Christopher Owens to go back to his roots, release and tour A New Testament

Christopher Owens, the former Girls frontman, will perform and tour behind a revamped version of the Scriptures yet again. Just not like that this time; Owens has actually announced a new solo album, the cheekily titled A New Testament, out on September 30 and to be followed by a Fall Tour of the US. It’s no coincidence that the LP’s title recalls the vaguely religious non-descriptiveness of Girls’ Album or Father, Son, Holy Ghost, for it marks a return to full-band work for Owens, following 2013’s nearly-career-killing Lysandre, the Florida native’s lukewarmly received solo debut.

A New Testament reunites the singer with the musicians who worked alongside him during Girls’ last days — though not Chet “JR” White, his main songwriting foil in that period, whom he remains estranged with. According to advance press for the album, A New Testament includes songs predating Owens’ Girls tenure, which is neither bad nor good in itself, since — despite the accolades garnered by the group — it’s time to admit their two albums (and an EP) were quite a bit overrated, if not downright corny.

Shaping up as a return to Girls’ working template in all but name, the three tracks Owens has shared from the album so far confirm that A New Testament will feature the same wear-your-heart-on-your-sleeve poignancy and harmless, warm classic rock sound that endeared Girls to so many. You can hear A New Testament’s first cut, “Nothing More Than Everything to Me,” in the Max-Minghella-directed video streaming below.

A New Testament is out on September 30, via Turnstile Records.

A New Testament tracklisting

01. My Troubled Heart
02. Nothing More Than Everything To Me
03. It Comes Back to You
04. Stephen
05. Oh My Love
06. Nobody’s Business
07. A Heart Akin the Wind
08. Key to My Heart
09. Over and Above Myself
10. Never Wanna See That Look Again
11. Overcoming Me
12. I Just Can’t Live Without You (But I’m Still Alive)

Tour dates:

08.06.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
08.07.14 - Santa Ana, CA - The Constellation Room
08.09.14 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival
09.23.14 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
09.24.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
09.26.14 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
09.27.14 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live Downstairs
09.28.14 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
09.30.14 - Montreal, QC - Petit Campus
10.01.14 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
10.03.14 - Chicago, IL - Park West
10.04.14 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
10.07.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
10.08.14 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
10.09.14 - Portland, OR - Star Theater
10.11.14 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
11.19.14 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall

• Christopher Owens: http://www.christopherowensonline.com
• Turnstile: http://www.turnstilemusic.net

Kanye West says his next album could come out in a few months, new single could drop in two weeks, world could end in less than a day

Let’s face it. Whatever you think of the man and his music, you have to admit that, whenever Kanye West says something about doing something — even if it’s just something kinda off-hand in an interview — people listen up. Possibly because the dude usually, you know, does stuff in a pretty huge way. And also because he habitually says everything about whatever that stuff is that he’s doing IN ALL CAPS and shit.

Case in point: West was hanging out shooting the shit with his pals at GQ magazine recently, and he kinda-sorta mentioned in between self-reflexive epiphanies (“I am a black American male from Chicago […] who had my rehearsal dinner at Versailles and then got married in Florence with a view of the entire city”) that his new album (the follow-up to Yeezus), could be ready as early as September of this year! Further, he states that he might premiere the first song from the new album “in the next couple of weeks.” When you consider that it’s pretty much August right now, we’re talking like weeks here, folks. In fact, if you read the full interview, you’ll note that he was initially hoping to drop the record in June, but he got a little preoccupied doing such terrible, boring-sounding things as “work[ing] on Adidas” and “be[ing] with my child” instead. I know. Ew.

West also went on to say that the single is likely to be “a song that can be in the club like ‘Don’t Like’ or ‘Niggas in Paris’”. I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of secret-hoping that he’s actually being literal there and plans on releasing a cover-version of one of those two songs. Or the Korn song “A.D.I.D.A.S.” That’d be rad too. Either way, though; let’s all stay tuned and hang on his every word, huh?

• Kanye West: http://www.kanyewest.com
• Def Jam: http://www.defjam.com

Hyperdub announces 10th anniversary North American tour dates featuring Kode9, Scratcha DVA, Teklife, and more!

Though the universe conspired against me, I am happy to report that below you will find a delightfully formatted listing of Hyperdub’s recently announced North American tour. Now, mind you, when I say “the universe conspired against me,” what I really mean is that the dates were originally only available to me as an image tweeted by a promo company, and that I had to go through and not only type up all those little numbers, but also generate a code with which to indicate to you what artist was playing when. Reader, this was grueling work. It took me nearly five minutes.

Though my wasted body protests, I would like to remind you that this tour is in honor of Hyperdub’s 10th anniversary, and that the label is also celebrating by releasing a series of four compilations that will highlight the various tendrils of the label’s 10-year existence. They’ve already released volume one and volume two, and anyone who can count can also probably guess that volumes three and four must surely be near on the horizon.

Also, FYI, now that I’ve eaten a protein bar and am no longer feeling quite so exhausted, I can see that if you look closely at some of the dates with the most performers, it looks a little bit like the date is trying to cuss at you but keeps getting censored. That’s pretty silly, right? I mean, dates aren’t sentient objects with mouths, they’re just things on calendars that help us organize birthday parties and when we’re going to quit our jobs. But still, the illusion is there. Crazy!

Dates:

09.09.14 - East Troy, NY - EMPAC !
09.10.14 - Calgary, AB - Hi Fi Club !@
09.12.14 - Montreal, QC - Le Belmont !@$
09.13.14 - Hamilton, ON - Supercrawl !@#$
09.16.14 - Raleigh, NC - Kings !@$%
09.17.14 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall !@$%
09.18.14 - New York, NY - Verboten !@#$%&
09.19.14 - Chicago, IL - Primary !@$%
09.20.14 - Vancouver, BC - New Forms Festival @^
09.20.14 - Oberlin, OH - The Sco !$%
09.21.14 - Austin, TX - Empire Control Room !@$
09.24.14 - San Francisco, CA - Mighty !@$%
09.25.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Globos !@$%
09.26.14 - Vancouver, BC - The Fox !$%
09.27.14 - Seattle, WA - Decibel Festival !@$%
09.28.14 - New Orleans, LA - Dragon’s Den !

! Kode9
@ Scratcha DVA
# Ikonika
$ DJ Spinn
% Taso
^ DJ Earl
& Mala

• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net

Tips on getting a dope body with Dope Body, who have a new album coming out in October!

It’s the middle of swimsuit season, folks, and don’t deny it — your bod is still not quite bikini-ready.

Do not fret! Here are some tips from Drag City rockers Dope Body on how to get, as they say, a dope body.

1. Jump up and down with excitement over the announcement of a new Dope Body album, titled Lifer. Up, down, up, down. Repeat 20, 30, or 40 times, until you feel that rush of endorphins.

2. Prepare to pre-order Lifer, which will be available on October 21. Flex your fingers. Crack your knuckles. Practice the motion of hitting the “add to cart” button and work on your reflexes to ensure the album will be added to your cart the second it goes on sale.

3. Head-bang, thrash, or otherwise dance around to “Hired Gun,” which you can listen to below (via Noisey). Remember, the more calories you burn now, the more ice cream you can eat later.

4. Head-bang, thrash, or otherwise dance when you see them on tour too:

08.29.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Night Bazaar #
09.26.14 - College Park, MD - University of Maryland @ WMUC Third Rail
10.16.14 - New York, NY - Studio at Webster Hall
10.17.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Palisades
10.18.14 - Ithaca, NY - Cornell University
10.19.14 - Columbus, OH - Double Happiness
10.21.14 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
10.22.14 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
10.24.14 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
10.25.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s

Lifer tracklist:

01. Intro
02. Repo Man
03. Hired Gun
04. Echo
05. AOL
06. Rare Air
07. Day by Day
08. Toy
09. Nu Sensation
10. I’d Say to You
11. Even in the End

# Single Mothers, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat & Vulture Shit
• Dope Body: http://dopebody.tumblr.com
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

[Photo: Angel Ceballos]

Brazil’s Gui Boratto will make you dance on September 29 with new album Abaporu

It’s a shame what happened to Brazil in the World Cup, but with the bad comes a lot of good. Obviously, the only way that Brazilians can recover from such a loss is with some brand-new club hotness, helmed by none other than São Paulo’s own Gui Boratto. The non-footballer will unleash his fourth full-length beast of an album, called Abaporu, on September 29 through Kompakt.

On that day, Brazil’s government will institute a new holiday called International Gui Boratto Day, in which you are to drink a lot of Brahma and dance like everyone’s watching but you’re too bleary-eyed to really see, much less give two shits about. As a soundtrack for practicing your dance moves, hit play on the featured album track below and then check the tracklist.

Abaporu tracklist:

01. Antropofagia
02. Joker
03. Please Don’t Take Me Home
04. Get the Party Started
05. Abaporu
06. 22
07. Take Control
08. Indigo
09. Manifesto
10. Wait for Me
11. Where I Belong
12. Too Late
13. Palin Dromo

• Gui Boratto: http://www.guiboratto.com.br
• Kompakt: http://www.kompakt.fm

NNA and New Amsterdam release debut album from tenor sax quartet Battle Trance

One morning, Travis Laplante (of Little Women) woke up with the batshit-crazy idea to form a tenor saxophone quartet with three specific musicians — Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner, and Patrick Breiner. Well, we’ve all had that dream. Laplante was just crazy enough to actually go through with it! Even though he barely knew his three soon-to-be compadres, Laplante went for it; they droned the day away, and Battle Trance was born.

Now, these mid-range woodwind warriors have graced us with a whole album of reedy goodness. Palace of Wind will be released on August 26 through New Amsterdam Records, with NNA Tapes handling the vinyl edition. Laplante has released on NNA before — his trio with Trevor Dunn and Ches Smith unleashed Ancestral Instrument earlier this year on cassette.

Here’s a little teaser for the upcoming LP:

Palace of Wind tracklist:

01. Palace of Wind I
02. Palace of Wind II
03. Palace of Wind III

• Travis Laplante: http://www.travislaplante.com
• NNA Tapes: http://www.nnatapes.com
• New Amsterdam: http://www.newamrecords.com

Jimmy Edgar’s Ultramajic label releases Spatial’s new Circlon EP

Ultramajic — the eccentric dance imprint started by Ravenclaw headmaster Jimmy Edgar — has announced its 10th release, which will be helmed by London-based producer Spatial. How special! The UK artist not only started his own Infrasonics label back in 2008, releasing innovative work from the likes of xxxy and Gon, but he also crafted a “performance-based audio/video project” called “Primitives”.

Now, on the four-track Circlon EP, Spatial ventures into the stranger end of the house spectrum, with the title cut’s clipped vocal samples bouncing restlessly around an unyielding kick. “Eloptic Energy” thrives in throwback house mode, with acidic synth licks curling around some massive percussion. On “Recover,” Spatial gets more spastic with the vocal manipulation, all in tandem with the song’s milky stabs. Finally, “Sufani” harnesses gorgeously creepy textures and foreign vox to create an undeniable, hypnotic vibe. Clips from each of Circlon’s four tracks can be found below, and they are pretty special. The EP is out on July 28.

Circlon EP tracklist:

01. Circlon
02. Eloptic Energy
03. Recover
04. Sufani

• Spatial: http://spatial.infrasonics.net
• Ultramajic: https://soundcloud.com/ultramajic

10 facts about harps in honor of Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler’s forthcoming harp-centric album on Thrill Jockey

Here are 10 facts about harps that you really need to know:

Fact #1: The harp, as an instrument, dates back to around 3500 BCE, which in technical jargon means it is “pretty bloody old.”

Fact #2: Harps make great entrance sounds in pantomimes and fairy tales.

Fact #3: Modern harps aren’t really as synonymous with rock music as electric guitars, or even keytars for that matter.

Fact #4: Mary Lattimore has been setting out to alter Fact #3 by contributing her harp skills to recordings and live performances with the likes of Thurston Moore, Steve Gunn, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, and Jarvis Cocker.

Fact #5: Lattimore teamed up with Jeff Zeigler (who has produced records with The War on Drugs and A Sunny Day in Glasgow) in December 2013 to lay down some freaky harp and synth/guitar duets for a live score to Philippe Garrel’s 1968 film Le Révélateur in Marfa, Texas.

Fact #6: Not long after, during a January 2014 snowstorm that locked everyone in Philadelphia indoors, Lattimore and Zeigler laid down some of their own harp-centric tunes.

Fact #7: Those harp-centric tunes are now compiled as an album they call Slant of Light, which will be released on September 23 by Thrill Jockey on CD and white vinyl.

Fact #8: Thrill Jockey describes Slant of Light as “an impressionistic work that draws on musical histories ancient and contemporary, existing outside current trends in music as a whole. There is nothing that sounds remotely like it.” I’m inclined to agree.

Fact #9: Lattimore and Zeigler are doing a limited run of shows at highfalutin places with names like PhilaMOCA and Body Actualized Center. The dates are below. More dates will follow.

Fact #10: By now you have realized that harps have the potential to be totally cool.

Slant of Light tracklisting:

01. Welsh Corgis in the Snow
02. The White Balloon
03. Echo Sounder
04. Tomorrow is a Million Years

Tour dates:

07.28.14 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA
07.29.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Body Actualized Center
09.25.14 - Chicago, IL - Constellation

• Mary Lattimore: http://www.marylattimore.net
• Jeff Zeigler: https://twitter.com/uniformrec
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

[Photo: Ryan Collerd]

1080p announces (astoundingly clear!) August releases from Gobby, Bobo Eyes, Mark Wundercastle, and Temple Volant

Richard MacFarlane is doing God’s work, whether he realizes it or not, so long as we ditch the image of God as some vengeful bastard on the omnipresent lookout for sodomy. MacFarlane’s self-described “casual” approach to running the 1080p label from his Vancouver, BC residence has coincided with a deliberate frequency of releases that should keep any fan of off-kilter dance music happy and hoping for continued hi-def (though not always literally) existence. The opposite approach, contrarily, might bring a handful of releases every year, and I don’t know about you, but I just don’t have the patience for that type of propagational stripteasing. Rip those clothes off in a single motion, I say! I’ll do the same! Oh, that breeze feels nice.

Next month is a particularly revealing time for 1080p, as the label has a release planned for each week, pumping us with rhythmic fluids from lesser-knowns on a reliable basis. First, though, a name that you should undoubtedly recognize if you’re a regular reader: Gobby will be revisiting his more obviously techno proclivities with Wallet & Cellphone on August 5. Then on August 12, Bobo Eyes will soothe with lo-fi- vocals via Midnight Pearl. Mark Wundercastle will bring us some supremely heavy and well-developed tunes with Cell on August 19, and Temple Volant will subsequently take you into the life of Aquaman, if all Aquaman cared about was exploring shit in the deep sea and flipping the bird to his superhero responsibilities. Daydream Drawings comes out August 26.

Cassettes and MP3s! That’s what 1080p’s about. Those are the formats.

• 1080p: http://1080pcollection.net

Hercules and Love Affair to feast on your dance pants this fall

Hercules and Love Affair’s The Feast of the Broken Heart wasn’t exactly a breath of fresh air, but it IS a giant glitter ball of non-stop, unadulterated fun. I’m talkin’ smear-body-paints-all-over-your-chest-and-hot-pants kind of fun. So, get involved. Get out there and show ‘em what you got. Throw your hands up, shake yer cake, toss out your jazz hands, do a funky cartwheel. Do it all in person, while Andy Butler watches.

Ooooh, just the thought got me feeling all kinds of lascivious!

Tour dates:

09.24.14 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
09.25.14 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
09.26.14 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine @
09.27.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Lot 613
09.28.14 - San Diego, CA - U31
09.29.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
09.30.14 - Vancouver, BC - Venue Nightclub
10.02.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Verboten
10.03.14 - Chicago, IL - Metro #
10.04.14 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar
10.05.14 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
10.07.14 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
10.10.14 - Miami, FL - Mana Wynwood Soundstage $

@ Tensnake
# Black Madonna
$ Lykke Li

• Hercules and Love Affair: http://herculesandloveaffair.net
• Moshi Moshi: http://moshimoshimusic.com

  

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