Steve Gunn announces fall North American dates, preaches the sweet word of Matador

Last we spoke of the comings-and-goings of guitarist Steve Gunn, the former Kurt Vile sideman, was his signing to Matador. That pairing, most would agree, was just fine for both parties. Matador’s a great label. Gunn’s a talent who, after years of work, is poised to break through in one capacity or another. Mutual benefits, right there.

With himself firmly in Matador’s care, it’s time to go spread the word. Let people know about this Steve Gunn music, let them know about a little something that’ll be coming through Matador soon enough. Now, Gunn had previously announced a handful of festival dates, but he’s filled in his calendar with a few North American dates in October. It’s not a huge tour, but, frankly, it’s enough to spread that good word.

Steve Gunn dates:

08.29.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool (free show)
09.11.15 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.18-20.15 - Bristol, TN - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
10.22.15 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church (Side Chapel) *
10.23.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool *
10.24.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool *
10.25.15 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse *
10.26.15 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen *
10.27.15 - Montreal, QC - La Plante *
10.29.15 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall *
10.30.15 - Detroit, MI - Marble Bar *
10.31.15 - Chicago, IL - Constellation Room *
11.07.15 - Dallas, TX - Untapped Festival
11.08.15 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest

* James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg


STEVE GUNN TICKETS

• Steve Gunn: http://steve-gunn.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

The Album Leaf’s 2004 album In A Safe Place gets vinyl reissue by Sub Pop

SafeFest 2015 is coming, y’all! What is SafeFest? Well, it’s not so much a thing, in that it does not actually exist in any tangible way. SafeFest is a festival of the mind, one in which you appreciate The Album Leaf’s 2004 album In A Safe Place. It’s a collection of happenings, two happenings in actuality, circling around the album Jimmy Lavalle recorded years ago in Sigur Rós’s Icelandic studio.

Happening #1: Sub Pop will reissue the record on vinyl on September 25. Prepare for celebration among the SafeFest crowd, as In A Safe Place has been out of print on vinyl since 2007. The label is repressing the album on black vinyl, as well as a limited “Loser” edition color vinyl. Safeheads can pre-order the album through Sub Pop’s store.

Happening #2: The Album Leaf will perform the record in full at ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas. Alright, PlaceNuts, start booking plane tickets for Presaytn, Wales around November 27-29, because that is where and when that festival goes down. Happy SafeFest, everyone!

[Photo: Bil Zellman]

• The Album Leaf: http://www.thealbumleaf.com
• Sub Pop: https://www.subpop.com

Emptyset put their Signal performance to record, leaving clouds and satellites uncredited

Now now, Hollywood and at least one its cinematic endeavors might’ve conditioned you to accept the scientific possibility of reconnecting with lost loved ones, but rest assured, the realized advances of atmospheric correspondence are way cooler than following signals to an interstellar beach and knocking back a few margaritas with zombie dad.

English electronic duo Emptyset have been interested in the intersection between physics, space, and sound since their formation roughly 10 years ago, and in terms of genre, they’ve demonstrated a similar confluence by incidentally avoiding encapsulation by either the “noise” or “glitch” category. Their music occupies a powerful and investigative purgatory, so when I inform you of their new Signal release, out September 11 on Subtext, you can be sure that its creation was a bit more involved than switching on an oscillator as Batman gets alerted to crime on the TV adjacent. These signals involved audio transmission across real distances!

At CTM Festival earlier this year, James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas sent “audio composed of sine wave structures” to the “oldest transmission station in the world,” located in Nauen, Germany. It was then received by the French radio base Émetteur d’Issoudun and retransmitted back to Berlin, where anybody present presumably bore witness to all kinds of atmospheric artifacts.

If only I had some samples to share. Just assume alien confirmation.

Signal tracklisting:

01. Signal
02. Signal

• Emptyset: http://emptyset.org.uk
• Subtext: http://subtextrecordings.net

Françoise Hardy passes go, collects $200, reissues her first five albums

Aside from striped shirts, good bread, and fries, there is nothing more quintessentially French than Françoise Hardy, the Parisian singer from the 1960s who broke out of the bubblegum yé-yé scene to cement her place in history as a bona fide songwriter, fashion icon, and muse to other songwriters like Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger.

In maths, the equation is: Françoise Hardy = rad. So rad she’s practically distanced herself from any attempts to re-live her heyday. That is, until now.

The equally rad folks at Light In the Attic have just announced that they will be reissuing Hardy’s first five (and arguably greatest) records, which have been remastered from the original tapes in the French format, with liner notes written by the otherwise hermetic Hardy.

The CD versions will be available October 16; you’ll have to wait until January 29 to get the double vinyl versions.

Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles
01. Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles
02. Ça A Raté
03. La Fille Avec Toi
04. Oh Oh Chéri
05. Le Temps De L’amour
06. Il Est Tout Pour Moi
07. On Se Plait
08. Ton Meilleur Ami
09. J’ai Jeté Mon Coeur
10. Il Est Parti Un Jour
11. J’Suis D’Accord
12. C’Est À L’Amour Auquel Je Pense

Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour
01. Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour
02. Va Pas Prendre Un Tambour
03. Saurai-Je?
04. Toi, Je Ne T’Oublierai Pas
05. Avant De T’en Aller
06. Comme Tant D’Autres
07. J’Aurais Voulu
08. Nous Tous
09. L’Amour D’Un Garçon
10. Le Sais-Tu?
11. L’Amour Ne Dure Pas Toujours
12. On Dit De Lui

Mon Amie La Rose
01. Je Veux Qu’Il Revienne
02. Tu N’As Qu’Un Mot A Dire
03. Tu Ne Dis Rien
04. Et Même
05. Pourtant Tu M’Aimes
06. Pars
07. Je N’Attends Plus Personne
08. La Nuit Est Sur La Ville
09. Pas Gentille
10. Dans Le Monde Entier
11. Nous Étions Amies
12. Mon Amie La Rose

L’Amitié
01. Ce Petit Coeur
02. Il Se Fait Tard
03. Tout Ce Qu’on M’A Dit
04. L’Amitié
05. En T’Attendant
06. Je T’Aime
07. Non Ce N’est Pas Un Rêve
08. Quel Mal Y A-T-Il À Ça?
09. Tu Peux Bien
10. Le Temps Des Souvenirs
11. Je Pensais
12. Dis Lui Non

La Maison Ou J’Ai Grandi
01. Je Changerais D’Avis (Se Telefonando)
02. Si C’est Ça
03. Rendez-vous D’Automne
04. Je Serai Là Pour Toi
05. Peut-être Que Je T’aime
06. Il Est Des Choses
07. Comme
08. Mes Jours S’en Vont
09. Qu’ils Sont Heureux
10. Surtout Ne Vous Retournez Pas
11. Tu Es Un Peu À Moi
12. La Maison Où J’Ai Grandi (Il Ragazzo Della Via Gluck)

• Francoise Hardy: http://www.francoise-hardy.com
• Light In the Attic: http://lightintheattic.net

Weyes Blood announces new EP Cardamom Times

Hey, buddy. Yeah, you, the one in the sweater. Can I interest you in a sweet new EP? Yeah, you know the sort. It’s got a coupla tunes, maybe as many as four or five, and you just take that sucker and pop ‘er in your player of choice and you’re in business. Sound like something you can get down with? Sweet, well, the EP is a new one from Weyes Blood (a.k.a. Natalie Mering), and it’s called Cardamom Times. (No, it’s not a concept album about an era in which young-looking moms get carded at liquor stores. Turns out cardamom isn’t just an activity relished by ol’ Sammy at the 21st Amendment Superstore down the block; it’s also a spice!)

The EP is out October 9 via Mexican Summer, and its Mering’s first release since 2014’s excellent The Innocents. The EP was recorded entirely at home and to reel-to-reel tape. It’s all spare simplicity, mostly just voice and guitar or organ. You can pre-order it here either as MP3 or as a limited-edition 12-inch. We’ve got a brand new track from it called “Cardamom” here:

Mering is also going on tour through September and October, and she’s got an assortment of dates with Waxahatchee and Little Wings. Peep ‘em below.

Cardamom Times tracklist:

01. Maybe Love
02. Take You There
03. Cardamom
04. In The Beginning

Dates:

09.05.2015 - Portland, ME - The Space *
09.06.2015 - Portsmouth, NH - 3S Art Space $
09.07.2015 - New Haven, CT - Lyric Hall *
09.08.2015 - Bennington, VT - Down Caf at Bennington College *
09.09.2015 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre *
09.10.2015 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade *
09.11.2015 - Hudson, NY - Basilica Soundscape Festival
09.12.2015 - Baltimore, MD - The Crown
09.13.2015 - Lancaster, PA - Culton’s Organic Farm *
09.14.2015 - Harrisburg, PA - Stage on Herr (Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center) *
09.15.2015 - Harrisburg, PA - Johnny Brendas *
09.16.2015 - Lynchburg, VA - Speakertree Reocrds
09.17.2015 - Durham, NC - Pinhook *
09.18.2015 - Asheville, NC - Mothlight *
09.19.2015 - Charlotte, NC - Snug Harbor
10.11.2015 - Baltimore, ND - Ottobar ^
10.12.2015 - Charlottesville, VA - Southern ^
10.13.2015 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle ^
10.14.2015 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In ^
10.15.2015 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop ^
10.16.2015 - Louisville, KY - New Vintage ^
10.17.2015 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway ^
10.18.2015 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall ^
10.20.2015 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room ^

* Little Wings
$ Little Wings, Wovenhand
^ Waxahatchee

[Photo: Laura Lynn Petrick]

• Weyes Blood: https://weyesblood.bandcamp.com
• Mexican Summer: http://www.mexicansummer.com

Frog Eyes streams new LP on Stereogum, tours with Destroyer, drinks espresso CONSTANTLY

Look out, lovers of Canadian indie rock! If you wanna stay RELEVANT out there, it’s time once again to brush up on who’s moniker is whose and which dude is in which band-named-after-animals and all that cool stuff! Today we’re talkin’ about Carey Mercer’s illimitable Frog Eyes project (you DO remember Carey Mercer’s illimitable Frog Eyes project, don’t you?). He’s got a new album coming out August 28 via the Paper Bag label, and you can freakin’ stream the entire thing right now courtesy of Stereogum!

What??? You say that’s NOT ENOUGH for you???

Fine, I say! How about this? You can also pre-order the LP as of this very minute and receive a “limited edition cassette of demos” along with your fine purchase. I don’t know where you’re gonna get the deck to actually play the things on… but that sounds suspiciously like someone else’s problem to ol’ Nobodaddy!

The album, which Mercer wrote entirely on an acoustic guitar that his father left him in his will, features contributions from the usual cast of friends and insiders, including Spencer Krug, Jesse Zubot, John Paton, and Paul Rigby. “I was holding the guitar a lot, kind of savoring it: a Martin D-18. I had been making records for a few years with a computer, piling tracks on tracks, writing words over guitar licks already recorded in a studio,” says Mercer. “I came to think of an acoustic guitar as somehow akin to a computer, only in the sense that they are both tools of transmission, both effective in their own way… I wrote about Joseph Beuys, about B. Traven, about God and Abraham and Isaac, about my dad being addicted to speed when he was 17.”

Intrigued? Well, then just you feast your little ear-balls on the music video for the track “Joe With The Jam” down below, and then check out the tracklisting and a smattering of fall tour dates with yet ANOTHER Canadian indie band you really ought to be keeping tabs on: Destroyer. Good luck, pal!

Pickpocket’s Locket tracklisting:

01. Two Girls (One for Heaven and the Other One for Rome)
02. Joe with the Jam
03. The Beat is Down (Four Wretched Singers Beyond Any World That You Have Known)
04. Death’s Ship
05. The Demon Runner
06. Rejoinders In A Storm
07. In A Hut
08. Crystal Blip
09. I Ain’t Around Much
10. Rip Down the Fences That Fence the Garden

Frog Eyes tour dates:

07.31.15 - Sackville, New Brunswick - Sappy Fest
09.11.15 - Toronto, Ontario - Smiling Buddha
09.12.15 - Hamilton, Ontario - Supercrawl
09.17.15 - Victoria, British Columbia - Rifflandia
09.18.15 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
09.19.15 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore *
09.20.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater *
09.21.15 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place
09.23.15 - Bellingham, WA - Shakedown
10.16.15 - Seattle, WA - Neptune *
10.17.15 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom *

* Destroyer


FROG EYES/DESTROYER TICKETS

• Frog Eyes: https://www.facebook.com/FrogEyesOfficial
• Paper Bag: http://paperbagrecords.com

Bradford Cox develops bilocation, opens for himself as Atlas Sound on upcoming Deerhunter tour

Ah, the wacky tour antics of art-rockers! Remember that time Wire got one of their cover bands to open for them, so they wouldn’t have to play any old material? Child’s play! Bradford Cox, leader of Deerhunter and Atlas Sound (actually a solo project), has upped the ante: he will be opening for himself as Atlas Sound on his upcoming Deerhunter tour. So either Cox has an incredible level of stamina or he has developed bilocation, an ability shared by Lenin, Aleister Crowley, and some Catholic saints, allowing its wielder to be at multiple places at the same time. It remains unclear whether Cox has also gained levitation, invisibility, or some other mystical powers.

How this will affect Deerhunter’s upcoming album is yet to be determined. Announced, as you already know, via a live radio broadcast two Sundays ago, Fading Frontier will be out October 16, via 4AD. It is the follow-up to 2013’s Monomania, the seventh album for the Georgia four-piece. The opening turn for Atlas Sound marks the first solo-project related rumblings for Cox in a long time. So that’s twice as many good news for his fans out there.

Catch Cox’s newfound powers in any of the worldwide tour dates below:

10.17.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theatre *
10.18.15 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
10.20.15 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
10.21.15 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox *
10.29.15 - Paris, France - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
10.30.15 - Brighton, England - All Saints Church *
10.31.15 - Liverpool, England - Liverpool Music Week
11.01.15 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory *
11.03.15 - Glasgow, Scotland - SWG3 *
11.04.15 - Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club *
11.06.15 - Manchester, England - Gorilla *
11.07.15 - London, England - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire *
11.09.15 - Tourcoing, France - Le Grand Mix *
11.10.15 - Reims, France - La Cartonnerie *
11.11.15 - Nimes, France - Paloma *
11.12.15 - Milan, Italy - Magnolia *
11.13.15 - Ravenna, Italy - Bronson *
11.14.15 - Geneve, Switzerland - L’usine *
11.15.15 - Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik *
11.16.15 - Heidelberg, Germany - Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnof *
11.18.15 - Berlin, Germany - Lido *
11.19.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega *
11.21.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique Orangerie *
11.22.15 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who Festival
12.04.15 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel *
12.05.15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
12.06.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
12.08.15 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza *
12.09.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw *
12.10.15 - Boston, MA - Royale *
12.12.15 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre *
12.13.15 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall *
12.14.15 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *
12.15.15 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre *
12.17.15 - Columbus, OH - Skully’s Music Diner *
01.08.16 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
01.09.16 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre

* with Atlas Sound


DEERHUNTER TICKETS

[Photo: Ryan Stang]

• Deerhunter: http://deerhuntermusic.com
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com

Julia Holter announces US dates, shares new track “Sea Calls Me Home”

With exactly 30 days to go before the release of Have You In My Wilderness, Julia Holter has graced us with another track off the new album. The song, which follows first single “Feel You,” is titled “Sea Calls Me Home” and is described by Holter as “moving away from things that trap you, the scary wonder in discovering freedom.”

Check it out here:

Holter has also dropped dates surrounding her previously-announced European leg. The tour, which now includes shows in the United States (with Beirut), Japan, and Australia, will keep her busy for essentially the rest of the year, stopping around the time we publish our 2015 year-end list. Coincidence? YES!

Before then, look out for Have You in My Wilderness, the follow-up to 2013’s impeccable Loud City Song. It’s out September 25 via Domino, and for a limited time, grab the vinyl version via Dom Mart and you’ll get a print signed by Holter. With any luck, Holter will sign her name with a black Sharpie. Think of it!

Have You in My Wilderness tracklist:

01. Feel You
02. Silhouette
03. How Long?
04. Lucette Stranded on the Island
05. Sea Calls Me Home
06. Night Song
07. Everytime Boots
08. Betsy on the Roof
09. Vasquez
10. Have You in My Wilderness

Dates:

10.06.15 - San Diego, CA - Open Air Theater #
10.07.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium #
10.08.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium #
10.10.15 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Berkeley #
10.12.15 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
10.13.15 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre #
10.24.15 - New York, NY - Rough Trade
10.27.15 - Zurich, Switzerland - Ziegel Oh Lac
10.28.15 - Munich, Germany - Kammerspiele Theatre
10.29.15 - Frankfurt, Germany - Brotfabrik
10.30.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefahrlich
11.01.15 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
11.02.15 - Stockholm, Sweden - Etablissemanget
11.03.15 - Oslo, Norway - Parktheatret
11.04.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
11.05.15 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
11.07.15 - Den Bosch, Netherlands - November Music
11.09.15 - Brighton, England - Komedia
11.10.15 - Bristol, England - The Lantern at Colston Hall
11.11.15 - Birmingham, England - Glee Club
11.12.15 - London, England - Islington Assembly Hall
11.13.15 - Glasgow, Scotland - The Hug and Pint
11.14.15 - Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club
11.16.15 - Paris, France - New Morning
11.17.15 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Club
11.18.15 - Brugge, Belgium - Biekorf
11.19.15 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who? Festival
11.24.15 - Kyoto, Japan - Metro
11.25.15 - Osaka, Japan - Conpass
11.26.15 - Tokyo, Japan - WWW
12.09.15 - Sydney, AU - Newtown Social Club
12.10.15 - Brisbane, AU - Black Bear Lodge
12.11.15 - Melbourne, AU - Howler
12.12.15 - Victoria, AU - Meredith Music Festival

# Beirut

[Photo: Tonje Thilesen]

• Julia Holter: http://juliashammasholter.com

Bill Orcutt & Jacob Felix Heule hook up for an aural pillage, announce Colonial Donuts on Palilalia

It’s too bad nobody really follows up their adolescent jamming in their parents’ basement with its natural conclusion: professionally jamming in their own basement (or in any other residential room) to an extent that would clearly belie a seething hatred for sound traps and other studio frivolities!

Obviously, Bill Orcutt and Jacob Felix Heule (of Sult and numerous other percussionist ventures) are exceptions to this claim, and on October 16, they’re formally acknowledging their homespun preference with the release of Colonial Donuts, their first album together after spending three years contributing to the Bay Area live scene. The album was recorded in Orcutt’s living room, which is presumably somewhat sizable, since it had to accommodate his guitar, Heule’s drums, and and all of the furniture that vibrationally migrated against the walls as a result of all that (I’m guessing) improvisational noise. Clearly these two were and are on the same musical wavelength.

Curious about the sound of it now? Check out the track “Labor and Enchantment” below, right after I disabuse you of your doubtless curiosity surrounding the album name: an actual Bay Area donut chain. All of the tracks are of the savory hole variety.

Colonial Donuts tracklisting:

01. Columbus Unbound
02. We Are All Bob Marley
03. Labor and Enchantment
04. Unwanted Objects
05. This Song Is Called Reify
06. Christmas On Earth
07. Colonial Donuts
08. Normal Relations
09. Memories of a Contradiction
10. Imitation of Life-Like
11. Pity The Monster
12. Liberation Song
13. About The Author

• Bill Orcutt/Palilalia: http://palilalia.com
• Jacob Felix Heule: http://www.heule.us

Dumb Numbers releases box set with David Lynch, David Yow, and The Melvins

It sounds like a weird dream, but no! It’s true! An amazing, weird dream band of artistic luminaries is working with Dumb Numbers, an Australian video maker and musician named Adam Harding, who has been known to collaborate with musical allies such as Lou Barlow (Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr), Dale Crover (Melvins), Murph (Dinosaur Jr), Kevin Rutmanis (Cows, Melvins), Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten), David Yow (Scratch Acid, the Jesus Lizard), Bobb Bruno (Best Coast), Jenny Lee Linberg (Warpaint), Bonnie Mercer (Grey Daturas, Dead River), and Steve Patrick (Useless Children). In 2013, the team released a self-titled debut on Joyful Noise, and now they’re back with a special box set release set to drop September 25.

Check out clips from some of the tracks in the wonderful video below, which basically is like a weird dream anyway, or maybe like a catalogue of a rich man from True Detective Season 3’s loopy fetishes. Seriously, just watch it. You can thank me later.

The box set features three split 10-inch records, featuring new tracks with Dumb Numbers, plus work from The Melvins, David Yow, and David Lynch. It’s available now as a pre-order.

Dumb Numbers are playing a few truly magickal-seeming shows on the West Coast this fall, including a few with The Lemonheads. Dates here:

09.05.15 - Los Angeles, CA - El Cid*
09.23.15 - Las Vegas, NV - The Sayers Club**
09.24.15 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern**
09.25.15 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet’s***
09.26.15 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room**
09.27.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent**
10.02.15 - Eagle Rock, CA - All Star Lanes****

* Adam Harding solo (w/ Danielle De Picciotto & Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten), David Yow, Qui)
** The Lemonheads
*** Desert Stars Festival
**** Jenny Lee of Warpaint, Tweak Bird

Tracklisting:

Dumb Numbers x David Lynch
01. I Dreamed I Saw Jack Nance Last Night
02. Behind Rocket City
03. I Have A Radio

Dumb Numbers x Melvins
01. Looking Forlorn In All The Wrong Places
02. Harvel
03. Polish Trash Compactor

Dumb Numbers x David Yow
01. Unbury The Hatchet
02. In The Hallway Around The Corner Between The Small Room And The Dirty Room
03. Bridal Mess

• Joyful Noise: http://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com