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

Run the Jewels set to make lonely rappers jealous of their glorious friendship with string of August tour dates

A recent study conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health found that 90% of rappers today are friendless loners. As it turns out, the high demands of the profession can cause severe isolation, which in time makes it more and more difficult for these increasingly socially inept hip-hoppers to connect with those around them. This isolation often causes feelings of worthlessness, depression, and songs such as this. The study concludes by asserting that, next to coal mining and temping, rapping may be the worst profession for one’s mental health.

With these new developments still fresh in our minds, the announcement that Run the Jewels will be touring in August, a news story that should be joyous and celebrated, comes instead as a distressing and potentially harmful prospect. For those who don’t know, Run the Jewels is a collaboration between legendary rappers El-P and Killer Mike, who first connected in 2012 when El-P produced Killer Mike’s album R.A.P. Music (one of our favorite albums of that year). The two have reportedly been “best buds” ever since. This new tour comes following last year’s self-titled Run the Jewels album and in support of a second Jewels album coming in the near future, with the album’s first single being released through Adult Swim’s Singles Club in September. While fans could not be more excited to have the pair coming to a town near them, many city officials fear for the health and stability of some of their lonelier MCs in the face of such a successful rap-related friendship.

Fortunately, El-P and Killer Mike understand the negative effects this tour could have on the hip-hop community and have provided some encouraging words for any lonesome rappers who feel they may never forge such a strong connection with another person. “It’s all about being open, with yourself, with others. Look at us: just a few years ago we were just like all of you out there, two lonely MCs spitting rhymes about paranoia and government conspiracies alone in our basements over hard-ass beats. Now we’re two best friends spitting rhymes about chains and shooting poodles and shit over hard-ass beats. You may feel alone now, but that doesn’t mean you have to feel that way forever. Muthafuckas.”

Dates:

08.02.14 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
08.03.14 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.08.14 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands
08.09.14 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
08.11.14 - Victoria, BC - Upstairs Cabaret
08.12.14 - Vancouver BC - Biltmore
08.13.14 - Calgary, AB - Republik
08.14.14 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
08.16.14 - Portland, OR - Music Fest Northwest
08.22.14 - Denver, CO - Mad Decent Block Party
08.23.14 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest

• Run the Jewels: http://www.runthejewels.net
• Fool’s Gold: http://www.foolsgoldrecs.com

Krakow is living The Dream: Unsound announces first wave of artists, including Swans! Ben Frost! Perc! Container! The Necks! More!

Krakow’s Unsound Festival is an industry leader in Keeping It Weird. Sorry Austin, Krakow may have fewer bumper stickers, but they’ve totally cornered the market on this one, especially with the recent announcement of the festival lineup for 2014. Spanning one magical week, from October 12-19, Krakow’s underground visionaries, sages, high priests, and yes, druids (my favorite type of ancient priestly class) will unite in honor of R&B singer/producer The-Dream. Wait, a different dream? A more abstract, ideological construct sort of dream? Oh. OF COURSE.

From fest director Mat Schultz:

The Dream is an act of auto-criticism and self-reflection aimed to trigger discussion. It isn’t meant to be negative, but inquisitive. Historically, The Dream stems from alternative and even oppositional artistic movements and social systems. Our question is, what remains of that subversive drive? In asking this, we realise we also open the position of our own festival to scrutiny, no doubt revealing contradictions.

So, in the spirit of The Dream, the festival promises music, films, and yes — TALKS. But like, cool talks, not the kind your mom wants to have with you after you come in the house at 5 AM reeking of booze. THESE talks are about Dada, the Beats, punk, situationist movements, etc. Plus you know, you got people like Swans, Deathprod, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, Ren Schofield (a.k.a. Container) with Kenneth Kapstad & Thomas Jahrmyr, The Necks & Radian, Księżyc, Ben Frost, DJ Stingray, EVOL, Perc, Rrose, Total Freedom, and Zmaliska. Also! There’s a multi-sensory thing called Ephemera that “presents olfactory compositions based on musical resonances and reverberations.” It’s the artistic baby of Berlin’s Geza Schoen and Ben Frost, Tim Hecker, and Steve Goodman (Kode9). Tickets go on sale this Thursday, June 26.

• Unsound: http://www.unsound.pl

Vashti Bunyan announces new album Heartleap, steals Linda Perhacs’ thunder

Does the word naturalismo mean anything to you? In that case, you might recall the halcyon days of 2004, when all it took to bring an overlooked artist back to the spotlight after decades in the wilderness was the goodwill (or perhaps the whims?) of the blogosphere. No feature-length documentary was needed to rescue Vashti Bunyan from oblivion. Regarded as the Godmother of New Weird America/freak folk/naturalismo — a “scene” loosely held together thanks to blog posts and the commendable Arthur Magazine during the first half of the past decade — she released the pastoral folk gem Another Diamond Day in 1970 to very little commercial interest. Disappointed, Bunyan left the music industry and essentially became a mother for the next three decades. With her album gaining cult status, and fans like Devendra Banhart, Animal Collective, Piano Magic, and Joanna Newsom citing her as an influence, she finally found her way back to professional musicianship in 2005, with her second album Lookaftering.

Now, possibly swiping some of Linda Perhacs’ thunder (this was meant to be her “folk legend returns from oblivion” year, until an accident sidetracked her plans), Bunyan has announced a new album for October, Heartleap, her first in roughly nine years. Since her return in 2005, Bunyan has issued a compilation of outtakes and demos (2007’s Some Things Just Stick in Your Mind) and even had a documentary — I know! — devoted to her (From Here to Before). She’s also played a handful of shows over the years, but with everyone more or less accepting we had moved on to the next comeback story, no one expected new music from her.

Unlike her previous two albums, where Joe Boyd, Robert Kirby, or Max Richter took care of production and arrangements, this time Bunyan is responsible for all the recording duties, which mostly took place in her own studio. It will be interesting to hear the British singer’s music in such a setting, considering how star-studded her comeback album was. She has also set up a short tour of the UK to accompany the release.

Heartleap is out on October 6/7, depending on which side of the Atlantic you’re on.

Tour dates:

10.07.14 - Birmingham, UK - MAC
10.08.14 - London, UK - St. Pancras Church
10.09.14 - London, UK - St. Pancras Church
10.11.14 - Farndale, UK - The Band Room
10.12.14 - Manchester, UK - St. Philip’s Church