Anyone capable of unembellished thought knows that Los Angeles isn’t just red carpets and homeless people fiddling around in their pockets for the purposes of handing you money. A super informative study that conforms with my preestablished views of the world recently named Los Angeles ninth among American cities with the most inequality, and separate from the stoic picture that economic figures project, I can say that I’ve witnessed the depths of the L.A. underbelly firsthand and repeatedly! It’s filled with underwhelming Mexican food and driving… without the benefit of chauffeur. Don’t tell me I’m sheltered.
Exception for Blackest Ever Black: on an unspecified day this June, they’ll be releasing a label compilation that, in retrospect, “offers an imaginative response to Los Angeles shadow-life,” despite the varying nationalities and locations of the contributing artists. Camella Lobo a.k.a. Tropic of Cancer lives in California, but she’s followed up on the tracklisting by artists like Dalhous, Exploring Jezebel, Secret Boyfriend, and Cut Hands — all of whom have their own take on hidden facets, generally speaking. L.A. wasn’t the subject they were handed, but the comp is, apparently, a grim representation after the fact.
I Can’t Give You the Life You Want will be released on vinyl only in an edition of 500 copies for the US. Maybe order one of the “handful” becoming available online, if you’re elsewhere.
I Can’t Give You the Life You Want tracklisting:
A1. Tropic of Cancer - I Woke Up and the Storm Was Over
A2. Tarquin Manek - Not Missing You
A3. Dalhous - Acceptance Is Reality
A4. 500 Stamps - Relics of Victory
A5. Infrastructure Zero - Messiah Police
B1. Bremen - Eclipsed
B2. Exploring Jezebel - Burberry Boy
B3. Cut Hands - Festival of the Dead Ondo
B4. Barnett + Coloccia - Tracker
B5. Tarcar - Eija
B6. Secret Boyfriend - Singleminded
Woo hoo! I know it’s only March right now, but… bring on the summertime, right guys? I can see it all now: barbecues, domestic beer with citrus pre-added to it, babes/dudes decked out in their skimpiest and/or neon-est attire, street corner mimes getting drunk in the park while nearby circus bears juggle flaming bowling pins… and of course, in the background of it all, Woods playing their brand of shamble-y indie-psych in a ramshackle band-shell. Oh yeah! Can’t you just picture it too?
Well, if you can, then GOOD NEWS! It won’t be long until our psychotropic dreams come true. Woods just announced a huge run of North American and European tour dates, beginning in May and running through August, in support of last year’s With Light and Love album. The tour will include stops at Bonnaroo and Sasquatch, as well as their very own Woodsist Festival (yeah, I can’t blame them, I guess, I’d headline my own fest too).
And just in case the above information doesn’t seem “feel-good” and “summery” enough already, the band is also teaming up with their like-minded buds in Real Estate and Alex Bleeker and the Freaks for some of the shows. Ahhhh. I can practically see the pail of Bud Light Limes and sweet badminton action now! …Oh shit. Wait. Now I can also see the hordes of killer bees stinging me, horrible sun searing my wimpy thighs, and fat-ass mounted police arresting me for possession! Fuck, I forgot! I totally hate summer.
05.14.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo *
05.15.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel *
05.18.15 - Big Sur, CA - Woodsist Festival - Loma Vista Gardens *#
05.19.15 - Sonoma, CA - Gundlach Bundschu Winery #
05.21.15 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall #
05.22.15 - Vancouver, BC - Imperial #
05.23.15 - George, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
06.11.15 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
06.12.15 - Asheville, NC - Mothlight
06.13.15 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
06.15.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot and Saddle
06.16.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade %
06.26.15 - Seinäjoki, Finland - Provinssirock
06.28.15 - Oslo, Norway - Piknik I Parken
06.30.15 - Haarlem, Netherlands - Patronaat
07.01.15 - Paris, France - Le Batofar
07.02.15 - Bordeaux, France - Rock School Barbey
07.03.15 - Mendione, France - Festival Ehz
07.04.15 - Vilanova, Spain - Vida Festival
07.06.15 - Zurich, Switzerland - Bogen F
07.07.15 - Ravenna, Italy - Hana Bi
07.08.15 - Padova, Italy - Radar Festival
07.09.15 - Lyon, France - Le Transbordeur / summer sessions
07.10.15 - Lille, France - La Péniche
07.11.15 - Liège, Belgium - Les Ardentes
07.12.15 - Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall
07.15.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
07.20.15 - London, UK - Oslo
* Alex Bleeker + the Freaks
# Real Estate
If Steve Gunn were to incorporate and float stocks in “Steve Gunn Inc.” on the stock exchange, I’d be telling everyone I know to invest. The dude’s on an incredible rise at the moment.
Following on from last year’s Way Out Weather, an album that had pretty much every music journalist this side of Mars peeing their pants, and a sneaky return to his rambling acoustic rumbling roots with a Mike Gangloff collaboration earlier this year, Gunn has now joined the sound stable of Matador Records.
The move is probably a logical one, given that Matador is also home to Kurt Vile, who Gunn aided as a Violator. Logic or not, it’s great news for “Steve Gunn Inc.,” and to celebrate, he’s embarking on a huge tour as he careens out of the South by South West Festival and into a run of dates with Wilco and sojourns around the Northern Hemisphere for the summer.
03.27.15 - Knoxville, TN - Big Ears Festival
03.28.15 - Louisville, KY - The New Vintage *
03.29.15 - Columbus, OH - Spacebar *
03.31.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
04.01.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
05.04.15 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant $
05.05.15 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre $
05.06.15 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
05.07.15 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre $
05.08.15 - Louisville, KY - Iroquois Amphitheater $
05.09.15 - Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Festival
05.17.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Les Nuits Botanique
05.18.15 - London, UK - The Lexington
05.19.15 - Nottingham, UK - The Maze
05.20.15 - Manchester, UK - The Roadhouse
05.21.15 - Dublin, Ireland - The Workman’s Club
05.22.15 - Belfast, UK - Black Box
05.23.15 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast
05.24.15 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
05.25.15 - Bristol, UK - The Lantern
05.26.15 - Hasselt, Belgium - MOD
05.27.15 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
05.28.15 - Lyon, France - Sonic
05.29.15 - Düdingen, Switzerland - Kilbi Festival
05.30.15 - Weikersheim, Germany - W71
05.31.15 - Munich, Germany - Glockenbachwerkstatt
06.01.15 - Heidelberg, Germany - Karlstorbahnhof
06.02.15 - Saarburcken, Germany - Sparte4
06.03.15 - Leipzig, Germany - Goldhorn
06.04.15 - Berlin, Germany - Grüner Salon
06.06.15 - Athens, Greece - Plissken Festival
06.08.15 - Vienna, Austria - WUK
06.09.15 - Prague, Czech Republic - Podnik
06.10.15 - Nürnberg, Germany - K4
06.11.15 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
06.12.15 - Bologna, Italy - Bolognetti Rock’s
06.16.15 - Barcelona, Spain - Sidecar
06.17.15 - Madrid, Spain - La Boite
06.18.15 - Bilbao, Spain - Kafe Antzokia
06.21.15 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands - Best Kept Secret
06.23.15 - Lund, Sweden - Mejeriet
06.24.15 - Göteborg, Sweden - Pustervik
06.25.15 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
06.26.15 - Oslo, Norway - Piknik i Parken
06.29.15 - Lille, France - La Péniche
06.30.15 - Frankfurt, Germany - Das Bett
07.01.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Aalhaus
07.02-03.15 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.07.15 - Cleveland, OH - Euclin Tavern
07.08.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
07.09.15 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
07.10-12.15 - Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Folk Festival
07.14.15 - Golden, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater $
07.15.15 - Kansas City, MO - CrossroadsKC $
07.17.15 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
08.09.15 - Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival
08.15.15 - Haldern, Germany - Haldern Pop
08.20.15 - Paredes de Coura, Portugal - Paredes de Coura
08.23.15 - Powys, UK - Greenman Festival
* Ryley Walker
Fresh off releasing two albums in 2014 (Unfidelity and Four Track Mind), Nick Edwards a.k.a. Nik Edwardz a.k.a. Ekoplekz is back with another album (and EP!) in 2015. Out May 19, it’ll be his third full-length for Planet Mu. In keeping with his desire to perplex and trouble his Scrabble opponents while dispensing with that “Z” tile he’s been sitting on for three turns, the album is called Reflekzionz. Frankly, and I know this might make me unpopular, but I think making up words in Scrabble is tantamount to cheating and is not allowed in my private weekly game. I won’t go on a rant here, but trust me when I say that I totally could.
Reflekzionz is an album that “unapologetically dwells on past experiences,” drawing in large part on Edward(s)(z)’ memories of the weirdo electronica that he was embedded in throughout the 90s. If you ask me, none of that makes it okay for him to cheat at Scrabble, but I guess it’s interesting. As with most of his previous work, Reflekzionz diverges off into several directions influence-wise, but it’s all ultimately unified under the dubbed-out production, heavy on eko (or, if you want to play under my roof, it’s “echo,” obviously). You can pre-order the album now and listen to “Seduktion” off the album here:
01. A Caustic Romance
02. Quakers Road Skank
04. Repeater (How Did it Feel?)
06. Midnight Cliffs
08. Dubnium 268
09. Canon’s Marsh
10. Black Calkz
11. Saturation (Full Rinse)
12. Day in May
Today in news about albums that have recently been announced and that are slated to come out on July 28, it’s me, Taylor Peters, your intrepid reporter, typing letters into the robot in front of me about Syrian wonder man Omar Souleyman’s Bahdeni Nami. Some of the letters I have already used include “e” and “m,” and I’m sure to use those, as well as several others, numerous additional times throughout the remainder of this post, so strap in. Recorded in Istanbul, Bahdeni Nami reportedly draws together traditional accompaniment in conjunction with production work from Modeselektor, Four Tet, and Gilles Peterson. It’s out on Modeselektor’s Monkeytown imprint.
That’s not it, though! I’m done typing or being intrepid! In fact, there’s a whole tour that Souleyman’s got planned that I haven’t even mentioned yet. Basically it’s a tour; I’m sure you’ve heard of them. Souleyman will travel around from city to city and play music in various venues for various people. If you would like to see him do it, you can pay money to do so. The dates are listed below. If you are unsure about your affinity for Souleyman’s music, you can listen to “Enssa El Aatab,” one of the Modeselektor-produced tracks from the new album, below.
03.26.15 - Boise, ID - Treefort Music Festival
03.27.15 - Athens, GA - Slingshot Festival
03.28.15 - Knoxville, TN - Big Ears Festival
05.21.15 - Halifax, NS - Obey Convention 8
05.22.15 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
05.23.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Jewels Catch One
05.30.15 - Bristol, UK - Colston Hall
06.06.15 - Copenhagen, DK - Distortion Festival
06.12.15 - Toronto, ON - Bestival Toronto
06.26.15 - Beuningen, NL - Down The Rabbit Hole
07.11.15 - Trencin, SK - Pohoda Festival
07.16.15 - Dour, BE - Dour Festival
House music can be really good. It can also have a lasting cultural impact. Case in point: Satoshi Tomiie’s collaboration with Frankie Knuckles, “Tears.” As a trained classical and jazz pianist, Satoshi’s musicality just glistens in every track he does. Ryuichi Sakamoto once called on him to play keys for Yellow Magic Orchestra.
In the 25 years since “Tears,” Satoshi has released one album, 1999’s Full Lick. The second, New Day, will drop May 18 through his new label Abstract Architecture on vinyl, CD, digital, and limited cassette. It also features John Schmersal, a member of Caribou’s live band and former member of Braniac, on the title track.
One always wonders if an album by a constantly touring artist will have enough depth to warrant a close listen, especially one by an artist working with house, a genre that can sound headachingly functional. No worries though, because Satoshi has a knack for geometric compositions with a surrealist sheen that sound good big and small, taking on different character as the volume shifts.
Listen to “Thursday, 2AM” with the album art below, and check the tracklist below that.
New Day tracklist:
01. Last Night (In this dream I watched a film of a dream within this dream)
04. New Day (feat. John Schmersal)
05. Nature Abstraite
06. Thursday, 2AM
07. Calm Me Up
08. Momento Magico
09. Wave Side Back
12. Cucina Rossa
• Satoshi Tomiie: http://www.satoshitomiie.com
Radiohead’s OK Computer to be preserved in the US National Recording Registry, like a cat tied to a stick
That’s right: get your slovenly, uncouth asses back to the back of the line, American bands! Once again, Great Britain — a.k.a. “the REAL country” — is providing the world with all the cultural cache it could ever need or want.
Since 2000 — which is when the Librarian of Congress at the time first heard Kid A and had his life changed forever — The Library of Congress has selected a small crop of songs and albums to preserved as part of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000. Every year, they select 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and are 10 years old or more.
And this year, according to a recent post by NME — a.k.a. “the REAL music online magazine” — Radiohead’s 1997 album OK Computer has swiftly been “selected for induction into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry” (yes yes, even “Fitter, Happier”), presumably beating out all of its scrawny bumpkin-band competitors across the pond by a good country kilometer. Hey, maybe next year, George Gershwin. You HACK. Just kidding!
Anyway, not kidding: Radiohead’s album is only “one of a number of recordings that has been recognized for selection this year,” others including some decidedly less British and therefore less interesting offerings by the likes of The Doors, Joan Baez, and Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Also (as though anything really matters besides Radiohead), Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” and the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” are among the individual songs to be preserved at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation (which is located in Culpeper, Virginia, a place where Radiohead has probably toured. So that’s cool!).
After hearing this news, some critics and journalists have expressed their concerns that these other artists’ inductions may somewhat lessen the impact of Radiohead’s and may thus compromise their status as the “only band on Earth.” But I’m not one of them.
[Photo: Bob Boilen for NPR]
One of my most memorable concert experiences was a Sonic Youth show where the band got so deep and groovy that I fell asleep. Actual sleep. Not that the show was boring, it wasn’t, it was just so insanely mellow that it became soporific.
Likely to slot into that same awesome/soporific axis is Sarah Lipstate’s awesome Noveller live shows. Noveller’s latest album, Fantastic Planet, marks some sort of upping of the stakes, as do her excellent and guitar-loop-driven recent live shows. Noveller will now be expanding her touring schedule with a run of dates through April.
Perhaps in a bid to offset the probable dreaminess of Noveller’s show, she is teaming up with The Soft Moon to embark on said tour. The Soft Moon have a new album due on March 30, and lead single “Desertion” proves that while they mine a similar woozy territory as Noveller, they come from a much more harsh angle. A sort of yin/yang thing for your listening pleasure.
You can hip yourself to a preview of The Soft Moon’s forthcoming Deeper here and check out Noveller’s latest video for “No Unholy Mountain” below.
Noveller + The Soft Moon dates:
04.09.15 - Philadelphia, PA - The Boot & Saddle
04.10.15 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
04.11.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
04.12.15 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le “Ritz”
04.13.15 - Toronto, ON - The Drake Hotel
04.14.15 - Detroit, MI - UFO Factory
04.15.15 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
04.16.15 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04.17.15 - Madison, WI - The Frequency
04.19.15 - Omaha, NE - Reverb Lounge
04.21.15 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
04.22.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Urban Lounge
04.23.15 - Boise, ID - Neurolux Lounge
The full lineup for the 2015 edition of Raleigh’s Hopscotch Music Festival won’t be announced until sometime next month, but in the interest of keeping our interest until that time (not that they had to try), Hopscotch has just announced this year’s (and its fourth, historically speaking) improviser-in-residence, set to take the event by storm with an atypical spontaneity of all sorts. Previous improvisers Chris Corsano, Merzbow, and Thurston Moore mostly kept to the music side of things, but there is every indication that this new individual will do all kinds of crazy, unexpected things. Did you want free pancakes thrown out to you at the shows this year? Well, just maybe…
Owen Pallett, recently known as “Owen Pallett” and previously wielding the gamer-coddling moniker “Final Fantasy,” will be doing the honors this year. He released the deceptively accessible In Conflict last summer, and his previous work has earned him both actual awards and BFF honors with Arcade Fire’s Win Butler.
Pallett skipped over the entire state of North Carolina during his North American tour last year, so expect a tour de force de violin to make up for it!
ICAS, a global network of non-profit art organizations, has announced a new experimental music and art festival. The event is called ICAS Festival (appropriately enough) and is more like a “festival of festivals,” as 20 organizations — including Unsound, CTM, Insomnia, and Skanu Mežs — will join forces in Dresden for a week of events starting April 27. The theme is “Networking Tomorrow’s Art for an Unknown Future,” which is described as “an attempt to examine how to cope with increasing uncertainty in the field of culture using the tools that have been developed in our society thus far.” The fest will take these issues head-on not only through club shows and outdoor events, but also through a multi-day conference, a film series, labs, and an exhibition.
And as if there weren’t already enough organizations involved here, a new platform for emerging European artists called SHAPE is involved too. In fact, artists affiliated with SHAPE, who we told you about earlier this year, comprise the majority of the first-round lineup, including Lorenzo Senni, Gábor Lázár (who has a new joint album with Mark Fell out soon), Bocca al Lupo (Kathy Alberici and Federico Ritti), Low Jack, Random Logic. Other non-SHAPE artists announced so far feature Mork, HUMATIC’s, and Alexander Dorn. Expect more lineup announcements in the coming weeks.
For more information, check out ICAS Festival’s website, and stay tuned for updates.