Mutek 2013 is coming, thousands prepare for yearly pilgrimage to Montreal

Mutek 2013 is coming, thousands prepare for yearly pilgrimage to Montreal

Ah, lovely Mutek. You hold such great potential, such great history, yet I have never had the chance to set foot on the hallowed grounds of your various venues. Ever since I heard your strangely evocative name in connection with Coil’s 2003 performance, I have always thought of you as one of the must-see festivals.

That may sounds like jest, but the lineup for 2013 does seem to live up to the highfalutin praise: Matthew Herbert, Lee Noble, Emptyset, Andy Stott, Laurel Halo, Leatherette, and a dozen other artists who have been lambasting your eardrums lately, all spread across a handful of venues and five days of idolatry.

But Mutek is not only a chance to scrape up knees and prostrate before the newly forged mythological figures of modern music. The folks behind it do seem to have an astute sense of who and what is making waves in the music world. Also, apparently they are a not-for-profit organization, which is kinda fascinating. So yes, it is actually worth it to strap on a pair of hiking shoes and start a trek towards Montreal. Better start quick too, because this puppy kicks off on May 29.

Also, check out the full schedule of things that probably shouldn’t be missed. It’s pretty enough to print out and hang.

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PAN label throws PAN_ACT festival in NY and Boston with Laurel Halo, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Eli Keszler, and more (apparently everyone is hanging out without me)

Chalk this one up to neuroses confirmed: PAN is hosting a festival in New York and Boston from June 14 through June 29, and no one even texted me about it! It’s not like I’m hurt or anything. I’m just sitting here at home, all alone, catching up on Homeland and eating literal buckets of yogurt, sobbing occasionally. The event is called PAN_ACT, and it’ll feature a whole array of performances, talks, and art installations, all curated to explore “parallel strategies in conceptual art, underground dance, and experimental music.” Ugh. I could totally show you all a text message right now from like two months ago when PAN’s head honcho Bill Kouligas was all like, “Dude, exploring parallel strategies in conceptual art is totally our thing.” Now he’s not even responding to my Gchats.

Moment of blazing honesty: the lineup for this event is good enough to make me cry tears so big and earnest that they would tunnel all the way down to the fruit at the bottom of this yogurt cup. For starters, you’ve got the pioneering minimalist composer Catherine Christer Hennix who will open the festival on the 14th with an installation in the ISSUE Project Room. Then on the 18th, she’ll give a talk, and on the 19th, she’ll perform at the closing of her installation. And that only scratches the surface! Throughout the length of the event, artists like Thomas Brinkmann, Rene Hell, Eli Keszler, Jar Moff, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Ben Vida, Rashad Becker, Laurel Halo, and Kouligas himself will perform. All in all, the fest features 16 events across multiple venues, and it’s making me very emotional.

For more details and to purchase tickets starting May 20, visit the ISSUE Project Room Site. Be forewarned, however, since there’s no telling what sort of emotional domino effect the page may initiate in you. Me, I only just managed to pull myself out of a 12-hour cycle of weeping and gnashing of teeth that has converted my molars into worthless stubs. The doctor says I’ll probably have to eat through a straw for the rest of my life, which is actually pretty okay with me, since I LOVE milkshakes.

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Julianna Barwick to drop new LP Nepenthe in August, recorded in Iceland, a place of magic, Sigur Rós, and teen girl choirs

Julianna Barwick named her forthcoming release Nepenthe, after a drug in Greek mythology that erased all memory of grief and sorrow. While Barwick was recording the album in Iceland, a family member passed away, and the name just sorta presented itself. The music on the album springs from that sense of moving from loss to hope, from pain to transcendence. And the story of Nepenthe’s birth is pretty much a Greek mythology-level tale itself… well, if your pantheon of gods includes Sigur Rós and instead of a quest for a gold fleece, your quest is to record an awesome new album.

It all began when Barwick received an email from artist and producer Alex Somers (Sigur Rós, Jónsi, Jónsi & Alex) inviting her to Reykjavík to record. “That was the fastest email I ever wrote: ‘Yes!’ Who would say no to that?” says Barwick. And so a dream team of Icelandic musicians was assembled, including múm guitarist Róbert Sturla Reynisson, string ensemble Amiina, and a chorus of teenage girls. The biggest inspiration for the album, however, was the total awesome weirdness of Iceland itself. Take it away, Julianna Barwick quote! “Your eyes can’t believe what they’re seeing. I walked home one night and got totally lost in Reykjavík. I ended up walking alongside the ocean — and it was glowing blue. It looked like it had a lamp underneath it.”

Dead Oceans will release Nepenthe on August 20. Barwick has a handful of concert dates before that, then a lengthy fall tour.

05.16.13 - Montclair, NJ - Welmont Theater*
06.18.13 - London, UK - Meltdown Festival
07.14.13 - Kingston, NY - BSP Lounge
08.28.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Feeerieen Festival
09.01.13 - North Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival
09.04.13 - Paris, France - Les 3 Baudets
09.05.13 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Night of the Unexpected
09.06.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Night of the Unexpected
09.07.13 - Vlieland, Netherlands - Into The Great Wide Open Festival
09.19.13 - Minneapolis, MN - The Entry
09.21.13 - Chicago, IL - Constellation
09.22.13 - Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
09.26.13 - Toronto, ON - Double Double Land
09.27.13 - Rochester, NY - Visual Studies Workshop Auditorium
09.28.13 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Fest
09.29.13 - Bloomington, IN – Russian Recording
10.01.13 - Pittsburgh, PA – VIA Festival at Andy Warhol Museum
10.02.13 - Asheville, NC - Apothecary
10.04.13 - New Orleans, LA - AllWays Lounge and Theatre
10.05.13 - Baton Rouge, LA - Mud and Water

*The Flaming Lips

Nepenthe tracklisting:

01. Offing
02. The Harbinger
03. One Half
04. Look Into Your Own Mind
05. Pyrrhic
06. Labyrinthine
07. Forever
08. Adventurer of the Family
09. Crystal Lake
10. Waving To You

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Groundislava is bringing along oOoOO on a US ToOoOOur, releasing a remix EP to kick it oOoOOff

It took a second to figure out exactly what Groundislava’s name meant. Only upon seeing the cover for his first album did the reference to the ubiquitous childhood game make sense. This is actually reflected in the music as well, if one listens with the right set of ears, which contrasts interestingly with the generally more adult subject matter and content of touring mate oOoOO. Perhaps that’s exactly what they were going for: a representation of the whole of human experience wrapped up in an electronic music show. Such a concert is a bold statement, definitely not the result of apophenia.

Perhaps the key to this enigmatic series of nine performances lies in Groundislava’s new remix EP, Treasure Chest. His choice to remix other more pop-oriented tracks, instead of making the compilation all about him, speaks to a “big picture” view. Choosing tracks to remix with names like “Wide Awake,” “Adorn,” and “Super Bass” definitely indicate that there is something else, some shady ulterior motivation, to this EP.

Oops. Hold on. Medication time.

So ummm, go see Groundislava and oOoOO when they come around. And check out the remix EP. What… what just happened?

Treasure Chest tracklisting:

01. Time Alone
02. Miguel “Adorn (Groundislava Cool Mix)”
03. Katy Perry “Wide Awake (Groundislava Cool Mix)”
04. Jamie Foxx & T-Pain “Blame It (Groundislava Cool Mix)”
05. Utada Hikaru “Sanctuary (Groundislava Cool Mix)”
06. Trey Songz & Drake “Successful (Groundislava Cool Mix)”
07. Supa Blanco “I Bet I Do (Groundislava Cool Mix)”
08. Nicki Minaj “Super Bass (Groundislava Cool Mix)”
09. Shlohmo “Ghosts pt. 2 (Groundislava Cool Mix)”
10. Errors “Relics (Groundislava Cool Mix)”
11. Kanye West ft. Jay-Z & Big Sean “Clique (Groundislava Cool Mix)”

05.16.13 - Red 7 - Austin, Texas
05.30.13 - Glasslands - Brooklyn, New York
06.01.13 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, Illinois
06.04.13 - Dim Mak - Hollywood, California
06.05.13 - El Corazon - Seattle, Washington
06.06.13 - Fortune Sound Club - Vancouver, British Columbia
06.07.13 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, Oregon
06.08.13 - Hi Fi Club - Calgary, Alberta
06.22.13 - Bounce Festival - Twain, California

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Ty Segall announces new LP, Sleeper, which is hopefully no indication of how exciting it will be!

I think I speak for all of us when I say this: it’s about freaking time, Ty! Fuck man, it’s like June almost, and you’re just now announcing your first album of 2013?? Shit, I almost got bored and started thinking about my “purpose in life” for a second! And God knows that’s not what I want to be thinking about. Ack. See? I just capitalized God!

Okay, so maybe we’re a little spoiled here. After all, last year we got so many albums from you that even TMT couldn’t review ‘em all (actually we could have, but we’ve been trying to ration our Foucault quotes until the recession lifts). But yo, EVEN STILL. We don’t want “excuses;” we just want content! So your new album is called SLEEPER and is out on LP, cassette, CD, and digital on August 20 via Drag City? Great. Awesome. Can’t wait to stream it. Now get to work on the next one. God, I can’t wait for that one…

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Google announces Google Play Music All Access, inciting Tron-esque laser bike fight over user base that wants everything for free

Waaaaayyy back in February, we sorta casually mentioned — in that off-hand manner you’ve come to love/expect from TMT — that Google was maybe almost possibly kinda hinting that they just might be launching a streaming music service similar to the likes of Spotify, Pandora, and whatever site your local tweens use to rip music off of YouTube.

Well, folks, we were right! You know how the saying goes: even a clock made out of weird mangled scrap metal is occasionally right if you interpret the facts charitably. As announced at Google’s I/O conference in San Francisco, it turns out the service is going to be called Google Play Music All Access, and it’ll come with a whole host of features like a personal library, music recommendations, and radio. It’ll be $9.99 a month, but if you sign up before June 30, that price will be reduced to $7.99, and everyone gets a free 30-day trial.

There’s been an exhausting amount of speculation flitting around the internet the last few days, some of which sounded legitimate and some of which did not (some dude on Twitter told me that the streaming service was going to involve actual robots coming to your house and futzing with your stereo for an hour before giving up and telling you to “Just call the damn Geek Squad”). According to The Verge, the streaming service will be based on licensing deals with Warner Music Group (which was already announced by The Financial Times earlier this year), Sony Music Entertainment, and Universal Music Group. The Wall Street Journal reports that YouTube has apparently been vying for licensing deals of its own because, you know, internet battles. Because of Google’s hulking girth, this new service will likely act as a throwing down of the gauntlet for companies like Spotify and Pandora. Not to mention for Apple, who recently delayed the release of their own streaming service.

No word yet on how the service will be integrated with Google Glass, though sources are still reiterating constantly that “Google Glass are literally the best way to pick up women at a bar ever, hands down, forever.”

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