Kyle Bobby Dunn to release 2-CD set on Low Point, a.k.a. the next episode of Bobby’s World

Kyle Bobby Dunn to release 2-CD set on Low Point, a.k.a. the next episode of Bobby's World

Canadian dronester Kyle Bobby Dunn just just told us in a cracked, breathy, slow-motion whisper that he has a new double CD release forthcoming, entitled Bring Me the Head of Kyle Bobby Dunn, on British label Low Point. We were like, “What?” And then he repeated himself in a normal voice. Dunn tells us that this release is the “worst and most depressed moments” that the 26-year-old composer has yet to offer us. And we, in our regular sick fashion, were ecstatic for such news.

A clip from the forthcoming record, “An Evening with Dusty,” can be heard here. Or here!

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Spencer Krug, that brave heartbreaker, announces new Moonface record With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery

It’s a month ending in a letter, so that means it’s probably time for a new Spencer Krug record. Last year, Krug put out Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped (TMT Review) through his solo project Moonface, fulfilling his promise to some unknown power to release at least one record each year. Now that it is a new year, Krug must again fulfill his promise, this time by putting out another Moonface record. This model 2012 Spencer Krug record is called With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery and it’s coming out April 17 through Jagjaguwar.

With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery? Well, that’s a goofy title,” said a ghostly voice that thinks Shut Up, I Am Dreaming and Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped are totally normal titles. Well, shut it, ghostly voice, the title makes sense. Spencer Krug had some assistance with this new Moonface record, in the form of Finnish kraut-rock band Siinai. In this collaboration, the two parties got together in Finland last August to record. Siinai provided the majority of the record’s music, while Spencer “Moonface” Krug provided the vocals, along with some of his trademark keyboard magic. Oh, you didn’t know that Spencer Krug had a magic keyboard? He got it when he killed an orc.

As for the “heartbreaking bravery” part, the record’s main theme is said to be heartbreak. Evidently, this was not planned, but, you know, sometimes when you start writing, you end up writing about your heartache, your friends’ heartache, flawed and failed relationships, unpleasant feelings, and how those things change you. On the final edit of this story, I realized that I spent a whole paragraph writing about my first crush. Whoops! Anyway, Krug said that he recognizes that these themes are nowhere close to original, but that they’re worth digging into anyway. He’s right, people care about these things. Did I ever tell you about my first crush, oh, forget it, YOU don’t care.

With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery:

01. Heartbreaking Bravery
02. Yesterday’s Fire
03. Shitty City
04. Quickfire, I Tried
05. I’m Not the Phoenix Yet
06. 10,000 Scorpions
07. Faraway Lightning
08. Headed for the Door
09. Teary Eyes and Bloody

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Louisville’s Forecastle Fest celebrates 10 years with Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Neko Case, Sleigh Bells, and BOATS

Long have I dreamed of a music festival where you could stay on boats, where you could party on boats, where you could even LISTEN TO MUSIC ON BOATS. And little did I know that this amazing DREAM FESTIVAL exists in real life — in fact, has been existing, nay, flourishing, for 10 magical years in Louisville, Kentucky. Every year of my life that I haven’t been attending Forecastle Festival has been a wasted year. Friends, for those of you who, like me, have been living in darkness, here’s an overview. Forecastle is a three-day, five stage outdoor event that takes place this year in Louisville’s beautiful Waterfront Park. It started off in 2002 as a free neighborhood fest honoring the local music community and grew into a 70-band FUNSTRAVAGANZA, planned in part by hometown heroes My Morning Jacket. Forecastle offers bands, environmental activities, EXTREME SPORTS, art installations, fine dining, and AN AFTER PARTY ON THE HISTORIC BELLE OF LOUISVILLE STEAMBOAT. Press material includes this gem of a line: “Those wishing to “dock up” for the weekend may also purchase a very limited number of “Captain’s Club” VIP boat slips, which are located at the festival site.” So yeah, basically Forecastle is what it’d be like to attend a music festival in the Cloud City from Empire Strikes Back, except for with boats instead of clouds.

Now, you’re probably saying to yourself, “Boats? BAH. Who cares about boats. I love LAND. And BANDS. I want to hear about BANDS.” But first, let me tell you about how Forecastle offers a ticket payment plan option, for those who’d like to buy GA or VIP weekend passes over a period of four installments. This is the nicest thing ever. It warms my gin-soaked yacht captain heart. Additionally, the Forecastle Festival’s nonprofit Foundation will receive a small portion of each ticket purchase to use in their charitable work with local education and international environmental efforts. All that AND you get to spend a weekend in lovely Louisville, listening to the likes of My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, Wilco, Girl Talk, Andrew Bird, Sleigh Bells, Atmosphere, Neko Case, Clutch, A-Trak, Galactic, Flying Lotus, Beach House, The Head and the Heart, Stax! Soul Revue, Dr. Dog, Deer Tick, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Beats Antique, Real Estate, Justin Townes Earle, Washed Out, Walk The Moon, Dean Wareham Plays Galaxie 500, Wye Oak, Atlas Sound, Fruit Bats, Daedelus, Ben Sollee, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, JEFF the Brotherhood, The Features, Mike Doughty, Tanlines, Zion I, Sleeper Agent, Floating Action, Wick-It The Instigator, James Vincent McMorrow, Wax Fang, Daniel Martin Moore, King’s Daughters & Sons, Houndmouth, Cheyenne Marie Mize, The Ravenna Colt, Rachel Grimes, Nerves Junior, Cabin, Scarlet Smile, and Lydia Burrell. Boat or not, you’ll be floating away on a sea of musical bliss.

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Grandaddy reunite for limited shows; glass dishes of Werther’s Originals to be distributed at each venue

I said what now? Ohh ho ho, yes, yes. That is what I was just discussin’ about. Why, I plum forgot, drew me a blank soon as I’d set these gums to flappin’! Heeh heh heh heh, yep, that’s yer ol’ Grandaddy alright. Old coot now, old coot then. Yes child, I was a wild thing in my day, nothing like the kind a hopped up foolishness you see on the TV more ‘n more these days, no the 90s were a different time, now I won’t say better for I seen enough gray hairs sprout ‘n my time to let naivety rule the day, but tell me if you think ‘em youngsters ‘d find time for summin like yours truly, now imagine me with a lil’ more meat on my bones and a big ol’ trucker hat? Now ‘course there weren’t no ironic this-and-that on that hat, see it was a different spirit, if I felt like John Deere and I’s fixin’ to sing ‘bout my place as a young buck truckin’ through this life and findin’ my place in that darn technosphere ‘s just about ass-ploded if you ask me in recent times.

Now I said I did, I said I’m comin’ back to the stage, no I don’t need no doctor called in, you show the elderly some respect, you don’t believe me why don’t you give a hoot ‘n holler across that pond to th’ folks behind End of the Road Festival, you call and you ask ‘em if there’s anyone on that bill besides a bunch of youngsters showin’ off their fresh pies and sayin’, “you wouldn’t dare snatch this off m’ gilded windowsills,” well just wait til’ five years from now let’s see if yer pretty lil’ heads ain’t spinnin’ at all them changes and that damn chorus o’ children shouting louder n’ louder, “Get off the road, Grandaddy, speed limit’s 350 and we got the devil’s fire in our bellies.”

So I said f’rget that, I’m settin’ my old guitars up and yes synthesizers buck-o, get set right up there next t’ Grizzly Bear, maybe win myself a mention in that Jay-Z Decoded Vlog? Now I unnerstand I’m gettin’ on in years, but I’m workin’ overtime ‘tween my chin and my kneecaps if you understand metaphors now. I figure if I limit my song-singin’ to September 1 at this festival that’ll be plenty to set back after ‘n evaluate what’s next, most likely another show if the ol’ hootin’ front row crowd comes back ‘round for more from the ‘Daddy. Now come ‘round the other side here and fix m’ blanket, I’m not shamed a no draft down there.

Only Date So Far:

09.01.12 - Wilshire, UK - End of the Road Festival

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Lazer Sword’s new LP Memory is coming out on April 27 and here are some lazer sword noises to go with it: bezow, skrit, zing!

Lazer Sword? Uh, they call that a lightsaber, bro! Ought to go see a Star War, bro! Totally slammed some anonymous bros right there. The game is over, though, because I have real, true news about Lazer Sword, the electronic duo consisting of producers Low Limit and Lando Kal. If you’re not familiar, they say that their music “feels like surfing down the side of a volcano,” which sounds really hot and uncomfortable. I get what they’re saying, though. It’s a simple math problem where volcano = rad and surfing = rad, so volcano + surfing = rad x 2.

Soon, the world will get more volcano surfing music, as the duo is releasing their second record Memory on April 27 via Monkeytown. You may know Monkeytown as the label run by Modeselektor, who you may know as those guys Thom Yorke likes a whole lot. A month before the album’s release, Lazer Sword will be on a tour of the United States, including a stop in SXSW, like all the other bands that there are. They’ll celebrate the release of their new record by touring Europe, where they will be playing shows until roughly the midpoint of May. On a tangential note, I was really scared when I was six and I saw Obi-wan Kenobi cut off that alien’s arms in Star Wars.

Lazer Sword dates:

03.09.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Waldorf (w/ Nguzunguzu, Salva)
03.10.12 - Reno, NV - Wurk
03.13.12 - Sacramento, CA - The Townhouse
03.15.12 - St. Louis, MO - 2720
03.17.12 - Austin, TX - XLR8R Official SXSW Showcase
03.21.12 - San Diego, CA - Kava Lounge
03.23.12 - Jacksonville, FL - Club 1904
03.24.12 - Miami, FL - WMC (Future Perfect Miami at the Electric Pickle)
04.20.12 - London, UK - TBA
04.24.12 - Glasgow, UK - TBA
04.25.12 - Edinburgh, UK - TBA
04.28.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Lolita
04.30.12 - Brussels, Belgium - TBA
05.04.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
05.05.12 - Milan, Italy - TBA
05.06.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Golden Pudel Club
05.10.12 - Bienne, Switzerland - TBA
05.11.12 - Geneva, Switzerland - L úsine
05.12.12 - Luzern, Switzerland - Suedpol
05.18.12 - Graz, Austria - Springfestival
05.19.12 - Lyon, France - Nuits Sonores Festival

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Seattle’s Debacle Fest 2012 announced, with Mark McGuire, Rene Hell, Sean McCann, and others performing at… hey, you know that indistinguishable building/house?

It’s nearly the official beginning of spring, and you know what that means; it’s time to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the opening of Legoland California! Now, everyone grab your lego collections and let’s rendezvous at the parking lot in Carlsbad. I’m convinced that, given a large enough turnout, we can independently expand the acreage of Legoland so that Lego hospitals, Lego public libraries, Lego beggars, and Lego strip clubs inhabit every inch of the state, creating a virtual replica. We. Can. Do. This!

Beyond that, however, spring also corresponds with the beginning of festival season, and in Seattle, that basically means one event in particular, to local appreciators of independent music: Sasquatch. Forget Sasquatch for a moment though; what about those clamoring for a dose of experimental aural immersion, who would otherwise be left unfulfilled by an event where Jack White and Beck are two of the headliners? Months prior to Seattle’s more extensive dedication to electronic/experimental music, Decibel Festival, and preceding even Sasquatch itself, Debacle Records have announced their fifth annual festival, Debacle Fest 2012, to take place in Seattle at the Black Lodge and the Josephine on May 4, 5, and 6. The line-up features the following artists, with more set to be announced in the near future: Mark McGuire, Rene Hell, Eternal Tapestry, Sean McCann, Operative, Pulse Emitter, Brain Fruit, and Dull Knife.

Ignoring for a moment the fact that Debacle Fest satisfies a festival’s most basic requirement — having a bunch of artists perform — it’s tough to consider this an event designed to attract large swathes of the coffee-drinking, trail-hiking public at large. For one, there’s probably a ceiling on the number of people who are actually willing to explore this type of music, and two, the Black Lodge doesn’t even have an advertised address. Seriously. That’s one way to dissuade the lukewarm.

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