Memoryhouse fulfill your dreams, announce February release date for debut dream-pop LP

Memoryhouse fulfill your dreams, announce February release date for debut dream-pop LP

Face it. Your brain can’t take anymore reality-based anything. What, with the reality television, the all-too-real 3D movies, and the fact that you find yourself (against your will or not) firmly planted in this here disintegrating world, it’s high time for something more… ethereal, more out-there, more dreamy, and at the same time poppy. ‘Cause it’s hard to ignore, dude, we could all use a lot more chill-out time.

Stepping in from the Ontario frost comes Memoryhouse to offer relief that feels like a warm bubble bath (minus the wrinkly raisin skin). After the home-recorded release of their EP The Years, followed by the much-talked-about 2011 version, many were left shivering, surrounded only by the harshness of real life, as word of a full-length was yet to come. Finally, you’ll get what you all wanted. The band signed to Sub Pop and has their debut album slated for February 28. Something inside you just tingled, didn’t it?

Entitled The Slideshow Effect the title refers back to their utter dreaminess, err, by that I mean it harkens back to their roots. The duo of composer Evan Abeele and photographer Denise Nouvion started out as a multimedia art project and just grew into something that will force itself upon you without you even realizing it. After all, it’s addictive and addictions are sneaky little buggers. Go on and get yer fix below by watching Memoryhouse perform live.

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Bowerbirds announce new album and spring tour, pray to Petey Pablo for good fortune

A bloody war is being waged on our land. Where the Atlantic Ocean meets the land, in a state north of South Carolina, an endless battle is being waged between a number of musical entities. Who shall be the alpha Carolinian? Before there was Bowerbirds, there was Archers of Loaf. Before the Archers of Loaf, there was Superchunk. Somewhere between all these folks was rap phenomenon Petey Pablo. In fact, this whole first paragraph was an excuse to remind you that Petey Pablo was a guy who put out music and encouraged folks to take their shirts off, twist them ‘round their heads, spin them like a helicopter. I am nearly positive that he had little to do with Bowerbirds’ third album The Clearing, out on March 6 through Dead Oceans. Could be wrong about that one, though. Petey Pab!

Regardless of the influence of the patron saint of North Carolina rap guys from about ten years ago, that album is coming out. And Bowerbirds have weathered some pretty serious stuff since putting out 2009’s Upper Air (TMT Review). For one, the band’s central couple, Philip Moore and Beth Tacular, broke up and subsequently got back together. Serious stuff. Tacular also almost died after being sent to the hospital by a mysterious illness. Even more serious stuff! The two also adopted a dog and lived in a cabin, which are less serious and more just kind of adorable. Hear how all that stuff comes out in The Clearing’s opening track “Tuck the Darkness In.” Beyond that, they’re going on tour this spring, starting on my birthday. Shucks, Bowerbirds, I didn’t know how much you cared, considering that you’ve never met me or have had any contact with me whatsoever.

The Clearing tracklist:

01. Tuck the Darkness In
02. In the Yard
03. Walk the Furrows
04. Stitch the Hem
05. This Year
06. Brave World
07. Hush
08. Overcome with Light
09. Sweet Moment
10. Death Wish
11. Now We Hurry On

Bowerbirds dates:

03.17.12 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
03.21.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
03.22.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
03.23.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03.24.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise
03.26.12 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
03.27.12 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
03.29.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln
03.31.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural
04.03.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
04.04.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
04.06.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
04.07.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
04.08.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
04.11.12 - Austin, TX - The Parish
04.12.12 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
04.14.12 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
04.15.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl

• Bowerbirds:
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Best Music Writing needs your help to become an independent publication

Daphne Carr, editor of the heralded Best Music Writing series that dates back to 2006, has issued a call for support in changing the way the anthology works. In the past, Carr and a guest editor would collect submissions for the year’s best music writing, wade through them, and personally select the best from the bunch to be published as a book by Da Capo Press. Moving forward, Carr would like to independently publish the anthology and other music-related works and have the entries in the anthology be selected by an editorial panel. This shift in focus takes money.

Carr’s goal is to raise $30,000 to publish the 2012 edition independently. In addition to the costs of physically printing the book, this figure would cover stipends for the newly created editorial board, graphic design, and administrative fees. The editorial board would be composed of 10 music writers who would have the ultimate say in which pieces are included in the anthology. After that, continued donations and the income produced by the 2012 anthology and future publications would keep the new music writing-focused publisher going indefinitely.

Any amount is welcome, but a donation of $15 or more secures you a copy of the 2012 publication. Donate now to create a new home for the publication. Or better yet, donate in a friend or relative’s name and let them know they’re supporting the cause of independent music writing this holiday season — people love that kind of thing.

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Spiritualized announce new album, and I just lost a $20 bet because it’s NOT called The Gospel of Elvis, Drugs, and Fucking

Dateline 2011: While his old Spacemen 3 chum Pete “Sonic Boom” Kember continues to satisfy his creative urge by gleefully ruining all of Noah “Panda Bear” Lennox’s music, his fellow music dabbler Jason “J Spaceman” Pierce has decided to take a break from his full-time gig (White Guy Nickname Inventor) to pursue another course; one that, you know, sometimes people who make music consider pursuing. It’s called writing songs and then subsequently putting them out in a new album. I know, odd choice for a such a brilliant nickname artist to make, right? But hey, different strokes, I guess.

Anyway, after a few of his standard delays, J Spaceman has finally announced the release of his new album, the follow-up to 2008’s Songs in A & E and the seventh Spiritualized album overall. Continuing in his compulsion to create nicknames for everything, the new album J Spaceman’s New Album has been cleverly nicknamed Sweet Heart Sweet Light. The actual date doesn’t seem to have been solidified yet, but it’s also due via Fat (“Big-bottom”) Possum Records in March (“February II”) of 2012.

After recording intermittently over the past two years in Wales, Los Angeles, and Reykjavik, Iceland (at least, I should hope it was intermittent), J headed to his own home to mix for a year. If this seems like a long time to labor over something, that’s because it is. But if you ask the man, he’ll tell you that sometimes you’ve just got to put in the hours. He’ll also probably tell you to fuck off. “When you make a record, it has to be the single most important thing in your world,” Pierce said in his press release. “This time around, I wanted to do something that encompassed all I love in rock ‘n’ roll music. It’s got everything from Brötzmann and Berry right through to Dennis and Brian Wilson. I’m obsessed with music and the way you put it together and I don’t believe there are any rules.” There you have it. Man likes his music. Stop judging him, already. Although actually, you can watch J performing two tracks from the new album live at Other Voices Festival over here and judge the shit out of them for all I care.

Sweet Heart Sweet Light tracklist:

01. Hey Jane
02. Little Girl
03. Get What You
04. Too Late
05. Heading for the Top
06. Freedom
07. I Am What I Am
08. Mary
09. Life Is a Problem
10. So Long You Pretty Things

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Andrew Bird announces new album, new tour, new shirts and ties he just bought from H&M

Well, here we are, reader… you and me… together on… teetering on the brink… of complete and total annihilation. Yes, we’re terminally approaching the year of the 2012 apocalypse. Yes, I believe the Mayans were right. Yes, I’ve started saving my urine and am slowly starting to introduce the taste of it to my taste buds and digestive system so that I can handle it when the time comes. Shit’s gonna be over in less than 12 months, man, and I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to freak out a little bit already; I just can’t take the pressure, can you? What we need is someone to calm us down. Someone who’s always handsomely attired and charmingly stubbly. Someone who routinely offers lush, delicate packages of bucolic, intricately orchestrated farm music that are lush with his own country-boy musings. Also, preferably, someone who whistles. Who can we get?

Alright, then. Call up Andrew Bird. Tell him we need him to drop his first new album since 2009’s fairly respectable Noble Beast (TMT Review). I don’t care what he calls it, really. Maybe something like Break It Yourself? Whatever. That’s fine. Just as long as he releases it by March 6 on Mom + Pop. And actually, this is kind of embarrassing, but I don’t really um, pay for music anymore… so yeah, tell him to plan a huge tour next spring or something and give the album (as well as two live EPs: Fake Conversations, which includes material recorded during Bird’s October tour, and some live cuts of the new album, which he’ll deliver in the spring) away for free to anyone who buys tickets to it. Ooh, better yet, tell him to report all that to Pitchfork so I can feel all corroborated and whatnot when I report it. Where should he tour? Oh, I don’t know. Everywhere. There’s gonna be a lot of freaked-out people out there come next year.

Break It Yourself teaser:


01.12.12 - Honolulu, HI - Hawaii Theatre
03.05.12 - London, UK - Barbican Cantre
03.06.12 - Paris, France - La Cigale
03.08.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Cirque Royal
03.09.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
03.15.12 - Dallas, TX - Majestic Theatre #
03.16.12 - New Orleans, LA - The Howlin’ Wolf #
03.17.12 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle #
03.19.12 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium #
03.20.12 - Columbus, OH - Southern Theatre #
03.22.12 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant #
03.23.12 - Kansas City, MO - The Uptown Theater #
03.24.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater #
04.09.12 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre $
04.10.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Vogue $
04.11.12 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall $
04.13.12 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater $
04.18.12 - Mesa, AZ - Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center $
04.19.12 - Santa Fe, NM - Lensic Performing Arts Center $
04.20.12 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater $
05.03.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer %
05.04.12 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre %
05.05.12 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre &
05.06.12 - Boston, MA - House of Blues %
05.08.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club %
05.09.12 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live %
05.10.12 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit @
05.12.12 - Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre @

* Andrew Bird and Ian Schneller’s “Sonic Arboretum”
# Eugene Mirman
$ Laura Marling
% Patrick Watson & with Tift Merritt
@ Mucca Pazza

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[Photo: Dominick Mastrangelo]

Nite Jewel to release new album One Second of Love on Tom Arnold’s birthday

According to Wikipedia, here are some famous births for the date of March 6:

• 1340 - John of Gaunt, the first Duke of Lancaster
• 1787 - Joseph von Franuhofer, German physicist
• 1906 - Lou Costello, American actor and comedian
• 1926 - Alan Greenspan, American economist
• 1936 - Choummaly Sayasone, president of Laos
• 1959 - Tom Arnold, American actor and comedian
• 1992 - Momoko Tsugunaga, Japanese singer
• 2012 - One Second of Love, Nite Jewel album coming out through Secretly Canadian

Wikipedia doesn’t lie, people. Nite Jewel, the synth-pop project of Ramona Gonzalez, are definitely releasing an album on that very date. One Second of Love will be Nite Jewel’s first album since 2008 debut Good Evening, which probably came out on a day that some babies were born. The record’s title track can be heard right over here on SoundCloud.

RIP to Ivan the Young, the former ruler of Tyver who died on March 6, 1490.

One Second of Love tracklist:

01. This Story
02. One Second of Love
03. She’s Always Watching You
04. Mind & Eyes
05. In The Dark
06. Memory, Man
07. Unearthly Delights
08. No I Don’t
09. Autograph
10. Clive

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