Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks take a stab at a debut album, Enter the Slasher House, kill it on first single, mutilate fans on spring tour!

Hey there! In case you clicked on this link by accident, let me show you around and explain what’s going on before you leave. See, this dude Avey Tare (a musician who used to be famous for singing and gesticulating-around in a strange and silly-sounding band called Animal Collective) recently teamed with keyboard player and singer Angel Deradoorian (of Dirty Projectors and Deradoorian), and drummer Jeremy Hyman (of Ponytail and Dan Deacon) to form a new band. From there, they basically did what people always do: gave the band an obvious name (Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks), moved to Los Angeles, and banged out an album together based on Avey’s acoustic-guitar demos. Then together, the goofy “jazz power trio” (that’s really what the press release says) went and co-produced and recorded the songs together live at the Lair studio “using only minimal overdubs,” which apparently resulted in a “spooky dynamism.”

I know what you’re thinking, and no, the resulting album unfortunately isn’t called Spooky Dynamism. It’s actually called Enter the Slasher House, and it’s coming out via Domino on April 8 in the US (and April 7 every place else) on vinyl, CD, download, the whole works. And heck, if you’re still reading this, you’ll probably also be interested to know that you can check out the first single, “Little Fang”, down below. In addition, you can totally pre-order the album from Domino on CD and “double heavyweight vinyl” and get an instant download of the single right now! (Wow, you’re actually gonna do it, aren’t you? I guess I must be absolutely killing this story!)

Oh, and the band is also going on tour soon. And since I’ve convinced you to stay and read all this and become a HUGE fan of this band you’ve never heard of before just now, you’ll probably also be interested to know that they’re selling ticket + album combo-paks at their website right now as well. Enjoy. And you’re welcome! No need to thank me. Just doing my job.

Enter the Slasher House tracklisting:

01. A Sender
02. Duplex Trip
03. Blind Babe
04. Little Fang
05. Catchy (Was Contagious)
06. That It Won’t Grow
07. The Outlaw
08. Roses on the Window
09. Modern Days E
10. Strange Colores
11. Your Card

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks dates:

04.17.14 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre *
04.18.14 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Blind Pig *
04.19.14 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace *
04.21.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
04.22.14 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
04.24.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny’s Brenda *
04.25.14 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall *
04.26-27.14 - Asheville, NC - Moogfest
04.28.14 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups *
04.29.14 - Exit In - Nashville, TN *
04.30.14 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Purgatory Stage) *
05.02.14 - New Orleans, LA - Parish at House of Blues *
05.03-04.14 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest

* Dustin Wong

• Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks: http://www.entertheslasherhouse.com
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

Florian Hecker announces Articulação on Editions Mego, two out of two cats already poised to pounce at the speakers

Get your brains ready, because German head-scrambler Florian Hecker just announced that he’s back with another full-length brain-whisk entitled Articulação on Editions Mego. I just played the excerpt from “Modulator (… meaningless, affectless, out of nothing …)” that’s up on SoundCloud on my stereo and let me tell you, my cats are super excited. And when I say “excited” what I actually mean is “they somehow plotted a tandem attack against my speakers that I was only barely able to prevent before they ripped the cones to shreds.” I’ll embed the track below if you are in the mood for a cool sonic experience paired with a possible cat attack.

Anyhow, I’m getting ahead of myself. Maybe you’re all like, “Who the heck is Florian Hecker?” not because you don’t know who he is but because you think you’re funny and good at puns. You’re not. Florian Hecker, though, is an experimental producer who, through a series of releases, including 2011’s Speculative Solution (TMT Review) and 2009’s Acid in the Style of David Tudor (TMT Review), has plumbed the depths of noise and psychoacoustics. Most recently he released 2012’s Chimerization, a three-part collaboration with Iranian philosopher Reza Negarestani who provided an “experimental libretto” for the piece in English, German, and Farsi.

Articulação finds Hecker collaborating with Negarestani yet again on the libretto for “Hinge,” which conveys a “complex scene in which the two obelisks of the script — one from the perspective of nature and one from the perspective of culture — are recited simultaneously in an informational yet dramatic style.” Different versions of “Hinge” open and close the album. Included as well on these tracks are vocal contributions from vocalist and composer Joan La Barbara, as well as Sugata Bose and Anne Kohler. Mastering is by Rashad “Obviously can time travel because how else could one human do as much cool stuff as he does” Becker. The album is due out March 31 and is available for pre-order right here.

Articulação tracklisting:

01. Hinge*
02. Modulator (… meaningless, affectless, out of nothing …)
03. Hinge**

• Florian Hecker: http://florianhecker.blogspot.com
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com

Mastodon plan spring Segway tour of the United States

And lo, there was a long and steady rumble from the west, for the Mastodon had awakened from its wintry slumber. The deep thuds of distant footsteps put fear deep into the hearts of men and women alike. The rumble grew as the footsteps grew closer and harder. And then silence. For as it is known, the stomping of the Mastodon results in significant knee damage, particularly when the Mastodon neglects the stretching regimen recommended by its doctor and makes a habit of skipping exercise.

And thus it came to pass that the constituents of the Mastodon, the beastmen Troy Sanders, Brent Hinds, Bill Kelliher, and Brann Dailor, totally wrecked their knees trying to do the whole “stomp so hard mere mortals can hear you coming for miles” thing, and as such found themselves dearly in need of knee surgery. As it was written, the best way to raise the much-needed funds for four knee surgeries is to go on a spring tour. AND SO IT SHALL BE! Many voices may be heard to wonder, “How now shall these beastmen with their ruined knees dare to travel and perform upon such wounded appendages?” The answer will come forth from the clouds, loud and strong: “The beastmen will use Segways!” Accompanying Mastodon will be fellow terrifying stomping beasties on one way trips toward knee damage, Gojira and Kvelertak. Tickets are on sale now, and those that find themselves desirous of a preview might do worse than to check out Mastodon’s recent Live at Brixton release.

And then I looked, and lo, a second scroll unfurled. It contained but scant information, promising a rider on a white horse from the east bearing a follow-up to 2011’s The Hunter (TMT Review). It contained hints of work being done even now, though drawing soon to a close, in Nashville, Tennessee under the guidance of one Nick Raskulinecz. Beyond assurance that further details would be soon forthcoming, there was little. And then nothing. And then only darkness.

Dates:

04.28.14 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
04.29.14 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
05.01.14 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
05.02.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theater
05.03.14 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
05.04.14 - Salt Lake City, NV - Depot
05.05.14 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
05.07.14 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
05.08.14 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theater
05.09.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
05.10.14 - Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy
05.12.14 - Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom
05.13.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05.15.14 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
05.16.14 - Boston, MA - The Palladium
05.17.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
05.18.14 - Columbus, OH - Rock On The Range

• Mastodon: http://www.mastodonrocks.com
• Warner Brothers: http://www.warnerbrosrecords.com

Xiu Xiu cancel/postpone North American tour due to Jamie Stewart throat issues

Is it… maybe… within the realm of possibility to love abortion too much? I’m not talking about an addiction to the physical act, which would inspire personal abhorrence to the point of vomiting, but rather a simple spoken enthusiasm. Or should I say a yelled enthusiasm. Or should I say an indirect-effort-to-pop-a-blood-vessel enthusiasm. That was a microcosmic takeaway from the one time that I experienced Xiu Xiu in concert, but really, anyone familiar with Jamie Stewart’s recorded work would, I imagine, acknowledge his ongoing penchant for vocal bipolarity. That’s why we love him. That’s why Stewart’s a chronic ruiner of movies, both inside and outside the theater. That’s why Xiu Xiu has motherfucking cancelled (or postponed) the entirety of the North American tour celebrating new Polyvinyl album Angel Guts: Red Classroom (TMT Review).

Excuse the pure speculation. Here’s the statement from Stewart himself, where he merely alludes to throat troubles, which could have a myriad of causes:

I am disappointed and very sorry to say that Xiu Xiu will have to postpone our upcoming tour. I have been having increasing trouble with my throat for years, and this week my doctor advised me not to sing for at least two months or risk losing it permanently. Hopefully, as soon as possible, we will be able reschedule these dates. Thank you to our fans for continuing to support us. We love you all and look forward to seeing you all soon.

Refunds available at the point of purchase, folks.

(Once, but no longer) dates:

02.19.14 -Santa Barbara, CA - Soho Restaurant & Music Club
02.20.14 - Fresno, CA - Fulton 55
02.21.14 - Felton, CA - Don Quixote’s International Music Hall
02.22.14 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
02.24.14 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
02.25.14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
02.26.14 - Vancouver, BC - The Media Club
02.28.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
03.01.14 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
03.02.14 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar
03.03.14 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
03.05.14 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
03.06.14 - Madison, WI - The Frequency
03.07.14 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
03.08.14 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick Lounge
03.09.14 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
03.10.14 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
03.11.14 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs
03.13.14 - Brooklyn, NY - The Knitting Factory
03.14.14 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
03.15.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
03.16.14 - Richmond, VA - Gallery 5
03.17.14 - Raleigh, NC - Kings
03.18.14 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03.20.14 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
03.21.14 - Austin, TX - Holy Mountain
03.22.14 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
03.24.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
03.25.14 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
03.26.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo

• Xiu Xiu: http://xiuxiu.org
• Polyvinyl: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com

Hark! Cinema glory! Jonny Greenwood and Paul Thomas Anderson team up for Inherent Vice!

Jonny Greenwood’s office/recording studio/weeping willow beneath which he composes evocative, sensitive music is like the figurative Pearly Gates of Film Scores; you kill yourself working on some movie, spend some time wandering around in a bunch of clouds with singing people (I have no metaphor for what this is, but it obviously just has to be part of the narrative), and then you make your approach to the Big Man himself. If he says yes, it’s a one-way ticket to Film Score Heaven. If he says no, well, fuck your movie. It’s all sensitive coffee shop guitar guys and Skrillex beats for your crappy movie soundtrack.

But Paul Thomas Anderson has been a very good boy here in this cinema veil of sin, so it’s no wonder that FACT are reporting that he and Jonny will be frolicking through the heavens together once again for his forthcoming film Inherent Vice. Based on the Thomas Pynchon novel about seedy 60s Los Angeles (is there another kind?), the flick stars Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Martin Short, and Maya Rudolph. Greenwood has worked on Anderson’s previous two films, There Will Be Blood and Philip Seymour Hoffman-starring The Master (TMT Review). Greenwood’s score will be recorded by London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra later this month, with the film itself set to hit the festival circuit later this year.

• Jonny Greenwood: http://www.radiohead.com

Important Records’ sister tape label Cassauna awakens from slumber full of vim, vigor, pep, oomph, and several other synonyms

Many things happened in the year 2011. To list them all would be absurd and take up a lot of space. Instead, let me list one totally random thing from that year and see where that gets us: Massachusetts-based Important Records formed a sister tape label called Cassauna. Huh, what a fortuitous, but like I said, totally random fact. You see, back in 2011, after a year of putting out a whole heap of tapes from folks like Arnold Dreyblatt, Aki Onda, and Pauline Oliveros, though, Cassauna anthropomorphically realized it was super-tired and wanted to take a nap for a couple of years, which is totally fine. Naps are cool and a lot of people like them. In that way they are like sandwiches and Matt Damon. But anyhow, now that it’s 2014, turns out Cassauna has anthropomorphically realized it slept a whole lot longer than it meant to and is maybe going to be late to hang out with its brother, Important Records. Oh no!

Haha, I hope that “Oh no” didn’t worry you too much. Important Records is anthropomorphically totally chill, so it’s no big deal. Now that Cassauna is up and moving again, though, it’s doing a whole lot of stuff. First off, there’s a brand-new Cassauna Bandcamp on which you can run grubby little internet fingers all over, oh, I don’t know, perhaps Richard Lainhart’s Lux? Or John Bischoff’s Field Transfer? Or maybe if you’re into things that TMT news writers describe as “free” and “brand-new” you might want to pick up Total Life’s Burner, which, as I hinted, is both free and brand-new.

In a totally not anthropomorphic way, Cassauna (or should I say, “the folks at Cassauna?”) also have two additional new releases available right now. First is Randy Gibson’s First Pillar Appearing in Supernova, which combines layers of individual vocal drones with the characteristics of tape itself into a “dense harmonic world from a simple intervallic source.” Order it here. There’s also Zachary James Watkins’ Moveable. Moveable is a piece written for the pianoforte that awesomely uses a tool called the Piano Monster which was “built by NYC artist Ranjit Bhatnagar,” and “uses 16 voltage controlled motors with attached objects that resonate piano strings.” That’s right folks, robot piano. Invite it into your home at this link. In addition to these two, Cassauna is already planning releases from Claudio Rochetti & Pietro Riparbelli as well as Sarah Davachi.

And finally, Important Records has also dedicated the entirety of the latest episode of their podcast to Cassauna’s awakening. The podcast features tracks from past, present, and future releases, and you can stream it below.

Randy Gibson - First Pillar Appearing in Supernova tracklisting:

01. The First Pillar Imploding the Principal Drone under the Addition of 9 in Melodic Counterpoint from Apparitions of the Four Pillars
02. The First Pillar Exploding the Upper Drone with the Violin Analogue, the Nestled Melodic 27, and the Apparition of the Eternal Tonic from Apparitions of The Four Pillars

Zachary James Watkins - Moveable tracklisting:

01. Moveable: Live Concert Recording At Maybeck Studio, Berkeley
02. Moveable: Majestic Star Tuning Remix

• Cassauna: http://www.importantrecords.com/cassauna
• Important: http://www.importantrecords.com

Kelela vibrates yr ears and butt on new song “The High,” announces first-ever headlining shows

Abandon all presumptions of innocence. CUT 4 ME (TMT Review), the excellent debut release from Los Angeles-based and initial Night Slugs/Fade to Mind collaborator Kelela, has a connotation separate from a casual self-reverence manifested through music recording. Listening to the title track, the “cut” doesn’t refer to a “take” in the recording sense, but instead the depths of one’s dominant infatuation, as our narrator requests, “Cum 4 me. You’re all that I need.” Alternatively, things take a decidedly dark turn if you hear or choose to replace “cut” for “cum;” physical pain may be a precondition for emotional involvement with this particular sadist, or she’s just assuming the role of an elementary school teacher and proposing an insurmountable project involving safety scissors and a limitless supply of colored construction paper! No no, just look at those jagged edges. Cut it… mm, “tenderly.”

Let’s go back to the innocent interpretation though. If CUT 4 ME was a release aimed at self-satisfaction, then surely the fact that Kelela’s just announced her first-ever headlining shows is evidence of an imminent artistic selflessness. Come March, she’ll be performing at SXSW, and come April, she’ll take to the stage in Los Angeles and Brooklyn. Oh! And she has a new song called “The High,” produced by Gifted & Blessed. Probably not the high that you’re thinking of:

Dates:

03.12.14-03.14.14 - Austin, TX - SXSW
04.02.14 - Los Angeles - The Echo
04.03.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC

• Kelela: https://www.facebook.com/kelelamusic

Jon Porras of Barn Owl to release new LP Light Divide this March on Thrill Jockey; meanwhile, I don’t even know what I’m doing for dinner later

Most people know Jon Porras as one half of the spooky desert-jam outfit Barn Owl. And yes, a select few fans are also aware of his far-more provocative career as the understudy-to-the-third-understudy for one of the Jonas Brothers (I’m not sure which one, exactly. I think all of them?). But it seems hardly anyone — outside of us consummate musical insiders here at TMT — really knows him as a solo artist.

Well, all that shit’s about to change on March 25, when ol’ whats-his-name releases his new full-length album, entitled Light Divide, on the Thrill Jockey label! For once, it’ll be HIS NAME out there, all alone in that typically very crowded spooky drone-rock spotlight! And don’t look now, but I’ve even got some juicy press release hyperbole to get the accolade-ball rolling:

Light Divide showcases Porras as “shifting his focus entirely to electronic synthesis, using a wide array of analog and digital systems to exponentially expand his sonic palate.” Can you believe it? The results are “silhouettes of distant rhythms, abstracted traces of techno wastelands that come in and out of focus like an urban, post-industrial sprawl being overtaken by fog.” Hell yes. And the results of that are billions of dollars, a couple of entourages, and a Maserati truck full of Mercury Prizes!

Ha. For real though, Porras is also totally playing a set at this year’s Austin Psych Fest in April, and you can pre-order the album (LP + download) from the Thrill Jockey website right-the-heck now. And both of those things make him a hell of a lot cooler and more famous than I am! So I’ll just shut up now.

Light Divide tracklisting:

01. Apeiron
02. Recollection
03. Divide
04. New Monument
05. Pleiades

• Jon Porras: http://www.jonporras.com
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

[Photo: Sky Madden]

Hangout Music Fest announces lineup feat. Outkast, Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, friends spending time with other friends

Modern music festivals book some of today’s biggest and brightest stars. But the brightest star of them all? Friendship. Awwwwwwwww. The organizers of Gulf Shores, Alabama’s annual Hangout Music Fest clearly understand this, having given the concept of music second billing to the concept of hanging out. Set on a stretch of sandy beach from May 16-18, the festival has positioned itself as an experience of friendship, one to build lasting memories with your closest friends. That said, they’ve also booked Outkast. Friendship is over, you don’t need friends.

In addition to Outkast, Hangout Fest has also booked The Black Keys, Queens of the Stone Age, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, Le1f, Tegan and Sara, Chance the Rapper, Black Lips, Andrew W.K., Diarrhea Planet, The Killers, The Avett Brothers, and more. A full lineup can be viewed here. You may have noticed that I did not mention one of the festival’s headliners, a one Mr. Jack Johnson. If you are both a Tiny Mix Tapes reader and a Jack Johnson fan, I apologize for this oversight. I would also genuinely like to converse with you, because your pool of interests sound fascinating. Anyway, three-day tickets for the festival are available now.

• Hangout Music Fest: http://www.hangoutmusicfest.com

Trail of Dead announce Source Tags & Codes tour, begin work on new album tentatively titled Source Tags II: The Klumps

Don’t you wish it could be 2002 all the time? You probably shouldn’t! Some awful stuff was happening! Then again: awful stuff is generally happening all the time and good stuff tends to happen concurrently with awful stuff. If you were in …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead in 2002, certain things were going pretty darn well for you. Your band just released their third album, Source Tags and Codes, which made people lose their damn minds. It’s not 2002 anymore (it’s 2014 FYI), but Source Tags remains Trail of Dead’s most acclaimed work. As such, the band has announced a string of dates this spring in which they will play the album from beginning to end. They are doing this because some things just make sense. Though you know what else would make sense? You guys just officially changing your name to Trail of Dead, because that’s what everybody calls you these days, unless they’re independently wealthy and just have all the time in the world to drop 10-word band names in regular conversation. Just a thought there.

Since time marches forward (get out of here if you think all time is happening simultaneously), so must Trail of Dead. Before leaving on tour, they’re entering Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas with longtime producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith to record their ninth album. Take a moment to realize how much time has passed in our collective lives when you accept that Trail of Dead will soon be six albums removed from Source Tags and Codes. Time really does fly, et cetera, et cetera.

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead dates:

03.26.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
03.27.14 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel
03.28.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
03.29.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03.30.14 - Boston, MA - T.T. The Bear’s
03.31.14 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
04.01.14 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle (2 shows)
04.03.14 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall

• …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead: https://andyouwillknowusbythetrailofdead.bandpage.com

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