Ah, the wacky tour antics of art-rockers! Remember that time Wire got one of their cover bands to open for them, so they wouldn’t have to play any old material? Child’s play! Bradford Cox, leader of Deerhunter and Atlas Sound (actually a solo project), has upped the ante: he will be opening for himself as Atlas Sound on his upcoming Deerhunter tour. So either Cox has an incredible level of stamina or he has developed bilocation, an ability shared by Lenin, Aleister Crowley, and some Catholic saints, allowing its wielder to be at multiple places at the same time. It remains unclear whether Cox has also gained levitation, invisibility, or some other mystical powers.
How this will affect Deerhunter’s upcoming album is yet to be determined. Announced, as you already know, via a live radio broadcast two Sundays ago, Fading Frontier will be out October 16, via 4AD. It is the follow-up to 2013’s Monomania, the seventh album for the Georgia four-piece. The opening turn for Atlas Sound marks the first solo-project related rumblings for Cox in a long time. So that’s twice as many good news for his fans out there.
Catch Cox’s newfound powers in any of the worldwide tour dates below:
10.17.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theatre *
10.18.15 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
10.20.15 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
10.21.15 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox *
10.29.15 - Paris, France - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
10.30.15 - Brighton, England - All Saints Church *
10.31.15 - Liverpool, England - Liverpool Music Week
11.01.15 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory *
11.03.15 - Glasgow, Scotland - SWG3 *
11.04.15 - Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club *
11.06.15 - Manchester, England - Gorilla *
11.07.15 - London, England - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire *
11.09.15 - Tourcoing, France - Le Grand Mix *
11.10.15 - Reims, France - La Cartonnerie *
11.11.15 - Nimes, France - Paloma *
11.12.15 - Milan, Italy - Magnolia *
11.13.15 - Ravenna, Italy - Bronson *
11.14.15 - Geneve, Switzerland - L’usine *
11.15.15 - Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik *
11.16.15 - Heidelberg, Germany - Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnof *
11.18.15 - Berlin, Germany - Lido *
11.19.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega *
11.21.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique Orangerie *
11.22.15 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who Festival
12.04.15 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel *
12.05.15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
12.06.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
12.08.15 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza *
12.09.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw *
12.10.15 - Boston, MA - Royale *
12.12.15 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre *
12.13.15 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall *
12.14.15 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *
12.15.15 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre *
12.17.15 - Columbus, OH - Skully’s Music Diner *
01.08.16 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
01.09.16 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
* with Atlas Sound
[Photo: Ryan Stang]
With exactly 30 days to go before the release of Have You In My Wilderness, Julia Holter has graced us with another track off the new album. The song, which follows first single “Feel You,” is titled “Sea Calls Me Home” and is described by Holter as “moving away from things that trap you, the scary wonder in discovering freedom.”
Check it out here:
Holter has also dropped dates surrounding her previously-announced European leg. The tour, which now includes shows in the United States (with Beirut), Japan, and Australia, will keep her busy for essentially the rest of the year, stopping around the time we publish our 2015 year-end list. Coincidence? YES!
Before then, look out for Have You in My Wilderness, the follow-up to 2013’s impeccable Loud City Song. It’s out September 25 via Domino, and for a limited time, grab the vinyl version via Dom Mart and you’ll get a print signed by Holter. With any luck, Holter will sign her name with a black Sharpie. Think of it!
Have You in My Wilderness tracklist:
01. Feel You
03. How Long?
04. Lucette Stranded on the Island
05. Sea Calls Me Home
06. Night Song
07. Everytime Boots
08. Betsy on the Roof
10. Have You in My Wilderness
10.06.15 - San Diego, CA - Open Air Theater #
10.07.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium #
10.08.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium #
10.10.15 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Berkeley #
10.12.15 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
10.13.15 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre #
10.24.15 - New York, NY - Rough Trade
10.27.15 - Zurich, Switzerland - Ziegel Oh Lac
10.28.15 - Munich, Germany - Kammerspiele Theatre
10.29.15 - Frankfurt, Germany - Brotfabrik
10.30.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefahrlich
11.01.15 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
11.02.15 - Stockholm, Sweden - Etablissemanget
11.03.15 - Oslo, Norway - Parktheatret
11.04.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
11.05.15 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
11.07.15 - Den Bosch, Netherlands - November Music
11.09.15 - Brighton, England - Komedia
11.10.15 - Bristol, England - The Lantern at Colston Hall
11.11.15 - Birmingham, England - Glee Club
11.12.15 - London, England - Islington Assembly Hall
11.13.15 - Glasgow, Scotland - The Hug and Pint
11.14.15 - Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club
11.16.15 - Paris, France - New Morning
11.17.15 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Club
11.18.15 - Brugge, Belgium - Biekorf
11.19.15 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who? Festival
11.24.15 - Kyoto, Japan - Metro
11.25.15 - Osaka, Japan - Conpass
11.26.15 - Tokyo, Japan - WWW
12.09.15 - Sydney, AU - Newtown Social Club
12.10.15 - Brisbane, AU - Black Bear Lodge
12.11.15 - Melbourne, AU - Howler
12.12.15 - Victoria, AU - Meredith Music Festival
[Photo: Tonje Thilesen]
• Julia Holter: http://juliashammasholter.com
It’s too bad nobody really follows up their adolescent jamming in their parents’ basement with its natural conclusion: professionally jamming in their own basement (or in any other residential room) to an extent that would clearly belie a seething hatred for sound traps and other studio frivolities!
Obviously, Bill Orcutt and Jacob Felix Heule (of Sult and numerous other percussionist ventures) are exceptions to this claim, and on October 16, they’re formally acknowledging their homespun preference with the release of Colonial Donuts, their first album together after spending three years contributing to the Bay Area live scene. The album was recorded in Orcutt’s living room, which is presumably somewhat sizable, since it had to accommodate his guitar, Heule’s drums, and and all of the furniture that vibrationally migrated against the walls as a result of all that (I’m guessing) improvisational noise. Clearly these two were and are on the same musical wavelength.
Curious about the sound of it now? Check out the track “Labor and Enchantment” below, right after I disabuse you of your doubtless curiosity surrounding the album name: an actual Bay Area donut chain. All of the tracks are of the savory hole variety.
Colonial Donuts tracklisting:
01. Columbus Unbound
02. We Are All Bob Marley
03. Labor and Enchantment
04. Unwanted Objects
05. This Song Is Called Reify
06. Christmas On Earth
07. Colonial Donuts
08. Normal Relations
09. Memories of a Contradiction
10. Imitation of Life-Like
11. Pity The Monster
12. Liberation Song
13. About The Author
It sounds like a weird dream, but no! It’s true! An amazing, weird dream band of artistic luminaries is working with Dumb Numbers, an Australian video maker and musician named Adam Harding, who has been known to collaborate with musical allies such as Lou Barlow (Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr), Dale Crover (Melvins), Murph (Dinosaur Jr), Kevin Rutmanis (Cows, Melvins), Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten), David Yow (Scratch Acid, the Jesus Lizard), Bobb Bruno (Best Coast), Jenny Lee Linberg (Warpaint), Bonnie Mercer (Grey Daturas, Dead River), and Steve Patrick (Useless Children). In 2013, the team released a self-titled debut on Joyful Noise, and now they’re back with a special box set release set to drop September 25.
Check out clips from some of the tracks in the wonderful video below, which basically is like a weird dream anyway, or maybe like a catalogue of a rich man from True Detective Season 3’s loopy fetishes. Seriously, just watch it. You can thank me later.
The box set features three split 10-inch records, featuring new tracks with Dumb Numbers, plus work from The Melvins, David Yow, and David Lynch. It’s available now as a pre-order.
Dumb Numbers are playing a few truly magickal-seeming shows on the West Coast this fall, including a few with The Lemonheads. Dates here:
09.05.15 - Los Angeles, CA - El Cid*
09.23.15 - Las Vegas, NV - The Sayers Club**
09.24.15 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern**
09.25.15 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet’s***
09.26.15 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room**
09.27.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent**
10.02.15 - Eagle Rock, CA - All Star Lanes****
* Adam Harding solo (w/ Danielle De Picciotto & Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten), David Yow, Qui)
** The Lemonheads
*** Desert Stars Festival
**** Jenny Lee of Warpaint, Tweak Bird
Dumb Numbers x David Lynch
01. I Dreamed I Saw Jack Nance Last Night
02. Behind Rocket City
03. I Have A Radio
Dumb Numbers x Melvins
01. Looking Forlorn In All The Wrong Places
03. Polish Trash Compactor
Dumb Numbers x David Yow
01. Unbury The Hatchet
02. In The Hallway Around The Corner Between The Small Room And The Dirty Room
03. Bridal Mess
• Joyful Noise: http://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com
So, I’m not sure about you, but as far as my life experience is concerned, the difference between all the “art students” I know and Portland-based, interdisciplinary artist Ben Glas (who is currently attending the Pacific Northwest College of Art) is that, unlike all of them, Ben is MAKING STUFF and then actually SHOWING IT TO PEOPLE.
What kind of stuff? Well, let’s see: there’s your good ol’ sturdy multimedia installations, your sound and video work, and most importantly, he’s also releasing an album next month on the Portland-based Blankstairs label that’s put out out some other beat-based internet jams that we’ve told you about in the past. The album, titled Music To Interact To, will see the light of day on cassette and digital on September 15 and explores the “highly personal interactions that take place between an audio (or musical) production and its audience” over the span of six, slowly unfurling Jan Jelineck-esque electronic-y soundscapes. According to the label:
At the foundation of all organized audio (music) there exists systems. These systems provide a simple (preconceived) context for the listener and guides their perceptions through the piece. If an artist produces a piece based in these systems, but also allows for experimentation in an unrestricted environment, then naturally the end result will lead to these systems endlessly building on top of each other, cascading ultimately into complete nothingness. Meaning without meaning; conclusion without conclusion. This is the relationship that artist Ben Glas is most interested in, and is arguably the most crucial element to his productions.
Check out the track “Halbdruck” from the forthcoming album down below and hear for yourself.
Music To Interact To tracklisting:
01. Sonic Primer I
04. Sonic Primer II
05. Stagnation, Happydrone
06. Digital Serialism
Bay Area post-punk project Wax Idols want to share a song with you. “Deborah” is their second single off the forthcoming American Tragic, but it’s also my mom’s name! We have so much in common, this song and I. Wonderfully-named band mastermind/multi-instrumentalist Hether Fortune wrote and recorded everything on the album (and when I say “everything,” I mean “errrrrrrrrrything”), apart from drums. Rachel Travers handles drums on this one.
Co-produced by Fortune and Monte Vallier (Weekend, Mark Eitzel, The Soft Moon, Vaniish), American Tragic drops October 16 via Collect Records. You can get it as a CD or LP. Fun fact: last year, Fortune performed as a touring member of White Lung. Less fun fact: the new album was inspired largely by her recent divorce and the spectrum of grief associated with that change. Which isn’t to say that it’s a downer — oh no! If you’re not the kind of post-punk who likes to stand in a corner and subtly nod your head to tunes, you might even find yourself tapping a toe or hitting the dance floor (subtly).
Check out “Deborah” below, and look for Wax Idols in a town near you, who’ll be touring with Them Are Us Too in support of the new album. Dates are listed below.
01. A Violent Transgression
02. Lonely You
03. I’m Not Going
05. Goodbye Baby
07. Severely Yours
08. At Any Moment
Tour dates (all dates with Them Are Us Too, unless otherwise indicated):
08.28.15 - Oakland, CA – Life Changing Ministries (w/ VANISH) *
10.18.15 - San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill (w/ Screature & DJs Justin Anastasi and Omar)
10.20.15 - Portland, OR – TBA
10.21.15 - Seattle, WA – The Highline (w/ Charms & Dead Spells)
10.24.15 - Lincoln, NE – Knickerbocker’s
10.27.15 - Chicacgo, IL – The Empty Bottle
10.28.15 - Detroit, MI – Marble Bar (w/ Blood Stone)
10.31.15 – Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus (w/ Azar Swan & DJ Becka Diamond)
11.02.15 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
11.04.15 - Austin, TX – Mohawk
11.05.15 - San Antonio, TX – Paper Tigers
11.07.15 - Phoenix, AZ – TBA (w/ Body of Light & Ascetic House DJs)
11.08.15 - Los Angeles, CA – Complex (w/ Pleasures & DJ Shannon Cornett)
* without Them Are Us Too
[Photo: Dustin Senovic]
• Wax Idols: http://waxidols.tumblr.com
Alright, so Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood probably can’t pull off early-20th-century greed and misanthropy as convincingly as Daniel Day-Lewis, but does that make the award-winning composer’s life any less deserving of cinematic tribute?
Longtime director-collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson saw an opportunity to return the artistic favor during a recent trip that Greenwood took to Rajasthan, India, for the purposes of recording his new album. The documentary Junun is set to premiere at the New York Film Festival in September/October, and the film itself is roughly an hour-long feature chronicling the frequent guitarist’s musical collaborations with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur, as well as at least 12 Indian musicians who Greenwood cites as coming literally close to eating and breathing music (despite the alleged protein shortcomings). Oh, and supplemental Radiohead guy Nigel Godrich also accompanied the troupe under the guise that, “But Jonny! You’ll need an engineer over there!”
Ultimately, NYFF prefaces Junun’s upcoming world premiere with a promise of “pure magic,” showcasing the “close camaraderie of artistic collaboration.” Let the rest of us belatedly thank the Maharaja of Jordhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort for allowing foreign residents.
Here’s a reminder of the PTA/Greenwood relationship:
• Jonny Greenwood: https://twitter.com/jnnyg
Natasha Khan must’ve noticed that it’s been a minute since her last full-length album as Bat for Lashes, 2012’s The Haunted Man. Now, she’s back with a set of folk and psych covers, produced by Dan Carey and backed by Brighton noisemakers TOY. It may sound entirely detached from the sleek balladry of, say, “Laura,” but it does have precedent in 2013’s “The Bride” single off of Carey’s Speedy Wunderground label, which also featured TOY. Howsa ‘bout that, eh?
As the story goes, Khan and Carey found some obscure gems while crate-digging in Morocco, Thailand, Iran, and North America, before translating the lyrics and heading straight to the studio for a “spontaneous” and “instictive” recording session. The result: SEXWITCH, with six tracks that saddle love, sex, death, and everything in between. It’s out September 25 via Echo/BMG, with a one-off at London’s XOYO on the 29th. Tickets for that can be scoped here; in the meantime, give “Helelyos” a listen down below.
01. Ghoroobaa Ghashangan (Iran)
02. Ha Howa Ha Howa (Morocco)
03. Helelyos (Iran)
04. Kassidat El Hakka (Morocco)
05. War In Peace (North America)
06. Lam Plearn Kiew Bao (Thailand)
What hibernates for 10 years in total silence and returns in fall, beset by red? No, reader, it’s not a riddle. It’s the lead to an informative news post on the new album from Dan Melchior’s Broke Revue! You see, way back in ol’ 2004, Dan Melchior’s Broke Revue recorded O Clouds Unfold!, what would go on to be their last album before disbanding. It wasn’t released until 2009, but by then, the band was long gone and Melchior was deep into a solo career.
But, as per my introduction, Melchior’s getting the b(r)and back together on a new full-length for In The Red Records. It’s called Lords of the Manor, and it’s out August 28. Don’t expect a repeat of O Clouds Unfold!, though, no sir. Where that album stretched over an ambitious 23 tracks and drew in all manner of sonic layers, Lords of the Manor is “stripped to the bare bones.” Short pop songs are swapped for sprawling compositions. Clouds are swapped for sprawling manors and horses, lots of horses. Riddles are swapped for informative intros. It’s 2015! What the hell else are we supposed to do?
Pre-order Lords of the Manor here, and do it fast, because the first 200 LPs are on green vinyl.
Chris Forsyth and Koen Holtkamp have banded together to create the follow-up to 2012’s Early Astral, and one can only imagine how intense the recording session for this disc must’ve been. Titled The Island, the four-track album boasts dreamy, subdued instrumental work that somehow feels like the aftershock of a two-day studio tsunami: priceless musical instruments shattered over mixing boards in a fit of rage; drunk hangers-on playing with their Euroracks in the hallways; bathtubs full of “psychedelic fruit” and circus performers. Just check out this account of the debauchery: “Rehearsals for the sessions amounted to spending a couple days drinking wine, cooking, and hanging out on the beach at the Jersey Shore, and the rhythm and motion of the water seems to have had an undeniable effect on the session’s results.”
And we all know Forsyth is a certified rock star, with an appetite for destruction and albums of slow, attentive guitar-work — and, let’s not forget, righteously spacey collaborations with Koen Holtkamp. They’re exactly the kind of guys to throw a middle finger to life as industry pawns, strike out on their own, and rescue experimental music from its preoccupation with the nature of time or dying and being born in the same instance, or something. Both artists approach studio work with different perspectives, though: Forsyth with his guitar as a tool that can be captured and manipulated, Holtkamp using the space to elaborate on live electroacoustic work that emphasizes slow, methodical layering. I’m surprised both of them made it out of the astral plane alive.
The Island is out October 16 on Trouble in Mind Records. Check out the first single, “Long Beach Idyll.” It’s a blissful, slow-burning song and a big step away from Early Astral. Maybe this new LP signifies Forsyth and Holtkamp leaving their hard-partying rock star days behind them, but I doubt it.
The Island tracklist:
01. Sun Blind
02. Long Beach Idyll
04. Cosmic Richard
[Photo: Ryan Collerd]
• Trouble in Mind: http://www.troubleinmindrecs.com