Godflesh and Prurient announce North American tour, sunflowers, lemonade, dandelions, rainbows, a big fat smiling kitten
Here comes the good-time brigade. If you’re looking for a little bit of post-summer fun, head over to your local live music venue to see industrial metal legends Godflesh and dark noise maestro Prurient touring together this September. Kick off autumn without losing that summer spirit. Bring the kids. Heck, bring the dog, too.
Having reunited in 2010, Godflesh put out A World Lit Only By Fire last year, their first since 2001’s Hymns. Just last month, Prurient released his Frozen Niagara Falls double album. Until you can go see these twin saints of sunshine live, check those two records out. Collectively, it’s over two hours of pure lemonade-sipping pleasure music.
Godflesh and Prurient dates:
09.11.15 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West At King Plow
09.12.15 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.13.15 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
09.15.15 - Brooklyn, NY - warsawconcerts
09.16.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
09.17.15 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
09.18.15 - Montreal, QC - POP Montreal
09.19.15 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
09.21.15 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues Cleveland
09.22.15 - Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall
09.23.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - ALTAR BAR
09.24.15 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot
09.25.15 - Chicago, IL - Cold Waves Music Festival
09.27.15 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
09.28.15 - Vancouver, BC - VENUE
09.29.15 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
10.01.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
10.02.15 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
10.03.15 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House Concert Hall
Laurel Halo, Julia Holter, Lucrecia Dalt, Rashad Becker and more record “telepathic” collaboration for Jaar’s Other People
Remember when The Postal Service was really big and everyone was all aflutter because they wrote songs by sending each other recordings through the mail? It was, like, so romantic and old school and quirky/arty. People like that shit. Well, now it’s 2015, and sending stuff through your friendly mail carrier is sooooo over. It’s been done. Plus, if you’re a newly formed supergroup of experimental artists, you just gotta think up something weirder, something more forward-/beyond-thinking, something more… occult.
And so, now, to fill the void in our lives left by not having enough gimmicky collaboration stories, there comes Terepa. Except for Terepa’s story isn’t really gimmicky; it’s just freakin’ awesome. This thing consists of Laurel Halo, Julia Holter, artist and mastering engineer Rashad Becker, Lucrecia Dalt, sound wizard NHK’Koyxen, violinist Grégoire Simon, and Charlotte Collin, all of whom recorded two sessions in L.A., Berlin, Osaka, and Paris that would make up the compositions on their forthcoming white vinyl EP on Nicolas Jaar’s label Other People. As part of the collaboration, they all began recording simultaneously for 20 minutes without communicating with each other “outside of their own telepathic capacities.” The resulting recordings were then layered and mixed into two compositions — in the same way they created the artwork, which you’ll find printed right onto the surface of the EP.
The vinyl/digital release will be available on July 13.
A. 28th October 2014
B. 8th August 2014
• Other People: https://other-people.net
San Francisco garage-folk lifers The Sandwitches have been awfully quiet since their album Mrs Jones’ Cookies and single “The Pearl” were released way back in 2011, which when held up against compatriots like Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees is practically three lifetimes.
The gap might lead some pun-prone reporters to suggest that the band were burnt out.
Well, just to prove that they aren’t burnt, The Sandwitches have returned with toast. Well, not toast, but an album called Our Toast, which will be released June 9 via Empty Cellar Records.
Produced by Kelley Stoltz and mastered by Mikey Young (of Total Control and Eddy Current Suppression Ring stardom), the album is described by Emily Rose from Ty Segall Band as a collection of “songs born of universal anguish to create a record blooming with whimsical notes on a life that’s changing chapters.”
If you don’t think Rose is suitably qualified to make such a statement, you can check out the track “Wickerman Mambo” via No Fear of Pop here.
01. Sunny Side
02. Play It Again Dick
03. Sleeping Practice
04. Dead Prudence
06. Island Jam
07. Personal Hell
08. Wickerman Mambo
09. Nothing But Love
Fun Fun Fun Fest is back for its tenth-annual go-round this fall. From November 6-8, the city of Austin will be awash in fun, when groups like Jane’s Addiction, The Wu-Tang Clan, Drive Like Jehu, Rae Sremmurd, and D’Angelo and the Vanguard take over the city. They even got Bill Nye the Science Guy to record a video proving that the festival is the funnest festival in the world, based of course on science. No word yet on a Designated Area to High Five Bill Nye In, which seems like a pretty essential addition to a festival based on… well, you know what.
Also part of the lineup are the following: Venom, Gogol Bordello, Chromeo, NOFX, Grimes, ANTEMASQUE, ScHoolboy Q, Future Islands, Toro y Moi, ODESZA, CHVRCHES, Dag Nasty, RIDE, Cheap Trick, American Football, The Growlers, Fuzz, Mikal Cronin, The Charlatans UK, Viet Cong, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Murder By Death, Cass McCombs, Steve Gunn, BRONCHO, Grifters, Creepoid, East Cameron Folkcore, A Giant Dog, Think No Think, Ringo Deathstarr, Neon Indian, MSTRKRFT, Hudson Mohawke, Gesaffelstein (DJ set), Peaches, Joey Bada$$, Big Freedia, Afrika Bambaataa, Slow Magic, Lido, Doomtree, BADBADNOTGOOD, Anamanaguchi, Shamir, Bomba Estereo, Snakehips, TOPS, Haelos, Two-Nine, Roger Sellers, The Outfit, TX, SURVIVE, Coheed and Cambria, L7, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Skinny Puppy, Babes in Toyland, Parquet Courts, OFF!, La Dispute, Title Fight, Fucked Up, Head Wound City, Dwarves, King Khan and BBQ Show, Benjamin Booker, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Nothing, together PANGEA, Power Trip, Joanna Gruesome, American Sharks, and Future Death.
You can buy three-day weekend passes for $199 and something called the Ultimate Smooth Pass (which kinda sounds disturbing, sorry) for $450 at funfunfunfest.com.
• Fun Fun Fun Fest: http://funfunfunfest.com
1. Hyperdub has just dropped a zip of eight tracks from Dean Blunt.
2. The collection is titled Babyfather.
3. Hyperdub says it’s of unreleased music from 2014.
4. We’ve heard some of the tracks before, like “Son” and “War Report.”
5. But they all sound fucking great. (No surprise.)
6. Grab the zip here.
03. BLOW 2
04. RACHEL CUT
05. WAR REPORT
• Dean Blunt: https://www.youtube.com/user/pollyjacobsen/videos
Super cool music/art/film duo Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard are back with another documentary of another musical visionary. The pair received a BAFTA nomination last year for their fact/fiction-melding Nick Cave doc 20,000 Days on Earth. Their latest venture is Who Is Gil Scott-Heron?. I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: it’s about the beloved, late Gil Scott-Heron.
Perhaps the bigger secret comes in the form of a question: “How can I actually view Who Is Gil Scott-Heron??” The flick is getting a limited release across North America in late May/early June. Angelenos can catch the doc at the Regent Theatre starting May 28; Portland, OR people can go to the Hollywood Theater starting June 4; Burlington, VT residents can find it at Merrill’s Roxy Cinema on June 12; and Bellingham, WA fans can attend screenings starting June 14 at the Pickford Film Center. For the rest of you, watch a clip from the film on Gil Scott-Heron’s website, which is also where you can check back to see if the film is coming to your town. More screenings will be announced throughout the summer. Attendees will get a download card for a free copy of Mr. Scott-Heron’s latest release, Nothing New.
• Gil Scott-Heron: http://gilscottheron.net
Alex “Omar” Smith and Omar Harper a.k.a. Omar-S and OB Ignitt, two Detroit dance music veterans, will drop their second collaborative 12-inch EP The 90’s Evolution of What it Was through Harper’s year-old label OBONIT (pronounced OB On It!) in late June. The three-tracker follows Wayne County Hill Cop’s (Part 2), which was released through Omar-S’s label FXHE in 2012. In the interim, Ignitt, to shorten it as such, has dropped a number of solo EPs through FXHE, including Oh Jabba, which, given the vibe of the title-track, seems to be a loving tribute to the late Hutt. However, on closer inspection, the record’s artwork reveals a distorted face — Harper’s — warped onto Han Solo’s body, further revealing that the OH over Han’s head is actually the artist’s initials. “Jabba,” in accordance, is placed over Jabba’s head. You just have to appreciate this.
In an interview with Juno Plus, Ignitt revealed that he and Omar-S go back almost 20 years to when they were both street-racing. Their real names are both Omar, and they were both producing similar music at the time, so they hit it off. Their artistic collaboration is a much more recent development, even though Ignitt has been producing since 1992 and not just dance music. Apparently, he’s worked with R. Kelly, Keith Sweat, Jodeci, and Salt-N-Pepa. In 2007, Omar-S released one of the most lauded Resident Advisor's 5/5 review (though we got one guy calling it "a lil flacid IMO").
Knowing this, I think you're ready to listen to the samples of The 90's Evolution of What it Was over at Juno Records. You can sign up for a release alert there, too, so you can get a jump when the record comes out. Finally, check out this amazing video for their last collaboration, "Wayne County Hill Cop's [Original Mix]."
The 90's Evolution of What it Was tracklist:
01. Seem Like Y’all Ready
02. Fellow Me
03. Hold The Line
“Uncharted” isn’t a misnomer, as it turns out. And regardless of whether or not Vancouverite (but Colombia-born) Daniel Rincon intended the name as a direct commentary on his haughty deviation from the norms of electronic music, his upcoming debut album as NAP acknowledges subgenres seemingly the way a house cat acknowledges your extended hand: “Hm, that smells nice, now let me get the fuck on with it.” The cat then proceeds to go about his independently-minded business with a subconscious appreciation for the odors that inspired, attacking birds and creating amorphous tracks using the “cheapest guitar pedals, grooveboxes, and synths” available. How exactly does Rincon do it given his feline inability to handle tools?!
Uncharted will be available on cassette and via digital download July 7, courtesy of 1080p. Let me emphasize the fact that there’s definitely a recognizable house and/or IDM influence on some of the tracks, but it remains elusive, almost indifferent. Geographically proximal artists Jesse Creed (The Passenger) and Sophie Sweetland (D. Tiffany, who also has an affiliation with 1080p) helped out with the production.
Here’s a track:
01. Urban Fare
02. Don’t Forget The Records
04. Scorpio Moon
06. Soul Divine
09. Contra III
• 1080p: http://1080pcollection.net
Sweet, sweet Mike Cooper has just leaned in through my bedroom window to whisper his plans to continue efforts to make me feel as if I have gone to the beach without getting wet. Thank you, Mike. Thank you. Your albums White Shadows in the South Seas and Rayon Hula have done everything but embed the soft Pacific sand into the numerous folds in my aging skin. I am sure that your recently announced Fratello Mare album, as it is of a piece with your “continuing ode to the Pacific, its people, and the traditions that have flowed from that part of the world,” is planned to do just as much if not more, correct? Smashing!
Yes, Mike, please lean a bit closer through the wooden frame that separates the inside of my home from the out; you are always welcome here, friend. Of course, I would love to inform the people that Fratello Mare is named for the 1975 Folco Quilici film and that it will be out July 31 on Lawrence English’s Room40 imprint. Am I safe in assuming that it will combine the lovely tones of your lap steel playing with an array of additional instrumentation, percussion, and field recordings made during your travels to South East Asia and the Caribbean? I am? Wonderful!
Yes, yes, please do lean a little closer, but watch out for the exposed nail on the corner there. And what is this strange device you’ve pulled from the depths of your pocket? A smart phone? Why yes, I would love to watch a video you’ve made for “Fratello Mare” on it with you. And yes, Mr. Cooper, in light of your illustrious and prolific 50-year long career as a professional musician, I would be thrilled to copy and paste the embed code so that our readers might as well gaze upon the video below. Do you find that amenable? Splendid!
Pre-order the album here.
Fratello Mare tracklist:
01. On Passing Bamboo
02. A House in Bali
03. Summer Without Waves
04. Street Beneath the Beach
05. Of Palm and Reef
06. Fratello Mare
07. Notes from My Pacific Log
08. Secret Mexican Beach
09. A Cinnamon Peeler
10. New Gamelan
11. Complicated Sky
First of all, if you’ve never seen this adorable Disney movie The Apple Dumpling Gang, you should do your funny bones a huge favor and check it out IMMEDIATELY. It’s got Don Knots. It’s got Tim Conway. It’s got shotguns. It’s DELIGHTFUL. Period.
Okay, but after (and ONLY after!) you’ve done that and are thoroughly laughed-out, you should do yourself a smaller secondary favor, I guess, and pay due attention to the fact that singer/songwriter Emmett Kelly’s appreciably less-adorable shamble-folk project The Cairo Gang will be releasing a new album on Drag City imprint God? Records on June 23. It’s called Goes Missing, and it “was written in-between places, on the run, recorded in a variety of rooms, almost entirely by Kelly himself with help on a few songs from players such as Marc Riordan (drums) and Joshua Abrams (bass).” And heck, that sounds at least SOMEWHAT on par with the lovable hijinx and endearing camaraderie of the Apple Dumpling Gang! But if you’re (understandably) unsure about that claim, you can check out what the PR people assure me is the “catchy first single,” “Ice Fishing”, down below. OR, you can also catch the whole band (gang?) on tour this fall.
Will these cool Cairo Gang-related goings on exceed, defy, surpass, and completely redefine your expectations the way only a Walt Disney Picture can? Almost certainly not. But… hey, decently cool stuff nonetheless. And besides, let’s face it: everything can’t just be fantastic and amazing 100% of the time, can it? (Oh, by the way: this news post was brought to you by Walt Disney Pictures.)
Goes Missing tracklisting:
01. An Angel, A Wizard
02. Be What You Are
04. She Don’t Want You
06. Gangsters Holding Hands
07. A Heart Like Yours
08. Some Other Time
09. Ice Fishing
10. The Open Sky
11. So What? Who Cares?
Cairo Gang tour dates:
09.05.15 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios $
09.07.15 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret $
09.10.15 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club $
09.11.15 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon $
09.12.15 - Ames, IA - Maximum Ames Music Festival $
09.14.15 - Cleveland, OH @-Happy Dog #$
09.15.15 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place #
09.16.15 - Toronto, ON - Adelaide Hall #$
09.17.15 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal at Fairmount #$
09.18.15 - Allston, MA - Great Scott #$
09.20.15 - Woodstock, NY - Bearsville Theater #$
09.22.15 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall #$
09.26.15 - Portsmouth, NH - 3S Artspace $
09.27.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s $
$ Mikal Cronin
# Calvin Love