Leonard Cohen slated to release new album for 80th birthday; take that Paul McCartney!

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Canadian songwriting legend and perennial ladies man Leonard Cohen has a new record out next month to celebrate his 80th birthday. According to some, he may look like a turtle, but I’m sure this future octogenarian is definitely going to have wild bohemian birthday sex in the Chelsea Hotel or someplace, so the joke’s on you. Popular Problems is comprised of entirely new songs, many of which were allegedly finished around the same time as 2012’s Old Ideas. Popular problems and old ideas, these are the dilemmas that have plagued man since the dawn of time.

According to Jarkko Arjatsalo, the official liaison between Cohen and his fans, the album will be released at the end of September (Cohen’s birthday is September 21), and the artist has no plans to tour in the immediate future. Currently, Amazon France has Popular Problems listed with a September 22 release date, so maybe the lucky people that get in on the b-day orgy will be able to drive to Target the following morning and purchase the album. And maybe, just maybe, Cohen’s fabled cover of “99 Problems” will make it onto Popular Problems.

• Leonard Cohen: http://www.leonardcohen.com

FKA twigs goes on giant tour, leaves all other Young Turks in the dust

FKA twigs is fast becoming a household name. Pretty soon your pops will be asking if you’ve peeped her video for “Papi Pacify” (which, just imagining that makes me squirm). Honestly, if she’s not already, it’s safe to say twigsy, like it or not, is what some might call an “It girl.” With her visually inventive and stunning videos, for her past EPs and now, in support of her just-released debut LP1, she’s got the look, the pipes, the talent and the tunes — she is the full package. Thanks again, Young Turks.

Twigs is so-called because of the way her bones crack. Did you know that? Whenever I think of her I think of joints popping. Wish that wasn’t so. Either way, I am in full on hard-on love with her new album, so it hasn’t taken away from the real heart of the matter, but I had to share it. She’s selling out shows all over the place so you might wanna stay tuned to these dates and get tickets real quick, especially since she’ll probably put on a far-out, surreal-ass show that you’ll think about for months, years, decades even. Watch her video for “Two Weeks” at the Chocolate Grinder if you haven’t already.

FKA twigs tour dates:

10.02.14 - Brighton, UK - The Dome
10.03.14 - Birmingham, UK - The Library
10.04.14 - Manchester, UK - R.N.C.M Theatre
10.06.14 - Glasgow, UK - Oran Mor
10.08.14 - London, UK - Hackney Empire
10.09.14 - Bristol, UK - Trinity
10.14.14 - Paris, France - La Maronquinerie
10.15.14 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso Noord
10.16.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Ab Box
10.17.14 - Cologne, Germany - Buergerhaus Stollwerk
10.19.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - VEGA
10.20.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Mojo
10.21.14 - Berlin, Germany - Kesselhaus
10.22.14 - Warsaw, Poland - Basen
11.06.14 - Washington, D.C. - 930 Club
11.07.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.08.14 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
11.11.14 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
11.13.14 - Chicago, IL - Metro
11.14.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line
11.17.14 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore
11.18.14 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
11.20.14 - San Francisco, CA - Regency
11.21.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Regent
11.26.14 - Austin, TX - Parish
11.28.14 - Dallas, TX - Trees
11.29.14 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
12.01.14 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
12.02.14 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
12.03.14 - Orlando, FL - The Social

• FKA twigs: http://fkatwi.gs
• Young Turks: http://theyoungturks.co.uk

Mount Eerie announces September tour to warm your icy heart (or vice versa)

Not to deny the waxing appeal of the impending Goldrush, but one might’ve suspected that it takes more than a single festival to draw the inimitable Phil Elverum from his wilderness-surrounded haven in Anacortes, WA. Nothing new to report on the Mount Eerie full-length front, so one assumes that these upcoming tour dates are one (or some combination) of the following: 1) An unsurprising display of musical generosity. 2) A realization of his otherwise impulsive desire to travel. 3) The hometown fauna have literally spoken, coaxing Elverum to serve as human ambassador to their newly-established wildlife reservation… operated by the wildlife, who are super intelligent!

Venues off the beaten-path is the name of the game here, with “Sauna and Ice Plunge Tour” being the name of the tour. Maybe you should expect a degree of musical variation, and maybe you should expect a gravitational pull on animals whenever Mount Eerie holds out his arms. “Come to me, my little squirrel friends. If I looook….”

Sauna and Ice Plunge tour dates:

08.30.14 - Marshall, NC - Blannahassett Island, Transfigurations Festival
09.10.14 - Dayton, WA - Mace Mead Works
09.11.14 - Boise, ID - The Crux
09.12.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Diabolical Records
09.13.14 - Denver, CO - Goldrush Music Fest
09.14.14 - Lawrence, KS - Wonder Fair
09.15.14 - Bloomington, IN - The Church
09.16.14 - Youngstown, OH - Historian Recording Co.
09.17.14 - Purchase, NY - SUNY Purchase
09.18.14 - Easthampton, MA - the Flywheel
09.19.14 - Biddeford, ME - The Oak & The Ax
09.20.14 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre
09.21.14 - Middletown, CT - Wesleyan University
09.22.14 - Annandale-on-Hudson, NY - Bard College
09.23.14 - Brooklyn, NY - The Trans-Pecos *
09.24.14 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge *
09.25.14 - Oberlin, OH - Dionysus Club
09.26.14 - Gambier, OH - Kenyon College
09.27.14 - Chicago, IL - Co-Prosperity Sphere
09.28.14 - Minneapolis, MI - the Cedar Cultural Center
09.29.14 - Minot, ND - Pangea House

* Mecca Normal

• Mount Eerie: http://www.pwelverumandsun.com

Hopscotch day parties announced, and TMT is hosting one!

Boooo, Raleigh, why are you so hard to get to from Chicago (well, hard to get to for those of us making very little $$ at our day jobs)?? I was already bummed that I can’t make it to the Hopscotch Music Festival this year, and now that the Hopscotch day parties have been announced, I am even MORE bummed. Le sigh.

For the lucky ducks heading out to North Carolina for the three-day festival (full lineup available here) or for those of you who just happen to be hanging around Raleigh, the day parties add a little something extra to the already jam-packed Hopscotch experience. They’re free to the public (even without a ticket to the festival), and they are AWESOME.

And this year, one of the day parties will be extra-specially awesome (okay, maybe we’re a little biased, but…) because it’s being co-presented by Tiny Mix Tapes, along with Raleigh institution DiggUpTapes, art/music/booking collective Apothecary, and sponsor Lonerider Brewing! The lineup for the September 4 day party at Kings Barcade and Neptunes Parlour so far includes Secret Boyfriend, Tokyo Hands, Lee Noble, Heads on Sticks, Aldi, Nick James, Giant Claw, Paciens Trine, and Goblin Mold. More acts will be announced in the coming weeks!

Other day parties of note:

Three Lobed Records and local radio station WXDU will host a day party on September 5 at Kings Barcade, featuring Mary Lattimore and everyone’s favorite improviser-in-residence Thurston Moore, MV&EE, Sunburned Hand of the Man, and more.

• A day party in support of Girls Rock NC on September 6 at Warehouse District will feature EX HEX, Caitlin Rose, and Loamlands, plus there will be a Bloody Mary bar, so really, how can you go wrong?

Churchkey Records is co-sponsoring a Saturday day party at Slim’s, with a lineup that includes Spider Bags, Gross Ghost, and Silent Lunch.

The list of day parties can be viewed in full here. Have fun while I sit here in Chicago silently seething and experiencing massive FOMO.

• Hopscotch Music Festival: http://hopscotchmusicfest.com

Zero 7, one numeral short of double-O status, ask for a virgin martini ahead of new EP Simple Science

D’aw, Garden State. For many, the movie was their first exposure to Zero 7, as Zach Braff’s character initially dealt with his existential crisis by starting a controversial Kickstarter campaign to fund his already affordable purchase of antidepressants. In reality: he took molly with indifference, and “In the Waiting Line” played for the audience — rather fittingly, I might add.

That was 10 years ago, and I have little idea (excepting the press release that beckoned this article) as to what Zero 7 have been up to since that time. Simple Things was an exemplary highlight in the timeline of downtempo releases when it came out in 2001, and Danish singer Tina Dico took me hooooooooome over and over again in the months following the release of the sophomore When It Falls, but something about the subsequent Garden made me want to take an active stance against horticulturists, with little concern over the deteriorating appearance of yards everywhere. No idea about Zero 7’s most recent LP, and it might be that we’re bearing witness to an inevitability within this particular genre. What the fuck happened to Air, anyway?

In any case, Zero 7 are digitizing their first new material in roughly five years with the EP Simple Science, out August 18. Listen to the title track below; I don’t hate it.

Simple Science tracklisting:

01. Simple Science
02. Red Blue and Green (Dub Copy)
03. Take Me Away
04. U Know

• Zero 7: https://www.facebook.com/Zero7

New David Sylvian biography, focusing on his solo years, available now

On the Periphery: David Sylvian — A Biography, a new biography of David Sylvian, once known as Japan’s head aesthete but with a prolific solo career capable of overshadowing any band’s work, has hit the shelves. The book, written by Christopher E. Young, covers the 1982-2013 period, focusing exclusively on the English composer’s solo years. It provides a look into Sylvian’s solo career, numerous collaborations, and creative pursuits, as well as offering a window into his personal evolution. Sylvian was not directly involved in the writing process at all, though; Young worked from pre-existing interviews, media clippings, and his own research.

The biography opens when Japan, the proto-New Romantic group Sylvian lead from 1974 to 1982, were breaking up, and charts the journey that took Sylvian to the elegant, idiosyncratic music he’s been creating ever since. A big draw has to be the extraordinary array of musicians Sylvian has collaborated with along the years. Perhaps his longest-lasting alliance is the one he’s kept with Ryuichi Sakamoto, a kindred spirit who also moved from synth pop (YMO) into textural, abstract solo work; they were already starting to play together during the Japan years. Anyhow, Sylvian’s highest-profile collaborator ought to be Robert Fripp, with whom he has recorded several acclaimed albums. That said, a shortlist with some of Sylvian’s collaborators is a thing to behold: John Hasell, Holger Czukay, Derek Bailey, Fennesz, Evan Parker, John Tilbury, Otomo Yoshihide, Rusell Mills, Hector Zazou, Blonde Readhead, etc. If anything characterizes Sylvian’s work, through these collaborations and beyond, it’s the enigmatic yet welcoming landscapes his music evokes, crafting a jazzy, complex albeit warm sound which prefigured the British strand of post-rock that later blossomed in groups like Dif Juz, Talk Talk, or Bark Psychosis.

The book is divided into three parts: the first going from 1982 to 1987, the second comprising 1988 to 2002, and the last one devoted to Sylvian’s activities from 2003 on. Some excerpts are available on the book’s website, as well as its Facebook page. The latter doubles as a David Sylvian appreciation community, where Young and fellow fans share all things related to the musician. The book can be ordered here.

• David Sylvian: http://www.davidsylvian.com
• Samadhi Sound: http://www.samadhisound.com
• Sylvian’s Biography site: http://www.sylvianbiography.com