Craft Spells announce new album Idle Labor, drink magic potions on tour

Craft Spells announce new album Idle Labor, drink magic potions on tour

Craft Spells are poised to be the newest chill-glo-lo-wave-fi band to capture your attention this year, but before they were being written about on esteemed music sites, such as the one you’re currently reading, they were struggling to get people to notice them. Luckily, their name isn’t Craft Spells for no reason, and they were able to convince the guys behind Captured Tracks to drink a special potion (similar to the one Charlie Sheen is currently on) and put out their first album Idle Labor on March 29. Further spells were cast on Beach Fossils and thus they agreed to let the band have the opening spot on their upcoming spring tour. Double double toil and chillwave, brah.

Idle Labor tracklisting:

01. For the Ages
02. Scandinavian Crush
03. The Fog Rose High
04. Party Talk
05. From the Morning Heat
06. After the Moment
07. Ramona
08. Given the Time
09. Your Tomb
10. You Should Close the Door
11. Beauty Above All

Craft(ing) Spells on the road:

04.07.11 - Stony Brook, NY - University Cafe (Stony Brook University) *
04.08.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
04.09.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Glassands ^
04.13.11 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar *
04.14.11 - Washington, DC - DC9 *
04.16.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas *
04.18.11 - Winooski, VT - The Monkey House *
04.19.11 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa *
04.20.11 - Toronto, ON - Parts & Labour *
04.21.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
04.22.11 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar *
04.24.11 - Cleveland, OH - Happy Dog *
04.25.11 - State College, PA - Chronic Town *
04.27.11 - Allston, MA - Great Scott *
05.01.11 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress *
05.02.11 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar *
05.03.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo *
05.04.11 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door *
05.05.11 - San Francisco, CA - Slims *
05.06.11 - Portland, OR - Star Theater *
05.07.11 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey *
05.08.11 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club *

* Beach Fossils
^ Cloud Nothings

• Craft Spells:
• Captured Tracks:

Pitchfork Music Fest reveals magical lineup; Ryan Schreiber to headline Sunday, reading 15 “classic reviews”

In the distant future, it will be summer. A time without snow, where Friday night doesn’t mean, “Eh, it’s cold out. I’m just gonna sit around and work through my Netflix queue,” a time when your coworkers won’t say “Cold enough out there for ya?” And when that magical time comes, so shall the Pitchfork Music Festival. As always, the fest takes place in Chicago’s Union Park and the lineup includes 40 mysteeeeeerious artists, some of which are being revealed TODAY!

From July 15-17, you’ll be able to bask in the unrivaled glory of TV on the Radio, Animal Collective, The Dismemberment Plan, Fleet Foxes, Cut Copy, Deerhunter, Destroyer, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, James Blake, OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All), Das Racist, Kylesa, Curren$y, Woods, Yuck, and Sun Airway. More acts will be announced as the date approaches. Tickets are on sale NOW at the Pitchfork Festival website. Single-day tickets are available for $45, or you can spend the entire weekend soaking up hot jams and hot weather for $110. Insider tip: this ish sells out fast, so be aware. The more you know, right?

Friday, July 15:
Animal Collective
James Blake
Das Racist

Saturday, July 16:
Fleet Foxes
The Dismemberment Plan
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Sun Airway

Sunday, July 17:
TV on the Radio
Cut Copy

• Pitchfork Music Festival:

[Photo: Incase]

Fat Possum signs Bass Drum of Death; band is latest to write extremely confident press releases

Fat Possum Records are happy to announce that they have signed Bass Drum of Death, a two-piece from Mississippi, and will release their debut album GB City on April 12; the band are also gaining attention for their use of the highly popular marketing device, the “Extremely Confident Press Release.” A popular way to grab the attention of record store clerks, news writers, and bloggers, the “Extremely Confident Press Release” has seen a rise in usage since the digital age began and bands had to fight harder for attention. At the same time we talk about Bass Drum of Death, we would like to explore the “Extremely Confident Press Release.”

The “Extremely Confident Press Release” is easily distinguished by its “smash you in the face”-style remarks that attempt to push the band’s abilities to Herculean levels. Once getting past the standard press release openers of location and instruments, the band got straight to their extreme confidence and offered this quote: “Together [the band] make blown-out, blazing songs.” Whille seemingly innocent, this early performance-booster is merely the first nibble in a feeding frenzy.

Bass Drum of Death next offered this assessment of their prowess: “He [band member John] wrote and recorded the whole record himself using just a drumset, a guitar, a usb microphone, a computer, and a shitload of talent.” The band, who sound like a mixture of energetic 60s pop and fuzzed-out 90s distortion, wisely used the “Extremely Confident Press Release” to talk about the minimalism of the album’s recording, because everyone knows that minimal recording is dope.

In perhaps the band’s most confident moment they used the “Extremely Confident Press Release” to describe the entirety of the album with a super-special device known as the “Kick-Ass Two Sentence Boil-Down.” This is what the band came up with: “The songs are about drugs, trying to make it with religious girls, panic attacks, stealing stuff, mild to severe depression, Elvis appearing in your dreams and giving you advice, gravity bongs and the devil living inside your brain. This record is the soundtrack playing in your head when you’re fucked up and walking home in the middle of the night.”

Let’s step back for a moment and marvel at this spectacular use of the “Extremely Confident Press Release” and allow the band to have a moment of your time: “South by South-West shows are confirmed and will be announced shortly, a super-limited vinyl pressing will be released by Inflated Records, buy our album on April 12, and we are the best band ever.”

• Bass Drum of Death:
• Fat Possum:
• Inflated:

Joan of Arc morph into simplified quartet, prep Life Like, tour in May; still haven’t achieved sainthood

Chicago-based, newly-Christened quartet Joan of Arc have gone ahead and made things a little easier on everyone. Gone are the days of extensive contributors, noisy interruptions, and foolhardy electronic meandering. Joan of Arc are a new beast, one that craves unique simplicity. The first step toward this new day is the recent announcement from Polyvinyl that Joan of Arc have quietly added guitarist/BFF Victor Villarreal (Cap’n Jazz, Ghosts and Vodka, Owls) to the fold for the band’s new LP, Life Like, due May 10 in the usual formats (and very limited blue cassettes!). Villarreal will join life-long Joan of Arc frontman Tim Kinsella, bassist Bobby Burg, and drummer Theo Katsaounis as the newly downsized functioning unit.

The new nine-track LP was recorded in five days following a rigorous 20-date European tour, and was produced by Windy City buddy Steve Albini at his famed Electrical Audio studios in Chicago. You can listen to a single from the album, “Love Life,” over at the album’s pre-order page (conveniently). Joan of Arc are set to play three days at this year’s SXSW Festival in mid-March, and then will begin a proper tour of the States in May.

Life Like tracklist:

01. I Saw the Messed Blinds of My Generation
02. Love Life
03. Like Minded
04. Life Force
05. Night Life Style
06. Howdy Pardoner
07. Still Life
08. Deep State
09. After Life


03.16.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.17.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.18.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
05.04.11 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon
05.05.11 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
05.06.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
05.07.11 - Bozeman, MT - Zebra Cocktail Lounge
05.09.11 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
05.10.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene
05.12.11 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe du Nord
05.14.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell
05.16.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
05.17.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
05.19.11 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
05.20.11 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
05.21.11 - Fayetteville, AR - JR’s Lightbulb Club

• Joan of Arc:
• Polyvinyl:

All Pigs Must Die ink deal with Southern Lord… in fucking BLOOOOOD, yeah! Woo! Right?! Naw!

Sometimes metal just isn’t metal enough, you know? Take, for example, those Vietnam War scenes in Forest Gump. Instead of sticking to the movie’s strict heretofore use of Top 40 period music to echo and augment the mood of the specific socio-historical times under consideration at any given point in the film, I probably would have, you know, tastelessly blasted Metallica’s “One” through the entire thing. I mean, what’s more “HORRORS OF WAR” than that? Well, damned if those music directors didn’t answer that question decisively with highly charged snippets of Hendrix’s manic “All Along the Watchtower,” The Doors’ funky-ass “Soul Kitchen,” and the icy Buffalo Springfield jam “For What It’s Worth.” Touché, movie guys. I guess some things really are more metal than metal.

Want to know another thing that’s more metal than metal? Hardcore. Just ask All Pigs Must Die, the Massachusetts-based, balls-to-the-wall thrash band that recently signed a deal with Southern Lord for their upcoming full-length, which is due out this summer. After releasing their self-titled debut EP on their own label in 2010, the band (comprised of members of Converge, The Hope Conspiracy, and Bloodhorse) have toured regionally over recent months, making many a local pig nervous, causing general ambivalence in police officers, and amassing a diehard legion of followers along the way.

There’s not a lot of info available on the new record at the moment, but I can tell you that its warm and fuzzy title is God Is War and that it was recorded at Kurt Ballou’s Godcity Studios in delightful Salem, Massachusetts. So I guess what I’m saying is that it’s probably religious music. Anyway, ask them for more details yourself at one of their upcoming spring shows. I hear they pull off a mean Buffalo Springfield cover.


03.16.11 - Austin, TX - Scoot Inn (SXSW)
03.17.11 - Austin, TX - Emo’s (SXSW)
03.18.11 - Austin, TX - 501 Studios (SXSW)
03.31.11 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
04.01.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
04.02.11 - Philadelphia, PA - The Barbary

• All Pigs Must Die:
• Southern Lord:

[Photo: Chris Becker]

The Black Angels get psyched (eh??) for lengthy spring US tour

This spring, The Black Angels are taking wing (SOREY!) and setting forth on a lengthy tour to rep their latest release, last fall’s Phosphene Dream. Produced by Dave Sardy (Oasis, Wolfmother), the album was the group’s first for Blue Horizon and the object of much critical acclaim. Since its release, the neo-psych rockers have been going strong: touring in the fall with Black Mountain, headlining this month in venues across Europe — and now they’ll be bringing the show back over to the ol’ US of A, with their third performance at the annual Austin Psych Fest and a virtual cornucopia of tourdates. This could be the most psychedelic spring since 1967, the year international experts believe Ken Kesey dropped acid with a bunch of unicorns and went to the Wisconsin Dells for the first time.


03.31.11 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks *
04.01.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade *
04.02.11 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle *
04.03.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
04.05.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
04.06.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre *
04.08.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
04.09.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
04.10.11 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street *
04.11.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *
04.12.11 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa *
04.14.11 - Toronto, ONT - Lee’s Palace *
04.15.11 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop *
04.16.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
04.17.11 - Newport, KY - Southgate House *
04.18.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
04.20.11 - Madison, WI - The High Noon Saloon*
04.21.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom *
04.22.11 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House *
04.23.11 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck*
04.29.11-05.01.11 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest
05.05.11 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre #
05.06.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge #
05.07.11 - Boise, ID - Neurolux #
05.09.11 - Vancouver, BC - Venue #
05.10.11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market #
05.11.11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom#
05.13.11 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s #
05.14.11 - Pomona, CA - The Fox Theater (Supporting The Kills)
05.15.11 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre #
05.16.11 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern #
05.18.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room #
05.20.11 - Oklahoma City, OK - ACM Performance Lab#
05.21.11 - Dallas, TX - The Loft #

* Suuns
# Sleepy Sun

• The Black Angels:
• Blue Horizon: