What’s up, all y’all Scream-a-maniacs? Got some big news about your Primal Scream boys. The long-running Glaswegian rock/dance/blues/electronica/etc. group have announced a rare US tour. It’s as if a rare comet has flown over our great nation, except instead of being from the depths of space, it’s from Scotland. Also, the comet isn’t a comet, it’s a bunch of dudes.
Back in 2013, Primal Scream put out More Light. Those were good days, albeit ones that could have used additional light. Now we have all the light we need. Thanks a bunch, Screambos.
05.09.15 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest
05.11.15 - New Orleans, LA - NOLA Civic
05.12.15 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
05.14.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
05.15.15 - Toronto, ON - DanForth
05.17.15 - Boston, MA - Royale
05.19.15 - Philadelphia, PA - The TLA
05.20.15 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
05.21.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
• Primal Scream: http://www.primalscream.net
[Photo: Niall O’Brian]
Panda Bear and Ducktails announce joint tour, plot a copyright-infringement-skirting version of The Disney Afternoon
If you were born at some point between 1985 and 1990, that was an easy joke for you to get. Otherwise, thanks for making me feel old by not catching my Gummi Bears and DuckTales reference. Anyway, Noah Lennox and Matt Mondanile’s upcoming tour won’t be the first time a bear and a duck have come together to entertain you with their trippy adventures; for the two musicians, best known as Panda Bear and Ducktails, have announced a bunch of joint US tour dates.
The shows find Mondanile well into the finishing stages of a new album, which may drop later this year. Lennox, in turn, is out promoting fresh music of his own; the disappointing-not-disappointing Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, released early this year. The upcoming US shows will not be the first time Lennox and Mondanile have collaborated, with Panda Bear appearing on 2011’s “Killin’ the Vibe” — a track off Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics — and Mondanile opening some of Lennox’s Tomboy tour shows.
Once his US dates are done, Ducktails will hit the European circuit as a headlining act. Not exactly a TaleSpin, if you ask me…
04.10.15 - Las Vegas, NZ - The Bunkhouse Saloon #
04.11.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom #
04.14.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent #
04.15.15 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Cocoanut Grove Ballroom #
04.16.15 - Sonoma, CA - Gundlach-Bundschu Winery #
04.17.15 - West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy Theatre #
05.26.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.28.15 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Ekko
05.29.15 - Berlin, Germany - Marie Antoinette
05.30.15 - Neustreiltz, Germany - Immergut Festival
05.31.15 - Aarhus, Denmark - Radar
06.01.15 - Goteborg, Sweden - Pustervik
06.02.15 - Oslo, Norway - Bla
06.03.15 - Stockholm, Sweden - Lilla Hotellbaren
06.04.15 - Lund, Sweden - Mejeriet
06.06.15 - Gent, Belgium - DOK
06.07.15 - London, UK - Field Day
06.08.15 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
# w/ Panda Bear
• Panda Bear: http://www.pbvsgr.com
• Ducktails: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ducktails/78029223987
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.com
DJ Roc, a.k.a. The Crack Capone, a.k.a. Clarence Johnson, a.k.a. the man who released one of Planet Mu’s best footwork albums way back in 2010 (seriously, listen to this shit), is set to drop an EP called Back to the Tracks v.1. The EP, which follows last year’s Take Em Out the Circle LP on Shinkaron, is being released with the blessing of Beatdown House, an imprint founded by seminal footwork/juke producer DJ Clent.
Beatdown House has been picking up steam as of late. In addition to releases by Traxman, T-Rell, and Clent himself, the label dropped Beatdown Compilation Vol 1 just last month, featuring affiliated artists like DJ T-Rell, Majik Myke, and DJ C-Bit. Roc has a couple on there too, including an ice-cold take on “U Guessed It” by TMT favorite OG Maco.
Check out “Give Em Hell” below, his flip of another OG Maco track, and look for Back to the Tracks v.1 on February 10.
Damn. Did Hodgy Beats fall off? A perennially underrated member of Odd Future, Hodgy could always be counted on to string together a bar or two for a wide variety of scenarios: he’s proven to be adept at riding the horrorcore gauze of Left Brain (as Mellowhype), Alchemist’s classicist boom-bap, and Flying Lotus’ hip-hop futurism with the same laid-back, smoked-out flow. It’s not that he’s been any less prolific of late, but his releases have mostly flown under the radar, with Mellowhype’s INSA project receiving modest attention, and his own Untitled 2 EP going practically unnoticed in most circles.
Perhaps, then, he’s ready to reach out once again with his latest mixtape, Dena Tape 2. The intent is there, enlisting DJ-to-the-stars Don Cannon to host the thing, and Hodgy’s sounding noticeably sharp throughout, killing beats from the likes of Hit-Boy, Sap, Marvel Alexander, and, of course, his old sparring partner Left Brain. Hell, he’s even flipped Kendrick’s “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst” and Lupe’s “Coulda Been,” because we’re SO worth it! According to the press release, Dena Tape 2 “offers Hodgy’s most personal and concise artistic statement to date,” so if you’ve been itching for some depth and introspection from the OF crew, this could well be your calling. Stream/download below:
Dena Tape 2 tracklisting:
01. Self Titled
02. Hodgy x Doms (feat. Domo Genesis)
03. Cudda Been
04. Wild Boy
05. Miyagi’s Prime
07. New Balance (feat. Domo Genesis)
08. If I Say So (feat. Hit-Boy)
09. Da Man
Föllakzoid are releasing III on Sacred Bones Records on March 31. That’s right, I’m coming out swinging with this news article. It’s in the title and it’s in the first sentence. There’s no beating around the bush, no comical fourplay, no stories about my friend Dunny, and simply no bullshit. Yeah, I’ve grown up. I’m just here to tell you about a cool album coming out next month.
Sure, you got your Modest Mouses, Death Cabs, and Sufjans coming out in March, but why not treat yourself to something unexpected? Föllakzoid are Diego Lorca, Juan Pablo Rodriguez, and Domingo Garcia-Huidobro from Santiago, Chile, and they’ll give you a respectable take on the psych-rock genre with their culturally significant influences, which include ancient harmonic and rhythm patterns used for ceremonial music across the Andes mountains.
If you think that shit sounds pretty grown-up and cool, then try this — Föllakzoid partnered with German electronics master Atom™ after recording their new album. See we’re all growing up here. You didn’t scream, “Fuck you, dick!” while reading this article, and I didn’t try to reference Freakazoid. We can finally chill and just listen to this new Föllakzoid album without trying too hard.
Despite not yet having achieved the technology required to transmit visual images over the FM or AM band, TV on the Radio have over the years bravely pressed ever onward into the technological development breach, most recently on 2014’s Seeds, an album that followed 2011’s Nine Types of Light, which, itself, because of how time works, followed 2008’s Dear Science. However, quite unfortunately, due to a “health emergency” on the part of the group’s drummer Jahphet Landis, the band has been forced to cancel the upcoming European leg of their tour in support of Seeds.
In a statement from the group, they say of Landis, “he will be ok but is not able to travel at this time.” Of a piece with this, though the European dates have been cancelled, the group’s recently-expanded US tour that begins in March is still on the books. Here’s to a speedy recovery for Landis and to many happy returns for the group as they continue to explore the dark hinterlands of extant technology that may one day afford us the opportunity to watch re-runs of Everybody Loves Raymond on our father’s homemade pile of wires and metal that he uses to talk to truckers!
02.06.15 - Milan, Italy - Magazzini Generali
02.07.15 - Geneva, Switzerland - Antigel Festival
02.09.15 - Paris, France - Le Trianon
02.10.15 - Brussels, Belgium - AB
02.11.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso Grote Zaal
02.12.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Mojo
02.14.15 - Reykjavík, Iceland - Sonar Festival
02.16.15 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Queens Hall
02.17.15 - Manchester, England - Albert Hall
02.19.15 - Leeds, England - O2 Academy
02.20.15 - Birmingham, England - Institute
02.21.15 - London, England - Roundhouse
03.15.15 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
03.19.15 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
03.20.15 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
03.21.15 - Kansas City, KS - Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
03.23.15 - Chicago, IL - Metro
03.24.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
03.26.15 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
03.27.15 - Jackson, WY - Pink Gartner Theatre
03.28.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
03.29.15 - Boise, ID - Treefort Festival
03.31.15 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
04.02.15 - San Diego, CA - North Park Theatre
04.03.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
04.04.15 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
Henry Kaiser and Ray Russell announce joint album The Celestial Squid, steamy guitar-on-guitar action ensues
Guitarheads rejoice! Henry Kaiser and Ray Russell, tried and convicted fretboard-abusers, have announced a joint album: The Celestial Squid. These veritable guitar titans came together in April last year to record 80 minutes of improvisational music joined by a large ensemble — two drummers, electric and upright bass, and a four-piece wind section. The result is a face-melting invocation of Russell’s signature electric free jazz style, a path he had not revisited since the early 70s; but it also happens to be the first time Russell has ever played with another lead guitarist. It might not exactly be groundbreaking, but damn sure there’s lots of funky skronk in there. You can stream “guKTen LIMPo,” the LP’s opening track, below.
Perhaps best known in avant-jazz circles, Ray Russell’s career stretches back to the early 60s, combining jazz and experimental music with session work including several unexpected turns (he was a studio musician for John Barry’s James Bond soundtracks, and he played in Tina Turner’s and Scott Walker’s supporting bands). Nevertheless, the peak of the English guitarist’s career might be registered in 1971’s double-punch June 11th 1971: Live at the ICA and Rites & Rituals, two trailblazing electric jazz albums.
A couple of years younger, the US-born Kaiser is a notable guitar experimentalist of his own and has made a point of playing alongside his idols, stacking up collaborative albums with Fred Frith, David Lindley, Elliot Ingber, Richard Thompson, and Derek Bailey, a list whose latest addition is Russell himself. Always one to try and mix things up, and a fan of Russell’s heady days, Kaiser suggested to record The Celestial Squid in the frantic electric jazz trail the Englishman had long stopped traversing. Hence the LP’s forceful, radically plugged sound.
The Celestial Squid is out now via Cuneiform Records.
The Celestial Squid tracklisting:
01. guKTen LIMPo
02. In Another Life
03. That Darn Squid
04. The Enumeration
06. Disinterested Bystander
07. Construction #14
Based on that headline, you might’ve come in here thinking that this was a new post about autographs, but oh boy, if you thought that, you are dead wrong. You see, “signing” is more than just what I asked Frankie Muniz to do to my left calf when I met him one time at an Applebee’s in Encinitas. In point of fact, it’s also a technical term often used in the record industry to describe what a record label does to an artist. Sorry for the inside baseball, but I wanted to make sure I was as precise as possible as I described the fact that both Chicago’s Circuit des Yeux (a.k.a. Haley Fohr) and New York’s Dommengang have entered into a music-based business agreement with the popular and very cool record label Thrill Jockey.
As a result of this music-based business agreement, both Circuit des Yeux and Dommengang have albums (which is the industry term for a collection of songs to be played among friends at a party or similar social gathering) coming out from the label this May. “Didn’t Circuit des Yeux release an album entitled Overdue back in 2013? Whatever happened to that law about artists only being allowed to release one album in their lifetimes?” That law is not a thing and I’m honestly not sure where you would’ve even gotten that impression. But anyway, Dommengang’s album is a debut, though, so there’s that. Though the group doesn’t appear to have any music online right now (their empty Bandcamp is here), the trio, who all have deep roots in the Portland psych scene, got on Thrill Jockey’s radar when last year they acted as backing band for Emil Amos’ Holy Sons project, and they reportedly wear adjectives like “fuzzy,” “psychedelic,” and “boogie-inducing” like sweatshirts on a cold, analogy-less November morning.
Details about both albums are pretty scant right now, so pretend like your eyes are that film about music news sections you’ve always wanted to make and that you are a young filmmaker filled with grand ideas and direct your gaze toward this area of Tiny Mix Tapes for updates as they arise.
It should come as no surprise that Purity Ring have won accolades from both Katy Perry and Grimes, since the Canadian duo’s music is basically the synthesis of both ladies’ work. It’s a little bit weird, it’s a little bit pop. Vocalist Megan James and instrumentalist Corrin Roddick recently debuted the single “push pull” (embedded below), which sees the band getting a little less witchy and little more beachy. Their new album Another Eternity will drop on March 3 via 4AD, with CD, digital, and white vinyl options available. iTunes pre-orders get special instant access to tracks “begin again” and “push pull,” however.
After the album release, the duo will embark on an oh-so-lengthy world tour that kicks off in Brussels and wraps in Oakland. When they begin, it’s spring! When they end, it’s summer! Perfect for showing off your finest beach witch apparel and assembling your own new subculture.
Another Eternity tracklisting:
03. push pull
05. stranger than earth
06. begin again
07. dust hymn
08. flood on the floor
09. sea castle
10. stillness in woe
04.08.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique Orangery
04.09.15 - Amsterdam, Holland - Melkweg
04.10.15 - Paris, France - Trabendo
04.11.15 - Rotterdam, Holland - Motel Mozaïque
04.12.15 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
04.13.15 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
04.15.15 - Gothenberg, Sweden - Pustervik
04.16.15 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Strand
04.17.15 - Oslo, Norway - Parkteateret
04.19.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Club Vaga
04.21.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Gruenspan
04.22.15 - Munich, Germany - Storm
04.23.15 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks
04.24.15 - Zurich, Switzerland - Maskotte
04.26.15 - Brighton, UK - Concord 2
04.27.15 - Birmingham, UK - Institute Library Room
04.28.15 - Glasgow, UK - Art School
04.29.15 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell
04.30.15 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
05.02.15 - Manchester, UK - Cathedral
05.03.15 - Bristol, UK - Anson Rooms
05.18.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
05.19.15 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
05.20.15 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada Theatre
05.21.15 - Tulsa, OK - Cains Ballroom
05.23.15 - Austin, TX - Stubbs
05.24.15 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
05.26.15 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
05.27.15 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre
05.28.15 - Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend
05.29.15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05.30.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
06.02.15 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
06.05.15 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
06.07.15 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall
06.08.15 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
06.09.15 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
06.10.15 - Winnipeg, MN - Garrick Centre
06.12.15 - Calgary, AB - Macewan Hall Ballroom
06.13.15 - Edmonton, AB - TBA
06.15.15 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
06.16.15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo
06.17.15 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
06.19.15 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
We reported last month that Prefuse 73 was preparing to launch into his hyper-active best in 2015 with the assistance of his new label Temporary Residence Ltd. and here we are a few weeks later, able to confirm more details as the flurry approaches.
Firstly, the album Rivington Não Rio has a confirmed release date of May 12 and you can get the first taster of that record, “Infrared,” which features Sam Dew, below. Other confirmed contributors include Busdriver, Milo, and Helado Negro.
And just to make sure we’re well and truly excited, the two companion EPs to Rivington Não Rio have also been given release dates. You can whet your appetite with Forsyth Gardens on April 28 and then remind yourself of how great Prefuse 73 is with Every Color of Darkness on July 14.
2015 is truly the year to test the theory that too much Prefuse 73 is never enough.
Rivington Não Rio tracklist:
01. Señora 95 (Intro)
02. Applauded Assumptions
03. Quiet One (feat. Rob Crow)
04. Through a Lit and Darkened Path (Pts. 1+2)
06. Infrared (feat. Sam Dew)
07. Jacinto Lyric Range
08. 140 Jabs Interlude (feat. Milo & Busdriver)
09. See More Than Just Stars (feat. Helado Negro)
10. Mojav Mating Call
11. Open Nerve Farewells