Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Cluster, Harmonia) and Christoph Mueller (The Gotan Project) plan collaborative LP
Not to sound too conservative, but I think that when two people come together before (g/G)od, their family, and the state, it’s usually called a marriage. Which makes me wonder: why is it that when two people come together before a record label, a PR team, and the press, it’s called “a collaboration?” Why the double standard? Take, for example, Imagori by Christoph Mueller and Hans-Joachim Roedelius as Mueller_Roedelius. The press materials refer to it as “the first collaborative recording” from these “musical trailblazers,” but I say it’s more like a holy matrimony of sound between two wandering souls on the path of life who have finally found peace and safe harbor in one another’s musical arms.
Speaking of the path of life — or maybe more accurately, the highway of life — both Mueller and Roedelius have put a few miles on the ol’ life car, all the while using their life wrenches to tighten the life screws on their musical abilities. Roedelius has been zooming around with the likes of Cluster and Harmonia since the 70s, and Mueller’s been shuffling genres since the 80s, most recently with the likes of The Gotan Project. Together on Imagori, they explore the ways in which marriage and collaboration really are pretty much the same thing, pairing Mueller’s electronic work with Roedelius’s floating melodic piano compositions, the music sounding like it’s just billowing along, such as “Time Has Come,” which you can hear below. Mazel tov!
Imagori is out September 4 on Grönland Records
Crawling up outta Austin’s electro underground like a bloody monster comin’ up outta the bathtub drain in a low-budget cult horror film when you least expect it (but with, like, classy Argento stylings) comes the debut EP from Flatliner. The duo of Jesse Strait and Adam Fangsrud write music with only the fiiiiinest Monopoly Man-level high-end recording gear, but also with what can only be described as a sickening amount of vintage synths.
The pair met in 2010 when they became part of a group of local Texas gear fiends, attending a gathering to build, trade, and drool over new custom synth modules. They struck up a delightful musical partnership, and as my mom would say, the rest is history! Come July 28, Holodeck Records will release their Black Medicine EP, a disarming marriage of old-school horror movie soundtracks, pulsating atmosphere, and dancefloor-thumping beats.
Black Medicine EP tracklist:
01. Blasted Highway
02. PC Corporation
03. City Lights Receding
04. Scrap Heap
“Experience the thrilling sights and sounds of the Apple Music launch, as it lifts off from its main headquarters and rams right into your face.”
• Apple Music: https://www.apple.com/music/membership
“I’m feeling sexy and free. Like it is raining on me. You’re like a shot of pure gold. I think I’m about to explode.”
After getting into some Deep Trouble (no, not that “trouble”) earlier this year, PC Music and easyFun are already back with a new mix. Clearly not content with already releasing one of this year’s best tracks, easyFun (a.k.a. Finn Keane) delivers easyMix, a seven-minute release that starts in the infinity glisten of the past and then takes us through remixes/interpretations of Ariana Grande, ABBA, and Jessie J, propelling us toward the bright, orange sky.
Download the mix here, or stream it below in any (or all) of the following SoundCloud embeds:
• easyFun: http://easyfun.world
Ah, I’m so sad! Because I’m just now learning that, this past spring, when George Lewis Jr. and his mega-band were touring in support of this year’s mega-loud new album Eclipse, they were involved in a huge bummer of a bus accident that resulted in 12 hospitalizations and forced them off the road for a while.
But now I’m so HAPPY! Because the band has apparently bounced back from this shit situation and has recently announced make-up dates for the “Night Rally Tour,” starting August 21 in Portland, OR and extending through mid-October! Tickets to the shows are available now on the band’s website! Gah!!! I don’t even know what to DO with all of these huge, widescreen emotions that I’m feeling right now. Oh wait, I know… I could listen to some Twin Shadow and let myself FEEL STUFF until I puke. Let’s DO this.
Night Rally tour:
08.21.15 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
08.22.15 - Portland, OR - MusicFestNW
08.24 - 08.25.15 - Seattle, WA - Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
08.26.15 - Vancouver, British Columbia - The Imperial
08.28.15 - Edmonton, Alberta - Starlite Room
08.29.15 - Calgary, Alberta - Republik
08.31.15 -Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - O’Brian’s Event Centre
09.02.15 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Garrick Center
09.03.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
09.04.15 - Chicago, IL - North Coast Music Festival
09.08.15 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room Lounge
09.09.15 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater
09.11.15 - Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall
09.12.15 - Houston, TX - Discovery Green
09.15.15 - Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheater
09.17.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
09.18.15 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
09.18-20.15 - Sacramento, CA - TBD 2015
09.19.15 - Columbus, OH - Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
09.21.15 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
09.25.15 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
09.25-27.15 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling 2015
09.26-27.15 - Washington, DC - Landmark Festival 2015
09.30.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.01.15 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
10.07.15 - Orlando, FL - The Social
10.08.15 - New Orleans, LA - Republic New Orleans
10.1o.15 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger
10.12.15 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
10.14.15 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
10.16.15 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
10.17.15 - Hollywood, CA - Fonda Theatre
Did someone mention hard work? Ambition?? Intense work ethic??? PIZZA and CATS?!? This story must be about Wavves!
Yup, according to Twitter, the briefest and therefore most truthful mode of communication currently available to mankind, Nathan Williams of the rock & roll band Wavves has been super-de-duper hard at work on not one but TWO follow-up albums to last year’s emphatically listened-to album Afraid of Heights. And yo; that’s ON TOP of having released a “side project” album as Spirit Club last year, running his record label, and SURPRISE-RELEASING (last night/midnight) a new album called No Life For Me with Dylan Baldi of Cloud Nothings. Dang. When did this guy become such a dynamo? Is someone slipping uppers into all of his downers or what?
As important and journalistically-appropriate as these kinds of questions are, they’ll have to wait for an answer until after Williams and his band get back from the slew of tour dates that will bring them across North America that they’ll also be embarking on at the end of this summer! Good lord. This kid is as unstoppable as Jim Carrey was after he put on that green mask in that 90s movie! Hmm. What was the name of that movie again??? Huh. Gonna bug me all day now.
No Life For Me tracklist:
01. Untitled 1
02. How It’s Gonna Go
03. Come Down
04. Hard to Find
05. Untitled II
07. No Life For Me
08. Such A Drag
09. Nothing Hurts
Wavve of tour dates:
09.08.15 - Seattle, WA - Neptune *!
09.09.15 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *!
09.10.15 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s *
09.11.15 - Orange County, CA @ Constellation *!
09.12.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubador *!
09.14.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom *!
09.15.15 - San Diego, CA - North Park *!
09.16.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom *!
09.18.15 - Austin, TX - Mohawk *!
09.19.15 - Dallas, TX - Prophet *!
09.20.15 - Lawrence, KS - Granada *!
09.21.15 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre ^!
09.22.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity ^!
09.24.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Rave ^!
09.25.15 - Chicago, IL - The Vic ^!
09.26.15 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre ^!
09.27.15 - Toronto, Ontario - Opera House ^!
09.29.15 - Columbus, OH - Newport ^!
09.30.15 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA ^!
10.02.15 - Brooklyn, NY - St. Vitus ^!
10.03.15 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall ^!
10.05.15 - Boston, MA - Paradise ^!
10.06.15 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza ^
10.07.15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club ^!
10.08.15 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 ^!
10.09.15 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt ^!
10.11.15 - Houston, TX - HOB Peacock ^
! Twin Peaks
^ Steep Leans
If ever there were a time for yearning acoustic guitars and sparse, mournful melodies, it’s summer. Move over, party jams using popular internet memes for lyrics and bro-y tan people dubstep anthems! Your new king of summer is Brooklyn-based songwriter Zachary Cale, whose work evokes Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, a li’l bit of Morricone and a dash of Badalamenti, plus car wheels on a gravel road, lost love, and traveling carnivals that disappear on down the road with the same ephemerality as a June day.
Named “NYC’s Best Songwriter” by The Village Voice, Cale is set to drop his fifth album, Duskland, on August 7. No Quarter will release this beauty on good, solid ol’ fashioned CD and crisp, modern vinyl. Backing Cale on this thing are bassist James Preston, drum lord Ethan Schmid, and longtime musical partners keyboardist Phil Glauberzon and percussionist Ryan Johnson. Cale has also enlisted special guests, like harmony singer (and co-writer of “I Forged The Bullet”) Alfra Martini, drummer/percussionist Otto Hauser (Vetiver, Cass McCombs), masters of the steel guitar Phil Sterk and Brady Sansone, jazz/classical piano man Robert Boston, and trumpet dude Carter Yasutake (St. Vincent, Beirut).
Check out single “Sundowner” here:
Let’s address this. For their existence, We Were Promised Jetpack have been very bitter about a certain thing. An expectation never fulfilled. We will not name what this is, this promise that’s been haunting them, because we shall not dwell on this slow, simmering anger, for fear of just making it all the worse.
We Were Promised Jetpacks are coming to the US this summer! The Scottish indie rock outfit will be landing on these gentle shores for a quick string of dates. These dates include stops at Chicago’s Wicker Park Fest and the Pier84/RiverRocks concert series in New York!
They are so furious. It’s inside them and it’s been inside them for year. Someone could stop this; it would just take one small… gift to relieve their pain.
Last year, We Were Promised Jetpacks put out their third album Unravelling through Fat Cat! Good for them for putting out a record and not being destroyed by an unending longing!
I mean… why would you promise something if you weren’t going to deliver that… something?
We Were Promised Jetpacks dates:
07.23.15 - New York City, NY - Pier 84/RiverRocks
07.24.15 - Toledo, OH - Frankies
07.25.15 - Chicago, IL - Wicker Park Fest
07.27.15 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme
07.28.15 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
07.29.15 - Lawrenceville, PA - Spirit
• We Were Promised Jetpacks: http://wewerepromisedjetpacks.com
Hail! And farewell! The bonny prince himself — goes by Billy or sometimes Will — is an erstwhile Wolfroy, and he who walks wagging down the asphalt looking for glass windows cracked for his glad gaze has made big his mouth hole and shouted emissions of language and sound and exclamatory gestures only he, the noise-roided wolf, could dare to spackle forth these dim days anyhow, and these noises, known by few in some parts and by more in others, they find themselves magnified electronically, recombined by digital clouds and rained down on the eye stalks of a grinning public only ever wanting to order their reality in lists of dates and locations and various punctuation that dare to indicate this friend or that friend or this festival or that in some small or small-ish town in Austria we’d imagine, or if not, maybe amongst the Swiss or the Michiganders brewing beer (he’s familiar, at least, with that much), supported all the while by the live band of long-term buds like Danny Kiely on the bass, Van Campbell drumming, Drew Miller with a saxophone, and Chris “Roadie” Rodahaffer fashioning chunks of fallen trees into externally-powered non-air guitars, supported sometimes by Faun Fables and other times by Lutto Lento and Piotr Kurek, and other times by a mere nation-state.
TL;DR: Bonnie “Prince” Billy is going on tour. The dates are below.
07.15.15 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk Music *
07.16.15 - Kalamazoo, MI - Bell’s Brewery *
07.23.15 - Dornbirn, Austria - Dornbirn Conrad Sohm #
07.24.15 - Sittersdorf, Austria - Lakeside Festival
07.25.15 - Vienna, Austria - Arena #
07.26.15 - Linz, Austria - Rosengarten #
07.27.15 - Zurich, Switzerland - Kaufleuten #
* Faun Fables
# Lutto Lento and Piotr Kurek
[Photo: Elsa Hansen]
• Bonnie “Prince” Billy: http://royalstablemusic.com
If you were to attempt to conjure up an image more gut-wrenchingly fantastic than Patti Smith, it would have to be Patti Smith with a french accent. Right? Lo and behold, such a thing already exists: her name was Lizzy Mercier Descloux, and she kicked around the same late-70s NYC art and punk scene as Smith et al. and made some pretty great records.
Understandably, you might think that this is information more people ought to be aware of. Well, Light In The Attic agree and has therefore decided to reissue the Parisian’s back catalogue, starting with her debut opus Press Color on August 14.
Press Color is the early blueprint for the punk-funk radness that bands like The Rapture lit up your dancefloors with at the dawn of this century, and as usual, returning to the source material is always more rewarding. For example, check out the dance moves displayed by Descloux in this video for “Fire,” the lead single off Press Color:
The Electric Six couldn’t even dream of such mind-blowing awesamity* in an ironic way.
Of course, being a reissue, Light In the Attic has remastered the record and crammed the release with rarities, including the closer “Morning High,” which is a collaboration with Patti Smith drawing on the words of their darling poet idol Rimbaud.
02. Torso Corso
03. Mission Impossible
04. No Golden Throat
05. Jim On The Move
08. Aya Mood
09. Mission Impossible 2.0
10. Rosa Vertov
12. Herpes Simplex
13. Larousse Baron Bic
14. Tso Xin Yu Yin
15. Nina con un tercer ojo
16. Birdy Num-num
17. Hard-Boiled Babe
18. Morning High
*Awesamity is a word I just invented. It means a 50/50 combination of awesome and insanity.