Friday, August 27, 2010

More New Sufjan Stevens :: The Age of Adz :: 10/12

Really excited to find out that Sufjan Stevens has a full length coming out October 12th called The Age of Adz. I believe the "Adz" is pronounced like "Odds" but with a thick Boston accent. The cover for the album is exceedingly amazing. Apparently it's loosely based on the outsider artist Royal Robertson. A quick google search reveals that the "prophet's" works that look like this ::
go for about $800.
I'm going to write about this song and try not to go on a personal rant about how it seems that everyone seems to have to have their new album be an electronica discotheque massacre. It's like everybody just found out that loop pedals existed all at the same time. Don't get me wrong, people are doing some amazingly interesting things, but this just seems a little out of character for the Seven Swans Sufjan I first met and loved. Probably why he released that All Delighted People EP, so he could play with those other sounds too. I shouldn't get mad at him for wanting to play with some synthesizers for just one album, and apparently its got a lot to do with the cosmos and aliens, which is great...although if I have to wait five more years for another one...

hold it :: here.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Weird Stalk Was Awesome

Last Friday, August 20th, was Weird Stalk Too. Highlight of the night of course was when I was handed a guitar and asked to play some Rockabilly by the spastic otherworldly Cave Bears. Here's some more photos courtesy of Anti-Gravity Bunny. And Weird Stalk Tree...clever Mr. Bunny...they're definitely going to have to call it that.


Saturday, August 21, 2010

New Sufjan Stevens EP :: STREAMING!

<a href="">All Delighted People (Original Version) by Sufjan Stevens</a>
Sufjan Stevens has a new EP called All Delighted People streaming right now from his bandcamp! At 60 mins its a pretty long EP. Long enough that it'll have to be a double 12". And there's at least one Simon and Garfunkle reference in there. Glad to see he got over his 50 states freak out. Sufjan Bandcamp

He's coming to Boston on November 11th:
Thursday, 11 November, 6:30pm ($33.50)
Orpheum Theatre, Boston MA
General admission goes on sale 8/13. 
Mission Statement from Asthmatic Kitty:
"The EP, All Delighted People, is built around two different versions of Sufjan’s long-form epic ballad "All Delighted People," a dramatic homage to the Apocalypse, existential ennui, and Paul Simon’s "Sounds of Silence." Sounds delightful, yes! The song was originally workshopped (oh we hate making workshop a verb, but time is money!) on Sufjan’s previous tour in the fall of 2009. Other songs on the EP include the 17-minute guitar jam-for-single-mothers "Djohariah," and the gothic piano ballad "The Owl and the Tanager," a live-show mainstay (and Debbie Downer if you ask us; what’s it doing on a "Delighted" EP?). The full track list is available right here."
All Delighted People:

01 All Delighted People (Original Version)
02 Enchanting Ghost
03 Heirloom
04 From the Mouth of Gabriel
05 The Owl and the Tanager
06 All Delighted People (Classic Rock Version)
07 Arnika
08 Djohariah


Friday, August 20, 2010

Mount Eerie Compilation :: Song Islands, Vol. II

The Microphones and Mount Eerie can be marked by the plethora of non-album tracks, demos and stray recordings. From strange compilations to random 7" from the late 90's and beyond, a lot of stuff showed up from The Microphones on Song Islands Volume I. When The Glow Pt. II was reissued on vinyl, it came with an extra disc of outtakes and alternate versions of songs from that album that were equally interesting, that become poems and experimentations that trail off into a deep nothing. Song Islands Volume II catches stuff from The Glow Pt. II era up to Wind's Poem. One of my favorites from the bonus disc for The Glow Pt. II was called "Where Lies My Tarp?" and its the same version on this album. A little sad we didn't see "Lanterns" on this one.

Song Islands Vol. 2:
01 Where?
02 Calf in Pasture
03 The Intimacy
04 I Whale
05 O My Heart
06 Instrumental
07 Where Is My Tarp?
08 Don't Smoke
09 Get Off the Internet
10 Cooking
11 Give Totally Up
12 Do Not Be Afraid
13 Voice in Headphones (singers)
14 Cold Mountain
15 Cold Mountain's Song #286
16 Heart Lake at Night
17 You Turn Me On
18 A Sentimental Song
19 Mystery Language
20 Waterfalls
21 This Is the Same Ocean
22 In the Rain
23 In Moonlight
24 Thanksgiving
25 Instrumental
26 Uncertainty
27 Limp Climbing
28 Grave Robbers
29 Lost Wisdom
30 (Wind Lyrics)
31 Small House


Thursday, August 19, 2010

PREVIEW: Cloud Becomes Your Hand :: Cassette!

Stephen Cooper, of Brooklyn performance noise band Living Things, has just released a solo cassette under the intriguing and wonder inspiring name, Cloud Becomes Your Hand. It's got all the bizarre elements of Living Things that you know and love, but contained within a more song oriented structure. Each track has something different to offer, both spooky and joyous, blending digital and acoustic elements with glorious lo-fi production. The release is a tape on the newly minted cassette label of Canada Goose Tapes, a new project by Atomfoam of the Whitehaus.

Catch the group at Weirdstock II @ The Temple in Jamaica Plain on 8/20!
You can hold to tape here:


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Peace, Loving Video :: Weirdstock!

This is a pretty sweet video from with interviews by the mythmaker, Brian S. Ellis, that captures Peace, Loving pretty well.
Weirdstock 2 is happening on August 20th at the Temple in JP!


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan Video :: "You Won't Let Me Down Again" :: from Hawk

Isobel Campbell, Belle and Sebastian cellist, and Mark Lanegan, Screaming Trees frontman, have a new album called Hawk. I don't know how I missed this combo, but this is their third album as a duo. Below is a video for "You Won't Let Me Down Again" ::


Monday, August 16, 2010

Belle & Sebastian :: Real Cover and TV Show

Belle and Sebastian's Belle and Sebastian Write About Love will be out October 12th. I knew the last cover wasn't quite right, because it was missing that solid color overlay. The group also apparently has got a TV show coming out. Check out a clip and a bit of the new song "I Want the World to Stop" below ::


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Greg Mullen Video :: Pipes that Drain Out to the Sea

Greg Mullen's buddy, Chris Kursel, has made a video for one of my favorites, "Pipes that Drain Out to the Sea" from The Hungry Ocean. It's a pretty glorious combination of super 8 and animation.


Saturday, August 14, 2010

PREVIEW: Colleen Green :: Milo Goes to Compton

This lady is touring with Girlfriends and I just heard this track and fell in love...with it...
It's a really interesting mix of drum machine, glorious fuzz guitar and siren vocals. She's got a purple cassette out on Suffering Jukebox called Milo Goes to Compton. The title is a nice Descendents reference.


Friday, August 13, 2010

Allison Francis :: Troubled Little Demo!

<a href="">Howling by Allison Francis</a>
Allison Francis :: "Troubled Little Mind"

A friend, Allison Francis, has just released a demo and its a sweet acoustic adventure. Download it for free at her bandcamp! The glorious artwork is by Jen Brown.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Belle & Sebastian's New Album :: Write About Love

Belle and Sebastian's next album will be called Write About Love, as in "Belle and Sebastian write about love." Sounds like they're taking a risk writing about a topic rarely covered in pop music, but by God if anyone can do it, B an' S can.

They're doing something cool too. They want fans to take pictures or video of themselves writing "write about love" in public or secret places and then upload them to their flickr. Maybe they'll make a video out of it, which would be supercool. The cutest photo will also win some kind of mysterious 'trophy!'


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

No Age :: New Album :: Everything in Between


No Age is releasing their third album on September 28th. Randy has said that they were experimenting with sound collage and tape looping, which is an exciting prospect. You can even understand the words that Dean is saying. They're getting so mature, just look at these classy monochromatic looking-off-to-the-side-of-the-camera photos::

Also for eargesting is the Glitter single b-side, "Inflourescence."

They're releasing two singles for "Glitter." They're going to have a short and a long version of the song on a 7" and 12". The art is by Brian Roettinger.

Everything in Between::
Sept. 28::
01 Life Prowler
02 Glitter
03 Fever Dreaming
04 Depletion
05 Common Heat
06 Skinned
07 Katerpillar
08 Valley Hump Crash
09 Sorts
10 Dusted
11 Positive Amputation
12 Shred and Transcend
13 Chem Trails


Thursday, August 05, 2010

Girlfriends :: Gov't Seizure 7" Single

<a href="">Gov&#39;t Seizure by girlfriends</a>

“Smart, decade bending, sarcaso surf-creeps”

Coming off their freshly awarded medal of honor from the Boston Phoenix as best garage act, Girlfriends have released the 7” single Gov’t Seizure.

The single song is a speedy side-winding cobweb drawl that groovily drags its feet at the end.  The B-Side “Creep Stuff” is just as much fun as a lazy tempo experiment. The way the band records themselves is really key to the sound. It wouldn't be the same if it was cleaner. Just like their self-titled cassette, the overdriven vocals and white noise splashes from cymbals and amps punctuate both the sound and the lyrics, recalling some older decades. The production also has a few interesting subtle touches, like spontaneous laughter, coughing and rhythmic gargling.


Wednesday, August 04, 2010

VASELINES :: NEW ALBUM!! :: Sex with an X

The Vaselines are coming out with a new album after two decades of no albums!
Also download "I Hate the 80's" from this flash nonsense below. I'm so glad the Vaselines share my sentiments about the decade I was born in. It's amazing, snag it ::


1. Ruined
2. Sex with an X
3. The Devil's Inside Me
4. Such a Fool
5. Turning It On
6. Overweight But Over You
7. Poison Pen
8. I Hate the '80s
9. Mouth to Mouth
10. Whitechapel
11. My God's Bigger than Your God
12. Exit The Vaselines


Tuesday, August 03, 2010

MANNERS : White Wool Fog or the Cave of Light Within LP

<a href="">WILL PT 1 by M A N N E R S</a>
MANNERS :: 'Cave Pt. 1'

"A woolly mammoth meditating"

The thing that gets your attention about MANNERS' White Wool Fog or The Cave of Light Within is the fact that it's a cassette and a tuft of dirty wool tied together with orange yarn. When asked about it, songwriter Greg Beson said, "It's just stuff that I like," which makes sense if you know the naturalist, farmer, botanist, stone skipper of Portland, Maine.


Monday, August 02, 2010

Bright Eyes Sound Strike Tune :: Coyote Song // Live Desaparecidos

This is Conor Oberst's protest song for against the Arizona immigration legislation, played live. Kind of reminds me of "Napoleon's Hat." There should be a real video coming soon. This has me thinking of the mysterious "last Bright Eyes album ever" due out supposedly this fall. I haven't heard anything about it since Rolling Stone last year. WHERE IS IT SEÑOR OBERST!?
Also here's some video of the Desaparecidos reunion:


Sunday, August 01, 2010

Weirdstock 2.0!! :: August 30th, 2010

This month is the return of Weirdstock!! Last year Weirdstock was a three day mental annihilation of psych art to honor the 40th anniversary of Woodstock.

Friday, August 20th, 8PM to sunrise.
@ Temple Sound and Stage, 670 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA

This year, grab the Weird Stalk by it's roots and put it in a hot cup of water for just the right mind melting sensation.


The Players:

of Providence, RI: Bevin Kelley (Blevin Blectum) is an electronic musician and multimedia composer. Her performances are often loose narratives incorporating live interactive electronic sound, manipulated field recordings, film, action and costume. Her last two records were released on AAGOO. She is one half of the recently reformed digital duo Blectum from Blechdom, and was a member of the audio/visual band SAGAN with Lesser, Wobbly and Ryan Junell.

of brattleboro, vermont: ex-feathers, gnomonsong, important records, autumn records, member of witch w/ j. mascis, toured europe extensively, beautiful rare new england songbird, poet and glitchwizard - 

of Sacramento, CA: Discorporate Records, Altin Village, Weird Forest ... a deeply marsh mellow crooner w/ scary paint stuff on his face - so scary!

of Cambridge, MA: Angela Sawyer, owner/founder of Weirdo Records, a true staple in the Boston music scene. Member of Excusamwa, Duck That, Human Hairs. Preggy Peggy has been released on great Belgium record label Ultra Eczema

of Bushwick, NY: Stephe Cooper of the band "living things," a delicious musical omelette sure to tickle and excite all of your senses. upcoming release on canada goose tapes.

of Brooklyn, NY: The ashcan “Orchestra” is simultaneously the work of composer p. spadine, a large collection of toy and real instruments, and a revolving performance ensemble.

of Boston, MA: Metal & Glass Ensemble is a Boston-based improvisational group with a rotating membership who create acoustic drone-based music with bowed cymbals and other metal objects, and glasses tuned to a just-intoned 23-note octave.

of Jamaica Plain, MA: Honest, unafraid, sexy classic rock. 7" out now on Captured Tracks.

of Turners Falls, MA: Cave BEARS started as a few disparate "pipe" cells which gradually formed clumps and clots and eventually there was the first finger which died and was used by the second finger as a pick to play the third guitar.

of Providence, RI: Omnivore is Glenna Van Nostrand, a performance artist with a focus on sound art and early telecommunications.

of Boston, MA: quiet noises duo featuring members of Moon Climb the Wall, Rat King, Asteroid M

of Jamaica Plain, MA: "Mr. Shaker has been called gregariously reclusive and omnipresently invisible, but he prefers “a man’s man”. He is has simple tastes, is disturbed, driven, burning, and well loathed and loved equally." Member of rock band French Cops as well as a founder of peace, loving.

of Jamaica Plain, MA: Many Mansions is the ongoing recording and performance project of Shane M. Donnelly. inflection-inspired dream perspiration.

of Jamaica Plain, MA: compositions for aromatics (w/ 3 professional chefs), dances for handheld tape recorders, working as set designers, video artists, performance poets, instrument builders, and becoming infamous for having a major rotating cast doing all these things at once.