David Grubbs set to metamorphose into new album in April via Drag City

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The cycle of life continues this April when another stage in the metamorphosis of the David Grubbs is released from the hollow logs known as Drag City. After incubating for a period of time, the Grubbs is set to emerge on April 16 as The Plain Where the Palace Stood. Here it will emit sounds both pop and experimental, calling fans of Gastr del Sol to take note and participate in the ritual known as listening to music, a key component of the Grubbs mating process. Once properly seduced, ‘listeners’ will deposit money into the coffers of Drag City’s cavernous environs, continuing the all important circle of production that is independent music.

Seriously, though, David Grubbs has been around for a good long while and this new release, the follow-up to 2008’s An Optimist Notes the Dusk (TMT Review), is being touted as a return to his days of seamlessly combining pop and experimental sounds through extended compositions with punctuated segments of straightforward songwriting. Four of the tracks on the album feature vocals, but all should take you on a mental journey not unlike that of a wriggling grub evolving into pupae. Listen to the title track, featuring C. Spencer Yeh on violin and Andrea Belfi on drums and electronics, at David’s blog.

• David Grubbs: http://blackfaurest.tumblr.com
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

[Photo: Gonçalo F. Santos]

Apache Dropout drops in with new album, Magnetic Heads

Well, not exactly a new album. The Bloomington, Indiana trio is prepping an archival release, Magnetic Heads, due February 5. on Family Vineyard.

Rawer and bleaker than last year’s Bubblegum Graveyard, the 10-track album is a combination of two of their early cassette releases, 2008’s Cha Cha Cha and 2009’s Lysergic Caveman Choogle: Not for Pigs, originally released on Magnetic South Recordings. The songs are drenched in fuzz and echo with the occasional fiddle (!?) accompaniment. Check out the album’s opening track (which is also a helpful piece of advice), “Don’t Trust Banks,” below.

Magnetic Heads tracklist:

01. Don’t Trust Banks
02. Eyes Wide Open
03. Memphis, Tennessee
04. Taj Mahal
05. On The Beat
06. Put a Moth On It
07. Mary Don’t You Weep
08. Devil Story
09. I’m So Glad
10. Exaltation of the Guru in the Natural Harmonic Series

• Apache Dropout: http://www.facebook.com/ApacheDropoutUS
• Family Vineyard: http://family-vineyard.com/

Psychic Ills dude Jimy SeiTang gets all minimal electronica-y in new Stygian Stride project

Jimy SeiTang of Psychic Ills and Rhyton has embarked upon a sonic odyssey across the vast, threatening wastes of ElectronicMusicLand. To reach these distant shores, SeiTang must travel past the Skrillexian monsters of dubstep, the famed sirens of sexy deep house, and shitty dance remixes of already shitty LMFAO songs. And his vehicle for this mission is a noble steed — er, musical project — called Stygian Stride.

On SeiTang’s venture into minimal electronica, he eschewed the laptop route, instead choosing to go the “vintage, analog” route to give it that special robot machine soul. Recorded by Black Dirt Studio’s Jason Meagher (Blues Control, D. Charles Speer, Jack Rose, Expo ’70) and mastered in Berlin at CGB ad Dubplates & Mastering, Stygian Stride’s self-titled debut album springs from the loins of Thrill Jockey on March 19. (Sorry, that was weird.) The release will only be available in limited quantities on both CD and LP.


01. Celestial Stems
02. Hindsight
03. Drift
04. Taiga
05. Athanor Ascension
06. Fade into Bolivian

• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

Apparat releasing LP inspired by War and Peace, and he’s really hoping you’ll join his book club too

I have not read War and Peace. I’m in the middle of Dee Dee Ramone’s book, and I want to read Keith Richards’ book too. I want to read everything by Roberto Bolaño and Haruki Murakami. I want to read Infinite Jest and House of Leaves, and I want to re-read Harry Potter. I’m not sure if I’ll make it to War and Peace. Sorry, Tolstoy.

You know who has read War and Peace though? Apparat a.k.a. Sascha Ring. According to Resident Advisor and FACT, the German producer spent a month working with a 30-piece instrumental ensemble to record the soundtrack for Sebastian Hartmann’s theatrical interpretation of the novel. Even though Apparat didn’t intend to officially release any of the music, he took it into the studio after the final performance of War and Peace, and, along with Apparat live band members Philipp Timm and Christoph Hartmann, tweaked it a bit and ended up with Krieg und Freiden, which will be his seventh LP. He describes the album as “a bit of a weird record with not many beats and lots of drones,” and he goes on to say that “it’s the first record ever that didn’t hurt at some point. It’s full of imperfection because it was made by humans.”

Krieg und Freiden will be released on February 15 via Mute Records. Until then, you can stream (and download!) a track called “A Violent Sky”:

Krieg und Freiden tracklist:

01. 44
02. 44 (noise version)
03. LightOn
04. Tod
05. Blank Page
06. PV
07. K&F Thema (pizzicato)
08. K&F Thema
09. Austerlitz
10. A Violent Sky

• Apparat: http://www.apparat.net
• Mute: http://mute.com

Bat for Lashes announces shortest, saddest US tour

Enchanted wood sprite Natasha Khan is coming to the West Coast this spring for a too-brief series of dates. This is the first time American fans will get to check out songs from last year’s critically acclaimed Bat for Lashes album, The Haunted Man, which got Khan a nomination for the Brit Award’s “Best Female Solo Artist” and wound up on pretty much everybody’s year-end best-of lists. But how few Yankee fans indeed will check out Bat for Lashes live this time!

San Francisco. Seattle. Portland. The Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, CA. You are the chosen ones. Fortunately the obsessives over at Consequence of Sound have given festival-goers and non-Pacific Northwest-dwellers hope that Bat for Lashes will be joining the Coachella lineup for the festival’s annual overheated roll in the hippie dust. Check out the video for “A Wall” from The Haunted Man below. It features Khan in her Mulholland Drive wig tangling with a sad fellow in a fuzzy suit. Don’t be sad, fuzzy suit dude! Maybe Bat for Lashes will play somewhere outside the West Coast soon.

04.14.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
04.16.13 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox @ The Market
04.17.13 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
04.19.13 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library

[Photo: Ryan McGinley]

Jeff Mangum adds West Coast dates, or, in Mangum-speak, opts to traverse the tan lizard-system of previous pennyweighters

Subsequent to the disbandment of Neutral Milk Hotel in 1998, the mystery of where the fuck Jeff Mangum was, and if he had given up on music, were pervasive thoughts among an expanding cult following throughout most of the 2000s. Rumors, testimonies, and outright admissions of emotional issues aside, let’s engage in some willful optimism: he was simply taking an extended hiatus, resting up for the numerous solo live performances that he had (and has) scheduled for last year and this year. Fans on the West Coast who’ve openly pined for the recording of new material will have to settle for a mere extension of dates, listed below.

Sure, Mangum is still reticent to engage with the media, but reclusiveness is officially no longer a part of that game. Baby steps, as they say. Here’s a statement, of sorts:

dear friends,
with mouth music the meaning seems to say that there are rumors going round that that this is to be jeff’s final tour. it is not, although to be clear his solo acoustic show will not be returning to any city he has already visited anytime in the foreseeable future. as for the waterfalling woman, we deeply and humbly paralogize for any inconfusion her face of fireworks may have formed while you were falling asleep.

from a thoracopagus dovecote of comets,
artoria gibbons
nmh records


01.23.13 - New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks * (early and late shows)
01.24.13 - Tallahassee, FL - The Moon *
01.25.13 - Gainesville, FL - Florida Theater *
01.26.13 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham *
01.28.13 - Augusta, GA - Sky City Sacred Heart Cultural Center *
01.29.13 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Music Hall *
01.30.13 - Wilmington, NC - Brooklyn Arts Center, St. Andrews *
01.31.13 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre *
02.01.13 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre *
02.02.13 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle * (early and late shows)
02.04.13 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater *
02.05.13 - Wilmington, DE - Dupont Theatre *
02.06.13 - York, PA - Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center *
02.08.13 - Hartford, CT - The Great Hall in Union Station *!
02.09.13 - Portland, ME - State Theater *!
02.10.13 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel *!
02.13.13 - Ithaca, NY - State Theatre *!
02.14.13 - Clinton, NY - Hamilton College Chapel *
02.15.13 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Barvadon Opera House *!
02.16.13 - North Adams, MA - MASS MoCA *!
02.24.13 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
02.25.13 - Santa Barbara, CA - Lobero Theatre
02.26.13 - San Diego, CA - Spreckles Theatre
02.28.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
02.29.13 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
03.30.13 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
03.31.13 - Marfa, TX - Goode Crowley Theatre
04.02.13 - Santa Fe, NM - The Lensic
04.04.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
04.05.13 - Boise, ID - Egyptian Theatre
04.07.13 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre

* with Tall Firs
! with The Music Tapes

• Jeff Mangum: http://walkingwallofwords.com