Moog employees get a stake in the company, celebrate with purchase of actual steaks

Well, on a federal level, you can be sure that idiocy and political brinkmanship will act as moving barriers against anything substantial being done for the American worker any time within the next millennium. Luckily, our system of government and our quasi-free market allegiance mean that not just local governments, but also super cool and legendary companies like Moog can more or less do its part to make Congress look like the ineffectual catheter-wearers that they are. The late Bob Moog would be proud; who would’ve guessed that the Asheville, NC-based synth manufacturer would be flourishing to the point of formal and rampant employee love… in 2015?!

First reported by The New York Times, Moog CEO Michael Adams has just announced the implementation of an employee stock ownership plan, which means that 60 of Moog’s 61 full-time employees (excluding Adams’s son) effectively own 49% of the company, opposite Michael’s 51%. Upon each employee’s retirement, they can “cash out the shares they accumulated over the course of their employment” at no cost to the employees themselves, initially or ever.

None of this would have been possible were it not for Moog’s recent financial success (following a near-shuttering at the beginning of the 2000s), demonstrated by an average revenue growth of 18% over the past 12 years. It ain’t just Daniel Lopatin, it seems.

• Moog: http://www.moogmusic.com

Widowspeak release new album All Yours, gear up for summer US tour

You can call Widowspeak a dreampop band, sure, but they’re the dreampop of dusty rural American backroads, of towns with shuttered main streets and transitory carnivals that pop up in open fields, only to disappear days later and head on along down the old highway. After two releases in 2013 and a move for the Catskills/Hudson Valley region, the core duo of Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas are back now with All Yours, a new album for Captured Tracks set to drop September 4.

Molly went back to school. Rob got a job at a hotel. They got a house where they could play music. They got a dog. They tried to fix up the ol’ property, but wacky mishaps and nosy neighbors just kept gettin’ in their goshdarn way. OK, that might be a plot device from several 80s movies leaking in. That maybe didn’t happen. But they did make a new album with the help of producer Jarvis Taveniere, who worked with them on their 2011 self-titled debut. The fine people of Quilt also pop up on the release, making everything more harmonious and shit. And now they want to share it with you!

Check out both their new track “Girl” and summer US tour dates below.

Tour Dates:

06.30.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl**
07.03.15 - Des Moines, IA - Des Moines Social Club Theater
07.05.15 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
07.06.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
07.09.15 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theater***
07.10.15 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy and Harriet’s***
07.11.15 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre****
07.12.15 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater***
07.14.15 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom***
07.15.15 - Little Rock - Revolution Music Room***
07.16.15 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall***
07.17.15 - Nashville, TN - The Basement***
07.18.15 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theater Roof
07.20.15 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse***
07.21.15 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham Theater***
07.22.15 - Columbia, SC - The Music Farm***
07.23.15 - Raleigh, NC - Kings
07.24.15 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues***
07.31.15 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre***
08.01.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox

* Jessica Pratt
** Small Black
*** Lord Huron

Tracklisting:
01. All Yours
02. Narrows
03. Dead Love (So Still)
04. Stoned
05. Girls
06. Borrowed World
07. Cosmically Aligned
08. My Baby’s Gonna Carry On
09. Coke Bottle Green
10. Hands

• Widowspeak: http://widowspeakamerica.com
• Captured Tracks: http://www.capturedtracks.com

Apple Music finally agrees to pay artists and labels during free trial period (presumably because TMT had mockingly replaced the “s” in its logo with a dollar sign)

Apple Music has finally conceded to pay artists and labels during their free three-month trial period. Not because it’s “the right thing to do” or because the independents complained or because TMT had mockingly replaced the “s” in “Apple Music” with a dollar sign, but because Taylor Swift “eviscerated” the company in an open letter that was published not 24 hours ago.

“We don’t ask you for free iPhones,” wrote Swift during the evisceration process. “Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

Apple’s apparent change of heart broke when Apple VP Eddy Cue — who never thought he’d be “at a hockey game outside in the Bay Area” and has an incredibly small Twitter profile image — took to Twitter to make the announcement:

Oh shit, he said “and indie artists”! Never mind, Apple Music does care. NICE.

SoundCloud announces daily play limits for third-party applications

Content warning: The following post will likely sound a great deal like a podcast that your roommate who really wants an Apple Watch would listen to.

So, SoundCloud. Even you jokers who think WWDC must somehow stand for “Why would DYNOOO care?” and who don’t know API from D/P/I know about SoundCloud. It’s that little orange lookin’ dealy that we use to embed tracks at the end of news and Choco posts right here on Tiny Mix Tapes. Well, in addition to being in the news lately for losing the entire Sony catalog and making deals with 20,000 independent labels, the company announced on Tuesday that, starting July 1, it’ll start imposing rate limits on developer API play requests at 15,000 per 24-hour period. Pretty much what this means is that the number of times a track can play through a third-party app will cap out at 15,000 times each day. What’s causing a bit of uproar is the fact that it’s still not quite clear if this limit is going to be per app or per track.

SoundCloud says this is to help curb abuse both of creator content hosted on the site and of its terms of use by developers, but it’s likely also motivated by its recent introduction of ads; if listeners are streaming on their website or through one of their embeddable players, it’s easier to serve ads as opposed to streaming via some third-party app. And, although there was some confusion initially, SoundCloud has made it absolutely clear that this limit will not impact embedded players, saying “only a small number of developers will be affected.” At any rate, changes like these are clearly a part of the slowly-growing realization that no one involved in online music streaming really knows how to make money unless you’ve already got a whole lot of money sitting around from making expensive rap appearances or selling flashy laptops to millennials. And even then it can get sketchy.

In closing, check out the SoundCloud player I embedded below, containing a recent TMT guest mix from N1L, because it’s a tech thing I can do that involves code and because it’s relevant.

• SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com

Footworker Litebulb receives $15k grant from Chicago Dancemakers Forum

If you were Googling “footwork” and somehow ended up at the article… wait… wait! I’ll get your interest still. You like the city of Chicago? Alright, got ya there. You like dancing? Who the fuck doesn’t! Well, what if I told you that Chicago footwork dancer/TEKLIFE member Litebulb (Jamal Oliver) was awarded a $15,000 grant from the dance organization Chicago Dancemakers Forum? This grant allows Litebulb, who has danced on stage with DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn since 2011 (see, those big names got your attention), to bring footwork and his crew, The Era, to broader audiences.

I have you hooked now, and you’ll do whatever I say. Now check out Litebulb’s submission to Chicago Dancemakers below, which includes footage from an upcoming feature-length documentary from Chicago director Wills Glasspiegel. Scenes include Litebulb touring in Japan with DJ Spinn and Kode9.

Also check out Litebulb’s interview with The FADER to learn more about Litebulb, the grant, and his upcoming cameo in an Al Pacino movie. Hoo-ah! See how you forgot about your search for “footwork,” which, by the way, you’re looking for “footjob.” Honest mistake, but you’re a better person for finding this article.

• The Era: http://wetheera.tumblr.com
• Chicago Dancemakers Forum: http://www.chicagodancemakers.org

Alessandro Cortini returns to Hospital Productions with new Risveglio LP

“Hey, Trent, I think I’m gonna go futz with synths for a minute while you eat that falafel.” This phrase has a special meaning to me, because it’s what I say to my landlord Trent about once a week when he comes over, his mouth stuffed with deep-fried chickpeas. I bet it also has special meaning to Italian synthesizer mastermind Alessandro Cortini, since he does all that touring with Nine Inch Nails these days, and since Trent Reznor has such a well-documented affinity for the dish. I’ll bet Cortini’s sneaking off most nights to work on new compositions for the likes of his recently-completed Forse trilogy and last year’s Hospital Productions debut Sonno.

And now, friends, you can go ahead and hold the yogurt sauce and call me Trent, because Alessandro Cortini has just announced that he’ll return to Dominick Fernow’s Hospital Productions come July 27 with a new new double LP entitled Risveglio. Like Sonno, this new release was composed and put together while on tour. And while it shares a number of sonic touchstones with Sonno, it finds Cortini adding new gear (namely a Roland TB303 used in conjunction with the 202 he stuck to with Sonno) to his arsenal and exploring a slightly wider range of sounds. You can hear the album’s second track “La Sveglia” embedded below.

Cortini will perform pieces from both Sonno and Risveglio at the Berlin Atonal festival, which runs from August 19 through August 23.

Risveglio tracklist:

01. Stambecco
02. La Sveglia
03. Rispetto
04. Dormiveglia
05. Lotta
06. La Meta
07. La Via
08. La Guardia
09. Posso
10. Ricadere
11. La Sveglia (Drum Version)

• Alessandro Cortini: https://soundcloud.com/alessandrocortini
• Hospital Productions: hospitalproductions.net

Belle and Sebastian announce North American and European dates

Are there still Belle and Sebastian fans? I mean, of course, there are still Belle and Sebastian fans. They’re incredibly successful and are still doing fine work while seemingly only getting more popular as time goes on. But, are there still Belle and Sebastian FANS? The messenger-bag-carrying sensitive boys, the thick-rimmed-glasses girls, all soft-spoken and well-read, with serious opinions about specific 7-inches. Have their obsessions moved on to some Slumberland band with one record to their name? If they haven’t, if the Belle and Sebastian superfan is still alive and well, they’ll be glad to hear of their obsession’s latest touring plans. The long-running indie-pop outfit will be playing a string of North American dates in August and European dates in November. Quite possibly, that one guy in your anthropology class who you have never heard speak is currently booking a flight to Tilburg.

Earlier this year, Belle and Sebastian released their eighth album, Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance. Ask that aforementioned silent anthropologist for his opinions on that record. He’ll be silent no longer. You may wish he remained silent.

08.22.15 - Portland, OR - MusicfestNW
08.23.15 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
08.26.15 - Mexico City, Mexico - Pepsi Center
08.28.15 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theater
08.29.15 - Dallas, TX - South Side Ballroom
08.30.15 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
11.10.15 - Bordeaux, France - Rocher de Palmer
11.11.15 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz
11.12.15 - Lisbon, Portugal - Coliseu dos Recreios
11.14.15 - Madrid, Spain - Riviera
11.18.15 - Nimes, France - La Paloma
11.19.15 - Paris, France - Casino De Paris
11.21.15 - Fribourg, Switzerland - Fri-Son
11.23.15 - Zurich, Switzerland - X-Tra
11.24.15 - Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall
11.25.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Cirque Royale
11.27.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Docks
11.29.15 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013

[Photo: Hannah Jor]

• Belle and Sebastian: http://www.belleandsebastian.com

Basilica Soundscape 2015: Jenny Hval, Wolf Eyes, Actress, The Haxan Cloak, and more to compel an upstate pilgrimmage

We’re certainly long past the days of when Canadian migrants used the Hudson River as an aquatic pathway to big city life and substandard maple syrup, but something tells me that if Basilica Soundscape had been a thing around the late 19th century, travelers of all nationalities would’ve temporarily given up their dreams of American density and stopped some three hours shy (five hours by horse and carriage). As it happens, the structure now known as “Basilica Hudson” was built in the 1880s, but only recently was it converted into an event, art, and home space by Melissa Auf der Maur and filmmaker Tony Stone, who continue to operate it as such. Weddings are a marginal note to this annual display of mostly music devotion…

… which will celebrate its fourth edition from September 11-13! Performers at the cavernous former factory in Hudson, NY this year include Actress, Wolf Eyes, Jenny Hval, Weyes Blood, The Haxan Cloak, Circuit des Yeux, Gourisankar & Indrijat Banajeer, HEALTH, Viet Cong, and Perfume Genius. Stone and Auf der Maur will once again be joined by Pitchfork’s Brandon Stosuy and Leg Up! Management’s Brian DeRan for the curation of the festival, which looks like a stellar chance to rebel against the event monopoly held by big cities and college campuses.

Max capacity for Basilica Hudson is around 1200 people, so potential attendees, best get on that. It’s $60 for a weekend pass and roughly double that if you want to camp. In addition to music, expect literary injections, visual explosions, and delish food.

• Basilica Soundscape: http://basilicasoundscape.com
• Basilica Hudson: http://basilicahudson.com

Royal Trux reissue Hand of Glory; have you opened your heart yet to RTX?

It might not be the second coming of our Lord and Savior (or isssss it?!?!?), but damn does this Royal Trux reunion got a lot of people excited. They’ve got a FEVER, a FEVER that can only be slaked by the reissue of more Royal Trux material. Well, my children, Drag City hears your desperate pleas to heaven. Drag City knows your suffering. And that is why Drag City has decided to gift you with Hand of Glory, a 1989-90-era snapshot of Royal Truxiana, in the form of long-lost, forgotten TAPES.

Originally planned to follow the release of the “Hero Zero”/”Love Is” 7-inch, Hand has those special “Royal Trux Just Moved to SF” vibes… just with a dusty patina of its sexy recent unearthing. Recent-ish, maybe. For, you see, in 2000 or 2001, Neil Hagerty went to visit his family in Virginia, where his dad was like “Son, whatever could you be a-storing in that mysteeeeerious locked trunk you’ve been a-keeping in the basement?” (I’m paraphrasing here.) What was inside was… Hand of Glory, with a complete and mixed “Domo des Burros” but with “The Boxing Story” on a handful of 1/4” reels that were all meant to be played simultaneously on different tape machines. Fortunately, Drag City had the original artwork just sittin’ around in their Raiders of the Lost Ark-style storehouses, and the whole package was released in 2002. And now, once again, it can be yours come August 28, when Drag City reissues it in all its, er, glory.

• Royal Trux: http://www.dragcity.com/artists/royal-trux
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

M.E.S.H. to release debut album Piteous Gate on PAN

M.E.S.H. is straight-up DOING it right now, pulling back the framework of club music and contorting it into something altogether more sinister and fragmented. Last year’s Scythians EP satiated us; the more recent Infra-Dusk/Infra-Dawn release for Black Ocean drew us in closer still; and now he’s lurked back onto PAN with the announcement of his debut full-length, Piteous Gate.

As a member of the Janus crew &mdsah; who are no strangers to the pages of TMT &mdsah; M.E.S.H. (real name James Whipple) injects a degree of havoc into his productions, making for an uneasy blend of caustic textures and loosely-programmed beats, with occasionally danceable patterns emerging from the static. It’s a modus operandi that has served him well thus far, and the transition from the short-form to a fully-fledged LP will be an exciting one to bear witness to.

Watch out for Piteous Gate’s arrival on July 17, and catch a stream of “Epithet” down below:

Piteous Gate tracklisting:

01. Piteous Gate
02. Optimate
03. Thorium
04. The Black Pill
05. Kritikal & X
06. Epithet
07. Jester’s Visage
08. Methy Imbiß
09. Azov Seepage

• M.E.S.H.: https://soundcloud.com/m-e-s-h
• PAN: http://p-a-n.org

  

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