After much speculation over the weekend, Deerhunter have announced a new album. According to Bradford Cox during his two-hour radio show on Atlanta’s 1690 AM, the album is titled Fading Frontier and is due in October 16 via 4AD. It will be the band’s first since 2013’s Monomania.
“Snakeskin” is the lead single, and you can view the video here, directed by Valentina Tapia (<3):
Pre-order Fading Frontier here, and check out the tracklist and cover art below:
01. All The Same
02. Living My Life
04. Duplex Planet
05. Take Care
06. Leather and Wood
08. Ad Astra
• Deerhunter: http://deerhuntermusic.com
Here’s a few things about the word “beach.” It’s the name of a place I want to go and knock back a few margaritas with the boys. In its adjective form (i.e., “beached”), it’s a sad way to describe a whale. It’s also a homonym for a genus of deciduous trees in the family Fagaceae. Now that we’ve got all that chair-moving out of the way, we can get on to talking about the new Alex G (a.k.a. Alex Giannascoli) LP, Beach Music. It’s out October 9 on Domino. You can pre-order it from Domino directly to grab the deluxe colored vinyl along with Alex G Live at The Headroom, or you can pick it up from Bandcamp as a limited-edition cassette. The choice is yours.
Beach Music is a follow-up to to last year’s indie-pop charmer DSU. It’s Giannascoli’s seventh full-length, though, and it finds him yet again quietly tracing down his momentary or sustained musical interests in the bedroom style to which we’ve all become accustomed. “Every song is coming from a different place,” he says, which is in large part a result of the prolific musician’s adjustment to touring and writing songs over the course of several months instead of furious little batches.
Check out the album’s second track “Bug” below, and try to pick him out of a crowd at his various upcoming shows with the likes of Title Fight, Girlpool, and Eskimeaux.
Beach Music tracklist:
06. Look Out
07. Brite Boy
08. In Love
08.15.2015 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom #
10.08.2015 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
10.13.2015 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain, Kantine
10.14.2015 - Haldern, Germany - Haldern Pop Bar
10.15.2015 - Paris, France - Le Pop Up du Label
10.16.2015 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - V11
10.17.2015 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique Witloofbar
10.19.2015 - Manchester, UK - Night & Day
10.20.2015 - London, UK - 100 Club
10.22.2015 - Columbus, OH - Strongwater #
10.22.2015 - Buffalo, NY - Waiting Room #
10.24.2015 - Toronto, ON - Not Dead Yet Fest
10.25.2015 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme #
10.26.2015 - DeKalb, IL - The House Café #
10.27.2015 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club #
10.28.2015 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
10.29.2015 - Nashville, TN - The End #
10.30.2015 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone Cafe $
11.01.2015 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird - $
11.02.2015 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar $
11.03.2015 - Springfield, MO - Outland Ballroom #
11.04.2015 - Oklahoma City, OK - 89th Street Collective #
11.05.2015 - Dallas, TX - The Door #
11.07.2015 - San Antonio, TX - The Paper Tiger &
11.09.2015 - Houston TX - Fitzgerald’s &
11.11.2015 - Atlanta, GA - Purgatory - The Masquerade ^
11.12.2015 - Durham, NC - Duke Coffeehouse ^
11.13.2015 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar ^
11.14.2015 - Philadelphia, PA - The First Unitarian Church ^
# Title Fight
$ Spencer Radcliffe
No, wait! Before you approach ambassadors at the United Nations with an expansive contract commissioning an extremely hip and multilateral studio album, just know that there’s at least one musical outfit already in existence satisfying your desire for cultural amorphism. Sarah of the London-based trio Kero Kero Bonito regularly switches between Japanese and English (with an English accent) across the band’s oeuvre, and the beats themselves, collaboratively crafted by additional members Gus (a.k.a. kane west) and Jamie, seem to be occasionally tinged by stock from early American hip-hop. What more can you ask for? People tragically brought up and now living in ethnic homogeneity need not travel with KKB coming through their speakers.
And stasis is even more acceptable now that KKB have announced their own travel plans! Typically, the shows that I go to are serious affairs, so it’ll be nice to witness a change in tone, as well as an evolution in personal dance style; I usually keep my knees separated when I’m busting a move.
10.08.15 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
10.09.15 - Toronto, ON - The Drake Hotel
10.10.15 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo
10.11.15 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
10.13.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Palisades
10.14.15 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Clu *
10.15.15 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey *
10.16.15 - Portland, OR - Holocene *
10.17.15 - Swedish American Hall
10.21.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Lyric Theatre
10.22.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo *
10.23.15 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar *
* Skylar Spence
• Kero Kero Bonito: http://kerokerobonito.com
No comedian deserves to be in the realm of music news more than the legendary Neil Hamburger. The persona Gregg Turkington created has spanned decades to become a charming staple of Drag City. Real life and character are blurred further in the upcoming Rick Alverson film, Entertainment, where Turkington captures the lonely void of the small-time touring comedian. Entertainment won’t be available in local art theaters or VOD/iTunes until November 13, but in the meantime, you can soak in the grotesquely essential presence of Hamburger on tour.
Drag City released First of Dismay last year, which included musical numbers betwixt the cough-up, queasy stand-up of Hamburger. If you’re a music fan, and I assume you are (if not, what the fuck are you doing here?), then a person like you will marvel in the one-liners ruled by legendary rock references, such as “What’s the worst part about being gang raped by Crosby, Stills, and Nash? No Young.” See? You’re on board now. Listen to your dad’s old records, and then go see Neil Hamburger yell at you for being an obnoxious millennial.
08.21.15 - Minneapolis, MN - The Cedar
08.22.15 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
08.30.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
09.23.15 - South Bend, IN - The Drop Comedy Club
09.24.15 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
09.25.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Club Garibaldi’s
09.26.15 - Chicago, IL - Schuba’s Tavern
10.10.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Auditorium
11.05.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
11.06.15 - Allston, MA - Great Scott in
11.07.15 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
11.13.15 - New York, NY - Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center*
11.13.15 - Sunshine Cinema 5 in New York, NY*
11.20.15 - Los Angeles, CA — Cinefamily*
11.20.15- Seattle, WA - Northwest Film Forum*
* Film screenings of Entertainment
Most people I’ve known in my life named Mike have walked that thin red line of raging dick to Ultron dick. For example, I knew a guy named Mike who always rubbed his butt on everything I owned. And, then there’s Mike’s Carwash, which hangs Elmos and Big Birds from nooses to remind children of their own mortality. But let’s be everyone’s favorite rapper from Cypress Hill and be real for a minute: there are some* good Mikes out there.
Mike Krol is one such good Mike, and he’s hilariously dressed up like a cop on the cover of his new album, Turkey, to be released August 28 on Merge Records. This nice Mike, a graphic designer turned full-time melody maker, is going on a Ball & Chain tour, so you can hear his shining voice in a live setting.
* very, very few
01. Suburban Wasteland?
02. Neighborhood Watch
03. Left Out (ATTN: SoCal Garage Rockers)
04. Save the Date
05. This Is the News
06. L.A. La La
08. Less Than Together
09. Piano Shit
09.09.15 - Milwaukee, WI - The Cactus Club
09.10.15 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry
09.13.15 - Spokane, WA - Big Dipper
09.14.15 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern*
09.15.15 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge*
09.17.15 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop*
09.18.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo*
09.19.15 - San Diego, CA - Seven Grand
09.20.15 - Tucson, AZ - Hotel Congress
09.22.15 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk (Indoor)
09.24.15 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
09.25.15 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle Back Room
09.26.15 - Washington, DC - Comet Ping Pong
09.27.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Ortlieb’s
09.28.15 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
09.29.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
10.02.15 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
10.03.15 - Ottawa, ON - House of TARG
10.04.15 - Toronto, ON - The Drake
10.05.15 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Cafe
10.07.15 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
* Mac McCaughan + The Non-Believers
UPDATE: Dummy’s account has been reinstated.
Major moves up in the SoundCloud arena today: our buds over at Dummy have had their SoundCloud account suspended. As of right now, the page is still visible and the hosted audio still play, but “[they] can longer access to repost or upload tracks.” Apparently this freeze comes as a result of the account receiving “three strikes” for uploaded content that breaches Sony’s copyright (recall that Sony pulled their catalog from the site back in May).
The problem: SoundCloud apparently won’t tell Dummy which tracks are the source of the issue and have further been instructed by Sony not to share contact information for who folks at Dummy can contact in pursuit of resolution. For Dummy’s part, they say they’ve only ever uploaded authorized tracks.
We have only ever uploaded music that Sony have sent us to promote, so it seems ridiculous that they would want to shut down our account and prevent us from supporting new music signed to their label in the future.
This freeze is far from the first, and it’s probably not the last, what with all of SoundCloud’s new licensing deals and institution of new playback limitations. In fact, as reported in FACT (LOL), the London internet station Radar Radio temporarily had their account frozen recently, in addition to DJ Plastician.
• Dummy: http://www.dummymag.com
In his career as Radiohead’s frontman, Thom Yorke has spent song after song documenting the alienation and loneliness bred by modern technology. You spend so much time soaking in bummer soup, it can be hard to really feel anything. So, what is it that makes Thom Yorke’s heart beat? That’s Broooooadwaaay, baby! Yorke has recently made his first foray into the theater, the only true artform left (I guess, sure, whatever), by composing music for a Broadway production of Harold Pinter’s 1971 drama Old Times.
When Thom Yorke writes music for a play, that play better be some sort of an unsettling drama concerning desire and blurred realities starring a big-name Hollywood actor. Well, as the press release states, Old Times is “an unsettling drama of desire and blurred realities” and it does happen to star big-name Hollywood actor Clive Owen, along with Eve Best and Kelly Reilly. That’s the kind of quality/theme Yorke comes to expect, and that is why he’s written music that the play’s director Douglas Hodge says “works backwards and forwards and plays with time and repetition in the same way Pinter does.” The director goes on to describe the music as “epic, heartbreaking, irresistible, and complex,” the same adjectives I would use to describe staring into this picture of Thom Yorke for hours on end.
Old Times premieres October 6 at Manhattan’s American Airlines Theatre, though previews begin September 17. The production is set to run through November 29, while the concepts of desire and blurred realities are set to last forever. Tickets are available now through Roundabout Theatre.
Meanwhile, Thom Yorke also debuted a new track at Latitude Festival. Check it out here:
• Thom Yorke: https://twitter.com/thomyorke
There is a growing body of creative channels in America, relief for the young people frustrated by the country’s lack of sexual inertia and impulsive “rock & roll” spirit (not to mention nostalgia for a time when creating music that sounds like a Coke ad wasn’t subversive or even ad-worthy — it just sucked). Lightning Records is one such outlet, a “modern multi-media channel” — a tape label, print magazine, apparel company, “adventurous” event planner, and counterculture journal of bold photography and narrative journalism — launched in 2012 by Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family, Cy Dune) and his group of cool friends who surf and bike and do other rad shit.
TMT has the pleasure of helping Lightning announce its F/W 15 releases, a set of five tapes + print magazine that continues its 20 Artist Series, where the channel asks musical peers to contribute work from a “unique side project or edge creative statement.” This season puts an emphasis on noisy folk songwriters from ‘murica, and the forgotten dynamism of an imperfect guitar. All the artists in this batch are known for their strong creative impulses, certified in Rock & Roll CPR. There’s nihilistic, crusty jams from Pontiak and Algae & Tentacles, pariah-dog porch music from Chris Forsyth and Sam Amidon, and bitter, sugary punk from American Culture, who are either lazy suburban stoners or a Silicon Valley startup.
The business of curating an aesthetic is a fickle one — today’s discerning listener has a better bullshit detector than Chris Hansen, but Lightning’s collaborators are veterans to raucous, experimental rock, and they know their audience well. They sell a $1000 surfboard alongside a custom (black) fuzz pedal. They’ve even started a mixtape pen-pal project! And if the good vibrations weren’t enough to make your denims warm and wet, this season’s magazine has interviews with Southern Lord Sir Richard Bishop alongside ultra marathoner Dominic Grossman. There are so many folks in on this that I wish they were my friends. I’m reevaluating my entire young adulthood. It’s electrifying stuff. THERE, I said it.
Check out a premiere track from each release in Lightning’s F/W 15 batch below, and head here for more info.
[Photo Credit: Brett Howell]
• Lightning Records: http://www.lightning-usa.com
• American Culture: http://american-culture.tumblr.com
• Chris Forsyth: http://thechrisforsyth.com
• Sam Amidon: https://samamidon.bandcamp.com
• Algae & Tentacles: http://algaeandtentacles.bandcamp.com
Music emanates from Craig Clouse’s Shit and Shine like a foul stench. But in a totally good way, obviously. From hysteric noise rock through to taut club experiments, Clouse pulls himself in any and every direction he sees fit, somehow managing to make it all stick. Recently, Diagonal and Rocket Recordings got a taste of the $&$ magic, and now it’s Editions Mego’s turn with Everybody’s A Fuckin Expert, which falls nicely into the lineage of great Shit and Shine album titles (including Cunts With Roses, Find Out What Happens When People Start Being Polite For a Fucking Change, andThe Biggest Cock in Christendom, to name but a few).
Editions Mego reckons the LP to be a tour de force in “twisted theatre, disorientating dance and hefty hedonism,” so expect some delirious riddims, caustic textures, and, above all else, a healthy dose of humor. Noisemakers can sometimes take themselves a li’l too seriously, so let $&$ be your antidote.
Everybody’s A Fuckin Expert drops on September 4. Stream “Ass” down below.
Perhaps inspired by Lenny Kravitz recently taking the idea of rocking out with his cock out a literal too literally, Montreal chamber rock band Esmerine are preparing to release their most rocking album yet, Lost Voices, due October 16 via their usual collaborators Constellation Records. According to the label, Lost Voices will be the band’s fifth and “some of the most powerful and decidedly ‘rock’ territory of their career.”
You can get a taste of album opener “The Neighbourhoods Rise” here and also sample the album’s artwork above, which, while my mind is still transfixed below Kravitz’s belt, kind of looks like the female reproductive business. Maybe that’s just me though.
01. The Neighbourhoods Rise
02. A River Runs Through This City
03. Pas Trop Pas Tropes
05. A Trick Of The Light
06. My Mamma Pinned A Rose On Me
07. Funambule (Deux Pas De Serein)
08. Our Love We Sing
09. Lullaby For Nola