Soundway Records putting out compilation of obscure East African recordings, Kenya Special; edutainment never sounded so good

Soundway Records putting out compilation of obscure East African recordings, Kenya Special; edutainment never sounded so good

Personally, I can never diversify my musical tastes enough. The more music I listen to, the more I become interested, and the more I consume. It’s a vicious cycle, to be honest. The music world feeds and feeds off that kind of obsession today; endless sampling, mashing together of genres, sounds, and instrumentation, all constantly drawing from the past to shape the future. What happens when we throw drone and folk in the same pot? What would result from smashing a dance cassette and a noise cassette and splicing them together (erm…maybe)?

Point being, the world of music is damn vast, confusing, and disorienting right now (in a beautiful way, really) and it’s only getting more so. Which is where things like Soundway Records’ Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s and ‘80s come into the picture. It’s one of those lovely (and thankfully increasingly prevalent) oversized collections of previously obscure oddities/treasures that’s tearing around the past and grabbing whatever it can to illuminate the present. Some of this stuff remains interestingly prescient too; check out the mix of dance rhythms and often frantic electric guitar work on the Benga tracks. Just goes to prove that genre-screwing was just as prevalent in the 70s. Makes one wonder what kind of rarities collections might have been released back then. Unearthing the past to fuel and possibly elucidate the present: always a damn good thing.

Kenya Special tracklist:

01. The Loi-Toki-Tok Band - Ware Wa
02. The Rift Valley Brothers - Mu Africa
03. Slim Ali & The Famous Hodi Boys - Watoto Nyara
04. The Mombasa Vikings - Mama Matotoya
05. The Lulus Band - Ngwendeire Guita
06. Mbiri Young Stars - Ndiri Ndanogio Niwe
07. Gatanga Boys Band - Wendo Ti Mbia
08. Orchestre Vévé Star - Nitarudia
09. Hafusa Abasi & Slim Ali with The Yahoos Band - Sina Raha
10. DO 7 Band - H.O. Ongili
11. New Gatanga Sound - Thoni Na Caki
12. The Lulus Band - Nana
13. Nashil Pichen & The Eagles Lupopo - Ng’ong’a Wa Mwanjalo
14. Orchestre Baba National - Sweet Sweet Mbombo
15. Afro 70 - Cha-Umheja
16. Peter Tsotsi Juma & The Eagles Lupopo - Kajo Golo - Weka
17. The Lulus Band - Mutumia Muriu
18. Sophia Ben & The Eagles Lupopo - See Serere
19. The Loi-Toki-Tok Band - Leta Ngoma
20. Orchestre Super Volcano - Mngeni Mali Yare Yore
21. The Rift Valley Brothers - Tiga Kurira
22. Kalambya Boys - Kivelenge
23. Huruma Boys Band - Teresia
24. Gatanga Boys Band - Keep Change Kairitu
25. The Famous Nyahururu Boys - Mwendwa
26. The Eagles Lupopo - Pelekani
27. Ndalani 77 Brothers - Nzaumi
28. Afro 70 - Afrousa (Move On)
29. Nairobi Matata Jazz - Tamba Tamba
30. Kiratu And His Group - Yanagiria Kayo
31. Afro 70 - Week End
32. The Mombasa Vikings - Kibe Kibe

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Prince Rama announce “psych-opera” film Never Forever and European tourdates through a series of ritualistic hand gestures

It’s been a fair while since I first caught Prince Rama in concert, and if there wasn’t third-party confirmation to the contrary, I’d be inclined to accept the notion that Taraka and Nimai Larson had (in the meantime, and through sheer will) become half human/half apparition. You can highlight the overt spiritualism underpinning their music and their personal philosophies, but going further, it’s necessary to point out one detail in particular: their most recent album on Paw Tracks, Top Ten Hits of the End of World, is about DEAD PEOPLE. More specifically, it was about fictitious bands dying in an apocalypse, and subsequently being channeled for a final performance. If a spirit world exists, those spirits almost definitely have framed photographs of Prince Rama on their bedside table.

Which brings us to the duo’s even more recent exercise in undead reverence: to supplement the album, they’ve announced Never Forever, a “Now Age psych-opera” film featuring songs from Top Ten Hits of the End of the World. There’s no word on when the entire thing will be released to the public, but go here for screen caps and watch below for a trailer:

Is this real life? Was that a studded glove?

European tourdates, featuring new band members Christopher Burke and Michael Collins on bass and synthesizer, respectively, offer a bit of reassurance…


04.10.13 - Lugano, Swizterland - Theatro
04.11.13 - Lasaunne, Swizterland - Le Romandie
04.12.13 - St. Gallen, Swizterland - Palace St. Gallen
04.13.13 - Paris, France - Trip Festival at Centre Barbara
04.16.13 - Tallinn, Estonia - Kino Soprus
05.04.13 - London, UK - Alexandra Palace (ATP Festival)
05.05.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Camden Crawl

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oOoOO releasing debut full-length on his brand new, difficult-to-spell label

oOoOO SNAP! Chris Dexter, the witchy San Francisco-based producer behind the many-voweled moniker is taking a breather from his longstanding relationship with Tri Angle Records to release his first-ever album on his own new label, the appropriately difficult to spell/know-how-to pronounce Nihjgt Feelings. Entitled Without Your Love, the release will be Dexter’s full-length debut, due out June 24 and featuring lead track “Stay Here (ft. ML),” which can be heard below:

This spring, oOoOO will be venturing across these United States of ours to rep said album. Starting in May, Dexter sets out from sunny California to embark on a series of mysteeeeeerious tourdates. So mysterious that no one has even said exactly WHERE he is playing in these cities! But there’s a rough itinerary for ya below, if’n ya so desire it, and as always, watch this space for further updates. If anyone tells you to call a phone number and get a location from a hotline on the night of the show, don’t listen. This oOoOO tour isn’t a rave (maybe), and it’s not 1997 (definitely).


05.04.13 - San Francisco, CA - TBD
05.13.13 - San Diego, CA - TBD
05.14.13 - Phoenix, AZ - TBD
05.16.13 - Austin, TX - TBD
05.21.13 - Richmond, VA - TBD
05.22.13 - Washington, DC - TBD
05.23.13 - Brooklyn, NY - TBD
05.24.13 - Boston, MA - TBD
05.28.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - TBD
06.01.13 - Chicago, IL - TBD
06.04.13 - Hollywood, CA - TBD
06.05.13 - Seattle, WA - TBD
06.06.13 - Vancouver, BC - TBD
06.07.13 - Portland, OR - TBD
06.08.13 - Calgary, AB - TBD

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• Nihjgt Feelings:

Queens of the Stone Age share track from forthcoming album; now we can start comparing the new one to Songs for the Deaf even more quickly than we thought!

I know how it goes, dude. You’re not a college kid anymore. You don’t have time for weed and comics and metal and whatnot the way you used to. You like all that stuff still, but let’s face it; life is coming at you faster than ever, and the time has come to put away childish things (or however that saying goes). So, in case you’ve chosen to hide all the posts from that one Facebook friend of yours who is just cripplingly into all-things-weed because you’re sick of all of his regular Dr. Who philosophizing, “original” poetry, and regular sharing of Ram Das quotations, let me at least do you a solid favor and fill you in really quickly and cogently on where everything’s at with Queens of the Stone Age. Sound good? Let’s go!

First up, they’ve signed to Matador and have got a new record coming out on June 4. It’s called …Like Clockwork and is their first new one since 2007’s Era Vulgaris. This one seems to be a bit of a big deal, as — according to the press release — they’ve re-recruited Dave Grohl to play some drums on the thing (along with Joey Castillo and Jon Theodore) and brought former members Mark Lanegan and Nick Oliveri back into the fold; and there’s even guest spots from the likes of Sir Elton John and Trent Reznor. Holy shit. Doesn’t sound like “clockwork” to me!

Secondly, they premiered a track off of the new LP yesterday on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show, called “My God Is the Sun.” Check it out below if you’ve got a few minutes. Or maybe just bookmark it for later. I know you’ve got responsibilities. (If you end up being into it, you can pre-order the album right now on iTunes and at the Matador site and get that track as an immediate free download with your purchase. Nice, huh?)

Thirdly, the band is hitting the festival circuit pretty hard this summer after the album comes out. To be honest, it’s kind of a confusing jumble of overlapping dates, since all those European fests usually span a couple of days or whatever, but I’ll go ahead and organize and format and post them all for you anyway. Because I know that your time is valuable.

…Like Clockwork tracklisting:

01. Keep Your Eyes Peeled
02. I Sat by the Ocean
03. The Vampyre of Time and Memory
04. If I Had s Tail
05. My God Is yhe Sun
06. Kalopsia
07. Fairweather Friends
08. Smooth Sailing
09. I Appear Missing
10. …Like Clockwork

Confusing jumble of overlapping summer festival dates:

06.13-15.13 - Interlaken, Switzerland - Greenfield Festival
06.14.13 - Landgraaf, Netherlands - Pinkpop
06.14-16.13 - Donington, UK - Download Festival
06.21-23.13 - Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany - Southside Festival
06.22.13 - Berlin, Germany - Zitadelle Spandau
06.21-23.13 - Scheesel, Germany - Hurricane Festival
06.26.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Rock The Beach Festival
06.28.13 - Borlange, Sweden - Peace & Love Festival
06.30.13 - Herchesfeld Roeser, Luxembourg - Rock a Field Festival
07.02.13 - Vienna, Austria - Wiener Stadthalle Halle D
07.03.13 - Budapest, Hungary - Volt Festival
07.02-05.13 - Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic - Rock For People Festival
08.02.13 - Chicago IL - Lollapalooza

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Titus Andronicus name their spring tour the Bring Back the Dudes tour; I don’t even need a funny headline now, thanks

It’s a real problem (note: it isn’t) affecting America today. Entire bars, bowling alleys, and Guitar Center franchises are empty. The dudes have gone. They’re disappearing faster than those honey bees that are “mysteriously” dying off because humans can’t take care of the Earth and shit. Dudes. Where have you gone, Dudes? The rallying cry sounds out across these United States.

But hold your heads up, purveyors of PBR and loose-fitting jeans! New Jersey-bred garage punks Titus Andronicus have a new album out on XL Recordings, called Local Business (TMT Review). And to rep that album, they’re embarking with their friends The So So Glos on a long and sweaty US tour, which they have dubbed the Bring Back the Dudes Tour. Bring ‘em back! If there’s anything America needs in her hour of strife, it’s DUDES. And of course, limited-edition Record Store Day 12-inch EPs, which the dudes in Titus Andronicus have been kind enough to put together. Aptly titled Record Store Day, the band’s offering will include one track from Local Business (“Still Life with Hot Deuce and Silver Platter”), plus two previously unreleased songs “(I’ve Got A) Date Tonight” and “The Dog.” ‘Merica thanks you, Titus Andronicus. In Dudes We Trust.


04.28.13 - Hamden, CT - The Space
04.29.13 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
04.30.13 - Montreal, QC - Lambi
05.01.13 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
05.02.13 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
05.03.13 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
05.04.13 - Chicago, IL - The Metro
05.05.13 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
05.08.13 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
05.09.13 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
05.10.13 - Houston, TX - Walter’s
05.11.13 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
05.13.13 - Nashville, TN - Stone Fox
05.14.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
05.15.13 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theater Rooftop
05.16.13 - Charlotte, NC - Milestone
05.17.13 - Carrboro, NC - Motorco
05.18.13 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
05.19.13 - Washington, DC - Black Cat

• Titus Andronicus:
• XL:

Colin Stetson finally admits that his lungs are fake, premieres two tracks from upcoming album, announces tour dates

You know my boy Collsy Stetz, right? Total sax star, super tight with Bone Ivers, mega chill dude. Right. Well, he’s got a new album comin’ out April 30 on the Constellation label called New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light, and it’s gonna be some rad, mad shit. Maybe you caught that preview a few weeks ago? Probably; I mean, it was def all over the radio. And you’re into his last one, right? Right. Yeah, I’m pretty sure everyone was.

Well, anyways, I saw on P4K that our boy went and made a couple of visuals for two tracks (“In Mirrors” and “And in Truth”) with the help of those dudes Kurtis Hough, Dan Huiting, and Tabb Firchau (you know them, right?). You probs already saw, but check out the vid below if not. J-Vern is all over that second track, and it totally reminds me of Kanye. He’ll be out on the road in May promoting it too, dude (Cols, I mean, not Kanye LOL!). We should all try to hang out before then.

New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light tracklisting:

01. And in Truth
02. Hunted
03. High Above a Grey Green Sea
04. In Mirrors
05. Brute
06. Among the Sef
07. Who the Waves Are Roaring For
08. To See More Light
09. What Are They Doing in Heaven Today
10. This Bed of Shattered Bone
11. Part of Me Apart From You


05.02.13 - Quebec City, QC - Le Cercle *
05.03.13 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa *
05.07.13 - Burlington, VT - Burlington City Arts Center *
05.08.13 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge !
05.09.13 - Boston, MA - Museum of Fine Arts *
05.10.13 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live *
05.11.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Andy Warhol Museum *
05.14.13 - Cincinnati, OH - Contemporary Arts Center *
05.16.13 - Chicago, IL - Schubas #
05.17.13 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Blind Pig #
05.19.13 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
06.19.13 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island Festival
06.20.13 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
06.21.13 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
06.26.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
06.27.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater
06.29.13 - Honolulu, HI - Honolulu Museum of Art

* Sarah Neufeld
! Rafiq Bhatia
# Justin Walter

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