Jaga Jazzist announce new Starfire LP, set for initial release on a flaming, destructive meteorite

Some might consider the seemingly endless swaths of light and electricity inhabiting the greater Los Angeles region a sign that we should probably start implementing 18th Century Rules. At an agreed upon time each night, and at least partially for the sake of reducing the city’s collective carbon footprint, a particular L.A. neighborhood will have their electricity completely cut off, while residents will be forced to venture out onto well-populated highways on horse, carriage, and with tricorne hats in hand (/on head) for even greater obliviousness to traffic. Really, who would dare speak out against such a clearly well-reasoned and environmentally-conscious plan!?

Actually, Lars Horntveth has an entire album prepped in opposition, as the upcoming Starfire LP from Jaga Jazzist is said to have stemmed from the luminous nights he’s spent in SoCal, the place he’s called home since 2012. Other Jaga members spontaneously joined Lars at his apartment for the sake of founding the album, but things ultimately reached their conclusion at the band’s dedicated Oslo studio, where lots and lots of hard work culminated in a press release’s hesitant claim of ehhh… a “crowning achievement.”

Guitar and electronics from Marcus Fosgren might indicate a mild shift off the jazz reservation, and box set purchasers have another to add. Out June 2:

Starfire tracklisting:

01. Starfire
02. Big City Music
03. Shinkansen
04. Oban
05. Prungen

Dates:

06.18.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
06.20.15 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
06.21.15 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
06.22.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
06.23.15 - Asheville, NC - New Mountain
06.24.15 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
06.25.15 - Rothbury, MI - Electric Forest
06.27.15 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island
06.30.15 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Jazz Fest

• Jaga Jazzist: http://www.jagajazzist.com
• Ninja Tune: https://ninjatune.net

Open Frame festival celebrates 15 years of Room40 with Jim O’Rourke, William Basinski, Grouper, and more

It’s the Third Multiple of Five (= 15[th]) anniversary for Lawrence English’s Room40 label, and while you might be inclined to warn against hasty attempts to get behind the wheel and house parties with a suspicious abundance of older guys wearing letterman jackets, the Australian imprint has something much more fulfilling in store for the obligatory celebration.

July 30 and 31 will mark the ninth edition of Room40’s Open Frame festival, which has historically been geared toward all sorts of crazy sights and sounds that you won’t typically find traversing the monotonously sunny streets of Brisbane or Sydney. Brisbane Powerhouse has been the reliable venue in years past, but this edition will be the first to take place at the renowned Carriageworks in Sydney, where the following artists will presumably do their part to justify the airy warehouse surroundings: Austin Buckett/Robbie Avenaim, Grouper/Paul Clipson, Chris Abrahams of Australian band The Necks, William Basinski, and Lawrence English himself.

Allow me to go on: Jim O’Rourke will be rejoining for the purposes of Diffusion, “a brand new electro-acoustic diffusion piece” commissioned specifically for Open Frame. And filmmaker/sound artist Makino Takashi will do more than just succumb to gimmicks propagated by TV manufacturers; his 3D audio/visual piece Space Noise looks positively… ugh, out of this world:

The clarification of a “second” announcement may suggest the possibility of more, so stay tuned. Aussies, expats, and tourists can purchase tickets here, regardless.

• Open Frame: http://openframe.room40.org
• Room40: http://room40.org

Help crowdfund an R. Stevie Moore documentary, and he may write a song for you

We all have our pet outsider artist. For lack of a better word, by this we mean idiosyncratic artists working on the fringes of the media due to their unusual personal circumstances or the uncompromising nature of their creations. Hence, it’s no surprise that characters as compelling as Daniel Johnston, Roky Erickson, Jandek, Henry Darger, or Wesley Willis have hard their lives submitted to cinematic examination with great results. But a name conspicuously absent from that list is R. Stevie Moore, a man who has rightfully been called the godfather of bedroom-recorded, lo-fi music. Cool Daddio: The Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore comes to fill that void, focusing not so much on the quirks of Moore’s character or his odd 400 albums, but on his newfound fame. OK, we’re not talking about paparazzis-will-track-your-every-move celebrity here, but going from mailing CD-R copies of your albums to your friends to being profiled by major media (Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, a Wire cover story), is quite the leap. This renewed interest is in no small part due to a new generation of Moore fans breaking into the spotlight, such as Ariel Pink (with whom Moore has collaborated) and a whole cohort of home-producing musicians falling in the intersection of hypnagogic pop, glo-fi/chillwave, eccentric retropop, and neo kosmische muzik.

The idea for the Cool Daddio: The Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore documentary was born after a rare R. Stevie Moore London show. Imogen Putler and Monika Baran were appalled by how little known a musical genius of Moore’s stature was and convinced him to shoot a documentary together. They’ve been following Moore since last year and have recorded hours of him playing music, hanging out at his house, and sharing his thoughts. But Putler and Baran have also had access to countless hours of home videos and public-access television footage, chronicling Moore’s career through the years. You can watch a short teaser below.

Although Putler and Baran have plenty of material ready, including interviews with musicians, fans, critics, and even Moore’s estranged father — a man who used to play bass for rock & roll luminaries the size of Elvis — the film still needs some finishing funds. That’s why the directors have launched this Kickstarter campaign to get R. Stevie Moore’s fans involved in the project. As customary for crowdfunding efforts, there are tasty rewards for your generosity. Perhaps the most savory is the $743 pledge that promises R. Stevie Moore will put music to whatever set of lyrics you decide to send him. There are more conventional rewards in line, too: exclusive posters, signed R. Stevie Moore albums, a Skype chat with the man, etc.

If the pledged sum is reached, Cool Daddio: The Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore is slated for a Spring 2016 release. You can contribute here.

• R. Stevie Moore: http://www.rsteviemoore.com
Cool Daddio Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1G9auE7

Horse Lords release benefit remix EP featuring Matmos, Greg Fox, and more; drop new video for “Macaw”

Horse Lords have just released a new EP featuring remixes of tracks off their excellent 2014 album, Hidden Cities — and it’s all in the name of charity! Proceeds from Hidden Cities Remix will go to Believe in Music, a project from Baltimore-based nonprofit Living Classrooms that was created to “uplift underprivileged Baltimore City students academically, culturally, and spiritually, while promoting self-expression and community awareness through music education.”

The EP features remixes by Drew Daniel and MC Schmidt of Matmos, engineer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Jason Willett, Greg Fox (GDFX, Liturgy, ZS), 25-year music veteran Wobbly, and avant-noise-maker Jason Urick (formerly of Wzt Hearts).

Accompanying this great news is their video-by-committee for “Macaw,” one of Hidden Lands’s longer, more consuming tracks. Directors include (in order of appearance) Mary Helena Clark, Greg St. Pierre, Duncan Moore, Andrew Bernstein, Margaret Rorison, James Thomas Marsh, Andrew Bernstein, Max Eilbacher, and M.C. Schmidt. Each director gets roughly a minute of time, with all of it stitched together by Andrew Bernstein (non-Ayn Rand disciple). Watch the video here:

For a good contrast, also check out the remix EP’s single, which is the same song but remixed by Drew Daniel.

You can still cop Hidden Cities from NNA Tapes, so you know, go cop Hidden Cities from NNA Tapes. And be sure to also show support for the remix EP (and Believe in Music) here.

Hidden Cities Remix tracklist:

01. Macaw (Drew Daniel Remix)
02. Horsey (Jason Urick Remix)
03. Pioneer Tracking (Wobbly Remix)
04. Outer East / Anchor Song / Tent City (M.C. Schmidt Remix)
05. Macaw / All That Is Solid (Jason Willett Remix)
06. LANDR-Fox Lords (GDFX Remix)
07. Outer East (M.C. Schmidt Remix)

• Horse Lords: https://horselords.bandcamp.com
• NNA Tapes: http://nnatapes.com

Meg Baird announces Don’t Weigh Down the Light, out June 23 on Drag City

Meg Baird’s got a new album coming out June 23 on Drag City, and I’m really excited to tell you about it. But listen: before we get started, I want to warn you that there are going to be some aggressive metaphors in this news post. Like, for example, I might quote the press release and say that Baird’s got a “razor-sharp edge” to her voice that you last heard on 2011’s solo album Season’s On Earth or maybe on 2009’s III, her most recent work with Espers. Or perhaps I’ll tell you that her new one is called Don’t Weigh Down the Light, that it’s coming out on Drag City, and that it’s soon enough going to tackle its way into your living room and sit on your ankles with its full body weight. Built off of a sparse acoustic folk architecture similar to her previous two solo albums, Don’t Weigh Down the Light reportedly contains some of Baird’s “strongest songwriting to date.” So strong, in fact, that if you made it mad, it would literally stand up off your ankles, walk over to your TV, and snap your roommate’s Wii in half like it was a saltine or something.

I can tell already that you’re so cowed by all this aggression that you literally can’t wait to check out the album’s opening track “Counterfeiters.” Well you’re in luck because, just moments ago, I went ahead and shoved the SoundCloud embed code into the HTML on this page like it was your roommate coming downstairs to see what all the ruckus was. Have at it below, and you can pre-order the album here.

Don’t Weigh Down the Light tracklist:

01. Counterfeiters
02. I Don’t Mind
03. Mosquito Hawks
04. Back to You
05. Past Houses
06. Leaving Song
07. Stars Unwinding
08. Good Directions
09. Don’t Weigh Down the Light
10. Even the Walls Don’t Want You to Go
11. Past Houses (Reprise)

• Meg Baird: http://www.dragcity.com/artists/meg-baird
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Black Mountain announce 10th anniversary edition of debut album, celebrate decade of hair

Wow, just look at that hair! Sorry, I was just looking at picture after picture of Black Mountain, Vancouver’s long-running (Longest-running? Who knows) group of classic rock revivalists. It’s been 10 years of gorgeous hair for those guys and gals. To celebrate a decade of looking great, the band is putting out a deluxe edition of their self-titled debut on June 23 through Jagjaguwar.

BIG NEWS: each edition of the remastered, reissued Black Mountain comes with a lock of leader Stephen McBean’s sumptuous hair! That is big news that is also not true. What the deluxe edition does have is a host of bonus tracks in a 2xLP and/or 2xCD package. For more on this anniversary release, check out this trailer, which is full of primo hair footage.

Hair hair hair! Yikes, folks, I just can’t get over this hair. Before the hair mania takes over my brain, I want to tell you that Black Mountain are going on tour this summer. Imagine a nightmare scenario with me: You go out to see Black Mountain. You’re excited to hear some great riffs and see some greater hair. Black Mountain take the stage. They’re all wearing cabbie hats. They take the hats off. They’re all completely bald. No.

Black Mountain Deluxe Edition tracklist:

01. Modern Music (2:45)
02. Don’t Run Our Hearts Around (6:04)
03. Druganaut (3:48)
04. No Satisfaction (3:48)
05. Set Us Free (6:46)
06. No Hits (6:45)
07. Heart Of Snow (8:00)
08. Faulty Times (8:35)
09. Druganaut (Extended Remix) (8:15)
10. Buffalo Swan (9:08)
11. Bicycle Man (3:21)
12. Behind The Fall (3:01)
13. Set Us Free (Demo) (5:56)
14. Black Mountain (Demo) (3:27)
15. No Satisfaction (UK Radio) (4:25)
16. It Wasn’t Arson (4:42)

Black Mountain dates:

05.30.15 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
06.04.15 - Bellingham, WA - The Shakedown
06.06.15 - Vancouver, BC - Levitation Vancouver - Malkin Bowl
06.10.15 - London, UK - 100 Club
06.11.15 - Paris, FR - Maroquinerie
06.12.15 - Brussels, BE - Botanique
06.13.15 - Luzern, CH - B-Sides Festival
06.14.15 - Vienna, AT - Arena
06.15.15 - Zagreb, HR - KSET
06.16.15 - Ljubljana, SI - Menzi Pri Koritu
06.17.15 - Milano, IT - Magnolia Summer Festival
06.19.15 - Vitoria-Gasteiz, ES - Azkena Rock Festival
06.21.15 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret
07.15.15 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Blues Fest

• Black Mountain: https://www.facebook.com/BlackMountainOfficial
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

Cymbals Eat Guitars start eating more asphalt, which is an obstuse way of saying they’re going on tour

Hey bud, seen any good guitars lately? You know, you’re walking down the street, just minding your own business, and suddenly there’s a guitar there? Nah, me neither! Crazy, right? I think it’s because cymbals ate them all! Unbelievable right? Well don’t believe it, because I’m just yanking your chain. This is actually a news post about Cymbals Eat Guitars! A band! And they play guitars, so my intro was not only absurd, it was also untrue. I’m really firing on all cylinders over here, let me tell you.

The band Cymbals Eat Guitars is about to kick off what’s called a tour, a thing where they visit towns and play music (with their guitars!) from their albums (including their most recently-released one, LOSE) and then eat food like regular human beings do. Probably some of that food will be from Wendy’s, but I can’t say for sure. For most of the dates, they’ll be joined by Say Anything (a band whose name I honor every day in the hallowed halls of the TMT news section by literally just spouting nonsense).

Dates:

04.02.2015 - Athens, OH - Smiling Skull Saloon ^
04.03.2015 - State College, PA - Chronic Town
04.04.2015 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - The Other Side
04.09.2015 - Durham, NH - Univ. of New Hampshire
04.19.2015 - Winston-Salem, NC - Phuzz Fest
04.30.2015 - Albany, NY - The Low Beat
05.01.2015 - Montreal, QC - Bar le Ritz
05.02.2015 - Winooski, VT - Waking Windows Music & Arts Fest
06.24.2015 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Bar n Grill *
06.25.2015 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s *
06.26.2015 - Austin, TX - Scoot Inn *
06.27.2015 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues *
06.28.2015- Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade *
06.30.2015- Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues Orlando *
07.01.2015 - Jacksonville, FL - Underbelly *
07.02.2015 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle *
07.03.2015 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva *
07.05.2015 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage *
07.06.2015 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club *
07.07.2015 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall *
07.09.2015 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom *
07.10.2015 - Boston, MA - House of Blues *
07.11.2015 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater *
07.12.2015 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory *
07.14.2015 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre *
07.15.2015 - Grand Rapids, MI - Intersection *
07.16.2015 - Chicago, IL House of Blues *
07.17.2015 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *
07.18.2015 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room *
07.19.2015 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall *
07.21.2015 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex - Grand Room *
07.23.2015 - Seattle, WA -Showbox at the Market *
07.24.2015 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre *
07.25.2015 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom *
07.26.2015 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory OC *
07.28.2015 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater *
07.29.2015 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues San Diego *
07.30.2015 - Phoenix, AZ - The Pressroom *
07.31.2015 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Cafe - Vegas Strip *

^ Split Single
* Say Anything

• Cymbals Eat Guitars: http://cymbalseatguitars.com

The New Pornographers announce international touring plans, baby baby

What time is it? New Pornographers time! Admittedly, it has pretty consistently been New Pornographers time for about 15 years now. They’ve been the steady hand that’s led us through this past decade and a half, raising us up when we need that combination of pop and power.

Since this is a New Pornographers world (and we’re just living in it, baaaaaaaaaaby), it shouldn’t be surprising that the band is heading out on tour once again. In which case, prepare to be unsurprised: The New Pornographers have announced a number of summer tour dates, spanning North American and Europe. Aforementioned dates include a number of festivals, such as Primavera Sound, Pitchfork, Sasquatch, and NXNE. Festival organizers know who to call for a guaranteed good time, you see.

A good time continued: The New Pornographers have a new video for “Dancehall Domine” from last year’s Brill Bruisers. Watch that below.

New Pornographers dates:

05.22.15 - Quincy, WA - Sasquatch! Music Festival
05.29.15 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
05.30.15 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli De Delling
05.31.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
06.01.15 - Aarhus, Denmark - Fonden Voxhall
06.02.15 - Stavanger, Norway - Folken
06.03.15 - Oslo, Norway - Parteatret
06.04.15 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Strand
06.06.15 - Porto, Portugal - NOS Primavera Sound
06.20.15 - Toronto, Canada - NXNE
07.10.15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
07.11.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Celebrate Brooklyn
07.12.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
07.14.15 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
07.15.15 - Grand Rapids, MI - Meijer Gardens
07.16.15 - Bloomington, IN - The Castle Theatre
07.17-19.15 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival

• The New Pornographers: http://www.thenewpornographers.com

Drag City to reissue Red Krayola albums on vinyl

With a career spanning over four decades, The Red Krayola (also sometimes known as The Red Crayola) are one of the longest-lived experimental outfits of all time, and they’re hugely influential: Spacemen 3, Pere Ubu, The Minutemen, Galaxie 500, and Slovenly are declared fans. Starting their career in the late 1960s as a psychedelic freak-out band, The Red Krayola have evolved through all shades of art-damaged music, including conceptual works, post-punk, and noise rock. But it’s always been difficult to find their albums, excepting perhaps their 1967 debut The Parable of Arable land. Luckily, Drag City is going to fix that when it reissues four of the band’s albums: Corrected Slogans, Black Snakes, Malefactor, Ade, and Amor and Language.

These LPs cover a good chunk of the group’s trajectory, from 1976’s Corrected Slogans, the Red Krayola’s formal reactivation as an art-rock entity, to 1995’s EP Amor and Language, where the Krayolas flexed their post-rock muscles with an extended all-star lineup including Jim O’Rourke, Tortoise’s John McEntire, George Hurley from The Minutemen, and David Grubbs. The Red Krayola’s ability to phagocyte younger fans wasn’t new, as 1983’s Black Snakes shows, with the band welcoming Pere Ubu members into their numbers to tackle post-punk. Conceptually transgressive works are a constant for the group, too, with the German-released Malefactor, Ade showcasing a collaboration between guitarist (and founding member) Mayo Thompson and visual artist (and occasional Krayola member) Albert Oehlen. But in sheer experimental boldness, nothing beats the bizarre beauty of Corrected Slogans, an infamously outré work concocted along the Art & Language conceptual art collective. Much more/less than a rock album, Corrected Slogans is a deconstructive exercise of musical ineptitude, as close to a sound-essay on the possibilities of the avant-garde as it gets (you’ll hear Trotsky’s ideas recited next to a madrigal, and Harriet Martineau’s dispute Coleridge atop a bar room piano).

Evidently, there’s a lot left to discover when it comes to The Red Krayola, a seminal band very few have had a chance to hear. Having released most of the group’s albums on CD in the 1990s, Drag City finally catches up with itself to put out vinyl versions of these unsung classics. The five albums will be out April 21, via Drag City.

• The Red Krayola: http://www.dragcity.com/artists/the-red-krayola
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

X-Files star David Duchovny announces debut solo album! I didn’t WANT to believe!

Boy, the world sure is a topsy-turvy place, huh? One minute, David Duchovny is literally selling me DOG FOOD for a living; and the next, he’s freakin’ writing books, coming back for a surprise new mini-season of X Files as Agent Mulder, and making solo records! And not just ANY solo records, mind you, but solo records with “poetic lyrics and infectious melodies”!!! Is this all just some kind of crazy FBI conspiracy? I mean, who does this sci-fi dynamo think he is, already? David Lynch?!?

Well, we’ll all soon find out together, dear readers. Duchovny’s “folk/rock” solo debut, entitled Hell or Highwater is coming for us all on May 12 courtesy of ThinkSay Records. Ooh! There’s quotes from him too! Let’s listen in:

Making this record is a dream come true, but I never had this dream – it’s still a shock when I think about how all this music happened. What I do know is that I feel these songs represent the truest expression that I’ve ever been able to achieve and I look forward to sharing it with everyone.

So… what he’s saying here is that he basically has NO MEMORY of how this album got made? Yup: CONSPIRACY. CONFIRM-O.

Okay, okay; maybe I’m being too hasty here. Decide for yourself. The title track is available for purchase over at ye olde iTunes store right now, and you can currently pre-order the whole thing on Amazon. Those three nerd-guys from X-Files also helped me “embed” samples from the album down below. I hope you enjoy them, because it took fucking forever to do that over their Prodigy.net 512k dial-up connection.

Hell or Highwater tracklisting:

01. Let it Rain
02. 3000
03. Stars
04. Hell or Highwater
05. The Things
06. The Rain Song
07. Unsaid Undone
08. Lately it’s Always December
09. Another Year
10. Passenger
11. When The Time Comes
12. Positively Madison Avenue

• David Duchovny: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000141
• ThinkSay Records: http://www.thinksayrecords.com

  

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