Today in news that is likely to make at least a few nerds who are working on their year-end lists say to themselves, “Well shucks, I guess I’ll have to revise my spreadsheet,” Graham Lambkin’s Kye imprint has just made its final two releases of 2014 available: Matthew Revert’s Not You and Food Court’s Food Court.
Matthew Revert, who, I don’t know, you might know already as the novelist responsible for last year’s excellent Basal Ganglia, arrives with Not You. Based on the sample embedded below, it gets a bit closer to singer-songwriter-type material than a lot of other work from Kye by setting Revert’s “diaristic/voyeuristic narrations” against various iterations of sound work. Food Court’s self-titled LP, which also has a preview below, is a debut collaboration between James Rushford, Joe Talia, and Francis Plagne. Talia and Rushford, as you might recall, flexed their collaborative muscles for Kye just last year on Manhunter. This particular release presents two live interpretations of “Fumeux Fume par Fumée” by the 14th-century French composer Solage. Both are limited to an edition of 400 and, as ever, you can hit up Mr. Lambkin himself via email for purchasing information.
• Matthew Revert: http://www.matthewrevert.com
• James Rushford: http://www.jamesrushford.com
• Joe Talia: http://www.joetalia.com
• Francis Plagne: https://soundcloud.com/francis-plagne
• Kye: http://kyerecords.blogspot.com
Art Department shake off their three-year hangover just long enough to drop a new LP and tour the world
It has been a nonstop party since 2011 for Canada’s Art Department. Kenny Glasgow and No. 19 label boss Jonny White dropped their first album (The Drawing Board, which boasted the impossibly booming single “Without You”) three long years ago. Since then, they’ve been residents at CircoLoco at DC-10 in Ibiza and toured from Berlin to Black Rock, all while riding on the crest of high praise and higher expectations.
News has now emerged of a sophomore slug coming from White and Glasgow. No. 19 will release Natural Selection on November 18. The album features contributions from clubmonger Seth Troxler and Berlin-based house producer Aquarius Heaven. You can pre-order the files from iTunes, which gets you a couple tracks (“Cruel Intentions” and “Catch You By Surprise”) right up front. Keep scrolling for Art Department’s big-time world tour dates below.
Check the video for “Cruel Intentions”, featuring Troxler:
Remaining Natural Selection tour dates:
11.13.14 - Curitiba, Brazil - Vibe Club
11.14.14 - Sao Paolo, Brazil - D’Edge
11.15.14 - Lima, Peru - Creamfields
11.21.14 - Miami, FL - Trade
11.28.14 - Rome, Italy - Rashomon
11.29.14 - Turin, Italy - Loud
12.5.14 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Perron
12.12.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - DSTRCT
12.13.14 - Lyon, France - Elekt’Rhone
12.20.14 - Belfast, Ireland - T13
Not long ago, TMT reported on Spotify’s latest antics of overpriced family plans and major label hostage situations. Now, the streaming music platform has gotten even more celestial and decided that future editions of Spotify’s desktop program will not feature apps. No more App Finder tab, and no support of Spotify Apps. “This feature is being discontinued” is how Spotify chose to surprise developers last week with the news.
For more than one hundred app creators who have contributed to Spotify’s platform over the years — from Pitchfork to Digster to TuneWiki — this is kind of a slap in the face. “With the growing importance of mobile and many of you asking for the tools to build apps outside of our desktop platform, we recognized the need to make a new set of APIs and SDKs available,” explained Spotify for the abrupt change. However, the company’s latest mobile software and dev platform doesn’t support full song streaming on outside developers’ apps — only 30-second clips. A few companies have stuck it out and made new apps with these constraints, like BBC and Soundhound, but it could prompt an exodus from the Spotify platform. Those developers get no respect.
• Spotify: https://www.spotify.com
Pretty weird to think about the fact that after this year is done there’ll be a whole other year after it. Honestly, sometimes I forget. I’ll just be sitting there thinking, “Boy, it sure would nice for there to be another new Noveller album for me to listen to, for example, since I was so into No Dreams, but since time will just kind of quit happening at the end of December, I guess there’s not really much I can do about it.” Then I’ll kind of think about that for a second and smack myself upside the head because, duh, time doesn’t stop at the end of December, it just keeps going! I really am such a quirky goof sometimes.
Speaking both of the fact that time apparently stops for nothing and Sarah Lipstate’s Noveller project, Lipstate’s actually got a new album planned for early next year. It’s called Fantastic Planet and it’s slated for release on January 27 on Fire Records on CD, MP3, and aqua-colored vinyl. The pre-order link is, hang on… nope it’s not here… or here. Where is it? Oh, I found it! Sorry, that was just my little joke, here’s that link to the pre-order page once more just in case you got a little flustered back there. Like I said, I’m just quirky sometimes! Anyhow, you can preview album opener “Into the Dunes” below if you put your mind to it.
Fantastic Planet tracklist:
01. Into the Dunes
02. No Unholy Mountain
05. Concrete Dreams
06. Pulse Point
07. In February
09. The Ascent
Let’s take a leap and endow Rashad Becker with the typical habits of your average label-signed pop musician. His chronically underrated debut album Traditional Music of Notional Species vol. 1 was released last year, so perhaps appreciating his new designation, we can totally forgive him for disregarding the conventional “tour of support acknowledging my recently released album” thing. It’s not like the experimental PAN style lends itself to massive tours anyway, but let’s not forget that Becker also has a genuine occupation outside of creating the most enthralling pieces of miniature plane sounds the world has ever known. Dubplates & Mastering… we wouldn’t want him stepping away for too long.
But equally selfishly, we should want him stepping away for sort-of long! His currently-engaged tour with Eli Keszler will appeal to any fan electroacoustic improv, and how especially fortunate for those living close to Daniel Boone territory. I have no idea how common these sorts of events are for you guys, but damn… luckyyy!
Don’t forget about Keszler’s own history with PAN, by the way. Dates after the vids:
Rashad Becker + Eli Keszler dates:
11.08.14 - St. Louis, MO - The Luminary (solo sets)
11.10.14 - Louisville, KY - Dreamland Theater
11.11.14 - Lexington, KY - Downtown Arts Center
11.13.14 - Oberlin, OH - Fairfield Chapel
11.14.14 - Washington, DC - Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
11.15.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Issue Project Room
MOURN to release debut album in February 2015 on Captured Tracks, just in time for Marty McFLy’s kid son to spin the vinyl at the Cafe 80’s
Guys, fuck — the goddamn Pixies suck now! Can we, like, get a new one of those or something? Oh, sweet, look, here’s one. It’s a (non-metal) band called MOURN, a sludgy gnarly four piece boy-girl Spanish punk group thingy of self-proclaimed “nerds playing music and shit at the doors of hell.” Sounds like something Frank Black would endorse, right? Yeah, close enough. And besides, even if we wouldn’t, fuck that guy, remember? “But still,” you rightly ask as a nihilistic old Pixies fan; “why should I care, Nobodaddy?” Right on. Well, let’s see here.
Oh. Well, first of all, they’re all young as shit. Jazz Rodríguez Bueno and Carla Pérez Vas, who form the core of the band, were both born in 1996 (making them all of 18 at the moment) in El Maresme, Catalonia, Spain. After initially releasing a bunch of scrappy, raw, acoustic stuff on their YouTube channel, they recruited drummer Antonio Postius — who’s also 18 — and bassist Leia Rodríguez — who’s freakin’ 15. So, there. Be impressed!
Second of all, on February 17, 2015, Captured Tracks will release the band’s self-titled debut on vinyl, which will feature 11 tracks, uh, “captured” TOTALLY LIVE OVER JUST TWO DAYS in the studio. Like, whoa, man. You’re probably not all UP ON MUSIC like I am or anything, but… take my word for it that that’s, like, totally not a lot of days in the studio.
Thirdly, TOTALLY UNLIKE EVERYONE ELSE’S RECORDS that are for sale, you can pre-order that shit whenever you feel like it. But, since punk rock is all about the “fuck-it-nothing-matters” factor, you can also buy the digital version whenever the hell you want. Shit, if you don’t even want to do that, you can just listen to and/or download the single “Silver Gold” right now. Or, you know, later. Really any old nihilistic time you want to, you rebel, you.
01. Your Brain Is Made Of Candy
02. Dark Issues
04. Misery Factory
06. You Don’t Know Me
10. Silver Gold
11. Boys Are Cunts (Bonus Track)
Come next month, baroque-wave master and one of People Magazine’s “Top 25 Cutest Lutists” Jozef van Wissem will release his 11th solo album It Is Time for You to Return. Return arrives December 2 via Belgian label Crammed Discs and upholds the tradition of Jozef really knowing how to name an LP (i.e. A Rose by Any Other Name (Anonymous Lute Solos of the Golden Age), Concerning the Entrance Into Eternity).
The album is part of Crammed’s “Made to Measure” series, a three-decade-old and running composer series that asks artists to score music for other media (real or imaginary). Return features nine new tracks of van Wissem shredding the 24-string and includes several songs with van Wissem on vocals (a first for the composer’s 14-year-old solo career). Additionally, Return also includes contributions from Domingo Garcia-Huidobro (of Föllakzoid), Jim Jarmusch, and Yasmine Hamdan (both of who appeared alongside van Wissem on the Only Lovers Left Alive soundtrack).
Watch the video for the first single “Love Destroys All Evil” below:
It Is Time for You to Return tracklist:
01. If There’s Nothing Left Where Will You Go?
02. Love Destroys All Evil
03. Once More with Feeling
05. Wherever You Will Live I Will Live
06. You Can’t Take It With You
07. Temple Dance of The Soul
08. After We Leave
09. Invocation of the Spirit Spell
Another day, another Azealia Banks delay. Though the Harlem rapper has been promising her debut album, Broke with Expensive Taste, for years now, the record has been subject to delay after delay. Originally set for release in the fall of 2012, the record was seemingly pushed back whenever any sort of release date approached. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but here it is: Broke with Expensive Taste has been delayed to yesterday.
As reported by Time, the magazine that named The Computer its person/machine of the year in 1983, Azealia Banks’ debut album is now available on iTunes. The release popped up with little prior warning, though Banks did suggest on Twitter that she had some sort of “magic trick” planned. Sources close to Banks have stated that further delays into the past should be expected, primarily as time distances itself from the album’s release.
• Azealia Banks: http://www.azealiabanks.com
Face it. Piano virtuoso extraordinaire Lubomyr Melnyk has been thrilling your days and haunting your nights since we first told you he ought to earlier this year. You just can’t get enough of his insane power, precision, and prowess on that damn instrument. You’ve LONGED for a new record these many moons and have been FANTASIZING endlessly about what it could sound like, what its title might be, how many tracks it would consist of, which record label would release it, what he might have to say about its creation, and which — if any — tour dates would accompany said-release!!
Well, first of all, that makes you kind of a weirdo. Second of all, his new release is a “24-minute mini album” entitled Evertina and will feature “three newly composed” pieces that showcase his more “gentle and melodic” side. It’ll be coming out on 10-inch vinyl, CD, and download on December 15 via Erased Tapes.
Third of all, yup, here’s some amazing words from Lubby himself concerning the record:
I want people to hear these pieces, that are always hidden from the world. I keep them locked away in a quiet place, far from the concert hall. Why do I do that? I guess it is because they are so easy to play, so effortless, I can do them while sleeping. Whereas my more demanding abilities on the piano come out in the forceful nature of continuous playing. There, the new ground is being broken and a new door is being opened for the world. But that does not mean that I am bound by nature or by god to do only continuous music. My heart moves into these pieces just as it moves into the continuous modalities. So here, for the very first time, I am bringing three of these little miniatures to the public view. May everyone enjoy them for their gentle simplicity and quietude.
Fourth of all, did I mention this whole album is scored for friggin’ electric guitar???
Good. Because it’s not.
Lubomyr Melnyk tour dates:
11.12.14 - Tokyo, Japan - Hakuju Hall
11.20.14 - Leuven, Belgium - Stuk
11.21.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Paleizen
11.23.14 - Leipzig, Germany - Schauspiel (Baustelle)
11.27.14 - London, UK - Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room)
11.28.14 - London, UK - The English-Speaking Union (Erased Tapes Music Masterclass)
11.29.14 - Bristol, UK - The Latern
11.30.14 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Concertzaal Tilburg
12.03.14 - Rio de Janiero, Brazil - Nova Frequencias
01.23.15 - Cologne, Germany - Ambientfestival (Sankt Aposteln)
01.30.15 - Vienna, Austria - Stadtsaal
01.31.15 - Innsbruck, Austria - Treibhaus
If you follow David Lynch on Twitter, his feed is pretty much as you’d expect David Lynch’s Twitter feed to be… weird and wonderful. One of my all-time-favorite Lynch tweets was this ditty on June 21, 2010 where he simply declares “I’m pretty sure I’m connected to the moon”.
Well now that tweet makes perfect sense, because I’ve heard the lead single “Running After Ganymede” from Jack Name’s forthcoming album Weird Moons album and I’m pretty sure that it’s Name’s Weird Moon that Lynch is connected to. Name has previously lent his musical talents to White Fence, Cass McCombs, and Ariel Pink, but this shit is next level.
As evidenced below, Weird Moons is all wiggly synths, paranoid vocals, and creepy undertones that you don’t need to stretch your mind very far to imagine Lynch himself nodding along to with a gin on the rocks in one hand and a Marlboro in the other.
Jack Name will unleash Weird Moons on the world on January 20 via Castle Face Records and tour with Castle Face impresario John Dwyer and his band Thee Oh Sees through November and into December.
Weird Moons tracklist:
01. Werewolf Factory
02. Under The Weird Moon
03. Running After Ganymede
04. Lowly Ants
05. Waiting For Another Moon
06. Watcher Talk
08. Something About Glenn Goins
Tour dates (w/ Thee Oh Sees):
11.07.14 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theater
11.08.14 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
11.09.14 - Denton, TX - Haileys
11.11.14 - Austin, TX - Hotel Vegas
11.12.14 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
11.13.14 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
11.14.14 - Memphis, TN - The Hi Tone
11.15.14 - Nashville, TN - The Exit Inn
11.16.14 - Raleigh, NC - Kings
11.17.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
11.18.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11.21.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
11.22.14 - Montreal, QC - The National
11.23.14 - Toronto, ON - The Hoxton
11.24.14 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
11.25.14 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
11.26.14 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
11.28.14 - Minneapolis, MN - The Amsterdam
12.01.14 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
12.02.14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir (early/late shows)
12.04.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
12.05.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel