If you’re like me, you came across rapper Thaiboy Digital when Googling “how do I download a digital Thai boy” on Bing. To my surprise Thaiboy beautifully crafts minimal hip-hop as part of the Gravity Boys from Stockholm, Sweden. Thaiboy Digital’s new mixtape Tiger was recently released, and it’s available to stream on YouTube (or SoundCloud below), download for free on Mediafire, and purchase on iTunes.
I tried to get the album from ThaiTunes on the new ThaiPad I just got. Unfortunately, the ThaiPad has only one app featuring three Pad Thai recipes. That’s it! That’s the last time I pay $500 at the Crapple Store. Luckily, I can still catch the Thaivoy Digital tunes live when he goes on tour with Gravity Boys starting in December, and, hey, maybe you can try some Pad Thai I’ll be making to share with the real fans.
ThaiBoy tour dates:
12.01.14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *^
12.02.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *^
12.03.14 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *^
12.04.14 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade *
12.06.14 - Miami, FL - The Basel Castle
12.08.14 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit *
12.09.14 - Dallas, TX - Trees *
12.10.14 - Austin, TX - Empire Control Room *
12.12.14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom *
12.13.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent *
12.14.14 - San Diego, CA - Porters Pub *
12.15.14 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory *
12.16.14 – San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom *
12.18.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
12.19.14 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre *
12.20.14 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre *
* Gravity Boys (Thaiboy Goon, Ecco2K, Bladee, Whitearmor)
^ Gravity Boys & Goth Money
Remember that band every early-2000s indie act with angular guitars, playing skeletal funk right in the middle of the post-punk revival stole from? Well, the Gang of Four are back! The legendary Leeds quartet, which had reunited in 2004 after several years of inactivity, has announced a new album: What Happens Next. The LP, to come out next February, follows 2011’s Content and is the first of the group’s records since their original vocalist Jon King’s departure. Guitarist Andy Gill, Gang of Four’s sole original member, inducted John ‘Gaoler’ Terry to replace King on vocal duties, but also made sure to invite a few younger, famous singers who happen to be fans of the band: The Kill’s Alison Mosshart, Herbert Grönemeyer, and The Big Pink’s Robbie Furze appear as guest vocalists. You can hear the album’s first cut “Broken Talk,” featuring Mosshart, below.
Though Gang of Four’s profile is a little less salient than fellow post-punk icons’ Joy Division, they easily register among the best-known acts from the era, and never stopped being an influential force in alternative music circles, despite their diminishing creative returns. Their repertoire stretches over half a dozen albums and three decades, but their legacy was cemented very early, thanks to the epochal LP Entertainment!, Gang of Four’s 1979 debut album. Through the 90s, the band’s traces were audible across a strikingly vast spectrum of heirs, encompassing alt-rock staples like R.E.M., Rage Against the Machine, or The Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as more outré acts like post-rock originators Disco Inferno; not to mention how much bands like Franz Ferdinand, The Rapture, Liars, Radio 4, Bloc Party, and many others the NME lumped under the silly post-punk revival tag, borrowed from them.
Gang of Four will support their new album with a world tour; you can check the dates they’ve confirmed so far below. What Happens Next is out on February 24 via Metropolis Records.
11.27.14 - Huddersfield, UK - Holmfirth Picturedome
11.28.14 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
12.17.14 - Lille, France - L’Aeronef
12.18.14 - Fontenay Sous Bois, France - Festival Les Aventuriers
03.03.15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
03.04.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
03.06.15 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
03.07.15 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
03.09.15 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
03.10.15 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
03.12.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
03.13.15 - Chicago, IL - Park West
03.14.15 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
03.15.15 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
03.17.15 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio
03.18.15 - Dallas, TX - Trees
03.23.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
03.24.15 - Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
03.25.15 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
03.28.15 - Santa Ana, CA - Burgerama
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds reissue first four albums, promise further horrors and reissues of seven more albums
“You can never have too much Nick Cave” — Nick Cave
You said it, fabricated quote from Nick Cave! No matter how much Nick Cave (usually a lot) is in the world, it always feels good to have more Nick Cave. On December 16, the world will get a little Nick Cave-ier with the reissue of the following classic Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album: From Her to Eternity, The Firstborn Is Dead, Kicking Against the Pricks, and Your Funeral…My Trial. These reissues follow BMG’s recent acquisition of the Mute Records catalog.
If you’re some kind of Nick Cave superfan (a Cavehead, as they are often known) and this isn’t enough Nick Cave for your world, there are seven more reissues planned for 2015. By the end of the following year, the band’s discography up to their 2001 record No More Shall We Part will have been reissued on 180 gram vinyl for the first time. Each album will also be remastered by former Bad Seed (and founding member) Mick Harvey with artwork reflecting their original releases. Now, is that enough Nick Cave for you, you absolute monster?
Self-titled albums tend to come with an air of significance, don’t they? Well, actually, I’m seeing two possibilities. The first is the case of the debut self-titled album, where artists are possibly trying to play it safe by not using a title that tragically uses the letter “z” to pluralize (as an example). The second is the case of the subsequent self-titled album, where connotations of “I’m not fucking around” attach themselves to the more obvious fact that the artists are putting their name on their work TWICE, so you know they mean business.
Dekorder head Marc Richter a.k.a. Black to Comm is dressed in a suit, holding a clipboard, and looking past his reading glasses at us with the announcement of Black to Comm, a massive double-album out on Type December 8, but streamable in its entirety after my verbal glowing. Those waiting for a genuine sequel to Alphabet 1968 may not have felt it with the vocally inclusive EARTH, but while the latter album was meant for the cinema, Black to Comm was apparently meant for engrossment in any location. The janitor’s closet at the local sperm bank? You just found a reason.
It’s been a while since I’ve heard ambient (I use the term loosely) music this innovative, or vocal samples this not-cliché. Behold the Hamburger:
Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) and Brian Chippendale (Lightning Bolt) share tales of hitting things, announce collaborative LP
Microwave popcorn sure is delicious, but if manufacturers don’t make some noticeable changes, I’m going to announce an official revolt against kernels (plus a mild contempt for colonels for being willfully submissive to the satanic art of homonyms). The popping set about just prior to my movie-watching has my taste buds anticipating, while at the same time, my ears are hoping for a memorable fulfillment of the chaotic rhythms that the ballooning, buttery package only hints at for its minute-and-a-half duration. What’s the alternative? Can I really trust that Orville Redenbacher, Inc. will satisfy my/our desires for post-pop… corn?
Luckily, here’s an unambiguously superior option: drummers Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) and Brian Chippendale (Lightning Bolt, Black Pus) have just revealed a collaborative LP, recorded live at Brooklyn venue Death By Audio (RIP) back in June 2013. You can imagine what the two improvising together must sound like, and it’s almost as if the mental relief offered by punching a punching bag is deemed unnecessary by their respective forcefulness. Haven’t heard the entire thing yet, though.
It’s out December 15 in an edition of 500 “electric blue vinyl with white splatter,” and the release accompanies an intriguing documentary called Checking in at 20 (from Death By Audio Films), which you can watch in full below. Popcorn and I are done, btw.
Brian Chippendale and Greg Saunier LP tracklisting:
01. Side A
02. Side B
Harry Bertoia, who passed in 1978, would be celebrating his 100th birthday on March 10th, 2015. In lieu of an invite from beyond the grave, Important Records has decided to teach us all a thing or too about this birthday boy by selling us a box set of his work!
Bertoia might be best known for his iconic furniture, but his work extended through the arts, including painting and sculpture. These developments evolved naturally into an obsession with the aural nature of his material creations. From 1959-1978 Bertoia built up a massive collection of gongs and sound sculptures in his home, a barn in Pennsylvania. Many of the sculptures that he made were used to create the 11 Sonambient LPs that populated Bertoia’s final creative output.
Important has taken it upon themselves (honorably) to put out a box set that collects 100% of these recordings. The set will include a deeply archival book and be released to coincide with Bertoia’s centennial.
Check out a trailer for the set below, featuring some of Bertoia’s sculptures in action:
Los Angeles’ non-profit, online radio station dublab is hosting another “Proton Drive” fundraiser this season, offering up all sorts of music bundles and other ways to help out the listener-supported organization. As of this writing, the drive has raised more than half of its $25,000 goal, with less than two days left. So go donate: you can give any amount you like, but at $20 you’ll receive a compilation of anonymous electronic music called Ghost Writer and at $50 you’ll get a collection of piano mixes. There are more gifts as you get higher on the donation scale, but the best might be in the $500+ range — a plaque with your name on it, and every digital download that dublab’s ever made.
To get Angelenos in the spirit of giving, local artist Sun Araw has released an official theme song for the drive, a dub collage of filtered guitar and rubbery sub-bass. Respected labels like Friends of Friends, Leaving, Ninja Tune, and Burger have also partnered with dublab for some special online bundles called “Flash Packs,” which they’ve donated to the station so that 100% of proceeds go towards the fund. Check out all the gifts you can buy for your cool friends and family this winter right here. Then stick around to watch some of this week’s special radio shows from Suzanne Kraft, Seano, Silent Servant, Heidi Lawden, and others.
• dublab: http://dublab.com
French electronic producer Rone a.k.a. Erwan Castex has been parterned up with Parisian label InFiné since 2008’s Bora 12-inch. Now, Castex returns with his third LP, Creatures, which will see a release early next year. So far, he’s shared the lead single “Ouija,” which is allegedly inspired by a recent pajama sleepover he had with his closest friends. After a rousing game of Truth or Dare, they lit scented candles and pulled out a ouija board, using it to communicate with spooky spirits. When Rone returned to the studio the next day, he created a spastic hip-hop and IDM cut with a ghostly synth line that just won’t die, damnit. “Ouija” also translates to “Yes Lord” in French, I think.
Creatures drops on February 10 — more tour details for the LP will be announced in the coming months, but in the meantime, check out “Ouija” and a teaser below.
02. Acid Reflux
04. Sing Song
06. Sir Orfeo
09. Calice Texas
11. Quitter La Ville
Touched Music, a UK electronic label that was created to raise money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support, has announced its second charity compilation, Touched Two. This time around, 253 artists have contributed music to the cause, including veteran acts like Orbital, Autechre, 808 State, and Luke Vibert, along with more contemporary artists like Machinedrum and Bibio.
All proceeds from the release will go to charity; last year, the inaugural comp raised almost £7,500, which is a decent chunk of change. Not only that, but the release is solely made up of unreleased material, so it’s definitely worth picking up for fans of IDM, techno, ambient, and experimental styles. Touched Two will drop on November 28 via the label’s Bandcamp — do a good deed for the holiday season and pick it up! In the meantime, check out a more extensive list of the comp’s artists here.
Alex Zhang Hungtai (Dirty Beaches) embraces dry, wintry, scaly skin, releases two songs as Last Lizard
Last we heard from Alex Zhang Hungtai, he was breaking news and our hearts via the dissolution of his long-running project Dirty Beaches, though he promised, via Twitter, “NEW PROJECTS NEW MUSIC COMING SOON 2015” (caps-lock his). Well, here we are a whopping three weeks later, still very much knee-deep in 2014, and Hungtai has gone ahead and dropped some new tunes on us.
Working under the moniker Last Lizard, Hungtai recently shared two new tracks: “Detroit” and “Dickie’s Theme” (listen below). Comprised of nothing more than interweaving sax swells, Hungtai is channeling some heavy In a Silent Way-era Miles and Sleeping Beauty-era Sun Ra vibes. While no further announcements regarding the project have been made, I just want to give Alex a heads up that I’ll gladly buy a quadruple LP of this stuff.
It should also probably be noted that Hungtai played a gig in Portugal a few nights ago under the name Sax Death. While the set did indeed involve a saxophone, I can’t tell you how much that project varies from Last Lizard, as I don’t live in Portugal and no one had the decency to Instagram the whole thing. Get it together guys!
• Last Lizard: https://soundcloud.com/lastlizard