Martin Eden a.k.a. Matthew Cooper a.k.a. Eluvium announces debut full-length; please don’t tell me you’re still confused

Martin Eden a.k.a. Matthew Cooper a.k.a. Eluvium announces debut full-length; please don't tell me you're still confused

Oh, good! About a month ago, when Matthew Cooper a.k.a. Eluvium announced the debut of his Martin Eden project, alongside a 7-inch for Lefse Records, I secretly feared the possibility of that being it. At the time, a full-length album wasn’t even alluded to, so it kind of felt like Cooper was just testing the waters a bit, uncertain as he may have been as to how fans might react to his unofficial homage to Aphex Twin. But no, Martin Eden does have a full-length album coming out. In fact, Dedicate Function is due out on October 9, less than a month after his 7-inch is set to be (physically) released (on September 18).

Clearly, Cooper was just stringing us along, trying to act like his alter ego wasn’t really his alter ego for the long-run. It’s like if Alfred suddenly got jealous of Bruce Wayne’s success as Batman, and decided to become a crime-fighting hero himself, in an ominous-looking butler costume. “I’m just having some fun, Bruce!” Alfred might say. But he’s not just having some fun. He’s taking it seriously. (Can you tell that I just saw a certain movie recently?)

In addition to announcing the album, Martin Eden has also released a new track, “Verions,” which you can listen to below. A press release describes Dedicate Function as sounding “a world apart” from the “assumed influences” of The Field, Aphex Twin, and Boards of Canada. I won’t go that far, but I can certainly think of worse artists to be compared to.

Dedicate Function tracklisting:

01. Vlad
02. Short Cut
03. Verions
04. Plantes
04. Etc_etc
05. Hum
06. Return Life

• Martin Eden:
• Lefse:

Grimes’ gear stolen after Manchester show, because people are jerks; world tour to continue as planned

People are jerks. TRUE. Evidence supporting this story includes the fact that, as reported by FACT, electronic-pop artist Grimes had her gear stolen after a recent show at Manchester’s HMV Ritz. Grimes (a.k.a. Claire Boucher) tweeted about the theft the following morning. Individuals with information on the theft should contact her through Twitter.

Despite the theft, Clash Music has confirmed that the remainder of Grimes’ tourdates will occur as scheduled. And she has plenty of dates planned! She’ll be embarking on a North American tour next month, which will be followed by a European tour in November. Grimes will wrap up the year in the traditional way of all Canadians: a short Australian tour and two Coachella cruises. Somewhere in between, she’ll swing a sword around and ride in a limo with a snake. Oh wait, that’s just the “Genesis” video. Well, since we’re here, might as well watch that:

Grimes dates:

09.20.12 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal @ Club Soda
09.21.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
09.22.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
09.25.12 - Hudson, NY - Basilica
09.26.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise
09.27.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
09.28.12 - Baltimore, MA - The Coward Shoe
09.29.12 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
10.01.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Basement
10.02.12 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
10.03.12 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10.06.12 - Austin, TX - Emo’s East
10.08.12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
10.09.12 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
10.10.12 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
10.11.12 - San Diego, CA - Porters Pub
10.13.12 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
10.15.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
10.16.12 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
10.17.12 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
10.19.12 - Calgary, AB - Saits the Gateway
10.20.12 - Saskatoon, SK - Louis Pub
10.21.12 - Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret
10.22.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
10.23.12 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10.25.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.26.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.27.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.28.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
11.13.12 - Bristol, UK - Motion
11.15.12 - Nantes, France - Stereolux Club
11.17.12 - Dijon, France - La Vapeur
11.18.12 - Zurich, Switzerland - Abart
11.20.12 - Munich, Germany - Kong
11.21.12 - Prague, Czech Republic - Lucerna Music Bar
11.22.12 - Warsaw, Poland - 1500m2
11.23.12 - Riga, Latvia - Paladium
11.24.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Korjaamo
11.26.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
11.28.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Orangerie
11.29.12 - Koln, Germany - Gebaude 9
11.30.12 - Heidelberg, Germany - Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof
12.01.12 - Urecht, Netherlands - Ekko Le Guess Who Festival
12.06.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Corner Hotel
12.07.12 - Victoria, Australia - Meredith Festival
12.08.12 - Brisbane, Australia - The Zoo
12.10.12 - Sydney, Australia - OAF
12.16.12 - Coachella Cruise to the Bahamas
12.19.12 - Coachella Cruise to Jamaica

• Grimes:

Grooveshark app reappeared in Google’s app store, then you blinked and it was gone again

The sordid tale of Grooveshark took a few more odd twists in the past week. First, it was thought that the black sheep of online music services had regained a friend in Google. After being kicked out of Google’s app store over a year ago, Grooveshark’s mobile app for the Android platform had magically reappeared, prompting Grooveshark to issue a press release announcing its return, a bright spot among Grooveshark’s storied troubles, which have been well documented here on TMT. Pretty much all the important players in the online and music worlds have severed ties with the music search engine or are actively suing the site for some form of copyright infringement.

The ever-positive Grooveshark (they should make their mascot into a children’s cartoon character given the company’s unflappable way of always seeing the bright side of things) had the following to say, as reported by Billboard:

After working closely with Google to get rogue apps removed, we’re delighted that the official Grooveshark app has been reinstated in the Android market,” the statement reads. “Grooveshark is dedicated to helping music fans search, discover and share music while pioneering new artist promotion, distribution and monetization techniques. We look forward to continuing to build a relationship with Android and leverage this fantastic platform for our partners.

TMT almost went to print with that story, but we stopped the presses after finding out from Hypebot that, once again, the Grooveshark app had been removed from Google’s app store, Play. Just like Google and RIAA turned down the offer to comment on the reinstatement, there has been no word yet from anyone on why it was unceremoniously removed yet again.

The good news for Grooveshark? Any savvy users who actually want to use the service (instead of say, Spotify or any of the other internet radio apps out there) will easily find it available for download directly from the Grooveshark site. While Google seems to not want to explicitly support Grooveshark publicly, they’re not going so far as to try and sue the app (or the site itself) out of existence to appease the rights holders of the music the site finds and provides for users, similar to how Google has moved forward with their digital locker services even without securing formal licensing agreements with the major labels.

There are surely more chapters in this ongoing story, so stay tuned for more tales in the ongoing saga that is Grooveshark: The Little Illegal Site That Could.

• Grooveshark:

Chris Corsano and Bill Orcutt are touring together, playing the guitar like drums and the drums like guitar

Here at TMT HQ, we always celebrate albums we like. We always celebrate with cupcakes. When we heard Bill Orcutt’s free-blues guitar on How The Thing Sings last year (TMT Review), Ze Pequeno baked funfetti cupcakes with blue frosting. When we heard Chris Corsano’s improvisational drum work on Cut back in June (TMT Review), E. Nagurney baked chocolate chip cupcakes with sprinkles. Orcutt made our list of faves last year, and Corsano’s prospects are looking bright this year.

When we heard that Chris Corsano would be playing a string of shows with Bill Orcutt, Squeo ran right out and bought a piñata filled with Pokemon cards. Check out the dates below; I have to see if anyone will trade me their holographic Gyarados.


08.30.12 - Brooklyn, NY - 509 Atlantic Ave. *
08.31.12 - Cambridge, MA - Industry Lab *
09.01.12 - Easthampton, MA - Flywheel $
09.02.12 - New Haven, CT - Intercambio *
09.03.12 - Windgap, PA - Ur Momz #
09.04.12 - Philadelphia, PA - International House @
09.05.12 - Baltimore, MD - The Windup Space *
09.07.12 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade /
09.07.12 - Raleigh, NC - Memorial Auditorium (Hopscotch Festival)
09.09.12 - Richmond, VA - TBA
09.10.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar &
09.11.12 - Alexandria, VA - Amma House !

* Bill Orcutt
$ Bill Orcutt, Bill Nace
# Bill Orcutt, DSU, Mister Thirsty
@ Bill Orcutt, Peter Brotzmann, Jason Adasiewicz
/ Bill Orcutt, Alan Bishop
& Golden Glasses
! Nathan Bowles, Scott Verrastro Duo, Borborites

• Chris Corsano:
• Hot Cars Warp:

[Photo: Lori Baily]

RIP: Hal David, legendary songwriter and Burt Bacharach music partner

From SFGate:

Hal David, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for movies, television and a variety of recording artists in the 1960s and beyond, has died. He was 91.

David died of complications from a stroke Saturday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to his wife Eunice David.

He had suffered a major stroke in March and was stricken again on Tuesday, she said.

“Even at the end, Hal always had a song in his head,” Eunice David said. “He was always writing notes, or asking me to take a note down, so he wouldn’t forget a lyric.”

“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head”:

“Close To You”:

• Hal David:

Xiu Xiu celebrate The Air Force’s sixth anniversary by reissuing The Air Force, touring the world

Happy sixth anniversary, Xiu Xiu’s The Air Force (TMT Review)! I remember 2006, you were the youngest, tiniest Xiu Xiu album. Now you’re all grown up, given that you subscribe to a worldview that makes a six-year-old a grown-up. You’re great and I love you. Not everyone loves you, though. They don’t love you, because they don’t know you. The Air Force has been out of print for years. In celebration/solution of the album’s sixth birthday, Polyvinyl is reissuing the record on 180-gram black vinyl on October 9. Xiu Xiu leader Jamie Stewart has remastered the album, while also re-imagining the record’s packaging with his brother (and frequent Xiu Xiu designer) Joe Stewart. Now, The Air Force, everyone will love/like/hate/be indifferent to you.

The Air Force reissue will also launch the band into their fall world tour. Pa-shoo! That was a launching noise? The noise-pop outfit will play a string of dates in Australia, then head over to Europe for another chunk of dates. But before that, they’ll be touring with their best friends, Swans, who released The Seer to ear-splitting acclaim. Just playing, Swans aren’t Xiu Xiu’s best friends. Swans have no friends, only allies, only people who exist in the same black fire. Xiu Xiu have a few friends.

Xiu Xiu dates:

09.02.12 - London, ON - APK Live
09.03.12 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern ^
09.06.12 - Vancouver, BC - Venue *
09.07.12 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
09.08.12 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater *
09.10.12 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Center Grand Ballroom *
09.11.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Music Box @ The Fonda *
09.12.12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom *
09.14.12 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa *
09.15.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s *
09.16.12 - Dallas, TX - Trees *
09.18.12 - Oklahoma, OK - ACM @ UCO Performance Lab *
09.19.12 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club *
09.20.12 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre *
09.21.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe *
09.22.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall *
09.24.12 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre *
10.11.12 - Auckland, New Zealand - Kings Arms
10.14.12 - Perth, Australia - This Is Nowhere
10.17.12 - Sydney, Australia - Goodgod
10.18.12 - Brisbane, Australia - Brisbane Powerhouse
10.19.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Gasometer
10.25.12 - Rome, Italy - TBA
10.26.12 - Bronson, Italy - Ravenna
10.27.12 - Verona, Italy - Auditorium Malchovic
10.28.12 - Jesi, Italy - TNT
10.30.12 - Zagreb, Croatia - Tvornica
10.31.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Korjaamo
11.01.12 - Oslo, Norway - Revolver
11.02.12 - Linz, Austria - Ahoi Pop Festival
11.03.12 - Innsbruck, Austria - PMK Bogen
11.04.12 - Nuernberg, Germany - K4
11.05.12 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachthof
11.06.12 - Erfurt, Germany - Theater Am Palais
11.07.12 - Dresden, Germany - Beatpol
11.08.12 - Wuerzburg, Germany - Cafe Cairo
11.09.12 - Brno, Czech Republic - TBA
11.10.12 - Wien, Austria - Arena
11.11.12 - Prague, Czech Republic - Klub Strahov 9007
11.12.12 - Koeln, Germany - Baustelle Kalk
11.13.12 - Zwolle, New Zealand - Eureka
11.14.12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
11.15.12 - Heidelberg, Germany - Karistorbahnhof
11.16.12 - Metz, France - Musiques Volantes Festival
11.17.12 - Fribourg, Switzerland - CH

^ Mister Lies
* Swans

• Xiu Xiu:
• Polyvinyl: