Patrick Wolf releasing double album called Sundark & Riverlight, handing out wolf cupcakes on world tour

Patrick Wolf releasing double album called Sundark & Riverlight, handing out wolf cupcakes on world tour

In 2002, when Patrick Wolf was 19, he released his very first EP, The Patrick Wolf EP. Back then, he was playing in folk clubs and galleries and on the street, playing with just one instrument and no microphone. He recorded his first album with a 4-track and a laptop and whatever else he could find.

Now, Patrick Wolf’s celebrating 10 years of crankin’ out tunes by releasing Sundark & Riverlight via his own label, Bloody Chamber Music, as well as Essential Music. It’s a double album that will feature re-recordings of songs from all over Wolf’s catalog, songs that still resonate with him today. Wolf says, “As a songwriter I realised that some songs take on a life of their own once released. I never knew that ‘Paris’ from Lycanthropy would become such an anthem for my crowd. Often when I sing the songs live after they are recorded, new words or meanings come to light then I improvise depending on how I am feeling that night. I thought it was time after ten years to take a moment to understand and document what these songs have grown up to be while I’ve been traveling them around the world the last decade.”

Wolf recorded this completely acoustic album in Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios. He recorded the string quartet on the balcony of the wood room studio so that, for the listener, they’ll sound like they’re playing somewhere near the sun. He recorded the woodwind quartet in The Pool Studio, where he hoped to create the sound of a reflection on water. He muses on the process in a letter on his website.

Patrick Wolf isn’t just releasing a double album and baking wolf-shaped cakes to share; he’s also going on tour. He’ll have a piano, a Celtic harp, a dulcimer, and all sorts of other instruments with him, and while he’ll certainly play some of his reworked oldies off Sundark & Riverlight, he’ll be taking requests too. Hold on for the tracklist, but if there’s something you’re absolutely itchin’ to hear, send him a note on Facebook or Twitter.

08.29.12 - London, UK - The Old Vic Theatre
09.07.12 - Brisbane, Australia - The Tivoli
09.08.12 - Sydney, Australia - Opera House (Studio)
09.09.12 - Sydney, Australia - Opera House (Studio)
09.11.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Forum 11
09.12.12 - Adelaide, Australia - The Gov
09.14.12 - Perth, Australia - Fly By Night
09.18.12 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live +
09.20.12 - New York, NY - Joe’s Pub +
09.21.12 - New York, NY - Joe’s Pub ^
09.22.12 - Boston, MA - Royale Nightclub ^
09.23.12 - Montreal, QC - L’Astral +
09.25.12 - Toronto, ON - The Music Gallery +
09.28.12 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door +
09.29.12 - Vancouver, BC - Rio Theatre +
09.30.12 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre +
10.02.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall +
10.05.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo Park United Methodist Church / FILTER Culture Collide +
10.14.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel Theatre
10.15.12 - Frankfurt, Germany - Mousonturm
10.16.12 - Munich, Germany - Freiheizhalle
10.18.12 - Berlin, Germany - Passionkirche
10.19.12 - Cologne, Germany - Kulturkirche
10.21.12 - Basel, Switzerland - Kaserne
10.24.12 - Rome, Italy - Teatro Ambra Jovinelli
10.25.12 - Ravenna, Italy - Teatro Rasi
10.26.12 - Venice, Italy - Teatro Corso
10.29.12 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Paradijskerk
10.30.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - De Duif
10.31.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Ab
11.02.12 - Iceland - Airwaves Festival
11.06.12 - Manchester, UK - Quays Theatre
11.07.12 - Cardiff, UK - The Gate
11.10.12 - Bordeaux, France - Le Krakatoa
11.12.12 - Lille, France - Eglise Saint Andre
11.13.12 - Paris, France - Le Cafe De La Danse
11.14.12 - Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
11.20.12 - Gateshead, UK - The Sage
11.24.12 - Warwick, UK - Arts Centre
11.25.12 - Glasgow, UK - Cottiers
12.09.12 - Penzance, UK - The Ritz
12.10.12 - Bristol, UK - St. Georges
12.11.12 - Brighton, UK - St. Mary’s

+ Woodpigeon
^ Mice Parade

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Josephine Foster to leave you positively red in the face with new album Blood Rushing, out on Fire Records next month

Public speaking is supposedly one of the most common fears of human beings, so I imagine many of our readers will be able to relate to the following: you know the feeling, as a student, when your name’s about to be called to give a presentation to the class? Well, I think we all secretly acknowledge the fact that most student presentations are basically a ruse thought up by teachers in order to waste class time, but try and recall the state of your physical body during these moments. If you’re like most of us — meaning, not some freakishly outgoing person who actually excites at the idea of public speaking — then your blood’s probably pumping, HARD, out of sheer nervousness. Similarly, unless you’ve got a healthy layer of fat in between your heart and your ribcage, you can probably feel each successive pump of the former. You know Ms. Thatcher is going to utter your name any second now, but it’s too late! Your circulatory system has been working with such ferocity that your head has literally EXPLODED! There’s blood everywhere! Ahhhhhhh!

More than likely, this is not quite what Josephine Foster and co. had in mind when they were recording Blood Rushing, her new full-length album set for release on September 18. In an anecdote related by artist Natasha Pradhan, writing about (presumably) the theme of the new album, she states, “Cleansing. The sanitation of blood, even. Sometimes I hear my own flesh and it terrifies me — it’s a sonic confirmation of everything we believe in. It’s natures heart beating harder than any story I couldn’t have written on my own.” So, consciousness, and life itself both seem to be major inspirations. I guess I’ll just have to continue waiting for that once-in-a-lifetime explosive head-themed folk album. Check out the track “Child of God” below.

Blood Rushing tracklisting:

01. Waterfall
02. Panorama Wide
03. Sacred Is The Star
04. Child of God
05. Blood Rushing
06. The Wave of Love
07. O Stars
08. Geyser
09. Underwater Daughter
10. Words Come Loose

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Fennesz, all by his lonesome, to release 12-inch on Editions Mego; full-length album due out next year

If you take a glance at Fennesz’s solo discography, you’ll see that his last genuine full-length album (in other words, not a score to a film, and not an extremely limited collection of samples), Black Sea (TMT Review), was released back in 2008. Clearly, in the intervening years, the Austrian ambient guitarist has just been taking it easy, shifting his focus to a relaxing hiatus in the scenic Villgratental, while casually neglecting the desperate pleas from his fans for new material.

Totally wrong! Did you believe me? Where have you been? Is Ace of Base still popular there? Do I need to direct you to the TMT reviews of his recent collaborative albums here and here?

The point being, Fennesz has neither been “taking it easy” nor “relaxing,” despite his ongoing (and apparent) lack of enthusiasm for individual releases. That enthusiasm waxes a bit with the news that, on October 1, he’ll be releasing a new 12-inch called Fa 2012. I say “new,” but it’s essentially a remix album, consisting of two new versions of the track “Fa” (one by Fennesz himself and the other from Mark Fell), which originally appeared on Fennesz’s debut solo album Hotel Paral.lel, released back in 1997.

Perhaps more importantly, Editions Mego describes the 12-inch as a “warm up for the new Fennesz album, which is currently scheduled for 2013 release.” Get excited now; the man deserves your undivided appreciation, even if he is so rarely undivided.

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Beck’s new album is just a book of sheet music, NOT an adorable puppy tied with a bow

When you’re an internationally-acclaimed indie rock songwriter like Beck, you can do whatever the F you want. You can voice a character in the Rugrats movie. You can build a waterslide into a giant vat of Diet Pepsi. You can breed standard poodles paired to create an ultradog that looks exactly like Kim Kardashian in dog form) You can release an album that’s no album at all — it’s a book — and you can tell people, “come on, man, don’t be a square, that’s my new album maaaaaaan.” You can do whatever you want because you’re Beck and even my mom knows who you are and is moved to tears in 30 seconds or less of hearing the opening track from Sea Change.

Now, Beck could do all the things listed above, if he wanted to. But Beck’s not that kinda guy; he doesn’t want to abuse the power the Gods of Indie Rock have given him. So he’s only done, say, half of the magical things on that list. (I’ll let you guess which ones.) And now he really is releasing that long-awaited new album as a book — well, a song reader, rather. What’s a song reader, you say? What are you, born after 1930? A song reader is — according to a press release — “an almost-forgotten form — twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded.” So naturally Beck Hansen’s Song Reader, released in conjunction with (who else?) McSweeney’s is the rootin’ tootin’est song reader this side of World War I, complete with full color era-evocative illustrations, ukulele notations (when “necessary”), and a fancy hardcover carrying case. The song reader features 20 new Beck songs, plus illustrations from artists Marcel Dzama (who also arted on Beck’s Guero), Josh Cochran, Jessica Hische, Leanne Shapton, and the always intriguing “many more.” There’s also an introduction by Jody Rosen (Slate, New York Times) and a foreword by Mr. Hansen himself. Beck Hansen’s Song Reader drops, in its 108 color illustrated paged glory, sometime in December.

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Pussy Riot trial concludes; members make closing statements

Russian punk band and political activist group Pussy Riot have been enduring a painfully fascist trial over their protest of Russian President Vladmir Putin, a now-infamous performance in Moscow’s main cathedral with the Pussy gals singing a prayer to Mary for the removal of Putin. Charged with “hooliganism” motivated by “religious hatred,” the activists were facing a maximum sentence of seven years for such shenanigans, though the prosecution was pushing for three years, describing their use of naughty words in church as “an abuse of God.” If that’s the case, Russia, then watch out, I’m a goddamned terrorist.

The trial as of yesterday has officially ended, and much to the surprise of Pussy Riot and their lawyers, the verdict has been delayed for another week. The band’s lawyers had been expecting a quick conviction for the full three-year sentence, but the judge’s delay in sentencing has offered a gleam of hope.

“To take a quick decision under such pressure is very dangerous for the authorities, so they’ve taken a time out,” lawyer Nikolai Polozov said. “No matter what the verdict is, we have won.”

Band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who has described the charges as “political order for repression,” commented on the impending verdict, saying, “Even though we are behind bars, we are freer than those people.”

Media sources are attributing this potentially lighter sentence to the amount of media coverage and celebrity support of Pussy Riot. China has expressed their solidarity as well.

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Cat Power pounces on North American audiences this fall

Meeeow! Calling all fans of pussy control, because Cat Power has just announced that she’ll be hitting the road this fall in support of her upcoming ninth LP, Sun. To be released September 4 on longtime label Matador, the record has two singles out so far: the previously announced “Ruin,” and the just-out ”Cherokee,” which boasts a bonus remix by Nicolas Jaar. As noted in the last piece to be published on TMT about Ms. Marshall, they both sound very Cat Power-y.

Once known for being an erratic mess on stage, much like a skittish feline, Chan Marshall has grown much more comfortable performing live in the last eight years or so, strutting across the stage like a prize-winning purebred. If her breathy vocals and polished production are your kind of thing, make sure and snag a ticket, as they’re likely to go fast. Most go on sale starting August 10.


10.11.12 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
10.13.12 - Mexico City, Mexico - Corona Capital Music Festival
10.19.12 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
10.20.12 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
10.22.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.23.12 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
10.24.12 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
10.25.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
10.27.12 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
10.28.12 - Chicago, IL - Riviera
11.02.12 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
11.03.12 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
11.04.12 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
11.06.12 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
11.08.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium

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