Fog’s Andrew Broder plans new full-length for 2015, launches Kickstarter to fund it

Fog's Andrew Broder plans new full-length for 2015, launches Kickstarter to fund it

As mysterious and ever-changing as the gray fog that hangs close to the damp earth, Andrew Broder’s Fog project rolls back in, thick as its pea-soup namesake, making the morning commute more than a little sketchy, and lending the process of me grabbing the trash can from the corner a little hint of always-welcome extra gravitas. What will reach forth to grab our ankles from the thick gray mush of humidity? Why, a Kickstarter of course!

Broder’s folky hip-hop-inflected Fog moniker has been on the shelf since 2007’s Ditherer (an album that featured the likes of Phil Elverum and WHY?’s Yoni Wolf), but if the Kickstarter futzing with the tender area just above our heels and talking a big game about different rewards for different levels of donations is to be believed, Broder will be back in the fall of 2015 with a brand new Fog full-length on Totally Gross National Product. No title yet or tracklist, but Broder has reportedly recruited producer Brian Joseph, who has worked on releases from Bon Iver, The Bowerbirds, and Colin Stetson. According to Broder, the album will pull back a bit from the more band-oriented arrangements of Ditherer into something a little looser and more abstract, more similar to his early work in the early 2000s. You know, like a throwback. Throwbacks really tickle the little history buff that’s camped out in my frontal lobe, if you know what I mean.

The Kickstarter campaign ends on August 12, and as of right now it’s a little less than two-thirds funded. If you’re not one of those people who gets so mad just thinking about Kickstarters that you want to punch a cute baby animal right in its stupid mouth, you can scope it out here. In conjunction with the campaign, Broder has released versions of two tracks that might make it on to the album in one form or another, one is an untitled demo that’s available over on the Kickstarter page, and the other, embedded below, is a stripped-down acoustic version of a song called “Turning Into You.” Give him your money! Or Don’t!

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Sir Richard Bishop announces first North American tour in nearly four years

Is sibling rivalry causing Sir Richard Bishop to announce tour dates not long after his brother, Alvarius B, also announced tour dates? Perhaps. But at least this is a sibling rivalry we can all benefit from, unlike, oh, I don’t know — a rivalry between Jeb and George W. Bush to see who can hold the most political offices? The animosity that exists between Noel and Liam Gallagher, or the Jackson family, or the Williams sisters? Yeah, a Sir Richard Bishop tour is much more mutually beneficial to the public than anything those other sibling rivalries have ever produced. Also, I guess you could argue that SRB and AB aren’t really rivals, since they spent all that time playing in Sun City Girls together. But I digress.

SRB has not graced most of the country with his presence in nearly four years, so now he’s hitting the Midwest, East Coast, and Canada. Guitarist Tashi Dorji will be joining him in every city. Thanks, sibling rivalry!

Dates (all w/ Tashi Dorji):

08.29.14 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook
08.30.14 - Asheville, NC - Transfigurations II Festival
08.31.14 - Nashville, TN - Emma’s Bistro
09.01.14 - Louisville, KY - Dreamland
09.02.14 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
09.03.14 - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes
09.04.14 - Toronto, ON - Geary Lane
09.05.14 - Montreal, QC - La Vitrola
09.06.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Issue Project Room

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Future Islands, Deafheaven, more to headline Downtown Festival in Minneapolis this September

Future Islands, Deafheaven, Russian Circles, Bear Hands, Nosaj Thing, Moon Boots, Turquoise Jeep, Cakes Da Killa, Stu Larsen, Hippo Campus, and MORE are set to take over Minneapolis’ Skyway Theatre for two unforgettable nights: September 26 and 27. The Minneapolis stop is the second out of five total downtown city areas that the tour will pass through this fall.

For more info on tickets and to keep up with line-ups in Minneapolis, as well as the other cool-enough-for-Downtown-Records downtowns (Cleveland, New York, Los Angeles, and Houston), click on over to

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Trust tour North America, share glorious Black Marble remix of “Capitol”

If Trust’s most recent album Joyland was a full-on “hands in the air,” “buying drugs from shady dudes in the bathroom” gothic rave, this new remix of “Capitol” is walking back to your car with your friends as the sun first starts coming up: life-affirming, yearning, and just achingly lovely. The dudes of Brooklyn coldwave band Black Marble have really done some dark magick on their remix of this one. Says Mr. Trust himself Robert Alfons: “I teared up when I first heard their re-work of my song. It’s feels like that huge rush that creeps in when summer is ending. I think they’ve done something really special here.” End of summer, end of night.

And although summer will technically be on its way out once mid-September rolls around, Trust will keep you warm when they tour North America. Starting off in McAllen, TX, Alfons and co. are on the road through October, when the tour winds down in their hometown of Toronto. You can bask in those last hazy moments of a glorious summer night by checking out the “Capitol (Black Marble Remix)” below (via BlackBook):


09.11.14 - McAllen, TX - Cine El Rey
09.12.14 - Austin, TX - Stargayzer Fest
09.18.14 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal
09.19.14 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
09.20.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Voyeur
09.21.14 - Columbus, OH - Skully’s
09.22.14 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
09.24.14 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
09.25.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
09.26.14 - Las Vegas, NV - Beauty Bar
09.27.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
09.28.14 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
09.30.14 - Portland, OR - Branx
10.01.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
10.03.14 - Calgary, AB - Saits The Gateway
10.04.14 - Edmonton, AB - Pawn Shop
10.05.14 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigos Cantina
10.07.14 - Winnipeg, MB - Union Sound Hall
10.09.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10.10.14 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall

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Melvins just can’t hold in the announcement of their new album, Hold It In! Ew, what’s that SMELL?!?

Ah, the illustrious Melvins. This news story is ostensibly about “their return” with their first new album since 2010’s The Bride Screamed Murder — entitled Hold It In and due October 14 — but let’s be honest: had Seattle badasses Dale Crover and Buzz Osborne ever, even for one fraction of one second, left your forever-grungy, pot-addled mind? Exactly. Ours neither.

And why exactly is that? Because of all their radio hits? Because Dale Crover was totally a better drummer than Dave Grohl? Because Buzz Osborne is super-duper Teen Beat sexy-looking? No, double-no, and TRIPLE no. I’ll tell you why. It’s because, unlike all those other bands from that scene, the Melvins have a non-terrible band name.

Seriously. “Nirvana”? Totally the worst name ever. For real, though. Let’s think these through a minute now. Alice?… in Chains? Sound-garden? Face it. That’s all some serious, cliched high school garage-band bullshit, folks. The Melvins have a sweet, simple, cool name. It fits like a good buzz cut: perpetually kinda-sorta in style. Gotta respect the buzz cut.

So yeah, even though this new record (recorded in Austin and L.A. with Crover and Osborne being backed by Butthole Surfers’ Paul Leary and JD Pinkus) comes after four years of silence (well, kinda), it pretty much seems like they’ve never left us. Suck it, more popular bands from that era. Long live the Melvins. And, what the fuck? Long live the buzz cut. Don’t hate.

Melvins tour dates:

10.15.14 - Sacramento, CA - Assembly
10.17.14 - Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo House of Music
10.18.14 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
10.19.14 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
10.21.14 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
10.22.14 - San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brewing
10.23.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
10.24.14 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
10.25.14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
10.26.14 - Albuquerque, NM - The Launchpad
10.28.14 - Dallas, TX - Trees
10.29.14 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
10.30.14 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live - Studio
10.31.14 - New Orleans, LA - Voodoo Fest
11.01.14 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
11.02.14 - Gainesville, FL - The Wooly
11.03.14 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbit’s
11.04.14 - Orlando, FL - The Social
11.05.14 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - The Culture Room
11.06.14 - Tampa, FL - Orpheum Theater
11.08.14 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft at Center Stage
11.09.14 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco

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Chris Watson plans field-recordings-based mobile app for September release

The music app game is getting a little crowded these days. Everybody and their brother is like, “Hey instead of making an album let’s just make an app and move to San Francisco and fly around in internet planes and buy Uber drivers with Google dollars and so on and so forth,” you know? I mean, to be fair, apps are pretty cool. And so, Chris Watson, the eminent field-recordist (and founding member of Cabaret Voltaire), and dude who was at the top of my list for people who I predicted would be next to dive into this exciting (not to mention disruptive) field, has decided to take a little slice of that “apps are cool” pie for himself with a new one of his own called Nimbus.

According to The Wire, the app was built by The Nimbus Group, and it’s planned for release in conjunction with the Brighton Digital Festival on September 10. In addition to including 14 pieces that Watson has recorded throughout his career with Touch Music (such as last year’s lovely In St. Cuthbert’s Time), the app also contains four audio-based games. One requires the player to use directional audio from within the app to navigate to a specific location, another uses the “north-south auditory axis,” the third is simply described as a “collection of sounds for insomniacs,” and the fourth apparently only unlocks if the user is somehow traveling at least as fast as a diving peregrine falcon (which is 300 km per hr or about 190 miles per hour). Unconfirmed sources from within the app developer community have told me that the game can also be unlocked by inviting your friends to play Candy Crush at a rate roughly equivalent to the speed of a sprinting cheetah (about 75 miles per hour). The app will be available for iOS and Android.

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