The counter to music elitism is the notion that you shouldn’t judge a person by his or her taste in music, and that you shouldn’t let said person’s musical preferences dictate, in any way, your behavior toward him/her. Well, that was before Twitter allowed their #Music app to be used by the general public, which has increased the risk of being digitally shoved face-first into the steaming pile of an acquaintance’s listening habits. Ignore that risk if you’ve carefully chosen who to follow, or, obviously, if you’re following @TinyMixTapes. Then you’re golden.
The app, previously available to just a few lucky(?) celebrities, can now be accessed online via music.twitter.com, or through the Apple App Store. The general purpose is this: to recommend you new music based on what users are tweeting about. With this aim in mind, the app consists of four tabs (or pages):
The “Popular” tab displays music that’s trending across Twitter, in case (like me) you’re ever curious about just how disconnected you are from the musical interests of mainstream society. The “Emerging” tab highlights “hidden talent,” however that works and whatever that means. The “Suggested” tab shows you artists you might like based on the artists you already follow (and also, who they follow), and the “#NowPlaying” tab lists the songs your friends are currently listening to and/or tweeting about. (There’s also a “Me” tab that displays the latest songs of the artists you follow.)
A certain boon to the app is the ability to listen to, or at least preview, the music that’s being recommended, through an interface-embedded Spotify, Rdio, or iTunes player. People who have accounts with either or both of the former services can log in and listen to full tracks.
I approached this news with skepticism, and I leave moderately less skeptical. #coolerthanithought
• Twitter: https://twitter.com
Quasimoto possibly announces new album, Yessir Whatever, definitely announces something new something
Damn Lord Quas, you’ve gotta give the people something to work with. It’s been eight years since Madlib put out The Further Adventures of Lord Quas, his most recent record under his Quasimoto alias. So when Quas himself posts on his Facebook page that he’s now listening to a test press of Quasimoto’s Yessir Whatever, people are gonna freak out a little bit. In fact, The Daily Swarm freaked out enough to report on this sentence, while we’re just picking up their freak-out and running with it. Look, it’s just that… it would be pretty neat to have a whole new full-length record from Quasimoto. That’s all.
Only thing is, Yessir Whatever may well not be a full-length record. Madlib hasn’t posted any further information about the record, so it could really be anything. Potholes in My Blog (who picked up on the initial Facebook post) speculate that the record may actually be a compilation. They also note that a Google search reveals results listing the record for a June 2013 release and that Madlib has posted a picture of the test pressing on his Instagram. So, to sum up: Quasimoto is releasing something called Yessir Whatever, it may be an album, it may not be an album, it may be coming out in June, and there is photographic proof that this test pressing exists.
• Quasimoto: http://www.stonesthrow.com/quasimoto
Television to play Marquee Moon at ATP Australia; Balam Acab and an all-star Rowland S. Howard tribute band, too
As Belinda Carlisle once sang, “Ooooooh heaven is a place on Earth.” And on October 26, 2013, that exact place will be the Westgate Entertainment Centre and Grand Star Reception in Altona (near Melbourne), Australia, when ATP’s Release the Bats Halloween party will take over for a night of mayhem and magick. Headlined by The Jesus Lizard and The Breeders (who’ll be performing Last Splash in its entirety), the festival recently got a dose of awesomeness when ATP announced the addition of a few oh-so-special performers.
Television! Performing Marquee Moon! In — you guessed it — its entirety! Creepy dude Balam Acab! And Pop Crimes, a group of all-star performers assembled by Mick Harvey to pay tribute to the too-recently-departed Rowland S. Howard. The group, featuring friends, fam, and collaborators, will cover Howard’s various musical endeavors, including Young Charlatans, The Birthday Party, These Immortal Souls, and his solo albums.
Also on deck for this shindig are The Scientists, Fuck Buttons, Lightning Bolt, Sleep, Forest Swords, Hoss, Total Control, White Walls, The Spinning Rooms, and The UV Race. Plus the always tantalizing and mysterious “more to come.” Also, there is a costume contest! A COSTUME CONTEST. Plus a cinema, two stages, art stuff, and a food court. Whatever. Costumes! Ready the fake blood and fright wigs!
• ATP’s Release the Bats: http://www.atpfestival.com/events/releasethebatsmelbourne.php
Jenny Hval boosts the confidence of shy nerds everywhere with new LP Innocence Is Kinky, out in May on Rune Grammofon
I remember it almost distinctly: it was around the month of August, in the year 2011, and I was just about to join a lesser-known offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, whose tagline was, “We are the 1%… of unabashed male pantyhose-wearers.” As I was browsing the web, caressing my synthetically soft and silky thighs with one hand and fingering my laptop’s trackpad with the other, I recalled that I had an album to listen to. Jenny Hval’s LP Viscera had entered my radar somehow, though I knew nothing about it, nor the Norwegian artist/writer whose named garnished the cover.
So the first track began:
“I arrived in town… with an electric toothbrush…”
I settled in for what I thought was another innocuous and somewhat quirky folk album.
“… against my clitoris.”
Apparently Hval isn’t exactly keen on lyrical or creative restraint, and the second album under her own name, Innocence Is Kinky, would appear to continue that trend, going by the title alone. Due May 14 on Rune Grammofon, the album features a string section led by avant-garde composer Ole Henrik Moe, and was produced by John Parish — who, usefully, is a long-time collaborator with PJ Harvey. Emotionally revealing. Intellectually thoughtful. Potential references to genitalia. You can barely ask for more.
Innocence Is Kinky tracklisting:
01. Innocence Is Kinky
02. Mephisto in the Water
03. I Called
04. Oslo Oedipus
05. Renée Falconetti of Orléans
06. Give Me That Sound
07. I Got No Strings
08. Is There Anything on Me That Doesn’t Speak?
09. Amphibious, Androgynous
10. Death of the Author
11. The Seer
[Photo: Gunhild Varvin/Henie Onstad Kunstsenter]
Daughn Gibson announces new album Me Moan out July 9, has such a pretty voice no one will correct his grammar
Fair readers of Tiny Mix Tapes, do you know about sound waves? Are you familiar, I wonder, with their form, their function? If so, then I am sure you are quite familiar with the dangers that particular frequencies can harbor. I have no doubt you’ve heard tell of the potential for stabbing abdominal pain that a 2015 Hz blast secretly carries with it at all times, like a bowie knife sewn into the lining of its jacket. And there’s no need to remind you, clever reader, of the effect that a rumble at 27.5 Hz delivered in just such a way has on certain species of tropical birds.
Well, readers, I come to you today with a heavy heart to announce that Bill Callahan and Daughn Gibson have officially been disallowed from playing together in a live music context by the government agency in charge of such things as these. As we have previously reported, Callahan’s sensuous baritone is capable of forcibly disrobing all who hear. So too does Gibson’s voice carry with it a great power, like that of a wizard intently focused on nudity. The government agency in charge of these things would not go into the specifics of what exactly would occur if these two men were allowed to sing at the same time and in the same venue, they said only that it would likely end “in flames and lawsuits.”
Though this information surely comes as a shock to many, there is a substantial silver lining, my dear internet-mediated friends! Daughn Gibson has announced a new album Me Moan! Astute readers will note subtle references to Gibson’s interest in nudity and religion on the album’s cover, as it feature images of naked people in a church. The album, out July 9, is a follow-up to 2012’s excellent All Hell (TMT Review) and is Gibson’s first for Sub Pop. Lead single “The Sound of Law” (the name of which, one might observe, is quite fitting given the situation), is streamable below, though listeners are advised against listening to the song in concert with anything by Bill Callahan or Smog in the close presence of children, the elderly, or the recently deceased. Gibson will also tour quite extensively in support of his album, crisscrossing the fair nations of the world, balancing his desire to make awkwardly long eye contact with men and women everywhere with the restriction that he not do so in the near vicinity of Mr. Callahan.
Me Moan tracklist:
01. The Sound of Law
02. Phantom Rider
03. Mad Ocean
04. The Pisgee Nest
05. You Don’t Fade
07. Won’t You Climb
08. The Right Signs
09. Kissin’ on the Blacktop
10. All My Days Off
11. Into the Sea
05.24.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
05.26.13 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Box @
05.27.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso @
05.28.13 - London, England - Birthdays
05.29.13 - Paris, France - Point Ephemere
05.30.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
06.01.13 - Porto, Portugal - Primavera Sound
07.16.13 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
07.18.13 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
07.19.13 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.21.13 - Madison, WI - High Noon
07.22.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock #
07.23.13 - Fargo, ND - Aquarium
07.25.13 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
07.27.13 - Olympia, WA - Capital Theater (Backstage)
07.28.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
07.30.13 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop *
08.02.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo *
08.03.13 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *
08.04.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room *
08.06.13 - Marfa, TX - El Cosmico
08.08.13 - Austin, TX - Red 7
08.09.13 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds
08.11.13 - Nashville, TN - Stone Fox ^
08.12.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl ^
08.13.13 - Charlotte, NC - Milestone ^
08.15.13 - Washington, DC - Black Cat (backstage) ^
08.16.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s ^
08.17.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands ^
@ Kurt Vile
* William Tyler
^ Hiss Golden Messenger
From the BBC:
Storm Thorgerson, whose album cover artwork includes Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, has died aged 69, the band’s management has confirmed.
A childhood friend of the founding members of the band, he became their designer-in-chief, fashioning a string of eye-catching creations.
He designed the cover showing a prism spreading a spectrum of colour for The Dark Side Of The Moon.
His credits also include albums by Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and Muse.
• Storm Thorgerson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_Thorgerson
Mykki Blanco reveals new EP, enormous tour, plans for world domination (last one already accomplished)
Mykki Blanco was first brought to my attention when she opened for Death Grips on around the tail end of last year. After watching the videos for “Haze.Life.Boogie” and “Wavvy” and being floored by her live show (literally, I fell over), there was only one reasonable conclusion: Mykki Blanco has genuine talent. Even beyond the sexual politics, crossing, and glam image (all of which I love, by-the-by) you have some of the sickest, most creative, provocative, and smart raps currently in the game. Her flow puts wrinkles straight into your brain. Last year’s Cosmic Angel: Illuminati Prince/ss mixtape is so good it’s unfair; listening to it means being willing to let it take up residence in your head for life.
This puts some demanding expectations on Mykki Blanco’s upcoming Betty Rubble: The Initiation EP; it basically has to resonate around the same point of mind/body connection and also subvert enough expectations to remain interesting. Let’s draw back the curtain and gaze upon the newly minted video for “Feeling Special” to see how that works out.
Ah. Well then. Looks like Mykki has that shit on lock-down. Not that I ever really doubted her; the fact that her imminent EP is worth watching was obvious when the Supreme Cuts-produced “BUGGED OUT!!!” dropped a few weeks back. I mean, who can touch Mykki? The world is hers right now: sick new tracks off a new EP and oh, right, a world dominating international tour. That’s barely even hyperbole: this tour is gigantic and encircles the globe. Prepare to bow down to Ms. Blanco, “new world order mutha fucka follow pronto.”
Betty Rubble: The Initiation tracklisting:
01. Angry Birds
02. Crisp Clean
03. Feeling Special
04. Bugged Out
05. The Initiation
06. David Blaine Bitches
07. Ace Bougie Chick
04.18.13 - St Louis, MO - The Demo
04.19.13 - Grinnell, IA - Grinnel College
04.20.13 - Oberlin, OH - Oberlin College
04.22.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04.23.13 - Detroit, MI - Magestic Café
04.24.13 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar
04.26.13 - Hamilton, ON - This Aint Hollywood
04.27.13 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
05.07.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Red Bull Music Academy
05.10.13 - Camber Sands, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties (TV on the Radio)
05.15.13 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast
05.16.13 - Manchester, UK - Islington Mill
05.18.13 - Berlin, Germany - Night + Day (Spreepark) #
05.21.13 - Nurnberg, Germany - Certain People (K4) $
05.24.13 - Bern, Switzerland - Club Bonsoir
05.25.13 - Paradiso, Netherlands - London Calling Festival
05.26.13 - Paris, France - Villette Sonique
05.29.13 - Graz, Austria - Spring Festival
05.31.13 - Prague, Czech Republic - Meet Factory
06.02.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Forbidden Fruit Festival
06.06.13 - Lisbon, Portugal - Lux
06.07.13 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Wilsonic Festival
06.08.13 - Rome, Italy - Circolo degli Artisti
06.10.13 - London, UK - Village Underground
06.13.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Sonar by Day
06.27.13 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
06.28.13 - Seattle, WA - Seattle Pride Fest (Chop Suey)
06.29.13 - Vancouver, BC - Celebrities Nightclub
06.30.13 - Portland, OR - Holocene
07.05.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Pitch festival
07.06.13 - Belfort, France - Les Eurockéennes
07.19.13 - Ferropolis, Germany - Melt Festival
07.20.13 - Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival
07.21.13 - London, UK - Lovebox Festival
07.27.13 - Hyères, France - Midi Festival
07.28.13 - Barcelos, Portugal - Milhoes de Festa
08.04.13 - Katowice, Poland - Off Festival
08.07.13 - Oslo, Norway - Oyanight
08.08.13 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Stay out West
08.09.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival
08.10.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Dockville Festival
# The xx
• Mykki Blanco: http://www.mykkiblancoworld.com
If there’s one thing everyone can agree on about A$AP Rocky’s recent full-length, Long.Live.A$AP (TMT Review), it’s that it had rapping on every song, but only a few tracks produced by Rocky himself. Everybody can agree on this because it is true. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, well, that’s a matter of personal preference. But let’s say that you think it’s a bad thing, a horrible thing really. Let’s say you would far prefer an A$AP Rocky album with no rapping and every track produced by A$AP Rocky. Great news for you, because Pitchfork reports that just that is happening.
In an interview with the Bay Area’s WiLD 94.9, Rocky talks about putting out a self-produced instrumental record sometime in the near future. At the moment, “the near future” is the closest thing this album has to an official release date. Rocky says that he doesn’t even plan to announce the album’s release date, instead opting to drop it whenever he feels like. Great, just great. Now we have to live in constant fear of an A$AP Rocky album coming out of nowhere. Could happen at any time. It’s your wedding day. You’re walking down the aisle. You lean in to kiss the bride/groom. Bam, A$AP Rocky instrumental album out of nowhere. Everybody dies.
• A$AP Rocky: http://www.asapmob.com
Laurel Halo offers details on new Hyperdub EP, yet again denies writers the satisfaction of making Full House jokes
As it was reported, so shall it be: Laurel Halo has announced the full details for her new EP on Hyperdub, called Behind the Green Door. If only she had swapped out “red” for “green” I would’ve had the chance to make my long-threatened joke about an imaginary tell-all John Stamos memoir (Behind the Red Door, obvi) that would have covered all the weird and supernatural shit that went down on the set of Full House during the 90s. (For real, this joke is very long-threatened and I am dead serious about it. I’ve lost friends over it — if you can’t stand the Full House joke heat, you better get out of the friendship fire, am I right?). As it stands, the title seems to be a reference to a “classic” porn film from the 70s.
According to The Quietus, the EP represents a bit of a stylistic shift for Laurel Halo, integrating more elements of Detroit techno and contemporary UK club music. These four tracks will reportedly be “dancefloor-ready,” as opposed to the really socially awkward tracks off 2012’s Quarantine (TMT Review) which, when asked to join their friends on the dancefloor mostly hemmed and hawed and ended up hiding in the bathroom for most of the night with the cool kids. And sure, like the porn it references, this EP will probably be available for free on the Internet, but you can also buy it from Hyperdub on May 20 if you’re not, you know, a freeloading jerkface.
Behind the Green Door tracklist:
04. Sex Mission
Up, up, down, down, A, B, A, B, left, right, right, left, A, A, up, down, select, start, then select and start at the same time. If you do it right, that’s the cheat code you’ll need to release an awesome nugget of news about Adventure’s new album! Oh shit, I just spoiled the surprise. You should still try that out next time you’re playing your old NES (any game should do the trick), but here’s the DL in the meantime: Baltimore’s Benny Boeldt is set to drop a new Adventure record right into your cartridge slot on April 30 courtesy of Carpark Records. THIS April 30. Line up outside the GameStop and then when it’s time, walk over to the Best Buy next door, find out they don’t have anything worth buying, then go to your local record store and buy the new Adventure record, titled Weird Work.
The new album definitely has a more evolved IDM vibe (think old, REALLY fun Squarepusher), but each track still sounds like it could be the background music for any given Mega Man level (this is a good thing). Hear first single and final album track “Happiness” below.
Weird Work tracklist:
01. Days Off
02. Laser Blast
05. Reality Shift
08. Catching Up