Fun Fun Fun Fest is back for its tenth-annual go-round this fall. From November 6-8, the city of Austin will be awash in fun, when groups like Jane’s Addiction, The Wu-Tang Clan, Drive Like Jehu, Rae Sremmurd, and D’Angelo and the Vanguard take over the city. They even got Bill Nye the Science Guy to record a video proving that the festival is the funnest festival in the world, based of course on science. No word yet on a Designated Area to High Five Bill Nye In, which seems like a pretty essential addition to a festival based on… well, you know what.
Also part of the lineup are the following: Venom, Gogol Bordello, Chromeo, NOFX, Grimes, ANTEMASQUE, ScHoolboy Q, Future Islands, Toro y Moi, ODESZA, CHVRCHES, Dag Nasty, RIDE, Cheap Trick, American Football, The Growlers, Fuzz, Mikal Cronin, The Charlatans UK, Viet Cong, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Murder By Death, Cass McCombs, Steve Gunn, BRONCHO, Grifters, Creepoid, East Cameron Folkcore, A Giant Dog, Think No Think, Ringo Deathstarr, Neon Indian, MSTRKRFT, Hudson Mohawke, Gesaffelstein (DJ set), Peaches, Joey Bada$$, Big Freedia, Afrika Bambaataa, Slow Magic, Lido, Doomtree, BADBADNOTGOOD, Anamanaguchi, Shamir, Bomba Estereo, Snakehips, TOPS, Haelos, Two-Nine, Roger Sellers, The Outfit, TX, SURVIVE, Coheed and Cambria, L7, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Skinny Puppy, Babes in Toyland, Parquet Courts, OFF!, La Dispute, Title Fight, Fucked Up, Head Wound City, Dwarves, King Khan and BBQ Show, Benjamin Booker, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Nothing, together PANGEA, Power Trip, Joanna Gruesome, American Sharks, and Future Death.
You can buy three-day weekend passes for $199 and something called the Ultimate Smooth Pass (which kinda sounds disturbing, sorry) for $450 at funfunfunfest.com.
• Fun Fun Fun Fest: http://funfunfunfest.com
1. Hyperdub has just dropped a zip of eight tracks from Dean Blunt.
2. The collection is titled Babyfather.
3. Hyperdub says it’s of unreleased music from 2014.
4. We’ve heard some of the tracks before, like “Son” and “War Report.”
5. But they all sound fucking great. (No surprise.)
6. Grab the zip here.
03. BLOW 2
04. RACHEL CUT
05. WAR REPORT
• Dean Blunt: https://www.youtube.com/user/pollyjacobsen/videos
Super cool music/art/film duo Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard are back with another documentary of another musical visionary. The pair received a BAFTA nomination last year for their fact/fiction-melding Nick Cave doc 20,000 Days on Earth. Their latest venture is Who Is Gil Scott-Heron?. I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: it’s about the beloved, late Gil Scott-Heron.
Perhaps the bigger secret comes in the form of a question: “How can I actually view Who Is Gil Scott-Heron??” The flick is getting a limited release across North America in late May/early June. Angelenos can catch the doc at the Regent Theatre starting May 28; Portland, OR people can go to the Hollywood Theater starting June 4; Burlington, VT residents can find it at Merrill’s Roxy Cinema on June 12; and Bellingham, WA fans can attend screenings starting June 14 at the Pickford Film Center. For the rest of you, watch a clip from the film on Gil Scott-Heron’s website, which is also where you can check back to see if the film is coming to your town. More screenings will be announced throughout the summer. Attendees will get a download card for a free copy of Mr. Scott-Heron’s latest release, Nothing New.
• Gil Scott-Heron: http://gilscottheron.net
Alex “Omar” Smith and Omar Harper a.k.a. Omar-S and OB Ignitt, two Detroit dance music veterans, will drop their second collaborative 12-inch EP The 90’s Evolution of What it Was through Harper’s year-old label OBONIT (pronounced OB On It!) in late June. The three-tracker follows Wayne County Hill Cop’s (Part 2), which was released through Omar-S’s label FXHE in 2012. In the interim, Ignitt, to shorten it as such, has dropped a number of solo EPs through FXHE, including Oh Jabba, which, given the vibe of the title-track, seems to be a loving tribute to the late Hutt. However, on closer inspection, the record’s artwork reveals a distorted face — Harper’s — warped onto Han Solo’s body, further revealing that the OH over Han’s head is actually the artist’s initials. “Jabba,” in accordance, is placed over Jabba’s head. You just have to appreciate this.
In an interview with Juno Plus, Ignitt revealed that he and Omar-S go back almost 20 years to when they were both street-racing. Their real names are both Omar, and they were both producing similar music at the time, so they hit it off. Their artistic collaboration is a much more recent development, even though Ignitt has been producing since 1992 and not just dance music. Apparently, he’s worked with R. Kelly, Keith Sweat, Jodeci, and Salt-N-Pepa. In 2007, Omar-S released one of the most lauded Resident Advisor's 5/5 review (though we got one guy calling it "a lil flacid IMO").
Knowing this, I think you're ready to listen to the samples of The 90's Evolution of What it Was over at Juno Records. You can sign up for a release alert there, too, so you can get a jump when the record comes out. Finally, check out this amazing video for their last collaboration, "Wayne County Hill Cop's [Original Mix]."
The 90's Evolution of What it Was tracklist:
01. Seem Like Y’all Ready
02. Fellow Me
03. Hold The Line
“Uncharted” isn’t a misnomer, as it turns out. And regardless of whether or not Vancouverite (but Colombia-born) Daniel Rincon intended the name as a direct commentary on his haughty deviation from the norms of electronic music, his upcoming debut album as NAP acknowledges subgenres seemingly the way a house cat acknowledges your extended hand: “Hm, that smells nice, now let me get the fuck on with it.” The cat then proceeds to go about his independently-minded business with a subconscious appreciation for the odors that inspired, attacking birds and creating amorphous tracks using the “cheapest guitar pedals, grooveboxes, and synths” available. How exactly does Rincon do it given his feline inability to handle tools?!
Uncharted will be available on cassette and via digital download July 7, courtesy of 1080p. Let me emphasize the fact that there’s definitely a recognizable house and/or IDM influence on some of the tracks, but it remains elusive, almost indifferent. Geographically proximal artists Jesse Creed (The Passenger) and Sophie Sweetland (D. Tiffany, who also has an affiliation with 1080p) helped out with the production.
Here’s a track:
01. Urban Fare
02. Don’t Forget The Records
04. Scorpio Moon
06. Soul Divine
09. Contra III
• 1080p: http://1080pcollection.net
Sweet, sweet Mike Cooper has just leaned in through my bedroom window to whisper his plans to continue efforts to make me feel as if I have gone to the beach without getting wet. Thank you, Mike. Thank you. Your albums White Shadows in the South Seas and Rayon Hula have done everything but embed the soft Pacific sand into the numerous folds in my aging skin. I am sure that your recently announced Fratello Mare album, as it is of a piece with your “continuing ode to the Pacific, its people, and the traditions that have flowed from that part of the world,” is planned to do just as much if not more, correct? Smashing!
Yes, Mike, please lean a bit closer through the wooden frame that separates the inside of my home from the out; you are always welcome here, friend. Of course, I would love to inform the people that Fratello Mare is named for the 1975 Folco Quilici film and that it will be out July 31 on Lawrence English’s Room40 imprint. Am I safe in assuming that it will combine the lovely tones of your lap steel playing with an array of additional instrumentation, percussion, and field recordings made during your travels to South East Asia and the Caribbean? I am? Wonderful!
Yes, yes, please do lean a little closer, but watch out for the exposed nail on the corner there. And what is this strange device you’ve pulled from the depths of your pocket? A smart phone? Why yes, I would love to watch a video you’ve made for “Fratello Mare” on it with you. And yes, Mr. Cooper, in light of your illustrious and prolific 50-year long career as a professional musician, I would be thrilled to copy and paste the embed code so that our readers might as well gaze upon the video below. Do you find that amenable? Splendid!
Pre-order the album here.
Fratello Mare tracklist:
01. On Passing Bamboo
02. A House in Bali
03. Summer Without Waves
04. Street Beneath the Beach
05. Of Palm and Reef
06. Fratello Mare
07. Notes from My Pacific Log
08. Secret Mexican Beach
09. A Cinnamon Peeler
10. New Gamelan
11. Complicated Sky
First of all, if you’ve never seen this adorable Disney movie The Apple Dumpling Gang, you should do your funny bones a huge favor and check it out IMMEDIATELY. It’s got Don Knots. It’s got Tim Conway. It’s got shotguns. It’s DELIGHTFUL. Period.
Okay, but after (and ONLY after!) you’ve done that and are thoroughly laughed-out, you should do yourself a smaller secondary favor, I guess, and pay due attention to the fact that singer/songwriter Emmett Kelly’s appreciably less-adorable shamble-folk project The Cairo Gang will be releasing a new album on Drag City imprint God? Records on June 23. It’s called Goes Missing, and it “was written in-between places, on the run, recorded in a variety of rooms, almost entirely by Kelly himself with help on a few songs from players such as Marc Riordan (drums) and Joshua Abrams (bass).” And heck, that sounds at least SOMEWHAT on par with the lovable hijinx and endearing camaraderie of the Apple Dumpling Gang! But if you’re (understandably) unsure about that claim, you can check out what the PR people assure me is the “catchy first single,” “Ice Fishing”, down below. OR, you can also catch the whole band (gang?) on tour this fall.
Will these cool Cairo Gang-related goings on exceed, defy, surpass, and completely redefine your expectations the way only a Walt Disney Picture can? Almost certainly not. But… hey, decently cool stuff nonetheless. And besides, let’s face it: everything can’t just be fantastic and amazing 100% of the time, can it? (Oh, by the way: this news post was brought to you by Walt Disney Pictures.)
Goes Missing tracklisting:
01. An Angel, A Wizard
02. Be What You Are
04. She Don’t Want You
06. Gangsters Holding Hands
07. A Heart Like Yours
08. Some Other Time
09. Ice Fishing
10. The Open Sky
11. So What? Who Cares?
Cairo Gang tour dates:
09.05.15 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios $
09.07.15 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret $
09.10.15 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club $
09.11.15 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon $
09.12.15 - Ames, IA - Maximum Ames Music Festival $
09.14.15 - Cleveland, OH @-Happy Dog #$
09.15.15 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place #
09.16.15 - Toronto, ON - Adelaide Hall #$
09.17.15 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal at Fairmount #$
09.18.15 - Allston, MA - Great Scott #$
09.20.15 - Woodstock, NY - Bearsville Theater #$
09.22.15 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall #$
09.26.15 - Portsmouth, NH - 3S Artspace $
09.27.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s $
$ Mikal Cronin
# Calvin Love
MoMA PS1’s Warm Up series to feature A. G. Cook, Lotic, Sicko Mobb, Jam City, Amnesia Scanner, and more
In what I can only assume is their ongoing bid to get Tiny Mix Tapes to write about them, MoMA PS1 has recently announced their summer Warm Up series running on Saturdays from June 27 through September 5, and let me tell you, it’s definitely something that someone who writes for Tiny Mix Tapes would probably write about given the chance. I mean, ground level, someone at Tiny Mix Tapes who is me has actually already written about MoMA PS1 (namely James Ferraro’s 100% exhibit there), and since it’s always nice to link back to other things on the site (shout-out clicks), it’s sort of a no-brainer. But there’s plenty of stuff here to induce a writer at Tiny Mix Tapes to bang out a few words on the old keyboard of theirs, that’s for dang sure!
Now, when you think of MoMA PS1, you probably think of “modern art” and “paintings” and “sculptures.” However, as I’m sure one or two Tiny Mix Tapes writers might know, modern art can also include music sometimes. Accordingly, this MoMA PS1 Warm Up series is actually a concert series featuring, you guessed it, music! Since Tiny Mix Tapes is largely about music, I’m sure you can see all the puzzle pieces falling in to place as to why someone on staff here might find themselves drawn to writing about the event. Especially when you consider the acts slated to play, including Amnesia Scanner, Jam City, A. G. Cook, Danny L Harle, Lotic, Sicko Mobb, Jlin, Ninos du Brasil, and way more! You see all those links in there? Those are there because of all the times Tiny Mix Tapes writers have already written about those artists. It only makes sense that one of these writers might write about them again in the context of this series, right?
So, while you wait for what will surely be an interesting, amusing, and informative post about MoMA PS1’s Warm Up Series, you can get way more details and purchase tickets — $18 in advance and $20 the day of the events — over on their site.
• MoMA PS1: http://momaps1.org
Calexico is going on tour, brings sweet misery of the desert to several less inherently miserable areas
Well, son of a bitch. Just when I thought I’d never have to LEARN ANYTHING NEW about music or musicians ever again (a dream of mine), danged if those dusty Tucson, Arizona mumblers in Calexico have has just announced some additional tour dates for this fall! Man. Now I have to think about all KINDS of words and numbers and names and facts and bullet points and stuff. Ugh. Okay, I’d better pause my She-Ra DVD and put on another pot of chicory!
You may remember back in April when the band released Edge of the Sun on the ANTI- label? Well, turns out… after you put an album out… you kinda gotta tour the ever-loving crap out of the thing for like a thousand years or something. And COINCIDENTALLY, their press release informs me that the band recently “created a stir with the release of the imaginative video” for their song from the aforementioned new album “Falling From The Sky,” which totally features singer-songwriter José González and, ya know, a giant worm, so I guess they’re kinda touring on that too? Hey. whatever gets the butts in them seats. Don’t worry. I’ll stick the video down below.
“I wanted to make it more like a living thing, like an evolutionary side step, a creature that is stuck in its codependency and has rather few possibilities in this world but still has the capacity to dream of better things,” the video’s Director Karlsson explains. “I also had the idea that I wanted to make a two part video on the same story and tell it from two different perspectives.” Yeah, okay. My BRAIN is LITERALLY EXPLODING from having to take in all this new information about stuff. I hate this. I hate music. I hate everything.
Calexico tour dates:
05.30.15 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall#
05.31.15 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall#
06.02.15 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House#
06.03.15 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theater#
06.04.15 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair#
06.05.15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club#
06.06.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer#
06.07.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom#
06.08.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom#
07.07.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater
07.08.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore^
07.09.15 - Napa, CA- City Winery^
07.10.15 - Troutdale, OR - Edgefield Amphitheater*
07.11.15 - Troutdale, OR - Edgefield Amphitheater*
07.12.15 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
0./14.15 - Jacksonville, OR - Britt Pavilion*
07.15.15 - Boise, ID - Idaho Botanical Garden Outlaw*
07.16.15 - Redmond, WA - Marymoor Amphitheatre*
07.24.15 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
09.19.15 - Shakopee, MN - Palomino Festival
09.20.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
09.22.15 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
09.23.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small’s Theatre
09.25.15 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
09.26.15 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
09.27.15 - Saxapahaw, NC - The Haw River Ballroom
09.29.15 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
09.30.15 - Boulder, CO - eTown Hall
10.01.15 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
10.02.15 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
10.03.15 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
10.04.15 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
# Gaby Moreno
On June 29, Hyperdub is releasing a new EP culling tracks from DJ Rashad’s vaults. Titled 6613, the EP comes just over a year after DJ Rashad’s untimely passing. It’s the first solo posthumous Rashad release since We On 1 and first Hyperdub release since 2013’s now-legendary Double Cup. Guests include Gant-Man, Taso, and partner-in-crime DJ Spinn. All proceeds go to Rashad’s family.
6613 EP tracklisting:
A1. DJ Rashad - CCP2 feat DJ Spinn
A2. DJ Rashad - Cause I Know u Feel feat Gant-Man
B1. DJ Rashad - Ya Hot feat Taso
B.2 DJ Rashad, - Do Not Fuck feat DJ Manny, DJ Spinn and Taso
Hyperdub is also putting on a show June 11 at Corsica Studios with House of Trax, featuring UNiiQU3, DJ Taye, Kode9, and House Of Trax artists Fools and Rushmore. You can get tickets here.
• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net