Ossia joins the Blackest Ever Black family with new release

Young Echo member Ossia, a mainstay of the Bristol underground scene, is releasing Red X, a dub/techno/noise hybrid out on Blackest Ever Black. When not chanting “corruption” over a slightly ominous, slightly awesome 10-minute-long dance track, Ossia runs the RWD>>FWD mail order and is the guardian of labels Peng Sound, No Corner, and Hotline Recordings. He has previously recorded as DJ Oa$is, but the Ossia release is his first full-on solo release.

Red X’s title track was recorded in the winter of 2014-2015, with inspiration taken from Peter Tosh’s taped diaries, wherein he discusses his dissatisfaction with city living, Babylon, and people in his life. The song was made using sliced source material, a Roland synth, and resampled guitar. As Fergie says in the Black Eyed Peas’ living aural nightmare “My Humps,” “ch-check it out!!!!”

Red X will be available on 12-inch vinyl in a limited edition of 500, complete with screen-printed sleeve by Studio Tape-Echo.

A1. Red X (9:20)
B1. Ice & Blood (3:33)
B2. Blood & Ice (Version) (4:58)

• Blackest Ever Black: http://blackesteverblack.com

Parquet Courts sign to Rough Trade, announce Monastic Living EP and dates

Everyone’s fast-talking, Texas-via-Brooklyn punks Parquet Courts have just inked a worldwide deal with Rough Trade, and to celebrate, they’re doing what they do best… releasing another record and going on tour.

What gets me really cranked is that the forthcoming EP is called Monastic Living, so maybe they’ve decided to bow to the ever-relentless pressure to tap into the lucrative Christian Rock market. Instead of rambling about getting stoned and yelling about the conundrums of modern culture, there’s a greater than 3% chance that this next EP will see the group focus on extolling the virtues of abstinence and working out accompanying liturgical dance shapes to pull in their forthcoming live tour.

Or, you know, probably not.

You can pre-order Monastic Living here, and check out the European and American dates below.

08.27.15 - London, UK, Birthdays
08.28.15 - Reading, UK, Reading Festival
08.29.15 - Leeds, UK, Leeds Festival
08.30.15 - Paris, France, Rock En Seine
09.02.15 - Galway, Ireland, Roisin Dubh
09.03.15 - Limerick, Ireland, Dolan’s
09.04.15 - Belfast, Ireland, Limelight 2
09.08.15 - Stockholm, Sweden, Debaser Strand
09.09.15 - Oslo, Norway, Blaa
09.10.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark, Pumpehuset
09.12.15 - Berlin, Germany, Lollapalloza Berlin
09.14.15 - Vienna, Austria, Chelsea
09.15.15 - Zagreb, Croatia, Culture Factory
09.16.15 - Ravenna, Italy, Bronson
09.17.15 - Rome, Italy, Monk
09.19.15 - Athens, Greece, AN Club
11.05.15 - Denton, TX, Rubber Gloves
11.06.15 - Austin, TX, FFF
11.09.15 - New Orleans, LA, One Eyed Jacks
11.10.15 - Memphis, TN, Hi Tone
11.11.15 - Lawrence, KS, The Bottleneck
11.13.15 - Denver, CO, Marquis
12.03.15 - Northampton, MA, Flywheel w/ Pill
12.04.15 - Boston, MA, Middle East w/ Pill
12.05.15 - Portsmouth, NH, 3S Artspace w/ Pill
12.06.15 - Burlington, VT, Higher Ground w/ Pill
12.07.15 - Quebec City, QC, Le Cercle w/ Pill
12.08.15 - Montreal, QC, La Sala Rossa w/ Pill
12.09.15 - Toronto, ON, Lee’s w/ Pill
12.11.15 - Brooklyn, NY, Warsaw w/ Pill


• Parquet Courts: https://parquetcourts.wordpress.com
• Rough Trade Records: http://www.roughtraderecords.com

Wolf Eyes announce new album on Jack White's Third Man Records

What do Wolf Eyes and Jack White have in common? Everything, which is why the seminal group (and perpetual TMT favorite) is set to release a new album on White’s Third Man label. Titled I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces, the album — the follow-up to 2013’s No Answer: Lower Floors — will feature six new tracks, preceded by a 7-inch single for “Enemy Ladder.” Stream that track below, and look for the new record on October 30.

Here’s a description of the album from the press release:

I suggest you sit back, empty your brain gels: and let this PROBLEM sink/rip/boil into your blood stream and witness the WOLF sound molecules fight their rugged way into your world-view/ personal vision and follow the dissonance to the streets to fight your own lone revolution, from scratch: at day one with YOUR MIND IN PIECES.

(Wait, is C Monster writing press releases now?)

Catch the group at Basilica Soundscape, and don’t forget about Wolf Eyes’ new Bandcamp page. Second batch of rarities are coming August 15.

I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces tracklist:

01. Catch The Rich Train
02. Twister Nightfall
03. T.O.D.D.
04. Asbestos Youth
05. Enemy Ladder
06. Cynthia Vortex AKA Trip Memory Illness

• Wolf Eyes: http://wolfeyes.net
• Third Man: http://thirdmanrecords.com

Xander Harris and Flatliner head out on an East Coast tour

Dark synth lord Xander Harris is heading out with Flatliner (Holodeck Records) for his first-ever East Coast tour. On Thursday, the tour kicks off with a homestate Texas show in Houston, before delving deeper into the South and eventually wrapping up in New York City. Along the way, they’ll make some memories, play wonderfully-named places like The Chameleon Club, and share the stage with artists such as Seabat. What a concept! A Seabat. I want to hug its wet, seaweed-strewn wings as we take off together into the unknown.

Anyway. New material from Xander Harris is coming atcha from Mogwai’s Rock Action Records. In the past, his work has appeared on 100% Silk, Moon Glyph, and Not Not Fun. Flatliner’s debut EP, Black Medicine, just came out via Holodeck.

08.06.15 - Houston, TX - Civic TV Collective *
08.07.15 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia **
08.09.15 - Memphis, TN - The Lamplighter Lounge ***
08.10.15 - Asheville, NC - Static Age Records ****
08.11.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Spirit Lodge *****
08.12.15 - New York, NY - “Nothing Changes” Home Sweet Home ******
08.13.15 - Lancaster, PA - The Chameleon Club ******
08.14.15 - Queens, NY - Trans Pecos *******

* Flatliner, Millennial Grave
** Flatliner, Trance Farmers, All the Colors of the Dark DJ set
*** Flatliner, Aster
**** Flatliner, Kangarot
***** Flatliner, KMFD
****** Flatliner
******* Flatliner, Seabat

• Xander Harris: https://twitter.com/synthxndrharris
• Flatliner: http://soundcloud.com/flatlineratx
• Holodeck: http://holodeckrecords.com

Disclosure announce North American tour, vow to personally draw that face on every concertgoer

Yowza, baby, that’s good branding! That’s the kind of reaction evoked by those strange faces Disclosure puts on all their cover art and media material. Sometimes I forget Disclosure even make dance music. Sometimes I think they’re a design firm that just puts those faces on things. But that’s wrong; Disclosure actually make the heck out of some dance music.

Disclosure will be bringing that very dance music to numerous very large North American venues this fall. Here’s the Disclosure promise: they will personally paint their signature face on every single attending concertgoer. Every single one. Their arms are gonna be soooooo tired!

The brotherly duo has a new album/face-canvas called Caracal out September 25 through Capitol. It’s a guest-heavy affair featuring the likes of The Weeknd, Miguel, Lorde, Nao, their old friend Sam Smith, and more. And, of course, the greatest guest of all: you, the listener.

Disclosure dates:

09.29.15 - Los Angeles, CA - L.A. Memorial Sports Arena
10.02.15 - Austin, TX - ACL Music Festival
10.04.15 - Nashville, TN - Woods Amphitheater
10.05.15 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
10.06.15 - New Orleans, LA - Mardi Gras World Ballroom
10.09.15 - Austin, TX - ACL Music Festival
10.13.15 - St. Paul, MN - Roy Wilkins Auditorium
10.14.15 - Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center
10.15.15 - Chicago, IL - Navy Pier
10.16.15 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Deltaplex Arena
10.17.15 - Toronto, ON - Direct Energy Centre
10.19.15 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
10.21.15 - Washington, DC - Echostage
10.24.15 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden


• Disclosure: http://www.disclosureofficial.com

Kevin Drumm launches new subscription service on Bandcamp, bringing him one step closer to him starting an actual “band” “camp” one of these days

Hey y’all! Just wanted to let ya know that Kevin Drumm, a cool musical-minded fella we kinda like a little bit ‘round here at the ol’ TMT corral, just unveiled a brand new “subscription service” on his Bandcamp page. Yee-haw! Let’s learn more ‘bout this together, shall we?

The description says “instantly get everything I make, and then some.” That sounds sorta… un-possible? But, well, what do I know? I’m just a humble TMT news-hand/bull masturbator. “Get all the new music I release, plus 9 items from my back-catalog, subscriber-only specials, and exclusive access to my fan community,” the post continues, which clarifies things just a little bit, I reckon.

Still with me? Well, then; to get a little bit more specifical-minded here: The subscription serves starts at $36 USD per year, and accordin’ to Drumm’s own penmanship, subscribers will receive “all releases(1 to 2 per month) occasional studio outtakes,photos, text(if any) associated with the release +brief videos of things happening in the studio during the recording process,” which may or may not include the followin’ shit:

• “All the new music I make, streaming instantly on your mobile device via the free Bandcamp app, and also available as a high-quality download.”

• Exclusive access to the Kevin Drumm fan community.

• The following releases from his back-catalog:

09082001 gtr/synth ‘solo’
60 Minute Relief
Live 1995(Somewhere in Chicago)
live in portland,Yale Union -daniel menche remix
Live At The Rhiz, Vienna May 2007
Live At The Skate Bowl, Hyde Park 2000
Split with Pita
Shut In-etc

• 15% off all merchandise.

• “The satisfaction of knowing you’re supporting me in a sustainable way.”

Aww shucks, ain’t that last one just a tearjerker? I mean, when you take a look at the rundown, how can you afford NOT to support the poor cowpoke??? Less’n you’re a piece of shit whose rotting in prison for robbin’ an orphanage right now or some kinda… Philistine or sumthin? But, say; you’re not one of them, now, is ya?

• Kevin Drumm: https://kevindrumm.bandcamp.com

Kendrick Lamar announces vinyl release for To Pimp A Butterfly, nation breathes long-awaited sigh of relief

Earlier this year, Kendrick Lamar released his ridiculously anticipated new album To Pimp A Butterfly. Duh. Of course. You know this. You also know that it pretty much solved every problem, cured every disease, and brought the dead back to life. Heck, we even liked it. Ironically, the only problem To Pimp A Butterfly couldn’t fix was the lack of a vinyl release of To Pimp A Butterfly. The mighty butterfly could only sit in silence as the masses cried, “Man, where’s the LP release of that new Kendrick?”

Modern Vinyl (via The Vinyl Factory) reports that our troubles are over. On October 2, To Pimp A Butterfly will receive a double LP release, giving the people what they so desire.

Watch the video for massive Butterfly track “Alright” below.

• Kendrick Lamar: www.kendricklamar.com

Janus and PAN announce joint showcase in London

Oh my gawd. PAN x Janus.

For the past few years, these two Berlin-based labels/collectives have been largely responsible for many of TMT’s favorite things. They’re just on top of it right now, so a coming together at London’s Corsica Studios is just fine, fine news.

Room 1, the Janus room, will feature founding members Lotic and M.E.S.H. alongside kindred spirits Arca (new album coming) and DJ Lexxi, a resident at London’s Endless night. Room 2 is in large part a showcase of the new PAN sub-label Codes, a shared project with Visionist. There will be DJ sets by head-honcho Bill Kouligas, Visionist, and recent Codes signees Acre and Kamixlo. Norwegian music producer/tea distributor TCF will also be making his London debut with some sort of live set.

It all happens on September 11, presented by Oscillate Wildly. Tickets are available right now through Resident Advisor. Go do that, and then check out a track from Codes’s inaugural release:

• Janus: https://www.facebook.com/janusberlin
• PAN: http://p-a-n.org/
• Corsica Studios: http://www.corsicastudios.com

Six Organs of Admittance takes his Hexadic System on the road

You may recall that not only has Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance made a new album, he’s gone right back to basics and invented a whole new way of writing songs to put on said album. It’s called The Hexadic System, and the album is called Hexadic.

Now that he’s gone to all that effort to re-invent the proverbial guitar wheel — and the wheel sounds pretty awesome — Chasny has decided to take his Hexadic System on the road by giving a series of lectures and tutorials, and then playing some of the more traditional “less talking, more hexadic guitar-ing” type acoustic shows while he’s hanging around.

Sounds unconventional, probably because it is, and that’s probably why we all love Six Organs of Admittance to begin with… right?

Hexadic System Tour

08.20.15 - Portland, OR - Flutter *
08.21.15 - Portland, OR - White Eagle Saloon
08.22.15 - Seattle, WA - Fremont Abbey Arts Center
08.23.15 - Seattle, WA - Pegasus Book Exchange *
08.25.15 - San Francisco, CA - Green Apple Books *
08.26.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
08.27.15 - Santa Cruz, CA - Don Quixote’s International Music Hall
08.28.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater
08.29.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Last Book Store *

• Six Organs of Admittance: http://www.sixorgans.com
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Joey Bada$$ publicly admits to plotting to take over the world, metaphorically

Calling your tour a “world domination” is guaranteed to ensure that the good folks at the CIA know what you’re up to. It’s a sort of genius marketing move that Joey Bada$$ is implementing in support of his also genius debut album B4.DA.$$, which he released earlier this year.

After an already busy schedule in 2015, including some actual domination of an Australian security guard, Joey Bada$$ has laid out stages 3 and 4 of his World Domination Tour, which mainly consists of a series of shows and festival appearances around Europe, Canada, and America. Weapons of mass destruction and cyber terrorism have presumably been pushed back to stages 5 and 6 of his masterplan, meaning the CIA gets to head bop and finger snap along as it tracks Bada$$’s every move.

Denzel Curry, Bishop Nehru, and Nyck Caution will be joining Joey Bada$$. You can join him, too.

09.19.15 - Vancouver, BC, Vogue Theatre
10.09.15 - Wallingford, CT, The Dome at Oakdale Theatre
10.10.15 - Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
10.11.15 - Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of The Living Arts
10.12.15 - Lancaster, PA, Chameleon Club
10.15.15 - Indianapolis, IN, Deluxe
10.16.15 - Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom
10.17.15 - Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s
10.18.15 - St Louis, MO, Ready Room
10.20.15 - Asheville, NC, The Orange Peel
10.21.15 - Jacksonville Beach, FL, Freebird Live
10.22.15 - Orlando, FL, Venue 578
10.23.15 - Fort Lauderdale, FL, Revolution
10.24.15 - Tampa, FL, The Orpheum
10.26.15 - Atlanta, GA, The Masquerade - Heaven Stage
10.27.15 - Memphis, TN, New Daisy Theatre
10.28.15 - Birmingham, AL, Zydeco
10.30.15 - New Orleans, LA, Voodoo Festival
11.07.15 - Austin, TX, Fun Fun Fun Festival Auditorium
11.10.15 - Dublin, Ireland, The Academy
11.12.15 - Liverpool, UK, Liverpool O2 Academy
11.14.15 - Birmingham, UK, Birmingham HMV Institute
11.16.15 - London, UK, Roundhouse
11.17.15 - Norwich, UK, UEA
11.19.15 - Bristol, UK, Bristol O2 Academy
11.20.15 - Manchester, UK, The Warehouse Project
11.21.15 - Glasgow, UK, Garage
11.23.15 - Paris, France, Bataclan
11.24.15 - Paris, France, Bataclan
11.25.15 - Reims, France, La Cartonnerie
11.27.15 - Brussels, Belgium, AB Main Hall
11.28.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands, Paradiso
11.29.15 - Frankfurt, Germany, Gibson
11.30.15 - Munich, Germany, Theaterfabrik
12.02.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark, Vega
12.03.15 - Oslo, Norway, Rockefeller Music Hall
12.04.15 - Helsinki, Finland, Tavastia Club
12.05.15 - Stockholm, Sweden, Nalen


• Joey Bada$$: http://theproera.com/members/joey-badass



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