Kevin Morby set to release new album in October, lines up more dates in a bid to outrun the necessity for sleep

Kevin Morby is steadily proving that he has the old-school singer/songwriter game down pat. He not only crafts melodic gems in the freewheeling they-don’t-make-‘em-like they-used-to style, he’s also got the old-school work ethic in terms of output and touring lifestyle that is rare amongst the post-Napster generation.

Case in point being: hot on the heels of last year’s groovy Harlem River, he’s set to release another full-length called Still Life on October 14 via his pals at Woodsist.

Case in point also being: his month-long schlep around America wasn’t quite Bob Dylan enough in terms of road hours, so he’s now lined up a whole string of dates in Europe and America with like-minded souls Steve Gunn and Small Black.

Still Life is said to reflect Morby’s recent move from New York to Los Angeles and sees Morby roping in the same players from Harlem River for more bittersweet tales in which “violent fates, wrestling with destiny and the nature of death creep into songs.” The lead single “Parade” is below and suggests that Morby’s golden run of jams is set to continue with Still Life.

Still Life tracklist:

01. The Jester, The Tramp & the Acrobat
02. The Ballad of Arlo Jones
03. Motors Running
04. All 0f My Life
05. Drowning
06. Bloodsucker
07. Parade
08. Dancer
09. Amen
10. Our Moon

Tour dates:

09.11.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega @ Ideal Bar
09.12.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Hasenschaukel
09.13.14 - Gent, Belgium - Big Next festival @ DOK
09.14.14 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
09.15.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
09.16.14 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Incubate
09.17.14 - Paris, France - Le Point Ephémère
09.18.14 - Brighton, UK - The Hope
09.19.14 - Manchester, UK - Kraak
09.20.14 - Leeds, UK - The Brudenell Social Club
09.21.14 - Leicester, UK - The Musician
09.22.14 - London, UK - The Shacklewell Arms
09.24.14 - Caen, France - Maison de L’étudiant
09.25.14 - Rennes, France - 1988 club
09.26.14 - Strasbourg, France - Le Troc Café
09.29.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Heliogabal
09.30.14 - San Sebastian, Spain - Dabadaba
10.01.14 - Madrid, Spain - VillaManuela pre-party @ Sirocco
10.02.14 - Aveiro, Portugal - Mercado Negro

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Arca announces debut album Xen on Mute; I’m skipping to November

Innovative electronic artist and Yeezus/FKA Twigs collaborator Arca (a.k.a. Alejandro Ghersi) has just announced his long-awaited debut album. It’s called Xen and will be out November 4 on Mute (that’s right, headin’ to the big leagues). It’ll be available on CD, LP, and download. There will also be a limited-edition vinyl format of just 500 copies, hand-numbered and sealed in black PVC with an exclusive bonus 10-inch. The artwork is provided by longtime collaborator and feeder of nightmares Jesse Kanda. Preorders are open here.

Now that I’ve gotten past my main journalistic duties, HOLY SHIT! Finally! Did you even hear &&&&&? Because it was our ninth-favorite release of last year. And even before that, Stretch 2 landed on our 2012 favorites list. Did you hear that one? DID YOU?

Seriously, we’ve got new albums from Ariel Pink, Dean Blunt, and now Arca all coming in November (here’s hoping Holly Herndon gets in on this)? I don’t know about you, but I’m about to pop some Waitmate and get the hell over there.

Arca’s got his brief DJ tour with Total Freedom and Jesse Kanda providing visuals coming up in a week. Head here for the details on that, and check out album track “Thievery” and the Xen tracklist below.

Xen tracklist:

01. Now You Know
02. Held Apart
03. Xen
04. Sad Bitch
05. Sisters
06. Slit Thru
07. Failed
08. Family Violence
09. Thievery
10. Lonely Thugg
11. Fish
12. Wound
13. Bullet Chained
14. Tongue
15. Promise

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Cooly G announces new album Wait ‘Til Night, revealing her true identity

As with label peer Burial and former label peer Zomby, no one knows who Cooly G is. Despite multiple efforts on our part to dig beyond the music and sink our claws into the flesh of Cooly G’s “real life,” the soulful Hyperdub donness has maintained an air of secrecy. Supposedly, label head Kode9 has only seen her once, describing her as “on some Blade Runner shit.”

Here’s the full list of facts we know about Cooly G:

1. She’s released one album, Playin’ Me.
2. She has a second album coming out called Wait ‘Til Night.

This is the album through which Cooly G will finally reveal her identity. That’s why it’s called Wait ‘Til Night, because you have to wait ‘til the night of October 20 to find out who she really is. The album is described as “lo-fi bedroom music” and a “highly original take on R’n’B” blending dancehall, American R’n’B, and “dark synthpop.” We cannot confirm the identity of the girl on the cover, but internet theorists speculate it is one of many Cooly G imposters.

While we wait for the truth to be revealed, check out the tracklist and this video of her playing live at the Boiler Room.

Wait ‘Til Night tracklist:

01. Wait ‘Til Night
02. Like a Woman Should
03. Your Sex
04. I Like
05. Dancing
06. A Quick Question
07. Want
08. So Deep
09. 1st Time
10. Freak You
11. Fuck with You
12. The 3 of Us

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RIP: Robert “Throb” Young, Primal Scream guitarist

From The Guardian:

Former Primal Scream guitarist Robert “Throb” Young has died. Sussex police confirmed that Young, 49, was found dead at his flat at 3.30pm on Tuesday 9 September. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes of Primal Scream issued a statement shortly afterwards.

“We have lost our comrade and brother Robert Young. A beautiful and deeply soulful man. He was an irreplaceable talent, much admired amongst his peers, In the words of Johnny Marr ‘Throb with a gold top Les Paul – unbeatable’

“He was a true rock and roller. He walked the walk. He had ‘Heart & Soul’ tattooed on his arm and i’m sure on his heart too. He once said to me ‘when we go onstage it’s a war between us and the audience.’ He never let go of that attitude.

“Our love and thoughts are with his sons Brandon and Miles and their mother Jane, his wife Rachel, and his immediate family.”

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Little Black Egg Big Band (Steve Gunn + William Tyler + Yo La Tengo) offer recordings for the next week to raise funds for Letha Rodman Melchior

This past Friday during the Three Lobed Recordings/WXDU day show at Hopscotch Music Festival, something incredible happened. In what surely caused some kind of mystical, cosmological power surge that shook the universe to its hypothetical core, Steve Gunn, Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, James McNew, and William Tyler took to the stage as Little Black Egg Big Band (a name adapted from Georgia’s solo guitar project) to perform a nearly 40-minute improvisational set!

Incorporated into their performance was pre-recorded material from Letha Rodman Melchior, who has worked in the past under her own name, under the alias Tretetam, and in her band Ruby Falls, and who is also married to musician Dan Melchior. She was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma back in 2010 and has been battling the terrible disease ever since. The Hopscotch collaboration came about in a show of support for Melchior, who had hoped to join her friends for the performance but was unfortunately physically unable.

A high-quality recording of the set is being offered for a minimum five dollar donation to Letha Rodman Melchior’s GiveForward page, which goes towards helping her and her husband cover her medical expenses, because the life of a musician/artist is rarely a lucrative one. Head over to NYC Taper for instructions on how to claim the set, but it will only be available until next Tuesday, so get to it! Seriously, what is there to even think about here?!

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UNO NYC plans new self-titled Aquarian EP for October 21, New York label showcase tonight!

Remember back in June when UNO NYC popped off their three year UNOversary and everyone was all prostrate at the throne of the great great pun, and I found myself wondering what those crazy New-York-based kids would think of next? Well, they’ve probably thought of a whole bunch of things since then, seeing as how it was almost three months ago, but maybe the most notable thing they thought of was releasing a new self-titled EP by Aquarian. Congratulations on the good thought, UNO NYC. Why, I might even go so far as to say that you’ve shown yourselves to be true thought leaders in the fringe-probing techno industry.

The Aquarian EP is out October 21, and it’s available for pre-order through iTunes right now. UNO NYC’s thought-leading techno team-up doesn’t begin and end with this upcoming self-titled release, though. You might, perhaps recall a few little somethings called Obsidian from 2012 or Fan Death in 2013. That’s right: also Aquarian releases for UNO NYC. The new release tightens the straps on Aquarian’s aesthetic, which “walks the line from brutalist UK techno to drum machine work out electro and further down the line to the junglist ethos of yore.” What that means for you is simple: strap on your suspenders before diving in to the Loris Lamuniere-directed video for “SOMA” below, or else you get your pants blown clean off.

And, as for news/thoughts more specifically related to things happening within 24 hours of now, UNO is also hosting a label showcase at Westway in New York this evening. Featuring two rooms for performances, and sets from the likes of Gobby, James K, and Ian Isiah, the whole thing will surely rage in a way that I’m not entirely sure is appropriate for a Wednesday night. Peep the details here.

Aquarian tracklist:

01. SOMA
02. Artifact
03. Before I Forget
04. Event Horizon
05. SOMA (Throwing Snow Remix)
06. Artifact (Nautilus Remix)

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2562 announces next LP The New Today, to be delivered via fabulous rays of sunshine

So, for various reasons not limited to the souring of the term by the likes of prominent Canadian thing-flickers, traditional dubstep has seen a waning in popularity over the past few years. Presumably, at least a few of the artists who were a part of that scene have gone on to become accountants keen on dropping that… financial bottom line, but a few others, such as Dave Huismans a.k.a. 2562, have followed their musical momentum down the path that it was leading anyway — toward something a little more ambiguous in the rhythmic landscape. It’s not quite house. It’s not quite techno. It’s… god damn it, is it okay to resort to the umbrella cop-out category “electronic” in this case? The career genre hyphenators are apparently too busy working on the rock side of things these days.

Huisman’s A Made Up Sound project has seen more attention lately with the release of a few heart-pounding singles and 12-inches, but with The New Today on October 20, the Utrecht resident is marking a revival of the (somewhat more melodic) numerical. A press release describes the new album in terms that might be a verbal rendition of a Picasso, mentioning a “collage” of influences relating to post-punk, musique concrète, krautrock, “new age tapes,” and others that might not be totally obvious when you listen to the single below.

Why not live in the moment? It’s a sweet track. The album’s out on Huismans’s own When In Doubt label.

The New Today tracklisting:

01. Arrival
02. Terraforming
03. Cosmic Bounce
04. Vibedoctor
05. Utopia
06. Drumroll
07. Cauldron
08. New Life

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Wrekmeister Harmonies continues stronghold on gloom, doom with new album

Wrekmeister Harmonies, the musical outfit of cemetery overlord JR Robinson and his ragtag collection of musicians, has announced its follow-up to last year’s crushing You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me.

Then It All Came Down, like its predecessor, features an album-length composition with appearances from Codeine’s Chris Brokaw, Ryley Walker, Corrections House’s Sanford Parker, and more. The piece was apparently inspired by a Truman Capote essay centered around his interview with Bobby Beausoleil (a Manson Family associate serving out a life sentence for the murder of a music teacher).

“There are several intentional correlations with Capote’s essay and my piece,” Robinson told Decibel. The ethereal, angelic voices of vocal contributors Lydia Lane Stout, Chanel Pease, and Kate Spelling represent Beausoleil’s female followers, while Walker’s “tranced out” strumming, is meant to emulate Beausoleil’s bike rides down the Pacific Coast Highway.

Then It All Came Down is out October 21 on Thrill Jockey; pre-order here.

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Anthology Recordings preps reissues from The Stroke Band and Rudiger Lorenz, finally bringing Germany and Georgia together

The folks at Anthology Recordings (who you may recall as the freshly revived reissue label at Mexican Summer) have been hard at it again scouring the globe for long-forgotten gems in dusty secondhand record stores. Lucky for us, we don’t have to venture out into these obscure record depositories and stir up our allergies. Double lucky for us that Anthology Recordings has impeccable taste in music and is now ready to present two brand-new reissues.

The first is Green and Yellow by The Stroke Band. Never heard of them? Well, they’re a late-70s art punk band from South Georgia fronted by Bruce Joyner, and they played their only live show in a Georgian strip club. In addition to Joyner (who went on to record with Sire Records in the 80s), The Stroke Band’s other members have gone on to produce records for like-minded souls such as Sonic Youth, Teenage Fanclub, Hole, Screaming Trees, and The Black Keys. So if any of those bands tick any of your boxes then you’ll probably dig The Stroke Band.

If Southern art-punk isn’t really your thing, then rest assured that the other forthcoming release from Anthology is Rudiger Lorenz’ new-age synth opus Invisible Voices. Described as “a vision of aural wanderlust, built for the journey and one’s reflection on it afterwards,” Invisible Voices is one of Lorenz’ key releases that he put together in his downtime from his day job as a pharmacist. Hang on… pharmacist… new-age synth wizardry… built for the journey and one’s reflections on it… you join the home chemistry lab experimentation dots.

Both records are due in stores September 9 and are up for pre-order on the label website now.

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No, you’re not dreaming: Har Mar Superstar and The Pizza Underground are touring together this fall

America, your dreams are about to come true. Well, if your dreams involve an unlikely yet charming soul singer rolling around in his underwear, crooning at your girlfriend, and a Macaulay Culkin-fronted Velvet Underground cover band that sings exclusively about pizza. But of course they do, your dreams. Of course they involve this. You’re America. You love pizza. Move over, Bald Eagle. We’ve got a NEW national bird and it comes with GARLIC DIPPIN’ SAUCE.

Har Mar Superstar (which is the first, sexier part of this dream) is hot off a European tour, and celebrating the release of his most recent studio album, Bye Bye 17, which was released on Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records label. The Pizza Underground have not recently returned from Europe, but they have recently made a whole lot of pizzas. (This is not a joke: check out their Facebook page. It also is not in way time relevant: you could read this article a year from now and they still probably would be posting about making pizza together. Again: check the Facebook.)

And while Har Mar is doing some dates on his own, on many the Pizza Underground will be journeying right alongside him. So there you go, America, live your dreams.

Har Mar Superstar & The Pizza Underground dates:

10.17.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
10.28.14 - Montreal, QC - Le Belmont
10.29.14 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
10.30.14 - Indianapolis, IN - HiFi
10.31.14 - Maquoketa, IA - Codfish Hollow Barnstormers
11.02.14 - Milwaukee, WI - Hotel Foster
11.03.14 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
11.05.14 - Nashville, TN - High Watt
11.06.14 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
11.07.14 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
11.10.14 - Dallas, TX - Trees
11.12.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
11.13.14 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
11.14.14 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
11.15.14 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theater
11.16.14 - Las Vegas, NV - LVCS
11.18.14 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriett’s
11.19.14 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
11.20.14 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
11.21.14 - Portland, OR - Dantes
11.22.14 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
11.23.14 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
11.25.14 - Billings, MT - Pub Station
11.26.14 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
11.27.14 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
11.28.14 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
12.01.14 - Columbus, OH - Skully’s Music Diner
12.05.14 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
12.06.14 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall

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