The Knife breaking up after last batch of shows

If you’re a fan of The Knife, hopefully you got to catch them on their Shaking the Habitual tour — or saw them perform at least once in your lifetime — because after this fall, The Knife will conclude all operations.

Karin Dreijer and Olof Dreijer let the news slip in an interview with Dazed today. “We will close down, it’s our last tour,” they said. “We don’t have any obligations to continue.” The band’s PR people confirmed the announcement, according to Dazed.

The Knife’s website now proclaims, “We are doing our last tour!”

The duo has put out four albums since forming in 1999: their self-titled LP, 2003’s Deep Cuts, 2006’s Silent Shout, and last year’s Shaking the Habitual. They’ll finish up their current tour with a string of late October and early November dates in Europe.

The Dreijers’ message about their last tour concludes, “See you on the dance floor.” Amen.

Final dates:

10.31.14 - Stockholm, Sweden - Annexet
11.01.14 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Film Studios
11.03.14 - Berlin, Germany - Arena
11.05.14 - Manchester, UK - Academy
11.06.14 - London, UK - Brixton Academy
11.08.14 - Reykjavík, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves Festival

• The Knife: http://theknife.net

Rustie releases 8-bit-style video game to accompany Green Language stream, achieves flawless descent to the nose’s surface

The music of Rustie invites comparison to video game soundtracks. It’s electronic, loud, hyperactive, and filled with blown-out synths that sound not entirely dissimilar to something blaring from a Sega Genesis game. Some would also suggest that it lacks subtlety.

And, thus, there is now a Rustie video game.

Admittedly, the execution is not as obvious as the idea itself. The game, made by Warp and Hunter Loftis in promotion for the release next week of Rustie’s Green Language, isn’t the visceral, psychedelic experience you might expect, but instead a mid-90s-style PC first-person game. (Alternately: looks like Minecraft.) Those things tended to feature moody ambient music (sometimes by Trent Reznor), very different from the Green Language tracks that soundtrack this game. In fact, the game serves as a stream for the record, with each level featuring a different song from the record. At the game’s completion, you will receive a more, well, formal stream of the album. You must hear the album to hear the album, you feel me? No?

Green Language tracklist:

01. Workship
02. A Glimpse
03. Raptor
04. Paradise Stone
05. Up Down (feat. D Double E)
06. Attak (feat. Danny Brown)
07. Tempest
08. He Hate Me (feat. Gorgeous Children)
09. Velcro
10. Lost (feat. Redinho)
11. Dream On
12. Lets Spiral
13. Green Language

• Rustie: http://greenlanguage.rustie.net
• Warp: http://warp.net

Scott Walker and sunn O))) move Soused release date to October; peep a new album trailer

Whoa hey, what’s up? What time is it? I… I think I passed out or something… last thing I remember is writing up that Scott Walker/sunn O))) album in all caps… I couldn’t believe they were collaborating, and… just… I don’t know, then I’m on the floor here. Is it still Wednesday?

Ah, Thursday… oh it’s seven Thursdays from then? Damn… sorry, I would’ve written… about more of… ok still dizzy, think I need some water. I’m sitting down again. OK. So the details came out, it’s five tracks, 50 minutes, that’s what, eight minutes per track? Something like that, nice… out on 4AD, release date just moved to October 21, pre-order is up for America and Europe revealing the album cover (photography by Gast Bouschet), and now a trailer’s up for the album commissioned by Scott & sunn? Cool, cool.

No really, I’m excited, I just… I thought it was still July, and… I don’t know, I think I’m gonna run to Dunkin and get some food in my stomach, can you watch the trailer for me and post about it? Thanks man.

Soused tracklist:

01. Brando
02. Herod 2014
03. Bull
04. Fetish
05. Lullaby

• Scott Walker + sunn O))): http://scott-o.com
• 4AD: http://4ad.com

Thurston Moore announces details of new album The Best Day, just in time for a new batch of college freshmen to discover him!

If I was Thurston Moore (a man can dream, can’t he?), I’d be making all of my various hints, announcements, prognostications, and declarations about my new guitar-band projects through one of those wah-wah guitar talk-box thingies. I mean, pretty much just seems like an obviously-awesome way to do things, if you ask me: obnoxious, pretentious, high-tech; kind of a no-brainer for a guitar legend, right?

As it stands, however, Moore has chosen the far, FAR more banal, conventional, and played-out medium of the Standard Written English prose to keep us updated on his latest “Sonic-Youth-but-with-some-sort-of-inconsequential-twist”-type projects. This newest one is, like I mentioned before a new album called The Best Day, which features Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, as well as My Bloody Valentine’s Debbie Googe and London-based musician James Sedwards.

But yeah. Basically: we didn’t know a release date before. Boom. Now we do (October 24). We didn’t know the tracklisting before. Now we do (see below). We didn’t know a few of the late October live dates before. Now we’ve got them (yup, see below!). And — assuming that we’d never heard Sonic Youth before in our entire lives — we had ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what the title track could possibly sound like! Boom. Now we do (again, yeah, right down there). Are we good, then? Allons-y, readers! Bring on the pertinent information! Even if it is written out in boring old milquetoast English words and numbers. Thanks for the update, Thursty. <3

The Best Day tracklisting:

01. Speak to the Wild
02. Forevermore
03. Tape
04. The Best Day
05. Detonation
06. Vocabularies
07. Grace Lake
08. Germs Burn

Thurston Moore Band tourdates:

08.21.14 - Paredes De Coura, Portugal - Paredes De Coura Festival
08.23.14 - Lausanne, Switzerland - For Noise Festival
08.24.14 - Paris, France - Rock en Seine
08.29.14 - Mirminham, UK - Moseley Folk Fest
09.05.14 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.07.14 - Toronto, ON - Riot Fest Toronto
09.12.14 - Victoria, BC - Rifflandia Festival
09.14.14 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest Chicago
10.03.14 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret *
10.04.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s *
10.07.14 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
10.08.14 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst Atrium *
10.10.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
10.11.14 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room *
10.21.14 - Brooklyn, NY - St. Vitus
10.22.14 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
10.23.14 - Hamden, CT - The Ballroom at the Outer Space
10.24.14 - Pawtucket, RI - The Met
10.25.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
10.26.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC

* Sebadoh

• Thurston Moore: https://www.facebook.com/ThurstonMooreOfficial
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

[Photo: Phil Sharp]

Deerhoof announce new album La Isla Bonita, and all is right in the world again

Deerhoof — the greatest and most underrated band of our time, in my estimation — is usually pretty quick when putting out one of their bizarro rock records. Now the Runners Four are back with their 12th album, La Isla Bonita, which was produced by former Pitchfork writer and Godmode label founder Nick Sylvester and follows up 2012’s Breakup Song.

According to drummer virtuoso Greg Saunier, “This is the latest volley in an ongoing conversation we’ve been honored to hold for 20 years.” 20 years?! Most marriages don’t last that long, but founding members Saunier and Satomi Matsuzaki have stuck it out, with a few lineup changes along the journey. Allegedly, the new album will pay tribute to David Bowie, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Sonic Youth, Radiohead, the Flaming Lips, Beck, and other music luminaries. Unsurprisingly, Deerhunter was not included in the list. Until La Isla Bonita drops on November 4 via Polyvinyl, enjoy the garage outbursts of lead single “Exit Only” below, along with the full tracklist.

La Isla Bonita tracklist:

01. Paradise Girls
02. Mirror Monster
03. Doom
04. Last Fad
05. Tiny Bubbles
06. Exit Only
07. Big House Waltz
08. God 2
09. Black Pitch
10. Oh Bummer

• Deerhoof: http://deerhoof.net
• Polyvinyl: https://www.polyvinylrecords.com

[Photo: Chad Kamenshine]

1080p plans to continue filling the Earth with sounds and wonders via September releases from Riohv, Via App, Babe Rainbow

I don’t know about you, but my August has been exhausting so far. I’ve been playing as hard as I work, to be honest. In fact, just yesterday, my boss gave me a certificate of recognition for working as hard as I play and really bringing it all to the table. He even offered to take me out for a refreshing afternoon business lunch, but I had to turn him down, because I had just eaten 16 chicken nuggets. Anyhow, enough about me and my busy month: how about 1080p? Richard MacFarlane’s British Columbia-based label has been insanely busy this month, with releases from the likes of Temple Volant, Gobby, and Bobo Eyes. And, of course, 1080p has in fact been pumping out great full-lengths from folks like ATM, LNRDCROY, and Tlaotlon all year. Will MacFarlane ever get tired? Will his boss ever offer to take him to a refreshing business lunch like mine did? Isn’t he technically his own boss since 1080p is his own label? Some questions just have no answers.

One question that does have an answer, however, is, “Will 1080p continue to fill the Earth with glorious sounds into the month of September?” The answer is, “Yes,” though it probably should be “Duh,” except I’ve been trying to be more polite lately. As of right now the label has three releases planned. First is Riohv’s Moondance, a scratchy acid house/techno meetup that’s out September 9. Next it’s Via App’s Dangerous Game, which is a collection of wonky techno from Boston-based producer Dylan Scheer. It’s out September 16. Finally, as a special Cassette Store Day release on September 27, there will be Babe Rainbow’s Music for 1 Piano, 2 Pianos, & More Pianos. MacFarlane describes it as consisting of “road trip and Reich-inspired piano compositions,” and it’s already pretty near to my heart because its title uses an Oxford Comma. Keep your eyes glued to the 1080p Bandcamp for when these delightful little chicken nuggets of music are available!

• Riohv: http://prnncmnt.tumblr.com
• Babe Rainbow: http://baberainbow.com
• Via App: https://viaapp.bandcamp.com
• 1080p: http://1080pcollection.net

Charli XCX announces new album titled Sucker, almost definitely offending my 7th-grade gym teacher

We all experienced the cruelties of seventh-grade gym class at some point in our lives. Hopefully it was during seventh grade, but look, I’m not here to judge anyone’s life choices. I’m just here to report the news that Charli XCX has announced a new album to follow up last year’s True Romance. I only bring up seventh-grade gym class because, well, I just know my old gym teacher Mr. Jonard is going to be pissed when he finds out what it’s called.

See, every guy who went to my school knows about the “suck” speech. It usually occurs within the first couple gym classes of the year. Somebody gets frustrated and says what we’re all thinking: “This sucks.” Mr. Jonard hears, he orders an indiscriminate amount of push-ups from the offender, and then gives a speech about how we’ll never use that word in that way because it’s impudent and derives from “suck my dick,” and how that goes for phrases like “suck it” and words like “sucker” as well. And everyone just kind of stands around uncomfortably trying not to laugh at the kid who got caught saying it as he struggles through his 50th push-up. Sucker.

Which brings me to the title of Charli XCX’s new album. It’s called Sucker, and it’s coming out on October 21 via Neon Gold/Atlantic. Now, Mr. Jonard, if you’re reading this, don’t be too quick to fly off the handle and order Charli XCX to do some push-ups. I’ve consulted the Oxford English Dictionary on the word “sucker” and there are a lot of different ways she could be using it. For all you know, Sucker is going to be a concept album about a person living in Illinois (yes that is apparently a real usage of it, or was in the mid-1800s). I’m just saying words can take on many different meanings and maybe you shouldn’t assume intent until you hear some of the music. Take a listen to the track below and decide for yourself. It’s called… “Break the Rules.” Oh. Well, I’m sure it’s not as impudent as the title might imply. Uh, here: about the song, Charli told Buzzfeed, “I spent about a month making a punk record and covering songs by Swedish punk bands like Snuffed By The Yakuza and stuff. This song was written when I came out of the other side of that punk phase and translated it into something more pop. Obviously, it’s about not giving a fuck.” Oh…

Eh, whatever. Suck it fools.

• Charli XCX: http://www.charlixcxmusic.com
• Neon Gold: http://neongoldrecords.com

Booty booty booty booty rockin’ everywhere for 20 years: DJ Funk releases new three-disc best-of collection

Before there was booty booty booty booty rockin’ everywhere, before there was Ms. New Booty, there was DJ Funk. On the seventh day, he created the sound of booty house, and he looked around, saw the masses grinding, and lo, he knew that it was good. And now, with the release of Gold – 20th Anniversary Greatest Hits Collection on Dance Mania, the label that originally took a chance on Funk’s booty-dropping, party-making jams, the WORLD will know what’s good.

It’s a three-CD set, with classic tracks like “Booty Bounce,” “Ho’s in This House,” and so much more. Your life is set to get a whole lot sexier next month, when the collection drops on September 5. DJ Funk also has forthcoming plans to twerk his way through Europe and the UK this fall, then voyage on to the diiiiirty dancefloors of America. Vinyl drops next year. Booties drop NOW.

Gold – 20th Anniversary Greatest Hits Collection tracklist:

CD1:
01. House the Groove
02. Pump It Erk N Jerk
03. Knock Knock
04. Work It
05. the Original Video Clash
06. Work Dat Body
07. Pussy Ride
08. Big Ole Booty
09. Doggy Style
10. Dj Funk Gonna Hurt Somebody
11. Jump Up
12. Ho’s in This House
13. Booty Bounce
14. I Need Weed in My Life
15. Da Roof
16. Booty Dead
17. All You Freaks
18. I’m so High
19. Get Funky
20. Hey I Feel Alright
21. I Am Getting High
22. Pump It Uk

CD2:
01. BHA2 Megamix (Shake It up, Bounce Dat Ass, Believe in Sex, Face down Ass up, Pop Dat Thing, Booty Clap)
02. Booty Bounce (GTA Mix)
03. Pop’n Champagne (Spenda C and Dj Funk)
04. Titties and Beer (Original Mix)
05. Touch the Ground (Dj Funk Vs Eddie Deng)
06. Bounce Dat Ass (Justice Vs Dj Funk)
07. Fuck Dat Ass
08. Freak . Pump It/ Pussyride Remix (Bro Safari + Knuckle Children)
09. Tits in My Face (Cenob1te Remix)
10. Booty Clap (Boys Noize/ookay Remix)
11. Fuck Face Down
12. Bang It (Dj Funk Vs Dj Godfather)
13. Back Dat Thang (Dj Funk Vs Dj Godfather)
14. Dirty Disco (Ft. Funkyworm)
15. Life Is a Mystery
16. High Frequency
17. Have’n Sex Acid Mix
18. Free at Last
19. Happy Feet
20. Run

CD3:
01. Gold Megamix

• DJ Funk: http://www.djfunk.net
• Dance Mania: http://dancemaniarecords.com

Kevin Drumm set to release a very quiet record, though don’t call it ambient and don’t call it drone

Kevin Drumm has been on a bit of a splurge lately. After a 20-plus-year career of systematically fucking shit up with his tabletop guitar and collection of deedats and doohickeys spitting out albums of noisey glory on a host of labels around the world, he has recently turned to Bandcamp and flooded it with even more glorious ruckus at an alarming rate over the past two years.

For a man who doesn’t need a label to find an audience, the fact that he has returned to his spiritual home, Editions Mego, for his forthcoming album Trouble suggests that even Drumm reckons this one is pretty special.

Trouble will be released on October 13 and is up for pre-order now. The Editions Mego people also think it’s pretty special, describing it as a 54-minute odyssey of subtle sounds and textures which is “neither ambient nor drone.” Great, so now you know what it isn’t. Can you imagine what it is with their description of it being “a more complex investigation into the deep recesses of sound… which discreetly works itself into the mind of a listener willing to invest in the path laid out”?

Bear witness yourself via the excerpt below, but crank those speakers to 11 because they weren’t kidding when they described Trouble as one of Drumm’s more quiet excursions.

• Kevin Drumm: http://kevindrumm.bandcamp.com
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com

[Photo: Dalston Sound]

Music industry mulls a global music release date, because apparently they can do that?

Regardless of context, who says a few days doesn’t make a difference? Outside of a select few individuals who weirdly operate on a 168-hour clock, confusing the hell out of post offices with demands that they stop delivering Chinese restaurant menus multiple times per “day,” many people would agree that a lot can be accomplished in the span of a week. Folks in the upper echelon of the music industry, for instance, apparently believe that they can disrupt piracy by having Friday be the standard album global release day — thus moving the UK from its regular Monday and the US from its seemingly absurd Tuesday (while Australia’s would stay the same). What’s the rationale behind this crazy notion, and what impact will it have on your Friday mouth-foaming in anticipation of the weekend?

Well, concerning the latter, probably nothing if you’re a rabid consumer of music. If I ever did, it’s been a long time since I paid particular attention to exact release dates, but I’m not who the monolithic “music industry” is counting on. They’re thinking of listeners who buy a select few albums per year, and whose attention spans dwindle at the sight of shiny cars and numbing agents/MTV episodes.

So the theory goes, if Friday is the agreed-upon date for music releases worldwide, the Ozzies won’t have the chance to preempt purchases with pirating in the few intervening days before an album is released in the UK, the US, and elsewhere. In other words, people inclined to pirate supposedly won’t pirate as much if they don’t have to wait an extra three or four days. I’m sure hoping there’s some research to back this up, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this amounts to a trivial difference in numbers.

So this doesn’t matter, but if you think it does, wait until July 2015. If the RIAA, the IFPI, and all the major labels end up solidifying things, that’s when the global release date will take effect.