The Fresh & Onlys to release new EP in which they finally realize what year it is

The Fresh & Onlys to release new EP in which they finally realize what year it is

If Matmos are the best-dressed fellas in San Fran these days then The Fresh & Onlys are competing for worst-dressed. I mean, just take a look at these dudes. They look like they still get dressed by their mamas. But what do they care? They make killer psych-influenced garage rock that wipes away nearly anything else of its ilk being made these days. After the amazing and amazingly received Playing It Strange LP last year, the band could have easily taken a well-deserved hiatus, but aw hell naw: they’re already back with a new EP titled Secret Walls that’s due April 26, courtesy of Sacred Bones.

Unless you’ve been living in a garbage can for the past couple weeks, you also know that the SF chaps are basically going to be on a nonstop touring spree from now til the end of time April. Catch ‘em on the road while you can, cause odds are they won’t be back around again for a while. Like at least two weeks.

Secret Walls EP tracklisting:

01. Secret Walls
02. Keep Telling Everybody Lies
03. Do You Believe in Destiny
04. Wash Over Us
05. Poison Wine

The road:

02.27.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
03.16-19.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.21.11 - San Diego, CA - Tin Can Alehouse
03.22.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
04.12.11 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive &
04.13.11 - Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot Saloon &
04.14.11 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop &
04.15.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox &
04.18.11 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub &
04.19.11 - St. Louis, MO - The Billiken Club !
04.20.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall & !
04.21.11 - Toronto, ON - Parts & Labour &
04.22.11 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore &
04.23.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg & !
04.24.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie & !
04.25.11 - Washington, DC - Red Palace & !
04.27.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl & !
04.28.11 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree & !

& Young Prisms
! Crocodiles

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Bill Callahan shares a few details on the coming Apocalypse; there will be weeping, gnashing of teeth, and slide guitar

Bill Callahan may be idly rocking back and forth on his porch these days, gazing half-lidded at the whippoorwill as it flits through the tall trees, but that doesn’t mean he’s checked out of society. No, the artist formerly parenthesized still sits among the common folk from time to time — provided the common folk are accomplished musicians willing to play on his new record. Common folk with no musical ability can die in a lake of fire, for all he cares.

Which brings us to the events at hand. As you may have heard, Callahan is planning a fiery Apocalypse in LP form for April 19 via Drag City, his third full-length under his Christian name and something like his 70th overall (and even so, the man shows no signs of dropping a Down in the Groove any time soon). What you may not have heard is that the album is a scant seven tracks long, one of which is titled “America” with an exclamation mark next to it. Daring! Portentous! Yes, these are the initial rumblings of what could be a grand audio statement by Callahan. The press release hints at a live-in-the-studio feel to the recording, with a set group of performers and few if any cuts or overdubs — though it also mentions somebody involved named “Abacus Coopdawn,” so I don’t really know what to believe. You can peruse the tracklist after this brief message from our sponsor, The Bible.

The first living creature was like a lion, the second creature like an ox, the third creature had a face like a man’s, and the fourth creature looked like an eagle flying. Each one of the four living creatures had six wings and was full of eyes all around and inside. They never rest day or night, saying: “Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God, the All-Powerful, Who was and who is, and who is still to come!” (Revelation 4:7-8)

Apocalypse tracklisting:

01. Drover
02. Baby’s Breath
03. America!
04. Universal Applicant
05. Riding for the Feeling
06. Free’s
07. One Fine Morning

And if you’re dying to see the man in person, slide guitar be damned, pencil the following date into your planner, when Mr. Callahan will be reading from his first novel, Letters to Emma Bowlcut, released last year to modest applause:

04.10.11 - Austin, TX - BookPeople (at 5 PM)

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• Drag City:

The Twilight Singers announce spring tour; Greg Dulli enjoys a lollipop on a sunny day

After summoning some darkness with Mark Lanegan in The Gutter Twins and reaching through his catalogue (even back to Afghan Whigs times!) for a solo tour, Greg Dulli is back to The Twilight Singers, the main job he’s been holding down for the past 10 years or so. Dulli’s group has a new album called Dynamite Steps (TMT Review) out this very moment via his longtime buds at Sub Pop. To celebrate the record’s release, the group will hit up Amoeba Records to play their first pair of in-store performances ever: February 15 in Los Angeles and February 17 in San Francisco. They’ll also be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on February 23, which I believe marks the first time Greg Dulli’s been on TV without wandering through a soap opera set.

If you don’t live in California/don’t have a TV/aren’t Jimmy Fallon, you’ll still get plenty of chances to see The Twilight Singers. The band is heading out on a pretty extensive tour throughout May and the tiniest little bits of June. Opening every show will be Margot and The Nuclear So and So’s, whose singer Richard Edwards claims that “babies will be born because of these shows.” I’m hoping he’s not suggesting actual conception take place at the shows, because that just seems uncomfortable for everyone. Then again, if the couple standing next to me starts going for it in the middle of a darkened club while a Greg Dulli-fronted act plays, that might actually be perfect.

Twilight Singers tourdates (all with Margot and The Nuclear So and So’s):

05.04.11 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s
05.05.11 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
05.06.11 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
05.07.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
05.09.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05.10.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocodero
05.11.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise
05.13.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
05.14.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small’s Theatre
05.15.11 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
05.16.11 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
05.17.11 - Chicago, IL - The Metro
05.18.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theatre
05.21.11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
05.22.11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
05.24.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
05.25.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
05.27.11 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up
05.28.11 - Phoenix, AZ - The Clubhouse
05.30.11 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
05.31.11 - Austin, TX - The Parish
06.01.11 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio
06.03.11 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitina’s

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• Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s:
• Sub Pop:

Mount Kimbie promise no scorpions on North American tour… but are they biting off more than they can chew?

Like most of you, I enjoy going to see musical acts play their musical songs without fear of scorpions. I hate scorpions and I hate their deadly venom. Clubs try to keep scorpions out, yet there’s no assurance, no peace for my scorpion-fearing mind. With this in mind, Mount Kimbie come forward with a bold promise: no scorpions on their upcoming North American tour, just as there were allegedly no scorpions on their 2010 album Crooks and Lovers (TMT Review) on Hotflush. But can such a promise truly be kept? Will the tricky dubstep beats be cut short by a scorpion’s mighty sting? We shall see, Mount Kimbie, we shall see.


03.04.11 - Perth, Australia - The Bakery
03.05.11 - Melbourne, Australia - Roxanne Parlour
03.09.11 - Sydney, Australia - Good God
03.11.11 - Brisbane, Australia - Bar Soma
03.12.11 - Meredith, Australia - Golden Plains Festival
03.15-19.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.24.11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
03.25.11 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar
03.26.11 - Montreal, QC - Le Belmont
03.27.11 - St. Louis, MO - Luminary Arts
03.29.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
03.30.11 - Seattle, WA - Baltic Room
03.31.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
04.01.11 - Portland, OR - Crown Room
04.02.11 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
04.03.11 - Arcata, CA - Arcata Theatre
04.05.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
04.06.11 - Denver, CO - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
04.07.11 - Atlanta, GA - King Plow Arts Center
04.08.11 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle
04.09.11 - Miami, FL - Electric Pickle
04.10.11 - Tampa, FL - GBAR
04.11.11 - Tallahassee, FL - Engine Room
04.12.11 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth
04.13.11 - New Orleans, LA - The Hookah
04.15.11 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.28.11 - London, UK - Heaven

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• Hotflush:

Former Zs member releases Ripped Heart EP with his new(ish) band Extra Life

Once upon a time in Brooklyn, there was a band called Zs. That band included a man known as Charlie Looker, who had also collaborated with the much-ballyhooed Dirty Projectors. Looker was known not only for having a kickass surname (anything that sounds like a compliment used by old ladies is kickass in my book), but also for having a unique singing style, oft-compared to medieval vocal work, which features prominently in his latest output with the band Extra Life. Coincidentally, Extra Life have a new EP, Ripped Heart, comin’ atcha on Mr. Looker’s new record label, Last Things Records.

Come April 5, the EP will be available as both a digital download and a limited-edition vinyl release. The vinyl comes with four downloadable bonus remixes from the likes of Former Ghosts, Laurel Halo, Liturgy, and Xiu Xiu. You can also catch Extra Life serenading the good people of Europe with Deerhoof in April and the wicked people of the United States with Parenthetical Girls in July. If that ain’t enough, go witness Looker gettin’ arty on orchestral pieces with ex-Battles’ Tyondai Braxton when they perform at Lincoln Center in New York (March 3) or the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis (March 4).

Ripped Heart EP tracklisting:

01. Strong Brother, Weak Brother
02. Run Cold
03. Ripped Heart
04. Elegy (cartoon piano)

US date (so far):

03.18.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Death by Audio *

* Zs Black Crown Ceremony, Noveller

Euro dates:

04.18.11 - Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic - Velbloud (Ostinato Festival)
04.19.11 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
04.20.11 - Belfort, France - Impetus Festival #
04.21.11 - Metz, France - Les Trinitaires #
04.22.11 - Delemont, Switzerland - SAS
04.23.11 - Lausanne, Switzerland Impetus Festival #
04.24.11 - Schorndorf, Germany - Manufaktur #
04.25.11 - Bielefeld, Germany - AJZ $
04.26.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Magasin 4 %
04.27.11 - Orleans, France - L’Atelier
04.28.11 - Paris, France - Point Ephemere
04.29.11 - Cherbourg, France - Festival La Terra Trema
04.30.11 - Nantes, France - Les Ateliers de Bitche
05.01.11 - Lyon, France - Africantape Festival

# Deerhoof
$ Liturgy
% OvO

• Extra Life:
• Last Things:

The Berg Sans Nipple are now “With Nipple” as they show excitement over new LP

After five years of inactivity, drum-and-electronics duo The Berg Sans Nipple are returning to your consciousness with a new album, Build With Erosions, set for release through Team Love on March 15. The new album was written in brief and infrequent bursts as both members worked on songs in separate countries, allowing for music that could “transcend any sense of time or space,” as months and miles could pass before a song was completed.

“The fact that we made this record living in different countries changed a lot about the way we typically had worked together when we were both living in Paris,” said member Shane Aspergren, nipples pushing hard and tight against his t-shirt as he spoke. “When we were together, we still recorded ideas and constructed a lot of samples, extracting some of those small ideas and shaping them into something completely different. But we took more time to work separately on things before getting back together, which caused the recording sessions to be full of energy because of all the uncertainty and anticipation about what was going to happen.”

Aspergren also told me that the new record was informed by “gamelan, electronica, Afro Beat, post-punk, old-soul, dub, Ennio Morricone landscapes and hip-hop beats,” and was recorded in Paris with collaborator, touring partner, and Berg Sans Nipple personal “guru” Antoine Gaillet (M83, Zombie Zombie), before once again reminding me that he used to live in Paris.

As we wrapped up the conversation, I let Aspergren know that it was “a little cold in here” with a wink and a nod, and though he understood what I meant, he still paid no attention to the obviously aroused nipples beneath his shirt, even after on-lookers stopped to gaze at them. If we could judge an album’s worth simply by the excitement of its creators, then surely The Berg Sans Nipple and their upcoming album, Build With Erosions, would score an easy “A,” if only based on its nipple-raising notoriety.

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