Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart to release collaborative album together this April, quibble over whether to get paid in Arabic or American $ billions!
Have you ever sat around your beautiful home’s experimental electronica decor-themed “bonus room” and thought to yourself wistfully, “oh… if only Suuns members Ben Shemie, Liam O’Neill, Max Henry, and Joseph Yarmush and long-time friend Radwan Ghazi Moumneh of Jerusalem in My Heart had booked a studio in Montreal for seven days back in 2012 to ‘collaborate on rough sketches of song ideas and to complete as much recording as possible without discrimination,’ only to overdub and rework the results in the summer of 2014, finish the final vocals and mixing in the late fall of 2014, and ultimately release the results on April 14 of 2015 via the Secretly Canadian label”???
Well. Then, whoa. First, you sound really cool and well-off and I want to start hanging out with you. As soon as possible. Second, you’re kind of a freaky superhero like Professor X or Sherlock Holmes (the sexy BBC one, I mean). Because BOOM-SHAKA-LAKA: that’s exactly what’s about to happen!!!
The album, simply titled Suuns and Jerusalem in my Heart, was recorded by Moumneh and mixed by him and Max Henry of Suuns as well. “It’s not a Suuns record, it’s not a Jerusalem In My Heart record,” Sunns’ Ben Shemie says. “It’s really a product of 5 musicians that had spent a lot of time on tour listening to music together.” Seriously, man. It’s a real thing that’s really happening. Pat yourself on the back, huh? I think you deserve it.
And seriously. Let’s start hanging out. Where you do live?
Suuns and Jerusalem in my Heart tracklisting:
01. 2amoutu I7tirakan
04. In Touch
05. Gazelles in Flight
07. 3attam Babey
Sometimes the world is too complicated and trying to figure out what you and your feelings mean in this neoliberal post-internet culture isn’t made any easier when you clutter your mind with complicated music.
Peach Kellie Pop understand this, and therefore by extension, they understand you!
Case in point: PKP have a new album on the way, it will be out on April 21 via Burger Records, and it’s loaded with straight-up, easily digestible nuggets of sweetly sung power pop. Just what the doctor ordered, right?
To prove how easy PKP think your life ought to be, they haven’t even bothered giving the album some fancy title; it’s simply called III, because it’s Allie Hanlon’s third album, and she’d rather you spend your time considering the lyrics to her songs, which make references to Mario Brothers, Sailor Moon, and an assortment of pop culture ephemera from the late 1900s when life was actually good.
Get a load of the lead single “Plastic Love” and consider supporting this straightforward good times manifesto live; we don’t want you having to Google the dates, so we’ve dropped them below too.
01. Princess Castle 1987
03. Heart Eyes
04. Bat Wing
05. Nude Beach
06. Plastic Love
07. Big Man
08. Sailor Moon
09. New Moon
10. Please Come Home
03.31.15 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
04.01.15 - Eugene, OR - The Barn Light
04.02.15 - Olympia, WA - Deadbeat
04.03.15 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
04.04.15 - Tacoma, WA - Bobs Java Jive
04.05.15 - Seattle, WA - Black Lodge
04.06.15 - Portland, OR - The Know
04.07.15 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
04.08.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Diabolical Records
04.09.15 - Denver, CO - Rhinoceropolis
04.10.15 - Omaha, NE - O’Leaver’s
04.11.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Hexagon Bar
04.12.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Cocoon Room
04.12.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Bremen Cafe (afterparty)
04.13.15 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04.14.15 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
04.15.15 - Toronto, ON - Smiling Buddha
04.17.15 - Ottawa, ON - Gabba Gabba Hey
04.18.15 - Montreal, QC - l’Escogriffe
04.19.15 - Boston, MA - TT Bears (matinee)
04.19.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Palisades
04.20.15 - Philadelphia, PA - TBA
04.21.15 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
04.22.15 - Asheville, NC - Tiger Mountain
04.23.15 - Atlanta, GA - 529
04.24.15 - New Orleans, Louisiana - Siberia
04.25.15 - Houston, TX - House of Creeps
04.26.15 - Austin, TX - Hotel Vegas
04.27.15 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
04.28.15 - El Paso, TX - Monarch
04.29.15 - Las Vegas, NV - Bunkhouse
Wire announce new self-titled album, promise to put an end to the year of disappointing post-punk comebacks
It must be a bitch being a legend. Particularly so if the merit of your prowesses lays in a bunch of ridiculously brillant albums you recorded over 35 years ago. Time has not been kind to reunited post-punk bands returning in 2014, mere shadows of their former glory. Thankfully, Wire is none of those things. Despite spending a few months in a retrospective mood — releasing a recording of their infamous “final” show at London’s Electric Ballroom in 1980 — the British quartet have been recording new music for over a decade now, making what once seemed a career marked by two long hiatuses (from 1980 to 1985 and between 1992 and 1999) look like the natural intermittences of a sprawling tenure. True to character, the art-punk outfit has announced a new album, their 13th LP and the first collection of entirely new songs they’ve released since 2011.
Always after conceptually innovative ways to tackle their material, in 2013’s Change Becomes Us (their latest studio album), Wire revisited unfinished songs from their golden era, spinning them into new shapes. Sure, if looking back came across as a counterintuitive stroke of genius for a band hell-bent on moving forward — on a good day, you’re lucky if their shows include 3 “old” songs — releasing a self-titled album aims at repeating the trick. At the very least, it’s a pragmatic gesture from a group whose music is so characteristic, there’s no mistaking a Wire song for anyone else’s. It still happens today, when in the middle of a concert you realize it doesn’t matter if the tune they’re playing is still unreleased, off Chairs Missing, The Ideal Copy, or Read & Burn. Having inducted Matthew Simms as a full-fledged member, calling their new album Wire does suggest a strong self-affirmative move for a band comfortable in their skin and confident of their future.
Wire have so far shared two tracks from the upcoming album: “Joust & Jostle,” sounding like a new wave-leaning 154 outtake, and “Split Your Ends,” a throwback to Send’s lean but muscular spirit. Anyway, if you ask me, the gem to look forward to is “Harpooned,” a sludgecore scorcher they’ve been playing live for a time now, and which closes this LP. You can stream the tracks below.
Wire is out on April 21 via pinkflag.
03. Burning Bridges
04. In Manchester
07. Joust & Jostle
09. Split Your Ends
[Photo: Kenichi Iwasa]
• Wire: http://www.pinkflag.com
Chilean psych-rock dudes The Holydrug Couple are back, and this time they’re venturing even further into the psychosphere… into… the world of… electronic music. That’s right. Inspired by 70s and 80s French movie soundtracks and a sort of switched-on Serge Gainsbourg, Ives and Manu are going boldly into a spacescape marked by, as Ives puts it, “feeling lust, desire, for some- thing that you see when it’s dark but it’s so far away that it’s unreachable. It’s an unrealistic target, like God, maybe, or a dream archetype of a goddess. It’s the feeling of melancholy that you can’t fulfill with anything.”
Which, after hearing the band’s new album is actually a pretty good description of the 70s, Air-style, funked-out bliss cloud the pair have created. Listen to “Dreamy” below. They recorded Moonlust by themselves in Chile, then brought it to Ben Greenberg (Hubble, Uniform) for mixing. You can buy your ticket to space on May 12 via Sacred Bones.
01. Atlantic Postcard
03. Light or Night
04. French Movie Theme
05. If I Could Find You (Eternity)
06. I Don’t Feel Like It
08. Baby, I’m Going Away
09. Generique Noir
10. Submarine Gold
11. U Don’t Wake Up
12. Remember Well
Ever wondered what happens in a day in the life of Migos a.k.a. Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff? A lot of money stacking, I’ll bet. Probably a lot of time dedicated to gettin’ turnt, too. And, of course, producing a steady stream of hilarious Vine fodder. But it’s also fair to say that they spend a decent portion of their lives in the studio, if their unfuckwithable mixtapes are anything to go by. No Label 2 was a personal highlight last year, and Rich Nigga Timeline was no slouch either (and who’s forgetting YRN?). Somehow, these three Atlantans can consistently churn out tapes filled wall-to-wall with straight bangers, usually to the ire of the heads who turn their noses up at a track like “Versace” or “Fight Night.” Their loss: give me Migos over boring-ass “real” rap any day, with their ridiculous off-beat flows and lyrical one-two punches, ‘cos these dudes know how to make a party at an abandoned house sound like the FUNNEST SHIT EVER.
It’s been a long time coming, but Migos have finally announced the release of their debut album, YRN Tha Album. YRN ain’t just some throwaway phrase for these guys; it’s a goddamned way of life, and it’s good to see that their patented brand of ignance still shines through in their first proper LP. With a star-studded cast of featuring artists and producers — Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Meek Mill, DJ Mustard, Zaytoven, Honorable C Note, TM88, Murda, De-Ko, and Cheeze Beatz — to boot, it’s clear that Migos are seriously bringing their A-game to this one. Like, the rest of the hip-hop world should really call it quits come June 16, ‘cos Migos have got 2015 on lock with YRN Tha Album. Lead single “One Time,” embedded below, sets the precedent nicely; “smoke some,” “drank some,” and basically just get fucked up while bumpin’ this.
Oh wait… just the clean version is available so far?
Never mind: Kendrick Lamar is an asshole.
Update: Explicit version is available now, too. And here’s a beautiful tweet from the CEO of Top Dawg Entertainment:
— dangeroo kipawaa TDE (@dangerookipawaa) March 16, 2015
To Pimp A Butterfly tracklist:
01. Wesley’s Theory (Feat. George Clinton & Thundercat)
02. For Free? (Interlude)
03. King Kunta
04. Institutionalized (Feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Snoop Dogg)
05. These Walls
08. For Sale? (Interlude)
10. Hood Politics
11. How Much A Dollar Cost (Feat. James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley)
12. Complexion (A Zulu Love) (Feat. Rapsody)
13. The Blacker The Berry
14. You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)
16. Mortal Man
• Kendrick Lamar: http://www.kendricklamar.com
Animal Collective release 10th anniversary vinyl edition of Vashti Bunyan collab Prospect Hummer for Record Store Day
Record Store Day is a horrific day that doesn’t let you escape your past. If your past is an EP you made 10 years ago with legendary folk artist Vashti Bunyan, well, good luck trying not to get that released on vinyl for RSD (that stands for “Really Sad Day”). Yep, if you’re Animal Collective then you have the worst of luck.
The idea for the EP came about when the group met Vashti while touring with Four Tet across the UK in 2003. In April 2004, the album was recorded by Rusty Santos at Idle Luxury studios in London over three days, featuring Vashti and AC members Avey Tare, Panda Bear, and Deakin. A fourth track for the EP, “Baleen Sample,” was later recorded using samples from fourth member, Geologist. You may not have noticed Prospect Hummer, as it was released in early 2005, just months before the memorable full-length Feels, but now is your chance to get all up on that donkey dick.
Fans can rejoice in the misery of Animal Collective as FatCat Records releases the first-time, remastered vinyl pressing on April 18, featuring full-color artwork in the inner and outer sleeves. With this primarily acoustic album back in the limelight, fans can bug the bros to do more of that shit again, plus “I Remember Learning How to Dive” might be that inspirational track to get you to finally make that dumb adult decision you’ve been holding back on.
Prospect Hummer tracklisting:
01. It’s You
02. Prospect Hummer
03. Baleen Sample
04. I Remember Learning How to Dive
• Animal Collective: http://myanimalhome.net/home
• Vashti Bunyan: http://www.fat-cat.co.uk/site/artists/vashti-bunyan
• FatCat: http://www.fat-cat.co.uk
Oh, thank the lord that we’re dealing with a matured Kanye these days. Otherwise, Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke might have to deal with a personalized version of the Taylor Swift incident, wherein Mr. West would unilaterally interfere in the album distribution process and proclaim via megaphone to every single warehouse: “Yo Hudson, I know you’re out there, and Imma let you finish, but the beats that you laid down on Yeezus marked some of the best production work of all time — (excepting my own). OF ALL TIME.” Begin CD confiscation and the gradual decline of Hudson’s (Ross Birchard’s) burgeoning solo career.
Lantern, then, will be released on June 16 via Warp. It’s been a whopping six years since HudMo’s Butter, but obviously that doesn’t mean a dearth of activity, especially given his added affiliations with some of hip-hop’s biggest names (Drake, Azealia Banks, etc.). Then there’s his TNGHT collaboration with Canadian producer Lunice, but I’m sure Birchard himself would prefer that we focus on the forthcoming:
This album is everything I’ve been working towards. I wanted to make a classic - at least for me and my friends. I never wanted to be any genre. I wanted to be my own thing. Everything.
The “Antony” on the tracklisting is in reference to Antony Hegarty, by the way. No comment on the teaser below.
02. Very First Breath (feat. Irfane)
04. Warriors (feat. Ruckazoid & Devaeux)
06. Scud Books
07. Indian Steps (feat. Antony)
08. Lil Djembe
09. Deepspace (feat. Miguel)
11. Resistance (feat. Jhené Aiko)
12. Portrait of Luci
14. Brand New World
03.13.15 - Minehead, UK - Bloc Weekender
03.14.15 - New Orleans, LA - Buku Music Festival (DJ Set)
03.17.15 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
03.19.15 - Austin, TX - Spotify House
03.19.15 - Austin, TX - AM Only BBQ
03.21.15 - Austin, TX - Hype Hotel
03.28.15 - Miami, FL - RBMA Guest House, Sagamore Hotel
06.06.15 - London, UK - Field Day
06.06.15 - London, UK - XOYO (Field Day After-Party)
06.07.15 - Manchester, UK - Parklife
06.20.15 - Eersel, Netherlands - We Are Electric Outdoor
07.27.15 - Madrid, Spain - Mula Fest
07.17.15 - Graefenhainchen, Germany - Melt! Festival
07.18.15 - Marley Park, Ireland - Longitude
08.24.15 - Niigata, Japan - Fuji Rock
08.20.15 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop Festival
08.21.15 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival
08.22.15 - Montpellier, France - Positiv Festival
08.28.15 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival
08.30.15 - Reading, UK - Reading Festival
For the past 20 years, Trans Am have been out there. If you, like me, were a child of the late 80s, you’ve barely known a time when Trans Am weren’t a band. You probably have also never thought of it that way and will likely continue not thinking of it that way. Doesn’t change facts: Trans Am have had a lengthy, successful run that continues being lengthy and successful. Over the years, they’ve played hundreds of live shows. This April, they will have played hundreds plus four live shows.
Trans Am’s power weekend (a power weekend begins on a Wednesday, in case you didn’t know) features shows in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Baltimore, before capping things off with an appearance at Winston-Salem’s Phuzz Phest. That last stop finds the group playing alongside Protomartyr, Ex Hex, Mac McCaughan, and Cymbals Eat Guitars, among others. Last year, Trans Am put out Volume X, their appropriately-titled 10th album.
Trans Am dates:
04.15.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot and Saddle *
04.16.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
04.17.15 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Galery $
04.18.15 - Winston-Salem, NC - Phuzz Fest
From The Guardian:
Daevid Allen, the leader of the legendary prog-jazz eccentrics Gong, has died aged 77. The news was confirmed on the Facebook page of Allen’s son, Orlando Monday Allen.
Last month, Allen announced he had been given six months to live, after cancer for which he had previously been treated had spread to his lung. “I am not interested in endless surgical operations and in fact it has come as a relief to know that the end is in sight,” he said. “I am a great believer in ‘The Will of the Way Things Are’ and I also believe that the time has come to stop resisting and denying and to surrender to the way it is.
Allen was born in Australia in 1938, but his springboard to musical legend came after he moved to the UK in 1961. He was a founder member of Soft Machine in 1966, but became best known after starting Gong. The band are best known for their Radio Gnome Trilogy, made up of the albums Flying Teapots, Angel’s Egg and You. Although he left Gong in 1975, he resuscitated the band in 1991 and played with them on and off until he became too ill to tour in 2014.