Kelela vibrates yr ears and butt on new song “The High,” announces first-ever headlining shows

Kelela vibrates yr ears and butt on new song "The High," announces first-ever headlining shows

Abandon all presumptions of innocence. CUT 4 ME (TMT Review), the excellent debut release from Los Angeles-based and initial Night Slugs/Fade to Mind collaborator Kelela, has a connotation separate from a casual self-reverence manifested through music recording. Listening to the title track, the “cut” doesn’t refer to a “take” in the recording sense, but instead the depths of one’s dominant infatuation, as our narrator requests, “Cum 4 me. You’re all that I need.” Alternatively, things take a decidedly dark turn if you hear or choose to replace “cut” for “cum;” physical pain may be a precondition for emotional involvement with this particular sadist, or she’s just assuming the role of an elementary school teacher and proposing an insurmountable project involving safety scissors and a limitless supply of colored construction paper! No no, just look at those jagged edges. Cut it… mm, “tenderly.”

Let’s go back to the innocent interpretation though. If CUT 4 ME was a release aimed at self-satisfaction, then surely the fact that Kelela’s just announced her first-ever headlining shows is evidence of an imminent artistic selflessness. Come March, she’ll be performing at SXSW, and come April, she’ll take to the stage in Los Angeles and Brooklyn. Oh! And she has a new song called “The High,” produced by Gifted & Blessed. Probably not the high that you’re thinking of:


03.12.14-03.14.14 - Austin, TX - SXSW
04.02.14 - Los Angeles - The Echo
04.03.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC

• Kelela:

Jon Porras of Barn Owl to release new LP Light Divide this March on Thrill Jockey; meanwhile, I don’t even know what I’m doing for dinner later

Most people know Jon Porras as one half of the spooky desert-jam outfit Barn Owl. And yes, a select few fans are also aware of his far-more provocative career as the understudy-to-the-third-understudy for one of the Jonas Brothers (I’m not sure which one, exactly. I think all of them?). But it seems hardly anyone — outside of us consummate musical insiders here at TMT — really knows him as a solo artist.

Well, all that shit’s about to change on March 25, when ol’ whats-his-name releases his new full-length album, entitled Light Divide, on the Thrill Jockey label! For once, it’ll be HIS NAME out there, all alone in that typically very crowded spooky drone-rock spotlight! And don’t look now, but I’ve even got some juicy press release hyperbole to get the accolade-ball rolling:

Light Divide showcases Porras as “shifting his focus entirely to electronic synthesis, using a wide array of analog and digital systems to exponentially expand his sonic palate.” Can you believe it? The results are “silhouettes of distant rhythms, abstracted traces of techno wastelands that come in and out of focus like an urban, post-industrial sprawl being overtaken by fog.” Hell yes. And the results of that are billions of dollars, a couple of entourages, and a Maserati truck full of Mercury Prizes!

Ha. For real though, Porras is also totally playing a set at this year’s Austin Psych Fest in April, and you can pre-order the album (LP + download) from the Thrill Jockey website right-the-heck now. And both of those things make him a hell of a lot cooler and more famous than I am! So I’ll just shut up now.

Light Divide tracklisting:

01. Apeiron
02. Recollection
03. Divide
04. New Monument
05. Pleiades

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Hangout Music Fest announces lineup feat. Outkast, Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, friends spending time with other friends

Modern music festivals book some of today’s biggest and brightest stars. But the brightest star of them all? Friendship. Awwwwwwwww. The organizers of Gulf Shores, Alabama’s annual Hangout Music Fest clearly understand this, having given the concept of music second billing to the concept of hanging out. Set on a stretch of sandy beach from May 16-18, the festival has positioned itself as an experience of friendship, one to build lasting memories with your closest friends. That said, they’ve also booked Outkast. Friendship is over, you don’t need friends.

In addition to Outkast, Hangout Fest has also booked The Black Keys, Queens of the Stone Age, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, Le1f, Tegan and Sara, Chance the Rapper, Black Lips, Andrew W.K., Diarrhea Planet, The Killers, The Avett Brothers, and more. A full lineup can be viewed here. You may have noticed that I did not mention one of the festival’s headliners, a one Mr. Jack Johnson. If you are both a Tiny Mix Tapes reader and a Jack Johnson fan, I apologize for this oversight. I would also genuinely like to converse with you, because your pool of interests sound fascinating. Anyway, three-day tickets for the festival are available now.

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Trail of Dead announce Source Tags & Codes tour, begin work on new album tentatively titled Source Tags II: The Klumps

Don’t you wish it could be 2002 all the time? You probably shouldn’t! Some awful stuff was happening! Then again: awful stuff is generally happening all the time and good stuff tends to happen concurrently with awful stuff. If you were in …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead in 2002, certain things were going pretty darn well for you. Your band just released their third album, Source Tags and Codes, which made people lose their damn minds. It’s not 2002 anymore (it’s 2014 FYI), but Source Tags remains Trail of Dead’s most acclaimed work. As such, the band has announced a string of dates this spring in which they will play the album from beginning to end. They are doing this because some things just make sense. Though you know what else would make sense? You guys just officially changing your name to Trail of Dead, because that’s what everybody calls you these days, unless they’re independently wealthy and just have all the time in the world to drop 10-word band names in regular conversation. Just a thought there.

Since time marches forward (get out of here if you think all time is happening simultaneously), so must Trail of Dead. Before leaving on tour, they’re entering Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas with longtime producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith to record their ninth album. Take a moment to realize how much time has passed in our collective lives when you accept that Trail of Dead will soon be six albums removed from Source Tags and Codes. Time really does fly, et cetera, et cetera.

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead dates:

03.26.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
03.27.14 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel
03.28.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
03.29.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03.30.14 - Boston, MA - T.T. The Bear’s
03.31.14 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
04.01.14 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle (2 shows)
04.03.14 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall

• …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead:

Ai Aso plans new record album on Ideologic Organ; fans of record albums and the releasing thereof, rejoice!

I just love record albums. They’re great! I listen to ‘em sometimes, and other times I just hang their artworks up on my wall. And sometimes I even go to internet sites and talk about them with other folks who also like them, although there’s always one or two folks who play “devil’s advocate” and say things like “I don’t much care for that particular record album,” or “why do you have such terrible taste you idiotic ingrate?” which sometimes hurts my feelings because I am very sensitive.

Anyhow, speaking of record albums (which I love) and announcing them to friendly folks (which, by extension I also love) Tokyo-based psychedelic folk singer Asi Aso just announced a new one of her own, to be released by the Editions Mego imprint Ideologic Organ. Entitled Lone, the full-length is out on March 31 of this year. In addition to collaborating with members of the Japanese psych-rock group White Heaven (on 2007’s Chamomile Pool) as well Boris (on the 2007 split 7-inch She’s So Heavy), Aso has had a string of solo releases since her 2000 debut Record, Amaihibiki, Iswy, though Lone will be her first solo full-length in nearly five years (the last one was 2009’s あいだ [Aida]). You see how I went buckwild with discography information there? That’s just a symptom of caring a whole lot about record albums. If you also care, maybe pre-order the album, or give “Date” from the album a listen below.

Lone tracklisting:

01. Agenda
02. Kamitsure no ookina mizutamari
03. Most children do
04. Date
05. Colchicum
06. Komish…
07. Land

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Boy George releasing new album This Is What I Do after 18-year break

Boy George is back, guys! The solo artist and lead singer of Culture Club — the first group since The Beatles to have three singles from a debut album chart in the Top 10 in the US — never really left, of course. In fact, he’s been a pretty successful house music DJ for the past 20 or so years… if you don’t know, well, now you know. But this year, Boy George is set to release his first studio album in 18 years, This Is What I Do, which is already out in the UK but drops March 25 on Boy George’s Very Me imprint here in these old United States. You can check out the ballady lead single, “King of Everything” below, which features dogs! boxers! a person literally dressed as a king! and some kinda questionable fashion choices from the Boy himself.

Written by Boy George and his longstanding writing partners John Themis, Kevan Frost, and Richie Stevens (Soul II Soul, Tina Turner, Culture Club), the album was mixed by Dave Bascombe (Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode, Doves). Boy George also collaborated with producer Youth (Siouxsie and the Banshees, Primal Scream, The Orb, U2, and Depeche Mode) and rounded up some friends to appear on the album, including DJ Yoda and Kitty of Kitty, Daisy, & Lewis, just to name a few. Boy George will be bringing several of said pals along on the road when he and his nine-piece band plan to tour North America later this year — Euro dates will have to suffice for now.

This Is What I Do tracklist:

01. King of Everything
02. Bigger Than War
03. Live Your Life
04. My God
05. It’s Easy
06. Death of Samantha
07. Any Road
08. My Star
09. Love and Danger
10. Nice and Slow
11. Play Me
12. Feel the Vibration


03.09.14 - Brisbane, Australia - Big Gay Day
03.30.14 - Edinburgh, UK - Liquid Rooms
03.31.14 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
04.01.14 - Birmingham, UK - Institute
04.03.14 - London, UK - Indigo
04.04.14 - Norwich, UK - Waterfront
04.05.14 - Bristol, UK - Academy
04.07.14 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013 Poppodium
04.08.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
04.09.14 - Paris, France - Casino de Paris
04.11.14 - Lyon, France - Transbordeur
04.12.14 - Milan, Italy - Magazzini Generali
04.14.14 - Cologne, Germany - Gloria Theatre

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