Planet Mu releasing two new juke/footwork compilations with DJ Roc, DJ Rashad, and other people named DJ

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Record scratches. Jazz horns layered over the jitters and crashes of a drum machine. Deconstructed electro-pop that sounds as though it’s been beamed down from outer space.

What the fuck, right? When I think of electronic dance music, I usually think of video game beeps popping in between drum beats, not meticulously constructed clashes of style and history that occur at speeds I can hardly fathom. Planet Mu has shattered my assumptions to smithereens.

The electronic label will be further showcasing the wild variety of Chicago’s footwork producers (following the outstanding Flight Music by DJ Diamond and The Crack Capone by DJ Roc) with two upcoming releases: Bangs & Works Vol. 2 and the Ghettoteknitianz EP. The former, a follow-up to last year’s Bangs & Works Vol. 1, offers a glimpse of the myriad styles pulsing through the Chicago scene, cramming an entire galaxy of soul, hip-hop, pop, and jazz elements, and featuring not only the work of established producers such as DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, Traxman, DJ Roc, and DJ Clent, but also that of younger artists such as Jlin, Young Smoke, DJ MC, and DJ Rome. The latter focuses on a smaller group of producers but still shows the way such short tracks can somehow stretch back through music history and jump forward into a strange future at the same time. (There’s some insane dancing that goes along with all of this too.)

Bangs & Works Vol. 2 will see a November 7 release and Ghettoteknitianz October 10, but both are currently available for preorder on the Planet Mu website.

• Planet Mu: http://www.planet.mu

The Twilight Sad announce new album No One Can Ever Know, share a free track. This is rad.

This morning I woke up to sporadic drizzle and fog so thick I could hardly see the trees outside my window — probably weather The Twilight Sad would dig. The gloomy Scottish rockers just announced their third full-length album, No One Can Ever Know, following up their last one from way back in 2009, Forget the Night Ahead (TMT Review), and according to the band’s press release, “No One Can Ever Know marks a sonic shift for The Twilight Sad…with moments reminiscent of the most innovative offerings of Depeche Mode, The Cure, or even Nine Inch Nails.”

“Kill It In The Morning” is currently available as a free download on the band’s website, and the track certainly shows off this electro-goth direction. The first single, “Sick,” will see a November 15 digital release, and the LP is due out February 2012 on FatCat Records. Tracklist forthcoming.

• The Twilight Sad: http://thetwilightsad.com
• FatCat: http://fat-cat.co.uk

Absolutely Kosher Records halts production indefinitely

This sucks. Absolutely Kosher — the excellent off-center indie rock label formed in 1998 that fostered a hell of a lot of great 00s bands in their pre-stardom years (Frog Eyes, Xiu Xiu, Sunset Rubdown, The Wrens, The Mountain Goats) — is saying goodbye to record-making for the time being, due to financial bullshit. Label owner Cory Brown posted a statement about the decision on the label’s website:

After 13 years, Absolutely Kosher will cease to release records for the foreseeable future. We’ve got one more album to share with the world before scaling back the operation to just administer our catalog. It’s by a Canadian artist called Himalayan Bear and the album is called Hard Times. No, the irony isn’t lost on me.

We should’ve been celebrating the label’s bar mitzvah this year, but it’s not to be. I wish I could tell you there’s a grand plan, a new chapter waiting to be written, but the truth is, we’ve been struggling for years and the only thing on my plate right now is to eliminate our debts and rejuvenate my spirits. We’ve made all sorts of adaptive changes at the label over the last several years, many of them yielding some positive results, but none at the scale and speed we need them to be at.

I got the chance to briefly chat with Brown at a record fair a few years ago, and he came across as a really smart, nice dude, and the fact that the artists on Absolutely Kosher were never really bound by any contract says a lot about the label’s generosity. Here’s hoping things turn around for them soon.

• Absolutely Kosher: http://www.absolutelykosher.com

The Wire’s Adventures in Modern Music Series brings John Maus, Oneohtrix Point Never, Grouper, Peaking Lights to Chicago next week; how fast can you get here?

As a Chicagoan, I’ve got it easy. Pretty much every major or minor tour comes through here; big-ass fests are go-down blocks from my house annually; and I have plenty of shitty baseball teams on which to to take out my personal frustrations and shortcomings. So when I see a thing in the local press about London’s The Wire bringing their ninth annual Adventures in Modern Music series back to the Windy City for five days of “outsider sounds” at venues that I could throw a rock at from my street and hit with ease, I’m just like “oh, cool. Maybe I’ll go to that shit. As long as it doesn’t interfere with the Bears game… those fucking bums.”

But for anyone who doesn’t have my good fortune and can’t get enough glitches in their synths and synths in their glitches, I say get the hell over here right away. “Adventures in Modern Music: A Five Day Celebration of Outsider Sounds” kicks off next Wednesday (September 28) and runs through Sunday, October 2. It features a whole deep dish pizza-load of rare performances by all the experimental musicians you know and love if you read this bullshit website (including John Maus, Pelican, Ducktails, Grouper, Oval, Peaking Lights, Oneohtrix Point Never, Liturgy, Sun Araw, and more) performing non-bullshit sets at such bullshit-deterrent venues as The Empty Bottle, The Museum of Contemporary Art, and Heaven Gallery in the Wicker Park neighborhood. There’s even a movie screening or two and an oddball collaboration between lo-fi’s own Dirty Beaches and retro’s own Frankie Rose.

Tickets range from $15 to $20 a night, which really isn’t too bad when you consider that it would cost you like twice that much if the tickets were twice as expensive. Right?

AiMM schedule:

Wednesday, September 28 (The Empty Bottle)
- John Maus
- Liturgy
- Dirty Beaches & Frankie Rose
- Chandeliers

Thursday, September 29 (The Empty Bottle)
- Carlos Giffoni
- Grouper
- Starlicker
- Vockah Redu & The Cru

Friday, September 30 (The Museum of Contemporary Art)
- Oval
- Peaking Lights
- Plus a screening of collected visions from Deep Magic

Saturday, October 1 (Heaven Gallery)
- Sun Araw
- Oneohtrix Point Never
- Plus an edited screening of Staring into the Sun by Olivia Wyatt

Sunday, October 2 (The Empty Bottle)
- Pelican
- Dawn Golden & Rosy Cross
- Ducktails
- Nicholas Szczepanik

• Empty Bottle: http://www.emptybottle.com
• MCA: http://www.mcachicago.org
• Heaven Gallery: http://www.heavengallery.com

The Juan MacLean to release digital-only (and not necessarily new) album Everybody Get Close on DFA

Remix albums almost always receive a healthy dose of skepticism from me, to the point where I’d prefer to just completely ignore their existence in whatever artist’s catalog. I can probably count on a single hand the number of remix albums that I’ve actually enjoyed, and I attribute this fact to the inherent unoriginality associated with such releases. Compared to the experience of listening to an album of completely new material for the first time, they just aren’t the same. And it’s rare that they maintain a similar degree of stylistic consistency.

Now, if you share my self-righteous opinion, I’m sure you’ll be glad to hear that The Juan MacLean’s newest, digital-only album Everybody Get Close isn’t entirely remixes. Eight of the 11 tracks are either songs that appeared originally on the Find a Way EP (which was only previously available at Juan MacLean live shows), or previously released outtakes. So, you know, there’s still not really any new material on this album (to be released November 7), but at least fans won’t have to endure 40 minutes of variously attributed electronic pop incongruity. The title track is available for download here.

Also, it’s worth mentioning that John MacLean and bandmate Nancy Whang have begun work on a genuine 3rd LP for DFA, which is, as of now, unnamed. Presumably, the hope is that Everybody Get Close will tide you over in the meantime.

Everybody Get Close tracklisting:

01. Find a Way
02. Let’s Talk About Me
03. Human Disaster (Holmes Price Version)
04. Deviant Device
05. When I Am with You
06. Feel So Good
07. Happy House (Cut Copy Remix)
08. X2
09. The Robot
10. Human Disaster (Jee Day Remix)
11. Everybody Get Close

• The Juan MacLean: http://www.thejuanmaclean.com
• DFA: http://dfarecords.com

The National to tour North America in December, subject opening acts to hazing

The National have been touring behind 2010’s High Violet (TMT Review) on 4AD for what seems like forever now, and it turns out they’re not done yet! The band announced several US dates for the end of the year, including a week-long stint at the Beacon Theater in New York City — with a different opener each night!

These Stateside dates are welcome news to homegrown fans of the Brooklyn group, who have spent most of the year playing European festivals. Opening for The National is an impressive array of bands including The Walkmen, Wye Oak, Local Natives, Neko Case, The War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten, and So Percussion.

Dates:

11.06.11 - Singapore - Esplanade Concert Hall
11.09.11 - Tokyo, Japan - Duo
11.12.11 - Melbourne, Australia - Harvest Festival
11.13.11 - Sydney, Australia - Harvest Festival
11.15.11 - Adelaide, Australia - Thebarton Theatre *
11.17.11 - Perth, Australia - Metro City *
11.19.11 - Brisbane, Australia - Harvest Festival
11.29.11 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre #
11.30.11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre #
12.01.11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre #
12.03.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium #
12.04.11 - Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall !
12.06.11 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom #
12.08.11 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre ^
12.09.11 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre ^
12.12.11 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre &
12.13.11 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre %
12.14.11 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
12.15.11 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre $
12.16.11 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre @
12.17.11 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre

* The Walkmen
# Local Natives and Wye Oak
! Local Natives
^ Neko Case and Wye Oak
& The War on Drugs
% Sharon Van Etten
$ So Percussion
@ Wye Oak

• The National: http://www.americanmary.com
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com

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