Ever reluctantly attended a leg-shaving party where the regular attendees rotate unorthodox shaving creams every week, from peanut butter to aged chicken broth? If so, then alienation might be a feeling with which you’re intimately acquainted, despite an expressed willingness to maintain an open mind when it comes to all hair-removal fetishes.
On a larger scale, M. Geddes Gengras will be releasing Ishi on June 24, and like the last wild Indian for whom the album is named, it’s said to be a tale of, or was at least inspired by, chronic human disconnect. Specifically, Gengras describes the conceptual underpinnings of the album as having to do with the “schism that exists between the world we live in and those stuck on the margins of it,” affected as he was by the recent deaths of two people who “suffered from this affliction.” Accordingly, as a contrast to the enthralling modular flux emanating from his previous album Test Leads, Ishi stands to be somewhat more appreciable in its introspection and ambience. The separation isn’t as small as the insensitive would like to trivialize; the distance feels worlds apart! And Gengras ably conveys this while simultaneously making me feel like a disguised extraterrestrial. “They still haven’t figured out my true identity…”
I’d recommend getting on the Gengras train prior to its fashionability, as if Icon Give Thank (TMT Review) didn’t already serve as motivation. Really enjoyable stuff.
04. Vigil (CD/digital-only)
Boris premiere song from forthcoming album Noise, announce tourdates, continue to call their band Boris
Lovers of loudness, rejoice! After a (relatively) long and super-uncomfortable silence following a whole slew of 2011 albums, we got loud-ass and glorious word today via Pitchfork that the Japanese shredders are coming back with a new album in June! The loudest month! YEAH!
Perhaps inevitably, the thing’s called Noise. And, well, if it means anything to you, the band apparently thinks it’s pretty awesome. “If we had to suggest just one album for those unfamiliar with BORIS’ music, we will pick this for sure,” they said in the press statement. Most ingenious press statement for a new album ever? Yeah, pretty much.
Either way, this album of glorious loudness will be available everywhere (except Japan, ironically?) on June 17. But luckily, since you’re super-hardcore and will TOTALLY be all kinds of mega-hungover after another raging Bloomsday, you can preview the album ahead of time by listening to the epic track “Quicksilver” down below. It’s… a little loud.
Oh yeah, and there’s a (largely) North American tour. That’s less loud-seeming on paper, sure, but will probably be loud as balls in real life.
03. Ghost of Romance
04. Heavy Rain
05. Taiyo no Baka
04.27.14 - London, UK - Desertfest
06.14.14 - Tokyo, Japan - Fever
07.24.14 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
07.25.14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
07.26.14 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
07.28.14 - Dallas, TX - Trees
07.29.14 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
07.31.14 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
08.01.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
08.02.14 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
08.03.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
08.05.14 - Boston, MA - Paradise
08.07.14 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
08.08.14 - Buffalo, NY - Tralf
08.09.14 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
08.10.14 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
08.11.14 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
08.12.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
08.16.14 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
08.17.14 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
08.18.14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
08.20.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
Mad Decent Block Party, amidst a spray of champagne, announces lineup featuring Outkast, Dan Deacon, A$AP Ferg, Chance The Rapper, Sleigh Bells, more
Before you begin reading this story, imagine a thousand champagne bottles arranged as an enormous wall in your midst. You stare at the champagne wall, frozen with awe or fear or some combination of emotions you cannot presently identify. Suddenly, each and every bottle bursts open, releasing an airborne flood of sparkling wine. Imagine this happening while you read this story.
The Mad Decent Block Party has announced its 2014 lineup. This time around, the tour features the likes of Outkast, Diplo, Riff Raff, Action Bronson, Dan Deacon, Chance the Rapper, A$AP Ferg, Fatboy Slim, Sleigh Bells, Run the Jewels, and many more. That said, it should be noted that every date on the tour has a different lineup, the full details of which can be viewed here. Now, let me save you a little time.
OUTKAST ARE PLAYING THE DENVER DATE. THAT IS THE DATE THAT OUTKAST ARE PLAYING.
A trailer for the tour can be viewed below. It, unsurprisingly, features a lot of partying. This is fair.
You have now drowned in champagne. Your soaked body appears visible once the last of the bubbly liquid has washed away. You are smiling and your thumb is raised skyward. What a way to go.
Mad Decent Block Party dates:
07.26.14 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution Live
07.27.14 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerdae Music Park
08.01.14 - Washington, DC - Merriweather Post Pavilion
08.02.14 - Norfolk, VA - Scope Plaza
08.08.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier @ Penn’s Landing
08.09.14 - Brooklyn, NY - MCU Park @ Coney Island
08.10.14 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
08.15.14 - Toronto, ON - Fort York Garrison Commons
08.16.14 - Detroit, MI - Meadow Brook Music Festival
08.17.14 - Las Vegas, NV - Encore Beach Club
08.22.14 - Denver, CO - Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
08.23.14 - Nashville, TN - 12th Avenue North
08.29.14 - New Orleans, LA - Mardi Gras World
08.30.14 - New Braunfels, TX - Whitewater Amphitheater
08.31.14 - Dallas, TX - Club Zouk Outside Lot
09.05.14 - Calgary, AB - Shaw Millennium Park
09.12.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Rawhide
09.13.14 - Los Angeles, CA - LA Center Studios
09.14.14 - San Diego, CA - LED
09.19.14 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre UC Berkeley
09.20.14 - Eugene, OR - Cuthbert Amphitheater
09.21.14 - Vancouver, BC - Westjet Concert Stage at the PNE Amphitheatre
• Mad Decent Block Party: http://www.maddecentblockparty.com
[Photo: Jessica Lehrman]
The story of jumpsuit-wearing teen dreamers Donnie & Joe Emerson is just 100% pure magic. It’s so magical it doesn’t even need wizards or beautiful princesses or dragons to spice it up. It’s about dreams, and if the June 17 release of Still Dreamin’ Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-1981 proves anything, it’s that dreams really can come true.
For you see, as teenaged brothers growing up on the family farm in Fruitland, WA in the 1970s, the Emersons dreamed of making music. Their parents were just completely fucking awesome people, obviously, because they believed in their kids’ dreams so much that they took out a second mortgage on their farm in order to invest $100,000 in the production of their records. Using synths and 8-track recorders, the brothers recorded their 1979 private press debut Dreamin’ Wild… which immediately tanked. Soon after, the family lost most of their 1,600-acre farm. Joe decided to focus more on farming, but Donnie kept going with a solo project.
Fast forward to the new millennium, when record collector Jack Fleischer found Dreamin’ Wild at a Spokane thrift shop, thought it looked cool, and blogged about it. Soon the album got reissued by Light in the Attic, Ariel Pink and Hype Williams were covering the lead track “Baby,” and Jimmy Fallon was tweeting about his love for the LP. The brothers have even started touring, with shows at Seattle’s Showbox and New York’s Mercury Lounge. Go ahead, grab a tissue! Hug your cat! It’s a beautiful thing!
But the best part is this: there are like 60 or so songs the Emersons recorded that didn’t make it onto that original album, and that’s why Light in the Attic has decided to release a dozen more of them as Still Dreamin’ Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-1981. With liner notes by Jack Fleischer and an interview with Donnie and Joe, the album will be available on LP/CD/digital. And there’s so much colored vinyl! You can get “snow white” vinyl! Baby blue vinyl! Red/black shag! I don’t even know what that last one means! And these color editions come with a Jingle Demo Reel 7-inch of four unreleased jingles Donnie wrote for local businesses in Washington. Fans, take note: a lot of this colored vinyl is only available through Light in the Attic pre-orders, or through store or subscriber exclusives.
Still Dreamin’ Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-1981 tracklist:
02. Don’t Fight
03. Ride the Tide
04. One True Love
05. Somethin’s Comin’ Down
06. Everybody Knows It
07. Big Money
08. Ooh Baby Yeah
09. Stand By Love
10. Girl with the Rainbow Seeds
11. Since You Been with Me
12. Don’t Disguise the Way You Feel
• Donnie & Joe Emerson: http://lightintheattic.net/artists/413-donnie-joe-emerson
• Light in the Attic: http://lightintheattic.net
Arto Lindsay receives the musical wiki treatment on upcoming double album Encyclopedia of Arto Lindsay 
Recalling my recent, very first, and probably last viewing of Kill Your Idols, I remember my ultimate reaction to be one of mostly confusion, as being an almost-English major has taught me to increase my expectation of theses. Instead, what I got was a predictably varied first-hand take on the evolution of experimental rock music in New York, “summarized” in a little over an hour. Lydia Lunch was gloriously hypocritical in her aging elitism. Michael Gira seduced by way of mere conversation with whomever was behind the camera. And Arto Linsday, who was highlighted for his work with DNA towards the latter end of the 70s, sparked intrigue with his low-key persona off-stage and his seeming schizophrenia on it. Turns out, as you might expect for a man who spent the majority of his early life in Brazil (where he’s since moved back), and who was later (clearly) influenced by the New York punk scene, there’s more than one side to his actual music as well.
Interested in a musical overview? Northern Spy has that covered with the aptly titled Encyclopedia of Arto Lindsay, a 2CD release that “presents the different musical souls” conveyed, but surely not malevolently taken, over Lindsay’s ~35-year career. Not intending to deny the significance of his group contributions, the release is mostly a recollection of his solo/collaborative work: the first disc includes tracks from his solo albums released between 1996 and 2004, while the second contains previously unreleased (solo) live recordings from 2012, including covers of Prince, Al Green, and Brazilian singer/songwriter Chico Buarque. Why yes, this is the same Arto Lindsay.
Clearly, he’s a hard guy to sum up, but Encyclopedia stands to be a good initiation for the unacquainted when it comes out on May 20. Here’s a track off the album, featuring Ryuichi Sakamoto on piano and synths:
Encyclopedia of Arto Lindsay tracklisting:
01. 4 Skies
02. Simply Are
04. The Prize
06. Child Prodigy
07. Ridiculously Deep
Disc 2 (Live):
01. The Prize
04. Erotic City
07. O Mais Belo dos Belos
08. Garden Wall of Guitar
10. Simply Beautiful
11. Estação Derradeira
12. Wall of Guitar
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra release Hang On To Each Other EP to keep us folks with shorter attention spans interested
Fuck! How do you effectively promote your rock band when its name is too long for Twitter??? (#2014problems!) Hmm. I guess you just have to do things the old fashioned way and keep putting out new records instead? Or, well — sorta.
See, after things on the internet kinda cooled following the January release of their catchy Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything (TMT Review), our savvy heroes in Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra have decided to drum up some more biz by announcing a new “vinyl and digital-only” EP coming this spring via the Constellation label, entitled Hang On To Each Other!
Only, well — it’s kinda new. See, if you’re a fan of the band, you’ll recognize that title as a tune off their 2005 effort Horses in the Sky, which they often close sets with. And the new EP features a bunch of “remixes” of that tune.
Only, well — sorta kinda. The tracks aren’t really remixes-remixes. Rather, the EP will feature “brand new recordings that use set-closing live favorite “Hang On To Each Other” as a launching point for some rather glorious dancefloor excursions” on behalf of the band. In other words, they reworked, retracked, reinterpreted, and repackaged that song in some presumably arty-crazy ways. In MORE OTHER WORDS, here’s the band’s take on it:
We let the machines yell at each other until they were hoarse and wheezing. With a baby in her belly, Ariel Engle of AroarA did the kind of singing that we can’t, and we are thankful. Outside of the studio, the city was frozen, and thin tendrils of fine snow whisped across the ice like dragons. We made this thing like a for-real disco 12-inch, to give to d.j.’s to play because we live in the kind of town where some d.j.’s maybe will. Much respect and much love to thee sweaty dancers, and the lost ones, and the ones who fell away.
Yup! Okay! Either way! One FOR SURE thing is that it’ll be available on April 28 in Europe and the UK, as well as at all of the band’s North American shows this year. Sweet! Also, yeah, you can listen to one of the tracks, “Birds Toss Precious Flowers,” down below. Then… you can tweet about it! Please and thank you.
04.07.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04.08.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
04.09.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
04.10.14 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
04.11.14 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
04.12.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
04.13.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle
04.15.14 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
04.17.14 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
04.18.14 - Nashville, TN - Exit In
04.19.14 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
04.20.14 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa
04.22.14 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
04.24.14 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
04.25.14 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
04.27.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
04.28.14 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
04.30.14 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
05.01.14 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
05.02.14 - Vancouver, BC - The Rio Theatre
05.04.14 - Calgary, AC - The Republik
05.05.14 - Saskatoon, SK - Vangelis Tavern
05.06.14 - Winnipeg, MB - Union Sound Hall
05.07.14 - Saint Paul, MN - Turf Club
05.08.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
05.09.14 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom (Pike Room)
05.10.14 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre
Arc Light Editions proves that second is the best with reissue choice number two: Ingram Marshall’s Fog Tropes/Gradual Requiem!
In 1979, a performance artist named Grace Ferguson asked composer Ingram Marshall to prepare sounds for a piece she was working on. Marshall decided to walk around San Francisco and ended up recording fog horns, along with the sea and other sounds. After a bit of manipulation and expansion, including the eventual addition of a brass section for performance, Marshall came up with “Fog Tropes.” He says, “A lot of people are reminded of San Francisco when they hear this piece, but not I. To me it is just about fog, and being lost in the fog. The brass players should sound as if they were off in a raft floating in the middle of a mist-enshrouded bay.”
Marshall wrote “Gradual Requiem” for his father, Harry Marshall. It’s a five-part piece marked by spare electronics as well as the fragile acoustics of mandolin, piano, and gambuh (a type of Balinese flute). Marshall said that he used to play an early version of “Fog Tropes” as a tape piece before “Gradual Requiem,” and he didn’t consider adding brass until John Adams invited him to perform in San Francisco Symphony’s “New and Unusual” concert series and made the suggestion. In 1982, Marshall composed a new version, and in 1984, New Albion released Fog Tropes/Gradual Requiem on vinyl.
So remember last year when Arc Light Editions released a vinyl reissue of Arthur Russell’s Another Thought? Now they’re reissuing Ingram Marshall’s Fog Tropes/Gradual Requiem. It features John Adams as conductor as well as Foster Reed (who heads New Albion) on mandolin. This is the first time since 1984 that this album has been made available on vinyl, and if you want it, you should probably run over here and pre-order a copy.
The Haxan Cloak is the sound of Bob from Twin Peaks creepin’ up on ya as you absentmindedly laugh at Saturday morning cartoons. It’s the sound your cat is hearing when his eyes get big and he’s staring into a corner — you know, THAT corner. It’s the sound of… well, HAXAN. Plus CLOAK. Come on, people, the name really says it all.
Or, as The New York Times put it, “This could be the sound of looking into the abyss and having the abyss look back.” And now you, too, can look into the abyss with a beer (or in one case, a Red Bull) in hand when the man behind the cloak, Bobby Krlic, leaves behind jolly London Town for his debut US tour behind last year’s Excavation LP (TMT Review) on Tri Angle. He’s playing Pitchfork! The Red Bull Music Academy Fest in New York! And assorted other Major American Cities! The show will feature visuals by Robert Henke of Monolake. As Missy Elliot once said, “Go, get ya cloak on.”
05.09.14 - Washington DC - U Street Music Hall
05.10.14 - New York, NY - Masonic Temple (Red Bull Music Academy Festival)
05.14.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
05.15.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Church on York
07.18.14 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
[Photo: Sam Huddleston]
The brutality of Norwegian trio Noxagt (pronounced “nox-act”) has, along with their previous relationship with US-based Load Records, allowed for easy comparisons with Lightning Bolt. But if you dissociate the electrostatic moniker from the latter band and you revive your childhood fascination with meteorology (don’t try and deny it), you’ll realize that Noxagt actually have way more in common with tornadoes! Intense as their music is, we’re not talking short bursts that earn a mild disapproval at having to throw away bunches of unintentionally thawed food. We’re talking destruction with fucking rhythm, as they sway insensitively across the open landscape and offer zero hints as to their upcoming path. It’s coming right for us!! Phew, it’s heading for the local, fortunately evacuated, Wal-Mart instead!! Shortly thereafter, the sky swallows them up, and we’re forced to anticipate their inevitable reappearance.
It’s been seven years since Noxagt’s last US tour, and had been slightly longer since the release of their last true LP. There’s no time to hastily gather your somehow largely intact collection of adult manga that’s been strewn about the neighborhood; a new album Brutage has just been released, in addition to Collection 1, a compilation of unreleased material recorded between 2001 and 2004.
Brutage contains four tracks of extended heaviness and is the first Noxagt album to feature John Hegre (of the not-so-bop-like Jazzkammer) on guitar. Collection 1 recalls the early presence of Nils Erga on viola and includes tracks from the very first Noxagt album that was recorded in 2001 but never officially released.
A track from the former is below, but again, both albums are out now.
02. You Were Followed By A Man From The Station To Your House.
03. Someone Calls You Every Night But Says Nothing. You Can’t Sleep.
04. A Colleague Came To Your House And Punched You. Your Room Became Very Messy.
05. A Drunken Person Kicked You At The Station And You Had To Go To The Hospital.
Collection 1 tracklisting:
01. Love Transfusion
02. Thurmaston (Live)
03. Karsk My Bitch Up (Live)
04. Powerchild (Live)
06. Mek It Burn (Live)
08. Gravy & Blood (Live)
10. Acasta Gneiss (Live)
The Body share new short film At the Mercy of It All inspired by and including music from their latest full-length I Shall Die Here
So I was hanging out with the guys from The Body the other day (we were having a picnic if you must know), and they were talking about how glad they were that I wrote about their recently released collaborative LP with The Haxan Cloak, I Shall Die Here (TMT Review), in this here news section, which then resulted in it getting EUREKA! status today… and it really made for some great date small talk if I do say so myself. After a bit more light chitchat and some wine, they asked me if I might want to tell the world about the new short film At the Mercy of It All, inspired by and featuring music from I Shall Die Here. And boy do I ever! But I’m nervous too, because me and The Body are supposed to go on a second date next week (we’re gonna get froyo and see the new Wes Anderson movie), and I don’t want to make it awkward!
Me and my big mouth! That first paragraph probably already did plenty to make things awkward, didn’t it? With all that feelings talk and whatnot? Cutting to the chase: starting today you can watch the new film, directed by Jason Evans and starring Todd Schrock, entitled At the Mercy of It All (it’s embedded below). It’s about a guy who lives in a cabin in the woods, but who decides that instead of making music for people to play over the ending of NBC’s Parenthood he’s going to go ahead and try “desperately to hold onto his memory while forced to confront a raging storm.” Uplifting! Evans says the “emotional content of the film” grew out of his very visual experience of The Body’s I Shall Die Here. He says the music kept him returning to “this image of a man, his face covered in dirt, but his arms still moving and his eyes open. Body and soil.” Life-affirming! Also very similar to what I thought the movie Mud was going to be about! To get serious for half a minute: if you’ve ever thought to yourself “I wonder what a movie version of a Brian Evenson short story would be like,” you might want to seriously consider watching At the Mercy of It All.
To go back to being not-serious: tune in next week to see if The Body give me a rose and we go on a third date, or if they decide to send me packing. Fingers crossed!
• The Body: https://www.facebook.com/pages/the-body/334047229514
• RVNG Intl.: http://igetrvng.com