Panda Bear announces May tourdates for North America; songs from forthcoming album debuted or your money back

Panda Bear announces May tourdates for North America; songs from forthcoming album debuted or your money back

Panda Bear! He ain’t quite like the others. Whatever your thoughts on Tomboy (TMT Review), the man made both Person Pitch (TMT Review) and Young Prayer (TMT Review) in the early-to-mid 2000s, two landmark pieces of music that send chills down my spine to this day.

So kiss the bling ring, youngins, because P. Bear has a new album on Domino Records brewing in the cauldron, and this May he’ll be testing out the “break-centric” material in a live setting. Starting in Austin, TX for Austin Psych Fest and then making stops along both Coasts, Noah Lennox will be playing a song from the new album, checking the facial expressions in the front row, jotting down notes in a Moleskine journal, then repeating the process for another 45 minutes. Residents of Nagano, Japan can also see him at the Taico Club Festival on May 31, where the 10 trial runs earlier in the month will culminate in a performance literally impossible to not smile through. Dare you to try!


05.02-04.14 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest
05.16.14 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club #
05.17.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer #
05.18.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw *
05.20.14 - Toronto, ON - Opera House %
05.21.14 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall %
05.22.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore $
05.24.14 - George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
05.26.14 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy and Harriet’s $
05.27.14 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey $
05.31.14 - Nagano, Japan - Taico Club Festival

# Regal Degal
% DJ Dog Dick
$ Peaking Lights
* Dâm-Funk, Torn Hawk

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• Domino:

[Photo: Faith Silva]

RVNG unearth K. Leimer’s A Period of Review (Original Recordings: 1975-1983), an early electronic gem from the Pacific Northwest

So, Seattle was the birthplace of grunge music and is currently home to hip-hop sensation and unofficial undercut spokesperson, Macklemore. But regardless of the local enthusiasm surrounding those two aspects of Seattle culture, let’s not forget the obvious: there are some Seattleites who despise grunge music and who passive aggressively voice their disapproval with Macklemore by growing a fro and temporarily joining the WBC. They’re rare, but such people so exist!

Kerry Leimer isn’t quite one of them, considering the inception of his Palace of Lights label preceded the Sub Pop-pioneering by about eight years, but let’s take a moment to appreciate his historical, mildly nonconformist behavior nonetheless. When the underground clubs and record stores of the PNW were enjoying and anticipating developments in punk and new wave, Leimer, who moved to Seattle with his family in 1967, was instead corralling the necessary equipment to mimic the ambience of Cluster and Eno, who were/are notable influences. Palace of Lights served as the dedicated outlet by which the self-taught Leimer released his recorded work from 1979-1983, but diving even further into kosmische obscurity is the content contained within the upcoming release A Period of Review (Original Recordings: 1975 - 1983), to be released via RVNG Intl. on May 13.

That stuff’s even less well-known! And I might’ve revealed everything you really need to know about it. Unlike the hopeless Kafka protagonist for whom Leimer’s abbreviated name deliberately references, you’re in a relatively straightforward position here. If you’re into the latter end of early electronic and ambient music, this release’ll be worth your time. Check the track below:

A Period of Review (Original Recordings: 1975 - 1983) tracklisting:

01. Ceylon
02. My Timid Desires
03. From a Common Center
04. Explanation of Terms
05. From One to Ten
06. Entr’acte
07. Bump in the Night
08. (aka accident)
09. Facing East
10. At Daybreak
11. A Spiritual Life
12. Honey to Ashes
13. Stop It!
14. Two Voices
15. Lonely Boy
16. Practical Demonstration
17. Commercial
18. Gisella
19. Archie’s Dub
20. Ikumi
21. Reassurances
22. Assemble and Diffuse
23. Eno’s Aviary
24. Almost Chinese
25. Agfa / Lupa
26. The Phonic Chasm (feat. Dawn Seago) (Excerpt)
27. Acquiescence
28. Malaise
29. All Sad Days
30. Porcelain (feat. Nancy Estle)

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• RVNG Intl.:

Wu-Tang Clan challenge pirates with the “release” of single-copy LP priced “in the millions”

Don’t call this a publicity stunt. Don’t call this a publicity stunt. Don’t call this a publicity stunt. I was about to theorize on the likelihood of this working for any artist at any point in their career, but then I was left with the befuddling question of what Wu-Tang are trying accomplish in the first place. Unfortunately, RZA’s comments on the subject do little to personally satisfy or convince:

We’re about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before… We’re about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music. We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like having the scepter of an Egyptian king.

Because why not assign an arbitrary value to your as-yet unpropagated piece of art while essentially comparing your cultural significance to the historical importance of a royal figure who was alive thousands of years ago?! The fuckin’ nads on these guys.

Recorded over the past few years but more or less in the works since the recruitment of the album’s primary producer Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh back in 1997, The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin will initially, presumably, make the rounds at museums, galleries, and festivals. Those wishing to listen to the 128-minute, 31-track double album will be able to do so for a price, “likely in the $30-$50 range,” and only after submission to security measures meant to prevent any type of third-party recording. “One leak of this thing nullifies the entire concept,” notes Cilvaringz, possibly underestimating the ingenuity of preempting music lovers.

So the plan entails, following the album’s tour, the single copy housed in an appropriately Wu-like ancient-looking silver container will be made available for purchase, with a price assuredly “in the millions.” The point, says RZA, is to remind people of the apparently inherent value of music as art, in a world where the ease of copying and distribution has, in his mind, led to it being very nearly “given away for free.” “I know it sounds crazy,” says Cilvaringz. “It might totally flop, and we might be completely ridiculed. But the essence and core of our ideas is to inspire creation and originality and debate, and save the music album from dying.”

If everything goes without a hitch, it’ll be an interesting case study of the value, monetary and otherwise, that we often place on rarity. But beyond that, I think most of us will only be concerned with one thing: is the music any good?

Read the original Forbes article for more details.

• Wu-Tang Clan:

Hyperdub releasing four new compilations, throwing parties way cooler than whatever you did for your 10th birthday

10 years of Hyperdub! Can you even believe it? Fans of moody electronic music have been alternately wallowing in deep, atmospheric depression and getting all jacked up and weird on the dancefloor for 10 whole years. Such is the legacy of London’s Hyperdub, the label that brought us works from such luminaries as Burial, Laurel Halo, Hype Williams, The Bug, and Kode9.

To celebrate, Hyperdub is throwing its fans across Europe a bunch of insane parties, starting with an April date in Glasgow featuring Kode9, Ikonika, Scratcha DVA, and Terror Danjah, and culminating in a three-room dancefloor spectacular at London’s Fabric at the end of May. Plus the label is releasing a series of four compilations, starting with the May 19 release of Hyperdub 10.1, a double CD focusing on the label’s more grimey and booty-shakin’ artists and featuring new material from the likes of Kode9 & The Spaceape, Quarta 330 and DJ Rashad, Kyle Hall, Kuedo, Mala, and the Teklife crew. The label will also release a run of single- and multi-artist EPs based around the artist lineup on the CD (as they did for the five-year celebration). Plus, more tour dates to come!

Hyperdub 10.1 tracklist:

Disc 1
01. DVA, “Mad Hatter”
02. Kyle Hall, “Girl U So Strong”
03. Mala, “Expected”
04. Kuedo, “Mtzpn”
05. Kode9, “Xingfu Lu” (Helix Remix)
06. Morgan Zarate, “Kaytsu”
07. Flowdan, “Ambush” (produced by Footsie)
08. Taso & Djunya, “Only the Strong Will Survive”
09. DJ Spinn, “All My Teklife”
10. DJ Taye, “Get Em Up”
11. DJ Earl, “I’m Gonna Get You”
12. Heavee, “Icemaster”
13. DJ Rashad & Gant-Man, “Acid Life”
14. DJ Earl, “Bombaklot” (feat. Rashad & Taye)
15. Kode9 & The Spaceape, “Chasing a Beast”
16. Quarta 330, “Hanabi”

Disc 2
01. Burial, “Spaceape” (feat. Spaceape)
02. Cooly G, “It’s Serious” (feat. Karizma)
03. Champion, “Bowsers Castle”
04. DVA, “Natty”
05. Funkystepz, “Hurricane Riddim”
06. Ill Blu, “Clapper”
07. Walton, “Aggy”
08. Ikonika, “Idiot”
09. Kode9 & The Spaceape, “Am I”
10. Morgan Zarate, “Hookid”
11. Mark Pritchard, “Wind It Up” (feat. Om’mas Keith)
12. Terror Danjah, “Dark Crawler” (feat. Riko)
13. DOK, “East Coast”
14. Terror Danjah, “Bruzin VIP”
15. LV, “Sebenza” (feat. Okmalumkoolkat)
16. Kode9, “Xingfu Lu”
17. DJ Rashad, “Let It Go”


04.18.14 - Glasgow, UK - Glasgow School of Art *
05.16.14 - Milan, Italy - Dude Club @
05.17.14 - Rome, Italy - Warehouse @
05.23.14 - London, UK - Fabric #
06.13.14 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain $
06.14.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Be Cool %

* Kode9, Ikonika, Scratcha DVA, Terror Danjah

@ Kode9, Rashad & Spinn, Cooly G, Scratcha DVA

# Kode9, Flow Dan, Cooly G, Rashad & Spinn, Laurel Halo, Scratcha DVA, Ikonika, Okzharp, Mala, Fatima Al Qadiri, Terror Danjah & Riko, Morgan Zarate, Champion, Videeo & Nitetrax, Ossie, Ill Blu, Walton, Funkystepz

$ Kode9, Laurel Halo, Cooly G, Scratcha DVA, Kuedo, more TBA

% Kode9, Rashad & Spinn, Cooly G, Scratcha DVA, Ikonika

• Hyperdub:

Circulatory System announce new album Mosaics Within Mosaics, featuring Derek Almstead, Jeremy Barnes, Heather McIntosh, John Fernandes, AJ Griffin, Peter Erchick, and, oh yeah, Jeff Mangum

Circulatory System, the ongoing project led by Olivia Tremor Control member Will Cullen Hart, tend to keep a fairly low profile. They pop out an album roughly every, let’s say, five-to-eight years, they recede into the background a little, then once it’s that time again, they pop out a nice little psych-pop journey of an album. Having been five years since their 2009 record Signal Morning (TMT Review), it’s about time for a new Circulatory System record. Hence their new album, Mosaics Within Mosaics, out June 24 through Cloud Recordings, as reported by Pitchfork. That new nugget of Circulatory System gold will be out on digital, CD, and, for the fancy, a limited 1000-copy run on vinyl. Take a quick listen to one of the records 31 tracks, “If You Think About It Now,” on SoundCloud.

As Circulatory System tend to keep a fluid lineup of Elephant 6 associates in the orbit of Hart, it’s worth noting who was involved in the making of Mosaics Within Mosaics. The record was assembled by Derek Almstead of Faster Circuits. Overdubs on the record were done by Jeremy Barnes of Neutral Milk Hotel, John Fernandes of Dream Boat, Heather McIntosh of The Instruments, AJ Griffin of Laminated Cat, and Peter Erchick of Pipes You See, Pipes You Don’t.

Also, Jeff Mangum played on it.

Also, Circulatory System will be touring with Neutral Milk Hotel this July. Jeff Mangum plays in that band too.

Mosaics Within Mosaics tracklist:

01. Physical Mirage/Visible Magic
02. If You Think About It Now
03. No Risk
04. Just In Time To See You All
05. Neon Light
06. It’s Love
07. Mosaic # 1
08. Tiny Planes on Canvas
09. Mosaic # 2
10. When You’re Small
11. Do You Know What’s Real?
12. Over Dinner the Cardinal Spoke
13. Aerial View of a Heart (From Above)
14. There Is No Time but Now
15. Puffs of Cotton
16. The Reasons Before You Knew
17. Mosaic # 3
18. Mosaics Within Mosaics
19. Mosaic # 4
20. Open Up Your Lives
21. Mosaic # 5
22. Sounds That You’ve Never Heard
23. Stars and Molecules
24. Mosaic # 6
25. Mosaic # 7
26. Makes No Sense
27. Conclusions
28. Mosaic # 8
29. Bakery Spires
30. Night Falls
31. Elastic Empire Coronation

Circulatory System dates (all w/ Neutral Milk Hotel):

07.17.14 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
07.19.14 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.20.14 - Columbus, OH - Next @ Wex Fest at LC Pavilion
07.21.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for Performing Arts
07.22.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park Bandshell
07.23.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park Bandshell
07.25.14 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion

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• Cloud Recordings:

Fourth person dies from injuries sustained in the March 13 SXSW tragedy

We are very sad to report that a fourth person has died in the wake of the March 13 car crash at SXSW. According to Consequence of Sound, the fourth victim, 18-year-old De’Andre Tatum of Fort Worth, had been in a medically induced coma since the day of the accident. Tatum and his girlfriend Kartisha Davis had been walking together along Red River Street in Austin at the time of the accident, in which they were both severely injured. Davis has since fortunately been released from the hospital, however Tatum passed away on Thursday. The driver of the vehicle is still in custody at the Travis County Jail.

Among the other three victims, Steven Craenmehr of the Netherlands and Jamie Ranae West of Austin were pronounced dead at the scene. The third victim, Sandy Le, passed away on March 17 in the hospital. As we’ve mentioned, Le was the good friend and roommate of our own writer E. Nagurney. If you would like to honor the memory of the victims of this tragedy, you can donate to the SXSW Cares Fund set up by the Austin Community Foundation, or to this Fundly campaign. Donations gathered by way of the Fundly campaign will go directly to Sandy Le’s family. Whether you’re able to donate or not, we ask that you keep all of the people connected to this thoroughly shitty ordeal, including the friends and families of these victims and the more than 20 other people who were injured, in your thoughts.

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• Sandy Le Fund: