New Media Art and Sound Summit 2014: Noveller, Gary Wilson, Xander Harris, and more gather for Austin’s sixth annual brain reshaping

New Media Art and Sound Summit 2014: Noveller, Gary Wilson, Xander Harris, and more gather for Austin's sixth annual brain reshaping

Casper-inspired though the organization may be, Austin’s Church of the Friendly Ghost specializes in something much less pure than the nature of that ghost’s character: “counter culture expression,” which is appreciated in a society where channels like TLC exist and have subsisting ratings, and where irrelevant celebrity weddings garner the attention of even the so-called 24/7 “news” networks. Enough about Kim and Kanye and whatever absurd but also really fascinating (as a case-study) conversations they be must having; what are the real artists/bohemians/sound experimenters doing?

The non-profit Church hosts a number of “future-minded” events throughout the year, but their most purposeful is the annual New Media Art & Sound Summit (NMASS), which will enjoy its sixth iteration like… now, essentially — June 12-14 at the Salvage Vanguard Theater (and in partnership with the Austin Museum of Digital Art). Attention is promised to directors and workshop-organizers alike, but on the (principal) aural side of things, check out the full line-up here. For the lazy: Noveller will be there, in addition to J.G. Thirlwell, spacey quartet S U R V I V E, and the nigh-unclassifiable Gary Wilson, among more than a dozen others.

Tickets and passes are available here, here, here, and here. Seems like a no-brainer for Austinites with a penchant for media-enhanced mind-expansion.

• New Media Art & Sound Summit:
• Church of the Friendly Ghost:
• Austin Museum of Digital Art:

Interpol announce 2014 US tour, team up with famous people for typical Illuminati new album BS

Comin’ atcha straight outta one of those “These Early-2000s-Era Things Will Make You Feel Old!!!!” lists, it’s Interpol! Which is great, because Interpol keep releasing great new albums that build on yet never seem stuck in that turbulent era and almost never make us feel like imminent death is only moments away after opening our politico boss’s mail from a shipper aligned with… oh God, what? Not even Ahhhhh the anthrax years. It’s really great to not be in the early-2000s anymore, isn’t it.

Anyway, this may seem like a crazier coincidence than Iraq not actually having weapons of mass destruction (I’m still on the early-00s thing, stay with me), but the band has just embarked on a super-ultra-lengthy tour to festivals and lovely cities all around the globe. And wouldn’t you know, they’ve got a new album, El Pintor, coming out on September 9 via Matador. It’s just crazy! First the tour, then this new, fifth studio album! Get this: the Spanish words “el pintor” (meaning “the painter”) are an anagram for Interpol! So many coincidences, it can only be further proof that the music industry, like politics, really IS controlled by the Illuminati (which is an anagram for “exercise logic, Beyoncé does not worship an owl god”!) I mean, there IS a song called “Ancient Ways.” And like all good albums, this one has a lot of SPECIAL PEOPLE on it (read: Illuminati), so here’s your list: producer James Brown (Arctic Monkeys), mixed by Alan Moulder (Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain), Mr. Paul Banks on bass, plus guests Brandon Curtis (Secret Machines), Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. (Jellyfish, Imperial Drag), and Rob Moose (Bon Iver). Here’s more on all that:

El Pintor tracklisting:

01. All the Rage Back Home
02. My Desire
03. Anywhere
04. Same Town, New Story
05. My Blue Supreme
06. Everything Is Wrong
07. Breaker 1
08. Ancient Ways
09. Tidal Wave
10. Twice as Hard


06.20.14 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands - The Best Kept Secret Festival
06.21.14 - Scheessel, Germany - Hurricane Festival
06.23.14 - Neuhausen, Germany - Southside Festival
06.24.14 - Paris, France - Alhambra
06.25.14 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
06.27.14 - Pilton, UK - Glastonbury Music Festival
06.28.14 - Evreux, France - Rock Dans Tour Ses Etats
06.29.14 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Rock-A-Field
07.01.14 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
07.02.14 - Gdynia, Poland - Open’er Festival
07.03.14 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.06.14 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
0708.14 - Nimes, France - Nimes Festival
07.10.14 - Lisbon, Portugal - Optimus Alive
07.12.14 - Keflavík, Iceland - All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland
07.25.14 - Byron Bay, Australia - Splendour in the Grass
08.01.14 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.20.14 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
08.21.14 - Las Vegas, NV - The Pool at The Cosmopolitan
08.23.14 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
10.03.14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10.10.14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits

• Interpol:
• Matador:

Ty Segall announces new album Manipulator and world tour, once again raising suspicions that he is a hologram

Look, we all know people who always seem impossibly productive. While the rest of us are toiling away trying to write a single email to that one friend who’s been waiting for a response for weeks, this person is churning out all their work like it’s nothing and on top of that they’ve got all their little passion projects on the side that are going just great. And there’s that part of our brains looking at them and wondering, “Could they be hologram?” But we always quickly correct ourselves with a, “No, no of course not, that’s absurd.”

But then there’s Ty Segall. He’s churned out an album every year since he started releasing music, not to mention all those side projects, collaborative albums, EPs, singles, and producing gigs. On top of that it seems like he’s always touring. And now he’s doing it again? Well it sure seems that way, as it’s just been announced that he’s releasing a new album, Manipulator, via Drag City on August 26, backing it up with a massive tour that will take him all over the US and Europe.

So now we’ve all got to be wondering again, “Could he be a hologram?” Is it possible that Ty Segall is some kind of garage rock Hatsune Miku with Drag City controlling this avatar who isn’t actually there? I keep telling myself, “No, no of course not, that’s absurd,” but there’s still that creeping doubt. So do me a favor, when you’re at a Ty Segall show this fall like you should be, fight your way to the front of the crowd and just try and reach out to touch him. Then get back to me.

Check out the album preview, tracklist, and tour dates below.

Manipulator tracklist:

01. Manipulator
02. Tall Man, Skinny Lady
03. The Singer
04. It’s Over
05. Feel
06. The Faker
07. The Clock
08. Green Belly
09. Connection Man
10. Mister Main
11. The Hand
12. Susie Thumb
13. Don’t You Want to Know? (Sue)
14. The Crawler
15. Who’s Producing You?
16. The Feels
17. Stick Around


06.12.14 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
08.23.14 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
08.28.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
08.29.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
08.30.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
08.31.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
09.03.14 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress *
09.04.14 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace *
09.05.14 - Austin, TX - Mohawk Outside *
09.06.14 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s *
09.07.14 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone *
09.08.14 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge *
09.09.14 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
09.10.14 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder (FSU) *
09.11.14 - Miami, FL - The Stage *
09.12.14 - Tampa, FL - Epic Problem (Skatepark of Tampa) *
09.13.14 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre *
09.14.14 - Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall *
09.15.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
09.17.14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
09.19.14 - Allston, MA - Great Scott #
09.20.14 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal at Club Soda #
09.21.14 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall #
09.22.14 - Detroit, MI - Trinosopes #
09.23.14 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall #
09.24.14 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club #
09.25.14 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room #
09.26.14 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater #
09.27.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge #
09.28.14 - Las Vegas, NV - Beauty Bar #
10.09.14 - La Rochelle, France - La Siréne
10.21.14 - Paris, France - La Cigale
10.22.14 - Toulouse, France - Bikini
10.23.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Apolo
10.24.14 - Madrid, Spain - BUT
10.28.14 - Clermont Ferrand, France - La Cooperative De Mai
10.29.14 - Geneve, Switzerland - L’usine
10.30.14 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotive Club
10.31.14 - Roma, Italy - Artisti Atlantide
11.01.14 - Venice, Italy - Interzone Art Center
11.03.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
11.04.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
11.05.14 - Dresden, Germany - Beat Pol
11.06.14 - Berlin, Germany - Astra
11.07.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuest
11.08.14 - Stockholm, Sweden - Kagelbana
11.10.14 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
11.11.14 - Leeds, UK - Brudennel Social Club
11.12.14 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom

# La Luz
* Wand

• Ty Segall:
• Drag City:

Harvest Records assembles dream line-up of The Clean, Mount Eerie, Angel Olsen, Pete Swanson, William Tyler, and more to prove that record stores aren’t just for Record Store Day

Believe it or not, as we wade our way through the nuclear fallout of the digital music economy, there are still one or two stubborn record stores in 2014 who refuse to die. While the big-end-of-towners are faring worse than a T-rex in a meteor storm, it’s the small, independent stores that are maintaining their relevance in this post-apocalypse environment. I like to think (lovingly) of independent record stores as the cockroaches of the music industry.

One such cockroach is Harvest Records in Asheville, North Carolina, who this year are celebrating the fact that they have defied all the odds by keeping their doors open for 10 years.

To mark the occasion, store owners Mark Capon and Matt Schnable have roped in some of their favorite bands to play real, live, actual music over three nights in and around Asheville. You can check out the full line-up below, but it’s fair to say that any bill running an x-y axis from The Clean to William Tyler is going to be a pretty stellar collection of bands.

The whole shindig is being called Transfigurations II and runs from August 28-30 at Grey Eagle and The Mothlight in Asheville (Thursday and Friday) and Blannahassett Island in Marshall (Saturday). Weekend passes are available now for $125 from the Harvest Records website, and tickets for individual nights will be available later this month.

Transfigurations II line-up (prepare for your mind to be blown):

The Clean
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Michael Hurley
Sonny & The Sunsets
Moon Duo
Angel Olsen
Mount Eerie
Endless Boogie
Reigning Sound
The Sadies
Steve Gunn
Hiss Golden Messenger
Kevin Morby
Sir Richard Bishop
Pete Swanson
William Tyler
Fountainsun (Daniel Higgs + Fumie Ishii)
Wooden Wand
EDJ (Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats)
Bitchin Bajas
Dylan Golden Aycock
Nest Egg

• Harvest Records:

FKA twigs announces debut LP (titled LP1, of course) to be released August 12 via Young Turks

Last year, FKA twigs released EP2, which consisted of four songs that explored the world of abstracted and deconstructed R&B. Earlier this year, she collaborated with Inc. to release a mysteriously untitled — at least as far as I can tell — 7-inch and zine. Now, according to P4k, FKA twigs has announced her debut album, vaguely and perfectly titled LP1. The album will feature 10 absolutely brand-new songs, and it’ll include artwork by Arca-affiliated Jesse Kanda, who directed videos for “How’s That” (see below) and “Water Me” off EP2.

FKA twigs will be on tour in August, right around the release of LP1 — August 12 via Young Turks.

LP1 tracklist:

01. Preface

02. Lights On

03. Two Weeks

04. Hours

05. Pendulum

06. Video Girl

07. Numbers

08. Closer

09. Give Up

10. Kicks


07.19.14 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival

08.06.14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall

08.08.14 - Toronto, ON - Danforth
08.09.14 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret Du Mile End

08.12.14 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey

08.13.14 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall

• FKA twigs:
• Young Turks:

Pere Ubu releasing new album Carnival of Souls in September, believe it or not inspired by the movie Carnival of Souls

I don’t know what’s more exciting: that the legendary Pere Ubu are back, or that they’ve named their album after the gloriously spooky cult B-movie Carnival of Souls. In fact, the video for their new track “Road to Utah” features footage from said movie. What a great movie! What a scary bridge! (Seriously, that bridge is too long. Bridges shouldn’t be that long, am I right? SHORT, MORE MANAGEABLE BRIDGES FOR PREZ 2016.) You can check out the music video right here:

Seriously, what a great movie. But enough about the movie… we’re talking about the album!! The album drops September 8 on Fire Records, and it’s the result of Pere Ubu performing a live score for a screening of the flick at the 2013 East End Film Festival in lovely East London. The vinyl version of the album will include five minute-long “Strychnine Interludes” interspersed throughout the album. The CD version will feature “Brother Ray,” a 12-minute-long track conceived of as a prequel to Nathaniel West’s book Day of the Locust (both up for pre-order here). Because why do we even need any other media anymore when Pere Ubu have thrown so many of Western Civilization’s darkest and finest moments into one beautiful and unnerving album?

Carnival of Souls tracklist:

01. Golden Surf II
02. Strychnine 1 *
03. Drag the River
04. Strychnine 2 *
05. Visions of the Moon
06. Strychnine 3 *
07. Dr Faustus
08. Strychnine 4 *
09. Bus Station
10. Road to Utah
11. Carnival
12. Strychnine 5 *
13. Irene
14. Brother Ray #

* vinyl only
# CD only

• Pere Ubu:
• Fire: