Silicon is the sound of love. Like, all the teens are at the beach in 1980s L.A., and a breeze ruffles the hair of the hottest, blondest cool girl, and all the nerds are just drooling, and then some chiseled future white-collar criminal rolls up in his convertible and they drive away together, leaving only lingering wistful electronic beats swirling behind them. And also, those iridescent computer-generated dolphins that were so popular in the 90s are swimming through the ocean surf. Yeah, it sounds like THAT.
So who is this visionary, this dreamer of cool lovely dreams? Silicon is Kody Nielson, brother of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Nielson. (They played in The Mint Chicks together.) The newly-crowned New Zealand pop prince is coming out with a debut album, Personal Computer, which you’ll be able to bathe your battered soul in once Weird World/Domino drops it August 28.
Check out the new single “Burning Sugar,” with visuals by Natalia Stuyk, below:
Four years and three albums into her 12-part exploration of the African American experience and cultural heritage via jazz, Matana Roberts will be heading to Europe next October for a short fall tour. The Chicago-born, New York-based artist will be presenting her recent Coin Coin Chapter Three: river run thee album, performing without the support of a band yet combining field recordings and electronic effects with her vocals and saxophone, in the poetic-reverie style of the Coin Coin series.
One of the most promising young talents in experimental music today, Roberts has been active since the early 2000s and is a member of the AACM. She’s released eight albums and featured in countless projects as a studio musician (Sticks and Stones, Burnt Sugar, TV on the Radio, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra), but is best known for her acclaimed Coin Coin series. Devised as a panoramic visit to the mystical roots of African American music, this epic series is one of the very few works of art we would not hesitate to call important today, and a consistent feature in our favorites lists.
Check Matana Roberts full tour slate below.
10.06.15 - Oslo, London UK
10.08.15 - OUT.FEST, Barreiro PT
10.09.15 - VillaManuela, Madrid ES Tickets
10.10.15 - Trafo House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest HU
10.13.15 - Rhiz, Vienna AT
10.16.15 - Kiezsalon, Berlin DE
10.17.15 - Jazzhouse, Copenhagen DK
10.19.15 - Inkonst, Malmo SE
10.20.15 - Atlas, Aarhus DK
[Photo: Jason Fulford]
Every day I like to figure out what I learned. Sometimes you’ve gotta dig a little, and it’s something less than mind-blowing. Like yesterday, I learned that my fridge magnets are getting grotty. Today, I learned something a bit more enthralling, which is: in the sport of bowling, three consecutive strikes is called a turkey.
How about that?!
With that knowledge stowed away in the old knowledge bank, we can all learn a few more things for today: (1) Mike Krol has signed to Merge, (2) his third album will be released August 28, and (3) it’s called Turkey (for reasons that will now be obvious to you).
The preview below also suggests that Krol’s penchant for skuzzy garage hooks remains, and that he may or may not moonlight as a police officer. All useful information.
Finally, in your quest for Krol-related trivia, you probably should know that he’s doing a run of dates with Mac McCaughan and the Non-Believers. Dates below.
Don’t tell me you didn’t learn something today.
09.14.15 - Seattle, WA, Tractor Tavern
09.15.15 - Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
09.17.15 - San Francisco, CA, Rickshaw Stop
09.18.15 - Los Angeles, CA, The Echo
Emerging from the sweaty streets of Brisbane with a penchant for creating their own take on the cross-pollination of the garage/psych/pop daisies, Blank Realm have been setting our hearts on fire for some time now. And after their “gloriously messy” Grassed Inn release from last year, the world seems to be finally catching on.
Thus, with perhaps an inkling of pressure, Blank Realm have forsaken their winning formula of not recording in a studio and have gone ahead and recorded an album… in… a… studio.
Said album will be called Illegals In Heaven and was produced by outsider music legend (and fellow Brisbane native) Lawrence English. Apart from that, just take our word for it when we say that the studio has not knocked off any rough edges or toned down the band’s intensity.
Illegals In Heaven will be released September 4 via Fire Records.
Illegals In Heaven
01. No Views
02. River of Longing
03. Cruel Night
04. Costume Drama
05. Dream Date
06. Flowers in Mind
08. Palace of Love
09. Too Late Now
Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Cluster, Harmonia) and Christoph Mueller (The Gotan Project) plan collaborative LP
Not to sound too conservative, but I think that when two people come together before (g/G)od, their family, and the state, it’s usually called a marriage. Which makes me wonder: why is it that when two people come together before a record label, a PR team, and the press, it’s called “a collaboration?” Why the double standard? Take, for example, Imagori by Christoph Mueller and Hans-Joachim Roedelius as Mueller_Roedelius. The press materials refer to it as “the first collaborative recording” from these “musical trailblazers,” but I say it’s more like a holy matrimony of sound between two wandering souls on the path of life who have finally found peace and safe harbor in one another’s musical arms.
Speaking of the path of life — or maybe more accurately, the highway of life — both Mueller and Roedelius have put a few miles on the ol’ life car, all the while using their life wrenches to tighten the life screws on their musical abilities. Roedelius has been zooming around with the likes of Cluster and Harmonia since the 70s, and Mueller’s been shuffling genres since the 80s, most recently with the likes of The Gotan Project. Together on Imagori, they explore the ways in which marriage and collaboration really are pretty much the same thing, pairing Mueller’s electronic work with Roedelius’s floating melodic piano compositions, the music sounding like it’s just billowing along, such as “Time Has Come,” which you can hear below. Mazel tov!
Imagori is out September 4 on Grönland Records
Crawling up outta Austin’s electro underground like a bloody monster comin’ up outta the bathtub drain in a low-budget cult horror film when you least expect it (but with, like, classy Argento stylings) comes the debut EP from Flatliner. The duo of Jesse Strait and Adam Fangsrud write music with only the fiiiiinest Monopoly Man-level high-end recording gear, but also with what can only be described as a sickening amount of vintage synths.
The pair met in 2010 when they became part of a group of local Texas gear fiends, attending a gathering to build, trade, and drool over new custom synth modules. They struck up a delightful musical partnership, and as my mom would say, the rest is history! Come July 28, Holodeck Records will release their Black Medicine EP, a disarming marriage of old-school horror movie soundtracks, pulsating atmosphere, and dancefloor-thumping beats.
Black Medicine EP tracklist:
01. Blasted Highway
02. PC Corporation
03. City Lights Receding
04. Scrap Heap
“Experience the thrilling sights and sounds of the Apple Music launch, as it lifts off from its main headquarters and rams right into your face.”
• Apple Music: https://www.apple.com/music/membership
“I’m feeling sexy and free. Like it is raining on me. You’re like a shot of pure gold. I think I’m about to explode.”
After getting into some Deep Trouble (no, not that “trouble”) earlier this year, PC Music and easyFun are already back with a new mix. Clearly not content with already releasing one of this year’s best tracks, easyFun (a.k.a. Finn Keane) delivers easyMix, a seven-minute release that starts in the infinity glisten of the past and then takes us through remixes/interpretations of Ariana Grande, ABBA, and Jessie J, propelling us toward the bright, orange sky.
Download the mix here, or stream it below in any (or all) of the following SoundCloud embeds:
• easyFun: http://easyfun.world
Ah, I’m so sad! Because I’m just now learning that, this past spring, when George Lewis Jr. and his mega-band were touring in support of this year’s mega-loud new album Eclipse, they were involved in a huge bummer of a bus accident that resulted in 12 hospitalizations and forced them off the road for a while.
But now I’m so HAPPY! Because the band has apparently bounced back from this shit situation and has recently announced make-up dates for the “Night Rally Tour,” starting August 21 in Portland, OR and extending through mid-October! Tickets to the shows are available now on the band’s website! Gah!!! I don’t even know what to DO with all of these huge, widescreen emotions that I’m feeling right now. Oh wait, I know… I could listen to some Twin Shadow and let myself FEEL STUFF until I puke. Let’s DO this.
Night Rally tour:
08.21.15 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
08.22.15 - Portland, OR - MusicFestNW
08.24 - 08.25.15 - Seattle, WA - Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
08.26.15 - Vancouver, British Columbia - The Imperial
08.28.15 - Edmonton, Alberta - Starlite Room
08.29.15 - Calgary, Alberta - Republik
08.31.15 -Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - O’Brian’s Event Centre
09.02.15 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Garrick Center
09.03.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
09.04.15 - Chicago, IL - North Coast Music Festival
09.08.15 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room Lounge
09.09.15 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater
09.11.15 - Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall
09.12.15 - Houston, TX - Discovery Green
09.15.15 - Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheater
09.17.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
09.18.15 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
09.18-20.15 - Sacramento, CA - TBD 2015
09.19.15 - Columbus, OH - Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
09.21.15 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
09.25.15 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
09.25-27.15 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling 2015
09.26-27.15 - Washington, DC - Landmark Festival 2015
09.30.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.01.15 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
10.07.15 - Orlando, FL - The Social
10.08.15 - New Orleans, LA - Republic New Orleans
10.1o.15 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger
10.12.15 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
10.14.15 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
10.16.15 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
10.17.15 - Hollywood, CA - Fonda Theatre
Did someone mention hard work? Ambition?? Intense work ethic??? PIZZA and CATS?!? This story must be about Wavves!
Yup, according to Twitter, the briefest and therefore most truthful mode of communication currently available to mankind, Nathan Williams of the rock & roll band Wavves has been super-de-duper hard at work on not one but TWO follow-up albums to last year’s emphatically listened-to album Afraid of Heights. And yo; that’s ON TOP of having released a “side project” album as Spirit Club last year, running his record label, and SURPRISE-RELEASING (last night/midnight) a new album called No Life For Me with Dylan Baldi of Cloud Nothings. Dang. When did this guy become such a dynamo? Is someone slipping uppers into all of his downers or what?
As important and journalistically-appropriate as these kinds of questions are, they’ll have to wait for an answer until after Williams and his band get back from the slew of tour dates that will bring them across North America that they’ll also be embarking on at the end of this summer! Good lord. This kid is as unstoppable as Jim Carrey was after he put on that green mask in that 90s movie! Hmm. What was the name of that movie again??? Huh. Gonna bug me all day now.
No Life For Me tracklist:
01. Untitled 1
02. How It’s Gonna Go
03. Come Down
04. Hard to Find
05. Untitled II
07. No Life For Me
08. Such A Drag
09. Nothing Hurts
Wavve of tour dates:
09.08.15 - Seattle, WA - Neptune *!
09.09.15 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *!
09.10.15 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s *
09.11.15 - Orange County, CA @ Constellation *!
09.12.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubador *!
09.14.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom *!
09.15.15 - San Diego, CA - North Park *!
09.16.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom *!
09.18.15 - Austin, TX - Mohawk *!
09.19.15 - Dallas, TX - Prophet *!
09.20.15 - Lawrence, KS - Granada *!
09.21.15 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre ^!
09.22.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity ^!
09.24.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Rave ^!
09.25.15 - Chicago, IL - The Vic ^!
09.26.15 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre ^!
09.27.15 - Toronto, Ontario - Opera House ^!
09.29.15 - Columbus, OH - Newport ^!
09.30.15 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA ^!
10.02.15 - Brooklyn, NY - St. Vitus ^!
10.03.15 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall ^!
10.05.15 - Boston, MA - Paradise ^!
10.06.15 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza ^
10.07.15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club ^!
10.08.15 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 ^!
10.09.15 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt ^!
10.11.15 - Houston, TX - HOB Peacock ^
! Twin Peaks
^ Steep Leans