Unknown Mortal Orchestra release new acoustic EP, but it’s not like, emo or jam band-y or anything like that, it’s still COOL ha ha, right guys?

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra want you to know that they ain’t no acoustic guitar hippies, ‘k, guys? Just so you know before they announce the release of their forthcoming acoustic EP, Blue Record. It’s cool, okay? It’s not a bunch of campfire songs, or yearning sentimental dudes running through the halls of their high schools trying to put their creepy hands all over you by whipping out on acoustic guitar on a fire escape at 3 AM. IT’S NOT LIKE THAT AT ALL. Says singer and guitarist Ruban Nielson:

I only started playing the acoustic guitar last year. I’d always preferred the idea that the guitar converts a sound into voltage and then becomes really loud. I thought the acoustic guitar was a little bit too twee for me or something. But after being offered some opportunities to play various acoustic sessions to promote the new record, in situations where it wasn’t possible to record the whole band, I decided to treat it like a challenge to try and play acoustic and not have it be lame.

And as luck would have it, people dug the acoustic Unknown Mortal Orchestra stuff. So the band decided to release some acoustic versions of previously released tracks, plus some covers. Everything was recorded in Nielson’s basement with a one microphone, direct-to-tape, DIY punk as fuck aesthetic. DEAL WITH IT. Covers include reworkings of Beck’s “Puttin It Down” and Dirty Projectors’ “Swing Lo Magellan.” The EP comes out October 29 on Jagjaguwar, and a multitude of travel envy-inducing tour dates are listed below.

Blue Record tracklisting:

01. Swim & Sleep (Like a Shark) (Acoustic Version)
02. Faded in the Morning (Acoustic Version)
03. So Good at Being in Trouble (Acoustic Version)
04. Swing Lo Magellan
05. Puttin’ It Down

Tour dates:

09.25.13 - Sacramento, CA - Harlowe’s
09.26.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
09.27.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
09.28.13 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
09.29.13 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
10.02.13 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
10.03.13 - Little Rock, AR - Stickyz RocknRoll Chicken Shack
10.04.13 - Nashville, TN - Exit In
10.05.13 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
10.06.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.08.13 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
10.09.13 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
10.11.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.14.13 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
10.15.13 - Montreal, Canada - Cabaret Mile End
10.16.13 - Toronto, Canada - Lee’s Palace
10.17.13 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick Lounge
10.18.13 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
10.19.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar
10.21.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10.22.13 - Madison, WI - The Frequency
11.07.13 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
11.08.13 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2
11.10.13 - Poitiers, France - Le Confort Moderne
11.11.13 - Paris, France - Point Ephemere
11.12.13 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli Oudegracht
11.13.13 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Club
11.15.13 - Prague, Czech Republic - Chapeau Rouge
11.16.13 - Vienna, Austria - B72
11.18.13 - Budapest, Hungary - A38 Ship
11.20.13 - Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik
11.21.13 - Dudingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn
11.22.13 - Carpi, Italy - Mattatoio
11.23.13 - Rome, Italy - Blackout
11.25.13 - Montpellier, France - Rockstore
11.26.13 - Barcelona, Spain - La 2
11.27.13 - Madrid, Spain - El Sol
01.15.14 - Shanghai, China - Yuyintang
01.16.14 - Beijing, China - Mao Livehouse
01.18.14 - Seoul, South Korea - Rolling Hall
01.19.14 - Busan, South Korea - Vinyl Underground
01.21.14 - Hong Kong - Grappas Cellar
01.22.14 - Bangkok, Thailand - Sonic
01.23.14 - Taipei, Taiwan - The Wall

• Unknown Mortal Orchestra: http://unknownmortalorchestra.com
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

Frog Eyes announce Carey’s Cold Spring, out October 7, just in time for the beginning of “cold spring,” which is more commonly known as “fall”

Did you know that some sources say we are never more than six feet from the nearest frog? This means that all around us are frogs and twice as many frog eyes, all of which are watching us at all times. Just a second ago, when I made that factoid up, I thought to myself, “That would make a great lead for a news post on a Frog Eyes album whenever that happens,” which is a crazy coincidence because not only is there a brand new Frog Eyes album coming out October 7, but I was already working on the news post for it at that exact second! Crazy!

The album is called Carey’s Cold Spring and the band is self-releasing it through their Bandcamp. Mercer says there’s no over-arching theme for Carey’s Cold Spring, though it does bring together the things he’s seen and experienced over the three years he’s been working on it, including the unfortunate death of his father. And though Mercer has been far from lazy — earlier this year he put out Blues Trip (TMT Review) under the Blackout Beach moniker, a re-recorded version of 2011’s Fuck Death (TMT Review) — this is the first Frog Eyes release since 2010’s Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph (TMT Review). If you’re in need of a Frog Eyes fix and can’t wait until the seventh, listen to the album’s closing track below, or maybe check out our interview with Mercer from 2006, a time before the terrible internet font-size inflation wars of the late aughts, a time when fonts were tiny, and our dreams were only limited by our kerning.

Carey’s Cold Spring tracklisting:

01. The Road is Long
02. The Country Child
03. Your Holiday Treat
04. Don’t Give Up Your Dreams
05. A Needle in the Sun
06. Noni’s got a taste for the Bright Red Air Jordans
07. A Duration of Starts and Lines that Form Code
08. Seven Daughters
09. Claxxon’s Lament

• Frog Eyes: http://frogeyesmusic.bandcamp.com

Bill Callahan to perform Dream River live on a (presumably?) very real boat this Sunday!

Hey reader, did you notice how today’s review of scampy folk-meister Bill “Can Do” Callahan’s new album Dream River was missing one-and-a-half stars or so? Me too! Bullshit, right? But! But… to be fair, I totally asked Alex Griffin about that, and — wouldn’t you know it — he totally copped to having, specifically, NOT listened to the album unfolding live in its entirety while sipping a mint julep on an old time-y boat as it chugs around some pretty water at sunset deep in the heart of Texas! Typical of that guy, right?

But don’t worry; Callahan’s label, Drag City, has stepped in to remedy the problem. According to their website, a boat cruise featuring Callahan is totally happening this Sunday, September 22! For real. Just watch! Take it away, plucky Drag City copywriter:

[On] Sunday, September 22nd, cruise down Lady Bird’s Lake with Bill and the band as they showboat the Dream River album in it’s entirety live, and in concert for an elite group of 80 lucky schmucks. And you! Expertly timed to coincide with the magic hour, aka sunset—breathe the freshest air in Austin on the top deck of a sweet boat in motion while the light—and your life—change forever.

Sweet, right? Well, except for all the fine print. Tickets for this magical excursion are on sale EXCLUSIVELY by walking your personal self into the fine Austin establishments Waterloo Records and End of an Ear, so you’ve kinda gotta live in Austin; and you have to actually buy a physical copy of Dream River first (who does that, Drag City!?)—, oh, there’s a limit of one ticket per customer, so you can’t impress a cool indie-girl this way or anything (unless you buy her a copy of the record too, which is creepy).

But, still. It’s for real. The boat boards at 6:30 PM and departs at 7:00 from behind the Four Seasons Hotel Austin on Lady Bird Lake at 98 San Jacinto Blvd. And I assume that Callahan’s performance will retroactively be awarded five stars (or dots or whatever the hell we use) as a consequence.

• Bill Callahan: http://www.dragcity.com/artists/bill-callahan
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

[Photo: Hanly Banks]

Blitzen Trapper celebrate seventh record with 857th tour

Take your abstraction and shove it. Sometimes you just want someone to give it to you straight, which is exactly why we keep Blitzen Trapper around. While the rest of you are beating around the bush with your longwinded album titles that try to suggest a particular abstract, intangible feeling, Blitzen Trapper tell you exactly what they’re doing. They’ve got a new album coming out October 1, their first for Vagrant. It’s called VII, because it’s their seventh record. Did you even need the second part of that sentence? No, you did not. Listen to a couple tracks from the album below:

While the rest of you so-called bands are making avant-garde sculptures to promote your new records, Blitzen Trapper are doing things the old-fashioned way. They’re dusting off their hands and hitting the road, basically dusting off their feet in the process. Hell, I’m beating around the bush myself and that’s no way to behave in a Blitzen Trapper story. Blitzen Trapper, they’re going on tour for the fall. They’ll be touring the United States and that’s that.

Blitzen Trapper dates:

09.17.13 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
09.18.13 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
09.19.13 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie’s
09.21-22.13 - Bristol, VA - Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
09.23.13 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
09.24.13 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
09.25.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
09.26.13 - Saxapahaw, NC - The Haw River Ballroom
09.27.13 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
09.28.13 - Hartford, CT - Arch Street Tavern
09.29.13 - Boston, MA - Royale
09.30.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.03.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.04.13 - Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall
10.05.13 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
10.07.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10.08.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
10.09.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
10.10.13 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
10.12.13 - Bozeman, MT - The Filling Station
10.13.13 - Missoula, MT - Top Hat
11.05.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
11.06.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
11.08.13 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy and Harriet’s
11.09.13 - La Jolla, CA - Porter’s Pub
11.10.13 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
11.12.13 - Austin, TX - The Parish
11.13.13 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
11.15.13 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
11.16.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
11.20.13 - Leavenworth, WA - The Leavenworth Festhalle
11.21.13 - Bellingham, WA - The Wild Buffalo
11.22.13 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
11.23.13 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
11.30.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir (2 shows)

• Blitzen Trapper: http://www.blitzentrapper.net
• Vagrant: http://www.vagrant.com

Actress is either heading out on a giant international arena tour or playing a small, classy handful of select dates this fall. Fans, please text in your votes now!

Hey! Before I list his tour dates, do you guys wanna to know what fuckin’ Rolling Stone Magazine says about mysterious electronic artist Actress? “Hell yeah,” right? Sweet! Here it is!!!

[Actress] makes electronic dance music that bursts of static, LP surface noise, reverberant space and clattering synthetic rhythm, with hallucinatory flashes of cello or harp for real-world color.

Rolling Stone Magazine

I know.

Kinda transcends the need for any further words, doesn’t it?

Actress North American tour dates:

09.26.13 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile (Decibel Festival)
09.28.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Werkdiscs Party
10.03.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - VIA Festival
10.04.13 - Mexico City, MX - MUTEK MX
10.06.13 - Asheville NC - Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit

• Actress: https://twitter.com/ctress_a
• Werkdiscs: http://www.werkdiscs.com

Sunrise Series awakens the Silent Barn all week long with predawn performances

Brooklyn’s resuscitated Silent Barn — an all-ages venue and “incubation space” at the bleeding heart of Bushwick’s art scene — is ringing in the sun this week, with an ambitious run of predawn performances. Every morning from Wednesday (tomorrow) through Sunday, doors will open at 6 AM for a featured set of live sunrise soundtracking. Local guitar virtuoso Ben Seretan and Barnyard steward Kunal Gupta will be hosting; Seretan, Bang on a Can affiliate and 1-bit musician Tristan Perich, the pre-recorded ghost of Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase, instrument inventor Cammisa Buerhaus, and more will perform. Everything goes down beneath the skylight in the Barn’s third floor living room, and will involve coincident tea. Breakfast will also be served, should you desire it. Things should be wrapped by 8 AM.

Admission is free, with a suggested $5 donation to your performer(s) of the day(break). The full schedule:

09.18 - Ben Seretan solo set (guitar, pedals, voice)
09.19 - Cammisa Buerhaus (live foreground) + Brian Chase (tape piece backdrop)
09.20 - Invisible Circle & Vapour Trail duo (organ and percussion)
09.21 - Tristan Perich: Impermanent, w/ Frank Tyl (tubular bells and 1-bit electronics)
09.22 - G. Lucas Crane & Daniel Fishkin duo (field recordings, oscillation, sound art)

• Silent Barn: http://www.silentbarn.org
• Sunrise Series: https://www.facebook.com/events/1410444582506910/