Flowers set to blow brain matter with debut record Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do

Flowers are the kind of band that make you sick. One of those dream-come-true stories of a group of impossibly young and good looking London waifs who record a shit-ton of demos about being young and carefree in about a day and then get invited to play their first live shows on a European tour with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Yuk.

Now for the figurative smell of rotting meat to really stir up that nausea: Flowers have announced the international release of their debut album Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do, which will be released on September 8 via Fortuna POP! (UK/Europe) and September 9 via Kanine Records (USA).

Not only that, the record, which is described as “a beautiful album that conjures up a strange and entrancing sort of magic,” was produced by Brit-pop demi-God Bernard Butler (Suede). You can get a taste of their legitimately stirring and brilliant brand of soaring rock with the opening track “Young” right here:

The only thing you can really pull Flowers up on is the questionable logic they demonstrate with the title of the record. There are certainly some occasions where doing what you want to do does not coincide with what you should do — for example, cannibalism, sleeping in when you have an exam, homicide, eating bread if you’re gluten intolerant, wearing leather pants to a funeral, watching horror movies with your nine-year-old cousin, stealing a goat from a petting zoo, drinking bleach because you like the taste, giving your grandma a tattoo while she’s asleep, bidding a trillion dollars for a pair of shoes on eBay, feeding your cat lasagna, wearing a Slipknot t-shirt to church, peeing your pants because you’re too lazy to get up in the middle of the movie, or even just wearing one of those hats with a little propeller on it.

Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do tracklist:

01. Young
02. Forget the Fall
03. Drag Me Down
04. Worn Out Shoes
05. Lonely
06. Joanna
07. If I Tell You
08. Comfort
09. I Love You
10. All Over Again
11. Anna
12. Be With You
13. Plastic Jane
14. Stuck

• Flowers: https://www.facebook.com/flowersdomusic
• Fortuna POP!: http://www.fortunapop.com
• Kanine: http://kaninerecords.com

Cardio superstar Ian William Craig plans A Turn of Breath for August 5 release on Recital

Remember when I wrote about Annea Lockwood’s Ground of Being LP on Recital, and I closed the post with a quick joke about eyeballs wrapped around a shout out to Ian William Craig and his upcoming release on the same label? Good, I’m glad you remember, it lets me know that you really care. Well you can stop futzing with your eyeballs now if you want, because we got us some additional details on Craig’s upcoming Recital debut A Turn of Breath and I’m about to tell you about them like it’s my actual job, when in reality my actual actual job is the thing I’m supposed to be doing right now instead of writing about this awesome sounding Ian William Craig album. Life is funny that way.

A Turn of Breath is out on August 5 both as one of those vinyl things you’ve heard so much about and as a digital download like the kind your big brother used to download for you from Napster. The album finds Craig continuing to explore the approaches demonstrated on the TMT Second Quarter Favorites shortlist album Theia and the Archive as well as last year’s A Forgetting Place. Namely, he manipulates tape recordings of his classically trained voice into a lush, ringing ambience. Reportedly, A Turn of Breath will find him using more explicitly, if “impressionistic,” choral and traditional acoustic-guitar-and-voice song structures. There will be both a standard edition of 375 and a deluxe edition of 125 that will be pressed on “infused purple and tan wax.” The deluxe edition will also arrive with the CD-R EP Short of Breath. For more info and to pre-order, do as you do in pretty much every other news post around this point in the second or third paragraph and click the link I’ve embedded here. You can also check out “Either Or” off the album below.

A Turn of Breath tracklisting:

01. Before Meaning Comes
02. On the Reach of Explanations
03. Red Gate with Starling
04. Rooms
05. A Slight Grip, a Gentle Hold (Part 1)
06. Second Lens
07. The Edges
08. New Brighton Park, July 2013
09. TEAC Poem
10. Either Or
11. A Slight Grip, a Gentle Hold (Part 2)
12. A Forgetting Place

• Ian William Craig: http://www.ianwilliamcraig.com
• Recital: http://www.recitalprogram.com

Jon Mueller’s Death Blues project shambles through the Midwest on July tour

Are you a Swans fan but don’t want your fragile eardrums to get piledriven by volume for more than two hours? Then look no further than Death Blues, percussionist John Mueller’s minimalist acoustic combo that performs with maximum Gira-esque aggression. On the band’s fast-approaching July tour, the Collections of Colonies of Bees member and Boney Bear collaborator will take the stage with two fellow Milwaukeeans to make sounds that will move you to madness without cracking your cochlea in half. This short Midwest tour also boasts such stellar local supporting talent as R. Keenan Lawler, Three Legged Race, Ghost Ice, and more! At last, summer has arrived in Middle America.

Dates:

07.12.14 - Milwaukee, WI - The Cactus Club
07.13.14 - Chicago, IL - Constellation
07.14.14 - St. Louis, MO - William Kerr Foundation #
07.15.14 - Louisville, KY - Dreamland %
07.16.14 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight
07.17.14 - Lexington, KY - Al’s Bar $
07.18.14 - Cincinnati, OH - Mayday
07.19.14 - Bloomington, IL - Russian Recording

# Ghost Ice
% R. Keenan Lawler
$ Three Legged Race, Jason Lescalleet

• Death Blues: http://deathblues.com
• Rhythmplex: http://rhythmplex.com

Yeasayer co-founder Anand Wilder and Maxwell Kardon set to release Break Line The Musical on July 15

One of the things I often think to myself is that there really aren’t enough good musicals set to 50s folk and Quaker music. If you find yourself pondering similar lacunas in the musical landscape, you’ll be just as stoked as I am to hear about the July 15 release of Break Line, which is a musical set in a fictional West Pennsylvanian coal mining town featuring, you guessed it, songs in the 50s folk and Quaker style. Huzzah!

Maybe musicals aren’t really your thing because you’re all indie and hip and the last time you listened to a musical unironically it was Jesus Christ Superstar and you were jumping around the lounge room playing a tennis racket like a guitar wearing a Ninja Turtles t-shirt because it was 1994 and you were 10 years old? Maybe it still bums you out that Judas was the real show-stopper in that musical? Well then hold the flipping phone, Break Line isn’t just any old musical! It’s been written by Anand Wilder (of Yeasayer) and his friend Maxwell Kardon.

Not only that, the cast to the soundtrack is made up of a veritable wishlist of indie hipness with members of Yeasayer, Man Man, Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors, MGMT, Suckers, Dragons of Zynth, and Sinkane adding their vocal and musical talents to this overall pretty-insane-in-a-good-way project. Double huzzah! Listen to a preview track below:

Break Line The Musical (the album) will be available on July 15 via Secretly Canadian and is up for pre-order here, where you can even pick yourself up a limited-edition songbook of the music and hold your own (lesser) performance of the musical in your lounge.

Break Line: http://www.breaklinethemusical.com
• Secretly Canadian: http://www.secretlycanadian.com

Mike Paradinas to release new EP as µ-Ziq

Since his 90s heyday, Planet Mu label head and IDM innovator Mike Paradinas has been on and off with his µ-Ziq moniker, most recently reviving the influential project for last year’s Chewed Corners LP (which served as the main inspiration for this here article). Now our electronic elder statesman has returned with a newer EP called Rediffusion, which his label’s press has touted as “a thing of joy and hazy childhood memories.” That’s it, fan the fires of IDM nostalgia! It was only a matter of time before Intelligent Dance Music revivalism kicked into high gear, right?

Like the glut of indie rock bands coming together once again for excessive reunion tours, we should also celebrate the delightful awkwardness and elitism that was 90s IDM culture! Of course, we’ll need Richard D. James, the boys of Autechre, Luke Vibert… hell, pretty much the whole Warp roster from 1991-1999. Then we’ll pit the IDM crew in a cage match against EDM’s recent superstars. Skrillex, Avicii, Deadmau5, and the entire Electric Daisy Carnival will get in the ring and show these geezers what a drop feels like in 2014. And when Paradinas is at his most weary, Steve Aoki will launch a cake at his body like a Benihana’s birthday party. Whatever the outcome, IDM will always have a place in my heart, and µ-Ziq will keep the fire burning with Rediffusion on August 11.

Rediffusion tracklist:

01. Taxi Sadness
02. Rimmy
03. Prg
04. Blem
05. Smeester
06. Tambor

• µ-Ziq: https://soundcloud.com/mikep
• Planet Mu: http://www.planet.mu

Awesome Tapes From Africa to release Senegalese album Liital by Aby Ngana Diop

Awesome Tapes From Africa, the niche label/music blog that specializes in publicizing music from that continent (though the label itself is based in Los Angeles), announced that it will release Aby Ngana Diop’s first and only album, Liital, on September 2.

Liital is a revolutionary album from Senegal’s most well-known female taasukat, a practitioner of traditional Senegalese poetic storytelling that is performed over rhythmic accompaniment. On Liital, Diop’s backing track of choice was Mbalax music, a popular dance fusion of Western pop, traditional Senegalese music, and a blend of other genres. This album marked the first commercial recording of a female taasukat performing over Mbalax.

Diop died of a heart attack in 1997. Brian Shimkovitz, who helms the AFTA project, said it took “a few years of searching” for Diop’s family members to get everything sorted out for the release, but that everything has been worked out with her remaining relatives in Dakar.

The album will be released digitally and in LP, CD, and cassette formats in limited quantities.

• Awesome Tapes From Africa: http://www.awesometapes.com

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu reaches 2.2 billion video views, turns 21; celebrates by trouncing Daft Punk and Beyonce while announcing new album

Caroline Charonplop Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is 21 and ready to sparkle and shine. he Japanese pop star known worldwide as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has attempted such sparkling tactics before, “Ponponpon” still being one of the clearest examples we have of such deployment. However, it seems like her elder wisdom has contributed to more aggressive use of the Harajuku method of sparkling, shining J-pop bliss.

One just needs to observe her recent actions to witness the full force of Kyary’s “sparkle motion.” First, there’s her recent trouncing of Western forces Beyoncé and Daft Punk for best album at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in Japan. This compels the American pop industry to rely solely on Ariana Grande and Katy Perry for competitive domestic sparkle and shine, though this might not bode well either — both Perry and Grande are professed fans of Kyary’s music and therefore should be treated with extreme suspicion and caution.

And now there’s word of a previously unexpected force on the horizon — Kyary has announced a new collection of “glistening examples” due out July 29 through Warner Music Group, following up last year’s Nanda Collection. She has officially crossed into our home territory. The album’s title should provide a clue to this insidious, anti-capitalist plot: Pika Pika Fantajin. According to the press release, pika pika means “shiny, glossy, and lustrous,” while fantajin is a Kyary invention combining “fantasy” and “people” into one sinister amalgamation.

Shiny and imaginary. Glossy but pure fantasy. Three different album covers. A concert DVD that features footage from her “on-going” world tour. Does Kyary’s psychological attack on America’s innate drabness know no bounds? Are we, as a society, actually ready for Kyary’s personal “version of fantasy,” as she promises this album to be?

It seems like we no longer have a choice. Prepare yourself for the sparkle revolution by viewing Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s new video for single “Kira Kira Killer” below:

Pika Pika Fantajin tracklist:

01. Pika Pika Fantajin
02. Kira Kira Killer
03. Yume no Hajima Ring Ring
04. Mottai Night Land
05. Serious Hitomi
06. do do pi do (Capsule cover)
07. Family Party
08. Ring a Bell
09. Tokyo Highway
10. Koi Koi Koi
11. Sungoi Aura
12. Explorer

• Kyary Pamyu Pamyu: https://www.facebook.com/KPP.FC
• Warner Music Group: http://www.wmg.com

Chief Keef and Gucci Mane to release mixtape about bricks, squads, shifu, guwop, and other cute stuff

THE TRAP AIN’T READY FOR THIS! I repeat: THE TRAP AIN’T READY! Lord Chief Keef and Gucci Mane, the imprisoned god of the Guwop, are slated to release a mixtape together. Mr. Sosa tweeted that the album will be called BigGucciSosa and said, “I shouldn’t have gotten y’all ready to [sic] early.” But, we think Keef is just doing the responsible thing. Traphouses the world over will need to brace themselves.

While you wait with bated breath for the mixtape to drop like a ton of bricks (SQUAD!), psych yourself up and shake ya dreads to the below Keef-featuring track, “Top In the Trash,” which is on Guwop’s just-released Trap House 4.

• Chief Keef: http://www.chiefkeef.com
• Brick Squad: http://www.teambricksquad.com

Botanist announce new LP on The Flenser, out August 11, stream “Callistemon” as a taste of their green-thumbed labor

IN A WORLD where every time you go to the farmer’s market all the kale is gone already and it seriously bums you out, there lives a man. This man is a botanist, and he’s seen his fair share of fucked-up farmer’s markets. Indeed he has seen so many that he has “gone mad at witnessing the destruction of the natural environment at the hands of man.” This man’s story must be told, and, naturally, it must be told by the able hands of an experimental metal group. Enter Botanist. The group, led by the mysterious Otrebor, has told just such a story over the course of their last several albums, including most recently last year’s IV: Mandragora. With their work not yet finished, the group plans to return on August 11 with another full-length entitled VI: Flora.

Issuing forth from The Verdant Realm — a happy place where organic kale flows like milk and honey from the mouth of God — the music on VI: Flora will explore avenues previously unexplored in metal, including most prominently, distorted hammered dulcimers, 12-string basses, and actual plants that they plug in to guitar amps just to see what would happen. Pre-orders for the new album via California’s The Flenser will begin on July 9. Until then, sate your all-too-human avarice on the below-embedded track from the album entitled “Callistemon,” and maybe lay off some of the earth mother’s lush gifts for a while, why don’t ya?

VI: Flora tracklist:

01. Stargazer
02. Callistemon
03. Cinnamomum Parthenoxylon
04. Gleditsia
05. Rhizophora
06. Dianthus
07. Leucadendron Argenteum
08. Pteridophyte
09. Wisteria
10. Erythronium
11. …Gazing…

• Botanist: http://www.botanist.nu
• The Flenser: http://theflenser.com

Fort Reno concerts to go on as scheduled after a cordial meeting near the baseball diamond

Never underestimate the power of negative publicity, I guess?

Shortly after Amanda MacKaye announced the cancellation of this year’s free summer concert series, hosted at Fort Reno Park in Washington, D.C., enlightenment came to the National Park Service and the US Park Police, who were previously all about dropping monetary bombs without real forewarning or an appreciation for conciliatory meetings. Several thousand tweets later, wherein the conversation revolved around the possible shift toward replacing park police with highly-uniformed squirrels, and a chiming in from D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, it appears that we’ve won! Everyone who loves free music has won! People who love delivering surprise invoices are… bad.

But here are the details of the victory: following a meeting between the parties involved, the issue of footing the bill for officers working the concerts has been settled to a degree that allows the shows taking place this summer to go on as planned. Paul Strauss, a D.C. shadow senator and former Fort Reno organizer, reportedly brokered the meeting, which resulted in a deal of a “more community-oriented police presence that’s more appropriate to the venue,” as well as park officials giving up their initial demand of being paid up front. MacKaye and those opposite still have to figure out the scope and duration of the police presence at each show, but for now, everyone’s “comfortable moving forward,” Strauss noted.

What a natural diplomat! If only Strauss had assumed a similar role during the Cold War. To Fort Reno’s continuance!

• Fort Reno: http://www.fortreno.com