Mountains maintain their love of particular geographic features, reissue Mountains Mountains Mountains on Thrill Jockey

Mountains maintain their love of particular geographic features, reissue Mountains Mountains Mountains on Thrill Jockey

What’s the consensus on repetition as a marketing tool, and why aren’t publicity-seeking individuals looking to utilize it in a more blatant way? Arguably, as a society, we would descend into a constant state of annoyance, whereby TV advertisements would be the immediate precursor to deliberately bashing one’s head against the wall, but the technique seems to at least work in small doses. I mean, speaking of head injuries, do I even need to mention the name of arguably the most-well known (by virtue of being known) topical headache reliever in North America right now? You don’t know where to apply it? You’ve got be fucking kidding me.

In the independent music world, I suppose there’s a need to be a little bit less aggressive, as a band’s image suffers if they’re seen as having too much in common with malevolent money-makers, but here’s an example of doing it right, even if they probably didn’t intend it as a potential name-recognition-increaser: Mountains, a.k.a. the ambient-prone duo of Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp, and their 2008 release Mountains Mountains Mountains.

Now seeing a limited-edition reissue courtesy of Thrill Jockey, due out August 20, the cover for the original release has a fairly interesting backstory, as Holtkamp relates, “We made sign up sheets with instructions for people to right [sic] the word Mountains which we had by the door at a few of our shows and left in a couple record stores in NY. Each ‘signature’ is in a unique handwriting by a different person, but all writing the same word.” And participants later went home and inevitably pondered the vast and dangerous slopes of K2… for some reason. Also, the music.

Hear a track below, if you previously avoided unconscious persuasion:

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CocoRosie infodump: new video, magazine, North American tour

If you’re a fan of morbid staring and literalism, then have we got the video for you! In CocoRosie’s new clip for the single “Child Bride,” if you hear the word “sparrow,” a sparrow you shall see. When Bianca and Sierra Casady sing about a child bride, you see a girl far too young to be in an adult relationship getting married. When the chorus of “I’m a GrassWidow” kicks in near the end, you see the same young girl fantasizing about being a widow while running her hands along tall, dry grasses. No need for allusions when the themes are as cut and dry as child abuse!

In all seriousness, though, it’s actually a really lovely short film by Emma Freeman underlying the importance of practices that are still far too common throughout the world, set to the group’s tune from their new album, Tales of a Grass Widow that we told you about here. Watch the clip below and make sure to stay for the particularly uncomfortable ending!

To accompany the release of the video, Bianca has also released the first issue of her biannual print piece “Girls Against God (GAG),” a collaboration with artist Anne Sherwood Pundyk featuring the likes of Antony, Vaginal Davis, and Gabby Bess, among other international artists. For more info on the Capricious Publishing piece, go here.

And if that wasn’t enough CocoRosie news for one day, we’d also like to let you know that it’s very possible the sisters Casady will be visiting you right where you live this fall. Check out the list of North American cities below to see if you’re one of the lucky ones. I can’t promise that they’ll have literal props for every reference they sing, but I have seen them before, and props there will be.


10.12.13 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10.13.13 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
10.14.13 - Montreal, QC –Societe des arts technologiques
10.15.13 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
10.17.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
10.18.13 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10.19.13 - Minneapolis, MN - The Cedar
10.21.13 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
10.22.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
10.24.13 - Vancouver, BC - The Venue
10.25.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
10.26.13 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
10.28.13 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
11.07.13 - Washington, DC - Sixth and I Historic Synagogue
11.09.13 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore at the TLA

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Visionist to release two (non-footwork) EPs on Lit City Trax, collaborates with Fatima Al Qadiri

Lit City Trax, the label headed by DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, and J-Cush, has just announced its third release. And guess what? It’s not by one of the TEK boys, and it’s not even footwork. In fact, the artist isn’t even from the US. His name is Visionist (a.k.a. Louis Carnell), and he’s a London-born producer, DJ, remixer, and label owner (Lost Codes) who, according to my charts and graphs, has been steadily rising the past couple years.

The I’m Fine EP features six tracks of dark, expansive club music — one of which was written with Fatima Al Qadiri — that explores the stages of grief through the leftover haze of grime, dubstep, funky house, and footwork. The EP closely follows the release of two other EPs from this year, Crying Angels and Snakes (on Berlin label Leisure System), and is the first installment of two on Lit City Trax, with the other expected early next year. This particular bad boy’s due September 3, so look for it when it drops.

I’m Fine tracklisting:

01. I’m Fine
02. Lost
03. Pain
04. Escape
05. The Call [with Fatima Al Qadiri]
06. I Don’t Care

And to get you in the mood, check out the video for “Snakes”:

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Forest Swords announces new album Engravings, finally gives us more than six tracks to loop whilst watching Toshiro Mifune do his thing

Seldom has there been a band whose name matches their sound better than Forest Swords. Perhaps it was the packaging on Matthew Barnes’ initial Dagger Paths EP but his music always brings visions of Kurosawa-esque Japanese landscapes, with the ronin drifting from town to town, running from himself and his past more than having any one destination in mind. Like some kind of Toshiro Mifune-centric wet dream transplanted onto the English countryside.

If the track “The Weight of Gold,” which you can read all about in this Chocolate Grinder post, can be used as evidence to a make a conjecture: Forest Swords’ new album Engravings is going to give us more of these pensive samurai visions. Which is fine, because Forest Swords has the market for Hiroshi Inagaki-flavored mind-movies cornered. More of that is all too welcome and will hopefully be provided when Engravings graces us with its presence on August 26. Until then, there are the preview tracks “The Weight of Gold” and “Thor’s Stone” to soundtrack katana slapping, righteous vengeance gilded fantasies of endless bamboo forests, and battle-mad ronin.

Engravings tracklisting:

01. Ljoss
02. Thor’s Stone
03. Irby Tremor
04. Onward
05. The Weight of Gold
06. Anneka’s Battle
07. An Hour
08. Gathering
09. The Plumes
10. Friend, You Will Never Learn

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Jon Hopkins has some tour dates and a Purity Ring remix that he personally asked me to tell you about, because, well, we hang out together all the time

Boy, things are really working out swell for my old mate Jonny Hopkins (that’s what we used to call him back in school). In addition to hanging out with Brian Eno a chuff-ton (the three of us played a little shuffle board together on one of Eno’s ambient yachts that he owns… you’ve probably never seen them because they’re so bloody discreet!), the old dog released his new album, Immunity, and got a lot of folks kind of chuffed about it, even across the pond.

Now he’s even heading back there this August for a tour supporting the album, including a pair of shows in L.A. with this one band Purity Ring that you might have heard of (Jonny is pretty tight with them too; I met them at this crackin’ rager of a barbecue we had on Guy Fawkes Day), which is really cool specifically because ol’ Jonny was the guy who actually mixed their track “Saltkin” (he had to miss our indoor football match that night, actually!) and recently remixed the song, “Amenamy,” both of which come from their Shrines album. And, like Jonny was telling me over some eggs and rashers last Sunday, Purity Ring’s Megan James has added vocals to his Immunity track “Breathe This Air,” (I actually came up with the title to that one while we were watching some puffy clouds last autumn!), which I think is going to come out later on this summer?

Either way, the point is, I am really tight with Jon Hopkins. Here’s a video of the “Amenamy” remix. I was actually one of the lighting guys on it.

Jon Hopkins tourdates:

08.16.13 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
08.17.13 - Wales, UK - Green Man Festival
08.23.13 - Katowice, Poland - Nowa Musyka
08.24.13 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival
08.27.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre *
08.28.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre *
08.30.13 - Colonia Condesa, Mexico - AM Local
08.31.13 - New York, NY - MOMA PS1 Warmup
08.31.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Verboten
09.01.13 - Montreal, QC - Le Belmont @ Société Des Arts Technologies
09.06.13 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival
09.14.13 - Bozen, Italy - Transart Festival
09.18.13 - Toulouse, France - La Dynamo
09.19.13 - Nimes, France - Marsatac Festival
09.20.13 - Nantes, France - Scopitone
09.21.13 - London, UK - Koko
09.24.13 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
09.27.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Leisure System
09.28.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Bozar Electronic Arts Festival
10.23.13 - Graz, Austria - Elevate Festival
10.25.13 - Bergen, Norway - Ekko Festival
10.26.13 - Munich, Germany - Ritournelle

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Superior Viaduct to release the original soundtrack for Solaris on vinyl; somewhere Ben Frost is shouting and shaking his fist at the sky

The soundtrack to Andrei Tarkovsky’s hyperbolically good and universally recognized film Solaris is getting an official release. Some of you may be scratching your heads and thinking “wasn’t there some other record called Solaris that came out a while back?” You, our most astute and favorite reader, are correct; Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason created their own soundtrack to the film naught but two years ago. They did this because Ben Frost thinks the original score for the film “is terrible”. Ooohhh *snip snap* Eduard Artemyev, Ben Frost just burned you hard.

There is only one way gentleman musicians can solve such a dispute: dueling soundtracks with a back-to-back viewing of Solaris. Points will be awarded for audience members being moved to tears or spontaneous soliloquies about the human condition. Points will be deducted for audience members falling asleep or taking extended “bathroom breaks.” Audience members will be exiled to the moon or fed to a pack of rabid wolves (host’s choice) for saying the Steven Soderbergh remake was better.

While the official event is still in planning, Superior Viaduct’s release of the original score on vinyl means you can play along at home! Get a copy of the record when it drops on September 17, invite over a bunch of your friends (you’ll probably want to tell them you’re watching Ghostbusters), then lock all the doors and subject them to six hours of emotional turmoil! This is where it all starts folks; come September, Solaris soundtrack duel parties are going to be the talk of the town.

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