Consider it a form of The Avengers saving the world from shitty disco music during the mid-1970s; Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius complemented their established Cluster aesthetic by joining Neu!’s Michael Rother to form, in 1973, Harmonia — an unsurprisingly combo kosmische/krautrock outfit that released the especially memorable albums Musik von Harmonia and Deluxe in 1974 and 1975, respectively. They ultimately disbanded for reasons that one can suppose revolved around their plethora of musical preoccupations, but the band, which at one point Brian Eno referred to as “the most important” of the rock variety (emphasis mine), briefly reformed for a few shows during the late 2000s. “It was amazing!,” is what I probably would have said if I had gone to any of them.
But Moebius sadly passed away on July 20, so what better way to honor the legendary Harmoniac and Clusterfarian than by releasing a “complete works” vinyl box set showcasing his time as the former. German label Grönland is taking it upon themselves on October 21, and the set will feature the aforementioned studio albums, as well as Tracks and Traces (a 1976 series of recordings with Brian Eno that wasn’t officially released until 1997) and Live 1974 (the 2007 release of a 1974 recording of a Harmonia concert that took place at Penny Station in Griessem, Germany).
Those items alone would constitute the bare minimum for a box set! Luckily, Harmonia Box also includes a poster, a download code to be used for that very purpose, and a 36-page booklet, partially photograph-based, documenting Harmonia’s history. Pics of their super secret Forst hideout are included, I’m sure! Feel free to pre-order the set here.
Are you a Frank Ocean fan and pissed he didn’t drop his new album in July? Me too, but fuck: try being a Chief Keef fan! Sosa’s Bang 3 has been delayed like, what, 500 times now? It was originally slated for release way back around Christmas 2013… as a mixtape. But a label separation and a hologram later, and Bang 3 is now an official “album,” and thankfully, the Almighty rapper has decided to fuck with our calendars in a good way this time by surprise-dropping it today, almost three weeks ahead of its August 18 release date.
A$AP Rocky, Mac Miller, and Jenn Em guest on this 14-track release. Stream and/or download below.
• Chief Keef: https://twitter.com/chiefkeef
Yamantaka Eye (of Boredoms) joins noise-rock duo Gagakirise to satisfy our unspoken collaborative desires
It’s very possible that Gagakirise have avoided your attention until now, because in addition to having never released an album on an American label or in any context that didn’t require the “limited” qualifier, the duo has also remained firmly entrenched in the Japanese underground, rendering chaos to citizens and sentient beings in the Earth’s mantle alike. They certainly have toured internationally, at least one time in the fitting company of Brian Chippendale, but otherwise, guitarist Sachio Yoshizawa and drummer Ryo Inoue have seemingly been content keeping things geographically close. They’re more familiar with noise ordinances in their home country. Still though, can we please get someone to coax these frenetic renegades elsewhere, so that we all might benefit?
Oh, well thank you, Thrill Jockey, and thanks to arguable Boredoms frontman Yamantaka Eye (or EYE) as well for helping to produce an exponentially-increased risk of neck pains due to home head-banging. Gagakiriseye is out August 21 as a limited-edition 7-inch, and it supplementally marks Eye’s first new (disseminated) studio recording in over five years. Boredoms as a whole hasn’t been up to too much these days, and we were all starting to wonder when we’d hear sufficiently manic vocals outside of Keiji Haino. Looks like Eye might’ve done the cover art as well, though don’t quote me on that.
Here’s a vid of Gagakirise interfering with casual park enjoyment:
01. The Flash
The Chills, the legendary New Zealand purveyors of devastating pop, announced their first full-length album in 19 years. Silver Bullets will come out October 30 via the ultra-cool Fire Records, who also released the band’s The BBC Sessions. You can preview the first single, “America Says Hello,” below.
Silver Bullets was recorded at Albany Street Studios in the band’s hometown of Dunedin, New Zealand. Led by Martin Phillipps and formed in 1980, the band were a favorite of John Peel, for whom they did several live sessions. After a US tour in the early 1990s to promote Soft Bomb, the band disbanded, not releasing a new album till 1996’s Sunburnt, which featured a new lineup. Since that time, The Chills have been playing live, released a mini-album, and put out a handful of live EPs for Fire and Far South.
Phillipps will be journeying to Europe for a run of live solo dates, and a full band tour is planned for 2016. The Chills are Martin Phillipps (guitar/vocals), James Dickson (bass/backing vocals), Todd Knudson (drums/backing vocals), Erica Stichbury (violin/backing vocals) and Oli Wilson (keyboards/backing vocals).
• Fire Records: https://twitter.com/firerecordings
Devoted to charting the fascinatingly blurry corners of rock & roll history, Light in the Attic has become a reliable source for unsung 70s folk artists (Goldberg, Ray Stinett, Bob Frank) and once-popular-though-long-forgotten psych/beat gems from the 60s (The Free Design, Vagrants, Stephen John Kalinich). Their most recent announcement, When the rainbow disappears: An anthology 1965-1968, a compilation of tracks by The Kitchen Cinq, falls in the latter category, offering a collection of 28 songs recorded by the garage psych band. Signed to Lee Hazlewood’s LHI label, the Texas quintet released an album (1968’s Everything But…) and a bunch of singles before splitting up. All of that is included in this anthology, plus a few previously unreleased session recordings and outtakes. Hear a track off the album below.
Regardless of what their pun-centric name might indicate, The Kitchen Cinq were anything but a historic curiosity, let alone a tongue-in-cheek attempt to cash in on the psych pop market. The band made a reputation for themselves since the early 1960s (recording as The Illusions and later The Y’alls) thanks to their no-frills take on beat music, later adding a psychedelic spin to the garage-rock-rooted style acts like The Beau Brummels had pioneered. Recruited by the psychedelic-cowboy par excellence Lee Hazlewood, the Texans recorded their only LP at the same time, as Gram Parsons’ International Submarine Band (their LHI labelmates) outlined country rock — even sharing their producer — collaborating with some Wrecking Crew personnel in the studio (Carol Kaye, Glenn Campbell, and Hal Blaine) and with Hazlewood himself close by for songwriting/arranging assistance. Despite the illustrious associates and West Coast success, the band failed to explode on a bigger scale and was swept away as the band members’ interests (as well as the public’s) drifted away.
When the rainbow disappears: An anthology 1965-1968 is out August 28 via Light in the Attic.
01. You’ll Be Sorry Someday
02. Solitary Man
04. Please Come Back To Me
06. Young Boy
07. Last Chance To Turn Around
08. Still In Love With You Baby
09. If You Think…
10. I Can’t Let Go
11. Need All The Help I Can Get
12. Young Boy
14. Figareux Figareux
17. Run For Your Life
18. Please Come Back
19. (Ellen’s Fancies) Ride The Wind
20. When The Rainbow Disappears
21. The Street Song
22. I Want You
23. Wasn’t It You
24. I Am You
25. Dying Daffodil Incident
26. Does Anybody Know
27. Good Lovin’ (So Hard To Find)
28. For Never We Meet
• Light in the Attic: http://lightintheattic.net
On “The Possum,” the opening track of Sun Kil Moon’s recent Universal Themes, Mark Kozelek details a visit to Justin Broadrick before a concert from Broadrick’s industrial metal band Godflesh. Through the song, Kozelek makes it seem like he and this Broadrick character have a pretty good relationship, a friendly rapport even. So much so that it seemed not impossible for the two to collaborate on music. Well, Stereogum reports that the prophecy of “The Possum” has come to pass. On February 19, 2016, Sun Kil Moon will unite with Broadrick’s Jesu project for the appropriately titled Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, released through Kozelek’s Caldo Verde label.
Now, February 19’s an awful long way into the future, but the project’s been teased for a little while now already. Back in April, Jesu brought word of the album’s existence to his Twitter following, yet then fell silent on further details. Here we are, these months later, with the details before your very eyes. While you’re here, feast your eyes on the Kozelek-iest song titles of all time: “Last Night I Rocked The Room Like Elvis and Had Them Laughing Like Richard Pryor” and “America’s Most Wanted Mark Kozelek and John Dillinger.” RIP, the possum.
Jesu/Sun Kil Moon tracklist:
01. Good Morning My Love
03. A Song of Shadows
04. Last Night I Rocked the Room Like Elvis and Had Them Laughing Like
06. Father’s Day
08. America’s Most Wanted Mark Kozelek and John Dillinger
TMT’s very own Pat Beane gave Montreal-based quartet Ought a rave in his feature on this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival. “Ought delivered one of the best festival sets I’ve seen,” and on top of that, “the band was cute as hell.” Hot on the heels of that affirmative press, Ought have announced a substantial October tour throughout the US and Canada. The stint will coincide with the September 18 release of their sophomore album Sun Coming Down on Constellation. You can pre-order through the Constellation site or through iTunes.
Tim Darcy, Matt May, Tim Keen, and Ben Stidworthy, the Ought men, are not from Canada, so get that out of your head or risk serious critical misreading. Rather, the four hail from New Hampshire, New Jersey, Australia, and Portland, respectively, having convened at Montreal’s McGill University. Their first album, last year’s More Than Any Other Day, was a smashing critical success, noted for its danceable arrangements, playful interpretation of post-punk stylings, and Darcy’s sarcastic, audaciously lovable lyrics recognizing the potential awesomeness of trivial, everyday experience. For the chorus of “Beautiful Blue Sky,” Sun Coming Down’s first single, he incants phrases like “Fancy seeing you here,” “How’s the family,” and “Beautiful weather today” over a grand, ascending guitar progression. It’s pretty great.
“Men For Miles,” the album’s second single, is out now, too. You can listen to both below, followed by the album tracklist and the full tour schedule.
Sun Coming Down tracklist:
01. Men For Miles
02. Passionate Turn
03. The Combo
04. Sun’s Coming Down
05. Beautiful Blue Sky
07. On The Line
08. Never Better
Ought tour dates:
09.17.15 - Montreal, QC -Ukrainian Federation (Pop Montreal)
09.30.15 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
10.01.15 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
10.02.15 - Brooklyn, NY - The Silent Barn
10.03.15 - Washington DC - Comet Ping Pong
10.05.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
10.08.15 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
10.09.15 - Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will
10.10.15 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigos Cantina
10.11.15 - Edmonton, AB - Up + Downtown Music Festival
10.12.15 - Calgary, AB - The Palomino Smokehouse & Social Club
10.14.15 - Vancouver, CA - Red Gate
10.15.15 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
10.16.15 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
10.18.15 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
10.19.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
10.20.15 - San Diego, CA - The Hideout
10.22.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
10.23.15 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
10.25.15 - St. Louis, MO - The Demo
10.26.15 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Café
10.27.15 - Chicago, IL - The Beat Kitchen
10.29.15 - Toronto, CA - Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Stay goth, my friends. If there’s anything that noted California experimental hip-hop label has been missing, it is a distinct goth flavor. Does Doseone even own any bondage pants? As an initial first step in correcting these wrongs, the label has signed the true goth star himself, Pictureplane a.k.a. Travis Egedy. As we speak, Egedy is wrapping up the recording of his debut Anticon full-length, which is expected to see release next year.
Mr. Top Goth (that’s Pictureplane) just wrapped up a string of dates with Heems on the West Coast. However, if you are lucky enough to live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, you can see a Heems-less Pictureplane at The Starlight on August 1. Maybe, just maybe, he’ll play something off that aforementioned Anticon debut. Or maybe he’ll play “Total Confusion,” his Antwon-featuring single that came out earlier this year through IHC 1NFINITY.
18+. Seriously one of the best things going. The NY/LA duo recently announced a European tour, and now we’ve caught wind that the group is set to release a new remix EP. Titled They Remixes, the EP features such TMT favorites as Suicideyear, Mr. Mitch, and Príncipe group Tia Maria Produções taking on tracks sourced from 18+’s debut album/compilation, Trust. It also includes a song by lesser-known Puerto Rican artist Audri Nix, whose once unofficial remix of “Crow” features reworked vocals (in Spanish) rather than production.
So yes, after being spoiled for years with random tracks and mixtapes, new 18+ music continues to elude us. But They Remixes is a solid consolation from a solid label, so act quickly. It’s out August 28 digitally and as a limited 12-inch via Houndstooth.
They Remixes tracklist:
01. Cake (Suicideyear remix)
02. Nectar (Mr. Mitch Lights Off Remix)
03. OIXU (Tia Maria Produções Remix)
04. Crow (Audri Nix Remix)
05. Nectar (Mr. Mitch Lights On Remix) *
* Digital bonus
08.22.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Moustache
08.23.15 - Biddinghuizen, Holland - Lowlands Festival - X-ray stage
08.26.15 - London, UK - Electrowerks
08.27.15 - Dublin, Ireland - Twisted Pepper - Scavenger Sessions
08.28.15 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain - Pop-Kultur night
08.29.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega Ideal Bar
Lawrence English, you sly dog. The artist, composer, founder of Room40, and amateur falconer (?) has outdone himself this year by curating an excellent lineup (as we recently reported) for his label’s annual Open Frame festival, going down at the art space Carraigeworks in Sydney, Australia.
And it starts TODAY.
Not only has he gotten William Basinski to agree to travel south of the equator to headline the first night, but he’s also managed to snag the world premiere of Jim O’Rourke’s latest electro-acoustic piece, Diffusion. On top of that, he’s convinced artist and filmmaker Makino Takashi to swing by and display his work Space Noise, which combines digital projection with 15mm film to create the illusion of a three-dimensional viewing experience. Need more evidence that you need to get your ass down under? How about another premiere, this time of an audiovisual work by Grouper and Paul Clipson entitled Hynosis Display? I believe I’ve made my point, and that’s not even the full lineup.
Check out the entire program and grab tickets here.