1. The new Grimes album is called Art Angels.
2. Art Angels’s cover art is above.
3. Grimes will be releasing a video next week for Art Angels.
4. The release date for Art Angels is supposed to be a “surprise,” planned at one point for this month.
5. Grimes is going on tour in support of Art Angels with Nicole Dollanganger.
10.24.15 - Santa Ana, CA - Growlers Beach Goth Party Festival
10.26.15 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore
10.27.15 - Portland, OR - Wonder
10.28.15 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
10.31.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
11.02.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan
11.07.15 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Festival
11.09.15 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
11.10.15 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
11.11.15 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre
11.13.15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11.14.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.16.15 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
11.20.15 - Boston, MA - Paradise
11.21.15 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
11.22.15 - Toronto, ON - Danforth
11.25.15 - Chicago, IL - Metro
Recent Brainfeeder addition Iglooghost to drop EP about the existential dilemmas of a gelatinous worm shaped creature (seriously)
In a move that will finally bridge the gap between West Coast beats and UK 2-step/grime, Flying Lotus’s record label Brainfeeder will release UK producer Iglooghost’s latest EP called Chinese Nü Yr on October 30.
Chinese Nü Yr is a concept record that treads the well-worn narrative arc of “a gelatinous worm-shaped creature who wears a witch hat called xiāngjiāo. He/she is really sad because his/her existence consists of infinitely being blasted through endless wormholes into different worlds that don’t make any sense - full of floating fruit and pink mist. He/she has a voice played by my little sister but sometimes my dad. He/she is perennially sad and terrified because it doesn’t make any sense why he/she was randomly born into this existence, but he/she is also shit scared because being shot at light speed through wormholes is probably f**king terrifying.”
Listen/have your mind blown by lead track “Gold Coat,” which features the vocals of Japanese artist Cuushe.
The release will be followed by DJ Paypal’s latest footwork missive Sold Out, due November 13, and will top off a boon year for Brainfeeder, which has already offered up slabs of awesomeness this year from Thundercat, Lapalux, and Kamasi Washington.
Chinese Nü Yr:
02. Mametchi / Usohachi (feat. Mr. Yote)
03. Gold Coat (feat. Cuushe)
04. Peach Rift
Just in time for the dark, dying days of winter comes two fancy reissues of Swans LPs White Light from the Mouth of Infinity and Love of Life. You’ll be able to cop the albums as a limited vinyl box set, complete with original, restored artwork featuring Deryk Thomas paintings, plus something described as a “2500 micron black lined box - with original logo in silver foil block in black paper,” which frankly sounds like something an alien who’s trying to sound human would say, and I’m not sure I trust it. Micron box. Submit to your secret space overlords.
Anyway, you’ll also get a coupla rare-ass posters, an outtakes/rarities/live recordings CD, and natch, a download code for both albums. Those who fear alien domination can also purchase a less flashy 3CD box set (including a bonus disc) or get the reissues as individual vinyl or digital albums. This is the first time both albums will be available on vinyl since their original 1991 and 1992 release dates.
Meanwhile, Swans devotees can expect new material in late spring 2016, as the band just recorded basic vocals and tracks in Texas with engineer John Congleton and Michael Gira as producer. The band will continue work in Seattle and Berlin.
• Young God: http://younggodrecords.com
Gabriel Saloman used to be in a band, but we’re not going to talk about that today. We’re going to talk about two things today, and neither of them are about the band he used to be in. The first thing we are going to talk about is Gabriel Saloman and how he is releasing a new album on the second spookiest date of the year, October 30. The second thing we are going to talk about is some hot gossip I heard from Debbie earlier.
But first things first: Saloman’s album! It’s called Movement Building Vol. 2, a fitting title for the follow-up to 2014’s Movement Building Vol. 1. (I know, I know, you’re dying to hear what Debbie had to said, but just sit tight for a minute. Shelter Press, the label that Movement Building Vol. 2 will be on, sent us some hot deets and I want to get through them.) Although it continues the series’s focus on Saloman’s commissioned compositions for contemporary dance accompaniment, where Volume 1 consisted of the album-length piece “The Discliplined Body,” Volume 2 contains five new tracks drawn from a multi-media dance performance from earlier this year, titled The Sensationalists. Most of the pieces were performed on a combination of bowed guitars and acoustic percussion, forming “an utterly unique hybrid of avant-drone, psych-rock, and Japanese traditional music.” And good news, like a few other things this year, The Sensationalists even worked with elements of ASMR, attempting to create physical responses in the listeners, something Saloman got a lot of practice in with his old band that we’re not talking about today.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Taylor, are you holding off on the Debbie gossip because it’s something hurtful about our mutual friend Bill?” To that I say, hold your horses, friend, I’ve still got more to say about Gabriel Saloman. Mostly I just wanted to let you know that it’s the second piece in a trilogy that Saloman is planning and that it will conclude next year with Volume 3. I also wanted to let you know that you can go ahead and pre-order it right now.
Check out a preview track from the album titled “Gagaku” below. And oh shoot, there’s my ride, I guess we’ll have to talk about what Debbie had to say later. Sorry!
Movement Building Vol. 2 tracklist:
01. Contained Battle / Ascend
02. Ear Piercer
03. Mountain Music
05. My Funny Valentine
Brace yourself, because Her Records hasn’t hesitated to disregard traditional gender roles by being simultaneously aspirational, up-and-coming, and unwilling to be relegated to the pleasant (but oppressive) environs of the home kitchen. The South London label was started in 2012 by former classmates and present beat-makers MM f.k.a. Miss Modular, Sudanim, and CYPHR (who were soon joined by Fraxinus), and oh my has the buzz accumulated surrounding their familial and self-described “fun” approach to vibrating internal organs, in clubs or elsewhere. The troupe really got attention two years ago with the release of Miss Modular’s Reflektor Pack EP, and now, MM has a five-track follow-up prepped for possible further wave-making.
“It’s a great white shark!!,” they’ll scream as listeners entertain the release of MM EP this Sunday, October 18. Acquaintances of MM and his music prior to the EP shouldn’t be surprised by the clever, hard-hitting rhythms, a hallmark of the label, which by the way was one of our favorites of 2014.
Here’s the opening track:
MM EP tracklisting:
01. 9th Ritual
02. Five Rivers
05. 9th Ritual (Lechuga Zafiro Remix)
We have finished the recording of the new album but we keep reevaluating the work we’ve done. We hope we’ll get it right soon, and after that we’ll start planning next year’s tour.
ＵＰＤＡＴＥ (4:50 PM EST): Jonny Greenwood has taken to Twitter to clarify Radiohead’s recording status. GIFs below still apply.
@coslive nice mistranslation going on….what I actually said: lots has been recorded, and we're about to go through it all….
— Jonny Greenwood (@JnnyG) October 15, 2015
@coslive …to see if it's any good. And we HOPE to tour next year: no plans confirmed yet. Sorry for the over enthusiastic translator….:/
— Jonny Greenwood (@JnnyG) October 15, 2015
• Radiohead: http://radiohead.com
AHHHH! TAKE COVER, READERS! It’s the end of MUSIC NEWS as we know it! Alejandro “Arca” Ghersi has, I think, just started his own website called Pitchfork.com to announce the GAME-CHANGING details of a new album he plans on self-releasing on November 20 via the Mute label, featuring an innovative new name-your-price-but-pay-ours business model.
Additional details are tantalizingly sketchy right now, but we DO know that the self-titled album is called Mutant. We can also be pretty sure that it follows last year’s Xen, in addition to PRECEDING whatever album comes next.
When it surprises us all on its surprise-release date of November 20, it’ll be available as a rent-to-own CD, “invisible” downloadable CD, and an “extra-visible” double-vinyl CD — all of which will feature artwork by “Arca’s friend and frequent collaborator” Jesse Kanda thrown in COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE!
As for the album’s content, Arca says it’s about “sensuality and impulsiveness as escape routes out of rigidity. Softness as a weapon when the mind attacks itself,” but that could be a red herring! So THIS REPORTER is choosing to remain skeptical. Lastly, it seems to feature a mixture of incredibly rare, out of print, previously-released tracks (“Vanity” and “Soichiro”) and a sprinkling of one or two new songs, such as “EN,” for which there’s rumored to be a secret, private, watermarked, self-directed music video lurking around… somewhere on the internet… Good luck finding it, though. I’ve been trying all day and am almost out of free AOL hours, so I’ll have to give up soon.
12. Front Load
David, who pretty much always likes it when his name comes up, no matter the circumstances, is going to be pleased. You see, 1080p (a label David learned about via TMT’s year-end coverage in 2014) has just announced that it’s got a new tape (the last one of 2015!) coming on November 27. Entitled Clouds of David, it’s from Magic Touch’s Damon Eliza Palermo. It’s a shift from the house- and disco-inflected Magic Touch tracks and into something more ambient, marked by “light percussion and large swathes of breathy, deep blue melody.” All of this sounds great, especially to David, who is in the other room right now extolling the virtues of the color blue as he strokes a cardboard cutout he had made of himself last winter.
I know David’s computer has been on the fritz lately, so he may not be able to check out the stream of “River Drum” that I’ve embedded below, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying it. And, of course, you can always pre-order it for yourself or our friend David by clicking here.
Clouds of David tracklist:
01. Yogi AM
02. Your Way
03. River Drum
04. Meera & Geetesh
05. For Seamus
06. Clouds of David
07. Lost in Asia
09. Your Way II
A Giant Dog is a band that makes giant noises as big as its home state of Texas. We’re talking full-on, Stooges-level rock with associated shapes thrown in. As of this week, A Giant Dog’s double-vocal rock assault is officially endorsed by Merge Records, who will be recording the band’s forthcoming third album in early 2016.
While such news is usually accompanied with mutual fawning and pocket pissing, A Giant Dog are playing it cool, with lead vocalist Sabrina Ellis going on the record and declaring “we are shitty people who do not deserve to be signed to Merge… But we are down.” Meanwhile, her bandmate Andrew Cashen was even more nonplussed, simply stating in response to the news of the signing, “I don’t know. I’m thinking about cutting my hair into a man bun.”
Although the band aren’t as gushing as one might expect, you can fill the hype void yourself by checking out the live cut of “Sleep When Dead”:
11.06-08.15 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
12.03.15 - Austin, TX - Hotel Vegas
Despite being inextricable from discussions revolving around the aesthetics of artists/collectives like Elysia Crampton, Total Freedom, NON, and Janus, WHY BE has always felt a bit on the periphery. The South Korea-born, Denmark-residing artist (a.k.a. Tobias Lee Christensen) is certainly active, most notably with his annual club event FOAM at Copenhagen’s Distortion fest, but his incredible yet scattered collection of mixes, remixes, chops, and fuckeries, with one semi-“tangible” (and visionary) EP, has made it harder for us outsiders looking in to digest it all.
So, it’s absolutely thrilling that WHY BE has just announced a new four-track EP for Rabit’s Halcyon Veil, a label already responsible for some of this year’s best music. And we won’t have to wait long: the EP, titled SNIPESTREET, is expected to drop in the next couple days, digitally and on vinyl.
Check out the video for “WHALIN (KYSELINA OST),” directed by ECCO2K and premiered by DIS. Shit’s amazing.