Alex Zhang Hungtai retires Dirty Beaches alias, possibly after increasing pressures from Greenpeace

Aw, man. And I was just starting to get used to the idea that every beach I ever go to should rightly resemble a filthy abrasive pile of vomit-y dogshit! Oh well. What can you do?

Well, actually, I guess the most reasonable human thing would be to quickly look around for a scapegoat. Hmm. Personally, I blame Exclaim for cluing me into the fact that Canadian mastermind Alex Zhang Hungtai — erstwhile creator of such VH1 classic albums as 2011’s Badlands and 2013’s Drifters/Love is the Devil — has “decided to end the project.” And while he hasn’t really cited a specific reason for doing so, fans can rest assured that the man’s musicmaking will continue one way or another after Dirty Beaches gets buried in the syringe-littered sand, as he has duly assured everyone who counts in this world via Twitter that “its sad to say goodbye to DB, but rest assured NEW PROJECTS NEW MUSIC COMING SOON 2015.” Bam! See? Not just assurance… but CAPSLOCK assurance! That’s the best kind. I ASSURE YOU.

Luckily, he’s not ending DB prior to the release of his instrumental LP Stateless that’s due out next week, because we already deftly reported on that shit, and that would be SO CONFUSING for the internet when the contradiction ripped a giant hole in the spacetime continuum and whatnot.

• Dirty Beaches: http://www.myspace.com/dirtybeaches
• Zoo Music: http://www.killzoomusic.com

Sasha Grey and Jayceeoh release single, announce tour

When Sasha Grey goes for something, girl goes hard. And no, that’s not just, like, some less-than-sly reference to her time in the adult film industry; it’s a toast to this woman’s commitment to whatever art project she decides to take on, whether it’s porn, acting, her photography book NEÜ SEX, her novel The Juliette Society, or her many collaborations with similarly-minded provocateurs like Current 93, X-TG (Throbbing Gristle), Lee Scratch Perry, and aTelecine. And now the many-talented Ms. Grey is collaborating with her producer/DJ pal Jayceeoh in one of her most controversial moves yet: entering the world of EDM.

The duo’s debut track “Heat of the Night” featuring Bella is a hands-in-the-air party track — a far cry from the demonic experimentalism of aTelecine. Apparently, DJ Sasha Grey has been tearing up dancefloors from Ukraine to Mexico, so it should come as no surprise that girlfriend doesn’t just like sitting in dark corners chanting weird shit in Latin. For further evidence, tour dates are listed below. Nary a dark castle to lurk in, but instead, Goa. Guys… Goa. Also, there’s a boat. There are two days on a boat. Honestly at this point, Grey could get really into the slow food movement (fuck, she probably already is) and write a cookbook on living off the land… Italian style!!! And no one would be surprised.

11.13.14 - Taguig (Manila), Philippines - Hyve
11.15.14 - New Delhi, India - Kitty Su
11.16.14 - Goa, India - Beach Grind Festival
11.21.14 - Hong Kong - Dragon-i
11.23.14 - At Sea - It’s The Ship (Cruise)
11.24.14 - At Sea - It’s The Ship (Cruise)
11.27.14 - Jakarta, Indonesia - Domain
11.28.14 - Bali, Indonesia - Stark Experience
11.29.14 - Seoul, Korea - Club Vanguard
12.05.14 - Perth, Australia - Villa
12.06.14 - Melbourne, Australia - Anyway at The Palace
12.07.14 - Sydney, Australia - Marco Polo
12.07.14 - Adelaide, Australia - Zhivago

• Sasha Grey: http://www.sashagrey.com
• Jayceeoh: http://jayceeoh.com

Domo Genesis still high enough to release new mixtape, Under the Influence 2

Odd Future cohort Domo Genesis has teased listeners that he would release both a new mixtape and a debut solo studio album before the end of the year. We can at least confirm one of these. On November 5, Genesis will pop out Under the Influence 2, a mixtape that follows up the first volume of the series, which dropped in 2011. The mixtape features a cover photo that Domo describes as “me and my mom when we were really poor, my face isn’t showing, but she still smiles. It’s like a symbol of perseverance in a way to me…that it’s about more than money and that I was already happy before it.”

Genesis has stayed busy this year, appearing on two standouts from the Freddie Gibbs/Madlib massacre that was Piñata, as well as featuring on newer records from Step Brothers and Dilated Peoples. Under the Influence 2 will be available direct from the Odd Future website. Until that rolls out, we’ve got “STRICTLY4MYNIGGAZ” for you to stream below.

• Domo Genesis: http://domogenesis.tumblr.com
• Odd Future: http://www.oddfuture.com

Evian Christ to sell 500 pairs of underwear with his name on them, because what would Jesus do?

Guys! How can it be that no one has had this idea before?? I mean, it clearly worked out super-well for Marty McFly back in good old 1955 in the movies. Seems like a no-brainer!

Well, IRREGARDLESS of no brains and shit; leave it to our our crisp, clean, and holy bottled water messiah Evian Christ to finally have the wherewithal to “produce” the idea of “500 pairs of Calvin Klein-style boxer shorts to sell as merchandise” with his name printed on the band (where Calvin Klein’s name ordinarily goes). Because, according to our friends at FACT, that’s exactly what he done-did.

Apparently, the idea came to him NOT after eating a pot pizza and watching Back to the Future on Blu-ray, but rather, the same place where all good ideas usually come from: his girlfriend. See, she bought him a couple of pairs “as a joke for my birthday […] and people started asking me how to buy them. And I was like, maybe I should make some — then, when I posted the photo on Twitter, The Guardian wrote an article about it, and it just kind of blew up for some reason. So yeah, it just kind of rolled from there and now I’m set with 500 pairs of boxer shorts in my studio with my name on them.” The results will now be available for your consumption — in packs of three, naturally — at the upcoming Evian Christ’s Trance Party that he’s hosting on Halloween at Corsica Studios in London.

There you go. Simple as that, folks. Well, except for the fact that he actually didn’t mean to order 500 pairs of them, but “communication issues” with the manufacturers, you know, being Chinese… sort of resulted in a hilariously sexy customs snafu. According to a conversation Christ had with The FADER, "Ideally I would have got 100. And then they got held up in customs in the UK, I didn’t realize you had to pay a huge customs charge, I had these boxers just like trapped. I had to declare that there were 500 boxer shorts with ‘Evian Christ’ on them. It’s been a real journey.”

But in the end, isn’t that what LIFE is, my friends? It’s like a wise man probably once said: it’s not about getting to the finish line; it’s really about the novelty undergarments that you accidentally over-order along the way…

• Evian Christ: http://www.evianchrist.com
• Tri Angle: http://tri-anglerecords.com

Luna reunite after 10 years for Spanish tour

The much-loved 90s band Luna has just announced a reunion tour for 2015. The US indie four-piece will reconvene for the first time in a decade to play several shows in Spain next year. More details are yet to surface, but they have so far confirmed seven dates in mid-to-late April, covering big cities like Madrid and Valencia, as well as medium-sized destinations. Barcelona is conspicuously left off the list, which probably means Luna will be visiting the Catalan capital during the festival season — a good sign that there may be more shows in the works. Let’s just say we’d be very surprised if Luna restricts their reunion tour to Cádiz and Zaragoza.

Luna was founded by Galaxie 500’s Dean Wareham in 1991, with its latest/current lineup also including Britta Philips, Lee Wall, and Sean Eden. An indie supergroup of sorts, given that the band’s earliest incarnation featured The Feelies’ Stan Demeski and The Feel’s Justin Harwood, Luna remained active until 2005, garnering critical acclaim and a handful of loyal fans. The band released seven albums during their tenure, some very much in the The Velvet Underground tradition of NY rock, others tinted with a sun-drenched romanticism reminiscent of classic West Coast pop rock. The band’s reunited lineup was active from 1999 to their dissolution in 2005.

Although Luna broke up on quite amicable terms, their reunion is rather unexpected. Last summer, they had been seen hanging out in casual pictures posted to the various members’ social media profiles, but no buzz of a reunion was created. Yet, just a couple of years ago, Wareham and Philips toured the Galaxie 500 catalogue. Moreover, in some promotional interviews, Wareham suggested that he had reached a stage in his career where he was willing to try new and old things alike, just for the sake of being able to do them. His first solo LP from last year was understood to be a step in such a direction, and perhaps bringing back the old band for a short Spanish tour is the next one.

Check out the currently confirmed Luna reunion tour dates below.

04.17.15 - Gijón, SP - Gijón Sound Festival
04.18.15 - Santander - Escenario Santander
04.20.15 - Madrid - Teatro Lara
04.21.15 - Cádiz - Aulario la Bomba
04.22.15 - Valencia - La Rambleta
04.24.15 - Zaragoza - Centro de Las Armas
04.25.15 - San Sebastián - Intxaurrondo

• Luna: http://www.fuzzywuzzy.com

PC Music wants you to spend your Halloween with them!

Digital lifestyle purveyors PC Music have just announced their [y(our)] plans for Halloween 2014. Details are scarce. A Facebook post this morning featuring the above photo promised a “PC Music Dead or Alive Stream” for “THIS HALLOWEEN.” The stream will feature performances by devilish alter-egos “Ghoulfriend of the Year, Danny Skel’ Harle, A.G. Spook, Evil Data,” as well as more TBA.

A link was also posted, which we can only assume will be the spot where said spooktacular will occur. Keep a lookout for more details soon.

The event takes place at these times (special thanks to super reader Kaelin!):

12pm PDT (Brookdale, California)
2pm CDT (Manteno, Illinois)
3pm EDT (Ticonderoga, New York)
7pm GMT (Pluckley, England)
8pm CET (Helsingør, Denmark)
4am (Sat) JST (Himeji, Hyōgo Prefecture)
6am (Sat) AEDT (Picton, New South Wales)

Scope thee latest from PC Music, “Sup” by Lil Data:

• PC Music: http://www.pcmusic.info

Jessica Pratt set to deliver love, hope, and a new album in 2015 via Drag City

Just a gentle reminder to you all: sure things look pretty dark and dire with the ebola/ISIS axis threatening to wipe out all traces of our existence right now, but fear not, because we have music, and music = hope, and even if our politicians don’t seem to have a vision of our future, at least Drag City can see a life for us all in 2015 filled with music — ergo, hope.

Californian folk chanteuse Jessica Pratt slowly set hearts alight with her sleeper hit album Jessica Pratt a few years back, now she’s joined forces with Drag City to bring her next missive called On Your Own Love Again on January 27, 2015 (i.e., the future).

Jessica Pratt featured on all number of year-end-lists a few years back, and you’d think that it would be nigh on impossible to top that album’s warbling beauty. But apparently not, because Drag City assure us that her debut album wasn’t ever intended to be an album in the first place; it was simply a collection of stuff she had recorded over the years since she first picked up a guitar.

On Your Own Love Again, on the other hand, has been conceived and designed as a proper album. The record was recorded in home studios that Pratt set up around San Francisco and Los Angeles over the course of two years, which her label assures us “sands the surface of her more active multi-tracking approach, allowing for a delicate and singular sound.” Which can only mean good things.

On Your Own Love Again

01. Wrong Hand
02. Game That I Play
03. Strange Melody
04. Greycedes
05. Moon Dude
06. Jacquelyn in the Background
07. I’ve Got A Feeling
08. Back, Baby
09. On Your Own Love Again

Tour Dates

01.06.15 - Melbourne, Australia - The Toff (with Olivia Cheney and Emily Ulman)
01.08.15 - Sydney, Australia - City Recital Hall, Angel Place (with Alela Diane and Olivia Cheney)

Jaga Jazzist whisper something about 20 years, announce special reissue of A Livingroom Hush

God am I tired of bands releasing comprehensive box sets spanning their entire discography. So, you’re telling me that instead of reliably purchasing the individual records at the time of their release, I could’ve just cryogenically frozen myself until the ultimate time of massive and super special set distribution? The anxious wait in between albums comes at the stressful cost of money spent on mentally-soothing string cheese, so in turn, thank god that Jaga Jazzist are keeping things relatively minimal. Marking 20 years of activity, they’ll be releasing a repackaged version of their album A Livingroom Hush on December 16 via Ninja Tune.

And in case you weren’t aware, A Livingroom Hush was anything but, as it earned the Norwegian sometimes-improvisers an award for “best jazz album of 2002” by the BBC and though I hate to sound like a veejay for VH1 (which I think still exists?), is also widely considered to be their breakthrough album. This repackaged version contains the full album on vinyl, alongside four unreleased Livingroom demos as digital bonus tracks, and two 12-inches featuring remixes from Machinedrum, Clark, Teebs, and more. Clark in particular knows not to challenge Jaga’s complexities:

Shout-out to the tremendously slept-on Live With Britten Sinfonia as well.

‘94-‘14 tracklisting:

Disc 1: A Livingroom Hush

01. Animal Chin
02. Going Down
03. Press Play
04. Airborne
05. Real Racecars Have Doors
06. Low Battery
07. Midget
08. Made For Radio
09. Lithuania
10. Cinematic

Disc 2:

01. Bananfluer Overalt (Clark Remix)
02. Music! Dance! Drama! (Big Black Delta Remix)
03. Kitty Wu (Machinedrum Remix)
04. Toccata (Teebs Remix)

Disc 3:

01. Rose Heiress (Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Remix)
02. Oslo Skyline (Moiré Remix)
03. Toccata (Illum Sphere Remix)
04. Toccata (Invader Ace Remix)

• Jaga Jazzist: http://www.jagajazzist.com
• Ninja Tune: http://ninjatune.net

C Duncan signs to FatCat, to release debut LP of orchestral folk whimsy; indie film sync opportunities set to follow

Attention indie filmmakers: a new source for all your indie soundtrack needs is about to emerge in the figure of Scottish one-man-orchestra-whizz-kid C Duncan. Making the kind of whimsical-yet-emotionally-poignant folk pop that seems to always perfectly set the mood for, say, an outsider college student finally getting that kiss from an equally misunderstood female counterpart or a sweeping panorama shot across an otherwise ordinary suburb save for one family that doesn’t quite fit in.

C Duncan’s debut album is set to be released by FatCat in 2015 after they discovered his talents via their demo submissions portal (which according to most record companies never happens). “Talents” is probably an understatement considering that Duncan is the son of two professional, classical musicians and studied not one but five instruments and then undertook compositional studies at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of
Scotland.

Luckily for us, Duncan has opted to shun the stuffy opera house halls for his comfortable one-bedroom flat in Glasgow where he meticulously crafted his forthcoming debut, playing every instrument himself and delicately laying down layer upon layer of pastoral pop beauty in the vein of fellow Scots Belle and Sebastian and Camera Obscura.

The debut single “For” will be released on November 24, followed by a summer release of the full album and then a lifetime of sync opportunities as we predict everyone from Wes Anderson to high-school film projecters will be itching to set their scenes to the sounds of C Duncan.

• C Duncan: https://soundcloud.com/mrduncan
• FatCat: http://www.fat-cat.co.uk

Lil B embarks (FIGARO!) on a short but #RARE and #COLLECTIBLE tour

Do you know The Based God? He, Lil B, will soon (figaro!) walk among us, tour-like. I don’t think you know The Based God. He will rain down rare and collectible rays of light upon our (figaro!) shining, unkempt faces. His voice will boom, his feet will shuffle, his eyes will glisten. Having recently dropped/created the ultimate experience with Ultimate Bitch, The Based God feels the universe in him and himself in the universe (figaro!) and must therefore bring what he knows and what he feels to his beloved fans. We are loved and we (figaro!) are endless. No rapper on Earth can fuck with The Based God. No road can hold him. No minivan can transport him from Canada to California in the months of November and December. And yet he tours. Peep the dates below. FIGAROOOOOOOO!

Dates:

11.09.14 - Calgary, AB - Commonwealth Bar & Stage
11.10.14 - Victoria, BC - Upstairs Cabaret
11.11.14 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
11.12.14 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
12.19.14 - St. Petaluma, CA - The Phoenix Theater

• Lil B: https://twitter.com/LILBTHEBASEDGOD