Blackout Beach (Carey Mercer) announces Blues Trip record, still holds grudge against death

Blackout Beach (Carey Mercer) announces Blues Trip record, still holds grudge against death

Back in the late days of 2011, Frog Eyes’ Carey Mercer, in the guise of his Blackout Beach solo project, very clearly expressed his feelings on death. Namely, Fuck Death (TMT Review). More than a year has passed, but Mercer’s feelings on the subject haven’t changed. He’s not done hating death and, as a result, he’s revisiting that 2011 album. On April 16, Soft Abuse will put out Blues Trip, a new Blackout Beach record that reinterprets the songs of Fuck Death.

While the original record was heavy on synthesizers, Mercer has taken a more traditional, “rockist” approach to Blues Trip. In doing so, he enlisted his Frog Eyes bandmate (and also wife) Melanie Campbell to play drums and former Wolf Parade member Dante DeCaro to play bass. The trio got together for a quick recording session at DeCaro’s studio, presumably only pausing to see who could make the gnarliest blues face.

Blues Trip will be a vinyl-only release available in limited quantities. Except it will also be available in digital format through the band’s Bandcamp page. So it’s limited in vinyl format, but exists in infinite quantities on the internet. In fact, nothing really dies on the internet, so chew on that for a second, Carey Mercer.

Blues Trip tracklist:

01. Hornet’s Fury into the Bandit’s Mouth
02. Deserter’s Song
03. Beautiful Burning Desire
04. Broken Braying of the Donkey’s Cry
05. Torchlights Banned
06. Cloud of Evil
07. Be Forewarned, the Night Has Come
08. Sending Postcards to a Ghost

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Wolf Eyes lose an eye (Mike Connelly), pop a spare back in (Jim Baljo), announce new album No Answer

It’s widely acknowledged by people who study furry things (study, not imitate) that wolves are pack animals. What’s sometimes neglected in the story, however, is what happens to the pack when a wolf independently decides to try their paw at other musical projects. Does their collective tendency for carnivorous rage result in its ultimate downfall? Are they able to resist the urge to kill and consume farm animals without that extra emotional support?

By now, you’ve realized that this isn’t, and that I’m not actually talking about canines picking up and playing musical instruments. Human harbingers of noisy satisfaction, Wolf Eyes, have lost (now former) member Mike Connelly to other ventures and immediately replaced him with equally crazy person, guitarist Jim Baljo, per an announcement on their website.

Also of note, and perhaps unsurprising, given their preposterously-sized back catalog, is word of a new album, No Answer, set to be released at an unspecified date as a set of four 7-inch singles (via American Tapes), and eventually compiled on CD/LP (via who-knows-what label). European tourdates are also in the works, and as a final commentary on the auditory manifestation of Wolf Eyes’ slightly new composition, here’s the following: “The new era of the Wolf sound is tight simplified steady slow burning electronics/guitar/tapes/reeds unheard before in the canon of the band.” Yes.

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• American Tapes:

Unsound Adelaide Fest hosting Hype Williams, Tim Hecker, Raime, Actress, Demdike Stare, etc. Damn.

Australia’s Adelaide Festival is the sort of event that seems so magical, so innovative, so inspiring that it exists only in an opium dream dreamt by a unicorn who was listening to a lot of Motörhead when she dozed off in a field of fresh, spring daisies. It’s that amazing. But it’s real! Totally and gloriously real! And this year it takes place in the beautiful South Australian capital of Adelaide from March 1-17.

The Adelaide Festival encompasses all things that are good in life — from theatre, music, dance, literature, art, film, and what looks from the website to be a lobster flying off into space, toward a more promising future. But perhaps the most amazing part of all is the fest’s Unsound Adelaide event, in which only the dreamiest artists in music today melt your eardrums into a slush of love, awe, and in the case of Demdike Stare, lingering, gnawing fear.

Over the course of March 14-17 at the Queen’s Theatre, Tim Hecker, Daniel Lopatin, Hype Williams, Raime, Actress, Lustmord, Ben Frost, Robin Fox, Biosphere, MFO, Pole, and the aforementioned Demdike Stare with Zephyr Quartet and Friends will ruin your lives over how amazing three days can be and how you either a) cannot afford a ticket to Australia or b) are going and already ruing the fact that you’ll never have those days to live over again. Either way, ruination awaits! But in an awesome, mists of time slipping through your fingers/we’re all just living in a Lisa Frank unicorn’s drug dream sorta way.

• Unsound Adelaide Festival:

She & Him announce third record, go on tour, cuddle pups

Evidently, New Girl is a very good show. People keep telling me this, but I just haven’t gotten around to watching it. Is it on Netflix? I think it might be. Anyway, I don’t know anything about New Girl, so here’s something I do know: She & Him are releasing their third record, Volume 3, via Merge on May 7 (or May 13 for UK/Europe). If you don’t know — and were incredibly curious about why I brought up New Girl seemingly apropos of nothing — She & Him are the folk-pop duo consisting of actress/singer/songwriter Zooey Deschanel (pictured above) and non-actor/singer/songwriter M. Ward (pictured above in three stages of life).

Though Deschanel has obviously been busy with New Girl, writing songs for the 2011 Winnie the Pooh movie, and probably a million other things, she wasn’t too busy to write 11 of Volume 3’s 14 songs (the other three are covers). Contributing to the forthcoming record is a fairly lengthy list of collaborators, including NRBQ’s Joey Spampinato, Mike Watt, Tilly and the Wall, Rilo Kiley’s Pierre de Reeder, and DeVotchka’s Tom Hagerman. Sadly, Mike Watt’s participation does not seem to involve a cover of The Minutemen’s “Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing.” Missed opportunity, truly.

Shortly after the record’s release, She & Him will head out into the wilds of America for a month-long tour. Providing support on a pair of dates will be the duo of Emmylou Harris & Rodney Cowell, while Camera Obscura will open much of the tour’s second half. Now I guess I should get to watching New Girl.

Volume 3 tracklist:

01. I’ve Got Your Number, Son
02. Never Wanted Your Love
03. Baby
04. I Could’ve Been Your Girl
05. Turn to White
06. Somebody Sweet to Talk To
07. Something’s Haunting You
08. Together
09. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
10. Snow Queen
11. Sunday Girl
12. London
13. Shadow of Love
14. Reprise (I Could’ve Been Your Girl)

She & Him dates:

06.13.13 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
06.15.13 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie
06.16.13 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theatre
06.18.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theater
06.19.13 - Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
06.21.13 - San Diego, CA - SDU Open Air Theatre
06.22.13 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre *
06.23.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl *
06.25.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Gardens
06.27.13 - Council Bluffs, IA - Harrah’s Stir Cove
06.29.13 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom #
07.01.13 - Ann Arbor, MI - Hill Auditorium #
07.03.13 - Montreal, QC - Montreal Jazz Festival (Symphony Hall) #
07.04.13 - Toronto, ON - Toronto Urban Roots Festival #
07.06.13 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage #
07.09.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for Performing Arts #
07.10.13 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion #
07.11.13 - Vienna, VA - Filene Center at Wolf Trap #

* Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
# Camera Obscura

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Boris add individual dates to residency tour, consider purchasing American flag sweatpants

What are the qualifications for honorary citizenship in the United States? Without looking, it probably doesn’t include the distinctive ability and willingness to bring smoke-shrouded stoner rock and drone insanity to the masses, but Boris are certainly making an argument that it should. Time to take a backseat, people who have escaped war-torn countries and attempted to seek permanent refuge in the Land of the Free — we’re establishing different priorities now. If you aren’t a musician, and if your repertoire doesn’t include selectively hammering on a Zildjian gong à la Atsuo, then to the bottom of the waiting list you go. On the upside, celebrations of citizenship just acquired the potential to be a heckuva lot cooler.

Recall that Boris recently announced a residency tour, in which they’ll host consecutive performances (over two nights) in a few very lucky cities around the US. Preempting complaints from people who might feel their city unfairly neglected, the band just added some “one-off” dates, in which, according to a press release, they’ll perform classics generally, classics from their classic album Flood, and possible soon-to-be classics — songs set to make their national debut. Peruse the updated schedule below, and quietly admire the trio’s stamina.


04.23.13 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
04.24.13 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
04.26.13 - Denton, TX - Rubber Gloves
04.27.13 - Austin, TX - Carson Creek - Austin Psych Fest
04.29.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
04.30.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
05.01.13 - Washington DC - Rock and Roll Hotel *
05.02.13 - Washington DC - Rock and Roll Hotel *
05.03.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
05.04.13 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
05.05.13 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
05.06.13 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge *
05.07.13 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge *
05.09.13 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
05.10.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
05.11.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
05.12.13 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
05.13.13 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theater
05.14.13 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
05.18.13 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
05.19.13 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
05.21.13 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop *
05.22.13 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop *
05.23.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex *
05.24.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex *

* residency shows

• Boris:

Melvins release cover album Everybody Loves Sausages, which would be more accurate if replaced with Pizza

The Melvins are about to go all SkyMall on your ass, releasing shit you didn’t even know you needed and that, frankly, is pretty damn weird. This is the DNA analysis kit for your dog of albums. The box that laughs AT YOU (bitch) when you open it to find a cover songs collection. The personalized branding iron for the steaks you throw on the BBQ of guest singers. This is the forthcoming Melvins “unconventional covers album” called Everybody Loves Sausages, and it’s due April 30 on Ipecac Recordings.

Says Buzz Osborne, “This record will give people a peek into the kind of things that influence us musically. We REALLY like all of these songs along with the bands who actually wrote this stuff because first and foremost we are HUGE music fans.” He went on to describe the tracks as “stuff we listened to as we assembled our Portable Spa-in-a-Box for Cats™.”

Most of the tracks on the album feature the full-on Melvins crew of Osborne, Dale Crover, Jared Warren, and Coady Willis, but there are also a few Melvins Lite numbers on here, too, which leave Warren and Willis out of the equation and throw some Trevor Dunn in there. And what an equation it is! Guest vocalists include Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Clem Burke (Blondie), JG Thirwell (Foetus), John Waters, Jello Biafra, Caleb Benjamin (Tweak Bird), Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Kevin Rutmanis (The Cows), and Tom Hazelmeyer (Halo of Flies, Amphetamine Reptile Records founder.)

Everybody Loves Sausages tracklisting:

01. Warhead (Venom; Guest: Scott Kelly of Neurosis)
02. Best Friend (Queen; Guest: Caleb Benjamin of Tweak Bird)
03. Black Betty (Original artist unknown)
04. Set It On Fire (The Scientists; Guest: Mark Arm)
05. Station To Station (David Bowie; Guest: JG Thirlwell)
06. Attitude (The Kinks: Guest: Clem Burke of Blondie)
07. Female Trouble (Divine a.k.a. John Waters)
08. Carpe Diem (The Fugs)
09. Timothy Leary Lives (Pop-O-Pies)
10. In Every Dream Home a Heartache (Roxy Music; Guests: Jello Biafra and Kevin Rutmanis)
11. Romance (Tales of Terror)
12. Art School (The Jam; Guest: Tom Hazelmeyer)
13. Heathen Earth (Throbbing Gristle)

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