Bill Callahan to perform Dream River live on a (presumably?) very real boat this Sunday!

Bill Callahan to perform Dream River live on a (presumably?) very real boat this Sunday!

Hey reader, did you notice how today’s review of scampy folk-meister Bill “Can Do” Callahan’s new album Dream River was missing one-and-a-half stars or so? Me too! Bullshit, right? But! But… to be fair, I totally asked Alex Griffin about that, and — wouldn’t you know it — he totally copped to having, specifically, NOT listened to the album unfolding live in its entirety while sipping a mint julep on an old time-y boat as it chugs around some pretty water at sunset deep in the heart of Texas! Typical of that guy, right?

But don’t worry; Callahan’s label, Drag City, has stepped in to remedy the problem. According to their website, a boat cruise featuring Callahan is totally happening this Sunday, September 22! For real. Just watch! Take it away, plucky Drag City copywriter:

[On] Sunday, September 22nd, cruise down Lady Bird’s Lake with Bill and the band as they showboat the Dream River album in it’s entirety live, and in concert for an elite group of 80 lucky schmucks. And you! Expertly timed to coincide with the magic hour, aka sunset—breathe the freshest air in Austin on the top deck of a sweet boat in motion while the light—and your life—change forever.

Sweet, right? Well, except for all the fine print. Tickets for this magical excursion are on sale EXCLUSIVELY by walking your personal self into the fine Austin establishments Waterloo Records and End of an Ear, so you’ve kinda gotta live in Austin; and you have to actually buy a physical copy of Dream River first (who does that, Drag City!?)—, oh, there’s a limit of one ticket per customer, so you can’t impress a cool indie-girl this way or anything (unless you buy her a copy of the record too, which is creepy).

But, still. It’s for real. The boat boards at 6:30 PM and departs at 7:00 from behind the Four Seasons Hotel Austin on Lady Bird Lake at 98 San Jacinto Blvd. And I assume that Callahan’s performance will retroactively be awarded five stars (or dots or whatever the hell we use) as a consequence.

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• Drag City:

[Photo: Hanly Banks]

Blitzen Trapper celebrate seventh record with 857th tour

Take your abstraction and shove it. Sometimes you just want someone to give it to you straight, which is exactly why we keep Blitzen Trapper around. While the rest of you are beating around the bush with your longwinded album titles that try to suggest a particular abstract, intangible feeling, Blitzen Trapper tell you exactly what they’re doing. They’ve got a new album coming out October 1, their first for Vagrant. It’s called VII, because it’s their seventh record. Did you even need the second part of that sentence? No, you did not. Listen to a couple tracks from the album below:

While the rest of you so-called bands are making avant-garde sculptures to promote your new records, Blitzen Trapper are doing things the old-fashioned way. They’re dusting off their hands and hitting the road, basically dusting off their feet in the process. Hell, I’m beating around the bush myself and that’s no way to behave in a Blitzen Trapper story. Blitzen Trapper, they’re going on tour for the fall. They’ll be touring the United States and that’s that.

Blitzen Trapper dates:

09.17.13 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
09.18.13 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
09.19.13 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie’s
09.21-22.13 - Bristol, VA - Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
09.23.13 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
09.24.13 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
09.25.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
09.26.13 - Saxapahaw, NC - The Haw River Ballroom
09.27.13 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
09.28.13 - Hartford, CT - Arch Street Tavern
09.29.13 - Boston, MA - Royale
09.30.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.03.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.04.13 - Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall
10.05.13 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
10.07.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10.08.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
10.09.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
10.10.13 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
10.12.13 - Bozeman, MT - The Filling Station
10.13.13 - Missoula, MT - Top Hat
11.05.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
11.06.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
11.08.13 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy and Harriet’s
11.09.13 - La Jolla, CA - Porter’s Pub
11.10.13 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
11.12.13 - Austin, TX - The Parish
11.13.13 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
11.15.13 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
11.16.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
11.20.13 - Leavenworth, WA - The Leavenworth Festhalle
11.21.13 - Bellingham, WA - The Wild Buffalo
11.22.13 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
11.23.13 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
11.30.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir (2 shows)

• Blitzen Trapper:
• Vagrant:

Actress is either heading out on a giant international arena tour or playing a small, classy handful of select dates this fall. Fans, please text in your votes now!

Hey! Before I list his tour dates, do you guys wanna to know what fuckin’ Rolling Stone Magazine says about mysterious electronic artist Actress? “Hell yeah,” right? Sweet! Here it is!!!

[Actress] makes electronic dance music that bursts of static, LP surface noise, reverberant space and clattering synthetic rhythm, with hallucinatory flashes of cello or harp for real-world color.

Rolling Stone Magazine

I know.

Kinda transcends the need for any further words, doesn’t it?

Actress North American tour dates:

09.26.13 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile (Decibel Festival)
09.28.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Werkdiscs Party
10.03.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - VIA Festival
10.04.13 - Mexico City, MX - MUTEK MX
10.06.13 - Asheville NC - Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit

• Actress:
• Werkdiscs:

Sunrise Series awakens the Silent Barn all week long with predawn performances

Brooklyn’s resuscitated Silent Barn — an all-ages venue and “incubation space” at the bleeding heart of Bushwick’s art scene — is ringing in the sun this week, with an ambitious run of predawn performances. Every morning from Wednesday (tomorrow) through Sunday, doors will open at 6 AM for a featured set of live sunrise soundtracking. Local guitar virtuoso Ben Seretan and Barnyard steward Kunal Gupta will be hosting; Seretan, Bang on a Can affiliate and 1-bit musician Tristan Perich, the pre-recorded ghost of Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase, instrument inventor Cammisa Buerhaus, and more will perform. Everything goes down beneath the skylight in the Barn’s third floor living room, and will involve coincident tea. Breakfast will also be served, should you desire it. Things should be wrapped by 8 AM.

Admission is free, with a suggested $5 donation to your performer(s) of the day(break). The full schedule:

09.18 - Ben Seretan solo set (guitar, pedals, voice)
09.19 - Cammisa Buerhaus (live foreground) + Brian Chase (tape piece backdrop)
09.20 - Invisible Circle & Vapour Trail duo (organ and percussion)
09.21 - Tristan Perich: Impermanent, w/ Frank Tyl (tubular bells and 1-bit electronics)
09.22 - G. Lucas Crane & Daniel Fishkin duo (field recordings, oscillation, sound art)

• Silent Barn:
• Sunrise Series:

LAKE are going on a US tour in their enormous, Adventure Time-funded, nuclear-powered twee death-bus

Life’s pretty great if you’re in LAKE, the esteemed, K Records-signed indie pop band from Olympia. Not only are you, as mentioned, in an esteemed K Records-signed indie pop band, but you’re also THE RICHEST PEOPLE ALIVE. Let me explain. In 2010, the now-hit Cartoon Network series Adventure Time premiered. Along with it came a closing theme by a one Ashley Eriksson, who just so happens to be a vocalist for LAKE. And that same closing theme just so happens to be an alternate version of the song “Christmas Island” from LAKE’s 2009 album Let’s Build a Roof. Adventure Time has since become incredibly, incredibly popular and, due to a contract misunderstanding, LAKE receives 95% of the show’s profits. They have since taken those profits and invested them in many extremely successful ventures, thus making them the world’s richest people.

That said, LAKE are still in indie pop for the love of the sweet, delicate game. Success hasn’t changed them much, except for the fact that they now drive around in a jumbo tour-bus powered by nuclear-energy that cannot be harmed by any force on Earth. It also has a picture of a dragon on the side. Soon, they’ll be taking their nuclear death bus on the road for a month, rolling into town looking like the end times, but sounding closer to a pleasant tea time.

On September 17, the group will release their new record, The World Is Real. That album happens to be streaming at Pitchfork, so give it a listen. Just don’t worry about buying it, the members of LAKE have more than enough money. (NOTE: the members of LAKE are not actually billionaires, they are simply working artists. As such, you should purchase their album if you enjoy it.)

LAKE dates:

09.18.13 - Seattle, WA - 20/20 Cycle
09.19.13 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studio
09.21.13 - Boise, ID - The Crux
09.22.13 - Missoula, MT - VFW Hall
09.23.13 - Rapid City, SD - The Llama Pen
09.25.13 - Chicago, IL - Burlington
09.26.13 - Grand Rapids, MI - Mexican Sans Frontiers
09.27.13 - Toronto, ON - Rancho Relaxo
09.28.13 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal
09.29.13 - Biddeford, MD - The Oak & Ax Fest
09.30.13 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
10.01.13 - Providence, RI - TBC
10.02.13 - New York, NY - The Cake Shop
10.03.13 - Annondale-On-Hudson, NY - SMOG & Bard College
10.04.13 - Purchase, NY - SUNY Purchase
10.05.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium
10.06.13 - Philadelphia, PA - WKM
10.07.13 - Baltimore, MD - TBC
10.08.13 - Charlottesville, VA - Tea Bazaar
10.09.13 - Burham, NC - Pinhook
10.10.13 - Knoxville, TN - TBC
10.11.13 - Athens, GA - The World Famous
10.12.13 - Atlanta, GA - TBC

• K:

Old pals Kurt Vile and Sore Eros team up for collaborative EP

Kurt Vile might have the best name in rock. Actually, fuck “might.” He has the best name in rock and/or roll. One of the best things about having a name that cool is that you can have a backing band with an even cooler name. I mean, “Kurt Vile and the Violators,” is pure gold. It just rolls off the tongue. Robert Robinson, better known as Sore Eros, is not only a former member of Ariel Pink’s band, but a former Violator. When not backing up Vile, Robinson was collaborating with him. Now, aside from sharing a birthday (January 3, 1980) the old friends will share billing on an EP.

Coming out on November 4 on Care in the Community, Jamaica Plain unearths three tracks from the duo’s days of playing and recording together. Recorded in Boston and Vile’s home turf of Philly, Jamaica Plain features tracks over a decade old when Vile was working as a forklift driver to help make ends meet.

Less conventional than the music Vile is more widely known for these days, Jamaica Plain harkens back to the early days of the Violators and Vile’s time in the War on Drugs.

Anyway, here’s the Jamaica Plain EP tracklist:

01. Jamaica Plain
02. Serum
03. Calling Out of Work

Plus here are KV’s upcoming tour dates:

09.25.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Warhol at the Carnegie Music Hall
09.26.13 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
09.27.13 - Urbana, IL - Pygmalion Music Festival - Urban Civic Center Outdoor Annex
10.12.13 - Mexico City, Mexico - Corona Capital Festival
10.25.13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 *
10.26.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer ^
10.27.13 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar ^
10.28.13 - Charlotte, NC - Chop Shop ^
10.29.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club ^
10.30.13 - Charleston, SC - The Pour House ^
10.31.13 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits ^
11.01.13 - Miami, FL - Grand Central +
11.02.13 - Orlando, FL - The Social ^
11.03.13 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder ^
11.04.13 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box ^
11.05.13 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s ^
11.06.13 - Houston, TX - Walter’s #
11.08-10.13 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest (exact date TBA)
11.11.13 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s ^
11.12.13 - Chattanooga, TN - JJ’s Bohemia ^

^ Beach Fossils
* Beach Fossils, Lee Ranaldo
+ Beach Fossils, Band in Heaven
# Beach Fossils, Merchandise

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