Daniel Dumile, the unorthodox British-born-but-Long-Island-raised rapper who’s hidden in more ways than one, and who wears the mask better than the fictional pansy who gave up his life for the betterment of an entire empire, maintains a healthy following despite his penchant for pseudonyms and personal secrecy. If we trust his public discography, the last time we formally heard from the man most commonly known as MF DOOM was through the decent JJ DOOM collab with Jneiro Jarel and MA_DOOM, a barely-collaboration with Masta Ace on the Son of Yvonne release back in 2012. You’ll have to rewind eight years before that to get a whiff of classic via Madvillainy (TMT Review) (which isn’t to deny the quality of Dumile’s other work), and… wait, what started it all? Surely the DOOM reputation wasn’t hoisted by mediocrity at the outset. Surely, the realization of DOOM began with a conspiracy.
Operation: Doomsday, MF DOOM’s debut solo album from 1999, doesn’t beg for reissue. The lunchbox enclosure released in 2011 contained a remastered two discs, a 32-page lyric book, card set (but no ham and cheese sandwich), and it stood alongside an equally heavy 4LP set that was released simultaneously. The upcoming 2-cassette box set — ignore for a moment that cassettes are typically housed in cases that could reasonably be referred to as boxes — has Metalface Records appealing to that previously overlooked demographic: the un-ironic Walkman (c. 1990) user. More likely, the collectible-inclined serve as the primary market for this release, which comes in an edition of 1,200 copies.
Content-wise, tape 1 of Operation: Doomsday contains the original album plus the original cover art designed by Lord Scotch 79 a.k.a. Blake “KEO” Lethem. Tape 2 contains the same instrumentals and alternate versions that the 2011 reissue had, plus the same cover art, designed by Jason Jegel. No lyric book and no cards leave one with precious few options; at 2.1 pounds, the metal box doesn’t quite allow for bludgeoning and theft. Well, maybe.
Operation: Doomsday on cassette ships via Rappcats on January 27. February 18 marks the worldwide release date.
• DOOM: http://www.metalfacedoom.com
Damaged Bug (John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees) affirms the delicious, chewy flavor of upcoming LP Hubba Bubba
I’d ask you to dry your eyes, but your nasolacrimals have already been hindered thanks to the unconscious acceptance by your brain that this was never meant to last! Multiple releases per year for several years and a tour schedule that inspires reasonable complaints from Centralia residents about when they’ll earn a visit have culminated in the present hiatus for Thee Oh Sees, who, in true interludial fashion, reportedly have an album set for release this spring. Despite that, back in December, frontman John Dwyer confirmed the “well deserved break and transitional period” and proclaimed in front of a crowd at San Fran’s Great American Music Hall that the band’s performance was their last “for a long while. So dig in.” Thanks for the forewarning, John! And no, don’t tell me that I should’ve caught one of the half-dozen shows that you’ve already performed in my town! Ugh, I was busy. :(
In any case, while we temporarily endure Thee withdrawal, and while Dwyer and also-vocalist Brigid Dawson acclimate to an intra-state move away from their Bay Area, the former’s Castle Face label continues its operations. And one of those operations is releasing a full-length solo release from Dwyer under the name Damaged Bug, entitled Hubba Bubba. A press release mentions the use of a variety of “synthesizers, drum machines, and assorted hand-made electronics,” so in other words, the guitar on which he’s consistently wailed has been abandoned for the sake of “seeing other instruments,” so to speak. I’m not really missing it, in this case.
Have a listen; the album’s out February 25.
Hubba Bubba tracklisting:
01. Gloves for Garbage
02. Rope Burn
03. Eggs at Night
04. SS Cassidinea
06. Hubba Bubba
07. Sic Bay Surprise
09. Hot Swells
10. 1/2 an Airplane
11. Metal Hand
• Castle Face: http://www.castlefacerecords.com
Muslimgauze 10 LP box set announced from Vinyl-on-Demand, proving once and for all that 10 really is better than one
Those looking to dip their dainty toes into the ocean of Bryn Jones’ Muslimgauze project might need to look elsewhere. But, if you’re maybe interested in your whole leg and probably most of your mid-section going for a bit of a swim, then according to The Vinyl Factory, Vinyl-on-Demand has got just the ticket. In mid-April, the German label will release a 10LP retrospective box set of the legendary producer’s early work (spanning from 1983 to 1988). That’s right! Ten! Because of how math works, that means if you break one, you’ll still have nine records left! Now, mind you, those nine records that you have left won’t have any of the same music on them as that 10th one your clumsy uncle just snapped, so I would say keep them away from your uncle and don’t actually try the math trick I’ve described here.
The box set, entitled Chasing the Shadow of Bryn Jones will also include a 208-page book, a poster, and a CD. And, if you’re a member of the Vinyl-on-Demand record club, you’ll also be entitled to an exclusive 10-inch (math fact: that’s one inch for every LP in the box set) which will include EVEN MORE MUSIC. If you’ve gotten this deep in the news post and are thinking “Huh, I kinda don’t know a whole lot about Muslimgauze aside from the fact that he was super prolific and Pro-Palestinian because that’s basically all anyone ever really says about him,” The Vinyl Factory has you covered. Check out the comically long tracklisting below.
Chasing the Shadow of Bryn Jones tracklisting:
01. Milena Jesenska
08. Melena Jesenska
02. Icon Screen
03. Muslin Gauze Muslim Prayer
01. Under the Hand of Jaruzelski
02. Ensan Entehari
03. Empty Quarter (pt I)
04. Dissidents in Exile (as Muslingauze)
05. Hammer & Sickle
06. Fear of Gadaffi
07. Nettle Cloth
08. Baize Tents
09. The Asphalt Jungle
10. Execute the Monkey
01. Soviet Occupied Territories
02. Turkish Falaka
05. Dissidents in Exile
06. Under the Hand of Jaruzelski
01. Byzantine Crucifixion
02. Zebra Slaughter
04. Death of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale
05. Political Asylum
06. Sudanese Amputate the Hands of Thieves
05. Homily to Popieluszko
09. Iranian Martyrs
02. Under Black Light
04. New Delhi Flogging
05. X Ajza of Martyrdome
06. Unwelcome Visitors
01. Arms of the Koran
02. The Divine Cause
07. Green Is the Colour of the Prophet
01. Gulfwar (Part One)
02. Gulfwar (Part Two)
03. Gulfwar (Part Three)
04. Abu Nidal
05. Green Is the Colour of the Prophet
06. Fatwa (Religious Decree Giving Recourse to Terrorism)
07. Gulf-War (Remix)
01. Shadow of the West
02. The Muslim City
03. A Nation
04. Ways of Faith Part 1
05. Ways of Faith Part 2
06. The Power of The Word Part 1
07. The Power of The Word Part 2
Holly Herndon’s Chorus EP for RVNG Intl. draws source material from Skype and YouTube, Akihiko Taniguchi-directed video unveiled, unleashed, and uncovered (oh, and unfurled)
Movement, the most “gorgeously pranayamic” album of 2012, was an incredible hybridization of modern composition and club music that emphasized Holly Herndon’s breathtaking (sometimes literally) voice experiments. In fact, it made it to #13 on our Favorite 50 Albums of 2012 list, not because it was lucky enough to have received enough votes, but simply because we were lucky enough to be privy to Herndon’s strange yet comforting sonic innovations.
Herndon’s follow-up to Movement is a two-song EP called Chorus. It continues a similar project of vocal processing and genre hybridization, but it sounds considerably different: on the title track, for example, Herndon’s source material comes in part from her daily browsing habits, including sounds from YouTube, Skype, and more. Check its Akihiko Taniguchi-directed video below, which visually articulates the track’s themes quite well:
Chorus is released today on RVNG Intl., digitally and as a limited 12-inch.
Meanwhile, RVNG Intl. says Herndon will soon “offer a web-based tool allowing users to compose their own version of ‘Chorus’ around a browser based experience1.”
02. Solo Voice
1. Is it just me, or does it seem like Herndon is just trying to make more work for us proletariats? This is typical bourgeois rhetoric that just shows the necessity of building a coordinated movement on a national and world scale that links immediate demands for higher wages with a clear socialist program to challenge Herndon’s dominance and defend working-class families against continuous blackmailing. The economy needs to be based on the needs of the millions, not the greed of the billionaires. If the system can’t afford good wages and services, then we can’t afford this system!! UGH!!!
As the old saying goes, you never know which men enjoy fighting other men to the death with knives. You think you know, but you have no idea (who derives pleasure from watching knife wounds drain a person of their life). For instance, one may assume they can pin down German composer and pianist Nils Frahm. Probably a classy guy, active in the arts scene. Attends between three and nine wine-and-cheese parties a year. Has not engaged in a backstreet knife battle, the outcome of which found him standing over the body of a 37-year-old construction worker, while the blood from Frahm’s own wounds dripped onto his unfortunate opponent. Well, you’d be mostly right, but you’d also be a little wrong.
Viewed through your lens of expectations, Frahm’s upcoming US tour seems innocuous enough. If you look closer, though, you will note that the pianist has booked himself in the top knife-fighting cities in the Western Hemisphere. Frahm, who is known for his technique of playing a grand or upright piano with one hand while simultaneously playing a synthesizer with the other hand, as well as his deadly “lightning stab” technique known to strike a victim with both the power and swiftness of a lightning bolt, will play a concert in each city, supported by labelmate Douglas Dare. After each of these concerts, Frahm will disappear into the city’s underground, only to reappear the next morning, bloodlust sated.
If you would like to know more about knives or are thinking of purchasing a knife yourself, please watch the new video for Nils Frahm’s “Says” first. The video contains no references to knives, but I think you will understand the deadly attraction of the knife afterwards. Visual artists Romain Assénat and Ana Silva created the video. Neither of these artists have ever fought with a knife.
Nils Frahm dates:
03.15.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater *
03.16.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
03.18.14 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door *
03.19.14 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios *
03.20.14 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl *
03.21.14 - Chicago, IL - Constellation *
03.23.14 - Montreal, QC - L’Astral *
03.25.14 - Boston, MA - David Friend Recital Hall *
03.26.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands *
03.27.14 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
03.28.14 - Bethesda, MD - The Mansion at Strathmore *
03.29.14 - Knoxville, TN - Big Ears Festival
07.20.14 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
10.29.14 - London, UK - Barbican
* Douglas Dare
• Nils Frahm: http://www.durtonstudio.com/projects/detail/project/63
• Douglas Dare: http://douglasdare.com
• Erased Tapes: http://www.erasedtapes.com
[Photo: Ryo Mitamura]
Greg Fox wants to Greg Fox himself all over your garden with his new plantable release Mitral Transmission
The other day Greg Fox (from Guardian Alien, ZS, Liturgy) was just walking down the street in Queens when some fellah popped out and said, “Hey, Mr. Fox, you wanna come to my basement lab?” Ignoring all prevailing wisdom re: how one ought to typically avoid going into peoples’ “basement labs,” Fox was all like, “Sure!” And so they went. Once in the basement lab, the fellah asked Fox, “Hey, Mr. Fox, you wanna let me hook this machine up to you and measure your heart and stuff?” And again, ignoring the fact that most folks you meet on the street who want to hook machines up to you are probably not being totally forthright about what exactly that machine does, Fox was all like, “Sure!” And thus Fox’s new solo record Mitral Transmission was born. It’s out February 18, and you can pre-order it here.
“What, Taylor? I think you skipped a few steps.” Okay, well, let’s back up. As it happens, that “fellah” was actually the legendary free jazz drumming pioneer and holistic healer Milford Graves (perhaps best known for his work with Paul Bley and the New York Art Quartet), and he and Greg Fox were already bros at the time of the basement lab incident. Also that sketchy-sounding machine was totally legit. Turns out it’s something Graves has been working on for some time now, based on “technology to generate music from the natural rhythms of the human heart.” Fox took the output from the machine in conjunction with specialized software to generate the score on which Mitral Transmission is based.
The record will be out on Data Garden, and it’ll come in a limited edition run of “200 plantable hand-made art prints,” as well as a digital download. Because, “Digital files are easily lost by the impermanence of computing” and “Physical objects like CDs, tapes and records last far beyond their usability and possibly even our existence as a species,” Data Garden makes their releases plantable in an attempt to find a middle between the ease of digital and the desire for an “awesome physical object.” You better get your thumb good and green between now and February, because if your plant dies, Greg Fox will definitely come to your house and yell at you.
Mitral Transmission tracklisting:
01. Kardia I
02. Kardia II
03. Its OK
04. Dance Performance
Perfect Pussy announce debut LP for Captured Tracks, tour North America, get your work computer flagged
The sorta-I-guess-whatever-controversially-named Syracuse punk rockers Perfect Pussy have taken over the internet in such a short time that they are now the top web search results for like the first 10 or so pages. Not so Google images, my friends! (Shout out to the porn advertisement that comes up when you Google this shit that declares “This porn is insane! 100% free.” This porn is INSANE, guys.) And to think that this entire internet takeover happened with one simple self-released cassette-only EP, I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling. This cassette is INSANE, guys.
That crazy ol’ cassette caught the attention of Captured Tracks, who will release the band’s debut full-length, Say Yes to Love, on March 18. Until then, frontwoman Meredith Graves and co. will be touring the US and Canada throughout January and March, with stops at record stores! (Rough Trade New York) colleges! (Grinnell) and fascinating tiny art towns! (Marfa). Tour dates are lovingly presented below in a handy, easy-to-read format, so that your computer doesn’t get flagged by your company’s creepy tech guy.
Say Yes to Love tracklisting:
03. Big Stars
05. Interference Fits
07. Advance Upon the Real
01.17.14 - Birmingham, AL - Spring Street Firehouse
01.18.14 - Athens, GA - Warehouse (169 Tracy St)
01.19.14 - Chattanooga, TN - Sluggo’s
01.20.14 - Louisville, KY - Nachbar
01.21.14 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
01.22.14 - Chicago, IL - Schubas *
01.23.14 - Grinnell, IA - Gardner Lounge at Grinnell College
01.24.14 - Detroit, MI - Trumbullplex
01.25.14 - Toronto, ON - Silver Dollar
01.26.14 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
02.12.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade #
03.05.14 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class
03.07.14 - Memphis, TN - Buccaneer!
03.09.14 - Monterrey, MX - Festival NRML
03.10.14 - McAllen, TX - Galaxy Z Fair
03.11.14 - Houston, TX - Mango’s &
03.16.14 - Marfa, TX - Padre’s
03.17.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Wall Street @
03.18.14 - San Diego, CA - Che Cafe
03.20.14 - Los Angeles, CA - East 7th Street Warehouse
03.21.14 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
03.22.14 - Portland, OR - Slabtown
03.23.14 - Boise, ID - Treefort Music Festival
03.24.14 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project
03.25.14 - Vancouver, BC - Cobalt
03.27.14 - Calgary, AB - Lux Laundromat
03.28.14 - Regina, SK - German Club
03.29.14 - Winnipeg, MB - Dead Lobster
03.30.14 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry ^
04.02.14 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
04.03.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Shop
* Broken Prayer
# Total Slacker
! Ex Cult, OBN III’s
@ Gay Kiss
& Ex Hex, Connections
Well whaddaya know, PAN’s got a brand-spanking-new release out today from Helm called The Hollow Organ and I’m here to announce it. It’s almost like they’re a record label or something and I’m a guy whose job it is to jumble the words in their press releases around just enough to make it sound like it’s my own original writing. So, for example, this:
PAN presents four vital concrète incursions by nether field traveller Luke Younger a.k.a., Helm, marking his first transmissions since the studio rituals that birthed his highly acclaimed Impossible Symmetry and Silencer releases.
PAN proffers four decisive asphalt penetrations by genital yard wanderer Helm, who also sometimes goes by the human name Luke Younger. These penetrations hearken his first communiqué since the praise and worship services that ejected headfirst into a cruel world his exceptionally renowned Impossible Symmetry and Silencer (TMT Review).
Get the picture? Well, The Hollow Organ is out now, and in addition to toeing a “deliberate line in the mud between [Helm’s] previous transgressions and a chokingly dank realization of his most untoward, paralytic sound” it also discretely hangs out around the border that separates his earlier infringements and a cough-inducingly clammy consummation of his most improprietous, incapacitated sonics. Check out “Analogues” from the release below, and, if you’re going to find yourself either in the United Kingdom or Greece next month, you can see Helm live at one of the several dates I’ve so considerately copy/pasted below. You’re welcome, by the way.
The Hollow Organ tracklisting:
03. Spiteful Jester
04. The Hollow Organ
02.21.14 - Manchester, UK - Islington Mill &
02.24.14 - Nottingham, UK - Chameleon ^
02.26.14 - London, UK - Cafe OTO %
02.28.14 - Athens, Greece - CAMP $
& Damien Dubrovnik, Basic House
^ Pain Jerk, Damien Dubrovnik
% Damien Dubrovnik, JFK
$ Dalglish, Mohammed
Efterklang announce mighty morphin’ final show in Denmark after which they will either cease to exist or evolve into extra-dimensional beings. Those are the only two possibilities.
It’s been a decade since Efterklang’s debut Tripper (TMT Review) and like a butterfly or an animorph, the Danish group has decided it’s time to “fundamentally change what it means to be Efterklang and how we operate, create and perform.” They’re planning to play “one final show to celebrate them all,” which, Lord of the Rings reference notwithstanding, actually sounds a lot more like “breaking up” than “changing shapes à la a popular young adult science fiction series” to me, but then again I guess they did tweet that this “is not the end,” (TMT Review). According to the NME, a spokesperson from 4AD (the band’s current label) said that the band will likely take a “lengthy break,” possibly followed by a return “under a different name in the future.”
The mighty morphin’ final show is planned for February 26 at Alsion Concert Hall in Sønderborg, Denmark. They’ll be joined by Thomas Husmer and Rune Mølgaard from the band’s original five-member lineup, as well as the local symphony Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester (conducted by Hans Ek) and girls choir. They’ll be playing songs from throughout their career, including many from the band’s early days that have never before been heard live. If you’d like a little more information about the performance, and you’d like for that information to be in Danish, you can click the link I’ll embed in the next sentence. Click here if you haven’t changed your mind about wanting more information. Tickets are available here.
Afterhours persuades healthy transitions to a nocturnal lifestyle on upcoming Lowlife LP via Not Not Fun
If the majority of employers around the world hadn’t blindly submitted to the daytime fascism imposed by the sun, we as humans might more readily appreciate the tranquility that’s almost synonymous with the night. Actually, scratch that. More humans awake during the post-midnight hours would definitely have a ruinous effect on that tranquility, as retailers would quickly conform their operations to this newly-appreciated time of day. Silent neighborhood strolls would lose their appeal when insensitive passersby start indiscriminately shining their flashlights en masse, creating an artificial sun, of sorts, and eventually throwing off the elaborate processes of the entire global ecosystem! Don’t you tell me about science!
Less severe, artists like Los Angeles-based Nicholas Crozier Malkin a.k.a. Afterhours might lose a tiny bit of inspiration. Here he is. The photo is time-stamped to assure us of his nocturnal authority, and going even further on that front, he’ll be releasing his debut LP Lowlife on January 28 via Not Not Fun (who also released his Sleepwalker 12-inch in 2012). Afforded a preliminary listen, it’s already one of my early favorites of 2014, and while it certainly isn’t the darkest album to ever exist, neither is that the point, as much as creating a tone utterly congruous with a city (mostly) asleep. Genres traditionally associated with this feeling, such as a trip-hop and deep house, are somewhat prominently referenced, but a welcome variety prevents the album from falling firmly into either category. Additionally: reverberant piano? Will I ever not be into it?
Malkin also hosts a radio show on Sundays called “Field Recordings of the Afterhours.” Check it out here.
01. Spit at the Mirror
02. Sixty Forty
05. Defragment #2
06. Night and Day