The Aislers Set announce catalog reissues, West Coast shows, foster an uneasy truce between sworn enemies Slumberland and Suicide Squeeze

The Aislers Set announce catalog reissues, West Coast shows, foster an uneasy truce between sworn enemies Slumberland and Suicide Squeeze

Hens love roosters, geese love ganders, everyone else knows Suicide Squeeze and Slumberland hate each other. They’re like mongooses and snakes, oil and water, a duck’s back and water, fire and water, many other things and water. Yet, somehow even the bitterest of enemies join together for a worthy cause. Behold, a cause worthy enough to engender a partnership between Slumberland and Suicide Squeeze: reissuing the catalog of esteemed San Francisco indie-pop band The Aislers Set.

On September 23, Slumberland will reissue the band’s first two records, 1998’s Terrible Things Happen and 2000’s The Last Match. Taking the baton from their hated rival, Suicide Squeeze will reissue the group’s final album, 2002’s How I Learned to Write Backwards, on October 14. All three records have been remastered and given eco-friendly CD cases. In the case of the LP releases, this will be the first time the three records have been available on vinyl in a decade. Ever the overachievers, Suicide Squeeze have also re-sequenced How I Learned to Write Backwards. Beyond these reissues, a new record of singles and rarities from the band is being prepared for release in 2015. Until then, listen to a sampler of material from these records below:

To cap off this flurry of Aislers-related activity, the band will be getting together for a few West Coast shows this September. Though having ceased regular activity in 2004, the group has played sporadic reunion shows since, these dates being the latest in such a series. Word has it, all shows will be attended by Suicide Squeeze employees, who will stand at the left side of the club, and Slumberland employees, who will stand at the right.

The Aislers Set dates:

09.22.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
09.23.14 - Portland, OR - Holocene
09.26.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
09.28.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel

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Braids announce pair of festival dates, summon forth a beach ball

Here at The Tape, we pride ourselves on our exceptional service. Whether we succeed or not, our goal is always for every site visitor to feel like a close friend by the time they leave our humble site. Maybe we don’t always nail it, but I’d like to think that most of the time, we do. What we offer is a level of personal engagement that you will not find at other websites. So, friend, walk with me, while I tell you about Braids and their pair of upcoming festival dates.

I trust you know Braids, correct? If not, friend, let me tell you that they’re an art-pop group from the fine city of Calgary, Alberta. Last year, they put out a record, their second overall, titled Flourish // Perish. Now, as is proper, they are playing a pair of festival dates. The first will occur on August 23 in the fine city of Rock Creek, British Columbia, at the esteemed Ponderosa Festival. That appearance will find them sharing stage with the likes of Wampire, Plants and Animals, Ladyhawk, and plenty of others, though I’ll not bore you with too many details. Now, for the second date, it shall happen on September 24 at Decibel Festival in Seattle, Washington. The lineup for that one stretches far as the eye can see, but features Tiny Mix Tape favorites such as Oneohtrix Point Never, Andy Stott, Millie & Andrea, and Demdike Stare. As such, I think you may well be interested.

Our time together, in this story at least, has ended. Goodbye, friend. I think you will agree, you’ll not find this level of service anywhere else.

Braids dates:

08.23.14 - Rock Creek, BC - Ponderosa Festival
09.24.14 - Seattle, WA - Decibel Festival

• Braids:

Animal Collective get their paws on the ones and twos for upcoming DJ shows, leave hair everywhere

Animal Collective have been around for a pretty long time, and like any species that’s enjoyed similar company before and after leaving the burrow — somewhere along the line, becoming arguably the most popular unpopular band in existence — they’ve realized the necessity of branching out! Obviously, Panda Bear and Avey Tare both have their individual projects, but what about the subconscious social desire to return to the family? Why… yes! The members of AnCo don’t exist outside of the norms and theories of human psychology, which is why they’ve been reconvening, not for an extremely hyped new LP, but for… er, DJ sets!

Oh yeah, that’s a curtain of some sort. The outfit had a spate of DJ shows this past May and June, and now they’ve scheduled a few more on the East Coast this fall. Panda Bear won’t be at any of them, though, and apologies to fans in Miami, as only half of the collective will actually be on hand to “perform.” Yes, yes, go ahead and debate amongst yourselves the acceptability of using the name “Animal Collective” on the bill. Not sure about their DJ chops either, but try listening to a previous set here to get a sense. Diehards ensure sellouts, I’m predicting.

(DJ set) dates:

08.02.14 - Miami, FL - Grand Central *
09.10.14 - Philadelphia, PA - The Dolphin ^
09.12.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl ^
10.02.14 Philadelphia, PA - The Dolphin %
10.03.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl %
10.05.14 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall %
11.12.14 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall %
11.13.14 - Philadelphia, PA - The Dolphin %
11.14.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl %

* Deakin and Avey Tare
^ Geologist and Deakin
% Geologist, Deakin, and Avey Tare

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Chuck Cirino’s original Chopping Mall score released on LP because you don’t have enough anxiety in your life already

Running a label that strictly puts out reissues has always seemed like a daring move to me, repackaging sounds that could probably be found elsewhere for cheaper, usually focusing on a niche genre. Seems like you could easily end up cooking a plate of caramelized apathy with an ennui reduction. Luckily the relatively new Waxwork Records has been knocking it out of the park lately with their horror movie soundtrack reissues, which have included scores from classics like Rosemary’s Baby and Day of the Dead.

Waxwork has dug deeper into the horror movie canon with their newest release, exhuming Chuck Cirino’s Chopping Mall score (a movie originally released under the equally absurd name Killbots). Per usual, sonics and packaging are the top priorities — the songs are culled from the original master tapes (first time this baby’s appeared on vinyl!) and art for the sleeves and inserts comes from the Australian design powerhouse with an appropriately insane name, We Buy Your Kids. The album is available on 180 g neon green haze or fluorescent pink vinyl; both versions come with liner notes from both Cirino and the film’s screenwriter Steve Mitchell. Waxwork plans to release the LP on OH MY GOD IT’S OUT NOW AND IT’S RIGHT BEHIND YO—

Chopping Mall tracklist:

01. Main Title
02. Come Out And Play
03. Do They Kill Cockroaches
04. Shopping Death
05. Showdown
06. Burning Terror
07. Running Rampant
08. Fergie’s Dead
09. Zombiebot
10. The One In The Middle
11. Scary
12. Crawling Around
13. Love Theme
14. End Title
15. Have A Nice Day
16. Chopping Mall Suite

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Sinkane, the funky nomad, to release new album for DFA in September, announces fall tour

Well sheesh, Ahmed Abdullahi Gallab has been around. Sudan-born, Columbus, OH-raised, Brooklyn-based, Gallab has taken the alias Sinkane to pursue an encompassing musical project that blends the rhythms and textures of his birthplace with American funk, punk, and R&B. His second album on DFA, Mean Love, is another go at the mix, and a large undertaking it is. However, Gallab is far from underqualified, having worked with bands such as Yeasayer, Caribou, and of Montreal as a session musician, and as the musical director of that big event for the cat in the hat. Nah, this one. “ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor” it was called, and it included such young guns as Damon Albarn, David Byrne, a few employees from the Silicon Valley startups Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem assisting with a live stream of the event, and organic, vegan catering service Blood Orange providing delicious, healthful meals. Yeah, connects in the food, tech, and music world? Can’t get much hipper than that.

Funny, then, that Sinkane’s music is so damn gut-grabbing, catchy, and soulful. The lead single for Mean Love, a track called “Hold Tight,” is no less than a thick cut of perfectly seasoned, afro-beat infused funk, replete with a gruff, belly-out bassline, galloping hi-hat, and backing vocals that bloom just when you want them to. All the successes have done naught to displace Gallab’s nose. It remains vigorously forward.

(P.S. I was joking about those Onyeabor bands. Didn’t mean to frighten you.)

Listen to “Hold Tight,” check the tracklist for Mean Love, and scan through the extensive list of Sinkane’s fall tour dates below. The album is slated for a September 2 release and can be pre-ordered here, here, or here if that’s your thing.

Mean Love tracklist:

01. How We Be
02. New Name
03. Yacha
04. Young Trouble
05. Moonstruck
06. Mean Love
07. Hold Tight
08. Galley Boys
09. Son
10. Omdurman

Sinkane tour dates:

08.02.14 - Queens, NY - The LOT LIC
09.04.14 - Berlin, Germany - First We Take Berlin Festival
09.05.14 - Vienna, Austria - Grelle Forelle
09.06.14 - Heer-Sur-Meuse, Belgium - Deep into the Woods Festival
09.07.14 - Vlieland, Netherlands - Into the Great Wide Open
09.09.14 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli
09.10.14 - Paris, France - La Badadoum
09.11.14 - London, UK - Shacklewell Arms
09.12.14 - Lille, France - La Peniche
09.13.14 - Ghent, Belgium - Big Next Festival
09.16.14 - Nantes, France - Scorpitone Festival
09.18.14 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
09.20.14 - Hamburg, Denmark - Reeperbahn Festival
10.01.14 - Montreal, Quebec - Casa del Popolo
10.02.14 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
10.03.14 - Boston, MA - Cafe 939
10.04.14 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
10.05.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
10.07.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
10.08.14 - Washington, DC - DC9
10.09.14 - Charlottesville, NC - The Southern
10.11.14 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
10.12.14 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
10.13.14 - Saint Paul, MN - Turf Club
10.17.14 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
10.18.14 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
10.19.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
10.21.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
10.22.14 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
10.23.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Last Exit Live
10.24.14 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
10.26.14 - Austin, TX - Empire Control Room
10.27.14 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
10.28.14 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
10.29.14 - Nashville, TN - Exit In
10.30.14 - Columbus, OH - Ohio State University (Wexner Center)
11.01.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose
11.02.14 - New York, NY - SOB’s

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Sublime Frequencies reissues 1970s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground compilation

Sublime Frequencies, the influential Seattle label run by Hisham Mayet and Sun City Girls bassist Alan Bishop, has made a name for itself over the years by culling obscure recordings from around the world and then dropping dependably great compilations for us music nerds to enjoy. One 2008 release in particular, 1970’s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground, promptly sold out on vinyl and was never reprinted… until now! As a digipak CD. Perfect for the car stereo, or your Discman from 1996.

But let’s focus on the music, right? This rare compilation collects some of the most prescient Algerian Raï 45s in one place. In the early 1970s, Raï began to develop on the country’s Northwest Coast, where a young scene was crafting a new, experimental take on classic Algerian styles. Sent underground and censored by the government, these Raï pioneers are still relatively unknown to this day… until now! Spread the word, guys, cause this is one digipak you won’t wanna miss out on. It even features a booklet with photos and historical liner notes. If you read these notes, you’ll learn that “the Godfather of the modern Raï sound” is none other than Messaoud Bellemou, whose group L’Orchestre Bellemou reworked traditional Algerian music with newfangled instruments like the trumpet. 1970s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground is out now on CD, and the full tracklist can be found below. My personal favorite is “I’m Still Getting Drunk… Still.”

1970s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground tracklist:

01. Li Maandouche l’Auto [He, Who Doesn’t Own a Car]
02. Mazal Nesker Mazal [I’m Still Getting Drunk… Still]
03. Touedar Aakli [My Reason Is Lost]
04. Lah Lah Ya S’habi [My God! My God! My Friends!]
05. Dayha Oulabes [I’ll Marry Her Wheter They Like It or Not…]
06. Malagre Tout [Despite Everything]
07. El Fermlia [The Nurse]
08. Ana Dellai [I Cuddle Myself]

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