On “The Possum,” the opening track of Sun Kil Moon’s recent Universal Themes, Mark Kozelek details a visit to Justin Broadrick before a concert from Broadrick’s industrial metal band Godflesh. Through the song, Kozelek makes it seem like he and this Broadrick character have a pretty good relationship, a friendly rapport even. So much so that it seemed not impossible for the two to collaborate on music. Well, Stereogum reports that the prophecy of “The Possum” has come to pass. On February 19, 2016, Sun Kil Moon will unite with Broadrick’s Jesu project for the appropriately titled Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, released through Kozelek’s Caldo Verde label.
Now, February 19’s an awful long way into the future, but the project’s been teased for a little while now already. Back in April, Jesu brought word of the album’s existence to his Twitter following, yet then fell silent on further details. Here we are, these months later, with the details before your very eyes. While you’re here, feast your eyes on the Kozelek-iest song titles of all time: “Last Night I Rocked The Room Like Elvis and Had Them Laughing Like Richard Pryor” and “America’s Most Wanted Mark Kozelek and John Dillinger.” RIP, the possum.
Jesu/Sun Kil Moon tracklist:
01. Good Morning My Love
03. A Song of Shadows
04. Last Night I Rocked the Room Like Elvis and Had Them Laughing Like
06. Father’s Day
08. America’s Most Wanted Mark Kozelek and John Dillinger
TMT’s very own Pat Beane gave Montreal-based quartet Ought a rave in his feature on this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival. “Ought delivered one of the best festival sets I’ve seen,” and on top of that, “the band was cute as hell.” Hot on the heels of that affirmative press, Ought have announced a substantial October tour throughout the US and Canada. The stint will coincide with the September 18 release of their sophomore album Sun Coming Down on Constellation. You can pre-order through the Constellation site or through iTunes.
Tim Darcy, Matt May, Tim Keen, and Ben Stidworthy, the Ought men, are not from Canada, so get that out of your head or risk serious critical misreading. Rather, the four hail from New Hampshire, New Jersey, Australia, and Portland, respectively, having convened at Montreal’s McGill University. Their first album, last year’s More Than Any Other Day, was a smashing critical success, noted for its danceable arrangements, playful interpretation of post-punk stylings, and Darcy’s sarcastic, audaciously lovable lyrics recognizing the potential awesomeness of trivial, everyday experience. For the chorus of “Beautiful Blue Sky,” Sun Coming Down’s first single, he incants phrases like “Fancy seeing you here,” “How’s the family,” and “Beautiful weather today” over a grand, ascending guitar progression. It’s pretty great.
“Men For Miles,” the album’s second single, is out now, too. You can listen to both below, followed by the album tracklist and the full tour schedule.
Sun Coming Down tracklist:
01. Men For Miles
02. Passionate Turn
03. The Combo
04. Sun’s Coming Down
05. Beautiful Blue Sky
07. On The Line
08. Never Better
Ought tour dates:
09.17.15 - Montreal, QC -Ukrainian Federation (Pop Montreal)
09.30.15 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
10.01.15 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
10.02.15 - Brooklyn, NY - The Silent Barn
10.03.15 - Washington DC - Comet Ping Pong
10.05.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
10.08.15 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
10.09.15 - Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will
10.10.15 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigos Cantina
10.11.15 - Edmonton, AB - Up + Downtown Music Festival
10.12.15 - Calgary, AB - The Palomino Smokehouse & Social Club
10.14.15 - Vancouver, CA - Red Gate
10.15.15 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
10.16.15 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
10.18.15 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
10.19.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
10.20.15 - San Diego, CA - The Hideout
10.22.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
10.23.15 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
10.25.15 - St. Louis, MO - The Demo
10.26.15 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Café
10.27.15 - Chicago, IL - The Beat Kitchen
10.29.15 - Toronto, CA - Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Stay goth, my friends. If there’s anything that noted California experimental hip-hop label has been missing, it is a distinct goth flavor. Does Doseone even own any bondage pants? As an initial first step in correcting these wrongs, the label has signed the true goth star himself, Pictureplane a.k.a. Travis Egedy. As we speak, Egedy is wrapping up the recording of his debut Anticon full-length, which is expected to see release next year.
Mr. Top Goth (that’s Pictureplane) just wrapped up a string of dates with Heems on the West Coast. However, if you are lucky enough to live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, you can see a Heems-less Pictureplane at The Starlight on August 1. Maybe, just maybe, he’ll play something off that aforementioned Anticon debut. Or maybe he’ll play “Total Confusion,” his Antwon-featuring single that came out earlier this year through IHC 1NFINITY.
18+. Seriously one of the best things going. The NY/LA duo recently announced a European tour, and now we’ve caught wind that the group is set to release a new remix EP. Titled They Remixes, the EP features such TMT favorites as Suicideyear, Mr. Mitch, and Príncipe group Tia Maria Produções taking on tracks sourced from 18+’s debut album/compilation, Trust. It also includes a song by lesser-known Puerto Rican artist Audri Nix, whose once unofficial remix of “Crow” features reworked vocals (in Spanish) rather than production.
So yes, after being spoiled for years with random tracks and mixtapes, new 18+ music continues to elude us. But They Remixes is a solid consolation from a solid label, so act quickly. It’s out August 28 digitally and as a limited 12-inch via Houndstooth.
They Remixes tracklist:
01. Cake (Suicideyear remix)
02. Nectar (Mr. Mitch Lights Off Remix)
03. OIXU (Tia Maria Produções Remix)
04. Crow (Audri Nix Remix)
05. Nectar (Mr. Mitch Lights On Remix) *
* Digital bonus
08.22.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Moustache
08.23.15 - Biddinghuizen, Holland - Lowlands Festival - X-ray stage
08.26.15 - London, UK - Electrowerks
08.27.15 - Dublin, Ireland - Twisted Pepper - Scavenger Sessions
08.28.15 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain - Pop-Kultur night
08.29.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega Ideal Bar
Lawrence English, you sly dog. The artist, composer, founder of Room40, and amateur falconer (?) has outdone himself this year by curating an excellent lineup (as we recently reported) for his label’s annual Open Frame festival, going down at the art space Carraigeworks in Sydney, Australia.
And it starts TODAY.
Not only has he gotten William Basinski to agree to travel south of the equator to headline the first night, but he’s also managed to snag the world premiere of Jim O’Rourke’s latest electro-acoustic piece, Diffusion. On top of that, he’s convinced artist and filmmaker Makino Takashi to swing by and display his work Space Noise, which combines digital projection with 15mm film to create the illusion of a three-dimensional viewing experience. Need more evidence that you need to get your ass down under? How about another premiere, this time of an audiovisual work by Grouper and Paul Clipson entitled Hynosis Display? I believe I’ve made my point, and that’s not even the full lineup.
Check out the entire program and grab tickets here.
Punk isn’t punk enough these days. Blame garage rock, blame bubblegum beach punk. Thankfully, a new rock & roll space god has landed among us, however, in the form of Rotterdam’s Rats on Rafts. Beloved by the guy from Franz Ferdinand, the guy from Echo & the Bunnymen, and the guy from Louder Than War, the band consists of the hardrockin’ David Fagan (vox/guitar), Arnoud Verheul (guitar), Florian Veenhuis (bass), and Joris Frowein (drums).
The fellas will be releasing their second full-length, Tape Hiss, on the venerable Fire Records come October 16, with a lengthy European tour planned for later in the year. Hiss was self-produced, recorded, and mastered on analogue because DIY till you die, obviously.
01. Sleep Little Child
03. Powder Monkey
04. Rat Poison Face
05. Seaside Tape Hiss
07. Last Day On Earth
08. (Machine) 1-6-8
I agree, the existence of so-called “fresh air” is superfluous in the company of engaging aromas wafting onshore from polluted urban runoff, because at least the latter has the capacity to non-verbally tell me what I want for dinner on any given night. There isn’t much chance that you’ll come across discarded Chinese food out in the country and likewise is the risk of discovering a virtual wardrobe of unappreciated, seemingly pooped-out garments kept at a minimum. So it’s no wonder that Liverpool-born producer Dialect (Andrew PM Hunt) chose the blatant opposite environment for his recent musical inspirations. As the 1080p overview on the subject makes clear, Dialect’s new album Gowanus Drifts is less about Wall Street than the sewage being “traded” underneath, at no cost to the investors.
For those unaware: Gowanus is an area of Brooklyn that was once a hub of industrial and shipping activity. It’s also in the vicinity of where Dialect recorded his new release. The area reminded him of his hard childhood surroundings, and the album itself is thus a more drone-y undertaking than his prior Advanced Myth. The sax still makes an appearance though, along with not-quite-as-obvious field recordings, all of which makes the whole thing hard to genre pigeonhole. Best you just listen to the track below and wait until August 28 for the cassette and digital completes.
Also, wait! Hunt himself recently uploaded the entirety of Advanced Myth, so don’t feel bad about listening to that one here.
Gowanus Drifts tracklisting:
01. Sunset Park (In The Dark)
02. Waterfront Epiphany
04. Coney Island Fog
05. Flesh In The Pan
07. Cloud Chorale
08. Ghost Of Red Hook
09. Broken Pipes
10. Glass Drift
11. Bleak Drift
12. Chewing Springs
13. Quietly, In The House (Last Transmission)
Stoners and time usually do not mix, man.
Or, actually, maybe they mix really well, as long as your ideal consumption of time is laid-back and woozy, two adjectives that perfectly describe Mild High Club, whose debut album Timeline will be released via Stones Throw imprint Circle Star Records on September 18.
As we previously reported, Timeline is tipped to feature a cameo from musical gun-for-hire (unless you are Madonna) Ariel Pink and was recorded in main Mild High man Alexander Brettin’s bedroom in between bong hits since 2012. That Ariel Pink collaboration also features Weyes Blood, so yeah, pretty cool huh.
The lead single “Undeniable” is being passed around now, which you can sample below. In support of the release of Timeline Mild High Club will be skipping in a weed haze around the States with fellow psych revivalists King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and then wandering around Europe to see the year out.
01. Club Intro
03. Note To Self
04. You and Me
07. Rollercoaster Baby
09. Weeping Willow
10. The Chat (feat. Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood)
08.15.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo Park Rising
08.25.15 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar #
08.26.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo #
08.27.15 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door #
08.28.15 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop #
08.31.15 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios #
09.01.15 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret #
09.02.15 - Seattle, WA - Highline
09.03.15 - Missoula, MT - Stage 112 #
09.05.15 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry #
09.06.15 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean #
09.18.15 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal
09.27.15 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Fest
10.21.15 - Birmingham, UK - Hare and Hounds
10.22.15 - Glasgow, UK - The Hug and Pint
10.23.15 - Manchester, UK - Gullivers
10.26.15 - London, UK - Old Blue Last
10.28.15 - Antwerp, BE - Trix
10.29.15 - Amsterdam, NL - Butcher’s Tears (Subbacultcha Night)
10.30.15 - Berlin, DE - ACUD
# with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Hey, great economic news for the cash-strapped state of California! San Francisco-based black metal-y/shoegaze-y/best-new-music-y band Deafheaven have recently signed to ANTI- Records, easily the most wealthy and influential record label in the Western hemisphere. And not only that, but the band has announced that they will be releasing a brand new album — the follow-up to that album of theirs Sunbather that some people liked alright back in 2013 — on October 2. Hot dog! Finally, a revenue source that’s actually dependable so California can fix all those THINGS about California that no one likes very much (thanks for NOTHING, all you 90 pro sports teams)!
According to the press release, the album was recorded “live to tape at 25th Street Recording in Oakland, CA and Atomic Garden Recording in East Palo Alto, CA in April 2015,” which of course boosted the local economies of those two cities by some 7,000%. It was also “produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Jack Shirley who has worked with the band on their previous releases,” so you know it’s going to sound at least as good and be AT LEAST as popular as all previous Deafheaven releases put together. You can pre-order the album on vinyl and CD right over here, and you can peep the nice, sunny, beach-y, surf-y album trailer down below before the tracklisting.
Commenting on the album’s seemingly non-Golden State-themed title, singer guy George Clarke says that he “came up with the idea of ‘New Bermuda’ to describe a new destination in life, a nebulous point of arrival, and an unknown future where things get swallowed up and dragged into darkness.” Okay, so no worries! Sounds like like this album will DEFINITELY give The Beach Boys’ Surf’s Up a run for its money as the most iconic and lucrative California album ever.
New Bermuda tracklisting:
01. Brought to the Water
03. Baby Blue
04. Come Back
05. Gifts for the Earth
Back To The Future soundtrack to see anachronistic vinyl release — you know, in celebration of the future?
Well, I’m gonna be honest with you: I exclusively only EVER listen to music via the Apple Music app streaming to my Apple Watch. But according to this website called Modern Vinyl, the soundtrack to the classic 1985 film Back To the Future soundtrack is FINALLY being pressed in a format truly worthy of its hip-to-be-square 1985-ness: Stainless steel!
Ha. No, it’s not being pressed to stainless steel. That would be too awesome. It’s coming out on fucking picture-disc vinyl. Observe: “In celebration of the film’s future travel date of October 21, 2015 [a.k.a. the date Marty, Doc, and Jennifer time-travel their asses to in the 2nd movie], the BTTF trilogy is getting a big reissue campaign, featuring Blu-Ray, special packaging and even a vinyl reissue of the original’s soundtrack. The first film’s OST will actually be released on a picture disc on October 16.” And actually, according to The Vinyl Factory, the soundtrack — which consists of the Huey Lewis MEGAJAM “Power of Love” surrounded by a bunch of other nonsense — was only released in its entirety in 2009. So this is all happening kinda fast, all things considered.
Either way, if you’re feeling jazzed up by this “heavy” news, there’s a whole bunch of celebratory junk happening in honor of that impending October 21, 2015 date that you can check out, including exclusive screenings and whatnot. Me? I’m just going to stream “The Power of Love” as many times as I want whenever I want, for free, while I skitch a cop or two… and call it a night.
Back to the Future OST tracklisting:
01. “The Power of Love” – Huey Lewis and the News
02. “Time Bomb Town” – Lindsey Buckingham
03. “Back to the Future” – The Outatime Orchestra
04. “Heaven Is One Step Away” – Eric Clapton
05. “Back in Time” – Huey Lewis and the News
06. “Back to the Future Overture” – The Outatime Orchestra
07. “The Wallflower (Dance with Me Henry)” – Etta James
08. “Night Train” – Marvin Berry and The Starlighters
09. “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” – Marvin Berry and The Starlighters
10. “Johnny B. “Goode” – Marty McFly and the Starlighters
• Back to the Future: http://www.backtothefuture.com