Orcas (Benoît Pioulard and The Sight Below) to release self-titled debut album alongside free sampling of chinook salmon

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When it comes to an animal-based moniker through which they can distribute their work, Benoît Pioulard a.k.a. Thomas Meluch and The Sight Below a.k.a. Rafael Anton Irisarri could certainly have chosen worse. The orca whale is simultaneously one of the most endearing and misunderstood animals gracing this fair Earth, and I’m sure the attention whores over at PETA, who have recently compared the presence of these whales at SeaWorld to legitimate, unconstitutional slavery, would be more than willing to agree on this point. Without doing any research to actually figure out why, why exactly are orca whales commonly referred to as “killer whales”? Taking for granted their adeptness at killing, there appears to be some whale prejudice going on here; why don’t we refer to grizzly bears as “killer” bears, for instance? God damn whalist bastards, these days.

I can’t comment on the particular rationale behind Meluch and Irisarri’s choice of appellation; perhaps they hear a complementary relationship between the music that they create and the resonant sounds of their whale counterparts. Or, maybe they just have an unusual appreciation for Puget Sound public transportation, which can be facilitated by ORCA cards. Whatever the case, on April 24, Orcas will be releasing their self-titled debut album via the Berlin-based label Morr Music. A press release notes, “The duo’s music together is a careful balance of chiaroscuro elements, where pop hook and spatial ambience converge. Orcas has [sic] taken an immersive, fluid vector for their passions; a resonant call like sonar from the depths.” Wade over here to listen to the track “Carrion,” and go here to download “Until Then,” a track dedicated to the late Broadcast vocalist Trish Keenan. It’s all quite gorgeous.

Orcas tracklisting:

01. Pallor Cedes
02. Arrow Drawn
03. Standard Error
04. Carrion
05. A Subtle Escape
06. Until Then
07. Certain Abstractions
08. I Saw My Echo
09. High Fences

• Orcas: https://www.facebook.com/weareorcas
• Morr Music: http://www.morrmusic.com

White Hills, those spacescuzz savants, get down and dirty on new album and tour

Like rare pirate treasure washed upon the shore, the space-rockin’ scuzzos in White Hills have emerged from New York as a hard-rockin’ psychedelic diamond in the rough. White Hills are the sort of band that set record store nerds’ hearts alight, the sort of band whose feedback knocks 30-year-old punk dust off the ceilings of nightclubs. The fellas in the band got the fuzzed up Spacemen 3-esque sensibilities combined with a smidgeon of Velvet Underground swagger; they sound like a long-forgotten private press record from the dirtiest of garages, but they’ve also got their compasses pointed firmly forward. The band spent 2011 wowing audiences at festivals like ATP New York, Supersonic, and Roadburn, and earning accolades from the UK music press. They also toured with everybody’s favorite freaks, The Flaming Lips, and everyone’s favorite caped sludge metallers, Sleep. And now the band is hitting the road once again, this time for a string of dates in April with Sleepy Sun.

While on tour, White Hills will be repping their upcoming full-length on Thrill Jockey, Frying on This Rock; it’s due March 20. They’re currently showcasing a track from that album, “Pads of Light,” on Pitchfork. Frying was recorded by the formidable Martin Bisi (Swans, Sonic Youth, Brian Eno, Boredoms, Herbie Hancock) in New York, and the tracks have got a brutal, beautiful intensity. Guitarist Dave W. and bassist Ego Sensation are joined on this one by a gentleman known only as Antronhy (Julian Cope’s drummer) on synths and backing vocals, and a young drummer by the name of Nick… Name.

Dates:

04.09.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands Gallery
04.10.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
04.11.12 - Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar
04.12.12 - Boston, MA - Church of Boston
04.13.12 - Burlington, VT - Monkey House
04.14.12 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo
04.15.12 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
04.16.12 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
04.17.12 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
04.18.12 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub
04.19.12 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Garden Bowl
04.20.12 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
04.21.12 - St Louis, MO - Off Broadway Night Club
04.22.12 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
04.24.12 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
04.25.12 - Houston, TX - Orange Show Center for Visionary Arts
04.26.12 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
04.27.12 - Atlanta, GA - The 529
04.28.12 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade
04.29.12 - Washington, DC - DC 9

• White Hills: https://www.facebook.com/pages/WHITE-HILLS/90476409450
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

NNA Tapes justly announce Eli Keszler and Keith Fullerton Whitman split LP

The world is corrupt with injustice. The examples are everywhere and abundant: the misconduct of police toward peaceful Occupy protesters, lobbyists in D.C. enabling the momentum of evil corporations, Pitchfork Media dictating taste to impressionable children, the band Fleet Foxes being a band, etc. Now and then, however, justice is served, and justice has manifested itself as a new release of actual good music from NNA Tapes.

NNA Tapes has announced a split LP between world-renowned electronic music composer Keith Fullerton Whitman and multi-instrumentalist composer Eli Keszler. According to the press release, the LP (due out April 3) is a conversation in sound between two prominent artists, one working in the electronic realm (Whitman), and the other in the world of live acoustics (Keszler). This exciting event in musical history may perhaps be the first recognizable step toward a brighter future in decades. And the revolution will be televised, or at least broadcast on NPR in an interview with Eli Keszler.

Yes, my children! A new dawn is born on the horizon! The streets will run with the blood of capitalists! CEOs will dangle from nooses! Fleet Foxes will disband!

Tracklist:

Eli Keszler
01. Drums, Crotales, Installed Motors, Micro-Controller Metal Plates
02. Bowed Crotales, Snare Drum
03. Drums, Guitar, Crotales
04. Cymbal, Bass Drum, Clarinet

Keith Fullerton Whitman
01. Occlusion

• Eli Keszler: http://elikeszler.com
• Keith Fullerton Whitman: http://keithfullertonwhitman.com
• NNA Tapes: http://nnatapes.com

Zammuto to open for Explosions in the Sky on US tour, Explosions in the Sky fans to treat whole Zammuto set like an even longer build up to an Explosions in the Sky climax

The Books’ Nick Zammuto has a new project and it is called Zammuto and it is also a very exciting thing. As you MIGHT HAVE HEARD, he’s putting out his self-titled debut full-length on April 3 through Temporary Residence. Mr. Zammuto will celebrate that release by hobnobbing with his Temporary Residence labelmates Explosions in the Sky on an April tour of the United States. Yes, despite only having three songs released, Explosions in the Sky are opening for Zammuto on a tour of theaters and similarly large venues. Wait, that can’t be right. Let me check my notes.

Okay, notes have been checked. Explosions in the Sky are headlining and Zammuto are opening. Really, that probably should have never made it to final print. You now know how the sausage is made. One has to wonder, though, are the climax-happy fans of Explosions in the Sky going to put up with the more subdued sounds of Zammuto? Eh, I bet they will. Those folks seem pretty languid.

Zammuto dates (all w/ Explosions in the Sky):

04.05.12 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
04.06.12 - Grand Junction, CO - Mesa Theater & Club
04.07.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
04.08.12 - Missoula, MT - Wilma Theater
04.11.12 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theater
04.12.12 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
04.16.12 - San Francisco, CA - Palace of Fine Arts Theater
04.17.12 - San Francisco, CA - Palace of Fine Arts Theater
04.22.12 - Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theater
04.24.12 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live

• Zammuto: http://www.zammutosound.com
• Explosions in the Sky: http://www.explosionsinthesky.com
• Temporary Residence: http://temporaryresidence.com

Wooden Wand releasing deluxe edition of Briarwood LP, touring the US in a flying car

The forthcoming two-disc deluxe edition of Wooden Wand’s Briarwood will include eight demo versions of tracks from the album, recordings that James Jackson Toth describes as his grimoire. I didn’t know what the hell a grimoire was at first, but I imagined it might resemble an old trunk filled with sticky, silver, primordial clay. I’m not sure why, just something about the way the word sounds. Good thing I looked it up to check, because a grimoire is actually a book of magic spells.

Anyway, when he wasn’t summoning spirits or practicing invisibility, Toth recorded those eight tunes at home in Lexington, Kentucky on a Roland BR1600 digital eight-track, and he says that they don’t sound much like the album versions, save for the vocals. Toth recorded the album versions down at Ol Elegante Studios in Homewood, Alabama along with a new line-up of musicians (magicians?) assembled just for this album — including his best friend, Brian Lowery, as well as Duquette Johnston and his band The Gum Creek Killers, plus Jody Nelson of Through the Sparks. Briarwood – Deluxe Edition will see an April 17 release via Fire Records, and Wooden Wand will be touring the US in March. Who knows, maybe they’ll teach you a thing or two about magic spells.

You can listen to both demo and full studio versions of “Winter in Kentucky” here!

Briarwood – Deluxe Edition tracklist:

Disc 1:
01. Winter in Kentucky
02. Scorpion Glow
03. Wither Away
04. Be My Friend Mary Jo
05. Big Mouth USA
06. Good Time Man
07. Motel Stationary
08. Passin Thru
09. The DNR Waltz

Disc 2:
01. Winter in Kentucky (Demo)
02. Scorpion Glow (Demo)
03. Wither Away (Demo)
04. Be My Friend Mary Jo (Demo)
05. Good Time Man (Demo)
06. Motel Stationary (Demo)
07. The DNR Waltz (Demo)
08. Passin Thru (Demo)

Tourdates:

03.06.12 - Nashville, TN - Foobar
03.07.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03.08.12 - Huntsville, AL - Flying Monkey Theater
03.10.12 - Shreveport, LA - The Collective
03.11.12 - Denton, TX - 35 Denton
03.13.12 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.15.12 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.16.12 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.17.12 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.17.12 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
03.18.12 - Little Rock, AR - Dedicated
03.19.12 - Hot Springs, AR - Valley Of The Vapors
03.21.12 - Chattanooga, TN - Sluggo’s North
03.22.12 - Cincinnati, OH - Mayday
03.23.12 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
03.24.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe

• Wooden Wand: http://www.myspace.com/woodenwand
• Fire: http://www.firerecords.com

Busdriver and Del the Funky Homosapien, together at last on new EP

Once upon a time, way back when, before you could send your young ones to school with GPS attached to them, there was that one bus driver who smelled like he never used dental floss and he’d make fun of your (actually awesome) holographic Cabbage Patch lunchbox. Then, one day he died and you were all, “I’m too young to understand death, so whatever, no more insults from the bus driver. Free at last!”

Anyway, that story has nothing to do with anything except that the mean old dead guy shared a name with the dude who’s collaborating with Del the Funky Homosapien. Yep, that radical weirdo Busdriver is set to release an EP with the legendary Del the Funky Homosapien. Or if you’re in the know you might refer to him as “Del tha Funkee Homosapien,” who is one of the very few highlights to come out of Oakland. You punk-ass snitches better recognize. Busdriver, just like your breast feeding high school “friends”, took to his Facebook page to share the news.

(Fair warning: if you’re going to click over to Busdriver’s site make sure you’ve already eaten something as scrumptious as those Voodoo Doughnuts look.)

• Busdriver: http://busdriverse.com
• Del the Funky Homosapien: http://delthefunkyhomosapien.hifidev.com