Sean McCann’s Recital label busts a fat “new modern classical” nut with albums by Radiant Husk and Troy Schafer

Sean McCann's Recital label busts a fat "new modern classical" nut with albums by Radiant Husk and Troy Schafer http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-03-recital-sean-mccann.jpg

Sean McCann is all about public services. After releasing so many amazing and varied limited tapes and CD-Rs in the last few years that Masami Akita begged him to halt production in a 2009 conference call with Ashtray Navigations, the American Tapes label, and Will Oldham, McCann helpfully released The Capital (TMT Review) as a sort of primer on what he does, which is inch the ghosts in your creaky house ever-closer to Heaven by simulating a series of tectonic shifts in the lower mantle of the Spectral-Earth. The album put everything into perspective for us over-saturated music lovers, and we thanked him for it by placing The Capital at #19 on our 2011 year-end list. Now we’re acting like we’ve been meditating to the Fountains 2xCD-R all along and are clamoring for more “overwhelmingly melodic” music, which we ain’t finding at The Hype Machine. Enter the McCann-curated Recital label, who’ve just released their first batch of 16th-/22nd-century bangers!

First up is the collaborative Vanity Fair LP from McCann and Ekhein label head Matthew Sullivan, which you can read all about and watch a promo video for at the Chocolate Grinder. Here’s a small but stunning sample from it:

Second and third (the best/the one with the polka dot dress, respectively) are Radiant Husk’s Micromegas and Troy Schafer’s Evening Song Awaken, both released in deluxe CD-R editions with hand-stamped inserts and jewel cases and evocative odors. Micromegas is a collection of “flustered and saturated drone” by Bezoar Formations’ Matthew Erickson that uses saxophone, organ, gong, and tapes as its musical palette. In order to qualify for the Recital label, Radiant Husk (pictured above) had to convincingly claim that the album was based on Voltaire’s short story of the same name from 1752 — and it worked! Troy Schafer is an extremely proficient violinist, and on Evening Song Awaken he lays down the case for “extreme violin proficiency” with seven tracks of gorgeous unaccompanied classical violin. Listen to a track from each below:

All three releases are now available for purchase direct from the label (note: the CD-Rs are only $6!), and are going fast, understandably. Next up for the label will be a brand-new album from Scott Foust’s Idea Fire Company called Rags to Riches; check back for more on that soon. Unless I die in a fire!

• Recital Program/Sean McCann: http://www.recitalprogram.com
• Matthew Sullivan: http://www.ekhein.com
• Radiant Husk: http://www.bezoarformations.com
• Troy Schafer: http://troyallenschafer.bandcamp.com

Villette Sonique announces 2012 line-up; feat. DOOM, Shabazz Palaces, Sleep, Ital, Dirty Three, Julia Holter, Peaking Lights, Psychic Paramount, DJ Rashad, and every other band TMT jerks it over!

From: J. Jonah Jameson
To: Nobodaddy
Date: Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Subject: early wednesday asap news story
mailed-by: gmail.com

hey there narwhaldaddy,

i added a story to the queue this evening about a festival in france, which isn’t too exciting for us a-bomb riding americans, but the lineup is sort of ridiculous so i thought it would be nice to give a mention. its called “Villette Sonique” and it’s going down May 25-30 in paris. tons of tmt faves at this thing: doom, shabazz palaces, chris & cosey, ital, peaking lights, dirty three, psychic paramount, iceage, girls, etc. would ya mind smacking this one out of the park tomorrow morning when you get in, lover?

thanks!
J. J.

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From: Nobodaddy
To: J. Jonah Jameson
Date: Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Subject: Re: early wednesday asap news story
mailed-by: gmail.com

i really hate when you bother me at home. but whatever, just give me the goddamn info so i don’t have to hunt around for it and google-translate a bunch of pages in the morning.

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From: J. Jonah Jameson
To: Nobodaddy
Date: Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Subject: Re: Re: early wednesday asap news story
mailed-by: gmail.com

got the info below for you, nobo. although… you know, shouldn’t digging this stuff up be your job?

Great Hall de la Villette - Friday, May 25
MF DOOM / SHABAZZ PALACES / TBA

Great Hall de la Villette - Saturday, May 26
SLEEP / THE MELVINS / PSYCHIC PARAMOUNT / ICEAGE

Le Cabaret Sauvage - Saturday, May 26
NIGHT REDBULL MUSIC ACADEMY: FRANCOIS K. / PEARSON SOUND / TBA

Great Hall de la Villette - Sunday, May 27
GODFLESH / THE SOFT MOON / LITURGY

Trabendo - Sunday, May 27
CHRIS AND COSEY / ITAL / JOHN TALABOT

Trabendo - Tuesday, May 29
DIRTY THREE / JULIA HOLTER / PEAKING LIGHTS

City of Music - Wednesday May 30
GIRLS / TBA

Parc de la Villette - Saturday 26 and Sunday, May 27
MUDHONEY / ARIEL PINK & R STEVIE MOORE “Ku Klux Glam” / DEATH GRIPS / THE FIELD / THE SPITS / I: CUBE (live) / NGUZUNGUZU / Egyptology / DJ RASHAD & DJ SPINN / BLACKIE

tickets, prices, and more info over here. you might want to get rid of all that caps lock too. thanks again!

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From: Nobodaddy
To: J. Jonah Jameson
Date: Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Subject: Re: Re: Re: early wednesday asap news story
mailed-by: gmail.com

GO FUCK YOURSELF, MR JAMESON.

• Villette Sonique: www.villettesonique.com
• VS on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Villette-Sonique/53618715689

Mount Carmel release Real Women on Siltbreeze; this is an album release story, not a headline about a hostage scenario

Columbus, Ohio power-blues trio Mount Carmel have produced another nugget of early-70s rock for your listening enjoyment, and its name is Real Women. Out now on Siltbreeze, the album by the difficult-to-Google group is a straightforward collection of tunes that sound like they could have been put to record four decades ago. Or just this past year, as is actually the case!

The band’s first album since their 2010 self-titled release, Real Women makes you want to put on your bell-bottomed jeans, grow your hair out and part it down the middle like any good, rock-loving white person of your parents’ generation. Take a trip back in time without all the hassle of accidentally having sex with your mom/dad by checking out the new album, lighting some incense and partaking in your libation of choice.

Real Women tracklisting:

01. Swaggs
02. Real Women
03. Oh Louisa
04. Be Somebody
05. Choose Wisely
06. Hear Me Now
07. Don’t Make Me Evil
08. Rooftop
09. Lullaby

• Mount Carmel: http://www.myspace.com/mountcarmel1
• Siltbreeze: http://www.siltbreeze.com

Hodgy Beats (OFWGKTA and MellowHype) inspires journeys to Mecca with Untitled EP

Since the inception of the genre, rap groups have tended to top out at around three or four members, but any musical historian would be remiss if they, for some reason, decided to intentionally overlook the handful (more or less) of noteworthy outfits that have casually exceeded that number, as if it didn’t present a decidedly un-hip fire hazard in the recording studio. Groups like Wu-Tang Clan, N.W.A., Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and more recently, OFWGKTA a.k.a. Odd Future, have taken poetic collaboration to another level, and to an extent where you might wonder how chaotic their Thanksgivings are. Surely, it has to take a toll on the individual after a while, which is why you’ve seen many of the members of the aforementioned groups branching off and trying their hand at solo work. One of the latest to do so is Hodgy Beats, one half of the duo MellowHype, which, going even further down the musical family tree, is a part of OFWGKTA. Late last month, Hodgy Beats released his Untitled EP, which was produced Flying Lotus, the Alchemist, Thelonious Martin, and Juicy J.

It’s free, so don’t feel guilty about downloading it directly here at an unfortunately low bit rate of 160 kbps. Or, if you’re uncertain about whether or not it’s worth it to taint your already pristine digital collection of lossless music, you can stream the album here. Bit rates be damned, this appears to be worth a listen.

• Hodgy Beats: http://hodgybeats.tumblr.com
• Odd Future: http://www.oddfuture.com

Soundway releases first album of modern jams by amazing Angolan dance artist Batida

God, you guys, sometimes I just feel bad for the poor creepy junk-showing elf king played by David Bowie in Labyrinth, ya know? All he really wanted to do was, “dance, magic dance/jump, magic jump,” but apparently in the goblin-infested underworld circa 1986, feel-good party jams just weren’t in abundance. Imagine: tiny LMFAO-lovin’ gremlins and shit, all running around, making fun of your too-skinny jeans (I’m trying to update this for 2012, so you YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY can all understand) and stifling your desire to boogie down. That was creepy junk-showing elf king David Bowie’s everyday life. Stuck having to sing his own jams because no one was making innovative, Angolan-influenced electronic dance music. Stuck with an inappropriate obsession with a teenage Jennifer Connelly. That could be all of our lives if not for the magic of new Soundway Records recording artist Batida!

If you haven’t yet jumped aboard the Batida train, well get out your suitcase and throw in some dancin’ shoes. In fact, pack two pairs, because these tracks are hot. Batida has been named one of Gilles Peterson’s “Hot for 2012” picks, and has appeared on Buraka Som Sistema’s FabricLive 49 comp. A project by Angolan/Portugese DJ Mpula a.k.a. Pedro Coquenão, Batida blends 1970s Angolan kudoro and semba sounds with contemporary dance beats. The self-titled debut drops March 27, and is the first contemporary release for Soundway, a label known for its obscure, vintage releases like Ghana Special and The Sound of Siam. Batida, whose “Algeria” video makes nice use of archival footage of a 70s-era Carnival of Luanda in Angola, and whose live performances feature dancers, DJs, MCs, Angolan visuals, and drummers, is a fella with one foot in the past and one hand on the turntables of today. Just like Soundway. Just like that immortal, toe-tappin’ elf king.

• Batida: http://www.soundwayrecords.com/catalogue/batida.html
• Soundway: http://www.soundwayrecords.com

Alan Lomax Archive uploads and streams 17,000 field recordings (your move, Bradford Cox)

Oh good. Just when Spotify was starting to get boring! The Alan Lomax Archive and the Association for Cultural Equity (ACE) have officially launched the ACE Online Archive, which they’re calling “the fulfillment of over a decade of the restoration, digitization, and cataloging of Alan Lomax’s life’s work” and I’m calling a major getting-shit-done distraction. In case you’re not from around this solar system, Lomax is like the Colonel Sanders of American folklore (yes, I’m assuming KFC exists in other star clusters): he roamed the globe for 70 years in a time-traveling DeLorean, documenting, researching, and advocating for the original recipe chicken, steaming-hot buttermilk biscuits, and convincingly-brown gravy that is true folk tradition; while all-the-while trying to quantum-leap back home to his hometown of San Dimas, California to prevent flunking high school History class. I mean, I assume that’s what Colonel Sanders did too, don’t you?

Anyway, The ACE Online Archive has basically stuck an 80GB iPod’s worth of tunes up on the internet that’s browse-able, searchable, and stream-able from pretty much any computer. And in addition to those 17,000 full-streaming audio field-recordings collected by Lomax between 1946 and 1991, there’s also “5,000 photographic prints and negatives; sixteen hours of vintage radio transcriptions; and ninety hours of interviews, discussions, and lectures by Alan Lomax and his colleagues.” The ridiculous convenience is kinda insulting to Lomax in a way, when you think about it… but I can’t do that right now because I gotta go order my groceries online.

Oh, but before I go, The Archive says that additional sessions will be added when restoration and cataloging is complete, including Lomax’s 1954–55 Italian and 1985 Louisiana expeditions, several of his collections made under that pesky “Library of Congress” title, and some really loop-heavy solo shit he’d been working on with the dude from WHY?.

Commence to digging:

• ACE Online Archive: http://research.culturalequity.org
• Sound Collection Guide: http://research.culturalequity.org/audio-guide.jsp
• Photograph Collection Guide: http://research.culturalequity.org/photo-guide.jsp
• Alan Lomax Archive and the Association for Cultural Equity: http://www.culturalequity.org