Primavera Sound 2014: Slowdive, Neutral Milk Hotel, Julia Holter, Wolf Eyes, and over 100 more scheduled to be thrown off by late suppers

Primavera Sound 2014: Slowdive, Neutral Milk Hotel, Julia Holter, Wolf Eyes, and over 100 more scheduled to be thrown off by late suppers

There’s a lesson hidden within the short film used to first reveal the lineup for this year’s Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, and it has something to do with… how unbelievably depressing the Detroit area looks during the winter? How men in top hats are using abandoned chapels as headquarters for plotting metaphysical body switches à la Freaky Friday? How there might be a theological justification for the shrine you’ve built around your home record player? I’m not inclined to do much cinematic interpretation at the moment, so regardless of the GAPING illogic of how a record store clerk somehow affords a massive loft, let’s at least appreciate the purposeful band-in-lieu-of-product placement. There are no curious zooms of the Apple logo on one’s phone or laptop, just a plethora of band t-shirts and Majical Cloudz et al. soundtracking scene transitions. How boring, the alternative of uploading a Word doc in Times New Roman.

The lineup itself maintains the excitement. No need to expound upon the noteworthy reunion of Slowdive. Elsewhere, and past the unsurprising headliners of Arcade Fire, Nine Inch Nails, Pixies, Kendrick Lamar, and Queens of the Stone Age, lies depth of broad appeal. You, with taste identical to TMT’s, might be interested in the following: Neutral Milk Hotel, Wolf Eyes, The Haxan Cloak, Julia Holter, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Ty Segall, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Vatican Shadow, and Demdike Stare. In the realm of supremely influential bands casting a supplemental aura of legend over the entire Parc del Fòrum, Slint will be there (they were there in 2007 too) and Television will be performing the timeless Marquee Moon. Overall, it’s a pretty solid lineup, the whole of which you can view here.

It’s as if you’re in a room of hands, and no matter which way you turn you’re caressed or prodded with fingers. Just imagine those hands are the artists that you love.

• Primavera Sound:

Outkast, Kraftwerk, Neutral Milk Hotel, Oneohtrix Point Never, M.I.A., Frank Ocean to play this year’s Sasquatch! Festival; fans of those bands to attend this year’s Sasquatch! Festival

Can you believe it, folks? Why, it seems like only yesterday when we all hung out at Sasquatch! 2013 and accidentally got super high off all those fumes of flaming garbage barrels full of Devendra Banhart merchandise. Remember? Yeah, I kinda do too, strangely!

But either way, I guess the world keeps on turning or something, because here we are again at the precipice of Sasquatch! Music Festival 2014! This year’s fest will once again take place in George, Washington at ye olde Gorge Amphitheatre. Only this time: it’s PERSONAL.

Not really, but this year, the fest is expanding into two weekends worth of insanity — May 23-25 and July 4-6 — so, I guess maybe if any of those dates are significant to you it could be personal? Look, I don’t care. The point is that the lineups-of-insanity for those two weekends got announced today. And they are both, uh, insane.

May 23-25 will feature the likes of Outkast, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., The National, HAIM, Deafheaven, tUnE-yArDs, Chance the Rapper, Neko Case, Panda Bear, Tyler, the Creator, Parquet Courts, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Waxahatchee, Major Lazer, Cut Copy, AlunaGeorge, Ryan Hemsworth, Liars, Foals, Kid Cudi, Mogwai, Classixx, Washed Out, Gesaffelstein, Phantogram, Die Antwoord, Big Freedia, Austra, Damien Jurado, Violent Femmes, Banks, The Dodos, La Luz, Tacocat, and more.

Awesome right? Yeah, but here’s the problem. July 4-6 is gonna be amazing too: Neutral Milk Hotel, Frank Ocean, Kraftwerk, Soundgarden, Spoon, New Order, Röyksopp & Robyn, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Broken Bells, Rhye, Action Bronson, Local Natives, Cloud Nothings, Sharon Van Etten, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Foxygen, Oneohtrix Point Never, Mikal Cronin, Tegan and Sara, Cass McCombs, Junip, Courtney Barnett, Metz, The Notwist, Gold Panda, Audion, Deltron 3030, of Montreal, Death, La Roux, The Horrors, Chad VanGaalen, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, The Black Angels, Lee Fields & the Expressions, Chastity Belt, Latyrx, Black Milk, Reigning Sound, Atmosphere, Palma Violets, etc!

Holy shit! How can you even decide? Good luck, man. Seems tough. Oh, Me? I guess I’m probably just gonna go to both for free because I “work” for a “music blog.” Don’t you just hate me right now?

• Sasquatch! 2014:

White Hinterland drops new single, announces album release and tour dates, now totally BFF with Ke$ha

Casey Dienel, the woman behind experimental pop project White Hinterland, is back with a new record for Dead Oceans. It’s more pop than experimental this time around, and it’s got enough guest artists to make Drake happy, plus it’s got those typical old Top 40 themes of “breaking established rituals and setting out into the unknown.” It’s also called Baby, so there’s that. You can check out lead single “Ring the Bell” below.

“What guest artists?” you might be asking. “Is Ke$ha involved in some way? Bieber? Is it a tribute to Bieber’s career-making hit single?” To which I would say, “Can you get me a glass of water, the mere mention of the artist Ke$ha made me puke.” So no! Ke$ha is not involved! Nor is the Biebs. But Sean Carey (Bon Iver, S. Carey), Neal Morgan (Joanna Newsom, Bill Callahan), and Cole Kamen-Green (Beyoncé) are! These fine individuals show up throughout Baby, the first album Dienel recorded in The Glades, the studio she spent five months building in her parents’ basement in Scituate, MA. Dienel spent months teaching herself production, weeding through YouTube tutorials about ProTools and shit, so she could do the followup to 2010’s Kairos (TMT Review) her way. The album drops April 1, and Dienel goes on a super-lengthy US tour right after.

Baby tracklisting:

01. Wait Until Dark
02. Dry Mind
03. Ring the Bell
04. David
05. Baby
06. White Noise
07. Metronome
08. No Devotion
09. Sickle No Sword
10. Live With You


02.05.14 - New Haven, CT - BAR Nightclub ~
04.01.14 - San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall (Woode Shoppe)
04.03.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Bar
04.05.14 - Norman, OK - Opolis #
04.06.14 - Dallas, TX - Three Links #
04.07.14 - Austin, TX - Holy Mountain #
04.09.14 - New Orleans, LA - Circle Bar #
04.10.14 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree #
04.11.14 - Decatur, GA - Eddie’s Attic #
04.12.14 - Raleigh, NC - King’s #
04.13.14 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel #
04.14.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle #
04.16.14 - Le Poisson Rouge - New York, NY #
04.17.14 - Boston, MA - Great Scott #
04.18.14 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore #
04.19.14 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison #
04.21.14 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room #
04.22.14 - Grand Rapids, MI - Calvin College #
04.23.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall #
04.24.14 - Milwaukee, WI - Club Garibaldi #
04.25.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center #
04.26.14 - Eau Claire, WI - TBD #

* Brendan Canning
~ Slander
# S. Carey

• White Hinterland:
• Dead Oceans:

The Body announce collaborative album with The Haxan Cloak entitled I Shall Die Here on RVNG Intl.

Look, y’all, I’m going to go ahead and dispense with all the “dark, doomy, slow, turgid” stuff that would usually gum up the beginnings of one of my news posts on a new record from The Body because what’s really important here is that THE BODY HAVE A NEW RECORD COMING OUT. Did the all caps I used just now make it clear or should I repeat it? I’m not going to repeat it. There’s no time.

The new record, which follows last year’s Christs, Redeemers (TMT Review) is called I Shall Die Here because as everyone knows, the word “will” is super un-metal. “We get it, we get it, we have a pretty good idea of what The Body sounds like Taylor, why are you in such a hurry?” Shut up. I haven’t gotten to the most important part. The most important part: I Shall Die Here isn’t just some regular old record from The Body that I would also get super excited about. Nope, I Shall Die Here is a super special The Body record because it’s part of a collaboration with The Haxan Cloak’s Bobby Krlic.

That’s right, now in addition to the terrifying depths of heaviness The Body have been able to bring about through the use of guitars and drums and amps and stuff, they have enlisted Krlic’s super bummed-out robot shovel army to make things even darker and heavier and more capable of making your sunny Sunday feel like the end of the world. Or maybe, if you’re the physical manifestation of the press release I just read, you might say that the album, “sonically serrates the remains of metal’s already unidentifiable corpse and splays it amid tormented voices in shadow.” Cool! Also a little gross!

I Shall Die Here is out April 1 from RVNG Intl. on LP, CD, and digital. Scope the video for “Hail to Thee, Everlasting Pain” below (featuring guest vocalist Ben Eberle), which involves some heavy outer space shit and is for that reason pretty dope.

I Shall Die Here tracklisting:

01. To Carry the Seeds of Death Within Me
02. Alone All The Way
03. The Night Knows No Dawn
04. Hail to Thee, Everlasting Pain
05. Our Souls Were Clean
06. Darkness Surrounds Us

• The Body:
• RVNG Intl.:

[Photo: Adam Heathcott & Sara Padgett Heathcott]

Mac DeMarco hastens the midlife crises of elder music fans, announces Salad Days LP on Captured Tracks, upcoming tour

Absent any specificity on the matter, let’s go ahead and assume that Salad Days, the upcoming sophomore LP from the musically gifted, aspiring vagabond Mac DeMarco, was composed and recorded with relative calm in between the morning brushing of teeth and the mid-morning tea-gathering with all of DeMarco’s closest buddies. Consider his previous international tour; then consider his upcoming international tour (dates below); then consider the time constraints necessitating windshield nozzles for a good once over, where shower access otherwise proves impractical. Avoid the eyes, focus on the pits, and air dry on the way to the next venue. No worries, adjacent cars! Mac is the epitome of generous when it comes to the dissemination of wayward pit hairs. I imagine so, anyway!

More than a year after its release, the first listen of 2 surprised the hell out of my ears with its overwhelming aura of feel-goodness. Salad Days, set for release April 1 on Captured Tracks, appears to maintain both the aura and the lyrical thoughtfulness, but with some instrumental dressing separate (or supplementing) the previously forefront guitar. I do generally prefer to avoid namedropping, but it seems reasonable to suspect the mutual musical rubbing-off of DeMarco and Matt Mondanile on one another, in addition to the literal rubbing on. I’d say expect a Salad ripe for tossing… around to one’s friends in the form of an unequivocal recommendation.

Salad Days tracklisting:

01. Salad Days
02. Blue Boy
03. Brother
04. Let Her Go
05. Goodbye Weekend
06. Let My Baby Stay
07. Passing Out Pieces
08. Treat Her Better
09. Chamber of Reflection
10. Go Easy
11. Jonny’s Odyssey


03.14.14 - Santiago, Chile - Ex OZ
03.15.14 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Vorterix
03.19.14 - São Paulo, Brazil - TBA
03.20.14 - São Paulo, Brazil - TBA
03.21.14 - Porto Alegre, Brazil - Beco 203
03.23.14 - Santa Ana, CA- Burgerama at The Observatory
03.31.14 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom *
04.01.14 - Oberlin, OH - Dionysus Club (the ‘Sco) at Oberlin College #
04.02.14 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle (Early Show) +
04.02.14 - Chicago, IL- Empty Bottle (Late Show) #
04.03.14 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
04.04.14 - Wakefield, QC - Blacksheep *
04.05.14 - Sherbrooke, QC- Boquébierè *
04.06.14 - Montreal, QC - Societe des Arts Technologiques *
04.07.14 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs *
04.09.14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall !
04.10.14 - Durham, NC - Duke University Coffeehouse +
04.11.14 - Atlanta, GA - Goat Farm Arts Center +
04.12.14 - Baton Rouge, LA - Mud and Water +
04.13.14 - Austin, TX - Mohawk Outside +
04.14.14 - Fort Worth, TX - Lola’s Saloon +
04.15.14 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s +^
04.16.14 - Nashville, TN - Exit / In +
04.17.14 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle Tavern +
04.18.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts +
04.25.14 - New Orleans, LA - Tulane University
04.26.14 - Bronxville, NY - Sarah Lawrence College (solo set)
05.15.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
05.16.14 - Paris, France - Trabendo
05.17.14 - Nantes, France - Stereolux
05.18.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Nuits Botanique at Botanical Cultural Center
05.19.14 - Brighton, UK - The Old Market
05.20.14 - Glasgow, UK- Mono
05.21.14 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control
05.22.14 - London, UK - Koko
05.23.14 - Cologne, Germany - Electronic Beats at E-Werk
05.24.14 - Berlin, Germany - Bi Nuu
06.20.14 - Toronto, ON - NXNE Festival
06.21.14 - Toronto, ON - NXNE Festival

* Amen Dunes, Juan Wauters
! Amen Dunes, Tonstartssbandht
# Amen Dunes
+ Juan Wauters
^ Dent May

• Mac DeMarco:
• Captured Tracks:

White Hills dish on tour dates, expanded-edition So You Are, favorite Super Bowl ads

You guys know about hills, right? Okay, good. And you’ve probably seen some hills at some point (probably during this ball-blasting, snowy-ass winter, at least) that are white? Great! Then your minds are in optimal condition for what I have to say about White Hills (you know, that spacey, krautrocky psych band?) releasing an expanded digital version of last year’s impeccably tautly reviewed So You Are… So You’ll Be, announcing some spring tour dates (including a stop at Austin Psych Fest), and appearing in Jim Jarmusch’s new movie Only Lovers Left Alive.

So… yeah. They are doing all three of those things! How psychedelic is that? So You Are… So You’ll Be is coming out on April 8 via Thrill Jockey as an expanded reissue. The new version features three tracks taken from Timeless Tracks for Aural Pleasure, a vinyl-only 12-inch that was previously available only through through two somethings called “mail-order” and “independent retailers.” It also has some new artwork and comes with a new “booklet of lyrics and images” but I mean, let’s face it: it’s digital, so who cares about those words I just said?

The tour dates include a few shows in London and Paris (with Jozef Van Wissem, and Jim Jarmusch’s band SQÜRL) to celebrate the release of Jarmusch’s cool new movie (coming out April 11 in the US), in which that band appears alongside the likes of Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and John Hurt — as well as that appearance at Austin Psych Fest in early May that I kinda already told you about. Hey, speaking of which, when you think about it, aren’t white-colored hills probably the least psychedelic color that hills could possibly be? Just sayin’.

White Hills tour dates:

02.06.14 - London, UK - Heaven Nightclub *
02.11.14 - Paris, France - La Machine *
04.24.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus Bar
04.25.14 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
04.26.14 - Wilmington, NC - Orton’s Bar and Billiards
04.27.14 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook
04.28.14 - Atlanta, GA - EARL
04.29.14 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
04.30.14 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds Downstairs
05.01.14 - Dallas, TX - City Tavern
05.02.14 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest
05.03.14 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest
05.05.14 - St Louis, MO - Firebird
05.06.14 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
05.07.14 - Detroit, MI - PJ’s Lager House
05.08.14 - London, ON - Call the Office
05.09.14 - Toronto, ON - CMW Music Fest
05.10.14 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo
05.11.14 - Boston, MA - Great Scott

* Jozef Van Wissem, Yasmin Hamdan, SQÜRL

• White Hills:
• Thrill Jockey: