Wolf Parade

Listen: “Baby Blue” & “Weaponized” From New Wolf Parade Album

Oct 06, 2017

There's cause for celebration. Wolf Parade's first album in seven years, Cry Cry Cry, is out today, which means there's another audacious long play of theirs to gleefully try to wrap your head around. Aided by veteran Seattle producer John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Unwound, Blonde Redhead), there was a mindset to prune away excess on the 11 tracks of Cry Cry Cry. But thankfully there were a couple of occasions of indulgence in the classic spirit of Wolf Parade. "Baby Blue" and "Weaponized" start out with tight structure before their respective glorious unfurlings. Check them out:

 

Dan Deacon

Watch/Listen - “Redlining” From Dan Deacon Rat Film Score

Oct 04, 2017

The release of Dan Deacon's original soundtrack to the provocative essay-film Rat Film marks the first full recorded document of his explorations in scoring. He is sharing the first single “Redlining” from the forthcoming album, along with accompanying sky view virtual imagery of his hometown of Baltimore, how it might look after the great vanishing. Check it out.

On Rat Film:

Much as Theo Anthony’s film uses rat infestation in Baltimore, the city both he and Deacon call home, as a starting point from which to probe deeply entangled issues of race and class, Deacon’s bold and beautiful score, takes the listener on an exploratory sensory trip through the city streets.

For the soundtrack, made in close collaboration with director Theo Anthony as he built and refined the film’s edit, Deacon drew inspiration from recent scores such as Mica Levi’s Under the Skin and Mark Korven’s The Witch, as well as Philip Glass’ raw early work North Star. To accompany the announcement, watch the “Making of the Score” feature that highlights music from the soundtrack and features Deacon discussing how his use of rats contributed to the making of the score HERE.

Rat Film marks Deacon’s first full record devoted to modern composition. In between his four ecstatic electronic-pop albums, Deacon has frequently flexed the 21st-century classical muscles he first developed studying at SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Music. He’s provided soundtracks for film and stage giants ranging from Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt to New York City Ballet’s presentation of Justin Peck’s “The Times Are Racing.” Deacon’s array of compositional commissions includes pieces with Kronos Quartet at Lincoln Center, Sigur Rós at the L.A. Philharmonic, and So Percussion at the Barbican Centre.

 

 


Rat Film (
Original Soundtrack) tracklisting:
1. Redlining (stream)
2. Horn Phase
3. Pelican
4. OCME
5. Harold
6. Reed Clouds
7. Seagull
8. Calhoun
9. Rat Poison
10. Video Game
11. Harold’s Lament
12. Map Overlays

Dan Deacon Tour Dates
10.07 - Edmonton, AB - Up + Downtown Music Festival (tickets
10.14 - Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon (Rat Film Soundtrack Release Party - Dan Deacon DJ Set) (tickets)
10.21 - Petaluma, CA - Lagunitas Beer Circus
11.04 - Pomona, CA - Lagunitas Beer Circus
11.09 - Providence, RI - AS220 (tickets)
11.10 - Somerville, MA - Hassle Fest 9 (tickets
11.11 - Holyoke, MA - Gateway City Arts (tickets
11.12 - Portland, ME - SPACE Gallery (tickets
 12.27-12.30 - Reykjavik, IS - Nordur og nidur

 

Sharon Van Etten

Listen: “I Wish I Knew” from Sharon Van Etten Debut Reissue Album

Oct 03, 2017

Sharon Van Etten will release (it was) because i was in love, a deluxe reissue of her debut album, because i was in love, on November 17 as a Vinyl Me Please exclusive. It will include deluxe vinyl packaging with new artwork and liner notes, as well as two bonus tracks. Quietly be somewhere and listen to " I Wish I Knew" below. The song is a simple acoustic expression of Van Etten before the full embellishment of instrumental production and you really hear what it is that sets Van Etten in a class of her own. Her voice and words are arresting.

Says Van Etten of her first album: “It was an innocent and beautiful record, which some of my newer fans may not even know about. This seemed like the perfect time to remix and remaster it, and give it a new life.” 

"Van Etten still imbues her songs with the naked emotion that other singer-songwriters might iron out of their recordings. She wants us to hear the humanity of her work, the imperfections that make it palpable, the longing and heartache we’ve all nursed at some point. because i was in love was the blueprint for what fans have grown to love about and expect from Van Etten."

Tennyson

Listen: New EP From Tennyson “Uh Oh”

Sep 29, 2017

Brother-and-sister electro-pop duet Tennyson from Edmonton, Canada have released their new EP, Uh Oh!, out today via OWSLA, Skrillex’s label. The duo's avant pop production is light, sprightly and ebullient and dances around in unexpected ways. The 6-track EP is their first full project and features all original production with a special guest appearance from Aloe Blacc.

The press release offered this background: “Tess & Luke (AKA Tennyson) began making music when they were kids. By age twelve Luke discovered his formidable talent as a keyboardist and released two albums. During high school they moonlighted playing Beatles covers while Luke refined his skill as a beat-maker. Today Luke uses everyday sounds to craft intricate electronic pop that is both catchy and daringly experimental, while Tess's masterful drumming holds the songs in from floating away.”

This is welcome stimuli for the start of the weekend. Take it in like a breath of fresh air and check out their upcoming tour dates below:  

 

TENNYSON TOUR DATES:

Sept 29th - The Roxy Theatre - West Hollywood, CA

Sept 30th - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA

Oct 3rd - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT

Oct 4th - Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO

Oct 5th - Globe Hall - Denver, CO

Oct 6th - Lake San Antonio South Shore - Bradley, CA


S U R V I V E

S U R V I V E Announce New EP - Listen to “Cutthroat” Lena Willikens Remix

Sep 27, 2017

Austin-based S U R V I V E have announced the release of their new four song EP of remixes and reinterpretations RR7387, due November 3 on Relapse Records. The experimental synth quartet won an emmy and were nominated for a grammy for their incredible soundtrack to Stranger Things -and released their also amazing album RR7349 last year. The EP features remixes from Justin Broadrick aka JK Flesh (of GodfleshJesu), Lena WillikensNot Waving, and Sam Haar (of Blondes).

The band's signature sound is achieved via a large collection of vintage and modern synthesizers, performed and recorded live at the band's own Omniverse Studios. After their initial entry into the film world with their work on the acclaimed indie horror film The Guest, members Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein achieved notoriety for their work on the runaway hit Netflix series "Stranger Things."

Check out the remix to "Cutthroat" off the new EP:

Erased Tapes

Erased Tapes Turns 10 - Celebrates With New Releases

Sep 25, 2017

London Record Label Erased Tapes, founded by German-born Robert Raths in 2007, has been a home and champion of some of the most daring composers of the past decade, artists constantly searching for uncharted plains of aural evocation and expression. Their impressive roster includes Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Kiasmos and Rival Consoles. They have also brought in and reinvigorated classic groups like Penguin Cafe while giving rise to new artists like Daniel Brandt (of Brandt Brauer Frick), Masayoshi Fujita, Douglas Dare, Ben Lukas Boysen and Dawn Of Midi. These forward thinking and traditionally rooted musicians often design through the modes of classical music and electronic modulation and nuance to discover the beauty in melancholy and energy in stillness and grace.

This month, the label is celebrating ten years of existence and the pursuit of their overarching philosophy. Spanning this time, Erased Tapes has nurtured its avant-garde artists from all around the world whilst remaining genre-defying and truly independent. On February 5th Erased Tapes opened the doors to its new East London home, marking the 10th anniversary by introducing fans and the public to the new Erased Tapes Sound Gallery. This month and next there are some great releases that are coinciding with the celebration. Before checking out what’ new, here are some examples to represent the ethos of Erased Tapes:


 

 


 

Here’s what’s new. Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds just released a ten year reissue of his record Eulogy for Evolution this past Friday just in time to ring in the 10 Year Anniversary. Originally put out during his teens, Eulogy For Evolution is a journey from birth to death, transporting the listener through life itself. The record has now been restored with the help of his friends, remixed by Ólafur himself and remastered by Nils Frahm.

Of the reissue, Ólafur says “I spent a couple of weeks in some sort of a time machine, opening up and working on 12-year-old recordings. There was noise in the microphones, some channels seemed accidentally muted, but sometimes I found myself admiring what my teenage self was capable of. It was somehow charming. Well, most of it. So I fixed the stuff that wasn’t before sending it off to Nils Frahm for remastering.”


 

 

Kiasmos is the duo of Olafur Arnalds and fellow Nordic composer/musician Janus Rasmussen and The Blurred Ep, arriving October 6th, is a continuation of the collaborative work that balances dance rhythm with gorgeous instrumental ambience. Their aesthetic tastes caused their individual musical paths to converge, leading to a working relationship that fertilized a strong friendship. The tandem has produced a string of tracks and EP’s, released periodically over the past few years when the two have found time to unite amidst their independent projects. Blurred provides further example of what can come from the common sensibility and profound harmony of artistic friends.

 

Erased Tapes is also releasing a new LP from Icelandic composer Högni with a collection of music that is dedicated to an important part of Icelandic history. His Two Trains LP arrives October 20th s dedicated to two Icelandic locomotives - the Minør & Pionér - that helped modernize the country in the early 20th Century. Högni is better known as the frontman of indie rock band Hjaltalín and previous member of electronic group GusGus, and is the newest addition to Erased Tapes.

The music in Two Trains embraces the spirit of the original European avant-garde and invokes these concepts in its chugging rhythms, metallic clangs and brooding choral arrangements (men's choruses are a distinctly Icelandic phenomena related to the national/romantic politics of the 19th and 20th century) while the lyrics speak of ominous clouds on the war-ridden eastern horizon and freight cars filled with gravel and dreams.

 

Deerhoof

Watch & Write Your Own Lyrics! – Deerhoof “Singalong Junk” Video

Sep 21, 2017

Now this is a very cool fan interaction idea. Deerhoof today debuted a karaoke-style video for new song "Singalong Junk" featuring Xenia Rubinos, along with a .PDF of its sheet music (LINK), from their new album Mountain Moves out now on Joyful Noise Recordings. In the spirit of the album's collaborative origins, Deerhoof are encouraging fans to write and share their own original lyrics to "Singalong Junk." Whether sharing via social media, or uploading to YouTube, fans can tag their creation with #singalongjunk to be seen and/or heard by the band. Watch the video here. 

 

Rubinos says of the collaboration, "When Greg (Saunier) reached out to ask if I would sing a song on the new Deerhoof album I literally fell out of my seat. It was a surreal "am I dreaming?" moment. I got Greg's email the night before leaving on a month long national tour." She adds, "The song was a unique challenge in that it was intended to be a karaoke style choose your own words adventure. After many listens and a few performance attempts, I decided to approach it like a modern classical composition played by Deerhoof and sung by me."

Mountain Moves is a haberdashery of collaborations including Wye Oak's Jennifer Wasner, Stereolab's Lætitia Sadier, Awkwafina, Juana Molina, Matana Roberts, and more. Catch up on your Deerhoof knowledge here and check out their current tour dates below.

Deerhoof Tour Dates:
* w/ Mayya and the Revolutionary Hell Yeah!
+ w/ Christina Schneider's Genius Grant
= w/ Thor And Friends
$ w/ Rose Ette
^ w/ Lily And Horn Horse
# w/ Sad13

09/21 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall +*
09/22 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom +*
09/23 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent +*
09/24 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad +*
09/26 - Austin, TX @ Antone's =+
09/27 - Houston, TX @ Walter's =+$
09/28 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada =+
09/29 - Kansas City, MO @ Outer Reaches Fest @ Record Bar ^
09/30 - St Louis, MO @ The Ready Room +^
10/01 - Chicago, IL @ EB25 series @ Empty Bottle #^
10/03 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme #^
10/04 - Detroit, MI @ The Magic Stick #^
10/05 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls #^
10/06 - Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt #^
10/07 - Brooklyn, NY @ Villain #^
10/08 - Kingston, NY @ O+ Fest At BSP
10/09 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
10/10 - Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar (20 Year Anniversary of The Ottobar)

Twinsmith

Watch: New Twinsmith Video “You & I”

Sep 19, 2017

Omaha, NE's Twinsmith released their impressive third album Stay Cool in July on Saddle Creek and today we get their video for "You & I". The charming animated video was created by Isaac Switzer. Check it out here. If you're not up on this lively act, here's some background:

For Twinsmith, the occasion to make a third album came with an opportunity to distill their process down to its essential parts, and to re-focus the band's perspective in order to fully embrace their sound. Longtime friends Jordan Smith and Matt Regner had written a pair of records as Twinsmith, starting with 2013's self-titled debut and then 2015's Alligator Years - which earned press attention from outlets including NPR Music's All Songs ConsideredInterviewNYLON ('Band Crush'), and Culture Collide, among others. While the lineup would grow to include bassist Bill Sharp and other hired guns to round out the stage, the songwriting core learned to vary their approach while relying on each other to push the plot forward. Starting as DIY tinkerers in a basement, Smith and Regner would evolve their sound from hazy surf rock to a fuller, more dynamic guitar-and-keys pop appeal, making good use of the perks like recording studios and engineers that often come with progress. But as it came time to begin again for a new album, they found themselves looking back to the beginning, stripping back their process and recording in the dining room of their house using old synths and '80s drum machines.

The band will head out on tour in support of the new album beginning next Thursday, September 28th at the Lincoln Calling festival in Lincoln, NE. The dates will continue through October 10th and include an October 6th show at New York's Berlin. Check the dates below.

 

 

Twinsmith tour dates:

 
9/28 - Lincoln, NE @ Lincoln Calling
9/30 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
10/1 - DeKalb, IL @ The House Cafe
10/3 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's
10/4 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe
10/5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
10/6 - New York, NY @ Berlin NYC
10/7 - State College, PA @ Chronic Town
10/8 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit
10/10 - Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
11/11 - Davenport, IA @ Gas Feed & Seed Festival