Meme-conforming hipsters who were into Massive Attack before it was cool can expel an egotistic half-sigh/half-scoff knowing that the Bristol outfit’s inimitable album Mezzanine will probably never be replicated, despite founder Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja’s best attempts alongside an almost literal queue of guest vocalists. Some fans would apparently prefer to just forget everything post-Mezzanine, making sure to record episodes of House M.D. in order to skip past contemporary (and therefore condemnable) usages of the band’s music, but these pessimistic people are, I think, sadly forgetting Massive Attack’s early work. Blue Lines and Protection are both relatively straightforward efforts and not-at-all immune to implicit tributes in 2015. Quick, someone coax Tricky back into the fray with promises of all-powerful stones!
Coincidentally, Tricky has apparently been recording with (but not with) 3D lately, and supplementing murmurs of an entirely new Massive Attack album in the works (or even on the verge of release), a European tour has been announced for the beginning of 2016. Young Fathers will be joining them for the entire trip, and supposedly the basis for the tour in the first place is to perform new music. So, go ahead and settle those thoughts of Daddy G coming to your home and vocally vibrating you to sleep.
Musically, some of us will dream of a throwback. Dates are below.
01.19.16 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia Theatre *
01.22.16 - Glasgow, UK - O2 Academy *
01.25.16 - Leicester, UK - De Montfort Hall *
01.27.16 - Leeds, UK - O2 Academy *
01.28.16 - Manchester, UK - The Apollo *
01.30.16 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy *
01.31.16 - Portsmouth, UK - The Guildhall *
02.01.16 - Brighton, UK - The Dome *
02.03.16 - London, UK - Brixton O2 Academy *
02.04.16 - London, UK - Brixton O2 Academy *
02.07.16 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Tap 1 *
02.09.16 - Esch Alzette, Luxembourg - Rockhal *
02.10.16 - Brussels, Belgium - Palais 12 *
02.12.16 - Milan, Italy - Fabrique *
02.14.16 - Padova, Italy - Geox Theatre *
02.16.16 - Cologne, Germany - Palladium *
02.17.16 - Berlin, Germany - Tempodrom *
02.20.16 - Vienna, Austria - Gasometer *
02.21.16 - Munich, Germany - Tonhalle *
02.24.16 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Klokgebouw *
02.25.16 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall *
02.26.16 - Paris, France - Zenith *
* Young Fathers
• Massive Attack: http://www.massiveattack.co.uk
If you were wondering what your life has been missing for the past seven years, like there’s some untraceable gap in your life’s meaning that you can’t quite enunciate, niggling away at you each night as you lay in bed staring at the ceiling, you’re not alone. But salvation is upon us, for that missing thing, it turns out, was a new Tortoise album.
And lo, down from the windy plains of Chicago, Tortoise are set to descend into all of our lives again with The Catastrophist, an 11-track missive of the instrumental group’s finest wigged-out sonic shapeshifting that will be released January 22 via Thrill Jockey.
According to the label, The Catastrophist has all the varied hallmarks of what makes Tortoise so essential to our lives: “moody, synth-swept jams,” “a downright strange cover of David Essex’s 1973 radio smash, ‘Rock On’,” a “bittersweet, honest-to-goodness soul ballad,” “deeply intuitive interplay,” and “intersecting synth lines.” U.S. Maple’s Todd Rittmann and Yo La Tengo’s Georgia Hubley also guest on the album.
You can confirm your joy by pre-ordering the album here and score some exclusive colored vinyl or t-shirt.
The lead single is the wiggly synth opus “Gesceap.”
Tortoise will also be preaching their unique brand of salvation via a pretty comprehensive tour in early 2016. Huzzah!
01. The Catastrophist
02. Ox Duke
03. Rock On
04. Gopher Island
05. Shake Hands With Danger
06. The Clearing Fills
08. Hot Coffee
09. Yonder Blue
11. At Odds With Logic
01.23.16 - Chicago, IL, Thalia Hall [In The Round performance]
01.24.16 – Milwaukee, WI, Mad Planet
02.07.16 - Copenhagen, DK, Vega Jr.
02.08.16 - Hamburg, DE - Fabrik
02.09.16 - Berlin, DE - Berghain
02.10.16 - Antwerpen, BE - Trix
02.11.16 - Utrecht, NL - Tivoli
02.12.16 - St. Gallen, CH - Palace
02.13.16 - Geneva, CH - Antigel Festival
02.14.16 - Zürich, CH - Stall 6
02.15.16 - Reutlingen, DE - Franz.K
02.16.16 - Vienna, AT - Arena
02.17.16 - Budapest, HU - A 38
02.18.16 - Zagreb, HR - Mochvara
02.19.16 - Bologna, IT - Locomotiv Club
02.20.16 - Rome, IT - Monk Club
02.21.16 - Milan, IT - Magnolia Club
03.09.16 - Minneapolis, MNv The Cedar Cultural Center
03.11.16 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Blind Pig
03.12.16 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
03.13.16 - Montreal, QC - Fairmount
03.14.16 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
03.15.16 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
03.16.16 - New York, NY - (Le) Poisson Rouge
03.17.16 - Brooklyn, NYv Littlefield
03.18.16 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
03.19.16 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
03.20.16 – Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
03.22.16 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
03.23.16 - Newport, KY - Southgate House Revival
03.24.16 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio
Joanna Newsom announces North American dates and theatrical release of “Divers” video, preemptively wins World Series!
A little while back, we myriad citizens of the world all huddled around our computers and/or televisions and/or clock radios and/or gossip-hub-firing-barrels-in-the-park to learn collectively that the legendary Joanna Newsom was birthing a new album unto this pale blue earth called Divers on Drag City this coming October 23.
Now, after a few enticing “hors devours” consisting of audio clips and/or official videos for a couple of the tunes from the album to help stoke our insatiable hunger for more and more new Newsom, she’s gone all outside-the-box and is wheeling out a fatty, deep-fried, asparagus-woven, bacon-wrapped DOOZIE of a final pre-album appetizer: the OFFICIAL, Paul Thomas Anderson-directed music video for the album’s title track “Divers”… released in the form of a theatrical-only MEGA-EVENT on select dates from October 16 - 22!
Yeah, that’s right: we’re all supposed to go to the movies to see a music video. But… duh, not just any video, right? Right. In addition to being directed by Anderson, the thing was “shot in New York City at the studio of Kim Keever, whose artwork is used throughout the packaging of Divers, allowing Joanna to actually step inside one of Keever’s surrealistic and stormy landscapes.” See down below for a list of theaters where you can go feast your hungry eyes and gorge your fat ass ears.
Oh, and in case that’s not delicious enough news for you, Joanna Newsom’s “first North American tour in five years” is also a thing that’s happening this December! She’ll have a touring band with her and, along with chamber-folk duo Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi, will hit up a handful of select theaters along the East Coast and Midwest (a.k.a. the only two regions of the United States where there’s actually a perennial chamber-folk market). Yum.
Joanna Newsom tour dates:
10.31.15 - Manchester, UK - Albert Hall
11.01.15 - Brighton, UK - Dome
11.04.15 - Barcelona, ES - Barts
11.05.15 - Berlin, DE - Admiralspalast
11.06.15 – Cologne, DE - Kulturkirche
11.07.15 - Utrecht, NL - Tivoli
11.08.15 - Paris, FR - Salle Gaveau
11.09.15 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
12.06.15 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre*
12.07.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre*
12.09.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer*
12.10.15 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre*
12.12.15 - Munhall, PA - Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall*
12.13.15 - Buffalo, NY - Asbury Hall @ Babeville*
12.14.15 - Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre*
12.15.15 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre*
12.16.15 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre*
12.17.15 - St. Paul, MN - The Fitzgerald Theater*
12.18.15 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre*
* Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi
Joanna Newsom “Divers” Theatrical Screenings October 16-October 22 (check theaters’ sites for details):
New York, NY - IFC Center
Yonkers, NY- Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers
Huntington, NY - Cinema Arts Centre
Los Angeles, CA - The Cinefamily
Los Angeles, CA - Ahrya Fine Arts
Pasadena, CA - Laemmie Playouse 7
San Jose, CA - Camera Cinemas
San Francisco, CA - Castro Theatre
San Luis Obispo, CA - Palm Theatre
Grass Valley, CA - Sutton Cinema
Grass Valley, CA - Sierra Cinemas
Grass Valley, CA - Del Oro Theatre
Nevada City, CA - Magic Theatrea
Tucson, AZ - Loft Cinema
Denver, CO - Alamo Drafthouse Littleton
Boulder, CO - International Film Series, UC Boulder
Miami, FL - O-Cinema
Boston, MA - Coolidge Corner
Seattle, WA - SIFF - Egyptian Theater
Bellingham, WA - Pickford Film Center
Portland, OR - Cinema 21
Eugene, OR - Bijou Cinemas
Pittsburgh, PA - Regency Square Theater
Ashburn, VA - Alamo Drafthouse One Loudon
Winchester, VA - Alamo Drafthouse Winchester
Austin, TX - Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
Austin, TX - Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline
Austin, TX - Alamo Drafthouse Village
Austin, TX - Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane
Austin, TX - Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
Dallas, TX - Texas Theatre
Dallas, TX - Alamo Drafthouse Richardson
Houston, TX - Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park
Houston, TX - Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park
Laredo, TX - Alamo Drafthouse Laredo
Lubbock, TX - Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock
New Braunfels, TX - Alamo Drafthouse Marketplace
San Antonio, TX - Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes
San Antonio, TX - Alamo Drafthouse Park North
San Antonio, TX - Alamo Drafthouse Stone Oak
Kansas City, MO - Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet
Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater
Kalamazoo, MI - Alamo Drafthouse Kalamazoo
Columbia, SC - Nickelodeon Theatre
Nashville, TN - Belcourt Theatre
Salt Lake City, UT - Salt Lake Film Society
Tulsa, OK - Circle Cinema
Scottsbluff, NE - Midwest Theater
Raleigh, NC - Colony Theater
Winston-Salem, NC - a/perture Cinema
Columbus, OH - Gateway Film Center
Chicago, IL - Music Box Theatre
Champaign, IL - Art Theatre Co-Op
Paducah, KY - Maiden Alley Cinema
Arhus, Denmark - Øst For Paradis
London, UK - Rio Cinema
Munich, Germany - Monopol
Joanna Newsom “Divers” Theatrical Screenings October 27th:
London, UK - Clapham Picturehouse
London, UK - East Dulwich Picturehouse and Cafe
London, UK -Greenwich Picturehouse
London, UK - Hackney Picturehouse
London, UK - Picturehouse Central
London, UK - Ritzy Brixton
London, UK - Stratford East Picturehouse
Bath, UK - The Little Theatre Cinema
Bradford, UK - Picturehouse at National Media Museum
Brighton, UK - Duke’s at Komedia
Edinburgh, UK - Cameo
Exeter, UK - Exeter Picturehouse
Henley, UK - Regal Picturehouse
Norwich, UK - Cinema City
Liverpool, UK - Picturehouse at FACT
Oxford, UK - Phoenix Picturehouse
Southampton, UK - Harbour Lights Picturehouse
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK - Stratford-Upon-Avon Picturehouse
York, UK - City Screen
Google unveils Chomecast Audio, initiating the first step towards a dystopian future in which our music has become self-aware
Back in January, Google took to its own Blogger to announce this weird, awkward-sounding thing called “Google Cast for Audio,” a technology which was supposed to “embed the same technology behind Chromecast into speakers, sound bars, and A/V receivers” that were supposedly going to be manufactured and sold “this spring from lead brands Sony, LG, and HEOS by Denon with more brands coming later in 2015 with the support of chip makers Broadcom, Marvell, MediaTek and system integrator Libre Wireless.”
But… ya know something? Cool as it sounded at the time, I’m pretty sure the coolest thing that actually came out of that announcement was our witty and artfully-written news piece covering it. Cuz… I’m not SURE-sure, but I’m “pretty sure” that that idea never really came together. Awkward?
Okay, but now that I reminded you of all of that: never mind any of that! Because Google is doing the audio-streaming thing FOR REALZIES this time. And by “FOR REALZIES,” I mean: without that stupid smart-speaker idea.
So what’s the deal this time? Welp, it basically works like the Chromecast TV stick does (which was also recently revamped, by the way): by “using the speakers you already have to play the music from the device you choose.” In other words, once you get the this little thing in your possession, you just plug the 3.5mm jack into whatever speakers you already have lying around, sync it to your smartphone or dumb tablet or whatever with a downloadable app, and BOOM. You’re ready to start streaming all of the awesome music TMT keeps recommending to you on a regular basis. That’s it. No special speakers, no special remotes, none of that “Bluetooth” garbage that you see your parents awkwardly fiddling around with, no nothing. Specifically, Google says that it works out of the box “with iPhone®, iPad®, and Android devices, plus Chromebook, Mac®, and Windows® laptops” and streams your favorite music-streaming apps “straight from the cloud” so as not to drain your battery life and so that “your music sounds the way it was meant to be heard.” Which, I guess in 2015 means streaming as MP3s from the cloud over WiFi to some tiny speakers off in the corner of your more-intelligent-than-you-are apartment. Oh, brave new world!
• Chromecast Audio: https://store.google.com/product/chromecast_audio
Deliberately confusing humanity is a demonstration of power, so it’s no wonder that Alex Trebek and other trivia game show hosts relish their jobs so much; declaring an answer wrong is the next best thing to chemically inducing an endorphin rush or becoming God for a few hours and conforming to the “mysterious ways” of His alleged persona.
Fortunately, percussionist Jon Mueller isn’t in the business of power trips or confusing people for the sake of it, but the value of his newest album does reportedly come from its capacity to perplex, going by the storied audience reaction to its “preparatory work,” which was initially performed in dozens of cities across the US and Canada. Mueller’s minimalistic playing of an Arabic bass drum combined with “wordless” vocals looped to the point of hypnosis sent aural participants off the deep end, where the reactions ranged from a natural appreciation for the artistic content to stumbling out of one’s chair and later trying to walk through closed doors. I mean, I wasn’t there, but I can imagine after listening to the final product myself.
A Magnetic Center is out in a rather well-packaged limited-edition cassette and via digital download now. Best get on that if you want the former though, as there are only six left at the time of writing.
Here are some dates, too:
10.06.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Alphaville
10.08.15 - Turners Falls, MA - The Brick House Community Resource Center
10.10.15 - Montreal, QC - La Vitrola
10.11.15 - Ithaca, NY - Sacred Root
10.12.15 - Cleveland, OH - Bop Stop
10.13.15 - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes
11.06.15 - Iowa City, IA - Witching Hour Festival
11.19.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Inova/UW-M Peck School of the Arts
• Rhythmplex: http://rhythmplex.com
On October 30, South Africa-born, London-based producer Okzharp is dropping Dumela 113 on Hyperdub. The tracks feature the vocals of artist and choreographer Manthe Ribane, who runs a Johannesburg studio called Studio113, has toured as a dancer with Die Antwoord, and has been involved with films such as Ghost Diamond, a collabo between Okzharp and director/photographer Chris Saunders. You can watch them doing their thang below in the video for “Dear Ribane.”
Dumela 113 was written over the course of the film shoot, with lyrics in English and in Tshwana. It was later recorded overnight in an ex-marshmallow factory. The End. Because that’s amazing.
• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net
Björk’s Vulnicura is the album that just keeps giving. Originally produced by the ultra badass duo of Björk and Arca (with help from The Haxan Cloak), the album is now on round 3 of the Vulnicura Remix Project. Featuring four remixed (duh) tracks, Part 3 was recently shared to the world, with the whole set dropping November 20 as a digital release and as “limited edition single-sided etched translucent 12 inches in die-cut sleeves.” Hot.
This is what Björk had to say about the project. Find someone with a light, breathy voice to whisper this in your ear in a darkened room, as you preview the tracks here:
these are the last 4 remixes from vulnicura …. i would like to thank especially robin carolan for cocurating this with me . its been such a pleasure !!!
le1f texted me from a sweaty club a clip of juliana doing a mix of lionsong so i contacted her and asked her to make it into a proper remix . its her first remix and i think its incredible !!!
when i djd for tri angle birthday party i did a mashup of bloom and abida parveen . i wanted the peak of his extrovertsy to meet abida at her most visceral . i kinda asked him if hed do a similar thing for black lake and was thrilled he was up for it . i really adore his beats and i feel hes got a strong signature on his noises that are really his . he choose himself to take on family in an impressive way !
patten sent me a mix he did of stonemilker through robin and i loved it so i asked him if we could put it out
hope you all enjoy
01. Lion Song (Juliana Huxtable Remix)
02. Black Lake (Bloom Remix)
03. Family (Bloom’s North Mix)
04. Stonemilker (Patten Rework)
• Björk: https://twitter.com/bjork
If your first name is “C” and you’re not some monster, October in Europe is looking difficult to transcribe into the preferred TMT date format. But you know what? (C. Spencer) Yeah, I’m going to POWER THROUGH and do it anyway. Because that’s how much I care.
So. C. Spencer Yeh is doing all sorts of shows in Europe throughout October. Some are solo, some are performances of his recently-released Solo Voice I-X, and some are with groups (he played as Burning Store Core with Dean Blunt, Valerio Tricoli, Pierce Warnecke & Matthew Biederman on Saturday). He’s even managing a workshop in Switzerland on October 17! Dude is busy. I’m busy too, so I’m going to let those dates I formatted do the rest of the talking. Peters, out!
10.07.15 - Berlin, Germany - Ohm #
10.08.15 - Brussels, Belgium - workshop $
10.09.15 - Antwerp, Belgium - Stadslimiet %
10.10.15 - Paris, France - Treize ^
10.11.15 - Antwerp, BElgim - De Studio &
10.14-18.15 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival
# James Hoff, Rashad Becker
$ Solo Voice I-X performance
% James Hoff, Battle-Ax
^ James Hoff
& Akira Sakata, Giovanni Di Domenico, Laurens Smet, Louis Evrard, C Spencer
Yeh Quintet with Tashi Dorji
• C. Spencer Yeh: http://www.dronedisco.com
Berlin’s cool and all, but most techno musicians secretly fear acknowledging the other capital of electronic music, because a trip there bears a high risk of mosquito attack, and god damn do the subsequent bites itch.
Anthony Child’s been to Maui nonetheless though, and it was during a recent trip to the almost-town of Haiku-Pauwela that he recorded Electronic Recordings from Maui Jungle Vol. 1, a new LP set for release November 13 and a certain departure from his decidedly beat-driven work under the Surgeon moniker. Force + Form and appearances on more than a few reputable compilations have earned him a rhythmic reputation, but it was deep in the Hawaiian bush that Child presumably set his feet and captured a natural recipe for meditative states. It’s a recipe that includes live birds, miscellaneous insects, and other jungle features readily entering your aural digestive system; feel free to complement with physical insects, of course.
It’s obvious on the track below, but the album description from Editions Mego clarifies how the field recordings are supplemented by genuine mod synth instrumentation. Let’s wait and see and then listen for what’s sure to be a sublime nearly hour-and-a-half, because of or regardless.
You can pre-order the album here.
Electronic Recordings from Maui Jungle Vol. 1 tracklisting:
01. Bypass Default Mode Network
02. Mr Naturals
03. A New Moon
04. Down in the Gulch
05. Watching And Waiting
06. Midnight Rain
07. The Chief
08. The Chief (reprise)
09. All Around And Inside
10. Eternal Note
11. The Way Home
As we close in on the 10-year anniversary of the passing of J Dilla, it’s hard to imagine that any other artist (except maybe Prince) would have archives of such quality and quantity that we can pretty much expect a new unearthing of the archives every 6-12 months and still not wonder whether they’re scraping the bottom of the barrel. Case in point: like a well-quantized Dilla beat ripped straight from the SD card of his 404, it’s time for a new Dilla release, and this time it’s a whopping three-disc set called Dillatronic, set for release October 30 via Vintage Vibez Music.
The presser promises that Dillatronic is a curated selection of some of the producer’s unreleased work, which has a more electronic vibe and a “shockingly contemporary feel.” As demonstrated by “Dillatronic #7,” one of 40 cuts taken from the album:
There are all sorts of shockingly contemporary ways to purchase this album over the internet, including on a Moog Voyager-shaped USB or glow-in-the-dark vinyl, as well as less shockingly contemporary formats such as cassette or boring-old-waiting-to-become-kitsch CD. You can choose your poison here.