NNA and New Amsterdam release debut album from tenor sax quartet Battle Trance

One morning, Travis Laplante (of Little Women) woke up with the batshit-crazy idea to form a tenor saxophone quartet with three specific musicians — Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner, and Patrick Breiner. Well, we’ve all had that dream. Laplante was just crazy enough to actually go through with it! Even though he barely knew his three soon-to-be compadres, Laplante went for it; they droned the day away, and Battle Trance was born.

Now, these mid-range woodwind warriors have graced us with a whole album of reedy goodness. Palace of Wind will be released on August 26 through New Amsterdam Records, with NNA Tapes handling the vinyl edition. Laplante has released on NNA before — his trio with Trevor Dunn and Ches Smith unleashed Ancestral Instrument earlier this year on cassette.

Here’s a little teaser for the upcoming LP:

Palace of Wind tracklist:

01. Palace of Wind I
02. Palace of Wind II
03. Palace of Wind III

• Travis Laplante: http://www.travislaplante.com
• NNA Tapes: http://www.nnatapes.com
• New Amsterdam: http://www.newamrecords.com

Jimmy Edgar’s Ultramajic label releases Spatial’s new Circlon EP

Ultramajic — the eccentric dance imprint started by Ravenclaw headmaster Jimmy Edgar — has announced its 10th release, which will be helmed by London-based producer Spatial. How special! The UK artist not only started his own Infrasonics label back in 2008, releasing innovative work from the likes of xxxy and Gon, but he also crafted a “performance-based audio/video project” called “Primitives”.

Now, on the four-track Circlon EP, Spatial ventures into the stranger end of the house spectrum, with the title cut’s clipped vocal samples bouncing restlessly around an unyielding kick. “Eloptic Energy” thrives in throwback house mode, with acidic synth licks curling around some massive percussion. On “Recover,” Spatial gets more spastic with the vocal manipulation, all in tandem with the song’s milky stabs. Finally, “Sufani” harnesses gorgeously creepy textures and foreign vox to create an undeniable, hypnotic vibe. Clips from each of Circlon’s four tracks can be found below, and they are pretty special. The EP is out on July 28.

Circlon EP tracklist:

01. Circlon
02. Eloptic Energy
03. Recover
04. Sufani

• Spatial: http://spatial.infrasonics.net
• Ultramajic: https://soundcloud.com/ultramajic

10 facts about harps in honor of Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler’s forthcoming harp-centric album on Thrill Jockey

Here are 10 facts about harps that you really need to know:

Fact #1: The harp, as an instrument, dates back to around 3500 BCE, which in technical jargon means it is “pretty bloody old.”

Fact #2: Harps make great entrance sounds in pantomimes and fairy tales.

Fact #3: Modern harps aren’t really as synonymous with rock music as electric guitars, or even keytars for that matter.

Fact #4: Mary Lattimore has been setting out to alter Fact #3 by contributing her harp skills to recordings and live performances with the likes of Thurston Moore, Steve Gunn, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, and Jarvis Cocker.

Fact #5: Lattimore teamed up with Jeff Zeigler (who has produced records with The War on Drugs and A Sunny Day in Glasgow) in December 2013 to lay down some freaky harp and synth/guitar duets for a live score to Philippe Garrel’s 1968 film Le Révélateur in Marfa, Texas.

Fact #6: Not long after, during a January 2014 snowstorm that locked everyone in Philadelphia indoors, Lattimore and Zeigler laid down some of their own harp-centric tunes.

Fact #7: Those harp-centric tunes are now compiled as an album they call Slant of Light, which will be released on September 23 by Thrill Jockey on CD and white vinyl.

Fact #8: Thrill Jockey describes Slant of Light as “an impressionistic work that draws on musical histories ancient and contemporary, existing outside current trends in music as a whole. There is nothing that sounds remotely like it.” I’m inclined to agree.

Fact #9: Lattimore and Zeigler are doing a limited run of shows at highfalutin places with names like PhilaMOCA and Body Actualized Center. The dates are below. More dates will follow.

Fact #10: By now you have realized that harps have the potential to be totally cool.

Slant of Light tracklisting:

01. Welsh Corgis in the Snow
02. The White Balloon
03. Echo Sounder
04. Tomorrow is a Million Years

Tour dates:

07.28.14 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA
07.29.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Body Actualized Center
09.25.14 - Chicago, IL - Constellation

• Mary Lattimore: http://www.marylattimore.net
• Jeff Zeigler: https://twitter.com/uniformrec
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

[Photo: Ryan Collerd]

1080p announces (astoundingly clear!) August releases from Gobby, Bobo Eyes, Mark Wundercastle, and Temple Volant

Richard MacFarlane is doing God’s work, whether he realizes it or not, so long as we ditch the image of God as some vengeful bastard on the omnipresent lookout for sodomy. MacFarlane’s self-described “casual” approach to running the 1080p label from his Vancouver, BC residence has coincided with a deliberate frequency of releases that should keep any fan of off-kilter dance music happy and hoping for continued hi-def (though not always literally) existence. The opposite approach, contrarily, might bring a handful of releases every year, and I don’t know about you, but I just don’t have the patience for that type of propagational stripteasing. Rip those clothes off in a single motion, I say! I’ll do the same! Oh, that breeze feels nice.

Next month is a particularly revealing time for 1080p, as the label has a release planned for each week, pumping us with rhythmic fluids from lesser-knowns on a reliable basis. First, though, a name that you should undoubtedly recognize if you’re a regular reader: Gobby will be revisiting his more obviously techno proclivities with Wallet & Cellphone on August 5. Then on August 12, Bobo Eyes will soothe with lo-fi- vocals via Midnight Pearl. Mark Wundercastle will bring us some supremely heavy and well-developed tunes with Cell on August 19, and Temple Volant will subsequently take you into the life of Aquaman, if all Aquaman cared about was exploring shit in the deep sea and flipping the bird to his superhero responsibilities. Daydream Drawings comes out August 26.

Cassettes and MP3s! That’s what 1080p’s about. Those are the formats.

• 1080p: http://1080pcollection.net

Hercules and Love Affair to feast on your dance pants this fall

Hercules and Love Affair’s The Feast of the Broken Heart wasn’t exactly a breath of fresh air, but it IS a giant glitter ball of non-stop, unadulterated fun. I’m talkin’ smear-body-paints-all-over-your-chest-and-hot-pants kind of fun. So, get involved. Get out there and show ‘em what you got. Throw your hands up, shake yer cake, toss out your jazz hands, do a funky cartwheel. Do it all in person, while Andy Butler watches.

Ooooh, just the thought got me feeling all kinds of lascivious!

Tour dates:

09.24.14 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
09.25.14 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
09.26.14 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine @
09.27.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Lot 613
09.28.14 - San Diego, CA - U31
09.29.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
09.30.14 - Vancouver, BC - Venue Nightclub
10.02.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Verboten
10.03.14 - Chicago, IL - Metro #
10.04.14 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar
10.05.14 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
10.07.14 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
10.10.14 - Miami, FL - Mana Wynwood Soundstage $

@ Tensnake
# Black Madonna
$ Lykke Li

• Hercules and Love Affair: http://herculesandloveaffair.net
• Moshi Moshi: http://moshimoshimusic.com

Footwork producer DJ Roc to show em’ how it’s done overseas, dropping new LP TAKE EM’ OUT THE CIRCLE on Shinkaron

DJ Roc is Clarence Johnson, a footwork/juke producer from Chicago (specifically the Southside), and he’s legit. Roc formed a crew called “Bosses of The Circle” and started releasing mixtapes — which means he’s legit. DJ Slugo, the ghetto house/juke god you may have heard of, then discovered Roc and started releasing his tracks on CD — which means he’s legit. After a few releases with Slugo and Dance Mania Records (the influential curator of Chicago dance culture), Roc dropped a full-length titled The Crack Capone through eclectic bass-behemoth Planet Mu, receiving some rave reviews (perhaps because it’s just tough music to argue with) — which means he’s legit. Now he’s releasing an album for the Japanese label Shinkaron called TAKE EM OUT THE CIRCLE, followed by another album in the fall — which means the dude’s damn legit.

This ish — which is out today — features a few collabs — DJ Diamond, DJ Clent, and DJ Phaze. All could be called legit, no problem. Tracklist and snippet below.


01. Surrender
02. Anti-Blood
03. It Take Grinding To Be A King
04. Dead Or Alive
05. Back It Up
06. Bus Down In The House
08. Get It Daddy (Gimme Dat) Ft. DJ Clent
09. Elevated Muzik
10. Relax Breathe
11. War Time
12. Data Romance Deep Remix
12. Suicide (Get Burn’t) Ft. DJ Diamond & DJ Phaze
13. Get Burn’t Ft. DJ Phaze
14. Siickk Pt1
15. Ooo Baby

• DJ Roc: https://soundcloud.com/djroc-1
• Shinkaron: http://shinkaron.bandcamp.com

Soul Jazz Records to re-release “definitive” 1968 tropicalia compilation to appease listeners

Ah, bread and circuses, panem et circenses. The phrase, which refers to a superficial appeasement of the masses, has popped up everywhere since its inception in Roman literature, from The Hunger Games to Star Trek. No kids killing kids here, though: Soul Jazz Records has (not so superficially) appeased fans of excellent Brazilian music by re-releasing the 1968 compilation Tropicalia: The Definitive 1968 Classic Brazilian Album, ou Panis et Circencis.

The album, which features greats Gilberto Gil, Os Mutantes, and Caetano Veloso, was recorded during a tumultuous period in Brazilian history. The coup d’etat that put a military dictatorship in place happened just a few years earlier (1964), leading to ruthless oppression and censorship throughout the country — but some musicians played on, mixing psychedelia with jazz and bossa nova and ushering in a new era of Brazilian sound.

There, now you’ve had a history lesson or two. Order the compilation here, check the tracklist below, and listen to one of the Os Mutantes tracks here:

01. Gilberto Gil - Misere Nobis
02. Caetano Veloso - Corocao Materno
03. Os Mutantes - Panis et Circencis
04. Nara Leao - Lindoneia
05. Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa & Os Mutantes - Parque Industrial
06. Gilberto Gil - Geleia Geral
07. Gal Costa & Caetano Veloso - Baby
08. Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil - Tres Caravelas
09. Caetano Veloso - Enquanto Seu Lobo Nao Vem
10. Gal Costa - Mamae Coragem
11. Gilberto Gil - Batmacumba
12. Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa & Os Mutantes - Hino Ao Senhor Do Bonfim Da Bahia

• Soul Jazz: http://www.souljazzrecords.co.uk

Night Slugs to launch Club Rez, “a new club experience” full of intrigue and cloaks and shiny things

In terms of reverence, if there’s a secular equivalent to churches, synagogues, mosques, and other religious facilities, it wouldn’t be the impactful halls of centuries-old government buildings, nor the culturally significant rooms of the world’s most distinct museums. Instead, the equivalent would be the inimitable fountains of… Cristal that are wastefully poured over your carefully attired body whenever you’re hittin’ up the club! The club: that generally hazy site of dancing and inebriation, which has been a reliable setting for so many rap music videos that they’ve essentially blended into one giant herpes sore with a gold chain by now. More importantly, though, what about the music that’s created for the club, without the need for lyrical worship?

Following up the launch of their Club Constructions Community, which is geared toward the open recruitment and release of “stripped back” club songs (complete with a manifesto), UK label Night Slugs is on the verge of unveiling Club Rez, which they describe as a “new club experience.” What this experience entails, the public isn’t yet privy, but the label — run by Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990 — have announced two upcoming Club Rez shows: the launch in London this Thursday and the follow-up in Glasgow this Saturday. Both shows will feature Girl Unit under his Hysterics moniker (Club Rez borrows its name from the Girl Unit track from 2012), but only the London show will guest star “NS Residents ;).”

Oh, to gauge the meaning of emoticons. <@:/ By the way, here’s a Rizzla bootleg of that Girl Unit track, released in preparation:

• Night Slugs: http://nightslugs.net

Ian Svenonius to bring his proselytizing organ Chain & The Gang to a town near you this summer

Hot on the heels of his latest album Minimum Rock N Roll, Ian Svenonius’ current band Chain & The Gang will be touring the West Coast later this month and into August. In a radical gesture of Trotskyist entryism, the tour continues to promote the Gang’s latest LP, itself a piece of acutely meta, post-structuralist garage rock. While Svenonious’ previous bands The Nation of Ulysses and The Make-Up had their roots, respectively, in the DC hardcore scene and a fictitious garage soul revival, Chain & The Gang go for a minimalist, raw reading of rock & roll going back to Memphis’ version of punk rock (Tav Falco’s Panther Burns, early-days The Cramps, Mud Boy & The Neutrons, etc.) or the grittier cuts in the Nuggets anthology.

Even if you know Svenonius as just a guy with cool hair who dons 70s-TV-anchor suits, or actually hold his books as enough proof of him being the smartest guy in rock today, it’s impossible to deny the Gang’s shows are effing fun. It doesn’t matter if you laugh at (or with) Svenonious’ deliberately over-the-top agitprop screeds — he’s an unrepentant Marxist-Situationist for something — or his unmasked pretentions — he’s described this album as an exploration of youth’s appetite for rebellion as channeled through rock & roll — you’ll absolutely shake your ass and rock out to the ferocious riffing of a legit garage rock supergroup featuring Dead Moon’s Brett Lyman on guitar, Dub Narcotic Sound System’s Chris Sutton on bass, Vivian Girls’ Fiona Campbell on drums, and Priests’ Katie Alice Greer on backing vocals. You can watch the band performing on the current leg of their tour below:

Tour dates:

07.26.14 - Washington, DC - Fringe Fest
07.27.14 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
07.28.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie *
07.29.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right *
07.30.14 - New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine *
07.31.14 - Portsmouth, NH - The Red Door *
08.01.14 - Pawtucket, RI - Machines with Magnets *
08.02.14 - Cambridge, MA - The Lily Pad *
08.03.14 - Portland, ME - SPACE Gallery *
08.04.14 - Montreal, QC - Divan Orange *
08.05.14 - Toronto, ON- Smiling Buddha *
08.06.14 - Detroit, MI - Jumbo’s Bar *
08.08.14 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
08.09.14 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverwest Public House *
08.10.14 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry at First Avenue *
08.11.14 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
08.12.14 - St. Louis, MO - Luminary Center
08.13.14 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups

* Ed Schrader’s Music Beat

• Chain & The Gang: http://chainandthegang.bandcamp.com
• Dischord: http://www.dischord.com

inc. bro-ing it up throughout Europe and the US in August; playing some live dates, too

inc. is the brooding soul duo of brothers and accomplished session musicians Andrew and Daniel Aged. Place D’Angelo and Zomby at two opposing ends of a line segment and the midpoint will be inc. Listen to no world, their debut full-length on 4AD, and you’ll be hugging yourself in bed with the shades down in no time.

Though for all the antisocial tendencies inc. may incite, it turns out other people like their music too! Get out the house for once and go see your favorite siblings slow-jam the night away at any of the recently announced US and European tour dates.

Also check out the interview TMT staff writer Jakob Dorof did with inc. last year and watch the video for their collaboration with FKA twigs below. (Lock the door first.)

inc. tour dates:

08.08.14 - Fresno, CA - Peeve’s Public House
08.09.14 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
08.11.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Globos
08.14.14 - London, UK - Oslo Hackney
08.16.14 - Dublin, Ireland - The Twisted Pepper
08.17.14 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival
08.19.14 - Paris, France - Laplage De Glazart
08.20.14 - Stockholm, Sweden - Fasching Jazz Club
08.21.14 - Trondheim, N0rway - Brukbar
08.22.14 - Cologne, Germany - C/O Pop Festival
08.23.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Jazzhouse
08.24.14 - Liverpool, UK - LIMF Music Festvial

• inc.: https://www.facebook.com/Inc.Life
• 4AD: http://4ad.com