The Music Tapes announce a Traveling Imaginary tour through magic and carnivals and dreams everywhere

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You’ve just walked into a circus tent. Maybe it’s painted with cerulean and mint stripes, or maybe it’s stitched with tiny crescent moons. You wander between old-fashioned carnival games, then you notice cartoons projected onto a fabric screen. Rabbits wearing top hats picking flowers from clouds. Garden gnomes riding a ferris wheel. Reindeer ice skating between mountains made of candy. You hear the wobble of a singing saw, and when you follow the sound, you notice a smiling television. And the tallest metronome you’ve ever seen. And the tallest snowman you’ve ever seen.

Is this some dream from a surreal picture book?

Nope.

Just a Music Tapes show.

Last year, The Music Tapes released Mary’s Voice (TMT Review) and launched a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign to fund their most elaborate tour yet. They’ve lined up their first string of nationwide dates as The Traveling Imaginary, and they’ll hop across the pond to tour Europe on June 24. Watch the trailer below to see what beautiful and fantastic surprises Julian Koster has in store for you:

Dates:

04.22.13 - Purchase, NY - The Stood Center at SUNY Purchase
04.25.13 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church (early show)
04.25.13 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church (late show)
05.01.13 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge (2 shows)
05.07.13 - Portland, OR - Mission Theatre (2 shows)
05.09.13 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project (2 shows)
05.12.13 - San Francisco, CA - TBA
05.14.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theatre (2 shows)

• The Music Tapes: http://www.theorbitinghumancircus.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

Butterclock tours with Maria Minerva, does her best to make surrealists, cooks, and electro fans all happy

The name Butterclock is just weird. The word itself summons images of Dalí-lite kitchen tables covered in timepieces that would make Paula Deen’s mouth water. In actuality though, it’s the moniker for an electro-poppy music maker named Laura Clock, who has been active with bands like oOoOO for a bit now. This, oddly, makes more sense, but the lack of food-lubricant or minute-hand-relevant imagery in her music is a bit disappointing. What is not disappointing, however, are her beats. She has beats in spades. Another thing she has is an EP coming out on April 15 called First Prom. Apparently, Fantasy Music have already released it as a very limited CD but are releasing it again come April 15. It’s all very confusing. Check out “Holograms” from this already present but also impending EP below.

On a less confounded note, Butterclock is playing a series of shows with the superlative Maria Minerva. There’s only a few across the states, but if enough people show up perhaps she’ll bring her not-actually-artery-clogging or timekeeping-related synthesizer to a few more cities next time around.

First Prom tracklisting:

01. Crystal Eyes
02. Don’t
03. Holograms
04. Milky Words
05. Sorry Love

Dates:

04.16.13 - Chicago, IL - Reggies Live
04.18.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Cameo #
04.19.13 - Seattle, WA - Lo-Fi Performance
04.20.13 - San Francisco, CA - Public Works #

# Maria Minerva

• Butterclock: http://lauraclock.com
• Fantasy Music: http://fantasymusic.tumblr.com

Wu-Tang Clan announce new album A Better Tomorrow, while for fans this means a better “sometime in July”

Where does one even begin with a rap group as monumentally influential and legendary as the Wu-Tang Clan? Well, how about with their performance at Coachella this year, which succeeds the writing of this article? Assuming they can withstand the egotistical blow of not being the only worthwhile middle-aged rap group in attendance, the clan will be releasing their next and possibly final LP A Better Tomorrow on an as-yet unspecified date in July — about five and a half years after the release of 8 Diagrams.

More relevant in terms of history, the release will mark the 20th anniversary of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), which is probably, like, my favorite Shaolin, eastern philosophy-referencing hip-hop album, ever. According to NME, last month Method Man talked about an “anniversary album” coming up, while Cappadonna confirmed in an interview with Radio.com that recording had indeed begun on a new LP. Shall we assume that the two are one in the same? Regardless, fan satiation seems like a likelihood.

— Especially so if the final product lives up to RZA’s standards. “There’s one last job Wu-Tang Clan must do,” he told The New York Times last fall. “… we need to, one time, completely, efficiently, properly represent our brand.”

Until July, then!

Dates:

04.14.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.21.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella
05-26.13 - Paris, France - Le Zenith
06.13-16.13 -Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
07.05-06.13 - Des Moines, IA - 80/35 Festival
07.07.13 - Ottawa, ON - RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest
07.12-14.13 - Frauenfeld, Switzerland - Openair Frauenfeld
07.18.13 - Biarritz, France - Big Festival
07.25.13 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo
07.26.13 - London, UK - O2 Academy

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

AMDISCS hosts live streaming event with LINGERIE, AyGeeTee, Infinity Frequencies, and Igor Maximilian

∜♡MDISCS: Futures Reserve Label (a.k.a. AMDISCS), a web-centric label that’s released music from the web-centric likes of C V L T S, Afrika Pseudobruitismus, DJ Baglady, ACTRESS PETS, and Luxury Elite, is one speedy and prolific enterprise. It boasts an incredibly fast-paced release schedule, publishes a torrent of found web images nearly everyday via Facebook, and maintains a blog that seeks to document sounds that sometimes aren’t even directly related to the label. My social media feeds can barely handle it all as it is, but AMDISCS apparently wants to get more music to you even faster.

To that end, AMDISCS — who earlier this year released the towering 73-track ∜♡MDISCS 2K13 compilation — is hosting its first live streaming event. Titled SOFT FREQUENCY Vol. I, the event will feature live performances by artists from around the globe, including LINGERIE from New York, Infinity Frequencies from Oceanside, CA, AyGeeTee from London, and Igor Maximilian from Moscow, all curated and produced by label head Rado Z. Each performance will switch between the artists and custom visuals by the likes of Jónó Mí Ló, Matthew Caron, and BreakbeatTiki, all in real-time, all in HD, all everyone united.

SOFT FREQUENCY Vol. 1 starts at 9 PM EST, on Wednesday, April 17. TMT has agreed to help host the stream (which is why our logo is on the fancy poster), so stay tuned for details. Meanwhile, like we did for the mighty #SPF420 fest, you can preview music from the artists below:

LINGERIE (US):

AyGeeTee (UK):

Infinity Frequencies (US):

Igor Maximilian (RUS):

• AMDISCS: http://www.amdiscs.com

MIDI Festival announces its perfectly average-sized first wave of artists

Change just one letter and you’ve got MINI Festival, which could mean a festival where only two or three bands play, or a festival that only accommodates two or three fans, or a festival that shrinks all bands and all fans down to the size of leprechauns.

As far as I know though, MIDI Festival will have tons of bands and tons of fans and no one will have to play instruments the size of Lucky Charms. According to Dummy Mag, MIDI has announced its first round of artists, which includes the likes of Mykki Blanco, Mount Kimbie, King Krule, AlunaGeorge, Christopher Owens, and The Horrors.

MIDI will take place July 26-28 in Hyères, France, and tickets are available here.

• MIDI Festival: http://midi-festival.com

Mike Connelly (Wolf Eyes/Hair Police) starts new band Clay Rendering with his wife Tara, performance and EP coming soon on Hospital Productions

Now and then, a man and a woman who both love each other very much join together to bring something very special into the world. No, not kids, ew… what were you thinking? That’s just morally irresponsible in this bleak day and age. I meant a noise band.

Here’s a great example: Mike Connelly, of Wolf Eyes and Hair Police fame, and his wife Tara Connelly, of The Haunting fame, are introducing their latest project, Clay Rendering, to the masses in a performance on May 11 (my birthday! Clay Rendering and I will share birthdays!). The performance will be at this year’s Three Days of Struggle Festival supporting long-time friend Cut Hands (with Demdike Stare/Kevin Drumm and Failing Lights/Lussuria taking up the other two days).

Then, later this summer, the stork will bring their first release, an EP titled Vengeance Candle to be distributed by Hospital Productions as a 12-inch and digital release. Listen to one of the EP’s two tracks, “Nature’s Confusion,” over at 13:13.

• Clay Rendering: http://clayrendering.com
• Hospital Productions: http://hospitalproductions.net

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