Animal Collective and Vashti Bunyan’s Prospect Hummer EP is finally coming to vinyl, the freakiest, folkiest music format of them all
Remember back in the day when things were… simpler? I sure do. It was ca. 2005. McDonald’s served Big Macs instead of oatmeal bowls and frappe coffee drinks. Social networking consisted of trolling through that MySpace bulletin board thing they had. Gasoline was plentiful and practically free with your Big Mac. And good ol’ Animal Collective sounded almost nothing like they do now. Instead, they strummed acoustic guitars and sang about cats and rabbits and stuff (it sounded better than it reads on paper). Ahh, if only there was a way to get back to that magical place.
Well, luckily, now there kinda is. In CONSUMERISM form! FatCat Records has announced that, on May 26, it’ll be re-releasing Prospect Hummer, the freaky-folky 2005 collaboration EP that paired AnCo up with the enticingly reclusive folk music veteran Vashti Bunyan (who was herself just stepping back into the indie rock-pale limelight at the time). AND! They’re putting the thing out on freaky, folky 12-inch vinyl to mark the occasion. Woohoo! Personally, I can’t wait to momentarily escape the hideous and uncomfortable present moment for a while. See you there? Big Macs are on me.
Prospect Hummer tracklisting:
A1. It’s You
A2. Prospect Hummer
B1. Baleen Sample
B2. I Remember Learning How To Dive
Present-day EDM scenes are not, at least occasionally, without a prominent sense of vapid commercialism; would you have guessed that a decade before Tiësto arrived on the scene and subsequently appeared on posters doubling as advertisements for GQ, clandestine event planners were literally getting beaten with baseball bats for infringing on the territory of other electronic shows, which were otherwise actively broken up in the absence of police “connects”?
New York DJ Frank Mitchell a.k.a. Frankie Bones can attest to all of this by virtue of his early-90s involvement and essential MCing of the city’s Storm Raves, which are generally considered, alongside comparable scenes in Detroit, the beginning of (and foundation for) American underground raves. Inspired by an absurdly well-attended show in England in 1989, and initially buoyed by the consumption of an unfamiliar pill, Bones conducted these raves for a year-and-a-half period until December 1992. Moby, Richie Hawtin, and Adam X (Adam Mitchell, Bones’s brother) were among those who contributed tunes to the secret warehouse furor during that time.
And now we’re dealing with a temporary revival! If shows taking place at marked locations are a turn-off for you, look forward to the first Storm Rave event in 22 years, set to take place May 16 at an as-yet unspecified warehouse in NYC. Adam X, Heather Heart, Lenny Dee, Rob Gee, and Frankie Bones himself are on the bill, and you can purchase your tickets here (even though it might seem antithetical to how things originally went).
“Psst, y’all got any more of dem techno shows?”
• Frankie Bones: https://www.facebook.com/DJFRANKIEBONES
Primitives is the upcoming debut album of Stefan Jós, the project of Montréal-based musician and video artist Devon Hansen (Lotide, D.Hansen). The album — mastered by Miles Whittaker (Demdike Stare) and mastercut by Andreras [Lupo] Lubich — will be available on LP/CD/MP3 May 18 in Europe and the US (May 16 in Japan) via Tokyo-based sister labels Flau and Raum
Primitives comes after two recent EPs: one split, one solo. The split (with Austin Cesear) was called We Live Here and was released via TMT favorite Opal Tapes. It was a small deviation from Hansen’s work under D.Hansen; in fact, with its percussion-driven experiments filling space with echoes and pots & pans sometimes creeping in at nothing more than a murmur, it could have just as easily been cataloged under that name instead of Stefan Jós. The split was followed by Things You Left Behind, Stefan Jós’s solo EP, which came out two months ago as the first release on on Flau’s new 12-inch subdivision, Raum. The four-track EP tapered We Live Here down to a crisp, supple platform independent of fillers.
This latter aesthetic is proudly displayed in Primitives’s first single is “Grotto Erotica.” While holding more of a crunch than the rest of Primitives, “Grotto Erotica” hosts a call-and-response of dungeonesque leaks and groans over a deep house swell, like a ship being rowed toward ramming speed. Check out the track here:
01. An Introduction To Entomology
02. Trouble In The Common
03. Smack (Again)
04. Watching Them Feed
07. Grotto Erotica
08. Vandal Eyes
* CD only
“Gunna eat that stage up like lobster and foie gras.”
– GFOTY, philosopher
‘Member when we recently ‘nnounced PC Music and SOPHIE’s appearance at Red Bull Music Academy NY? And ‘member it was enigmatically called Pop Cube? Wow, you do? You actually read this piece of shit website?? Cool, thanks! Anyway, turns out Pop Cube is the new “mass media network” from PC Music and SOPHIE, and it will debut May 8 at RBMA NY. Details are fuzzy, but Pop Cube currently has a website up, which includes a link to an APPEARANCE RELEASE FORM AND VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT PDF that mentions stuff like “Pop Cube Entertainment News,” Dux Content’s “Jungle Jam” (a children’s TV show), and basically turns you into A. G. Cook or something. I don’t know, read it!
In addition to the launch of Pop Cube, the participants in the RBMA event have been announced. I will be listing the participants in this paragraph. So, without further ado, here are those participants: QT, Hannah Diamond, GFOTY, SOPHIE, A. G. Cook, and Danny L Harle.
A second round of tickets for the May 8 event go on sale this Friday at 10 AM EST. More info here.
From The New York Times:
Percy Sledge, the R&B singer whose soulful ballad of eternal love and rejection, “When a Man Loves a Woman,” topped the charts in 1966, died on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, La. He was 74.
His death was confirmed by Artists International Management, which represented him. Mr. Sledge had liver cancer, for which he underwent surgery in 2014, Mark Lyman, his agent and manager, said. […]
At the time of writing, it’s rather telling that the second result of a Google search for “Dommengang” is a prior news article that we wrote, announcing the NYC band’s signage to the Chicago-based Thrill Jockey earlier this year. I don’t want to discount the possibility of internet wave-making via that article, but it seems the more likely explanation, given the band’s present absence from encyclopedic sites like Discogs is… brand spanking newness! Contrary to numerous other cases, Dommengang are releasing their debut album without a preceding EP or single that would otherwise create buzz and give our ears time to adjust. Yep, no lube. They’re just shoving it in there!
Everybody’s Boogie is the album they’re shoving in our respective media players on May 19, and for the purposes of offering mild acquaintance with the band itself, you should know that they’ve previously and reliably backed Emil Amos’s Holy Sons project, while frontman Sig Wilson has also played as a member of Castanets and Scout Niblett. Brian Markham and Adam Bulgasem round out the Dommengang trio, who are apparently really trying to justify the motel/muscle car imagery present on the album cover.
Falling firmly in the category of crazy psych blues boogie jangalang:
Everybody’s Boogie tracklisting:
01. Everybody’s Boogie
02. Hats Off To Magic
03. Slow Hat
04. Her Blues
05. Wild In The Street Blues
06. Extra Slim Boogie
07. Burning Off The Years
08. Have Luck Will Travel
10. Lost My Way
Drake unveils tour dates with Future, physical release for If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late; hopefully if YOU’RE reading this, it ISN’T too late
Man. Stupid internet! I thought the whole POINT of you was so that I wouldn’t have to stay on top of anything and could always just look stuff up later! But no. Now that everything is all instantaneous and world-wide and shit, it turns out that I’ve REALLY GOTTA PAY ATTENTION, or I miss tons of stuff! Like a few months ago, when Drake surpise-released an entire new album exclusively on iTunes entitled If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, I was at a funeral that day and didn’t check my internets until way later in the night, and I almost missed the whole thing! Thanks A LOT, Aunt Sally. :(
Well, better not try leaving your computer screen to go about your miserable day-to-day life again any time soon, readers, because that sort of shit just keeps happening. Drake just hopped on Twitter today to casually announce a string of tour dates that he’ll be embarking upon this spring and summer with his bud Future opening up several of the dates.
And not only that, but apparently he’s also going to be releasing a physical version of If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late on April 21! That’s like, practically tomorrow! According to ye olde Billboard Magazine, it’s being called a “collector’s edition.” Which I guess probably means that there’s some swag involved? Or maybe it just means that it’s literally “collectible.” I don’t know, but I DO know that I’m terrified of leaving this spot in front of my computer any time soon in case something else Drake-related gets casually “dropped” while I’m casually dropping a shit or whatever, so… let’s see how long I can hold in all this coffee and giant bowl of Brussels sprouts.
Listen to “My Side” below, one of two bonus tracks off the physical version;
04.19.15 - Indio, CA - Coachella
05.17.15 - Houston, TX - Houston Arena Theater
05.24.15 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center *
05.27.15 - Detroit, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills *
05.29.15 - Chicago, IL - United Center/All State Arena *
05.31.15 - Montreal, Quebec - Bell Centre *
06.02.15 - Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre *
06.05.15 - New York, NY - Governors Ball Music Festival *
07.03.15 - London, England - Finsbury Park
08.07.15 - Squamish, British Columbia - Logger Sports Grounds
High Wolf a.k.a. [redacted] has gotten himself into a bit of a bind. On the one hand, he’s admitted to toying with the idea of abandoning music propagation (but not music itself) for reasons unexpounded, and on the other, there are the emotional and spiritual ramifications of doing so, in which fans would uniformly pile out onto the street and do the opposite of what High Wolf actually wants them to do — love and enjoy! Renegade police officers have justifiably been a source of communal strife over the past several months, but I’m worried what a High Wolf commercial retirement would mean for the integrity of local storefronts. Please, High Wolf, for the grand sake of our collective mental well-being, do what you’re planning to do, which is to release the brand new album Growing Wild June 8 via LEAVING!
There’s really not much information on Growing Wild, but if you’ve been an ardent listener across the French resident’s discography, then you probably appreciate the lack of a need for one. Unembellished psychedelia and international influences have been the continual threads, even if the label backing has been more of a patchwork (Not Not Fun did the honors in 2013).
Check our review of High Wolf’s last album, Kairos: Chronos, here, and listen to a track off the new one below:
Growing Wild tracklisting:
01. Wild At Heart
02. Girls, Amen
04. Savage Beasts Be Wise
05. Life Don’t Care
07. Exploratory Impatience
The Fibonacci Sequence is a mathematical concept in which each number is equal to the two numbers preceding it in the sequence. It looks like this: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55… and so on and so on for infinity.
The Helio Sequence is an indie rock band from Beaverton, Oregon. The Helio Sequence Sequence is a mathematical concept that lays out the band’s upcoming US tour dates, beginning in proper in June, aside from a pair of dates in April and May. It looks like this: 4.14, 5.16, 6.03, 6.04…and so on and so on until the tour ends close to July.
The Helio Sequence have a new self-titled album coming out May 18 (May 19 worldwide) through Sub Pop. That ain’t got shit to do with math. That’s just information.
The Helio Sequence dates:
04.14.15 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
05.16.15 - Everett, WA - Fisherman Village Music Festival
06.03.15 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
06.04.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
06.05.15 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
06.06.15 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar
06.08.15 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
06.09.15 - Austin, TX - Red 7
06.10.15 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
06.11.15 - New Orleans, LA - Gassa Gassa
06.12.15 - Birmingham, AL - The Saturn
06.13.15 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
06.14.15 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
06.16.15 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
06.17.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
06.18.15 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
06.19.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
06.20.15 - Allstonn, MA - Brighton Music Hall
06.21.15 - Hamden, CT - Outerspace Ballroom
06.23.15 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
06.24.15 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
06.25.15 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
06.26.15 - Madison, WI - The Frequency
06.27.15 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
Since 2012, pornocore pioneer Kool Keith has given you three Total Orgasms. The only catch was you couldn’t really have these Orgasms, because they were only available in digital form. But soon Kool Keith is going to physically give you all three Total Orgasms, allowing you to feel and experience them all at once, one after the other in immediate succession, or with a few smokes in between. The point is, however you want to reach Total Orgasm 1, 2, and 3, in less than one month from today, you will be able to actually physically have them, for just $17.99 plus tax and shipping.
Produced predominantly by #1 producer Kool Keith himself, the Total Orgasm 3CD Box Set comes out May 12 via Fat Beats and Junkadelic Music and features additional production by frequent collaborators DJ Junkaz Lou and Big Sche Eastwood, as well as a full lineup of stunt cocks, including AG (of D.I.T.C.), U-God (of Wu-Tang Clan), Prince Metropolis Unknown, Kid Middi Clazz Clown, and more. It also comes packed with a Kool Keith-stamped condom. (No, we’re not kidding.) Unfortunately, it does not come with a wet suit, which you’ll probably want to slip into by the time you and your partner get to Total Orgasm 3. Because things can get splashy… because of squirting… Sex Style!
Pre-orders are available now via Fat Beats.