Mount Kimbie promise no scorpions on North American tour… but are they biting off more than they can chew?

Mount Kimbie promise no scorpions on North American tour... but are they biting off more than they can chew?

Like most of you, I enjoy going to see musical acts play their musical songs without fear of scorpions. I hate scorpions and I hate their deadly venom. Clubs try to keep scorpions out, yet there’s no assurance, no peace for my scorpion-fearing mind. With this in mind, Mount Kimbie come forward with a bold promise: no scorpions on their upcoming North American tour, just as there were allegedly no scorpions on their 2010 album Crooks and Lovers (TMT Review) on Hotflush. But can such a promise truly be kept? Will the tricky dubstep beats be cut short by a scorpion’s mighty sting? We shall see, Mount Kimbie, we shall see.


03.04.11 - Perth, Australia - The Bakery
03.05.11 - Melbourne, Australia - Roxanne Parlour
03.09.11 - Sydney, Australia - Good God
03.11.11 - Brisbane, Australia - Bar Soma
03.12.11 - Meredith, Australia - Golden Plains Festival
03.15-19.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.24.11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
03.25.11 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar
03.26.11 - Montreal, QC - Le Belmont
03.27.11 - St. Louis, MO - Luminary Arts
03.29.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
03.30.11 - Seattle, WA - Baltic Room
03.31.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
04.01.11 - Portland, OR - Crown Room
04.02.11 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
04.03.11 - Arcata, CA - Arcata Theatre
04.05.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
04.06.11 - Denver, CO - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
04.07.11 - Atlanta, GA - King Plow Arts Center
04.08.11 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle
04.09.11 - Miami, FL - Electric Pickle
04.10.11 - Tampa, FL - GBAR
04.11.11 - Tallahassee, FL - Engine Room
04.12.11 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth
04.13.11 - New Orleans, LA - The Hookah
04.15.11 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.28.11 - London, UK - Heaven

• Mount Kimbie:
• Hotflush:

Former Zs member releases Ripped Heart EP with his new(ish) band Extra Life

Once upon a time in Brooklyn, there was a band called Zs. That band included a man known as Charlie Looker, who had also collaborated with the much-ballyhooed Dirty Projectors. Looker was known not only for having a kickass surname (anything that sounds like a compliment used by old ladies is kickass in my book), but also for having a unique singing style, oft-compared to medieval vocal work, which features prominently in his latest output with the band Extra Life. Coincidentally, Extra Life have a new EP, Ripped Heart, comin’ atcha on Mr. Looker’s new record label, Last Things Records.

Come April 5, the EP will be available as both a digital download and a limited-edition vinyl release. The vinyl comes with four downloadable bonus remixes from the likes of Former Ghosts, Laurel Halo, Liturgy, and Xiu Xiu. You can also catch Extra Life serenading the good people of Europe with Deerhoof in April and the wicked people of the United States with Parenthetical Girls in July. If that ain’t enough, go witness Looker gettin’ arty on orchestral pieces with ex-Battles’ Tyondai Braxton when they perform at Lincoln Center in New York (March 3) or the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis (March 4).

Ripped Heart EP tracklisting:

01. Strong Brother, Weak Brother
02. Run Cold
03. Ripped Heart
04. Elegy (cartoon piano)

US date (so far):

03.18.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Death by Audio *

* Zs Black Crown Ceremony, Noveller

Euro dates:

04.18.11 - Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic - Velbloud (Ostinato Festival)
04.19.11 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
04.20.11 - Belfort, France - Impetus Festival #
04.21.11 - Metz, France - Les Trinitaires #
04.22.11 - Delemont, Switzerland - SAS
04.23.11 - Lausanne, Switzerland Impetus Festival #
04.24.11 - Schorndorf, Germany - Manufaktur #
04.25.11 - Bielefeld, Germany - AJZ $
04.26.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Magasin 4 %
04.27.11 - Orleans, France - L’Atelier
04.28.11 - Paris, France - Point Ephemere
04.29.11 - Cherbourg, France - Festival La Terra Trema
04.30.11 - Nantes, France - Les Ateliers de Bitche
05.01.11 - Lyon, France - Africantape Festival

# Deerhoof
$ Liturgy
% OvO

• Extra Life:
• Last Things:

The Berg Sans Nipple are now “With Nipple” as they show excitement over new LP

After five years of inactivity, drum-and-electronics duo The Berg Sans Nipple are returning to your consciousness with a new album, Build With Erosions, set for release through Team Love on March 15. The new album was written in brief and infrequent bursts as both members worked on songs in separate countries, allowing for music that could “transcend any sense of time or space,” as months and miles could pass before a song was completed.

“The fact that we made this record living in different countries changed a lot about the way we typically had worked together when we were both living in Paris,” said member Shane Aspergren, nipples pushing hard and tight against his t-shirt as he spoke. “When we were together, we still recorded ideas and constructed a lot of samples, extracting some of those small ideas and shaping them into something completely different. But we took more time to work separately on things before getting back together, which caused the recording sessions to be full of energy because of all the uncertainty and anticipation about what was going to happen.”

Aspergren also told me that the new record was informed by “gamelan, electronica, Afro Beat, post-punk, old-soul, dub, Ennio Morricone landscapes and hip-hop beats,” and was recorded in Paris with collaborator, touring partner, and Berg Sans Nipple personal “guru” Antoine Gaillet (M83, Zombie Zombie), before once again reminding me that he used to live in Paris.

As we wrapped up the conversation, I let Aspergren know that it was “a little cold in here” with a wink and a nod, and though he understood what I meant, he still paid no attention to the obviously aroused nipples beneath his shirt, even after on-lookers stopped to gaze at them. If we could judge an album’s worth simply by the excitement of its creators, then surely The Berg Sans Nipple and their upcoming album, Build With Erosions, would score an easy “A,” if only based on its nipple-raising notoriety.

• The Berg Sans Nipple:
• Team Love:

13 & God are back; four horsemen of the apocalypse ride to celebrate new album

The Anticon collective has been edging away from its hip-hop roots more and more these days, what with WHY?’s evolution into merely rap-inflected pop and the release of beat-centric quasi-chillwave Baths. Anticon’s genre-bending nature goes all the way back to 1999, but it was in 2005 that 13 & God made it all the more obvious. 13 & God combined Themselves (Adam “Doseone” Drucker, Anticon founder, plus Jeffrey “Jel” Logan and Dax Pierson) and German electronic group The Notwist (siblings Markus and Micha Archer, with Martin Gretschmann) for a self-titled album (TMT Review) that was nothing if not interesting as a sum of its parts.

After all this time, 13 & God have announced triumphantly that Anticon will release their sophomore full-length, Own Your Ghost, on May 17. For the new album, Doseone recruited Jordan Dalrymple from Subtle, and voilà: 13 & God become a “bona fide band,” that “[carves] out a genre that is distinctly theirs” — which was Anticon’s original intention as a label, wasn’t it…?

Own Your Ghost tracklisting:

01. Its Own Sun
02. Death Major
03. Armored Scarves
04. Janu Are
05. Old Age
06. Et Tu
07. Death Minor
08. Sure as Debt
09. Beat on Us
10. Unyoung

• 13 & God:
• Anticon:

Group Doueh tour Europe in May to minimize the number of ironic “Freebird” requests

After 27 years of roughin’ it in the Western Sahara, Group Doueh have had quite a good run these past few years, with three albums under their belt courtesy of Sublime Frequencies, a co-headlining tour with Omar Souleyman, and an invitation from none other than Animal Collective to play at their ATP. Now, using the ATP show as a springboard, Bamaar Salmou (simply known as Doueh) and his band comprised of mostly family members will be sporting their provincially inspired guitar wanderings to a vast European audience. On May 11, the band will embark on a European tour spanning the rest of the month and covering Britain as well as the mainland. According to the band’s PR they’ll be playing as a six-piece, with Doueh’s son on keyboard, wife Halima on vocals, and two backing vocalists/percussionists. Get ready for some sand in your boots, Europe, cause this is gonna be some serious desertification.


05.11.11 - Manchester, UK - Islington Mill $
05.11.11 - Reading, UK - South Street Arts Centre
05.13.11 - London, UK - The Barbican
05.14.11 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties (curated by Animal Collective)
05.16.11 - TBD
05.17.11 - TBD
05.18.11 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
05.19.11 - Aarhus, Denmark - Atlas
05.20.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Global
05.21.11 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Nefertiti Jazz Club
05.23.11 - Helsinki, Finland - Korjaamo (Vaunusali)
05.25.11 - TBD
05.26.11 - TBD
05.27.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.28.11 - Paris, France - Villette Sonique
05.29.11 - Lille, France - Aéronef Club

$ The Brothers Unconnected (Sir Richard and Alan Bishop)

• Sublime Frequencies:

Matmos tour Europe with J. Lesser clad in suits of 14 karat gold; John Wiese opens

Matador Records’ Matablog (not to be confused with Matmos’ “Matmoblog,” which doesn’t exist, but should) claims that electronic duo Matmos are the best-dressed men in San Francisco. I’ve never been to San Francisco, but a Google search for Matmos does produce numerous images of two sharply dressed fellows, while doing the same for San Francisco just produces a bunch of bridges and houses. Weak threads, Frisco!

Matmos will be taking their excellent fashion sense (along with buddy J. Lesser, who shall be playing with them) all the way to Europe for a tour this May. Interestingly enough, John Wiese will be opening for most dates. Surely there will be a fair deal of speculation concerning the pair’s clothing choices, so let me shut that down right now: M.C. Schmidt will be wearing a three-piece suit made entirely of 14 karat gold, while Drew Daniel will be a little more modest with a simple slacks and button-up combination, albeit while wearing the gauntlet of a dead king.

Matmos dates:

05.14.11 - Glasgow, UK - Old Fruitmarket
05.15.11 - Birmingham, UK - MAC Art Centre *
05.17.11 - Belfast, UK - SARC *
05.18.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory *
05.19.11 - London, UK - Auto-Italia *
05.21.11 - Torino, Italy - Museum Arte Contemporanea Rivoli *
05.23.11 - Rome, Italy - Circolo degli Artisti *
05.24.11 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotiv *
05.26.11 - Paris, France - La Gaite Lyrique *
05.27.11 - Brussels, Belgium - VK * #
05.28.11 - Metz, France - Les Trinitaires *
05.29.11 - Leipzig, Germany - Centraltheater *
05.30.11 - Berlin, Germany - Hau1 *

* John Wiese
# Oval

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