From The Los Angeles Times:
His voice served as a call to action, an echo that continues today whenever a kid bellows the word “hip hop” into a microphone. It was in Henry “Big Bank Hank” Jackson’s lyrical wobble, the way he rapped through the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight,” the singular hit that propelled a movement when it was released in 1979.
Jackson, 57, died Tuesday morning after complications from cancer, but his influence remains.
The news was confirmed by David Mallie, the business manager for the two surviving members of the original Sugarhill Gang, Guy “Master Gee” O’Brien and “Wonder Mike” Wright.
For those of you planning on forgetting Valentine’s Day, there’s a perfect belated gift for your significant other: SIr Richard Bishop’s upcoming Tangier Sessions. Out February 17, the album is a solo acoustic improvisation entirely written on a 19th-century guitar that Bishop dug up while living in Geneva. Like a scene out of a film Walter Salles never wrote, Sir Rick found the instrument when he came upon a no-name luthier’s shop in an alley. He ultimately set the guitar down due to the price tag, but not before (presumably) ripping through “Stairway to Heaven” and Van Halen’s “Eruption” and then whispering the word “whoa” to himself. Luckily for both us and Rick, weeks later he came to the realization that spending all your money on yourself is actually awesome, and bought the guitar without even asking us to Kickstarter it for him.
Still channelling his life decisions from a VH1 Behind the Music episode, Bishop packed up his new guitar and headed to a rooftop apartment in Morocco; there he wrote and recorded Tangier’s seven songs in just one week. Bishop’s yet to officially drop any tracks from the album, but listeners can probably expect some ambling, neo-Fahey jams à la his VDSQ Solo Acoustic sessions from earlier this year. The album is available for pre-order over at Drag City. Buy it, as I really don’t want to get those Kickstarter emails.
Tangier Sessions tracklist:
02. Bound In Morocco
03. Safe House
06. International Zone
07. Let It Come Down
Whenever I hear a husband-and-wife pop duo are touring the West Coast, I immediately head to my local Wolmart and buy a case of Berry Blue Kool-Aid Bursts for a cool one spot. Talkin’ one dollar bill, y’all.
Today I received an SMS from my best bro Dunny, telling me about Peaking Lights going on tour in December. Took the bus to Wolmart and got my Bursts. Back on the bus I put the new Peaking lights album, Cosmic Logic on my Sony MZRH1 Minidisc Hi-MD/MP3 Player. The album was released back in October on Weird World and it’s all about talking to aliens on the telephone. Took off my pants (as I always do on the bus), popped out a chilled Burst, and let the overfilled blue goo run down my arm like sugary pre-cum. I’m riding this bus Seattle, WA to see the first West Coast date on December 5. If you see me on the bus, lick your lips and I’ll share a Burst with you.
Peaking Lights tour dates:
12.05.14 - Vancouver, BC - The Fox Cabaret
12.06.14 - Seattle, WA - Barboza *
12.07.14 - Portland, OR - Holocene
12.09.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
Aphex Twin decides to pollute the shallow end of the web this time, dumps 30 more unreleased tracks on us
Do these new tracks Richard D. James just tossed out eight weeks or so after the hyped-to-shit release of Syro comprise a tight-knit, story-telling, compelling, coherent collection of the latter-day Aphex Twin digi-oeuvre that you must wrap your best-new-music-listening-ears around ASAP??? Naw. I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Still… Aphex Twin is still pretty cool to know about, so you’ll want to keep reading.
As Pitchfork reports, a ways back, Richard D. James was hanging out and drinking tea and being his usual, genial, non-temperamental technocrat self with Dave Noyze, who runs the popular UK blog Noyzelab (I totally read it every day, believe me); when — amid talk of his goofy equipment, creative processes, wistful childhood reminiscences, etc. — he also casually happened to share a whole pixelated Super Mario Bros. 3-style flying boatload of new (to us, at least) music. Ca-ching! Right?
Well, we didn’t really know until just recently, when Part 2 of said-interview finally got posted, along with links to “over 30 recordings, including 20 sonic experiments made on Buchla and Serge modular synths (James refers to them as “a fucking racket”), outtakes from his orchestral performances in London and Poland, and more.” But just in case you don’t really wanna visit all these hyperlinks and shit, you can stream James’ 20-track “exploration of the modular synth” down below. Go ahead. Whip it on. Open another tab. Sip your favorite Keurig beverage. See how long you last. Maybe surf Amazon.com? You deserve it. Oh, and you can also hear and download the the rest of the stuff, but you have to click a hyperlink to do it. Yeah, sorry, man. Still, though. Like I said up above: Aphex friggin’ Twin, right? Still seems pretty cool to know about.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor are touring.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor are touring!
Godspeed You! Black Emperor are touring!!!
Godspeed You! Black Emperor are touring!!!
There’s not really anything else that needs to be said about this, except that if you live anywhere that is not Europe you need to prepare to be sorely disappointed or start booking flights.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor are touring… Europe in April.
04.07.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
04.08.15 - Essen, Germany - Weststadt Halle
04.09.15 - Munich, Germany - Freiheiz
04.10.15 - Milan, Italy - Live Club
04.11.15 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon
04.12.15 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks
04.15.15 - Lyon, France - Le Transbordeur
04.16.15 - Lille, France - L’Aeronef
04.17.15 - Manchester, UK -Albert Hall
04.18.15 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
04.19.15 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
04.20.15 - London, UK - Sheppards Bush Empire
04.22.15 - Paris, France - Bataclan
04.23.15 - Paris, France - Bataclan
04.25.15 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Salzhaus
04.26.15 - Krems, Austria - Donau Festival
04.28.15 - Strassbourg, France - La Laiterie
04.30.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
Today in news that is likely to make at least a few nerds who are working on their year-end lists say to themselves, “Well shucks, I guess I’ll have to revise my spreadsheet,” Graham Lambkin’s Kye imprint has just made its final two releases of 2014 available: Matthew Revert’s Not You and Food Court’s Food Court.
Matthew Revert, who, I don’t know, you might know already as the novelist responsible for last year’s excellent Basal Ganglia, arrives with Not You. Based on the sample embedded below, it gets a bit closer to singer-songwriter-type material than a lot of other work from Kye by setting Revert’s “diaristic/voyeuristic narrations” against various iterations of sound work. Food Court’s self-titled LP, which also has a preview below, is a debut collaboration between James Rushford, Joe Talia, and Francis Plagne. Talia and Rushford, as you might recall, flexed their collaborative muscles for Kye just last year on Manhunter. This particular release presents two live interpretations of “Fumeux Fume par Fumée” by the 14th-century French composer Solage. Both are limited to an edition of 400 and, as ever, you can hit up Mr. Lambkin himself via email for purchasing information.
• Matthew Revert: http://www.matthewrevert.com
• James Rushford: http://www.jamesrushford.com
• Joe Talia: http://www.joetalia.com
• Francis Plagne: https://soundcloud.com/francis-plagne
• Kye: http://kyerecords.blogspot.com
Art Department shake off their three-year hangover just long enough to drop a new LP and tour the world
It has been a nonstop party since 2011 for Canada’s Art Department. Kenny Glasgow and No. 19 label boss Jonny White dropped their first album (The Drawing Board, which boasted the impossibly booming single “Without You”) three long years ago. Since then, they’ve been residents at CircoLoco at DC-10 in Ibiza and toured from Berlin to Black Rock, all while riding on the crest of high praise and higher expectations.
News has now emerged of a sophomore slug coming from White and Glasgow. No. 19 will release Natural Selection on November 18. The album features contributions from clubmonger Seth Troxler and Berlin-based house producer Aquarius Heaven. You can pre-order the files from iTunes, which gets you a couple tracks (“Cruel Intentions” and “Catch You By Surprise”) right up front. Keep scrolling for Art Department’s big-time world tour dates below.
Check the video for “Cruel Intentions”, featuring Troxler:
Remaining Natural Selection tour dates:
11.13.14 - Curitiba, Brazil - Vibe Club
11.14.14 - Sao Paolo, Brazil - D’Edge
11.15.14 - Lima, Peru - Creamfields
11.21.14 - Miami, FL - Trade
11.28.14 - Rome, Italy - Rashomon
11.29.14 - Turin, Italy - Loud
12.5.14 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Perron
12.12.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - DSTRCT
12.13.14 - Lyon, France - Elekt’Rhone
12.20.14 - Belfast, Ireland - T13
Not long ago, TMT reported on Spotify’s latest antics of overpriced family plans and major label hostage situations. Now, the streaming music platform has gotten even more celestial and decided that future editions of Spotify’s desktop program will not feature apps. No more App Finder tab, and no support of Spotify Apps. “This feature is being discontinued” is how Spotify chose to surprise developers last week with the news.
For more than one hundred app creators who have contributed to Spotify’s platform over the years — from Pitchfork to Digster to TuneWiki — this is kind of a slap in the face. “With the growing importance of mobile and many of you asking for the tools to build apps outside of our desktop platform, we recognized the need to make a new set of APIs and SDKs available,” explained Spotify for the abrupt change. However, the company’s latest mobile software and dev platform doesn’t support full song streaming on outside developers’ apps — only 30-second clips. A few companies have stuck it out and made new apps with these constraints, like BBC and Soundhound, but it could prompt an exodus from the Spotify platform. Those developers get no respect.
• Spotify: https://www.spotify.com
Pretty weird to think about the fact that after this year is done there’ll be a whole other year after it. Honestly, sometimes I forget. I’ll just be sitting there thinking, “Boy, it sure would nice for there to be another new Noveller album for me to listen to, for example, since I was so into No Dreams, but since time will just kind of quit happening at the end of December, I guess there’s not really much I can do about it.” Then I’ll kind of think about that for a second and smack myself upside the head because, duh, time doesn’t stop at the end of December, it just keeps going! I really am such a quirky goof sometimes.
Speaking both of the fact that time apparently stops for nothing and Sarah Lipstate’s Noveller project, Lipstate’s actually got a new album planned for early next year. It’s called Fantastic Planet and it’s slated for release on January 27 on Fire Records on CD, MP3, and aqua-colored vinyl. The pre-order link is, hang on… nope it’s not here… or here. Where is it? Oh, I found it! Sorry, that was just my little joke, here’s that link to the pre-order page once more just in case you got a little flustered back there. Like I said, I’m just quirky sometimes! Anyhow, you can preview album opener “Into the Dunes” below if you put your mind to it.
Fantastic Planet tracklist:
01. Into the Dunes
02. No Unholy Mountain
05. Concrete Dreams
06. Pulse Point
07. In February
09. The Ascent
Let’s take a leap and endow Rashad Becker with the typical habits of your average label-signed pop musician. His chronically underrated debut album Traditional Music of Notional Species vol. 1 was released last year, so perhaps appreciating his new designation, we can totally forgive him for disregarding the conventional “tour of support acknowledging my recently released album” thing. It’s not like the experimental PAN style lends itself to massive tours anyway, but let’s not forget that Becker also has a genuine occupation outside of creating the most enthralling pieces of miniature plane sounds the world has ever known. Dubplates & Mastering… we wouldn’t want him stepping away for too long.
But equally selfishly, we should want him stepping away for sort-of long! His currently-engaged tour with Eli Keszler will appeal to any fan electroacoustic improv, and how especially fortunate for those living close to Daniel Boone territory. I have no idea how common these sorts of events are for you guys, but damn… luckyyy!
Don’t forget about Keszler’s own history with PAN, by the way. Dates after the vids:
Rashad Becker + Eli Keszler dates:
11.08.14 - St. Louis, MO - The Luminary (solo sets)
11.10.14 - Louisville, KY - Dreamland Theater
11.11.14 - Lexington, KY - Downtown Arts Center
11.13.14 - Oberlin, OH - Fairfield Chapel
11.14.14 - Washington, DC - Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
11.15.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Issue Project Room