Blues Control have a new video and are serious enough about this whole music-as-a-career thing to tour Europe in support of it
Holy shit, dude, I’m psyched! I just learned how to embed videos using html and I’ve been just ITCHING to embed the everloving c-r-a-p out of some unsuspecting “clip” from YouTube or Hulioo or Vee-space or whathaveyou so that I can just sit back and relax in the satisfaction that it’s probably being “shared” at any given moment with a bunch of anonymous-ass motherfuckers. And lo and behold: BLUES CONTROL to the RESCUE!
Turns out that the krautrocky duo just put out an official music video for “Open Air,” one of the more mellowed offerings from last year’s TMT-tested, TMT-approved Valley Tangents LP. It was directed by Tara Sinn (who also directed what I and your 1990s music teacher would describe as a “funky-fresh” video for “Love’s a Rondo”) and purports to create an “apastoral-like terrain, communicating the song’s ambient qualities, which slowly builds aurally and visually with footage that becomes progressively more experimental as it approaches its denouement.”
Oh shit, wait! Did that press-release description just spoil the whole thing for you? Ahhh crap, sorry! Man, and I worked so hard to embed the damn thing too (you have to embed stuff one pixel at a time, you know. It took me three weeks to do this!!!). Well nevermind, I’m cool. And the good news is that the band is also headed to Europe for a while in June and July to support Valley Tangents. And there’s little chance of me spoiling that for you by describing it ahead of time, because I’ll be here in Chicago the whole time, carefully embedding my next video.
Blues Control tour control:
06.07.13 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Bourg
06.08.13 - Myzik Lyon, France - Kraspek
06.09.13 - Geneva, Switzerland - Cave 12
06.10.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Miscelanea
06.12.13 - Valencia, Spain - La Limera
06.13.13 - Madrid, Spain - El Perro Club
06.14.13 - Vitoria, Spain - Ibu Hots
06.15.13 - Nantes, France - Festival West Side
06.16.13 - Paris, France - Espace En Cours
06.17.13 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Slowboy
06.19.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Les Ateliers Claus
06.20.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Occii
06.22.13 - London, UK - Power Lunches
06.23.13 - Camber Sands, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival $
06.24.13 - Antwerp, Belgium - Echnum
06.25.13 - Hanover, Germany - Oberdeck
06.29.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Drone Bar
06.30.13 - Larz, Germany - Fusion Festival
07.02.13 - Helsinki, Finland - The Circus
07.03.13 - Malmö, Sweden - Sing Sang Studio
07.04.13 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
07.05.13 - Berlin, Germany - Urban Spree
$ performing w/ Laraaji
[Photo: Columbus Underground]
America has spoken and Local Natives are your indie rock band. Many bands vied to be the indie rock band for America, but, as with so many things, there can be only one. Your one, your only indie rock band is Local Natives now. Some are enthralled, others are furious, none can change what is now pure fact. Los Angeles’ Local Natives are the indie rock band that shall represent America and they are going on tour in the land that has chosen them.
Like all that have been given power, Local Natives only want more. They plan to venture far from America, namely by venturing into seemingly every other single place where they could possibly play. Gaze upon their touring itinerary for the rest of the year, notice how it seems to go on forever. If I used this space to write an entire short story, the sort which would take a full dozen pages on a bound book, it might still be shorter in length than the Local Natives tour dates. They are your indie rock band and now they are everywhere.
Local Natives dates:
05.19.13 - Brisbane, Australia - The Zoo
05.24.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera
05.31.13 - Porto, Portugal - Primavera
06.07.13 - New York, NY - Governor’s Ball
06.10.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
06.11.13 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
06.12.13 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
06.14.13 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06.15.13 - Columbus, OH - The LC Pavilion
06.18.13 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
06.19.13 - Richmond, VA - The National
06.23.13 - Amsterdam, Holland - Best Kept Secret Festival
06.28.13 - Glastonbury, UK - Glastonbury Festival
06.30.13 - Bialystok, Poland - Halfway Festival
07.02.13 - Zagreb, Croatia - Salata
07.03.13 - Monthey, Switzerland - Pont Rouge
07.05.13 - Beauregard, France - Festival Beauregard
07.06.13 - Arras, France - Arras Festival
07.07.13 - Sesto al Reghena, Italy - Piazza Castello
07.11.13 - Luxembourg, Luxembourgh - den Atelier
07.12.13 - Russelheim, Germany - Phono Pop Festival
07.14.13 - Kinross, UK - T In The Park
07.19.13 - Berlin, Germany - Melt Festival
07.20.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Longitude
07.21.13 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
07.26.13 - Niigata, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival
08.03.13 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.08.13 - Oslo, Norway - Oya
08.09.13 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
08.10.13 - Haldern, Germany - Haldern Pop Festival
08.11.13 - Palermo, Italy - Ypsigrock Festival
08.15.13 - St. Malo, France - La Route du Rock
08.16.13 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08.17.13 - Yorkshire, UK - Beacons Festival
08.18.13 - Brecon Beacons, UK - Green Man Festival
09.06.13 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.08.13 - St. Louis, MO - LouFest
09.12.13 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
09.13.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
09.15.13 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
09.17.13 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
09.19.13 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theater
09.20.13 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
09.21.13 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
09.23.13 - Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage
09.28.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
09.30.13 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
10.01.13 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
10.02.13 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitina’s
10.04-06.13 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10.06.13 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
10.07.13 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
10.11-13.13 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10.15.13 - Cambridge, UK - Junction
10.16.13 - Norwich, UK - Waterfront
10.17.13 - London, UK - Brixton Academy
10.19.13 - Oxford, UK - Gathering Festival
10.20.13 - Newcastle, UK - Sage 2
10.21.13 - Glasgow, UK - Arches
10.22.13 - Belfast, UK - Limelight
10.24.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia Theatre
10.25.13 - Sheffield, UK - Leadmill
10.26.13 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
10.27.13 - Bristol, UK - O2 Academy
10.29.13 - Southhampton, UK - University
10.31.13 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Club
11.01.13 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
11.04.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
11.05.13 - Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall
11.06.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Molotow
11.08.13 - Vienna, Austria - Flex
11.09.13 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon
11.11.13 - Rome, Italy - Black Out
11.12.13 - Florence, Italy - Viper
11.19.13 - Bordeaux, Frnace - Theatre Barbey
11.20.13 - Paris, France - Le Bataclan
Substrata 1.3: Grouper, Jacaszek, Noveller, The Sight Below, and more announced for Seattle’s annual reason to forgo prescription sedatives
Thanks to donations submitted through the associated Indiegogo campaign, Seattle’s newfound exploration of cochleas continues this year with the official announcement and lineup-unveiling of Substrata 1.3, to be hosted once again at the intimate Chapel Performance Space in the city’s Wallingford neighborhood. Perhaps serving as a testament to the enthusiasm of the event’s supporters, not only did said Indiegogo campaign succeed, but this third edition has seen a third day of performances added, just in case two days of sonic envelopment weren’t enough to leave you venturing home in a sensorial haze.
Last year’s edition had some unsurprisingly stellar performances from the likes of Tim Hecker, Loscil, and the elusive Pan•American. This year’s edition is set to maintain the stellar-ness, though again, extended across an additional evening.
The lineup includes a mix of the local and the not, as Pacific Northwesterners Grouper, Sean Curley, Ethernet, and The Sight Below (a.k.a. Substrata curator Rafael Anton Irisarri) join Christina Vantzou, Yagya, and Jacaszek to comprise part of the international bill. The guitar-wielding drone artists Noveller and Ken Camden, as well as the versatile Kim Cascone, round out what’s sure to be, as it has been previously, a thoroughly immersive few days, and a worthwhile replacement for “ommmm” activities.
And like previous editions, Substrata 1.3 will feature free daytime events on Saturday (details TBA) and a separately-ticketed auditory field trip on Sunday, for those wishing to mold their ears (and their minds) even further. Tickets for the performances are $35 per day or $65 for a three-day pass, and the event will take place July 18-July 21.
Can’t make it this year? The Substrata-inspired isolatedmix from Irisarri himself might be the next best thing:
• Substrata 1.3: http://substratafestival.com
Has the dehumanizing grind of working day in and day out at a job you don’t care about for a paycheck you know you’re just going to convert to double cheeseburgers got you down? Does the prospect of the future fill you with preemptive regret and the strange need to use the toilet? Well, just in time for summer blockbuster season, the American film industry has got your back. You see, NGUZUNGUZU (pronounced: en-gorz-oop-en-gorz-oop) are heading out on the road this June to get some “sick b-roll” for their recently announced coming-of-age dance movie, in which they will try to teach sad young professionals just like you the value of letting loose every once in a while. The plot reportedly revolves around a legless accountant’s chance encounter with a sexy wizard. The sexy wizard, played by Channing Tatum in drag, not only grows the legless accountant a whole new set of legs in her mystical Mason jars, but she also teaches him how to dance the mambo, and eventually becomes his wife!
Hippos in Tanks (pronounced: hurrpoz-en-trornks) are bankrolling the film project, which has been described as the “most aesthetically adventurous coming-of-age dance film since 2006’s Step Up.” The short tour will hit most of the major North American dance hotspots, including Twain, California and Vancouver (pronounced: vun-crubbard). Lace up your dancing shoes, downcast American workforce, Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda are coming to your town to inject a little Tatummy skip into your step!
06.05.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Elevate
06.07.13 - Chicago, IL - Primary
06.14.13 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sounds Festival
06.16.13 - Seattle, WA - Barboa
06.22.13 - Twain, CA - Bounce Festival
06.29.13 - Miami, FL - Bardot
Thundercat readies Apocalypse LP on Brainfeeder, so apparently Francis Ford Coppola had the timing all wrong
Doing a verbal nod of the head to Robin Williams’ tremendous success as an actor and comedian, I feel it’s also important to acknowledge the qualities that might not have earned him fame but are an inextricable part of his story nonetheless. First, those hairy arms. Dedicated bodybuilders have nothing on Williams’ perpetual ability to lift those follicle-weighted limbs day-in and day-out. Second, “carpe diem.” Sure, some Roman, poetry-writing fairy might’ve coined the phrase over 2,000 years ago, but hardly anybody alive cares about that guy; people just recall Dead Poets Society (1989). Anyway, in case you haven’t seen it, the phrase translates to “seize the day” in English.
Elaborate segue: if you didn’t “seize the day” and catch the sometimes equally furry bass monster Thundercat on his most recent tour (with Flying Lotus and Teebs), then you’re almost certainly out of luck, now or in the future, when it comes to seeing him play in person. See, the Apocalypse is coming. Specifically, Apocalypse, the sophomore album from the aforementioned rumbling — due to the bass — feline will be released digitally on June 4 via iTunes, with a physical release coming July 9. There’s no need for dire warnings about fiery meteorites raining down from the sky. Seclusion will be your choice, not because of some naive desire to prevent almost certain death, but because you won’t want anyone else seeing you getting your grove on in the most embarrassing, though personally enjoyable way possible.
That’s what’s coming. Enlightening video and tracks, below.
02. Heartbreaks + Setbacks
03. The Life Aquatic
04. Special Stage
05. Tron Song
07. Oh Sheit It’s X
08. Without You
09. Lotus and the Jondy
11. We’ll Die
12. A Message for Austin / Praise the Lord / Enter the Void
All the artists on the Hyperdub roster are pretty damn sweet. It’s like, Hyperdub is the local bakery where there are 30 different kinds of donuts and when you walk in an old lady is like, “Have a sample, dearie,” but the sample isn’t really a sample — it’s like, practically the size of a full donut. And then at the Hyperdub Simile Bakery they throw an extra cookie into the bag at the end, just as a thank you. And you’re looking at all these records/donuts and they all look amazing and there’s like five different donuts with sprinkles on ‘em and like, one with bacon on top, and then there’s like HOLY SHIT IT’S THAT GLAZED DONUT WITH ACTUAL PEACHES FROM THE FARMER’S MARKET SHOVED INTO IT AND mmmmmmm so good mmmmm food coma SUGAR. And if Hyperdub is this enchanted bakery, then 22-year-old Mancunian producer Sam Walton is that juicy peach donut. (Or the bacon one, if you’re into that sorta thing.)
Walton has been with Hyperdub since 2011, when he started sending the label demo tracks and eventually signed on for the appropriately-titled Walton EP, the first of three EPs he released that year. Now he’s back with the full-length Beyond, a sassy melange of grit, grime, funk, atmospheric stuff, and… other stuff. The album, which is Hyperdub’s first full-length for 2013, drops July 1. Preceding the release is Walton’s Baby 12-inch, which just made its way into the world (and our hearts, ahhhhhh) on May 27, also via the good people at Hyperdub. Check the title track for that here:
02. Need to Feel
03. Help Me Out
04. Can’t U See
06. Love on the Dancefloor
07. Every Night
10. Take My Love
13. City of God
• Walton: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Walton/245906422119749
• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net
Boards of Canada hosted a Tomorrow’s Harvest listening party in the California Desert and all I got were these lousy fan footage streams!
Hey everyone, did you know that, according to FACT, the artists currently known as Boards of Canada hosted “a listening party for [their forthcoming album out June 11 on Warp] Tomorrow’s Harvest at the abandoned Lake Dolores Waterpark in Southern California” recently? Whoa, what a coincidence; I didn’t either! Probably because of the confusing nonstop stream of cryptic bullshit they’re using to hype their record!
But either way, it seems to have happened, and I guess fans were “allowed to record footage of the album’s first four songs played.” And I know you’re not going to believe this, but: they did. And the results are (yeah, get this) now on the internet! So here, you can now watch some fan videos of the tracks “Jacquard Causeway,” “Gemini,” (btw: how it is possible that this band has never named a song “Gemini” before now???) and “White Cyclosa” from the new album whenever the hell you want (the fourth one was “Reach for the Dead,” which we already dutifully re-hyped to you the other day). Don’t you just love being jerked around like this? I hope the new album is only available at some literally-underground farmers market I need a treasure map to find! I’ve been taking B-12 shots so that I’ll have an edge on the expedition!
Placebo announce Loud Like Love, massive European tour, neighbors continue banging on the wall for them to keep it down
So, the band Placebo still exists. It was easy to assume they had just faded away like so many late-90s/early-00s alternative rock bands. It’s hard to be sure if alternative rock is even still a genre. It’s also hard to muster complaints about their continued presence, particularly when they bring a sexy album title like Loud Like Love to the table. Not hard to read between the lines on that one; loud love equals bangin’. Ballin’. Layin’ Pipe. In all probability this album will be related in a big way to one of the numerous kinds of penetrative intercourse that can be had by two (or more) consenting adults.
A less likely but still possible explanation is that Loud Like Love is a concept album about two people who are deeply in love and both going deaf, although neither realizes it. So they just shout constantly. To replicate this experience, watch any Meg Ryan movie with the volume on the TV maxed. Granted, the former scenario seems more suited for the feel of the album, but both are just pure conjecture; the tracklisting hasn’t even been announced yet! The preorder goes up on May 31, so all will be revealed then.
In the meantime, a European tour has been announced, and it is extensive. Neither contrived RomComs nor raucous sexual activity guaranteed.
European/UK tour dates:
11.12.13 - Warsaw, Poland -Torwar
11.13.13 - Prague, Czech Republic - Lucerna Music Bar
11.15.13 - Leipzig, Germany - Arena Leipzig
11.16.13 - Cologne, Germany - Lanxess Arena
11.18.13 - Zurich, Switzerland - Hallenstadion Arena
11.19.13 - Munich, Germany - Olympiahalle
11.21.13 - Vienna, Austria - Stadthalle
11.23.13 - Bologna, Italy - Unipol Arena
11.24.13 - Geneva, Switzerland - Geneva Arena
11.27.13 - Frankfurt, Germany - Festhalle
11.30.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Falconer Salen
12.01.13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Stora Arenan
12.03.13 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene
12.05.13 - Hamburg, Germany - O2 World
12.07.13 - Antwerp, Belgium - Sportpalais
12.08.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome
12.10.13 - Paris, France - Bercy
12.12.13 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy Birmingham
12.13.13 - Glasgow, UK - O2 Academy Glasgow
12.14.13 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo
12.16.13 - London, UK - O2 Academy Brixton
Christopher Lee (Dracula, Lord of the Rings, other films) announces metal record, wears faded Black Sabbath shirt
Christopher Lee, the famed actor known for Lord of the Rings and his portrayal of Dracula, is 91 years old. He may also be 15 years old. That is not a criticism of any kind, but many of Sir Lee’s interests align themselves cleanly with a number of kids I knew during my high school years. An obsession with fantasy tropes, an interest in early heavy metal, probably good grades in History and English classes, probably bad grades in Math. But if a 15 year-old with a three-hair mustache made a metal album called, Charlemagne: The Omens of Death, it would be the sort of thing that gets you kicked out of the AV Club. When Christopher Lee does it, as The Guardian says he is, it makes perfect sense.
On May 27, Lee will release the aforementioned Charlemagne: The Omens of Death, the follow-up to his 2010 metal record Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross. In composing the album’s music, Lee worked with Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner. However, the record’s guitar parts were not played by Faulkner, but instead by Hedras Ramos, who was 2009’s Guitar Idol runner-up, which is a contest I just learned about.
If you’ve heard the previous record in Lee’s Charlemagne series, perhaps you thought that it wasn’t quite 100% metal. Sure, 95% metal. Maybe. Well, Lee assures you that this one will be “100% metal,” at least in regards to his singing style. “I’ve done my bits and pieces, and they are heavy metal,” Lee said. “I’m not screaming or anything like that, but it is definitely heavy metal.” My fears are assuaged. Not that I should have worried, because his previous record did win The Spirit of Metal prize at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden God awards, which is another thing I just learned about.
• Christopher Lee: http://christopherleeweb.com
Well excuse me for previously thinking that Ólafur Arnalds and cousin Ólöf Arnalds were actually the same person. Their music probably gets coverage from the same publications, and my mind tends to jumble words together whenever they exude the reliably confusing quality of being Icelandic, or just Nordic in general. “Ola… something something… Arnalds.” Likewise, it makes you wonder about the country’s ability to secretly plan something evil. Here’s a country with less than the population of Raleigh, North Carolina, speaking a language that hardly anyone grasps on a global level. Add that to the generally unthreatening, often extremely calming nature of the country’s musical output, and you have what could be a concerted effort to get everyone to, at least, think you’re harmless.
Just throwing that out there. Feel free to ponder possible conspiracies as you read about the following news: the more classical-minded Ólafur Arnalds is going on short tour of the US during the month of July. The tour consists of five dates and follows For Now I Am Winter, his latest album released this past March. He may not have been a participant in our showcase, but his performances at this year’s SXSW still received some pretty positive reviews. View a clip here.
07.12.13 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Forever Masonic Lounge
07.13.13 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
07.16.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
07.17.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
07.18.13 - Chicago, IL - Jay Pritzker Pavilion
• Ólafur Arnalds: http://olafurarnalds.com