Dean Blunt, who released our favorite album of 2014, is now releasing what’s sure to be our favorite collection of receipts of 2015. Cîroc Boyz : vol 1 is a 30-page book that documents “excessive expenses made in the most popular VIP clubs in the hip hop scene” and is available now through NERO Magazine. Samples on NERO’s site include receipts with totals of $40k, $66k, and a whopping $156k.
The book is ostensibly part of a larger project that Blunt has been unraveling over the last several years, including gallery performances like “White Flight,” all-night dance parties like “Ciroc Boyz @ Orleans,” and one-off events like “Urban” (which featured, among other things, men in Cîroc shirts walking around as Blunt played a DVD of comedian Kevin Hart).
Cîroc Boyz : vol 1 is out now via NERO and is limited to 500 copies. I was planning to embed a YouTube video called “cîroc boyz vol.1,” but it has already been taken down (no surprise). Instead, here’s a track called “Urban,” off Hyperdub’s 10.3 comp from 2014.
• NERO: http://neromagazine.it
A couple of months back, we delivered the good news to your ears and eyeballs that John Power (one half of the noise-duo-that-it’s-okay-for-frat-dudes-to-like known as Fuck Buttons) had announced a new solo album under his Blanck Mass moniker entitled Dumb Flesh, due May 12 on Sacred Bones. We also shared the first single, “Dead Format.” It was pretty awesome. We all high-fived around the office and shit, assuming (pretty fairly) that we’d given the record and the project all the coverage they were ever going to want or need. Done deal. We’re all rich and happy.
But now, shit, turns out that that news is TOTALLY OBSOLETE! Because Power has fucked everything up by announcing the release of ANOTHER NEW TRACK of the album, titled “Detritus.” And this one is the album closer too, so you know it’s gonna be epic! :( Just listen to this press release description: “beginning as a wall of noise embellished with subtle, technical intricacies, ‘Detritus’ dramatically evolves over the course of it’s 8+ minutes into a haunting and strangely warming triumph.” Awww man! See?? That sounds awesome. Everything is totally ruined! We’re gonna have to write a whole new story on it now and everything, and it’s gonna be all anti-climactic and everything. Oh well. At least there are a few European tour dates to tell you about while we’re at it. But yeah, yuk. Shit just feels awkward and messy now. And those are two words I NEVER want to use when describing noise-based music.
Ye olde outdated “Dead Format” video:
Blanck Mass Euro dates:
05.02.15 - Gijon, Spain - L.E.V.
05.09.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Night Owls for Nuits Botanigue
05.15.15 - Brighton, UK - The Great Escape Festival
06.04.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Jazzhouse
06.11.15 - London, UK - ATP Pop Up Venue
06.19.15 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands - Best Kept Secret Festival
07.24.15 - Sheffield, UK - Tramlines Festival
08.21.15 - Bristol, UK – ArcTanGent
08.29.15 - Thornhill, Dumfriesshire - Electric Fields
If we choose to ingest news at all, those of us living in our self-centered American bubble rarely hear about the various happenings in Portugal. Luckily, the Lisbon-based Príncipe label is doing their part to advance a culturally-particular brand of sonar, whereby the obligatory rump-shaking that comes with kuduro (literally “hard ass,” if you consider the Portuguese “cu duro”) and related genres beckons attention all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. Pedestrians walking along the Jersey Shore stop in their artificially scented tracks as a noticeable bend in the air leaps on land from just off the coast. People are far beyond just a compulsion to fist-pump at this point.
Whereas DJ Nigga Fox and Nidia Minaj have previously done much of the danceable honors on behalf of Príncipe in the recent past, the Loures-based trio Niagara are continuing the trend with Ímpar, a new EP set for release June 2. Listen to a track that more clearly earns the “house” label below, but also note that António Arruda, Alberto Arruda, and Sara Eckerson (the human components of Niagara) will be joining Puto Márcio (of Tia Maria Produções) and DJ Firmeza for performances at Principe’s first-ever label showcase, set to take place June 27 at Cafe OTO in London.
And so it seems Niagara’s initial Ouro Oeste 12-inch wasn’t just a Príncipe one-off, much to our satisfaction:
A2. Abacaxi Limão
To quote the good book, “When one door closes, another door opens.” For 16 years, I’ve been studying this line for my post-grad dissertation on quotes, and at the base level, it means opportunities become available after completion of a current project. An appropriate example is Okayama producer Keita Sano’s new album, Holding New Cards. Sano experimented with jazz, studied ceramic-spinning, and has released a number of singles and EPs on various labels, all of them leading to the inevitable prospect of this newest full-length.
Oh, the journeys of our lives. It is important to take into consideration that when you open one door, you also bring a breeze into a room that subsequently opens a new door, and so on and so forth. Is that breeze fate or happenstance? Sano, on the other hand, has some solid work behind him, and this new album uses the MPC, MTR, and Electribe-SX to create a throwback of club grooves. But perhaps there was never any doors at all, and Sano just made a great choice to put out this album with his own freewill. We’ll never truly know, but what I do know is I’ll be graduating now thanks to this great essay I just wrote about quotes. Great job, me!
Keita Sano’s Holding New Cards comes out May 5 on 1080p
Holding New Cards tracklisting:
01. Fake Blood
02. Onion Slice
03. Ends How It Ends
04. Everybody Does It
06. Holding New Cards
08. He Can Only Holder Her
09. Escape To Bronx
11. African Blue
Embodying the avant jazz-and generally out projections of Austin-based record label and multimedia house Monofonus Press, Astral Spirits have aligned a remarkable constellation of music in their enviable, ongoing first year. Today welcomes three new tapes to the orbit: Rob Mazurek’s Vortice of the Faun (79 nuanced minutes of electronics torment, his first such solo recording in some time now), SSBT’s 247 Main (a dyad of free-jazz-meets-harnessed-frequencies documentation, recorded live in the Pacific Northwest of 2014), and Mike Majkowski’s Neighbouring Objects (a gloaming swath of spectral drone and atmospherics). They are each as excellent as they are limited, which is very.
Willful hosts are implored to congregate their bodies at the Monofonus storefront tomorrow morning and await further sign.
• Astral Spirits: http://monofonuspress.com/astral-spirits
Stop and smell the flowers lately?
Well, not to take away from your seasonal pursuit of odorous pleasures, but consider this a recurring PSA: in the time it took for a bee to surprise-jump off an objectified flower, fly down your throat, and sting your pancreas multiple times, the New Jersey-born but Hollywood-residing producer Knxwledge has let loose a whopping kajillion releases, all the while making a single morning’s breakfast and catching up on local politics via the web. “Prolific” is a word rather liberally thrown around to describe artist output these days, but rest assured, Glen Boothe’s discography for sure approaches the epitome. Countless beats and a noteworthy contribution to Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly have now led to a debut release on Stones Throw!
“Hud Dreems” is the name, and it’s out in a mere one week on May 5 (wait until June 30 for the double LP). It features 26 tracks (mirroring the age of the tireless fellow), and… what else can really be said about it? Boothe has previously clarified that his sample-ridden action is almost unconscious at this point, so even though the forthcoming might end up being a blip, that doesn’t mean that it won’t be worthwhile.
Check out a review we did of an EP here, and kindly note the flute transition on the following Hud Dreems single:
Hud Dreems tracklisting:
Bill Kouligas’ PAN label doesn’t fit the mold of any particular sound or style, and proudly so. In fact, being impossible to shoehorn is a remit in of itself, and bringing listeners some of the most interesting, genre-defying, new music out there is business as usual for Kouligas and crew.
Naturally, the Lifted project for the label follows suit. A meeting of Matt Papich (a.k.a. Co La) and Max D (a.k.a Maxmillon Dunbar), 1 documents an improv-heavy session of slick electronics and free-falling techno. And that’s not all: the album also includes contributions from Gigi Masin, Eklund, Jeremy Hyman, and Jordan GCZ (of Juju & Jordash fame) coalescing into a cosmic set freed from typical structure and form, a synthesis of the respective talents and idiosyncrasies of those involved. Factor in PAN’s uniformly excellent packaging and 1 is yet another surefire success; an abstract, fragmentary summer record for the discerning listener.
1 drops today. Try the closing track, “Medicated Yoga”, below:
04. Total Care Zero
05. Bell Slide
08. Medicated Yoga
• PAN: http://p-a-n.org
HEALTH have a new album coming out August 7, titled Death Magic. If that’s news that gets your excitement levels up, then sit down before I tell you that, according to this Pitchfork article, Death Magic was produced in collaboration with The Haxan Cloak, Mars Volta knob-twiddler Lars Stalfors, and Kanye West’s engineer Andrew Dawson.
You can get your first sample via the video for “New Coke” below.
Not only does this video give you a good insight into the dark, bombastic, and glassy sounds you’d expect from HEALTH joining forces with The Haxan Cloak and make vomiting look like a balletic artform, it also contains a phone number at the end that, according to a few people in the YouTube comment section (which is probably more reliable than CNN,but I’m no expert) is actually the band’s phone number.
So give HEALTH a call — see if they want a pizza or something.
03. MEN TODAY
04. FLESH WORLD (UK)
05. COURTSHIP II
06. DARK ENOUGH
09. NEW COKE
10. L.A. LOOKS
11. HURT YOURSELF
12. DRUGS EXIST
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It may seem like an odd couple, but the moons have aligned just right and both the Electric Daisy Carnival and the World Series of Poker will be taking place this June in Las Vegas. While it may seem like there wouldn’t be so much crossover appeal between the two massive events and that there is a world of difference between one of the biggest electronic dance music festivals and the most prestigious series of poker tournaments on the planet, the weird truth is that if you’re going to either, the preparations are almost exactly the same. Don’t believe us? Let’s take a deeper look.
What It Is
For those in the know, Electric Daisy Carnival is one of the premier celebrations of electronic music, not only in North America but also globally. The three-day carnival, held from June 19 to June 21, will bring an estimated 700,000 revelers to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. What makes this number even more impressive is the fact that tickets will be sold out BEFORE the lineup is even announced (it’s a well-kept secret until May). Such is the popularity of EDC and fans know that regardless of the final list of artists, it will feature many of the top names in EDM.
At the other end of the spectrum, the World Series of Poker is by far the largest poker event in the world, drawing players from every corner of the globe to fight for their chance at poker glory (and a ton of money). Starting on May 27 and stretching until July 7, the WSOP will be the center of the poker universe and the Rio casino will be transformed into a veritable explosion of tournaments, cash games, and vendors showing off their wares.
That’s how they’re different. Now, let’s see how they’re the same.
The “Circus” Of It All
With both being the preeminent events in their respective fields, there is something of a circus atmosphere to be found at either. Partygoers and poker players dress up to fit the occasion and the fashion on display will run the gamut from jeans and a t-shirt to some of the wackiest outfits you can imagine. Adding to the circus environment is an electrified feeling that permeates every corner of both events. In many cases, EDC or the WSOP is the most exciting time of the year for those in attendance and that rush is certainly palpable.
If you’re going to either, one of the key tips is to plan ahead. Trying to book a hotel room last minute is going to be a dicey proposition and you could end up paying a lot more than expected (especially on the weekends) for a bed you probably won’t be staying in that much. For Electric Daisy tickets, general attendance is already sold out, but you can score tickets through the organizer’s own ticket exchange program, which prevents the problem of scalpers and counterfeiting.
At the WSOP, planning ahead is very important if you want to focus on certain tournaments rather than others. It’s physically impossible to play every event; therefore, you’ll need to go through the official schedule thoroughly to choose your tournaments, leaving enough time between them in case you make a deep run into the money. Also, it’s a good idea to pick the right time to register for your events of choice. While even same-day registrations can be made, going to the cashier to sign up is best done at non-peak hours to avoid the long lines. From 4am to 9am are when the lines will be least crowded. As EDC has gained popularity among players over the last few years, many of them plan their poker tournament schedules around the festival so that they have plenty of time to prepare, enjoy the music, and recover before hitting the felt again.
Las Vegas is a desert, pure and simple. While the neon lights and fancy waterworks of Bellagio may lead you to believe otherwise, the air in the city is dry as a bone. Regardless of whether you’re dancing the night away to Art Department’s set or grinding through a long tournament day, you need to stay hydrated. A small fortune is made by convenience stores and Electric Daisy vendors in keeping the masses supplied with water, but you can save a considerable bit of money by coming with your own water. A Camelbak is an excellent solution, being an easy-to-carry backpack that’s filled with water. At the Amazon Room at the Rio, you can expect to see plenty of players with a Camelbak strapped to their chair. If you think that the backpack is going to cramp your dancing style at Electric Daisy, keep in mind that the carnival is well-equipped with plenty of lockers where you can safely store your things.
It’s A Marathon
To make the most out of your WSOP or Electric Daisy trip, it’s highly important to remember that you’re in it for the long run. At the former, playing a day of a big tournament can easily stretch to 15 hours or more. For many players, mental exhaustion is a real problem and they can start to make mistakes late in the day when decisions matter the most. With Electric Daisy, the party is nonstop, with the first act taking the stage on Friday afternoon and the music not reaching an end until late Sunday night.
To fully enjoy either, you’ll need to remember to eat well to keep the body fueled for whatever it may face over the long haul. While plenty of eating options will be available at the Motor Speedway and the Rio, making smart choices like not eating a heavy dinner if you plan on seeing Guetta at four in the morning should seem like a given. In addition, you’ll need to take regular breaks away from the music or poker tables. You might think that you don’t want to miss a single song or hand, but the simple act of getting up and walking around can help to refresh you before you return to the action.
Think you don’t need to train for an electronic dance music festival? Think again. The best parts of any EDM festival are the ones that come late at night, often at the tail end of an amazing set with a DJ that is perfectly in tune with the vibe of the crowd. If you’re already falling asleep, even the most amazing music and energy might not be enough to keep you up. The best way to train for a three-day EDM festival is to start working the week before the event. Start adjusting your sleep schedule to wake up later and later, with an ideal situation being getting up around three or four in the afternoon and going to sleep at seven or eight in the morning. In addition to focusing your time on the most eventful portions of the festival, it will also be a great way to beat the Las Vegas heat. When the sun is pounding, you’ll be enjoying a leisurely breakfast and just getting ready to head out.
Like Electric Daisy, poker players that are making the pilgrimage to Las Vegas’s top poker tournaments will need to do some training of their own to be in peak mental state. If there are casinos in your local area, check out their tournament schedule, looking for events that will draw more people in particular. However, a better option would be to find online poker tournaments that feature a big stack structure and large numbers of entrants. In this way, you’ll be playing events that take much longer to complete and will give you more experience in playing the style of tournament that will be on offer at the WSOP. While nothing can fully prepare you for what it’s like to attend the WSOP in person and play the long, grueling tournaments, online poker is the best solution for at least minimizing the shock.
Las Vegas is a city that attracts everyone, from Australian poker players making the trip to compete in their first Main Event, to Los Angeles electro fanatics making sure they don’t miss the best party of the year. As such, even seemingly unrelated events do have quite a bit in common and the exciting vibe of the city makes it all possible. By being prepared and taking the right steps to have a good time, both the WSOP and Electric Daisy Carnival would both be excellent events to attend. And, despite what you might think, there will be plenty of people enjoying both during their time in Las Vegas this June.
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A breath of air under the door frame. The sound of boots on creaking floorboards. Afternoon sunlight cutting the dust that hangs softly. A piece of paper rustling. The sound of a long cape brushing the walls, as a figure hurries through the corridor. The whinny of a horse in the distance. The soft sent of musty, Moroccan secrets kept under lock and key for many an age finally finding their way through the muck and the mire. Dirt turning under the hands of a middle-aged woman whose left eye wobbles when she speaks. The paper slipping under door. Black ink scratched onto the blank white space. Words. Numbers. The twang of a guitar beset by furious fingers. The whinny becomes a voice, horse-like and human in equal measure: “Sir Richard Bishop is going on tour again, ya bozos!”
04.24.15 - Tuscon, AZ - Exploded View *
04.25.15 - San Diego, CA - Whistle Stop
04.27.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Cinefamily &
04.28.15 - San Francisco, CA - Brick and Mortar Music Hall *
04.29.15 - Sacramento, CA - Shine *
05.01.15 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar *
05.06.15 - Geneva, Switzerland - Cave 12
05.08.15 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Bourg
05.09.15 - Bologna, Italy - Freakout Club
05.10.15 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Klub Gromka
05.12.15 - Vienna, Austria - Aux Gazelles
05.13.15 - Bucharest, Romania - Control Club
05.15.15 - Rome, Italy - Dal Verme
05.16.15 - Milan, Italy - O’artoteca
05.19.15 - Poitiers, France - Carre Bleu
05.21.15 - Marseille, France - Sons de Plateaux Festival
05.22.15 - London, United Kingdom - The Tin Tabernacle
05.23.15 - Bradford, United Kingdom - Threadfest
05.25.15 - Antwerp, Belgium - Het Bos
05.26.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Huis 23
05.27.15 - Cologne, Germany - Stadtgarten
05.28.15 - Paris, France - Les Instants Chavirés
05.29.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Global Copenhagen
05.30.15 - Stockholm, Sweden - Ronnells
* Robert Mills
& Robert Mills, Neil Hamburger