Saltland (new project of ex-Silver Mt. Zion’s Rebecca Foon) to release debut LP on Constellation; us (all of us) looking forward

Saltland (new project of ex-Silver Mt. Zion's Rebecca Foon) to release debut LP on Constellation; us (all of us) looking forward

You may not have heard of Rebecca Foon, but you’ve undoubtedly heard Rebecca Foon, assuming (like most of us) that you couldn’t help but dive deeper into darkness with the Godspeed You! Black Emperor side projects Set Fire to Flames, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, and (less so on a musical level) Esmerine. The latter project was co-founded by Foon around 2003, and contrary to the tags on various music websites, it represented a mild shift away from the post-rock dystopia essentially trademarked by the former outfits. Foon’s cello remained, but more for the benefit of soundtracking a stroll through a lush and isolated garden than inspiring thoughts about societal ills.

Continuing her astronomical associations, Foon has just announced I Thought It Was Us But It Was All Of Us, the debut release from her brand-new Saltland project. Out May 14 on Constellation, the album contains a degree of previously unforeseen vocal incorporation, as, according to a press release, Foon herself “sings of childhood innocence lost, of tender utopia reveries and downcast dystopic horizons, and the search for soft, stoic strength in a darkening, devolving world.” So, the jury’s out on whether you’ll need to take anti-depressants after listening to this.

The cello continues its reign as the instrument of choice, but this time it’s accompanied by percussion and signal processing from Jamie Thompson (The Unicorns, Esmerine), and contributions from a host of others, including Colin Stetson, Sarah Neufeld and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Mishka Stein (Patrick Watson), and Laurel Sprengelmeyer and Jess Robertson (Little Scream). The end result would seem to avoid pigeonholing, with the words “drone,” “shoegaze,” and “confessional folk” all being used in the same sentence, but beauty, on the other hand, seems like something to count on.

I Thought It Was Us But It Was All Of Us tracklisting:

01. Golden Alley
02. I Thought It Was Us
03. Treehouse Schemes
04. Unholy
05. But It Was All Of Us
06. Colour The Night Sky
07. ICA
08. Hearts Mend

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Pendu Sound launches sexy new digital singles series with a pair of songs from Tempers

Pendu Sound doesn’t play by the rules. So fuck tooth-rotting chocolate, juvenile teddy bears, and bouquets of gas station roses. For Pendu — the home of Chelsea Wolfe, Sasha Grey’s aTelecine, and White Ring, among others — this past Valentine’s Day was all about the singles. (Bad pun sorry whooooa Cathy ack.) See, the NYC-based label unveiled its SUPER SPECIAL ALL NEW single series on February 14, with the digital release of the track “Eyes Wide Wider” from the post-punk duo Tempers. Tempers, like many of the bands to be featured as part of the series, will release a full-length on Pendu later this year.

So what all is involved with this singles series? Well, you get a download of the main track, plus the accompanying video full of swirling guitars, forests, and people in creepy veils. In this case, Tempers’ “Eyes Wide Wider” was mixed by Damian Taylor, who has worked with Trust and Björk. You can peep the video below and stream before picking it up yourself from iTunes. Tempers are the NYC-based duo of Floridian collage artist Jasmine Golestaneh and !K7 and Eskimo recording artist Eddie Cooper.

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RIP: Kevin Ayers

From Clash:

English songwriter and bastion of the Canterbury scene Kevin Ayers has passed away at the age of 68.

In many ways, Kevin Ayers bore all the hallmarks of the psychedelic era. Hopelessly middle class and utterly radical, the songwriter has complete disregard for the trappings of what Western, capitalist civilisation could offer him.

Born in Herne Bay, Kent, in 1944, Ayers was brought up in Malaysia before returning to England. Educated at Simon Langton Grammar School For Boys, it was here that the aspiring musician formed his first group with two school friends.

As the psychedelic era dawned, The Wilde Flowers would shift into The Soft Machine as Kevin Ayers - together with band mates Robert Wyatt, Mike Ratledge and Daevid Allen - gently melted away the barriers placed on pop music.

Songs became longer, structures became distorted and free expression was encouraged via their myriad of modern jazz influences. A staggering live experience, The Soft Machine would often spar with The Pink Floyd - indeed, the two groups often shared a stage at vital London hotspot the UFO Club.

[…]Kevin Ayers again grew restless and moved to Ibiza. The White Island proved to be conducive to his creative faculties, and the artist began sketching out whimsical, Barrett-inspired acoustic sketches on the beach.

Released as ‘Joy Of A Toy’ these recordings are most closely associated with his name. In reality, though, Kevin Ayers career is much too broad to be defined by one album: a psychedelic visionary, a prog pioneer and an acoustic troubadour, the songwriter seemed to wear each mask the counter culture offered.

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The Postal Service add more dates because they’re too cute and modest to brag about all the already-sold-out ones

A little while ago, we totally tried to hit you up on AIM to tell you all about the Postal Service reunion — including the Give Up Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition that’s coming out April 9 on Sub Pop with some previously-unreleased tracks or whatever — but the T1 line was crashing hard because online registration was raging in the residence halls. To make matters worse, a good half-dozen of those shows ended up selling out pretty damn fast while you were watching that movie Snatch with your buds after bowling club got out.

But never fear, my friend. Jimmy and that other guy have got your back. See, they’ve modestly (almost sheepishly) announced almost 20 more additional dates on their anniversary tour. A lot of those dates are in “North America’s premiere arenas, amphitheaters, and more,” because nothing says intimate, bedroom electronica like “Merriweather Post Pavillion.” Pre-sale tickets for the new dates will be available starting Wednesday, February 20 at 10 AM (local venue time, natch) directly from the Postal Service website, except for the Toronto, Columbia, MD, and Vancouver shows, which have later pre-sale dates. Like we already tried to tell you, Jenny Lewis (who sang on the original record) is still touring with them, as is Laura Burhenn (Mynabirds, Bright Eyes), just to even out the boy/girl ratio.

And speaking of that record, you can pre-order some fancy, limited-edition shit over at the Sub Pop site, which you can definitely afford now that you’re a grown-ass loser with a shit job. Oh, but those pre-orders also include a free download of the unreleased track “A Tattered Line of String.” Doesn’t that just sound like a Postal Service title??? I think everything is going to be okay, man. Really. I didn’t think so before, but I do now.


04.09.13 - Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Theatre *
04.10.13 - Davis, CA - Mondavi Center *
04.12.13 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Madonna Expo Center *
04.13.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.18.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre **
04.19.13 - Las Vegas, NV - Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan **
04.20.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella
05.18.13 - Manchester, UK - Academy ***
05.19.13 - London, UK - Brixton Academy ***
05.20.13 - London, UK - Brixton Academy ***
05.21.13 - Paris, France - Trianon ***
05.23.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound 2013
05.27.13 - George, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
05.28.13 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory *
05.29.13 - Magna, UT - Saltair *
05.30.13 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater *
06.03.13 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theater *
06.05.13 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live *
06.06.13 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theater *
06.07.13 - Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheater *
06.08.13 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion *
06.10.13 - Detroit, MI - Fillmore Detroit *
06.11.13 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre *
06.12.13 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion *
06.14.13 - New York, NY - Barclays Center
06.15.13 - New York, NY - Barclays Center *
06.17.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for the Performing Arts *
06.18.13 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion *
07.16.13 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena *
07.17.13 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden Arena *
07.26.13 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theater *

* Baths
*** Stealing Sheep

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Ghostface Killah gives you Twelve Reasons to Die in case you needed any more

Did you sleep alright last night? Any scary white eyes, mouths, and ears floating over your bed, moaning unintelligibly? No? You say there weren’t? You say you slept just fine? Do you think that was an accident? Of course it wasn’t an accident! Reader, there are ghost faces everywhere, and they would love nothing more than to hover over your bed and make screeching noises while you try to sleep. Some estimates say there are as many as 11 ghost faces per household in America. Only one man stands between us and a literal onslaught.

That man, of course, is Tony Starks a.k.a. Ghostface Killah a.k.a. the killah of ghost faces of all sizes, shapes, and political affiliations. When he’s not slaying translucent disembodied heads, he’s usually making some pretty sick hip-hop. Recently he clarified some details about an upcoming full-length, and really, it’s the least you can do to listen up.

The album, originally planned for release back in November, is called Twelve Reasons to Die, and is now scheduled to drop on April 16, released by Soul Temple Music. It’s a collaboration with Adrian Younge, executive produced by RZA. Coming with a six-issue comic book series that will be collected in the form of a graphic novel, Twelve Reasons to Die is a “crime/horror concept album.” The first single, “The Rise of Ghostface Killah,” which chronicles Ghost’s early days as our nighttime defender, is available now for free. Listen to it here:

Additionally, because Ghostface Killah is as tireless as we mortals are tired, he will be touring this spring with Younge, starting with a date at SXSW in March and ending in June (dates are TBD). Even more, he’s offered a video update on the seriously-forever-in-the-works DOOM collaboration DOOMSTARKS, in which he says that all things happen in “God’s time” (as you probably know, God is notoriously slow at putting beats together). Watch it below:

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Clinic tour America, release video possibly inspired by Windows 95 screensavers

Liverpudlian organ grinder troupe Clinic have clothed their dancing monkeys in the finest frippery and are all set for a big ol’ North American tour. After a few dates in England and Scotland, the quartet will venture over to that mecca of mustachios and vintage analog whatchagots, Brooklyn, New York, for a tour kickoff show at Glasslands. Then it’s on, on across the winding roads of America, up into the cosmopolitan reaches of Toronto, Ontario, and then back down into the Southern half of these here United States. The lads will be making a stop at Austin’s always epic Psych Fest at the end of April, too.

Clinic are back in the wilds of North America to regale US and Toronto fans with the musical delights of their most recent album, last fall’s Free Reign (TMT Review). Domino Records is also doing the remix thang with this album, by releasing a “digital alternate version” of the album, consisting entirely of unreleased Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) mixes of all the tracks (but in backwards order WHOOOOOA). This venture will be known as Free Reign II, and shall include a previously unreleased track from the Free Reign recording sessions called “Done and Dusted.” Free Reign II will be available as a digital download in North America come March 5. Until then, here’s the video for “Seamless Boogie Woogie BBC 10pm (rpt) II,” a Windows 95 screensaver-style music video for one of the Lopatin remix tracks.


02.28.13 - Newcastle, UK - The Cluny
03.01.13 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo
03.02.13 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
03.07.13 - London, UK - Corsica Studios
04.19.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
04.20.13 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
04.21.13 - Boston, MA - Sinclair
04.23.13 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
04.24.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
04.25.13 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
04.26.13 - Denton, TX - Dan’s Silverleaf
04.27.13 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
04.28.13 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest
04.30.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
05.01.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
05.02.13 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
05.18.13 - London, UK - Barbican Club Stage

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