Moderat embrace premature aging with new album II; full details announced!

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I’ve had an itch in the back of my mind, and I’m pretty sure it doesn’t stem from an undiagnosed brain disease. Amorphous though itches may tend to be, this one has a distinct alphanumeric form to it — the letters M-O-D are clearly carved out, as if Modeselektor and Moderat (the former + Apparat) have been engaging in some sort of rhythmic demonry, trying to coax my concerted exploration of their music. Then, once I’ve thoroughly delved, the imprint inside my skull will diminish to a shade, control will be relinquished, and I can go back to lounging around in my undies, content that I’m now fully acquainted with two of Germany’s most talked-about electronic outfits. I keep hearing about them, anyway.

The impulse to delve couldn’t have come at a better time, as Moderat have just announced the full details of their sophomore LP II, due out August 6 on the Modeselektor-run imprint Monkeytown, as well as some celebratory European tourdates around its release. Check out the standard CD tracklist below, though be advised that the album will released in four editions: as a standard CD, deluxe CD, standard LP, and deluxe LP. The deluxe versions differ from their standard counterparts by way of their distinct cover art and (obviously) longer tracklistings, while the tracklistings vary slightly across the CD and vinyl releases.

Recording took six “intense” months, and the trio admit to having “aged about 10 years while making” the album. Crow’s feet be damned!

II tracklisting:

01. The Mark (Interlude)
02. Bad Kingdom
03. Versions
04. Let in the Light
05. Milk
06. Therapy
07. Gita
08. Clouded (Interlude)
09. Ilona
10. Damage Done
11. This Time

Dates:

08.02.13 - London, UK - Eastern Electrics Festival
08.03.13 - Crimea, Ukraine - Kazantip Republic
08.10.13 - Saalburg, Germany - SonneMondSterne
08.11.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel
08.17.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival
08.24.13 - Katowice, Poland - Tauron Nowa Muzyka

• Moderat: http://moderat.fm
• Monkeytown: http://www.monkeytownrecords.com

Moderat embrace premature aging with new album II; full details announced!

I’ve had an itch in the back of my mind, and I’m pretty sure it doesn’t stem from an undiagnosed brain disease. Amorphous though itches may tend to be, this one has a distinct alphanumeric form to it — the letters M-O-D are clearly carved out, as if Modeselektor and Moderat (the former + Apparat) have been engaging in some sort of rhythmic demonry, trying to coax my concerted exploration of their music. Then, once I’ve thoroughly delved, the imprint inside my skull will diminish to a shade, control will be relinquished, and I can go back to lounging around in my undies, content that I’m now fully acquainted with two of Germany’s most talked-about electronic outfits. I keep hearing about them, anyway.

The impulse to delve couldn’t have come at a better time, as Moderat have just announced the full details of their sophomore LP II, due out August 6 on the Modeselektor-run imprint Monkeytown, as well as some celebratory European tourdates around its release. Check out the standard CD tracklist below, though be advised that the album will released in four editions: as a standard CD, deluxe CD, standard LP, and deluxe LP. The deluxe versions differ from their standard counterparts by way of their distinct cover art and (obviously) longer tracklistings, while the tracklistings vary slightly across the CD and vinyl releases.

Recording took six “intense” months, and the trio admit to having “aged about 10 years while making” the album. Crow’s feet be damned!

II tracklisting:

01. The Mark (Interlude)
02. Bad Kingdom
03. Versions
04. Let in the Light
05. Milk
06. Therapy
07. Gita
08. Clouded (Interlude)
09. Ilona
10. Damage Done
11. This Time

Dates:

08.02.13 - London, UK - Eastern Electrics Festival
08.03.13 - Crimea, Ukraine - Kazantip Republic
08.10.13 - Saalburg, Germany - SonneMondSterne
08.11.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel
08.17.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival
08.24.13 - Katowice, Poland - Tauron Nowa Muzyka

• Moderat: http://moderat.fm
• Monkeytown: http://www.monkeytownrecords.com

Thom Yorke and Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja collaborate on score for tax documentary; “Massive Head” still free for use as a band name

So, there’s an ongoing debate, or peripheral conversation, about which city is the financial capital of the world: New York City or London. If the use of the word “financial” just now caused you to focus intently on the little hairs sprouting above your knuckles, it’s understandable. That shit is boring. There’s an inherent quality within finance and taxes that has the capacity to bore the bejesus out of most people, and some people within the industry are counting on your disinterest in order to screw you royally, as well as the country you’re living in, and probably cute little kittens too.

One such royal screwing happens to involve tax avoidance, whereby those with the means go to sometimes-elaborate measures in order to avoid paying their taxes in full. Some of this is legal. Some of it isn’t. All of it makes you want to smear caviar in a rich person’s face, no?

Adding some intrigue to what otherwise could be considered a dull topic are Thom Yorke and Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja, who recently collaborated on the score to The UK Gold, a documentary about the history of tax avoidance, and which follows an English vicar as he embarks “on an odyssey to understand how London remains the financial capital of the world,” according to director Mark Donne. Given their outspokenness on various political issues, Yorke’s and Naja’s involvement shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise. No alarms, either.

The documentary will premiere on June 25 at the Troxy Theatre in London as a part of the East End Film Festival. According to Rolling Stone, a musical performance from a “secret act” is scheduled to immediately follow. Shall we venture a guess?

• Massive Attack: http://www.massiveattack.co.uk
• Atoms for Peace: http://atomsforpeace.info

Pharmakon tours with Swans, offers new track “Ache” for streaming. Is it “super poppy”? Click to find out!

What’s up, manggg!? Thanks for reading! It’s your fav News Donkey, NOBODADDY here, comin’ atcha LIVE from his mo-fuckin’ DESK! All to tell you “hot-off-dem-presses” about a couple-a new bits of Pharmakon newsy-news! Just gotta warn ya in-advance, dog; This. Shit. Is. Too. Hot. Too. H.a.n.d.l.e! Can I get an “Arrrrrrrrroooooooooooooogggggggggaaaaaaaaaaa!”???

Ha. Naw, just kidding. That’s not how I talk. Can you imagine? And this Pharmakon stuff is all pretty normal stuff. It’s just that Margaret Chardiet (“Pharmakon” to people who don’t know her) just got added to a few shows with Michael Gira’s Swans project, and she put up a new track for streaming to celebrate it, that’s all. (Heck, wouldn’t you if you were her? It’s fairly cool news.) Anyway, the new track is called “Ache,” and it comes from her impeccably well-reviewed (I’m not allowed to listen to music at work) album Abandon, which came out recently on Sacred Bones. As for Swans, they’re touring to promote their own (admittedly kinda impressive) still-being Swans. So yeah, I mean, everything’s kosher here. And, you know, as usual, here’s an embedded SoundCloud player with the song stuck in it, followed by those dates I was just talking about. Well, have a good one.

Sincerely,

Nobodaddy, News Writer
Tiny Mix Tapes, LLC

05.25.13 - Brooklyn, NY – The Rink
05.31.13 - Austin, TX – Chaos in Tejas at Red 7
06.03.13 - Denton, TX – Rubber Gloves
06.04.13 - Little Rock, AK – Downtown Music Hall
06.05.13 - Chattanooga, TN – Sluggos North
06.06.13 - Atlanta, GA – 529
06.07.13 - Asheville, NC – Static Age Records
06.08.13 - Chapel Hill, NC – Nightlight
06.09.13 - Washington, DC – Black Cat
06.15.13 - Brooklyn, NY – Public Assembly- Northside Festival
06.19.13 - San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room
06.20.13 - Los Angeles, CA – Complex
06.21.13 - San Francisco, CA – The Lab
06.23.13 - Seattle, WA – Narwal $
07.20.13 - Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
07.22.13 - Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose Tap House *
07.23.13 - Newport, KY – Southgate House *
07.24.13 - Columbus, OH – The Bluestone *
07.25.13 - Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom *
07.26.13 - Buffalo, NY – Trafl Music Hall *

* Swans

• Pharmakon: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pharmakon
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com

RIP: Ray Manzarek

From The Doors’ official Facebook page:

Ray Manzarek, keyboardist and founding member of The Doors, passed away today at 12:31PM PT at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his wife Dorothy Manzarek, and his brothers Rick and James Manczarek.

Manzarek is best known for his work with The Doors who formed in 1965 when Manzarek had a chance encounter on Venice Beach with poet Jim Morrison. The Doors went on to become one of the most controversial rock acts of the 1960s, selling more than 100-million albums worldwide, and receiving 19 Gold, 14 Platinum and five multi-Platinum albums in the U.S. alone. “L.A.Woman,” “Break On Through to the Other Side,” “The End,” “Hello, I Love You,” and “Light My Fire” were just some of the band’s iconic and ground-breaking songs. After Morrison’s death in 1971, Manzarek went on to become a best-selling author, and a Grammy-nominated recording artist in his own right. In 2002, he revitalized his touring career with Doors’ guitarist and long-time collaborator, Robby Krieger.

“I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today,” said Krieger. “I’m just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him.”

Manzarek is survived by his wife Dorothy, brothers Rick and James Manczarek, son Pablo Manzarek, Pablo’s wife Sharmin and their three children Noah, Apollo and Camille. Funeral arrangements are pending. The family asks that their privacy be respected at this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, please make a memoriam donation in Ray Manzarek’s name at www.standup2cancer.org

• Ray Manzarek: http://www.rayandrobby.com

James Blake goes on a fall tour in an effort to regain his physical form

As you’ll no doubt recall, and as we at TMT faithfully reported back in February, Brian Eno and RZA have both taken to referring to James Blake as “Jimmy Digital.” Back when that news first broke, I’m sure you, like me, had a good chuckle. “Ah, isn’t it sweet that these musicians are buddy-buddy enough that they’re giving each other nicknames,” you probably said. As it happens though, the nickname was more than just a little bit of horseplay. In fact, it was a covert cry for help. You see, at some point near the end of 2012, James Blake was somehow vacuumed into a computer, leaving behind his physical form and making him quite literally a “a cute British ghost in the machine.”

Though the conversion into a 100% digital entity was beneficial to Blake in the last few months of working on Overgrown (TMT Review), once the album was released, his disembodied internet spirit started to express a little bit of frustration (“I just want to feel the warmth of flesh on flesh again” has been seen to appear with uncomfortable frequency in Microsoft Word documents around the globe). Since then, plans have been in the works to convert Jimmy Digital back into “Jimmy Analog,” or “Jimmy Fleshpile,” if you prefer. One such plan comes in the form of a recently reported fall tour, in which the MacBook Air that holds a majority of Blake’s aura will be toted across the world and plugged into PAs in front of crowds of people in hopes that… something will happen (the science is actually pretty unclear). If you’re so inclined, you can catch Blake’s disembodied internet presence in a venue near you this fall. Jimmy Digital, if you’re reading this (or, more accurately, if the as-yet-unnamed constituent particles of your digitized soul are slithering over the base code for this page on the TMT server), I wish you luck!

Dates:

05.24.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
05.29.13 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Capital
05.30.13 - Porto, Portugal - Optimus Primavera Sound
06.01.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Forbidden Fruit
06.04-05.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Studio Coast
06.06.13 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Diamond Hall
06.07.13 - Osaka, Japan - Hatch
06.22.13 - Istanbul, Turkey - Efes One Love Festival
06.23.13 - Hvar Island, Croatia - FOR Festival
06.30.13 - Pilton, UK - Glastonbury Festival
07.04.13 - Paris, France - Cité de la Musique
07.05.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - PITCH Festival
07.06.13 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07.07.13 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.14.13 - Montreux, Switzerland - Montreux Jazz Festival
07.16.13 - Athens, Greece - Ejekt Festival
07.19.13 - Berlin, Germany - Melt Festival
07.21.13 - Beccles, UK - Latitude Festival
07.25.13 - Perth, Australia - Astor Theater
07.26.13 - Perth, Australia - Astor Theater
07.28.13 - Byron Bay, Australia - Splendour in the Grass
07.29.13 - Sydney, Australia - Sydney Opera House
07.30.13 - Sydney, Australia - Sydney Opera House
07.31.13 - Melbourne, Australia - The Palais Theatre
08.02.13 - Auckland, New Zealand - Town Hall
08.09.13 - Oslo, Norway - Øya Festival
08.10.13 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
08.17.13 - St. Pölten, Austria - FM4 Frequency Festival
08.31.13 - Zurich, Switzerland - Zurich Openair
09.13.13 - Portmeirion, UK - Festival No. 6
09.18.13 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC
09.20.13 - Manchester, UK - Ritz
09.21.13 - Birmingham, UK - Institute
09.22.13 - Oxford, UK - O2 Academy
09.24.13 - Bristol, UK - O2 Academy
09.25-26.13 - London, UK - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
10.06.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
10.08.13 - Berlin, Germany - Tempodrom
10.09.13 - Munich, Germany - Muffathalle
10.10.13 - Cologne, Germany - E-Werk
10.12.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
10.13.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
10.14.13 - Paris, France - Trianon
10.22.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern
10.23.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Hollywood Forever Cemetery
10.24.13 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
10.25.13 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
10.27.13 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
10.28.13 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
10.29.13 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
10.30.13 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
10.31.13 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
11.02.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11.03.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11.04.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.05.13 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
11.06.13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
11.07.13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
11.09.13 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
11.11.13 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater
11.13.13 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
11.14.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
11.15.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11.16.13 - Iowa City, IA - The Englert Theatre
11.19.13 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
11.20.13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo
11.21.13 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater

• James Blake: http://jamesblakemusic.com