Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood confirms details of his Indian album, ropes in Nigel Godrich, Paul Thomas Anderson, and a Sufi spiritual band
Radiohead guitarist and all-round compulsive composer Jonny Greenwood has firmed up the previously whispered-about plans to release an album that he was recording in India with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur.
The album will be called Junun and will be released by Nonesuch on November 13. In addition to Shye Ben Tzur, Junun also features The Rajasthan Express, an Indian qawwali (Sufi spiritual music, in case you haven’t consulted Wikipedia yet) group. The record was recorded by Nigel Godrich in a 15th-century Mehangarth Fort in Jodphur India, which is way more badass than any grotty garage, castle, or studio you’ve ever recorded in.
To round out the true Jonny Greenwood experience, his other frequent creative partner Paul Thomas Anderson has tagged along to film the whole shebang and will be releasing a documentary to accompany the record. The trailer features plenty of street scenes, pointing, and the song “Roked.”
Earlier this year, Greenwood also confirmed that Radiohead are working on new material.
04. Chala vahi des
02. Allah Elohim
05. Junun Brass
06. There Are Birds in the Echo Chamber
• Nonesuch: http://www.nonesuch.com
It’s joint mixtape season! After Drake and Future released their juggernaut of a “mixtape” last month, Migos and Young Thug announced their Migo Thuggin tape, and Fetty Wap and French Montana’s Coke Zoo was announced shortly after. Today, we have another announced collabo tape, this one by Rich the Kid and iLoveMakonnen. Titled Whip It (formerly Whip It Up), the mixtape was recorded last week and is expected to drop in the coming days. The two had collaborated earlier this year on the remix of Makonnen’s “Whip It.”
Check out the Sonny Digital-produced “Still Workin” here:
This is Rich The Kid’s third mixtape of the year (and second joint one, after releasing Still on Lock with Migos back in May), and this’ll be iLoveMakonnen’s second, following Drink More Water 5. No word yet on Makonnen’s OVO debut, but we’ll keep you updated.
Will Matt Papich’s friends be offering tray champagne service this time around, even though the risk is surely higher that audience members will smash their flutes on the heads of the people in front of them? Gone are the days in which we could enjoy a smattering of samples without feeling the need to fist bump to the point of instantaneous carpal tunnel; Co La’s newest album and tape No No, released simultaneously by Software and 1080p just last week, doesn’t stop short of brutalizing listeners with a relentless, cacophonous homage to the club scene in his hometown of Baltimore. By the end of it, you may be very well be echoing an included Missy snippet, seriously or not: “Oooooh, I don’t want…,” or can’t take, anymore.
But the live thing is a totally different story! Papich hopes that those of you in Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle will have remnants of No No coursing through your veins, so that the individual affair isn’t what would’ve been a typical one of simple observation. The new music compels something physical; Jam City comparisons are surprisingly accurate (as you can tell by the new track, “Crank,” below); and we can only know the future once we reach it. This may be Co La’s thing now.
The gritty details:
10.16.15 - Queens, NY - Trans Pecos (Album Release Party)
10.23.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Freak Easy
10.28.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Low End Theory
10.30.15 - Seattle, WA - Elevator Presents @ Machine House
11.03.15 - Portland, OR - The Know (DJ Set)
11.05.15 - Portland, OR - Secret Location
For some time, Carly Rae Jepsen was just your run-of-the-mill Canadian pop singer. Then she put out her 2015 album E·MO·TION. Then Tiny Mix Tapes put that album on our Third Quarter Favorites list. Now look at her! International superstar! The sheer power of this recommendation altered time, warping our universe into its current state where her 2012 single “Call Me Maybe” was as massive as a hit can be. This is the power of the Tape bump.
Capitalizing on this momentum, Carly Rae Jepsen will be going on tour this November. Currently, these tour dates are a little sparse: four shows taking place in DC, Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. But word has it that more dates will be added soon. Or perhaps the universe with twist into a near-identical reality in which the only difference is an expanded Carly Rae Jepsen tour itinerary.
Carly Rae Jepsen dates:
11.09.15 - Washington, DC - The Fillmore
11.10.15 - Boston, MA - The Paradise
11.11.15 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
11.13.15 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
• Carly Rae Jepsen: http://www.carlyraemusic.com
From Camera Obscura:
It is with the greatest sadness, that we must share the news that Carey passed away peacefully this morning after her illness with cancer. We have lost our friend and band mate, and our deepest sympathy goes out to her partner Kenny, and to all her family and friends.
She was touched by the way you all got behind her campaign for Sarcoma UK and you can still donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/Carey-Lander
We shall be continuing to help promote the campaign on her behalf.
She was left in no doubt how much you all loved and appreciated her, and we’d like to thank you all for the support and kind words you have been sending to us and her. The band, our music, and all of you who have enjoyed it over the years, meant so much to her.
• Camera Obscura: http://www.camera-obscura.net
Unsound is a music festival that has been running since 2006, originating in Krakow, Poland, and having since hosted iterations in New York, London, Toronto, and Adelaide. Until recently, nobody had accused the fest of having any satanic affiliation. That streak ended when a Polish website, in a letter to St. Catherine’s Church, claimed that Unsound promoted and propagated satanism.
Unsound has made a full statement denying the claims. Here is an excerpt:
With great shock, it has come to our attention that accusations have been posted on a Polish Internet website that our festival — as preposterous as it is to even repeat — allegedly promotes and propagates Satanism. These accusations, initially made in a letter to St Catherine’s Church, are completely unfounded, unreasonable, and slanderous. They undermine the good name of the festival, which since 2003 has been an enthusiastic participant in Krakow’s cultural life, and we reject the accusation unequivocally.
Part of the claims toward satanism were directed specifically at Current 93, whose leader David Tibet identifies as part of the Christian faith. Due to the accusations, the group has been forced to relocate its Unsound appearance, originally taking place at the aforementioned St. Catherine’s. Pitchfork also reports that “three additional surprise sets at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul have also been canceled because of those same accusations.”
Tibet has made a statement, which can be found on the same page as the Unsound statement, denying any affiliation with satanism. An excerpt from Tibet’s statement:
I have declared many times that I am Christian. Nearly all of my work manifests this belief, both my music and my artwork — and this conviction remains no less true even if my work often displays a dark humour — as well as my studies, including those in Coptic, which I learnt in order to work on apocryphal New Testament texts.
Unsound’s 2015 festival in Krakow will be taking place October 11-18, with this year’s theme being “Surprise!” Performers at the festival include Andy Stott, Galcher Luswerk, Tim Hecker, Matana Roberts, Liturgy, Jlin, and more. Tickets for the entire festival are sold out, but tickets to individual shows may be available.
Soul Jazz is giving you another chance to get your Taki-stained sweaty hands on their biggest-selling reggae release, the now classic 100% Dynamite: Ska, Soul, Rocksteady and Funk in Jamaica. Originally released just shy of 20 years ago, this thing reps Jackie Mittoo, The Upsetters, Toots & The Maytals, Tommy McCook, Cedric Brooks, and Lennie Hibbert. You’ll also get reggae takes on soul joints like Marlena Shaw’s “Womanof the Ghetto,” Aretha Franklin’s “Rocksteady,” Syl Johnson’s “Is It Because I’m Black,” and William DeVaughan’s “Be Thankful.”
What makes the 2015 remastered and expanded editions is not just that is has been remastered and expanded and is shiny and new — no! You’ll also get cuts from Jamaican producers Clement Dodd, Lee Perry, and Winston Riley (Techniques). Coming atcha as a CD, double vinyl (+download), or digital release.
New Expanded tracklisting:
01. Willie Williams - Armageddon Time
02. Toots & The Maytals - Night And Day
03. The Marvels - Rocksteady
04. The Upsetters - Popcorn
05. Bunny Clarke - Be Thankful
06. Tommy McCook - Green Mango
07. Brentford All-Stars - Greedy G
08. Lennie Hibbert - Real Hot
09. Horace Andy - My Soul
10. Johnny Osbourne - We Need Love
11. Bunny Brown - I Love the Way you Love
12. Jackie Mittoo - Stereo Freeze
13. Phyllis Dillon - Woman Of The Ghetto
14. Cedric Brooks - Give Rasta Glory
15. Alton Ellis - Son of Man
16. Sound Dimension - Granny Scratch Scratch
17. Lloyd Robinson - Cuss Cuss
18. Sound Dimension - Drum Song
19. Ken Boothe - Is It Because I’m Black
• Soul Jazz: http://www.souljazzrecords.co.uk
From The Commercial Appeal:
Memphis rapper, Three 6 Mafia alumnus and Da Mafia 6ix member Robert “Koopsta Knicca” Phillips has died. The 40-year-old died early Friday morning at an undisclosed Memphis hospital from complications of a stroke he suffered on Sunday.
The news of Mr. Phillips death was confirmed by Da Mafia 6ix publicist Dove Clark, and his group mate and producer “DJ Paul” Beauregard (the official word followed premature reports of his passing online on Thursday).
In a statement, DJ Paul referred to Mr. Phillips as “my group member and brother for over 20 years,” noting that the he “went in peace…Everyone who knew Koop knew he was very funny and the coolest guy ever. He will be missed. We made classics together that’ll live on.” […]
• Three 6 Mafia: http://www.three6-mafia.com
Long before the jokesters of Twitter, The Magnetic Fields were on that 69 tip. Proving themselves the most prescient musicians of their day, the band released 69 Love Songs in September of 1999. This kicked off the 69 renaissance we enjoy today, because, you see, 69 is a sex number.
Not that 69 Love Songs should be reduced to its pre-emptive capturing of the internet humor zeitgeist. It’s an expansive, ambitious record that really has 69 songs, all of which are about love (in one form or another). People like it, and when people like a thing, you reissue that thing’s out-of-print vinyl box set. On November 6, Merge will reissue 69 Love Songs as a limited-edition box containing six 10-inch records.
To add an extra layer of exclusivity to this limited-edition item, the first thousand pre-orders will come on colored vinyl. Heck, multiple colors of colored vinyl at that, precisely two black, two red, and two clear. After those fancy colored vinyls are gone, all that will be left are vinyl as cold and black as a dying love. In that case, maybe distract yourself by reading the set’s 24-page color booklet featuring liner notes written by author Daniel Handler. Purveyors of fine children’s novels may better know Handler by a certain pen name, one involving a citrus — never mind, he’s Lemony Snicket.
Pre-orders are available now through Merge and should arrive by the November 6 release date.
It’s true, or at least that seems to be the situation from my distant American perch: either Italy is decidedly lacking in quality electronic musicians (and blue skies are actually a democratic reflection of most people’s favorite color), or it’s just unusually tough trying to make a rhythmic name for yourself in that country, relative to other parts of Europe. The Florence-based Herva a.k.a. Herve Atsè Corti has confirmed the latter in prior interviews, where he’s recalled the familiar trials of sending demos to labels, only to be ignored in favor of spontaneous beach excursions, but now, it seems that life happenings have offered a boost to the man’s optimism. Exposure = achieved. Planet Mu = Rafiki during the presentation of Simba.
After a couple of well-received releases on Euro labels Bosconi and Deslin, Herva has just announced Kila, his debut album for Planet Mu. And it’s a fitting sponsor for his music, too, as the new album is essentially a continued confluence of electronic sub-genres, occasionally tinged by the soul and hip-hop influences that exist close to Corti’s heart. Artist comparisons are difficult because things might easily change on the next track, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Actress due to a shared sense of unorthodoxy. There’s more energy with Herva’s stuff, though.
Kila is out November 27. Pre-order here and get a taste with a non-album track below.
01. All Good On Your Side
02. Trying To Fix Invisible Textures
03. Seat Behind Mirrors
05. Video Volume
06. Mistakes Dealer (Solid State)
07. Disk Atk
08. Fading Above Smoke
09. Dust Cover