Every day I like to figure out what I learned. Sometimes you’ve gotta dig a little, and it’s something less than mind-blowing. Like yesterday, I learned that my fridge magnets are getting grotty. Today, I learned something a bit more enthralling, which is: in the sport of bowling, three consecutive strikes is called a turkey.
How about that?!
With that knowledge stowed away in the old knowledge bank, we can all learn a few more things for today: (1) Mike Krol has signed to Merge, (2) his third album will be released August 28, and (3) it’s called Turkey (for reasons that will now be obvious to you).
The preview below also suggests that Krol’s penchant for skuzzy garage hooks remains, and that he may or may not moonlight as a police officer. All useful information.
Finally, in your quest for Krol-related trivia, you probably should know that he’s doing a run of dates with Mac McCaughan and the Non-Believers. Dates below.
Don’t tell me you didn’t learn something today.
09.14.15 - Seattle, WA, Tractor Tavern
09.15.15 - Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
09.17.15 - San Francisco, CA, Rickshaw Stop
09.18.15 - Los Angeles, CA, The Echo
Emerging from the sweaty streets of Brisbane with a penchant for creating their own take on the cross-pollination of the garage/psych/pop daisies, Blank Realm have been setting our hearts on fire for some time now. And after their “gloriously messy” Grassed Inn release from last year, the world seems to be finally catching on.
Thus, with perhaps an inkling of pressure, Blank Realm have forsaken their winning formula of not recording in a studio and have gone ahead and recorded an album… in… a… studio.
Said album will be called Illegals In Heaven and was produced by outsider music legend (and fellow Brisbane native) Lawrence English. Apart from that, just take our word for it when we say that the studio has not knocked off any rough edges or toned down the band’s intensity.
Illegals In Heaven will be released September 4 via Fire Records.
Illegals In Heaven
01. No Views
02. River of Longing
03. Cruel Night
04. Costume Drama
05. Dream Date
06. Flowers in Mind
08. Palace of Love
09. Too Late Now
Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Cluster, Harmonia) and Christoph Mueller (The Gotan Project) plan collaborative LP
Not to sound too conservative, but I think that when two people come together before (g/G)od, their family, and the state, it’s usually called a marriage. Which makes me wonder: why is it that when two people come together before a record label, a PR team, and the press, it’s called “a collaboration?” Why the double standard? Take, for example, Imagori by Christoph Mueller and Hans-Joachim Roedelius as Mueller_Roedelius. The press materials refer to it as “the first collaborative recording” from these “musical trailblazers,” but I say it’s more like a holy matrimony of sound between two wandering souls on the path of life who have finally found peace and safe harbor in one another’s musical arms.
Speaking of the path of life — or maybe more accurately, the highway of life — both Mueller and Roedelius have put a few miles on the ol’ life car, all the while using their life wrenches to tighten the life screws on their musical abilities. Roedelius has been zooming around with the likes of Cluster and Harmonia since the 70s, and Mueller’s been shuffling genres since the 80s, most recently with the likes of The Gotan Project. Together on Imagori, they explore the ways in which marriage and collaboration really are pretty much the same thing, pairing Mueller’s electronic work with Roedelius’s floating melodic piano compositions, the music sounding like it’s just billowing along, such as “Time Has Come,” which you can hear below. Mazel tov!
Imagori is out September 4 on Grönland Records
Crawling up outta Austin’s electro underground like a bloody monster comin’ up outta the bathtub drain in a low-budget cult horror film when you least expect it (but with, like, classy Argento stylings) comes the debut EP from Flatliner. The duo of Jesse Strait and Adam Fangsrud write music with only the fiiiiinest Monopoly Man-level high-end recording gear, but also with what can only be described as a sickening amount of vintage synths.
The pair met in 2010 when they became part of a group of local Texas gear fiends, attending a gathering to build, trade, and drool over new custom synth modules. They struck up a delightful musical partnership, and as my mom would say, the rest is history! Come July 28, Holodeck Records will release their Black Medicine EP, a disarming marriage of old-school horror movie soundtracks, pulsating atmosphere, and dancefloor-thumping beats.
Black Medicine EP tracklist:
01. Blasted Highway
02. PC Corporation
03. City Lights Receding
04. Scrap Heap
“Experience the thrilling sights and sounds of the Apple Music launch, as it lifts off from its main headquarters and rams right into your face.”
• Apple Music: https://www.apple.com/music/membership
“I’m feeling sexy and free. Like it is raining on me. You’re like a shot of pure gold. I think I’m about to explode.”
After getting into some Deep Trouble (no, not that “trouble”) earlier this year, PC Music and easyFun are already back with a new mix. Clearly not content with already releasing one of this year’s best tracks, easyFun (a.k.a. Finn Keane) delivers easyMix, a seven-minute release that starts in the infinity glisten of the past and then takes us through remixes/interpretations of Ariana Grande, ABBA, and Jessie J, propelling us toward the bright, orange sky.
Download the mix here, or stream it below in any (or all) of the following SoundCloud embeds:
• easyFun: http://easyfun.world
Ah, I’m so sad! Because I’m just now learning that, this past spring, when George Lewis Jr. and his mega-band were touring in support of this year’s mega-loud new album Eclipse, they were involved in a huge bummer of a bus accident that resulted in 12 hospitalizations and forced them off the road for a while.
But now I’m so HAPPY! Because the band has apparently bounced back from this shit situation and has recently announced make-up dates for the “Night Rally Tour,” starting August 21 in Portland, OR and extending through mid-October! Tickets to the shows are available now on the band’s website! Gah!!! I don’t even know what to DO with all of these huge, widescreen emotions that I’m feeling right now. Oh wait, I know… I could listen to some Twin Shadow and let myself FEEL STUFF until I puke. Let’s DO this.
Night Rally tour:
08.21.15 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
08.22.15 - Portland, OR - MusicFestNW
08.24 - 08.25.15 - Seattle, WA - Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
08.26.15 - Vancouver, British Columbia - The Imperial
08.28.15 - Edmonton, Alberta - Starlite Room
08.29.15 - Calgary, Alberta - Republik
08.31.15 -Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - O’Brian’s Event Centre
09.02.15 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Garrick Center
09.03.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
09.04.15 - Chicago, IL - North Coast Music Festival
09.08.15 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room Lounge
09.09.15 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater
09.11.15 - Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall
09.12.15 - Houston, TX - Discovery Green
09.15.15 - Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheater
09.17.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
09.18.15 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
09.18-20.15 - Sacramento, CA - TBD 2015
09.19.15 - Columbus, OH - Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
09.21.15 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
09.25.15 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
09.25-27.15 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling 2015
09.26-27.15 - Washington, DC - Landmark Festival 2015
09.30.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.01.15 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
10.07.15 - Orlando, FL - The Social
10.08.15 - New Orleans, LA - Republic New Orleans
10.1o.15 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger
10.12.15 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
10.14.15 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
10.16.15 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
10.17.15 - Hollywood, CA - Fonda Theatre
Did someone mention hard work? Ambition?? Intense work ethic??? PIZZA and CATS?!? This story must be about Wavves!
Yup, according to Twitter, the briefest and therefore most truthful mode of communication currently available to mankind, Nathan Williams of the rock & roll band Wavves has been super-de-duper hard at work on not one but TWO follow-up albums to last year’s emphatically listened-to album Afraid of Heights. And yo; that’s ON TOP of having released a “side project” album as Spirit Club last year, running his record label, and SURPRISE-RELEASING (last night/midnight) a new album called No Life For Me with Dylan Baldi of Cloud Nothings. Dang. When did this guy become such a dynamo? Is someone slipping uppers into all of his downers or what?
As important and journalistically-appropriate as these kinds of questions are, they’ll have to wait for an answer until after Williams and his band get back from the slew of tour dates that will bring them across North America that they’ll also be embarking on at the end of this summer! Good lord. This kid is as unstoppable as Jim Carrey was after he put on that green mask in that 90s movie! Hmm. What was the name of that movie again??? Huh. Gonna bug me all day now.
No Life For Me tracklist:
01. Untitled 1
02. How It’s Gonna Go
03. Come Down
04. Hard to Find
05. Untitled II
07. No Life For Me
08. Such A Drag
09. Nothing Hurts
Wavve of tour dates:
09.08.15 - Seattle, WA - Neptune *!
09.09.15 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *!
09.10.15 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s *
09.11.15 - Orange County, CA @ Constellation *!
09.12.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubador *!
09.14.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom *!
09.15.15 - San Diego, CA - North Park *!
09.16.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom *!
09.18.15 - Austin, TX - Mohawk *!
09.19.15 - Dallas, TX - Prophet *!
09.20.15 - Lawrence, KS - Granada *!
09.21.15 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre ^!
09.22.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity ^!
09.24.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Rave ^!
09.25.15 - Chicago, IL - The Vic ^!
09.26.15 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre ^!
09.27.15 - Toronto, Ontario - Opera House ^!
09.29.15 - Columbus, OH - Newport ^!
09.30.15 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA ^!
10.02.15 - Brooklyn, NY - St. Vitus ^!
10.03.15 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall ^!
10.05.15 - Boston, MA - Paradise ^!
10.06.15 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza ^
10.07.15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club ^!
10.08.15 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 ^!
10.09.15 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt ^!
10.11.15 - Houston, TX - HOB Peacock ^
! Twin Peaks
^ Steep Leans
If ever there were a time for yearning acoustic guitars and sparse, mournful melodies, it’s summer. Move over, party jams using popular internet memes for lyrics and bro-y tan people dubstep anthems! Your new king of summer is Brooklyn-based songwriter Zachary Cale, whose work evokes Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, a li’l bit of Morricone and a dash of Badalamenti, plus car wheels on a gravel road, lost love, and traveling carnivals that disappear on down the road with the same ephemerality as a June day.
Named “NYC’s Best Songwriter” by The Village Voice, Cale is set to drop his fifth album, Duskland, on August 7. No Quarter will release this beauty on good, solid ol’ fashioned CD and crisp, modern vinyl. Backing Cale on this thing are bassist James Preston, drum lord Ethan Schmid, and longtime musical partners keyboardist Phil Glauberzon and percussionist Ryan Johnson. Cale has also enlisted special guests, like harmony singer (and co-writer of “I Forged The Bullet”) Alfra Martini, drummer/percussionist Otto Hauser (Vetiver, Cass McCombs), masters of the steel guitar Phil Sterk and Brady Sansone, jazz/classical piano man Robert Boston, and trumpet dude Carter Yasutake (St. Vincent, Beirut).
Check out single “Sundowner” here:
Let’s address this. For their existence, We Were Promised Jetpack have been very bitter about a certain thing. An expectation never fulfilled. We will not name what this is, this promise that’s been haunting them, because we shall not dwell on this slow, simmering anger, for fear of just making it all the worse.
We Were Promised Jetpacks are coming to the US this summer! The Scottish indie rock outfit will be landing on these gentle shores for a quick string of dates. These dates include stops at Chicago’s Wicker Park Fest and the Pier84/RiverRocks concert series in New York!
They are so furious. It’s inside them and it’s been inside them for year. Someone could stop this; it would just take one small… gift to relieve their pain.
Last year, We Were Promised Jetpacks put out their third album Unravelling through Fat Cat! Good for them for putting out a record and not being destroyed by an unending longing!
I mean… why would you promise something if you weren’t going to deliver that… something?
We Were Promised Jetpacks dates:
07.23.15 - New York City, NY - Pier 84/RiverRocks
07.24.15 - Toledo, OH - Frankies
07.25.15 - Chicago, IL - Wicker Park Fest
07.27.15 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme
07.28.15 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
07.29.15 - Lawrenceville, PA - Spirit
• We Were Promised Jetpacks: http://wewerepromisedjetpacks.com