Kelis announces tour dates, streams new album Food, reminds us to eat our fruits and veggies!

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Thank. GOD. I’m STARVING. Where the hell has Kelis been for the last four years?!? We’ve all been WASTING away over here, suffering through endless climate change bullshit and less-robust-than-advertised job markets and cheap-ass, calorie-thin Macklemore hits! We’re positively dying for some more of the good fatty funk stuff!

Thankfully, we’re about to get our asses sated to the max. See, her new album, entitled Food, is due next week (April 22). Not only that, but the whole thing was produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek (and recorded at his place in L.A.) and is coming to us via Ninja Tune (in fact, the press release says that the recipe mixes “live horns and gospel organ [with] electronics,” and damned if that doesn’t make the whole situation sound even more delicious!).

But yo, best part is? We don’t even have to wait until next week for the buffet to open up. The whole album is streaming now over at NPR and is available for pre-order on some food blog called “Apple.” And we can also get a taste of the album via this live cut of new track “Friday Fish Fry,” recorded live at KCRW last month! Cool. Whatever! Just give it to me. Now now now. Nom nom nom… oh yeah, nomnom… she’s also touring some this summer… nom nom…

Kelis tour dates:

06.02.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
06.03.14 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
06.04.14 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
06.09.14 - Chicago, IL - Park West
06.11.14 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
06.13.14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
06.15.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

• Kelis: http://www.iamkelis.com
• Ninja Tune: http://ninjatune.net

Ancient Astronaut to release debut LP on Nicolas Jaar’s Other People imprint

Ancient Astronaut, a mysterious group based in Vancouver and London, are set to release their self-titled debut EP LP early next month. AND IT IS GLORIOUS.

Their moniker — a reference to the pseudo-scientific theory that extraterrestrials had made human contact back in antiquity — sets the tone for their jagged, rotting electronics; dark, out-of-focus beats; and blindingly harsh contrasts. The album is on the noisy side of the “dance” spectrum, a doomy and gloomy practice that shifts violently between transfixion and hyperacceleration, The Power And The Glory as seen through Black Light Spirals, time as a coaster, etc. — it’s a captivating debut.

Look for Ancient Astronaut May 5 on Nicolas Jaar’s subscription-based Other People imprint, and check out its incredible tracklist below:

A1. A1
A2. A2
B1. B1
B2. B2
B3. B3
B4. B4

• Other People: http://other-people.net

Nozinja, South African producer behind Shangaan Electro, speeds up his tunes to Warp levels

For various reasons, and much to my personal disappointment, compilations and individual LPs rarely get placed on equal footing come the period of mass judgment at the end of the year, but occasionally we’re dealt such a magnificent example of the former that we can’t help but attest to its qualities for years to come! I know this wasn’t what MLK Jr. had in mind for the figurative mountainside, but instead of letting freedom ring: “A notice to the people 15,000 feet below me! Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music from South Africa is an amazing listen. Also, can we please take more considerable steps to combat climate change? It’s like the fucking tropics up here. Look, there’s a goddamn camel. What’s a camel doing on a mountain?”

The Honest Jon’s compilation from 2010 was enough of an amazing listen to inspire both a remix CD two years later featuring some noteworthy names and European tours dedicated to showcasing the increasingly popular (but previously localized) quick-tempo genre. While his name didn’t actually preface any of the tracks on Shangaan Electro, Nozinja produced all of them, and he’s been the principal emissary at shows across the Mediterranean. Apparently, at some point during his intercontinental ventures, the folks at Warp pulled Nozinja off the street and into a tinted-window SUV, where they offered him a spot on their roster. So on their roster he now is.

Expect some “fresh tracks” in the coming months, as well as a new live show planned for this summer. A Warp-compiled “Introduction to Nozinja” YouTube playlist and currently scheduled European dates are below.

Dates:

04.29.14 - Bristol, UK - Start The Bus
04.30.14 - Brighton, UK - Bermuda Triangle
05.01.14 - Liverpool, UK - Sound City
05.02.14 - Paris, France - La Machine du Moulin Rouge
05.03.14 - Krems, Austria - Donau Festival
05.04.14 - London, UK - Electrowerkz
05.05.14 - Sheffield, UK - The Harley
05.08.14 - Gent, Belgium - Vooruit
05.09.14 - Berlin, Germany - Urban Spree
05.10.14 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Spiegelbar
08.22.14 - Katowice, Poland - Tauron Nowa Muzyka Festival

• Nozinja: https://www.facebook.com/nozinjamusic
• Warp: http://warp.net

The Mountain Goats announce duo tour because the road is all they know, and all they know is the road

Forget for a minute that John Darnielle is one of those story-telling types and that the bulk of his back catalog as The Mountain Goats is roundly not-biographical, and instead imagine that each song is written specifically about touring with pals like Peter Hughes and Jon Wurster. Like, take “The Recognition Scene” from Sweden and then imagine Darnielle, Hughes, and Wurster breaking into a candy store together, stealing “every bit of candy they had inside,” and then “gobbling it all up greedily.” Cute, right? Or “Psalms 40:2” from The Life of the World to Come (TMT Review), where the gang heads down toward Kansas and Darnielle says he “Feel[s] bad about the things we do along the way,” but actually, “not really that bad.” I just imagine Peter Hughes being all like, “Dude, John, you smell like some weird vegan soup mixed with B.O.” and Darnielle being all like, “Oh, sorry man, that’s probably because of all that weird vegan soup I ate back in Omaha. Also I haven’t showered in like three days. I feel bad about it, but actually never mind. No regrets. Yolo.”

With all of that held in your mind, I’d like to ask you to look below at the upcoming Mountain Goats tour dates. Sure the first few are Darnielle solo dates, but come June, Darnielle and Hughes will take to the road as a duo. Darnielle says this is the first time since 2007 that the band has played duo dates on the West Coast, which is cool, but doesn’t really affect me since I live in Indiana. They’re calling the tour The Twin Human Highway Fiends Tour, referencing “Twin Human Highway Flares” off of Full Force Galesburg (imagine Darnielle singing this adorable doozy to Hughes after a long day of driving: “When we shut the motel room door behind us/ we knew we’d hit the motherlode.”) The full band will regroup in July in North Carolina for Merge’s 25th anniversary. This news post is now over.

Dates:

04.16.14 - Boston, MA - Somerville Theatre *
04.17.14 - Hudson, NY - Club Helsinki *
04.19.14 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk Music *
04.20.14 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk Music *
04.21.14 - Iowa City, IA - First United Methodist Church *
06.05.14 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre ^
06.07.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court ^
06.08.14 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory ^
06.10.14 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox ^
06.11.14 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom ^
06.13.14 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill ^
06.14.14 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill ^
06.17.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theater ^
06.18.14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom ^
06.20.14 - Denton, TX - Dan’s Silverleaf ^
06.21.14 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s ^
06.22.14 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk ^
06.27.14 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom *
07.25.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle (Merge 25) #

* John Darnielle solo
^ John Darnielle and Peter Hughes duo
# full band

• The Mountain Goats: http://www.mountain-goats.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

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RIAA and several major labels sue Megaupload for making the internet a little too cool and convenient

What can I say? I guess when you’re a crazed, dazed, and hungry-hungry vampire, you gotta hopelessly try to squeeze that good blood from whatever wrinkly-ass turnips you can find out there in your churchyard.

According to the website Digital Music News, the lumbering RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) filed a lawsuit against the (defunct since 2012, mind you) file hosting service Megaupload over the weekend. The suit, filed on behalf of Warner and Universal, alleges that Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom — along with co-founder Mathias Ortmann, majority shareholder Vestor Limited, and head programer Bram van der Kolk — “willfully engaged in, actively encouraged, and handsomely profited from massive copyright infringement of music on the Megaupload service.” See? And you know that’s a strong argument because it’s got three parts to it.

The suit then goes on to allege that Megaupload made a cool $175 million illegally while the good old music industry underdogs lost some half a billion dollars.

Naturally, Kim Dotcom’s attorney responded this way, probably without even looking up from his chai latte and crossword puzzle: “Megaupload used copyright neutral technology and whatever allegations they can make against Megaupload they can make against YouTube, Dropbox, and others.” Boom. Cancel the internet.

By the way, a court in Spain recently ruled that “offering advanced P2P technology doesn’t automatically encourage exploitative acts nor does it promote an unfair advantage.” But fuck that shitty country, right?!? This is AMERICA. Land of the free continental breakfast! Home of the brave and ballsy lawsuit. Also, just think of all the fucking jobs that these giant suits must be creating in the field of of justice! The RIAA has always been made up of a bunch of heroes and patriots. Case closed.

• Megaupload: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megaupload
• RIAA: https://www.riaa.com

Pure Ground gettin’ all analog up in Europe on first-ever overseas tour, celebrating Chondritic Sound LP

Los Angeles-based minimal synth dudes Pure Ground are about to bring some good old-fashioned American analog creepiness to Europe. With tracks referencing 20th-century science fiction and horror, lyrics about wars/other dystopian shit, and classic analog musical equipment, it’s bound to be fun for everyone! The duo’s recent Daylight & Protection LP compiles both their previous cassette EPs on Chondritic Sound, and will itself be released on Chondritic Sound! Continuing with the analog theme, they also have a limited-edition (60 copies!) VHS called Tenebrous Passages, which features five works of crazy video art paired with exclusive songs:

In May, Pure Ground will be touching down in Gothenburg, Sweden for a month-long jaunt through the Old World that concludes in Prague. They’re playing a couple dates with similar-minded L.A. synth-lovers Soft Metals. Check the dates below and see more details at the Facebook event page.

Daylight & Protection tracklisting:

01. After the Fall
02. Sharp Collapse
03. Obfuscate
04. Going Under the Wire
05. Atlantic Wall
06. From Outside
07. With the Old Ways
08. Sacrificed to Purpose

Dates:

05.13.14 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Skjul Fyra Sex *
05.15.14 - Stockholm, Sweden - Kollaps Records
05.16.14 - Växjö, Sweden - TBD #
05.17.14 - Berlin, Germany - Marie-Antoinette $
05.22.14 - Antwerp, Belgium - Stadslimiet
05.23.14 - Paris, France - TBD
05.24.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Fantastique Nights %
05.28.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Niu
05.30.14 - Madrid, Spain - El Perro de la Parte de Atras del Coche
06.03.14 - Vienna, Austria - Rhiz Vienna
06.05.14 - Budapest, Hungary - TBD
06.06.14 - Prague, Czech Republic - Basement Bar ^

* Trepaneringsritualen
# Soft Metals
$ Echo West
% Soft Metals & Sally Dige
^ Animal Bodies

• Pure Ground: https://www.facebook.com/puregroundpureground
• Chondritic Sound: http://www.chondriticsound.com