James Blake goes on a fall tour in an effort to regain his physical form

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As you’ll no doubt recall, and as we at TMT faithfully reported back in February, Brian Eno and RZA have both taken to referring to James Blake as “Jimmy Digital.” Back when that news first broke, I’m sure you, like me, had a good chuckle. “Ah, isn’t it sweet that these musicians are buddy-buddy enough that they’re giving each other nicknames,” you probably said. As it happens though, the nickname was more than just a little bit of horseplay. In fact, it was a covert cry for help. You see, at some point near the end of 2012, James Blake was somehow vacuumed into a computer, leaving behind his physical form and making him quite literally a “a cute British ghost in the machine.”

Though the conversion into a 100% digital entity was beneficial to Blake in the last few months of working on Overgrown (TMT Review), once the album was released, his disembodied internet spirit started to express a little bit of frustration (“I just want to feel the warmth of flesh on flesh again” has been seen to appear with uncomfortable frequency in Microsoft Word documents around the globe). Since then, plans have been in the works to convert Jimmy Digital back into “Jimmy Analog,” or “Jimmy Fleshpile,” if you prefer. One such plan comes in the form of a recently reported fall tour, in which the MacBook Air that holds a majority of Blake’s aura will be toted across the world and plugged into PAs in front of crowds of people in hopes that… something will happen (the science is actually pretty unclear). If you’re so inclined, you can catch Blake’s disembodied internet presence in a venue near you this fall. Jimmy Digital, if you’re reading this (or, more accurately, if the as-yet-unnamed constituent particles of your digitized soul are slithering over the base code for this page on the TMT server), I wish you luck!

Dates:

05.24.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
05.29.13 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Capital
05.30.13 - Porto, Portugal - Optimus Primavera Sound
06.01.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Forbidden Fruit
06.04-05.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Studio Coast
06.06.13 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Diamond Hall
06.07.13 - Osaka, Japan - Hatch
06.22.13 - Istanbul, Turkey - Efes One Love Festival
06.23.13 - Hvar Island, Croatia - FOR Festival
06.30.13 - Pilton, UK - Glastonbury Festival
07.04.13 - Paris, France - Cité de la Musique
07.05.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - PITCH Festival
07.06.13 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07.07.13 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.14.13 - Montreux, Switzerland - Montreux Jazz Festival
07.16.13 - Athens, Greece - Ejekt Festival
07.19.13 - Berlin, Germany - Melt Festival
07.21.13 - Beccles, UK - Latitude Festival
07.25.13 - Perth, Australia - Astor Theater
07.26.13 - Perth, Australia - Astor Theater
07.28.13 - Byron Bay, Australia - Splendour in the Grass
07.29.13 - Sydney, Australia - Sydney Opera House
07.30.13 - Sydney, Australia - Sydney Opera House
07.31.13 - Melbourne, Australia - The Palais Theatre
08.02.13 - Auckland, New Zealand - Town Hall
08.09.13 - Oslo, Norway - Øya Festival
08.10.13 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
08.17.13 - St. Pölten, Austria - FM4 Frequency Festival
08.31.13 - Zurich, Switzerland - Zurich Openair
09.13.13 - Portmeirion, UK - Festival No. 6
09.18.13 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC
09.20.13 - Manchester, UK - Ritz
09.21.13 - Birmingham, UK - Institute
09.22.13 - Oxford, UK - O2 Academy
09.24.13 - Bristol, UK - O2 Academy
09.25-26.13 - London, UK - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
10.06.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
10.08.13 - Berlin, Germany - Tempodrom
10.09.13 - Munich, Germany - Muffathalle
10.10.13 - Cologne, Germany - E-Werk
10.12.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
10.13.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
10.14.13 - Paris, France - Trianon
10.22.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern
10.23.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Hollywood Forever Cemetery
10.24.13 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
10.25.13 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
10.27.13 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
10.28.13 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
10.29.13 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
10.30.13 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
10.31.13 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
11.02.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11.03.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11.04.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.05.13 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
11.06.13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
11.07.13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
11.09.13 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
11.11.13 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater
11.13.13 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
11.14.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
11.15.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11.16.13 - Iowa City, IA - The Englert Theatre
11.19.13 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
11.20.13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo
11.21.13 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater

• James Blake: http://jamesblakemusic.com

Phosphorescent summer tour expands, now with new and improved festival dates!

As the sun begins to warm the streets of the northern hemisphere, the masses gather every weekend in parks and empty streets to celebrate festival season, and lucky for you, there’s a good chance Phosphorescent is playing an upcoming gathering close to you. Just imagine the warm buzz of cheap beer washing over you as you try and remember if you put sunscreen on before you left the house, Matthew Houck’s caterwaul in the background lilting through an 18-minute version of some obscure Willie Nelson song. You stop and think, “This is a good day, thanks Phosphorescent. You made leaving the house worth it.”

So don’t be a hermit and miss out on having that EXACT experience! Phosphorescent’s recent album for Dead Oceans, Muchacho, is mighty swell on your home stereo system, but you just can’t replicate the experience of seeing them live if you’re inside, trapped among the stacks of newspapers that you swear you’re going to throw away soon. Peel the trash bags off the windows, let the light in, take a shower, and go see them live at some point this summer. You’ll be glad you did.

Tour Dates:

06.15.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Northside Festival
07.13.13 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Bluesfest
07.14.13 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen
07.16.13 - Columbus, OH - A&R Music Bar
07.17.13 - Cleveland, OH - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
07.18.13 - Louisville, KY - Headliners*
07.20.13 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.26.13 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
07.28.13 - Camden, NJ - XPoNential Music Festival
08.09.13 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
08.10.13 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West
08.15.13 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop 2013
08.16.13 - Brecon Beacons, United Kingdom - Green Man Festival
09.14.13 - Detroit, MI - St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival
09.21.13 - Columbia, MO - Roots and Blues BBQ
10.04-06.-13 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
10.11-13.13 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
11.26.13 - London, UK - 02 Shepherds Bush Empire

• Phosphorescent: http://phosphorescentmusic.com
• Dead Oceans: http://www.deadoceans.com

NYMPH premiere new (millennium) track “Battle Funk,” announce live dates for all the nymphomaniacs out there

We’re basically a month away from the official release of NYMPH’s sophomore LP New Millennium Prayer, and as attractive as the band’s seven (or is eight?) members might be, we’re going to need something other than just their startling, nymph-like good looks to maintain our interest. The cover art’s been revealed, and as far as visual representations of music go, this one seems fundamentally fitting, given its seemingly varied influences. Art critique from from someone totally unqualified to do so time: the conglomeration of animals inspires thoughts about Native American culture, while the font (aside from using the Latin alphabet) reminds one of Arabia… or at least, King Toot’s Music Store from The Simpsons. Then there are the colors, which are surely indicative of the band’s otherwise silent appreciation for cotton candy.

Because members of the media are special (alternatively, “special”), I’ve had the chance to listen to New Millennium Prayer, and it’s astonishing how seamlessly NYMPH blend styles across each of the album’s four tracks. Here’s your example: “Battle Funk,” which premiered last week. Listening gives you a better sense than I ever could verbally, so have at it, and peruse the newly-announced list of supporting live dates below that. East Coast, what what.

Album’s out June 25, by the way.

Dates:

06.19.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Ortleib’s ^*
06.20.13 - Chapel Hill, NC - The Cave $*
06.21.13 - Greensboro, NC - The Flatiron $*
06.22.13 - Athens, GA - Farm 255 %*
06.23.13 - Atlanta, GA - Eyedrum %*
06.24.13 - Boone, NC -Black Cat 127 *
06.25.13 - Charlottesville, VA - Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar &
06.26.13 - Baltimore, MD - TBA *
06.27.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool (Record Release Show) *
06.30.13 - Boston, MA - Deep Thoughts !
07.01.13 - Providence, RI - Machines and Magnets !
07.02.13 - Space Gallery, Portland, ME #*
07.03.13 - Biddeford, ME - The Oak and The Ax *

^ Northern Arms and Sami The Great
$ Piedmontsmen
% Space Trucks
& Miami Nights
! Devil Music
# Crux In The Coalsack

• NYMPH: https://www.facebook.com/bandofnymph
• Northern Spy: http://northernspyrecords.com

inc. announce lengthy North American tour, powered by positive Tiny Mix Tapes review

Listen up, moms and dads. You think this whole Tiny Mix Tapes thing is a waste of time? You think we should get real jobs? Well, cram this in your dumb brain: Tiny Mix Tapes has real power over the world. There’s real proof to this theory. Take inc., the 4AD-signed R&B outfit that just released their first full-length, no world. That release received a glowing review from this very publication. And now inc. are going on a lengthy tour. Would they have been able to do so without Tiny Mix Tapes? Debatable! We’ll never know.

Almost all of inc.’s forthcoming dates are in North America. I say “almost all,” because they happened to sneak a single Japanese date in the mix. That’s not something you see every day. But the group is going over to Japan to play one of Tokyo’s Hostess Club Weekender festivals. On other dates, they’ll be joined by the likes of Dam-Funk, Ariel Pink, Kelela, and DJ Total Freedom. Word has it they’ll offer up a prayer to their digital gods at Tiny Mix Tapes at the beginning of every show.

inc. dates:

05.24.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Mezzanine *%
05.25.13 - Sacramento, CA - Assembly Theatre *
05.26.13 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios *
05.27.13 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune *
05.29.13 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
06.01.13 - Chicago, IL - Do Division Festival !
06.02.13 - Chicago, IL - Do Division Festival
06.03.13 - Detroit, MI - Waffles Penthouse
06.04.13 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
06.08.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Hostess Club Weekender
07.10.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy
07.11.13 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
07.12.13 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07.13.13 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - The Jazz Cafe
07.14.13 - Brooklyn, Ny - Music Hall of Williamsburg *^
07.15.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *^
07.16.13 - Baltimore, MD - Metro *^
07.18.13 - Raleigh, NC - King’s Barcade *^
07.19.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *^
07.20.13 - Miami, FL - The Stage ^
07.23.13 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s ^
07.24.13 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk ^
07.26.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom ^

* Kelela
^ DJ Total Freedom
% Dam-Funk
! Ariel Pink

• inc.: http://www.official-inc.com/music

Mount Eerie releasing 12-inch through XRA Records, chronicling epic Bloomington beer blast

Any time you’re feeling down, try to envision this scene: Mount Eerie playing a frat party. There are a lot of ways to go with this fantasy, many of which would probably not cheer you up. Let me walk you through it. It’s a classic, Animal House-style frat party, a real beer blast if you will. Dudes in backwards baseball caps doing keg stands. There’s a guy in a toga running around. Someone jumped through a window. Things are being broken; everything’s being broken. This is nuts. Mount Eerie are set up in the corner and Phil Elverum softly sings, “Misunderstood and disillusioned, I go on describing this place.” All the bros stop in their tracks. All the sorority girls look towards the band. Everyone is crying. Every single person is crying.

I’m pretty sure that’s basically what happened during the Bloomington show in which the band’s new 12-inch, Live in Bloomington, September 30th, 2011, was recorded. Sure, the 12-inch, which is coming out through Bloomington-based Crossroads of America Records on June 11, was recorded at Russian Recording and mixed by Mike Bridavsky. That doesn’t sound like a crazy frat party at all. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t. It just, well, probably wasn’t. Still, what would you rather imagine? A low-key show in a recording studio with a set drawing mostly from the then-unreleased Clear Moon? Or an insane kegger in a recording studio with a set drawing mostly from the then-unreleased Clear Moon? Watch this commercial for the record while you figure out how you want to live your life:

Live in Bloomington, September 30th, 2011 tracklist:

01. Introduction
02. House Shape
03. Between Two Mysteries
04. Ancient Questions
05. Karl Blau
06. No Inside, No Out
07. The Place I Live
08. Lone Bell
09. See Me
10. Stone’s Ode
11. The Place Lives

• Mount Eerie: http://www.pwelverumandsun.com
• Crossroads of America: http://www.xrarecords.com

RIP: Romanthony, house producer and Daft Punk/Teengirl Fantasy collaborator

From Billboard:

Romanthony, an influential house producer and singer best known for performing the vocals on Daft Punk’s single “One More Time,” has been reported to have died earlier this month.

The artist, born Anthony Moore, reportedly passed away at his home in Austin, Tex. on May 7. As Chicago’s 5 Magazine points out, Romanthony’s sister Mellony Moore confirmed the passing in a Facebook post on May 9, and friend/collaborators like Boys Noize, MikeQ and Daone Remmidy (better known as Eve Angel) have all taken to social media to confirm the news and express their grief. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

• Romanthony: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanthony

  

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