Pitchfork Music Festival announces lineup: Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, Chance the Rapper to headline, but A. G. Cook to headline in our hearts

Pitchfork’s yearly Chicago festival is circling back around on its prey (your ears) and will sink its teeth into your ears’ neck on July 17-19. Does that metaphor make sense? Tickets have been on sale for a couple weeks but without any artists announced; today Pitchfork has rectified that situation. This year’s Bacchanalia will feature the likes of

Chvrches, Panda Bear, Mac DeMarco, iLoveMakonnen, Iceage, Ought, Steve Gunn, Tobias Jesso Jr., Jessica Pratt, Natalie Prass, Ryley Walker (Friday);

Future Islands, The New Pornographers, Todd Terje & The Olsens, Kurt Vile, Parquet Courts, Ariel Pink, Vic Mensa, A$AP Ferg, Ex Hex, Vince Staples, Future Brown, Shamir, Mr. Twin Sister, Protomartyr, Jimmy Whispers, Bully (Saturday);

and Run the Jewels, Caribou, Jamie xx, Madlib & Freddie Gibbs, Courtney Barnett, Perfume Genius, Waxahatchee, SOPHIE, The Julie, Ruin, Clark, How to Dress Well, A. G. Cook, Viet Cong, Mourn, Bitchin Bajas, and Single Mothers (Sunday);

PLUS HEADLINERS: Wilco (Friday) – Sleater-Kinney (Saturday) – Chance the Rapper (Sunday) a.k.a. the bizarro Beck – Neutral Milk Hotel – Kendrick Lamar.

• Pitchfork Music Festival: http://pitchforkmusicfestival.com

Coachwhips reissue classic Bangers vs. Fuckers album, releasing madness upon the land

The Iraq War. The recession. Twilight fan fiction. Much of the new millennium has been totally insane, yet Coachwhips has only been responsible for some of that madness. This band played some of the craziest shows I’ve ever seen. I saw them in Austin, TX in the early 00s and someone in the band threw a metal trashcan, just ruining everything. Ruin, glorious ruin! It was wonderful, heavy, depraved abandon and I was honestly kinda surprised that the cops didn’t come. And now that legacy lives on into our new, more boring, (questionably) less tumultuous times, with the impending release of the reissued and remastered Bangers vs. Fuckers.

Weasel Walter mastered it. It got recut onto frantic 45 RPM. It comes out on 4/20. What else do you need, a 40 oz and some dirty denim? This comes out on Mr. Coachwhips himself, John Dwyer’s record label Castle Face Records. (Gather round, young ‘uns, this is what Thee Oh Sees sounded like when George W. was president.) You wanna hear this ish? Stream the magic over at The FADER.

Bangers vs. Fuckers tracklisting:

01. You Gonna Get It
02. Extinguish Me
03. I Knew Her, She Knew Me
04. Purse Peeking
05. Dancefloor, Bathroom
06. I Drank What?
07. Evil Son
08. Thee Alarm
09. Recline, Recline
10. Harlow’s Muscle of Love
11. Goodnight, Goodbuy

• Castle Face: http://www.castlefacerecords.com

Drake surprise-drops new album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, is somewhere eating a fondue plate

“I like sweaters. I have a sweater obsession, I guess.”
– Drake

Ka-boom. Like Beyoncé, Drake has surprise-dropped a new album, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Like Björk’s new one, the album is currently only available on iTunes. Like Dean Blunt’s The Redeemer, the cover art features some praying hands.

Meanwhile, Drake’s somewhere eating a fondue plate.

“Jungle”:

• Cash Money: http://www.cashmoney-records.com

The Books’ Paul de Jong announces debut solo album IF, hopefully composed solely from samples of Malcolm McDowell being pithy

The Books formed in 1999 and officially split up in 2012. Over the course of that 13-year span they released four incredible albums of delicate experimentation and sample manipulation. Playful, meditative, mournful, absurd, hilarious, surreal, profound, and heart-breaking are all apt descriptions of their one-of-a-kind style, and yet none of them quite captures the full picture. And hey, bonus, their first album was our 22nd favorite of the last decade, despite the fact that Nick Zammuto (one half of the duo) admits they may not have known exactly what they were doing before or after its completion, and that, perhaps, speaks to their music’s power more than any of those aforementioned descriptors. It’s the indefinable quality, the unexpectedness. It’s the samples. Those bizarre, out of context, out of nowhere bits of dialogue from some forgotten film or unlabeled cassette found at a garage sale that give the music so much power. Yes, of course, they’d be nothing without the gorgeous, innovative music that surrounds them, but admit it, you can’t separate the word “aleatoric” from “Read, Eat, Sleep.” You have to admit it. You’re lying if you don’t.

Since the duo’s dissolution, Nick Zammuto has put out two charming albums under his surname, but The Books’ other half, cellist and sample guru Paul de Jong, has been quiet. But all that’s about to change, praise be to the great self-conscious dead fish. On April 28, de Jong will release IF via Temporary Residence. And despite the fact that I want to be surprised and delighted by an array of strange and unheard samples, and despite the fact that the album is missing the ellipses found in the title of Lindsay Anderson’s 1968 film of (sort of) the same name, it would still be kind of great if the album consisted only of Malcolm McDowell being all pithy and anti-authoritarian. Of course, you can listen to the album’s first single, “Auction Block,” below, and hear that, sadly, this is not the case. Still a great track, though. You can also check out a frisky little mildly NSFW album trailer right here, you know, if you’re feeling a bit like a tiger.

IF tracklist:

01. Auction Block
02. Hollywald
03. This Is Who I Am
04. IF
05. Golden Gate
06. Debt Free
07. Baxter @ 73
08. Snakes
09. Age of the Sea
10. Purpose
11. The Art of What
12. Troia

• Paul de Jong: http://dejongpaul.com
• Temporary Residence Ltd.: http://temporaryresidence.com

Protomartyr announce US tour, a gift to the nation’s grumps

Who has enough piss, enough vinegar to be America’s grumpiest band? It’s a pity, but I don’t have the answer. Here’s a contender, though: Detroit’s Protomartyr. With all the mope of the post-punk revival replaced with a mountain of dissatisfied grumbling, the band grumps with the best of them.

Now they’ve got a score to settle with this country called the United States, so they’re taking their grievances to the road. On the way, they’ll join forces with the likes of The Gotobeds, Perfect Pussy, and Priests, all tremendous grumps in their own ways.

Through clenched teeth and spit, the group has released a video for “Want Remover” from last year’s Under Color of Official Right. Incidentally, the video features an awful lot of serene dancing. It is, somehow, some way, one of the least grumpy videos in recent memory.

Protomartyr dates:

02.28.15 - Chicago, IL - Music Frozen Dancing @ The Empty Bottle *
04.08.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Gooski’s !
04.09.15 - Ithaca, NY - Cornell University ! +
04.11.15 - Providence, RI - AS220 !
04.12.15 - Cambridge, MA - Club Bohemia !
04.14.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s !
04.15.15 - Brooklyn, NY - The Wick !
04.16.15 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall ! % +
04.17.15 - Winston-Salem, NC - The Garage !
04.18.15 - Athens, GA - Caledonia ! #
04.20.15 - Atlanta, GA - 529 #
04.21.15 - Cincinnati, OH - Northside Tavern

* Perfect Pussy, Oozing Wound, NE-HI
! The Gotobeds
% Priests
# Wymyns Prysyn

• Protomartyr: https://www.facebook.com/protomartyr
• Hardly Art: http://www.hardlyart.com

Faith No More announce details of Sol Invictus, out May 19; TMT news writer recycles jokes

Listen, I don’t like to rest on my laurels. They’re stiff and scratchy and I’ve got a way better recliner in my living room for when I’m in the mood to rest thank you very much. But you know what, sometimes you just gotta pull ‘em out, put your feet up, and crack open a cold one. Like, for example, right now in this very news post about the recently released details on the new Faith No More album called Sol Invictus. You see, back in September of last year, I made a Certified Great little joke about even though we all thought Faith No More was No More it turns out that, yes, there is More Faith No More on the way, ergo Faith Yes More! I, like the fellas in the band, say “yes,” to more Faith No More but, in this case, say “no” to more jokes about the band because, honestly the Faith Yes More thing seems like the best I’m gonna do.

So, Sol Invictus is out May 19 on the band’s own imprint Reclamation in conjunction with Ipecac Recordings. It’s their first album since 1997’s Album of the Year, so who knows what it will sound like. Probably like Faith No More though, right? Well, I can confirm that in a statement, bassist Bill Gould said, “…it’s always going to sound like us,” so there you go. How’s that for Faith Yes More, ya sucker. Among the 10 tracks will be included “Motherfucker,” which the band already released back in November as a part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday thing, so perhaps, Faith Not As Much More as You Originally Thought? The band’s also going on a big tour, but the North American leg is already sold out, so if you’re in North America and want to go, you’re out of luck, buddy. That’s on you.

Sol Invictus tracklist:

01. Sol Invictus
02. Superhero
03. Sunny Side Up
04. Separation Anxiety
05. Cone of Shame
06. Rise of the Fall
07. Black Friday
08. Motherfucker
09. Matador
10. From the Dead

Dates:

02.17.2015 - Tokyo, Japan - Studio Coast
02.18.2015 - Tokyo, Japan - Studio Coast
02.21.2015 - Adelaide, Australia - Soundwave Festival
02.22.2015 - Melbourne, Australia - Soundwave Festival
02.28.2015 - Sydney, Australia - Soundwave Festival
03.01.2015 - Brisbane, Australia - Soundwave Festival
03.03.2015 - Auckland, New Zealand - WestFest
04.15.2015 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Forum
04.16.2015 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theater
04.17.2015 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium
04.19.2015 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
04.20.2015 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
04.23.2015 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
04.24.2015 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
04.25.2015 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
05.07.2015 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
05.08.2015 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
05.09.2015 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
05.11.2015 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
05.13.2015 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
05.14.2015 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
05.15.2015 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
05.29.2015 - Nurburgring, Germany - Grune Holle Festival
05.31.2015 - Munich, Germany - Rockavaria Festival
06.02.2015 - Milan, Italy - Sonisphere
06.04.2015 - Vienna, Austria - Vienna Rocks Festival
06.05.2015 - Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic - Rock For People Festival
06.12.2015 - Landgraaf, Netherlands - Pinkpop Festival
06.13.2015 - Donington, United Kingdom - Download Festival
06.20.2015 - Clisson, France - Hellfest
06.21.2015 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Festival
06.24-27.2015 - Seinajoki, Finland - Provinssi
08.07-09.2015 - Montreal, QC - Heavy Montreal

• Faith No More: http://www.fnm.com
• Reclamation: http://reclamationrecordings.com
• Ipecac: http://ipecac.com/home.php

[Photo: Dustin Rabin]

The Dead Milkmen plan West Coast tour, cruise the coast in a…. reasonable van

Hey, Tiny Mix Tapes readers, what’s happenin’?

“Sigh. Are we really going to do this? The whole ‘Bitchin Camaro’ bit? Yes, we know, it’s a story about The Dead Milkmen. You know they made more than that one song, right? Too lazy to make a ‘We only have it iced’ reference? Or something about a horse-meat dish? I think we all saw this whole thing a mile away. But, please, what were you gonna do?”

Well. Um. I was gonna replace “Bitchin’ Camaro” with “Reasonable Van” because, you know, The Dead Milkmen are old these days. They’re responsible. You get it?

“Yeah. I get it. Great stuff. Get on with the story.”

Alright, fine. Classic irreverent punk act The Dead Milkmen are doing their first West Coast tour in almost three years. They’ll be playing a string of dates in April going from Vancouver down to Los Angeles. Last year, they put out Pretty Music For Pretty People, their second post-reunion album since getting back together in 2008. And they’ve been doing it all in a REASON—

“Shut up.”

Dead Milkmen dates:

04.17.15 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
04.18.15 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
04.19.15 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
04.21.15 - Sacramento, CA - Harlows
04.22.15 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
04.24.15 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up
04.25.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour

• The Dead Milkmen: http://www.deadmilkmen.com

International businessmen, prepare for your March 16 business trip with S&M-themed techno from Exploring Jezebel

This article specifically targets Tiny Mix Tapes’ audience of international businessmen, quiet dads, and awkward footwear retailers. I think you’ll all be interested in Dominick Fernow’s latest project as Exploring Jezebel, On a Business Trip to London. It’s gonna drop hard and hot on March 16 through London label Blackest Ever Black, so businessman, postpone your business trip; sweet, silent dad, buy a pair of lace briefs and call in sick; footwear man, don’t change a thing. You will delight in this balmy brand of BDSM bangers.

Even if you don’t know Exploring Jezebel’s She Extracts the Last Drop of Torture Out of the Penance and Will Add an Hour or Two If I Make Even the Least Awkward Movement on Account of the Acute Discomfort I’m in from the Hair Shirt and Says That She Is Being Kind to Me Because I’m Being Discouraged from the Immorality and Self Abuse of Masterbation and She’s the One Really Paying Penance Because She Daren’t Take Her Eyes Off Me in Case I Somehow Avoid the Full Punishment, you may know Fernow’s work as Vatican Shadow, or Prurient. However, Exploring Jezebel is no new project. Fernow has been working under the name since 2008’s Locking Up the Husband’s Penis Is Not Slavery, But Rather the Greatest Act of Kindness Given to a Man. On a Business Trip to London will be only his second release under the alias outside his own label, Hospital Productions.

Enjoy a little sampling of the LP and then read that tracklist, alright?

On a Business Trip to London tracklist:

01. Luckily I was allowed to get dressed when I left the house.
02. I am made to greet each guest with a limp-wristed handshake
03. Only Carla
04. She is pretty strange, the way she dresses, that punky hair. God knows what she gets up to.
05. Jack the Dammed
06. Since I am on a strict 500 calorie a day diet with extensive exercise and no alcohol, I have the shape of a petite little woman, and my wife has paid for breast implants and facial surgery to make me more acceptable.
07. Duck shall not have the audacity to request release himself. Duck shall not gripe or complain about the duration of his confinement, the length of which will be solely determined by mistress.
08. He might be able to earn a meal of slop if he does dangerous work (for instance: crash test dummy). THUNDERSKINS
09. To compensate, while the average lifespan of a male will be about 70 years, medical advancements will make the average lifespan of a woman to be about 750 years.
10. When Thanksgiving approaches, I’m usually in my third week without release.
11. My breasts were pierced, so red ball ornaments were placed through each nipple. Additionally, each ear was pierced, so a red ball ornament was placed in each earring hole. My nipples were protruding through a hole for each in the silk red top of the ensemble. It had red and green fur around it, and I was tied from head to toe with beautiful tinsel garland. Bows were placed all over my body, and a giant bow was placed in my femininely prepared hair. Of course, I had bright Christmas-type make-up on and the bright red ball gag ornament in my mouth. And don’t forget the jingle bells, which were sewed all over my outfit. This was a sort of security system to keep me still and in position. Don’t forget the lights either, which were very, very hot against my skin – she used outdoor lights, which were sheer torture.
12. Thunderskins London Dungeon x 5
13. The grad student turned her eyes toward the closet where she had made him hide. THUNDERSKINS
14. Drugs. Alan, I don’t believe it but somebody saw her shooting up in the restroom.
15. Only Tease
16. Tennis has always been my life since I was a small boy in Mexico City. My father was the head gardener at an estate owned by a very important man and he used to take me with him so I could hit the balls on the court.
17. Wild Spectrum
18. Credits

• Dominick Fernow: http://hospitalproductions.net
• Blackest Ever Black: http://blackesteverblack.com

Howard Stelzer announces new album How To on Phage Tapes

Don’t let the disappearance of his label Intransitive Recordings fool you; Howard Stelzer has kept himself as busy as ever. The New York-born tape manipulator may no longer have an outlet of his own, but even before closing Intransitive Recordings down back in 2012, he had been releasing albums pretty much everywhere. He has recently announced a new album on Phage Tapes, How To, which follows the still-fresh Narrow Escape and At Ease, a collaboration with Joe Bastardo.

Active since the mid-90s, Stelzer has made cassette tapes his trademark platform to craft complex collages of noise, found sounds, and synthetic textures. Yet he is best known as an all-around devotee of tape as a medium, collecting hundreds of cassettes, writing about sound art and tape culture, and curating an amazingly ambitious catalog of experimental music for Intransitive Recordings. Based in Boston and active for over a decade, the label released music by Jason Lescalleet, Nerve Net Noise, Jason Talbot, C. Spencer Yeh, and Brume, among many others. Nevertheless, it would be unforgivable to overlook 1998’s Bond Inlets, Stelzer’s crowning achievement; an album where he was able to pick the inherent limitations of consumer-grade tapes apart, laying out a foreboding work of rare emotional power.

How To is out on March via Phage Tapes.

• Howard Stelzer: https://cassettetapesuperstar.wordpress.com
• Phage Tapes: http://phagetapes.miiduu.com

Ty Segall announces acoustic tour, throws shade toward former friend electricity

Watch out, electricity, Ty Segall’s done with you. In past years, the unison of Ty Segall and electricity seemed an unbreakable bond. It was electricity that provided the distorted fuzz that powers the majority of Segall’s material. Yet, somehow, a rift (not a riff) has formed between the two formerly inseparable chums. Ty’s going on tour and he’s not bringing a drop of that electricity with him.

What could lead a man to a string of acoustic shows? Did electricity sleep with someone in Ty Segall’s family? Did Ty Segall sleep with a lightning bolt? The public may never truly get an answer. All that can be said is that the feud is likely to last through June, in which the majority of these acoustic shows will take place.

Segall will take this whole acoustic concept on a test run in April for one Los Angeles show. Presumably, he’ll spend May stewing over whether he can truly leave electricity behind. Personally, I think once this all blows over, these two crazy kids are gonna be alright.

Ty Segall dates:

04.21.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite #
06.24.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right *
06.25.14 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bellhouse *
06.26.14 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (early show)
06.26.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade (late show)
06.27.14 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle

* Christian Peslak
# Cory Hanson, Emmett Kelly

• Ty Segall: http://www.ty-segall.com
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

[Photo: Denee Petracek]