Heather Leigh teams with Ideologic Organ for new album

If you thought that pedal steel guitar was just for salty old dudes in 10-gallon hats, then prepare to have your head thoroughly checked by the latest missive from Heather Leigh.

While Leigh has already taken pedal steel to new planets with her improvisational and collaborative work (we’re talking hookups with Jandek, Chris Corsano, Thurston Moore, and Wolf Eyes), her forthcoming solo record, titled I, Abused Animal, is set to reach further into the unknown in what is described as a “personal, idiosyncratic, and deeply psychedelic work.” The album features nothing but Leigh’s voice and pedal steel, and was recorded in a secret location in the English countryside, presumably to avoid detection from all the honky-tonk traditionalists who are no doubt livid at how un-country Leigh’s pedal steel stylings are.

I, Abused Animal is out November 27 on Ideologic Organ. You can attempt to fathom its awesomness via “Fairfield Fantasy” below.

I, Abused Animal tracklist:

01. I Abused Animal
02. Quicksand
03. All That Heaven Allows
04. Passionate Reluctance
05. The Return
06. Fairfield Fantasy

Smith Westerns’ Cullen Omori signs to Sub Pop

As soon as buzz band Smith Westerns announced a hiatus, fans assumed lead singer Cullen Omori would simply spend the rest of his time on Earth posting Instagram pictures of himself shirtless. Once again, the fans of the singer of a popular band confused me with their idol (I’m always shirtless on Instagram). But the good news is that Cullen signed to Sub Pop Record, and he’ll be moistening the ears of his fanbase with a debut full-length due in spring of 2016. I think conga rats are in order?

Of course, I kid. Cullen is a hardworking 25-year-old boy who will prove to be more than a swoon machine when he performs in his hometown of Chicago at Schubas on October 30. In anticipation of this live debut, Chicago Reader recently interviewed Cullen, giving fans a more professional insight than what you have been given here.

Grimes confirms Art Angels release dates, kills two birds with one new music video

And so the steady drip of Grimes-related press releases continues, but at least this time, satisfaction is in order for those paradoxically awaiting at least one album-related “surprise.”

Surprise! In an astounding demonstration of calendrical power that was previously thought to be collectively limited to the town of Springfield, Grimes has turned October into November and revealed the official digital (and physical) release date for her new album via 4AD, Art Angels. November 6 is the replacement for what was previously a deliberately unspecified October date, and ahead of the release (wait until December 11 for the physical version), the relatively newfound Angeleno has also unveiled a self-directed video for “Flesh Without Blood”/”Life in the Vivid Dream,” the first non-“Realiti” tracks off the album to be officially delivered to our ear holes. Just forget all of that prior stuff about absolutely no anticipatory singles; May 2015 was basically just an extended April Fools in terms of important music news. Sorry for the late notice.

And the tracklisting! And a Janelle Monáe guest spot on the track “Venus Fly”! Grimes’s rebellion against The Man of apparel in the following aforementioned vid was somehow more expected than either of those things:

Art Angels tracklisting:

01. laughing and not being normal
02. California
03. SCREAM (feat. Aristophanes)
04. Flesh without Blood
05. Belly of the beat
06. Kill V. Maim
07. Artangels
08. Easily
09. Pin
10. Realiti
11. World Princess part II
12. Venus Fly (feat. Janelle Monáe)
13. Life in the Vivid Dream
14. Butterfly

Oneohtrix Point Never announces tour, playing dates with James Ferraro

We’re less than three weeks away before Oneohtrix Point Never drops his new album, Garden of Delete, which is why it’s an opportune time for Mr. Lopatin to announce a tour. WOO! The tour starts next Wednesday and will see OPN racking up significant skymiles, flying from Europe to the US to Canada to Japan. Whether or not he’ll be riding arpeggios is unconfirmed at press time, but he has confirmed shows on the West Coast with James Ferraro, who’ll be competing head to head with G.O.D. when he drops his latest, Skid Row, also on November 13.

Check out the latest previews from each album, followed by the dates.

Oneohtrix Point Never tour:

11.04.15 - Turin, Italy - Club to Club Festival
11.08.15 - London, UK - Village Underground *
11.09.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique - Orangerie
11.10.15 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain/Panorama Bar
11.20.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Villain
11.23.15 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
11.24.15 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s $
11.25.15 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge $
11.27.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent $
11.28.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater $
12.03.15 - Ebisu, Japan - Ebisu Liquid Room
12.04.15 - Osaka, Japan - Fanj Twice

* Born in Flamez
$ James Ferraro


Bremen announce Eclipsed on Blackest Ever Black (the label that loves eclipses)

Hey, Clint Eastwood. Is that your face superimposed over the starry night sky, or is the music of Bremen just making me wish we had Blondie himself patrolling space and giving a cigar-toothed snarl every time aliens verge on invading? Coincidentally, Clint Eastwood also directed and starred in a movie whose title accurately sums up my reaction to Bremen’s previous work, and while the question of fogey survival remains so to this writer, those ignorant of the film’s conclusion should just assume that all of the “cowboys” died in spectacular fashion up there, leaving Swedish duo Jonas Tiljander and Lanchy Orre to musically mourn for the rest of their creative days. They take their cinematic experiences very seriously, you see.

Eclipsed is Bremen’s temporal follow-up to last year’s stupendous Second Launch, and planet alignment tells us to expect a continuation of a certain elongated style. Listener patience is likely to be rewarded with genre-splitting psych beauty, which likewise seems to avoid artist comparisons every time you think you’ve got it figured it out. It’s a mystery on par with Universal origin that these two guys have established such a relatively niche sound using the “power of repetition” and seemingly little instrumentation.

Let Eclipsed blow your mind on Blackest Ever Black this December, and convert from your prior Saganism.

Eclipsed tracklisting:

01. On Board
02. Helmet
03. Cold March
04. Scorched Earth
05. Through The Barrier
06. The Art of Non-Existence
07. Universal
08. Events And Non-Events
09. First Leap
10. A Stumble Not A Fall
11. A Glimpse At The Final Moment
12. Sick City
13. Lights Out
14. Soaring With The Mountains

Wolf Eyes announce new album, stream new album, announce new tour dates, stream new tour dates

Whoa, scary! Just in time for Halloween, y’all: those spooky cats-with-wolves’-eyes in Detroit Michigan’s own post-industrial noise outfit Wolf Eyes — who, BTW, totes have a new record called I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces a-comin’ out on October 30 on Jack White’s (also spooky and vaguely-Detroit-oriented) Third Man Records — have announced that they’re streaming the new album in its kooky, hairy entirety over by-there at The FADER! And… if you think about it, “streaming” rhymes with “screaming” (heck, even if you DON’T think about it, it does), and “screaming” rhymes with… Halloween. So, see? This all works. Moving on!

But wait, “new album?!?!” you say? Yeah, this is the first Wolf Eyes release since No Answer: Lower Floors back in 2013. It’s six tracks long and features a current lineup of Nathan Young, John Olson, and “Crazy” Jim Baljoo. “This [album] is a bit of our bands personal history,” Young says. “It is not intentionally meant to be shocking, sad or scary — but it is.”

But wait, “what the hell’s all-been going ON in that band’s history during the interim two years?!?!” you say? Welp:

Jim went to jail 4 times and almost dies from spinal meningitis. John declares ‘noise is dead’ and pisses off the entire experimental music scene. My older brother Peter Bradley Young died at age 45, my family’s good friend and drummer of the Stooges Scott Asheton died at 64. Wolf Eyes tours Israel and visits with the entire experimental music underground, radicals, atheists and a military cadet modern dance troupe performing to our music. Later in the year Wolf Eyes performs at the ‘The Unveiling’ the largest Satanic event in history. Michigan christian militants groups become interested in our live shows.

Yeah. That’s right. Any MORE questions, you jerk? Or can I just hit everyone up with the stream and some accompanying fall tour dates, already? …That’s what I thought.

I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces tracklisting:

01. Catch The Rich Train
02. Twister Nightfall
03. T.O.D.D.
04. Asbestos Youth
05. Enemy Ladder
06. Cynthia Vortex AKA Trip Memory Illness

Wolf Eyes tour dates and shit:

10.30.15 - Nashville, TN - Third Man Records
10.31.15 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
11.01.15 - Charlotte, SC - The Station
11.03.15 - Chapel Hill, NC - The Night Light
11.04.15 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
11.05.15 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA
11.06.15 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
11.07.15 - New York City, NY - Trans-Pecos

[Photo: Doug Coombe]

Blur documentary coming to light your heart in the depths of winter

You’ve enjoyed them on vinyl. You’ve enjoyed them live. You’ve enjoyed them (maybe) when your annoying ex sang them at karaoke. And now you can enjoy them at your local multiplex! (Again, maybe, depending on how cool your local multiplex is.) I’m speaking, of course, about Blur, the band everybody in your Facebook feed currently loves.

Director Sam Wrench and producer Tom Colbourne made a movie about the legendary band called New World Towers. The film follows Blur over the course of the last few years and features live performances in London and Hong Kong. In addition to the live shows, the flick features personal documentary footage and band interviews. You like watching trailers? Good, because here’s yer trailer:

The film is slated for a December 2 release at selected Picturehouse, Odeon, Cineworld, and Vue cinemas in UK cities like London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, and Edinburgh. International release dates are coming soon.

RIP: Lee Shaw, renowned jazz pianist

The music world has lost one of its preeminent forces in the elegant, tirelessly devoted Lee Shaw. With both her infectiously obvious love of the form and professional yet intuitive chops, those of us who’ve been lucky enough to see her perform will miss her dearly. She wasn’t just one of the key redeeming entities of New York’s capital district; she was also a reminder that you’re able to do what you love and thrive anywhere if you’ve taken the time to refine your talent.

After learning classical piano at college in her home state of Oklahoma, Shaw pursued her Masters at Chicago’s American Conservatory of Music. Due to a solid repertoire of popular songs of the time, Shaw was able to get regular solo work in Chicago. Although she’d intended to land a gig as a classical accompanist, a Count Basie concert had her making a hard left toward jazz (she claimed she never heard the word till she went to college). She met drummer Stan Shaw and the two became collaborators and eventually husband and wife. It is said that Oscar Peterson saw her play just once and offered to be her teacher. After studying with Peterson and honing her craft with years of countless gigs, she went on to teach John Medeski, whom she made a concert recording with in 2009.

After her husband fell ill in the mid 90s, the pianist, composer, and band leader formed a new trio with bassist Rich Syracuse and drummer Jeff Siegel. Shaw played right up to the end (sometimes with an oxygen tank) with remarkable poise, grace, and good humor. It’s a shame jazz only gets mainstream attention when it has to do with excess or tragedy. Here is someone who lived the demanding life of a touring musician and came out with nothing but gratitude. We need more stories like hers, lest we forget that passionate hard work can be its own reward.

Sacred Bones & David Lynch team up yet again for Polish Night Music

Sacred Bones and David Lynch are teaming up once again, this time to bring you the deluxe 2LP reissue of Lynch and Polish concert pianist/composer Marek Zebrowski’s Polish Night Music. Originally released as a limited-edition CD by The David Lynch Music Company, the project began when Zebrowski was hired as a translator for the filming of the Lodz-based scenes in Inland Empire. When the duo discovered a shared interest in boundary-pushing musical experimentation, Lynch asked Zebrowski to his L.A. studio to work on some tight jams.

Tune into the track “Night - A Landscape with Factory” below and you’ll quickly see where all this is going: the minimalist unease of the Inland Empire score, evoking empty train stations, silent, sleeping hotels, and factories — glorious factories. Poland “is a landscape that continues to remain at once familiar and completely alien to me,” Zebrowski explains. “We don’t know what will happen,” says Lynch. But here’s what we do know: the album comes out November 13 with a free download of a bonus live EP recorded in 2006 titled Live At The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland.

01. Night (City Black Street
02. Night (A Landscape with Factory)
03. Night (Interiors)
04. Night (A Woman On a Dark Street Corner)

Bonus Live album tracklisting (vinyl only download code):
01. Night (Memories of Machines)
02. Night (Unfilled Dreams)
03. Night (The Great Electrical Pants Stand Like Cathedrals)
04. Night (Snowfalls Through The Black Leafless Trees)

Chief Keef announces Peacocks, Peacoat’s, Flavor, & Paper with Metro Boomin

In case you didn’t already get the memo, Halloween is looking nicely stacked for hip-hop drops at the minute (and who knows whether or not Death Grips will unleash their Bottomless Pit on that most spooky of holidays?). But now, you can consider it FUCKIN’ stacked, with Chief Keef’s announcement of a collaborative EP with Metro Boomin. Of course, y’all already know about Metro’s earth-shattering contributions to the production game this year, and paired with Sosa’s ever-mutating style — I daren’t call it a “flow” at this stage — it ought to wreak all kinds of sonic havoc come October 31.

The name of this Almighty rupture, you ask? Peacocks, Peacoat’s, Flavor, & Paper, so notch that one into your diary, if you can find the space. Keef recently hooked up with Sean Kingston on “Murda Mook”, coincidentally produced by Metro Boomin, and you can stream it right here: