Total Freedom plans freedom tour of Europe for October and November, totally

As announced via his Facebook, Total Freedom a.k.a. Ashland Mines is exercising his total freedom to go on a mostly-European tour with sprinkles (or jimmies, depending on where you live) of North American dates here and there throughout October and the beginning of November. I’m exercising my total freedom to joke on it predictably by doing the bit that’s happening right now. He’s coming off a tour with everybody’s favorite recently-announced Björk collaborator Arca, because, as established by his stage name, he can do what he wants. Going on tour with Arca is a good thing to want to do if you ask me.

What else to say? He’s planning to visit Iceland twice, which will mean he’s been to Iceland at least two more times than I’ve ever been. He’ll be joining Kelela for the November dates. He will bring the hammer of absolute and total freedom down on the heads of those European socialists by way of his recombinant bangers, e.g. “JUSTIN W CRYPTHAND OR CHEAP TRICK CHRONICLES” which SCVSCV ground like chocolate in our mutual not-too-distant past. The full dates are embedded below, and yes, you are free to peruse them at your leisure. You could also click away instead just to spite me, but you won’t, because you know I’d find out and that it would hurt my feelings.

Dates:

10.10.14 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
10.11.14 - Paris, France - Faust
10.13.14 - Reykjavik, Iceland - On the Farm
10.17.14 - London, UK - TBA
10.19.14 - Krakow, Poland - Unsound Festival
10.22.14 - Paris, France - Balice Hertling Event
10.23.14 - Geneva, Switzerland - MJ Gallery
10.24.14 - Bucharest, Romania - Control Club
10.30.14 - New York, NY - Museum of Modern Art
10.31.14 - London, UK - Corsica Studios
11.01.14 - Berlin, Germany - Kantine at Berghain *
11.04.14 - London, UK - Corsica Studios *
11.05.14 - London, UK - Corsica Studios *
11.07.14 - Turin, Italy - Club to Club Festival *
11.08.14 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves Festival *

* Kelela

• Total Freedom: https://soundcloud.com/totalfreedom

DJ Earl and DJ Taye tour Europe in hopes of spreading the good word of Teklife

Can you spare a moment to talk about Teklife?

Thank you for inviting me into your beautiful home. I’ll only be a moment. Teklife, as you may or may not know, is music. But it’s more than just music. It’s a movement. Some might even say that Teklife… is movement.

Don’t take it from me, though. With Teklife, hearing is believing. Listen to the gospel of DJ Taye and DJ Earl. Though, like certain other religions out there, simply listening at home is not enough. Go out into the world, into the communion of Teklife. I will leave this pamphlet with you. As you can see, it details the dates that DJ Taye and DJ Earl are playing in Europe.

I hope to see you on the righteous path.

DJ Taye and DJ Earl dates:

10.10.14 - Belgrade, Serbia - 20/44
10.11.14 - London, UK - Studio Spaces E1 (Hyperdub x Teklife)
10.12.14 - London, UK - Rinse FM Session
10.17.14 - Krakow, Poland - Unsound Festival *
10.18.14 - Paris, France - Social Club
10.24.14 - Neuchatel, Switzerland - La Superette Festival
10.25.14 - Prague, Czech Republic - Neone
10.31.14 - Geneva, Switzerland - Le Zoo %

* DJ Spinn & Taso
% only DJ Taye

• DJ Taye: http://djtaye.bandcamp.com
• DJ Earl: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Deejay-Earl/217300085654
• Teklife: http://www.teklife57.com

Kye plans 2-day festival in New York for October, performances by Graham Lambkin and James Rushford, Vanessa Rossetto, Call Back the Giants, and more!

Last time we talked about Graham Lambkin’s Kye imprint putting on a festival I was a sopping heap of nothing but complaints and Limp Bizkit references. I mean, to be fair, the whole thing was going down in London at Cafe Oto and that is pretty far from my house, but even so, it wasn’t very professional. So, now that I’ve heard tell of yet another Kye festival, this one in New York at the ISSUE Project Room no less (somewhere I could conceivably drive without having to use a super-high-tech amphibious vehicle), I’m going to see if I can’t keep it together for a couple hundred words.

As with its London counterpart, the Kye festival at the ISSUE Project Room will take place over the course of two days, October 25 and 26. On Saturday the 25th, Tim Goss and Chloe Mutter’s Call Back the Giants, Matt Krefting, and Vanessa Rossetto will perform. Rossetto will also reportedly be joined by a super-special-secret guest (I’ve got my fingers crossed for Lee Patterson just because their collaboration on Temperament as Waveform last year was so great, but your guess is as good as mine at this point). On Sunday the 26th, Malcolm Goldstein will perform, in addition to a collaborative performance between Graham Lambkin and James Rushford. Lambkin will also present Henning Christiansen’s Opus 186 Schafe statt Geigen, a tape piece that was — awesomely — originally performed by Christiansen and 30 sheep (!!). Tickets for both days are available on the ISSUE Project Room site. To prepare yourself, take a listen below to an excerpt from Call Back the Giants’ release from last year, The Marianne.

• Kye: http://kyerecords.blogspot.com

Ben Frost announces V A R I A N T remix EP, seems hellbent on breaking all of our space bars

Look out, readers; winter is a-comin’ back around, and if you’re a fan of this website, I probably don’t need to sell you too hard on the stone cold creamery FACT that spooky ambient droney music is THE SHIT when it gets chilly out. What do you expect, I guess? When it’s cold and dreary out, that stuff goes down like boneless spicy-hot penguin wings at a polar bear Christmas party.

And fuck, when it comes to those sorts of jams, whose got a chillier name than Ben goddamn FROST. Pray-tell, readers! Yeah. No. You can’t. So, you know, just shut up and keep reading. :) Like I was saying, the reason we liked A U R O R A so much when it came out in the first place probably has a lot to do with the fact that it was still all frosty-cold outside in April in many parts of the Western Hemisphere.

Well, today, our lousy hemisphere is in luck, because Ben Frost has just announced a brand-new EP, entitled V A R I A N T, which is being released digitally in the US on December 9 via Mute (with a vinyl edition following some time in January). And by "new," I mean that it'll feature "remixes of tracks taken from A U R O R A.” Hey whatever, right? We’ll take it. The staff list includes a version of “Venter” reworked by British producer Evian Christ (which you can check out down below), as well as choice cuts by Regis, Dutch E Germ, HTRK, and Kangding Ray. You know all those guys, right? I do!

And heck, while I’m on a roll, check out a short film that also features Frost’s music down below as well. It was directed by Ricard Mosse, and takes place on a U.S. aircraft carrier! What more do you even need to know? Tall ho, readers! Into the darkness!

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V A R I A N T EP tracklisting:

01. Venter (Evian Christ TF 12” Mix)
02. Venter (Dutch E Germ Remix)
03. Venter (HTRK Remix)
04. No Sorrowing (Kangding Ray Remix)
05. Nolan (Regis Self-Medicating Edit)

Tall, frosty tour dates:

10.16.14 - Krakow, Poland - Unsound Festival
10.18.14 - New York, NY - The Wick (Tinnitus series)
10.19.14 - Cincinnati, OH - Contemporary Arts Center
10.20.14 - Lexington, KY - Black Box Theater at the Downtown Arts Center
10.21.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
10.22.14 - Montreal, QC - Sala Rossa
10.23.14 - Quebec City, QC - Le Cercle
10.24.14 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
10.25.14 - Mexico City, Mexico - Foto Museu Cuatro Caminos (MUTEK)
10.28.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Los Globos
10.29.14 - San Francisco, CA - 1015 Folsom
10.30.14 - St. Paul, MN - Amsterdam
10.31.14 - Chicago, IL - Constellation
11.05.14 - Bologna, Italy - Robot Paths
11.06.14 - Torino, Italy - Club to Club Festival
11.07.14 - Rome, Italy - RomaEuropa Festival
11.08.14 - Bari, Italy - Time Zones Festival
11.10.14 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
11.11.14 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
11.12.14 - Birmingham, UK - Capsule
11.13.14 - London, UK - St. John at Hackney Church
11.14.14 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
11.15.14 - Leeds, UK - Howard Assembly Room at Opera North
11.20.14 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who? Festival
11.21.14 - Bern, Switzerland - St. Ghetto Festival
11.23.14 - Moscow, Russia - P!PL Club

• Ben Frost: http://ethermachines.com
• Mute: http://mute.com

[Photo: Adam Hencze]

Lalo Schifrin’s Enter the Dragon soundtrack to be reissued with previously unreleased tracks

It’s a pity you were not born in Latin America. Otherwise, you’d know how influential Lalo Schifrin was to a whole generation of electro funksters. But that’s hardly a problem, because you now have a chance to get acquainted with Schifrin’s music firsthand, as Aleph Records has announced the release of an extended edition of Lalo Schifrin’s score for 1973’s Enter the Dragon. A martial arts cinema classic, Enter the Dragon features Bruce Lee’s only English-speaking starring role and was co-written by Lee himself, who also choreographed most of the action scenes. Schifrin, already a seasoned film composer, supplied a score as hard-hitting and entertaining as the motion picture itself — and in this case, that’s saying quite something. Although Enter the Dragon’s score has never been a neglected work, it is now being released in a comprehensive form, on CD, featuring several tracks previously unavailable in any format.

Perhaps Bruce Lee’s best movie, Enter the Dragon certainly is the one that cemented his worldwide stardom. The film’s score did something similar for Schifrin, who, despite having a five-decade career scoring both cult and high-profile movies and TV shows (Mission: Impossible, Cool Hand Luke, Bullit, Che!, THX 1138, Dirty Harry, Class of 1984, The Amityvile Horror, etc.) and aside from moonlighting as a jazz musician and orchestra conductor, would not be surprised to find that Enter the Dragon is his most beloved work. Sure, this might be a result of extensive sampling from the hip-hop community, but also because the score lets Schrifin showcase the full range of his abilities. Moreover, Schifrin set out to do for kung fu movies what Morricone had done for Westerns, introducing “Oriental” flourishes without exoticizing them. Thus, we get pieces like “The big battle,” which evokes melodies using electric guitar microtonalities, the blood-curdling tension of “Broken mirror,” or the superb funk of the film’s main theme, which even manages to include a couple of kiais.

Born in Argentina to a family traditionally involved in the arts, Schifrin studied composition in Paris and made his name as a film composer and jazz pianist in the US, where he relocated to in the late 50s, invited by Dizzy Gillespie. He remains active to this day, combining jazz and orchestral work with film scoring.

Enter the Dragon: Extended Edition is out November 11 via Aleph Records.

Enter the Dragon: Extended Edition tracklisting:
01. Prologue - The First Fight 2:36
02. Main Titles 2:20
03. Su-Lin (The Monk) 4:56
04. Sampans and Flashbacks 6:19
05. Han’s Island 2:54
06. The Banquet 3:02
07. Headset Jazz 2:10
08. The Gentle Softness 2:40
09. Into The Night 3:43
10. Goodbye Oharra 1:54
11. Bamboo Birdcage 2:32
12. Han’s Cruelty 3:09
13. The Human Fly 3:34
14. The Big Battle 4:47
15. Broken Mirrors 5:54
16. End Titles 1:06
17. Theme From Enter The Dragon 2:23
18. Main Titles (Alternate) 3:17

• Lalo Schifrin: http://www.schifrin.com/
• Aleph Records: http://www.dougpayne.com/aleph.htm

His Name Is Alive’s latest release is a psychedelic rock opera called Tecuciztecatl

You’d think that after almost 30 years, 13 albums, and 58 (58!) releases, Warren Defever might be getting a little short on original ideas for his defiantly original His Name Is Alive project. Well apparently not, because His Name Is Alive are set to release their 14th studio album, which is called Tecuciztecatl.

The record is a psychedelic rock opera that germinated from Defever’s epic splicing of every Thin Lizzy solo from 1971 to 1983 and tells the story of “an epic struggle between identical twins, reflective in nature, and mirrored in twin science, secret language and mythology.” The opening scene of the album depicts a young mother getting an ultrasound, discovering it’s twins, and also discovering that something is going terribly wrong.

The results, as you’d expect, and as demonstrated by the first shared track “African Violet Casts a Spell,” is as bonkers as you’d expect from such a premise:

You can try and make sense of the full album and what possible relevance it has to the Aztecs’ take on the man on the moon mythology when Tecuciztecatl is released on October 28 via Light in the Attic Records.

Tecuciztecatl tracklist:

02. See You in a Minute
03. I’m Getting Alone
04. Reflect Yourself
05. I Will Disappear You
06. I Believe Your Heart Is No Longer Inside This Room
07. African Violet Casts a Spell
08. Yes Yes Yesterday
09. The Cup

• His Name Is Alive: http://www.hisnameisalive.com
• Light in the Attic: http://lightintheattic.net

Lit City Trax announces EP from Drippin, grime’s Scottie Pippen

Norway-based producer Erik Spanne a.k.a. Drippin has crafted an anxious blend of dancehall and grime that continues to spread on the DJ circuit. Fatima Al Qadiri, Visionist, and NGUZUNGUZU have played the Scandinavian’s hard-edged workouts in their sets, and it’s not surprising because Drippin could easily find a place on Fade to Mind or Keysound. Spanne also co-runs Ball ‘Em Up, a club night in Oslo that brings some of the most innovative producers to the country. Now, Lit City Trax has tapped him for his first EP under the Drippin moniker, titled Silver Cloak.

In advance of the new release, Mixmag has premiered a collaborative cut with UK producer Neana, which rides a metallic, wound-up rhythm as synth stabs and an unsettling vocal loop keep tensions high. Drippin may have a track on Silver Cloak called “Air Jordans,” but he is most definitely grime’s answer to Scottie Pippen, for no other reason than it rhymes with Drippin. The new EP drops on November 11, and the full tracklist can be found below.

Silver Cloak tracklist:

01. Kyselina
02. Waterfall
03. Kyoto
04. Air Jordans
05. Memory Foam
06. Idono (feat. Neana)
07. Silver Cloak

• Drippin: https://soundcloud.com/drippin
• Lit City Trax: http://litcitytrax.com

[Photo: Øystein Haara]

Almost Legal: Bloodshot Records readies 20th anniversary all-covers compilation

They grow up so fast. One day they’re a little baby record label, staffed entirely by volunteers and two human-sized, sentient cans of Red Bull, just struggling to figure out how to put a one-sheet together. Then next thing you know they’re releasing a 20th-anniversary compilation.

And so it happens that beloved alt-country/indie label Bloodshot is releasing While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records on November 18. The album is a collection of 38 label artists performing covers from other label artists, and will be available as a limited-edition 2CD/3LP/digital release. If you pre-order this thing, you can get it — appropriately enough — on blood-red vinyl. You’ll get music from the likes of Mike Watt, Blitzen Trapper, Andrew Bird and Nora O’Connor, Ben Kweller, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Shakey Graves, Chuck Ragan, Superchunk, and loads of other folks doing their takes on tracks by artists such as Neko Case, Justin Townes Earle, Ryan Adams, Scott H. Biram, Ha Ha Tonka, Lydia Loveless, Old 97’s, Murder By Death, Robbie Fulks, Cory Branan… and the list goes on. To check out the Blitzen Trapper cover of Ryan Adams’ “To Be Young (Is to be Sad, Is to be High),” you can mosey on over to Rolling Stone, or just listen below:

While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records tracklisting:

Disc 1
01. Blitzen Trapper, “To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to be High)”
02. Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants, “Look the Other Way”
03. Samantha Crain, “Cold Forgiver”
04. Chuck Prophet, “Dirt”
05. Hiss Golden Messenger, “Where I Fell”
06. Dave Davison (of Maps & Atlases), “Things I Didn’t Say”
07. Ted Leo, “Dragging My Own Tombstone”
08. Into It. Over It., “Deep Red Bells”
09. Split Single, “My Backyard”
10. Limbeck, “Sound of Running”
11. Tim Kasher, “Aspidistra”
12. Shakey Graves, “Happy Birthday Julie”
13. Ivan & Alyosha, “My Winding Wheel”
14. Chuck Ragan, “Survivor Blues”
15. The Minus 5, “Cherokee Grove”
16. Carolyn Mark, “Last to Know”
17. Daniel Romano, “Strange Birds”
18. Charlie Parr, “Manifold”
19. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, “St. Nick on the Fourth in a Fervor”
20. Possessed By Paul James, “I Came Around”

Disc 2
01. Andrew Bird and Nora O’Connor, “I’ll Trade You Money for Wine”
02. Ben Kweller, “2:00 AM”
03. Frank Turner , “The Corner”
04. Superchunk, “Come Pick Me Up”
05. KOJI, “East Jefferson”
06. The Great Crusades, “Fake Out Jesus” (Live)
07. Mike Watt & The Missingmen, “Up to My Neck In This”
08. Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, “Oh My Sweet Carolina”
09. Jerry David DeCicca, “Broken Bottle”
10. The Handsome Family, “1000 Dollar Car”
11. Warm Soda, “All Grown Up”
12. James Leg (of Black Diamond Heavies), “Is That You in the Blue?”
13. Two Gallants, “Truck Driver”
14. Diarrhea Planet, “Dry Land”
15. Kevin “Shinyribs” Russell, “All the Time”
16. The North Carolina Music Love Army (featuring Caitlin Cary, Chip Robinson, and Kenny Roby), “Stick to the Plan”
17. William Elliott Whitmore, “I Wish I Was the Moon”
18. Samuel Fogarino (of Interpol), “Liked It a Lot”

• Bloodshot: https://www.bloodshotrecords.com

Antony and the Johnsons announce Turning live album and film, gather ye voice-describing adjectives while ye may

A beautiful voice creeps in from somewhere. You can’t place the source. It seems like it’s from everywhere. Everywhere at once, somehow. It makes you want to use adjectives. Heavenly. Angelic. Divine. The desire is too strong, you fold under the pressure, cracking open your thesaurus as news of a new Antony and the Johnsons live full-length (a follow up to 2012’s live album Cut the World — Antony’s last studio full-length was 2010’s Swanlights) and DVD wash over you. Celestial. Supernatural. Ambrosial. Both the album and the film are entitled Turning and they are both out November 11 via Secretly Canadian. Ethereal.

The film is a concert documentary of Antony’s tour with Charles Atlas in the fall of 2006, a tour in which Antony was joined in his performance stage by a group of 13 women toward the “revelation of a revolutionary feminine essence.” The album contains the audio of a full recording of the Turning performance, containing songs from the first three Antony and the Johnsons albums, in addition to two rare studio tracks from that period. Once you’ve exhausted yourself of all the sensible adjectives you can muster, pre-order the album here, and watch the film’s trailer below.

Turning tracklist:

01. Everything Is New
02. My Lord, My Love
03. Cripple and the Starfish
04. For Today I Am a Boy
05. Where Is My Power?
06. Spiralling
07. Find the Rhythm of Your Love
08. I Fell in Love with a Dead Boy
09. Bird Gerhl
10. Kiss My Name
11. Daylight and the Sun
12. One Dove
13. Hope There’s Someone
14. Twilight
15. You Are My Sister
16. Whose Are These
17. Tears Tears Tears

• Antony and the Johnsons: http://www.antonyandthejohnsons.com
• Secretly Canadian: http://www.secretlycanadian.com

DJ Spinn & Taso start Euro Kush tour, featuring eco-friendly merch tables

Partied-out? DJ Spinn and Taso don’t know the meaning of the hyphenated word, even if Hyperdub’s been more than insistent on keeping the 10th anniversary festivities going until people start seeing the world in binary, à la Neo from The Matrix. Of course there are the four anniversary compilations that the label saw fit to low-frequency bludgeon us with throughout the year, but separately, there was the just-concluded 10th anniversary tour, as well as the just-announced Teklife compilation, on which Spinn and Taso are both featured. They could be tired of the limelight by now. Or they could jet off to Europe to spread some more footwork awareness like the true music patriots that they are.

And so! The dates alluded to are below. Having seen Spinn and Taso at a Hyperdub showcase mere weeks ago, I don’t know if I was ready for that much (hand) throwing-up. Now people get the wrong idea when I say my wrist hurts from the late night. Jumping on stage is totally allowed! Let it be known, Europers, if you weren’t already aware.

DJ Spinn & Taso Dates:

10.08.14 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
10.09.14 - Berlin, Germany - Prince Charles
10.10.14 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen
10.11.14 - London, UK - Studio Space
10.16.14 - Sheffield, UK - The Harley
10.17.14. - Krakow, Poland - Unsound Festival
10.18.14 - Tallinn, Estonia - HETK

• DJ Spinn: https://www.facebook.com/djspinn163
• Taso: https://www.facebook.com/theofficialtaso
• Teklife: http://www.teklife57.com