“We’re Burger Records, chomp on THIS” — slogan I’ve been trying to sell Burger Records for a few years now. For whatever reason, the California garage rock label isn’t biting (HYUCK) but that’s not gonna stop me from trying. It’s a good slogan. Here’s something Burger Records is doing though: putting out WHEN, the third record from hazy slack-rockers Tomorrows Tulips, on October 7. And, hey pal, get this: the record features distorted violin and feedback work from the bassist for the Pixies! No, not Kim Deal. Not Kim Shattuck either. Talking Paz Lenchantin here. Current Pixies bassist. Still exciting!
Check out a real NSFW video for WHEN tracks “Baby” and “Glued to You” below:
Now. Let’s say you wanted to hear “Glued to You” but without looking at boobs. Well, listen to that very song at SoundCloud. Now. This time, let’s say you don’t want to hear “Glued to You” and you don’t want to see breasts. All you want is to hear “Baby” but not all of “Baby” and preferably connected to an album trailer for WHEN. In that case, this is for you. I hope you’re happy.
Since 2011, Berlin-based producer Objekt (real name TJ Hertz) has only put out a handful of singles through his own white label imprint, Hessle Audio, and Leisure System (the last being a split with the venerable Dopplereffekt). With each release, Hertz has played with elements of techno and electro, blurring the line between bass-heavy club music and something darker and more experimental. So it isn’t all that surprising that on October 20 he’ll be releasing his debut full-length Flatland on the seemingly infallible PAN label.
Comprised of tracks written between 2012 and 2014, “Flatland imagines a world in which any scene can be seen from every angle at once,” according to PAN. So you can bet your ass it’ll be better than that minimal, ignorant trash coming out of Lineland and Pointland. They have yet to understand the dimensional possibilities that Objekt does.
01. Agnes Revenge
02. One Fell Swoop
05. Agnes Apparatus
07. First Witness
08. Interlude (Whodunnit?)
09. Second Witness
10. One Stitch Follows Another
Soft Swells, the rising synth-rock project fronted by Tim Williams, has a record called Floodlights out next month via Modern Outsider. If that wasn’t newsworthy enough, Williams’ outfit — which features bassist and multi-instrumentalist Christopher Pappas, guitarist Kyle Frederickson, and a cameo from drummer Phil Wilkinson (Brian Eno, Jake Bugg) — has now announced a North American jaunt in support of the sophomore LP. Soft sophomore swells down by the seashore in summer, I’m serious!
Before the official tour kicks off, Soft Swells will play a three-week residency at the Echo in L.A., then surf over to Austin for a gig at Cheer Up Charlie’s. In addition, the group has shared a remix of their title track from mysterious producer EXROYALE, which glides along with a sultry, electro R&B refrain. Shiny stuff. Until Floodlights drops on September 30, the lead single, accompanying remix, and full list of American dates can be found below.
Soft Swells tour dates:
09.08.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo (Residency)
09.15.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo (Residency)
09.22.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo (Residency)
09.26.14 - Austin, TX - Cheer Up Charlie’s
09.27.14 - Houston, TX - Rudyard’s
09.28.14 - New Orleans, LA - The Beatnik
09.30.14 - Athens, GA - Caledonia Lounge
10.02.14 - Washington, DC - IOTA
10.03.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Cameo Gallery
10.04.14 - New York, NY - Piano’s
10.05.14 - Boston, MA - O’Briens
10.07.14 - Columbus, OH - Tree Bar
10.08.14 - Nashville, TN - The Basement
10.09.14 - Chicago, IL - Township
10.10.14 - St. Louis, MO - The Demo
10.13.14 - Denver, CO - Forest Room 5
10.14.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Bar Deluxe
10.15.14 - Boise, ID - Flying M Room
10.16.14 - Seattle, WA - Lofi
[Photo: Dylan Bell]
From The Times-Picayune:
Nicky da B, the young New Orleans bounce performer best known for his Diplo-produced 2012 track “Express Yourself,” passed away after a brief illness Tuesday (Sept. 2) his manager confirmed. He was 24.
Born Nickesse Toney in New Orleans, Nicky was a high-energy rapper, dancer and fashion plate who emerged on the scene with the frenetic local club hit “Drop It Hot Potato Style,” in 2011. After performing on bills with veteran local rappers and close friends Big Freedia and Katey Red, he began working with DJ and manager Rusty Lazer, making polished, hyperactive contemporary bounce music and slick, artistic videos.
Tuesday evening, Lazer posted this remembrance to his Facebook page:
“There are no words to express the loss all of us who knew Nicky Da B are feeling right now. Thank you all for the kind messages and thoughts. Though his death is tragic he would love nothing more than to be remembered for having brought smiles and joy to people he worked with, performed for and called his friends. He was well loved and one of the brightest artists I’ve ever known.”
• Nicky Da B: http://www.nickydab.com
Radiohead update PolyFauna app with new sounds, images, and the smell of you sweating heavily in anticipation
Radiohead are certainly at a point where actual press releases are mostly superfluous, given that they can spontaneously release a new album and their rabid fans will be on it faster than an actual rabid fan on an exposed piece of red meat. The band could have let the pheromones from Thom Yorke’s operational brainpower transmit details about a new album atmospherically, but instead, they’ve resorted to something a little less (but still) subtle: an update to their PolyFauna app, which was originally released back in February for the sake of showcasing the sounds and images of their 2011 album The King of Limbs. Have you downloaded PolyFauna? I haven’t, because my phone still requires what they call a “flip” motion, but have you?
The app, which was inspired by the work surrounding Björk’s Biophilia, now features “all-new” soundscapes and Yorke harmonies + crazy new landscape imagery. There’s nothing definitively linking this update to work on a new album, but hearken back to when Jonny Greenwood talked about “starting up,” playing, rehearsing, and recording in September (a.k.a. now), and you have what might be too much of a coincidence. Look deeeeeep into the app… are those two chicks making out?!
Check out Yorke’s Twitter for some recently tweeted PolyFauna images.
• Radiohead: http://www.radiohead.com
• PolyFauna: http://www.radiohead.com/deadairspace/140211/PolyFauna
When Aguirre Records reissued Joel Van Droogenbroeck’s debut of library music, Biomechanoid, the world collectively said, “Thanks.” That album’s brand of dark ambient electronics showed a new side of the well-respected Brainticket flutist’s repertoire. Most of the music released in JVD’s post-Brainticket solo mode was issued by Coloursound Library, a label that gave the experimenter free reign to pursue any of his wide-ranging interests, from gamelan-influenced synth excursions to Oberheim DMX drum breaks.
Aguirre’s next batch of reissues relax to even more mellow zones. Meditations Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 both find JVD focusing on his solo flute skills, with plenty of synthetic color to fill out the edges. These Meditations were originally issued on Coloursound in 1980, the same year as Biomechanoid. Both volumes of the Aguirre reissue are available on vinyl now, in limited batches of 500 each.
Languish in “Group Meditation” below:
Meditations Vol. 1 tracklisting:
01. Group Meditation
02. Summer Clouds
03. Sand and Wind
04. Various Reflections
05. A Mantra
Vol. 2 tracklisting:
03. Meditative Contemplation
• Aguirre: http://www.aguirrecords.com
Following the June release of their collaborative album Death Drive (check the Chocolate Grinder), super-duper-indie rapper Sole and super-duper-platinum producer DJ Pain 1 recently released an EP called Pattern of Life. It’s available for free download on Sole’s Bandcamp page along with the album, which, sorry, isn’t free.
Sole co-founded the label Anticon in 1998 with a group of rappers and producers that included Alias, Doseone, and Jel. Currently, the label releases a wide variety of music, but it’s always been founded on an interest in hip-hop that pushed lyrical boundaries.
In regard to his lyrics, Sole has always been exemplary, but his work with DJ Pain 1, who’s produced for Young Jeezy, 50 Cent, and Gucci Mane, finds him treading different waters. Sole is blunter, his flow less varied, more cut and dried, reflecting Pain 1’s impeccable, accessible productions. What Sole actually says, however, remains apart from the mainstream guns ‘n’ hoes chit-chat you may expect over such bangin’ beats.
“Fuck Google” is a good example. Check out the TED Talk-spoofing video for it below. Puts things in good context. And hey, Sole has just begun touring the World minus South America, Asia, and Africa. The dates are right here for you.
In an act of posthumous musical justice, Alex North’s lost score for 2001: A Space Odyssey will be released on vinyl
A great tragedy that you may or may not know:
At the premiere of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, a man named Alex North (who previously scored A Streetcar Named Desire and would go on to score Good Morning Vietnam; read his bio here) sat in the audience, horrified. It was not the image of apes huddled around a black monolith, nor HAL, nor the image of a gargantuan fetus confronting the Earth. It was Strauss’ “Also sprach Zarathustra” blaring from the speakers, bringing terrible revelation.
Not long before the premiere, Kubrick decided to scrap the original soundtrack in favor of the “guide pieces” originally used. The original soundtrack, composed for the sole purpose of the film, was by Alex North. North had not been told his score was being cut until he found out first-hand at the premiere. Interviewed by the French film critic Michel Ciment, Kubrick said, “However good our best film composers may be, they are not a Beethoven, a Mozart, or a Brahms.” Right or not, that’s very mean, Stanley.
So North’s original soundtrack has been lost to history, more or less, save a few CD and cassette issues. But now North is being given his due with a vinyl issue called Music for 2001: A Space Odyssey thanks to Mondo, a company that provides limited-edition movie posters and soundtrack reissues. There will be liner notes by Jon Burlingham and a number of scenes from the film screening with North’s score cued up on September 21 and 22 at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. How triumphant! Perhaps Alex has forgiven Stanley somewhere up there. Perhaps vinyl makes it all okay, even in death.
The vinyl edition will be available first at Fantastic Fest, but the press release said you should keep an eye on Mondo’s website. Check out some of the unused score below:
Com Truise schedules tour dates for this fall, the season when science suggests North Americans are feeling the least funky
Whoa! easy does it, dother mucker! Yeah, I know, I know: you don’t care what anyone out there says; CHILLWAVE STILL RULES. Well, peep your kants on, dude. I’ve got good news for your good-vibes, chill-weed, fat-bass’ed ass. Your favorite fun-KAY producer with the hilarious name, Com Truise, may not have been huge in the bullshit mainstream media hypefest news machine or whatever since In Decay first rattled your bong back in 2012, but that don’t mean the man hasn’t been busy. In fact, he’s probably been more like: “bu-ZAY”!!! High five!?
Either way, yeah! For real though, Com is totes touring a bunch this fall. He’s even doing a bunch of dates with Tycho, whom your big sis tells me is totes a perennial fave on her Pandora “Non-Vocal Chill” channel or whatevs. You best be tunin’ in and catching the funk waves. Cuz here they come at you, bro. Thanks! Bye bye!! <3
Com Truise dour tates:
09.10.14 - Melbourne, Australia - Corner Hotel
09.11.14 - Brisbane, Australia - Brisbane Festival
09.13.14 - Sydney, Australia - Good God Small Club
09.16.14 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
09.17.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar
09.18.14 - Toronto, ON - Coda
09.19.14 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
09.20.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
09.21.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
09.24.14 - Calgary, AB - The HiFi Club
09.26.14 - Missoula, MT - Palace Lounge
09.27.14 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox *
09.29.14 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club *
09.30.14 - Portland, OR - Branx
10.01.14 - Boise, ID - Neurolux *
10.02.14 - Las Vegas, NV - Beauty Bar *
10.03.14 - Sacramento, CA - Launch Music Festival
10.04.14 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre *
10.05.14 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress *
10.06.14 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace *
10.08.14 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s *
10.09.14 - Austin, TX - Red 7 *
10.10.14 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon *
10.11.14 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder *
10.12.14 - Miami, FL - III Points Festival *
10.14.14 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern *
10.15.14 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
10.16.14 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
10.17.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
10.26.14 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy and Harriets ~
10.28.14 - San Diego, CA - North Park Theatre ~
10.29.14 - Ventura, CA - Majestic Ventura Theatre ~
10.30.14 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater ~
Unfortunate news for Australia, Damien Jurado, and Australian fans of Damien Jurado: the esteemed songwriter has been forced to cancel his September tour. The cancellation comes due to an undisclosed injury. Jurado’s four dates would have comprised his first Australian tour, with his management stating that touring the country has been one of the musician’s biggest dreams.
Ticketholders are advised to contact their point of purchase for refunds. In their statement, Jurado’s management expressed hopes to make up the cancelled dates in the near future. Tiny Mix Tapes wishes the singer a quick and easy recovery.
Damien Jurado cancelled dates:
09.18.14 - Melbourne, Australia - Northcote Social Club
09.19.14 - Melbourne, Australia - Northcote Social Club
09.20.14 - Sydney, Australia - Factory Theatre
09.21.14 - Brisbane, Australia - Brisbane Festival
• Damien Jurado: http://damienjurado.com