Deliberately confusing humanity is a demonstration of power, so it’s no wonder that Alex Trebek and other trivia game show hosts relish their jobs so much; declaring an answer wrong is the next best thing to chemically inducing an endorphin rush or becoming God for a few hours and conforming to the “mysterious ways” of His alleged persona.
Fortunately, percussionist Jon Mueller isn’t in the business of power trips or confusing people for the sake of it, but the value of his newest album does reportedly come from its capacity to perplex, going by the storied audience reaction to its “preparatory work,” which was initially performed in dozens of cities across the US and Canada. Mueller’s minimalistic playing of an Arabic bass drum combined with “wordless” vocals looped to the point of hypnosis sent aural participants off the deep end, where the reactions ranged from a natural appreciation for the artistic content to stumbling out of one’s chair and later trying to walk through closed doors. I mean, I wasn’t there, but I can imagine after listening to the final product myself.
A Magnetic Center is out in a rather well-packaged limited-edition cassette and via digital download now. Best get on that if you want the former though, as there are only six left at the time of writing.
Here are some dates, too:
10.06.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Alphaville
10.08.15 - Turners Falls, MA - The Brick House Community Resource Center
10.10.15 - Montreal, QC - La Vitrola
10.11.15 - Ithaca, NY - Sacred Root
10.12.15 - Cleveland, OH - Bop Stop
10.13.15 - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes
11.06.15 - Iowa City, IA - Witching Hour Festival
11.19.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Inova/UW-M Peck School of the Arts
• Rhythmplex: http://rhythmplex.com
On October 30, South Africa-born, London-based producer Okzharp is dropping Dumela 113 on Hyperdub. The tracks feature the vocals of artist and choreographer Manthe Ribane, who runs a Johannesburg studio called Studio113, has toured as a dancer with Die Antwoord, and has been involved with films such as Ghost Diamond, a collabo between Okzharp and director/photographer Chris Saunders. You can watch them doing their thang below in the video for “Dear Ribane.”
Dumela 113 was written over the course of the film shoot, with lyrics in English and in Tshwana. It was later recorded overnight in an ex-marshmallow factory. The End. Because that’s amazing.
• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net
Björk’s Vulnicura is the album that just keeps giving. Originally produced by the ultra badass duo of Björk and Arca (with help from The Haxan Cloak), the album is now on round 3 of the Vulnicura Remix Project. Featuring four remixed (duh) tracks, Part 3 was recently shared to the world, with the whole set dropping November 20 as a digital release and as “limited edition single-sided etched translucent 12 inches in die-cut sleeves.” Hot.
This is what Björk had to say about the project. Find someone with a light, breathy voice to whisper this in your ear in a darkened room, as you preview the tracks here:
these are the last 4 remixes from vulnicura …. i would like to thank especially robin carolan for cocurating this with me . its been such a pleasure !!!
le1f texted me from a sweaty club a clip of juliana doing a mix of lionsong so i contacted her and asked her to make it into a proper remix . its her first remix and i think its incredible !!!
when i djd for tri angle birthday party i did a mashup of bloom and abida parveen . i wanted the peak of his extrovertsy to meet abida at her most visceral . i kinda asked him if hed do a similar thing for black lake and was thrilled he was up for it . i really adore his beats and i feel hes got a strong signature on his noises that are really his . he choose himself to take on family in an impressive way !
patten sent me a mix he did of stonemilker through robin and i loved it so i asked him if we could put it out
hope you all enjoy
01. Lion Song (Juliana Huxtable Remix)
02. Black Lake (Bloom Remix)
03. Family (Bloom’s North Mix)
04. Stonemilker (Patten Rework)
• Björk: https://twitter.com/bjork
If your first name is “C” and you’re not some monster, October in Europe is looking difficult to transcribe into the preferred TMT date format. But you know what? (C. Spencer) Yeah, I’m going to POWER THROUGH and do it anyway. Because that’s how much I care.
So. C. Spencer Yeh is doing all sorts of shows in Europe throughout October. Some are solo, some are performances of his recently-released Solo Voice I-X, and some are with groups (he played as Burning Store Core with Dean Blunt, Valerio Tricoli, Pierce Warnecke & Matthew Biederman on Saturday). He’s even managing a workshop in Switzerland on October 17! Dude is busy. I’m busy too, so I’m going to let those dates I formatted do the rest of the talking. Peters, out!
10.07.15 - Berlin, Germany - Ohm #
10.08.15 - Brussels, Belgium - workshop $
10.09.15 - Antwerp, Belgium - Stadslimiet %
10.10.15 - Paris, France - Treize ^
10.11.15 - Antwerp, BElgim - De Studio &
10.14-18.15 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival
# James Hoff, Rashad Becker
$ Solo Voice I-X performance
% James Hoff, Battle-Ax
^ James Hoff
& Akira Sakata, Giovanni Di Domenico, Laurens Smet, Louis Evrard, C Spencer
Yeh Quintet with Tashi Dorji
• C. Spencer Yeh: http://www.dronedisco.com
Berlin’s cool and all, but most techno musicians secretly fear acknowledging the other capital of electronic music, because a trip there bears a high risk of mosquito attack, and god damn do the subsequent bites itch.
Anthony Child’s been to Maui nonetheless though, and it was during a recent trip to the almost-town of Haiku-Pauwela that he recorded Electronic Recordings from Maui Jungle Vol. 1, a new LP set for release November 13 and a certain departure from his decidedly beat-driven work under the Surgeon moniker. Force + Form and appearances on more than a few reputable compilations have earned him a rhythmic reputation, but it was deep in the Hawaiian bush that Child presumably set his feet and captured a natural recipe for meditative states. It’s a recipe that includes live birds, miscellaneous insects, and other jungle features readily entering your aural digestive system; feel free to complement with physical insects, of course.
It’s obvious on the track below, but the album description from Editions Mego clarifies how the field recordings are supplemented by genuine mod synth instrumentation. Let’s wait and see and then listen for what’s sure to be a sublime nearly hour-and-a-half, because of or regardless.
You can pre-order the album here.
Electronic Recordings from Maui Jungle Vol. 1 tracklisting:
01. Bypass Default Mode Network
02. Mr Naturals
03. A New Moon
04. Down in the Gulch
05. Watching And Waiting
06. Midnight Rain
07. The Chief
08. The Chief (reprise)
09. All Around And Inside
10. Eternal Note
11. The Way Home
As we close in on the 10-year anniversary of the passing of J Dilla, it’s hard to imagine that any other artist (except maybe Prince) would have archives of such quality and quantity that we can pretty much expect a new unearthing of the archives every 6-12 months and still not wonder whether they’re scraping the bottom of the barrel. Case in point: like a well-quantized Dilla beat ripped straight from the SD card of his 404, it’s time for a new Dilla release, and this time it’s a whopping three-disc set called Dillatronic, set for release October 30 via Vintage Vibez Music.
The presser promises that Dillatronic is a curated selection of some of the producer’s unreleased work, which has a more electronic vibe and a “shockingly contemporary feel.” As demonstrated by “Dillatronic #7,” one of 40 cuts taken from the album:
There are all sorts of shockingly contemporary ways to purchase this album over the internet, including on a Moog Voyager-shaped USB or glow-in-the-dark vinyl, as well as less shockingly contemporary formats such as cassette or boring-old-waiting-to-become-kitsch CD. You can choose your poison here.
D.I.Y. garage-pop nerds, rejoice! Beat Happening are doing the third greatest thing on the list of things for Beat Happening to do (after  reform and  release a new album, both of which haven’t happened yet): the iconic Olympia, Washington band are releasing a greatest hits compilation.
Said compilation is called Look Around and will be a 23-track, chronological jaunt through the band’s best tunes and will be released November 20 via Domino. The label also promises that 2016 will be graced with a more comprehensive reissue series of all the Beat Happening records.
You can also get in the mood for some Beat Happening worship by picking up the recently released 33 1/3 book on the band’s debut album, Beat Happening.
If you have been pretending that you know Beat Happening for years, now is the time to confess, repent, and enter the Beat Happening wormhole. You can start with their best-known “hit” “Indian Summer” below.
Look Around tracklist:
01. Our Secret
02. Foggy Eyes
03. Bad Seeds
04. What’s Important
05. Look Around
07. In Between
08. Indian Summer
09. Other Side
10. Black Candy
11. Cast A Shadow
12. Nancy Sin
13. Knock On Any Door
14. Left Behind
15. Red Head Walking
16. Fortune Cookie Prize
17. Hot Chocolate Boy
18. Pinebox Derby
19. Tiger Trap
21. Teenage Caveman
23. Angel Gone
Late this summer, Tamaryn released her latest full-length, Cranekiss, which just recently made our Third Quarter Favorites feature. Produced by Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink/Violens), the album saw her moving from her usual haunting shoegaze vibes to a slightly more upbeat, slightly more insistent dark pop sound. (Like, “pop” if pop were made by a cool seventh-generation witch who lives in a downtown loft but who still has, like, magic potions and a grimoire and shit.)
After playing a few teaser shows on the coasts, Tamaryn is heading out on the road for a few stops across the US, kicking off in Washington, DC at the 9:30 Club. She’ll be supporting Neon Indian on a few dates before hooking up with Froth to take over California.
10.13.15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club*
10.14.15 - New York, NY - Webster Hall*
10.16.15 - Detroit, MI - Populux*
10.17.15 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
11.10.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel**
11.12.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex**
11.14.15 - San Diego, CA - San Diego Music Thing**
• Tamaryn: http://tamarynmusic.com
“Excuse me Siri, how does one get to Tokyo?” That’s what every joker out there who doesn’t know about airplanes is asking right this second, because according to a post on the Drag City website, Jim O’Rourke is about to put that little, unassuming burb on the freaking map. Maybe you’ve been living under a rock this year, or maybe the flaps on your bucket hat have been covering up your ears, but you’ve otherwise probably heard about O’Rourke’s triumphant return to “pop” music on Simple Songs this year. Well you might wanna get the ol’ rose gold, husky-sized iPhone 6s armed and ready for a question about Japanese travel accommodations, because Mr. O’Rourke is planning to play that sucker live in its entirety in Tokyo on October 24. Wow! You’re gonna want to be there, you nerd! Next paragraph!
As if a full performance of Simple Songs, featuring a string quartet no less, weren’t enough, the Honorable Sir O’Rourke is also plotting a full performance of 1997’s Bad Timing the very next day, October 25. And that performance will feature a jazz trio and big band! Exclamation points! Both performances will go down at Sogetsu Hall. I won’t be at either because I don’t have an iPhone, and as dictated by the logic of this post, there’s no way I’m going to figure out how to get there otherwise.
10.24.2015 - Tokyo, Japan - Sogetsu Hall
10.25.2015 - Tokyo, Japan - Sogetsu Hall
The papal craze was palpable across huge swaths of the United States last week, and is it any wonder why? Organized religion is awesome, especially when particular denominations are characterized by hierarchies and one person at the top who’s conceivably a Batman nemesis, according to his contrastingly bright and exposed “mobile.” Obviously, you don’t achieve that type of cultural status without a significant history, and it’s a Christian history that British renaissance man (and notable composer) Philip Jeck is at least mildly acknowledging with the release of Cardinal, his newest album for Touch. The “Saint Pancras” tracks are in reference to the Roman lad who converted to Christianity and was promptly beheaded for his beliefs in the year 304 AD. So there’s that.
Listen to the latter “Saint Pancras” track below, and feel free to be immediately struck by the ancient drone reminiscent of Xela’s similarly-themed In Bocca Al Lupo. It’s too early for comparisons to Jeck’s prior An Ark for the Listener, but what we expect is ambiguous ambience, inspired further by the writings of American author Marilynne Robinson. Among other things, she wrote about the importance of imagination to communal progress.
Cardinal is out October 23.
02. Saint Pancras
03. Barrow in Furness (open thy hand wide)
04. Reverse Jersey
05. …bends the knee 1
06. Called in
08. Broke Up
09. …bends the knee 5
10. Called Again
11. And Over Again
12. The Station View
13. Saint Pancras (the one that holds everything)