Has your stereo spectrum for too long remained unperturbed? On this shineless day of all shineless days do you find yourself craving pokes and jabs at the outer edges of that spectrum? Well, friend, have I got a thing for you. Or rather, has Chris Cooper’s Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase project by way of Jason Lescalleet’s Glistening Examples imprint got a thing for you in the form of Bidden, a brand-new release that Lescalleet first teased in an interview with us toward the end of last year. It follows 2011’s Seashard on Senufo Editions, Cooper’s most recent release under the Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase heading, and it collects six of his compositions from between 1996 and 2009, as well as one new 18-minute composition from 2014. Cooper, of course, has also worked with the likes of Caroliner, Fat Worm of Error, and Deerhoof over the years. As Bhob Rainey, head guy in The BSC with whom Cooper sometimes collaborates, says, “no one does layers like Chris Cooper. No one handles so many skittering, teeming particles with such (alien) bar room elegance,” which is precisely why I’m recommending this latest Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase release as a salve for your weird habit of referring to your “stereo spectrum” as “unperturbed.”
The release of Bidden also brings with it a so-new-it-just-might-burst video for the album’s track “Cpl. Rhomboid, Tantalizing.” The video, which presents an array of scattered and scattering images that perfectly complement Cooper’s warped and diverging style, was created by Matthew Revert, who also did the layout for Bidden, and who also has a very cool album of his own out right now on Kye. The video, which we have the pleasure of premiering, is embedded below.
And perhaps you are thinking to yourself that this release is not enough to satisfy your deep and abiding desire for your head space to get crackled. Well then, it is advised that you delve as well into Lescalleet’s own latest release This is What I Do - Volume 5, the fifth in his ongoing monthly series — it’s available to order, but only for a month, on the Glistening Examples Bandcamp.
01. The Arduous Transmigration of an Incongruous Plastic Child
02. The Talons of the lunozmyerts
04. Teal Ted Stares at the Last Deer State
05. Reveille and Commiseration
06. Cpl. Rhomboid, Tantalizing
This is What I Do - Volume Five tracklist:
02. New Age Fake Cupcakes
03. Asheboro 1977
04. Another Interlude
05. Embryo to Embers
06. Stock Footage
07. Four Leaf Clover
Last night, Barcelona’s most prestigious festival, Primavera Sound, announced its complete 2015 lineup. To the already confirmed The Strokes and Ride’s highly awaited reunion show they added a glut of names that defy belief. Ranging from the up-and-coming (Kelela) to the legendary (The Replacements!), Primavera pretty much has all bases covered: there’s the indie-flavored quasi-mainstream artists you’d expect to headline this type of event (The Black Keys, Alt-J, Damien Rice, Belle and Sebastian), big names from the not-so-distant past (Interpol, Panda Bear, Spiritualized, Fucked Up), very current “hot items” (Run the Jewels, Caribou, Sleater-Kinney, Sun Kil Moon), nostalgia acts/assorted reunions (The Church, OMD, Cinerama, Babes in Toyland), idiosyncratic pop auteurs (James Blake, Antony and the Johnsons), old and reliable weirdos (Einstürzende Neubauten, Swans, Sunn O))), Ariel Pink), emo founding fathers (American Football, Mineral — looking at you /mu/), and even a couple of representatives from so-called world music (Tony Allen, Les Ambassadeurs). You can check the whole lineup below.
Perhaps Southern Europe’s finest musical gathering, Primavera Sound has been known for welcoming an insultingly eclectic gamut of styles, offering simultaneous nonconflicting experiences to very different publics. The same festival that lets you catch Electric Wizard, Earth, and Pallbearer also has Perfume Genius, Roman Flügel, Tune-Yards, Patti Smith, and Tyler, the Creator in store. Mind we’re not talking about mammoths à la Coachella or Glastonbury; Primavera still is an urban, fairly mid-sized event. How they do it is anyone’s guess, but these guys could probably cook up a deal that finally brought peace to the West Bank. They might be behind the recent US-Cuba talks, I tell you.
As if slapping you with a lineup this caliber wasn’t enough, Primavera is turning fifteen this year; a symbolic passing-into-womanhood age akin to the Anglo-Saxon ‘sweet sixteen.’ Last night they revealed the festival’s lineup at a party where Cinerama played an exclusive show, but a mariachi band — a staple of ‘quinceañeras’ — showed up too. So be prepared for more Primavera-related surprises, or at the very least to review your definition of “embarrassment of riches,” in weeks to come.
Primavera Sound takes place in Barcelona from May 25 to 31.
• Primavera Sound: http://primaverasound.com
This past December, X-mas came and went without a peep from Burial (unless you suspect that GFOTY is Burial). Hyperdub heads wept, stars atop trees sagged, and on Boxing Day, all across the UK, everyone just stuck their heads out of their windows and spat on people on the sidewalk. It was terrible!
But just like Jesus died on Christmas and rose again on January 22, Burial has surprised us all by releasing a brand-new one-sided 12-inch on Keysound Recordings! Listen to a preview clip below, go here to grab the white label record + mp3 + free BWD>> mix by label owners Dusk and Blackdown (familiarizing you with Keysound’s back catalog), or go here to just get “Temple Sleeper” as an mp3. Then come back and let us know how the whole track sounds!
• Keysound: https://www.facebook.com/Keysoundrecordings
Like the sounds of a river or a baby eating too much pureed squash, we have heard the rumblings and burblings of a new Jam City full-length for a solid minute. The river, now, has lunged, and the baby has spit, and we’ve got a release date for Jam City’s Dream a Garden on Night Slugs — it’s out March 23, and it’s available for pre-order right now. Do you want to laugh about this bit of news? Well, Jam City does too, but he just can’t, mostly because of the “bleakness in the present” under the “regime of high capitalism.” That shit isn’t funny, no sir. Not when you’re talking about record albums, not when you’re trying to have a relaxing afternoon shopping at Ikea, and not during Thanksgiving dinner with your in-laws. Trust me, as someone who has brought capitalism up in all of those situations in my time, I know from experience.
Anyhow, based on the track we’ve already heard from the album — “Unhappy” — Dream a Garden was probably going to be something of a departure from 2012’s Classical Curves. Instead of a “total break,” though, Dream a Garden is described as more of an inversion of Classical Curves, something that will take many of the same aesthetic and thematic concerns and pushing them off into different directions. Sort of like how sometimes your grandma makes pineapple cake, but then other times she makes pineapple upside-down cake. Well, in the spirit of cakes and giving them to people like a grandma might, Jam City has presented us with a video for “Unhappy” which you can watch either embedded below or over on the new Jam City microsite. I recommend checking it out over there, because it will be only then that you can dig the video out from under a pile of internet trash, which is both a pretty cool web trick and a reminder that we are all “struggling to live and love beneath the chrome-plated, vacuous, and superficial machinery that we must fight to see beyond.” Party!
Dream a Garden tracklist:
01. The Garden Thieves
02. A Walk Down Chapel
04. Good Lads, Bad Lads
08. Black Friday
Yo, yo, yo; how’s it hangin’ everybody? You feeling good? Sleeping alright? Good, good. Okay, enough chit-chat. So yo, dig this shit: even though we totally told the whole world all about New York composer and vocalist Gabrielle “GABI” Herbst like LAST FUCKING YEAR, everyone was seemingly too busy talking about celebrities or terrorism or iPhone 6 or something… because it’s taken the rest of the world a hella long time to finally get the net.
But now that everyone’s safely on the same page and TMT has gotten the credit it deserves for defining the tastes of the entire international independent music community, Software Recording Co. finally feels comfortable enough (after checking with us first) to announce the release of her debut album, Sympathy, on April 7 and show off her latest video for the track “Fleece.”
After we suggested it, Herbst hired Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never mastermind and likely guest artist on Kanye’s forthcoming album) and Paul Corley (other guy who produced R Plus Seven) to produce it, and she also hired “long-time collaborators” Matthew O’Koren (percussion), Rick Quantz (viola), Josh Henderson (violin), and Aaron Roche (electric guitar/trombone) to provide all the non-vocal parts that no album reviewers will be talking very much about.
Hey! Speaking of albums! You can pre-order that album I was talking about right over here if that’s the kind of thing you’re into doing. And you can also watch that video for “Fleece” I just mentioned down below. What a weird series of happy HTML-related coincidences!
01. Koo Koo
02. Da Void
03. Love Song
Mountain Goats announce plans to Beat the Champ with new album, an illegal move gone completely unnoticed by the refs
Before we start this news item, covering the Mountain Goats new record Beat the Champ out April 7 (April 13 in Europe) through Merge Records, let me give you some advice. If you’re here on the internet (which you are), there is nothing better you can do than look up animated GIFs of WWE owner Vince McMahon. Here, I’ll help you out:
Now that you have spent at least 40 minutes in ecstasy, let’s move on to the story.
Beat the Champ is the Mountain Goats’ first album since 2012’s Transcendental Youth, breaking in half the longest stretch between albums in the group’s history. As the title suggests, the record is a collection of songs about pro wrestling, a longtime love of Mountain Goats core member John Darnielle. “I wrote these songs to re-immerse myself in the blood and fire of the visions that spoke to me as a child, and to see what more there might be in them now that I’m grown,” said Darnielle.
First single “The Legend of Chavo Guerrero” can be heard below. The track covers Darnielle’s childhood fandom of wrestler Chavo Guerrero, while seemingly also touching on the stepfather relationship explored in the Goats’ classic LP The Sunset Tree. As of now, no tracklist has been announced for Beat the Champ, but one writer (this writer) hopes for a track examining the man’s man, Steven Regal.
Theoretically, you can pre-order Beat the Champ on CD, double LP, and deluxe double LP at the Merge website. As of this writing, demand for a Mountain Goats album possibly containing a song about the time Sting wore a mask of his own face has overwhelmed the Merge website. By now, this has probably been fixed, allowing interested parties to buy the deluxe LP pressed on gold and green vinyl that also includes a red 12-inch featuring non-album track “Blood Capsules” with a dub version on the B-side.
Much like the touring WWE house shows, The Mountain Goats are playing a series of dates beginning in April. If they aren’t playing your city, there is an open invitation for anyone to come to my house April 7. We’ll be seeing if Beat the Champ syncs up with The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown.
Mountain Goats dates:
04.02.15 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
04.03.15 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
04.04.15 - Savannah, GA - The Jinx (Savannah Stopover Music Festival)
04.07.15 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
04.08.15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
04.09.15 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
04.11.15 - New York, NY - City Winery
04.12.15 - New York, NY - City Winery
04.13.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
04.14.15 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
04.16.15 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s
04.17.15 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
04.18.15 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
04.19.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
04.21.15 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
04.22.15 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center
04.23.15 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre
05.08-10.15 - Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Music Festival
05.26.15 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
05.27.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
05.29.15 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
05.30.15 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
06.01.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
06.03.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theater
Daniel Lopatin a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never Number One Stunna has crossed over into the film world once again, following his work with Brian Reitzell scoring Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring in 2013 and his re-scoring of Koji Morimoto’s 1995 Magnetic Rose anime last October. Lopatin has now provided the music for Ariel Kleiman’s directorial debut, Partisan, an Australian drama/thriller produced by Warp Films, distributed by Madman Films, and starring Vincent Cassel, who I keep thinking is Matthew Lillard. (Already it can be definitively stated that Partisan will be better than SLC Punk.)
The film is set to debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and the first teaser trailer has just been posted, featuring some ambient atmospheres, angelic near-choral melodies, mechanical tap-triggers, and juddering bass swells you might be familiar with:
How’s about that? I’ll catch you in the adjacent D-BOX seat.
The notorious metal bands of Scandinavia like to think that they have a musical monopoly on inspiring fear, but in the event that you come across this particular brand of egotism first-hand, it’s now obligatory that you interrogate them on their familiarity with composer Pepijn Caudron’s Kreng project. If they aren’t familiar, lend them a copy of Works for Abbatoir Fermé 2007-2011 and observe the entirety of their listening session. Patiently watch as their unimpressive notions of “fear” are upended to the point of voluntary seclusion and… wet pants. Sweet revenge, you arrogant bastards! Here’s a blanket.
Kreng’s prepped a new full-length called The Summoner, and it’s out February 6 on Erik Skodvin’s Miasmah label. The album’s absent many of the unique samples that have adorned his previous work, and while this might inspire a longing for the inherent creepiness of antique lullabies, it’s for the sake of something much more personal: the five (or six) stages of mourning, as a reflection of the unfortunate deaths among Caudron’s close friends over the past year.
Simplified, 12 string players directed to “play around” characterizes the first half. The second half is a bit more ambiguous, but “haunting” seems like a reliable adjective. So on that note, dear god:
The Summoner tracklisting:
05. The Summoning (feat. Amenra)
Four Tet releases album collecting material under Percussions alias, rumors begin swirling whether or not Burial is Percussions
As you folks may well know, Kieran Hebdan a.k.a. Four Tet is an accomplished electronic musician of many years. He is also Burial. “Me, I’m Burial” said Hebdan in an interview confirming that he was reclusive genius Burial. It was then that rumors started swirling that Four Tet is Burial.
That said, Four Tet is not Burial. (Probably.) But there’s nothing in the rulebook saying you can’t have other alter-egos besides Burial, so that’s why Hebdan has been putting out material under the name Percussions since 2011. Namely, a series of 12-inches released on his own Text Records label, which, as FACT reports, have been collected in a new album appropriately titled 2011 Until 2014. As a warm gesture, he’s also thrown a few tracks onto the album that have not appeared on a previous 12-inch.
If you’re looking for a release date, stop looking now, you sack of dumb. 2011 Until 2014 is available now through the Percussions Bandcamp page, where it can be streamed or purchased for £6. I’ll save you the legwork: £6 is $9.11 in American dollars.
Fresh off a contribution to Fat Cat Records’ ongoing split 12-inch series (b/w Katie Gately), or rather in the centuries since its release, as it came out in October 2014, Australian dance producer/device user Tlaotlon is back in February, releasing a cassette called Natural Devices on his own newly minted label, World Memory Records. Tlaotlon’s other major release was in July 2014 (so in web-years roughly the early 90s) on 1080p, and our own Simon Chandler gave it a favorable review, commenting on the producer’s ability to both draw in and keep out the listener through over-stimulation, “leaving her stranded in a psychically indeterminate limbo.” But an enjoyable one!
The new album removes perhaps one or two layers from the chaos of Ektomists but strays even further from its dance-music anchor by stretching the rhythms, mixing and matching, rerouting the forward thrust, adding a footnote here and there, crunching the numbers on the unquantifiable and spitting out a non-sum. I pledge no personal allegiance to the vibe of techno, but Tlaotlon’s stuff draws me in anyway, the same sort of material doing a different set of balancing acts. Keep your eyes on the label page for a place to order the tape.
No preview tracks yet, but here’s one from that Fat Cat 12-inch:
Natural Devices tracklist:
01. Delta Vista Pacific
02. Illuminated Biomass
03. Kurzweil Empirical Shadow
04. The Co-domain
05. Open Systems
08. Tri-fold Pattern Language