2013: What The Fuck Is Going On? KLF record catalog undeleted for digital release in the UK…then re-deleted

2013: What The Fuck Is Going On? KLF record catalog undeleted for digital release in the UK...then re-deleted http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1301/news-13-01-klf.jpg

Do you know what it means to be Justified and Ancient? Have you ever been to the White Room? But most importantly, What. Time. Is. Love? The KLF, also known as The Timelords and/or The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu (or JAMs), asked these questions, and in so doing became the most subversive (and brilliant) musical duo to ever grace the UK, or anywhere. Mashups? They made a #1 hit out of one in 1986, then wrote the book on how to repeat that success. Genre creation? Their Pure Trance series of releases helped create acid house. Artistic subversion? How about guerilla advertising, street art, and the most ridiculous performances possible? Good hell, were it not for them, Banksy would have never left Bristol, and M.I.A. would never have gotten married to the son of a music label exec and used some of his money to bankroll a music video about murdering gingers.

There is a reason they never get much noise out here, though: in 1992, after pulling off their final act (a performance at The Brits that included firing machine gun blanks into the crowd), they departed the industry, and pulled their second-most subversive act: deleting their entire back catalog*. (Their most subversive act was burning 1 million pounds sterling (equivalent to $3 million today)… and filming the act.) This meant that getting their albums and singles, including Chill Out and The White Room, would be nigh-impossible to get, at least legally, and hard to get otherwise. With the advent of the Internet, the process became simpler, but access remained an issue. And with the advent of streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify, this issue became emphasized, since the draw of the latter services meant that some people were not as willing to download albums or songs anymore on BitTorrent.

So, it was a surprise to many that the entire collection of KLF Communications, the label The KLF created for their music, had been put up on the UK versions of iTunes, Spotify, and even Amazon Music Store yesterday. Those who live across the pond from this somewhat subversive publication (sponsored by American Family Insurance) were able to purchase and/or listen to these brilliant pieces freely. Things got weird, though, when with them came the appearance of unofficial albums such as The Lost Sounds of Mu and the OST to their unfinished film, The White Room. What would drive the duo to not only undelete their catalog, but also release bootleg albums that were not supposed to see the light of day? Some Discordian trick? A subversive attempt to make a second comeback?

Turns out the motives were more sinister: The KLF did not, in fact, undelete their catalog. A bootlegger managed to get into the good graces of these distributors and manipulate them into posting them online without the consent of The KLF. A Twitter-based investigation revealed the conspiracy, and subsequently the record collection has been re-deleted. It remains uncertain how a bootlegger managed to get these releases out there, other than perhaps with support from the Illuminati.

* The exception to this deletion was the Arista release of The White Room album, which The KLF had no control over. This album is also the lone release available to us Yanks, and has been available on iTunes for who knows how long.

• The KLF: http://www.libraryofmu.org

Solange announces February tour, bumps Beyoncé off my vision board

Beyoncé, I have bad news for you. You know my vision board? The one where you had a plumb spot in the center, right next to that picture of a Flying-V guitar? Well, it’s over. You’re just not vision board material anymore. These days, I’m more into your sister, Solange. She’s like a radiant star in the middle of my dreams, the likes of which include owning a big dog and flying a kite. And I just know she’ll love seeing this vision board when, as Pitchfork reports, she goes on tour for a string of dates this February.

These dates find Solange hopping all over the United States (with a little bit of Canada thrown in for good measure), supporting last year’s True EP. Or this year’s True EP, since it just got a physical release this week, if you’re a stickler for such things. You can argue about that. Me, I’ll be busy cutting out a picture of a basketball going through a basketball hoop.

Solange dates:

02.05.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
02.07.13 - West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
02.19.13 - Boston, MA - Paradise
02.20.13 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
02.21.13 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
02.22.13 - Toronto, ON - The Hoxton
02.23.13 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge

• Solange: http://www.solangemusic.com

Lil B not performing at the Grammys. #wrong #cruel #shameonCBS #bitchmob #taskforce #pinkflame

Well fuck. I’m gonna make this quick. Looks like Lil B won’t be performing at the Grammys after all. He wasn’t selected as a finalist in CBS’ “Gig of a Lifetime” contest, which Nobodaddy was really hyping the other day. Word over at p4k is that Lil B might have been removed from the competition before CBS even announced the winners of his region. Did the pop-punk kids who beat him rig the whole thing?

Maybe.

But probably not.

I’m done here. My internet connection sucks, and so does bad news.

• Lil B: https://twitter.com/LILBTHEBASEDGOD

William Basinski and Richard Chartier hold hands and wait for the sun to rise on their next release, Aurora Liminalis

While the world (or just people with really really excellent taste in music) dutifully awaits the release of William Basinski’s next full-length album Nocturnes, one’s affinity for gradual, hypnotic tones must not go unfulfilled. I’m talking about really gradual — the type of gradual where (because it’s so gradual), you don’t realize how gradual the tones actually are, until silence marks the end of the recording. You started listening to the album on a Tuesday in the winter, and by the time it’s finished, it’s the second Twednesday of August, in the year 3144. That’s right, the music was so gradual and immersive that, unbeknownst to you, it coincided not only with magnificent medical breakthroughs, but also the invention of a new day of the week: Twednesday.

Hyperbole aside, the first collaborative album between William Basinski and microsound musician Richard Chartier, released in 2004, certainly blurred the occasionally indistinct line between ambient and drone. Can we expect the same for their upcoming release, Aurora Liminalis, due out next month? The official description from Chartier’s own LINE imprint suggests… oh god, yes: “Disintegrating spatial shifts incorporating the two artists’ distinct sonic palettes mesh to create a slow, deep ebb and flow… like some melting spectral transmission.” Listen to the clip below, and feel free to get your preliminary melt on.

Aurora Liminalis tracklisting:

01. Aurora Liminalis

• William Basinski: http://www.mmlxii.com
• Richard Chartier: http://www.3particles.com
• LINE: http://www.lineimprint.com

Herbcraft announces The Astral Body Electric and releases a track, and they’d like to help you redecorate your house

I know you’ve got some spare herbs lying around somewhere. How about artfully arranging a few sprigs of lavender in a mason jar to use as a nice centerpiece for your kitchen table? Or maybe you could hang it from the ceiling as an organic chandelier? Or, if you want to keep it simple, maybe just glue some mint leaves and basil leaves to a wooden picture frame?

Matt Lajoie and the other members of Herbcraft recently spent some time hanging out in an 18th-century New England barn, and when they weren’t gluing or painting or découpaging, they recorded a few songs. The Astral Body Electric will be Herbcraft’s third LP, and it’s no longer just Matt Lajoie playing freaky psychedelic tunes on his guitar. Dawn Aquarius plays organ, Nicholas Barker’s on drums and synth, Corinna Taylor plays flute and bass, and Doug Tuttle (of Mmoss) recorded their tunes directly to tape. He contributed to the group vocals too, as did Aaron Neveu (of Woods). Matt Valentine (of MV&EE) mastered the album, and everyone helped stitch stalks of rosemary to make lampshades and scrapbook covers.

The Astral Body Electric will be out March 5 on Woodsist, and you can check out “No Land” below to hear a few minutes of Herbcraft’s semi-improvised kaleidoscopic world. Stay tuned for craft tips from the band.

The Astral Body Electric tracklist:

01. Mother’s Gate (Shambhala)
02. A Knock at the Door in Your Mind
03. Impermanence
04. No Land
05. The Body Electric
06. Full Circle (Eternally)

• Herbcraft: http://herbcraft.bandcamp.com
• Woodsist: http://www.woodsist.com

Clinic’s Free Reign to be repackaged with alternate Daniel Lopatin mixes as… drumroll… Free Reign II

I’ll be honest here; I’ve never really been sure of how “Oneohtrix” is supposed to be pronounced out-loud, so I’ve literally avoided saying it whenever I talk about him. Luckily for me, I don’t have to pronounce it out loud to tell you that there’s some sweet news on the horizon for those of you who LOOOOOOOOVE you some Oneohtrix (which, if you’re reading this site, is probably you) but couldn’t give two shits about Clinic’s latest album Free Reign (which, again, if you’re reading this site, might be you)! Turns out that Daniel “the Guy from Oneohtrix Point Never” Lopatin has remixed the entirety of Free Reign left a few unused mixes with the band when he undertook mixing the original album in the hopes of eventually coaxing that second shit out of you after all!

Seems like a huge undertaking, even for a badass with a clearly unpronounceable name like Lopatin. I guess when I think about it that way… he doesn’t deserve any adulation whatsoever and is a total hack! Besides, he obviously didn’t have any spare time to think up a great title. Because it’s just called Free Reign II. So there. Dude’s not so great, is he?

Now Free Reign is being repackaged with Lopatin’s alternate mixes, and it’ll be out February 25 via Domino. Or as I like to pronounce it, “Dominohtrix.”

Free Reign II tracklist:

01. Sun & the Moon II
02. You II
03. King Kong II
04. For the Season II
05. Miss You II
06. Cosmic Radiation II
07. Seamless Boogie Woogie 10 pm BBC2 RPT II
08. See Saw II
09. Misty II
10. Done & Dusted II

• Oneohtrix Point Never: http://www.pointnever.com
• Clinic: http://www.clinicvoot.org
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

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