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

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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

So Cow tour the US and announce new album The Long Con, reportedly inspired by a fun party in Mississippi

[Full disclosure: Ireland’s So Cow once played my old house. They were very good and very nice.]

So Cow are back with a new album! It’s called The Long Con and it’s out September 16 through venerable garage rock label Goner. With an extended absence (the band’s last full-length was 2010’s Meaningless Friendly) comes changes, changes like recording an album with more than one person. Unlike previous So Cow records, The Long Con was recorded live with a full band and, also unlike previous So Cow records, it was produced by an actual honest-to-god producer, namely Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier. Listen to closing track “Barry Richardson” below:

[Full disclosure: So Cow once played my house. They slept on my floor. They hung out on my front step, as a weird party went on across the street.]

So Cow will also physically be returning to the United States, in the form of a tour running through much of September. Capping off the tour will be an appearance at Gonerfest 11, presumably to pay tribute at the altar of the band’s new benefactors. Other acts making an appearance at Gonerfest include The Grifters, Radioactivity, Gizmos, and Protomartyr, all of whom will drink Oblivian blood.

[Full disclosure: So Cow played my house a few years ago. Singer and principal songwriter Brian Kelly said the birds in Mississippi sounded like video game lasers.]

The Long Con tracklist:

01. Get Up Off That Thing
02. Science Fiction
03. Sugar Factory
04. Operating at a Loss
05. I Want Out
06. Vigilanti Cura
07. Say Hello
08. Turning Into You
09. To Be Confirmed
10. Guess Who’s Dead
11. The Other One
12. Second Last Line of the National Anthem
13. Barry Richardson

So Cow dates:

09.14.14 - Milwaukee, WI - Quarter’s Rock & Roll Palace
09.15.14 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
09.16.14 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class
09.17.14 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
09.18.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Gooski’s
09.19.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio
09.20.14 - Manhattan, NY - Cake Shop
09.21.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Silk City
09.23.14 - Durham, NC - Chateau Moby Dick
09.24.14 - Nashville, TN - Betty’s
09.25.14 - Memphis, TN - Gonerfest 11

• So Cow: https://www.facebook.com/socowmusic
• Goner: http://goner-records.com

Bass Drum of Death tear you a new one with Rip This; listen to “Left For Dead”

You’re gonna need a bigger garage to thrash around in when Bass Drum of Death release their next album, aptly titled Rip This. There’s more unapologetic shredding going on care of BDoD mastermind John Barrett, while drummer Len Clark continues to be the man. The need to thrash is overwhelming when that man’s behind the kit.

Chances are you’re gonna wanna go see these dudes on tour cuz they rawk so hard. So, after you listen to the new album track, “Left For Dead,” go ahead and check out the link to their site, where you can see all their upcoming dates, as well as watch a highly entertaining “boyz will be boyz” type of tour video. If you don’t care about either of those, then go because they have the best cursor I’ve ever seen. If there was an award for Best Use of Cursor Art on a Band Website, then Bass Drum of Death would have that in the bag, baby. What is your favorite cursor art, and is there a less early-90s term for that? Cursoji? I vote for Cursoji.

Rip This tracklist:

01. Electric
02. Left For Dead
03. For Blood
04. Everything’s the Same
05. Sin Is In 10
06. Black Don’t Glow
07. Burns My Eye
08. Lose My Mind
09. Better Days
10. Route 69 (Yeah)

• Bass Drum of Death: http://www.bassdrumofdeath.com
• Innovative Leisure: http://www.innovativeleisure.net

Prolific and weird Can will officially reissue 14 albums through Mute starting in September

The prolific, weird, and wonderful Can will be reissuing 14 (!) albums from their catalog on vinyl, many of which have been unavailable for the past 10 years or more.

The first four albums to be reissued September 2 on Mute Records are Can’s debut album, Monster Movie, plus seminal releases Soundtracks, Tago Mago, and Ege Bamyasi. The group’s Lost Tapes, previously only available as a box set, will be issued in five separate releases as well, with more albums to follow at an as-yet-unspecified time. Mute is celebrating the news with an embed of “Serpentine” off their 10th album Out of Reach:

That’s not all! The first comprehensive Can biography is slated to come out later this year, too. And a 33 1/3 book on Tago Mago is due out in November. We can all be Can aficionados now!

• Can: http://www.spoonrecords.com
• Mute: http://mute.com

Dntel announces new album + bonus tape for Leaving Records, gets slightly more into hip-hop

Both Jimmy Tamborello a.k.a. Dntel and Ben Gibbard a.k.a. “Baby Gibbon” have had to live in the long shadow of The Postal Service, an electronic pop project that accompanied too many indie montages to mention in this space. Now that The Postal Service are no more, we can still take some comfort in a new Dntel album, Human Voice, which will drop next month via Leaving Records and Stones Throw.

Unlike previous music from Dntel, which featured vocal collabs from the likes of Gibbard, Jenny Lewis, and Baths, Human Voice uses computerized vocal tones that are “lost somewhere in an ether of circuitry and possessing that plaintive emotion which sounds unmistakably like Dntel.” Not to mention, Leaving are offering a companion cassette called Human Voice Outtakes, which has six b-sides and Tamborello’s entire Boiler Room performance on the flip. Until the new record is released on September 23, we can listen to the wonky techno improvisations of “If I Stay a Minute” over at the Chocolate Grinder and think back to the precious days of “Such Great Heights,” Garden State, that one car commercial, and the War on Terror.

Human Voice tracklist:

01. Human Voice
02. Fringes of Focus
03. If I Stay a Minute
04. Bike Path
05. Foraya
06. Connections
07. Bay Loop
08. Ashby

• Dntel: https://soundcloud.com/dntel
• Leaving Records: http://leavingrecords.com
• Stones Throw: http://www.stonesthrow.com