Secret Boyfriend’s had enough of being locked away in the cellar, preps This Is Always Where You’ve Lived LP on Blackest Ever Black

Secret Boyfriend's had enough of being locked away in the cellar, preps This Is Always Where You've Lived LP on Blackest Ever Black

I’ll spare you the obvious quip about why you probably haven’t heard of Secret Boyfriend until now. Oh, wait, no I will not!

As circumstance would have it, the project of North Carolinian Ryan Martin, founder of the Hot Releases label, has taken the secrecy of its intimacy to a whole new level — in fact, to an extent that’s forced obliviousness to the musical lovin’ that he’s provided since around 2009 or so. Let me italicize the musical part of that phrase; there are no legal boundaries being crossed or straddled in a non-consensual manner here. Instead, Martin and his alias have so far kept the anniversary-celebrating and the sweet “Good morning :)” texts deep in the underground, a few live shows to supplement the limited cassettes, and… fuckin’ hell, that’s what I call secret. Who’s tired of all the sneaking around?

Secret Boyfriend has a new album out December 9 (his first genuine LP, as it turns out) entitled This Is Always Where You’ve Lived, sponsored by (in a notable step into the limelight) the UK label Blackest Ever Black. “Potent” and “fully realized” though the album may be, I’ve had the chance to listen to some of it, and it’s nothing if not heterogeneous. It’s not quite folk. It’s not quite noise. Were we still in the age of antenna-based cable, you might find the best description during a thunderstorm. Here’s the official release page, and there’s a little SoundCloud preview embedded on that page too.

This Is Always Where You’ve Lived tracklisting:

01. Summer Wheels
02. Silvering the Wing
03. Form Me
04. Flashback
05. Remarkable Fluids
06. Beyond the Darkness
07. Dream Scrape
08. Glint and Glow
09. Have You Heard About This House?
10. Last Town
11. Deleted Hill
12. This Is Always Where You’ve Lived

• Blackest Ever Black:

Cloud Becomes Your Hand becomes a band that’s signed to Northern Spy, also becomes a band that tours the East Coast

Clap your hands and say, “wait, what the fuck is happening? My hands seem to have morphed into a visible mass of liquid droplets how am I supposed to perform my duties at the factory or pleasure my spouse?” because Brooklyn-based acid-trip-prog band Cloud Becomes Your Hand just signed to Northern Spy. In case you’re unfamiliar, Cloud Becomes Your Hand is a band that The New Yorker described explicitly as “kaleidoscopic” and implicitly as “maybe okay for wealthy white people to know about. We’ll see.”

Since starting out back in the Year of our Lord 2010 as the bedroom project of Stephe Cooper, the band has really perfected the art of evading concise description. One minute they’re all folky, then there’s a proggy synth line out of nowhere, then all of a sudden you’re like “Wait a minute, why am I suddenly in a video game?” Now they’re all grown up and planning both a full-length album on Northern Spy for February of next year, and a brief East Coast tour jaunt for THIS VERY MONTH (the dates are below).

You can check out two songs from the forthcoming album over on the group’s Bandcamp, or, if you look below, you can hear recordings from their performance at Shea Stadium, so named for the (in)famous Schmitty Shea, who on that ground back in the Year of our Lord 1905 finally perfected his recipe for a type of butter that you can totally justify rubbing on your face.


11.06.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Secret Project Robot #
11.07.13 - Philadelphia, PA - West Kensington Ministry $
11.08.13 - Boston, MA - Cantab Lounge
11.09.13 - Providence, RI - Bldg 16 %
11.10.13 - Northampton, MA - Feeding Tube Records ^

# Zula, Ava Luna, Ashcan Orchestra, Sam Owens (of Celestial Shore)
$ Scott Churchman
% Black Pus, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Japanther
^ Happy Jawbone Family Band, Quilt, Laminated Apes

• Cloud Becomes Your Hand:
• Northern Spy:

Noveller announces December tour with Anna von Hausswolff, together they create new holiday: Novhaussmas!

Forget Christmas. Forget Hanukkah. Forget Kwanzaa. Forget Thanksgiving, if you can. There is only one fourth-quarter holiday worth celebrating now. I speak, of course, of Novhaussmas, the one true holiday. Forgo gift-giving and feasting this holiday season, your only gift, your only sustenance will come from the elemental power of a crushing drone. Many historians have asked where this new holiday came from, but what they should be asking is, where will it come from? The one true holiday has not been invented, yet it soon will be, when drone-but-not-drone guitarist Noveller goes on tour with gothic-but-not-gothic songwriter Anna von Hausswolff. Praise be and all that.

And, hey, if you’re looking to cook up some of that Novhaussmas cheer with some new music, have I got some great suggestions for you! Noveller just released her sixth record, No Dreams, through Important Records, while Hausswolff released Ceremony last year. Boy, will these releases put you in the right frame of mind to think about the crushing everything of existence! Happy holidays.

Noveller and Anna von Hausswolff dates:

12.04.13 - Washington, DC - Lang Theatre (Atlas Performing Arts Center)
12.05.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
12.06.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall
12.07.13 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
12.09.13 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
12.10.13 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry
12.13.13 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
12.14.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
12.15.13 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
12.17.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Bar

• Noveller:
• Anna von Hausswolff:

Lynchian artist David Lynch announces new 12-inch on Sacred Bones, features Cronenbergian Venetian Snares remix

Sometimes when things have a certain way, a certain atmosphere, we refer to them as “Lynchian.” Usually a little creepy, focusing on the horror of the mundane, sometimes there’s clowns, sometimes there’s roadies in plain sight. It’s a popular lens to see things through, but if we’re being honest, it has only one master: David Lynch. Yes, this director/musician has an unprecedented control over all things Lynchian. Just this past July, he put out his very Lynchian second album The Big Dream (TMT Review). But when the Lynchian-ness overflows from your very pores, there’s bound to be a few extras that don’t quite make the record. As such, on November 12, the most Lynchian label in the game, Sacred Bones, is putting out a limited 12-inch of “Bad the John Boy,” an unused track from The Big Dream’s recording process.

To maximize the Lynchian nature of things, the release is limited to a one-time pressing of 1,500 copies. Those who acquire one can revel in an ocean of Lynch, though, as each copy includes a 24” x 24” poster of an original David Lynch painting. Regarding the song itself, I’ll let Dean Hurley, Lynch’s Lynchian producer, describe it: “[It’s] music for the end crawl of a bootlegged sci-fi/horror film that you borrowed from your friend’s older brother and caused you to realize for the first time that you were actually scared in broad daylight.” Pretty Lynchian, guys, pretty Lynchian.

On the record’s B-side sits a remix of the song by Canadian producer Venetian Snares. Now, look, Venetian Snares is a great producer. He’s put out a ton of excellent work, which I heartily recommend you check out. But, let’s face it, he’s clearly Cronenbergian.

• David Lynch:
• Sacred Bones:

Dum Dum Girls announce new full-length Too True, a self-described really awesome game of laser tag with pop music

For people who, through some unfortunate combination of genetics and circumstance, excel at the art of being terrible, third-party self-deprecation has limited appeal. This applies to comedians who make the method a key part of their repertoire, or to bands who playfully yet insensitively refer to themselves as a collective of “dum dums,” musical homages aside, and regardless of blatant evidence to the contrary. I haven’t listened to Dum Dum Girls beyond a couple of tracks, but further acquaintance isn’t needed to make an inerrant judgment on their intellectual capacity and their ability to spell simple words correctly. An ongoing relationship with Sub Pop and a healthy following since the release of 2010’s I Will Be indicate, why… they’re not dumb at all! In fact, they’re apparently more musically talented than the average human being! How inconsiderate of those who are truly suffering.

Allow for forgiveness, because for the auditory benefit of their fans, Too True is set for release January 27 in Europe and January 28 in North America. Credit-wise, Robert Gottehrer returned as producer — he’s been producing DDG since their debut LP — alongside Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes, also with whom they’ve both worked and covered. Dee Dee Penny, certainly the foremost member of the band, describes the album as her “best attempt at joining the rock’n’roll ranks, of chasing pop into the dark…”.

Go on and watch the video for the first single below. Interesting story: it actually premiered through an initiative with H&M Life, a project of, you know, the clothing company. So, I guess if you like music videos sponsored by clothing companies… ??

Too True tracklisting:

01. Cult of Love
02. Evil Blooms
03. Rimbaud Eyes
04. Are You Okay
05. Too True to Be Good
06. In the Wake of You
07. Lost Boys and Girls Club
08. Little Minx
09. Under These Hands
10. Trouble Is My Name


12.10.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
12.11.13 - Hasselt, Belgium - Muziekodroom
12.12.13 - Amiens, France - La Lune Des Pirates
12.13.13 - Fontenay-sous-Bois, France - Espace Gerard Philipe
12.14.13 - London, UK - Hoxton Bar and Grill
12.15.13 - Athens, Greece - AN Club
01.28.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
01.30.13 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (sold out)

• Dum Dum Girls:
• Sub Pop:

Kanye announces updated Yeezus tour schedule. Kanye WEST, that is! Sorry, you probably didn’t know who I was talking about at first.

Okay, right, so I know you probably don’t give a shit about Kanye West and that obnoxious Yeezus hoopla and its related tour circuses and whatnot, like, at all (that’s why you’re reading this article all ‘bout them, right??). And, okay, THAT’S COOL. ME NEITHER. But look, whatever, here’s what you need to know to, you know, “stay current.”

Last week, this happened to Kanye’s goofy tour. In fact, there was a press release and everything. It went like this:

Yesterday, on the road to Vancouver, a truck carrying The Yeezus Tour’s custom-made video truss and 60-ft circular LED screen was in an accident that damaged the gear beyond repair. This gear is central to the staging of The Yeezus Tour, and central to the creative vision put forth by Kanye West and his design team at DONDA. As a result of this event, it is impossible to put on the show and The Yeezus Tour will be postponed until these essential pieces can be reengineered and refabricated. Kanye West will not compromise on bringing the show, as it was originally envisioned and designed, to his fans. The Vancouver, Denver and Minneapolis dates have been postponed. Further details on the affected tour dates will be announced shortly.

I know, I know; sounds lame or whatever. You don’t care. But the point is, our boys over at the fork have just reported that Mr. West has announced that the whole shebang will be getting back on track starting November 16 in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, only three of the canceled shows (the ones in Chicago, Toronto and Detroit, because those cities are actually important) are being made-up. They’re just being jammed onto the end of the tour in late December now, instead. As for the other shows? Well, those other cities (Vancouver, Denver, Columbus, Montreal, Minneapolis, and St. Louis) just aren’t important enough to the history and/or future of RAP MUSIC to make it worth his while. Sorry.

Anyway, yeah. Here’s the rundown. As Samuel Jackson would say, “hang onto your butts!” Oh, sorry. That’s Samuel L. Jackson! You probably didn’t know who I was talking about at first.

11.07.13 - Chicago, IL - United Center #
11.08.13 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena #
11.09.13 - Chicago, IL - United Center #
11.10.13 - Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills #
11.12.13 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre #
11.13.13 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre #
11.14.13 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre #

11.16.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center #
11.17.13 - Boston, MA - TD Garden #
11.19.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center #
11.20.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center +
11.21.13 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center #
11.23.13 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden #
11.24.13 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden +
11.27.13 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena #
11.29.13 - Miami, FL - AmericanAirlines Arena #
11.30.13 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum #
12.01.13 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena #
12.03.13 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center #
12.05.13 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena #
12.06.13 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center #
12.07.13 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center #
12.08.13 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center #
12.10.13 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center #
12.13.13 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
12.17.13 - Chicago, IL - United Center #
12.18.13 - Chicago, IL - United Center #
12.19.13 - Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills #
12.22.13 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre #
12.23.13 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre #

# Kendrick Lamar
+ A Tribe Called Quest

• Kanye West:
• Island Def Jam: