Whoops! This is kind of embarrassing! But… well, turns out that, in keeping up with all the incredible whirlwind hype, nonstop torrents of media attention, crazily overzealous fan hyperbole, and internet-crippling bandwidth demand surrounding last year’s smash hit solo LP Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, Thom Yorke missed one TINY little detail: he TOTALLY forgot to tour the thing! #TotalFacepalm, am I right?!?
But for those fans who have managed to resist killing themselves to alleviate the interminable anguish of waiting for a huge world tour announcement, some good news finally came in on the wire from across the pond this morning. As Pitchfork reports, the flush-faced Yorke is finally making up for that silly little oversight! Only, instead of wasting his precious time touring a zillion cities over a million days like some kind of second-tier, Phil Selway-type “indie rock” act, the illimitable Yorkester has decided to knock out the whole tour in one day by simply playing one set in the biggest and most crowded city on the face of the earth: Tokyo, Japan.
So get your plane tickets, hotel reservations, festival passes, and traveler’s checks ready, readers! On August 15, you’ll finally get your chance to see Thom Yorke play all of your favorite/favourite not-Radiohead songs live at Hostess Club’s all-nighter in Tokyo as part of the city’s larger ongoing Summersonic Festival. Hell yes. And in case you think this is all too good to be true, it ISN’T. How do I know? Because producer Nigel Godrich corroborated the news on Twitter. And Nigel Godrich just doesn’t lie about things relating to Thom Yorke. Why not? Because Thom Yorke is singlehandedly putting Godrich’s kids through college!
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes Epic World Tour 2015:
08.15.15 - Tokyo, Japan - Hostess Club All-Nighter (Summersonic Festival)
Harry Belafonte gave memorable harmonic homage to one fruit half a century ago, so now it’s time for one behemoth of a technological apple to further return the musical favor: Apple, the company that so many people love to hate and then secretly love again, has just unveiled its new music streaming service at today’s Worldwide Developers Conference! Not to be overshadowed by at least one presenter creepily showing their clavicles, what’s been creatively dubbed “Apple Music” looks to be a noteworthy addition to the increasingly competitive streaming space. Here are some of the features that were announced by Jimmy Iovine & co.:
- My Music: “music personalized to songs that you love,” based on more than “just algorithms.”
- Beats 1: a 24/7 live radio station featuring well-known DJs from Los Angeles, NYC, and London. Zane Lowe made a cameo during this part.
- Connect: the ability for artists to directly relay info about their work, including photos, early lyrics, and tentative tracks.
- “Tens of thousands” of music videos unaccompanied by ads. (Spotify recently unveiled their own video integration feature)
- Dr. Dre literally beating you over the head with wads of cash if you don’t subscribe. (unconfirmed)
And a subscription is, in fact, necessary. Excepting the first three months (which are free), Apple Music will cost $9.99/month for a standard membership and $14.99 for a family membership, the latter of which will allow up to six people to share an account. The whole thing will be available on iOS in over 100 countries beginning June 30. Windows and Android users can expect downloadability later in the fall.
Anyone else skeptical about a freakin’ radio station being a major boon to this service? The folks at Apple sure did want to emphasize that, though.
— Apple Music (@AppleMusic) June 8, 2015
• Apple: http://www.apple.com
The Welsh wonder known as Joanna Gruesome are taking their noise-pop show on the road, from Cardiff all the way to the USA. They’ll be repping their recently-released album Peanut Butter — which Slumberland put out this spring — traveling across North America, with a few dips into Canada and an appearance at Austin’s ever-expanding Fun Fun Fun Fest, where they’ll presumably all share snowcones and smiles with the likes of D’Angelo, Grimes, Future Islands, and more.
They’ve also got somewhat of a surprise for y’all: a lineup change surprise! Erstwhile vocalist Alanna Mcardle has left to focus less on rockin’ yer face, and more on rockin’ a mental health recovery. The band’s new lineup will feature Kate of feminist/queer punk group Pennycress on vox, and Roxy of Two White Cranes/Grubs/TOWEL on more vox/keyboards. Get yourself well, Alanna!
You can chart Joanna Gruesome’s entire vast and glorious North American tour here:
10.24.15 - Chicago IL - Schubas Tavern
10.25.15 - Detroit, MI - UFO Factory
10.26.15 - Toronto, ON - Silver Dollar
10.27.15 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
10.28.15 - Cambridge MA - The Middle East (Upstairs)
10.29.15 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA
10.30.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
10.31.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium
11.01.15 - Washington, DC - DC9
11.02.15 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle Backroom
11.03.15 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
11.04.15 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
11.06.15 –11.08.15 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.09.15 - Phoenix, AZ - The Rebel Lounge
11.10.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
11.11.15 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
11.13.15 - Portland, OR - Analog Cafe
11.14.15 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
11.15.15 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
• Joanna Gruesome: https://joannagruesome.bandcamp.com
Adult Swim begins 2015 Singles Series today with D∆WN, also featuring SOPHIE, Danny Brown, DOOMSTARKS, Thou, and more
Consider it a testament to the outstanding legacy of Space Ghost Coast to Coast (and not the condemnable underwear stain that is The Cleveland Show) that Adult Swim has been able to recruit happening artists every year for the last five years for the creation of entirely new Singles Series material. There’s honestly something a little weird about a television network collectively and apparently having such solid taste in music, but in addition to the factual Stones Throw relationship, it’s fun and reasonable to think that the staff just generally consists of cooler people. Consider an arguable opposite channel in the Lifetime Network, and we would hypothetically be dealing with annual soundtracks to domestic violence and awkward puberty experiences instead. Flashback to preteen body hair growth!
Thankfully, here’s word about Adult Swim’s Single Series 2015. Beginning this week and continuing on until the week of October 12, we’ll be presented with free and brand new tracks (1/week) from artists such as Danny Brown & Clams Casino, DOOMSTARKS, Thou, Chromatics, D∆WN (formerly Dawn Richard), Run The Jewels, and frequent Adult Swim musical contributor Flying Lotus. There’s also a SOPHIE remix of a Sia song in there. Yung Lean and Skrillex were clearly chosen as blooper inserts.
Here’s the full schedule/artist list:
06.08.15 - D∆WN (formerly Dawn Richard)
06.15.15 - Cherry Glazerr
06.22.15 - Kitty
06.29.15 - Owen Pallett
07.06.15 - Yung Lean
07.13.15 - Swervedriver
07.20.15 - Peaches
07.27.15 - Thou
08.03.15 - Danny Brown & Clams Casino
08.10.15 - Skrillex
08.17.15 - Shabazz Palaces
08.24.15 - Sia [SOPHIE Remix]
08.31.15 - Slayer
09.08.15 - Chromatics
09.14.15 - DOOMSTARKS
09.21.15 - Myrkur
09.28.15 - Flying Lotus
10.05.15 - Run The Jewels
10.12.15 - Bonus Tracks: Shantih Shantih, Dasher, Low Estate, Scanning Antarctica
• Adult Swim: http://www.adultswim.com
Say, fellow traveler, welcome to my general store. Please feel free to gaze upon my wares. Your road-weary feet and furrowed brow speak the volumes that your mouth does not; you are on the run. It is with great regret that I have not much to offer you in the form of respite, for mine is a humble home with but a few secret passages, all of which are sadly occupied at the moment. I can, however, offer you a word of advice: keep your eye on the horizon and head due west, and you may yet find safety among Shilpa Ray and her followers.
Ah, yes, you’ve heard her name. Perhaps because of the vicious blues punk blast of her recently released missive Last Year’s Savage or perhaps because you, weary traveler, keep your ears pressed tightly to the damp earth. However way, please take this tattered palimpsest. Among its vagaries you may eventually interpret her tour dates with the likes of Murder By Death, Man Man, and Sun Ra Arkestra out from the scrawl. Be quick about it; we know neither the day nor the hour when our pursuers will find us.
Lastly, before you leave, drink deep on this tonic. From its flavor may you be granted visions of the music video for “Johnny Thunders Fantasy Space Camp,” and may you find it invigorating. Godspeed!
06.14.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade $
07.08.15 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern @
07.10.15 - Pawtucket, RI - The Met @
07.11.15 - New Haven, CT - Cafe 9 @
07.12.15 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Showcase Lounge @
07.31.15 - Uptown Kingston, NY - BSP &
09.03.15 - Atlanta, GA - Aisle 5 %
09.04.15 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa %
09.05.15 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio %
09.08.15 - Tuscon, AZ - Club Congress %
09.09.15 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah %
09.10.15 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room %
09.11.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex %
09.12.15 - Fresno, CA - Strummer’s %
09.13.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent %
09.14.15 - Petaluma, CA - Lagunitas Brewing Company %
09.15.15 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall %
09.16.15 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre %
09.17.15 - Vancouver, BC - Blueprint %
09.18.15 - Seattle, WA - Neumos %
! Relaxer, Blaka Watra
# TJ Kong
$ Sun Ra Arkestra, PC Worship
@ Murder By Death
% Man Man
& Chain And The Gang
Another day, another Migos disappointment. Frankly, I wish we had less of this BAD news and maybe a little bit more of some GOOD news! You know what I mean? First, you make big plans to go see Migos and OG Maco in May. Tour gets postponed, life gets ruined. Next, you clear all your June commitments to listen to the debut Migos album, YRN Tha Album. But right after telling your best friend you can’t make her wedding, bam: YRN Tha Album gets delayed from June 16 to July 31.
Life is a constant fight night, in which we are forever to get knocked out. To soothe our wailing hearts, Migos have dropped a video for new track “Origin.” Watch that below; it explains the freak accident that left Migos with their superhuman rap abilities. And, once you’ve done that, remind yourself that life is worth living and that we will have more Migos soon.
• Migos: http://migosonline.com
Run The Jewels announce fall dates for the jewel runners, the blade runners, the fun runners, the lode runners
Are you running one of the following: jewels, blades, guns, drugs, fun, rum, lodes, or S.T.U.N.?
If so, congratulations! You are invited to attend one of the many shows Run The Jewels have announced for their fall “Jewel Runner” tour. Although runners of jewels are most welcome, Killer Mike and El-P will embrace all into this hospitable, fuckboy-free space.
Those uninterested in the running of all varieties may also attend these shows, albeit in constant danger of enduring punches thrown until made frontless. Last year, Run The Jewels put out Run The Jewels 2 through Mass Appeal, a release you likely heard about. They’re currently at work on the cat-centric remix to that album, Meow The Jewels, in addition to the third Run The Jewels album, known as, well shucks, Run The Jewels 3. Oh and they’re also working on some mystery collaborations that I’m sure you’d looooooove to know about, but so would I, so I can’t help you out there.
Run The Jewels dates:
06.07.15 - London, UK - The Forum
06.07-12.15 - Dover, DE - Firefly Fest
06.12.15 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music Festival
06.14.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Northside Festival
06.26.15 - Glastonbury, UK - Glastonbury Fest
06.27.15 - Ljubljana, SI - Flow Festival
07.02.15 - Keflavik, IS - ATP Iceland
07.03.15 - Roskilde, DK - Roskilde Festival
07.04.15 - Tilburg, NL - Woo Hah! Festival
07.05.15 - Bavilliers, FR - Eurockeennes de Belfort
07.11.15 - Des Moines, IA - 80/35 Fest
07.14.15 - Québec City, QC - Festival D’Été De Québec
07.15.15 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Bluesfest
07.17.15 - Pemberton, BC - Pemberton Music Fest
07.19.15 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.24.15 - Barrie, ON - Wayhome Festival
07.30.15 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
07.31.15 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Fest
08.09.15 - Katowice, PL - Off Festival Katowice
08.13.15 - Oslo, NO - Oya Festival
08.14.15 - Helsinki, FI - Flow Festival
08.15.15 - Gothenburg, SE - Way Out West
08.22.15 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
08.28.15 - Reading, UK - Reading Festival
08.29.15 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival
08.30.15 - Paris, FR - Rock En Seine
09.02.15 - Milan, IT - Circolo Magnolia
09.03.15 - Bologna, IT - Zona Roveri
09.05.15 - Pula, HR - Outlook Festival
09.13.15 - Berlin, DE - Lollapalooza Berlin
09.29.15 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto
09.30.15 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
10.02-04.15 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10.03.15 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
10.06.15 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
10.07.15 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s
10.9-11.15 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10.12.15 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
10.13.15 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
10.15.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee
10.20.15 - Denver, CO - Ogden
10.21.15 - Denver, CO - Ogden
10.22.15 - Kansas City, MO - Midland
10.23.15 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
10.24.15 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall
11.21.15 - Mexico City, MX- Corona Capital Festival
• Run The Jewels: http://www.runthejewels.net
Right on the back of an EP with the Ragga Twins, dark, shadowy, murky, swampy, creepy, scary, smoky, “elusive,” and downright hard-to-find international collective LHF have announced their second LP, For The Thrown, through Dusk and Blackdown’s Keysound Recordings. It’s set for a July 10 release as a double-LP and digital download.
LHF includes Amen Ra, Double Helix, No Fixed Abode, Low Density Matter, Octaviour, Escobar Seasons, Solar Man, and Lumin Project. The eight live across London, Mumbai, Los Angeles, Rio De Janeiro, and New York City. Their first LP, Keepers Of The Light, noted by many as a real how-it’s-done dubstep record, came through Keysound as well. In fact, all of their releases have which makes sense given the label’s pirate-radio recollection/reinterpretation theme, luring such venturous souls and TMT favorites as Mumdance, Logos, and (yeah I guess) Burial, too.
Where Keepers Of The Light was a fairly even split between LHF’s eight members, For The Thrown features founding member Amen Ra on all 10 of its tracks, with two features by Octaviour and No Fixed Abode. Resident Advisor picked out Amen Ra for a little favo(u)rite record feature back in 2012. He picks out some broken-beat, some classic Goldie, some Ras G, some Cannibal Ox. The range of influence plays out colorfully on “Triumph,” a real “roller,” if you will, accented by steel drums, vintage bullet “pews,” and gravelly euphoric synths. The track has debuted through Boiler Room and is available for you to scrutinize right below, along with the album’s tracklist:
For The Thrown tracklist:
01. Amen Ra and Octaviour - Gateway
02. Amen Ra - Surrender
03. Amen Ra - Horizon
04. Amen Ra - Yielding
05. Amen Ra - Entrapment
06. Amen Ra feat No Fixed Abode - One Door Isnt Enough
07. Amen Ra - Wet Harmonic
08. Amen Ra - Mud and Root
09. Amen Ra - Triumph
10. Amen Ra - Natural Boost
Well, you guys, it was inevitable. I didn’t think it would happen this way, but it did: rock bands have figured out how to open doors/travel around the nation. They’re going everywhere. They’re quitting their day jobs. They’re buying fast food. They’re making memories. Don’t believe me? How’s this for proof: Titus Andronicus just announced that they’re going on tour in support of their upcoming rock-opera LP The Most Lamentable Tragedy, out July 28 (a follow-up to 2012’s Local Business).
In case you weren’t sure, Titus Andronicus are definitively a Real Rock Band. In fact, some might say that they seem somewhat maniacally bent on proving that to all of us, what with their messed-up haircuts, singalong choruses, and Shakespeare references. In case you’re still not sure of whether you personally would call them a rock band, you can check them out certifiably rock banding in the below video for “Fatal Flaw.” And, on the off chance even that doesn’t convince your difficult-to-convince ass, then I’d suggest that you work on being less difficult to convince.
I shouldn’t have to work this hard is all I’m saying.
07.24-28.2015 - Brooklyn, NY – Shea Stadium
09.11.2015 - Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church*^
09.12.2015 - Washington, DC – Black Cat*^
09.13.2015 - Richmond, VA – The Camel*^
09.14.2015 - Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle*^
09.16.2015 - Nashville, TN – The Stone Fox*^
09.18.2015 - Dallas, TX – Trees*^
09.19.2015 - Houston, TX – Walters*^
09.20.2015 - Austin, TX – Red 7*^
09.23.2015 - Phoenix, AZ – Rebel*^
09.24.2015 - San Diego, CA – Irenic*^
09.25.2015 - Santa Ana, CA – Observatory*^
09.26.2015 - Los Angeles, CA – Roxy*^
09.27.2015 - Visalia, CA – Cellar Door*^
09.28.2015 - Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst*^
09.29.2015 - San Francisco, CA – The Chapel*^
09.30.2015 - Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s*^
10.02.2015 - Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios*^
10.03.2015 - Vancouver, BC – Cobalt*^
10.04.2015 - Seattle, WA – The Crocodile*^
10.05.2015 - Boise, ID – Neurolux*^
10.06.2015 - Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court*^
10.09.2015 - Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock*^
10.10.2015 - Madison, WI – Frequency*^
10.11.2015 - Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall*^
10.12.2015 - Detroit, MI – Marble*^
10.13.2015 - Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern*^
10.14.2015 - Montreal, QC – Le Ritz*^
10.15.2015 - Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall*^
11.05.2015 - London, UK – Village Underground
11.06.2015 - Bristol, UK – Thekla
11.07.2015 - Brighton, UK – Bleach
11.08.2015 - Oxford, UK – The Bullingdon
11.10.2015 - Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds
11.11.2015 - Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
11.12.2015 - Liverpool, UK – Kazimer
11.13.2015 - Glasgow, UK – Stereo
11.14.2015 - Leeds, UK – Beacons Metropolitan Festival
11.16.2015 - Nottingham, UK – Bodega Social Club
11.18.2015 - Paris, FR – La Mécanique Ondulatoire
11.19.2015 - Opwijk, BE – Autumn Falls Festival
11.20.2015 - Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who Festival
11.22.2015 - Dublin, IE – The Hangar
* Spider Bags
Holy shit, 20,000 agreements?! Can you imagine the strain that would put on a person’s wrist? I bet by the time SoundCloud CEO Alexander Ljung gets to the final contract, his signature won’t even come close to legibility. Wait, that’s not even a contract — drop the pen and step away from that lady’s calf muscle, Alex! Clearly, fatigue and the imminent prospect of giving up more royalties have led to a hallucinatory confusion between paper and human skin.
Though, in actuality, the deal that was announced yesterday (and that was initially reported on by The New York Times) concluded a bit more easily. Opposite SoundCloud was Merlin, a “a global digital rights agency for the world’s independent sector,” who conform to that self-description by representing more than 20,000 independent labels worldwide, including Warp, Domino, and the Secretly Group family of labels. The deal allows these labels to receive a percentage of the ad revenue earned by SoundCloud when artists upload music of their own or when licensed music is uploaded by somebody else. I assume SoundCloud has their bases covered, because “gaming the system” seems unusually possible given my (perhaps simplistic?) description.
SoundCloud first started the royalty-doling-out thing last year. Among the major labels, Sony wants to kick them in their German balls for their financial reticence, while talks with Universal have reportedly been “slow-going.” It’s strange territory for the niche and collaboratively-minded streaming service. I’d personally think twice about those separate plans to enter the bona fide fray of streaming sith lords.
• SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com