It’s starting to look like the only financially feasible way of indulging in a merry-go-round of music-playing is to literally hijack a merry-go-round, disconnect the automatic carousel organ, and invite friends and acquaintances alike to bob on mutant animals to sounds recently deemed “happening” by the roundabout DJ of the moment. The seminal Turntable.fm shuttered a couple of years ago to the expressed serious disappointment of our own Jared Micah (and for reasons that reportedly stemmed from the company’s inability to actually pay artists and survive), and now, a clever and marginally well-received follow-up named plug.dj has shuttered due to financial difficulties. Apparently, the circumvention of royalty-doling-out by requiring users to play songs uploaded to YouTube or SoundCloud still wasn’t enough to keep things in the black…
Sadly, a last-ditch call for donations didn’t do the job either. That was made in a blog post on September 14, and two weeks later, the plug.dj team expressed their appreciation and bid their farewell via identical medium:
In 2012, we set out to make a product for music fans that we knew people would love to connect through. Since its birth, plug.dj has grown into a community of millions that have been on the forefront of musical discovery, with 20,000 new users trying out the service every day. We can’t begin to explain how much fun we’ve had on this adventure with everyone. We’ve made new friends with a worldwide audience, we’ve been introduced to genres we didn’t even know existed, and we’ve wooted more songs than we can count, but sadly it’s time to say goodbye.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get enough support through our subscribers to keep the site running month to month. We’re truly thankful for the donations we received that helped keep the site up until now. If it wasn’t for you, the site would have shut down 3 weeks ago. For the people who are currently subscribed, all active subscriptions will be cancelled today. At 3PM PDT we’ll be shutting our doors.
Thanks again for plugging in. It was a wild party!
Here’s a song I’ve chosen to fit the moment:
• plug.dj: http://blog.plug.dj
Hey detritus fans! Here’s a big, box set-ish slab of news for ya. It seems that big, box set-ish, rock & roll band The Flaming Lips have recently announced the release of Heady Nuggs 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994-1997, which comprises — as you might guess if you’re good at navigating their increasingly goofy strings of rhetoric — a “deluxe 20th Anniversary Box Set edition of [their] globally influential and essential” Clouds Taste Metallic album from 1995.
This hefty thing is coming at us November 27 via Warner Bros. on the typically absurd variety of formats that one would expect of these kinds of hefty things, including 3CD (plus “digital equivalents”) and “numbered, limited edition,” 5LP versions. Disc 1 of the CD version of the set (which is OBVIOUSLY the best way to re-live 1995) will include the original Clouds Taste Metallic album. Disc 2 contains the promo-only compilation Due To High Expectations The Flaming Lips Are Providing Needles For Your Balloons, plus the rarities collection The King Bug Laughs (Oddities and Rarities) (a collection of previously unreleased, promo-only, and compilation-only tracks gathered together and available for the first time ever in one place). And Disc 3 is “a previously unreleased live recording of the band’s club show at Moe’s captured in Seattle on May 10th, 1996.” In addition to all this dang content, the band is also throwing in all sorts of out-of-print t-shirts and posters and other big, box-set-ish rock & roll gewgaws.
Naturally, all these heady nuggs and more are currently available for pre-order right now on the band’s heady, nuggy website. And of course, those intrepid pre-orderers will also receive “a series of instant downloadable tracks at various dates leading up to the release, each a previously unreleased rarity from this collection.” …And possibly some other stuff, too? This is maximalism at its harried, jewel-cased finest, folks. Start massaging your wallets now. You’ll want them good and warmed-up for this.
Heady Nuggs 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994-1997 CD Box set tracklisting:
Disc 1: Clouds Taste Metallic
01. The Abandoned Hospital Ship
02. Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus With Needles
03. Placebo Headwound
04. This Here Giraffe
06. Guy Who Got a Headache and Accidentally Saves the World
07. When You Smile
08. Kim’s Watermelon Gun
09. They Punctured My Yolk
10. Lightning Strikes the Postman
11. Christmas At the Zoo
12. Evil Will Prevail
13. Bad Days (aurally excited version)
Disc 2: Due To High Expectations The Flaming Lips Are Providing Needles For Your Balloons / The King Bug Laughs (Oddities and Rarities)
01. Bad Days
02. Jets Part 2 (My Two Days As An Ambulance Driver)
03. Ice Drummer
04. Put the Waterbug in the Policeman’s Ear
05. Chewin’ the Apple of Yer Eye
06. Chosen One
07. Little Drummer Boy
08. Slow Nerve Action
09. It Was a Very Good Year
10. Sun Arise
11. Life on Mars
12. Ballrooms of Mars
13. Hot Day
14. Nobody Told Me
15. Magician Vs The Headache
16. She Don’t Use Jelly (Live @KJ103)
Disc 3: Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles (Live in Seattle 1996)
01. The Abandoned Hospital Ship
02. Unconsciously Screamin’
03. Take Meta Mars
04. Moth in the Incubator
05. Put the Waterbug in the Policeman’s Ear
06. Lightning Strikes the Postman
07. Bad Days
08. She Don’t Use Jelly
09. Chewin’ the Apple of Yer Eye
10. When You Smile
11. Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus With Needles
12. Love Yer Brain
13. Placebo Headwound
Flaming Lips upcoming tour dates:
10.10.15 - San Diego, CA - CRSSD Festival
10.17.15 - Nashville, TN - SoundHarvest Music Festival
11.07.15 - Dallas, TX - Untapped Festival
01.11.16 - Tauranga, New Zealand - McLaren Valley Music & Arts Festival
I don’t know about you, but for me, after the initial feel-good buzz of the late-summer news that Deerhunter would indeed be releasing their next album Fading Frontier on October 16 wore off, I somehow felt even MORE DEPRESSED than usual. I’m talking serious withdrawal symptoms. I reeeeeally needed another hit. I didn’t care how innocuous. I NEEDED me some Deerhunter hype.
But AHHH, THANK goddamned GOD; no more! Because here comes some now. Sweet relief.
In an interview with Vulture Magazine, head honcho Bradford Cox shared more details concerning the upcoming mindfucking record in the form of a nifty little handdrawn (by the man himself) interactive concept map. The map explores the various influences on the record and such, and in the accompanying interview, Cox also discusses some of those influences in greater detail, as well as some classy opinions on the state of the record industry at-large:
The music industry is a giant shrieking ghost. It means nothing. It never meant much. It’s just an appalling apparition. It has no vitality. How can you expect much from someone who thinks only of profit? They’re simple creatures. I might sound so arrogant. I’m not a socialist in any dogmatic way. I don’t believe that I have the answer. I think [indie-film pioneer] John Cassavetes had the best answer for the creation and distribution of art: Pay for it yourself, do it yourself.
If you pre-order Fading Frontier from the 4AD store, you can get yourself a “free, limited edition screenprint of Bradford’s map.” Sweet! I can feel that nice little buzz rolling over me again already!
Oh, and you can scope out the map down below too. Bam. AND, there’s also a video for another song, “Breaker” down below, too. BAM. AAAND, there’s some tour dates coming up! SHA-ZAM! AH, I’m HIGH AS BALLS on these pinch-doses of Deerhunter news!
Deerhunter fall tour dates:
10.29.15 - Paris, France - Pitchfork Festival
10.30.15 - Brighton, UK - All Saints Church
10.31.15 - Liverpool, UK - Liverpool Music Week
11.01.15 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
11.03.15 - Glasgow, UK - SWG3
11.04.15 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
11.06.15 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
11.07.15 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
11.09.15 - Tourcoing, France - Le Grand Mix
11.10.15 - Reims, France - La Cartonerrie
11.11.15 - Nimes, France - Paloma
11.12.15 - Milan, Italy - Magnolia
11.13.15 - Ravenna, Italy - Bronson
11.14.15 - Geneva, Switzerland - L’usine
11.15.15 - Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik
11.16.15 - Heidelberg, Germany - Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof
11.18.15 - Berlin, Germany - Lido
11.19.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
11.21.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique Orangerie
11.22.15 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who Festival
Yesterday, we caught wind of SOPHIE’s new forthcoming release, Product, which features four previously-released tracks and four new ones. (To clarify, it’s NOT an album, but a series of singles.) Today, we can reveal that Product launches with a store featuring some incredible-looking products. In addition to the usual music formats — CD, digital, vinyl (including beautiful pink and black silicon bubble cases) — the shop includes:
• SILICON PRODUCT (“skin-safe odourless and tastless platinium silicon prodcut” [sex toy])
• JACKET (“liqui-UV transparent plastic soapy puffa jacket”)
• SUNGLASSES (“plastic lenticular sunglasses with graphic lenses”)
• SHOES (“A/B side rubber leather embroidered hard platform shoes with foam bounce”)
Go to SOPHIE’s shop for more information on the products, and pre-order something that you can show off in the club and/or in the bedroom. (Though, it looks like the jacket, sunglasses, and shoes might be sold out already, leading me to wonder if they ever existed in the first place.) Most everything’s out November 27. Order the “silicon product” bundle, and you’ll also get an exclusive “audio track.”
The Berlin-based Argentine duo Mueran Humanos has announced a new album, Miseress, their first since 2011. Famous for their noisy mixture of minimal beats and dark wave-leaning synthwork, here Mueran Humanos hone their industrial inclinations by introducing guitars to their bass-synths-sampler setup for the first time, played by no less than Einstürzende Neubauten’s own guitar-manipulator Jochen Arbeit. Miseress, just their second long-format release, roughly follows the story of a woman going through pretty serious turmoil. Stream the album’s first cut below, which deals precisely with the struggles and redemption of the titular character.
Mueran Humanos was founded in 2006 by Carmen Burguess and Tomás Nochteff, conceived as a multiplatform project involving sound art, video, and installations. Both of them had spent several years heading post-punk acts in Buenos Aires: Mujercitas Terror, in Burguess’ case, and Dios in Nochteff’s, the latter being arguably the most original Argentine band of the 2000s. The dark eccentricity of the two groups merged in Mueran Humanos’ stark-but-heavy industrial sound. Their acclaimed self-titled debut quickly positioned the duo at the forefront of Latin American avant-garde music, thanks to a carefully developed aesthetic, gloomy lyrics, and a highly distinctive sound.
Mueran Humanos are currently signed to ATP’s record label and will play the festival’s Nightmare Before Christmas in the UK this year.
Miseress is out November 27 via ATP Recordings.
It’s been over a year since SOPHIE released the one-two punch of “Lemonade” and “Hard.” While we’ve been tiding ourselves over with his production work for other artists, grainy YouTube vids of new tracks, and remixes here and there, anticipation for new material by the already-influential London producer/materialist/sound fetishist has reached a fever pitch.
Well, the wait is finally over. While there are more exciting announcements to be revealed soon, the cat has been let outta the bag (or was it already outta the bag?) by iTunes, which has revealed a new product by SOPHIE ostensibly called… Product, out November 27 on Numbers. The release compiles two previously 12-inches that SOPHIE has already dropped on Numbers (“Bipp”/”Elle” and “Lemonade”/”Hard”), as well as four new tracks, “MSMSMSM,” “Vyzee,” “L.O.V.E.,” and “Just Like We Never Said Goodbye.”
08. Just Like We Never Said Goodbye
Art’s pretty cool, right? Now just think: what if, instead of just viewing it, you could also LISTEN to it in the comfort of your own home? A revolutionary concept, no doubt. And now you can. With the latest release from Editions Mego, you can listen to the lovely aural compositions of Robin Fox for dance choreographer Stephanie Lake’s A Small Prometheus, which debuted at Melbourne Festival in 2013, within your very own living room/car/cool office with a record player.
Out October 30, this will be Fox’s first Editions Mego release since 2010’s A Handful of Automation. If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring “the themes of combustion and heat dissipating in various physical systems,” well, here’s your chance. Available as a limited-edition vinyl release with six tracks, and as a digital download with two additional works.
01. 3 Phase
02. A Pound of Flesh
03. A Small Prometheus
04. Dark Rain
06. Through Sky
07. Counter Strike (Bonus)
08. Four Lines (Bonus)
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com
Steve Gunn, everyone’s favorite guitarist with the surname Gunn, has had a pretty hectic year since announcing his signing with Matador and embarking on a world tour. While most regular folk would reward themselves for a job well done by going into hibernation and watching tons of YouTube clips until Kwanzaa, Gunn is no ordinary person.
Instead, he’s decided to put on a solo tour through October and November with his likeminded buddies James Elkington and Nathan Salsburg. Then, maybe, it’s couch and YouTube time, though it’s hard to imagine Gunn actually having a fixed abode with said couch on which to crash right now.
The extra-exciting news is that Gunn will be trying out some new tunes from his forthcoming record, though no date or details are set, which is why you ought to get along and hear these tunes for yourself.
10.18.15 - Jersey City, NJ, Monty Hall *
10.22.15 - Philadelphia, PA, First Unitarian Church - Side Chapel #
10.23.15 - Brooklyn, NY, Union Pool #
10.24.15 - Brooklyn, NY, Union Pool #
10.25.15 - Northampton, MA, Iron Horse #
10.26.15 - Burlington, VT, Signal Kitchen #
10.27.15 - Montreal, QC, La Plante #
10.29.15 - Toronto, ON, The Great Hall #
10.30.15 - Detroit, MI, Marble Bar #
10.31.15 - Chicago, IL, Constellation Room #
11.07.15 – Dallas, TX, Untapped Festival
11.08.15 – Austin, TX, Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.19.15 – Woodstock, NY, Bearsville Festival @
* Michael Chapman and Bridget St. John
# James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg
[Photo: Constance Mensh]
• Steve Gunn: http://www.steve-gunn.com
Europe is great! It’s got all the hits: Germany, France, Iceland, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, and the rest. Known space-rock duo White Hills just got back from Europe, and boy are their entire bodies tired. Touring makes you tired, especially when you’re playing ATP Iceland and Copenhagen, the rawest festivals of the land.
So, kick back, White Hills. Have a marg, a foot rub, and put on some Cocteau Twins. Or, heck, listen to your recent album Walks For Motorists. Then, to ease back into the swing of things, play four US dates in November. Here’s to you, White Hills. And here’s those dates. Wink.
White Hills dates:
11.04.15 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
11.05.15 - Chicago, IL - Red Line Tap Room
11.06.15 - Cleveland, OH - The Happy Dog
11.07.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
• White Hills: http://whitehillsmusic.tumblr.com
It’s Friday. Feels like a “cat rap” night to me.
Meow the Jewels tracklist:
01. Meowpurrdy feat. Lil Bub, Maceo, Delonte, Snoop Dogg (Remixed by EL-P)
02. Oh My Darling Don’t Meow (Remixed by Just Blaze)
03. Pawfluffer Night (Remixed by Zola Jesus)
04. Close Your Eyes And Meow To Fluff (Remixed by Geoff Barrow)
05. All Meow Life (Remixed by Nick Hook)
06. Lie, Cheat, Meow (Remixed by Prince Paul)
07. Meowrly (Remixed by BOOTS)
08. Paw Due Respect (Remixed by Blood Diamonds)
09. Snug Again (Remixed by Little Shalimar)
10. Creown (Remixed by The Alchemist)
11. Angelsnuggler (Remixed by Dan The Automator)
12. Creown (BONUS) (Remixed by 3D of Massive Attack)
• Run the Jewels: http://www.runthejewels.net