Mykki Blanco reveals new EP, enormous tour, plans for world domination (last one already accomplished)

Mykki Blanco reveals new EP, enormous tour, plans for world domination (last one already accomplished)

Mykki Blanco was first brought to my attention when she opened for Death Grips on around the tail end of last year. After watching the videos for “Haze.Life.Boogie” and “Wavvy” and being floored by her live show (literally, I fell over), there was only one reasonable conclusion: Mykki Blanco has genuine talent. Even beyond the sexual politics, crossing, and glam image (all of which I love, by-the-by) you have some of the sickest, most creative, provocative, and smart raps currently in the game. Her flow puts wrinkles straight into your brain. Last year’s Cosmic Angel: Illuminati Prince/ss mixtape is so good it’s unfair; listening to it means being willing to let it take up residence in your head for life.

This puts some demanding expectations on Mykki Blanco’s upcoming Betty Rubble: The Initiation EP; it basically has to resonate around the same point of mind/body connection and also subvert enough expectations to remain interesting. Let’s draw back the curtain and gaze upon the newly minted video for “Feeling Special” to see how that works out.


Ah. Well then. Looks like Mykki has that shit on lock-down. Not that I ever really doubted her; the fact that her imminent EP is worth watching was obvious when the Supreme Cuts-produced “BUGGED OUT!!!” dropped a few weeks back. I mean, who can touch Mykki? The world is hers right now: sick new tracks off a new EP and oh, right, a world dominating international tour. That’s barely even hyperbole: this tour is gigantic and encircles the globe. Prepare to bow down to Ms. Blanco, “new world order mutha fucka follow pronto.”

Betty Rubble: The Initiation tracklisting:

01. Angry Birds
02. Crisp Clean
03. Feeling Special
04. Bugged Out
05. The Initiation
06. David Blaine Bitches
07. Ace Bougie Chick
08. Vienna


04.18.13 - St Louis, MO - The Demo
04.19.13 - Grinnell, IA - Grinnel College
04.20.13 - Oberlin, OH - Oberlin College
04.22.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04.23.13 - Detroit, MI - Magestic Café
04.24.13 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar
04.26.13 - Hamilton, ON - This Aint Hollywood
04.27.13 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
05.07.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Red Bull Music Academy
05.10.13 - Camber Sands, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties (TV on the Radio)
05.15.13 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast
05.16.13 - Manchester, UK - Islington Mill
05.18.13 - Berlin, Germany - Night + Day (Spreepark) #
05.21.13 - Nurnberg, Germany - Certain People (K4) $
05.24.13 - Bern, Switzerland - Club Bonsoir
05.25.13 - Paradiso, Netherlands - London Calling Festival
05.26.13 - Paris, France - Villette Sonique
05.29.13 - Graz, Austria - Spring Festival
05.31.13 - Prague, Czech Republic - Meet Factory
06.02.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Forbidden Fruit Festival
06.06.13 - Lisbon, Portugal - Lux
06.07.13 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Wilsonic Festival
06.08.13 - Rome, Italy - Circolo degli Artisti
06.10.13 - London, UK - Village Underground
06.13.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Sonar by Day
06.27.13 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
06.28.13 - Seattle, WA - Seattle Pride Fest (Chop Suey)
06.29.13 - Vancouver, BC - Celebrities Nightclub
06.30.13 - Portland, OR - Holocene
07.05.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Pitch festival
07.06.13 - Belfort, France - Les Eurockéennes
07.19.13 - Ferropolis, Germany - Melt Festival
07.20.13 - Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival
07.21.13 - London, UK - Lovebox Festival
07.27.13 - Hyères, France - Midi Festival
07.28.13 - Barcelos, Portugal - Milhoes de Festa
08.04.13 - Katowice, Poland - Off Festival
08.07.13 - Oslo, Norway - Oyanight
08.08.13 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Stay out West
08.09.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival
08.10.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Dockville Festival

# The xx
$ Tricky

• Mykki Blanco:

Bill Callahan emotes, “Hey everyone, I’m going on tour! It’s going to be amaaaaazingg!!”

Ruminating in Bill Callahan’s under-appreciated back catalog is one thing, but I imagine (and I have to, because the experience has so far eluded me) that hearing him in a live setting is a different low-frequency beast altogether. Here’s how I imagine it going: Callahan walks out on stage, grabs his guitar, and assumes his position in front of the microphone. Breathe in. The microphone and its stand shake in anticipation. “There grows… ” And everyone’s clothes have vibrated completely off their body, in what is only an initial display of baritone sexiness.

Living on the West Coast, it looks like I’ll have to continue removing my clothes manually for the time being, as Callahan has just announced a series of lives dates centered around the middle of the country — Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri… you know, that whole area. Check out the schedule in full below.


04.29.13 - Little Rock, AR - The White Water Tavern *
04.30.13 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s *
05.01.13 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In *
05.02.13 - Louisville, KY - Headliners *
05.03.13 - Nelsonville, OH - Stuart’s Opera House *
05.04.13 - Oberlin, OH - Dionysus Club (the ‘Sco) *
05.06.13 - Chicago, IL - Garfield Park Conservatory *
05.07.13 - Columbia, MO - Mojo’s *
05.08.13 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar *
05.09.13 - Norman, OK - The Opolis *
05.10.13 - Dallas, TX - The Prophet Bar *
05.11.13 - Austin, TX - Central Presbyterian Church *
06.01.13 - Rehoboth Beach, DE - Dogfish Head Brewing and Eats

* Flat Foot

• Bill Callahan:

Bill Orcutt and Chris Corsano are releasing an LP called The Raw and Cooked, and they’re making tacos to celebrate!

The Raw and the Cooked is not Bill Orcutt and Chris Corsano’s book of recipes involving apples, marzipan, and rainbow sprinkles, all of which require a miniature blender and an Easy-Bake Oven. The Raw and the Cooked is not an experiment in which Bill Orcutt tries all the possible ways to eat raw kale and Chris Corsano tries all the possible ways to eat cooked kale. The Raw and the Cooked is not a musical soap opera set in the kitchen of a brunch restaurant in which Bill Orcutt and Chris Corsano star.

The Raw and the Cooked is an LP that consists of 12 tracks that guitarist Bill Orcutt and drummer Chris Corsano recorded on tour during August and September of last year, in Brooklyn, Easthampton, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. It’s slated for a June 1 release of just 500 copies on Orcutt’s own Palilalia label, and before it drops, you can stream the first track below, which showcases the duo’s penchant for a sound that’s completely off the rails. Listen to it while you roast asparagus or slice strawberries or bake pie.

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Masaki Batoh lugs his Brain Pulse Music machine around on US tour

Masaki Batoh, he of legendary Japanese psych outfit Ghost, is bringing his Brain Pulse Music (TMT Review) project to the US for a series of live installations and performances starting a week from Friday (April 26). As we previously reported, Batoh set out to create music by directly tapping into human brain waves, cutting out the conscious self in order to access an individual’s true output. To do this, Batoh developed a machine to read brain waves and transmit them into sound. When the earthquake of 2011 hit Japan, though, the project morphed into something different altogether. As a practicing acupuncturist, Batoh noticed an increased level of stress and anxiety in his patients following the natural disaster and wanted to use his brain pulse machine to help. The resulting album that came out in February of last year was a combination of music resulting from Batoh’s unique ‘bio-electric procedure’ as well as a series of acoustic requiems that harken back to traditional prayer songs normally performed to appease gods once thought responsible for inflicting natural disasters upon the earth.

That’s all well and good, but how will this translate into a live show? The press release gives little info on what’s to come, but here’s hoping audience members will get the opportunity to volunteer to be hooked up to Batoh’s machine. The instructional video below explains how to use the machine, and it seems pretty straightforward as long as you can tap into your ‘Satori,’ or meditative state. The machine apparently blocks brain waves collected when a user is focused on materialistic endeavors, but works somewhat like an effects pedal once you’re mentally connected and get past the ‘gate.’ Even if volunteers aren’t involved, seeing Batoh use the machine to produce music should at least be a unique experience. As Batoh notes at the end of the video, come on out and, “Enjoy BPM.”


04.26.13 - Boulder, CO - ATLAS Institute Black Box
04.27.13 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest
04.28.13 - Oceanside, CA - Craftlab Gallery
04.30.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
05.02.13 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
05.05.13 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl
05.06.13 - Portland, OR - Star Theater
05.08.13 - Calgary, AB - Broken City
05.09.13 - Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
05.11.13 - Cedar Rapids, IA - CSPS
05.13.13 - New York, NY - Spectrum

• Masaki Batoh:
• Drag City:

ADULT. ready new album on Ghostly, explain the importance of spaying/neutering your pets

It’s nice when a band doesn’t record anything for oh, say, six years, because then when they finally DO release new material, you can open a story with a short yet exciting phrase like “ADULT. is back!”

So, you guys, ADULT. is back! The Detroit-based art techno duo have a new album in the works called The Way Things Fall, due May 14 on Ghostly International, their first since 2007’s Why Bother? ADULT.’s fifth album shows off a more structured, cohesive side (oOoOh COHESIVE) to the band’s sound, with lead track “Idle (Second Thoughts)” available to preview right here:

ADULT.’s Adam Lee Miller explains the group’s long musical hiatus: “After a long world tour, we totally burnt out. We decided we wanted to do something completely different.” He then explained that he and musical partner Nicola Kuperus started their very own traveling cat circus, touring the globe to teach schoolkids the importance of spaying and neutering pets. (The grand finale was a live surgery accompanied by throbbing Detroit techno. It changed a lot of lives.) No! Just kidding! What they did was make a series of films called The Three Graces Triptych and work on visual art projects and umm… “a major commercial building renovation.”

And so it was a mere caprice of fate that brought these two to the studio once more. Originally ADULT. had gone back to the lab again to record a 12-inch of the two new songs they’d performed at a 2012 appearance at the Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art. Then more music started coming, until the mighty gods of album creation joined together in unison and said, “Yea, let there be a new ADULT. album.” And the gods saw it was good. And there you have it. Cat surgery. Music gods. New ADULT. album.

The Way Things Fall tracklisting:

01. Heartbreak
02. Idle (Second Thoughts)
03. Tonight We Fall
04. New Frustration
05. Love Lies
06. At The End of It All
07. Nothing Lasts
08. A Day Like Forever
09. We Will Rest
10. Rise & Fall

• Ghostly:

ATP Iceland reveals its lineup exclusively to TMT and the rest of the internet; Nick Cave to headline

What’d I tell you last week, readers? Does ol’ Nobodaddy got your back or what? BAM: ATP Iceland reveals its complete lineup, and BAM: Tiny Mix Tapes recapitulates the news like freakin’ CLOCKWORK. In addition to bill-toppers Nick Cave, Chelsea Light Moving, The Fall, Thee Oh Sees, Deerhoof, and more, they’ve also confirmed that film director Jim Jarmusch will be DJ-ing some films (pretty literally; he’s picking movies to play all day) in “the festival cinema on one of the days.” Which one?? Better buy tickets for both days just to be sure!

Haha, just kidding. But no, seriously; the fest still takes place on Friday, June 28 - Saturday, June 29 in Keflavík, Iceland (at a former NATO base!), and tickets are available here in a couple of different packages. Hey, why don’t you go check ‘em out if you want? No, you totally can; it’s cool! We’re not jealous of your visiting other websites! Well, except maybe That guy’s such an asshole! Haha, just kidding. But no, seriously.

ATP Iceland lineup:

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Chelsea Light Moving
The Fall
The Notwist
Thee Oh Sees
Dead Skeletons
Valgeir Sigurðsson
Puzzle Muteson
Apparat Organ Quartet
Snorri Helgason

• All Tomorrow’s Parties:


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