Lieven Martens Moana (Dolphins Into The Future) readies Music From the Guardhouse LP; guardhouses are now pretty interesting

Lieven Martens Moana (Dolphins Into The Future) readies Music From the Guardhouse LP; guardhouses are now pretty interesting

In his rather extensive overview of Lieven Martens Moana’s Dolphins Into The Future project, my colleague and aspiring masseuse M Rubz initially, and aptly, brought up the kosmische character of the now-disbanded Emeralds. Though the “Emeralds” name might seem satisfactorily fitting given the electronic allure of their output, it’s hard to think of a moniker more surprisingly appropriate, once you’ve had the chance to listen to his music, than its sea-mammal counterpart. First it inspires thoughts about super-intelligent dolphins building their own time machine, but listen through the suboceanic drift of the synthesizer, and you’ll realize those dolphins are much more concerned with technological advancements in human sedation. Enslavement may or may not follow.

In what’s arguably a move designed to avoid giving sea creatures any ideas, Moana’s next release will come under his own name; Music From the Guardhouse will be released on June 3 via the Belgian label KRAAK.

The switch in name coincides with a relatively harsh change in style, whereby the “sedation” previously referenced is replaced with sparsely-positioned notes of electronic blurbage. Literary references and themes of nature persist, helped along by the familiar utilization of field recordings and various MIDI devices, but it’s all for a different, more challenging purpose. For their part, KRAAK describes the album as a “blue print for the future of compositions,” which, ignoring any exaggeration, should be more than enough to inspire curiosity. Prepare your brain, and stuff.

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Neutral Milk Hotel reuniting all over your cheerios

After pulling out of our 2007 Tiny Mix Fest at the last minute, it seemed like Jeff Mangum, Julian Koster, and crew might never actually get back together for some shows under the Neutral Milk Hotel moniker. But now that news of a full-fledged reunion is coming in from more reputable sources, we can confirm that The Milks are reuniting for a series of shows that will only be expanded upon in the near future! Early reactions across the blog-o-sphere include “YEAAAAAAAAAA,” “OMGG,” and “UR ALL SHEEPLE.”

In any case, there’s no turning back the clock now. Jeff Mangum, Jeremy Barnes, Scott Spillane, and Julian Koster will be in the same room with you (if you get tickets soon as they go on sale), and with enough luck you might hear them over the din of an entire audience screaming along to every word.


10.22.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club *
10.23.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club $
10.25.13 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium $%
11.28.13 - Taipei, Taiwan - Hostess Club Festival
12.01.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Hostess Club Festival

* Elf Power
$ Half Japanese
% Daniel Johnston

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Boards of Canada announce new album Tomorrow’s Harvest; my exclamation point key is now broken

Remember this day. Do not forget it. In like 40-60 years (depending upon your current age and the speed with which medical technology advances) when you’re hanging out at a nursing home and your spoiled rotten asshole grandchildren come to visit they are definitely going to ask “Where were you when the clouds parted and the sound of trumpets filled the air and Boards of Canada announced their first album since The Campfire Headphase (TMT Review)?”

For what it’s worth, I was about to hop in the shower (I still had my shorts on if you want a visual) when I heard that (un)holy blasting of trumpets that at first I thought was my neighbor mowing his lawn with like 10 mowers at once (would not put it past the guy). Then I realized it was those ethereal trumpets and I looked outside and saw the clouds parting and everything. Because I voraciously read those Left Behind books when I was a kid, I was all like, “Oh shit, it’s the rapture, Jesus please save me!” but then I remembered that if it was the rapture Jesus was definitely not going to save me because I had already been Left Behind and no amount of Kirk Cameroning was going to keep me out of the cold hands of the antichrist.

Anyway! The new Boards of Canada album is called Tomorrow’s Harvest and it’s out June 11 in North America via Warp Records (one day earlier in the UK). The announcement comes after a whole slew of mysterious activities from BoC, including a Cartoon Network commercial, some hidden online streams, and those cryptic singles that were like something straight out of an episode of Lost if Lost was actually good and about music. Also! As it turns out, if you combine the numbers from those singles into one series (i.e. ‘699742628315717228936557813386519225’), they make a password that Google refers to as “Very Strong” (Boards of Canada are nothing if not invested in their online security) and that will let you watch a video that’s basically just static here. In the interest of not letting down your future grandchildren and permanently jading them, I’d recommend pre-ordering the album right now from the Bleep webstore.

Tomorrow’s Harvest tracklist:

01. Gemini
02. Reach For The Dead
03. White Cyclosa
04. Jacquard Causeway
05. Telepath
06. Cold Earth
07. Transmisiones Ferox
08. Sick Times
09. Collapse
10. Palace Posy
11. Split Your Infinities
12. Uritual
13. Nothing Is Real
14. Sundown
15. New Seeds
16. Come To Dust
17. Semena Mertvykh

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Matthew Herbert announces new record The End of Silence, nobody ever gets any work done ever again

Matthew Herbert likes things conceptual. Who would be surprised if, when making breakfast every morning, he makes five slices of bacon, each from a different manufacturer, to show how things can be the same and different at one time? It may be inefficient, but he’s making a point. Most of Matthew Herbert’s records are inefficient, records made from strange, obscure sources when he could make electronic music the way everyone else does. Resident Advisor reports that Herbert has a new album, The End of Silence, coming out June 24 through the producer’s own Accidental label. Obviously, the first question: what’s the concept this time? Sit down, it’s a little tiny bit of a doozy.

In 2011, war photographer Sebastian Meyer was bombed by Libyan air forces. A 10-second sound recording of this incident was captured. This same 10-second sound recording makes up the entirety of The End of Silence. Since Matthew Herbert is into both concepts and making listenable full-length albums, this new record is more than 10 seconds long. That same 10-second recording has been, as Herbert puts it, “fragmented and atomised” into samples, which were then performed by Herbert’s band and recorded over three days at a barn in the Welsh countryside. That session has been split into three tracks, which, together, make up The End of Silence. The first of those tracks you can hear below. It answers the question of how that 10-second sample became way, way longer than 10 seconds.

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Zomby announces new album With Love… with a smile eerily similar to that of a Guy Fawkes mask

British producer Zomby, never one to act like a piece of undead tungsten and embrace the physical spotlight, has announced via Twitter the release of his third LP With Love, due out June 18 in the US and June 17 in the UK, courtesy of 4AD.

Then there’s the official album page — minimally detailed, but given the man’s penchant for mystery, it almost makes you wonder if he wrote the description himself. Okay, it doesn’t, but bear with my train of thought: suppose he’s writing album descriptions and passing them off as the work of someone else, in a mild and otherwise absurd attempt at redemptive copyright de-fringement, so to speak. Lest we recall that embarrassing controversy from early 2012? No, don’t. Such blatant creative thievery (or at least, delayed creative acknowledgement) leaves a lasting wound on my soul.

More relevant in terms of actual musical redemption, and especially for those who shirk the clichés and see the value in quantity as well as quality, With Love will be released in two volumes: as a 33-track triple vinyl, and as a double-CD. On the quality side, I’ll let you judge for yourself. Listen to the track “Soliloquy” below.

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Ghostface Killah releases Apollo Brown-produced version of Twelve Reasons to Die in all formats, embraces the listicle

Tony Starks, hip-hop extraordinaire, motivational speaker, and much-lauded mortality advocate, recently rocked everyone’s world with his music listicle Twelve Reasons to Die (TMT Review). Twelve Reasons to Die packed such a punch because it asked one simple question (viz., “Why do you fear death?”) before going on to pose 12 reasons why death is neither horrible nor particularly life-altering. Indeed, in Ghostface’s own words, death is “actually mostly okay.” He says, “I’ve been dead for like six years and it’s totally alright,” going on to explain, “It’s kind of like White Castle if you think about it. Everybody’s all like, ‘blah blah blah, so awful, worst thing,’ but then they try it — after that they’re hooked.”

Now, because the internet is hungry for content and listicles can be turned out at a high rate of speed, Soul Temple will be releasing an Apollo Brown-produced variant of Ghost’s motivational listicle-cum-LP on all formats. The new release is called Twelve Reasons to Die: The Brown Tape and began as a Record Store Day-exclusive cassette. However, it’s available right this instant both as a stream (see below) and a digital download from the Soul Temple Bandcamp. CDs and vinyl are slated to ship in early June, and it will be available on iTunes and from physical retailers starting June 11. There are even rumors that hooded figures will be sneaking copies into the burnt-out Sam Goody down the street from your parents’ old house.

Ghostface is also touring the US right now with his good pal in death-advocacy, Killah Priest. The two will be puttering around the country through late May, rocking people’s preconceived notions about the finality of death, so be sure to come out if they visit your town. The concerts are sure to must-see-for-fear-of-the-metaphysical-consequences events!


04.30.13 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews
05.01.13 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
05.02.13 - Bloomington, IN - The Bluebird
05.03.13 - Columbus, OH - A&R Room
05.04.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre
05.05.13 - Syracuse, NY - The Westcott Theatre
05.07.13 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Music
05.08.13 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
05.09.13 - Boston, MA - The Wilbur
05.10.13 - New Haven, CT - Toads Place
05.11.13 - Providence, RI - The Met
05.12.13 - Philadelphia, PA - The Blockley
05.13.13 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
05.14.13 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
05.16.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle
05.17.13 - Asheville, NC - Asheville Music Hall
05.18.13 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
05.19.13 - Tampa Bay, FL - The Orpheum
05.20.13 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
05.22.13 - Austin, TX - Emo’s

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