Am I in heaven or is this just a new Laetitia Sadier album? (Ah, it is just a new Laetitia Sadier album, sorry.)

The clouds are parting in the sky. A gentle breeze ruffles your hair. What is that — angels singing? Are you… are you d-d-d-dead?!? Nah, fool, it’s all good. There’s just a new Laetitia Sadier album coming out. What you heard was the new Laetitia Sadier album. It’s called Something Shines and it’s technically out September 23 via Drag City, so yeah, maybe you do have some cause to be worried. OR you’re a time traveler. Either/or, really. Check out Sadier’s lead single, “Then I Will Love You Again!” below:

Something Shines is the follow-up to Sadier’s 2012 album Silencio. In other Sadier news, the erstwhile Stereolab vocalist’s project Little Tornadoes drops their debut We Are Divine this year, also in September!

Something Shines tracklist:

01. Quantum Soup
02. Then I Will Love You Again
03. The Milk of Human Tenderness
04. The Scene of the Lie
05. Release from the Centre of Your Heart
06. Butter Side Up
07. Transhumance
08. Echo Port
09. Oscuridad
10. Life is Winning

• Laetitia Sadier: http://www.dragcity.com/artists/laetitia-sadier
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

[Photo: David Thayer]

Eric Copeland announces new LP Logo My Ego, temporarily reassuring dance-noise fans that Brooklyn still exists

Oh man, you guys; college! Noise! Rave Parties! Black lights! Fucking Black Dice! Seriously, I kinda forgot about that band, didn’t you? No? Well, fuck. How much ecstasy did I do?

Regardless! Eric Copeland, the indomitable, illimitable main-man behind Black Dice’s weirdo neon mash of dance, noise, electronica, and pulsing carnival loops, apparently didn’t forget either. In fact, he just finished a new album’s worth of that kind of party-starting shit, entitled Logo My Ego. It’s slated for release on September 11 via the small Brooklyn-based electronic label L.I.E.S, and, according to someone-somewhere-writing-PR, sounds either like “a soundtrack for a caravan of dry-heaving mules trudging the desert for an oasis of DMT” or “eating ice cream off a city blacktop in August.” Mmm, mmm, mmm: mule-puke ice cream! Sounds like college all over again. I’m totally sold.

But just in case you’re not totally-sold, you can check out the track “Uncle Sam’s Blues” from the new album down below. After which you’ll either be “totally sold”… or puking-up mule-flavored dairy products all over the place. Either way seems like a pretty great way to shake up your now-stuffy and overly adult-oriented day, honestly.

• Eric Copeland: http://blackdice.net
• L.I.E.S.: https://soundcloud.com/l-i-e-s

This Will Destroy You announce new record Another Language, tour, all in pursuit of becoming the postest rockers alive

Nobody does grandstanding like hip-hop. And that is not a criticism of hip-hop. Right now, there are at least a dozen rappers claiming to be the greatest rapper alive. And that’s great! Those dudes are really going for it. Why must other genres be so wishy washy about their own greatness? No one’s shouting that they’re the “PUNKEST BAND ON EARTH” or “THE MOST METAL DUDES IN THE WORLD” or “THE INDIEST OF THE INDIE ROCKERS.” Even if they are, there should be MORE people doing that. As such, I’m taking this into my own hands. This Will Destroy You won’t toot their own horns the way they should, so let me tell you: This Will Destroy You are the postest of all the rockers. Godspeed You Black Emperor? NOT POST ENOUGH. Mogwai? MOG NO WAI. Explosions in the Sky? WHAT NO. To prove their dominance, This Will Destroy You are putting out their fourth record, Another Language, on September 16 through Suicide Squeeze.

To prove they’re not all talk, the band has put out “Dustism,” an Another Language track for your listening pleasure. Listen over at the Chocolate Grinder for that sweet, sweet post-rock. If you’re the kind of person who needs to see things in order to believe them (selfish of you, but whatevs), They Will Destroy You are going on tour this October. There, you can look them in the eyes and, if you still don’t believe they’re the postest rockers alive, you can tell them yourself. But you won’t do that. I know you.

Another Language tracklist:

01. New Topia
02. Dustism
03. Serpent Mound
04. War Prayer
05. The Puritan
06. Mother Opiate
07. Invitation
08. Memory Loss
09. God’s Teeth

This Will Destroy You dates:

10.21.14 - Dallas, TX - The Kessler Theater *
10.22.14 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s *^
10.23.14 - Norman, OK - The Opolis *^
10.24.14 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird *^
10.25.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *^
10.26.14 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme *^
10.27.14 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop *^
10.28.14 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace *^
10.29.14 - Buffalo, NY - Tralf *^
10.30.14 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *^
10.31.14 - New York, NY - The Bowery Ballroom *^
11.01.14 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *^
11.02.14 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall *^
11.03.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle *^
11.04.14 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade - Hell *^
11.05.14 - Birmingham, AL - Workplay Theater *^
11.06.14 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks *^
11.09.14 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest

* Future Death
^ Silent Land Time Machine

• This Will Destroy You: https://www.facebook.com/thiswilldestroyyou
• Suicide Squeeze: http://suicidesqueezerecords.tumblr.com

Scott Walker and sunn O))) get Soused this September

We’ve barely had time to process the announcement of a collaboration between mythological creature Scott Walker and gods of doom metal sunn O))), but now there are MORE mind-blowing details about this joint venture.

Scott O))) will be releasing a five-track, 50-minute album on 4AD called Soused a.k.a. what the guys from sunn O))) are every time they play live (seriously, have you seen them take swings of wine through those thick, manufactured clouds of fog they always use during their shows? Dudes go hard).

The album was recorded earlier this year and was produced by Walker himself, along with Peter Walsh (who has worked with Peter Gabriel and Stevie Wonder, in addition to working with Walker on the 1984 album Climate of Hunter, among other things) and Mark Warman. sunn O))) apparently approached Walker when they were making 2009’s Monoliths and Dimensions, but Walker declined, retreated, and re-emerged in late 2013 with music he’d composed with a sunn O))) collab in mind.

The double LP will be released on red vinyl and is slated for a September 22 release in Europe, followed by a North American release one day later. Mark your calendars — that’s 67 days away.

Soused tracklist:

01. Brando
02. Herod 2014
03. Bull
04. Fetish
05. Lullaby

• sunn O))): http://sunn.bandcamp.com
• 4AD: http://4ad.com

[Photo: Phil Laslett]

Cibo Matto announce Fall Flavor tour with Nels Cline

Cibo Matto will be touring to support their righteous album Hotel Valentine this coming September and October, and Nels Cline will be joining them! So. Now that old chestnut of an excuse, “I would go if Nels Cline was playing with them” won’t really work out for ya, huh, buddy? Might as well kill two birds with one stoner. Nels! Miho! Yuka! Together! At last! Playing on stage and freaking everyone out at once. Bliss awaits you if you let it. Just submit, you silly goose.

Need more convincing? Okay, fine. See their wild video for “MFN” below. It’ll feel like you’re watching Squirt TV back in da 90s, and who doesn’t wish that was the case?

Special tour dates IMAGE:

• Cibo Matto: http://www.yeahbasicallycibomatto.com
• Chimera: https://chimeramusic.com

RIP: Johnny Winter

From Johnny Winter’s representatives:

Texas blues icon Johnny Winter has passed away on July 16, 2014 in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland.

His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of one of the world’s finest guitarists.

An official statement with more details shall be issued at the appropriate time.

[Photo: Yolanda]

• Johnny Winter: http://www.johnnywinter.net

Oren Ambarchi releasing new album on Editions Mego in September, is somehow not tired

Oh, Oren Ambarchi. You’ve had a really stellar year. How stellar? Let me count the ways:

In the beginning, there was your solo tour, including a performance of the masterful “Knots” at ISSUE Project Room.

There was the Nazoranai tour. You hit the road with Keiji Haino and Stephen O’Malley and made everyone’s ears blister with your pounding drums and large gong (…).

Then came the release of Shade Themes from Kairos, where you replaced O’Malley with Randall Dunn (but kept Keiji Haino along for the ride, because, you know, he’s Keiji Haino).

Around the same time, your collaboration with Richard Pinhas was released, showing off your multi-instrumentalist talents by switching off between drums and guitar, followed by a demonstration of your talents covering ZZ Top.

And then (and then!) you announced another album with Jim O’Rourke and Haino, fresh off of 2013’s collaboration Now While It’s Still Warm Let Us Pour in All the Mystery. A TWO-PART album, Oren, a full-length recording of one of your live performances. You remember that set, don’t you, Oren? It was in Japan, in the late winter/early spring, and it was lovely.

Are you not exhausted, Oren? Does it not get tiring to work on so many cool projects all the time? Wouldn’t you like a break?

What’s that, you say? You have a new release in the works, a 47-minute-long continuous piece that finds you collaborating with Jim O’Rourke, Thomas Brinkmann, Cyrs Cole, and more? You traveled across the world, to Iceland, to London, to Tokyo, to L.A. to record it? It’s called Quixotism, and it will be released on Editions Mego in just a few short months, on the fateful day of September 29?

Alright, then. Carry on.

• Oren Ambarchi: http://www.orenambarchi.com
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com

Ex Hex to release debut album called Rips, bodybuilding supplement merchandise range TBC

What would you do if you were one of two lead singers in an awesome supergroup and the other lead singer of your band became a super-famous comedian on a worldwide-syndicated sketch comedy show?

Mary Timony is probably the only person in the world who can answer that question. She was the co-front woman of Wild Flag along with Carrie Brownstein (who you probably know by now is kind of a big deal). Timony’s answer is to form a new, equally kick-ass rock band, call it Ex Hex, and keep the good vibes rolling.

If the lead single “Don’t Wanna Lose” is any guide (stream below), Ex Hex aren’t really setting out to break any molds with their brand of punchy, short and sharp rock. You’ll have to wait till October 7, when their debut full-length Rips drops via Merge, to see if there are any 15-minute epic jams in their repertoire, but I’m not holding my breath (nor would I be complaining).

If you bemoan Brownstein’s hipster-bashing brand of comedy and long for some all-girl axe wielding in the vein of Sleater-Kinney or Wild Flag, look no further than Ex Hex, coming to a city near you:

07.17.14 - New York, NY - Museum of Modern Art
07.18.14 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
07.19.14 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge (Pitchfork Festival after-party) ^
07.20.14 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
07.23.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
07.24.14 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel *
07.26.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle (Merge 25)
07.27.14 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern *
09.27.14 - Cincinnati, OH - MidPoint Music Festival
09.28.14 - Champaign-Urbana, IL - Pygmalion Festival
10.05.14 - Washington, DC - Black Cat #
10.07.14 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar #
10.09.14 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive #
10.10.14 - Albuquerque, NM - Sister #
10.11.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Yucca Tap Room #
10.12.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo #
10.14.14 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
10.16.14 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios #
10.17.14 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl #
10.18.14 - Seattle, WA - Barboza #
10.23.14 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium #
10.24.14 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry #
10.26.14 - Detroit, MI - PJ’s Lager House #
10.28.14 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore #
10.29.14 - Burlington, VT - Monkey House #
10.30.14 - Boston, MA - Great Scott #
10.31.14 - Hamden, CT - The Space
11.01.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands #
11.02.14 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge #
11.05.14 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar #
11.06.14 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter #

* Hospitality
# Speedy Ortiz
^ Dum Dum Girls, Speedy Ortiz

• Ex Hex: http://www.exhexband.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

Christopher Willits announces new LP, the latest in a series of ultra-chill releases on the Ghostly label

San Francisco-based artist Christopher Willits first came onto my radar with his video tutorials on Ableton Live — thanks Chris, those were super helpful. From those clips, it was obvious that Willits had a serious passion for music, technology, and video. So it’s not surprising that his latest LP for Ghostly, OPENING, combines those loves into an “immersive audio-visual project.”

Using seven ambient tracks, seven scenes of visuals shot around the world, and seven photographic prints, OPENING follows Willits’ recent production help on Tycho’s Awake (another mega-chill producer on the Ghostly roster) with his own multimedia experience. “There are no actors or dialogue in this film,” explains Willits. “The audience and their perception is the main character, and everyone’s imagination is going to create some meaning that’s relevant to their own experience.” Like stoner TV favorite Planet Earth or the most incredible screensaver you’ve ever dreamed of, OPENING looks to be a meditative trip through the dreamiest moments of Willits’ recent life. His travels, his music, and his cinematic visuals are pretty damn relaxing.

In addition, exclusive content will slowly be released through Willits’ Drip.fm page; more details about the new member-based platform can be found here. Until OPENING drops on September 2, the trailer for the project and “CLEAR” (the second scene/track) can both be watched below. That water looks pretty glassy, dudes.

• Christopher Willits: http://christopherwillits.com
• Ghostly: http://www.ghostly.com

Independent labels join forces against unfair digital streaming practices with Fair Digital Deal Declaration

An incredibly large number of independent record labels have signed the Worldwide Independent Network’s “Fair Digital Deals Declaration,” a document that outlines “simple, fair, and transparent guidelines for labels dealing with third party digital partners.

More than 750 signatories have attached their names to the declaration, including big names like 4AD, Domino, Merge, Drag City, and Sub Pop.

The five tenets of the declaration are as follows:

1. Ensure that artists’ share of download and streaming revenues is clearly explained in recording agreements and royalty statements in reasonable summary form.
2. Account to artists a good-faith pro-rata share of any revenues and other compensation from digital services that stem from the monetization of recordings but are not attributed to specific recordings or performances.
3. Encourage better standards of information from digital services on the usage and monetization of music.
4. Support artists who choose to oppose, including publicly, unauthorized uses of their music.
5. Support the collective position of the global independent record company sector.

WIN has also drawn up a “Global Independent Manifesto,” which declares that independent labels deserve “equal market access and parity of terms with Universal, Sony, and Warner,” and outlines support for independent labels who treat artists fairly.

The declaration follows in the wake of YouTube’s announcement last month that it will roll out a new subscription service that requires labels to sign contracts or else have their videos blacked out.

Alison Wenham, WIN’s CEO, called the new initiative a “template for best practice” within the music industry.

“We invite companies […] to put a stop to the practice of diverting revenues from the artists without whom we would not have a business,” Wenham said.

The full text of the Fair Digital Deals Pledge can be viewed here.

• Worldwide Independent Network: http://winformusic.org

  

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