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Planningtorock announces new album, All Love’s Legal; hear new song, “Welcome”

By Joshua Pickard; October 30, 2013 at 11:47 AM 

Planningtorock - All Love's Legal

It’s been a few years since we’ve had an official LP from Janine Rostron (aka electronic artist Planningtorock). She released W back in 2011 on DFA Records, and the year before that came Tomorrow, In a Year, her collaboration with The Knife and Mt. Sims. Recently, she announced details concerning the upcoming release of her latest album, All Love’s Legal, on February 10th (via Human Level Recordings) — and with it, a video for the appropriately titled lead single, “Welcome.” Check out the album’s cover art above, as well as its full tracklist below. And be sure to check out the video for “Welcome” just a bit further down.

All Love’s Legal Tracklisting:
01. Welcome
02. All Love’s Legal
03. Human Drama
04. Answer Land
05. Let’s Talk About Gender Baby
06. Words Are Glass
07. Misogyny Drop Dead
08. Beyond Binary Binds
09. Steps
10. Public Love
11. Purple Love
12. Patriarchy Over & Out

Philip Jeck, Raime, and others added to Semibreve 2013 schedule

By Joshua Pickard; September 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM 


On November 15-17, Braga, Portugal will find itself playing host to the Semibreve Music Festival at the Theatro Circo. Already confirmed are Forest Swords, The Haxan Cloak, Atom TM, and Rafael Toral’s Space Collective 5, but we’ve just learned that Philip Jeck + Lol Sargent, Raime, Helm, Sculpture, and Janek Schaefer have all been added to the festival’s continually expanding schedule.

Jeck will team up with Lol Sargent (with whom he composed one of his most famous works, “Vinyl Requiem”) to host a world premiere of the recreation of the piece for its 20th anniversary. Helm – aka Luke Younger – will share his dense and abstract soundscapes, which incorporate musique concrete, industrial, and hallucinatory drones. Listen to some of Younger’s work below.

The enigmatic London-based duo Raime will work through their own shadowy electronic aesthetic onstage, while mutant dance floors beats and distorted visuals will be supplied courtesy of Sculpture. Check out a video of Sculpture’s work below.

Elk Cloner from Sculpture on Vimeo.

And sound artist/composer Janek Schaefer – winner of the Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers prize and The British Composer of the Year Award in Sonic Art for 2008 – will display his “Love Song” installation onsite. Check out a video for his work below.

Tickets are on sale now. Head over to the Semibreve website to grab your festival pass.

Festival pass (access to all concerts in Theatro Circo) – 25 euro
Main Room pass (access to all main room concerts – 20 euro
Daily tickets (access to main room concerts) – 9 euro


Kompakt joins with Ableton to open temporary store in Berlin, host series of musical lectures

By Joshua Pickard; August 23, 2013 at 2:28 PM 

Kompakt and Ableton

Cologne, Germany-based electronic label Kompakt is best known for putting out records inhabiting the genres of microhouse and minimalist techno, including their ongoing Total compilation series. Founded and operated by musician Wolfgang Voigt (along with Michael Mayer and Jurgen Paape), the label has been the home of such electronic luminaries as The Orb, The Field, and Thomas Fehlmann. The label has paired up with Berlin-based music software company Ableton to open up a temporary pop-up store there at Ableton’s office (which will mark the first time the company has opened its doors to the public).

The store will open on Saturday, August 31st and close its doors on September 7th, ending with an anniversary party at Berghain/Panorama. The store opening will feature a rare musical discussion between Wolfgang Voigt and Gerhard Behles (co-founder Ableton), with author Tobias Rapp (Lost And Sound: Berlin, Techno und der Easyjets) functioning as the moderator.

There will be various events, lectures and musical workshops onsite featuring Ableton Live 9 and Push, offering people the chance to have a hands-on demo of the program. There will also be DJ sets and performances from Kompakt artists, with a few being streamed live for those not Berlin-bound. You can check out the full schedule here.


Kanye West’s new album set for June 18 release?

By Andrew Bailey; May 2, 2013 at 12:02 PM 

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Musically, how much stronger can this year get?

Just a bit ago, Kanye West revived his Twitter account to cryptically tweet out a date — June 18th — which instantly launched a barrage of speculation about a new album. And, well, it wouldn’t be the first time. But this time around, there seems to be significant merit.

As Pitchfork reported, hip-hop journalist Elliott Wilson tweeted that Def Jam’s Chris Atlas had confirmed June 18th as the release date for West’s follow-up to 2010’s immaculate My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Of course, that report may have been erroneous itself, as Wilson has since tweeted:

So it would appear that, at least for the moment, we’re back to speculating, which at the very least can be a fun exercise. But in a year ripe with rumors about big name artists hitting the comeback trail (Daft Punk, Boards of Canada, Daft Punk), it would at least seem there are cosmic reasons to maintain that Kanye does indeed have a new record in the pipeline.

Kid CuDi no longer a part of G.O.O.D. Music

By Chase McMullen; April 2, 2013 at 6:36 PM 

Kid Cudi

I’ve seen this one coming for quite some time. Kid CuDi is officially no longer a part of G.O.O.D. Music. In a personal statement he explained,

“Man, everything is cool. Everything is peace with everyone on the label, but I’m announcing that I’m no longer on OOD Music. And this is something that no one knows really. I’m no longer on GOOD Music. Me and Kanye were actually talking on the phone the other day, and there’s been things I wanted to talk to him about. About me wanting to start my own direction, and he got because he’s trying to start his own new path, and trying new things as an artist. And he was just like ‘Man, I feel you. It’s cool.’ This is just from a business standpoint. There’s no beef with anyone on the label. It’s all love.”

There are many massively differing opinions regarding CuDi’s level of success following his break through with “Day n Nite” back in 2008, and he’s certainly acquired a sizable fan base. Realistically, however, if you’d asked many at the time, they expected him to be occupying a position akin to Drake’s by now.

Obviously, this has far from happened, so it’s not all too surprising that he’d seek success elsewhere – and that Kanye would be far from bothered by his parting. In fact, rumors of his being dropped have skirted about the hip hop world ever since the misstep that was WZRD (which, in fact, had no involvment with G.O.O.D., already), so who knows.

Nine Inch Nails to return, tour in 2013 and 2014

By Chase McMullen; February 25, 2013 at 4:55 PM 

Trent Reznor

There have been whispers for months now that Trent Reznor (some from the man himself) was refurbishing Nine Inch Nails for a proper return. It was all but expected – but perhaps in not such a grand fashion. The infamous band shall roar back to life with a nearly completely new lineup. The ranks are composed of Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery, NIN’s own Alessandro Cortini, keyboardist Josh Eustis, and drummer Ilan Rubin.

It won’t be long now, either. “Nine Inch Nails are touring this year,” Reznor declares, “The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the U.S. this fall and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.”

Neither will the band be resting on its laurels, with Reznor intending a complete overhaul of their technique. Reznor explains, “I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which, many steps later, led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked – which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.”

There you have it. For those that have been waiting, your trials are nearly at an end.

Bonnaroo announces line-up

By Andrew Bailey; February 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM 


The line-up for this year’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has been announced and it is stacked.

The festival will be headlined by Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and goes on to include Björk, Wilco, Wu-Tang Clan, The National, Local Natives, David Byrne and St. Vincent, The xx, Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, R. Kelly, Animal Collective, and Jim James, who will also lead this year’s Super Jam alongside John Oates, Zigaboo Modeliste, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. And, really, that’s just the beginning.

This year’s festival runs June 13-16 and tickets go on sale at noon on Saturday, February 23rd. You can check out the complete line-up below:

Jack White named Record Store Day ambassador for 2013

By Andrew Bailey; February 19, 2013 at 11:12 AM 


Earlier this morning on the official Record Store Day webpage, it was announced that Jack White, the owner of Third Man Records who recently released flexi-vinyl singles via balloon launch, is the official ambassador for the 2013 iteration of the event.

Past ambassadors have included Ozzy Osbourne (twice), Josh Homme, Iggy Pop, and for 2008’s inaugural event, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo who play in a little band called Metallica.

Record Store Day falls on Saturday, April 20 this year. For our part, there will be no clever 4/20 quips at this time.

Ty Segall has a new band, 7″ already sold out; hear it now

By Staff; January 2, 2013 at 7:23 PM 

Photo by Christopher Alvarez

Unsurprising at this point, Ty Segall is already playing in another band and it’s called Fuzz. The group is a collaboration between Charles Moothart with Ty apparently on drums and vocals, and while their label Trouble in Mind claims the members of this group are a mystery to them, it seems through live footage and word of mouth that it’s just a funny joke. They just released a 7″, but stay calm, it’s already sold out. Fortunately, you can check out “This Time I Got A Reason” as well as the B-side “Fuzz’s Fourth Dream” below. Fuzz also has an upcoming appearance at Burgerama II on March 22, so residents of the lower Californian coastline should maybe think about checking that out.

Despite the fact that the duo appears to be cloaking themselves in mystery they let the cat out of the bag months ago in a profile with SPIN Magazine:

“Before they leave for tour, Segall and his guitarist Charlie Mootheart have some work to do. The two are finally satisfied with a handful of recordings they’ve been collaborating on for several months under the sort of name you’d swear was taken decades ago: Fuzz.”

A$AP Rocky announces Long.Live.A$AP release date

By Cole Zercoe; December 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM 

After remaining fairly inactive throughout the year, A$AP Rocky has come out of hiding to reveal the (hopefully) final release date for his much-anticipated and constantly delayed debut album. Long.Live.A$AP is now due January 15 via RCA/Polo Grounds/A$AP Worldwide. Check out the cover art above and the newly released video for “Fuckin’ Problems” down below.