Thee Oh Sees drop word about dropping new album Drop in April, thus overwhelming swaths of confused bassheads

Thee Oh Sees drop word about dropping new album Drop in April, thus overwhelming swaths of confused bassheads http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1402/news-14-02-thee-oh-sees.jpg

As was previously alluded to, members of Thee Oh Sees scoff at societal convention and things like accepted definitions of words. While taking a “hiatus” might indicate for the rest of us a euphemism for involuntary career suspension, or entail an indefinite vacation with indefinite activities (but for sure, personally, an indefinite number of pizzas consumed), for Thee Oh Sees it apparently means a mere lapse in live performances — as if they hadn’t exceeded the quota already! Furthermore, with the following news, it’s clear that they’ve swapped ”hiatus” for one of its sorta-anagrams. “Ha, suit!” is their unmitigated response to the pressure to become slaves to The Man, greenback-lined though His swanky business attire may be. Deserving of kudos, they’re sticking to the music, collectively and otherwise.

Eh, sort of. Let’s temper that whole “lack of an actual hiatus” thing a bit, because while Drop, Thee Oh Sees’ fifth official full-length in four years, is set for release April 19, it was technically recorded last fall and not somehow instantaneously since the official announcement of a hiatus back in December. Obviously we’ll take it regardless: the album features contributions from Mikal Cronin, Greer McGettrick of the recently split, also-Bay Area band The Mallard, Casafis, and drummer Chris Woodhouse. Woodhouse apparently also owns the venue in which the album was recorded, a “banana ripening warehouse.” So in the absence of a definitive scientific answer either way, let’s assume the rage-inducing qualities of mass banana smells. The track below has been labeled “the heaviest Oh Sees song yet.”

Drop tracklisting:

01. Penetrating Eye
02. Encrypted Bounce
03. Savage Victory
04. Put Some Reverb on My Brother
05. Drop
06. Camera (Queer Sound)
07. King’s Noise
08. Transparent World
09. The Lens

• Thee Oh Sees: http://www.theeohsees.com
• Castle Face: http://www.castlefacerecords.com

Animal Collective release Spotify Sessions EP, Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow celebrates 20th anniversary

Last year, American treasure Michael Winslow (best known for Police Academy and cool noises) took the stage at Bonnaroo to join some band called Animal Collective. Just kidding. We all know who Animal Collective are. But the Michael Winslow thing definitely happened. As if to prove that this titanic event occurred, Pitchfork reports Animal Collective have put out an EP through Spotify documenting their touch with the gods. Appropriately titled Spotify Sessions, the four-track EP can be heard right now by Spotify users.

Heck, here’s the widget right now:

The set features Animal Collective performing a song from each of their last four records. Which is great and all, those are good records, but it does leave one pondering the possibilities. What could Michael Winslow have added to Sung Tongs’ “Visiting Friends”? Or “I See You Pan,” the opener of 2002’s Holinndagain? Well, wonder no longer. Michael Winslow would have added fire truck sounds.

Spotify Sessions tracklist:

01. Moonjock
02. Peacebone
03. Brother Sport
04. Purple Bottle

• Animal Collective: http://animalcollective.org

RIP: Bob Casale, Devo guitarist

From MTV:

Bob Casale, one of the original members of Devo, passed away Monday from “conditions that lead to heart failure” at the age of 61, according to his brother and bandmate Gerald Casale.

“As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning,” Casale wrote on the band’s Facebook page. “He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.”

Devo is an American New Wave band that was formed in 1972, in part, by brothers Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Bob and Gerald Casale. At first an underground band — bursting onto the scene with debut album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! — Devo soon found widespread fame 1980’s Freedom of Choice and the single “Whip It,” the video for which received massive airplay on MTV.

• Devo: http://www.clubdevo.com

Twin Peaks soundtracks to receive vinyl reissues, coffee, cherry pie, logs, sawmills, horses, giants

Like certain individuals in the soul-obliterating Black Lodge, the vinyl soundtracks of David Lynch’s TV series Twin Peaks and follow-up film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me have been stuck in limbo for a good 20 years. Neither have been available since their original releases in 1990 and 1992, respectively, perhaps because they’re being milked for their sweet, sweet Garmonbozia. But soon, their soul torture shall be over, as The Vinyl Factory reports that Death Waltz Recording Company will be reissuing the pair later this year. No release date has been set, though you may be able to derive the date of release by throwing a series of rocks into the woods.

Referencing the dietary habits of a one Mr. Dale Cooper, the Twin Peaks soundtrack will be printed on cherry-colored vinyl, while the Fire Walks With Me soundtrack will be coffee-colored. Variations in different colors such as “log” or “crazy-Black-Lodge-floor” have not been announced and will likely never be announced, but if anyone from Death Waltz is reading this, think about it. The company has not yet released the cover art for the records, though they do say that the covers are finished and have been approved by David Lynch. You can always (?) trust David Lynch.

• Death Waltz: http://deathwaltzrecordingcompany.com

Nat Baldwin’s new full-length In the Hollows is out in April; could I interest you in more facts about the album in all caps?

And now for another round of Caps-Locked Answers to Oddly Specific Questions About Nat Baldwin!

Q: Does Nat Baldwin have a new full-length called In the Hollows coming out April 29 from Western Vinyl?
A: YES!

Q: Does Nat use a weaving metaphor in his description of the album?
A: YES!

Q: Could you give more detail about the metaphor, like a quote or something?
A: “I WANTED THE STRINGS TO ADD TO THE MOURNFUL QUALITY OF THE SONGS, WEAVING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE SONIC TERRAIN, PROVIDING EMOTIONAL EMPHASIS, BUT ALSO LEAVING NECESSARY AMOUNTS OF SPACE!!”

Q: Can I pre-order In the Hollows?
A: DUH!

Q: I feel like Nat plays bass in the Dirty Projectors? And hasn’t he worked with all sorts of folks like Department of Eagles and Vampire Weekend?
A: YOUR ACCURACY IS UNCANNY!

Q: And isn’t he also going on tour between the dates of March 14 and June 8 with an array of artists including Ryan Power, and Lisa/Liza?
A: HONESTLY IS THERE ANY POINT TO ME ANSWERING THESE QUESTIONS WHEN YOU SEEM TO ALREADY KNOW THE ANSWERS?

Q: I’m just trying to be helpful!
A: CAN’T YOU SEE HOW IT WOULD MAKE ME FEEL A LITTLE UNNECESSARY THOUGH?

Q: You’re necessary, no one ever said you weren’t important!
A: SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE YOU DON’T THINK ABOUT ME DURING THE DAY THOUGH!

Q: Just because I don’t text you every 20 minutes doesn’t mean I don’t care!
A: ALRIGHT ALRIGHT, LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS LATER, DON’T YOU THINK WE’RE STRAYING A LITTLE TOO FAR FROM THE FORMAT?

Q: Should we just embed a stream of title track “In the Hollows” and get out of here?
A: IF WE DON’T DO IT SOON THIS JOKE WILL GET OLD PRETTY FAST!

In the Hollows tracklisting:

01. Wasted
02. Knockout
03. Half My Life
04. In the Hollows
05. The End
06. Cosmos Pose
07. Sharpshooter
08. Bored to Death
09. A Good Day to Die

Dates:

03.14.14 - Biddeford, ME - The Oak and the Ax *
03.15.14 - Bar Harbor, ME - Lompoc Café *
04.04.14 - Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival
04.30.14 - Kittery, ME - BUOY ~
05.01.14 - Pawtucket, RI - Machines With Magnets
05.02.14 - Portland, ME - Space
05.03.14 - Winooski, VT - Winooski United Methodist Church
05.28.14 - Lancaster, OH - Rockmill Brewery Tasting Room^
05.29.14 - Chicago, IL - Constellation
05.30.14 - Champaign, IL - Mike ‘n’ Molly’s
05.31.14 - Bloomington, IN - Rootcellar Lounge
06.01.14 - Louisville, KY - Dreamland
06.02.14 - Cincinnati, OH - The Ice Cream Factory
06.04.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
06.06.14 - New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine
06.07.14 - Hudson, NY - The Spotty Dog Books & Ale
06.08.14 - Peterborough, NH - The Thing In The Spring !

* Lisa/Liza
~ Ryan Power
^ Holler Boys
! Dave Kontak Ensemble

• Nat Baldwin: http://natbaldwin.tumblr.com
• Western Vinyl: http://westernvinyl.com

Jenny Hval touring with Swans and Mark McGuire, wants to sing about internet porn for you

It’s a story as beautiful as any in “Modern Love” (the New York Times column no one ever actually reads but which everyone either complains about or posts endlessly on Facebook): Scandinavian songwriter with the voice of a pornographic angel and haunting songs about internet porn meets legendary New York band with a reputation for equal parts beauty and brutality and at least a couple songs about debasement and sex work. Together the two sail forth on a lengthy tour of much of Western Civilization, leaving a plague of intelligent, challenging music in their wake.

And so, once upon a time, a really fucked-up fairytale began. Jenny Hval joined hands with Mark McGuire for a blissful month of touring the US behind 2013’s Innocence Is Kinky (TMT Review), her most recent release for Rune Grammofon and our 40th-favorite album of that year. Then in May, Hval meets up with Swans in their spiritual homeland, the center of all depravity, Washington, DC, for an idyllic visionquest through the rugged moors and rolling hills of the United Kingdom. You can check out Jenny Hval performing her song “Why This and Not That?” at a night session in Oslo’s botanical gardens via Yours Truly here:

Dates:

03.28.14 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
03.29-30.14 - Knoxville, TN - Big Ears Festival
04.01.14 - Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival
04.02.14 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway *
04.03.14 - Kansas, City, MO - TBD *
04.04.14 - Omaha, NE - Barley St. Tavern *
04.05.14 - Denver, CO - Moe’s *
04.07.14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Western *
04.08.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Church *
04.09.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel *
04.10.14 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place *
04.12.14 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar *
04.13.14 - Seattle, WA - Barboza *
04.14.14 - Vancouver, BC - TBD *
04.17.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club *
04.18.14 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
05.14.14 - Washington, DC - Black Cat %
05.15.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer %
05.17.14 - Boston, MA - Royale Nightclub %
05.18.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom %
05.19.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg %
05.22.14 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy 2 %
05.23.14 - Newcastle, UK - Hoults Yard %
05.24.14 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches %
05.25.14 - Aberdeen, UK - The Lemon Tree %
05.27.14 - London, UK - Brixton Electric %
05.28.14 - Bristol, UK - Trinity Community Arts %
05.29.14 - Reading, UK - Sub89 %
05.31.14 - Birmingham, UK - Supersonic Festival
06.01.14 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit %
06.02.14 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2 %

* Mark McGuire
% Swans

• Jenny Hval: http://jennyhval.com
• Rune Grammofon: http://www.runegrammofon.com

  

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