Surfer Blood announce sophomore record, tour, look for time machine to take them back to 1997

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Is the wave of 90s light-alternative rock nostalgia that swept through 2010 and early-2011 thanks to bands like Yuck, Best Coast, and Surfer Blood sustainable three years in? Quality output this year from stalwarts of the genre like Yo La Tengo seems to indicate “yes,” but the success or failure of Surfer Blood’s sophomore album, titled Pythons and to be released June 11 on Warner Bros. (‘bros’ being the important part), may be a better barometer of the revived sound’s staying power, especially in light of the public’s new-found love affair with another long-lost 90s genre, R&B. Have we moved on, or will Surfer Blood’s throttled power-pop, bolstered this time by veteran producer Gil Norton’s (Pixies, Catherin Wheel) production skills, be enough to keep people interested?

To help prep folks for the record, Surfer Blood have released a video (below) for the first single off Pythons, titled “Demon Dance.” Directed by Dum Dum Girls’ Malia James, the clip looks like it would have fit in nicely between a classic Foo Fighters video and the sepia-infused output of No Doubt from back when videos were actually played on MTV. While the need for videos is pretty clear in this age of YouTube dominance, the clip further enforces how easy Surfer Blood could have had it back in 1997. They’d certainly have a whole mantle full of moon men and would probably be hosting cruises for nostalgic 30-somethings by now, interest fueled solely by their glory days…

But alas, all the members were born at least 10 years too late for that, so they’re stuck touring incessantly to try and make some money. Check them out as they criss-cross the country with the likes of Foals, and for one date in Pittsburgh, Silversun Pickups, before and after Pythons is released this summer.

Tourdates:

04.25.13 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds %
04.26.13 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues %
04.27.13 - Austin, TX - Emos %
04.28.13 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues %
04.29.13 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
04.30.13 - Atlanta, GA - Goat Farm %
05.01.13 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre %
05.03.13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 %
05.04.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory %
05.05.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club %
05.06.13 - Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall %
05.08.13 - Providence, RI - The Met %
05.09.13 - Boston, MA - House of Blues %
05.10.13 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda %
05.11.13 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus %
05.13.13 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues %
05.14.13 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts %
05.15.13 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall %
05.17.13 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe %
05.18.13 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre %
05.19.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall %
05.20.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue %
05.21.13 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium @ Dempsey’s
05.23.13 - Missoula, MT - Stage 112
05.25.13 - George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
05.29.13 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom %
05.30.13 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore %
05.31.13 - Seattle, WA - Neptune %
06.03.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot %
06.04.13 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre %
06.05.13 - Lawrence, KS - Granada %
06.07.13 - St. Louis, MO - Pageant %
06.09.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE % #
06.10.13 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head %
06.12.13 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel %
06.13.13 - Columbia, SC - Jillians %
08.10.13 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Music Festival

% Foals
# Silversun Pickups

• Surfer Blood: http://www.surferblood.com
• Warner Bros: http://www.warnerbrosrecords.com

RIP: Richie Havens

From the representatives of Richie Havens:

RICHIE HAVENS was gifted with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music. His fiery, poignant, soulful singing style has remained unique and ageless since his historic appearance at Woodstock in 1969. For four decades, Havens used his music to convey passionate messages of brotherhood and personal freedom. Billboard Magazine writes, “This acoustic soul giant truly seems to be getting more inspiring and graceful with age.” From Woodstock to The Isle of Wight to Glastonbury to the Fillmore Auditorium to Royal Albert Hall to Carnegie Hall, Richie played the most legendary music festivals that ever were, and most of the world’s greatest concert venues. But even when performing in a Greenwich Village coffeehouse or a small club or regional theater, he was eternally grateful that people in any number turned up each time to hear him sing. More than anything, he feels incredibly blessed to have met so many of you along the way.

• Richie Havens: http://www.richiehavens.com

Actress’ disintegration of techno continues with Legowelt and Dinos Chapman remixes in tow

You would think by now it would be hard for Actress (Darren Cunningham) to do anything but see the forest for the trees. After exhibiting the capacity to rearrange techno in toto, why would you care to go back and restructure but one unit of that whole, re-dress and rework a single track? Who knows; thankfully, Cunningham remains a bewitchingly unpredictable creator, and in turn we’ve profited from some absolutely fascinating remixes. Remixes that, in the shadow of R.I.P.’s exquisitely vague patterns and sedated beauty, remain surprisingly relevant.

Most recently, Cunningham lent his penchant for chopping & screwing to fellow knob-twiddlers Legowelt and Dinos Chapman. The remixes of Legowelt’s “Elementz of Houz Music” range from hypnotically minimal to rhythmically anesthetized, both steeped in Actress’ trademark codeine fog, while the latter Chapman reworks are of a different sort altogether.

In February, Chapman — a visual artist turned sound designer — released his ear-catching debut Luftbobler, an LP of oblique IDM sketches and Stockhausen-y electronics. At some point thereafter, Actress picked up these ideas and carried them off to his nocturnal deep house alter-dimension. They reappeared as new creations on April 20, newly reanimated, newly corkscrewed, and strangely impressionistic. As FACT reported, these pressure-cooked remixes can be heard on the 500-copy limited pressing Luftbobler Remixed/Remastered EP via The Vinyl Factory.

Listen to some of both artist remixes below, and hopefully (hurry hurry) you can still snag a copy or two over at Honest Jon’s Records.

• Legowelt: http://www.legowelt.com
• Dinos Chapman: http://www.jakeanddinoschapman.com
• The Vinyl Factory: http://www.thevinylfactory.com
• Honest Jon’s: http://www.honestjons.com

Brian Eno readies special music for hospitals, because he is by our side in sickness and in health

The concept behind Brian Eno’s ambient classic Music for Airports may have worked in part because so many people have personally gripped the red tape inside airports. We can relate to, and perhaps subsequently joke about, all of the strain and stress-inducing stuff that occurs because, after all, most of us don’t have a choice in the matter, aside from the airlines we choose — and because, if we’re being honest here, most of what we have to endure just isn’t that serious in the long-run. Temporary outrage at being molested in the name of security leads to late-night fantasies in your subsidized hotel room. Or is that just me?

For a stark change in venue, let’s move to hospitals, which are more or less synonymous with suffering and death. Tact assumes a role of greater importance for any artist choosing the hospital as their subject, which is probably why Brian Eno plans to limit his upcoming soundtrack and light installation to (for the time being) one hospital in particular, as opposed to disseminating the work(s) to the general public. Yeah, sorry.

Eno has two sound and light installations set for debut at the Montefiore Hospital in Hove, England. The first, “77 Million Paintings for Montefiore,” is for the reception area, while the second, “The Quiet Room for Montefiore” is a specially designed space for “patients, staff, and guests” to escape more serious, non-TSA-related stresses. Serenity and mental healing is the stated goal here, while patients will presumably start giving equal prayer time to both Jesus and his cooler, younger, follicular opposite.

To reiterate, according to The Independent, a spokesperson for Eno said, “It’s true to say that ‘The Quiet Room for Montefiore’ is an album that can only be heard in the Montefiore Hospital.” It might just be worth exposing oneself to illness.

• Brian Eno: http://brian-eno.net

NYMPH sign with Northern Spy, announce new album New Millennium Prayer with a seductive wink

Oh NYMPH, where have you been all my recent life!? From the moment of my musical maturation, it’s like a tiny light has been flickering inside my being, calling out for some revitalizing amalgam of free jazz, psychedelic rock, and music of vaguely Middle Eastern inspiration. Sun City Girls, it may said, capably filled that role at various points, but I can’t tell you how enamored I am to hear that NYMPH haven’t gone the route of the equally psychedelic Magic Lantern and preemptively called it quits, despite the warm reception. Instead, they’ve rescinded their social registration and signed with Northern Spy, through which they’ll be releasing their second LP (and first for the label) New Millennium Prayer on June 25.

A few notes on the band’s history: despite having but one formal release under their belt so far, NYMPH have been active participants in the New York psych scene for seven years, starting off as a project of Matty McDermott and Eri Shoji, who later expanded the band to its now seven-member composition. Since 2011, they’ve doubled as The New Quiet Screamers and served as the ensemble under free jazz musician Arthur Doyle, through whom they’ve undoubtedly honed their improvisational chops.

That would make New Millennium Prayer the band’s first release since The New Quiet Screamers became a thing. Anticipate it, supporting live dates, and coax your spirit over yonder with older track “U.F.O. Over Dome Rock.”

• NYMPH: https://www.facebook.com/bandofnymph
• Northern Spy: http://northernspyrecords.com

Twitter launches #Music app, increasing the network’s usefulness by 1000%

The counter to music elitism is the notion that you shouldn’t judge a person by his or her taste in music, and that you shouldn’t let said person’s musical preferences dictate, in any way, your behavior toward him/her. Well, that was before Twitter allowed their #Music app to be used by the general public, which has increased the risk of being digitally shoved face-first into the steaming pile of an acquaintance’s listening habits. Ignore that risk if you’ve carefully chosen who to follow, or, obviously, if you’re following @TinyMixTapes. Then you’re golden.

The app, previously available to just a few lucky(?) celebrities, can now be accessed online via music.twitter.com, or through the Apple App Store. The general purpose is this: to recommend you new music based on what users are tweeting about. With this aim in mind, the app consists of four tabs (or pages):

The “Popular” tab displays music that’s trending across Twitter, in case (like me) you’re ever curious about just how disconnected you are from the musical interests of mainstream society. The “Emerging” tab highlights “hidden talent,” however that works and whatever that means. The “Suggested” tab shows you artists you might like based on the artists you already follow (and also, who they follow), and the “#NowPlaying” tab lists the songs your friends are currently listening to and/or tweeting about. (There’s also a “Me” tab that displays the latest songs of the artists you follow.)

A certain boon to the app is the ability to listen to, or at least preview, the music that’s being recommended, through an interface-embedded Spotify, Rdio, or iTunes player. People who have accounts with either or both of the former services can log in and listen to full tracks.

I approached this news with skepticism, and I leave moderately less skeptical. #coolerthanithought

• Twitter: https://twitter.com

  

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