Angel Olsen will sail across the pond on an enchanted boat to tour Ireland and the UK this spring

Angel Olsen will sail across the pond on an enchanted boat to tour Ireland and the UK this spring

I can’t remember why I didn’t see Angel Olsen when I had the chance back in November, but I regret it every time I listen to Half Way Home (TMT Review), which came in at #23 on our Favorite 50 Albums of 2012. Olsen’s voice seems to emanate from a cosmos that no one else will ever see, yet simultaneously blooms from the familiarity of old-school country songs. Watch the video for “Tiniest Seed” below, and if you’ll be taking a jaunt through Ireland or the UK this May, check out her tourdates as well. (And if you’re in Western North America, you might be seeing her before she leaves!)


04.06.13 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop *
04.07.13 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place *
04.08.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo *
04.09.13 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *
04.10.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Trunk Space *
04.12.13 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture *
04.14.13 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive *
04.15.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court *
04.16.13 - Boise, ID - Neurolux *
04.18.13 - Portland, OR - Bunk *
04.19.13 - Seattle, WA - Barboza *
04.21.13 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club *
04.24.13 - Sacramento, CA - Bows & Arrows
05.02.13 - Dublin, Ireland - The Joinery
05.03.13 - Cork, Ireland - Half Moon Theatre
05.04-05.13 - Kilkenny, Ireland - Kilkenny Roots Festival
05.06.13 - Belfast, Ireland - The Black Box (Cathedral Quarter Festival)
05.08.13 - London, UK - The Cinema Museum
08.30.13-09.01.13 - Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival

* Villages

• Angel Olsen:
• Bathetic:

Wanna hear a secret about Twin Shadow’s George Lewis, Jr? Too bad, you’ll have to wait until you go see his “True Story” tour this spring

Pop the collar on your jean jacket and slide into your 511’s because Twin Shadow is going back on tour! No word of new music on the horizon, as the tour is once again in support of George Lewis Jr.’s 2012 album Confess (TMT Review), but the tour does have a theme. Like previous Twin Shadow tours, such as the “Haircut” tour (where George got a new haircut for every single show) and the “Ton Up” tour (which featured Man vs. Food-like eating competitions on stage), this new tour is aptly titled “True Stories” and will feature either Lewis Jr. or Lewis Sr. telling the audience a unique, true story from their familial past.

I’ve seen Twin Shadow a couple of times and while I can’t recall any audience interaction beyond the usual between-song chatter, I do remember the performances always being very solid. For die-hard fans, getting a little piece of the Lewis family backstory definitely makes up for the fact that you probably just saw them live with the same tracks a couple of months ago. For the TRUE die-hard, bordering-on-stalker Twin Shadow fans (we know you’re out there), you’ll need to take a month-long sabbatical in order to hear every single one of the juicy tales from the Lewis family, as each city will experience a totally different true story. You gotta have a gimmick.


05.22.13 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern *
05.24.13 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
05.27.13 - George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
05.28.13 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom *
05.31.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *
06.01.13 - Chicago, IL - Metro *
06.03.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom *
06.05.13 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
06.06.13 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop *
06.07.13 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre *
06.09.13 - New York, NY - The Governors Ball Music Festival
06.12.13 - Boston, MA - Paradise *
06.15.13 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
06.16.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle *
06.18.13 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West *
06.20.13 - New Orleans, LA - The Maison *
06.21.13 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s *
06.22.13 - Austin, TX - Emo’s East *
06.24.13 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater *
06.26.13 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls *
06.27.13 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom *
06.28.13 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House *
06.29.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre *

• Twin Shadow:
• 4AD:

Kurt Vile erodes the fuck out of some present participles on new LP, Wakin on a Pretty Daze, because he’s just that chill!

I don’t picture Philadelphia’s Kurt Vile “announcing” stuff so much as I picture him just kind of… yawning stuff out… over a shitty connection on speaker phone… from his seat on the toilet. So, I guess just picture all of that when I tell you (that Pitchfork told me) that Vile is ever-so-passively “back on the scene” with a new album due April 9 for Matador. The new one, which follows up the full-length yawn of 2011’s Smoke Ring for my Halo (TMT Review), is titled Wakin on a Pretty Daze.

Below, you can check out the new album’s opening track, “Wakin on a Pretty Day” (yeah), as well as some visuals from a short documentary that was made about the album’s cover art. I haven’t listened to it yet, but I bet there’s some guitar noodling on it, if you’re into noodles. Oh, and he’s also hitting the road this spring (with stops at big-ass fests like Primavera and Coachella) with the likes of The Fresh & Onlys and Angel Olsen. Damn, is it just me, or does this guy get more done from the toilet than I do in an entire year?

Wakin on a Pretty Daze tracklisting:

01. Wakin on a Pretty Day
02. KV Crimes
03. Was All Talk
04. Girl Called Alex
05. Never Run Away
06. Pure Pain
07. Too Hard
08. Shame Chamber
09. Snowflakes Are Dancing
10. Air Bud
11. Goldtone

Tourin on some pretty days:

04.14.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.21.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella
05.04-05.13 - Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Festival
05.07.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *!
05.08.13 - San Francisco, CA - Independent *!
05.10.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir *!
05.11.13 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore *!
05.12.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *!
05.14.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall !
05.16.13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom !#
05.17.13 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair !#
05.18.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer !#
05.24.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
05.25.13 - London, UK - Field Day
05.26.13 - Brussels, Belgium - AB
05.27.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.28.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
05.29.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Amager Bio

* The Fresh & Onlys
! Steve Gunn
# Angel Olsen

• Kurt Vile:
• Matador:

The Thermals announce new record Desperate Ground, sign to Saddle Creek, pledge allegiance to Omaha

Call me old-fashioned, but when I think Saddle Creek Records, I think of Cursive and other bands that are friends with Cursive. Really, call me old-fashioned for that view, as it’s woefully out-of-date. For years now, Saddle Creek’s been operating outside of their original Omaha-centric wheelhouse. I mean, they signed The Rural Alberta Advantage, a band from a country that doesn’t even have an Omaha! Portland’s The Thermals are also not from Omaha, mostly because they’re from Portland. They’ve also got a new record, Desperate Ground, coming out April 16 through Saddle Creek.

While, as we have established, The Thermals are not from Omaha, they do share a long relationship of friendship with Saddle Creek. The Faint have been known to sleep on Thermals frontman Hutch Harris’s floor. Way back in 1999, Harris and bassist Kathy Foster organized the first Bright Eyes show in Portland.

Desperate Ground was produced by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Kurt Vile, dozens and dozens of others) in Hoboken, New Jersey, a job which was completed mere hours before Hurricane Sandy hit the state. According to the band, lyrically the record is “a brash and irresponsible ode to human violence, a black celebration of the inevitability of war and death.” Sounds fun! And, since it’s a Thermals record, it probably will be fun.

Desperate Ground tracklist:

01. Born to Kill
02. You Will Be Free
03. The Sunset
04. I Go Alone
05. The Sword by My Side
06. You Will Find Me
07. Faces Stay with Me
08. The Howl of the Winds
09. Where I Stand
10. Our Love Survives


03.01.13 - San Francisco, CA - Noise Pop @ Rickshaw Stop
03.02.13 - Cupertino, CA - Homestead Lanes Bowling Alley
03.07.13 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent
03.08.13 - Clinton, NY - Beinekie Events Barn @ Hamilton College
03.09.13 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
03.13-16.13 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.18.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex (Check Yo Ponytail)

• The Thermals:
• Saddle Creek:

The Dead C and Rangda to release split on Ba Da Bing Records; gymnasts around the world nod in approval

“You’ve got to give credit where it’s due,” nine out of 10 gymnasts agreed in response to the upcoming split full-length from legendary New-Zealand noise rock trio The Dead C and psych-rock supergroup Rangda. “Splits are tough to pull off,” the gymnasts said, “it takes a lot of flexibility, training, and commitment. This one looks totally awesome.” Several gymnasts went on to offer stories of hilarious mishaps in which some of their less-flexible friends tried to do the splits at parties.

Though neither The Dead C nor Rangda are typically lauded as great gymnasts, the members of each of these groups are notable for their longstanding contributions to experimental rock music, which is sort of similar if you think about it. Here’s what Ba Da Bing Records has to say about them:

Each member’s name carries its own legendary status. Richard Bishop. Ben Chasny. Chris Corsano. Michael Morley. Bruce Russell. Robbie Yeats. Fabricated empires have been built and destroyed by the vast output of any one of these guys.

The Dead C’s half of the split comes in the form of nearly forgotten tracks from the band’s archive, released here for the first time. The songs were previously under consideration for 1989’s Eusa Kills. Rangda’s compositions were recorded in Bloomington, Indiana at Russian Recording. The split is available for pre-order now from Ba Da Bing Records, and is set for release on March 5.

In addition, Rangda are about to start a quick tour of the American West Coast that will lead them up into Canada by the end of February.

02.22.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Center for the Arts Eagle Rock *
02.23.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel *
02.24.13 - Davis, CA - Luigi’s Fungarden
02.25.13 - Eureka, CA - The Shanty
02.26.13 - Portland, OR - Star Theater
02.27.13 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
02.28.13 - Vancouver, BC- Rickshaw Theatre
03.01.13 - Nanaimo, BC - Royal Canadian Legion Hall #10

* Blues Control

• Rangda:
• The Dead C:
• Ba Da Bing:

RIP: Collin Anderson, TMT writer

Earlier this month, we reported how TMT writer Collin Anderson and his partner Rachel Firak were involved in a serious car accident in New York that left both in intensive care. While Rachel is slowly healing from the accident, Collin was unfortunately unable to recover and passed away last week at 26.

Needless to say, the TMT staff is heartbroken by the news. Collin — writer, musician, and friend — was an integral member of the team: not only did he contribute impeccably clever, soulful reviews with a unique, writerly sensibility, but he was also one of the primary conversationalists behind the scenes, initiating thoughtful discussions about everything from our rating system to our pseudonyms to our usage of neutral pronouns. Talking with Collin about such topics was always a pleasure too, because he was as passionate a reader of TMT as he was a writer. He knew the site intimately, attentive to the details only the most hardcore of readers would notice. In fact, before we officially took Collin on board back in 2009, he astutely guessed in his application that TMT must have an internal message board and a music-sharing system in place, just by noticing how an album that was never reviewed on the site had made it onto one of our year-end lists.

It was clear then, and it is crystal clear now, that Collin always wanted to encourage more music sharing, more exchanging of ideas, more communication in general. It was never about the ego for Collin (he changed his TMT moniker from his real name to unicornmang two years after he was hired, in part to avoid the ego), and it was not even necessarily about “the music,” per se. What drove Collin here and allowed him to so easily befriend anyone he talked to was his desire to facilitate discussion, to encourage us to learn from each other, to use our resources to build a stronger, more vibrant community.

We are honored that Collin chose to share his life with us. His influence on us both individually and as a whole will continue as we go forward, with Collin having permanently infected us with his charming inquisitiveness and the goodness in his heart.

We love you, Collin. RIP.

Today, Tiny Mix Tapes posts Collin’s last review (which was submitted days before the accident) and a tribute mix. We will suspend posting anything else today in remembrance of Collin. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Here is a eulogy by Tim Terhaar using Collin’s own words:

This is an old story. Originally emanated from a single speck of dust. But it’s worth exorcizing all of your predictions. Urgency is the central thing — bread-breakingly stirring. Sound in print breathes life into an invisible community.

A review constituting a small miracle, like a brick wall over and over, waiting for the other shoe to drop. The paraphernalia of stories untold are tied to his limbs with strips of ribbon. I am still quite actively searching, not recovered.

Missing the mark, to be human. Hitting dead ends is another question. But the termitelike “now” is certain, the only umbrella before the torrent.

It’s miraculous that we still somehow walk away from a pileup in love with the textured thicket of machines. A lot of us have been preparing emotional space for… it’ll remain impossible to say. This complete indeterminacy, somehow more prominent the deeper you dig.

Always familiar but unforeseen, something that’s already there leaves you floored, hungry. Clues to an invisible structure live and die, and you’ll both just sit there. But you know what this sounds like already.

This is where the guts thing comes back. Let’s just cross our fingers in hopes that their brains aren’t as permanently cooked as this fractured narrative. Amoebic diligence past being able to do anything about it — score for the machines. This empty dread when the buzzing naughts are left on too long without feedback.

There’s a strange peace in asking the right questions. Mash-up, alien, or oblivion? There’s a piece of you that will stop. This unnamed “you” plays time like an accordion. To construct something, intent on a cut-and-paste asymptote.

Believing in people is harder than believing in unseen unity. “Infinite reserve of uplifting hurt” loses meaning, leading into nothing in particular. You know what we like to do with serious things. Sing her syllables like Shaker exsufflations.

How damned deliberate, like a hornet struggling for life. We’re talking primordial soup in a panic almost too protracted to witness, the only humanity we’ve had to cling to so far being minutes from vapor. Suddenly a cavernous silence, the type you might imagine before being hit by an oncoming train.

Worm through your day-to-day, then quickly gather dust. Emotional tug will still be there for us when apostles break down walls. Rolling down the windows might well be a therapeutic issue.

Don’t screw around with your certainty. His projected project like another piece of debris more permanent than himself. Otherworldly flotsam. A certain tired humanity filled with some creeping sense that something’s on its way and may never arrive. Cleft mumble, unspoken floors. Apparent silence.

There’s no easy word for how contagious woes punch straight through where they need to. Grief straddles the line between the human and the chemical. We should be thankful he dwelt long enough to make no bones. I don’t know which side of the skull I’m on.

There’s only, it seems, one thing left to love: this solitary, fractured record. A claustrophobic aluminum halo. A brass rubbing of some ineffable, powerful yet stationary force. Sitting in the corner gathering dust, messing with the guts — they do go on forever.

Some days I can stare into smoke for hours. Less an act of investigation and more an act of prayer. The actual visceral experience of one person’s diminution. The world lost a warm and honest person.

Go out the window. Step in the glimmering bear trap. Split your heart, replete. Imperfect until it becomes perfect. No matter how many bizarre directions this relationship takes, it all comes together again on a couch in Syracuse.