Preservation eases out new releases from Günter Schlienz and Dusted Lux

Worried you won’t have the perfect music to pump up your annual lazy river float this summer? Fear not. Preservation, the Australia-based archive of all things drift and drone, recently released a couple albums that are sure to set your mind a-wanderin’.

First up is the full-length debut (though certainly not first release) of German synthesist Günter Schlienz. Contemplation showcases Schlienz’s homemade modular set-up and features majestic drones and pastoral, raga-like constructions. “Humble” features Norm Chambers a.k.a. Panabrite in full-on kindred spirit mode.

Preservation’s second offering is Neverended, a new album from Dusted Lux, the Hartford, Connecticut-inhabiting project of Lee Camfield. Acoustic folk pairs well with ghostly, distant ambience, and Camfield seems well aware of this, cause he managed to squeeze out 44 whole minutes of the stuff. Neverended also features mastering by the master of masters Sean McCann.

Both of these are available in editions of 300 on compact disc; both feature artwork designed by Mark Gowing; only one album is green, the other looks more like a sort of maroon, but it’s tough to tell from the internet. Check out a couple samples below.

Contemplation tracklisting:

01. Immaculate
02. Humble
03. Numb
04. Waning
05. Lament
06. Home
07. Shimmer
08. Janitor

Neverended tracklisting:

01. Sun Dogs
02. Neverended
03. First Day, Last Day
04. What Is True
05. A Horse In The Orchard
06. Flight Of Sparrows
07. Mono No Aware
08. Adrift

• Günter Schlienz: http://www.guenterschlienz.de
• Dusted Lux: http://dustedlux.bandcamp.com
• Preservation: http://www.preservation.com.au

Bleached mooches amp off The Kinks to record For the Feel EP, rock wins in the process

Bleached run the risk of coming across as pretty unprofessional. Sure, their tunes are all hazy-blissed-out-summer-perfection, but for the recording of their forthcoming For the Feel EP, the Clavin sisters apparently turned up to the studio without an amp, which, if you know much about rock & roll, is kind of essential to the process. Luckily for them (and now us) they had The Kinks’ (yes, THE Kinks) on speed dial and were able to borrow their amp.

You can listen to the title track below and then compare the amp tone to that of “Waterloo Sunset”. Once you’ve done that, come back and try and tell me that it’s not the same amp.

For the Feel is released digitally on July 22 (i.e. perfectly timed for summer) and the 7-inch will be available September 16 through Dead Oceans. The cover art is above, and the first thing you’ll probably notice is that it looks to be about 1:30 PM by the way those shadows are cast.

Bleached are also totally thinking about possibly touring extensively soon, but for the time being they are playing two shows in California:

06.27.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex #
08.02.14 - Santa, CA - The Observatory - Burger a-Go-Go! $

# Zig Zags
$ Best Coast, Dum Dum Girls, Shannon & The Clams, The Coathangers

• Bleached: http://hellobleached.tumblr.com
• Dead Oceans: http://deadoceans.com

[Photo: Chloe Aftel]

Gonzo Records releases a Captain Beefheart 1980s bootleg, lets us hear him right before he got “too good” and had to quit

Legend has it that Don Van Vliet (a.k.a. Captain Beefheart, or the Cap if you’re into the whole brevity thing) abandoned a three-decade-long music career (to pursue painting full-time) because he had gotten “too good” at it. Not like he was into crusty skronk, but no doubt an intuitive, unpolished approach befitted his extravagant music. Anyhow, at the moment he decided to step down, his band was going through a new career peak — a momentum perhaps deflated by the lack of a landmark album like Trout Mask Replica. The infamously lost Bat Chain Puller was supposed to fill that role, but it got shelved due to contractual disputes and its songs ended up spread and reworked through the Cap’s last three albums: Shiny Beast (1978), Doc at Radar Station (1980), and Ice Cream for Crow (1982).

That’s what makes this new bootleg, Harpo’s Detroit Dec 11th 1980, interesting: it showcases Beefheart and the Magic Band right at the middle of this period, touring in support of their Doc at Radar Station LP, less than two years before retiring. Not that one could infer this from the music, with Van Vliet as fierce a vocalist as ever, and the band acing through their inimitable cubist boogie. On the contrary, the Cap and his crew seem determined to make sure everyone knows who heralded No Wave, at moments sounding like a bluesier Pere Ubu or The Contortions fronted by Howlin’ Wolf.

As the title suggests, the bootleg registers a show at Harpo’s in Detroit, played on December 11, 1980, a quasi-mythical gig that had been passing around fans’ and collectors’ hands for some time. The album is out now via Gonzo Records.

Harpo’s Detroit Dec 11th 1980 tracklisting:

01. Nowadays a Woman’s Gotta Hit a Man
02. Abba Zabba
03. Hot Head
04. Ashtray Heart
05. Dirty Blue Gene
06. Best Batch Yet
07. Safe as Milk
08. Doctor Dark
09. A Carrot Is as Close as a Rabbit Gets to a Diamond
10. One Red Rose That I Mean
11. Bat Chain Puller
12. My Human Gets Me Blues
13. Sugar and Spikes
14. Sheriff of Hong Kong
15. The Dust Blows Forward, the Dust Blows Back/Kandy Korn
16. Suction Prints
17. Big Eyed Beans from Venus

• Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band: http://www.beefheart.com
• Gonzo: http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk

Zammuto relates the virtues of having sweet rural digs, announces new LP Anchor on Temporary Residence

I don’t like being in touch with my emotions. I want to embrace the coming Apocalypse with a stoicism that sends the Four Horsemen back on their heels with a “god damn, that guy really doesn’t give a shit,” and I want to submit to steamy (yet emotionless) extraterrestrial sex that leads to the creation of the Vulcan race. Why’d you have to disrupt my atypical aspirations, Zammuto? Why?

While the music of The Books was almost entirely divorced from the personal emotions of members Paul de Jong and Nick Zammuto, an appreciable change happened post-breakup, as Zammuto reignited his eponymous project through the self-titled LP that was released in 2012. Especially toward the latter part of that album, you could actually discern feeling from Nick, which is understandable given the context of an intriguing musical duo that reluctantly had to part ways. As he explained to P4K regarding Zammuto: “I was a pretty raw nerve through most of the process, but it was very refreshing and therapeutic at the same time.”

So now we may have reached a point of resuscitated stability. Anchor, out September 2 on Temporary Residence, reportedly continues the evocations, as “vocals delivered with a confident intimacy” reflect a comfort uniquely felt at home. Nick’s home (pictured on the cover) is where the album was recorded, mixed, and mastered, with minimal noise complaints from the local woodland creatures. Rumors of the compositions having “more space” similarly reference the seemingly isolated location.

Isolation until… tour dates!! Check the list of Anchor-supporting shows below.

Anchor tracklisting:

01. Good Graces
02. Great Equator
03. Hegemony
04. Henry Lee (Trad.)
05. Need Some Sun
06. Don’t Be a Tool
07. Electric Ant
08. IO
09. Stop Counting
10. Sinker
11. Your Time

Dates:

08.28.14 - New Haven, CT - The Outer Space
08.29.14 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen
08.30.14 - Portland, ME - SPACE Gallery
09.06.14 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
09.07.14 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
09.09.14 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
09.10.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
09.11.14 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
09.12.14 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake
09.13.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
09.15.14 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
09.16.14 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
09.17.14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
09.19.14 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place
09.20.14 - San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar
09.21.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
09.23.14 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
09.24.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Last Exit
09.25.14 - Tucson, AZ - Flycatcher
09.27.14 - Austin, TX - Holy Mountain
09.28.14 - Dallas, TX - Index Fest

• Zammuto: http://zammutosound.com
• Temporary Residence Ltd.: http://temporaryresidence.com

Light in the Attic throws a summer party better than any of your parties because yours never had Donnie & Joe Emerson!

Light in the Attic is rockin’ Seattle on July 12 for a summer spectacular so full of summer it’ll make your bomb pop liquefy in your hands. Ooooh popsicle all over your pants!!!! All over your FACE! It’s HOT. Seriously, with food trucks, a record fair, and limited LITA releases all up in the house, it’s a party bigger than everything going on in that Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff song about summer COMBINED. Y’all just sit back and unwind.

And bands! Oh yes, are there bands. You’ve got boy legends Donnie & Joe Emerson headlining this shindig, performing their third live show in 30 years! You’ve got a rare solo set from Alex Maas of The Black Angels! Seattle luminary Overton Berry Entertainer (you might know him from the Wheedle’s Groove series)! And between sets you’ve got DJ Suspence (of The Saturday Knights). It all goes down July 12 at the Light in the Attic record store/warehouse in Seattle.

Oh, baby!!!

• Light in the Attic: http://lightintheattic.net

Kitty enters a world of confusion by touring with Kitten, also drops new song

Life should be as confusing as possible. Rapper Kitty, who you may have known in a past life from a few years ago as Kitty Pryde, is going on tour. That’s not confusing. But, hey, somewhat more confusing is the act of Kitty touring with L.A.-based rock band Kitten. It’s a move that seems less like an actual tour and more like a promoter forgot whether he booked an act named Kitty or Kitten and then also forgot whether he booked an L.A. rock band or a Florida rapper. Dude’s life is a mess. Anyway, the two are playing roughly a dozen dates starting later this month, while Kitty will also be doing a Dallas date following the tour.

Here is something easily understood: Kitty has a new song. It’s called “Marijuana” and features production by Chrome Sparks. Listen to it below. I hope this last paragraph has added some degree of clarity to your life.

Kitty dates:

06.30.14 - Columbus, OH - The A&R Music Bar *
07.01.14 - Detroit, MI - Shelter *
07.02.14 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop *
07.04.14 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar *
07.05.14 - Montreal, QC - La Vitriola *
07.07.14 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair *
07.08.14 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom *
07.09.14 - Philadelphia, PA - District N9ne *
07.10.14 - Washington, DC - Rock n Roll Hotel *
07.11.14 - Raleigh, NC - King’s Barcade *
07.12.14 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade *
07.24.14 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada &

* Kitten
& Awkwafina

• Kitty: http://daisyrage.com
• Kitten: http://www.kittentheband.com

EMA adds some US dates and September gigs with Spoon, but still no more letters to her damn name

Just like The Tick before her, EMA is fucking huge, badass, and nigh-invulnerable (to criticism)!

Also just like The Tick, her power seems to mysteriously increase with the strong evocation of the word “SPOON!” So, logically, after she finishes up this current leg of US dates that she’s sprinting out on in support of this year’s The Future’s Void, our hero will spend a week or so in early September basking in the sheer power of that sleek and beautiful word when she opens a week of Midwestern dates for her utensil-oriented labelmates — ya know, Spoon.

That’s it, really. Just thought you might like to know. (Boy, I sure hope no one’s ever written about Spoon and The Tick before.) Anyway, come on; say it with me now and feel the intense mystical power of vessel-hood:

SPOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!

Remaining US tour dates:

06.25.14 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake Lounge *
06.27.14 - Albuquerque, NM - Low Spirits *
06.28.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom *
06.29.14 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *
07.01.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour *
07.02.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *

* Mas Ysa

Romantic dates with Britt Daniel:

09.16.14 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theater ^
09.17.14 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre ^
09.18.14 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre ^
09.19.14 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre ^
09.20.14 - St. Louis, MO - Pageant ^
09.21.14 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall ^
09.23.14 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom ^

^ Spoon

• EMA: http://www.thefuturesvoid.net
• Matador: http://matadorrecords.com

Editions Mego gets closer to eventually releasing everything any Pierre Schaeffer disciple ever touched, announces new GRM compilation Traces Three

If you have somewhat of a passing interest in 20th-century European experimental music, you know that musique concrète’s history strikingly resembles that of the X-Men. It all started when Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry founded the Groupe de Recherche de Musique Concrète, an institute for gifted youngsters willing to push electroacoustic music beyond its boundaries. The two quixotic figures mentored and lead their students through many adventures, until diverting opinions on what path the group should take — essentially how theory-bound it was supposed to stay — culminated in a split. Departing leader Pierre Schaeffer started a rogue group in 1958, under the name Groupe de Recherches Musicales, recruiting promising talents like Bernard Parmegiani, Iannis Xenakis, Luc Ferrari, etc. So, pretty much exactly like the X-Men. Just don’t ask me who of the two Pierres was Magneto and who was Professor X. Okay, maybe Luc Ferrari was Beast. But you’re not getting any more of that out of me.

With such an impressive roster and comic-book-ready backstory, it’s no surprise that the GRM archives are loaded with undiscovered gems. The ever-enterprising people at Editions Mego noticed this and created a specific imprint — Recollection GRM — to curate and release the GRM’s archival material. They’ve been doing so for the past few years, putting out retrospectives on Parmegiani, Xenakis, and Schaeffer; but also devoting the Traces series to compiling individual pieces by lesser-known composers who are groundbreaking despite their lack of celebrity.

For instance, take Charles Clapaud’s “Ruptures,” which opens this album, and wouldn’t sound out of place amid songs by Raime, Vatican Shadow, or any of today’s droney/dark/process-music-obsessed electronic musicians. The same goes for Venezuelan Servio Tulio Marin, whose “Impresiones Fugitivas” predates The Caretaker’s work by several decades. The third volume in the Traces series is rich in prescient sounds, yet also includes pieces that firmly plant the album in the mid-70s European tradition. Let Eugeniusz Rudnik’s grotesque, anti-militaristic collage “Moulin Diabolique” stand as evidence. Or the even more orthodox “Hypnos,” Janez Matičič’s homage to classic electroacoustic pieces — vintage oscillators and all.

Promising a fascinating look into experimental music’s days of future past (sorry for running that joke into the ground), Traces Three is out via Recollection GRM on June 24. Stream Janez Matičič’s “Hypnos (extrait de Trois Visions)” below:

Traces Three tracklisting:

01. Charles Clapaud - “Ruptures” (1978)
02. Janez Matičič - “Hypnos” (extrait de ‘Trois Visions’) (1975)
03. Servio Tulio Marin - “Impresiones Fugitivas” (1976)
04. Eugeniusz Rudnik - “Moulin Diabolique” (1979)

• GRM: http://www.inagrm.com
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com

J Mascis’ upcoming solo record Tied to a Star may finally win him freedom from goblin captors

Somewhere in deepest, darkest Amherst there is a dingy, carpet-walled rehearsal space that smells of the accumulation of 23 years of body odor and the faint waft of urine. This is J Mascis’ natural habitat. Some say he was born here, others think that he’s been cursed to roam that space and churn out record after record until a family of mystical goblins has been nourished by the sweet fuzzy tones of Mascis’ songs.

In a bid to feed this goblin family’s insatiable appetite, Mascis has announced the arrival of a new solo album called Tied to a Star, which will be available to the world at large on August 26 (the cover art of which contains said goblin family). If lead track “Every Morning” is any indication, then J Mascis may soon find himself released from his rehearsal space; check it out below and sign the “C’mon Mystical Goblin Family, Surely You’ve Got Enough Mascis Goodness to Last a Lifetime” petition here.

In anticipation of obtaining emancipation, Mascis has also lined up a run of tour dates as epic as his tale of overcoming furry captors with nothing but a guitar, a big muff pedal, and the help of a few friends (including Cat Power and members of Black Heart Procession who play on the album). Check out the tour dates, tracklist, and a trailer for the album below.

Tied to a Star tracklisting:

01. Me Again
02. Every Morning
03. Heal the Star
04. Wide Awake
05. Stumble
06. And Then
07. Drifter
08. Trailing Off
09. Come Down
10. Better Plane

Tour dates:

06.26.14 - Carnation, WA - Timber! Outdoor Festival
09.24.14 - Hamden, CT - The Ballroom at The Outer Space
09.25.14 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
09.26.14 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
09.27.14 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
09.28.14 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
09.30.14 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
10.01.14 - Nashville, TN - Exit / In
10.02.14 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
10.03.14 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
10.04.14 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
10.05.14 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
10.07.14 - Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
10.08.14 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
10.09.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Minneapolis Institute of Arts
10.10.14 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
10.11.14 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
10.13.14 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
10.14.14 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
10.15.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
10.16.14 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
10.17.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.18.14 - Boston, MA - Sinclair
11.07-09.14 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.11.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
11.12.14 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
11.13.14 - Long Beach, CA - Alex’s Bar
11.14.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
11.15.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11.16.14 - Sonoma, CA - Gundlach Bundschu
11.19.14 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
11.20.14 - Portland, OR - Dante’s
11.21-22.14 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge

• J Mascis: http://www.jmascis.com
• Sub Pop: https://www.subpop.com

Radiohead(’s drummer, Phil Selway) to excite everyone who reads too fast with the release of new (solo) album called Weatherhouse!

Ah, the tragic plight of poor Phil “Philip” Selway: too well-known as Thom Yorke’s drummer and laundry guy to release records that won’t be compared to Radiohead albums; yet even too bald to be confused with Phil Collins! Oh well. I hope he can take some small solace in the fact that he’s presumably, you know… totally rich and famous and talented and all that shit either way. That’s probably what I’d try to do!

But heck, when he’s not busy doing that (or yeah, Yorke’s sweaty leather laundry), he might as well put out a new record or two! As Consequence of Sound reports, ol’ Prince Philip is gearing up to release a new solo album called Weatherhouse. It comes out on October 7 via the Bella Union label. I’m not sure what the album will sound like, but given the fact that my spellchecker has never heard of the word “Weatherhouse” before, I think we can rest assured that it’s going to sound bold, innovative, new, exciting, audacious, and experimental. Yup, kinda like that other band usually does.

Weatherhouse tracklisting:

01. Coming up for Air
02. Around Again
03. Let It Go
04. Miles Away
05. Ghosts
06. It Will End in Tears
07. Don’t Go Now
08. Drawn to the Light
09. Waiting for a Sign
10. Turning It Inside Out

• Phil Selway: http://www.philipselway.com
• Bella Union: http://bellaunion.com

  

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