Matthew Dear psych case files released, includes mention of new album in August on Ghostly International

Matthew Dear psych case files released, includes mention of new album in August on Ghostly International

Remember back in January when Matthew Dear released the pretty nifty four-song EP, Headcage? Well, if you enjoyed that tasty morsel of dance-art-pop, you’ll be excited to learn that the follow-up full-length has finally been announced. To be released August 27 on Ghostly International, Beams continues the progression found on Headcage away from the dark brooding of Dear’s 2010 album, Black City (TMT Review), toward a brighter, almost tropical bent on Dear’s brand of abstracted popscaping.

On the first single, “Her Fantasy,” Dear’s vocals take on the tone of Bowie at his froggiest, crooning about love in some Brazilian discotheque at dawn, all filtered through the gauzy light of morning and sleepiness. It’s a fun track that continues to surge ever forward for a floor-stomping 6+ minutes, and in classic Matthew Dear style, it takes about 600 turns that all somehow work within the structure of the larger piece.

Some insight into Dear’s schizophrenic yet cohesive style? “I’m about 4 to 5 different people at any given time,” Dear says. “By allowing all of those different personalities to exist - the most pure and direct self can come through in the music.” So that explains it! Dear’s multiple personalities (all charmingly tall, dark, and handsome) are wrestling it out in every track to produce these golden nuggets of off-kilter dance epic. Keep this man off meds at all costs.

Beams tracklisting:

01. Her Fantasy
02. Earthforms
03. Headcage
04. Fighting Is Futile
05. Up & Out
06. Overtime
07. Get The Rhyme Right
08. Ahead of Myself
09. Do The Right Thing
10. Shake Me
11. Temptation

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Decibel Festival announces line-up, celebrates ninth year by having a lazer tag party

It’s that time of year again! It’s the time when Seattle, WA’s premier “international festival of electronic music performance, visual art and new media” a.k.a. The Decibel Festival, takes to the world wide webbing and starts to announce its line-up for this year’s show! Coincidentally, it is also that time of year when The Decibel Festival starts preparing for its annual birthday party, commemorating and celebrating their first festival, all the way back in 2003. Finally, it’s also that time of year when I celebrate my cat’s birthday, but that’s really more of a topic for my cat fancier blog.

This year, The Decibel Festival will take place over five days (September 26 - 30) and 14 venues spread across Seattle. In addition to “educational speakers,” The Decibel will showcase 120 bands/artists/musicians with the highlights (as in, the ones I like) being: Kimbra, Carl Craig, Matthew Dear, Fennesz, John Talabot, Ariel Pink, Actress, Nina Kraviz, Baths, Dragonette, Emancipator, and Yppah. All in all, 60 of the 120 acts have been announced with the other 60 acts getting revealed one by one, day by day, until June 27; the entire program, including “educational programs, film festival, after-parties and boat-parties announced on July 11.”

Information about The Decibel Festival’s Ninth Annual Birthday Party has already been sent out to everyone invited and, for those who didn’t already know, the party will be held at Uncle Luke’s Lazer Emporium and Video Arcadery on September 19, starting at noon. Cake, pizza, and soda will be provided, gifts will be expected, and two games of “Extreme Lazer Tag” will be paid for. Please R.S.V.P. A.S.A.P.; B.Y.O.B.

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Outer Space (Emeralds’ John Elliott) releasing LP #??? on Spectrum Spools in June

If you’re anything like me (and I doubt that you are), then you love when a band member from a band you enjoy has their own side project. Like Emeralds, for example! I was ecstatic when guitarist Mark McGrath became the co-host of Extra. But sometimes side projects can be something even more — like John Elliott’s long-running Outer Space solo venture — that ends up being just as full and satisfying as their band of origin.

Even more surprising in this case is that Elliott’s newest Outer Space album, Akashic Record (Events 1986-1990), sounds like space! Yep. It’s experimental space sounds. And the album is perfect for pre-gaming before seeing Prometheus or just enjoying an evening cooking pasta with gram grams. Akashic Record (Events 1986-1990) will be released July 17 on Elliott’s own Spectrum Spools (not to be confused with my amateur label, Sphincter Pools). Listen to album track “October 27th, 1989 - Bay Village, Ohio” NOW:

Akashic Record (Events 1986-1990) tracklist:

01. Ellipse
02. 11:38
03. The Fifth Column
04. October 27th, 1989 - Bay Village, Ohio
05. February 8th, 1990 - Ashland, Ohio

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James Plotkin and Jon Mueller to release double-LP Terminal Velocity, and no, formulas will not be provided

I’m not so much into fine art, but I’m going to attempt to draw a relevant analogy here. Jon Mueller, both philosophically and in practice, is like the percussionist version of impressionist painter Claude Monet, but without the (as far as I know) lengthy facial hair, and without the unenviable quality of being French. Even if they wouldn’t or haven’t described their respective artistic endeavors using exactly these words, the inclination, at least on my part, is to point to one phrase in particular: “organized chaos.” In an interview, Mueller explains how his initial interest in drums and percussion was inspired by this creative approach: “Hitting the drums and cymbals sounded good, no matter the combination. There were no major or minor keys to complicate things. My brain instantly shifted to this perspective: just hit them and listen, then hit them some more. Find interesting combinations of sounds. Try to get a feel for the coordination, but don’t worry too much about it if you can’t. Focus on the fun of playing. I was sold.”

Mueller’s distaste for compositional formalities is partly why he gave up on the guitar at an early age. He gave up, but folks like the perpetually doom-minded guitarist/bassist James Plotkin have shown that unorthodox playing (obviously) isn’t just limited to percussion instruments. For instance, as a member of Lotus Eaters and Khanate, he transformed what would otherwise be a wholesome little string instrument into a non-verbal call for demon gatherings. Surely that’s not something you can do without venturing off the beaten path a bit.

On June 19, Mueller and Plotkin will be releasing Terminal Velocity, a 2xLP limited to 500 copies, via the Minneapolis-based Taiga Records. The release is a formal and more dedicated follow-up to their collaboration on the leading side of Mueller’s Physical Changes LP, which was released in 2009. Unsurprisingly, I have no idea what to expect, and you shouldn’t either. Feel free to pre-order it here though, and act fast because there’s only one cool colored vinyl option left.

Terminal Velocity tracklisting:

A1. Vestibular Apparatus
A2: Hypnagogia
B1. Eigenlicht
B2. Anthypnic
B3. Praedormitium
C1. Subvocal
D1. Microsleep

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Raleigh Moncrief goes on tour, premieres a single, teaches you a thing or two or three about North Carolina

Cities in North Carolina that also exist in Texas:
Dallas, Denton, Greenville, Mount Pleasant

Cities in North Carolina that also exist in Tennessee:
Nashville, Murfreesboro, Chapel Hill, Fayetteville

Cities in North Carolina that could also be male first names:
Grover, Jackson, Murphy, Spencer, Wendell

Cities in North Carolina that sound sort of similar to the names of musicians who are touring soon:
Mount Airy

Cities in North Carolina that are actually exactly the same as the first names of musicians who not only released an LP called Watered Lawn on anticon. last year but also just hit the road for a tour and premiered a single on Stereogum called “Beyond the Neon Lights,” which features Zac Nelson and Angel Deradoorian:


06.04.12 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s *
06.06.12 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar *
06.07.12 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter *
06.08.12 - Greensboro, NC - Blind Tiger *
06.09.12 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle *
06.11.12 - Orlando, FL - The Social *
06.12.12 - Tampa, FL - The Crowbar *
06.13.12 - Gainesville, FL - Double Down Live *
06.14.12 - St. Augustine, FL - The Original Cafe *
06.15.12 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club *
06.16.12 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West *
06.17.12 - Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall *

* Man Man

• Raleigh Moncrief:
• anticon.:

The xx announce new album called Coexist, absolutely whiff the opportunity to release a new album called Coexxist

Proving that they were not actually attempting to lock themselves in an amber of 2009, British sparse-poppers The xx are coming out with a new record. This new record is called Coexist and will be out September 11 through Young Turks. Due to the venn diagram of “Hyped Young Producer” and “Member of The xx” overlapping, the new album will be produced by The xx’s very own Jamie Smith. Or as some people tend to call him, Jamie xx.

Now that you’ve read that first paragraph, you’ve clearly noticed a mistake. Do you see it yet? Give it a bit.

That’s right, a band named The xx is putting out a new record called Coexist and totally resisted calling it Coexxist. This is the biggest missed opportunity since skate-punks No Use For a Name never put out an untitled record. Please, The xx, hire me to be, I don’t know, your advisor so you won’t make these mistakes again. I understand if you can’t get back to me until after summer, I know that you are playing a lot of dates basically everywhere. Those dates are at the bottom of this article. At this point in the paragraph, I am no longer directly talking to The xx.

The xx dates:

06.08.12 - Turin, Italy - Traffic Festival
06.09.12 - Porto, Portugal - Primavera Sound
06.15.12 - Aarthus, Denmark - Northside Festival
06.16.12 - Hultsfred, Sweden - Hultsfred Festival
06.22.12 - Scheesel, Germany - Hurricane Festival
06.23.12 - Neuhausen, Germany - Southside Festival
06.27.12 - Haervic, Norway - Hove Festival
06.29.12 - Arras, France - Main Square Festival
06.30.12 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07.04.12 - Tokyo, Japan - Liquid Room
07.07.12 - Gdynia, Poland - Heineken Open’er Festival
07.14.12 - Joensuu, Finland - Ilosaarirock Festival
07.23.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
07.25.12 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
07.28.12 - Toronton, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
07.29.12 - Montreal, QC - Metrpolis Theatre
07.31.12 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre
08.02.12 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
08.09.12 - Sibinek, Croatia - Terraneo Festival
08.10.12 - Budapest, Hungary - Sziget Festival
08.11.12 - St. Pere, France - La Route du Rock
08.18.12 - St. Polten, Austria - FM4 Frequency Festival
08.19.12 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival
08.31.12 - Laois, Ireland - Electric Picnic
09.07.12 - Isle of White, UK - Bestival

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