What do Wolf Eyes and Jack White have in common? Everything, which is why the seminal group (and perpetual TMT favorite) is set to release a new album on White’s Third Man label. Titled I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces, the album — the follow-up to 2013’s No Answer: Lower Floors — will feature six new tracks, preceded by a 7-inch single for “Enemy Ladder.” Stream that track below, and look for the new record on October 30.
Here’s a description of the album from the press release:
I suggest you sit back, empty your brain gels: and let this PROBLEM sink/rip/boil into your blood stream and witness the WOLF sound molecules fight their rugged way into your world-view/ personal vision and follow the dissonance to the streets to fight your own lone revolution, from scratch: at day one with YOUR MIND IN PIECES.
(Wait, is C Monster writing press releases now?)
I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces tracklist:
01. Catch The Rich Train
02. Twister Nightfall
04. Asbestos Youth
05. Enemy Ladder
06. Cynthia Vortex AKA Trip Memory Illness
Dark synth lord Xander Harris is heading out with Flatliner (Holodeck Records) for his first-ever East Coast tour. On Thursday, the tour kicks off with a homestate Texas show in Houston, before delving deeper into the South and eventually wrapping up in New York City. Along the way, they’ll make some memories, play wonderfully-named places like The Chameleon Club, and share the stage with artists such as Seabat. What a concept! A Seabat. I want to hug its wet, seaweed-strewn wings as we take off together into the unknown.
Anyway. New material from Xander Harris is coming atcha from Mogwai’s Rock Action Records. In the past, his work has appeared on 100% Silk, Moon Glyph, and Not Not Fun. Flatliner’s debut EP, Black Medicine, just came out via Holodeck.
08.06.15 - Houston, TX - Civic TV Collective *
08.07.15 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia **
08.09.15 - Memphis, TN - The Lamplighter Lounge ***
08.10.15 - Asheville, NC - Static Age Records ****
08.11.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Spirit Lodge *****
08.12.15 - New York, NY - “Nothing Changes” Home Sweet Home ******
08.13.15 - Lancaster, PA - The Chameleon Club ******
08.14.15 - Queens, NY - Trans Pecos *******
* Flatliner, Millennial Grave
** Flatliner, Trance Farmers, All the Colors of the Dark DJ set
*** Flatliner, Aster
**** Flatliner, Kangarot
***** Flatliner, KMFD
******* Flatliner, Seabat
Yowza, baby, that’s good branding! That’s the kind of reaction evoked by those strange faces Disclosure puts on all their cover art and media material. Sometimes I forget Disclosure even make dance music. Sometimes I think they’re a design firm that just puts those faces on things. But that’s wrong; Disclosure actually make the heck out of some dance music.
Disclosure will be bringing that very dance music to numerous very large North American venues this fall. Here’s the Disclosure promise: they will personally paint their signature face on every single attending concertgoer. Every single one. Their arms are gonna be soooooo tired!
The brotherly duo has a new album/face-canvas called Caracal out September 25 through Capitol. It’s a guest-heavy affair featuring the likes of The Weeknd, Miguel, Lorde, Nao, their old friend Sam Smith, and more. And, of course, the greatest guest of all: you, the listener.
09.29.15 - Los Angeles, CA - L.A. Memorial Sports Arena
10.02.15 - Austin, TX - ACL Music Festival
10.04.15 - Nashville, TN - Woods Amphitheater
10.05.15 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
10.06.15 - New Orleans, LA - Mardi Gras World Ballroom
10.09.15 - Austin, TX - ACL Music Festival
10.13.15 - St. Paul, MN - Roy Wilkins Auditorium
10.14.15 - Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center
10.15.15 - Chicago, IL - Navy Pier
10.16.15 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Deltaplex Arena
10.17.15 - Toronto, ON - Direct Energy Centre
10.19.15 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
10.21.15 - Washington, DC - Echostage
10.24.15 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
• Disclosure: http://www.disclosureofficial.com
Kevin Drumm launches new subscription service on Bandcamp, bringing him one step closer to him starting an actual “band” “camp” one of these days
Hey y’all! Just wanted to let ya know that Kevin Drumm, a cool musical-minded fella we kinda like a little bit ‘round here at the ol’ TMT corral, just unveiled a brand new “subscription service” on his Bandcamp page. Yee-haw! Let’s learn more ‘bout this together, shall we?
The description says “instantly get everything I make, and then some.” That sounds sorta… un-possible? But, well, what do I know? I’m just a humble TMT news-hand/bull masturbator. “Get all the new music I release, plus 9 items from my back-catalog, subscriber-only specials, and exclusive access to my fan community,” the post continues, which clarifies things just a little bit, I reckon.
Still with me? Well, then; to get a little bit more specifical-minded here: The subscription serves starts at $36 USD per year, and accordin’ to Drumm’s own penmanship, subscribers will receive “all releases(1 to 2 per month) occasional studio outtakes,photos, text(if any) associated with the release +brief videos of things happening in the studio during the recording process,” which may or may not include the followin’ shit:
• “All the new music I make, streaming instantly on your mobile device via the free Bandcamp app, and also available as a high-quality download.”
• Exclusive access to the Kevin Drumm fan community.
• The following releases from his back-catalog:
09082001 gtr/synth ‘solo’
60 Minute Relief
Live 1995(Somewhere in Chicago)
live in portland,Yale Union -daniel menche remix
Live At The Rhiz, Vienna May 2007
Live At The Skate Bowl, Hyde Park 2000
Split with Pita
• 15% off all merchandise.
• “The satisfaction of knowing you’re supporting me in a sustainable way.”
Aww shucks, ain’t that last one just a tearjerker? I mean, when you take a look at the rundown, how can you afford NOT to support the poor cowpoke??? Less’n you’re a piece of shit whose rotting in prison for robbin’ an orphanage right now or some kinda… Philistine or sumthin? But, say; you’re not one of them, now, is ya?
• Kevin Drumm: https://kevindrumm.bandcamp.com
Kendrick Lamar announces vinyl release for To Pimp A Butterfly, nation breathes long-awaited sigh of relief
Earlier this year, Kendrick Lamar released his ridiculously anticipated new album To Pimp A Butterfly. Duh. Of course. You know this. You also know that it pretty much solved every problem, cured every disease, and brought the dead back to life. Heck, we even liked it. Ironically, the only problem To Pimp A Butterfly couldn’t fix was the lack of a vinyl release of To Pimp A Butterfly. The mighty butterfly could only sit in silence as the masses cried, “Man, where’s the LP release of that new Kendrick?”
Watch the video for massive Butterfly track “Alright” below.
• Kendrick Lamar: www.kendricklamar.com
Oh my gawd. PAN x Janus.
For the past few years, these two Berlin-based labels/collectives have been largely responsible for many of TMT’s favorite things. They’re just on top of it right now, so a coming together at London’s Corsica Studios is just fine, fine news.
Room 1, the Janus room, will feature founding members Lotic and M.E.S.H. alongside kindred spirits Arca (new album coming) and DJ Lexxi, a resident at London’s Endless night. Room 2 is in large part a showcase of the new PAN sub-label Codes, a shared project with Visionist. There will be DJ sets by head-honcho Bill Kouligas, Visionist, and recent Codes signees Acre and Kamixlo. Norwegian music producer/tea distributor TCF will also be making his London debut with some sort of live set.
You may recall that not only has Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance made a new album, he’s gone right back to basics and invented a whole new way of writing songs to put on said album. It’s called The Hexadic System, and the album is called Hexadic.
Now that he’s gone to all that effort to re-invent the proverbial guitar wheel — and the wheel sounds pretty awesome — Chasny has decided to take his Hexadic System on the road by giving a series of lectures and tutorials, and then playing some of the more traditional “less talking, more hexadic guitar-ing” type acoustic shows while he’s hanging around.
Sounds unconventional, probably because it is, and that’s probably why we all love Six Organs of Admittance to begin with… right?
Hexadic System Tour
08.20.15 - Portland, OR - Flutter *
08.21.15 - Portland, OR - White Eagle Saloon
08.22.15 - Seattle, WA - Fremont Abbey Arts Center
08.23.15 - Seattle, WA - Pegasus Book Exchange *
08.25.15 - San Francisco, CA - Green Apple Books *
08.26.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
08.27.15 - Santa Cruz, CA - Don Quixote’s International Music Hall
08.28.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater
08.29.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Last Book Store *
Calling your tour a “world domination” is guaranteed to ensure that the good folks at the CIA know what you’re up to. It’s a sort of genius marketing move that Joey Bada$$ is implementing in support of his also genius debut album B4.DA.$$, which he released earlier this year.
After an already busy schedule in 2015, including some actual domination of an Australian security guard, Joey Bada$$ has laid out stages 3 and 4 of his World Domination Tour, which mainly consists of a series of shows and festival appearances around Europe, Canada, and America. Weapons of mass destruction and cyber terrorism have presumably been pushed back to stages 5 and 6 of his masterplan, meaning the CIA gets to head bop and finger snap along as it tracks Bada$$’s every move.
Denzel Curry, Bishop Nehru, and Nyck Caution will be joining Joey Bada$$. You can join him, too.
09.19.15 - Vancouver, BC, Vogue Theatre
10.09.15 - Wallingford, CT, The Dome at Oakdale Theatre
10.10.15 - Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
10.11.15 - Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of The Living Arts
10.12.15 - Lancaster, PA, Chameleon Club
10.15.15 - Indianapolis, IN, Deluxe
10.16.15 - Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom
10.17.15 - Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s
10.18.15 - St Louis, MO, Ready Room
10.20.15 - Asheville, NC, The Orange Peel
10.21.15 - Jacksonville Beach, FL, Freebird Live
10.22.15 - Orlando, FL, Venue 578
10.23.15 - Fort Lauderdale, FL, Revolution
10.24.15 - Tampa, FL, The Orpheum
10.26.15 - Atlanta, GA, The Masquerade - Heaven Stage
10.27.15 - Memphis, TN, New Daisy Theatre
10.28.15 - Birmingham, AL, Zydeco
10.30.15 - New Orleans, LA, Voodoo Festival
11.07.15 - Austin, TX, Fun Fun Fun Festival Auditorium
11.10.15 - Dublin, Ireland, The Academy
11.12.15 - Liverpool, UK, Liverpool O2 Academy
11.14.15 - Birmingham, UK, Birmingham HMV Institute
11.16.15 - London, UK, Roundhouse
11.17.15 - Norwich, UK, UEA
11.19.15 - Bristol, UK, Bristol O2 Academy
11.20.15 - Manchester, UK, The Warehouse Project
11.21.15 - Glasgow, UK, Garage
11.23.15 - Paris, France, Bataclan
11.24.15 - Paris, France, Bataclan
11.25.15 - Reims, France, La Cartonnerie
11.27.15 - Brussels, Belgium, AB Main Hall
11.28.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands, Paradiso
11.29.15 - Frankfurt, Germany, Gibson
11.30.15 - Munich, Germany, Theaterfabrik
12.02.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark, Vega
12.03.15 - Oslo, Norway, Rockefeller Music Hall
12.04.15 - Helsinki, Finland, Tavastia Club
12.05.15 - Stockholm, Sweden, Nalen
• Joey Bada$$: http://theproera.com/members/joey-badass
Doesn’t the word “Plunderphonics” just make you swoon? Not typically? Well, take a listen to Panagiotis Melidis, an Athenian artist who has mastered a special sort of sample-based songwriting under the name Larry Gus. There are precedents in The Books, even Animal Collective in a certain way, but Melidis has an intelligence, style, and humor that places him in his own space. 2013’s DFA-released, George Perec-inspired LP Years Not Living was no doubt a peak, and now he’s moving into new territory.
Melidis is releasing his second DFA album, I Need New Eyes, on October 2. It features a lot more live instrumentation and vocals than his previous work. It also finds him staring “intensively into his obsessions, anxieties and inadequacies” after the birth of his first child. “When you have kids,” he says via press release, “you realize that all of the infinite branches that you were wishing to explore are starting to being [sic] cut violently with a axe (held by the baby), and all infinite choices in your life (and lifestyle) start to shrink and diminish slowly.” A metaphor for the abandonment of infinite sample-pools and movement toward more limited live arrangement? P’haps.
Remixes are a forte of Melidis’s as well, having rearranged the likes of Cut Copy, Sandro Perri, and Sinkane. His most recent was for a track off former Black Dice member Eric Copeland’s 2013 album Joke In The Hole, part of a remix EP also featuring Panda Bear, Anthony Naples, and Fhloston Paradigm. Check that out. Also check out the 90-second I Need New Eyes video-announcement, where Melidis appears to poke his eyes out, but by some slight of hand, does not. The record is up for pre-order in limited, blue-vinyl edition on DFA’s site, and a digital and/or CD option will probably pop up soon.
I Need New Eyes tracklist:
01. Black Veil of Fail
02. NP Complete
03. A Set Of Replies
04. Taking The Personal Away
05. Belong to Love
06. All Graphs Explored
07. The Sun Describes
08. Nazgonya (Paper Spike)
Every once in a while, you might overload on string cheese until it starts clogging up the reasoning part of your brain: “Hm, I wonder if Wolf Eyes are still around.” And then after a healthy night’s sleep facilitates a dairy comedown and subsequent sobering-up, you leap up from your bed and shout to no one in particular, “Of course they’re still around! Wolf Eyes existing and having a general desire to punch our ears with sound waves is very reliable!” The noisy trio’s relatively frequent touring should indicate clearly enough their continued (and welcomed) existence, but just in case you need another reminder of how Wolf Eyes basically raised you young’ns, here’s the announcement of a very new Wolf Eyes bandcamp. And here’s the link.
Five rare reissues served as the inauguration last month, and supposedly, according to a press release, five new releases from the “WOLF BASEMENT” will be made available every month for the indefinite future. From the Eyes’ “earliest experiments” to “current demos,” you’ll be sure to appreciate the frequency with which Nate Young, John Olson, and Jim Baljo (and prior members Aaron Dilloway and Mike Connelly) are confusing your roommates. No, you aren’t using your room as a venue to dangerously submerge various electronics in water.
Here’s a not-so-rare track as a reminder:
• Wolf Eyes: http://wolfeyes.net