The Flaming Lips release Flaming Side of the Moon, a “companion album” to Dark Side of the Moon; 100% essential!

The Flaming Lips release Flaming Side of the Moon, a "companion album" to Dark Side of the Moon; 100% essential! http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1403/news-14-03-flaming-lips.jpg

Ah, thanks for keeping TMT News in business, Wayne Coyne! Seems like just about every other week or so, that dude and his team of fearless freaks (a term I just made up right now) are churning out some new and ridiculous thing that kinda hypes itself.

Like, for real. Last month it was this crazy 24-hour song shit for Record Store Day, and now the band have surprise-announced that they’ve uploaded a “companion album” to Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon (which, don’t forget, they also covered in its entirety a couple years ago) to their official SoundCloud page. Seriously. It’s called Flaming Side of the Moon. You can stream it, and it’s available digitally at all those places where digital music is being-all-available-at. Yeah, I know. Like, shit dude. When the hell do they do all this stuff? And yeah, like, how long were they sitting on this goofy thing!?!

“Great, but what’s its deal, though?” you ask. Cool question. Let’s ask the official press release oracle together:

Designed as an immersive companion piece to the original 1973 album, DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, listeners are encouraged to listen to the new LIPS album while listening to DARK SIDE at the same time. FLAMING SIDE OF THE MOON was also carefully crafted to sync up perfectly with the 1939 film, THE WIZARD OF OZ. For ideal listening conditions, fans are encouraged to seek out the original Alan Parsons’ engineered quadraphonic LP mix of DARK SIDE, but it will work with the album on any format. Available now through all participating digital outlets.

Umm, did that answer that question like, at all?

Well, I don’t know. Just listen to the thing below like I’m about to. I’ll see you all again next week when I have yet another wacky piece of Lips news to report.

Also, fuck. Here’s a bunch of shows that they’re playing too. Cuz, why not?

Wayne Coyne Record Store dates:

3.31.14 - Long Beach, CA - Fingerprints
4.01.14 - San Diego, CA - M-Theory Music
4.03.14 - San Francisco, CA - Aquarius Records

Lips dates:

05.16-18.14 - Gulf Shores, AL - The Hangout Festival
05.24.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Cirque Royal Nuits Botanique
05.26.14 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Usher Hall
05.27.14 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo
05.28.14 - London, UK - O2 Academy Brixton
05.29.14 - Nottingham, US - Capital FM Arena Nottingham
05.31.14 - Dublin, Ireland - Forbidden Fruit Festival
06.06-08.14 - Ozark, AR - Wakarusa Music Festival
06.06-08.14 - Austin, TX - X Games Austin
06.10.14 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
06.12.14 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
06.13-15.14 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
07.13.14 - Cincinnati, OH - Bunbury Music Festival
08.30.14 - Larmer Tree Gardens,UK - End of the Road Festival
11.09 .14 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves

• The Flaming Lips: http://flaminglips.com
• Warner Bros.: http://www.warnerbros.com

The Flaming Lips release Flaming Side of the Moon, a “companion album” to Dark Side of the Moon; 100% essential!

Ah, thanks for keeping TMT News in business, Wayne Coyne! Seems like just about every other week or so, that dude and his team of fearless freaks (a term I just made up right now) are churning out some new and ridiculous thing that kinda hypes itself.

Like, for real. Last month it was this crazy 24-hour song shit for Record Store Day, and now the band have surprise-announced that they’ve uploaded a “companion album” to Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon (which, don’t forget, they also covered in its entirety a couple years ago) to their official SoundCloud page. Seriously. It’s called Flaming Side of the Moon. You can stream it, and it’s available digitally at all those places where digital music is being-all-available-at. Yeah, I know. Like, shit dude. When the hell do they do all this stuff? And yeah, like, how long were they sitting on this goofy thing!?!

“Great, but what’s its deal, though?” you ask. Cool question. Let’s ask the official press release oracle together:

Designed as an immersive companion piece to the original 1973 album, DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, listeners are encouraged to listen to the new LIPS album while listening to DARK SIDE at the same time. FLAMING SIDE OF THE MOON was also carefully crafted to sync up perfectly with the 1939 film, THE WIZARD OF OZ. For ideal listening conditions, fans are encouraged to seek out the original Alan Parsons’ engineered quadraphonic LP mix of DARK SIDE, but it will work with the album on any format. Available now through all participating digital outlets.

Umm, did that answer that question like, at all?

Well, I don’t know. Just listen to the thing below like I’m about to. I’ll see you all again next week when I have yet another wacky piece of Lips news to report.

Also, fuck. Here’s a bunch of shows that they’re playing too. Cuz, why not?

Wayne Coyne Record Store dates:

3.31.14 - Long Beach, CA - Fingerprints
4.01.14 - San Diego, CA - M-Theory Music
4.03.14 - San Francisco, CA - Aquarius Records

Lips dates:

05.16-18.14 - Gulf Shores, AL - The Hangout Festival
05.24.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Cirque Royal Nuits Botanique
05.26.14 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Usher Hall
05.27.14 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo
05.28.14 - London, UK - O2 Academy Brixton
05.29.14 - Nottingham, US - Capital FM Arena Nottingham
05.31.14 - Dublin, Ireland - Forbidden Fruit Festival
06.06-08.14 - Ozark, AR - Wakarusa Music Festival
06.06-08.14 - Austin, TX - X Games Austin
06.10.14 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
06.12.14 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
06.13-15.14 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
07.13.14 - Cincinnati, OH - Bunbury Music Festival
08.30.14 - Larmer Tree Gardens,UK - End of the Road Festival
11.09 .14 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves

• The Flaming Lips: http://flaminglips.com
• Warner Bros.: http://www.warnerbros.com

Panda Bear announces May tourdates for North America; songs from forthcoming album debuted or your money back

Panda Bear! He ain’t quite like the others. Whatever your thoughts on Tomboy (TMT Review), the man made both Person Pitch (TMT Review) and Young Prayer (TMT Review) in the early-to-mid 2000s, two landmark pieces of music that send chills down my spine to this day.

So kiss the bling ring, youngins, because P. Bear has a new album on Domino Records brewing in the cauldron, and this May he’ll be testing out the “break-centric” material in a live setting. Starting in Austin, TX for Austin Psych Fest and then making stops along both Coasts, Noah Lennox will be playing a song from the new album, checking the facial expressions in the front row, jotting down notes in a Moleskine journal, then repeating the process for another 45 minutes. Residents of Nagano, Japan can also see him at the Taico Club Festival on May 31, where the 10 trial runs earlier in the month will culminate in a performance literally impossible to not smile through. Dare you to try!

Dates:

05.02-04.14 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest
05.16.14 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club #
05.17.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer #
05.18.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw *
05.20.14 - Toronto, ON - Opera House %
05.21.14 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall %
05.22.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore $
05.24.14 - George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
05.26.14 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy and Harriet’s $
05.27.14 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey $
05.31.14 - Nagano, Japan - Taico Club Festival

# Regal Degal
% DJ Dog Dick
$ Peaking Lights
* Dâm-Funk, Torn Hawk

• Panda Bear: https://facebook.com/PandaBearMusic
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

[Photo: Faith Silva]

RVNG unearth K. Leimer’s A Period of Review (Original Recordings: 1975-1983), an early electronic gem from the Pacific Northwest

So, Seattle was the birthplace of grunge music and is currently home to hip-hop sensation and unofficial undercut spokesperson, Macklemore. But regardless of the local enthusiasm surrounding those two aspects of Seattle culture, let’s not forget the obvious: there are some Seattleites who despise grunge music and who passive aggressively voice their disapproval with Macklemore by growing a fro and temporarily joining the WBC. They’re rare, but such people so exist!

Kerry Leimer isn’t quite one of them, considering the inception of his Palace of Lights label preceded the Sub Pop-pioneering by about eight years, but let’s take a moment to appreciate his historical, mildly nonconformist behavior nonetheless. When the underground clubs and record stores of the PNW were enjoying and anticipating developments in punk and new wave, Leimer, who moved to Seattle with his family in 1967, was instead corralling the necessary equipment to mimic the ambience of Cluster and Eno, who were/are notable influences. Palace of Lights served as the dedicated outlet by which the self-taught Leimer released his recorded work from 1979-1983, but diving even further into kosmische obscurity is the content contained within the upcoming release A Period of Review (Original Recordings: 1975 - 1983), to be released via RVNG Intl. on May 13.

That stuff’s even less well-known! And I might’ve revealed everything you really need to know about it. Unlike the hopeless Kafka protagonist for whom Leimer’s abbreviated name deliberately references, you’re in a relatively straightforward position here. If you’re into the latter end of early electronic and ambient music, this release’ll be worth your time. Check the track below:

A Period of Review (Original Recordings: 1975 - 1983) tracklisting:

01. Ceylon
02. My Timid Desires
03. From a Common Center
04. Explanation of Terms
05. From One to Ten
06. Entr’acte
07. Bump in the Night
08. (aka accident)
09. Facing East
10. At Daybreak
11. A Spiritual Life
12. Honey to Ashes
13. Stop It!
14. Two Voices
15. Lonely Boy
16. Practical Demonstration
17. Commercial
18. Gisella
19. Archie’s Dub
20. Ikumi
21. Reassurances
22. Assemble and Diffuse
23. Eno’s Aviary
24. Almost Chinese
25. Agfa / Lupa
26. The Phonic Chasm (feat. Dawn Seago) (Excerpt)
27. Acquiescence
28. Malaise
29. All Sad Days
30. Porcelain (feat. Nancy Estle)

• K. Leimer: http://www.palaceoflights.com
• RVNG Intl.: http://igetrvng.com

Wu-Tang Clan challenge pirates with the “release” of single-copy LP priced “in the millions”

Don’t call this a publicity stunt. Don’t call this a publicity stunt. Don’t call this a publicity stunt. I was about to theorize on the likelihood of this working for any artist at any point in their career, but then I was left with the befuddling question of what Wu-Tang are trying accomplish in the first place. Unfortunately, RZA’s comments on the subject do little to personally satisfy or convince:

We’re about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before… We’re about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music. We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like having the scepter of an Egyptian king.

Because why not assign an arbitrary value to your as-yet unpropagated piece of art while essentially comparing your cultural significance to the historical importance of a royal figure who was alive thousands of years ago?! The fuckin’ nads on these guys.

Recorded over the past few years but more or less in the works since the recruitment of the album’s primary producer Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh back in 1997, The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin will initially, presumably, make the rounds at museums, galleries, and festivals. Those wishing to listen to the 128-minute, 31-track double album will be able to do so for a price, “likely in the $30-$50 range,” and only after submission to security measures meant to prevent any type of third-party recording. “One leak of this thing nullifies the entire concept,” notes Cilvaringz, possibly underestimating the ingenuity of preempting music lovers.

So the plan entails, following the album’s tour, the single copy housed in an appropriately Wu-like ancient-looking silver container will be made available for purchase, with a price assuredly “in the millions.” The point, says RZA, is to remind people of the apparently inherent value of music as art, in a world where the ease of copying and distribution has, in his mind, led to it being very nearly “given away for free.” “I know it sounds crazy,” says Cilvaringz. “It might totally flop, and we might be completely ridiculed. But the essence and core of our ideas is to inspire creation and originality and debate, and save the music album from dying.”

If everything goes without a hitch, it’ll be an interesting case study of the value, monetary and otherwise, that we often place on rarity. But beyond that, I think most of us will only be concerned with one thing: is the music any good?

Read the original Forbes article for more details.

• Wu-Tang Clan: http://www.wutang-corp.com

Hyperdub releasing four new compilations, throwing parties way cooler than whatever you did for your 10th birthday

10 years of Hyperdub! Can you even believe it? Fans of moody electronic music have been alternately wallowing in deep, atmospheric depression and getting all jacked up and weird on the dancefloor for 10 whole years. Such is the legacy of London’s Hyperdub, the label that brought us works from such luminaries as Burial, Laurel Halo, Hype Williams, The Bug, and Kode9.

To celebrate, Hyperdub is throwing its fans across Europe a bunch of insane parties, starting with an April date in Glasgow featuring Kode9, Ikonika, Scratcha DVA, and Terror Danjah, and culminating in a three-room dancefloor spectacular at London’s Fabric at the end of May. Plus the label is releasing a series of four compilations, starting with the May 19 release of Hyperdub 10.1, a double CD focusing on the label’s more grimey and booty-shakin’ artists and featuring new material from the likes of Kode9 & The Spaceape, Quarta 330 and DJ Rashad, Kyle Hall, Kuedo, Mala, and the Teklife crew. The label will also release a run of single- and multi-artist EPs based around the artist lineup on the CD (as they did for the five-year celebration). Plus, more tour dates to come!

Hyperdub 10.1 tracklist:

Disc 1
01. DVA, “Mad Hatter”
02. Kyle Hall, “Girl U So Strong”
03. Mala, “Expected”
04. Kuedo, “Mtzpn”
05. Kode9, “Xingfu Lu” (Helix Remix)
06. Morgan Zarate, “Kaytsu”
07. Flowdan, “Ambush” (produced by Footsie)
08. Taso & Djunya, “Only the Strong Will Survive”
09. DJ Spinn, “All My Teklife”
10. DJ Taye, “Get Em Up”
11. DJ Earl, “I’m Gonna Get You”
12. Heavee, “Icemaster”
13. DJ Rashad & Gant-Man, “Acid Life”
14. DJ Earl, “Bombaklot” (feat. Rashad & Taye)
15. Kode9 & The Spaceape, “Chasing a Beast”
16. Quarta 330, “Hanabi”

Disc 2
01. Burial, “Spaceape” (feat. Spaceape)
02. Cooly G, “It’s Serious” (feat. Karizma)
03. Champion, “Bowsers Castle”
04. DVA, “Natty”
05. Funkystepz, “Hurricane Riddim”
06. Ill Blu, “Clapper”
07. Walton, “Aggy”
08. Ikonika, “Idiot”
09. Kode9 & The Spaceape, “Am I”
10. Morgan Zarate, “Hookid”
11. Mark Pritchard, “Wind It Up” (feat. Om’mas Keith)
12. Terror Danjah, “Dark Crawler” (feat. Riko)
13. DOK, “East Coast”
14. Terror Danjah, “Bruzin VIP”
15. LV, “Sebenza” (feat. Okmalumkoolkat)
16. Kode9, “Xingfu Lu”
17. DJ Rashad, “Let It Go”

Dates:

04.18.14 - Glasgow, UK - Glasgow School of Art *
05.16.14 - Milan, Italy - Dude Club @
05.17.14 - Rome, Italy - Warehouse @
05.23.14 - London, UK - Fabric #
06.13.14 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain $
06.14.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Be Cool %

* Kode9, Ikonika, Scratcha DVA, Terror Danjah

@ Kode9, Rashad & Spinn, Cooly G, Scratcha DVA

# Kode9, Flow Dan, Cooly G, Rashad & Spinn, Laurel Halo, Scratcha DVA, Ikonika, Okzharp, Mala, Fatima Al Qadiri, Terror Danjah & Riko, Morgan Zarate, Champion, Videeo & Nitetrax, Ossie, Ill Blu, Walton, Funkystepz

$ Kode9, Laurel Halo, Cooly G, Scratcha DVA, Kuedo, more TBA

% Kode9, Rashad & Spinn, Cooly G, Scratcha DVA, Ikonika

• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net