The Thermals announce new record Desperate Ground, sign to Saddle Creek, pledge allegiance to Omaha

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Call me old-fashioned, but when I think Saddle Creek Records, I think of Cursive and other bands that are friends with Cursive. Really, call me old-fashioned for that view, as it’s woefully out-of-date. For years now, Saddle Creek’s been operating outside of their original Omaha-centric wheelhouse. I mean, they signed The Rural Alberta Advantage, a band from a country that doesn’t even have an Omaha! Portland’s The Thermals are also not from Omaha, mostly because they’re from Portland. They’ve also got a new record, Desperate Ground, coming out April 16 through Saddle Creek.

While, as we have established, The Thermals are not from Omaha, they do share a long relationship of friendship with Saddle Creek. The Faint have been known to sleep on Thermals frontman Hutch Harris’s floor. Way back in 1999, Harris and bassist Kathy Foster organized the first Bright Eyes show in Portland.

Desperate Ground was produced by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Kurt Vile, dozens and dozens of others) in Hoboken, New Jersey, a job which was completed mere hours before Hurricane Sandy hit the state. According to the band, lyrically the record is “a brash and irresponsible ode to human violence, a black celebration of the inevitability of war and death.” Sounds fun! And, since it’s a Thermals record, it probably will be fun.

Desperate Ground tracklist:

01. Born to Kill
02. You Will Be Free
03. The Sunset
04. I Go Alone
05. The Sword by My Side
06. You Will Find Me
07. Faces Stay with Me
08. The Howl of the Winds
09. Where I Stand
10. Our Love Survives

Dates:

03.01.13 - San Francisco, CA - Noise Pop @ Rickshaw Stop
03.02.13 - Cupertino, CA - Homestead Lanes Bowling Alley
03.07.13 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent
03.08.13 - Clinton, NY - Beinekie Events Barn @ Hamilton College
03.09.13 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
03.13-16.13 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.18.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex (Check Yo Ponytail)

• The Thermals: http://www.thethermals.com
• Saddle Creek: http://saddle-creek.com

RIP: Collin Anderson, TMT writer

Earlier this month, we reported how TMT writer Collin Anderson and his partner Rachel Firak were involved in a serious car accident in New York that left both in intensive care. While Rachel is slowly healing from the accident, Collin was unfortunately unable to recover and passed away last week at 26.

Needless to say, the TMT staff is heartbroken by the news. Collin — writer, musician, and friend — was an integral member of the team: not only did he contribute impeccably clever, soulful reviews with a unique, writerly sensibility, but he was also one of the primary conversationalists behind the scenes, initiating thoughtful discussions about everything from our rating system to our pseudonyms to our usage of neutral pronouns. Talking with Collin about such topics was always a pleasure too, because he was as passionate a reader of TMT as he was a writer. He knew the site intimately, attentive to the details only the most hardcore of readers would notice. In fact, before we officially took Collin on board back in 2009, he astutely guessed in his application that TMT must have an internal message board and a music-sharing system in place, just by noticing how an album that was never reviewed on the site had made it onto one of our year-end lists.

It was clear then, and it is crystal clear now, that Collin always wanted to encourage more music sharing, more exchanging of ideas, more communication in general. It was never about the ego for Collin (he changed his TMT moniker from his real name to unicornmang two years after he was hired, in part to avoid the ego), and it was not even necessarily about “the music,” per se. What drove Collin here and allowed him to so easily befriend anyone he talked to was his desire to facilitate discussion, to encourage us to learn from each other, to use our resources to build a stronger, more vibrant community.

We are honored that Collin chose to share his life with us. His influence on us both individually and as a whole will continue as we go forward, with Collin having permanently infected us with his charming inquisitiveness and the goodness in his heart.

We love you, Collin. RIP.


Today, Tiny Mix Tapes posts Collin’s last review (which was submitted days before the accident) and a tribute mix. We will suspend posting anything else today in remembrance of Collin. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Here is a eulogy by Tim Terhaar using Collin’s own words:

This is an old story. Originally emanated from a single speck of dust. But it’s worth exorcizing all of your predictions. Urgency is the central thing — bread-breakingly stirring. Sound in print breathes life into an invisible community.

A review constituting a small miracle, like a brick wall over and over, waiting for the other shoe to drop. The paraphernalia of stories untold are tied to his limbs with strips of ribbon. I am still quite actively searching, not recovered.

Missing the mark, to be human. Hitting dead ends is another question. But the termitelike “now” is certain, the only umbrella before the torrent.

It’s miraculous that we still somehow walk away from a pileup in love with the textured thicket of machines. A lot of us have been preparing emotional space for… it’ll remain impossible to say. This complete indeterminacy, somehow more prominent the deeper you dig.

Always familiar but unforeseen, something that’s already there leaves you floored, hungry. Clues to an invisible structure live and die, and you’ll both just sit there. But you know what this sounds like already.

This is where the guts thing comes back. Let’s just cross our fingers in hopes that their brains aren’t as permanently cooked as this fractured narrative. Amoebic diligence past being able to do anything about it — score for the machines. This empty dread when the buzzing naughts are left on too long without feedback.

There’s a strange peace in asking the right questions. Mash-up, alien, or oblivion? There’s a piece of you that will stop. This unnamed “you” plays time like an accordion. To construct something, intent on a cut-and-paste asymptote.

Believing in people is harder than believing in unseen unity. “Infinite reserve of uplifting hurt” loses meaning, leading into nothing in particular. You know what we like to do with serious things. Sing her syllables like Shaker exsufflations.

How damned deliberate, like a hornet struggling for life. We’re talking primordial soup in a panic almost too protracted to witness, the only humanity we’ve had to cling to so far being minutes from vapor. Suddenly a cavernous silence, the type you might imagine before being hit by an oncoming train.

Worm through your day-to-day, then quickly gather dust. Emotional tug will still be there for us when apostles break down walls. Rolling down the windows might well be a therapeutic issue.

Don’t screw around with your certainty. His projected project like another piece of debris more permanent than himself. Otherworldly flotsam. A certain tired humanity filled with some creeping sense that something’s on its way and may never arrive. Cleft mumble, unspoken floors. Apparent silence.

There’s no easy word for how contagious woes punch straight through where they need to. Grief straddles the line between the human and the chemical. We should be thankful he dwelt long enough to make no bones. I don’t know which side of the skull I’m on.

There’s only, it seems, one thing left to love: this solitary, fractured record. A claustrophobic aluminum halo. A brass rubbing of some ineffable, powerful yet stationary force. Sitting in the corner gathering dust, messing with the guts — they do go on forever.

Some days I can stare into smoke for hours. Less an act of investigation and more an act of prayer. The actual visceral experience of one person’s diminution. The world lost a warm and honest person.

Go out the window. Step in the glimmering bear trap. Split your heart, replete. Imperfect until it becomes perfect. No matter how many bizarre directions this relationship takes, it all comes together again on a couch in Syracuse.

Kendrick Lamar announces US tour, prepares for northern hemispheral domination

He wrote a song about three of my favorite things — swimming pools, drinking, and bad decisions (some people might call them “regrets” but man, that’s a downer) — sloshed his way into our hearts/ears, and now he’s going on a world tour for a while. Okay, so maybe Europe and the US aren’t quite “the world.” But from February 8 to June 29, Kendrick Lamar is gonna own the Northern Hemisphere, as the man has just announced additional tourdates that head straight into the USA.

The new crown prince of Rapland is in Germany and Denmark this weekend, and by the end of the month he’ll be kicking off the US leg of his tour in Gainesville, Florida. The man who gave us “Swimming Pools (Drank)” will be repping his major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city (TMT Review) at colleges, ballrooms, and awkwardly named festivals (sorry, Kanrocksas) across the lower 48. He’ll also be doing his thang at New York’s Governors Ball music festival in June, along with Kanye, Erykah Badu, The XX, Crystal Castles, Nas, Grizzly Bear, and about a million other representations of music’s finest.

Dates:

02.08.13 - Schuettorf, Germany - Index
02.09.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Docks
02.10.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega House of Music
02.11.13 - Malmo, Sweden - KB
02.12.13 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller Music Hall
02.14.13 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Pustervik
02.15.13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Muchenbryggeriet
02.16.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Circus
02.25.13 - Gainesville, FL - O’Connell Center
02.26.13 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
03.08.13 - Winter Park, CO - Snowball Music Festival
03.09.13 - New Orleans, LA - Buku Music/Arts Project & Mardi Gras World
03.22.13 - Winston-Salem, NC - Winston-Salem Entertainment Sports Complex
04.01.13 - Iowa City, IA - U of I Main Lounge
04.13.13 - Athens, OH - Fest at The Venue
04.17.13 - St. Louis, MO - Chaifetz Arena
04.21.13 - Lowell, MA - Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
05.11.13 - Columbia, MD - Sweetlife Festival - Merriweather Post Pavillion
06.07-09.13 - New York, NY - Governors Ball
06.28.13 - Kansas City, KS - Kanrocksas Music Festival
06.29.13 - Los Angeles, CA - STAPLES Center - (BET Experience)

• Kendrick Lamar: http://www.kendricklamar.com

Balam Acab announces projects with Vektroid (Macintosh Plus), Marissa Nadler, and LE1F

Balam Acab, one of our favorite producers, made special announcements on Twitter recently:

Exciting, of course, is the fact that Balam Acab is collaborating with TMT favorite Marissa Nadler, working on a beat for TMT favorite LE1F, and, eventually, working on new material. But we’re particularly excited to see that he’s releasing a split with Vektroid (@waterfallvoyeur), who TMT went sorta bonkers over last year under her Macintosh Plus and 情報デスクVIRTUAL monikers. It’ll be the first time Vek (who was DJing with Balam Acab in Turntable.fm Wednesday night) will see her music on vinyl.

Meanwhile, Marissa is preparing for a European tour, LE1F just dropped a new mixtape, and you can catch Vektroid in a #rare performance with Magic Fades and S☯LΞ IPSUM at Portland’s SoHiTek tonight. More info here. And more exciting news to be revealed SOON.

• Balam Acab: https://soundcloud.com/balamacab
• Vektroid: http://vektroid.tumblr.com
• LE1F: http://le1f.com
• Marissa Nadler: http://marissanadler.com

Björk cancels Kickstarter campaign for Windows and Android Biophilia apps; iPhone users gloat with poorly composed remixes

Björk has cancelled her Kickstarter campaign, and it’s a damn shame too, because in order to successfully pull off a Kickstarter campaign, you have to give it some time to work! Watch television (ideally for several weeks straight), knit a sweater, learn a foreign language, and just generally let things marinate, as opposed to calling it quits three weeks prior to the specified deadline. Of course, it’s probably most important that you begin by setting a realistic monetary goal for yourself, and in that respect, Björk (or at least her representatives) admit to possibly maybe being a bit too optimistic.

Her Kickstarter campaign, which was originally meant to fund the reprogramming of Biophilia apps for Android and Windows 8 devices, ended with £15,370 raised… out of its £375,000 goal. In American dollars that’s roughly $24,000 out of $590,000. An explanation for the campaign’s cancellation follows below:

Dear Backers,

We’ve decided to stop the Kickstarter campaign. Seems like the costs were too gigantic and we too optimistic, so it seemed cleverest to pause it for now. Things seem to be changing fast; perhaps in a year, even months, there will be a far cheaper way to reprogram this. We are extremely grateful for the help we got, though, and want to extend a big thank you to all our contributors, great and small. You guys generously offered your own hard–earned money to something bigger than yourselves that you believe in, and we are deeply touched by your contributions. Once again, thank you. We are still looking at ways of making this happen so send your email address to kickstarter@bjork.com and we‘ll keep you posted when there‘s any new developments.

The Biophilia Team x

• Björk: http://bjork.com

Ellen Allien returns with LISm on March 12 via BPitch Control

It’s been a while for Ellen Allien hasn’t it? Considering the steady clip she releases her own music and curated DJ sets, Dust and its remixes makes 2010 seem like ages ago. Well, that’s going to change because on March 12, Berlin-based DJ/producer Ellen Allien will be releasing her new record, LISm on BPitch Control, the label she founded way back in 1999.

The follow-up to 2010’s Dust (TMT Review), LISm takes a different approach than her other work. Rather than a collection consisting of a dozen or so individual songs, the record is one 47:58 track meant to evoke the tone of one of her DJ sets utilizing various styles and sounds to create a complete, comprehensive work.

The album has its roots in a collaboration. Ellen Allien was approached to compose the soundtrack for a new work, Drama per Musica, by modern dance choreographers Alexandre Roccoli and Sevérine Rième as part of the Spectacles Vivants Festival at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Always up for a challenge, Allien took the opportunity to break into the scoring business. The collaboration piece debuted in March of 2011. Since then, Allien opted to, according to the press release, “revive and rework” the piece in order to create something brand new. The sample below has an interesting mix of glitchy clicks, downtempo synthesizer melodies, smoothed out saxophones, and dreamy vocals, and should give you an idea of what’s in store.

• Ellen Allien: http://www.ellenallien.de
• BPitch Control: https://www.bpitchcontrol.de

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