Hopscotch day parties announced, TMT doing showcase with Apothecary & DiggUpTapes ft. Guardian Alien, Daniel Bachman, and more
In less than two weeks, the venerable Hopscotch Music Festival will take place once again in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, featuring something like 5 millions bands performing in over 2 million venues. Artists this year include GY!BE, Deerhunter, Prurient, Elisa Ambrogio, Pusha T, Lawrence English, and improviser-in-residence Owen Pallett. But starting a week before and lasting through the fest are a bunch of incredible day parties that showcase just how deep and weird and beautiful we can all get.
Tiny Mix Tapes is proud to once again ride the coattails of Raleigh institution DiggUpTapes and art/music/booking collective Apothecary for the sixth edition of Orientations in Space, an annual day party that has boasted the likes of Akron/Family, Future Islands, Rene Hell, Lee Noble, Heads on Sticks, and many more. Gracing the stage this time will be Guardian Alien, Nest Egg, Doom Asylum, Daniel Bachman, and more TBA. Like last year’s event, the (free) show will be held at Kings Barcade.
After being stuck in video game land via Max Payne, HEALTH are back in the real world. Welcome back, HEALTH! They dropped a new album, Death Magic, earlier this month, and now, to prove that wasn’t simply a transmission sent from the digital world, they’ve booked a North American tour for November. Before November comes, the group will make appearances at Basilica Soundscape and Pitchfork Fest Paris, providing further assurance that they are of our own flesh-and-blood world.
But what makes HEALTH tick? That’s what I wanna know! Or, really, what makes a HEALTH song tick? Well, the answer is now readily available, as long as you are specifically interested in what makes the song “Stonefist” work. HEALTH were recently on the podcast Song Exploder, in which host Hrishikesh Hirway invites musicians to explain their songs piece-by-piece. Listen below and discover what makes “Stonefist” so hard and, uh, fist-like.
09.11-13.15 - Hudson, NY - Basilica Soundscape
10.28-31.15 - Paris, France - Pitchfork Fest Paris
11.10.15 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
11.11.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
11.13.15 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
11.14.15 - Dallas, TX - Trees
11.15.15 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
11.16.15 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
11.17.15 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
11.19.15 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
11.20.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Making Time @ Voyeur
11.21.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
11.24.15 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
11.25.15 - Montreal, QC - Le Ritz
11.26.15 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
11.27.15 - Detroit, MI - Pike Room
11.28.15 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11.29.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
11.30.15 - Omaha, NE - The Slowdown
12.01.15 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
12.03.15 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
12.04.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
12.05.15 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
12.07.15 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
12.08.15 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
12.09.15 - Portland, OR - Holocene
[Photo: Sesse Lind]
• HEALTH: https://www.facebook.com/healthnoise
Figure skating has always had a dark undercurrent. Aside from the obvious Tonya Harding vs Nancy Kerrigan saga, all those fake smiles and sequins seem a little psychotic. So it’s really no surprise to learn that doom metal icon Stephen O’Malley will be shortly releasing his recording of the score to Gisèle Vienne’s ice skating choreography piece called Eternelle Idole.
O’Malley has been interspersing his Sunn O))) duties with a range of extracurricular activities, including his first orchestral work Gruides, which he recorded with a 35-piece French improv orchestra earlier this year. Eternelle Idole will extend his orchestral credentials and features appearances from previous collaborators such as Steve Moore, Peter Rehberg, and Jesse Sykes.
Shelter Press will release the score September 4 on triple vinyl, as well as 16 pages of kickass pictures of ice-skating tricks taken from the choreographed piece.
As you’d expect, the music is creepy. as. fuck.
A2. Aurore theme
B1. Eternal Idol
B2. Arrival of the trainer
C2. Return / Escape
GOLDRUSH Music Festival finalizes lineup; Pictureplane and Braeyden Jae among those added to the shimmering two days
Hell, even if you aren’t inclined to make the national rounds in pursuit of a total festival season experience, sticking geographically close is bound to pliers-pluck the fingernails off your bank account, as so many festivals out there count on big names to justify three-figure pass prices. Fortunately, one exception to this is GOLDRUSH Music Festival in Denver. The event — presented this year by IMPOSE, with Tiny Mix Tapes sponsoring one of its stages — will be celebrating its fifth edition September 18-19 and has historically been (and continues to be) on the smiling side of audiences with their entirely reasonable prices and booking of niche, almost sneakingly talented acts. Unfamiliar names should be seen as a boon to any potential festival goers; yell out these names on various Denver streets in order to express your superior open-mindedness!
Added to the list of possible proclamations: electronic musician Pictureplane, Utah-based purveyor of the low-key Braeyden Jae, A/V artist Amulets a.k.a. Randall Taylor, and déCollage, an artistic outfit hailing from the Denver area. They join a lineup that includes Yoni Wolf (WHY?), Guardian Alien, Lawrence English, Tara Jane O’Neil, Benoît Pioulard, and about a dozen more that you can review in full here.
Single-day passes are also available now, which wasn’t the case at the time of our last GOLDRUSH announcement. Purchase yours here, and let the pleasant warmth of frugality wash over you like a bath of melted butter. Gold solidifies at room temperature, you know.
Last we spoke of the comings-and-goings of guitarist Steve Gunn, the former Kurt Vile sideman, was his signing to Matador. That pairing, most would agree, was just fine for both parties. Matador’s a great label. Gunn’s a talent who, after years of work, is poised to break through in one capacity or another. Mutual benefits, right there.
With himself firmly in Matador’s care, it’s time to go spread the word. Let people know about this Steve Gunn music, let them know about a little something that’ll be coming through Matador soon enough. Now, Gunn had previously announced a handful of festival dates, but he’s filled in his calendar with a few North American dates in October. It’s not a huge tour, but, frankly, it’s enough to spread that good word.
Steve Gunn dates:
08.29.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool (free show)
09.11.15 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.18-20.15 - Bristol, TN - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
10.22.15 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church (Side Chapel) *
10.23.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool *
10.24.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool *
10.25.15 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse *
10.26.15 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen *
10.27.15 - Montreal, QC - La Plante *
10.29.15 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall *
10.30.15 - Detroit, MI - Marble Bar *
10.31.15 - Chicago, IL - Constellation Room *
11.07.15 - Dallas, TX - Untapped Festival
11.08.15 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
* James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg
SafeFest 2015 is coming, y’all! What is SafeFest? Well, it’s not so much a thing, in that it does not actually exist in any tangible way. SafeFest is a festival of the mind, one in which you appreciate The Album Leaf’s 2004 album In A Safe Place. It’s a collection of happenings, two happenings in actuality, circling around the album Jimmy Lavalle recorded years ago in Sigur Rós’s Icelandic studio.
Happening #1: Sub Pop will reissue the record on vinyl on September 25. Prepare for celebration among the SafeFest crowd, as In A Safe Place has been out of print on vinyl since 2007. The label is repressing the album on black vinyl, as well as a limited “Loser” edition color vinyl. Safeheads can pre-order the album through Sub Pop’s store.
Happening #2: The Album Leaf will perform the record in full at ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas. Alright, PlaceNuts, start booking plane tickets for Presaytn, Wales around November 27-29, because that is where and when that festival goes down. Happy SafeFest, everyone!
[Photo: Bil Zellman]
Now now, Hollywood and at least one its cinematic endeavors might’ve conditioned you to accept the scientific possibility of reconnecting with lost loved ones, but rest assured, the realized advances of atmospheric correspondence are way cooler than following signals to an interstellar beach and knocking back a few margaritas with zombie dad.
English electronic duo Emptyset have been interested in the intersection between physics, space, and sound since their formation roughly 10 years ago, and in terms of genre, they’ve demonstrated a similar confluence by incidentally avoiding encapsulation by either the “noise” or “glitch” category. Their music occupies a powerful and investigative purgatory, so when I inform you of their new Signal release, out September 11 on Subtext, you can be sure that its creation was a bit more involved than switching on an oscillator as Batman gets alerted to crime on the TV adjacent. These signals involved audio transmission across real distances!
At CTM Festival earlier this year, James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas sent “audio composed of sine wave structures” to the “oldest transmission station in the world,” located in Nauen, Germany. It was then received by the French radio base Émetteur d’Issoudun and retransmitted back to Berlin, where anybody present presumably bore witness to all kinds of atmospheric artifacts.
If only I had some samples to share. Just assume alien confirmation.
Aside from striped shirts, good bread, and fries, there is nothing more quintessentially French than Françoise Hardy, the Parisian singer from the 1960s who broke out of the bubblegum yé-yé scene to cement her place in history as a bona fide songwriter, fashion icon, and muse to other songwriters like Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger.
In maths, the equation is: Françoise Hardy = rad. So rad she’s practically distanced herself from any attempts to re-live her heyday. That is, until now.
The equally rad folks at Light In the Attic have just announced that they will be reissuing Hardy’s first five (and arguably greatest) records, which have been remastered from the original tapes in the French format, with liner notes written by the otherwise hermetic Hardy.
The CD versions will be available October 16; you’ll have to wait until January 29 to get the double vinyl versions.
Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles
01. Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles
02. Ça A Raté
03. La Fille Avec Toi
04. Oh Oh Chéri
05. Le Temps De L’amour
06. Il Est Tout Pour Moi
07. On Se Plait
08. Ton Meilleur Ami
09. J’ai Jeté Mon Coeur
10. Il Est Parti Un Jour
11. J’Suis D’Accord
12. C’Est À L’Amour Auquel Je Pense
Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour
01. Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour
02. Va Pas Prendre Un Tambour
04. Toi, Je Ne T’Oublierai Pas
05. Avant De T’en Aller
06. Comme Tant D’Autres
07. J’Aurais Voulu
08. Nous Tous
09. L’Amour D’Un Garçon
10. Le Sais-Tu?
11. L’Amour Ne Dure Pas Toujours
12. On Dit De Lui
Mon Amie La Rose
01. Je Veux Qu’Il Revienne
02. Tu N’As Qu’Un Mot A Dire
03. Tu Ne Dis Rien
04. Et Même
05. Pourtant Tu M’Aimes
07. Je N’Attends Plus Personne
08. La Nuit Est Sur La Ville
09. Pas Gentille
10. Dans Le Monde Entier
11. Nous Étions Amies
12. Mon Amie La Rose
01. Ce Petit Coeur
02. Il Se Fait Tard
03. Tout Ce Qu’on M’A Dit
05. En T’Attendant
06. Je T’Aime
07. Non Ce N’est Pas Un Rêve
08. Quel Mal Y A-T-Il À Ça?
09. Tu Peux Bien
10. Le Temps Des Souvenirs
11. Je Pensais
12. Dis Lui Non
La Maison Ou J’Ai Grandi
01. Je Changerais D’Avis (Se Telefonando)
02. Si C’est Ça
03. Rendez-vous D’Automne
04. Je Serai Là Pour Toi
05. Peut-être Que Je T’aime
06. Il Est Des Choses
08. Mes Jours S’en Vont
09. Qu’ils Sont Heureux
10. Surtout Ne Vous Retournez Pas
11. Tu Es Un Peu À Moi
12. La Maison Où J’Ai Grandi (Il Ragazzo Della Via Gluck)
Hey, buddy. Yeah, you, the one in the sweater. Can I interest you in a sweet new EP? Yeah, you know the sort. It’s got a coupla tunes, maybe as many as four or five, and you just take that sucker and pop ‘er in your player of choice and you’re in business. Sound like something you can get down with? Sweet, well, the EP is a new one from Weyes Blood (a.k.a. Natalie Mering), and it’s called Cardamom Times. (No, it’s not a concept album about an era in which young-looking moms get carded at liquor stores. Turns out cardamom isn’t just an activity relished by ol’ Sammy at the 21st Amendment Superstore down the block; it’s also a spice!)
The EP is out October 9 via Mexican Summer, and its Mering’s first release since 2014’s excellent The Innocents. The EP was recorded entirely at home and to reel-to-reel tape. It’s all spare simplicity, mostly just voice and guitar or organ. You can pre-order it here either as MP3 or as a limited-edition 12-inch. We’ve got a brand new track from it called “Cardamom” here:
Mering is also going on tour through September and October, and she’s got an assortment of dates with Waxahatchee and Little Wings. Peep ‘em below.
Cardamom Times tracklist:
01. Maybe Love
02. Take You There
04. In The Beginning
09.05.2015 - Portland, ME - The Space *
09.06.2015 - Portsmouth, NH - 3S Art Space $
09.07.2015 - New Haven, CT - Lyric Hall *
09.08.2015 - Bennington, VT - Down Caf at Bennington College *
09.09.2015 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre *
09.10.2015 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade *
09.11.2015 - Hudson, NY - Basilica Soundscape Festival
09.12.2015 - Baltimore, MD - The Crown
09.13.2015 - Lancaster, PA - Culton’s Organic Farm *
09.14.2015 - Harrisburg, PA - Stage on Herr (Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center) *
09.15.2015 - Harrisburg, PA - Johnny Brendas *
09.16.2015 - Lynchburg, VA - Speakertree Reocrds
09.17.2015 - Durham, NC - Pinhook *
09.18.2015 - Asheville, NC - Mothlight *
09.19.2015 - Charlotte, NC - Snug Harbor
10.11.2015 - Baltimore, ND - Ottobar ^
10.12.2015 - Charlottesville, VA - Southern ^
10.13.2015 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle ^
10.14.2015 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In ^
10.15.2015 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop ^
10.16.2015 - Louisville, KY - New Vintage ^
10.17.2015 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway ^
10.18.2015 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall ^
10.20.2015 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room ^
* Little Wings
$ Little Wings, Wovenhand
[Photo: Laura Lynn Petrick]
Look out, lovers of Canadian indie rock! If you wanna stay RELEVANT out there, it’s time once again to brush up on who’s moniker is whose and which dude is in which band-named-after-animals and all that cool stuff! Today we’re talkin’ about Carey Mercer’s illimitable Frog Eyes project (you DO remember Carey Mercer’s illimitable Frog Eyes project, don’t you?). He’s got a new album coming out August 28 via the Paper Bag label, and you can freakin’ stream the entire thing right now courtesy of Stereogum!
What??? You say that’s NOT ENOUGH for you???
Fine, I say! How about this? You can also pre-order the LP as of this very minute and receive a “limited edition cassette of demos” along with your fine purchase. I don’t know where you’re gonna get the deck to actually play the things on… but that sounds suspiciously like someone else’s problem to ol’ Nobodaddy!
The album, which Mercer wrote entirely on an acoustic guitar that his father left him in his will, features contributions from the usual cast of friends and insiders, including Spencer Krug, Jesse Zubot, John Paton, and Paul Rigby. “I was holding the guitar a lot, kind of savoring it: a Martin D-18. I had been making records for a few years with a computer, piling tracks on tracks, writing words over guitar licks already recorded in a studio,” says Mercer. “I came to think of an acoustic guitar as somehow akin to a computer, only in the sense that they are both tools of transmission, both effective in their own way… I wrote about Joseph Beuys, about B. Traven, about God and Abraham and Isaac, about my dad being addicted to speed when he was 17.”
Intrigued? Well, then just you feast your little ear-balls on the music video for the track “Joe With The Jam” down below, and then check out the tracklisting and a smattering of fall tour dates with yet ANOTHER Canadian indie band you really ought to be keeping tabs on: Destroyer. Good luck, pal!
Pickpocket’s Locket tracklisting:
01. Two Girls (One for Heaven and the Other One for Rome)
02. Joe with the Jam
03. The Beat is Down (Four Wretched Singers Beyond Any World That You Have Known)
04. Death’s Ship
05. The Demon Runner
06. Rejoinders In A Storm
07. In A Hut
08. Crystal Blip
09. I Ain’t Around Much
10. Rip Down the Fences That Fence the Garden
Frog Eyes tour dates:
07.31.15 - Sackville, New Brunswick - Sappy Fest
09.11.15 - Toronto, Ontario - Smiling Buddha
09.12.15 - Hamilton, Ontario - Supercrawl
09.17.15 - Victoria, British Columbia - Rifflandia
09.18.15 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
09.19.15 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore *
09.20.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater *
09.21.15 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place
09.23.15 - Bellingham, WA - Shakedown
10.16.15 - Seattle, WA - Neptune *
10.17.15 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom *