Dust off the ol’ victrola in the corner of your crypt! Blackest Ever Black release 2x12-inch from Killing Sound
Bristol’s Killing Sound consists of Young Echo collective members Amos Childs (Jabu, Zhou), Seb Gainsborough (Vessel), and Sam Kidel (El Kid). Together the group make beautifully spooky music that’s probably being played this very moment in a dark crypt, an abandoned Welsh abbey where the wind whispers through the trees, and in the living room of the mysterious/weird rabbit family in David Lynch’s Inland Empire. It is the stuff of all the best nightmares.
So it only makes sense that the good people over at Blackest Ever Black are releasing this thing as a double 12-inch on the luckiest day of the year, St. Patrick’s Day (March 17). What better way to drive your puking frat boy neighbors out of your life forever than by blasting these crazy sounds? The four tracks on Killing Sound’s debut release were mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy, London. You can preview the release below and pre-order it here.
Death knocks at your door with a new LP of unreleased material, new tour dates, and maybe merch-table sickles
Does the world even need another band besides Death? It’s a question one can’t help asking after hearing “new” (a.k.a. previously unreleased) track “North Street”, a hard-rockin’ punk rock Hendrixian number recounting so many “oh snap” life moments it’d make Alanis Morrisette jealous. Comin’ atcha on the band’s latest, Death III, 1980’s “North Street” fits in nicely alongside unearthed tracks from 1975, 1976, and even (whoa) the very non-punk year of 1992. Death III charts the band’s musical journey from “spiritual young rockers to older and wiser, bruised-but-undefeated brothers,” as a Drag City press release put it. And in this way, the album is the perfect accompaniment to last year’s documentary A Band Called Death (TMT Review).
The new album drops April 22 on Drag City, a preview 7-inch is available next week, and the Hackney brothers are hitting the road for select tour dates starting in March. They’re playing Mexico’s NRMALfestival, California’s Burgerama III, and Washington’s Sasquatch!, plus a few scattered dates around North America.
Death III tracklisting:
01. Introduction by David Hackney
02. North Street
03. Open Road
04. We Are Only People
07. Yes He’s Coming
08. First Snowfall in Detroit
09. We’re Gonna Make It
03.08.14 - Monterrey, Mexico - NRMALfestival
03.21.14 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
03.22.14 - Fullerton, CA - Burgerama III
03.23.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
04.05.14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Pressroom
07.04.14 - George, WA - Sasquatch!
[Photo: Samdarko Eltosam]
Hecker, Rashad Becker, and Vessel join members of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales for upcoming Bernard Parmegiani retrospective
Prior to his notable status as a pupil of the slightly more legendary, musique concrète-pioneering Pierre Schaeffer, the late French composer Bernard Parmegiani enjoyed a relatively short but successful stint as a mime.
See?! At some point in the more recent past, mime artistry became an object of ridicule, and now the assumption is facetiousness whenever that most courageous of professions is proclaimed with a straight face. But Parmegiani’s involvement, albeit short-lived, was serious, and it included an education from another renowned teacher of their craft, Jacques Lecoq. Due respect was subsequently paid: in the former’s more audible pursuits, he often used mime to three-dimensionally graph his compositions, as he described in an interview with The Wire back in 1998: “Sometimes, in order to analyze a sound, I act it out by means of gestures before giving it its definitive form. It enables me to diagnose sounds and see if I’m comfortable with them.” Arguably, the semi-abrupt movements of mime parallel the sparse notes of at least some of Parmegiani’s extensive and heterogeneous work, as well as musique concrète in general.
And the other kind of mime? The kind without face paint or, in 2014, a bravery comparable to that of your average male cheerleader? The respective works of modern day sound artists Rashad Becker, Florian Hecker, and Vessel avoid blatant imitation (mimicry), but each individual readily acknowledges Parmegiani’s personal acousmatic influence. In a three-day retrospective hosted by LCMF (London Contemporary Music Festival), performances from the three aforementioned artists will complement a preceding 32-loudspeaker “diffusion” of Parmegiani’s work, courtesy of once-colleagues at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM). The event will take place next month at the 20,000 square foot Britannia House in London — an environment that appears fitting for an oeuvre that evinces both precision and an experimental approach to sound processing.
More details are available here.
• Rashad Becker: http://www.clunk.de
• Hecker: http://florianhecker.blogspot.com
• Vessel: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vessel/109428755874271
• LCMF: http://lcmf.co.uk
[Photo: Roberto Serra]
The National have stolen the Lost Emperor’s Diamond! The ancient jewel, kept under tight security at the Smithsonian, was burgled by the dapper thieves this past weekend. “Hello, loves” began a note left by National ringleader Matt Berninger. “I have taken the Lost Emperor’s Diamond off your hands. Surely, you’ll not miss it. While you and your government goons are busy twiddling thumbs, I’ll be harnessing the diamond’s ancient power for use in further schemes. Toodles.”
Enter International Detective Danforth. Enter you, the player.
In “The National World Tour 2014,” you’ll chase The National through 30+ levels full of dangers, thrills, monsters, and traps. Each level will be concluded with a full concert from rock ‘n’ roll band/jewel thieves The National. You will also have to defeat a dragon or minotaur or another beast before completing the level.
Go International Detective Danforth! Catch The National! Retrieve The Jewel! Player One Begin!
The National dates:
02.14.14 - Perth, Australia - Perth Festival
02.16.14 - Tokyo, Japan - Hostess Club Weekender
02.18.14 - Taipei, Taiwan - Hostess Club Taipei
02.20.14 - Manila, Philippines - Hostess Club Manila
02.22.14 - Singapore, Singapore - Hostess Club Weekender
03.01.14 - Manchester, UK - BBC Radio 6 Music Festival
03.23.14 - Bend, OR - Lee Scwab Amphitheater
03.25.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Auditorium (Film Premiere & Concert)
04.09-11.14 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
04.12.14 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Noord Arena
04.15-17.14 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
04.21-23.14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater
04.26.14 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre
05.30.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
06.01.14 - Mannheim, Germany - Mayfield Derby Festival
06.02.14 - Munich, Germany - Zenith
06.04.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Stadtpark
06.05.14 - Berlin, Germany - Zitadelle
06.09.14 - Warsaw, Poland - Amiteatr w Parku Sowińskiego’
06.10.14 - Leipzig, Germany - Parkbuhne
06.11.14 - Koln, Germany - Tanzbrunnen
06.13.14 - Aarhus, Denmark - Northside Festival
07.10.14 - Edinburgh, UK - Usher Hall
07.12.14 - London, UK - Barclaycard British Summer Time Hyde Park
07.14.14 - Cork, Ireland - Live at the Marquee
07.16.14 - Galway, Ireland - Galway Arts Festival
07.18-19.14 - Dublin, Ireland - Iveagh Gardens
07.25.14 - Vasto, Italy - Siren
07.26.14 - Lucca, Italy - Piazza Napolene
07.29.14 - Brescia, Italy - Anfiteatro Del Vittoriale
07.31.14 - St. Petersburg, Russia - A2
08.01.14 - Moscow, Russia - Arena Moscow
08.03.14 - Kiev, Ukraine - Stereo Plaza
08.06.14 - Oslo, Norway - ØyaFestival
That’s DJ Clent — short for Clenton Hill, the reported “low end legend” from Chicago, who’s set to continue Planet Mu’s label-bolstering of the footwork genre, which has so far included noteworthy releases from the likes of DJ Diamond, RP Boo, and Traxman. It’s an association that looks to have begun with Hill’s appearance on Mu’s Bangs & Works Vol. 1 compilation in 2010, where the track “I Love You” offered a pitch-shifted variation on… who is that, Stevie Wonder? Nope, it’s actually Eddie Murphy from Dreamgirls (which was pre-Norbit, so we’ll forgive the arguable flattery afforded by sampling). Otherwise, Clent’s releases on Dance Mania around the turn of the century should be highlighted for their precursory skeet appreciation/juke qualities. No need to shield your eyes from those tracks.
And more than 10 years later, Clent’s showcasing his veteran status with an extended anecdote that begins, “Well, back in my day… ,” followed quickly by the release of his Hyper Feet EP on April 7. Sample and pre-order the release here. For sure, the utilized tune on “Clent’s Dog Catcher” should ring a bell, despite its chopped and somehow more trippy form. Apparently the George Clinton original was actually an extremely subtle attempt to bring awareness to canine radiation positioning. Ol’ Spot has a speech impediment now. In the name of music!
Hyper Feet tracklisting:
01. Hyper Feet
02. Baby Yeah 2012
03. Clent’s Dog Catcher
04. Don’t Go Down
05. Don’t Leave Me (Baby)
• DJ Clent: https://www.facebook.com/pages/dj-clent/132563556153
• Planet Mu: http://www.planet.mu
Every time Jason Lescalleet releases a new album, tape, digital 7-inch, or what have you, someone at TMT is invariably on that shit with an illuminating seven-paragraph write-up, so this time I’m going to keep it TMT-News-Section-Dumb™: J-Skeet is going on tour, the first show is TONIGHT, and it’s going to be really cool.
You see, after releasing Songs About Nothing (TMT Review) on Erstwhile in 2012, Lescalleet got in touch with an elite baker’s dozen of artists and asked them to visually interpret all 13 tracks of Trophy Tape, the album’s first disc. A couple of those videos trickled out last year (watch “The Loop” at the Choco Grinder and “The Beauty of Independent Music” embedded below), but now all 36 minutes have visuals, so it’s time to roll that sucker out across North America. Here’s the tracklist with corresponding visual contributors:
01. “The Beauty of Independent Music” – Aaron Dilloway [Oberlin, OH]
02. “Old Theme” – Ellen Frances [New York, NY]
03. “Tarnished Copper (Copper Will Never Be Gold)” – Annie Feldmeier Adams [Chicago, IL]
04. “The Loop” – Justin Meyers [Minneapolis, MN]
05. “Euphoric Sting” – Antony Milton [Wellington, New Zealand]
06. “Beauty Is a Bowtie (HTDW)” – C Spencer Yeh [New York, NY]
07. “The Power of Pussy” – Olivia Block [Chicago, IL]
08. “Escargot” – Adel Souto [New York, NY]
09. “In the Morning” – Neil Young Cloaca [Turners Falls, MA]
10. “Friday Night in a Catholic Home” – Todd Deal [Worcester, MA]
11. “10 Amp Waves” – Jubal Brown [Toronto, ON]
12. “I Killed Another Day” – Heidi Alasuvanto [Oulu, Finland]
13. “In Through the Out Door & Another Whore” – Robert Beatty [Lexington, KY]
In a perfect world, Lescalleet would be screening Trophy Tape in each contributor’s home city, but for now we get five dates. And they look pretty special! Many of the visual contributors are musicians themselves and serve as opening acts before the screenings, and in some cases Lescalleet himself will do a separate live set. Check the Facebook listings in here for full details. Also, can’t help but notice a Glistening Examples catalog number on that above image, so I’m guessing some sort of home version is planned for Trophy Tape in the future. DAMN! More like TMT-News-Section-Super-Observant™!
02.12.14 - Amherst, MA - Hampshire College (Bill Brand Screening Room) *
02.13.14 - Toronto, ON - Double Double Land %
02.14.14 - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes #
02.15.14 - Chicago, IL - University of Chicago (Film Studies Center) $
02.16.14 - Oberlin, OH - Oberlin College (Mudd Library Center)
* Neil Young Cloaca, Q&A moderated by Matt Krefting
% Jubal Brown
# Ben Hall, Steve Hauschildt/Leigh Silverblatt
$ Olivia Block, Coppice, MT Coast/Michael Una
Allow me to present a scenario: You like to collect vinyl records of the heavy-metal persuasion. You like your vinyl records to be thick and gorgeous and colored/splattered/haze’d. You like your vinyl limited and, if possible, to originate in a country outside of the United States. All of these requirements are perfectly logical, and will be fulfilled by Blood Music’s latest release, up for pre-order RIGHT NOW (one is a 2xLP, the other is a single LP).
The only problem, and I admit it’s a hum-diddily-inger, is that you, the consumer, can’t know the name of the album OR EVEN THE ARTIST RELEASING IT! That’s right, Blood Music are pulling the old dick-in-a-box trick, minus the part wherein you know that inside the box there’s a dick. Are they insane? No, they’re trying something new. You used to try new things; remember that jacket with the 8-ball sewn into the back? At this point I should also mention Blood Music has a prim, proper release up for pre-order today courtesy of the mighty (I assume they’re mighty; most of the bands BM issue are as much a mystery to me as the mystery release, which I love) Negură Bunget, so if mystery isn’t your thing, you have a place to deposit your money-spunk.
• Blood Music: http://www.blood-music.com
Ain’t no party like a Swans tour party because a Swans tour party is like six hours long and crushes you with soundwaves
“Did you hear about the Swans tour this spring?” Did I?! It’s a crazy coincidence you should ask me that because I was literally just running over here to let you know the specific dates (posted below). And you know what else? Jenny Hval, whose Innocence Is Kinky (TMT Review) was pretty popular around these parts last year, will join the band throughout the month of May. Neat! Tickets for all dates on are on sale today.
“Wait a minute, don’t Swans have like a new album or something coming out soon?” Well look at you, remembering music news and everything. You’re right by the way, it’s called To Be Kind, it’s out May 13, and sources that I definitely did not make up have referred to it as “even better than American Idiot.” It will be available as a triple vinyl album, a double CD, and a double CD deluxe edition including a live DVD. According to Michael Gira, there’s also a possibility of a “USB stick” release if he and his buddies can figure out how to make the darn things work. It’s a follow up to 2012’s monstrous The Seer (TMT Review) and it’s over two hours long.
“And, hang on, I think I’m getting visions of a solo Michael Gira tour in March?” Right again, you sexy genius, you. I’ll throw the dates below in case they don’t magically come to you by way of that steel-trap memory of yours.
05.14.14 - Washington, DC - Black Cat Mainstage *
05.15.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
05.17.14 - Boston, MA - Royale Nightclub *
05.18.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
05.19.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
05.22.14 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2 *
05.23.14 - Newcastle, UK - Hoults Yard *
05.24.14 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches *
05.25.14 - Aberdeen, UK - The Lemon Tree *
05.27.14 - London, UK - Brixton Electric *
05.28.14 - Bristol, UK - Trinity Community Arts *
05.29.14 - Reading, UK - Sub89 *
05.31.14 - Birmingham, UK - Supersonic Festival *
06.01.14 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit
06.02.14 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
Michael Gira dates:
03.06.14 - Madrid, Spain - El Sol
03.07.14 - San Sebastian, Spain - Andia Kuxta
03.08.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Apolo
03.10.14 - Paris, France - TBD
03.11.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - MC Theater
03.12.14 - London, UK - Church of St John at Hackney
03.14.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Hofteatret
03.15.14 - Oslo, Norway - Blå
03.16.14 - Oslo, Norway - Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum Museum
03.18.14 - Warsaw, Poland - Pardon, To Tu
03.19.14 - Warsaw, Poland - Pardon, To Tu
03.21.14 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Dada
03.22.14 - Moscow, Russia - Teatr Club
03.24.14 - Odessa, Ukraine - Bernardazzi Wine Club
03.26.14 - Bucharest, Romania - Control Club
03.27.14 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotiv
03.28.14 - Milan, Italy - Teatro Dal Verme
03.29.14 - Berlin, Germany - Kantine @ Berghain
* Jenny Hval
Dustin Wong is going on tour with Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks. In case you missed it the first time: Dustin Wong is going on tour with Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks
For the scant few who remained unconvinced of the benefits of seeing Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks on tour by Nobodaddy’s bravura news performance, I’m here to wink/nudge/flash my switchblade at you in an attempt to get you off that fence and head out to the show (JK, I don’t have a switchblade anymore, I’m just trying to impress all the PR people out there with my willingness to “go the distance”). You may have noticed a tiny little asterisk at the bottom of Nobodaddy’s post, and if you’re not super great at context clues you might have wondered to yourself, “What does that mean?” Context clues are hard, my friend. That’s why I’m here. Come with me to the second and third paragraphs where all shall be revealed.
If you look extra-close at the bottom of Nobodaddy’s post you’ll notice that there are actually several asterisks. Many of them are right next to particular dates, sure, but if you look close enough you’ll see that one of them is right next to the words “Dustin Wong.” As you may know, the words “Dustin Wong” are actually the name of a human guitar player who just last year released two whole albums of acrobatically looping guitar performances, Meditation of Ecstatic Energy (TMT Review), a solo album, and Toropical Circle (TMT Review) with Takako Minekawa.
As I hope you will have discerned by now, Nobodaddy’s use of the asterisks was no mere accident. Indeed, it was meant to indicate that Dustin Wong would be joining Avey Tare’s group on tour. Below you will note I have used the $ sign to indicate something similar vis-à-vis Wong and Tare’s relationship. I have chosen the $ in this instance because of my great affinity for money.
04.17.14 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre $
04.18.14 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig $
04.19.14 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace $
04.21.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom $
04.22.14 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall $
04.24.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s $
04.25.14 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall $
04.28.14 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups $
04.29.14 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In $
04.30.14 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade $
05.02.14 - New Orleans, LA - Parish at House of Blues $
$ Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks
Fatima Al Qadiri announces debut full-length on Hyperdub, invites you to “like” any pages devoted to guns and explosions on Facebook
INCOMING, MOTHERFUCKERS! Information is scant on this at this moment, but Hyperdub has let us know shock-and-awe grime specialist Fatima Al Qadiri (whose last EP Desert Strike was pretty cool by all us violence-lovers here at TMT) has announced that she’ll be releasing her debut album on the Hyperdub label. The thing is set for release on May 5 and is entitled Asiatisch.
Since I’m a busy and willful American, I don’t know what that word means and can’t be bothered to look it up. But it sounds sorta German and Asian at the same time, so that’s probably how the album will sound, right? I hope that’s not too weird, though. Like I kinda said earlier, I’m a huge fan of violence and all, but I don’t like music that’s too weird. You know?
Here’s a vid for last year’s “Ghost Raid” while we’re waiting: