Naytronix (tUnE-yArDs bassist Nate Brenner) announces new album, shares new track, still plays bass in tUnE-yArDs

Even though bass guitar is clearly the coolest instrument ever invented, people still usually have no idea what the NAMES of those people up on stage playing them are. Take Nate Brenner, who’s been the funky low-end of tUnE-yArDs for quite some time now. I had no idea his name was Nate! I also had no idea that he, you know, did any STUFF besides play bass in tUnE-yArDs!

But apparently, ol’ whatshisname has done all kinds of other stuff! Most notably, he’s ALREADY put out an album as Naytronix in between grueling and presumably-thankless tUnE-yArDs tours (kidding), and now he’s already onto his second one. It’s called Mister Divine and is coming out October 16 via the City Slang label. That’s a long time for me to have to remember that his name is Nate… but whatever!

But in case all you REALLY care about is tUnE-yArDs and not Nate B, rest assured that, according to the press release, the new album was “conceived in tour busses, hotel suites, and basement studios initially as fodder for DJ sets” and captures “the feeling of déjà vu between delirious post-show fevers and the road-torn sleep through the night on the way to the next city, driving the circumference of the Earth in nine weeks, dreams of Pangaea, of forever ago and infinity from now.” So, shut up and stop worrying. It’s tUnE-yArDs-y.

Recorded at Oakland’s New, Improved Recording studio, Brenner’s collaborators included guitarist Mark Allen-Piccolo and percussionist Robert Lopez, as well as Matt Nelson and Noah Bernstein (tUnE-yArDs saxophones) and synth master *Michael Coleman* (of Beep!). You can listen to one of the tracks down below and judge for yourself the extent to which the music does/doesn’t sound enough/not enough like tUnE-yArDs. Just try not to forget the name of the dude or his band between now and the time the song’s over… let alone between now and October.

Mister Divine tracklisting:

01. Mister Divine
02. Starting Over
03. Dream
04. Back in Time
05. The Wall
06. I Don’t Remember
07. Future
08. Living in a Magazine
09. Shadow

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Mykki Blanco debuts Dogfood Music Group, announces first release

Mykki Blanco has her own label now. Dogfood Music Group, an offshoot of !K7, to which Blanco is signed, will feature artists who, in her own words, “come from backgrounds outside of the black American norm.” “People all over the world are only fed this singular image of ‘African American Music’,” she writes in the press release, “we want to disrupt that […] the world deserves to see our culture as much as anything else.”

True to that, the first release, a compilation album titled C-Ore, will include tracks by Rahel Ali under his hip-hop and noise-based Yves Tumor moniker, Baltimore-based electronic producerViolence, and audio-visual // IRL-digital artist Devin Kyle Cuthbertson as Psychoegyptian, along with a couple by Blanco. It’s available September 18 and pre-orderable through iTunes.

As important to DMG will be live performance. According to the press release, “The goal is to present releases that also have the potential to function as an easily transmutable ‘happening’,” and “Dogfood Music Group seeks to create site-specific installations to perform in, with purposefully nonlinear narratives that actively engage the listener and audience.” The entire collective will be touring this fall.

You know, if this were someone else, I likely wouldn’t be quoting the press release so much, but Mykki Blanco does not often leave her word by the wayside. As far as artist-run labels go, this is about as exciting as it gets.

Why don’t you watch the gorgeous video for Blanco’s 2014 single “She Gutta”? The C-Ore tracklist is below it.

C-Ore tracklist:

01. Violence - This Is Going To Be Disgusting, Unholy, And Pleasurable
02. Psychoegyptian - Lbcd
03. Mykki Blanco - Coke White, Starlight
04. Yves Tumor - Histrionic I
05. Psychoegyptian - Don’t I Look
06. Yves Tumor - Childish
07. Yves Tumor - Histrionic II
08. Violence - Saturn
09. Yves Tumor - Histrionic III / Skunk of the Earth
10. Mykki Blanco - Paw
11. Violence - Stillborn Song
12. Psychoegyptian - Lullaby (feat. Slum Savage)

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Red Bull Music Academy announces 2015 class, featuring Suicideyear, Lil Jabba, Wheez-ie, and more

Since 1998, the sugar drink corporation known as Red Bull has hosted Music Academy events around the world, inviting up-and-coming musicians and established artists (past participants include Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke, and Salva) to come together and “foster creativity in music” while possibly also drinking sugar drinks or wearing shirts with the sugar drink logo on them or perhaps just later telling their friends at a later date how truly kind the sugar drink corporation was. There has been a great deal of discussion as to how we ought to feel about all this, but there will be no such discussion in this news post, which is about the recent announcement of the artists selected for the 2015 Red Bull Music Academy in Paris. If you want a controversy-baiting thinkpiece like that, I suggest you hit up the Wikipedia page for “capitalism,” bud.

Anyhow, this year’s Red Bull Music Academy will run from October 25 through November 27 at la Gaîté lyrique in Paris, and it’ll feature 61 participants from 37 countries, including Lil Jabba, Suicideyear, Wheez-ie, Taskforce, and a whole bunch of others. The Academy will take a number of shapes across its length, including performances, workshops, lectures, and an exhibition titled Paris Musique Club, which is designed to “bring the stories and aesthetics of French creative collectives to life.”

More info is forthcoming on the specifics of some of the events in the coming weeks, and you can peep a playlist containing a number of the participants below.

So, reader, what do you think of all of this? Where do you land on the old capitalism debate? Write your thoughts in the comment section!

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Aphex Twin announces AFX EP orphaned deejay selek 2006-2008 via Warp

Unhand that sacrificial goat! Stop rubbing your grimy hands all over that stupid lamp! Take a break from trying to bait a leprechaun into your weird basement! Because all your dreams have already come true: there’s a new release from Aphex Twin (or AFX, on this one) on the way. Titled Orphaned Deejay Selek (2006-2008), Richard D. James’s latest EP will drop August 21 via the good people at Warp Records. It’s James’s first release as AFX since 2005.

And what do you know, all involved have kindly gifted us with a clip of the track “serge fenix Rendered 2,” complete with strobey yet minimalist visuals and glorious jumpy techno beats.

Cop this thing for yourself on 12-inch, CD (as the press release says, “both in die-cut and spot glossed sleeves”), digital, and streaming.


01. serge fenix Rendered 2
02. dmx acid test
03. oberheim blacet1b
04. bonus EMT beats
05. simple slamming b 2
06. midi pipe1c sds3time cube/klonedrm
08. r8m neotek beat

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NY venue Trans-Pecos pulls in a fresh batch of curators, including James Chance, Hisham Bharoocha, and David Grubbs

It wasn’t likely at all, but with the recent reception of their long-awaited liquor license, NY venue Trans-Pecos could’ve easily drowned itself in a celebratory consumption of libations, literally flooding the Ridgewood block nary a day after the framed license was nailed to the wall. Luckily, founders Sam Hillmer (of ZS) and Todd P have no interest in divvying away their DIY locale for the sake of riding a beer wave out through the windows; their focus on curatorial band bookings continues to this day, nearly two years after they opened their doors and about nine months after Kayo Dot and Islaja performed a show that distantly had me raging at my geographically-hindered attendance. The show was paradoxical and earth-shattering synergy, I imagine!

Hillmer just recently hit us up with news about Trans-Pecos’s new round of curators. Replacing folks like PC Worship and (the folks at) Northern Spy are no-wave legend James Chance, Sort Circle member/former Black Dice drummer Hisham Bharoocha, Robert AA Lowe, Hiro Kone, noise artist Bob Bellerue, Lamin Fofana, Don Devore, and David Grubbs (formerly of Gastr del Sol). Upcoming shows include one curated by Bob Bellerue that features the Lowe act Lichens and an AdHoc show featuring Silver Apples, Bookworms, and TMT favorite Giant Claw. That one looks especially good.


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Duran Duran announce new album Paper Gods and tour

You may remember the band Duran Duran from the hit song “A View to a Kill” and a Yoplait yogurt commercial from 2013. Those dudes from those things are back, and this time they have an album that sounds like the title of an old Mobb Deep record. It’s called Paper Gods, and it’ll be released September 18 in the US on Warner Bros. Records as a CD, a deluxe 15-track CD, a 2LP vinyl, and a limited-edition Vinyl Factory Deluxe LP box set. Janelle Monáe, Niles Rodgers, John Frusciante, Canadian Juno-Award winning singer Kiesza, and more will make guest appearance on the album. Even the moldy and decrepit Lindsay Lohan will provide spoken word vocals on the track, “Dancephobia.”

This album comes at a critical time, as in 1988 my cousin Dunny tried an attempted grope at Duran Duran backstage, but he got his outtie belly button caught on barbed wire. Craft services had to cut the barbed wire from the fence, leaving Dunny with an unwanted belly ring. Furthermore, blood from the incident stained his “Hungry Like the Wolf” happy trail tattoo. To celebrate the new Duran Duran release as well as upcoming tour dates, I have stolen money from fellow TMT staff writers to get a Duran Duran tramp stamp tattoo (“Rio” in Jokerman font; arrow pointed down to butt crack) to honor Dunny.

Paper Gods tracklist:

01: Paper Gods (feat. Mr. Hudson)
02: Last Night in the City (feat. Kiesza)
03: You Kill Me With Silence
04: Pressure Off (feat. Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers)
05: Face For Today
06: Danceophobia
07: What Are The Chances?
08: Sunset Garage
09: Change the Skyline (feat. Jonas Bjerre)
10: Butterfly Girl
11: Only in Dreams
12: The Universe Alone

Deluxe edition bonus tracks:
13. Planet Roaring
14. Valentine Stones
15, Northern Lights


08.05.15 - Riverhead, NY - FOLD Festival
08.06.15 - Bethlehem, PA - Musikfest
09.01.15 - Ibiza - Heart at the Ibiza Gran Hotel
09.05.15 - Gibraltar – Victoria Stadium (Gibraltar Music Festival)
09.11.15 - Isle of Wight, UK - Robin Hill Park (Bestival)
09.20.15 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
09.23.15 - Puyallup, WA - Washington State Fair
09.25.15 - Reno, NV - Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
09.26.15 - Las Vegas, NV - Life is Beautiful Festival
09.27.15 - San Diego, CA - Cal Coast Union Open Air Theatre
10.01.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
10.02.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Greek Theatre, Berkeley
10.03.15 - Rancho Mirage, CA - The Show, Agua Caliente Casino
11.27.15 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Arena
11.28.15 - Leeds, UK - First Direct Arena
11.30.15 - Cardiff, UK - Motorpoint Arena
12.02.15 - Brighton, UK - Brighton Centre
12.04.15 - Birmingham, UK - Genting Arena
12.05.15 - Newcastle, UK - Metro Radio Arena
12.06.15 - Glasgow, Scotland - The SSE Hydro
12.08.15 - London, UK - The O2
12.09.15 - Bournemouth, UK - Bournemouth International Centre
12.11.15 - Nottingham, UK - Capital FM Arena
12.12.15 - Liverpool, UK - Echo Arena

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Initial lineup for MUTEK Mexico unveiled, featuring Lee Gamble, Lucrecia Dalt, Lotic, and more (obviously)

Even though an Asian expansion would mean increased access to one of the world’s best experimental electronic music festivals, let’s all be objectively grateful that MUTEK hasn’t gone the way of ATP and started throwing together names and locations and confused us to the point where we end up travelling to Munich for a German rendition of “Technicolor Dreamcoat” (Jupp and his). Instead, the premier event maintains its annual occurrence in Montreal, and excluding a bevy of showcases in South America, Barcelona, and elsewhere, the other MUTEK gig of comparable significance is MUTEK Mexico, which began three years after MUTEK Montreal in 2003. Residents and those reasonably inclined to make the trip to Mexico City: grab a drool bowl.

The initial lineup for this year’s edition of MUTEK Mexico has just been announced, and it includes the following artists: Alessandro Cortini, Shackleton, Voices from the Lake, Lucrecia Dalt, Lotic, Vatican Shadow, Lee Gamble (with visuals from Dave Gaskarth), Atom™ & Tobias, Clark, and DJ Koze. At least one of those former members of Nine Inch Nails is releasing a new album soon, and something similar can be said about those talented aquatic schizos.

Check out the full initial lineup at the link below. Early bird tickets are on sale here, and I really can’t imagine anyone having anything better do in late October. Shirk your leaf-raking duties.

Meanwhile, check out our special MUTEK interviews featuring Karen Gwyer & Strategy and Atom™ & Tyondai Braxton.

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Silicon to release debut album Personal Computer on Weird World

Silicon is the sound of love. Like, all the teens are at the beach in 1980s L.A., and a breeze ruffles the hair of the hottest, blondest cool girl, and all the nerds are just drooling, and then some chiseled future white-collar criminal rolls up in his convertible and they drive away together, leaving only lingering wistful electronic beats swirling behind them. And also, those iridescent computer-generated dolphins that were so popular in the 90s are swimming through the ocean surf. Yeah, it sounds like THAT.

So who is this visionary, this dreamer of cool lovely dreams? Silicon is Kody Nielson, brother of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Nielson. (They played in The Mint Chicks together.) The newly-crowned New Zealand pop prince is coming out with a debut album, Personal Computer, which you’ll be able to bathe your battered soul in once Weird World/Domino drops it August 28.

Check out the new single “Burning Sugar,” with visuals by Natalia Stuyk, below:

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Matana Roberts announces European solo tour dates

Four years and three albums into her 12-part exploration of the African American experience and cultural heritage via jazz, Matana Roberts will be heading to Europe next October for a short fall tour. The Chicago-born, New York-based artist will be presenting her recent Coin Coin Chapter Three: river run thee album, performing without the support of a band yet combining field recordings and electronic effects with her vocals and saxophone, in the poetic-reverie style of the Coin Coin series.

One of the most promising young talents in experimental music today, Roberts has been active since the early 2000s and is a member of the AACM. She’s released eight albums and featured in countless projects as a studio musician (Sticks and Stones, Burnt Sugar, TV on the Radio, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra), but is best known for her acclaimed Coin Coin series. Devised as a panoramic visit to the mystical roots of African American music, this epic series is one of the very few works of art we would not hesitate to call important today, and a consistent feature in our favorites lists.

Check Matana Roberts full tour slate below.

10.06.15 - Oslo, London UK
10.08.15 - OUT.FEST, Barreiro PT
10.09.15 - VillaManuela, Madrid ES Tickets
10.10.15 - Trafo House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest HU
10.13.15 - Rhiz, Vienna AT
10.16.15 - Kiezsalon, Berlin DE
10.17.15 - Jazzhouse, Copenhagen DK
10.19.15 - Inkonst, Malmo SE
10.20.15 - Atlas, Aarhus DK

[Photo: Jason Fulford]

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Mike Krol signs to Merge for new album Turkey

Every day I like to figure out what I learned. Sometimes you’ve gotta dig a little, and it’s something less than mind-blowing. Like yesterday, I learned that my fridge magnets are getting grotty. Today, I learned something a bit more enthralling, which is: in the sport of bowling, three consecutive strikes is called a turkey.

How about that?!

With that knowledge stowed away in the old knowledge bank, we can all learn a few more things for today: (1) Mike Krol has signed to Merge, (2) his third album will be released August 28, and (3) it’s called Turkey (for reasons that will now be obvious to you).

The preview below also suggests that Krol’s penchant for skuzzy garage hooks remains, and that he may or may not moonlight as a police officer. All useful information.

Finally, in your quest for Krol-related trivia, you probably should know that he’s doing a run of dates with Mac McCaughan and the Non-Believers. Dates below.

Don’t tell me you didn’t learn something today.

09.14.15 - Seattle, WA, Tractor Tavern
09.15.15 - Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
09.17.15 - San Francisco, CA, Rickshaw Stop
09.18.15 - Los Angeles, CA, The Echo

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