It’s Double Cup Tuesday, which means it’s time for another post about DJ Rashad! Houston producer Wheez-ie (a.k.a. Matt Mauldin) has just started up a new label called Southern Belle, and Rashad’s newest EP, We On 1, serves as its inaugural release. The four-track EP is one of Rashad’s more interesting takes on footwork, with a classic battle approach (“We On 1”) meeting up with some ghetto house-influenced explicitness (“Come on Girl,” “Do It Again”) and a refreshingly fun, bumped-up BPM angle on its Chaka Khan-flipping final track, “Somethin’ Bout The Things U Do.” DJ Spinn, DJ Manny, and Gant-Man assist throughout too, ensuring all that high-grade studio kush gets properly translated into the recordings.
We On 1 is out on vinyl April 28 and digitally May 13. Listen to the full EP courtesy of FACT and Southern Belle:
Meanwhile, DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, and Taso give Snoop Dogg & Dam-Funk the TEKLIFE treatment on their 7 Days of Funk track, “Do My Thang.” You can check that one here.
Chrome announce new studio album to be released in August, tour Europe; [web browser pun redacted because it was not funny]
If you’ve spent any time with the Nurse With Wound list, or with music writers who think it’s okay to use the word “seminal” unironically, you’re probably at least passingly familiar with the San Francisco-based avant-punk/industrial/psychedelic group Chrome. A little-known fact about the band is that Google actually named their popular web browser after them because of how influential their dissonant sound collages and sort-of unsettling album artwork were throughout the early development stages of Gmail and Google Plus. Thanks, Google, for introducing a whole new generation to the mind-bending sounds of one of the coolest bands that ever existed!
The group was formed by the late Damon Edge in 1975, and was throughout its history joined by a wide array of collaborators, perhaps most notably the guitarist Helios Creed, who joined the band just in time to contribute heavily to the classics Alien Soundtracks and Half Machine Lip Moves in 1978 and 1979, respectively. Throughout the 80s, Chrome morphed back into a Damon Edge solo project, however upon Edge’s passing in 1995, Creed again took charge of the music made under the Chrome name.
Now it’s 2014, and Creed has put together a whole new Chrome lineup and recorded a brand-new full-length. Entitled Feel It Like a Scientist (a name inspired by a popular book of pick-up lines for physics grad students) the album began coming together back in 2012 with the addition of guitarist Lou Minatti (a.k.a. Keith Thompson, who also engineered the album) and vocalist Anne Dromeda (a.k.a. Monet Clark). The album was composed by Chrome’s current iteration, featuring Creed, Minatti, Dromeda, and Tommy Grenas. One track features lyrics by Damon Edge. About the current lineup Creed says, “I have the best band put together, finally. The album coming out… it’s how I’ve always wanted Chrome to sound.” The album is out August 5 on King of Spades Records, and the band is going on a European tour starting in May. For Creed, but one question remains: can you take him higher?
05.17.14 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - RockStage (Virada Cultural)
05.21.14 - Munich, Germany - Strom
05.22.14 - Torino, Italy - Magazzino Sul Po
05.23.14 - Bologna, Italy - Freekout
05.24.14 - Milano, Italy - TBA
05.25.14 - Bern, Switzerland - Reitschule
05.29.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Festival
05.31.14 - Marsaille, France - L’Embobineuse
06.01.14 - Paris, France - Le Point Ephemere
06.02.14 - Kortrijk, Belgium - Cine Palace
06.03.14 - Frankfurt, Germany - Das Bett
06.04.14 - Cologne, Germany - Underground
06.06.14 - Ebensee, Austria - Kino
06.08.14 - Berlin, Germany - Babylon
06.09.14 - Prague, Czech Republic - Lucerna Music Hall
06.11.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
06.12.14 - Oslo, Norway - Bla
06.14.14 - Helsinki, Finland - Äänivalli Fight the Night Festival
06.16.14 - Stockholm, Sweden - TBA
06.17.14 - Gothenburg, Sweden - TBA
06.18.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Markhalle
06.19.14 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands - Vibes
06.20.14 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - OCCII
06.21.14 - London, UK - Electrowerz
• Chrome: https://www.facebook.com/chromechronicles
• King of Spades: http://www.forcedexposure.com/labels/king.of.spades.html
Fuck Buttons announce North American summer tour, pose for cover of Noise Teen magazine, the number one noise magazine for teens
THIS MONTH IN NOISE TEEN: find out which member of Wolf Eyes you are in our monthly quiz! Get in on Pharmakon’s inside jokes! Nine droolworthy Merzbow facts for you! And, of course, a seven-page interview with our cover models, Fuck Buttons.
The votes are in: Fuck Buttons are the dreamboats of noise! If you love your synthesizers grinding but, hey, not too grinding, then those Fuck Buttons boys probably make you weak in the knees. Fresh off Slow Focus (TMT Review), their sizzling 2013 album on ATP, the boys from Bristol are hitting the American shores. This summer, the pair will be touching down in roughly a dozen North American cities and, just between you and me, these shows are gonna be HOT HOT HOT. Get your tickets and get ready to swoon!
Next issue: five fresh fashion tips from Whitehouse!
Fuck Buttons dates:
06.11.14 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
06.13.14 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
06.14.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
06.15.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw (Northside Festival)
06.16.14 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
06.17.14 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa (Suoni Festival)
06.19.14 - Toronto, ON - Adelaide Hall (NXNE Festival)
06.26.14 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
06.27.14 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
07.01.14 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
07.02.14 - Portland, OR - Star Theatre
07.03.14 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
Blondes ready Rewire EP featuring remixes from Huerco S., Simian Mobile Disco, Function, and Claro Intelecto
“Click click boom.” So says Josey Scott, vocalist of seminal butt rock band Saliva, and so too do Blondes say it in their own special way on this most hallowed of Earth Days. You see, they were confident that they knew how to rewire the bomb, to defuse it just in time. You just cut the blue wire and the green wire, connect the black wire to the yellow one, but oh no, click… click… BOOM! And out with the new Blondes Rewire EP on this very day, which is, again, a most hallowed of Earth Days.
The EP, which is available right now from RVNG Intl., contains four remixed tracks off Blondes’ Swisher (TMT Review) from last year; one of the title track, and three different versions of “Wire.” Simian Mobile Disco contribute the “Swisher” remix, and Huerco S., Claro Intelecto, and Function all remix “Wire.” This release is digital only in honor of today, which, for the third time, is a most hallowed of Earth Days. Because it’s digital, no trees will be murdered in order to create its packaging, and, since it’s not limited by the mere physical boundaries of our analog world, it’s not a part of a limited edition. That means you don’t have to stumble all over yourself getting to that purchase link as quick as humanly possible so other jokers don’t pick it up before you. Use this additional time to plant a tree or something, dummy. If you’re into YouTube embeds, there’s a ripe one waiting for you below containing Huerco S.’ remix of “Wire.”
Also, just a quick, cute FYI: Blondes are playing at Moogfest this weekend in Asheville, North Carolina with the likes of Holly Herndon, Hieroglyphic Being, and Craig Leon performing his Nommos LP (which, by the way, RVNG is reissuing this summer). Check it out or something!
Rewire EP tracklisting:
01. Swisher (Simian Mobile Disco Remix)
02. Wire (Claro Intelecto Remix)
03. Wire (Huerco S. Remix)
04. Wire (Function Remix)
Whoops! RIAA and MPAA members might have accidentally signed up for Megaupload accounts (but only to download porn, they swear!)
Hey! Remember this from like six days ago? You know, when I (rather intrepidly, some might say) reported that the RIAA was suing every pirate’s favorite by-then-defunct and Mega Man-themed filesharing website Megaupload?
Well GUESS WHAT? Megaupload did a little casual poking around over the weekend, and it turns out that, um, a couple hundred or so Megaupload accounts? Yeah… they belonged to MPAA and RIAA members, including folks working for Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Universal Music Group, Sony, Warner Music, and others.
In fact, according to TorrentFreak, 490 Megaupload accounts were “connected to MPAA and RIAA members, who sent 181 premium payments in total.” Yeeeah. All combined, this list of users uploaded “16,455 files, which are good for more than 2,097 gigabytes in storage.” Jeez, that’s a lot of shitty Lorde albums or whatever.
In addition, it seems that many of those places actually tried to work with Megaupload in the past. TorrentFreak says that Warner Bros., Disney, and Fox all reached out to Megaupload to discuss “advertising and distribution deals.” But you know what they say: “if you can’t join ‘em; harp on ‘em, get ‘em closed-down, then sue ‘em while trying not to look dumb for hanging out with ‘em the whole time.” Ahh, I just love it when things turn out to be axiomatic, don’t you? There’s just such a wonderfully poetic simplicity to life that way!
Deafheaven announce world tour including co-headlining dates with Chelsea Wolfe, every show to be opened with two dudes arguing about whether Deafheaven are black metal
As we all know, black metal was invented in 1965, when an extremely intoxicated Miles Davis, at a private party, kept punching a speaker and yelling “I AM THE DEMON’S SON.” But people have been debating the exact qualities of black metal ever since! It’s an exhausting argument that reached an apex last year with the spike in popularity of San Francisco’s Deafheaven. “They are definitely a black metal band,” said one side. “No, they’re not,” retorted the other. Somewhere in the midst, Varg Vikernes was mentioned but the surrounding argument made no coherent sense. Anyway, Deafheaven are playing approximately one thousand shows around the world this summer, all of which will be opened with a 20-minute argument between two forum-dwellers about the black metal qualities of Deafheaven.
In terms of more musical openers with a greater amount of actuality, Deafheaven are teaming with a number of tourmates of varying degrees of metal. Many of their US dates will find the group joined by the likes of Pallbearer (definitely metal), Wreck & Reference (probably metal but debatable), and Destruction Unit (not really metal). For their European dates, Deafheaven will co-headline with Chelsea Wolfe, who is almost incontrovertibly not metal, but I bet someone’s cooked up an argument otherwise. She’s certainly spooky enough and black metal is spooky, but sometimes spooky things don’t have to be black metal. Sometimes spooky things are just spooky.
04.25.14 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
05.02.14 - Taipei, Taiwan - The Wall
05.03.14 - Singapore - Beep Studios
05.06.14 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - ALT + HQ Fahrenheit 88
05.08.14 - Jakarta, Indonesia - The Basement Cafe, Kemang Raya
05.09.14 - Beijing, China - Yugong Yishan
05.11.14 - Shanghai, China - Yuyintang
05.13.14 - Tokyo, Japan - Earthdom
05.14.14 - Osaka, Japan - Conpass
05.15 14 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Upset
05.16.14 - Tokyo, Japan - Eggman
05.23-25.14 - Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Festival
05.28.14 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205
05.30.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera
05.31.14 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Fortarock
06.01.14 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Jubez
06.02.14 - Milan, Italy - Magnolia
06.03.14 - Padova, Italy - Radar Festival
06.04.14 - Rome, Italy - Traffic Live Club
06.07.14 - New York, NY - Governor’s Ball
06.08.14 - Boston, MA - Sinclair *
06.09.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Barbary *
06.10.14 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel *
06.11.14 - Richmond, VA - Canal Club *
06.13.14 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06.15.14 - Miami, FL - Churchill’s *
06.16.14 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth *
06.17.14 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar *
06.18.14 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s *
06.20.14 - St. Louis MO - Firebird *
06.21.14 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
06.22.14 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon *
06.23.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock *
06.24.14 - Lawrence, KS - Granada *
06.26.14 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s *
06.27.14 - Austin, TX - Red 7 *
06.28.14 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
06.30.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent &
07.01.14 - San Diego, CA - Casbah ^
07.02.14 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
07.03.14 - Dresden, Germany - Beatpol $
07.04.14 - Vienna, Austria - Arena $
07.05.14 - Prague, Czech Republic - Klub 007
07.07.14 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out Festival
07.08.14 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
07.10.14 - Aarhaus, Denmark - Voxhall
07.11.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Dirty Days of Summer
07.13.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafeklang
07.14.14 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
07.15.14 - London, UK - Jabberwocky $
07.16.14 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla $
07.17.14 - Belfast, Ireland - Mandela Hall #
07.18.14 - Galway, Ireland - Roisin Dubh #
07.19.14 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelans #
* Pallbearer, Wreck & Reference
& Destruction Unit, Wreck & Reference
^ Wreck & Reference
$ Chelsea Wolfe
# No Spill Blood
Lit City Trax may have departed from its footwork beginnings — having first released the TEKLIFE trilogy of DJ Rashad’s Welcome to the Chi, DJ Spinn’s What U Need, and Traxman’s The Architek — but the label continues to push forward with some of the best, most exciting contemporary dance releases, including last year’s I’m Fine EP by Visionist and this year’s The New Klassiks Jersey club mixtape by UNIIQU3.
Lit City’s newest project is a 26-minute EP by DJ Marfox, the pioneering centerpiece of the incredibly exciting, diverse, and experimental Afro-Portugese dance music coming out of Lisbon (spearheaded last year by Lisbon’s fantastic Príncipe imprint). On his six-track Lucky Punch EP, Marfox’s sound is rooted in both kuduro (functional dance music from Angola) and tarraxinha (a slower electronic-influenced form of Angolan dance music), all bent and twisted into his unique soundworld.
Lucky Punch is out May 27 digitally and on LP via Lit City Trax. Listen to the EP’s first track “Terra Batida” and scope the tracklisting below, and then look for his follow-up EP, his fifth, on Príncipe later this year.
01. Terra Batida
03. Lucky Punch
04. Beat and Break
06. Banda 52
Jason Lescalleet continues screening tour tonight in NY with C. Spencer Yeh and others; additional music shows lined up
Per an interview that Jason Lescalleet did in Slovenia, the stupendous Songs About Nothing (TMT Review) earned its title from an existentialist perspective about art. But exactly how are we supposed to extract our own meaning when he forces these thoughts of abstract “awesome” into our brains? It’s like pondering the subjective significance of pizza just prior to inhaling a cheesy triangle: “This reminds me of the moment of my birth, when the doctor lured me out of my mother’s womb with a single slice of classic Chicago deep-dish.” But no! The oral succulence starts to overwhelm… Forget the meaning! Let me consume!
Yes, well, the double album was certainly enough to overdose our aural palates, but as an artistic addendum two years later, Lescalleet has been mapping out a “screening tour” of Trophy Tape, the 36-minute first disc of Songs About Nothing. Featuring visual interpretations from artists such as Aaron Dilloway, Robert Beatty (Three Legged Race, Hair Police), and Ellen Frances (check the full credits below), Lescalleet intends to screen Trophy Tape in each of the respective cities of his collaborators. The tour began in February, but tonight marks a very special New York premiere, presented by Issue Project Room and taking place at the Anthology Film Archives. There, Trophy Tape will be preceded by separate videos from the three New York contributors: C. Spencer Yeh, Adele Souto, and Ellen Frances.
Anxious for even morecalleet, as opposed to less? He has a few non-Trophy Tape shows coming up as well, with John Wiese, Greg Kelley (nmperign), Suburned Hand of the Man, and more. Here are the dates:
04.19.14 - Boston, MA - School of the Museum of Fine Arts *
04.20.14 - Pawtucket, RI - Machines with Magnets #
04.21.14 - Easthampton, MA - Flywheel Arts Collective %
* with John Wiese
# Jason Lescalleet/Greg Kelley Duo + Brown Recluse Alpha, Titans of Jazz, Geoff Mullen
% Antti Tolvi, Joshua Burkett, Sunburned Hand Of The Man
Trophy Tape video tracklisting:
01. The Beauty of Independent Music – Aaron Dilloway [Oberlin, OH]
02. Old Theme – Ellen Frances [New York, NY]
03. Tarnished Copper (Copper Will Never Be Gold) – Annie Feldmeier Adams [Chicago, IL]
04. The Loop – Justin Meyers [Minneapolis, MN]
05. Euphoric Sting – Antony Milton [Wellington, New Zealand]
06. Beauty Is A Bowtie (HTDW) – C. Spencer Yeh [New York, NY]
07. The Power of Pussy – Olivia Block [Chicago, IL]
08. Escargot – Adel Souto [New York, NY]
09. In the Morning – Neil Young Cloaca [Turners Falls, MA]
10. Friday Night in a Catholic Home – Todd Deal [Worcester, MA]
11. 10 Amp Waves – Jubal Brown [Toronto, ON]
12. I Killed Another Day – Heidi Alasuvanto [Oulu, Finland]
13. In Through The Out Door & Another Whore – Robert Beatty [Lexington, KY]
• Jason Lescalleet: https://www.facebook.com/JasonLescalleet
Man or Astro-man? announce summer tour, search for answer to question that has plagued them for over two decades
It is man?
Is it astro-man?
A question, simple enough. If you are looking at a man, is he a regular man? Or is he, I guess, from space, making him some sort of astro-man? This is not a question that you or I spend much time considering, what with it being primarily nonsense. When I meet a man, I typically assume he is a regular man. Not once have I stopped to wonder if a new acquaintance might actually, unbeknownst to the general public, be an astro-man. It seems a waste of time and I have many important tasks to accomplish.
Man or Astro-man? do not live that way. Since forming in Alabama in the 1990s, they’ve dedicated their life to exposing the astro-man, wherever he may be. From what I gather, the way to luring out an astro-man is to play science-fiction-themed surf rock, presumably because it reminds him of the music of his home (space). As of today, Man or Astro-man? have yet to find a single astro-man in their two-decade search. But they’ll be damned if they stop trying! Hence their new album Defcon 5…4…3…2…1 and forthcoming summer tour, which will find them hunting their elusive prey in a number of major American cities. Will they finally hunt down an astro-man? Will their long search come to an end? No.
Man or Astro-man dates?
04.24.14 - Tallahasse, FL - Club Downunder
04.25.14 - Savannah, GA - The Wormhole
04.26.14 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre
07.15.14 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
07.16.14 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
07.17.14 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
07.18.14 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
07.19.14 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
07.20.14 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
07.21.14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballrom
07.22.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy Theatre
07.23.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
07.24.14 - Eugene, OR - Cozmic Pizza
07.26.14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
• Man or Astro-man?: http://astroman.com
Those Sacred Bones creeps will publish their first book on May 13, and it’s an Alexander Heir collection
A cop’s torso with spider’s legs writhes at the end of a hairy tentacle. A punk kid yanks the grim reaper’s head off. A naked man sits in a lotus position, skin sliced off half of his body to expose pure skeleton.
This is the world of Alexander Heir’s artwork, fearlessly dark and undeniably surreal. He’s been drawing like this for years, channeling images from a weird punk underworld to create flyers and 7-inch record jackets for bands all over the world, including Hoax, Forward, The Mob, Nightbirds, Destruction Unit, and Modern Life Is War. Heir also runs Death/Traitors, a clothing line whose fans include Three Six Mafia, Fucked Up, Antwon, and Odd Future.
According to The Fader, Sacred Bones has compiled 164 pages worth of Heir’s work for a book called Death Is Not the End, which will see a May 13 release. It will include 10 never-before-seen illustrations, and a limited edition of 150 hand-numbered, signed copies will include an iron-on patch, bookmark, wrap-around sleeve, and will be wax sealed like all limited Sacred Bones releases. Death Is Not the End is limited to 500 copies and you can pre-order one here.