Harken back to the days when industry execs waxed melodramatic about the imminent end of music, and we can recall a missed opportunity on the part of those who responded initially in kind with a smirk and a raised eyebrow. Realists could’ve shirked the charts and graphs and simply whispered the name “Tatsuya Nakatani,” and those in suits across the negotiating table would’ve breathed a sigh of relief knowing that the Osaka-bred percussionist is capable of single-handedly buoying the market until full-scale revival and until someone less “free” can return the Top 40 to its generally banal existence. Radio stations return to their normal rotations, and drivers can go back to assuming actual engine trouble from the unexpected clanking.
Non-surprise! Confirmation is another release from the absurdly prolific composer, and it’s set for release December 7 via Minneapolis’s TAIGA Records. The album was recorded live in Easton, PA at the beginning of the year, and lest you consider that an unusual recording location for a Japanese improviser, it’s worth pointing out that Nakatani has a habit of towing his drums and other objects across large bodies of water. Confirmation is also a solo release, despite his not-infrequent habit of collaboration.
Pre-orders for the aesthetically pretty LP (mastered by James Plotkin, by the way) are available here. And here’s a glimpse into Nakatani’s mannerisms:
Other People announces four-night residency at Trans-Pecos with William Basinksi, Teenage Jesus, Afrika Bambaataa
Trans-Pecos is a small, dark venue located in Ridgewood, Queens that showcases experimental artists who do weird things that will make you want to take part in your own weirdness. For example, earlier this month during Wolf Eyes’ record release show, opening band Yellow Tears ended their set with one of the guys going outside and washing himself in a portable shower he built.
You can witness weirdness like this and more by attending the stacked four-night residency event curated by Nicolas Jaar and his record label Other People. Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Ancient Astronaut, Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Slugo, William Basinski, and many more will fill the upstairs and the basement from December 8-11. And it will probably be crowded. With any luck, you’ll find yourself brushing up against someone who you thought was really weird but connect with on a deeper level, opening up a part of you that you didn’t think existed. Then you’ll ending up dancing to Jaar’s three-hour DJ set with your new friend.
View the lineup below and find ticket/RSVP info here.
Tuesday, December 8
Bladerunner (Dave Harrington, Will Epstein, Tlacael Esparza, Samer Ghadry and Nicolas Jaar) + Arto Lindsay
(After Party hosted by Trans-Pecos)
Wednesday, December 9
Nicolas Jaar (three-hour DJ set)
Thursday, December 10
Afrika Bambaataa (vinyl-only DJ set)
DJ Slugo (DJ set)
Against All Logic (DJ set)
Valentin Stip (downstairs: DJ set, all night)
Friday, December 11
Teenage Jesus and the Jerks (live)
A Pleasure (live)
Hollow Earth + Ancient Astronaut B2B (DJ set)
Last we heard from Animal Collective, they were streaming their new album at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Speculation about its release date abounded through the weekend, but we just got confirmation: Animal Collective’s new album is being released on February 19 via Domino. The album is titled Painting With and features contributions from Colin Stetson and John Cale (Velvet Underground), alongside Panda Bear, Avey Tare, and Geologist. It will come in three different covers, all of them painted by Gang Gang Dance’s Brian DeGraw.
Consistent with its title, Painting With is inspired by 20th-century experimental art, with what Avey Tare calls “really short songs: no B.S, get in, get out material…” The titular consistency is also seen and heard on the album’s opening track and first single, “FloriDada,” which I think is maybe a play on the short-lived Flori movement of Brussels in which artists dumped paint on their heads to signify the aesthetically immersive yet physically hazardous qualities of oil paints? Something like that. Check it out here.
02. Hocus Pocus
04. Lying In The Grass
05. The Burglars
06. Natural Selection
07. Bagels In Kiev
08. On Delay
09. Spilling Guts
10. Summing The Wretch
11. Golden Gal
Animal Collective have a new album! Actually, that’s been known for a little bit now, with rumors floating around and members having confirmed its existence over the past several weeks. But details are now slowly streaming in. In fact, according to BrooklynVegan, the actual album is streaming in, as Animal Collective are reportedly looping the whole thing right fucking now at Baltimore’s BWI airport!
One of BV’s writers was there on the scene and Shazam’d an image touting a November 30 date and the word “Floridada,” among others. Avey Tare has confirmed that “Floridada” is a song title, not the album title. So, our guess? The new album will be announced on November 30 with lead single “Floridada” dropping on the same day. BOOM. If I’m wrong, I’ll just edit this later so I don’t look like a dipshit.
In any case, get pumped. It’s #AnCoSeason.
Tarzana (Spencer Clark and Jan Anderzén) touring Europe through December, despite not having asked for permission
It’s not every Wednesday afternoon that I find myself writing about a European tour, but let’s be honest, it’s most Wednesdays. Seems like a lot of musical artists think touring Europe is a pretty swell thing to do, from big name acts like Fastball in 1998 and Adele to the little guys like Fastball in 2015 and Islam Chipsy. But I think we should take a step back for a second and ask the question that no one else is asking: did Europe ever ask to be toured? Seeing as how it’s a continent and not a person or an online chatbot, my guess is that the answer to that question is no, and yet we persist.
To wit: Fantasia maestro Spencer Clark and his Finnish-freakout pal Jan Anderzén (of Kemialliset Ystävät) have just announced their plans to tour that unanswering landmass buffering Russia from the Atlantic, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I mean, on the one hand, operating as a duo under the name Tarzana (and having just dropped a new EUREKA!-worthy LP called Alien Wildlife Estate), it just seems so very appropriate. But on the other hand, I’m pretty committed to this dumb bit, so I’m conflicted.
Anyway, the dates are below, so you can evaluate on your own the extent to which you live in Europe and feel troubled by this trend.
11.25.15 - Genève, Switzerland - Cave12
11.27.15 - Milano, Italy - TBA
11.28.15 - Lyon, France - Ground Zéro
11.29.15 - Paris, France - Treize
11.30.15 - Gent, Belgium - In de Ruimte
12.01.15 - Brighton, United Kingdom - Coachwerks
12.02.15 - London, United Kingdom - The Victoria Dalston
12.03.15 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Roodkapje
12.04.15 - Antwerpen, Belgium - Het Bos
12.05.15 - Bremen, Germany - Friese
Discogs came into the TMT offices last week popping bottles of Boone’s Farm like no tomorrow, shouting, “Fifteen years, y’all dick fingers!” We didn’t appreciate being called dick fingers at the time, but in all fairness, our fingers do look like dicks. After the police escorted Discogs out of the building, I spoke with Discogs one-on-one.
“Thanks for posting that article about our upcoming app. It’s going to be the shiiiiit.” Discogs lit up a blunt the size of a dick finger right in front of a cop. “No problem,” I said. “Conga rats on 15 years of success!”
Discogs then pulled a Polaroid out of its pockets, obscuring it. I could see what looked like the numbers four and three. “You like what you see?” Discogs then said, “I’m going to reveal it all to you right now.” The number was $43.5 million in transactions so far this year. I further learned that Discogs has over 6,300,000 recordings and 4 million artists, the largest physical music database in the world.
Discogs continued the celebration into the night, announcing that new features for discovering and trading physical media will be coming to the site.
Rock is back! Kinda! After a five-year slumber, the ginormous Guitar Hero franchise has returned with a new game called Guitar Hero Live. And it features some pretty major changes. Aside from a new 6-fret guitar controller, GHL introduces a full-motion, real-time interactive video experience intended to simulate a live concert. The game also marks the debut of GHTV, a 24-hour music video network that’s updated with new, playable tracks every week, a service that’s expected to continue for the foreseeable future. (The tracks can’t be purchased to own, but they’re made available on the GHTV network for free.)
Which brings us to why we’re writing this (sponsored) post. Today, Guitar Hero unveils 34 additional tracks, bringing the grand total of playable songs to a whopping 300. New tracks come courtesy of Jack White, Primus, R.E.M., Tenacious D, and many more, who will join an already-overwhelming roster of artists, some TMT-friendly (TV On the Radio, The Clash, Bob Dylan), some decidedly not TMT-friendly (Jet, Lit, My Chemical Romance). But the coverage is pretty wide: rock, classic rock, indie rock, pop rock, jock rock, mock top, sock hop, new wave, face wave, light wave, grape wave, pen, paper, cellphone charger, other stuff on my desk, blow dryer, etc. — there’s even some Rihanna, Charli XCX, and Katy Perry thrown in the mix!
Guitar Hero Live is out on all major consoles, with an app version available for Apple products.
From Cynthia Robinson’s Facebook page:
Friends, Famliy and Fans through out the world, Cynthia Robinson, Trumpeter and Co- Founder of Sly and The Family Stone has passed.
Our condolences go out to the Robinson Family and her bandmates and all family & friends ! You are in our thoughts and prayers and we are here for you. Please continue to support the Cynthia Robinson Cancer Care Fund due to the rising medical costs ( anything helps ).
If you need that something but don’t know what it is, then all ears here, please: SOPHIE has just unveiled the final single off PRODUCT. Titled “VYZEE,” the bouncy, effervescent, squishy, bubbly, fizzy, vivacious little banger — which garnered a cultish following when SOPHIE dropped it during last year’s Boiler Room set — fits snuggly on PRODUCT between the rubber-band trap beats of “MSMSMSM” and the beautiful squall of “L.O.V.E.”
PRODUCT is out this Friday, which is when those who pre-ordered will automatically receive the second downloadable batch of singles (“MSMSMSM,” “VYZEE,” “L.O.V.E.,” and “JUST LIKE WE NEVER SAID GOODBYE”). And if you ordered the insertable version of PRODUCT, you’ll also get an “exclusive audio track” on Friday. Whether or not it’s the same song as the bonus “GET HIGHER” track from the Japanese edition is unknown. What is known, however, is that there is a bonus track called “GET HIGHER” on the Japanese edition. Cute!
Speaking of cute, SOPHIE has confirmed dates for 2016, and QT is coming along for the bulk of them! Check out those dates and “VYZEE” below, and then get whatever hole(s) you want nice and lubed for Friday’s silicon date. As the wise philosopher GFOTY once put it, “I’m so ready to bone, like Medusa on a party phone.”
12.02.16 - Miami, FL - Art Basel
01.20.16 – Berlin, DE – Berghain
01.21.16 – London, UK – Village Underground
01.23.16 – Glasgow, UK – SWG3
02.01.16 – Auckland, NZ – Laneway ;)
02.05.16 – Adelaide, AUS – Laneway ;)
02.05.16 – Sydney, AUS – Oxford Arts Factory ;)
02.06.16 – Brisbane, AUS – Laneway ;)
02.07.16 – Sydney, AUS – Laneway ;)
02.10.16 – Melbourne, AUS – Howler ;)
02.13.16 – Melbourne, AUS – Laneway ;)
02.14.16 – Perth, AUS – Laneway ;)
;) with QT
Half Japanese’s Jad Fair came up with a line that summed up their outlook: “the only chord I know is the one that connects the guitar to the amp.” They didn’t care about skill; they just picked up instruments and started to jam. The result was an enjoyable mess that largely influenced underground indie rock, attracting musicians from Sonic Youth and Neutral Milk Hotel to Daniel Johnston and Kurt Cobain. That spark is still in the air, as they released Overjoyed last year, their first album in 13 years. To keep the momentum going, Half Japanese have announced a follow-up.
Perfect is set to arrive January 22 through Joyful Noise. To celebrate, you can listen to their lead single “This Is That.” It’s a short, fast-paced tune with the same “I don’t give a fuck” attitude that Half Japanese are known for. Hear the guitars jangle and the sounds that don’t make sense but somehow work. Jump around. Feel good. Also check out some tour dates.
11.24.15 - Madrid, Spain - El Sol
11.25.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Monkeys Club
11.26.15 - Oberhausen, Germany - Druckluft
11.27.15 - Antwerp, Belgium - Het Bos
11.28.15 - Boulogne-Billancourt, France - BB Mix Festival
01. That Is That
02. We Cannot Miss
03. You And I
05. Hold On
06. Man Without A Shadow
07. Here We Are
08. Listen To Your Heart
09. We’ll Go Far
10. That’s Called Love
11. In Your Spell
12. A New Beginning
13. That’s Right