Swans, Black Flag, Rhys Chatham, and more to play magical festival of the future in Brooklyn

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You know how people say children are the future? That’s bull$hit. Brooklyn’s Northside Festival is in the future. It’s balls-to-the-walls, “will.i.am beamed in via holograph to discuss his thoughts on the 2008 election with Anderson Cooper,” George Jetson marrying an iPhone FUTURE. It’s forward-thinking music, film, and entrepreneurship events scattered across that bastion of flying cars and robot indie rock bands, Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

This festival is so future-oriented that it EVEN TAKES PLACE IN THE FUTURE. June 13-20, to be exact, with NExT: The Northside Entrepreneurship and Technology Expo kicking things off with a bang. NExT’s free innovation expo takes place in Brooklyn’s McCarren Park, with an entrepreneurship conference held in various venues within walking distance. The expo will include over 100 booths and presentations, with everything from Windowfarms, a local startup that lets city dwellers grow luscious, vitaminy lettuce all up in the space of their very own windows, to the Voxiebox, “the world’s first Volumetric Entertainment System,” which basically seems like a thingie that makes 3D real and in front of you. FUUUUUUTURE. Red Bull Creation is putting on a 72-hour innovation marathon from June 12-16 at McCarren Park.

Then of course, there’s the music. From June 13-16, almost 350 bands will rock your space robot faces, both during free McCarren Park concerts, ticketed shows, and during Williamsburg Walks (that dealie where they close down streets and people can walk around in them just like poor people in the PAST did). This year’s lineup features the first NYC performance in 26 years of the Greg Ginn-fronted Black Flag, plus the mighty Swans, Lambchop, Son Volt, Iceage, a collabo between Rhys Chatham and Oneida, WHY?, Merchandise, The Soft Moon, Chelsea Wolfe, Twin Sister, Milk Music, Kisses, Lower, Destruction Unit, Good for You, Greg Ginn & The Royal We, and more gloooorious more to be announced. If you wanna add your band’s name to that list, you can submit your music prior to April 13 at Sonic Bids and ya know… see what happens. Badges for the music portion of the fest are on sale now.

• Northside Festival: http://northsidefestival.com

µ-Ziq and Ital Tek collaborate for new track “Braindead Moth,” but can’t agree on whose name is more esoteric

The first time I heard μ-Ziq’s Bluff Limbo I felt lost. I stared emptily at the highway before me, frozen in thought, tumbling in a moment stretched to forever. As someone supposedly enamored with IDM, how had I not heard this record before? This was intelligent dance music as its own galaxy, a portentous vacuum of every corner of electronic music that moved me, like a preordained compilation of my own personal history with the genre. It made me paranoid. It made me happy. It made me want to dance.

It wasn’t until I caught a glimpse of my face in the rear-view mirror — a blissful, tranced-out rictus — that I snapped back to Earth. This was a smeary smirk etched by Drum n’ Bass, pluming electro, and ambiance flotsam carried on a stream of glitch-damaged rhythms. It was too much.

Thankfully, this same practiced nebulosity resides over “Braindead Moth,” a freshly posted cut from μ-Ziq and fellow Planet Mu labelmate iTAL tEK. Anti-gravity tones, crystalline synths, and numbing sub-bass make up this collaborative effort; it’s spacious, submerged, and wonderfully lulling. As FACT report, the duo (under moniker Mick & Alan) recently put the track up on SoundCloud, along with a brief description of its origins. “Mike and I were compiling tracks for my Nebula Dance album about a year or so ago round his house. After the 10th cup of tea and the 100th demo we decided to try and write a track together.”

This is the kind of one-off collaboration that would have been all but impossible to track down 15 years ago, but we are living in the future, folks, so here it is for free; stream it (below), download it, show it to that friend you know won’t like it no matter how good you tell him it is.

• Mick & Alan: https://soundcloud.com/ital-tek/mick-alan-braindead-moth
• Planet Mu: http://www.planet.mu

Kendrick Lamar is coming to a college near you and you probably can’t see him

Kendrick Lamar has had a very busy year so far but that’s bound to happen when your major label debut is nearly universally acclaimed, getting as much praise from the hip-hop press as you do from that magazine in your dentist’s waiting room. Hell, we liked good kid, m.A.A.d city, too (TMT Review). The young Mr. Lamar is keeping the ball rolling, making his way to college campuses across the country, bringing Dim Mak boss/DJ Steve Aoki along for a bunch of the shows (via the ‘Fork).

A lot of the shows are private functions/students-only so make sure you, dear reader and Kendrick Lamar superfan, read the dates carefully before rolling up to your local university with a 30 rack of Natty Ice poured into a CamelBak and a desire to party. He doesn’t even list half the dates on his own website, so good luck pinning down all the details. I like the dates where a city is listed and it just says “Private”. Sounds mysterious.

This story makes me pine for my college days; standing alone in the back at a party, on the verge of blacking out off cheap whiskey and even cheaper beer, thinking the ladies will take my creepy silence as brooding stoicism, navigating vomit-lined trails back to the dorms, etc. Ah, good times.

Anyway, here’s where Lamar is going to be playing:

04.04.13 - Boca Raton, FL - Florida Atlantic University #
04.05.13 - Atlanta, GA - Private #
04.06.13 - Atlanta, GA - Georgia State University
04.07.13 - Tallahassee, FL - Florida State #
04.09.13 - Orlando, FL - University of Central Florida *
04.10.13 - Charlotte, NC - University of North Carolina-Charlotte
04.11.13 - Columbus, OH - Ohio State University * #
04.12.13 - Auburn Hills, MI - Oakland University (Meadowbrook Music Festival) * #
04.13.13 - Athens, OH - Ohio University (#fest) *
04.14.13 - Buffalo, NY - University of Buffalo *
04.17.13 - St. Louis, MO - Chaifetz Arena *
04.18.13 - Kent, OH - Kent State University *#
04.19.13 - Storrs, CT - UConn *#
04.21.13 - Lowell, MA - Tsongas Center *
04.22.13 - State College, PA - Bryce Jordan Center
04.23.13 - Fairfax, VA - Private #
04.24.13 - Durham, NC - Duke University *#
04.25.13 - Williamsburg, VA - William & Mary
04.26.13 - New Britain, CT - Central CT State *
04.27.13 - Cortland, NY - SUNY Cortland *
04.28.13 - Waltham, MA - Private #
04.29.13 - Newark, DE - University of Delaware
04.30.13 - Greensboro, NC - North Carolina A&T
05.01.13 - Fairfield, CT - Fairfield University #
05.03.13 - Ithaca, NY - Private #
05.04.13 - Watertown, NY - SUNY Jefferson
05.11.13 - Columbia, MD - Sweetlife Festival
05.04.13 - Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Beach Music and Arts Festival
05-17.13 - San Diego, CA - Sun God Festival
06.07.13 - New York, NY - Randall’s Island (Governors Ball)
06.29.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center (BET Experience)

* Steve Aoki
# closed to the general public/students-only

• Kendrick Lamar: http://www.kendricklamar.com
• Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope: http://topdawgmusic.com

Scientists in Minneapolis create world’s quietest room; potential kidnappers now seek simultaneous career as acousticians

“In space… nobody can hear you scream.” To the millionaire science skeptics out there, you’re welcome to explore that theory. Though Russia’s space tourism program is currently offering trips for a price of around $30 million, I hear they’re offering discounts for open displays of enthusiasm and positivity. General public gloominess in the country is at an all-time high… or low, depending on how you look at it.

For the rest of us, we’ll have to settle for the next best, non-reflective, really quiet thing: an anechoic chamber, one of the newest of which has been built by scientists at Minneapolis’ Orfield Labs, according to Brooklyn Vegan.

Zero noise from the outside and a complete lack of sound wave reflection on the inside means that, assuming you’re solo inside the room, you’re only left with your thoughts and the sound of your heartbeat. And thoughts about how you can hear your heartbeat. And thoughts about how your heartbeat is quickening due to the onset-paranoia of being able to hear your heartbeat. And thoughts about how you’re having a panic attack on the floor. Studies from Orfield Labs show that subjects placed within the chamber tend to start hallucinating within 30 minutes.

Watch a video explanation of the room below, though be forewarned that the digital recreation doesn’t show the man tripping balls. D’awww.

• Orfield Labs: http://www.orfieldlabs.com

Turbonegro to tour United States, wear denim

Are Norwegian “deathpunks” Turbonegro wearing denim right now? Let me answer that one for you: yes. How do I know? I don’t, but I’m not seriously going to wager that Turbonegro are not wearing denim. I mean, have you ever seen a picture of those guys? If so, have you ever seen a picture where none of them are wearing denim? You haven’t.

Next question. Are Turbonegro touring the United States this spring? Yes. This time around, I have some pretty solid data, namely a list of Turbonegro tourdates. They’ll be playing single dates in New York and Chicago, before playing a week of West Coast dates leading into Las Vegas’s Punk Rock Bowling festival. Joining Turbonegro for a trio of these West Coast dates is Florida sludge metal outfit Torche. Will they be wearing denim? They damn well better be.

Turbonegro dates:

05.18.13 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
05.19.13 - Chicago, IL - Metro
05.20.13 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
05.22.13 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades *
05.23.13 - Costa Mesa, CA - Observatory *
05.24.13 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues *
05.25.13 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
05.26.13 - Las Vegas, NV - Punk Rock Bowling

* Torche

• Turbonegro: http://www.turbonegro.com

Wolf Eyes overturn merch tables at the noise temple, rebuke believers via new full-length LP on De Stijl

Wolf Eyes, the Wu-Tang of noise, haven’t released an album since 2009’s Always Wrong (a.k.a. The W) on Hospital Productions, itself a fairly unheralded record compared to the high-profile one-two Sub Pop knockout virus of Burned Mind (a.k.a. Enter the Wu-Tang) and Human Animal (a.k.a. Wu-Tang Forever). In the time since the seeming decay of the W0, each member has been focusing on their own constellation of side projects, some as distinct an’ uncategorizable as their main unit… in the anxious, carefully arranged horror creep of Nate Young’s Regression series, the loping, psychedelic blues wheeze of Stare Case, and the long string of recent jaw-droppers from former member Aaron Dilloway (a.k.a. first-wave solo Wu-Tang).

Around Valentine’s Day, we learned that Mike Connelly had left and was being replaced with new guitarist Jim Baljo (a.k.a. Capadonna), who thank god is widely known as “CRAZY JIM.” Now the rejuvenated terrorist cell is ready to party once more, and on April 9 we’ll be able to mix it with our own bad vibrations via CD/LP release on De Stijl Records. De Stijl has had a long low-key supportive relationship with Wolf Eyes, releasing their Smegma collab on a paste-on jacket in the mid-00s, and handling Stare Case’s first LP in 2011. Plus, if a record isn’t at least a fascinating spin on both sides, it’s not getting released on De Stijl. So you can just start tweeting about how it’s mindblowing now.

The new album is called No Answer : Lower Floors, and recalls previous efforts but “goes much further” according to the press release, which I’m not going to quote from anymore because I’m desperate to come across as something less than a hack. The shock of early Wolf Eyes rattlesnakery has given way to a more slow-burning mixture of tape delay, haltering electronics, “lost boatman on an empty dock” sax, and surprisingly clear vocals and steady rhythms, obviously influenced by the direction of their side projects. Even Dilloway and Connelly make appearances… cute! Hear the opening track “Choking Flies” below, hear the whole album via Pitchfork Advance, and preorder that filthy sucker direct from De Stijl. Finally, check out the just-announced European tourdates below, with additional dates in the US to come forthwith.

No Answer : Lower Floors tracklisting:

01. Choking Flies
02. Born Liar
03. No Answer
04. Chattering Lead
05. Confession of the Informer
06. Warning Sign

European tourdates:

04.17.13 - Arnhem, Netherlands - Willemeen
04.18.13 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix @
04.19.13 - Bremen, Germany - Friese
04.20.13 - Neuchatel, Switzerland - Queen Kong Club
04.21.13 - Geneva, Switzerland - L’Usine
04.22.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Magasin4
04.23.13 - London, UK - Corsica Studios
04.24.13 - Lisbon, Portugal - ZDB
04.25.13 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal
04.26-27.13 - Paris, France - Instant Chavires
04.28.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - OCCII #

@ The Soft Moon
# Sightings

• Wolf Eyes: http://www.wolfeyes.net
• De Stijl: http://destijlrecs.com