Chromatics and Symmetry among the upcoming artists demonstrating how Italians (still) Do It Better

Chromatics and Symmetry among the upcoming artists demonstrating how Italians (still) Do It Better

The bedazzled disco witches over at Italians Do It Better are stirring up a few new releases/reissues/whatever-ya-wanna-call-‘em at some undisclosed, mysterious point in the near future. Disco witches never reveal their secrets… until their magic ear potions are almost up in stores, of course. Witches are capitalists, too, y’all! Anyway, the tripped-out Candyland world that brought you Chromatics and Symmetry is bringing you some more of what you like, with a virtual cornucopia of releases from said artists.

Conjured up from some seriously magickal spellwork comes the vinyl version of Chromatics’ Running from the Sun release, which includes a bunch of gems from the Kill for Love (TMT Review) sessions that didn’t make it onto that album. These include an alternate take on the track “Kill for Love” and a cover of the Rodgers and Hart song that made yer grandma squeal, “Blue Moon.” The disco witches have also stewed up a couple 12-inch releases of previously released tracks “Cherry” and “Tick of the Clock.” Plus: The Messenger, an album by label wizard Johnny Jewel’s Symmetry project that only got a promo release back in 2011 but is now getting a proper vinyl release. Look for these in stores on a date that is not today.

Chromatics’ Running From the Sun tracklisting:

01. Dreaming in Color
02. Red Car
03. Kill for Love
04. Last Wish
05. Running From the Sun
06. Disintegration
07. These Streets Will Never Look the Same
08. Blue Moon

Chromatics’ Tick of the Clock 12-inch tracklisting:

01. Tick of the Clock (Film Edit)
02. Tick of the Clock (Visione’s The Stroke of Midnight Remix)
03. Tick of the Clock (Extended Overdrive)

Chromatics’ Cherry 12-inch tracklisting:

01. Cherry
02. Candy (Original Version)
03. Headlight’s Glare
04. Ceremony (ft. Ida No)
05. At Your Door
06. Cherry (I Can’t Keep Running)
07. Vertigo
08. Cherry (Instrumental)

Symmetry’s The Messenger tracklisting:

01. Recurring Dream
02. The Messenger
03. Vanishing Point
04. Carousel
05. Waiting Room
06. Uptown Rain
07. Thicker Than Blood
08. Roulette
09. Lost In Time
10. Tunnel Vision
11. Surface Control
12. The Dancer
13. The Hunt

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Raster Noton expands their catalogue of minimalist, computer-based rhythms with Aoki Takamasa’s RV8

I used to lay my head next to my computer at work and pretend that the little noises coming from inside of it were the sounds of a muffled, itty-bitty club playing electronic music. Often my boss would come over, place a hand on my shoulder and quietly ask if I was alright. My response, always without lifting my head or moving, was “shhhh, I can’t hear the miniature dance party in my computer while you’re talking.”

Thank heavens I found out about Raster Noton and their brand of groovy computer minimalism; those visits to the in-house psychologist were beginning to wear on me. And with their impending release of Aoki Takamasa’s album RV8 I will, in the event that I get sent back there, have something to play the psychologist whilst I say “see SEE, this is what the tiny disco in my computer sounds like.” It will probably be a longer session, but totally worth it to make her understand the joy of beeping computers.

Humble reader, I implore you: watch the newly-released video for “Rhythm Variation 06” below, directed by Hisaki Ito, and then place you ear next to your computer and be still. Are the sounds not similar? Does the fun-size fiesta move through you? If you have been converted, consider gripping a copy of RV8 when it lands on June 11 and playing it for your office. Let the diminutive RAM rave breathe in them as well.

RV8 tracklisting:

01. Rhythm Variation 01
02. Rhythm Variation 02
03. Rhythm Variation 03
04. Rhythm Variation 04
05. Rhythm Variation 05
06. Rhythm Variation 06
07. Rhythm Variation 07
08. Rhythm Variation 08

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Rivers Cuomo announces Japanese-language album made with guy from Allister, evidently is in possession of my high school journal

When I was 17, I listened to Weezer’s 1996 record Pinkerton, the record that made public Rivers Cuomo’s fascination with Japan, every day. If I wasn’t listening to Pinkerton, I was probably listening to Alkaline Trio or the 2003 Warped Tour compilation CD. That compilation contained a song by the pop-punk group Allister called “Somewhere on Fullerton.” While I enjoyed that song at the time, I have never thought of Allister outside of that particular context.

As Pitchfork reports, Rivers Cuomo and Scott Murphy, formerly of Allister, have made a self-titled Japanese-language record under the name Scott & Rivers, released by Delicious Deli (a Universal Music Japan imprint). Clearly, Rivers Cuomo has gained possession of my high school diary. How did he get it? Actually, my high school diary was just a LiveJournal page. How does Rivers Cuomo know about my high school LiveJournal?

Anyway, the record is out now in digital format through Delicious Deli and Universal Music Japan. You can watch the video for the record’s first single “Homely Girl” below. It sounds basically about how you might expect, while also probably being better than every Weezer song of the past five years. There’s also a tracklist, which you can see below. You might note that “Butterfly” is on that tracklist and, also, that “Butterfly” is the name of the last song on Pinkerton. Is it the same song, but in Japanese? I have no idea.

Scott & Rivers tracklist:

01. Break Free
02. Homely Girl
03. Freakin’ Love My Life
04. おかしいやつ
05. 朝は近い
06. 終わりのないこの詩
07. 遠く離れても
08. I Need Somebody
09. はじける
10. ほどけていたんだ
11. Butterfly
12. 君と二人で

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Sled Island: a place where Swans, Mount Eerie, and The Jesus and Mary Chain share tunes and cheery mugs of cocoa

Sled Island! It sounds like a magical winter playground where it’s never uncomfortably cold, snowmen dance and sing with you, and everyone’s skis are made of candy canes. Sled Island! Yes, that’s right: for seven years, Calgary, Alberta has kept the plains rockin’ with its wondrously-named festival, and this year over 250 bands will converge upon good old Stampede City, which is, according to Wikipedia, a nickname for this fair town situated “in an area of foothills and prairie.” Sounds bucolic!

From June 19-22, the likes of OFF!, The Thermals, The Besnard Lakes, and Suuns will descend upon this hard rockin’ prairie city, taking over 30 or so downtown Calgary venues. Art! Film! Comedy! It’s all there at Sled Island, where Swans wander into gumdrop forests to build snowmen that sing Mac DeMarco songs and everyone toasts each other with a cheery mug of hot cocoa spiked with heavy quantities of cheap whiskey. The lineup also includes The Jesus and Mary Chain, Explosions in the Sky, Divine Fits, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Iceage, Superchunk, Colin Stetson, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Torche, Metz, Tim Hecker, Thee Oh Sees, The Night Marchers, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, John K. Samson, Mount Eerie, BadBadNotGood, Ryan Hemsworth, White Lung, Javelin, The Ghostlamp Killer, Jerusalem Is My Heart, Keys N’ Krates, Ken Mode, THEESatisfaction, Samantha Savage Smith, Renny Wilson, Cousins, and Pete Swanson.

And, of course, like 200+ more bands. Tickets are available online, so nab ‘em.

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Matias Aguayo advocates spontaneously dancing into your neighbors’ homes, announces The Visitor LP for June release on Cómeme

So, the crux of this article should understandably center around the news of Matias Aguayo announcing his first album in four years, but it would be a mistake to assume that the Chilean-born producer/DJ, what with his palpable energy and gibberish-laden enthusiasm for ice cream, had ever really been absent from the music scene. Sure, we can point to his recent contributions to the annual Kompakt compilations, but what else has he been doing since Ay Ay Ay (TMT Review), aside from making cl-cl-clubgoers around the world realize the faults of boilerplate minimal techno?

The Visitor will be released on June 24, and it’ll be Aguayo’s first via Cómeme, the label that he founded in 2009, and has been pushing as an international (though mostly South American) beacon for musical integrity ever since. As far as album titles go, this one’s duly fitting when you consider both Aguayo’s personal history and the production of the record itself. Aguayo was raised in Germany, has otherwise lived in both France and Argentina, and The Visitor was recorded, according to Resident Advisor, over a five-year period in locations around the world, including Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, France, and Germany. I’m not a fan of the term either, but I’ll bite down for the sake of its appropriateness — you’re a citizen of the world, Matias.

Joining him on the record are fellow Cómemers Phillipp Gorbachev, Daniel Maloso, Ana Helder, and Alejandro Paz, as well as numerous guest vocalists. Adding to the credit intrigue, Scott Monteith a.k.a. Deadbeat handled the mixing duties. Pluralize the title, and listen to the obscenely groovy track “El Sucu Tucu” below.

The Visitor tracklisting:

01. RRRR
02. Dead Inspector
03. By the Graveyard
04. Llegó El Don
05. Una Fiesta Diferente
06. El Sucu Tucu
07. Aonde
08. El Camaron
09. Do You Wanna Work
10. Levantate Diegors
11. Las Cruces
12. A Certain Spirit

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Decoder rises a third time, made with the gestalt of ex-Foxy Digitalis writers and a sexy CMS

In times of old, site relaunches tended to occur on the simple Rule of Sexy and/or Cool: If your site’s design looks old and busted, you create a new site design and relaunch, trumpeting with the glory of a dehydrated Coachella attendee on psychotropics. With the new site design, people will come back and think of your site as cool and sexy again and keep coming back… assuming, of course, you made a good site design. Design, like content, is King (thus making the two Co-Kings), and is an important aspect of making sure your site is with it.

In the case of seminal site Decoder Magazine, they kind of did that last Thursday. However, their motives were more than just getting sexy down: back in February, we (or rather, I) announced the end of another seminal site, Foxy Digitalis. In its conclusion, owner Brad Rose stated that, in working with editor Dwight Pavlovic at Decoder, the writing staff would be joining the latter site as part of the now-hip relaunch (exception given supposedly to Jonathan Patrick, who was found mewing on Mr P’s doorstep on the Floating Platform one morning). Originally, the planned relaunch was said to be February. However, as any site designer will tell you, you should read any completion date and add three weeks or three months to it, depending on how much the designer is paid.

In any event, the new site design is a lot less bloggy, and a lot more site-y. Previous entries pre-launch remain mysteriously hidden from human sight, but that may be subject to change. Additionally, the site hints at possibly expanding its scope, with links to future articles on food, fashion, literature, and art. Hopefully, this means we will finally get to learn how Michael Gira makes spicy fondue. I hear it’s a hit at house shows.

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