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

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

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.

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sunn 0))) to reissue second album ØØ Void on Southern Lord, just in time for a life spent in eternal hellfire

If you’re like me and you’re already preparing your playlist in gleeful anticipation of the 2012 Apocalypse, then you’ll be delighted to hear that universally-recognized harbingers of doom sunn 0))) will be reissuing their second album ØØ Void November 22 on Southern Lord. The album, originally released through Hydra Head in 2000, has since only received one limited reissue via Daymare Records of Japan in 2008. As such, worshippers of the Seattle-based drone duo have more than likely had somewhat of a difficult time getting their hands on a physical copy of this album. No longer.

In addition to the core guitarists, Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson, ØØ Void also features Stuart Dahlquist (Burning Witch, Goatsnake) on bass, and contributions from Petra Haden (Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, The Decemberists) on violin and vocals. Similarly, while the two-disc Daymare release offered a killer collaboration with Nurse with Wound, the folks at Southern Lord are unfortunately not nearly as generous with their gratuities. This 2011 reissue just features redesigned artwork by Stephen Kasner and a layout by Stephen O’Malley. Here are some European sunn 0))) tourdates to make up for it.

09.26.11 - Dresden, Germany - Beatpol
09.27.11 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Jubez
09.28.11 - Fribourg, Switzerland - Fri-son
09.29.11 - Torino, Italy - Carceri
09.30.11 - Rome, Italy - Circolo Degli Artisti
10.01.11 - Cortemaggiore, Italy - Fillmore
10.02.11 - Essen, Germany - Denovali Swingfest

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Bhob Rainey’s BSC to release Manual book/album in late October — if you read this article

Celebrated saxophonist and improviser Bhob Rainey (nmperign) has announced a new album and book release by his eight-member electroacoustic ensemble, The BSC. The album/book Manual will focus on the improvisational nature of The BSC, both within the musical group and outside The BSC, including topics “ranging from genealogy to architecture, the boundaries of sense to the benefits of failure, flows of energy to bouts of guilt,” according to the press release.

The album is comprised of three extended improvisations over the course of six years for The BSC (Bhob Rainey, Mike Bullock, James Coleman, Chris Cooper, Greg Kelley, Vic Rawlings, Howard Stelzer, and Liz Tonne), each significantly unique and showcasing the variety of the ensemble’s talents. The book consists of contributions ranging from analytic evaluations on improvisation to prose poetry from five writers: BSC bassist Mike Bullock, Cornell University classicist Aaron P. Tate, Galaxie 500 alum Damon Krukowski, percussionist Ben Hall, and BSC founder and front man Bhob Rainey.

The release date is still to be determined, but Manual has a rumored arrival in late October.

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RIP: Vesta Williams, R&B singer

From The Huffington Post:

Vesta Williams, the 80’s diva known for her powerful voice, was found dead in her California hotel room last night, according to reports. Though news sources have reported the singer was 48 years old, Williams can be seen in a 2010 interview saying she was 53.

Williams scored a big hit with “Congratulations,” a song about a woman who is distraught upon learning that her former lover is getting married. “Congratulations,” with its vocal acrobatics and dramatic story, became a talent show staple.

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Facebook announces real-time music discovery feature, only no one can find it ‘cause now the feed’s all janky

September 22, 2011. A day that shall live in infamy? Nope. The day Skynet became aware? Probably not. The day the internet changed the way Mr P thinks about muffins? Sorry, already happened with Google Buzz. The day after tomorrow? Come on, dude, no. September 22 is clearly famous for being the day that Facebook announced, after months of swirly-dwirly hypnagogic fever-dream rumors, the details of how its new music piddly little music feature thingy will work. Here’s a hint: it involves sharing the music you listen to online.

As you may have noticed and had a subsequent knee-jerk negative reaction to because you’re lame, Facebook up and changed some shit the other day. And, as Consequence of Sound reports, part of that polarizing news feed lube job includes the allowance of Facebook’s 800 million users to “share and discover music in realtime” using that annoying little ‘ticker’ thing that is in the right corner. Basically, when a Facebook user connects their music service of choice (Spotify, Rhapsody, VEVO,,, what-have-you) with their Facebook, Facebook will display the song currently being listened to by that user in his/her ticker feed. Then, other users will see that hip, taste-making shit in their own ticker and they can connect to their respective music service and listen along to that song in realtime. Get it? It’s like watching hot co-eds through a locker room peep hole; only way less sexist, offensive, and misogynistic. Anyway, take it away Zuckerberg: “The key to music isn’t blocking songs, it’s to discovering more music than you’d ever thought you wanted to buy — through your friends,” he says. As true today as when it was written… but the fun doesn’t stop there. The same sharing principles apparently will soon apply to videos, news stories, recipes, and more, which should keep the internet free from productivity and free thought for some time to come. Whew.

Still confused? Check out CNET’s live blog of all the changes in f8. Or, if you’re a Facebook user, Myspace Tom can clear it up for you.

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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.

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