Nat Baldwin’s new full-length In the Hollows is out in April; could I interest you in more facts about the album in all caps?
And now for another round of Caps-Locked Answers to Oddly Specific Questions About Nat Baldwin!
Q: Does Nat Baldwin have a new full-length called In the Hollows coming out April 29 from Western Vinyl?
Q: Does Nat use a weaving metaphor in his description of the album?
Q: Could you give more detail about the metaphor, like a quote or something?
A: “I WANTED THE STRINGS TO ADD TO THE MOURNFUL QUALITY OF THE SONGS, WEAVING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE SONIC TERRAIN, PROVIDING EMOTIONAL EMPHASIS, BUT ALSO LEAVING NECESSARY AMOUNTS OF SPACE!!”
Q: Can I pre-order In the Hollows?
Q: I feel like Nat plays bass in the Dirty Projectors? And hasn’t he worked with all sorts of folks like Department of Eagles and Vampire Weekend?
A: YOUR ACCURACY IS UNCANNY!
Q: And isn’t he also going on tour between the dates of March 14 and June 8 with an array of artists including Ryan Power, and Lisa/Liza?
A: HONESTLY IS THERE ANY POINT TO ME ANSWERING THESE QUESTIONS WHEN YOU SEEM TO ALREADY KNOW THE ANSWERS?
Q: I’m just trying to be helpful!
A: CAN’T YOU SEE HOW IT WOULD MAKE ME FEEL A LITTLE UNNECESSARY THOUGH?
Q: You’re necessary, no one ever said you weren’t important!
A: SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE YOU DON’T THINK ABOUT ME DURING THE DAY THOUGH!
Q: Just because I don’t text you every 20 minutes doesn’t mean I don’t care!
A: ALRIGHT ALRIGHT, LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS LATER, DON’T YOU THINK WE’RE STRAYING A LITTLE TOO FAR FROM THE FORMAT?
Q: Should we just embed a stream of title track “In the Hollows” and get out of here?
A: IF WE DON’T DO IT SOON THIS JOKE WILL GET OLD PRETTY FAST!
In the Hollows tracklisting:
03. Half My Life
04. In the Hollows
05. The End
06. Cosmos Pose
08. Bored to Death
09. A Good Day to Die
03.14.14 - Biddeford, ME - The Oak and the Ax *
03.15.14 - Bar Harbor, ME - Lompoc Café *
04.04.14 - Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival
04.30.14 - Kittery, ME - BUOY ~
05.01.14 - Pawtucket, RI - Machines With Magnets
05.02.14 - Portland, ME - Space
05.03.14 - Winooski, VT - Winooski United Methodist Church
05.28.14 - Lancaster, OH - Rockmill Brewery Tasting Room^
05.29.14 - Chicago, IL - Constellation
05.30.14 - Champaign, IL - Mike ‘n’ Molly’s
05.31.14 - Bloomington, IN - Rootcellar Lounge
06.01.14 - Louisville, KY - Dreamland
06.02.14 - Cincinnati, OH - The Ice Cream Factory
06.04.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
06.06.14 - New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine
06.07.14 - Hudson, NY - The Spotty Dog Books & Ale
06.08.14 - Peterborough, NH - The Thing In The Spring !
~ Ryan Power
^ Holler Boys
! Dave Kontak Ensemble
It’s a story as beautiful as any in “Modern Love” (the New York Times column no one ever actually reads but which everyone either complains about or posts endlessly on Facebook): Scandinavian songwriter with the voice of a pornographic angel and haunting songs about internet porn meets legendary New York band with a reputation for equal parts beauty and brutality and at least a couple songs about debasement and sex work. Together the two sail forth on a lengthy tour of much of Western Civilization, leaving a plague of intelligent, challenging music in their wake.
And so, once upon a time, a really fucked-up fairytale began. Jenny Hval joined hands with Mark McGuire for a blissful month of touring the US behind 2013’s Innocence Is Kinky (TMT Review), her most recent release for Rune Grammofon and our 40th-favorite album of that year. Then in May, Hval meets up with Swans in their spiritual homeland, the center of all depravity, Washington, DC, for an idyllic visionquest through the rugged moors and rolling hills of the United Kingdom. You can check out Jenny Hval performing her song “Why This and Not That?” at a night session in Oslo’s botanical gardens via Yours Truly here:
03.28.14 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
03.29-30.14 - Knoxville, TN - Big Ears Festival
04.01.14 - Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival
04.02.14 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway *
04.03.14 - Kansas, City, MO - TBD *
04.04.14 - Omaha, NE - Barley St. Tavern *
04.05.14 - Denver, CO - Moe’s *
04.07.14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Western *
04.08.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Church *
04.09.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel *
04.10.14 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place *
04.12.14 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar *
04.13.14 - Seattle, WA - Barboza *
04.14.14 - Vancouver, BC - TBD *
04.17.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club *
04.18.14 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
05.14.14 - Washington, DC - Black Cat %
05.15.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer %
05.17.14 - Boston, MA - Royale Nightclub %
05.18.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom %
05.19.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg %
05.22.14 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy 2 %
05.23.14 - Newcastle, UK - Hoults Yard %
05.24.14 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches %
05.25.14 - Aberdeen, UK - The Lemon Tree %
05.27.14 - London, UK - Brixton Electric %
05.28.14 - Bristol, UK - Trinity Community Arts %
05.29.14 - Reading, UK - Sub89 %
05.31.14 - Birmingham, UK - Supersonic Festival
06.01.14 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit %
06.02.14 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2 %
* Mark McGuire
Well, they’ve done it again, citizens of Earth! Our Robot Overlords have generously offered us Moogfest 2014 in Asheville, NC, and this year they’ve included some of their own in the lineup! That’s right, citizens: Moogfest 2014 will feature three nights of everyone’s favorite man-machines, Kraftwerk! In a stunning 3D extravaganza! And that’s not all, citizens! Moogfest 2014 will feature many of the world’s most famous cyborg musicians, including Giorgio Moroder, M.I.A., Flying Lotus, Pet Shop Boys, Moderat, Holly Herndon, Wolf Eyes, Dan Deacon, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, Black Dice, Machinedrum, Factory Floor, RJD2, Com Truise, ADULT., Daedalus, Hieroglyphic Being, Shigeto, Le1f, Riff Raff, The Gaslamp Killer, Bernie Worrell Orchestra, showcases from labels and locals like RVNG Intl., Warp, DFA, Hopscotch, and much more!
But there’s even more, citizens! Named after one of the progenitors of modern day synthesis, Robert Moog, Moogfest is more than just a music festival. It’ll also feature a massive music and technology conference including panels, workshops, and talks by some of the biggest names in electronic music, artist and engineer alike. Synth pioneers Don Buchla, Herb Deutsch, Tom Oberheim, and Dave Smith will all be there (among many others) — don’t miss the Thunderdome battle.
Our robotic rulers have designated April 23-27 in Asheville, NC as Moogfest 2014’s time-space location. Ticketing Phase 2 has already commenced so you’d better hurry if you want to get your greasy human hands on them.
• Moogfest: http://www.moogfest.com
Danny Brown announces tour, free admission should really be rewarded to anyone sporting a Danny Brown haircut
Imagine you enter a building. You’re there for a concert. There to have a good time. Everything seems normal, but suddenly something seems… off. At the moment, you can’t put your finger on it. To calm your nerves, you cozy up to the bar, looking to get yourself a drink. The bartender is facing away from you. The bartender turns around. The bartender has the same haircut as Danny Brown.
You turn around. Everybody has the same haircut as Danny Brown. Everybody except you.
Danny Brown, you can make this happen. You’re going on tour this spring, in support of your fantastic 2013 album Old (TMT Review). If you dictate that everybody who gets your signature haircut will receive free admission to these shows, you can look out into a crowd of Danny Browns of various races/genders. Please, Danny Brown. Please.
Incidentally, Danny Brown will soon play a string of dates in Europe, where everybody probably already has his haircut. Ooooh, broad generalization about Europeans! Tiny Mix Tapes dot com. Get into it.
Danny Brown dates:
02.21.14 - London, UK - KOKO
02.22.14 - Brighton, UK - Coalition
02.23.14 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
02.25.14 - Dublin, Ireland - Academy
02.26.14 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches
02.28.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
03.01.14 - Paris, France - Le Bataclan
03.02.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
03.04.14 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
03.05.14 - Cologne, Germany - Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld
03.06.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
03.07.14 - Stockholm, Sweden - Nalen
03.08.14 - Oslo, Norway - Parkteatret
03.22.14 - New Orleans, LA - Buku
04.02.14 - Syracuse, NY - Schine Underground
04.03.14 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
04.04.14 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
04.05.14 - Providence, RI - The Met
04.06.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04.08.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
04.09.14 - Boston, MA - Paradise
04.11.14 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
04.12.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
04.13.14 - Columbus, OH - A&R Bar
04.15.14 - Pittsburg, PA - Altar Bar
04.16.14 - Buffalo, NY - Waiting Room
04.19.14 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Vassar College
04.22.14 - Lansing, MI - The Loft
04.24.14 - Urbana, IL - Canopy Club
04.25.14 - Madison, WI - Majestic
04.27.14 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note
04.29.14 - Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
04.30.14 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine
05.02.14 - San Diego, CA - Porter’s
05.03.14 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theater
05.04.14 - Santa Ana, CA - Observatory
05.06.14 - Santa Barbara, CA - Casa de la Raza
05.07.14 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst
05.09.14 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
05.10.14 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
05.11.14 - Portland, OR - Roseland
05.13.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Complex
05.15.14 - Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Festival
06.07.14 - London, UK - Field Day
06.08.14 - Manchester, UK - Parklife
05.13-22.14 - Toronton, ON - NXNE
07.1012.14 - Frauenfeld, Switzerland - Openair Frauenfeld
08.08-10.14 - Squamish, BC - Squamish Valley Music Festival
Pitchfork Music Festival headliners announced: Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, and Chris Ott
Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago is here again. Or at least the second announcement about it is here! Ryan Schreiber’s top lawyer just sent over a watermarked press release with the first batch of acts, including the hot-as-hell headliners for all three nights. I don’t know about you, but I can already feel the sand off that baseball diamond blowing into my eyes!
On Friday, July 18, we’ve got Giorgio “Sunglasses” Moroder, Sun “Kill Me Now” Moon, Factory Floor, The Haxan Cloak, Sharon Van Etten, a cardboard cut-out of Death Grips, and headliner BECK. Fuck yeah, Death Grips and then Beck!
On Saturday, July 19, you’ll be treated to tUnE-yArDs, Pusha T, Mas Ysa, The Range, Ka, Circulatory System, The Julie Ruin, Wild Beasts, and headliner NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL. Fuck yeah, thousands of drunk people singing “Two-Headed Boy”!
On Sunday, July 20, here’s what’s on deck: DIIV, Slowdive, Grimes, and headliner KENDRICK LAMAR. Fuck yeah, Kendrick Lamar and— well… okay, I’ve got no problem with that.
Early bird three-day passes are already sold out, but other than that, go nuts. Three-day passes are $130, individual shows are $60, and I was just joking about Chris Ott headlining. He’s singing backup for DIIV.
• Pitchfork Music Festival: http://www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com
Dust off the ol’ victrola in the corner of your crypt! Blackest Ever Black release 2x12-inch from Killing Sound
Bristol’s Killing Sound consists of Young Echo collective members Amos Childs (Jabu, Zhou), Seb Gainsborough (Vessel), and Sam Kidel (El Kid). Together the group make beautifully spooky music that’s probably being played this very moment in a dark crypt, an abandoned Welsh abbey where the wind whispers through the trees, and in the living room of the mysterious/weird rabbit family in David Lynch’s Inland Empire. It is the stuff of all the best nightmares.
So it only makes sense that the good people over at Blackest Ever Black are releasing this thing as a double 12-inch on the luckiest day of the year, St. Patrick’s Day (March 17). What better way to drive your puking frat boy neighbors out of your life forever than by blasting these crazy sounds? The four tracks on Killing Sound’s debut release were mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy, London. You can preview the release below and pre-order it here.
Death knocks at your door with a new LP of unreleased material, new tour dates, and maybe merch-table sickles
Does the world even need another band besides Death? It’s a question one can’t help asking after hearing “new” (a.k.a. previously unreleased) track “North Street”, a hard-rockin’ punk rock Hendrixian number recounting so many “oh snap” life moments it’d make Alanis Morrisette jealous. Comin’ atcha on the band’s latest, Death III, 1980’s “North Street” fits in nicely alongside unearthed tracks from 1975, 1976, and even (whoa) the very non-punk year of 1992. Death III charts the band’s musical journey from “spiritual young rockers to older and wiser, bruised-but-undefeated brothers,” as a Drag City press release put it. And in this way, the album is the perfect accompaniment to last year’s documentary A Band Called Death (TMT Review).
The new album drops April 22 on Drag City, a preview 7-inch is available next week, and the Hackney brothers are hitting the road for select tour dates starting in March. They’re playing Mexico’s NRMALfestival, California’s Burgerama III, and Washington’s Sasquatch!, plus a few scattered dates around North America.
Death III tracklisting:
01. Introduction by David Hackney
02. North Street
03. Open Road
04. We Are Only People
07. Yes He’s Coming
08. First Snowfall in Detroit
09. We’re Gonna Make It
03.08.14 - Monterrey, Mexico - NRMALfestival
03.21.14 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
03.22.14 - Fullerton, CA - Burgerama III
03.23.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
04.05.14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Pressroom
07.04.14 - George, WA - Sasquatch!
[Photo: Samdarko Eltosam]
Hecker, Rashad Becker, and Vessel join members of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales for upcoming Bernard Parmegiani retrospective
Prior to his notable status as a pupil of the slightly more legendary, musique concrète-pioneering Pierre Schaeffer, the late French composer Bernard Parmegiani enjoyed a relatively short but successful stint as a mime.
See?! At some point in the more recent past, mime artistry became an object of ridicule, and now the assumption is facetiousness whenever that most courageous of professions is proclaimed with a straight face. But Parmegiani’s involvement, albeit short-lived, was serious, and it included an education from another renowned teacher of their craft, Jacques Lecoq. Due respect was subsequently paid: in the former’s more audible pursuits, he often used mime to three-dimensionally graph his compositions, as he described in an interview with The Wire back in 1998: “Sometimes, in order to analyze a sound, I act it out by means of gestures before giving it its definitive form. It enables me to diagnose sounds and see if I’m comfortable with them.” Arguably, the semi-abrupt movements of mime parallel the sparse notes of at least some of Parmegiani’s extensive and heterogeneous work, as well as musique concrète in general.
And the other kind of mime? The kind without face paint or, in 2014, a bravery comparable to that of your average male cheerleader? The respective works of modern day sound artists Rashad Becker, Florian Hecker, and Vessel avoid blatant imitation (mimicry), but each individual readily acknowledges Parmegiani’s personal acousmatic influence. In a three-day retrospective hosted by LCMF (London Contemporary Music Festival), performances from the three aforementioned artists will complement a preceding 32-loudspeaker “diffusion” of Parmegiani’s work, courtesy of once-colleagues at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM). The event will take place next month at the 20,000 square foot Britannia House in London — an environment that appears fitting for an oeuvre that evinces both precision and an experimental approach to sound processing.
More details are available here.
• Rashad Becker: http://www.clunk.de
• Hecker: http://florianhecker.blogspot.com
• Vessel: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vessel/109428755874271
• LCMF: http://lcmf.co.uk
[Photo: Roberto Serra]
The National have stolen the Lost Emperor’s Diamond! The ancient jewel, kept under tight security at the Smithsonian, was burgled by the dapper thieves this past weekend. “Hello, loves” began a note left by National ringleader Matt Berninger. “I have taken the Lost Emperor’s Diamond off your hands. Surely, you’ll not miss it. While you and your government goons are busy twiddling thumbs, I’ll be harnessing the diamond’s ancient power for use in further schemes. Toodles.”
Enter International Detective Danforth. Enter you, the player.
In “The National World Tour 2014,” you’ll chase The National through 30+ levels full of dangers, thrills, monsters, and traps. Each level will be concluded with a full concert from rock ‘n’ roll band/jewel thieves The National. You will also have to defeat a dragon or minotaur or another beast before completing the level.
Go International Detective Danforth! Catch The National! Retrieve The Jewel! Player One Begin!
The National dates:
02.14.14 - Perth, Australia - Perth Festival
02.16.14 - Tokyo, Japan - Hostess Club Weekender
02.18.14 - Taipei, Taiwan - Hostess Club Taipei
02.20.14 - Manila, Philippines - Hostess Club Manila
02.22.14 - Singapore, Singapore - Hostess Club Weekender
03.01.14 - Manchester, UK - BBC Radio 6 Music Festival
03.23.14 - Bend, OR - Lee Scwab Amphitheater
03.25.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Auditorium (Film Premiere & Concert)
04.09-11.14 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
04.12.14 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Noord Arena
04.15-17.14 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
04.21-23.14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater
04.26.14 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre
05.30.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
06.01.14 - Mannheim, Germany - Mayfield Derby Festival
06.02.14 - Munich, Germany - Zenith
06.04.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Stadtpark
06.05.14 - Berlin, Germany - Zitadelle
06.09.14 - Warsaw, Poland - Amiteatr w Parku Sowińskiego’
06.10.14 - Leipzig, Germany - Parkbuhne
06.11.14 - Koln, Germany - Tanzbrunnen
06.13.14 - Aarhus, Denmark - Northside Festival
07.10.14 - Edinburgh, UK - Usher Hall
07.12.14 - London, UK - Barclaycard British Summer Time Hyde Park
07.14.14 - Cork, Ireland - Live at the Marquee
07.16.14 - Galway, Ireland - Galway Arts Festival
07.18-19.14 - Dublin, Ireland - Iveagh Gardens
07.25.14 - Vasto, Italy - Siren
07.26.14 - Lucca, Italy - Piazza Napolene
07.29.14 - Brescia, Italy - Anfiteatro Del Vittoriale
07.31.14 - St. Petersburg, Russia - A2
08.01.14 - Moscow, Russia - Arena Moscow
08.03.14 - Kiev, Ukraine - Stereo Plaza
08.06.14 - Oslo, Norway - ØyaFestival
That’s DJ Clent — short for Clenton Hill, the reported “low end legend” from Chicago, who’s set to continue Planet Mu’s label-bolstering of the footwork genre, which has so far included noteworthy releases from the likes of DJ Diamond, RP Boo, and Traxman. It’s an association that looks to have begun with Hill’s appearance on Mu’s Bangs & Works Vol. 1 compilation in 2010, where the track “I Love You” offered a pitch-shifted variation on… who is that, Stevie Wonder? Nope, it’s actually Eddie Murphy from Dreamgirls (which was pre-Norbit, so we’ll forgive the arguable flattery afforded by sampling). Otherwise, Clent’s releases on Dance Mania around the turn of the century should be highlighted for their precursory skeet appreciation/juke qualities. No need to shield your eyes from those tracks.
And more than 10 years later, Clent’s showcasing his veteran status with an extended anecdote that begins, “Well, back in my day… ,” followed quickly by the release of his Hyper Feet EP on April 7. Sample and pre-order the release here. For sure, the utilized tune on “Clent’s Dog Catcher” should ring a bell, despite its chopped and somehow more trippy form. Apparently the George Clinton original was actually an extremely subtle attempt to bring awareness to canine radiation positioning. Ol’ Spot has a speech impediment now. In the name of music!
Hyper Feet tracklisting:
01. Hyper Feet
02. Baby Yeah 2012
03. Clent’s Dog Catcher
04. Don’t Go Down
05. Don’t Leave Me (Baby)
• DJ Clent: https://www.facebook.com/pages/dj-clent/132563556153
• Planet Mu: http://www.planet.mu