The Bug, trying to not be known as “the guy who broke dubstep” anymore, recruits a slew of cool people to collaborate on his new album Angels & Devils

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I still remember that fateful 2011 day when the biggest douchebag in my class came up to me and said he had discovered this new, amazing, electronic music genre: dubstep. Keep in mind we’re talking about a major asshole, the kind of guy who wears a white shirt and black shoes to a club and takes Steve Aoki and Armin van Buuren seriously. It should’ve come as no surprise; arguably, dubstep was dead and done the minute trend-seeking magazines started raving over Kode9, Burial, and The Bug around 2007/08. I was dumbstruck, nonetheless. I can only imagine how badly traumatized Kevin Martin — the man behind The Bug — must have been once people started associating the bro-heavy EDM boom with the music he made over half a decade ago.

It’s no wonder, then, that his first album since 2008’s celebrated London Zoo took so long. After washing off the brostep aftertaste with a deliberately eccentric string of 12-inch and 7-inch singles, going from 2010’s Infected to last year’s Filthy EP, he’s finally announced his next LP: Angels & Devils, coming out August 25 on Ninja Tune. The album finds Martin pushing his sound further away from classic dubstep, with the producer going as far as calling the LP “a year-zero reset” for The Bug. Judging from the two tracks Martin has released so far, his sound indeed departs from The Bug’s early grime roots, venturing into industrial doom — a style not lightly indebted to the dubby dancehall songs Martin put out with the Hyperdub label — and some sort of psychedelic trance music. It all fits the producer’s description of the album as a contraposition of light and darkness, harsh noise and loopy melody.

For what it’s worth, Angels & Devils’ biggest selling point, as far as the press is concerned, seems to be the impressive roster of collaborators Martin has recruited: Liz Harris (Grouper), copeland, Death Grips, Justin Broadrick (Godflesh/Jesu), and Gonjasufi, along with recurrent conspirators Flowdan and Warrior Queen. Martin has previously worked with several of them, for instance on the “Rise Up” 7-inch from 2012 with Inga Copeland. Not to mention how extensively he has influenced the work of Hype Williams or even Death Grips.

Listen to The Bug’s collaborations with Death Grips and Gonjasufi below:

Angels & Devils tracklisting:

01. Void (feat. Liz Harris)
02. Fall (feat. copeland)
03. Ascension
04. Mi Lost (feat. Miss Red)
05. Pandi
06. Save Me (feat. Gonjasufi)
07. The One (feat. Flowdan)
08. Function (feat. Manga)
09. Fuck a Bitch (feat. Death Grips)
10. Fat Mac (feat. Flowdan)
11. Fuck You (feat. Warrior Queen)
12. Dirty (feat. Flowdan)

• The Bug: https://atwarwithtime.com
• Ninja Tune: http://ninjatune.net

Lou Reed’s gear up for auction, try not to desecrate it with your inferior songwriting skills

Musical equipment from the collection of the late Lou Reed is now up for auction on eBay. From keyboards to rack effects to really expensive power supplies, you can now own a personal reminder of the greatness you will never, ever achieve. Even better, new items will be popping up for auction over the next couple weeks (some even customized by the man himself), and New York residents that strut around these streets just like Lou used to are eligible for some exclusive local auctions.

Man, I can only imagine the inspiration that could come from owning one of these items — serenade your apartment complex with a 40-minute rendition of “Sister Ray”! Create your own Metal Machine Music, and when your neighbors knock on your door, give them a hearty “Fuck you! I’m running these 16 amps through Lou Reed’s power supply!” followed by some inevitable high-fives.

I don’t have any money, so you bangin’ benefactors can go live out those dreams for me and know that all auction proceeds go toward the upcoming Lou Reed Archive. Read the official announcement on Reed’s Facebook, and please, grab that shit before Lana Del Rey does.

• Lou Reed: http://www.loureed.com

The Bug, trying to not be known as “the guy who broke dubstep” anymore, recruits a slew of cool people to collaborate on his new album Angels & Devils

I still remember that fateful 2011 day when the biggest douchebag in my class came up to me and said he had discovered this new, amazing, electronic music genre: dubstep. Keep in mind we’re talking about a major asshole, the kind of guy who wears a white shirt and black shoes to a club and takes Steve Aoki and Armin van Buuren seriously. It should’ve come as no surprise; arguably, dubstep was dead and done the minute trend-seeking magazines started raving over Kode9, Burial, and The Bug around 2007/08. I was dumbstruck, nonetheless. I can only imagine how badly traumatized Kevin Martin — the man behind The Bug — must have been once people started associating the bro-heavy EDM boom with the music he made over half a decade ago.

It’s no wonder, then, that his first album since 2008’s celebrated London Zoo took so long. After washing off the brostep aftertaste with a deliberately eccentric string of 12-inch and 7-inch singles, going from 2010’s Infected to last year’s Filthy EP, he’s finally announced his next LP: Angels & Devils, coming out August 25 on Ninja Tune. The album finds Martin pushing his sound further away from classic dubstep, with the producer going as far as calling the LP “a year-zero reset” for The Bug. Judging from the two tracks Martin has released so far, his sound indeed departs from The Bug’s early grime roots, venturing into industrial doom — a style not lightly indebted to the dubby dancehall songs Martin put out with the Hyperdub label — and some sort of psychedelic trance music. It all fits the producer’s description of the album as a contraposition of light and darkness, harsh noise and loopy melody.

For what it’s worth, Angels & Devils’ biggest selling point, as far as the press is concerned, seems to be the impressive roster of collaborators Martin has recruited: Liz Harris (Grouper), copeland, Death Grips, Justin Broadrick (Godflesh/Jesu), and Gonjasufi, along with recurrent conspirators Flowdan and Warrior Queen. Martin has previously worked with several of them, for instance on the “Rise Up” 7-inch from 2012 with Inga Copeland. Not to mention how extensively he has influenced the work of Hype Williams or even Death Grips.

Listen to The Bug’s collaborations with Death Grips and Gonjasufi below:

Angels & Devils tracklisting:

01. Void (feat. Liz Harris)
02. Fall (feat. copeland)
03. Ascension
04. Mi Lost (feat. Miss Red)
05. Pandi
06. Save Me (feat. Gonjasufi)
07. The One (feat. Flowdan)
08. Function (feat. Manga)
09. Fuck a Bitch (feat. Death Grips)
10. Fat Mac (feat. Flowdan)
11. Fuck You (feat. Warrior Queen)
12. Dirty (feat. Flowdan)

• The Bug: https://atwarwithtime.com
• Ninja Tune: http://ninjatune.net

MoMA to host Björk retrospective in 2015, but is an art museum really the place to recognize such an eccentric character?

I don’t think I’m going out on a limb here: Björk is basically synonymous with Icelandic pop culture (despite the respectable popularity of Sigur Rós), and it’s hard to imagine any factor other than time changing that notion. Sadly, I have yet to meet the acquaintance of anyone actually Icelandic, but once I do, I know that any resulting conversation will be extraneous to an inevitable question on my part: “So, do you know Bjork?” I’ll let out with an internal sigh of relief, as the blood in my veins resumes its normal flow. After all, it’s not a totally unreasonable question, given Iceland’s concentrated population and relative lack of geographical size.

A review of her CV need not be given, mostly because it’s Björk and you should be exquisitely familiar by now, but also because that job’s just been nabbed by New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). From March 7 through June 7 of next year, they’ll be hosting a complete retrospective, chronicling Björk’s 20+ year career through “sound, film visuals, instruments, objects, costumes, and performance.” The exhibition will follow a narrative, co-written by Björk herself and Icelandic writer Sjón Sigurdsson, that’s both biographical and “imaginatively fictitious” — because “run-of-the-mill” just isn’t in the vocabulary of this accomplished bubble gum machine.

A newly-commissioned music and film installation from director Andrew Thomas Huang and 3D design company Autodesk will close out the retrospective in truly “whooaaaaa” fashion. Maybe we’ll get a visual whiff of her less-popular songs, but until that time, check out the music video below, which Huang directed:

• Björk: http://bjork.com
• MoMA: http://www.moma.org

Islands to tour with TEEN, give you free song to make you feel wanted

Islands’ most recent release, Ski Mask, might have come out last year, but sometimes Nick Thorburn just says, “We are Islands! We are the gift that keeps on giving.” So in this case, that means you can go grab a download (for a limited time only!) of “Aloe Hills Are Blooming,” a song that didn’t make the cut for the album but is a goody nonetheless; you can also stream it at the bottom of this here post.

The freebie track isn’t enough for Thorburn, though. He also told the band sternly that they are going on tour and they’re going to like it, dammit. They kick off with TEEN at the end of August. Check the dates below.

Dates:

08.29.14 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Indie Summer Series @ Fountain Square
08.30.14 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird *
08.31.14 - Columbia, MO - MOJO *
09.02.14 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room *
09.03.14 - Norman, OK - The Opolis *
09.04.14 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada *
09.05.14 - Austin, TX - The Parish *
09.06.14 - Houston, TX - Walter’s *
09.07.14 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon *
09.09.14 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder *
09.10.14 - Gainesville, FL - High Dive *
09.11.14 - Orlando, FL - The Social *
09.12.14 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
09.13.14 - Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern *
09.15.14 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *
09.16.14 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern *
09.17.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right *
09.18.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar *
09.19.14 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop *
09.20.14 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar *

* TEEN

• Islands: http://islandsareforever.com

Cloud Becomes Your Hand announce tour with Ryan Power, do their best to promote Prog Peace

Ancient conflicts and long-smoldering grudges still very much define our existence on this rotten earth. But of all the struggles that have torn mankind asunder, perhaps none other is more perfidious than the eternal battle waged between fans of theatrical progressive rock and those who prefer technique to spectacle. Legions of drama geeks with music minors litter the former’s ranks, hammily bellowing for blood, while the latter mostly sit cross-legged on stools trying to out-Fripp their competition into oblivion.

Then there are bands like Cloud Becomes Your Hand, the psychy Brooklyn five-piece that operates on the margins of both entrenched camps. Like the best prog acts, CBYH’s expert musicianship is inextricable from its campy stage show, which includes everything from a tall ghostly figure making out with an electric vibraphone to a climactic dance routine that made our very own Gumshoe gush with praise during this past SXSW. In fact, Mr. Purdum even went so far as to write that “CBYH put on the best show of SXSW, bar none.”

You don’t need to take his word for it, though! See for yourself as CBYH prog their way across America this July with Burlington’s own demented popsmith Ryan Power in tow. If you’re still not convinced, check out this track from the band’s first full-length album Rocks or Cakes. With any luck, CBYH will be the foretold messiah who at lasts bestows Prog Peace upon this world.

Dates:

06.28.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium #
07.05.14 - Queens, NY - Knockdown Center $
07.06.14 - Philadelphia, PA - A House Named Virtue $%
07.08.14 - Detroit, MI - PJ Lager House $
07.09.14 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle $
07.10.14 - Dayton, OH - Blind Bob’s $
07.11.14 - Baltimore, MD - The Crown $
07.12.14 - Boston, MA - Cambridge Elks Lodge $
07.13.14 - Burlington, VT - ArtsRiot $

# Ono, Obnox, The Dreebs
$ Ryan Power, Giant Claw
% Banned Books, God’s Dogs

• Cloud Becomes Your Hand: http://cloudbecomesyourhand.com
• Ryan Power: http://ryanpower.org/music
• Northern Spy: http://northernspyrecords.com