Unsound Festival announces its full 2014 line-up, caps it off with some Jarry, Burroughs, Jan Klata, and Leyland Kirby
Krakow’s mighty Unsound Festival has now revealed its full program, rounding out an already awe-inspiring line-up with a mouthwatering assembly of experimental installations, theater performances, scholarly talks, and fringe-skirting music.
Not two months ago, our very own Taylor Peters informed you of the Polish festival’s latest batch of performers: SOPHIE, Nurse with Wound, Evian Christ, The Necks, and Lee Gamble. Now, barely weeks away from the event, Unsound’s final announcement has taken a more multimedia spin. First, the controversial Polish theater director Jan Klata will stage an interpretation of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi in collaboration with the Narodowy Stary Teatr and Leyland Kirby (a.k.a. The Caretaker), who has composed original music specially for the play. Second, Mark Fell will present his Dream-Machine-inspired installation “Get Out of the Defensive Position” to celebrate William Burroughs’ centennial. Also commemorating Burroughs’ 100th birthday, the festival will host a panel on the Nova Trilogy’s creator, featuring his biographer Barry Miles. And, if you’re still into that conference-attending mood, David Keenan, Suzanne Ciani, and many others will also be giving talks and presentations during the festival weekend. Finally, free performances by WANDA GROUP, Valerio Tricoli, and a Polish experimental scene showcase will make sure some of the festival’s riches trickle down Krakow’s streets.
Now add all of these activities to the previously revealed shows by Grouper (if you just knew how much we’re loving Ruins here at TMT), Richard Pinhas, Jenny Hval & Susanna, Swans, DJ Spinn, Niños Du Brasil, Carter Tutti Void, plus so many others it would be cruel to list here, and you’ll begin to grasp the Voltron-like creature of arty perfection this festival is.
You can check the whole program, and get tickets, here.
• Unsound: http://www.unsound.pl
From Hyperdub’s Facebook page:
We are devastated to announce that on Thursday 2nd October, Stephen Samuel Gordon aka The Spaceape, vocalist, poet and live performer, passed away peacefully after a 5 year struggle with a rare form of cancer.
He leaves behind his wife Luciana and 6 year old daughter, Cleo. His first release was the 1st release on Hyperdub, ‘Sine of the Dub’ in 2004 with Kode9, with whom he also released 2 albums, Memories of the Future (2006) and Black Sun (2011).
In 2012 he also self-released the Xorcism EP, appeared on the track ‘Spaceape’ on Burial’s debut album in 2006, and also collaborated with The Bug, Martyn, Jerry Dammers, Redshape, Dub Gabriel, the Echologist and more. Last Monday he released his new EP with Kode9, ‘Killing Season’ including the video ‘Devil is a Liar’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Dtc4Y4Xyjo which was filmed in July 2014.
Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends, and all who have been touched by his writings and performances. His Hyperdub family will always miss him.
• The Spaceape: http://www.thespaceape.co.uk
Two London artists that have recently offered up bizarre, forward-thinking takes on grime — Mumdance and Logos — are now breaking into the label game with Different Circles. These lads have a history of collaboration, both as regular performers at London’s grime-focused party Boxed and via a series of 12-inches.
With the newly christened Different Circles imprint, they hope to achieve a specific “Weightless” sound across all of their releases, starting with the Weightless Vol. 1 compilation. Weightless, as in floating, or the opposite of heavy. As Logos describes the sound in a recent FACT feature, Weightless equates to “spatially untethered club trax [sic].” Featuring the likes of Inkke, Dark0, Strict Face, Rabit, Murlo, and the label co-founders, Weightless Vol. 1 will see a limited vinyl pressing on November 17. Until then, clips from the comp’s six songs can be streamed below.
Weightless Vol. 1 tracklist:
01. Mumdance, Logos & Rabit - Inside the Catacomb
02. Inkke - Love Song
03. Strict Face - Python Crossing
04. Dark0 - Sweet Boy Tears
05. Rabit - More Memories
06. Murlo - Geist
Dr. Dre bypasses years of study and hanging around sick people to out-earn real doctors with $620 million in earnings this year
Dr. Dre might not be an actual doctor, heck, he hasn’t even released any music this year, but according to XXL, largely off the back of his part in the $3 billion sale of Beats Music to the U2-endorsing tech giant Apple, the rapper has absolutely smashed his way to the top of the 2014 Forbes “Hip-Hop Cash Kings” list with an estimated $620 million in earnings this year.
This mammoth windfall for the hip-hop mogul is more than the entirety of the remainder of the “Hip-Hop Cash Kings” list (many of whom actually released records and toured in the last 12 months) combined, is easily more than what most actual doctors earned this year, and with a bit of rounding is about $620 million more than what I’ve earned this year working two jobs with a bit of freelance writing on the side.
You can pore over the Top 20 list below while you wonder why you haven’t embarked on a rap career yet.
1. Dr. Dre - $620 million
2. Jay Z - $60 million
2. Diddy - $60 million
4. Drake - $33 million
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - $32 million
6. Kanye West - $30 million
7. Birdman - $24 million
8. Lil Wayne - $23 million
9. Pharrell Williams - $22 million
10. Eminem - $18 million
11. Nicki Minaj - $14 million
12. Wiz Khalifa - $13 million
13. Pitbull - $12 million
14. Snoop Dogg - $10 million
15. Kendrick Lamar - $9 million
16. Ludacris - $8 million
16. Tech N9ne - $8 million
16. Swizz Beatz - $8 million
16. 50 Cent - $8 million
20. Rick Ross - $7 million
20. J. Cole - $7 million
20. DJ Khaled - $7 million
20. Lil Jon - $7 million
20. Mac Miller - $7 million
• Dr. Dre: http://www.beatsbydre.com
Belle and Sebastian softly wince out something about a new LP called Girls in Peacetime Want To Dance, causing all albino waif kids in the world to simultaneously go their version of APESHIT
Dang. Belle and Sebastian — quite probably the only group of people hailing from Scotland EVER to be consistently hailed as “adorable” — have been doing their musical adorability-thing for kind of a while now. Last we heard from them, they were releasing their adorable eighth album (which we all positively adored, right?), and that was way back in 2010.
Since then, we merely heard tell about what they were up to here and there, wondering amongst ourselves when exactly the band would reemerge and resume its reign of abject adorability (the crowns and royal garments that look… well, absolutely adorable). But no longer! Stuart Murdoch and his cute compatriots took to the web waves the other day to issue the following charmingly unassuming announcement (and yeah, I totally adored the shit out of it):
Our ninth studio album, Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance, will be released on January 19, 2015 (January 20 in the North America) via Matador [… It] was produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, and Raury, among others. Additional mixing was done with longtime collaborator Tony Doogan in Glasgow, and the album was mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios.
Q: AWWWWW! HOW SICKENINGLY CUTE IS THAT?!? A: Almost as cute as the album trailer streaming down below!
Oh yeah, they also took the time to remind us that the entirety of their vinyl catalogue will be back in print on October 7, including the “much sought after” Push Barman To Open Old Wounds and The Life Pursuit LPs, as well as alternate cover art for Dear Catastrophe Waitress. Though honestly, I didn’t think that announcement was nearly as adorable as the first one. Not sure why. I must have been running out of electrolytes or something.
Belle, Sebastian, and tourdates:
10.03.14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
10.06-07.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Theatre at the Ace Hotel
10.08.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Civic Space Park
10.10.14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
10.12.14 - Mexico City, Mexico - Corona Capital Music Festival
10.28.14 - Manchester, England - Cathedral
10.29.14 - Bexhill-on-Sea, England - De La Warr Pavilion
10.31.14 - Paris, France - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
02.16.14 - Tapei, Taiwan - Hostess Club Tapei
05.22.14 - Glasgow, Scotland - Hydro Arena (w/ the Scottish Festival Orchestra)
06.10.14 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall
07.02-04.14 - Keflavik, Iceland - ATP Iceland
Well, it’s been a couple of years since ZS officially evolved into its current three-piece, and founding member Sam Hillmer has been more than efficient at whipping guitarist Patrick Higgins and drummer Greg Fox into form as though they were passengers on some medieval ship (in a loving way). Their first formal showing as ZS was the arguable “remix” album Grain, which was pretty experimental, and which compelled assimilation on the part of its new members by recalling tracks that were composed prior. There was also this sweet performance at the Trans-Pecos over the summer, so surely we can trust that ZS are in fully revitalized shape by now, even if we aren’t blessed with additional confirmation…
Additional confirmation: the new ZS album Xe album is nearly complete! That’s according to a certified tweet from Higgins, who offered a glimpse of his/their sweet studio, alongside comment about the final mixdown, which is possibly done by now. It’s an album that won’t be released until 2015, but as a precursor, folks in the freakishly-shaped continent across the Atlantic will be able to hear some of the new tunes first-hand this month. Check the dates below. Of course they’ll be performing at Unsound.
10.07.14 - Ljubjana, Slovenia - TBA
10.08.14 - Lucerne, Switzerland - TBA
10.09.14 - Brussels, Belgium - TBA
10.10.14 - Cologne, Germany - TBA
10.11.14 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - TBA
10.12.14 - Hamburg, Germany - TBA
10.13.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Jazzhouse
10.14.14 - Wroclaw, Poland - AvantArt Festival
10.15.14 - Krakow, Poland - Unsound Festival
10.18.14 - Brno, Czech Republic - TBA *
10.19.14 - Ljubjana, Sloevnia - TBA *
* Sam Hillmer as Diamond Terrifier, Patrick Higgins
Yung Lean to bring his Sad Boys to North America, teach the western hemisphere the true meaning of sadness
All-time best rap crew name? I’ll stop you right now. It’s the Sad Boys. The Swedish collective headed by Yung Lean have bested Dipset, Flipmode, and 1017 Brick Squad in having the greatest name for anything ever. In celebration of their achievement in moniker-choosing excellence, Yung Lean and his Sad Boys are coming our way for a North American tour in December. All I wanted for Christmas was sad boys anyway. Sad boys by the barrel. The tour will also find them joined by Gravity Boys, who are like sad boys if they were more focused on being pulled toward our Earth.
Yung Lean recently put out his full-length debut Unknown Memory. Watch the video for his single “Sandman” here, then think about how so many memories remain unknown. Does such a thought make you sad? Yeah? Good. You are now a sad boy. This was your initiation.
Yung Lean dates (all w/ Gravity Boys):
12.01.14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
12.02.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
12.03.14 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
12.05.14 - Miami, FL - Art Basel
12.06.14 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
12.08.14 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
12.09.14 - Dallas, TX - Trees
12.10.14 - Austin, TX - Empire Control Room
12.12.14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
12.13.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent
12.14.14 - San Diego, CA - University of California San Diego
12.15.14 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
12.16.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Grand Ballroom @ Regency Center
12.18.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
12.19.14 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
• Yung Lean: https://soundcloud.com/yung-lean-doer
Oozing Wound have one of the most descriptive and visceral band names out there — doesn’t it instantly recall some particularly gory incident you had as a child after you fall off a fence in the middle of Central Park? Or a scab from a mosquito bite that you just could not let alone, despite your mother’s scolding? I KNOW you’re out there, fellow scab-pickers.
Stop searching yourself for crusty injuries, now, and pay attention: The thrashy Chicago rockers are touring in October and November, on the heels of their sophomore LP Earth Suck. They’ll be playing a special Halloween show at the almost-defunct Brooklyn venue Death By Audio, and joining labelmate Black Pus (who released a split with the band earlier this year) in Providence, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Gnarly.
Earth Suck is out October 21 on Thrill Jockey.
10.24.14 - Madison, WI - The Vault
10.25.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Surly Brewing Company
10.26.14 - Milwaukee, WI - Quarter’s Rock and Roll Palace
10.27.14 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
10.28.14 - Cleveland, OH - Euclid Tavern
10.30.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio
10.31.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio
11.02.14 - Providence, RI - Aurora
11.03.14 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA
11.04.14 - Baltimore, MD - Floristree
11.05.14 - Cincinnati, OH - Rakes End
[Photo: Sarah Cass]
Holy hell. I have absolutely zero medical expertise, and yet despite my prior insistence on wasabi as an efficient and underrated nipple-calmer, I feel compelled to make the following claim: Alex Gray’s recent output as D/P/I simply needs to be used as a non-pill alternative for the alleviation of OCD. The split-second stops and starts on his Jeanette mixtape, for instance, are so overwhelming and enjoyable, that I can’t imagine anyone would be inclined to flip light switches or repeatedly commit vehicular manslaughter (a rare form) for a significant time after a listen. Electronic improv. Pauses and rap samples. Stops and starts. It’s just too bad Gray’s doing the same thing behaviorally concerning his next release!
Start. D/P/I is releasing MN.ROY on October 9 via Leaving Records, the label of his previous 08.DD.15 (a TMT First Quarter Favorite) and Rico EP. Stop. What the hell else can be said about it?! The tracklisting’s below and the pre-order is up, but aside from that, we’re afforded precious few details concerning the production of the album itself. We’re dying to know whether we’ll hear a wild Stallones pushing his friend to succeed through barely audible cheerleading, for instance, but I suppose the track that we posted back in August will have to satisfy for the time being. Oh, and here’s another one:
It’s an imposed anticipation. The song’s progressing. The album’s coming!
02. 02 - B.I.D.
03. _3 A PRAY ER
05. 05 - C.M.S. (Sunshine)
06. 006 . Wh en
07. _ DMM
09. 09 - L.M. (Switch)
10. Opportunity (100)
11. 0011 . Ann__
13. & Work;
14. 0014 _ 014
15. 15 - T.T.G.
16. !6, th
Francisco the Man sign to both Fat Possum the Label and Small Plates the Label for Loose Ends the Album
Riverside via Los Angeles indie rock kids Francisco the Man are not a man at all. Confusing? No, it’s a thread of misinformation these four fellows seem intent on disseminating.
You see, they’ve got an album coming out on October 27 co-released through Fat Possum and Small Plates, which they’ve called Loose Ends. A name that invokes a stoned Malkmus-esque rambling with half-finished solos and sloppy rhythms.
The truth is, Loose Ends is about as loose as Francisco the Man is a man. Instead, the group’s debut album is all bombastic stadium-bound drums and edgy-with-a-hint-of-drone guitar lines that nod to their instrumental origins.
Loose Ends tracklist:
01. You & I
02. In The Corners
03. Big Ideas
05. In My Dreams
06. It’s Not Your Fault
08. I Am Not
09. I Used to Feel Fine
10. It’s True, It’s You