Demdike Stare to release the bats AND new Testpressing#001 single on Modern Love

Demdike Stare to release the bats AND new Testpressing#001 single on Modern Love

Terrifying Lancastrian witch-lovers Demdike Stare have unleashed a new slab of (almost) dancey menace on the record-buying public. Together with the demented elves over at Modern Love Records in Manchester, the experimental duo of Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker have ushered in a brand new series of 12-inch releases for the label under the Testpressings banner. Aptly, Demdike’s inaugural issue is called Testpressing#001 and features two blazing new tracks, both of which can be heard in full below.

The A-side, “Collision,” was recorded during late 2012 in a dentist’s office from hell, where the sun is always setting in a blood red sky but there’s also a disco ball and a human-sized vampire bat on the 1s and 2s playing warped jungle records. That bat just wants to dance! But he doesn’t know our human ways of love and “party drugs” and neon, so it’s a little bit unsettling and you can hear it in this track. Fun fact: you can actually HEAR the bat doing spoken word at the beginning of B-side “Misappropriation.” Testpressing#001 is currently available for purchase at Boomkat. The label plans to release further Testpressing 12-inches and more bats at an unspecified date in the future.

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• Modern Love:

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Siriusmo announces new LP Enthusiast, may be retiring, may be going out for bagels

Hello, Siriusmo! Goodbye, Siriusmo? The Berlin-based producer is putting out a new record, titled Enthusiast, on June 14 through Monkeytown. After that, he’s retiring? Maybe? Please, try your hand at deciphering this message from the press release for Enthusiast:

After eighteen years, elaborate and outrageously expensive recording with a full-size Czech symphony orchestra, Siriusmo decided to reject it and to retire with enthusiasm. This was followed by moments of euphoria, overconfidence, and many shed tears. Once at the bottom of the facts, he now proudly presents his new album Enthusiast.

Well, there you have it! Siriusmo is retiring! Or maybe he already retired and un-retired to make this new record? Also, he’s been making it for 18 years? Or has he just been making music for 18 years? And what’s this about a Czech orchestra? Augh, you’re a mystery, Siriusmo. Here’s the facts. His second full-length, Enthusiast, is coming out June 14. Monkeytown is releasing it. You can listen to the first single, “Itchy,” on Soundcloud. You can pre-order the record at Monkeytown. You can continue trying to solve the mystery of Siriusmo for the rest of your natural life.

Enthusiast tracklist:

01. Doctor Beak
02. Congratulator
03. Tränen aus Bier
04. Enthusiast
05. Cornerboy
06. Plastic Hips
07. Itchy
08. Stinky Wig
09. Liu
10. Rantanplant
11. Wattnlosmitmir
12. Petit Cochon
13. Leftovers

• Siriusmo:
• Monkeytown:

Animal Collective reschedule live dates with the haste of a Peregrine Falcon set on not disappointing her anxious young

If the rumors are true, transplants to the Seattle area might know the feeling better than most: in one’s admirable quest to build some real connections in the area, you encounter a not-easily-traversable hump in between “mere acquaintance” and “actual human friend.” Every time you suggest a harmless rendezvous with a potential pal, there’s always some lame excuse like, “Oh, the alignment of the planets hasn’t foretold our hanging out,” or, “I’m actually a member of a semi-famous band from Baltimore, and while we previously scheduled a night of entertainment with you, we’ll have to postpone things due to one of our members spontaneously coming down with strep throat.”

Animal Collective, it should be noted, have proven themselves the opposite of flaky over the last week or so. After apologetically removing a few tourdates due to an Avey Tare throat contagion, they’ve already rescheduled those dates (with the exception of the Boise show) for September and October, with Dan Deacon more or less maintaining his support role. All prior ticket purchases will be honored, and any bad blood between the band and their fans in those cities has presumably been remedied. C’mere AC, gimme a big o’l platonic hug.


03.18.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *
03.20.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant *
03.21.13 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theater *
03.22.13 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre *
03.23.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Depot *
03.24.13 - Boise, ID - Treefort Festival
05.22.13 - Nimes, France - Paloma
05.23.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
05.25.13 - London, UK - Field Day
05.27.13 - Amsterdam, Holland - Melkweg
05.28.13 - Brussels, Belgium - AB
05.29.13 - Paris, France - Trianon
06.07-09.13 - Randall’s Island, NY - Governors Ball
06.10.13 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
06.11.13 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
06.12.13 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
06.13-16.13 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
07.02.13 - Helsinki, Finland - The Circus
07.04.13 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival (Arena Stage)
07.06.13 - Gdynia, Poland - Open’er Festival (Tent Stage)
07.09.13 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall *
07.10.13 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Blues Fest
07.11-13.13 - Albany, NY - Camp Bisco
07.12-14.13 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07.15.13 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall *
07.16.13 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues *
07.18.13 - Covington, KY - The Madison Theater
07.19.13 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
09.08.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Depot *
09.09.13 - Denver, CO - Ogden *
09.11.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
10.16.13 - Madison, WI - Orpheum *
10.17.13 - Chicago, IL - Riviera *
10.24.13 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theater *
10.25.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant

* Dan Deacon

• Animal Collective:
• Dan Deacon:

Future Bible Heroes roll away the stone after an 11-year absence, prep new album

Though Stephin Merritt has been keeping the flow of music coming pretty regularly over the last few years via bi-annual Magnetic Fields releases, it’s been almost seven years since any of his lesser-known projects have put out a proper record. Way back in the olden times of 2006, Merritt’s spooky side project The Gothic Archies released a soundtrack to Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. For the Future Bible Heroes, where Merritt’s compositions are performed by multi-instrumentalist Chris Ewen and longtime collaborator, bestie, and Magnetic Fields member Claudia Gonson, 2013 marks 11 years without new music. FACT is reporting that all this is about to change, though! FBH will release their third full-length record, titled Partygoing, on Merge come June 4.

Keeping in line with the tone of past releases, we can expect Partygoing to sound like a great time on the surface while serious and seriously sad meaning lurks just below the glossy sheen of synthesized pop. Many of the title tracks reference libations, possibly meaning Merritt has found a spot in his new-ish home of L.A. that works with his preferred method of songwriting — sitting in the corner of a bar and drinking until inspiration hits. It might sound glib, but if anyone is resigned to being something that others find deplorable (and then using those circumstances to make a living), it’s Stephin Merritt.

Merge will commemorate the release of Partygoing by concurrently releasing a four-disc set containing FBH’s previous two albums (1997’s Memories of Love and 2002’s Eternal Youth), the new record, and a final disc that collects FBH’s various EPs and B-side tracks. Partygoing tracklisting is below along with the album’s first single, “Living, Loving, Partygoing.” The bouncy synths, courtesy of Ewen, sound more like mid-90s-era Magnetic Fields than any of Merritt’s output has for a long while, so put your dancing shoes on, have a drink, a good cry, and enjoy!

Partygoing tracklisting:

01. A Drink Is Just the Thing
02. Sadder than the Moon
03. Let’s Go to Sleep (And Never Come Back)
04. Satan, Your Way Is a Hard One
05. A New Kind of Town
06. All I Care About Is You
07. Living, Loving, Partygoing
08. Keep Your Children in a Coma
09. How Very Strange
10. Love Is a Luxury I Can No Longer Afford
11. Digging My Own Grave
12. Drink Nothing But Champagne
13. When Evening Falls on Tinseltown

• Stephin Merritt:
• Merge:

[Photo: Kimberly Butler]

Cindytalk prep a new album for Editions Mego, continue attempts to press actual madness to vinyl

Cindytalk are weird and scary. They’ve been that way since 1982 and if they ever stopped we probably wouldn’t love them anymore. This embracing of the bizarre has allowed their music to have an unsettling variety over the years, and their newest album for Editions Mego looks to continue their love of the surreal and frightening. Entitled A Life Is Everywhere, the album appears to continue the apocalyptic flavor of 2011’s Hold Everything Dear, at least in visual presentation. The music seems to be taking an entirely different direction. The album’s page says it will be “taking rhythm and sound to extreme limits whilst always retaining trace elements of [Cindytalk’s] core.”

The preview track “My Drift Is a Ghost,” which can be found below, backs up that rather nebulous statement with a wall of roiling noise and lurching static. It all boils down to this: Cindytalk is just as weird and dangerous-sounding as ever. If you love that as much as we do, pick up A Life Is Everywhre when it hits on May 15.

A Life Is Everywhere tracklisting:

01. Time to Fall
02. My Drift Is a Ghost
03. To a Dying Star
04. Interruptum
05. As If We Once Had Been
06. On a Pure Plane

• Cindytalk:
• Editions Mego:

CocoRosie shut out Grass Widow’s google searches by releasing new album Tales of a GrassWidow

Like all famous sisters, one is the Beyoncé and one is the Solange. In my assessment, CocoRosie’s Bianca Casady is the Solange, with her artsier affectations and affinity for absurdist costumes and unibrow, while classically trained opera vocalist Sierra Casady plays the role of the older, wiser, more-loved sister. Bianca and Sierra didn’t actually grow up together, so there’s probably less animosity between the two resulting from their parents obvious preference for the Beyoncé of the pair, but let’s just run with that idea and use it as the assumed foundation for the ‘ongoing dialog’ that they call their musical output.

With all that in mind, it’s been three years since the freak folk sister-duo have put out a proper full-length album, with 2010’s Grey Oceans (TMT Review). Did you miss them? If so, you’ll be glad to hear that a new album, titled Tales of a GrassWidow, will land May 27 in Europe courtesy of City Slang and May 28 in the US as a self-released effort. What does it sound like? Well, according to the first single, “Gravediggress”, streaming below, it sounds like what would happen if Stevie Nicks played a French prostitute character on a particularly spooky episode of Adventure Time, which is to say that fans should rest assured that the group is sticking to what works for them. The album features a guest spot from frequent collaborator and ghost-friend Antony Hegarty, as well as production support from Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson.

Word is that the group will be touring ‘round the world, but for the time being we only have a number of European dates centering around the release of the album, with more announcements sure to come. And if you’re not into CocoRosie’s music, you’ll be glad to hear that they have a number of other artistic endeavors that you may care to appreciate. In the works is a production of Peter Pan, commissioned by the Berliner Ensemble along with theatre director Robert Wilson, and a print publication from Bianca called “Girls Against God.” Bianca asked Sierra to contribute, but just like Beyoncé, she was too busy being better than everyone else.

Tales of a GrassWidow tracklisting:

01. Afterlife
02. Tears for Animals
03. Broken Chariot
04. Child Bride
05. End of Time
06. Harmless Monster
07. Gravediggress
08. RIP Humans
09. Roots of My Hair
10. Villain
11. Poison


05.24.13 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys Neue Welt
05.25.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefaehrlich
05.26.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Cirque Royale
05.27.13 - Paris, France - Theatre Des Bouffes Du Nord
05.28.13 - Paris, France - Le Trianon
05.29.13 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli
05.30.13 - Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxemburg - Rockhal
05.31.13 - Mannheim, Germany - Maifeld Derby Festival
06.01.13 - Munich, Germany - Alte Kongresshalll
06.02.13 - Strassbourg, France - La Lalterie
06.03.13 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Salzhaus
06.04.13 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks
06.05.13 - Basel, Switzerland - Kaserne
06.08.13 - Girona, Spain - Milestone Project Festival
06.19.13 - Prage, Czech Republic - Archa Theater
06.22.13 - Duisburg, Germany - Traumzeit Festival
07.18-21.13 - Southwold, Suffolk - Latitude Festival

• CocoRosie;
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