Reader, I am deeply unhappy. You might say that I have no joy. I also have No Joy news, specifically about a new No Joy release on Mexican Summer and Arts & Crafts (for Canada). The album is called More Faithful, but each day I actually grow less and less faithful that a hand will reach forth into the abyss to lift me up. I am beset by darkness on all sides. Anyway, the album will be released on June 9, but to me, June 9 seems as if it is only murk. Perhaps to you, dear reader, it is a bright date, one filled with glory, friendship, and new albums from groups like No Joy. Perhaps.
More Faithful follows the group’s 2013 full-length Wait to Pleasure. For me, all of life is a wait to pleasure, but then, alas, the pleasure for which I wait never arrives and is always put off but one more day, week, or month. More Faithful was produced by Jorge Elbrecht (Coral Cross, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti) and is now available for pre-order.
Do you want to hear the song “Everything New” from the album? Dive in below. Since I am convinced that there is nothing new under the sun, I will instead spend my time here in this corner, draped in black fabric.
More Faithful tracklist:
01. Remember Nothing
02. Everything New
03. Hollywood Teeth
04. Moon in my Mouth
05. Burial in Twos
06. Corpo Daemon
08. Chalk Snake
09. Rude Films
10. I am an Eye Machine
03.26.15 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen
03.27.15 - Portland, ME - SPACE Gallery
03.28.15 - Hamden, CT - The Ballroom at The Outer Space
04.02.15 - Quebec City, QC - Le Sous-Sol Du Cercle
04.03.15 - Moncton, NB - Tide & Boar Gastropub
04.04.15 - Halifax, NS - Gus’ Pub
04.09.15 - Guelph, ON - Kazoo! Fest eBar
04.10.15 - London, ON - Call The Office
04.11.15 - Peterborough, ON - The Red Dog Tavern
05.10.15 - Birmingham, UK - The Hare & Hound *
05.11.15 - London, UK - Oslo *
05.13.15 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club *
05.14.15 - York, UK - The Fulford Arms *
05.15.15 - Brighton, UK - The Great Escape
05.16.15 - Bristol, UK - The Louisiana *
05.20.15 - Brighton, UK - Prince Albert *
05.22.15 - Amsterdam, NL – De Nieuwe Anita
In the last year or two, Alex Gray has taken his initial D/P/I impetus to “defamiliarize and disarrange our habituated experiences of the mundane” and fired fuckin’ double-boosters on the project, slicing through his own beat aesthetic on a splintered diagonal (08.DD.15) and honing his start-stop game to such a fine point (MN.ROY) that 40+ minutes of sound can flash by with the listener only ever hearing the “in-between,” an almost silent music of propulsive movement playing in our ears amidst the audio pileup. TMT LOVES IT.
So it makes sense (?) that the next step for D/P/I would involve another exponential leap in disarrangement, this time in the form of an album that is never just one thing: Ad Hocc (yep, that’s the title) will arrive as a 2GB USB drive containing six versions of the album (three “Fundamental” and three “Supplemental”) that have been run through various “random processes” and are themselves meant to be played in different combinations on multiple speakers (or separately if you’re boring). Sound sources for the album are divided into three categories: environmental field recordings from all over the world, abstracted samples of previously recorded music, and oscillators/LFOs/filters interacting with these sounds. There’s even an HTML file included; more information here.
Ad Hocc is up for pre-order today via Zona Music, a new L.A./NYC-based label that you may be familiar with through their cassette subsidiary, Zona Tapes, who released DarkTwaine’s EarthEmergency vol. 1 earlier this month. The USB album will be officially released on April 7.
Death Grips announce extensive North American tour, prompting rumors that they have not actually broken up
Death Grips are back.
“more dates tba including Sacramento,Los Angeles,various international locations”
“Tickets go on sale Friday March 27”
06.19.15 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
06.20.15 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
06.21.15 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
06.23.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
06.24.15 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
06.26.15 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
06.27.15 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
06.28.15 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
06.30.15 - Chicago, IL - Metro
07.01.15 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
07.03.15 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
07.04.15 - Montreal, QC - Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
07.05.15 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
07.07.15 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
07.10.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
07.11.15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
07.12.15 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
07.14.15 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquarade - Heaven Stage
07.15.15 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
07.17.15 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds
07.18.15 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
07.19.15 - Dallas, TX - Trees
07.21.15 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
07.22.15 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
07.23.15 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
07.25.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
• Death Grips: http://thirdworlds.net
Amon Tobin speaks to us from spacial abyss, announces limited edition Dark Jovian EP for Record Store Day
I know what you’re thinking. You haven’t heard much from Amon Tobin lately, so he’s probably made a natural career progression following the release (and accompanying, stupendous tour) of ISAM back in 2011. As space exploration gradually becomes more privatized, Tobin looked to get ahead of the game by attaching rockets to his elaborate cube structure thing and exploring the Universe single-handedly! I know I personally imagined a launch and subsequent betrayal of gravity happening at multiple points during my own witnessing of ISAM, but I’m supremely glad, now that’s he’s taken things to alien benefit. I just know that thing can do a barrel roll.
And apparently it can transmit important news back down to Earth, as Tobin has graciously taken the time to relay info about his new Dark Jovian 12-inch, set for release April 18 courtesy of his longtime Ninja Tune home. The release is pretty to look at, and it features a handful of new (to us) tracks that were recorded a “year or two ago,” plus remixes from Lee Gamble, Logos, and Eprom. Tobin says that these tracks were borne from “binge-watching space exploration films,” but he needn’t draw a distinction between watching TV and looking out the window. Oh, we know the truth.
Look here for more on Tobin’s astronomical inspirations.
Dark Jovian tracklisting:
01. Dark Jovian
02. In Your Own Time
03. Adrastea Contact
05. Encounter on Io
06. Encounter on Io (Lee Gamble Reshape)
07. Adrastea Contact (Logos Remix)
08. In Your Own Time (Eprom Remix)
Being part of a high-profile band’s rhythm section must be a bit of a double-edged sword. Especially if you’re trying to forge your own path with a solo project. Philip Selway’s put out two records as a singer-songwriter, including last year’s Weatherhouse, but unless things really start to pop off, he’ll forever be best known as the drummer for Radiohead. That’s probably good for exposure, but probably a little annoying when you’re trying to play a show and people keep yelling “Play the drum part from Karma Police! Just the drums! Just you up there playing the drums for 4 minutes and 21 seconds! I’ll come up and do my Thom Yorke impression if that helps! Here, check it out, Karmaaaaa—”
So, yeah, when Philip Selway comes to the United States in April, don’t do that. Just listen to his songs. Unless you have a favorite off his albums, then, sure, feel free to yell that out. For each of Selway’s headlining dates, he’ll be joined by Adem (of Fridge fame), who will both open and play in the headliner’s band. Selway will also be playing both weekends of Coachella. Adem will still be there, playing with Phil onstage, but the rest of the time, he’ll have to stay in the car.
Philip Selway dates:
04.10.15 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge *
04.12.15 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
04.15.15 - Seattle, WA - Columbia City Theatre *
04.16.15 - Portland, OR - The Old Church *
04.18.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
04.19.15 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
Let’s face it: whether you’re making album after album of noise-balls electronic music under an intentionally vacuous and mysterious moniker like “Container” or cooking up boatloads of meth in your basement using only ice cream, feces, and battery acid as your active ingredients, the key is persistence, folks.
Ren Schofield has been at this Container thing sine 2011, when he first “took the world of underground electronic music by meth-like storm with the debut LP" way-way back in 2011. Although jaws were dropped and hot online music magazines named Tiny Mix Tapes the internet-over were all jazzed as meth addicts over it, he curiously didn’t stop there, dropping the follow-up LP, titled, uh… you know, LP the following year.
After that, just about any sensible person not on meth would probably think that Schofield could safely hang it up and rest on those laurels of his. But hey: FUCK YOU if you think for one second that THAT’s what’s happening, you junkie asshole. Because DUH, old boy is back at it again with a recently announced new LP (yes, yes, ALSO titled LP) on Editions Mego’s rad Spectrum Spools imprint. Boom! Can I write the news or can’t I!?
The new record, which is coming out hard and totally-2-the-max on June 8, is being described by the people who funded it as the “most explosive offering in the Container oeuvre, capturing the raw and unhinged essence of the live Container experience while exploring new compositional and sonic limits.” You can decide for yourself the extent to which you wholeheartedly agree with this statement by checking out the video for opener “Eject” down below. Then, once you’re in pretty complete agreement that everything you’re hearing sounds suitably “architecturally dextrous” and “club-minded,” you can jam on over and pre-order the thing on any vinyl or digital format of your choice, including vinyl and digital! Hahahaha. No. Seriously.
There. Now, wasn’t that just some great news? That I just wrote? For you to read? On Tiny Mix Tapes? Dot com? C’mon and back me up here, you zip heads!
What are you doing on June 2? Will you be experiencing “exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement,” perhaps even among a group of people? Or maybe you’ve got it penciled into the old datebook that you’ll spend your time working through a psychological disorder that is “not now regarded as a single definite condition” and that “has a controversial history as it was formerly recorded as a disease specific to women.” If you answered ‘yes’ to any of my above Dictionary quotes then you’re prepared for the new Drainolith LP coming from NNA Tapes on June 2. You see, the album is called Hysteria which, based on your affirmative responses, is precisely what you’ve got on the docket for your early June. It is your destiny.
Drainolith, of course, is the solo project of Alexander Moskos, formerly of AIDS Wolf (formerly) and Dan’l Boone (currently). If you’re into low creepy croons over wonky sounds made by dudes with super cool “noise pedigrees” and produced by other dudes with similarly cool “noise pedigrees” (viz. Nate Young and Neil Hagerty), then you’re going to want to trace over your penciled-in calendar date with pen, because Hysteria is right up your alley, and it’s coming straight for you, and oh my god is that a knife?!
Just kidding. No knives here, only press releases saying things like: “With guitar and voice at the core, the additional instrumentation on ‘Hysteria’ is the bizarre glue that binds it all together, using the palette of electronics, keys, and haphazardly triggered beats and percussion in an intensely layered fashion to ensure maximum disorientation.” Sounds like my kind of party! Be on the lookout, because the album’s first single “No Name (Dany Kane’s Blues)” is reportedly planning to jump into the passenger seat of your car at a stop light some time in the very near future.
01. No Name (Dany Kane’s Blues)
02. Inside and Outside (Bog’s Blues)
04. Same Whip Same Damage (Borderline Blues)
06. Joy Road
Hausu Mountain announces new tape batch featuring Roped Off and Jeremy Bible vs. Mousecop, out March 31
Uh oh. I thought I was alone on this rooftop. Turns out I’m not. Turns out Hausu Mountain (a label run in part by TMT writer Mukqs) is up here, stalking around, hocking tapes, yelling into a megaphone about “batches of tapes” as if tapes were cookies. (What was I expecting? It’s happened before.) Lemme post up behind this here AC unit and I’ll offer up a summary of what it is that’s streaming forth.
Ok. So turns out Hausu Mountain’s got two new tapes slotted to come out the end of this month, March 31 to be exact. The first one’s from Roped Off, and it’s called Are Waiting for Your Challenge!!. “Who is Roped Off?” you ask. Oh you know, just Mike Haley and Dave Doyen from everybody’s fave tape podcast (and TMT collaborator, and Hausu Mountain coverer) Tabs Out. It’s two side-long live jams mixing up modular synth sounds with “vintage 8-bit textures.” Slam “This is a Story of True Victory” into your ear canal below.
The second tape is Jeremy Bible vs. Mousecop and it’s a collaborative release from, you got it, Jeremy Bible and Mousecop. Bible is the Ohio-based founder of Experimedia, and Curt Brown and Joshua Novak of Mousecop run Rubber City Noise in Akron. Sputtering percussion, wobbly synth attacks, and wails of guitar (I think it’s guitar?!) keep on trying to swallow each other all at once across the length of this one. Peep an excerpt of “Initiation Well” from the tape below. You can grab both releases, either individually or as a package deal, from the Hausu Mountain web store right here.
Milwaukee-based rapper/singer/produce Klassik has been releasing a very nice series of EPs based on the seasons. He’s got winter and spring covered, with summer out right now as we speak. Yes, it’s not summer yet, but if you wanna be on the cutting edge, you gotta stay one season ahead.
Klassik, you know, he’s opened for Kendrick Lamar, Talib Kweli, Ludacris, he’s won a couple area awards, and he’s been noted as an artist “to watch.” Klassik’s ear for melody falls somewhere in the lineage of Robert Glasper, and his vocal parts are diverse and playful in the vein of Mos Def. He’s pretty undeniably talented and surely just at the start of a good career, so why don’t you check out the fella’s material?? The SUMMER EP features production from himself, Vincent VanGREAT, and fellow Milwaukeeans Group of the Altos, as well as a feature from B~Free.
Here’s SUMMER, below:
• Klassik: http://www.iamklassik.com
Gosh, what are they doing over there in Europe? I. Just. Don’t. Know. News outlets are useless. Oh sure, they report “current events” and “stories” and what not, but I live by two rules. Rule one: believe in only what you can see with your own eyes. I can’t see Europe, not from where I’m standing. If I look outside, I just see some trees and a fence and then the fence blocks my view, obstructing Europe.
Rule two: if you can’t see something, let Shabazz Palaces be your eyes. I don’t believe you, I don’t believe your mother, I don’t believe your father, and I certainly don’t believe your idiot kids. Unless someone in Shabazz Palaces is your mother/father/child, because I believe in Shabazz Palaces. As I see it, the only way to know what’s up in Europe is to get Shabazz Palaces to go over there, play a string of dates, come back to the US, and give us the scoop. So thank the wraith that they’re doing exactly that, in the form of headlining shows, festivals, and opening sets for Flying Lotus. They also have a number of American dates planned, before you go ahead and get jealous, Western Hemisphere. Sorry, we’re the hothead hemisphere.
Last year, Shabazz Palaces put out their sophomore record, Lese Majesty. Watch a video from that record’s “Forerunner Foray” below and lose your mind.
Shabazz Palaces dates:
04.03.15 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Palladium *
04.05.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel ^
04.11.15 - Grenoble, France- Le Belle Electrique
04.15.15 - St Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
04.16.15 - Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik
04.17.15 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Kino Siska
04.18.15 - Milan, Italy - Elita Festival
04.19.15 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
04.24.15 - Braga, Portugal - GNRation
04.25.15 - Paris, France - Le Trianon &
04.26.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Cirque Royal &
04.29.15 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street &
04.30.15 - Manchester, UK - Academy &
05.01.15 - London, UK - Brixton Academy &
05.02.15 - The Hague, Netherlands - Rewire Festival
05.29.15 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
06.01.15 - Ravenna, Italy - Beaches Brew Festival
06.04.15 - Minneapolis, MN - First Line Music Cafe
06.05.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Club
06.06.15 - Iowa City, IA - The Englert Theatre
06.07.15 - Chicago, IL - The Shrine
06.08.15 - Kalamazoo, MI - Bell’s Brewery
06.10.15 - Lakewood, OH - Mahall’s 20 Lanes
06.12.15 - Louisville, KY - Haymarket Whiskey Bar
06.14.15 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06.26-28.15 - North Adams, MA - Solid Sound Music & Arts Festival
06.04.15 - Newark, NJ - Military Park
* TV on the Radio
& Flying Lotus
[Photo: Beowulf Sheehan]