Wherever DJ Rashad might currently exist in the aether, it’s important that we do everything we can to show our appreciation for the late footwork legend, as he floats with white wings trying to get other angels to drop on solid ground and “battle” for the rights to the million-inch television with the gold trim. Rashad’s former Teklife crew certainly has more footwork credentials than the likes of some dude named Gabriel, so last fall Hyperdub sponsored the release of Next Life, a compilation packed to the brim with Teklife figures new and old, and the proceeds from which went directly to Rashad’s son, Chad Harden. The release was surely a worthwhile tribute.
But the release was previously only available on CD and via digital download! Now Hyperdub’s announced a limited-edition vinyl version available exclusively for Record Store Day (April 18) so that we may utilize every practical medium to transmit our thanks. It’s out in a silver edition of 1000. Let’s assume vinyl audio in particular has special heaven-penetrating qualities.
A track from the comp:
What does Actress know about the bird matrix!? Actress (a.k.a. Darren Cunningham), electronic musician behind previous TMT favorites Ghettoville and RIP, knows more than any man was perhaps meant to know about this mysterious matrix for avian life. And, damn it, I wanna know about this bird matrix!
I’m sorry, I’ve gotten ahead of myself. Actress has been tapped by !K7 to put together the 49th edition of their DJ-Kicks series, which will be released May 4. “I’ve tried to keep space between tracks, allowing them to speak,” Cunningham said. “I tried not to force BPM shifts and to let the programming remain choppy and quick.”
Though featuring tracks from Lorenzo Senni, Autechre, Mark Fell, and more, the mix perhaps most intriguingly features an unreleased track from Actress, recorded after he finished Ghettoville. And that track is titled… “Bird Matrix.” What is the bird matrix? Where is the bird matrix? And how can I get to the bird matrix? I would like to be there.
DJ Kicks tracklist:
01. Breaker 1 2 – 2
02. Lorenzo Senni – Elegant, and Never Tiring
03. Reel by Real – Look At Me
04. Autechre – Pen Expers
05. Chameleon – Thought 2
06. Beneath – Stress 1
07. Simbiosi – Impari
08. Zennor – Tin
09. John Beltran – Anticipation
10. Moon B – Those Moments
11. STL – Psychelicious
12. Snakepiss – Toil
13. Shit and Shine – Pearl Drop
14. Chez n Trent – Windy City Club
15. Mark Fell – Section 1-7
16. GNESIS – Pear
17. Shxcxchcxsh – LDWGWTT
18. Hank Jackson – Track 3
19. Actress – Bird Matrix (DJ-Kicks)
20. Gherkin Jerks – Red Planet
Yo, so my boy and yours, Alejandro Ghersi a.k.a. Arca, is making some major moves in the reissue sector of this gorgeous spaceship we call Earth right now. Maybe he texted you already and you know all this, but maybe not. You know about his debut full-length Xen from last year, though, right? I mean, it was number 20 on TMT’s 50 Favorite Music Releases of 2014 after all. Well cool then, we’re mostly there, because that’s what’s getting reissued. It’s arriving as the ????? Edition and it contains two additional tracks: “????? A” and “????? B.” The first one is made up of the individual tracks “Empath,” “Get Out the Fucking Car,” “Snatch,” and “Vanity,” and the second one just consists of “Dog Crying at Its Owner’s Grave.” It also comes with Jesse Kanda’s videos for the tracks “Xen” and “Thievery.” ????? indeed, am I right?
Anyway, you can grab it off iTunes right now, which is good timing because you’re probably going to need at least a month to process the whole thingy and Ghersi’s going on tour starting in April and he’s definitely going to ask you what you thought.
Xen (????? Edition) tracklist:
01. Now You Know
02. Held Apart
04. Sad Bitch
06. Slit Thru
08. Family Violence
10. Lonely Thugg
13. Bullet Chained
16. ????? A
17. ????? B
18. Xen (Video)
19. Thievery (Video)
04.08.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04.15.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Forever Cemetery
04.24.15 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain (DJ set)
05.01.15 - Krems, Austria - Donau Festival
06.18-20.15 - Barcelona, Spain - Sonar
07.04.15 - Manchester, UK - Manchester International Festival
The Harry Bertoia Foundation and Important Records are crowdfunding to preserve the sound artist’s full archive
You can help save Harry Bertoia’s Sonambient recordings! A few months ago we told you about the archival box set Important Records is preparing in celebration of Bertoia’s 100th birthday. It turns out the plans have gotten more ambitious. The Harry Bertoia Foundation has decided to join the commemoration by launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money necessary to preserve Bertoia’s archive. The American sound artist used to work with large sound installations and complex aural structures, so it is a little more than a bunch of external drives they need to make sure the 350+ reel tapes he left are given a proper digital transfer.
The crowdfunding initiative is open until next Tuesday, March 10 — Bertoia’s birthday and the date Important Records is set to release a box set with the bulk of the 11 LPs that comprise the late artist’s Sonambient pieces. So, aside from purchasing Harry Bertoia’s trailblazing compositions, now you can take part in the preservation of his life work too.
Chip in, and help give this sound art pioneer a great Centennial birthday present, here.
Ladies and gentlemen, I want to introduce to you Nick Klein, techno’s hottest bachelor of 2015. In addition to creating some of the dirtiest techno around today, Nick’s also a dashing country music aficionado and a
record store/label owner with a predilection for taking his clothes off. Sure, Nick’s had a few flings with some cassette labels, but given that he just released his vinyl debut with Berlin’s Unknown Precept, he might be ready to settle down.
Titled Failed Devotee, his album’s a five song 12-inch of dark, industrial-tinged techno that justly makes me want to enlist in the war on t-shirts. And since Klein recorded the album live using a variety of equipment with absolutely terrible user interfaces, putting up with your emotional baggage should comparably be a walk in the park for him.
With a beautiful sell like that, do you think you’re the wo/man for Nick? Are your best friends named Chris and Cosey? When you hit the dance floor, do you actually physically assault it? Are you open to tinnitus? His contact information is in the liner notes.
Failed Devotee tracklisting:
01. Anxiety Plae
02. Mobility Effort
04. Pain P.M.
This morning started off pretty ruff, but things are already starting to look up. PC Music has not only announced its Boiler Room/Dailymotion showcase at SXSW, but has also given us more bark for the bite with a special doggie treat fur our subwoofers. It’s called Dog Food Mix 1, and it’s a four-track collaboration between two women of PC Music: GFOTY and Spinee. You know what this means, right? Yep, PC Music no longer has a “gender problem”!
Meanwhile, PC Music has also provided details for its Boiler Room/Dailymotion SXSW showcase. It’s on Sunday, March 15 (before the Music portion proper), and it features sets by QT, A. G. Cook (who is 24 years old), GFOTY, Spinee, Finn Diesel, and Maxo. Hoping this one’ll be captured on film and streamed for our viewing pleasure! And hey, don’t forget PC Music’s giant showcase at Empire Garage, as well as many other PC Music-related SXSW sets at Hype Hotel, the Vulcan Gas Company, Parish Underground, and more.
Watch out, PC Music’s getting so big they’ll be on Canine O’Brien before you know it!
Dog Food Mix 1 tracklist:
01. HUGE SPINEE
02. BRAND NEW CAR
03. PAPER BOYFRIEND
04. DON’T WANNA SPIN
Ava Mendoza announces solo debut Unnatural Ways and tour! Apologies if you just spit up all your Thursday morning Cheerios!
Dude, I tell you what: all of these damned modern musicians are so damned “authentic!” I mean, these days it seems like everyone and her brother/sister who has embarked on a solo-oriented musical career is forgoing the time-honored use of some stupid moniker and going by his/her good ol’ given Christian name instead. But GOD DAMN is it confusing to remember who’s who! Sure, toss me a Jim O’Rourke or a Björk once in a while and I’ll keep their names straight and remember who they are all day long. But these days I’m not sure who’s Marie Stern and who’s Henry Kaiser and who’s Carla Bozulich and who’s… I don’t know… Cassandra from Wayne’s World.
But oh well, I guess. Just gotta suck it up, because here comes another innocuous NAME TO REMEMBER. This time it’s Ava Mendoza, a soulful, free-jazzy, bluesy, noise-rocky singer/songwriter/guitar-slinger extraordinaire who has collaborated in the past with such other badass-if-frustratingly-named artists as the aforementioned Carla Bozulich, Fred Frith, Nels Cline, Merill Garbus, Mike Watt, Henry Kaiser, Weasel Walter, Luc Ex, Thollem McDonas, Damon Smith, and Jamaaladeen Tacuma. In addition, she was also heralded as one of Guitar World’s “10 Female Guitarists You Should Know” (so you know she’s credible as balls!). And in case you clicked through and read this far without actually reading the headline, the SCOOP here is that Mendoza is officially putting her own normal-ass name out there, releasing her debut LP on New Atlantis Records this coming April 15! TAX DAY.
It’s called Unnatural Ways, and according to its pretty sweet press release, this “slab of wax delivers unabashed, raucous sonics, marrying the menacing tones of the creative rock underground to haunting, arcing compositions, potentiated by the fiery spontaneity of classic free jazz.” Collaborators on the record include Dominique Leone on keys and Nick Tamburro on drum kit. You know those names, right? Good. Cuz you’ll want to be streaming as many songs from the record as you can so that you can look intelligent when you’re singing and air-guitaring along at the huge string of worldwide shows that Mendoza has also concocted for this spring. Look out, world! Here comes… another very special person we’ve all gotta start keeping track of! I can’t wait! I’ve already put her name in my Gmail contacts.
Unnatural Ways tracklisting:
02. That Furious Harpy’s Still Following Us
04. No Record
05. They’ll Get You in Your Dreams Irene
06. Quit Your Unnatural Ways
07. Feral Twin
08. Danifest Mestiny
09. Is This a Joke
Ava Mendoza tour dates:
03.07.15 - Charleston, SC - Local 616
03.08.15 - Orlando, FL - Park Ave CDs
03.09.15 - Jacksonville, FL - Raindogs
03.10.15 - Atlanta, Georgia - Eyedrum
03.11.15 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight
03.12.15 - Columbia, SC - Conundrum Music Hall
03.14.15 - Baltimore, MD - Windup Space
03.14.15 - Philly, PA - Red Horse Studio
03.15.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Silent Barn
04.04.15 - Moosburg, Germany - Jazz Club Hirsch
04.05.15 - Bremen, Germany - Die Friese
04.07.15 - Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark - Science & Cocktails
04.08.15 - Oslo, Norway - Victoria Nasjonal Jazzscene
04.10.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Christianshavns Beboerhus
04.11.15 - Hanover, Germany - Stumpf
04.12.15 - Berlin, Germany - TBA
04.14.15 - Cologne, Germany - Stadtgarten
04.15.15 - Wurzburg, Germany - Freakshow
04.16.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Bimhuis
04.17.15 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Rumor Festival
04.18.15 - Lille, France - CCL
Ende Tymes Festival V: Pharmakon, C. Spencer Yeh, and Secret Boyfriend among those set to literally rip ears off
We could be in a situation where we’re forced to reexamine our lives through the perpetual experience of a particular year’s Groundhog Day. Or, even worse, we could be subject to an annual five days of Apocalypse, before raining hellfire gives way to optimistic sunshine and the chirping of bluebirds, which are quick to use the solidified Earth-risen goblins as guano target practice. Those five days would be literal hell though, so thank the lord for alternate spellings! The annual five days of Ende Tymes entails five days of as much noise and sonic experimentalism as any person could want. You might think the world is ending, but that’s really just Pharmakon screaming until the interior lighting explodes.
ENDE TYMES V: it’s set to take place the nights of May 13-17 at three venues in Brooklyn and Queens, with performances from Pharmakon, C. Spencer Yeh, Metalux, Arcane Device, Secret Boyfriend, Z’EV, Dead Machines, Bastard Noise, and an undisputed litany of others. Here’s a link to the full lineup, which coincidentally brings you to the Ende Tymes Indiegogo page. The rarity of zero sponsors necessitates your help. Necessitates!
Don’t sleep on the shows at Outpost Artist Resources, by the way. The film and video focus sounds super cool.
• Ende Tymes Festival: http://halfnormal.com/endetymes
Kelela has a message for you: she’s planning a new Hallucinogen EP and the first track is produced by Arca
Kelela has a message for you and she is not going to be leaving it on your voicemail because it’s 2015 and only literal jokers even begin to mess with voicemail. And no, Kelela is not a literal joker. Pretty sure she proved that much on her Cut 4 Me mixtape back in 2013 (which, by the way, is getting a deluxe physical reissue on April 7 via Fade to Mind). The message is that she put a hallucinogen in your drink. No, wait, it’s that she has a new EP coming out and that it’s called Hallucinogen. No wait, it’s that the universe is made out of sponge cake and that if you’re ever going to possibly survive you’re going to have to your way out of it starting today. No, wait.
Actually, by process of elimination, it’s probably that she’s got a new EP coming out, what with the release date I’m about to produce: May 5. It’s a six-song collection of tracks that were originally conceived for her upcoming debut full-length (due out this fall) but that ended up working better as a set all their own. Included among them is “A Message,” which is the actual message I was flailing around up top. It’s a track that grew out of Kelela’s collaboration with Arca on a boat back in August of 2012. She says, “we sought one another out across a dance floor and within five minutes agreed to meet each other as soon as possible to collaborate.” Message received. Message in a bottle. The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language. Anyway, you can peep the video for the track via the YouTube embed and catch Kelela on any number of the tour dates that I’ve so graciously formatted below.
Hallucinogen EP tracklist:
01. A Message
04. All The Way Down
06. The High
05.14.15 - Brighton, UK - Great Escape
05.15.15 - Lyon, France - Nuits Sonores
05.16.15 - Rome, Italy - Spring Attitude
05.18.15 - Helsinki, Finland - Keedes Linja
05.19.15 - Prague, Czech Republic - MeetFactory
05.20.15 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Kino Siska
05.22.15 - Paris, France - Point Ephemere
05.24.15 - Bristol, UK - Love Saves The Day
05.26.15 - London, UK - XOYO
05.28.15 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound (Vice Stage)
05.30.15 - Dublin, Ireland - Forbidden Fruit
05.31.15 - Berlin, Germany - Berlin Festival
• Kelela: https://www.facebook.com/kelelamusic
Hey, you guys see that Grand Budapest Hotel movie yet? I know, I know; it was all Oscar-y and whatnot, but I totally JUST GOT AROUND to seeing it yesterday. Downloaded the thing right off of Amazon, actually. Super easy. Weird to “download” a movie still, by the way. I am okay with “owning” most of my music that way, but damned if it still doesn’t seem sort of strange to buy a movie digitally and still feel like it’s “mine forever” or whatever. You know? Well, anyway, my girlfriend and I made a nice little afternoon out of watching it. It was pretty nice, and yeah… I’ll admit that I was a little skeptical about watching it (haven’t much cared for his past 3-4 movies at all, really), but I was pleasantly — if mildly — surprised at how much I liked it. Don’t call me a critic or anything — I generally just kinda like what I like and leave it at that — but I thought it looked really good and the score totally WAS super-cool. Everything was still all Wes Anderson-y, but it seemed to me like he’d really learned a lot about making a “bigger” feeling movie since he first tried it with Life Aquatic, if you get what I mean. Aaaaand… okay, great. We’re done. Sorry. Thanks for bearing with me.
Anyway, now that the content has been padded-out enough, I can just tell you that Built to Spill, who recently announced the release of their eighth studio album Untethered Moon in time for Record Store Day on April 18 via Warner Bros. (with CD and digital versions following on April 21), have tacked a string of headlining gigs and shows supporting Death Cab to the end of their previously listed run of shows.
You can pre-order the album at the band’s site (produced by Doug Martch and Sam Coomes of Quasi) right now, and if you do, you’ll get a copy of the single “Living Zoo”, which you also hear below. Here it comes, followed by the expanded list of shows. Rock & roll, everybody. Done and done.
Built to tour some more:
03.27.15 - Boise, ID - Treefort Music Festival
04.10.15 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
04.11.15 - San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brew
04.12.15 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
04.13.15 - Santa Barbera, CA - SoHo
04.14.15 - San Diego, CA - Irenic
04.15.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Auditorium
04.16.15 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
04.17.15 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
04.18.15 - Flagstaff, AZ - The Orpheum Theater
04.20.15 - Las Vegas, NV - The Bunkhouse Saloon
05.09.15 - Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Music Festival
05.10.15 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
05.11.15 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
05.12.15 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
05.13.15 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
05.14.15 - St. Petersburg, FL - The State Theatre
05.15.15 - Orlando, FL - The Social
05.16.15 - Tallahassee, FL - Sidebar Theater
05.17.15 - New Orleans, LA - Howlin’ Wolf
05.18.15 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
05.19.15 - Austin, TX - Stubbs BBQ
05.20.15 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
05.21.15 - Oklahoma City, OK - ACM Performance Lab @ UCO
05.22.15 - St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room
05.23.15 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
05.24.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
05.26.15 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
05.27.15 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
05.28.15 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
05.30.15 - Chicago, IL - Metro
05.31.15 - Grand Rapids, MI - Founders Brewing Co.
07.08.15 - Troutdale, OR - Edgefield Amphitheater *
07.09.15 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheatre *
07.11.15 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre Berkeley *
* Death Cab for Cutie