The members of Battles are unadulterated foodies!
And with that, we have reason to totally disregard the straightforward explanation for Tyondai Braxton’s departure five years ago, because even though most people would accept that international tours can be exhausting and perhaps a repetitive enterprise, it’s even easier to realize the rift that a disemboweling love for food can have between people who don’t share the same dietary worldview. Clearly Tyondai was or is more conservative with his daily carb intake, while Dave Konopka, Ian Williams, and John Stanier bathe in ice cream and use bubble gum as object adhesives in lieu of “normal” things like pockets. It really is way easier if you just slap your car keys to your abdomen as opposed to having to dig.
But breakfast foods! Those are at least partially the subject of the recently announced Battles album La Di Da Di, going entirely by the album cover, as well as the track “Flora > Fauna,” which suggests a secret veggie fandom. The album’s out September 18 on Warp, and even though it’s been a cool four years since Gloss Drop, there’s no reason to predict a qualitative decline. A “mushrooming monolith of repetition” is the phrase used by a press release, though it’s unclear whether that’s a musical reference or a nod to chosen recent pizza toppings.
Dates in support have also been revealed! Check those out below.
La Di Da Di tracklisting:
01. The Yabba
02. Dot Net
03. FF Bada
04. Summer Simmer
05. Cacio e Pepe
07. Dot Com
08. Tyne Wear
11. Flora > Fauna
12. Luu Le
09.15.15 - County Laois, Ireland - Electric Picnic
09.07.15 - Prague, Czech Republic - Stimul Festival
09.10.15 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch
09.30.15 - Boston, MA - Paradise
10.01.15 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s
10.02.15 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10.03.15 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
10.06.15 - Vancouver, BC - Imperial
10.07.15 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
10.09.15 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
10.11.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent
10.13.15 - Dallas, TX - Trees
10.14.15 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
10.15.15 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
10.16.15 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
10.17.15 - Nashville, TN - Exit In
10.18.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.19.15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.20.15 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10.23.15 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2
10.24.15 - Bristol, UK - Simple Things
10.25.15 - Glasgow, UK - ABC 1
10.28.15 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
10.29.15 - Lille, France - Le Grand Mix
10.30.15 - Paris, France - PItchfork
10.31.15 - Frankfurt, Germany - Zoom
11.02.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
11.03.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
11.04.15 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
11.06.15 - Torino, Italy - Club2Club
11.07.15 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves
Lil B and Chance The Rapper announce collaboration through Instagram, sandwiched between shots of dogs and dinners
Studies show that 90% of Instagram photos are either of a dog or a fancy dinner or a dog eating a fancy dinner. But 90% of Instagram users aren’t Chance The Rapper and Lil B, because that makes no sense mathematically. In any case, Lil B recently got together with Chance to make a “based freestyle album” and then announced it via his Instagram. Chance did the same through his Instagram, in case you were worried this was some sort of Based World flight of fancy.
Further details on the album are scarce. So scarce, in fact, that none exist. No release date, no tracklist, not a single thing to tell you. Entirely possible that the album may never see release, but hopefully that will not be the case. Chance The Rapper most recently put out Surf, as part of Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment, earlier this year. Lil B most recently put out Ultimate Bitch last year, but it is entirely possible that, by the time of this publication, he has dropped a 94-track mixtape themed around, say, the OJ Simpson trial.
Anyone plotting the trajectory of folk troubador Ryley Walker would know his axis is way higher than 45 degrees at the moment. With his much fancied Primrose Green record but a few months old and bootlegs of his ever-evolving live show solidifying his solid gold standard, it’s hard to not imagine Walker dressed as Midas and touching loads of random objects in 2015.
The Whistler in Chicago is now planning to redecorate its crib in gold following a Ryley Walker residency in January, which culminated in a weekly folk freak-out jam with other Chicago musicians like Bill MacKay (Darts and Arrows). The venue/label was prudent enough to commit it all to tape for the world’s listening pleasure in the form of an album called Land of Plenty, which will be available on August 14.
Promising to be an instrumental album that will “run the gamut from fingerstyle ballads to psychedelic waltzes and raga-inspired blues,” Land of Plenty has no tracklist at the moment, but you can sample a slice below while you pretend to be Freud and interpret the cover art and what it says about the collaborative pair.
Approaching the 10th anniversary of the label, Planet Mu founder and head Mike Paradinas waxed equivocal on the advent of MP3 sharing in an interview back in 2004. The decline of physical mediums certainly meant a loss of revenue at the time, Paradinas explained, but the downsides of that were qualified by the fact that discovering new music is a pleasure rivaled only by a cool ocean breeze traveling up your bare human exterior. An additional 10 years later and Planet Mu has solidified itself as a premier independent propagator of electronic music, despite or because of the new digital landscape. From his early and influential work as µ-Ziq to the label’s more recent footwork excursions, Paradinas has been a stalwart for music lovers everywhere. Through breakcore and thin, you could say!
So naturally this warrants celebration. Coming September 4 is the whopping release of a gargantuan 20th anniversary package, partially comprised of three CDs, which are themselves filled with 50 tracks of remixes and unreleased work spanning Planet Mu’s two-decade long history. Acclaimed artists like Kuedo, RP Boo, Machinedrum, Venetian Snares, Ital Tek, and Boxcutter are all featured, and the music is backed by a 100-page book telling the story of Planet Mu, written by Rory Gibb of The Quietus. But you only get that if you want it.
Those weirdly overwhelmed by the amount of content have the option of purchasing a two-CD version of µ20 without the book. You’ll be tacitly admitting a mild illiteracy in the process, but at least you’ll undoubtedly hear some new Mu gems. Ah, that’s brisk.
Go here for the full µ20 tracklisting. Paradinas is where?!
• Planet Mu: http://www.planet.mu
You know that movie Once, where Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová wander around Dublin with wide, perhaps loving-in-a-non-platonic-way eyes and end up in a Dublin recording studio and make musical love then return to the dawning Dublin sun and feel totally spiritualized about music and life and love and all that?
Well, Girl Band have just laid down their first album in their home town of Dublin, and I’m guessing that the process was exactly like what happened in Once, provided that you switch Hansard & Irglová for a series of obscure guitar pedals and that final scene where everyone’s happy for a shot of Girl Band with bloodied knuckles, tinnitus, and a raging urge to strangle puppies.
You can do an A/B comparison when Girl Band release their debut record Holding Hands with Jamie on September 25 via Rough Trade Records. In the meantime, here’s a sampler of what went down in the studio.
Holding Hands with Jamie
02. Pears for Lunch
04. In Plastic
06. The Last Riddler
07. Texting an Alien
08. Fucking Butter
09. The Witch Doctor
[Photo: Mark McGuinness]
Get that hype-machine a-rousin’, because Animal Collective just finished the recording sessions for their new, yet-to-be-officially-announced album. According to Complex, L.A.’s EastWest Studios gave word via their Instagram with a cute pic captioned: “Today Animal Collective finished recording their new album in Studio 3. [☺️] we are so proud of them and this Album, can’t wait to hear it!!! Cheers!” The post seems to be deleted now, though. What are these men trying to hide?
Back in March, Noah Lennox (Panda Bear) spoke with BBC Radio 6 DJ Laura Laverne, saying, as quoted by Stereogum, “I think it’s safe to say that some time this year we’ll record.” Good call. Perhaps… too good? That interview seems to be gone, too. I hope there’s a conspiracy.
I also hope this new album is great! Check out the vid for “Today’s Supernatural” off their last record Centipede Hz.
• Animal Collective: http://animalcollective.org
Astutely, a press release from Ba Da Bing! commented on our elongated expectations for Natural Snow Buildings, wherein anyone familiar with the French drone duo can hardly see an end whenever we press play on one of their 20+ albums. It’s secretly okay, then, that so many of their releases come in numbered editions that would barely satisfy the possessive desires of your average hippie commune; can you imagine the ramifications of consuming their entire discography all at once? You begin spontaneously with the more-or-less six-hour long Daughter of Darkness (recently reissued), and before you know it, the view from your window is crowded with flying cars and an unfamiliar flag representing America’s recently established world dominion. And Solange Gularte is still singing through your headphones!
45 minutes is how uniquely “short” their upcoming album Terror’s Horns is, and conceivably Gularte and Mehdi Ameziane are just obliging requests for “quickie” meditative sessions. Last year’s The Night Country was slightly longer at an hour and twenty minutes, but that album served as additional proof that stringed and otherwise beauty isn’t necessarily tied to a crazy overall duration.
Terror’s Horns is out September 1. The first 32 purchasers get a limited-edition print made by Gularte, while those mail ordering the “special edition” will get an entirely different album called The Ladder as a bonus. Here’s a track prefacing the entirely reasonable amount of sitting time:
• Ba Da Bing!: http://www.badabingrecords.com
Look, I know Shamir’s been outside of Las Vegas before. I know this. He’s played shows in other cities before. He’s been to other cities in other contexts, too. But Shamir is going on his first full North American tour this September, and I would love for someone who has only seen Las Vegas to see the rest of North America’s cities, shocked to find that these other cities aren’t covered in neon.
Of course, I also know not all of Las Vegas is covered in neon either. We’re getting further and further from the truth here, huh? Let’s center this with some simple facts. Shamir’s touring schedule includes stops at Chicago’s Pitchfork Fest, Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest, Mexico City’s Corona Capital Festival, and Life Is Beautiful in his Vegas hometown. Recently, the songwriter — who released Ratchet earlier this year — was on Watch What Happens Live for Bravo and this video where he plays Jenga with Mac DeMarco for Complex. In October, he’ll support electro group Years & Years on their UK tour. These are facts. These are facts. These are true.
07.18.15 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
09.22.15 - San Diego, CA - Irenic
09.23.15 - Santa Ana, CA - Observatory (Constellation Room)
09.25.15 - Las Vegas, NV - Life Is Beautiful Festival
09.26.15 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
09.28.15 - Portland, OR - Star Theatre
09.29.15 - Vancouver BC - Fortune Sound Club
09.30.15 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
10.03.15 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake
10.05.15 - Kansas City, MO - Tank Room
10.07.15 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
10.08.15 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10.09.15 - Columbus, OH - Basement
11.07.15 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Festival
11.10.15 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl
11.13.15 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
11.14.15 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
11.16.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11.17.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11.18.15 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair
11.19.15 - Montreal, QC - Fairmount Theatre
11.20.15 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
11.22.15 - Mexico City, MX - Corona Capital Festival
• Shamir: https://www.facebook.com/Shamir326
After a series of reunion shows this past year, everybody loves The Replacements again. (As they rightly should.) Cool dads AND their prepubescent cool offspring can both wear their same flannel shirts together, as they sing along to the songs that helped put Minneapolis on the punk rock map in the 1980s. Touching, right?
And now, thanks to Rhino, they can enjoy this beautiful family bonding time, as they listen to a new limited edition 4LP collection called The Replacements: The Twin/Tone Years on Vinyl. Featuring the band’s first three studio LPS (Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash, Hootenanny, and Let It Be) plus the Stink EP, this whole glorious deal hits stores on August 11 as part of Record Store Day’s Vinyl Tuesday.
“What about those other LPs?” you’re probably asking. Well, never fear, because Rhino wants to make some money off of them, too! (JK, Rhino — love ya!) Later this year, you’ll be able to pick up a vinyl boxed set featuring The Replacements 1985-1990 Sire Records output.
James Elkington and Nathan Salsburg reunite for another round of acoustic guitar duets for Paradise of Bachelors
Sometimes all you need for a rocking good time is an acoustic guitar; just ask that guy at the campsite who takes requests and then proceeds to ignore your request and play “Wonderwall” ad infinitum.
Two acoustic gun-slingers who definitely know more than the Oasis standards are Nathan Salsburg (who spends his spare time curating the Alan Lomax Archives) and James Elkington (who you’ll recognize as that guitarist who has recently stood on stage with some people you may have heard of, like Jeff Tweedy, Steve Gunn, and Richard Thompson). The pair quietly rocked our socks off back in 2011 when they released an album of guitar duets called Avos.
The Salsburg/ Elkington guitar alliance has now returned with another album of guitar duets called Ambsace, which Paradise of Bachelors will release on September 18. The label describes the album as “a sublime suite of nimble, filigreed compositions,” which is composed of originals and a few covers, including tracks by The Smiths and Duke Ellington.
We can confirm that Ambsace will not feature an acoustic rendering of “Wonderwall” and that the pair currently have no plans to record such a thing.
Here is the opening track “Up of Stairs.”
A1. Up of Stairs
A2. Invention #4
A3. Dim Recollection
A4. The Narrowing of Grey Park
A5. The Unhaunted Williams
A7. Reel Around the Fountain
B1. Great Big God of Hands
B2. Fleurette Africaine
B3. Bee’s Thing
B4. Rough Purr
B5. Stern and Earnest
B6. Slow Train