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by Doug Moore

We debuted a new song from Oozing Wound's killer debut album Retrash over at Invisible Oranges this morning. Since I just finished writing about it over there, I'll let myself, um, speak for myself:

"Like Noisem or Slutvomit (who also have a sweet record out this year), Oozing Wound juices up their thrash with ingredients from newer, scarier parts of the metal world. Where Noisem draws on death metal and Slutvomit borrows from black metal, these guys thicken their brew with sludge. The effect is like Slayer on an all-hamburger diet, or like High on Fire with a far larger thrash component. Incidentally, High on Fire is one of the three bands they list as an influence on their FB; the other two are Black Sabbath and...the Carpenters. Very funny, guys."
Be sure to check out the whole spiel over at IO. Retrash comes out on 10/15 through Thrill Jockey (who are really digging into this metal stuff these days); preorder it here.

Oozing Wound are also gearing up for a run of East Coast/Midwestern North American dates. The tour hits New York City twice: first at Death By Audio on 10/30 with shoegaze trio The Dreebs, the gothy Pop 1280, and no wavers Sediment Club, and then again at Secret Project Robot on 11/3 with Guardian Alien (aka former Liturgy drummer Greg Fox), Skimask, and Child Abuse (who also play this week). No advance tickets for those shows.

Stream Oozing Wound's "Call Your Guy", watch a video of a second song ("Welcome to the Spaceship, Motherfucker"), and check out the full run of dates below...

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by Doug Moore

The Body

The Body are having a busy year. They've signed with Thrill Jockey, toured (including a two-night stand at the Acheron), and confirmed an appearance at next year's Gilead Media fest. Their Thrill Jockey debut, Christs, Redeemers, comes out on October 15. We've debuted a video for "An Altar or a Grave" -- one of the strongest cuts on the new record -- over at Invisible Oranges. From our writeup:

The video is about either someone being drowned or having their weighted corpse dumped deep water; either way, the blurred fluttering of the occasional milky-white hand jutting from the bundle of sinking, sodden rags says too much, about awful things. The string and vocal melodies interwoven throughout the bands plodding, toxic riffs simply drive home the feeling of despair and claustrophobia that exists in the silent, heavy tomb beneath the surface.
Check out the video and the full writeup over at IO.

The band has also announced a run of North American dates, including a Halloween show at Saint Vitus (which will undoubtedly be pretty weird) and a show with Neurosis in Portland in late November (which will undoubtedly be pretty awesome; tix). Tickets for the Saint Vitus show will be on sale soon via Ticketfly.

All dates are listed, along with those videos, below...

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Sidi Toure

As mentioned, legendary Malian blues artist Sidi Toure is going on a tour this fall, which already includes one NYC date happening on October 5 at BAM Cafe, but now he's added a sooner NYC show to his schedule. This one is happening at Highline Ballroom on September 27. Tickets to that show are on sale now. Updated dates, most of which are with Cedric Watson, are listed below.

Toure is touring in anticipation of his new record, Alafia, due out on Thrill Jockey next week (9/17). You can stream his latest single, "Ay Hora," along with the updated list of tour dates and a video, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Sidi Toure

SIdi Toure is the legendary blues singer/guitarist from Mali who has been making music in his home country for decades and finally began gaining worldwide recognition in recent years. His newest album, Alafia, will be released by Thrill Jockey Records on September 17, and its first single "Ay Hora" is out now. Whether or not "Malian blues" is a phrase that often enters your vocabulary, this is good stuff and you should check it out below.

Sidi will be touring North America around the time of the new album's release, and that tour brings him to NYC for a show on October 5 at BAM Cafe. No ticket info for that show are the moment.

All dates are listed, along with the song stream and LP tracklist, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Date Palms - "Sky Trails" (MP3)

Date Palms

Oakland post-rock duo Date Palms released their droney new album, The Dusted Sessions, earlier this year via Thrill Jockey, and they've now got an unreleased track that didn't appear on that album, "Sky Trails," which makes its premiere in this post. You can download the new song above or stream it below.

Date Palms will also be heading out on an international tour this September, which includes a NYC show happening on September 11 at Union Pool with Thrill Jockey labelmates Mountains and Plankton Wat, plus Good Willsmith. No advance tickets for that one. Admission is $10 at the door.

All tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

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Thalia Zedek

We just mentioned that Matador were reissuing Come's debut album, and that Come vocalist/guitarist Thalia Zedek has a new solo album due out on March 19 via Thrill Jockey. The album is called Via and you can check out the album art, tracklist, and a video of Thalia playing a solo acoustic version of its opening track, "Walk Away," below.

What we forgot to mention was that Thalia is keeping busy in other ways too. She has some shows coming up including a NYC date on March 26 at Union Pool with Brokeback before she heads out on a short run with Low (not including Low's NYC show). Admission for the Union Pool show is $10 at the door.

Meanwhile, Thalia's Thrill Jockey labelmate White Hills opens for Psychic Ills at their record release show at Bowery Ballroom tonight (2/7). That bill also includes Prince Rupert's Drops and DJ Mike Newman. Tickets are still available.

A list of all Thalia Zedek dates, video, album art, and tracklist below...

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photos by Alyssa Tanchajja

Freakwater @ The Bell House, 1/15/2012
Freakwater

Long-running alt-country duo Freakwater are currently on tour and made a stop in Brooklyn earlier this week (1/15) at The Bell House and pictures from that show are in this post. Opening were fellow Thrill Jockey band Abouretum whose new album, Coming Out of the Fog, is out next week.

More pics from the Bell House, plus video from Freakwater's set, below...

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DOWNLOAD: DOWNLOAD: Mountains - "Living Lens" (MP3)

Mountains in Chicago in 2012 (more by Grant MacAllister)
Mountains

Brooklyn drone duo Mountains are set to release their new album, Centralia, on January 22 via Thrill Jockey. You can download the swelling lead single, "Living Lens," above and check out its video, the album art and tracklist below.

Mountains will tour in support of the album this February, but before that they'll play a record release show in Brooklyn on January 19 at Union Pool with Golden Retriever, Mind Over Mirrors, and DJ Jeff Conklin (East Village Radio). Tickets for that show are on sale now. The show is one of two record release shows that the duo is playing (the other is Montreal) and they also play a show in New Haven, CT at BAR on January 30.

A list of all dates, video, cover art, and tracklist below...

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DOWNLOAD: The Sea and Cake - Harps (MP3)

'Runner' cover art
Runner

Chicago indie stalwarts The Sea and Cake have announced details of their 10th album, Runner, which will be out on September 18 via their longtime home of Thrill Jockey. That's the cover art above. You can download the bright, chipper first single, "Harps," above or stream it at the bottom of this post. The band will also be touring this fall, with two NYC dates: October 21 at Littlefield and October 22 at Le Poisson Rouge. No on-sale info yet for Littlefield but tickets for the LPR show are on sale now.

Runner began its life as a companion-piece to 2011's The Moonlight Butterfly, but then took a different turn. Co-founder Sam Prekop explains:

Normally I would ignore past efforts when writing something new, but this felt different, The Moonlight Butterfly was ripe for expansion. Keeping the butterfly in mind focused a direction and provided a good jumping off point. Between The Moonlight Butterfly and Runner, I wrote and recorded a soundtrack for a film called Pavilion. It was absolutely wonderful for a while not to know what I was doing, but working still, scrambling with purpose. I truly felt free to try almost anything. in completing a picture with sound, trying to record a nuance, the particulars became huge - to render a space, describe a time, follow a spell. Reaching in this direction has definitely informed the new record.

I was interested in writing songs that started not with guitar but with synthesizer/sequencer ideas. The modular synth parts didn't always make it through to the final recordings, but the influence is still there. On "Harps" for instance, that melody and structure could not have happened if I hadn't played off the sequencer right at the beginning. Having the pieces start in my home studio, I became quite cavalier with them, painting with a new fat sloppy brush. The songs were feeling pleasantly out of control and I was hearing music unlike other material I had come up with before.

The Sea and Cake worked remotely for quite a while on Runner. As a result, what the band brought was more reactionary, impulsive, since the foundation was already there. The pieces seemed able to absorb a new kind of risk taking. It was fascinating to hand over almost complete works and have the other members of the band have at it, rip up, reconfigure, reconsider. Just when I felt I couldn't go further on a song, someone in the band would change it forever. I firmly believe in taking cues and direction as the material evolves. I'm never one to impose preconceptions on a record and feel the most interesting work is found, rather than predetermined.

As mentioned previously, The Sea and Cake's label, Thrill Jockey, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. In addition to the special concerts they're putting on around the country (including two in NYC), they are also reissuing some of their classic releases -- both on CD and 180-gram vinyl. Included are such titles as The Sea and Cake's 1994 debut and Trans Am's 2000 album Red Line. (No Tortoise Millions Living Will Never Die, though, at least not yet.) More details on all the Thrill Jockey reissues are here. The Sea and Cake tour dates are listed below along with the song stream.

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Matmos
Matmos

Yesterday, we mentioned that Thrill Jockey Records will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and in honor of it are hosting a show at Webster Hall on September 15 with Tortoise, Future Islands, Matmos, Liturgy. and D. Charles Speer. That show is actually just one in a series of 20th anniversary shows the label are putting on around the country, including a much smaller one in NYC at Death by Audio on September 14 with White Hills, Guardian Alien, Man Forever (who also plays DbA on Friday, 7/20), Dan Friel, and Rhyton. Tickets for the Death by Audio show and the Webster Hall show are on sale now.

In addition to the shows, the label will also celebrate their anniversary with newly commissioned silk screened posters, like this one and this one, and 2-minute video shorts, like the one by Ashby Lee Collinson that you can watch below. They've also asked a number of comedians, including Fred Armisen, to write two jokes (one clean and one dirty) and Thrill Jockey will be recording reactions to the jokes and pressing them on limited edition vinyl.

In related news, experimental duo Matmos (aka M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel), who are playing some of the anniversary shows including the Webster Hall one, have just recently signed to Thrill Jockey, and they'll put out their first release for the label, the Ganzfeld EP, on October 15.

All currently known Thrill Jockey 20th anniversary shows (more TBA) are listed below with lineups...

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Tortoise at ATP NY 2010 more by BBG)
Tortoise

Chicago label Thrill Jockey Records, who focus most heavily on experimental music and indie rock, will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in NYC on September 15 at Webster Hall with a stacked lineup of Tortoise, Future Islands, Matmos, Liturgy, and D. Charles Speer & the Helix. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (7/19) at noon.

Meanwhile, Liturgy will play NYC even sooner with an also very solid, but very different lineup of Sepalcure, Machinedrum, White Ring, and MikeQ on Saturday (7/21) at 171 Lombardy in Brooklyn. Tickets for that show are on sale now. As discussed, Liturgy also plays the Basilica Music Festival in Hudson, NY (Aug 11-12) with Mick Barr, Gang Gang Dance, Prince Rama, and more.

Lists of all Tortoise, Future Islands, Liturgy, and Machinedrum dates, and videos from all the bands are below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Koima

Sidi Touré, born in 1959 in the ancient town of Gao, Mali, made his first guitar as a child, constructing it from his wooden writing slate. Growing up, Sidi Touré faced a conflict between the inexorable pull of music and the expectations of family and society, plus the significance and onus of a past that came with being born into a noble family. The Touré family had been sung about, and sung to, by traditional griots for centuries, but until Sidi Touré challenged the rules as a small boy, the Touré's did not sing. Despite his family's disapproval, Sidi became the lead singer of his school's band, and then became the youngest member of Gao's regional orchestra, the Songhaï Stars, who played bi-annual festivals like the Bamako Biennale and toured both regionally and nationally. After winning the award for best singer twice, he took the band to the northern regions of Mali and to Niger, and toured much of the western Sahel region. Throughout his time making music, Sidi's sound has both captured and challenged his roots. His music moves from the translucent swaying takamba to the trance inducing Holley, while the lyrics often address many non-traditional issues. Sidi has a critical mind and his songs have a purpose. [Nat Geo Music]
Malian blues singer Sidi Touré has been making music in his home country since the 1970s and released his debut album, Hoga in 1996 on Stern's Records. In 2011, Sidi teamed up with the primarily indie rock label Thrill Jockey Records who released Sahel Folk, his second album and first in the 15 years since his debut. This past April, the label put out Sidi's third album, Koïma.

Where Sahel Folk focused on Sidi's guitar and voice and was an especially sparse album, Koïma brings in a group of collaborators who helped Sidi create a more communal work, complete with polyrhythmic percussion and prominent backing vocals. You can check out spotify streams of both albums and some videos below.

Last year, Sidi Touré went on his first North American tour which brought him to Chicago's World Music Festival, and NYC's Lincoln Center, among other places. He'll be heading out on another North American tour this summer, including two NYC shows: Joe's Pub on August 4 and a free Summerstage show at Marcus Garvey Park on August 6 with The Pedrito Martinez Group and Wouter Kellerman. Tickets for the Joe's Pub show are on sale now.

A list of all dates, videos, and album streams below...

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DOWNLOAD: Luke Roberts - "HIs Song" (MP3)

Luke Roberts

Folk singer Luke Roberts who recently moved from Brooklyn to Montana and eventually Nashville, released his sophomore LP, The Iron Gates at Throop and Newport, earlier this year via Thrill Jockey. The album was produced by Marky Nevers, who's produced and played with Lambchop and mixed by Kyle Spence of Harvey Milk. That's the artwork above. The songs are made up of raw Will Oldham-esque folk with bare, intimate production that leaves little filter between the listener and the music. Grab the track, "His Song," above or stream it below, and listen to the whole album on Spotify. The tracklist is also below.

Luke just finished up a European tour in support of the album earlier this week, and he's got a few US dates to follow including one in NYC TONIGHT (5/4) at Zebulon with Zachary Cale, DJ Dutch E Germ and DJ Tax the Rich.

All dates, stream, album art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Luke Roberts touring behind Iron Gates at Throop & Newport"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD:Noisear - "Endless Reincarnation" (MP3)

Unearthly Trance at Saint Vitus (more by Greg Cristman)
Unearthly Trance

Unearthly Trance shows are few and far between nowadays, but the band will awaken from their live slumber to play Acheron on March 1st as part of a bill that includes The Communion, Water Torture, and Syphilitic Lust. $8 gets you in the door. Check out the flyer below.

Horseback has completed their new LP Half Blood due via Relapse this Spring. Details are limited so far, but Roadburn has more details about the record and its "amalgamation of drone, doom, black-metal, psychedelia, post-rock, noise, and ambience recorded with a wide array of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, keys, piano, bells, contact mics, field recordings, drum programming, noise and various signal processors." Yep, sounds like a Horseback record!

Check out a new Noisear track from their upcoming three-way split with Antigama and The Kill above. The track features vocals by Mitchell Luna of ex-Maruta fame.

Perdition will join Varix, Murderer and Sad Boys at Heaven Street Records TONIGHT (2/3). Door entry will cost you zilch and beers will cost you a dollar. Sounds like a winning night of furious, crusty punk to me.

Drainland will share a split 7" with Crows due on Suburban Mayhem Records. Stream the material from that release below.

Slices are preparing their new LP Still Cruising for Iron Lung Records. Look for it in the coming weeks and stream "Greensleeves" from the LP below.

One interesting and important footnote to the upcoming Behold the Arctopus show at Saint Vitus on Feb 24th... Support will come from Mindless Blasting and Geryon, two bands which feature Mick Barr with Nondor Nevai and Nick McMaster with Lev Weinstein respectively. Basically, a night of Krallice-related projects... should be interesting. Tickets are on sale.

Like Flipper, a reunited Sleepytime Trio are playing a show at SXSW in Austin this year.

No NYC dates, but Ringworm, Cancer Bats & Primitive are touring from Ohio to SXSW and then back to Ohio together. OFF! were also recently announced on the SXSW lineup.

Mastodon/Opeth/Ghost tickets went on sale earlier today.

Saturday's Ceremony, Pissed Jeans, The Rival Mob, Hoax, Kim Phuc, Gods and Queens show @ Le Poisson Rouge is now sold out.

Converge announced a tour.

YOB recently visited NJ with Tool. Right before that, they headlined their own show in Chicago with Anatomy of Habit and an opening set by YOB's Mike Scheidt who is going to release a solo album this year on Thrill Jockey. BV Chicago has pics from the Chicago show.

If you missed it, check out my interviews we just posted with English Dogs guitarist Gizz Butt and Mark "Barney" Greenway of Napalm Death. (Pilgrim too actually.)

A list of suggested NYC shows with song streams, the "Beaten & Left Blind" video by Landmine Marathon, and a set of European SUNN O))) tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Evillive (Unearthly Trance, Noisear, Horseback, Slices & more)"

by BBG

Rhyton

Rhyton, featuring Dave Shuford (No Neck Blues Band, D. Charles Speer), Jimy SeiTang (Psychic Ills), and Spencer Herbst (Messages, Matta Llama), specialize in space-y psychedelia that tips its hat to greats of the genre including Krautrock titans like Can. The largely-improvisational troupe is currently prepping to release their new self-titled LP on January 24th via Thrill Jockey and will celebrate said release with a show on January 26th at Shea Stadium alongside special guests Electroputas, 1129, and Woodsman. $8 gets you into the 9PM show.

The band will also play a second area show a little more than a week later at Maxwell's on February 6th supporting Thurston Moore. Tickets are still available.

Thurston Moore has a few shows coming up including an acoustic set at Lincoln Center and one tomorrow (1/13) at Rockwood as part of the NY Guitar Festival (win two tickets at our Facebook page).

What better way to explore the far reaches of the human psyche with Rhyton than with a video? Check out "Stone Colored" by Rhyton, which makes its first appearance, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Pontiak - "Lions of Least"(MP3)

White Hills at Terminal 5 (more by BBG)
White Hills

"White Hills' sound has changed a bit compared to its catalog, particularly on the two songs enhanced by Oneida's Kid Millions' drums. Hawkwind's big riffs-in-space sound remains an obvious influence, though at different moments the band veers harshly into abstract Kraut electronics, or, as on "No Other Way," approaches stoner rock with a bass line identical to one on Sleep's Holy Mountain. As with those bands, the occasional thin, straining vocals detract from the overall sound, particularly on the otherwise raging "Upon Arrival."" [Dusted]
White Hills opened for Sleep at Terminal 5 earlier this year.

White Hills released Rough Trade favorite LP H-p1 in June and are already planning a follow-up on Thrill Jockey for early 2012. Similarly, their labelmates Pontiak are preparing for their release of Echo Ono on Feb 21 featuring "Lions of Least" which you can download above. A teaser video for the album is below.

White Hills and Pontiak will head out on a short tour in December including a show on 12/10 at Littlefield. Tickets are on sale. Their full slate of dates and that teaser video, below...

Continue reading "White Hills & Pontiak going on tour, prepping new LPs"

DOWNLOAD: Arbouretum - "Destroying To Save" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Eternal Tapestry - "Galactic Derelict" (MP3)

Arbouretum
Arbouretum

After a week on the road, Thrill Jockey labelmates Arbouretum and Eternal Tapestry are mostly done with their current batch of dates together, but will hit NYC for a show at Glasslands on 10/14 with Soft Healer and Begushkin. Tickets are on sale. All remaining dates are listed below.

Both psych bands are touring in support of recent releases, with Arboretum's The Gathering and Eternal Tapestry's Beyond the 4th Door both hitting this year. Check out songs from each respective LP above and some video and all tour dates below.

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DOWNLOAD: Trans Am - Futureworld (MP3)

This is not the Beaver Boys. This is Trans AM
Trans Am

Trans Am go on a two-week tour in late September that kicks off in Philadelphia on 9/27 and concludes with a very special two-night stint at Union Pool on 10/8 and 10/9. The NYC shows are special because on 10/8 the band will perform 1999's Futureworld in its entirety, while 10/9 will feature "a special set". Tickets for 10/8 and 10/9 are on sale. All dates are listed below...

The Futureworld set is to celebrate the reissue of the 1999 LP via Thrill Jockey who are celebrating their own 20th anniversary. Out September 13th on CD & vinyl, the remastered reissue will come with 2 digital bonus tracks. They are "Nazi/Hippie Empire", a studio outtake from the Futureworld session, mixed by James Murphy and "Now You Die, Thriddle Fool!" which was originally released by Strength Magazine on a flexi-disc 7". Check out the title track from Futureworld above/below with all dates...

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DOWNLOAD: High Places - "Year Off" (MP3)

High Places at Newton Barge Park in 2010 (more by Marianne Ventrice)
High Places

High Places are set to release their new LP Original Colors on October 11 via Thrill Jockey. Grab the album's first track, "Year Off," above and check out the artwork and tracklist below.

High Places are planning a tour this fall, but while we wait for that to be announced, they've got a few upcoming dates this month, including one this Saturday (8/13) at Tammany Hall with Ital and Shams. Tickets are on sale now. A flier for the show is below.

All dates, album art, and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "High Places prepping new LP, on tour (MP3 & dates)"

DOWNLOAD: The Sea & Cake - Up On the North Shore (MP3)

Sea and Cake at Summerstage in 2010 (more by Matthew Eisman)
Sea & Cake

The Sea and Cake released The Moonlight Butterfly, recorded at Soma studios in Chicago by drummer John McEntire, on May 10 via Thrill Jockey. The album, their ninth, is available for purchase and is streaming on the label's site. You can also download "Up On the North Shore" from the album above. And the band are already at work on another album for release later this year or early 2012.

They band will head out on tour later this year. That tour comes to NYC on November 8 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets aren't listed yet, but check Ticketmaster for updates.

'Moonlight Butterfly' artwork and tracklist, along with all tour dates below...

Continue reading "The Sea and Cake released an LP this year, working on another one, going on tour (MP3 & dates)"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: White Hills - "The Condition of Nothing" (MP3)

White Hills performing Mudhoney at Bowery (more by Amanda Hatfield)
White Hills

White Hills are preparing to release their new full-length H-p1 on June 21 via Thrill Jockey where you can preorder it. Download "The Condition of Nothing" from the LP above, and check the video for that song, and a brand new video for the title track from the LP below.

White Hills have shows coming up too. Most notably they've landed an amazing slot supporting none other than Sleep at Terminal 5 and with Winter! Tickets are still available.

The Brooklyn band will play a headlining show on home turf to celebrate the record as well. Look for them at Union Pool on July 14th with Oneida side project Man Forever and Weird Owl who have a new LP on the way too. Tickets are on sale.

All dates and videos below...

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DOWNLOAD: Eleanor Friedberger - My Mistakes (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fiery Furnaces - Keep Me In The Dark (Eleanor cover version) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fiery Furnaces - The End Is Near (MP3)

Eleanor Friedberger

"Eleanor Friedberger is not just the enigmatic mouthpiece of The Fiery Furnaces, one of music's most interesting, dynamic and constantly exciting bands. In fact, Eleanor Friedberger is an exceptional songwriter herself, playing a variety of instruments and crafting the very sorts of choruses that made you fall in love with The Fiery Furnaces in the first place. She's a lover of Led Zeppelin and Jorge Ben; she's a fearless performer, as comfortable fronting a band as she is playing alone on a stage with an acoustic guitar; she's one of the sweetest alto voices in music. Nowhere is all of this more apparent than on her very first solo album, Last Summer, out on Merge Records on July 12th, 2011.

Last Summer, which was recorded, well, last summer, was born out of Take Me Round Again, a collection of cover songs from the previous Fiery Furnaces album. Both Eleanor and Matthew did their own inspired versions of songs they'd written together for their last LP I'm Going Away. Matt's were otherworldly affairs, while Eleanor's were lo-fi and lovely, all recorded in her home, the sound of an artist kicking off her shoes, settling into a big comfy chair with an acoustic guitar, a glass of scotch, and a four-track. She enjoyed the experience so much she decided to move forward with recording songs she had written in her spare time, songs that hadn't been included on any of The Fiery Furnaces' nine incredible albums." [Merge Records]

Download the first single "My Mistake," right over the cover art, above.

Go see the Fiery Furnaces on tour now. The tour kicks off with two NYC shows, tonight (5/4) and Thursday (5/5), at Rockwood Music Hall. Tickets are still available for both. According to someone who works at Thrill Jockey Records (home of the Furnaces), "It'll just be Matt playing the piano and Eleanor singing but they plan on doing simple renditions of as many Fiery Furnaces songs as time will allow! Like most Fiery Furnaces shows, it should be a completely new and unique experience."

The two "Fiery Furnaces" MP3s above are both from 2009 albums that were released via Thrill Jockey. "Keep Me In The Dark", from Take Me Round Again, is Eleanor's cover version of the FF song that first appeared on I'm Going Away. "The End Is Near" is an original track off I'm Going Away.

Eleanor will also be announcing a solo show today via BrooklynVegan.com. Stay tuned for that news coming soon (UPDATE: HERE IT IS. Meanwhile, you can see a list of all FF tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Eleanor Friedberger signed to Merge (MP3), Fiery Furnaces kicking off tour (dates)"

DOWNLOAD: The Skull Defekts - "Fragrant Nimbus" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thank You "1-2-3 Bad" (MP3)

Daniel Higgs
Daniel Higgs

Glasslands will host a headlining set from Zanzo (aka Hisham Baroocha of Soft Circle with Rob Lowe of Lichens) and additional performances from Thank You and Daniel A.I.U. Higgs TONIGHT (1/25). Entry will cost you a paltry $7, and the show starts at 8:30.

The show will double as a record release party for Thank You, as their new LP Golden Worry is out today via Thrill Jockey. Download "1-2-3 Bad" above and check out a video for "Birth Reunion" below. In early Feb, Thank You will hit the road in support of the LP, tagging Death By Audio on February 12th as part of that jaunt. Double Dagger is also part of the show, and will play NYU with Fucked Up the day before. Full Thank You tour sked is below.

Tonight at Glasslands is one of two NYC shows scheduled for Lungfish member Daniel A.I.U. Higgs in the near future He'll also play Issue Project Room on 2/26 with Heresy of the Free Spirit ("Jozef Van Wissem and Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalists Che Chen (violin, bowed rewap, bass recorder, percussion and tape machine) and Robbie Lee"). Tickets are on sale.

In addition to both of the previously mentioned shows, Daniel Higgs has announced that he has joined on as a member of Skull Defekts. Higgs will appear on the band's forthcoming LP Peer Amid due via Thrill Jockey on 2/15. Check out the first track "Fragrant Nimbus" available for download above/streaming below. The band will follow up the release of the LP with US dates in late March and April with Zomes, including April 3rd at Littlefield in Brooklyn.

That Skull Defekts song stream, the Thank You video, and all tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Daniel Higgs playing solo shows & in the Skull Defekts, Thank You touring w/ a new LP, Soft Circle+Lichens = Zanzo"

photos by Tim Griffin, words by BBG

Slim Cessna's Auto Club at Spiderhouse, March 2010
Slim Cessna

Directly after the great Dub Trio teams up with CSC Funk Band, alt-country gothabilly band Slim Cessna's Auto Club play the late show at Mercury Lounge TONIGHT (11/10) with The Lingering Doubts. Tickets are still available for both the Dub Trio and the Slim Cessna show. Slim Cessna's appearance is part of a tour of the Northeast that will include Brighton Bar in Long Branch, NJ tomorrow, 11/11 (where Dex Romweber Duo play tonight).

Slim Cessna's Auto Club played the BrooklynVegan/AnSo day party at Spiderhouse in Austin this year, where these belated pics originate from. Check out more below.

Slim Cessna's Auto Club contains members of Delta 72, 16Horsepower, and Wovenhand. Wovenhand recently announced their participation in Roadburn 2011. Roadburn has also added a gang of other awesome additions in the past week or so, including Voivod (who also played a BV party this year), Rwake, Ludicra, Shrinebuilder (who were supposed to play last year, but played NYC instead), Liturgy, Black Mountain (who just played NYC with Black Angels), Cough (who just played the BV-BBG CMJ showcase), and Yob, who will play The Unreal Never Lived in it's entirety! Full lineup is below.

Speaking of Liturgy, the band recently signed with Thrill Jockey Records and will play Acheron on Dec 3rd with Orphan, Dope Body, and Elks. The show will celebrate Orphan and Dope Body's recent split release on Black Tent Press, pick it up. Liturgy are currently on tour, dig on dates below.

Cough and Naam (both of which will be hitting Roadburn) are scheduled to play The Charleston on 12/11 for a BrooklynVegan presented show with Batillus and new addition Sea of Bones. Congrats to Batillus, who recently signed to Seventh Rule for their new and Sanford-Parker-produced LP Furnace. Look for it next year and look for their tour dates below.

More of those Slim Cessna pics, and all tour dates are below.

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DOWNLOAD: Oval - "Ah!" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Oval - Ringtone II EP (zip file of MP3s)

Markus Popp

Oval is an electronic music group founded in Germany in 1991... The band's original members were Markus Popp, Sebastian Oschatz, and Frank Metzger, although Oschatz and Metzger left the group in 1995. All three are regarded as pioneers of glitch, a genre of music that embraces the sound of damaged audio produced by the failure of digital equipment. Disdaining the use of synthesizers, Oval instead deliberately mutilated CDs by writing on them with felt pens, then processed the palette of fragmented sounds to create a very rhythmic electronic style. -[Wiki]
Markus Popp released his first recordings under the Oval moniker in nine years with the Oh EP in June, and now he's gone one step further with a new double LP O out NOW on Thrill Jockey.

Oval will support the release(s) with three US shows, two of which will go down TONIGHT at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn (9/9). Tickets are still available for both the first (at 8PM) and the second set (at 10PM). The third Oval show will be a headlining date at the Sonar Festival in Chicago along with The Slew featuring Kid Koala, Martyn, Ben Frost, Nosaj Thing Visual Show, Black Devil Disco Club and many others. For more info, including ticketing, head to the Sonar site.

Oval recently released a video for "Ah!" from O which is viewable below (the song is downloadable above). In addition, Oval has released the FREE Ringtone II EP for download as well. Check out that above and dig on the tracklisting below.

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