Dam-Funk announces first record in six years, anxiously frets about a world without funk

According to a website discovered through a quick, specific Google search, the most common fear people have is the fear of flying, closely followed by the fear of public speaking. Somewhere on that list must be the fear of a world without funk. Perhaps you’ve never thought about that possibility, but you are now thinking about it and, likely, are horrified about that possibility. Dam-Funk’s been thinking about that, too, but more importantly, he’s actually doing something about it. On September 4, Dam-Funk will release Invite The Light through Stones Throw, his first album in six years.

Like all of Dam-Funk’s work, one can reasonably assume Invite The Light is actively contributing to a funkier world. And yet,the record begins and ends with a bone-chilling warning about a world with no funk, delivered by Junie Morrison of funk legends The Ohio Players. Morrison is one of the record’s many guests, including Q-Tip, Ariel Pink, Snoop Dogg, the father-son team of Leon Sylvers III & IV, Kid Sister, and Nite Jewel.

That’s more than a few guests, but Invite The Light is billed as a record centered on Dam-Funk himself. The record’s set to be a loosely autobiographical concept album about the funk maestro’s personal and professional album over the past six years. Dam-Funk has stated the record to be his “first fully-realized effort,” a bold statement considering that his last album, Toeachizown, was 24 tracks and 2 hours long. Listen to the record’s first single, “We Continue,” below.

Now, attempt to sleep tonight while the idea of a funkless world rolls around in your head.

Invite The Light tracklist:

01. Junie’s Transmission [Feat. Junie Morrison]
02. We Continue
03. Somewhere, Someday
04. I’m Just Tryna’ Survive (In The Big City) [Feat. Q-Tip]
05. Surveilliance Escape
06. Floating On Air
07. HowUGonFu*kAroundAndChooseABusta’?
08. The Hunt & Murder of Lucifer
9. It Didn’t Have To End This Way
10. Missung U
11. Acting [Feat. Ariel Pink]
12. O.B.E.
13. Glyde 2nyte [Feat. Leon Sylvers III & IV]
14. Just Ease Your Mind From All Negativity [Feat. Snoop Dogg]
15. Virtuous Progression [Feat. JimiJames, Kid Sister, Nite Jewel, Novena
Carmel & Jody Watly]
16. Scatin’ (Toward The Lgiht)
17. Junie’s Re-Transmission [Feat. Junie Morrison]
18. I’m Just Tryna’ Survive (In The Big City) Party Version [Feat. Q-TIp]
19. ‘Kaint Let ‘Em Change Me
20. The Acceptance

Dam-Funk dates:

09.04.15 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
09.05.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom
09.06.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
09.08.15 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
09.10.15 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
09.12.15 - Jackson, WY - Pink Garter Theatre
09.13.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
09.15.15 - Denver, Co - Cervantes
09.16.15 - Albuquerque, NM - Sister
09.18.15 - Las Vegas, NV - Bunkhouse Saloon

[Photo: Matthew Scott]

• Dam-Funk: https://soundcloud.com/damfunk
• Stones Throw: https://www.stonesthrow.com

Ariel Pink to co-headline tour with The Black Lips, swindle ‘em, jet off to Europe

Oh, when Ariel Pink gets together with The Black Lips, you best believe there’s gonna be trouble! Those two lo-fi garage-rock-pop junkyard scumballs could be the king scumballs of America… if they don’t kill each other first! Whoa! This October, the Pink man himself is teaming up with Atlanta’s greasiest for a co-headlining tour of the West Coast. Expect thrills, expect spills, expect chills — just don’t expect your money back!

Funny thing is, the Ariel Pink + Black Lips hijinks are only Act 1 of this screwball adventure. Just when Pink and Lips were getting closest, just as they were really understanding each other, just as Lips guitarist Cole Alexander got done telling Ariel the story about how his dog ran away as a child and that’s why he now pushes people away, well, that’s when Ariel Pink took the Tlack Lips’ money and ran off to Europe! What!? It’s there where Pink gets involved in an international jewel-heist plot involving a duke, a street urchin, and the seductive Miss Bellflower. Oh, also Ariel Pink will be playing a number of European dates.

Ariel Pink dates:

07.18.15 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
07.18.15 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
08.15.15 - Toronto, ON - Time Festival
08.20.15 - Los Angeles, CA- Santa Monica Pier Twilight Series
10.05.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram *
10.06.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram *
10.07.15 - Santa Ana, CA - Observatory *
10.09.15 - Portland, OR - Roseland *
10.10.15 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw *
10.13.15 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s *
10.14.15 - San Francisco, CA - Bibo’s *
10.16.15 - San Diego, CA - North T *
10.17.15 - Pioneer Town, CA - Pappy & Harriet’s *
10.29.15 - Paris, France - Pitchfork Music Festival
11.06.15 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves
11.07.15 - Malmo, Sweden - Inkonst
11.08.15 - Stockholm, Sweden - Kagelbanan
11.09.15 - Oslo, Norway - Vulkan
11.10.15 - Trondheim, Norway - Blaest
11.12.15 - Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall
11.13.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
11.14.15 - Prague, Germany - Meet Factory
11.15.15 - Budapest, Hungary - Dürer Kert Main Hall
11.17.15 - Warsaw, Poland - Hybrydy
11.20.15 - Heidelberg, Germany - Pret-a-ecouter Festival
11.22.15 - Utretcht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who Festival
11.24.15 - Linz, Austria - Posthof
11.25.15 - Salzburg, Austria - Rockhouse
11.26.15 - Vienna, Austria - Porgy & Bess

* The Black Lips

• Ariel Pink: http://ariel-pink.com
• Black Lips: http://black-lips.com

Dave Perron of Free Form Freakout starts Round Bale Recordings, first release Tilth’s Country Music out now

It’s a story as old as time: Boy starts radio show that spawns a podcast that spawns a record label that spawns a feature in the local press. It’s crazy to think that all this spawning is just a part of our collective unconscious in these troubled times, but it really is. So, when I tell you that Dave Perron of the weekly Free Form Freakout radio show and the bi-monthly FFFoxy Podcast has started a record label up in Mankato, you’ll probably think to yourself, “Ah yes, the cycle of spawning continues unabated.” And of course, you will be correct (like always). If you’re not familiar with the podcast or the radio show, you can peep old playlists here. Along with his radio co-host Carl Nordmeier, Perron is always swinging back and forth between the fringe and the center, populating the show with an odd assortment of jams new and old; one week you can hear The Rolling Stones, another Tashi Dorji.

The label’s called Round Bale Recordings, and its first release — Tilth’s Country Music — is already available in a limited run of 150 LPs (and the first 50 orders come with a special bonus of Backwoods Runoff, containing five tracks of bonus material culled from rehearsals, demos, and the like). Tilth, whose 2013 debut Angular Music molded a minimalist path out of the sonics of Americana into a looser structure, was initially a duo of Cody Yantis and Nathan McLaughlin. Country Music adds long-time collaborator Joe Houpert to the band, mostly on percussion, adding a more rhythmic texture to the busted reel-to-reel guitar sounds of Angular Music.

Listen to “Praire Waltz” and “Parcels of Earth” off the album below.

• Tilth: http://www.tilth-music.com
• Round Bale Recordings: http://www.freeformfreakout.com/round-bale-recordings
• Free Form Freakout: http://www.freeformfreakout.com

Panda Bear to release remix EP featuring Pete Rock, Andy Stott, Container, DJ Marfox, and Danny L Harle

On Monday, Panda Bear is releasing PBVSGR Remixes, which features reworked versions of songs from this year’s Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper. The five-track EP includes remixes by musicians we flat-out LOVE here at TMT: Pete Rock, Andy Stott, Container, DJ Marfox, and PC Music’s Danny L Harle.

We’ve already heard Harle’s wild trance remix of “Come To Your Senses” and Stott’s exquisite take on “Boys Latin,” and now you can check out Pete Rock’s remix of “Crosswords” here:

The PBVSGR Remixes EP is out digitally on Monday, June 29 via Domino. Fuck you.

PBVSGR Remixes EP tracklisting:

01. Crosswords (Pete Rock remix)
02. Come To Your Senses (Danny L Harle remix)
03. Come To Your Senses (DJ Marfox remix)
04. Boys Latin (Andy Stott remix)
05. Mr. Noah (Container remix)

Panda Bear dates:

07.16.15 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall $
07.17.15 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
10.09-11.15 - Miami, FL - Soho Studios [III Points Festival]
10.13.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom @
10.14.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
10.15.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
10.17-18.15 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival

$ Bitchin Bajas
@ PC Worship
# Image Man
* The Present

• Panda Bear: http://www.pbvsgr.com

Stars of the Lid to reissue last two albums on vinyl, working on new music

It is a momentous day for Austin drone titans Stars of the Lid. The duo has announced the reissue of its long out-of-print two final albums, and confirmed (via Self-Titled magazine) to be working on a new album. Next August, Kranky will be putting out 2001’s The tired sounds of Stars of the Lid and 2007’s And their refinement of the decline on vinyl for the first time in many years. The label had reissued a remastered version of the band’s 1996 LP The Ballasted Orchestra back in 2013, but these two albums are extra special, marking Kranky’s 50th and 100th releases in their catalog, with the 3LP symphonic megalith The tired sounds of… frequently cited as the Texan group’s best work.

Although news on their (reportedly) forthcoming album are still scarce, we know that in 2013 the band worked with Ben Frost, recording still-unreleased music alongside the Budapest Art Orchestra. Whenever such LP comes out — assuming it does — it will be the Stars of the Lid’s first release since 2007. Formed in the early 90s by Brian McBride and Adam Wiltzie, Stars of the Lid are one of the most influential ambient acts operating in the rock environment. Although the duo has not exactly been prolific in terms of releases or live shows, McBride and Wiltzie have partaken in multiple side projects and keep a well-deserved status as elders of drone-based music made in the crossing of post-rock and electroacustic composition.

Stream their last-released track “December hunting for vegetarian fuckface,” off And their refinement of the decline, below.

The tired sounds of… and And their refinement of the decline will be out August 14 via Kranky.

• Stars of the Lid: https://www.facebook.com/starsofthelid
• Kranky: http://kranky.net

Arovane shares new track despite illness, replaced by bvdub at upcoming Substrata Festival

To PNWesterners and those justifiably traveling from afar (including the curator himself): the final edition of Substrata is less than a month away, which hopefully means that you’ve opted for physical preparation by performing a series of yoga poses underneath a nearby body of water. The introspective event is still scheduled to go on mostly as planned, but this week, an unfortunate announcement was made concerning the lineup. Due to “serious ongoing health problems,” the influential Arovane (Uwe Zahn) has sadly had to cancel his rare trip to the United States and, therefore, his scheduled performance at Substrata. Taking his place will be bvdub (Brock Van Wey), who I’m sure is more than up to the task of doing justice to the moniker being replaced.

Uwe himself sent a note indicating his regret, along with an unreleased track originally meant to be a part of his Substrata performance. The note: “I’m deeply saddened that I couldn’t fly over to Seattle, to perform at Substrata, to meet you, to see my fans and friends. - Uwe”

Here’s the track:

TMT wishes Uwe a hasty return to better health!

• Substrata 1.5: http://substratafestival.com
• Arovane: http://arovane.net
• bvdub: https://www.facebook.com/bvdub

Google Play announces free, ad-supported version of music-streaming service, but what does T. Swift think?

Gonna really lean in to the tech-reporting angle and tell you about Google Play Music’s new free, ad-supported streaming service. Where previously the only way to access any music that you hadn’t uploaded to the free locker service yourself was to cough up the $9.99 monthly fee, on Tuesday, Google announced they’d open up that access just a little bit to anyone willing to sit through a jolly-sounding robot chatting you up about the new Kia Sorento every little while. In order, one imagines, to circumvent the cash-bleed experienced by Spotify, Google Play’s ad-supported service will not offer on-demand access to specific songs or album, offering only instead Google’s curated playlists (which they’ve been developing since buying Songza last summer) and radio stations for individual songs. No offline play either. The result of which is something pretty similar to Spotify’s free mobile experience. It’s available online right now, and it’ll roll out to Android and iOS throughout the week.

With Apple Music’s June 30 launch coming in less than a week, Google seems to be angling to scoop a few potential users of their very own by offering a free 30-day trial of the service to new users looking for the features they both have on offer, since, according to The Verge, “Apple and Google are running the same playbook: streaming, cloud, and store,” the store angle of which competitors like Spotify have not yet attempted to integrate. Will it make a difference? Will the one tech behemoth manage to out-maneuver the other tech behemoth? Which one will ultimately win that most coveted of licensing deals, the hearts and minds of the American people? Only time will tell, reader, and I for one am on the edge of my cloud-synced seat device in anticipation.

In closing, and speaking of the hearts and minds of the American people, apparently for fear of retribution by the mighty Tiny Mix Tapes in conjunction with Taylor Swift, according to Pitchfork Google will pay copyright holders for any plays racked up during their free trial periods. But then again, maybe that whole kerfuffle was just a ploy to get us music bloggers and Twitter users riled up. Who is to say? Either way, this particular music blogger slash Twitter user says, boy howdy! Money changing hands! The economy is very cool, and I definitely understand everything I just typed!

• Google: https://www.google.com
• Taylor Swift: http://taylorswift.com
• Tiny Mix Tapes: http://www.tinymixtapes.com

Max Richter, not your mother, tells you to go to Sleep with upcoming eight-hour album

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word, Max Richter’s gonna ferociously deny you a mockingbird and instead deliver something that every kid secretly and unknowingly wants: an eight-hour album, explicitly called a “lullaby,” that’s accordingly meant to be slept through as some sort of cool and symbolic defiance against all of the (let’s admit it) weakling imagery conveyed by those traditional tunes. Richter elaborated, however, that his upcoming Sleep is more deliberately a mild rebellion against the en vogue European appreciation for musical inaccessibility, believing that “we lost something along the way.” Plus, our daily lives are just way too chaotic.

The eight-hour Sleep is set for release digitally on September 4, and for those wanting something listenable that doesn’t require an extended “commitment,” a one-hour version, characterized as a “series of windows opening into the big piece,” will be released on all relevant formats. The music itself is scored for piano, string, electronics, and vocals (but no lyrics).

Berliners and those proximal will also have the chance to experience the full-length Sleep firsthand at the world premiere this September. The concert is scheduled to take place from 12 midnight to 8 AM, and seriously, audience members will be given beds instead of seats. Nighttime flatulence, I imagine, will be seen as a scientific result…

• Max Richter: http://www.maxrichtermusic.com
• Deutsche Grammophon: http://www.deutschegrammophon.com

La Luz tour the universe, release new album Weirdo Shrine

Your tour’s so big, you get in a red van and people yell “Hey Kool-Aid man!” Your tour’s so big, I had to take a train and two buses just to get on its good side. Your tour’s so — Oh, you’ve never heard a “your tour’s so big” joke before? Is it possibly because they don’t really work, and are kinda lame? Noooo, of course notttttttt. It’s because you’ve never seen a tour as big as La Luz’s upcoming North American/European tour and therefore never got a dose of the proper inspiration!

So, why exactly is this tour so big? Well, La Luz have a new album, Weirdo Shrine, coming out August 7 on CD/LP/digital download. The surf-rock noir group holed up in a surf shop in San Dimas, California where they recorded the new album with producer/engineer Ty Segall before giving an “ugly” high school girl a makeover and then falling in love with her to the jeers of their jock friends when they saw how truly beautiful she was both inside and out. You can’t make this stuff up, folks. (OK, the second half is made up; the surf shop with Ty Segall is alllll real and allllll super SoCal-y.) Surf on, dudes!

Tour dates and tracklisting below.

07.17.15 - Carnation, WA - Timber! Outdoor Music Fesival*
07.18.15 - Seattle, WA - West Seattle Music Festival
08.07.15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
08.08.15 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
08.09.15 - Reno, NV - The Holland Project ^
08.10.15 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop ^
08.11.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo ^
08.13.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar $
08.14.15 - El Paso, TX - The Lowbrow Palace $
08.15.15 - Austin, TX - Mohawk Inside $
08.16.15 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia $
08.17.15 - Tallahassee, FL - The Liberty Bar $%
08.18.15 - Miami, FL - Gramps Bar $
08.19.15 - Jacksonville, FL - Burro Bar #
08.20.15 - Athens, GA - Caledonia Lounge #
08.21.15 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl #
08.22.15 - Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox #
08.23.15 - Asheville, NC - Ben’s Tune Up
08.24.15 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade #
08.26.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Black Box in Underground Arts =
08.29.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
08.31.15 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz P.D.B. = &
09.01.15- Toronto, ON - Adelaide Hall =
09.02.15 - Cleveland, OH - Euclid Tavern &
09.03.15 - Detroit, MI - UFO Factory ?
09.04.15 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme ?
09.05.15 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle ?
09.06.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club $
09.07.15 - Minneapolis, MN - The Entry $
09.08.15 - Omaha, NE - O’leavers $
09.09.15 - Engelwood, CO - Moe’s Original $
09.10.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge $
09.11.15 - Boise, ID - Neurolux $
09.18.15 - Tilburg, NL - Incubate Fesival
09.20.15 - Haldern, DE - Haldern Pop Bar
09.21.15 - Hamburg, DE - Aalhaus
09.22.15 - Lund, SE - Mejeriet
09.23.15 - Stockholm, SE - Geronimos FGT
09.24.15 - Oslo, NO - Cafe Mono
09.25.15 - Copenhagen, DK - Stengade
09.26.15 - Berlin, DE - Berlin Independent Night
09.28.15 - Prague, CZ - Klub 007
09.29.15 - Vienna, AT - Rhiz
09.30.15 - Schorndorf, DE - Manufaktur
10.01.15 - Freiburg, DE - Swamp
10.02.15 - Brescia, IT - Lio Bar
10.03.15 - Bologna, IT - Covo Club
10.07.15 - Lyon, FR - Sonic
10.08.15 - Montpellier, FR - Les Internationales de la Guitares
10.09.15 - Barcelona, ES - La [2] De Nitsa
10.11.15 - Lisbon, PT - Casa Independente
10.13.15 - Bilbao, ES - Kafe Antzokia
10.16.15 - Brighton, UK - Bleach
10.17.15 - Manchester, UK - The Eagle Inn
10.19.15 - Glasgow, UK - The Hug & Pint
10.20.15 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
10.21.15 - Cardiff, UK - Four Bars at Dempseys
10.22.15 - London, UK - Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
10.23.15 - Brussels, BE - Madame Moustache
10.24.15 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso

* Tacocat, The Dead Milkmen, more
^ Cool Ghouls
$ Will Sprott
% Wild Creatures
# Boytoy
= Scully
? Today’s Hits
& Michael Rault

Tracklisting:
01. Sleep Till They Die
02. You Disappear
03. With Davey
04. Don’t Wanna Be Anywhere
05. I Can’t Speak
06. Hey Papi
07. I Wanna Be Alone (With You)
08. I’ll Be True
09. Black Hole, Weirdo Shrine
10. Oranges
11. True Love Knows

• La Luz: https://laluz.bandcamp.com

New Order complete some music, release it as a new album titled Music Complete. What more do you WANT?!?

Dude, can you believe that the “80s band” band New Order are putting a new album out this year?!? Me neither! I mean, it’s not even “the 80s!” Come ON, you guys!

Still, according to the website Pitchfork Media, that’s exactly what’s happening on September 25 (2015!), when the band is slated to release their new album, Music Complete, with their new record label Mute. Unless this is all some kind of hilarious internet hoax… which it probably isn’t, since it’s not really all that hilarious.

Anyway, don’t worry: the most “80s” guy in the band, founding member Peter Hook, isn’t involved in any way (this is their first album without him). The current band consists of frontman Bernard Sumner, drummer Stephen Morris, keyboardist Gillian Gilbert, guitarist Phil Cunningham, and bassist Tom Chapman (the new Peter Hook). The album was produced by the guys in the band, along with Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands and Stuart Price, and it’ll be available on any old, dumb, confusing music format you could want (including a “limited edition eight-piece deluxe LP box featuring extended versions of all of the album tracks,” because you’ll want that). There’s even an official teaser video and tracklisting down below this paragraph, too (or, at least, there will be, as soon as I put them there).

So… yeah, I guess it’s probably no hoax after all? I just hope people aren’t too disoriented when they hear all of this “80s” music.

Music Complete tracklisting:

01. Restless
02. Singularity
03. Plastic
04. Tutti Frutti
05. People on the High Line
06. Stray Dog
07. Academic
08. Nothing But a Fool
09. Unlearn This Hatred
10. The Game
11. Superheated

• New Order: http://www.neworder.com
• Mute: http://mute.com

  

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