iLoveMakonnen announces that heLovesTouringtheUnitedStates

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.

Dates:

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

• iLoveMakonnen: http://www.ilovemakonnen.com
• OVO Sound: http://ovosound.com

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:

01. Kingsize
02. Take Care of Yourself
03. That Battle Is Over
04. White Underground
05. Heaven
06. Why This_
07. Some Days
08. Sabbath
09. Angels and Anaemia
10. Holy Land

Dates:

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]

• Jenny Hval: http://jennyhval.com
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com

Girl Band sign to Rough Trade, release album, tour, and sign up for Obamacare

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:

01. Lawman
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

Dates:

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

• Girl Band: http://girlbanddublin.bandcamp.com
• Rough Trade: http://www.roughtraderecords.com

Tyondai Braxton emerges from six-year slumber underneath the Guggenheim, releases new album HIVE1

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.

HIVE1 tracklist:

01. Gracka
02. Boids
03. Outpost
04. Studio Mariacha
05. Amlochley
06. Galaveda
07. K2
08. Scout1

[Photo: Grace Villamil]

• Tyondai Braxton: http://www.tyondaibraxton.com
• Nonesuch: http://www.nonesuch.com

Sigur Rós to release expanded Ágætis byrjun box set this summer, because its such great music to lay out and get a suntan to!

When I think of Sigur Rós, that cool indie rock band from Norway or Greenland or wherever, there’s basically three main things that come to my mind way ahead of everything else. Although, actually, to be perfectly honest, the first two of those three things are Bob Seger and roses. But the THIRD thing, my friends! The THIRD thing… well, okay, never mind again. The third thing is totally Radiohead.

BUT OKAY, SO THE FOURTH THING! The fourth thing that comes to my mind when I think of Sigur Rós is way, way back, 16 years ago during that crazy senior year of high school 2001 when I first learned of the existence of that magical and mysterious Ágætis byrjun album of theirs. “Who is this odd band?” my geeky friends and I all wondered to one another, chiefly because looking it up on dial-up AOL internet would have taken too long and been too expensive (although, again: we were all reasonably sure it was Radiohead).

Well, now that 16 years have indeed passed and we’ve all decided that Sigur Rós aren’t actually Radiohead, the band has announced that it plans on marking the 16th birthday of that legendary album (sixteen is apparently a nice, round number in whatever country it is those dudes live in) with the release of “a definitive, much expanded edition,” which is currently set for release sometime early this summer. According to the curiously English-language-based press release I received, “the deluxe boxset edition will feature previously unheard studio recordings and rare live versions from this pivotal period in the band’s development, as well as a welter of photographic and documentary material from their personal archives and plenty more besides. it will be a beautiful thing to behold, and the last word in completist editions of Sigur Rós catalogue releases.”

The band continues, “while we are still finalizing design and content—and will share with you as soon as it’s fixed—we wanted you to know about this now [as well as other expanded editions of von and ( )], since the band’s first three albums have all just become available on re-mastered, heavyweight vinyl for the first time in ages. go either look for the vinyl reissues now, or hang on for something grander still.”

Wow. Well, there’s a lot of info tangled up in those sentences, but the takeaway seems to be that, since it’s 16 years later and we’re all adults now, we should all be wealthy enough to buy some vinyl reissues of the first three Sigur Rós albums and hang tight for some expanded box set-type shit, starting with Ágætis byrjun. There’s also a little preview video on the band’s website that you can watch… provided you can still remember the password for the ol’ dial-up.

P.S. - Here’s the FIFTH THING:

• Sigur Rós: http://www.sigur-ros.co.uk
• Fat Cat: http://www.fat-cat.co.uk

Alva Noto still can’t get that damn printer to work, tries again with Xerrox Vol. 3

Brian Eno entered my ears long before the first installment of Alva Noto’s Xerrox series, so that might explain why my first listen of the latter had me frequently looking out my window, up at the sky, to see if asshole aliens were deliberately interfering with the fidelity of my headphones. Turns out that’s just Carsten Nicolai’s style, and he’s previously scoffed at the notion of anyone referring to his music as “cold” or “industrial,” despite the static outline (or sparse interior). While ambient music does tend to have a colorful and obvious emotional beauty to it, Nicolai responds to the aforementioned critique by saying, “you just have to look deeper, man.”

We’ve had the chance, given the four-year intermission since his solo univrs, but now it’s time for a revised revival: Xerrox Vol. 3 is set for release March 30 on (the label that he partially runs) Raster-Noton. Those unfamiliar with the series would do well to read up on the mythical something to which I’m incapable of linking, or just know that the series works “through the idea of interpolation, and copying things, distortion and noise, different file formats,” using beatless composition.

A track from the new Xerrox (“Xerrox Eboshi”) was included at the very end of Opium Hum’s recent Boiler Room mix. Have a listen:

• Alva Noto: http://www.alvanoto.com
• Raster-Noton: http://www.raster-noton.net

The very existence of Mute Records’ Mexico Festival proves definitively that there is a God

Scientists have proved that there is a God! J/K — this article proves it. The existence of a higher life form has been proved by the very fact that Festival Mute Mexico, a Mute Records-centric label fest at Valentín Gómez Farías in Tlaquepaque, exists. Curated by label founder Daniel Miller, this shindig promises live performances from Liars, Ben Frost, and Land Observations, plus DJ sets from Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure), Irmin Schmidt (Can), Apparat, and Mr. Miller himself. Also appearing: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.

The festival is part of something called Dual Year UK — MX 2015, which will see two wonderful nations offering cultural opportunities and festivals on each other’s home turf. It takes place on Saturday, March 21. But of course, the most convincing evidence is that this whole glorious happening is 100% totally free (except for the minutes of your life you’ll have to spend reserving the tickets on the Mexican Ticketmaster website).

• Festival Mute Mexico: http://www.puntodeencuentromx.org
• Mute: http://mute.com

Goddamn! New Godspeed You! Black Emperor LP arriving in March!

Hey readers. Just got texts from Efrim Manuel Menuck, Michael Moya, Mauro Pezzente, Sophie Trudeau, Karl Lemieux, Timothy Herzog, Aidan Girt, David Bryant, and Thierry Amar telling me I can come by their studio this morning and pick up the bass, contrebasse, electric guitars, portasound, organs, drums, electric bass, violins, and 16mm film projections I lent them. Turns out they weren’t just dicking around with all my equipment but recording the follow-up to their ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! album from 2012. Nice! Though I would have appreciated a credit in the liners.

It’s cool though. My nine best buds Godspeed You! Black Emperor have a new album to release on March 31 through Constellation, called Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress, which is a studio-distilled version of a big piece called “Behemoth” they’d been playing live over the last few years. Unlike previous albums, this one fits onto a single LP with no 7-inch addendum or nothin’. One can expect “huge unison riffage, savage noise/drone, oscillating overtones, guitar vs. string counterpoint, inexorable crescendos and scorched-earth transitions,” plus a song called “Lambs’ Breath” that makes me try to think of a joke involving lambsbread, like maybe saying something about “god’s green you dank hemperor, but ultimately a joke doesn’t arrive. Sorry. Listen to an excerpt of the opening track instead, and then check the tracklist and some upcoming tour dates:

Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress tracklist:

01. Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light!’
02. Lambs’ Breath
03. Asunder, Sweet
04. Piss Crowns Are Trebled

Dates:

04.07.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
04.08.15 - Essen, Germany - Weststadt Halle
04.09.15 - Munich, Germany - Freiheiz
04.10.15 - Milan, Italy - Live Club
04.11.15 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon
04.12.15 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks
04.15.15 - Lyon, France - Le Transbordeur
04.16.15 - Lille, France - L’Aeronef
04.17.15 - Manchester, UK - Albert Hall
04.18.15 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
04.19.15 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
04.20.15 - London, UK - Sheppards Bush Empire
04.22.15 - Paris, France - Bataclan
04.24.15 - Dijon, France - La Vapeur
04.25.15 - Winterhur, Switzerland - Salzhaus
04.26.15 - Krems, Austria - Donau Festival
04.28.15 - Strassbourg, France - La Laiterie
04.29.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Cirque Royal
04.30.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.01.15 - The Hague, Netherlands - Rewire Festival
07.04.15 - Reykjavik, Iceland - ATP Iceland

• Godspeed You! Black Emperor: http://www.brainwashed.com/godspeed
• Constellation: http://cstrecords.com

Pixies to gouge away at our hearts and wallets one more time with a North American spring tour!

OMG! Thank GAWD, everyone! We just got word that legendary band-Kurt-Cobain-liked the Pixies has totally, emphatically, and officially REUNITED (after taking the weekend off to plan, shop for, and host Academy Awards Parties at their houses, that is) to once again take the indie rock world by storm with its unprecedented blend of guitars, drums, and vocals! Granted, Kim Deal looks like she got a makeover or had a spa day or something in the interim, but never mind that. The point IS: it’s all happening for real. The stars have re-aligned. I’m so totally stoked.

The tour announcement follows the band’s earlier announcement — which itself induced traffic jams, winter storms, and sheer pandemonium on Wall Street — that they’d be totally, emphatically, and officially REUNITING for three festival appearances (at the Big Guava, Shaky Knees, and Boston Calling festivals, respectively) and follows fresh on the heels of their surprise, self-released, pay-what-we-say album Indie Cindy.

A special “fan-only pre-sale” (psst: the password for the pre-sale is “snakes”) is set to begin at 9:00 AM EST on Wednesday, February 25 (general sale starts Friday, February 27), at which time the US and Canadian governments have announced that they will will temporarily “widen the internet” to accommodate the potentially debilitating sudden rush of traffic. The pre-sale ticket links will be available on the band’s website.

Other than that, there’s precious little information available at this time concerning this singular moment in our shared history as rock music fans, and as a journalist, I don’t want to be accused of making speculations here; but let’s just say… I have a FEELING that the openers for these shows will TOTALLY be Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and (on the West Coast) Sublime.

PIXIES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2015:

05.05.15 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
05.06.15 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
05.08.15 - Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Festival
05.09.15 - Tampa, FL - Big Guava
05.11.15 - Charleston, SC - PAC, North
05.12.15 - Charlotte, NC - Ovens Auditorium
05.13.15 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
05.15.15 - Louisville, KY - Louisville Palace
05.17.15 - Cleveland, OH - Masonic Auditorium
05.19.15 - Niagara Falls, NY - Rapids Theatre
05.21.15 - Burlington, VT - Flynn P.A. Center
05.22.15 - Cooperstown, NY - Brewery Ommegang
05.24.15 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling
05.27.15 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
05.28.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre
06.18-21.15 - Montebello, QC - Amnesia Festival

• Pixies: http://www.pixiesmusic.com

Check out the new EP from Greek techno-jazz duo Glacial, Entropy

Giorgios Lemos, the Greek producer known as Lemos, and Ilan Manouach, a Belgium-born, Athens-based experimental saxophonist, are together known by the title of Glacial. In the year 2012, they released a phenomenal but thoroughly under appreciated self-titled album through the French label Welcome to Masomenos. It finds Lemos chopping and smearing appropriately icy jazz rhythms under and around Manouach’s smoky, groove-conscious sax lines. Both continued to work independently, but Glacial has been on hiatus. Some of us thought they vanished completely, a grim metaphor for the impending state of our planet’s polar ice caps — *I’m your environmental supportman.*

Oh but such hope descends in rays from above! There is a new Glacial EP! And how undeniably positive that it is called Entropy, which refers to a thermodynamic quantity representing the unavailability of a system’s thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work. This thus therefore entails then that all the glaciers don’t have any thermal energy anymore, which means they’re gonna be extra cold. *I’m an environmental scientist.*

And only because I exist only to inform will I inform you that the EP comes to us courtesy of Greek label Six D.o.g.s, and that it was just released on February 23. You can grab it here, so run and get it with your bare feet, boys. And cool down with some clips from Entropy right down below (zero, right?!).

• Glacial: https://www.facebook.com/glacialfanpage
• Six D.o.g.s: http://sixdogs.gr