Pere Ubu announce string of European dates, because America just wouldn’t get it

Pere Ubu announce string of European dates, because America just wouldn't get it

In case you didn’t hear the news, legendary Cleveland band Pere Ubu have a new album called Carnival of Souls coming out on September 8 via Fire Records. They’ve already put out videos for two new tracks, “Road to Utah” and “Irene.” And now they’ve got a tour all set up for November. Great news right? Can’t wait to get out there and see The Ub (that’s my cool nickname for them, The Ub, I’m sure Dave Thomas would love it)?

Well not so fast there, because unless you’re in Europe you’re shit out of luck. They’ll be in France, they’ll be in Britain, they’ll be in Scotland, they’ll be in Spain, but they won’t be in your little backwater Podunk, no sir. Let’s face facts though, if you’re not in Europe you probably don’t really have the capacity to appreciate what The Ub are going for. You think you do, but you don’t. And you might say, “Fine, I don’t know if I ‘get it’ or whatever, but I enjoy the music and shouldn’t that be enough?” But that’s okay, we all ask stupid questions sometimes. We just have to face facts that us non-Europeans can’t fully grasp the subtle, refined art of The Ub.

Tour dates:

09.12.14 - Paris France - L’Etrange Festival, Forum des Images Underscore to Carnival of Souls
11.12.14 - Leicester, UK - The Musician
11.13.14 - Swansea, UK - The Scene
11.14.14 - Tunbridge Wells, UK - The Forum
11.15.14 - Manchester, UK - Band on the Wall
11.16.14 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece
11.17.14 - Cambridge, UK - The Junction
11.18.14 - Edinburgh, UK - Voodoo Rooms
11.19.14 - Glasgow, UK - CCA
11.20.14 - New Brighton (Wirral, Merseyside), UK - Floral Pavilion
11.21.14 - Leeds, UK - The Brudenell
11.22.14 - London, UK - Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
11.23.14 - Brighton, UK - Duke of York’s Cinema, Brighton Film Festival, Underscore to Roger Corman’s The Man With X Ray Eyes
11.24.14 - Gateshead, UK - The Sage in Hall 2
11.27.14 - Victoria (Basque), Spain - Jimmy Jazz
11.28.14 - Barcelona, Spain - La 2 Apolo
11.29.14 - Madrid, Spain - El Sol
11.30.14 - Valencia, Spain - 16 Tonelades

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Drum & Bass legend Roni Size proves himself a man of all sizes, releasing small EP and big album in August

Drum & Bass elder/innovator Roni Size has announced two new releases for his soon-to-be-launched label Mansion Sounds. The first, an EP titled Size Matters (come on Roni), will arrive August 18. The second, a full album called Take Kontrol, will drop August 25. Take Kontrol will be Roni Size’s first new album since Return to V, which was released nearly a decade ago.

Size Matters will consist of select cuts from Take Kontrol, and Take Control will consist of “dancefloor cuts for the heads.” Thusly, Size Matters will also consist of “dancefloor cuts for the heads.” A 16-track version of the album will be released on CD and digital formats, but iTunes has a special 25-track version that also includes a DJ mix. You can pre-order the EP here, the standard album here, and the deluxe version here.

It should be noted that Roni Size is not always just “Roni-Size.” Many of his most popular tracks, including the classic “Brown Paper Bag,” were recorded with his band Reprazent — one of the first to ride the sometimes-famous, sometimes-infamous “live Drum & Bass” wave of the 90s. Look at this guy!

Neither Size Matters nor Take Kontrol will feature Reprazent, however. However, it has been announced that Reprazent will drop a new album in early 2015. But that’s all we know about that.

You should realize that a few tracks from Take Kontrol have been floating around the internet. Mixmag premiered “Made in Korea” earlier this month; Annie Mac of BBC Radio 1 played “Final Days” on her show; and the one, the only UKF bestowed “Power” upon us through their Drum & Bass channel. Size is also giving away a track called “Bite the Bullet (2014 remix)” for free on Facebook — if you sign onto a mailing list, that is.

Listen to “Brown Paper Bag” from Reprazent’s 1997 album New Forms below:

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Fog’s Andrew Broder plans new full-length for 2015, launches Kickstarter to fund it

As mysterious and ever-changing as the gray fog that hangs close to the damp earth, Andrew Broder’s Fog project rolls back in, thick as its pea-soup namesake, making the morning commute more than a little sketchy, and lending the process of me grabbing the trash can from the corner a little hint of always-welcome extra gravitas. What will reach forth to grab our ankles from the thick gray mush of humidity? Why, a Kickstarter of course!

Broder’s folky hip-hop-inflected Fog moniker has been on the shelf since 2007’s Ditherer (an album that featured the likes of Phil Elverum and WHY?’s Yoni Wolf), but if the Kickstarter futzing with the tender area just above our heels and talking a big game about different rewards for different levels of donations is to be believed, Broder will be back in the fall of 2015 with a brand new Fog full-length on Totally Gross National Product. No title yet or tracklist, but Broder has reportedly recruited producer Brian Joseph, who has worked on releases from Bon Iver, The Bowerbirds, and Colin Stetson. According to Broder, the album will pull back a bit from the more band-oriented arrangements of Ditherer into something a little looser and more abstract, more similar to his early work in the early 2000s. You know, like a throwback. Throwbacks really tickle the little history buff that’s camped out in my frontal lobe, if you know what I mean.

The Kickstarter campaign ends on August 12, and as of right now it’s a little less than two-thirds funded. If you’re not one of those people who gets so mad just thinking about Kickstarters that you want to punch a cute baby animal right in its stupid mouth, you can scope it out here. In conjunction with the campaign, Broder has released versions of two tracks that might make it on to the album in one form or another, one is an untitled demo that’s available over on the Kickstarter page, and the other, embedded below, is a stripped-down acoustic version of a song called “Turning Into You.” Give him your money! Or Don’t!

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Sir Richard Bishop announces first North American tour in nearly four years

Is sibling rivalry causing Sir Richard Bishop to announce tour dates not long after his brother, Alvarius B, also announced tour dates? Perhaps. But at least this is a sibling rivalry we can all benefit from, unlike, oh, I don’t know — a rivalry between Jeb and George W. Bush to see who can hold the most political offices? The animosity that exists between Noel and Liam Gallagher, or the Jackson family, or the Williams sisters? Yeah, a Sir Richard Bishop tour is much more mutually beneficial to the public than anything those other sibling rivalries have ever produced. Also, I guess you could argue that SRB and AB aren’t really rivals, since they spent all that time playing in Sun City Girls together. But I digress.

SRB has not graced most of the country with his presence in nearly four years, so now he’s hitting the Midwest, East Coast, and Canada. Guitarist Tashi Dorji will be joining him in every city. Thanks, sibling rivalry!

Dates (all w/ Tashi Dorji):

08.29.14 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook
08.30.14 - Asheville, NC - Transfigurations II Festival
08.31.14 - Nashville, TN - Emma’s Bistro
09.01.14 - Louisville, KY - Dreamland
09.02.14 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
09.03.14 - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes
09.04.14 - Toronto, ON - Geary Lane
09.05.14 - Montreal, QC - La Vitrola
09.06.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Issue Project Room

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Future Islands, Deafheaven, more to headline Downtown Festival in Minneapolis this September

Future Islands, Deafheaven, Russian Circles, Bear Hands, Nosaj Thing, Moon Boots, Turquoise Jeep, Cakes Da Killa, Stu Larsen, Hippo Campus, and MORE are set to take over Minneapolis’ Skyway Theatre for two unforgettable nights: September 26 and 27. The Minneapolis stop is the second out of five total downtown city areas that the tour will pass through this fall.

For more info on tickets and to keep up with line-ups in Minneapolis, as well as the other cool-enough-for-Downtown-Records downtowns (Cleveland, New York, Los Angeles, and Houston), click on over to

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Trust tour North America, share glorious Black Marble remix of “Capitol”

If Trust’s most recent album Joyland was a full-on “hands in the air,” “buying drugs from shady dudes in the bathroom” gothic rave, this new remix of “Capitol” is walking back to your car with your friends as the sun first starts coming up: life-affirming, yearning, and just achingly lovely. The dudes of Brooklyn coldwave band Black Marble have really done some dark magick on their remix of this one. Says Mr. Trust himself Robert Alfons: “I teared up when I first heard their re-work of my song. It’s feels like that huge rush that creeps in when summer is ending. I think they’ve done something really special here.” End of summer, end of night.

And although summer will technically be on its way out once mid-September rolls around, Trust will keep you warm when they tour North America. Starting off in McAllen, TX, Alfons and co. are on the road through October, when the tour winds down in their hometown of Toronto. You can bask in those last hazy moments of a glorious summer night by checking out the “Capitol (Black Marble Remix)” below (via BlackBook):


09.11.14 - McAllen, TX - Cine El Rey
09.12.14 - Austin, TX - Stargayzer Fest
09.18.14 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal
09.19.14 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
09.20.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Voyeur
09.21.14 - Columbus, OH - Skully’s
09.22.14 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
09.24.14 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
09.25.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
09.26.14 - Las Vegas, NV - Beauty Bar
09.27.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
09.28.14 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
09.30.14 - Portland, OR - Branx
10.01.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
10.03.14 - Calgary, AB - Saits The Gateway
10.04.14 - Edmonton, AB - Pawn Shop
10.05.14 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigos Cantina
10.07.14 - Winnipeg, MB - Union Sound Hall
10.09.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10.10.14 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall

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