An optimism overrides as you reach into your pocket for a mythical wad of cash, but what are the contents of your hand as you pull back out? Lint and a few paper clips, adequately welded to your palm by a questionable clear adhesive. Hopes of a fantastic summer adventure out of state or out of country immediately come crashing down with the realization that, unlike sea turtles, who are uniquely equipped to indulge their migrational impulses without financial hindrance, you’re fucking broke, so the best you can do is a weekend trip to the Nipple Convention held in the basement of Uncle Mike’s Areolaplasty downtown. If only hygienic vagabonds had a unique alternative…
Probably not his sole intent, sound artist Francisco López has been taking us around the world for some 400+ releases now. His newest one, titled with traditional indistinctness, is Untitled #300, set for release April 13 in an edition of 400 (100 green & blue LPs and 300 “crystal clear” LPs), courtesy of TAIGA. They have the whole, relatively short story here, but the noteworthy part is that the release was recorded along the Moroccan-Algerian border with hydrophone and contact mics capturing the seagulls and sea creatures with whom some of us have longed to physically frolic. This may be the next best thing.
Here’s the first part of an earlier work, as López and “field recordings” gradually approach synonym status:
Chris Cooper (Caroliner) and Bhob Rainey (nmperign) collaborate as Prants, release Shaker Meet Lead Donut
Who is Prants? Is it a typo? Are we talking about Pants? But no, it’s no typo; it’s a duo, a collection of two humans doing a thing together! Prants features two TMT favorites, Bhob Rainey (of nmperign, The BSC, and so on) and Chris Cooper (Angst Hase Pfeffer Naser, Caroliner, Fat Worm of Error), making sounds together. They’ve got a new cassette containing the sounds they’ve made together and recorded, and it’s called Shaker Meet Lead Donut. It’s available now on Bandcamp and from Notice Recordings.
Marked by what the press materials call a “structured impulsiveness,” the two sides of the limited tape (only 100 copies out there!) zip and buzz in all sorts of jagged directions. The second piece, entitled “Igotu Otius,” features contributions from Mary Lattimore and Jesse Sparhawk on harps, June Bender on viola, Eric Coyne on cello, and Matt Stein on contrabass. It also credits “various” with “dry ice.” I don’t know exactly how that works, but I’m into it. If you’re familiar with Rainey’s free-improv maybe-kinda-sorta-possibly jazz work or with Cooper’s sound-stacking whack-attacks, then you can probably form at least a tentative notion of what you’re in for, but no slouching! And even so, since I imagine you like clicking play buttons and going on new musical adventures, I’ve included the Bandcamp embed below.
Hot Shaker Meet Lead Donut tracklist:
01. Vapor Viper
02. Igotu Otius
Last year, Sacred Bones Records, home to all things dark and post-punky, released their first archival anthology: Killed by Deathrock, a collection of obscure (mostly) European deathrock acts. That album expanded the catalogue-wide reissues the label has been devoting to French coldwave deviants Trop Tard and British goth-rock overlords 13th Chime and Vex. But Sacred Bone’s latest archival foray combines both projects, with a reissue of one of deathrock’s finest debut albums, Part 1’s Funeral Parade. Members of London’s early-80s anarcho-punk scene, alongside Crass, Amebix, and Rudi Peni, Part 1 were very likely deathrock’s patient zero. The group’s 1982 debut EP, Funeral Parade, was originally released in an edition of 300 on their own label, and it’s been extraordinarily hard to get. The EP is Part 1’s sole vinyl release, given how they preferred the DIY-friendly tape format.
Part 1 broke up in 1983, after releasing a demo LP and a live album on cassette, but they’re in full comeback mode now. In fact, the group will be hitting the US this month to play their first-ever stateside shows. Founding members Mark Ferelli and Jake Baker reactivated the group in 2013, with the help of Oi Polloi’s Chris Low and Adam And the Ant’s David Barnett. They have played a bunch of shows in the UK so far, in what is a new chapter in their career, a sequel to their Anarchy Center-touring days, a continuation of… [must… resist… the pun…]. The point is that Part 1 will be playing a few shows on the East Coast to celebrate the EP’s release. You can check the tour dates below.
Funeral Parade will be available as a remastered 12-inch vinyl in a gatefold sleeve and includes a horror fanzine and unpublished artwork by Ferelli. The EP is out April 14. Stream a sample track here:
Funeral Parade tracklisting
01. Funeral Parade
02. Graveyard Song
06. Funeral Parade (Reprise)
04.17.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus (Rule of Thirds, Survival, Aube, Cheena)
04.18.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus (Anasazi, Pleasure Leftists, Institute)
04.20.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Gooskis (Wrathcobra, Silence)
04.21.15 - Philadelphia, PA - The Boot (Dark Blue, Fuck SS)
04.22.15 - New York, NY - Home Sweet Home (Raw Distractions)
Unsound Festival lands In Toronto with Tim Hecker, Stars of the Lid, Morton Subotnick, and an Olfactory Experience
Do you like festivals? Sure you do. Who doesn’t?!?! All those fringed vests and the one wacky drugged-up guy who’s desperate for attention. People getting mad when you step on their blankets. Well, sorry losers, this festival ain’t that kind of festival. For lo, this festival is Unsound. It was in NYC for four spins ‘round the ol’ earth, and now it’s in Toronto as part of that city’s multiarts festival, Luminato. It’s the same wonderful weirdo extravaganza that goes down in Krakow, Poland every year.
Speaking of weird and wonderful, attendees will get to experience the Unsound-produced Ephemera project, a show that combines the sweet sounds of Tim Hecker with lighting design by Marcel Weber a.k.a. MFO, plus olfactory art by “conceptual perfumer Geza Schoen.” For your money, you also get a bit of Stars of the Lid, Morton Subotnick doing his 1967 release Silver Apples of the Moon, Robert Henke making lazers and sounds under the name Lumiere II, Helena Hauff, Atom™ and Robin Fox’s Double Vision, Ben Frost, and more.
The whole thing goes down June 19-20.
• Unsound: http://www.unsound.pl
There’s potentially a whole heap of biographing and gushing prose regarding this one, but lemme say this for simplicity’s sake: over here at TMT we quite like James Blake, and we quite like Frank Ocean. Done? Done.
Now picture this: James Blake announces a short tour, and Frank Ocean tags along to do some guesting (and, hopefully, some singing). Surely not, right? Wrong! Starting tonight, Jimmy B is gonna be gigging in a few locations across England with his usual 1-800 Dinosaur crew — Airhead, Mr Assister, et al. — and one other nom de plume billed as BOYSDONTCRY. That sounds familiar… oh yeah!
Basically, the whole thing sounds kinda rad. Keep them eyes peeled for new albums from both of our tourists; Radio Silence from Blake and an as-yet officially untitled record (though presumably called Boys Don’t Cry) from Frankie, both coming #soon.
04.09.15 - Bristol, UK - Lakota
04.10.15 - Manchester, UK - Roundhouse
04.12.15 - London, UK - TBA
Holodeck co-founder Jonathan Slade has previously been adamant that the Austin-based label doesn’t operate with a particular genre or aesthetic in mind. We, of course, readily accept this notion, but we also noticed that their two newest releases (both of which are forthcoming) harken back to a scene in which people, dressed in black turtlenecks and wearing extravagant eyewear, danced stone-faced under ominous strobe lights. And it’s probably not a coincidence that Marie Davidson and BOAN have recently been playing shows together; their cold-wave styles complement like sequins and feather boas.
And so we’re on to the other “forthcoming” release. The Texas-based BOAN are releasing their debut album Mentiras on June 9, and it certainly doesn’t seem like José Cota (a.k.a. SSLEEPERHOLD) and Mariana Saldaña (formerly of //TENSE//) are keen on giving up their synth appreciation — lucky for us. The duo’s participation in the now-dissolved electronic trio Medio Mutante was an inspiring lo-fi recollection of a style decades past — and who can resist the desire for more Spanish vocals? Down with French tyranny!
Enjoy the title track, por favor:
Remaining dates w/ Marie Davidson:
04.09.15 - Vancouver, BC - Fox Cabaret !
04.10.15 - Portland, OR - Lovecraft @
04.11.15 - Spokane, WA - Mootsy’s #
04.12.15 - Seattle, WA - Kremwerk
04.14.15 - Sacramento, CA - LowBrau
04.15.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Elbo Room
04.19.15 - Tucson, AZ - R Bar %
04.23.15 - Austin, TX - End of an Ear
04.24.15 - Austin, TX - Red 7 (Un Autre Voyage release show) % ^
@ Vice Device
# Mirror Mirror
% SSLEEPERHOLD instead of BOAN
^ Burnt Skull
MIGO! YRN THA TOUR! Alright, it’s not quite that YRN — it’s actually the “Yung Rich Nation” tour, which handily coincides with a brand new clothing line by the same name. Perhaps “Nation” is more marketable? I dunno. Nor do I care. What I do know is that this tour is yet another sign that Migos simply cannot frickin’ stop this year. Of course, you didn’t need me to tell you that, ‘cos these guys are all about that global acclaim (quotes sourced from the press release):
“Migos has an infallible formula” – NPR
“Quavo, Offset and Takeoff are inventive and insanely fluid rappers with some of the most exciting and visceral rap hits of 2014.” – PITCHFORK
“Migos’ output can only be described in one word: prolific.” – STEREOGUM
See? Clearly, you’d be a straight FOOL to dismiss these guys any longer. Catch them on their North American tour with OG Maco (whose eponymous EP just made our first quarter favs <3) to see what all the noise is about. YRN Tha Album is still coming out June 16, so no change there. The party never stops for Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff; it’s up to you to join them in their mission to trap out every damn bando in the USA.
Here’s a vid for lead single “One Time” to tide you over till then:
05.01.15 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
05.03.15 - Oxford, OH - Brick Street
05.04.15 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
05.05.15 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
05.07.15 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
05.08.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
05.09.15 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
05.10.15 - Washington, DC - Filmore
05.11.15 - Baltimore, MA - Soundstage
05.12.15 - Norfolk, VA - Norva
05.13.15 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
05.15.15 - Charlotte, NC - Filmore
05.16.15 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco
05.17.15 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
05.18.15 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
05.19.15 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
05.21.15 - Denver, CO - Ogden
05.22.15 - Salt Lake City, MI - Complex
05.23.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Press Room
05.24.15 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theater
05.26.15 - Santa Ana, CA - Observatory
05.27.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theater
05.28.15 - San Francisco, CA - Regency
Sort of like that movie It Follows (but not really), whenever someone performs a cover song live or records a version of another musician’s song, that songwriter becomes cursed by an evil spirit who transforms into just a normal naked walking person. Someone somewhere must have recently covered an Iron and Wine and Band of Horses song, because the lead crooners of those two bands, Sam Beam and Ben Bridwell, respectively, are releasing their Sing Into My Mouth covers album this summer on Beam’s Black Cricket label and Bridwell’s Brown Records via Caroline.
What will appear to be caring and thoughtful renditions of classics like The Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)” and Them Two’s “Am I a Good Man?” will joyfully masquerade the sense of dread and paranoia surrounding these modern guitar guys. It’s not just a coincidence that Bridwell and Beam complement each other well when harmonizing, but they can both see the demons that are slowly chasing them, a bond unlike any other.
In case you’re slow or just have no idea what grasping-for-straws type of parodying I’m doing here, it’s simple: Beam and Bridwell’s album features a cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “Any Day Woman,” which mean Raitt must now cover a song by another musician or she could potentially be murdered by a malignant spirit. You’re probably thinking, “But isn’t Bonnie Raitt an evil entity of some kind already?” But, come on guys, let’s grow up. To prove they’re alive and well, Bridwell and Beam will play together at the Newport Folk Festival on July 24, MoPop Festival on July 25, and Osheaga in Montreal on July 31.
Sing Into My Mouth tracklisting:
01. This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) (Talking Heads)
02. Done This One Before (Ronnie Lane)
03. Any Day Woman (Bonnie Raitt)
04. You Know Me More Than I Know (John Cale)
05. Bulletproof Soul (Sade)
06. There’s No Way Out of Here (Unicorn)
07. God Knows (You Gotta Give to Get) (El Perro del Mar)
08. The Straight and Narrow (Spiritualized)
09. Magnolia (JJ Cale)
10. Am I a Good Man? (Them Two)
11. Ab’s Song (Marshall Tucker Band)
12. Coyote, My Little Brother (Pete Seeger)
The rumors are true! Drag City has confirmed that Simple Songs is indeed a new Jim O’Rourke album, his first proper solo release since 2009 and first “pop” one since 2001’s Insignificance. It’s not the orchestral pop album we had hypothesized earlier, but it sounds like it’s going to be a good one (not that we’d expect anything different from O’Rourke). From Drag City:
Yes, Simple Songs is an album of songs sung by Jim O’Rourke all the way through! It has been ten years since Jim’s voice rang out from a new album. What Simple Songs sounds like…. At this point, the range of sounds and songs that have turned Jim’s head are numerous enough to have crushed together into something that is unmistakably his-the vast, glossy and glittering O’Rourkian (yes, like Kervorkian) wall of sound. The music’s got OCD quality, played so immaculately by so many instruments, and most of them by the creator’s hand. This time’s really the widest screen yet for Jim’s popular song-style, truly breathtaking! Simple Songs was worked over, from source material to finished mix, for five years or more now. Jim’s writing is kinda rooted in the approach of Insignificance-frosted pop tarts that leave a darkly bitter aftertaste.
Shit, nice writing. Guess we don’t have to review it now!
Anyway, Simple Songs is out May 19 on Drag City. Peep the tracklisting and another preview from the album below.
Simple Songs tracklist:
01. Friends With Benefits
02. That Weekend
03. Half Life Crisis
04. Hotel Blue
05. These Hands
06. Last Year
07. End Of The Road
08. All Your Love
Barron Machat, founder and CEO of Hippos in Tanks, has passed away at the age of 27. News came early this morning via an Instagram post from James Ferraro, as well as tweets from Oneohtrix Point Never, Laurel Halo, Arca, and Tri Angle.
RIP Barron Machat.