Conspiracy theorists, I’m here to enable the part of your brain that’s perpetually throbbing with paranoia: Brooklyn artist Shilpa Ray is secretly and very gradually trying to abolish all of the music in the world except for hers!
The theory isn’t obvious when you consider her professed love for bands like The Cramps, The Stooges, and The Velvet Underground, but on a more suspicious level, she’s also expressed a general liking for silence as a reaction to being bombarded with sounds (including music) on a daily basis. Combine that with Brave New World being an admitted inspiration for her newest album on Northern Spy, and you’re allowed to make the leap that, yes… digital music will be completely replaced with audio from previous Tom Brokaw newscasts some time in the year 2245 AD.
But at least we’ll have Shilpa’s vocals! And her harmonium! Those are two memorable carryovers from her recent Happy Hooker days, while Last Year’s Savage, out May 19, seems like a negligibly quieter force by comparison. I blame the continued candidness of her lyrics, personally.
Please, hear what Nick Cave hears in terms of talent:
Last Year’s Savage tracklisting:
01. Burning Bride
02. Pop Song for Euthanasia
03. On Broadway
04. Johnny Thunder’s Fantasy Space Camp
05. Oh My Northern Soul
06. Nocturnal Emissions
07. Colonel Mustard in the Billiard Room
08. Sanitary iPad
10. Pipe Dreams Ponzi Schemes
Azealia Banks to go on tour, release physical album, appear on Playboy cover, make up for years of relative inactivity
For a while, it seemed like Azealia Banks was stuck in a sort of limbo. After putting out a few heavily buzzed singles and teasing an album, that album didn’t pop up. And continued to not pop up for a long, long time. Then last year, that album, Broke With Expensive Taste, did pop up seemingly out of nowhere. Since then, Azealia Banks has been surrounded by a flurry of activity. Flurry item #1: Broke with Expensive Taste will receive a physical (namely, CD), release on March 3 through Prospect Park. If you are still somehow unsure that the album exists, you will be able to hold it in your hands soon enough.
Flurry item #2: Banks will be doing some touring beginning in April. It’s a fairly short tour; in fact, roughly a third of it consists of Coachella appearances. Beyond that, she’ll be bouncing around to L.A., Chicago, New York, and Boston.
Flurry item #3: On March 20, Banks will be appearing on the cover of Playboy. She was shot by photographer Ellen Von Unwerth. Now, sit here and reflect on this moment, as this will probably be the last time in a while anyone covered by Tiny Mix Tapes is on the cover of Playboy. Until the Lightning Bolt cover, that is.
Azealia Banks dates:
04.10.15 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.16.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
04.17.15 - Indio, CA - Coachella
05.11.15 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
05.15.15 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
05.19.15 - Boston, MA - Paradise Club
• Azealia Banks: http://www.azealiabanks.com
Red Bull Music Academy NY 2015 presents PC Music, GHE20G0TH1K, Merzbow, Islam Chipsy & EEK, Tri Angle, and more
Red Bull Music Academy is coming back to New York, and it means “business.” For the entire month of May, RBMA will put on an incredible series of performances, club nights, lectures, and workshops. In addition to a performance by FKA Twigs and conversations with La Monte Young, A$AP Rocky, and George Clinton, here are some of the events that piqued our interest:
- Pop Cube: PC Music & SOPHIE
- Nothing Changes: Raw Sound Transgression: Merzbow, Genesis P-Orridge & Aaron Dilloway (performing Electric Newspapers), Pharmakon, Prurient (performing Pleasure Ground), Ron Morelli, Marshstepper, Uniform
- Tri Angle Records 5th Anniversary: The Haxan Cloak, Evian Christ, Holy Other, Forest Swords, Vessel, mssingno, Boothroyd, Lotic, Rabit, Hanz
- GHE20G0TH1K: Sissy Nobby, Venus X, Ma Nguzu, Mike Q, Divoli S’Vere, Total Freedom + special guests (hosted by Hood by Air)
- Electronic Africa: Nozinja, Islam Chipsy and EEK, Titica, DJ Spoko, Chief Boima, Dubbel Dutch
- 100 Disciplines: A Composition for 20 Performers by Kid Millions, Ninos Du Brasil
For more information on the events, head here. And look for an announcement soon about Tiny Mix Tapes Music Academy 2015. It’ll be held at a local rec center in Groveland, Idaho and will feature local music, face-painting, and maybe more.
• RBMA NY: http://nyc.redbullmusicacademy.com
Lightning in a Bottle goes large for 10th anniversary festival, drawing Flume, SBTRKT, Tycho, RL Grime, and over 100 other artists, yoga instructors, and kitchen sinks
Do LaB is aiming to out-do themselves again with the 10th anniversary of Lightning in a Bottle, setting up camp in California this Memorial Day Weekend, from May 21-25. The lineup is sure to please hippies and hipsters alike, with headliners such as Âme, Goldroom, Zion I, GRiZ, Polica, SOHN, Lee Curtiss, Odesza, Phutureprimitive, AlunaGeorge, Ott., Wolf+Lamb, and Toro Y Moi’s Les Sins project. There’s going to be everything from Animal Collective’s Panda Bear and glitch-hop king Opiou playing with a full band to Aussie hip-hop outfit Hermitude and UK legend John Digweed, as well as Lucent Dossier Experience, Random Rab, and The Human Experience making triumphant returns. It’s a brilliant mix of old favorites and new trends, and there are a bazillion workshops going on if music isn’t really your thing, giving tips on everything from yoga and meditation to permaculture, activism, and cooking.
Do LaB’s creations have highlighted the likes of Coachella, Virgin Music Festival, Global Gathering, and Portugal’s Boom Festival, so they really mean it when they say that attendees “will also see other improvements including additional large-scale shade structures, upgraded boutique camping packages, bigger installations and a new festival layout design to ease and enhance everyone’s LIB experience!” They already claim the title as America’s most environmentally conscious festival on the back of its selection of “healthy food vendors, free water stations, composting and recycling infrastructure, pack-it-in/pack-it-out policy and other green initiatives,” so the mind explodes with possibilities for what they consider to be improvements.
Full weekend passes for the award-winning festival start at $260. Check out their complete lineup on the Lightning in a Bottle website.
• Lightning in a Bottle: http://lightninginabottle.org
Southern Lord to release discography of YDI a.k.a. Young Dentists Incorporated a.k.a. Your Dad’s Identity a.k.a. Yearlong Dog Invitational
Convenience, pal. That’s what this modern time’s all about. If you can’t get it quickly and easily, then why bother getting it? The old saying used to go “Time is money,” but listen here: time’s better than money. It’s like golden money. And who has enough of that golden money to track down each piece of the discography of Philadelphia early-80s hardcore band YDI (pronounced “why die”)? Nobody does, hence why Southern Lord is reissuing the group’s complete discography in one package on April 6.
The double vinyl release collects all the known recordings of YDI (Yokel Drug Implosion): their 1983 demo, the A Place in the Sun EP, two tracks from the Get Off My Back compilation, and their one full-length, 1985’s Black Dust. Reissuing all that YDI (Yurt Denizens Incorporated) might be enough, but Southern Lord has also seen to it to bring you a little extra. Specifically, that extra is a 10” x 10” color photo book featuring never-before-seen images of YDI (Yankee Doodle Inhibitionists). Additionally, as you can tell, the discography, whether you purchase it or not, comes with the fun game of making up what YDI (Yahtzee Dudes Infinite) stands for.
01. Out for Blood
02. Not Shit
03. Rizzo’s Coming Back
04. Another Day
05. Zombie Youth
06. Mad at the World
09. Why Die ?
11. True Believer
12. Snarling Hate
13. I Killed My Family
14. Get Up and Fight
15. 8th Man
16. Not Shit
19. Mad at the World
20. Out for Blood
22. Another Day
23. Get Up and Fight / Zombie Youth
24. Why Die ?
25. Enemy for Life
26. I Killed My Family
27. Not Without a Fight
28. Get Out
29. Soylent Green
30. Violently Green
32. Haunted House
33. Dying Day
34. Murder Is So Sweet
35. In Ignorance
36. My Hell
37. Black Dust
38. “Evil” (unreleased Black Dust session)
• Southern Lord: http://www.southernlord.com
1. Kendrick Lamar tweets this:
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) March 6, 2015
2. The link takes me to iTunes, but I don’t have iTunes on my computer.
3. I go on an Macbook, find the tweet again, click the link, and it says that it’s not available in the US.
4. I make a joke to my friend about it on gchat. He replies with a subordinate clause.
5. I reload the link from the tweet and it suddenly works, without opening iTunes this time. Here’s what I find:
- Kendrick Lamar has a new album coming out on March 23.
- It’s called [Untitled].
- It’s coming out on Aftermath/Interscope Records.
- It features 16 tracks, all of them currently untitled except for “The Blacker the Berry.”
- It will cost you $14.99.
- Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music
• Kendrick Lamar: http://www.kendricklamar.com
Marie Davidson is the magical nouveau Francophone coldwave unicorn the world has been waiting for ever since… well… Francophone coldwave stopped being a thing. The Montreal-based artist has been active in experimental acts like Les Momies de Palerme, Hotel Monochrome, DKMD, and
Essaie Pas, and in fact her husband and Essaie Pas bandmate Pierre Guerineau contributes guitar, vocals, and production at various points on Davidson’s new album, Un Autre Voyage. The followup to Davidson’s 2013 self-titled debut and last year’s Perte d’Identité (Weyrd Son), it’s out April 14 on Holodeck Records.
To rep the album, Davidson is hitting out on tour, with a handful of SXSW showcases (including the Tiny! Mix! Tapes! Official! SXSW! Flatstock! Stage! Showcase!), and a tour up the western part of the United States with fellow Holodeck labelmates BOAN. You can preview new track “Excès De Vitesse” (following January’s “Balade Aux USA” video) right here.
Un Autre Voyage tracklisting:
01. Boulevard Taschereau
02. Excès De Vitesse
03. Kidnap You in the Desert
05. Balade Aux USA
03.13.15 - Norman, OK - Dope Chapel
03.14.15 - Denton, TX - NX35 Festival (Service Industry)
03.16.15 - Austin, TX - Center Spot*
03.20.15 - Austin, TX - AdHoc Unofficial SXSW Showcase @
03.20.15 - Austin, TX - HOLODECK Records Official SXSW Showcase @ the Madison #
03.21.15 - Austin, TX - Tiny Mix Tapes Official SXSW Flatstock Stage Showcase
03.21.15 - Austin, TX - House of Vans (Mohawk)
03.26.15 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia $
03.27.15 - Houston, TX - CivicTV $
03.28.15 - McAllen, TX - Metropolis %
03.29.15 - San Anonio, TX - Paper Tiger %
04.01.15 - Dallas, TX - Crown and Harp ^
04.05.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Complex
04.07.15 - Eureka, CA - Siren’s Song $
04.08.15 - Eugene, OR - Boreal $
04.09.15 - Vancouver, BC - Fox Cabaret &
04.10.15- Portland, OR - Lovecraft $
04.11.15 - Spokane, WA - Mootsy’s $
04.12.15 - Seattle, WA - Kremwerk $
04.14.15 - Sacramento, CA - LoBrau $
04.15.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Elbo Room $
04.17.15 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Lee Golde +
04.19.15 - Tucson, AZ - R Bar $
04.24.15 - Austin, TX - Red 7 !
* Steve Gunn, Jock Club + more
@ Lust For Youth, Lydia Ainsworth, Prince Rama, Downtown Boys, Weyes Blood, GABI
# SURVIVE, Boan, Silent Land Time Machine, Skullcaster, Flatliner
% SLEEPERHOLD, Troller
^ Lily Taylor and Black Taffy
+ Some Ember
! Burnt Skull, SSLEEPERHOLD
Fennesz and OZmotic pull a 12 Monkeys on us, time travel to release a Chris Marker-inspired collaborative album
Last year Christian Fennesz, the Austrian maestro behind Endless Summer, finally released a new solo album; the Eureka!-ed Bécs. Yet, that was just one of his three 2014 releases, comprising a superstar collaboration with David Sylvian and a bunch of Mahler remixes. Thing is, despite being a certified one-man-experimental-music-production-plant, Fennesz loves to work with other artists. Back in 2013 he did just that, teaming up with Stanislao Lesnoj and SmZ, the Turin duo known as OZmotic, to record a mixture of field recordings, improvised music, and electronic textures they are now set to release under the AirEffect title.
The album was inspired by Chris Marker’s sci-fi short film La Jetée — famously remade (and fleshed-out) by Terry Gilliam in 12 Monkeys — and conceives the project as the sounds one would find in a black box lost in the Anthropocene era, i.e., an artifact of our civilization left for post-human Earth-dwellers to discover. In more concrete terms, you can expect to hear sound clips gathered from around Turin combined with Fennesz trademark guitar/electronics, later fractalized and enriched with OZmotic’s avant jazz instrumentation; sax and drums are as likely to show up as snippets from the Italian radio waves. The feel this music transmits is indeed timeless, the horns and nature samples evoking a post-historic wilderness as much as the eerie electronic soundscapes set up a decidedly sci-fi flavor. You can stream an excerpt below.
Air Effect will be out in June via Folk Wisdom.
03. Run To Ruin
Wherever DJ Rashad might currently exist in the aether, it’s important that we do everything we can to show our appreciation for the late footwork legend, as he floats with white wings trying to get other angels to drop on solid ground and “battle” for the rights to the million-inch television with the gold trim. Rashad’s former Teklife crew certainly has more footwork credentials than the likes of some dude named Gabriel, so last fall Hyperdub sponsored the release of Next Life, a compilation packed to the brim with Teklife figures new and old, and the proceeds from which went directly to Rashad’s son, Chad Harden. The release was surely a worthwhile tribute.
But the release was previously only available on CD and via digital download! Now Hyperdub’s announced a limited-edition vinyl version available exclusively for Record Store Day (April 18) so that we may utilize every practical medium to transmit our thanks. It’s out in a silver edition of 1000. Let’s assume vinyl audio in particular has special heaven-penetrating qualities.
A track from the comp:
What does Actress know about the bird matrix!? Actress (a.k.a. Darren Cunningham), electronic musician behind previous TMT favorites Ghettoville and RIP, knows more than any man was perhaps meant to know about this mysterious matrix for avian life. And, damn it, I wanna know about this bird matrix!
I’m sorry, I’ve gotten ahead of myself. Actress has been tapped by !K7 to put together the 49th edition of their DJ-Kicks series, which will be released May 4. “I’ve tried to keep space between tracks, allowing them to speak,” Cunningham said. “I tried not to force BPM shifts and to let the programming remain choppy and quick.”
Though featuring tracks from Lorenzo Senni, Autechre, Mark Fell, and more, the mix perhaps most intriguingly features an unreleased track from Actress, recorded after he finished Ghettoville. And that track is titled… “Bird Matrix.” What is the bird matrix? Where is the bird matrix? And how can I get to the bird matrix? I would like to be there.
DJ Kicks tracklist:
01. Breaker 1 2 – 2
02. Lorenzo Senni – Elegant, and Never Tiring
03. Reel by Real – Look At Me
04. Autechre – Pen Expers
05. Chameleon – Thought 2
06. Beneath – Stress 1
07. Simbiosi – Impari
08. Zennor – Tin
09. John Beltran – Anticipation
10. Moon B – Those Moments
11. STL – Psychelicious
12. Snakepiss – Toil
13. Shit and Shine – Pearl Drop
14. Chez n Trent – Windy City Club
15. Mark Fell – Section 1-7
16. GNESIS – Pear
17. Shxcxchcxsh – LDWGWTT
18. Hank Jackson – Track 3
19. Actress – Bird Matrix (DJ-Kicks)
20. Gherkin Jerks – Red Planet