Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Gig Preview: Rush Midnight at Glasslands Gallery

Today Brooklyn-based bassist and producer Rush Midnight, né Russ Manning, released this single, "Don't Give Me Your Love," on Cascine Records. It's made of the shimmery, 80s-inspired melodies and signature jaunty basslines that he perfected playing bass in George Lewis Jr's band Twin Shadow before going solo--and it's awesome.

I'm interviewing Russ and watching him play a show at Glasslands Gallery in Williamsburg tomorrow night, with labelmates Selebrities and Wildarms, so if you're at a loose end and in the city, I strongly advise you to come by. As ever, Cascine have nurtured someone who straddles nostalgia and a future pop sound so well, and I'm looking forward to talking through Russ' influences with him tomorrow night.

He released EP +1 last year, which you can buy for yourself here and features production credits from George. For a taste of the real thing, tickets to the Glasslands show are still going and just $10 a pop.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Album Stream: Atoms For Peace - AMOK

Everyone, please stop whatever the effing hell you're doing and take some time out to listen to this new Atoms For Peace record. As ever, Thom Yorke and crew proved they are smarter than the internet, and the cuts we hear now were once again immune to the usual leaks. They released this stream while I was out and about reporting on a photographer, so yes, I'm aware I'm about 12 hours late on this. Hot damn.

In case you hadn't heard, Atoms For Peace are an experimental band featuring Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich, as well as Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I know, on paper that sounds like it'd be an odd meeting of minds, but from what we've heard on "Default" and "What The Eyeballs Did," it just works. Full disclosure: I've been a Radiohead and Thom Yorke fan for about a decade now, so um there is very little neutrality going on in this post. Them's the facts.

Regardless of how much of a fangirl I may be, I still think this would be a record worth listening to. Between new material coming out from James Blake and Shlohmo (and apparently These New Puritans), 2013 is shaping up to be quite the year for art rock-esque electronic music. I am EXCITED.

AMOK comes out officially on Feb. 25, and is available to pre-order on physical here and digital here.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Album Stream: Apparat - Krieg und Frieden

Apparat's Sascha Ring shared a free stream of his new record, Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theater) a few days before its release on Mute Records. The LP comes out on February 19th, and grew out of Ring's musical interpretation of director Sebastian Hartmann's stage production of War & Peace, by Tolstoy.

Ring holed himself up with Tolstoy's original text, and spent four weeks rehearsing with a 30-piece ensemble that included his resident cellist, Philipp Timm, and his violinist, Christoph Hartmann. They didn't follow the script, but improvised around themes they picked up from the story. And the results are this dark, textured and rather wonderful album.

Um, please don't listen alone to this if you had a shitty Valentine's Day. You will weep.

Ring will be touring the album around Europe, so click here for those recently-announced dates. And to find out what inspired his last album, check out my interview with him for Don't Panic in 2011. We Skyped while he was in Morocco, generally having an amazing time, and giggled about the rubbish hotel wi-fi.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Song of the Day: Wildarms - Love Is Just True

For those of us on Eastern Time, it's still Valentine's Day. Londoners and beyond, I hope you rocked it. Everyone else, go out and have sex with someone you don't hate. 

 And as the best ever last-minute Valentine's gift, buy them the Wildarms Clear Eyes EP, out now on Cascine. This particular piece of rippling, sample-heavy, synth pop has been rolling around inside my head for days and might just make somebody you know real happy. Grab it from iTunes here if you reckon so, too.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Song of the Day: Liars - WIXIW

If you like basketball and dischordant, looped refrains you're probably going to be reveling in this new video for "WIXIW" by Liars. The band apparently really likes basketball, so director and artist Alex/2Tone took that into account, calling the final result “the legend of Sisyphus as told by a young ballplayer lost in a haze of codeine and prescription weed”. Ok, cool. It looks good so I'm not complaining.

The band are playing Brooklyn's Masonic Temple on May 19th and tickets are still going. If you're lucky enough to be attending either Primavera Sound or Sónar, they'll be playing both (well, all three: they're appearing at both Primavera's Barcelona and Porto locations).

Find out more on their goings-on here.

Watch: Wild Nothing - Only Heather

Wild Nothing just shared a new video for "Only Heather" and it's a little weird. Only a little, though. The slightly bloodied video was made by Ryan Reichenfeld, a skateboarder-turner-director from LA.  This song happens to be one of the real earwig tracks on the record, so I'll no doubt be humming it to myself for the rest of the day. 

At least that'll give my brain a break from James Blake's "Retrograde," which I've played pretty much incessantly on a loop for the past 48 hours.

Anyway, Wild Nothing's heading out on tour next month in Europe and the UK, so see if they'll be passing through your city below:

March 18 - Liverpool, England - The Kazimier
March 19 - Manchester, England - Sound Control
March 20 - Birmingham, England - Hare & Hounds
March 21 - London, England - Scala
March 23 - Paris, France - Nouveau Casino
March 24 - Lille, France - L'Aeronef
March 26 - Borgerhout, Belgium - Muziekcentrum Trix
March 27 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Bitterzoet
March 28 - Istanbul - Babylon Istanbul
April 13 - Indio, CA - Coachella
April 20 - Indio, CA - Coachella
May 23 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
May 25 - London, England - Field Day
May 30 - Porto, Portugal - Optimus Primavera Sound
June 8 - New York, NY - Governor’s Ball
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