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Haruomi Hosono reissue series announced

Haruomi Hosono, who performed in Yellow Magic Orchestra and Happy End and is a staple in Japanese music, is getting his music reissued via Light in the Attic. Five of his albums are getting for the first time outside of Japan. The series, which contains Paraiso (1978), Philharmony (1982), and omni Sight Seeing (1989) are set to be out August 10th while Hosono House (1973) and Cochin Moon (1978) are set to be reissued on September 28th. The records include translated interviews with Hosono. Watch the trailer below and find information on the label’s website.

The series’ press release also contains quotes about Hosono’s influence from the likes of Mac DeMarco, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Miho Hatori. “Hosono has been the main reason I’ve continued making music since I was like 19,” said DeMarco.

Björk gives first TV performance in 8 years on “Jools Holland”

Björk was a the musical guest on last night’s episode of “Later… With Jools Holland.” It was her first TV performance in eight years and she performed with an ensemble of flutists for Utopia’s “Courtship” and “The Anchor Song” from her album Debut. Watch it below.

Mutual Benefit announces new album Thunder Follows the Light, shares 2 songs

Jordan Lee, aka Mutual Benefit, has announced a new album called Thunder Follows the Lightset to be out on September 21st via Transgressive. In anticipation of the album release, the project shared two new songs, “New History” and “Storm Cellar Heart.” Listen below.

“I think people in power benefit greatly from a general lack of historic memory in the United States,” Lee explained “New History” in a statement. “I’ve been wondering if the first step in imagining a more just world is to study our history better, not just the linear revisionist one that is oft-repeated but all the unsung champions of equal rights as well as the acts of unthinkable cruelty that humans are also capable of.”

Watch Angel Olsen and Jim James cover Sonny & Cher

David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption hailed to New York at Brooklyn Steel this last weekend with acts such as Animal Collective, Angel Olsen, Au Revoir Simone, Flying Lotus, Jim James, Jon Hopkins, and Rebekah Del Rio. During the second night, Angel Olsen and Jim James performed together. During of which, they covered the Sonny & Cher song “Baby Don’t Go.” Watch it happen below thanks to Stereogum.


Aesop Rock shares new song “Klutz”

Aesop Rock has released a new song called “Klutz,” accompanied by a video directed by Rob Shaw. Shaw also directed Rock’s animated video “Shrunk” from Rock’s last album, The Impossible Kid. Watch it below.Aesop shared in a press release, “Klutz is such a moment. I had started a couple things to this beat before sacrificing it to the gods of not-shutting-up, but this seemed a fitting fate.”

Watch Courtney Barnett perform “Nameless, Faceless” on “Fallon”

Last night, Courtney Barnett performed “Nameless, Faceless” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Watch the performance below. The song is on her latest album Tell Me How You Really Feel, which is out today via Mom+Pop/Marathon Artists/Milk!.

Alex Zhang Hungtai announces new album Divine Weight, shares video for “Pierrot”

Alex Zhang Hungtai has announced a new album called Divine Weight via NON Worldwide and is set to be out June 29th.

The new album stemmed from the last three years’ worth of “failed” saxophone compositions according to the press release. “From there it became the actual stem tracks that were heavily digitally disfigured until it no longer resembled the sound of saxophones. Like dreams, visions often come to us without us having the capability to measure or understand fully what they mean.”

Check out the full Divine Weight track list and watch the video for “Pierrot” below. Pre-order are up on NON’s Bandcamp page.

Divine Weight tracklisting:

01. Pierrot
02. Matrimony
03. This Is Not My Country
04. Yaumatei
05. Divine Weight