Roly Porter joins Tri Angle roster, new album in January

Now over five years since he broke from the constraints of dubstep and time signatures in general, former Vex’d member Roly Porter has been scrambling a whole heap of minds with his dark, amorphous electronic collages. His next attack on sonic conventions will be aided and abetted by Tri Angle Records, a move that makes complete sense in hindsight. Porter’s Tri Angle debut is called Third Law and is out January 22, 2016.

If that feels like a long time to wait, then don’t fret, because the first track from Third Law “4101” has just been released. By the time you manage to wrap your head around its discombobulating soundscapery, it’ll be mid-January.

Pre-order Third Law, and check out its tracklist here:

01. 4101
02. In System
03. Mass
04. Blind Blackening
05. High Places
06. In Flight
07. Departure Stage
08. Known Space

Rangda announce The Heretic’s Bargain on Drag City

“What’s a Rangda?” she asks as she curled her lips around a cigarette.

“A Rangda,” I say as I smack the cancer stick from her dainty fingers, “is a band consisting of three members whose names I will now list: Ben Chasny, Chris Corsano, and Richard Bishop.” She coughs — a heavy cough at that — in response, which I can only imagine was meant to confirm that, yes, we know Chasny in part for his contributions to Six Organs of Admittance, Corsano for his wailing drums across every horizon, and Bishop for his time in the towering musical monument of Sun City Girls. “Thanks for the cough,” I say. “Now get off my bus so I can tell these nice people more about the Rangda record I read about in a press release.”

To everyone on the bus: “It’s the band’s third album, following False Flag and Formerly Extinct, and a delightful split with The Dead C. It’s called The Heretic’s Bargain, and it’s coming out February 19 on Drag City (pre-order it here). Ya heard any of those older records? Well this new one’s gonna be bigger, badder, and all-around more than those ones, so strap in. Actually scratch that, don’t strap in. Just listen to ‘To Melt the Moon’ in the SoundCloud embed below, and get off my bus. I was supposed to have it back to the bus garage 20 minutes ago.”

The Heretic’s Bargain tracklist:

01. To Melt the Moon
02. The Sin Eaters
03. Spiro Agnew
04. Hard Times Befall the Door-to-Door Glass Shard Salesman
05. Mondays are Free at the Hermetic Museum

Angelo Badalamenti’s Blue Velvet score gets reissued on (duh) blue vinyl

If you’re a fan of David Lynch and David Lynch-related music on vinyl, 2015 is basically the year all your dreams will come true. Because — drum roll, plz — in addition to the many Sacred Bones releases/reissues that have been poppin’ off lately, you can now play the Blue Velvet score/soundtrack on a delicious, crackly blue (duh) vinyl record.

This LP is being reissued on wax for the first time in 30 years or so, and the good people at Varèse Sarabande are the ones behind the project. Blue Velvet and its accompanying Angelo Badalamenti score/soundtrack first came out in 1986. In 1990, it got reissued again, and in 1991 Brazilian label Estúdio Eldorado put it on vinyl, the only time UNTIL NOW it has been on vinyl.

The soundtrack marks the first time Lynch worked with Angelo Badalamenti and Julee Cruise. The Varèse Sarabande reissue is limited to 1,000 glorious limited-edition copies.

This Heat reissuing discography through Light in the Attic

Alright, do a quick scan of your memory banks for all of your memories in the folder titled “TMT News Posts by Taylor Peters.” I know it’s a big folder, so dig deep and focus in on March 2014, if you can. Anything coming up? Hows about a cute, little, almost-prophetic piece about how the legendary post-punk band This Heat said they were going to reissue their discography and how they kind of just stopped talking after they said that and didn’t provide any details? Ring any bells? Well, it should. As I have written, so it shall be.

Anyway, all those “scant details” and “whispers overheard in German bathrooms” are finally coming to fruition (just like they’re the secret code I’ve been low-key embedding in all of my news posts since late 2013): Light in the Attic just announced their very specific and detailed plans to reissue the band’s self-titled debut, the Health & Efficiency EP, and Deceit.

In what honestly sounds like less of a compliment and more of some real subtle shade, Damon McMahon of Amen Dunes described the band as “The Beatles of modern experimental music,” but trust me, this (heat) band is a good band. Because I know your trust is implicit, and because I’ve got that sweetheart Miles Bowe backing me up, you can go ahead and pre-order all three records from Light in the Attic right now, either as a big package or individually (and don’t miss out on the variety of colored vinyl options available if that’s your speed).

The official release date is slated for January 22 of next year.

Pandora buys $75 million worth of Rdio assets; Rdio files for bankruptcy

Prior to the advent of Apple Music, there was a reason why discussions of music-streaming services typically revolved around Spotify, and then in the same breath, Pandora was mentioned in a tone of voice that suggested a status analogous to being a disagreeable middle child. Pandora has traditionally been content bolstering its status as the leader in discovery-driven internet radio, even as other companies have conformed to the obvious model of (also) allowing you to download individual songs and albums. It’s a model that has some allure given Pandora’s reportedly slowing growth and limited reach, so now, there’s indication that the Oakland-based company has finally succumbed to the idea of greener financial pastures. Rdio has just shut down, and Pandora has looted the corpse for “key assets” likely to be used for a future Pandora revamp.

The announcement was made on Monday, and in Pandora’s almost-description of what those “key assets” might be, they mention the price tag ($75 million) and the fact that “many” talented members of Rdio’s team will be offered jobs at Pandora. Rdio CEO Anthony Bay won’t be among them, however, and in the intervening days since Pandora’s press release, the depth of his company’s financial troubles has been clarified; Rdio was losing about $2 million a month before they filed for bankruptcy.

Marketing never did seem like Rdio’s strong suit, so if I had to highlight a key factor leading to the service’s downfall, that would probably be it. Show me how I can stream with enthusiasm, future Spotify competitors!

WFMU’s Free Music Archive announces first-ever fundraiser

Want to listen to music for free without the nagging worry that an unidentified agent of the industry will bust down your door and smear mayonnaise all around the internals of your computer? The Free Music Archive, borne out of legendary radio station WFMU, has been putting your mind at ease since 2009, as its essential modus operandi is to offer an ever-expanding library of music that’s legally downloadable and free, and which, depending on the license associated with a given track, can potentially be used for open-source purposes. You won’t find much of a Radiohead presence in the archive itself, but who needs all of that label-sponsored stuff when you have thousands of other tracks as possible bases for your upcoming reeeeemiiiiiiix?

The FMA is a kick-ass, noble, non-profit endeavor, which is why you should totally contribute to their first-ever fundraiser, set up by Director Cheyenne Hohman with an eye towards general site improvements — something that hasn’t really happened since the site went live six years ago. At present, they’ve raised about 8% of their $50k goal, and even though there’s a mild irony in contributing money to something that’s otherwise free by default and proclamation, it’s easy to ignore all that for the sake of something that’s very obviously worthwhile.

Here’s the link to donate, and let Hohman herself count the ways in which FMA warrants your support:

Eleanor Friedberger announces US tour, apparently didn’t get my letters and won’t be playing at my house :(

I know, I KNOW. You’re all like: “Eleanor Friedberger news? Again? Didn’t you just tell me about how New View, her new album and follow-up to 2013’s Personal Record, is coming out January 22 on Frenchkiss???”

And yeah, we did kinda just tell you that. Hell, we even shared that initial jam “He Didn’t Mention His Mother” with you. But DUDE. You don’t understand. This is an entirely NEW and DIFFERENT news post. Because what we DIDN’T TELL YOU — chiefly because we ourselves had no idea at the time — was that she’s hitting the road shortly after the album’s release for what’s conventionally known in the music biz as “a string of US tour dates.”

Truth, man. They start in February. They go through March. They’re chronologically (as well as loosely-geographically) arranged. The string metaphor holds up! It’s EPIC. What a world. Anyway, I’m hoping I didn’t go through all of this for nothing, so go see the woman perform when she comes to your town, won’t you?

Eleanor Friedberger tour:

02.18.16 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
02.19.16 - Philadelphia, PA - MilkBoy Philly
02.20.16 - Woodstock, NY - Bearsville Theater
02.22.16 - Toronto, Ontario - The Drake Hotel
02.23.16 - Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
02.24.16 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
02.26.16 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
02.27.16 - Omaha, NE - Reverb
02.28.16 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
03.01.16 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
03.02.16 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
03.04.16 - Vancouver, British Columbia - The Cobalt
03.05.16 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
03.06.16 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
03.08.16 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
03.10.16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
03.11.16 - San Diego, CA - The Hideout
03.12.16 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
03.15-20.16 - Austin, TX - SXSW

Slowdive announce live album plans, share live version of “Avalyn”

Despite their name, Slowdive have been as nippy as the quickest nips lately, and that readiness showed with their punctuality 2014 tour. If you’re a super fan of Slowdive and weren’t able to make it to one of the shows, then you really screwed up, dummy. Luckily, they’re working on a full release of a live set, and to tease the album, a free live recording of “Avalyn” has been uploaded, which you can find below.

Celebrating 25 years since their Slowdive EP, the band recently posted on Facebook to share their thoughts on their recent live sets:

When the band reformed for 2014, it seemed obvious to us to start our live shows by playing the Slowdive EP at the top of the set list. It sets out where we originally came from, and sets the scene for where we were going. And to celebrate that, we’d like to present a free live recording of Avalyn, performed during our USA / Canada tour last year. We are currently working on releasing the entire live set from that tour as a collection, so look out for news of that soon.

Soon, you — the bad fan — will be able to turn off the lights in your crap-filled apartment, set up cardboard cutouts of dads, press play on your Zune, and pretend you’re finally at that Slowdive concert you missed.

Spotify begins recommending concerts based off listening habits

As a non-Spotify user, I’m sort of surprised this wasn’t a thing already, but apparently the Stockholm-based streaming service was so caught up in perfecting algorithms and dealing with the devilish wrath of an increasingly powerful Swift monster that they forgot to develop something that should conceivably put an appreciative smile on most artists’ faces. Presumably, the revenue dent isn’t quite as serious as the company’s never-ending struggle to deliver on royalty demands, and music-lovers everywhere now have an additional reason to stay warm and cozy inside a single app; Spotify just rolled out concert recommendations. They depend on your listening habits, and as those evolve over time, so do the upcoming shows that the app highlights.

The feature formally goes by the name “Concerts,” and in addition to following your perceived taste in music, users also have the ability to change locations on the fly in order to check out recommended events elsewhere or if you’re traveling. Songkick reportedly helped out with the feature’s development, and I’m betting it’s a bit better than what has been offering, since their recs depend on users entering events into the system. Who knows what you might be missing!

Then there’s the relatively popular (and more obvious competitor) Bandsintown, which can actually pull your “taste” from a variety of sources. Is switching apps worth the finger effort, though?

Apple is shutting down Beats Music at the end of the month

Hey there, Taylor here with some news for the two people out there still using Beats Music instead of, like, I don’t know, Tidal, or Spotify, or Google Play Music, or YouTube Red, or Apple Music, or these little trinkets that you’ve maybe heard of called VINYL RECORDS made out of ACTUAL PLASTIC with an INSCRIBED SPIRAL GROOVE. The news goes like this: at the end of this month (which is November 30, in case you didn’t know), Apple is going to shut the service down for good. Blammo.

Beats Music (formerly MOG) actually hasn’t been accepting new subscribers since Apple Music launched, and now that Apple Music is available on Android as well as iOS, it really was only a matter of time before the service got axed completely. But who knows, the two of you still hanging out on Beats Music might have your heads under a Dr. Dre-branded rock or three, so maybe this news is shocking and devastating. Well ya better get over it, because according to the Verge, Apple’s created a migration tool to help shuffle the two of you into Apple Music while maintaining your settings and playlists. And if you don’t do it by the end of the month, your shit’s getting cancelled, my friend.