Robot Overlords announce Moogfest 2014 featuring android favorites Kraftwerk

Robot Overlords announce Moogfest 2014 featuring android favorites Kraftwerk

Well, they’ve done it again, citizens of Earth! Our Robot Overlords have generously offered us Moogfest 2014 in Asheville, NC, and this year they’ve included some of their own in the lineup! That’s right, citizens: Moogfest 2014 will feature three nights of everyone’s favorite man-machines, Kraftwerk! In a stunning 3D extravaganza! And that’s not all, citizens! Moogfest 2014 will feature many of the world’s most famous cyborg musicians, including Giorgio Moroder, M.I.A., Flying Lotus, Pet Shop Boys, Moderat, Holly Herndon, Wolf Eyes, Dan Deacon, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, Black Dice, Machinedrum, Factory Floor, RJD2, Com Truise, ADULT., Daedalus, Hieroglyphic Being, Shigeto, Le1f, Riff Raff, The Gaslamp Killer, Bernie Worrell Orchestra, showcases from labels and locals like RVNG Intl., Warp, DFA, Hopscotch, and much more!

But there’s even more, citizens! Named after one of the progenitors of modern day synthesis, Robert Moog, Moogfest is more than just a music festival. It’ll also feature a massive music and technology conference including panels, workshops, and talks by some of the biggest names in electronic music, artist and engineer alike. Synth pioneers Don Buchla, Herb Deutsch, Tom Oberheim, and Dave Smith will all be there (among many others) — don’t miss the Thunderdome battle.

Our robotic rulers have designated April 23-27 in Asheville, NC as Moogfest 2014’s time-space location. Ticketing Phase 2 has already commenced so you’d better hurry if you want to get your greasy human hands on them.

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Pitchfork Music Festival headliners announced: Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, and Chris Ott

Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago is here again. Or at least the second announcement about it is here! Ryan Schreiber’s top lawyer just sent over a watermarked press release with the first batch of acts, including the hot-as-hell headliners for all three nights. I don’t know about you, but I can already feel the sand off that baseball diamond blowing into my eyes!

On Friday, July 18, we’ve got Giorgio “Sunglasses” Moroder, Sun “Kill Me Now” Moon, Factory Floor, The Haxan Cloak, Sharon Van Etten, a cardboard cut-out of Death Grips, and headliner BECK. Fuck yeah, Death Grips and then Beck!

On Saturday, July 19, you’ll be treated to tUnE-yArDs, Pusha T, Mas Ysa, The Range, Ka, Circulatory System, The Julie Ruin, Wild Beasts, and headliner NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL. Fuck yeah, thousands of drunk people singing “Two-Headed Boy”!

On Sunday, July 20, here’s what’s on deck: DIIV, Slowdive, Grimes, and headliner KENDRICK LAMAR. Fuck yeah, Kendrick Lamar and— well… okay, I’ve got no problem with that.

Early bird three-day passes are already sold out, but other than that, go nuts. Three-day passes are $130, individual shows are $60, and I was just joking about Chris Ott headlining. He’s singing backup for DIIV.

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Dust off the ol’ victrola in the corner of your crypt! Blackest Ever Black release 2x12-inch from Killing Sound

Bristol’s Killing Sound consists of Young Echo collective members Amos Childs (Jabu, Zhou), Seb Gainsborough (Vessel), and Sam Kidel (El Kid). Together the group make beautifully spooky music that’s probably being played this very moment in a dark crypt, an abandoned Welsh abbey where the wind whispers through the trees, and in the living room of the mysterious/weird rabbit family in David Lynch’s Inland Empire. It is the stuff of all the best nightmares.

So it only makes sense that the good people over at Blackest Ever Black are releasing this thing as a double 12-inch on the luckiest day of the year, St. Patrick’s Day (March 17). What better way to drive your puking frat boy neighbors out of your life forever than by blasting these crazy sounds? The four tracks on Killing Sound’s debut release were mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy, London. You can preview the release below and pre-order it here.

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Death knocks at your door with a new LP of unreleased material, new tour dates, and maybe merch-table sickles

Does the world even need another band besides Death? It’s a question one can’t help asking after hearing “new” (a.k.a. previously unreleased) track “North Street”, a hard-rockin’ punk rock Hendrixian number recounting so many “oh snap” life moments it’d make Alanis Morrisette jealous. Comin’ atcha on the band’s latest, Death III, 1980’s “North Street” fits in nicely alongside unearthed tracks from 1975, 1976, and even (whoa) the very non-punk year of 1992. Death III charts the band’s musical journey from “spiritual young rockers to older and wiser, bruised-but-undefeated brothers,” as a Drag City press release put it. And in this way, the album is the perfect accompaniment to last year’s documentary A Band Called Death (TMT Review).

The new album drops April 22 on Drag City, a preview 7-inch is available next week, and the Hackney brothers are hitting the road for select tour dates starting in March. They’re playing Mexico’s NRMALfestival, California’s Burgerama III, and Washington’s Sasquatch!, plus a few scattered dates around North America.

Death III tracklisting:

01. Introduction by David Hackney
02. North Street
03. Open Road
04. We Are Only People
05. Restlessness
06. Free
07. Yes He’s Coming
08. First Snowfall in Detroit
09. We’re Gonna Make It

Death dates:

03.08.14 - Monterrey, Mexico - NRMALfestival
03.21.14 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
03.22.14 - Fullerton, CA - Burgerama III
03.23.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
04.05.14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Pressroom
07.04.14 - George, WA - Sasquatch!

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Hecker, Rashad Becker, and Vessel join members of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales for upcoming Bernard Parmegiani retrospective

Prior to his notable status as a pupil of the slightly more legendary, musique concrète-pioneering Pierre Schaeffer, the late French composer Bernard Parmegiani enjoyed a relatively short but successful stint as a mime.

See?! At some point in the more recent past, mime artistry became an object of ridicule, and now the assumption is facetiousness whenever that most courageous of professions is proclaimed with a straight face. But Parmegiani’s involvement, albeit short-lived, was serious, and it included an education from another renowned teacher of their craft, Jacques Lecoq. Due respect was subsequently paid: in the former’s more audible pursuits, he often used mime to three-dimensionally graph his compositions, as he described in an interview with The Wire back in 1998: “Sometimes, in order to analyze a sound, I act it out by means of gestures before giving it its definitive form. It enables me to diagnose sounds and see if I’m comfortable with them.” Arguably, the semi-abrupt movements of mime parallel the sparse notes of at least some of Parmegiani’s extensive and heterogeneous work, as well as musique concrète in general.

And the other kind of mime? The kind without face paint or, in 2014, a bravery comparable to that of your average male cheerleader? The respective works of modern day sound artists Rashad Becker, Florian Hecker, and Vessel avoid blatant imitation (mimicry), but each individual readily acknowledges Parmegiani’s personal acousmatic influence. In a three-day retrospective hosted by LCMF (London Contemporary Music Festival), performances from the three aforementioned artists will complement a preceding 32-loudspeaker “diffusion” of Parmegiani’s work, courtesy of once-colleagues at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM). The event will take place next month at the 20,000 square foot Britannia House in London — an environment that appears fitting for an oeuvre that evinces both precision and an experimental approach to sound processing.

More details are available here.

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The National embark on world tour, setting off madcap chase

The National have stolen the Lost Emperor’s Diamond! The ancient jewel, kept under tight security at the Smithsonian, was burgled by the dapper thieves this past weekend. “Hello, loves” began a note left by National ringleader Matt Berninger. “I have taken the Lost Emperor’s Diamond off your hands. Surely, you’ll not miss it. While you and your government goons are busy twiddling thumbs, I’ll be harnessing the diamond’s ancient power for use in further schemes. Toodles.”

Enter International Detective Danforth. Enter you, the player.

In “The National World Tour 2014,” you’ll chase The National through 30+ levels full of dangers, thrills, monsters, and traps. Each level will be concluded with a full concert from rock ‘n’ roll band/jewel thieves The National. You will also have to defeat a dragon or minotaur or another beast before completing the level.

Go International Detective Danforth! Catch The National! Retrieve The Jewel! Player One Begin!

The National dates:

02.14.14 - Perth, Australia - Perth Festival
02.16.14 - Tokyo, Japan - Hostess Club Weekender
02.18.14 - Taipei, Taiwan - Hostess Club Taipei
02.20.14 - Manila, Philippines - Hostess Club Manila
02.22.14 - Singapore, Singapore - Hostess Club Weekender
03.01.14 - Manchester, UK - BBC Radio 6 Music Festival
03.23.14 - Bend, OR - Lee Scwab Amphitheater
03.25.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Auditorium (Film Premiere & Concert)
04.09-11.14 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
04.12.14 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Noord Arena
04.15-17.14 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
04.21-23.14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater
04.26.14 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre
05.30.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
06.01.14 - Mannheim, Germany - Mayfield Derby Festival
06.02.14 - Munich, Germany - Zenith
06.04.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Stadtpark
06.05.14 - Berlin, Germany - Zitadelle
06.09.14 - Warsaw, Poland - Amiteatr w Parku Sowińskiego’
06.10.14 - Leipzig, Germany - Parkbuhne
06.11.14 - Koln, Germany - Tanzbrunnen
06.13.14 - Aarhus, Denmark - Northside Festival
07.10.14 - Edinburgh, UK - Usher Hall
07.12.14 - London, UK - Barclaycard British Summer Time Hyde Park
07.14.14 - Cork, Ireland - Live at the Marquee
07.16.14 - Galway, Ireland - Galway Arts Festival
07.18-19.14 - Dublin, Ireland - Iveagh Gardens
07.25.14 - Vasto, Italy - Siren
07.26.14 - Lucca, Italy - Piazza Napolene
07.29.14 - Brescia, Italy - Anfiteatro Del Vittoriale
07.31.14 - St. Petersburg, Russia - A2
08.01.14 - Moscow, Russia - Arena Moscow
08.03.14 - Kiev, Ukraine - Stereo Plaza
08.06.14 - Oslo, Norway - ØyaFestival

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