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!

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.

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Disclosure skip uni to tour the US this fall

Now that they’re both officially old enough to be considered adults in the US, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence have announced a formal fall tour to support their just-released debut album on Cherrytree/Interscope, Settle. The locations of the shows are a bit odd as an assembled group, so it’s possible they were only booked in cities where younger brother Howard could get in? Or maybe they just have a shitty booker who could only get them slots in the country’s illustrious Knitting Factory Outlets and Blues Houses scattered across America’s great secondary cities? Seriously, where’s New York, Chicago, Denver, L.A., Miami?

Well, no one ever tours in Miami because the way Florida is shaped makes it a bitch to get anywhere else once you’ve descended into its phallic shaft, but it appears that recent and upcoming festival appearances in some of the larger metropolitan areas of the US are more likely the reason you won’t be able to get your dance on to Disclosure’s pop-infused garage beats as the leaves are turning and/or you’re planning or putting off your Halloween costume if you live in New York, Chicago, Denver, or L.A. But you’re probably already going to HARD L.A., Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, or Central Park Summerstage, so no worries.

Tour Dates:

10.03.13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
10.10.13 - Spokane, WA - Kitting Factory
10.11.13 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
10.12.13 - Reno NV - Knitting Factory
10.16.13 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
10.19.13 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
10.22.13 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
10.25.13 - Louisville, TN - Headliners
10.26.13 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
10.27.13 - Asheville, NC - Mountain Oasis
10.28.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.29.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer

Previously Announced Festival Dates:

08.01.13 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks
08.02.13 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.03.13 - Los Angeles, CA - HARD LA
08.06.13 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage

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• Cherrytree:

Mexican Summer to release Travis Bretzer’s Making Love EP, gives you the best rash ever

I’m at a loss for how to really process Travis Bretzer’s music. The visual content of it seems, possibly intentionally, opposed to the musical content of it. Have a butchers at the cover of his album Making Love, forthcoming on Mexican Summer. It looks dialed in on a feeling of detached coolness that one would expect from an album containing appropriately hip electro-pop. Instead we are given this:

It’s wonky with guitar detune, honest to the point of being strangely earnest, and all the while coalescing goofy and coy into an itch that forms in hard to reach places. Contrasting this sound with the fact that the final track on the EP is called “Death Rock” only aggravates the affected areas. Possibly a desirable trait for music to have, though; it probably won’t stray too far from my brain before it comes out on July 23. Perhaps if I rub the record on my skin the itching will stop.

Making Love tracklisting:

01. Billy and I
02. He’s a Gun
03. Hurts so Bad
04. Trying to Learn
05. Death Rock

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• Mexican Summer:

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

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• Not Not Fun:

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.

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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£¡!¡!


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

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