Walk into a party — any party — these days and you’re bound to hear either a trap playlist or some vanilla deep house. It’s all a bit boring and pedestrian, isn’t it? Fortunately, the people of Cairo wouldn’t have it that way, and the electro-chaabi (or “mahraganat”) scene is convincing proof of that. DIY, revolution-inspired aesthetics and cracked copies of FL Studio have paved the way for some of the most electrifying dance music emanating from Egypt’s capital, a sound now enjoyed beyond the city thanks to blog hype and the curatorial savvy of the Cairo Liberation Front.
Keyboardist Islam Chipsy’s EEK project captures the spirit of mahraganat, albeit with a slight twist; without any autotuned MCs carrying the momentum, Chipsy’s turbulent playing style takes center stage. Those who caught last year’s Live at the Cairo High Cinema Institute (a personal highlight of 2014) will already be fully aware of the visceral physicality of EEK and Chipsy in a live setting, and their newly announced album KAHRABA will see them distill this potency into a studio recording. With four tracks of densely-layered keyboard battery and frenetic drumming, EEK could well be set to dislodge that shitty deep house Spotify playlist for evermore and launch a full-scale takeover of party music worldwide. Or maybe not. Well, they’re gonna soundtrack all of MY super awesome shindigs, that’s for sure.
02. Mouled El-Ghoul
03. El Bawaba
• Nashazphone: http://www.discogs.com/label/72950-Nashazphone
Jim O’Rourke finally releases his catalog digitally (now that everyone’s safely into vinyl again!), streams Simple Songs on NPR
Hiya, readers! So, remember — like, I don’t know… yesterday? — when our old buddy Jim “Why Soooo Seeeeeriouuuus?” O’Rourke used to routinely piss us all off by never releasing any of his pretty uniformly awesome, new-fangled records digitally because he assumed that we’d just all exploitatively download them for nothing from Mediafire.com and shovel ‘em absent-mindedly onto our MP3 players between Jethro Tull and Joan of Arc and never actually listen to more than one song of them at a time while chewing Bubble-Tape and lifting weights at the same gym where Fred Durst probably works out???
Well, that was YESTERDAY.
Because TODAY (actually as of last week, kinda, but still!), none of that shit matters and you can, yup, basically download the ever-loving daylights out of whatever the hell Jim O’Rourke music you want and do whatever disgusting shit you want with it in the privacy of your own disgusting excuse for a home! End of story. Go download some.
Oh. Wait. Except not really; it’s actually only his “proper” solo album stuff (Bad Timing, Eureka, Halfway To A Threeway, Insignificance, The Visitor, and the forthcoming Simple Songs (when it comes out on May 19). And they’re… only available from Drag City as those stupid lossless FLAC files, not MP3s. So it’s still, you know, pretty stubborn and inconvenient for everyone who isn’t Neil Young. Thanks a fuckton, Jim! Oh well, let’s be honest: we’d all lick coleslaw shreds out of a urinal if we thought O’Rourke peed on them earlier.
Meanwhile, check out Simple Songs streaming on NPR or stay on TMT and listen to this clip:
• Jim O’Rourke: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_O%27Rourke_%28musician%29
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com
Jenny Hval announces headlining North American dates, provides more information about genitalia than a high school sex ed class
The music of Norwegian songwriter Jenny Hval is fluid, graceful, challenging work that provokes intense thoughts about gender and sexuality. It also has a whole bunch of references to genitalia. That is not a bad thing! To drop genital mentions in a non-juvenile way is something only few musicians have mastered, Hval being possibly the most accomplished of all.
That said, if you’re the kind of person who blushes at the word “clit,” then maybe Jenny Hval’s upcoming string of North American headlining dates aren’t for you. After touring Europe throughout June, Hval is heading to North America for a stretch of shows beginning in August and stretching through September. Accompanying her on nearly every date will be Seattle-based songwriter Briana Marela, the one exception being a stop at Raleigh’s Hopscotch Festival.
Hval’s latest album Apocalypse, girl is due out June 9 through Sacred Bones. Watch the new video for the album’s first single “That Battle Is Over” at the Chocolate Grinder. Directed by Zia Anger, who also directed Hval’s “Innocence Is Kinky,” the video features musician Melissa Auf Der Maur, actress Cornelia Livingston, a great green jacket, wallpaper, and a small child, among other people and things.
Jenny Hval dates:
06.04-07.15 - Oslo, Norway - Black Box Teater
06.10.15 - London, UK - Royal Festival Hall *
06.11.15 - Manchester, UK - Gullivers
06.12.15 - Brighton, UK - The Hope & The Ruin
06.13.15 - Cardiff, UK - Clwb Ifor Bach
06.14.15 - London, UK - Cafe Oto
06.17.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Muziekgebouw
06.18.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
06.19.15 - Paris, France - Espace B
06.20.15 - Cologne, Germany - Stadtgarden
06.22.15 - Berlin, Germany - Kantine de Berghain &
06.23.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel &
06.24.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Jazzhouse &
08.25.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel #
08.27.15 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios #
08.28.15 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt #
08.29.15 - Seattle, WA - Barboza #
09.01.15 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry #
09.02.15 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill #
09.03.15 - Chicago, IL - Constellation #
09.04.15 - Toronto, ON - Drake #
09.05.15 - Montreal, QC - Bar le Ritz #
09.06.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade #
09.08.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle #
09.09.15 - Washington, DC - DC9 #
09.10.15 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival
09.11.15 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter #
09.14.15 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl #
09.16.15 - Austin, TX - Holy Mountain #
09.17.15 - Dallas, TX - Three Links #
09.19.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar #
09.20.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy #
* Perfume Genius
& Circuit de Yeux
# Briana Marela
You like festivals, right? Who doesn’t? The dust clouds gently rising in the air, the hum of the food trucks, the guy playing hacky sack like he’s having an acid freakout flashback back to the time he was the cool, “different” guy at his preppy East Coast college. And yes, the bands! Bands play these things, don’t they? That’s what I hear. Well, this year FYF kinda took all the bands, but maybe, just maybe they’ll venture out into the wider festival world, too.
Anyway, FYF recently announced that Frank Ocean and Morrissey would be headlining the festival, which takes place August 22 and 23 at LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park. But that’s not all, folks! You’ve got D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Bloc Party, Belle and Sebastian, that artist you kids like called FKA Twigs, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and more.
You can buy single-day tickets for $109, weekend general admission passes for $175, and weekend VIP passes for $329 via FYF’s website.
The full lineup includes Alvvays, Andrew Jackson Jihad, BADBADNOTGOOD, Battles, Ben UFO, Broncho, Chet Faker, Cold Cave, Death Grips, Deerhunter, Dinosaur Jr., Dixon, DJ Dodger Stadium, DJ Harvey, The Drums, Evian Christ, Flume, Girlpool, Goldroom, Health, Hop Along, Horse Meat Disco, Jon Hopkins, Joy Orbison, Joyce Manor, Junk, Kaytranada, Kevin Morby, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, La Femme, Laura Marling, Lower Dens, Mac DeMarco, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Metz, Mikal Cronin, Neon Indian, Nicolas Jaar, Purity Ring, Run the Jewels, Savages, Shlohmo, Simian Mobile Disco, Solange, Spiritualized, Tennis, Thee Oh Sees, Title Fight, Tobias Jesso Jr., Toro y Moi, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
• FYF Fest: http://fyffest.com
David Toop, author of Sinister Resonance, the Rap Attack trilogy, and Exotica, has announced Lost Shadows: In Defence of the Soul - Yanomami Shamanism, Songs, Ritual, 1978, his first album in over seven years. Recorded during a trip to the Amazon in 1978, this double album recounts Toop’s visit to Venezuela, looking for the last Yanomami shamen. Blending field recordings with esoteric experimentation and — for lack of a better word — “world” music, this album is a majestic culmination of Toop’s theories on sound and modes of listening; aside from offering us the chance to hear the nearly extinct Yanomami. Mixed by Lawrence English, the album is available on vinyl and as a double CD, including a 40-page essay by Toop and photos chronicling the trip.
Perhaps best known for his critical work, David Toop can flaunt equally impressive musical credentials. The English scholar used to play with The Flying Lizards, a new-wave-subverting troupe of experimental music legends (David Cunnigham, Vivien Goldman, and Steve Beresford, were regular members), and has collaborated with Brian Eno, Max Eastley, and Scanner. Among his solo albums, the best known are Spirit World and Ocean of Sound, the latter a companion compilation to his 1995 eponymous book, surveying the history of ambient music. Although Ocean of Sound actually features some of the Yanomami rain songs Toop recorded, in Lost Shadows — which has itself been released, in one form or another, at least twice before — we find the most comprehensive edition Toop’s Amazon recordings have ever received. While his albums are sometimes dismissed as mere registers of his theoretical sojourns, it’s impossible to overlook Lost Shadows on such grounds. This is a genuinely interesting document that crosses the conventional bounds of what — Western? (post)modern? — music is supposed to be, pushing us into the realm of the spirits and their arcane language.
Lost Shadows: In Defence of the Soul - Yanomami Shamanism, Songs, Ritual, 1978 is out now, via Sub Rosa.
01 Tayari-teri: shamans healing 10’54
02 Tayari-teri: shamans healing 20’59
03 Tayari-teri: shamans healing 12’58
04 Torokoiwe: solo shama, first chant 7’10
05 Torokoiwe: solo shama, second chant 5’05
06 Torokoiwe: solo shama, second chant 8’48
07 Caberima night insects, birds and moths 5’24
01 Mabutawi-Teri: Wayamou duo exchange 7’41
02 Mabutawi-Teri: young women’s circle song 10’58
03 Cuntinamo: Piaruainai, solo shaman 3’03
04 Cuntinamo: Piaruainai, solo shaman 5’07
05 Cuntinamo: Piaruainai, solo shaman 3’55
06 Mabutawi-Teri: young men singing 1’48
07 Mabutawi-Teri: young men singing 2’03
08 Mabutawi-Teri: young men singing 1’56
09 Mabutawi-Teri: young men singing 2’22
10 Mabutawi-Teri: rain song 8’18
11 Mabutawi-Teri: rain song 4’32
12 Mabutawi-Teri: rain song 3’46
13 Mabutawi-Teri: rain song 3’06
14 Mabutawi-Teri: young men’s circle song 10’02
15 Caberima night insects, birds and moths 5’21
Fourteen years ago, I was in France on a high school trip. I was AT A CD STORE (because it was the early 2000s), and I asked this retail associate in my fractured high school French for a recommendation for a new album by a French artist. He told me to buy St. Germain’s 2000 album Tourist, so I did. Instantly, I was the coolest kid in my shitty town, all bumpin’ acid jazz and knowing what Blue Note was.
And now, after 15 years away, this guy’s back! St. Germain made a new album with some serious Malian influences, as you can hear below. It’s out October 9 via Nonesuch, but you can pre-order it on iTunes to download the new track “Real Blues.” The album features a sample of Lightnin’ Hopkins’s “You Caused My Heart to Weep” plus appearances from Brazilian percussionist Jorge Bezerra, Martinique native and frequent collaborator Didier Davidas, plus Malian artists kora player Mamadou Cherif Soumano and guitarist/n’goni player Guimba Kouyate. Dude has a European fall tour in the bag, with a spring North American jaunt in the planning stages.
11.02.15 - Belgrade, Serbia - Belgrade Jazz Fest
11.03.15 - Budapest, Hungary - TBA
11.05.15 - Warsaw, Poland - TBA
11.10.15 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli Oudegracht
11.11.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
11.12.15 - Paris, FR - Bataclan
11.13.15 - Zurich, Switzerland - Volkshaus
11.14.15 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks
11.17.15 - London, UK - Roundhouse
11.18.15 - Lyon, FR - Transbordeur
11.19.15 - Milan, IT - Alcatraz
11.20.15 - Vienna, Austria - Museumsquartier
12.01.15 - Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
12.02.15 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz
• Nonesuch: http://www.nonesuch.com
So we already told you once about Circuit des Yeux’s new album on Thrill Jockey, but we could tell you weren’t listening by the way you just kept on nodding and smiling and looking at your phone, even though we ended every sentence with “and you are ugly and smell bad.” Remember that? Of course you don’t! “Hey reader,” we said, “Haley Fohr’s next album is called In Plain Speech; it’s out May 19, and you can pre-order it now and also you are ugly and you smell bad,” and you just kept on texting your friend Kelly like it was nothing. Nothing!
Whatever, though. It’s fine. We’re not mad. To show you how thoroughly not mad we are, we even brought some Circuit des Yeux tour dates along with us. And we even went to the trouble of embedding the recently-premiered (by way of an interview with Jezebel) video for “Do the Dishes” off of Fohr’s forthcoming album. It’s slightly NSFW for both ground beef-related and non-ground-beef-related reasons that we won’t spoil, but it’s an interesting visual extension of the song’s themes. The song itself is of a piece with Fohr’s continual shift toward more “songy songs” (a technical term) like on 2013’s Overdue, though it has not dispensed with the dreamy edge she’s so long carried. Watch the video below:
05.19.2015 - Chicago, IL - Rockefeller Chapel
06.06.2015 - Vancouver, BC - China Cloud (Levitation)
06.29.2015 - Columbus, OH - Mint Collective
06.30.2015 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
07.01.2015 - Washington DC - Union Arts
07.02.2015 - New York, NY - Subculture
07.03.2015 - Brooklyn , NY - Trans-Pecos
07.05.2015 - Portsmouth, NH - 3S Artspace
07.06.2015 - Providence, RI - Aurora
07.07.2015 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa w/ Xylouris White
07.08.2015 - Toronto, ON - The Drake Hotel w/ Xylouris White
07.09.2015 - Detroit, MI - UFO Factory
07.10.2015 - Cincinnati, OH - Ice Cream Factory
In Plain Speech tracklist:
01. KT 1
02. Do The Dishes
03. Ride Blind
04. Dream Of TV
05. Guitar Knife
06. Fantasize The Scene
07. A Story Of This World
08. KT 5
09. In The Late Afternoon
It’s been all up in your Twitter feed this week. All your friends are doing it, and they all want to share it with you. No, I’m not talking about incessant May the 4th Star Wars jokes or cynical British people decrying election results. I’m talking, of course, about the robots. They’re coming.
Or maybe not. It kinda depends on where you live. Will the dulcet tones of “Computer World” ring out over the sparkling streets of Los Angeles? Nay! Will “Tour de France Etape 1” ride through the streets of Calgary, Alberta? Heck yeah, it will! For you see, Kraftwerk are coming, and they’re bringing their snazziest black ties and their finest 3D glasses. Look out North America, the future is yours (unless you live in L.A., Chicago or NYC.)
09.16.15 - Edmonton, Alberta - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
09.17.15 - Calgary, Alberta - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
09.19.15 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium
09.23.15 - Denver, CO - Ellie Caulkins Opera House
09.25.15 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
09.27.15 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
09.29.15 - Miami, FL - Olympia Theater at Gusman Center
10.02.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
10.03.15 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
10.05.15 - Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple Theatre
10.07.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Northrop Auditorium
10.09.15 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
• Kraftwerk: http://www.kraftwerk.com
Imagine if corporations had penises. Now imagine Sony having a romantic dinner with SoundCloud at Buca di Beppo (Times Square), where they discuss negotiations to allow users to collect royalties. Happy with the convo, Sony popped a little blue pill in the bathroom before snorting two lines. Just two! Back at dinner, SoundCloud brings up plans for a subscription service with Warner Music Group. Sony screams, “Those fucking, guys!,” causing the waiter to not ask if they want dessert.
Later that night, Sony is totally raw dawgin’ SoundCloud at the Lake Placid Red Roof Inn (Groupon discount). SoundCloud was crying, apologizing for challenges that occurred with the company’s new copyright software. Sony is all like, “Say the names!” SoundCloud, byting (computer pun) its lower lip, wails, “Adele! Miguel! Ohhhh…Passion Pit!”
“Yes, yes, yes!”
SoundCloud notices a shadowy figure siting in the corner, smoking a Mark Cuban cigar. It’s Jay Z! He gives a “jigga what” nod, and throws a TIDAL t-shirt onto the dresser. Sony then pulls its dick out, shooting green jizz all over the bedpost Velvet Elvis, the jizz spelling out “GOTCHA!” Sony exclaims, “We’re taking our artists off your service because you lack monetization opportunities.” And that was the sexy story of Sony and SoundCloud. Ballsy move!
• SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com
• Sony: https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/sony-2.jpg
Well, those of you in the Northern Hemisphere, suppose you did need a reminder of the current season and its upcoming transition. If the thickening of the grass on your lawn and the irksome bird alarm clocks don’t offer enough of a hint, the Memphis-born rapper and producer Cities Aviv (Gavin Mays) is here to elucidate linguistically, through his lyrics, moniker, album titles, and possibly via the transmission of thoughts directly into your brain. “It’s spring heading toward summer!,” you’ll spontaneously think, while prior albums Digital Lows and Come to Life suggest an arrival, a realization, or an epiphany with their names when considered together. Feel free to progress the theme by checking out the various definitions of “aviv” as well.
And here’s the musical fruition: Cities Aviv has just released his third album Your Discretion is Trust on the NYC-based Collect Records. Await the physical version later this year, but purchase and download here for an immediate fulfillment of your desire for the atypical. A somewhat soul, even synthy infusion has already been accomplished, but you can be sure that a general unorthodoxy, conscious or unconscious, is still part of the game going forward. Vocally, he and MC Ride may or may not still be reminiscent of one another.
Doesn’t really sound like it on the following track, though:
Your Discretion is Trust tracklisting:
02. Act Up
03. No GMO
04. Is This Alright (feat. RPLD GHSTS)
05. Black Sequence
06. Earth Signs (feat. RPLD GHSTS)
07. No Language
11. Nico (Interlude)
12. Isolation Quarters (Juk)
13. Into The Wall
14. Survival Fit