I haven’t seen Tim for a few years now but that still didn’t lessen the impact of his passing. He was the drummer of AMC for many years. He was absolutely instrumental in whatever sound we had. His style was absolutely unique and as an artist no one could match what he did. He was a good friend to so many people and will be missed. What an absolute loss. I wish all the best to his wife Jude and his daughter Dixie. I have spent all day in a fog thinking about him.
RIP: Tim Mooney, drummer of American Music Club and Sun Kil Moon
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Mount Eerie spills the tectonic beans on Ocean Roar, the experimental companion album to Clear Moon
By Ryan A. Detwiler on Jun 14 2012
It’s been long rumored, but now we can confirm some details about Mount Eerie’s second full-length release of 2012. Titled Ocean Roar, the album will serve as the counterpoint to May’s Clear Moon (TMT Review) and will be released September 4 on Phil Elverum’s P.W. Elverum & Sun label.
Like Clear Moon, Ocean Roar was recorded in the new studio Elverum and company built in an old church in Anacortes, WA, following extensive touring to support 2009’s Wind’s Poem (TMT Review). Based on an excerpt from a leaked track titled “Pale Lights”, this release is going to feature the Sturm und Drang that usually bubbles up on Elverum recordings, yet was mostly absent on the contemplative and pretty Clear Moon. The press release lays out what to expect thusly:
[Ocean Roar] acts as a counterpoint to the soft synth walls and landscape pondering of Clear Moon, presenting the opposite of that album’s clear glints of awareness: a total wall of blue-grey oceanic fog, a half remembered dream of a trip through dense old growth hills to the gnarly winter ocean, in the middle of the night, decades ago. This album is the audio equivalent of the blanket of thick dark water vapor that covers the Pacific Northwest for most of the year, revealing only brief glimpses of illumination.
That sounds pretty spectacular. Leave it to Phil Elverum to point out what was missing from his first very-well-reviewed album of 2012 by releasing what should be its equally awesome evil twin four months later. Leading up to the release, Mount Eerie will be touring the regular stomping grounds of the Pacific Northwest, no doubt lulling audiences into peaceful reveries before conjuring up mountainous squalls all in a single evening. Be there or be square.
Ocean Roar tracklisting:
01. Pale Lights
02. Ocean Roar
03. Ancient Times
06. Engel Der Luft (Popol Vuh)
07. I Walked Home Beholding
06.17.12 - Olympia, WA - Northern 414 1/2 Legion Way
06.18.12 - Portland, OR - 4321 SE Hawthorne (2 shows, early & late)
06.19.12 - Portland, OR - Valentine’s
06.20.12 - Seattle, WA - 20/20 Cycle (2 shows, early & late)
06.21.12 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
06.22.12 - Nanaimo, BC - TBA
06.23.12 - Victoria, BC - The Fifty Fifty
06.24.12 - Bellingham, WA - Make.Shift Art Space
07.13-15.12 - Anacortes, WA - 1st Anacortes Unknown Music Series
08.24-26.12 - Rochester, WA - Helsing Junction Sleepover
• Mount Eerie: http://www.pwelverumandsun.com
The Music Tapes to release Mary’s Voice in September, tour in circus tent, end worldwide suffering with singing saw
By Mr P on Jun 14 2012
A lot of us over here at TMT are pretty nuts about Julian Koster, head dude of The Music Tapes, integral member of Neutral Milk Hotel, and full-time magician/myth-maker. His music is great, sure, but we’re also into him because of the performance art-y pillow fights, lullabies, and caroling. But hey, we’ll settle for new music too!
On September 4, Merge will release The Music Tapes’ third “official” album, Mary’s Voice, a 14-track follow-up to last year’s EP Purim’s Shadows (The Dark Tours the World) and 2008’s Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes, full of the banjos, organs, and singing saws that we’ve been forced by gunpoint to love. Recorded once again with new and antique recording devices (we’re talking ribbon mics, wire recorders, Dictaphones, etc.), the album was reportedly inspired by Nobodaddy, as well as the many caroling and lullaby trips he’s taken over the years. According to Koster:
The magic was in the people who would welcome us into each house. We would literally go from a huge mansion on a hill overlooking the Hollywood sign, to squats with a bunch of punk kids who’d made a geodesic dome covered in moldy carpet for us to do the show in and forgot to make a hole big enough for the equipment to fit in through. We played for children of all ages — from teenagers to great-grandparents. We would visit the first house at nightfall and the last sometimes not until dawn. The fun and the warmth of each stop — how absolutely unique each was while still being so deeply familiar — was amazing and taught me how much like dreaming living can be.
Mary’s Voice is part one of a two-album series that we think is titled Imaginary Symphony No. 3. Also planned for this year: an NPR radio serial and a tour that will see Koster lugging around a circus tent. Love it. And while I’m in the mood, love you too!
Mary’s Voice tracklisting:
01. The Dark Is Singing Songs (Sleepy Time Down South)
02. Saw and Calliope Organ on Wire
03. S’ Alive (Pt. 1)
04. The Big Beautiful Shops (It’s Said That It Could Be Anyone)
05. Spare the Dark Streets
06. To All Who Say Goodnight
07. Kolyada #3
08. Playing “Evening”
09. Go Home Again
10. S’ Alive to Be Known (May We Starve)
12. Takeshi and Elijah
[Photo: Nusper Kek]
Menomena announce new album Moms on Barsuk. Dads are all like “WTF?”
By Nobodaddy on Jun 14 2012
Doing things in the name of moms is always a good idea. It’s a pretty sure-fire way to get people interested in whatever cockamamie thing you’re doing, because after all, even the most heartless bastard on Earth (that’d be this guy) has a mom. Walking marathons in support of moms? Awesome, how can I pledge? Selling store-bought pickles door-to-door to raise greater awareness of moms? Sure, I’ll take 12. Writing, recording, and releasing a new album on Barsuk Records and embarking on a subsequent headlining tour of North America in tribute to your own moms? Sweet, you must be Menomena, whose new album, Moms (instead of the better Momania) coming out on September 18, which henceforth shall be known as “Mothers’ Day”. Or… something else. Let me work on it. Either way, it’s back-story time!
Since releasing 2010’s Mines, Justin Harris and Danny Seim parted ways with co-founder Brent Knopf, who went off to go live in Ramona Falls or something, leaving the duo to write and record by themselves for the first time. And like any decent, recently-abandoned adult males in western society, the abandonment got them thinking about their good-old supportive moms!! On his tunes, Seim explored “the death of his mother when he was but a teenager,” while Harris focused on his youth as the child of a single mother and the “indelible impressions [left by that situation] on everything he’s done since” for his. Fun, poppy choices! You can watch a characteristically shoestring teaser trailer for the new album below, and a list of NO-DADS-ALLOWED tourdates after the tracklisting. Fuckin’ dads.
05. Heavy Is As Heavy Does
09. Don’t Mess With Latexas
10. One Horse
09.07.12 - Portland, OR - Musicfest NW
09.25.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst
09.26.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s 365 Club
09.27.12 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
09.28.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
09.29.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
10.02.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
10.03.12 - Austin, TX - Parish
10.04.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
10.05.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
10.06.12 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
10.09.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
10.10.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.11.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.13.12 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
10.16.12 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
10.17.12 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
10.18.12 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
10.19.12 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10.20.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
10.23.12 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
10.25.12 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
10.26.12 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
12.07-09.12 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties
MFNW announces 150-band lineup and makes acronyms more mysterious than ever
By Caroline Rayner on Jun 14 2012
I thought MFNW might stand for Moon Fairies Never Wait or Mountains Falling, Now What? or Maybe Fish Need Wheels. And PDX? That could be Patient Dragon X-Ray.
Really though, neither are that tricky or weird. MFNW stands for MusicFestNW, a festival happening from September 5-9 and hosted by Willamette Weekly, an alt-weekly newspaper in Portland. As for PDX, that’s Portland Digital eXperience, a tech conference coinciding with the festival from September 6-8, a first in the event’s 12-year history. The third-largest indoor music festival in the nation meets a brand-spankin’ new set of panels focused on cool technology and Portland’s rad start-up scene. It’ll be a good ol’ fashioned creative extravaganza. You could hear speakers such as Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co., Evan Doll of Flipboard, James Keller of Walmart Labs, and Chris Teso of Chirpify, then head over to one of 17 participating venues to catch as many of the festival’s 150 shows as you can. Headliners include Silversun Pickups, Passion Pit, Girl Talk, and Beirut, plus Arrington De Dionyso, Ceremony, Future Islands, Hot Snakes, Julia Holter, John Maus, Mirroring, Moonface, Swans, The Men, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Tallest Man on Earth, Xiu Xiu, and tons of others.
Wristbands and tickets and such are on sale now — 125 bones will get you an all-inclusive wristband, which means admission to all three outdoor shows (Silversun Pickups, Girl Talk, Beirut), and 75 will get you a ticket to one outdoor show and admission to the rest of the festival. Scuttle over here to check out other prices and combinations.
Unsound 2012 hints at its initial awesomeness: Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin, Julia Holter with the Sinfonietta Cracovia, Leyland Kirby as V/Vm
By Mike Reid on Jun 14 2012
It’s not too late to make jokes at the expense of former President George W. Bush, is it? Well, I don’t care if it is! Potentially lame joke incoming… I haven’t forgotten Poland, and that’s due, in large part, to the annual Unsound Festival held in Kraków, which I’ve unfortunately never been to, but hear whispers about fairly often. Here in North America, we have comparable music events — Seattle’s Decibel Festival, Montreal’s MUTEK — but perusing the line-up from last year’s Unsound seems to suggest that as fantastic as those two festivals are, the latter seems to be tailored exactly to my tastes. That’s all that matters, right? Free plane ticket please!
Putting the “advanced” in their self-description as a “festival for advanced music,” Unsound has announced the first details of its 2012 event, which will take place October 14-21 at various venues (including, reportedly, at a 16th century church and a dilapidated synagogue) around Kraków. On the people-who-didn’t-previously-engage-in-anal-sex-for-money front, Daniel Lopatin (a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never) and Tim Hecker will be performing their first-ever live collaboration, presumably highlighting material from their upcoming (as yet untitled) joint release on Mexican Summer’s Software imprint (which is run by Lopatin and Joel Ford, of Ford & Lopatin). Also collaboration-wise, Biosphere and Lustmord will be performing together, and Julia Holter will be complemented on stage by the Sinfonietta Cracovia, an orchestra which has an established history at Unsound. Lastly, Leyland Kirby will be temporarily reviving his V/Vm moniker for a performance of his own.
Or, maybe not-so-lastly, since I suppose I can’t end this without mentioning that the industrial/ambient outfit aTelecine, featuring the once absurdly-hardcore porn actress Sasha Grey, will be also be making their live debut at Unsound. Their music seems like a reasonable addition to the festival, so for now, I guess I’ll resist the urge to complain about Grey’s seemingly rampant pseudo-intellectualism.
On a related note, check out our overview of this year’s Unsound New York here.
• Unsound Festival: http://unsound.pl/en