As far as I’m concerned, there are two types of people in the world: people who love Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and people who haven’t heard him yet. Depending on which side of the BPB divide you sit on, you may or may not be aware of the fact that Bonnie “Prince” Billy and the Cairo Gang undertook a whistle stop tour in September 2014 around The Netherlands, where they played in a number of intimate and ornate venues, such as a Baptist church in Utrecht.
Thankfully, the Bonnie Prince allowed filmmaker Simo Valley to film the whole tour on the condition that it was a “fusion” documentary that focused on the towns and venues as well as the music.
Now the moment is nigh and the documentary, conveniently titled Royal Dutch Tour Documentary, has been edited and is ready to be enjoyed by all those in column A and to convert all those in column B of the BPB divide.
Due to the fact that the film is entirely self-funded, Simo Valley has started a Kickstarter campaign to try and recoup some of her costs, which aren’t exactly as indulgent as the budget of a James Cameron film. This being the case, the only way you will be able to watch Royal Dutch Tour Documentary when it is released in December will be by donating to the Kickstarter here.
A donation of £20 or more will score you the stream and download of the film, and you can pay additional amounts to score access to bonus performances by Bonnie “Prince” Billy from each stop on the tour. You can also pay £500 to get the whole shebang plus your name in the credits, if that sort of thing floats your boat.
So now for all the Bonnie “Prince” Billy completists, the goal posts have been moved forward… again.
Alright buds and buddettes, strap yourselves in for a whole lot of not-very-much-information followed by a track embed and some tour dates, because that’s what I’ve got.
Junior Boys. Heard of ‘em? Last Exit. So This is Goodbye. It’s All True. Three great albums under their belts, and you know what, I think their track “Double Shadow” off of So This is Goodbye might have the most plays in my iTunes library.
Anyway, on February 5, they’re going to drop a new album on us via City Slang. It’s called Big Black Coat. Maybe the fact that its cover is on some Darklands shit is an indication of its sonic direction, but then again, maybe not. Peep the first single “Big Black Coat” below, maybe catch the group on tour with Jesse Lanza, and then decide for yourself.
Dates with Jesse Lanza:
03.10.16 - Vancouver, BC - The Imperial Theatre
03.11.16 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune Theatre
03.12.16 - Portland, OR - Star Theater
03.14.16 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
03.15.16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theatre
03.18.16 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
03.19.16 - Tuscon, AZ - The Flycatcher
03.21.16 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
03.22.16 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
03.22.16 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio
03.24.16 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s
03.25.16 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn
03.28.16 - Carborro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
03.29.16 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
03.30.16 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
03.31.16 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
04.01.16 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
04.02.16 - Pawtucket, RI - The MET Cafe
04.04.16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar
04.06.16 - Chicago, IL - The Metro
04.07.16 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot
04.09.16 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
Death Grips: We’ve decided to make a new Death Grips album and it will be called Bottomless Pit.
TMT: Oh, cool!!! But I thought you guys were—
Death Grips: Iconic 70’s film star Karen Black passed away in August 2013. In February of that year, Karyn Rachtman introduced Ms. Black to Zach Hill. The two immediately hit it off. Zach had written a part for Karen for a film he was developing and gave her the pages for her scenes. Though she didn’t know how the scenes would fit into the final film, she readily agreed to read her character’s dialog on camera for Zach.
TMT: Whoa, nice. Keep us updated on a release date and shit!! And yo, this is kinda embarrassing, but I’ve always wanted to ask… do you read TMT? We’ve been big supporters and think we wrote some cool stuff about your albums…. you should check some out. I can send a link if you want?
Death Grips signed off at 9:04 PM
Kendrick Lamar performs with National Symphony Orchestra, announces even more tour dates, as if we could even lick his boots ANY CLEANER
Okay, okay, so somehow I TOTALLY SLEPT ON THIS SHIT the first time around… (I thought the whole entire world was talking about some OTHER funky hip-hop mainstay dude named “Kendrick” who had announced an “eight cities in eight nights” tour called “Kunta’s Groove Sessions” after the successful release and reception of To Pimp A Butterfly this spring… silly me!)
But it turns out that’s totally okay! Because, Hallelujah: it’s news all over again! First off, according to the ‘fork, Kendrick (Kendrick LAMAR, I mean) performed a unique show last night with the National Symphony Orchestra at D.C.’s Kennedy Center. You can watch their performance of “These Walls” here:
Second off, Kendrick has added “more dates” to the tour, including ones in the TOP THREE CITIES THAT MATTER: New York City, Philadelphia, and Cleveland, Ohio. Although, I guess they’re not technically “Kuntas Groove Sessions” shows, because they don’t feature the same lineup of Jay Rock and the Wesley Theory. But that’s not important. What’s important is that I’m reporting the shit out of this shit this time around. So! Exactly how many shows is Kendrick playing in-total now?
10.22.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
10.24.15 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion
10.25.15 - Chicago, IL - United Center
10.27.15 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle *
10.29.15 - Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall *
11.01.15 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre *
11.02.15 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
11.03.15 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero Theatre *
11.04.15 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues *
11.08.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
11.10.15 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater *
* “Kunta’s Groove Sessions” w/ Jay Rock and the Wesley Theory
Following the incredible Damsel in Distress and Heterocetera EP, club terrorist Lotic has announced a new album. It’s titled Agitations and, according to Lotic, “was born out of the frustrations that come with touring, playing mainly festivals in Europe (which are largely populated by straight white men with narrow views on music), and feeling increasingly out of touch with club culture and with the music industry in general.”
The album is out November 13 on Janus (<3). Read more from Lotic here (and here):
Agitations was born out of the frustrations that come with touring, playing mainly festivals in Europe (which are largely populated by straight white men with narrow views on music), and feeling increasingly out of touch with club culture and with the music industry in general. Each track was crafted as a mechanism to cope with the conflicted position of becoming increasingly successful in an otherwise alienating (and often unsafe) environment. Agitations is the rebuilding and reclamation of confidence. It’s a reminder of ambition, a reminder that there is great strength in having the outsider’s perspective :}
Didn’t see this one coming! PC Music, the label that everyone loves to call “divisive,” has just announced a partnership with Columbia Records, a label that Harry Connick, Jr. and Hozier love to call “home.” The first release will be Danny L Harle’s long-anticipated Broken Flowers EP, which will be accompanied by a release party November 18 at London’s XOYO. The EP is out November 20.
Check out EP track “Forever,” a Broken Flowers mini mix, and PC Music’s official announcement below.
A NEW, PERFECT BREED OF MAJOR LABEL. A NEW, HIGHLY ADVANCED POP WEAPON.
WE’RE VERY EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH COLUMBIA RECORDS, A TRULY ANCIENT INDUSTRY LEGEND.
WE’VE BEEN VERY BUSY THIS SUMMER AND FINALLY THE TIME HAS COME TO START UNLEASHING LARGE SCALE CONTENT OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES.
OUR FIRST OFFICIAL SIGNING IS OLD FRIEND AND MUSIC BUSINESS HEARTTHROB DANNY L HARLE, WHOSE FORTHCOMING BROKEN FLOWERS EP IS ALREADY BREAKING RECORDS LEFT, RIGHT AND CENTRE.
CONCURRENT TO THIS DEVELOPMENT WE WILL CONTINUE TO ENFORCE A FAST PACED PRODUCTION LINE OF LAPLANDERS AND LIFESTYLES, SUPS AND SECRET MIXES, WANNABES, WARLORDS AND WESTERN BEATS.
A MULTI-TIER ATTACK EXPOSING THE RADICAL DNA OF CHART MUSIC, AND THE HEART AND SOUL BEHIND EVERY LAB CREATION.
TO BE CONTINUED…
Broken Flowers EP tracklist:
01. Broken Flowers
03. Without You
04. Awake For Hours
You’ll often find those of us who grew up in the 90s taking an unusual amount of pride in that era, as though the “quality” of a decade could be summed up by an objective analysis of Nickelodeon shows that aired during that period. So-called “90s kids” would do well to self-mitigate their tunnel vision and look back a decade or two, because in between all of the “you’re a goddamn commie!” accusations and regrettable neon furniture, funk music — and the dance floor vibe that went along with it — was buzzing across the US, retroactively putting to shame even that one episode where Doug, Skeeter, and Roger go to Funkytown for Halloween, with hilarious consequences. The Raleigh-based Jamil Rashad a.k.a. Boulevards is ensuring we don’t forget the musical funk by releasing his debut full-length in Spring 2016. The as-yet untitled album will be released on Brooklyn-based label Captured Tracks.
In the meantime, those looking to get re-acquainted with impossibly groovy bass lines and lyrics that tend toward sexual oozing should look to Boulevards’s self-titled EP, which was released about a month ago. You might say that Rashad’s music is about as timeless as jean jackets, but only in the context of him. Let (most of) us not fool ourselves into thinking we can pull that style off in present-day.
Here’s a track from the EP:
Catch Boulevards next month at the Mercury Lounge (November 18) and Baby’s All Right (November 19).
UPDATE: The track keeps getting taken down, but the fans keep putting them back up. Here’s the latest:
If anyone can get me to download the heavy, resource-consuming iTunes, it’s Charli XCX. She’s on Apple Music’s Beats 1 right now, playing a bunch of pop jams from the likes of LIZ, Beiber, SOPHIE, Skepta, and Diplo (with CL, OG Maco, Riff Raff), with more coming from Sex Pistols and PC Music. She’ll even be interviewing Pussy Riot. Most excitingly, however, Charli will be premiering a new, long-anticipated track with SOPHIE. All signs point to what’s being called “VROOM VROOM.”
If you’ve seen SOPHIE live, you might’ve heard the song already (among several other SOPHIE collaborations). But this’ll be the track’s premiere and the first official preview of Charli’s upcoming PC Music-influenced album. She canceled a tour in part just to work on the album, so hopefully we’ll see something sooner rather than later.
ANGELS! I am so excited to be taking over @beats1 tonight at 8pm for my very own show. Aaaaaahhhhh! Also SOOOOOO fucking excited to play you a brand new song I've been working on for my next record with my favourite producer in the world right now, SOPHIE ?????? it's my favourite song I've made so far and feels like totally bubblegum and cute and sassy and ME. I hope u love it as much as I do. ALSO. I've got an amazing badass guest on my show too… **cough cough** pussy riot's NADYA !!!! tune in. It's gonna be amazing Angels ??
Meanwhile, listen to A. G. Cook’s remix of “Doing It” here:
Yeah, I know we’ve only just had FBG x OVO to get geeked over (TMTers SCVSCV and Pat sure did). But brace yourselves for another clash of 2015’s rap titans: this time, it’s YSL x YRN. Young Thug has had a pretty crazy year by anyone’s standards, and although it’s been relatively quiet in the Migos camp, it hardly makes the prospect of a Thugger link-up any less exciting.
Migos Thuggin has been OTW for a short while, but now it’s officially penned in for an October 31 release. There’s only one thing for it; get ready to blast this shit at your Halloween bash! The collaborative mixtape game done changed this year – we’re still waiting on Fetty Wap and French Montana, as well as Rich the Kid and iLoveMakonnen – and Migos Thuggin can only add further fuel to the fire. Check out Quavo’s Instagram post down below for the (potential) cover art.
Is the “bombardment” to which Eluvium is referring one of emotions? Because if you were one of the lucky few able to acquire the first Life Through Bombardment in 2009, chances are, you just wept and wept upon your initial gazing of its stupendous book-like package, which did a wonderful job of fooling the hell out of nosy shelf perusers (assuming that’s where you put it). Then came the music itself, and silly purchasers, if you’re buying an Eluvium release of this magnitude, you should know to expect a literal eruption of tear ducts, whereby the only recourse is to let them drain like an anatomical sump pump. Inevitably, a complete siphoning happened at some point during the package’s explicit hours of listening.
Remember, that was back in 2009, and the Portland-based Matthew Cooper has been plenty active since then, so obviously that necessitates a second volume of compiled ambient wonder. Life Through Bombardment Vol. 2 is set to ship “on or around” December 15 in an edition of 1000, and it contains seven LPs tracking Eluvium’s work since 2007’s Copia. This will be the first chance to experience these albums on vinyl, and they’ll be accompanied intra-book-like-package by a poster and an MP3 download of the whole collection.
$150 seems about right. Pre-orders are facilitated here.
Life Through Bombardment Vol. 2 tracklisting:
Side A: Similes
01. Leaves Eclipse The Light
02. The Motion Makes Me Last
03. In Culmination
04. Weird Creatures
5. Nightmare 5
Side B: Similes
01. Making Up Minds
02. Bending Dream
03. Cease To Know
Side C: Similes B-Sides
01. A Life In Tides Less Current
02. Crash Deconstructed
03. Remnant Signals
Side D: Similes Remixes
01. The Motion Makes Me Last (Four Tet Remix)
02. Leaves Eclipse The Light (Nick Zammuto Remix)
Side E: Static Nocturne
01. Static Nocturne Pt. 1
Side F: Static Nocturne
01. Static Nocturne Pt. 2
Side G: Nightmare Ending
01. Don’t Get Any Closer
03. By The Rails
Side H: Nightmare Ending
01. Unknown Variation
04. Envenom Mettle
Side I: Nightmare Ending
02. Rain Gently
03. Impromptu (For The Procession)
Side J: Nightmare Ending
01. Covered In Writing
03. Strange Arrivals
Side K: Wisdom For Debris
01. Wisdom II
02. Wind Book
Side L: Wisdom For Debris
01. Return To Debris
02. Night Projections
Side M: Curious Things
01. Ogives / Redistributed
03. Adolescent Space Adventures Outside The Supermarket
04. Space Variations
Side N: Curious Things
03. Cognition Interlace
04. Neighboring In Telescopes