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

DJ Nigga Fox returns this month with the Noite E Dia EP on PríncipeDiscos

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.

Noite E Dia is out March 24. As with all Príncipe releases, the EP is extremely limited and features hand-painted artwork. Hit up Bleep and Boomkat for copies.

Listen to his 2013 EP here:

Noite E Dia tracklist:

01. Um Ano
02. Apocalipsiii
03. Tio Kiala
04. De Leve

• DJ Nigga Fox: https://soundcloud.com/dj-nigga-fox-lx-monke
• Príncipe: https://principediscos.bandcamp.com

Ekoplekz can’t stop bringin’ the heat, new Entropik EP out March 9

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

• Ekoplekz: https://www.facebook.com/ekofidelity
• Planet Mu: http://www.planet.mu

Super Furry Animals reissue Mwng, play first shows in six years, and watch Steel on VHS

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!

Dates:

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

Mwng tracklist:

01. Drygioni
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
03. Calimero
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:

01. Drygioni
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

• Super Furry Animals: http://www.superfurry.com
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

Bill Fay is really doing it, which is to say he has a new album coming out April 28 on Dead Oceans

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)

• Bill Fay: http://www.billfay.co.uk
• Dead Oceans: http://www.deadoceans.com

Kid Antoine attempts to justify his club royalty with debut EP Proximity, out on Her Records this month

Jesus, make some room, Vatican Shadow. You’re no longer the only electronic artist choosing to use war and militarism as inspirations for your music, even if the Copenhagen-based “Club Prince” Kid Antoine does seem to be doing so with less of a ferocious reaction. Antoine told The FADER last week that the basis for the title track on his new EP was more an effort in introspection, as it wrestled with the “dichotomy between military fetishism learned via my experience with war simulators at a young age and later a genuine disgust at the act of war.” Less obvious in the music itself, the EP is more about a personal coming to terms… a lot of war video games are based on real events, after all.

Salvaging that downward turn: Proximity is out March 16 on Her Records, and lucky me for having listened to it already! The almost minimalism of the release is like a breath of fresh air given the simultaneously clear grime influence. Bludgeoning people with beats has gotten tired from this writer’s perspective; thanks Kid Antoine for fitting me with a respirator.

**Relaxed sigh**

Proximity tracklisting:

01. Recon
02. Proximity
03. Motion Sensor
04. Airburst
05. Recon (MM Remix)

• Kid Antoine: https://www.facebook.com/KidAntoine
• Her: http://store.herrecords.com

The Juan MacLean announce tour, get stuck in a Brooklyn-loop or “Brookhole”

Here’s a little look into how bands go on tour. Book a bunch of shows. Go play those shows. Each show should be in a different city each night. Or you could play it the way The Juan Maclean plays it and book six shows in Brooklyn. Whatever floats your boat.

In support of last year’s In a Dream, The Juan Maclean have announced a US tour for April and May. That tour is extremely Brooklyn heavy, with the group kicking things off with a six-day Brooklyn residency. To keep things fresh, though, they’re splitting that day between two venues, Cameo Gallery and Union Pool, with three shows at each. After that, they’ll bounce around the East Coast, ending up in one giant final bounce over to the West Coast for a pair of California shows. Then back to wherever the respective members of The Juan Maclean live for an extended residency in their homes.

Juan MacLean dates:

04.16.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Cameo Gallery
04.17.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Cameo Gallery
04.18.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Cameo Gallery
04.23.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
04.24.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
04.25.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
04.28.15 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
04.30.15 - Providence, RI - Fete Lounge
05.01.15 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
05.02.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Voyeur
05.15.15 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
05.16.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater

• The Juan MacLean: http://www.thejuanmaclean.com
• DFA: http://dfarecords.com

NXNE throws down the gauntlet on Most Awesome Festival Lineup competition

Congrats, North by Northeast. You have done what’s quickly becoming unthinkable, namely building a music festival lineup that doesn’t make people who actually like music want to roll their eyes. This year, from June 17-21, the streets of Toronto will be alive with song. Songs from hip-hop kids on the rise, loud screaming dudes, and some badass ladies.

Confirmed performers include Zola Jesus, Alice Glass, HEALTH, Iceage, Action Bronson, The New Pornographers, Rae Sremmurd, Best Coast, Real Estate, Angel Olsen, Vince Staples, Glass Animals, Blonde Redhead, Tink, Deafheaven, Baths, Pentagram, White Lung, OM, Liturgy, Ibeyi, Betty Who, A Place to Bury Strangers, Odonis Odonis, San Fermin, No Joy, Lower Dens, The Gories, Lydia Ainsworth, Bishop Nehru, Aidan Knight, Son Lux, Cathedrals, Heems, Coliseum, RyleyWalker, Kate Tempest, Jacco Gardner, UNiiQU3, Dilly Dally, Amen Dunes, Obliterations, K.Flay, and a giant inflatable Frito-Lay vending machine.

Just kidding. The Frito-Lay vending machine will be spending this one in the giant inflatables warehouse that (surely) exists somewhere in Missouri. Or somewhere. Somewhere where people RESPECT hard-working giant inflatables. Anyway. The other cool thing is that festival attendees will be able to buy advance tickets for certain shows so that nobody’s waiting-in-line-FEELINGS get hurt. The option is called Northby Advanced, and you can score tickets on the festival’s website.

• NXNE: http://www.nxne.com

RIP: Tod Dockstader, musique concrète composer

From the Unlocking Dockstader Facebook page:

This evening my dear friend and musical inspiration, Tod Dockstader passed away. He was at peace and we were listening to his music at the time. May your spirit and music always float among the radio waves you were so fond of.

• Tod Dockstader: http://dockstader.info

Amnesia Scanner releases audio play on Gum Artefacts in dubplate edition of 1, streaming edition of ∞

Back in May of 2014, a shadowy producer (as in, “we do not have a single bit of information about who this is,” not “their FADER cover partially obscures their face”) using the moniker Amnesia Scanner released a continuous set of “HD explosions and reversed cymbals,” ” aestheticized chronos, sentient beats,” and “digital shards of glass” called AS LIVE [][][][][], which was hailed by the likes of Daniel Lopatin, Janus Records, and Tony Mixtapes, coming not long after Arca’s similarly perverted &&&&& mix.

Flash-forward to Wednesday, when Amnesia Scanner reappeared on Bill Kouligas’s monthly PAN show on Rinse FM with a seven-part audio play called Angels Rig Hook that mixed surreal spoken-word visualizations with interference from SETI FM radio signals and a little bit of pressurized bass, a few reference points provided in “Drexciya,” “François Rabelais,” “Quake 7 Arena,” and “a flake of skin.” It was so abnormal that the only outlet it could possibly be physically released through was Gum Artefacts, the label that released Felicita’s Frenemies EP as a translucent yellow drawstring bag (one of my favorite releases of 2014, a truly insane collection of diverse songs that was like PC Music’s version of Fat Worm of Error). Unfortunately, the physical edition seems to be limited to one single-sided dubplate with an etching on the B-side. Fortunately, the whole thing is available to stream below:

Angels Rig Hook tracklist:

01. DeathCon Valley
02. Titan (ॐ)
03. Creeper
04. Exopsalm
05. Treasure Island
06. Oil Rigged
07. Seagullz

• Amnesia Scanner: http://www.amnesiascanner.net
• Gum Artefacts: http://gum-artefacts.tumblr.com

  

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