Merzbow and Xiu Xiu announce MERZXIU LP after sending angry sounds to each other via the web

Your preordained perusing at the local record shop in about a month should be a wonderful occasion to cop some awesome limited-edition vinyl, but for the pessimists among us, it’s important that we spend a little time focusing on the possible throngs of humanhood who will have the exact same idea in mind on that particular day. “Fuck, these rows are too narrow, and the dude in this one is wearing an overstuffed backpack while literally stroking the cover art of the Is This It LP. I must purchase and escape. OR, I must express my misanthropic rage through the unilateral wresting of the store’s stereo system!”

The music of choice, as an employee wonders why this individual has just rushed past under the guise that he/she is “filling in for Joe,” is a brand-new collaboration between Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart and Japanese noise… ahem, legend Merzbow (Masami Akita), naturally dubbed MERZXIU. Akita and Stewart collaborated via e-mail and through translator, which resulted in two lengthy and unsurprisingly intense, pulsating tracks. You can listen to them both below (via The Wire), but know that the music itself is being pressed to record and will be released on… oh, you know when, in an edition of 1000 (with 50 available online, shipping the day after RSD).

Ignore their stares; the patrons just don’t know good music.

• Merzbow: http://merzbow.net
• Xiu Xiu: http://xiuxiu.org
• Kingfisher Bluez: http://kingfisherbluez.com

Loren Connors receiving 1990 LP reissue courtesy of Family Vineyard

On May 12, historic avant-garde blues guitarist Loren Connors is receiving a beautiful reissue of his 1990 album Blues: The “Dark Paintings” of Mark Rothko courtesy of Indianapolis-based label Family Vineyard. Connors first released the 1990 album under the name Guitar Roberts through his own label, St. Joan, in an edition of 300. You basically can’t find it nowadays (though looks like there’s one copy on Discogs for $80 if you want to be that guy), and the reissue is a doubly good call given the recent reevaluation of dark, bluesy guitar by the likes of Darkside, Dirty Beaches, etc.

As the title suggests, Rothko’s work inspired Connor’s playing here, and the reissue cover art is an untitled 1969 painting by the artist (above), one that influenced the album in particular. The vinyl reissue will also include the original LP jacket as an inner sleeve and liner notes by music critic and poet Byron Coley.

You can listen to “Blues No. 4” all nice and remastered by Taylor Deupree below, and you can pre-order the album here.

• Loren Connors: https://www.facebook.com/LorenConnors.guitarist
• Family Vineyard: http://family-vineyard.com

Gucci Mane drops three albums, collaborates with iLoveMakonnen and Chief Keef, still follows us on Twitter

Gucci Mane might be serving time, but he’s certainly making the most of it. Since Christmas 2014, Gucci’s released two albums, one EP, and two mixtapes. And now we can add three more albums to the list, which makes a grand total of

(1+u_x^BasedGod)u_{yy} - 2u_xu_yyu_{Sosa} + (1+u_Lescalleet^2)u_{xx}=0.

The albums are titled Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, presumably because GUCCI MANE’S GOTTA EAT!!!, and it feature everyone from Chief Keef and iLoveMakonnen, to Quavo and Fredo Santana.

Stream below or purchase via iTunes.

• Gucci Mane: http://www.guccimaneonline.com

Earl Sweatshirt details I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, drops video for “Grief”

March has been a busy ol’ month for hip-hop. The world is still reeling from the early K-Dot release, there’s now a (seemingly) concrete date for Death Grips’ denouement jenny death, Bronsolino’s Mr. Wonderful is ready to go, and we’re awaiting Ye’s next move with baited breath. Add Earl Sweatshirt to that congested list of heavy-hitters: he’s just announced his new album, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, by way of iTunes pre-order. Sounds good, but was it his doing? The string of tweets would suggest not:

Not to worry, as his loss is our gain: 10 tracks, features from Vince Staples, Dash, Na’kel, and Wiki, AND a brand spanking nu new video to boot. Pretty decent for a label fuck-up, I’ll say! It’s out March 23, and those who grab the pre-order also get a DL for “Grief,” the track that got the aforementioned vid. Been a lengthy period of studio silence since the kinda-underrated Doris, and if that title is anything to go by, OF’s shining beacon is gonna be doing his moody, introspective thang once again.

I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside tracklisting:

01. Huey
02. Mantra
03. Faucet
04. Grief
05. Off Top
06. Grown Ups (feat. Dash)
07. AM // Radio (feat. Wiki)
08. Inside
09. Dna (feat. Na’kel)
10. Wool (feat. Vince Staples)

• Earl Sweatshirt: http://www.earlsweatshirt.com
• Columbia: http://columbiarecords.com

Kiasmos announce limited-edition Looped EP + North American shows destined to cause mass swooning

Kiasmos are an Icelandic duo consisting of Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen. They released their debut self-titled LP last October, and since I’m sure Erased Tapes put in a considerable amount of effort trying to get us to open our ears to its brilliance, I’m going to blame the subsequent under-appreciation not on a devastating release temporally close to the compilation of our year-end lists, but a… aw, fuck it. There is no excuse. The collective we in the music journalism trade owe everyone involved a huge favor. Can I be offered a free trip to Iceland so that I may deliver some Long John Silver’s personally? Long John reps tell me it’s nearly as good as the local Nordic fare.

Or here’s another, more practical attempt at atonement: Kiasmos have a new limited-edition EP out April 18 (Record Store Day), and they’re going on a short North American tour beginning this May. Looper features a remix from the specially sought Ghostly producer Dauwd, who remarked in a press release about what a pleasure it was to work with music that already had “so much texture and warmth.”

Quite so! Here’s the original and the remix, with tour dates following:

Looped tracklisting:

A1. Looped
A2. Held (Dauwd Remix)
B1. Burnt (Lubomyr Melnyk Rework)

Dates:

05.01.15 - Las Vegas, NV - Further Future Festival
05.26.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
05.27.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05.28.15 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
05.29.15 - Montreal, QC - Mutek
05.30.15 - Toronto, ON -The Drake
05.31.15 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
06.02.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
06.03.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever

• Kiasmos: https://www.facebook.com/kiasmos
• Erased Tapes: http://www.erasedtapes.com

iLoveMakonnen to drop new mixtape on March 31, announces dates with Key! and Sonny Digital

How do you follow up a Grammy nomination for one of the best tracks known to humankind? For some, it’d be getting someone like, I don’t know, Pharrell on the boards. But for Makonnen, it’s through a new freestyle. Similar to when he taught us how to WHIP IT on the first track of his last Drink More Water mixtape, his latest freestyle kicks off the newest edition of the series with weird, hazy run-ons and feeling-his-way rhyme schemes. He’s fucking with some new pills from China, mane!

Check out the track below, and look for Drink More Water 5 on March 31.

iLoveMakonnen also plans to release his proper debut later this year. No tracklist confirmations yet, but he’s already been in the studio with the likes of Drake, Rihanna, DJ Mustard, Diplo, and Skrillex. Before that drops, you can check him out on tour, alongside Key! and Sonny Digital.

03.17.15 - Tempe, AZ - Relentless Beats
04.18.15 - Athens, OH - The Venue
04.28.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom %#
04.29.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg %#
05.01.15 - Washington, D.C. - Howard Theatre %#
05.02.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts %#
05.03.15 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place %#
05.04.15 - Millvalle, PA - Mr. Small’s Theatre %#
05.07.15 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop %#
05.08.15 - Detroit, MI - The Shelter %#
05.09.15 - Chicago, IL - Metro %#
05.12.15 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre %#
05.14.15 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues %#
05.15.15 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre %#
05.16.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent %#
05.23.15 - Rome, GA - Counter Point Music & Arts Festival
05.24.15 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling
06.07.15 - Houston, TX - Free Press Summer Fest
06.27.15 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival 2015
06.28.15 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter Festival Park
07.03.15 - London, England - Wireless Festival 2015
07.04.15 - Belfort, France - Les Eurockeenes de Belfort
07.07.15 - Paris, France - Le Trianon
07.08.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso Grote Zaal
07.09.15 - Frauenfeld, Switzerland - Openair Frauenfeld
07.10.15 - Grafenhainichen, Germany - Splash Festival
07.17.15 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.18.15 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
08.11.15 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival 2015
08.15.15 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival

% Key!
# Sonny Digital

• iLoveMakonnen: http://www.ilovemakonnen.com

This is a news post about Colleen Green’s US tour with Upset. I love you.

Colleen Green is going on tour with Upset. Neither artists are upset about it. To say that would be to misrepresent the feelings of other humans while simultaneously making a lazy joke. It would be akin to saying “both Colleen Green and Upset are going on tour and they are pretty green a.k.a. they are amateurs.” That would also be a lazy joke to make. It would also misrepresent the situation because neither Green nor Upset are amateurs. Indeed, both have been to several rodeos in their time. By several I mean to say “more than two but less than ten.”

Did I mention that Colleen Green just released a new album called I Want to Grow Up? I know that I didn’t; I was just transitioning. I Want to Grow Up features Green singing fuzzy pop songs in a very competent manner — a manner that not even the biggest jerk would describe as being indicative of an insufficient exposure to rodeos — about how upset she is. She also occasionally sings about how much she likes television, such as on the track “TV,” the video for which I have embedded below. This has been a news post about tour dates. Have a great day.

Dates:

03.30.15 - Scottsdale, AZ - Pub Rock *
03.31.15 - El Paso, TX - The Loversprout *
04.01.15 - Austin, TX - Hotel Vegas *
04.02.15 - Ft. Worth, TX - The Grotto *
04.03.15 - Houston, TX - The Shop *
04.04.15 - New Orleans, LA - Circle Bar *
04.05.15 - Birmingham, AL - TBA
04.06.15 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn *
04.07.15 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook *
04.08.15 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery * ^
04.09.15 - Philadelphia, PA - TBA
04.10.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Shae Stadium *
04.11.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - TBA
04.12.15 - Cincinnati, OH - Woodward Theater *
04.13.15 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen *
04.14.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Cocoon Room *
04.15.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Hexagon *
04.16.15 - Fargo, ND - The Hawk’s Nest *
04.18.15 - Missoula, MT - The Real Lounge *
04.19.15 - Moscow, ID - The Pizza Pit *
04.20.15 - Seattle, WA - The Black Lodge *
04.21.15 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar *
04.22.15 - Arcata, CA - The Farmhouse *
04.23.15 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop *

* Upset
^ DJ Dad Weed
% Mama

• Colleen Green: https://www.facebook.com/colleengreen420
• Upset: https://www.facebook.com/weareUPSET
• Hardly Art: http://hardlyart.com

He’s doing it: Glenn Astro to release debut album Throwback in May

Ya he’s doing it. It looks like our friend Glenn Astro will be making an interesting music business career move. Following his Hologram EP last month, Glenn will actually be releasing a full-length debut album, believe it or not. I’m always impressed when artists take this remarkable step, it really gets me going.

In accordance with my reaction of throwing back a shot to youth (life is too short, no regrets, party the night away), the album is called Throwback and will drop right at the start of summer, May 25 on vinyl and sometime in June digitally, courtesy of yummy Copenhagen label Tartelet.

So this seems good right? Well who knows? But probably it will be. Glenn likes retro-styled house, soul, funk, etc., and that’s what he tackles on Throwback, mashing them together into something that sounds far more pan-genre and interpretive than the work of your standard crate-digging ostrich. Like labelmates < a href=”https://soundcloud.com/max-graef”>Max Graef and IMYRMIND (also collaborators on a couple album tracks), he’s not so far up his own record collection’s bum to not know what’s going on in contemporary music.

Pre-order here and take a listen to the extended sampler below:

[Photo: Henri Vogt]

• Glenn Astro: https://www.facebook.com/GlennAstro
• Tartelet: http://tartelet-records.com

Ki, ki, ki…ma, ma, ma….scrrratch! Waxwork Records releases Friday the 13th: Part II soundtrack LP

People have been complaining a lot this year about having Friday the 13th for two consecutive months. Well here’s a Friday the 13th worth cheering for: Waxwork Records is releasing the Friday the 13th: Part II soundtrack on 180 gram vinyl on May 15 with variants of a Jason sack mask with blue splatter and Mrs. Voorhees sweater with blood splatter. The vinyl also includes a fold-out poster of the album cover art, which you can use to cover that hole in the wall you punched when your girlfriend or boyfriend told you your genitals are too big.

Harry Manfredini, the same composer daring enough to score The Anna Nicole Smith Story dared to discover the original master tapes of the Friday the 13th: Part II soundtrack from the spooky Paramount Pictures vaults. Thanks to Manfredini we can all finally throw out that 99 cent Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House vinyl we were using for Halloween.

I can’t wait to tell my friend (and Horror film fanatic) Dunny about the great news. On second thought, scratch that, Dunny is a dick and he still owes me coke after we jinxed on saying, “Proudhon’s concept of animal sociability as anarchy intriguingly relates to reciprocal altruism.” Dunny also pronounces Horror films as “whore” films. So I’ll just let him carry on, and I’ll purchase this album for myself. Finally I’ll have a record to play that’ll keep all those over-sexed camp counselors that keep squatting in my backyard.

Friday the 13th: Part II tracklisting:

01. Flashback
02. Alice Hangs Up
03. Keep a cool Head (Main Title)
04. Prowler
05. Ralph Gets Cursed
06. Terry Looks For Muffin
07. Jeff and Sandy Are Watched
08. The Chase / Sheriff Visits / Villa Jason
09. Terry In Lake / Dolly In, Scott Out
10. Vickie Is Watched / Jason at Door
11. Vickie Goes Up
12. Jason and Paul Meet
13. Ragtop and Running Ragged
14. Ginny Under The Bed
15. Ginny Visits Villa Jason
16. Who’s At The Door?
17. Return To Chez Jason / End Title

• Waxwork: http://waxwork-records.myshopify.com

Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart to release collaborative album together this April, quibble over whether to get paid in Arabic or American $ billions!

Have you ever sat around your beautiful home’s experimental electronica decor-themed “bonus room” and thought to yourself wistfully, “oh… if only Suuns members Ben Shemie, Liam O’Neill, Max Henry, and Joseph Yarmush and long-time friend Radwan Ghazi Moumneh of Jerusalem in My Heart had booked a studio in Montreal for seven days back in 2012 to ‘collaborate on rough sketches of song ideas and to complete as much recording as possible without discrimination,’ only to overdub and rework the results in the summer of 2014, finish the final vocals and mixing in the late fall of 2014, and ultimately release the results on April 14 of 2015 via the Secretly Canadian label”???

Well. Then, whoa. First, you sound really cool and well-off and I want to start hanging out with you. As soon as possible. Second, you’re kind of a freaky superhero like Professor X or Sherlock Holmes (the sexy BBC one, I mean). Because BOOM-SHAKA-LAKA: that’s exactly what’s about to happen!!!

The album, simply titled Suuns and Jerusalem in my Heart, was recorded by Moumneh and mixed by him and Max Henry of Suuns as well. “It’s not a Suuns record, it’s not a Jerusalem In My Heart record,” Sunns’ Ben Shemie says. “It’s really a product of 5 musicians that had spent a lot of time on tour listening to music together.” Seriously, man. It’s a real thing that’s really happening. Pat yourself on the back, huh? I think you deserve it.

And seriously. Let’s start hanging out. Where you do live?

Suuns and Jerusalem in my Heart tracklisting:

01. 2amoutu I7tirakan
02. Metal
03. Seif
04. In Touch
05. Gazelles in Flight
06. Leyla
07. 3attam Babey

• Suuns: http://suunsband.tumblr.com
• Jerusalem in my Heart: http://jerusaleminmyheart.com
• Secretly Canadian: http://www.secretlycanadian.com

  

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