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:
Sort of like those SETI weirdos who hole-up in dingy observatories reeking of old Chinese food and burnt Sanka coffee, every music web site out there worth its clean, white layout and sans-serif fonts has on its staff at least one lowly, greasy, long-fingernailed employee whose sole job it is to keep hitting the refresh button on the Radiohead website every 15 seconds. (Yup, that’s me. Hello there, nice to meet you.) Usually, there’s nothing much to report at the end of each 16-hour shift, unless I’ve broken my previous record for how many boogers I’ve eaten while no one was looking, but every once in a while… PAY DIRT! Ladies and gentlemen, today is one of those days. Behold, from Dead Air Space:
We have made an app called PolyFauna.
PolyFauna is an experimental collaboration between us (Radiohead) & Universal Everything, born out of The King of Limbs sessions and using the imagery and the sounds from the song Bloom.
It comes from an interest in early computer life-experiments and the imagined creatures of our subconscious.
Your screen is the window into an evolving world.
Move around to look around.
You can follow the red dot.
You can wear headphones.
OH. MY. GOD. RIGHT??? I damn near fell out of my ergonomic chair from the backward momentum created by the sheer force with which I spit out my Fruit Loops!
Thom! With an H! That’s him alright. Ohhh readers, I can’t even tell you… how goddamn sexually potent I feel right now.
• Radiohead: http://www.radiohead.com
• Universal Everything: http://www.universaleverything.com
• PolyFauna: http://radiohead.com/deadairspace/140211/PolyFauna
What’s a Coachella? Desert Daze Festival to feature Liars, Blonde Redhead, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and more
If sweating under the piercing desert sun with no shade in sight, extremely overpriced beers, and the entire Hipster-American population of L.A. doesn’t seem like a good time to you, well, Desert Daze is back to save you from the Coachella blues. These people have a MUSIC FESTIVAL in the DESERT with ACTUALLY GOOD BANDS and it is LITERALLY IN AN OASIS. (Well, I don’t know what the exact scientific definition of an oasis is, but it’s got a lake with trees, and it looks like HEAVEN.) This one-night boutique of music is turning 3 on April 26 (the weekend after the Big Festival) this year.
This year you got Blonde Redhead, The Raveonettes, Liars, Autolux, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Vincent Gallo, Diiv, The Allah-las, Night Beats, Cosmonauts, Disappears, Deap Vally, Mystic Braves, Kiev, Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel, Terakaft, Corners, Froth, Fever the Ghost, Kiki Pau, Al Lover, Kikagaku Moyo, Habits, Liphemra, Church of Sun, Supertall Paul’s Jive Joint, Young Old Man, and my personal favorite band name, LA Witch. The festival takes place at Sunset Ranch in Mecca, CA. More info is available online.
• Desert Daze: http://desertdaze.org
Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks take a stab at a debut album, Enter the Slasher House, kill it on first single, mutilate fans on spring tour!
Hey there! In case you clicked on this link by accident, let me show you around and explain what’s going on before you leave. See, this dude Avey Tare (a musician who used to be famous for singing and gesticulating-around in a strange and silly-sounding band called Animal Collective) recently teamed with keyboard player and singer Angel Deradoorian (of Dirty Projectors and Deradoorian), and drummer Jeremy Hyman (of Ponytail and Dan Deacon) to form a new band. From there, they basically did what people always do: gave the band an obvious name (Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks), moved to Los Angeles, and banged out an album together based on Avey’s acoustic-guitar demos. Then together, the goofy “jazz power trio” (that’s really what the press release says) went and co-produced and recorded the songs together live at the Lair studio “using only minimal overdubs,” which apparently resulted in a “spooky dynamism.”
I know what you’re thinking, and no, the resulting album unfortunately isn’t called Spooky Dynamism. It’s actually called Enter the Slasher House, and it’s coming out via Domino on April 8 in the US (and April 7 every place else) on vinyl, CD, download, the whole works. And heck, if you’re still reading this, you’ll probably also be interested to know that you can check out the first single, “Little Fang”, down below. In addition, you can totally pre-order the album from Domino on CD and “double heavyweight vinyl” and get an instant download of the single right now! (Wow, you’re actually gonna do it, aren’t you? I guess I must be absolutely killing this story!)
Oh, and the band is also going on tour soon. And since I’ve convinced you to stay and read all this and become a HUGE fan of this band you’ve never heard of before just now, you’ll probably also be interested to know that they’re selling ticket + album combo-paks at their website right now as well. Enjoy. And you’re welcome! No need to thank me. Just doing my job.
Enter the Slasher House tracklisting:
01. A Sender
02. Duplex Trip
03. Blind Babe
04. Little Fang
05. Catchy (Was Contagious)
06. That It Won’t Grow
07. The Outlaw
08. Roses on the Window
09. Modern Days E
10. Strange Colores
11. Your Card
Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks dates:
04.17.14 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre *
04.18.14 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Blind Pig *
04.19.14 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace *
04.21.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
04.22.14 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
04.24.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny’s Brenda *
04.25.14 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall *
04.26-27.14 - Asheville, NC - Moogfest
04.28.14 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups *
04.29.14 - Exit In - Nashville, TN *
04.30.14 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Purgatory Stage) *
05.02.14 - New Orleans, LA - Parish at House of Blues *
05.03-04.14 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest
* Dustin Wong
Florian Hecker announces Articulação on Editions Mego, two out of two cats already poised to pounce at the speakers
Get your brains ready, because German head-scrambler Florian Hecker just announced that he’s back with another full-length brain-whisk entitled Articulação on Editions Mego. I just played the excerpt from “Modulator (… meaningless, affectless, out of nothing …)” that’s up on SoundCloud on my stereo and let me tell you, my cats are super excited. And when I say “excited” what I actually mean is “they somehow plotted a tandem attack against my speakers that I was only barely able to prevent before they ripped the cones to shreds.” I’ll embed the track below if you are in the mood for a cool sonic experience paired with a possible cat attack.
Anyhow, I’m getting ahead of myself. Maybe you’re all like, “Who the heck is Florian Hecker?” not because you don’t know who he is but because you think you’re funny and good at puns. You’re not. Florian Hecker, though, is an experimental producer who, through a series of releases, including 2011’s Speculative Solution (TMT Review) and 2009’s Acid in the Style of David Tudor (TMT Review), has plumbed the depths of noise and psychoacoustics. Most recently he released 2012’s Chimerization, a three-part collaboration with Iranian philosopher Reza Negarestani who provided an “experimental libretto” for the piece in English, German, and Farsi.
Articulação finds Hecker collaborating with Negarestani yet again on the libretto for “Hinge,” which conveys a “complex scene in which the two obelisks of the script — one from the perspective of nature and one from the perspective of culture — are recited simultaneously in an informational yet dramatic style.” Different versions of “Hinge” open and close the album. Included as well on these tracks are vocal contributions from vocalist and composer Joan La Barbara, as well as Sugata Bose and Anne Kohler. Mastering is by Rashad “Obviously can time travel because how else could one human do as much cool stuff as he does” Becker. The album is due out March 31 and is available for pre-order right here.
02. Modulator (… meaningless, affectless, out of nothing …)
And lo, there was a long and steady rumble from the west, for the Mastodon had awakened from its wintry slumber. The deep thuds of distant footsteps put fear deep into the hearts of men and women alike. The rumble grew as the footsteps grew closer and harder. And then silence. For as it is known, the stomping of the Mastodon results in significant knee damage, particularly when the Mastodon neglects the stretching regimen recommended by its doctor and makes a habit of skipping exercise.
And thus it came to pass that the constituents of the Mastodon, the beastmen Troy Sanders, Brent Hinds, Bill Kelliher, and Brann Dailor, totally wrecked their knees trying to do the whole “stomp so hard mere mortals can hear you coming for miles” thing, and as such found themselves dearly in need of knee surgery. As it was written, the best way to raise the much-needed funds for four knee surgeries is to go on a spring tour. AND SO IT SHALL BE! Many voices may be heard to wonder, “How now shall these beastmen with their ruined knees dare to travel and perform upon such wounded appendages?” The answer will come forth from the clouds, loud and strong: “The beastmen will use Segways!” Accompanying Mastodon will be fellow terrifying stomping beasties on one way trips toward knee damage, Gojira and Kvelertak. Tickets are on sale now, and those that find themselves desirous of a preview might do worse than to check out Mastodon’s recent Live at Brixton release.
And then I looked, and lo, a second scroll unfurled. It contained but scant information, promising a rider on a white horse from the east bearing a follow-up to 2011’s The Hunter (TMT Review). It contained hints of work being done even now, though drawing soon to a close, in Nashville, Tennessee under the guidance of one Nick Raskulinecz. Beyond assurance that further details would be soon forthcoming, there was little. And then nothing. And then only darkness.
04.28.14 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
04.29.14 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
05.01.14 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
05.02.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theater
05.03.14 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
05.04.14 - Salt Lake City, NV - Depot
05.05.14 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
05.07.14 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
05.08.14 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theater
05.09.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
05.10.14 - Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy
05.12.14 - Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom
05.13.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05.15.14 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
05.16.14 - Boston, MA - The Palladium
05.17.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
05.18.14 - Columbus, OH - Rock On The Range