Lisbon’s DJ Marfox to release Lucky Punch EP on Lit City Trax

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Lit City Trax may have departed from its footwork beginnings — having first released the TEKLIFE trilogy of DJ Rashad’s Welcome to the Chi, DJ Spinn’s What U Need, and Traxman’s The Architek — but the label continues to push forward with some of the best, most exciting contemporary dance releases, including last year’s I’m Fine EP by Visionist and this year’s The New Klassiks Jersey club mixtape by UNIIQU3.

Lit City’s newest project is a 26-minute EP by DJ Marfox, the pioneering centerpiece of the incredibly exciting, diverse, and experimental Afro-Portugese dance music coming out of Lisbon (spearheaded last year by Lisbon’s fantastic Príncipe imprint). On his six-track Lucky Punch EP, Marfox’s sound is rooted in both kuduro (functional dance music from Angola) and tarraxinha (a slower electronic-influenced form of Angolan dance music), all bent and twisted into his unique soundworld.

Lucky Punch is out May 27 digitally and on LP via Lit City Trax. Listen to the EP’s first track “Terra Batida” and scope the tracklisting below, and then look for his follow-up EP, his fifth, on Príncipe later this year.

01. Terra Batida
02. Noise
03. Lucky Punch
04. Beat and Break
05. Heartbeat
06. Banda 52

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Jason Lescalleet continues screening tour tonight in NY with C. Spencer Yeh and others; additional music shows lined up

Per an interview that Jason Lescalleet did in Slovenia, the stupendous Songs About Nothing (TMT Review) earned its title from an existentialist perspective about art. But exactly how are we supposed to extract our own meaning when he forces these thoughts of abstract “awesome” into our brains? It’s like pondering the subjective significance of pizza just prior to inhaling a cheesy triangle: “This reminds me of the moment of my birth, when the doctor lured me out of my mother’s womb with a single slice of classic Chicago deep-dish.” But no! The oral succulence starts to overwhelm… Forget the meaning! Let me consume!

Yes, well, the double album was certainly enough to overdose our aural palates, but as an artistic addendum two years later, Lescalleet has been mapping out a “screening tour” of Trophy Tape, the 36-minute first disc of Songs About Nothing. Featuring visual interpretations from artists such as Aaron Dilloway, Robert Beatty (Three Legged Race, Hair Police), and Ellen Frances (check the full credits below), Lescalleet intends to screen Trophy Tape in each of the respective cities of his collaborators. The tour began in February, but tonight marks a very special New York premiere, presented by Issue Project Room and taking place at the Anthology Film Archives. There, Trophy Tape will be preceded by separate videos from the three New York contributors: C. Spencer Yeh, Adele Souto, and Ellen Frances.

Anxious for even morecalleet, as opposed to less? He has a few non-Trophy Tape shows coming up as well, with John Wiese, Greg Kelley (nmperign), Suburned Hand of the Man, and more. Here are the dates:

04.19.14 - Boston, MA - School of the Museum of Fine Arts *
04.20.14 - Pawtucket, RI - Machines with Magnets #
04.21.14 - Easthampton, MA - Flywheel Arts Collective %

* with John Wiese
# Jason Lescalleet/Greg Kelley Duo + Brown Recluse Alpha, Titans of Jazz, Geoff Mullen
% Antti Tolvi, Joshua Burkett, Sunburned Hand Of The Man

Trophy Tape video tracklisting:

01. The Beauty of Independent Music – Aaron Dilloway [Oberlin, OH]
02. Old Theme – Ellen Frances [New York, NY]
03. Tarnished Copper (Copper Will Never Be Gold) – Annie Feldmeier Adams [Chicago, IL]
04. The Loop – Justin Meyers [Minneapolis, MN]
05. Euphoric Sting – Antony Milton [Wellington, New Zealand]
06. Beauty Is A Bowtie (HTDW) – C. Spencer Yeh [New York, NY]
07. The Power of Pussy – Olivia Block [Chicago, IL]
08. Escargot – Adel Souto [New York, NY]
09. In the Morning – Neil Young Cloaca [Turners Falls, MA]
10. Friday Night in a Catholic Home – Todd Deal [Worcester, MA]
11. 10 Amp Waves – Jubal Brown [Toronto, ON]
12. I Killed Another Day – Heidi Alasuvanto [Oulu, Finland]
13. In Through The Out Door & Another Whore – Robert Beatty [Lexington, KY]

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Man or Astro-man? announce summer tour, search for answer to question that has plagued them for over two decades

It is man?


Is it astro-man?

A question, simple enough. If you are looking at a man, is he a regular man? Or is he, I guess, from space, making him some sort of astro-man? This is not a question that you or I spend much time considering, what with it being primarily nonsense. When I meet a man, I typically assume he is a regular man. Not once have I stopped to wonder if a new acquaintance might actually, unbeknownst to the general public, be an astro-man. It seems a waste of time and I have many important tasks to accomplish.

Man or Astro-man? do not live that way. Since forming in Alabama in the 1990s, they’ve dedicated their life to exposing the astro-man, wherever he may be. From what I gather, the way to luring out an astro-man is to play science-fiction-themed surf rock, presumably because it reminds him of the music of his home (space). As of today, Man or Astro-man? have yet to find a single astro-man in their two-decade search. But they’ll be damned if they stop trying! Hence their new album Defcon 5…4…3…2…1 and forthcoming summer tour, which will find them hunting their elusive prey in a number of major American cities. Will they finally hunt down an astro-man? Will their long search come to an end? No.

Man or Astro-man dates?

04.24.14 - Tallahasse, FL - Club Downunder
04.25.14 - Savannah, GA - The Wormhole
04.26.14 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre
07.15.14 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
07.16.14 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
07.17.14 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
07.18.14 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
07.19.14 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
07.20.14 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
07.21.14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballrom
07.22.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy Theatre
07.23.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
07.24.14 - Eugene, OR - Cozmic Pizza
07.26.14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge

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Those Sacred Bones creeps will publish their first book on May 13, and it’s an Alexander Heir collection

A cop’s torso with spider’s legs writhes at the end of a hairy tentacle. A punk kid yanks the grim reaper’s head off. A naked man sits in a lotus position, skin sliced off half of his body to expose pure skeleton.

This is the world of Alexander Heir’s artwork, fearlessly dark and undeniably surreal. He’s been drawing like this for years, channeling images from a weird punk underworld to create flyers and 7-inch record jackets for bands all over the world, including Hoax, Forward, The Mob, Nightbirds, Destruction Unit, and Modern Life Is War. Heir also runs Death/Traitors, a clothing line whose fans include Three Six Mafia, Fucked Up, Antwon, and Odd Future.

According to The Fader, Sacred Bones has compiled 164 pages worth of Heir’s work for a book called Death Is Not the End, which will see a May 13 release. It will include 10 never-before-seen illustrations, and a limited edition of 150 hand-numbered, signed copies will include an iron-on patch, bookmark, wrap-around sleeve, and will be wax sealed like all limited Sacred Bones releases. Death Is Not the End is limited to 500 copies and you can pre-order one here.

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Hopscotch Festival announces most of its 2014 lineup, Thurston Moore named Improviser-in-Residence

This year, Hopscotch Music Festival is celebrating its fifth anniversary, which basically means that a giant birthday party will be happening September 4-6 in Raleigh, NC. Bring a present — or a bicycle or a friendship bracelet or a pet turtle. Oh, and bring a cake too! No word on how many piñatas will be at this party, but we can confirm that almost 160 bands will be playing in all kinds of venues all over the city. Those bands include Spoon, Mastodon, St. Vincent, Death, Lonnie Walker, and Valient Thorr, who will all be playing the festival’s main stage at Raleigh City Plaza, plus other acts like Sun Araw, Lee Noble, Tony Conrad, Krill, How To Dress Well, Mutual Benefit, White Lung, Potty Mouth, and The Haxan Cloak.

Check out the full list at the Hopscotch website, and keep your eyes peeled for even more acts. Founding director Greg Lownhagen says, “We’ve presented everyone at once in the past, and because the festival is still five months away, we thought it made sense to pull back and reveal artists in two stages. We hope this approach is more welcoming and makes the lineup easier to digest.” 40 more bands will be announced at some point in the next few weeks.

Also, you might remember that Merzbow served as Hopscotch’s Improviser-in-Residence last year, playing sets alongside Wolf Eyes, John Moloney, and Thurston Moore. This year, it’s Thurston Moore’s turn, so he’ll play his own set on Thursday, September 4, then he’ll be joining other bands for impromptu performances. Maybe we’ll find out what a Thurston Moore/Prince Rama collaboration would sound like, or maybe Thurston Moore will just review the birthday cakes that everyone will hopefully bring.

Three-day and VIP passes are available here, and in June, you’ll be able to get both one-day passes and tickets for the shows at Raleigh City Plaza.

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Robert Beatty’s Three Legged Race plans new EP on Underwater Peoples, the first of many audio commercials for rope

Robert Beatty, you rogue. We meet again. You thought you could outrun me, what with your third leg and all, but you learned the hard way that more isn’t always better. I learned that lesson too. I learned it last night when I sat in the parking lot of my local fast food joint at two in the morning and ate six hamburgers when I knew five was my limit. It’s a hard limit, reader. A very hard limit. Anyhow, to transition into talking about Robert Beatty’s music, when it comes to albums, more is actually almost always better. What I mean by that is, I’m almost always excited when someone announces a new album, because, I mean, if people didn’t keep releasing albums and going on tour, I’d be out of a job! So, Robert Beatty, I take back calling you a rogue just now. I actually want to thank you for announcing your new Three Legged Race EP on Underwater Peoples coming out May 27, because now I’ve got something to write about!

The EP is called Rope Commercial Vol. 1, and it’s the first in a series of EPs that Beatty has planned for Underwater Peoples (a fact that people who know about abbreviations probably gleaned from the title). It’s his first release as Three Legged Race since Taboo 3 a couple months ago and Persuasive Barrier in 2012, though of course in 2013 he released the collection of video scores Soundtracks for Takeshi Murata (TMT Review) and was party to Hair Police’s Mercurial Rites (TMT Review).

Rope Commercial Vol. 1 will reportedly be of a piece with Beatty’s recent move away from the “fetishized hardware-oriented model so rampant in current electronic music discourse” (#shade), using a great deal less electronic hardware and even including acoustic instruments such as the dulcimer and piano. The whole thing will come on a picture disc with artwork by Beatty himself. Listen to “All Ajax Dial” off that album below, and give that pre-order button a clickety-click right here.

Rope Commercial Vol. 1 tracklisting:

01. All Ajax Dial
02. Aside From Each Other and Together Overnight
03. New Government
04. The Humidity Mascot
05. Rope Commercial

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