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January 27, 2015

Alexander Turnquist

We last wrote about guitar wiz Alexander Turnquist when he released his Flying Fantasy LP in 2014 on Western Vinyl. Here's what we said about it then:

Like his other works, Flying Fantasy combines the busy picking of American primitive guitar pioneered by John Fahey, the modern classical minimalism of Steve Reich, and the ruminative, reflective qualities of a new-age composer such as Lubomyr Melnyk. Yet, for all of these influences, Flying Fantasy sounds like Alexander Turnquist more than ever. He's come out the other side of unfortunate circumstances with a fresh respect for sound. In fact, it's the sound of someone not taking anything for granted. Turnquist infuses every tone with himself, knowing there might be a time when there isn't anything left to give.
More recently, Alexander headed to Buffalo to film a 19-minute Silo Sessions video, in which you can see him alone at work with his weapon of choice in a grain silo. That video premieres in this post and can be watched below.

Alexander was in NYC over the weekend to play Ace Hotel on Sunday (1/25) with Zachary Cale. Anyone catch that?

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Liturgy

As mentioned, Liturgy are releasing a new album this year and they've now announced a tour in support of it. The tour includes the Brooklyn band playing a hometown show on April 15 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show will be available soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed below.

The new album's called The Ark Work and is due out March 24 via Thrill Jockey. Listen to the very non-metal lead single "Quetzalcoatl," below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Yay: Warp just announced that they're reissuing Broadcast's entire catalog on vinyl on March 9. That includes, of course, their 2000 full length debut, The Noise Made By People (one of the best albums of the '00s, according to me), 2003's Ha Ha Sound, and early singles/EPs compilation Work and Non Work. As the original vinyl releases regularly fetch over $100 on the used market, this is great news. (Ask and ye shall receive.) Warp is offering a Broadcast Bundle of all six reissues, and preorders of any of the albums come with an eight-page 10" x 10" booklet of album art.

We tragically lost singer Trish Keenan in 2011. Broadcast released the soundtrack to Berberian Sound Studio in 2013, which was their final work. If you've never delved into Broadcast's pristine world of sound -- '60s baroque psychedelia with a love of analogue synths that timewarps them into the future -- you can stream some of their LPs via Rdio, below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Anakin

I've already talked at length about how Hum's influence has been very prevalent lately, and another band that's proof of this is San Diego's Anakin. Like Hum, they go all in on the thick sludgy guitars, the pretty atmospheres, and melodies that could but probably won't fill an arena. Anakin also add some cool synth lines to the mix that sound more off Something to Write Home About than Downward Is Heavenward, but on other than that don't expect much of Matt Pryor's influence on this band.

Their debut album, Random Accessed Memories, came out in 2012 (they must have been pissed at Daft Punk a year later) and they'll release its followup, Celestial Frequency Shifter, on February 3 via No Sleep (pre-order). We've got the premiere of the new single "Artificial" in this post. You can check that out, along with previous single "Satellite," below.

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Sturgill Simpson at Joe's Pub in July (more by Chris La Putt)
Sturgill

The 2015 Forecastle Festival take placeĀ July 17 - 19 in Louisville, Kentucky. The fest has just announced the first round of performers, which include Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Tweedy, Desaparecidos, The Gaslight Anthem, Sturgill Simpson, Sam Smith, Alvvays, JEFF The Brotherhood, Speedy Ortiz, Big K.R.I.T., and lots more. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/30) at noon EST. All announced Forecastle Fest 2015 performers are listed below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Torres

Torres has been playing new songs live for a while now, and she's finally announced the followup to her excellent 2013 debut LP. It's called Sprinter and will be out on May 5 via her new label home of Partisan Records. PJ Harvey collaborator Rob Ellis produced it and PJ's bassist Ian Oliver backed Torres on the record, as did Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley. Working with PJ Harvey collaborators is a good fit for Torres, who gets a bit of a To Bring You My Love-style howl out on new single "Strange Hellos." Like her recent live shows predicted, the new song dives deeper into the heavier rock vibe that her debut only hinted at. Check it out, with the LP tracklist, below. That's the album artwork above.

Torres also announced a tour which follows her previously discussed Brooklyn Night Bazaar show and SXSW. The BK Bazaar show is this Friday (1/30) and also features Mainland, Heliotropes and Ancient Ocean. Like most BKNB shows, it's free.

All dates are listed, with the tracklist and new song, below...

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As mentioned, Father John Misty is set to release his new album, I Love You Honeybear, on February 10 via Sub Pop. Anyone who has seen him live knows that Josh Tillman (who is FJM) is part comedian, which may explain the press release today where he claims to have launched a new streaming service, Streamline Audio Protocol (SAP):

Hello! As an artist, it has been thrilling to see how a decade or so of increasingly free music on the internet has facilitated a veritable anarchic consumer utopia for fans of sharing, rating, discovering and music. Within the last year or so, I started to ask myself a question: We all know free is great for the fans, but how can we extend this freedom to artists as well? Is there a way to ensure that no one, artist or fan, ever has to spend, or lose, any money on music ever?
He goes on to explain how SAP works:
...popular albums are "sapped" of their performances, original vocal, atmosphere and other distracting affectations so the consumer can decide quickly and efficiently whether they like a musical composition, based strictly on its formal attributes, enough to spend money on it.
The first (last? only?) use of SAP technology is a stream of I Love You Honeybear which, turns the songs into quasi midi/chiptune versions, with rinkydink keyboard lines instead of vocals. You can stream it over at FJM's website.

Father John Misty's tour hits NYC next month for two sold-out shows. He's expanded his tour since the last time we posted and updated dates are listed below.

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photo: Built to Spill at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
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It was already announced that Brand New and Desaparecidos would be playing pre-Coachella shows together, and they've since expanded their itinerary to include an LA show in between the two Coachellas, which excitingly is also with Built to Spill. Brand New have other newly-added Coachella-time dates (with Circa Survive) and Built to Spill are touring on their own around then too. Both BN and BTS also play Shaky Knees Fest. Updated dates are listed below.

Desparecidos have also added an in-between-Coachella LA show with Touche Amore and Joyce Manor, happening ahead of the San Francisco show those three bands play together. Updated lists of their dates below too.

Brand New, Desaparecidos, Built to Spill, Touche Amore and Joyce Manor all play the Sundays of Coachella (with Drake, St. Vincent, Jenny Lewis, OFF! and more). Built to Spill and Joyce Manor also both play Treefort Music Fest.

Lists of dates below...

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Treefort

Treefort Music Fest returns to various downtown Boise, ID venues from March 25-29 this year, and the lineup includes TV on the Radio, Built to Spill, of Montreal, Joyce Manor, Viet Cong, Cymbals Eat Guitars, !!!, YACHT, Foxygen, Twerps, Matthew E. White, Omar Souleyman, Posse, Delicate Steve, Craft Spells, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Generationals and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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photo: Purity Ring at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Purity Ring

Purity Ring already announced that their second album, Another Eternity, would be out on March 3 via 4AD, and now they've announced a lengthy world tour in support of it. The tour hits NYC on June 2 at Terminal 5, their largest show here yet. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (1/30).

All dates are listed, with streams of the album's two singles, below...

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