The Swedes are coming: Taken By Trees announce new album, tour with Jens Lekman

The Swedes are coming: Taken By Trees announce new album, tour with Jens Lekman

Pass the lingonberries, please, because Taken By Trees and Jens Lekman have announced new albums and a supporting tour across the US this fall. Taken By Trees’ new record is called Other Worlds and finds singer and multi-instrumentalist Victoria Bergsman exploring a recent trip to Hawaii with photographer Amanda Marsalis. Paired with The Tough Alliance producer Henning Fürst, the album’s sound is said to feel “light, cool, and laid back.” Order up a mai tai in a coconut and hit play when the album drops October 2, courtesy of Secretly Canadian.

Meanwhile, as we recently reported, Lekman’s newest long player is titled I Know What Love Isn’t, that poor unlucky fella, and will be released on Secretly Canadian September 4 in the US. Jettisoning the full sound of 2007’s Night Falls on Kortedala, the new album is said to feature “strings but not a string section, an upright piano not grand” — it’s a less-is-more effort this time around, and it’s sure to leave us all moist in the eyes and in the pants, if you know what I mean. Check out the new video for the first single, “Erica America,” here.

But what’s better than two new Swedish delights this fall? A tour featuring both of the aforementioned artists! After touring through Europe in September, Lekman will hook up with Taken By Trees in October for an extensive jaunt through the US. Be sure to bring them tidings of pickled herring and meatballs to keep them from getting too homesick as they entertain us from coast to coast.

Jens Lekman dates:

07.28.12 - Castelbasso, IT - Soundlabs Festival
09.10.12 - Helsinki, FI - Tavastia
09.11.12 - Århus, DK - Train
09.12.12 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega
09.13.12 - Oslo, NO - Rockefeller
09.14.12 - Malmö, SE - KB
09.15.12 - Gothenburg, SE - Pustervik
09.17.12 - Stockholm, SE - Dramaten
09.19.12 - Manchester, UK - Ruby Lounge
09.20.12 - London, UK - Hackney Empire
09.21.12 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
09.23.12 - Paris, FR - Gaité Lyrique
09.24.12 - Strasbourg, FR - La Laiterie
09.25.12 - Utrecht, NL - Tivoli de Helling
09.26.12 - Berlin, DE - Postbahnhof
10.01.12 - Bloomington, IN - Buskirk-Chumley Theater*
10.02.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall*
10.04.12 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix*
10.05.12 - Montreal, QB - National*
10.06.12 - Boston, MA - Royale*
10.08.12 - New York, NY - Terminal 5*
10.11.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer*
10.12.12 - Washington, DC - 930 Club*
10.13.12 - Richmond, VA - National*
10.15.12 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle*
10.16.12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety*
11.01.12 - Seattle, WA - Neptune*
11.02.12 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom*
11.03.12 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater*
11.05.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore Auditorium*
11.06.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre*
11.08.12 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern*
11.09.12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom*
11.12.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
11.13.12 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk*
11.14.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s*

* Taken By Trees

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Deerhoof tour North America for college kids and morose, out-of-shape, debt-stricken, child-laden kids

Wow, everybody, let’s hear it for The Deerhooves. Those hardworking motherfuckers are always out there sweating it out on the ol’ dusty tour trail. And you know what? Sure, sometimes its because there’s an “album” they’re “pushing,” a “product” they’re “marketing” or whatever else you want to stick annoying quotes around (as they certainly did with 2011’s Deerhoof Vs. Evil). But SOMETIMES, ladies and gentlemen, sometimes they just get out there and tour for the sheer fucking THRILL of bein’ out there on the road, playing out-of-sight music for eager college kids; mildly-optimistic, out-of-college kids; and morose, out-of-shape, debt-stricken, child-laden, way-out-of-college kids. And guys, you’ll never guess what! This is one of those times.

Yup. Deerhoof is hitting the road this fall in support of absolutely nothing. Which is, now that I think about it, another way of saying that they’re hitting the road in support of absolutely anything at all! So, just take your pick of what you want them to be touring in support of, and (I assume) they’ll support it. Interested in world peace? Boom. World Piece tour. Are you a fan of Breaking Bad?? Cool, because Deerhoof is touring in support of Brian Cranston. Do you like Apple Computers? Well you’re in luck, because Deerhoof is coming to your town to promote them. And so on and so on. In fact, the only real danger here is if the thing that you you like is actually Deerhoof. Because no matter how harmless it sounds, Deerhoof can’t tour in support of Deerhoof without starting an endless feedback loop and ripping the fabric of the universe apart, ending all of existence for all space and matter and time for ever and ever in the blink of an eye. So yeah, if you just like Deerhoof, stay home.

07.20.12 - Antigonish, NS - Evolve Festival
09.05.12 - Washington, DC - The Black Cat
09.06.12 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival @ Memorial Auditorium
09.17.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg
09.18.12 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East
09.19.12 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal @ Cabaret Du Mile End
09.21.12 - Lexington, KY - Boomslang Festival @ Cosmic Charlie’s
09.22.12 - Chicago, IL - Scuba’s Tavern (early all-ages show)
09.22.12 - Chicago, IL - Schuba’s Tavern (10PM door 21+ show)
09.23.12 - Minneapolis, MN - The Brick
09.24.12 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
09.25.12 - Denver, CO - The Hi Dive
09.27.12 - Garden City, ID - Visual Arts Collective
09.28.12 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
09.29.12 - Portland, OR - Branx
09.30.12 - Arcata, CA - The Depot @ Humboldt State University
10.01.12 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
10.02.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex
11.03.12 - Dallas, TX - Prophet Bar
11.05.12 - Houston, TX - Walter’s
11.06.12 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
11.07.12 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box
11.08.12 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
11.09.12 - Orlando, FL - Accidental Music Festival @ The Plaza Live
11.10.12 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
11.12.12 - Richmond, VA - The National
11.13.12 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar

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Soul Jazz highlight British composers for TV, film, and library music with gargantuan release

Okay, so maybe middle-aged to elderly British folk don’t exactly comprise the majority of our readership, but considering the label and the amount of effort put into it, I expect Soul Jazz’s upcoming 2CD compilation TV Sound and Image: British Television, Film and Library Composers 1955-80 to garner widespread interest, regardless of age or nationality, and assuming one has an appreciation for 60s and 70s pop-culture. Or, maybe your friends are all hipsters, and you’re just trying to out-hipster them by latching onto a label that specializes in re-releasing rare music from around the world. To this I would say: good on you. Soul Jazz is a label worth embracing, a fact that I quickly realized upon listening to Invasion Of The Mysteron Killer Sounds In 3D from last year. Corners boy!

Oh, right, the new album. TV Sound and Image, which is due later this month, offers a 36-track overview of some of the most notable British composers for television, film, and music libraries during the period between 1955 and 1980. As you might expect given mediums for which the pieces were composed, the names behind them might not ring a bell (excepting, perhaps, John Barry), but the music itself tends to inspire a vague sense of familiarity, even if you’re a child of the latter decades. Sampling a few of the tracks myself, many of them are quite simply oozing the general musical tone of the period during which they were produced. You know what I’m talking about. What do you think of when someone mentions “70s music”? There, you’ve got it!

In addition to the explicitly musical aspect of things, TV Sound and Image will also include a 50-page booklet containing biographies, photography, and sleeve notes written by Jonny Trunk, who seems to have a penchant for this sort of thing (meaning film scores, unreleased TV music, and library music). Fortunately, thanks to him, as well as Soul Jazz’s Stuart Baker (who compiled the music), we all can reap the benefits.

TV Sound and Image: British Television, Film and Library Composers 1955-80 tracklisting:

CD 1

01. Barry Stoller - “Condition Red”
02. Pentangle - “Light Flight (Theme From Take Three Girls)”
03. Geoff Love And His Orchestra - “Three Days Of The Condor”
04. The Tony Hatch Sound - “Man Alive”
05. Richard Denton And Martin Cook - “Tomorrow’s World”
06. Brian Fahey And His Orchestra - “At The Sign Of The Swingin’ Cymbal”
07. Bullet - “The Contract Man”
08. Syd Dale - “Man Friday”
09. The Laurie Johnson Orchestra - “Echo Four-Two”
10. Keith Papworth - “Hard Hitter”
11. John Barry - “The Persuaders”
12. Roy Budd - “Getting Nowhere In A Hurry”
13. The Simon Park Orchestra - “Dawn To Dusk”
14. The Marylebone Orchestra - “Fiesta Numero Uno”
15. Sort Of Soul - “Bird ‘n Brass”
16. Johnny Gregory And His Orchestra - “The Avengers”
17. Johnny Harris - “Fragment Of Fear”
18. Roy Budd - “Get Carter”
19. Neil Richardson - “Guide Path”

CD 2

01. Brian Bennett - “Canvas”
02. Wil Malone - “Death Line”
03. Syd Dale - “Huckleberry Fine”
04. The Harry Roche Constellation - “Spiral”
05. The Ivor And Basil Kirchin Band - “Jungle Fire Dance”
06. The Laurie Johnson Orchestra - “The New Avengers Theme”
07. James Clarke + Sounds - “Folk Song”
08. The Reg Tilsley Orchestra - “Strike Rich”
09. The Barry Gray Orchestra - “Joe 90”
10. Keith Mansfield - “Soul Thing”
11. C.C.S. - “Whole Lotta Love”
12. Syd Dale - “Artful Dodger”
13. John Gregory And His Orchestra - “Jaguar”
14. Nick Ingman - “Down Home”
15. Barbara Moore - “Steam Heat”
16. Alan Parker - “Angels”
17. Alan Moorhouse - “Face Up”

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Talk Normal announce new album Sunshine and new label Joyful Noise (in Chris Tucker voice)

You know how unnerving it can be to hear recordings of your own voice? I don’t have a personalized voicemail greeting on my cell phone, because even though I’ll probably never have to listen to it myself, I know my voice won’t sound right. I’d rather have a robotic greeting than 30 seconds or so of me talking too fast and pausing unnecessarily as I try to come up with something more clever than “Hey, this is Caroline, leave a message.”

Talk Normal don’t give a fuck about anything like that. Sarah Register and Andrya Ambro play unhinged, visceral noise rock, and I’d bet they’re a little frightening live, in the best possible way. They claim The Velvet Underground, Cocteau Twins, Laurie Anderson, and Creatures as influences, and they’ve played shows with the likes of Sonic Youth, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Lydia Lunch. The Brooklyn duo has just signed to Joyful Noise and will release Sunshine, the follow-up to 2009’s Sugarland (TMT Review), on October 23. Check out this video teaser here and a track from the new album, “Bad Date,” here.

(If this was a recording, this would be the point where I really lose steam and start mumbling nonsense and conclude with something like “so… yeah”). So… Yeah.

Sunshine tracklist:

01. Lone General
02. XO
03. Bad Date
04. Sunshine
05. Hot Water Burns
06. Shot This Time
07. Cover
08. Baby Your Hearts Too Big
09. Hurricane

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Tame Impala to release new LP Lonerism this October. Meanwhile, in a parallel universe in which L’s and B’s have all been swapped: Tame Impaba to rebease new BP Bonerism this Octoler.

Hey Kids!! If you thought psych was cool before, just wait until you hear it with time-based guitar effects!

Hey Kids!! If you thought psych was cool before, just wait until you hear it with some synthesizers!

Hey Kids!! If you thought psych was cool before, just wait until you hear it when one guy more or less records everything himself in isolation and at his own pace!

Hey Kids!! If you thought psych was cool before, just wait until you hear it as mixed by Dave Fridmann!

Hey Kids!! If you thought psych was cool before, just wait until you hear it on more acid?

Hey Kids!! If you thought psych was cool before, just wait until you hear it with even more time-based guitar effects???

Hey Kids!! If you thought psych was cool before, just wait until you hear it in October 2012 when Tame Impala release their follow-up to 2010’s Innerspeaker, entitled Lonerism, on Modular!

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Fang Island streaming new album Major on Lars Gotrich’s NPR, tour US

Fang Island guitarist Chris Georges came up with a few reasons for the title of the band’s sophomore album, Major, reasons stemming from the major key, valley girls, independent labels, constellations, majors in the military, Steely Dan’s “Any Major Dude,” and rocks. I came up with a few different reasons — Belle and Sebastian’s “Me and the Major,” Broken Social Scene’s “Major Label Debut,” hurricanes, blizzards, tornadoes, chemistry, psychology, sociology, wolves, sharks, and lions.

Recently, Spin premiered “Seek It Out,” and P4K premiered both “Asunder” and “Sisterly,” and now NPR is streaming the entire album, which will be available July 24 via Sargent House. Why July 24? Perhaps because Zelda Fitzgerald was born July 24, 1900 or because O. Henry was released from prison July 24, 1901. Or because July 24 is Stirling Settlers Day in Stirling, Alberta.

Fang Island have already released a digital single for “Sisterly” with an Anamanaguchi remix, and they’ll tour the country throughout the rest of the summer to support Major — and because, you know, bicycles. And sailboats.

Major tracklist:

01. Kindergarten
02. Sisterly
03. Seek it Out
04. Make Me
05. Never Understand
06. Asunder
07. Dooney Rock
08. Regalia
09. Chompers
10. Chime Out
11. Victorinian


07.19.12 - Hartford, CT - Arch Street Tavern &
07.20.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
07.21.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Morgan’s Pier
07.22.12 - Washington DC - U Street Music Hall
07.23.12 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
07.25.12 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
07.26.12 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot - Pike Room
07.27.12 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
07.28.12 - Chicago, IL - Wicker Park Music Festival
07.29.12 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
07.30.12 - Kansas City, MO - Czar Bar *
08.01.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge *
08.02.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vertigo *
08.03.12 - Boise, ID - Neurolux *
08.04.12 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre *
08.05.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
08.07.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
08.10.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *!
08.11.12 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar !
08.12.12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Rhythm Room *!
08.13.12 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress *!
08.14.12 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad *!
08.16 .12- Dallas, TX - Club Dada !
08.17.12 - Austin, TX - Mohawk !
08.18.12 - Volente, TX - Beachfront Boat Studios
08.19.12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live - Studio !
08.20.12 - New Orleans, LA - Parish at House of Blues !
08.21.12 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree !
08.22.12 - Gainesville, FL - Double Down Live !
08.23.12 - St. Petersburg, FL - The Local 662 !
08.24.12 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits !
08.25.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade !
08.26.12 - Asheville, NC - Asheville Music Hall !
08.28.12 - Raleigh, NC - Kings !
08.29.12 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter !
08.30.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg !

& The Hold Steady
* Zechs Marquise
! Adebisi Shank

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