We all experienced the cruelties of seventh-grade gym class at some point in our lives. Hopefully it was during seventh grade, but look, I’m not here to judge anyone’s life choices. I’m just here to report the news that Charli XCX has announced a new album to follow up last year’s True Romance. I only bring up seventh-grade gym class because, well, I just know my old gym teacher Mr. Jonard is going to be pissed when he finds out what it’s called.
See, every guy who went to my school knows about the “suck” speech. It usually occurs within the first couple gym classes of the year. Somebody gets frustrated and says what we’re all thinking: “This sucks.” Mr. Jonard hears, he orders an indiscriminate amount of push-ups from the offender, and then gives a speech about how we’ll never use that word in that way because it’s impudent and derives from “suck my dick,” and how that goes for phrases like “suck it” and words like “sucker” as well. And everyone just kind of stands around uncomfortably trying not to laugh at the kid who got caught saying it as he struggles through his 50th push-up. Sucker.
Which brings me to the title of Charli XCX’s new album. It’s called Sucker, and it’s coming out on October 21 via Neon Gold/Atlantic. Now, Mr. Jonard, if you’re reading this, don’t be too quick to fly off the handle and order Charli XCX to do some push-ups. I’ve consulted the Oxford English Dictionary on the word “sucker” and there are a lot of different ways she could be using it. For all you know, Sucker is going to be a concept album about a person living in Illinois (yes that is apparently a real usage of it, or was in the mid-1800s). I’m just saying words can take on many different meanings and maybe you shouldn’t assume intent until you hear some of the music. Take a listen to the track below and decide for yourself. It’s called… “Break the Rules.” Oh. Well, I’m sure it’s not as impudent as the title might imply. Uh, here: about the song, Charli told Buzzfeed, “I spent about a month making a punk record and covering songs by Swedish punk bands like Snuffed By The Yakuza and stuff. This song was written when I came out of the other side of that punk phase and translated it into something more pop. Obviously, it’s about not giving a fuck.” Oh…
Eh, whatever. Suck it fools.
Booty booty booty booty rockin’ everywhere for 20 years: DJ Funk releases new three-disc best-of collection
Before there was booty booty booty booty rockin’ everywhere, before there was Ms. New Booty, there was DJ Funk. On the seventh day, he created the sound of booty house, and he looked around, saw the masses grinding, and lo, he knew that it was good. And now, with the release of Gold – 20th Anniversary Greatest Hits Collection on Dance Mania, the label that originally took a chance on Funk’s booty-dropping, party-making jams, the WORLD will know what’s good.
It’s a three-CD set, with classic tracks like “Booty Bounce,” “Ho’s in This House,” and so much more. Your life is set to get a whole lot sexier next month, when the collection drops on September 5. DJ Funk also has forthcoming plans to twerk his way through Europe and the UK this fall, then voyage on to the diiiiirty dancefloors of America. Vinyl drops next year. Booties drop NOW.
Gold – 20th Anniversary Greatest Hits Collection tracklist:
01. House the Groove
02. Pump It Erk N Jerk
03. Knock Knock
04. Work It
05. the Original Video Clash
06. Work Dat Body
07. Pussy Ride
08. Big Ole Booty
09. Doggy Style
10. Dj Funk Gonna Hurt Somebody
11. Jump Up
12. Ho’s in This House
13. Booty Bounce
14. I Need Weed in My Life
15. Da Roof
16. Booty Dead
17. All You Freaks
18. I’m so High
19. Get Funky
20. Hey I Feel Alright
21. I Am Getting High
22. Pump It Uk
01. BHA2 Megamix (Shake It up, Bounce Dat Ass, Believe in Sex, Face down Ass up, Pop Dat Thing, Booty Clap)
02. Booty Bounce (GTA Mix)
03. Pop’n Champagne (Spenda C and Dj Funk)
04. Titties and Beer (Original Mix)
05. Touch the Ground (Dj Funk Vs Eddie Deng)
06. Bounce Dat Ass (Justice Vs Dj Funk)
07. Fuck Dat Ass
08. Freak . Pump It/ Pussyride Remix (Bro Safari + Knuckle Children)
09. Tits in My Face (Cenob1te Remix)
10. Booty Clap (Boys Noize/ookay Remix)
11. Fuck Face Down
12. Bang It (Dj Funk Vs Dj Godfather)
13. Back Dat Thang (Dj Funk Vs Dj Godfather)
14. Dirty Disco (Ft. Funkyworm)
15. Life Is a Mystery
16. High Frequency
17. Have’n Sex Acid Mix
18. Free at Last
19. Happy Feet
01. Gold Megamix
Kevin Drumm set to release a very quiet record, though don’t call it ambient and don’t call it drone
Kevin Drumm has been on a bit of a splurge lately. After a 20-plus-year career of systematically fucking shit up with his tabletop guitar and collection of deedats and doohickeys spitting out albums of noisey glory on a host of labels around the world, he has recently turned to Bandcamp and flooded it with even more glorious ruckus at an alarming rate over the past two years.
For a man who doesn’t need a label to find an audience, the fact that he has returned to his spiritual home, Editions Mego, for his forthcoming album Trouble suggests that even Drumm reckons this one is pretty special.
Trouble will be released on October 13 and is up for pre-order now. The Editions Mego people also think it’s pretty special, describing it as a 54-minute odyssey of subtle sounds and textures which is “neither ambient nor drone.” Great, so now you know what it isn’t. Can you imagine what it is with their description of it being “a more complex investigation into the deep recesses of sound… which discreetly works itself into the mind of a listener willing to invest in the path laid out”?
Bear witness yourself via the excerpt below, but crank those speakers to 11 because they weren’t kidding when they described Trouble as one of Drumm’s more quiet excursions.
[Photo: Dalston Sound]
Regardless of context, who says a few days doesn’t make a difference? Outside of a select few individuals who weirdly operate on a 168-hour clock, confusing the hell out of post offices with demands that they stop delivering Chinese restaurant menus multiple times per “day,” many people would agree that a lot can be accomplished in the span of a week. Folks in the upper echelon of the music industry, for instance, apparently believe that they can disrupt piracy by having Friday be the standard album global release day — thus moving the UK from its regular Monday and the US from its seemingly absurd Tuesday (while Australia’s would stay the same). What’s the rationale behind this crazy notion, and what impact will it have on your Friday mouth-foaming in anticipation of the weekend?
Well, concerning the latter, probably nothing if you’re a rabid consumer of music. If I ever did, it’s been a long time since I paid particular attention to exact release dates, but I’m not who the monolithic “music industry” is counting on. They’re thinking of listeners who buy a select few albums per year, and whose attention spans dwindle at the sight of shiny cars and numbing agents/MTV episodes.
So the theory goes, if Friday is the agreed-upon date for music releases worldwide, the Ozzies won’t have the chance to preempt purchases with pirating in the few intervening days before an album is released in the UK, the US, and elsewhere. In other words, people inclined to pirate supposedly won’t pirate as much if they don’t have to wait an extra three or four days. I’m sure hoping there’s some research to back this up, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this amounts to a trivial difference in numbers.
So this doesn’t matter, but if you think it does, wait until July 2015. If the RIAA, the IFPI, and all the major labels end up solidifying things, that’s when the global release date will take effect.
Next month, Celestial Shore plan to capitalize on the boundlessness induced by their band name and embark on the first-ever tour of the entire Andromeda Galaxy. The band plans to cut through Kalamazoo, MI and Oberlin, OH before jutting up and out of the thermosphere, exiting the Milky Way and making their way to Mayall II and even M110.
The trio will be previewing plenty of songs from their upcoming full-length, Enter Ghost, which is out via Hometapes on October 14. Joining them on this interstellar adventure are fellow corporeal beings Ava Luna. I actually had a chance to talk to Celestial Shore front man Sam Owens before he and his band transcend the exosphere; the interview is below.
Sam — no bands have toured outside the Earth’s atmosphere, much less an entirely different galaxy than our own. Are you concerned at all about audience turnout?
Audiences? We won’t need audiences where we’re going.
Bear with me here, but my knowledge of the inner workings of spaceships is limited. Will power outlets and other logistics cause trouble on this tour?
Outlets? We won’t need outlets where we’re going.
Interesting stuff! Catch Celestial Shore on this heavenly body we call Earth at one of the dates below:
09.05.14 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival #
09.06.14 - Raleigh, NC - Hometapes Day Party
09.07.14 - Columbia, SC - House Party *
09.08.14 - Atlanta, GA - Mammal Gallery *
09.10.14 - Nashville, TN - Stone Fox *
09.11.14 - Indianapolis, IN - Joyful Noise *
09.12.14 - Detroit, MI - MOCAD *
09.13.14 - Kalamazoo, MI - Satellite Records *
09.14.14 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
09.15.14 - Columbus, OH - The Summit *
09.16.14 - Oberlin, OH - The Cat In The Cream *
09.17.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose *
09.18.14 - Buffalo, NY - Sugar City *
09.19.14 - Toronto, ON - Milk Glass *
09.20.14 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal *
09.21.14 - Portland, ME - Space Gallery *
09.22.14 - Northampton, MA - 13th Floor Lounge *
09.23.14 - Boston, MA - Boston Hassle Party *
09.24.14 - Providence, RI - AS220 *
09.25.14 - Burlington, VT - Speaking Volumes *
09.26.14 - Ithaca, NY - Cornell Fanclub *
09.27.14 - Kingston, NY - BSP Lounge *
* Ava Luna
Nas announces fall tour dates coinciding with theatrical release of Nas: Time Is Illmatic documentary
Overheard: “So then I says to him, I says, yo, what about a tour? A full-on tour for the Illmatic XX anniversary that happens to fall on the theatrical release day of the documentary about you?! And, you can bet your ass, NAS IS LIKE…”
Hats off to Nas, perhaps the only active living rap legend (did I just throw shade? Nah…). His doc, Nas: Time Is Illmatic will be released in NY (obviously) on October 1, and his tour will kick off the following day.
The tour itself will not just be any old humdrum rap show. It will, firstly, be NAS! Secondly, it will be an EVENT. The documentary will be screened and then the one and only Nastradamus will take the stage to perform Illmatic from start to finish. That is never going to happen again in your lifetime because there’s only one absolutely legendary rap album that can be performed by its maker before they become holograms. You better take what you can get and what you can get is a damn good deal. NAS IS LIKE… DUH, KID. COP A TICKET OR TWO TO MA SHOW.
Nas tour dates:
10.02.14 - Rochester, NY - Main Street Armony *
10.03.14 - Albany, NY - Palace Theatre
10.04.14 - Washington D.C. - Lincoln Theatre (Matinee)
10.05.14 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre
10.08.14 - Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10.09.14 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
10.10.14 - Hammond, IN - Horseshoe
10.11.14 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre *
10.12.14 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
10.15.14 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
10.16.14 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
10.17.14 - Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas *
10.18.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
10.19.14 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
* no screening of Nas: Time Is Illmatic
• Nas: http://www.nasirjones.com
Bing & Ruth use upcoming LP Tomorrow Was the Golden Age to inscribe “glass half-full” notions in your soul
What’s the old cliché intended to reassure after a period of misery? Ah yes, “tomorrow is a new day,” and as far as clichés go, at least this one has the virtue of being mildly accurate. Time does have the tendency to heal emotional distress, but sometimes, we humans just don’t have the patience for time’s steadiness. Sometimes we down half a bottle of Motrin to hasten the disappearance of an inherently temporary cold, and sometimes we need things like Bing & Ruth’s Tomorrow Was the Golden Age to keep us in the light of positivity… perpetually, every day, until we start barfing rainbows. Move over, Cheer Bear; composer David Moore’s aiming to uplift in a way that exceeds your totally weird abdominal powers.
As he states in reference to the conceptual underpinnings of the new album, “I wanted to take something from the darkness to the light and observe what the process would result in.” A seven-piece ensemble evolves from the previous 11 on City Lake to offer (judging by the track below) instrumental immersion in a major scale — venturing toward an ambient classification, and in that sense, personally reminding me of a somewhat more enveloping Eluvium. There’s no denying a faint sense of Eno either.
Bing & Ruth is reportedly Moore’s “principal project.” Thanks be to RVNG Intl. for bringing it to the fore on October 14!
Tomorrow Was the Golden Age tracklisting:
03. Just like the First Time
04. Police Police Police Police Police
05. Strange Wind
06. The Towns We Love Is Our Town
07. We Are on the Side of Angels
09. Postcard from Brilliant Orange
Wire reissue Document and Eyewitness, release 1980 Electric Ballroom show in full for the first time
Wire, post-punk legends and one of the very few bands from the era to keep on pushing forward today, have just reissued of their 1981 album Document and Eyewitness. In keeping with the band’s penchant for defying expectations, the re-release is not simply a trip down memory lane; the album captures the group’s most controversial moment: their 1980 show at London’s The Electric Ballroom, the band’s last before a five-year hiatus. Conceived as a multimedia event that would feature absurdist “actions and interventions,” experimental performances by Wire members and their associates, and, of course, very little of the band’s then-released music, the show was meant to expand on the ideas the group had showcased in their divisive-but-accomplished residence at the Jeannetta Cochrane Theatre late in 1979. So, an audience already nonplussed by the lack of Pink Flag vehemence in the band’s recent music was treated to Colin Newman singing while wearing an oversized beekeeper’s veil, D.A.F. joining in for a chorus sporting headdresses made out of newspaper, an inflatable jet, a huge white sheet paraded across the stage through the whole evening, Angela Conway (of A.C. Marias fame) dragging two tied-up men, and a life-sized goose lamp.
Dadaist derring-do aside, the original Document and Eyewitness album was a flawed register of the polarizing show, including just a handful of numbers from that evening and filling out the tracklist with songs recorded at “normal” gigs in 1979: Wire’s supporting slot for Roxy Music in Montreaux and their own show at the Notre Dame Hall in July. These three concerts are being released in their entirety for the first time, as part of Wire’s Legal Bootleg series. Meanwhile, Document and Eyewitness has been remastered and expanded for the reissue, including singles, B-sides, and rehearsals from the period. The album is available both as a double CD and on vinyl; the latter including a second LP with selections from the Notre Dame Hall show, whereas the CD gets all the extra goodies. The three shows’ bootlegs will be available digitally.
Document and Eyewitness is out now via the band’s own Pink Flag label.
• Wire: http://www.pinkflag.com
Peaking Lights start thinking about space and planets and time and music, announce Cosmic Logic for October
Looks like Peaking Lights have shifted their focus from Hell to the Heavens above. Los Angeles pair Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis have announced their follow-up to 2012’s Lucifer, titled Cosmic Logic, out on Domino sublabel Weird World Record Co. this fall.
Logic is the first album Peaking Lights have recorded in their newly built L.A. studio. Many of the sounds were constructed by Coyes, with final touch-ups done with the help of Matt Thornley (DFA, LCD Soundsystem). If you’ve always been attracted to PL’s signature take on “Fucked Modern Pop” and their “free-wheeling…mantra-like songwriting,” then fret not, cause that’s exactly what the press release promises.
Check out the album’s first single, “Breakdown,” along with some fun interactive scrolling album artwork, right here, or just listen free of distraction below. Cosmic Logic is out October 6 on CD, digital, and a bunch of different deluxe versions, one of which comes with a t-shirt!!!
Cosmic Logic tracklist:
01. Infinite Trips
02. Telephone Call
03. Hypnotic Hustle
04. Everyone and Us
05. Little Light
07. Eyes to Sea
08. Bad with the Good
09. New Grrrls
11. Tell Me Your Song
Yes, parents, it’s hard. But draw a deep breath, maybe have a shot of whiskey, and sit Junior down. It’s time to talk to your kids about Ashrae Fax.
Your kids may be hearing a lot of misinformation about Ashrae Fax from their friends at art school. Maybe they think that Ashrae Fax are a forgotten Projekt Records band from the late-80s or a super-secret Liz Fraser side project. No. These things are wrong. Ashrae Fax are a band from NOW who started THEN (late-90s/early-00s) but were rediscovered only RECENTLY. But really, the most important thing to tell your child is that they are wonderful.
And now, the facts. Mexican Summer reissued Ashrae Fax’s 2003 release Static Crash! a year ago. Yet vocalist Renée Mendoza Haran and producer/guitarist Alex Chesney had been creating dark, swirling, lovely music well before then, back even to the late-90s, and now Mexican Summer is dusting off some of those early unfinished tunes for the release of Never Really Been Into It, which hits stores on August 25. (They have now been finished. Mendoza spruced ‘em up in her home studio, where she re-recorded them over five months in 2013. Listen to one of those tracks, “CHKN,” below.) In sum, there’s never been a better chance to share with your kids the importance of saving all the dusty minidisc recordings of their first band, no matter what.
Never Really Been Into It tracklisting:
01. Dreamers Tied to Chairs
03. The Big Lie
04. Fits and Starts
06. Hurricanes in a Jar
07. You Make Me Question My Mind (in a thousand words about time)
09. Seconds Chances
10. In Motion