Cropped Out adds more hell yeah to its 2013 lineup: Borbetomagus, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy/Matt Sweeney (performing Superwolf), and Tony Clifton

Cropped Out adds more hell yeah to its 2013 lineup: Borbetomagus, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy/Matt Sweeney (performing Superwolf), and Tony Clifton

BREAKING: Daft Punk, Passion Pit, Hot Chip, The Black Keys, Crystal Castles, Kendrick Lamar, and The Killers were just added to some festival called Nippletrunk, it’s going to cost $400, and you’re not allowed to bring your own water. Grab your tix now! Don’t sleep! Early forecasts predict horizontal rain! Comedy tent, drama tent, 360° rotating deadmau5 stage, Popchips® booth babes, it’s ALL here!! #Nippletrunk

Ugh, nevermind… I’m going to Cropped Out this year. They already announced their initial festival lineup in Louisville, KY and it stood me up straight — Bill Orcutt/Chris Corsano duo, Hair Police, Blues Control, Wolf Eyes, Endless Boogie, The Endtables, Steve Gunn, Shit and Shine, CAVE, Running, Thee Open Sex, Mayo Thompson performing Corky’s Debt to His Father — and now there are a handful of new additions that really stood me up straight (turns out I was slouching before). Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Matt Sweeney will be there on Saturday, performing their Superwolf album in full for the first time ever! Borbetomagus will be there on Saturday, performing their horn abuse for the millionth time ever!

And guess who’s serving as the Official Grand Marshall of Cropped Out on both Friday and Saturday? No, not that one guy who reads poetry about Wilco, even crazier! Tony Clifton. Yep, Andy Kaufman may have passed away in 1984, but he’s having one hell of a 2013. The “consummate performer and class act” Kaufman alter ego will be emceeing the whole fest, and “will undoubtedly win over the Cropped Out audience with his mixture of Vegas variety, songs, and classic family-friendly parlor humor.”

Tickets to Cropped Out 2013 can be purchased now, as a $40 Fri/Sat combo, or $25 individual passes. Instead of a punishingly stacked third day, there will be a nice one-act Sunday closing party with Lambchop. Go here and check out the full lineup on a pretty drawing.

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Mind Over Mirrors announces new album When the Rest Are Up at Four, possibly inspired by Yahoo! Answers

The inimitable Richard D. James, normally infallible, had things surprisingly wrong with the track “Plenty Harmonium.” Not only are we, as a species capable of hearing, lacking an overabundance of harmonium, but there isn’t even enough to satiate the residents of a small town. Forget the overwhelming human benefit of a natural resource like water, or the tremendous increase in the quality of life that manufactured drugs like penicillin have brought; the world needs more harmonium! Those extremely depressing TV advertisements telling you to send a lonely buck to an impoverished child in Africa? Forget it! Dispatch that kid a harmonium, or a recording of a harmonium, and all will be well. If cultural tensions arise, said parcels can always be used as a bargaining chip with neighboring warlords.

Certainly doing his part to unleash a (benign) plague of harmonium on the world, Jaime Fennelly a.k.a. Mind Over Mirrors will be releasing a new LP, When the Rest Are Up at Four, on September 17 via Immune Recordings. As if it wasn’t made clear enough in the preceding paragraph, Fennelly’s instrument of choice takes the form of an Indian pedal harmonium, manipulated through the use of an array of oscillators, tape delays, phasers, and miscellaneous other synthesizing processors.

To what end, you might ask? A press release talks about an ebb and flow made apt by the instrument’s “popularity among islanders,” but on a more straightforward level, I’m hearing via SoundCloud an enveloping throwback to the 19th century, combined with an aesthetic not too far away from Daniel Lopatin’s output. Enlightening media incoming…

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Lee Ranaldo announces new album Last Night on Earth with new band The Dust, tours every which where

A solo record works best when you feel like you’re opening a window into somebody’s life, experiencing the things they’re going through or thinking about, places they’re seeing, through their eyes. At its best, you find a universality in it.

—Lee Ranaldo

You know the other time they work best? When your insanely popular band is on indefinite fucking hiatus. :(

Matador will release Ranaldo’s new sort-of-solo effort (unlike 2012’s Between the Times and Tides, this one’s officially credited to “Lee Ranaldo and The Dust” and includes guitarist Alan Licht, bassist Tim Lüntzel, and good ol’ Steve Shelley playing the part of Ringo Starr), on October 8 (October 7 in the UK and Europe). It’s entitled Last Night on Earth, and, according to something I might just be completely making up for all you know, is “darker in tone and lyrical content” than his last album but is also “the sort of dizzying electric guitar clinic that ranks amongst the best from any era.” Yeah, sorry; still no real progression in the “titles” or “cover art” arenas, though.

Here’s a taste of the thing, followed by a whole bunch of tour dates in the US and Europe. Feel free to put it on and shred along with Lee, trying in vain to keep Kim and Thurston out of your mind.

Last Night on Earth tracklisting:

01. Lecce, Leaving
02. Key-Hole
03. Home Chds
04. The Rising Tide
05. Last Night on Earth
06. By the Window
07. Late Descent no 2
08. Ambulancer
09. Blackt Out

Lee Ranaldo and the Tour Dates:

10.08.13 - Hudson, NY - Club Helsinki
10.09.13 - Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall
10.11.13 - Toronto, ON - NXNE/Horseshoe Tavern
10.12.13 - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes
10.13.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10.14.13 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
10.15.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
10.17.13 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe’s Oasis
10.18.13 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
10.19.13 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck *
10.20.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird *
10.22.13 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
10.23.13 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle
10.25.13 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
11.10.13 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera Euser
11.11.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel
11.12.13 - Berlin, Germany - TBC
11.13.13 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
11.14.13 - Metz, France - Le Musee De Cour D’or
11.15.13 - Metz, France - Caveau Des Trinitaries / Musique Volantet Festival
11.17.13 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Romandie
11.18.13 - Feyzin, France - L’Epicerie Moderne
11.20.13 - Villeneuve D’Asq, France - Festival Tour De Chauffe
11.21.13 - London, UK - The Garage (NME Radar Night)
11.22.13 - Camber Sands, UK - ATP
11.23.13 - Paris, France - BB Mix Festival
11.25.13 - Poitiers, France - Confort Moderne
11.26.13 - Tours, France - Temps Machine
12.06.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
12.07.13 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
12.08.13 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
12.11.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
12.13.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex

* Built to Spill

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Joanna Newsom set to appear in Paul Thomas Anderson film Inherent Vice; extended monologues about dirigibles flatly denied

Exhaustion would be understandable as a reason for her relative absence, because god knows the impulse to hibernate in some Star Wars-esque healing chamber was strong following a mere listen of Have One on Me (TMT Review). Three years have passed since the release of that rather arduous undertaking, contracted literary experts have entered depressive states following fruitless attempts to interpret her lyrics, and unless you caught a now-rare performance courtesy of Pitchfork last month, the association with Andy Samberg probably comes just as easily now as her and her plucking. Extended intervals between albums shouldn’t be confused as unusual, but so commences the wondering of just what Joanna Newsom is up to these days, whether a new album is at least mentally in the works, or whether she’s taking an indirect cue from Marky Mark, et al. by becoming a musician turned actor, sans the baggage of embarrassing music videos from the early 90s.

As it happened, Boogie Nights arguably coincided with Mark Wahlberg’s “big break” into the film world, and now, Paul Thomas Anderson is serving as director/theoretical acting mentor once again for Newsom, who’ll be appearing in his next film Inherent Vice, set for release some time in 2014. Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, and Joaquin Phoenix will presumably take on bigger roles in this 1970s-era detective story, but who’s to say that the murder investigation won’t ultimately lead to a psychopathic harpist? Those things are huge. Could definitely do some human damage.

I leave you with a Portlandia attestation to Newsom’s acting chops:

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Moritz von Oswald and future jazz trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær announce 1/1 collaborative LP

Moritz von Oswald, who transformed techno’s monochromatic blacks and whites into the most brilliant colors, is continuing his steady lurch into the improvised music arena by teaming up with future jazz trumpeter/composer Nils Petter Molvær. Their collaborative work, an album entitled 1/1, was recorded earlier this year in Oswald’s Berlin studio. This upcoming release finds Oswald playing Eno-esque knob twiddler to Molvær’s trumpet acrobatics, the two weaving an improvised tapestry of rubbery electronics and nu jazz eclecticism.

Oswald’s renowned knack for subtle but cortex-drilling productions — all crumbling moonscapes and reverb-chambers — quite frankly always tears the words from my mouth. It’s a shame, then, that none of those poignant words found their way here; it sure would have been helpful (damnit). So it goes. Here, rearrange these descriptors as you may: metal thunder, pure, hard, tectonic growls, Pollock-like free strewn tendrils, electrical sizzle, echo-shaken percussion; please be kind, and while you read this, make me sound unceasingly witty in your head.

Resident Advisor reports that the duo will bring 1/1 to Enjoy Jazz Festival in Mannheim on October 21, Hamburg’s Überjazz Festival on October 25, and REWIRE festival on November 8. The recorded account is set to hit shelves (CD, double-vinyl) and laptops (digital DL) on October 4, via jazz label EmArcy.

1/1 tracklist:

01. Noise 1
02. Step By Step
03. Transition
04. Development
05. Further
06. Future
07. Development (Ricardo’s Dig Mix)
08. Noise 2

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Wolf Eyes announce tour, share new video, make mix for The Fader, shred the gnar

Wolf Eyes shred the gnar. “That’s not all they shred!” is something you could say, in reference to the Michigan noise act’s violent, lacerating sound. While that is true — even if their new album No Answer: Lower Floors on De Stijl opts for a slower, tenser approach — Wolf Eyes are now also shredding the gnar. Witness them shredding aforementioned gnar in their new video for “Born Liar” at NPR, the web’s foremost Wolf Eyes fansite. In fact, the video features shredding of both the gnar and musical variety. Not safe for shred-averse viewers.

While not shredding, the boys of Wolf Eyes spend their time making mixes for anyone they damn well want to make mixes for. This is a list that includes The Fader, who recently commissioned a mix from the group. Only, when Wolf Eyes came up with a mix, it wasn’t so much a mix as it was a 17-minute original piece called “Lower Drolls.” If we’re to get technical about it, it’s hard to define that as a mix, mainly on the grounds of possessing no qualities that would make something a mix. Evidently, Wolf Eyes are also shredding the concept of a mix into tiny pieces. Listen to that “mix” over at The Fader.

In order to shred more gnar/sound/concepts, Wolf Eyes must hit the road. As such, they are hitting the road this September for roughly a dozen dates spanning both North America and Europe. Admittedly, it’s mostly North America, but they are fitting a few European dates in there. Sadly, you can’t shred everywhere at once.

Wolf Eyes dates:

08.24.13 - New York City, NY - Issue Project Room
09.03.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
09.04.13 - Baltimore, MD - Metro
09.05.13 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch
09.06.13 - Asheville, NC - Broadways
09.07.13 - Columbus, OH - TBA
09.18.13 - Pantin, France - La Dynamo
09.19.13 - Cologne, Germany - Baustelle Kalk
09.20.13 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Incubate Festival
09.21.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Studio 58 Cafe
09.28.13 - Louisville, KY - Cropped Out
09.29.13 - Chicago, IL - The Owl

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