Ital’s second album this year, Dream On, out October 16 via Planet Mu, and he still can’t find socks that match

Ital's second album this year, Dream On, out October 16 via Planet Mu, and he still can't find socks that match

An incomplete list of things that come in pairs:

- Socks
- Slippers
- Mittens
- Gloves
- Rain boots
- Snow boots
- Pop Tarts
- Twix bars
- Chopsticks
- Drumsticks
- Windshield wipers
- Skis
- Ice skates
- Roller skates
- Albums Ital has released this year (once October 16 rolls around, because according to Dummy, that’s when he’ll release Dream On via Planet Mu. The album follows Hive Mind, which he released back in February [TMT Review]. And here’s a goofy coincidence: Ital’s real name, Daniel Martin-McCormick, contains a pair of capital Ms. Check out his tourdates with Laurel Halo here.)

• Ital:
• Planet Mu:

M. Geddes Gengras favors the bleep over the dub this time with new solo LP Test Leads

If you thought that M. Geddes Gengras was some legendary reggae producer from Jamaica, it’s understandable. His name does sound vaguely Caribbean, and his dub-infused partnership with Sun Araw and The Congos is easily the most well-known of any of his projects. But he’s not Jamaican. He’s hasn’t achieved legendary status (yet, at least). Okay, he probably does embrace the ganja from time to time, but the point is, he seems young, is active in the Los Angeles music scene, and on October 30, he’s releasing Test Leads on Holy Mountain, an album that appears to have scarcely anything in common (minus his participation) with Icon Give Thank (TMT Review).

Indeed, insofar as I can sample Gengras’s previous solo work (which is substantial but mostly released in cassette form), Test Leads appears to be a continuation of his synth-based, kosmiche character. You can preview the LP here.

Oh, how high I imagine the pressure must be after achieving a whole new level of name recognition. If you’re reading this, Mr. Gengras, just know that I won’t accept anything less than perfection with this upcoming album. Consider me the music journalist equivalent of a parent with high expectations. Impress me or your favorite stuffed animal as a child will be set ablaze!

Test Leads tracklisting:

01. Waldorf, Pts. 1 & 2
02. Night Work
03. Cairo
04. Waldorf, Pt. 3

• M. Geddes Gengras:
• Holy Mountain:

Woods announce fall tour over the river and through the ______ (hint: all the coolest bears shit there)

Aww, snap. Look out, all you pathetic one-percenters like Bono and Boney James! Unlike you and the rest of your fat, corporate, government-subsidized, national-act friends out there with their servants and geishas and fancy cars and goldfish and pet dogs who also own pet goldfish, Woods are actually rolling up their sleeves, gritting their teeth, and gearing up to do some freakin’ work! (Well, okay, maybe not actual WORK-work — they’re not going off to the steel mill or whatever; that’d be a pretty dumb way to promote their band anyway — but serious, diligent, rock band work.)

You know how their new album, Bend Beyond — their seventh effort overall which follows their prrretty dang good Sun and Shade — is coming out via Woodsist on September 18? Well GET THIS: they’re touring on the thing. Live! In person! Honest to god. No webcasts, no live broadcasts, no stand-ins, no franchised regional Woods’s playing simultaneously in every major US city. We’re talking the real deal. A handful of flesh-and-bone sunny psych hippies, a carload of Elephant 6 CDs, and a hilarious and morale-boosting taxidermied raccoon mascot. I know, right? Fucking old school.

So… yeah. Take note of the dates below the tracklist, all you rich, lazy, über-famous rock stars out there. Especially you, Boney James.

Bend Beyond tracklisting:

01. Bend Beyond
02. Cali in a Cup
03. Is It Honest?
04. It Ain’t Easy
05. Cascade
06. Back to the Stone
07. Find Them Empty
08. Wind Was the Wine
09. Lily
10. Size Meets the Sound
11. Impossible Sky
12. Something Surreal


09.08.12 - New York, NY - Meatopia at Randall’s Island
09.26.12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse *
09.27.12 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom *
09.28.12 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel *
09.29.12 - Cincinnatti, OH - Midpoint Music Fest / Grammers *
09.30.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls *
10.02.12 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
10.03.12 - Ann Arbor, MI - Yellow Barn
10.04.12 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean #
10.05.12 - Madison, WI - Der Rathskeller at Memorial Union #
10.06.12 - St Paul, MN - Turf Club #
10.07.12 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill #
10.09.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
10.12.12 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
10.24.12 - Austin, TX - Red 7 %
10.25.12 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada %
10.26.12 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone %
10.31.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Duke Coffeehouse %
11.01.12 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter %
11.02.12 - Washington, DC - Red Palace %
11.03.12 - New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg %#

* The Walkmen
# Purling Hiss
% Widowspeak

• Woods:
• Woodsist:

Pirate Bay co-founder arrested in Cambodia

While there has been plenty of news about The Pirate Bay in the last year, most of it involving lawsuits, hacking scandals, and half-baked ideas on how to make some version of the site “legal,” we haven’t heard too much about the site’s founder, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, since he missed an appeals court appearance in 2010 and was subsequently found to be in a Cambodian hospital in September 2011. It now appears, according to CBS, that while Svartholm Warg left the hospital at some point, he decided to stay in Cambodia to evade the guilty verdict originally brought down by a Swedish court in 2009 sentencing him and his co-creators to a year in prison and a hefty fine to the equivalent of $3.6 million USD for helping to support the illegal distribution of copyrighted materials through The Pirate Bay.

The fine, which is set to go back to the companies (including Sony, EMI, Columbia, and Warner Bros.) hurt by The Pirate Bay’s activities, has since been increased, while the proposed jail time has been decreased. Given that lawsuit settlements are the major label’s main source of income these days, they’re no doubt looking to get all of the guilty parties into the correct jurisdictions so the whole ordeal can be wrapped up and the paydays can start.

Cambodian authorities now have Svartholm Warg in custody. While Cambodia does not have a direct extradition treaty in place with Sweden, the end game here is “to expel him,” said a spokesman for the national police, Kirth Chantharith. It’s unlikely that Svartholm Warg will get the Assange-Ecuador treatment here, meaning his tropical holiday will likely be coming to a close once Cambodian authorities understand the nature of his crime and send him back to the frozen North. All of The Pirate Bay’s founders maintain that the site has done nothing wrong. Though highly unlikely, hopefully Svartholm Warg’s return to Sweden and his attendance at his long-delayed appeals hearing will result in better luck for the internet pioneers moving forward.

• The Pirate Bay:

DOOM says new Madvillain album is nearly done (OR Impostor DOOM says new Impostor Madvillain album is nearly done)

True story. Just the other day, I was sitting at my local coffee shop, penning another great story for Tiny Mix Tapes. Yes, I pen my stories by hand. You do not? Sad. Back to the story at hand. While finishing up a story about the new No Age/Animal Collective/Daniel Lopatin/Flying Lotus collaborative LP (story forthcoming, just gotta get that last level of approval from the powers that be), I dropped the very pen I use to pen my stories. Before I could even lean down, a mysterious hand appeared from seemingly nowhere to return my pen to me. I looked up and, believe it or not, that very hand was connected to the body which connects to the masked head of DOOM. It was the greatest day of my life. Well, until I found out it was a DOOM impostor. Ugh, fart.

My heart was broken, but it can love again. Perhaps it can love DOOM again. All I would need is a follow-up to DOOM and Madlib’s landmark 2004 album Madvillainy, which Prefix reports may exist fairly soon. In an interview with HipHopDX, DOOM said that the new Madvillain record is nearly done. Well, to be accurate, he said this:

These niggas got some shit. J Rocc and Madlib? You know, these niggas got some shit that’s ill as hell that niggas never heard, that’s as ill as any of these old breaks but they just haven’t come to surface yet. Watch when you hear the new Madvillain record. It’s almost done.

There you are! A new Madvillain record may end up being a thing! Granted, there’s been talk of a new Madvillain record nearly as long as Madvillainy has been out. And Madlib was so frustrated with the lack of DOOM raps that he went and recorded new beats for the original Madvillain record. Still, exciting if true! And not the work of impostor! Oh gasp.

• Madlib:

Martin Eden a.k.a. Matthew Cooper a.k.a. Eluvium announces debut full-length; please don’t tell me you’re still confused

Oh, good! About a month ago, when Matthew Cooper a.k.a. Eluvium announced the debut of his Martin Eden project, alongside a 7-inch for Lefse Records, I secretly feared the possibility of that being it. At the time, a full-length album wasn’t even alluded to, so it kind of felt like Cooper was just testing the waters a bit, uncertain as he may have been as to how fans might react to his unofficial homage to Aphex Twin. But no, Martin Eden does have a full-length album coming out. In fact, Dedicate Function is due out on October 9, less than a month after his 7-inch is set to be (physically) released (on September 18).

Clearly, Cooper was just stringing us along, trying to act like his alter ego wasn’t really his alter ego for the long-run. It’s like if Alfred suddenly got jealous of Bruce Wayne’s success as Batman, and decided to become a crime-fighting hero himself, in an ominous-looking butler costume. “I’m just having some fun, Bruce!” Alfred might say. But he’s not just having some fun. He’s taking it seriously. (Can you tell that I just saw a certain movie recently?)

In addition to announcing the album, Martin Eden has also released a new track, “Verions,” which you can listen to below. A press release describes Dedicate Function as sounding “a world apart” from the “assumed influences” of The Field, Aphex Twin, and Boards of Canada. I won’t go that far, but I can certainly think of worse artists to be compared to.

Dedicate Function tracklisting:

01. Vlad
02. Short Cut
03. Verions
04. Plantes
04. Etc_etc
05. Hum
06. Return Life

• Martin Eden:
• Lefse: