A Giant Dog bring their Texas heat to Merge in 2016

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

• A Giant Dog: http://www.agiantdog.com
• Merge: https://www.mergerecords.com

WHY BE to release EP on Rabit’s Halcyon Veil, drops incredible video

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.

• WHY BE: https://soundcloud.com/ristlee2smoeger
• Halcyon Veil: http://halcyonveil.com

Cass McCombs to release comp of “Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk” this December to help you soundtrack your enduring “Sad Bastard Christmas” tradition!

While he waits patiently for his picture to appear alongside the official Webster’s Dictionary entry for the word “wry,” singer/songwriter/drifter/grifter Cass McCombs has to do something or other to keep busy. And — great news for us — come this December 11, he’ll continue to attempt to fill those interminable, soul-sucking gaps by releasing a new album on the Domino label!

It’s called A Folk Set Apart and is appended with the (dare I say “wry?”) subtitle: “Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk, Etc.” Consisting of rare and extra material spanning from 2003-2014 (much of which was only ever released via “split 7"s, only sold at shows”), the accompanying press release assures us that McCombs’s boredom is our boon, as this album comprises nothing less than an “alternate retelling of the last decade in the life of extraordinary songwriter Cass McCombs.” !!!

Seriously, though, what it ACTUALLY comprises is 19 songs (well, 19 on the CD version, and 11 songs + 8 digital bonus tracks on the LP version), all of which have been given a good shower, shave, and remaster for this release. And because I know you’re wondering: yup, five of the tracks are previously unreleased, and the LP is “a single vinyl in a gatefold jacket, which includes a printed inner sleeve and an MP3 download card.” Pretty slick, Cass; pretty slick.

But wait — there’s more! McCombs will also be filling some time in his days by playing LIVE SHOWS in the upcoming weeks, any/all of which you are welcome to attend and buy alcohol at, if you’re thusly inclined monetarily. Oh, and speaking of the M-word, you can also pre-order the thing right now, either “the easy way” via iTunes or “the cool way” via Domino.

But hey, if “having money” isn’t your “thing” right now, that’s cool too. You can also check out McComb’s cover of the Meat Puppets tune “Evangeline” down below without spending a dime. Although it’ll take a few minutes of your time, I suppose; and time is money too, ya know. Just ask Cass McCombs.

A Folk Set Apart tracklisting:

01. I Cannot Lie
02. A.Y.D.
03. Oatmeal
04. Twins
05. Minimum Wage
06. Poet’s Day
07. An Other
08. Bradley Manning
09. Evangeline
10. Empty Promises
11. If You Loved Me Before…
12. Three Men Sitting On A Hollow Log
13. Lost River / Old River
14. Old As Angry
15. Texas
16. Night Of The World
17. Traffic Of Souls
18. Catacombs Cow Cow Boogie
19. The State Will Take Care Of Me

Upcoming Cass McCombs dates:

10.14.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre*
10.15.15 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s*
10.16.15 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore*
10.17.15 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom*
10.18.15 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox*
11.06-11.08.15 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest @ Auditorium Shores
11.27.15 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre#

* Kurt Vile
# My Morning Jacket

• Cass McCombs: http://www.cassmccombs.com
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

Dawn of MIDI’s Qasim Naqvi plans album for NNA Tapes, premieres track and trailer

Hey, bucko, you wanna hear about an album from an upwardly mobile young professional? Well, strap in. On November 13, NNA Tapes is going to pop off a new one from Qasim Naqvi called Preamble. “Wait a second, ol’ Qasim’s name seems familiar…” You bet your ass it does, because “ol’ Qasim” as you call him, or Mr. Naqvi as he prefers to be called, is the drummer for a little group I like to call Dawn of Midi. And you better bet that I’m the only one who calls them that.

Back to Preamble. It’s a collection of compositions by Naqvi, all of them originally commissioned as a score to a film installation “loosely based on” China Miéville’s The City & The City, a novel about two cities on top of each other that I am happy to report I have fond memories of reading during my lunch breaks in the fall of 2012. In composing the pieces, Naqvi combined the use of graphic and traditional notation, creating pieces that allow for “spontaneous choices” throughout by the performers. Naqvi says, “I wanted to strike a balance. I wanted the element of chance, but not total chance.”

Preamble, recorded by the Contemporary Music Ensemble of NYU under the direction of Jonathan Haas, is available for pre-order from NNA Tapes and Bandcamp. We have the pleasure of premiering a track and a trailer — check ‘em out below.

Preamble tracklist:

01. Preamble
02. Meg Erase Meta
03. Children of the Drawer PT. 1
04. Imagined Garages PT. 2
05. Behind Stars
06. Aero
07. Esc

• Qasim Naqvi: https://qasimnaqvi.bandcamp.com
• NNA Tapes: http://nnatapes.com

Miley Cyrus and The Flaming Lips to get completely NUDE for upcoming concert, based on the premise that the harder they try, the more people will care

Basically, this was inevitable.

Philistines probably won’t understand; it’s just how the “Artistic Process” works.

First, you labor and struggle for months-to-years on a masterwork, forging in the smithy of your soul the uncreated conscious of your race.

Then, you carefully plot a selfless mission of nationwide proselytization so that you might not only gather together, but ultimately cleanse and re-baptize the hopeless gaggles of gentiles so that they may enter freshly into the new life-eternal espoused by your cunning ark full of archetypes.

THEN — you decide that that baptism would probably stick best if you and everyone in attendance was naked-as-fuck so you could splatter the entire assembly of tits, dicks, and asses with “stuff that looks like milk.”

Oh, and somewhere between steps 2 and 3, you Instagram about it:

Oh fuck..!!! @mileycyrus is planning a show where her, the band ( us ) and the audience are all COMPLETELY naked with milk ( well white stuff that looks like milk) is being being spewed everywhere .. It’s a video ( in the works) for #mileycyrusandherdeadpetz song The Milky Milky Milk… @stevendrozd @derek_levi_brown @mileycyrus @katyweaver @spacefacemusic @rockworth @leochandler @fantastic_ley @jgeeezus @zacharyancox @alphachanneling @mugglinstagram @monamuseum @happyhippiefdn @waynez__world @weirddestiny @drc3p0 @damienhirst #flaminglips #waynecoyne #mileycyrusandherdeadpetz #theflaminglips

“Oh Fuck…!!!” is about right.

Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz Tour Dates:

11.19.15 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
11.21.15 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
11.27.15 - Washington, DC - Echostage
11.28.15 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
12.05.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
12.06.15 - Boston, MA - House of Blues


• Miley Cyrus: http://www.mileycyrus.com
• Flaming Lips: http://www.theflaminglips.com

Pitchfork sold to media company Condé Nast

According to The New York Times, Pitchfork has been sold to Condé Nast, a media company that owns Wired, The New Yorker, Vogue, and many other print and digital media brands. According to its chief digital officer Fred Santarpia, Pitchfork brings “a very passionate audience of millennial males into our roster.”

“Pitchfork is incredibly fortunate to have found in Condé Nast a team of people who share our commitment to editorial excellence,” said Pitchfork founder/chief executive/friend of the site Ryan Schreiber in a statement. “Their belief in what we do, combined with their additional expertise and resources, will allow us to extend our coverage of the artists and stories that shape the music landscape on every platform.”

The purchase amount is undisclosed, but I’m guessing it’s enough that TMT can hit them up for money from time to time. Check your inbox, P4k!

• Pitchfork: http://www.pitchfork.com

Kmart in-store shopping music from over two decades ago finally uploaded for world consumption

Not even to observe the wildlife in an unusual habitat, I proudly make the claim that I’ve never set foot in a Walmart, so I’m personally ignorant of the type of music (if any) that they have blaring over the assumed loud speakers, subliminally coaxing customers to simultaneously buy things and relinquish their souls. The unaffiliated Kmart, of course, arguably preceded Walmart in popularity, and around the time of the former’s heyday in the late 1980s, what do you think the musical options were as far as looped soundtracks to consumerism go? The internet wasn’t around. Satellites and their cardboard construction were poor transmitters of playlists. The only option was… cassettes devised by the brass over at Kmart HQ, which were sent to individual stores at regular intervals throughout the year!

Former Kmart worker-at-the-Service-Desk Mark Davis has just done the lord’s work by digitizing and then uploading 56 of these cassettes, which were actually supposed to be trashed at the end of their monthly or weekly rotation. The tapes themselves are from the late 1980s and early 1990s, and they contain instrumentals of classics (songs that would be swiftly forgotten were it not for Davis) and ads… lots of ads about things in Kmart. Apparently, Martha Stewart was a consultant or something. From Mark Davis:

The older tapes contain canned elevator music with instrumental renditions of songs. Then, the songs became completely mainstream around 1991. All of them have advertisements every few songs.

The monthly tapes are very, very, worn and rippled. That’s becuase they ran for 14 hours a day, 7 days a week on auto-reverse. If you do the math assuming that each tape is 30 minutes per side, that’s over 800 passes over a tape head each month.

They’re a swell trip down memory lane if you’re in your mid 20s or older. You might also go insane if you listen to more than one in succession. Take it upon yourself to test that theory, though, and go here for the rest of ‘em, if you’re so inclined.

• Kmart: http://www.kmart.com

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood confirms details of his Indian album, ropes in Nigel Godrich, Paul Thomas Anderson, and a Sufi spiritual band

Radiohead guitarist and all-round compulsive composer Jonny Greenwood has firmed up the previously whispered-about plans to release an album that he was recording in India with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur.

The album will be called Junun and will be released by Nonesuch on November 13. In addition to Shye Ben Tzur, Junun also features The Rajasthan Express, an Indian qawwali (Sufi spiritual music, in case you haven’t consulted Wikipedia yet) group. The record was recorded by Nigel Godrich in a 15th-century Mehangarth Fort in Jodphur India, which is way more badass than any grotty garage, castle, or studio you’ve ever recorded in.

To round out the true Jonny Greenwood experience, his other frequent creative partner Paul Thomas Anderson has tagged along to film the whole shebang and will be releasing a documentary to accompany the record. The trailer features plenty of street scenes, pointing, and the song “Roked.”

Earlier this year, Greenwood also confirmed that Radiohead are working on new material.

Junun tracklist:

Disc 1
01. Junun
02. Roked
03. Hu
04. Chala vahi des
05. Kalandar
06. Eloah

Disc 2
01. Julus
02. Allah Elohim
03. Ahuvi
04. Azov
05. Junun Brass
06. There Are Birds in the Echo Chamber
07. Mode

• Nonesuch: http://www.nonesuch.com

iLoveMakonnen and Rich The Kid announce joint mixtape, release track

It’s joint mixtape season! After Drake and Future released their juggernaut of a “mixtape” last month, Migos and Young Thug announced their Migo Thuggin tape, and Fetty Wap and French Montana’s Coke Zoo was announced shortly after. Today, we have another announced collabo tape, this one by Rich the Kid and iLoveMakonnen. Titled Whip It (formerly Whip It Up), the mixtape was recorded last week and is expected to drop in the coming days. The two had collaborated earlier this year on the remix of Makonnen’s “Whip It.”

Check out the Sonny Digital-produced “Still Workin” here:

This is Rich The Kid’s third mixtape of the year (and second joint one, after releasing Still on Lock with Migos back in May), and this’ll be iLoveMakonnen’s second, following Drink More Water 5. No word yet on Makonnen’s OVO debut, but we’ll keep you updated.

• iLoveMakonnen: https://soundcloud.com/ilovemakonnen
• Rich the Kid: https://twitter.com/IAmRichTheKid

Co La announces West Coast tour, carbonates new track

Will Matt Papich’s friends be offering tray champagne service this time around, even though the risk is surely higher that audience members will smash their flutes on the heads of the people in front of them? Gone are the days in which we could enjoy a smattering of samples without feeling the need to fist bump to the point of instantaneous carpal tunnel; Co La’s newest album and tape No No, released simultaneously by Software and 1080p just last week, doesn’t stop short of brutalizing listeners with a relentless, cacophonous homage to the club scene in his hometown of Baltimore. By the end of it, you may be very well be echoing an included Missy snippet, seriously or not: “Oooooh, I don’t want…,” or can’t take, anymore.

But the live thing is a totally different story! Papich hopes that those of you in Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle will have remnants of No No coursing through your veins, so that the individual affair isn’t what would’ve been a typical one of simple observation. The new music compels something physical; Jam City comparisons are surprisingly accurate (as you can tell by the new track, “Crank,” below); and we can only know the future once we reach it. This may be Co La’s thing now.

The gritty details:

10.16.15 - Queens, NY - Trans Pecos (Album Release Party)
10.23.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Freak Easy
10.28.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Low End Theory
10.30.15 - Seattle, WA - Elevator Presents @ Machine House
11.03.15 - Portland, OR - The Know (DJ Set)
11.05.15 - Portland, OR - Secret Location

• Co La: http://meltersdelight.tumblr.com
• Software: http://www.softwarelabel.net