Imagine a blank white background. Two smug looking fellahs wander in. One says, “Hi, I’m a Mac,” and the other says, “Hi, I’m a PC,” and at first you’re like, “Wait a second, isn’t this joke like at least 10 years old already?” but then, a third guy walks in. It’s Justin Frye. He says, “Hi, I’m PC Worship.” The Mac and PC guys look at each other for a moment before they suddenly burst into flames and crumble into nothingness. Frye walks forward, clearly dressed in a manner that is an ode to the late Steve Jobs’ get-up at Apple keynote addresses. He begins:
“I apologize for coming to you this way, wrapped as I am in the fabric of a nearly decade-old joke, but it’s just the way things work these days. I’m sure you understand. Anyway, I’m here today to tell you about an exciting new development in this beautiful world. I, under the mantle of PC Worship, am releasing a new album! It will be called Social Rust, and it’s out September 9. It’s not just me though! Michael Etten, Jordan Bernstein, and Shannon Sigley are also flying with me on a quartet-shaped spaceship through the universe. Actually, there were a bunch of other folks on this album with me too, so it really did lend to that ‘shambolic’ quality my friend Mr. Press-Release likes to say we have. In fact, I think I hear Mr. Press-Release coming now, I’ll let him say a little…”
As Frye has been speaking, the ashes of the Mac and PC men have been contorting themselves, forming an inky thick liquid, that finally begins to grow into a singular mass that pulses at a quick rate as it forms into a vaguely humanoid shape. A sound emanates from its midsection. It says, “Thanks Justin! Hi there, well yes, we’re very excited about this new PC Worship full-length. We’re doing a dual release with Northern Spy for the digital and CD and Dull Tools for the vinyl. I think, if you put a gun to my inky black head-like region, the one thing I’d say about the album is that ‘Social Rust portends a familial group hell bent on blending its own vision of fully realized songcraft and contagious melodicism into its trademark chaotic din.’ Basically, the album has a lot more traditional song structures than previous PC Worship records, but it’s still deeply indebted to the band’s avant-garde-type roots.” The white walls of the room go suddenly dark, and the only remaining light ekes out all orange from a SoundCloud player hovering just in front of your face. The sounds of “Rust” from the album fill the room, as you feel your bones turning to dust.
Social Rust tracklist:
02. Behind the Picture
05. Baby in the Backroom
07. Paper Song (Dig)
08. Public Shrine
09. First Wave Back
Look who (alternatively: what) is coming up in the world! No, I’m not about to regale you with some lame-ass rags-to-riches story, where an impoverished kid from the inner city grows up to became the next best thing to Billy Mays. Goldrush Music Festival, which began in 2011, and which recently unveiled its already-stellar-enough initial lineup for 2014, has just announced its two headliners for this year’s edition. They are… groovy experimental musician Eric Copeland (of Black Dice), based out of Brooklyn, and the corneas that need no introduction but rather a timid staring-into, Wolf Eyes. And within the context of a lineup that otherwise contains Mount Eerie, clipping., The Howling Hex, Thug Entrancer, DVA, and numerous others, this is obviously the biggest Gold Rush ever. No no, don’t mention the 19th century. Ever.
And for how much?! 13 bucks — about the price of a freakin’ takeout meal these days — will get you a single-day pass, and $25 will get you a two-day pass, plus a companion cassette and limited zine. As a reminder, the festival will take place September 13-14 at the Larimer Lounge and Meadowlark venues in Denver, CO. Black Dice and Wolf Eyes actually have a collaborative history, so here’s a taste of that, if you’re curious.
Full Goldrush 2014 lineup:
Wolf Eyes (Detroit, MI)
Eric Copeland (Brooklyn, NY)
Trabajo (Brooklyn, NY)
RUMTUM (Denver, CO)
Mount Eerie (Anacortes, WA)
Mezzanine Swimmers (Brooklyn, NY)
clipping. (Los Angeles, CA)
Fingers of the Sun (Denver, CO)
Guerilla Toss (Boston, MA)
Braeyden Jae (Salt Lake City, UT)
DVA (Pardubice, Pardubický Kraj, Czech Republic)
Homebody (Denver, CO)
Thug Entrancer (Denver, CO)
Church Fire (Denver, CO)
Good Willsmith (Chicago, IL)
Aja Vision (Oakland, CA)
Kevin Greenspon (Los Angeles, CA)
Sister Grotto (Denver, CO)
REIGHNBEAU (Albuquerque, NM)
Champion (Denver, CO)
The Howling Hex (Denver, CO)
Docile Rottweiler (Denver, CO)
Sparkling Wide Pressure (Murfreesboro, TN)
CP 208 (Denver, CO)
Stag Hare (Salt Lake City, UT)
The Horse Latitudes (Denver, CO)
• Goldrush Music Festival: http://www.goldrushmusicfest.com
Los Angeles producer Groundislava a.k.a. Jasper Patterson is known for his contributions to the Wedidit collective, as well as having a moniker that conjures up childlike imagination and wonder. Following last month’s Feel the Heat EP, Patterson is now gearing up to release his third studio album, Frozen Throne, which follows a “thematic narrative of the search for real love in a future cyber-based reality.” Spoiler: the album ends with Groundislava getting a Tinder account. Underwhelming, I know.
In advance of Frozen Throne’s September 23 release via Wedidit and Friends of Friends, Patterson has elected to share lead single “Girl Behind the Glass,” which showcases sensual vocals from L.A. duo Rare Times a.k.a. Anthony Calonico and Alex Talan. The duo’s vocals are featured prominently throughout Frozen Throne, providing words to Patterson’s emotive sci-fi narrative. “Girl Behind the Glass” plays out like an 80s R&B ballad setting the mood for 23rd-century lovemaking, but was released in 2014 and can be heard below.
Frozen Throne tracklist:
01. Girl Behind the Glass (feat. Rare Times)
02. Terminate Uplink
03. Frozen Throne (feat. Rare Times)
04. Under the Glow (feat. Rare Times)
05. The Descent
06. Feel the Heat (feat. Rare Times)
07. October Acid
08. A Way Out
09. October Pt. 2 (feat. Rare Times)
10. Steel Sky (feat. Rare Times)
Horse Feathers announce new album So It Is With Us, make all bald horses and furry birds feel rotten about themselves
I don’t know about you, but when I think of the website Tiny Mix Tapes, I think first and foremost of all its legendary coverage of the band Horse Feathers — the reputation is something of a blessing and a curse, really. But there’s really no sense in fighting it. Ours is simply the voice of shamble-y, Appalachian-style indie-folk-rock, what can I say? But also, when I think of the implacable independent record label Kill Rock Stars, I of course think of what theyare best known for; which is, duh, hilarious albums of Pacific Northwest stand-up comedy.
So how and under what exact circumstances do these two illimitable facts coincide? So glad you asked!
I think it happens when the Portland band Horse Feathers releases a new album on Kill Rock Stars titled So It Is With Us on October 21… and when that album is also just freakin’ HILARIOUS to listen to. So I guess the only question that can rightly be asked is, “well, is this album hilarious to listen to?” I assume so! But let’s just double-check that by asking bandleader Justin Ringle to describe the new album for us.
I wanted to stop. I did all the touring for my fourth record and ended disillusioned and defeated. I didn’t touch my guitar for months. After an arduous period of self-doubt and discovery, I finally arrived at the enlightened idea that maybe it should just be a little more fun. I stopped editing myself as much. The joy of playing live became its own reward, and I dared myself to allow that joy to shape the songwriting. In the end, I was able to let it go, and I don’t own it anymore. Which also feels like joy. That’s the way it was, and so it is with us.
What a knee slapper! I know I’m totally satisfied with the premise of this news piece being fulfilled! You? Good! Then put your freakin’ money where your bullshit mouth is already, and pre-order the thing right over here. Oh, and be sure to check out the trailer down below. And check the band out on tour this fall. No pressure or anything, but, if you don’t do those things, we’ll totally find out.
Horse Feathers 2K14 comedy tour:
10.28.14 - Bellingham, WA - The Wild Buffalo
10.29.14 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
10.30.14 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
10.31.14 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett
11.01.14 - Missoula, MT - Top Hat Lounge
11.02.14 - Bozeman, MT - The Filling Station
11.04.14 - Jackson, WY - The Town Square Tavern
11.08.14 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
11.09.14 - Colorado Springs, CO - Ivywild School
11.11.14 - Albuquerque, NM - Low Spirits
11.13.14 - Austin, TX - Holy Mountain
11.14.14 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
11.15.14 - Norman, OK - The Opolis
11.18.14 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
11.19.14 - Madison, WI - Play Circle Theater
11.20.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11.21.14 - La Crosse, WI - Cavalier Theater
11.22.14 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
11.23.14 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
11.29.14 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
12.03.14 - San Francisco, CA - GAMH
12.04.14 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Atrium at Catalyst
12.05.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
12.06.14 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
12.11.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - State Room
12.13.14 - Eugene, OR - W.O.W. Hall
Sub Pop, hitherto known as the label that stood behind the grunge explosion, have well and truly shaken off their metaphorical cardigans now with the recent signing of another Seattle-based avant-rap artist, Porter Ray. This, along with Shabazz Palaces’ recently dropped and heavily rated new album (plus a New York Times article to boot), the label may be on the brink of ushering in a space rap renaissance from Seattle.
Porter Ray is the first signing that Sub Pop’s new A+R man Ishmael Butler (a.k.a. Palaceer Lazaro from Shabazz Palaces) has brought to the label, and a quick listen to the current single “Jewelry” will disperse any doubts as to Porter Ray’s skills and spacey hip-hop credentials.
“Jewelry” is also featured on the brand-spanking-new mixtape that Porter Ray recently dropped on his Bandcamp as a prelude to the album Sub Pop are suggesting will be ready by 2015.
01. Dice Game Diagrams (feat. D-Bleeze)
02. Ruthie Dean (feat. Nate Jack)
03. Corner Bop
05. On the Slick (feat. Nate Jack)
06. Fatal Attractions (feat. Nate Jack)
10. Woman [Alana Belle Interlude]
11. French Kiss (feat. Alana Belle)
12. Blackcherry (feat. Cam The Mac)
13. Mind of a Mack
14. Jewelry (feat. D-Bleeze)
16. Sunrise (feat. JusMoni)
17. Meditate (feat. D-Bleeze)
08.15.14 - Portland, OR - Red Bull Sound Select/Music Festival Northwest
08.17.14 - Seattle, WA - 95 Slide Rooftop day party
Freddie Gibbs eats a pound of Harold’s chicken, films it in slow motion to appeal to the foodies; tours
Look what Mr. Gibbs has for us today! Why, it’s a musical video set to his lovely tune “Harold’s.” WARNING: visuals include graphic slo-mo shots of french fries and fried chicken smothered in some good old sauce. You might find yourself having a hankerin’ of all kinds of good good because in between bites of Harold’s chicken Freddie Gibbs finds time to nibble on some fine lady friend. It’s a red light special kind of a day. Don’t you wish you could say the same?
The song comes from Gibbs and Madlib’s album Pinata, which if you haven’t heard already, has received some kind words from various trusted outlets. It’s one of those long-ass hip-hop albums that’s actually worth a regular listen. It’s like finding a treasure chest of Harold’s fried chicken in a land devoid of chickens. Pretty sure that’s just the kind of message they were aiming for with this video, too. Hit play and peep where you can catch Freddie on The Lord Frederick Europe Tour 2014, which is a solo tour that’ll have him going all noble on y’all global asses.
Freddie Gibbs tour dates:
08.30.14 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC2
08.31.14 - London, UK - XOYO
09.01.14 - Brighton, UK - Komedia
09.02.14 - Birmingham, UK - Temple
09.03.14 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
09.04.14 - Dublin, Ireland - The Twisted Pepper
09.05.14 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
09.06.14 - Vilnius, Lithuania - Kablys
09.09.14 - Malmö, Sweden - Babel
09.10.14 - Oslo, Norway - Sawol
09.11.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Rust
09.12.14 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
09.13.14 - Cologne, Germany - Essigfabrik
09.14.14 - The Hague, Netherlands - Paard
09.16.14 - Heidelberg, Germany - Karlstorbahnhof
09.17.14 - Stuttgart, Germany - CUE Club
09.18.14 - Frankfurt, Germany - Sky Club
09.19.14 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
09.20.14 - Berlin, Germany - YAAM
09.23.14 - Lyon, France - Transbordeur
09.24.14 - Paris, France - Nouveau Casino
09.25.14 - Tourcoing, France - Le Grand Mix
09.26.14 - Marseille, France - MarsAttak
09.27.14 - Strasbourg, France - Orosphere L’Artefact
• Freddie Gibbs: http://www.freddiegibbs.com
Thurston Moore forms new band with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley and My Bloody Valentine’s Debbie Googe… and by “new band,” I mean really-really-super-old band!
Dude, for someone who can sure get around, former Sonic Youth front-ish man Thurston Moore sure manages to not really get around much, doesn’t he? First he’s out there putting out solo records… that sound pretty much like Sonic Youth. Then he’s starting “new bands” that… again, sound pretty much like Sonic Youth. And now, OMG GUESS WHAT HE’S DOING and GUESS WHAT IT PROBABLY SOUNDS LIKE??!
Yup, Moore is forming yet another “new band” type thing for his presumably similarly-Thurston Moore-sounding material so that he can continue to make it hard and confusing on all the poor record store clerks who have to figure out how to file this shit.
But what’s so special about this one? Glad you asked, because it certainly isn’t the band name, which seems to be “Thurston Moore Band.” Rather, it’s the fact that this one features Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, non-Kevin Shields My Bloody Valentine member Debbie Googe (she did a lot of legendary not-bass on that legendary Loveless album, don’tcha know), and guitarist James Sedwards (who has played with such bands as Guapo and Chrome Hoof).
And ready or not, here they come, world. Their first performance will apparently be August 19 in Amsterdam, a date previously listed in totally boring by comparison connection with Moore’s solo tour dates linked to his forthcoming solo album, The Best Day, which is due out on Matador this fall… possibly under some additional Thurston Moore-ish moniker that we’re not even aware of yet?
Thurston Moore (solo?) 2014 dates:
08.15.14 - Kiewit, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08.16.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Dockville Festival
08.17.14 - Berlin, Germany - Lido
08.18.14 - Bielefeld, Germany - Forum
08.19.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ocii
08.21.14 - Paredes De Coura, Portugal - Paredes De Coura Festival
08.23.14 - Lausanne, Switzerland - For Noise Festival
08.24.14 - Paris, France - Rock en Seine
08.29.14 - Mirminham, UK - Moseley Folk Fest
09.05.14 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.07.14 - Toronto, ON - Riot Fest Toronto
09.12.14 - Victoria, BC - Rifflandia Festival
09.14.14 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest Chicago
10.03.14 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret *
10.04.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s *
10.07.14 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
10.08.14 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst Atrium *
10.10.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
10.11.14 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room *
If you had to name one European band that successfully made the transition from over-indulgent prog rock to scoring films, you’d most likely pick Tangerine Dream. That’s understandable, even if just based on the star power of the directors the Germans collaborated with (William Friedkin, Michael Mann, etc.). A very fitting second pick could be Goblin, an Italian band that followed the same path but mostly lent its services to low-budget, impressionistic European horror films; more of a niche genre, if not an outright acquired taste Anyhow, Goblin’s influence and stature have kept on growing for the last couple of years, as their music started to be cited as an influence by bands from fields as diverse as symphonic metal and experimental electronic music. This resurgence has included a reunion tour and vinyl reissues of their back catalog. The latest album to be included in this series is their soundtrack for Dario Argento’s Phenomena, which has just been announced.
Phenomena was released in the US in 1985 as Creepers, and features Jennifer Connelly’s big-screen debut, starring as a young girl whose coming-of-age story intertwines with the discovery that she has psychic abilities that allow her to communicate with insects. Though Goblin, Argento’s regular collaborators, had developed a full-blown score, the OST’s original release included tracks by Motörhead, Andi Sex Gang, Iron Maiden, and Bill Wyman, somewhat marginalizing the Italians’ work. Those previously un-issued tracks have been released on CD before, but are coming out on vinyl for the first time. Besides, this is one of the rare instances of Goblin working as a band in the 1980s, since the group’s line-up had been shifting since the late-70s — actually, just two original members, Claudio Simonetti and Fabio Pignatelli, recorded this album.
Perhaps as a result of the departures and the influence of non-band material, Phenomena’s soundtrack is quite an intriguing listen. Take the title track, which straddles the line between power metal and trance, or the 80s-synths-galore of “Sleepwalking.” Don’t expect a rehash of the revered Sung-Tongs-era-AnCo-scoring-a-coven sound of Suspiria (1975), nor the Tubular-Bells-by-way-of-Tangerine-Dream style of Profondo Rosso (1975), nor even their Italo-disco-influenced work for Tenebre (1982) — naturally, all Argento movies. This is 80s Goblin at the peak of their prog-rocking powers, as they say.
The reissue includes the five tracks that were originally released with the movie soundtrack, plus one unused composition previously featured in the CD release of the album, as well as seven alternate versions and outtakes. The first 500 copies of the album will be pressed on clear vinyl; all will come with extensive liner notes by head Goblin fan Fabio Capuzzo and images by Roberto Attanasio. The album will be out on August 26, via AMS.
03. The wind
06. Jennifer’s friend
07. Phenomena (film version 1)
08. Jennifer (end titles)
09. The wind (film versions)
10. Sleepwalking (alternate)
11. Insects (film versions)
12. Jennifer’s friends (alternate)
13. Phenomena (piano solo)
Japanese producer and Red Bull Music Academy participant Daisuke Tanabe is finally putting out his second LP via German imprint Ki Records, titled Floating Underwater. Apparently, Red Bull makes you float underwater now. Nevertheless, Tanabe’s kept pretty busy the past few years, releasing some EPs, remixes, and an entire album with Kidkanevil under the moniker Kidsuke.
Dropping as a double 10-inch on September 15, Floating Underwater’s 15 cuts are “full of surprising twists and turns and genre-defying sounds,” continuing a style of naturalistic and glitchy electronics that could only come from Japan. No, lead track “Paper Planes” is not an homage to M.I.A; instead, the song pairs twinkling layers of chopped-up bells with icy interwoven percussion. Now that the Japanese ban on dancing may be easing up soon, Tanabe’s tunes might eventually need to lead his country’s booty-shaking Footloose revival. Until then, we’ll enjoy the artist’s fluttering, esoteric beats and imagine we’re at an all-night rave in the shadow of Mount Fuji.
Floating Underwater tracklist:
02. Paper Planes
04. Walking Muu
06. Sunny Tunnel
08. Shopping Mall Super Star
09. Fun Robbery
12. Blue Rats
13. Cloudy Water
14. Night Fishing
When Michael Coleman, Sam Ospovat, and Nate Brenner aren’t performing under Young Nudist, Piki, and Naytronix, respectively, or in Brenner’s case also spending time playing with tUnE-yArDs, they combine to create the musical force that is Beep! Though nobody has taken offense, felt threatened, or been creeped out by their brand of glitchy/jazzy electronic experimentations in the past, that hasn’t stopped sexual harassment lawyers everywhere from taking their marks at the announcement of Beep!’s new album Too Physical.
According to the band’s label Data Garden, “Too Physical comes together like a post-jazz DJ mixtape, racing around from catchy melody to glitchy bliss.” According to the lawyers who have yet to hear the album, “These guys are surely, probably a bunch of degenerates.” It’s difficult to say who’s right and who’s wrong here, but why not have a listen to the album’s first track, “Alien Mating Call,” below and decide for yourself if you want to jam out or press charges.
Beep! will also be playing a record release show at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles on August 7. Head here for all the details. Additionally, lawyers will be hanging out in the Denny’s parking lot down the street if you leave feeling like you want to get in on a sweet ol’ class action lawsuit.
Too Physical is out August 5 (today!) via Data Garden, and like all their releases, you can buy it as a plantable hand-made album art card that will sprout into flowers.
Too Physical tracklist:
01. Alien Mating Call
02. Think About the Mountains
03. Beep Sleep
04. Nose Knows
05. Public Art
06. Dave’s Message
07. To Us
08. Classic Beep Melody
09. The Shit in the Sky is Stars
10. Dave’s Message Reprise
11. Robot Suicide
12. Alice Jazzy
13. Shit Pony Rides Again