Provocative new John Fahey doc to be screened provocatively at Raindance Film Fest in hopes of provoking you into liking John Fahey a little more

Provocative new John Fahey doc to be screened provocatively at Raindance Film Fest in hopes of provoking you into liking John Fahey a little more

While any good, seasoned, die-hard John Fahey obsessive knows that it’s actually impossible to “like” other things such as painting, books, shelter, architecture, food, and movies because you’re far too busy liking John Fahey, there’s a lot of neophytes out there who, sadly, just don’t get it yet. And so, for those pathetic losers who haven’t yet realized that they ought to gouge out their eyes on the grounds that they’re little more than Fahey Listening Distractions, The Wire reports that a new John Fahey documentary will be premiered later this year at the Raindance Film Festival. Oh well. At least it’s Fahey-related.

This particular succession of moving pictures is called In Search of Blind Joe Death – The Saga of John Fahey and was directed by James Cullingham, who first met the insanely prolific composer, guitarist, and author when making a radio documentary about him. Cullingham used “archival footage and audio recordings of Fahey, interviews with his former wife Melody Fahey, Dean Blackwood (who runs the recently revived Revenant label), Pete Townshend, Calexico’s Joey Burns, musicologist Rob Bowman and others” to tell the story of Fahey’s Washington, DC background and Mississippi Delta wanderings, as well as his forays into running independent record labels.

The film will screen at London’s Raindance Film festival on September 29, with scheduled follow-up screenings at Leeds International Festival, Vancouver International Film festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, and on BBC Four in early 2013. For additional info about the film and the man-myth-legend of John Fahey, check out the movie’s website. If you haven’t yet transcended the need for eyeballs, that is.

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra teams with known, immortal record label Jagjaguwar for hilarious buddy comedy, shares new single and some tourdates

What can you say about a band like Unknown Mortal Orchestra? …No, I mean, really. Like, what the fuck? “Unknown mortals”? How the hell am I supposed to sell that!?

I mean, so what if that band just signed with Jagjaguar and is preparing a new full-length album for 2013? And so what if they have a bunch of North American dates coming up in the meantime, including an East Coast jaunt with Grizzly Bear? And so what if they’re celebrating the new album and tour by releasing the album’s first taste — a song called “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” and B-side “Waves of Confidence” — as a limited-edition, tour-only 7-inch?? I mean, if I’m going to see an orchestra play (which, I’ll tell you right now, I’m not doing, because that shit sounds B-O-R-I-N-G!), then there had better be a bunch of famous-ass motherfuckers playing in it. Rich, good looking, charismatic, captivating motherfuckers, too; not just, like, politicians or something. And actually, the instruments they’re playing had better be OTHER famous-ass motherfuckers too! Ooh, ooh, and they should be immortal for real! I want to see George Clooney playing the spine of Zombie Thomas Jefferson like a xylophone. Yeah. That’s what I want. Don’t question it.

7-inch tracklist:

A: Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)
B: Waves of Confidence


09.20.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
09.21.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
09.22.12 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theater *
09.23.12 - Montreal, QC - Olympia de Montreal *
09.24.12 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall *
09.26.12 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall *
09.28.12 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
09.29.12 - Champaign, IL- Pygmalion Music Festival
09.30.12 - Milwaukee, WI - The Pabst Theater ^
10.01.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme
10.02.12 - Akron, OH - Annabell’s Bar and Lounge
10.03.12 - Annapolis, MD - Metropolitan Kitchen
10.05.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Taix
10.12.12 - Cholula, Mexico - Campestre Don Juan
10.13.12 - Mexico City, Mexico - Corona Capital Festival
12.28.12 - Christchurch, NZ - Rhythm and Alps Festival
12.30.12 - Phillip Island, Australia - Pyramid Rock Festival
12.31.12 - Peats Ridge, Australia - Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts & Music Festival

* Grizzly Bear
^ Dirty Projectors

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Creative Audio Archive crowdfunding 15-year archive of Chicago’s underground music scene

The Wire is spreading the news about a new crowdfunding initiative to help preserve 15 years worth of sound archives documenting the Chicago underground music scene from 1981 to 1996. Diligently compiled by Malachi Ritscher, a fixture at Chicago shows until his death by self-immolation in 2006 in protest to the war in Iraq, the archives span the breadth of the burgeoning experimental underground in the post-rock haven, from the straight-up noise of Kevin Drumm to the avant-jazz of Ken Vandermark and everything in between. Ritscher was said to have attended an average of five shows a week, a number that makes my knees and ears hurt just thinking about it, recording the shows with a level of quality that lead some of the musicians that he documented to release his recordings as official albums.

Those instances were very rare, though, and that’s why Chicago’s Creative Audio Archive is looking to the people (that’s you) to help raise $5,000 to digitally preserve and archive the most vulnerable of the Ritscher recordings. Donors will get special opportunities to listen to and own the oft-unheard recordings, while the general public will get their opportunity to hear them once the project is complete and a tour of listening stations is set up around the city.

In the general spirit of overzealous online communities contributing way more money than a project needs, let’s all open our wallets so that the Creative Audio Archive has the funds to not only digitally capture some of these recordings, but to convert all of the recordings and to create an online community where they can be listened to and shared, in the spirit of the John Peel archives. The 15 years documented through Ritscher’s recordings represent an incredibly important time and place in American music, and it’d be a shame if the recordings continue to go unheard. Head over to Kickstarter to donate now!

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Lefse releases new Twin Peaks-esque LP by gloom pop dude Cemeteries this October

Imagine the bastard love child of Julee Cruise and The Smiths (yes, all of them), growing up and watching Muppet Babies alongside contemporary gloom pop acts Minks and Violens, everybody smiling through their suburban sadness and learning how to share together. That bastard love child would grow up into Buffalo native Kyle J. Reigle, or as he’s known on the “sad teens taping tracks off the college radio” circuit, Cemeteries. (Let’s just all pretend teens still do this, okay? It was once like, an essential rite of passage for sad teens everywhere.)

Fortunately, Lefse Records is around to do the fancied-up version of taping songs off the radio, i.e. “releasing records.” And so it is that Cemeteries’ new album, The Wilderness, shall be brought into the world mere days away from Halloween, on October 23, and that Mr. Reigle will gloriously join the ranks of Lefse artists like How to Dress Well and Youth Lagoon. Inspired by classic horror films and the music of frequent David Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti, The Wilderness is the product of six months spent recording in Reigle’s spare room. Fans eager for an end-of-summer dose of Twin Peaks-ian dreamy angst can get listening to the first single, also called “The Wilderness,” on SoundCloud.

The Wilderness tracklisting:

01. Young Blood
02. The Wilderness
03. What Did You See
04. Summer Smoke
05. In the Trees
06. Roosting Towns
07. Leland
08. Brighter Colors
09. A Real Gust of Wind

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Faust to tour the West Coast this October, tons of yellow jokes to ensue

NOTICE: in the spirit of unfathomable(ish) generosity, the venerable German experimental ensemble hereby known as Faust shall henceforth parade down the West Coast of the United States forthfrom this October in a golden(ish) chariot(ish) in order to receive whencefrom the socially appropriate sexually arousal and otherwise unadulterated adulation of what shall be, by design, a quite restricted number of very fortunate musical disciples, worshipers, followers, students, believers, adherents, enthusiasts, fans, proselytizers, devotees, zealots, junkies, posers, and peons.

Hencewith, please be advised that the touring line-up shall consist of founding members Jean-Hervé Peron The Great and Powerful and His Holiness Zappi Diermaier, as assisted, enhanced, et. al. by two also-grovel-worthy guest musicians, Geraldine Swayne (who lent his divine talents to last year’s Something Dirty album) and Amaury Cambuzat (who lent his divined talents to 2009’s ‘C’est Com…Com…Complique’). It has been assumed — by virtue of this exceedingly compassionate advance notice — that True Believers in the almighty and everlasting Faust shall forthsuch act accordingly and procure admittance hencefluff to one or more of the following series of chronologically ordered engagements by whatever means necessary.

In other words, line up and kiss the ring, whores.

10.14.12 - Portland, OR - Venue TBA
10.15.12 - Seattle, WA - The Comet Tavern
10.17.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Waldorf Hotel
10.18.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Workshop with The Herb Albert School of Music at the Roy Oliver Disney Hall
10.19.12 - Los Angeles, CA - REDCAT
10.20.12 - Los Angeles, CA - CalArts

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Nate Young and Drainolith announce joint tour; reconsider your sanity, live and in person!

Occasionally we all have a hard time following our own advice. I keep warning my friends about how dangerous it is to weave in and out of traffic while blasting the Mario Kart Star Power music through the car speakers, but I’ve been known to reenact Mario moments in my own hazardous way. I don’t have immediate access to fireballs, so I walk around in suspenders and throw orange water balloons at people. It’s wrong and I know it, but can you blame me for wanting to live out my fantasies?

Nate Young of Wolf Eyes fame is surely living out his fantasy as an artisan of noise, and for that reason, we shouldn’t harp on the fact that he’s chosen not to Stay Asleep. Instead, he and the equally deranged (though less enveloping [not in a bad way]) Drainolith are doing the veritable opposite: touring the Eastern half of the continent beginning at the end of this month. They’re touring, and they’re each premiering a couple of new tracks with us (stay tuned!!). Clearly they’re awake, but don’t be surprised if their performances live on through your nightmares.

That last line was intentionally cheesy, by the way.

Drainolith and Nate Young dates:

09.25.12 - Buffalo, NY - The Vault
09.26.12 - Toronto, ON - The Holy Oak
09.27.12 - Montreal, QC - La Brique *
09.28.12 - Burlington VT - TBA #
09.29.12 - Brooklyn, NY - PACS Gallery 70 %
09.30.12 - Far Rockaway, NY - Red Light District ^
10.02.12 - Baltimore, MD - Tribal Haus &
10.03.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - VIA Music and New Media Festival

* JS Truchy
# 420, Lord Bird
% Sightings, ZS
^ Relax
& Twig Harper, Lil’ Howlin’ Wolf

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