The Village Voice really wants you to hang out with them over the summer at their new music festival provided you wear a bathing suit

The Village Voice really wants you to hang out with them over the summer at their new music festival provided you wear a bathing suit

The Village Voice already has one music festival — Siren Music Festival at Coney Island — that they’ve been successfully putting together for 10 years; now that they’ve got a handle on how to make a fest work, they’ve announced the inaugural edition of their new extravaganza: 4 Knots.

“We’re extremely excited about the launch of the 4 Knots Music Festival this summer,” says Village Voice mouthpiece Josh Fromson. “Music fans from all five boroughs and all over the world have circled the date of our summer music event on their calendars each year.”

Mr. Fromson also added that he hopes all of his friends will be coming and that he doesn’t think it’s silly to assume everyone is already making plans to attend because: “We’re the Village fucking Voice, no one in the world is stupid enough to not come, and anyone who doesn’t is really a loser and a prick.”*

Named after the speed of New York’s legendary East River (and not after a tricky Boy Scout challenge as I assumed), the new festival takes place July 16 at the South Side Seaport. While a lineup of bands has yet to be reported (but you can bet we will when it becomes available), I can tell you that the one-day event is totally free, all-ages, held rain or shine, and will be sponsored by every sorority girl’s favorite beer, Bud Light, so expect to see plenty of drunk people going home with strangers.

* not a real quote

The Village Voice:

Odd Future tour in support of hype infrastructure

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Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All tour:

05.12.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise
05.13.11 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
05.15.11 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
05.16.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
05.18.11 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
05.19.11 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
05.20.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
04.30.11 - London, UK - Camden Crawl
05.28.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
05.31.11 - Sydney, Australia - Sydney Opera House
06.30.11 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07.01.11 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.17.11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
08.27.11 - Reading, UK - Reading Festival
08.28.11 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival

• Odd Future:

Animal Collective announce US dates, including a performance at Merriweather Post Pavilion

Having just completed a short trip to California that culminated with a performance at Coachella, Animal Collective are heading to Europe next month on a tour that kicks off with their very own All Tomorrow’s Parties festival. Many people believed it to be Animal Collective’s last tour (not really), and no one really knew if they’d ever return to the stage (not true), but it’s just been announced that the group will be playing several shows leading up to their performance at the Pitchfork Music Festival. In fact, one of the shows will be at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, which seems to be a venue named after the group’s MPP album. I can’t be bothered to fact check (I’m not paid by the hour), but just assume this information is true and spread the word.

And hey, bonus: expect the full lineup of Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist, and Deakin at the shows.

05.13-15.11 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrows Parties
05.16.11 - Eastbourne, UK - Winter Gardens
05.17.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.18.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Les Nuit
05.19.11 - Cologne, Germany - Electron
05.20.11 - Berlin, Germany - Melt Wee
05.21.11 - Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
05.22.11 - Krakow, Poland - Teatr Łaźnia Nowa
05.23.11 - Vienna, Austria - Arena Vienna
05.24.11 - Zagreb, Croatia - Pogon Jedinstvo
05.28.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera
07.07.11 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham Theatre
07.08.11 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
07.09.11 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
07.12.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park
07.13.11 - Millvale, PA - Mr Smalls Theatre
07.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival

# Eric Copeland

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Mark Fell to release new LP on Editions Mego, will again sound like robot squirrels chattering away in a dusty static-storm

Erik Wiegand, who we as music snobs know as Errorsmith, works for a fancy little company called Native Instruments making synthesizers for music geeks who spend more time touching circuits than vaginas. One day, Wiegand needed some presets for a new software synthesizer and he asked Mark Fell to make him some.

Long story short: Fell came up with 40 sounds, gave ‘em to Wiegand, and they were ultimately rejected by Native Instruments. So Fell “decided to rework his UL8 project by extending the pattern generating systems used in its construction, which he then connected to the sounds produced in Erik’s synthesizer,” and while that sentence makes my brain hurt, I know that it means that Fell combined a couple projects (including his 40 sounds from earlier) and turned them into his new Manitutshu double 12-inch.

The new single, which sounds like thousands of electric ants exploding at the same time, is set for a May 27 release, comes with a poster, and features a remix from Mat Steel. If you’re curious to know what it sounds like inside of an android’s brain while it has sex, then preorder the record here and check out a track here.

Manitutshu tracklisting:

A1. Acids in the… thin razor, attack noise hat, Linn
A2. Acids in the… primes version
A3. Manitutshu (A New Algorithm)… LatelyBass and NewElectro, attack pulse hat
B1. Acids in the… razor experiment
B2. Manitutshu… parameter set 2, Linn HI Tom, JazzOrg, vortex study performance overdub, and synthesis reminiscent of Duet Emmo
B3. Acids in the… stochastic energy pause with thin razor, attack noise hat, Linn
C1. Manitutshu… First Algorithm Test
C2. Occultation… razor simple acid pause version with lfo to cutoff
C3. Materialisation epic razor chord and LatelyBass version with found voice
D. Occultation of… Mat Steel Extended Remix

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• Editions Mego:

Brian Eno to release Drums Between the Bells on Warp, will likely be epic

On July 5, Brian Eno will release a new album titled Drums Between the Bells on Warp. The album, Eno’s second for Warp (the first being Small Craft on a Milk Sea), is a long-in-the-making collaboration between Eno and poet Rick Holland, who provides the words for the album. We haven’t heard it yet, but we know it’ll be epic because all the song titles are in lowercase letters, one track is titled “as if your eyes were partly closed as if you honed the swirl within them and offered me… the world,” and there is a ‘silent’ moment just before the final song, “breath of crows.”

Drums Between the Bells will be released in the following formats:

hardback 2CD edition (includes 44-page book & second disc with instrumental versions of tracks from the album)
double 12-inch vinyl (includes MP3 download code of the original album)

Check which format you’d like, send us your credit card information, and wait patiently for your oder to process (or go here if there are any problems). If you’re stingy like me, you can preview the track “glitch” over at the Chocolate Grinder first. (Tip: It’s worth sending your credit card information to us, whether or not you purchase the album.)

Drums Between the Bells tracklisting:

01. bless this space
02. glitch
03. dreambirds
04. pour it out
05. seedpods
06. the real
07. the airman
08. fierce aisles of light
09. as if your eyes were partly closed as if you honed the swirl within them and offered me … the world
10. a title
11. sounds alien
12. dow
13. multimedia
14. cloud 4


15. breath of crows

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• Warp:

Leyland Kirby has another truckload of new music to unload in your living room

Leyland Kirby: a man who never stops or even slows down. Unless he’s just released a giant batch of music over a short span of time. Then he probably slows down for a while. He probably takes that day to run the bath in the late afternoon, waiting for the water to rise with his heels up on the coffee table, smiling at the test-pressing of the 6xLP he released into the world that morning. Then the bath is ready and he steps into it with the door shutting behind him, and we think: now Leyland Kirby has stopped, or at least slowed down. In this moment we understand that he is a mortal man like any other, and we are comforted.

But how wrong we were to make such an assumption! For Leyland Kirby, the moment his foot hit that bath water, immediately set to work on his next project. (Apparently the man had musical equipment set up in his bathroom within reaching distance of the tub — a clear safety hazard, but again: Kirby is not mortal.) Now all we can do as ravenous consumers and celebrity stalkers is wait outside his bathroom with our wallets at the ready. This was taxing enough in 2009 when he shot out of the tub carrying 3xCD and 6xLP sets of his album Sadly, the Future Is No Longer What It Was (TMT Review), but this year is going to be the real doozy.

Along with the magnificent, expectations-shattering follow-up solo album we were expecting (Eager to Tear Apart the Stars), Leyland has burst out of the bathroom this year burdened with much more material: a soundtrack to the Grant Gee documentary Patience, recorded under his long-time alias The Caretaker, a separate album as The Caretaker called An Empty Bliss Upon This World, and a four-part white label series titled Intrigue & Stuff — all set for release this calendar year on his own label, History Always Favours the Winners.

In fact, the first volume of Intrigue is available now from Boomkat, and will be showing up at places like Aquarius and Forced Exposure soon. Anyone expecting a rehash of 2009’s glacial tones on this 12-inch should note that one track is described as a “slopped & screwed raver dreamstate” and another is a John Denver cover. The standalone Caretaker album is planned for that liminal period between May and June, and everything else is a little further down the road. If you can’t get enough Kirby in your life but can’t afford a metric ton of vinyl, be one of 500 lucky digital subscribers who will get everything mentioned above in Mp3 format for as low as £15. Again, this is limited to 500 people, and the offer evaporates on June 1. The money made from these subscriptions will be used to make ~300 albums for release in 2013. Keep an ear to that bathroom door for any future announcements.

Intrigue & Stuff Vol. 1 tracklisting:

01. Video 2000
02. Re-Record Not Fade Away
03. Neon Lit Atoms
04. Live for the Future, Long for the Past
05. Low Entropy
06. Ruined Visions

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