RIP: Kyoko, co-founder of OOIOO

From Yoshimi P-We’s Instagram (via Exclaim!):

This is Yoshimio.

I regret to inform you that my friend, Kyoko has passed away morning on July 19th.

Kyoko came from same hometown as I am . We started OOIOO together. She was the first guitar player of OOIOO. She left the band to concentrate to cure her illness but she came to help selling merchandise sometimes to our shows. She started the band with Itoken who was also her longtime partner.

Kyoko was 183cm tall. She was on her own pace , optimistic and natural blur. I loved her very much. I do not like to believe she is no longer with us anymore. I love to see her again.

• OOIOO: http://ooioo.jp

RIP: Josh Greenberg, Grooveshark co-founder

From The Gainesville Sun:

Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg, a pioneer in Gainesville’s student startup movement, was found dead in his bed Sunday evening by his girlfriend in the house they shared. He was 28.

Lori Greenberg, his mother, said Monday she was told by police who investigated Sunday night that there was no evidence of injuries or drugs.

She told police he had never been sick a day in his life; and his girlfriend, Abby Mayer, said she had never known him to be sick and he was not prescribed any medication, according to a Gainesville Police Department report.

Lori Greenberg, who lives in St. Petersburg, said the medical examiner’s autopsy found no explanation for a cause of death, but toxicology results will take two or three months.

“They are as baffled as I am,” she said. […]

• Grooveshark: http://listen.grooveshark.com

18+ announce summer tour

After three incredible mixtapes, 18+ stepped into the spotlight last year with Trust, an album that collected tracks from the aforementioned tapes. What was particularly intriguing was the NY/L.A. duo’s accompanying pivot into the “physical” world, which saw them complicating 18+’s themes of anonymity and privacy by largely destroying the mystique that they themselves had helped create. As they put it in an interview with Simon Chandler, “It’s almost as if we are now the avatars, and 18+ is the user, which has been and continues to be a very surreal reversal.”

To that end, 18+ have announced a new round of European dates, all of them in August. You’ll see flesh. You’ll see hair. Maybe some blood by the end of the night. Check out the dates below, and keep your fingers crossed for a new album, rumored to be out this year on Houndstooth.

08.22.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Moustache
08.23.15 - Biddinghuizen, Holland - Lowlands Festival - X-ray stage
08.26.15 - London, UK - Electrowerks
08.27.15 - Dublin, Ireland - Twisted Pepper - Scavenger Sessions
08.28.15 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain - Pop-Kultur night
08.29.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega Ideal Bar

• 18+: https://www.facebook.com/18plus18plus
• Houndstooth: http://www.houndstoothlabel.com

RIP: Dieter Moebius of Cluster, Harmonia

From Michael Rother’s Facebook page:

Very sad news today for all friends of Dieter Moebius and his unique music. Our friend, neighbour and collaborator passed away this morning, July 20th 2015. He will be missed dearly by all of us. Our thoughts go out to his wife, Irene. RIP, Dieter (Möbi).

• Dieter Moebius: http://www.dietermoebius.de

DJ Mustard to drop “10 Summers: The Mixtape” this week

DJ Mustard, who has produced every hit released since he was born in 1990, is dropping a new mixtape this week. It’s titled 10 Summers: The Mixtape Vol 1 and follows his free album 10 Summers, which was released at the tail end of last summer. The mixtape also follows his production work for YG’s phenomenal 2014 album My Krazy Life, as well as recent singles like “You and Your Friends,” “Don’t Panic,” “Collide,” “I Don’t Fuck with You,” “Party Ain’t a Party,” “L.A. Love (La La),” “Post to Be,” “It Ain’t You,” “Be Real,” “When I Come Around,” “Freak of the Week,” “Wuzhanindoe,” and “Sorry to Interrupt.” So many fucking hits you probably didn’t even notice I snuck in a Green Day track.

10 Summers: The Mixtape Vol 1 is out July 23. That’s this Thursday.

UPDATE: Here’s the mixtape. Love you!

• DJ Mustard: https://twitter.com/djmustard

Battles announce La Di Da Di, a new album that’s sure to make you ba bi bay bo

The members of Battles are unadulterated foodies!

And with that, we have reason to totally disregard the straightforward explanation for Tyondai Braxton’s departure five years ago, because even though most people would accept that international tours can be exhausting and perhaps a repetitive enterprise, it’s even easier to realize the rift that a disemboweling love for food can have between people who don’t share the same dietary worldview. Clearly Tyondai was or is more conservative with his daily carb intake, while Dave Konopka, Ian Williams, and John Stanier bathe in ice cream and use bubble gum as object adhesives in lieu of “normal” things like pockets. It really is way easier if you just slap your car keys to your abdomen as opposed to having to dig.

But breakfast foods! Those are at least partially the subject of the recently announced Battles album La Di Da Di, going entirely by the album cover, as well as the track “Flora > Fauna,” which suggests a secret veggie fandom. The album’s out September 18 on Warp, and even though it’s been a cool four years since Gloss Drop, there’s no reason to predict a qualitative decline. A “mushrooming monolith of repetition” is the phrase used by a press release, though it’s unclear whether that’s a musical reference or a nod to chosen recent pizza toppings.

Dates in support have also been revealed! Check those out below.

La Di Da Di tracklisting:

01. The Yabba
02. Dot Net
03. FF Bada
04. Summer Simmer
05. Cacio e Pepe
06. Non-Violence
07. Dot Com
08. Tyne Wear
09. Tricentennial
10. Megatouch
11. Flora > Fauna
12. Luu Le

Dates:

09.15.15 - County Laois, Ireland - Electric Picnic
09.07.15 - Prague, Czech Republic - Stimul Festival
09.10.15 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch
09.30.15 - Boston, MA - Paradise
10.01.15 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s
10.02.15 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10.03.15 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
10.06.15 - Vancouver, BC - Imperial
10.07.15 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
10.09.15 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
10.11.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent
10.13.15 - Dallas, TX - Trees
10.14.15 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
10.15.15 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
10.16.15 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
10.17.15 - Nashville, TN - Exit In
10.18.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.19.15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.20.15 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10.23.15 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2
10.24.15 - Bristol, UK - Simple Things
10.25.15 - Glasgow, UK - ABC 1
10.28.15 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
10.29.15 - Lille, France - Le Grand Mix
10.30.15 - Paris, France - PItchfork
10.31.15 - Frankfurt, Germany - Zoom
11.02.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
11.03.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
11.04.15 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
11.06.15 - Torino, Italy - Club2Club
11.07.15 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves


BATTLES TICKETS

• Battles: http://bttls.com
• Warp: http://warp.net

Lil B and Chance The Rapper announce collaboration through Instagram, sandwiched between shots of dogs and dinners

Studies show that 90% of Instagram photos are either of a dog or a fancy dinner or a dog eating a fancy dinner. But 90% of Instagram users aren’t Chance The Rapper and Lil B, because that makes no sense mathematically. In any case, Lil B recently got together with Chance to make a “based freestyle album” and then announced it via his Instagram. Chance did the same through his Instagram, in case you were worried this was some sort of Based World flight of fancy.

Further details on the album are scarce. So scarce, in fact, that none exist. No release date, no tracklist, not a single thing to tell you. Entirely possible that the album may never see release, but hopefully that will not be the case. Chance The Rapper most recently put out Surf, as part of Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment, earlier this year. Lil B most recently put out Ultimate Bitch last year, but it is entirely possible that, by the time of this publication, he has dropped a 94-track mixtape themed around, say, the OJ Simpson trial.

• Lil B: https://twitter.com/lilbthebasedgod
• Chance The Rapper: http://chanceraps.com

Ryley Walker & Bill MacKay join forces for the advancement of instrumental guitar music

Anyone plotting the trajectory of folk troubador Ryley Walker would know his axis is way higher than 45 degrees at the moment. With his much fancied Primrose Green record but a few months old and bootlegs of his ever-evolving live show solidifying his solid gold standard, it’s hard to not imagine Walker dressed as Midas and touching loads of random objects in 2015.

The Whistler in Chicago is now planning to redecorate its crib in gold following a Ryley Walker residency in January, which culminated in a weekly folk freak-out jam with other Chicago musicians like Bill MacKay (Darts and Arrows). The venue/label was prudent enough to commit it all to tape for the world’s listening pleasure in the form of an album called Land of Plenty, which will be available on August 14.

Promising to be an instrumental album that will “run the gamut from fingerstyle ballads to psychedelic waltzes and raga-inspired blues,” Land of Plenty has no tracklist at the moment, but you can sample a slice below while you pretend to be Freud and interpret the cover art and what it says about the collaborative pair.

• The Whistler: http://whistlerchicago.com
• Ryley Walker: http://ryleywalker.com
• Bill MacKay: http://billmackay.com

Planet Mu announces µ20, a 20th anniversary box set of astronomical proportions

Approaching the 10th anniversary of the label, Planet Mu founder and head Mike Paradinas waxed equivocal on the advent of MP3 sharing in an interview back in 2004. The decline of physical mediums certainly meant a loss of revenue at the time, Paradinas explained, but the downsides of that were qualified by the fact that discovering new music is a pleasure rivaled only by a cool ocean breeze traveling up your bare human exterior. An additional 10 years later and Planet Mu has solidified itself as a premier independent propagator of electronic music, despite or because of the new digital landscape. From his early and influential work as µ-Ziq to the label’s more recent footwork excursions, Paradinas has been a stalwart for music lovers everywhere. Through breakcore and thin, you could say!

So naturally this warrants celebration. Coming September 4 is the whopping release of a gargantuan 20th anniversary package, partially comprised of three CDs, which are themselves filled with 50 tracks of remixes and unreleased work spanning Planet Mu’s two-decade long history. Acclaimed artists like Kuedo, RP Boo, Machinedrum, Venetian Snares, Ital Tek, and Boxcutter are all featured, and the music is backed by a 100-page book telling the story of Planet Mu, written by Rory Gibb of The Quietus. But you only get that if you want it.

Those weirdly overwhelmed by the amount of content have the option of purchasing a two-CD version of µ20 without the book. You’ll be tacitly admitting a mild illiteracy in the process, but at least you’ll undoubtedly hear some new Mu gems. Ah, that’s brisk.

Go here for the full µ20 tracklisting. Paradinas is where?!

• Planet Mu: http://www.planet.mu

Girl Band set to release debut album Holding Hands with Jamie

You know that movie Once, where Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová wander around Dublin with wide, perhaps loving-in-a-non-platonic-way eyes and end up in a Dublin recording studio and make musical love then return to the dawning Dublin sun and feel totally spiritualized about music and life and love and all that?

Well, Girl Band have just laid down their first album in their home town of Dublin, and I’m guessing that the process was exactly like what happened in Once, provided that you switch Hansard & Irglová for a series of obscure guitar pedals and that final scene where everyone’s happy for a shot of Girl Band with bloodied knuckles, tinnitus, and a raging urge to strangle puppies.

You can do an A/B comparison when Girl Band release their debut record Holding Hands with Jamie on September 25 via Rough Trade Records. In the meantime, here’s a sampler of what went down in the studio.

Holding Hands with Jamie

01. Umbongo
02. Pears for Lunch
03. Baloo
04. In Plastic
05. Paul
06. The Last Riddler
07. Texting an Alien
08. Fucking Butter
09. The Witch Doctor

[Photo: Mark McGuinness]

• Girl Band: https://www.facebook.com/girlband
• Rough Trade: http://www.roughtraderecords.com

  

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