Tim Hecker embraces his inner John Williams, provides original score for documentary Massacred for Gold
If you’re like me, you’ve found yourself thinking more than once that Tim Hecker’s music has got just the right amount of ambient melancholy to make a great soundtrack for a documentary about something really sad that happened in the past. Well, person like me, first off, hi! It’s nice to meet you. Second, we’re not the only ones who think that. As it happens, Tim Hecker (or as I call him in my dreams where we’re besties, “The Heckerman”) himself thinks his music would make a great soundtrack to a documentary about something really sad that happened in the past. As Pitchfork reports, he’s composed an original score for the upcoming documentary film Massacred for Gold.
Pulling from R. Gregory Nokes’ book of the same name, the film tells tells the story of a group of Oregon miners in 1887 who were murdered in an anti-Chinese immigrant massacre. Directed by Vernon Lott and Jennifer Anderson, the film will debut at the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival between November 7 and 17. You can watch the film’s trailer below. This is Lott and Anderson’s third collaboration, following 2010’s Bad Writing (which featured interviews with the likes of George Saunders, David Sedaris, and Margaret Atwood) and 2011’s Confluence.
And don’t forget, Hecker’s tribute to the only truly safe form of sex, Virgins, is also out this week, so hop on that in the most abstinent way you possibly can.
Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo wants to teach you how to play guitar (you’re on your own for vocal lessons, though)!
Hey, what a coincidence, guys! We were, like, just talking about (former?!?) Sonic Youth shredder Lee Ranaldo! You were there for that, weren’t you? Oh. You weren’t? Well, you missed out. We had pizzas delivered and got drunk watching Frasier; it was pretty classy. But either way, onward!
So, yeah, according to a recent post on the ol’ Matablog, Ranaldo has declared his intentions to teach the good gospel of guitar-shreddery to a few lucky New Yorkers. Want to learn more? Yeah, okay! On Monday, October 28, at 8 PM EST, just mosey on over to hip record store Other Music, where Lee will be “hosting his first Guitar Clinic, having a discussion and demonstration of his weapon of choice.” You can share some words of wisdom and even get a free signed poster out of the deal. And… that’s basically all! If you live there, go do it. Easy as getting drunk watching Frasier!
Oh, ha. There’s also a tour he’s promoting. FINE, I’ll post those dates for you, Lee. Sheesh. Just know, though, this is less easy.
10.17.13 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe’s Oasis
10.18.13 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
10.19.13 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
10.20.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
10.22.13 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
10.23.13 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle
10.25.13 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
11.10.13 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera Euser
11.11.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel
11.12.13 - Berlin, Germany - TBC
11.13.13 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
11.14.13 - Metz, France - Le Musee De Cour D’or
11.15.13 - Metz, France - Caveau Des Trinitaries / Musique Volantet Festival
11.17.13 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Romandie
11.18.13 - Feyzin, France - L’Epicerie Moderne
11.20.13 - Villeneuve D’Asq, France - Festival Tour De Chauffe
11.21.13 - London, UK - The Garage (NME Radar Night)
11.22.13 - Camber Sands, UK - ATP
11.23.13 - Paris, France - BB Mix Festival
11.25.13 - Poitiers, France - Confort Moderne
11.26.13 - Tours, France - Temps Machine
12.06.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
12.07.13 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
12.08.13 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
12.11.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
12.13.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex
12.14.13 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
01.08.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
01.09.13 - Hamden, CT - Spaceland Ballroom
01.10.13 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
01.11.13 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
Faint Wild Light debuts on Digitalis; cuddling revealed as just another of James Ginzburg’s many talents
Thank the alphabet lords for zed; otherwise, I would have had nary a clue as to James Ginzburg’s electronic preoccupations as one half of the sonically challenging Emptyset, and one whole of the founder of Bristol-based music publisher Multiverse Music, which has overseen releases from Tectonic, Kapsize, and presently, Subtext. See, ignoring the bundled press release’s mentioning of all of this, ‘z’ radiates a certain edginess (just look at those sharp corners!), whereas ‘s’, particularly in the less-assaulting “Ginsburg,” just makes me think of hippies and meadow-frolicking. Allen, what a profound effect you’ve had on the world! In other words, absent the buzzing sound, the presumption would’ve been of only Faint Wild Light, Ginzburg’s folksy undertaking, which has just recently seen its official emergence.
Just released on Digitalis, the self-titled debut album from Faint Wild Light has… lyrics. It also, giving credence to the SoundCloud classification, seems to be a genuine foray into folk, with a few strays here and there. Thoughts of Benoît Pioulard enter the contemporary mind, while those harkening back may notice a vocal style similar to Simon & Garfunkel. There’s no need to remark and mislead on the supposed rarity of electronic musicians waxing acoustic or finding their voice, so to speak, these days. Examples compile somewhat regularly, but who knows if there’s a common motivation. Let’s say cats. Here’s where you can purchase the album.
Faint Wild Light tracklisting:
05. Speak, Memory
06. Shattered Stars
07. Squares Become Lines
2013: the year of Give The People What They Want! More Vin Diesel movies! A new Eminem song! A government shutdown! Jonathan Rhys Meyers as TV’s Dracula! What more could the American people want and need, with so many great offerings already on the table? Why, a newly expanded book about Celine Dion, of course! I mean, what American home is complete without a book delving into the life and work of Canada’s Sweetheart on its coffee table?
But this isn’t just any ol’ coffee table book, no! It’s the new and expanded version of Carl Wilson’s Let’s Talk About Love for Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series — and it’s really more about the whys and hows of personal taste than Celine’s challenges as a young teen, her growth as an artist, and favorite milkshake flavor when she was growing up in Montreal. (Hint: it’s vanilla. The joke makes itself!) The new and improved Let’s Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste includes the complete text of the original version, plus essays from people like Mary Gaitskill, James Franco, Nick Hornby, Owen Pallett, Krist Novoselic, and more. Oh, and it’s out March 13, 2014, just in time for you to super conspicuously read it on your flight to SXSW.
Table of Contents:
Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste
1. Let’s Talk About Hate
2. Let’s Talk About Pop (and Its Critics)
3. Let’s Talk in French
4. Let’s Talk About World Conquest
5. Let’s Talk About Schmaltz
6. Let’s Sing Really Loud
7. Let’s Talk About Taste
8. Let’s Talk About Who’s Got Bad Taste
9. Let’s Talk with Some Fans
10. Let’s Do a Punk Version of “My Heart Will Go On” (or, Let’s Talk About Our Feelings)
11. Let’s Talk About Let’s Talk About Love
12. Let’s Talk About Love
Essays: This Is What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Carl Wilson, “Introduction”
Nick Hornby, “The Artists We Deserve”
Krist Novoselic, “With the Lights On, It’s Less Useless”
Ann Powers, “If the Girls Were All Transported”
Mary Gaitskill, “The Most Obvious Thing”
Jason King, “Compared to What?”
Daphne Brooks, “Let’s Talk About Diana Ross (In Memory of Trayvon Martin)”
Drew Daniel, “Deep in the Game”
Sukhdev Sandhu, “Children of the Corn”
James Franco, “Acting In and Out of Context”
Marco Roth and the Editors of n+1, “Too Much Sociology”
Jonathan Sterne, “Giving Up on Giving Up on Good Taste”
Owen Pallett, “When I Come Home”
Sheila Heti, “Playlist: Let’s Listen to Love”
Carl Wilson, “Let’s Talk Later”
• 33 1/3: http://333sound.com
Tindersticks release 10th album, entitled Across Six Leap Years; I totally knew a guy whose birthday was leap day, it really wrecked him emotionally
Tindersticks are about to get all “We’ve been around for two decades what have you done recently?” on y’all with their 10th studio album, out October 12, called Across Six Leap Years. I mean, to be fair, two decades is a long time. I mean how long does it take to do most things? Like not more than a day, right? I’m really struggling right now to think of something that takes more than a day to do. I just Googled “things that take more than a day to do,” and came up pretty empty handed. So, taking into account the six leap days in the album’s title, that’s 7,306 days to get stuff done. Subtract like 2,086 days for weekends and you get about 5,220 getting-stuff-done days, which means I’d conservatively guess that the folks in Tindersticks have gotten anywhere from 6,000 to 10,000 things like soundtrack work, studio albums, and laundry done in the last two decades. Wow! That’s a lot! (Please don’t check my math, just marvel with me at the large numbers I generated.)
With all that stuff having been gotten done, Tindersticks decided it was time to celebrate their 21st anniversary in the only way they know how: getting more stuff done. That’s where Across Six Leap Years comes in. The album, which was recorded between April 6 and 9 of this year at Abbey Road Studios, features re-recorded versions of songs from their history, songs that got “lost along the way,” or that they never managed to record in quite the way they envisioned. Read about the genesis of the tracks and learn about the many ways you can get your grubby paws on the album over on the band’s website, or maybe listen to a stream of the album on RTE Ten while you’re cleaning the house or finally finishing that puzzle of that lighthouse that you bought last spring when you were feeling a weird combo of loneliness and hunger. Tindersticks are also going on a brief European tour in celebration of their anniversary, check the dates below. And, if you were feeling a little left out from all the stuff Tindersticks have been getting done, you can watch a trailer for the album below that gives you a camera’s-eye view of the recording process at Abbey Road.
Check out the full stream of the album here:
Across Six Leap Years tracklisting:
01. Friday Night
02. Marseilles Sunshine
03. She’s Gone
04. Dying Slowly
05. If You’re Looking for a Way Out
06. Say Goodbye to the City
07. Sleepy Song
08. A Night In
09. I Know That Loving
10. What Are You Fighting For?
10.20.13 - Rennes, France - Carre Sevigne
10.21.13 - Paris, France - Olympia
10.22.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Cirque Royale
10.24.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar St
10.25.13 - London, UK - Barbican Centre
10.27.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Koncertsalen
10.28.13 - Berlin, Germany - Admiralspalast
10.29.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Concertgebouw
10.31.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Barcelona Jazz Festival
11.01.13 - Lisbon, Portugal - Coliseum
• Tindersticks: http://www.tindersticks.co.uk
It’s been five years since Yellow Swans disbanded, three years since they left us with their final album, the massive Going Places (TMT Review). Since then, the Pete Swanson half of Yellow Swans has kept busy with some fairly high-profile releases, like his Man with Potential LP and the pair of EPs that followed. The duo’s other half, guitarist Gabriel Saloman, has kept a somewhat lower profile, putting out only the occasional smaller release. Last year, he released Adhere, his first LP under his own name. Now, he’s got two plans. One, to release a follow-up LP called Soldier’s Requiem on November 8 through Miasmah Records. Two, to headbutt Pete Swanson in the chest really, really hard.
“I don’t have anything against Pete,” Saloman may or may not have said. “I just really want to headbutt him.” There you have it, the scoop on Gabriel Salomon possibly headbutting Pete Swanson sometime in the near future. As for Soldier’s Requiem, the scoop there is that it consists of four intense but restrained tracks constructed out of piano, guitar, and drums. Listen to one of those four haunting requiems, “Boots on the Ground,” below (via a stream from FACT). Then headbutt another person.
Soldier’s Requiem tracklist:
01. Mine Field
02. Marching Time
03. Boots on the Ground
04. Cold Haunt
Paracelsus fans! Now is your time to shine! It seems like every year, album after album comes out, without even one touching on the works of 16th-century German-Swiss physician Paracelsus. Considering every album that is released each year, you’d think at least one would mention this titan of Renaissance thought. And, yet, no! Until now. Philadelphia psych mainstays Bardo Pond are returning with a new album, their first since 2010’s self-titled album (TMT Review). On October 29, Fire Records will release the band’s ninth album, Peace on Venus.
What does this have to do with Paracelsus? It’s a matter of Quintessence. Don’t ask a lamebrain like me to explain this concept, take it from Paracelsus himself:
Nothing of true value is located in the body of a substance, but in the virtue thereof, and this is the principle of the Quintessence, which reduces, say 20 lbs. of a given substance into a single Ounce, and that ounce far exceeds the 20 lbs. in potency. Hence the less there is of body, the more in proportion is the virtue thereof.
In the context of Peace on Venus, Bardo Pond member Michael Gibbons says that the band is following Quintessence by attempting to make an album as potent as possible while being confined to a single LP. Keep that in mind while listening below to the record’s second track, “Taste.”
Peace on Venus tracklist:
01. Kali Yuga Blues
05. Before the Moon
Ugh. Fine, since nobody else seems to want to cover this totally worthwhile (no sarcasm) news, I guess I’ll do the nice thing here and take the reigns, despite the fact that coverage serves as a personal reminder of my hopelessly delayed schedule of music-listening. Autechre’s massive double album Exai saw its release earlier this year, to much critical acclaim. Elaborate beyond that, I wish I could, but I’m still trying to determine the philosophical depth of Ace of Base’s “The Sign” while wearing a flannel shirt and jean shorts. The legendary electronic duo’s prolificacy — referring to Autechre now — avoids surprise among the acquainted, and just as appreciated is their surgically-attached relationship with Warp. Twenty years on, and the bed’s still shaking on the regular.
Following up on and serving as an extension to the already lengthy Exai, Autechre have announced new EP L-event, out October 29 on…. Check out the neat packaging here. You might be able to stream the entire thing here.
Justifying my earlier lack of elaboration, an epiphany: it’s gotten to the point where Autechre don’t need journalistic elaboration. Their legend has been established, and their style of music, reliable and reliably innovative. For lack of a better analogy, they’re like your favorite obscure alcoholic beverage, for which the formula may change slightly, but never enough to prevent you from getting classily inebriated whenever the situation warrants. You know what to expect — oh yes, liquid deliciousness.
01. tac Lacora
02. M39 Diffain
03. Osla for n
Sarah Lipstate and her guitar have agreed to polyamory, though it’s only the former who’s taking advantage, because guitars don’t have brains and can’t actively seek out different hands. Meanwhile, despite offering her own description of Noveller as a “solo electric guitar project,” her newest album No Dreams promises the extra-utilization of synths, “pulsing throbs of electronic beats,” and “haunting piano,” all the while maintaining her distinct sound of… something not quite drone (in my opinion), but we’ll call it drone, because genre pigeonholing is the name of the game, sir/madam!
Her name might be relatively new, but in terms of accomplishment, Noveller is inching in on veteran territory. No Dreams, set for release October 22 via the humbly named Important Records, is her sixth full-length album, and it supplements the film scoring and film producing that Lipstate does under her own name. So the story goes, it was her collaborative film score work with Nathan Larson that inspired the incorporation of new elements on Noveller’s new album. Listen to some of that film score work over here, and frowningly tilt your head as you wonder why we haven’t heard more of this lovely piano playing until now, apparently.
Eh, I guess this is a tolerable explanation:
For me, that’s really exciting, as well, combining these different elements. But guitar is still the instrument that fascinates me the most. There’s so much you can do, and even if there are a million people out there playing it, or even if every sound that’s possible has been created, for me, there’s still things I find that keep me in love with this instrument. I think there’s a lot more to explore.
No Dreams tracklisting:
01. Fighting Sleep
03. No Dreams
05. Gathering the Elements
06. Rue de Montmorency
07. The Fright
From Vixen’s official website:
It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Vixen founder and lead guitarist, Jan Kuehnemund, who lost a fierce battle with cancer on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Though most well known for her gifted guitar playing and other musical talents, Jan was a rare friend and beautiful in every sense of the word. Humble, thoughtful, loyal and kind, she was the most gracious of women, possessing the quiet strength of a true warrior. She genuinely loved and appreciated her friends and fans more than most could ever know. Those who were most fortunate to have known her and loved her are heartbroken at the loss of Jan, whose spirit will shine through her music eternally.
Jan was very courageous. Never complained. Never gave up. The cancer beat her body but it NEVER broke her spirit at any point. Up until the actual moment that she died, she really believed she was going back home.
Jan… you will be missed.. but never forgotten.
• Vixen: http://www.vixenrock.com