Talibam! tour through Europe and (briefly) return to improvisation

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Last time we talked about Talibam! they were celebrating 10 years of merrymaking, rapping, and playing some dates in Europe. While the rap game was apparently fun, it seems to have grown tiresome for the New York duo who are known for blending styles and genres. Matt Mottel and Kevin Shea (a.k.a. MC Moaty Mogulz and MC K-Wizzle) are returing to their roots (sort of) for a show with Peter Evans and Alan Wilkinson as part of the Sant’Anna Arress Jazz Festival (WARNING: lots of brightly colored flash graphics) in Sant’Anna, Italy. The festival also features the likes of Cecil Taylor and the Sun Ra Arkestra.

Well, maybe “tiresome” wasn’t the right word before. It’s more likely the improv bug was itching and they had to scratch, as they will be playing a series of shows highlighting their #NOSCHOOL stylings all over Europe in the weeks following the jazz festival.

For two dudes based in New York, they sure seem to play abroad a lot. My guess is it’s either they don’t send out press releases for their US shows, or our feeble American minds cannot comprehend their realness.

Anyway, here are the tour dates:

08.24.13 - Sant’Anna, Italy - Sant’Anna Arress Jazz Festival

#NOSCHOOL Rap tour dates:

08.29.13 - Charleroi, Belgium - Rockerill
08.31.13 - London, UK - Shacklewell Arms
09.01.13 - Duisburg, Germany - Platzhirsch Festival
09.02.13 - Caen, France - Ecuyes
09.03.13 - Cherbourg, France
09.04.13 - Venlo, Netherlands - radio appearance
09.08.13 - Riviers, France - Baignade -Toujours- Interditeade Festival

• Talibam!: http://talibam.bandcamp.com

Talibam! tour through Europe and (briefly) return to improvisation

Last time we talked about Talibam! they were celebrating 10 years of merrymaking, rapping, and playing some dates in Europe. While the rap game was apparently fun, it seems to have grown tiresome for the New York duo who are known for blending styles and genres. Matt Mottel and Kevin Shea (a.k.a. MC Moaty Mogulz and MC K-Wizzle) are returing to their roots (sort of) for a show with Peter Evans and Alan Wilkinson as part of the Sant’Anna Arress Jazz Festival (WARNING: lots of brightly colored flash graphics) in Sant’Anna, Italy. The festival also features the likes of Cecil Taylor and the Sun Ra Arkestra.

Well, maybe “tiresome” wasn’t the right word before. It’s more likely the improv bug was itching and they had to scratch, as they will be playing a series of shows highlighting their #NOSCHOOL stylings all over Europe in the weeks following the jazz festival.

For two dudes based in New York, they sure seem to play abroad a lot. My guess is it’s either they don’t send out press releases for their US shows, or our feeble American minds cannot comprehend their realness.

Anyway, here are the tour dates:

08.24.13 - Sant’Anna, Italy - Sant’Anna Arress Jazz Festival

#NOSCHOOL Rap tour dates:

08.29.13 - Charleroi, Belgium - Rockerill
08.31.13 - London, UK - Shacklewell Arms
09.01.13 - Duisburg, Germany - Platzhirsch Festival
09.02.13 - Caen, France - Ecuyes
09.03.13 - Cherbourg, France
09.04.13 - Venlo, Netherlands - radio appearance
09.08.13 - Riviers, France - Baignade -Toujours- Interditeade Festival

• Talibam!: http://talibam.bandcamp.com

Melt-Banana ready first album in six years, plot North American tour, probe your prog-core

Japanese noise-grind-prog-core outfit Melt-Banana have a big announcement, but you have to slow it down 100x to understand it. I’ll translate it for you: the band is to release their 10th album, titled fetch and containing their first set of new material since 2007, via A-Zap Records on October 1! Get ready for an entirely new onslaught of genre- and mind-bending maniacal mayhem.

The hyperactive oddballs, who still use GeoCities for their website because they just don’t give a fuck, have been touring as a duo since last summer, and they’ll do the same for their “2 do what 2 fetch” tour in support of the album.

Tourdates:

10.16.13- Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
10.17.13 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
10.18.13 - Portland, OR - Dante’ s
10.19.13 - Boise, ID - Nuerolux
10.20.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.21.13 - Denver, CO - Laimer Lounge
10.23.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
10.24.13 - Milwaukee, WI - The Cactus Club
10.25.13 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pryamid Scheme
10.26.13 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
10.27.13 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
10.28.13 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom
10.29.13 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
10.31.13 - Philly, PA - Union Transfer
11.01.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
11.02.13 - Providence, RI - AS220
11.03.13 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair
11.04.13 - Washington, DC - Black Cat - Backstage
11.05.13 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
11.06.13 - Atlanta, GA - 529 -
11.08.13 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
11.09.13 - Austin, TX - FFF Fest -
11.11.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
11.12.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Last Exit
11.13.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
11.14.13 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
11.15.13 - Pomona, CA - The Glasshouse
11.16.13 - Oakland, CA - Oakland Metro Opera House

• Melt-Banana: http://www.geocities.jp/azaplink/mb/mxbx.html
• A-Zap: http://www.geocities.jp/azaplink/index.html

Cass McCombs announces new LP Big Wheel and Others, defends tricycle as most efficient mode of transportation

Cass “Big Wheel” McCombs is a rough rider on the mean streets of the world. He doesn’t take shit from no one. Not from motorcyclists. Not from bikers. Not from folks in minivans, either. He just pedals on by and waves, the big wheel in front carrying him over any and all obstacles the open road can throw at him. “Big Wheel” McCombs is not a small man, and throughout the years, many have observed that he looks “pretty much ridiculous” and “like a weird giant riding a children’s toy.” It always seemed like Mr. Big (Wheel) didn’t take any of the negative talk seriously; at least not until now, that is.

Now I’m not so sure. He’s just announced a new LP entitled Big Wheel and Others out on Domino Records, and from the looks of it, it’s a rebuttal to all the haters. It follows what many interpreted as a “brooding silence” through 2012 that was preceded by a 2011 release schedule that could have only been managed by a man with calves made powerful by constant pedaling — he released both Humor Risk (TMT Review) and Wit’s End (TMT Review) that year. Big Wheel and Others is out October 15, and it’s a double LP that unfolds over two discs and 22 songs (he’s got a lot to say about his precious big wheel, it seems). Indeed, it is perhaps less an album and more a bundle, or an oil barrel, or a child’s toy chest of songs. It’ll arrive as both a double CD and LP, with a special edition 2xLP limited to 500 copies that comes with an exclusive 7-inch containing unreleased songs. Those who have cast shade upon the almighty big wheel need not preorder, though those whose lips have remained dry of the haterade may follow this link to the Domino store.

McCombs is touring as fast as his grownup legs can carry him on his chosen mode of transportation this fall. You can listen to “There Can Only Be One” from the album below. Honestly, and I say this from a place of total love, but yes, there can only be one. If there’s any more than one full-grown adult riding around the world on a children’s toy at one time then I’d say we are to a point where things are getting objectively out of hand.

Big Wheel and Others tracklisting:

Disc 1:
01. Sean I
02. Big Wheel
03. Angel Blood
04. Morning Star
05. The Burning of the Temple, 2012
06. Brighter!
07. There Can Be Only One
08. Name Written in Water
09. Joe Murder
10. Everything Has to Be Just-So

Disc 2:
01. It Means a Lot to Know You Care
02. Dealing
03. Sooner Cheat Death Than Fool Love
04. Satan Is My Toy
05. Sean II
06. Home on the Range
07. Brighter!
08. Untitled Spain Song
09. Sean III
10. Honesty Is No Excuse
11. Aeon of Aquarius Blues
12. Unearthed

Dates:

08.30.13 - Salisbury, UK - End of the Road Festival
09.02.13 - Manchester, UK - Castle Hotel
09.05.13 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre
09.06.13 - Biddeford, ME - The Oak and the Ax
09.07.13 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen
09.14.13 - Hudson, NY - Basilica Soundscape 2013
01.13.13 - London, UK - Queen Elizabeth Hall

• Cass McCombs: https://www.facebook.com/CassMcCombs
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

Le1f announces third mixtape Tree House, climbs down for tour

As a child, did you have a treehouse? If so, lucky! I had trees and I had a house, but the two never became one. The question at hand, though: did New York rapper Le1f ever have a treehouse? My guess would be, no, as New York does not seem like a particularly treehouse-heavy city, but I can’t say for sure. Maybe Le1f spent his childhood years in a beautiful treehouse. Maybe he’s never been in a treehouse. Maybe he’s purging his childhood disappointment through his upcoming mixtape Tree House, coming out September 10.

The mixtape, Le1f’s third since last year, has a first single in the form of “Damn Son,” named after the exclamation one makes upon seeing a particularly great treehouse. Listen to that track below, via Le1f’s SoundCloud. After the tape’s release, Le1f will head out on a tour of America’s best treehouses. He will also spend some of that time playing shows. Some shows may, in fact, be in treehouses.

Le1f dates:

09.25.13 - Washington, DC - U Hall
09.26.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Saddle
09.27.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Verboten
09.28.13 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
10.03.13 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
10.04.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10.05.13 - Vancouver, BC - Celebrities
10.06.13 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
10.08.13 - Portland, OR - Holocene
10.10.13 - San Francisco, CA - Stereo Might
10.11.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Globs
10.16.13 - Austin, TX - Holy Mountain

• Le1f: http://le1f.com

Dean Blunt unexpectedly drops new album Stone Island in Russia, available to DL and stream now

Just a few hours ago, I posted a track from Dean Blunt that I thought was called “King James,” but I also speculated that, after scanning the MP3’s tags, it could be track #3 of a release called Island of Stone. Well, thanks to TMT reader Vinícius Ortolano, I’m happy to report that I was partially correct! The track is actually called “Three” (at least in the context of this Russian release) and, according to Russian website Афиша, is off a new 10-track Dean Blunt album called Stone Island. The best part? It’s already out.

The album, a thematic and aesthetic continuation of the issues he introduced on The Redeemer, was recorded in full in a Moscow hotel room last week. Stream it here:

The album is available for download here too, but you may encounter problems extracting due to how the files are named. If that’s the case, try here or here.

Seriously, aren’t we lucky to have an artist like Dean Blunt in our lives?

Stone Island tracklist:

01. One
02. Two
03. Three
04. Four
05. Five
06. Six
07. Stone Island
08. Eight
09. Heat (feat. Joanne Robertson)
10. Ten

• Dean Blunt: https://soundcloud.com/cplnd