PC Music drops 23-minute Halloween mix

STAB ME IN THE FACE. Columbia’s PC Music has just dropped a 23-minute Halloween mix called “Hell On Planet Earth, We Are The Masters” Says Ministry Of Souls. The mix, a data-loss horror story of evanescence and other stuff, comes courtesy of Lil Data, Spinee, and DJ Warlord (who is 25 years old and one of the best DJs/cooks on the planet). Again, it’s called “Hell On Planet Earth, We Are The Masters” Says Ministry Of Souls.

“Hell On Planet Earth, We Are The Masters” Says Ministry Of Souls is available to stream below. “Hell On Planet Earth, We Are The Masters” Says Ministry Of Souls is also available to stream at this horrifying website.

“Hell On Planet Earth, We Are The Masters” Says Ministry Of Souls tracklist:

06. 1999

Lego Minimoog may be the coolest, cheapest synth you can’t play

As we all know, fans of synthesizers are the least geeky people in society, so trying to pitch Lego creations of the popular Minimoog is going to be a hard sell. FACT recently reported on a synth lover who is also an apparent Lego nerd. Although in uncharted water, this hybrid of synth-lover and smart dork named Andy Grobengieser has created an impressive replica of the Minimoog.

The Lego model is posted on Lego Ideas, which includes updates and building instructions. If you are so nerdily inclined, you can vote on the site to get this synth Lego manufactured for realsies. Grobengieser also has a prototype of a Lego Moog modular, but it’s not yet available to vote for. In hindsight, synth players are constantly using their hands (masturbation), so maybe it makes sense for them to build a Lego replica.

La Sera and Ryan Adams team up to create Music for Listening to Music To

The now husband-and-wife duo La Sera will be releasing its fourth album Music for Listening to Music To in March 2016. As if that news weren’t great enough, Rolling Stone has a pretty in-depth article about the genesis of the album, which was produced by Ryan Adams in his Pax Am Studios.

Apparently, the sessions at Pax Am earlier this year sparked the mother of all bromances between La Sera guitarist Todd Wisenbaker and Adams, which led to the pair playing together on the much-talked-about 1989 cover album and, according to the Rolling Stone article, a whole lot more coming down the line. If history is any guide, that’s probably true if Ryan Adams is involved.

The details of Music for Listening to Music To are scant, but you can check out the cheeky little preview below, which confirms La Sera’s move away from garage and into the perfect The Smiths/alt-country intersection at which Ryan Adams hangs out.

[Photo: Charlie Stavish]

Freddie Gibbs announces new mixtape Shadow of a Doubt, flexes counting skills in new music video

Hey, Freddie Gibbs, how are you? Even though we are from the same state, we have never talked, which makes sense when you think about it, because I have never spoken to anyone, and you are kind of famous. Anyhow, I heard about your new mixtape Shadow of a Doubt and how it’s coming out November 20 on ESGN. That’s pretty cool. Do you remember when you released Piñata? Me too! That was pretty cool, because I listened to it and it was good. Just like your Pronto EP, which was also good.

You seem to be pretty good at rapping and have a lot of friends and I respect that. I was pretty glad to see that your new mixtape will feature collaborations with the likes of Black Thought, ManMan Savage, Gucci Mane, and E-40.

Anyway, I don’t want to take up too much more of your time. Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that I care about you a whole lot and that I don’t mind that you fucked up the count. I can tell that you’re sorry based on the music video for the song “Fuckin’ Up the Count” that you just dropped, and even if I couldn’t, I could never stay mad at you!

01. Rearview
02. Cocaine
03. Careless
04. Fuckin’ Up The Count
05. Extradite feat. Black Thought
06. McDuck feat. Dana Williams
07. Packages feat. ManMan Savage
08. Mexico feat. Tory Lanez
09. 10 Times feat. Gucci Mane & E-40
10. Lately
11. Basketball Wives
12. Forever and A Day (produced by J Reid)
13. Insecurities
14. Freddie Gordy
15. Cold Ass Nigga

Aguirre Records announces LPs by Brannten Schnüre and Tarotplane

Taking a cue from the rotisserie chicken area of the sketchy grocery store down the street from my house, TMT has recently decided to offer a “2 for the price of 1” news post special every once in a while, where instead of just announcing one album or one tour, we announce two instead! Twice as much news! Twice as much grey chicken! Today, we’re happy to fulfill that policy with two brand new releases from Belgium’s Aguirre Records. The first is Tarotplane’s First and the second is Brannten Schnüre’s Sommer Im Pfirschhain. Let’s talk about both of them!

The Tarotplane LP is appropriately titled because, yeah, it’s the debut release for Tarotplane (a solo project of Baltimore’s PJ Dorsey). It trades in traditional-leaning Kraut and psych over two side-length compositions. It swirls and it swirls and it traps you in its web. Peep a video for an extended version of the first track below, and grab the LP here.

Brannten Schnüre come in from the cold all dark and folky and hailing from Würzburg, Germany. They stitch together instrumental wandering with “Nico-esqye poetry tales,” all on a bed of accordion, guitar, and flute. Lots of looping, lots of dark midnight thinking, lots of tossing together fragments of sounds and songs into what has been described as a “surreal folkcollage.” Of course, this one’s buyable too, like Tarotplane’s LP and like that grey and suspect rotisserie chicken from the supermarket (better than the latter, though). Put the album in your stitched-up pocket here, and check out a video for “Vom Baum im Hof” below.

First tracklist:

01. Excursions 1 - Formless Projections Of Inner Light
02. Excursions 2 - Sacramental Circles & Liquid Dreams

Sommer Im Pfirschhain tracklist:

01. Vom Baum Im Hof
02. Schweiß
03. Urwald Auf Verkehrsinseln
04. Feldweg
05. Lichter Am Weiher
06. Auf Dem Hohen Meißner
07. Nachmittagsschwüle
08. Die Verwunschene Quelle
09. Mithra Im Jardin Botanique
10. Brüderchen und Schwesterchen
11. Der Seegeist
12. Pfirsche

Heather Leigh teams with Ideologic Organ for new album

If you thought that pedal steel guitar was just for salty old dudes in 10-gallon hats, then prepare to have your head thoroughly checked by the latest missive from Heather Leigh.

While Leigh has already taken pedal steel to new planets with her improvisational and collaborative work (we’re talking hookups with Jandek, Chris Corsano, Thurston Moore, and Wolf Eyes), her forthcoming solo record, titled I, Abused Animal, is set to reach further into the unknown in what is described as a “personal, idiosyncratic, and deeply psychedelic work.” The album features nothing but Leigh’s voice and pedal steel, and was recorded in a secret location in the English countryside, presumably to avoid detection from all the honky-tonk traditionalists who are no doubt livid at how un-country Leigh’s pedal steel stylings are.

I, Abused Animal is out November 27 on Ideologic Organ. You can attempt to fathom its awesomness via “Fairfield Fantasy” below.

I, Abused Animal tracklist:

01. I Abused Animal
02. Quicksand
03. All That Heaven Allows
04. Passionate Reluctance
05. The Return
06. Fairfield Fantasy

Smith Westerns’ Cullen Omori signs to Sub Pop

As soon as buzz band Smith Westerns announced a hiatus, fans assumed lead singer Cullen Omori would simply spend the rest of his time on Earth posting Instagram pictures of himself shirtless. Once again, the fans of the singer of a popular band confused me with their idol (I’m always shirtless on Instagram). But the good news is that Cullen signed to Sub Pop Record, and he’ll be moistening the ears of his fanbase with a debut full-length due in spring of 2016. I think conga rats are in order?

Of course, I kid. Cullen is a hardworking 25-year-old boy who will prove to be more than a swoon machine when he performs in his hometown of Chicago at Schubas on October 30. In anticipation of this live debut, Chicago Reader recently interviewed Cullen, giving fans a more professional insight than what you have been given here.

Grimes confirms Art Angels release dates, kills two birds with one new music video

And so the steady drip of Grimes-related press releases continues, but at least this time, satisfaction is in order for those paradoxically awaiting at least one album-related “surprise.”

Surprise! In an astounding demonstration of calendrical power that was previously thought to be collectively limited to the town of Springfield, Grimes has turned October into November and revealed the official digital (and physical) release date for her new album via 4AD, Art Angels. November 6 is the replacement for what was previously a deliberately unspecified October date, and ahead of the release (wait until December 11 for the physical version), the relatively newfound Angeleno has also unveiled a self-directed video for “Flesh Without Blood”/”Life in the Vivid Dream,” the first non-“Realiti” tracks off the album to be officially delivered to our ear holes. Just forget all of that prior stuff about absolutely no anticipatory singles; May 2015 was basically just an extended April Fools in terms of important music news. Sorry for the late notice.

And the tracklisting! And a Janelle Monáe guest spot on the track “Venus Fly”! Grimes’s rebellion against The Man of apparel in the following aforementioned vid was somehow more expected than either of those things:

Art Angels tracklisting:

01. laughing and not being normal
02. California
03. SCREAM (feat. Aristophanes)
04. Flesh without Blood
05. Belly of the beat
06. Kill V. Maim
07. Artangels
08. Easily
09. Pin
10. Realiti
11. World Princess part II
12. Venus Fly (feat. Janelle Monáe)
13. Life in the Vivid Dream
14. Butterfly

Oneohtrix Point Never announces tour, playing dates with James Ferraro

We’re less than three weeks away before Oneohtrix Point Never drops his new album, Garden of Delete, which is why it’s an opportune time for Mr. Lopatin to announce a tour. WOO! The tour starts next Wednesday and will see OPN racking up significant skymiles, flying from Europe to the US to Canada to Japan. Whether or not he’ll be riding arpeggios is unconfirmed at press time, but he has confirmed shows on the West Coast with James Ferraro, who’ll be competing head to head with G.O.D. when he drops his latest, Skid Row, also on November 13.

Check out the latest previews from each album, followed by the dates.

Oneohtrix Point Never tour:

11.04.15 - Turin, Italy - Club to Club Festival
11.08.15 - London, UK - Village Underground *
11.09.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique - Orangerie
11.10.15 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain/Panorama Bar
11.20.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Villain
11.23.15 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
11.24.15 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s $
11.25.15 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge $
11.27.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent $
11.28.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater $
12.03.15 - Ebisu, Japan - Ebisu Liquid Room
12.04.15 - Osaka, Japan - Fanj Twice

* Born in Flamez
$ James Ferraro


Bremen announce Eclipsed on Blackest Ever Black (the label that loves eclipses)

Hey, Clint Eastwood. Is that your face superimposed over the starry night sky, or is the music of Bremen just making me wish we had Blondie himself patrolling space and giving a cigar-toothed snarl every time aliens verge on invading? Coincidentally, Clint Eastwood also directed and starred in a movie whose title accurately sums up my reaction to Bremen’s previous work, and while the question of fogey survival remains so to this writer, those ignorant of the film’s conclusion should just assume that all of the “cowboys” died in spectacular fashion up there, leaving Swedish duo Jonas Tiljander and Lanchy Orre to musically mourn for the rest of their creative days. They take their cinematic experiences very seriously, you see.

Eclipsed is Bremen’s temporal follow-up to last year’s stupendous Second Launch, and planet alignment tells us to expect a continuation of a certain elongated style. Listener patience is likely to be rewarded with genre-splitting psych beauty, which likewise seems to avoid artist comparisons every time you think you’ve got it figured it out. It’s a mystery on par with Universal origin that these two guys have established such a relatively niche sound using the “power of repetition” and seemingly little instrumentation.

Let Eclipsed blow your mind on Blackest Ever Black this December, and convert from your prior Saganism.

Eclipsed tracklisting:

01. On Board
02. Helmet
03. Cold March
04. Scorched Earth
05. Through The Barrier
06. The Art of Non-Existence
07. Universal
08. Events And Non-Events
09. First Leap
10. A Stumble Not A Fall
11. A Glimpse At The Final Moment
12. Sick City
13. Lights Out
14. Soaring With The Mountains