From Mercury News:
Authorities in Georgia say Chris Kelly, a member of the 90s rap duo Kriss Cross, has died in Atlanta.
Investigator Betty Honey of the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office said the 34-year-old Kelley was pronounced dead around 5 p.m. Wednesday at the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Center.
Honey said authorities are unsure of Kelly’s cause of death and that an autopsy has yet to be performed.
Kelly, known as “Mac Daddy” performed alongside Chris Smith, known as “Daddy Mac,” in the early and mid-90s. The duo might be best remembered for the song “Jump” from their 1992 debut album, “Totally Krossed Out.”
• Kriss Kross: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kris_Kross
Pere Ubu’s weirdness is seemingly eternal. I mean, David Thomas’ monster has been a continuous presence in music since the mid-70s. Every time I see that they’ve come out with something new, like this year’s Lady From Shanghai on Fire Records (TMT Review), it’s a bit like the sun rising again each morning; comforting and expected.
I would say it’s surprising to hear that they’re touring again, but with their massive back catalogue and their previously stated hyper-activity it’s more like an expected present that is exactly what you wanted. At the very least, Pere Ubu is never boring, so seeing them live is a pretty safe bet. Maybe it won’t just be a “normal” show and they’ll do something like their soundtrack to It Came from Outer Space. Not terribly likely, as this is one band that tends not to do repeat performances, but something equally cool may be just around the corner. I mean, their first show of this run is at the same festival as Pharmakon, Spiritualized, and John Cale; anything can happen. The Ubu Projex “corporate slogan” is, after all, “Art is forever, the audience comes and goes.”
Pere Ubu fall tour:
09.06.13 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.07.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
09.08.13 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
09.10.13 - Washington, DC - Rock And Roll Hotel
09.11.13 - Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar
09.12.13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
09.13.13 - Providence, RI - Fete Lounge
09.14.13 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
09.15.13 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Lounge
09.16.13 - Ottawa, ON - Maverick’s
09.17.13 - Montreal, QC - Le Cabaret du Mile End
09.18.13 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
09.19.13 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
09.20.13 - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes
09.21.13 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
Beck to tease new album with a handful of acoustic shows this summer, just in case we need reminding that he’s folk sometimes
Let’s get something straight, guys. Beck hasn’t released an album since 2008’s good-ish-for-Beck-ish Modern Guilt (TMT Review). And no, whatever dumb bullshit like video game soundtracks and song books you have to play yourself don’t count. So yeah. It’s been five years. End of discussion! And while he dropped a few hints last year about kinda sorta working on a new one in his spare time, there’s been no real activity in his camp since. Until NOW!
See, he’s just announced a small smattering of solo acoustic shows this July — including one with Bob Dylan and Wilco for Dylan’s not-stupidly-titled-but-only-because-he’s-Dylan “AmericanaramA” tour — followed by two full-band sets in Boston and Brooklyn in August. And for all you cynical jerks out there (hi, mom!) who may be sardonically thinking “psssht, this little string of solo acoustic dates probably just is the new Beck album,” congratulations! You may not be far off! Upon perusing his most recent press release on the subject (tucked without fanfare in between the usual crap about him being a stylistic chameleon and his Song Reader thingy being genius or whatever), I found this shit:
In addition to acoustic renditions of some of Beck’s best loved classics, these very special performances will feature never before heard material from an upcoming acoustic record. The record can best be described as a self-contained work, one that came in the form of a burst of inspiration following the completion of last year’s groundbreaking Song Reader sheet music album.
Huh. So there you go. Go see him play some intimate, inspired new material this July on acoustic guitar, or watch him dance around to “Sexx Laws” this August. No easy choice.
Beck’s New Album Better Not Be a Tour 2013:
05.19.13 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
05.20.13 - San Francisco, CA - Davies Symphony Hall
07.02.13 - Paris, France - Days Off Festival
07.27.13 - Wantagh, NY - Americanarama Festival *
07.28.13 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
07.30.13 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
08.02.13 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion ^
08.04.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park Bandshell (Celebrate Brooklyn) ^
* Bob Dylan, Wilco, Ryan Bingham
• Beck: http://www.beck.com
Portland-based doom metal duo The Body have signed to popular record label Thrill Jockey. The band plans on releasing a new full-length on the label this fall. They also have a new EP, Master, We Parish out on At A Loss Records right now. You may check out a video for “The Ebb and Flow of Tides in a Sea of Ash,” one of the EP’s tracks, right here. It is very disturbing and, most likely, not safe for work-viewing.
The Body will be heading out on tour this spring. The tour will continue on into the summer months, for some dates in both June and July. The band will play songs.
The Body dates:
05.07.13 - Boise, ID - Red Room
05.08.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Salt Haus
05.10.13 - Kansas City, MO - PUA Gallery
05.11.13 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe’s Oasis
05.12.13 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre
05.13.13 - Dubuque, IA - Eronel
05.14.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
05.15.13 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class
05.16.13 - Harrisburg, PA - Grindlab Skatepark
05.17.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Heaven’s Gate
05.19.13 - Pawtucket, RI - Machines with Magnets
06.09.13 - Brooklyn, NY - The Acheron
06.10.13 - Brooklyn, NY - The Acheron
06.30.13 - Berkeley, CA - This is Not a Step Fest
07.03.13 - Seattle, WA - Black Lodge *
07.04.13 - Oakland, CA - 1234 Go Records *
07.05.13 - La Puente, CA - Bridgetown *
07.07.13 - Riverside, CA - Blood Orange *
07.08.13 - San Diego, CA - Che Cafe *
* Subservient Fuck
• The Body: http://www.facebook.com/pages/the-body/334047229514
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com
Neutral Milk Hotel, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Animal Collective, Silver Apples, and more to play Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit! Best worst-named festival EVER!
What’s in a name, reader? Surely a rose by any other name would present just as deadly a threat to unsuspecting hemophiliacs, right? Therefore, by the Lazy Associative Property of Wonky Poetic Metaphor that I just made up, an electronic-leaning summer music festival that used to be called Moogfest, when called by any other, less-catchy, less-fun, more convoluted name, should theoretically have just as badass a lineup of must-see artists. Right! Don’t question it; let’s just move on.
As Pitchfork reports, the 2013 lineup for the newly-titled Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, which takes place October 25-27 in Asheville, North Carolina, basically has everyone that’s ever been cool ever playing at it. We’re talking the works here, people: a newly reinvigorated Neutral Milk Hotel (with Daniel Johnston and Half Japanese), Nine Inch Nails, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Animal Collective, How to destroy angels_, Gary Numan, Chromatics, Rustie, Jessie Ware, Zola Jesus and JG Thirlwell, Disclosure, Tricky, Jacques Greene, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, The Bug, Bosnian Rainbows, and even freaking Silver Apples! Oh, and did I mention that that’s not all? Because that’s not all. The full lineup is expected to be announced in the next few weeks.
What more could you even want? Worried that it’ll be too chilly for an incredible electronic music festival at the end of October?? No problem. According to the festival’s site, all the shows will take place at venues which are “indoors, within easy walking distance of one another, in the heart of downtown Asheville.” Too lazy or internet-challenged to find out when and where tickets can be procured? No problem. Passes go on sale THIS THURSDAY, May 2 at Noon EST right over here. Just plain hate reading things? No problem. Here’s a goddamn video reiterating everything I just said! (Although one has to wonder how you even got this far.)
• Mountain who-cares-what-it’s-called Fest: http://mountainoasisfestival.com
Northern Spy to release premier album of jazz-weirdness quintet Black Host, a valiant attempt to make improv jazz slightly more accessible
I can’t pretend to “get” Free Jazz too often. If you knew me, which of course you don’t because I’m just a name on a screen to you, that previous statement may have made you raise an eyebrow. This mild show of interest would probably have been triggered when you tried to reconcile that you know I love experimental music, early industrial, and noise; musical forms that all have roots in improvisation and branches in eye-twitch-inducing sounds, with the fact that free jazz holds little appeal for me.
You’d say, “I really can’t even begin to understand the ins-and-outs of your tastes, Ryan.”
And I would say something really disappointing and non-committal, like “I dunno.”
Luckily enough, Northern Spy has stepped in to fill in the holes and complete the code like John Hammond with a bucket full of frog DNA. The debut album from New York quintet Black Host is likely to draw one of the stranger and more diverse followings out there, featuring the combined talents of Gerald Cleaver, Cooper-Moore, Brandon Seabrook, Darius Jones, and Pascal Niggenkemper. Their first step into a larger world is entitled Life in the Sugar Candle Mines and consists of eight tracks of straight-up weird, noisy, snare-driven jazz with a nice trimming of piano. All of it plays with the jazz improvisation firmly entrenched in the collective unconscious and festoons it with guitars, saxophone, and synthesizers that poke around the edges of post-punk and noise. The result is not quite a missing link nor a natural descendant of any one musical origin. This shambling, stitched-up creation makes its way off the operating table and into the sunlight (or moonlight perhaps) on May 28; hear a representative track below. I would ask that at least one person get a copy and then do their level best to explain where in my brain the disconnect between various improvised forms of music happens.
Life in the Sugar Candle Mines tracklist:
02. Ayler Children
03. Citizen Rose
08. May Be Home
The Fall to release new album on May 15 despite the obvious/awesome PR opportunity to release it in THE FALL
Hey, guys. Did you know already that The Fall’s Mark E. Smith and his buddies (whom are currently still Peter Greenway, Keiron Melling, Elena Poulou, David Spurr, and presumably FUCKING NO ONE ELSE) announced (via FACT) that they’ll be releasing a post-punkin’ new album on May 15 via the UK label Cherry Red?
Well, come to think of it, if you didn’t know that stuff already, it’s probably because you’re not really a fan of that band, am I right? I mean, if you were, you’d already be “up” on this sort of thing, you know? This story is old as fuck! And you’d be all like: “Formed in the year blah-blah-blah and with over X albums to their name, The Fall are a British post-punk band from Manchester, UK that features an ever-changing line up centered around founder Mark E. Smith, who…” And if that were the case, then it would logically follow that you wouldn’t need me here to be all like:
Hey, I’m Nobodaddy! I’m a real smartass! Get this, dudes, the new Fall album is called Re-Mit and follows this or that other album from 2011! Casual swearing is not only acceptable on the internet, but it’s totally awesome! Exclamation points and italics forever!
Whoa. Yeah, that’s right. I totally just put myself in a block quote. This news story is over, pal.
01. No Respects (instrumental)
02. Sir William Wray
03. Kinder Of Spine
05. Hittite Man
06. Pre-MDMA Years
07. No Respects rev. (featuring vocals)
08. Victrola Time
11. Jam Song
Goblin to play live soundtrack to Dario Argento’s Suspiria at the Housecore Horror Film Festival, attend and prove yourself the Gothiest of your friends!
Goblin are as important to electronic music as Kraftwerk. Now that I have your attention with that hyperbolic and probably indefensible statement, I’m going to explain it as if it were neither of those things. Goblin’s scores for Dario Argento’s films during the 70s and 80s formed a blueprint (along with John Carpenter and Fabio Frizzi, but let’s stay focused) for the likes of Xander Harris, Umberto, Mater Suspiria Vision, a good chunk of the “witch house” movement and, if we are being honest, probably The Haxan Cloak. And that’s just bands that are still active; Coil sampled Goblin back in the 90s, which is basically like knighting them, in my never-humble opinion.
That previous series of wild and largely unsubstantiated claims I made? That was all for your benefit, gentle reader. Let me put it this way: have you ever stumbled upon a band only to find that they just toured through your town naught but two months ago? Do you remember the feelings of regret upon the realization that the songs that now have 50+ plays on your iPod could have been vibrating straight through you live? Well one of those normally overlooked events is coming up: Goblin is playing a live soundtrack to Suspiria during the course of the Housecore Horror Film Festival. The $175 price tag for a three-day ticket is pretty hefty, but being that this is the first time Goblin has played in the good ol’ USA it’s worth it. So now that the importance of this event has been explained, if you have the expendable income to both fly to Austin, Texas around October 25-27 of this year and get yourself a ticket to the show, you have no choice but to go. You will be compelled to, in fact. Now aren’t you happy this was brought to your attention?
Lieven Martens Moana (Dolphins Into The Future) readies Music From the Guardhouse LP; guardhouses are now pretty interesting
In his rather extensive overview of Lieven Martens Moana’s Dolphins Into The Future project, my colleague and aspiring masseuse M Rubz initially, and aptly, brought up the kosmische character of the now-disbanded Emeralds. Though the “Emeralds” name might seem satisfactorily fitting given the electronic allure of their output, it’s hard to think of a moniker more surprisingly appropriate, once you’ve had the chance to listen to his music, than its sea-mammal counterpart. First it inspires thoughts about super-intelligent dolphins building their own time machine, but listen through the suboceanic drift of the synthesizer, and you’ll realize those dolphins are much more concerned with technological advancements in human sedation. Enslavement may or may not follow.
In what’s arguably a move designed to avoid giving sea creatures any ideas, Moana’s next release will come under his own name; Music From the Guardhouse will be released on June 3 via the Belgian label KRAAK.
The switch in name coincides with a relatively harsh change in style, whereby the “sedation” previously referenced is replaced with sparsely-positioned notes of electronic blurbage. Literary references and themes of nature persist, helped along by the familiar utilization of field recordings and various MIDI devices, but it’s all for a different, more challenging purpose. For their part, KRAAK describes the album as a “blue print for the future of compositions,” which, ignoring any exaggeration, should be more than enough to inspire curiosity. Prepare your brain, and stuff.
• Lieven Martens Moana: http://www.cetaceannationcommunications.blogspot.com
• KRAAK: http://www.kraak.net/en
After pulling out of our 2007 Tiny Mix Fest at the last minute, it seemed like Jeff Mangum, Julian Koster, and crew might never actually get back together for some shows under the Neutral Milk Hotel moniker. But now that news of a full-fledged reunion is coming in from more reputable sources, we can confirm that The Milks are reuniting for a series of shows that will only be expanded upon in the near future! Early reactions across the blog-o-sphere include “YEAAAAAAAAAA,” “OMGG,” and “UR ALL SHEEPLE.”
In any case, there’s no turning back the clock now. Jeff Mangum, Jeremy Barnes, Scott Spillane, and Julian Koster will be in the same room with you (if you get tickets soon as they go on sale), and with enough luck you might hear them over the din of an entire audience screaming along to every word.
10.22.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club *
10.23.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club $
10.25.13 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium $%
11.28.13 - Taipei, Taiwan - Hostess Club Festival
12.01.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Hostess Club Festival
* Elf Power
$ Half Japanese
% Daniel Johnston
• Neutral Milk Hotel: http://walkingwallofwords.com