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January 27, 2015

Timber Timbre

As mentioned, Canadian dark folk group Timber Timbre will be on tour in February, including NYC at Bowery Ballroom on 2/23 with Thus Owls. You can still get tickets to that show but a second Bowery Show has been added for the following night (2/24). Openers TBA. Tickets to the just-added show go on sale Friday (1/30) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (1/28) at noon.

That's one of a few dates that have been added to Timber Timbre's tour and all are listed below...

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Cipha Sounds

Less than 24 hours after comedian and longtime Hot 97 DJ Cipha Sounds made the news for voicing his frustrations with Hot 97, and revealing he turned down offers to work at 105.1 (unlike Angie Martinez who recently made the switch), Hot 97 has released an "OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON CIPHA SOUNDS" via a press release. The VERY SHORT (and very cold) statement literally just says: "Effective immediately, Cipha Sounds is no longer with WQHT HOT 97 FM. We wish him well on his future endeavors."

Meanwhile, find Cipha Sounds every Friday night as part of the Hip Hop Improv Show at UCB East in the East Village,

UPDATE: Shorty after this post went live, Cipha Sounds posted the following message with his own version of the news:

After 17 years, I'm leaving Hot 97. I¹m changing my relationship status from "it¹s complicated" to "single". It¹s been an amazing ride - from intern to weekends to morning show host to fill Angie¹s seat in afternoons. Many years of incredible, life-changing experiences and enough amazing memories to last five lifetimes. The next move is already underway and I promise it's going to be huge.
What do you think his next move is?

by Andrew Sacher

Travi$ Scott
Travi$ Scott

Kanye associate Travi$ Scott is still in the process of planning his official debut album, and today he dropped two new songs that may or may not appear on it. The first is called "High Fashion" and features Future, and the second is called "Nothing But Net" and features past collaborator (and Drake associate) PARTNEXTYDOOR, Young Thug and producer Boi-1da. Both are pretty in line with the kind of melodic rap that's been taking off lately, as you can hear for yourself below.

Travi$ and Young Thug will also be hitting the road together for a tour this March. That brings the two rappers to NYC on March 12 at Webster Hall and also hits SXSW. Tickets for that show (and the whole tour) go on sale at 10 AM local time on Friday (1/30) with a presale beginning Wednesday (1/28).

Young Thug is still fresh off the hype of his 2014 mixtape with Rich Homie Quan and Birdman. Stream that, with the two new Travi$ Scott songs and list of tour dates, below...

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photo: Adia Victoria in Chicago (more by James Richards IV)

Nashville singer/songwriter Adia Victoria is out on tour, a tour that recently brought her to Chicago to share a bill with Strand of Oaks and Kevin Morby, and which has her in NYC tonight to play an early, NOT-cancelled show at Mercury Lounge TONIGHT (1/27) (Juno be damned).

After NY, she continues on the road for a few more days before taking a month break. In March she's back on the road and playing the Savannah Stopover Festival before joining Hurray For The Riff Raff for a portion of their 2015 tour (NYC shows at MHOW and Bowery not included).

All tour dates are listed, along with a stream of just-released, new song "Sea of Sand" which she wrote while being "stranded" in Harlem during Hurricane Sandy, below...

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photo: Desaparecidos at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Tracy Allison)

Conor Oberst reformed his punk band Desaparecidos back in 2012, and two new 7"s came not long after. Now they've announced that they'll release a new full length, the followup to their sole album -- 2002's Read Music/Speak Spanish on Saddle Creek -- and to release it they've signed to Epitaph, currently making them labelmates with Converge, Rancid, Joyce Manor, Pianos Become the Teeth and more. Stay tuned for more info on that.

Desaparecidos recently announced dates surrounding their Coachella performances, which include shows with Built to Spill, Brand New, Joyce Manor and Touche Amore. Since then, they were also announced for Forecastle Festival.

Conor also has international solo shows coming up with Felice Brothers and will be in NYC for Governors Ball. All dates are listed, with a stream of Desaparecidos' 2013 single, below...

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by Bill Pearis


New Zealand pop outfit Yumi Zoumi will release their second EP via Cascine on March 10. That's the cover art above and pre-orders are available. The EP's single is "Catastrophe," which is a fine example of the band's airy, positive style. The video, directed by Allie Avital Tsypin, is the first of a two-part piece depicting small town life disrupted by otherworldly forces. You can watch it below.

As mentioned, the band will be heading to Austin for SXSW and will stop in NYC beforehand for a show at Cameo Gallery on March 13. That's an EP release show -- rest of the lineup and ticket info is still TBA.

Dates are listed, along with song stream and EP tracklist, below...

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Alexander Turnquist

We last wrote about guitar wiz Alexander Turnquist when he released his Flying Fantasy LP in 2014 on Western Vinyl. Here's what we said about it then:

Like his other works, Flying Fantasy combines the busy picking of American primitive guitar pioneered by John Fahey, the modern classical minimalism of Steve Reich, and the ruminative, reflective qualities of a new-age composer such as Lubomyr Melnyk. Yet, for all of these influences, Flying Fantasy sounds like Alexander Turnquist more than ever. He's come out the other side of unfortunate circumstances with a fresh respect for sound. In fact, it's the sound of someone not taking anything for granted. Turnquist infuses every tone with himself, knowing there might be a time when there isn't anything left to give.
More recently, Alexander headed to Buffalo to film a 19-minute Silo Sessions video, in which you can see him alone at work with his weapon of choice in a grain silo. That video premieres in this post and can be watched below.

Alexander was in NYC over the weekend to play Ace Hotel on Sunday (1/25) with Zachary Cale. Anyone catch that?

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As mentioned, Liturgy are releasing a new album this year and they've now announced a tour in support of it. The tour includes the Brooklyn band playing a hometown show on April 15 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show will be available soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed below.

The new album's called The Ark Work and is due out March 24 via Thrill Jockey. Listen to the very non-metal lead single "Quetzalcoatl," below...

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by Bill Pearis


Yay: Warp just announced that they're reissuing Broadcast's entire catalog on vinyl on March 9. That includes, of course, their 2000 full length debut, The Noise Made By People (one of the best albums of the '00s, according to me), 2003's Ha Ha Sound, and early singles/EPs compilation Work and Non Work. As the original vinyl releases regularly fetch over $100 on the used market, this is great news. (Ask and ye shall receive.) Warp is offering a Broadcast Bundle of all six reissues, and preorders of any of the albums come with an eight-page 10" x 10" booklet of album art.

We tragically lost singer Trish Keenan in 2011. Broadcast released the soundtrack to Berberian Sound Studio in 2013, which was their final work. If you've never delved into Broadcast's pristine world of sound -- '60s baroque psychedelia with a love of analogue synths that timewarps them into the future -- you can stream some of their LPs via Rdio, below.

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by Andrew Sacher


I've already talked at length about how Hum's influence has been very prevalent lately, and another band that's proof of this is San Diego's Anakin. Like Hum, they go all in on the thick sludgy guitars, the pretty atmospheres, and melodies that could but probably won't fill an arena. Anakin also add some cool synth lines to the mix that sound more off Something to Write Home About than Downward Is Heavenward, but on other than that don't expect much of Matt Pryor's influence on this band.

Their debut album, Random Accessed Memories, came out in 2012 (they must have been pissed at Daft Punk a year later) and they'll release its followup, Celestial Frequency Shifter, on February 3 via No Sleep (pre-order). We've got the premiere of the new single "Artificial" in this post. You can check that out, along with previous single "Satellite," below.

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