Composer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist/dark lord of the night Shub Roy has worked with Dirty Beaches (producing Drifters/Love Is the Devil), psych weirdos Yamantaka, and a host of other intriguing, shadowy, dark/weird music figures. He has spent countless late nights in countless cities on countless continents, spending time (presumably) still alone yet surrounded by people, by the neon whirr of the big city, by the endless din of the unsleeping skyscrapers, like a drugged-out Edward Hopper lurking in the background of a rave on mid-2000s British teen drama Skins.
And thus was born Roy’s new solo project, Night Musik. Naturally, Transit, his debut album, was created while dude was on the road, living sometimes in Berlin, sometimes in Lisbon, sometimes in the back of a van. And soon it shall be ours for the listening, with an LP and digital release via Mind Records on April 20. Watch the video for “Gold Mirror” below and pre-order here.
02. Hard to Tell
05. Gold Mirror
06. Once a God
Box sets are bigger than ever right now according to my grandpa, Poopsie. 4AD will release 1,500 numbered copies of a Red House Painters LP box set worldwide on Record Store Day, April 18, and in the US on April 21. The box set will contain the band’s first four albums, spanning the years 1992-1995 — Down Colorful Hill, Red House Painters (Rollercoaster), Red House Painters (Bridge), and Ocean Beach, which will include the Shock Me EP. The albums haven’t been available for over 20 years, so news like this could give any grandpa a boner.
Speaking of grandpa boners, my grandpa Poopsie is no dummy. He knows that Red House Painters was the early project from Mark Kozelek (also of Sun Kil Moon, releasing a new album on June 2). He also thinks The War on Drugs sound like a beer commercial. Aside from being a total douche, my grandpa is just as knowledgeable about Kozelek’s life as you and TMZ are. If there’s ever a Sun Kil Moon song titled “Some Grandpa Poopsie Offered Me Oral,” then you know who he’s talking about.
Down Colorful Hill tracklist:
02. Medicine Bottle
03. Japanese To English
04. Down Colorful Hill
05. Lord Kill The Pain
Red House Painters (Rollercoaster) tracklist:
01. Grace Cathedral Park
02. Down Through
03. Katy Song
05. Things Mean A Lot
07. Take Me Out
09. New Jersey
11. Mistress (Piano Version)
13. Strawberry Hill
14. Brown Eyes
Red House Painters (Bridge) tracklist:
03. I Am A Rock
05. New Jersey
06. Uncle Joe
08. Star Spangled Banner
Ocean Beach tracklist:
02. Summer Dress
03. San Geronimo
05. Over My Head
06. Red Carpet
07. Brockwell Park
09. Long Distance Runaround
11. Brockwell Park (Part Two)
12. Shock Me
13. Sundays And Holidays
14. Three Legged Cat
15. Shock Me (Acoustic)
Music industry declares with creepy enthusiasm: Friday will now be the official release day for the world
They can do that, I guess, and it’s apparent that the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has put an astounding amount of thought into something that probably won’t matter a lick to the industry’s ultimate, collective bottom line.
But for the sake of making things all comfortably uniform and giving Americans in particular extra time to engage in their Tuesday night whatevers… Friday has officially been declared the global release day for the entire music industry! It won’t go into effect until this summer, but the IFPI made clear in an article/press release posted today that, basically, you wanted this to happen. You needed this to happen. Your family won’t be released from capture until this happens.
Less threateningly, the musically connected organization cites Friday as the research-backed preference of nearly 7/10 consumers who “expressed a view” on the subject. Without personally questioning the number of consumers who instead expressed total indifference, the IFPI also mentions the possibility of a global release day leading to a renewed enthusiasm over the “event” of releasing music, with Friday and Saturday encompassing peak hours in terms of social media activity.
The potential curbing of piracy is also highlighted, but surely that paragraph’s two-sentence presence in the essay’s middle must be indicative of unimportance. Curbing piracy is not the point of this initiative. Definitely not.
• IFPI: http://www.ifpi.org
Listen, I’m a well-known fan of ghosts of every stripe, so if something comes up in the ole TMT news queue with even a hint of ghostliness about it, I’m going to snap it up like the greedy toddler that, in many ways, I kind of am. So you can imagine that when I saw news of the March 17 LP release of Timeghost’s Cellular via Load Records I was all over it. I clicked that reserve button so hard that I broke my mouse, had to call IT to replace my mouse, had to explain to IT what I was doing when I broke the mouse, and ultimately had to submit to anger management counseling per HR’s recommendation even though I wasn’t even angry I was just excited. All of that brings us pretty much up to the present, so let’s do a paragraph break.
Timeghost is the solo work of Providence, Rhode Island’s Adam Morosky. Active since 2008, Morosky’s work blends modular synth work with found sound samples and spoken word overlays into something pulsing, skittering, and stark. Morosky actually previously self-released Cellular on CD, and Chondritic Sound put the album out on tape, but this is its first LP edition. Limited to 300 copies, it comes with a laser-cut LP sleeve and “well considered silkscreened wrappers.” It’s available to order right now from the Load site, and you can check out album opener “Cellular Automata” below:
01. Cellular Automata
02. Phantom Ring
03. Dissection Theater
04. Delicate Resonances
05. Uber Orgone
07. On Airs Waters, & Places
A repetitive and “ominous bird of yore” has gotten all of the celebrity treatment over the past century or so, and it’s finally time for a new avian featherhead to supplant that snide bastard on the deliberately tree-lined red carpet. Harry Potter’s relentlessly classy wizard owl neglected to seize the opportunity with his mostly forgettable movie performance(s), so that really only leaves one option, in Rocky-esque comeback form: the special subject of J.A. Baker’s stupendous mid-century nonfiction book The Peregrine. That fierce and majestic fowl is being re-hoisted by experimental musician and aspiring bird-caller Lawrence English, approximately right now if you’d like to pre-order. Set aside this relevant photo for the time being.
But consider the relevant album in English’s discography. The Peregrine is unabashedly inspired by that eponymous piece of literature, and the original release had a rather limited pressing back in 2011. Now it’s being released on vinyl again thanks to English’s Room40 label, alongside a CD and an inaugural authorized digital version, so you don’t have to worry about that messy vinyl ripping process.
It’s rather drone-y. Maybe you liked last year’s Wilderness of Mirrors?
The Peregrine tracklisting:
01. October 1 - The Hunting Life
02. November 16 - Dead Oak
03. December 24 - Frost’s Bitter
04. January 30 - Grey Lunar Sea
05. February 10 - The Roar Seasing
06. March 16 - Heavy Breath of Silence
07. April 4 - And He Sleeps
Real talk, everyone: Following the release of their spectacular, stupendous, colossal 2014 smash-hit of an album Atlas, Real Estate (the band) have officially, emphatically, undeniably, indefatigably announced that, after they finish up a couple Australian shows this month, they’ll be coming back around to North America for a bunch of festival appearances, some headlining gigs, and some bar crawls with their friends in Woods (the “rustic” band) at this year’s Woodsist Festival and Belle and Sebastian (the “Glaswegian” band) at some place called Radio City Music Hall. The bulk of the action is going down this May and June, because that’s when it’s NOT SHITTY AS BALLS OUTSIDE.
Because I know you’re dying to know and can’t be bothered to look it up on the internet that you’re reading this far on: YES, tickets to Woodsist Festival, Sasquatch, and Radio City Music Hall are already on sale. All the other shit goes on sale this coming Friday (Feb 27), with the exception of their NXNE show, which goes on sale Thursday (today).
This is all, of course, great news for anyone who loves Real Estate (the band), but pretty lousy, useless news for anyone who cares about real estate (the thing). It also seems to qualify as fair-to-middling news for people who like Woods — which is probably some people — and Belle and Sebastian — which as far as I can tell from all of the movies I’ve seen is all cool sensitive people everywhere. But yeah, if you’re into buying houses and flipping properties and selling buildings and whatnot more than easy-breezy-beautiful indie rock music, you’re reading the wrong hilarious music magazine. You wanted Rolling Stone.
Real Estate (the tour):
02.26.15 - Sydney, Australia - Oxford Art Factory
02.27.15 - Brisbane, Australia - The Zoo
03.28.15 - Phoenix, AZ - McDowell Mountain Music Festival
04.02.15 - Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival
04.12.15 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre ^
05.08-10.15 - Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Festival
05.18.15 - Big Sur, CA - Woodsist Festival
05.19.15 - Sonoma, CA - Gundlach-Bundschu Winery *
05.21.15 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall *
05.22.15 - Vancouver, BC - The Imperial *
05.23.15 - George, WA - Sasquatch! Music Festival
06.10.15 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall ^
06.19.15 - Toronto, ON - The Danforth Music Hall
06.20.15 - Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall
06.22.15 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
06.23.15 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
06.24.15 - Boston, MA - Paradise
06.25.15 - Providence, RI - The Columbus Theatre
^ Belle and Sebastian
Makonnen loves iLoveMakonnen. Drake loves iLoveMakonnen. Tiny Mix Tapes loves iLoveMakonnen. Hell, my mom even loves iLoveMakonnen (or, at least she said “It’s certainly interesting” after my siblings and I conspired to play the iLoveMakonnen EP during some of our family Christmas/pagan solstice festivities this year because we all agreed that deciding to stop selling molly is a great thing to celebrate in conjunction with the birth of our Lord/atheistic movement of our beautiful sun). But, reader, since we don’t even know each other, in large part because I’m not even convinced you’re actually real, I don’t know where you stand on iLoveMakonnen. Do you love him? Well, perhaps a good way to demonstrate that love (while simultaneously demonstrating that you’re not just a computer program on the internet) is to hit him up on the recently announced Loudest of the Loud tour. Dates are below.
And, if you’re reading this before 2 PM EST on February 26, it may not yet be too late for you, because until that time there is a fan pre-sale for tickets going on over on Makonnen’s website. The public sale starts at noon on Friday, February 27. Do the right thing, reader, whatever that is. Actually, in this case the right thing may be starting a Whitehouse.gov petition to prevent Drake from going back and remixing every single one of iLoveMakonnen’s tracks. We may never know for sure, though.
04.28.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04.29.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
05.01.15 - Washington, D.C. - Howard Theatre
05.02.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
05.03.15 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place
05.04.15 - Milleville, PA - Mr. Small’s Theatre
05.07.15 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
05.08.15 - Detroit, MI - The Shelter
05.09.15 - Chicago, IL - Metro
05.12.15 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
05.14.15 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
05.15.15 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
05.16.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
Jenny Hval plans new LP Apocalypse, girl, out June 9 on Sacred Bones, with production by Lasse Marhaug
And it came to pass at the end of two full years that Pharaoh Squeo dreamed that he stood by a river. And behold, there came up out of the river seven well-favored news scoops, and they fed in a meadow. And behold, seven other news posts came up after them out of the river, leanfleshed and not time sensitive, and these posts stood by the others on the brink of the river, and it came to pass that the leanfleshed posts did eat up the well favored posts. So Squeo awoke, his spirit troubled. He emailed all the magicians in Egypt, and there was none among them that could interpret the dream unto Squeo. Then spake the chief butler unto Squeo, saying, “There is a young man, a hunchbacked and unshaven jokester known as Taylor, he once interpreted my dream.” So Squeo sent for him.
And it came to pass that the unshaven jokester said, “It is not in me: The Press Release shall give Squeo an answer of peace.” He went on to explain that the dream pretty much meant that Jenny Hval has a new album coming out. Lo, it will be called Apocalypse, girl, a follow-up to last year’s collaboration with Susanna Wallumrød on Meshes of Voice, and her first solo album since 2013’s Innocence is Kinky. As it is written, the album will be released on June 9 via Sacred Bones — iTunes preorder is here.
And Taylor said unto Squeo, the dream of Squeo is one: The Press Release hath showed Squeo what Sacred Bones is about to do. Apocalypse, girl features production from Norwegian noise head Lasse Marhaug, and contributions from a wide array of musicians upon whom The Press Release has looked kindly; Swans’ Thor Harris, Jaga Jazzist’s Øystein Moen, Håvard Volden, Kyrre Laastad, Okkyung Lee, and Rhodri Davies all make appearances. And lo, a bright light appeared in the sky coming from the east. It came to the pass that it was the album trailer.
Apocalypse, girl tracklisting:
02. Take Care of Yourself
03. That Battle Is Over
04. White Underground
06. Why This_
07. Some Days
09. Angels and Anaemia
10. Holy Land
03.03.15 - Toronto, ON - The Danforth Music Hall &
03.04.15 - Toronto, ON - The Danforth Music Hall &
03.05.15 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall &
03.06.15 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Ballroom &
03.07.15 - Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall &
03.08.15 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s &
03.09.15 - Hudson, NY - The Half Moon
03.10.15 - Portland, ME - Space Gallery *
03.16.15 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center %
03.17.15 - Washington, DC - Black Cat %
03.19.15 - New York, NY - Stage 48 %
03.20.15 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair %
03.21.15 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre %
03.23.15 - Hamden, CT - The Outer Space %
03.24.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer %
03.25.15 - Kingston, NY - BSP Kingston %
03.27.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Andy Warhol Museum %
06.04.15 - Oslo, Norway - Black Box Teater
06.05.15 - Oslo, Norway - Black Box Teater
06.06.15 - Oslo, Norway - Black Box Teater
06.07.15 - Oslo, Norway - Black Box Teater
& St. Vincent
* Nat Baldwin
% Perfume Genius
[Photo: Jenny Berger Myhre]
Ireland’s Girl Band is made up of all dudes, which may or may not be an ostentatious attempt at that classic Irish humor first noticed in the low-budget film Gangs of New York. Well, I hate to break it to you, Girl Band, but you’re in America now, and the first order of business is to sign to Rough Trade Records. Good. Now, announce a new album called The Early Years, and make sure to release it on April 25. Done and done!
Other things you have to do while in America:
• Try crapping while standing up (we all do it during Lent)
• Hell, burn an American flag. Why not?
• The Oscars! Red carpet!
• In & Out Burger, duh!!
• Sign up for Obamacare
As a band gettin’ some of the sweet America summer buzz band buzz, ya gots to take Holiday Road down to Flavor Country, and I’m talkin’ tour from one side of the continent to the other. Don’t stop in the middle! To help you along your way, I’ll gladly give you the Emceegreg bump and post the video for “Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?” to showcase your energetic noise-rock sound. Have fun in America, and don’t forget to wash your dicks three times after eating at a Denny’s (a classic American custom).
VSFW (Very Safe for Work):
The Early Years tracklisting:
02. De Bom Bom
03. I Love You (Beat Happening cover)
04. Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage? (Blawan cover)
05. The Cha Cha Cha
03.12.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
03.13.15 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
03.14.15 - Philadelphia, PA - MilkBoy
03.15.15 - Washington, DC - Black Cat Backstage
03.18.15 Austin, TX - SXSW (TBA)
03.24.15 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
03.26.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
03.27.15 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
03.29.15 - Santa Ana, CA - Burgerama
It’s been a very long time since we’ve heard from multi-instrumentalist, avant composer, and former indie heartthrob Tyondai Braxton, though he’s kept himself extremely busy over the last six years with a number of commissions and one-off performances, working with Bang on a Can, Steve Reich, Kronos Quartet, Philip Glass, the L.A. Philharmonic, and Mouse on Mars, to name but a few golden gods. Still, Braxton’s last solo album, Central Market, was released in 2009, a year when TMT’s favorite album of the year was Merriweather Post Pavilion; most of that year’s voting staff has now graduated from high school and will be sending off their second child to community college this coming fall.
The new album, HIVE1, is set for release on May 12 via new label Nonesuch (Central Market and Battles material having been released by Warp). Pre-order it on iTunes or direct from Nonesuch now and you’ll get an immediate download of “Scout1,” which you can also listen to below. The eight pieces making up HIVE1 are derived (how derivative!) from a performance titled HIVE that was premiered at the Guggenheim Museum in 2013 and has since shape-shifted into a smaller form you can hold with one hand in the record store (your other hand holding a replacement copy of Merriweather Post Pavilion).
As a way of drowning out people at shows yelling “Atlas!” and “Bring on the math-rock!” Braxton only works big, and the live version of HIVE is no exception, combining architectural design, LED lighting, and five musicians performing intricate compositions in connected “space-age oval pods” (hence the title). And for all the signifiers of high art, based on the preview track below, it’s clear that immediacy, driving rhythms, and a complex pursuit of fun are still at the heart of the music. Braxton is also set to perform HIVE three times, once each night, at this year’s Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, starting on March 27.
04. Studio Mariacha
[Photo: Grace Villamil]