Here we go… some news you can use — Phil Elverum has just announced the follow-up to last year’s Pre-Human Ideas, which I guess you could call his last album? If that Autotune adventure doesn’t count as “canon Mount Eerie” to you, then just call it the follow-up to 2012’s double-dip Clear Moon/Ocean Roar. The new album is called Sauna (lil’ bit of a reference to It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water?), it’s a double album, and it will be self-released through P.W. Elverum & Sun in early 2015. You do that, Phil.
Elverum will be debuting “extremely stripped-down” versions of Sauna material on his upcoming September tour, so get yourself in attendance if you like nearly-nude songs. Here’s what other info we have on this music so far: there are 12 songs (“some very short, some very long”), they were recorded over a 15-month period in Elverum’s own church-studio The Unknown, and the subject matter will involve “vikings and zen and real life.” Eat, Pray, Love, Pillage.
• Mount Eerie: http://www.pwelverumandsun.com
When I was 14, I went to my first concert. It was mid-90s ska-punk band Less Than Jake, but that doesn’t make Less Than Jake the first band I ever saw live. The first band I ever saw live was New Found Glory, then a mere opener for Less Than Jake, then yet to join the ranks of pop-punk hit-makers, sharing the charts with the likes of Good Charlotte and Simple Plan. In truth, this experience makes a lot of sense, as New Found Glory weren’t that far off from Less Than Jake. But it remains a little strange, since New Found Glory never meant much to me, yet I get to always look back and realize that my concert-going life began with them.
Did you enjoy that story? Well, here’s where we get into the meat. Lorde is going on tour starting next Friday and, if I had to guess, I’d say it’s probably going to be a fair number of teenagers’ first concert. But years later, when they’re a navel-gazing news writer at an experimental music website, they’ll realize that Lorde wasn’t the first act they ever saw live. They’ll realize that, oh yeah, it was Majical Cloudz. (Though many I’m sure will realize that, oh yeah, it was “that intense shaved head guy.”) Because Majical Cloudz are going to open for Lorde, leaving in their wake thousands of young people whose souls will be stared into by Devon Walsh’s piercing honesty. “Bugs Don’t Buzz” is the new “My Friends Over You.”
But what of you, Tiny Mix Tapes reader? Perhaps you like Majical Cloudz and perhaps you like Lorde, but could there be another nugget to this story, one more predisposed to our general readership? There is and it’s this: TMT favorite Tim Hecker remixed the recent Majical Cloudz single, “Savage.” Listen to that right underneath this paragraph. Now go and be pleased.
Majical Cloudz + Lorde dates:
09.05.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for the Performing Arts
09.07.14 - Lewiston, NY - Artpark
09.12.14 - Toronto, ON - TD Echo Beach
09.14.14 - New York, NY - Pier 97
09.15.14 - New York, NY - United Palace
09.16.14 - New York, NY - United Palace
09.18.14 - Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheater
09.22.14 - Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry House
09.23.14 - Columbus, OH - The LC Pavilion
09.24.14 - Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
09.26.14 - Milwaukee, WI - BMO Harris Pavilion
09.27.14 - Council Bluffs, IA - Harrah’s Council Bluffs
09.28.14 - Broomfield, CO - 1st Bank Center
09.30.14 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
10.02.14 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theater UC Berkeley
10.06.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater
10.09.14 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
10.10.14 - San Diego, CA - Open Air Theater
Pianist and composer Matthew Shipp will release a new solo album titled I’ve Been to Many Places on September 9 through long-time affiliate label Thirsty Ear. The album is billed as a summation of his diverse, boundary-pushing career, which has spanned nearly three decades. It includes a number of new compositions, as well as new recordings of past compositions and a version of John Coltrane’s 1959 classic “Naima.”
Shipp moved to New York from his home of Wilmington, Delaware in 1984. He joined the David S. Ware Quartet shortly thereafter and remained a part until its disbandment in 2007. Throughout that time, he also played with Roscoe Mitchell’s Note Factory and recorded with a wide range of collaborators, including rapper/producer El-P, DJ Spooky, electronic duo Spring Heel Jack, and rapper Beans of Antipop Consortium. In a feature with The Guardian, he is quoted expressing his distaste for jazz tradition: “I love Coltrane, I love Ornette, I love Monk — but fuck them all […] I want to find new ways of messing with people’s minds.”
In 2003, Shipp performed with bassist William Parker, drummer Guillermo Brown, and DJ Spooky as part of Spooky’s Optometry project, exploring the intersections of turntablism and jazz. You can watch a video of that concert below, and pre-order the new album here.
It is altogether possible that Danielson’s Daniel Smith may have an insatiable appetite for collaboration. In Danielson, it’s not enough for him to work with his own family, he also brings in scores of non-familial members, some of whom you may have heard of for one reason or another. But even that’s not enough. To curb his hunger pangs, he’s gotten together with Half Japanese’s Jad Fair. Together, the two will tour the United States in September as… Jad Fair & Danielson. Look, simply because you are collaborating does not mean that you need to cook up some fancy name. Since they cannot be sated, they are also to be accompanied by Kramer (longtime Jad Fair associate, member of Bongwater, producer of Galaxie 500, Low, and others) on bass. One can imagine things getting out of hand and the entire audience being absorbed into the band.
As collaborators are wont to do, Jad Fair & Danielson have recorded their mutual spark for all the world to hear. That spark is in the form of Solid Gold Heart, an album by the two out now through Sounds Familyre. Listen to below via Danielson’s Bandcamp. Now go start a band with someone you love.
Jad Fair & Danielson dates:
09.04.14 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
09.05.14 - Burlington, VT - New City Galerie
09.06.14 - Toronto, ON - The Cave at Lee’s Palace
09.07.14 - Detroit, MI - Trinospheres
09.08.14 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
09.09.14 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
09.10.14 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub
09.11.14 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
09.12.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands Gallery
09.13.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
Kelela, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Teengirl Fantasy, and more to serenade your salad on upcoming Music For Plants LP
Some of us make individual attempts to rectify the generally calamitous effect the human species has had on plants worldwide, but behind each douse of water (you may not be aware of this) lies, say, a rhododendron that secretly yearns for aural sustenance. Or a dionaea muscipula that wants to take a figurative bite out of Pixies instead of those gross and heartburn-inducing flies! Oddly, experiments concerning the effect of music on plant-life are really only a recent venture, but here we are, acknowledging “new-age” artist Peter Coffin for his perpetual — since 2002 — work in that realm. Guess who’s going to be spared in the event of a Jumanji-like vine takeover?
Music for Plants is a Coffin-devised series that has seen two editions so far and is seeing its third edition currently been worked on (set for formal release some time this fall). Artists including Kelela, Arto Lindsay, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Martin Rev of Suicide, Teengirl Fantasy, and more were recruited to record this third volume at Red Bull Studios in New York, where Coffin’s concurrent Living exhibition features a greenhouse with the first two Music for Plants playing on a loop. Living ends September 16, but with any luck, the repeated consumption of Sonic Youth, Pauline Oliveros, Jim O’Rourke, and OOIOO will allow for unstoppable growth. Oh, look who’s just arrived for dinner.
Again, this fall! Listen to the first volume here. An L-Vis 1990 track created for the third is below.
• Peter Coffin: http://petercoffinstudio.com
Who is Jehu and how does he drive? This is what I always wondered on the dark nights I drove around listening to Drive Like Jehu’s Yank Crime. Was he a responsible driver? What were his insurance rates? Would he have swerved to avoid that rapscallion of an opossum that just dove in front of my vehicle? We may never know. What we know, however, is that the band Drive Like Jehu made some jams that I described to myself under my breath as “thoroughly sick” as I drove around a darkened college town, maybe or maybe not driving like Mr. Jehu himself.
Drive Like Jehu played their last show way back in 1995, and though the various members of the band (including Rick Froberg and John Reis) went on to participate in such groups as Obits and Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu has since darkened the door of neither of a BMV nor a band-reunion headline. However, that all has changed: on August 31 (this Sunday) the band will play a free, all ages show. Unfortunately, if you don’t live in California, you’ll likely have to fly like I would imagine Jehu never would’ve because he was afraid of heights, because the solitary show is slated to go down in Balboa Park in San Diego. The show kicks off at 7 PM, and will feature accompaniment from Civic Organist Dr. Carol Williams. Drive safe, everyone! It’s what (I assume) Jehu would want!
• Drive Like Jehu: http://www.drive-like-jehu.com
Back in April, Prince mended a long and bitter rift with his former label Warner Bros. The whole saga was like watching your parents split up and your mum (Warner Bros.) dating a whole bunch of kinda-alright-but-ultimately-not-quite-your-dad boyfriends while your dad (Prince) did a whole bunch of weird shit like write “slave” on his face and change his name to an unpronounceable symbol.
Now those dark and confusing years are behind us and the relationship seems to have been going great guns: Prince reissued his stone-cold classic Purple Rain and went on the road with a new backing band to rave reviews. You could say the relationship has hit a bit of a purple patch (boom tish).
What news could spin us out even more than seeing old mum and dad getting on like a house on fire again? How about them announcing that they’re having a baby (i.e. an album)? Whoa! Well, that’s happening. Not only that… it’s twins!
In case you haven’t followed the through line of that analogy, Prince is going to be releasing two brand new albums with Warner Bros. on September 30. Art Official Age is being described as a classic Prince album with Prince writing, producing, arranging, and performing the entire album himself (with a little help from Joshua Welton). This one will be your old-school soul and rhythm and blues-type Prince record.
PlectrumElectrum, on the other hand, was recorded with Prince’s new backing band 3rd Eye Girl live to analog tape and is more of your funk-rock boogie jam record. Oh man, will it be possible to love these two albums equally?
More tour dates and an exciting “series of very special events taking place globally” will be confirmed shortly. In the meantime, you can pre-order the albums now to get access to some of the tracks — like an ultrasound sneak peek into your new twin siblings who are still chilling in utero.
Art Official Age tracklist:
01. Art Official Cage
04. The Gold Standard
05. U Know
06. Breakfast Can Wait
07. This Could Be Us
08. What It Feels Like
09. affirmation I & II
10. Way Back Home
13. affirmation III
• Prince: http://artofficialage.com
So, aside from replacing Death Grips on tour with Nine Inch Nails with his “hard-rock cyberdrone” guns blazing, what’s Oneohtrix Point Never a.k.a. Daniel Lopatin been up to these past few months? It’s funny I should start off a news post with exactly that idle question right now, what with this link to some information about just what he’s probably been doing with at least some of his time, in between taking showers and using the toilet burning a hole in my digital pocket. Of a piece with his ongoing interest in doing commissioned work, he’s been working on a score for Koki Morimoto’s 1995 anime Magnetic Rose (which is part one of the three-part series Memories. Working hard or hardly working, Mr. Point Never? “Working hard” is what I bet he would say if we were friends and had the sort of rapport where I could ask him dumb water-cooler type questions like that.
Lopatin will perform the score live at the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Manchester, England on October 4 at an event that will also consist of a screening of Ridley Scott’s Alien and talks by actual scientists about whether or not anyone can hear you scream in space. For real! Tickets for the event went on sale at noon UK time today. Click here to put your money into an internet hole and be rewarded with one (or several). In my not-actually-professional opinion, this will almost definitely be cool.
• Oneohtrix Point Never: http://pointnever.com
British electronica mainstay Mark Van Hoen has announced After the Rain, his second album since 2012’s resuscitation of his Locust project. The new LP marks the Londoner’s second collaboration with Baltimore composer Louis Sherman; furthermore, After the Rain is the first release wholly conceived during this current stage of Van Hoen’s career, since his last album contained material dating back to 2006. Though the melodic abstraction characteristic of Van Hoen’s later work is very much present in After the Rain’s new single “I’ll Be There,” the musician has cited 1970s European electronic music as an influence, and it shows: one can’t help but be reminded of continental Europe’s mechanistic-but-warm ambient music while listening to it. The album was recorded live, doing away with the sequencers, complex programming, and sampling that used to dominate Van Hoen’s Locust output. After the Rain is dedicated to Hajji Majer, drummer with post-punk aficionados Fall of Another Year, who passed away last July.
Mark Van Hoen started his career in the early 90s, in the orbit of underappreciated innovators Seefeel, briefly joining the band as a replacement bassist, and later going on to form Scala with several of said band members. Breaking with the post-rock/drone register Seefeel explored, Scala took the rock song format and tried to expand it by following the natural detour from dream pop into ambient music. However, Scala was just one of Van Hoen’s side projects; Locust, the moniker he used to release his solo work throughout the decade, remained his main outlet. Further blurring the line between the song format and electronic music, Locust put out a set of impressive albums that intermittently hinted at the eccentric ambient work of Richard D. James and a bleaker, dystopian register, enamored with modular synths. His 1993 debut album as Locust, Weathered Well, along with 1998’s Wrong, are still highlights of Van Hoen’s career.
By 2001, Van Hoen stopped releasing music as Locust, sticking to his own name. He had already put out a couple of albums as Mark Van Hoen in the 90s, but the difference was that Locust now went into a 12-year hiatus, finally broken with last year’s You’ll Be Safe Forever. The British musician had decided to reactive the group while rehearsing for a WFMU session with Louis Sherman, where it hit him that together they sounded a lot like Locust. You’ll Be Safe Forever was the result of that collaboration, binding the gap between Van Hoen’s recent output, IDM, and a rockier version of Boards of Canada. Locust’s new album promises to move beyond that ground, into territories still uncharted through Van Hoen’s prolific career.
After the Rain will be out on October 13 via Editions Mego.
After the Rain tracklisting:
02. Under Still Waters
03. Tides in Opposite Lock
04. To Lonely Shores
06. Shadows Cast By Planes
07. I’ll Be There
08. Parsing the Signals
09. Sorrow Stays
11. Sky Black Horses
12. Won’t Be Long
Sebadoh announce fall tour in support of recent album Defend Yourself, Thurston Moore, warm thoughts of the 1990s, more
Bask yourself in the glow of the 1990s! The glow emits from Sebadoh, a shining light of the 1990s. Yes, Sebadoh put out a new record, Defend Yourself, last year. Yes, Sebadoh’s first album came out in 1989. But they did put out six albums (seven, if you’re counting the Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock compilation) in the 90s, then decided to break up when the decade ended! That is a very dedicated-to-the-90s move! Granted, they got back together a few years later, realizing that they could perhaps survive in a new decade. So Sebadoh are the 90s with qualifiers. They are asterisk-90s.
To maximize the swirling memories of Sebadoh’s heyday, the group is co-headlining a handful of dates in October with fellow alt-era icon Thurston Moore. If you are looking to get into an argument with a stranger about 120 Minutes or No Alternative, consider attending these shows. Prior to these dates, Sebadoh are also touring through September and October on their lonesome. Your chances of getting into a 120 Minutes/No Alternative-related argument are also high at these shows, though less high.
09.14.14 - Jacksonville, FL - Connection Festival
09.16.14 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
09.17.14 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
09.19.14 - Austin, TX - Red 7
09.20.14 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
09.21.14 - Norman, OK - Opolis
09.22.14 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar
09.23.14 - St Louis, MO - Off Broadway
09.25.14 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
09.26.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
09.27.14 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
09.28.14 - Omaha, NE - REVERB
09.29.14 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
10.01.14 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett
10.03.14 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret *
10.04.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
10.05.14 - Portland, OR - Star Theatre
10.07.14 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
10.08.14 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst *
10.10.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
10.11.14 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room *
* Thurston Moore