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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.

Escape Music Festival Announces Full Lineup

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2014

Escape Music Festival 2014

Escape Music Festival is a new music festival that will kick off its inaugural year this fall when they take over Pier 9 in Brooklyn on October 11 & 12. In July they announced Phase 1 of their lineup.

Yesterday they shared the full lineup, with new additions that include the likes of Girl Talk, Moby (DJ Set), Mayer Hawthorne, and The Joy Formidable. They join a lineup that already included Placebo, Yeasayer, The Crystal Method, Ra Ra Riot, STRFKR (DJ Set), Neon Indian (DJ Set), and many more.

Tickets are on sale now for the limited 2nd tier price of $109 for the weekend. After that, they will jump up to $139 for the weekend. There are also V.I.P. and Ferry options available to purchase right now.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have been favorites around these parts for some time. Whenever they release new music, I just know it’s going to be one of the year’s best. They’ve provided me with plenty of great memories, whether listening to their albums at home, or enjoying their energetic performances live. Now it’s our turn to give back to them.

They just recently completed the production of their new music video for “Fly By Wire.” It was actually directed by one of our own photographers, Chloe Locarro.

The production of the video is complete, but they are trying to raise funds to help cover the costs of post-production and other out of pocket expenses. They have set up an IndieGoGo Campaign page where fans can help get the video funded. There are different donation levels you can choose, which come with various prizes and signed merchandise and goodies. Here’s a video from Chloe explaining the whole deal:

I got to preview the video, and it’s great. It really captures the emotional essence of the song, looking exactly how you’d want it’s visual representation to look. It really resonated with me, and I guarantee it will do the same for you. If you’re a fan of these guys, nows your chance to really help out.

Again, the donation page can be found here.

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:

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 »

The Knife Break Up

By Will Oliver, August 27th 2014

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In a sad bit of news, the beloved Swedish group The Knife have announced that after their upcoming European tour dates, that the band will be finished. Here’s the announcement that they posted on their site, with the headline “WE ARE DOING OUR LAST TOUR!”:
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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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