Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks announce new record Wig Out at Jagbags, change name to Shoopie Magoogle and the Woops
Breaking news: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks have officially changed their name to Shoopie Magoogle and the Woops. For clarity’s sake, the group’s future releases and press materials will still read Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, which is also how they will continue to refer to themselves verbally. But they know and you know that they’re really Shoopie Magoogle and the Woops. Why the drastic name change? Well, take this album title: Wig Out at Jagbags. Does that sound like an album by Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks? Well, yes, it does, because Pitchfork reports it is an album by them coming out January 7 through Matador (January 6 through Domino in the UK). It just sounds even more like an album by a band called Shoopie Magoogle and the Woops.
Wig Out at Jagbags will be the debut from Shoopie Magoogle and the Woops, but the first Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks album since 2011’s Mirror Traffic (TMT Review). If you preorder the album from Matador’s store, you’ll receive a one-sided 7-inch for non-album track “Pick Up the Spare” on strawberry red vinyl. Let’s make that clear: STRAW. BERRY. RED. Not cherry red. Not some sort of crappy maroon. Strawberry red. While you’re thinking about that pleasing shade, check out the video for first single “Lariat”:
Shoopie Magoogle and the Woops will be coming to Europe this January. In France, look for Shoopie Magoogle et l’Oups. In Spain, Shoopie Magoogle y la vaya. In Germany, Shoopie Magoogle und die Woops. In England, Shoopie Magoogle and the Woops. They speak English there, dummy.
Wig Out at Jagbags tracklist:
01. Planetary Motion
02. The Janitor Revealed
04. Houston Hades
06. J Smoov
07. Rumble at the Rainbo
09. Independence Street
11. Cinnamon and Lesbians
12. Surreal Teenagers
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks dates:
01.13.14 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell
01.14.14 - Glasgow, UK - Uran Mor
01.15.14 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
01.16.14 - London, UK - Forum
01.18.14 - Paris, France - Divan Du Monde
01.20.14 - Madrid, Spain - Joy Eslava
01.21.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Bikini
01.23.14 - Milan, Italy - Tunnel
01.25.14 - Fribourg, Switzerland - Fri-Son
01.26.14 - Frankfurt, Germany - Zoom
01.27.14 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
01.29.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
01.30.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
01.31.14 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
02.01.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique Orangerie
02.02.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Bitterzoet
Neon. All-night karaoke. Cat cafes! (Thirty-nine of them, to be exact, if Wikipedia is to be trusted. THIRTY-NINE!!!!) If any world capital seems like it would be a natural conduit for the sugary magic of Red Bull, it’s Tokyo. And so it’s only logical that the sorta corporate-seeming but usually pretty awesome Red Bull Music Academy should be making Tokyo the site of its 2014 mega art/music shindigs.
Over the past decade-and-a-half, such dream locales as London, New York City, Toronto, Cape Town, Melbourne, and Madrid have played host to this genre-defying showcase where the finest purveyors of forward-thinking music and art, together with literally THOUSANDS of those 20-year-old girls who shill Red Bull on college campuses across America, descend upon a designated city to give it wings and a totally next-level hangover. Tokyo’s Red Bull Music Academy Weekender gave residents a scintillating taste of what’s to come this past month when the city played host to Damo Suzuki’s Network, Gilles Peterson, Daedelus, DJ Krush, Yann Tomita, Diamond Version, Young Symphony Orchestra, Henrik Schwarz’s WalkMusic performance, and a Harajuku-based music/art/records fair. Would-be initiates of Red Bull’s special brand of wizardry can watch Red Bull Music Academy’s website. Red Bull Red Bull Red Bull!!!! This post brought to you by new zero calorie Red Bull Overdose.
• Red Bull Music Academy: http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com
When I was eight years old, a haunting and magical book appeared at the library and changed my life forever. That book was The Carnival Ghost, an early entry into the Sweet Valley Twins Super Chillers (imagine creepy, “bloody” red letters here) series of YA “twins gettin’ scared” novels. Unshockingly, this book was about a creeeepy carnival haunted by a fetching dark-haired young ghost woman with a super-pretty long white dress with a blue ribbon sash. Apart from the fact that she was totally evil, she was PRETTY AWESOME. I mean, she got to haunt a carnival forever, while wearing fly threads, and so basically this fictional ghost person became my life role model the first day I ever read that book.
Marissa Nadler’s new album is effectively this concept brought to life. The Boston-based chanteuse’s sixth album, July, is set for a February 4 release on Sacred Bones in the US, and a February 10 release on Bella Union in the UK. Recorded at Avast Studio in Seattle with Randall Dunn (Earth, sunn O))), Wolves in the Throne Room) and featuring Eyvand Kang (strings), Steve Moore (synths), and Phil Wandscher (guitar), July has that same haunting, ethereal, dusty Depression-era carnival quality that characterizes Nadler’s best work, but the lyrics on the new album set her firmly on the modern highways and fluorescent-lit hotels of the modern carnival ghost, er, touring musician. You can preview new track “Dead City Emily” online. No dates yet, apart from a late November stop at Rough Trade in Brooklyn.
04. We Are Coming Back
05. Dead City Emily
06. Was It a Dream
07. I’ve Got Your Name
09. Anyone Else
10. Holiday In
11. Nothing in My Heart
11.30.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
DJ Rashad, now the only cyborg footwork/juke musician, returns to the road following car crash-related hip injury
No no, put that pill bottle down, I say! DJ Rashad missing a slew of North American (and European) tour dates as a result of a car accident was not a case of divine (albeit malevolent) intervention, and the end of all life on Earth isn’t, in fact, a reasonable prediction henceforth! Though I certainly do appreciate the impulse, considering how previously rare stateside performances were, and the fact that the accident itself occurred pretty near the front end of what dates he had scheduled. Rashad’s amicable companion DJ Spinn ably filled in where necessary as the former recovered from a broken hip and weeks of physical therapy, but… you’ll notice my use of the past-tense there. Fed up with being hospital bed-ridden, Rashad ultimately turned to the mystical power of the Senzu Bean, and now he’s about to go Super-Saiyan all over North America’s ass. All over it. You may as well not even wear pants. I’m not.
Starting with the show in Oxford, Ohio last week, Rashad will be fulfilling all subsequent November dates in the US, and he’s just added a bunch of shows for December as well. As was preordained and not left to chance, Chance the Rapper maintains his support role all the way through the show at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. Insert month-long hiatus, Rashad making a New Year’s resolution to circumvent traffic by investing in a jet pack manufacturer, and then comes the trip to Japan as part of the Ten Years of Hyperdub tour. Don’t forget Double Cup (TMT Review), by the way. Came out just a few weeks ago, still hot.
11.08.13 - Oxford, OH - Brick St Bar
11.10.13 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall *
11.12.13 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater *
11.14.13 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater *
11.17.13 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey *
11.18.13 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory *
11.19.13 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red *
11.20.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater *
11.22.13 - Dallas, TX - Trees’ *
11.23.13 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live *
11.25.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft @ Center Stage *
11.26.13 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom *
11.27.13 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre *
11.29.13 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre *
11.30.13 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave *
12.03.13 - Oberlin, OH - Dionysus Disco *
12.08.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant *
12.10.13 - Fargo, ND - The Venue *
12.12.13 - Missoula, MT - The Wilma Theatre *
12.14.13 - Garden City, ID - Revolution Center *
12.15.13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox @ The Market *
12.16.13 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom *
12.18.13 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom *
12.20.13 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Cultural Center
01.31.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Unit #@!
02.01.13 - Chubu, Japan - Mago #@!
02.02.13 - Kanazawa, Japan - Manier #@!
02.03.13 - Osaka, Japan - Conpass #@!
02.07.13 - Middletown, CT - Eclectic House
* Chance the Rapper
@ Laurel Halo
• DJ Rashad: https://www.facebook.com/pages/DJ-Rashad/152577002604
• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net
Marvel at the wonders of the Universe courtesy of the fantastic, high-resolution images captured and distributed though NASA’s Space Hubble Telescope! Then realize, absent a miraculous progression in technology that allows for the manager of your local convenience mart to travel affordably through space, those images will remain, for the foreseeable future, just that: IMAGES, and perhaps representations of dreams that will never be fulfilled. Sorry for the downer. Here, have some popcorn.
Though, when you think about it, who really needs space exploration or even photos of space to be astounded and mesmerized? The human Hubble (a.k.a. Ben Greenberg of The Men, formerly of ZS, Little Women, etc.) has been specializing in guitar hypnotization for at least a few years now, and really, upon listening to his new LP Hubble Eagle, the desire to star-touch goes away completely — partly due to the realization that stars aren’t capable of being touched without reciprocal vaporization, but also because… the music keeps the mind totally preoccupied. It’s continuous to the point where human responsibility is almost unbelievable. Have we checked Greenberg for internal circuits?
Although most of the album is instrumental, you’ll notice on the track below the audible formation of words, also known as vocals. You may notice those same words on the track of the same name by The Kinks. It’s a notable, if mostly different-sounding, cover, inspired by Greenberg’s “rigorous touring schedule on the open road.” You can purchase the LP here, if you’d like.
Hubble Eagle tracklisting:
01. A Star or Two Beside
02. A Long Way From Home
03. Hubble Eagle
The Books’ videos released on DVD. But I really wanted to watch that church procession from 1989 on Blu-ray!
You know the cliché when you’ve just finished a thoroughly engaging piece of literature and you’re remarking to your friends or peers about how engaging it was? “I couldn’t put it down!” one might be inclined to say, ignoring the fact that you’ve very obviously put it down to socialize and provided zero useful information to anyone who might be interested. “So, uh, what’s it about?” “I just seriously couldn’t put it down!” “Oh, okay.”
By contrast, the musical The Books aren’t letting you put them down, despite formally breaking up some time ago (in the midst of the 1960s counterculture movement, but prior to LBJ’s promotion of the Great Society). About two months ago, The Books (or an intermediary thereof) announced the separation-for-sale of Music for a French Elevator and Other Oddities from their total and gargantuan artistic compendium A Dot in Time., released last year. A reasonable decision, considering the price of the latter, so now, Temporary Residence Ltd have decided to do the same for Freedom of Expression, a DVD of all the quirky videos that The Books utilized during their live shows and elsewhere. Experiencing one of those shows quickly revealed how complementary the “surreal mix of bizarre found footage, home movies, and psychedelic animated imagery” was to the music, so it’s certainly worthy of consideration.
Here’s where you can buy. Below: what’s in store. Oh those humans!
Freedom of Expression (2 hours long, btw) tracklisting:
01. That Right Ain’t Shit
02. Be Good to Them Always
03. Smells Like Content
04. Take Time
06. It Never Changes to Stop
08. All A’s
09. If Now, Whenever
10. Classy Penguin
11. 8 Frame
12. An Owl with Knees
13. Twelve Fold Chain
14. Cello Song (feat. Jose Gonzales)
15. Handfart Man
16. Group Autogenics I
17. I Didn’t Know That
18. A Cold Freezin’ Night
19. Chain of Missing Links
20. We Bought the Flood
21. Mommy Daddy
Thrill Jockey brings the future of the past to the present today with first-ever cassette-only release, Jan St. Werner’s Transcendental Animal Numbers
Hey there, colleagues. Taylor Peters here, reporting from my wi-fi-enabled plane en route to the Social Media Leveraging and Positioning 2K13 conference/bacchanal in the Maldives. I just wanted to holler at you re: a new disruption in the brand-o-sphere vis a vis the globality of tech/musical interchange. At the end of the day, all things considered, and with all the cards on the surprisingly heavy imported marble table, it’s probably going to substantially re-configure how we generate actionable concepts of release-oriented solutions within a substantial chunk of extant sub-genres, so listen up.
I trust you’re familiar with Thrill Jockey, the innovative Chicago firm who last year celebrated their 20th anniversary. Well they’re at it again. It, of course, is “a headlong drive toward a tactical uptick in modular synergy.” By way of innovative and hands-on solutions to real human problems, they’re planning their first-ever cassette-only release in just a few short days. It’s from Jan St. Werner, one-half of Mouse on Mars, who also occasionally records under the solo name Lithops. Now, though, he’s leveraging his birth name with a solution-oriented approach to “carefully edited sounds derived from computer algorithms” on Transcendental Animal Numbers. Over two 20-minute tracks, the release stitches together constant sonic and tonal shifts into a coherent whole that still manages to be disruptive at both the technological and genre level. You can listen to Experimedia’s album preview below.
Scheduled for release on November 12, Transcendental Animal Numbers will be limited to 150 copies worldwide (each cassette comes with a download coupon), a fact that ensures a substantial ROI for anyone interested in shoring up their Google Dollars (preorder it here). The release is the second in St. Werner’s Fiepblatter Catalogue, the first of which, Blaze Colour Burn, arrived earlier this year. What I’m saying is this: if one of your KPIs is a steady release schedule, this Fiepblatter Catalogue might be as good a place as any to invest — especially with Thrill Jockey innovating release formats like they are here. Though details have yet to emerge, there have been some pretty clear indications that there’s more planned for this Fiepblatter Catalogue down the line, so keep your phone device close to your face, friend, and I’ll inform you as the data drips down the pike.
Transcendental Animal Numbers tracklisting:
01. Transcendental Animal Music
Secret Boyfriend’s had enough of being locked away in the cellar, preps This Is Always Where You’ve Lived LP on Blackest Ever Black
I’ll spare you the obvious quip about why you probably haven’t heard of Secret Boyfriend until now. Oh, wait, no I will not!
As circumstance would have it, the project of North Carolinian Ryan Martin, founder of the Hot Releases label, has taken the secrecy of its intimacy to a whole new level — in fact, to an extent that’s forced obliviousness to the musical lovin’ that he’s provided since around 2009 or so. Let me italicize the musical part of that phrase; there are no legal boundaries being crossed or straddled in a non-consensual manner here. Instead, Martin and his alias have so far kept the anniversary-celebrating and the sweet “Good morning :)” texts deep in the underground, a few live shows to supplement the limited cassettes, and… fuckin’ hell, that’s what I call secret. Who’s tired of all the sneaking around?
Secret Boyfriend has a new album out December 9 (his first genuine LP, as it turns out) entitled This Is Always Where You’ve Lived, sponsored by (in a notable step into the limelight) the UK label Blackest Ever Black. “Potent” and “fully realized” though the album may be, I’ve had the chance to listen to some of it, and it’s nothing if not heterogeneous. It’s not quite folk. It’s not quite noise. Were we still in the age of antenna-based cable, you might find the best description during a thunderstorm. Here’s the official release page, and there’s a little SoundCloud preview embedded on that page too.
This Is Always Where You’ve Lived tracklisting:
01. Summer Wheels
02. Silvering the Wing
03. Form Me
05. Remarkable Fluids
06. Beyond the Darkness
07. Dream Scrape
08. Glint and Glow
09. Have You Heard About This House?
10. Last Town
11. Deleted Hill
12. This Is Always Where You’ve Lived
• Blackest Ever Black: http://blackesteverblack.bigcartel.com
Cloud Becomes Your Hand becomes a band that’s signed to Northern Spy, also becomes a band that tours the East Coast
Clap your hands and say, “wait, what the fuck is happening? My hands seem to have morphed into a visible mass of liquid droplets how am I supposed to perform my duties at the factory or pleasure my spouse?” because Brooklyn-based acid-trip-prog band Cloud Becomes Your Hand just signed to Northern Spy. In case you’re unfamiliar, Cloud Becomes Your Hand is a band that The New Yorker described explicitly as “kaleidoscopic” and implicitly as “maybe okay for wealthy white people to know about. We’ll see.”
Since starting out back in the Year of our Lord 2010 as the bedroom project of Stephe Cooper, the band has really perfected the art of evading concise description. One minute they’re all folky, then there’s a proggy synth line out of nowhere, then all of a sudden you’re like “Wait a minute, why am I suddenly in a video game?” Now they’re all grown up and planning both a full-length album on Northern Spy for February of next year, and a brief East Coast tour jaunt for THIS VERY MONTH (the dates are below).
You can check out two songs from the forthcoming album over on the group’s Bandcamp, or, if you look below, you can hear recordings from their performance at Shea Stadium, so named for the (in)famous Schmitty Shea, who on that ground back in the Year of our Lord 1905 finally perfected his recipe for a type of butter that you can totally justify rubbing on your face.
11.06.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Secret Project Robot #
11.07.13 - Philadelphia, PA - West Kensington Ministry $
11.08.13 - Boston, MA - Cantab Lounge
11.09.13 - Providence, RI - Bldg 16 %
11.10.13 - Northampton, MA - Feeding Tube Records ^
# Zula, Ava Luna, Ashcan Orchestra, Sam Owens (of Celestial Shore)
$ Scott Churchman
% Black Pus, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Japanther
^ Happy Jawbone Family Band, Quilt, Laminated Apes
Noveller announces December tour with Anna von Hausswolff, together they create new holiday: Novhaussmas!
Forget Christmas. Forget Hanukkah. Forget Kwanzaa. Forget Thanksgiving, if you can. There is only one fourth-quarter holiday worth celebrating now. I speak, of course, of Novhaussmas, the one true holiday. Forgo gift-giving and feasting this holiday season, your only gift, your only sustenance will come from the elemental power of a crushing drone. Many historians have asked where this new holiday came from, but what they should be asking is, where will it come from? The one true holiday has not been invented, yet it soon will be, when drone-but-not-drone guitarist Noveller goes on tour with gothic-but-not-gothic songwriter Anna von Hausswolff. Praise be and all that.
And, hey, if you’re looking to cook up some of that Novhaussmas cheer with some new music, have I got some great suggestions for you! Noveller just released her sixth record, No Dreams, through Important Records, while Hausswolff released Ceremony last year. Boy, will these releases put you in the right frame of mind to think about the crushing everything of existence! Happy holidays.
Noveller and Anna von Hausswolff dates:
12.04.13 - Washington, DC - Lang Theatre (Atlas Performing Arts Center)
12.05.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
12.06.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall
12.07.13 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
12.09.13 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
12.10.13 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry
12.13.13 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
12.14.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
12.15.13 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
12.17.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Bar