RIP: George Duke, jazz musician

RIP: George Duke, jazz musician

From Radio Facts (via BET):

Radio Facts is sorry to report that vet musician George Duke died last night on August 5. No word yet on what happened but we will keep you posted. Duke just completed an album and was in the process of promoting it after losing his wife and falling into a depression just a year ago. Former Supreme’s member Sherrie Payne states: “I just received the devastating and sad news that the great musician, George Duke, passed away this evening at St. John’s hospital in L.A. It was just one year earlier, July 18th, that his beloved wife and my friend, Corine, went to be with the Lord. Please keep his sons, Rasheed and John, in your prayers.”

• George Duke:

Animal Collective continue to innovate, inventing the concept of the music video and make-up tour dates

Okay; someone tell all the 12-year-old, ink-stained slave laborers that currently operate all the presses to stop them again! Ever out in front of the crowd, the handsome, winsome, post-everything foursome known conventionally here on planet Earth as “The Animal Collective” have once again shifted the whole goddamn paradigm (yeah, you know, that one) with the announcement of a brand-new music video for what was apparently the only song on Centipede Hz , “Monkey Riches.” It was directed by Jack Kubizne (who also directed the video for “Brothersport”) and captures the zeitgeist of August 2013 perfectly through its highly-believable portrayal of a suspiciously groovy wizard who nonetheless can’t seem to get out of bed (did someone say “relate-able”?) . Don’t worry; I’ll use a technique invented by the band called “embedding” to share the video with you down below.

Oh, and they’ve also announced that they’re rescheduling all those dates that they innovated the cancellation of earlier this summer. So check out those new dates down there too while you’re at it and get your tickets to the future of live multimedia exhibitions in America while they last.

Animal Collective tourdates:

09.06.13 - Portland, OR - MusicFest NW *
09.07.13 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
09.08.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Depot
09.09.13 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
09.11.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
09.14.13 - Mexico City, Mexico - Ceremonia Festival
10.16.13 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre
10.17.13 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
10.20.13 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Festival
10.21.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern
10.22.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee
10.24.13 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theatre
10.25.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
10.26.13 - Asheville, NC - Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit
10.27.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.28.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
12.01.13 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
12.02.13 - Portland, ME - The State Theatre
12.04.13 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall
12.05.13 - Covington, KY - Madison Theater
12.06.13 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
12.08.13 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works

* Dan Deacon

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• Domino:

Unicorn Hard-On aims to impregnate your ears with all sorts of beat-driven enchantment, announces Weird Universe LP on Spectrum Spools

Not unlike Popeye eating spinach or Superman thrusting his rippling Kryptonian pecs in the direction of the sun’s powerful rays, I like to think that the survival of TMT is forever prolonged by something metaphysical… and yet, assuredly phallic-shaped. Whereas the relatively strict professionalism (*scoff*) of comparable publications often prevents liberal references, it’s a different story over here. We have penises coming out of our ears, which conventional knowledge of human anatomy tells us are directly attached to our heads — the ones containing our brains, silly. Attribution? It certainly preceded Death Grips, so let’s blame it on something inherently comical.

And so it cums with veiny enthusiasm that I’m able to announce the announcement of Weird Universe, the first full-length (but nonetheless satisfying) non-CD-R release from Unicorn Hard-On, the electron-ish and rhythmically intricate project of Valerie Martino, which has been making the rounds in cramped spaces since about 2003. Putting aside the project name for a moment, which Martino unsurprisingly describes as a joke that stuck, but also a reflection of genuine fascination, the album is an attempt at echoing a beat-driven evolution that she’s come to appreciate in the noise scene. Vocals were snubbed as incongruent, and the result is ultimately a “labor of love” fitting to that evolution, as well as the style of the sponsoring label.

Weird Universe is out September 30 on Spectrum Spools. Here’s the official release page, and watch/listen below to get a sense.

P.S. - Major twist at the end of the YouTube video, btw. Where are you Ripley???

Weird Universe tracklisting:

01. Rock Salt
02. Quizz
03. Night Diamond
04. Houndstooth
05. Wet Pet
06. Mysterious Prism

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• Spectrum Spools:

Calvin Johnson is available to engineer your record. Now you too can have that Johnson magic!

Hey bands! Do you want to record a record? Probably, you’re a band! Are you planning on recording that record at Olympia’s Dub Narcotic Studio? Maybe. If your band holds quite a regard for the K Records catalog, then there’s a much higher chance that, yeah, you’re recording at Dub Narcotic. These days, not only can you get that classic Dub Narcotic sound, you can record with Calvin Johnson himself. You might know him from the likes of Beat Happening, The Halo Benders, the exclamation-point-less Go Team, and owning K Records and the aforementioned Dub Narcotic Studio. HE’S A VERY IMPORTANT MAN.

Johnson is now offering his services as a studio engineer for any band who wants it. BUT HOLD ON, young bucks looking to get some of that Calvin Johnson magic. While anyone can request a session with him, Johnson will only be available three days a month. If you’re dedicated to getting Calvin Johnson to engineer your album, inquire with the studio’s fine folks through Sessions at the studio are $450 per day, which includes engineering fees. Currently, I am saving up my money so that Calvin Johnson will record my spoken-word album and make it sound like Jamboree.

• Calvin Johnson:

Four Tet announces new full-length Beautiful Rewind; ah, the beauty of mid-90s video rental policy

WHAT? Four Tet announced a new studio album, and so far we’ve (I’ve) neglected to cover it? Allow me to remedy that immediately. Four Tet recently announced the upcoming release of Beautiful Rewind, his seventh studio album, and the first of entirely new material since 2010’s There Is Love in You (TMT Review). The public, of which I include cave-dwelling music journalists, hasn’t been given any more information, beyond what was posted to Four Tet’s website a couple of weeks ago. Said information includes the tracklisting, a few credits, a release date of “Coming soon,” and the cover art for the album, which inspires thoughts of what it would be like to trip in a family planning clinic, armed with nothing but a pair of scissors. Those ultrasound images just have too many… right angles!

It’s been a fair while since Pause and Rounds acted as dual revelations of Kieran Hebden’s genius, but as for signs of slowing down, he’s showing none. Of most recent note, besides the new studio album, is his producer role on Omar Souleyman’s debut LP Wenu Wenu, set for release on October 21.

PSYCH! There’s more information concerning Beautiful Rewind, and it comes in the form of sound waves and some dude repeatedly requesting your attention. Listen to the track “Kool FM” below.

Beautiful Rewind tracklisting:

01. Gong
02. Parallel jalebi
03. Our navigation
04. Ba teaches yoga
05. Kool FM
06. Crush
07. Buchla
08. Aerial
09. Ever never
10. Unicorn
11. Your body feels

• Four Tet:

The Field announces Cupid’s Head on Kompakt, just in time for early Valentine’s Day shoppers!

Those of us who are creatively or artistically minded — and I consider writing to be, at its core, a creative activity — should know the feeling all too well: inevitable interruptions, sometimes regardless of their length, have the capacity to ruin a creative mindset, to the point where attempts to re-indulge result in blank stares and paranoid thoughts about the inevitable fading away of one’s talents. Obviously, there’s a term in the literary world for this, but apply it on a macro-level to all artistic endeavors, and you have a shared conundrum with probably a subjective, variable solution: is the smell of bacon conducive to creativity? Okay, that’s more like a sub-conundrum.

Axel Willner a.k.a. The Field just has it, though. Recalling the early stages of production for his new album Cupid’s Head, due September 30, he talks about an initial awkwardness, overcome by an inherent genius that arose out of his being like a divine aura. “But then, after a few modest attempts, I got a first loop together and running which turned out (in a short time) to be ‘No. No…’. It was a revelation of sorts as making it felt new to me, and different, and that’s when it all came out.” Color me unsurprised, given the consistent talent on display throughout his discography.

Here’s a deviation, though: Cupid’s Head, following up 2011’s Looping State of Mind (TMT Review), is The Field’s first solo recording since From Here We Go Sublime (TMT Review), and it’s also the first one crafted without the use of computers, which is like, duh… for sure a rarity in contemporary electronic music. Elaborate loops remain a trademark, but to an end that’s “darker,” “slower paced,” and possibly inspired by the decapitation of mythological deities.

Cupid’s Head tracklisting:

01. They Won’t See Me
02. Black Sea
03. Cupid’s Head
04. A Guided Tour
05. No. No…
06. 20 Seconds of Affection

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