We’ve all been there. Your college roommate gets married and moves out, so you trawl Craigslist for a suitable replacement. You find someone who seems normal enough, and he moves in. He brings his parakeet. He listens to The Joshua Tree 24/7. He eats all your lunch meat. He eventually murders you. Roommates suck! As evinced by his self-released album under the brand new Monkeybone alias, my boy Gobby knows. It’s called The Roommate, and though it doesn’t contain tracks entitled “There is Parakeet Shit in my Closet” or “I Have Become a Craigslist-Related Statistic” — apparently not all of my experiences are universal — it does contain relatable titles like “His Party Mess” and “The Lost Charger Fight.” Like I said, we’ve all been there.
Anyway, Gobby told Resident Advisor that The Roommate, in addition to being about a terrible roommate, is supposed to highlight his “techno” and “experimental” side — “whatever you want to call noisy techno,” he says. If I had my way, we’d call it “the musical representation of what I’d do to a parakeet if I saw one and wasn’t so averse to violence,” but again, probably not all that universal. You can decide what you want to call it, as you listen to the whole thing below.
The Roommate tracklist:
01. He Moves In
02. GF: Extra Keys
03. His Party Mess
04. The Lost Charger Fight
• Gobby: http://www.gobbygobby.com
After more than 15 years of mostly scrambling the minds of his listeners with his trademark glitchy electronic music and subverting the dominant pop paradigm with classics like The Action Packed Mentallist Brings You the Fucking Jams, Kid606 (a.k.a. Miguel De Pedro) has decided to refill his prescriptions, and the result is Recollected Ambient Works Vol.1: Bored of Excitement, which is set to be released May 19 via his label Tigerbeat6.
Instead of hyperactive beat-scrambling, Recollected Ambient Works Vol.1: Bored of Excitement, as the name suggests, will be a collection of straight-up piano-based ambient tracks. According to Kid606, the shift in direction follows a rough patch in Berlin replete with “a brief but laughable suicidal idealization (involving some heavy analog synthesizers and the Paul-Lincke-Ufer Canal directly beside my Kreuzberg apartment),” which saw him decide to move back to Los Angeles and focus on creating “a crazy Meditation-Yoga-New Age-Shamanic-Psychotherapy trip” as part of his recovery.
The results deliver just that in a seven-part meditation, with each track, if the titles are a reliable indication, focused on a different minor key. The results are unexpected. The results are also so beautiful you’ll want to hold the hand of the closest person and weep.
Recollected Ambient Works Vol.1: Bored of Excitement tracklist:
01. A minor
02. B minor
03. C minor
04. D minor
05. E minor
06. F minor
07. G minor
• Kid606: http://www.tigerbeat6.com
The-Dream starts “art label” with Jay Z called Contra Paris, because he’s basically the coolest person ever
So, The-Dream is starting a new label with Jay Z. Yes. This is magic. But what kiiiiind of label, The-Dream? I mean, dude is allied with Hov’s Roc Nation management company, so you can assume hip-hop, right? WRONG. Because it’s so much more; it’s like a record label inside of a conceptual art project inside of a faith in the beauty of the human spirit and the limitless creativity of the true artist inside of Korean-Mexican fusion tacos (come on, you know that shit is genius).
See, The-Dream, along with longtime collabo buddy Tricky Stewart, are working with Jay Z to start an “art label” called Contra Paris, whose focus is “art overall, period,” downtown NYC art scene circa 1980 style, y’all. Take it, The-Dream: “We’ve got these young guys who can be Basquiat with great gifts and I want to couple my music with them and make sure that their shit is being seen because I think that’s what was so great in the 80s,” he tells Hotnewhiphop.com, because The Dream is the dopest and so wonderful he’s gotta be from Narnia.
• Contra Paris: http://www.contra-paris.com
Update: TMT contacted Rudy for further details, and he clarified that this is not a “reunion,” among other things: “Well, we have yet to finalise the details - it is a festival in the south of England is all I can say right now — very small, very artistic. I have yet to sort the players, the set list, the rider (hee hee) but I am very excited and looking forward massively.”
The revered abstract-pop band A.R. Kane have announced plans for a show in the upcoming summer. The English duo, who coined the phrase “dream pop,” revealed its intentions to assemble a new touring band and to play at least one show in England in August via a Facebook post. A.R. Kane had officially broken up in 1994, which would make this their first foray into the spotlight in over two decades. So far at least, Rudy Tambala seems to be the only original member involved.
Putting together some players and playing a gig this summer.
It will be A.R.Kane material.
It will be noisy. Mostly. And a bit quiet. In places.
Details to be confirmed almost soon.
Naturally, more details are yet to emerge, but the duo is known for its ability to spin brilliance out of thin air: A.R. Kane was birthed as the joke Tambala invented to explain how he knew Alex Ayuli (a childhood friend, in reality), and when they were suddenly signed before even writing a song, on the basis of their description of the band’s sound as “a bit Velvet Underground, a bit Cocteau Twins, a bit Miles Davis, a bit Joni Mitchell,” they managed to put together a convincing-enough band with their friends and siblings, when requested to audition. The point is, we have evidence to remain optimistic, despite any documented “dreams.”
Formed in 1986 by Alex Ayuli and Rudy Tambala, A.R. Kane sits in the intersection of ethereal pop and groove-based music, mastering dream-pop’s sensual elegance, but also breaking ground for shoegaze, trip-hop, dubbed-out ambient, and even post-rock with their mixture of experimental rock, hazy melodies, and psychedelic currents, held together by an otherworldly veneer. Ahead of their time and unable to fit neither in the late post-punk narrative nor in the indie scene (and perhaps stifled by a racially prejudiced environment — the dreadlocked, feedback-sculpting duo was affectionately nicknamed “the black Jesus and Mary Chain”), A.R. Kane had released three strong albums before splitting up, none of which quite managed to strike them a large following. Working with financially-troubled labels didn’t help either, explaining the band’s ephemeral — albeit influential — career. Unsung for a very long time, A.R. Kane have begun to consolidate a cult status via reissues (including the Pump up the volume single, their collaboration with 4AD-labelmates Colourbox under the M|A|R|R|S name). A show this summer would be a nice way to further A.R. Kane’s consecration.
• A.R. Kane: http://arkane.co.uk
Mingiedi Mawangu passed away last night, in Kinshasa. He was 85. He founded Konono No.1 in the 1960s and invented his own electrified likembe, which gave Konono No.1 its distinctive sound. He led the band and toured with them until a few years ago.
He will be dearly missed by his son Augustin and the rest of the band. The funeral will take place next week.
• Konono N°1: http://bit.ly/1b80ONz
Well, I already told you this once, but I like saying things twice, so here we go: on April 28 saxophonist Colin Stetson and violinist Sarah Neufeld have a collaborative album coming out on Constellation. It’s called Never were the way she was, and it “charts an expansive sonic trajectory with a multiplicity of structures and voicings that belies the fundamental economy of two acoustic instruments combining in real time.” Well, gosh dang! Are we all up to speed now? Should I repeat myself some more? Well, I already told you this once, but I like… just kidding! I’ve got new info to share, too. Like the fact that the duo recently released a pretty slick new video for the “The rest of us,” a.k.a., track six on Never were the way she was.
And by golly, that’s not it. The duo has also recently announced a set of North American dates throughout the month of June. And that’s on top of some European dates in April and May, and solo dates for each artist stretching all the way from May to August. That’s a lot of dates! Attempt to visually interpret ‘em all below.
Never were the way she was tracklist:
01.The sun roars into view
02. Won’t be a thing to become
03. In the vespers
04. And still they move
05. With the dark hug of time
06. The rest of us
07. Never were the way she was
04.17.15 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall *
04.18.15 - Vienna, AT - Porgy & Bess Jazz & Music Club *
04.20.15 - Zagreb, HR - Kset *
04.22.15 - Copenhagen, DK - Jazzhouse *
04.23.15 - Oslo, NO - Victoria - Nasjonal Jazzscene *
04.24.15 - Bergen, NO - Sardinen, USF *
04.25.15 - Trondheim, NO - Dokkhuset Scene *
04.28.15 - Gent, BE - Handelsbeurs Concert Hall *
04.30.15 - Rotterdam, NL - Lantaren Venster *
05.01.15 - Groningen, NL - De Oosterpoort *
05.02.15 - Amsterdam, NL - Club Cross Linx *
05.03.15 - Eindhoven, NL - Effenaar *
05.26.15 - Orpheum Theatre - Madison, WI *
05.27.15 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant #
05.28.15 - Louisville, KY - W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre #
05.29.15 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room #
05.30.15 - Nelsonville, OH - Nelsonville Music Festival $
05.31.15 - Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theatre #
06.02.15 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte #
06.03.15 - Richmond, VA - The National #
06.09.15 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall *
06.10.15 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa *
06.11.15 - Montreal, QC -La Sala Rossa *
06.12.15 - Quebec, QC -Le Cercle *
06.14.15 - Burlington, VT - Burlington Discover Jazz Festival *
06.16.15 - New York, NY -Bowery Ballroom *
06.17.15 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre *
06.18.15 - Somerville, MA - Arts At The Armory *
06.19.15 - Portsmouth, NH - 3S Artspace *
07.16.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center @
07.17.15 - 07.18.15 - Eaux Claires, WI - Eaux Claires Festival @
07.23.15 - Dawson, YT - Dawson City Music Festival @
07.25.15 - Calgary, AB - Calgary Folk Festival @
08.01.15 - 08.02.15 - Whistler, BC - Wanderlust Festival $
* Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld
@ Colin Stetson
# Sarah Neufeld, St. Vincent
$ Sarah Neufeld
Attention people who love lining up outside of record stores at 4 AM and trampling dudes in long-unwashed jackets in order to get a limited-edition music box with a ballerina inside of it, but instead of a ballerina, it’s a little figure of Jack White spinning around, and it plays the new Jack White single and it costs $20, but you can flip it on eBay in a few hours for $500 — yep, attention, you people: there’s a new Record Store Day release on the block!!! Well, actually two, and they’re from Northern Spy, so it’s, like, good music instead of a novelty condom that has the lyrics to Beck’s new single engraved within the ribbing.
Here’s what they have: a special reworked/remixed/what-have-you version of Cloud Nothings’ Here and Nowhere Else, featuring a bunch of faaaaabulous Ohioans. They also have a double LP version of the 2014 release of Arto Lindsay’s Encyclopedia of Arto, which includes Lindsay-selected tracks from his solo albums written between 1996-2004 plus solo voice/guitar reworkings of album tracks, as well as Prince and Al Green covers.
Ready your tramplin’ shoes, ya nerds, because Record Store Day 2015 is almost upon us!!!
• Northern Spy: http://northernspyrecords.com
Weber is the avant-garde synthpunk/Kraut/something project of a fella named, appropriately enough, Philipp Weber. The Leipzig, Germany resident is also half of the drum/synth/guitar Krautrock duo Webermichelson, a Holger Records mainstay. Weber’s debut album, called simply, eins, came out a year ago. These Leipzigians, they are economical with their naming possibilities.
Now Weber is back! With a release called zwei! (It means “two” in German.) There’s a little bit of dance noise happening on this one, with of course a good dose of experimentation and cold synthy nighttime sounds. The six-track recording comes in both digital and 12-inch vinyl formats and is available on May 18.
A3. Dr. Clapper
A4. The Bug
B1. B1 / Warten
• Holger Records: http://holger-records.com
PC Music affiliate Maxo unveils the Chordslayer EP, replete with G#min7add11, Ebmin7/Db, and Amaj9/C chords
Maxo is a pop virtuoso best known for his track “Snow Other,” the seventh single from PC Music. But the NY resident toils happily (and prolifically) on the fringes of that London-based “scene.” In fact, his music, while certainly rooted in the pristine pop adopted by PC Music, also takes influence from chiptune music, with a loose, jammy/jazzy/proggy quality due largely to his exploratory keyboard chops that complicate chordal definitions through extensions, suspensions, additions, augmentations, and all manner of hats.
His latest release is called Chordslayer, and true to its name and his style, Maxo slays through these chords with aplomb, tickling the synthetic ivories to open up the harmonies and destabalize their root notes. It’s a pretty thrilling listen that’s made even more thrilling by its own dedicated website, which details in real-time each and every chord change: G#maj9, Amaj9/C, Gsus13, Cmin11, G#min7add11, G7, Bsus9, G#9, Ebmin7/Db — all of your favorites make appearances on this bad boy. Even B!
Check out Chordslayer below (or, better yet, at the EP’s website). You might recognize the first track. ;)
01. Snow Other
02. Reach You
03. Bishonen Line
06. Sunset BB feat. meesh
• Maxo: http://chordslayer.com
There’s a pretty short list of things I could imagine myself doing six times in the month of May. Some of them I won’t list because we’re in mixed company, and others of them I won’t list because I don’t know how to spell them. However, among those things that I would definitely do six times in May, I would definitely include playing shows in North America as Fit of Body, the solo project of the label head of Atlanta’s Harsh Riddims Blood Sucking Cassette Co. I don’t know why, it just sounds fun. Of course, I am no such label head, and indeed I never will be. But, Fit of Body is planning to live my month-of-May dream and take his wobbly drum machine-driven jams on a North American tour. He’s even bringing along a couple of Atlantan cohorts in Ginko and Pamela_and her sons, the latter of whom you might remember for their direction of Guerilla Toss’s “367 Equalizer” video.
Speaking of music videos, watch the video for Fit of Body’s “House (Music)” below. It’s a track off of the recently released Health is Wealth Vol. 1. The dates are below.
05.04.2015 - Atlanta, GA - Eyedrum
05.05.2015 - Athens, GA - Go Bar, 5 Mayo Festival
05.06.2015 - Raleigh, NC - Prisma Video
05.07.2015 - Baltimore, MD - The Crown #
05.11.2015 - Montreal,QC - House Show
05.13.2015 - New York, NY - Alphaville $
# Shy Violet
$ Nicholas Nicholas