Talibam! share new video, announce digital EP, back-catalog reissue campaign, and an absurd number of upcoming albums

As a writer of news, I am meant to be faceless, meant to write with an asexual, god-like voice; not but a ghost-writer of reality. Yet there are some stories in which I cannot help but inject my self — irrelevant, insignificant, unwanted as I may be to you who want not but what you think and hope is the truth. But do not fret so. You will have what you desire first.

Experimental jazz and rock duo Talibam!, consisting of drummer Kevin Shea and synthist (?) Matt Mottell, have announced a host of new material to be coming out mostly-pretty-soon. Translition to Siriusness, the group’s first digitally released EP, will drop September 9. They’ve released a video for a song off it called “Pain,” which you can watch down at the end of this article.

Further, they have announced a “digital reissue campaign” called “Archive Series” to get out-of-print material back into the hands and ears of you. The first “Archive Series” release is Hungry Hungry Hemispheres, a collaboration between Talibam! and former member Ed Bear recorded for the Athens College Radio Station WUOG in February 2005.

They’ve also announced six upcoming full-length and collaborative projects, though no dates for them yet. A new album called T is almost done. And then there’s all these yet-unnamed collaborations in the works: Talibam! Hard Vibe Trio featuring Matt Nelson, Talibam! with Tim Dahl, Talibam! with J. Wilms “The Sanifarian Equipage,” Talibam! with Yasunao Tone & Sam Kulik, and Talibam! with Tarana: TARANABAM!.

Now that you know what you so hungered to know, I must tell you what I so hunger to tell you. I just cannot contain it any longer. And if I am subsequently wiped from the grid for breaking The News Writer’s Code of Selflessness, so be it. Please listen.

I went to the same high-school as Talibam!. I really did.

• Talibam!: https://www.facebook.com/Talibamnyc

Dum Dum Girls to tour North America, attempt to make best coming-of-age road trip movie since Crossroads

Dum Dum Girls will embark on a tour to support their album Too True. It’s their third album and mostly everyone is loving it, so why not go see them strum some of those songs out live and in the flesh?

Check out the video for “Too True To Be Good” below, and if that’s not enough, then hit Sub Pop’s YouTube playlist for a few more Dum videos. Think of it as a sampler for your eyeballs that happens to be accompanied by musical sounds.

Tour dates:

08.09.14 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
09.20.14 - Denver, CO - Riot Fest & Sideshow
10.19.14 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
10.20.14 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
10.22.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line
10.23.14 - Madison, WI - High Noon
10.24.14 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10.25.14 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
10.26.14 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
10.27.14 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair
10.30.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
10.31.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Making Time PURE Halloween @ Union Transfer
11.01.14 - Washington, DC - Burger Records Caravan of Stars @ Black Cat
11.02.14 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
11.03.14 - Raleigh, NC - Kings
11.05.14 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
11.07.14 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
11.09.14 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.11.14 - Albuquerque, NM - Sister
11.12.14 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
11.13.14 - Pheonix, AZ - Crecent Ballroom
11.15.14 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet’s

• Dum Dum Girls: http://wearedumdumgirls.com
• Sub Pop: https://www.subpop.com

Tom Vek announces trio of US dates, paying tribute to the trio of colors that paint our mighty flag

Red. White. Blue. The three colors of our flag. Also the three colors of France’s flag. The United Kingdom’s, too. Can’t forget about Chile, either. Or Norway for that matter. Anyway, a lot of countries actually use red, white, and blue for their flag, but, hey, we do it the best! Bang bang! Rah rah! In deference to the great three colors of this nation’s lasting symbol, Tom Vek is popping over to the United States this October and playing three shows. To play more would be disrespectful to those looking for unnecessary patterns in all facets of daily life.

In April, Vek put out his third record, Luck, through Moshi Moshi. In keeping with my insane conspiracy theory, Vek will never put out another record, to maintain immortal symmetry with the American flag. This sounds reasonable.

Tom Vek dates:

10.20.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
10.21.14 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (CMJ)
10.23.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo

• Tom Vek: http://www.tomvek.tv
• Moshi Moshi: http://moshimoshimusic.com

High on Fire announce tour dates, plan to “risk it” on a boat with Lemmy because #YOLO

You ever tried to snort a line of straight fire through a hundred dollar bill and end up with egg on your face in front of everyone at a party? That egg was probably fried I’ll bet, wasn’t it? What with all that fire you were trying and failing to snort. You were probably super ashamed, and I know if I was you, that would be a memory I wasn’t in any hurry to re-live. Right?

Sorry for getting all PSA on you up in here, but with those “Herculean hard rock heavyweights” High on Fire gearing up to hit the road for a tennis-shoe sponsored music tour (i.e., The Converse Rubber Tracks Live Tour), I think it’s important to get the word out. Friends, lovers, colleagues, already-sentient artificial intelligence entities trapped within the internet, I beg of you: do not do drugs. And perhaps even more importantly: do not confuse drugs with fire. You cannot get “high on fire” as High on Fire’s name might lead you to believe. Be safe and live long enough to see High on Fire ride in a giant van shaped like a Converse All-Star throughout August, play at Hopscotch in September, and even climb on a boat with Lemmy and play on Motörhead’s Motörboat Rock Cruise with Megadeth, Anthrax, and others. How did Lemmy even get a boat?!

And, yes, in case you were wondering, the band is working on new material. No real details yet, but the tentative release date is some time in 2015. And don’t forget that vocalist and guitar Matt Pike’s other band Sleep just put out an Adult Swim single called “The Clarity,” which is their first official recording in over a decade. Listen to that instead of doing drugs here.


08.12.14 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair#
08.14.14 - Toronto, ON - Adelaide Hall #
08.15.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg #
08.19.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex %
08.20.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel %
09.06.14 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival
09.19.14 - Tampa, FL - The Orpheum
09.20.14 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
09.21.14 - Orlando, FL - Will’s Pub
09.22.14 - Lemmy’s Improbable Boat - Motörhead’s Motörboat
09.27.14 - Portland, OR - Dante’s

# Blackest
% Arctic

• High on Fire: http://www.highonfire.net

Kevin Morby had time to kill in August, so he’s on a month-long tour round America

Imagine this. Kevin Morby finds himself in a little bit of a bind, the lease on his current digs expires at the end of July but that flat he’s already put a bid on that looks really sweet isn’t available till September. What should he do?

If you answered something like “mope around and let life get you down”, you’re dead wrong. Kevin Morby’s not the kind of guy to let the system tell him what to do you see. His excellent Harlem River album on Woodsist from last year is a testament to the fact that he’s a scholar of the free-spirited Dylan circa Blonde on Blonde era who ain’t gonna let the man get him down. Instead, he set up a month-long run of dates, currently in progress, which will see him couch surf all over America and get paid to do it. Take that, oppressive real estate industry.

Join the very pleasant-sounding protest at one of the dates below.

Tour dates:

08.04.14 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow’s *
08.05.14 - Big Sur, CA - Woodsist Festival Big Sur
08.08.14 - Reno, NV - Holland Project
08.09.14 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
08.10.14 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
08.11.14 - Everett, WA - The Cannery
08.14.14 - Oakland, CA - 1-2-3-4 Go!
08.15.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo Park Rising
08.16.14 - Pioneertown, CA - Woodsist Festival Pioneertown
08.22.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right ^
08.23.14 - Long Island City, NY - The Lot LIC %
08.24.14 - Hamden, C T - The Space
08.26.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts Black Box ^
08.27.14 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel ^
08.28.14 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
08.30.14 - Asheville, NC - Transfigurations II
08.31.14 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter ^

* Real Estate
^ Steve Gunn
% Small Black

• Kevin Morby: https://www.facebook.com/kevinrobertmorby
• Woodsist: http://www.woodsist.com

The Drums announce new album, tour dates, after having successfully killed a couple years of time

Boy, time just gets away from you, don’t it? One moment you’re eight years old and playing Zelda, next moment you’re 99 years old and deader than dirt. Oops! New romantic revivalists The Drums know this feeling all too well. You blink your eyes and suddenly it’s 2014 and you haven’t put out any music since sophomore record Portamento in 2011, nor have you toured since 2012. Blink ‘em again and, buddy, right in the grave. That said, The Drums aren’t going to let that happen, because they’ve cooked up a nice bit of activity. FIRST: they have a new record called Encyclopedia coming out September 23. Check out the first single, “Magic Mountain,” at Noisey and/or watch a teaser for the album:

SECOND: The Drums are going on tour. Having recently returned to the world of live music by playing in Times Square this past week, the group will cool their heels until September. At that point, they will begin a tour taking them across the United States. Once the touring is finished, they will return to their homes and, eventually, the grave.

The Drums dates:

09.15.14 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
09.16.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
09.17.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
09.2014 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
09.22.14 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
09.24.14 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret Mile-End
09.25.14 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
09.27.14 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
09.29.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
10.01.14 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
10.02.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.03.14 - Sacramento, CA - TBD Festival
10.05.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theatre
10.06.14 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
10.08.14 - Portland, OR - Portland Star
10.09.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
10.10.14 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune

• The Drums: http://thedrums.com

A Sunny Day In Glasgow announce UK-exclusive EP; America weeps, comforts itself with new remix

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

• A Sunny Day In Glasgow: http://asunnydayinglasgow.com
• Lefse: http://www.lefserecords.com

Pere Ubu announce string of European dates, because America just wouldn’t get it

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.

Tour dates:

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

• Pere Ubu: http://www.ubuprojex.com
• Fire: http://www.firerecords.com

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

Fog’s Andrew Broder plans new full-length for 2015, launches Kickstarter to fund it

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!

• Fog: http://ninjatune.net/de/artist/fog
• Totally Gross National Product: http://totallygrossnationalproduct.com



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