Sort of like that movie It Follows (but not really), whenever someone performs a cover song live or records a version of another musician’s song, that songwriter becomes cursed by an evil spirit who transforms into just a normal naked walking person. Someone somewhere must have recently covered an Iron and Wine and Band of Horses song, because the lead crooners of those two bands, Sam Beam and Ben Bridwell, respectively, are releasing their Sing Into My Mouth covers album this summer on Beam’s Black Cricket label and Bridwell’s Brown Records via Caroline.
What will appear to be caring and thoughtful renditions of classics like The Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)” and Them Two’s “Am I a Good Man?” will joyfully masquerade the sense of dread and paranoia surrounding these modern guitar guys. It’s not just a coincidence that Bridwell and Beam complement each other well when harmonizing, but they can both see the demons that are slowly chasing them, a bond unlike any other.
In case you’re slow or just have no idea what grasping-for-straws type of parodying I’m doing here, it’s simple: Beam and Bridwell’s album features a cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “Any Day Woman,” which mean Raitt must now cover a song by another musician or she could potentially be murdered by a malignant spirit. You’re probably thinking, “But isn’t Bonnie Raitt an evil entity of some kind already?” But, come on guys, let’s grow up. To prove they’re alive and well, Bridwell and Beam will play together at the Newport Folk Festival on July 24, MoPop Festival on July 25, and Osheaga in Montreal on July 31.
Sing Into My Mouth tracklisting:
01. This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) (Talking Heads)
02. Done This One Before (Ronnie Lane)
03. Any Day Woman (Bonnie Raitt)
04. You Know Me More Than I Know (John Cale)
05. Bulletproof Soul (Sade)
06. There’s No Way Out of Here (Unicorn)
07. God Knows (You Gotta Give to Get) (El Perro del Mar)
08. The Straight and Narrow (Spiritualized)
09. Magnolia (JJ Cale)
10. Am I a Good Man? (Them Two)
11. Ab’s Song (Marshall Tucker Band)
12. Coyote, My Little Brother (Pete Seeger)
The rumors are true! Drag City has confirmed that Simple Songs is indeed a new Jim O’Rourke album, his first proper solo release since 2009 and first “pop” one since 2001’s Insignificance. It’s not the orchestral pop album we had hypothesized earlier, but it sounds like it’s going to be a good one (not that we’d expect anything different from O’Rourke). From Drag City:
Yes, Simple Songs is an album of songs sung by Jim O’Rourke all the way through! It has been ten years since Jim’s voice rang out from a new album. What Simple Songs sounds like…. At this point, the range of sounds and songs that have turned Jim’s head are numerous enough to have crushed together into something that is unmistakably his-the vast, glossy and glittering O’Rourkian (yes, like Kervorkian) wall of sound. The music’s got OCD quality, played so immaculately by so many instruments, and most of them by the creator’s hand. This time’s really the widest screen yet for Jim’s popular song-style, truly breathtaking! Simple Songs was worked over, from source material to finished mix, for five years or more now. Jim’s writing is kinda rooted in the approach of Insignificance-frosted pop tarts that leave a darkly bitter aftertaste.
Shit, nice writing. Guess we don’t have to review it now!
Anyway, Simple Songs is out May 19 on Drag City. Peep the tracklisting and another preview from the album below.
Simple Songs tracklist:
01. Friends With Benefits
02. That Weekend
03. Half Life Crisis
04. Hotel Blue
05. These Hands
06. Last Year
07. End Of The Road
08. All Your Love
Barron Machat, founder and CEO of Hippos in Tanks, has passed away at the age of 27. News came early this morning via an Instagram post from James Ferraro, as well as tweets from Oneohtrix Point Never, Laurel Halo, Arca, and Tri Angle.
RIP Barron Machat.
Tyler, The Creator has announced a new album titled Cherry Bomb, and it’s due next Monday. Either Tyler’s camp completely forgot to promote the new album (“Oops!”) or they’re doing, like, a “surprise” thing or whatever (“OMG, whoa! The way this album is being announced and released is highly surprising!”). In any case, the album, which follows recent news of his Golf Media app and Golf Magazine — two things I can’t be bothered to actually read about — was announced via iTunes and is available now for pre-order.
Check out two tracks from the album here:
Xiu Xiu to perform the score from Twin Peaks live in London this October; Diane, put this on my calendar!
Damn fine news, everyone! Like a fish in the dang percolator, David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti’s phenomenal score to the acclaimed TV series Twin Peaks just keeps popping up lately. According to FACT, experimental pop power-sluggers Xiu Xiu are the latest to heed the beguiling and mysterious call from deep in the northwest woods. Following a recent live interpretation in Brisbane, Jamie Stewart and co. have taken to Facebook to announce that, on October 8, they’ll once again perform Badalamenti and Lynch’s magnum opus, this time in London through St. John Sessions at the Church of St John-at-Hackney.
To be fair, the freaky, funky, spooky, hyper-theatrical nature of that music seems to lend itself pretty easily to the Xiu Xiu aesthetic. Still though, as Stewart himself readily points out, tackling the score note-for-note is almost as impossible as appeasing the log lady.
The music of Twin Peaks is everything that we aspire to as musicians and is everything that we want to listen to as music fans. It is romantic, it is terrifying, it is beautiful, it is unnervingly sexual. The idea of holding the “purity” of the 1950s up to the cold light of a violent moon and exposing the skull beneath the frozen, worried smile has been a stunning influence on us. There is no way that we can recreate Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch’s music as it was originally played. It is too perfect and we could never do its replication justice. Our attempt will be to play the parts of the songs as written, meaning, following the harmony melody but to arrange in the way that it has shaped us as players.
Jeez, Stewart sounds pretty passionate up there, huh? Maybe even a little… too passionate? I sure hope that those are HIS words and not, you know, someone named Bob’s.
When the revolution comes, there will be no law but the law of the thunder dome and possibly also the law of “fiduciary duty”, and so where you stand on the whole Birdman vs. Lil Wayne beef will have life-or-death implications. Will you stand with Birdman and his Rich Gang, or with Lil Wayne and his constant apologies? Truly, you must take a side.
Oh, hi reader! I didn’t see you there. No, I wasn’t asking you those questions, I was mostly talking to my man Young Thug, who is standing over there. Sorry for the confusion. What’s that Mr. Thug? You stand with Birdman? Why, what a surprise! And what’s that, you’ve got a confirmation that you’re absolutely and 100% going to call your upcoming album Carter 6 in (r/d)eference to Wayne’s own currently-unreleased Tha Carter V? That’s hilarious! And also apparently “childish” and “disrespectful!” And also maybe the funniest thing I’ve heard since my neighbor explained how home equity works to me! Anyhow, so we’ve got the album art now and the release date of April 17. Anything else we should know about the album? Yes, I do like your bandanna, but that’s not what I was asking… OK, if you’re going to just keep talking about your bandanna, I think I’m going to get going. Come on, reader, lets go get smoothies.
Narnia. Wonderland. Birmingham’s Supersonic Festival. What do these places have in common? Answer: they’re pure magic. What’s the sad difference between them? Answer: only one of them is real. (Which one is up to you.) You might not be able to step into an amazing otherworld through a large piece of furniture, but you can go to England to experience the finest in musical festival lineups, including Holly Herndon, The Pop Group, Liturgy, Gazelle Twin, Will Gregory Moog Ensemble, Liima (featuring Efterklang and Tatu Rönkko), Eternal Tapestry, Six Organs Of Admittance, Delight Is Right, Afework Nigussie, Jiří Wehle, Rhodri Davies, Phil Tyler, Flamingods, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Happy Meals, Tomaga, Slow Magic, Apostille, Ravioli Me Away, Danes Selvhenter, Sex Swing, Woven Skull, and Circuit Des Yeux. As they say, more to be announced.
Of course, there are also a lot of really crazy cool “happening” style events occurring, too, such as the Moog Sound Lab, which Supersonic describes as a “temporary residency presenting a unique opportunity for artists to explore, experiment and create with analog sound-scaping, synthesis and effects.” The festival is partnering with all kinds of rad art peeps to do stuff like bringing sound art into the city and, um, making stuff that makes music. If you want to read about it in a way that sounds much dreamier and intellectual, check out the Supersonic website.
• Supersonic Festival: http://www.supersonicfestival.com
Mates Of State unveil You’re Going To Make It EP, greatest hits comp, tour dates, and the ravages of age
Gotta hand it to them, folks. Despite the fact that they’re both well over 120 years old (and haven’t put an album out since 2011’s Mountaintops), the ORIGINAL husband-and-wife-who-both-sing-and-there’s-keyboards-involved duo known as Mates of State are still out there, alive, kicking, and forcing themselves to look young for the sake of judgmental college kids everywhere.
BUT HEY WAIT. That’s not the ONLY thing they’re forcing! LOL! No, seriously: I’m kidding!
Despite their advanced years, it turns out that, on June 16, they’re popping out another record and touring the USA on it! Given their ages, it’s “just” an EP, of course, but it’s titled You’re Going to Make it and is being delivered into the world courtesy of Barsuk Records. Awwww! Newborn records are ALWAYS ADORABLE!
BUT HEY WAIT. UNLESS THEY’RE GREATEST HITS COMPS! LOL! No, seriously: Joking again! They’ve also just released a “greatest-hits album” on the Fierce Panda label called… uh, Greats. Um. Ew? Oh well. To the oldsters’ credit, there are only 11 songs on it. And they totally DIDN’T try to sneak one of these new EP tracks on it like jerks! Pretty classy.
BUT HEY WAIT. Know what’s not classy? Miley Cyrus covers. LOL! No, seriously: I’m serious.
You’re Going To Make It tracklisting:
01. Staring Contest
02. Beautiful Kids
03. I Want To Run
04. Gonna Get It
05. Sides Of Boxes
02. For The Actor
03. Get Better
05. My Only Offer
06. Unless I’m Led
08. Fraud in the ’80s
10. The Re-Arranger
Mates of State tour Dates:
04.08.15 - Tampa, FL - The Crowbar
04.10.15 - Orlando, FL - The Social
04.11.15 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
04.12.15 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
04.14.15 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
04.15.15 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
04.16.15 - Austin, TX - Red 7
04.17.15 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
06.22.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
06.23.15 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
06.24.15 - Covington, KY - Madison Live
06.25.15 - Indianapolis, IN - The Hi-Fi
06.26.15 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
06.27.15 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
06.28.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest - Briggs & Stratton Stage
07.01.15 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
07.02.15 - Omaha, NE - Reverb
07.03.15 - Kansas City, MO - recordBar
07.05.15 - Memphis, TN - 1884 Lounge
07.06.15 - Nashville, TN - The High Watt
07.07.15 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight
07.08.15 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
07.09.15 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
07.10.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Do you remember last year when hyper-awesome, mega-jam, huge-balls-havin’ Warp Records artist Rustie released the dope-ass album Green Language, and we were collectively all-like: WHOA. RUSTIE. HE’S FOR REAL. At least, I’m pretty sure that’s how it all went down? Actually, fuck; now that I think about it, I’m not sure I really remember that myself! I feel like I really could use a refresher course in all-things-Rustie. Couldn’t you?
Well, good. Cuz that very same guy I just mentioned up above (Rustie? I think that’s his name? Man, things are getting foggier for me by the minute…) is, according to his handlers, “about to head out on his lengthiest run of US shows to date.” Holy shit! Longest run? That must make these shows the BEST shows EVER! There’s even stops at Sasquatch, Governors Ball, and Bonnaroo; so yeah, I guess that’s… wait, what was I even talking about? Ugh. I don’t know. Stay tuned for some information regarding SOMEONE who’s notable for doing SOMETHING at SOME POINT in the past or future. Whoever he is.
Whose-its-name tour dates:
05.22.15 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
05.23.15 - LA, CA - Jewel’s Catch One
05.24.15 - George, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival *
05.27.15 - Vancouver, CA - Celebrities
05.28.15 - Victoria, BC - DISTRIKT
05.29.15 - Edmonton AB - Starlite Room
05.30.15 - Calgary, AB - Republik
06.03.15 - Denver, CO - The 1Up, Colfax
06.04.15 - Ozark, AR - Wakarusa Music Festival*
06.05.15 - Toronto, ON - The Hoxton
06.06.15 - NY, NY - Governors Ball *
06.10.15 - Minneapolis, MN - The Loft
06.11.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Miramar Theatre
06.12.15 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music Festival*
06.13.15 - Chicago, IL - Primary
06.19.15 - Montreal, QC - Newspeak
06.20.15 - Dover, DE - Firefly Music Festival *
* live dates (all others DJ sets)
I can tell you two things for sure. One is that I own three gorgeous pet raccoons, my trio of little striped boys Peter, Ryan, and Champo — they are the lights of my life. Everybody in my neighborhood is jealous and furious all the time, as they should be. They’d be lucky to have even one cool raccoon, but I have three. The other thing I can tell you is that Carla Bozulich will be playing three UK dates later this month.
My raccoon boys are just so good. Bozulich will be collaborating with Don The Tiger on these shows. They’ll be performing new material, as well as reinterpretations of older Bozulich and Evangelista material, including songs from last year’s Boy. Last year, my raccoons caught a quail, killed it, and ate it to its bones.
Watch a video for “Deeper Than The Well” off Boy below. Watch my boys frolic if you come back to my house, which I call the Raccoon Palace.
Carla Bozulich and Don The Tiger dates:
04.17.15 - Edinburgh, UK - Wee Red Bar
04.18.15 - Salford, UK - Islington Mill
04.19.15 - London, UK - Cafe OTO
[Photo: Alexander Kravets]