You can’t have it all, America. You think you can, but you can’t. Case in point: A Sunny Day In Glasgow. In a traitorous move, the (AMERICAN) band has announced a new EP, No Death, that is, gasp, exclusive to the UK. With the release of their (TMT-LAUDED) new album on Lefse, Sea When Absent, American love for A Sunny Day is at an all-time high, yet they could be throwing it all away right here. Nonetheless, America can’t have everything, so No Death, a limited-edition, hand-stamped CD featuring two non-LP tracks and three remixes, will be available in the UK to anyone purchasing Sea When Absent at participating stores. These stores include the following: Norman Records, Rough Trade, Picadilly Records, Rise, and Recordstore.
That said, here’s something people the world over can enjoy: a remix of Sea When Absent’s opening track “Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End).” Remixed by Ice Choir (the new project of former Pains of Being Pure at Heart member Kurt Feldman), the track is available below. Enjoy this track while you reflect on betrayal.
No Death tracklist:
01. Almost Like Emotion (The Drop)
02. I’ll Be Signal (Sad Songs)
03. Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End) - Ice Choir Remix
04. Boys Turn Into Girls (Initiation Rites) - The Buddy System Remix
05. In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry in the Tradition of Passing) - Fang Island Remix
In case you didn’t hear the news, legendary Cleveland band Pere Ubu have a new album called Carnival of Souls coming out on September 8 via Fire Records. They’ve already put out videos for two new tracks, “Road to Utah” and “Irene.” And now they’ve got a tour all set up for November. Great news right? Can’t wait to get out there and see The Ub (that’s my cool nickname for them, The Ub, I’m sure Dave Thomas would love it)?
Well not so fast there, because unless you’re in Europe you’re shit out of luck. They’ll be in France, they’ll be in Britain, they’ll be in Scotland, they’ll be in Spain, but they won’t be in your little backwater Podunk, no sir. Let’s face facts though, if you’re not in Europe you probably don’t really have the capacity to appreciate what The Ub are going for. You think you do, but you don’t. And you might say, “Fine, I don’t know if I ‘get it’ or whatever, but I enjoy the music and shouldn’t that be enough?” But that’s okay, we all ask stupid questions sometimes. We just have to face facts that us non-Europeans can’t fully grasp the subtle, refined art of The Ub.
09.12.14 - Paris France - L’Etrange Festival, Forum des Images Underscore to Carnival of Souls
11.12.14 - Leicester, UK - The Musician
11.13.14 - Swansea, UK - The Scene
11.14.14 - Tunbridge Wells, UK - The Forum
11.15.14 - Manchester, UK - Band on the Wall
11.16.14 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece
11.17.14 - Cambridge, UK - The Junction
11.18.14 - Edinburgh, UK - Voodoo Rooms
11.19.14 - Glasgow, UK - CCA
11.20.14 - New Brighton (Wirral, Merseyside), UK - Floral Pavilion
11.21.14 - Leeds, UK - The Brudenell
11.22.14 - London, UK - Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
11.23.14 - Brighton, UK - Duke of York’s Cinema, Brighton Film Festival, Underscore to Roger Corman’s The Man With X Ray Eyes
11.24.14 - Gateshead, UK - The Sage in Hall 2
11.27.14 - Victoria (Basque), Spain - Jimmy Jazz
11.28.14 - Barcelona, Spain - La 2 Apolo
11.29.14 - Madrid, Spain - El Sol
11.30.14 - Valencia, Spain - 16 Tonelades
Drum & Bass legend Roni Size proves himself a man of all sizes, releasing small EP and big album in August
Drum & Bass elder/innovator Roni Size has announced two new releases for his soon-to-be-launched label Mansion Sounds. The first, an EP titled Size Matters (come on Roni), will arrive August 18. The second, a full album called Take Kontrol, will drop August 25. Take Kontrol will be Roni Size’s first new album since Return to V, which was released nearly a decade ago.
Size Matters will consist of select cuts from Take Kontrol, and Take Control will consist of “dancefloor cuts for the heads.” Thusly, Size Matters will also consist of “dancefloor cuts for the heads.” A 16-track version of the album will be released on CD and digital formats, but iTunes has a special 25-track version that also includes a DJ mix. You can pre-order the EP here, the standard album here, and the deluxe version here.
It should be noted that Roni Size is not always just “Roni-Size.” Many of his most popular tracks, including the classic “Brown Paper Bag,” were recorded with his band Reprazent — one of the first to ride the sometimes-famous, sometimes-infamous “live Drum & Bass” wave of the 90s. Look at this guy!
Neither Size Matters nor Take Kontrol will feature Reprazent, however. However, it has been announced that Reprazent will drop a new album in early 2015. But that’s all we know about that.
You should realize that a few tracks from Take Kontrol have been floating around the internet. Mixmag premiered “Made in Korea” earlier this month; Annie Mac of BBC Radio 1 played “Final Days” on her show; and the one, the only UKF bestowed “Power” upon us through their Drum & Bass channel. Size is also giving away a track called “Bite the Bullet (2014 remix)” for free on Facebook — if you sign onto a mailing list, that is.
Listen to “Brown Paper Bag” from Reprazent’s 1997 album New Forms below:
• Roni Size: https://www.facebook.com/ronisize
As mysterious and ever-changing as the gray fog that hangs close to the damp earth, Andrew Broder’s Fog project rolls back in, thick as its pea-soup namesake, making the morning commute more than a little sketchy, and lending the process of me grabbing the trash can from the corner a little hint of always-welcome extra gravitas. What will reach forth to grab our ankles from the thick gray mush of humidity? Why, a Kickstarter of course!
Broder’s folky hip-hop-inflected Fog moniker has been on the shelf since 2007’s Ditherer (an album that featured the likes of Phil Elverum and WHY?’s Yoni Wolf), but if the Kickstarter futzing with the tender area just above our heels and talking a big game about different rewards for different levels of donations is to be believed, Broder will be back in the fall of 2015 with a brand new Fog full-length on Totally Gross National Product. No title yet or tracklist, but Broder has reportedly recruited producer Brian Joseph, who has worked on releases from Bon Iver, The Bowerbirds, and Colin Stetson. According to Broder, the album will pull back a bit from the more band-oriented arrangements of Ditherer into something a little looser and more abstract, more similar to his early work in the early 2000s. You know, like a throwback. Throwbacks really tickle the little history buff that’s camped out in my frontal lobe, if you know what I mean.
The Kickstarter campaign ends on August 12, and as of right now it’s a little less than two-thirds funded. If you’re not one of those people who gets so mad just thinking about Kickstarters that you want to punch a cute baby animal right in its stupid mouth, you can scope it out here. In conjunction with the campaign, Broder has released versions of two tracks that might make it on to the album in one form or another, one is an untitled demo that’s available over on the Kickstarter page, and the other, embedded below, is a stripped-down acoustic version of a song called “Turning Into You.” Give him your money! Or Don’t!
Is sibling rivalry causing Sir Richard Bishop to announce tour dates not long after his brother, Alvarius B, also announced tour dates? Perhaps. But at least this is a sibling rivalry we can all benefit from, unlike, oh, I don’t know — a rivalry between Jeb and George W. Bush to see who can hold the most political offices? The animosity that exists between Noel and Liam Gallagher, or the Jackson family, or the Williams sisters? Yeah, a Sir Richard Bishop tour is much more mutually beneficial to the public than anything those other sibling rivalries have ever produced. Also, I guess you could argue that SRB and AB aren’t really rivals, since they spent all that time playing in Sun City Girls together. But I digress.
SRB has not graced most of the country with his presence in nearly four years, so now he’s hitting the Midwest, East Coast, and Canada. Guitarist Tashi Dorji will be joining him in every city. Thanks, sibling rivalry!
Dates (all w/ Tashi Dorji):
08.29.14 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook
08.30.14 - Asheville, NC - Transfigurations II Festival
08.31.14 - Nashville, TN - Emma’s Bistro
09.01.14 - Louisville, KY - Dreamland
09.02.14 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
09.03.14 - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes
09.04.14 - Toronto, ON - Geary Lane
09.05.14 - Montreal, QC - La Vitrola
09.06.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Issue Project Room
• Sir Richard Bishop: http://www.sirrichardbishop.net
Future Islands, Deafheaven, Russian Circles, Bear Hands, Nosaj Thing, Moon Boots, Turquoise Jeep, Cakes Da Killa, Stu Larsen, Hippo Campus, and MORE are set to take over Minneapolis’ Skyway Theatre for two unforgettable nights: September 26 and 27. The Minneapolis stop is the second out of five total downtown city areas that the tour will pass through this fall.
For more info on tickets and to keep up with line-ups in Minneapolis, as well as the other cool-enough-for-Downtown-Records downtowns (Cleveland, New York, Los Angeles, and Houston), click on over to DowntownFestival.com.
• Downtown Festival Minneapolis: http://thedowntownfestival.com/msp
If Trust’s most recent album Joyland was a full-on “hands in the air,” “buying drugs from shady dudes in the bathroom” gothic rave, this new remix of “Capitol” is walking back to your car with your friends as the sun first starts coming up: life-affirming, yearning, and just achingly lovely. The dudes of Brooklyn coldwave band Black Marble have really done some dark magick on their remix of this one. Says Mr. Trust himself Robert Alfons: “I teared up when I first heard their re-work of my song. It’s feels like that huge rush that creeps in when summer is ending. I think they’ve done something really special here.” End of summer, end of night.
And although summer will technically be on its way out once mid-September rolls around, Trust will keep you warm when they tour North America. Starting off in McAllen, TX, Alfons and co. are on the road through October, when the tour winds down in their hometown of Toronto. You can bask in those last hazy moments of a glorious summer night by checking out the “Capitol (Black Marble Remix)” below (via BlackBook):
09.11.14 - McAllen, TX - Cine El Rey
09.12.14 - Austin, TX - Stargayzer Fest
09.18.14 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal
09.19.14 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
09.20.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Voyeur
09.21.14 - Columbus, OH - Skully’s
09.22.14 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
09.24.14 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
09.25.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
09.26.14 - Las Vegas, NV - Beauty Bar
09.27.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
09.28.14 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
09.30.14 - Portland, OR - Branx
10.01.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
10.03.14 - Calgary, AB - Saits The Gateway
10.04.14 - Edmonton, AB - Pawn Shop
10.05.14 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigos Cantina
10.07.14 - Winnipeg, MB - Union Sound Hall
10.09.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10.10.14 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
Melvins just can’t hold in the announcement of their new album, Hold It In! Ew, what’s that SMELL?!?
Ah, the illustrious Melvins. This news story is ostensibly about “their return” with their first new album since 2010’s The Bride Screamed Murder — entitled Hold It In and due October 14 — but let’s be honest: had Seattle badasses Dale Crover and Buzz Osborne ever, even for one fraction of one second, left your forever-grungy, pot-addled mind? Exactly. Ours neither.
And why exactly is that? Because of all their radio hits? Because Dale Crover was totally a better drummer than Dave Grohl? Because Buzz Osborne is super-duper Teen Beat sexy-looking? No, double-no, and TRIPLE no. I’ll tell you why. It’s because, unlike all those other bands from that scene, the Melvins have a non-terrible band name.
Seriously. “Nirvana”? Totally the worst name ever. For real, though. Let’s think these through a minute now. Alice?… in Chains? Sound-garden? Face it. That’s all some serious, cliched high school garage-band bullshit, folks. The Melvins have a sweet, simple, cool name. It fits like a good buzz cut: perpetually kinda-sorta in style. Gotta respect the buzz cut.
So yeah, even though this new record (recorded in Austin and L.A. with Crover and Osborne being backed by Butthole Surfers’ Paul Leary and JD Pinkus) comes after four years of silence (well, kinda), it pretty much seems like they’ve never left us. Suck it, more popular bands from that era. Long live the Melvins. And, what the fuck? Long live the buzz cut. Don’t hate.
Melvins tour dates:
10.15.14 - Sacramento, CA - Assembly
10.17.14 - Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo House of Music
10.18.14 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
10.19.14 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
10.21.14 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
10.22.14 - San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brewing
10.23.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
10.24.14 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
10.25.14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
10.26.14 - Albuquerque, NM - The Launchpad
10.28.14 - Dallas, TX - Trees
10.29.14 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
10.30.14 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live - Studio
10.31.14 - New Orleans, LA - Voodoo Fest
11.01.14 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
11.02.14 - Gainesville, FL - The Wooly
11.03.14 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbit’s
11.04.14 - Orlando, FL - The Social
11.05.14 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - The Culture Room
11.06.14 - Tampa, FL - Orpheum Theater
11.08.14 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft at Center Stage
11.09.14 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco
The music app game is getting a little crowded these days. Everybody and their brother is like, “Hey instead of making an album let’s just make an app and move to San Francisco and fly around in internet planes and buy Uber drivers with Google dollars and so on and so forth,” you know? I mean, to be fair, apps are pretty cool. And so, Chris Watson, the eminent field-recordist (and founding member of Cabaret Voltaire), and dude who was at the top of my list for people who I predicted would be next to dive into this exciting (not to mention disruptive) field, has decided to take a little slice of that “apps are cool” pie for himself with a new one of his own called Nimbus.
According to The Wire, the app was built by The Nimbus Group, and it’s planned for release in conjunction with the Brighton Digital Festival on September 10. In addition to including 14 pieces that Watson has recorded throughout his career with Touch Music (such as last year’s lovely In St. Cuthbert’s Time), the app also contains four audio-based games. One requires the player to use directional audio from within the app to navigate to a specific location, another uses the “north-south auditory axis,” the third is simply described as a “collection of sounds for insomniacs,” and the fourth apparently only unlocks if the user is somehow traveling at least as fast as a diving peregrine falcon (which is 300 km per hr or about 190 miles per hour). Unconfirmed sources from within the app developer community have told me that the game can also be unlocked by inviting your friends to play Candy Crush at a rate roughly equivalent to the speed of a sprinting cheetah (about 75 miles per hour). The app will be available for iOS and Android.
The Aislers Set announce catalog reissues, West Coast shows, foster an uneasy truce between sworn enemies Slumberland and Suicide Squeeze
Hens love roosters, geese love ganders, everyone else knows Suicide Squeeze and Slumberland hate each other. They’re like mongooses and snakes, oil and water, a duck’s back and water, fire and water, many other things and water. Yet, somehow even the bitterest of enemies join together for a worthy cause. Behold, a cause worthy enough to engender a partnership between Slumberland and Suicide Squeeze: reissuing the catalog of esteemed San Francisco indie-pop band The Aislers Set.
On September 23, Slumberland will reissue the band’s first two records, 1998’s Terrible Things Happen and 2000’s The Last Match. Taking the baton from their hated rival, Suicide Squeeze will reissue the group’s final album, 2002’s How I Learned to Write Backwards, on October 14. All three records have been remastered and given eco-friendly CD cases. In the case of the LP releases, this will be the first time the three records have been available on vinyl in a decade. Ever the overachievers, Suicide Squeeze have also re-sequenced How I Learned to Write Backwards. Beyond these reissues, a new record of singles and rarities from the band is being prepared for release in 2015. Until then, listen to a sampler of material from these records below:
To cap off this flurry of Aislers-related activity, the band will be getting together for a few West Coast shows this September. Though having ceased regular activity in 2004, the group has played sporadic reunion shows since, these dates being the latest in such a series. Word has it, all shows will be attended by Suicide Squeeze employees, who will stand at the left side of the club, and Slumberland employees, who will stand at the right.
The Aislers Set dates:
09.22.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
09.23.14 - Portland, OR - Holocene
09.26.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
09.28.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
• The Aislers Set: http://www.aislersset.com