Neurowear debuts brain-wave reading headphones at SXSW… one step closer to total automation

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In today’s “you know you’re getting old when…” story, Hypebot reports that a pair of headphones debuted at SXSW last week that selects music for you based on the brain waves you’re emitting. The same company that brought us those terrible cat ears that adjust position based on your brain waves, Neurowear, has advanced the technology in a seemingly more useful direction with its prototype Mico headphones. The headphones are not currently available for the public or for journalists to test, so it’s unclear how the headphones decide which tracks go with which brain waves, but this development seems right on trend given the growing prevalence of apps and widgets that ‘listen’ to you and report back accordingly. This type of technology, which is basically adding the smart-capabilities of the internet to everyday things, is estimated to be valued at $14.4 trillion according to Cisco, so look forward to a future where everything electronic in your life is lovingly reading your mind in the name of personalization. Magneto-style helmets will probably follow suit.

What I’m worried about is the possibility of these things recommending music that ‘matches’ my brain waves but that doesn’t sync up with what I actually want to listen to. It’ll be interesting to see how in line a device’s ability to select something for us is with our conscious desires. I doubt my mind is ever actively asking for something like Merzbow, but I still like that it’s an option. Will we lose the ability to ‘challenge’ ourselves with music (or anything taste-related for that matter) if the devices we interact with are only serving up what we want on some indirect, unconscious level? This is definitely a cool technology, but the possibility of becoming mindless by allowing our brain to connect directly to the world seems a bit too imminent. But ya, cool!

• Mico: http://micobyneurowear.com
• Neurowear: http://neurowear.com

Neurowear debuts brain-wave reading headphones at SXSW… one step closer to total automation

In today’s “you know you’re getting old when…” story, Hypebot reports that a pair of headphones debuted at SXSW last week that selects music for you based on the brain waves you’re emitting. The same company that brought us those terrible cat ears that adjust position based on your brain waves, Neurowear, has advanced the technology in a seemingly more useful direction with its prototype Mico headphones. The headphones are not currently available for the public or for journalists to test, so it’s unclear how the headphones decide which tracks go with which brain waves, but this development seems right on trend given the growing prevalence of apps and widgets that ‘listen’ to you and report back accordingly. This type of technology, which is basically adding the smart-capabilities of the internet to everyday things, is estimated to be valued at $14.4 trillion according to Cisco, so look forward to a future where everything electronic in your life is lovingly reading your mind in the name of personalization. Magneto-style helmets will probably follow suit.

What I’m worried about is the possibility of these things recommending music that ‘matches’ my brain waves but that doesn’t sync up with what I actually want to listen to. It’ll be interesting to see how in line a device’s ability to select something for us is with our conscious desires. I doubt my mind is ever actively asking for something like Merzbow, but I still like that it’s an option. Will we lose the ability to ‘challenge’ ourselves with music (or anything taste-related for that matter) if the devices we interact with are only serving up what we want on some indirect, unconscious level? This is definitely a cool technology, but the possibility of becoming mindless by allowing our brain to connect directly to the world seems a bit too imminent. But ya, cool!

• Mico: http://micobyneurowear.com
• Neurowear: http://neurowear.com

Coma ready In Technicolor, their first full-length on Kompakt, and a pending remedy to people who are actually comatose

It’s interesting to ponder the effects that geographical location ultimately has on a person’s musical state of being. Speaking personally, I grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, which means that a faint yet permanent go-go rhythm now soundtracks everything that I do. It’s most obvious when I’m practicing my strut in an open field somewhere, and most annoying when I’m fornicating. Have you tried thrusting to a go-go beat? It’s not sexy at all.

On the cooler side of things, Cologne-based electronic duo Coma (Georg Conrad & Marius Bubat) had the luxury of going through their formative years just as the now well-established label Kompakt was gaining a reputation. Rather than sit back and bask in the comfort of the label’s distinct, generally minimal techno sound, the two embraced their creative, newly sequencer-based aspirations and took to the stage.

Word then spread, contracts were signed, and EPs were released. On April 15, Coma will release their debut full length In Technicolor, to much enthusiasm from their label overseers. As a press release notes, “The duo have a fresh, new energy that captures the essence of the label’s signature sound but makes you feel like your hearing it for the first time all over again.” I find myself in full agreement with this statement after revisiting their contributions to the most recent Total editions, and after listening to the single “Hoooooray,” listenable for you, below.

In Technicolor tracklist:

01. Hoooooray
02. Maybach
03. Cycle
04. Les Dilettantes
05. Missing Piece
06. #
07. Out Of Control
08. My Orbit
09. The Great Escape
10. maximal MINIMAL
11. Scales
12. T.E.D.

• Coma: http://www.coma-music.de
• Kompakt: http://www.kompakt.fm

Atoms for Peace announce US tour in support of their other bands being crazy-famous already

Dude, have you heard the WORD?! It’s like Beatle-mania all over again or some shit! The rumor mill has been churning all morning about how Atoms for Peace — a capital B Band in an age of internet nobodies who needs NO FURTHER INTRODUCTION — are totally adding a giant fall run of US and Japanese tourdates to their already ca-razy schedule of (sophisticated-sounding!) “European tourdates”! And it’s all because, despite the tremendous odds stacked up against them by the music industry MAN, the response to their debut album has just been so over-the-top positive and insanely effusive and record-breakingly sensational and…

Oh wait, no, nevermind. Turns out it’s just because Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich, Flea, Joey Waronker, and Mauro Refosco are already famous dudes. (Well, okay. Everyone except for Mauro.) So, I guess… in that case, just please do as you’re told and on March 23 proceed to calmly purchase tickets at the following giant-ass buildings on the following date(s) appropriate to your geographic location:

07.06.13 - Paris, France - Zenith
07.09.13 - Antwerp, Belgium - Lotto Arena
07.10.13 - Munich, Germany - Zenith
07.12.13 - Trenčín, Slovakia - Pohoda Festival
07.13.13 - Novi Sad, Serbia - Exit Festival
07.16.13 - Rome, Italy - Rock in Roma @ Ippodromo delle Capannelle
07.17.13 - Milan, Italy - City Sound Festival @ Ippodromo del Galoppo
07.21.13 - Ferropolis, Germany - Melt Festival
07.24.13 - London, UK - Roundhouse
07.25.13 - London, UK - Roundhouse
07.26.13 - London, UK - Roundhouse
09.24.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Liacouras Center
09.27.13 - New York City, NY - Barclays Center
09.30.13 - Fairfax, VA - Patriot Center
10.02.13 - Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion
10.16.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
10.17.13 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
11.18.13 - Osaka, Japan - Zepp Namba
11.19.13 - Osaka, Japan - Zepp Namba
11.21.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Shinkiba Studio Coast
11.22.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Shinkiba Studio Coast
11.23.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Shinkiba Studio Coas

• Atoms for Peace: http://atomsforpeace.info
• XL: http://www.xlrecordings.com

Animal Collective postpone more tourdates; Avey Tare’s throat Hz!

Following last week’s announcement that they would be rescheduling a number of shows due to illness, Animal Collective have now stated that they will be postponing the remainder of their performances this March, citing a case of strep throat that was not treated soon enough. Avey Tare, the horse of the collective, made the following statement:

To all of the AC fans out there. I feel its best you hear it right from the horses mouth. It kills me to have to postpone all these shows and it’s something I could never even have imagined happening. I’m positive that we were as excited as you all to visit all of your towns and have a good time together. But because of the strain on my voice that’s being caused by an intense case of strep throat, I am unable to play any of these shows. Unfortunately, I wasn’t diagnosed soon enough and haven’t been able to kick this in the right amount of time.

Tare went on to whinny and stamp his feet while assuring listeners that the band was doing everything they could to reschedule the postponed dates as soon as possible, and that details about rescheduling will be released when they’re available. Then he took a sugar cube right out of my hand and galloped off toward the horizon, accompanied by a large panda, a bird with a long narrow beak, and a rock creature that looked more like a Pokémon than any animal I’d ever seen.

Tour opener, Dan Deacon, who is not an animal at all, and who is in fact an American male, had this to say on his Facebook page:

i’m sure many of you are upset and bummed out by this. i know exactly how you feel because i feel that way too, probably way more so. i’ve been looking forward to this tour for many months. i’ve never gone on a tour like this. i’ve always wanted to go on a tour like this. many of the shows would of been the biggest ones i’ve ever played in most of these cities. i’m not sure i’ll get an opportunity like this again and it a huge disappointment that tour had to unravel this way. but of course i support dave’s difficult choice to take time off for his health. i know first hand how stressful it can be to have be ill or in pain on the road and have to make the call to not do a show. its a choice no one wants to be faced with. i’m really glad we got to play a few shows on this tour. AC and their crew were super awesome and the show was a really solid one. I really hope we can make up as many of the shows as possible.

Tourdates:

03.18.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *
03.20.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant *
03.21.13 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theater *
03.22.13 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre *
03.23.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Depot *
03.24.13 - Boise, ID - Treefort Festival

05.22.13 - Nimes, France - Paloma
05.23.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
05.25.13 - London, UK - Field Day
05.27.13 - Amsterdam, Holland - Melkweg
05.28.13 - Brussels, Belgium - AB
05.29.13 - Paris, France - Trianon
06.7-09.13 - Randall’s Island, NY - Governors Ball
06.10.13 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
06.11.13 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
06.13-16.13 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
07.02.13 - Helsinki, Finland - The Circus
07.04.13 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival (Arena Stage)
07.06.13 - Gdynia, Poland - Open’er Festival (Tent Stage)
07.09.13 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
07.10.13 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Blues Fest
07.12.13 - Mariaville, NY - Camp Bisco
07.14.13 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07.15.13 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall
07.16.13 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
07.18.13 - Covington, KY - The Madison Theater
07.19.13 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works

* Dan Deacon

• Animal Collective: http://animalcollective.org
• Dan Deacon: http://www.dandeacon.com/

[Photo: J Caldwell and Alexis Stember]

Firefly Music Fest 2013: Kendrick Lamar, Dan Deacon, more to breathe musical life into Delaware

Have a mild form of insomnia? Someone with a penchant for ineffective (yet classic) home remedies might suggest counting sheep, but that same person would be remiss for not recommending a ruminative session on Delaware — that wonderful state, known for nothing or having nothing, supposedly. But really, how justified is the notion that Dullness and Delaware are more or less synonyms in the minds of many Americans? Not at all! Did you know they have music-listening humans there? Did you know that a collective of those music-listening humans started an annual festival called Firefly last year?

Yes, Firefly began last year in Dover and attendance was apparently such that it begat a second edition, set to take place June 21-23. The lineup veers toward the accessible end — particularly headliners Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and The Red Hot Chili Peppers — but there will also be some TMT-leaning artists there, like Public Enemy, Japandroids, Dan Deacon, Kendrick Lamar, and Toro y Moi. Others whom I’ll also mention: Grizzly Bear, Azealia Banks, Vampire Weekend, and Kishi Bashi.

Tickets are now available as a “Final 3 Day Pass,” at a cost of $258. Check out the full lineup here.

• Firefly Music Festival: http://fireflyfestival.com