Reminder: Room40 celebrates 15 years of indefinable magic today with Open Frame Fest

Lawrence English, you sly dog. The artist, composer, founder of Room40, and amateur falconer (?) has outdone himself this year by curating an excellent lineup (as we recently reported) for his label’s annual Open Frame festival, going down at the art space Carraigeworks in Sydney, Australia.

And it starts TODAY.

Not only has he gotten William Basinski to agree to travel south of the equator to headline the first night, but he’s also managed to snag the world premiere of Jim O’Rourke’s latest electro-acoustic piece, Diffusion. On top of that, he’s convinced artist and filmmaker Makino Takashi to swing by and display his work Space Noise, which combines digital projection with 15mm film to create the illusion of a three-dimensional viewing experience. Need more evidence that you need to get your ass down under? How about another premiere, this time of an audiovisual work by Grouper and Paul Clipson entitled Hynosis Display? I believe I’ve made my point, and that’s not even the full lineup.

Check out the entire program and grab tickets here.

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Rotterdam punks Rats on Rafts release newest album on Fire Records

Punk isn’t punk enough these days. Blame garage rock, blame bubblegum beach punk. Thankfully, a new rock & roll space god has landed among us, however, in the form of Rotterdam’s Rats on Rafts. Beloved by the guy from Franz Ferdinand, the guy from Echo & the Bunnymen, and the guy from Louder Than War, the band consists of the hardrockin’ David Fagan (vox/guitar), Arnoud Verheul (guitar), Florian Veenhuis (bass), and Joris Frowein (drums).

The fellas will be releasing their second full-length, Tape Hiss, on the venerable Fire Records come October 16, with a lengthy European tour planned for later in the year. Hiss was self-produced, recorded, and mastered on analogue because DIY till you die, obviously.


01. Sleep Little Child
02. Composition
03. Powder Monkey
04. Rat Poison Face
05. Seaside Tape Hiss
06. Zebradelic
07. Last Day On Earth
08. (Machine) 1-6-8

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Dialect soundtracks our industrial dystopia with upcoming release on 1080p

I agree, the existence of so-called “fresh air” is superfluous in the company of engaging aromas wafting onshore from polluted urban runoff, because at least the latter has the capacity to non-verbally tell me what I want for dinner on any given night. There isn’t much chance that you’ll come across discarded Chinese food out in the country and likewise is the risk of discovering a virtual wardrobe of unappreciated, seemingly pooped-out garments kept at a minimum. So it’s no wonder that Liverpool-born producer Dialect (Andrew PM Hunt) chose the blatant opposite environment for his recent musical inspirations. As the 1080p overview on the subject makes clear, Dialect’s new album Gowanus Drifts is less about Wall Street than the sewage being “traded” underneath, at no cost to the investors.

For those unaware: Gowanus is an area of Brooklyn that was once a hub of industrial and shipping activity. It’s also in the vicinity of where Dialect recorded his new release. The area reminded him of his hard childhood surroundings, and the album itself is thus a more drone-y undertaking than his prior Advanced Myth. The sax still makes an appearance though, along with not-quite-as-obvious field recordings, all of which makes the whole thing hard to genre pigeonhole. Best you just listen to the track below and wait until August 28 for the cassette and digital completes.

Also, wait! Hunt himself recently uploaded the entirety of Advanced Myth, so don’t feel bad about listening to that one here.

Gowanus Drifts tracklisting:

01. Sunset Park (In The Dark)
02. Waterfront Epiphany
03. Wings
04. Coney Island Fog
05. Flesh In The Pan
06. Gowanus
07. Cloud Chorale
08. Ghost Of Red Hook
09. Broken Pipes
10. Glass Drift
11. Bleak Drift
12. Chewing Springs
13. Quietly, In The House (Last Transmission)

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Mild High Club prep debut album while reviewers look up synonyms for “woozy”

Stoners and time usually do not mix, man.

Or, actually, maybe they mix really well, as long as your ideal consumption of time is laid-back and woozy, two adjectives that perfectly describe Mild High Club, whose debut album Timeline will be released via Stones Throw imprint Circle Star Records on September 18.

As we previously reported, Timeline is tipped to feature a cameo from musical gun-for-hire (unless you are Madonna) Ariel Pink and was recorded in main Mild High man Alexander Brettin’s bedroom in between bong hits since 2012. That Ariel Pink collaboration also features Weyes Blood, so yeah, pretty cool huh.

The lead single “Undeniable” is being passed around now, which you can sample below. In support of the release of Timeline Mild High Club will be skipping in a weed haze around the States with fellow psych revivalists King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and then wandering around Europe to see the year out.

Timeline tracklist:

01. Club Intro
02. Windowpane
03. Note To Self
04. You and Me
05. Undeniable
06. Timeline
07. Rollercoaster Baby
08. Elegy
09. Weeping Willow
10. The Chat (feat. Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood)

Tour Dates:

08.15.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo Park Rising
08.25.15 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar #
08.26.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo #
08.27.15 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door #
08.28.15 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop #
08.31.15 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios #
09.01.15 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret #
09.02.15 - Seattle, WA - Highline
09.03.15 - Missoula, MT - Stage 112 #
09.05.15 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry #
09.06.15 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean #
09.18.15 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal
09.27.15 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Fest
10.21.15 - Birmingham, UK - Hare and Hounds
10.22.15 - Glasgow, UK - The Hug and Pint
10.23.15 - Manchester, UK - Gullivers
10.26.15 - London, UK - Old Blue Last
10.28.15 - Antwerp, BE - Trix
10.29.15 - Amsterdam, NL - Butcher’s Tears (Subbacultcha Night)
10.30.15 - Berlin, DE - ACUD

# with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

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Deafheaven announce new album at a medium-quiet volume to test heaven’s new hearing-aid implants

Hey, great economic news for the cash-strapped state of California! San Francisco-based black metal-y/shoegaze-y/best-new-music-y band Deafheaven have recently signed to ANTI- Records, easily the most wealthy and influential record label in the Western hemisphere. And not only that, but the band has announced that they will be releasing a brand new album — the follow-up to that album of theirs Sunbather that some people liked alright back in 2013 — on October 2. Hot dog! Finally, a revenue source that’s actually dependable so California can fix all those THINGS about California that no one likes very much (thanks for NOTHING, all you 90 pro sports teams)!

According to the press release, the album was recorded “live to tape at 25th Street Recording in Oakland, CA and Atomic Garden Recording in East Palo Alto, CA in April 2015,” which of course boosted the local economies of those two cities by some 7,000%. It was also “produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Jack Shirley who has worked with the band on their previous releases,” so you know it’s going to sound at least as good and be AT LEAST as popular as all previous Deafheaven releases put together. You can pre-order the album on vinyl and CD right over here, and you can peep the nice, sunny, beach-y, surf-y album trailer down below before the tracklisting.

Commenting on the album’s seemingly non-Golden State-themed title, singer guy George Clarke says that he “came up with the idea of ‘New Bermuda’ to describe a new destination in life, a nebulous point of arrival, and an unknown future where things get swallowed up and dragged into darkness.” Okay, so no worries! Sounds like like this album will DEFINITELY give The Beach Boys’ Surf’s Up a run for its money as the most iconic and lucrative California album ever.

New Bermuda tracklisting:

01. Brought to the Water
02. Luna
03. Baby Blue
04. Come Back
05. Gifts for the Earth

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Back To The Future soundtrack to see anachronistic vinyl release — you know, in celebration of the future?

Well, I’m gonna be honest with you: I exclusively only EVER listen to music via the Apple Music app streaming to my Apple Watch. But according to this website called Modern Vinyl, the soundtrack to the classic 1985 film Back To the Future soundtrack is FINALLY being pressed in a format truly worthy of its hip-to-be-square 1985-ness: Stainless steel!

Ha. No, it’s not being pressed to stainless steel. That would be too awesome. It’s coming out on fucking picture-disc vinyl. Observe: “In celebration of the film’s future travel date of October 21, 2015 [a.k.a. the date Marty, Doc, and Jennifer time-travel their asses to in the 2nd movie], the BTTF trilogy is getting a big reissue campaign, featuring Blu-Ray, special packaging and even a vinyl reissue of the original’s soundtrack. The first film’s OST will actually be released on a picture disc on October 16.” And actually, according to The Vinyl Factory, the soundtrack — which consists of the Huey Lewis MEGAJAM “Power of Love” surrounded by a bunch of other nonsense — was only released in its entirety in 2009. So this is all happening kinda fast, all things considered.

Either way, if you’re feeling jazzed up by this “heavy” news, there’s a whole bunch of celebratory junk happening in honor of that impending October 21, 2015 date that you can check out, including exclusive screenings and whatnot. Me? I’m just going to stream “The Power of Love” as many times as I want whenever I want, for free, while I skitch a cop or two… and call it a night.

Back to the Future OST tracklisting:

01. “The Power of Love” – Huey Lewis and the News
02. “Time Bomb Town” – Lindsey Buckingham
03. “Back to the Future” – The Outatime Orchestra
04. “Heaven Is One Step Away” – Eric Clapton
05. “Back in Time” – Huey Lewis and the News
06. “Back to the Future Overture” – The Outatime Orchestra
07. “The Wallflower (Dance with Me Henry)” – Etta James
08. “Night Train” – Marvin Berry and The Starlighters
09. “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” – Marvin Berry and The Starlighters
10. “Johnny B. “Goode” – Marty McFly and the Starlighters

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Empress Of announces debut album Me, world tour, whole bunch of imperatorial activities

Lorely Rodríguez, a.k.a. Empress Of, has announced her debut LP, Me. The L.A.-born Honduran-American has been leaving a mark in the Latin electronic pop scene since 2012, having released two EPs before her upcoming long-format debut, out September 11 on Terrible Records. But do not let the album’s title fool you. This is not a despotic ruler’s proclamation in league with Louis XIV’s “L’État c’est Moi!.” Rodríguez decided to baptize her LP thusly since it’s almost a musical diary of her 2014 trips to Valle de Bravo and Montreal; two experiences that clearly inspired her songwriting process.

Have a taste of that in the postcard-heavy video for “Kitty Kat,” the second song from Me that Rodríguez has shared so far, which you can stream here:

Rodríguez will be taking her dreamy-but-vigorous synth pop around the world this fall. Eschewing the ethereal trappings of her previous work for a more visceral style on Me, Rodríguez came up with a sufficiently beat-centric sound to work on the dancefloor while keeping just enough roughness to claim experimental credentials, making this a particularly good time to catch Empress Of live. Check her full tour slate here:

08.13.15 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
08.21.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo ^
09.06.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Bamboo Bar
09.13.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
09.16.15 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
09.17.15 - Montreal, QC - Piccolo Rialto
09.18.15 - Toronto, ON - The Drake
09.20.15 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
09.22.15 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry
09.25.15 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
09.27.15 - Portland, OR - Holocene
09.29.15 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
10.01.15 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
10.02.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
10.03.15 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace
10.05.15 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
10.06.15 - Houston, TX - Rudyards British Pub
10.09.15 - Miami, FL - lll Points Festival
10.10.15 - St. Petersburg, FL - The Bends
10.11.15 - Atlanta, GA - Eyedrum
10.12.15 - Carboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle Backroom
10.14.15 - Washington, DC - DC9
10.28.15 - Cambridge, UK - Cambridge Junction#
10.29.15 - London, UK - Roundhouse#
11.01.15 - Antwerp - Trix Club#
11.02.15 - Luxembourg - Den Atelier#
11.04.15 - Cologne, DE - Kulturkirche Köln#
11.05.15 - Prague - Roxy#
11.06.15 - Warsaw - Proxima#
11.08.15 - Stockholm - Debaser Medis#
11.09.15 - Oslo - Rockefeller#
11.10.15 - Copenhagen - Amager Bio#
11.11.15 - Berlin - Berghain#

# Opening for Purity Ring
^ With Lower Dens

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• Terrible Records:

Cult of Youth tour Europe, share KEXP sessions

Since the release of Cult of Youth’s Final Days last fall, the once-solo project of East Coast DIY punk/industrial/experimental vet Sean Ragon has blossomed into a glorious five piece featuring bassist Jasper McGandy, Christian Kount (electric guitar), Cory Flannigan (drums), and cellist Paige Flash. Fun fact: both McGandy and Kount were members of old-school Sacred Bones band The Hunt.

This fall, they’re headed to Europe, where they’ll be hanging out throughout October. To get a glimpse of what may be in store for the Old World, you can check out a pair of videos from Cult of Youth’s recent KEXP sessions. Behold, good people: Empty Faction and “Roses” (below), both live on KEXP. Tour dates beneath the video.

Tour dates:

10.06.15 - Paris, FR - La Machine du Moulin Rouge
10.07.15 - Nantes, FR - Pôle Étudiant
10.08.15 - Bayonne, FR - Le Magneto
10.09 .15 - Madrid, ES - Wurlitzer Ballroom
10.10.15 - Lisbon, PT - Sabotage
10.11.15 - Porto, PT - Cave 45
10.12.15 - Oviedo, ES - Late de Zinc
10.13.15 - Bermeo, ES - Beleza Malandra Ateneo Kulturala
10.14.15 - Barcelona, ES - Rocksound
10.16.15 - Marseille, FR - Poste à Galène
10.17.15 - Athens, GR - Death Disco
10.18.15 - Bologna, IT - Freakout Club
10.19.15 - Zagreb, HR - Klub Attack
10.20.15 - Innsbruck, AT - PMK
10.21.15 - Basel, CH - Hirscheneck
10.22.15 - Brussels, BE - Le Brass
10.23.15 - Amsterdam, NL - Sugar Factory

• Sacred Bones:

A hobo told me Lou Barlow has a tour and new LP, Brace the Wave

Walking through an alley near 6th and Main downtown, I came across a homeless man. The H.O.B.O. Man asked if I wanted to come inside his tent to listen to the original soundtrack to the movie Kids, and I politely declined. Then I smelled toast. Because I was having a stroke. Luckily, H.O.B.O. Man was able to perform CPR on me, so I we listened to the Kids soundtrack.

After a long discussion about Sebadoh and Folk Implosion, we talked about all of our favorite Lou Barlow songs. H.O.B.O. Man went on to drop knowledge about Barlow’s upcoming solo album, Brace the Wave, coming out September 4 on Joyful Noise Recordings. He even pulled out his iPhone 7 (those don’t even exist yet!!), to play the album trailer and said “Pre-orders are available with 500 hand-numbered VIP copies on pink and seafoam marbled-vinyl. 100 of the 500 copies will include an original Lou Barlow ‘selfie’ Polaroid.” H.O.B.O. Man then pulled a Polaroid from his sock to reveal… a photo of his dick! I asked H.O.B.O. Man if he knew Lou Barlow personally, and he said, “Yes! Thanks for looking at my dick, and go see Lou play live this September, ya dipshit.”

Brace the Wave tracklist:

01. Redeemed
02. Nerve
03. Moving
04. Pulse
05. Wave
06. Lazy
07. Boundaries
08. C & E
09. Repeat


09.08.15 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
09.09.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
09.10.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
09.11.15 - Washington, DC - DC9
09.22.15 -San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
09.23.15 - San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brewing Co.
09.24.15 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
09.25.15 - Pioneertown, CA - Desert Stars
09.26.15 - Costa Mesa, CA - Wayfarer

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Sufjan Stevens to tour the U.S. again this fall, planting apple seeds along his way

This just in, internet! It seems from the headlines currently swirling around on Ask Jeeves, The Internet’s very own Sufjan Stevens — who recently gave The Internet a brand new album called Carrie & Lowell 100% and completely for free as a paid-download, expensive vinyl, and shiny, useless, money-costing compact disc — is going to step outside The Internet for a little bit to embark on an epic and ambitious and amazing and fabulously R-E-A-L REAL tour of the Europes, the United Stateses, and maybe some other brick and mortar places.

“Whoa, there,” I can hear you saying. “Didn’t he, like, just finish doing that, or some junk?” Well, first of all, you sound kind of stupid and under-confident when you talk, so you should do something to fix that ASAP, okay? Second of all, yeah he did! But according to Ask Jeeves, it didn’t quite “work” the first time? (It was due to something or other about the “space-time-continuum losing its LTE connection” and a “hole in the fabric of the universe erasing Marty McFly from existence” and “Neil DeGrasse Tyson claiming that Pluto is no longer a planet” or something. I don’t know which one, exactly. Turns out Ask Jeeves is not the best search engine.) Either way, though, away he goes. So go see him! OR ELSE.

Hahahaha. Just kidding. Or else nothing! :)

Sufjan Stevens tour:

08.14-17.15 - Lyons, CO - Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
08.28-29.15 - Dublin, Ireland - Helix *
08.30.15 - Edinburgh, England - Edinburgh International Festival
08.31.15 - Manchester, England - O2 Apollo Manchester *
09.02-03.15 - London, England - Royal Festival Hall *
09.04.15 - Brighton, England - The Dome *
09.05.15 - Salisbury, United Kingdom - End Of The Road Festival
09.06.15 - Bristol, England - Colston Hall *
09.08-09.15 - Paris, France - Le Grand Rex *
09.10.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Bozar ^
09.12.15 - Oslo, Norway - Oslo Spektrum ^
09.13.15 - Stockholm, Sweden - Gota Lejon ^
09.14.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Falconer ^
09.15.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Mehr Theater ^
09.16-17.15 - Berlin, Germany - Admiral Palace ^ / #
09.19.15 - Essen, Germany - Colosseum Theater #
09.20.15 - Geneva, Switzerland - Théâtre du Léman #
09.21.15 - Assago, Italy - Teatro della Luna #
09.23-24.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Royal Theatre Carre #/$
09.25.15 - Reims, France - Comidie Theatre $
09.26.15 - Luxembourg City, France - Grand Theatre $
09.27.15 - Lyon, France - Le Radiant $
09.29.15 - Barcelona, Spain - El Forum $
09.30.15 - Madrid, Spain - Teatro Circo Price $
10.24.15 - Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theatre
10.25.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Orpheum Theatre
10.26.15 - Albuquerque, NM - Popejoy Hall
10.28.15 - Omaha, NE - Orpheum Theatre
10.30.15 - Buffalo, NY - SUNY Buffalo
10.31.15 - Jersey City, NJ - Loews Jersey Theatre
11.01.15 - Baltimore, MD - Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
11.03.15-16.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Hall
11.04.015 Charlotte, NC - Ovens Auditorium
11.05.15 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
11.06.15 - Orlando, FL - Walt Disney Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center
11.07.15 - Miami, FL - Olympia Theatre at Gusman
11.09.15 - North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Coliseum
11.10.15 - Birmingham, AL - Alabama Theatre
11.11.15 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
11.12.15 - Louisville, KY - The Kentucky Center
11.13.15 - Cincinnati, OH - Aronoff Center

* Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
^ Mina Tindle
# Basia Bulat
$ Austra


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