Thievery Corporation’s latter albums have escaped my attention due to a lack of prominent buzz, but if memory serves me rightly, the DC-based duo initially earned a following due to a unique genetic mutation. Their speech, along with everything they hear, has a literal delay effect. So it happened that it wasn’t their intent to essentially put the “trip” in “trip-hop” — that’s just the perspective they were endowed with!
For instance, when LouLou Ghelichkhani was recruited for the track “Le Monde” on Thievery’s wonderful album The Mirror Conspiracy, the digital recording of her vocals revealed their true form; then Rob Garza was all “WTF?” and started patching in a bunch of shit until things started to sound “normal.” So describes the method underlying all of Thievery’s work, and so explains their total disinterest in going to the Grand Canyon for the sake of hearing one another yell, like, completely normally.
Saudade, their next full-length album set for release April 1, might see a diminishing of that mutation. It’s said to be their first record devoted entirely to the bossa nova sound that initially brought Garza and Eric Hilton together on a collaborative level, and which can appreciated relatively easily throughout much of their discography. Separately, Thievery’s affinity for creating studio fire hazards continues, as the album features more than a dozen guest musicians, including the aforementioned LouLou, Federico Aubele, U.N.K.L.E. drummer Michael Lowery, and more. Summarizing, Garza notes, “It’s a bit of a departure for us, but at the same time these are our roots, this is what brought us together. It’s us coming full circle from electronic music back to something organic before we move on to our next chapter.” Distinctly Thievery nonetheless:
Ende Tymes Festival IV to feature such noisey, shrill, and disagreeable names as Kevin Drumm, Pedestrian Deposit, Phill Niblock, Pete Swanson, Hiroshi Hasegawa
Hey you; TMT reader-guy! Yeah you. You like a good noise festival, don’t you? Sure you do. I mean, you sure did last year, anyway. Hell, you even liked reading about a good noise festival last year. So what would be different about this year? Yeah. Fuckin’ nothing, that’s what.
Or. Well… okay, I guess the line-up. That shit’s totally different, actually. According to East Village Radio, anyway. Yeah, it’s all still called Ende Tymes. Only this time, it’s Ende Tymes 4, and it’s got over 30 noise guys coming at you from outta nowhere, including Kevin Drumm, Pete Swanson, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Phill Niblock, Telecult Powers, Damion Romero, Pedestrian Deposit, and others.
Either way, check the linkage below for more info and the complete lineup and whatnot. Actually, no. You know what? You’re a loyal TMT reader and noise fan, so you don’t even have to do that. Here it is (don’t tell anyone I hooked you up like this, though):
Ende Tymes IV
Hiroshi Hasegawa (Astro / CCCC)
Bastard Noise & SICKNESS
MV Carbon & Bill Nace
Marcia Bassett & Samara Lubelski
Pete Swanson & Jefre Cantu
Ursula Scherrer & Bruce Andrews
Dog Lady Island
Mincemeat or Tenspeed
• Ende Tymes Festival: http://halfnormal.com/endetymes
In much of the world, it is winter. Endless, bone-chilling, frost-covered, intensely isolating winter. All vibrant outdoor life is dead, entombed in ice. Yet humankind struggles on, yearning for mulled wine and warm soup and crackling fires. But Dalhous ain’t gonna give you that shit, humankind. Dalhous are gonna give you MORE WINTER. Hyperwinter. All up in your ears.
And naturally, Blackest Ever Black is gonna bring it to you, on Dalhous’ forthcoming EP, Visibility Is a Trap, due April 7. The Edinburgh duo’s EP contains four original tracks, plus a Regis remix of Dalhous’ “He Was Human and Belonged with Humans.” The EP serves as a glimpse into the future release of the band’s summer release, Will to Be Well; both releases showcase writer/producer Marc Dall’s fascination with Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laig, self-help, and the anti-psychiatry movement. Fun stuff!
Visibility Is a Trap will be available as a 12-inch and digital download, with pre-orders available here and an audio preview below. The duo will perform at the LAPSUS festival in Barcelona in April, and at a church in London on May 22.
Visibility Is a Trap tracklisting:
01. Active Discovering
02. Information Is Forever
03. Sight of Hirta
04. A Change of Attitude
05. He Was Human and Belonged with Humans (Regis Version)
04.05.14 - Barcelona, Spain - LAPSUS Festival
05.22.14 - London, UK - St.-John-at-Hackney Church
• Dalhous: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dalhous/166534330152827
• Blackest Ever Black: http://blackesteverblack.bigcartel.com
Paco de Lucia, the influential Spanish guitarist who vastly expanded the international audience for flamenco and merged it with other musical styles, died suddenly on Wednesday of a heart attack in Mexico.
The 66-year-old virtuoso, as happy playing seemingly impossible syncopated flamenco rhythms as he was improvising jazz or classical guitar, helped to legitimize flamenco in Spain itself at a time when it was shunned by the mainstream.
“I learned the guitar like a child learns to speak,” the guitarist said in a 2012 documentary.
Born Francisco Sanchez Gomez, he became famous in the 1970s after recording bestselling album “Entre Dos Aguas”, becoming the first flamenco musician to perform at Madrid’s opera house Teatro Real in 1975.
Paco’s albums such as “El Duende Flamenco de Paco de Lucia” and “Almoraima” reinvented traditional flamenco.
He toured extensively with well known international artists and played with the likes of Carlos Santana and Al Di Meola, happy to expand flamenco rhythms into jazz, although that upset flamenco purists.
“It has been said, and rightly so, that Paco de Lucia has never been surpassed by anyone and guitar playing today would not be understood without his revolutionary figure,” Spain’s arts association SGAE said in a statement.
• Paco de Lucía: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paco_de_Luc%C3%ADa
copeland unveils full-length solo album Because I’m Worth It, to be self-released in May. Let’s get emotional about this together, yeah??
Because it’s, like, completely obvious that (ex-Inga, ex-capital C) copeland is a totally fussy, emotionless, mathematical-minded, hi-fi perfectionist, we can’t be surprised that it’s taken her this long to unveil a full-fledged solo album. I mean, she’s known around the music world for releasing such clean, polished pop statements as 2012’s Black is Beautiful (TMT Review) with fellow ascetic Dean Blunt for a reason, folks. You think clean, polished gems of copeland’s caliber just, like, kinda sluice through all willy-nilly on shitty old 4-track recorders or something? Sheesh…
Wait, what? Oh, THAT copeland!
Uh, in that case: never mind all that. Just know this: copeland has announced she’ll be self-releasing her debut full-length album of real-as-hell emotional dub-rap, entitled Because I’m Worth It this May (cover art above), so GET READY TO WEEP AND DANCE simultaneously. The thing was “written, produced and recorded by copeland at Stroomi Rand, except ‘advice to young girls’ and ambient keyboard on ‘l’oreal,’ produced & recorded by copeland and Actress at Werk Haus.” Okay! “vocals throughout by copeland. Mixed and mastered by Amir Shoat.”
“Sold!” right? Well, in case you’re not, here’s a lyric that she shared with us:
spill a tear and then you cry for ldn
is it the kinda place you’d die for?
how does it feel to be lied to?
but then again what’s a girl to do?
Come ON, folks! Are we all weeping? Are we all dancing? Good.
Because I’m Worth It tracklisting:
01. Faith OG X
02. advice to young girls (w/ Actress)
03. insult 2 injury
05. Fit 1
• copeland: https://www.youtube.com/user/copeland657
Brian Eno is known for many things. Ambient 1. Ambient 2. Ambient 4. Apollo. (No Pussyfooting). My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. Viva la Vida. Karl Hyde is known for just a few things. Underworld.
The Crystal Method. “Block Rockin’ Beats”. Orbital. The Prodigy. “Bittersweet Symphony”. The Verve Pipe. Trompe le Monde.
Together they are Brian Eno & Karl Hyde, a new Discogs entry and musical partnership that has already produced a website and nine songs worthy of release on Warp Records. But you can’t hear any of them yet!! Someday World will be out on May 6 as a 2xLP, CD, and digital folder, plus a limited 2xCD with four bonus tracks, so just be thankful for that.
The collaboration is the result of a “big collection of ‘beginnings’” from Eno being hammered into something “more than just ‘experiments’” by Hyde, inspired by the architecture of cities built on hills, “beautiful because the buildings have a challenge to adapt to.” Eno and Hyde were supported on these sessions by a slew of other musicians, including Tessa Angus, Nell Catchpole, Marianna Champion, Will Champion, Kasia Daszykowska, Don E., Darla Eno, Georgia Gibson, Andy Mackay, John Reynolds, and Chris Vatalaro, all Discogs entries in their own right. Check the Eno/Hyde website in the near future for a first sip from that collaborative nectar.
Someday World tracklist:
01. The Satellites
02. Daddy’s Car
03. A Man Wakes Up
05. Strip It Down
06. Mother of a Dog
07. Who Rings the Bell
08. When I Built This World
09. To Us All
01. Big Band Song
02. Brazil 3
04. Titian Bekh
Problem: you got laid off. Solution: get on a boat. Problem: the dude you like stopped returning your phone calls. Solution: get on a boat. Problem: rent’s due and you still haven’t finished paying rent from the beginning of last month. Solution: get on a mothafuckin’ boat!!!!! See? We make so many things into such big deals, when really the solution is so simple — just get on a boat. (Okay, maybe the solution to some of these is “get a better job” and not “spend more money,” but hey, I’m not your mom.) Just imagine the sky-blue waters, the clouds reflected in the gently rising waves, the salty sea breeze as it caresses your skin. Ahhhhhh.
Now imagine that boat with freakin’ Major Lazer on it! And Diplo! Flosstradamus! Riff Raff! And so much more! That’s the magic of the Mad Decent Boat Party, setting sail for the Bahamas from November 12-16. This is Mad Decent’s first-ever cruise event, and they’ve partnered with Atlanta’s Sixthman, the org behind the Weezer and… Kid Rock boat parties. THERE WAS A KID ROCK BOAT PARTY, Y’ALL. Who knew? The Norwegian Cruise Line ship voyage starts in Miami, with stops in Nassau and a private company-owned island, where together with Diplo, you’ll hunt The Most Dangerous Game. (But what’s really important is that this boat has 13 bars. THIRTEEN BARS! Plus a casino and a bunch of pools.) Just think! You can swim in the same heavily chlorinated waters where Kid Rock fans conceived children!
The dream becomes reality when the general public gets dibs on this thing February 27. You can watch the weird trailer below and check out the full line-up on the event website.
Constellation film features rare performances from Matana Roberts, Do Make Say Think, Carla Bozulich, and more, in a strange and unconquered land…
Sure, Godspeed You! Black Emperor might’ve illuminated the Montreal-based Constellation inside your mental galaxy to begin with, but is it necessary to point out the extended credits that (generalization incoming) have made an enduring spectacle out of theoretical anarchy, apocalypse, and/or widespread downtroddenness? Maybe a little bit: it’s been nearly five years since Other Truths (TMT Review), but Do Make Say Think have apparently been working on a new full-length (according to the uncited, inerrant word of Wikipedia), and Evangelista’s reigning “art-punk heroin” Carla Bozulich has a new solo album Boy out next week. Turns out, through total coincidence, the two aforementioned acts are among a handful featured on a Constellation-focused documentary, crafted by La Blogothèque and set for streaming, well, now!
To get a better sense, it might be necessary to consider “documentary” as a term loosely-defined. Two years ago, La Blogothèque was invited by Viennale, the Vienna International Film Festival, to film around the Austrian capital. And like an exclusive partygoer taking liberties with the +1, Directors François Clos and Thomas Lallier opted to bring along Constellation artists Matana Roberts, Do Make Say Think, Mike Moya of Hrsta, Hangedup, Elfin Saddle, Eric Chenaux, and Carla Bozulich for the sake of showcasing their music in an “unknown place,” “far away from stage.” And We Made The Room Shine reportedly consists of eight “stripped-down performances” in the city. Also around this time: the celebration of 15 years since Constellation’s inception.
So really, it’s not a documentary at all, but a super artistic label dedication, of sorts! I guess! Could be cool!
As one does, James Ferraro — he of last year’s NYC, HELL 3:00 AM (TMT Review) — will soon be presenting a brand-new exhibit at New York’s MoMA PS1 between March 23 and June 13. It’s called 100%, and is made up of three different parts entitled Saint Prius, Dubai Dream Tone, and Eco-Savage Suite.
The whole thing seems basically designed around the notion that maybe vaporwave and vaporwavey-type music is kind of like a wild animal that we’ve been holding in captivity for all this time and that maybe all it wants is to return to its natural habitat like Free Willy in the popular whale film Free Willy. I mean, Saint Prius is a composition that Ferraro put together to act as hold music for the museum’s phone system, Dubai Dream Tone will play in the museum’s elevators, and Eco-Savage Suite is a collection of ringtones available on the museum’s website. Can you ever really go home though? I mean, I think the real Free Willy died once he was free. And I also think maybe vaporwave is already dead? This is all very confusing, which is why I’m pretty sure it’s art.
Anyhow, Ferraro says that, “Stylistically, 100% sounds fake, ethno-ambiguous, New Age, plastic, and readymade. It’s like a fake indoor rain forest in Dubai’s international airport with the most advanced systems to create sustainable ecologies and habitats.” The whole deal is designed to highlight moments where the “sonic backdrop of the 21st-century global city” breaks down into dissonance or distortion. You want to read more about the exhibit and also make the guys down in IT think the history on your work computer is pretty damn cultured? Click here, brother. You want to hear a track that will almost definitely be included in this exhibit? Check out that YouTube video below:
The elusive Gobby: known but unknown, appreciated as a resident of Harlem, but scarcely recognized in public due to an admirable preference for staying inside and nursing his larval offspring — and, apparently, for dabbling in the particular art of hellish marionette, realized through situational comedy. A spoiler preface: remove any expectation of a surprise Seinfeld appearance, in which he theoretically remarks in familiar tone, “What’s the deal with demonic roommates?” No no, just appreciate the subtle commentary on human-devil parallels, and enjoy the music perfectly suited for the absurdity of it all. That, at least, seems to be one thing that you can expect from the semi-anonymous producer. Pack it up, philosophers.
Those who listened to Gobby’s Fashion Lady full-length (TMT Review) or his Lantern EP (TMT Review) and had an overwhelming preference for the general style of either (as relatively distinct as they were), well, uh, too bad, I guess. Or if you’re like me and you lay awake at night pondering the physical benefits of kneecap eyes (if any), relish the unpredictability of it all! Per FACT, Gobby will be releasing Wakng Thrst for Seeping Banhee on UNO NYC next month, and if the two unveiled tracks serve as representation, it’ll excel at playful haunting, in the non-wimpy-Casper sense, of course. The specified tone doesn’t really lend to juke or “ass techno,” but creative sample use and a general sense of abstraction, I’m guessing, would allow you to guess at the artist, if you hadn’t already been briefed beforehand.
Something about this Gobby character makes me happy.
Wakng Thrst for Seeping Banhee tracklisting:
01. Season 1 Episode 5
02. Red Seal
03. Friday Spiralhead
08. Kill Dog Because Hungry
10. Season 1 Episode 6
11. Message from John
13. Like If You Pee on the Side of the Bowl
14. The Beautay
17. Pay Fonrew Shii
18. Snitchy Baluga
19. Lil Pizza Face feat. Lil Big Tymer
21. Seky Petii
[Photo: Stephanie Kimberly]