Unsound has always given me a fair amount of festival jealousy. Their booking seems designed only for me — I’m sure they’ve read everything I’ve written and hacked my iTunes all in an attempt to make the ideal, unreachable musical experience. Unreachable only because of location: Unsound takes place October 12-19 in Krakow, Poland.
We announced the first wave of performers back in January (which included Swans, Ben Frost, and Container) as well as the festival focus on “The Dream” as critical reflection. Now, we have a second batch of artist announcements to tempt your autumn plans with. I’ll save most of the drool for the list below, but some TMT favorites include M.E.S.H., Powell, Russell Haswell, Jam City, Lotic, Amnesia Scanner, Wanda Group, and Pharmakon. Other notable performances include Craig Leon doing his recently reissued Nommos live with Poland’s Sinfonietta Cracovia as well as a newly commissioned work from ATOM™ and laser-artist Robin Fox.
Check the full list of Unsound 2014 performers right here. Week-long passes are already sold out, but you can pick up individual show tickets at the end of August. If you go, promise you won’t tell me how fun it was.
• Unsound: http://www.unsound.pl
Legendary Belgian label R&S has announced its latest signing in British hip-hop producer Paul White. The South London artist is known for collaborating with Danny Brown on XXX and Old, as well as being the direct lineage of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the Romantic poet who also made the beat for “Kubla Khan.” That was a maaassive tune.
White’s fourth record, Shaker Notes, will drop via R&S next month and “charts the intoxication, heartbreak, and ultimate triumph of a grand love affair.” Sounds pretty romantic Paul… have you been reading Pappy Coleridge’s journal entries again? Regardless, White’s latest sees him putting the sampler on the backburner and picking up drums, bass, guitar, synths, and maybe castanets, judging by the sensual vibe. He also sings on much of the album, sharing the stage with collaborators like UK folk singer Nancy Elizabeth on the title track and “a talented visiting American uncle,” who lends his electric violin to “Sitting in Circles.” After this, every rapper’s gonna want Talented Visiting American Uncle on their shit.
Before Shaker Notes is released on September 30, White has shared the full tracklist and a stream of “Honey Cats,” which sounds like a noirish drug dirge and can be heard below. Paulie White a.k.a. Kubla Khan the Don, you’ve made Pappy Coleridge very proud.
Shaker Notes tracklist:
02. All We Know
03. Where You Gonna Go?
04. Honey Cats
05. Wait & See
06. Running on a Rainy Day
07. Fighting to Dance
08. Is It Up to Us?
09. Sitting in Circles
10. Numbers of Change
11. Shaker Notes
Lykke Li announces US tour this fall, effectively silencing all those critics who swore she’d never tour the US this fall
I have to ask upfront: are you sure you’re even ready to be rocked by this scandalous and sensational news, dear reader? Okay then; you asked for it, but don’t say I didn’t warn ya. Turns out that earlier this week, probably under the cover of darkness, Swedish songstress Lykke Li, who recently released her, you know, most-recently-released album I Never Learn on LL Recordings/Atlantic, has gone and done the unthinkable. She’s announced a North American tour dates scheduled for this fall! Gasp! Shudder! Isn’t that just insidious and nauseating? I mean, I’m totally fighting back chunks of puke right now.
But it’s true. Following a presumably-debaucherous handful of sold-out gigs at such seedy NYC joints as the Apollo Theater and MOMA, Lykke plans on slumming all around the US to, according to her totally unapologetic press release, “perform new material off of her latest album for many audiences across the U.S. for the first time.” Yuk! Maybe that sort of thing is more acceptable in Europe or something? But here in the States where I live, this orgiastic plan of post-album-release-touring breaks just about every musician-related taboo in the book. Below is a list of places you’ll probably want to avoid in the coming months if you’re a decent American.
Lykke Li tour dates:
08.01.14 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.03.14 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival
08.08.14 - Vancouver, BC - Squamish Festival
08.10.14 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands
09.17.14 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
09.19.14 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
09.22.14 - San Diego, CA - North Park Theatre
09.23.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
09.27.14 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre
09.28.14 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
09.30.14 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
10.01.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.03.14 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
10.04.14 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall
10.06.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.08.14 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
10.09.14 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
10.10-12.14 - Miami, FL - MANA Wynwood
Brian Eno’s ambient soundscapes not just for uncomfortable airports anymore, could be used in the emergency room
Brian Eno previously brought us Music for Airports, composed specifically to help us all go easy on the Valium-and-Dramamine cocktails at the terminals.
Now he’s set to expand on this theme — providing the soundtracks for traditionally uncomfortable spaces — by joining the redevelopment project of a London Accident & Emergency room.
Eno’s ambient music, along with other tweaks designed to help soothe patients such as replacing the bare white walls with a warmer color, could provide “distraction therapy” at Chelsea and Westminster hospital. The technique is already being put to use in the hospital’s pediatric burns unit, where visual projections are employed sometimes in place of administering morphine.
The Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity, the organization backing the project, says it needs to raise £600,000 to “help create a state of the art A&E department for 140,000 patients.” The program is backed by the UK’s culture ministry and already has the support of celebrities like Hugh Grant.
“Music can be designed to help improve the atmosphere and environment for people going through difficult times,” Eno said in a statement. “I am very happy that this wonderful organization has approached me to do something at Chelsea and Westminster, which I have to say is the nicest hospital I’ve ever been in.”
Third Man Records announces new physical publishing wing, Third Man Books, resists doing so via telegraph
Okay, Jack. I’ve got to hand it to you. Bravo, man; if anything sounds like a more antiquated and foolhardy business decision than stubbornly using analog recording equipment to indiscriminately pump out limited-edition 7-inches and 45s from a brick and mortar store in downtown Nashville USA, it’s publishing giant freaking clunky tree-murderous books. But damned if you don’t nearly always make these ventures work, somehow, someway.
Yup, Third Man Records just announced their intentions to release their very first… book. And it’s a doozy. It’s called Language Lessons: Volume 1, and is being thrust out into the world’s unsuspecting stores on August 5 as a “box set,” featuring “a 321-page hardbound book, two vinyl LP’s, and more.” (Yeah, yeah, there’s vinyl too. It’s Third Man.) But, so, first things first: the book was “co-edited by Chet Weise and Third Man’s own Ben Swank” and is, according to the curiously digital press release I’m now reading, “full of contemporary poetry and prose including over 20 award winning and / or nominated contemporary poets and authors such as Dale Ray Phillips, a Pulitzer Prize nominee in fiction, C.D. Wright, a National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle winner in poetry, and Adrian Matejka, a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry.” Well, okay. Gotta admit that does sound pretty tasty. My Lit Nerd bone is tingling.
As for the vinyl and other bonus stuff, there’s also “two vinyl LPs of jazz, psychedelic-punk, poetry, blues and pop from artists such as William Tyler, Destruction Unit, Ken Vandermark, Sampson Starkweather, and more.” And if you know who more than like two of those people are, god bless you. Oh, and there’s also “5 pieces of frameable broadsides of poems by C.D. Wright, Frank Stanford, Brian Barker, Jake Adam York, and Chet Weise, with original art from former Big Boys guitartist Tim Kerr, one-time Hate illustrator Jim Blanchard, intertwangle-ist folk artist Butch Anthony, and more.”
Overwhelmed by the sheer physicality of all this yet? No? Well, in that case, you’ll be happy to know that the whole thing ALSO comes at you “housed in a hard-case clothbound sleeve.” And you can pre-order the whole shebang now over at the (also curiously-digital) Third Man Books site right the fuck now. Which… you’d probably better do, because it’ll take the pack of mules that’s delivering it at least until around August 5 to get it to your place. Especially with those “framable broadside” things. I don’t know what those are, but they sound heavy.
The only people who strive for unity among humanity are free-loving hippies (we secretly acknowledge), which is why it’s such a relief to come across someone who strips the notion of togetherness from its commonly social and uplifting connotations. “Saman,” the title of Icelandic cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir’s new album on Touch, means “together” in English, but that doesn’t mean we should expect guest appearances as though this were the LP-reuniting of a novice rapper with all of his/her extended family. Instead, the “together” references Saman’s melding of voice and cello, in the process”resolving a tension between light and dark,” as the official commentary notes. Somehow the prophecy just completely overlooked this.
We could’ve predicted it, however. Guðnadóttir’s preceding Leyfðu Ljósinu has a similar joining of instruments, with her fluid vocals artfully flowing toward an intense stringed culmination. I don’t know if there was much in the way of simultaneous voice and cello action on that album, and neither on the one that’s just been released (haven’t listened in full yet), but to forgo the nitpicking, it probably doesn’t matter. Saman was recorded, mixed, and mastered in Berlin, and I’m sure it’s a thoroughly engaging listen. Back with Hildur once more. Together at last. 5evr.
04. Heyr Himnasmiður
07. Í hring
08. Rennur upp
09. Til baka
As the movements of our Lord in heaven are verily opaque to us mere humans here on Earth, so too are those legal troubles of the almighty Guwop God Gucci Mane, otherwise known as the prophet Radric Davis. Yea though we may visit his Wikipedia page many a time, and though we may Google his name repeatedly, we shall arrive no nearer to fully comprehending the variety of illegal shit the all-powerful Gucci Vincent Gigante may or may not have perpetrated, in addition to the variety of albums and mixtapes he has managed to release in such a short period of time. Our feeble human minds are capable of containing only but a few of his works, such as the Felix Brothers collaboration with Young Dolph and PeeWee Longway, or his upcoming collaboration with Chief Keef; all will be be made clear to us in this life.
Sometimes, the Trap moves in mysterious ways, and other times Gucci Mane comes to us via the humble mechanism of Twitter to announce yet another album. This time a solo release entitled The Oddfather produced by C4. The Oddfather will be released on July 28, a date chosen purposefully, as it is the day that the prophet Davis will visit court to be sentenced for his gun possession conviction back in May. It is predicted that Mane will be in jail through 2016, though surely no prison wall will prevent him from astrally projecting into the hearts, minds, and mixtapes of his followers.
• Gucci Mane: http://www.guccimaneonline.com
Mount Eerie, clipping., Thug Entrancer, Good Willsmith, many more to play Denver’s Goldrush Music Festival
Denver sure is a place to visit nowadays, innit? The Goldrush Music Festival, year by year, becomes evermore reason to visit the high altitudes only that toddlin’ town can offer. Mount Eerie, clipping., Thug Entrancer, Good Willsmith, and nine others have been announced so far. The event will take place September 13 and 14 at the Larimer Lounge and the Meadowlark Bar.
Early-bird tickets have gone on sale and are just about extinct, while single- and two-day passes will be available starting August 5. Plus, they’ll be announcing a second wave of acts (including headliners!) in the coming weeks. Check their site to snag your tickets and to stay updated on further announcements.
Mount Eerie (Anacortes)
clipping. (Los Angeles)
Thug Entrancer (Denver)
Good Willsmith (Chicago)
Kevin Greenspon (Los Angeles)
Stag Hare (Salt Lake City)
Braeyden Jae (Salt Lake City)
Sister Grotto (Denver)
CP 208 (Denver)
• Goldrush Music Festival: http://www.goldrushmusicfest.com
A lot of internet-based jokers are gonna tell you the reason that YACHT are planning to take a bus on their upcoming tour is because apparently comedy is based on surprise and subverting expectations and you’d probably expect them to tour on some big fancy boat or something because of their name. But listen, if I’ve learned anything about comedy from my pal Marc Maron on his popular internet program WTF, it’s that comedy is actually about honesty. So I’m going to be honest: YACHT are going to tour by bus because it would not be feasible for them to travel by boat because last I checked America is mostly dirt. Honesty! Also, Marc Maron call-back: the dude played a guitar solo on a YACHT track from last year about how the NSA is reading our emails, called “Party in the NSA.” I know I say this a lot, but the internet is weird.
Speaking of the internet being weird, not only are YACHT going on tour, but they also made an app, sort of like Björk or Netflix! Theirs is called 5 Every Day and it’s for people who are like “Man, I’m in Los Angeles and I wanna do five things today.” Basically, every day the app presents the user with a curated list of five things do in Los Angeles, like visit a psychic, buy a gun, or shop for lunch meat. About the app they say, “5 Every Day is an online tool, but it points outwards, suggesting and creating ephemeral moments that enrich users’ lives.” To put it another way: they’re going to use the internet to make people stop using the internet. Weird tactic, guys.
As part of the tour I told you about in the first paragraph, the band is planning a big ol’ launch party for the app tomorrow, July 24, which seems to me like substituting one weird thing (the internet) for another (a party with people at it), but what do I know? I just write about the internet on the internet.
07.24.14 - Los Angeles, CA - 5 Every Day Launch Party at Mack Sennett Studios
08.02.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Inner City Arts Campus & Rooftop
09.14.14 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater *
09.15.14 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar *
09.16.14 - St. Louis, MO - Plush *
09.17.14 - Nashville, TN - Exit In *
09.19.14 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
09.20.14 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *
09.21.14 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
09.22.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade *
09.24.14 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
09.26.14 - Toronto, ON - The Hoxton *
09.27.14 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall *
09.28.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe *
10.01.14 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
10.02.14 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club *
10.03.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
10.05.14 - Sacramento, CA - TBD Festival *
* White Fang
Flying Lotus announces You’re Dead! on Warp + tour dates; families request that he please be more tactful next time
Bad news everyone! Flying Lotus has officially announced a new album after tweeting way back when what was incorrectly deemed a narration of a cake he was making, but the problem is… you’ve apparently keeled over, so the chances of this message reaching your cognitive processes depends entirely on the power of the message relayed. We can’t stop short of resuscitation, so allow me to communicate, in case you aren’t a follower of Ellison’s dedicated account:
“Finally!” he tweeted very recently. And with that, all of your biological systems reignite, with a particular emphasis on the respiratory, so you can start breathing heavily over the rest of the message: “Finally! So much went into this one. Lots of talented artists helped realize this vision. Looking fwd to sharing details and music soon.” You’re Dead! comes out October 7 (October 6 in the UK) on Warp, and in lieu of the details yet-to-be-shared, we have both tour dates and an album-specific visual, full of mutilated corpses falling through some sort of space wormhole thing. “Ugh, the weatherperson totally blew this forecast!” a future tourist of the Universe might say.
We’ll probably keep you apprised of things like the tracklisting and stuff. I’m really curious about the guest musicians as well.
07.25.14 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
08.16.14 - Mexico City, Mexico - Ceremonia Festival
08.17.14 - Somerset, WI - Summer Set Music Fesitval
08.24.14 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
10.09.14 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham Theatre
10.10.14 - Miami, FL - III Points Festival
10.11.14 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
10.12.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle
10.13.14 - Washington, D.C. - Lincoln Theatre
10.14.14 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theater
10.15.14 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
10.17.14 - Boston, MA - Paradise
10.18.14 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
10.20.14 - Montreal, QC - Societe des Arts Technologiques
10.21.14 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
10.23.14 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall
10.24.14 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
11.07.14 - London, UK - The Roundhouse
11.09.14 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.11.14 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
11.15.14 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst Club
11.17.14 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
11.18.14 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
11.19.14 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
11.21.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
11.22.14 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium