Circuit des Yeux goes on a Fool’s Errand, draws giant eye circles over North America and Europe this summer

In Circuit des Yeux, everything is about seeing… things. Yes, things. The types of things you would go around in a loop for. It’s all in the name: Circuit des Yeux is French for “Loop of Eyes.” Then again, it could be referencing some delicacy involving frog eyes for all we know. But in all seriousness, Circuit des Yeux (a.k.a. Haley Fohr) has made a number of soundscapes now that are different from our standards, putting out an album last year that was worth our time and attention, and is pretty dang cool.

Now she’s showing peeps that even psychedelic rock can be a source of mixtapes, dropping the Fool’s Errand mixtape on SoundCloud today. Haley leaves us a vague description about the mixtape, saying the songs on Fool’s Errand “influenced her at various points in her life.” True to the mixtape spirit, the tracklisting is written on a notepad.

To celebrate such a mixtape, Circuit des Yeux is going on a tour — a big one at that. Starting tonight in Iowa City as part of the Mission Creek Festival (with Earth), Ms. Fohr is going around North America and Europe as part of the annual “summer tour” ritual. Backing her up are buddies John Dawson of Thee Open Sex and Cooper Crain of Bitchin’ Bajas, both of whom were involved in the creation of Overdue last year. Their intentions are to not only fill out the space with Fohr’s works of recent years, but also to create a chain of eyes that stretches across each continent, even if it doesn’t end up as a complete loop. If you have some eyes to donate, please bring them in a bag to your local show, and don’t bother to explain how you got them.

Some day, you will find her:

04.02.14 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe’s Oasis (Mission Creek Festival) *
04.25.14 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
04.28.14 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout
04.29.14 - St. Louis, MO - Apop Records
04.30.14 - Columbia, MO - Cafe Berlin
05.01.14 - Dallas, TX - Three Links **
05.03.14 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest
05.10.14 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Rumor Festival
05.12.14 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelans Upstars
05.13.14 - Cork, Ireland - Gulpd Cafe
05.14.14 - London, England - Cafe Oto
05.16.14 - Guimarães, Portugal - CCVF
05.17.14 - Lisboa, Portugal - ZBD ***
05.19.14 - Paris, France - Espace B ****
05.22.14 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
05.24.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Jazz House *****
05.25.14 - Krakow, Poland - Green Zoo Festival
05.27.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel *****
06.13.14 - Columbus, OH - Double Happiness
06.14.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Issue Project Room
06.15.14 - Portland, ME - Space Gallery
06.16.14 - Boston, MA - TBD
06.17.14 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo (Suoni Fest)
06.18.14 - Toronto, ON - NXNE
06.19.14 - Detroit, MI - MOCAD

* Earth
** Steve Gunn
*** Sir Richard Bishop
**** Dean Wareham
***** Xiu Xiu

• Circuit des Yeux: http://www.circuitdesyeux.net
• Ba Da Bing: http://www.badabingrecords.com

Mexican Summer reviving reissue imprint Anthology Recordings, and it’s about to get physical, physical

Everybody loves reissues! They’re like friends with beer, or cat pictures on the internet. NO ONE CAN RESIST THEM. What wondrous, long-forgotten artist will you unearth while listening to a REISSUE? What life-changing auditory delight will haunt your soul after you listen to a REISSUE? That’s the magick of reissues! You just don’t know what’s been hiding up in some drunken stranger’s private press LP collection for the last 30 years, just waiting for you to pick it up at your local record buying emporium!

That sense of wonder and delight is what Mexican Summer hopes to bring YOU, dear friends, via its newly relaunched reissue imprint, Anthology Recordings. The imprint was originally launched in 2007 to make digital versions of out-of-print albums available, and after a three-year hiatus, Anthology is back with not only digital downloads but PHYSICAL vinyl and CD releases. First on deck is the April 29 re-release of Linda Perhacs’ Parallelograms and Threat to Creation, a project by Adrian Sherwood’s Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers that features guest appearances from Ari Up of The Slits and Keith Levene of Public Image Ltd. Also on deck are reissues from German (duh) synth dude Rüdiger Lorenz and The Stroke Band, which featured people from The Unknowns, Gumball, and Half Japanese.

• Anthology Recordings: http://anthologyrecordings.com

Jack White announces new album Lazaretto, totally sells out and uses computers to help get the word out!

Whoa, man. What is with this harsh, ugly, cold, digital, online announcement I just read regarding the release of Jack White’s newest solo album (and follow-up to 2012’s pretty cool Blunderbuss) that’s coming out in June for his Third Man Records label? I don’t know about y’all, but when an analog purist like White announces a new record, I expect to find out about it via a beautifully hand-silkscreened and individually numbered print that gets hand-delivered to my mailbox by a uniformed employee of Third Man, if not White himself. But alas, apparently that’s a little too much to ask? Am I missing something here?

Anyway, the album is called Lazaretto (which I think is either some sort of car or a shoe), and it’s due on June 9/10 in all of its analog glory. Of course, since June is still a long way off, White will also be releasing the title track “later this month” as the first official single.

Speaking of analog glory, there’s also a pretty insanely ambitious Vault package available that includes all kinds of exclusive stuff, such as split-color vinyl, exclusive artwork, several 7-inches of album demos, a “lavish 40-page hard bound companion piece book full of lyrics, exclusive musical notations, photos and art” and even a “linen, letter-pressed postcard with the same eye-popping color separations as evidenced in classic chromatic postcards popular in the first half of the 20th century.” Honestly, it’s kind of a lot of stuff. You can read all of the crisp, warm, high-end details over at White’s website if you want. Just know that subscriptions are only open through April 30 and that, again, you’re kinda being encouraged to use a computer, which is bullshit.

And finally, if even “later this month” sounds interminably far off to you to hear a new Jack White single, you can also “experience a first taste of new music from the album and watch the video for new instrumental track ‘High Ball Stepper’” in all its crude… digital-iousness down below. Yick. No thank you.

• Jack White: http://jackwhiteiii.com
• Third Man: http://thirdmanrecords.com

Kemialliset Ystävät announce new album Alas Rattoisaa Virtaa on Dekorder, you go to sketchy sounding party under a bridge

“Hey,” a voice calls out. You thought you were alone under this bridge so you look around, surprised. A dark figure leans against a pole not five feet away from you. “Hey,” the voice repeats, “you a bridge person, too?” You don’t respond. “You know,” the voice insists, “a bridge person, a person who hangs out under bridges and does ‘under the bridge’ type stuff?” And because although you’re usually worried that you’re going to get roped into some strange drug deal or orgy or whatever when you hang out under this bridge, because sometimes you do feel like you don’t have a partner and that your only friend is the city you live in, the city of angels, you say, simply, “Yes.”

The figure visibly straightens and the voice continues, more confidently now. “Well, I’ve got something for you then, a new album by Finnish psych group Kemialliset Ystävät. The first since 2010’s Ullakkopalo (TMT Review). It’s called Alas Rattoisaa Virtaa.” When is it out, you find yourself wondering, breathlessly craving more information. As if having read your mind, the voice says, “May 12, but you can pre-order it now through the Dekorder Bandcamp.” The voice is getting more excited now and the information becomes more strident, a little harder to follow. “This album,” the voice says, “is ‘the result of chance enhancing online collaboration methods, desire to get lost in the sound archives and the high art of meticulous editing’.”

That sounds great, you think, but you ask, “What does this have to do with bridge stuff?” You’re nervous now. The voice replies, “Everything of course.” Flood lights flash on and you suddenly realize it’s not just you and the voice alone under this bridge; you’re surrounded by other bridge people in various states of undress. They’ve been quietly amassing as you’ve spoken. The strange man chuckles and says, “You see, ‘If contemporary music is a high speed train passing by then Kemialliset Ystävät’s music would be an orgy of light under a railway bridge.’ ” You look around for a moment. As the sound of a train gathers in the distance, you run into the night, catching just a glimpse of the video for “Arkistorotat” off one of the bridge people’s iPads:

Alas Rattoisaa Virtaa tracklisting:

01. Alempana Kuin Enkelit
02. Arkistorotat / Risuilla Täyteyssä Salissa
03. Nijura
04. Roiske Ruudukolla
05. Naderbux & Sundergrund
06. Vettä Yarahille
07. Hetkinen
08. Ei Millään Kielellä
09. Kun Rajat Sulaa
10. Apinatkin Laulaa

• Kemialliset Ystävät: http://www.kemiallisetystavat.com
• Dekorder: http://www.dekorder.com

Kanye West postpones Australian tourdates to finish next album, but also because he didn’t realize how long it’d take to get over there

Phew! Thanks for saving my ass, Kanye! So, remember last week when I told you about Kanye West’s plans to bring the truly American spectacle that is Yeezus to the virgin shores of Europe this summer? Well, apparently I got a little too caught up in all the great jokes about Europe I was able to bust out from my colossal internet database, because I completely forgot to mention the fact that he also had a series of dates planned for Australia in May!

But praise be to Yeezus, I was reading Pitchfork this morning like I do all the time, and I noticed that West is postponing that trip until September now! So, a) I’m totally off the hook for that shit, and b) just look at all this easy new content I get to generate for TMT now!

Yea, “officially-speaking,” the rescheduling is allegedly due to “unexpected timing requirements related to West finishing his next album,” buuuut… whatever, I like to think it’s kinda sorta secretly for me!

New Australia dates:

09.05.14 - Perth, Australia - Perth Arena
09.07.14 - Adelaide, Australia - Entertainment Centre
09.09.14 - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
09.10.14 - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
09.12.14 - Sydney Australia - Qantas Credit Card Arena
09.13.14 - Sydney Australia - Qantas Credit Card Arena
09.15.14 - Brisbane, Australia - Entertainment Centre

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

Bikini Kill announce second reissue through Bikini Kill Records, only 90s kids will truly understand

It’s crazy to think that as recently as the early 90s we still thought clothes were sentient and capable of being murdered and people were actually going to jail for pulling too hard on the threads of sweaters and the punk band Bikini Kill formed specifically to protest the “grave miscarriage of swimsuit-murder justice.” The 90s were a crazy time. And, as I’m sure you know, scientists have largely ruled out the possibility of time travel, so the only real way to visit the past is by way of album reissues and history books. Since history books are really boring, let’s talk about an album reissue.

My friend, let’s take a trip to March of 1993. Though only 90s kids will truly understand, I’m sure everyone can follow along. It was a March much like the March you and I have just experienced, except the weather was probably a whole lot less bananas because global warming wasn’t as much of a thing back then. Anyhow, Bikini Kill were gearing for their dual-headlining tour with the UK group Huggy Bear, and Kathleen Hanna’s neighbor had just been arrested for accidentally pointing a gun at a trilby. Hanna was PISSED, because if her neighbor was going to be in jail, who was going to feed her fish while she was on tour? I mean, there was also the whole rampant sexism in pretty much every corner of society thing that sorta lead to the riot grrrl movement in the first place, but it is my belief that the fish anger is what looms large over this period of Bikini Kill. Anyhow, Hanna and the band channeled this rage into seven fiery songs for the Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah EP, which became one side of a split with Huggy Bear. The rest, as dudes on NPR probably say like 10 times a day, was history.

Flash forward to 2014. As I’m sure you’ve heard, back in 2012, Bikini Kill founded Bikini Kill Records, and began reissuing their back catalog, starting with their self-titled EP (scope their Bandcamp to buy a whole bunch of releases direct from the band, including stuff by The Frumpies and The Casual Dots). They’ve recently announced the second reissue in the series, and what do you know, it’s the Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah EP! But wait! In addition to the seven original songs on the release, it will come with seven more songs recorded live and during rehearsals during this period in Bikini Kill’s band-span. It’s out April 15, but the first 500 pre-orders directly through the Bikini Kill Records Bandcamp will get a free limited-edition poster. Hang it on your wall, dummy!

Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah tracklisting:

01. White Boy
02. This Is Not a Test
03. Don’t Need You
04. Jigsaw Youth
05. Resist Psychic Death
06. Rebel Girl
07. Outta Me
08. George Bush Is a Pig
09. I Busted in Your Chevy Window
10. Get Out
11. Why
12. Fuck Twin Peaks
13. Girl Soldier
14. Not Right Now

• Bikini Kill: http://bikinikill.com

Wolf Eyes skating around the Midwest this week on “SPRING INTO TRIP METAL TRAP CLAW” tour

When I listen to Wolf Eyes, I feel like I’m in a weird dream that’s unfolding in slow motion. I’m locked in a dark room underground, aware of instructions for escape being broadcast somewhere far away. Hearing hurts like hell, and my own words fail. At least that’s how I feel when I listen to Wolf Eyes most recent album, No Answer: Lower Floors (TMT Review), which claimed a spot on our Favorite 2013 Albums list. It’s a cool thing.

Now we’ve received this transmission from the Wolf Eyes compound:

“NEW JAMS: SAME TRIP METAL BAD ATTITUDE BRING YOUR SKATE LEATHER & POWER VEST ITS ON PLAYERS”

That’s to say that they’re going on a short tour of the Midwest, and it starts TONIGHT. ACT NOW. TIME IS RUNNING OUT.

“SPRING INTO TRIP METAL TRAP CLAW” tourdates:

04.01.14 - Chicago, IL - Land and Sea Dept
04.02.14 - Iowa City, IA - Yacht Club $
04.03.14 - St. Louis, MO - Apop Records %
04.04.14 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
04.05.14 - Lafayette, IN - Foam City

$ Gas Mask Horse, Panicsville, Wreckmeister Harmonies, DJ Ryley Walker
% Brain Transplant, Joseph Raglani, Self Help

• Wolf Eyes: http://www.wolfeyes.net

RIP: Frankie Knuckles, Chicago house pioneer

From The Chicago Tribune:

In Chicago, Frankie Knuckles was called the “godfather,” not because of any underworld connections, but because he helped build house – a style of Chicago dance music that revolutionized club culture in the ‘70s and ‘80s and still resonates around the world today.

Knuckles died Monday at the age of 59, as confirmed by his longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson. More details would be forthcoming Tuesday, Dunson said, who said in an email that Knuckles “died unexpectedly this afternoon at home.” In addition to developing the sound and culture of house music, Knuckles would go on to mix records by major artists such as Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Depeche Mode.

Knuckles learned his craft as a club DJ in New York City, then moved to Chicago in the late ‘70s and developed a reputation as one of the city’s most influential dance-music tastemakers. He arrived in Chicago just as disco was losing steam. For many, disco literally went up in flames between games of a Chicago White Sox double header at Comiskey Park, when radio deejay Steve Dahl blew up hundreds of disco albums.

• Frankie Knuckles: https://www.facebook.com/FrankieKnucklesOfficialFanPage

RIP: Dave Gregg of D.O.A. and Real McKenzies

From Punknews:

It’s been reported that former D.O.A. and Real McKenzies guitarist Dave Gregg has died at the age of 54. Gregg played on the veteran Vancouver punk act’s debut full length Something Better Change and the follow up Hardcore ‘81. Along with frontman Joe Keithley, bassist Randy Rampage and drummer Chuck Biscuits he made up the most iconic version of act. He left the band in 1988, going on to play several bands including the Real McKenzies from 2005 until 2011. He appeared on McKenzies albums such as Off the Leash and Shine Not Burn.

• D.O.A.: https://www.facebook.com/DOAPUNK
• The Real McKenzies: http://www.realmckenzies.com

The Flaming Lips release Flaming Side of the Moon, a “companion album” to Dark Side of the Moon; 100% essential!

Ah, thanks for keeping TMT News in business, Wayne Coyne! Seems like just about every other week or so, that dude and his team of fearless freaks (a term I just made up right now) are churning out some new and ridiculous thing that kinda hypes itself.

Like, for real. Last month it was this crazy 24-hour song shit for Record Store Day, and now the band have surprise-announced that they’ve uploaded a “companion album” to Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon (which, don’t forget, they also covered in its entirety a couple years ago) to their official SoundCloud page. Seriously. It’s called Flaming Side of the Moon. You can stream it, and it’s available digitally at all those places where digital music is being-all-available-at. Yeah, I know. Like, shit dude. When the hell do they do all this stuff? And yeah, like, how long were they sitting on this goofy thing!?!

“Great, but what’s its deal, though?” you ask. Cool question. Let’s ask the official press release oracle together:

Designed as an immersive companion piece to the original 1973 album, DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, listeners are encouraged to listen to the new LIPS album while listening to DARK SIDE at the same time. FLAMING SIDE OF THE MOON was also carefully crafted to sync up perfectly with the 1939 film, THE WIZARD OF OZ. For ideal listening conditions, fans are encouraged to seek out the original Alan Parsons’ engineered quadraphonic LP mix of DARK SIDE, but it will work with the album on any format. Available now through all participating digital outlets.

Umm, did that answer that question like, at all?

Well, I don’t know. Just listen to the thing below like I’m about to. I’ll see you all again next week when I have yet another wacky piece of Lips news to report.

Also, fuck. Here’s a bunch of shows that they’re playing too. Cuz, why not?

Wayne Coyne Record Store dates:

3.31.14 - Long Beach, CA - Fingerprints
4.01.14 - San Diego, CA - M-Theory Music
4.03.14 - San Francisco, CA - Aquarius Records

Lips dates:

05.16-18.14 - Gulf Shores, AL - The Hangout Festival
05.24.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Cirque Royal Nuits Botanique
05.26.14 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Usher Hall
05.27.14 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo
05.28.14 - London, UK - O2 Academy Brixton
05.29.14 - Nottingham, US - Capital FM Arena Nottingham
05.31.14 - Dublin, Ireland - Forbidden Fruit Festival
06.06-08.14 - Ozark, AR - Wakarusa Music Festival
06.06-08.14 - Austin, TX - X Games Austin
06.10.14 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
06.12.14 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
06.13-15.14 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
07.13.14 - Cincinnati, OH - Bunbury Music Festival
08.30.14 - Larmer Tree Gardens,UK - End of the Road Festival
11.09 .14 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves

• The Flaming Lips: http://flaminglips.com
• Warner Bros.: http://www.warnerbros.com

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