Pitchfork Music Festival pulls back a consecutive curtain; full lineup includes DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, Majical Cloudz, St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Kelela, and more
As expected, the full (as opposed to partial) lineup for the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago has now been revealed. Apparently the people behind festivals like to release their lineups in gradual iterations so that publications like us are forced to report on each announcement for sake of max exposure, and because they naturally like to emphasize their headliners, who presumably take priority when it comes to initial booking. In this case, a scheduled performance from Jeff Mangum and his lactose-tolerant bandmates would’ve been more than enough to motivate the spectacled masses into Union Park, but in case of any remaining fence-straddlers…
What/whom you might not have known about Pitchfork Music Festival 2014: It includes Friday performances from Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, SZA, Hundred Waters, and Isaiah Rashad. The Saturday schedule has been appended to include performances from Danny Brown, The Field, Kelela, Cloud Nothings, St. Vincent, FKA Twigs, Empress Of, and Twin Peaks. And Sunday! When fatigue, as opposed to the recitation of gospels, will be the likely impulse to stay off your feet: Majical Cloudz will be there, along with DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, Real Estate, Hudson Mohawke, Earl Sweatshirt, Schoolboy Q, Jon Hopkins, Dum Dum Girls, Perfect Pussy, Deafheaven, Mutual Benefit, and Speedy Ortiz.
I’ve never been, so I hereby delegate all qualitative judgments to our esteemed News Editor and forced-by-threat-of-feather-tickling festival attendee, Squeo. Look for the man donning a traditional press hat and messily eating a fudgsicle. He’s wiser than you’ll ever know. Tickets/passes available at the link below.
• Pitchfork Music Festival: http://www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com
There was a word I was looking for upon my introduction to the Providence-based but Saskatchewan-bred Wold just now, but whatever came to mind was quickly supplanted by images of the inevitable result of leaving bread out in warm, moist temperatures for too long. No, wait. It’s coming back to me… not unlike the gradual proliferation of that mint-green fuzz on my blueberry muffins just days after I bought them. Where’s the consideration in having an expiration date a mere three days post-shelving? Who can live up to those digestive expectations?
The word is “enigma.” The band for whom one collective moniker just wasn’t enough have been getting on the bad side of eardrums for more than a decade, but April 29 will mark their “most-likely” culmination in the form of “most-likely” last LP Postsocial. And in the world of appropriate album titles, this one has the added qualities of swearing to the band’s philosophical inspiration, and of accurately summarizing their upcoming album-supporting activities… which are effectively nil.
As a press release proclaims, “there will be no interviews, live performances or get-togethers,” but for those interested in a Wold experience separate from grimacing while listening to Postsocial on your home speakers, some themes are offered up for contemplation: each track supposedly represents a point on the inverted star. The first two tracks deal with “exterior and interior violence,” respectively. The next two tracks further the inverted star metaphor, culminating in “ritualistic conjuration” and “copulation of the hag.” That last track is (unofficially) about puppy dogs.
An old-ish interview is below. I’m suddenly aware of my pleb status.
01. Throwing Star
02. Inner Space Infirmary
03. Five Points
04. Spiral Star Inversion
05. Sapphire Sect of Tubal Cain
From deep within the wizard’s lair, Kate Bush feels a cool breeze against her cheek. Sighs. Brushes away a Dream Unicorn’s silky mane that has been dangling over her nose. She blinks; awakens. “Holy shit,” she says, “somehow I’ve been recording all these albums yet haven’t played a damn concert in 35 years.” The wizard tried to remonstrate. “Fuck it,” said Kate. “I can’t live safely in this mystical Narnia forever. I gotta get to the Hammersmith, er, Eventim Apollo in London.”
And so Kate Bush journeyed on, battling mischievous elves, concert promoters, and falcons with LAZER EYES. And yea! She emerged from August 26 to September 19 at the venue formerly known as the Hammersmith Apollo, now rebranded as the, er, Eventim Apollo. The residency is called “Dubbed Before the Dawn” and tickets go on sale March 28. Bush has only toured one time, back in 1979 for six weeks in Europe, before telling The Guardian, “By the end, I felt a terrific need to retreat as a person, because I felt that my sexuality — which in a way I hadn’t really had a chance to explore myself — was being given to the world in a way which I found impersonal.” So no twerking at this one, sorry y’all.
08.26.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
08.27.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
08.29.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
08.30.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
09.02.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
09.03.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
09.05.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
09.06.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
09.09.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
09.10.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
09.12.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
09.13.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
09.16.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
09.17.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
09.19.14 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
• Kate Bush: http://www.katebush.com
Wendy Carlos’ soundtrack to the original Tron gets reissued on vinyl, causing everyone to like Daft Punk a little bit less
Legacy, shmegacy. I know that movie’s reboot wasn’t the worst thing in the world or whatever, but let’s be honest. If you’re truly cool, you’re all about the original Tron movie. You know, the one that Disney made in 1982 and for which synth wizard Wendy Carlos did-up the epically orchestral score? That one. What do you say, then, reader? Are you “all about it”?? I am. Good. Now we’re being truly cool.
Anyway, according to a recent post at FACT, Carlos’ original soundtrack is getting a sweet, fat, 180 gram double-vinyl reissue this year, courtesy of Audio Fidelity Records. This is welcome news to audio-obsessives everywhere, as the original release packed what amounted to some 50 minutes of GIANT ASS MUSIC onto one dinky little LP, resulting in what expert audiophiles such as myself commonly refer to in-the-field as “brittle-as-shit” sound quality.
Original Tron Sound Supervisor Michael Fremer (a job title I’d kill for, by the way), did all the remastering and will also contribute new liner notes. “The score deserves another listen in the analogue domain by another generation,” he said recently, speaking with Analog Planet. And, again, as a truly cool person, I couldn’t agree more.
No word on official release dates just yet, it would seem; but fear not! In Tron-like fashion, you can use the AWESOME TERRIBLE POWER OF THE DISGUSTING COOL INTERNET to remind yourself of the epic insanity soon headed your way.
You ever had your ear licked by a news writer at another music site? Me neither, but I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. Like, take for instance this ripe little post over on XLR8R about how Matmos are going on tour this May to support last year’s The Marriage of True Minds (TMT Review). The whole time I was like, what if this guy, instead of telling the news to me straight, was right up next to my ear, whispering it. Maybe he goes there with the tongue, maybe he doesn’t. That’s up to him.
Anyhow, if you, reader, would lend me your ear for like half a minute, I’ll climb up in there like it’s my space ship to the stars or something and tell you that Matmos are indeed planning a European tour this summer. Sounds like a good time, doesn’t it? You, Drew Daniel, M.C. Schmidt, and maybe a couple hundred of your closest European friends listening to some hot Matmos jams, trying to figure out what’s plugged in to what and where that weird whooshing noise came from (spoiler: they have contact mics hooked up to the toilets in the venue and they’re running the signal through a bunch of guitar pedals). The noise artist Jeff Carey will be also chilling with Misters Schmidt and Daniel on a few dates. Like most tours, this one will consist of several dates, which I will now list.
05.03.14 - Heidelberg, Germany - Karlstorbahnhof
05.29.14 - Bristol, UK - Colston Hall
05.30.14 - Birmingham, UK - Custard Factory Arts Complex
05.31.14 - London, UK - Café Oto
06.02.14 - London, UK - Café Oto
06.05.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhagen Jazzhouse
06.06.14 - Berlin, Germany - NK Projekt
06.07.14 - Dresden, Germany - Beatpol
06.09.14 - Venice, Italy - Spazio Aereo
06.10.14 - Bologna, Italy - Parco Del Cavaticcio
06.12.14 - Barcelona, Spane - Sónar Festival
06.14.14 - Bordeaux, France - I.Boat
06.16.14 - Lille, France - L’Aéronef
• Matmos: http://vague-terrain.com
Sandy Le, friend of TMT, was a victim in last week’s SXSW tragedy; Fundly campaign set up to aid family
As we mentioned last week, the unfortunate incident that took place on March 13 at South by Southwest took a personal turn when we learned that Sandy Le, the roommate of longtime TMT writer E. Nagurney, was one of the injured. Tragically, she has since passed away. Without intending to diminish the respect for the other victims or their loved ones, Tiny Mix Tapes would like to honor Sandy’s memory by asking our readers to consider donating to SXSW Cares or this Fundly campaign, the latter of which will go directly to her family. If you aren’t able to contribute financially but would still like to pay tribute, listen to Sufjan Stevens or Future Islands, two of Sandy’s favorite musical acts.
Here I am on this Thursday morn’ with the uniquely magnificent task of obliterating conventional wisdom and shoving a metaphorical boot down the throats of snooty art experts: Michelangelo’s David is an overrated pile, and lest you think that the illusory trend started with golden rabbits or something of more recent advent, it too may possibly be filled with chocolate! The unwillingness of anyone to actually check for fear of ruining the sculpture’s supposed artistic integrity is understandable, but even if a patron bravely (stupidly) harnessed the wherewithal, security at the Galleria dell’Accademia would for sure be all up on that person’s being in a matter of moments, with intent to injure. Plus, there’s a giant block below the guy that doesn’t look easily climbable.
“I don’t think experimental music has to be dark, difficult or joyless. I try to make something playful, and maybe a little absurd.” That’s Dan Hayhurst, one-half of novel abstract audio/visual duo Sculpture, recommending that we peel back their music’s wrapping and dive tongue-first into its succulent and juicy innards. No barriers. No red velvet rope. And on May 13, he and Kiwi animator Reuben Sutherland’s “adventurous electronic pop” project will see its curtain fully removed, courtesy of their debut release on Software, Membrane Pop.
Take the word “pop” without its negative connotations or your preconceived notions. There’s little that’s traditionally pop about this album except for a vague and unpredictable lightheartedness. Elsewhere and overall, a combination of sampling, tape manipulation, and “aleatoric and algorithmic” programming coalesce to form an easy but simultaneously intricate listen. A pretty enjoyable one, too. See the vid for the brand new single below, and go here for something earlier, but equally trippy. Note the visual aspect!
Membrane Pop tracklisting:
02. Multi-Faith Capsule
03. Symbolic Molecule
04. Unhitch Your Program
05. Polymorphic Operator
06. 5 Seconds in the Future is a You Made of Pure Thought
07. Hackle Scam Populator
08. Distraction Display
09. Lingual Junk
10. Dance of Oblate Spheroids
Reader, has folk music gotten a little too “down to earth” for you? Are you tired of hearing about the same old heartbreak and the same old glass of whiskey over the same old set of chords give or take a capo on the neck of the guitar? Do you ever wish your folk music was a little more… interplanetary? You know, space aliens, light speed travel, asteroids, futuristic outfits, futuristic hairdos, the whole shebang?
Well, RVNG Intl. has heard your pleas and mine, reader, and on June 24 they will deliver in the form of a fancy-pants double LP reissue of Craig Leon’s 80s solo work under the title Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1. Interplanetary Folk Music gathers together Leon’s two ambient synth releases from the 80s, Nommos and Visiting. You see, in the 80s, after contributing production to seminal debut releases from the likes of The Ramones, Blondie, Suicide, and Richard Hell, Leon used the money he’d saved to visit the stars. He came back and was all like, “Listen, y’all, I went to a space alien hootenanny and they don’t really use acoustic guitars in space!” but no one would listen. So, in 1980 he put out Nommos on John Fahey’s Takoma label, and Visiting in 1982 on his own Arbitor. But still, everyone was like, “Come on Craig, you didn’t take one picture of all these aliens to prove it?” and Leon was bummed because he had! NASA had just confiscated them!
All made-up shit about outer space aside, as you may or may not know, this is the first totally authorized reissue of these albums since their release. Last year, the California-based Superior Viaduct put out Nommos, but Leon was maybe not totally on board with the whole enterprise. So, and to return to the made-up shit about outer space, if you want Leon to take you on his space ship, you’re maybe a little better off pre-ordering this 100% authorized version of the reissue right here. You can also catch Leon playing Nommos live at two upcoming dates. The first is at Asheville, North Carolina’s Moogfest on the RVNG Intl. showcase alongside Holly Herndon and Blondes. That’ll be on April 26. The second date is on April 30 at La Poisson Rouge in New York with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble and Bill Kouligas. Check out “One Hundred Steps” off Visiting below for a little preemptive taste of something he will probably not be playing at either of these dates.
Yeah, yeah; so Slint reform all the damn time. And yeah, yeah; so they’re doing it this time just to parade-around a Spiderland reissue (i.e. the album “remastered from the original tapes by Bob Weston” w/ 14 previously unreleased demos, outtakes, what-have-you) that, according to our pals at Consequence of Sound, the Touch and Go label is releasing on April 15 of this year. And yeah, yeah; so the internet has made all aspects of real, tangible life-out-in-the-world completely unnecessary if not downright obnoxious and frustrating to navigate (speaking of which, time to order a pizza for lunch off Amazon.com and a cheap two-liter of Coke off Craigslist!).
But yeah. These things may well be true, but, in the words of my eloquent roommate: EVEN STILL! It must be acknowledged that the band (we’re still talking about Slint, by the way) hasn’t toured the US in seven friggin’ years. And besides, the list of dates is what I’d describe as “classily slim.” So give ‘em a break, already. Who are you to not at least pretend to be into Slint? Come on. It’ll make them feel special. Which, you never know, might even make you feel good!
Slint 2014 tour dates:
04.29.14 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
04.30.14 - Asbury Park, NJ - The Stone Pony
05.01.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
05.04.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05.06.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
05.08.14 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
05.09.14 - Detroit, MI - Saint Andrews Hall
05.10.14 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
05.29-31.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
06.05-07.14 - Porto, Portugal - Optimus Primavera Sound
07.18-20.14 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
Bro, bro, bro! Check this OUT. So, I was reading on the internet that Beck (the guy who released the friggin’ 2014 Album of the Year last month that we all love?) is totally going on tour this April!
But, like, the THING OF IT is?
It said that the tour is, like A SEQUEL… to the last tour he went on!
Uhm, Yeah. I know: MIND? BA-LOWN! I don’t care how much this costs, I’m, like, definitely-definitely-definitely going. Looking for sitters now…
04.09.14 - Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theatre
04.13.14 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.20.14 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.23.14 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater
04.24.14 - El Paso, TX - Abraham Chavez Theatre
04.26.14 - Dallas, TX - Edgefest 24
06.19.14 - Cleveland, OH - State Theatre
06.20.14 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion
06.19-22.14 - Dover, DE - Firefly Festival
06.24.14 - North Adams, MA - Mass MOCA
06.25.14 - Montreal, QC - Place des Arts
06.27.14 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre
06.28.14 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
07.01.14 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage
07.18.14 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
07.18-20.14 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival