Abandon all presumptions of innocence. CUT 4 ME (TMT Review), the excellent debut release from Los Angeles-based and initial Night Slugs/Fade to Mind collaborator Kelela, has a connotation separate from a casual self-reverence manifested through music recording. Listening to the title track, the “cut” doesn’t refer to a “take” in the recording sense, but instead the depths of one’s dominant infatuation, as our narrator requests, “Cum 4 me. You’re all that I need.” Alternatively, things take a decidedly dark turn if you hear or choose to replace “cut” for “cum;” physical pain may be a precondition for emotional involvement with this particular sadist, or she’s just assuming the role of an elementary school teacher and proposing an insurmountable project involving safety scissors and a limitless supply of colored construction paper! No no, just look at those jagged edges. Cut it… mm, “tenderly.”
Let’s go back to the innocent interpretation though. If CUT 4 ME was a release aimed at self-satisfaction, then surely the fact that Kelela’s just announced her first-ever headlining shows is evidence of an imminent artistic selflessness. Come March, she’ll be performing at SXSW, and come April, she’ll take to the stage in Los Angeles and Brooklyn. Oh! And she has a new song called “The High,” produced by Gifted & Blessed. Probably not the high that you’re thinking of:
03.12.14-03.14.14 - Austin, TX - SXSW
04.02.14 - Los Angeles - The Echo
04.03.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC
• Kelela: https://www.facebook.com/kelelamusic
Jon Porras of Barn Owl to release new LP Light Divide this March on Thrill Jockey; meanwhile, I don’t even know what I’m doing for dinner later
Most people know Jon Porras as one half of the spooky desert-jam outfit Barn Owl. And yes, a select few fans are also aware of his far-more provocative career as the understudy-to-the-third-understudy for one of the Jonas Brothers (I’m not sure which one, exactly. I think all of them?). But it seems hardly anyone — outside of us consummate musical insiders here at TMT — really knows him as a solo artist.
Well, all that shit’s about to change on March 25, when ol’ whats-his-name releases his new full-length album, entitled Light Divide, on the Thrill Jockey label! For once, it’ll be HIS NAME out there, all alone in that typically very crowded spooky drone-rock spotlight! And don’t look now, but I’ve even got some juicy press release hyperbole to get the accolade-ball rolling:
Light Divide showcases Porras as “shifting his focus entirely to electronic synthesis, using a wide array of analog and digital systems to exponentially expand his sonic palate.” Can you believe it? The results are “silhouettes of distant rhythms, abstracted traces of techno wastelands that come in and out of focus like an urban, post-industrial sprawl being overtaken by fog.” Hell yes. And the results of that are billions of dollars, a couple of entourages, and a Maserati truck full of Mercury Prizes!
Ha. For real though, Porras is also totally playing a set at this year’s Austin Psych Fest in April, and you can pre-order the album (LP + download) from the Thrill Jockey website right-the-heck now. And both of those things make him a hell of a lot cooler and more famous than I am! So I’ll just shut up now.
Light Divide tracklisting:
04. New Monument
[Photo: Sky Madden]
Hangout Music Fest announces lineup feat. Outkast, Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, friends spending time with other friends
Modern music festivals book some of today’s biggest and brightest stars. But the brightest star of them all? Friendship. Awwwwwwwww. The organizers of Gulf Shores, Alabama’s annual Hangout Music Fest clearly understand this, having given the concept of music second billing to the concept of hanging out. Set on a stretch of sandy beach from May 16-18, the festival has positioned itself as an experience of friendship, one to build lasting memories with your closest friends. That said, they’ve also booked Outkast. Friendship is over, you don’t need friends.
In addition to Outkast, Hangout Fest has also booked The Black Keys, Queens of the Stone Age, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, Le1f, Tegan and Sara, Chance the Rapper, Black Lips, Andrew W.K., Diarrhea Planet, The Killers, The Avett Brothers, and more. A full lineup can be viewed here. You may have noticed that I did not mention one of the festival’s headliners, a one Mr. Jack Johnson. If you are both a Tiny Mix Tapes reader and a Jack Johnson fan, I apologize for this oversight. I would also genuinely like to converse with you, because your pool of interests sound fascinating. Anyway, three-day tickets for the festival are available now.
• Hangout Music Fest: http://www.hangoutmusicfest.com
Trail of Dead announce Source Tags & Codes tour, begin work on new album tentatively titled Source Tags II: The Klumps
Don’t you wish it could be 2002 all the time? You probably shouldn’t! Some awful stuff was happening! Then again: awful stuff is generally happening all the time and good stuff tends to happen concurrently with awful stuff. If you were in …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead in 2002, certain things were going pretty darn well for you. Your band just released their third album, Source Tags and Codes, which made people lose their damn minds. It’s not 2002 anymore (it’s 2014 FYI), but Source Tags remains Trail of Dead’s most acclaimed work. As such, the band has announced a string of dates this spring in which they will play the album from beginning to end. They are doing this because some things just make sense. Though you know what else would make sense? You guys just officially changing your name to Trail of Dead, because that’s what everybody calls you these days, unless they’re independently wealthy and just have all the time in the world to drop 10-word band names in regular conversation. Just a thought there.
Since time marches forward (get out of here if you think all time is happening simultaneously), so must Trail of Dead. Before leaving on tour, they’re entering Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas with longtime producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith to record their ninth album. Take a moment to realize how much time has passed in our collective lives when you accept that Trail of Dead will soon be six albums removed from Source Tags and Codes. Time really does fly, et cetera, et cetera.
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead dates:
03.26.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
03.27.14 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel
03.28.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
03.29.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03.30.14 - Boston, MA - T.T. The Bear’s
03.31.14 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
04.01.14 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle (2 shows)
04.03.14 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
• …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead: https://andyouwillknowusbythetrailofdead.bandpage.com
Ai Aso plans new record album on Ideologic Organ; fans of record albums and the releasing thereof, rejoice!
I just love record albums. They’re great! I listen to ‘em sometimes, and other times I just hang their artworks up on my wall. And sometimes I even go to internet sites and talk about them with other folks who also like them, although there’s always one or two folks who play “devil’s advocate” and say things like “I don’t much care for that particular record album,” or “why do you have such terrible taste you idiotic ingrate?” which sometimes hurts my feelings because I am very sensitive.
Anyhow, speaking of record albums (which I love) and announcing them to friendly folks (which, by extension I also love) Tokyo-based psychedelic folk singer Asi Aso just announced a new one of her own, to be released by the Editions Mego imprint Ideologic Organ. Entitled Lone, the full-length is out on March 31 of this year. In addition to collaborating with members of the Japanese psych-rock group White Heaven (on 2007’s Chamomile Pool) as well Boris (on the 2007 split 7-inch She’s So Heavy), Aso has had a string of solo releases since her 2000 debut Record, Amaihibiki, Iswy, though Lone will be her first solo full-length in nearly five years (the last one was 2009’s あいだ [Aida]). You see how I went buckwild with discography information there? That’s just a symptom of caring a whole lot about record albums. If you also care, maybe pre-order the album, or give “Date” from the album a listen below.
02. Kamitsure no ookina mizutamari
03. Most children do
• Ai Aso: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ai-Aso/109058329200367
• Ideologic Organ: http://editionsmego.com/releases/ideologic-organ
Boy George is back, guys! The solo artist and lead singer of Culture Club — the first group since The Beatles to have three singles from a debut album chart in the Top 10 in the US — never really left, of course. In fact, he’s been a pretty successful house music DJ for the past 20 or so years… if you don’t know, well, now you know. But this year, Boy George is set to release his first studio album in 18 years, This Is What I Do, which is already out in the UK but drops March 25 on Boy George’s Very Me imprint here in these old United States. You can check out the ballady lead single, “King of Everything” below, which features dogs! boxers! a person literally dressed as a king! and some kinda questionable fashion choices from the Boy himself.
Written by Boy George and his longstanding writing partners John Themis, Kevan Frost, and Richie Stevens (Soul II Soul, Tina Turner, Culture Club), the album was mixed by Dave Bascombe (Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode, Doves). Boy George also collaborated with producer Youth (Siouxsie and the Banshees, Primal Scream, The Orb, U2, and Depeche Mode) and rounded up some friends to appear on the album, including DJ Yoda and Kitty of Kitty, Daisy, & Lewis, just to name a few. Boy George will be bringing several of said pals along on the road when he and his nine-piece band plan to tour North America later this year — Euro dates will have to suffice for now.
This Is What I Do tracklist:
01. King of Everything
02. Bigger Than War
03. Live Your Life
04. My God
05. It’s Easy
06. Death of Samantha
07. Any Road
08. My Star
09. Love and Danger
10. Nice and Slow
11. Play Me
12. Feel the Vibration
03.09.14 - Brisbane, Australia - Big Gay Day
03.30.14 - Edinburgh, UK - Liquid Rooms
03.31.14 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
04.01.14 - Birmingham, UK - Institute
04.03.14 - London, UK - Indigo
04.04.14 - Norwich, UK - Waterfront
04.05.14 - Bristol, UK - Academy
04.07.14 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013 Poppodium
04.08.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
04.09.14 - Paris, France - Casino de Paris
04.11.14 - Lyon, France - Transbordeur
04.12.14 - Milan, Italy - Magazzini Generali
04.14.14 - Cologne, Germany - Gloria Theatre
• Boy George: http://www.boygeorgeuk.com
Primavera Sound 2014: Slowdive, Neutral Milk Hotel, Julia Holter, Wolf Eyes, and over 100 more scheduled to be thrown off by late suppers
There’s a lesson hidden within the short film used to first reveal the lineup for this year’s Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, and it has something to do with… how unbelievably depressing the Detroit area looks during the winter? How men in top hats are using abandoned chapels as headquarters for plotting metaphysical body switches à la Freaky Friday? How there might be a theological justification for the shrine you’ve built around your home record player? I’m not inclined to do much cinematic interpretation at the moment, so regardless of the GAPING illogic of how a record store clerk somehow affords a massive loft, let’s at least appreciate the purposeful band-in-lieu-of-product placement. There are no curious zooms of the Apple logo on one’s phone or laptop, just a plethora of band t-shirts and Majical Cloudz et al. soundtracking scene transitions. How boring, the alternative of uploading a Word doc in Times New Roman.
The lineup itself maintains the excitement. No need to expound upon the noteworthy reunion of Slowdive. Elsewhere, and past the unsurprising headliners of Arcade Fire, Nine Inch Nails, Pixies, Kendrick Lamar, and Queens of the Stone Age, lies depth of broad appeal. You, with taste identical to TMT’s, might be interested in the following: Neutral Milk Hotel, Wolf Eyes, The Haxan Cloak, Julia Holter, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Ty Segall, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Vatican Shadow, and Demdike Stare. In the realm of supremely influential bands casting a supplemental aura of legend over the entire Parc del Fòrum, Slint will be there (they were there in 2007 too) and Television will be performing the timeless Marquee Moon. Overall, it’s a pretty solid lineup, the whole of which you can view here.
It’s as if you’re in a room of hands, and no matter which way you turn you’re caressed or prodded with fingers. Just imagine those hands are the artists that you love.
• Primavera Sound: http://www.primaverasound.com
Outkast, Kraftwerk, Neutral Milk Hotel, Oneohtrix Point Never, M.I.A., Frank Ocean to play this year’s Sasquatch! Festival; fans of those bands to attend this year’s Sasquatch! Festival
Can you believe it, folks? Why, it seems like only yesterday when we all hung out at Sasquatch! 2013 and accidentally got super high off all those fumes of flaming garbage barrels full of Devendra Banhart merchandise. Remember? Yeah, I kinda do too, strangely!
But either way, I guess the world keeps on turning or something, because here we are again at the precipice of Sasquatch! Music Festival 2014! This year’s fest will once again take place in George, Washington at ye olde Gorge Amphitheatre. Only this time: it’s PERSONAL.
Not really, but this year, the fest is expanding into two weekends worth of insanity — May 23-25 and July 4-6 — so, I guess maybe if any of those dates are significant to you it could be personal? Look, I don’t care. The point is that the lineups-of-insanity for those two weekends got announced today. And they are both, uh, insane.
May 23-25 will feature the likes of Outkast, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., The National, HAIM, Deafheaven, tUnE-yArDs, Chance the Rapper, Neko Case, Panda Bear, Tyler, the Creator, Parquet Courts, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Waxahatchee, Major Lazer, Cut Copy, AlunaGeorge, Ryan Hemsworth, Liars, Foals, Kid Cudi, Mogwai, Classixx, Washed Out, Gesaffelstein, Phantogram, Die Antwoord, Big Freedia, Austra, Damien Jurado, Violent Femmes, Banks, The Dodos, La Luz, Tacocat, and more.
Awesome right? Yeah, but here’s the problem. July 4-6 is gonna be amazing too: Neutral Milk Hotel, Frank Ocean, Kraftwerk, Soundgarden, Spoon, New Order, Röyksopp & Robyn, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Broken Bells, Rhye, Action Bronson, Local Natives, Cloud Nothings, Sharon Van Etten, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Foxygen, Oneohtrix Point Never, Mikal Cronin, Tegan and Sara, Cass McCombs, Junip, Courtney Barnett, Metz, The Notwist, Gold Panda, Audion, Deltron 3030, of Montreal, Death, La Roux, The Horrors, Chad VanGaalen, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, The Black Angels, Lee Fields & the Expressions, Chastity Belt, Latyrx, Black Milk, Reigning Sound, Atmosphere, Palma Violets, etc!
Holy shit! How can you even decide? Good luck, man. Seems tough. Oh, Me? I guess I’m probably just gonna go to both for free because I “work” for a “music blog.” Don’t you just hate me right now?
• Sasquatch! 2014: http://www.sasquatchfestival.com
White Hinterland drops new single, announces album release and tour dates, now totally BFF with Ke$ha
Casey Dienel, the woman behind experimental pop project White Hinterland, is back with a new record for Dead Oceans. It’s more pop than experimental this time around, and it’s got enough guest artists to make Drake happy, plus it’s got those typical old Top 40 themes of “breaking established rituals and setting out into the unknown.” It’s also called Baby, so there’s that. You can check out lead single “Ring the Bell” below.
“What guest artists?” you might be asking. “Is Ke$ha involved in some way? Bieber? Is it a tribute to Bieber’s career-making hit single?” To which I would say, “Can you get me a glass of water, the mere mention of the artist Ke$ha made me puke.” So no! Ke$ha is not involved! Nor is the Biebs. But Sean Carey (Bon Iver, S. Carey), Neal Morgan (Joanna Newsom, Bill Callahan), and Cole Kamen-Green (Beyoncé) are! These fine individuals show up throughout Baby, the first album Dienel recorded in The Glades, the studio she spent five months building in her parents’ basement in Scituate, MA. Dienel spent months teaching herself production, weeding through YouTube tutorials about ProTools and shit, so she could do the followup to 2010’s Kairos (TMT Review) her way. The album drops April 1, and Dienel goes on a super-lengthy US tour right after.
01. Wait Until Dark
02. Dry Mind
03. Ring the Bell
06. White Noise
08. No Devotion
09. Sickle No Sword
10. Live With You
02.05.14 - New Haven, CT - BAR Nightclub ~
04.01.14 - San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall (Woode Shoppe)
04.03.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Bar
04.05.14 - Norman, OK - Opolis #
04.06.14 - Dallas, TX - Three Links #
04.07.14 - Austin, TX - Holy Mountain #
04.09.14 - New Orleans, LA - Circle Bar #
04.10.14 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree #
04.11.14 - Decatur, GA - Eddie’s Attic #
04.12.14 - Raleigh, NC - King’s #
04.13.14 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel #
04.14.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle #
04.16.14 - Le Poisson Rouge - New York, NY #
04.17.14 - Boston, MA - Great Scott #
04.18.14 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore #
04.19.14 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison #
04.21.14 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room #
04.22.14 - Grand Rapids, MI - Calvin College #
04.23.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall #
04.24.14 - Milwaukee, WI - Club Garibaldi #
04.25.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center #
04.26.14 - Eau Claire, WI - TBD #
* Brendan Canning
# S. Carey
Look, y’all, I’m going to go ahead and dispense with all the “dark, doomy, slow, turgid” stuff that would usually gum up the beginnings of one of my news posts on a new record from The Body because what’s really important here is that THE BODY HAVE A NEW RECORD COMING OUT. Did the all caps I used just now make it clear or should I repeat it? I’m not going to repeat it. There’s no time.
The new record, which follows last year’s Christs, Redeemers (TMT Review) is called I Shall Die Here because as everyone knows, the word “will” is super un-metal. “We get it, we get it, we have a pretty good idea of what The Body sounds like Taylor, why are you in such a hurry?” Shut up. I haven’t gotten to the most important part. The most important part: I Shall Die Here isn’t just some regular old record from The Body that I would also get super excited about. Nope, I Shall Die Here is a super special The Body record because it’s part of a collaboration with The Haxan Cloak’s Bobby Krlic.
That’s right, now in addition to the terrifying depths of heaviness The Body have been able to bring about through the use of guitars and drums and amps and stuff, they have enlisted Krlic’s super bummed-out robot shovel army to make things even darker and heavier and more capable of making your sunny Sunday feel like the end of the world. Or maybe, if you’re the physical manifestation of the press release I just read, you might say that the album, “sonically serrates the remains of metal’s already unidentifiable corpse and splays it amid tormented voices in shadow.” Cool! Also a little gross!
I Shall Die Here is out April 1 from RVNG Intl. on LP, CD, and digital. Scope the video for “Hail to Thee, Everlasting Pain” below (featuring guest vocalist Ben Eberle), which involves some heavy outer space shit and is for that reason pretty dope.
I Shall Die Here tracklisting:
01. To Carry the Seeds of Death Within Me
02. Alone All The Way
03. The Night Knows No Dawn
04. Hail to Thee, Everlasting Pain
05. Our Souls Were Clean
06. Darkness Surrounds Us
• The Body: https://www.facebook.com/pages/the-body/334047229514
• RVNG Intl.: http://igetrvng.com
[Photo: Adam Heathcott & Sara Padgett Heathcott]