Alexander Moskos’ Drainolith plans new Hysteria LP on NNA Tapes, out June 2

What are you doing on June 2? Will you be experiencing “exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement,” perhaps even among a group of people? Or maybe you’ve got it penciled into the old datebook that you’ll spend your time working through a psychological disorder that is “not now regarded as a single definite condition” and that “has a controversial history as it was formerly recorded as a disease specific to women.” If you answered ‘yes’ to any of my above Dictionary quotes then you’re prepared for the new Drainolith LP coming from NNA Tapes on June 2. You see, the album is called Hysteria which, based on your affirmative responses, is precisely what you’ve got on the docket for your early June. It is your destiny.

Drainolith, of course, is the solo project of Alexander Moskos, formerly of AIDS Wolf (formerly) and Dan’l Boone (currently). If you’re into low creepy croons over wonky sounds made by dudes with super cool “noise pedigrees” and produced by other dudes with similarly cool “noise pedigrees” (viz. Nate Young and Neil Hagerty), then you’re going to want to trace over your penciled-in calendar date with pen, because Hysteria is right up your alley, and it’s coming straight for you, and oh my god is that a knife?!

Just kidding. No knives here, only press releases saying things like: “With guitar and voice at the core, the additional instrumentation on ‘Hysteria’ is the bizarre glue that binds it all together, using the palette of electronics, keys, and haphazardly triggered beats and percussion in an intensely layered fashion to ensure maximum disorientation.” Sounds like my kind of party! Be on the lookout, because the album’s first single “No Name (Dany Kane’s Blues)” is reportedly planning to jump into the passenger seat of your car at a stop light some time in the very near future.

Hysteria tracklist:

01. No Name (Dany Kane’s Blues)
02. Inside and Outside (Bog’s Blues)
03. Kix
04. Same Whip Same Damage (Borderline Blues)
05. UAV
06. Joy Road

• Drainolith: https://www.facebook.com/Drainolith
• NNA Tapes: http://nnatapes.com

Hausu Mountain announces new tape batch featuring Roped Off and Jeremy Bible vs. Mousecop, out March 31

Uh oh. I thought I was alone on this rooftop. Turns out I’m not. Turns out Hausu Mountain (a label run in part by TMT writer Mukqs) is up here, stalking around, hocking tapes, yelling into a megaphone about “batches of tapes” as if tapes were cookies. (What was I expecting? It’s happened before.) Lemme post up behind this here AC unit and I’ll offer up a summary of what it is that’s streaming forth.

Ok. So turns out Hausu Mountain’s got two new tapes slotted to come out the end of this month, March 31 to be exact. The first one’s from Roped Off, and it’s called Are Waiting for Your Challenge!!. “Who is Roped Off?” you ask. Oh you know, just Mike Haley and Dave Doyen from everybody’s fave tape podcast (and TMT collaborator, and Hausu Mountain coverer) Tabs Out. It’s two side-long live jams mixing up modular synth sounds with “vintage 8-bit textures.” Slam “This is a Story of True Victory” into your ear canal below.

The second tape is Jeremy Bible vs. Mousecop and it’s a collaborative release from, you got it, Jeremy Bible and Mousecop. Bible is the Ohio-based founder of Experimedia, and Curt Brown and Joshua Novak of Mousecop run Rubber City Noise in Akron. Sputtering percussion, wobbly synth attacks, and wails of guitar (I think it’s guitar?!) keep on trying to swallow each other all at once across the length of this one. Peep an excerpt of “Initiation Well” from the tape below. You can grab both releases, either individually or as a package deal, from the Hausu Mountain web store right here.

• Jeremy Bible: http://jeremybible.com
• Mousecop: http://rubbercitynoise.com
• Hausu Mountain: http://www.hausumountain.com

Klassik releases SUMMER EP before summer, but all is forgiven

Milwaukee-based rapper/singer/produce Klassik has been releasing a very nice series of EPs based on the seasons. He’s got winter and spring covered, with summer out right now as we speak. Yes, it’s not summer yet, but if you wanna be on the cutting edge, you gotta stay one season ahead.

Klassik, you know, he’s opened for Kendrick Lamar, Talib Kweli, Ludacris, he’s won a couple area awards, and he’s been noted as an artist “to watch.” Klassik’s ear for melody falls somewhere in the lineage of Robert Glasper, and his vocal parts are diverse and playful in the vein of Mos Def. He’s pretty undeniably talented and surely just at the start of a good career, so why don’t you check out the fella’s material?? The SUMMER EP features production from himself, Vincent VanGREAT, and fellow Milwaukeeans Group of the Altos, as well as a feature from B~Free.

Here’s SUMMER, below:

• Klassik: http://www.iamklassik.com

Shabazz Palaces announce world tour, give us the 411 on what the heck Europe’s been up to!

Gosh, what are they doing over there in Europe? I. Just. Don’t. Know. News outlets are useless. Oh sure, they report “current events” and “stories” and what not, but I live by two rules. Rule one: believe in only what you can see with your own eyes. I can’t see Europe, not from where I’m standing. If I look outside, I just see some trees and a fence and then the fence blocks my view, obstructing Europe.

Rule two: if you can’t see something, let Shabazz Palaces be your eyes. I don’t believe you, I don’t believe your mother, I don’t believe your father, and I certainly don’t believe your idiot kids. Unless someone in Shabazz Palaces is your mother/father/child, because I believe in Shabazz Palaces. As I see it, the only way to know what’s up in Europe is to get Shabazz Palaces to go over there, play a string of dates, come back to the US, and give us the scoop. So thank the wraith that they’re doing exactly that, in the form of headlining shows, festivals, and opening sets for Flying Lotus. They also have a number of American dates planned, before you go ahead and get jealous, Western Hemisphere. Sorry, we’re the hothead hemisphere.

Last year, Shabazz Palaces put out their sophomore record, Lese Majesty. Watch a video from that record’s “Forerunner Foray” below and lose your mind.

Shabazz Palaces dates:

04.03.15 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Palladium *
04.05.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel ^
04.11.15 - Grenoble, France- Le Belle Electrique
04.15.15 - St Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
04.16.15 - Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik
04.17.15 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Kino Siska
04.18.15 - Milan, Italy - Elita Festival
04.19.15 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
04.24.15 - Braga, Portugal - GNRation
04.25.15 - Paris, France - Le Trianon &
04.26.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Cirque Royal &
04.29.15 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street &
04.30.15 - Manchester, UK - Academy &
05.01.15 - London, UK - Brixton Academy &
05.02.15 - The Hague, Netherlands - Rewire Festival
05.29.15 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
06.01.15 - Ravenna, Italy - Beaches Brew Festival
06.04.15 - Minneapolis, MN - First Line Music Cafe
06.05.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Club
06.06.15 - Iowa City, IA - The Englert Theatre
06.07.15 - Chicago, IL - The Shrine
06.08.15 - Kalamazoo, MI - Bell’s Brewery
06.10.15 - Lakewood, OH - Mahall’s 20 Lanes
06.12.15 - Louisville, KY - Haymarket Whiskey Bar
06.14.15 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06.26-28.15 - North Adams, MA - Solid Sound Music & Arts Festival
06.04.15 - Newark, NJ - Military Park

* TV on the Radio
& Flying Lotus
^ Genius

[Photo: Beowulf Sheehan]

• Shabazz Palaces: http://www.shabazzpalaces.com
• Sub Pop: https://www.subpop.com

Animal Collective’s Avey Tare and Geologist drop New Psycho Actives Vol. 1, featuring 30 minutes of new material

As we wait for the follow-up to Centipede Hz, which was released nearly three years ago (nine, in internet years), Animal Collective are keeping the strawberry jams coming via solo projects. Earlier this year, we saw/heard/tweeted about the release of Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, and now we have nearly 30 minutes of more new solo material, this time via a free digital split between Avey Tare and Geologist called. It’s called New Psycho Actives Vol. 1, and according to the band, it was released in “honor of snow on the equinox yesterday.” But I like to think it had something to do with the long lines at SXSW, even though that makes no sense. Weird!

Check out New Psycho Actives Vol. 1 here:

• Animal Collective: http://myanimalhome.net

RIP: A.J. Pero, Twisted Sister drummer

From CNN:

A.J. Pero, a longtime drummer for the metal band Twisted Sister, has died, the band posted on its Facebook page.

“The members of Twisted Sister are profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of our brother, AJ Pero,” said the post. “The band, crew and most importantly the family of AJ Pero thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time.”

Pero was 55.

The drummer died Friday, according to a tweet from Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider.

The cause of death was not released.

Pero joined Twisted Sister, best known for its 1984 song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and accompanying comedic video, in 1982. Though he left for a time in 1987 to join another band, he reunited with Twisted Sister in the 1990s and was with the band for the past 12 years, according to Loudwire.com.

• A.J. Pero: http://ajpero.com
• Twisted Sister: http://www.twistedsister.com

ATP recruit the Chapman Brothers, Max Richter, Holly Herndon, Blanck Mass, and more for a UK holiday camp revival

Especially if you aren’t in the UK, the volume of ATP-sponsored events around the world might’ve caused you to overlook an announcement made almost two years ago, in which the London-based organization formally declared an end to the holiday camp events that had served as a forerunner to the marked success enjoyed today. A desire to increase ATP’s focus on a “growing schedule of city and international based events” was the paraphrased explanation offered by founder Barry Hogan at the time, so naturally, with a goal like that, who would’ve expected a somewhat hasty return to the British countryside? We’re all music-loving heathens traversing concrete now!

Except, you know, not, since ATP has just announced the renewal of their holiday camp series, set to take place in a brand new location! ATP 2.0 Nightmare Before Christmas will occur November 27-29 at Prestatyn Pontins in North Wales and will feature the following artists: Max Richer performing The Blue Notebooks, The Notwist performing Neon Golden, The Album Leaf performing In a Safe Place, Holly Herndon, Death, Blanck Mass, Iceage, and more. Visual artists Jake and Dinos Chapman will also be renewing their curative role after handling those duties more than a decade ago.

Supposedly Prestatyn is a lovely spot, filled with laughing and playing and children handing you recently bloomed daffodils…

• All Tomorrow’s Parties: http://www.atpfestival.com

Feingold announces new album Nuff Zang, wants you to experience kenshō through techno

Adam Feingold, the Montreal-born producer you may remember from 2014’s genre-bending EP Apron, has announced Nuff Zang, his first full-length album, to be released by 1080p. Feingold has described his new album as a “record for the whole self,” where he sets aside the fervent experimentation of his previous work, looking for new textural and emotional registers in the combination of energetic dance music and zoned-out electronic pieces. Indeed, the eight tracks comprising Nuff Zang suggest a more holistic approach to the genre-crossing manners some critics refer to as “power ambient”; the result is an album for you to dance your way to satori.

Yet, Nuff Zang does not bring an entirely new stylistic veneer to Feingold’s work: the mixes he put out via Temple Records already hinted at a dance floor-ready music that didn’t scoff at trance detours. The album’s novelty comes in how balanced and mutually sustaining these two strands appear. Feingold achieves this objective at times, putting classic house inflections (“Don’t Fuck with My Chi”) next to introspective tracks (“Night of Scorpio,” “Zang”), but more often than not, seamlessly pulling out meditative segments in the middle of jaunty techno beats (“Palo Santo,” “Back to Earth,” “Reflex”).

Nuff Zang is out on April 21, via 1080p.

Nuff Zang tracklisting:
01. Night of Scorpio
02. Palo Santo
03. Peace, God
04. Back To Earth
05. Reflex
06. Don’t Fuck With My Chi
07. Zang
08. Offering

• Adam Feingold: https://soundcloud.com/adamfeingold
• 1080p: http://1080pcollection.net/

Death Grips stream final album Jenny Death

  
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Listen:

The Powers That B is out in physical form on March 31.

Jenny Death tracklist:

01. I Break Mirrors with My Face in the United States
02. Inanimate Sensation
03. Turned Off
04. Why a Bitch Gotta Lie
05. PSS PSS
06. The Powers That B
07. Beyond Alive
08. Centuries of Damn
09. On GP
10. Death Grips 2.0

• Death Grips: http://thirdworlds.net
• Harvest: http://www.harvestrecords.com

DANGERDOOM return… to reissue their debut The Mouse and the Mask

Way back in 2004, MF DOOM was riding high on the back of his excellent Madlib collaboration Madvillainy while a relatively unknown producer who called himself Danger Mouse had just blown people’s minds with the landmark “mashup” album The Grey Album, which fused Jay-Z’s Black Album acapellas with samples lifted from The Beatles’ White Album. 2005 was the year the planets aligned to see those two join forces and create DANGERDOOM, releasing a pretty amazing album called The Mouse and The Mask. 2005, that’s about… ten years ago now.

If you read that brief summary and were all like “yeah, whatever, I know about that album, it’s was awesome,” then you’re in luck, because Lex Records is re-releasing the record on vinyl.

If, however, you read that brief summary and were all like “whoa, that sounds incredible, how did I not know about that dream team collaboration?” then you are also in luck, because Lex Records is re-releasing the record on vinyl.

The only thing that makes this win/win situation even more winning (shout out to Charlie Sheen circa 2011) is the fact that Lex will be not only re-releasing the record but using the original deluxe artwork put together by EHQuestionmark, which uses fancy translucent plastics and layers forming a pattern that looks like a Rorschach test, while “the inner sleeves, visible through the outer at first glance pattern based on an Ishihara test, but inside the circles in the pattern are tiny icons depicting a different disasters — climate change, acid rain, holy war, nuclear leaks.”

So yeah, totally awesome artwork probably worth the price of admission alone, notwithstanding the fantastic wax featuring DOOM raps, Danger Mouse production, and guest spots from Cee Lo Green, Talib Kweli, Ghostface Killah, and the cast of Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

You can get your pre-order here.

• DOOM: https://www.facebook.com/mfdoom
• Danger Mouse: http://www.dangermousesite.com
• Lex: http://lexprojects.com