Talibam! “rap” up the internet to celebrate their “Tin Jubliee”

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Are you a fan of Talibam!? I like the fact that when I type their name out at the end of a question, it appears as if I’m being overly exclamatory, but I don’t like the fact that having an exclamation point at the end of their name means that if it falls anywhere but at the end of a sentence, I have to deal with the incorrect capitalization of the next word that today’s word processing programs “helpfully” auto-create. “TMT-people” problems… but other than that, I like them a lot. I saw them live about a year ago, and their brand of realness was so real that the decently sized crowd had dwindled down to just my concert buddy and me by the end of the 45-minute set. They were just that real. I very much now know what it’s like for (keyboardist Matt) Mottel to be in a hotel.

Speaking of Talibam! though, did you know they’ve been making muzik (and now raps) for 10 years now? It’s true, and to commemorate this momentous occasion, the group has lined up a whole bunch of internet goodness for fans to consume. We all (now) know Talibam! can rhyme motel with hotel, but did you know they’ve got the latest word on the rap game? Or that they’ve been using the likes of Dan Deacon and MBV as inspiration for their mix series, Launch Pad? Well, it’s true, and with a new tour in support of their 2012 album for Critical Heights, Puff Up the Volume, they’re practically everywhere you turn on the world wide web. Including here, where you can see the band performing the title track from last year’s album with cool hand-drawn animation overlaying their playing, courtesy of director Katharina Huber.

Said tour kicked off at the TV on the Radio-hosted ATP in the UK and continues across Europe through the end of June. See the still-forming tour schedule below!

05.19.13 - Croxhapox Gallery – Ghent, Belgium
05.23.13 - Pfaffenhofen
05.24.13 - Silly Art – Hannover, Germany
05.25.13 - Bremen, Friese
05.27.13 - Studio Grez – Brussels, Belgium
05.28.13 - Stadtgarten, Baustelle Kalk Festival – Cologne, Germany
05.29.13 - Munich, Germany
05.30.13 - Wurzburg, Germany
05.31.13 - Winter Garten, Brass Festival – Landshut, Germany
06.01.13 - Hirschwirtchw – Moosburg, Germany/Austria?

• TALIBAM!: http://talibam.bandcamp.com
• Critical Heights: http://www.criticalheights.com

Superchunk boldly announce new LP I Hate Music and tour dates, almost like how a younger band would!

Hey, music fans, do you like music? I mean, really like music? If you answered “yes” (and then yes again, I guess), then you’ll want to keep reading at least until the end of this sentence wherein I tell you the news about the new Superchunk album, I Hate Music! Sounds delightful, doesn’t it? It comes out August 20 via everyone’s favorite indie-punk label, Vagrant Records. Haha, just kidding of course! It’s coming out on Merge, duh. You know, because the singer works there? I think he’s a janitor or something. Don’t know how he got hooked up with that sweet gig. Anyway! Let’s not get bogged down in “accurate” or “detailed information.” On to more content!

I Hate Music is the band’s freakin’ tenth studio album, believe it or not; and it’s also their first since 2010’s pretty cool Majesty Shredding. In fact, the press release calls I Hate Music Majesty Shredding’s “dark twin” — which totally sounds racist, doesn’t it? — before clarifying that statement a little. Turns out that the new one is “similarly aggressive” and “every bit as energetic” but with a “dark undercurrent” as well. It also assures all the young Turks out there that the new title “isn’t tongue-in-cheek, but it’s really more a question than a statement: When you’re 20, lazy co workers and romantic missteps number among your biggest worries; two decades later, life’s bigger questions knock louder and louder, demanding answers.” Hear that? Life’s gonna get a lot worse, suckers!

Speaking of purchasing it, though (I was, wasn’t I?), it’s coming out on CD, LP, and digital, with a limited-edition deluxe LP that comes on colored vinyl and includes a bonus 7-inch with two non-album tracks and a sweet “I Hate Music” stencil (oh, and both the standard and deluxe version LPs are 150-gram vinyl with a die-cut sleeve, and all pre-orders from the Merge store will come with a sweet poster, the first 200 of which will be signed by the band). Whoa, whoa, not so fast! It’s 2013 folks, so you can check out the trailer below and find out for yourself before you just mindlessly buy a product you’ve never heard based on the band’s solid reputation alone. Come on now. Don’t act like such a bunch of pop-punk oldsters! You’ll embarrass me in front of Superchunk.

I Hate Music tracklisting:

01. Overflows
02. Me & You & Jackie Mittoo
03. Void
04. Staying Home
05. Low F
06. Trees of Barcelona
07. Breaking Down
08. Out of the Sun
09. Your Theme
10. FOH
11. What Can We Do


06.20.13 - Calgary, AB – Sled Island @ Republik
08.22.13 - Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
08.23.13 - Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
08.24.13 - Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
09.02.13 - Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot
09.03.13 - San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
09.04.13 - Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
09.06.13 - Portland, OR – MusicFestNW @ Crystal Ballroom
09.23.13 - Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater#
09.24.13 - Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer#
09.26.13 - Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club#
09.27.13 - New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom#
09.28.13 - New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom#
09.29.13 - Washington, DC – 9:30 Club#

# Spider Bags

• Superchunk: http://www.superchunk.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

My Bloody Valentine return to the US to rock Los Angeles’ FYF Fest

Sunny California. A state where dreams become stars and stars become Lindsay Lohan. Where the jasmine is always in bloom and where the surf’s always up. Where people actually work with trained chimps and basketball-playing dogs and IT’S THEIR JOB. Yes, it truly is an incredible place. In fact, it’s so damn incredible that My Bloody Valentine are coming to Los Angeles’ FYF Festival to play their first US show in four years, and their first stateside show since their new album dropped earlier this year. The band has not yet announced whether any other North American shows will happen post-fest. So let’s all just hold up FYF Fest like a shiny penny scrounged up by a drunk hipster raccoon from the bottom of a creek and marvel and its beauty and splendor. Ooooohhhhh. Ahhhhhhhh. My Bloody Valentine outsiiiiiiiiiide.

In addition to MBV, there’s a whole slew of other noteworthy acts lining up for this year’s FYF Fest. From August 24-25, Los Angeles State Historic Park will be awash with the sweet, sweet sounds of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House, Chelsea Wolfe, MGMT, Solange, Deerhunter, Death Grips, Yo La Tengo, TV On The Radio, Waxahatchee, The Breeders doing Last Splash in its entirety, How to Dress Well, Baroness, !!!, Foxygen, Devendra Banhart, Eleanor Friedberger, Kurt Vile and The Violators, Holy Ghost!!!, FLAG, Jonathan Richman, Glasser, METZ, Roky Erickson, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, and so many more. Tickets to L.A.’s best excuse to get drunk outside go on sale starting Tuesday.

Sale info and more detailed lineup are available online.

• FYF Fest: http://fyffest.com

DJ Diamond grabs his spelunking equipment and takes you Deeper Than Trax with new digital EP

Over at le Grinder de Chocolat, C Monster provided a nice overview of the initial version of Deeper Than Trax, but unfortunately most of the links offered have since been rendered inactive. Where’s Leo? I need his permission to go deeper to find Deeper. The tracks aren’t hidden among the substantial cleavage of the other DJ Diamond; I know, because I spent a considerable amount of time looking, for research purposes. Diamond’s SoundCloud probably satisfies the frugal, but what about those with a penchant for fidelity, footwork, and making it rain (in $15 increments)? Why, surf over to Juno or check out the iTunes Store to purchase the complete, newly released, and downloadable version of the Deeper Than Trax EP, which is sponsored by the Amsterdam-based label, Liquorish Dubz.

Please ignore the dubious opinions of RYMers, and put your trust in TMT. This stuff is gold, or shall I say, oh… you know.

• DJ Diamond: https://soundcloud.com/dj-diamond-flight-muzik
• Liquorish Dubz: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Liquorish-Dubz/204342712966332

Small Black head out on summer tour, have new single, new beer

Well, here we are. Summer will be bearing down at any moment now. Technically, that moment comes in roughly a month-and-a-half, but it will feel like summer for much of the nation long before then. Brooklyn’s Small Black will be using these summer months to head out on tour with their buddies Heavenly Beat. While they’ll be beginning their tour in the milder climates of Canada and the Northeastern United States, it will take them to more hellish summer destinations like Texas and Arizona. They’ll end up back in their homebase of Brooklyn at the tour’s end, presumably thankful that it’s (probably) not 100+ degrees there.

Those summer months are ideal beer-drinking months, according to many people who enjoy drinking beer in the summer. Appropriately, Small Black now have their own beer. Stillwater Artisanal Ales has worked with the band to create a Small Black beer, following Lower Dens as the second entry in the brewery’s Sensory Series. The beer is a 5% ABV black saison inspired by the band’s song “Breathless” with a base of German malts and a debittered roasted barley. Aside from the ABV part, I hardly understand what any of that means, but I bet it’s good. Even if it’s not, the beer does contain a QR code that lets you watch a live video of “Breathless” recorded in Brooklyn and Nashville, so there’s that.

Tomorrow, May 14, Jagjaguwar is releasing Small Black’s second record, Limits of Desire. Check out the video for “Free At Dawn” here:

Small Black dates:

05.29.13 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
05.30.13 - Montreal, QC - Club Lambi *
05.31.13 - Toronton, ON - Wrong Bar *
06.01.13 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch *
06.03.13 - Chicago, IL - Schubas *
06.04.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center *
06.07.13 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret *
06.08.13 - Seattle, WA - Barboza *
06.09.13 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar *
06.11.13 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop *
06.13.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
06.14.13 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar *
06.15.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Last Exit Live *
06.17.13 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada *
06.18.13 - Austin, TX - Red 7 *
06.19.13 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s *
06.21.13 - New Orleans, LA - Hi-ho Lounge *
06.22.13 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn *
06.23.13 - Nashville, TN - Exit In *
06.24.13 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *
06.25.13 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel *
06.26.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Morgan’s Pier *
06.30.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
07.20.13 - Denver, CO - THE UMS

* Heavenly Beat

• Small Black: http://www.small-black.com
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com
• Stillwater Artisanal Ales: http://www.stillwatersensory.com

Okkyung Lee prepares a coarse, ungarnished dish of Ghil, out June 24 on Ideologic Organ

Not to generalize or be one of those people, but it seems to be a recognizable motif of popular music that — absent a genuine desire to find talented musicians — producers and engineers have no choice but to resort to musical overdressing, designed to obfuscate what would otherwise be an all-too-apparent vapidity. Compress this, compress that. Add a backup vocal track from someone who can actually sing here. ALERT: hackneyed song about heterosexual relationships coming down the pipeline. Quick, Steve, muster all the synthesized strings you can find! No, you can’t have too many, you son of a bitch!

It’s the musical equivalent of orcs at a masquerade ball, but luckily, the world’s been blessed with its opposite: orcs playing tackle football? No, wait.

The opposite is music stripped to its essence, and Ghil, the newest solo release from Korean cellist/composer Okkyung Lee, reportedly takes that very approach. Out June 24 on Ideologic Organ, the album was produced and recorded by Norwegian artist Lasse Marhaug using a secondhand portable cassette recorder. And that’s it. There were no effects added before, during, or after the fact, and there was no overdubbing. Excepting what was some presumably minor editing and minimal mastering, Ghil takes Lee’s experimental cello work and offers it bare, raw, and appropriate for the parent label, noisy. Contrast the track below with her earlier, more jazzy work, and it barely sounds like she’s playing the same instrument.

Who’s up for some soul-staring? Pre-order the LP here.

Ghil tracklisting:

1.1. The Crow Flew After Yi Sang
1.2. Two To Your Right, Five To Your Left
1.3. Strictly Vertical
1.4. The Space Beneath My Grey Heart
2.1. Cheol-kkot
2.2. Hollow Water
2.3. Two Perfectly Shaped Stones
2.4. Meolly Ganeun
2.5. Over The Oak, Under The Elm

• Okkyung Lee: http://okkyung.wordpress.com
• Ideologic Organ: http://editionsmego.com/releases/ideologic-organ