Like plucking a blade from the world’s collective grasslands: that’s the minimal dent we’re making whenever we discover a new artist, and it might actually be a source of music-lover depression were it not for the supremely enjoyable process. An additional lifetime still wouldn’t allow us to listen to all of the music in the world without us enduring an obscene amount of unkempt body hair, so our best option, given the limited amount of time that we have, is to consciously enter a permanent state of denial! Genres might exist that I’m not even acquainted with, but who’s to say that I won’t totally resolve this shortcoming after a marathon month of music discovery? Anyone who claims my inability clearly doesn’t appreciate how fast I can click.
Electronic music from Slovenia? Now there’s a melodic arena to which most of us could use an introduction, and thankfully a crew from Slovenia’s Radio Študent and its associated record label ZARŠ recently released a relevant compilation that does most of the work for us. Ctrl N: Poglavje slovenske elektronike features 17 tracks of varied and experimental electronic music, and none of the artist monikers happen to ring a personal bell. But I’m inclined to remember after a listen, as at least one track bangz to the point of embarrassment over my Western assimilation.
The compilation itself is available now for purchasable download, with a vinyl version also available. Thanks to Radio Študent’s Dino Lalić, Božidar Plesnik, Andrej Tomažin, Jaka Špiler, Žiga Pucelj, Tilen Ločniškar, Anže Zorman, and Christian Kopač for doing the artistic exposing.
Here’s a choice track:
Ctrl N: Poglavje slovenske elektronike tracklisting:
01. Sunny Sun - When We Smoke
02. Žiga Murko - Cap-d’Ail
03. Borka - Lo Fi Hi Five
04. Jozo Elektronik - Kristal IV
05. DJ Verh - Cacophony
06. Birches - Starlight And Other Fields
07. Apofenia - Distant
08. Warlord Chipmonk - Lou
09. Tonros - AtensionDizorder
10. C9|2 - #1 (edit)
11. Smrgoda - Decision
12. Pier - Far Away
13. Oknai - D’accord
14. Evano - Vimāna
15. Christian Kroupa - Deprived
16. Timo Chinala - Waterworld
17. Timo Chinala - Waterworld [Hibrid Version] (Bonus Track)
Bikini Kill reissue 1991 demo Revolution Girl Style Now, share previously-unreleased “Playground,” find bikinis more distasteful now than ever before
THIS JUST IN: the 90s is COOL again, man. (You’re shocked, I know. But it’s true. It is. Flannel. Skateboards. Fear of cholesterol. Pretty much everything except Desert Storm. That was never cool.) Especially the early 90s! And what 90s year could possibly be any earlier than 1991?
For one thing, that’s the year that fem-punk superheroes Bikini Kill originally self-released their demo tape Revolution Girl Style Now, which they are now set to reissue September 22 via their own (appropriately enough) Bikini Kill Records. In addition to seeing release for the very first time on vinyl, CD, and “digital” (since that particular word meant “alarm clock” in 1991), this new 2015 version will feature three previously unreleased tracks: “Playground,” “Ocean Song,” and “Just Once”.
And dude, you’ll never even guess what! You can listen to the track “Playground” right now on Rolling Stone’s website. Only downside is then you have to hang out at Rolling Stone’s website… Bummer, but yeah. Although there’s also a “trailer” thingy that you can watch right down below.
Also, though! The first 500 pre-orders also come with a “limited edition poster”… and the first 300 CD pre-orders come with a “free button & sticker.” Buttons? Stickers?? Posters??? Yup. Sounds like 1990s stuff to me. I can’t wait to have a hip, backwards-hatted conversation about how to recycle all of those things and save the planet with my own idiot children. Thanks, Bikini Kill!
Revolution Girl Style Now tracklisting:
02. Dadd’s L’il Girl
03. Feels Blind
04. Suck My Left One
06. This Is Not a Test
07. Double Dare Ya
09. Ocean Song
10. Just Once
• Bikini Kill: http://bikinikill.com
Woke up this morning. Rolled outta bed. Cooked myself some oatmeal, and I thought, “Gosh, I really could use about 24 hours of Mumdance up in here.” I was so up on that collab LP he did with Logos, you see, that at random intervals I find myself hyped beyond all measure. Typed in the URL to the Tiny Mix Tapes content management system on my computing device, and lo the clouds, they did part, and verily did the information that my idle wish had been granted come across my pale eyes. Since last August, Mumdance has hosted a regular monthly radio show on Rinse FM on the second Monday of each month. In honor of the one-year anniversary, he’s upped each and every episode to his SoundCloud for streaming download. That’s nearly 24 hours of sweet, sweet Mumdance curation, y’all.
Citing John Peel as a major inspiration, Mumdance says, “radio has always been a big part of my life and it’s been a pleasure to build my own little corner of it.” Even though you’re not in timeout, you can stick your head in that corner via the embedded playlist below, or grab the whole archive as a zip file right here.
If you’re feeling greedy and that’s not enough, then I don’t know, maybe catch him on tour this fall. Since it’s my job, I went ahead and dropped his dates below, anyway.
08.21.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival
09.04.15 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Electrosanne Festival
09.05.15 - Pula, Croatia - Outlook Festival
09.10.15 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival
09.11.15 - Detroit, MI - The Works
09.12.15 - Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College
09.17.15 - Oakdale, CA - Symbiosis Gathering Festival
09.18.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Warehouse Party w/ Fine Time LA
09.19.15 - Victoria, BC - Rifflandia Festival
09.22.15 - Denver, CO - Cervantes
09.23.15 - Dallas, TX - Beauty Bar
09.25.15 - Oberlin, OH - Oberlin University
09.26.15 - Columbus, OH - Mint Gallery
10.01.15 - Montreal, QC - Newspeak
10.02.15 - Boston, MA - Basement Movement Loft Party
10.03.15 - New York, NY - Trans Pecos
10.09.15 - Vancouver, BC - Venue TBA
10.10.15 - Chicago, IL - VIA CHI Warehouse Party
10.15.15 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy
10.15.15 - Glasgow, Scotland - O2 Academy
10.16.15 - Manchester, UK - O2 Academy
10.16.15 - Leeds, UK - Recon Festival
10.16.15 - Manchester, UK - Warehouse Project
10.17.15 - London, UK - Alexandra Palace
10.22.15 - London, UK - FWD - Dance Tunnel
10.24.15 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
BOOM! I mean, BANG! While we expected Bang 3, Pt. 2 to drop today, we instead get a single and firmer details on the release. The album — the unexpected second installment of the long-delayed, just-released original — features 12 new tracks, with family-friendly titles like “Pee Pee’d,” “Get That Sack,” and OG Fiji.” While part one boasted assists by A$AP Rocky, Mac Miller, and Jenn Em, the only feature from part two comes courtesy of rapper/political pundit Lil B (who, by the way, celebrated his birthday yesterday).
Bang 3, Pt. 2 tracklist:
01. Pee Pee’d
02. Wit It
04. Charge My Car
05. Get That Sack
06. Irri f/ Lil B
09. That Night
10 It’s More
11. OG Fiji
12. Tree Tree
• Chief Keef: https://twitter.com/chiefkeef
The New York experimental duo White Out has announced its first new album since 2011, Accidental Sky, a collaboration with Nels Cline, who before finding a life as Wilco’s head guitarist and occasional Mark Kozelek punching bag was an underground/improv/experimental scene regular. The two-piece has played with Cline before, but this is the first time they commit their encounter on record. Slightly putting aside their skronkier impulses for the summit with the Los Angeles axeman, White Out and Cline explore electric textures across the album’s seven tracks, coming up with something closer to a plugged-up take on electroacustic composition than free-jazz or pigfucking-grade shredding.
White Out, formed by Tom Surgal and Lin Culbertson in the mid 90s, is no stranger to high-profile collaborators. The group has previously recorded with Thurston Moore, Jim O’Rourke, No-Neck Blues Band’s David Nuss, William Winant, C. Spencer Yeh, and Mike Watt, among several others. A decade and a half and six albums into their career, White Out are the owners of a distinguished body of work, which has consistently broken the boundaries of noise-rock and free-improv, unjustly flying under the radar for too long.
Accidental Sky is out October 16 via Northern Spy.
Meanwhile, Surgal started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary called Fire Music: A history of the free jazz revolution, which is executive produced by Nels Cline and Thurston Moore. Find details on the campaign here.
The Manchester-born, Australia-based composer and pianist Roger Smalley has died in Sydney the age of 72.
Smalley studied piano with Antony Hopkins and composition with Peter Racine Fricker and John White at the Royal College of Music, continuing his studies privately with Alexander Goehr. In 1965, on an Octavia Travelling Scholarship, he studied composition with Stockhausen in Cologne. […]
• Roger Smalley: http://www.rogersmalley.com
DJ Spinn, who alongside DJ Rashad helped bring footwork to the masses, is set to release his debut EP for Hyperdub. Titled Off That Loud, the four-track EP is bookended by collaborations, the first (“Throw It Back”) with Taso and the last (“Dubby”) with the late DJ Rashad. It’s out October 2 on Hyperdub.
Check out “Dubby” below, which also features TMT favorite Danny Brown. The video was shot and produced by long-time TEKLIFE collaborator Ashes57.
01. Throw It Back
02. The Future Is Now
03. Off That Loud
04. Dubby [ft. Danny Brown]
Oneothrix Point Never released R Plus Seven in 2013, our favorite album of that year. So it’s with particular excitement that something’s brewing over at Oneohtrix Point Never’s official website. First, we have a picture that links to a PDF, which has a message “to the fans.” It talks about cumtrees, acne, “molting puberty,” and someone named Ezra. Then it features the best-looking questionnaire I’ve seen on the internet.
Turns out, that questionnaire comes from this website, and if you click a bit more, we discover that this person named Ezra (who answered the questionnaire) recently published an interview with Oneothrix Point Never, which reveals a new album called Garden of Delete (G.O.D. for short). Track titles include “I Bite Through It,” “Ezra,” “Animal,” “Lift,” and “Sticky Drama.” The album is influenced in part by “cybernetic rock.” Read the full interview here.
Garden of Delete is out in November on Warp.
Autre Ne Veut announces October tour in support of new album coming in October… seems almost SUSPICIOUSLY convenient!
A few weeks back, singer and electro-pop dude Arthur Ashin, a.k.a. Autre Ne Veut, SHOCKED AND AWED THE WORLD by announcing the release of his new album, Age of Transparency, which is still comin’ at us HARD on October 2 via Downtown Records.
Sure, everything seemed normal about the announcement at first glance. But I kinda always thought that something was just a bit… ODD about it.
Couldn’t quite put my finger on it.
And it wasn’t just that the record was “self-produced in a small room overlooking a quiet street in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, and mixed by Tony Maserati, who has also worked with Beyoncé, Notorious B.I.G. and Lady Gaga.” Nor was it tied to the fact that you could (and still can) pre-order the album on iTunes and get a handy-dandy free download of the track “World War Pt. 2” (which is also streaming on Spotify, if that’s your bag). No, no, that all seemed pretty on the up-and-up.
No, it was something… else. Something… unsettling.
A-ha! Then it hit me! There was no TOUR in support of the album! What kind of artist releases a new album and shares tracks and embeds videos and takes pre-orders and DOESN’T at least line up a dozen or so dates across the US to drum up some publicity?!
Was this “new Autre Ne Veut album” thing just some cruel hoax? Perpetrated by the Martian race?? Perhaps to distract us while they invaded our planet to steal our water for their dry-as-hell, sorry-ass “CANALS”!?! ALMOST CERTAINLY! I had to warn the president! I had to tell my parents! I… I…
Never mind. He just announced the tour dates. All good. False alarm, folks.
Still an interesting theory though, no? Not to mention totally sane and logical. Anyway, bye.
ANV Tour dates:
10.09.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
10.10.15 - San Francisco, CA - Social Hall SF
10.12.15 - Portland, OR - Star
10.13.15 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
10.16.15 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake
10.18.15 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10.20.15 - Toronto, ON - Hoxton
10.21.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
10.22.15 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs
10.23.15 - Washington, DC - U Street
10.26.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Christina Vantzou, the Brussels-based Kansas composer, has announced a new album, Nº 3. A consummate visual artist with work dating back to the 90s and a former member of The Dead Texan, Vantzou’s succinctly titled new LP is the latest addition to her increasingly impressive solo catalogue. Unlike her first two releases, Vantzou composed Nº 3 within a discernible and defined structure, which she has described as “a solid mathematical scheme.” Combining modular and digital synths with a 15-piece orchestral ensemble, including a choir, the album ebbs between those core elements, with massive drones unraveling into meticulous structures.
The result is an album of grand ambition — a double LP, no less. Although Vantzou’s use of digital elements, drones, and vocal samples recalls her work with Star of the Lid’s Adam Wiltzie in their The Dead Texan duo, Nº 3 is an exceptional showcase for the evolution of her once purely intuitive compositional skills. A self-taught composer, Vantzou’s voice today is steady and in bloom, as her new tracks show us: majestic creations of delicate melancholy, elegant and moving pieces that are neither post-rock nor neoclassical, yet take the best from both worlds. Listen to “Shadow Sun,” the album’s first cut, below.
Nº 3 is out on October 3, via Kranky.
Nº 3 tracklisting:
01. Valley Drone
02. Laurie Spiegel
03. Pillar 3
04. Robert Earl
05. The Library
10. Pillar 5
11. Moon Drone
12. Shadow Sun
13. Pillar 1
14. The Future