Hey, folks. We have some good news to pull you out of your deep sadness. Angel Deradoorian (formerly of Dirty Projectors and Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, but that’s not important now) will be launching a fall tour with Laetitia Sadier (formerly of Stereolab, but who cares!) in support of her upcoming debut album, The Expanding Flower Planet. The album follows 2009’s Mind Raft EP, her first solo release. The album’s single “A Beautiful Woman” popped up back in June.
Now, given the depth of your sadness, I’m guessing that this news only worries you. Where will the tour begin, and how on earth will I get there? When will the album be released, and in what earthly formats? Chill! The tour will begin September 11 at Brooklyn ‘s Baby’s All Right and will continue to waft about the nation until October 4.
The Expanding Flower PlanetAnticon.
We’ve got a fresh new video for the lead single, too. It’s a live bit featuring Deradoorian’s sister, Darlene.
Now feel better!
The Expanding Flower Planet tracklist:
01. A Beautiful Woman
02. Expanding Flower Planet
03. Violet Minded
05. Your Creator
06. The Invisible Man
09. The Eye
Deradoorian w/ Laetitia Sadler tour dates
09.11.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
09.12.15 - Richmond, VA - The Camel
09.13.15 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle Back Room
09.14.15 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
09.15.15 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
09.17.15 - Austin, TX - Holy Mountain
09.18.15 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
09.20.15 - Albuquerque, NM - Sister
09.21.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
09.22.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
09.23.15 - San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall
09.25.15 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
09.26.15 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
09.29.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Icehouse
09.30.15 - Chicago, IL - Schuba’s
10.01.15 - Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
10.03.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
10.04.15 - Kingston, NY - BSP Kingston
DJ Roc may have gained most of his recognition from the incredible 2010 Planet Mu release, The Crack Capone, but Clarence Johnson has always been and continues to be an inextricable figure in Chicago footwork. He’s been producing since 2001, is still a regular DJ at Chicago’s weekly footwork battles at South Side’s Battlegroundz, and has continued to release new music, the most recent of which include 2014’s Take ‘em Out the Circle (Shinkaron) and Back to the Tracks v. 1 on DJ Clent’s Beatdown House label, released just a few months ago.
DJ Roc’s latest is a mini-album for Duck N’ Cover titled Practice What U Preach. The Switzerland-based label boasts that the release is a “director’s cut” and “hasn’t been watered down by any compromises towards commercial acceptance or mass appeal,” which makes for a raw, invigorating listen. As ever, the tracks are stripped down to their essential components, with hard-hitting 808s, delirious repetition, and wild sample juxtapositions that still “induce a profound Futureshock.” Listen to Jlin and DJ Diamond, and you’ll hear how far Roc’s influence has spread.
Our first preview of Practice What U Preach came courtesy of The Wire, and now TMT has the pleasure of premiering the entire mini-album in full. Look for the album July 16 digitally and on vinyl and CD, and stream it below:
After wowing us with the incredible Loud City Song (our third favorite release of 2013), Julia Holter is returning this fall with a new album. According to the press release, Have You in My Wilderness was “written from the heart — warm, dark and raw — and explores love, trust and power in human relationships.” Holter’s heart was not available to talk at press time, but we believe it.
Check out the album’s first single, opener “Feel You,” below, and look for Have You in My Wilderness on September 25 via Domino. A limited version of the vinyl LP comes with a print signed by Holter, available exclusively through Domino. And hey, she’s touring too, so check out the dates following the vid. Love you!
Julia Holter dates:
10.27.15 - Zurich, Switzerland - Ziegel Oh Lac
10.28.15 - Munich, Germany - Kammerspiele Theatre
10.29.15 - Frankfurt, Germany - Brotfabrik
10.30.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefahrlich
11.01.15 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
11.02.15 - Stockholm, Sweden - Etablissemanget
11.03.15 - Oslo, Norway - Parktheatret
11.04.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
11.05.15 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
11.07.15 - Den Bosch, Netherlands - November Music
11.09.15 - Brighton, England - Komedia
11.10.15 - Bristol, England - The Lantern at Colston Hall
11.11.15 - Birmingham, England - Glee Club
11.12.15 - London, England - Islington Assembly Hall
11.13.15 - Glasgow, Scotland - The Hug and Pint
11.14.15 - Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club
11.16.15 - Paris, France - New Morning
11.17.15 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Club
11.18.15 - Brugge, Belgium - Biekorf
11.19.15 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who? Festival
[Photo: Tonje Thilese]
• Julia Holter: http://juliashammasholter.com
Last year, RVNG Intl. jogged our collective memories with the under-appreciated genius of 1980s Seattle synth savant K. Leimer with the release of the retrospective collection A Period of Review (Original Recordings: 1975-1983). Check out our note on that event here, in case you missed that missive. But it’s now time to venture deeper into the rabbit hole via RVNG Intl.’s release of Artificial Dance by Savant, which is a side project established by K. Leimer in an effort to tap into the incidental and collaborative nature of music.
This is how it works: (1) invite experimental musician friends into home studio (Marc Barreca, the Kellers of New Flamingo, and Alex Petit); (2) put unusual instrument in said musicians’ hands and start click track with nothing but a loose rhythmic direction; (3) press record when it sounds good; and (4) chop and screw the resulting tracks.
Artificial Dance is the sum total of that experiment, compiling the 1983 release The Neo Realist (At Risk), a 12-inch, and a handful of outtakes. All of which sounds decidedly awesome to anyone with an ear for choppy grooves in the vein of Eno and Byrne’s My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.
Artificial Dance will all be available for consumption on September 4. Meanwhile, blow a tiny part of your mind with “Stationary Dance,” the lead track from the collection, here:
01. Using Words
03. The Neo-Realist
04. Shadow In Deceit
05. The Shining Hour
06. Knowledge And Action
07. Heart Of Stillness
08. Stationary Dance
09. Sensible Music
10. Deceit In Passion
11. The Radio
13. Falling At Two Speeds
14. Fault Index
The United States of America leads the world in the export of the following:
2. Beautiful, confounding bottomless pits.
We are a pit-filled nation. We are proud, we are excited, and we love having so many pits. Big pits, small pits, round pits, jagged pits — we’ve got them all. Passion Pit is the band that represents our values. They explode with feeling, and they love pits. This year, Passion Pit are touring. They are touring the very land they feel as one with. They are bringing our way of life to foreign shores. Fare thee well, Passion Pit.
Earlier this year, Passion Pit released their third full-length Kindred. Look into a pit today. Tell us what you see. We will be waiting.
Passion Pit dates:
07.11-12.15 - Chicago, IL - Mamby on the Beach
07.16-18.15 - Pemberton, BC - Pemberton Music Festival
07.19.15 - Portland, OR - Project Pabst
07.22.15 - Portland, ME - Thompson’s Point
07.23.15 - Boston, MA - The Lawn on D
07.24-26 - Oro-Medonte, ON - WayHome Music & Arts Festival
07.26.15 - Detroit, MI - MO POP Festival
08.07.15 - Bali, Indonesia - Sunny Side Up Tropical Festival
08.09.15 - Jakarta, Indonesia - We The Fest
08.11.15 - Singapore, Singapore - Scapre Ground Theatre
08.13.15 - Manila, Philippines - World Trade Center
08.15.15 - Osaka, Japan - Summer Sonic
08.16.15 - Tokyo, Japan - Summer Sonic
08.21.15 - Melbourne, Australia - Forum Theatre
08.23.15 - Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre
08.25.15 - Brisbane, Australia - The Tivoli
09.06.15 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
09.08.15 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
09.09.15 - New Orleans, LA - Joy Theater
09.12.15 - Charlotte, NC - WND Weenie Roast (PNC Music Pavilion)
09.13.15 - Raleigh, NC - 95X Big Shindig (Walnut Creek Amphitheatre)
10.16.15 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
10.17.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
10.19.15 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
10.20.15 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre
10.28.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
• Passion Pit: http://passionpitmusic.com
Holy Sons (Emil Amos) joins Earth for American tour; Earth reciprocates with Emil Amos-shaped clouds
Needless to say, if you previously thought that band names weren’t a vague reflection of a band’s physical capabilities, Seattle psych-rock outfit Earth have been proving you wrong since at least the beginning of the year, when their tour(s) in support of Primitive and Deadly began and when the Earth itself suddenly began rotating faster at their extensive traveling around it. That type of geological shift doesn’t come without consequences, of course, so just recently it was announced that Emil Amos and his soul-revealing Holy Sons project will be joining Earth for a series of American shows beginning this August. Amos himself was snatched up in the venue-dotting whirlwind; the final date is, in actuality, a prediction from NOAA!
Certainly you’re familiar with Amos’s participation in the more commonly-eyed bands Grails and Om, but Holy Sons (as previously alluded to) is arguably at the heart of the now Brooklyn-based musician’s creative spirit. It preceded those bands; the album Decline of the West is a curiously faded and deep display of singer-songwriter talent, and… what’s that? Amos indicated in an interview last year the imminent arrival of at least one new Holy Sons album? Attendees will surely hear some of that.
Check out the dates below. Two members of Dommengang will have the honor of doing backing-band duties for Holy Sons.
Holy Sons dates (all with Earth):
08.23.15 - Boston, MA - Middle East Upstairs
08.25.15 - Portsmouth, NH - 3S Artspace
08.27.15 - New York, NY - Saint Vitus
08.28.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
08.29.15 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
08.30.15 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
08.31.15 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle (Backroom)
09.01.15 - Atlanta, GA - Earl
09.02.15 - Orlando, FL - Will’s Pub
09.03.15 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
09.04.15 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn
09.05.15 - Nashville, TN - Stone Fox
09.06.15 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
09.08.15 - Madison, WI - Frequency
09.09.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Entry
Project Pabst is back! Following their 2014 inaugural event, the fest has returned to Portland for round 2. What was initially a “thank you” to Portland for what it calls a rebirth, Pabst is upping its game this July with a lineup that includes Blondie, Passion Pit, TV On the Radio, and Weezer.
Shows are split from July 18 to 19 and take place near the banks of the Willamette River for the day shows. Live music from 1-9 not enough for you? Night shows are also happening across town starting Thursday, July 16.
Tickets for individual day passes are $40, but buy a weekend pass for $75 and use that $5 in savings on, well, a Pabst.
Saturday July 18
TV on the Radio
Run the Jewels
Thee Oh Sees
The Velvet Teen
Hustle and Drone
Sunday July 19
The Both (featuring Aimee Mann and Ted Leo)
Terry and Louie (Terry Six and King Louie Bankston)
• Project Pabst: http://projectpabst.com
In retrospect, it’s painful how obvious an open avenue this was for Grouper’s Liz Harris, at least partially because so few of us took the time to acknowledge it during our gazing out of droplet-covered windows. The drowning vocals on aural display across her discography (excepting the unusually clear Ruins, one of our favorites of 2014) were and are perfectly suited for something in the vicinity of a psychedelic rock outfit! You might not have predicted it, given the minor key that pervades most of her songs, but a certain hint came back in 2013, when a band named Helen quietly released a single on iTunes. Supposedly, some sort of “thrash band” was included in Helen’s initial mission statement, so the question now becomes… have we arrived?
Click play below (or here!) to listen to the first single off Helen’s debut album The Original Faces, set for release September 4 on Kranky. Joining the distinctly Elizabethan (nickname: Liz) presence on the track and in Helen generally are Jed Bindeman (also of Eternal Tapestry) on drums, Scott Simmons on bass and guitar, and an apparitional being known only as the eponymous “Helen” supposedly contributing backup vocals. Sounds creepy to me, even if the ghost of the Greek adulterer did earn respect over the album’s years in the making.
Neither thrash nor creepy though, here’s the promising track:
The Original Faces tracklisting:
03. Covered in Shade
04. Felt This Way
05. Pass Me By
06. Right Outcome
08. Dying All the Time
10. City Breathing
12. The Original Faces
• Kranky: http://www.kranky.net
As a consumer, you have choices. Perhaps you are thrifty with your money, always looking for savings. Maybe you like that expensive shit. Confusing and intimidating as it may be, choice is good. I’m beyond thrilled to tell you, the consumer, that your Fela Kuti-purchasing options are about to increase… dramatically. What would you say if I could put in your hands, by the year’s end, six Fela Kuti albums reissued on vinyl by Knitting Factory and Pledge Music?
I know what you’d say. “Hot dog, give me those albums!” Well, great news, consumer: the trusted sources at The Vinyl Factory confirm that is happening. The albums in question are the following: Alagbon Close, Beasts Of No Nation, Everything Scatter, Fear Not For Man, Na Poi, and Roforofo Fight. Although our market experts have yet to pin down an exact date (the market is always fluctuating) on these reissues, they are expected to arrive in October. Do we have a deal? Before you answer, do the words “individual vinyl colors” mean anything to you? I knew they did. My friend, that’s exactly what we’ve got here. Different colors for each vinyl.
Step inside my office. Now, sit at my computer. Now, pre-order the albums at Pledge Music. Now, I’m sorry but I must ask you to leave. I have 18 meetings today.
Singer and multi-instrumentalist Mica Levi wonderfully scored last year’s Under the Skin (our favorite film of 2014), and now she returns with Micachu & The Shapes for a new album, Good Bad Happy Sad.
Check out the first single,“Oh Baby,” a soulful, drone-scape, that previews the more industrial textures explored on the new album.
Good Bad Happy Sad is due September 11 on Rough Trade. Below is the track listing, tour dates, and all that good stuff. Now excuse me, but I gotta run and pick up my new Clozapine prescription that the doctor said would help with my humor issues. Thanks a lot, OBAMACARE!!
Good Bad Happy Sad tracklisting:
04. Sea Air
05. Thinking It
07. Oh Baby
11. LA Poison
09.12.15 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
09.13.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
09.16.15 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz