Still Life Still announce new album Mourning Trance on Arts & Crafts, possibly planning extremely polite pop invasion

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Leave it to a Canadian band to make emotionally impactful music that is also unerringly polite. Yes, that’s such a cliché thing to say about Canadians, and of course not all of them are constantly apologizing for things that are not their fault, but listening to Still Life Still, it’s hard not to be struck by its inoffensiveness.

Normally that would be a bad thing, but combined with their taste for wistful nostalgia and seemingly heartfelt lyrics, this all seems to be a plot to invade your brain space. Still Life Still’s first song off their new album Mourning Trance may also be the first step in their attempts at not only invading the lyric-storing centers of the brain (the lyricthalmus, for those who don’t know) but also a general invasion of the psychic space of pop music. Watch carefully for the hidden clues in the video for their first single off the album, “Burial Suit,” and you’ll see that this is not just paranoid ramblings.

It leaves so many questions unanswered. How do that many people come out of one room? What the hell kind of hula-hoops are those? Whose wedding is that? Seems like shady dealings, most certainly the kind that are spread by touring. Luckily, for now they have been confined to Canada and the East Coast. But who knows what the future holds. No doubt more will come to light when Mourning Trance is revealed by the Arts & Crafts label on August 20.

Mourning Trance tracklisting:

01. Burial Suit
02. Dancing Spines
03. Mourning Trance
04. Aim and React
05. Werewolves
06. In Enemies
07. Revolving Doors
08. Deer Hologram
09. Thinking About our Plans
10. Hanging With our Family

Live dates:

05.31.13 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl
06.08.13 - Toronto, ON - Field Trip Festival
06.09.13 - St. Catharines, ON - SCENE Festival
06.11.13 - Hamilton, ON - Casbah
06.12.13 - Waterloo, ON - Starlight Room
06.13.13 - Montreal, QC - Club Lambi
06.14.13 - Toronto, ON - NXNE
06.20.13 - New York, NY - Pianos
06.21.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool

• Still Life Still: http://www.stilllifestill.com
• Arts & Crafts: http://www.arts-crafts-publishing.com

Oozing Wound sign with Thrill Jockey and will ooze out a full album this October

Thrill Jockey’s roster just got a bit heavier as Windy City thrash dudes Oozing Wound are now a part of the family.

Relatively new to the scene, Oozing Wound features members of Cacaw, Zath, and Unmanned Ship and has slowly gained momentum and notoriety around Chicago, getting a major boost with the release of their Vape & Pillage cassette a little earlier this year (a few copies still available here). They parlayed that positive press into an opening gig for new labelmate Brian Chippendale’s equally grossly named Black Pus. Fast forward a bit and they’re on Thrill Jockey. See kids, the dream is still alive! You can expect a new album from them this fall, tentatively scheduled for October and titled Retrash. Retrash was recorded this past winter and features seven songs clocking in at a respectable 32 minutes.

In addition to all that, Oozing Wound will be playing Chicago’s Rotted Tooth Festival. Rotted Tooth Records, run by Oozing Wound’s own Kyle Reynolds, is putting on something of a counter protest to P4k’s festival the weekend of July 19th and 20th. Think of them as the metal heads to the ‘Fork’s Westboro Baptist Church. Details for the Rotted Tooth shows are still sketchy but you can expect to see Midwest noise/metal/punk acts like Wolf Eyes, Bitchin’ Bajas, Sewn Leather, and Shaved Women (among others) at the shows. Check back at Rotted Tooth’s website, or Permanent Records if you’re in Chicago, for advanced ticket info.

Hey! Here’s a clip of their set at Chicago’s Empty Bottle from the Black Pus show in May:

• Oozing Wound: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oozing-Wound/170286363071990
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

Lustmord to release a new album on Blackest Ever Black July 8 a.k.a. the latest apocalypse

The Elder Gods have already smiled upon the musical landscape of 2013, but the cosmos are yet swirling and the planets have not aligned. For the next phase of unknowable horror that awaits mankind, the Old Ones have enlisted London-based record label and burgeoning cult Blackest Ever Black. They have, in turn, delegated the task of spreading madness to Lustmord, shepherd of the rumbling void. His newest offering is titled The Word As Power and is an “exploration of ritual music without dogma, centered around the human voice but with no words.” Samples of the album confirm the presence of otherworldly voices, reportedly belonging to the likes of Maynard James Keenan, Jarboe, Soriah and Aina Skinnes Olsen. The album is slated for a July 8 release, bringing the inky tendrils of evil and dreams of dark, cyclopean masonry with it.

Iä, Iä Lustmord fhtagn!

The Word As Power tracklist:

01. Babel
02. Goetia
03. Chorazin
04. Grigori
05. Andras Sodom
06. Abaddon
07. Y Gair

• Lustmord: http://b-lustmord.blogspot.com
• Blackest Ever Black: http://blackesteverblack.blogspot.com

After Dark 2 compilation released for free to prove Italians still, still do it better

Hey, remember 2007? It was such a radically different world! Everyone hated the president, Israel was blowing shit up in Syria, and John McClane was once again saving America one quip at a time. Actually, looking back on it, I guess some things don’t change. Ever.

Besides the usual second-term presidential politics, explosions, and over-the-hill action stars, 2007 also saw the release of After Dark, a collection of songs compiled by Italians Do It Better’s own Johnny Jewel. Nearly six years after the initial release of that comp, and a year after teasing about it, Jewel and Co. released its follow up, the aptly named After Dark 2, via iTunes earlier this year. But now, before the physical versions (both CD and LP) drop later this summer, Italians Do It Better has released the entire thing for free via SoundCloud.

After Dark 2 features tracks from IDIB mainstays such as Glass Candy, Chromatics, and Desire, as well as a cut from the label boss himself Mike Somonetti. Listen for yourself:

Here’s the tracklist for After Dark 2:

01. Glass Candy - Warm in the Winter
02. Desire - Tears From Heaven
03. Mirage - Let’s Kiss
04. Appaloosa - Fill the Blanks
05. Chromatics - Looking for Love
06. Symmetry - Heart of Darkness
07. Chromatics - Camera
08. Twisted Wires - Half Lives
09. Glass Candy - The Possessed
10. Chromatics - Cherry
11. Glass Candy - Beautiful Object
12. Farah - Into Eternity
13. Appaloosa - Intimate
14. Mike Simonetti - The Magician
15. Glass Candy - Redheads Feel More Pain

• Italians Do It Better: http://vivaitalians.blogspot.com

Okkervil River unleash the floodgates, but all that comes out is some new LP called The Silver Gymnasium and some tour dates; weird!

Hey there, sports fans! I think you clicked onto the wrong site! This here news post is all about an indie-rock/indie-folk/folk-rock/alt-rock/rock-folk/ctrl-alt band called Okkervil River. Specifically, it’s about how, on September 3, said band will be releasing a brand new album of (I assume) indie-rock/indie-folk/folk-rock/alt-rock/rock-folk/ctrl-alt goodness. Nothing really too athletic or competition-based involved, I guess. But tell you what, I’ll try to make this as sports-like as possible for you, okay?

For example, this newest release marks the band’s first time up to bat for ATO Records (their previous stuff being kicked-out for the Bloomington Jagjaguwars), and ooh, get this — it’s called The Silver Gymnasium, and gymnastics are a sport, right? See, this isn’t so bad, huh? Additional details and tracklists (think starting line-up) and stuff are still forthcoming, but let’s see, what else… oh. It follows 2011’s pretty dense and hairy I Am Very Far (TMT Review), which pretty much sounded like bandleader Will Sheff asked an entire offensive line to play on it. Also, the band is hitting the road shortly after the new album comes out, which is sort of like how a road series works in baseball, only a heck of a lot longer. So see? There you go; indie-rock music can be brawny too (just please do yourself a favor and don’t google any pictures of Will Sheff).

Okkervil River tour dates:

08.24-25.13 - Monterey, CA - First City Festival
09.07.13 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling
09.19.13 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box
09.20.13 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
09.21.13 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
09.23.13-24 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
09.26.13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
09.27.13 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt
09.28.13 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
09.29.13 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
10.01.13 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10.02.13 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution
10.04-13.13 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
10.18.13 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
10.19.13 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
10.20.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
10.24.13 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
10.25.13 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
10.26.13 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
11.01.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11.02.13 - Chicago, IL - Metro

• Okkervil River: http://www.okkervilriver.com
• ATO: http://atorecords.com

Tomahawk heads out on European tour, Mike Patton creeps out a child at a cafe

Mike Patton checks his watch. But, of course, Mike Patton’s not going to check his watch like most people check their watch. For one, most people don’t even have a watch these days. Mike Patton has a watch on it, but one with no numbers, no marks to traditionally tell time. Mike’s just has words, stuff like “Fantômas” or “Mr. Bungle” or “Peeping Tom.” Right now, for Mike Patton, it’s Tomahawk time.

Of all of Mike Patton’s many many many projects, Tomahawk is one of the more active in recent years. The group that finds him collaborating with the likes of Duane Denison (Jesus Lizard) and John Stanier (Helmet, Battles) just put out a new record, Oddfellows (TMT Review), on Ipecac earlier this year. Now, they’re going on a pretty substantial European tour that will run through late summer. One has to wonder that, after all these years, after all these accomplishments, if there’s still someone at every show who just thinks, “I wish he’d play something off Angel Dust.”

While Tomahawk is headlining most of these dates, because Mike Patton’s a big deal and don’t you forget it, the band is opening for Nine Inch Nails during their date in Milan. Sources speculate that Patton and Trent Reznor will meet each other before the show. Both will ask if the other remembers being weird in the 90s. Both will say yes.

Tomahawk dates:

07.18.13 - Dour, Beligum - Dour Festival
07.19.13 - Lisbon, Portugal - Super Bock Super Rock
07.21.13 - Ostrava, Czech Republic - Colours of Ostrava
07.22.13 - Wroclaw, Poland - Arsenal
07.24.13 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Nokia Theatre
08.22.13 - Lausanne, Switzerland - For Noise Festival
08.23.13 - Paris, France - Rock en Seine Festival
08.24.13 - Reading, UK - Reading Festival
08.25.13 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival
08.27.13 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso
08.28.13 - Milan, Italy - Mediolanum Forum *
08.29.13 - Zurich, Switzerland - Zurich Openair
08.31.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega &
09.01.13 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller Music Hall &
09.02.13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Medis &
09.04.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Circus &
09.06.13 - Berlin, Germany - Berlin Festival

* Nine Inch Nails
& Bosnian Rainbows

• Tomahawk: https://www.facebook.com/Tomahawkband
• Ipecac: http://www.ipecac.com

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