There’s plenty of beauty in the natural world. Alternatively, sometimes it’s a good idea to spend a weekend in the woods looking for psychoactive toads to caress with your tongue, as the resulting hallucinations are at least 50% likely to give you a new perspective on things. And even though Steve Hauschildt probably didn’t involve toads in the creative process for his new album Where All Is Fled, out September 25 on Kranky, that doesn’t mean that inspiration was limited to sober activities like laying in the grass and guessing which cloud resembles the abnormal shape of Nicki Minaj’s artificial posterior. Instead, normally enlightening things like “surrealist landscape paintings,” “early alchemical emblems,” and dreams were the expressed heavy inspirations. To what end, you might ask?
The track below should make things obvious enough, but in addition to the novel orchestral incorporation, the album as a whole is reportedly a subtle demonstration of abstraction. Crowd sounds, animal noises, and “re-sampled text-to-speech synthesis” can be found by the careful listener, and the obvious synth sounds that characterized Hauschildt’s time as a member of Emeralds, as well as much of his previous solo work, seem to have diminished. I wouldn’t pour one out just yet though.
Here’s the very purdeh title track:
Where All Is Fled tracklisting:
01. Eyelids Gently Dreaming
03. A Reflecting Pool
06. Edgewater Prelude
07. In Spite of Time’s Disguise
08. Where All is Fled
09. The World is Too Much With Us
130701, the alternative “post-classical,” acoustic sub label of FatCat Records, was releasing unique, ambitious, uncategorizable albums before it became a cottage enterprise, featuring the likes of Max Richter’s The Blue Notebooks, Hauschka’s Ferndorf, and Set Fire To Flames’ Sings Reign Rebuilder across an 11-year span. The label ceased operating in 2012, its seemingly final release a white label/CD-R compilation of live recordings and new works from Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka, and Jóhann Jóhannsson, three of its longest-serving artists.
Those of you on the lookout for academic-leaning, experimental music with a commitment to beauty should be made aware of the label’s relaunch ahead of its 15th anniversary next year.
Moscow-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Dmitry Evgrafov is the first of many new signings to the label. His forthcoming album, Collage, is scheduled for an October 13 release and will be the first new 130701 release in three years. You can listen to a premiere of the track “Fracture,” taken from the album, below.
Collage also represents a new phase for its composer. A self-taught pianist and improviser who played with Nils Frahm while still in his teens, Evgrafov put out a couple albums on his Bandcamp page after failing to find any real label support. His work from this period brings to mind the wistful, piano-led imagism of Frahm, Goldmund, and Broderick. By contrast, Collage sounds like Max Richter scoring Fantasia — it’s that much richer than his earlier stuff, with greater textural variation, bolder dynamics, and an emotional ambiguity that thrives when the performing restrictions are off and the VST plugins are on.
130701 will follow that up in November with an album from London-based French composer Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch. According to a spokesperson for the label, “the 15th anniversary celebrations planned for 2016 will be marked by further new signings/releases, reissues and live activity involving many of the labels historical roster.”
As they accepted their award for Album of the Year on Grammy night 2011, an idea flashed into Arcade Fire’s collective head: they could be EGOT winners. Never mind that those things go to individual people, not generally entire bands; they’re the damn Arcade Fire! They’ll bend the tenets of award-giving, such is their passion. With Grammy in hand, they began scheming: For the Tony, they’d just write a musical, an idea so obvious the universe might as well have willed it into existence. Emmy, they’d surely get one for “Best Fallon Performance” eventually. Is that not a category yet? It will be. And the Oscar, just go and score a Spike Jonze movie.
Well, that didn’t work out as planned, the Academy’s voters opting for the score to astro-Bullock. So Arcade Fire have made their own movie, something that’s sure to win them an Oscar somehow. On September 24, The Reflektor Tapes will hit theaters for a limited run. The film tracks the process of their most recent album, Reflektor, following the band as they begin conceiving the album in Jamaica, record in Montreal, play an impromptu show in a Haitian hotel at the beginning of Carnival, and play arena shows in Los Angeles and London. Watch a short first-look trailer here:
Fueling the band’s award-magnet is director Kahlil Joseph, who has worked with Kendrick Lamar and FKA twigs, and has won the Grand Jury Prize for Short Film at Sundance 2012 for his Until The Quiet Comes film with Flying Lotus. Producing the film are Pulse Films (the studio responsible for Nick Cave’s 20,000 Days On Earth and LCD Soundsystem’s Shut Up And Play The Hits) and artist co-operative What Matters Most, of whom Joseph is a member. In conjunction with the film’s announcement, the group has released a Joseph-directed video for Reflektor track “Porno,” which features footage from the film.
Cinema listings and tickets will be available here in the near future. To sweeten the deal, the film contains an unreleased track from the album’s sessions, along with 20 minutes of unseen footage for the cinema audience. With all that in place, all Arcade Fire must do is wait for the awards to roll in, so they may be blessed by EGOT’s radiance.
This is Yoshimio.
I regret to inform you that my friend, Kyoko has passed away morning on July 19th.
Kyoko came from same hometown as I am . We started OOIOO together. She was the first guitar player of OOIOO. She left the band to concentrate to cure her illness but she came to help selling merchandise sometimes to our shows. She started the band with Itoken who was also her longtime partner.
Kyoko was 183cm tall. She was on her own pace , optimistic and natural blur. I loved her very much. I do not like to believe she is no longer with us anymore. I love to see her again.
• OOIOO: http://ooioo.jp
From The Gainesville Sun:
Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg, a pioneer in Gainesville’s student startup movement, was found dead in his bed Sunday evening by his girlfriend in the house they shared. He was 28.
Lori Greenberg, his mother, said Monday she was told by police who investigated Sunday night that there was no evidence of injuries or drugs.
She told police he had never been sick a day in his life; and his girlfriend, Abby Mayer, said she had never known him to be sick and he was not prescribed any medication, according to a Gainesville Police Department report.
Lori Greenberg, who lives in St. Petersburg, said the medical examiner’s autopsy found no explanation for a cause of death, but toxicology results will take two or three months.
“They are as baffled as I am,” she said. […]
• Grooveshark: http://listen.grooveshark.com
After three incredible mixtapes, 18+ stepped into the spotlight last year with Trust, an album that collected tracks from the aforementioned tapes. What was particularly intriguing was the NY/L.A. duo’s accompanying pivot into the “physical” world, which saw them complicating 18+’s themes of anonymity and privacy by largely destroying the mystique that they themselves had helped create. As they put it in an interview with Simon Chandler, “It’s almost as if we are now the avatars, and 18+ is the user, which has been and continues to be a very surreal reversal.”
To that end, 18+ have announced a new round of European dates, all of them in August. You’ll see flesh. You’ll see hair. Maybe some blood by the end of the night. Check out the dates below, and keep your fingers crossed for a new album, rumored to be out this year on Houndstooth.
08.22.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Moustache
08.23.15 - Biddinghuizen, Holland - Lowlands Festival - X-ray stage
08.26.15 - London, UK - Electrowerks
08.27.15 - Dublin, Ireland - Twisted Pepper - Scavenger Sessions
08.28.15 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain - Pop-Kultur night
08.29.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega Ideal Bar
From Michael Rother’s Facebook page:
Very sad news today for all friends of Dieter Moebius and his unique music. Our friend, neighbour and collaborator passed away this morning, July 20th 2015. He will be missed dearly by all of us. Our thoughts go out to his wife, Irene. RIP, Dieter (Möbi).
• Dieter Moebius: http://www.dietermoebius.de
DJ Mustard, who has produced every hit released since he was born in 1990, is dropping a new mixtape this week. It’s titled 10 Summers: The Mixtape Vol 1 and follows his free album 10 Summers, which was released at the tail end of last summer. The mixtape also follows his production work for YG’s phenomenal 2014 album My Krazy Life, as well as recent singles like “You and Your Friends,” “Don’t Panic,” “Collide,” “I Don’t Fuck with You,” “Party Ain’t a Party,” “L.A. Love (La La),” “Post to Be,” “It Ain’t You,” “Be Real,” “When I Come Around,” “Freak of the Week,” “Wuzhanindoe,” and “Sorry to Interrupt.” So many fucking hits you probably didn’t even notice I snuck in a Green Day track.
10 Summers: The Mixtape Vol 1 is out July 23. That’s this Thursday.
UPDATE: Here’s the mixtape. Love you!
• DJ Mustard: https://twitter.com/djmustard
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.