Nathan Bowles set to rebrand banjo after years of hillbilly stereotyping with new album on Paradise of Bachelors

Presumably tired of waiting around for his go-to collaborators (think Steve Gunn, Black Twig Pickers, Hiss Golden Messenger et. al.) to book some studio time, modern banjo maverick Nathan Bowles has decided to go it alone with a solo album called Nansemond.

If the last time you thought that the banjo was cool was while your six-year-old self was watching Kermit the Frog sing “Rainbow Connection,” then check out the lead track from Nansemond called “Chuckatuck” below:

You see? A banjo in the hands of Nathan Bowles can turn Appalachian hillbilly dirges into cosmic droning cinematic wonders. Take that Kermit and take that Southern stereotypes.

Nansemond is released November 18 on Paradise of Bachelors. Steve Gunn’s forthcoming Way Out Weather, which features Bowles’ banjo and drumming, is also coming out via Paradise of Bachelors on October 7. Double bonus.

• Nathan Bowles: http://www.nathanbowles.com
• Paradise of Bachelors: http://www.paradiseofbachelors.com

OM announce US tour, ‘cause that God, let me tell you, he’s pretty darn alright

God is fine! Like, he’s pretty alright. Good? I don’t know if I’d go so far to say he’s good, but I’ve never been much for hyperbole. God’s totally adequate. A real 6/10, that God. Not everyone agrees with my lukewarm assessment on higher powers, though. Take drone-metal institution OM. They feel strongly enough about the goodness of God that they named their 2009 album God Is Good. Hey, if you say so, guys! Let’s agree to disagree.

Whether God is good or bad or fine or real or fake, one thing’s for sure: OM are going on tour next month. They’ll be playing a string of dates primarily in the Northeast and Midwest. The band last released Advaitic Songs in 2012, though they are currently working on a new album. To summarize, OM going on tour, album coming sometime in future, jury still out on God.

OM dates:

10.02.14 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
10.03.14 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen
10.04.14 - Portland, ME - SPACE Gallery
10.05.14 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
10.06.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
10.08.14 - Louisville, KY - The New Vintage
10.09.14 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe’s Oasis
10.10.14 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
10.11.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall

• OM: http://omvibratory.com
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Excepter announce new album Familiar, as well as the fact that you’re old as SHIT, Brooklyn psych-noise fan!

If you like it when dancey, trancey, psychotropic, noisy, New York-y bands named Excepter release new albums of dancey, trancey, psychotropic, noisy, New York-y rock music, then today is TOTALLY your lucky day, my friend!

Which… I guess is just as well, because, if you like when dancey, trancey, psychotropic, noisy, New York-y bands named Excepter release new albums of dancey, trancey, psychotropic, noisy, New York-y rock music; you’ve technically been profoundly unlucky since 2010’s double album Presidence. Which is kind of a long time. You’re kind of a loser. Just sayin’.

And, you know, for that matter, I guess, TECHNICALLY, today isn’t your lucky day either. Rather, October 3 will be your lucky day. Cuz that’s when Excepter are set to finally release a new album on the Blast First Petite label. Entitled Familiar, the new record was largely recorded at Studio Faust in Prague and features John Fell Ryan (vocals, percussion, drums), Lala Ryan (vocals, synths, electronics, bass, flute), Matita Rotto (MPC, Waldorf, percussion), Jon Nicholson (synth, electronics, percussion, guitar), and Erica Kenia (percussion). You can check out the song “Sunburned Kids” down below, if you’re feeling… you know, lucky.

Anyway, the whole affair is being released on CD (for some reason) and “500 limited edition double vinyl,” the second disc of which will be dedicated “to the memory of [former band member] Clare Amory,” who died of cancer in 2011. The A-side to the disc will feature a “7 minute dark disco warning siren” instrumental from Nathan Corbin, and a John Fell Ryan engraving described as a “cabalistic vision of the universe through love and loss” will be hand-drawn on its B side. Damn. Sorta puts your problems in perspective, doesn’t it?

Familiar tracklisting:

01. Maids
02. Palace to Palace
03. Sunburned Kids
04. Same Address, Different City
05. Destroy
06. Holy Girl
07. Looking for Polly
08. Grinning in Your Face
09. Song to the Siren

• Excepter: http://www.excepter.net
• Blast First Petite: http://blastfirstpetite.com

Angel Olsen announces deluxe edition of Burn Your Fire for No Witness, all non-deluxe editions of album to be burned in terrible fire

In rural Kentucky, a terrible fire rages on. Lonely souls with empty eyes are drawn to it, seemingly without reason. They congregate around the fire and into its blaze, they toss Angel Olsen’s recent album Burn Your Fire for No Witness. “Stop! That’s a very good album,” cry onlookers. “Yes,” respond those who follow the flame. “But Jagjaguwar is putting out a deluxe edition of Burn Your Fire for No Witness on November 18.”

Now that your old, dusty regular copy of Burn Your Fire For No Witness is engulfed in flames, we can talk deluxe edition. This new edition contains five bonus tracks, two of which derive from a 7-inch offered with pre-orders of the album’s original release, while the remaining three are previously unreleased and came from the album’s recording sessions. Hear one of those three tracks, “All Right Now,” below. Also, the deluxe edition is a digital-only release, so, uhh, maybe we were a bit rash when tossing all those CDs and vinyl into that fire.

Angel Olsen is currently on tour in Europe, but is set for a US tour beginning at the very end of October. Most of the dates feature a full band, though a few shows will find her playing solo. While you search for more objects to chuck into a blaze, watch the Olsen-directed clip for Burn Your Fire track “High & Wild” at Vimeo.

Burn Your Fire for No Witness (Deluxe Edition) tracklist:

01. Unfucktheworld
02. Forgiven/Forgotten
03. Hi-Five
04. White Fire
05. High & Wild
06. Lights Out
07. Stars
08. Iota
09. Dance Slow Decades
10. Enemy
11. Windows
12. White Water (bonus)
13. All Right Now (bonus)
14. Only With You (bonus)
15. May As Well (bonus)
16. Endless Road (bonus)

Angel Olsen dates:

09.19.14 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Incubate Festival
09.20.14 - Utrecth, Netherlands - Ekko *
09.22.14 - Leeds, UK - Brudenelle Social Club *
09.23.14 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute *&
09.24.14 - Newcastle, UK - The Cluny *
09.25.14 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom *
09.26.14 - Rouen, France - Le 106 *
09.27.14 - Bordeaux, France - Krakatoa *
09.29.14 - Madrid, Spain - Charada
09.30.14 - Barcelona, Spain - La 2
10.01.14 - Lyon, France - L’Epicerie Moderne *
10.02.14 - Milano, Italy - Biko *
10.03.14 - Bologna, Italy - Covo *
10.04.14 - Zuerich, Switzerland - Exil *
10.06.14 - Vienna, Austria - WUK *
10.07.14 - Munich, Germany - Feierwerk *
10.08.14 - Berlin, Germany - Bi Nuu *
10.09.14 - Frankfurt, Germany - Brotfabrik
10.10.14 - Brussels, Belgium - AB
10.11.14 - Liege, Belgium - Les Heures In-D
10.31.14 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
11.01.14 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
11.02.14 - Orlando, FL - The Social
11.04.14 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
11.05.14 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
11.06.14 - McAllen, TX - Cine El Rey
11.07-09.14 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.11.14 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe
11.12.14 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
11.29.14 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall ^
12.01.14 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall #
12.02.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel (solo show, w/ Meg Baird)
12.03.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Silent Movie Theatre (solo show)
12.04.14 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre #
12.06.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Roulette (solo show, w/ Jaye Bartell)
12.08.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom ^
12.09.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom ^

* Rodrigo Amarante
& Ryley Walker
^ Lionlimb
# Kevin Morby

• Angel Olsen: http://angelolsen.com
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

Thrill Jockey plans Heat Leisure LP for October release, featuring members of Pontiak, Guardian Alien

As a young professional leading a life marked by both warmth and relaxation — I own not one but two heating pads and I regularly trick my roommate into giving me foot massages — I feel uniquely qualified to tell the world about the upcoming Heat Leisure LP on Thrill Jockey. In fact, with a great deal of confidence I believe I can say that most of my life has been building up to the moment in the next sentence where I tell you the album’s title and release date. It’s called III & IV and it’s out October 21. You might be thinking that any old joker could’ve written that sentence, but that’s where you’re dead wrong.

Heat Leisure is a big ole collaboration between Pontiak’s Carney Brothers, Greg Fox and Alexandra Drewchin from Guardian Alien, Steve Strohmeier from Beach House and Arboretum, and Robert J. Otten III (featuring, as well, a guest appearance by Merry Prankster and Grateful Dead pal Ken Babbs), and III & IV was recorded over a series of late night sessions in the Carneys’ studio on their farm in Virginia. III & IV is a follow-up to the short film and 7-inch release of I & II back in 2012. In much the same way that my roommate does not limit himself to foot massages but often provides back, forearm, and thigh massages, Heat Leisure intentionally don’t want to limit themselves to just audio albums. The group was conceived as a “multi-media pursuit;” future releases or performances could really take any form the collective imagines.

So go ahead, friend: from one super-sweltering and all-splayed-out-like-it’s-vacation-all-the-time young professional to another, you should consider pre-ordering the LP today.

III & IV tracklist:

01. III
02. IV

• Heat Leisure: http://www.thrilljockey.com/thrill/Heat-Leisure
• Thrill Jockey: http://http://www.thrilljockey.com

Jamie Stewart provocatively undresses a new Xiu Xiu video while subversively announcing NYC events and European tour dates

Stop that, Jamie — everyone’s watching! What, you want them all to find out? That kind of takes the romance out of it, don’t you think? I guess… it’s fine. Maybe I should just tell them. It’s easier that way. You’ll just scare them.

Okay, sorry for the weirdness — Jamie and I wanted everyone to know that we’re making our first news announcement together today. We really didn’t want you to find out like this. But you can’t fuck with fate.

The first thing Jamie wanted everyone to know is that there is a new video for “Cynthia’s Unisex,” one of the songs off Xiu Xiu’s latest album, Angel Guts: Red Classroom. Florent Texier directed. SFW.

Also, Jamie wanted all of his friends in New York to come hang out while he takes over the city. Aside from a “standard” concert at Glasslands, Xiu Xiu will also take part in some “alternative” performances. “Metal” is a collaboration with conceptual artist Danh Vō that takes place at The Kitchen. As part of the piece, Xiu Xiu will perform syncopated rhythms side by side with two gold pounders from Thailand, presumably members of the workforce that generate the gold leaf used in Vō’s finished art, which will be hanging at the exhibit. “Metal” runs from September 27 - October 18, with an opening reception on the 27 at 6 PM. Xiu Xiu will debut another piece on September 28 at the Dumbo Arts Festival. “Kling Klang!” consists of 999 vibrating instruments attached to the copper sheets of Danh Vō’s art installation “We The People,” according to Jamie (and the press release).

Last but not least: Xiu Xiu’s going to Europe! Wait, Jamie, does that mean you’re just up and leaving me here in the ultra-banal USA, waiting for you until you return from Chuckleslovakia or wherever the fuck you’re going? You are dreaming, mister. Have a nice fuck of a life. (I miss you).

Video for “Cynthia’s Unisex”:

Xiu Xiu tour dates:

10.18.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
10.28.14 - Bologna, Italy - Lokomotiv (Gender Bender Fest)
10.30.14 - Warsaw, Poland - Center of Art Modern
10.31.14 - Prague, Czech Republic - Podnik
11.01.14 - Ebensee, Austira - Kino
11.02.14 - Vienna, Austria - WUK
11.03.14 - Budweiss, Czech Republic - Ostinato
11.04.14 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Kino Siska
11.05.14 - Budapest, Hungary - GMK
11.06.14 - Belgrade, Serbia - Gun Club
11.07.14 - Skopje, Macedonia - Art Cinema Frosina
11.08.14 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Eightball Club
11.09.14 - Athens, Greece - Six Dogs
11.11.14 - Lecce, Italy - ARCI Rubik
11.12.14 - Rome, Italy - Circolo Degli Artisti
11.13.14 - Milan, Italy - Masada
11.14.14 - Bern, Switzerland - Dampfzentrale (w/ Hidden Cameras)
11.15.14 - Le Locle, Switzerland - LUX
11.16.14 - Clermont Ferrand, France - Raymond Bar
11.17.14 - Paris, France - Espace B
11.19.14 - Brussels, Belgium - DNA (Autumn Falls Festival)
11.20.14 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who (Swans event)

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

[Photo: James Wood]

RIP: Kenny Wheeler, jazz trumpeter, composer, and sideman for Anthony Braxton, Bill Frisell, and David Sylvian

From Ottawa Citizen:

Trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler, who was raised in Toronto and beloved in Canada despite having lived in London, England, for the last 60 years, died Thursday. He was 84.

For the last month or so, jazz musicians in the United Kingdom, Canada and elsewhere were hopeful that Wheeler, a towering if extremely humble influence on so many musicians, would get the better of health difficulties.

Some months ago, Wheeler was moved to a nursing home. More recently, he was hospitalised. His friend and long-time collaborator Norma Winstone emailed me earlier this week, after visiting Wheeler last week: “News of Kenny is not too good. He is back in hospital, after being in a nursing home for a while. I went to see him last Friday and he is very frail. I am sure he is grateful for all the messages of love and support he has received.”

• Kenny Wheeler: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Wheeler

RIP: Guided by Voices

From Guided by Voices:

Guided By Voices has come to an end. With 4 years of great shows and six killer albums, it was a hell of a comeback run. The remaining shows in the next two months are unfortunately canceled. Our sincere apologies to those that have purchased tickets and made travel plans. Thanks to everyone who has supported GBV.

9.26.14 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom *
10.4.14 Dayton, OH - Oddbody’s *
10.5.14 Cleveland, OH - The Grog Shop *
10.24.14 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge *
10.25.14 Fort Wayne, IN - C2G Music Hall *
11.8.14 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest *
11.11.14 Orlando, FL - The Social *
11.12.14 Miami, FL - Grand Central *
11.14.14 Atlanta, GA - Centerstage *
11.15.14 Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle *
11.28.14 Columbus, OH - Skully’s Music Diner *
11.29.14 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *

* Refunds available at point of purchase

• Guided by Voices: http://www.gbv.com

sunn O))) ready their capes for headlining appearance at Temples Festival, more bands announced

The mighty sunn O))) have been confirmed as headliners for the 2015 version of the Temples Festival in Bristol, England. The Seattle drone boys recently collaborated with cult crooner Scott Walker on the soon-to-be-released album Soused, which will drop October 21 via 4AD. No word on whether the silky-voiced Mr. Walker will also don a heavy cloak and jam out with sunn O))) on this one, but hey, who are we as a species without DREAMS.

Anyway, over the course of the weekend of May 29-31, bands like Goatsnake, Converge, Goatwhore, Torche, Between the Buried and Me, and many many more will take over Motion, an old Victorian warehouse that’s now a skatepark/music venue. (The festival name comes from the fact that the venue’s Bristolian neighborhood is called the Temples Quarter.) Converge will headline the Main Stage on May 29 and sunn O))) will headline the Main Stage on May 30. Loads of other bands will be announced but you can check out the acts confirmed so far and learn more about the festival here.

• sunn O))): http://sunn.bandcamp.com
• Temples: http://www.templesfestival.co.uk

Mirah reveals hot North American tour dates… tantalizing new music video, and… nothing else, you perverts!

Yeehaw! Daddies lock up your foolhardy sons and whatnot, cuz longtime indie-folk-cetera “artiste” Mirah is comin’ ‘round the mountain when she comes! Shoot, maybe she’ll be driving six white horses too, for all I know. All’s I know is she’ll be drivin’ whatever it is she’s drivin’ on the big ol’ North American tour she’s embarkin’ to endeavor on at the end of this very month. I know: women drivers! What’ll they think of next?!?

Turns out the whole Oregon Trail-esque escapade comes on the heels of her newest and fifth album, Changing Light, which I first saw up for sale over at yonder general store this past May. In fact, she seems to have made a whole, big-ol’ elaborate movin’ picture show jamboree out of one of the songs on the album. Don’t ask me how, but somehow all these pictures just sorta… shuck and jive and bob in time with the music! Darndest thing. The tune is called “No Direction Home,” and the “video” (as she’s a-callin’ it) was directed by Mirah’s partner (that’s what they call “husbands” out west) Todd Chandler, a fella that calls himself a “filmmaker,” whatever in tarnation that is!

Either way, folks, you can all by my guest and check out the whole cockamamie shenanigans down below! I had this scientist fella that I kinda know “embed” the thing, so’s if you click on it, it’ll up and start dancin’ for ya on command. Check ‘er out!

Mirah Mirah, on the tour:

09.26.14 - Portsmouth, NH - The Music Hall Loft
09.27.14 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
09.28.14 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen
09.29.14 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
09.30.14 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
10.01.14 - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes
10.02.14 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme
10.04.14 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10.06.14 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
10.07.14 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s
10.08.14 - Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox
10.09.14 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub
10.10.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Café
10.11.14 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
10.12.14 - Washington, DC - Black Cat Backstage
10.13.14 - Durham, NC - Pinhook
11.08.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
11.09.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11.11.14 - Eugene, OR - Cozmic Pizza
11.12.14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
11.13.14 - Olympia, WA - Northern
11.14.14 - Seattle, WA - St. Mark’s Cathedral
11.15.14 -Vancouver, BC - Media Club

• Mirah: http://www.mirahmusic.com
• K: http://shop.krecs.com

  

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