Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival books Steve Reich, Jonny Greenwood, Oneohtrix Point Never, Julia Holter, and more

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Steve Reich, Oneohtrix Point Never, Jonny Greenwood, Television, John Cale, Colin Stetson, Bill Orcutt, Tim Hecker, Vatican Shadow, Laraaji, Mark McGuire, and Julia Holter all walk into a bar but wait dudes IT’S NOT A LONG JOKE IT’S REAL! And it’s happening March 28-30 in lovely/historic Knoxville, Tennessee at this year’s stacked Big Ears Festival. Steve Reich is the festival’s Artist-in-Residence for a wonderful weekend full of music, art, exhibitions, film screenings, talks, workshops, and “unexpected connections.” Sexy! Weekend passes go on sale online at noon on December 6.

Reich will perform his 1976 work Music for 18 Musicians, along with new piece “Radio Rewrite,” which was inspired by a couple Radiohead songs. In a shocking turn of events, Radiohead guitarist will perform Reich’s “Electric Counterpoint,” and So Percussion will perform Reich’s 1971 work “Drumming.” It’s a Reichstravaganza!!! You’ll also get to kick it with Ensemble Signal, Marc Ribot, Nazoranai, Julia Holter, Glenn Kotche, Susanna, Son Lux, Nils Frahm, Dawn of Midi, and Dean & Britta. All venues are located in downtown Knoxville and centered largely around the Tennessee and Bijou theatres.

• Big Ears: http://www.bigearsfestival.com

Experimedia, major online experimental music shop, closing down after 2014

You’re in an exceedingly chipper mood, and the blaring of holiday music from department stores has, for now, the surprising effect of enhancing it. Not so fast, I say, because aside from the noxious and overlong family gatherings, there’s worse news today that may inspire and prolong the melancholy of many TMT readers, all the way into next year. Musically-inclined depressives, take heed:

Experimedia, the online experimental music store based in Ohio and run by Jeremy Bible, which saw its origins in 2000 as a weekly “experimental multimedia event” hosted in a now-shuttered Akron performance venue and morphed into its current form as shop/record label, will end (likely) all of its operations by the end of the 2014. In an announcement via Facebook, Bible leaves open the possibility of the label side continuing on a more “modest” level, but the general tone sounds reluctant, thanks to recent financial and administrative challenges.

And speaking of those latter challenges, though Experimedia’s accomplishments certainly extend outside the bounds of shorthand summary, it doesn’t take a gang of office assistants performing in-depth qualitative analyses to realize the secular Bible’s contributions to experimental music in general. A respectable label with dozens of international artists and a mail-order catalog that has regularly promoted the release of endorphins among the TMT staff… ‘tis a sad day indeed.

Some background info on Experimedia here and the full note from Bible below.

2014: THE FINAL YEAR

After much thought over the course of the past year I have decided that 2014 will be the last year of Experimedia. I am very proud of what I have built with the big 14 year experiment that has been Experimedia and thank you all for being a part of it but after an increasingly challenging year both financially and existentially I have decided it is time to transition into the next chapter of my all too short life. I do this with no regrets and no bitterness… strictly gratitude for the opportunity and experience. I’ve simply taken this as far as I can.

During the year ahead I will continue to operate the shop and work towards making a graceful exit, rather than continue to chase my tail until things reach total critical mass.

It has become impossible for me to micro manage all the details that are necessary to keep this running and I feel myself slowly but surely becoming less reliable when it comes to certain administrative aspects. I don’t want to be that guy when this is all said and done. I will of course continue to be involved in the music community as an artist and perhaps even still as a label on but on more modest levels. And perhaps I may be able to offer my services, skills and experiences to other shops and labels. I’ve had my day at this and feel it’s time to step aside and make a little extra room for others to step up and enjoy the experiences I have had the privilege of.

The truth is I miss the days when things were simple and did not bring the consistently increasing weight of more obligations than one person can possibly carry. I look forward to again being in a position where I can separate my passion for art and community from commerce and industry.

I hope for your continued support over the course of the year ahead so I can make this transition and tend to my obligations with honor and dignity… and you can continue to count on the excellent level of service you have come to know me for until the day the “doors” officially close. And you can surely count on some great sales during this time.

I will certainly have more to say on this over the course of the year ahead but for now duty calls.

Best wishes always,
Jeremy Bible

• Experimedia: http://experimedia.net

Ben Chasny and Donovan Quinn form New Bums, plan debut album for Drag City, learn the value of drunken friendship

When Donovan Quinn, the streetwise rule-breaker from the California psych-folk group Skygreen Leopards, joined the force, Ben Chasny wasn’t too sure about him. Chasny, a desk-jockey with a checkered past, was just six months away from his pension, and all he wanted to do was fly under the radar, fill out his reports, and retire down in Florida. When the chief assigned them as partners, neither of them had any idea they were about to embark on the greatest adventure of their lives, an adventure where they’d learn just as much about South American horse racing as they would about each other — and about friendship itself. Sure, there were speed bumps along the way. Chasny wasn’t too happy when he had Quinn over for dinner with the family and Quinn brought his energetic ferret friend. Quinn wasn’t pleased either when Chasny got all stodgy about the rules and refused reimbursement forms that time they got Wendy’s on the way back from New Mexico. And when the chief took their badges and guns away three-quarters of the way through the movie, the two decided that, instead of going rogue and making sure justice was served, it’d actually be a better use of time to hammer out some songs about police friendship.

What’s that? You’re wondering what police friendship songs sound like? Well, you’re in luck, because Chasny and Quinn decided to record their friendship sounds, and they’ll be out on an album from Drag City on February 18 of next year. The band is called New Bums in honor of the fact that they were recently fired from the police force and are too unmotivated to complete any programs in the workforce education program down at the local community college. The album is called Voices in a Rented Room, mostly because they’re such good friends that they now share a one-bedroom apartment. Inspired by the “Old Drunk America” (because laid-off cop buddies looooovvee the sauce), the record is going to be pretty spare, mostly consisting of Quinn and Chasny’s acoustic guitars and voices. Check out the album’s first track, “Black Bough,” below, and preorder the album here.

Voices in a Rented Room tracklisting:

01. Black Bough
02. Pigeon Town
03. Your Girlfriend Might Be a Cop
04. Sometimes You Crash
05. The Killers and Me
06. Your Bullsh*t
07. It’s the Way
08. Welcome to the Navy
09. Burned
10. Town on the Water
11. Mother’s Favorite Hated Son
12. Cool Daughter

• New Bums: http://newbums.tumblr.com
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Richard Buckner wants to perform in your living room, so are you gonna let him?

Let’s cut to the chase: are you going to let Richard Buckner play in your living room? Maybe we’ve cut too quickly to the chase. Let me back up. Alt-country songwriter Richard Buckner is going on a West Coast tour this coming January. But he tires of all the beer-and-urine-soaked rock clubs that are so present in a musician’s life. Instead, he wants something homier, like your home. If you live in the state of Washington, Oregon, California, or Arizona, you can host Richard Buckner in your living room. Full submission information is available here, including an outline on venue requirements. Some of these requirements are fairly specific, so if you live in a one-room shack with a leaky roof, an elderly possum that just lives there who you’ve made peace with, a 12-inch TV in the corner that only gets one channel, and a deflated beanbag, you probably won’t be able to host this show.

To further support his recent release of Surrounded on Merge, Buckner is also going on tour in Europe this December. In his way of saying “Okay, I’ll play the game,” he’ll be playing traditional venues on this trip. Tomorrow night, in fact, he’ll be supporting Destroyer, who has some great things to say about the concepts of homes.

“I love homes”
—Dan Bejar of Destroyer

Richard Buckner dates:

12.05.13 - Berlin, Germany - Hau1 (w/ Destroyer)
12.07.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Ideal Bar
12.08.13 - Stockholm, Sweden -Debaser Ballroom
12.09.13 - Goteborg, Sweden - Pustervik
12.11.13 - Gent, Belgium - Loge
12.12.13 - Cologne, Germany - King Georg
12.13.13 - Borger, Netherlands - Van Slag
12.14.13 - Den Haag, Netherlands - State-X New Forms
12.15.13 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Merleyn
12.16.13 - London, UK - St. Pancras Old Church
12.18.13 - Leeds, UK - Brudenall Social Club
12.19.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelan’s

• Richard Buckner: http://www.richardbuckner.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

Don’t act shocked: there’s a new album from The Men coming out this spring on Sacred Bones

Good day, [adjective] readers! It’s [year] and The Men, the most prolific band in garage rock, have a new album coming out on [date]. It’s called [album title] and it’s out on Sacred Bones! They’re also going to be touring [some variation on “so much”].

There. You’re welcome, music journalists! I solved it for you. With this new, convenient The Men New Album Release formula, you’ll never have to think up how to write yet another story about yet another new album from The Men again! Guaranteed to be one of your most-used Band Story Formulas, this Mad Libs-style three sentence “story” will give your readers all the info they need to know, which is basically “Yes, the Men have a new album out. No, a NEW new album. Not that one from nine months ago or whatever. A new one. Go buy it.”

But this one, ladies and gentlemen, the follow-up to October’s Campfire Songs that followed up New Moon (TMT Review) from a few months earlier, is a little bit different. Tomorrow’s Hits is The Men’s first album recorded in a high-end studio, Brooklyn’s own Strange Weather. Back in 2012, the band had been touring pretty much ceaselessly, and ostensibly decided to take a break but come on guys no one believes you were ever going to take a break. They started practicing in founding member Mark Perro’s Bushwick bedroom almost every day for a few months, resulting in ~40 demos, which the band then cut down to 13 tracks. Then it was off for two days of magic and pleasure at Strange Weather, where they recorded everything live and hung out with a horn section on a couple songs. And thusly it was that Tomorrow’s Hits came into the world, and thusly it was that The Men prepared themselves for a brief spring East Coast tour in support of said album. Knowing The Men, these four East Coast dates will soon morph into 44, and this one album will soon procreate into 16 EPs. They’re a lot like Jesus in that way. Or rock ‘n’ roll gerbils.

Tomorrow’s Hits tracklisting:

01. Dark Waltz
02. Get What You Give
03. Another Night
04. Different Days
05. Sleepless
06. Pearly Gates
07. Settle Me Down
08. Going Down

Dates:

03.02.14 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
03.03.14 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
03.04.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
03.05.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

• The Men: http://wearethemen.blogspot.com
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com

Xeno & Oaklander share title track from new Ghostly album Par Avion, along with perfume, bags, and sweatshirts

Look out, Beyoncé. Xeno & Oaklander now have their own perfume. For real. Liz Wendelbo, half of the New York-based darkwave/synth duo with Sean McBride, has teamed up with fashion designer Tess Giberson for a “*remixed* take on ‘ready-mades’ and exclusive merchandise,” to be released in conjunction with the group’s new single, “Par Avion,” which you can listen to below. The Crosby/Wendelbo collab hath yielded limited-edition t-shirts, sweatshirts, and bags, all featuring X&O artwork.

“Par Avion” was recorded in Wendelbo and McBride’s all-analog Brooklyn studio, and “alludes to postcards sent by airmail from exotic places — shimmering moments from the present, romantic messages from the past, love mementos for the future.” Apparently Xeno & Oaklander’s friends don’t exclusively send them postcards with cats riding books, jackalopes, and “Wish You Were Her” 80s bikini babe Miami postcards. Ahhh the romance of the post! The track is a taste of what fans can expect when the duo release their first full-length for Ghostly International sometime in 2014.

• Xeno & Oaklander: http://xenoandoaklander.com
• Ghostly: http://www.ghostly.com

  

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