Sure, it could be a wise strategy, but it also reeks as the business equivalent of that scene in Shaun of the Dead, where Shaun and his friend come across a zombie for the first time in their backyard and, overcome with fear and confusion, they start chucking all sorts of ineffective objects at it.
Apple is obviously the flesh-eater in this analogy, and while Spotify hasn’t quite descended into an obvious state of public panic just yet, it’d be foolish for them not to take the imminent arrival of Apple’s new streaming service, along with rumors of a dastardly freemium sabotage, seriously. As such, CNBC reports that coming this week, Spotify is scheduled to announce Spotify Now — a maybe worthwhile update to the Spotify that some of us have come to know and love, with the added virtue of being openly prejudicial toward time travelers. Ew, go back to your hover cars all you Spotify Future advocates.
The possibly named “Spotify Now” may offer the following features: some sort of video integration, the ability to sync music to your exercise pace, and perhaps an enhanced ability to customize playlists based on mood or activity (you can do this to some extent already).
Of course, you’ll find out all of the details not now, but… soon!
• Spotify: https://www.spotify.com
Three Lobed assembles 5LP box set ft. Thurston Moore, Yo La Tengo, Kurt Vile, Steve Gunn, Bill Orcutt, Six Organs, and more
Those lucky ducks at Three Lobed Recordings are living the dream. Everyone knows that being a record company is the single coolest thing anyone can do, and now they’ve taken that to a new level by assembling a box set of collaborative albums that seems to be more of a hypothetical wishlist come true.
The Parallelogram 5LP collection takes five musical pairings and lets each one put together a full-length slab of vinyl. And the pairings that Three Lobed has managed to pull off are the cream of the guitar/drone/folk intersection for which the label is known: we’re talking Six Organs of Admittance backed by William Tyler, Philadelphia buddies Steve Gunn and Kurt Vile going head to head, and various iterations of demi-gods such as Thurston Moore, Bill Orcutt, Chris Corsano, and Yo La Tengo doing their thing. Yowzers!
There will be about 950 box sets available, and the label assures us that the individual records won’t be available to buy a la carte, although the artists themselves will be releasing their own contributions at a later date. But if you don’t want to wait, get over to the website and pledge your $110 (including shipping) to secure your copy now.
The box set (which includes a downloadable version) will be housed in letterpressed “matchbooks” and will be shipping around August.
- Hiss Golden Messenger / Michael Chapman
- Six Organs of Admittance / William Tyler
- Kurt Vile / Steve Gunn
- Thurston Moore & John Moloney: Caught on Tape / Bishop – Orcutt - Corsano
- Bardo Pond / Yo La Tengo
• Three Lobed: http://threelobed.com
I’m sure Evan Caminiti’s been aware of modular synthesizers for some time now, but only recently has his passing acquaintance (in lieu of guitar) transformed into a full-blown love-affair, bolstered as it was by a recent trip to an obscure county fair located in an unspecified city. As Caminiti dove headfirst into a stick of cotton candy, he noticed (presumably) out of the corner of his eye a wonderfully well-preserved vintage synth standing next to the Tilt-A-Whirl, eyeing him with her LFO. A spontaneous crowd interrupted their fierce visual connection, but something told the Bay Area musician that he’d find the source of his newfound infatuation, whole, in the fair’s Hall of Mirrors. She appeared at once in the surrounding reflections, let out heartfelt *bleep bleep brrrrr* and the rest is knob-turning, patch cable history!
You can certainly hear evidence of this on Barn Owl’s most recent effort V, and while Caminiti’s other solo efforts Night Dust and Dreamless Sleep are more reminiscent of a dark Mark McGuire with their guitar presence, the upcoming full-length Meridian, out June 16 on Thrill Jockey, promises to evince a formal shift. Drone’s still the name of the game, but as you can tell by the opening track below, things sound potentially even more enveloping. You wouldn’t think it were possible…
How four guys from Dublin, Ireland came to call themselves Girl Band while playing some of the most punishing post-punk music you’ve heard since the term post-punk was invented will forever remain a mystery.
What is far from mysterious is the hype the band garnered from their SXSW performances a few months back, when they got all/a> sorts of critics excited. Their recently released Early Years EP confirms just how brutal and exciting the group is.
Another mystery that Scooby and the gang might not have to investigate will be what you think of their live show, because Girl Band are returning to America in June just for you, because they’re nice like that.
Check out a live set below before committing yourself to one of the dates. And get ear plugs.
06.12.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Voyeur *
06.13.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
06.14.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
06.16.15 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair *
06.17.15 - Hamden, CT - The Ballroom at the Outer Space *
06.18.15 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel *
06.19.15 - Toronto, ON - Garrison ^
06.20.15 - Toronto, ON - The Underground (The Drake Hotel) ^
06.22.15 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop %
06.23.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox %
06.24.15 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar %
06.25.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC %
* Viet Cong
An arduous trek. It’d be a tough enough task to musically represent my relatively bland, quaint, and suburban East Coast home town given its plethora of intriguing strip malls and high-end car dealerships, but Greek drone trio Mohammad (whose PAN release Som Sakrifis made it to #12 on our Favorite Albums of 2013 feature) apparently had nary a second thought about breezing through not one, but three albums designed at the outset to “explore the geographical area between 34°Ν - 42°Ν & 19°Ε - 29°Ε” — a point referencing a region comprised of Turkey, Greece, and Bulgaria. We’re now at a point where listeners and travelers to the region will find themselves aspiring to Parthenon traversal, as a heavy and heavily-stringed soundtrack plays through their mind, unconsciously and inevitably. Oh Athena, put some good charms down on these geographically appreciative fellows!
Zo Rèl Do and Lamnè Gastama both came out last year, and now Segondè Saleco has just been unveiled on (as was the case previously) Greek label Antifrost. Coming in an edition of 450 LPs and 500 CDs, the release is said to mark the “final catharsis which signals a dramatic change in the trio’s signature sound.”
“Dramatic” might be a bit much, but the single below (also posted at the Chocolate Grinder) does sound a bit more subdued. And to think that ILIOS, Coti K, and Nikos Veliotsis were already plenty patient with their oscillator, double bass, and cello, respectively:
Go here to purchase.
Segondè Saleco tracklisting:
01. Bela Frumatene
03. Kawas Rivero Akvo
04. Ah Ya em Hamada
A Queens-born rapper was killed and another person wounded early Sunday after someone opened fire on a car in Queens.
The victim, shot multiple times in the torso, has been identified as 31-year old Lionel Pickens of Ozone Park, known as Chinx.
It happened just after 4 a.m. at Queens Boulevard and 84th Drive in Briarwood. […]
When you pull the string embedded in our backs and point us in the direction of Jim O’Rourke, we at Tiny Mix Tapes have a number of catchphrases. For instance, we might say “Holy shit,” or, “Yes, we are familiar with the concept of downloading music digitally,” or even, “Hey now that you mention it, where did you buy that sweet bucket hat?” Well now, our manufacturers have seen fit to add an additional phrase to our arsenal, namely: “Well, I suppose, just give me a minute and let me pull out my wallet here so I can order that collaborative LP you did with Phillip B. Klingler.” The reason for this new catchphrase is the fact that Jim O’Rourke and Phillip B. Klingler (a.k.a. PBK) have released a collaborative LP entitled Unidentified Again.
The new LP is out now on Lasse Marhaug’s Pica Disk. It’s the culmination of a long, epistolary friendship (with an almost equally longstanding intention to collaborate) between the two that began in the late 80s, paused for a bit in the 90s and early 2000s, and was born again on the occasion of the shipment of a Merzbow record in 2012. Fittingly, Unidentified Again came about by way of the two musicians sending one another source materials to mix and manipulate.
Read more about the album on the Pica Disk website and listen to a sample track below.
In other news, Jim O’Rourke’s new solo album, Simple Songs, is out next week on Drag City. If you’re in Japan tomorrow, be sure to head to the Tokyo Festival of Modular, where Mr. O’Rourke will be performing with his Serge Modular!
Unidentified Again tracklisting:
A. The Turning Night
B. Myths in Translation
C. End of the Landscape
D. Long Lain in the Stream
Rap, get into it! It’s the brand-new, 30+ year craze that’s sweeping the nation! The young and old agree: rap is where it’s at. Just look at Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth. Now there’s a young man who knows his rap. He’ll prove it to you this summer with the Just Rap tour, a series of shows headed up by him and Tommy Kruise set to feature different special guest rappers in each city. Now that is one rapstravaganza!
To get the world prepped for all this rapping, Hemsworth has created a “Just Rap” mix for menswear shop Frank & Oak. Rap and fine suits — a match made in heaven. Read Frank & Oak’s interview with Hemsworth at their site and check out the mix below. Now, if you don’t mind me, I’ll be over here, enjoying some rapping.
Ryan Hemsworth dates (all with Tommy Kruise):
06.04.15 - Montreal,QC - TBD
06.05.15 - Ottawa, ON - Babylon
06.06.15 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
06.11.15 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East
06.12.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Palisades
06.13.15 - New York, NY - Santos Party House
06.17.15 - Denver, CO - The 1UP
06.18.15 - Minneapolis, MN - The Loft
06.19.15 - Chicago, IL - The Mid
06.20.15 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
06.25.15 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
06.26.15 - San Francisco, CA - 1015 Folsom
06.27.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Lot 613
• Ryan Hemsworth: http://ryanhemsworth.com
There once was a fellah named Ghostface
he was a Killah who could rap at a quick pace
and with his good friend named Rae
they did rappings all day
and sometimes, no reason, they’d talk outer space
“We should travel the world,” said the Ghost
Rae thought for a moment, and then he did a toast
He said, “I agree with your thought
A tour, yes we ought!”
And so they plotted a course coast to coast
And indeed Rae knew something Ghost had forgot
About the year Cuban Linx had first dropped
That classic package of songs
Was now out 20 years long
And this tour would celebrate its canonical spot
So in sum, as these verses have shown
Ghost and Rae, yes they’re skilled, but it’s known
That rhyming’s something I’m good at
And that’s a cold hard rap fact
Peep my mixtape, because I, Taylor, go hard in the zone
Tickets go on sale today, May 15.
07.07.2015 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of the Living
07.08.2015 - Silver Springs, MD - The Fillmore
07.09.2015 - Columbus, OH - Park Street Saloon
07.10.2015 - Joliet, IL - Mojoes
07.11.2015 - St. Louis, MO - Ready Room
07.12.2015 - Minneapolis, MN - The Cabooze
07.14.2015 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
07.15.2015 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
07.16.2015 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
07.17.2015 - Boston, MA - Paradise Theater
07.19.2015 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
07.20.2015 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
07.23.2015 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
07.24.2015 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
07.25.2015 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
07.26.2015 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
07.28.2015 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
07.30.2015 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom
07.31.2015 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
08.01.2015 - Chattanooga, TN - Track 29
08.02.2015 - Columbia, SC - Music Farm
08.05.2015 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
08.06.2015 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
08.07.2015 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
08.08.2015 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
08.09.2015 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
08.11.2015 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
08.12.2015 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
08.13.2015 - Tuscon, AZ - Rialto Theatre
08.15.2015 - Riverside CA - Riverside Municipal Auditorium
08.16.2015 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
08.18.2015 - Los Angeles, CA - Belasco Theater
Voice of the Valley Noise Rally VII starts July 23, features Mark McGuire, Good Willsmith, Forma, Secret Boyfriend, way more!
If you’re like me, I know you’re wondering if valleys really even have voices. Well, I can tell you right now in this little text box in the Tiny Mix Tapes content management system that they do not. But don’t try to tell that to the organizers of the Voice of the Valley Noise Rally. Nope! No matter how many times you try to get in to their cars at stoplights or visit them during breakfast, they will not listen to you! Whatever, though — what do I know? It’s not like I’m the one organizing a four-day experimental musical running from July 23 through July 26 in Millstone, West Virginia. They are the ones doing that. And so, I don’t know, maybe I could stand to be less arrogant about valleys. It’s a problem I have. I’m working on it.
With the likes of Forma, Mark McGuire, Good Willsmith, Secret Boyfriend, Brett Naucke, Leslie Keffer, Quicksails, and holy crap (!!) a whole lot of others, it kind of seems petty to argue about whether or not valleys really have voices anyway. There will be so much good music happening over the course of this festival that if you roll up and say something like “Yo, are you sure that geographical features have literal voices?” either no one will hear you because of how hard Headboggle is jamming out or you’ll just get laughed at all the way to the porta-potties.
You can grab tickets — $50 pre-sale, $60 at the gate — and see the full lineup on the fest’s website. Peep the fest on Twitter for all the sweet real-time updates you can handle, and RSVP to the event on Facebook so your aunt knows you’re busy that week.
• Voice of the Valley Noise Rally: http://vovnoise.blogspot.com/