March has been a busy ol’ month for hip-hop. The world is still reeling from the early K-Dot release, there’s now a (seemingly) concrete date for Death Grips’ denouement jenny death, Bronsolino’s Mr. Wonderful is ready to go, and we’re awaiting Ye’s next move with baited breath. Add Earl Sweatshirt to that congested list of heavy-hitters: he’s just announced his new album, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, by way of iTunes pre-order. Sounds good, but was it his doing? The string of tweets would suggest not:
— EARL (@earlxsweat) March 17, 2015
ITS TRASH TO HAVE TO PAY FOR SOMEONE ELSE'S ERRORS, I AM FUCKING HOT
— EARL (@earlxsweat) March 17, 2015
— EARL (@earlxsweat) March 17, 2015
— EARL (@earlxsweat) March 17, 2015
Not to worry, as his loss is our gain: 10 tracks, features from Vince Staples, Dash, Na’kel, and Wiki, AND a brand spanking nu new video to boot. Pretty decent for a label fuck-up, I’ll say! It’s out March 23, and those who grab the pre-order also get a DL for “Grief,” the track that got the aforementioned vid. Been a lengthy period of studio silence since the kinda-underrated Doris, and if that title is anything to go by, OF’s shining beacon is gonna be doing his moody, introspective thang once again.
I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside tracklisting:
05. Off Top
06. Grown Ups (feat. Dash)
07. AM // Radio (feat. Wiki)
09. Dna (feat. Na’kel)
10. Wool (feat. Vince Staples)
Kiasmos are an Icelandic duo consisting of Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen. They released their debut self-titled LP last October, and since I’m sure Erased Tapes put in a considerable amount of effort trying to get us to open our ears to its brilliance, I’m going to blame the subsequent under-appreciation not on a devastating release temporally close to the compilation of our year-end lists, but a… aw, fuck it. There is no excuse. The collective we in the music journalism trade owe everyone involved a huge favor. Can I be offered a free trip to Iceland so that I may deliver some Long John Silver’s personally? Long John reps tell me it’s nearly as good as the local Nordic fare.
Or here’s another, more practical attempt at atonement: Kiasmos have a new limited-edition EP out April 18 (Record Store Day), and they’re going on a short North American tour beginning this May. Looper features a remix from the specially sought Ghostly producer Dauwd, who remarked in a press release about what a pleasure it was to work with music that already had “so much texture and warmth.”
Quite so! Here’s the original and the remix, with tour dates following:
A2. Held (Dauwd Remix)
B1. Burnt (Lubomyr Melnyk Rework)
05.01.15 - Las Vegas, NV - Further Future Festival
05.26.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
05.27.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05.28.15 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
05.29.15 - Montreal, QC - Mutek
05.30.15 - Toronto, ON -The Drake
05.31.15 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
06.02.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
06.03.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever
How do you follow up a Grammy nomination for one of the best tracks known to humankind? For some, it’d be getting someone like, I don’t know, Pharrell on the boards. But for Makonnen, it’s through a new freestyle. Similar to when he taught us how to WHIP IT on the first track of his last Drink More Water mixtape, his latest freestyle kicks off the newest edition of the series with weird, hazy run-ons and feeling-his-way rhyme schemes. He’s fucking with some new pills from China, mane!
Check out the track below, and look for Drink More Water 5 on March 31.
iLoveMakonnen also plans to release his proper debut later this year. No tracklist confirmations yet, but he’s already been in the studio with the likes of Drake, Rihanna, DJ Mustard, Diplo, and Skrillex. Before that drops, you can check him out on tour, alongside Key! and Sonny Digital.
03.17.15 - Tempe, AZ - Relentless Beats
04.18.15 - Athens, OH - The Venue
04.28.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom %#
04.29.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg %#
05.01.15 - Washington, D.C. - Howard Theatre %#
05.02.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts %#
05.03.15 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place %#
05.04.15 - Millvalle, PA - Mr. Small’s Theatre %#
05.07.15 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop %#
05.08.15 - Detroit, MI - The Shelter %#
05.09.15 - Chicago, IL - Metro %#
05.12.15 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre %#
05.14.15 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues %#
05.15.15 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre %#
05.16.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent %#
05.23.15 - Rome, GA - Counter Point Music & Arts Festival
05.24.15 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling
06.07.15 - Houston, TX - Free Press Summer Fest
06.27.15 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival 2015
06.28.15 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter Festival Park
07.03.15 - London, England - Wireless Festival 2015
07.04.15 - Belfort, France - Les Eurockeenes de Belfort
07.07.15 - Paris, France - Le Trianon
07.08.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso Grote Zaal
07.09.15 - Frauenfeld, Switzerland - Openair Frauenfeld
07.10.15 - Grafenhainichen, Germany - Splash Festival
07.17.15 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.18.15 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
08.11.15 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival 2015
08.15.15 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival
# Sonny Digital
• iLoveMakonnen: http://www.ilovemakonnen.com
Colleen Green is going on tour with Upset. Neither artists are upset about it. To say that would be to misrepresent the feelings of other humans while simultaneously making a lazy joke. It would be akin to saying “both Colleen Green and Upset are going on tour and they are pretty green a.k.a. they are amateurs.” That would also be a lazy joke to make. It would also misrepresent the situation because neither Green nor Upset are amateurs. Indeed, both have been to several rodeos in their time. By several I mean to say “more than two but less than ten.”
Did I mention that Colleen Green just released a new album called I Want to Grow Up? I know that I didn’t; I was just transitioning. I Want to Grow Up features Green singing fuzzy pop songs in a very competent manner — a manner that not even the biggest jerk would describe as being indicative of an insufficient exposure to rodeos — about how upset she is. She also occasionally sings about how much she likes television, such as on the track “TV,” the video for which I have embedded below. This has been a news post about tour dates. Have a great day.
03.30.15 - Scottsdale, AZ - Pub Rock *
03.31.15 - El Paso, TX - The Loversprout *
04.01.15 - Austin, TX - Hotel Vegas *
04.02.15 - Ft. Worth, TX - The Grotto *
04.03.15 - Houston, TX - The Shop *
04.04.15 - New Orleans, LA - Circle Bar *
04.05.15 - Birmingham, AL - TBA
04.06.15 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn *
04.07.15 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook *
04.08.15 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery * ^
04.09.15 - Philadelphia, PA - TBA
04.10.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Shae Stadium *
04.11.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - TBA
04.12.15 - Cincinnati, OH - Woodward Theater *
04.13.15 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen *
04.14.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Cocoon Room *
04.15.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Hexagon *
04.16.15 - Fargo, ND - The Hawk’s Nest *
04.18.15 - Missoula, MT - The Real Lounge *
04.19.15 - Moscow, ID - The Pizza Pit *
04.20.15 - Seattle, WA - The Black Lodge *
04.21.15 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar *
04.22.15 - Arcata, CA - The Farmhouse *
04.23.15 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop *
^ DJ Dad Weed
Ya he’s doing it. It looks like our friend Glenn Astro will be making an interesting music business career move. Following his Hologram EP last month, Glenn will actually be releasing a full-length debut album, believe it or not. I’m always impressed when artists take this remarkable step, it really gets me going.
In accordance with my reaction of throwing back a shot to youth (life is too short, no regrets, party the night away), the album is called Throwback and will drop right at the start of summer, May 25 on vinyl and sometime in June digitally, courtesy of yummy Copenhagen label Tartelet.
So this seems good right? Well who knows? But probably it will be. Glenn likes retro-styled house, soul, funk, etc., and that’s what he tackles on Throwback, mashing them together into something that sounds far more pan-genre and interpretive than the work of your standard crate-digging ostrich. Like labelmates < a href=”https://soundcloud.com/max-graef”>Max Graef and IMYRMIND (also collaborators on a couple album tracks), he’s not so far up his own record collection’s bum to not know what’s going on in contemporary music.
Pre-order here and take a listen to the extended sampler below:
[Photo: Henri Vogt]
People have been complaining a lot this year about having Friday the 13th for two consecutive months. Well here’s a Friday the 13th worth cheering for: Waxwork Records is releasing the Friday the 13th: Part II soundtrack on 180 gram vinyl on May 15 with variants of a Jason sack mask with blue splatter and Mrs. Voorhees sweater with blood splatter. The vinyl also includes a fold-out poster of the album cover art, which you can use to cover that hole in the wall you punched when your girlfriend or boyfriend told you your genitals are too big.
Harry Manfredini, the same composer daring enough to score The Anna Nicole Smith Story dared to discover the original master tapes of the Friday the 13th: Part II soundtrack from the spooky Paramount Pictures vaults. Thanks to Manfredini we can all finally throw out that 99 cent Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House vinyl we were using for Halloween.
I can’t wait to tell my friend (and Horror film fanatic) Dunny about the great news. On second thought, scratch that, Dunny is a dick and he still owes me coke after we jinxed on saying, “Proudhon’s concept of animal sociability as anarchy intriguingly relates to reciprocal altruism.” Dunny also pronounces Horror films as “whore” films. So I’ll just let him carry on, and I’ll purchase this album for myself. Finally I’ll have a record to play that’ll keep all those over-sexed camp counselors that keep squatting in my backyard.
Friday the 13th: Part II tracklisting:
02. Alice Hangs Up
03. Keep a cool Head (Main Title)
05. Ralph Gets Cursed
06. Terry Looks For Muffin
07. Jeff and Sandy Are Watched
08. The Chase / Sheriff Visits / Villa Jason
09. Terry In Lake / Dolly In, Scott Out
10. Vickie Is Watched / Jason at Door
11. Vickie Goes Up
12. Jason and Paul Meet
13. Ragtop and Running Ragged
14. Ginny Under The Bed
15. Ginny Visits Villa Jason
16. Who’s At The Door?
17. Return To Chez Jason / End Title
• Waxwork: http://waxwork-records.myshopify.com
Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart to release collaborative album together this April, quibble over whether to get paid in Arabic or American $ billions!
Have you ever sat around your beautiful home’s experimental electronica decor-themed “bonus room” and thought to yourself wistfully, “oh… if only Suuns members Ben Shemie, Liam O’Neill, Max Henry, and Joseph Yarmush and long-time friend Radwan Ghazi Moumneh of Jerusalem in My Heart had booked a studio in Montreal for seven days back in 2012 to ‘collaborate on rough sketches of song ideas and to complete as much recording as possible without discrimination,’ only to overdub and rework the results in the summer of 2014, finish the final vocals and mixing in the late fall of 2014, and ultimately release the results on April 14 of 2015 via the Secretly Canadian label”???
Well. Then, whoa. First, you sound really cool and well-off and I want to start hanging out with you. As soon as possible. Second, you’re kind of a freaky superhero like Professor X or Sherlock Holmes (the sexy BBC one, I mean). Because BOOM-SHAKA-LAKA: that’s exactly what’s about to happen!!!
The album, simply titled Suuns and Jerusalem in my Heart, was recorded by Moumneh and mixed by him and Max Henry of Suuns as well. “It’s not a Suuns record, it’s not a Jerusalem In My Heart record,” Sunns’ Ben Shemie says. “It’s really a product of 5 musicians that had spent a lot of time on tour listening to music together.” Seriously, man. It’s a real thing that’s really happening. Pat yourself on the back, huh? I think you deserve it.
And seriously. Let’s start hanging out. Where you do live?
Suuns and Jerusalem in my Heart tracklisting:
01. 2amoutu I7tirakan
04. In Touch
05. Gazelles in Flight
07. 3attam Babey
Sometimes the world is too complicated and trying to figure out what you and your feelings mean in this neoliberal post-internet culture isn’t made any easier when you clutter your mind with complicated music.
Peach Kellie Pop understand this, and therefore by extension, they understand you!
Case in point: PKP have a new album on the way, it will be out on April 21 via Burger Records, and it’s loaded with straight-up, easily digestible nuggets of sweetly sung power pop. Just what the doctor ordered, right?
To prove how easy PKP think your life ought to be, they haven’t even bothered giving the album some fancy title; it’s simply called III, because it’s Allie Hanlon’s third album, and she’d rather you spend your time considering the lyrics to her songs, which make references to Mario Brothers, Sailor Moon, and an assortment of pop culture ephemera from the late 1900s when life was actually good.
Get a load of the lead single “Plastic Love” and consider supporting this straightforward good times manifesto live; we don’t want you having to Google the dates, so we’ve dropped them below too.
01. Princess Castle 1987
03. Heart Eyes
04. Bat Wing
05. Nude Beach
06. Plastic Love
07. Big Man
08. Sailor Moon
09. New Moon
10. Please Come Home
03.31.15 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
04.01.15 - Eugene, OR - The Barn Light
04.02.15 - Olympia, WA - Deadbeat
04.03.15 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
04.04.15 - Tacoma, WA - Bobs Java Jive
04.05.15 - Seattle, WA - Black Lodge
04.06.15 - Portland, OR - The Know
04.07.15 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
04.08.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Diabolical Records
04.09.15 - Denver, CO - Rhinoceropolis
04.10.15 - Omaha, NE - O’Leaver’s
04.11.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Hexagon Bar
04.12.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Cocoon Room
04.12.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Bremen Cafe (afterparty)
04.13.15 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04.14.15 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
04.15.15 - Toronto, ON - Smiling Buddha
04.17.15 - Ottawa, ON - Gabba Gabba Hey
04.18.15 - Montreal, QC - l’Escogriffe
04.19.15 - Boston, MA - TT Bears (matinee)
04.19.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Palisades
04.20.15 - Philadelphia, PA - TBA
04.21.15 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
04.22.15 - Asheville, NC - Tiger Mountain
04.23.15 - Atlanta, GA - 529
04.24.15 - New Orleans, Louisiana - Siberia
04.25.15 - Houston, TX - House of Creeps
04.26.15 - Austin, TX - Hotel Vegas
04.27.15 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
04.28.15 - El Paso, TX - Monarch
04.29.15 - Las Vegas, NV - Bunkhouse
Wire announce new self-titled album, promise to put an end to the year of disappointing post-punk comebacks
It must be a bitch being a legend. Particularly so if the merit of your prowesses lays in a bunch of ridiculously brillant albums you recorded over 35 years ago. Time has not been kind to reunited post-punk bands returning in 2014, mere shadows of their former glory. Thankfully, Wire is none of those things. Despite spending a few months in a retrospective mood — releasing a recording of their infamous “final” show at London’s Electric Ballroom in 1980 — the British quartet have been recording new music for over a decade now, making what once seemed a career marked by two long hiatuses (from 1980 to 1985 and between 1992 and 1999) look like the natural intermittences of a sprawling tenure. True to character, the art-punk outfit has announced a new album, their 13th LP and the first collection of entirely new songs they’ve released since 2011.
Always after conceptually innovative ways to tackle their material, in 2013’s Change Becomes Us (their latest studio album), Wire revisited unfinished songs from their golden era, spinning them into new shapes. Sure, if looking back came across as a counterintuitive stroke of genius for a band hell-bent on moving forward — on a good day, you’re lucky if their shows include 3 “old” songs — releasing a self-titled album aims at repeating the trick. At the very least, it’s a pragmatic gesture from a group whose music is so characteristic, there’s no mistaking a Wire song for anyone else’s. It still happens today, when in the middle of a concert you realize it doesn’t matter if the tune they’re playing is still unreleased, off Chairs Missing, The Ideal Copy, or Read & Burn. Having inducted Matthew Simms as a full-fledged member, calling their new album Wire does suggest a strong self-affirmative move for a band comfortable in their skin and confident of their future.
Wire have so far shared two tracks from the upcoming album: “Joust & Jostle,” sounding like a new wave-leaning 154 outtake, and “Split Your Ends,” a throwback to Send’s lean but muscular spirit. Anyway, if you ask me, the gem to look forward to is “Harpooned,” a sludgecore scorcher they’ve been playing live for a time now, and which closes this LP. You can stream the tracks below.
Wire is out on April 21 via pinkflag.
03. Burning Bridges
04. In Manchester
07. Joust & Jostle
09. Split Your Ends
[Photo: Kenichi Iwasa]
• Wire: http://www.pinkflag.com
Chilean psych-rock dudes The Holydrug Couple are back, and this time they’re venturing even further into the psychosphere… into… the world of… electronic music. That’s right. Inspired by 70s and 80s French movie soundtracks and a sort of switched-on Serge Gainsbourg, Ives and Manu are going boldly into a spacescape marked by, as Ives puts it, “feeling lust, desire, for some- thing that you see when it’s dark but it’s so far away that it’s unreachable. It’s an unrealistic target, like God, maybe, or a dream archetype of a goddess. It’s the feeling of melancholy that you can’t fulfill with anything.”
Which, after hearing the band’s new album is actually a pretty good description of the 70s, Air-style, funked-out bliss cloud the pair have created. Listen to “Dreamy” below. They recorded Moonlust by themselves in Chile, then brought it to Ben Greenberg (Hubble, Uniform) for mixing. You can buy your ticket to space on May 12 via Sacred Bones.
01. Atlantic Postcard
03. Light or Night
04. French Movie Theme
05. If I Could Find You (Eternity)
06. I Don’t Feel Like It
08. Baby, I’m Going Away
09. Generique Noir
10. Submarine Gold
11. U Don’t Wake Up
12. Remember Well