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
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: http://www.runegrammofon.com
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.
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
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: https://www.facebook.com/Jah.Wobble.Music
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.”
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
03. Free Action
04. I Been Gone
05. Motorcycle, I Love You
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 *
* The Horrors
DJ Harvey’s new band, Wildest Dreams, might just do the trick if you’re tired of rock & roll’s modern iterations. Their first album will be out July 29 through Smalltown Supersound, and, according to the press release, the self-titled work draws its sound from “the landscape of L.A. and its surroundings” with the purpose of soundtracking “your road and acid trip.” The band itself is an anonymous group, with Harvey at least contributing vocals, that supposedly compares to the legendary L.A. Wrecking Crew of the 60s… and that’s not too far-fetched.
Harvey is the man who was at least partially responsible for bringing disco and house to the UK, and he’s achieved legend status in the domain of “real” (read: vinyl-spinning) DJs for his six-plus-hour, genre-spanning, borderline-religious sets. He is a musically enlightened man, having spent countless hours crate-digging, uncovering forgotten masterpieces, and his knowledge of music is encyclopedic. So who better than a truly knowledgeable DJ to take up arms and defend the frayed, moth-eaten banner of bona fide, hard-edged rock & roll? Who else is gonna do it? The Black Keys? Nah. Jack White? Give me a break. Okay maybe Wolfmother, but I’m not actually convinced they’re still alive.
Hell, Rolling Stone once said, “If Keith Richards was a DJ, he’d totally be Harvey.” The point being that this guy’s practically a rock star already, and he’s soon to deliver some nasty riffs, sweet licks, and snappy break-beats to unsuspecting ears, all baked to the same crunchy golden-brown as your favorite blues-rock classics.
If you still have any doubts, watch the accompanying video for the album’s first single, “Last Ride”:
Afropunk Fest is back at Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park on August 23 and 24 for its 10th year of spontaneous utopia-generation. Seriously, the event amounts to a pop-up society, with a famously diverse crowd, a market, a cadre of food trucks, an “Art Wall” for select artists to scrawl on, a motorcycle show, and a soapbox for anyone who doesn’t like certain things to speak their piece — not to mention the music, which sprawls across four stages. And the hair, which is always quite dope.
The festival casts a wide net in terms of genre, certainly not limited to punk, and this year’s lineup features soul paragon D’Angelo as the headliner, along with Shabazz Palaces, Lianne La Havas, clipping., Valerie June, Trash Talk, and many others (check the link below for the full roster).
If you want a sense of the vibe at Afropunk, or just a quick pick-me-up, watch this particularly positive feature on last year’s fest:
• Afropunk Festival: http://afropunkfest.com
Austin rock & rollers Spoon took a longer-than-usual break after their 2010 LP Transference, but the five-piece have finally announced details of their eighth record, They Want My Soul, along with a North American tour. After a fruitful relationship with Merge, the band will join recent upstart Loma Vista Recordings — which is run by former Warner Bros. Records CEO Tom Whalley — for their upcoming album. Loma Vista is also the newly adopted home to artists like Little Dragon, Cut Copy, and St. Vincent. Hmm, sounds like someone’s looting all the profitable indie bands…
Beginning this week, Spoon’s 2014 tour will see them cutting across the US until October’s Austin City Limits festival, followed by a quick Euro tour. Along the way, the group will share stages with Arcade Fire, EMA, and Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser. Before They Want My Soul drops on August 5, limited pre-orders are available here, including a “TWMS T-Shirt Bundle” with a translucent blue LP, a CD, a lion shirt, a blood-splattered beach ball, eight postcards, and a facsimile of the album’s handwritten lyric sheets (the first 100 bundles will be autographed). Rumor has it that lead singer/guitarist Britt Daniel left a little dollop of his soul in five lucky bundles, drummer Jim Eno put a booger in one, and multi-instrumentalist Rob Pope thought the whole bundle idea was kind of a gimmick. He takes credit for the blood-splattered beach ball, though.
07.12-13.14 - Telluride, CO - The Ride Festival
07.18.14 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07.25.14 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
08.01.14 - Chicago, IL - Metro
08.02.14 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.05.14 - San Diego, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre at Chula Vista *
08.08.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fairbanks Lawn of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
08.10.14 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands
08.17.14 - Portland, OR - Musicfest NW
08.30.14 - Montreal, QC - Parc Jean Drapeau *
08.30-31.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Made in America Festival *
09.02.14 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre + *
09.05.14 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival *
09.06.14 - Norfolk, VA - Norva + *
09.07.14 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling Music Festival *
09.10.14 - New York, NY - Central Park
09.11.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead +
09.12.14 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room +
09.13.14 - Hamilton, ON - Supercrawl Festival
09.14.14 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theatre +
09.16.14 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre ^
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 ^ *
10.03-05.14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival
10.10-12.14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival *
11.01.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
11.02.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefarlich
11.03.14 - Basel, Switzerland - Kaserne Reithalle
11.04.14 - Cologne, Germany - Luxor
11.05.14 - Gent, Belgium - Vooruit
11.06.14 - Paris, France - Trabendo
11.07.14 - London, UK - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire *
* supporting Arcade Fire
+ Hamilton Leithauser