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Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

On Friday, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke dropped a huge surprise on us all, announcing that he was releasing a new solo album called Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes into the world. Like he did with the name your own price method of In Rainbows, he’s experimenting with a new release system with torrent service BitTorrent, allowing fans to stream the album for free, or buy the album for $6. Ah, the old Radiohead.

He posted the following letter detailing the album’s release on Friday via Dead Air Space:

As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record.

The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files..

The files can be anything, but in this case is an ‘album’.

It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around …

If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.

Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves.

Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.

If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.

The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or ‘cloud’ malarkey.

It’s a self-contained embeddable shop front…

The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network.

Oh yes and it’s called
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.

The album is available to purchase physically in the form of a very fancy white vinyl which you can read more about and purchase right here. In the meantime, enjoy a stream of the album below.

You had the weekend to digest. What do you think of the album so far? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

Wampire – Wizard Staff

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2014

Wampire

On October 7 Portland natives Wampire will release new album Bazaar on Polyvinyl Records. The album is the first taste of the new version of band, who have grown from a duo to a quintet.

After many months spent on tour, founding members and primary songwriters Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps immediately went to the making of a new album trying to “capitalize on the creative energy that had been steadily amassing during their days, weeks, and months on the road.”

Here’s how Phipps describes the time:

I holed up in a tiny room within a friend’s warehouse and began knocking out as many different songs as I could. I tried not to look back, just wanting to explore everything I could possibly create. I started to feel like I was becoming a Kafka-esque insomniac musical novelist at one point.

The band have shown tremendous growth in the record’s first single “Wizard Staff.” It’s an impressive return for the band who add new elements to their sound, including some jazzy saxophone bits in what could be most easily described as a dreamy Ariel Pink meets Mac DeMarco sound.

Stream “Wizard Staff” below.

Wizard Staff:

Flying Lotus Announces New Album ‘You’re Dead!’

By Will Oliver, September 1st 2014

Flying Lotus - You're Dead

Flying Lotus will release his new album You’re Dead! on October 7 via Warp Records. It sits at 19-tracks and features guest appearance from Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Snoop Dogg, Angel Deradoorian, Thundercat, Herbie Hancock, and Niki Randa.

The album is described as follows:

You’re Dead! is a shamanic pilgrimage into the psychedelic unknown of the infinite afterlife. A sonic, visual and metaphysical fusion of technological innovation and technical virtuosity that amounts to a transcendent, mind-expanding plasm that could only exist between our world and another.

You can hear clips of the album on the album trailer that Flying Lotus released. It’s posted below, along with his upcoming fall tour dates and the album tracklisting.

Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! from Warp Records on Vimeo.

 

You’re Dead!:

01. Theme
02. Tesla
03. Cold Dead
04. Fkn Dead
05. Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
06. Dead Man’s Tetris (feat. Captain Murphy & Snoop Dogg)
07. Turkey Dog Coma
08. Stirring
09. Coronus, the Terminator
10. Siren Song (feat. Angel Deradoorian)
11. Turtles
12. Ready err Not
13. Eyes Above
14. Moment of Hesitation
15. Descent Into Madness (feat. Thundercat)
16. The Boys Who Died in Their Sleep (feat. Captain Murphy)
17. Obligatory Cadence
18. Your Potential//The Beyond (feat. Niki Randa)
19. The Protes

Tour Dates:

October:

09 The Beacham Theatre, Orlando, FL
10 III Points Festival, Miami, FL
11 The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
12 Cats Cradle, Carrboro, NC
13 Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC
14 Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA
15 Terminal 5, New York, NY
17 Paradise, Boston, MA
18 Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT
20 Societe des Arts Technologiques, Montreal, QC
21 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
23 Royal Oak Music Hall, Royal Oak, MI
24 Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL

November

07 The Roundhouse, London, UK
09 Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin, TX
11 Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ
15 The Catalyst Club, Santa Cruz, CA
17 Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
18 Neptune, Seattle, WA
19 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
21 The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT
22 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO

Mount Eerie Announces New Album ‘Sauna’

By Will Oliver, August 29th 2014

Mount Eerie

Phil Elverum, a.k.a. Mount Eerie, has announced a new album titled Sauna that will be released in early 2015 via his own label P.W. Elverum & Sun.

The theme of the album is described as “vikings and zen and real life.” It comes after “over 15 months of solo production in The Unknown,” a studio in Anacortes, Washington housed in a reclaimed church. There are 12 songs, “some very short, some very long.” The press list honestly adds that “Not much else is known at this point.”

He has some upcoming tour dates this month that will see him perform “extremely stripped down” versions of the new songs. Find the tour flyer posted below. Read the rest of this entry »

Aphex Twin Announces New Album ‘Syro’

By Will Oliver, August 26th 2014

Aphex Twin

A few weekends ago green blimps were seen flying over London with both 2014 and the Aphex Twin logo on it. Then people started spotting the logo on the streets of New York City. Speculation turned towards the release of a new album, and that is indeed the case. I

t’s a new album titled Syro, and it’s his first in 13 years (since 2001’s Drukqs). He made the announcement on the site Tor, which revealed the tracklist and the image posted above.

He recently spoke to The Fader, and they provided the following bits of information ahead of the full interview which is coming soon: Read the rest of this entry »

The Juan MacLean – A Place Called Space

By Will Oliver, August 19th 2014

The Juan MacLean - A Place Called Space

The Juan MacLean is the duo of John MacLean and Nancy Whang (formerly of LCD Soundsystem). They will return with their new album In A Dream on September 16 via DFA.

According to MacLean, the new album is Whang’s time to shine, and based on first single and opening track “A Place Called Space”, this is very much true. It’s an epic 8-minute dance treasure that is an electronic-based disco revival. It takes its time to build up, releasing all tension through Whang’s ever-so familar vocals.

Enjoy it below.
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Foxygen - And Star Power

Foxygen had a wild 2013, one that most people will remember for all the drama that the band endured. Unfortunately all that seemed to overshadow the fact that they released We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, an album that landed on my best albums of 2013 list.

I assumed it would be a while before we heard new music from the guys, but that’s far from the case. They’ve announced that they got a new album on the way, and it’s an epic. It’s called …And Star Power and features 24-tracks, running at a lengthy 82-minutes. Wow.
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TV On The Radio Announce New Album: ‘Seeds’

By Will Oliver, August 11th 2014

TV On The Radio

This fall TV On The Radio will return with a new album titled Seeds, set for release on Harvest Records. The album was recorded at Federal Prism in Los Angeles and produced by the band’s very own Dave Sitek.

They’ve been playing some new material live, including at their Governors Ball set this year, which I caught.

Here’s what vocalist Tunde Adebimpe had to say about the album:

We’ve been through a lot of stuff in the past few years that could have stopped the band cold; but I’m glad we got it together and took stock of the unique connection we have between each other because the record is, 1000%, without a doubt, the best thing we’ve ever done.”

The announcement came with a 25-second teaser video, which you can find below.
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The Drums Announce New Album: ‘Encyclopedia’

By Will Oliver, July 29th 2014

The Drums - Encyclopedia

The Drums will return with new album Encyclopedia on September 22 via Minor Records. The album will mark the first time since the Summertime EP that The Drums have recorded with just Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham.

We already heard first single “Magic Mountain”, and now the band have revealed the album’s tracklist and some insight into the album. Here’s a quote from Jonny about Encyclopedia:

Encyclopedia is full of magic and surprise while maintaining a serious, more weighty tone throughout. We were feeling very angry, confused, and alone when we made this album; and we wanted to be very honest this time around, even if being honest meant making some people uncomfortable. We’ve left the beach for higher ground, always searching for hope.

Based on the new directed heard on “Magic Mountain,” the band are staying true to their hearts and taking the ship wherever it needs to go. Got to respect them for that.

Can’t wait to hear the record. Check out the tracklist below.

1. Magic Mountain
2. I Can’t Pretend
3. I Hope Times Doesn’t Change Him
4. Kiss Me Again
5. Let Me
6. Break My Heart
7. Face Of God
8. U.S. National Park
9. Deep In My Heart
10. Bell Laboratories
11. There Is Nothing Left
12. Wild Geese

Karen O - Crush Songs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O has finally announced her first solo album. It’s titled Crush Songs and it’s coming out on September 9 via Julian Casablancas’ label Cult Records. The solo album feels overdue, after various guest contributions and soundtrack appearances over the last few years (such as the lovely Moon Song for last year’s fantastic film Her).

The album was actually recorded back in 2006 and 2007, described as an intimate lo-fi bedroom recordings, similar to the style of “The Moon Song.” O describes the album in a letter that she posted on her site. Find that below.

We’ll have more on the album shortly. I’m very excited to hear it.




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