MV & EE bring their celestial witch show on the road, curate Asheville’s Inner Mountain fest

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Ultra-prolific celestial psych folk wanderers MV & EE are gearing up to wander right on through North America’s roads less traveled this summer. The Vermont-based core duo of MV (Matt Valentine) and EE (Erika Elder) are hitting the road with Mick Flower (bass/guitar), Carson “Smokehound” Arnold (drums/electronics), and Herbcraft (low end theory) for a string of dates in the US and Canada. The band also headlines Asheville, NC’s Inner Mountain Festival, an evening of performances curated by MV & EE, featuring the likes of Samara Lubelski, Willie Lane, Dredd Foole, the Michael Flower Band, Herbcraft, and Von Himmel.

MV & EE and friends will be repping their latest release, Space Homestead, out now via Woodsist. The band already has 30+ albums already under their collective fair-trade Indonesian beaded witch belts, but Space Homestead is their first since 2009. The band is keeping it East Coast on this one, with brief jaunts into Quebec and Ontario. the whole things concludes in what promises to be the most magical place in America: Salem, MA’s 1794 Meetinghouse. Appropriate enough for people who make self-proclaimed “lunar ragas.”

07.09.12 - Albany, NY - Helderberg House*
07.10.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Death by Audio**
07.11.12 - Philadelphia, PA, - Vox Populi**
07.12.12 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter**
07.13.12 - Durham , NC - Pinhook**
07.14.12 - Asheville, NC - Inner Mountain Festival @ The Grey Eagle***
07.15.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Nightlight**
07.16.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
07.17.12 - Harrisburg, PA - Stage On Herr
08.01.12 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo
08.02.12 - Ottawa, ON - Babylon
08.03.12 - Meaford, ON - Electric Eclectics Fest
08.04.12 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class
08.05.12 - Chicago, IL - The Burlington
08.06.12 - Detroit, MI - The Lager House
08.07.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks
08.18.12 - Salem, Massachusetts - 1794 Meetinghouse****

* Burnt Hills, Parashi
** Images
*** Dredd Foole, Willie Lane, Samara Lubelski / Herbcraft
**** P.G. Six

• MV & EE: http://mv-ee.com
• Woodsist: http://www.woodsist.com

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah members clap their hands and say “nah”

Oh, the perils of having a critically acclaimed debut album, trying mightily to fulfill expectations with subsequent albums, and not quite reaching the level of success that one would hope. That’s just me offering some healthy speculation, because multi-instrumentalist Robbie Guertin and bassist Tyler Sargent are keeping quiet so far about the specific reasons for their departure from the quintessential indie rock band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Still, the aforementioned members made their intentions clear in a couple of posts to the band’s website last week.

You can read the individual posts here and here, but here are a couple of relevant excerpts. First, Guertin writes, “I’m writing to let you know that our upcoming New York show will be my last with the band. Being a member of Clap has been an incredible experience, but I have decided to move on and see what’s next. I will continue to make music with my other band, Radical Dads, pursue miscellaneous artistic endeavors, and also grow some vegetables. I am excited to see what else might come my way. Maybe some tomatoes?”

The show in New York this past Saturday was Sargent’s final foray with the band as well, as he wrote a couple days after Guertin: “I am very proud of what this band has accomplished over the past eight years, and I will miss playing with such talented musicians. I wish Alec, Sean and Lee the best of luck with whatever CYHSY does in the future. I wish Robbie the best of luck with his musical and horticultural endeavors. As for me, I am currently in the process of forming a presidential exploratory committee for 2016.”

There’s little word on what Guertin and Sargent’s absence will mean for the band itself (as it currently exists), but I can’t imagine the mood among remaining members is one conducive to hand-clapping — maybe tear-shedding or inebriated songwriting, but not hand-clapping. And certainly no “yeah”-saying.

• Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: http://clapyourhandssayyeah.com

Four Tet announces new album Pink; Thom Yorke psyched!!!

Oh shit, guys. What’s up! Kieran Hebden, here! How is everyone doing? Yeah, I’m doing good, too. You know, I’ve only got a second here to write; Yorke and Burial and I are hitting up our Tuesday-night bowling league in like one minute. But yo, I just wanted to say that I’ve been meaning to write and record and release another album since 2010’s There Is Love in You. Which, you know, turned out alright for me! But Honestly, I’ve been just hanging out and casually recording my jams and hitting clubs to dance and DJ so much that I never really got around to it. You know how it is. Especially when Thom is all like “dude, let’s go pop some of them Bath Salts and shit and hit the town!” I mean, I don’t want to say too-too much about that, but… yeah, that dude is tiring!

Anyway, so I’ve been feeling kinda bad about not releasing a follow-up and all that, but then it just hits me: why don’t I just compile all of my vinyl-only singles that I’ve been kicking out while Thom is still passed out in the tub on Sunday mornings and call it good?!? So, yo, that’s what’s up. I called up those fucking chodes at Pitchfork and told ‘em. “New album coming on August 20.” It’s called Pink, and you know what? I’m gonna make it even easier on myself and put it out digitally on my own Text label! It’s gonna be awesome! I’m done! Well, maybe I’ll put out a CD version in Japan on August 22 on Hostess Entertainment. Boom! Oh, and I also told those fuckers that I want to be on that “Pitchfork Classic” shit. Cuz I mean, come on. Rounds? Fucking awesome record. Shit, anyway, that’s it guys. I gotta jet for the bowling alley. Last week I bowled a turkey. Thom tried to eat its face off! More on that next time. Peace!

Pink tracklist:

01. Locked
02. Lion
03. Jupiters
04. Ocoras
05. 128 Harps
06. Pyramid
07. Peace for Earth
08. Pinnacles

• Four Tet: http://www.fourtet.net
• Text: http://www.boomkat.com/labels/?id=2477
• Hostess Entertainment: http://hostess.co.jp

Andrew WK hosts panel at My Little Pony convention WHAT WHAT OMG WHAT

Wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow WOW.

You know about Andrew WK. And maybe, if you spend a lot of time on the internet, you know about bronies. What’s a bronie? It’s a… (let me pour myself a whiskey before I say this) youngish male who’s a fan of the My Little Pony cartoons, of the word “bro,” and of people who get way too into dressing up like a spandex nightmare horse. But hey, that’s a generalization, right? Not all dudes who like My Little Pony take it to a creepy level. Some just like pastel horsies and sharing and having a good time. And who’s a bigger expert on having a good time than Andrew WK?

So perhaps it’s only natural that Andrew WK will host a discussion panel called “In the Flesh: What Would Pinkie Pie Do?” at a pony convention in Strongsville, Ohio this September called Canterlot Gardens. From the Canterlot Gardens website: “Partying is enriching to everyone’s life - that’s what Pinkie Pie believes. On this side of the fourth wall, we are excited to announce Andrew W.K., the partiest pony of all! Holding the same ideals as the Ponyville party planner, he will be speaking at the Gardens on Friday, September 28th 2012. On that day we invite you to join us for a look into how to make your job as fun as your party, and your party as important as your job.”

“Live pony music” is also promised.

This news story was brought to you by WHISKEY.

The Psychic Paramount announce US dates, despite neighbor complaints

Bands typically described as “noisy” are some of the best to witness live, especially if you live, as I do, within close proximity to people who might not take kindly to you blaring crescendo-laden noise rock at inadvisable times. There’s also a certain feeling of rebelliousness that comes with attending one of these shows. Noise, in any other environment, typically connotes discomfort, but when you’re in the company of like-minded individuals, who are all there for the same dissonant reasons, it’s like a congregation of secret society members, who all have “Breaking the Law” by Judas Priest playing in their heads as they walk into the venue. Only, of course, it’s not the law that we’re breaking; it’s the quiet hours of our respective apartment buildings or the frustrating rules of a family member with particularly sensitive ears. It’s relief brought about by unrestrained immersion, perhaps with a couple of middle fingers thrown in. Take that, societal norms!

Helping you in your quest for noisy satisfaction this summer are New York-based The Psychic Paramount, who are currently in the midst of a US tour. Their album II (TMT Review) earned a well-deserved spot on our favorite albums list from 2011, so as a presumably faithful reader of TMT, you can be confident in purchasing a ticket for one of their upcoming shows. Need some more convincing? Why in the world would you pass this up:

Dates:

07.09.12 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo
07.10.12 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
07.11.12 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
07.12.12 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
07.13.12 - Chicago, IL - Cobra Lounge
07.14.12 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
07.15.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
07.16.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
07.17.12 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
07.20.12 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw *
07.21.12 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
07.23.12 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios *
07.27.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite *
07.28.12 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door *
07.29.12 - San Francisco, CA - Brick and Mortar *
07.30.12 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish *
08.01.12 - Dallas, TX - La Grange
08.02.12 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
08.03.12 - Norman, OK - The Opolis
08.04.12 - Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
08.05.12 - St. Louis, MO - Cicero’s
08.07.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - 31st Street Pub
08.08.12 - New Haven, CT - BAR
08.09.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool

* Phil Manley Life Coach

• The Psychic Paramount: http://www.thepsychicparamount.blogspot.com
• No Quarter: http://www.noquarter.net

Scott Walker’s The Drift to receive vinyl edition packaged in a nice suit, a swanky suit

As it happens, you are sitting in a very nice theater. There are seats. There is a stage. There is a red velvet curtain. The curtain opens and a voice, pleasing though peculiar in a way you cannot put your finger on, pulses out of the loudspeaker. “Hello audience, please welcome your friend Mr. Scott Walker.” You applaud loudly.

Scott Walker steps to the middle of the stage. His face is obscured by television static, though the rest of his body is perfectly clear. Somehow, you are still certain that it is him. He approaches the microphone and taps it once. He frowns and, despite the static, you know he has frowned. He speaks into the microphone anyway.

“HELLO THIS IS SCOTT WALKER AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU SOMETHING HISSSSS

I NEED TO TELL YOU SOMETHING RIGHT NOW RIIIIIGHT NOW

IN 2006 I RELEASED A RECORD CALLED THE DRIFT IT WAS A BANNER YEAR IT WAS A BANNER YEAR

IT IS 2012 AND I WILL RELEASE THAT ALBUM AGAIN THIS TIME IN VINYL FORMAT CLUNK CLUNK PSST

LISTEN TO FACT MAGAZINE THEY KNOW THEY KNOW IT IS COMING OUT ON JULY 10 PRE-ORDER IT NOW AT AN ONLINE STORE

GOODBYE WE ARE ALL FILLED WITH BLOOD”

Walker leaves the stage. You applaud Walker’s announcement. Shortly after, a Ramones cover band begins playing. They are not good. You wonder if it is impolite to leave. You frown.

• Scott Walker: http://4ad.com/artists/scottwalker
• 4AD: http://4ad.com

[Photo: Jamie Hawksworth]

  

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