Prolific guitar-shredder Chris Forsyth has been blowing minds and melting faces with The Solar Motel Band he assembled to bring to the stage his excellent “cosmic Americana” album, Solar Motel, which he dropped on the world last year and proved that the sounds of Television and Grateful Dead perfectly intersect.
The Solar Motel Band proved to be so awesome that the entirety of Solar Motel was recorded live with the band and released as a Record Store Day bootleg gem and other bootlegs of the band’s brilliance have been popping up all over the internet.
Come October 28 you’ll need to grow accustomed to the sight of tiny mushroom clouds littering the horizon of your town as tiny minds are blown once again when Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band release their first studio album called Intensity Ghost.
The group’s new label, No Quarter, have been pretty coy about details save for the fact that Intensity Ghost was recorded in late 2013, will consist of five tracks, and is a “masterwork of power and grace.” In the meantime, Forsyth + Solar Motel Band will be doing their live thing through July.
07.11.14 - Cleveland, OH - Happy Dog
07.12.14 - Chicago, IL - West Fest #
07.13.14 - Madison, WI - The Frequency %
07.14.14 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry
07.15.14 - Iowa City, IA - Trumpet Blossom Cafe ^
07.16.14 - Chicago, IL - HQ *
07.17.14 - Rock Island, IL - Daytrotter Session
07.18.14 - Lafayette, IN - Spot Tavern +
07.24.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Spruce Street Harbor Park ~
07.25.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle ()
# Lee Fields & The Expresssions
% Spires That In the Sunset Rise, Disembodied Monks
^ Lason Lescalleet
* Bitchin Bajas, Axis:Sova
+ Apache Dropout
~ Purling Hiss
Good ol’ dependable Kompakt. Past the age of prehistoric man but prior to the invention of the sundial, humans used to use the label’s annual compilations as an imperfect but reliable calendar. Obviously that purpose has diminished now that everyone and their punctual mother has access to the precise time down to the second, but that doesn’t remove our expectations. We expect these Pop Ambient and Total releases like we expect the sun to rise and our single socks to be discreetly carried off by the tiny mutants who survive on foot-shaped fabrics (shoes are too heavy). And yet… what happened in 2013? The second-ever lapse in Total dependability coincided with literal riots in the streets! Some would say that the leaders of the DPRK were right to react the way they did!
A new year offers the first chance at atonement, and it’s clear that the Köln-based specialists in (often) soothing minimal techno are taking it seriously — sort of. 2xCDs aren’t unheard of in the Total world, but skimping avoidance was all but a necessity this time around. As such, Total 14 comes out August 18, and it consists of 25 tracks of “hits” alongside previously unreleased material. On the latter front, expect new tunes from Superpitcher, Reinhard and Wolfgang Voigt, Michael Mayer, and Jürgen Paape. There are plenty of new names on the tracklisting as well, which is good, because redundancy is kind of a risk when you’re doing this thing every year. Snaps to Kompakt for embracing rarefaction.
Total 14 tracklisting:
01. Dauwd - Lydia
02. COMA - Atlantis
03. Gui Boratto feat. Coma And Hell - Take Control
04. Kölsch feat. Gregor Schwellenbach - Cassiopeia
05. Terranova feat. Cath Coffey - Headache
06. Dave DK - Palmaille
07. Superpitcher - Delta
08. Saschienne - Horacio Delirium
09. Blond:ish - Wunderkammer
10. Gunjah & Niconé - Disko 90
11. Maceo Plex - Conjure Superstar
12. Weval - Something (Live)
01. DAMH - Black Night
02. Thomas/Mayer - Unter Hölzern
03. Thomas Fehlmann - Eye
04. Voigt & Voigt - Tischlein Deck Dich
05. Sebastien Bouchet - Broken Heart
06. Michael Mayer - Lamusetwa (Matias Aguayo Mix)
07. DJ Tennis feat. Pillowtalk - The Outcast
08. The Modernist - Die Fette Gazelle And The Hidden Sixpack
09. Partial Arts - Taifa (The Emperor Machine Mix)
10. Justus Köhncke - Loop
11. The Field - No. No… (John Tejada Mix)
12. GusGus - This Is What You Get When You Mess With Love
13. Jürgen Paape - Heuriger
• Kompakt: http://www.kompakt.fm
Karen O preps first solo LP for Julian Casablancas’ label, prompts speculation on Carlos D techno album
Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs has worked on solo projects before — like her Oscar-nominated “The Moon Song,” which she co-wrote with Spike Jonze for his film Her, or her previous soundtrack work on Where the Wild Things Are — but she has yet to release an entire LP under her name. Finally, the artist born Karen Lee Orzolek has announced Crush Songs, which looks to present a more personal style of songwriting than the Yeahs’ latest techno-pop albums, judging by the precious cover art above. According to O, the songs were written and recorded around 2006 when she was 27 years old and “crushed a lot.” Our friend S-Type can relate, Karen.
Adding to this NYC blast from the past, Crush Songs will be released via Strokes singer Julian Casablancas’ label, Cult Records. Not that long ago, bands like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Strokes, and Liars were kids playing gigs in the Lower East Side, and music blogs were few and far between. Now all of these bands have grown up, the drug use has gone down considerably, and most of them are married. The wild card, however, is Interpol’s pale-skinned former bassist Carlos D, who was known to be a respectable club DJ when not vamping Peter Hook riffs on his black Jazz bass. Could Carlos D be plotting out a jacking techno record for Casablancas’ label? The basslines on that thing would be slinky as hell. Until we hear more, Karen O’s Crush Songs will be released on September 9, and any Moldy Peaches collaborations have yet to be confirmed.
Somebody call the fire department because the new Tricky album is on FIRE (duh, it features Mykki Blanco!)
I’m pretty sure that every time I write a story about Tricky I preface it with something like “Tricky’s baaaaaack!!!!” or “don’t call it a comeback!” or something like that. But this new album, whoa. It’s Tricky’s 11th album and is named after the man himself: Adrian Thaws. It comes out September 8 as the second release on Tricky’s False Idols imprint, and it’s just a full-on banger through and through.
Recorded in Tricky’s home studio in London, the album features guest vocalists Francesca Belmonte, Oh Land, Nneka, Mykki Blanco, Bella Gotti, Tirzah, and Blue Daisy. The tracks span the gamut from introspective “headphones on the bus” style tracks to 4 AM club tracks; some of them even get political. (Check out new track “Nicotine Love” featuring Francesca Belmonte below.) Says Tricky about collaborator Mykki Blanco: “I saw this dude in a mini-skirt and high heels and he was so aggressive on stage. Some of the crowd were like what the fuck? Imagine a big dude with a woman’s rage — that’s someone who can do some serious damage.”
Adrian Thaws will be released as a 2LP gatefold vinyl and a deluxe CD with two bonus tracks with unseen #tbt photos from young Mr. Thaws’ childhood.
Adrian Thaws tracklist:
01. Sun Down (feat. Tirzah)
02. Lonnie Listen (feat. Mykki Blanco & Francesca Belmonte)
03. Something in the Way (feat. Francesca Belmonte)
04. Keep Me in Your Shake (feat. Nneka)
05. The Unloved (Skit)
06. Nicotine Love (feat. Francesca Belmonte)
07. Gangster Chronicles (feat. Bella Gotti)
08. I Had a Dream (feat. Francesca Belmonte)
09. My Palestine Girl (feat. Blue Daisy)
10. Why Don’t You (feat. Bella Gotti)
11. Silly Games (feat. Tirzah)
12. Right Here (feat. Oh Land)
13. Silver Tongue - When You Go
• Tricky/False Idols: http://www.trickysite.com
OMFG! OFWGKTA young man and rapper Earl Sweatshirt has called it quits on his tour. The little nugget of joy just can’t hang with the big dogs, and is apparently suffering from “exhaustion.” He took to Twitter to share the news:
i had to press eject on the tour. I am physically and mentally at the end of my rope. I weigh a fraction of what I'm supposed to ….
— EARL (@earlxsweat) July 8, 2014
and without synergy between the body and mind there is nothing. no point in performing if it's not the best show I can give every time.
— EARL (@earlxsweat) July 8, 2014
His last scheduled performance for the time being will take place at Pitchfork’s festival of lights at the end of this month.
James Prudhomme a.k.a. Suicideyear, the woozy trap-influenced instrumental hip-hop producer, has got some serious memories on the brain. That’s the short version of why his upcoming EP on Software is called Remembrance. These are not just some garden variety, “Oh, I think I’ve seen that tree before” type of memories, either. They’re more like the kind where you walk into the kitchen and your wife is all like, “Did you forget the milk?” and you did because your brain was otherwise engaged, tracing the contours of what it means to be alive and to have been alive for as long as you can recall so you totally spaced on that grocery list she texted you while you were at work. No big deal, right? Wrong. Huge deal. You’re sleeping on the couch tonight, bucko. And even worse, I almost just lost my train of thought and totally forgot that this news post is supposed to be about the new Suicideyear EP. Silly me!
So, some of you might recall Suicideyear’s Japan mixtape from last year, though others of you might not. I don’t know your life! Here’s a link to it. What about his production for Yung Lean’s “Hurt?” Do you remember that? It’s okay if you don’t! I’m not like your wife with the milk. I’m chill! I would never make you sleep on the couch. Anyhow, Remembrance, which Prudhomme wrote throughout 2013, tightens the screws up a bit on his previous work in order to pass inspection by the Official Debut Police. Remembrance is out September 23, though you can scope the visual single for “Hope Building A” below.
01. I Don’t Care About Death Because I Smoke
04. Hope Building
06. U S
08. When You Sleep
Death From Above 1979 squirt forth details about new album and tour dates via newly surgically attached elephant trunks
As if by so much water from the trunk appendages of two elephant-and-plastic-surgery-obsessed young men, we, the readers and the listeners upon this fine earth might now feel bone-deep soaked by a squirt of details from Death From Above 1979 about their upcoming album The Physical World. The first dribbles of information came in the form of a interview with the group in NME. It was then that plans for a new album were confirmed. But this mere confirmation was not enough. We, the listeners and the readers, did not feel quite soaked enough, in a metaphorical sense, by the information offered. Taking our complaints quite literally, the group explained that the surgical procedure for attaching an elephant trunk to a human face is still quite experimental, and that there have been a few minor difficulties in the form of leakages around their noses and mouths.
BUT NOW! The leakages, oh, they are but a faint, faint memory (thanks to a team of highly-skilled doctors). And we celebrate their passing! Death From Above 1979’s Sebastien Grainger and Jesse Keeler now have a much more direct and solid flow of analogy-information-water! Like, for example, you already knew the album is out September 9, but did you know that it’s now available for pre-order both via iTunes and as a part of a variety of physical packages? And did you know that the album will have tracks that, against all odds, fit into the popular list format quite nicely? Check below for confirmation on that one, bucko. Oh, and there’s a new stream of the single “Trainwreck 1979” (it debuted earlier this week on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 Show) that you can scope below. Tour dates, too! I’d say we can chalk this one up as another victory for elephants, modern medicine, and society as a whole.
The Physical World tracklist:
01. Cheap Talk
02. Right On, Frankenstein!
04. Always On
05. Crystal Ball
06. White Is Red
07. Trainwreck 1979
08. Nothin’ Left
09. Government Trash
11. The Physical World
09.06-07.14 - Toronto, ON - Riot Fest Toronto
10.07.14 - Koln, Germany - Luxor
10.08.14 - Paris, France - Badaboum
10.09.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
10.11.14 - Amsterdam, Holland - Melkweg
10.12.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
10.13.14 - Berlin, Germany - Cassiopeia
10.15.14 - Vienna, Austira, Flex
10.16.14 - Munich, Germany - Orangehouse
10.18.14 - Zurich, Switzerland - Mascotte
10.20.14 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
10.21.14 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
10.22.14 - Glasgow, UK - The Garage
11.01.14 - New Orleans, LA - Voodoo Music + Arts
11.03.14 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre
11.04.14 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
11.06.14 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
11.07.14 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun
11.08.14 - Dallax, TX - Granada Theater
11.10.14 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
11.12.14 - San Diego, AZ - House of Blues
11.13.14 - Santa Ana, CA - Observatory
11.15.14 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
11.17.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11.18.14 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
11.19.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
11.21.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
11.22.14 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
11.24.14 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11.25.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
11.26.14 - Detroit, MI - Crofoot
11.28.14 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
11.29.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
12.01.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
12.02.14 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
Roman Flügel to release LP Happiness Is Happening through Dial Records; lovers of beautiful bleeps, bloops, and bumps rejoice
If you like a good bloop, followed by a bleep, maybe a ping, and then a big bump, then you’ll likely enjoy the work of Roman Flügel a.k.a. Soylent Green, Acid Jesus, Holy Garage, Primitive Painter, and Springrolls in Firenze (no joke). The German-born producer is a techno veteran who’s landed dual citizenship among the heads and the casual clubbers by churning out sophisticated, fun tracks under a number of aliases since the mid-90s. “Gehts Noch” has been his biggest hit, pioneering the (all too) familiar Dutch trance sound that spearheads just about every Electric Daisy Carnival-breed EDM track you’ll hear this year, or last, or the one before. But “Gehts Noch” is good! And Flügel hasn’t faltered of late, with a characteristically eccentric EP called Hachinoko (a Japanese treat of sweet baby bee innards) for the food-dubbing, Simian Mobile Disco-run label Delicacies.
Coming up next is a full-length for Dial Records. It’s called Happiness Is Happening and it’ll drop September 1. Previously on Dial, Flügel put out Fatty Folders, a wide-ranging collection of techno strains with such elegant titles as “Lush Life Libido” and “Bahia Blues Hotel.”
Listen to the more sensible “Song with Blue” below:
Happiness Is Happening tracklist:
01. Connecting the Ghost
02. Friendship Song
04. Your War Is Over
06. Tense Times
08. We Have a Nice Life
09. Occult Levitation
10. All That Matters
[Photo: Nadine Fraczkowski]
Baby boomers, psychedelic dreamers, tween long-haired rockers, the Band to end all Bands has done the unthinkable and announced a new album. Not The Band, idiots… Floyd. A.K.A. Pink Floyd, the conceptual psych-rock band we all had a poster of in our bedrooms at one time or another (see above). The Endless River, a collection of unreleased 1994 recordings created by David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and the late Richard Wright, will finally see a release this October. The group describes their forthcoming LP as “mainly ambient and instrumental music based on the 1993/4 Division Bell sessions.” All told, that description sounds wayyyy better than The Final Cut — sorry Roger Waters, you’re not invited to The Endless River.
Originally titled The Big Spliff [really guys?], The Endless River began alongside The Division Bell, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Since then, Gilmour and Mason have added and changed a lot to those 1994 recordings, even adding female backing vocals and a Gilmour lead on at least one cut. Gilmour’s wife, Polly Samson, has already offered up the album’s first review via Twitter, calling it “very beautiful.” Little conflict of interest there, Polly? Just kidding, I’m sure you’re very proud of your rock star husband. So let’s all dust off our Himalayan salt-crystal pyramids, screw in our black lights, and take a trip down The Endless River, shall we?
• Pink Floyd: http://www.divisionbell20.com
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:
02. Forget the Fall
03. Drag Me Down
04. Worn Out Shoes
07. If I Tell You
09. I Love You
10. All Over Again
12. Be With You
13. Plastic Jane