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]

Greg Fox wants to Greg Fox himself all over your garden with his new plantable release Mitral Transmission

[Note: The story about Fox and Graves detailed in the first paragraph is 100% fiction.]

The other day Greg Fox (from Guardian Alien, ZS, Liturgy) was just walking down the street in Queens when some fellah popped out and said, “Hey, Mr. Fox, you wanna come to my basement lab?” Ignoring all prevailing wisdom re: how one ought to typically avoid going into peoples’ “basement labs,” Fox was all like, “Sure!” And so they went. Once in the basement lab, the fellah asked Fox, “Hey, Mr. Fox, you wanna let me hook this machine up to you and measure your heart and stuff?” And again, ignoring the fact that most folks you meet on the street who want to hook machines up to you are probably not being totally forthright about what exactly that machine does, Fox was all like, “Sure!” And thus Fox’s new solo record Mitral Transmission was born. It’s out February 18, and you can pre-order it here.

“What, Taylor? I think you skipped a few steps.” Okay, well, let’s back up. As it happens, that “fellah” was actually the legendary free jazz drumming pioneer and holistic healer Milford Graves (perhaps best known for his work with Paul Bley and the New York Art Quartet), and he and Greg Fox were already bros at the time of the basement lab incident. Also that sketchy-sounding machine was totally legit. Turns out it’s something Graves has been working on for some time now, based on “technology to generate music from the natural rhythms of the human heart.” Fox took the output from the machine in conjunction with specialized software to generate the score on which Mitral Transmission is based.

The record will be out on Data Garden, and it’ll come in a limited edition run of “200 plantable hand-made art prints,” as well as a digital download. Because “Digital files are easily lost by the impermanence of computing” and “Physical objects like CDs, tapes and records last far beyond their usability and possibly even our existence as a species,” Data Garden makes their releases plantable in an attempt to find a middle between the ease of digital and the desire for an “awesome physical object.”

Mitral Transmission tracklisting:

01. Kardia I
02. Kardia II
03. Its OK
04. Dance Performance

• Greg Fox:
• Data Garden:

Perfect Pussy announce debut LP for Captured Tracks, tour North America, get your work computer flagged

The sorta-I-guess-whatever-controversially-named Syracuse punk rockers Perfect Pussy have taken over the internet in such a short time that they are now the top web search results for like the first 10 or so pages. Not so Google images, my friends! (Shout out to the porn advertisement that comes up when you Google this shit that declares “This porn is insane! 100% free.” This porn is INSANE, guys.) And to think that this entire internet takeover happened with one simple self-released cassette-only EP, I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling. This cassette is INSANE, guys.

That crazy ol’ cassette caught the attention of Captured Tracks, who will release the band’s debut full-length, Say Yes to Love, on March 18. Until then, frontwoman Meredith Graves and co. will be touring the US and Canada throughout January and March, with stops at record stores! (Rough Trade New York) colleges! (Grinnell) and fascinating tiny art towns! (Marfa). Tour dates are lovingly presented below in a handy, easy-to-read format, so that your computer doesn’t get flagged by your company’s creepy tech guy.

Say Yes to Love tracklisting:

01. Driver
02. Bells
03. Big Stars
04. Work
05. Interference Fits
06. Dig
07. Advance Upon the Real
08. VII


01.17.14 - Birmingham, AL - Spring Street Firehouse
01.18.14 - Athens, GA - Warehouse (169 Tracy St)
01.19.14 - Chattanooga, TN - Sluggo’s
01.20.14 - Louisville, KY - Nachbar
01.21.14 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
01.22.14 - Chicago, IL - Schubas *
01.23.14 - Grinnell, IA - Gardner Lounge at Grinnell College
01.24.14 - Detroit, MI - Trumbullplex
01.25.14 - Toronto, ON - Silver Dollar
01.26.14 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
02.12.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade #
03.05.14 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class
03.07.14 - Memphis, TN - Buccaneer!
03.09.14 - Monterrey, MX - Festival NRML
03.10.14 - McAllen, TX - Galaxy Z Fair
03.11.14 - Houston, TX - Mango’s &
03.16.14 - Marfa, TX - Padre’s
03.17.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Wall Street @
03.18.14 - San Diego, CA - Che Cafe
03.20.14 - Los Angeles, CA - East 7th Street Warehouse
03.21.14 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
03.22.14 - Portland, OR - Slabtown
03.23.14 - Boise, ID - Treefort Music Festival
03.24.14 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project
03.25.14 - Vancouver, BC - Cobalt
03.27.14 - Calgary, AB - Lux Laundromat
03.28.14 - Regina, SK - German Club
03.29.14 - Winnipeg, MB - Dead Lobster
03.30.14 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry ^
04.02.14 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
04.03.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Shop

* Broken Prayer
# Total Slacker
! Ex Cult, OBN III’s
@ Gay Kiss
& Ex Hex, Connections
^ Condiminium

• Perfect Pussy:
• Captured Tracks:

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

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