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.
D.I.Y. garage-pop nerds, rejoice! Beat Happening are doing the third greatest thing on the list of things for Beat Happening to do (after  reform and  release a new album, both of which haven’t happened yet): the iconic Olympia, Washington band are releasing a greatest hits compilation.
Said compilation is called Look Around and will be a 23-track, chronological jaunt through the band’s best tunes and will be released November 20 via Domino. The label also promises that 2016 will be graced with a more comprehensive reissue series of all the Beat Happening records.
You can also get in the mood for some Beat Happening worship by picking up the recently released 33 1/3 book on the band’s debut album, Beat Happening.
If you have been pretending that you know Beat Happening for years, now is the time to confess, repent, and enter the Beat Happening wormhole. You can start with their best-known “hit” “Indian Summer” below.
Look Around tracklist:
01. Our Secret
02. Foggy Eyes
03. Bad Seeds
04. What’s Important
05. Look Around
07. In Between
08. Indian Summer
09. Other Side
10. Black Candy
11. Cast A Shadow
12. Nancy Sin
13. Knock On Any Door
14. Left Behind
15. Red Head Walking
16. Fortune Cookie Prize
17. Hot Chocolate Boy
18. Pinebox Derby
19. Tiger Trap
21. Teenage Caveman
23. Angel Gone
Late this summer, Tamaryn released her latest full-length, Cranekiss, which just recently made our Third Quarter Favorites feature. Produced by Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink/Violens), the album saw her moving from her usual haunting shoegaze vibes to a slightly more upbeat, slightly more insistent dark pop sound. (Like, “pop” if pop were made by a cool seventh-generation witch who lives in a downtown loft but who still has, like, magic potions and a grimoire and shit.)
After playing a few teaser shows on the coasts, Tamaryn is heading out on the road for a few stops across the US, kicking off in Washington, DC at the 9:30 Club. She’ll be supporting Neon Indian on a few dates before hooking up with Froth to take over California.
10.13.15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club*
10.14.15 - New York, NY - Webster Hall*
10.16.15 - Detroit, MI - Populux*
10.17.15 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
11.10.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel**
11.12.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex**
11.14.15 - San Diego, CA - San Diego Music Thing**
• Tamaryn: http://tamarynmusic.com
“Excuse me Siri, how does one get to Tokyo?” That’s what every joker out there who doesn’t know about airplanes is asking right this second, because according to a post on the Drag City website, Jim O’Rourke is about to put that little, unassuming burb on the freaking map. Maybe you’ve been living under a rock this year, or maybe the flaps on your bucket hat have been covering up your ears, but you’ve otherwise probably heard about O’Rourke’s triumphant return to “pop” music on Simple Songs this year. Well you might wanna get the ol’ rose gold, husky-sized iPhone 6s armed and ready for a question about Japanese travel accommodations, because Mr. O’Rourke is planning to play that sucker live in its entirety in Tokyo on October 24. Wow! You’re gonna want to be there, you nerd! Next paragraph!
As if a full performance of Simple Songs, featuring a string quartet no less, weren’t enough, the Honorable Sir O’Rourke is also plotting a full performance of 1997’s Bad Timing the very next day, October 25. And that performance will feature a jazz trio and big band! Exclamation points! Both performances will go down at Sogetsu Hall. I won’t be at either because I don’t have an iPhone, and as dictated by the logic of this post, there’s no way I’m going to figure out how to get there otherwise.
10.24.2015 - Tokyo, Japan - Sogetsu Hall
10.25.2015 - Tokyo, Japan - Sogetsu Hall
The papal craze was palpable across huge swaths of the United States last week, and is it any wonder why? Organized religion is awesome, especially when particular denominations are characterized by hierarchies and one person at the top who’s conceivably a Batman nemesis, according to his contrastingly bright and exposed “mobile.” Obviously, you don’t achieve that type of cultural status without a significant history, and it’s a Christian history that British renaissance man (and notable composer) Philip Jeck is at least mildly acknowledging with the release of Cardinal, his newest album for Touch. The “Saint Pancras” tracks are in reference to the Roman lad who converted to Christianity and was promptly beheaded for his beliefs in the year 304 AD. So there’s that.
Listen to the latter “Saint Pancras” track below, and feel free to be immediately struck by the ancient drone reminiscent of Xela’s similarly-themed In Bocca Al Lupo. It’s too early for comparisons to Jeck’s prior An Ark for the Listener, but what we expect is ambiguous ambience, inspired further by the writings of American author Marilynne Robinson. Among other things, she wrote about the importance of imagination to communal progress.
Cardinal is out October 23.
02. Saint Pancras
03. Barrow in Furness (open thy hand wide)
04. Reverse Jersey
05. …bends the knee 1
06. Called in
08. Broke Up
09. …bends the knee 5
10. Called Again
11. And Over Again
12. The Station View
13. Saint Pancras (the one that holds everything)
It’s 2015, and I don’t want to talk about genres anymore. They’re just marketing, man. Case in point: Sunn O))) just announced a new full-length coming out December 4 on Southern Lord. Now, I could spend all day trying to explain to you how, no, they’re not a pop-punk band anymore, how they put that behind them back in 2009 with Monoliths & Dimensions and how ever since their collaboration with Ulver back in 2014 on Terrestrials, they’ve been leaning in a decidedly more skate-punk direction, but I’m just not going to do that. Especially since I know that this is the internet and that the second I do anything like that, some yokel on Twitter is going to blow up my DMs claiming that their collaboration with Scott Walker signaled a full shift into rap metal, even though, as we all know, rap metal has been dead as a door nail since Linkin Park dropped The Hunting Party last year.
Whatever. The new Sunn O))) album, whether it’s weak thrash or party shred or mall punk, is called Kannon. Composed in the time since the release of their happy hardcore masterpiece with Scott Walker Soused, the album finds the duo of Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson working with an array of old music partners, including co-producer Randall Dunn, Oren Ambarchi, Attila Csihar, Rex Ritter, and Steve Moore. Weirdly, the press release describes the album as the group’s “most outright ‘metal’ in years.” Named for the Buddhist “goddess of mercy,” the group commissioned critical theorist Aliza Shvartz to contribute text for liner notes exploring and expanding on themes present in the music. Though it will be out officially on December 4, a limited clear-vinyl edition will be available on Black Friday Record Store Day, November 27.
01. Kannon 1
02. Kannon 2
03. Kannon 3
[Photo: Peter Beste]
It’s starting to look like the only financially feasible way of indulging in a merry-go-round of music-playing is to literally hijack a merry-go-round, disconnect the automatic carousel organ, and invite friends and acquaintances alike to bob on mutant animals to sounds recently deemed “happening” by the roundabout DJ of the moment. The seminal Turntable.fm shuttered a couple of years ago to the expressed serious disappointment of our own Jared Micah (and for reasons that reportedly stemmed from the company’s inability to actually pay artists and survive), and now, a clever and marginally well-received follow-up named plug.dj has shuttered due to financial difficulties. Apparently, the circumvention of royalty-doling-out by requiring users to play songs uploaded to YouTube or SoundCloud still wasn’t enough to keep things in the black…
Sadly, a last-ditch call for donations didn’t do the job either. That was made in a blog post on September 14, and two weeks later, the plug.dj team expressed their appreciation and bid their farewell via identical medium:
In 2012, we set out to make a product for music fans that we knew people would love to connect through. Since its birth, plug.dj has grown into a community of millions that have been on the forefront of musical discovery, with 20,000 new users trying out the service every day. We can’t begin to explain how much fun we’ve had on this adventure with everyone. We’ve made new friends with a worldwide audience, we’ve been introduced to genres we didn’t even know existed, and we’ve wooted more songs than we can count, but sadly it’s time to say goodbye.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get enough support through our subscribers to keep the site running month to month. We’re truly thankful for the donations we received that helped keep the site up until now. If it wasn’t for you, the site would have shut down 3 weeks ago. For the people who are currently subscribed, all active subscriptions will be cancelled today. At 3PM PDT we’ll be shutting our doors.
Thanks again for plugging in. It was a wild party!
Here’s a song I’ve chosen to fit the moment:
• plug.dj: http://blog.plug.dj
Hey detritus fans! Here’s a big, box set-ish slab of news for ya. It seems that big, box set-ish, rock & roll band The Flaming Lips have recently announced the release of Heady Nuggs 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994-1997, which comprises — as you might guess if you’re good at navigating their increasingly goofy strings of rhetoric — a “deluxe 20th Anniversary Box Set edition of [their] globally influential and essential” Clouds Taste Metallic album from 1995.
This hefty thing is coming at us November 27 via Warner Bros. on the typically absurd variety of formats that one would expect of these kinds of hefty things, including 3CD (plus “digital equivalents”) and “numbered, limited edition,” 5LP versions. Disc 1 of the CD version of the set (which is OBVIOUSLY the best way to re-live 1995) will include the original Clouds Taste Metallic album. Disc 2 contains the promo-only compilation Due To High Expectations The Flaming Lips Are Providing Needles For Your Balloons, plus the rarities collection The King Bug Laughs (Oddities and Rarities) (a collection of previously unreleased, promo-only, and compilation-only tracks gathered together and available for the first time ever in one place). And Disc 3 is “a previously unreleased live recording of the band’s club show at Moe’s captured in Seattle on May 10th, 1996.” In addition to all this dang content, the band is also throwing in all sorts of out-of-print t-shirts and posters and other big, box-set-ish rock & roll gewgaws.
Naturally, all these heady nuggs and more are currently available for pre-order right now on the band’s heady, nuggy website. And of course, those intrepid pre-orderers will also receive “a series of instant downloadable tracks at various dates leading up to the release, each a previously unreleased rarity from this collection.” …And possibly some other stuff, too? This is maximalism at its harried, jewel-cased finest, folks. Start massaging your wallets now. You’ll want them good and warmed-up for this.
Heady Nuggs 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994-1997 CD Box set tracklisting:
Disc 1: Clouds Taste Metallic
01. The Abandoned Hospital Ship
02. Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus With Needles
03. Placebo Headwound
04. This Here Giraffe
06. Guy Who Got a Headache and Accidentally Saves the World
07. When You Smile
08. Kim’s Watermelon Gun
09. They Punctured My Yolk
10. Lightning Strikes the Postman
11. Christmas At the Zoo
12. Evil Will Prevail
13. Bad Days (aurally excited version)
Disc 2: Due To High Expectations The Flaming Lips Are Providing Needles For Your Balloons / The King Bug Laughs (Oddities and Rarities)
01. Bad Days
02. Jets Part 2 (My Two Days As An Ambulance Driver)
03. Ice Drummer
04. Put the Waterbug in the Policeman’s Ear
05. Chewin’ the Apple of Yer Eye
06. Chosen One
07. Little Drummer Boy
08. Slow Nerve Action
09. It Was a Very Good Year
10. Sun Arise
11. Life on Mars
12. Ballrooms of Mars
13. Hot Day
14. Nobody Told Me
15. Magician Vs The Headache
16. She Don’t Use Jelly (Live @KJ103)
Disc 3: Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles (Live in Seattle 1996)
01. The Abandoned Hospital Ship
02. Unconsciously Screamin’
03. Take Meta Mars
04. Moth in the Incubator
05. Put the Waterbug in the Policeman’s Ear
06. Lightning Strikes the Postman
07. Bad Days
08. She Don’t Use Jelly
09. Chewin’ the Apple of Yer Eye
10. When You Smile
11. Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus With Needles
12. Love Yer Brain
13. Placebo Headwound
Flaming Lips upcoming tour dates:
10.10.15 - San Diego, CA - CRSSD Festival
10.17.15 - Nashville, TN - SoundHarvest Music Festival
11.07.15 - Dallas, TX - Untapped Festival
01.11.16 - Tauranga, New Zealand - McLaren Valley Music & Arts Festival