Panda Bear to release new LP for Domino, tentatively titled Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

Panda Bear to release new LP for Domino, tentatively titled Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

Allow me to go in-depth about this new forthcoming Panda Bear album. According to Gorilla Vs Bear, “Panda Bear is once again working with Sonic Boom, this time on a ‘break-centric,’ 9th Wonder-influenced new album.” The post goes on to say that it’s “tentatively titled Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper.” Then it says “No release date yet for the record, which features tracks ‘constructed out of samples of self-made sounds’” and that it’s “‘meant as a celebration of the fact that new growth sometimes requires death.’”

Domino confirmed the new release in a short statement on its website. The first sentence says, “We are pleased to announce that the forthcoming Panda Bear album will be released on Domino later this year.” Second sentence begins with “Panda Bear is currently at work on the new album” then ends with “which is tentatively titled Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, with Tomboy producer Sonic Boom.” The final sentence goes like this: “More details to follow.”

Still confused? Me too. Let me blockquote it for you:

We are pleased to announce that the forthcoming Panda Bear album will be released on Domino later this year. Panda Bear is currently at work on the new album, which is tentatively titled Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, with Tomboy producer Sonic Boom. More details to follow.

Check out a newish track by Panda Bear, created for a new clothing line by designer Fernanda Pereira.

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Coachwhips to reunite for shows at SXSW; mass preliminary moshing not just a sign of people being really bored

In some corners, February might be reserved for tear-soaked chocolate gorging and a fleeting acknowledgment that “Oh hey, it’s Black History Month,” but concurrent with this most mispronounced of months (along with the weeks immediately before and after) is a holiday that TMT has clearly and enthusiastically gotten behind: The Definitive Days of Dwyer, Man Who Likes Doing Things.

I’m verging on creating a horse made of dead skin out of the dead horse that I’m currently beating, but for the sake of those who are viewing this article in a vacuum and are otherwise totally unaware of his recent activities: YES, John Dwyer announced a hiatus for Thee Oh Sees last December; YES, Thee Oh Sees have a new full-length Drop coming out this April; YES, Dwyer is re-forming Coachwhips for shows at this year’s SXSW; NO, I do not like being this affirmative. WAIT… (you’re asking), go back to that second-to-last bit about Coachwhips performing at SXSW!

As a conceivable follow-up to the vinyl reissue of Hands on the Controls last September, the endearingly abusive and lyrically unintelligible project initially active from 2001-2005, Coachwhips, have a spate of shows scheduled in Austin next month, in addition to one in Los Angeles. Hints of something resembling a full-blown reunion actually came in October 2012, when the band performed their first show(s) in seven years at Total Trash Halloween Bash in Oakland. And if those shows were an indication, the band’s form at SXSW will be same as its first iteration, meaning Dwyer on guitar/vocals, John Harlow on drums, and Mary Ann McNamara on keyboard/vocals/unbridled tambourine handling.

“Coachwhips, my old band, used to do like… way more drugs and stuff.” Gain more insight into the Coachwhips/Dwyer lifestyle with this rather awesome (if somewhat dated) interview. Schedule and a taste of the forthcoming insanity below:


03.08.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell #
03.11.14 - Austin, TX - Hotel Vegas
03.12.14 - Austin, TX - Panache Bruise Cruise
03.13.14 - Austin, TX - Brixton Party - Yellowjacket
03.14.14 - Austin, TX - Castleface Party - Hotel Vegas
03.14.14 - Austin, TX - Sailor Jerry Party - Gypsy
03.15.14 - Austin, TX - Spider House
03.15.14 - Austin, TX - Beerland

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Forest Swords unveils new video and adds some US dates with How to Dress Well (sorta insinuating that you really need a sword in order to look truly well-dressed)

Dude, Forest Swords are my PALS right now! I’m not going to lie, readers; I was hard-up for music news to share with you today. In fact, I was ready to give up altogether and just go work some more on my super-awesome comic book at the Chipotle down the street like I do sometimes. But then… I open up my email one last time, and BAM: freakin’ Forest Swords (a.k.a. Matthew Barnes) to the rescue!

Barnes wrote to me to say that he had a new video for “The Weight of Gold,” the second single from last year’s much-enjoyed folky, dubby debut album Engravings. He went on to say that it was filmed in “a number of desolate locations,” and that it featured a dancer “whose abrupt movements are in perfect synchronization with the combination of haunting synths, ghostly vocal samples, spindly guitars and heavy percussion that when combined create the elusive producer’s unique signature sound.” I thought all those extra adjectives he used to describe himself were a little weird, to be honest with you; but I wasn’t about to look a gift horse in the mouth. Regular ones, sure; but you’re just not supposed to do that with gift horses!

He also mentioned some other stuff I could use to pad out my story too! Including that he worked with filmmaker Benjamin Millepied on this one (who choreographed Black Swan and recently became the new director at the Paris Opera) and noted that “the locations Benjamin picked for this video really resonate with the track.” He also said that he has “always associated the songs on Engravings with the British landscape — woodland and sandstone, because that’s the environment I live in and produced the record in — but taking the music out of that context and placing it in Israel definitely shifts the track in a direction I didn’t expect.”

Oh yeah! Also, I guess you can also download the mp3 for “The Weight of Gold” for free right over here. And you can catch the man on tour all over the world (including a few newly added US places with How to Dress Well this spring) throughout 2014. Thanks again for makin’ it so easy for me, Forest Swords!

So yeah, check out all this stuff below. Meanwhile… I’ve got a Chipotle date with a burrito and some zany comic book Jujitsu-master wood ducks with attitude!

Forest Swords: The Weight of Gold on

Tour dates:

02.20.14 - Malmo, Sweden - Babel
02.21.14 - Aarhus, Denmark - Radar
02.22.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Jazzhouse
02.28.14 - Barcelona, Spain - CaixaForum
03.01.14 - Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik
03.03.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampagnel
03.04.14 - Leipzig, Germany - Ut Connewitz
03.05.14 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
03.06.14 - Cologne, Germany - Baustelle Kalk
03.07.14 - Prague, Czech Republic - Meet Factory
03.13-15.14 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.17.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
03.18.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy *
03.21.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade *
03.22.14 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall *
03.24.14 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
03.26.14 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge *
03.27.14 - Cambridge, MA - TT The Bear’s *
03.28.14 - Montreal, QC - S.A.T. *
03.29.14 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club *
03.30.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
04.03.14 - Amsterdam, NL - OT301
04.04.14 - London, UK - LSO
04.05.14 - Paris, France - Le Point Ephemere
04.06.14 - Brussels, Belgium - AB (Matinee)
04.06.14 - Brussels, Belgium - AB (Evening)
04.10.14 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
04.11.14 - Brighton, UK - The Green Door Store
04.12.14 - Leeds, UK - Belgrave Music Hall
04.16.14 - Rome, Italy - Circolo Degli Aristi
04.17.14 - Capri, Italy - Mattatoio Club
04.18.14 - Padova, Italy - Movement
04.23.14 - Tallinn, Estonia - Kino Soprus
04.24.14 - Athens, Greece - Plisskenlab
04.30.14 - Krems, Austria - Donau Festival
05.04.14 - Glasgow, UK - Stag & Dagger Festival
05.06.14 - Lisbon, Portugal - Musicbox
05.24.14 - Zagreb, Croatia - Zedno Uho Festival
07.06.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.12.14 - Keflavík, Iceland - ATP Festival
08.09.14 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
09.10.14 - Rovinj, Croatia - Unknown Festival

* How to Dress Well

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Shlohmo announces North American tour, collaborative EP with Jeremih… you putz

This one’s for all the putzes out there. Lo-fi R&B beatmaker Shlohmo will depart Los Angeles this spring for an extensive headlining tour. Because all L.A. residents are legally required to have something to do with Coachella, the producer will be playing both weekends of the festival before embarking on tour. A number of special guests are set to accompany Shlohmo on these shows, but the identity of said guests is currently unknown. You’ll just have to wait and find out, you big putz you.

Now hold on, putzes. I’m not done. Before going on tour, Shlohmo has a collaborative EP with R&B singer Jeremih titled No More coming out this March through Def Jam and Shlohmo’s WEDIDIT label. If you would enjoy listening to a song off No More that is also titled “No More,” please press “Play” below this paragraph. If you’d like to watch a semi-terrifying teaser video (with an out-of-date release prediction) for the EP, head to this particular YouTube page. If you’d like to be a putz, do nothing. You’re already a putz.

Shlohmo dates:

04.11.14 - Indio, CA - Coachella (Weekend 1)
04.18.14 - Indio, CA - Coachella (Weekend 2)
04.22.14 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
04.23.14 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
04.25.14 - Portland, OR - Branx
04.26.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
04.30.14 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
05.01.14 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada Theatre
05.02.14 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
05.03.14 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
05.04.14 - Buffalo, NY - Waiting Room
05.06.14 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
05.07.14 - New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
05.10.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
05.11.14 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
05.13.14 - Atlanta, GA - The Basement
05.14.14 - Nashville, TN - Mercy
05.15.14 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
05.16.14 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds
05.17.14 - Dallas, TX - Trees
05.18.14 - Austin, TX - The Parish
05.20.14 - Albuquerque, TX - Sister

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[Photo: Erika Miyagiwa]

Amen Dunes announces new album Love! It’s getting released in the spring, when love is all everywhere!

You know what’s cool? When we talked to you last about New York psych-raga whiz Damon McMahon’s Amen Dunes project, we weren’t sure what the hell was up with his alleged second-of-two releases planned for 2014. Sure, on the basis of 2011’s smash hit Through Donkey Jaw (TMT Review), we tried to keep our excitement up and everything; but truly, we were just kinda grasping at straws and making shit up, mostly.

Well, no longer! I’m happy to report that Amen Dunes has come along to cover our journalistically yellow asses by unveiling a new album for the Sacred Bones label! How convenient. It’s called Love and is being released on May 13. And yeah, like we said earlier, McMahon worked with members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor on it, as well as Elias Bender Rønnenfelt of Iceage and Colin Stetson. Hey, see? We were right on the money after all!

Anyway, according to the press release, the thing was “the result of 18 months’ hard slog, and is influenced by Astral Weeks, Sam Cooke, Tim Hardin and Alice Coltrane, among others.” Awesome, awesome, awesome, and awesome. Right?

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Unsound Festival New York enlists the likes of Oren Ambarchi, Suzanne Ciani, copeland, Huerco S. and more to drill a hole through the space-time continuum

Listen, I don’t know much about science, but one thing I do know is wormholes are dangerous and unstable and often result in the folks from Star Trek getting into “space jams” of a wacky and treacherous sort. So you’ll understand my skepticism at the proposition of the originally-based-in-Poland Unsound Festival trying to throw cracks into the space-time continuum by way of putting on alternate versions of the festival all around the world, for example in Adelaide, Australia, and now in New York (this is the fourth version of the event in New York after a break last year). Before you try to tell me something like, “Dude, they’re just putting on festivals, no science tricks,” I’ll warn you that I’m pretty committed to believing this so just let me finish.

So, more details on the New York festival so you can either attend it (because the music part seems like it will be pretty cool) or avoid it, because, like most reasonable people, you fear unstable inter-dimensional pathways (n.b. though, if my calculations are correct and Unsound is successful, there won’t be a safe place in the universe and we’ll all be instantaneously ground to space bits). The festival will feature a whole bunch of musicians who are super cool and will probably make TMT readers’ little ears perk right up, including Oren Ambarchi, Suzanne Ciani, copeland, Demdike Stare, Stara Rzeka, and Huerco S. That’s not even all of them! That’s just as many as I felt like typing because my fingers got tired! A full list of the performers is available on the festival’s Facebook event page (a full website with additional details is forthcoming). The festival organizers have also partnered with The Wire to include a compilation CD entitled Tunnels (a reference to the wormholes the event’s organizers are attempting to create) featuring many of the performers with the magazine’s April issue.

Presented in conjunction with Fundacja Tone and the Polish Cultural Institute New York, the whole deal will take place between Wednesday, April 2 and Sunday, April 6. Remember that when the universe collapses, time will be meaningless, so it’s up to you if you want to mark your calendar or wait until every instant from all of time is happening simultaneously. The performances will take place in venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan including the ISSUE Project Room and Cameo Gallery, but, like time, space will also collapse into a functionally massless point once the wormholes open, so no worries about catching the train or anything.

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