Braids announce pair of festival dates, summon forth a beach ball

Here at The Tape, we pride ourselves on our exceptional service. Whether we succeed or not, our goal is always for every site visitor to feel like a close friend by the time they leave our humble site. Maybe we don’t always nail it, but I’d like to think that most of the time, we do. What we offer is a level of personal engagement that you will not find at other websites. So, friend, walk with me, while I tell you about Braids and their pair of upcoming festival dates.

I trust you know Braids, correct? If not, friend, let me tell you that they’re an art-pop group from the fine city of Calgary, Alberta. Last year, they put out a record, their second overall, titled Flourish // Perish. Now, as is proper, they are playing a pair of festival dates. The first will occur on August 23 in the fine city of Rock Creek, British Columbia, at the esteemed Ponderosa Festival. That appearance will find them sharing stage with the likes of Wampire, Plants and Animals, Ladyhawk, and plenty of others, though I’ll not bore you with too many details. Now, for the second date, it shall happen on September 24 at Decibel Festival in Seattle, Washington. The lineup for that one stretches far as the eye can see, but features Tiny Mix Tape favorites such as Oneohtrix Point Never, Andy Stott, Millie & Andrea, and Demdike Stare. As such, I think you may well be interested.

Our time together, in this story at least, has ended. Goodbye, friend. I think you will agree, you’ll not find this level of service anywhere else.

Braids dates:

08.23.14 - Rock Creek, BC - Ponderosa Festival
09.24.14 - Seattle, WA - Decibel Festival

• Braids: http://braidsmusic.com

Animal Collective get their paws on the ones and twos for upcoming DJ shows, leave hair everywhere

Animal Collective have been around for a pretty long time, and like any species that’s enjoyed similar company before and after leaving the burrow — somewhere along the line, becoming arguably the most popular unpopular band in existence — they’ve realized the necessity of branching out! Obviously, Panda Bear and Avey Tare both have their individual projects, but what about the subconscious social desire to return to the family? Why… yes! The members of AnCo don’t exist outside of the norms and theories of human psychology, which is why they’ve been reconvening, not for an extremely hyped new LP, but for… er, DJ sets!

Oh yeah, that’s a curtain of some sort. The outfit had a spate of DJ shows this past May and June, and now they’ve scheduled a few more on the East Coast this fall. Panda Bear won’t be at any of them, though, and apologies to fans in Miami, as only half of the collective will actually be on hand to “perform.” Yes, yes, go ahead and debate amongst yourselves the acceptability of using the name “Animal Collective” on the bill. Not sure about their DJ chops either, but try listening to a previous set here to get a sense. Diehards ensure sellouts, I’m predicting.

(DJ set) dates:

08.02.14 - Miami, FL - Grand Central *
09.10.14 - Philadelphia, PA - The Dolphin ^
09.12.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl ^
10.02.14 Philadelphia, PA - The Dolphin %
10.03.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl %
10.05.14 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall %
11.12.14 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall %
11.13.14 - Philadelphia, PA - The Dolphin %
11.14.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl %

* Deakin and Avey Tare
^ Geologist and Deakin
% Geologist, Deakin, and Avey Tare

• Animal Collective: http://animalcollective.org

Chuck Cirino’s original Chopping Mall score released on LP because you don’t have enough anxiety in your life already

Running a label that strictly puts out reissues has always seemed like a daring move to me, repackaging sounds that could probably be found elsewhere for cheaper, usually focusing on a niche genre. Seems like you could easily end up cooking a plate of caramelized apathy with an ennui reduction. Luckily the relatively new Waxwork Records has been knocking it out of the park lately with their horror movie soundtrack reissues, which have included scores from classics like Rosemary’s Baby and Day of the Dead.

Waxwork has dug deeper into the horror movie canon with their newest release, exhuming Chuck Cirino’s Chopping Mall score (a movie originally released under the equally absurd name Killbots). Per usual, sonics and packaging are the top priorities — the songs are culled from the original master tapes (first time this baby’s appeared on vinyl!) and art for the sleeves and inserts comes from the Australian design powerhouse with an appropriately insane name, We Buy Your Kids. The album is available on 180 g neon green haze or fluorescent pink vinyl; both versions come with liner notes from both Cirino and the film’s screenwriter Steve Mitchell. Waxwork plans to release the LP on OH MY GOD IT’S OUT NOW AND IT’S RIGHT BEHIND YO—

Chopping Mall tracklist:

01. Main Title
02. Come Out And Play
03. Do They Kill Cockroaches
04. Shopping Death
05. Showdown
06. Burning Terror
07. Running Rampant
08. Fergie’s Dead
09. Zombiebot
10. The One In The Middle
11. Scary
12. Crawling Around
13. Love Theme
14. End Title
15. Have A Nice Day
16. Chopping Mall Suite

• Chuck Cirino: http://cirino.com
• Waxwork: http://waxworkrecords.com

Sinkane, the funky nomad, to release new album for DFA in September, announces fall tour

Well sheesh, Ahmed Abdullahi Gallab has been around. Sudan-born, Columbus, OH-raised, Brooklyn-based, Gallab has taken the alias Sinkane to pursue an encompassing musical project that blends the rhythms and textures of his birthplace with American funk, punk, and R&B. His second album on DFA, Mean Love, is another go at the mix, and a large undertaking it is. However, Gallab is far from underqualified, having worked with bands such as Yeasayer, Caribou, and of Montreal as a session musician, and as the musical director of that big event for the cat in the hat. Nah, this one. “ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor” it was called, and it included such young guns as Damon Albarn, David Byrne, a few employees from the Silicon Valley startups Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem assisting with a live stream of the event, and organic, vegan catering service Blood Orange providing delicious, healthful meals. Yeah, connects in the food, tech, and music world? Can’t get much hipper than that.

Funny, then, that Sinkane’s music is so damn gut-grabbing, catchy, and soulful. The lead single for Mean Love, a track called “Hold Tight,” is no less than a thick cut of perfectly seasoned, afro-beat infused funk, replete with a gruff, belly-out bassline, galloping hi-hat, and backing vocals that bloom just when you want them to. All the successes have done naught to displace Gallab’s nose. It remains vigorously forward.

(P.S. I was joking about those Onyeabor bands. Didn’t mean to frighten you.)

Listen to “Hold Tight,” check the tracklist for Mean Love, and scan through the extensive list of Sinkane’s fall tour dates below. The album is slated for a September 2 release and can be pre-ordered here, here, or here if that’s your thing.

Mean Love tracklist:

01. How We Be
02. New Name
03. Yacha
04. Young Trouble
05. Moonstruck
06. Mean Love
07. Hold Tight
08. Galley Boys
09. Son
10. Omdurman

Sinkane tour dates:

08.02.14 - Queens, NY - The LOT LIC
09.04.14 - Berlin, Germany - First We Take Berlin Festival
09.05.14 - Vienna, Austria - Grelle Forelle
09.06.14 - Heer-Sur-Meuse, Belgium - Deep into the Woods Festival
09.07.14 - Vlieland, Netherlands - Into the Great Wide Open
09.09.14 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli
09.10.14 - Paris, France - La Badadoum
09.11.14 - London, UK - Shacklewell Arms
09.12.14 - Lille, France - La Peniche
09.13.14 - Ghent, Belgium - Big Next Festival
09.16.14 - Nantes, France - Scorpitone Festival
09.18.14 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
09.20.14 - Hamburg, Denmark - Reeperbahn Festival
10.01.14 - Montreal, Quebec - Casa del Popolo
10.02.14 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
10.03.14 - Boston, MA - Cafe 939
10.04.14 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
10.05.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
10.07.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
10.08.14 - Washington, DC - DC9
10.09.14 - Charlottesville, NC - The Southern
10.11.14 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
10.12.14 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
10.13.14 - Saint Paul, MN - Turf Club
10.17.14 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
10.18.14 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
10.19.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
10.21.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
10.22.14 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
10.23.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Last Exit Live
10.24.14 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
10.26.14 - Austin, TX - Empire Control Room
10.27.14 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
10.28.14 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
10.29.14 - Nashville, TN - Exit In
10.30.14 - Columbus, OH - Ohio State University (Wexner Center)
11.01.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose
11.02.14 - New York, NY - SOB’s

• Sinkane: http://sinkane.com
• DFA: http://dfarecords.com

Sublime Frequencies reissues 1970s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground compilation

Sublime Frequencies, the influential Seattle label run by Hisham Mayet and Sun City Girls bassist Alan Bishop, has made a name for itself over the years by culling obscure recordings from around the world and then dropping dependably great compilations for us music nerds to enjoy. One 2008 release in particular, 1970’s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground, promptly sold out on vinyl and was never reprinted… until now! As a digipak CD. Perfect for the car stereo, or your Discman from 1996.

But let’s focus on the music, right? This rare compilation collects some of the most prescient Algerian Raï 45s in one place. In the early 1970s, Raï began to develop on the country’s Northwest Coast, where a young scene was crafting a new, experimental take on classic Algerian styles. Sent underground and censored by the government, these Raï pioneers are still relatively unknown to this day… until now! Spread the word, guys, cause this is one digipak you won’t wanna miss out on. It even features a booklet with photos and historical liner notes. If you read these notes, you’ll learn that “the Godfather of the modern Raï sound” is none other than Messaoud Bellemou, whose group L’Orchestre Bellemou reworked traditional Algerian music with newfangled instruments like the trumpet. 1970s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground is out now on CD, and the full tracklist can be found below. My personal favorite is “I’m Still Getting Drunk… Still.”

1970s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground tracklist:

01. Li Maandouche l’Auto [He, Who Doesn’t Own a Car]
02. Mazal Nesker Mazal [I’m Still Getting Drunk… Still]
03. Touedar Aakli [My Reason Is Lost]
04. Lah Lah Ya S’habi [My God! My God! My Friends!]
05. Dayha Oulabes [I’ll Marry Her Wheter They Like It or Not…]
06. Malagre Tout [Despite Everything]
07. El Fermlia [The Nurse]
08. Ana Dellai [I Cuddle Myself]

• Sublime Frequencies: http://www.sublimefrequencies.com

RIP: Dick Wagner, guitarist and songwriter who worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, and KISS

From Dick Wagner’s official website:

It is with a heavy heart and great sorrow we have to let you know that Dick Wagner has left this world. Dick had a huge heart, which is perhaps why it gave him so much trouble, it was simply too full of love, of music and life. His creativity and passion will live on forever in the legacy he has left for us, in his music and his words. We have so much of him to celebrate. Dick was prolific not only in the tangible realm of what we can see and hear but in the boundless energy of his spirit, which will never die. He was a fighter, but in the end his body couldn’t keep up with his spirit, and so he lays to rest. Dick said in 2013, “Love is in the air. Breathe deep.” Take Dick’s advice into your own hearts, and notice all of the beauty in the world, even when it seems cruel and unfair.

Desert Dreams Records & the Family of Dick Wagner

• Dick Wagner: http://www.wagnermusic.com

Hyperdub continues to be the best 10-year-old around, announces third anniversary comp feat. Burial, Dean & Inga, Laurel Halo, Fatima Al Qadiri, and more

Children — the youngins, if you will — can be so desperate for attention sometimes. You can’t get a moment’s peace before one intrudes with their shrill, breathless voice to say something of little-to-no value. They’re incessant, incorrigible. But look, they’re just youngins, they’ll learn to keep their mouth shut like the rest of us one day! For now, all you can do is be calm and patient, showing the bare minimum of interest, an absentminded nod or an “uh huh,” because, let’s face it, they don’t know the difference anyway. And that’s fine I suppose, but wouldn’t it be great if more 10-year-olds were like Hyperdub?

You see, this year marks the label’s 10th birthday, and instead of demanding an iPad and an Adventure Time cake, Hyperdub decided to be a good little youngin and repay its fans with a celebratory series of four compilations. The first was a collection of the label’s more dancefloor-ready music: the grime, the footwork, the booty-shakers. The second showcased their twisted R&B tendencies. And now Hyperdub has announced its third anniversary compilation, Hyperdub 10.3, which will be released on September 22 and focus on the label’s brand of “atmospheric beatless moments” and “downcast ambience.” Like the other compilations, it features a mix of old and new material from the likes of Kode9, Dean Blunt, Inga Copeland, Burial, Lee Gamble, Cooly G, Fatima Al Qadiri, Laurel Halo, and more. So maybe youngins everywhere should learn by example. Because let’s be real, the world doesn’t need more macaroni pictures. It needs more spaced-out electronic music.

Hyperdub 10.3 tracklist:

01. Burial – In McDonalds
02. Dean Blunt – Urban
03. Kode9 & the Spaceape – Hole in the Sky
04. Inga Copeland – I Am Your Ambient Wife
05. Kode9 – Pink Sham Pain Down The Drain
06. Laurel Halo – Melt
07. The Bug – Siren
08. Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland – Untitled 13
09. Walton – City of God
10. King Midas Sound – Blue
11. Lee Gamble – DSM
12. Cooly G – Mind
13. Burial – Night Bus
14. Ikonika – Completion V.3
15. Darkstar – Ostkreuz
16. Fhloston Paradigm – Liloos Seduction
17. Ikonika – Time/Speed
18. DJ Earl – Hexgonic Sound
19. Cooly G – Trying
20. Laurel Halo – Wow
21. Fatima Al Qadiri – Shanxi
22. DVA – Reach the Devil
23. Jeremy Greenspan feat Borys – Gage

• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net

Zola Jesus launches fashion line, no wait! It’s North American tour dates!

You guys! Zola Jesus has launched a fashion line! Either that, or she disappeared mysteriously after staying in a reputedly haunted cabin owned by Karl Lagerfeld and now someone has pieced together some tantalizing clues based on found footage from a hi-def video camera recovered nearby! It’s kinda hard to tell. Oh, the video is a teaser for her upcoming tour in support of her upcoming album, Taiga? Okay, yes, it’s all making sense now.

When we first reported the release of Taiga about a month ago, details were scant, but now we’ve got a tracklisting and a whole slew of tour dates. You can check out the fleeting, ephemeral half-minute of teaser trailer beauty below. Taiga comes out October 7 via Mute.

Taiga tracklisting:

01. Taiga
02. Dangerous Days
03. Dust
04. Hunger
05. Go (Blank Sea)
06. Ego
07. Lawless
08. Nail
09. Long Way Down
10. Hollow
11. It’s Not Over

Tour dates:

10.08.14 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s
10.09.14 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
10.16.14 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
10.17.14 - Washington, DC - Hirshhorn Museum
10.19.14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10.29.14 - Bristol, UK - Colston Hall
10.30.14 - Leeds, UK - Belgrave Music Hall
10.31.14 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo
11.01.14 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Cathedral - Columns
11.04.14 - Paris, France - Badaboum
11.05.14 - Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
11.06.14 - St Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
11.07.14 - Geneva, Switzerland - l’Usine
11.08.14 - Reims, France - La Cartonnerie
11.10.14 - Köln, Germany - Gebäude 9
11.11.14 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
11.12.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel and Gefährlich
11.13.14 - Frankfurt, Germany - Zoom
11.14.14 - Brussels, Belgium - La Nuit Botanique
11.15.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
11.18.14 - London, UK - KOKO

• Zola Jesus:
• Mute:

Sloan set out to achieve democratic utopia with forthcoming Commonwealth album on September 9

Sloan, who were quite possibly already the most democratic rock band in the world, have stepped things up a notch with the announcement of their 11th studio album Commonwealth, due September 9 via Yep Roc. Instead of sharing songwriting duties among themselves in an advanced meritocracy system, Commonwealth will be a double album where each member of the group handles the sonic vision and songwriting duties for each side of the record. Sounds like a utopian vision of power-pop to me!

The stompy first single “Keep Swinging (Downtown)” has recently worked its way onto the internet and can be listened to below:

Upon first checking out the tracklist below, I really thought Andrew must be slacking off, but it turns out that his side, which closes out Commonwealth, is an 18-minute pop suite. Sloan, being the hardworking dudes they are, have also declared imminent plans to tour North America, most likely visiting every state and province and spending an equal amount of time in each district.

Commonwealth tracklist:

Diamond Side (Jay):
01. We’ve Come This Far
02. You’ve Got A Lot On Your Mind
03. Three Sisters
04. Cleopatra
05. Neither Here Nor There

Heart Side (Chris):
06. Carried Away
07. So Far So Good
08. Get Out
09. Misty’s Beside Herself
10. You Don’t Need Excuses To Be Good

Shamrock Side (Patrick):
11. 13 (Under A Bad Sign)
12. Take It Easy
13. What’s Inside
14. Keep Swinging (Downtown)

Spade Side (Andrew):
15. Forty-Eight Portraits

• Sloan: http://sloanmusic.com
• Yep Roc: http://www.yeproc.com

Pharmakon gears up for new album Bestial Burden, out October 14

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the new 50 Shades of Grey trailer! Oh, no, wait, it’s just a teaser for Pharmakon’s new album, Bestial Burden, in all its breathy glory.

Margaret Chardiet a.k.a Pharmakon worked on the album while bedridden following a major, organ-removing surgery that caused her to cancel a string of tour dates last year.

“After seeing internal photographs taken during the surgery, I became hyperaware of the complex network of systems just beneath the skin,” she said, “any of which were liable to fail or falter at any time.” She explored this idea — the separation of mind and body, and consciousness and control — and wrote the lyrics and music on her sickbed. Song titles like “Autoimmune” and “Body Betrays Itself” further convey the concept of a body at war with itself, and the blood-red-soaked teaser video for the album represents the minutes before Chardiet’s trip to the hospital.

Bestial Burden, out October 14 on Sacred Bones, is a follow-up to 2013’s (GREAT) Abandon.

Bestial Burden tracklist:

01. Vacuum
02. Intent or Instinct
03. Body Betrays Itself
04. Primitive Struggle
05. Autoimmune
06. Bestial Burden

• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com

  

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