Bad Diet Records, only a year old with a Free Weed album under its coat, are stoking the long-blazed fire of The Brainstems for the November 27 release of their debut album No Place Else. The follow-up to last year’s head-on Ty Segall brood Cold Sweatin’, No Place Else is what we’ve come to expect from the four-piece: an unbridled, fuck-it-up garage record. The debut album is (clearly) their largest, but it’s above and beyond their most cohesive, feverishly ready release. Assisted in mastering by Mikey Young (of Total Control and Eddy Current Suppression Ring), the tracks shift the sound of The Brainstems away from sharp, multi-minute jams to a concise yet equally rowdy, if not rowdier level — see “Simply Joys” or “4244.”
The track they’re premiering today deals with an issue close to home for The Brainstems. “Redline” comes in light of Ferguson and the distrust between a large portion of the community and those elected to govern or hired to protect; the song begs questions many asked themselves: why are there so many municipalities, and why were so many feeding off the poor? (Relevant article, if interested.) The Brainstems clammer between each other about how many municipalities there really are: “I read there were a hundred” is backed with a cynical “are you serious?” The Brainstems, like many home-bred bands, are ingrained and therefore rightfully concerned about their community, calling people on their shit and making noise, like any solid public dissenter.
No Place Else tracklist:
02. Keep It Together
03. Redline (Note: First single)
04. The Fourth
05. Simple Joys
06. What It Is
08. The Ooze
09. Untold Heights
10. Warm Skin
11. Elevators and Escalators
12. The People’s Joy
13. Time to Ride
Hermits and those skeptically observing the bustling streets of any major city: it’s probably best that you ignore the recent work of London’s Kevin Martin, because while some musicians find their zen in the solitude of their home studio, the producer otherwise known as The Bug appears set on incidentally making the case for humanity and why the company of at least one other person is always appropriate, even when you’re trimming your nose hairs.
Uh, gross! Singer/poet Roger Robinson and vocalist Kiki Hitomi haven’t bothered to impose on anything like that, but in the case of King Midas Sound, the trio more than demonstrated the power of musical collaboration with the release of Waiting for You, which came out on Hyperdub back in 2009. Then came the release of Edition 1 on Ninja Tune just last month, and the trio more than demonstrated the power of musical collaboration… by bringing on one more collaborator in the form of ambient/experimental legend Christian Fennesz! The release was the first in a series of KMS collaborations, which explains the numerical qualifier.
Getting to the point: an instrumentals-containing version of Edition 1 is set for limited-edition vinyl release November 13. It looks beautiful. Say so to their faces if you see them (including Fennesz) at the first of three Ninja Tune 25th anniversary shows this October 30 in London.
Here’s the pre-order link, and check out one of the instrumentals here:
Edition 1 Instrumentals tracklisting:
02. On My Mind
04. Loving or Leaving
07. Above Water
08. We Walk Together
09. Our Love
10. Mystery Version
11. Mind Version
12. Wave Version
13. Leaving Version
14. Melt Version
15. Lighthouse Version
16. Above Water
17. Walk Version
18. Love Version
In a manner not entirely dissimilar to the minor green beastie that was inexplicably my favorite character in Ghostbusters when I was a kid, my boy and yours Young Thug is about to go “sliiiiimmmmmeeee” all over the great state of Europe (and briefly in the Middle East). All of this I have intuited from a post on Thugger’s Instagram using my unparalleled facility at social media interpretation which is no doubt bolstered by my youthful enthusiasm for green apparitions. Young Thug is my best friend. He is my quarterback. For him, I will do anything, even format tour dates, including those not-yet-cancelled dates that he’s finishing up in the United States over the next few weeks before heading abroad.
Before he heads to Europe, though, Young Thug will be releasing two mixtapes: the previously announced tape with Migos, and Slime Season 2, both of which are coming out on Halloween. THUGGERRRRRRRR!
SLIMESEASON2 31st! https://t.co/k0F64XWiUZ
— Young Thug ひ (@youngthug) October 22, 2015
10.23.15 - Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen
10.25.15 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
11.10.15 - Paris, France
11.13.15 - Antwerp, Belgium
11.14.15 - Rotterdam, Holland
11.15.15 - Zooetmeer, Holland
11.17.15 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
11.18.15 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
11.20.15 - Geneva, Switzerland
11.21.15 - Zurich, Switzerland
11.22.15 - Stockholm, Sweden
• Young Thug: http://www.yslthug.com
As far as I’m concerned, there are two types of people in the world: people who love Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and people who haven’t heard him yet. Depending on which side of the BPB divide you sit on, you may or may not be aware of the fact that Bonnie “Prince” Billy and the Cairo Gang undertook a whistle stop tour in September 2014 around The Netherlands, where they played in a number of intimate and ornate venues, such as a Baptist church in Utrecht.
Thankfully, the Bonnie Prince allowed filmmaker Simo Valley to film the whole tour on the condition that it was a “fusion” documentary that focused on the towns and venues as well as the music.
Now the moment is nigh and the documentary, conveniently titled Royal Dutch Tour Documentary, has been edited and is ready to be enjoyed by all those in column A and to convert all those in column B of the BPB divide.
Due to the fact that the film is entirely self-funded, Simo Valley has started a Kickstarter campaign to try and recoup some of her costs, which aren’t exactly as indulgent as the budget of a James Cameron film. This being the case, the only way you will be able to watch Royal Dutch Tour Documentary when it is released in December will be by donating to the Kickstarter here.
A donation of £20 or more will score you the stream and download of the film, and you can pay additional amounts to score access to bonus performances by Bonnie “Prince” Billy from each stop on the tour. You can also pay £500 to get the whole shebang plus your name in the credits, if that sort of thing floats your boat.
So now for all the Bonnie “Prince” Billy completists, the goal posts have been moved forward… again.
Alright buds and buddettes, strap yourselves in for a whole lot of not-very-much-information followed by a track embed and some tour dates, because that’s what I’ve got.
Junior Boys. Heard of ‘em? Last Exit. So This is Goodbye. It’s All True. Three great albums under their belts, and you know what, I think their track “Double Shadow” off of So This is Goodbye might have the most plays in my iTunes library.
Anyway, on February 5, they’re going to drop a new album on us via City Slang. It’s called Big Black Coat. Maybe the fact that its cover is on some Darklands shit is an indication of its sonic direction, but then again, maybe not. Peep the first single “Big Black Coat” below, maybe catch the group on tour with Jesse Lanza, and then decide for yourself.
Dates with Jesse Lanza:
03.10.16 - Vancouver, BC - The Imperial Theatre
03.11.16 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune Theatre
03.12.16 - Portland, OR - Star Theater
03.14.16 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
03.15.16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theatre
03.18.16 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
03.19.16 - Tuscon, AZ - The Flycatcher
03.21.16 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
03.22.16 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
03.22.16 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio
03.24.16 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s
03.25.16 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn
03.28.16 - Carborro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
03.29.16 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
03.30.16 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
03.31.16 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
04.01.16 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
04.02.16 - Pawtucket, RI - The MET Cafe
04.04.16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar
04.06.16 - Chicago, IL - The Metro
04.07.16 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot
04.09.16 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
Death Grips: We’ve decided to make a new Death Grips album and it will be called Bottomless Pit.
TMT: Oh, cool!!! But I thought you guys were—
Death Grips: Iconic 70’s film star Karen Black passed away in August 2013. In February of that year, Karyn Rachtman introduced Ms. Black to Zach Hill. The two immediately hit it off. Zach had written a part for Karen for a film he was developing and gave her the pages for her scenes. Though she didn’t know how the scenes would fit into the final film, she readily agreed to read her character’s dialog on camera for Zach.
TMT: Whoa, nice. Keep us updated on a release date and shit!! And yo, this is kinda embarrassing, but I’ve always wanted to ask… do you read TMT? We’ve been big supporters and think we wrote some cool stuff about your albums…. you should check some out. I can send a link if you want?
Death Grips signed off at 9:04 PM
Kendrick Lamar performs with National Symphony Orchestra, announces even more tour dates, as if we could even lick his boots ANY CLEANER
Okay, okay, so somehow I TOTALLY SLEPT ON THIS SHIT the first time around… (I thought the whole entire world was talking about some OTHER funky hip-hop mainstay dude named “Kendrick” who had announced an “eight cities in eight nights” tour called “Kunta’s Groove Sessions” after the successful release and reception of To Pimp A Butterfly this spring… silly me!)
But it turns out that’s totally okay! Because, Hallelujah: it’s news all over again! First off, according to the ‘fork, Kendrick (Kendrick LAMAR, I mean) performed a unique show last night with the National Symphony Orchestra at D.C.’s Kennedy Center. You can watch their performance of “These Walls” here:
Second off, Kendrick has added “more dates” to the tour, including ones in the TOP THREE CITIES THAT MATTER: New York City, Philadelphia, and Cleveland, Ohio. Although, I guess they’re not technically “Kuntas Groove Sessions” shows, because they don’t feature the same lineup of Jay Rock and the Wesley Theory. But that’s not important. What’s important is that I’m reporting the shit out of this shit this time around. So! Exactly how many shows is Kendrick playing in-total now?
10.22.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
10.24.15 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion
10.25.15 - Chicago, IL - United Center
10.27.15 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle *
10.29.15 - Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall *
11.01.15 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre *
11.02.15 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
11.03.15 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero Theatre *
11.04.15 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues *
11.08.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
11.10.15 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater *
* “Kunta’s Groove Sessions” w/ Jay Rock and the Wesley Theory
Following the incredible Damsel in Distress and Heterocetera EP, club terrorist Lotic has announced a new album. It’s titled Agitations and, according to Lotic, “was born out of the frustrations that come with touring, playing mainly festivals in Europe (which are largely populated by straight white men with narrow views on music), and feeling increasingly out of touch with club culture and with the music industry in general.”
The album is out November 13 on Janus (<3). Read more from Lotic here (and here):
Agitations was born out of the frustrations that come with touring, playing mainly festivals in Europe (which are largely populated by straight white men with narrow views on music), and feeling increasingly out of touch with club culture and with the music industry in general. Each track was crafted as a mechanism to cope with the conflicted position of becoming increasingly successful in an otherwise alienating (and often unsafe) environment. Agitations is the rebuilding and reclamation of confidence. It’s a reminder of ambition, a reminder that there is great strength in having the outsider’s perspective :}
Didn’t see this one coming! PC Music, the label that everyone loves to call “divisive,” has just announced a partnership with Columbia Records, a label that Harry Connick, Jr. and Hozier love to call “home.” The first release will be Danny L Harle’s long-anticipated Broken Flowers EP, which will be accompanied by a release party November 18 at London’s XOYO. The EP is out November 20.
Check out EP track “Forever,” a Broken Flowers mini mix, and PC Music’s official announcement below.
A NEW, PERFECT BREED OF MAJOR LABEL. A NEW, HIGHLY ADVANCED POP WEAPON.
WE’RE VERY EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH COLUMBIA RECORDS, A TRULY ANCIENT INDUSTRY LEGEND.
WE’VE BEEN VERY BUSY THIS SUMMER AND FINALLY THE TIME HAS COME TO START UNLEASHING LARGE SCALE CONTENT OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES.
OUR FIRST OFFICIAL SIGNING IS OLD FRIEND AND MUSIC BUSINESS HEARTTHROB DANNY L HARLE, WHOSE FORTHCOMING BROKEN FLOWERS EP IS ALREADY BREAKING RECORDS LEFT, RIGHT AND CENTRE.
CONCURRENT TO THIS DEVELOPMENT WE WILL CONTINUE TO ENFORCE A FAST PACED PRODUCTION LINE OF LAPLANDERS AND LIFESTYLES, SUPS AND SECRET MIXES, WANNABES, WARLORDS AND WESTERN BEATS.
A MULTI-TIER ATTACK EXPOSING THE RADICAL DNA OF CHART MUSIC, AND THE HEART AND SOUL BEHIND EVERY LAB CREATION.
TO BE CONTINUED…
Broken Flowers EP tracklist:
01. Broken Flowers
03. Without You
04. Awake For Hours
You’ll often find those of us who grew up in the 90s taking an unusual amount of pride in that era, as though the “quality” of a decade could be summed up by an objective analysis of Nickelodeon shows that aired during that period. So-called “90s kids” would do well to self-mitigate their tunnel vision and look back a decade or two, because in between all of the “you’re a goddamn commie!” accusations and regrettable neon furniture, funk music — and the dance floor vibe that went along with it — was buzzing across the US, retroactively putting to shame even that one episode where Doug, Skeeter, and Roger go to Funkytown for Halloween, with hilarious consequences. The Raleigh-based Jamil Rashad a.k.a. Boulevards is ensuring we don’t forget the musical funk by releasing his debut full-length in Spring 2016. The as-yet untitled album will be released on Brooklyn-based label Captured Tracks.
In the meantime, those looking to get re-acquainted with impossibly groovy bass lines and lyrics that tend toward sexual oozing should look to Boulevards’s self-titled EP, which was released about a month ago. You might say that Rashad’s music is about as timeless as jean jackets, but only in the context of him. Let (most of) us not fool ourselves into thinking we can pull that style off in present-day.
Here’s a track from the EP:
Catch Boulevards next month at the Mercury Lounge (November 18) and Baby’s All Right (November 19).