M.I.A. and A$AP Ferg hit the road together; no word on Julian Assange guest verses

M.I.A. has announced a slew of new tour dates in support of her most recent album, last year’s Matangi (TMT Review). She’s keeping it mostly East Coast this time, launching the tour in Pennsylvania and wrapping it up with two nights at the Knockdown Center in Queens. But that’s not all! Ms. Arulpragasam will be rockin’ stages at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Moogfest in Asheville, and Sasquatch! in (best-named city) George, WA.

And she’s bringing along new friend A$AP Ferg as an opener on tour! Ferg will be repping his Trap Lord (TMT Review) album that came out in August. No word if the always-controversial M.I.A. pal Julian Assange will be Skypeing into any of her planned tour stops.

Dates:

03.28.14 - Bayfront Park Miami, FL - Ultra Music Festival
04.25.14 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theater
04.26.14 - Asheville, NC - Moogfest
04.27.14 - Washington, DC - Echostage *
04.28.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - AE Stage *
04.30.14 - Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple *
05.01.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theater *
05.05.14 - Boston, MA - House of Blues *
05.06.14 - Portland, ME - State Theater *
05.08.14 - Queens, NY - Knockdown Center *
05.09.14 - Queens, NY - Knockdown Center *
05.24.14 - Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Festival

* A$AP Ferg

• M.I.A.: http://www.miauk.co
• A$AP Ferg: http://www.asapferg.com

[Photo: Ebru Yildiz]

De La Soul generously give away Smell the D.A.I.S.Y. mixtape, find themselves visited by ghost of Dilla, all in one primo Ebenezer move

Our old friends De La Soul have been possessed by the eternal spirit of charity! Where once the Long Island trio would go years without even a rumbling, they now seemingly have endless gifts for the general public. Just last month, they offered up the (near) entirety of their discography for a charge of zero dollars to absolutely everyone… provided you have a personal internet connection or are willing to pull a slick move at the library. Now, they’re offering up more free material, this time in the form of new De La content. The group has a new mixtape called Smell the D.A.I.S.Y., which can be downloaded as part of a bundle through BitTorrent, or streamed below:

It really does seem like the once-miserly (this is untrue, to my knowledge) De La Soul have pulled a real Ebenezer move. They’ve even been visited by a spirit, namely that of J Dilla. While D.A.I.S.Y. may have once stood for “Da Inner Sound, Y’all” (this is a thing I had to look up), in context of this release, it stands for “Da Inner Soul of Yancy.” The release nods to Dilla (a.k.a. James Yancy), due to its 11 tracks all featuring his beats, along with new and reworked verses from De La Soul. If you would like to know more about J Dilla, don’t nervously go to that library where you downloaded the whole De La Soul discography, but instead watch the 2011 documentary Still Shining, which is bundled with Smell the D.A.I.S.Y. in the torrent file, along with an open letter from De La Soul.

If there was fear of De La Soul’s generous streak ending, fear no longer. In fact, don’t fear anything. There’s no time for that. Smell the D.A.I.S.Y. is just the first in a series of De La Soul releases this year. First, there will be the Premiem Soul on the Rocks EP, featuring production from DJ Premier and Pete Rock. In the slightly more distant future (but still within the year), the group plans to put out You’re Welcome, an honest-to-god new De La Soul album. You there! What day does that come out? Why, Christmas Day! THERE IS NOT A NEW DE LA SOUL ALBUM COMING OUT CHRISTMAS DAY. I was referencing Dickens or, more accurately, one of many adaptations of Dickens’ work.

Smell The D.A.I.S.Y. tracklist:

01. Let the King Ascend
02. Who (feat. Redman)
03. Dilla Plugged In
04. Goes the Word
05. Vocabulary Spills
06. The Pitch
07. Taking the Train
08. Leave Your Cares Behind
09. O’Shut Up
10. No More No Less
11. Marvin Jaye

• De La Soul: http://www.wearedelasoul.com

[Photo: Roger Kisby]

Valerio Tricoli pops in to announce Miseri Lares, out April 28 on PAN, and to check in on your new year’s resolutions

It’s hard to believe that way back in January I wrote the words, “There’s so much news I have to cover in this post, I’m sweating already.” In this first quarter (list shout out!) of 2014, I really have changed as a human being by sticking to my new year’s resolution to stop sweating so much. I hardly even sweat at all these days! I’ve learned a whole lot this year, too, about life, love, and the new Valerio Tricoli double LP on PAN. Sure, as evidenced by my above-linked sweaty January post, I already knew some stuff about it, but now I know a whole lot more, and I can tell you about it and not have to shower immediately after. Neat!

So, as you may or may not recall, the album is called Miseri Lares, and it’s Tricoli’s first solo release since 2006’s Metaprogramming from Within the Eye of the Storm. He hasn’t been napping since then, of course, he’s just been out there making friends, e.g. on 2011’s collaboration with Thomas Ankersmit. Miseri Lares, however is something of a culmination of all the work Tricoli has done over the last several years. Composed in Berlin and Munich throughout 2011 and 2013, Tricoli presented an original version of the work at Paris festival l’Audible back in 2011, but since then, the pieces that make up Miseri Lares have shifted and grown into a “multilayered and heavily nuanced work which epitomizes the uncanny in the realm of sound.” What a quote, am I right?

Miseri Lares, which has been described as a “contemporary take on musique concrète,” is a heavily narrative-based work. Throughout the album, spoken text in both English and Italian pop up, with sources as varied as Dante, H.P. Lovecraft, Emil Cioran, and Tricoli’s own writings. You want to hear a track from the album? Check below for “Le Qoheleth ✚.” Or, perhaps a nearly-45-minute mix by Tricoli that has nothing to do with the album at hand but is nevertheless pretty neat? Click here. You want an update on my sweat situation? Dry as the desert.

Miseri Lares tracklisting:

01. La Distanza
02. Hic Labor Ille Domus et Inextricabilis Error
03. Error
04. In The Eye of The Cyclone
05. Das Schräg Haus
06. Le Qoheleth ✚
07. Miseri Lares
08. In Your Ruins Is My Shelter

• Valerio Tricoli: http://www.discogs.com/artist/237655-Valerio-Tricoli
• PAN: http://www.pan-act.com

Attention North Americans: like Santa and the Easter Bunny, New Order comes but once a year

Like the Easter Bunny himself, New Order only comes through once a year or so, leaving delicious, sweet electropop hidden behind the shrubbery and kitchen tables and church bake sale tables of North America, just as winter turns to spring, and spring eventually to summer. Seriously, WTF do kids do to “earn” candy from this candy-spewing rabbit deep in the pocket of BIG DENTISTRY? Just be kids? Well, all New Order fans gotta do is fork over some crazy Ticketmaster fees to earn their way into that greatest of summer holidays, The Day New Order Is Playing In [insert town name]. Psh. Totally worth it.

But the band is only here in North America for a limited time this July! They kick things off in Chicago, followed by a stop at Sasquatch! Festival in Washington, before journeying briefly up and down the West Coast of the US and Canada. Tickets for most dates go on sale March 21.

Dates:

07.01.14 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
07.06.14 - George, WA - Sasquatch! Festival
07.08.14 - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
07.11.14 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
07.13.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre

• New Order: http://newordernow.net

[Photo: Kevin Cummins]

Kanye West plots new tour dates in Europe, where the word “zeitgeist” was invented!

If there’s place on planet Earth where nothing’s shocking and anything goes, it’s gotta be that grand old hub of artsy mimes, decent absinthe, and delicious “Le Big Macs” known as Western Europe. Nevertheless, our old buddy Cornelius “Kanye” West — whom last we left caterwauling around the US on his seemingly neverending crusade to prove to the world that Yeezus (TMT Review) is the Lord and Savior everyone needs, even if no one asked for Him — will be packing up his tour and shipping the whole garish thing over there piece by piece this summer in hopes of spreading the Good News and possibly shocking a few L7 monarchs.

Rev. West will dock his proverbial slowboat in Montpellier, France on June 21 before trekking on through Frankfurt, Cologne, Brussels, Copenhagen, Oslo, Berlin, and Amsterdam before “kicking it old-school” in London and Birmingham for his Fourth of July weekend. Tickets are on sale as of March 26 if you happen to live over there or just really wanna taste the McDonald’s in Montpellier.

Yeezus’ Euro-Trip:

06.21.14 - Montpellier, France - Park & Suites Arena
06.23.14 - Frankfurt, Germany - Festhalle
06.24.14 - Cologne, Germany - Lanxess Arena
06.25.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Palace 12
06.27.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Forum
06.29.14 - Oslo, Norway - Oslo Spektrum
07.01.14 - Berlin, Germany - O2 World
07.02.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome
07.04-06.14 - London and Birmingham, UK - Wireless Festival

• Kanye West: http://www.kanyewest.com
• Def Jam: http://www.defjam.com

Athens to celebrate Elephant 6 through series of exhibitions, screenings, and strictly herbivorous events

Sure, Austin may be at the center of the music world for at least a week in March, but does that necessitate the city’s monopolization of all concurrent music discussion?? Of course not! In fact, I’m making it a point to deliberately highlight a town hundreds of miles away, whose history surpasses in national significance even the Texas capital, and whose music scene has been and remains just as distinct: Athens. Thanks be to Apollo for endowing the great city of Athens with a preeminent music scene that at least partially mitigates the possibly justifiable raging evident at all those protests! Plus, can you imagine the awesomeness of the Parthenon as a music venue? A symbol of democracy being honored to this day through the equal participation in, and support of, crowd-surfing.

That’s the other Athens! The Athens in the American state of Georgia also deserves some highlighting, if not for spawning R.E.M. and a host of other memorable rock bands, then for being the eventual headquarters of the familial Elephant 6, who’ve released music from (and were in some sense founded by) The Apples in Stereo, The Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel, and of Montreal, among plenty others. Perhaps bolstered by the excitement over NMH’s recent reunion, a number of Athens venues and organizations are taking August through December of this year to “celebrate the impact [of Elephant 6] in a season-long series of exhibitions, screenings and events.” This is all according to former TMTer Gabe Vodicka over at Flagpole.

Actual music by-way-of performances are so far missing from the scheduled celebration, but among what’s currently planned: an exhibit at the Georgia Museum of Art displaying original cover art by Will Hart, Chris Bilheimer, Jill Carnes, David Barnes, Will Westbrook, and more (October 4 - January 4, 2015), and a collection of props from Music Tapes performances, collages by Laura Carter, and photographs by Jason Thrasher at the Lyndon House Arts Center (August 14 - October 4).

I’m sure once we get closer to August, everything will be more clearly summarized… somewhere. Stay tuned for more event announcements.

• Elephant 6: http://www.elephant6.com

[Photo: John Kendelhardt]

America breathes a collective sigh of relief as full Record Store Day release list is finally unveiled

Record Store Day Record Store Day RECORD STORE DAY!!!!!! Aren’t you excited????!?!? Isn’t all of America excited?!?!?!? I mean, what are YOU gonna wear when you queue up on a sidewalk outside a record store at 5 AM? A disheveled hoodie and gross jeans or just straight-up pajamas? Are you going to get coffee from 7-11 or just start mainlining Red Bulls as you wait? And most importantly, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO TRAMPLE YOUR FELLOW RECORD COLLECTORS TO GET?

Because in just a few weeks, on April 19, record stores will be all that matters. Human life/dignity? Mehhhhh. Exclusive, fancy, special-edition reissues and releases from the likes of Christian Death (The Edward Colver Edition 7-inch), Sam Cooke (Ain’t That Good News LP), and William Onyeabor (What?! LP)? Now that stuff is priceless. A full list of Record Store Day special releases is available here.

• Record Store Day: http://www.recordstoreday.com

Pixies announce sort-of-new double album Indie Cindy! Shut up, I love that title!

Well, well, well! After doing jack-shit in the way of new products since 1991, look who comes ca-rawlin’ back to their earlier trendsetting business model of, you know, “releasing albums of new music, sometimes.” It started innocuously enough at the end of last year with the instant-classic EP1. Then the band moved on to the much more controversial and “highly-experimental” (—Mr P) EP2. And now, according to FACT, three older, balder, fatter versions of Pixies (and one new girl who isn’t even Kelly Deal!) have NOT ONLY gone and announced the digital and vinyl release of the conclusion to their epic trilogy, EP3 (available now over at their lil’ webstore), but also their plans to release a whole honest-to-god album (of songs!) called Indie Cindy on April 28!

“Wait a minute… Indie Cindy you say? That sounds like a song I’ve heard from them already!”

Well… yeah, that’s kinda because… it is. The “new album” is actually just gonna consist of all three of these EPs stuck together, available as a limited “2CD set with a 40-page hardback book” (in which the second disc is just some of the same shit again, but played live) and 180 gram double vinyl (sans live album). But I mean, come on. You couldn’t expect a band like Pixies to put too much work into this stuff. I mean, let’s face it. They are awfully busy, you know, thinkin’ up words that rhyme with one other.

Indie Cindy tracklisting:

Disc 1:

01. What Goes Boom
02. Greens and Blues
03. Indie Cindy
04. Bagboy
05. Magdalena 318
06. Silver Snail
07. Blue Eyed Hexe
08. Ring The Bell
09. Another Toe in the Ocean
10. Andro Queen
11. Snakes
12. Jaime Bravo

Disc 2 – Live in the USA:

01. Bone Machine
02. Hey
03. Ana
04. Magdalena 318
05. Snakes
06. Indie Cindy
07. I’ve Been Tired
08. Head On
09. The Sad Punk
10. Distance Equals Rate Times Time
11. Something Against You
12. Isla de Encanta
13. Planet of Sound

• Pixies: http://www.pixiesmusic.com

Second weekend of Sasquatch! Music Festival canceled due to Pacific Northwesterners’ aversion to camping

If you’re unconvinced of the notion that human beings are generally resistant to change, feel free to investigate the intriguing and occasionally fecal-stained lifestyle of AB/DLs, or you can look to Sasquatch! Music Festival’s first-ever second weekend, which had been scheduled to take place the weekend of July 4 this year at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA but is now canceled. The weekend had initially been added due to the perception that the traditionally Memorial Day weekend-only festival had reached “critical mass” in terms of overall demand for tickets, but apparently that demand wasn’t enough to buoy another weekend of performances, despite a lineup that was at least comparable in terms of quality. And you call yourselves music fans! (JK, I probably wasn’t gonna go either.)

Here’s a statement from Jeff Trisler, President of Live Nation Seattle:

The Sasquatch! community has spoken. They continue to support the traditional Memorial Day Weekend event with great enthusiasm. Unfortunately, the second weekend was not embraced. We felt it was better to cancel the new event now and give everyone time to make alternative plans for the Fourth of July weekend. Going forward, Sasquatch! Music Festival will be at the Gorge Amphitheatre on the weekend the fans want: Memorial Day Weekend only.

Refunds are available at the point of purchase. At least Kraftwerk’ll still be in the region around that time.

• Sasquatch!: http://www.sasquatchfestival.com

James Ferraro’s ringtone suite is live on the MoMA PS1 website; your phone is now a vessel for the vaporwave apocalypse

Hey there pal, do you remember the last time we talked about James Ferraro’s 100% exhibit at the MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York and you were all like “Uh, sounds pretty artsy and over my head, Taylor,” and then I was all like, “Nahh, reader, believe me, James Ferraro is for the children,” and you were skeptical but neither one of us wanted our date to get weird, so we just let it slide and went on to talking about our jobs some more? Well it’s happening. Hang on, let me be a little more clear and a little less ominous: James Ferraro’s 100% exhibit is currently live at the MoMA PS1.

Now maybe you’re thinking, “Well that’s neat, but I don’t live in Queens, or even New York, so how is this even relevant to me?” If you’re thinking that, you clearly didn’t read the news post I linked up above — I’m not angry that you didn’t, just disappointed — because fully two-thirds of this shit can be accessed right from your very own couch (the other third, Dubai Dream Tone, can only be heard in the museum’s elevators). Go ahead and call the museum and hear the sweet sounds of Saint Prius, music that Ferraro created to act as the museum’s hold music. Or consider visiting this website right here, where you can listen to and download each of the ringtones in the Eco - Savage Suite. There’s also a little dropdown-type menu at the top of the page where you can read details about the project, and where the number for the museum is listed. Pro Tip: if you want to feel like you’re about to be sucked into some weird sort of atemporal vortex, try playing all the ringtones at once.

The ringtones are available for both iPhones and Androids, however iPhone users take note: these are actual ringtone files (.m4r extension), so the only way you can add them to your iTunes library is in the “Tones” section. It looks like the Android ringtone files are just MP3s though, so they might be addable in the traditional way to both types of phones. I’m really not sure, as I have no experience with Android phones since I am afraid of both robots and change. Either way, these hot tones are sure to impress your buddies when your boss or roommate calls you during that TED Talk.

Eco - Savage Suite ringtones:

Aerosol Smile
100%
Saint Prius
Ethno-Ambiguous
Diaspora Gecko
c7欗塑&_Facial&
Eco - Detergent
Botox
Earth Jump (Small Aboriginal Dreads)
Abs
Airbag
The Warming Planet
Dianetics
Bottled Rain Water
Dream Sushi
100% 2
Pollution Technique
CD Skip Glitch 2 _ Recycle Landfill

• James Ferraro: https://twitter.com/LIL_ICEBUNNY
• MoMA PS1: http://momaps1.org

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