Forest Swords unveils new video and adds some US dates with How to Dress Well (sorta insinuating that you really need a sword in order to look truly well-dressed)
Dude, Forest Swords are my PALS right now! I’m not going to lie, readers; I was hard-up for music news to share with you today. In fact, I was ready to give up altogether and just go work some more on my super-awesome comic book at the Chipotle down the street like I do sometimes. But then… I open up my email one last time, and BAM: freakin’ Forest Swords (a.k.a. Matthew Barnes) to the rescue!
Barnes wrote to me to say that he had a new video for “The Weight of Gold,” the second single from last year’s much-enjoyed folky, dubby debut album Engravings. He went on to say that it was filmed in “a number of desolate locations,” and that it featured a dancer “whose abrupt movements are in perfect synchronization with the combination of haunting synths, ghostly vocal samples, spindly guitars and heavy percussion that when combined create the elusive producer’s unique signature sound.” I thought all those extra adjectives he used to describe himself were a little weird, to be honest with you; but I wasn’t about to look a gift horse in the mouth. Regular ones, sure; but you’re just not supposed to do that with gift horses!
He also mentioned some other stuff I could use to pad out my story too! Including that he worked with filmmaker Benjamin Millepied on this one (who choreographed Black Swan and recently became the new director at the Paris Opera) and noted that “the locations Benjamin picked for this video really resonate with the track.” He also said that he has “always associated the songs on Engravings with the British landscape — woodland and sandstone, because that’s the environment I live in and produced the record in — but taking the music out of that context and placing it in Israel definitely shifts the track in a direction I didn’t expect.”
Oh yeah! Also, I guess you can also download the mp3 for “The Weight of Gold” for free right over here. And you can catch the man on tour all over the world (including a few newly added US places with How to Dress Well this spring) throughout 2014. Thanks again for makin’ it so easy for me, Forest Swords!
So yeah, check out all this stuff below. Meanwhile… I’ve got a Chipotle date with a burrito and some zany comic book Jujitsu-master wood ducks with attitude!
02.20.14 - Malmo, Sweden - Babel
02.21.14 - Aarhus, Denmark - Radar
02.22.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Jazzhouse
02.28.14 - Barcelona, Spain - CaixaForum
03.01.14 - Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik
03.03.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampagnel
03.04.14 - Leipzig, Germany - Ut Connewitz
03.05.14 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
03.06.14 - Cologne, Germany - Baustelle Kalk
03.07.14 - Prague, Czech Republic - Meet Factory
03.13-15.14 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.17.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
03.18.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy *
03.21.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade *
03.22.14 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall *
03.24.14 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
03.26.14 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge *
03.27.14 - Cambridge, MA - TT The Bear’s *
03.28.14 - Montreal, QC - S.A.T. *
03.29.14 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club *
03.30.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
04.03.14 - Amsterdam, NL - OT301
04.04.14 - London, UK - LSO
04.05.14 - Paris, France - Le Point Ephemere
04.06.14 - Brussels, Belgium - AB (Matinee)
04.06.14 - Brussels, Belgium - AB (Evening)
04.10.14 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
04.11.14 - Brighton, UK - The Green Door Store
04.12.14 - Leeds, UK - Belgrave Music Hall
04.16.14 - Rome, Italy - Circolo Degli Aristi
04.17.14 - Capri, Italy - Mattatoio Club
04.18.14 - Padova, Italy - Movement
04.23.14 - Tallinn, Estonia - Kino Soprus
04.24.14 - Athens, Greece - Plisskenlab
04.30.14 - Krems, Austria - Donau Festival
05.04.14 - Glasgow, UK - Stag & Dagger Festival
05.06.14 - Lisbon, Portugal - Musicbox
05.24.14 - Zagreb, Croatia - Zedno Uho Festival
07.06.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.12.14 - Keflavík, Iceland - ATP Festival
08.09.14 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
09.10.14 - Rovinj, Croatia - Unknown Festival
* How to Dress Well
This one’s for all the putzes out there. Lo-fi R&B beatmaker Shlohmo will depart Los Angeles this spring for an extensive headlining tour. Because all L.A. residents are legally required to have something to do with Coachella, the producer will be playing both weekends of the festival before embarking on tour. A number of special guests are set to accompany Shlohmo on these shows, but the identity of said guests is currently unknown. You’ll just have to wait and find out, you big putz you.
Now hold on, putzes. I’m not done. Before going on tour, Shlohmo has a collaborative EP with R&B singer Jeremih titled No More coming out this March through Def Jam and Shlohmo’s WEDIDIT label. If you would enjoy listening to a song off No More that is also titled “No More,” please press “Play” below this paragraph. If you’d like to watch a semi-terrifying teaser video (with an out-of-date release prediction) for the EP, head to this particular YouTube page. If you’d like to be a putz, do nothing. You’re already a putz.
04.11.14 - Indio, CA - Coachella (Weekend 1)
04.18.14 - Indio, CA - Coachella (Weekend 2)
04.22.14 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
04.23.14 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
04.25.14 - Portland, OR - Branx
04.26.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
04.30.14 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
05.01.14 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada Theatre
05.02.14 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
05.03.14 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
05.04.14 - Buffalo, NY - Waiting Room
05.06.14 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
05.07.14 - New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
05.10.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
05.11.14 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
05.13.14 - Atlanta, GA - The Basement
05.14.14 - Nashville, TN - Mercy
05.15.14 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
05.16.14 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds
05.17.14 - Dallas, TX - Trees
05.18.14 - Austin, TX - The Parish
05.20.14 - Albuquerque, TX - Sister
[Photo: Erika Miyagiwa]
Amen Dunes announces new album Love! It’s getting released in the spring, when love is all everywhere!
You know what’s cool? When we talked to you last about New York psych-raga whiz Damon McMahon’s Amen Dunes project, we weren’t sure what the hell was up with his alleged second-of-two releases planned for 2014. Sure, on the basis of 2011’s smash hit Through Donkey Jaw (TMT Review), we tried to keep our excitement up and everything; but truly, we were just kinda grasping at straws and making shit up, mostly.
Well, no longer! I’m happy to report that Amen Dunes has come along to cover our journalistically yellow asses by unveiling a new album for the Sacred Bones label! How convenient. It’s called Love and is being released on May 13. And yeah, like we said earlier, McMahon worked with members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor on it, as well as Elias Bender Rønnenfelt of Iceage and Colin Stetson. Hey, see? We were right on the money after all!
Anyway, according to the press release, the thing was “the result of 18 months’ hard slog, and is influenced by Astral Weeks, Sam Cooke, Tim Hardin and Alice Coltrane, among others.” Awesome, awesome, awesome, and awesome. Right?
• Amen Dunes: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amen-Dunes/226703240696221
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com
Unsound Festival New York enlists the likes of Oren Ambarchi, Suzanne Ciani, copeland, Huerco S. and more to drill a hole through the space-time continuum
Listen, I don’t know much about science, but one thing I do know is wormholes are dangerous and unstable and often result in the folks from Star Trek getting into “space jams” of a wacky and treacherous sort. So you’ll understand my skepticism at the proposition of the originally-based-in-Poland Unsound Festival trying to throw cracks into the space-time continuum by way of putting on alternate versions of the festival all around the world, for example in Adelaide, Australia, and now in New York (this is the fourth version of the event in New York after a break last year). Before you try to tell me something like, “Dude, they’re just putting on festivals, no science tricks,” I’ll warn you that I’m pretty committed to believing this so just let me finish.
So, more details on the New York festival so you can either attend it (because the music part seems like it will be pretty cool) or avoid it, because, like most reasonable people, you fear unstable inter-dimensional pathways (n.b. though, if my calculations are correct and Unsound is successful, there won’t be a safe place in the universe and we’ll all be instantaneously ground to space bits). The festival will feature a whole bunch of musicians who are super cool and will probably make TMT readers’ little ears perk right up, including Oren Ambarchi, Suzanne Ciani, copeland, Demdike Stare, Stara Rzeka, and Huerco S. That’s not even all of them! That’s just as many as I felt like typing because my fingers got tired! A full list of the performers is available on the festival’s Facebook event page (a full website with additional details is forthcoming). The festival organizers have also partnered with The Wire to include a compilation CD entitled Tunnels (a reference to the wormholes the event’s organizers are attempting to create) featuring many of the performers with the magazine’s April issue.
Presented in conjunction with Fundacja Tone and the Polish Cultural Institute New York, the whole deal will take place between Wednesday, April 2 and Sunday, April 6. Remember that when the universe collapses, time will be meaningless, so it’s up to you if you want to mark your calendar or wait until every instant from all of time is happening simultaneously. The performances will take place in venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan including the ISSUE Project Room and Cameo Gallery, but, like time, space will also collapse into a functionally massless point once the wormholes open, so no worries about catching the train or anything.
• Unsound: http://www.unsound.pl
Every day, it gets closer and closer to the year 3030. But who cares? By then, we’ll all be dead. There are only three people in the world who may be excited about the ever-approaching year 3030, those being the three members of hip-hop group Deltron 3030. Of course, Del the Funkee Homosapien, Dan the Automator, and Kid Koala will also all be dead by that year, unless Dan the Automator knows something we don’t. No matter, XLR8R reports the three will be celebrating the closest proximity to that distant time by going on a tour of the United States this spring.
The now-alive, dead-by-3030 trio will be supporting last year’s Event II, their first record since their self-titled 2000 debut. Though that 13-year wait between the two records was certainly lengthy, fans of the group will have to wait even longer for a third record. Sources report that the group are working on a new record, but upon completion will place the album in a time capsule only to be opened 1016 years from now. These sources reporting this information come entirely from my brain, because this is not a thing that is happening. It’s a lie. The only truth is that we’ll all die sometime before the year 3030. Happy future, everyone!
Deltron 3030 dates:
03.22.14 - Scottsdale, AZ - Pub Rock
03.23.14 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
03.24.14 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
03.26.14 - Dallas, TX - Trees
03.27.14 - Austin, TX - Emo’s East
03.28.14 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
03.29.14 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
03.30.14 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
04.01.14 - Orlando, FL - The Social
04.02.14 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theater
04.03.14 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
• Deltron 3030: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialDELTRON
Thee Oh Sees drop word about dropping new album Drop in April, thus overwhelming swaths of confused bassheads
As was previously alluded to, members of Thee Oh Sees scoff at societal convention and things like accepted definitions of words. While taking a “hiatus” might indicate for the rest of us a euphemism for involuntary career suspension, or entail an indefinite vacation with indefinite activities (but for sure, personally, an indefinite number of pizzas consumed), for Thee Oh Sees it apparently means a mere lapse in live performances — as if they hadn’t exceeded the quota already! Furthermore, with the following news, it’s clear that they’ve swapped ”hiatus” for one of its sorta-anagrams. “Ha, suit!” is their unmitigated response to the pressure to become slaves to The Man, greenback-lined though His swanky business attire may be. Deserving of kudos, they’re sticking to the music, collectively and otherwise.
Eh, sort of. Let’s temper that whole “lack of an actual hiatus” thing a bit, because while Drop, Thee Oh Sees’ fifth official full-length in four years, is set for release April 19, it was technically recorded last fall and not somehow instantaneously since the official announcement of a hiatus back in December. Obviously we’ll take it regardless: the album features contributions from Mikal Cronin, Greer McGettrick of the recently split, also-Bay Area band The Mallard, Casafis, and drummer Chris Woodhouse. Woodhouse apparently also owns the venue in which the album was recorded, a “banana ripening warehouse.” So in the absence of a definitive scientific answer either way, let’s assume the rage-inducing qualities of mass banana smells. The track below has been labeled “the heaviest Oh Sees song yet.”
01. Penetrating Eye
02. Encrypted Bounce
03. Savage Victory
04. Put Some Reverb on My Brother
06. Camera (Queer Sound)
07. King’s Noise
08. Transparent World
09. The Lens
Animal Collective release Spotify Sessions EP, Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow celebrates 20th anniversary
Last year, American treasure Michael Winslow (best known for Police Academy and cool noises) took the stage at Bonnaroo to join some band called Animal Collective. Just kidding. We all know who Animal Collective are. But the Michael Winslow thing definitely happened. As if to prove that this titanic event occurred, Pitchfork reports Animal Collective have put out an EP through Spotify documenting their touch with the gods. Appropriately titled Spotify Sessions, the four-track EP can be heard right now by Spotify users.
Heck, here’s the widget right now:
The set features Animal Collective performing a song from each of their last four records. Which is great and all, those are good records, but it does leave one pondering the possibilities. What could Michael Winslow have added to Sung Tongs’ “Visiting Friends”? Or “I See You Pan,” the opener of 2002’s Holinndagain? Well, wonder no longer. Michael Winslow would have added fire truck sounds.
Spotify Sessions tracklist:
03. Brother Sport
04. Purple Bottle
• Animal Collective: http://animalcollective.org
Bob Casale, one of the original members of Devo, passed away Monday from “conditions that lead to heart failure” at the age of 61, according to his brother and bandmate Gerald Casale.
“As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning,” Casale wrote on the band’s Facebook page. “He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.”
Devo is an American New Wave band that was formed in 1972, in part, by brothers Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Bob and Gerald Casale. At first an underground band — bursting onto the scene with debut album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! — Devo soon found widespread fame 1980’s Freedom of Choice and the single “Whip It,” the video for which received massive airplay on MTV.
• Devo: http://www.clubdevo.com
Twin Peaks soundtracks to receive vinyl reissues, coffee, cherry pie, logs, sawmills, horses, giants
Like certain individuals in the soul-obliterating Black Lodge, the vinyl soundtracks of David Lynch’s TV series Twin Peaks and follow-up film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me have been stuck in limbo for a good 20 years. Neither have been available since their original releases in 1990 and 1992, respectively, perhaps because they’re being milked for their sweet, sweet Garmonbozia. But soon, their soul torture shall be over, as The Vinyl Factory reports that Death Waltz Recording Company will be reissuing the pair later this year. No release date has been set, though you may be able to derive the date of release by throwing a series of rocks into the woods.
Referencing the dietary habits of a one Mr. Dale Cooper, the Twin Peaks soundtrack will be printed on cherry-colored vinyl, while the Fire Walks With Me soundtrack will be coffee-colored. Variations in different colors such as “log” or “crazy-Black-Lodge-floor” have not been announced and will likely never be announced, but if anyone from Death Waltz is reading this, think about it. The company has not yet released the cover art for the records, though they do say that the covers are finished and have been approved by David Lynch. You can always (?) trust David Lynch.
• Death Waltz: http://deathwaltzrecordingcompany.com
Nat Baldwin’s new full-length In the Hollows is out in April; could I interest you in more facts about the album in all caps?
And now for another round of Caps-Locked Answers to Oddly Specific Questions About Nat Baldwin!
Q: Does Nat Baldwin have a new full-length called In the Hollows coming out April 29 from Western Vinyl?
Q: Does Nat use a weaving metaphor in his description of the album?
Q: Could you give more detail about the metaphor, like a quote or something?
A: “I WANTED THE STRINGS TO ADD TO THE MOURNFUL QUALITY OF THE SONGS, WEAVING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE SONIC TERRAIN, PROVIDING EMOTIONAL EMPHASIS, BUT ALSO LEAVING NECESSARY AMOUNTS OF SPACE!!”
Q: Can I pre-order In the Hollows?
Q: I feel like Nat plays bass in the Dirty Projectors? And hasn’t he worked with all sorts of folks like Department of Eagles and Vampire Weekend?
A: YOUR ACCURACY IS UNCANNY!
Q: And isn’t he also going on tour between the dates of March 14 and June 8 with an array of artists including Ryan Power, and Lisa/Liza?
A: HONESTLY IS THERE ANY POINT TO ME ANSWERING THESE QUESTIONS WHEN YOU SEEM TO ALREADY KNOW THE ANSWERS?
Q: I’m just trying to be helpful!
A: CAN’T YOU SEE HOW IT WOULD MAKE ME FEEL A LITTLE UNNECESSARY THOUGH?
Q: You’re necessary, no one ever said you weren’t important!
A: SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE YOU DON’T THINK ABOUT ME DURING THE DAY THOUGH!
Q: Just because I don’t text you every 20 minutes doesn’t mean I don’t care!
A: ALRIGHT ALRIGHT, LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS LATER, DON’T YOU THINK WE’RE STRAYING A LITTLE TOO FAR FROM THE FORMAT?
Q: Should we just embed a stream of title track “In the Hollows” and get out of here?
A: IF WE DON’T DO IT SOON THIS JOKE WILL GET OLD PRETTY FAST!
In the Hollows tracklisting:
03. Half My Life
04. In the Hollows
05. The End
06. Cosmos Pose
08. Bored to Death
09. A Good Day to Die
03.14.14 - Biddeford, ME - The Oak and the Ax *
03.15.14 - Bar Harbor, ME - Lompoc Café *
04.04.14 - Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival
04.30.14 - Kittery, ME - BUOY ~
05.01.14 - Pawtucket, RI - Machines With Magnets
05.02.14 - Portland, ME - Space
05.03.14 - Winooski, VT - Winooski United Methodist Church
05.28.14 - Lancaster, OH - Rockmill Brewery Tasting Room^
05.29.14 - Chicago, IL - Constellation
05.30.14 - Champaign, IL - Mike ‘n’ Molly’s
05.31.14 - Bloomington, IN - Rootcellar Lounge
06.01.14 - Louisville, KY - Dreamland
06.02.14 - Cincinnati, OH - The Ice Cream Factory
06.04.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
06.06.14 - New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine
06.07.14 - Hudson, NY - The Spotty Dog Books & Ale
06.08.14 - Peterborough, NH - The Thing In The Spring !
~ Ryan Power
^ Holler Boys
! Dave Kontak Ensemble