VIA Music & New Media Festival: Julia Holter, Demdike Stare, Laurel Halo, and many more travel to a mysterious and isolated land known as Pittsburgh

VIA Music & New Media Festival: Julia Holter, Demdike Stare, Laurel Halo, and many more travel to a mysterious and isolated land known as Pittsburgh

Wow, no way! Pittsburgh has music festivals? Even better, Pittsburgh has music festivals that are actually worth attending? I guess that goes to show how much I know about the city. And here I was, thinking that the “Steel City” was known primarily for just that — steel manufacturing, an industry that has been all but eliminated from within the city limits. Also, cheesesteaks. That’s Pittsburgh, right?

Those of you who live within reasonable proximity to Pittsburgh (or, those of you who can afford to pay for a plane ticket solely for the purpose of attending a music festival) may want to listen up. From October 1 through October 6, the third annual VIA Music & New Media Festival will take place at various venues across the city. In addition to featuring workshops and all kinds of visual spectacles, the festival is also highlighting a pretty stellar lineup of musicians, whose congregation would be noteworthy in any American city. To name just a few of those musicians: Demdike Stare, Julia Holter, Laurel Halo, DJ Spinn & DJ Rashad, Ital, M. Geddes Gengras, Daughn Gibson, Three Legged Race, Drainolith, Andy Stott, and Nate Young. TMT likes all of them!

Keep an eye on this page for updates to the program. And yes, before you ask in disbelief, the festival is in Pittsburgh!

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Tamaryn drops new album, ushers in fall throughout the land via tour

New Zealand-born, San Francisco-based shoegazer Tamaryn is back with a new LP for Mexican Summer, and with it a tour so lengthy just reading the dates will make your laundry cry. The dusky-voiced Tamaryn will usher in fall with a few European dates before heading back to the States for a month-long cross-country jaunt, plus a couple stops in our neighbor to the North. (Canada, you guys. Canada.) Meanwhile, the leaves will fall, the seasons will change, the wine will mull, and basically it’s going to be perfect Tamaryn weather.

Our Antipodean heroine will be setting sail in a tour van full of melancholy skeletons, forgotten dreams, and moonbeams (you know, FALL STUFF), along with musical partner Rex John Shelverton, to celebrate the release of the duo’s latest, Tender New Signs. Lead single “I’m Gone” dropped this summer; the release date on the new album is October 16. The LP comes out on — those magical words! — clear vinyl, and is limited to a pressing of 2,000. Preorder is available right now, here.


10.13.12 - Glasgow, UK - Mono
10.14.12 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen
10.15.12 - London, UK - The Lexington
10.21.12 - Münster, Germany - Gleis 22
10.28.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
10.29.12 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
11.01.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
11.02.12 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
11.03.12 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
11.04.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
11.05.12 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
11.08.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
11.09.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
11.10.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
11.11.12 - Washington, DC - Red Palace
11.13.12 - Atlanta, GA - 529
11.15.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
11.16.12 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
11.17.12 - Austin, TX - Red 7
11.20.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
11.23.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
11.24.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent

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Talibam! rock/jazz/improv/hip-hop Europe, give away free song from next full-length

We seem to be running out of ways to call Talibam! “eclectic.” The avant-jazz/noise rock/synth-pop/improvisational duo has recently added hip-hop to their resume. They’ve been busy this year toying with the newest Dirty Projectors album as the first entry in their Launchpad series, releasing an album with Sam Kulik (TMT Review), touring all around the world, as well as dropping their newest album, Puff Up the Volume.

Puff Up the Volume sees the self-styled “No School” rappers yet again forging new sonic ground. The NYC duo (Matt Mottel and Kevin Shea a.k.a. MC Moaty Mogulz MC K-Wizzle) is crossing the Atlantic to bring their singular brand of hip-hop, wit, and blaring synthesizers for a string of shows across Europe during the month of October.

In the meantime, you can check out the video for “All Your Money” from Puff Up the Volume while you wait for Talibam! to come to your town:


10.08.12 - London, UK - Victoria Dalston
10.09.12 - Manchester, UK - Night & Day Café
10.10.12 - Brighton, UK - Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
10.12.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Recyclart
10.16.12 - Rome, Italy - Traffic Live
10.19.12 - Brescia, Italy - Carmen Town
10.20.12 - Arona, Italy - Meltin’Pop
10.22.12 - Vienna, Austria - Rhiz
10.23.12 - Bratislava, Slovakia - A4
10.24.12 - Cologne, Germany - Baustalle Kalk
10.25.12 - Berlin, Germany - Loophole

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Lil B announces rare US dates, headlines Cropped Out Festival, fucks yo bitch

While you were reading this sentence, Lil B put out three new mixtapes. Altogether, they feature Lil B rapping over two Clams Casino beats, a sincere cover of Palace Music’s “The Mountain Low,” and a song called “BreakingBASED.” Some of it’s pretty good, some of it’s not. That’s the Lil B way. When you’re living life the #BASED way, though, you don’t have a lot of time to play live dates. It’s just not based! What sort of event could prompt Lil B to leave his Basedquarters and present himself directly to the people?

Enter Louisville’s Cropped Out Festival, a celebration of independent music that frequently dips into the world of outsider art. The festival has booked Lil B to headline its second day, Saturday, September 29. While Lil B is the fest’s first hip-hop act, he honestly fits in pretty well with some of its other big names, R. Stevie Moore and Jandek. Who is Lil B but the Jandek of hip-hop? Or, really, who else could be the Jandek of hip-hop besides Lil B? Other acts set to play Cropped Out include David Liebe Hart, Chain and the Gang, Merchandise, Wooden Wand, and Neil Hamburger. If you want to make sure you see Lil B and Neil Hamburger in the same weekend before you die, then you’d better go buy tickets here or at Louisville record stores Astro Black Records and Please & Thank You.

Meanwhile, Lil B just finished a couple dates in Canada and is starting a short (and #rare) mini-tour of the US today in Madison, WI. Here are the dates:

09.24.12 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
09.25.12 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
09.28.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze
09.29.12 - Louisville, KY - Cropped Out 2012
09.30.12 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor say “G’Day!” to Australia in 2013. (Hope you Australians enjoyed that headline!)

Ah, Australia.

The land where everything is upside down, the spiders are the size of small cars, people ride kangaroos to work, and toilets flush backwards. Fresh off ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror festival, the ladies and gents of Godspeed You! Black Emperor are getting ready to say “G’day!” to the fine folks of Australia. The Canadian post-rockers are planning their first ever group of shows in the land down under over a series of three dates on the Australian coast early next year. So, if you’re in Aussieland grab tickets before you slip another shrimp on the barbie, because who know when GY!BE will be back on your island!

Alright, I think I burned through all my Australian clichés and stereotypes so here are the tourdates:

02.13.13 - Brisbane, Australia - Tivoli
02.14.13 - Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre
02.15.13 - Melbourne, Australia - Forum Theatre

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Animal Collective prep new “Applesauce” single on 10-inch viiiieeewhaaa!?! Scott Walker released details on a new album last night??

Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist, and Deakin are back at the top of the heap with a cool new 10-inch single available for preorder featuring Centipede Hz (TMT Review) album track “Applesauce” backed with a brand-new recording of live favorite “Crimson.” It comes out November 13 on Domino and that’s the single artwork above, with all kinds of yummy exotic fruit sliced—


Alright folks, change of plans. Swapping out the artwork right now. Now you should see a foreboding painting of the words Bish Bosch on a black background. This looks to be the cover art of Scott Walker’s new album on 4AD, and it too has a release date (December 3/4!) and a preorder link ($13 for the CD, $27 for the double vinyl!). The announcement comes six long years after The Drift gave us the coked-out Elvis nightmares we never knew we needed, and from the lengthy description on the album’s just-released website it’s sounding like Bish Bosch is going to be even more terrifying and grandiose.

For example, about the 20-minute centerpiece track “SDSS14+13B (Zercon, A Flagpole Sitter)”: “The title contains two brown dwarves: one, the coldest sub-stellar body in the universe discovered so far; the other, Zercon, was a real-life Moorish jester at the fifth century court of Attila the Hun.” The song follows someone attempting to reach “a height beyond calculation” before freezing to death in the solar system. Other songs make use of four-foot machetes, chisels, and an enormous kudu shofar. As The Wire’s Rob Young summarizes, “Bish Bosch is big enough to contain heaven and hell.” So yeah, there’s a new black hole of a Scott Walker album, and an Animal Collective 10-inch called “Applesauce.” FYI.

Bish Bosch tracklisting:

01. ‘See You Don’t Bump His Head’
02. Corps De Blah
03. Phrasing
04. SDSS14+13B (Zercon, A Flagpole Sitter)
05. Epizootics
06. Dimple
07. Tar
08. Pilgrim
09. The Day The “Conducator Died”

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