Brian Sullivan of Mouthus preps solo release under new United Waters moniker

Brian Sullivan of Mouthus preps solo release under new United Waters moniker

For all you filthy skeezeballs who claim to get some sort of enjoyment out of Brooklyn’s resident masters of the pummel (Mouthus), well, we got a fresh one for you right here. The band’s guitar punisher Brian Sullivan is planning some sort of solo excursion for the near future under the name United Waters (notable since he’s already had an outlet for solo work as Eskimo King), and said wanderings within the dense murky waters of pop music (!) will be titled Your First Ever River.

Pete Nolan’s label Arbitrary Signs will be packing up this release on vinyl. Apparently, Sullivan’s been chipping away at the sonics for close to two years, so unless he’s as big a jerkoff as Axl Rose, it’ll probably be a listener. No firm release date yet, though we do know it’s coming “soon.” Sorry, folks. At least Tony Rettman had something to say about it:

If you know the man behind United Waters (B.K.A Brian Sullivan) from anything, you’ll know him as the guitar thudder in Brooklyn’s densest duo, Mouthus. And if you were really listening to all those ninety million releases they did in the past few years, you’d notice that Mr. Sullivan is a deconstructionist of the highest order. Molten riffs that would cream the face off of both Nocturno Culto and Dave Murray combined dismantled themselves to reveal rock as a gas and thin air to be nothing but a petrified turd left over in a backstage buffet platter by Michael Angelo Batio.

On his debut release under the United Waters moniker entitled ‘Your First Ever River’, Sullivan continues to expose the contradiction of sound for what it is, but there’s not so much discombobulated shrailing this time ‘round to drive the point home. Brian’s vision on ‘Your First Ever River’ sucks in the sound and vibe of mid-nineties basement dwellers, early seventies robe donning prog rockers and present day turtle necked Germans to continue his pursuit for the never knowing sound. Let’s hope your ‘there’ enough to bask in the revelatory glow of it’s sound.

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Black Lips tour with Vivian Girls, because bands that end in “s” just sound better together!

Make up a band name. Got it? Okay. Now add the letter “s” to the end of it. Doesn’t it just sound better? Why have one of something when you can have more, right? Such is the case with Black Lips and Vivian Girls, who both decided to tour together this spring in support of their soon-to-be released new albums. Black Lips’ untitled album is tentatively scheduled for release on April 5 via Vice Music, and Vivian Girls will release their new album this spring on Polyvinyl.

04.06.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle $
04.07.11 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar $
04.08.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat $
04.09.11 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero $
04.12.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall $
04.13.11 - Pawtucket, RI - The Met $
04.14.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club $
04.15.11 - Montreal, QC - Le National $
04.16.11 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre $
04.17.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick $
04.19.11 - Columbus, OH - Outland Live $
04.20.11 - Newport, KY - Southgate House $
04.21.11 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird $
04.22.11 - Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium $
04.23.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater $
04.25.11 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room $
04.26.11 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club $
04.27.11 - Dallas, TX - The Loft $
04.28.11 - Austin, TX - Emo’s $
04.29.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s $
04.30.11 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon $

$ Vivian Girls

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Grouper to release not one, not three, but two LPs!

There are plenty of ambient drone artists out there these days, transposing loneliness and disillusion into LPs of molasses reverb and distorted crooning. No one does this nearly as well, however, as Liz Harris, the woman behind Portland’s Grouper. In 2008, Grouper made big waves with Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill, dotting best-of lists across the internet and gaining the attention of everyone from Animal Collective to the good people at Tiny Mix Tapes. These waves have not been forgotten in the two years since Dragging, but they have perhaps begun to ebb with the rise of chillwave and ambient-electronic trends in pop music. Well no more! Grouper is returning to the scene with a new two-part LP, A I A (hopefully containing no influences from /\/\ /\ Y /\), out in April c/o Liz Harris herself.

A I A actually consists of two full-length 12-inches: Dream Loss and Alien Observer, and from the sound of it, the package will be just as joyful as Dragging a Dead Deer. Pitchfork’s got an official artist statement from Harris, but we’ll keep you updated on cool stuff, like the LP/MP3 release date and where Liz goes for coffee (maybe).

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Kanye West keeps the momentum going by announcing a new solo album on top of his Jay-Z collab, even throwing some bassoon on that muthafucka

Just because his newest album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (TMT Review), is barely two months old, it doesn’t mean Kanye West has plans to not release new music for another few years. In fact, he’s doing quite the opposite. On his Twitter profile this week, Kanye announced that, along with his Watch the Throne team-up with Jay-Z slated for March, he’s already got a new solo album that should be ready by this summer. To make this announcement, West used about five million more exclamation points than I did. Tweeting about the new album, Kanye revealed that “THIS IS HIGH END RAP MUSIC. I just threw some bassoon on this muthafucka.” I don’t know about the rest of you, but I can’t wait to hear what Kanye sounds like when he goes further down the rabbit hole with his classical side.

As for Watch the Throne, Jay-Z spoke to MTV News in November about his work on the album:

“This is another level of that recording,” Hov explained. “Because Kanye, I’ve seen him — really he’s like a brother to me — I’ve seen him from the beginning to where he is now. And to see him as a producer and to see how he’s growing as a producer and as an artist, for me, on another level, it’s enjoyable. I’m watching the guy that I pretty much mentored become his own guy, with his own opinion. It’s fantastic.”

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Thank You tour, release Golden Worry… today!!

Baltimore trio Thank You triumphantly release their fourth LP today with the intoxicating Golden Worry — an LP over in less than an hour but bursting with the almost-instrumental hijinks the band has improved upon mightily with every subsequent release. The LP is the band’s third for Windy City HQ Thrill Jockey and dares not disappoint. Watch a video for “Birth Reunion” at the Chocolate Grinder, why don’tcha?

In honor of such a stupendous release on such a glorious day, Thank You have decided, wisely, to make a little scratch off their endeavor and will tour beginning this very evening with a release show at Brooklyn’s famed Glasslands with pen pals Daniel Higgs and Soft Circle.


01.25.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands &
02.10.11 - Easthampton, MA - Flywheel
02.11.11 - Troy, NY - 51 3rd Street
02.12.11 - Brooklyn, NY Death By Audio *
02.13.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Younglove’s ^
02.16.11 - Charlottesville, VA - Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
02.17.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Nightlight
02.18.11 - Raleigh, NC - Berkley Cafe
02.19.11 - Charlotte, NC - The Milestone
02.20.11 - Charleston, SC - TBA
02.21.11 - Knoxville, TN - The Pilot Light
02.22.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
02.23.11 - Ann Arbor, MI - TBA
02.24.11 - Toronto, ON - Teranga
02.25.11 - London, ON - TBA
02.26.11 - Providence, RI - The Soft Approach

& Daniel Higgs, Soft Circle
* D0uble Dagger
^ Dustin Wong

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Mi Ami prove their love of dolphins, hatred of guitars by announcing new 12-inch on Thrill Jockey

Last year, Mi Ami released Steal Your Face (TMT Review), placing them squarely at the top of the spaz-rock mountain. Evidently the view from that mountain was pretty much garbage, because they’ve now set their sights on more electronic mountains. Since bassist Jacob Long left the group last year, remaining members Damon Palermo and Daniel Martin-McCormick have been thinking up ways to make Mi Ami work as a two-piece. Their solution: ditch the whole rock band thing and adopt a new approach based on drum machines, samplers, and keys. They’ve already tested out this new sound on a few singles, but they plan on really introducing it on Dolphins, a 12-inch EP coming out March 15 via Thrill Jockey. The press release describes it as a “melting, dystopian refraction of left-field new age, lush soundscapes, and Italo daydreams overlapping with slaughtered dolphins and the heartbreak of ‘Hard Up.’” I love melting, dystopian refractions of left-field new age! But I hate slaughtered dolphins! Argh!

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