Kendrick Lamar announces US tour, prepares for northern hemispheral domination

Kendrick Lamar announces US tour, prepares for northern hemispheral domination

He wrote a song about three of my favorite things — swimming pools, drinking, and bad decisions (some people might call them “regrets” but man, that’s a downer) — sloshed his way into our hearts/ears, and now he’s going on a world tour for a while. Okay, so maybe Europe and the US aren’t quite “the world.” But from February 8 to June 29, Kendrick Lamar is gonna own the Northern Hemisphere, as the man has just announced additional tourdates that head straight into the USA.

The new crown prince of Rapland is in Germany and Denmark this weekend, and by the end of the month he’ll be kicking off the US leg of his tour in Gainesville, Florida. The man who gave us “Swimming Pools (Drank)” will be repping his major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city (TMT Review) at colleges, ballrooms, and awkwardly named festivals (sorry, Kanrocksas) across the lower 48. He’ll also be doing his thang at New York’s Governors Ball music festival in June, along with Kanye, Erykah Badu, The XX, Crystal Castles, Nas, Grizzly Bear, and about a million other representations of music’s finest.


02.08.13 - Schuettorf, Germany - Index
02.09.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Docks
02.10.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega House of Music
02.11.13 - Malmo, Sweden - KB
02.12.13 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller Music Hall
02.14.13 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Pustervik
02.15.13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Muchenbryggeriet
02.16.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Circus
02.25.13 - Gainesville, FL - O’Connell Center
02.26.13 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
03.08.13 - Winter Park, CO - Snowball Music Festival
03.09.13 - New Orleans, LA - Buku Music/Arts Project & Mardi Gras World
03.22.13 - Winston-Salem, NC - Winston-Salem Entertainment Sports Complex
04.01.13 - Iowa City, IA - U of I Main Lounge
04.13.13 - Athens, OH - Fest at The Venue
04.17.13 - St. Louis, MO - Chaifetz Arena
04.21.13 - Lowell, MA - Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
05.11.13 - Columbia, MD - Sweetlife Festival - Merriweather Post Pavillion
06.07-09.13 - New York, NY - Governors Ball
06.28.13 - Kansas City, KS - Kanrocksas Music Festival
06.29.13 - Los Angeles, CA - STAPLES Center - (BET Experience)

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Balam Acab announces projects with Vektroid (Macintosh Plus), Marissa Nadler, and LE1F

Balam Acab, one of our favorite producers, made special announcements on Twitter recently:

Exciting, of course, is the fact that Balam Acab is collaborating with TMT favorite Marissa Nadler, working on a beat for TMT favorite LE1F, and, eventually, working on new material. But we’re particularly excited to see that he’s releasing a split with Vektroid (@waterfallvoyeur), who TMT went sorta bonkers over last year under her Macintosh Plus and 情報デスクVIRTUAL monikers. It’ll be the first time Vek (who was DJing with Balam Acab in Wednesday night) will see her music on vinyl.

Meanwhile, Marissa is preparing for a European tour, LE1F just dropped a new mixtape, and you can catch Vektroid in a #rare performance with Magic Fades and S☯LΞ IPSUM at Portland’s SoHiTek tonight. More info here. And more exciting news to be revealed SOON.

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Björk cancels Kickstarter campaign for Windows and Android Biophilia apps; iPhone users gloat with poorly composed remixes

Björk has cancelled her Kickstarter campaign, and it’s a damn shame too, because in order to successfully pull off a Kickstarter campaign, you have to give it some time to work! Watch television (ideally for several weeks straight), knit a sweater, learn a foreign language, and just generally let things marinate, as opposed to calling it quits three weeks prior to the specified deadline. Of course, it’s probably most important that you begin by setting a realistic monetary goal for yourself, and in that respect, Björk (or at least her representatives) admit to possibly maybe being a bit too optimistic.

Her Kickstarter campaign, which was originally meant to fund the reprogramming of Biophilia apps for Android and Windows 8 devices, ended with £15,370 raised… out of its £375,000 goal. In American dollars that’s roughly $24,000 out of $590,000. An explanation for the campaign’s cancellation follows below:

Dear Backers,

We’ve decided to stop the Kickstarter campaign. Seems like the costs were too gigantic and we too optimistic, so it seemed cleverest to pause it for now. Things seem to be changing fast; perhaps in a year, even months, there will be a far cheaper way to reprogram this. We are extremely grateful for the help we got, though, and want to extend a big thank you to all our contributors, great and small. You guys generously offered your own hard–earned money to something bigger than yourselves that you believe in, and we are deeply touched by your contributions. Once again, thank you. We are still looking at ways of making this happen so send your email address to and we‘ll keep you posted when there‘s any new developments.

The Biophilia Team x

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Ellen Allien returns with LISm on March 12 via BPitch Control

It’s been a while for Ellen Allien hasn’t it? Considering the steady clip she releases her own music and curated DJ sets, Dust and its remixes makes 2010 seem like ages ago. Well, that’s going to change because on March 12, Berlin-based DJ/producer Ellen Allien will be releasing her new record, LISm on BPitch Control, the label she founded way back in 1999.

The follow-up to 2010’s Dust (TMT Review), LISm takes a different approach than her other work. Rather than a collection consisting of a dozen or so individual songs, the record is one 47:58 track meant to evoke the tone of one of her DJ sets utilizing various styles and sounds to create a complete, comprehensive work.

The album has its roots in a collaboration. Ellen Allien was approached to compose the soundtrack for a new work, Drama per Musica, by modern dance choreographers Alexandre Roccoli and Sevérine Rième as part of the Spectacles Vivants Festival at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Always up for a challenge, Allien took the opportunity to break into the scoring business. The collaboration piece debuted in March of 2011. Since then, Allien opted to, according to the press release, “revive and rework” the piece in order to create something brand new. The sample below has an interesting mix of glitchy clicks, downtempo synthesizer melodies, smoothed out saxophones, and dreamy vocals, and should give you an idea of what’s in store.

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RIP: Donald Byrd, jazz trumpeter

From the Amoeblog:

Since Monday rumors had been circulating via Twitter and Facebook that legendary trumpeter Donald Byrd had passed away but for the past few days none of these reports of the jazz musician and educator extraordinaire’s passing were confirmed and even considered some kind of cruel hoax. However today all those rumors were put to rest when confirmation of Byrd’s passing was announced by the artist’s nephew Alex Bugnon who said that his 80 year uncle had indeed died on Monday, February 4th, adding that for some reason other family members were trying to shroud his passing in secrecy. “I have no more patience for this unnecessary shroud of secrecy placed over his death by certain members of his immediate family,” wrote his nephew. So far the exact cause of death has not been made public.

Born Donaldson Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd II in Detroit, Michigan in December 1932 Donald Bryd was a one of a kind trumpeter whose work spanned several decades and genres. Byrd was known for not only for his indelible work in jazz (in a career in which he played alongside the likes of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, Thelonious Monk, and Herbie Hancock), but also in RnB, soul, and funk. And of course hip-hop fans know his work from the countless times it has been sampled. Large Professor, Organized Konfusion, Black Moon, The Pharcyde, Nas, Public Enemy, Madlib, and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien are among the many that sampled him along with fellow late great Detroit artist J Dilla was who clearly influenced by Byrd: Byrd’s song “Think Twice” (below) was reworked/sampled by Dilla on the Welcome 2 Detroit track “Think Twice feat Dwele.” Furthermore the once popular acid jazz movement heavily built upon its sound via Byrd’s work. In recent decades Byrd was known as an educator lecturing at numerous institutions on music.

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RIP: Paul Tanner, developer of the electro-theremin and trombonist for Glenn Miller

From Billboard:

Paul Tanner, a trombonist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra who later gave the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” its eerie hook, has died at 95.

His stepson, Douglas Darnell, of Youngstown, Ohio, says Tanner died of pneumonia Tuesday morning at an assisted living center in Carlsbad, Calif.

Tanner performed with Miller from 1938 to 1942. During his long career he also worked as a movie studio and ABC musician in California, and performed with stars that included Tex Beneke, Henry Mancini and Arturo Toscanini.

He also helped develop the electro-theramin, an electronic instrument. Tanner provided its unusual sound on several Beach Boys recordings, including “Good Vibrations.”

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