Albatrosh went to Yonkers, and all they’ve got to show for it is their new album on Rune Grammofon

Albatrosh went to Yonkers, and all they've got to show for it is their new album on Rune Grammofon

Albatrosh, the jazz duo of Eyolf Dale (piano) and André Roligheten (saxophone), have released a new LP called Yonkers on Rune Grammofon. The title isn’t what happens when you put a bunch of marbles in your mouth and try to say ‘bonkers,’ as the band’s name would imply (just try it with the word ‘albatross’), it’s the town where the album was recorded! So, how did Eyolf and André get all the way from Norway to Yonkers, NY? One would assume a transcontinental flight and a commuter train ride, but what actually led them to record their new album there? Well, Yonkers is home to Oktaven Audio studios, a recording space specializing in classical and jazz recordings, the ideal technical setting for capturing Albatrosh’s unique brand of Norweigan jazz.

Both Dale and Roligheten are only 26, and this being their third album in as many years of accessible jazz compositions shaded by influences from both sides of the pond, it’s safe to assume we’ll be seeing a lot more of them on our shores in the years to come. For now, though, the only way to catch them is to join them back on their native soil next month.


11.10.11 - Victoria Scene - Oslo, Norway

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Woods announce December tour, just the thing to warm you up this holiday season

And just like that, the outside world gets frigid. I’m not talking sweater weather — I’m talking coat and scarf weather. I’m talking blasted-with-snow weather (WTF?!). It has me jonesing for hot chocolate and crackling fires and holiday cheer and the like, but since I haven’t been grocery shopping recently and I don’t have any firewood and Christmas is still a ways off, I guess I’ll settle for some of Woods’ campfire psych-folk. I’m down with flannel and beards.

They’ll be hitting the road in December to support their most recent album, Sun and Shade (TMT Review). According to collaborator Glenn Donaldson, “Woods [are] a two-headed dog asleep on the porch and a butterfly on the windowsill… a Janus, a Gemini & a screen door.” I’d say they’re a dreamier Fleet Foxes, but hey, whatever floats your boat.


12.07.11 - Burlington, VT - TBD
12.08.11 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
12.09.11 - Gambier, OH - Kenyon College / Horn Gallery
12.10.11 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
12.11.11 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie’s #$
12.12.11 - Nashville, TN - The End #
12.13.11 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree #
12.14.11 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt #
12.15.11 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade ^
12.16.11 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter ^
12.17.11 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel ^
12.18.11 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar ^

# Jovontaes
$ Wooden Wand

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Akron/Family form harmonious new record label, Family Tree Records

Those familiar with the Akron/Family album Love Is Simple (TMT Review) may recognize the following lyrics: “I’ve got some friends that you should meet/ All good men, all good women… are their names/ But don’t go see them if you are shy/ ‘Cause they are always in embrace beyond proprietttyyyyy.” Whether the song “I’ve Got Some Friends” is about anything specific at all is pretty ambiguous, but one can be reasonably certain that the above lyrics are not only an accurate representation of the values that the relentlessly eccentric experimental folk group hold dear, but also serve as the basis for the founding and operation of their brand new record label, Family Tree Records. Although the label has already been semi-established since the co-release of <bmbz> (a reconstruction from seven artists of Akron/Family’s latest album) earlier this year, things have become officially official with the announcement that, in 2012, they will issue Sunkissed by the Denver band Bad Weather California.

According to a press release, Family Tree Records is said to be influenced by similar artist-run labels, like Takoma Records (started by John Fahey), Elephant 6, and Young God (the label through which Akron/Family first gained notoriety). The idea is to create a musical environment “driven by a sense of independent thinking, ideas, and values,” and tethered by an ever-growing and evolving group of friends, artists, and collaborators. So, in a sense, it’s like forgoing the random college roommate assignment and instead opting to reside with a close pal with whom you actually have something in common. And we all know that having a friend as a roommate never ends horribly, with endless lawsuits and a mutual destruction of personal property. No, no, in all seriousness, the members of Akron/Family seem way more peaceable.

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Indie label licensing agency Merlin makes deal with YouTube; cash money to appear out of thin air

When I’m not weeping for humanity courtesy of the comments posted there, the majority of my time on YouTube is spent perusing various music uploads to share with those who are unfamiliar. As much as the sound quality of some of these uploads makes me want to vomit out of my ear holes, they’re at least useful for a quick and dirty introduction to an artist’s work. Now, in an agreement between YouTube and independent label licensing agency Merlin — representing labels such as Merge, Warp, Sub Pop, Domino, and Beggars Group (which owns or distributes 4AD, Rough Trade, Matador, and XL) — will be able to receive royalties whenever official music videos or user-generated videos featuring their music are played on the site.

Additionally, speaking with Billboard, Merlin CEO Charles Caldas points out how the deal (the exact terms of which have yet to be revealed) will also allow labels to create their own channels and “build a premium monetization model.” My brain takes a hiatus whenever I hear or read financial jargon mixed with music-related subjects, but I’m going to assume that building a “premium monetization model” essentially means that, to a degree, labels can work out their own structure for earning money via the site.

Billboard also highlights the relevant statistic that the market share of Merlin member labels currently stands at 10%, roughly one-third of all independently-owned “repertoire,” as they put it. So depending on which labels choose to participate, and what the exact terms of the deal are, this could be a pretty decent boon for the pockets of those who help to release the albums that we all (well, at least those who read TMT) know and love. Now if we can only figure out a way to pay users who upload videos of their cute little cats doing hilarious things. They need to be rewarded too.

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Oneohtrix Point Never announces European tour; Daniel Lopatin buckles each synthesizer into a separate seat before takeoff

Oneohtrix Point Never’s got the indie world by their balls, and he won’t hesitate in giving ‘em all nutty twisters if they start to downplay his next move. “Replica isn’t as easy a sell as Ford & Lopatin? Nevermind that, hold the hype ship steady.” “Rest easy, men, reports are coming in that the album has rhythmic stuff going on. We’re in the clear.” “Fuck, regroup! Just got word that the title track is using untreated piano… do we call his bluff or is now the time to break the emergency ‘invoke Gastr del Sol’ glass?”

And so the saga continues as Replica’s November 8 release date draws closer; who knows if either side will come out alive. All that’s certain for now is Mr. Lopatin following up his performance at Moogfest this Sunday with a number of European tourdates in November and December, according to FACT. We all wish him luck on his tour but also beg him not to introduce any sounds into his set that might be difficult for a music writer to instantly process and excrete.


11.20.11 - Madrid, Spain - Red Bull Music Academy
11.22.11 - Bristol, UK - Cube Cinema
11.23.11 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
11.24.11 - London, UK - St. Giles Church #
11.25.11 - Moscow, Russia - Aktoviy Zal
11.26.11 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Electro-Mechanica Festival
11.27.11 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
11.28.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
11.30.11 - Milan, Italy - Bitte Club
12.01.11 - Lisbon, Portugal - ZDB
12.02.11 - Guimarães, Portugal - CCVF
12.03.11 - Madeira Island, Portugal - Madeiradig Festival

# Helm, Babe Rainbow

Meanwhile, Boiler Room posted “Nassau” from Replica. Check it out here:

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Dust-to-Digital releases 4-CD collection of ultra-rare African 78s for your gramophone listening pleasure

The mystical leprechauns over at Atlanta’s Dust-to Digital have followed the world music rainbow to yet another pot of undiscovered tune-gold. This time, the wise record geeks who brought you such drool-worthy compilations as I Belong to This Band: 85 Years of Sacred Harp Recordings, Melodii Tuvi: Throat Songs and Folk Tunes from Tuva, and the just-released John Fahey collection are taking you on a time-traveling journey to all parts of Africa, where the discerning collector will come face to face with the 100 tracks of Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM. Over the course of four CDs and a 112-page book, fans will travel with LA-based compiler/writer/researcher/collector Jonathan Ward across the entire continent and several decades.

Opika Pende (which means, variously, “be strong,” “stand firm,” and “resist” in the Lingala language of Central Africa) starts off in Egypt and ends in South Africa. The collection includes traditional music and popular jams, all of it never before available on CD. For, as you can guess from the name of the collection, 78s were the preferred method of music listening in most of Africa till the mid-60s, when most of the population still used hand-cranked gramophones. Opika includes songs from 1909 all the way to the mid-60s and, and it’s available now from the Dust-to-Digital website, where you can also see the full tracklist (with language/country specified when possible).

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