Nils Frahm announces US tour in which he will play shows, fight with knives

Nils Frahm announces US tour in which he will play shows, fight with knives

As the old saying goes, you never know which men enjoy fighting other men to the death with knives. You think you know, but you have no idea (who derives pleasure from watching knife wounds drain a person of their life). For instance, one may assume they can pin down German composer and pianist Nils Frahm. Probably a classy guy, active in the arts scene. Attends between three and nine wine-and-cheese parties a year. Has not engaged in a backstreet knife battle, the outcome of which found him standing over the body of a 37-year-old construction worker, while the blood from Frahm’s own wounds dripped onto his unfortunate opponent. Well, you’d be mostly right, but you’d also be a little wrong.

Viewed through your lens of expectations, Frahm’s upcoming US tour seems innocuous enough. If you look closer, though, you will note that the pianist has booked himself in the top knife-fighting cities in the Western Hemisphere. Frahm, who is known for his technique of playing a grand or upright piano with one hand while simultaneously playing a synthesizer with the other hand, as well as his deadly “lightning stab” technique known to strike a victim with both the power and swiftness of a lightning bolt, will play a concert in each city, supported by labelmate Douglas Dare. After each of these concerts, Frahm will disappear into the city’s underground, only to reappear the next morning, bloodlust sated.

If you would like to know more about knives or are thinking of purchasing a knife yourself, please watch the new video for Nils Frahm’s “Says” first. The video contains no references to knives, but I think you will understand the deadly attraction of the knife afterwards. Visual artists Romain Assénat and Ana Silva created the video. Neither of these artists have ever fought with a knife.

Nils Frahm dates:

03.15.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater *
03.16.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
03.18.14 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door *
03.19.14 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios *
03.20.14 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl *
03.21.14 - Chicago, IL - Constellation *
03.23.14 - Montreal, QC - L’Astral *
03.25.14 - Boston, MA - David Friend Recital Hall *
03.26.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands *
03.27.14 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
03.28.14 - Bethesda, MD - The Mansion at Strathmore *
03.29.14 - Knoxville, TN - Big Ears Festival
07.20.14 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
10.29.14 - London, UK - Barbican

* Douglas Dare

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[Photo: Ryo Mitamura]

Helm releases new EP The Hollow Organ on PAN today; TMT pressures you to buy it

Well whaddaya know, PAN’s got a brand-spanking-new release out today from Helm called The Hollow Organ and I’m here to announce it. It’s almost like they’re a record label or something and I’m a guy whose job it is to jumble the words in their press releases around just enough to make it sound like it’s my own original writing. So, for example, this:

PAN presents four vital concrète incursions by nether field traveller Luke Younger a.k.a., Helm, marking his first transmissions since the studio rituals that birthed his highly acclaimed Impossible Symmetry and Silencer releases.

Becomes this:

PAN proffers four decisive asphalt penetrations by genital yard wanderer Helm, who also sometimes goes by the human name Luke Younger. These penetrations hearken his first communiqué since the praise and worship services that ejected headfirst into a cruel world his exceptionally renowned Impossible Symmetry and Silencer (TMT Review).

Get the picture? Well, The Hollow Organ is out now, and in addition to toeing a “deliberate line in the mud between [Helm’s] previous transgressions and a chokingly dank realization of his most untoward, paralytic sound” it also discretely hangs out around the border that separates his earlier infringements and a cough-inducingly clammy consummation of his most improprietous, incapacitated sonics. Check out “Analogues” from the release below, and, if you’re going to find yourself either in the United Kingdom or Greece next month, you can see Helm live at one of the several dates I’ve so considerately copy/pasted below. You’re welcome, by the way.

The Hollow Organ tracklisting:

01. Carrier
02. Analogues
03. Spiteful Jester
04. The Hollow Organ


02.21.14 - Manchester, UK - Islington Mill &
02.24.14 - Nottingham, UK - Chameleon ^
02.26.14 - London, UK - Cafe OTO %
02.28.14 - Athens, Greece - CAMP $

& Damien Dubrovnik, Basic House
^ Pain Jerk, Damien Dubrovnik
% Damien Dubrovnik, JFK
$ Dalglish, Mohammed

• Helm:
• PAN:

Efterklang announce mighty morphin’ final show in Denmark after which they will either cease to exist or evolve into extra-dimensional beings. Those are the only two possibilities.

It’s been a decade since Efterklang’s debut Tripper (TMT Review) and like a butterfly or an animorph, the Danish group has decided it’s time to “fundamentally change what it means to be Efterklang and how we operate, create and perform.” They’re planning to play “one final show to celebrate them all,” which, Lord of the Rings reference notwithstanding, actually sounds a lot more like “breaking up” than “changing shapes à la a popular young adult science fiction series” to me, but then again I guess they did tweet that this “is not the end,” (TMT Review). According to the NME, a spokesperson from 4AD (the band’s current label) said that the band will likely take a “lengthy break,” possibly followed by a return “under a different name in the future.”

The mighty morphin’ final show is planned for February 26 at Alsion Concert Hall in Sønderborg, Denmark. They’ll be joined by Thomas Husmer and Rune Mølgaard from the band’s original five-member lineup, as well as the local symphony Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester (conducted by Hans Ek) and girls choir. They’ll be playing songs from throughout their career, including many from the band’s early days that have never before been heard live. If you’d like a little more information about the performance, and you’d like for that information to be in Danish, you can click the link I’ll embed in the next sentence. Click here if you haven’t changed your mind about wanting more information. Tickets are available here.

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Afterhours persuades healthy transitions to a nocturnal lifestyle on upcoming Lowlife LP via Not Not Fun

If the majority of employers around the world hadn’t blindly submitted to the daytime fascism imposed by the sun, we as humans might more readily appreciate the tranquility that’s almost synonymous with the night. Actually, scratch that. More humans awake during the post-midnight hours would definitely have a ruinous effect on that tranquility, as retailers would quickly conform their operations to this newly-appreciated time of day. Silent neighborhood strolls would lose their appeal when insensitive passersby start indiscriminately shining their flashlights en masse, creating an artificial sun, of sorts, and eventually throwing off the elaborate processes of the entire global ecosystem! Don’t you tell me about science!

Less severe, artists like Los Angeles-based Nicholas Crozier Malkin a.k.a. Afterhours might lose a tiny bit of inspiration. Here he is. The photo is time-stamped to assure us of his nocturnal authority, and going even further on that front, he’ll be releasing his debut LP Lowlife on January 28 via Not Not Fun (who also released his Sleepwalker 12-inch in 2012). Afforded a preliminary listen, it’s already one of my early favorites of 2014, and while it certainly isn’t the darkest album to ever exist, neither is that the point, as much as creating a tone utterly congruous with a city (mostly) asleep. Genres traditionally associated with this feeling, such as a trip-hop and deep house, are somewhat prominently referenced, but a welcome variety prevents the album from falling firmly into either category. Additionally: reverberant piano? Will I ever not be into it?

Malkin also hosts a radio show on Sundays called “Field Recordings of the Afterhours.” Check it out here.

Lowlife tracklisting:

01. Spit at the Mirror
02. Sixty Forty
03. Lovesick
04. Outcome
05. Defragment #2
06. Night and Day

• Afterhours:
• Not Not Fun:

The Knife manage a few scattered dates around North America, shaking their habitual disgust for being around other people

You guys! Serious Art is fucking HARD.

How hard?

This hard:

04.11.14 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music Festival
04.15.14 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
04.18.14 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music Festival
04.21.14 - Denver, CO - Fillmore
04.23.14 - Chicago, IL - Aragon
04.25.14 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
04.26.14 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
04.28.14 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
04.30.14 - New York City, NY - Terminal 5

• The Knife:
• Mute:

[Photo: Ian Pearce]

Hobo Cubes to capture and encase your MIND, readies Apex Ideals LP on Debacle Records

Fabulous scientific breakthroughs are a regular feature of today’s technologically advanced (relative to the past) and advancing society, but in between all of the worthwhile, seemingly altruistic research being done, were you aware of our fully-fleshed capabilities as revivers of historical figures? I don’t mean in a zombie sense — because what would be the benefit of personally chastising Ronald Reagan if he was always trying to catch a gnaw? — but in the completely normal sense, albeit with slightly different motivations now that some time has passed. Francesco De Gallo… wait, they’re telling me that the 18th-century Spanish painter spelled his name slightly differently. Well. This guy’s cool too. C’mooon science.

Acknowledging the accuracy of referring to Apex Ideals as his debut LP, the Montreal-based De Gallo a.k.a. Hobo Cubes has certainly earned the “prolific” adjective over the past five years. At least a dozen cassettes and recorded collaborations, many of which were released through his own Hobo Cult label, have bolstered his musical persona as one of genuine complexity, borrows as he does from a variety of electronic sub-genres. De Gallo’s collaborations elsewhere have sometimes been more blatantly beat-oriented, but the music of Hobo Cubes tasks to envelop in a way that avoids the “ambient” label alone. It’s an abstract style that earned him a spot at Mutek last year, and one that is currently making me salivate. And I’m not even in the mood for salsa.

Apex Ideals comes out February 11. Here’s a neat excerpt reel:

Apex Ideals tracklisting:

01. Structures in Stasis
02. Fluidity
03. Subtle Sleep
04. Escape
05. Infatuation
06. Unit
07. Restless
08. Synchronicity
09. What Seemed to Be Nothing

• Hobo Cubes:
• Debacle:


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