RIP garage rock. It’s officially over. Wavves, SoCal’s reigning kings of the garage scene, have given up the genre ghost. Instead, Mr. Wavves himself, Nathan Williams, has taken a turn toward queasy Twin Peaksian electro doo-wop with a self-titled album as Spirit Club. It came out this week via the lad’s own Ghost Ramp label, but you can totally stream it below courtesy of SoundCloud, maaaaan.
Spirit Club is the newish project of Williams, plus Sweet Valley’s Joel Williams and Andrew Caddick of Jeans Wilder. In the spirit of TOTAL DIY, the record was recorded at Nathan Williams’s L.A. home and produced by — drum roll, please — Sweet Valley. And obviously, in true Cali style, the dudes are holding the record release show on May 27 in glorious Echo Park, Los Angeles.
• Ghost Ramp: http://ghostramp.com
If there’s one universal truth that can be taken away from the Coen brothers’ film O Brother, Where Art Thou? — and let me assure you, there is — it’s that “old-timey music” is awesome and will be forever awesome. Daniel Bachman is living proof of this fact; he’s a modern-day dude possessed by the old-timey sound, and every album he releases (and he releases a lot of them) reminds us just how good it is.
River is Bachman’s latest dispatch from Takoma central and will be released by Three Lobed Recordings on May 19. A quick comparison to last year’s Orange County Serenade serves as a reminder that this young (like early-twenties young) guitarist is only going to get better and better, and the old-timey sound will be the ultimate winner for having him around.
River is apparently Bachman’s first excursion into a proper recording studio and was laid down in a single day, no overdubs or trickery; and if you check out lead track “Song for the Setting Sun II” below, you’ll have to hold on tight to your socks, lest they be knocked off by the clarity of the guitar and the longing beauty permeating the track.
In the immortal words of The Little Warby Girls from O Brother, Where Art Thou?: “he’s bona fide.” And if you don’t believe them, get a preview of the album now thanks to NPR.
Pinch yourself — you’re not dreaming. This is actually happening: Royal Trux are getting back together.
Sure, neither Jen Herrema nor Neil Hagerty stopped creating music, but like drinking a Long Island Iced Tea in its separate composite parts, it all tastes good and gives you a buzz, but it’s not as good as slamming down a real deal Long Island Iced Tea.
Royal Trux have so far only announced one appearance, which will be on August 16, closing out the final night of the Beserktown II festival in Los Angeles. But you know how these things work; once the sweet gravy train starts rolling, we can expect more dates and perhaps an album to be coming down the line.
Drag City’s announcement is a pretty accurate depiction of our excitement of this news, so here it is in full:
Genesis! Succession! Secession! Re-evolution! Generations! Boom and Bust! The Day After! Next Time! But Royal Trux weren’t thinking about one single place in time - no, they saw ALL of them instead - all the kids from all the times, all the phases, all the eras, waves and other plays of rock and roll in a non-chronological, non-denominational mass. Because Royal Trux was the way IN for all of us. Now we were ALL a part of history. (Yes, even the dumbshit haters. They only make Royal Trux sound BETTER to us!) Theirs were records that were gonna sound as good in 20 years as they did today - BETTER even! Because they had one boot in the past and other one somewhere up around the bend - which was giving all of us in the present an unbelievable CROTCH SHOT. Yeah - even back then, we WERE actually believing in this very day, seeing it from our crouched position in the waning hours of the CLASSIC past. We all saw THE LEGEND - which is what everyone at *Berserktown* will be queued up for on August 16th, when Royal Trux take the stage for the first time since the year 2000!!!!! It’s been said it would never happen again - that it never should! YEAH. These are just two of the reasons it HAD to. And there were a few other reasons too….like zero, zero, zero and zero - heard of ‘em? Well, surely you’ve heard that if you’re gonna do it again, do it right, right? RIGHT.
And here’s the kid that had the stones to lay it down and ensure that Neil AND Jennifer will rock again for at least one earth night longer.
And beyond that? Man, the future is UNKNOWABLE - but there’s a few things that we’ve never minded envisioning. And they’re always Royal Trux.
It’s a suggestion of novelty if you Google the birth name of an artist and one of the first few results is a link to that person’s LinkedIn profile, created un-ironically, presumably, as a means of networking within the professional world. Fast-forward a couple of years from now, and we may be overloaded with praising reviews and videos of live performances, as the Georgia-born but North Carolina-residing producer Hanz (Brandon Juhans) is all set to re-release his debut full-length Reducer — which was self-released last year and one of our favorite releases of the third quarter — on the well-respected Tri Angle. Forget the prospect of suits and brunch-time cold-calling; Juhans is literally on the verge of hitting the big city (for Tri Angle’s 5th anniversary event) while figuratively popping bottles of Cristal and showering Uber drivers with benjis! It’s all laid-back from here, I naively imagine.
You can listen to the new single “Capsule” below, and even without prior acquaintance, you might be able to guess the skill set. Hanz’s prior work and feature on a Björk podcast has some intriguing sample usage, while the aforementioned single below possibly recalls a West Coast rap track from the early 90s. Who can describe the whole of the track itself, though? I don’t even!
Reducer is due out soon. Might want to keep an eye on the Tri Angle website.
How much Filth can you take? How about three whole CDs of it? I’m writing, of course, about Swans’ 1983 debut LP, which is getting the deluxe reissue treatment courtesy of none other than Young God Records and Mute, the latter of whom will handle release duties in places that are not North America.
So what’s on this thing? Well, first you’ve got your disc 1, on which you’ll find the original album, featuring OG Swans members Michael Gira, Norman Westberg, Roli Mosimann, Harry Crosby, and Jonathan Kane. You’ll also get live versions of “Strip/Burn,” “Heatsheet,” “Blackout,” “Clay Man,” “Stay Here,” and “Weakling.” Disc 2 features material from Body to Body with magical tracks like a nine-minute-long version of the family favorite “Raping a Slave,” recorded live in Berlin 1984, plus studio outtakes and live recordings spanning the 1982-85 era. Disc 3 features Swans’ 1982 debut 12-inch EP, with live material from NYC and London shows. The packaging features previously unreleased photos by Catherine Ceresole and Lee Ranaldo.
The new and improved Filth comes out May 26.
CD ONE: Filth
01. Stay Here
02. Big Strong Boss
04. Power for Power
06. Right Wrong
07. Thank You
10. Live at The Kitchen, NYC 1982-3 feat. “Strip/Burn,” “Heatsheet,” “Blackout,” “Clay Man,” “Stay Here,” & “Weakling”
CD TWO: Body to Body
01. Iʼll Cry for You
02. Red Sheet
03. Loop 33
04. Your Game
05. Seal It Over
07. Weʼll Hang for That
09. Loop 21
10. Get Out
12. Loop 1
13. Mother, My Body Disgusts Me
15. Only I Can Hear, Only I Can Touch
17. Raping a Slave (Live Berlin 1984)
CD THREE: E.P. #1 Plus Live Recordings
03. Take Advantage
04. Sensitive Skin Live at CBGB NYC 1982-3
05. Living Arms
06. Howling Red Sheet
07. Big Strong Boss
08. Clay Man
09. We’ll Hang For That Live at Heaven London 1984
10. This is Mine
11. Why Hide
12. I Crawled
• Young God: http://younggodrecords.com
Mac DeMarco shares new single so we have something chill to mow our lawns to, announces fall tour so we have something to do after our lawns die
Good GOD am I ever STARVING for sunny, hazy guitar pop, aren’t you?! Let’s face it; it’s been another long-ass lonely whore of a winter, and even spring has been… kind of a lame substitute algebra teacher. And considering how obnoxiously un-hazy and annoyingly non-guitar-based most of the music we’re forced to choke down is, it seems more crucial than ever to receive news that Mac DeMarco will be releasing a new mini-LP entitled Another One this summer, complete with a four-night run of shows in New York, a new single, and a full-on national tour this fall. Ahh, now that’s what I call rock & roll music news!
So yeah, Another One (“recorded and performed” at Mac’s home in Far Rockaway, Queens) hits us August 7 via the Captured Tracks label and is RIGHT THIS HOT MINUTE available for pre-order on iTunes. And if you do pre-order the thing, you’ll also get a free RIGHT NOW download of the album’s first single, “The Way You’d Love Her,” as well as some nifty NOT ‘TIL LATER “bonus instrumentals” (I guess you get those on the release date. Whatever!). But truly, you don’t even have to wait that long (or fuss around with those yahoos at Apple), because you can totally stream the summer breezes out of that new single just as soon as I finish this-here sentence that I’m hilariously extending beyond the normal expected length of a reasonable sentence with a lot of extra vacuous words and punctuation and shit that technically make grammatical and logical sense but are still uncalled for and kinda weird, which I’m about to get ready to do right… about… now.
Another One Tracklisting:
01. The Way You’d Love Her
02. Another One
03. No Other Heart
04. Just to Put Me Down
05. A Heart Like Hers
06. I’ve Been Waiting for Her
07. Without Me
08. My House by the Water
Mac DeMarco tour dates:
05.28.15 - Düdingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn Festival
05.29.15 - Toulouse, France - Festivals Des Curiosites
05.30.15 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
06.02.15 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Barby
06.04.15 - Porto, Portugal - Primavera Sound
06.06.15 - Manchester, England - Parklife Festival
06.07.15 - London, England - Field Day
06.11.15 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06.26.15 - Londonderry, VT - Friendly Gathering Music Festival
06.27.15 - North Adams, MA - Solid Sound
07.17.15 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
08.08.15 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
08.11.15 - Boston, MA - Royale
08.12.15 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
08.13.15 - Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
08.15.15 - Toronto, Ontario - Time Festival
08.16.15 -Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall
08.17.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
08.18.15 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
08.19.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
08.20.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
08.23.15 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF
09.05.15 - Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic
09.06.15 - Salisbury, England - End of the Road Festival
09.07.15 - Glasgow, Scotland - ABC
09.08.15 - Bristol, England - Motion
09.09.15 - London, England - Roundhouse
09.10.15 - Birmingham, England - The Institute
09.12.15 - Manchester, England - Beacons Metro Festival
09.14.15 - Toucoing, France - Grand Mix
09-15.15 - Paris, France - La Cigale
09.16.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
09.17.15 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
09.18.15 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
09.19.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
09-21.15 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debasser Strand
09.22.15 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
09.23.15 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Pustervik
09.24.15 - Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall
09.25.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Reeperbahn
10.10.15 - Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre
10.11.15 - Woodstock, NY - Bearsville Theater
10.13.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theatre
10.14.15 - Washington, DC - The Howard Theatre
10.17.15 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
10.18.15 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
10.19.15 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
10.20.15 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s
10.22.15 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater
10.27.15 - Arcata, CA - Kate Buchanan Room at Humboldt State University
10.28.15 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
10.29.15 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
10.30.15 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
10.31.15 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
11.02.15 - Calgary, Alberta - MacEwan Hall
11.03.15 - Edmonton, Alberta - Union Sound Hall
11.04.15 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - O’Brian’s Event Center
11.05.15 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Garrick Centre
11.06.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
11.08.15 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom
• Mac DeMarco: www.facebook.com/pages/Mac-DeMarco/301768729858252
• Captured Tracks: www.capturedtracks.com/
Ducktails announces new album, St. Catherine, shares track, goes on tour… might also solve a mystery or rewrite history while he’s at it
Okay, Matt Mondanile, here we go again, right? Blah blah blah — literal Duck Tales cartoon joke, blah blah blah — Real Estate, blah blah blah “fifth outing as Ducktails” called St. Catherine due July 24 on Domino = “more refined, personal, and sincere” album. Right? Anything else?
Oh, no shit! Rob Schnapf co-produced?? Whoa, cool! So exactly HOW MUCH should it remind me of Elliott Smith, then? Guess we’ll all just have to listen to the James Ferraro-featuring lead single “Headbanging In The Mirror” (embedded below) to find out! Can’t wait to compare the two of you as ARTISTS!
OR we could wait until the whole thing comes out: on CD, digital, standard-edition LP, and on limited-edition colored vinyl LP through Domino; and also as an elegant but boring bunch of MP3s and shit on iTunes.
OR we could probably catch you on tour this summer starting at the end of this month to hear the songs live and in person. I’ll probably totally go to your Chicago date and shout things about Duck Tales and request “Needle in the Hay” covers and all sorts of stuff like that. It’ll be great! See you there, Matt! <3 <3 <3
St. Catherine tracklisting:
01. The Disney Afternoon
02. Headbanging in the Mirror
03. Into the Sky
04. Heaven’s Room
05. St. Catherine
06. The Laughing Woman
07. Surreal Exposure
10. Krumme Lanke
Ducktails tour dates:
05.26.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.27.15 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
05.28.15 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Ekko
05.29.15 - Berlin, Germany - Marie Antoinette
05.30.15 - Neustreiltz, Germany - Immergut Festival
05.31.15 - Aarhus, Denmark - Radar
06.01.15 - Gothernburg, Sweden - Pustervik
06.02.15 - Oslo, Netherlands - Bla
06.03.15 - Stockholm, Sweden - Lilla Hotellbaren
06.04.15 - Lund, Sweden - Mejeriet
06.05.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Kleiner Donner
06.06.15 - Gent, Belgium - DOK
06.07.15 - London, England - Field Day
06.08.15 - Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club
07.24.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Getty Museum
07.31.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
08.01.15 - Cleveland, OH - Euclid Tavern
08.02.15 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
08.03.15 - Chicago, IL - Schuba’s
08.04.15 -Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch
08.05.15 - Toronto, Ontario - Garrison
08.06.15 - Montreal, Quebec - Casa del Popolo
08.07.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
08.09.15 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
[Photo: Rob Kulisek]
“QT is the best drink I have ever tasted…”
– A. G. Cook
Earlier this year, the 2014 track that led to a million “think pieces” finally got a video, and earlier this week, it made it its way to iTunes. But if you wanted to get an actual taste of QT, you had to grab a can of the Energy Elixir — dubbed “DrinkQT” — at PC Music’s recent SXSW showcase or last Friday’s Pop Cube event.
UNTIL MEOW. Since no one has died yet and only a few people have grown feathers, DrinkQT is considered safe to drink and is now available for pre-order. For $20, you’ll get a custom greeting for your heart, signed photo for your eyes, special packaging for your fetish, and a limited-edition DrinkQT for your belly.
Grab a can here. Ships on or around June 9.
— QT (@DRINKQT) May 11, 2015
Substrata 1.5 lineup announced for final edition, includes Arovane, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Lubomyr Melnyk
The assumption could be: Mika Vainio’s set last year was sonically intense to the point of causing catastrophic structural damage to the Good Shepherd Center, which then forced a cap on the number of future performances by anybody. Instead, curator Rafael Anton Irisarri has decided to conclude Substrata for reasons logistical and geographical, but not before hosting a final edition that will hopefully leave us in a long enough meditative state until we find a suitable replacement. It’s tough for Americans, since the general focus is on drunken music consumption, while the human sardine in front of you whips their hair into your face. I wonder, which artists will hoist the Seattle refuge this year?
With the epic connotations of “finale” confirmed, Substrata 1.5 will feature performances from Panabrite, Leo Mayberry (visuals), Tara Jane O’Neil, 12k founder Taylor Deupree, pianist Rachel Grimes with a “special guest,” harpist Mary Lattimore, Rauelsson, and Neptunian Jefre Cantu-Ledesma with Paul Clipson doing visuals. Additionally, Tiny Vipers will diverge from her contemporary folk stylings with an-all ambient set, Ukranian composer Lubomyr Melnyk will play piano with all 18 of his fingers, and the influential Arovane will inspire nostalgia for when the term “Intelligent Dance Music” was relevant enough to make people cringe — awesome music aside.
July 16-18. Buy three-day passes here, and anticipate being healthily incapacitated, as per usual.
• Substrata 1.5: http://substratafestival.com
The To-Do List of Eric D. Johnson, leader of Chicago folk-rock band Fruit Bats.
[x] Return Fruit Bats to the public consciousness, breaking from a multiple-year hiatus spent working on a solo project called EDJ.
[x] Announce that Fruits Bats will be going on tour with Louisville mega-rockers My Morning Jacket.
[ ] Go on tour with My Morning Jacket. Box to be filled in at conclusion of My Morning Jacket’s October dates, on which Fruit Bats will be opening.
[x] Announce plans for new album in 2016.
[x] Announce intention to tour following release of new album.
[ ] Put out new album.
[ ] Tour on new album.
Fruit Bats dates (all with My Morning Jacket):
10.11.15 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
10.13.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Auditorium
10.15.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Masonic
10.16.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Masonic
10.17.15 - San Franciso, CA - The Masonic
10.19.15 - San Diego, CA - Open Air Theatre
10.20.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
10.22.15 - Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall
10.23.15 - Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall
10.24.15 - Dallas, TX - Verizon Theatre