Ghostly International signs HTRK, the gloomiest, magical-est band around

Ghostly International signs HTRK, the gloomiest, magical-est band around

It’s ironic, isn’t it (in the Alanis Morissette sense) that I love love LOVE a band named HTRK, or Hate Rock as you’re supposed to say it? I love this band so much I want to send it flowers, I want to write it haikus, I want to drunkenly tell everyone I know how amazing they are and then curl up beside their first record at night and dream sweet, sweet dreams of actually watching the band live and in concert. “Wait, WHO?” you’re saying. WELL, you obviously haven’t been exposed to the wonder that is drunken me.

HTRK is a London by way of Melbourne noise/electronic/hooooooly drum machine band whose first album, Marry Me Tonight, was recorded by Birthday Party legend Rowland S. Howard and released on the Mute imprint Blast First Petite. It’s a searing, brutal fusion of electronica and noise and their live shows are like walking into a sweat lodge and discovering your spirit animal, only to realize that it’s a honeybadger, or maybe a super psychotic crocodile on meth. They’ve shared the stage in the past with Lydia Lunch and Alan Vega.

And now, thanks to Ghostly International, the band’s second album Work, Work, Work will hopefully introduce music fans in these fine U States of A to this totally awesome band that is totally not paying me to throw all these adjectives around. (In case you thought they might be. Sorry. I can’t restrain myself.) The new LP comes out September 6 in the States. It was recorded in London and Berlin from 2006-2010.

Work, Work, Work tracklisting:

01. Ice Eyes Eis
02. Slo Glo
03. Eat Yr Heart
04. Bendin’
05. Skinny
06. Syntheik
07. Poison
08. Work That Body
09. Love Triangle
10. Body Double

• Ghostly International:

Portishead’s ATP: I’ll Be Your Mirror just got way fucking cooler: Thinking Fellers Union, Reggie Watts, and more Jeff Mangum

If a handful of Jeff Mangum performances, the Ultramagnetic MCs, Portishead, Shellac, and plenty more artists weren’t enough to convince you that the Portishead-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties: I’ll Be Your Mirror is going to be dope, then maybe the newest round of announcements from the festival will.

First up, it’s been confirmed that Jeff Mangum will play an extra show on Sunday. Mangum agreed to the extra show as long as music critics the world over agree to stop referring to him as reclusive. ATP has also announced that a whole new super-special type of ticket to the festival has been announced to accomodate the newly announced show: what used to be called “Three Day Jeff Mangum Passes” have now been broken down into “Three Day Jeff Mangum Sunday Passes” and “Three Day Jeff Mangum Friday Passes,” depending on which one of the days you want to see Jeff, although I recommend Friday because Mangum is always worn out by the end of the weekend and usually just spends Sunday reading the paper and napping.

If you’re not a Mangum fan and couldn’t give a shit about reclusive musicians, ATP has also beefed up the artists playing on Friday and Saturday of the show. Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 (making their return to live performances), Factory Floor, Awesome Tapes From Africa DJs, as well as comedic acts Reggie Watts, Hannibal Buress, and Rory Scovel have been added to Friday. Saturday sees the additions of Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog and Colin Stetson, while Sunday is still waiting for more confirmations but they’ve gotta be better announcements than Jeff Mangum if they’re taking this long to reveal them. Perhaps it’s Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa risen from the grave to perform their collaborative album Zappin’ the Drix?

• All Tomorrow’s Parties:

Dent May prepares for “Fun” 7-inch, tour with Real Estate, and questions about what happened to His Magnificent Ukulele

Forget Eddie Vedder and Ukulele Songs. Everyone knows that America’s favorite ukulele chanteur is Dent May, and to show up Vedder and that major record deal of his, Dent May has announced both a summer tour and a forthcoming single on Paw Tracks.

Okay, so maybe Vedder is completely innocent of cultural appropriation, since Hawaii’s traditional instrument didn’t actually appear on his record — but then, Dent May is too this time. On the new 7-inch, “Fun” b/w “Wedding Day” (out September 13), Dent May discarded the magnificent uke and experimented instead with “cosmic synths, funky guitars, analog drum machines, loopy bass lines, and massive vocal harmonies” — which could also sort of be said for last year’s single on Forest Family, “Eastover Wives.” As we hinted at earlier, Dent May doesn’t exactly have Pearl Jam-level notoriety, and so only 700 copies of “Fun” will be pressed (but on clear vinyl!). As we also said, Dent May is going on tour, which means that if you miss out on the 7-inch, you can possibly pick up the limited-edition cassette version of the single, available only at shows and until someone buys the 100th (and last) copy. And why shouldn’t you see them on tour? They’re playing with Real Estate, for Pete’s sake!

Tourdates (all w/ Real Estate):

07.10.11 - Washington, DC - Red Palace
07.11.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
07.12.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
07.13.11 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s
07.14.11 - Nashville, TN - Hard Rock Cafe
07.17.11 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
07.18.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
07.19.11 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
07.20.11 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
07.24.11 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell

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• Paw Tracks:

EMA to tour Europe between now and when the sun explodes, but more specifically in the fall

Tale as old as time: drone-folk band forms, puts out a few great records, then breaks up. Co-founder of aforementioned drone-folk band starts her own solo project and puts out a great debut. Fast forward a million or so years and the world is consumed in a fiery explosion. Yes sir, tale as old as time and there ain’t nothing older than time.

To place some pieces in this puzzle, that drone-folk band was Gowns, Erika M. Anderson was the co-founder of that band, EMA is her solo project, and Past Life Martyred Saints is EMA’s debut record. Oh, before I forget, that world is Earth and the fiery explosion is a fiery explosion. But the important part is the part about EMA. As a victory lap following the release of Martyred Saints and as a regular lap during the whole being a band thing, EMA is heading to Europe for a tour this fall. Experts theorize that the timing of this tour is to get in right before a million something years pass and the Earth is engulfed in fire, incinerating the Robosaurs and Silver Riders and Hydradogs that will surely roam the planet’s face by that point.

EMA dates:

09.13.11 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store
09.14.11 - London, UK - Cargo
09.15.11 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
09.16.11 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
09.17.11 - Leffinge, Belgium - Leffinge Festival
09.18.11 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Incubate Festival
09.20.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
09.21.11 - Munich, Germany - Atomic Cafe 22
09.22.11 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
09.23.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Reeperbahn Festival
09.24.11 - Cologne, Germany - Gerbaude 9
09.25.11 - Frankfurt, Germany - Offenbach
09.27.11 - Kufstein, Austria - TBC
09.28.11 - Vienna, Austria - Badeschiff (Waves Festival)
09.29.11 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Palace St. Gallen
09.30.11 - Dudingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn
10.01.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Orangerie

• EMA:

Disappears to make almost two dozen appearances this summer in various cities throughout the US

I have a lot going on this week, so I’ve agreed to let my neighbor Zack write up a blurb for the Kranky band Disappears, who are touring behind this year’s Guilder (TMT Review) this summer, while I work on formatting the tourdates and finding all the links and stuff. Then I’m just going to piece it all together when we’re done and hope that it’s all factual and coherent and whatnot. Zack is a drummer in a noise rock band (when he’s not fixing heaters and air conditioners), so I figure he should have a healthy appreciation for Disappears’ vibe. He also went kind of ape-shit when I told him that Steve Shelley was drumming with them. But I’m thinking he’ll be fine as long as he sticks to the Wikipedia page and gets his facts right. Either way, I won’t have time to fix it, so I hope so. Take it away, Zack:

Hey readers Disappears is a band that has Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth in it on Lead Everything. Like Steve Drozd, Steve Shelley is a god of drums no question but he’s also apparently really really good at lead songwriting because he is the master of awesomeness in this band that he is the lead singer of. Like I said Disappears is Steve Shelley’s side project from Sonic Youth and proves to be an unbeaten instrumentalist of multiple talents. This evidence can be seen on the recent album that Steve released on his own boutique label Kranky after producing mixing and mastering it in his home studio in New York New York. But in addition, fans of Steve Shelley can see him on the road this summer with his touring band when he and they play shows around America for lucky delighted fans everywhere. Do not miss this chance to see rock and roll at its best format. To conclude, Steve Shelley rules hard and drummers forever.

Aw, crap.

7.20.11 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
7.21.11 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
7.22.11 - Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dee’s
7.23.11 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
7.24.11 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
7.25.11 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
7.26.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
7.27.11 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
7.28.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
7.29.11 - Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar
7.30.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox
7.31.11 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
8.06.11 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
8.06.11 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues (Lolla Aftershow) *
8.18.11 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
8.19.11 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
8.20.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
8.22.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
8.23.11 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door
8.24.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Satellite Club
8.25.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
9.07.11 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
9.09.11 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival

* Arctic Monkeys

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• Steve Shelley Fan Club:

Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear announces solo album as Cant, books a tour in the distant fall, continues to scout Brooklyn bars for talent

You may have noticed that fresh material from Grizzly Bear has been somewhat absent in the news since 2009’s Veckatimest (oh, I guess there was also 2010’s indie soundtrack). But whatever the other guys are doing, Chris Taylor, Grizzly Bear’s vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/producer, is far too ambitious to wait idly by for the band to score another “Two Weeks” hit. You’ve probably heard his name in the last two years as the co-founder of Terrible Records (which released Twin Shadow’s debut Forget) and maybe even sent him your demo with hopes of becoming the next big Terrible thing. But being producer and label head is still not enough for Taylor and his dream of Brooklyn(/world) domination, and so with Grizzly Bear in a barely-active lull, he has announced his own solo project as CANT.

On September 13, CANT is planning to release its first album, Dreams Come True, on Terrible Records, and if the title of the record weren’t so cheery, we’d wonder if Taylor was developing an inferiority complex. Like many “solo” projects that actually mean “apart from that supergroup he/she is known for,” Taylor isn’t entirely alone: for Dreams Come True, Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr. is one-half of CANT, having both written and recorded the new album with Taylor. (For Taylor’s purposes, though, “CANT is Chris Taylor. Chris Taylor is CANT.”) While Dreams Come True is CANT’s debut full-length, he previously released a split with none other than the late Arthur Russell, which acted as the first 7-inch in a Terrible Records single series. (Russell’s side is a previously unreleased track, naturally recorded prior to his death in 1992 — Taylor isn’t that special.)

Summer won’t last fast forever, and before you know it, September will soon be upon us, which means CANT is due for a tour, dutifully scheduled for October (and featuring a full backing band). In the meantime, grab an ice cream cone and keep hoping that tastemaker Taylor will pick your band for Terrible’s newest addition. Who knows? Maybe he still has your demo CD-R in his desk drawer.


10.01.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
10.02.11 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
10.03.11 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
10.05.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
10.07.11 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
10.08.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
10.11.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.12.11 - Denver, CO - Larimer
10.14.11 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
10.15.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
10.16.11 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
10.18.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10.19.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
10.21.11 - Toronto, ON - Garrison
10.22.11 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret Mile End
10.24.11 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs
10.25.11 - New York City, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.27.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
10.28.11 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
10.29.11 - Asheville, NC - Moog Festival

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[Photo: The Queen’s Hall]


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