DJ Spinn & Taso start Euro Kush tour, featuring eco-friendly merch tables

Partied-out? DJ Spinn and Taso don’t know the meaning of the hyphenated word, even if Hyperdub’s been more than insistent on keeping the 10th anniversary festivities going until people start seeing the world in binary, à la Neo from The Matrix. Of course there are the four anniversary compilations that the label saw fit to low-frequency bludgeon us with throughout the year, but separately, there was the just-concluded 10th anniversary tour, as well as the just-announced Teklife compilation, on which Spinn and Taso are both featured. They could be tired of the limelight by now. Or they could jet off to Europe to spread some more footwork awareness like the true music patriots that they are.

And so! The dates alluded to are below. Having seen Spinn and Taso at a Hyperdub showcase mere weeks ago, I don’t know if I was ready for that much (hand) throwing-up. Now people get the wrong idea when I say my wrist hurts from the late night. Jumping on stage is totally allowed! Let it be known, Europers, if you weren’t already aware.

DJ Spinn & Taso Dates:

10.08.14 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
10.09.14 - Berlin, Germany - Prince Charles
10.10.14 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen
10.11.14 - London, UK - Studio Space
10.16.14 - Sheffield, UK - The Harley
10.17.14. - Krakow, Poland - Unsound Festival
10.18.14 - Tallinn, Estonia - HETK

• DJ Spinn: https://www.facebook.com/djspinn163
• Taso: https://www.facebook.com/theofficialtaso
• Teklife: http://www.teklife57.com

Soul Jazz to release 12”x12” book celebrating the art of disco sleeves, plus free fold-out coke mirror

Career cratediggers at Soul Jazz have never been interested in ending their excitement at a beautiful reissue or anthology. Their thirst for knowledge pans out through well-researched liner notes, archaeological art, and even the book form. Essentially, they dig through crates so you don’t have to.

If print media is still your thing, then get excited: FACT reports that Disco will be given the bound treatment next. Much like Soul Jazz’s recent edition Punk 45: The Singles Cover Art of Punk 1976-1980, the new book definitely judges the records on their covers. Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide to the Cover Art of Disco Records contains over 2000 covers and 700 disco sleeves. The book itself is 12”x12”, allowing many of these pieces to be transmitted life-size.

Disco was edited by actual person Disco Patrick, author of The Bootleg Guide to Disco, and Patrick Vogt. DJ Tom Moulton wrote the introduction, and interviews include Mel Cheren (West End Records), Henry Stone (TK Records), Ken Cayre (Salsoul), Marvin Schlachter (Prelude), and Tom Moulton. Other ephemera includes historical information, full discographies, roller disco sleeves, and a scrapbook of disco ads.

While waiting for the November 3 release date, enjoy some Bumblebee Unlimited below:

• Soul Jazz: http://www.souljazzrecords.co.uk

Bye, Crystal Castles: Alice Glass leaves band

Superwoman Alice Glass (seriously, her Wikipedia page lists the multiple injuries and illnesses she’s conquered over the course of her career) announced that she is leaving Crystal Castles, effectively ending the two-person band.

Glass is leaving the group because of “a multitude of reasons both professional and personal,” she wrote in a Facebook post earlier today.

She joined forces with Ethan Kath, the other member of the duo, in 2005. Kath originally started Crystal Castles as a solo project, but began collaborating with Glass after he saw her performing with her all-girl group, Fetus Fatale. Together, they released three albums (titled, simply, I, II, and III).

Glass added to her Facebook announcement by asking her fans to “embrace [her] as a solo artist in the same way they have embraced Crystal Castles.”

• Crystal Castles: http://www.crystalcastles.com

John Carpenter to release album of “lost themes”! Your move again, David Lynch!

Hey, you guys know John Carpenter, right? American film director, screenwriter, producer, editor, and composer dude? Worked his magic on, among other stuff, all kinds of iconic horror-ish, sci-fi-ish, thriller-ish movies from the 1970s and 80s like Escape from New York, Halloween, The Fog, and of course, my personal favorite, They Live???

Right. Good. Well… old guy must have gotten wind of David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti’s megasweet plans to reissue the Twin Peaks soundtracks in January of next year in advance of the spooky mystery series’ triumphant return in 2016 and felt a tad bit jealous! Because — and this is all according to the blood-and-gore-fetishizing website Shock Till You Drop that I read all the time — THAT VERY SAME John Carpenter (along with Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis, of course) participated in a Q&A last night in Hollywood, CA following a screening of that film put on as part of this creepy nerd festival thing that I totally attend all the time called Beyond Fest. And while he was there, among other presumably excruciatingly-specific details of his film and music prowess, Carpenter also happened to reveal that he plans on putting out “an album that will contain all of his ‘lost’ themes” sometime “early next year”!

Bam! Take that, Lynch and Badalamenti! You’re not the only ones who can cash in on everyone’s current seemingly non-ironic obsession with eerie, murky, ethereal, and lugubrious musical themes played oh-so-gravely on the most cheeseball-sounding synthesizers the time period had to offer!

Unfortunately, beyond Carpenter’s assurance that the thing is coming out, there’s not much more information to go on (apparently, all Carpenter said beyond that was “buy it”!), so… the race is on to see whose album actually comes out first next year. Oh, what an exciting time to be alive, readers!

• John Carpenter: http://www.theofficialjohncarpenter.com

Wu-Tang Clan sign with Warner Bros. for release of new album, A Better Tomorrow, RZA runs for congress under similar slogan

While releasing one singular copy of an album for a bazillion dollars is certainly one way to go about the business of being a non-starving recording artist… it appears as though the good, enterprising folks who work for the small business venture known collectively as Wu-Tang Clan (RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and Cappadonna, respectively) may have hit upon a new and revolutionary business model: instead of trying to sell just the ONE RECORD, maybe make a BUNCH of COPIES of it and sell LOTS of those! For a cheaper price! To more people! In more places!

To this end, Wu-Tang have announced that they’ll be signing to the Warner Bros. label and (finally) releasing their “highly anticipated 20th anniversary album A Better Tomorrow,” as, you know, a whole BUNCH of COPIES on December 2!

“Wu-Tang Clan is excited to join the Warner family of esteemed artists,” the group said in a statement. “After 20 years in the business with different label outlets, we are delighted to be amongst a team of industry professionals who understand our unique artistry and will help spread it to the masses unadulterated […] RZA and his brother Divine CEO of Wu-Tang felt synergy with executive/producer Rob Cavallo and Cameron Strang and decided Warner Bros. would be a suitable home for their brand and band and a great place to carry on the Wu-Tang saga.” Yes! Masses! Yes! This idea is just crazy enough to work!

But don’t just take the group’s word for it. In a recent conversation with Billboard, Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Cameron Strang emphatically delivered these pretty EPIC-sounding statements about this whole highly experimental situation:

Wu-Tang Clan is responsible for creating a deep discography of iconic rap music, spawning incredibly successful careers for each of the group’s individual members, and launching Wu-Tang into a full-fledged brand beyond their music. Two decades on, they remain a major force in hip hop. I speak for everyone on our team when I say how thrilled we are to be the new home for one of hip hop’s most influential groups. This is an exciting day in the history of Warner Bros. Records, and we can’t wait to contribute to the next phase of their careers.

Ooh, I’m tingly just thinking about the possibilities! Radical as it may be, this idea has some potential, my friends! Hey, here’s some older shit of theirs while we wait.

• Wu-Tang Clan: http://www.wutang-corp.com
• Warner Bros.: http://www.warnerbrosrecords.com

Atlanta rapper Rome Fortune gives away new record Small VVorld

Veteran Atlanta street rap wizard Rome Fortune has followed up his Beautiful Pimp II mixtape from earlier this year with another sweaty, left-field rap release called Small VVorld.

Adopting the “fuck-it-you-can-have-it-for-free sales model, Rome Fortune dropped the record onto SoundCloud this week, a pretty nice early Christmas present considering that Small VVorld features collaborations with fellow underground Atlanta rap luminaries OG Marco and ILoveMakonnen as well as production from Four Tet and Blood Diamonds.

You can enjoy the record below and the album artwork above (which is possibly a comment about drought-saving measures we can all adopt, such as sharing a bath?) or grab the download here.

Small VVorld tracklist:

01. The Experiment feat. OG Maco [prod. by Cubby]
02. 4 Seasons feat. OG Maco [prod. by Dizzle]
03. Why [prod. by Pat Lukens]
04. 5 second RULE [prod. by SuicideYear]
05. Workin’ Gal (Interlude) [prod by Lava Dome]
06. Workin’ Gal [prod. by SuicideYear]
07. FriendsMaybe feat. ILoveMakonnen [prod. by Money Karlo]
08. No Evidence (Demo) [prod. by Blood Diamonds]
09. Flashback [prod. by Bassnectar]
10. Suit Case feat. OG Maco [prod. by SuicideYear]
11. One Time For [prod. by Four Tet] (bonus)

• Rome Fortune: https://soundcloud.com/romefortune

Ricardo Donoso announces inaugural (film score) release for his Kathexis label

After two surreal solo LPs on the Digitalis label, Boston-based musician Ricardo Donoso has returned with a film score to christen his newly founded label, Kathexis. Produced by Brooklyn artist Julie Nymann, A Song for Echo premiered at the Boston Museum of Science’s Charles Hayden Planetarium last September. Full dome projection, baby, like a Pink Floyd laser light show.

The experimental film follows a protagonist’s “spiritual journey through earth and water, attempting to discover herself and her relationship to the elements before nightfall.” Donoso’s score is at turns ambient and classical, with moody synth compositions that swell and fade into washes of texture. The second side of the score gets even darker, falling into some frightening, emotive dirges that are meant to be “all-consuming” and “disorienting.” Real fun stuff guys. Donoso’s score will be released on November 11 in a limited run of 300 LPs; stream the entire epic below.

A Song for Echo tracklist:

01. Part I
02. Part II
03. Part III
04. Part IV
05. Part V
06. Part VI
07. Part VII

• Ricardo Donoso: http://www.ricardodonoso.com
• Kathexis: http://www.kathexis.org

Twin Peaks soundtrack to be reissued before series return, fans might need to be sedated

Get your Xanax out, fans of cult-classic-campy-murder-mystery-influential-inspirational-many-other-adjectives TV series Twin Peaks. You’re probably already overexcited at the news of the series’ return in 2016. Special Agent Dale Cooper! Audrey Horne! Perhaps even Log Lady! They all might be coming back in 2016 (and, duh, original director David Lynch is writing and directing all of the new episodes)!

But wait! There’s more! Try to contain yourself: the classic Angelo Badalamenti soundtrack to the show’s first season, plus the soundtrack to the Twin Peaks film Fire Walk With Me, are set for a fancy vinyl reissue on Death Waltz in January 2015. The soundtracks haven’t been released on vinyl since the early 90s when the show originally aired, so get ready to relive that part of your life (personally, I was a baby at that time, but I’ll still feel some sense of faux nostalgia, I’m sure).

So while you’re waiting for the new episodes to launch on Showtime in two years or whatever, you’ll at least have the soundtrack to tide you over. Maybe do some yoga or something in the meantime.

• Death Waltz: http://deathwaltzrecordingcompany.com

Fred Frith and John Butcher announce joint album The Natural Order

British guitar legend Fred Frith and saxophone innovator John Butcher have announced a new collaborative LP, The Natural Order. Though the duo have been playing together for over a decade, they had never recorded as an ensemble up to this album. Moreover, this is not exactly a new LP, as it was recorded in 2009 and mixed in 2012, although it does document the duo’s first in-studio meeting. The Natural Order was recorded as close to the live setting as possible, eschewing overdubs in what essentially amounts to an hour-long jam, later divided into 10 tracks. The album offers what both of these musicians have come to be known for (a deconstructive guitar technique, multitracked sax harmonic weaving), but still manages to offer some unexpected twists; for instance, when Frith takes a second seat to Butcher’s saxophone lead, or Butcher pushes his style to levels of aggression rarely heard in his solo work.

Frith is best known as one of the leading forces behind RIO titans Henry Cow, later joining the similarly prog-revolting Art Bears and the noise-jazz trio Massacre. He is rightfully held as one of the most original guitar players of all time, melding jazz, rock, noise and avant-garde trappings into a highly personal style. An avid collaborator, aside from regularly playing with his former Henry Cow and Art Bears cohort Chris Cutler, Frith has worked with John Zorn (as a member of Naked City), Brian Eno, The Residents, Bill Laswell, Derek Bailey, Robert Wyatt, etc. John Butcher’s name too stands out among the improvised music greats. A worthy heir of Evan Parker’s explorations, Butcher toys with multitracking and controlled feedback as ways of taking the saxophone to new places. A serial collaborator himself, Butcher has played with Derek Bailey, John Tilbury, Phil Minton, The Ex, Eddie Prévost, Radu Malfatti, Christian Marclay and many others.

So yeah, The Natural Order honors its title by rising as the one album which finally connects everyone to everyone in the experimental music scene. It’s pretty much Paul Erdös in LP form. Seriously, how did it take so long for these two restless experimentalists to find each other and play together, let alone commit their music to an album? And though the resulting work does not precisely break new ground, it is an interesting addition to two long and distinguished careers in experimental music.

The Natural Order is out on November 18, via Northern Spy.

The Natural Order tracklisting:

01. That Unforgettable Line
02. Delirium Perhaps
03. Dance First, Think Later
04. Faults of His Feet
05. Colour of an Eye Half Seen
06. Turning Away in Time
07. The Welts, the Squeaks, the Belts, the Shrieks
08. Butterflies of Vertigo
09. Be Again, Be Again
10. Accommodating the Mess

• Fred Frith: http://www.fredfrith.com
• John Butcher: http://www.johnbutcher.org.uk
• Northern Spy: http://northernspyrecords.com

Pontiak and Wovenhand hit the road, both literally and figuratively, with their fists and in tour vans

Pontiak are planning to hit the road! With their fists! Even though I’ve told them more times than I can count that it’s just an idiom! They’re so literal! Joining them both in road hitting and in touring is the group Wovenhand, because everybody knows that if you’re going to punch asphalt, it’s better to do it among friends. Pontiak are touring in support of their full-length from earlier this year called Innocence. Wovenhand are touring in support of 2014’s Factory Obdurate as well as in support of the guys in Pontiak who, sorry to keep harping on this, literally cannot stop themselves from hitting the road with their hands. I don’t know guys, I know it’s not really my place, but maybe just quit doing it? Punching the road with open or closed fists, I mean. Don’t stop touring! Do that all you want!

Speaking of segues, in between touring and getting their knuckles bandaged, the fellas in Pontiak also put together a new LP with Heat Leisure, their collaborative group with members of Guardian Alien, Beach House, and Arboretum. The album is called III & IV and it’s out on October 21. You can read all about it by clicking this mysterious blue text.

Dates:

11.06.14 - Lubbock, TX - Bash Riprock’s #
11.07.14 - Austin, TX - FFF Nites #
11.08.14 - Dallas, TX - City Tavern #
11.10.14 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace #
11.11.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Pub Rock Live #
11.12.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Jewel’s Catch One # $ %
11.13.14 - Atascadero, CA - Molly Pitcher
11.14.14 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill #
11.15.14 - Arcata, CA - The Alibi #
11.17.14 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre #
11.18.14 - Bellingham, WA- The Shakedown #
11.19.14 - Vancouver, BC -TBA #
11.20.14 - Seattle, WA - Highline # $
11.21.14 - Boise, ID - Neurolux #
11.22.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Garage #

# Wovenhand
$ King Dude
% Spencer Moody, DJ Chelsea Wolf

• Pontiak: http://brotherspontiak.com
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com