Important Records imprint Cassauna vies for equal importance, releases tapes by Ashley Paul and Juan Carlos Vasquez

Cassauna has stayed hidden too long in the ever-paramount shadows of Important Records. The cassette imprint was started by Important in 2011 and has already released an incredibly prime roster of recordings by the likes of Maurizio Bianchi, Pauline Oliveros, and Arnold Dreyblatt. Why should the parent take all the credit? I mean, with their gorgeous silk-screened packaging and incredibly limited quantity, it seems like Cassauna has a fighting chance in the race to significance.

Now there are two more arguments for Cassauna’s critical standing. The first comes from London-based sound artist Juan Carlos Vasquez. His Collages take an unlikely approach to electroacoustic performance and recording — each piece is a digital re-imagining of original performances of famous works by the likes of Bach, Mussorgsky, and Chopin. Vasquez is so damn important that some folks down at Resonance FM decided to make a documentary about him: check that out July 25.

Second up is White Night from Brooklyn-based composer Ashley Paul, a follow-up to last year’s Line the Clouds LP. Paul made these recordings over the course of a year in Boston, Brooklyn, Orlando, and London. Adding to its already overflowing importance, White Night features performances from Eli Keszler and Greg Kelley.

Both tapes are still available and are essentially, crucially, and critically important.

Revisit Ashley Paul’s delirious “Line the Clouds” below:

Collages tracklist:

01. Collage 1 (After M. Mussorgsky)
02. Collage 2 (After L.v. Beethoven)
03. Collage 3 (After E. Ysaye)
04. Collage 4 “Landscape”
05. Collage 5 “The Acrobat” (After E. Satie)
06. Collage 6 (After J.S. Bach)
07. Collage 7 (After F. Chopin)
08. Collage 8 (After J.S. Bach)
09. Collage 9 (After J.L. Borges)

White Night tracklist:

01. dragon
02. i’m finding you
03. august 10
04. white night
05. goodbyes
06. run the wall

• Juan Carlos Vasquez: http://www.jcvasquez.com
• Ashley Paul: http://www.ashleypaul.net
• Cassauna: http://importantrecords.com/cassauna

Purling Hiss encourage you to get your Weirdon on new album, mainly because YOLO

Missy Elliot once implored the masses to “go, get your freak on.” In 2014, Purling Hiss are doing something similar with the release of Weirdon, the album that will alternately make you remember that great rap song… or think of hard-ons. And boy, on this one, do Mike Polizze, Kiel Everett, and Ben Leaphart have a hard-on for psychedelic and punk-rock influences.

But enough about penises. Weirdon comes out September 23 on Drag City. It’s the follow-up to last year’s Water on Mars, and will be available as a CD, LP, or tape. You can check out the suitably weird album trailer below:

Weirdon tracklisting:

01. Forcefield of Solitude
02. Sundance Saloon Boogie
03. Learning Slowly
04. Another Silvermoon
05. Reptili-a-genda
06. Where’s Sweetboy
07. Aging Faces
08. I Don’t Wanna Be A…
09. Airwaves
10. Running Through My Dreams
11. Six Ways To Sunday

• Purling Hiss: https://www.facebook.com/PurlingHiss
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Cymbals Eat Guitars share “Chambers” and fall tour dates, challenge Bob Mould to an eating contest

Staten Island indie rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars have a new LP called LOSE on the way, they recently premiered album cut “Chambers” via a Stereogum feature (listen below), and they announced a fall tour with former Hüsker Dü frontman Bob Mould. What more could this emotive band desire? Well… to beat Bob Mould in an eating contest of their choosing. It had to happen. Mould is a notorious eater, despite his slender appearance, and both CEG and Mould have a penchant for dirty-water hot dogs.

Food humor aside, these men are going to be insanely stuffed when they take the stage every night, so if you attend these shows, please be considerate. It’s hard enough to sing and play your heart out, but it’s a miracle when you can do it right after eating 22 hot dogs each. God forbid, funnel cake will not be involved. Yes, we know TV celebrity/eater Adam Richman got out of the game a long time ago, and there’s a reason. But in the spirit of binging, let’s celebrate on August 26 with Cymbals Eat Guitars’ LOSE, eat something draped in bacon and butter, and remember when we lost our innocence.

LOSE tracklist:

01. Jackson
02. Warning
03. XR
04. Place Names
05. Child Bride
06. Laramie
07. Chambers
08. LifeNet
09. 2 Hip Soul

Tour dates:

08.20.14 - New Haven, CT - Bar Night Club
08.21.14 - Kingston, NY - BSP Kingston
08.22.14 - Rockville Centre, NY - Vibe Lounge
08.24.14 - Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Lanes
08.26.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
09.05.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts *
09.06.14 - Washington, DC - 930 Club *
09.10.14 - New York, NY - The Bowery Ballroom *
09.11.14 - New York, NY - The Bowery Ballroom *
09.12.14 - Boston, MA - Paradise *
09.13.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
09.14.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Smiling Moose
09.15.14 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom *
09.16.14 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
09.17.14 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall *
09.18.14 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme
09.19.14 - St. Louis, MO - The Old Rock House *
09.20.14 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
09.23.14 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune Theatre *
09.24.14 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
09.26.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Filmore *
09.27.14 - West Hollywood, CA - Roxy Theatre *
09.28.14 - West Hollywood, CA - Roxy Theatre *
10.02.14 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
10.03.14 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
10.04.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Last Exit
10.05.14 - Tuscon, AZ - The Flycatcher
10.07.14 - Denton, TX - Dan’s Silver Leaf
10.08.14 - Austin, TX - Red 7
10.09.14 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
10.10.14 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
10.11.14 - Orlando, FL - Will’s Pub
10.12.14 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
10.13.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle - Backroom
10.14.14 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery

* Bob Mould

• Cymbals Eat Guitars: http://cymbalseatguitars.com
• Barsuk: http://www.barsuk.com

Shambhala 2014 brings over 300 house, jungle, dubstep, hip-hop, trance, indietronic, ambient, glitch, beatboxing, turntablist, and what-have-you artists to Canada

For the 17th time, Shambhala Music Festival is set to once again invade the Bundschuh family’s Salmo River Ranch, located in the West Kootenay region of Southern British Columbia. From August 8-11, approximately 10,000 free-loving hippies, hardcore ravers, cosplay fanatics, and everyday speaker-humpers will enjoy what is arguably the most epic and diverse lineup in the Canadian festival’s long, storied history. Six stages will have the limits of their massive sound systems pushed to the brink by over 300 house, jungle, dubstep, hip-hop, trance, indietronic, ambient, glitch, beatboxing, turntablist, and what-have-you artists, some 80 of them international, including Benji Vaughan (Prometheus), Opiuo, Beats Antique, Mark Farina, Mr. Scruff, Justin Martin, Andy C, Phaeleh, ODESZA, Danny Byrd, Beardyman, Casual, Z-Trip, Moby, A Tribe Called Red, Paper Diamond, Skream, J. Phlip, Bassnectar, and ill.Gates.

There’s something for everybody, at all hours. You can strike sparks anywhere.

Check out their complete lineup and schedule on the Shambhala website.

• Shambhala: http://www.shambhalamusicfestival.com

Slowdive go on world-wide tour, are super-excited to use MapQuest!

Can you really blame Slowdive for not playing out since 1994? I mean, let’s face it. Touring has always sucked. But it sucked even more back in the stone-age 1990s with all those hideous-looking, inefficient cars and giant paper maps and inane terrestrial radio and all that shit. Plus, Saddam Hussein could have been ANYWHERE! You really had to watch your ass.

Luckily, like we were saying earlier this year, the horrendous 1990s are long-gone, and, having since inherited a sweet efficient SUV with a DVD player and their own copy of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Slowdive are officially back in action! They’ll be heading out for a full-blown tour, including both European and North American dates, this fall. Significantly, the tour will include a stop in Toronto, Canada, where they played their final show together all those years ago. I know; sounds kinda poignant, right? But how poignant? Let’s ask the band’s press release:

The fact that the last Slowdive concert was performed in Toronto (at Lee’s Palace) in 1994 is poignant. It felt like we were playing to people who ‘got it’ and some if our favourite performances were on those tours. We have a special connection to our audience in North America and we can’t wait to return in 2014!

Whoa. Sounds pretty poignant. Like… we’re talkin’ heavy-episode-of-Friends-on-NBC’s-Must-See-TV-levels of poignancy here.

Slowdive tour dates:

07.16.14 - Padova, Italy - Radar Festival
07.18.14 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
07.20.14 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.23.14 - Taipei, Taiwan - The Wall
07.25.14 - Niigata Prefecture, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival
07.26.14 - Shanghai, China - Qianshuiwan Culture and Arts Center
07.28.14 - Hong Kong - Rotunda 3
07.31.14 - Singapore - The Ground Theatre
08.03.14 - Katowice, Poland - Off Festival
08.07-09.14 - Göteborg, Sweden - Way Out West
08.08-10.14 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival
08.09.14 - Oslo, Norway - Oya
08.14.14 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop Festival
08.15.14 - St. Malo, France - La Route du Rock Festival
08.23.14 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
08.29-31.14 - Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic
09.09.14 - Geneva, Switzerland - La Batie
10.22.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.23.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.25.14 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
10.26.14 - Boston, MA - Royale
10.27.14 - Montreal, QC - Le National
10.28.14 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
10.30.14 - Chicago, IL - The Vic
10.31.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line
11.03.14 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore
11.04.14 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
11.05.14 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
11.07.14 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
11.08.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Theatre at Ace Hotel

• Slowdive: http://www.slowdiveofficial.com

The Rural Alberta Advantage “Terrified” of silver, offer therapeutic coping mechanisms on new album Mended with Gold

Saddle Creek dahlins The Rural Alberta Advantage have been out of the spotlight for three years, but on September 30 they’ll come back better than eva! That is the day the Canadian sweetie pies will release Mended with Gold, and if it’s truly been three years in the making, then I think they are owed a round of applause (so pretend there’s a “round of applause” emoji or five here). While you wait for the end of September to roll around, go get nostalgic with their back catalog and ask yourself why you ever stopped listening to them. The album will likely be filled to the gills with some good ol’ Mike Mogis-approved tunez, and if you don’t believe me, well, how’s this track sound to ya, hunh!?

Mogis was obviously ALL OVA THIS! He’s probs jammin’ to it right now and frantically calling the Obersts “just to, ya know, talk, teeheehee!” No, but really, he was calling to say that the Indie Exclusive version of Mended with Gold is super-duper limited so peeps should def czech out the Saddle Creek store for details.

Mended with Gold tracklist:

01. Our Love…
02. This City
03. On the Rocks
04. Terrified
05. Runners in the Night
06. To Be Scared
07. 45/33
08. All We’ve Ever Known
09. The Build
10. Vulcan, AB
11. Not Love or Death
12. …On the Run

Dates:

07.18-20.14 - Dawson City, YT - Dawson City Festival
07.26.14 - Welland, ON - Owenpalooza
08.08.14 - Kingston, ON - Wolfe Island Music Festival
09.18-20.14 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal
10.03.14 - Vankleek Hill, ON - Beau’s Oktoberfest Event
10.09.14 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
10.10.14 - Columbus, OH - Skully’s
10.11.14 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio
10.12.14 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
10.14.14 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10.15.14 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
10.16.14 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
10.17.14 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
10.20.14 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite
10.23.14 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore
10.24.14 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
10.25.14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
10.27.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
10.29.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy Theatre
10.30.14 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
11.01.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
11.02.14 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
11.04.14 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
11.05.14 - Austin, TX - Red 7
11.06.14 - New Orleans, LA - The Beatnik
11.07.14 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree Cafe
11.08.14 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
11.09.14 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
11.11.14 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
11.12.14 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
11.13.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11.14.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11.15.14 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
11.21.14 - Birmingham, UK - The Har and Hounds
11.22.14 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast
11.24.14 - Leeds, UK - Brundenell Social Club
11.25.14 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen
11.26.14 - London, UK - Islington Assembly
11.27.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso Upstairs
11.29.14 - Munster, Germany - Gleiss22
12.01.14 - Cologne, Germany - Knust
12.03.14 - Berlin, Switzerland - Lido
12.04.14 - Munich, Germany - Atomic Café
12.05.14 - Frankfurt, Germany - Zoom

• The Rural Alberta Advantage: http://www.theraa.com
• Saddle Creek: http://www.saddle-creek.com

Red Bull Music Academy stays up way too late partying hard, chooses 60 participants for 2014 Tokyo edition

Man, what a night it must have been. All of the administers at the Red Bull Music Academy had finally finished sorting through all 6000 applications for their 2014 Tokyo edition. But shit, they all sounded so damn good. How can a few admin really decide who gets to take in all the incredible lectures, workshops, and performances that make up the annual RBMA? There is only one way — “Red Bull, all night. Let’s sort this shit out.”

Looks like that approach worked pretty well. RBMA Tokyo just announced their final “Class of 2014” roster; the 60 participants represent 34 different countries, including a solid eight representing the good ol’ US of A. American experimenters like Zebra Katz and former Dirty Projector (Angel) Deradoorian will be joined by Istanbul-based experimental/noise artist Ipek Gorgun and Parisian singer/producer Lafawndah. Tokyo glitterbug Sapphire Slows will lead the charge of hometown heroes. Chug some taurine and scope the whole list of 2014 participants here.

• Red Bull Music Academy: http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com

Weezer share Everything Will Be Alright In The End details, thirty-somethings sigh a knowing sigh

Here we are again. There is a new Weezer album coming out. It is called Everything Will Be Alright In The End and will be released on September 30 through Republic. In plain facts: this will be Weezer’s ninth album. Skewed toward a particular demographic: this will be Weezer’s seventh album since Pinkerton.

Everything Will Be Alright In The End was produced by Ric Ocasek. He produced the band’s self-titled debut, more popularly known as the Blue Album. Vital information: he also produced the band’s self-titled third album, more popularly known as the Green Album. If you are a certain type of person (and you know who you are), you feel nothing right now. You felt one thing, then you felt another thing, then the second thing negated the first.

The record’s press release states that the album, which is organized around three groups of thematically-connected songs, utilizes the sound “from the band’s earliest days to tell new stories in 2014, creating some of the finest, most heartfelt songs Weezer has ever recorded.” Now, someone is reading this sentence and rubbing the back of his or her head. Someone is doing this because they want to believe something and because they don’t want to even bother believing that same something.

Weezer last released Hurley in 2010. It was four years ago that I last danced this song and dance. I’m putting my shoes on now, while I tell you Weezer are going on tour these coming months. “Well. I have never seen Weezer before,” someone is saying, differing emotions shoving back and forth.

Weezer dates:

07.24.14 - London, ON - Rock the Park 2014
07.25.14 - Belleville, ON - Empire Rockfest
07.26.14 - Rimouski, QC - Les Grandes Fetes du St-Laurent
08.01.14 - Las Vegas, CA - The Cosmopolitan
08.02.14 - Del Mar, CA - Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Summer Concert Series
08.09.14 - Bethlehem, PA - Musikfest PNC Plaza
08.13.14 - Southaven, MS - Snowden Grove Amphitheater
08.14.14 - Lake Charles, LA - L’Auberge Casino Resort
08.31.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Made in America
09.06.14 - Charlotte, NC - 106.5 The End Presents Weenie Roast ‘14
09.12.14 - Paso Robles, CA - Vino Robles Amphitheatre
09.13.14 - Sacramento, CA - Aftershock Festival
09.14.14 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest
09.19.14 - Denver, CO - Riot Fest

• Weezer: http://www.weezer.com
• Republic: http://www.republicrecords.com

Gobby does collaborative art exhibit in NYC; new video updates us on a blue-collar Kermit

To be sure, Wakng Thrst For Seeping Banhee is intriguing enough without a visual complement, but as you might’ve noticed when the album was first announced, alongside the video unveiling for “Red Seal,” things have the potential to get so much more fascinating than our boring ol’, literally-wireless lives. Let’s all yearn for a universal marionette depiction, and suddenly, our monotonous trips to the grocery store will become entertaining bounces with the trolley up and down the aisles! Check out the new Gobby music video below for further confirmation; just look at that awesome toilet interaction:

The video is courtesy of who, again? Well, Gobby of course, but also Nicholas Buffon and Brooklyn artist Allegra Crowther, all three of whom are putting on a collaborative exhibition at the New York project space Shoot the Lobster, starting now and lasting through August 3. “Pleh” features drawings and comics created by Gobby over the past six years (including his first commercially printed comic book), as well as videos and video props from the trio. It should be noted further that this is Gobby’s first “comprehensive exhibition” anywhere, so if you’re looking to dive into his creative — and not just musical — mind, this seems like a rare opportunity to do so.

I mean, it’s potentially less disturbing than entering his home and stumbling upon this. Eye contact. “Oh, ummm… sorry.”

• Gobby: http://www.gobbygobby.com
• UNO NYC: http://www.unonyc.com

Oneohtrix Point Never replaces Death Grips on select dates for the Nine Inch Nails-Soundgarden tour

Oneohtrix Point Never, the side project of retired NBA player Chuck Person, has just been announced as one of three replacement acts (the others being Cold Cave and the Dillinger Escape Plan) for Death Grips, who earlier this month called it quits (via a small piece of cloth normally for use in wiping the lips and fingers and to protect the clothes while eating), just days before their scheduled tour with Nine Inch Nail and Soundgarden. The change-ups should be seamless, though, because all music sounds the same. Quoth Lopatin:

Sharing the stage with NIN means a great deal to me, and I’m honored to be replacing Death Grips on this tour. The last amphitheater tour I did was with Sigur Rós, in which audiences had no idea whether or not I was performing because I was behind a giant sheet. I’m happy to say that the setup is going to incredible on this run. Thus, I’m attempting to write 30 minutes of customized hard rock cyberdrone specifically for this tour. I am grateful to Trent Reznor and his production team for all their help.

So there you have it. Special hard rock cyberdrone set! Looks like Mr. Person (a.k.a. Daniel Lopatin) has found his way, after all.

07.19.14 - Las Vegas, NV - Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
07.21.14 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater
07.22.14 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater
07.24.14 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
07.26.14 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
07.27.14 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07.29.14 - Mansfield, MA - XFINITY Center
07.30.14 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
08.01.14 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach

• Oneohtrix Point Never: http://pointnever.com

  

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