Old Apparatus announce Compendium collection on Sullen Tone, would be totally happy to help you fix your toilet
Is your apparatus getting old, rusty, and unreliable? Here’s an easy, six-step DIY guide to building your very own new apparatus:
1. Release a series of acclaimed singles on Deep Medi (if possible, complete this step in 2011). One of them is allowed to be self-titled, but name the other one something pretty normal. Use a word that everyone knows the definition of, like Zebulon.
2. Start your own label, give it a cute name (e.g. Sullen Tone).
3. Put out a few EPs on your new label throughout a year that begins in “20” and ends in “12.” It’s important to get a good number of tracks under your belt (this will be important for later). These tracks can vary in style. Instrumental hip-hop, house, experimental electronic, and dubstep are all great! (Advanced tip: Try integrating elements of folky guitar for an added zest!)
4. Maintain an air of mystery.
5. Consult your Resident Advisor before selecting your favorite tracks from the first four EPs (Derren, Realise, Harem, Alfur) and put them all together in a Compendium.
6. Put the 10 tracks on your new Compendium into the largest kiln you can find until June 3, at which point you can release it on Sullen Tone Records (not before it’s cooled down though!). Be sure to check back periodically while it’s baking to make sure that everything is browning evenly.
Butterclock tours with Maria Minerva, does her best to make surrealists, cooks, and electro fans all happy
The name Butterclock is just weird. The word itself summons images of Dalí-lite kitchen tables covered in timepieces that would make Paula Deen’s mouth water. In actuality though, it’s the moniker for an electro-poppy music maker named Laura Clock, who has been active with bands like oOoOO for a bit now. This, oddly, makes more sense, but the lack of food-lubricant or minute-hand-relevant imagery in her music is a bit disappointing. What is not disappointing, however, are her beats. She has beats in spades. Another thing she has is an EP coming out on April 15 called First Prom. Apparently, Fantasy Music have already released it as a very limited CD but are releasing it again come April 15. It’s all very confusing. Check out “Holograms” from this already present but also impending EP below.
On a less confounded note, Butterclock is playing a series of shows with the superlative Maria Minerva. There’s only a few across the states, but if enough people show up perhaps she’ll bring her not-actually-artery-clogging or timekeeping-related synthesizer to a few more cities next time around.
First Prom tracklisting:
01. Crystal Eyes
04. Milky Words
05. Sorry Love
04.16.13 - Chicago, IL - Reggies Live
04.18.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Cameo #
04.19.13 - Seattle, WA - Lo-Fi Performance
04.20.13 - San Francisco, CA - Public Works #
# Maria Minerva
Wu-Tang Clan announce new album A Better Tomorrow, while for fans this means a better “sometime in July”
Where does one even begin with a rap group as monumentally influential and legendary as the Wu-Tang Clan? Well, how about with their performance at Coachella this year, which succeeds the writing of this article? Assuming they can withstand the egotistical blow of not being the only worthwhile middle-aged rap group in attendance, the clan will be releasing their next and possibly final LP A Better Tomorrow on an as-yet unspecified date in July — about five and a half years after the release of 8 Diagrams.
More relevant in terms of history, the release will mark the 20th anniversary of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), which is probably, like, my favorite Shaolin, eastern philosophy-referencing hip-hop album, ever. According to NME, last month Method Man talked about an “anniversary album” coming up, while Cappadonna confirmed in an interview with Radio.com that recording had indeed begun on a new LP. Shall we assume that the two are one in the same? Regardless, fan satiation seems like a likelihood.
— Especially so if the final product lives up to RZA’s standards. “There’s one last job Wu-Tang Clan must do,” he told The New York Times last fall. “… we need to, one time, completely, efficiently, properly represent our brand.”
Until July, then!
04.14.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.21.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella
05-26.13 - Paris, France - Le Zenith
06.13-16.13 -Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
07.05-06.13 - Des Moines, IA - 80/35 Festival
07.07.13 - Ottawa, ON - RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest
07.12-14.13 - Frauenfeld, Switzerland - Openair Frauenfeld
07.18.13 - Biarritz, France - Big Festival
07.25.13 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo
07.26.13 - London, UK - O2 Academy
• Wu-Tang Clan: http://www.wutang-corp.com
AMDISCS hosts live streaming event with LINGERIE, AyGeeTee, Infinity Frequencies, and Igor Maximilian
∜♡MDISCS: Futures Reserve Label (a.k.a. AMDISCS), a web-centric label that’s released music from the web-centric likes of C V L T S, Afrika Pseudobruitismus, DJ Baglady, ACTRESS PETS, and Luxury Elite, is one speedy and prolific enterprise. It boasts an incredibly fast-paced release schedule, publishes a torrent of found web images nearly everyday via Facebook, and maintains a blog that seeks to document sounds that sometimes aren’t even directly related to the label. My social media feeds can barely handle it all as it is, but AMDISCS apparently wants to get more music to you even faster.
To that end, AMDISCS — who earlier this year released the towering 73-track ∜♡MDISCS 2K13 compilation — is hosting its first live streaming event. Titled SOFT FREQUENCY Vol. I, the event will feature live performances by artists from around the globe, including LINGERIE from New York, Infinity Frequencies from Oceanside, CA, AyGeeTee from London, and Igor Maximilian from Moscow, all curated and produced by label head Rado Z. Each performance will switch between the artists and custom visuals by the likes of Jónó Mí Ló, Matthew Caron, and BreakbeatTiki, all in real-time, all in HD, all everyone united.
SOFT FREQUENCY Vol. 1 starts at 9 PM EST, on Wednesday, April 17. TMT has agreed to help host the stream (which is why our logo is on the fancy poster), so stay tuned for details. Meanwhile, like we did for the mighty #SPF420 fest, you can preview music from the artists below:
Infinity Frequencies (US):
Igor Maximilian (RUS):
• AMDISCS: http://www.amdiscs.com
Change just one letter and you’ve got MINI Festival, which could mean a festival where only two or three bands play, or a festival that only accommodates two or three fans, or a festival that shrinks all bands and all fans down to the size of leprechauns.
As far as I know though, MIDI Festival will have tons of bands and tons of fans and no one will have to play instruments the size of Lucky Charms. According to Dummy Mag, MIDI has announced its first round of artists, which includes the likes of Mykki Blanco, Mount Kimbie, King Krule, AlunaGeorge, Christopher Owens, and The Horrors.
MIDI will take place July 26-28 in Hyères, France, and tickets are available here.
• MIDI Festival: http://midi-festival.com
Mike Connelly (Wolf Eyes/Hair Police) starts new band Clay Rendering with his wife Tara, performance and EP coming soon on Hospital Productions
Now and then, a man and a woman who both love each other very much join together to bring something very special into the world. No, not kids, ew… what were you thinking? That’s just morally irresponsible in this bleak day and age. I meant a noise band.
Here’s a great example: Mike Connelly, of Wolf Eyes and Hair Police fame, and his wife Tara Connelly, of The Haunting fame, are introducing their latest project, Clay Rendering, to the masses in a performance on May 11 (my birthday! Clay Rendering and I will share birthdays!). The performance will be at this year’s Three Days of Struggle Festival supporting long-time friend Cut Hands (with Demdike Stare/Kevin Drumm and Failing Lights/Lussuria taking up the other two days).
Then, later this summer, the stork will bring their first release, an EP titled Vengeance Candle to be distributed by Hospital Productions as a 12-inch and digital release. Listen to one of the EP’s two tracks, “Nature’s Confusion,” over at 13:13.
Neon Indian seizes the day, unveils remix EP ERRATA ANEX, featuring Actress, Optimo, Twin Shadow, and more (but not many more)
Neon Indian, a.k.a. the band that I’ve previously confused as an affiliation of Animal Collective due to the probably similar fan base and their shared use of the word “indian,” has just announced some news bound to jumble my small-capacity brain even further. What the hell is a remix? And are anagrams a candy of some sort? Because I doubt they surpass in taste a particular teddy-shaped cereal that has been seriously undervalued since its inception.
In actuality, the news is pretty straightforward, even for me: on April 9, Neon Indian will be releasing ERRATA ANEX, an EP of tracks from their previous LP Era Extraña (TMT Review), remixed by the likes of Optimo and Actress. Okay, it’s only an EP, so I may as well give you the full list of musical mutationeers: Optimo, Boyd Rice, Pattern, Actress, and Twin Shadow. I’m not sure how releases of this type usually come about, but apparently Alan Palomo contacted a few choice artists about the EP, and they responded in kind, “Anything for you, my sweet Alaña. <3 <3 <3"
Read Palomo's version of the events below:
These remixes are a small collection found along the way of my year on the road while we were touring *Era Extraña*. The artists were chosen by whatever most consistently blared out of my headphones that Fall and what I was most giddy to hear an amalgamation of from the songs I was playing live, and the artists I'd listen to later that night. If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then total re-imagination from song scraps must be something far more warm, mutant, and mutual. I hope you enjoy them."
And visit Neon Indian’s website to download Twin Shadow’s remix of “Hex Girlfriend.”
ERRATA ANEX tracklisting:
01. Polish Girl (Optimo Mix)
02. Halogen (Boyd Rice Remix)
03. Heart Release (Patten Remix)
04. Blindside Kiss (Actress Remix)
05. Hex Girlfriend (Twin Shadow Remix)
Editions Mego prepares new album Gridshifter from Innode, shows blatant disregard for the balance of my bank account
I don’t want Editions Mego to ever stop. Right now, Editions Mego, listen: never stop releasing music. I also have a second, somewhat less sincere but ultimately honest plea: please, Editions Mego, slow your roll. The leather of my wallet is cracking and weak. It’s getting frayed in the place where I keep my debit card. The card itself is worn clean: it appears to be a solid white piece of plastic with a little black strip and what could be some braille. My money is tired, it needs to rest.
But no, they don’t listen. Instead they announce the debut album from Innode, a 10-track LP called Gridshifter. It picks on both my love for CoH and my love of Factory Floor, making it the most painful of double-whammy low-blows. Then I see that Innode is Stefan Németh of Radian, Steven Hess of Pan•American, and Bernhard Breuer of Elektro Guzzi and I tilt my head to one side, raise an eyebrow, and hold on to incredulity until I realize that nobody in the office actually cares what expression I’m making in my sad play for attention. Perhaps you will share my incredulity/need for attention when you hear the track “Dedispersion II” below. Perhaps you will hold that expression until the album comes out on June 10. I can’t really recommend that last bit though: facial paralysis is no fun, kiddies.
01. Dedispersion I
02. Dedispersion II
04. Planes and Numbers
06. Gridshifter 05
08. FS Revisited
09. Cumbre Vieja
Avey Tare forms new project Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, with former Dirty Projectors, Ponytail members, excludes you from his entire life
You’re sitting by the phone. In fact, you’ve been sitting by the phone for hours. No one understands why – you have a cell phone. That’s the phone you’re sitting by. You just have it out on the table, next to the lamp, and you’re just staring at it. You could easily take it with you, leave the house, live your life. But no. You might miss the call. The call from Animal Collective’s Avey Tare. The call where he asks you if you want to be in his new band, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks.
Bad news, friend. It ain’t gonna happen.
Avey Tare has already chosen his compatriots in Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks. One is Angel Deradoorian, formerly of Dirty Projectors. The other is Jeremy Hyman, former drummer for Ponytail. These are people you probably cannot compare to, unless you’re, say, Yamantaka Eye. Now that you know who’s in Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, here’s how Tare himself describes the band: “A group of three hippies on a road trip through the backwaters of 2013’s rural music scene fall prey to a murderous cannibalistic band making.” I see!
More enlightening may be the band’s forthcoming live dates, of which there are four. All dates are in June, one is in Brooklyn, the other three are in the UK. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are going on sale at noon EST on 4/12, so if you’re an America-dwelling Avey Tare fan, then you might want to sit by your computer then. Just, please, stop sitting by that phone. Put it in your pocket. Walk away.
Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks dates:
06.17.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
06.20.13 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store
06.21.13 - London, UK - The Lexington
06.22.13 - Camber Sands, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties
• Avey Tare: http://alligatorland.net
Oh shit, All Tomorrow’s Parties are in Iceland? How the heck am I supposed to get over there by then?!?
Hello news reader!
If you finish reading this sentence about the formal announcement of All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland (June 28 - 29, 2013 in Keflavík, Iceland) and the early bird tickets that are on sale now, can you please remember to check back in with us on or around April 16, 2013 for the complete and most assuredly comedically-delivered lineup announcement?
P.S. – If you need to kill time from now until then, here’s the entirety of Brian Eno’s Thursday Afternoon. It’ll get you close.
• ATP Iceland: http://www.atpfestival.com/events/atpiceland.php