Half Japanese don their crop-top kimonos to announce Overjoyed, their first LP in 13 years

The Japanese have a word called karōshi that translates to “death from overwork.” There’s no English word for it, because we don’t typically have that problem here in the States (or in England, I suppose, but I’m too lazy to verify that). In fact, I was supposed to finish this article hours ago, but instead I read a BuzzFeed article titled “24 Horrifying Animal Panorama Fails That Will Haunt Your Dreams.” And you know what? It was one of the best BuzzFeed articles I’ve ever read in my life.

Half Japanese (a band that is actually not the least bit Japanese) are a couple of guys that don’t have to worry about karōshi either, as they’ve been dormant for almost a decade and a half. And while I respect their contribution to the industry of indolence, I’m not about to write a 12-song LP everybody loves any time soon, so thanks for taking care of that, Jad and David.

Titled Overjoyed, this new Half Japanese LP was produced by Deerhoof’s John Dieterich and features 12 new songs of avant-pop that we’ve all come to enjoy and watch blossom over the past four decades (assuming that you’re 60 years old). So much has changed in the 13 years since their last LP — there’s iPhones with guitar tuners built in (which I almost guarantee weren’t used in the production of this album)! The album is out September 3 on Joyful Noise, and promises the band “at their most accomplished, aggressive, and approachable.” What a bunch of show offs.

Overjoyed tracklist:

01. In Its Pull
02. Meant To Be That Way
03. Brave Enough
04. Do It Nation
05. The Time Is Now
06. Our Love
07. Shining Star
08. Each Other’s Arms
09. Overjoyed And Thankful
10. We Are Sure
11. As Good Can Be
12. Tiger Eyes

• Half Japanese/Jad Fair: http://www.jadfair.org
• Joyful Noise: http://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com

Death Grips announce breakup

Crazy day for music, readers. James Ferraro released a new mixtape, Scott Walker + sunn O))) announced a collaboration, Dean Blunt took over Rinse FM, and now THIS (from Death Grips’ Facebook page):

we are now at our best and so Death Grips is over. we have officially stopped. all currently scheduled live dates are canceled. our upcoming double album “the powers that b” will still be delivered worldwide later this year via Harvest/Third Worlds Records. Death Grips was and always has been a conceptual art exhibition anchored by sound and vision. above and beyond a “band”. to our truest fans, please stay legend.

Skepticism abounds, but it’d be a weird prank, no? Listen to niggas on the moon while you think about what you’ll do post-Death Grips.

• Death Grips: http://thirdworlds.net
• Harvest: http://www.harvestrecords.com

Príncipe announces new EP from Tia Maria Produções

The incredible Príncipe imprint has been releasing remarkable experimental Afro-Portuguese dance music over the last year. With releases from artists such as TMT favorites DJ Marfox (whose recent Lucky Punch EP landed in our EUREKA! section) and DJ Nigga Fox, the label has done a great deal to expand the audience for these musical styles, which have grown out of the ghettos of Lisbon, from local to global. Their latest release comes from a crew of producers 20 years old and younger who operate under the moniker Tia Maria Produções. Composed of Puto Márcio, DJ B.Boy, DJ Télio, and DJ Lycox, their debut EP is called Tá Tipo Já Não Vamos Morer, which translates to “It’s like we won’t die anymore.” It’s out in July, and like all Príncipe releases, it comes in an individually hand-painted sleeve.

Check out DJ B.Boy’s hypnotic track “Moh Cota,” as well as the EP’s tracklist, below.

Tracklist:

01. 7 Maravilhas (Damas da Cor do Pecado) (produced by DJ Télio)
02. O Tempo Da Vida (produced by DJ Lycox)
03. Moh Cota (produced by DJ B.Boy)
04. Underground (produced by DJ Lycox)
05. Hino Da Noite (produced by DJ B.Boy & Puto Márcio)
06. Tia Maria Da Vida (produced by Puto Márcio)

• Tia Maria Produções: https://soundcloud.com/tia-maria-produ-es
• Príncipe: http://principediscos.wordpress.com

Jason Lescalleet announces July tour dates, records himself announcing July tour dates, manipulates it to stunning effect

Wouldn’t you know it? Even though this awesome thing happened much more recently, tape-music, found-sound, and collage sculptor extraordinaire Jason Lescalleet has been touring the good ol’ US of A since the good ol’ S P of Ringtime to screen his short film Trophy Tape, a “collection of thirteen mini-films” that correspond to the thirteen respective tracks off his crappy old 2012 album, Songs About Nothing. Psych! Yeah, who are we kidding? We loved the shit out of that one too… Buddies Aaron Dilloway, C. Spencer Yeh, Justin Meyers, and Olivia Block are all involved, though, and I’m sure that we probably hate some of their records!

Anyway, so yeah; I guess here’s the obvious punchline of the news story: now there’s more dates announced so that he can screen the film some more places (actually, some of them are just regular old shows, but never mind that… I’ve already come too far!). Maybe one of those places is a place in which you live and/or like to visit? If so, check out the trailer for the film down below. But yo; don’t get all-mesmerized and forget to keep scrolling down to look for your most appropriate date and city afterwards. I ain’t gonna chase you down about this shit like I did that other time.

Tour date Lescall-deetails:

07.10.14 - Montreal, QC - La Vitrola
07.13.14 - Chicago, IL - The Burlington
07.14.14 - Minneapolis, MN - White Page ‡
07.15.14 - Iowa City, IA - Trumpet Blossom
07.16.14 - Louisville, KY - Dreamland ‡
07.17.14 - Lexington, KY - Farrish Theater ‡
07.17.14 - Lexington, KY - Al’s Bar
07.18.14 - Nashville, TN - Emma Bistro
07.19.14 - Chattanooga, TN - Barking Legs Theater ‡
07.20.14 - Columbia, SC - Conundrum
07.21.14 - Chapel Hill, NC - Nightlight
07.22.14 - Baltimore, MD - Red Room
07.23.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Shop
09.06.14 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival

‡ screening of Trophy Tape

• Jason Lescalleet: http://lescalleet.wordpress.com

Google buys Songza, plans to fire its soulless playlist-making robots in favor of actual humans with feelings

So if you’re the type of person who follows the exciting intrigue of companies eating other companies and then farting them out as printer ink and new types of remote controls then you probably already have the skinny on Google buying Songza (maybe you heard from Pitchfork). The two companies have reportedly been in talks for a minute about the deal. Maybe you’re sitting there all like “companies eating other companies, and then farting them out? That doesn’t sound very business-like or factual.” If so, stick around and learn a thing or two.

Songza is a music curation streaming service. That means you go to it when you’re like “I want to listen to some music but I don’t really want to pick what I’m going to listen to.” So you futz around with the thing for a bit telling it a bit about your situation — maybe you’re hanging with your buddy Carl, and you just ate a bunch of hot wings, and you’re looking to head out to the club later — and then, shabam, out pops a playlist. What’s “special” and “disruptive” about Songza is the fact that these playlists aren’t generated by an algorithm or a robot but by actual people. Wow, actual people telling me what to listen to? Sounds an awful lot like my ex-wife if you ask me! HAHA!

Anyhow, Google is looking to integrate Songza’s playlists into their Google Play Music system (which they announced last summer). There’s also rumors that it will somehow be integrated into the recently announced YouTube-based streaming service that everyone’s so bummed about. Google apparently shelled out $15 million for the deal. For their part, Songza says that “no immediate changes to Songza are planned, other than making it faster, smarter, and even more fun to use.” Cool? Cool.

• Songza: http://songza.com
• Google: https://www.google.com

FMLY FEST MPLS 2014 seeking donations via Indiegogo — do a good thing!

Haven’t done your good deed for the week yet? Too tired to walk outside and help an old lady cross the street? Too disenchanted by critical theory to make a donation to some anti-deforestation non-profit? Just feeling down about yourself and have a reflective, if-I-help-someone-else-it-helps-me-smile kinda personality?

Then look no further than the bike-friendly City of Lakes, my friend. FMLY Fest is coming to South Minneapolis August 3-9, and they need your help to pull it off! For the unacquainted, FMLY Fest is a roving festival that sets up shop in various cities including NYC, L.A., Phoenix, Boston, and Orlando, and pulls mainly from local talent and organizers to make the whole shebang happen. Word is they’ve become completely solar-powered in some instances. On top of that, the FMLY does not accept corporate sponsorship — this shit is 4 the ppl.

FMLY Fest MPLS 2014 really packs in the fun, from the looks of it. August 3-7 will see a smattering of block parties, BBQs, house parties, conspiracy theory seminars (omg), and guitar pedal and synth-building workshops taking place throughout the city. After the dust clears from that inevitable orgy, 35 local and national acts will take the stage at In the Heart of the Beast Theatre on August 8 and 9. This climactic moment will also feature live video projection, a zine/art marketplace, and an “ambient chill out video game cave.”

In order to take care of venue rental and PA costs, FMLY Fest is attempting to raise $1000 through Indiegogo. There are plenty of cool, one-of-a-kind art and music rewards available, so head over there and help them out before all the best stuff gets snatched up.

Still not convinced? Check out a promo video below, then head here to listen to/download a free mixtape featuring every performer!

FMLY Fest MPLS 2014 lineup:

555
American Cream
Animal Lover
Chiffon
Claps
Earring
Farms
Fort Wilson Riot
France Camp
Frankie Teardrop
Kitten Forever
Little Ruckus
Little Spoon
Lord Scrummage
Lungs
Meth Dad
Michael Paralax
Pen Test
Persona La Ave
Pony Bwoy
Radio Brovold
Sativa Flats
Shakin Babies
Some Pulp
Surfer Gurl
Teenage Moods
Tender Meat
The Funeral and the Twilight
The Hecks
The Velveteens
Vacation Dad
Vats
Wage Theft
Waveless

• FMLY Fest MPLS 2014: http://www.fmlyfest.org/fmlyfestmpls

Scott Walker and sunn O))) working together on an album for 4AD

HEY DID YOU HAPPEN TO SEE THIS BIT OF NEWS ABOUT A NEW PROJECT CALLED SCOTT O))) I WAS 17 TRACKS DEEP INTO NEW FERRARO AND THEN I SAW A TWEET FROM 4AD WITH THAT IMAGE ABOVE AND AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT WAS ONE OF THOSE FUNNY SHIRTS BUT THEN MY HEADPHONES SHOT OFF AND I WAS ON MY COMPUTER TYPING REALLY LOUDLY AND FORMATTING THE IMAGE TO BE OPTIMIZED FOR A TMT NEWS POST

AND THEN I INFORMED OUR READERS THAT SCOTT WALKER AND SUNN O))) ARE COLLABORATING ON A PROJECT FOR 4AD RECORDS AND ACCORDING TO THE QUIETUS IT IS CONFIRMED THAT THERE IS AN ALBUM COMING LATER IN THE YEAR HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLY SHIT

NO OTHER INFO YET BUT THERE IS A WEBSITE TO REFRESH SO START REFRESHING

OR PLAY THESE TWO VIDEOS AT THE SAME TIME

• scott O))): http://scott-o.com
• 4AD: http://4ad.com

Shellac announce new LP Dude Incredible; finally, someone’s giving the great Dude Incredible the recognition he deserves

On September 16, Touch and Go will release the first album from Shellac in seven years, following 2007’s Excellent Italian Greyhound. The album was recorded at Steve Albini’s own Electrical Audio studios in Chicago, and it’s titled Dude Incredible. But before you get all excited and start high-fiving your “bros,” saying, “dude, incredible” and other hackneyed platitudes like “gnarly,” or “awesome,” or “tight,” know this: as the album’s press release asserts, “there is no comma in ‘Dude Incredible’; like Sir Duke or King Friday for example.” Seeing as this title is not some empty affirmation like the common dullards out there may assume, it could only be an homage to the legendary Dude Incredible.

What’s that? You say you’ve never heard of this legendary Dude Incredible? Well, I dare say we’re both in for a treat then: you who receives the gift of knowing just one of the great man’s multitudinous exploits, and I who enjoys the pleasure of regaling you with it. Oh what a joyous day!

Dude Incredible began his life as a humble orphan on the streets of Kentucky. He made his first fortune at the dog track, picking the pockets of spectators as they watched the races. Eventually, he amassed enough sawbucks to buy the arena and quickly converted it into the world’s first horse-racing track. People came in droves to witness this exciting innovation to the world of gambling, astounded by the ingenuity of Dude Incredible. But oh, he was just getting started. Next stop was the world of traveling entertainment, where he would genetically engineer the carny and change history forever.

But that is a story for another day, and one that will undoubtedly be best told by Shellac.

Dude Incredible tracklist:

01. Dude Incredible
02. Compliant
03. You Came in Me
04. Riding Bikes
05. All the Surveyors
06. The People’s Microphone
07. Gary
08. Mayor/Surveyor
09. Surveyor

• Shellac: http://www.touchandgorecords.com/bands/band.php?id=22
• Touch and Go: http://touchandgorecords.com

Elisa Ambrogio (of Magik Markers) surrenders to the solo album impulse; The Immoralist out in October on Drag City

“Every dark night has its Dostoevsky,” Elisa Ambrogio once said, so who better to breathe some heavy meaning into the perpetual bleakness of 2014 than the puke-poet herself? Yes ma’am, after 50+ releases with main outfit Magik Markers and a couple with main squeeze Ben Chasny, Ambrogio is paring it down even further with a solo album called The Immoralist, out on October 21 through Drag City. I’m going to guess that the title at least partially refers to André Gide’s 1902 novel; the Markers have always had a major literary bent to complement all the mouth-breathing, and the book’s little wiki-description even sounds like a solid assessment of the band: “[w]hat some see as a story of dereliction, others see as a tale of introspection and self-discovery.”

Since the question of acoustic Ambrogio has already been answered with 200 Years, there’s really no reason to expect an MTV Unplugged 2.0 from The Immoralist. In fact, the press release is making it sound like a fully lipgloss’d pop record, with steady drums, “cheerleader chants,” and layered vocal harmonies in the style of… uh… you know, Wilson Phillips. But with an edge. Like, instead of having Brian Wilson as her dad, she’s got Waka Flocka Flame. And her mom is Peter Laughner. Anyway, fuck a reference point. Elisa Ambrogio, singer/songwriter, has 10 fully realized songs and they’re getting stuffed into your ears in October whether you like it or not. Until then, browse the backlog.

The Immoralist tracklist:

01. Superstitious
02. Reservoir
03. Mary Perfectly
04. Clarinet Queen
05. Kylie
06. Far From Home
07. Stopped Clocks
08. Comers
09. Fever Sealed Yes Forever
10. Arkansas

• Elisa Ambrogio: http://invisiblemotor.tumblr.com
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Tennis announce fall tour supporting new album Ritual in Repeat, out in September

Remember when Tennis was just a game you played next to the handball courts? Nowadays when you hear the word your head goes all woozy-like with nostalgic organs and girl group sing-songy-ness. This fall I can guarantee that will keep happening and your head will fill with even more Tennis songs for you to sing on the handball court. Ah, sports jokes. We don’t make enough of those around here… *mumbles something incoherent about the World Cup*

September 9 is the day that Tennis will release their new full-length offering, Ritual in Repeat. They’ll also be on tour starting in late September, so prepare by checking out this new track, “Never Work for Free” (and grab it from their website for free):

Ritual in Repeat tracklist:

01. Night Vision
02. Never Work for Free
03. Needle and a Knife
04. I’m Callin’
05. Bad Girls
06. Timothy
07. Viv without the N
08. Wounded Heart
09. This Isn’t My Song
10. Solar on the Rise
11. Meter & Line

Dates:

09.18.14 - St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room
09.19.14 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
09.20.14 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
09.22.14 - Orlando, FL - The Social
09.24.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
09.25.14 - Washington, DC - The Black Cat
09.26.14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
09.27.14 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
09.29.14 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
09.30.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
10.02.14 - Montreal, QC - La Vitrole
10.03.14 - Toronto, ON - Virgin Mobile Mod Club
10.04.14 - Columbus, OH - A&R Music Bar
10.05.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10.07.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
10.17.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.18.14 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
10.20.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
10.21.14 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
10.22.14 - Portland, OR - Wonder Room
10.24.14 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
10.25.14 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
10.26.14 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
10.29.14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
11.01.14 - Austin, TX - Red 7
11.02.14 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
11.04.14 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
11.05.14 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
11.07.14 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater

• Tennis: http://www.tennis-music.com
• Communion: http://communionmusic.com