Crystal Antlers announce new LP Nothing Is Real, release very real trailer for it

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Nothing is real, baby, yeah! Can you feel me, baby? Strawberry fields and incense and peppermints and all that stuff! And Crystal Antlers! Psych rock to the max and all hail Ram Dass and Robert Anton Wilson and maybe even Alan Watts if he’s in cartoon form! Life is a whiff of burnt almonds, and those burnt-ass almonds are the smell of revolution; and that revolution is the EVOlution… of a new, leisurely-innovative record album, Nothing Is Real, chasing their last one like Alice and the white rabbit; and it’s all dropping like the drippiest of brown acid on the very trippy October 15 via L.A.’s most far-out Innovative Leisure label!

Like, can I just say that real-er than now and now-er than real cover art and new album trailer by famed surf/skate/graffiti guru C.R. Stecyk = glimpse of a whole new world of sound and vision from Crystal Antlers (which, by the way, has been reincarnated as an agile power trio of LIONS, featuring leader Jonny Bell, drummer Kevin Stuart and guitarist Andrew King), like whole universes budding from the fuzz of a blissy fucking dandelion? Can I? Because don’t look now, but I think I just did! Mindfreak! Yo, don’t actually freak, though. Keep calm and shine-on (as if you have any choice!). Isn’t that right, main-diamond Bell? Preach it:

[…] the new album finally felt balanced in it’s process, writing and recording. A big part of that was the fact that we had our own space for the first time ever (the studio I built at my house), and we were able to really stretch out. That enabled us to explore more pop ideas that would have probably previously been canned. We also were able to really focus on dynamics and having a very clear sonic feel to the record. We really strived to maintain the same spirit and energy that we had in the beginning, and that’s what ties everything we’ve done together.

Plastic soul, my man, truly. Just cosmic, cosmic stuff.

Nothing Is Real tracklisting:

01. Pray
02. Rattlesnake
03. Licorice Pizza
04. We All Gotta Die
05. Paper Thin
06. Persephone
07. Anywhere But Here
08. Don’t Think of the Stone
09. Wrong Side
10. Better Things
11. Prisoner Song

• Crystal Antlers: http://crystalantlers.com
• Innovative Leisure: http://www.innovativeleisure.net

Crystal Antlers announce new LP Nothing Is Real, release very real trailer for it

Nothing is real, baby, yeah! Can you feel me, baby? Strawberry fields and incense and peppermints and all that stuff! And Crystal Antlers! Psych rock to the max and all hail Ram Dass and Robert Anton Wilson and maybe even Alan Watts if he’s in cartoon form! Life is a whiff of burnt almonds, and those burnt-ass almonds are the smell of revolution; and that revolution is the EVOlution… of a new, leisurely-innovative record album, Nothing Is Real, chasing their last one like Alice and the white rabbit; and it’s all dropping like the drippiest of brown acid on the very trippy October 15 via L.A.’s most far-out Innovative Leisure label!

Like, can I just say that real-er than now and now-er than real cover art and new album trailer by famed surf/skate/graffiti guru C.R. Stecyk = glimpse of a whole new world of sound and vision from Crystal Antlers (which, by the way, has been reincarnated as an agile power trio of LIONS, featuring leader Jonny Bell, drummer Kevin Stuart and guitarist Andrew King), like whole universes budding from the fuzz of a blissy fucking dandelion? Can I? Because don’t look now, but I think I just did! Mindfreak! Yo, don’t actually freak, though. Keep calm and shine-on (as if you have any choice!). Isn’t that right, main-diamond Bell? Preach it:

[…] the new album finally felt balanced in it’s process, writing and recording. A big part of that was the fact that we had our own space for the first time ever (the studio I built at my house), and we were able to really stretch out. That enabled us to explore more pop ideas that would have probably previously been canned. We also were able to really focus on dynamics and having a very clear sonic feel to the record. We really strived to maintain the same spirit and energy that we had in the beginning, and that’s what ties everything we’ve done together.

Plastic soul, my man, truly. Just cosmic, cosmic stuff.

Nothing Is Real tracklisting:

01. Pray
02. Rattlesnake
03. Licorice Pizza
04. We All Gotta Die
05. Paper Thin
06. Persephone
07. Anywhere But Here
08. Don’t Think of the Stone
09. Wrong Side
10. Better Things
11. Prisoner Song

• Crystal Antlers: http://crystalantlers.com
• Innovative Leisure: http://www.innovativeleisure.net

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.

• Cropped Out: http://croppedoutmusic.com

Big Boi to appear on Celebrity Big Brother, but who cares, what’s André up to?!?!?

Okay, so we all know that the non-André 3000 half of Outkast hasn’t been up to much this summer. But now that his knee is on the mend, he can get back to doing the two things that American rappers do best: 1) making token-appearances on British reality game shows, and 2) distracting America from wondering what André 3000 is up to.

According to NME, Big Boi is going to make an appearance on (and you know, totally totally freakin’ win) the next series of Celebrity Big Brother in the UK. If you’re not familiar with the concept of terrible television, its basic premise is to take a bunch of outrageous people and make them do shitty things to one another, often but not always while cramped up in some sort of weird little funhouse together. So yeah, he’ll reportedly be joining model Sophie Anderton, Loose Women presenter Carol McGiffin, former football manager Ron Atkinson, and possibly Abz from the recently reunited boy band 5ive in doing that for a while. Nope, I’ve never heard of those people either! But hey, check this out: Coolio was the last US rapper to be thrown into the mix on this show back in 2009, and he actually finished in third place. So… USA! USA! USA! And either way, it’s “believed [that Big Boi] […] has agreed to a fee of £300,000 [which I think is like $6 million US dollars] to appear on the programme,” so it’s kinda like he’s ALREADY a winner!

But seriously though, folks, I don’t really know what André 3000 is up to. Do you?

• Big Boi: http://www.bigboi.com
Celebrity Big Brother UK: https://www.facebook.com/BigBrotherUK

RIP: Jon Brookes, drummer for The Charlatans (UK)

From BBC News:

Jon Brookes, the drummer with indie band The Charlatans has died aged 44.

He had suffered a seizure on tour with the band in 2010 and had been receiving treatment for a brain tumour.

Brookes had undergone several operations, but had still been working on new material with the band over the summer. He died in hospital on Tuesday morning with his family at his bedside.

Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess tweeted that the band was “torn apart” at the news and sent love to Brookes’s family.

“Jon Brookes, my friend, our drummer and inspiration to so many, passed away this morning. We are torn apart. Love & thoughts to Jon’s family,” he said.

He also thanked “everyone for their messages and memories of Jon. So much love on such a sad day”.

A further statement from the band read: “Jon was a brilliant drummer, an inspiration, a founding member of The Charlatans, part of our family and a friend to everyone in and around the band.

“Losing someone who was always so full of life is a tragedy that will be shared by so many. Our thoughts are with Debbie and all of Jon’s family.”

• The Charlatans: http://www.thecharlatans.net

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…

• Mind Over Mirrors: http://mindovermirrors.tumblr.com
• Immune: http://immunerecordings.net