UPDATE: The invite-only beta version of the iOS app was released today (9/24). Go here to request an invite.
When I mention apps at the TMT office, my coworker bros usually think I’m talking about happy hour at Chili’s. This time, though, I’m happy to talk about the new Discogs app being developed for iOS and Android (that’s how you know they’re serious) and to be launched early next year. The app will be based on the existing third-party app, MilkCrate, which allows for browsing of massive record collections.
This is great news to me. A few months ago, I told a coworker to catalog his vinyl collection on the Discogs website. I then spent the next three days entering all my records I hadn’t added yet so I could make sure my volume remained greater than his. While incredibly rewarding, it was a slow process. With the app, I could have added my collection more quickly. This miracle of technology also allows the bin hogs to check if that MC Skat Kat 12-inch is worth any moola and haggle the cross-armed record store clerk with an upper-hand. Let the cybering begin!
• Discogs: http://www.discogs.com
Big announcement, y’all. All of us at the Tape are pleased to unveil our newest project: Now That’s What I Call Indie Rock. This new CD series will compile the very best of that crazy music we call indie rock. First four volumes will be comprised entirely of the first four Built To Spill records, because, well, what would YOU call indie rock? Now, keep this on the down-low, because we DEFINITELY do not have the rights to any of these albums. Be cool.
Look, we’re just not Up Records. And we never will be. But Up Records do have the rights to Built To Spill material, most pertinently to their 1994 sophomore album There’s Nothing Wrong With Love. The label will be releasing a vinyl repress of the album on October 30. This will be the first time the record will be available on vinyl since its initial pressing. Interested parties can pre-order the record now, initial copies of which will be printed on creme-colored vinyl.
Earlier this year, Built To Spill put out Untethered Moon. You can check out a “reissue” of that album in 2037, under the title Now What’s I Call Indie Rock Vol. 837.
Remaining Built to Spill dates:
09.21.15 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
09.22.15 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
09.23.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
09.24.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
09.25.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
09.26.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
09.27.15 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall
09.28.15 - Portland, ME - Asylum
09.29.15 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
09.30.15 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
10.01.15 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
10.02.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.03.15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.04.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
10.07.15 - Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
• Built To Spill: http://www.builttospill.com
With two releases from Lawrence English’s Room40 now 15-year-old imprint coming down the pike, we may as well act like this post is a cup of ice cream (or a grave) and dig right in. The first one’s from Rafael Anton Irisarri, and it’s called A Fragile Geography. Out October 16, it’s his third release for Room40, and it comes out of a forced reset. During his recent move from Seattle to New York, Irisarri’s entire studio, along with his audio archives and personal possessions, were stolen. Out of this, Irisarri found himself at a “tabula rasa” moment, and found him mining “fresh approaches and ideas.” Silver linings! Pre-order the album here and check out a video for the track “Empire Systems” below.
Release number two in this dark well found in the forest of releases on Room40 is a reissue from Tim Hecker. It’s called Norberg/Apondalifa and it’s out on November 6. Both pieces here were previously released by Room40, but are now out of print (and they sold out almost immediately upon their original release). The new edition contains the works in their extended formats across a full-length LP. Listen to “Apondalifa” below, and, you know, do that pre-order thing like you do.
In addition to these two releases, Room40 has also put out a lovely full-length from Mike Cooper this year and plans to drop a solo LP from Swans guitarist Norman Westberg later this year. Unlike most 15 year olds I know, they’re still going strong!
A Fragile Geography tracklist:
03. Empire Systems
06. Secretly Wishing for Rain
Ever dip a pizza into a bowl of ice cream? Of course not — those are two awesome things that don’t go together at all. Metal band Boris and noise master Merzbow? Those are two awesome things that mix wonderfully together, like peanut butter and hamburger. You ever had a hamburger with peanut butter? You ever listen to the three studio albums, two live albums, and one EP Boris and Merzbow have made together? I rest my case.
In celebration of delicious partnerships, the two entities have gotten together for a new album called Gensho (Japanese for “phenomenon”) out February through Relapse. The album is a 150-minute double-disc affair with separate CDs for Boris and Merzbow, the former featuring reinventions of the band’s earlier material and the latter featuring entirely new compositions. Though the two records may be listened to individually, they are intended to be played simultaneously on multiple speakers at varying volumes, so that the listener may experience their own phenomenon, or “Gensho.” Hey, Gensho! That’s the album’s title!
The album’s roots lie in a 2014 collaborative performance Boris and Merzbow did for Boiler Room, which you can view below. After the show, they decided what they had done was so good that, heck, they should take it to the studio. They will be returning to the stage together on November 27 for a one-off show at Fever in Tokyo.
What’s a young footwork-loving parent to do on the occasion of a new LP from DJ Earl? Having never actually been a parent, I can’t say with any certainty. However, as someone who likes to make diaper jokes, I’d say that the first thing one ought to do is live. That’s right, just keep on doing that whole living thing you resumed doing this morning when you woke up. Try to do it until you go to bed tonight, even! Once you’ve got that mastered, you can move on to step two: learn. In this step, you can learn all sorts of things. Perhaps about some previous DJ Earl releases, or maybe about different coffee-grinding techniques.
Since you probably knew where this was going since the beginning of this story, I’ll go ahead and spill the beans about step three. In step three, instead of buying diapers, you can just swap all that book learning you did in step two into some good old-fashioned love for footwork and for babies. It’s as simple that. Live, love, Teklife… possibly babies. Which, incidentally, is also the name of the newly released LP from DJ Earl: Live Love Teklife, which is embedded below. Earl says it was inspired by all of his recent travels, a claim that you can now evaluate for yourself, what with all that learning you did in step two of my joke above. He’s going to keep on traveling too; peep the dates to see if he’s coming close to your house.
Live, Love, Teklife tracklist:
01. Whoa feat. Taso
02. Funk from 2905
03. Open the Door
04. Laid Back
06. 2000 & Lit (Part 1)
07. Bonus Track: New York City
09.26.2015 - Cleveland, OH - BSide Lounge
10.03.2015 - Brooklyn, NY - Palisades
10.07.2015 - Los Angeles, CA - The Airliner
10.10.2015 - Los Angeles, CA - Tar x Teklife Boiler Room
10.24.2015 - Miami, FL - Gramps
10.29.2015 - Greensboro, NC - The Crown
Cheers to Arcade Fire for letting their most recent album breathe a bit before smothering it with the deluxe-edition treatment. Jeers to world hunger. Reflektor, the group’s most recent full-length, came out in 2013, when we were all only babies. Now it’s two years later and time for that special re-release: Reflektor Deluxe Edition will be out digitally on September 25.
Considering that Reflektor was a double-album with, as I recall, one million songs on it, you might think the Arcade Fire well is all dry. Well, it’s not. It’s wet and wild. This deluxe edition features not one, not two, not three, not four, but five unreleased Arcade Fire originals! It also features a remix of “Flashbulb Eyes.” Now, if you get the deluxe edition and realize that, hey, some of these songs sound a little familiar, ask yourself: did you recently see the band’s documentary The Reflektor Tapes? If so, you may have heard some of these songs during that film. If not, are you in Arcade Fire? Did you suffer a head injury? Are you okay?
The Reflektor Tapes: it’s not just the name of a movie anymore! It’s also the name of a cassette-only release coming out October 16. This release allows you to hear those deluxe-edition exclusives without interacting with technology at all! Except for a cassette player, but by today’s standards, a cassette player might as well be a fruit.
More physical media: the band is also putting out a limited-edition 7-inch single of deluxe-edition tracks “Get Right” b/w “Crucified Again” via Merge/Sonovox on September 25, the same day the deluxe edition drops. If you can stomach the sight of the internet, those tracks are streaming now on Tidal. See, that Tidal subscription is paying off in spades! Pre-orders for both the cassette and the 7-inch are available now at the band’s website.
• Arcade Fire: http://arcadefire.com
I thought the last thing I’d write for TMT would be my farewell letter to all of my fans, but due to the economy and Obamacare, I had no choice but to renew my contract with this fine organization. My first new assignment was delivered to me by my manager, Skarl Poogers, who slammed his genitalia on my desk yesterday. On his erect shaft, it read: New Selena Gomez announces new video and album. Write about it, dipshit.
So this is my life again. I quickly found out that if you pre-order the new Selena Gomez album, Revival, which is due October 9 on Interscope Records, you get a download of the single “Same Old Love.” Album options include a deluxe edition, Target deluxe version with 16 tracks, and a limited-edition deluxe version with an autographed journal, a forward by Gomez, color vinyl, and unreleased photos. Pre-orders also include advance ticket access for Gomez’s upcoming U.S. tour.
02. Kill Em With Kindness
03. Hands To Myself
04. Same Old Love
06. Good For You
08. Me & The Rhythm
10. Body Heat
12. Me & My Girls *
13. Nobody *
14. Perfect *
15. Outta My Hands **
16. Cologne **
**Target Deluxe Version
Bing & Ruth is magic. If you believe in the afterlife, this is probably what will be playing when you float up to heaven. And now RVNG Intl. are releasing their original debut, City Lake. The album originally came out five years ago in what they’re calling “an unusually limited edition,” but now, for your listening pleasure, it’s coming out again on November 13. You can check out the beautiful video for track “Rails” below.
Word on the street is that RVNG Intl. somehow mistakenly got ahold of City Lake as an unmarked white label test press from their shared vinyl manufacturer some years back, put it on the turntable, and let it sit there for a few months, then it basically never left their turntable and the label reached out to frontman David Moore about what would eventually become Bing & Ruth’s Tomorrow Was The Golden Age album. Now they’ve remastered and reimagined the group’s debut as a limited-edition double LP, CD, and digital download. If you live in Europe, I got a few tour dates you might be interested in, too.
City Lake tracklisting:
01. Broad Channel
02. Put Your Weight Into It
03. And Then it Rained
05. City Lake / Tu Sei Uwe
06. Broad Channel / A Little Line in a Round Face
07. Here’s What You’re Missin
08. You’re Gonna Need That When He’s Gone (Bonus Track)
09. In This Ruined House (Bonus Track)
10. Broad Channel (Solo Piano) (Bonus Track)
12.08.15 - London, UK - Royal Albert Hall
12.09.15 - Hasselt, BE - Autumn Falls @ CCHA
12.10.15 - Leuven, BE - Autumn Falls @ 30CC
12.11.15 - Den Haag, NL - State x New Forms Festival*
*A Winged Victory For The Sullen
[Photo: Emily Johnston]
• RVNG Intl.: http://igetrvng.com
Didn’t we make things clear enough less than 48 hours ago? It’s a MIDI bonanza! And the only solution to this notational craze is to use the MIDI files that Oneohtrix Point Never (or his alien companion Ezra, if we’re amicable players) made downloadable here as the bases for creating your own tracks, which a press rep kindly requests that you send over to the following email for eventual archival release: email@example.com. All of those MIDI snippets do supposedly stem from OPN’s upcoming album, after all, but we can probably equate Lopatin’s admission of it being his most “physical” record to something superlative in our own minds. So good luck out there, music-makers.
Additional G.O.D. news comes with supportive international tour dates being announced for this November and extending into December. OPN will be joined by friend and prior visual collaborator Nate Boyce on guitar, while Lopatin himself will be bordered by floodlights and brought in via harness through the rafters as a theatrical supplement to the Zeus-like qualities of his vocals. You can count on the vocals, at least.
Dates are below. Garden of Delete comes out November 13 via Warp.
11.07.15 - Turin, Italy - Club 2 Club
11.08.15 - London, UK - Illuminations Festival at the Village Underground
11.09.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Orangerie
11.10.15 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
11.20.15 - New York, NY – TBA
11.23.15 - Vancouver, BC - TBA
11.24.15 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
11.25.15 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir lounge *
11.27.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
11.28.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater *
12.02.15 - Tokyo, Japan - Liquidroom
12.04.15 - Osaka, Japan - Fanj Twice
* James Ferraro
The nightmare is over. After 80 years of publishing company Warner/Chappell Music capitalizing off the “Happy Birthday To You” song, a federal judge ruled that its copyright claim is fucking bullshit. More specifically: “Because Summy Co. [which is now the Warner/Chappell-owend Birch Tree Group] never acquired the rights to the Happy Birthday lyrics,” wrote judge George H. King, “Defendants, as Summy Co.’s purported successors-in-interest, do not own a valid copyright in the Happy Birthday lyrics.”
“‘Happy Birthday’ is finally free after 80 years,” said attorney Randall Newman. “Finally, the charade is over. It’s unbelievable.”
The lawsuit came about when Warner/Chappell recently tried to fine filmmakers $1,500 for using the song. The publishing company — estimated to have earned more than $2 million a year on fees — commonly charged for usage of the song in everything from movies to greeting cards. Even restaurants owners were technically violating copyright law when they sang the song to their patrons, no matter how off-key or annoying they were.
But that’s all in the past, and now it’s time to celebrate the ruling. The melody of the song turned 122 this year; the first print appearance of the melody and lyrics turned 103; and Summy’s copyright registration turned 80. Let’s celebrate the only way we know how: