Visionist to release two (non-footwork) EPs on Lit City Trax, collaborates with Fatima Al Qadiri

Visionist to release two (non-footwork) EPs on Lit City Trax, collaborates with Fatima Al Qadiri

Lit City Trax, the label headed by DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, and J-Cush, has just announced its third release. And guess what? It’s not by one of the TEK boys, and it’s not even footwork. In fact, the artist isn’t even from the US. His name is Visionist (a.k.a. Louis Carnell), and he’s a London-born producer, DJ, remixer, and label owner (Lost Codes) who, according to my charts and graphs, has been steadily rising the past couple years.

The I’m Fine EP features six tracks of dark, expansive club music — one of which was written with Fatima Al Qadiri — that explores the stages of grief through the leftover haze of grime, dubstep, funky house, and footwork. The EP closely follows the release of two other EPs from this year, Crying Angels and Snakes (on Berlin label Leisure System), and is the first installment of two on Lit City Trax, with the other expected early next year. This particular bad boy’s due September 3, so look for it when it drops.

I’m Fine tracklisting:

01. I’m Fine
02. Lost
03. Pain
04. Escape
05. The Call [with Fatima Al Qadiri]
06. I Don’t Care

And to get you in the mood, check out the video for “Snakes”:

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Forest Swords announces new album Engravings, finally gives us more than six tracks to loop whilst watching Toshiro Mifune do his thing

Seldom has there been a band whose name matches their sound better than Forest Swords. Perhaps it was the packaging on Matthew Barnes’ initial Dagger Paths EP but his music always brings visions of Kurosawa-esque Japanese landscapes, with the ronin drifting from town to town, running from himself and his past more than having any one destination in mind. Like some kind of Toshiro Mifune-centric wet dream transplanted onto the English countryside.

If the track “The Weight of Gold,” which you can read all about in this Chocolate Grinder post, can be used as evidence to a make a conjecture: Forest Swords’ new album Engravings is going to give us more of these pensive samurai visions. Which is fine, because Forest Swords has the market for Hiroshi Inagaki-flavored mind-movies cornered. More of that is all too welcome and will hopefully be provided when Engravings graces us with its presence on August 26. Until then, there are the preview tracks “The Weight of Gold” and “Thor’s Stone” to soundtrack katana slapping, righteous vengeance gilded fantasies of endless bamboo forests, and battle-mad ronin.

Engravings tracklisting:

01. Ljoss
02. Thor’s Stone
03. Irby Tremor
04. Onward
05. The Weight of Gold
06. Anneka’s Battle
07. An Hour
08. Gathering
09. The Plumes
10. Friend, You Will Never Learn

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Jon Hopkins has some tour dates and a Purity Ring remix that he personally asked me to tell you about, because, well, we hang out together all the time

Boy, things are really working out swell for my old mate Jonny Hopkins (that’s what we used to call him back in school). In addition to hanging out with Brian Eno a chuff-ton (the three of us played a little shuffle board together on one of Eno’s ambient yachts that he owns… you’ve probably never seen them because they’re so bloody discreet!), the old dog released his new album, Immunity, and got a lot of folks kind of chuffed about it, even across the pond.

Now he’s even heading back there this August for a tour supporting the album, including a pair of shows in L.A. with this one band Purity Ring that you might have heard of (Jonny is pretty tight with them too; I met them at this crackin’ rager of a barbecue we had on Guy Fawkes Day), which is really cool specifically because ol’ Jonny was the guy who actually mixed their track “Saltkin” (he had to miss our indoor football match that night, actually!) and recently remixed the song, “Amenamy,” both of which come from their Shrines album. And, like Jonny was telling me over some eggs and rashers last Sunday, Purity Ring’s Megan James has added vocals to his Immunity track “Breathe This Air,” (I actually came up with the title to that one while we were watching some puffy clouds last autumn!), which I think is going to come out later on this summer?

Either way, the point is, I am really tight with Jon Hopkins. Here’s a video of the “Amenamy” remix. I was actually one of the lighting guys on it.

Jon Hopkins tourdates:

08.16.13 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
08.17.13 - Wales, UK - Green Man Festival
08.23.13 - Katowice, Poland - Nowa Musyka
08.24.13 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival
08.27.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre *
08.28.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre *
08.30.13 - Colonia Condesa, Mexico - AM Local
08.31.13 - New York, NY - MOMA PS1 Warmup
08.31.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Verboten
09.01.13 - Montreal, QC - Le Belmont @ Société Des Arts Technologies
09.06.13 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival
09.14.13 - Bozen, Italy - Transart Festival
09.18.13 - Toulouse, France - La Dynamo
09.19.13 - Nimes, France - Marsatac Festival
09.20.13 - Nantes, France - Scopitone
09.21.13 - London, UK - Koko
09.24.13 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
09.27.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Leisure System
09.28.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Bozar Electronic Arts Festival
10.23.13 - Graz, Austria - Elevate Festival
10.25.13 - Bergen, Norway - Ekko Festival
10.26.13 - Munich, Germany - Ritournelle

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Superior Viaduct to release the original soundtrack for Solaris on vinyl; somewhere Ben Frost is shouting and shaking his fist at the sky

The soundtrack to Andrei Tarkovsky’s hyperbolically good and universally recognized film Solaris is getting an official release. Some of you may be scratching your heads and thinking “wasn’t there some other record called Solaris that came out a while back?” You, our most astute and favorite reader, are correct; Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason created their own soundtrack to the film naught but two years ago. They did this because Ben Frost thinks the original score for the film “is terrible”. Ooohhh *snip snap* Eduard Artemyev, Ben Frost just burned you hard.

There is only one way gentleman musicians can solve such a dispute: dueling soundtracks with a back-to-back viewing of Solaris. Points will be awarded for audience members being moved to tears or spontaneous soliloquies about the human condition. Points will be deducted for audience members falling asleep or taking extended “bathroom breaks.” Audience members will be exiled to the moon or fed to a pack of rabid wolves (host’s choice) for saying the Steven Soderbergh remake was better.

While the official event is still in planning, Superior Viaduct’s release of the original score on vinyl means you can play along at home! Get a copy of the record when it drops on September 17, invite over a bunch of your friends (you’ll probably want to tell them you’re watching Ghostbusters), then lock all the doors and subject them to six hours of emotional turmoil! This is where it all starts folks; come September, Solaris soundtrack duel parties are going to be the talk of the town.

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The Dismemberment Plan tour on a large bus powered by fond memories, wry grins

Hey there, readers! Are you cuties ready for another round of “Which Parts of This News Post are Made Up and Which Parts are Not?” Glad to hear it! This time the post is about The Dismemberment Plan’s new tour, and you better get your thinking caps out, because it’s a doozy!

On the occasion of their three-year anniversary of being a band for the second time, The Dismemberment Plan have announced a run of headlining and festival dates across the United States this fall in support of Uncanney Valley, which is out October 15 on Partisan Records. Check out “Waiting,” the first single, below.

This tour comes in the aftermath of the band’s run-in with an evil wizard. As a result of the wizard’s curse, any vehicle powered by traditional fossil fuels that the band uses will turn into a pumpkin within 48 hours. Unable to afford a new vehicle every two days, The Dismemberment Plan have opted for an unorthodox fuel alternative, and they need your help! Instead of gasoline, the band’s van is now powered by fond memories, wry grins, and the laughter of infants. As such, the band requests that you call them at 256-64-DPLAN and leave a voicemail with your favorite Dismemberment Plan memory. As a deal-sweetener, calling this number also enters you for a chance to win either a pair of tickets to an upcoming show, or a series of cryptic text messages every night after midnight for an entire month (visit their site for more details on the contest). If you have any interest at all in The Dismemberment Plan making it around the country without a bunch of pumpkins in their wake, I’d say you better call that number right quick.


09.14.13 - Detroit, MI - Laneway Festival
09.13-15.13 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest
09.21-22.13 - Denver, CO - Riot Fest
10.18.13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
10.19.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.20.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11.02.13 - Boston, MA - Paradise
11.03.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.09.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
11.08-10.13 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
12.07.13 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune Theatre
12.08.13 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
12.10.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
12.12.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre

Uncanney Valley tracklist:

01. No One’s Saying Nothing
02. Waiting
03. Invisible
04. White Collar White Trash
05. Living in Song
06. Lookin’
07. Daddy Was a Real Good Dancer
08. Mexico City Christmas
09. Go and Get It
10. Let’s Just Go to the Dogs Tonight

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Sparks announce fall American tour, sign contract to remain brothers for additional 10 years

Sparks have been a band for over four decades. That’s impressive and all, but get this: they’ve been brothers even longer. Over six decades, in fact! At this point, one has to ask, how long can this last? How does one maintain a brotherly partnership for over 60 years? By keeping it nice and legal, that’s how. Every decade, the two brothers meet with their lawyers, who have prepared a contract between the two binding them to remain brothers for another decade. If one wants out of having a brother, they’ll have to wait until the end of the decade, unless they want to owe the other so much money. Anyway, if you’re gonna have a brother, might as well go on tour with him. This is the reason — the only reason — Sparks, as Brooklyn Vegan reports, are going on an American tour this fall.

Earlier in the year, Sparks went on a tour called the Two Hands, One Mouth tour. While that sounds disgusting, it wasn’t disgusting. It simply involved the pair stripping their music down to only keyboard and vocals. Because, you see, you play a keyboard with two hands. And to sing you only need the one mouth. See, nothing disgusting at all. Stop writing that angry letter.

That tour must have gone pretty darn great, because they’re doing it again. Their upcoming fall tour has been dubbed the Revenge of Two Hands, One Mouth tour, which sounds even more disgusting. But, once again, it will (probably) not be disgusting. On this jaunt, the band will bring their hands and mouth to a variety of music halls, theatres, clubs, and even a few festivals. Those festivals will have so many hands and mouths. Sparks will be drowned in mouths!

Sparks dates:

10.23.13 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
10.25.13 - Asheville, NC - Mountain Oasis Festival
10.27.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.28.13 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10.30.13 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
11.01.13 - Montreal, QC - Le National
11.02.13 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
11.04.13 - Detroit, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
11.06.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11.07.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11.09.13 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.11.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre

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