RIP: Roger Smalley, composer and pianist

From Classical Music Magazine (h/t Avant Music News):

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 to release EP on Hyperdub featuring Danny Brown, DJ Rashad, and Taso

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]

• DJ Spinn: https://soundcloud.com/dj-spinn-1
• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net

Oneohtrix Point Never reveals new album Garden of Delete

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.

• Oneothrix Point Never: https://twitter.com/0pn
• Warp Records: http://warp.net

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…

…oh wait.

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

• Autre Ne Veut: http://autreneveut.com
• Downtown: http://downtownrecords.com

Christina Vantzou announces new LP Nº 3 on Kranky

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
06. Entanglement
07. CV
08. Cynthia
09. Stereoscope
10. Pillar 5
11. Moon Drone
12. Shadow Sun
13. Pillar 1
14. The Future

• Christina Vantzou: http://www.christinavantzou.com
• Kranky: http://kranky.net

CAVE announce tour; all music-loving cave bats instantly go batshit

Known primarily for their affiliation with the terrestrial, undersea, and lunar-based rock formations known in the common parlance as “caves,” Chicago-based, psych/motorik band CAVE have just shocked the entire cave-loving word by announcing something totally antithetical to their heretofore affinity for these igneous and metamorphic holes in the ground: a completely hideous, above-ground, wind-bedraggled, sun-saturated “tour” of the open-skied, fauna- and flora-infested United States this September. Ew.

Needless to say, cave devotees and cave scientists and super-intelligent, gold-hoarding, cave-dwelling midget creatures everywhere are pretty up in arms about this news. Luckily for the band CAVE, though, you’d never know it. Cave-people are usually pretty… ya know, introverted and shy. So they don’t make many waves on the internet too often.

CAVE tour:

09.17.15 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
09.19.15 - Columbia, MO - Cafe Berlin
09.21.15 - Norman, OK - Opolis
09.22.15 - Austin, TX - Hotel Vegas^
09.23.15 - Dallas, TX - Three Links*
09.24.15 - Houston, TX - Walter’s*
09.25.15 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon*
09.26.15 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia*
09.27.15 - Athens, GA - The World Famous
09.28.15 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight
09.29.15 - Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox
09.30.15 - Memphis, TN - Murphy’s

^ Thee Oh Sees
* Natural Child

• CAVE: https://www.facebook.com/cavechicago
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com/artists/cave

RIP: Bob Johnston, producer for Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen

From The Guardian:

Bob Johnston, the producer of a slew of classic 196os albums – including Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde, Johnny Cash’s At Folsom Prison and Leonard Cohen’s Songs from a Room – has died, aged 83. Johnston passed away peacefully in a Nashville hospice on Friday.

Johnston was a staff producer for Columbia Records in the 6os, which was how he came to be at the controls for a series of classic albums. As well as six Dylan records, seven by Cash and three by Cohen, he also produced Sounds of Silence and Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme for Simon and Garfunkel, as well as Dr Byrds and Mr Hyde for the Byrds and four albums by Flatt and Scruggs.

[Photo: Julien Ménard]

• Bob Johnston: http://bobjohnston.biz

Cities Aviv announces first European tour, shares far-from-first music video

It’s that age-old question: can a young, independent Cities Aviv have it all? Sure, he’s put out a number of exciting art-rap albums and mixtapes, including this year’s Your Discretion Is Trust, and he’s toured North America many times over. But can a Cities Aviv also go on tour in Europe? Some say no, a Cities Aviv’s place is in the home. To those people, Cities Aviv says “Shut up, this is 2015” and books his very first European tour, beginning October 1 in Stockholm and running through the month’s first half.

To prepare the world’s most Eastern of hemispheres for his arrival, Cities Aviv has made a video for Discretion Is Trust track “No GMO.” That very video was premiered through i-D and directed by NYC artist Rimar Villaseñor through his a Common Force project. Watch the video below.

Cities Aviv dates:

10.01.15 - Stockholm, Sweden - Södra Teatern
10.02.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - De Nieuwe Anita
10.03.15 - London, UK - Birthdays
10.05.15 - Frankfurt, Germany - Kafe KOZ
10.06.15 - Berlin, Germant - Urban Spree
10.07.15 - Prague, Czech Repubic - Basement Bar
10.08.15 - Tallinn, Estonia - Rock Cafe
10.09.15 - Vilnius, Lithuania - Kablys
10.10.15 - Geneva, Switzerland - La Graviere
10.11.15 - Basel, Switzerland - Kaschemme
10.14.15 - Paris, France - L’International
10.15.15 - Nantes, France - Université de Nantes

[Photo: Rimar Villañor]

• Cities Aviv: http://www.yourdiscretionistrust.com

Confirmed: Deerhunter’s new album Fading Frontier is coming in October

After much speculation over the weekend, Deerhunter have announced a new album. According to Bradford Cox during his two-hour radio show on Atlanta’s 1690 AM, the album is titled Fading Frontier and is due in October 16 via 4AD. It will be the band’s first since 2013’s Monomania.

Cox’s radio show, which began at 11 PM EST, is still going here and here. I’m listening right now. With my shirt off.

“Snakeskin” is the lead single, and you can view the video here, directed by Valentina Tapia (<3):

Pre-order Fading Frontier here, and check out the tracklist and cover art below:

01. All The Same
02. Living My Life
03. Breaker
04. Duplex Planet
05. Take Care
06. Leather and Wood
07. Snakeskin
08. Ad Astra
09. Carrion

• Deerhunter: http://deerhuntermusic.com

Alex G announces new LP Beach Music, plans fall tour

Here’s a few things about the word “beach.” It’s the name of a place I want to go and knock back a few margaritas with the boys. In its adjective form (i.e., “beached”), it’s a sad way to describe a whale. It’s also a homonym for a genus of deciduous trees in the family Fagaceae. Now that we’ve got all that chair-moving out of the way, we can get on to talking about the new Alex G (a.k.a. Alex Giannascoli) LP, Beach Music. It’s out October 9 on Domino. You can pre-order it from Domino directly to grab the deluxe colored vinyl along with Alex G Live at The Headroom, or you can pick it up from Bandcamp as a limited-edition cassette. The choice is yours.

Beach Music is a follow-up to to last year’s indie-pop charmer DSU. It’s Giannascoli’s seventh full-length, though, and it finds him yet again quietly tracing down his momentary or sustained musical interests in the bedroom style to which we’ve all become accustomed. “Every song is coming from a different place,” he says, which is in large part a result of the prolific musician’s adjustment to touring and writing songs over the course of several months instead of furious little batches.

Check out the album’s second track “Bug” below, and try to pick him out of a crowd at his various upcoming shows with the likes of Title Fight, Girlpool, and Eskimeaux.

Beach Music tracklist:

01. Intro
02. Bug
03. Thorns
04. Kicker
05. Salt
06. Look Out
07. Brite Boy
08. In Love
09. Walk
10. Mud
11. Ready
12. Station
13. Snot

Dates:

08.15.2015 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom #
10.08.2015 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
10.13.2015 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain, Kantine
10.14.2015 - Haldern, Germany - Haldern Pop Bar
10.15.2015 - Paris, France - Le Pop Up du Label
10.16.2015 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - V11
10.17.2015 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique Witloofbar
10.19.2015 - Manchester, UK - Night & Day
10.20.2015 - London, UK - 100 Club
10.22.2015 - Columbus, OH - Strongwater #
10.22.2015 - Buffalo, NY - Waiting Room #
10.24.2015 - Toronto, ON - Not Dead Yet Fest
10.25.2015 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme #
10.26.2015 - DeKalb, IL - The House Café #
10.27.2015 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club #
10.28.2015 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
10.29.2015 - Nashville, TN - The End #
10.30.2015 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone Cafe $
11.01.2015 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird - $
11.02.2015 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar $
11.03.2015 - Springfield, MO - Outland Ballroom #
11.04.2015 - Oklahoma City, OK - 89th Street Collective #
11.05.2015 - Dallas, TX - The Door #
11.07.2015 - San Antonio, TX - The Paper Tiger &
11.09.2015 - Houston TX - Fitzgerald’s &
11.11.2015 - Atlanta, GA - Purgatory - The Masquerade ^
11.12.2015 - Durham, NC - Duke Coffeehouse ^
11.13.2015 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar ^
11.14.2015 - Philadelphia, PA - The First Unitarian Church ^

# Title Fight
$ Spencer Radcliffe
& Girlpool
^ Eskimeaux


ALEX G TICKETS

• Alex G: https://sandy.bandcamp.com
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us