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
Sam Prekop takes an ordinary series of dates, locations, and physical addresses and “synthesizes” some tour dates out of them!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (I mean, one of those really old-fashioned rocks that doesn’t have a Keurig and Wi-Fi and a Chromebook with TMT pre-bookmarked), you already know that Sea and Cake mainstay and general all-around “good at stuff” dude Sam Prekop’s new album, The Republic came out earlier this year on Thrill Jockey, radically and FOREVER completely fucking REDEFINING some sort of something regarding something-or-other! (I’m not sure what exactly, because I don’t really listen to or care about music in ANY WAY, but I’ve been told it’s something about “modular synthesizers.”)
And if you knew all of that first shit up there, then you probably also know this second batch of shit about how the entire first side of the album was specifically written “to accompany an art installation of the same name by David Hartt.” Am I still making cogent sense? Splendid! Moving on!
So, two things then: 1) Hartt and Prekop have collaborated once again, this time on a new music video for The Republic cut “Weather Vane,” which features, apparently, shots of “Prekop at his synth, as well as idyllic shots of a utopian cityscape.” Sounds like some serious Pop-Up Video material to be sure! Check it out for yourself down below. (I think it’ll be down there? Again, I don’t really know how this shit works!)
2) Prekop is fixin’ to take his giant synths on the road. I heard that he even outfitted wheels for the biggest one so that he could drive it like an Econoline van on what his titanic press release is heroically calling “a stretch of dates with his Sea and Cake bandmate Archer Prewitt.” Astoundingly, the duo will be “playing as a duo” on this trek, and they’ll also be “performing improvised synth/guitar duets followed by a short set of classic Sea and Cake tracks.” Wow. I cannot wait to see and hear all of that stuff I just mentioned. I tell you what! Boy howdy! Sure enough! That’s all, folks! YOU AIN’T JUST WHISTLING DIXIE.
Sam Prekop & Archer Prewitt tour dates:
04.24.15 - Indianapolis, IN - The Hi-Fi
04.25.15 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
05.08.15 - Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe
05.09.15 - Rochester, NY - The Club at Water Street Music Hall
05.10.15 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount
05.11.15 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
05.12.15 - Brooklyn, NY - The Wick
05.14.15 - Philadelphia, PA - MilkBoy
05.15.15 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
05.17.15 - Nashville, TN - Exit In
05.18.15 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
05.19.15 - St. Louis, MO - The Luminary Center for the Arts
06.01.15 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
06.02.15 - San Antonio, TX - 502 Bar
06.03.15 - Austin, TX - Red 7
06.04.15 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
06.06.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Last Exit Live
06.07.15 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
06.08.15 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
06.09.15 - San Francisco, CA - Slims
06.11.15 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
06.12.15 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
• Sam Prekop: https://www.facebook.com/sam.prekop
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com/splash.html
• David Hartt: http://www.davidnolangallery.com/artists/david-hartt/biography
After a relatively quiet release schedule in 2014 — with the sole release being an EP by Tia Maria Produções — the incredible Príncipe Discos label is going hard in the paint in 2015, with already three releases under its belt. Just last week, the purveyors of Afro-Portuguese dance music released new 12-inches by CDM and Nidia Minaj, and today we caught wind of Noite E Dia, a new EP by arguably their most critically acclaimed artist, DJ Nigga Fox.
While releases like DJ Marfox’s Lucky Punch and the Príncipe split from production crews B.N.M./P.D.D.G. have showcased both the heart and variety of Lisbon’s long-thriving dance scene, DJ Nigga Fox’s 2013 EP O Meu Estilo showcased how bizarre things could get. With Angolan dance mixing jaggedly with progressive kudoro, tarraxinha, and beyond, all of it couched in aggressive syncopation and accents only slightly offbeat, the EP advanced a new sound to Western ears at the same time it advanced underground Lisbon dance music as a whole. And if the newest tracks on Nigga Fox’s SoundCloud are anything to go by, Noite E Dia should continue this dizzying trajectory.
Listen to his 2013 EP here:
Noite E Dia tracklist:
01. Um Ano
03. Tio Kiala
04. De Leve
Nick Edwards is a busy dude. Operating as Ekoplekz, 2014 saw him drop a couple of bona-fide albums in Unfidelity (review right here) and Four Track Mind, a further few EPs, AND a cassette in collaboration with Baron Mordant in eMMplekz. Add those to the excess of other material since the turn of the decade — both volumes of Intrusive Incidentalz, the highly-underrated Tapeswap with Bass Clef, as well as the sublime Plekzationz under his own name — and you’ve got one of the more insurmountable, albeit very much worth exploring, back catalogs of recent memory.
Well, now you can add another release to that ever-growing pile in the form of the new Entropik EP, out on March 9 via Planet Mu. Y’all know the Ekoplekz MO by now: analogue synth worship, punctuated by stabs of percussion and all sorts of electronic fuckery, and in this respect it ain’t changed much for Entropik. Two long-form pieces would usually indicate a degree of sprawl and indulgence, but Edwards’ craft is as typically minimal and composed as it ever has been. There’s the propulsive A-side, which is a slab of grotty techno discharge; over on side B, it’s a more menacing, structurally taut affair, complete with a Spacemen 3-referencing track title (thank YOU press release). So, all-in-all it’s looking like another pretty damn good Ekoplekz venture, and given Edwards is no doubt already hard at work on his next, like, seven records as I type, it’ll also probably mark the start of a very productive 2015 for him.
I didn’t listen much in chemistry class, but with a little help from Google, I recalled that entropy is a measure of disorder in thermodynamics. Funny, really, because this EP is promising to be hot stuff indeed, comprised of two proper slow-burners, one to really set your world alight and the various other heat-related puns that follow. Yeah, I suck. I’ll just self-induce a coma until March 9, ‘cos I don’t wanna miss out on Entropik for anythang!
Entropik EP tracklisting:
01. Entropy Flash
02. Entropy Symphony
The well-liked Super Furry Animals could go on hiatus for 6 years, but they didn’t have the patience to wait for the more profitable 10-year reunion as they plan a string of live dates in May. Suspiciously, the week they tour is also when Domino Records will reissue Mwng on May 1 in the UK and on May 5 in the US. The deluxe 15th-anniversary reissue will be available on vinyl, CD, and digitally with five additional tracks from the original US version of Mwng, titled Mwng Bach, a previously unreleased Peel session, and full live ATP recording.
As it is good form and a well-known Welsh tradition, Super Furry Animals will watch one VHS together on a rainy Saturday night before their live performances. The VHS? The 1997 Shaquille O’Neal vehicle, Steel. Now I’ve heard of Anastasia Steele from Fifty Shades of Grey, but a movie called Steel? It’s as if someone literally stole the magnolias, right? Guys, this has everything to do with derivative feelings of “Ysbeidiau Heulog” and Gruff Rhys’s throwaway pop creation ideals. Throw away Steel, but return to it with fervor.
Don’t judge me. You’re the one who spent days arguing with people about the color of a stupid fucking dress. So just shut up your stupid mouth and pre-order Mwng. Thanks!
05.01.15 - Cardiff, UK - University Great Hall
05.02.15 - Cardiff, UK - University Great Hall
05.05.15 - Glasgow, UK - O2 Academy
05.06.15 - Manchester, UK - Albert Hall
05.08.15 - London, UK - O2 Academy Brixton
02. Ymaelodi Â’r Ymylon
03. Y Gwyneb Iau
04. Dacw Hi
05. Nythod Cacwn
06. Pan Ddaw’r Wawr
07. Ysbeidiau Heulog
08. Y Teimlad
09. Sarn Helen
10. Gwreiddiau Dwfn/Mawrth Oer Ar Y Blaned Neifion
Mwng Bach tracklist:
01. Cryndod Yn Dy Lais
02. Trons Mr. Urdd
04. Sali Mali
05. (Nid) Hon Yw’r Gân Sy’n Mynd I Achub Yr Iaith
Peel Session tracklist:
01. Nythod Cacwn
02. Cryndod Yn Dy Lais
03. Y Gwyneb Iau
04. Gwreiddiau Dwfn/Mawrth Oer Ar Y Blaned Neifion
Live At ATP tracklist:
02. Ysbeidiau Heulog
03. Pan Ddaw’r Wawr
04. Y Gwyneb Iau
05. Ymaelodi Â’r Ymylon
06. Nythod Cacwn
07. Gwreiddiau Dwfn/Mawrth Oer Ar Y Blaned Neifion
Insofar as you would accept “doing it” as synonymous with “releasing a new album,” I think you and I can both agree that British folk musician Bill Fay is doing it. And indeed, he might be said to be “really doing it” because this new album that he’s releasing — it’s called Who Is the Sender? and it’s out April 28 via Dead Oceans — is his second since returning after over 40 years of no new material with Life Is People back in 2012. If that doesn’t count as “really doing it” to you, then, reader, I think you and I might have a bigger problem than I had realized, and I think that problem might revolve around us not being able to agree on what certain phrases mean.
To celebrate the announcement that he is doing it, really doing it, Fay and the internet have conspired to share a “lyric video” for the track “War Machine” off the album. Now, because I know we’ve had our differences in the past, I’d like to clarify: a lyric video is a video that contains the lyrics of a song. Just covering all my bases! You can watch the video below, and since the video also contains sound, the audio of the track “War Machine” to be exact, you will likely also be listening as you watch, though of course, I can’t tell you what to do. In the interest of not telling you what to do, here is a link to where you can pre-order Who Is the Sender? I will say nothing further about it here because I’ve just had a strange moment where I realized I don’t know how to not tell you to do things with links that I embed. The future is weird.
Who Is the Sender? tracklist:
01. The Geese Are Flying Westward
02. War Machine
03. How Little?
04. Underneath the Sun
05. Something Else Ahead
06. Order of the Day
07. Who Is the Sender?
08. Freedom to Read
09. Bring It on Lord
10. A Page Incomplete
11. A Frail and Broken One
12. World of Life
13. I Hear You Calling (Studio Reunion)