(Art is by the excellent Gordan Shark.)
It’s like getting really, really close up to a Roy Lichtenstein painting – smudging your face up against the glass and crossing and uncrossing your eyes, focusing on a cluster of dots at a time and rocking your head back and forth to approximate some sort of internal zoom lens.
I wonder if that’s how Chris Smith of Fractal Skulls sees the world – like Yayoi Kusama must do. All softly flaring and then fading points of colour. His gentle, precise synthesizer poems feel lived in, like miniature, heavenly pop art worlds. They breathe.
Chris’ releases as Fractal Skulls so far have included some self-released cassettes, a split with Laurent Chambert of The Other Colors, and now a new split with Adam Willetts on the tape label Bunkland.
Fractal Skulls’ submission is a 20-minute lower-case synth-odyssey. This is perfect music: ego-less, careful, a bouquet of tones.
Chris has given us two short extracts from the full piece for download, but you’re well advised to check out the full release.
Buy Telepylos/Sandyford Lines from Bunkland
Kanye West @ Roseland Ballroom - 5/15/2013 (virgilabloh)
Kanye West @ Roseland Ballroom - 5/15/2013 (lacreated)
As mentioned, Kanye West played a private show for Adult Swim Wednesday night at Roseland Ballroom in NYC, ahead of his SNL appearance. New songs were played, in a Daft Punk-less tent pyramid thing. Watch a few videos below...
“”Let’s Kiss” was written the same week as “Under Your Spell” in November 2008. After a bizarre & beautiful twist of fate, I walked into a remote bar in Montreal where I met the love of my life. The next morning… Ida & I had to leave. We flew to France for a handful of sweaty club shows. On the train out of Paris, I realized my whole world had been permanently turned upside down. The rain was crashing against the windows… & I decided I wanted to make a record that felt like that moment frozen in time… “For Ever Ever”. That’s when After Dark 2 was born. The last five years have been a blur of art & parties. This record represents the people we’ve connected with along the way…in Moscow, in Mexico, in Barcelona, in London, in Portland, in Montreal, in Melbourne, in Houston, in Berlin, in Beijing, in Los Angeles, in Dublin, in Athens… I am so excited to finally be sharing it with you. In 20 minutes, Ida & I get on a plane to Warsaw for our first tour overseas with Chromatics. Even though she is on crutches thanks to a brutal Roller Derby pile up on Sunday… we can’t wait to see all of you again… it’s been way too long. After Dark 2 is out this Friday.
It’s 78 minutes & 16 seconds.” - Johnny Jewel
Let’s Kiss - download
Following the release of their acclaimed EPs Facedown, Sex, + Music For Cars, The 1975 are pleased to announce the release of new EP IV on May 20th. Listen to the 1st track “fallingforyou”:
“Sure Stuck” is the 2nd release from LA based duo Honeymooon aka Aaron Shanahan + Benjamin Plant. The 2 have been working on a full length album of 70’s pop & 60’s psych inspired music that will be released later this year.
Sure Stuck // download
Remastered from those reels, along with 7 unearthed songs from the two surviving contemporaneous cassettes, All Hail West Texas stands as the peak of the Mountain Goats' home recording era, a time people like to refer to as "when John Darnielle had his four-track," except John did not actually use a four-track. He used the condenser mic of a Panasonic boombox and there was no overdubbing. All songs recorded on the day they were written, usually within minutes of the actual composition. Highlights include "Jenny," "Fall of the Star High School Running Back," and "The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton," a song which has compelled audiences around the globe to yell "Hail Satan," and to mean it. The Mountain Goats' All Hail West Texas reissue will be out July 23 on Merge and contains a newly penned 1,800-word essay by John detailing his songwriting and recording process for the album.
As mentioned, The Mountain Goats will soon be on the road in duo form (with Peter Hughes joining John Darnielle), including an NYC-area stop at Maxwell's on June 5 which is, unsurprisingly, sold out. All Mountain Goats dates are listed below.
The Baptist Generals
The tour is with Texas vets The Baptist Generals whose new album (and first in 10 years), Jackleg Devotional to the Heart, is out next week (5/21) via Sub Pop. You can stream the entire album below. They have their own headlining NYC show on June 6 at Mercury Lounge and tickets are still available for that one.
All Mountain Goats and Baptist Generals tour dates are listed, along with the Baptist Generals LP stream, below.
He may or may not be referring to the private "Upfront" show Kanye is playing for Adult Swim at Roseland. If it is the same show, then it is unclear why he used the term "Pop-Up". We'll find out soon!\
Kanye also plays SNL on Saturday and Governors Ball this summer.
Hey N. America, head over to iTunes & download Classixx’s summer anthem “All You’re Waiting For”. The bouncy tune featuring Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem is free via iTunes Single of the Week. Their debut album Hanging Gardens is out now.
All You’re Waiting For // download [free for one week only]
New track from Mount Kimbie’s upcoming album, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, out May 27th via Warp Records. This one is entitled “You Took Your Time” & features King Krule, pretty rad.
Over a year ago I randomly found ev ree wuhn in my iTunes library & immediately, I was blown away by their intricate experimental sounds. Today, the Toronto-based trio is finally releasing their debut self-titled EP. ev ree wuhn is available for purchase on iTunes but if you’re short in cash, you can grab a free copy at their official site.
Flight Facilities dropped their new single “I Didn’t Believe” feat. Elizabeth Rose last week & comes with a remix package, including another world-renowned secretive disco duo Tiger & Woods, New York based label owner Lou Teti (Tigers On A Leash) + studio buddy Light Year.
I Didn’t Believe (Lou Teti remix) // buy
I Didn’t Believe (Tiger & Woods remix) // buy
Yesterday we learned that Season 4 will premiere on Jan. 5, 2014 and run for eight straight weeks, until Feb. 23.
The producers of extremely popular Masterpiece Theatre soap opera Downton Abbey told fans they were adding their first black character for the show's fourth season. If Diddy's tweet is to be believed, he'll be playing that role, a jazz musician Jack Ross. Apart from the promised "sneak preview," you're still going to have to wait a while, as Season Four won't premiere until season which will premiere January 5, 2014 when it will be back for eight episodes.
UPDATE: PBS denies Diddy's involvement in Downton Abbey! NY Mag says, "Diddy, meanwhile, is still retweeting various congratulation posts, as if this is really a thing. Maybe he just read The Secret?"
Diddy even posted a "sneak peak" picture to Instagram, ha. Maybe a Funny or Die video is on the way?
UPDATE: Yep, that's exactly what it is.
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
Patti Smith @ Stubb's, Austin, 4/30/13
Patti Smith will play Bowery Ballroom on June 5. Tickets to the Bowery show go on sale Friday (5/17). The show is part of the celebration of the Federico Garcia Lorca Birthday Celebration which has been going on since early April and continues through July with events thoughout the city:Lorca in New York: A Celebration is the largest-ever festival in North America celebrating the work of acclaimed Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca. With more than two dozen events throughout Manhattan, it focuses on the brief but prolific period (1929-1930), during which Lorca came to New York and wrote one of his most significant works, Poet in New York. Presented by Fundación Federico García Lorca with support from Acción Cultural Española, it is anchored in the premiere of Back Tomorrow: Federico García Lorca / Poet in New York at The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (April 5-July 20) - an exhibition bringing together for the first time manuscripts, drawings, letters, and photos Lorca generated while in the city.June 5 is Lorca's actual birthday and Smith previously celebrated Lorca with a concert performed at his home in Granada, the Huerta de San Vicente, in 2010.
She'll also perform on September 20 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for a tribute to Hildegard of Bingen, the "twelfth-century German writer, composer, philosopher, visual artist, mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath." Tickets to that show are still available. All Patti Smith tour dates are below.
Patti Smith played Stubb's in Austin at the end of April (4/30) and there are photos from that show in this post.
More pictures and dates below...
As discussed, Erykah Badu and Yasiin Bey have joined forces for a fascinating show called "YOU'RE CAUSING QUITE A DISTURBANCE":A collaboration with four-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and 2012-2013 Brooklyn Phil Artist-in-Residence ERYKAH BADU and 2011-2012 Brooklyn Phil Artist-in-Residence YASIIN BEY (Mos Def) Featuring new arrangements from Badu's 2008 album New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War by Brooklyn composer TED HEARNE (plus original music by Hearne) as well as the legendary arrangements of Yasiin Bey's songs by composer DEREK BERMEL (plus original music by Bermel)The June 8 show at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House have sold out, but a second show has been added the next night (6/9). Tickets go on sale on May 20.
In related news, Brothers Hypnotic, a film about the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble will screen for free on Friday (5/17) as part of the Rooftop Films series, and will feature a live appearance from the group who have worked with both Badu and Bey.
Eric Avery with Garbage @ Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Eric Avery posted the following message today:its with very mixed emotions i tell you all that im pulling out of NIN. i know. its been a tough call and i don't know if its the right one. but i really want to focus on my musical life here in la, on film work in particular. as the tour dates kept growing... i just got overwhelmed. i just got home from a year of heavy travel with garbage, the idea of leaving town for another year and a half, and with all the intensity that nails demands... fortunately my friend Trent understands all this and appreciated my pulling the plug now instead of deep into 2013 and 14. go get em gentlemen.NIN announced their return earlier this year and have since announced spots at Lollapalooza, Made in America, Outside Lands and new fest Mountain Oasis.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Youth Code, which features a member of Carry On, will play their first show away from their native West Coast tonight (5/15) at Nothing Changes party at Home Sweet Home. There the band, who crosses caustic processed vocals a la Ministry with synth-driven industrial malevolence, will join DJ sets from Becka Diamond and Ryan Martin for a night of gothic-industrial greatness. $7 gets you in. Look for a new Youth Code LP this summer via DAIS Records, but until then you can stream their demo below. Worth a listen.
The Nothing Changes party rages on every week, with the rest of May occupied with sets by Craow, Outmode, Halves & Thirds on 5/22 and Tempers on 5/29. Head below for a stream of that Youth Code demo.
Sam Amidon (and Olof Arnalds) @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Last we spoke the soft spoken Sam Amidon had only a couple of dates announced including his big NYC record release show happening at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday (5/16). Get your tickets now and read the previous post for more info on that and the LP (which you can listen to on RDIO).
Meanwhile Sam has expanded his list of announced tour dates to include May dates in Europe, June dates around the United States, July dates in Japan, and August dates back in Europe where his name is on a few festival lineups this year. Check out the full list below...
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