You get the impression going way back to Précis that Thomas Meluch a.k.a. Benoît Pioulard was capable of full-on heading this direction, but apparently only after collaborating with Rafael Anton Irisarri (through Orcas) has Meluch felt the motivation to go ALL IN with nearly unwavering ambience. He’s putting the chips down in the middle of an ethereal river flow, quickly realizing their status as actual money, as he proceeds to dive desperately (but swan-like) for the sake of monetary retrieval. Just because we’ve thoroughly enjoyed the airy and otherworldly folk on aural display post-millennium, doesn’t mean that mixing it up is totally out of the question. Mix it up, Meluch!
Sonnet, out March 30 on Kranky, is said to be a veritable smorgasbord. Well, actually, it’s somewhat ironic when you consider the literal definition of “sonnet,” because the album is almost entirely lyric-less. Here’s what the Seattle-based musician had to say concerning its composition: “The basis of the album was a series of field recordings of tones and unintentional harmonies that I made in the summer & fall of 2013 - whistling industrial air conditioners, bird songs, locust drones, washing machines - that I mimicked or interpreted on the guitar, making loops that developed into fuller compositions.”
There’s no turning back now. Hymnal was the last breath. Onward to ultra-minimalism! Teaser vid and a track below.
01. With No Advantage
02. The Gilded Fear That Guides the Flow
03. Of Everything That Rhymes
04. Is in its Clearest Form
05. An Image Apart from Ourselves
06. Whose Palms Create
07. As Would a Weaver
08. A Shade of Celadon
09. So Etched in Memory
10. Upon the Break Arch
11. That Wounded Weathered
12. Shut-Ins on Sunday
13. The Very Edge of Its Flame
14. And Relent
Most people know Jenny Lewis as the little girl from The Golden Girls who wanted her teddy bear back, but a small amount of mom and dad hipsters know about the music Lewis has made with jazz-twee combo Rilo Kiley and under the solo moniker of “Jenny Lewis.” After releasing The Voyager and touring in support of said album last year, a lot of people at the Village Pantry I attend have been asking the cashier, “When is that Benny Lewis going to tour again?”
First of all, the name is Jenny Lewis, idiots (I’ve only said it like 50 times already!), and, yes, she’s going to tour this spring. Before you go buy tickets at Village Pantry, let me remind you that Lewis and Jonathan Rice recently released a song, titled “In April,” for the firm “Song One”:
Also, my friend Dunny is a big fan of the movie The Wizard, which Jenny Lewis was in. So I’d like for all of my fans to go to Dunny’s GoFundMe page to donate as many tickets to Coachella so Dunny can live his dream of seeing Jenny Lewis before he dies of natural causes. Thank you all for your support and daily heaps of fan mail. It means a little to me.
01.31.15 - Austin, TX - KUTX 2nd Birthday
04.12.15 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
04.19.15 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
04.30.15 - Louisville, KY - Iroquios Amphitheatre*
05.03.15 - Charlottesville, VA - nTelos Wireless Pavilion*
05.04.15 - Saxahphaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom
05.05.15 - Charleston, SC - N. Charleston PAC*
05.07.15 - Miami, FL - The Fillmore Miami Beach @ Jackie Gleason*
05.08.15 - Tampa, FL - Big Guava Music Festival
05.09.15 - Ponte Vedra, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
05.10.15 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham
05.12.15 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
05.13.15 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
05.15.15 - Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Music Festival
05.17.15 - St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room
05.18.15 - Chicago, IL - The Vic
05.19.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
05.20.15 - Sioux Falls, SD - The District
05.22.15 - Missoula, MT - Wilma Theater
* w/ Ryan Adams
• Jenny Lewis: http://www.jennylewis.com
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, there’s a new album from the group whose name is synonymous with love: Carter Tutti. Yes, that’s right, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti of Throbbing Gristle/Chris & Cosey/X-TG fame have returned under yet another moniker, and they’re giving the world a gift better than chocolate, roses, or the clap: a new album on the duo’s CTI label, set to be released on February 17. Inspired by recent worldwide live performances of Carter Tutti Plays Chris & Cosey, it’ll be available as a digital download, CD, and double LP and will feature reinterpretations and reworkings of 80s and 90s Chris & Cosey songs. So many people were like “Yo, release that live shit!” that the pair went into their Norfolk studio to make it happen.
Each release format will get its own extra-special exclusive remixed track, so get your wallet ready! CDs will include “Vengeance” (Exclusive Remix), downloads will get “Synaesthesia” (Exclusive Remix), and the vinyl edition will get all five tracks from Carter Tutti’s 2014 US tour limited-edition CD. To celebrate the release, Chris & Cosey are holding a “final” live date at London’s Heaven Nightclub on February 15. (“Final” here being the equivalent of when JAY Z quit music for like two minutes several years ago. It’s their final show for a while, as they plan to go back into the studio for a couple years.) Later this year, expect a new Carter Tutti Void album, too.
02.17.15 - London, UK - Heaven
01. Lost Bliss
03. Driving Blind
07. Watching You
08. Love Cuts
10. Dancing On Your Grave
11. Vengeance (Exclusive Remix - Compact Disc album only)
11. Synaesthesia (Exclusive Remix - Digital Download album only)
02. Driving Blind
05. Watching You
06. Love Cuts
08. Dancing On Your Grave
01. Cowboys In Cuba (Extended Remix)
02. Dancing Ghosts (Extended Remix)
03. Deep Velvet (Extended Remix)
04. Lost Bliss (Extended Remix)
05. October (Love Song) (Extended Remix)
• Carter Tutti: http://www.chrisandcosey.com
For the responsible smoker: Stones Throw presents Mild High Club. Music for those who love to get stoned, but not like those kids out there. Reasonable psych-pop for reasonable people. In plain terms, Mild High Club is the project of Midwestern jazz musician Alexander Brettin, whose press release states that he “sounds more like Todd Rundgren spilling bong-water on his Macbook than Charlie Parker.” That description is so amazing, I had to take a walk around my neighborhood, just thinking. Brettin’s recently been in L.A. playing with the likes of Ariel Pink, R. Stevie Moore, and Mac DeMarco. For those keeping score, that is Ariel Pink mention 1 of 2 in this story.
As the inaugural release for their new signing, Stones Throw has put out a Mild High Club 7-inch of his new single “Windowpane” with the B-side track “Weeping Willow.” You can hear “Windowpane,” but for the B-side, you’ll need to buy that 7-inch, baaaaaaabay. The project’s debut LP is due out for a spring release on Stones Throw and is set to feature guest vocals from Ariel Pink. That is Ariel Pink mention 2 of 2.
In the next few months, Mild High Club is set to play roughly a handful of California dates. It is a reasonable amount of shows for a reasonable person.
Mild High Club dates:
02.07.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Jewels Catch One *
02.12.15 - Laguna Beach, CA - Marine Room #
04.16.15 - Costa Mesa, CA - Wayfarer $
04.17.15 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre %
* w/ Weyes Blood
# w/ Meatbodies
$ w/ Wand
% w/ Mac DeMarco
Ringo Starr announces new album Postcards from Paradise, causing millions to momentarily reconnect with their annoyance that The Beatles aren’t on Spotify
Killer-diller news everyone. Little mom-and-pop record store/independent label/neighborhood malt shop Universal Music Enterprises just put a big ol’ sign out front announcing the release of former Plastic Ono Band drummer, “Back Off, Boogaloo” popularizer, and secret-longtime Traveling Wilburys producer Richard “Ringo Starr” Starkey’s “18th studio release” entitled Postcards from Paradise… which is great because A) I could kinda go for a frosty chocolate malt before my woodshop class starts, and B) I was just wondering what the current state of that man’s haircut is!
Good thing I won’t have to wait much longer, because it’s coming out on March 31. And darned if this thing doesn’t seem to have it ALL, guys (at least according to that pretty impressive sandwich board sign):
• “11 original tracks”!
• “A song written and recorded by Ringo Starr and his current All Starr Band - Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Wally Palmer and Gregg Bissonette”!!
• Production and recording by Ringo himself “at his home studio”!
• “Los Angeles”!
All in all, pretty dang immense, I’d say. But the sign doesn’t even stop there! It goes on to specifically assure us that the album “as always, features friends and family”! As Ringo himself is often heard to remark, “If I am recording and you’re in town and drop by, you’re going to be on the record!” (Er, luckily, Ringo is famous and stuff, so his random buddies include the likes of “Joe Walsh, Benmont Tench, Dave Stewart, Ann Marie Simpson, Richard Marx, Amy Keys, Peter Frampton, Nathan East, and Glen Ballard.”) The band is also on the road all winter leading up to the release of the album, and all the dates are detailed on it. There’s even a little note on there about how, on April 18, Ringo will be “inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, where he will receive the Award for Musical Excellence.” Again, what can I say? It’s quite a sign. You really should see it.
Postcards from Paradise tracklisting:
01. Rory and the Hurricanes
02. You Bring the Party Down
04. Postcards from Paradise
05. Right Side of the Road
06. Not Looking Back
08. Island in the Sun
09. Touch and Go
11. Let Love Lead
All-Starr band tour:
02.13.14 - Bossier City, LA - Riverdome
02.14.14 - Tyler, TX - Cowan Center
02.15.14 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Concert Hall
02.17.14 - Greenville, SC - The Peace Center
02.21.14 - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Hard Rock Hotel
02.22.14 - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Coliseo de Puerto Rico
02.24.14 - Sarasota, FL - Van Wezel PAC
02.26.14 - Sao Paolo, Brazil - HSBC Brasil
02.27.14 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Vivo Rio
03.01.14 - TBD
03.03.14 - Santiago, Chile - Movistar Arena
03.06.14 - Bogota, Columbia - Bogota Corferias
03.08.14 - Yucatan, Mexico - Coliseo Merida
03.10.14 - Mexico City, Mexico - National Auditorium
03.12.14 - Santa Ynez, CA - Chumash Casino
03.13.14 - San Francisco, CA - Masonic Theater
03.14.14 - Pala, CA - Pala Casino
03.15.14 - Las Vegas, NV - The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort
Europe! The UK! Software Records-signed producer Suicideyear is coming your way. Actually, he’s less coming your way and he’s more there right now. He’s right behind you! Suicideyear is right behind you! He wants you to listen to a song! This situation is less scary than previously assumed!
Suicideyear will continue his stay in the UK and Europe for much of February, playing a smattering of dates. To celebrate this beautiful vacation, he’s sharing a refix/remix/thing you can hear at his live shows of “Forever On 1” by Hudson Mohawke. You can hear that over at his SoundCloud or below:
01.30.15 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Strand
02.05.15 - Paris, France - Le Gibus
02.06.15 - Innsbruck, Austria - Club Aftershave
02.07.15 - Vienna, Austria - Aux Gazelles
02.11.15 - Edinburgh, UK - Sneaky Pete’s
02.12.15 - Bristol, UK - 10 Below
02.13.15 - London, UK - Birthdays
02.20.15 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Siroco
02.21.15 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Razzmatazz
The Jesus and Mary Chain announce North American tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Psychocandy, 100th anniversary of psychosis, and 2 or 3,000th anniversary of candy
You guys know that hip old British noise-pop band The Jesus and Mary Chain? (I know, I know, they haven’t really done, like, stuff-stuff in a while, but they do sometimes; and, well, you didn’t hear this from me… but, ya know, they’re kinda seminal, so you’re OBLIGATED to stay up on them). In case you’re super uncool or a zombie posing as a human police officer or a cyberman or something nerdy like that, I’VE GOT YOU COVERED. Here’s what you need to know about them and their now-30-year-old debut album Psychocandy.
The Jesus and Mary Chain’s debut is a decadent alt-rock masterpiece of bubblegum pop — with “Just Like Honey,” “My Little Underground” and “Never Understand” — drowned in feedback.
— Rolling Stone, The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
BAM. Rolling. Stone. Magazine, guys. I mean, ‘NOUGH SAID. Right? Right. Anyway, yeah, Psychocandy is turning 30 this year. Therefore, in accordance with the law-of-round-numbers, the band is, and I quote: “now pleased to announce its first full US run of Psychocandy US tour dates, hitting new cities in May 2015.” Whoa! I bet you didn’t see that coming, right? Surprise!
But wait, there’s more. And I quote: “This will be the continuation of a year of activity not only celebrating the 30th anniversary of Psychocandy but also looking firmly ahead to the future.” You hear that shit? FIRMLY. AHEAD! FUTURE!!! ‘NOUGH SAID.
Oh wait. Tickets go on sale this Friday (January 30). ‘NOUGH SAID.
05.01.14 - Toronto, ON - Canadian Music Week
05.03.14 - Detroit, MI - St Andrew’s Hall
05.05.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera
05.07.14 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory
05.09.14 - Austin, TX - Levitation / Austin Psych Fest
05.11.14 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
05.13.14 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
05.14.14 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
05.16.14 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
• The Jesus and Mary Chain: http://thejesusandmarychain.co.uk
Travi$ Scott was always bound for greatness. Who knew his greatness would fully manifest in the form of cow-wrangling, though? Not me, I’ll tell you that much. What with all his collaborating with Kanye West on Yeezus, as well as with Pusha T, Jay-Z, T.I., and his solo work, I sort of thought he’d stay strong with the hip-hop thing. But, Travi$, more power to you. Follow your dreams, even if — especially if — they involve cows, as your recently announced March release date for Rodeo seems to indicate they do. Sure, many have speculated that it’s just an album, a follow-up and fulfillment of Days Before Rodeo from last year, but in order to serve the logic of the bit I’m currently doing, I’ve chosen to not believe any of that and instead imagine Travi$ Scott’s young body tossed about on the muscled back of a furious bull under the hot lights of a stadium on a humid Texas night.
To really throw a bit of confusion into whether or not this whole Rodeo thing is definitely about bulls or hip-hop, Scott has just announced a March tour with Young Thug and Metro Boomin, which will take him around the United States of America and will include a stop at SXSW. He’s also dropped two new tracks to further muddy the water, “Nothing But Net” with Thugga and PARTYNEXTDOOR and “High Fashion” with an assist from Future whose own recently dropped Beast Mode tape seems, to this writer, to indicate — in the interest of really putting a nice bow on this dumb joke — his own desire to move out of the hip-hop game and into the ownership of a beast-infested pit game and to ultimately monetize said pit by offering pit-watching tours from the safety of his own pleasure skiff. I apologize for the direction this post has taken. As consolation, please accept the SoundCloud embeds of both of the tracks I just mentioned below.
03.01.15 - Santa Ana, CA - Observatory
03.02.15 - Tuscon, AZ - Rialto Theatre
03.04.15 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
03.06.15 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
03.08.15 - Chicago, IL -The Concord Music Hall
03.09.15 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall
03.10.15 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
03.11.15 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
03.12.15 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
03.14.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theatre
03.15.15 - Silver Spring, MD - Filmore Silver Spring
03.16.15 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
03.17.15 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
03.18.15 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
03.19.15 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
03.20-22.15 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.23.15 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
03.24.15 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
03.26.15 - Phoenix, AZ - The Pressroom
03.27.15 - San Diego, CA - Observatory Northpark
03.28.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
03.29.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
03.31.15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
Guitar-pop songsmith Mac DeMarco has announced international dates for the next handful of months, slugger. In addition to a few North American dates, the songwriter will find or has already found himself in countries such as Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Israel, chief. Those dates include appearances at major festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Austin Psych Fest, and Field Day, buddy.
Last year, DeMarco put out his second full-length, Salad Days, on Captured Tracks, sport. But, hey, you probably already knew that, big guy.
Mac DeMarco dates:
01.30.15 - Sydney, Australia - Metro Theatre *
01.31.15 - Brisbane, Australia - Brisbane Showgrounds (Laneway Festival)
02.01.15 - Sydney, Australia - Sydney College of the Arts (Laneway Festival)
02.01.15 - Sydney, Australia - Oxford Act Factory #
02.03.15 - Melbourne, Australia - The Hi Fi Club *
02.04.15 - Melbourne, Australia - The Hi Fi Club *
02.06.15 - Adelaide, Australia - Harts Mill (Laneway Festival)
02.07.15 - Melbourne, Australia - Footscray Community Arts Centre and The Rivers Edge (Laneway Festival)
02.07.15 - Melbourne, Australia - Howler #
02.08.15 - Fremantle, Australia - Esplanade Reserve and West End (Laneway Festival)
02.21.15 - Tlaltizapán, Mexico - Parque Natural Las Estacas (Bahidora Festival)
04.12.15 - Indio, CA - Coachella Festival
04.14.15 - Big Sur, CA - Loma Vista Gardens ^
04.15.15 - Big Sur, CA - Loma Vista Gardens ^
04.19.15 - Indio, CA - Coachella Festival
04.20.15 - San Francisco, CA - Independent ^
04.22.15 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom ^
04.23.15 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre ^
04.24.15 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre ^
05.08-10.15 - Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Festival
05.08-10.15 - Austin, TX - Carson Creek Ranch (Austin Psych Fest Levitation)
06.02.15 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Barby
06.07.15 - London, UK - Field Day
06.11-14.15 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
* The Murlocs
# Connan Mockasin (DJ Set)
• Mac DeMarco: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mac-DeMarco/301768729858252
• Captured Tracks: http://www.capturedtracks.com
Our interview with Ilyas Ahmed back in 2012 came with the tagline that the Portland-based guitarist wasn’t concerned with the “what” that he was, as his teenage years had him ardently avoiding employment in food service as a result of the generally oppressive uniform rules. Dunkin Donuts wasn’t going to tell him that he was a talented slinger of glaze and chocolate, but now, with the announcement of a new LP, we’re getting a sense that this casual inclination toward label-avoidance has eased quite a bit. Ilyas is… “all our own”! This probably isn’t a reference to musical altruism directed toward the general public, but at least we’re getting somewhere.
I Am All Your Own is due out March 24, and in accordance with this newfound willingness to self-recognize, the album features Ahmed’s voice at the fore, “unobscured.” Obviously this is quite a departure from his previous works, since Goner was especially coated with all sorts of fuzz. With Endless Fire left just some peach, so let’s assume that this newest album is what shaving aficionados call a BBS, despite a 4-track cassette recorder being the tool of choice. I doubt much razor burn, at least.
The album also comes with Thurston Moore’s blessing, for those seeing some benefit in a famous +1.
I Am All Your Own tracklisting:
01. City Daze
02. Come On
03. All You Say
04. Untitled 1
05. The Last Laugh
06. Untitled 2
07. I Need To Fix My Body So I Can Light My Mind…
08. Closer Tonight