Carla Bozulich (Evangelista) preps new album under her Christian name, I guess because she’s just more REAL than you

Carla Bozulich (Evangelista) preps new album under her Christian name, I guess because she's just more REAL than you

Hey! Good to see you! Come in! How about some hot cocoa? Here ya go, friend. Say, you’ve met Carla Bozulich, right? You know, leader of our favorite art-punk band that starts with the letters E and V, Evangelista? No? Well that’s cool; you’re about to! Come with me!

Hi, Carla! This here is [SAVVY TMT READER X]. [SAVVY TMT READER X], this is Carla. She’s a cool singer and songwriter and artist and stuff. In fact, she’ll be releasing her first proper solo album of original material (in 2003, she released an album-length cover of Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger, can you believe that?) on March 4 via the Constellation label. It’s called Boy and will see release as a vinyl, a CD, and a formless, shapeless digital download… thing, right Carla?

Don’t be modest! See, Carla won’t tell you this herself I’m sure, but she played the majority of the instruments and made the album artwork herself! Although; yeah, she also worked with this dude John Eichenseer (a.k.a. JHNO). What did your press release say about John, again, Carla? Didn’t he provide “musical and technical input throughout the two-plus years of the making of the album,” during which you guys totally traveled “all over North America, Europe, South America and India — with a particularly fruitful burst of writing on a tiny island off the coast of Istanbul”? Damn, that seems like interesting stuff! Oh, and tell [SAVVY TMT READER X] about how you also subsequently joined up with Italian drummer Andrea Belfi in Berlin to record the record! Amazing stories! You’re the coolest, Carla. Can’t wait for the album.

Ooh, speaking of which, remind me again, isn’t one of the songs on it called “Deeper Than the Well”? Maybe we three could all sit down and listen to it together, if it’s embedded online somewhere? Awww, I’m just so glad you two got to know each other a little bit. This is making me so happy! More hot cocoa anyone?

Boy tracklist:

01. Ain’t No Grave
02. One Hard Man
03. Drowned to the Light
04. Don’t Follow Me
05. Gonna Stop Killing
06. Deeper Than the Well
07. Danceland
08. Lazy Crossbones
09. What Is It Baby?
10. Number X

• Carla Bozulich:
• Constellation:

Arca releases &&&&& on limited 12-inch (!!!!!)

I think it’s safe to say now that the files were fuckin’ FLYING in 2013 and not one person on Earth could have kept up with it all, leaving all sorts of solid albums lost in the crossfire (until their reissues in 2023). And yet all Venezuelan producer/goo-squisher Arca needed to turn heads 360° was a single SoundCloud upload in July. &&&&& (TMT Review) shocked, dazzled, and melted the “reasoning skills” portion of the brain for all who listened, and in spite of its low-key existence as a free instrumental beat tape, it ended up at #9 on our Favorite 50 Albums list. WOW!!!!!!!!!!

Perhaps realizing (or acknowledging) that he’s got a hot little item on his hands, Arca has just announced — and released! — a limited-to-500 single-sided 12-inch of &&&&&, with new, grosser artwork, and a pretty intense B-side etching. Originally £1,000,000 each, Arca has knocked down the price to £9 (~$15) for his 500 closest friends. Peep the page here to order, or save yourself £9 and just click the play button below like before.

• Arca:

Bibio and a magickal faun set to release The Green EP on January 28

Bibio is BACK, with his most literal release ever! It’s an EP called The Green EP and it comes out January 28 on what Warp Records describes as “bottle green” vinyl. The EP is the follow-up to last spring’s Silver Wilkinson album; both releases share the track “Dye the Water Green” (a personal favorite of Bibio himself) in common. But the thing that really makes The Green EP special is that most of the tracks have really cool Bibio life stories behind them.

Like “Dinghy,” for example. Back in 2006, Bibio and his musician buddy Richard Roberts (Letherette) worked together in an old Victorian pub with an enchanted garden in the backyard where they could time travel into the past and steal music from wandering minstrels! Just kidding, that didn’t happen. Nobody stole anything. But the two pals DID spend a lot of time kicking out the jams together after closing time, crafting songs in the pub, and then recording them on old cassette recorders and cheap mics in such picturesque locations as gardens! homes! and… a “stream in the woods,” where a merry satyr would join them to jam along on his pan pipes. There’s also a track called “The Spinney View of Hinkley Point,” which is Bibio’s first-ever released track with live drums, and which also features guitar and bass parts recorded in a friend’s (the satyr, obviously) shed in the Somerset countryside. Such magic! Such stories! Such BIBIO:

The Green EP tracklisting:

01. Dye the Water Green
02. Dinghy
03. Down to the Sound
04. Carbon Wulf
05. A Thousand Syllables
06. The Spinney View of Hinkley Point

• Bibio:
• Warp:

Orphan Fairytale spelunks the rabbit hole, emerges with double LP My Favorite Fairytale

In retrospect, it’s like stumbling upon a trove of precious rubies whenever some newly released massive compilation serves as my initiation to an amazing artist. Reasons probably vary but my favorite, probably-not-realistic one to think about is characterized by frustration. Half a dozen minimally received limited-edition cassettes or EPs or CD-Rs lend to a buildup of emotion, or an indifference, until finally, the artist figuratively shouts “fuck it!” and we’re allowed to take it all (or a lot of it) in, courtesy of one single release. Listener enlightenment! And relief on the part of the artist as he/she gains a more notable following. Rifts did come to mind initially.

Remember those rubies in the simile above? Orphan Fairytale a.k.a. Eva Van Dueuren from Antwerp, Belgium, has those splayed out in the visual manifestation of her music, alongside a plethora of other glimmering objects. The music itself, or at least its production, shirks forceful intrusion in favor of lo-fi wonder, which may feel ominous or innocent, depending on the track and your impression. At Orphan Fairytale’s physical side lies an extension of her musical minimalism, as toy instruments, customized electronics, and keyboards not much larger than a petite abdomen comprise her tools for dream immersion.

The 2xLP My Favorite Fairytale, set for release February 1 on Aguirre, collects recordings made between 2008 and 2011. No need to stumble now. Here’s your preparation:

My Favorite Fairytale tracklisting:

01. Neverending Waves
02. Dragons of the Deep
03. Abracadabra
04. Hummingbirds

• Orphan Fairytale:
• Aguirre:

Future Islands announce 4AD debut Singles BOW BOW BOW


It’s the biggest music event of the year, provided that you are me or someone like me who just LOVES FUTURE ISLANDS SO MUCH. Future Islands are putting out a new album called Singles on March 25 through their new label 4AD. Despite the kind-of-just-a-little-bit-confusing title, it is not a collection of singles (SIDEBAR: a collection of Future Islands non-album singles would rule, though) but is, in fact, a completely new full-length record. The album was produced by Chris Coady, who has worked on all of your favorite records. Here, I am operating under the assumption that your favorite records are Beach House’s Teen Dream, Grizzly Bear’s Yellow House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Fever to Tell, and damn near everything TV on the Radio has put out.

Don’t like Future Islands? Guess you like being alone with nobody else, dummy! Fact is, everybody likes Future Islands, hence why their four dates in New York, L.A., and Baltimore at the beginning of February are all sold out. Hence why Wye Oak chose them to open a run of dates in March. Hence why after those Wye Oak dates, they’re embarking on a 25-date headlining tour. It’s because everybody loves Future Islands, so get on the train, loser.

Don’t take my word for it, though. Watch this Future Islands performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert from a few years back. It’s a great performance, but what’s really special is what’s off-camera, what you can’t see, what you can only feel. And that, my friends, is everybody loving it.

Singles tracklist:

01. Seasons (Waiting on You)
02. Spirit
03. Sun in the Morning
04. Doves
05. Back in the Tall Grass
06. A Song for Our Grandfathers
07. Light House
08. Like the Moon
09. Fall from Grace
10. A Dream of You and Me

Future Islands dates:

02.03.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
02.06.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
02.08.14 - Baltimore, MD - Floristree
02.11.14 - London, UK - Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
02.13.14 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
02.14.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Beurschouwburg
o2.16.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Ubel & Gefährlich
02.17.14 - Berlin, Germany - C-Club
03.03.14 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern *
03.04.14 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel *
03.05.14 - Saxapahaw, NC - The Haw River Ballroom *
03.07.14 - Chattanooga, TN - JJ’s Bohemia *
03.08.14 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s *
03.09.14 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon *
03.16.14 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe *
03.24.14 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
03.25.14 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme
03.26.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
03.27.14 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
03.28.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
03.29.14 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
03.31.14 - Billings, MT - The Railyard
04.01.14 - Bozeman, MT - The Filling Station
04.02.14 - Spokmane, WA - The Bartlett
04.03.14 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
04.04.14 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
04.05.14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
04.06.14 - Eugene, OR - Cozmic Pizza
04.07.14 - Arcata, CA - Humboldt Brews
04.08.14 - Reno, NV - The Holland Project
04.09.14 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
04.10.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
04.21.14 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace
04.22.14 - Marfa, TX - Padre’s
04.23.14 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
04.24.14 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
04.25.14 - Little Rock, Ar - Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken Shack
04.26.14 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
04.29.14 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
04.30.14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
05.01.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

* Wye Oak

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• 4AD:

Grimes signs to Jay Z’s Roc Nation, plays a revelatory game of shadow puppets

“Baby, I want a bengal tiger for Christmas!” No, unfortunately significant others rarely ask for such badass and inevitably human-mauling gifts; instead, the stereotype (at least for the affluent) usually entails a sports car if you’re a male entering middle-agedom, and diamond jewelry if you’re a gender-role-acquiescing female ignorant of, or perhaps apathetic about, the tragic costs inflicted by the associated mining. Don’t tell me it’s too early in the year to beckon your cynicism by bringing up transnational conflict! Give me the benefit of the doubt! Here’s a diamond-related Christmas gift that didn’t serve as an inspiration to the 2006 DiCaprio mull-fest

Grimes, not an individual easily pinned down on the level of character, signed with Jay Z’s Roc Nation label over the break. Additionally, that’s a label overseen by Sony Music Entertainment, as well as the one that M.I.A. recently departed from for who knows whatever contentious reason. Certainly, when you consider their respective catalogs, 4AD seems a bit more congruous with Grimes’ musical style, but who knows? 2014 may bring a fourth studio album that sees a convergence between that style and her new management home — hopefully for the better or not at all. Don’t let the bling corrupt your creative soul, Claire!

Here’s where she announced things. I do not get the X-Men reference.

• Grimes:
• Roc Nation: