That Minneapolis duo that keeps on giving, otherwise known as Atmosphere, have plans to extend their currently-in-progress tour. They’ve also released a video for “Southsiders.” In it, Slug appears to be half-dressed in a t-shirt and boxers get-up, accessorized with the latest old-turned-new-again trend: the bucket hat. It’s a good ol’ time, as the block is hot but in a plastic gun way/not the real gun way. Watch him get assaulted by children on bicycles, then check out where you can catch Slug and Ant this November.
New Atmosphere tour dates:
11.04.14 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
11.05.14 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
11.06.14 - Little Rock, AR - Juanita’s Cantina
11.07.14 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Festival
11.09.14 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
11.10.14 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
11.11.14 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitina’s
11.12.14 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
11.14.14 - Richmond, VA - The National
11.15.14 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
11.16.14 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
11.17.14 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place
11.18.14 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
11.20.14- Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue Theatre
11.21.14 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
11.22.14 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
11.23.14 - Minneapolis, MN - TBA
Vancouver-based artist Nicholas Krgovich (KER-ga-VITCH, apparently) has dabbled in a bunch of indie projects (like No Kids, P:ANO, and Gigi) and collaborated with the likes of Mount Eerie and Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman. Damn, dude gets around. Now, he’s self-releasing a debut solo album called On Sunset, which drops later this month.
Written in tribute to “a lost Los Angeles,” which Krgovich calls his second home, the orchestral pop record name drops a ton of L.A. landmarks in wistful fashion. It’s a polished, ambitious effort that puts melody and layered arrangements (created with composer Stefan Udell) at the forefront, not to mention Krgovich himself. That’s his face in the extreme-close-up album cover above. Recorded by Colin Steward (Cave Singers, Black Mountain) and produced/mixed by John Collins (Destroyer, New Pornographers), it regularly evokes the cheesy production pleasure of Destroyer’s Kaputt. Yes, it has porny saxophones. Watch the video for “Along the PCH on Oscar Night” below:
According to the album’s press release, “it’s the sound of an artist wanting to share their world but paradoxically building it out of the land of artifice and make-believe.” He’s like a sensual Peter Pan, ladies. On Sunset will be released on October 7 via NK World Service in North America and Tin Angel Records in Europe, and tour plans have yet to be announced. Gives you time to pick out a nice Sunset Strip ensemble.
On Sunset tracklist:
01. On Sunset
02. The Backlot
03. Along the PCH on Oscar Night
04. Cosmic Vision
05. Let’s Take the Car Out
06. City of Night
07. Rock’s Dream
08. You’re Through
09. The Mansion
10. At Pershing Sq.
11. Moon’s Soft Glow
• Nicholas Krgovich: http://nicholaskrgovich.bandcamp.com
Greetings from the toilet, dear readers! In the time it takes my bowels to finish doing their thang, I’m fucking determined to tell you all of the info regarding a new collaborative release that we just caught stinky wind of this morning. Ugh… oh man, something tells me I’d better step on it!
Specifically, it’s a collab between Mykki Blanco, the NY rapper/poet/performance artist extraordinare who we’ve been trying to tell you to check out for like FOREVER, and Gobby, who I’m pretty sure is that stoner character from those horrible Jimmy Fallon SNL skits.
The project itself seems to be called Gay Dog Food (first word on this came from Dazed); and the resultant album, which was given the less impressive title of Fem Slick, is due out this October via the UNO label. Down below, you can check out the track “New Feelings,” which they’re calling a “prologue” to the new release, and was recorded in Vladivostok, Russia with producer Sasha DZA. But… speaking of “new feelings” and “down below,” holy SHIT, guys! I have GOT to wrap this up. Thanks for being here with me during this BM though. I think it really helped! <3
You might have thought that, after 18 years since their last album, Faith No More was officially No More but, as it happens, they are indeed More. Of course we’ve been privy to Just a Little Bit More ever since 2009 when the band started playing live again, but for many that was Not Enough More, especially given that they’ve played only a handful of times in the interim. Well now they’ve announced plans for a new full-length. That’s right, friends, there’s officially more Faith No More music coming out and it’s coming out soon. Or soon-ish at least, depending upon how much the internet has stunted your capacity to wait for things, since it’s not out until April of 2015. There’s no title yet, or really any more details about the full-length, but in an interview with Rolling Stone, bassist Bill Gould says that the band is “pretty far into it.”
In addition to the full-length, the band is preparing a limited 7-inch of the song “Motherfucker,” which will be available during Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on November 28, followed by a digital release on December 9. Both releases will be out on the band’s newly formed label Reclamation Records, so named because they plan to reclaim the alt-metal throne, which has for several years remained empty. The band will also play Australia’s Soundwave festival in February of next year, and dates for a world tour will be announced soon. “How should I feel about this bit of Faith No More-related news, Taylor?” Well, reader, to tangentially and for no discernible reason at all reference the 2007 hit song by the unfortunately named buzz band Black Kids, I’m Not Gonna Teach You How To Feel About this Faith No More Album (I Have Other Things to Do and It’s Not My Job).
• Faith No More: http://www.fnm.com
LOTS of Run the Jewels (which consists of Killer Mike and El-P) news, folks. They’ve already announced a new album, RTJ2, and now they’ve released the tracklist for the album, shared a massive list of tour dates, AND they’re gearing up for the RTJ2 remix album, which will be out in 2015. These guys are prepared for anything.
RTJ2 features a whole handful of celebrity guests, including Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha (on a track endearingly titled “Close Your Eyes (and Count to Fuck”), Foxygen’s Shaun Fleming (a.k.a. Diane Coffee), and blink-182’s Travis Barker. But if that’s not exciting enough for you, you can look forward to the remix album next year (the original album is out October 28 on Mass Appeal). OR you can catch the duo on tour, because they’re hitting up pretty much every major US city and then taking a quick jaunt over to Australia and New Zealand in January. Joining them along the way are Rat King, Despot, and Joey Bada$$.
Over-saturated with Run the Jewels news? Too bad, because here are their tour dates and the RTJ2 tracklist.
02. Oh My Darling Don’t Cry
03. Blockbuster Night Part 1
04. Close Your Eyes (and Count to Fuck)
05. All My Life
06. Lie, Cheat, Steal
08. All Due Respect
09. Love Again
11. Angel Duster
10.15.14 - College Station, TX - Hurricane Harry’s
10.18.14 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s
10.20.14 - Little Rock, AR - Stickyz
10.21.14 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
10.22.14 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
10.23.14 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
10.24.14 - Columbia, SC - Music Farm
10.25.14 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
10.25.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts *
11.01.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
11.02.14 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater *
11.03.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle *
11.04.14 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade *
11.06.14- Dallas, TX - Trees *
11.07.14 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.08.14 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s *
11.10.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom *
11.11.14 - La Jolla, CA - Porters Pub *
11.12.14 - Pomona, CA - Glass House *
11.14.14 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine +
11.15.14 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater *
11.17.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
11.18.14 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre *
11.20.14 - Minneapolis, MN - First Line Music Café *
11.21.14 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre *
11.22.14 - Chicago, IL - Metro *
11.25.14 - Detroit, MI - St Andrews Hall *
11.26.14 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall *
11.27.14 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda *
11.28.14 - Boston, MA - Paradise *
11.29.14 - New York, NY - Stage 48 *
12.30.14 - Lorne, Australia - Falls Festival
12.31.14 - Marion Bay, Australia - Falls Festival
01.01.15 - Sydney, Australia - Field Day
01.02.15 - Byron Bay, Australia - Falls Festival
01.04.15 - Busselton, Australia - Southbound Festival
01.07.15 - Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre ^
01.08.15 - Melbourne, Australia - The Forum ^
01.09.15 - Brisbane, Australia - Hi Fi ^
01.10.15 - Auckland, New Zealand - Town Hall ^
* Rat King & Despot
^ Joey Bada$$
Evil shaman and former Whitehouse front man William Bennett a.k.a. Cut Hands has released a couple LPs worth of inspired “afro noise” under his solo moniker, which embalms rich African percussion in abrasive textures. Now the veteran artist has announced that his third record, Festival of the Dead, will be released via Blackest Ever Black, which is kinda funny if you think about it. Not as funny as his cover of Toto’s “Africa” though.
In an accompanying press release, Festival of the Dead has been touted as “music to dance together with, to oblivion, a music both spectacular and ecstatic where, like never before, the spirits of santería and vaudou mix with raw electricity into burning diabolical polyrhythms.” We’re talking noisy voodoo death music guys — Día de Muertos, Dawn of the Dead, and pale goth techno rolled into one. Along with the record details, Bennett has shared opening cut “The Claw,” which has the rapturous bounce of a serious drum circle, only with brutal and shrill drum sounds. Until Festival of the Dead drops on October 13, check out the LP’s full tracklist and “The Claw” below.
Festival of the Dead tracklist:
01. The Claw
02. I Know What I Must Do
03. Damballah 58
04. Parataxic Distortion
05. Festival of the Dead
06. Belladonna Theme
07. Vaudou Take Me High
09. None of Your Bones Are Broken
10. Madwoman (Festival Mix)
11. Fruit Is Ripe
12. Fire Ends the Day
Conspiracy theorists, go ahead and make the leap now: beginning this year, the American government has actively tried to prevent the touring of electronic musicians, under the supposition that their perverse digital beats will hail a wave of cult-followers worshiping an omniscient Korg. I thought it was unusual and downright disappointing when, back in July, I received successive emails notifying me of cancelled/postponed shows from DJ Krush and Venetian Snares, both of whom cited visa issues. Now I’m about to don my tinfoil duster at the discovery that Vladislav Delay (real name: Sasu Ripatti) had to cancel a tour himself earlier this year, citing — you guessed it, because I’m being pretty deliberate in my lead-up here — an unexplained denial of a US visa! I might be outraged if following the system hadn’t imparted floor-level expectations.
But by contrast, Ripatti took the denial in stride, or at least toward an efficient channelling. What could’ve been a dramatic series of angry tweets (the modern outlet for expressions of frustration) instead turned into the album with the relevant title, Visa. It was written in two weeks that Ripatti suddenly found free, and it’s said to be his first truly ambient album in over 10 years — a possible reference to… well, I’m not quite sure. He describes his mindset at the time of Visa’s creation: “a valve broke open… I collected what came out the pipes.”
Ambient music does tend to be more fluid, doesn’t it? Look for Visa in November on Ripatti’s own eponymous imprint. Here’s a preview:
“We’re Burger Records, chomp on THIS” — slogan I’ve been trying to sell Burger Records for a few years now. For whatever reason, the California garage rock label isn’t biting (HYUCK) but that’s not gonna stop me from trying. It’s a good slogan. Here’s something Burger Records is doing though: putting out WHEN, the third record from hazy slack-rockers Tomorrows Tulips, on October 7. And, hey pal, get this: the record features distorted violin and feedback work from the bassist for the Pixies! No, not Kim Deal. Not Kim Shattuck either. Talking Paz Lenchantin here. Current Pixies bassist. Still exciting!
Check out a real NSFW video for WHEN tracks “Baby” and “Glued to You” below:
Now. Let’s say you wanted to hear “Glued to You” but without looking at boobs. Well, listen to that very song at SoundCloud. Now. This time, let’s say you don’t want to hear “Glued to You” and you don’t want to see breasts. All you want is to hear “Baby” but not all of “Baby” and preferably connected to an album trailer for WHEN. In that case, this is for you. I hope you’re happy.
Since 2011, Berlin-based producer Objekt (real name TJ Hertz) has only put out a handful of singles through his own white label imprint, Hessle Audio, and Leisure System (the last being a split with the venerable Dopplereffekt). With each release, Hertz has played with elements of techno and electro, blurring the line between bass-heavy club music and something darker and more experimental. So it isn’t all that surprising that on October 20 he’ll be releasing his debut full-length Flatland on the seemingly infallible PAN label.
Comprised of tracks written between 2012 and 2014, “Flatland imagines a world in which any scene can be seen from every angle at once,” according to PAN. So you can bet your ass it’ll be better than that minimal, ignorant trash coming out of Lineland and Pointland. They have yet to understand the dimensional possibilities that Objekt does.
01. Agnes Revenge
02. One Fell Swoop
05. Agnes Apparatus
07. First Witness
08. Interlude (Whodunnit?)
09. Second Witness
10. One Stitch Follows Another
Soft Swells, the rising synth-rock project fronted by Tim Williams, has a record called Floodlights out next month via Modern Outsider. If that wasn’t newsworthy enough, Williams’ outfit — which features bassist and multi-instrumentalist Christopher Pappas, guitarist Kyle Frederickson, and a cameo from drummer Phil Wilkinson (Brian Eno, Jake Bugg) — has now announced a North American jaunt in support of the sophomore LP. Soft sophomore swells down by the seashore in summer, I’m serious!
Before the official tour kicks off, Soft Swells will play a three-week residency at the Echo in L.A., then surf over to Austin for a gig at Cheer Up Charlie’s. In addition, the group has shared a remix of their title track from mysterious producer EXROYALE, which glides along with a sultry, electro R&B refrain. Shiny stuff. Until Floodlights drops on September 30, the lead single, accompanying remix, and full list of American dates can be found below.
Soft Swells tour dates:
09.08.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo (Residency)
09.15.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo (Residency)
09.22.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo (Residency)
09.26.14 - Austin, TX - Cheer Up Charlie’s
09.27.14 - Houston, TX - Rudyard’s
09.28.14 - New Orleans, LA - The Beatnik
09.30.14 - Athens, GA - Caledonia Lounge
10.02.14 - Washington, DC - IOTA
10.03.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Cameo Gallery
10.04.14 - New York, NY - Piano’s
10.05.14 - Boston, MA - O’Briens
10.07.14 - Columbus, OH - Tree Bar
10.08.14 - Nashville, TN - The Basement
10.09.14 - Chicago, IL - Township
10.10.14 - St. Louis, MO - The Demo
10.13.14 - Denver, CO - Forest Room 5
10.14.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Bar Deluxe
10.15.14 - Boise, ID - Flying M Room
10.16.14 - Seattle, WA - Lofi
[Photo: Dylan Bell]