YG recuses himself of all liabilities, telling the world to Blame It on the Streets with new project

YG is having a big year thanks to the absolute banger that is his DJ Mustard-produced debut album My Krazy Life, but he’s not ready to rest on his laurels just yet. Yesterday the 24-year-old Compton rapper announced a new project set to be released on December 15: a short film with an accompanying soundtrack, both entitled Blame It on the Streets. YG co-wrote and stars in the film, which is said to explore the world he conveys in his music, and it will be screened in Los Angeles, New York City, and Atlanta prior to its official release. The accompanying soundtrack features nine tracks in total — six new, two remixes, and one live performance of “BPT.”

Now, at this point you’re probably asking yourself, “What exactly is YG telling me to blame on the streets?” Well, your guess is as good as mine, but that’s not going to keep me from guessing right here and now:

— Blame the fact that you have to scroll all the way to the bottom of your music library to listen to My Krazy Life on the streets
— Blame the fact that your neighbors called the cops on your raucous, Mustard-fueled party on the streets
— Blame the fact that the café you work at won’t let you bump My Krazy Life in the establishment during your shift because it’s not really the “vibe” they want on the streets
— Blame the fact that your dog keeps crying but you can’t figure out what exactly she wants, I mean, you just took her for a walk, like, 10 minutes ago on the streets on the streets.

I may have said that your guess is as good as mine a moment ago, but I can say pretty confidently that it’s probably one of those.

In related news, YG is about to hit the road for a handful of dates with A$AP Ferg on the Best Coast Connection Tour. Check out those shows below, as well as the tracklist for Blame It on the Streets.

Blame It on the Streets tracklist:

01. BPT Live
02. Bicken Back Being Bool Remix (feat. Big Wy, Mack 10 & DJ Quik)
03. Blame It on the Streets (feat. Jay 305)
04. Ride With Me (feat. RJ & Nipsey Hussle)
05. Me & My Bitch (The Neighbourhood Remix)
06. If I Ever (feat. TeeCee 4800 & Charlie Hood)
07. G$FB (feat. Slim 400, D Lo & RJ)
08. OMMIO Freestyle (feat. RJ)
09. 2015 Flow (prod. by DJ Mustard)

The Best Coast Connection tour dates:

11.13.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
11.14.14 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s
11.16.14 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore
11.18.14 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak
11.19.14 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
11.22.14 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place
11.25.14 - Boston, MA - House of Blues

• YG: https://www.facebook.com/defjamyg
• Def Jam: http://www.defjam.com

Gobby shares new mixtape about getting a quickie from a “gnargoyle”

Just coming off an executive production credit for rapper Mykki Blanco’s new mixtape Gay Dog Food, Boston-born producer and comic book artist Gobby has shared a free mix of his own via the UNO NYC label. It’s called Beats by Gobby, and it sounds even more blown out and bassy when paired with Beats by Dre. True to the name, it’s a beat tape that fashions hip-hop from techno, noise, and even a little K-pop. Hyuna, to be more specific. The track titles are also what you’d expect from a Gobby joint, including “Gnargoyle,” “Slasher Bitch,” and “Sort of Big T**s.” Not too sure why he had to bleep the last one out.

Currently, Gobby and Mykki Blanco are on tour together in Poland, Austria, and Russia, keeping strong and eating plenty of borscht. While they’re in that part of the world, they also hope to reenact the montage where Rocky Balboa climbs up an absurdly tall mountain in Siberia. For those who are too far from Russia to do the same, you can listen to “Erk” below, or just download Beats by Gobby here and relive the montage of your dreams.

Beats by Gobby tracklist:

01. Psyk
02. Erk
03. Advice Column
04. Sortof Big T**s
05. Hyuna
06. Bickyround
07. China Jones
08. Softsilicone
09. Mon Tempy
10. Slasher Bitch
11. Tonedef
12. Immortality
13. Ginger Bounce
14. Demmen Flage
15. Greenhat Chill
16. My2weeks
17. White Camo
18. Gnargoyle
19. Correction Pen
20. Quickie

• Gobby: http://www.gobbygobby.com
• UNO NYC: http://unonyc.bigcartel.com

Disappears announce new LP for Kranky, play a beautiful mountain town in Switzerland

Chicago four-piece Disappears make brooding rock that can unsettle you and zone you out at the same time. Since 2010’s Lux, they’ve been releasing music on the experimental Kranky label, which continues with their forthcoming LP, Irreal. For real, these guys are the real deal. So far at TMT, we’ve gotten a chance to hear the new song “Another Thought,” and it rides a sinister krautrock rhythm into oblivion.

Produced by John Congleton at the iconic Chicago studio Electric Audio, Irreal “sits in the negative space where art-rock and post-punk collapse onto each other,” according to their press release. Sounds pretty scientific to me, so I’ll take their word for it. As if that weren’t enough, the band will also be performing David Bowie’s classic record Low at the MCA in Chicago this month. Wish I could be there to see that. Glancing at their 2015 tour dates, it looks like their upcoming Eurotrip will be very refined. They’re playing in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, for God’s sake, which I had to look up on Wikipedia before even knowing what country that was in. With a population nearing 30,000, they apparently have a venue with quality acts coming through. In any case, Irreal is out on January 19; the full tracklist and upcoming dates can be found below.

Irreal tracklist:

01. Interpretation
02. I _ O
03. Another Thought
04. Irreal
05. OUD
06. Halcyon Days
07. Mist Rites
08. Navigating the Void

Tour dates:

11.22.14 - Chicago, IL - MCA (performing David Bowie’s Low)
01.22.15 - Metz, France - Les Trinitaires
01.23.15 - Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland - L’Amalgame
01.28.15 - Lyon, France - Marche Gare
01.29.15 - Grenoble, France - La Bobine
01.30.15 - Paris, France - Maroquinerie
01.31.15 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Eko
02.01.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenkland *
02.02.15 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain Kantine *
02.03.15 - Cologne, Germany - King Georg
02.04.15 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Rotown
02.05.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Beursschouwburg #
02.06.15 - London, UK - Lexington #

* Dope Body
# The Oscillation

• Disappears: https://soundcloud.com/disappears
• Kranky: http://www.kranky.net

Swans to tour North America in 2015, giving you another chance to snap an angry picture of Michael Gira

Over four years into their reunion, despite the massively acclaimed couple of albums they’ve released, if there is one place where Swans truly realize their power, it is on stage. Fully able to convey the physical potency of their music, it is a testament to the might of the band’s live show that not even their oldest fans seem to miss Swans’ industrial abjection days. On the contrary, the group takes their shows as an opportunity to develop new material for future records, while further mutating their already released cuts. Having witnessed the evolution of To Be Kind’s “Bring the Sun/Toussaint L’Ouverture,” I can assure you the live version easily trumps its recorded counterpart; and that is not an exception. I saw Swans live little over a month ago, and they are now opening their shows with a new song, apparently titled “Frankie M,” which goes on for over 45 minutes and quite probably is the most transfixing piece of music the reincarnated Swans have so far created.

All that longwinded introduction intended to highlight the joyful nature of the news I hereby bring you: Swans have announced their tour dates for the first part of 2015, and they will be traversing most of North America, with plenty of dates in the US and Canada, and will perform what, to the best of my knowledge, is their first-ever show in Mexico City. You can check the slate below:

02.17.15 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
02.18.15 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre
02.19.15 - Montreal, QC - Theatre National
02.20.15 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theater
02.21.15 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
02.23.15 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
02.24.15 - Cincinnati, OH - Woodward Theater
02.25.15 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
03.01.15 - Mexico City, DF - Nrmal Festival
03.23.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
03.25.15 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
03.26.15 - Richmond, VA - The Broadberry
03.27.15 - Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle
03.28.15 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
03.29.15 - Knoxville, TN - BIG EARS Festival
03.31.15 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbit’s
04.01.15 - Saint Petersburg, FL - State Theater
04.02.15 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
04.03.15 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
04.04.15 - Dallas, TX - Trees
04.06.15 - Austin, TX - The Parish
04.09.15 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater

Is your city not included on the list? Sure, you won’t be able to take an angry photo of Michael Gira — which is apparently a thing now — but you can still hear a live version of “Oxygen” in the EP Swans will release on November 25, including a remix of the titular song as well as an acoustic demo and a live take. Do you somehow prefer the band when they had two un-trained bass players, two drummers, a tape operator, and banging on a metal table was their percussion instrument of choice? Then you can get your hands on the recently reissued Filth, Swans’ 1982 debut LP. See how Gira and his boys always deliver?

• Swans: https://www.facebook.com/SwansOfficial
• Young God: http://younggodrecords.com

OSR Tapes quits the Internet, releases 13 new albums before going offline

Zach Phillips, ideologue and prime mover behind experimental haven OSR Tapes, has announced via a Facebook statement, that his record label will be going offline starting Jan. 1. Thus, from the new year onward, all orders, new batches, and interactions with the label will have to be carried out through physical mail and/or telephone. Phillips insists this is not a luddite gesture, but the consequence of an artistic vision/life philosophy that has proven to him that building a creative community today stands at odds with the cultural consumption/discursive environment fostered by the internet. He was already known for preferring to conduct all his music collaborations/production work in person rather than online, using 4-reel tapes and old consoles for the actual recording process. So, while not entirely unexpected, the decision is no less radical/commendable/brave/suicidal. You can read the whole statement here, including detailed instructions to keep in touch with OSR Tapes.

The batch of vinyl/tape releases the label is spreading at the moment is as follows:

On vinyl:
Hartley C. White — This Is Not What You Expect
Blanche Blanche Blanche — Hints to Pilgrims
Chris Weisman — Monet in the 90s
Ruth Garbus — Joule (a 7-inch EP)

On cassette:
CE Schneider Topical — Look Who Showed Up Out Here
Jimmie Packard — A Time to Look Back
Palberta — Shitheads in the Ditch
The Dream Scene — New Emotion
Ed Askew — Rainbow Bridge
Moth Eggs — Recursive Surfing
V/A — Music on a Tape : Songs by Chris Weisman
Ian Kovac Jr Jr — You’ll Know It When You Feel It
Kateboard — That’s Not a Helicopter

As you can see, that’s a damn fine list to go offline with, including several artists you may know already (Ed Askew, Chris Weisman, The Dream Scene, Blanche Blanche Blanche) and plenty of new music to discover while you find your way to the post office.

The cassettes are out now; the vinyl releases will be out on Nov. 17. See you offline, OSR!

• OSR Tapes: http://osr-tapes.com

Egyptrixx leaves hieroglyphs to announce new label and new album

Not to deny the friendly and welcoming environment that Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990 have created via their Night Slugs label, but there comes a time, in every person’s life, when he or she has to figuratively bite off their umbilical cord and wear it around their neck as a triumphant sign of one’s passage into adulthood and one’s embrace of independence.

The Toronto-based Egyptrixx a.k.a. David Psutka certainly crafted his musical persona through Night Slugs, but after releasing his worthwhile debut and sophomore LPs via the label, as well as delivering some astounding chunage via the memorable “Liberation Front,” he’s apparently felt both the need and the ability to branch away from his label godparent. Egyptrixx’s next album will be Transfer of Energy [Feelings of Power], and it’s set for release in early 2015 via his just-announced label, Halocline Trance. The connotations are so intense!

Reportedly, Transfer of Energy [Feelings of Power] is somewhat of an extension of his previous LP, which would explain the reappearance of Berlin-based visual artist A N F (Andreas Nicolas Fischer). Let’s recall, since there’s no other info to share:

• Egyptrixx: https://www.facebook.com/egyptrixx

Mac Miller signs to Warner Bros., wooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

What’s up! It’s your man on the street, back with some HOT SPANKIN’ new Mac Miller news! Ya-ow!

Sha! Mac Miller has signed, along with his Remember Music imprint, to Warner Bros.! That is some Mac Miller news right there! Future Mac Miller releases will be put out on Warner Bros.! Yah! In addition, future releases on Mac Miller’s label, Remember Music, will also be released and distributed through Warner Bros.! Cha yeah!

Woo! When SOME PERSON asked Miller why he was signing to Warner Bros., he told ‘em that it was because Prince was signed to Warner Bros.! Dang! You tell ‘em, Mac!

Whoa-oh! In celebration of his recent signing, Mac Miller has DROPPED A SONG BOMB on y’all! KAPOW. That song has a title and, baby, that title is “Just Some Raps, Nothing To See Here, Move Along” and, BABY BABY, you can hear it right now! Wham!

Okay, CHUMS, that’s all the Mac Miller news I got for you.

• Mac Miller: https://twitter.com/MacMiller
• Warner Bros.: http://www.warnerbrosrecords.com

David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti-produced Julee Cruise album Floating into the Night to get reissued on vinyl next week. LET’S ROCK?

Considering the facts that, A) David Lynch’s SMASH HIT TV SHOW Twin Peaks is set to rise again in 2016 like so much fish-flavored coffee being shuttled upward in a percolator, and B) the clothes we’re apparently supposed to be wearing in 2014 all look like this; it’s no real surprise to hear that anything and everything late-80s/early-90s that has anything to do with that series has some serious cache right now.

We already told you with great wit and alacrity a little while ago about how composer Angelo Badalamenti’s spooky hazy sexy cool soundtracks to the show and subsequent film were being reissued on vinyl this coming January. And now, the trifecta! According to FACT, Julee Cruise — the singer/songwriter whose 1989 album Floating into the Night was featured prominently in the series (the narcotic yoga-session vamp known as “Falling” was repurposed as the main theme of the show) is ALSO getting in on the reissue act. Hell. Yes. Both my arms are bending back in anticipation!

The album — which, by the way, was written and produced by Badalamenti and Lynch — is getting reissued on heavy-duty 180 gram vinyl NEXT FRIGGIN’ TUESDAY (November 18) and will come equipped with a “double-sided insert” by Plain Recordings. To pre-order, head to Boomkat
or Runt for more info. Or, failing that, make an audio cassette-recorder note to have Dianne run to the record store next week to pick one up for you and drop it in the mail after your next transcendental meditation session. Up to you.


Floating into the Night tracklisting:

01. Floating
02. Falling
03. I Remember
04. Rockin’ Back Inside My Heart
05. Mysteries of Love
06. Into the Night
07. I Float Alone
08. The Nightingale
09. The Swan
10. The World Spins

• Julee Cruise: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julee_Cruise
• Plain: http://www.forcedexposure.com/Label/PLAIN.RECORDINGS.html

RIP: Big Bank Hank, co-founder of The Sugarhill Gang

From The Los Angeles Times:

His voice served as a call to action, an echo that continues today whenever a kid bellows the word “hip hop” into a microphone. It was in Henry “Big Bank Hank” Jackson’s lyrical wobble, the way he rapped through the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight,” the singular hit that propelled a movement when it was released in 1979.

Jackson, 57, died Tuesday morning after complications from cancer, but his influence remains.

The news was confirmed by David Mallie, the business manager for the two surviving members of the original Sugarhill Gang, Guy “Master Gee” O’Brien and “Wonder Mike” Wright.

Sir Richard Bishop unveils Tangier Sessions, paves the way for civil unions between man and guitar

For those of you planning on forgetting Valentine’s Day, there’s a perfect belated gift for your significant other: SIr Richard Bishop’s upcoming Tangier Sessions. Out February 17, the album is a solo acoustic improvisation entirely written on a 19th-century guitar that Bishop dug up while living in Geneva. Like a scene out of a film Walter Salles never wrote, Sir Rick found the instrument when he came upon a no-name luthier’s shop in an alley. He ultimately set the guitar down due to the price tag, but not before (presumably) ripping through “Stairway to Heaven” and Van Halen’s “Eruption” and then whispering the word “whoa” to himself. Luckily for both us and Rick, weeks later he came to the realization that spending all your money on yourself is actually awesome, and bought the guitar without even asking us to Kickstarter it for him.

Still channelling his life decisions from a VH1 Behind the Music episode, Bishop packed up his new guitar and headed to a rooftop apartment in Morocco; there he wrote and recorded Tangier’s seven songs in just one week. Bishop’s yet to officially drop any tracks from the album, but listeners can probably expect some ambling, neo-Fahey jams à la his VDSQ Solo Acoustic sessions from earlier this year. The album is available for pre-order over at Drag City. Buy it, as I really don’t want to get those Kickstarter emails.

Tangier Sessions tracklist:

01. Frontier
02. Bound In Morocco
03. Safe House
04. Hadija
05. Mirage
06. International Zone
07. Let It Come Down

• Sir Richard Bishop: http://www.sirrichardbishop.net
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com