Oneohtrix Point Never to premiere Val Kilmer-starring video for “Animals” and retrospective at The Hammer Museum

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On October 18, UCLA’s Hammer Museum (great name) will premiere Oneohtrix Point Never’s new Val Kilmer-starring music video for “Animals,” off of last year’s Garden of Delete. The premiere coincides with the start of “Ecco: The Videos of Oneohtrix Point Never and Related Works,” a retrospective of sorts, and part of the museum’s ongoing “In Real Life: 100 Days of Film and Performance” exhibition. “Animals” is written by Daniel Lopatin and Rick Alverson, and directed by Alverson.

If you’re visiting this website, odds are you already know who Daniel Lopatin a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never is, so let’s not waste anymore time skirting around the obvious: The new Oneohtrix Point Never video stars the man who is indisputably everyone’s favorite Batman, Val Kilmer! Iceman! Doc Holliday! Gay Perry! The guy from Heat who is neither Pacino nor Deniro, yet still gets to be on the poster! Damned if it isn’t always a treat when he shows up in stuff.

“Ecco: The Videos of Oneohtrix Point Never and Related Works” will run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from October 18 to November 19, in the museum’s Billy Wilder Theater. More information can be found here. Watch the trailer for the event below. And seriously, reconsider Batman Forever. People often forget just how pretty okay it really is!

In related news, Lopatin canceled his show tonight at Florida’s III Points Festival due to “canceled flights and travel complications.” Check here for more schedule changes.

♫ Listen: Lady Mondegreen – “『 ”

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A mondegreen /ˈmɒndᵻɡriːn/ is a mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase as a result of near-homophony, in a way that gives it a new meaning. When introduced to new people, they hear Natalie, Maddie, and Maggie. At work, people address emails to Natilia and Natasha. She called her Irene, but her name is Ilene. Tiny movements, like a tic. Little edits make it. Ten years later, it happens over and over. Saying something. He says, what did she say? They say, she said! Sounds pronounced, and then unpronounced. To be understood. She said, but we know. It doesn’t need to be discussed. Misheard “Cant keep being laid off” as “Can’t keep being late on me,” and “She keeps on passin’ me by” as “Shake it for me, rewind” or “bebop,” and I thought you said, omg, I heard you say. I thought I saw…

D∆WN announces details of new album Redemption, shares track

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We’re excited here at TMT, because today, D∆WN has finally announced details of her new album, Redemption, the third and final release in her Heart Trilogy. The album follows her surprise Fade to Mind release Infrared from earlier this year, as well as last year’s stellar Blackheart, which was #20 on our Favorite Music Releases of 2015.

Redemption is out November 18 on Our Dawn/Local Action and will be available digitally, on vinyl, and as a special-edition USB. Listen to album cut “Renegades” below, and revisit her performance at TMT’s Hype Hotel event with Hype Machine and ISO50.

Watch: Gods Wisdom & Lucy – “Beep Beep”

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Gods Wisdom’s low, rumbling whisper (“beep beep….”) has been stuck in my head for like, a week now. No signs of stopping. There’s something comical about the almost-a-jingle chorus of “Beep Beep,” but it’s genuinely satisfying on a level that I can’t readily explain. From the little saxophone lick to Lucy’s ethereal vocals, the track is as mystifying as it is catchy.

Lumping the musical output of the Dark World crew under any specific genre(s) betrays the peculiarity of their art, and to be honest, I’m kind of at a loss for words anyway. I just know I really like this shit. Check out the recent Dark World feature via The FADER, and stream the video for Gods Wisdom & Lucy’s “Beep Beep” below.

♫ Listen: Scientific Dreamz of U – Kestrel Explorations; Gentle Beads of Passion

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Scirentific Dreamz of U needs to finally create that application where one can sit with their BluTooth tech or headset microphone and pick up all the languages being spoken around the user. Like, how Google Translate has that photo scanning application for special menus at your favorite non-American restaurant. Or wait, is this already a thing? Either way, this dude at the subway was dealing illegal BOOZE (I think), while I’m listening to Scirentific Dreamz of U’s Kstrel Explorations; Gentle Beads of Passion and I want to communicate to this person, “I want some too.” He’s here every Sunday. He provides samples first on the bench, then asks me to watch his food — mind you: I’m sitting in the 7-line rail-car waiting for it to “set sail” — as he leaves with some random person who just took a sip from his Styrofoam cup. Get some:

Sun Ra’s single collection compiled as massive box set

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Citizens of Earth, you are hereby on notice that another transmission from the planet Sun Ra is expected in November.

A Sun Ra reissue seems to be at least an annual event, yet somehow, as we move beyond 20 years since the great man stopped inhabiting Earth, these missives still manage to amaze and excite, proving just how deep and vast the archives are — or perhaps proving correct Ra’s prediction that he would not die, just start inhabiting other planets.

This series compiles a set of hard-to-find or previously forgotten 7-inch records from across his Earth-bound career (1952 to 1991) and has been titled by Strut Singles: The Definitive 45 Collection. It’s available for pre-order now before being released November 25 in a limited-edition box set or triple LP version.

Singles: The Definitive 45 Collection tracklist:

Sun Ra – I Am An Instrument
Sun Ra – I Am Strange
Sun Ra With Nu Sounds – Chicago USA
Sun Ra & The Nu Sounds – Spaceship Lullaby
The Cosmic Rays With Sun Ra And Arkestra – Daddy’s Gonna Tell You No Lie (Demo Version)
The Nu Sounds With Sun Ra And Arkestra – A Foggy Day
Billie Hawkins With Sun-Ra & His Orchestra – I’m Coming Home
Billie Hawkins With Sun-Ra & His Orchestra – Last Call For Love

Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Soft Talk
Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Super Blonde
Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Saturn
Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Call For All Demons
Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Demon’s Lullaby
Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Supersonic Jazz (Super Blonde)

Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Medicine For A Nightmare
Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Urnack
The Qualities – Happy New Year To You!
The Qualities – It’s Christmas Time
Yochanan With Sun Ra & His Rays Of Jazz – M Uck M Uck (Matt Matt)
Yochanan With Sun Ra & His Rays Of Jazz – Hot Skillet Moma

Sun Ra & The Cosmic Rays – Bye Bye (45 Rpm Version)
Sun Ra & The Cosmic Rays – Somebody’s In Love
The Cosmic Rays With Sun Ra And Arkestra – Dreaming
Sun Ra & The Cosmic Rays – Daddy’s Gonna Tell You No Lie
Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity – October

Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity – Adventure In Space
Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Hours After
Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra – Great Balls Of Fire
Hattye Randolph With Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity Arkestra – Round Midnight (Take 3)
Hattye Randolph With Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity Arkestra – Back In Your Own Back Yard (Take 1)

Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Saturn
Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Velvet
Yochanan With Sun Ra & His Arkestra – The Sun One
Yochanan With Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Message To Earthman (Alternate Take)
Yochanan With Sun Ra & His Arkestra – The Sun Man Speaks

♫ Listen: Hannah Diamond – “Fade Away”

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Since PC Music spoiled us so generously back in 2014 with a continuous stream of tracks and mixes, fans of the London-based crew have had a hard time coping with the subsequent slow-down. But today is an important day for fans, not just because I used drop-cap styling on the first letter of this paragraph, but because HANNAH DIAMOND IS OFFICIALLY BACK, having stepped out from behind the camera and into the spotlight with a new 90s-flavored, trance-inflected, pitch-crazy track called “Fade Away.” It’s her first single since last year’s “Hi.”

No release news yet on Hannah Diamond’s long-awaited debut album, but something HUGE is coming. I can feel it in my heart.

Listen to “Fade Away” below, and visit the track’s website for more PC Music goodness.

Music Review: inc. no world – As Light As Light

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inc. no world

As Light As Light

[No World; 2016]

Rating: 3.5/5

If As Light As Light is a prayer, “Hymn 1” is the prayer-within-a-prayer that it may be acceptable to You. “Let me get hold of something greater,” croons Andrew Aged to someone or other, the center he addresses dilating and contracting to span the liquid stream uniting self-consciousness with consciousness of another and of everything. In lieu of a clear idea of God or the self, As Light As Light achieves intimacy with the beams of light and fluid connecting them. “I have fears, I have fallen, and I’ve lost my way back home,” Andrew sings on “Without Water,” a standout among the water-metaphor tracks, reminding us of the real reasons we wonder, pray, and sing. “But I’ve never had to wonder about the love you’ve shown.”

I was really deeply endeared to this band, once known simply as “inc.,” by their 2013 album, no world. I applied to write for TMT partly because I liked Jakob Dorof’s review of it. Anyone familiar with it also knows its austere vocabulary of clean riffs, crisp hits, and koan-like whispers, stylish and temporary like the porous clouds on the sleeve, its tone meditative and magnetic. It’s mixed with incredible balance and a fairly limited palette of sound sources, as if by a benzo’d out Timbaland. Upon repeat listens, no world didn’t just “hold up” but always greeted and challenged us in a completely new way, like a living friend. Its presence, though, didn’t feel quite so real, each bar seeming to slip immediately back into nothing.

Their heads backlit by the diffuse sky on the cover of that record, the Aged brothers, now calling themselves “inc. no world,” have emerged on their sophomore sleeve from the dark ground onto a sunny patch of stairs. Something about it is altogether less feverish and obscure than before, as if in greater proximity to the light. But sophomoric opening is a comforting myth; Jakob was right to point out that, taking gospel and the long history of R&B as its point of departure, no world ended up someplace we strongly felt no one had gone before. By no means does As Light As Light make the sort of retreat from the periphery of its idiom one might think of when I remark that its songs are brighter, catchier, and in many places even simpler than those of its stark predecessor, even if all of those things are true and the album covers convey a decent metaphor after all. The band now called inc. no world (I’m trying to embrace the punctuational awkwardness, an appropriate gesture corresponding to a confusing and apophatic duo, and hold off on the scare quotes) are still as effervescent and elusive as inc., though some of the dark and the ineffable about them has hardened under the light of a new outlook.

Take “The Wheel” and “For the Leaves,” two big songs incorporating the kind of unhinged jamming on a homey, unmoving blues-country progression that no world seemed almost ascetically to avoid. The formal tensions underlying the mix of contrasting inheritances from R&B history are finally emphasized and channelled into a dramatic force, giving As Light As Light a feeling of energy and adventure. It both honors and confounds its influences. The soft unfolding of restless verse and spindly cages of drums that housed the band’s previous songs are still here — on single “Waters of You,” the “Hymn” tracks, and “Your Waking Heart,” for example — but placed in a new context alongside emphatic concessions to rock and gospel, as well as the imagistic folklore of the American West that so often got cast over stories about the band’s halcyon days learning to gig in shitty rock bars. “In Love,” on that note, is the closest thing to a pure country-pop song we can still recognize as theirs.

The most important way in which As Light As Light sounds different from the duo’s previous work is in its hymn-like attention to resolution and harmony, in many places preferring simple progressions with ambient resonance to the tense and elaborate movements of melody that gave no world its distant character. I had to listen to “In Your Beauty” at least three times before it didn’t hit the same register as a Sigur Rós or a Radiohead, evoking meditative alternative rock with a genuine shallowness. While a less discriminating approach to sound design is partially to blame, I have to admit that I also find the songwriting rather boring at times, and that Andrew’s voice often works better as a texture than a text. In their worst moments, inc. no world could be just a Maxwell’d-out, fake-deep indie rock band, masking incredibly simple love songs and devotionals with a lot of silk, liquid smoke, and rimhit samples. At their best, though, they’ve attached a religious intensity to inc.’s forlorn aesthetic, giving vibes their requisite voice. Wanting in a thematic richness I expected, As Light As Light feels at least more like a presence than a disappearance.

Music Review: Bethan Kellough – Aven

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Bethan Kellough


[Touch; 2016]

Rating: 3.5/5

Aven, an album designed by sound engineer and composer Bethan Kellough, is a film you watch with your ears. It has no visual component, but it may as well be a film. Field recordings collected in Iceland and South Africa — of geothermal activity, rushes of wind in grass, the sun setting, birdsong, rippling water — provide the action. There are no words or narrative, but dynamic swells of the natural world produce their own pulses, the form of which Kellough then accentuates and articulates through live violin and piano performances of her own original compositions. Subtle string drones are blended into a vast soundscape that moves freely between turbulence and placidity.

Like elapsed footage of a flower unfolding, the five recordings on the album audibly magnify processes of opening and closing usually neither seen nor heard. The recordings represent the passing of time, in that they capture and aestheticize physical transformations produced by heat, pressure, and release. But they also produce distinctive registers of motion and sensation, allowing listeners to experience sonic and spatial dimensions inaccessible in ordinary life. “Everything sounds very different through a microphone,” said Kellough. “When I’m talking about ‘opening out’ spaces through sound, there is very much a sense of an imagined world.” In the world rendered by Aven, depth, scale, and containment all take on new meanings, less revealing the hidden than creating it.

Aven by Bethan Kellough

♫ Listen: Elevation X Toiret Status – T.D.I.M

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Sitting in the park listening to music that isn’t typically or has never been listened to in a park is a complete question mark. These gentlemen have been speaking in a foreign language next to me for fifteen minutes, and I’m not sure if it’s Elevation X Toiret Status’ newest Flamebate release T.D.I.M, or just very loud Turkish. It’s sort of all blending together in a reality of bananas. This dude has fried bananas, and is arguing — wait, maybe these dudes are Ecuadorian because one is wearing a shirt with Ecuador’s flags on it. And for the Mandarin in me, I can’t understand a lick of their jib. Not one lick of it, brother. Okay, wait, that dude is wearing a denim shirt with cocks fighting on the back of it. What is that, Thailand, or Fiji? Are there people even living on Fiji, or is it just like Brooklyn transplants who are tourists of the island, and Easter is never in season, so shit is constantly awkward next door. Pele: