top, and then there’s like HOLY SHIT IT’S THAT GLAZED DONUT WITH ACTUAL PEACHES FROM THE FARMER’S MARKET SHOVED INTO IT AND mmmmmmm so good mmmmm food coma SUGAR. And if Hyperdub is this enchanted bakery, then 22-year-old Mancunian producer Sam Walton is that juicy peach donut. (Or the bacon one, if you’re into that sorta thing.)

Walton has been with Hyperdub since 2011, when he started sending the label demo tracks and eventually signed on for the appropriately-titled Walton EP, the first of three EPs he released that year. Now he’s back with the full-length Beyond, a sassy melange of grit, grime, funk, atmospheric stuff, and… other stuff. The album, which is Hyperdub’s first full-length for 2013, drops July 1. Preceding the release is Walton’s Baby 12-inch, which just made its way into the world (and our hearts, ahhhhhh) on May 27, also via the good people at Hyperdub. Check the title track for that here:

Beyond tracklisting:

01. Beyond
02. Need to Feel
03. Help Me Out
04. Can’t U See
05. You&Me
06. Love on the Dancefloor
07. Every Night
08. Memories
09. Frisbee
10. Take My Love
11. Grit
12. Amazon
13. City of God

• Walton: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Walton/245906422119749
• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net

Boards of Canada hosted a Tomorrow’s Harvest listening party in the California Desert and all I got were these lousy fan footage streams!

Hey everyone, did you know that, according to FACT, the artists currently known as Boards of Canada hosted “a listening party for [their forthcoming album out June 11 on Warp] Tomorrow’s Harvest at the abandoned Lake Dolores Waterpark in Southern California” recently? Whoa, what a coincidence; I didn’t either! Probably because of the confusing nonstop stream of cryptic bullshit they’re using to hype their record!

But either way, it seems to have happened, and I guess fans were “allowed to record footage of the album’s first four songs played.” And I know you’re not going to believe this, but: they did. And the results are (yeah, get this) now on the internet! So here, you can now watch some fan videos of the tracks “Jacquard Causeway,” “Gemini,” (btw: how it is possible that this band has never named a song “Gemini” before now???) and “White Cyclosa” from the new album whenever the hell you want (the fourth one was “Reach for the Dead,” which we already dutifully re-hyped to you the other day). Don’t you just love being jerked around like this? I hope the new album is only available at some literally-underground farmers market I need a treasure map to find! I’ve been taking B-12 shots so that I’ll have an edge on the expedition!

“Jacquard Causeway”


“White Cyclosa”

• Boards of Canada: http://boardsofcanada.com
• Warp: http://warp.net

Placebo announce Loud Like Love, massive European tour, neighbors continue banging on the wall for them to keep it down

So, the band Placebo still exists. It was easy to assume they had just faded away like so many late-90s/early-00s alternative rock bands. It’s hard to be sure if alternative rock is even still a genre. It’s also hard to muster complaints about their continued presence, particularly when they bring a sexy album title like Loud Like Love to the table. Not hard to read between the lines on that one; loud love equals bangin’. Ballin’. Layin’ Pipe. In all probability this album will be related in a big way to one of the numerous kinds of penetrative intercourse that can be had by two (or more) consenting adults.

A less likely but still possible explanation is that Loud Like Love is a concept album about two people who are deeply in love and both going deaf, although neither realizes it. So they just shout constantly. To replicate this experience, watch any Meg Ryan movie with the volume on the TV maxed. Granted, the former scenario seems more suited for the feel of the album, but both are just pure conjecture; the tracklisting hasn’t even been announced yet! The preorder goes up on May 31, so all will be revealed then.

In the meantime, a European tour has been announced, and it is extensive. Neither contrived RomComs nor raucous sexual activity guaranteed.

European/UK tour dates:

11.12.13 - Warsaw, Poland -Torwar
11.13.13 - Prague, Czech Republic - Lucerna Music Bar
11.15.13 - Leipzig, Germany - Arena Leipzig
11.16.13 - Cologne, Germany - Lanxess Arena
11.18.13 - Zurich, Switzerland - Hallenstadion Arena
11.19.13 - Munich, Germany - Olympiahalle
11.21.13 - Vienna, Austria - Stadthalle
11.23.13 - Bologna, Italy - Unipol Arena
11.24.13 - Geneva, Switzerland - Geneva Arena
11.27.13 - Frankfurt, Germany - Festhalle
11.30.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Falconer Salen
12.01.13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Stora Arenan
12.03.13 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene
12.05.13 - Hamburg, Germany - O2 World
12.07.13 - Antwerp, Belgium - Sportpalais
12.08.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome
12.10.13 - Paris, France - Bercy
12.12.13 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy Birmingham
12.13.13 - Glasgow, UK - O2 Academy Glasgow
12.14.13 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo
12.16.13 - London, UK - O2 Academy Brixton

• Placebo: http://www.placeboworld.co.uk
• Loud Like Love: http://www.loudlikelove.com

Christopher Lee (Dracula, Lord of the Rings, other films) announces metal record, wears faded Black Sabbath shirt

Christopher Lee, the famed actor known for Lord of the Rings and his portrayal of Dracula, is 91 years old. He may also be 15 years old. That is not a criticism of any kind, but many of Sir Lee’s interests align themselves cleanly with a number of kids I knew during my high school years. An obsession with fantasy tropes, an interest in early heavy metal, probably good grades in History and English classes, probably bad grades in Math. But if a 15 year-old with a three-hair mustache made a metal album called, Charlemagne: The Omens of Death, it would be the sort of thing that gets you kicked out of the AV Club. When Christopher Lee does it, as The Guardian says he is, it makes perfect sense.

On May 27, Lee will release the aforementioned Charlemagne: The Omens of Death, the follow-up to his 2010 metal record Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross. In composing the album’s music, Lee worked with Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner. However, the record’s guitar parts were not played by Faulkner, but instead by Hedras Ramos, who was 2009’s Guitar Idol runner-up, which is a contest I just learned about.

If you’ve heard the previous record in Lee’s Charlemagne series, perhaps you thought that it wasn’t quite 100% metal. Sure, 95% metal. Maybe. Well, Lee assures you that this one will be “100% metal,” at least in regards to his singing style. “I’ve done my bits and pieces, and they are heavy metal,” Lee said. “I’m not screaming or anything like that, but it is definitely heavy metal.” My fears are assuaged. Not that I should have worried, because his previous record did win The Spirit of Metal prize at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden God awards, which is another thing I just learned about.

• Christopher Lee: http://christopherleeweb.com

Ólafur Arnalds announces July tour of the US, declares that he is, for now, summer

Well excuse me for previously thinking that Ólafur Arnalds and cousin Ólöf Arnalds were actually the same person. Their music probably gets coverage from the same publications, and my mind tends to jumble words together whenever they exude the reliably confusing quality of being Icelandic, or just Nordic in general. “Ola… something something… Arnalds.” Likewise, it makes you wonder about the country’s ability to secretly plan something evil. Here’s a country with less than the population of Raleigh, North Carolina, speaking a language that hardly anyone grasps on a global level. Add that to the generally unthreatening, often extremely calming nature of the country’s musical output, and you have what could be a concerted effort to get everyone to, at least, think you’re harmless.

Just throwing that out there. Feel free to ponder possible conspiracies as you read about the following news: the more classical-minded Ólafur Arnalds is going on short tour of the US during the month of July. The tour consists of five dates and follows For Now I Am Winter, his latest album released this past March. He may not have been a participant in our showcase, but his performances at this year’s SXSW still received some pretty positive reviews. View a clip here.


07.12.13 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Forever Masonic Lounge
07.13.13 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
07.16.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
07.17.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
07.18.13 - Chicago, IL - Jay Pritzker Pavilion

• Ólafur Arnalds: http://olafurarnalds.com

RIP: Henri Dutilleux, French composer

From the L.A. Times:

Henri Dutilleux, the French composer whose modernist music has received international acclaim and is performed regularly by major orchestras, died Thursday in Paris. He was 97.

His death was announced by his publisher, Schott Music. No cause of death has been released.

Dutilleux is widely regarded as one of the most important composers of the 20th century. He wasn’t a prolific writer, but his style, singular voice and iconoclastic tendencies won him admirers around the world, inviting comparisons to fellow Frenchman Pierre Boulez and Olivier Messiaen — though Dutilleux and the former reportedly did not always get along. […]

• Henri Dutilleux: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Dutilleux