Washed Out announces fall tour, all in service of showing you this crazy painting he just bought

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Ever since Washed Out emerged in 2009, Ernest Greene’s electronic-pop project has been called many things. Chillwave, glo-fi, glowave, a band, not a band, and once, by an extremely intoxicated man in Lansing, Michigan, an electric nightmare. But, above all else, Ernest Greene has been a patron of the arts. Not everyone knows it, but Greene possesses one of the largest art collections among those creating soothing electronic music. Recently, he purchased a very interesting painting from a local gallery.

“It’s like a clown, but if you really look at it, you begin to realize that it’s also not like a clown,” said Greene.

Yes, intriguing stuff indeed. Hence why Washed Out is going on tour this fall, partly to promote his recent album on Sub Pop, Paracosm (TMT Review), but mostly as an excuse to show people this crazy painting. Of course, due to the obligations of being an active musical group, he’ll also be playing shows. Once the show ends, expect Greene to walk into the audience with his prized painting. “Look at it,” he’ll say. “Look at it and you’ll feel what I’m feeling.” At this point, fans will nod and make excuses to leave.

Washed Out dates:

09.05.13 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
09.06.13 - Portland, OR - MusicfestNW (Mississippi Studios)
09.08.13 - Sacramento, CA - Launch Music Festival
09.10.13 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
09.12.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
09.13.13 - Chicago, IL - Metro
09.14.13 - Detroit, MI - Laneway Festival Detroit
09.15.13 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
09.16.13 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre
09.18.13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
09.19.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
09.20.13 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre
09.21.13 - Columbia, MD - Virgin Mobile Free Fest
09.23.13 - Carrboro, NC -Cat’s Cradle
09.24.13 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
10.07.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
10.08.13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Strand
10.13.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
10.16.13 - Vienna, Austria - Flex
10.18.13 - Luzern, Switzerland - Sudpol Luzern
10.19.13 - Yverdon-Les-Bains, Switzerland - L’Amalgame
10.20.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique/Orangerie
10.22.13 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
10.23.13 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
10.24.13 - London, UK - Oval Space
10.25.13 - Budapest, Hungary - Electronic Beats @ Millenaris Theatre
10.26.13 - Paris, France - Noveau Casino
11.04.13 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
11.05.13 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
11.06.13 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
11.08.13 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
11.09.13 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
11.10.13 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.11.13 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
11.13.13 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
11.14.13 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall

• Washed Out: http://washedout.net
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

Mysterious dumpster of wonders yields rare recordings from Joy Division and New Order

Things you could find if you look through MY garbage: too many wine bottles, angrily torn-up credit card offers, assorted gross shit. Things you could find if you were the type of person to dig through legendary post-punk producer Martin Hannett’s garbage: a copy of the original master tapes for Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, a box labeled “Joy Division Outtakes,” a couple simply labeled “New Order” and “Joy Division,” plus recordings from Magazine, Psychedelic Furs, The Durutti Column, Slaughter and the Dogs, and the always intriguing “and more.” Okay, so nobody is saying these tapes actually came straight outta Martin Hannett’s trash bin. In fact, nobody’s saying where they came from really at all. They were discovered by Julia Adamson, former sound engineer at Strawberry Studios in Manchester, where she worked with Hannett. Adamson also played in the Fall and What?Noise, the latter of which also had a tape or two discarded in this dumpster of wonders.

Adamson posted a photo of a few dozen of the tapes on her Facebook page, offering them up to any interested fans. Peter Hook ain’t interested. Are you? Says Adamson, “The digital copies will be available for all the artists and record companies … the tapes have always belonged to me, as I rescued them. I am keen for a collector to have them (the whole collection ideally) as they are very old and probably deteriorating and should be baked or whatever, nor do I really want to look after them anymore.” Also, $$$$.

• New Order: http://newordernow.net

Wymond Miles to release sophomore album this fall; new tunes, same remarkable hair

It’s just beautiful when an artist can be on a release schedule that maintains overall quality from album to album without forsaking evolution, all the while keeping fans indulged and interested without overwhelming them. Wymond Miles’ upcoming record, Cut Yourself Free, out October 17 on Sacred Bones, is only his second full-length, but coming just 16 months after 2012’s Under the Pale Moon (TMT Review), not to mention less than a year after The Fresh and Only’s Long Slow Dance (TMT Review) for which his guitar work stole the show, he’s on a trajectory to be one of the more important artists of this decade.

Nay, ever.

That may be a little bit over the top, but if you enjoy your jangly West Coast pop with a heavy dose of darkness, then Miles’ brand of songwriting is probably right up your alley. Complex guitar compositions and vocals that sometimes bring to mind Nico, sometimes Robert Smith, flesh out these rather (good) straightforward pop songs. If it sounds like a heady mix, that’s because it is, but it’s never inaccessible; check out album track “Passion Plays” below.

His hair is not to be believed unless seen in person, so I encourage you all to head out to experience it live (and to see a very good show, of course).

09.12.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel *
11.06.13 - Costa Mesa CA - Detroit #
11.07.13 - San Diego CA - The Casbah #
11.08.13 - Los Angeles CA - The Echo #
11.09.13 - San Francisco CA - The Chapel #
11.11.13 - Portland OR - Bunk Bar #
11.12.13 - Seattle WA - Barboza #
11.15.13 - St. Paul MN - Turf Club #
11.16.13 - Chicago IL - The Empty Bottle #
11.19.13 - Toronto ON - Lee’s Palace #
11.20.13 - Montreal QC - Divan Orange #
11.21.13 - Allston MA - Great Scott #
11.02.13 - Philadelphia PA - Boot & Saddle #
11.23.13 - Brooklyn NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg #

* w/ Weekend
# w/ Crocodiles

Cut Yourself Free tracklist:

01. The Ascension
02. Passion Plays
03. Night Drives
04. White Nights
05. Bronze Patina
06. Vacant Eyes
07. Anniversary Song
08. Why Are You Afraid?
09. Love Will Rise

• Wymond Miles: http://wymond.bandcamp.com
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com

Bill Orcutt announces 16 fall tour dates, possibly giving 16 lucky fans the opportunity to have Bill Orcutt spend the night at their house!

You know, some people out there don’t respect the big pop idols like Bill “Babe Magnet” Orcutt. But here at TMT, we’re no chauvinists! We give artists the benefit of the doubt about that sorta thing, even if they seem on the surface to be pandering to the lowest common denominator like the handsome, winsome guitar-slinger Orcutt obviously does. I mean, heck, we’ve already been dutifully and unbiased-ly keeping you up to speed about Orcutt’s plans to release a new album, A History of Everyone, on September 30 via Editions Mego. And c’mon, let’s face it: a lot of other “indie” zines out there would have steered clear of covering such a potential shitstorm of overtly populist bullshit).

And damn, now we’re going to take our unparalleled benevolence even further and throw it out there that he’s playing more than a dozen tour dates this fall coinciding with the new album’s release! Seriously. No judgement. How? Nice? Are? We?

Hey, guess what, readers? I just totally SHIT my pants all over the TMT office.

“Does it stink?”

No. It doesn’t. Not at all.

Bill Tour-cutt:

09.27.13 - Louisville, KY - Cropped Out Festival (duo w/ Chris Corsano)
10.05.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Issue Project Room
10.12.13 - Oakland, CA - Stranded (A History of Everyone Record Release Party)
10.30.13 - London, UK - Cafe OTO
10.31.13 - Newcastle, UK - Star & Shadow Cinema
11.01.13 - Glasgow, UK - Glad Cafe
11.02.13 - Edinburgh, UK - Summerhall
11.03.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Molloy & Dowling Basement
11.04.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Kuudes Linja
11.05.13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Fylkingen
11.06.13 - Malmo, Sweden - TBA
11.07.13 - Göteborg, Sweden - Nefertiti Jazz Club
11.08.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Jazzhouse
11.09.13 - Oslo, Norway - Kunsthall Oslo
11.10.13 - Bergen, Norway - Landmark
11.11.13 - Berlin, Germany - Monarch

• Bill Orcutt: http://palilalia.com
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com

Seefeel’s debut LP gets 20th anniversary reissue, still a useful soundtrack for giving birth

People (women) give birth all the time! In hospitals, in taxis, in those crazy pools where they do water births. But what do they listen to while enduring unthinkable agony to bring life, BEAUTIFUL LIFE, into this world? Is it the Black Eyed Peas? Björk? Jingle Cats singing a track from their classic album Meowy Christmas? No! Of course not! They listen to Seefeel, apparently — at least one or two of them. “I’ve had letters from people who’ve given birth to Quique,” said Seefeel guitarist Mark Clifford of the group’s 1993 debut. According to Clifford, the album has also helped in treating children with autism. Plus, it served as the missing ambient link (in case you were wondering) between the Cocteau Twins and Aphex Twin.

By now you’re saying, “What CAN’T this album do?” Am I right? You ask a lot of questions, pal. You better shut your trap before you ask the wrong one. (I’ve been watching a lot of Boardwalk Empire today. Sorry.) So before you start in on me again, the answer is today! Now! You can order the first-time-ever-on-vinyl 20th anniversary reissue of Quique via Light in the Attic right now, which you probably should, if you’re into that sorta thing, because it’s limited to 1,000 copies. Originally released on the Too Pure label, the second coming of Quique is courtesy of Medical Records and Modern Classics Recordings.

• Seefeel: https://www.facebook.com/seefeelmusic
• Modern Classics Recordings: http://lightintheattic.net/releases?all_labels=false&label_list[50]=1

Ryan Hemsworth announces new LP Guilt Trips; won’t you buy it for the sake of his hungry kittens?

Absent the full-fledged revival of R&B that contemporary artists like The Weeknd and Frank Ocean have tearfully foreshadowed, we, as music listeners, are left with precious few options in terms of satisfying our collective desire for LP-empathy towards relationship turmoil. Well, just assume that’s the case; what are those options, or what should we hope for as we silently stroke the printed photographs of monogamy-since-dissolved? Oh yes, that’s right. You were totally wondering how your local drugstore picture center sustained itself after all these years.

Anyway, shockingly, mild fulfillment may come in an EMO form. No, not emo in the bastardized My Chemical Romance sense of the word, nor the influential and completely worthwhile Fugazi sense of word, but in the Ryan Hemsworth utilization of the word (while laughing, might I add) to describe his latest LP Guilt Trips, set for release on October 22 via the Toronto and Montreal-based Last Gang Records. To quote verbatim, referring to the album, “It was just like kind of a combination of flying around and not seeing certain people as much as I wish I could have… it’s more emo, I guess LOLOLOL.”

Well, the Canadian DJ/producer’s total embrace of the “different moods caused by love” on Guilt Trips would be be considered emo(tional) on its own, or especially in contrast with his otherwise shared affinity for “aggressive” rappers like Danny Brown, who shows up a couple of times on Hemsworth’s FACT mix 352. Regardless, why not take the revival into his own hands?

• Ryan Hemsworth: http://ryanhemsworth.com
• Last Gang: http://lastgangentertainment.com