Joel Ford and Patrick McDermott went antiquing the other day and found(ed) a whole record label in mint condition!

Joel Ford and Patrick McDermott went antiquing the other day and found(ed) a whole record label in mint condition! http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1306/news-13-06-driftless-recordings.jpg

The other day Joel Ford was doing a bit of antiquing when he found(ed) something that he thought was really rare and unique: an entire record label called Driftless Recordings! Naturally, he was so excited he couldn’t wait to phone up his good pal Daniel Lopatin (with whom he runs the special interest pawn shop Ford & Lopatin) and ask him when he might want to get to work refurbishing the discovery. Lopatin, however, wasn’t interested. “When do I want to start?” he chuckled, “How about Oneohtrix Point NEVER! Dude, come on, get real, every body’s found(ed) a record label or two in their day. Even Katy Perry!” Unfazed by Lopatin’s naysaying, Ford, believing he’d found(ed) something really special, set out to expose Lopatin as the dunderheaded lummox he truly was.

Eventually Ford settled on Patrick McDermott as the perfect partner to really get the most out of what he’d found(ed). Toward the end of putting out some “hot jamz right quick,” they’ll be releasing tracks from their own projects such as Airbird (Ford) and North Americans (McDermott), as well as slices of that good old rock ‘n’ roll pie from such acts as Megafortress and Jeff Gittleman (there’s a sampler below that features several of the label’s artists). Actually, since the label’s stated goal is to “unite a diverse cross-section of artists,” maybe the pie metaphor isn’t so great, unless it’s like a pie with 80 different fillings or something… I don’t know, you try coming up with great metaphors on tight deadlines like this, day in and day out! They can’t all be zingers! I mean, I’m sure you of all people saw the antiquing/pawn shop joke above. Ugh, even I’ll admit that was a stretch.

• Driftless Recordings: http://driftlessrecordings.com

Ensemble Economique to release Fever Logic on Not Not Fun, advances one step closer to dream of melting listeners into puddles of pure emotion

Ensemble Economique’s SoundCloud contains the single-line description “melting stars into puddles of light.” That’s an absolutely perfect for Brian Pyle’s music and the sense of being engulfed, almost smothered, that it creates. Played loud enough, it is truly a metabolic experience; something noise fans might appreciate if they ever caught an itch for pop. In terms of convoluted metaphors, imagine a transporter jump on the original Star Trek slowed to a crawl; remaining conscious throughout a process of oozing, glowing dis- and reassembly.

Make all that deeply emotive and personal and you get Ensemble Economique:

Lucky for everyone in the strange and lovely part of music fandom that appreciates this sort of thing, EE has a new LP coming out on Not Not Fun. This six-track album is called Fever Logic and everything points toward it being just as creative and engaging as his past work. Check the track “We Come Spinning Out of Control” below, and see if this is something to acquire come July 9.

Fever Logic tracklisting:

01. We Come Spinning Out of Control
02. Walking Into the Light
03. The Night Burning Air
04. Blindfold Me
05. Into Nowhere
06. End Scene

• Ensemble Economique: http://ensembleeconomique.tumblr.com
• Not Not Fun: http://www.notnotfun.com

Smashing Pumpkins reissue the already-gigantic Aeroplane Flies High box set with 90 more bonus tracks, just to kill mother earth a little deader

Yeah. So. The 90s. Remember then? Me neither, kinda. But half-dead record label extraordinaire EMI and half-dead recording artist Billy “Bill S. Preston” Corgan probably do! Most likely because they were both making silly amounts of money by putting out ludicrous shit like the original Smashing Pumpkins box set The Aeroplane Flies High, which essentially took each of the five singles from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (that’s “Bullet with Butterfly Wings,” “1979,” “Zero,” “Tonight Tonight,” and “Thirty-Three,” in case you spent the 90s in a block of frozen ice like Encino Man) and built five separate EPs no one even knew they wanted around them! Ah, decadence. How far away you seem today!

Here’s the thing, though. Turns out EMI and Billy are still really, really interested in making silly amounts of money when- and however possible. So, in keeping with all of the other albums that they have been reissuing over the last few years, they’ve decided to re-release this whole Aeroplane thing as an even bigger, badder, box-settier box set on June 23.

The newly expanded edition will be available in 6xCD/DVD, 5xLP, Deluxe Digital, and Standard Digital versions and will not only feature remastered versions of the original 33 tracks, but also a very 1990s-appropriate 90 bonus tracks (e.g., unreleased demos, alternative versions, live recordings, etc.; basically everything shy of the 1996 Phrenological analysis of Corgan’s bald-ass head is on this thing). In case you’re wondering what the sixth disc is for, it’s a live show straight outta the 1996 Mellon Collie tour, and the DVD is a 4th of July performance in France from 1997.

But don’t rush out and buy a thousand copies just yet, friends; there’s still the packaging to contend with. The set contains a 46-page book (I bet it’s in full-color too!), liner notes from music critic David Wild, and a nice, anal, track-by-track breakdown from Corgan’s own pen. Oh, and the whole shebang is wrapped up in some shiny, embossed foil that I’m told was only native to the 1990s and had to be time-traveled here by Bill and/or Ted.

For a complete breakdown of the tracklist, either go fuck yourself or go visit the band’s website (hey, you can order ‘em on there too!). And, ooh, by the way, the band has also apparently confirmed “plans for a new studio album” to be recorded soon. But come on, seriously; does anyone here care about that? Right.

• Smashing Pumpkins: http://www.smashingpumpkins.com
• EMI: http://www.emimusic.com

Joey Bada$$ relea$ing a mixtape & touring thi$ $ummer

You might’ve already heard “Word is Bond,” a track off of Joey Bada$$’ forthcoming mixtape, Summer Knights, which will be out June 12. If not, check that shit out over yonder on Chocolate Grinder. He’ll be releasing his debut LP, B4DA$$, sometime later this year, and in the meantime he’ll be scheming ways to abandon the alphabet completely, because you know, ƒµ¢k £ ∑††∑®§.

Once he figures out how to speak in only numbers and symbols and maybe even emoticons too, Joey Bada$$ will be touring, playing a few festivals and one show with Pro Era and a whole bunch of shows with Wiz Khalifa. ÇØØ£¡!¡!

Dates:

06.01.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Roots Picnic
06.02.13 - New York, NY - Summer Jam
06.09.13 - Manchester, UK - Parklife Festival
06/12.13 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent $
06.15.13 - Toronto, ON - NXNE
06.16.13 - Toronto, ON - NXNE
06.21.13 - Philadelphia, PA - XXL Freshman @ Trocadero
06.22.13 - Albany, NY - Upstate Concert Hall
06.27.13 - Boston, MA - XXL Freshman
07.02.13 - Arendal, Norway - Festival
07.04.13 - Du Belfor, France - Eurorockness Fest
07.05.13 - Zurich, Switzerland - Touch The Lake Festival
07.06.13 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.14.13 - Ferropolis, Germany - Splash Festival
07.15.13 - London, UK - Wireless Festival
07.17.13 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater !
07.18.13 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater !
07.19.13 - Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheater !
07.20.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Comcast Center !
07.21.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta @ Hard Rock !
07.23.13 - Denver, CO - Fiddler’s Green !
07.25.13 - Austin, TX - Tower Amphitheater !
07.26.13 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion !
07.27.13 - Little Rock, AR - Riverfest Amphitheater !
07.28.13 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion !
07.30.13 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheater !
07.31.13 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre !
08.01.13 - Washington, DC - Jiffy Lube Live !
08.02.13 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center !
08.03.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - First Niagara Pavilion !
08.04.13 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater !
08.06.13 - Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach Amphitheater !
08.07.13 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theatre !
08.08.13 - Boston, MA - Comcast Center !
08.09.13 - Montreal, QC - Plaine Des Jeux !
08.10.13 - Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheater !
08.11.13 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend !
08.29.13 - Fort Punta Christo Pula, CR - Outlook Festival
08.31.13 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot
09.03.13 - Portland, OR - Roseland Ballroom
09.07.13 - San Francisco, CA - Rock The Bells
09.15.13 - Los Angles, CA - Rock The Bells
09.29.13 - New York, NY - Rock The Bells

$ Pro Era
! Wiz Khalifa

• Joey Bada$$: http://badassjoey.tumblr.com

Another festival lineup announcement: Treasure Island Music Fest Edition! Beck, Atoms for Peace to headline

If an item in the news isn’t about Amanda Bynes’ downward spiral, then it’s probably about the unveiling of another music fest’s lineup (sorry, Afghanistan, it’s officially summer!). Today, we bring you the latter type of news with the announcement of San Francisco’s Treasure Island Music Festival roster. At the top of the bill sit Beck, Atoms for Peace, and Animal Collective, with the likes of James Blake, Sleigh Bells, Japandroids, and Real Estate peering up from just below.

The fest’s seventh outing will take place October 19-20 on the venerable Treasure Island. What makes Treasure Island special, though? In the spirit of being stereotypically San Franciscan, the fest features such amenities as a zero-emission shuttle to the island, bike valet, a 60-foot Ferris wheel, roaming performers, and a bevy of interactive art installations. I know, yawn, what else? Well, Treasure Island is distinct because its two-day lineup of acts (full list below) never once overlap, meaning if you’re in it for the long haul, you will see EVERY SINGLE BAND. Beats having to choose between Cayucas (they perform only using duck calls) and Deep Sea Diver (performing from underwater, quite a treat), that’s for sure!

I have no idea what the weather will be like in San Francisco in October, but it probably won’t be very autumnal, so if you’re looking for a break from all the gorgeous foliage and cool breezes in your neck of the woods, make your way to the Bay area for 2 days of music and fun.

Treasure Island Music Fest lineup:

Atoms for Peace
Beck
Animal Collective
Major Lazer
James Blake
Little Dragon
Sleigh Bells
Phantogram
STRFKR
Holy Ghost!
Japandroids
Tricky
Real Estate
Disclosure
Lord Huron
DJ Falcon
Haim
Palma Violets
Poolside
Adult.
Cayucas
Robert DeLong
IO Echo
Giraffage
Deep Sea Diver
Antwon

• Treasure Island Music Festival: http://www.treasureislandfestival.com/2013

Swans announce the crap out of a new Swans album, while you just sit there and take it like the little bitch that Michael Gira knows you are

How’s that ol’ Law of Inertia thing go again, Michael Gira? “A body at rest tends to stay at rest, and a body pummeling the fuck out of musical instruments in ritualistic fervor tends to keep pummeling the fuck out of instruments in ritualistic fervor”? Wait; that doesn’t quite sound right. Oh well. I’m sure as shit not going to argue with Michael Gira. Are you?

Yup, ever since Swans regenerated back in 2010, seems like they’ve been downright active, releasing one badass album followed by another on Gira’s Young God label and touring all over the place like young whipersnappers. And now, according to a recent Facebook post, Gira and his crew have announced plans for not one, but TWO new albums: a live record to stand as testament to their recent relentless tour-craziness; and (more significantly) a new studio album — their thirteenth overall. Holy shit, did someone put some B-12 in Gira’s porridge? Here’s what the man himself had to say on the Swans Facebook page (sorry in advance, but the dude doesn’t like caps):

thanks to all who came to our recent shows in europe. it means the world to us to be in the center of the storm with you… it is a life giving, regenerative event for us to make this music, and my hope is that a positive effect is shared by all. thank you for allowing us to make a fresh world in real time. your involvement means everything! … a few more of these short tours are upcoming, then a live album (hand made), then a new studio album using the live versions of these new songs you may have experienced as a starting point. so, the studio album will move forward from the live versions you’ve possibly witnessed (which have already changed nightly in the recent tour-s), and there will also be studio-only songs as well. we feel blessed to be able to do the thing we love, and profoundly moved that some people on this earth find something of value in our work. thank you! - michael gira / swans

Well, there you have it: I guess Swans and their ongoing momentum actually is a credit to us all! Sweet, I can’t wait to tell my mom. And that smarmy little terrier of hers.

Swans 2013 dates:

06.13.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Northside Fesival
06.14.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
06.16.13 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
06.19.13 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island Festival
06.22.13 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret Festival
06.23.13 - Clisson, FR - Hell Fest
07.18.13 – Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe at Olde National Centre*
07.19.13 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre*
07.20.13 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.22.13 - Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose Tap House#
07.23.13 - Newport, KY - Southgate House#
07.24.13 - Columbus, OH - The Bluestone#
07.25.13 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom#
07.26.13 - Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall#
08.13.13 - Edinburgh, UK - Liquid Rooms
08.14.13 - Belfast, UK - The Limelight 2
08.15.13 - Dublin, IE - Button Factory
08.16.13 - Cork, IE - Cyprus Avenue
08.18.13 - Wales, UK - Green Man Festival

* Low
# Pharmakon

• Swans: http://www.swans.pair.com
• Young God: http://younggodrecords.com

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