Steve Goodman, otherwise known as the king of the land of Hyperdub, has released details of his upcoming album, Nothing. It’s Goodman’s first full-length since 2011’s Black Sun, his first release since last year’s The Killing Season, and his first entirely solo full-length under the Kode9 name, as all of his previous recordings were in collaboration with The Spaceape, a.k.a., Stephen Gordon, who passed away last fall.
The album is of a piece with Goodman’s combinatory approach, throwing together “horror soundtracks, sampled library records, and j-pop” and popping up in “a no mans land between grime, early dubstep, and Chicago footwork.” With Gordon’s passing still so recent, it is not entirely without elements of his presence either. Although the LP is largely instrumental, there is a posthumous Spaceape performance found on “Third Ear Transmission,” and the album’s final track “Nothing Lasts Forever” is nine minutes of silence in Gordon’s honor.
Nothing is out November 6 on Hyperdub. Following the release of the album, Goodman will tour next year in support the album with the assistance of “simulation artist” Lawrence Lek. The performance will center around “an evacuated, fully automated, luxury hotel known as the “The Nøtel.” Details on that are forthcoming.
01. Zero Point Energy
05. Third Ear Transmission feat. The Spaceape
06. Zero Work
07. Vacuum Packed
08. Wu Wei
09. Casimir Effect
12. 9 Drones
13. Nothing Lasts Forever
You’ve been getting flabby. I know it. Russell Haswell knows it. Everyone knows it. It’s just what happens when you only workout for 37 minutes once every six months. Your body’s not getting the activity the CDC says it needs, and you’re drooping. I wasn’t going to say anything, because I’m way too polite. But you know Russell, the scoundrel, he feels like it’s partly his fault anyway, what with his somewhat misleading workout/2014 album on Diagonal 37 Minute Workout, and so he’s back with another workout plan-cum-full-length entitled As Sure As Night Follows Day, which is maybe shorthand for its longer title If You Only Workout for 37 Minutes Once Every Six Months You Will Lose the Gains You Made in the Spring As Sure as Night Follows Day.
According to FACT, the LP is out September 19, again via Diagonal. Sonically, Haswell says it came together quickly and pulls from all over his career and sonic memory, ranging from “picnoleptic recollections of grindcore shows,” to “the refracted shades of mega-raves,” to “the conflating toxic texture-memories of early Japanese noise,” and the “incandescent stomp of Mills and Hood in that early 90s phase.” It’s available for pre-order via iTunes and Boomkat right now, and Diagonal has a posh LP edition planned, including a “rubbery” finish sleeve and a special-edition lighter featuring the album art.
“HARDWAX FLASHBACK” from the album is streaming below, and it’ll also be out as an accompanying 12-inch later this year that will also feature reworks of tracks by Autechre, DJ Stingray, and Powell.
As Sure as Night Follows Day tracklist:
01. Oblique Axis
02. LETS GO
03. Wholly Unaware
04. Champagne Walk
05. RAVE SPLURGE NOISE FM
06. Improvisation #1
07. In The Air Today
08. GAS ATTACK
10. DRIVE (minimal)
11. Heavy Handed Sunset
12. Underwater Electronic Struggle
13. Confirmation Of Our Worst Fears
14. HARDWAX FLASHBACK
15. Broken Mantra
16. Extended Industry Knowledge (for OSCAR)
17. Noise Rave
If a member from Animal Collective takes a shit in the woods, a music news reporter may hear it and break “news” that the band is working on an album of wood shits. This time, though, the shit is real, as the fun-time boys have released a full-length live album, Live at 9:30, on Domino Records. You can order this 3xLP from Domino or the brand-new Animal Collective website and get the album from all digital platforms on September 4.
Recorded at historic Washington DC venue 9:30, the live album features a mix of extended Centipede Hz jams, reworks from Merriweather Post Pavilion, Strawberry Jam, Fall Be Kind, and Feels, as well as a cornucopia of smooth-ass transitions. This release luckily feeds the blood thirst of fans and Nightcrawler-esque music news reporters who await a new release, but in the meantime, you can catch Panda Bear finishing up his tour in support of Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper and the recently-released Crosswords EP.
Live at 9:30 tracklisting:
01. Amanita (Live)
02. Did You See the Words (Live)
03. Honeycomb (Live)
04. My Girls (Live)
05. Moonjock (Live)
06. New Town Burnout (Live)
07. I Think I Can (Live)
08. Pulleys (Live)
09. What Would I Want? Sky (Live)
10. Peacebone (Live)
11. Monkey Riches (Live)
12. Brothersport (Live)
13. The Purple Bottle (Live)
This fall, Zombi are returning, and I’m not talking about The Walking Dead or Fear of the Walking Dead or iZombie or The Cranberries song. No, I’m talking about those two dark electronic Philly dudes, who will tour in support of their new album Shape Shift to be released on Relapse Records October 16 (also the same date as the release of member Steve Moore’s original motion picture soundtrack, Cub). Check out the track “Mission Creep” from the new album here:
Zombi bring forth an impressive live act, where they play multiple instruments concurrently. I know what you’re saying. So what? I can jack/rub my weird penis/clitoris while driving and eating a Double Down at the same time. Well, go see Zombi live to see them do much more than masturbate, such as incorporating textural compositions with the dark ambient grooves we expect from the Year of the Sheep. On a majority of the dates, label mates and Texan duo Pinkish Black join Zombi to crush your weird penis/clitoris with a mix of post-punk, no-wave, and industrial styles.
11.05.15 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle*
11.06.15 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch*
11.07.15 - Toronto, ON - The Hard Luck*
11.08.15 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz PDB*
11.10.15 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre*
11.11.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus*
11.12.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle*
11.13.15 - Baltimore, MD – Floristree*
11.14.15 - Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo*
11.15.15 - San Antonio, TX - Housecore Horror Festival
* w/ Pinkish Black
After more than 25 years of confusing the heck out of anyone who dares turn up to a concert expecting to hear a run-of-the-mill jazz trio, Sydney mavericks The Necks are set to continue to push the trajectory of jazz out of the stratosphere of convention with their 17th record, Vertigo. Apparently the band set out “to pursue the idea of having a drone running from start to finish, off which we could hang ideas.” However, like all things The Necks attempt, they strayed off course and “ended up in a very different place from whatever our initial notion of it had been.”
So while The Necks, being the Antipodeans that they are, are very good at telling us what Vertigo is not, their label, Northern Spy, assures us that the album “is an eventful, kaleidoscopic tone poem set against a darkly shimmering background,” which consists of a single 44-minute piece.
You can find out what that sounds like when Vertigo is released on October 30. Meanwhile, check out the group’s tour dates here.
[Photo: Alan Murphy]
Oh, damn it! Well, this just FIGURES!
Like, literally no freakin’ sooner do I finish selling my Blu-ray player and vast, vast (VAST) collection of Darkwing Duck, Ducktales, Gummy Bears, TaleSpin, Goof Troop, and Bonkers DVDs so I can afford a ticket to their “3D” tour of North America this fall (which will feature all sorts of surround-sound gimmicks and 3D imagery all synced-up to the music and shit) than my BROS in the rad and up-and-coming Beach-tronica band Kraftwerk announce (via Rolling Stone) that they’ve “translated [their] performances to 3D, and in surround sound, kind of like 3D sound” and have been “working on a Blu-Ray to make this available” for the fall.
Oh, cruel fate! I’m SO being driving MAD by the HEAVY IRONY of all this! Seriously, though. Kinda blows. Here’s the full text of what sole-surviving original Krafwerkian Ralf Hütter had to say:
We’ve been doing this and working on a Blu-ray to make this available. It should be coming out in the late fall. We’ve put a lot of work into all the images, transforming from our Kling Klang archives into 3D format and arranging it synchronized with the music, so it’s quite a lot of production. We’re quite a small team of musicians, technicians, computer programmers here at Kling Klang Studios; we do everything ourselves. That’s what we’ve been working in, and still are. When we travel to America, we’ll hopefully be finished with this work.
No more details at the moment, but LUCKY YOU if you didn’t already spend an emphatically NON-ROBOTIC arm and a leg on tickets to this heretofore-unique concert experience. Oh well… I guess I’d better start selling some shit now to save for the Blu-ray.
Hmm… let’s see… Anyone here wanna buy a Kraftwerk ticket??
North American dates:
09.16.15 - Edmonton, Alberta - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
09.17.15 - Calgary, Alberta - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
09.19.15 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium
09.23.15 -Denver, CO - Ellie Caulkins Opera House
09.25.15 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
09.27.15 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
09.29.15 - Miami, FL - Olympia Theater at Gusman Center
10.02.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
10.03.15 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
10.05.15 - Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple Theatre
10.07.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Northrop
10.09.15 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
11.07.15 - Lille, France - Le Noveau Siecle
11.09.15 - Nantes, France - Cite de Congres
11.11.15 - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Le Sporting
11.12.15 - Marseille, France - Le Silo
11.13.15 - Grenoble, France - MC2
11.20.15 - Essen, Germany - Lichtburg
11.25.15 - Cologne, Germany - Palladium
11.27.15 - Hamburg, Germany - CCH 1
11.29.15 - Stuttgart, Germany - Liederhalle Beethoven-Saal
12.01.15 - Frankfurt, Germany - Jahrhunderthalle
12.03.15 - Prague, Czech Republic - Forum Karlin
12.04.15 - Krakow, Poland - ICE Congress Centre
12.07.15 - Leipzig, Germany - Haus Auensee
• Kraftwerk: http://www.kraftwerk.com
Jib Kidder is still out paddling around after the wave of January’s Teaspoon To The Ocean (via Domino imprint Weird World Records) and the more recent self-released Covers EP, but with Hurricane season looming, the artist also known as Sean Schuster-Craig has decided to go on tour. Starting next week, Jib Kidder is catching a 10-day swell through the East Coast and Midwest, beginning with a two-day stay in Atlanta and ending in Queens. If you’re wondering about the short notice, maybe wi-fi is pretty weak out in the Atlantic, but Sean still somehow managed to send not only tour dates our way, but also a self-assembled, chronological mix titled Like a Bug (2000-2015).
As indicated by its title, the mix spans the 15-year anamorphic growth that is Jib Kidder. So, do you like Jib Kidder’s IV era, or are you a fan of super old Jib Kidder from his Old Bullshit compilation released during the Steal Guitars period? Or maybe you’re a hoarder of rare and unreleased Jib Kidder materials, like his contribution to Version Tapes Vol. 2 (tapes still available) under the phonetic alias DJ Kid Slizzard? Maybe you like all of it! In any case, it’s stocked fresh and premiered below, in all of its streaming glory:
Jib Kidder tour:
09.10.15 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
09.11.15 - Atlanta, GA - The Cleaners
09.12.15 - Nashville, TN - Fond Object
09.13.15 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
09.14.15 - Columbus, OH - Double Happiness
09.15.15 - Ann Arbor, MI - Arbor Vitae
09.16.15 - Detroit, MI - UFO Factory
09.17.15 - Toronto, ON - Dundas Video
09.18.15 - Montréal, QE - Casa del Popolo
09.19.15 - Queens, NY - Trans-Pecos
Abrasive post-punk noise boys Girl Band have just announced a North American tour for this coming fall. Throughout November and December, they’ll be hitting some of America’s finest cities. We’re talking Albuquerque, we’re talking Austin, we’re talking San Francisco, we’re talking Philadelphia, we’re talking The Big Apple itself New York City, and we’re talking a good dozen-plus other bustling hubs of industry. Word has it the boys are researching old interviews from groups like Women and Girls to learn how to best respond to the same three inevitable clever questions/comments.
This tour comes hot-ish on the heels of the group’s first full-length, Holding Hands With Jamie, out September 25 via Rough Trade. Expect plenty of steel-scraping noise and precise rhythms and maybe even an ominous-yet-melodic chorus or two. Get an idea by watching this new live montage for Jamie track “Paul,” posted below.
Chug chug chug chug chug kreeeee-ooosh.
Girl Band dates:
11.20.15 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
11.21.15 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project
11.22.15 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
11.24.15 - San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
11.25.15 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
11.27.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theatre
11.28.15 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
11.30.15 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
12.02.15 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
12.03.15 - Austin, TX - The Sidewinder
12.04.15 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds
12.05.15 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
12.07.15 - Nashville, TN - The End
12.08.15 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
12.10.15 - Washington, DC - DC9
12.11.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
12.12.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
12.14.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Ortlieb’s Lounge
12.16.15 - Cambridge, MA - Great Scott
12.17.15 - Montreal, QC - Bar le Ritz PDB
12.18.15 - Toronto, ON - Garrison
12.19.15 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Pike Room
12.20.15 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
As JR Seaton a.k.a. Call Super expounded previously in an interview with us (with a bit of interpretation from yours truly), if only America wasn’t so intent on being stubbornly nonconformist in its cultural resistance to legitimate electronic music, the federal issue of political gridlock would be solved and congressional melodrama concerning the virtues of Planned Parenthood would cease following one specially-called session of… listening, with Lifeforms from FSOL being the chosen aural mitigator. Call Super’s Suzi Ecto would work too, because not only did that album evince the necessary inclusiveness, but it was also ambiguous enough to inspire identity crises among the more weak-minded. Breaking news: the senator that nobody likes and did terrible things for the country left his/her job in order to go “find” him/herself.
Introspective but still vaguely danceable: expect something similar with Call Super’s upcoming Migrant EP, set for release September 25 via regular label affiliate, Houndsooth. Exceptionally, it follows up his Fluenka Mitsu 12-inch released courtesy of Nous earlier this year, and it’ll be a long while until we’re tired. Here’s part of a track off the new one, keeping us between states of consciousness:
Migrant EP tracklisting:
Hey! Clear your “rehearsal schedule” and SOBER UP, Eddie Van Halen fanboy. First of all: NO, he still won’t play in your band or star in your triumphant music video. It’s just not going to happen. Secondly, and more importantly: on September 18, another, possibly even more legit-ass avant-guitar mastermind Loren Connors is fixin’ to release Live In New York all up into your bloated, sweaty FACES on September 18 via the Family Vineyard label. And you’re gonna need to cut a heck of a lot of lawns between now and then to earn enough scratch to buy a copy.
The album, which features a “cinéma vérité quality” rendering of two performances that took place six days apart back in November 2014 and “builds upon the vision captured on his last studio album, 2011’s ”>Red Mars, [in which] transparent, ghostly notes slowly unravel against a canvas of black drones and funeral tolls,” is available for CD and digital pre-orders right now on the Family Vineyard site. It’s gonna be awesome, and the CD version even comes all done-up special “in a Stoughton miniaturized ‘LP’ sleeve with metallic ink and an insert,” with cover art by Connors himself.
Check out one of the tracks, “Webster Hall, Part 2” (as well as an album trailer) down below. And then get the hell off the couch and start heaving-ho, my friend. Time’s a-wastin’.
Live In New York tracklisting:
01. Webster Hall, Part 1
02. Webster Hall, Part 2
03. The Wick