The Field announces Cupid’s Head on Kompakt, just in time for early Valentine’s Day shoppers!

The Field announces Cupid's Head on Kompakt, just in time for early Valentine's Day shoppers!

Those of us who are creatively or artistically minded — and I consider writing to be, at its core, a creative activity — should know the feeling all too well: inevitable interruptions, sometimes regardless of their length, have the capacity to ruin a creative mindset, to the point where attempts to re-indulge result in blank stares and paranoid thoughts about the inevitable fading away of one’s talents. Obviously, there’s a term in the literary world for this, but apply it on a macro-level to all artistic endeavors, and you have a shared conundrum with probably a subjective, variable solution: is the smell of bacon conducive to creativity? Okay, that’s more like a sub-conundrum.

Axel Willner a.k.a. The Field just has it, though. Recalling the early stages of production for his new album Cupid’s Head, due September 30, he talks about an initial awkwardness, overcome by an inherent genius that arose out of his being like a divine aura. “But then, after a few modest attempts, I got a first loop together and running which turned out (in a short time) to be ‘No. No…’. It was a revelation of sorts as making it felt new to me, and different, and that’s when it all came out.” Color me unsurprised, given the consistent talent on display throughout his discography.

Here’s a deviation, though: Cupid’s Head, following up 2011’s Looping State of Mind (TMT Review), is The Field’s first solo recording since From Here We Go Sublime (TMT Review), and it’s also the first one crafted without the use of computers, which is like, duh… for sure a rarity in contemporary electronic music. Elaborate loops remain a trademark, but to an end that’s “darker,” “slower paced,” and possibly inspired by the decapitation of mythological deities.

Cupid’s Head tracklisting:

01. They Won’t See Me
02. Black Sea
03. Cupid’s Head
04. A Guided Tour
05. No. No…
06. 20 Seconds of Affection

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Bill Orcutt offers mostly accurate historical chronicle of all humans on new full-length A History of Every One

Bill Orcutt is back again with yet another full-length. This time he’s not hanging around with his buddies Chris Corsano or Loren Connors. Nope, this time he’s going straight-up stag to the prom, and let me tell you, he looks damn good in that tux. The album is called A History of Every One and it’s out September 30 from Editions Mego. With a title like that it would appear as if this project is even more ambitious than his past efforts in which he merely attempted to play every note on the guitar all at once while riding the instrument down a mountain like a skateboard. A history of everyone? Unless he’s been doing PRISM-level spying on all of us since the beginning of time, that seems to be a pretty tall order. I guess if someone’s going to pull it off, it’s probably going to be Bill Orcutt.

Based on the tracklist — and the first song he’s released, which is ostensibly a cover of Disney’s “Zip a Dee Doo Dah” — the album appears to be a collection of covers of traditional and/or classic songs like “White Christmas,” “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and “Ballad of Davy Crockett,” in which the standard arrangements of “only a few notes every once in awhile” are swapped out for “literally every note always.” Seriously how does he do it? Does he have more than two hands? Is he a wizard? Preorder the album from Editions Mego right now if you’re hoping, like me, that the label will send out a FAQ on the album that will answer such questions and more.

A History of Every Once tracklist:

01. Solidarity Forever
02. When You Wish Upon a Star
03. Black Betty
04. Ten Thousand Men of Harvard
05. Spanish Is the Loving Tongue
06. White Christmas
07. Zip a Dee Doo Dah
08. Black Snake Moan
09. Ballad of Davy Crockett
10. Onward Christian Soldiers
11. Bring Me My Shotgun
12. Massa’s in the Cold Cold Ground

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Circuit des Yeux plans release of new album Overdue, goes on the run from horde of angry librarians

Haley Fohr has been called “the greatest menace facing our libraries today.” I didn’t believe it either until I asked a good friend of mine, a young librarian with bright eyes and big ideas, about Fohr and it froze him in gibbering fear. He managed finally to whisper, “She is the danger. She is the one who knocks. She of the late fees, the torn plastic hardback coverings, the un-rewound Doctor Who VHS tapes.” Apparently she’s got librarians across America scared. And we all know what librarians do when they’re scared: they take up arms.

In search of a normal life away from the fist of the librarian, Fohr adopted the name Circuit des Yeux, and started releasing music to throw off the scent. She also left the town where she started all this library menacing, Bloomington, IN (home of a library that’s literally shaped like a goddamn Borg cube), for Chicago (a town that’s got more libraries than I could count in the 15 seconds I spent counting before I decided knowing an actual number wouldn’t contribute much to the joke). Given the fact that she moved from a small town with relatively few libraries to one with more libraries than I could be bothered to count, her strategy seems to be “hide in plain sight.” Which, I mean, whatever, but that doesn’t seem like a great move given the fact that librarians are pretty much by definition really great at finding shit that’s in plain sight (shelves, anyone??)

Pursuant to this strategy, she’s announced that she’ll be releasing a new full-length on October 1 entitled Overdue. It’s reportedly a concept album about how, since time is just a false human concept, late fees are actually kind of bogus. Though in the past she’s released music with the likes of De Stijl and Magnetic South, Overdue appears to be self-released. Either that, or it’s out on a label called “______” which seems both unlikely and difficult to Google. Overdue is of a piece with her continual sonic shifting, pulling back a bit from her earlier experimental work, and offering instead more ambitious and sophisticated arrangements. Fohr will tour in support of the album this fall. To put it more accurately, she’ll be attempting to outrun the bespectacled, screaming, book-ish mob at her back. Catch her if you can!

Overdue tracklist:

01. Lithonia
02. Hegira
03. Nova
04. Acarina
05. Bud & Gin
06. My Name is Rune
07. I Am
08. Some Day


08.10.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival
08.21.13 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
09.07.13 - Chicago, IL - Constellation (Album Release Show)
09.21.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverwest Public House*
09.22.13 - Madison, WI - Dragon Fly Lounge*
09.23.13 - Minneapolis, MI - Cause*
09.24.13 - Iowa City, IA - Trumpet Blossom*
09.25.13 - Omaha, NE - Oleavers*
10.14.13 - Chicago, IL - Alhambra Palace#
10.16.13 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House#
10.17.13 - Columbia, MO - Mojos#
10.18.13 - Springfield, MO - Outland Ballroom#
10.19.13 - Norman, OK - The Opolis Norman#

# Bill Callahan
* Spires That in the Sunset Rise
+ Ryley Walker

• Circuit des Yeux:

Cody ChesnuTT announces US tour, hangs out with the coolest of stiltwalkers in new video

Move over cat videos and toddlers with an environmental conscience! There’s a new best video on the internet, and it’s the music video for intellectual neo-soul dude Cody ChesnuTT’s new song “I’ve Been Life.” This video has everything you didn’t know you needed in a music video until today: stilt walkers, traditional African dance garb, fire-breathing, and Cody ChesnuTT’s infectious yet political yet upbeat soul harmonies. And it’s only like three minutes long so you can totally watch it like five times in a row while your boss is in a meeting or whatever.

“I’ve Been Life” comes off ChenuTT’s 2012 release Landing on a Hundred, the long-awaited followup to his 2002 debut, the aptly-titled The Headphone Masterpiece. Recorded at Memphis’ Royal Studios, where Al Green, Buddy Guy, and Ike & Tina Turner did some of their most career-defining work, ChesnuTT’s Landing on a Hundred features a 10-piece band and classic, yet progressive, soul stylings. Now he’s striking out on a US tour to promote the album, which starts in Seattle and wraps up in Florida. You can check out the awe-inspiring new video for “I’ve Been Life” featuring the talented tall men of The Brooklyn Jumbies now:

08.08.13 - Dallas, TX – KXT’s Barefoot at the Belmont
09.05.13 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
09.06.13 - Portland, OR - MusicFestNW
09.07.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
09.10.13 - Salt Lake City - The State Room
09.11.13 - Aspen, CO - Belly UP
09.12.13 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
09.14.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Sister The Bar
09.26.13 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
09.27.13 - St. Louis, MO – Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
09.29.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10.01.13 - Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre
10.03.13 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
10.04.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft
10.05.13 - Nashville, TN – Mercy
10.11.13 - Birmingham, AL – Workplay Theatre
10.12.13 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall

• Cody ChesnuTT:

PAN announces release of Helena Hauff and F#X’s first Black Sites EP, just as you predicted

PAN, the wonderfully classy label whose album design is almost worth the price of admission alone, is releasing an EP by Black Sites, a Wonder Twins-style teamup of DJs Helena Hauff and F#X. The more cautious and wise among TMT readers may want some background on these folks before scooping up this slab of vinyl in August. What follows will hopefully provide that insight for the discerning reader.

Helena Hauff is a DJ/producer/what-have-you whose impeccable DJ sets, flavored through with experimental sounds, are getting her noticed by the likes of The Wire and Blackest Ever Black. So, she’s something to keep an eye on.

F#X screws with Google too much to find out what or who it really is. Top results indicate that it may be a Korean girl group, although this can be ruled out almost immediately. But, since it’s all we have to go on, lets just go ahead and say it’s an all-female Korean pop group and that the Black Sites Prototype EP is going to be some kind of bubble gum and EDM mashup that will be popping people’s lids from coast to coast. This is a completely erroneous statement, but don’t let that kill the dream.

Okay, here’s what’s more likely: F#X and Helena Hauff are both resident DJs at “The Golden Pudel” in Hamburg, and this EP is going be an amalgamation of their individual tastes and styles. Go ahead and listen to a cut off the EP below and decide for yourself if it’s the product of a drunken night between bubble-gum pop and EDM or two rising DJs using their combined powers for the good of mankind.

• Helena Hauff:
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of Montreal announce fall tour without the use of any tour-announcing robots!

Dude, this is too good…. Following all the sensational internet-buzz made by my totally made-up prank-announcement that they would be releasing a new album called lousy with sylvianbriar on Polyvinyl come October 8 of this year, Athens-based weird-rockers of Montreal have apparently decided to totally release a new album called lousy with sylvianbriar on Polyvinyl on October 8! I even made them cobble together a lead single to release really quick!

And now, Kevin Barnes and co. have taken it one step further and announced that they’ll be going on a full-blown fall tour of the US to support the album that I invented. Seriously! They leave October 18 from Athens and will be schlepping away on the road clear through Thanksgiving. All because of me!

What do you say, guys? Am I God, or am I fucking God?

Tour dates:

10.18.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
10.22.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.23.13 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
10.24.13 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
10.25.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.26.13 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
10.27.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.28.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
10.29.13 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland *
10.30.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
10.31.13 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre *
11.01.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center *
11.02.13 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room *
11.03.13 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater *
11.04.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
11.05.13 - Boise, ID - Korah Shrine *
11.06.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
11.07.13 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
11.08.13 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*
11.09.13 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*
11.10.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
11.11.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Largo at The Coronet *
11.12.13 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress *
11.14.13 - Dallas, TX - Trees *
11.15.13 - Austin, TX - Mohawk *
11.16.13 - New Orleans, LA - Howlin’ Wolf *
11.17.13 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West *

* La Luz

• of Montreal:
• Polyvinyl:

[Photo: Losanjelous]