Yo. You ever roll up to a preschool and find all the little toddlers toodling around, going ham on their li’l Spotify accounts and think to yourself, “Boy, I sure do wish there was a way to make all of this a little more nostalgic.” Well, pal, I’m happy to say that Light in the Attic and Third Man Records have a very cute product for you! Namely, it’s the adorably titled This Record Belongs To _____, a compilation album designed with a blank space for the child (yours by birth/adoption/chance meeting at a random preschool) to fill in their own name, provided they can spell and you can trust them to not blow it by scribbling all over the damn thing. Curated by Zach Cowie, the compilation features an assortment of kid-friendly tracks from the likes of Harry Nilsson, Nina Simone, Kermit the Frog, and The Pointer Sisters.
This Record Belongs to _____ comes with a full-color original storybook by artist Jess Rotter that tells the story of a group of animal friends who discover a mysterious black disc in the forest and futz around with it until their parents come and yell at them for knocking the tone arm on their Rega turntable out of whack. And, because reinforcing gender binaries is also something about which it’s fun to be nostalgic, there are 200 copies available in “gender equality” split pink and blue, in addition to plain-old black vinyl and CD.
Because you almost definitely don’t want your Rega to turn out like the one in the storybook, Light in the Attic has conveniently partnered with Third Man to offer a package deal with a turntable designed just for kids. It’s super light, with a built-in speaker and an automatic tone arm, as well as a USB out and auxiliary input. The LP on its own, as well as the package deal, are ready for pre-order right now and will be available on November 6.
This Record Belongs To ____ track list:
01. Shel Silverstein - “Invitation”
02. Van Dyke Parks - “Occapella”
03. Carole King - “One Was Johnny”
04. Harry Nilsson - “The Town”
05. Harry Nilsson - “Me And My Arow
06. The Pointer Sisters - “Pinball Number Count”
07. Woody Guthrie - “Dance Around”
08. Jerry Garcia & David Grisman - “Jenny Jenkins”
09. Roger Miller - “Oo-De-Lally”
10. Bobby Bare - “Daddy What If”
11. Ella Jenkins - “Pretty Trees Around The World”
12. Nina Simone - “You Can Sing A Rainbow”
13. Vashti Bunyan - “Diamond Day”
14. Donovan - “The Mandolin Man And His Secret”
15. Miss Abrams & The Strawberry Point 4th Grade Class - “Running In The Garden”
16. Kermit The Frog - “Rainbow Connection”
Who’s your favorite practitioner of Who-pa-zoo-tic Music, a genre based on the broken rhythm of jeet kune do? Mine’s Hartley C. White, who recently self-released his new album I Sing De Music Whopazootic (don’t forget This Is Not What You Expect either; it came out on OSR Tapes last year). I don’t know how you answered, but I’m guessing you went with either “Hartley C. White” or “Huh?” Doesn’t matter, because even if he’s not your favorite musical student of Bruce Lee’s signature martial arts style, Hartley C. White — who has been releasing music for over 30 years now — is going on a rare tour of North America beginning September 15.
Not even a master like Bruce Lee himself lived in solitude, so White will be joined on tour by singer Angie Rodriguez-Finn and Jamaican percussionist Larry McDonald. Accompanying the group will be Christina Schneider and OSR Tapes founder Zach Phillips as CE Schneider Topical. Word has it that CE Schneider Topical are no more than mere amateurs in the art of jeet kune do, but they’re good people nonetheless. This short, six-date jaunt they’re embarking on is set to hit a crescendo with an appearance at the OSR Tapes showcase at POP Montréal.
RIP Bruce Lee.
Hartley C. White dates (all w/ CE Schneider Topical)
09.15.15 - Providence, RI - Psychic Readings (w/ Christopher Forgues)
09.16.15 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Vassar College
09.17.15 - Boston, MA - Deep Thoughts Jamaica Plain (w/ BJ Snowden)
09.18.15 - Montreal, QC - POP Montreal (w/ Jib Kidder, Ruth Garbus)
09.20.15 - Burlington, VT - Burlington City Arts
09.21.15 - Turner Falls, MA - Brick House Community Center
• Hartley C. White: http://osr-tapes.com/hartleycwhite.html
• CE Schneider Topical: https://www.facebook.com/pages/CE-Schneider-Topical/282313808604046
DATELINE: fucking EARTH, Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, USA –
Holy wet, hot, superfast, R&B-Future-sex®, Batman! Abel Tesfaye (a.k.a. Grammy Award®-nominated, multi-platinum®, cool-hair®-vanguarding recording artist The Weeknd®) has recently announced a huge-ass-titty-full® of fall tour dates for you and your face to salivate all-over while you picture yourself at your closest North American city’s ballin’ arena-sized venue with your fists full of the finest Cabernet wines and jalapeno nachos! AW, yeah.
This high-octane tour MEGANNOUNCEMENT® comes hot on the heels of the new Weeknd album Beauty Behind The Madness, which came out last week on (or at least around) whichever day of the week new pop albums get released now. Kicking off like a rocketship full of penises on November 3 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Tesfaye and possibly-some-other-musicians will then subsequently pilot their superfast, R&B-Future-sex® pogosticks around 22 cities all across the US and Canada. I already know what you’re going to ask, and the answer is: YES, even New York City!
“The Madness” fall tour:
11.03.15 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
11.06.15 - Chicago, IL - United Center
11.07.15 - Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills
11.11.15 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
11.12.15 - Boston, MA - DCU Center
11.14.15 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
11.15.15 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
11.16.15 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
11.18.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
11.24.15 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
11.27.15 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
11.29.15 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
11.30.15 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
12.02.15 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
12.05.15 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
12.08.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
12.13.15 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
12.15.15 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
12.17.15 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
12.19.15 - Miami, FL - AmericanAirlines Arena
On November 13, PC Worship will release their new EP Basement Hysteria. Through this new release, the band will explore “the space between alternative rock and improvised fluidity,” according to Northern Spy. And hey, let’s talk more about spaces, okay? The EP’s title refers both to the physical space where bands record/practice, as well as the mental space of splitting long work days with long nights of cultivating material. What can be put in those physical/mental spaces? Well, how about concepts typically used by traditional Eastern music? What about “derivations of punk and jam bands”? What about, dang it, some squealing guitars? These all exist in the space of Basement Hysteria.
As some of you may know, one of the bigger spaces out there is Europe. It’s one heck of a big space, one that PC Worship is set to explore. They’ll come to occupy that space on the 17th of this month, continuing to exist within those boundaries for roughly a whole month. And then they’ll rest or drive themselves into a new hysteria (or maybe a third option), while making a couple of New York City appearances for the remainder of the year.
PC Worship dates:
09.17.15 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
09.18.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - De Ruimte
09.19.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Goethe Institute
09.20.15 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Incubate Festival
09.21.15 - Ghent, Belgium - T Krawietelke
09.23.15 - Brighton, UK - Prince Albert
09.24.15 - London, UK - DIY Space
09.25.15 - Leeds, UK - The Brunswick
09.26.15 - Glasgow, UK - The Flying Duck
09.27.15 - Manchester, UK - Night & Day
09.29.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
09.30.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
10.01.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Stengade
10.02.15 - Berlin, Germany - Schokoladen
10.03.15 - Leipzig, Germany - Hartnack
10.04.15 - Brno, Czech Republic - Praha
10.05.15 - Vienna, Austria - Rhiz
10.06.15 - Lucerne, Switzerland - Sudpol
10.07.15 - Basel, Switzerland - Kaschemme
10.08.15 - Paris, France - Espace B
10.09.15 - Dudingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn
10.10.15 - Lyon, France - Grrrnd Zero
10.13.15 - New York City, NY - Bowery Ballroom (w/ Panda Bear)
11.14.15 - Brooklyn, NY - The Acheron (w/ The Men)
[Photo: Wolfgang Daniel]
• PC Worship: https://pcworship.bandcamp.com
PERILS (Benoît Pioulard & Kyle Bobby Dunn) unveil new self-titled LP, premiere new track; ambience ITSELF gets excited!
To the extent that such… um, “loud” words as EXCITING and EARTH-SHATTERING and GROIN-GRABBING can be applied to the pretty austere genres of ambient/drone/minimalist music in which these-here two fellers Kyle Bobby Dunn and Thomas Meluch (Benoît Pioulard) dabble, let the quietly-drooling fans of both arists go ahead and fire away!
On October 26, Dunn and Meluch will be releasing a new self-titled album together under the moniker PERILS. The album, described as a “collaborative recording that ruminates on painful realities, disappointments, and transitioning to new homes, in the hopes of finding a coping mechanism to bring them through to the other side,” will be comin’ at us in all of its furious and relentless quietude as a limited-edition LP (12-inch black vinyl with two-sided, full-color insert in an edition of just 500 copies, to be exact) and digital-download-thingamajigy via Desire Path Recordings. Pre-order the album here.
The two wrote and recorded the tracks independently at various points during 2012-2013, during “transitional points in these artists’ lives.” So goes the press release:
Kyle was living in a small town called Belleville, Ontario trying to complete Kyle Bobby Dunn and The Infinite Sadness (Students of Decay) and coming to grips with the fact that this great endeavor was at its end. Given the enormity of the record and the emotionally and physically exhausting process of recording the album, Kyle found himself drained with unforeseen questions and confusions. Working only at night, Kyle immersed himself into this newfound nocturnal work, finding a path in the midst of wondering. Thomas, meanwhile, was in a state of literal transition: uprooting from the UK and relocating to Seattle during the recording process of PERILS. In a state of flux, nearly drowning under the anxieties of living on uncertain ground, Thomas channeled these emotions into musical escapades. Thomas recorded in his spare moments, sending sonic puzzle pieces one by one to Kyle, who would in turn explore the musical sentiments Thomas had shared, adding his own billowing sounds to the seething mix.
“Questions”? “Transitions”?? “Anxieties”??? Sounds like music to MY ears! And luckily, you don’t have to wait any longer than it’ll take to finish reading this paragraph to decide the extent to which you agree with me, because you can check out the first track to be released from the album, “Flaw,” right down below. I promise. Here it comes. Right now. Here. Now.
A1. Colours Hide My Face
A2. (Dead in the) Creekbed Blues
A5. La brume
B1. Maps of Sinking
B3. The Unbecoming
B4. All That’s Left
B5. It Was Going Great. Until It Wasn’t.
“Awesome! Now, where the [Nickelus] F is my box set I dropped $900 on?” That was the response offered by Lil Ugly Mane listeners and Ormolycka collectors, after the artist and label surprised fans with a long-awaited collaboration between Lil Ugly Mane (as Shawn Kemp) and fellow Richmondite Nickelus F, on cassette no less. This tape came on the heels of Nickelus F’s August 28 Foundation Media debut Triflin’ and according to Nickelus F’s Twitter, sold out in one hour.
Posting via Bandcamp, Lil Ugly Mane had this to say:
Trick Dice is a dirty record. It feels mish-mashed, it feels live, it feels uncut or unedited or something. To me, listening to it conjures the imagery of what i love about Hip Hop. It’s a cut and pasted scratched together, beat up composition book with a busted spine, filled to the brim with rhymes scribbled in wild handstyles and doodled bubble dollar signs. It’s raw saturated blown out soul and breaks chopped through dusty speakers. Scattered styles and schemes done for no other reason than to do it. Or better yet not done at all. The rap music that you make in your head instead of doing homework, where the whole movie about your ill career plays out in front of you. I’m sure this is only what i see, but it’s the only reason any of my shit exists.
The Trick Dice Bandcamp download reportedly contains six of seven songs previously leaked and unofficially compiled as That Mjölnir Shit, along with six other previously unreleased Nickelus F/Shawn Kemp tunes, a 64-page NSFW magazine called Clowns and Browns, and some other random projects by Lordmaster DJ SK The Subterranean Suspect, Dreamo & Stormy Guy, and Sensational Lonnie Wilsman, all of which are most likely different names for Travis Miller himself.
Meanwhile, those who pre-ordered Lil Ugly Mane’s Oblivion Access box set were alarmed to see that Ormolycka, the boutique record label curating this highly priced and elaborately packaged release, recently deleted its Facebook account, as did Lil Ugly Mane, leaving just three posts up and countless fans who were already wondering when they will receive the monstrous and supposedly final Lil Ugly Mane project, with no place to vent their frustration at having not yet gotten it, despite its being scheduled mid-2015 release date.
Still more are wondering if the Blood Moon Supermoon of September 27 and 28 foretells a coming apocalypse, so chill.
Similar to the way that Norse god Thor relies trustily on Mjölnir to summon lightning, hypnotize Natalie Portman, and defeat alien invaders of Earth with nary a few swings, L.A.-based producer and renegade collaborator M. Geddes Gengras utilizes his modular synth expertise to seemingly do everything except table his beverages (because that would be a hazard potentially detrimental to the lifespan of said modular synths). Gengras released the subtle and under-appreciated Ishi last year, and a new season almost necessitates a new venture in synthitude, because you can only spend so much time “isolated” in a synth-cave before feeling compelled to harness those creative juices, which await a conjunctive splash with all of those remnant patches. The power he must feel!
And the energy you’ll likely feel while listening to Gengras’s new album under his Personable moniker! New Lines is set for release October 8 on Peak Oil, and acquaintances with Ged’s previous work under the name should have an idea of what to expect: a feeling of the rhythm taking over, just as Britney predicted it would. A lucky 300 (the number of records pressed) will be able to dance initially. Maybe a digital download will be offered at some point thereafter.
Pre-order link. And here’s a track bringing your feet back to the ground:
New Lines tracklisting:
02. New Bounce
03. Cris Rose
04. New Lines
Okay, let’s be real: YRN didn’t go hard enough. It was untimely, sure, what with all the delays and legal hoo-ha, but there was something else missing. It never really hit the same quality levels as No Label 2 or Yung Rich Niggas, and it ultimately sounded like a going-through-the-motions record. Not a disaster by any means, but nowhere near as good as what Migos can do when they really hit their stride.
The announcement of their latest project, Back to the Bando, almost reads as a knowing admission of the fact, a back-to-basics maneuver to recapture the hype. It all sounds a little Let It Be, doesn’t it? Another sly wink towards the Migos v. Beatles debate? Whatever the latest twist to the story will be, more Migos — whether as an album or a mixtape — can certainly never be a bad thing in my book, so I’m keeping my eyes and ears peeled for this one.
Preview “Bitch Dab” from the project, and check the cover art (maybe) down below, by way of tweet.
BACK TO THE BANDO pic.twitter.com/SL0bsbldlj
— MIGOS™ (@Migos) September 2, 2015
• Migos: https://twitter.com/migos
Hey God. I know you’ve historically utilized your omnipresence as a means to witness amazing musical performances from around the globe, but I think it’s time you scale it back a bit. Brooklyn’s ISSUE Project Room started a new imprint called Distributed Objects last year, and even though releases from the label have been relatively sparse, it’s great for folks who are geographically hindered from actually attending shows at the venue, as well as for deities guiltily avoiding extraneous ticketing fees by virtue of their all-seeing eyes.
The label’s latest release is called Eliminated Artist, a joint album by Pete Swanson (formerly of Yellow Swans) and experimental quartet Yarn/Wire. Both tracks off the record were recorded live at the Brooklyn venue, and both stem from a collaborative opportunity that Swanson and the ensemble saw following the latter’s ISSUE residency in 2011. The title track emerged from Swanson re-imagining previous Yarn/Wire rehearsals, while “Corrections” was realized subsequent to Swanson taking “the Putney” mod synth and using it as a figurative stabbing device over at WORM Studios in Rotterdam. That track is ultimately bliss by a thousand cuts, with the two pianists (Laura Barger and Ning Yu) and percussionists (Ian Antonio and Russell Greenberg) being somewhat more merciful.
Eliminated Artist is out September 18 in vinyl and digital formats. Go here for more info, and likewise, if you’re currently unattached and thus enjoy celebrating other people’s anniversaries, acknowledge the fact that Yarn/Wire are presently in the midst of celebrating 10 (tin) years on. See the relevant, scheduled concerts here, set to extend all the way until summer 2016.
I leave you with a couple of exclusive excerpts off the upcoming album:
Eliminated Artist tracklisting:
02. Eliminated Artist
You know what would look really nice next to your vinyl copy of John Carpenter’s 2015 Sacred Bones release Lost Themes? No, not a Carpenters record. A remix record, of course! Fortunately, the good people at Sacred Bones have got you. Lost Themes Remixed is coming out October 16, just in time for the annual lifting of the veil between our corporeal world and the creepier, more mysterious otherworld.
So who’s on this thing? Well, for starters, you can peep Prurient’s remix of “Purgatory” below. Meanwhile, Zola Jesus teamed up with producer/David Lynch collaborator Dean Hurley. L.A.’s Silent Servant is on here, and so is JG Thirwell of Foetus fame. Skinny Puppy’s ohGr also makes an appearance. And more! Yes, so much more. If you have the deluxe digital version of Carpenter’s 2015 debut, you could have some of these already, but this is the first time they’re all together on one glorious vinyl LP.
01. Purgatory (Prurient Remix)
02. Night (Zola Jesus & Dean Hurley Remix)
03. Wraith (ohGr Remix)
04. Vortex (Silent Servant Remix)
05. Vortex (Uniform Remix)
06. Fallen (Blanck Mass Remix)
07. Abyss (JG Thirwell Remix)
08. Fallen (Bill Kouligas Remix)
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com