I hope that my weeks aren’t going to continue to be so swamped that I can’t dedicate a second or two of my day to detail something new or good that I heard/saw. But, such is the case for now. Consequently, here’s another long entry, but with some good music attached:
Wavves — "Post-Acid"
Though aware that I posted this song a while ago, the video is satisfyingly juvenile and there's an alien on a half-pipe. I'm happy to end my summer with visions of extra terrestrials in the California sun while sk8er-baked surf rock jams out one last "hurrah."
King Of The Beach was released on August 3rd via Fat Possum Records.
And, his band is still touring.
Via Force Field PR:
08/27 Victoria, BC Sugar
08/30 Davis, CA Sol Collective
08/31 Visalia, CA Howie and Sons Pizza Parlor
09/04 Los Angeles, CA FYF Fest
09/10 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone *
09/11 St. Louis, MO Billiken *
09/12 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall *
09/14 Bloomington, IN Rhinos *
09/15 Columbus, OH Skully's *
09/16 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place *
09/17 Northampton, MA Pearl Street Nightclub *
09/18 Waltham, MA Brandeis University
09/20 Providence, RI Met Café *
09/21 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg *
09/24 Kingston, NY 323 Wall Street
09/25 Baltimore, MD Ottobar *
09/27 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel *
09/28 Greensboro, NC Guilford College *
09/29 Charlotte, NC Milestone *
09/30 Atlanta, GA Drunken Unicorn *
10/01 Nashville, TN Exit/In - Next Big Nashville *
10/02 Oxford, MS Proud Larry's *
10/18 Boston, MA Agganis Arena !
10/20 New York, NY Madison Square Garden $
10/21 Montreal, QC CEPSUM !
10/22 Toronto, ON Ricoh Coliseum !
10/23 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre !
10/25 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues !
10/26 Orlando, FL House of Blues !
10/27 Miami, FL The Fillmore !
11/06 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest
$ = w/ Phoenix, Dirty Projectors
! = w/ Phoenix
* = w/ Christmas Island
DD/MM/YYYY — "Van Tan"
DD/MM/YYYY's Black Square is being reissued by Portishead member Geoff Barrow through his Invada label. Slacker math rocker, "Van Tan," carries as much snot as it does energy, kind of like something Les Savy Fav or Panther would come up with, though with a better comprehension of broken guitar chords and arrhythmic syncopation.
Via Force Field PR:
September 4 - Montreal, QC - M On The Quays w. Voivod
September 19 - Toronto, ON - The Shop w. Tera Melos [as DJ/MM/YYYY]
September 27 - Chicago, IL - Schubas #
September 28 - Detroit MI - Magic Stick #
October 5 - Burlington, VT - Monkey House #
October 6 - Boston, MA - Great Scott #
October 7 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge #
October 9 - New York, NY - Knitting Factory #
October 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's #
October 11 - Washington, DC - DC9 #
October 12 - Columbus, OH - Skullys #
# = w/ Women
Baths — Lovely Bloodflow
Pitchfork just premiered Baths’ new video for “Lovely Bloodflow,” which features an injured samaurai, masked forest dwellers and high end visuals. The song is from Cerulean, which was released in early July via Anticon.
As far as the song goes, it’s an odd, beatific and soulful. The harmonies are lovely and, despite its modernist instrumentalism, it has a lot of heart for being based in hardwired electronica, though the vocal aids in the song’s humanity.
Check the video out at Pitchfork.
Or, just listen to the song here. It’s available via Stereogum.
Lightning Bolt/Dan Deacon
The news here is that Lightning Bolt and Dan Deacon are touring together. Doesn’t seem like a big deal, but I enjoyed the songs that were attached to the press release.
”Colossus” by Lighting Bolt.
”Get Older” by Dan Deacon.
Via Force Field PR:
A match made in touring heaven, Providence duo Lightning Bolt and Baltimore's Dan Deacon Ensemble will tour together this October for the first time on a limited run of shows.
LIGHTNING BOLT & DAN DEACON ENSEMBLE
THU 10/7 LEXINGTON, KY Busters
SUN 10/10 CHICAGO, IL TBA
MON 10/11 TOLEDO, OH Mickey Finn's
TUE 10/12 TORONTO, ON Great Hall
WED 10/13 MONTREAL, QC Cabaret Mile End
THU 10/14 ALBANY, NY Northern Lights
FRI 10/15 BROOKLYN, NY Ridgewood Music Hall
DAN DEACON ONLY (SOLO SHOWS)
WED 09/29 BALTIMORE, MD Rams Head Live
SAT 10/23 BROOMFIELD, CO 1st Bank Center
WED 10/29 ASHEVILLE, NC Moog Fest
LIGHTNING BOLT ONLY
FRI 10/8 INDIANAPOLIS, IN ES Jungle
The Good Ones — Sara
I don’t know what the song is about, but it’s beautifully parched and worn with voices that long for an alternative to the known. Read the story and hear the song, “Sara.”
Via press release:
Dead Oceans Partner With Rwandan Folk Trio The Good Ones, Release Kigali Y Izahabu November 9th
Great songs need not context, a shared language nor familiar rhythms to so prove themselves. The guitars don't even have to be exactly in tune. It's the melody and spirit, the human voice expressed within. And it's exactly why we fell so very hard for Rwanda's The Good Ones. Their music contains a message just as powerful for the first, blind listen than for those who choose to delve. And really, how could you not delve?
We're proud to bring the music of The Good Ones to the world.
Adrien Kazigira, Stany Hitimana and Jeanvier Havugimana recorded the songs collected on Kigali Y' Izahabu over the course of one summer evening on the back porch of a friend's home. The result is an album filled with joyous, acoustic love songs written in the ancient local, Kinyarwanda street dialect of their nation's capital, Kigali. Kigali Y' Izahabu will be out November 9th in the North America and November 22nd in the UK.
Toiling at hard labor and subsisting on less than 50 cents a day in one of the ten poorest countries in the world, the hard-won spirit of these aging war-veterans shines through in The Good Ones' yearning voices. Kazigira, 47, wrote 8 of the 12 songs found on the album and both plays and sings. He cites Bob Marley and reggae as his major influences. Hitimana, 47, on lead guitar and "bass," sometimes teaches music in Kigali and finds inspiration in the music of Santana. And harmony singer Jeanvier, 38, who also plays guitar and sings lead
on his own compositions, is most influenced by the Caribbean dance music called Zouk.
The trio are armed with broken, mismatched-stringed, borrowed guitars; but singing angelically from amidst a landlocked country that the world abandoned. The primary obstacle to recording the group was that the musicians showed up with only one guitar for two players, and that guitar was missing two strings. Hitimana “played bass” on the 4-string and a beat-up acoustic was located for the second guitarist, the sullen, primary songwriter Kazigira who interweaves intricate harmonies with co-singer Havugimana.
Kigali Y' Izahabu is essentially an intimate field recording that even captures the howling and barking of dogs in the background. It was recorded by two-time Grammy-nominated producer Ian Brennan, who has worked with artists such as Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Flea, TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone, Richard Thompson and many others.
Brennan traveled throughout Rwanda, hoping to document some of the country's contemporary music, but up until his mission-affirming encounter with The Good Ones, he had been left wanting. As Brennan reports: “They were standing in the dark, their eyes downcast and restless, and holding only one guitar between them. From 100-feet away, I knew instantly that there was something special about them, a feeling one is lucky to experience even once in a lifetime. By that point, I'd already visited literally every recording-studio in the capital (Kigali) and surrounding areas over two weeks and listened to hundreds of artists, but to no avail. This meeting had been set up through a mutual friend and the instant the band opened their mouths to sing, it was as if the universe reached down to tap me on the shoulder and say, 'What these guys do is precious and rare. Don't fuck it up.'”
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