Squarepusher refuses a life without really cool helmets, announces live EP, begins North American tour next week

Squarepusher refuses a life without really cool helmets, announces live EP, begins North American tour next week

If Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight taught us anything about human psychology, it’s that some people just can’t help but insert hilariously stupid lines into everyday conversation. “Have a nice trip; see you next fall!” — wait, how again does that saying apply to a criminal being arrested? It doesn’t. People just say stupid things; or, if you prefer a more critical perspective, sometimes scripts just go bad.

On a more relevant note, the movie also delved into the motivations of psychopaths, illustrating how some simply relish chaos for its own sake. I’m not calling Squarepusher (Tom Jenkinson) a psychopath, but most people would agree that, generally speaking, his discography evinces a preference for (at least) musical discord. Ufabulum, released earlier this year, largely continues that preference from the listener’s point of view, but creatively, there’s one important distinction: the album was entirely pre-programmed. In contrast with much of his earlier work, and as Clash reported back in April, there was no incorporation of live guitar or drums during the recording process.

Even that level of planning and organization was apparently too much for Squarepusher to handle. On November 13 (though it’s available now via Bleep), he’ll be releasing KCRW Session, a live, digital-only EP of Ufabulum reworks recorded for radio show “Morning Becomes Eclectic.” Here’s Mr. Jenkinson himself on what he was trying to accomplish: “The whole session was recorded in a single take with no edits and is in keeping with the way I was performing the material in the live shows at the time. I wanted to introduce more disorder and mayhem to these pieces, and to move away from the more strictly controlled sound of the album.” See!? More disorder and mayhem. Some people apparently do just want to watch the world burn… artistically speaking.

Go here to listen to the KRCW version of the track “303 Scopem Hard,” and check out the dates for his short North American tour below.

KCRW Session tracklisting:

01. 4001 (KCRW Session)
02. Unreal Square (KCRW Session)
03. Drax 2 (KCRW Session)
04. Dark Steering (KCRW Session)
05. 303 Scopem Hard (KCRW Session)


10.26.12 - Asheville, NC - Moog Fest
10.27.12 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA *
10.29.12 - Silver Spring, MD - Fillmore *
10.31.12 - Boston, MA - Royale *
11.01.12 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 *
11.02.12 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall *
11.03.12 - Chicago, IL - Metro *

* with Mount Kimbie

• Squarepusher: http://squarepusher.net
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