Musician from the future releases new single as experimental app, possibly consciousness-altering

Musician from the future releases new single as experimental app, possibly consciousness-altering

Is there one reality, or are there perhaps, parallel realities? Are we but cogs in a greater, all-encompassing consciousness? Our greatest thinkers have oft pondered these questions. On many a starlit night, Aristotle would look up to the heavens and ask himself, is the future but a mere dream, mutually evolving in the slumbering, tube-connected minds of say, Throbbing Gristle, the guys who invented the Buddha Machine, and the tiny science-fiction elves working the controls that power Björk’s brain and vocal chords? (There are two different elves; no one elf could operate that much crazyamazingness.)

This was all very confusing to Aristotle, since most of these people/mystical beings had not yet come into existence whilst he was alive, but if ever humankind were to receive a grand signal that the great philosopher’s theory were true, it would be the release of Gwilym Gold’s new single as something called a Bronze App. Gold’s first solo single since leaving the XL-signed band Golden Silvers is called “Flesh Freeze,” and it’s available as a Mac desktop download, with Windows and iPhone versions in the works.

Wired breaks down the Bronze app for those of us who — unlike Mr. Gold — are NOT from the future, detailing how the application was “founded on an algorithm that fluctuates the sections of a song around a waveform.” Which is to say that basically every time you listen to “Flesh Freeze” via Bronze you get A DIFFERENT SONG, with the potential for rearranged lyrics, no drumbeat, or toooootally enhanced drumbeat. THE SONG COULD EVEN START OR END AT A DIFFERENT PLACE THAN THE TIME BEFORE. Whoa. Wrap your head around THAT, mere present-day, non-elf being. The app was invented by Gold (hereby known as The Man from the Future), producer Lexx (Wild Beasts, Björk, possible elf person) and scientists from Goldsmiths University, London.

• Gwilym Gold:

Odd Future announce series of West Coast riots

Odd Future, who are certainly controversial and definitely young, have announced that, in addition to their already announced gigs in Europe and Australia, they will be spending a little time in California spreading the joy of riots and reveling in the attention they so desperately crave as bored teenagers in America.

Already planning for wave after wave of teenage rebellion and angry GLAAD members, the quiet California towns of Indio, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco have already boarded their windows and locked up their daughters.

Odd Future, who just completed a set at Spain’s Primavera Sound over the weekend in support of Tyler, The Creator’s recent Goblin (TMT Review), have already taken to Twitter and offered up a series of “artistic and praise-worthy” tweets that attempt to show (falsely) that overly violent and tasteless lyrics about raping women and murdering people is creative. Seriously, it sucks when ICP do it, it sucked when it was all that mainstream rap talked about, and it sucks now. But feel free to buy into the hype at one of the following shows.


06.01.11 - Sydney, Australia - Vivid Sydney
06.02.11 - Sydney, Australia - Vivid Sydney
06.03.11 - Melbourne, Australia - Prince of Wales Hotel
06.04.11 - Fortitude Valley, Australia - The Zoo
06.05.11 - Brisbane, Australia - The Hi Fi
06.15.11 - Indio, CA - Indio Performing Arts Center
06.16.11 - San Diego, CA - Epicenter
06.18.11 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
06.21.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency
06.30.11 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07.01.11 - Arendal, Netherlands - Hove Festival
07.02.11 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.03.11- Malsaucy, France - Les Eurockéennes
07.08.11- Kinross, UK - T in the Park
07.09.11- Naas, Ireland - Oxegen
07.17 .11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
08.06.11 - Los Angeles, CA - HARD Festival
08.13.11 - Osaka, Japan - Summer Sonic
08.14.11 - Tokyo, Japan - Summer Sonic
08.27.11 - Reading, UK - Reading Festival
08.28.11 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival
09.08.11 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival

• Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All:

Domino Radio will bring joy to our hearts and ears for one all-too-brief week

For a brief, glistening moment, like early morning dew on the first rose of summer, Domino Radio will rule the airwaves. Future generations will look back on those halcyon days with regret that they were born too late. Our contemporaries will remember it as “that one week there was something good on the radio so I didn’t have to listen to that damn Katy Perry song about doin’ it with an alien (ugh) all the time.” So that’s why I’m telling you about it ahead of time. Mark your calendars contemporaries, and read these dates and mourn, future generations. (If you’re not already mourning and chowing down on some dude’s arm in the future post-apocalyptic hellworld while you drive your spacecar around and ponder with fond confusion, “What was a Katy Perry? Why did it take our forebears so long to legalize gay marriage? A confusing place, that old world, hahahaha zim zam.” That is how future people will laugh. WEIRD, right?)

But back to the very near future: the week of June 6, 2011, to be exact. This is the day Domino Records launches Domino Radio, where you can find “non-stop twenty-four hour music, conversation, and good times” either on 87.7 FM for London-area residents or on the internet for those of us in the world who don’t live in London. You’ll find specially-commissioned shows from the Domino roster, label buddies, and “admirable public figures.” (Please be Penelope Cruz, please be Penelope Cruz ohhhhh she is so beautiful.) So far, promised guests include Animal Collective, Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip/About Group, Four Tet, Franz Ferdinand, Dirty Projectors, Robert Wyatt, Steve Mason, Smith Westerns, Wild Beasts, Owen Pallett, Anna Calvi, and Austra, along with tastemaker types like Dennis Bovell (producer), Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream/Jesus & Mary Chain), Faris Badwan (The Horrors), Frieze Arts, The School of Life, Transparent Records, Angular Records, No Pain in Pop, Caught by the River, and London record shop/label Honest Jons.

“Domino Radio, a pop-up radio station for the world outside of pop” is the station’s slogan. I really like this slogan.

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• Domino:

Godspeed You! Black Emperor say new material is being discussed; music journalists desperate for discussion transcripts

According to a report on Pitchfork, recently-reunited cult-favorites Godspeed You! Black Emperor have begun working on new material.

The post-rock blockbusters, who reunited last year for an aptly titled Reunion Tour, revealed (through bandmember Bruce Cawdon and an interview with Montreal’s Voir magazine) that the band will convene after the end of their July tour to discuss the logistics and creativistics of a new album.

The important details, such as a release date or record label, have yet to be revealed, but music journalists (such as myself) are already fighting in bare-knuckle cage matches for the right to learn the juicy details of this highly anticipated project.

• Godspeed You! Black Emperor:

RIP: Gil Scott-Heron

From NPR Music:

Gil Scott-Heron died Friday afternoon in New York. He was 62. The influential poet and musician is often credited with being one of the progenitors of hip-hop, and is best known for the spoken-word piece “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”

Scott-Heron was born in Chicago in 1949. He spent his early years in Jackson, Tenn., attended high school in The Bronx, and spent time at Pennsylvania’s Lincoln University before settling in Manhattan. His recording career began in 1970 with the album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, which featured the first version of “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” The track has since been referenced and parodied extensively in pop culture.

Scott-Heron continued to record through the 1970s and early ’80s, before taking a lengthy hiatus. He briefly returned to the studio for 1994’s Spirits. […] He has been cited as a key influence by many in the hip-hop community — such as rapper-producer Kanye West, who closed his platinum-selling 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy with a track built around a sample of Scott-Heron’s voice. […] He began performing again after his release in 2007, and in 2010 released a new album, I’m New Here, to widespread critical acclaim.

• Gil Scott-Heron:

Sun Araw carves new record Ancient Romans using only his hands and a slab of gorgeous marble, goes on tour to cool down

Let’s get the basics out of the way quickly: Sun Araw, the prolific solo project of drone-psych specialist (and Magic Lantern member) Cameron Stallones, has a new album called Ancient Romans coming out on August 23. Stallones’ own Sun Ark label will put out the record, with some help from the good people at Drag City. The album will be available as a fairly extravagant double white vinyl in a gatefold jacket, complete with fancy accompanying art book, and a somewhat less extravagant CD version. And if you’re looking for a first taste of the record, look no further than this Mp3 of “Crete.”

Okay. Let me tell you why I wanted to get all the essential info on this Sun Araw record out so swiftly. See, the description of this record in the press release (as well as the Sun Araw site) is so awesome, it turns my brain into flan. Not gelatin, not pudding, none of those low-class treats. Flan. Here it goes:

Heartfelt and marbled, this album is documentation of the slow exit (the triumphal entry): moving the camera back 8 stages along the circumference of the circle to the point where the obverse is reverse, in order to celebrate the building of an edifice and then walk away from it in wisdom, gaining freedom from it.

God, don’t you just want to inhale that? I read that and I want to cry, it’s so rad. By the way, it’s worth mentioning that Sun Araw is going on a quick tour of the Northeastern United States (and a tiny lil’ bit of Canada). If any of those shows are even 10% as great as that above quote, then you must go. That said, I don’t blame you if you’re just going to stay home and read that quote over and over again.

Ancient Romans tracklist:

01. Lucretius
02. Crown Shell
03. Crete
04. Lute and Lyre
05. At Delphi
06. Fit for Caesar
07. Trireme
08. Impluvium


06.02.11 - Montreal, QC - Mutek Festival
06.03.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Coco 66 (WHERES YR CHILD V NYC) *
06.04.11 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent St. ^
06.05.11 - Baltimore, MA - Ottobar ^ +
06.06.11 - New York, NY - 108 Leonard St. (Moral Combat) #
06.07.11 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s ^ !

* House/Italo Night DJ Sets from Sun Araw, Sex Worker, Psychic Reality,
Todd Pendu
^ The Sun Araw Band, M Geddes Gengras
~ D’eon, Matthewdavid
+ Run DMT, Zomes
# G Lucas Crane
! Excepter, Daniel Higgs, Deep Magic

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