Benoît Pioulard to release new mini-album on Desire Path, though not en français

Benoît Pioulard to release new mini-album on Desire Path, though not en français

Quel surprise! Desire Path Recordings has announced that it will soon release a new “mini-album” aptly titled Benoît Honoré Pioulard Plays “Thelma” by none other than Portland-based Benoît Honoré Pioulard (neé Thomas Meluch). He’s fancy enough to have a French stage name, so show some respect and don’t call his mini-album an EP!

DP describes the new approach taken on Thelma as Pioulard exploring a, “place existing in between.” This includes, it would seem, Pioulard trading in his trademark bedroom-style vocals and lilting pop sensibilities for a more ambient but no less warm approach to music making, as evidenced by the preliminarily released track “Calder,” currently available as a free stream/download at the Chocolate Grinder.

The physical release, which follows up Pioulard’s Kranky album Lasted TMT Review) from last year, is available for pre-order now and will be limited to un petit 300 copies of a clear vinyl 12-inch record with artwork by Sean Patrick — though the mini-album will also be released as a digital download starting on the official release date, November 1. Sign up now or grab a copy on the upcoming tour.


10.29.11 - Philadelphia, PA - St. Mary’s Hamilton Village
10.30.11 - New York, NY - West Park Presbyterian Church
10.31.11 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo
11.02.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Warhol at Carnegie Museum of Art
11.03.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Southgate House
11.05.11 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
11.06.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11.07.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
11.10.11 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door
11.12.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene
11.14.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11.15.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite

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Mouse on Mars prepare to enter the Paeanumnion at London’s Barbican Centre… gross

When you’re a member of acclaimed German electronic duo Mouse on Mars, you can do whatever the “%$^&” you want. You can start a band with The Fall’s Mark E. Smith and call it Von Südenfed, even though that totally sounds like a Eurotrash version of an ingredient in meth. You can name an album Vulvaland, even though… umm… :-(. You can team up with Cologne-based crazy innovative contemporary ensemble musikFabrik to create an hour-long performance piece called Paeanumnion, even though no one will ever be able to pronounce or spell it correctly. (Plus it sounds kinda weird in that “ancient Greeks did WHAT???” sort of way.)

But whatever, you’re in Mouse on Mars, you don’t care. So you team up with musikFabrik and conductor André de Ridder and you write this orchestral jam and then you throw in a bunch of digital bloop bleep blips and process the “%$^&” out of certain parts. (But not the whole thing because musikFabrik just kinda shines on its own, bloop.) Then you world-premiere it in Cologne, Germany in September before bringing it to London’s Brutalist dream cocoon, the Barbican Centre, where many a great art has been arted. Then you promote it with a preview excerpt. Then you gather all your wine and your satyrs and lastly, your paeanums, and prepare to enter the Paeanumnion — because it’s time to party like the ancient Greeks did. With music! WITH MUSIC. GOD, what’s wrong with you people.

11.25.11 - London, UK - Barbican Centre

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The Appleseed Cast go on tour this fall so they can feel the crunch of brown leaves beneath their feet, the warm cider on their lips

Forget those other seasons, give me fall. Winter and summer are unbearable for opposite reasons. Spring is nothing special and has too much sneezing. Fall, that’s where it’s at. The weather’s pleasant, everything gets coated in pleasing earth tones, and you get a good excuse to drink warm apple cider. Post-emo titans The Appleseed Cast know this; that’s why they’re called The Appleseed Cast. Did you know that the band’s name actually refers to their ritual of planting apple trees to harvest for delicious, delicious apple cider? It’s true.

Once the cider’s brewed, The Appleseed Cast will take it with them on their forthcoming fall tour. Nothing like sipping on that sweet cider after playing a set full of songs from your recently released Middle States EP. Except for maybe wearing a scarf. The wonders of fall are plentiful. Still, fall won’t last forever, which is why the group is currently working on their next full-length, due out in 2012. It is the only way they can protect themselves from the ravages of winter and — shudder — spring.

Appleseed Cast dates:

11.04.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
11.05.11 - Fargo, ND - Aquarium
11.07.11 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
11.08.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
11.10.11 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
11.11.11 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
11.12.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
11.14.11 - Boise, ID - The Venue
11.15.11 - Missoula, MT - Oak
11.17.11 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
11.18.11 - Sioux Falls, SD - Boonies

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• Graveface:

Fonal’s Musik Mosaik Festival is coming to a Finland near you, with music, crafts, and Congolese music videos!

Need another reason to visit central Finland in mid-November other than the glorious near-freezing temperatures? Look no further! Book your flights now to attend the incredibly well-priced three-day Musik Mosaik Festival, presented by Fonal Records in Tampere, Finland, from November 17-19. Festival passes are available now through the label’s shop for a mere €15, which should leave you with plenty of cash for travel expenses.

The all-access pass gets you into two shows, an art exhibition, a screening of some “Visionary Congolese music videos,” a “Strobe Animation Workshop” and an afterparty with not one but two DJs, and it even comes with a free downloadable sampler featuring 15 tracks from various festival performers. Expect polite head-bobbing and lots of consonants.

The two proper shows feature headliners Ignatz (Belgium) and Heatsick (UK), respectively, but what’s a “Strobe Animation Workshop,” you might be asking? Well, after watching the instructional video posted on the festival’s site, it’s not exactly clear, but it appears to be something only someone suffering from the effects of a long dark winter indoors would come up with. It’s kind of like a homemade party decoration for a Finnish mid-Winter rave… and it looks like a must-have skill. What are you waiting for?

Festival Schedule (all dates in Tampere, Finland):

11.17.11 - Arthouse Cinema Niagara - CONGO LOVE (visionary Congolese music videos presented by Xavier García Bardón)
11.17.11 - Telakka - Ignatz, Sand Circles, J. Tolvi Semiband, DJ Bongo Man
11.18.11 - Telakka - Heatsick, Quilts, Fricara Pacchu, Jarse, Mother DJs
11.19.11 - Telakka - Strobe Animation Workshop by Jari Suominen
11.19.11 - Ravintola - Afterparty featuring Bongo Man, Mother and Fonal DJs
11.17-19.11 - Ravintola 931 - Exhibition by Peter Larsson and Jan Anderzén

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Screeching Weasel have a new EP coming out, vie for spot on next year’s Lilith Fair tour

Remember in March, when Ben Weasel of Screeching Weasel fame punched two women at SXSW? I remember that, because it is easy to remember when famous punk rock frontmen do stupid, indefensible things. Of course, if I didn’t remember such things, Ben Weasel’s bizarre rants are always there to remind me. But that should be the end of that. Finally, we do not have to think about Ben Weasel’s idiotic antics and we can get back to thinking about things that have nothing to do with angry, old punk dudes.

Oh ho! Wait one second! Someone’s a silly, naive fool and that somebody is me.

Exclaim! reports that Screeching Weasel are returning on October 29 with the Carnival of Schadenfreude EP through Recess Records. In typical Weasel fashion, the EP’s title track finds the frontman sincerely apologizing and mending his burnt bridges. AHAHAHAHAHA that’s not what is happening. As Weasel basically puts it, the internet is dumb and he is smart and rich and here’s a song about that. There’s also a song called “Fox News,” which may or may not be about how Mr. Weasel thinks it is awesome. Who knows?

Because everybody else in Screeching Weasel bailed after SXSW, the EP is Ben Weasel’s first release with a new backing band. That very lineup will be making their live debut at Reggie’s in Chicago on the same day as the EP’s release. As it turns out, that show is sold out and I do not entirely understand the world we live in.

Carnival of Schadenfreude tracklist:

01. Carnival of Schadenfreude
02. Fox News
03. Queen Kong
04. Muscle Mary
05. The Parasite Murders
06. No Reason to Lie
07. Under the Bus

• Screeching Weasel:
• Recess:

AIDS Wolf giving away their new album for free, releasing a music video, not changing their name

Free samples rule. My favorite grocery store usually has a plate of cheese cubes and sometimes pita chips and hummus, too. Once, they even had chocolate chip cookies, and even though I’m fairly certain there’s an unspoken “one per customer” policy, I might have taken more. Maybe two. Or three. Whatever. I’m not sorry.

Free music rules too, and I’m always jazzed if I can manage to snag the albums I want without rooting through questionable MediaFire links. So, how cool is it that AIDS Wolf are offering a free download of their most recent album, Ma vie banale avant-garde, right before they head out on tour today? Pretty fucking cool, I’d say! Just send Lovepump United Records a self-addressed stamped envelope, and they’ll send you a free AIDS Wolf poster, too! Cool! I love posters! And getting things in the mail!
AIDS Wolf have also released a music video for “Like PSHTS of Aerosol,” one of many tracks on Ma vie. If you’re into insane asylums and the 80s, it’ll be right up your alley.

P.S. Check out the Lovepump website for their address as well as postage information.

Ma vie banale avant-garde tracklisting:

01. Heaps of Sour Earth
02. No Females on Board
03. Despair Ritual
04. Cinq à sept
05. Wings of Inertia
06. Nothing But a Tape Recorder
07. Like PSHTS of Aerosol
08. Volunteer Decoys
09. Le cercle des ratés
10. I’ve had such an acrid taste in my throat
11. What’s an Aphid?
12. London’s not like back home
13. Child of Wind, Creature of Dust
14. Why bother?
15. Pop a Candy Drop
16. Subconscious Snacks on Ha Ha
17. Self-defence Is Moral Dentistry
18. Breeding Grounds Are Burial Mounds
19. Chippers Takes a Sip
20. Please hold the line
21. The wise have no use for wisdom anymore
22. Born Dead
23. An Honest Miracle/Mistake
24. Snuffed Out Dreams

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