Unwound release live LP version of Leaves Turn Inside You, unveil online archive

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The internet! In a place long ago and far away, Cyberspace’s great gasping artificially conscious beast was begat of Mr. Gore and a wacked-out speedball of irony, snarky comment sections, and funny cats. In its early days, this primitive creature existed solely of Angelfire websites and X-Files message boards, gradually growing in sophistication and power until that most glorious of days — TODAY! — when Unwound bring their own history back to life with an online tour museum of sorts: the Unwound Archive. In this museum, you can be naked. You can chew tons of gum and take all the photos you want. It’s like a paradise for people who have always had really low-level dreams of what they wish they could do in a museum… but really high-level dreams of what kind of musical history they wanna poke around in, within said museum.

See, Unwound are showing off some artifacts from their last tourdates in 2001 and 2002: videos, interviews, fliers, all that jazz. Plus new t-shirts! This museum never closes, you gum-chewing, naked freak; you can sit and listen to Unwound live shows all damn night long if you want. But if that’s not enough for you, on December 11, the band is also releasing a live double LP version of their 2001 masterpiece, Leaves Turn Inside You, consisting of live performances from their final tour. Each track was recorded by Unwound superfan and bootlegger, Mike Zeigler — a fella referred to as “The Kid” and deeply devoted to Nirvana and rock ‘n’ roll in general — who accompanied the band on their final tour. So, you can watch your Unwound tour videos on the internet while syncing up the new live version of Leaves Turn Inside You, reliving those hazy, magical days when everyone had juno.com email addresses and you shared that final moment with Unwound at Bimbo’s in San Francisco.

Live Leaves tracklisting:

01. We Invent You (10/16/2001 SF, CA. Bimbo’s)
02. Terminus (10/15/2001 SF, CA. Bimbo’s)
03. December (09/21/2001 Austin, TX. Emo’s)
04. Look a Ghost (09/21/2001 Austin, TX. Emo’s)
05. Scarlette (09/01/2001 Chicago, IL. Fireside Bowl)
06. Lifetime (09/16/2001 Carrboro, NC. Cat’s Cradle)
07. Corpse Pose (09/17/2001 Athens, GA. 40 Watt Club)
08. October All Over (09/06/2001 Detroit, MI. Magic Stick)
09. Arboretum (09/22/2001 Denton, TX. Rubber Gloves)
10. Below The Salt (09/22/2001 Denton, TX. Rubber Gloves)
11. No Tech (09/16/2001 Carrboro, NC. Cat’s Cradle)
12. Valentine Card (09/16/2001 Carrboro, NC. Cat’s Cradle)
13. Radio Gra (09/18/2001 Atlanta, GA. Echo Lounge)

• Unwound: http://unwoundarchive.com

RIP: Austin Peralta, composer, pianist, Brainfeeder recording artist

From the Los Angeles Times:

Austin Peralta, the 22-year-old jazz piano prodigy, composer and son of professional skater Stacy Peralta, has died. Flying Lotus, the beat producer and labelhead who released Peralta’s music, confirmed the news Thursday morning via Twitter, writing: “it kills me to type that we lost a member of our family, Austin Peralta. I don’t really have the right words right now.” Peralta’s cause of death has not been announced.

Peralta’s recent output has ranged from collaborations on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder Records imprint, including the pianist’s 2011 album “Endless Planets,” and session work for artists including Erykah Badu and the Cinematic Orchestra. But Peralta first made his international mark at age 15 at the Tokyo Jazz Festival, where he and his trio performed a set that confirmed a pianist with prodigious talent.

• Austin Peralta: http://www.austinperalta.com

The Music Tapes announce The Traveling Imaginary tour in locations both stationary and real

If you’re looking to cast your vote for President of Whimsy, then stop. That is not a real thing. Even if it was, they wouldn’t even bother having elections. Julian Koster would win every single time. Master of the singing saw? Check. Creator of otherworldly records as The Music Tapes, like this year’s Mary’s Voice (TMT Review) on Merge? Check. Organizer of holiday singalong shows in fan’s home? Check again. The man is joyful whimsy personified.

To lock his position as President of Whimsy in place forever, Koster has announced the first run of dates for The Music Tapes’ upcoming Traveling Imaginary Tour. What makes it different from a traveling realism tour? Well, for every date, the band will pitch a circus tent built specifically for the tour. Contained inside will be a night of songs, games, movies, amusements, stories, magic, and many other fantastic attractions. Check out the typically wonderful trailer for the tour here, or embedded below.

Undertakings like this aren’t easy, even if you are THE PRESIDENT OF WHIMSY. The Music Tapes have already received help from their fanbase, in the form of a very successful Kickstarter campaign, but they still need your assistance to make this thing run smoothly. If you are interested in being part of the band’s tent pitching crew, shoot them an e-mail at imaginarytentcrew@gmail.com. Beyond that, the group needs help booking the rest of their tour for February and March. Do you have a clear interior space that is at least as big as 26’ x 38’ and features ceilings 10-feet tall or higher? Then send the band an e-mail at travelingimaginary@gmail.com and invite them to your town.

Music Tapes dates:

01.23.13 - Winston-Salem, NC - Krankies Coffee
01.25.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club (two shows)
01.28.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle (two shows)
01.29.13 - Durham, NC - Duke Coffeehouse
01.31.13 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
02.02.13 - New York, NY - Church for All Nations (two shows)
02.04.13 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church Basement

• The Music Tapes: http://www.orbitinghumancircus.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

[Photo: Albert Birney]

Inc. announce new album on 4AD, induce Zomby-witnessed sexual catharsis in Brooklyn

Following last year’s exquisite 3 EP, brotherly-lovin’ Los Angeles duo Inc. have recently completed their debut album No World and plan to release it on February 19 via 4AD. Daniel and Andrew Aged are celebrating with the record’s empyrean second single “5 Days,” a further refinement of their unusually compelling brand of retrofuturist soul and R&B. Grime specialist/labelmate Zomby reports the song caused a happy tragedy at Inc.’s sold out gig in Brooklyn this past weekend, while cutting-edge tech enthusiast and modern composer James Ferraro implores you to STOPSLEEPING and take a listen.

Tracklist, tourdates, and the meditative video for lead single “The Place” follow below.

No World tracklist:

01. The Place
02. Black Wings
03. Lifetime
04. 5 Days
05. Trust (Hell Below)
06. Your Tears
07. Angel
08. Seventeen
09. Desert Rose (War Prayer)
10. Careful
11. Nariah’s Song

Inc. dates:

11.21.12 - Victoria Vaults, London
11.22.12 - L’International, Paris
11.25.12 - Deviation @ Birthdays, London (w/ Benji B, Acyde)

• Inc.: http://www.official-inc.com
• 4AD: http://4ad.com

Mates of State announce intimate East Coast tour, promise lots of eye contact

What with being a married couple and all, Mates of State have a more intimate connection than most bands. Fleet Foxes might be best buds or whatever, but do they whisper secrets into each other’s beards at night? Well, they might, but they probably don’t. The point is, an important quality of Mates of State is their intimacy. In December, they’re hoping to convey this intimacy to their fans in a series of concerts along the East Coast.

For this string of dates, the band will be touring as their “original” lineup, i.e. the duo of Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner. This brings up certain questions. First of all, Mates of State had more than two members at some point? There is no other question. Anyway, the tour contains two shows at New York’s Mercury Lounge and a show with Ra Ra Riot in Hartford, Connecticut. Last year, the band released Mountaintops, which may well have featured more than two people on it. Really, I’m dumbstruck by this revelation!

Mates of State dates:

12.05.12 - New Haven, CT - Bar
12.06.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (early show)
12.06.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (late show)
12.07.12 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
12.09.12 - Hartford, CT - Arch Street Tavern (w/ Ra Ra Riot)
12.10.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
12.13.12 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
12.16.12 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s

• Mates of State: http://www.matesofstate.com

Stars of the Lid awake from their conjoined slumber, announce The Ballasted Orchestra reissue, UK live dates

Adam Wiltzie may have spent 2011 scoring winged victories alongside Dustin O’Halloran, and Brian McBride may have spent 2010 achieving… well, buzzworthy success, but 2012 will be known, at least among ambient aficionados, as (hopefully) the beginning of a full-scale revival. Stars of the Lid haven’t released an album in five years, and they haven’t performed for an audience in over three years. All of that changes now.

Some of that changes now. Word of an entirely new, full-length album hasn’t yet been released (or really, even alluded to), but on January 7, Kranky will be reissuing the long out-of-print vinyl version of SOTL’s third studio album The Ballasted Orchestra, which, according to a press release, was remastered by Wiltzie earlier this year, and reportedly sounds “better than ever,” as though that were possible.

Additionally, next month, SOTL are scheduled to perform two shows in the UK — the first taking place on December 9 at ATP (curated by The National, and quite sold out), and the second occurring one day later at the Church of St John-at-Hackney in London, where they’ll be headlining. As if their mere presence wasn’t enough of a draw, the duo will be accompanied at both shows by a nine-piece string section, and presumably, visuals immersive enough to make you question your solid form.

How I long to be liquified with new material! Let’s hope they’re not just teasing us.

• Stars of the Lid: https://www.facebook.com/starsofthelid
• Kranky: http://www.kranky.net