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

Bong finally change the water, announce new album We are, we were and we will have been

There’s literally no second guessing Newcastle-on-Tyne’s eminent stoner unit. For starters, they’re friggin’ called Bong. Like, ‘nuff said. They also put out Stoner Rock last year, which is a tongue-in-cheek but nonetheless telling album title; basically, Bong summoned the dirge hard with 70+ minutes of single-chord battery until the water became too damn nasty to continue ripping. This shit had people damn near gasping for breath!

That surely sounds like THE logical conclusion to drone-doom, right? Clearly not, ‘cos come May 25, Bong shall return with a brand new LP by the name of We are, we were and we will have been, once again on Ritual Productions. This time around, it’s an altogether shorter session, with two 20-minute sides as opposed to the near-35-minute slabs we got on Stoner Rock. Still, expect more of the same sound-wise: walls of guitar drone and sauntering percussion, all performed at a kush-coma-inducing pace. Oh, and it’s got some killer artwork, but that’s kinda customary for doom-mongers. Don’t expect to see many reviews when this thing drops: it’s the sort of music that deliberately avoids critical dissection, instead inviting one to throw it on the turntable and proceed to drop the fuck out of life. Bong in hand, of course.

We are, we were and we will have been tracklisting:

01. Time Regained
02. Find Your Own Gods

• Bong: https://www.facebook.com/pages/BONG-DOOM/173658429382728
• Ritual Productions: http://www.ritualproductions.net

De La Soul already reach Kickstarter goal, announce forthcoming LP featuring David Byrne, Damon Albarn, Imagine Dragons… and you?

De La Soul decided to run a Kickstarter campaign to fund their latest album (shout out to Complex for the heads up), and unsurprisingly, the group reached their goal of $110,000 within a few days. But the campaign is still running here, and you might want to consider getting involved, not just because you love De La Soul (which we know you do), but because the prizes they are selling are bona fide awesome, including the opportunity for the fiscally endowed to share a dinner with the group or even feature on a skit on the forthcoming record.

The Kickstarter page also gives some pretty pithy details on the album. Apparently, the group have been holed up in Vox Studios recording improvised jams with folks like Damon Albarn, Imagine Dragons, David Byrne, 2 Chainz, and other artists who are apparently too exciting for even the band to mention yet. De La Soul are now going to create the instrumentals from the 200+ hours of amassed freestyle sessions for the forthcoming record, which will be their first in 11 years.

Good times are coming.

• De La Soul: http://www.wearedelasoul.com

Music Industry officially confirms first “global release day” for July, adds a second Christmas in August while they’re at it

Hey, don’t you fucking hate alliterative consonance? Doesn’t the sonority of the phrase “New Music Tuesdays” just drive you up the wall? Me too! And, also, GREAT NEWS then! Remember how we told you last month all about how International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI — and yeah, totally a real thing) just kinda… got a little high and thought it’d be rad and funny and cool to change the global release day of all music ever to Fridays beginning sometime “this summer”?

Welp, they weren’t quite as hopelessly stoned as we thought when they cooked up that plan, because they’re actually following through with it! Because, uh, beginning Friday, July 10, SHIT GETS RELEASED ON FRIDAYS. Period. Fuck you.

But wait. Why is this happening again? Right: because it’ll “bring all territories in line with Australia and Germany, among others.” Well thank goodness! Although, last week it was also announced that the Official Chart on Radio 1 will be moved to Fridays starting in July too, so this only makes sense, right?

Meanwhile, news of the switcheroo has been “met with a mixed reaction” from the industry; chief among the eye-rollers being co-founder of the independent music recording, licensing, distribution, sales, marketing, and whatever-the-hell-else company [PIAS] Michel Lambot, who recently expressing concern about what it could mean for development and local artists.

“If a global chart reigns supreme, development artists and local artists will have to get used to hearing the voice of America, everywhere. Big money, big global campaigns, will dominate,” Lambot wrote in a recent blog. “This can only help the blockbusters become even bigger, for a longer period of time, in more markets.”

On the other side of the coin though, those “blockbusters” and all of the distributors and retailers who sell them are all kinda like “Hell yeah. That sounds good to us.” So that’s that.

See you guys in the checkout line at the Best Buy on Friday, July 10, right?

• IFPI: http://www.ifpi.org

  

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