Konx-om-Pax to release an album on Planet Mu, and if you look through a telescope, you might be able to see him ice-skating on the rings of Saturn.

Konx-om-Pax to release an album on Planet Mu, and if you look through a telescope, you might be able to see him ice-skating on the rings of Saturn. http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-05-konx-om-pax.jpg

Konx-om-Pax knows how to build scenes from different galaxies, where maybe it’s normal and casual for jets of rainbow flames to shoot through tribal festivals and for pinwheels to have heartbeats and for jellyfish to be covered in jewels. Maybe he even hangs out in those galaxies, getting there by way of a rocket made of Silly-Putty or a chrome chariot pulled by anthropomorphic geometric shapes.

You might even know him, or at least know of him,. The Glasgow-based artist, whose real name is Tom Scholefield, has made videos for the likes of Hudson Mowhawke, Mogwai, Martyn, Jamie Lidell, Kudeo, and Lone, and he’s done sleeve art for Oneohtrix Point Never, Rustie, and King Midas Sound. His work has been featured in festivals and publications all over the world, and most recently, the digital arts organization Onedotzero toured his “Advanced Beauty” piece as an HD screening.

When Konx-om-Pax isn’t down to don his astronaut suit and collect treasures from the psychedelic corners of space, he makes music. He’s been making tracks since he was a teenager, and not only has he toured with Mogwai as a DJ, but he also runs an experimental studio/label project called Display Copy. Recently, he recorded the sounds of elephants walking across glass ponds on stilts and of monsters in lo-fi kids’ computer games from the 90s, and he sped up the theme song to Fraggle Rock, then made a record that can produce holographic images in the air when spun at the right time of day.

Or, maybe that’s what his space soundtrack is like. According to Planet Mu, “Tom explains that he makes music to chill out, a form of creative self medication.” So, more accurately, he crafted tracks consisting of “tape-hiss and unsettling spoken word” and “musique concrete space and drops” and “slow-motion nostalgia” and made an album called Regional Surrealism, which will be out on July 23 via Planet Mu.

Regional Surrealism tracklist:

01. Intro 

02. Isotonic Pool 

03. At Home with Mum and Dad

04. Twin Portal Redux 

05. Sura-Tura-Gnosi-Cosi (ft. Steven Retchard)
06. Zang-Tumb (ft. Stuart Braithwaite) 

07. Glacier Mountain Descent 

08. Pillars of Creation 

09. Slootering 

10. Lagoon Leisure 

11. Hurt Face 

12. Chambers 

13. Silent Reading 

14. Let’s Go Swimming

• Konx-om-Pax Visual Work: http://displaycopy.net
• Konx-om-Pax Video Work: http://vimeo.com/konxompax
• Planet Mu: http://planet.mu

Mark Fell and DJ Sprinkles get their collaborative groove on with Complete Spiral EP

Surprise! Unexpected (though certainly not unwelcome) collaboration alert! Last week, Tokyo-based producer DJ Sprinkles a.k.a. Terre Thaemlitz, and Mark Fell, one-half of the influential glitch/programming duo SND, released Complete Spiral EP, a joint vinyl EP on Thaemlitz’s Comatonse Recordings. The release is said to be “an homage to the sounds of the late ’80s and early ’90s house music that had such a heavy impact on the both of them,” which is a more than satisfying explanation of their decision to work together. In reality, they could be collaborating over a shared appreciation for cheesesteak sandwiches, and this would still be something worth noting. God I’m so hungry right now.

Back in 2009, DJ Sprinkles received due attention for his groundbreaking rhythmic commentary on house music Midtown 120 Blues, inarguably one of the best albums released that year. Until very recently, when he began releasing work under his Sensate Focus moniker, Mark Fell’s practical appreciation for house music has been far more subtle, with the vague danceability of his tracks (both solo and as a member of SND) compromised by the cold machinery explicit in so many Raster-Noton and Editions Mego releases. Still, Fell maintains, the influence is there: “All of the music that I make is without a doubt grounded in house music and techno music from that period, to some extent. Certainly the things I’ve done over the past three or four years, even though they’ve been kind of unusual rhythmically, I think they still kind of have their origins in that period.” With Complete Spiral EP, Fell and Thaemlitz make their loyalties clear, and it would be an irredeemable affront to the club-lingering musical deities if they didn’t explore this collaboration further. Seriously, a full-length album please.

• Mark Fell: http://www.markfell.com
• Terre Thaemlitz: http://www.comatonse.com/thaemlitz
• Comatonse: http://www.comatonse.com

[Photo: Matteo Ruzzon]

Husky announce Sub Pop debut Forever So, tour with Sub Pop bands, catch terminal Sub Pop fever, die

There’s a band out in Melbourne named Husky. Here’s what they do: play some smooth, rootsy indie-folk. When you do such things, clearly you’re going to have some Sub Pop dreams. But what happens when Sub Pop dreams… become Sub Pop realities!? What happens is that you put out a record called Forever So through Sub Pop and give it a US release on July 10. You also let your buddies in the UK and Europe have that record a little earlier, namely May 28. And you let them have it in digital, CD, and vinyl formats, because you are incredibly nice! You are nice guys, Husky!

In living the Sub Pop dream, Husky are going on tour with some of their like-minded Sub Pop labelmates. So go see them this summer with Wolf Eyes, THEESatisfaction, and Eugene Mirman! I’m just kidding, Wolf Eyes aren’t on Sub Pop anymore. I’m also just kidding with the rest of that information, because that information was primarily constructed out of lies. In reality, they’re going on tour with Shearwater and The Head and the Heart. They’re also playing a show with Felice Brothers, but they’re not on Sub Pop SO WHO CARES.

Sad news to close this story. Due to their massive exposure to Sub Pop, Husky have contracted terminal Sub Pop disease. They have roughly two years to live, in which they will spend most of their time putting out Mudhoney albums.

Husky dates:

05.21.12 - Koln, Germany - Blue Shell
05.23.12 - Munster, German - Gleiss 22
05.31.12 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory *
06.01.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *
06.02.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *
06.05.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom *
06.08.12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live *
06.09.12 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Waller Creek *
06.10.12 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Waller Creek *
06.12.12 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
06.15.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl ^
06.17.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill &
06.19.12 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios &
06.20.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile &
06.21.12 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club &

* The Head and the Heart
& Shearwater
^ Felice Brothers

• Husky: http://www.huskysongs.com
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

Antony and the Johnsons to release live album, tour Europe, headline WWE Monday Night Raw

It’s news worthy of a siren’s song! Yes, hold on to your parasol and try to ward off the vapors: Antony and the Johnsons have announced the upcoming release of a live album titled Cut the World! Out August 7 on Secretly Canadian, the album was recorded live in the Denmark Concert Hall in Copenhagen on September 2 & 3, 2011, and reflects Antony’s continued search of the ultimate macho aesthetic, an exploration of the importance of the Westernized male self. This recording is sure to be another benchmark on Antony’s journey through the male stereotype and its dark, brooding place in society.

Opposite day! Antony has actually explained the concert as a continued meditation on light, nature, and femininity, which sounds more in line with the asexual chanteuse’s sensibilities. While comprised primarily of live symphonic performances of tracks spanning the group’s four full-length records, it also features two previously unreleased tracks: the title cut, “Cut the World,” and “Future Feminism,” in which Antony pontificates on the merits of putting the ladies in charge of things as a way to “restore the world.” While it sounds more like an idea for a Beyoncé club thumper, I’m sure it’s lovely and contemplative when song-simpered by Antony.

If you missed the Copenhagen date last year and aren’t into this whole ‘recorded music‘ malarkey, make sure to check out Antony and the Johnsons on their forthcoming tour of elegant European cities where you probably don’t reside. The tour culminates in a two-week curatorship at London’s Southbank Centre as part of the Meltdown series, where Antony has chosen a festival’s worth of performances by a pretty stellar batch of contributors, including Elizabeth Fraser, Laurie Anderson, and William Basinski. No word on a Beyoncé collaboration, but given the way Antony’s been plowing through the pillars of female pop during his brief career, it’s only a matter of time.

Cut the World tracklisting:

01. Cut the World
02. Future Feminism
03. Cripple and the Starfish
04. You Are My Sister
05. Swanlights
06. Epilepsy Is Dancing
07. Another World
08. Kiss My Name
09. I Fell in Love with a Dead Boy
10. The Rapture
11. The Crying Light
12. Twilight

Tourdates:

06.02.12 - Moscow, Russia - Ahmad Tea Festival
06.05.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Holland Festival
07.03.12 - Paris, France - Salle Pleyel
07.06.12 - Lyon, France - Théâtre antique de Fourvière
07.09.12 - Istanbul, Turkey - Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theater
07.11.12 - Gent, Belgium - Gent Jazz Festival
07.13.12 - Ostrawa, Czech Republic - Colours of Ostrawa Festival
07.15.12 - Joensuu, Finland - Ilosaarirock Festival
07.19.12 - Molde, Norway - Molde Jazz Festival
07.22.12 - San Sebastian, Spain - Jazzaldia Festival
07.25.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - Cascais Music Festival
07.28.12 - Lucern, Switzerland - Blue Balls Festival
08.03.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Stockholm Music and Arts Festival
08.01-12.12 - London, UK - The Southbank Centre (Meltdown)

• Antony and the Johnsons: http://antonyandthejohnsons.com
• Secretly Canadian: http://www.secretlycanadian.com
• Meltdown: http://meltdown.southbankcentre.co.uk

James Ferraro tours Europe’s theme parks and select Starbucks, plans fall tour with Ariel Pink

INT. BROOKLYN APARTMENT

Empty mugs, books, beer bottles, and cassette tapes cover the coffee table. Polaroids cover one wall. A denim jacket hangs from the doorknob.

SAM and ZAK are best friends. They are also members of a dream-noise-punk band called Beach University. They sit on a floral sofa that SAM found at a yard sale, where she also purchased a few Neil Young albums and set of tea cups. They are watching Twin Peaks. SAM has her laptop open, because she has already seen both seasons four times. She squints through her round, oversized glasses.

SAM
What the shit.

ZAK
Shhh.

SAM
So Ariel Pink is touring in the fall, and he's chatting with SPIN, and he's like "I think all the hipsters who came to all of our shows as teenagers have grown up now."

ZAK
Yeah?

SAM
Is he talking about us?

ZAK
Nah.

A cat wanders into the room and jumps onto the coffee table.

SAM
He's playing with James Ferraro in the fall.

The cat walks and the pile of cassettes falls.

ZAK
Did I tell you that I named him Condo?

SAM
No.

ZAK
Can you guess why?

Pause.

SAM
So Ferraro will jet around Europe for a while, then jam with Ariel Pink starting in September, but I can't find out exactly fucking when or where. And he's all like "we're playing bigger venues and I hope the old hipsters can afford it and I don't want to name my next album until the last minute and guess what everyone it's going to be different but not dubstep."

ZAK
Are we old now?

The cat jumps onto the TV, which falls and shatters. An electric crash. Blackout.

James Ferraro tourdates:

06.01.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Distortion Festival
06.02.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera
06.05.12 - Koln, Germany - Stadtgarden
06.06.12 - Oslo, Norway - BLA
06.07.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - DEBASER SLUSSEN
06.08.12 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
06.09.12 - Porto, Portugal - Primavera
06.12.12 - Milan, Italy - TBA
06.13.12 - Faenza, Italy - TBA
06.16.12 - Dublin, Ireland - The Joinery
06.17.12 - Glasgow, UK - TBA
06.18.12 - London, UK - Birthdays

• James Ferraro: http://soundcloud.com/digital_skin
• Ariel Pink: http://www.arielpink.com

RIP: Robin Gibb, Bee Gees lead singer

From Rolling Stone:

Robin Gibb, one-third of the Bee Gees, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, his spokesperson has confirmed via a statement. Gibb was 62 years old.

“The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery,” reads the statement. “The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”

Two years ago, Gibb battled colon and liver cancer, but despite making what he called a “spectacular recovery,” a secondary tumor recently developed, complicated by a case of pneumonia.

Gibb was born in Manchester, England, in 1949, along with twin brother Maurice. (Maurice died in 2003 of complications from a twisted intestine; eerily, Robin had surgery for the same medical issue in 2010.) Along with their older brother Barry, the brothers began harmonizing as a trio in Australia, where the family moved in 1958. Although the Bee Gees had some success in Australia – they hosted a weekly variety show there – they didn’t truly arrive until they returned to England and signed with manager Robert Stigwood. Robin’s quivering, vulnerable voice was featured prominently on several of the group’s earliest and most Beatles-eque hits, including “New York Mining Disaster 1941,” “I Started a Joke,” “Massachusetts,” and “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You.”

Although he looked and sounded like the meekest Bee Gee, Robin grew into the family rebel. By 1969, he and Barry were feuding over whose song should be singles, and Robin, then 20, was declared a “ward of the state” by their father when his drinking and partying seemed to take over his life. “It happened so fast that we lost communication between us,” Gibb later recalled. “It was just madness, really.”

But it also Robin who, in 1971, made the first call to Barry to reunite with his brothers. Robin’s solo career had stalled, and Barry and Maurice’s attempts to continue as the Bee Gees as a duo had floundered as well. “If we hadn’t been related, we would probably have never gotten back together,” Robin said at the time. Robin’s voice was heard, beautifully, on the chorus of their minor 1972 hit “Run to Me.”

The Bee Gees’ massive second wind arrived with their proto disco hit, “Jive Talkin’,” in 1975; two years later, their contributions to Saturday Night Fever made them bigger stars than ever. Most of the hits from that era featured Barry’s falsetto voice, but the brothers’ vocal blend remained an indelible apart of their sound.

• Robin Gibb: http://beegees.com