Mount Moriah sign to Merge, Merge reissues Mount Moriah’s debut, which is SO like them

Mount Moriah sign to Merge, Merge reissues Mount Moriah's debut, which is SO like them

Merge, you are our rock. And, no, I’m not talking about the numerous theories that Mac McCaughan is an advanced automaton, much like the mythical golem. Those are just theories, no matter how much evidence falls in their favor! What I’m trying to convey is that Merge remains ever-reliable in delivering the world tuneful, frequently folky indie-rock. Time and time again, Merge does their thing. Just recently, the label signed Mount Moriah, a folk group consisting of two Chapel Hill record clerks. Merge, doing their thing! Us, clapping at Merge doing their thing!

The label will reissue Mount Moriah’s self-titled debut (originally released on CD last year) on limited-edition vinyl on October 2. Listen to a stream of that very record on the group’s Bandcamp page and/or check out their video for “Plane” at Paste. In early 2013, the band plans on releasing their proper Merge debut.

But that’s not the end of the Mount Moriah/Merge Records lovefest! See, the band is set to play Merge’s CMJ Showcase at the Mercury Lounge on October 18. They’ll be joining a lineup that includes label owner/man of rock Mac McCaughan, Eleanor Friedburger, Telekinesis, and Reigning Sound. Beyond that, Mount Moriah will join Mirah for a quick run of East Coast dates in November. They will then return to the sweet, warm womb of Chapel Hill and cuddle forever in a giant bed with all their Merge labelmates.

Mount Moriah tracklist:

01. Only Way Out
02. Social Wedding Rings
03. Plane
04. Lament
05. Old Gowns
06. Reckoning
07. We Don’t Need Much
08. Hail, Lightning

LP-Exclusive Bonus Tracks:

01. Lament (Live at KCMP The Current 7/15/11)
02. Social Wedding Rings (Live at Oregon Public Broadcasting 2/23/12)
03. Only Way Out (Live at Oregon Public Broadcasting 2/23/12)
04. Reckoning (HearYa Live Session 7/11/11)
05. Honey (Live at WCBE Columbus 2/9/12)
06. Only Way Out (Live at KDHX St. Louis 2/11/12)
07. Lament (Live at KDHX St. Louis, 2/11/12)

Mount Moriah dates:

10.18.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (Merge CMJ Showcase)
11.11.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
11.12.12 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
11.13.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
11.14.12 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel

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[Photo: Andrew Yussef]

Creative Audio Archive crowdfunding 15-year archive of Chicago’s underground music scene

The Wire is spreading the news about a new crowdfunding initiative to help preserve 15 years worth of sound archives documenting the Chicago underground music scene from 1981 to 1996. Diligently compiled by Malachi Ritscher, a fixture at Chicago shows until his death by self-immolation in 2006 in protest to the war in Iraq, the archives span the breadth of the burgeoning experimental underground in the post-rock haven, from the straight-up noise of Kevin Drumm to the avant-jazz of Ken Vandermark and everything in between. Ritscher was said to have attended an average of five shows a week, a number that makes my knees and ears hurt just thinking about it, recording the shows with a level of quality that lead some of the musicians that he documented to release his recordings as official albums.

Those instances were very rare, though, and that’s why Chicago’s Creative Audio Archive is looking to the people (that’s you) to help raise $5,000 to digitally preserve and archive the most vulnerable of the Ritscher recordings. Donors will get special opportunities to listen to and own the oft-unheard recordings, while the general public will get their opportunity to hear them once the project is complete and a tour of listening stations is set up around the city.

In the general spirit of overzealous online communities contributing way more money than a project needs, let’s all open our wallets so that the Creative Audio Archive has the funds to not only digitally capture some of these recordings, but to convert all of the recordings and to create an online community where they can be listened to and shared, in the spirit of the John Peel archives. The 15 years documented through Ritscher’s recordings represent an incredibly important time and place in American music, and it’d be a shame if the recordings continue to go unheard. Head over to Kickstarter to donate now!

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Lefse releases new Twin Peaks-esque LP by gloom pop dude Cemeteries this October

Imagine the bastard love child of Julee Cruise and The Smiths (yes, all of them), growing up and watching Muppet Babies alongside contemporary gloom pop acts Minks and Violens, everybody smiling through their suburban sadness and learning how to share together. That bastard love child would grow up into Buffalo native Kyle J. Reigle, or as he’s known on the “sad teens taping tracks off the college radio” circuit, Cemeteries. (Let’s just all pretend teens still do this, okay? It was once like, an essential rite of passage for sad teens everywhere.)

Fortunately, Lefse Records is around to do the fancied-up version of taping songs off the radio, i.e. “releasing records.” And so it is that Cemeteries’ new album, The Wilderness, shall be brought into the world mere days away from Halloween, on October 23, and that Mr. Reigle will gloriously join the ranks of Lefse artists like How to Dress Well and Youth Lagoon. Inspired by classic horror films and the music of frequent David Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti, The Wilderness is the product of six months spent recording in Reigle’s spare room. Fans eager for an end-of-summer dose of Twin Peaks-ian dreamy angst can get listening to the first single, also called “The Wilderness,” on SoundCloud.

The Wilderness tracklisting:

01. Young Blood
02. The Wilderness
03. What Did You See
04. Summer Smoke
05. In the Trees
06. Roosting Towns
07. Leland
08. Brighter Colors
09. A Real Gust of Wind

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Faust to tour the West Coast this October, tons of yellow jokes to ensue

NOTICE: in the spirit of unfathomable(ish) generosity, the venerable German experimental ensemble hereby known as Faust shall henceforth parade down the West Coast of the United States forthfrom this October in a golden(ish) chariot(ish) in order to receive whencefrom the socially appropriate sexually arousal and otherwise unadulterated adulation of what shall be, by design, a quite restricted number of very fortunate musical disciples, worshipers, followers, students, believers, adherents, enthusiasts, fans, proselytizers, devotees, zealots, junkies, posers, and peons.

Hencewith, please be advised that the touring line-up shall consist of founding members Jean-Hervé Peron The Great and Powerful and His Holiness Zappi Diermaier, as assisted, enhanced, et. al. by two also-grovel-worthy guest musicians, Geraldine Swayne (who lent his divine talents to last year’s Something Dirty album) and Amaury Cambuzat (who lent his divined talents to 2009’s ‘C’est Com…Com…Complique’). It has been assumed — by virtue of this exceedingly compassionate advance notice — that True Believers in the almighty and everlasting Faust shall forthsuch act accordingly and procure admittance hencefluff to one or more of the following series of chronologically ordered engagements by whatever means necessary.

In other words, line up and kiss the ring, whores.

10.14.12 - Portland, OR - Venue TBA
10.15.12 - Seattle, WA - The Comet Tavern
10.17.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Waldorf Hotel
10.18.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Workshop with The Herb Albert School of Music at the Roy Oliver Disney Hall
10.19.12 - Los Angeles, CA - REDCAT
10.20.12 - Los Angeles, CA - CalArts

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Nate Young and Drainolith announce joint tour; reconsider your sanity, live and in person!

Occasionally we all have a hard time following our own advice. I keep warning my friends about how dangerous it is to weave in and out of traffic while blasting the Mario Kart Star Power music through the car speakers, but I’ve been known to reenact Mario moments in my own hazardous way. I don’t have immediate access to fireballs, so I walk around in suspenders and throw orange water balloons at people. It’s wrong and I know it, but can you blame me for wanting to live out my fantasies?

Nate Young of Wolf Eyes fame is surely living out his fantasy as an artisan of noise, and for that reason, we shouldn’t harp on the fact that he’s chosen not to Stay Asleep. Instead, he and the equally deranged (though less enveloping [not in a bad way]) Drainolith are doing the veritable opposite: touring the Eastern half of the continent beginning at the end of this month. They’re touring, and they’re each premiering a couple of new tracks with us (stay tuned!!). Clearly they’re awake, but don’t be surprised if their performances live on through your nightmares.

That last line was intentionally cheesy, by the way.

Drainolith and Nate Young dates:

09.25.12 - Buffalo, NY - The Vault
09.26.12 - Toronto, ON - The Holy Oak
09.27.12 - Montreal, QC - La Brique *
09.28.12 - Burlington VT - TBA #
09.29.12 - Brooklyn, NY - PACS Gallery 70 %
09.30.12 - Far Rockaway, NY - Red Light District ^
10.02.12 - Baltimore, MD - Tribal Haus &
10.03.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - VIA Music and New Media Festival

* JS Truchy
# 420, Lord Bird
% Sightings, ZS
^ Relax
& Twig Harper, Lil’ Howlin’ Wolf

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Daniel Lopatin and Tim Hecker to release Instrumental Tourist in November; fanboys everywhere start fappin’ furiously, fangirls watch

I imagine that when an action movie fanatic got word of the release of the film The Expendables, he performed a series of behaviors along the lines of shitting his pants and giggling uncontrollably while frantically blogging about it with shaky, sweaty fingers, clumsily avalanching onto the keypad. Well, such is my reaction when I learned that Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) and C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core) are co-curating a series of collaborative free jazz and electronic albums, titled SSTUDIOS, on Lopatin’s own Software imprint on Mexican Summer, with the first release being a collaboration between Lopatin and drone god Tim Hecker.

Hecker and Lopatin’s album, titled Instrumental Tourist, is out November 20 on vinyl, CD, and digital formats. The press release states that the two performers used techniques “of jazz-based improvisation, with little preparation prior” and transcended “their respective visions by agreeing to a new language.” Listen to “Uptown Psychedelia” over at the Chocolate Grinder right now or as soon as it’s convenient for you.

Daniel Lopatin. C. Spencer Yeh. Tim Hecker. This many big names on one project is my star-studded action film. This is my CGI-heavy blockbuster.

Instrumental Tourist tracklist:

01. Uptown Psychedelia
02. Scene From a French Zoo
03. Vacinnation For Thomas Mann
04. Instrusions
05. Whole Earth Tascam
06. GRM Blue II
07. GRM Blue III
08. Racist Drone
09. Grey Geisha
10. Instrumental Tourist
11. Ritual For Consumption
12. Vaccination

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