To PNWesterners and those justifiably traveling from afar (including the curator himself): the final edition of Substrata is less than a month away, which hopefully means that you’ve opted for physical preparation by performing a series of yoga poses underneath a nearby body of water. The introspective event is still scheduled to go on mostly as planned, but this week, an unfortunate announcement was made concerning the lineup. Due to “serious ongoing health problems,” the influential Arovane (Uwe Zahn) has sadly had to cancel his rare trip to the United States and, therefore, his scheduled performance at Substrata. Taking his place will be bvdub (Brock Van Wey), who I’m sure is more than up to the task of doing justice to the moniker being replaced.
Uwe himself sent a note indicating his regret, along with an unreleased track originally meant to be a part of his Substrata performance. The note: “I’m deeply saddened that I couldn’t fly over to Seattle, to perform at Substrata, to meet you, to see my fans and friends. - Uwe”
Here’s the track:
TMT wishes Uwe a hasty return to better health!
Google Play announces free, ad-supported version of music-streaming service, but what does T. Swift think?
Gonna really lean in to the tech-reporting angle and tell you about Google Play Music’s new free, ad-supported streaming service. Where previously the only way to access any music that you hadn’t uploaded to the free locker service yourself was to cough up the $9.99 monthly fee, on Tuesday, Google announced they’d open up that access just a little bit to anyone willing to sit through a jolly-sounding robot chatting you up about the new Kia Sorento every little while. In order, one imagines, to circumvent the cash-bleed experienced by Spotify, Google Play’s ad-supported service will not offer on-demand access to specific songs or album, offering only instead Google’s curated playlists (which they’ve been developing since buying Songza last summer) and radio stations for individual songs. No offline play either. The result of which is something pretty similar to Spotify’s free mobile experience. It’s available online right now, and it’ll roll out to Android and iOS throughout the week.
With Apple Music’s June 30 launch coming in less than a week, Google seems to be angling to scoop a few potential users of their very own by offering a free 30-day trial of the service to new users looking for the features they both have on offer, since, according to The Verge, “Apple and Google are running the same playbook: streaming, cloud, and store,” the store angle of which competitors like Spotify have not yet attempted to integrate. Will it make a difference? Will the one tech behemoth manage to out-maneuver the other tech behemoth? Which one will ultimately win that most coveted of licensing deals, the hearts and minds of the American people? Only time will tell, reader, and I for one am on the edge of my cloud-synced seat device in anticipation.
In closing, and speaking of the hearts and minds of the American people, apparently for fear of retribution by the mighty Tiny Mix Tapes in conjunction with Taylor Swift, according to Pitchfork Google will pay copyright holders for any plays racked up during their free trial periods. But then again, maybe that whole kerfuffle was just a ploy to get us music bloggers and Twitter users riled up. Who is to say? Either way, this particular music blogger slash Twitter user says, boy howdy! Money changing hands! The economy is very cool, and I definitely understand everything I just typed!
Hush, little baby, don’t say a word, Max Richter’s gonna ferociously deny you a mockingbird and instead deliver something that every kid secretly and unknowingly wants: an eight-hour album, explicitly called a “lullaby,” that’s accordingly meant to be slept through as some sort of cool and symbolic defiance against all of the (let’s admit it) weakling imagery conveyed by those traditional tunes. Richter elaborated, however, that his upcoming Sleep is more deliberately a mild rebellion against the en vogue European appreciation for musical inaccessibility, believing that “we lost something along the way.” Plus, our daily lives are just way too chaotic.
The eight-hour Sleep is set for release digitally on September 4, and for those wanting something listenable that doesn’t require an extended “commitment,” a one-hour version, characterized as a “series of windows opening into the big piece,” will be released on all relevant formats. The music itself is scored for piano, string, electronics, and vocals (but no lyrics).
Berliners and those proximal will also have the chance to experience the full-length Sleep firsthand at the world premiere this September. The concert is scheduled to take place from 12 midnight to 8 AM, and seriously, audience members will be given beds instead of seats. Nighttime flatulence, I imagine, will be seen as a scientific result…
Your tour’s so big, you get in a red van and people yell “Hey Kool-Aid man!” Your tour’s so big, I had to take a train and two buses just to get on its good side. Your tour’s so — Oh, you’ve never heard a “your tour’s so big” joke before? Is it possibly because they don’t really work, and are kinda lame? Noooo, of course notttttttt. It’s because you’ve never seen a tour as big as La Luz’s upcoming North American/European tour and therefore never got a dose of the proper inspiration!
So, why exactly is this tour so big? Well, La Luz have a new album, Weirdo Shrine, coming out August 7 on CD/LP/digital download. The surf-rock noir group holed up in a surf shop in San Dimas, California where they recorded the new album with producer/engineer Ty Segall before giving an “ugly” high school girl a makeover and then falling in love with her to the jeers of their jock friends when they saw how truly beautiful she was both inside and out. You can’t make this stuff up, folks. (OK, the second half is made up; the surf shop with Ty Segall is alllll real and allllll super SoCal-y.) Surf on, dudes!
Tour dates and tracklisting below.
07.17.15 - Carnation, WA - Timber! Outdoor Music Fesival*
07.18.15 - Seattle, WA - West Seattle Music Festival
08.07.15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
08.08.15 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
08.09.15 - Reno, NV - The Holland Project ^
08.10.15 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop ^
08.11.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo ^
08.13.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar $
08.14.15 - El Paso, TX - The Lowbrow Palace $
08.15.15 - Austin, TX - Mohawk Inside $
08.16.15 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia $
08.17.15 - Tallahassee, FL - The Liberty Bar $%
08.18.15 - Miami, FL - Gramps Bar $
08.19.15 - Jacksonville, FL - Burro Bar #
08.20.15 - Athens, GA - Caledonia Lounge #
08.21.15 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl #
08.22.15 - Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox #
08.23.15 - Asheville, NC - Ben’s Tune Up
08.24.15 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade #
08.26.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Black Box in Underground Arts =
08.29.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
08.31.15 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz P.D.B. = &
09.01.15- Toronto, ON - Adelaide Hall =
09.02.15 - Cleveland, OH - Euclid Tavern &
09.03.15 - Detroit, MI - UFO Factory ?
09.04.15 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme ?
09.05.15 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle ?
09.06.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club $
09.07.15 - Minneapolis, MN - The Entry $
09.08.15 - Omaha, NE - O’leavers $
09.09.15 - Engelwood, CO - Moe’s Original $
09.10.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge $
09.11.15 - Boise, ID - Neurolux $
09.18.15 - Tilburg, NL - Incubate Fesival
09.20.15 - Haldern, DE - Haldern Pop Bar
09.21.15 - Hamburg, DE - Aalhaus
09.22.15 - Lund, SE - Mejeriet
09.23.15 - Stockholm, SE - Geronimos FGT
09.24.15 - Oslo, NO - Cafe Mono
09.25.15 - Copenhagen, DK - Stengade
09.26.15 - Berlin, DE - Berlin Independent Night
09.28.15 - Prague, CZ - Klub 007
09.29.15 - Vienna, AT - Rhiz
09.30.15 - Schorndorf, DE - Manufaktur
10.01.15 - Freiburg, DE - Swamp
10.02.15 - Brescia, IT - Lio Bar
10.03.15 - Bologna, IT - Covo Club
10.07.15 - Lyon, FR - Sonic
10.08.15 - Montpellier, FR - Les Internationales de la Guitares
10.09.15 - Barcelona, ES - La  De Nitsa
10.11.15 - Lisbon, PT - Casa Independente
10.13.15 - Bilbao, ES - Kafe Antzokia
10.16.15 - Brighton, UK - Bleach
10.17.15 - Manchester, UK - The Eagle Inn
10.19.15 - Glasgow, UK - The Hug & Pint
10.20.15 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
10.21.15 - Cardiff, UK - Four Bars at Dempseys
10.22.15 - London, UK - Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
10.23.15 - Brussels, BE - Madame Moustache
10.24.15 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
* Tacocat, The Dead Milkmen, more
^ Cool Ghouls
$ Will Sprott
% Wild Creatures
? Today’s Hits
& Michael Rault
01. Sleep Till They Die
02. You Disappear
03. With Davey
04. Don’t Wanna Be Anywhere
05. I Can’t Speak
06. Hey Papi
07. I Wanna Be Alone (With You)
08. I’ll Be True
09. Black Hole, Weirdo Shrine
11. True Love Knows
• La Luz: https://laluz.bandcamp.com
New Order complete some music, release it as a new album titled Music Complete. What more do you WANT?!?
Dude, can you believe that the “80s band” band New Order are putting a new album out this year?!? Me neither! I mean, it’s not even “the 80s!” Come ON, you guys!
Still, according to the website Pitchfork Media, that’s exactly what’s happening on September 25 (2015!), when the band is slated to release their new album, Music Complete, with their new record label Mute. Unless this is all some kind of hilarious internet hoax… which it probably isn’t, since it’s not really all that hilarious.
Anyway, don’t worry: the most “80s” guy in the band, founding member Peter Hook, isn’t involved in any way (this is their first album without him). The current band consists of frontman Bernard Sumner, drummer Stephen Morris, keyboardist Gillian Gilbert, guitarist Phil Cunningham, and bassist Tom Chapman (the new Peter Hook). The album was produced by the guys in the band, along with Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands and Stuart Price, and it’ll be available on any old, dumb, confusing music format you could want (including a “limited edition eight-piece deluxe LP box featuring extended versions of all of the album tracks,” because you’ll want that). There’s even an official teaser video and tracklisting down below this paragraph, too (or, at least, there will be, as soon as I put them there).
So… yeah, I guess it’s probably no hoax after all? I just hope people aren’t too disoriented when they hear all of this “80s” music.
Music Complete tracklisting:
04. Tutti Frutti
05. People on the High Line
06. Stray Dog
08. Nothing But a Fool
09. Unlearn This Hatred
10. The Game
Take it from the man himself: Young Thug’s “got a hundred thangs to do,” and releasing copious amounts of music is clearly on the agenda. Fresh off the back of Barter 6 — one of the best damn things to drop this year, btw — and that leak of assorted Thug, Rich Homie Quan, and Rich Gang offcuts/unreleased tracks, Thugger took to the ‘Gram to announce not only a new collaborative tape with top-rate producer London on da Track called Slime Season, but also its release date: July 4.
Thug and London is a fairly renowned partnership at this stage, producing the likes of “Lifestyle,” “Check,” “Numbers,” “With That,” and more. The prospect of a Young Thug tape helmed solely by London on da Track is a fairly salivating one and should certainly tide us over until both Metro Thuggin and Hy!£UN35 see the light of day. Until then, there’s always B6, the unreleased tracks, and years worth of mixtapes prior to that; we’re hardly short of Thugger, and we’re all the better for it.
Catch “Check” down lo’:
Kevin Gates announces “I Don’t Get Tired (#IDGT) Part 2” tour, takes power nap in the form of a single blink of his eyes
Kevin Gates does not get tired. He’s very, very insistent about this. He doesn’t sleep, he doesn’t rest, he spends his time working six jobs. Me, I get about 11 hours of sleep a night, work one semi-full-time job, and am constantly exhausted. Different strokes.
But us weaklings, we can live vicariously through Kevin Gates. The Baton Rouge-based rapper has announced the “I Don’t Get Tired (#IDGT) Part 2” tour, because if you don’t get tired and you’ve already done an “I Don’t Get Tired (#IDGT) Part 1” tour, might as well fill that time with a second. Starting July 21 in Des Moines, Gates will go for roughly two weeks looping through the eastern United States, ending up in Little Rock on August 6. Then he’ll return to his five other jobs. Me, I’ll probably be sleeping my Saturday away. #IGT.
Kevin Gates dates:
07.21.15 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly’s
07.22.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Fire Line
07.24.15 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
07.25.15 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
07.26.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
07.29.15 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
07.30.15 - Richmond, VA - National
07.31.15 - Norfolk, VA - Norva
08.01.15 - Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggy’s
08.02.15 - Augusta, GA - The Entertainment Complex
08.04.15 - Huntsville, AL - Club 47
08.05.15 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood
08.06.15 - Little Rock, AR - Power Ultra Lounge
• Kevin Gates: www.kvngates.com
Blondes emerge from intense studio seclusion bearing sound collage Rein, announce Persuasion EP on RVNG Intl.
Forget everything you thought you knew about trance-inducing (but not trance-conforming) electronic music; while in most cases you would expect a casual mental drift in which you momentarily forget your surroundings, the first two albums from Brooklyn-based duo Blondes (Zach Steinman and Sam Haar) have the unique quality of ripping an extremely particular hole in the space-time continuum, such that the Oberlin grads are conveying a talent as if it’s 20 years into the future, and they’re fucking present-day Orbital or something! To be sure, the brunettes of Blondes have been independently at the musical it for a while now, but as a duo, their debut album (fully streamable, btw) came out a mere three years ago. It’s like we’ve known them forever. Don’t ignore my Christmas party e-vites, guys.
Oh, word? They and RVNG Intl. are instead delivering us presents in the middle of summer? Click play below to listen to the entirety of their new Rein “sound collage,” which was recorded during a “weekend studio binge,” which is also available on cassette and prefaces their more formal Persuasion EP, set for release August 7. Artist comparisons are a convenient thing almost regardless of the journalistic context, but I’m thinking Donato Dozzy might have a pair of unclaimed musical siblings with whom he would enjoy a platonic Venetian vacation.
Would you have guessed less than 48 hours work?
From The New York Times:
Gunther Schuller, a composer, conductor, author and teacher who coined the term Third Stream to describe music that drew on the forms and resources of both classical and jazz, and who was its most important composer, died on Sunday in Boston. He was 89. […]
Petite Noir is lush, sultry magic. The stage name of half-Congolese, half-Angolan, 100% swoonworthy artist Yannick Ilunga, Petite Noir has been making waves already this year with his EP The King of Anxiety and early singles “Disappear” and “Till We Ghosts.” This fall, Domino imprint Double Six will release his first full-length, La Vie Est Belle/Life Is Beautiful, on September 11.
The album was recorded in London with fellow Domino artist Oli Bayston, who has worked with Lily Allen, Lianne La Havas, and several other illustrious musician types. The sound has elements of dance-punk, Afrobeat, and the type of late-night, vaguely-melancholic R&B that has been creepin’ up from the underground lately. Call it noirwave, if you want.
01. Intro Noirwave
04. Seventeen (Stay)
05. Just Breathe
06. La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful