Evan Caminiti (Barn Owl) to release album with appropriately introspective title Dreamless Sleep on Thrill Jockey

Evan Caminiti (Barn Owl) to release album with appropriately introspective title Dreamless Sleep on Thrill Jockey http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-06-evan-caminiti.jpg

Ignore, for a moment, the fact that Texas and Arizona are two of the most politically backward states in the country right now. Just consider the landscape — the geography — of the Southwestern region of the United States. Oppressive desert conditions give way to some of the most poisonous species in the country. When it isn’t unbearably hot and dry, severe thunderstorms reinforce the notion of an unforgiving climate. In between the distantly placed cities, desolation runs rampant over the taupe and barely traversable surface. Also, “cowboys.” The image of the American Southwest isn’t an inherently attractive one, but that doesn’t mean that it’s without a story worth telling.

Guitarist Evan Caminiti, both solo and as one-half of Barn Owl, has made a career out of communicating, intentionally or not, the region’s less pleasant side. His reverberant strumming and content, synth-based ambience stands in the same tonal arena as a Cormac McCarthy novel — which is to say, somewhere between ominous and hopeful. Night Dust follow-up Dreamless Sleep, due August 21 on Thrill Jockey, reportedly continues that trend, but with a particular thematic emphasis on “the way our memory changes events in the past and how our surroundings define us.”

According to Caminiti himself, he completed a “a kind of rough draft” of the album in the spring of 2011, only to promptly forget about it for 10 months, preoccupied as he was with touring. When he finally did return home to San Francisco, he “approached the material in a completely different way, changed by a year of travel and new challenges. It was deconstructed and reformed into a different album than what it had once been…” The end result is an album that is in “constant flux between light and dark, from dirge like crawls to uplifting choral harmonies, creating a narrative unlike anything Caminiti has offered before.” Forget August. I’ll take my emotional whiplash now, please.

Dreamless Sleep tracklisting:

01. Leaving the Island
02. Bright Midnight
03. Symmetry
04. Fading Dawn
05. Absteigend
06. Veiled Prayers
07. Becoming Pure Light

• Evan Caminiti: http://www.electrictotem.com
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

RIP: Herb Reed of The Platters

From Rolling Stone:

Herb Reed of the Platters has died in a Boston area hospice, reports the Associated Press. He was 83. Reed helped found the Platters in Los Angeles in 1952, and the group found success with hits like “The Great Pretender” and “Only You.” Reed, who sang bass on many of group’s Number One hits, was the only member of the band to appear on all of their recordings.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the Platters in 1990.

• The Platters: http://www.herbreedandtheplatters.com

Another reason to never leave the NPR station: Clear Channel to share ad revenues with Big Machine label

Billboard reports that America’s biggest purveyor of FM crap, Clear Channel, has struck an agreement with a single label, Big Machine, to set up the first sound-recording performance royalty program for terrestrial (as opposed to digital) radio play. Currently, songwriters are compensated when their songs are played on the radio on a pay-per-play basis. Radio stations pay ASCAP and BMI annually, then those organizations distribute the money back out to the songwriters. Artists (when they differ from the songwriter) apparently don’t get directly compensated as part of this agreement, and broadcasters have long resisted such a setup, justifiably noting that the mere fact that FM radio shoves major label music down the throats of America’s youth nonstop should be compensation enough, given that an artist’s popularity at least partially requires heavy radio play to instill.

Scott Borchetta (rhymes with porchetta, a delicious roast pork dish; considering I imagine all major label execs to resemble the porcine Lou Perlman, that seems oddly relevant) of Big Machine came up with a new idea. Instead of a pay-per-play model, why not pay the record labels a percentage of ad revenues? If ad revenues suck, then the labels get less money. The percentage of ad revenues Borchetta brokered with Clear Channel hasn’t been disclosed, but once that money comes into Big Machine, they’ll keep half and then half will be distributed back to artists.

Why only Big Machine, though? While Clear Channel is open to this new idea, they’re not about to open the flood gates to all labels who want sound-recording performance royalties (something they need to come up with a better name for, stat). Once the waters are tested, this new compensation format may be extended to other labels. The bottom line is that this seems like a fishy way to circumvent the agencies that regulate compensation (ASCAP, BMI), and will only encourage radio stations to play more commercials, thus making it an even more insufferable experience than it already is. Yay mainstream radio!

• Big Machine: http://www.bigmachinemusic.com
• Clear Channel: http://www.clearchannel.com

The Walkmen announce a US tour (did you know they played on an episode of The O.C. in 2004?)

Last month, The Walkmen rolled through my town, and I missed their show. I can’t even remember what I did instead. Something cool, I hope. Something more than just making grilled cheese and watching Twin Peaks. In any case, I probably thought something along the lines of “Ah well, they’re putting out another album soon, so there’s a 95% chance they’ll come around again.”

And I was right!!! The Walkmen will hit the road for a North American tour to support their latest album, Heaven. We told you about it just a little while ago. I’m currently listening to it. In case you were wondering.

Before the band makes their appearance at festivals such as Osheaga, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands, they’ll be playing a special hometown show at the Bowery Ballroom on June 6. Tonight. The first 150 lucky ducks who bought Heaven at Other Music in New York City received a ticket with their purchase, and all the others were snapped up real quick once they were made available to the public on June 1. If you couldn’t snag a ticket or if you weren’t down for a trip to New York, Spotify will provide a worldwide stream of the concert, filmed by La Blogothèque.

Presale tickets are available at the band’s website.


06.06.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
06.27.12 - Louisville, KY - WFPK Waterfront Wednesdays
06.28.12 - St. Louis, MO - Plush
06.29.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
06.30.12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
07.05.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Pioneer Park
07.20.12 - Burnaby, BC - Deer Lake Park %
07.21.12 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre %
07.22.12 - Troutdale, OR - Edgefield %
07.25.12 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre %
07.29.12 - Indianapolis, IN - The Lawn at White River State Park
07.30.12 - Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion %
07.31.12 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre %
08.02.12 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre %
08.03.12 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival
08.05.12 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.10-12.12 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands
09.12.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Anson Ford Amphitheater
09.14.12 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
09.15.12 - Santa Ana, CA - The Conservatory
09.16.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
09.18.12 - Norman, OK - University of Oklahoma
09.19.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
09.20.12 - Austin, TX - Stubbs
09.21.12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
09.22.12 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitinas
09.26.12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
09.27.12 - Nashville, TN - Cannery
09.28.12 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
09.29.12 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
09.30.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
10.04.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club #
10.06.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory #
10.18.12 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
10.19.12 - Boston, MA - Royale

% Florence & The Machine
# The War on Drugs

• The Walkmen: http://thewalkmen.com
• Fat Possum: http://www.fatpossum.com

Freedom From cassette/LP label resurrected, plans releases by Brian Chippendale, Mark Morgan (Sightings), Aaron Dilloway, Weasel Walter, Chris Corsano, and more

I’m no fucking pantheist, but it seems that the energies of all the dying record labels have reformed themselves into a reincarnated Freedom From. Yes, thanks goes out to all of you for not buying music so that the ghosts of these deceased businesses could spiritually charge up the formerly on-hiatus experimental LP and cassette label Freedom From.

The Minneapolis label began in 1996 under the leadership of founder Matthew St-Germain and released some of the first releases of many great artists, such as Hair Police, Noxagt, Reynols, Sightings, and Cock E.S.P., as well as the infamous Thurston Moore/Beck/Tom Surgal cassette. The label also held a scorching multi-day fest in 2003 with De Stijl, bringing together vets like Tony Conrad, Borbetomagus, and Arthur Doyle with fresh-faced noise makers like Aaron Dilloway, Chris Corsano, Burning Star Core, and nmperign, and serving as a template for the first No Fun Fest the following year.

Freedom From went on somewhat of a hiatus after 2006, with only an occasional cassette or CD here and there, but 2012 will see the full return of the label in a revamped format, releasing only cassettes, lathes, and vinyl in limited numbers. The label has set up a Soundcloud page and a Bandcamp site, which already features music for sale. Look for plenty of releases coming soon by LaDonna Smith, Forced into Femininity, and Rusted Shut, as well as planned releases by Mark Morgan (Sightings), Aaron Dilloway, Chris Corsano, Weasel Walter, Bhob Rainey (nmperign), and Oneida.

• Freedom From (Bandcamp): http://freedomfrom.bandcamp.com
• Freedom From (Soundcloud): http://soundcloud.com/freedom-from
• Freedom From (Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/groups/350865658293493

Neil Young & Crazy Horse shake off all the live rust and announce tourdates

Okay, people, we’re here. Ground zero. There’s no time to spare, so I’m not going to sugarcoat this. Americana, Neil Young’s recycling, re-imagining, re-appropriating, re-diculous album of American folk songs as slammed-through by the original members of Crazy Horse, is out this week. There’s really just nothing we can do about it. These things happen. And in fact, in order for our officially “pro-Neil Young” society to save as much face as possible, I’d advise everyone here to take the following actions as swiftly and calmly as possible: Find a stream of the new album somewhere, listen to that minor key, hard-rock version of “Oh Susannah” in which Neil and a choir of young children spit the lines “Cuz I come from Al-a-bama with a B-A-N-J-O on my knee” in successive monosyllables (you know, to better fit the song’s bewildering use of Latin groove), and get your laughs, derision, eye-rolls, criticisms, and ironic social media shares out right the fuck now. Because Neil Young seems serious about this thing being a thing.

How serious? “A whole fall tour’s worth of dates” serious. And if we as a continent of Neil Young supporters want to get through these shows and enjoy all the thoroughly ass-kicking badassery that could very well be involved when Neil Young and Crazy Horse get together to play some of our favorite old tunes on giant stages across the US and Canada with Los Lobos and Patti Smith opening, we’re going to have to pay the price. So let’s just drop whatever it is we were going to do with our summers and start putting in the time conditioning ourselves not to boo or laugh in their faces when they punctuate that badassery with liberal doses of this new record. Get listening, North America. We’ve got work to do.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse dates:

07.05.12 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater
07.06.12 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater
07.10-12.12 - San Francisco, CA - Golden Gate Park/Outside Lands Fest
10.03.12 - Windsor, ON - WFCU Centre
10.05.12 - Kingston, ON - K ROCK Centre
10.06.12 - London, ON - John Labatt Centre
10.08.12 - Cleveland, OH - Wolstein Center
10.09.12 - Pittsburgh, PA -Petersen Events Center
10.11.12 - Chicago, IL - United Center
10.13.12 - Austin, TX - Zilker Park / Austin City Limits Fest.
10.14.12 - Tulsa, OK - Tulsa Convention Center Arena
10.17.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
11.10.12 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
11.11.12 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
11.13.12 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
11.14.12 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
11.16.12 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
11.19.12 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
11.23.12 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
11.24.12 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
11.26.12 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
11.27.12 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
11.29.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
11.30.12 - Fairfax, VA - Patriot Center
12.04.12 - Bridgeport, CT - Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard

• Neil Young: http://www.neilyoung.com
• Reprise: http://www.warnerbrosrecords.com