Warpaint announce US dates for October, the warring-est month of them all

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October is the month of war. It must be, for Halloween falls at its end, bringing a dramatic climax to the previous four weeks’ turmoil. This is a month in which you can declare war on your neighbor, set their lawn on fire, throw a knife at their garage, and they’ll never know it was you, because they’ll think some skeleton did it. As such, it’s the ideal time for L.A. outfit Warpaint to tour, as their name suggests not only paint used for war, but also the individual concepts of war and paint. The two ingredients of Halloween! These October dates are in addition to previously announced dates in the less war-torn months of August and September.

Earlier this year, Warpaint put out their self-titled sophomore album on Rough Trade. Not to editorialize, but the decision to release the record in January may have been a huge mistake. January is a peace lover’s month.


08.08.14 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival
08.09.14 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
08.10.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Theatre at the Ace/Sundance NEXT Fest
09.13.14 - Utopia, TX - Utopia Festival
10.02.14 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
10.04.14 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
10.07.14 - Montreal, QC - Corona
10.08.14 - Boston, MA - Royale
10.09.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.14.14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10.16.14 - Silver Spring, MD - The Filmore
10.18.14 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.19.14 - Atlanta, GA - Variety
10.21.14 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
10.22.14 - Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall

• Warpaint: http://warpaintwarpaint.com
• Rough Trade: http://www.roughtraderecords.com

Chris Staples puts down the tools to release new album on Barsuk, American Soft

Chris Staples is a songwriter who has tipped the paradigm on its head by letting his day-job supplement his music career. The story goes that Staples, a guitar-wielding lifer who has lent his skills to J. Tillman and Telekinesis records and shows, would supplement his musical endeavors by taking construction and building jobs in whatever town he ended up in.

Then one day he’s installing a screen door in the Seattle home of none other than Josh Rosenfeld, the label boss of Barsuk Records. Of course, one thing leads to another and come August 12 Barsuk releases Staples’ third solo album American Soft.

Made up of stripped-back guitar, poetic lyrics, and economical touches of rhythm, feedback, and hand-claps, American Soft is exactly the kind of album you’d expect an accomplished carpenter/guitarist to make. You can get a sample via the lead single “Dark Side of the Moon,” which is a song about the idea of interpreting the Pink Floyd classic of the same name, apparently.

The moral of the story is that as one newly installed screen door closes a new recording contract opportunity opens.

Staples will be launching American Soft in Seattle and will probably tour if you have any odd jobs that need doing in your home town.

08.19.14 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern

• Chris Staples: http://www.chrisstaplesmusic.com
• Barsuk: http://www.barsuk.com

Numero Group readies anthology of music set in an underground cave studio

The consistently excellent Numero Group label, who are always releasing great archival compilations of obscure music for anyone to hear and also appreciate the historical context, has announced the next entry in their Local Customs series, which highlights a noteworthy music scene or studio. This time around, Cavern Sound documents a music studio with the same name, which was built into an active limestone mine (and former mineral quarry) in Independence, Missouri. That is some Batman meets Rick Rubin illuminati shit.

Founded by Gerald “Jerry” Riegle and a host of engineering partners, the men would rent out their cave to anyone who could afford the $300/day rate. This included gospel artists, local garage bands, country acts, folk singers, and James Brown. Yes, James Brown spent the majority of April 1972 in a cave studio, and even recorded “Think (About It)” with Lyn Collins there. On Local Customs: Cavern Sound, Numero Group shares deep cuts that weren’t released via the underground studio’s many in-house labels, such as Cave, Rock, Cavern, and Pearce. Very creative, guys. Dropping on October 28, the compilation sounds like the musical equivalent of a ragtag, inspirational sports film. How could you not love it? I mean, come on:

Local Customs: Cavern Sound is the story of a studio, certainly. But also tells the tales of studio rats, high school hopefuls, and unflagging lifers on the fringe of the music business. Fly over country? They were so underground they couldn’t hear the planes, let alone see them.”

Pre-order the 2xLP/CD and listen to samples over here.

Local Customs: Cavern Sound tracklist:

01. Pretty - Mustache in Your Face
02. Fraight - One Girl
03. American Sound Ltd - Aunt Marie
04. The Classmen - Doin’ Me Right
05. Jaded - Lovin’ You’s Blues
06. Larry Sands & the Sound Affair - You’ll Know the Words
07. Sheriff - I Don’t Really Love You
08. Tide - I Wish It Hadn’t Ended That Way
09. Bulbous Creation - End of the Page
10. Mulligan - Think Before You Leave
11. Stone Wall - Living Today
12. Morningstar - Little by Little
13. The Montaris - 7 And 7 Is
14. Baxters’ Chat - Love’s Other Side
15. Burlington Express - One Day Girl (Twenty-Four)
16. The Reactions - In My Grave
17. 21st Century Sound Movement - Feelin’ Down
18. The Dantes - Any Number Can Win
19. Larry Sands & the Sound Affair - If I Didn’t Want to See You Anymore
20. Fraight - William Jones
21. The Classmen - Any Old Time
22. Jaded - The King Was
23. The Dantes - She’s a Part of Me
24. A.J. Rowe - Smoke My Pipe (The Sign Ain’t Right)

• Numero Group: http://www.numerogroup.com

Moon Block Party festival planned for October, featuring Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Black Lips, Black Angels, several bands without “black” in their names

It is August! The summer festival season is coming to a close! Have you made enough memories with your friends and colleagues this year? Have you attended enough music festivals? What is your suntan lotion situation like? Have you made peace with the fact that the universe is finite and one day we’re all going to die? Don’t think. Just answer!

Wait, don’t even do that. Just listen to me while I tell you about an upcoming festival. It’s called Moon Block Party and it’s at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, California on October 18. That’s right! October! In California! Summer festival season never has to end! It can go all the way to October as long as you ignore the scientific fact of the fall equinox. Also, full disclosure: everything I know about Pomona and the surrounding area of California, I learned in Mountain Goats songs, but it’s whatever. Let’s just keep going before I lose the thread.

The Moon Block Party starts at noon, and it’s all ages (bring your nephew!). The event is brought to you/us/the wide world of not-sports by the same folks who put on Desert Daze earlier this summer, a festival that featured the likes of Blonde Redhead and Liars. For its part, Moon Block Party boasts several bands with “Black” in their names including Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Black Lips, and Black Angels. There are also several bands without black in their names, including Metz, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Tinariwen. It really is a smorgasbord of black-related and non-black-related band names. Get general admission and deluxe tickets (which gets you a poster, a t-shirt, and express line entry to the festival) right here! Peep the full lineup and a video crash course of the earlier Desert Daze festival below.

Moon Block Party lineup:

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
The Black Angels
Band of Skulls
Black Lips
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Shannon & The Clams
Deap Vally
Morgan Delt
Christian Bland & The Revelators
Dahga Bloom
Death Hymn Number 9
Adult Books
Wax Children
Orchestra of Spheres

• Moon Block Party: http://moonblockparty.org

Weyes Blood announces new LP The Innocents, shares single “Hang On,” tours with Sun Araw

Natalie Mering (a.k.a. Weyes Blood) has announced a new album, The Innocents, to follow up 2013’s wonderful The Outside Room, her full-length solo debut. It will be released by Mexican Summer on October 21. Mering has also shared the album’s first single, “Hang On,” which you can hear below.

Some have likened Weyes Blood’s style to Nico’s The Marble Index trilogy, but despite sharing a certain otherworldliness, if anything Mering’s interest in Medieval songs recalls British folk singers of the 70s, like Anne Briggs or Norma Waterson. While her first album leaned more heavily on tape effects and electronic textures — bringing Grouper or Broadcast’s more ethereal tracks to mind — “Hang On” hints at a push toward a fuller-band sound, interestingly moving her even closer to Pentangle — albeit with a rockier foundation. This affinity had first been showcased in Mering’s live covers of “Everybody’s Talking” and Brenda Lee’s “I’m Sorry.” Mering’s original lyrics deserve to be noticed just the same, filled with bare-bones images that bypass metaphorical elaboration to elicit the strongest emotional response. No wonder her band’s name honors Flannery O’Connor, or that The Innocents’ title references a 1961 film adaptation of Henry James The Turn of the Screw.

Natalie Mering started Weyes Blood in 2007 (known as Weyes Bluhd then) after stints with Jackie-O Motherfucker and Axolotl, switching over to the current moniker in time for her first LP’s release, The Outside Room, which came out in 2013 through Not Not Fun. Mering will be touring the US in September, opening for Sun Araw and making sure our interest remains piqued all the way up to The Innocents’ release date.

The Innocents tracklisting:

01. Land of Broken Dreams
02. Hang On
03. Some Winters
04. Summer
05. Requiem for Forgiveness
06. Ashes
07. Bad Magic
08. February Skies
09. Montrose
10. Bound to Earth

Tour dates (all w/ Sun Araw):

09.06.14 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival
09.07.14 - Asheville, NC - Mothlight
09.08.14 - Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light
09.12.14 - Atlanta, GA - Mammal Gallery
09.13.14 - Savannah, GA - 37 Whitaker St.
09.14.14 - Athens, GA - Secret Squirrel

• Weyes Blood: http://weyesblood.bandcamp.com
• Mexican Summer: http://www.mexicansummer.com

Cassette Store Day 2014 releases announced, including a deluxe reissue of that really sick R&B mix you made in 1995

The adventurously named Cassette Store Day returns on September 27 for its second year to commemorate the aural business card (a term coined by my friend Phil who claims most people don’t listen to cassettes, they just buy them because they’re the cheapest thing at the merch table. However, Phil doesn’t have a semi-official day celebrating his existence, so let’s move forward). This year’s festivities are led by cassette label cornerstone Burger Records, and they’re celebrating with events in the US, as well as in the UK, where cassettes are colloquially known as “barmy bobs” (ed. note — they’re not). The official event listing is located here; more events will be announced in the next several weeks as the participant deadline nears.

Brooklyn Vegan has the current list of planned releases (and presumably a buyers guide in the comments section, I didn’t check), which includes new albums and cassette reissues from bands like Vivian Girls, R. Stevie Moore, Wooden Wand, and more. Can’t decide what to buy? Ask someone in that article’s comment section!

• Cassette Store Day: http://cassettestoreday.us