Tennis announce fall tour supporting new album Ritual in Repeat, out in September

Remember when Tennis was just a game you played next to the handball courts? Nowadays when you hear the word your head goes all woozy-like with nostalgic organs and girl group sing-songy-ness. This fall I can guarantee that will keep happening and your head will fill with even more Tennis songs for you to sing on the handball court. Ah, sports jokes. We don’t make enough of those around here… *mumbles something incoherent about the World Cup*

September 9 is the day that Tennis will release their new full-length offering, Ritual in Repeat. They’ll also be on tour starting in late September, so prepare by checking out this new track, “Never Work for Free” (and grab it from their website for free):

Ritual in Repeat tracklist:

01. Night Vision
02. Never Work for Free
03. Needle and a Knife
04. I’m Callin’
05. Bad Girls
06. Timothy
07. Viv without the N
08. Wounded Heart
09. This Isn’t My Song
10. Solar on the Rise
11. Meter & Line


09.18.14 - St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room
09.19.14 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
09.20.14 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
09.22.14 - Orlando, FL - The Social
09.24.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
09.25.14 - Washington, DC - The Black Cat
09.26.14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
09.27.14 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
09.29.14 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
09.30.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
10.02.14 - Montreal, QC - La Vitrole
10.03.14 - Toronto, ON - Virgin Mobile Mod Club
10.04.14 - Columbus, OH - A&R Music Bar
10.05.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10.07.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
10.17.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.18.14 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
10.20.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
10.21.14 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
10.22.14 - Portland, OR - Wonder Room
10.24.14 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
10.25.14 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
10.26.14 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
10.29.14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
11.01.14 - Austin, TX - Red 7
11.02.14 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
11.04.14 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
11.05.14 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
11.07.14 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater

• Tennis:
• Communion:

The Juan MacLean to release new album In a Dream through DFA in September

Not for three years have we been gifted with a new album from John MacLean and Nancy Whang a.k.a. The Juan MacLean, a pair that has written relevant disco music for over a decade. The nice thing is that they’re keeping the genre kicking not by adding too many modern bells and whistles, mashing styles, etc., but simply by writing really good songs. In a Dream won’t stray far from the band’s disco grounding, but it will act as a showcase for Whang’s vocals, which, while essential to the band’s sound, have always shared space with MacLean’s. The album isn’t out until September 19, when it will be released through DFA, so hold those horses, but a single called “A Place Called Space” has been released alongside an alleviating video, a tracklist, and a number of DJ dates, so please relax. You can even pre-order it.

In a Dream tracklist:

01. A Place Called Space
02. Here I Am
03. Love Stops Here
04. You Were a Runaway
05. Running Back to You
06. I’ve Waited for So Long
07. Charlotte
08. A Simple Design
09. The Sun Will Never Set on Our Love

The Juan MacLean DJ Dates:

07.11.14 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
08.01.14 - Chicago, IL - Smart Bar
08.02.14 - El Monte, CA - HARD Summer 2014
09.05.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Rust
09.06.14 - London, UK - The Nest
09.07.14 - Berlin, Germany - Panoramabar
09.12.14 - Helsinki, Finland - Kaiku
09.13.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Nitsa
09.20.14 - Glasgow, UK - Berkeley Suite
09.21.14 - Edinburgh, UK - Sneaky Pete’s
09.26.14 - Bern, Switzerland - Club Bonsoir
09.27.14 - Paris, France - Badaboum

• The Juan MacLean:
• DFA:

18+ putting out actual, physical release that can be touched, held, felt: “Crow”/”Horn” 7-inch on Houndstooth out in August

18+, the L.A. duo whose self-released MIXTAP3 secured the eighth spot on our Favorite 50 Albums of 2013 list, will be taking a break from amazing mixtapes to put out an actual, physical release that you can hold in your hands. The duo’s previous releases have only been available on the internet, in the abyss that is the World Wide Web, ready to download onto iPods, smart phones, and various other electronic extensions of self.

That’s about to change — on August 4, London label Houndstooth will be releasing 300 copies of a new 7-inch single collecting 18+ tracks “Crow” and “Horn.” Pick up a copy. Run your fingers over the cool, white vinyl produced by Matt Colton, the 2013 Music Producer’s Guild Mastering Engineer of the Year. Remember that you are human (but just in case you struggle with this a bit, the 7-inch comes with free WAV downloads of both tracks).

• 18+:
• Houndstooth:

Peter Matthew Bauer (of The Walkmen) announces US tour, lights a candle ensuring The Walkmen’s presence lingers forever

Aw, what’s wrong? You miss The Walkmen? Sure, they’ve only been gone for less than a year, but it’s those first days that hurt the most. Worry not, crying idiot, remnants of The Walkmen are everywhere. Earlier this month, two members of the band released their solo debuts: frontman Hamilton Leithauser with Black Hours and (more pertinently to this story) bassist Peter Matthew Bauer with Liberation (on Memphis Industries). Everywhere we go, The Walkmen are there, too! Never will we be without The Walkmen.

In the continued pursuit of making sure pieces of The Walkmen are in all places, Bauer is going on tour this coming month. He’ll be playing songs from the aforementioned Liberation, as well as telling audiences that “The Walkmen are gone but shall be with you always.” It’s a comforting, terrifying thought. On that very tour, Bauer will meet up with his pals Real Estate in Chicago. Real Estate, for the record, are only in a limited amount of places and are, thus, not everywhere.

Peter Matthew Bauer dates:

07.08.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
07.09.14 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
07.11.14 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
07.12.14 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
07.13.14 - Missoula, MT - The Palace
07.15.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Icehouse
07.16.14 - Madison, WI - The Frequency
07.17.14 - Columbus, OH - The A&R Music Bar
07.18.14 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
07.19.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall %
07.20.14 - Louisville, KT - Tim Faulkner Gallery
07.21.14 - Nashville, TN - High Watt
07.23.14 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa
07.24.14 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
07.25.14 - Houston, TX - Walters Downtown
07.26.14 - Austin, TX - Holy Mountain

% Real Estate

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• Memphis Industries:

Rune Grammofon announces 128-page book dedicated to free jazz on vinyl — an extended primer for the atonally inclined

Now now, hold on a minute there. If Fire! Orchestra’s recent, critically-acclaimed output has gotten you all in a tizzy over the less-straightforward forms of jazz, it’s important to keep an eye… obviously toward present developments, but with a mental acknowledgement of its “free” fore-fathers and mothers! The whole pursuit is rather intimidating to me. There are people literally breathing and eating jazz, emptying their spit valves for added flavor into their morning bowls of cereal, who still haven’t exhausted all that there is to know about the genre — to say nothing of its more experimental offshoots. If only there were a comprehensive literary overview to get us all started — specifically, one that comes in a Geltex cover and forces me to learn the conversion rate between the Norwegian Krone and the US dollar.

$1.00 US = 6.132 NOK, FYI. Likewise, Rune Grammofon has just announced Free Jazz And Improvisation On Vinyl 1965-1985, a 128-page overview of 60 independent labels and their releases of free jazz during that period. It’s a time frame that more or less ends with the advent of the CD, with freelance art historian (and author of Free Jazz) Johannes Rød surely appreciating the benefits of a narrowed but in-depth focus. Each label is presented with an intro and a discography (complete, or of Rød’s choosing), alongside 64 sleeve illustrations. Plus there’s some textual commentary from Swedish saxophone player Mats Gustafsson and Rune founder Rune Krisotffersen.

Everyone hold hands and wade into the deep end! The book’s out July 11.

• Rune Grammofon:

Voice of the Valley Noise Rally brings Mark McGuire, Carlos Giffoni, Andy Ortmann, Headboggle to a farm; digital comp available now

Move over, Girl Talk. Don’t you look at me, surprise-performance-by-Kanye-West. Get the fuck outta here, overpriced plastic bottles of water. On August 7, Tusco/Embassy is putting on an event whose only cookie-cutter aspect is the baked goods you’ll be wolfing down in your tent as you enjoy this incredibly ambitious noise fest. Created with help from 905 Tapes, Experimedia, and Rubber City Noise, Voice of the Valley Noise Rally asks for only $50 (or $60 at the gate) in return for five days of outdoor fun at a remote location in Millstone, West Virginia.

This year’s edition, its sixth, includes performances by over 70 artists, such as Mark McGuire, Carlos Giffoni, Laundry Room Squelchers, Headboggle, Brett Naucke, Wasteland Jazz Unit, Andy Ortmann, Leslie Keffer, Good Willsmith (featuring our very own Mukqs), and many, many more. Check the full lineup here. The event will be held on a farm, so be prepared. (Pro tip: bring a tent, food, extra TP for your bunghole, etc.)

In an effort to raise funds, Mike Haley of podcastial enterprises Tabs Out and TMT’s Laser Focus curated a digital compilation titled Beyond Rainbow Dome (the subtitle of this year’s edition), featuring material from artists performing at the fest. It’s $5, which is kind of a lot to ask for 38 tracks — roughly 13¢ each — of nearly all-exclusive material designed to benefit a unique, DIT noise fest. But hey, I guess that’s just experimental artists being experimental artists. Greedy as fuck!

In all seriousness though, this is a beautiful project by some beautiful people. Check out the comp below, and get your tickets here.

• Voice of the Valley Noise Rally:
• Tusco/Embassy:

Students of Decay blow off their homework to release Duane Pitre/Cory Allen collaboration on July 8

Students at the School of Decay have a TON of end-of-the-year work to turn in — and all of it needs to be on the teacher’s desk by the end of the month!! Thankfully, they got that Maxwell August Croy/Sean McCann LP in early (phew!) or else there’d be some serious cramming going on. Less thankfully, the final essay for their Just Intonation 201 course has been almost impossible to get done.

I mean, the two guys that were supposed to meet up and finish the source material were impossible to get together. You know who I mean: Cory Allen, that guy from Austin who is totally obsessed with set pitch classes and self-organizing structures, and Duane Pitre, son of the Big Easy and devotee of minimalist tension. On top of that, it’s June and the sun just started to come out, so all anyone wants to do is bike around and not give a shit.

Allen and Pitre did finally get their heads out of the sand long enough to make a record. The Seeker and the Healer features two side-long tracks that were built out of multiple improvisations guided by a set of predetermined rules and carried out on piano, bowed guitar, harmonium, and 49-string drone harp, something Allen made himself. Students of Decay really believed that they were going to turn in a strong piece of work if the prof gave them an extension, and the request was indeed obliged — now we can all expect to hear Allen and Pitre’s final product July 8 on both LP and digital versions. HAGS!

Hear ye a preview of both tracks:

The Seeker and the Healer tracklist:

01. The Seeker
02. The Healer

• Cory Allen:
• Duane Pitre:
• Students of Decay:

Like a rare comet or Santa himself, Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart touch down on Earth for their first show in 20 years

Jah Wobble, the man, the myth, the former London Tube driver (who knew? thanks, press release!) is celebrating 36 years of musical mayhem with a 6-CD box set called ReDux, due in October. The former Public Image Limited bass player and well-regarded solo artist’s collection will feature a Greatest Hits of sorts, plus discs devoted to his excursions into dub/world music, ambient/spoken word, jazz, and of course, post-punk (including PiL stuff). There’s also a new collection of covers and a new single, “Let’s Go Psycho.”

But that’s not all. Wobble has spoken the music geek’s most cherished words: “one-off show.” Yes. He’s bringing early-90s project Invaders of the Heart together for their first show in 20 years at London’s Under the Bridge venue. The band’s debut album Without Judgement burst onto the scene in 1990 and was followed by the Mercury Music Prize-nominated Rising Above Bedlam. After the group’s third album, they stopped playing live… until October 10, when Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart (feat. Aziz Ibrahim) touch down on Earth for an ultra-rare visit. Grab tickets here.

• Jah Wobble:

Wolfgang Voigt finally knocks time down a peg or two on new release for Kompakt

Oh, I have had it up to here with time! The progression of the universe and the events within, arguably in a linear fashion though hypothesized by some to actually be non-linear? Bunch of crap, I tell you! Time’s been walking around here like it owns and/or consumes the entirety of the place for too long! It’s about time someone cut time down to size. That someone is Wolfgang Voigt, the German techno legend behind the venerable Kompakt label. On July 7, Kompakt will put out Voigt’s Rückverzauberung 9 / Musik für Kulturinstitutionen, a CD release limited to 500 copies.

According to the vague, abstract, awesome press release, Rückverzauberung touches on how “time is an elastic concept.” Hell yeah it is, Wolfgang! Tell that sonuvabitch to gain some rigidity! At least, that’s how I choose to interpret this, as a massive gauntlet thrown down to the concept of time. In throwing down said gauntlet, Voigt is using “narcotic brass loops, almost imperceptibly modulating, reel towards infinity” and “a 70’s kraut electronics sequencer feeling coquets with James Last’s muzak sound and Cheb musicians on valium.” Yes, that’s exactly how I’d defeat time, too! With that said, the only question is whether an occasional cloud of atonality might suggest the abyss on this record. Well, take it away, press release quote: “Only the occasional cloud of atonality suggests the abyss behind the blue skies of (pop)ambientish other-worldliness.”

• Wolfgang Voigt:
• Kompakt:

Moon Duo announce live album, international tour, add third member but keep name because apparently words are meaningless

Something they don’t tell you when you start writing about music news for the internet is that your brain starts to work like a press release. You start saying things like “for immediate release” on your way to the bathroom. Like, I cracked open this here press release for the new Moon Duo live album Live in Ravenna and was all about to say something about how the kraut-flavored psych group was, I don’t know, “initially conceived as an experiment in maximal sonic possibilities with minimal personnel,” namely Sanae Yamada and Ripley Johnson. But that’s exactly what the press release says! I can’t just say that and leave it, can I? Can I?

Anyhow, that accidental quote was going to dovetail super nicely into the fact that, back in 2013 (after the release of 2012’s Circles), Moon Duo decided to Ben Folds Five themselves and add drummer John Jeffrey to their number. Jeffrey joined just in time to head out on tour with the group, and so, as the press release might have said, “the group decided to ask engineer Mattia Coletti to document their nightly sonic explorations, attempting to recreate that magical and sparkling synergy that flows between twisting human bodies in musical motion as they travel about Europe by dirigible and train.”

The recordings from the group’s performance in Ravenna will then make up a release entitled Live In Ravenna, which is out on Sacred Bones as both a limited LP and a digital download on September 19 (pre-order the digital here). The press release says that the band felt adding a full-time drummer on stage added “dynamism and flexibility,” which are totally fine words to use there. I would’ve gone with “ardor” and maybe “litheness,” but it’s whatever. Different strokes, you know? Check out a video of the group performing “In the Sun” embedded below, and catch them on their pile of dates.

Live in Ravenna tracklisting:

01. In The Sun
02. Mazes
03. Free Action
04. I Been Gone
05. Motorcycle, I Love You
06. Goners


08.29.14 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight [Transfigurations II]
09.01.14 - Hebden Bridge, UK - Trades Club
09.02.14 - Sheffield, UK - The Harley
09.03.14 - Aberdeen, UK - The Tunnel
09.04.14 - Edinburgh, UK - The Caves
09.05.14 - Vlieland, Netherlands - Into The Great Wide Open Festival
09.07.14 - Moscow, Russia - Teatr
09.10.14 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Eightball Club
09.11.14 - Athens, Greece - An Club
09.13.14 - Valada, Poland - Reverence Festival
09.15.14 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Incubate Festival
09.18.14 - Cardiff, UK - Club Ifor Bach
09.19.14 - London, UK - Queen Elizabeth Hall
09.21.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique @
10.13.14 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up
10.14.14 - Santa Ana, CA - Observatory *
10.15.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theater *
10.16.14 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore *
10.18.14 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre *
10.19.14 - Vancouver, BC - The Rickshaw Theatre *
10.20.14 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre *
10.22.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Bar Deluxe *
10.23.14 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater *
10.24.14 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room *
10.25.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line *
10.27.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
10.28.14 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
10.30.14 - Toronto, ON - Opera House *
10.31.14 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre *
11.01.14 - Boston, MA - Paradise *
11.02.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
11.04.14 - New York, NY - Stage 48 *
11.05.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
11.06.14 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
11.08.14 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse *
11.10.14 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s *
11.11.14 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues *
11.12.14 - Austin, TX - Parish *

@ Goat
* The Horrors

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