There’s potentially a whole heap of biographing and gushing prose regarding this one, but lemme say this for simplicity’s sake: over here at TMT we quite like James Blake, and we quite like Frank Ocean. Done? Done.
Now picture this: James Blake announces a short tour, and Frank Ocean tags along to do some guesting (and, hopefully, some singing). Surely not, right? Wrong! Starting tonight, Jimmy B is gonna be gigging in a few locations across England with his usual 1-800 Dinosaur crew — Airhead, Mr Assister, et al. — and one other nom de plume billed as BOYSDONTCRY. That sounds familiar… oh yeah!
Basically, the whole thing sounds kinda rad. Keep them eyes peeled for new albums from both of our tourists; Radio Silence from Blake and an as-yet officially untitled record (though presumably called Boys Don’t Cry) from Frankie, both coming #soon.
04.09.15 - Bristol, UK - Lakota
04.10.15 - Manchester, UK - Roundhouse
04.12.15 - London, UK - TBA
Holodeck co-founder Jonathan Slade has previously been adamant that the Austin-based label doesn’t operate with a particular genre or aesthetic in mind. We, of course, readily accept this notion, but we also noticed that their two newest releases (both of which are forthcoming) harken back to a scene in which people, dressed in black turtlenecks and wearing extravagant eyewear, danced stone-faced under ominous strobe lights. And it’s probably not a coincidence that Marie Davidson and BOAN have recently been playing shows together; their cold-wave styles complement like sequins and feather boas.
And so we’re on to the other “forthcoming” release. The Texas-based BOAN are releasing their debut album Mentiras on June 9, and it certainly doesn’t seem like José Cota (a.k.a. SSLEEPERHOLD) and Mariana Saldaña (formerly of //TENSE//) are keen on giving up their synth appreciation — lucky for us. The duo’s participation in the now-dissolved electronic trio Medio Mutante was an inspiring lo-fi recollection of a style decades past — and who can resist the desire for more Spanish vocals? Down with French tyranny!
Enjoy the title track, por favor:
Remaining dates w/ Marie Davidson:
04.09.15 - Vancouver, BC - Fox Cabaret !
04.10.15 - Portland, OR - Lovecraft @
04.11.15 - Spokane, WA - Mootsy’s #
04.12.15 - Seattle, WA - Kremwerk
04.14.15 - Sacramento, CA - LowBrau
04.15.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Elbo Room
04.19.15 - Tucson, AZ - R Bar %
04.23.15 - Austin, TX - End of an Ear
04.24.15 - Austin, TX - Red 7 (Un Autre Voyage release show) % ^
@ Vice Device
# Mirror Mirror
% SSLEEPERHOLD instead of BOAN
^ Burnt Skull
MIGO! YRN THA TOUR! Alright, it’s not quite that YRN — it’s actually the “Yung Rich Nation” tour, which handily coincides with a brand new clothing line by the same name. Perhaps “Nation” is more marketable? I dunno. Nor do I care. What I do know is that this tour is yet another sign that Migos simply cannot frickin’ stop this year. Of course, you didn’t need me to tell you that, ‘cos these guys are all about that global acclaim (quotes sourced from the press release):
“Migos has an infallible formula” – NPR
“Quavo, Offset and Takeoff are inventive and insanely fluid rappers with some of the most exciting and visceral rap hits of 2014.” – PITCHFORK
“Migos’ output can only be described in one word: prolific.” – STEREOGUM
See? Clearly, you’d be a straight FOOL to dismiss these guys any longer. Catch them on their North American tour with OG Maco (whose eponymous EP just made our first quarter favs <3) to see what all the noise is about. YRN Tha Album is still coming out June 16, so no change there. The party never stops for Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff; it’s up to you to join them in their mission to trap out every damn bando in the USA.
Here’s a vid for lead single “One Time” to tide you over till then:
05.01.15 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
05.03.15 - Oxford, OH - Brick Street
05.04.15 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
05.05.15 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
05.07.15 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
05.08.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
05.09.15 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
05.10.15 - Washington, DC - Filmore
05.11.15 - Baltimore, MA - Soundstage
05.12.15 - Norfolk, VA - Norva
05.13.15 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
05.15.15 - Charlotte, NC - Filmore
05.16.15 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco
05.17.15 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
05.18.15 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
05.19.15 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
05.21.15 - Denver, CO - Ogden
05.22.15 - Salt Lake City, MI - Complex
05.23.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Press Room
05.24.15 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theater
05.26.15 - Santa Ana, CA - Observatory
05.27.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theater
05.28.15 - San Francisco, CA - Regency
Sort of like that movie It Follows (but not really), whenever someone performs a cover song live or records a version of another musician’s song, that songwriter becomes cursed by an evil spirit who transforms into just a normal naked walking person. Someone somewhere must have recently covered an Iron and Wine and Band of Horses song, because the lead crooners of those two bands, Sam Beam and Ben Bridwell, respectively, are releasing their Sing Into My Mouth covers album this summer on Beam’s Black Cricket label and Bridwell’s Brown Records via Caroline.
What will appear to be caring and thoughtful renditions of classics like The Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)” and Them Two’s “Am I a Good Man?” will joyfully masquerade the sense of dread and paranoia surrounding these modern guitar guys. It’s not just a coincidence that Bridwell and Beam complement each other well when harmonizing, but they can both see the demons that are slowly chasing them, a bond unlike any other.
In case you’re slow or just have no idea what grasping-for-straws type of parodying I’m doing here, it’s simple: Beam and Bridwell’s album features a cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “Any Day Woman,” which mean Raitt must now cover a song by another musician or she could potentially be murdered by a malignant spirit. You’re probably thinking, “But isn’t Bonnie Raitt an evil entity of some kind already?” But, come on guys, let’s grow up. To prove they’re alive and well, Bridwell and Beam will play together at the Newport Folk Festival on July 24, MoPop Festival on July 25, and Osheaga in Montreal on July 31.
Sing Into My Mouth tracklisting:
01. This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) (Talking Heads)
02. Done This One Before (Ronnie Lane)
03. Any Day Woman (Bonnie Raitt)
04. You Know Me More Than I Know (John Cale)
05. Bulletproof Soul (Sade)
06. There’s No Way Out of Here (Unicorn)
07. God Knows (You Gotta Give to Get) (El Perro del Mar)
08. The Straight and Narrow (Spiritualized)
09. Magnolia (JJ Cale)
10. Am I a Good Man? (Them Two)
11. Ab’s Song (Marshall Tucker Band)
12. Coyote, My Little Brother (Pete Seeger)
The rumors are true! Drag City has confirmed that Simple Songs is indeed a new Jim O’Rourke album, his first proper solo release since 2009 and first “pop” one since 2001’s Insignificance. It’s not the orchestral pop album we had hypothesized earlier, but it sounds like it’s going to be a good one (not that we’d expect anything different from O’Rourke). From Drag City:
Yes, Simple Songs is an album of songs sung by Jim O’Rourke all the way through! It has been ten years since Jim’s voice rang out from a new album. What Simple Songs sounds like…. At this point, the range of sounds and songs that have turned Jim’s head are numerous enough to have crushed together into something that is unmistakably his-the vast, glossy and glittering O’Rourkian (yes, like Kervorkian) wall of sound. The music’s got OCD quality, played so immaculately by so many instruments, and most of them by the creator’s hand. This time’s really the widest screen yet for Jim’s popular song-style, truly breathtaking! Simple Songs was worked over, from source material to finished mix, for five years or more now. Jim’s writing is kinda rooted in the approach of Insignificance-frosted pop tarts that leave a darkly bitter aftertaste.
Shit, nice writing. Guess we don’t have to review it now!
Anyway, Simple Songs is out May 19 on Drag City. Peep the tracklisting and another preview from the album below.
Simple Songs tracklist:
01. Friends With Benefits
02. That Weekend
03. Half Life Crisis
04. Hotel Blue
05. These Hands
06. Last Year
07. End Of The Road
08. All Your Love
Barron Machat, founder and CEO of Hippos in Tanks, has passed away at the age of 27. News came early this morning via an Instagram post from James Ferraro, as well as tweets from Oneohtrix Point Never, Laurel Halo, Arca, and Tri Angle.
RIP Barron Machat.
Tyler, The Creator has announced a new album titled Cherry Bomb, and it’s due next Monday. Either Tyler’s camp completely forgot to promote the new album (“Oops!”) or they’re doing, like, a “surprise” thing or whatever (“OMG, whoa! The way this album is being announced and released is highly surprising!”). In any case, the album, which follows recent news of his Golf Media app and Golf Magazine — two things I can’t be bothered to actually read about — was announced via iTunes and is available now for pre-order.
Check out two tracks from the album here:
Xiu Xiu to perform the score from Twin Peaks live in London this October; Diane, put this on my calendar!
Damn fine news, everyone! Like a fish in the dang percolator, David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti’s phenomenal score to the acclaimed TV series Twin Peaks just keeps popping up lately. According to FACT, experimental pop power-sluggers Xiu Xiu are the latest to heed the beguiling and mysterious call from deep in the northwest woods. Following a recent live interpretation in Brisbane, Jamie Stewart and co. have taken to Facebook to announce that, on October 8, they’ll once again perform Badalamenti and Lynch’s magnum opus, this time in London through St. John Sessions at the Church of St John-at-Hackney.
To be fair, the freaky, funky, spooky, hyper-theatrical nature of that music seems to lend itself pretty easily to the Xiu Xiu aesthetic. Still though, as Stewart himself readily points out, tackling the score note-for-note is almost as impossible as appeasing the log lady.
The music of Twin Peaks is everything that we aspire to as musicians and is everything that we want to listen to as music fans. It is romantic, it is terrifying, it is beautiful, it is unnervingly sexual. The idea of holding the “purity” of the 1950s up to the cold light of a violent moon and exposing the skull beneath the frozen, worried smile has been a stunning influence on us. There is no way that we can recreate Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch’s music as it was originally played. It is too perfect and we could never do its replication justice. Our attempt will be to play the parts of the songs as written, meaning, following the harmony melody but to arrange in the way that it has shaped us as players.
Jeez, Stewart sounds pretty passionate up there, huh? Maybe even a little… too passionate? I sure hope that those are HIS words and not, you know, someone named Bob’s.
When the revolution comes, there will be no law but the law of the thunder dome and possibly also the law of “fiduciary duty”, and so where you stand on the whole Birdman vs. Lil Wayne beef will have life-or-death implications. Will you stand with Birdman and his Rich Gang, or with Lil Wayne and his constant apologies? Truly, you must take a side.
Oh, hi reader! I didn’t see you there. No, I wasn’t asking you those questions, I was mostly talking to my man Young Thug, who is standing over there. Sorry for the confusion. What’s that Mr. Thug? You stand with Birdman? Why, what a surprise! And what’s that, you’ve got a confirmation that you’re absolutely and 100% going to call your upcoming album Carter 6 in (r/d)eference to Wayne’s own currently-unreleased Tha Carter V? That’s hilarious! And also apparently “childish” and “disrespectful!” And also maybe the funniest thing I’ve heard since my neighbor explained how home equity works to me! Anyhow, so we’ve got the album art now and the release date of April 17. Anything else we should know about the album? Yes, I do like your bandanna, but that’s not what I was asking… OK, if you’re going to just keep talking about your bandanna, I think I’m going to get going. Come on, reader, lets go get smoothies.
Narnia. Wonderland. Birmingham’s Supersonic Festival. What do these places have in common? Answer: they’re pure magic. What’s the sad difference between them? Answer: only one of them is real. (Which one is up to you.) You might not be able to step into an amazing otherworld through a large piece of furniture, but you can go to England to experience the finest in musical festival lineups, including Holly Herndon, The Pop Group, Liturgy, Gazelle Twin, Will Gregory Moog Ensemble, Liima (featuring Efterklang and Tatu Rönkko), Eternal Tapestry, Six Organs Of Admittance, Delight Is Right, Afework Nigussie, Jiří Wehle, Rhodri Davies, Phil Tyler, Flamingods, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Happy Meals, Tomaga, Slow Magic, Apostille, Ravioli Me Away, Danes Selvhenter, Sex Swing, Woven Skull, and Circuit Des Yeux. As they say, more to be announced.
Of course, there are also a lot of really crazy cool “happening” style events occurring, too, such as the Moog Sound Lab, which Supersonic describes as a “temporary residency presenting a unique opportunity for artists to explore, experiment and create with analog sound-scaping, synthesis and effects.” The festival is partnering with all kinds of rad art peeps to do stuff like bringing sound art into the city and, um, making stuff that makes music. If you want to read about it in a way that sounds much dreamier and intellectual, check out the Supersonic website.
• Supersonic Festival: http://www.supersonicfestival.com