Helsing Junction Sleepover lineup announced, the three-day fest where you eat, sleep, swim, and sweat with K Records

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Get those sleeping bags out of the attic and start airing out the tent! K Records has announced the dates for this year’s Helsing Junction Sleepover, K’s annual hippie fest that is exactly like it sounds. From August 19 to 21, you can camp out at Helsing Junction, an organic farm just outside Olympia, Washington, and eat, listen to music, not shower, and feel the grass beneath your feet (but most importantly, see and hear music). The summer camp vibe comes out clear and strong from pictures, but most overtly in an old article by Parenthetical Girls’ Zac Pennington back in 2005 (think: Calvin Johnson, Camp Counselor).

Many of the bands playing this year are return campers, like LAKE, Arrington De Dionysio Malakit Dan Singa, and Gary May. Considering how tight K Records are, they probably wrote to each other throughout the year — did you do that with your camp friends way back when?

Full lineup:

Alan Alexander’s Real Time Band
Angelo Spencer
Arrington De Dionysio Malakit Dan Singa
Brainstorm
Danny Kelly
Jared Snyder
Joey Casio
Knot Pine Box
Safe
Tender Forever
The Curious Mystery
The Hive Dwellers
The Maxines
The Pine Hill Haints
Lovers Without Borders
LAKE
Kendl Winter
Joe Cappocia
Gary May

More details to be announced in the coming months. Check out Helsing’s website for more practical information about sustainable farming in Thurston County!

Camping list:

Tent, sleeping bag, pillow
Plate/bowl/silverware (reusable, obviously)
Organic insect repellent
Sandals
Water bottle
Camera
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap

• K: http://www.krecs.com

Helsing Junction Sleepover lineup announced, the three-day fest where you eat, sleep, swim, and sweat with K Records

Get those sleeping bags out of the attic and start airing out the tent! K Records has announced the dates for this year’s Helsing Junction Sleepover, K’s annual hippie fest that is exactly like it sounds. From August 19 to 21, you can camp out at Helsing Junction, an organic farm just outside Olympia, Washington, and eat, listen to music, not shower, and feel the grass beneath your feet (but most importantly, see and hear music). The summer camp vibe comes out clear and strong from pictures, but most overtly in an old article by Parenthetical Girls’ Zac Pennington back in 2005 (think: Calvin Johnson, Camp Counselor).

Many of the bands playing this year are return campers, like LAKE, Arrington De Dionysio Malakit Dan Singa, and Gary May. Considering how tight K Records are, they probably wrote to each other throughout the year — did you do that with your camp friends way back when?

Full lineup:

Alan Alexander’s Real Time Band
Angelo Spencer
Arrington De Dionysio Malakit Dan Singa
Brainstorm
Danny Kelly
Jared Snyder
Joey Casio
Knot Pine Box
Safe
Tender Forever
The Curious Mystery
The Hive Dwellers
The Maxines
The Pine Hill Haints
Lovers Without Borders
LAKE
Kendl Winter
Joe Cappocia
Gary May

More details to be announced in the coming months. Check out Helsing’s website for more practical information about sustainable farming in Thurston County!

Camping list:

Tent, sleeping bag, pillow
Plate/bowl/silverware (reusable, obviously)
Organic insect repellent
Sandals
Water bottle
Camera
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap

• K: http://www.krecs.com

Swans get their hands on some US dates, kiss their American skin, ask where the hell they’ve been

Sound the apocalypse bell! Swans cometh! And when Swans cometh, mere press releases and news stories and their ilk hardly seem appropriate. What we need is some made-up mystical nonsense, something like an ‘apocalypse bell.’ Because if I ever find myself face-to-face with head Swan Michael Gira and he looks me in the eye and asks “What have you done for me,” I don’t want to find myself answering, “Well, um, sir, I wrote a news story about you once.” That hardly seems like enough. Instead, I’ll strike the made-up apocalypse bell and announce this to the world: Swans will tour the US in September!

As you have already heard, Swans are not only touring Europe this summer but are also working on a follow-up to their much lauded 2010 release, My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky (TMT Review). Once they return from that overseas sojourn, they will rest for roughly 40 days. When they emerge from their period of recovery, the group will head onto the roads of America for a month of dates. Joining them on this journey will be Sir Richard Bishop of Sun City Girls, who will fit in just fine, as he may or may not be a sorcerer.

Swans dates:

09.08.11 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar *
09.09.11 - Raleigh, NC - Fletcher Opera Theater (Hopscotch Festival)
09.10.11 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel *
09.11.11 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall *
09.14.11 - West Palm Beach, FL - Respectable Street *
09.15.11 - Tallahassee, FL - Engine Room *
09.16.11 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse *
09.17.11 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge *
09.20.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *
09.21.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall *
09.22.11 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge *
09.23.11 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom *
09.24.11 - Lexington, KY - Buster’s Backroom *
09.27.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
09.29.11 - Boston, MA - Royale Nightclub *
10.01.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - ATP Festival at Convention Centre

* Sir Richard Bishop

• Swans: http://swans.pair.com
• Sir Richard Bishop: http://www.sirrichardbishop.net

Andrew Bird brings whimsy/whistling to fans across America this summer/fall

Professional violinist/whistler extraordinaire Andrew Bird will spend the summer wandering through the backroads of America, bringing his unique brand of folky Americana to the good people of California and several Northern states. The tour starts with a stop at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Bandshell, where he will play a free show to a crowd of men dressed like barbershop quartet members and women who say things like ‘the bee’s knees.’ (That’s how I envision it, at least.)

The merry songster will continue his reign of mirth in the fall, as, accompanied by the turning leaves and a lingering sense of nostalgia, the seasons change and Mr. Bird departs Rochester, NY to journey through the original colonies. He’ll be playing similarly olde tyme-sounding venues, amongst them opera houses galore, with a music hall thrown in for good measure. Bird’s most recent recording was 2010’s live album Fingerlings 4. He also appeared on The Preservation Hall Jazz Society’s 2010 benefit album Preservation: An Album to Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program.

Dates:

06.10.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park Bandshell (Celebrate Brooklyn)
06.18.11 - Ann Arbor, MI - Ann Arbor Summer Festival
06.24.11 - Bondville, VT - Wanderlust Vermont
08.05.11 - Regina, CA - Regina Folk Festival
08.09.11 - Arvada, CO - Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
08.10.11 - Boulder, CO - Chautauqua Auditorium
10.12.11 - Rochester, NY - Harro East Ballroom
10.13.11 - Troy, NY - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
10.14.11 - Concord, NH - Chubb Theatre
10.15.11 - Skowhegan, ME - Skowhegan Opera House
10.17.11 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Bardavon 1869 Opera House
10.18.11 - Binghamton, NY - Osterhout Concert Theater
10.20.11 - Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre
10.21.11 - Tarrytown, NY - Tarrytown Music Hall
10.22.11 - Wilmington, DE - Grand Opera House

• Andrew Bird: http://www.andrewbird.net

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Joker announces new single on 4AD, likely because he misses his ol’ buddy Zomby

4AD: it’s not just for wraith-like dream pop anymore! And it hasn’t been for a long time! I mean, c’mon, they’ve put out like five different Mountain Goats records. Take that, my own stated presumptions about 4AD! Still, it’s never seemed like the go-to home for dubstep guys. That’s slowly changing, what with their signing of Zomby and now, the announcement that Bristol-based Joker will be putting out a single via the label.

On May 16, 4AD will release a Joker 12-inch by the name of “The Vision.” The record’s A-side is a version of the song called “The Vision (Breathe In),” which differentiates itself from the instrumental B-side by featuring vocals from London-based singer Jessie Ware. Whether this is a one-off release or a longer relationship (as the Zomby signing seems to be) is unknown. Nobody knows it, not even Joker himself! Actually, Joker might know it.

“The Vision” tracklisting:

A. The Vision (Breathe In) (feat. Jessie Ware)
B. The Vision (Breathe In) (instrumental)

• Joker: http://www.myspace.com/thejokerproductions
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com

Elliott Smith documentary screening at the Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival; five unreleased songs by Smith surface

It’s almost shocking to think that it’s been eight years since Elliott Smith passed away at age 34. Thankfully, he may be gone, but he is definitely not forgotten. A new documentary entitled Searching for Elliott Smith, by director Gil Reyes, is set to screen at the Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival this month. For more information on the screening times, please visit the film festival’s website.

The documentary features interviews with Smith’s closest friends, including Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant and former girlfriend Jennifer Chiba. If you don’t live in Los Angeles, you can still celebrate Smith’s life by listening to five unreleased songs of his that recently surfaced on YouTube this past March. The song titles are unconfirmed, but searching for these titles may bring back a hit:

“She Won’t Look at Me”
“Where I Get It From”
“Like a Cop”
“I’m Gonna Get Crushed”
“Shiva Opens Her Arms”

• Los Angeles International Film Festival: http://www.laifilmfest.com