Oren Ambarchi teams with Fire! for new Rune Grammofon double LP to appease the father of hypno-psych-jazz, by which I mean Oren’s dad.

Oren Ambarchi teams with Fire! for new Rune Grammofon double LP to appease the father of hypno-psych-jazz, by which I mean Oren's dad. http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-05-oren-ambarchi.jpg

You know those annoying TMT news stories in which the writer takes that obnoxious, hyperbolic tack of contrasting the fact that such-and-such artist is doing so many amazing projects right now with the other fact that you, the reader, are a loser and aren’t really amounting to much of anything by comparison??? Well, basically, they’re all Oren Ambarchi’s fault.

Like, seriously, this dude is everywhere at once. We literally just reported about his recent collab with Keiji Haino and Stephen O’Malley for an Editions Mego imprint yesterday. And now we find out that he’s releasing a CD/2xLP record with Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling, and Andreas Werliin of Fire! on the Rune Grammofon label? And I’m supposed to notget into the fact that the rest of us are fucking wastes of space by comparison? Come on. Listen to this shit: there are two separate double vinyl editions, one on regular black and one very limited white edition (only available from the label site) that they’re only pressing 100 copies of! Also, both double vinyl editions have a 23-minute track not on the CD, and the CD edition has an eight-minute track not on the LPs. This is all just too rad to not get angry about.

And listen to this shit from the label’s website: “As with Jim O’Rourke on the previous album this is not a mere guest appearance. Ambarchi is fully intergrated as a member making this a glorious monster of a record. With their heavy, hypnotic, psychedelic rock’n’jazz explorations they have carved out a monumental and different sound than any of the projects they are normally associated with.” Monumental? Different?? See, all I’ve really done today is slurp coffee, shuffle papers around to different areas of my desk, and sneak into Mr P’s office to eat his slice of antique cake from Louis XIV’s wedding! Oh, wait, and that last one didn’t even really happen to me! It’s just a fucking Seinfeld episode that I’m remembering as my own life. Well, this is just ducky.

• Oren Ambarchi: http://www.orenambarchi.com
• Fire!: http://matsgus.com/archives/category/groups/fire
• Rune Grammofon: http://www.runegrammofon.com

Keith Fullerton Whitman opens up with Occlusions LP, due out in June on Editions Mego

There’s a tendency among some to measure a man by his beard. When you apply that standard to musicians, idolization typically centers (or has centered, on the possibility that they have since trimmed or shaved) around two individuals — Sam Beam of Iron & Wine, and Will Oldham a.k.a. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. It’s probably not a coincidence that they both specialize in unadulterated folk either; beards capable of storing inanimate objects unfortunately aren’t a trademark of most genres. They certainly aren’t a trademark of electronic music.

But then again, neither are New Jerseyans, really. As an experimental/improvisational electronic musician, Keith Fullerton Whitman inspires some minor head-scratching with the fact that not only did he grow up in New Jersey, but he also, apparently, has an absurdly long beard. Actually, if you Google Image search it, it looks like he, at some point, decided to de-emphasize his mustache. So he looks Amish as well. He’s an Amish New Jerseyan with tremendous facial hair, who makes electronic music for the Austria-based label Editions Mego, and in the past, for Kranky and Planet Mu. I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in.

There. Now, here’s some more interesting and (this time) completely relevant information: on June 19, Whitman will be releasing Occlusions, a companion LP to Generators, which was released earlier this year. The album consists of two “freely improvised” tracks that were recorded live during two performances in France and The Netherlands in February. How were they recorded, you might ask? Through “the absolute cheapest means available to the consumer to do so” — a Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder, which you can purchase on Amazon for 95 bucks. I’ve never used it, so I can’t vouch for its quality, but apparently the recordings “sound fantastic.” I admit to being curious now, even if the recordings end up sounding horrible. Check out the album’s official page here.

Occlusions tracklisting:

A. Occlusion (Rue de Bitche)
B. Occlusion (Weteringschans)

• Keith Fullerton Whitman: http://keithfullertonwhitman.com
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com

RIP: Lloyd Brevett of The Skatalites

From Exclaim!:

Lloyd Brevett, founding bassist of legendary ska outfit the Skatalites, passed away earlier this morning (May 3) at Andrews Memorial Hospital in St. Andrew, Jamaica at the age of 80. Billboard reports that the musician had been in the hospital receiving treatment following a stroke and a series of seizures.

A recent report from the Jamaica Observer newspaper found close friend and former Columbia Records A&R person Maxine Stowe explaining that Brevett’s health had deteriorated considerably in recent months following the fatal February 26 shooting of his son Okeene near Brevett’s home in the Seaview Gardens area of St. Andrew. Okeene was returning home after accepting an award on his father’s behalf from the Jamaican recording Industry Association.

Brevett helped found the original lineup of the Skatalites in 1963, and the ten-person roster stayed together for 18 months. While they acted as a backup band on several pioneering ska recordings, the group also recorded a number of notable instrumentals on their own, including “Guns of Navarone” and “Eastern Standard Time.”

Beyond his tenure as the group’s upright bassist, Brevett also produced two Skatalites albums, 1975’s African Roots and 1976’s The Legendary Skatalites. The musician was honoured several times throughout his career, having been bestowed Jamaica’s Order of Distinction in October 2001 and the Silver Musgrave Medal for his contribution to music in October 2010.

• Lloyd Brevett: http://www.skatalites.com

Keiji Haino, Oren Ambarchi, and Stephen O’Malley releasing album; this title shorter than any of the song titles on said album

If I had to pick the one guy who likes to collaborate the most, I’d have to pick Keiji Haino. A quick glance at the portion of his discography listed with his name plus at least one other artist includes outings with: Peter Brotzmann, Loren Connors, Shoji Hano, Tatsuya Yoshida, Barre Phillips, Derek Bailey, Boris, Alan Licht, KK Null, Coil, Thurston Moore, My Cat Is an Alien, Tony Conrad, Pan Sonic, and most recently, Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi, among quite a few others. And that’s to say nothing of Haino’s solo albums and works with his various bands (Fushitsusha, Purple Trap, to name but two). The man is serious about releasing a lot of music, so it’s no surprise that another collaborative effort is on the horizon.

Following two albums featuring the Haino / Ambarchi / O’Rourke lineup (Tima Formosa; TMT Review, and Imikuzishi; TMT Review), The Wire is reporting that Haino and Ambarchi have swapped out Japanese homebody Jim O’Rourke with another O’musician: drone bassist Stephen O’Malley (of sunn 0)))). O’Malley will take on bass duties (duh), while Haino will wail on guitar, play synth, and “sing,” leaving Ambarchi to play the battery (with the definition of this as a music instrument yet to be determined).

The record will be titled Nazoranai and will be released on O’Malley’s micro-Mego label, Ideologic Organ on July 3. Haino likes to keep song titles simple, and the tracks on this release are no different. The album will be issued as regular old CD and, for twice the fun, as a double LP (which will contain the same amount of music… [sad trombone noise]).

Nazoranai tracklisting:

01. feel the ultimate joy towards the resolve of pillar being shattered within you again and again and again
02. not a joy to come closer but so-called a sacred insanity has finally appeared
03. getting a bit blurry, brush up your cartel and devote it to something
04. not to leave everything to the light outside of you but to be aware of the prayer “what do i want to do?” that exists inside of you, and let that go out of you as a light, or things might get worse, no?

• Keiji Haino: http://www.fushitsusha.com
• Oren Ambarchi: http://www.orenambarchi.com
• Stephen O’Malley: http://www.ideologic.org
• Ideologic Organ: http://editionsmego.com/releases/ideologic-organ

Explosions in the Sky announce last leg of US tour, their first leg paralyzed from too many crescendos

“Explosions in the Sky” — simply the name of a band, or a not-so-subtle indication of the Austin quartet’s penchant for (as yet, unachieved) airborne terrorism? I think I recall seeing them live for the first time prior to the release of All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone (TMT Review). Obviously, given the epic (I hate using that word, by the way, but it’s fitting) nature of their previous albums, and given the fact that their following was but a fraction of what it is now, I expected an experience to remember. And it was. But now they appear to be touring suspiciously often. They were in my town last summer. They’ll be in my town this summer. They’ll be in your town… probably when you least expect it, at around dusk, and invite themselves into your house. They’ll intentionally rummage through your carefully organized sock drawers. Are they touring, or scouting for vulnerabilities in our national security?

Who the hell cares? Given the thoroughly enjoyable nature of their discography, can’t we forgive whatever terrorist sympathies they harbor? Sure we can. After all, over the past year, they’ve headlined at such prestigious venues as New York’s Radio City Music Hall and London’s Brixton Academy. In their just announced final leg of US tour dates, they’ll be performing their first show ever at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium. These guys are capitalists. They’re embodiments of the American Dream. Now lull us with your emotional guitar-playing, or somebody’s calling the cops.

Dates:

05.25.12 - George, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
06.17.12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live #
06.18.12 - Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen Music Hall #
06.19.12 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Ybor #
06.20.12 - Miami, FL - Grand Central #
06.21.12 - Athens, GA - The Georgia Theatre #
06.22.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater #
06.24.12 - Randall’s Island, New York, NY - Governors Ball Music Festival
06.25.12 - Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant St. #
06.26.12 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre #
06.27.12 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium #

# Zammuto

• Explosions in the Sky: http://www.explosionsinthesky.com
• Temporary Residence Limited: http://temporaryresidence.com

Big K.R.I.T. to release Live from the Underground full-length while I continue to ride his coattails because we’re from the same state

Guys, Big K.R.I.T. is from the same state as I am! Mississippi! He’s from Meridian! I’m from Hattiesburg! We were growing up roughly 100 miles away from each other! With this information in place, we are clearly the best of friends. Sure, he’s an increasingly successful rapper/producer, while I only write news for the greatest music website in the world. That doesn’t mean we can’t hang out all the time and drink beers and have laughs. We do these things.

Last time we were hanging out, having a Beer ‘n’ Bellows™ session, Big K.R.I.T. let me know that his new album, Live from the Underground, was coming out this June through Def Jam. He also told FACT Magazine, because FACT Magazine is always butting into our buddy time, even though THEY’RE NOT OUR FRIEND. You hear that, FACT Magazine! Ugh. The worst, but I guess they’re alright. Anyway, my best friend told me that the record is “a representation of how I feel about underground vs mainstream music.” I told him that I write my Tiny Mix Tapes stories by “usually coming up with a dumb pun, then I dunno.”

• Big K.R.I.T.: http://bigkrit.com
• Def Jam: http://www.defjam.com

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