Jenny Hval touring with Swans and Mark McGuire, wants to sing about internet porn for you

Jenny Hval touring with Swans and Mark McGuire, wants to sing about internet porn for you

It’s a story as beautiful as any in “Modern Love” (the New York Times column no one ever actually reads but which everyone either complains about or posts endlessly on Facebook): Scandinavian songwriter with the voice of a pornographic angel and haunting songs about internet porn meets legendary New York band with a reputation for equal parts beauty and brutality and at least a couple songs about debasement and sex work. Together the two sail forth on a lengthy tour of much of Western Civilization, leaving a plague of intelligent, challenging music in their wake.

And so, once upon a time, a really fucked-up fairytale began. Jenny Hval joined hands with Mark McGuire for a blissful month of touring the US behind 2013’s Innocence Is Kinky (TMT Review), her most recent release for Rune Grammofon and our 40th-favorite album of that year. Then in May, Hval meets up with Swans in their spiritual homeland, the center of all depravity, Washington, DC, for an idyllic visionquest through the rugged moors and rolling hills of the United Kingdom. You can check out Jenny Hval performing her song “Why This and Not That?” at a night session in Oslo’s botanical gardens via Yours Truly here:


03.28.14 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
03.29-30.14 - Knoxville, TN - Big Ears Festival
04.01.14 - Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival
04.02.14 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway *
04.03.14 - Kansas, City, MO - TBD *
04.04.14 - Omaha, NE - Barley St. Tavern *
04.05.14 - Denver, CO - Moe’s *
04.07.14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Western *
04.08.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Church *
04.09.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel *
04.10.14 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place *
04.12.14 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar *
04.13.14 - Seattle, WA - Barboza *
04.14.14 - Vancouver, BC - TBD *
04.17.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club *
04.18.14 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
05.14.14 - Washington, DC - Black Cat %
05.15.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer %
05.17.14 - Boston, MA - Royale Nightclub %
05.18.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom %
05.19.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg %
05.22.14 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy 2 %
05.23.14 - Newcastle, UK - Hoults Yard %
05.24.14 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches %
05.25.14 - Aberdeen, UK - The Lemon Tree %
05.27.14 - London, UK - Brixton Electric %
05.28.14 - Bristol, UK - Trinity Community Arts %
05.29.14 - Reading, UK - Sub89 %
05.31.14 - Birmingham, UK - Supersonic Festival
06.01.14 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit %
06.02.14 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2 %

* Mark McGuire
% Swans

• Jenny Hval:
• Rune Grammofon:

Robot Overlords announce Moogfest 2014 featuring android favorites Kraftwerk

Well, they’ve done it again, citizens of Earth! Our Robot Overlords have generously offered us Moogfest 2014 in Asheville, NC, and this year they’ve included some of their own in the lineup! That’s right, citizens: Moogfest 2014 will feature three nights of everyone’s favorite man-machines, Kraftwerk! In a stunning 3D extravaganza! And that’s not all, citizens! Moogfest 2014 will feature many of the world’s most famous cyborg musicians, including Giorgio Moroder, M.I.A., Flying Lotus, Pet Shop Boys, Moderat, Holly Herndon, Wolf Eyes, Dan Deacon, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, Black Dice, Machinedrum, Factory Floor, RJD2, Com Truise, ADULT., Daedalus, Hieroglyphic Being, Shigeto, Le1f, Riff Raff, The Gaslamp Killer, Bernie Worrell Orchestra, showcases from labels and locals like RVNG Intl., Warp, DFA, Hopscotch, and much more!

But there’s even more, citizens! Named after one of the progenitors of modern day synthesis, Robert Moog, Moogfest is more than just a music festival. It’ll also feature a massive music and technology conference including panels, workshops, and talks by some of the biggest names in electronic music, artist and engineer alike. Synth pioneers Don Buchla, Herb Deutsch, Tom Oberheim, and Dave Smith will all be there (among many others) — don’t miss the Thunderdome battle.

Our robotic rulers have designated April 23-27 in Asheville, NC as Moogfest 2014’s time-space location. Ticketing Phase 2 has already commenced so you’d better hurry if you want to get your greasy human hands on them.

• Moogfest:

Danny Brown announces tour, free admission should really be rewarded to anyone sporting a Danny Brown haircut

Imagine you enter a building. You’re there for a concert. There to have a good time. Everything seems normal, but suddenly something seems… off. At the moment, you can’t put your finger on it. To calm your nerves, you cozy up to the bar, looking to get yourself a drink. The bartender is facing away from you. The bartender turns around. The bartender has the same haircut as Danny Brown.

You turn around. Everybody has the same haircut as Danny Brown. Everybody except you.

Danny Brown, you can make this happen. You’re going on tour this spring, in support of your fantastic 2013 album Old (TMT Review). If you dictate that everybody who gets your signature haircut will receive free admission to these shows, you can look out into a crowd of Danny Browns of various races/genders. Please, Danny Brown. Please.

Incidentally, Danny Brown will soon play a string of dates in Europe, where everybody probably already has his haircut. Ooooh, broad generalization about Europeans! Tiny Mix Tapes dot com. Get into it.

Danny Brown dates:

02.21.14 - London, UK - KOKO
02.22.14 - Brighton, UK - Coalition
02.23.14 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
02.25.14 - Dublin, Ireland - Academy
02.26.14 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches
02.28.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
03.01.14 - Paris, France - Le Bataclan
03.02.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
03.04.14 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
03.05.14 - Cologne, Germany - Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld
03.06.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
03.07.14 - Stockholm, Sweden - Nalen
03.08.14 - Oslo, Norway - Parkteatret
03.22.14 - New Orleans, LA - Buku
04.02.14 - Syracuse, NY - Schine Underground
04.03.14 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
04.04.14 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
04.05.14 - Providence, RI - The Met
04.06.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04.08.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
04.09.14 - Boston, MA - Paradise
04.11.14 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
04.12.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
04.13.14 - Columbus, OH - A&R Bar
04.15.14 - Pittsburg, PA - Altar Bar
04.16.14 - Buffalo, NY - Waiting Room
04.19.14 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Vassar College
04.22.14 - Lansing, MI - The Loft
04.24.14 - Urbana, IL - Canopy Club
04.25.14 - Madison, WI - Majestic
04.27.14 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note
04.29.14 - Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
04.30.14 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine
05.02.14 - San Diego, CA - Porter’s
05.03.14 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theater
05.04.14 - Santa Ana, CA - Observatory
05.06.14 - Santa Barbara, CA - Casa de la Raza
05.07.14 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst
05.09.14 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
05.10.14 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
05.11.14 - Portland, OR - Roseland
05.13.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Complex
05.15.14 - Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Festival
06.07.14 - London, UK - Field Day
06.08.14 - Manchester, UK - Parklife
05.13-22.14 - Toronton, ON - NXNE
07.1012.14 - Frauenfeld, Switzerland - Openair Frauenfeld
08.08-10.14 - Squamish, BC - Squamish Valley Music Festival

• Danny Brown:
• Fool’s Gold:

Pitchfork Music Festival headliners announced: Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, and Chris Ott

Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago is here again. Or at least the second announcement about it is here! Ryan Schreiber’s top lawyer just sent over a watermarked press release with the first batch of acts, including the hot-as-hell headliners for all three nights. I don’t know about you, but I can already feel the sand off that baseball diamond blowing into my eyes!

On Friday, July 18, we’ve got Giorgio “Sunglasses” Moroder, Sun “Kill Me Now” Moon, Factory Floor, The Haxan Cloak, Sharon Van Etten, a cardboard cut-out of Death Grips, and headliner BECK. Fuck yeah, Death Grips and then Beck!

On Saturday, July 19, you’ll be treated to tUnE-yArDs, Pusha T, Mas Ysa, The Range, Ka, Circulatory System, The Julie Ruin, Wild Beasts, and headliner NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL. Fuck yeah, thousands of drunk people singing “Two-Headed Boy”!

On Sunday, July 20, here’s what’s on deck: DIIV, Slowdive, Grimes, and headliner KENDRICK LAMAR. Fuck yeah, Kendrick Lamar and— well… okay, I’ve got no problem with that.

Early bird three-day passes are already sold out, but other than that, go nuts. Three-day passes are $130, individual shows are $60, and I was just joking about Chris Ott headlining. He’s singing backup for DIIV.

• Pitchfork Music Festival:

Dust off the ol’ victrola in the corner of your crypt! Blackest Ever Black release 2x12-inch from Killing Sound

Bristol’s Killing Sound consists of Young Echo collective members Amos Childs (Jabu, Zhou), Seb Gainsborough (Vessel), and Sam Kidel (El Kid). Together the group make beautifully spooky music that’s probably being played this very moment in a dark crypt, an abandoned Welsh abbey where the wind whispers through the trees, and in the living room of the mysterious/weird rabbit family in David Lynch’s Inland Empire. It is the stuff of all the best nightmares.

So it only makes sense that the good people over at Blackest Ever Black are releasing this thing as a double 12-inch on the luckiest day of the year, St. Patrick’s Day (March 17). What better way to drive your puking frat boy neighbors out of your life forever than by blasting these crazy sounds? The four tracks on Killing Sound’s debut release were mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy, London. You can preview the release below and pre-order it here.

• Killing Sound/Young Echo:
• Blackest Ever Black:

Death knocks at your door with a new LP of unreleased material, new tour dates, and maybe merch-table sickles

Does the world even need another band besides Death? It’s a question one can’t help asking after hearing “new” (a.k.a. previously unreleased) track “North Street”, a hard-rockin’ punk rock Hendrixian number recounting so many “oh snap” life moments it’d make Alanis Morrisette jealous. Comin’ atcha on the band’s latest, Death III, 1980’s “North Street” fits in nicely alongside unearthed tracks from 1975, 1976, and even (whoa) the very non-punk year of 1992. Death III charts the band’s musical journey from “spiritual young rockers to older and wiser, bruised-but-undefeated brothers,” as a Drag City press release put it. And in this way, the album is the perfect accompaniment to last year’s documentary A Band Called Death (TMT Review).

The new album drops April 22 on Drag City, a preview 7-inch is available next week, and the Hackney brothers are hitting the road for select tour dates starting in March. They’re playing Mexico’s NRMALfestival, California’s Burgerama III, and Washington’s Sasquatch!, plus a few scattered dates around North America.

Death III tracklisting:

01. Introduction by David Hackney
02. North Street
03. Open Road
04. We Are Only People
05. Restlessness
06. Free
07. Yes He’s Coming
08. First Snowfall in Detroit
09. We’re Gonna Make It

Death dates:

03.08.14 - Monterrey, Mexico - NRMALfestival
03.21.14 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
03.22.14 - Fullerton, CA - Burgerama III
03.23.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
04.05.14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Pressroom
07.04.14 - George, WA - Sasquatch!

• Death:
• Drag City:

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