Arca, the producer behind some of our favorite releases of the last several years, and Shayne Oliver, the boss behind fashion label Hood By Air, have announced a new group called Wench, according to DAZED. With the directing help of longtime Arca collaborator Jesse Kanda, the two have revealed a 15-minute film that previews their incredible, sample-based appropriation project that also features Arca’s undeniable aesthetic and even Oliver’s rapping chops at the end. Artists who get the Wench treatment include Arthur Russell, Tatu, Crystal Castles, Cher, Bone Thugs N Harmony, and Chemical Brothers.
The piece will make its premiere at the Hood By Air SS16 fashion show in New York tomorrow, and an entire Wench album is expected sometime in 2016. Also look out for Arca’s new album, Mutant, later this year, which follows his breathtaking Hood By Air mix called Sheep from earlier this year.
I tend to unconsciously make mental notes of standout tracks on various artists compilations, and for Teklife’s Next Life release from last year, when a bass-y refrain expressed the virtues of “wurkin” something other than one’s meaty posterior, I had to double-check the artist(s) behind them. Seeing DJ Taye’s name was like a believer in UPS-drivers-as-aliens, smirking as he/she sees the truck roam around the neighborhood: “I knew you’d be back! Nobody knows your secret but me!” And gradually, the incidental secret of DJ Taye’s musical footwork talent — who we have been covering since 2011 — is being revealed, especially with the release of his new Break It Down EP on October 16, courtesy of Hyperdub.
The folks over at Dummy have the scoop on DJ Taye himself, but for the click-averse (or the TMT-devoted, <3), it's interesting to note that Dante Sanders first became personally acquainted with the monolithic Teklife crew when he was 16. He's 20 now, so obviously that leaves plenty of time to form a productive legacy. Expect frequent collaborative partner DJ Earl to help out along the away, and expect the already-prominent figure DJ Spinn, who's about to release his own EP on Hyperdub, to at least be there for moral support.
You can listen to the following track (which isn't on the EP):
Break It Down tracklisting:
01. Go Away (feat. DJ Paypal)
02. That Love (feat. Tripletrain & DJ Manny)
03. XTCC (feat. DJ Earl)
04. Break It Down (feat. DJ Earl)
What’s your version of heaven? Is it something you read about in a ghostwritten novel at an airport bookstore where a little boy talks about meeting God and how we must all not be jerks to each other or whatever? Is it the Olive Garden’s unlimited breadsticks? Or… is it Philip Glass’s Days and Nights Festival? This event takes place in Big Sur and Monterey, so you’re pretty close to heaven, in any case.
Here’s what’s going down. You get to kick it with Philip Glass! “And Friends”! You’ll experience the first live performance of Naqoyqatsi in more than a decade with the Philip Glass Ensemble & Matt Haimovitz, a picnic under the majestic redwoods of Big Sur while enjoying Glass’s Complete Piano Etudes, an evening of music/spoken word featuring Philip & Friends, plus films presented in conjunction with Sundance Film Festival Best Shorts 2015 and the Ambulante California Documentary Film Festival.
This is the fifth edition of Days and Nights, taking place from September 24-27. Tickets are available online.
• Philip Glass: http://philipglasscenter.org
Some of you’ve probably seen photos of your parents decked out in 1970s style, right? Dad’s got a crazy mustache, mom has cool sunglasses, and everything looks like it’s been filtered through the best, most nostalgic Instagram filter. What if you could crawl into the bygone beauty and hazy days of that photo (like, without it being weird that you were hanging out with your parents when you’re probably, like, the same age)? That’s what this new Martin Courtney record is like. AND MORE.
Domino is releasing the Real Estate vocalist/guitarist’s debut solo album Many Moons on October 30. Recorded with the assistance of Woods’ Jarvis Taveniere in his Brooklyn studio during downtime in Real Estate’s busy touring schedule, the album features appearances from Julian Lynch, fellow Real Estate dude Matthew Kallman, and other pals.
04. Before We Begin
05. Northern Highway
06. Many Moons
08. Little Blue
10. Airport Bar
[Photo: Shawn Brackbill]
• Domino Records: http://www.dominorecordco.us
Hip hopper Ty Dolla $ign has “gone and done a thing.” If you’ve a mind for it, I imagine you can figure out for yourself just what that thing is, but you’re going to have to do it quickly, because I’m going to tell you right after this colon: he has announced a release date for his upcoming debut full-length Free TC (so named for Dolla $ign’s jailed younger brother, Big TC). As many hip hoppers who find themselves to be both hot and new do, Mr. Shift+4 took to Instagram to make the announcement, posting the album’s artwork with the caption “NOVEMBER 13.”
In a previous Instagram post, he had promoted the fact that the album would be available for pre-order on iTunes as of September 11, but with this set release date in mind, the whole endeavor is starting to feel way more hot, new, and, most of all, real. The realness, of course, is paramount, because, as is the custom, Sir Money Symbol Replacing an “S” has been talking about putting the thing out since at least last fall. No specific details on the record label for the album, but Wikipedia lists Atlantic, Taylor Gang, and Pu$haz Ink, so we’ll go with them.
Check out the album’s first single “When I See Ya,” which features an assist by Fetty Wap.
Eric Frye (Minneapolis composer/curator of experimental music) kicks off new platform “gmebogosse” with mixes by Jailblazer and CF
Because actual book-burning is an affront to free expression, why don’t you at least imagine going into the local public library, checking out every available book on music theory, and using them as a source of warmth in lieu of freshly-chopped firewood. Late fees are forgiven if you explain a book’s destruction philosophically, so be prepared to sympathize with Minneapolis curator and composer Eric Frye, who’s all about theory, using related ideas as bases for creating music outside the bounds of what we’ve unconsciously accepted. Or, I should say, creating music and sponsoring music, as Frye has recently started a new platform that essentially wears shirts as pants. And damn it looks good.
“gmebogosse” is the name of the new platform, and Frye appears to have pulled it from a colorful lesser-known electroacoustic instrument manufactured in France during the early 1970s. The platform itself has partially as its SoundCloud description: “Digital transmission space focusing on the presentation of audio and text pieces by artists and thinkers. Examining the exchange from one field of study to another.”
gmebogosse’s first two releases feature music and text from artists Jailblazer (a.k.a. friend of the site Justin Meyers) and CF. Pay special attention to the first one, if verbal experiments are your thing:
And if you’re in Minneapolis, catch Justin Meyers tonight opening for Thurston Moore at the Triple Rock Social Club.
Come, my love, and take my hand as we journey into the gilden hallways of melancholy. No, not that hand — that is my candelabra-wielding hand. This hand. The one in the luxurious black velvet glove. Let us stop here, my love, beneath the weeping willows of ephemerality, for I have something I must tell you: Tropic of Cancer has a new EP, called Stop Suffering, and it will come to us, my gentle wraith, on October 30, just before our highest holy day, International Orthopaedic Nurses Day. I kid, my love, I kid! Just before Halloween, of course, but you already knew that. Oh yeah, it’s also on Blackest Ever Black.
Imagine the euphoria tinged with the sad sweetness of inconsolable yearning as we listen to this wondrous new release on either 12-inch vinyl or “digital formats.” It is Camella Lobo’s first release since 2013’s Restless Idles, and it features three new songs: “Stop Suffering,” “I Woke Up And The Storm Was Over,” and “When The Dog Bites.” They were all recorded by Lobo herself with Joshua Eustis (Sons of Magdalene, Telefon Tel Aviv) taking on the mixing and mastering.
Tropic of Cancer will tour Europe this autumntide, with a performance at the Five Wretched Years of Blackest Ever Black soiree at Berlin’s Berghain. Perhaps we could venture to one of these dates, my love, but alas, your mysterious condition will not prevent it. We will speak no more of such unattainable visions and instead preview this divine recording of “Stop Suffering” and then, perhaps, watch Netflix and chill.
10.27.15 - Milan, IT -Spazio ex Cobianchi
10.28.15 - Cologne, DE - Blue Shell
10.30.15 - Berlin, DE - Berghain
11.04.15 - Zurich, CH - Exil
11.05.14 - Geneva, CH - Kalvingrad
11.06.15 - Lyon, FR - Sonic
11.07.15 - Madrid, ES - Siroco
11.12.15 - London, UK, London - Corsica Studios
11.13.15 - Helsinki, FI - Kuudes Linja
01. Stop Suffering
02. I Woke Up And The Storm Was Over
03. When The Dog Bites
• Blackest Ever Black: http://blackesteverblack.com
Okkervil River unveil Black Sheep Boy 10th Anniversary Edition with new covers album, ride the subsequent wave of buzz on a handful of tour dates
Fire up the ol’ 10th Anniversary Machine again, readers: we’ve got a real live one here! This time around, it’s Will Sheffield and his merry band of highly-literate folk rock troubadours in Okkervil River, who are poised to make us all open our big dumb idiot-mouths and say “I can’t believe that was TEN YEARS AGO!” with the reissue of their classic 2005 Jagjaguwar album Black Sheep Boy.
Yup, it’s already been a decade. And in celebration of the milestone, Jagjaguwar is releasing a very special 10th Anniversary Edition of said record on December 4, which comprises a “three-LP set combining the classic Black Sheep Boy album and its counterpart the Black Sheep Boy Appendix with an all new unreleased album of covers entitled There Swims A Swan: “full-band recordings made six months prior to the release of Black Sheep Boy which illuminate the album’s roots in the traditional American songbook.”
Got all that? Good! Because I’m not going to repeat it, and I REFUSE to let you reread it! Anyway, the reissue also comes complete with a “meticulously reworked packaging, combining every previous element of […] Schaff’s imagery - not to mention a large new piece by Schaff depicting an updated Black Sheep Boy,” as well as “lengthy liner notes by […] Schaff walking the listener through the circumstances surrounding the album.” Ooh! Lengthy!
In addition to all this craziness, the band has announced a handful of shows for late this fall/winter, during which they’ll perform both Black Sheep Boy and Black Sheep Boy Appendix in their entirety. But while you’re waiting for THOSE to change your life forever, why not pre-order the goods with all your “10th Anniversary Edition Albums Fund” money you’ve got saved and check out a previously unreleased track, a cover of Tom House’s “I’m in Love With Susan Smith,” down below. Go ahead. Your younger, fitter, healthier, happier, more optimistic self would have wanted you to…
Black Sheep Boy 10th Anniversary Edition:
Volume I: Black Sheep Boy:
01. Black Sheep Boy
02. For Real
03. In a Radio Song
05. Get Big
06. A King and a Queen
07. A Stone
08. The Latest Toughs
09. Song of Our So-Called Friend
10. So Come Back, I Am Waiting
11. A Glow
Volume II: Black Sheep Boy Appendix:
01. Missing Children
02. No Key, No Plan
03. A Garden
04. Black Sheep Boy #4
05. The Next Four Months
06. Another Radio Song
07. A Forest
08. Last Love Song For Now
Volume III: There Swims a Swan:
01. Goodnight Irene
02. I’m in Love With Susan Smith
03. See See Rider
04. Knoxville Girl
05. Satan Is Real
06. Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down
07. Willow Tree
09. Oh, The Wind and Rain
10. What Are They Doing in Heaven Today
11. Trouble in Mind
Okkervil-ish river of tourdates:
11.20.15 - Washington, DC - Black Cat ^
11.21.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom ^
11.24.15 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair ^
12.14.15 - Seattle, WA - Columbia City Theater &
12.15.15 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge &
12.18.15 - San Francisco, CA - Swedish American Hall &
12.19.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Masonic Lodge &
^ An Evening With Okkervil River
& Okkervil River (solo)
David Copperfield, David Blaine, other great magicians named David: none of them could perform the greatest of all magical feats. That, of course, is the feat of turning a garden into a club. The nature of these two locations is simply too disparate for one to ever transform into the other. Well, I mean, that’s what we all thought before the greatest illusionist of all came along. That illusionist is Jam City, and he will perform the impossible with his new EP Earthly Versions out October 2 in the UK and October 16 in the USA through Night Slugs.
How will Jam City perform this trick? My dear, a magician never reveals his secret. But I’m not a magician, so I’ll tell you: by reworking a pair of tracks from his intriguing new album Dream A Garden into bass-heavy, club-friendly renditions. It was so simple that David Copperfield must feel like an idiot! As an encore/showboating, Jam City has also cooked up a brand new track titled “Dream ‘15” to cap off the EP. Jeez, Jam City. You just dismantled all of magic. Isn’t that enough?
Earthly Versions tracklist:
01. A Walk Down Chapel (Dub Mix)
02. Crisis (Special Mix)
03. Dream ‘15
• Jam City: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jam-City/212065082205568
• Night Slugs: www.night-slugs.net
Yo. You ever roll up to a preschool and find all the little toddlers toodling around, going ham on their li’l Spotify accounts and think to yourself, “Boy, I sure do wish there was a way to make all of this a little more nostalgic.” Well, pal, I’m happy to say that Light in the Attic and Third Man Records have a very cute product for you! Namely, it’s the adorably titled This Record Belongs To _____, a compilation album designed with a blank space for the child (yours by birth/adoption/chance meeting at a random preschool) to fill in their own name, provided they can spell and you can trust them to not blow it by scribbling all over the damn thing. Curated by Zach Cowie, the compilation features an assortment of kid-friendly tracks from the likes of Harry Nilsson, Nina Simone, Kermit the Frog, and The Pointer Sisters.
This Record Belongs to _____ comes with a full-color original storybook by artist Jess Rotter that tells the story of a group of animal friends who discover a mysterious black disc in the forest and futz around with it until their parents come and yell at them for knocking the tone arm on their Rega turntable out of whack. And, because reinforcing gender binaries is also something about which it’s fun to be nostalgic, there are 200 copies available in “gender equality” split pink and blue, in addition to plain-old black vinyl and CD.
Because you almost definitely don’t want your Rega to turn out like the one in the storybook, Light in the Attic has conveniently partnered with Third Man to offer a package deal with a turntable designed just for kids. It’s super light, with a built-in speaker and an automatic tone arm, as well as a USB out and auxiliary input. The LP on its own, as well as the package deal, are ready for pre-order right now and will be available on November 6.
This Record Belongs To ____ track list:
01. Shel Silverstein - “Invitation”
02. Van Dyke Parks - “Occapella”
03. Carole King - “One Was Johnny”
04. Harry Nilsson - “The Town”
05. Harry Nilsson - “Me And My Arow
06. The Pointer Sisters - “Pinball Number Count”
07. Woody Guthrie - “Dance Around”
08. Jerry Garcia & David Grisman - “Jenny Jenkins”
09. Roger Miller - “Oo-De-Lally”
10. Bobby Bare - “Daddy What If”
11. Ella Jenkins - “Pretty Trees Around The World”
12. Nina Simone - “You Can Sing A Rainbow”
13. Vashti Bunyan - “Diamond Day”
14. Donovan - “The Mandolin Man And His Secret”
15. Miss Abrams & The Strawberry Point 4th Grade Class - “Running In The Garden”
16. Kermit The Frog - “Rainbow Connection”