It’s hard not to imagine Wilco’s rehearsal space/studio “The Loft” having a bell that Jeff Tweedy rings every morning, following which the various members of the Chicago band file in Seven Dwarfs style, sticking a ticket into a punch card machine and then getting down to the business of writing Wilco tunes. The volume, diversity, and quality of Wilco’s output, as well as their practically yearly world tours, is such that it would be hard to argue against the fact that they are a band that means business.
To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the band (and man didn’t that time just fly), Wilco have given us three reasons to remind ourselves of just what professionals they are:
1. They have lined up a six-night December residency at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago. Each night featuring a different set list that plucks gems from their entire back catalog.
2. A greatest hits compilation will be available on November 17 called What’s Your 20: Essential Tracks 1994 - 2014. To be honest, the 38-song tracklist is such that calling the songs “essential” is an understatement. They are all practically standards of modern American music.
3. For the Wilcophiles (this author included) who can never quench their thirst for Wilco recordings, the band have also compiled a four-disc box set of rarities called Alpha Mike Foxtrot for release on November 17. This mouth-watering collection goes beyond roping in the out-of-print collections like the (a href=”http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/8678-more-like-the-moon-ep/”>More Like the Moon EP and A Ghost Is Born Tour EP and includes demos from their earlier recordings, as well as Neil Young and Big Star covers and live collaborations with folks like Andrew Bird and Fleet Foxes. On top of that, you get essays and liner notes by the band and unseen photos. The vinyl of Alpha Mike Foxtrot will be limited to 7000 copies worldwide. I think I need to change my pants.
10.21.14 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
10.22.14 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
10.23.14 - Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theatre
10.25.14 - Raleigh, NC - North Carolina Museum of Art
10.28.14 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre
10.29.14 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre
12.03.14 - Milwaukee, WI - The Riverside Theater
12.05.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
12.06.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
12.08.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
12.09.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
12.11.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
12.12.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
• Wilco: http://wilcoworld.net
Mykki Blanco expounds on Gay Dog Food, featuring Kathleen Hanna, Cities Aviv, and Gobby in the corner office
Don’t let the apparent absurdity of the name fool you: Mykki Blanco’s choice of “Gay Dog Food” is likely more a commentary on her aversion to labels than anything else. And how strong that aversion must be that she’s using the project, not as a springboard into scientific research on dog food as a potential aphrodisiac, but as an outlet for matured artistry. As she remarked herself with nary a hint of an ironic smile: “Gay Dog Food is just the start of where I hope to go creatively and commercially, this moment now is really the beginning.” And who are we to disagree, given that her debut LP isn’t set for release until some time next year? Consider all these international tours and stuff (and Fem Slick) just a precursor!
Meanwhile, Gay Dog Food will make its debut via UNO NYC on October 28. The inimitable Gobby is billed as an executive producer on the mixtape (supplementing less executive work from Sasha DZA and Supreme Cuts), while the riotous Kathleen Hanna actually has her very own chopped spoken word track, intimately titled “A Moment with Kathleen.” Per a press release, Hanna has been a huge musical influence on Blanco, and Gay Dog Food marks their very first time collaborating.
A new track? A new track:
Gay Dog Food tracklisting:
01. Runny Mascara
02. New Feelings
03. For the Homey’s
04. Baby’s Got Big Plans
05. Self Destruction
06. Fulani (feat. Ian Isiah)
07. A Minute with Cakes (feat. Cakes Da Killa)
08. Moshing in the Front (feat. Cities Aviv)
09. Something Special (feat. James K)
10. A Moment with Kathleen (feat. Kathleen Hanna)
11. Solange in the Elevator (feat. Katie Got Bandz)
12. Cyber Dog
13. Lukas (feat. No Bra)
14. GDF Interlude
Richard Dawson announces Nothing Important, out November 4, which is much more important than the title indicates
Today I heard a voice bellow forth from the hills. “Was that 10 men screaming all at once?” my traveling companion asked me, and all I could do was shake my head and smile. It was Richard Dawson. Last year Richard Dawson, on his LP The Glass Trunk, sucked up every bit of oxygen in my mid-sized red car and hollered so loud the ears of the guy next to me at the stoplight were ringing for a week. It was an album somehow exactly within the confines of folk music, and somehow exactly not, and was one of my absolute favorites of the year. Now he’s screaming down from the hills and tricking my gullible traveling companion and it can mean only one thing: he’s got another full-length coming out soon.
The album’s called Nothing Important and it’s out November 4 on Weird World. Where The Glass Trunk was this narratively expansive beast, alternating between a cappella story songs and fragmentary Jandek-like guitar pieces, Nothing Important (based on its tracklist alone) might be a bit more narrowly focused. Though, of course, the album’s title track, which is embedded below, is a 16-minute-long beast in its own right, and really I have no idea what I’m talking about. You can pre-order the album here. And listen, this is one of those situations where I’m going to be mad at you if you sleep on this, so take a caffeine pill and listen up.
Nothing Important tracklist:
02. Nothing Important
03. The Vile Stuff
SoundCloud is growing, and the world knows it. In August, we reported that the online music streaming service would be featuring ads for the first time, as well as adopting a tiered subscription service. SoundCloud US also recently announced the fancy news that they had a fancy new office on 5th Ave in NYC.
Well, it seems like all that “growth” has also led to some serious “loss”. As FACT reports, the company recently posted an £18.1m loss for the year of 2013 on revenues of £8.8m. In universal American dollars, that translates to an intake of $14.1 million (roughly, according to the internet), while suffering a loss of almost $30.2 million. This revenue is up 40% from 2012 (which saw SC raking in a sweet $12.8 million); however, their losses practically doubled too, up from $19.9 million in 2012. (Their negotiations with major labels aren’t making them any happier, either.)
Says thee mighty SoundCloud, “We are in a phase of growing SoundCloud into the market-leading platform for listening to, creating and sharing sound…This has necessitated investment in technology, headcount, and marketing.” Thanks for sharing!!
• SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com
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That’s the sound of the TMT siren. It only goes off at certain, special times. It’s going off now, because YYU has just released a new album, titled Room Music, on Beer on the Rug. You can hear and/or download that record at the Beer on the Rug Bandcamp page right now.
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It’s still going off.
Two L.A. jammers — Cameron Stallones a.k.a. Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras — have taken their underground cred and done what any easygoing, moderately successful musicians would do: go to Jamaicaaaa, mon. The two already collaborated with The Congos on Icon Give Thank, which they recorded while living in Portmore, Jamaica. Now, in a new partnership with the veteran Stones Throw label, Stallones and MGG have created an imprint that showcases underground talent from the Jamaican dancehall scene.
Duppy Gun Productions already has a few 12-inches to its name, but now that Stones Throw has thrown weight behind the imprint, Stallones and MGG have decided to release a proper compilation. First, Multiply was christened with beats from Matthewdavid, Aaron Coyes (Peaking Lights), Alex Gray (D/P/I), and Butchy Fuego (San Gabriel). Then, Duppy’s founders took a trip back to Jamaica with a portable recording setup to get vocal takes. Featuring I Jahbar, Bookfa, Early One, Lukan I, and other rising talent, the comp explores new breeds of cosmic dancehall, dub, and R&B. Multiply will see a vinyl release on November 18 and you can catch a video premiere for an album teaser over at the Chocolate Grinder or an audio embed for Early One & I Jahbar’s “Mad” off the album below; meanwhile, Diplo will be plotting his next move…
01. Galingo [I Jahbar, prod. by Genesis Hull]
02. Mad [Early One & I Jahbar, prod. by DJ Talus Glider]
03. Multiply [Dayone, prod. by Duppy Founders]
04. Earth [Early One, prod. by Duppy Founders]
05. Own Pattern [I Jahbar, prod. by Big Flite & Velkro]
06. What Would You Say About Me [Fyah Flames, prod. by DJ Highwaistline]
07. No Tek 9 [Lukan I, prod. by Big Flite & Velkro]
08. Flip Top Riddim [prod. by Big Flite & Velkro]
09. Press Bookfa Press [Bookfa, prod. by Nice-A-Bunks]
10. Don’t Harass Me [Singin’ Crazy, prod. by Nice-A-Bunks]
11. Up Wit U Baby [Lukan I, prod. by Duppy Founders]
12. Rasta Life [Dayone, prod. by Big Flite & Velkro]
13. Girls Dem Need Mi [G Sudden, prod. by Genesis Hull]
14. Spy [I Jahbar, prod. by Duppy Founders]
15. Juggle Man [Cerassietea, prod. by Nice-A-Bunks]
16. WAFTT RIDDIM [prod. by Big Flite & Velkro]
SoundCloud’s move toward being a viable commercial enterprise has, according to Digital Music News, hit a snag with the holy trinity of major labels: Universal, Sony, and Warner, apparently not happy to be receiving a smaller piece of the revenue pie they’re used to. Who would have guessed?
SoundCloud, who is currently running at a loss and is being propped up by venture capitalists, devised a grand plan to embed ads into tracks and share the revenue from that with the artists. However, the major labels are somewhat concerned about their ability to control their copyright (and ability to make money) on the platform, which allows users to upload their own tracks, including artists on major labels throwing up their own unreleased demo tracks and outtakes.
Most TMT readers would know SoundCloud as a great place for unsigned and left-of-center artists to find an audience, but the anarchy of the system that was created has been invaded by the commercial music empire of late. The results… at the moment look pretty devastating.
Noise fans rejoice as Jason Lescalleet embarks on punishing monthly release schedule for the indefinite future
U2 and Apple might have unlocked a backdoor to your hard drive in a genius/stupid marketing gimmick to force music down your throat, but Jason Lescalleet is adopting a much more subtle approach.
Starting from right now, Lescalleet is releasing an album per month via his Bandcamp site. There is no set end to this ambitious project, and to keep listeners on their toes (in addition to the discombobulating noise/feedback/minimalist music he makes) Lescalleet will not be keeping these monthly gems on sale indefinitely. As soon as a new release is posted, the previous one is gone, so don’t hesitate when a new album is dropped.
All this basically means is that Lescalleet aficionados are going to be willingly and consistently clogging their hard drives with music they actually want to hear for the foreseeable future. Take that, U2.
Being the hardcore experimentalist that he is, we’re guessing that all these monthly dispatches won’t diminish from his excellent collaborative work, e.g. the most bodacious The Abyss that he released with Kevin Drumm earlier this year.
The first release, This Is What I Do - Volume Two is available now:
This Is What I Do - Volume Two
01. Autumn Leaves (October 2014)
02. Friends of Friends
04. Dwayne and the Bluebird Prophecy
Berlin-based producer Recondite has some news for you, and in an alternate world, this would mean abandoning the denotation of his moniker and announcing a brand-new soap opera starring Lorenz Brunner himself as every major character — where he gets to divulge his inner thoughts and feelings in hugely dramatic ways. Cliffhangers, wigs, and crazy betrayals galore! But the reality, like the music to which his name is attached, is a bit more subtle: Recondite is releasing his third LP Iffy on Innervisions November 10, and eh… I guess you should maybe be interested in it. Let us count the ways toward an unequivocal impression.
Iffy follows up the enthusiastically-received On Acid back in 2012 and the worthwhile follow-up Hinterland, released last year on Ghostly Intl. This new LP seems to continue the solidly minimal trend, but with an elaboration on the generally bleak and disarmed tracks of his previous albums. More specifically, aligning with the album’s title, it’s said to have a “conflicting mood” at its core, an aspect that may or may not manifest itself obviously:
Check out this rather extensive interview for more insight on the role that emotion plays in Recondite’s music. Such a (forthright) enigma!
10. Jim Jams
The ranking of kisses, blown or otherwise.
4. Mother’s kiss.
3. Cool kiss.
2. Super kiss.
1. Goth kiss.
The above results were found in a survey of 20,000 young kiss-experts. Each participant in the survey was given an advance copy of electro-industrial group Azar Swan’s new album And Blow Us a Kiss, out October 28 on Zoo Music. Their first LP for Zoo, the record follows up their 2013 debut Dance Before the War.
Guests (and possible kiss aficionados themselves) on the record include White Lung’s Hether Fortune, Coil’s Drew McDowall, and Nikki Sneakers. Listen to album track “For Last And Forever” below. Now get out there and kiss a goth.
And Blow Us a Kiss tracklist:
01. And Blow Us a Kiss
02. We Hunger
04. For Last and Forever
05. Mouth of the Sky
06. Bury the Sun
08. Kiss of Life
09. Strange Language
10. In the Garden
11. Blank Space
12. Sing Me Back