of Montreal are going on tour this spring. Attendees can expect a subtle, low-key performance from the Athens-based musicians. “We have always believed that music comes first and all theatricality serves only as a distraction,” frontman Kevin Barnes said in a real interview. Sources report that the band has chosen its stage attire, a sensible polo-and-khakis combination.
PSYYYYYYCH! JUST PLAYING. THE UPCOMING OF MONTREAL TOUR IS SURE TO BE A FUN CONFETTI NIGHTMARE. LIKE A BAZ LUHRMANN FILM BUT MELTING AND WITH MORE MONSTERS. THEY MAY EVEN INTRODUCE A RHINOCEROS TO THE STAGE — WHO KNOWS? SOMETHING COULD GET SET ON FIRE. EVERYTHING COULD GET SET ON FIRE.
Last year, of Montreal released Lousy With Syvianbriar through Polyvinyl. Stereogum recently premiered a video for their single “She Ain’t Speakin’ Now,” directed by Yuan Liu and Owen Donovan. Kevin Barnes is currently swimming around in a Scrooge McDuck vault of glitter.
of Montreal dates:
02.03.14 - Honolulu, HI - Republik
03.22.14 - Natchitoche, LA - DemonFest @ Northwestern State University
03.27.14 - Mexico City, MX - Vive Latino Festival
03.29.14 - Athens, GA - Velena’s Birthday Party @ The 40 Watt Club
03.31.14 - Greensboro, NC - The Blind Tiger
04.01.14 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie’s
04.02.14 - St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room
04.03.14 - Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival
04.04.14 - Wichita, KS - The Crown Uptown
04.06.14 - Memphis, TN - The Hi Tone
05.02.14 - Little Rock, AR - The Revolution Music Room
05.03.14 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest
05.04.14 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
05.05.14 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
05.06.14 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
05.07.14 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
05.08.14 - Orlando, FL - The Social
05.09.14 - Charlotte, NC - Chop Shop
05.10.14 - Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar
05.11.14 - New York, Ny - Le Poisson Rouge
05.12.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
05.13.14 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
05.14.14 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
05.15.14 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
05.16.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
05.17.14 - Cincinnati, OH - The Taft Ballroom
05.18.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
• of Montreal: http://www.ofmontreal.net
Pharmakon announces some highly sensual, experiential, exponential, and experimental US dates with Helm, Godflesh, Cut Hands (and a few totally normal-ish Japanese shows)
Pharmakon, man. This industrial-noise superwoman just kills it to death on everything she does. But not only that, but she also manages to stay in excellent shape the whole time! Can you say that? No, you can’t. You’re a bum. A lazy bum!
Hopefully, though, you’re a lazy bum with money. Because it turns out she’s doing a handful of shows. Her schedule/exercise regimen entails ripping open a wormhole in space and time and jogging through it to Japan for a few shows with Croatian Amor, Lust For Youth, and Vår; and then power-swimming (wormholes only work one way, duh) all the way back home to New York to play with UK-based sound artist Helm and Copenhagen’s Damien Dubrovnik. As if that wasn’t extreme enough, she’ll then head out on a hang glider for a few more shows in Boston and Philly with Godflesh and William Bennett’s (ex-Whitehouse) newest project, Cut Hands. Honestly, the absolute least you can do is get off the couch and go to one of them. Bring some ear plugs though. If you’re unfamiliar with some of these names I’ve been throwing at you, suffice it to say that things might get… noisy.
The dates, y’all:
02.08.14 - Tokyo, JP - Vacant Harajuku ≈
02.08.14 - Tokyo, JP - Sodom ¶
02.09.14 - Tokyo, JP - Fish
02.18.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right ¥
04.10.14 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza †
04.11.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts †
04.13.14 - Boston, MA - Royale †
≈ Vår & Lust For Youth
¶ Croatian Amor
¥ Helm & Damien Dubrovnik
† Godflesh & Cut Hands
• Pharmakon: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pharmakon/202008183256317
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com/
Dean Blunt has just dropped what appears to be a 26-minute mixtape titled Skin Fade, featuring seven new hypnotic tracks of the typically woozy, disorienting nature. As expected, there’s no concrete information available about the release — which at the moment seems to be a SoundCloud-only joint — except that it once again features Joanne Robertson, who has been collaborating heavily with Blunt since The Redeemer on tracks like “Love Me Thru This,” “DEF freestyle,” and “X.” Robertson’s vocals take center stage on the bulk of the songs, but this release — at turns ethereal, noisy, narcotic, and as evasive as the artists themselves — has “classic” Blunt written all over it.
Stream Skin Fade here The SoundCloud stream is gone, but you can still download it direct from Blunt via this WeTransfer upload NO YOU CAN’T.
No official word yet on a new Hype Williams release, but we can feel it coming.
Meanwhile, Dean Blunt’s 2013 releases, The Redeemer and Stone Island, made it to #2 and #19, respectively, on our Favorite 50 Albums of 2013 list, so you know, check ‘em out if you haven’t already, etc.
Blah blah blah, history is repeating itself. In three months’ time, I’ll find myself confidently droppin’ Js on my elementary school classmates and crying to the teacher about how a fiendish fourth grader unjustly claimed my best friend as his own. Oh, the forearm smudges of a left-handed-pencil-user practicing cursive — I refuse to endure such graphite-fueled cruelty again! Also during the early 90s: that whole (relatively short-lived, but sweet) shoegaze thing, of which arguably the two most principal emissaries, My Bloody Valentine and now, Slowdive, have reunited roughly 20 years later for some fun-time sneaker perusal. Assuredly, human eye-contact remains overrated.
Forgive the perception of unoriginality. Even if MBV did recently enamor the masses with an extensive global tour, and ultimately, the surprisingly atemporal — it sounded like they’d hardly skipped a beat — m b v (TMT Review), Slowdive are their own, equally worthwhile entity, undeserving of belaboring associations. The band’s collective venture into social networking, with four of the group’s members (Christian Savill, Rachel Goswell, Nick Chaplin, and Simon Scott) doing the initial following, marked the first hint. This week, they publicly confirmed performances at Primavera Sound 2014 in Barcelona, and the Village Underground in London on May 19, with additional shows explicitly said to be announced in the near future. Setlist musings by Goswell over at The Quietus indicate “all the old favourites and a couple of different ones. We’re going for the epic.”
Meanwhile, self-proclamations that Slowdive are back would suggest even more. The first rehearsal after officially reuniting was a “fun” and mostly intuitive experience, Neil Halstead remarked; we’ll see if the “initial impetus” leads to full-length fruition.
• Slowdive: http://www.slowdiveofficial.com
Somewhere in Venice Beach, CA, is a garage that time forgot. A garage filled with ratty brown couches, cheap bear, your long-haired older brother circa 1979, and some heavy riffs. Now imagine… nuclear slime!!! SEEPING INTO THE GARAGE!!! And then from the depths of a slime — in a plot line not dissimilar to the conception of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and like, human evolution in general — emerged The Shrine. The power trio of Josh Landau (guitar/vocals), Courtland Murphy (bass) and Jeff Murray (drums) have toured with Red Fang, Earthless, Dinosaur Jr., Graveyard, and Black Flag’s Chuck Dukowski, who also produced the band’s early output.
Now The Shrine are back with a new album for Teepee Records, Bless Off, which drops March 11. This ish was recorded on reel-to-reel tape with old school gear, and features “The Duke,” a track with lyrics originally written by friend-of-the-band Dukowski in 1983 for Black Flag. The album art includes the band’s favorite animal, the wolf, because DUH all bands like wolves, and is a tribute to the iconography of Dogtown Skateboards and show flyer artist Ric Clayton (Suicidal Tendencies.)
Bless Off tracklisting:
03. Tripping Corpse
04. The Duke
05. Nothing Forever
06. Bless Off
07. On the Grind
08. No Penalty
09. Spit in My Life
Neil Young announces new album A Letter Home; fans can’t wait to hear it in glorious, convenient MP3 format
Okay, here it is, folks. Neil Young doesn’t mince words; so neither will I. Let’s get you your news!
Point 1: Some sort of music industry awards ceremony — wherein people who work in the music industry sit around and pat themselves on the back for continuing to sally-forth as an industry — seems to have gone down over the weekend. And, according to Consequence of Sound, Young received something called the President’s Merit Award at something else called the “Producers and Engineers Wing’s annual Grammy party.”
Point 2: While he was at that thing, he seems to have confirmed that he’ll be releasing his newest album, entitled A Letter Home, in March of this year. Perhaps significantly, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Young called the making of this album “one of the lowest-tech experiences I’ve ever had,” and if you’re a fan of his album Tonight’s the Night, that’s kinda saying something.
Point 3: Some people seem to think that Jack White and/or Third Man Records is involved in this record and have been speculating that perhaps the album is an album of duet cover songs, but Young’s Facebook page (yup, he’s got one of those) has indicated that that information is “false.” But that doesn’t necessarily mean that White wasn’t involved in some capacity, now, does it? I mean, maybe White tuned his guitars for him? Or maybe Neil Young used him as a stool to sit on while he was tracking parts? That’d be cool, wouldn’t it?!? Or would it? I don’t even know. Either way, just sit tight. Some Neil Young shit is coming out soon, and it might sound gnarly.
• Neil Young: http://www.neilyoung.com
Blackest Ever Black release Weekend’s The ‘81 Demos on vinyl (ex-Young Marble Giants, not naughty-sex-man)
Another band named Weekend! Just what the world needed! But wait — this is the first Weekend, the trio of Alison Statton, Spike Williams, and Simon Booth, an ex-Young Marble Giants project that swooned its way through the sad post-punk hearts of 1981-1983. And the good people over at Blackest Ever Black are set to release the band’s The ‘81 Demos as a 12-inch. Doing the Lord’s Work they are, surely.
Out March 3, the Demos include the first versions of “Drumbeat” (a.k.a. “Drumbeat for Baby”), “Red Planes,” “Nostalgia,” and “Summerdays,” all of which appeared on Weekend’s 1982 Rough Trade release La Varieté, but which are even more beautiful and violintacular here. Vinyl Japan released this thing as a CD back in 1995, and the tracks were included as bonus material on the recent Cherry Red CD reissue of the band’s debut full-length, but this limited 12-inch marks the first time it’s been available on sweet sweet vinyl. Check out the gorgeous “Red Planes” here:
The ‘81 Demos tracklisting:
02. Red Planes
04. Summerdays Instrumental
• Blackest Ever Black: http://blackesteverblack.blogspot.com
It is with a heavy heart that we confirm the passing of Arthur Doyle, a performer of what he called “free jazz soul.” He died on January 25. We’ll be posting an essay on him next week, so for now, we’ll just leave you with some quotes and a few videos: one solo, one with drummer Sunny Murray, and one of a track off his 1978 debut, Alabama Feeling.
“You can’t separate the singing from the saxophone. You can’t separate the flute from the saxophone. You can’t separate none of it from the saxophone. It all revolves around one instrument, and that is Me, Myself.”
“I love being underground, man.”
“When I play in front of an audience I try to communicate all the things that happen to me in this life, the life before that, and the life after that.”
• Arthur Doyle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Doyle
Cloud Nothings to release new album Here and Nowhere Else, share new single on the internet (and nowhere else)
Hey! You didn’t forget about the indie rock band Cloud Nothings already, did you? And so soon after their 2012 release Attack on Memory made us all fall in love with Pixies and Pinkerton-emo all over again? Damn. How quickly we forget! Oh man, if only main man Dylan Baldi would put out another record so that you could remember his band again! Alas and alack!
Oh wait. He totally IS. It’s called Here And Nowhere Else. Say, do you want to hear him talk about it? Sweet! Me too!
For starters, it’s apparently a little less sad than the last one. “I was feeling pretty good about everything so I just made stuff that made me happy,” Baldi says. “I had nothing to be angry about really so the approach was more positive and less ‘fuckeverything.’ I just sat down and played until I found something that I like, because I was finally in a position to do that.” Cool! I feel less angry now than I did in 2012 too! I blame Occupy Wall Street. Anyway, so yeah, Baldi wrote a lot of these songs on the road and is even “pretty sure every song was written in a different country.” Then he met up with hot-shit producer John Congleton at Water Music in Hoboken, New Jersey (which, unfortunately, is only in one boring country) to record it all.
Oh wait, did you still want to hear more quotes about the sound from Baldi? Sure! Let’s do it: “It’s more subtle,” he says. “It’s not just an in-your-face rock record. There’s more going on.” You want some more? BAM: “You can listen to a song 20 times and still hear different little things in there that you didn’t notice before. Every time I listen I notice something that I didn’t even realize we did.” Satisfied? Well, I hope not, because the album will hit us like a wave of mutilation on April 1 via Carpark/Mom+Pop and is available for pre-order as of today on some place called iTunes.biz. In the meantime, you can stream the first single, “I’m Not Part of Me,” below and maybe make up your own quotes about what it sounds like and share them with your friends on Facebook and Twitter! Yeah! Do that!
Here and Nowhere Else tracklisting:
01. Now Hear In
02. Quieter Today
03. Psychic Trauma
04. Just See Fear
05. Giving into Seeing
06. No Thoughts
07. Pattern Walks
08. I’m Not Part of Me
Down in a basement somewhere or maybe a skate park, some kid is handing out his band’s demo tape. Or maybe he raps. Or maybe she makes beats. Anything could be on this demo tape. And whatever’s on there, it’s probably bad. It’s probably really bad. But it might not be bad. It might be really good. Regardless, it tends to be an avenue solely occupied by new artists trying to get their work out into the world for the first time.
But it also appears to be the avenue of Isaiah Rashad, who happens to be signed to TDE. You may know TDE as the label that puts out very, very, very not obscure rappers like Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q. They’re also the label that put out Rashad’s Cilvia Demo today.
In fairness, Cilvia Demo may not be an actual demo. What it is actually remains a little hazy. Demo is in the title, yet demos don’t tend to get wide releases from large labels. Rashad has called the release an EP in the past, yet it’s 14 tracks, typically longer than the typical EP. Let’s leave it at this: Cilvia Demo is a new collection of music by Isaiah Rashad. It features appearances from TDE labelmates SZA, Jay Rock, and ScHoolboy Q. It is 14 songs long. It will probably not be handed out in a skatepark.
Listen to “R.I.P. Kevin Miller” below, and “Soliloquy” at the Chocolate Grinder.
Cilvia Demo tracklist:
02. Webbie Flow (U LIKE)
03. Cilvia Demo
04. R.I.P. Kevin Miller
05. Ronnie Drake (feat. SZA)
06. West Savannah (feat. SZA)
09. Menthol (feat. Jean Deaux)
11. Heavenly Father
13. Brad Jordan (feat. Michael Da Vinci)
14. Shot You Down (feat. Jay Rock and ScHoolboy Q) (Remix)