Blitzen Trapper gears up for fall tour with Dawes by whittlin’

Blitzen Trapper gears up for fall tour with Dawes by whittlin'

Having just released their new album American Goldwing, alt-country sextet Blitzen Trapper are hitting the road to tour with fellow folkies Dawes this October. Hailing from the grand city of Portland, Blitzen Trapper sound like a cross between Neil Young and Deer Tick, with a repertoire of acoustic, steady rockin’ tunes that stretches six albums deep. For those unfamiliar with their music, or fans who just need a quick refresher, both bands have also teamed up to release a free tour sampler, with three previously released tracks from each band.

By the way, tickets for the last two West Coast dates in Oregon and Los Angeles go on sale today.

Tourdates (all w/ Dawes):

10.07.11 - Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theatre
10.08.11 - Santa Barbara, CA - SoHo
10.09.11 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
10.10.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
10.13.11 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
10.14.11 - Utopia, TX - Utopia Fest
10.15.11 - Baton Rouge, LA - Manship Theatre
10.18.11 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
10.19.11 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10.20.11 - Louisville, KY - Headliner’s
10.21.11 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
10.22.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.24.11 - Washington, DC - The Black Cat
10.26.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10.27.11 - Philadelphia, PA - The TLA
10.28.11 - Boston, MA - Royale
10.30.11 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
11.01.11 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
11.02.11 - Grand Rapids, MI - Calvin College
11.03.11 - Chicago, IL - The Metro
11.04.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
11.07.11 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
11.11.11 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune
11.13.11 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
11.15.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore

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Avey Tare announces tourdates in support of Down There! Sure, that album came out like a year ago… but let’s all FREAK OUT anyway!

It seems as though the secret to domestic bliss in the Animal Collective family lies in their strict adherence to the adage “fair’s fair.” Apparently, at any give time, it’s perfectly acceptable within AC Inc. for any one of the four members to, say, write the next hit melody, sing the next song, act in a feature film, play a guitar instead of a drum, bring in a next-level loop, take a four-year break and then walk right back in, play a drum instead of a guitar, design his own shoe, or tour the United States in support of a solo album. That’s just how it’s done in AC-land. Hey, whatever works, right?

So it’s no surprise that, shortly after we all learned that Panda Bear would be surfing around the US and Europe on his now-like-six-months-old Tomboy album (TMT Review), Avey Tare’ll be good and god damned if he’s gonna sit idly by and let him hog all the headlines! Hell no. It’s time for Avey to drop his own hastily-announced list of solo dates supporting a record that has already been out for a while! Here’s hoping that you totally forgot the fact that you were only mildly impressed with Down There last October when you last listened to it! This is 2K11, bro. Avey Tare is a genius. Besides, who the heck are you? Sorry about that, Avey. They didn’t mean it.


11.30.11 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
12.01.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
12.02.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
12.03.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
12.05.11 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
12.06.11 - Madison, WI - Majestic
12.07.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
12.09.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Eagle Rock Center for the Arts
12.10.11 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst Atrium
12.11.11 - Oakland, CA - New Parish

• Avey Tare:
• Paw Tracks:

Tim Hecker to release sort-of-new LP Dropped Pianos in October!!!

Picture me bursting through your door (it’s okay, we hypothetically know each other in this scenario), pausing to catch my breath, and then blurting out the following news: drone master Tim Hecker will be releasing a new LP in October! You are obviously thrilled but also slightly envious that I received the sudden news first, as it is always a pissing contest between the two of us about this kind of shit, hypothetically. Then as the excitement settles, I admit that it’s not entirely new material. You scowl at me, privately pleased that the news isn’t so valuable after all. You mock me, claiming this is like when I got excited about that Tim Hecker download that kept crashing on us.

But then I sell you on how absolutely amazing and interesting this material will be by telling you that the new record, titled Dropped Pianos, is a rare peek behind the curtains to the working process of Hecker’s Ravedeath, 1972 (TMT Review) and features “sketch pieces” recorded in 2010 in preparation for what would become a top contender for 2011’s record of the year. I then add that all of Dropped Piano’s compositions are piano driven and minimal in nature. You then turn off the Eluvium record that has been playing in the background this whole time and admit your defeat.

The new LP will be released on October 10 on Kranky. You can listen to a clip from it here; yes, it’s amazing.

Dropped Pianos tracklisting:

01. Sketch 1
02. Sketch 2
03. Sketch 3
04. Sketch 4
05. Sketch 5
06. Sketch 6
07. Sketch 7
08. Sketch 8
09. Sketch 9

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• Kranky:

And lo! Woodsist begat Hello Sunshine, who begat new LPs from Jovontaes, The Polyps

Experimental indie fans across the land can agree that Woodsist, home to releases by the likes of Jana Hunter, Ducktails, Sun Araw, Woods, Wavves, and gaaaaaaaaaaaaaawd SO MANY MORE, is one of the most promising new labels birthed in the past several years. And with this year’s creation of their new imprint, the limited-edition vinyl-only label Hello Sunshine, things just got a little bit more promisinger. I know, I know. BABIES HAVING BABIES. But when your offspring include the new LPs from Kentucky Krautrockers Jovontaes and lo-fi Portland pop dudes The Polyps, well break out the bubblegum cigars and mylar balloons, because this is one bundle of joy you’ll be delighted to receive in the mail.

Hello Sunshine’s first three releases included two LPs from Herbcraft and a solo effort by Ryan Garbes of Wet Hair and Raccoo-oo-oon. The fledgling label’s releases by the Polyps and Jovontaes will be numbers four and five respectively. Perhaps you already know Mr. Polyps, Raf Spielman, from his work with his own Eggy Records label, and through his cassette and 7” releases on Night-People, Digitalis and Not Not Fun. Well, look out, because Ants on the Golden Cone is the debut Polyps LP. The LP hits stores on October 11. Jovontaes have also done the cassette release thang through their friends at Eggy, DNT, and Double Phantom before hooking up with Hello Sunshine. Things Are Different Here drops October 11, too. Both LPs are limited to 500 and will be available as digital downloads.


Jovontaes tourdates:

10.01.11 - Chicago, IL - Dust Bowl *
10.02.11 - Detroit, MI - Donovans **
10.04.11 - Washington, DC - Papersun ***
10.05.11 - New York, NY - Don Pedros ****
10.07.11 - New York, NY - Shea Stadium *****
10.08.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Tea Room ******

* Nitetrotter Fest
** Derek Staton (Awesome Color)
*** Buildings
**** Suspensors
***** D. Charles Speer and the Helix
****** Trevor Transylvania & Th’ Creepy Classics/Traits/Winners


The Polyps tourdates:

09.23.11 - Waltham, MA - Brandeis University *
09.24.11 - Providence, RI - City Effect **
10.02.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Rad Town ***
10.03.11 - Hoboken, NJ - Live on WFMU
10.04.11 - Nashville, TN - Betty’s Bar ***
10.05.11 - Athens, GA - Farm255 ***
10.06.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - TBA ***
10.07.11 - Baltimore, MD - TBA ***
10.08.11 - Washington, DC - The Cherch ****
10.09.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Pi Lam *****

* Mount Eerie
** Japanther, Cat Vet, Jacob the Terrible
*** Lame Drivers
**** The Cheniers, Lame Drivers
***** Pet Milk, Lame Drivers


Jovontaes, Things Are Different Here tracklisting:

01. Mountain Pass
02. Nojangles
03. Falcon
04. Transcendentalism
05. Phantomask
06. Tow In


The Polyps, Ants on the Golden Cone tracklisting:

01. I
02. II
03. III
04. IV

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Mogwai cancel US dates again, catastrophic levels of melancholy likely

Back in April, Scottish post-rock pioneers Mogwai were forced to cancel five of their East Coast tourdates due to a delay in the processing of their visa. Those dates were postponed until… now. But now the rescheduled dates have been postponed as well, presumably to a time in the future when the members of Mogwai have been deified to the point of omnipresence. Here’s the statement on their website:

It is with the utmost regret that for medical reasons we have to postpone our American shows this week and cancel the I’ll Be Your Mirror performance. We will announce new dates as soon as possible and apologise for the last minute nature of this announcement.

We wish them a speedy recovery.

Cancelled dates:

09.26.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
09.27.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
09.28.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
09.29.11 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
10.01.11 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
10.02.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - ATP ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’
10.05.11 - Beijing, China - Modern Sky Festival
10.15.11 - Mexico City, Mexico - Corona Capital Festival
10.21.11 - Athens, Greece - Fuzz Club
10.22.11 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Block 33

• Mogwai:
• Rock Action:

Strange Boys announce third full-length recorded in studio and decidedly NOT recorded live

In the last gasps of the previous century, art-emo outfit Joan of Arc put out a record titled Live in Chicago, 1999. Despite the title, it was not a live album, as the band intended for the title’s confounding first word to be read as a present-tense verb. Why do I mention this in a story clearly about Austin-based garage rockers The Strange Boys? Because they’re pulling the same trick. On October 25, Rough Trade will put out Live Music, the group’s third record. IT IS NOT A LIVE ALBUM. IT IS AN ALBUM OF SONGS RECORDED IN A STUDIO. LOOK AT THESE CAPITAL LETTERS.

In fact, it was recorded in not one, but two studios! The record’s Side A was recorded with Spoon drummer and producer Jim Eno in his Austin-located home studio this past April. As for the record’s flip side, that was recorded in Mike McHugh’s Distillery, the same place where they recorded last year’s Be Brave (TMT Review). Here’s the kicker, though: that side was recorded back in December 2010. If Side A was recorded in 2011 and side B was recorded in 2010, that means listening to Live Music is like traveling through time. I declare this new Strange Boys record to be Album of the Year, on the grounds of time travel.

While we’re on the subject of travel (which I think we can all agree that we are), Strange Boys will be doing a little bit of traveling this fall. Actually, they may end up doing quite a bit of traveling, but currently, I can only confirm that they will be traveling to New York and Los Angeles. They are traveling to those places to play shows!

Live Music tracklist:

01. Me and You
02. Walking Two by Two
03. Doueh
04. Punk’s Pajamas
05. You and Me
06. Omnia Boa
07. Mama Shelter
08. Saddest
09. My Life Beats Me
10. Over the River and through Woulds
11. Right Before
12. Hidden Meanings, Soul Graffiti
13. You Taking Everything for Granite When You’re Stone
14. Opus

Strange Boys dates:

10.26.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
11.18.11 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
11.19.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands

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