18+ announce debut album Trust for Houndstooth, suck your lap dry

Holy shit. 18+, the NY/L.A. duo whose self-released MIXTAP3 made it to #8 on our Favorite 50 Albums of 2013 feature, are finally releasing their debut album, Trust. The announcement comes hot on the sexy stiletto heels of their first physical release — a 7-inch single on Houndstooth that sold out faster than you could say “Imma ride your daddy’s lap, smack, slap, slap” — and follows three glorious mixtapes exploring themes of sex, violence, and identity.

Trust sorta functions as a compilation, since none of the tracks are “new.” Most of them come from MIXTAP3, with the group even digging back to early songs like “Forgiven” and “All The Time.” The latter track, off M1XTAPE, can be heard in its newly remastered form here:

Trust is out on November 10 via Houndstooth. Pre-order it here, scope its tracklisting below, and remember why 18+ are so fucking good.

01. All The Time
02. Midnight Lucy
03. Club God
04. Crow
05. Jets
06. Drawl
07. Forgiven
08. Dry
09. Almost Leaving
10. OIXU
11. Cake
12. Nectar
13. Son
14. Iawa

18+ dates:

11.07.14 - London, UK - Birthdays
11.13.14 - London, UK - Rough Trade In-Store

• 18+: https://www.facebook.com/18plus18plus
• Houndstooth: http://www.houndstoothlabel.com

Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa announce North American tour, share A-ha-inspired new video

Guitar savant and former Ponytail-er Dustin Wong teamed up with Japanese Francophile Takako Minekawa for the Savage Imagination LP on Thrill Jockey this month (which made our Third Quarter Favorites list today), and now they’re back with a rotoscoped video for the song “Pastel Ice Date,” which vaguely recalls another video from a Norwegian band of lore. I’ll give you a hint — it’s not Dimmu Borgir! In addition, the duo has announced an extensive North American tour for the album, which starts in Minnesota on November 7.

Savage Imagination is the second collaborative album from Minekawa and Wong, and it continues their shared love for playful and humorous sounds. “Pastel Ice Date” marries staccato guitar chords, low-tech drum hits, Casio flutes, and the pair’s wordless hymns. Eventually, Wong weaves layer upon layer of distorted guitar to create an unreal texture that is both soothing and ear-piercing. The video’s sketch animations of the duo, which are pretty lifelike, were actually drawn by Wong and colored by Minekawa! These guys are too talented for their own damn good. Just watch the video already, and then buy Savage Imagination on limited green vinyl — right now, Thrill Jockey’s offering a discounted bundle of the new LP with some of Wong’s solo releases here.

Tour dates:

11.07.14 - Northfield, MN - The Cave at Carleton College (w/ William Tyler)
11.08.14 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout
11.09.14 - Detroit, MI - MOCA Detroit
11.10.14 - Toronto, ON - Handlebar
11.11.14 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
11.12.14 - Pawtucket, RI - Machines With Magnets
11.13.14 - Princeton, NJ - Terrace Club
11.14.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Palisades
11.15.14 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
11.16.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
11.17.14 - Baltimore, MD - Floristree
11.19.14 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook
11.20.14 - Atlanta, GA - 529
11.21.14 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
11.24.14 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
11.26.14 - Tempe, AZ - 51 West
11.28.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Los Globos
11.29.14 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
12.01.14 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
12.03.14 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
12.04.14 - Boise, ID - The Crux
12.06.14 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake Lounge

• Dustin Wong: https://soundcloud.com/dustin-wong
• Takako Minekawa: https://twitter.com/tm_meandcat
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

Tujiko Noriko, several ghosts, and a frisbee are back; new Noriko full-length on Editions Mego in November

The thing about ghosts is that they are very real. Maybe you’ve heard that ghosts are a “figment of your imagination” or a “distraction put forth by the liberal media,” but they are no such thing. Like many real things, such as frisbees or the mail if you don’t use the right postage, ghosts are further possessed with the capacity to return, to come back. This brings us to the new full-length by the Japanese musician Tujiko Noriko, which is fittingly titled My Ghost Comes Back, since as we have established, ghosts are possessed with the capacity to come back. It is further fitting because, like her frisbee, postal, and ghostly colleagues, Noriko herself is “back”: My Ghost Comes Back is her first release since 2012’s collaboration with Takemura Nobukazu East Facing Balcony, and it is her first solo release since 2008’s Trust. It is, however, important to bear in mind that, as of this writing, Noriko is not a ghost, and is very much still a human made out of skin, making the album’s title a little misleading if you ask me.

My Ghost Comes Back, which will be released via Editions Mego, is described as a “decidedly more acoustic affair” compared to Noriko’s past work, featuring guest contributions on the violin, the musical saw, the mandolin, and many others. The album is further described as being of a piece with Noriko’s exploration of the boundaries and intersections between avant-garde and pop music. It is as-yet unclear how I can integrate these facts into the joke above wherein I needlessly expounded on banal details about ghosts and frisbees, but we will be sure to update you as the situation develops. My Ghost Comes Back is out on November 24, pre-order it here, and peep “Through the Rain” from the album below.

My Ghost Comes Back tracklist:

01. My Heart Isn’t Only Mine
02. Land Next to Me
03. Give Me Your Hands
04. Minty You
05. Through the Rain
06. 12 Moons
07. Under the White Sheets
08. Yellow of You
09. My Ghost Comes Back

• Tujiko Noriko: http://www.tujikonoriko.com
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com

Black Spirituals announce debut album Of Deconstruction on SIGE; listen to the 20-minute opener

Electronic improv duo Black Spirituals have announced their first LP, Of Deconstruction, to be released by SIGE Records in October. The duo’s full-length debut follows a handful of limited-edition cassettes, like last year’s Black Listening, which introduced their mixture of acoustic percussion and electronic tone exploration. SIGE, the label Black Spirituals have chosen to release their new LP on, seems like a perfect fit for the duo’s sound and aesthetics; others on SIGE’s roster include fellow experimentalists Daniel Menche, Mesa Ritual, Mamiffer, and William Fowler Collins.

Black Spirituals is the collaborative project of Marshall Trammell and Zachary James Watkins. Trammell supplies a free-form-but-groove-heavy percussion work, while Watkins gushes the tracks with buzzing synths, distorted guitars, and several other electronic sound sources. The resulting combination is a complex mixture of tense and contradicting tonalities, rooted in the conspicuous avant-garde of African American tradition (the duo has opened for the Sun Ra Arkestra), but equally in tune with the most current factions of experimental electronic music.

Of Deconstruction will be available on vinyl, CD, and digitally on October 21 via SIGE. The vinyl edition is limited to 250 hand-stamped copies, featuring artwork by Faith Coloccia and custom-printed 12-inch jackets. Listen to first track “Radiant” below:

Of Deconstruction tracklisting:

01. Radiant
02. Black
03. Body

• Black Spirituals: http://blackspirituals.com
• SIGE: http://sige.bigcartel.com

Freddie Gibbs to tour Piñata in cities far away from you

The Lord Gibbeth and the Lord taketh away: Freddie Gibbs released the best hip-hop album of 2014, but he’s probably not coming to your town to tour it.

Right off the heels of a sold-out European tour (Yep — the demand is there, he honestly just doesn’t want to see you), Gibbs announced a brief trek through Canada, the East Coast, and a couple other places actually deserving of his time. Well, kind of: a list of cities has been announced for the tour but most venues haven’t, as Gibbs ponders if a relaxing vacation would be nicer than this whole performing thing.

Two rousing shows are confirmed for the tour, however: the Odd Future-affiliated Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival and Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. Members of Odd Future popped up several times on the aforementioned Piñata, so a live collaboration seems likely. And since I’m already making totally unsubstantiated announcements on what will happen at the show, let me just say Gibbs will also be performing Robin Thicke’s parts on “Blurred Lines” during Pharrell’s set at the festival. In Austin, Gibbs will reunite with Piñata co-conspirator Madlib at Fun Fun Fest (this part is actually true) for a set that one can assume will feature Gibbs and ‘Lib blindfolded and swinging at an actual piñata as the Piñata instrumentals play in the background (this part? probably not going to happen). Now excuse me, as I have to go clear “Camp Flog Gnaw” from my Google search history.

Dates:

10.24.14 - Montreal, QC - TBA
10.25.14 - Ottawa, ON - TBA
10.26.14 - Toronto, ON - TBA
10.28.14 - Philadelphia, PA - The Underground Arts
10.29.14 - Boston, MA - TBA
10.30.14 - Providence, RI - TBA
11.03.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
11.08.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival *
11.09.14 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest (w/Madlib) #

* Pharrell, Tyler, the Creator, Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, Trash Talk
# Judas Priest, Nas, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Blood Brothers, Gary Numan, Yo La Tengo, Mineral

• Freddie Gibbs: http://www.freddiegibbs.com
• Madlib Invazion: http://www.rappcats.com

RIP: Letha Rodman Melchior

From Dan Melchior:

My darling Letha passed away tonight at approximately 9.05.
Obviously, I am heartbroken, as I’m sure many others will be.
She was the best.

• Letha Rodman Melchior: http://melchiorfund.blogspot.com

Boutique label Infinite Greyscale releases limited-edition Stara Rzeka 10-inch

Stara Rzeka, the one-man band of Kuba Ziolek, has a new song out through the publishing house/label Infinite Greyscale and it has received a very special one-sided, dark-green 10-inch pressing. The B-side is screen-printed thusly. You can order it through Infinite Greyscale’s website (limited to 300). The rest of their catalogue is similarly pretty. Indulge in these 10-inch designs for Holly Herndon, Jan St. Werner, and Gabriel Saloman.

Stara Rzeka’s debut album Cien Chmury Nad Ukrytym Polem was a EUREKA! pick last year and made #28 on our 2013 Favorites list. But forget Google Translate, the band’s name means old river and is named after the small Polish town of that name, where Ziolek spends his summers. Two years ago, a tornado devastated the area and the destruction apparently inspired the featured track. Listen below.

• Stara Rzeka: http://stararzeka.bandcamp.com
• Infinite Greyscale: http://infinitegreyscale.wordpress.com

Institute to release Salt on October 14 via youth talent agency Sacred Bones Records

As a punk fan in 2014, I don’t ask for much. I just need my bands to be young, good looking, and to write great rock & roll songs. With that being said, thank god for Sacred Bones Records — for the past few years these guys have been delivering us the perfect amalgamation of the Mickey Mouse Club and Rat Bastard. Last year, they brought us pop-industrial from the barely legal Danes in Vår; this year they’re serving us a slab of post-punk from the spritely young Texas quartet Institute.

The Salt EP is out October 14 and features five tracks culled from the same sessions as the band’s phenomenal Giddy Boys 7-inch, which was released earlier this year on Katorga Works (a label for people that wish Sacred Bones had more hairy guys from Rochester on their lineup). You could Google the band and read 80 articles saying “they sound like Crisis and feature members of Wiccans,” but let me save you the trouble, as unlike the young’uns in Institute, you might not have many years left — stream the EP’s titular track here (more on that soon in the Chocolate Grinder) and watch a live performance of the band (featuring a batshit stage presence from front man Moses Brown) below.

Salt EP tracklisting:

01. Salt
02. Nausea
03. Familiar Stranger
04. Immorality
05. An Absence

• Institute: https://institute.bandcamp.com
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com

Yung Lean releases debut LP Unknown Memory, headlines upcoming wave of sadness for North America

Okay, so here I am listening to Swedish rapper Yung Lean miss the bowl entirely and expel words all over the bathroom wall, and separate from the mildly uncomfortable experience of listening to a 16-year-old (at the time) talk about his assuredly huge dick, I can’t shake another overwhelming impression: this would be really enjoyable, were it not for the fact that some of us take things just too damn seriously. That’s my theory on why he’s apparently become an internet sensation(!!!), because here in this elaborate cross section of tubes, “liking,” distributing, or promoting something that might otherwise be considered hilariously bad makes you… cool! Really cool. It’s like the web is really obviously rebelling against the manufactured popularity of mainstream pop culture.

Thus, the rapscallions over at /b/ may be more excited about this than most, but following up his widely (if not totally well) received mixtape Unknown Death 2002, Yung Lean has just released his debut album Unknown Memory, out on the affiliated imprint of his Sad Boys outfit, Sky Team. The album features a single guest vocalist via the thoroughly tune’d Travi$ Scott (listen below), but otherwise, it’s a totally “in-house” production, with all tracks being produced by Yung Gud, Yung Sherman, and White Armor.

They at least seem earnest, but can we say the same about Yung Lean’s growing fan base, who are actually selling out his shows? Are we witnessing the phenomenon of a web-turned-real-life meme? We may never know for sure. #usadbro

Unknown Memory tracklisting:

01. Blommor
02. Blinded
03. Sunrise Angel
04. Yoshi City
05. Ice Cold Smoke
06. Dog Walk (Intermission)
07. Don’t Go
08. Ghosttown (feat. Travi$ Scott)
09. Monster
10. Volt
11. Leanworld
12. Sandman
13. Helt Ensam (Outro)

Dates:

12.01.14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
12.02.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
12.03.14 - Washington, D.C. - Black Cat *
12.05.14 - Miami, FL - Art Basel *
12.06.14 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade *
12.08.14 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit *
12.09.14 - Dallas, TX - Trees *
12.10.14 - Austin, TX - Empire Control Room *
12.12.14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom *
12.13.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent *
12.14.14 - San Diego, CA - University of California San Diego *
12.15.14 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory *
12.16.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Grand Ballroom @ Regency Center *
12.18.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
12.19.14 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre *

* Gravity Boys

• Yung Lean: https://www.facebook.com/arizonaicedoutboys
• Sad Boys: http://sadboys2001.com

Bass Drum of Death announce new single, while body count remains at 0

Oh, Bass Drum of Death are all hype! Not their music. Their music’s good, I have no problem with their music. But the Oxford, Mississippi duo have been around for a few years now and in that time, nearly everyone who has attended a Bass Drum of Death show has also left the venue alive. Time to fess up, boys: it’s not so much a bass drum of death as much as it is, well, a bass drum of sound. A bass drum of bass, I guess.

That’s okay, y’all are gonna be fine. You’ve got a new album, Rip This, coming out October 7 through Innovative Leisure. You’ve even just put out a new single called “For Blood” from that record, which folks can hear below. If anyone dies while listening to this song, contact BassDrumDeathCount69@hotmail.com. That account isn’t connected to the band in any way, it’s my personal email, but I’m just curious.

• Bass Drum of Death: http://www.bassdrumofdeath.com
• Innovative Leisure: http://www.innovativeleisure.net

  

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