Spectrum Spools double your pleasure, fun with dual releases from Max Eilbacher and Steve Moore on December 16

Spectrum Spools double your pleasure, fun with dual releases from Max Eilbacher and Steve Moore on December 16 http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1311/news-13-11-steve-moore.jpg

Spectrum Spools is planning two releases on the same day on December 16, which leaves plenty of time for either (or both!) to become confusing Winter Solstice gifts for grandma. The first is Steve Moore’s Pangaea Ultima. Moore’s been all up in the solo synth game for a while, such as on his 2011 Moon Glyph release, but this is his Spectrum Spools debut. Taking its title from a possible future “super-continent” predicted by geologists, the album goes whole hog on the subject of time and space being artificial human constructs, and carries with it a surgeon general’s warning that close listening may result in “transformation into a formless blob that exists outside of the space-time continuum.” With mastering by Rashad Becker and artwork by Robert Beatty, you can be sure that is some serious synth-business. If you’ve got your serious synth-business-suit on, feel free to preorder it here, or listen to “Deep Time” below.

The second release is from Max Eilbacher. And whaddaya know, it’s another debut! Though Eilbacher has played with groups like Matmos and Horse Lords for some time, he’s not yet put out a collection of solo material. This debut, Red Anxiety Tracers, is the product of a year-long effort editing together found and synthesized sounds. It doesn’t carry the surgeon general’s warning like Moore’s record, but your gym teacher wanted me to let you know it’s been described as an “audio obstacle course” so you should probably bring your knee pads. When you’re adequately covered in pads, check out a video preview of the record below (or listen to the “No Room For Breathing” excerpt on the Spectrum Spools SoundCloud) and preorder it here.

Pangaea Ultima tracklisting:

01. Endless Caverns
02. Planetwalk
03. Deep Time
04. Nemesis
05. Pangaea Ultima
06. Logoton
07. Aphelion
08. Endless Mountains
09. Worldbuilding

Red Anxiety Tracers tracklisting:

01. Slowlo / Persistent Scenes / Did the Surfer Survive?
02. (Intro) / Geetar / No Room For Breathing / Rail Trax

• Steve Moore: http://stevemoore2600.tumblr.com
• Max Eilbacher: https://twitter.com/420_horchata
• Spectrum Spools: http://editionsmego.com/releases/spectrum-spools

RIP: John Tavener, British composer

From the BBC:

Sir John Tavener, one of the leading British composers of the past 50 years, has died at the age of 69.

Sir John was known for music that drew on his deep spirituality.

In 1992, The Protecting Veil topped the classical charts for several months and in 1997 his Song For Athene was played at the funeral of Princess Diana.

He had suffered ill health for much of his life, including a major heart attack in 2007. He died at his home in Child Okeford, Dorset, on Tuesday.

• John Tavener: http://www.johntavener.com

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks announce new record Wig Out at Jagbags, change name to Shoopie Magoogle and the Woops

Breaking news: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks have officially changed their name to Shoopie Magoogle and the Woops. For clarity’s sake, the group’s future releases and press materials will still read Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, which is also how they will continue to refer to themselves verbally. But they know and you know that they’re really Shoopie Magoogle and the Woops. Why the drastic name change? Well, take this album title: Wig Out at Jagbags. Does that sound like an album by Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks? Well, yes, it does, because Pitchfork reports it is an album by them coming out January 7 through Matador (January 6 through Domino in the UK). It just sounds even more like an album by a band called Shoopie Magoogle and the Woops.

Wig Out at Jagbags will be the debut from Shoopie Magoogle and the Woops, but the first Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks album since 2011’s Mirror Traffic (TMT Review). If you preorder the album from Matador’s store, you’ll receive a one-sided 7-inch for non-album track “Pick Up the Spare” on strawberry red vinyl. Let’s make that clear: STRAW. BERRY. RED. Not cherry red. Not some sort of crappy maroon. Strawberry red. While you’re thinking about that pleasing shade, check out the video for first single “Lariat”:

Shoopie Magoogle and the Woops will be coming to Europe this January. In France, look for Shoopie Magoogle et l’Oups. In Spain, Shoopie Magoogle y la vaya. In Germany, Shoopie Magoogle und die Woops. In England, Shoopie Magoogle and the Woops. They speak English there, dummy.

Wig Out at Jagbags tracklist:

01. Planetary Motion
02. The Janitor Revealed
03. Lariat
04. Houston Hades
05. Shibboleth
06. J Smoov
07. Rumble at the Rainbo
08. Chartjunk
09. Independence Street
10. Scattegories
11. Cinnamon and Lesbians
12. Surreal Teenagers

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks dates:

01.13.14 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell
01.14.14 - Glasgow, UK - Uran Mor
01.15.14 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
01.16.14 - London, UK - Forum
01.18.14 - Paris, France - Divan Du Monde
01.20.14 - Madrid, Spain - Joy Eslava
01.21.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Bikini
01.23.14 - Milan, Italy - Tunnel
01.25.14 - Fribourg, Switzerland - Fri-Son
01.26.14 - Frankfurt, Germany - Zoom
01.27.14 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
01.29.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
01.30.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
01.31.14 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
02.01.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique Orangerie
02.02.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Bitterzoet

• Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks: http://stephenmalkmus.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

Tokyo: home of 39 cat cafes, and now the 2014 Red Bull Music Academy

Neon. All-night karaoke. Cat cafes! (Thirty-nine of them, to be exact, if Wikipedia is to be trusted. THIRTY-NINE!!!!) If any world capital seems like it would be a natural conduit for the sugary magic of Red Bull, it’s Tokyo. And so it’s only logical that the sorta corporate-seeming but usually pretty awesome Red Bull Music Academy should be making Tokyo the site of its 2014 mega art/music shindigs.

Over the past decade-and-a-half, such dream locales as London, New York City, Toronto, Cape Town, Melbourne, and Madrid have played host to this genre-defying showcase where the finest purveyors of forward-thinking music and art, together with literally THOUSANDS of those 20-year-old girls who shill Red Bull on college campuses across America, descend upon a designated city to give it wings and a totally next-level hangover. Tokyo’s Red Bull Music Academy Weekender gave residents a scintillating taste of what’s to come this past month when the city played host to Damo Suzuki’s Network, Gilles Peterson, Daedelus, DJ Krush, Yann Tomita, Diamond Version, Young Symphony Orchestra, Henrik Schwarz’s WalkMusic performance, and a Harajuku-based music/art/records fair. Would-be initiates of Red Bull’s special brand of wizardry can watch Red Bull Music Academy’s website. Red Bull Red Bull Red Bull!!!! This post brought to you by new zero calorie Red Bull Overdose.

• Red Bull Music Academy: http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com

Wandering carnival ghost/songwriter Marissa Nadler releasing new album on Sacred Bones next year

When I was eight years old, a haunting and magical book appeared at the library and changed my life forever. That book was The Carnival Ghost, an early entry into the Sweet Valley Twins Super Chillers (imagine creepy, “bloody” red letters here) series of YA “twins gettin’ scared” novels. Unshockingly, this book was about a creeeepy carnival haunted by a fetching dark-haired young ghost woman with a super-pretty long white dress with a blue ribbon sash. Apart from the fact that she was totally evil, she was PRETTY AWESOME. I mean, she got to haunt a carnival forever, while wearing fly threads, and so basically this fictional ghost person became my life role model the first day I ever read that book.

Marissa Nadler’s new album is effectively this concept brought to life. The Boston-based chanteuse’s sixth album, July, is set for a February 4 release on Sacred Bones in the US, and a February 10 release on Bella Union in the UK. Recorded at Avast Studio in Seattle with Randall Dunn (Earth, sunn O))), Wolves in the Throne Room) and featuring Eyvand Kang (strings), Steve Moore (synths), and Phil Wandscher (guitar), July has that same haunting, ethereal, dusty Depression-era carnival quality that characterizes Nadler’s best work, but the lyrics on the new album set her firmly on the modern highways and fluorescent-lit hotels of the modern carnival ghost, er, touring musician. You can preview new track “Dead City Emily” online. No dates yet, apart from a late November stop at Rough Trade in Brooklyn.

July tracklisting:

01. Drive
02. 1923
03. Firecrackers
04. We Are Coming Back
05. Dead City Emily
06. Was It a Dream
07. I’ve Got Your Name
08. Desire
09. Anyone Else
10. Holiday In
11. Nothing in My Heart


11.30.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade

• Marissa Nadler: http://marissanadler.com
• Sacred Bones: http://sacredbonesrecords.com
• Bella Union: http://bellaunion.com

DJ Rashad, now the only cyborg footwork/juke musician, returns to the road following car crash-related hip injury

No no, put that pill bottle down, I say! DJ Rashad missing a slew of North American (and European) tour dates as a result of a car accident was not a case of divine (albeit malevolent) intervention, and the end of all life on Earth isn’t, in fact, a reasonable prediction henceforth! Though I certainly do appreciate the impulse, considering how previously rare stateside performances were, and the fact that the accident itself occurred pretty near the front end of what dates he had scheduled. Rashad’s amicable companion DJ Spinn ably filled in where necessary as the former recovered from a broken hip and weeks of physical therapy, but… you’ll notice my use of the past-tense there. Fed up with being hospital bed-ridden, Rashad ultimately turned to the mystical power of the Senzu Bean, and now he’s about to go Super-Saiyan all over North America’s ass. All over it. You may as well not even wear pants. I’m not.

Starting with the show in Oxford, Ohio last week, Rashad will be fulfilling all subsequent November dates in the US, and he’s just added a bunch of shows for December as well. As was preordained and not left to chance, Chance the Rapper maintains his support role all the way through the show at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. Insert month-long hiatus, Rashad making a New Year’s resolution to circumvent traffic by investing in a jet pack manufacturer, and then comes the trip to Japan as part of the Ten Years of Hyperdub tour. Don’t forget Double Cup (TMT Review), by the way. Came out just a few weeks ago, still hot.


11.08.13 - Oxford, OH - Brick St Bar
11.10.13 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall *

11.12.13 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater *
11.14.13 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater *
11.17.13 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey *
11.18.13 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory *
11.19.13 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red *
11.20.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater *
11.22.13 - Dallas, TX - Trees’ *
11.23.13 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live *
11.25.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft @ Center Stage *
11.26.13 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom *
11.27.13 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre *
11.29.13 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre *
11.30.13 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave *
12.03.13 - Oberlin, OH - Dionysus Disco *
12.08.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant *
12.10.13 - Fargo, ND - The Venue *
12.12.13 - Missoula, MT - The Wilma Theatre *
12.14.13 - Garden City, ID - Revolution Center *
12.15.13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox @ The Market *
12.16.13 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom *
12.18.13 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom *
12.20.13 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Cultural Center
01.31.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Unit #@!
02.01.13 - Chubu, Japan - Mago #@!
02.02.13 - Kanazawa, Japan - Manier #@!
02.03.13 - Osaka, Japan - Conpass #@!
02.07.13 - Middletown, CT - Eclectic House

* Chance the Rapper
@ Laurel Halo
# Kode9
! Ikonika

• DJ Rashad: https://www.facebook.com/pages/DJ-Rashad/152577002604
• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net