Tsembla denies rumors of a cold, readies Nouskaa Henget LP on Matt Mondanile’s New Images label

Tsembla denies rumors of a cold, readies Nouskaa Henget LP on Matt Mondanile's New Images label http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1306/news-13-06-tsembla_1.jpg

What, you didn’t think that the laid-back musical evocations of his Ducktails moniker were an indication of some deeper and actual tendency toward being a lazy bastard, did you? Putting aside the ease with which artists seem to be setting up labels these days, Matthew Mondanile’s New Images imprint, two years on, already has some wonderful releases added to its New Jersey-based namesake. Of particular note, Madalyn Merkey’s Scent (TMT Review) enters your cognition not through your earholes, but fittingly through your nostrils, making your nose hairs waft in unison to the minimal oscillations. Yes… dance you little nose hairs, just like you were a true component of the inner ear. Ooh, it tickles!

Moseying in lock-step to the generally innocuous vibe of label, and expanding upon the Nordic acquaintance that beckoned its premiere, Swedish-Finnish artist Tsembla a.k.a. Marja Johansson will be releasing Nouskaa Henget on June 24. “Nouskaa henget” apparently means “Spirits, rise” in English, and what an appropriate title it is, because after sampling her work via SoundCloud, the inclination is to venture into the forest on a sunny afternoon, gather all the woodland creatures you can find, and summon some sort of deity for a playful rendezvous on the clouds — hippie attire advised. Warped electronics and abstract melodies assist in creating a tone of fantastic contentedness. What concerns, I say? Listen to a track below.

• Tsembla: https://www.facebook.com/tsembla
• New Images Ltd.: http://newimageslimited.com

[Photo: Pauli Laasonen]

Sean McCann readies the beautiful Music for Private Ensemble, and it’s music for you too!

It goes without saying that music publicists are all about putting their clients in the best possible light. When it comes to music releases, their repertoire can include a mix of superlatives and grandiose descriptions, but I’ve noticed a separate thread as well: an emphasis on the artist’s work ethic. If it’s revealed than an album was crafted along the slopes of Mount Doom, with a gang of ringwraiths sporadically passing by for the purposes of flipping shit, you’d be all the more impressed, no? Well, how do we know that the recording actually took place within close proximity to the dreaded Eye? Isn’t that entire story fiction? When press releases mention that such-and-such artist spent however many decades conjuring and later realizing an album, I’d like to think that lounging in the most comfy of reclining chairs wasn’t deemed a part of that realization process.

Private Ensemble was written, recorded, and laboriously edited over the course of 17 months, composed both traditionally as well as through the clustering and organization of improvisations.”

Believe it, because not only does Sean McCann’s extensive back catalogue offer an attestation, but it’s difficult to imagine a (sort of ridiculously) multi-layered utilization of violin, viola, cello, flute, piano, glockenspiel, and percussion taking much less time. Music for Private Ensemble is his first solo LP since the intricacies of the The Capital (TMT Review), and it also represents a personal fulfillment for Recital, the label that he founded and operates, as he remarked in a prior interview with TMT: “I’ve been very interested with classical, minimalism, and overwhelmingly melodic music, like choral motets… I want to release purely beautiful music.”

Kayla Cohen offers some vocal allure to conclude the album, but otherwise this is purely a McCannian effort, more refined than a concert hall dressed in a giant tuxedo. A classier theoretical thing may not exist. The deluxe edition begins shipping July 9.

Music for Private Ensemble tracklisting:

01. Introduction: Reservations / An Exchange of Courtesies pts. 1 & 2
02. Character Change
03. City with All the Angles
04. Conclusion: Our Days of Generosity Are Over / Arden

• Sean McCann/Recital: http://www.recitalprogram.com

RIP: Bobby “Blue” Bland, blues and soul singer

From The Washington Post:

Bobby “Blue” Bland, a distinguished singer who blended Southern blues and soul in songs such as “Turn on Your Love Light” and “Further On Up the Road,” died Sunday. He was 83.

Rodd Bland said his father died due to complications from an ongoing illness at his Memphis, Tenn., home. He was surrounded by relatives.

Bland was known as the “the Sinatra of the blues” and was heavily influenced by Nat King Cole, often recording with lavish arrangements to accompany his smooth vocals. He even openly imitated Frank Sinatra on the “Two Steps From the Blues” album cover, standing in front of a building with a coat thrown over his shoulder.

• Bobby “Blue” Bland: http://www.bobbybluebland.com

SPF420 hosts live Japanese footwork event tomorrow, with Paisley Parks, Foodman, and Giant Claw

Those crazy kids at SPF420 are at it again, and we’re particularly excited, because the e-venue is hosting an event tomorrow that feels 100% tailored to TMT’s tastes. The theme this time? JAPANESE FOOTWORK. We’ve been keeping our ears on Japanese footwork for quite some time in our Chocolate Grinder section, and SPF420 has lovingly plucked two of the greatest Japanese footwork artists known to humankind: Paisley Parks, whose Бh○§† recently earned our Eureka! distinction, and Foodman, whose demented footwork album, Shokuhin, was released to my acclaim earlier this year on Orange Milk. Speaking of Orange Milk, the label’s co-owner (and kinda TMTer) Keith Rankin is playing the event too as Giant Claw. He doesn’t really do footwork and is white as a ghost, but hey, we’re not complaining.

The fest goes down tomorrow, Saturday, at 10 PM EST, hosted at the e-venue’s new home. RSVP if you want at the Facebook event page, and preview the lineup here:

Paisley Parks:


Giant Claw:

• SPF420: http://www.spf420.com
• Paisley Parks: https://soundcloud.com/paisleyparks
• Foodman: https://soundcloud.com/shokuhin-maturi
• Giant Claw: http://giantclaw.bandcamp.com
• Orange Milk: http://www.orangemilkrecords.com

The trailer for the new Neko Case LP is the most beautiful work of cinematography known to man; also, she’s on tour!

Remember a few years ago when you’d go to the movies and there’d always be this absolutely awe-inspiring short black-and-white film full of beautiful lovers cavorting in a field and fireworks and petals flying off a daisy in the wind, and in the midst of it all, you’d be like, “Goddammnit, I am PROUD to be an American, I am young and alive and free,” etc. And then, just as your heart was surging with the beauty of life, the screen went to black and it turned out it was actually a Levi’s commercial? And then you had to shove your heart back down your throat and pretend like, “Oh it was a commercial, whatever, it clearly didn’t make ME feel anything special”? Remember that?

Well, the trailer for the new Neko Case album is pretty much just like that wondrous jeans commercial disguised as an art film, except it actually has heart and soul and you don’t have to be embarrassed if you start crying at how glorious, just glorious, life is. Here it is!

Revel in its beauty and feel no shame! Warning: this thing includes a tantalizing 90 seconds of new music, but gives no release date. At least we know the title: The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love. Neko borrowed that one from Morrissey’s ol’ bag o’ titles, obviously. Fans can love Ms. Case more this summer as she tours the US and Canada, with a nice handful of summer festival dates for those of you who like sunburns and $10 PBRs.


06.22.13 - North Adams, MA - Solid Sound Festival
07.06.13 - Ottawa, ON - RBC Royal Bank Ottawa Bluesfest
07.07.13 - Toronto, ON - Toronto Urban Roots Fest
08.09.13 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Folk Festival
08.11.13 - Regina, SK - Regina Folk Festival
08.24-25.13 - Monterey, CA - First City Festival
09.06-07.13 - Chicago, IL - AV Fest/Hideout Block Party
09.08.13 - Portland, OR - Musicfest NW
09.16.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden Amphitheater
10.04-06.13 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
10.11-13.13 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival

• Neko Case: http://www.nekocase.com
• Anti-: http://www.anti.com

Andrew Cedermark tries to go home again this July with Home Life

Andrew Cedermark is a man with many homes. Splitting time between New York, New Jersey, and Virginia, the ex-Titus Andronicus guitarist has a reputation for putting out personal work. Fans are in luck as that’s not going to change with his new album, Home Life, dropping July 16 on the Underwater Peoples label.

The follow up to his debut LP Moon Deluxe (and that coming on the heels of a few singles and compilation appearances), Cedermark is once again hitting some reliable (and relatable) lyrical subjects such as alienation, falling in/out of love, and, as hinted at by the title, growing (and conversely not growing) up.

Appropriately, the album was recorded in a few different places. While New Paltz, NY was the home base for the album’s recording, Cedermark also found himself occupying studios in Charlottesville, VA and New York City, and includes Liquor Store’s Sarim Al-Rawi in the lineup for a few songs.

Be on the lookout for some live dates in the near future as the Andrew Cedermark Revue (Cedermark, Alex Tretiak on drums, Jacob Wolf on bass, and Evan Brody on guitar) are going to hit the road soonish.

That’s all I got for this one, so here is Home Life’s tracklist:

01. On Me
02. Tiller of Lawn
03. Canis Major
04. Canis Minor
05. Heap of Trash
06. Train Window Man
07. At Home
08. Come Back
09. Memories, Ah!
10. Men in Jail

• Andrew Cedermark: http://andrewcedermark.bandcamp.com
• Underwater Peoples: http://underwaterpeoples.com


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