Hotflush releases new EP from Auden, starts poetry producer trend

The illustrious Hotflush label — run by British nautical enthusiast Scuba a.k.a. Paul Rose — has announced its latest coup in Auden, an upstart UK producer with a debut dropping later this month. His four-track Auden EP covers a range of moody ambience, big-room dub techno, a slow-burning acid number, and tense two-step vibes, all filtered through the new producer’s bleak sensibility. Standout cut “Flux” is functionally mixed for a huge club setting, but its swinging groove and intricate rhythmic patters are atypical for such a seemingly frank slab of techno.

Very little is known about Auden so far, besides the press release deeming him “a fresh voice in UK techno” with “range and dynamics.” That is either the most deliberately coy or generic description of electronic music I’ve ever heard. Until we learn more, Auden’s titular EP will be released on July 28, and a sampling of the four songs can be found below. Mark my words, it won’t be long before we see a hardcore jungle record from a guy named Whitman.

Auden EP tracklist:

01. Trip to Fade
02. Flux
03. Whispers
04. Tension

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Rudolf to release 2xCD Brainnectar, the chillwave album of the summer

Rudolf, the experimental heartthrob responsible for sun-kissed works such as “For Stringquartet and Asstrumpet,” and hö156435972811101, as well as one of the greatest interviews this site has ever published, will be releasing a new 2xCD called Brainnectar. It’s out August 1 via Dave Phillips’ new-ish label Schimpfluch Associates, and if it’s anything like his other LPs, it will be an aural nightmare.

Mr. has used dead fish, shotguns, and loads of screaming in the past as source sound material; this album continues down that path but promises the artist at his most polished, featuring over two hours of “extreme acoustics, instruments of shamanic origin, binaural beats” and of course “the grand lady of Japanese extreme music, scream vocalist Junko Hiroshige.” Pre-order for the album is available now; listen to preview clips below, then buy it and jam it for your neighbors.

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ISSUE Project Room announces new label Distributed Objects, initial releases from Sabisha Friedberg and Sergei Tcherepnin

Having apparently grown tired of simply issuing projects and projecting issues, New York’s ISSUE Project Room has recently announced plans to start a small record label called Distributed Objects. Until now, of course, the space has been known primarily as the place that hosts shows I want to check out right up until I remember that I live in Indiana and that New York is far away . For example, this year’s Unsound Festival took place there, and I was unable to attend because Ohio cock-blocked me. The ISSUE Project Room has apparently taken notice of just how far away I live from it, as Distributed Objects will take the issues, projects, the issuing, and the projecting, convert them into objects, and distribute them into my (and your!) home, because, ideally, that is what record labels do.

The label’s first two releases, planned to arrive in October, will come from Sabisha Friedberg and Sergei Tcherepnin, both of whom were previously artists-in-residence at the ISSUE Project Room. Friedberg’s will be titled The Hant Variance and will feature work recorded with Peter Edwards at EMPAC. Using analog synths, tone oscillators, and field recordings, the three-movement piece is reportedly inspired by the work of the British researcher Vic Tandy into the psychic effects of extremely low frequencies. Tcherepnin’s Quasar, Lanterns comes from a 2009 German installation project that combined analog synths, field recordings, and various other pre-recorded musical elements. Both releases are available on the cheap right now through the label’s pre-order/Kickstarter right here, which will be active through August 15.

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Pelican, filling their beaks with succulent Russian atmosphere, announce live album Arktika

Eschewing the typical migratory pattern of the pelican, the Chicago-based metal/post-rock band flapped their majestic wings to St. Petersburg, Russia last year. But what would a pelican want to travel to Russia for, be it bird or band? Well, I cannot speak for birds (no man can), but I can speak for bands: Pelican played a show in St. Petersburg, which has been recorded for use in a live album. Pelican have just this week released the digital version of Arktika, their Russian live document.

Birds do not exist in the digital landscape. Pelican can, but they are also fond of this physical world. Hence, the double LP version of Arktika will be out August 26, with the digital version having just been released. Anticipate the future by pre-ordering the album here. If such a pre-order places too much faith in an ideal future, then prepare by listening to Arktika in full below. Now you are prepared, like the mighty pelican itself.

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Interpol expands fall tour for El Pintor (known by the band as “Ol’ Pirten”)

New York’s arena mopers Interpol have been releasing a steady stream of post-punk revivalism since the early aughts — first they were an inventively derivative version of Joy Division, then they were a pleasingly derivative version of themselves, and then they just kinda sucked for a while. Now with their anagrammatic fifth LP El Pintor seeing release on September 9 via longtime home Matador, it looks like the longstanding trio might be making a comeback… again. According to Rolling Stone, Interpol’s latest is “perhaps their best effort since 2004’s Antics,” which I just called “a pleasingly derivative version of themselves.” At least it’s not Our Love to Admire, right guys? And the single sounds respectable.

Currently on tour in Europe and Australia, Interpol will continue supporting El Pintor in the fall with an extensive North American tour. It’ll see the bespoke-suited band at Austin City Limits, L.A.’s FYF Fest, and back at Manhattan’s Terminal 5 to wrap up their first US jaunt in three years. Interpol may not be all the rage back home anymore, but they’re still huge in South America. Viva El Pintor, y el metro es una porno.

North American tour dates:

07.30.14 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
08.01.14 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.20.14 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee Theatre
08.21.14 - Las Vegas, NV - The Pool at The Cosmopolitan
08.23.14 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
09.15.14 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
09.16.14 - Seattle, WA - Paramount
09.17.14 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
09.20.14 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
09.24.14 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
09.26.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
09.27.14 - Denver, CO - Ogden
09.29.14 - Lawrence, KS - Granada
09.30.14 - Tulsa, OK - Cains
10.02.14 - Dallas, TX - Southside
10.03.14 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
10.03-05.14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10.07.14 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
10.09.14 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
10.10-12.14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
11.06.14 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Landing
11.07.14 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
11.08.14 - Miami, FL - Fillmore
11.10.14 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
11.11.14 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
11.14.14 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11.15.14 - Milwaukee, WI - The Pabst Theatre
11.17.14 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
11.18.14 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
11.20.14 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
11.21.14 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
11.22.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.24.14 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
11.29.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

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Brazilian psych wonders Boogarins embark on epic world tour bigger than that huge Jesus statue in Rio

In the afterglow of the World Cup and its associated fever, anything that is remotely Brazilian is tres chic right now — you could literally spray paint a soccer ball and a Brazilian flag on a moldy mattress and sell it for top dollar on Craigslist at the moment. While they don’t necessarily need to leverage off any nationalistic hype, Brazilian garage-psych wizards Boogarins are capitalizing on their moment in the zeitgeist by heading out on a tour bigger than that huge Jesus statue.

The band has been trekking around the world to launch their debut record As Plantas Que Curam which loosely translates to “Kiss Me, I’m Brazilian” and was released last year via Other Music and Burger Records. Now they’ve lined up a final run of dates more epic than a penalty shoot-out in a World Cup Final.

First they’ll be schlepping across Europe with Neutral Milk Hotel before a run of dates through America with The Clean and then Guided by Voices, before a victory lap around South America.

Get along to one of their shows and let the Brazilian vibes rub off on you too.

07.18.14 - Gambettola, Italy - (FC) / Circolo Treesessanta
07.19.14 - Roma, Italy - Airport One
07.20.14 - Savonna, Italy - Rain Dogs House
07.22.14 - Bordeaux, France - Iboat
07.23.14 - Donostia, Spain - Dabadaba
07.24.14 - Madrid, Spain - Siroco
07.25.14 - Porto, Portugal - Milhões de Festa
07.26.14 - Lisbon, Portugal - Music Box
07.29.14 - Falmouth, UK - Beerwolf
07.30.14 - Coventry, UK - Tin Angel
07.31.14 - London, UK - Shacklewell Arms
08.01.14 - Lasne (Waterloo), Belgium - Rideau Rouge
08.02.14 - Dresden, Germany - Reverberation Fest
08.03.14 - Prague, Czech Republic - MeetFactory #
08.04.14 - Cologne, Germany - Gloria Theatre #
08.05.14 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof #
08.09.14 - Oslo, Norway - The Crossroad Club - Aftershow Oya Fest
08.13.14 - New Haven, CT - BAR %
08.14.14 - Boston, MA - The Church of Boston
08.15.14 - New York, NY - Seaport Music Festival ^
08.16.14 - Washington, DC - Summer Concert Series @ The Pinch %
08.18.14 - Chicago, IL - Schuba’s $
08.19.14 - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes $
08.20.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Cattivo
08.21.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
08.22.14 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount *
08.23.14 - Asbury Park, NJ - The Stone Pony *
08.25.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle, Back Room $
08.26.14 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl $
08.27.14 - Birmingham, LA - The Bottletree Cafe $
08.28.14 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone $
08.29.14 - Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox $
09.12.14 - Goiânia, Brazil - Festival Vaca Amarela
10.11.14 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Teatro Oi Futuro Ipanema
10.12.14 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Teatro Oi Futuro Ipanema
10.17.14 - Uberlândia, Brazil - Groovie Pub
10.18.14 - Goiânia, Brazil - Teatro CCUFG
10.25.14 - Sorocaba, Brazil - Asteroid
11.08.14 - Natal, Brazil - Festival DoSol
11.15.14 - Porto Alegre, Brazil - Festival El Mapa de Todos
11.16.14 - Caxias do Sul, Brazil - Vagão
11.22.14 - Santiago, Chile - Festival Primavera Fauna
11.28.14 - São Paulo, Brazil - Popload Festival

# Neutral Milk Hotel
% Wild Ones
^ Jacco Gardner
* Guided By Voices
$ The Clean

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NGUZUNGUZU plan to tour Europe in an unpronounceable furor

A year ago I made a joke about how I didn’t know how to pronounce production duo NGUZUNGUZU’s name. Their name is like one of those colors only starfish can see, except with letters and sounds. It really throws the old ability-to-pronounce area of my brain for a loop-de-loop. Makes it go haywire is more like it. Writing through a pretty thick mental haze right now, actually. A little concerned it mast meat horn propers trapping. Really struggling. The words are drafting floss morning cured extra star. Help. Recover blue niece pole strap…

[Ed. note — sorry about that! It seems Taylor is having a bit of trouble, so we’re letting him take a quick 30-minute nap before heading back to the news salt mines. What he was trying to say is that, according to Dummy, NGUZUNGUZU just announced a few European dates in August in addition to the Australian dates that are currently underway. He probably would’ve also mentioned NGUZUNGUZU’s Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda’s collaboration with Lit City Trax’s J-Cush and Fatima Al Qadiri as Future Brown. He probably would’ve said something about how the group is reportedly working on their debut album together and how it will probably be pretty cool. Honestly, though, we don’t want to put words in his mouth.]


07.18.14 - Perth, Australia - The Bakery
07.19.14 - Adelaide, Australia - Rocket Bar
07.25.14 - Melbourne, Australia - Revolver Melbourne
07.26.14 - Sydney, Australia - Goodgod Small Club
07.27.14 - Wooyung, Australia - RBMA Stage at Splendour
08.01.14 - London, UK - Deviation at XOYO
08.02.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Spektrum Festival
08.08.14 - Berlin, Germany - Gretchen
08.09.14 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Stay Out West
08.10.14 - Zeebrugge, Belgium - We Can Dance


[Photo: Loren Wohl]

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. announce tour, remix, that they are proud of their father and his father before him

When your father is a great man, you should be proud of him. The father of Detroit duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is a great man, as his father before him was. Granted, it is all very, very confusing how the son of a racecar driver, a son who bears his very name, also happens to be two people, each with names separate from that famous father. Perhaps it’s some sort of confusing George Foreman situation but, like, even more confusing because they’re two people with one name but also two people with two different names? Whatever, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is going on tour. This is the information you came for.

What? You’re still here? You want more information? Well, I’ll step away one second from my corkboard and string, where I’m going to somehow get to the bottom of this whole Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. name thing. The band have also put out a new remix of their song “Run” from last year’s The Speed of Things. Remixed by Midnight Magic, you can hear the song below (via the A.V. Club). Alright, back to my conspiracies.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. dates:

08.24.14 - Monterey, CA - First City Festival
10.17.14 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
10.18.14 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
10.19.14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
10.23.14 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
10.24.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theatre
10.25.14 - Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theatre
10.27.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.28.14 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
11.07.14 - Austin, TX - Scoot Inn
11.08.14 - Dallas, TX - Trees
11.09.14 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
11.11.14 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West @ King Plow Arts Center
11.13.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
11.14.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11.15.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11.16.14 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
11.19.14 - Columbus, OH - The A&R Music Bar
11.20.14 - Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century Theatre
11.21.14 - Chicago, IL - Metro
11.22-23.14 - Detroit, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom

• Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.:

Am I in heaven or is this just a new Laetitia Sadier album? (Ah, it is just a new Laetitia Sadier album, sorry.)

The clouds are parting in the sky. A gentle breeze ruffles your hair. What is that — angels singing? Are you… are you d-d-d-dead?!? Nah, fool, it’s all good. There’s just a new Laetitia Sadier album coming out. What you heard was the new Laetitia Sadier album. It’s called Something Shines and it’s technically out September 23 via Drag City, so yeah, maybe you do have some cause to be worried. OR you’re a time traveler. Either/or, really. Check out Sadier’s lead single, “Then I Will Love You Again!” below:

Something Shines is the follow-up to Sadier’s 2012 album Silencio. In other Sadier news, the erstwhile Stereolab vocalist’s project Little Tornadoes drops their debut We Are Divine this year, also in September!

Something Shines tracklist:

01. Quantum Soup
02. Then I Will Love You Again
03. The Milk of Human Tenderness
04. The Scene of the Lie
05. Release from the Centre of Your Heart
06. Butter Side Up
07. Transhumance
08. Echo Port
09. Oscuridad
10. Life is Winning

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[Photo: David Thayer]

Eric Copeland announces new LP Logo My Ego, temporarily reassuring dance-noise fans that Brooklyn still exists

Oh man, you guys; college! Noise! Rave Parties! Black lights! Fucking Black Dice! Seriously, I kinda forgot about that band, didn’t you? No? Well, fuck. How much ecstasy did I do?

Regardless! Eric Copeland, the indomitable, illimitable main-man behind Black Dice’s weirdo neon mash of dance, noise, electronica, and pulsing carnival loops, apparently didn’t forget either. In fact, he just finished a new album’s worth of that kind of party-starting shit, entitled Logo My Ego. It’s slated for release on September 11 via the small Brooklyn-based electronic label L.I.E.S, and, according to someone-somewhere-writing-PR, sounds either like “a soundtrack for a caravan of dry-heaving mules trudging the desert for an oasis of DMT” or “eating ice cream off a city blacktop in August.” Mmm, mmm, mmm: mule-puke ice cream! Sounds like college all over again. I’m totally sold.

But just in case you’re not totally-sold, you can check out the track “Uncle Sam’s Blues” from the new album down below. After which you’ll either be “totally sold”… or puking-up mule-flavored dairy products all over the place. Either way seems like a pretty great way to shake up your now-stuffy and overly adult-oriented day, honestly.

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