Kate Bush emerges from mystical lair to play first dates in 35 years

From deep within the wizard’s lair, Kate Bush feels a cool breeze against her cheek. Sighs. Brushes away a Dream Unicorn’s silky mane that has been dangling over her nose. She blinks; awakens. “Holy shit,” she says, “somehow I’ve been recording all these albums yet haven’t played a damn concert in 35 years.” The wizard tried to remonstrate. “Fuck it,” said Kate. “I can’t live safely in this mystical Narnia forever. I gotta get to the Hammersmith, er, Eventim Apollo in London.”

And so Kate Bush journeyed on, battling mischievous elves, concert promoters, and falcons with LAZER EYES. And yea! She emerged from August 26 to September 19 at the venue formerly known as the Hammersmith Apollo, now rebranded as the, er, Eventim Apollo. The residency is called “Dubbed Before the Dawn” and tickets go on sale March 28. Bush has only toured one time, back in 1979 for six weeks in Europe, before telling The Guardian, “By the end, I felt a terrific need to retreat as a person, because I felt that my sexuality — which in a way I hadn’t really had a chance to explore myself — was being given to the world in a way which I found impersonal.” So no twerking at this one, sorry y’all.

Dates:

08.26.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
08.27.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
08.29.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
08.30.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
09.02.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
09.03.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
09.05.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
09.06.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
09.09.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
09.10.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
09.12.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
09.13.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
09.16.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
09.17.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
09.19.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo

• Kate Bush: http://www.katebush.com

Wendy Carlos’ soundtrack to the original Tron gets reissued on vinyl, causing everyone to like Daft Punk a little bit less

Legacy, shmegacy. I know that movie’s reboot wasn’t the worst thing in the world or whatever, but let’s be honest. If you’re truly cool, you’re all about the original Tron movie. You know, the one that Disney made in 1982 and for which synth wizard Wendy Carlos did-up the epically orchestral score? That one. What do you say, then, reader? Are you “all about it”?? I am. Good. Now we’re being truly cool.

Anyway, according to a recent post at FACT, Carlos’ original soundtrack is getting a sweet, fat, 180 gram double-vinyl reissue this year, courtesy of Audio Fidelity Records. This is welcome news to audio-obsessives everywhere, as the original release packed what amounted to some 50 minutes of GIANT ASS MUSIC onto one dinky little LP, resulting in what expert audiophiles such as myself commonly refer to in-the-field as “brittle-as-shit” sound quality.

Original Tron Sound Supervisor Michael Fremer (a job title I’d kill for, by the way), did all the remastering and will also contribute new liner notes. “The score deserves another listen in the analogue domain by another generation,” he said recently, speaking with Analog Planet. And, again, as a truly cool person, I couldn’t agree more.

No word on official release dates just yet, it would seem; but fear not! In Tron-like fashion, you can use the AWESOME TERRIBLE POWER OF THE DISGUSTING COOL INTERNET to remind yourself of the epic insanity soon headed your way.

• Wendy Carlos: http://www.wendycarlos.com
• Audio Fidelity: http://www.audiofidelity.net

Matmos get as close to your ear as you’ll let them to tell you about their European tour dates

You ever had your ear licked by a news writer at another music site? Me neither, but I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. Like, take for instance this ripe little post over on XLR8R about how Matmos are going on tour this May to support last year’s The Marriage of True Minds (TMT Review). The whole time I was like, what if this guy, instead of telling the news to me straight, was right up next to my ear, whispering it. Maybe he goes there with the tongue, maybe he doesn’t. That’s up to him.

Anyhow, if you, reader, would lend me your ear for like half a minute, I’ll climb up in there like it’s my space ship to the stars or something and tell you that Matmos are indeed planning a European tour this summer. Sounds like a good time, doesn’t it? You, Drew Daniel, M.C. Schmidt, and maybe a couple hundred of your closest European friends listening to some hot Matmos jams, trying to figure out what’s plugged in to what and where that weird whooshing noise came from (spoiler: they have contact mics hooked up to the toilets in the venue and they’re running the signal through a bunch of guitar pedals). The noise artist Jeff Carey will be also chilling with Misters Schmidt and Daniel on a few dates. Like most tours, this one will consist of several dates, which I will now list.

Dates:

05.03.14 - Heidelberg, Germany - Karlstorbahnhof
05.29.14 - Bristol, UK - Colston Hall
05.30.14 - Birmingham, UK - Custard Factory Arts Complex
05.31.14 - London, UK - Café Oto
06.02.14 - London, UK - Café Oto
06.05.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhagen Jazzhouse
06.06.14 - Berlin, Germany - NK Projekt
06.07.14 - Dresden, Germany - Beatpol
06.09.14 - Venice, Italy - Spazio Aereo
06.10.14 - Bologna, Italy - Parco Del Cavaticcio
06.12.14 - Barcelona, Spane - Sónar Festival
06.14.14 - Bordeaux, France - I.Boat
06.16.14 - Lille, France - L’Aéronef

• Matmos: http://vague-terrain.com

Sandy Le, friend of TMT, was a victim in last week’s SXSW tragedy; Fundly campaign set up to aid family

As we mentioned last week, the unfortunate incident that took place on March 13 at South by Southwest took a personal turn when we learned that Sandy Le, the roommate of longtime TMT writer E. Nagurney, was one of the injured. Tragically, she has since passed away. Without intending to diminish the respect for the other victims or their loved ones, Tiny Mix Tapes would like to honor Sandy’s memory by asking our readers to consider donating to SXSW Cares or this Fundly campaign, the latter of which will go directly to her family. If you aren’t able to contribute financially but would still like to pay tribute, listen to Sufjan Stevens or Future Islands, two of Sandy’s favorite musical acts.

• Sandy Le Fund: https://fundly.com/assistance-for-sandy-le
• SXSW Cares: http://sxswcares.com

Sculpture announce their direct appeal to lipids and proteins with new LP Membrane Pop on Software

Here I am on this Thursday morn’ with the uniquely magnificent task of obliterating conventional wisdom and shoving a metaphorical boot down the throats of snooty art experts: Michelangelo’s David is an overrated pile, and lest you think that the illusory trend started with golden rabbits or something of more recent advent, it too may possibly be filled with chocolate! The unwillingness of anyone to actually check for fear of ruining the sculpture’s supposed artistic integrity is understandable, but even if a patron bravely (stupidly) harnessed the wherewithal, security at the Galleria dell’Accademia would for sure be all up on that person’s being in a matter of moments, with intent to injure. Plus, there’s a giant block below the guy that doesn’t look easily climbable.

“I don’t think experimental music has to be dark, difficult or joyless. I try to make something playful, and maybe a little absurd.” That’s Dan Hayhurst, one-half of novel abstract audio/visual duo Sculpture, recommending that we peel back their music’s wrapping and dive tongue-first into its succulent and juicy innards. No barriers. No red velvet rope. And on May 13, he and Kiwi animator Reuben Sutherland’s “adventurous electronic pop” project will see its curtain fully removed, courtesy of their debut release on Software, Membrane Pop.

Take the word “pop” without its negative connotations or your preconceived notions. There’s little that’s traditionally pop about this album except for a vague and unpredictable lightheartedness. Elsewhere and overall, a combination of sampling, tape manipulation, and “aleatoric and algorithmic” programming coalesce to form an easy but simultaneously intricate listen. A pretty enjoyable one, too. See the vid for the brand new single below, and go here for something earlier, but equally trippy. Note the visual aspect!

Membrane Pop tracklisting:

01. Materialising
02. Multi-Faith Capsule
03. Symbolic Molecule
04. Unhitch Your Program
05. Polymorphic Operator
06. 5 Seconds in the Future is a You Made of Pure Thought
07. Hackle Scam Populator
08. Distraction Display
09. Lingual Junk
10. Dance of Oblate Spheroids
11. Instability

• Sculpture: http://tapebox.co.uk
• Software: http://www.softwarelabel.net

Craig Leon’s Nommos and Visiting to be reissued this June, this time with 100% more permission

Reader, has folk music gotten a little too “down to earth” for you? Are you tired of hearing about the same old heartbreak and the same old glass of whiskey over the same old set of chords give or take a capo on the neck of the guitar? Do you ever wish your folk music was a little more… interplanetary? You know, space aliens, light speed travel, asteroids, futuristic outfits, futuristic hairdos, the whole shebang?

Well, RVNG Intl. has heard your pleas and mine, reader, and on June 24 they will deliver in the form of a fancy-pants double LP reissue of Craig Leon’s 80s solo work under the title Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1. Interplanetary Folk Music gathers together Leon’s two ambient synth releases from the 80s, Nommos and Visiting. You see, in the 80s, after contributing production to seminal debut releases from the likes of The Ramones, Blondie, Suicide, and Richard Hell, Leon used the money he’d saved to visit the stars. He came back and was all like, “Listen, y’all, I went to a space alien hootenanny and they don’t really use acoustic guitars in space!” but no one would listen. So, in 1980 he put out Nommos on John Fahey’s Takoma label, and Visiting in 1982 on his own Arbitor. But still, everyone was like, “Come on Craig, you didn’t take one picture of all these aliens to prove it?” and Leon was bummed because he had! NASA had just confiscated them!

All made-up shit about outer space aside, as you may or may not know, this is the first totally authorized reissue of these albums since their release. Last year, the California-based Superior Viaduct put out Nommos, but Leon was maybe not totally on board with the whole enterprise. So, and to return to the made-up shit about outer space, if you want Leon to take you on his space ship, you’re maybe a little better off pre-ordering this 100% authorized version of the reissue right here. You can also catch Leon playing Nommos live at two upcoming dates. The first is at Asheville, North Carolina’s Moogfest on the RVNG Intl. showcase alongside Holly Herndon and Blondes. That’ll be on April 26. The second date is on April 30 at La Poisson Rouge in New York with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble and Bill Kouligas. Check out “One Hundred Steps” off Visiting below for a little preemptive taste of something he will probably not be playing at either of these dates.

• Craig Leon: http://www.craigleon.com
• RVNG Intl.: http://igetrvng.com

Slint announce US tour dates so they can reunite in every city individually!

Yeah, yeah; so Slint reform all the damn time. And yeah, yeah; so they’re doing it this time just to parade-around a Spiderland reissue (i.e. the album “remastered from the original tapes by Bob Weston” w/ 14 previously unreleased demos, outtakes, what-have-you) that, according to our pals at Consequence of Sound, the Touch and Go label is releasing on April 15 of this year. And yeah, yeah; so the internet has made all aspects of real, tangible life-out-in-the-world completely unnecessary if not downright obnoxious and frustrating to navigate (speaking of which, time to order a pizza for lunch off Amazon.com and a cheap two-liter of Coke off Craigslist!).

But yeah. These things may well be true, but, in the words of my eloquent roommate: EVEN STILL! It must be acknowledged that the band (we’re still talking about Slint, by the way) hasn’t toured the US in seven friggin’ years. And besides, the list of dates is what I’d describe as “classily slim.” So give ‘em a break, already. Who are you to not at least pretend to be into Slint? Come on. It’ll make them feel special. Which, you never know, might even make you feel good!

Slint 2014 tour dates:

04.29.14 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
04.30.14 - Asbury Park, NJ - The Stone Pony
05.01.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
05.04.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05.06.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
05.08.14 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
05.09.14 - Detroit, MI - Saint Andrews Hall
05.10.14 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
05.29-31.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
06.05-07.14 - Porto, Portugal - Optimus Primavera Sound
07.18-20.14 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival

• Slint: https://www.facebook.com/Slint
• Touch and Go: http://www.touchandgorecords.com

Beck announces tour dates, tour date announcement quickly goes double platinum

Bro, bro, bro! Check this OUT. So, I was reading on the internet that Beck (the guy who released the friggin’ 2014 Album of the Year last month that we all love?) is totally going on tour this April!

But, like, the THING OF IT is?

It said that the tour is, like A SEQUEL… to the last tour he went on!

Uhm, Yeah. I know: MIND? BA-LOWN! I don’t care how much this costs, I’m, like, definitely-definitely-definitely going. Looking for sitters now…

Dates:

04.09.14 - Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theatre
04.13.14 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.20.14 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.23.14 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater
04.24.14 - El Paso, TX - Abraham Chavez Theatre
04.26.14 - Dallas, TX - Edgefest 24
06.19.14 - Cleveland, OH - State Theatre
06.20.14 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion
06.19-22.14 - Dover, DE - Firefly Festival
06.24.14 - North Adams, MA - Mass MOCA
06.25.14 - Montreal, QC - Place des Arts
06.27.14 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre
06.28.14 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
07.01.14 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage
07.18.14 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
07.18-20.14 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival

• Beck: http://www.beck.com
• Capitol: http://www.capitolrecords.com

Trans Am recommend turning it up to Volume X for their 10th LP, but my version of iTunes doesn’t support Latin

Fall 2012 was a special time for the Chicago-based Thrill Jockey. Not only did it signal the imminent occurrence of the annual hayride around the city’s South Side, but it also represented the effective 20th anniversary for the label, which was celebrated with an array of label-focused shows and a bevy of limited-edition goodies announced for nigh-immediate release. However, caught up in the hubbub as we were, most of us in the journalistic world neglected to point out the even more elder status (in terms of years of activity) of one of Thrill Jockey’s most influential and dedicated mainstays: the musically metamorphic trio Trans Am. Hey! They’re originally from the DC area! Me too!

So in this case, they’re also one of the few bands for which an actual timeline of their history is justified. My mind and trackpad finger haven’t made it past the oddly hypnotic image of the jovial “young raccoon family,” but without scrolling all the way to the present, I’m guessing the final note makes the necessary reference to their just-announced 10th LP Volume X. X is the roman numeral for 10. It’s their 10th full-length album. It comes out May 20. (Not October 10 — missed opportunity!)

There’s a personal hope that Trans Am continue their subtle homage to Kraftwerk, just because it makes their particular brand of post-rock (I guess? sometimes?) all the more intriguing. Not that they aren’t rather keen on keeping things interesting regardless. Anyway, North American tour dates are upcoming! And here’s a track off their last album:

Volume X tracklisting:

01. Anthropocene
02. Reevaluations
03. Night Shift
04. K Street
05. Backlash
06. Ice Fortress
07. Failure
08. I’ll Never
09. Megastorm
10. Insufficiently Breathless

• Trans Am: http://www.transband.com
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

Spotify no longer wonders “If I only had a brain…”, acquires music intelligence company The Echo Nest

The extralegal American “security” apparatus has been a reliable engine of perpetual public outrage over the past several months, but, neglected almost entirely from the media coverage and the personally voiced e-concern about whether or not those special emails of mine are currently being circulated around NSA headquarters, lies a subject much more sinister and condemnable. Have we asked how the music feels about all this?

The founding of The Echo Nest in 2005 coincided with an invasion of privacy that even the personification of the Patriot Act would download and have a wank to. Their database aggregates the very souls (meaning the actual audio and textual data) of over 30 million songs for the purposes of powering, most notably, music recommendation services, but also for assisting companies in playlist generation, acoustic analysis, audio fingerprinting, and surely, the development of virtually any music-based software under the bitterly-curtained sun… on the part of the programmers. Those visualizers that come packaged with so many media players come to mind as an obvious application, but to offer a broader perspective, Echo Nest’s API is currently being used by over 7,000 developers. They’re patting down and getting all up in the anatomical crevasses of music.

On March 6, the self-described “leader” in music intelligence was acquired by long-term client and chronic Yorke-irritator, Spotify. Questionable is the notion of how Echo Nest can maintain relationships with Spotify’s competitors when Spotify ultimately wields control, but one such competitor has already severed ties in anticipation of conflict. Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio, explains his forthcoming strategy: “So we will stop using that source of data and use other sources.”

Meanwhile, who knows what the acquisition/merger will entail for regular ol’ music fans, but it’s apparent that the parties involved are, at least, really really excited about it:

We spent our first weeks together just giddy at the potential of all that special Echo Nest magic working directly with the world’s best place for music. You’re about to see some great stuff from the new Echo Nest-enabled Spotify, and we’re excited to hear what you think. We’re all staying in town, our API stays up, and every single person at our company will continue to focus on building the future of music. Talk to you soon; we’ve got some work to do.

• Spotify: https://www.spotify.com
• The Echo Nest: http://echonest.com

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