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Sigur Rós album Kveikur (news) and “Brennisteinn” (video)

23rd Mar 13 (Sat) Leave a comment

4/25 Update: There are now no plans for a deluxe edition per sigur rós’ official website.  It is available on CD and LPx2 from Amazon NOW.

I’ve been lax in posting as of late… sorry… what to get me out of the funk? News about the new Sigur Rós album Kveikur, album art, tracklist, and a new video…

Brennisteinn

sigur ros - kveikurGorgeous use of limited colors, and a little more loud (maybe Kjartan was keeping the rockiness at bay) – this video bodes well for the what is to come in the new album.  They begin their North American tour tomorrow (I get to see them in Bend, OR in May), including their biggest headline show to date at NYC’s Madison Square Garden.

Kveikur comes out June 18, 2013, and pre-order is live over on sigur-ros.co.uk for both CD & vinyl versions.  The limited edition pre-order should be live soon.

Kveikur Tracklist:

1 Brennisteinn
2 Hrafntinna
3 Isjaki
4 Yfirbord
5 Stormur
6 Kveikur
7 Rafstraumur
8 Bláprádur
9 Var

Prince in PortlandOh, and this was also announced yesterdayPRINCE is playing two shows in one night at small rock club Roseland Theater in downtown Portland, Oregon.

And guess who snagged tickets to see the 8pm show on April 21st? Me! Whoa!

~Dan – np: Garage A TroisAlways Be Happy, But Stay Evil
Garage A Trois - Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil

Fol Chen – 200 Words

5th Mar 13 (Tue) Leave a comment

Definitely a different vibe than their “Cable TV” or “In Ruins” videos, but Fol Chen is still making some excellent electronic-pop.  Here’s “200 Words” from their upcoming album, The False Alarms:

The False Alarms comes out on March 19th on Asthmatic Kitty… CD and vinyl:

Fol Chen - The False Alarms

~Dan – np: Ben GoldbergSubatomic Particle Homesick Blues
Ben Goldberg - Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues

*FREE DOWNLOAD* Wussy’s Berneice Huff and son, Bill sings… Popular Favorites

4th Jan 13 (Fri) Leave a comment

Cincinnati rock quartet Wussy just released this collection of rarities, bsides and live tracks FOR FREE

Berneice Huff and son, Bill sings… Popular Favorites

Wussy - Berneice HuffAs a thank-you to our fans’ support and generosity in 2012, we are happy to present a free download album of rarities, B-sides and demos.

  1. Terry Gross Intro
  2. Nomenclature
  3. Maglite (remix)
  4. First Concert
  5. Bought It Again (demo)
  6. Blood & Guts
  7. WOXY Intro
  8. Rigor Mortis (live)
  9. Retarded
  10. Bedroom Posters
  11. Jonah (demo)
  12. Airborne (acoustic)
  13. Musical Style
  14. Linda Linda/Sweetie Sweetie (live)
  15. All the Bugs Are Growing (demo)
  16. Run Away
  17. What Band Would You Erase…
  18. Soak It Up (demo)

~Dan – np: O.S.I.Fire Make Thunder
OSI - Fire Make Thunder

Chali 2Na – “Against the Current” & future PledgeMusic (12/12/12)

5th Dec 12 (Wed) Leave a comment

Chali 2Na - Against the Current

Jurassic 5 baritone Chali 2Na has a few solo albums to his name, but this next project, as hinted back last winter, is about to see the light of day.  We finally have a video for “Against the Current“…

And a week from now (on 12/12/12), his PledgeMusic drive will go into effect.

As excited as I am to tell you about it, I admit humbly that it’s going to take me some time (and some help) to get this thing assembled the way I intend it for you. So as a snack before the meal, I came up with a way to reward y’all for getting involved and being a part of it from the jump. Starting 12.12.12 (next Wednesday to be exact) I’m going to begin releasing a series of EPs along the way until the book is ready to ship. The first installment of the series, from this project I labeled, “Against The Current” will be a sample of the four that will follow. The most enjoyable thing about my music career for me personally, has been collaborating with Artists from many different walks of life, and even places of the World. And I’ve been influenced by so many different types of music, that with this project I’m actually going in on a couple of them. The 2nd EP will be heavily influenced by Electronic and Dub-Step music. I’m also finishing up one that’s Caribbean influenced and another one I’m going to record exclusively with my live band. And the last one will be a true vintage Hip Hop record, even-though I know that’s not exactly what Hip Hop sounds like in current day. Hence the name of the Project.

Keep in the loop on his PledgeMusic page:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/artists/chali2na

~Dan – np: Sufjan StevensSilver & Gold (Songs For Christmas) Vol. IX: Let It Snow!

Tomahawk “Stone Letter” video & West Coast Tour

2nd Dec 12 (Sun) Leave a comment

Tomahawk’s fourth album, Oddfellows, comes out Jan 29, 2013.  They released a 7″ single for “Stone Letter” on RSD 2012 Black Friday, and now we have a video and some Feb 2013 West Coast tour dates… I already got my Portland ticket!

Tomahawk w/ Retox West Coast Tour

  • Feb. 12, 2013 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
  • Feb. 13, 2013 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
  • Feb. 15, 2013 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
  • Feb. 16, 2013 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
  • Feb. 17, 2013 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
  • Feb. 19, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theater

Tomahawk - Oddfellows (1/29/13)

Tomahawk is Mike Patton (vocals, keys & effects), Duane Denison (guitars), John Stanier (drums) and Trevor Dunn (bass).  Oddfellows can be pre-ordered now in both CD & vinyl.

~Dan – np: Hasidic New WaveKabalogy
Hasidic New Wave - Complete Recordings

Wussy “Waiting Room” & “Asteroids” (live on Ultra Sessions)

18th Nov 12 (Sun) Leave a comment

One of the best indie rock bands around, Wussy, had an Ultra Sessions.  Here’s “Waiting Room“…

http://ultrasessions.com/home/wussy-waiting-room/

And “Asteroids“…

http://ultrasessions.com/home/wussy-asteroids/

Check out their latest album, Strawberry, listen and buy if you like it on Amazon.

I saw Over the Rhine last night at the Triple Door in Seattle.  Review, setlist, and photos up before Thanksgiving!

~Dan – np: Damien JuradoMaraqopa

Ashley Peacock… help him make a new solo record in 2013!

16th Nov 12 (Fri) Leave a comment

My good-good friend from the Cincinnati area, Ashley Peacock, is breaking his 9 year silence as a solo musical artist.  His last solo album was 2003’s Precursor EP, which led into his brit-pop band The Times’ 2005 album Begin (link w/ audio samples).  His last album with a group was 2012’s Growing Concern (link w/ audio samples) under the Chance Brothers moniker.

He is long overdue for a solo album, and he’s trying to raise $1,750 via Kickstarter to put the finishing touches on the record.

Ashley Peacock Kickstarter

I’m not sure where he’ll go with his new record.  I love a lot of music, but I know when he’s working on something I need to support it.  I hope you’ll listen to some of his past stuff and give him your attention for what’s to come.

Odds weigh heavily that you’ll like it!  Go to the Kickstarter HERE.

~Dan – np: Over the RhineThe Long Surrender

Sufjan Steven’s horror/christmas claymation “Mr. Frosty Man”

29th Oct 12 (Mon) Leave a comment

Three Sufjan Stevens posts in a row?  Sorry… I promise I’ll get an October concert recap (Aimee Mann, Nellie McKay, Peter Mulvey/Kris Delmhorst, Dan Deacon) up soon… in the meantime, this new claymation/stop motion music video for Sufjan’s “Mr. Frosty Man” is perfect for both the Christmas & Halloween crowds…


Animation by Lee Hardcastle

Pre-order his upcoming Silver and Gold (Christmas EP boxset #2) on 5 CDs or 58 mp3.  The 5-vinyl set appears to be sold out (via bandcamp).

~Dan – np: TomahawkTomahawk

Sufjan Stevens’ Silver & Gold (Xmas EP #’s 6-10)

2nd Oct 12 (Tue) Leave a comment

Update: the stop-motion Lego video is at the bottom.

Pre-order his upcoming Silver and Gold (Christmas EP boxset #2) on 5 CDs or 58 mp3.  The 5-vinyl set appears to be sold out (via bandcamp).

“Happy Holidays! On November 13, 2012, Asthmatic Kitty Records will release (another!) Christmas box-set extravaganza by the implacable singer/songwriter Sufjan StevensSilver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Vols. 6-10, a compilation of 5 EPs recorded between 2006 and 2010.

Expanding on the tradition of the first box-set (Songs for Christmas, Vols. 1-5 from 2006), Silver & Gold is a generous document of five more years of holly-jolly jubilee — Christmas caroling, sleigh-bell-ringing, collaborative songwriting — undertaken by Sufjan and his various musical cohorts. Originally intended as gifts for family and friends, these musical snapshots have been re-mixed and re-assembled for the public in an exquisitely-designed gift box containing all the Yuletide pleasures money can buy: Christmas stickers, temporary tattoos, lyric sheets and chord charts, a paper ornament, an apocalyptic pull-out poster, photos, illustrations, and extensive liner notes—a veritable Christmas feast for the eyes and ears.

The album features collaborations with a running line-up of friends and musical peers, including Aaron and Bryce Dessner (The National), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Cat Martino (Sufjan’s right-hand woman on all things Age of Adz), Sebastian Krueger (Inlets), Gabriel Kahane, Vesper Stamper, and members of Danielson (Daniel, Elin, Lilly, and Ida). Sufjan’s own indelible aesthetic and his tireless oblique strategies (in vain pursuit of the perfect Christmas song) maintain the album’s center of gravity, resulting in an abundant compilation (nearly 60 tracks) that investigates the canon of devotional hymns and holiday pop songs with reckless abandon (totaling nearly three hours of music).

Silver & Gold surpasses its predecessor both in style and scope by taking a wider stance and embracing a more liberal ethos. The box-set sails through musical fashions as various as ornaments on a Christmas tree (covering songs from John Dowland to Johnny Marks). The folksy old-world renaissance of Gloria (Vol. 6) gives way to bi-polar impertinence on I Am Santa’s Helper (Vol. 7). Christmas Infinity Voyage (Vol. 8) looks to the cosmos (and the drum machine) for inspiration, while Let It Snow (Vol. 9) and Christmas Unicorn (Vol.10) show a giddy return to form, unselfconsciously reveling in all the bubble-gum show tunes from the 1950s and 60s (“A Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” to name a few).

There are also 18 original songs intermixed throughout (some of them co-written or wholly composed by guest collaborators). Sufjan’s contribution to the Christmas canon exhibits an ever-expanding canopy of approaches: there’s the moody and affectionate Christmas ballad (“Happy Karma Christmas”), an ecclesiastical take on the Burl Ives classic “Silver & Gold” (re-titled here as “Justice Delivers Its Gift”), the rowdy, garage-rock, rumble-in-the-snow-bank (“Mr. Frosty Man”) and the psychedelic pop-anthem (“Christmas Unicorn”) that attempts to reconcile new age magic, fantasy fiction, and the commodification of Christmas with expository deftness.

Silver & Gold is more than just another Christmas album, but an ongoing exercise in theme and variation, an annual tradition that offers this songwriter a chance to experiment with fashion and technique without taking himself too seriously. Sufjan’s playful (yet purposeful) expedition through the superficial landscape of sugar plum fairies and marshmallow fluff has produced an exuberant musical account of “all things Christmas” in the pursuit of the sublime. What distinguishes this project from the glut of Christmas albums saturating the market today are Sufjan’s unguarded enthusiasm for the genre itself (the sense of freedom he shows in celebrating with reverence and rebellion) and the belief that Christmas music contains a multiplicity of sacred and secular significance (from Baby Jesus to Babes in Toyland) that is ultimately ours for the taking. It’s safe to say that no one has taken it further than Sufjan, for better and for worse.

Thanks for listening and may all your Christmas dreams come true.

Silver & Gold will be available in digital download, a CD box-set available November 13th, with a limited edition of 2000 vinyl box-sets available later this year or early 2013.

A special edition of the vinyl boxset, which will include some extra surprises, is available to US/Canada/EU for pre-order:

http://sufjanstevens.bandcamp.com/album/silver-gold

The CD Boxset includes: (price not listed yet)

1. Five CD EPs

2. Christmas stickers

3. Temporary tattoos  (non-toxic & safe for children)

4. A paper ornament (self-assembly with directions)

5. An apocalyptic pull-out poster

6. Song lyrics and chord charts (sing along with your friends and enemies)

7. Hallucinogenic photographs and psychedelic graphic design (by Sufjan Stevens, drug-free since 1975)

8. Extensive liner notes (introductory salutations and an essay on the Christmas tree by Sufjan Stevens, and a few theological words on the End Times by Pastor Vito Aiuto)

The vinyl boxset includes: ($120 + S/H)

1. Five EPs on 6 vinyl discs

2. Christmas stickers

3. Temporary tattoos

4. A paper ornament

5. A 40-page Christmas songbook with vocal and piano reductions

6. A Christmas coloring book

7. Hallucinogenic photographs and psychedelic graphic design

8. Extensive liner notes

Whoa!

Sufjan Stevens Lego Movie

~Dan – np: Carla Kihlstedt & Matthias BossiNiagara Falling: Tales for the Stage, III

Aimee Mann’s “Labrador” {remake of “Voices Carry”}

20th Sep 12 (Thu) 1 comment

Wow… the new Aimee Mann video for “Labrador” is a shot-for-shot remake of her video in ‘Til Tuesday for “Voices Carry“… clever, silly.

Labrador (2012)

Voices Carry (1985)

Boy, how she’s changed.  I much prefer newer Aimee Mann to ’80s Aimee Mann.  Her new album, Charmer, just came out this week… and she heads out on tour next week (click here for dates & the “Charmer” music video).  I’ll be at the Portland, Oregon, date on October 2nd.

~Dan – np: Aimee MannCharmer

Glen Phillips – Coyote Sessions

19th Sep 12 (Wed) Leave a comment

Just uploaded to bandcamp by Glen Phillips (the voice of Toad the Wet Sprocket) is Coyote Sessions.

Go here to buy it (only $7 for the full album):

http://glenphillips.bandcamp.com/releases

Here’s the 411…

This album is a collection of beloved orphans – songs I’ve played live but never put on a record, or co-writes that other artists have cut but I hadn’t gotten around to recording.

Coyote Sessions is also an experiment in recording. My friend Sean McCue lost his previous studio in the Tea Fire a couple years ago, and recently finished building a new workspace, Coyote Road Studio. It’s a big open room, with a distinctive sound. We wanted to see how truly we could capture a real performance – no electronic mixing, no overdubs, just a single microphone a couple feet away from me and players moved around the room to balance the sound. We hope you like the results.

**** Full album includes a video for Greer Zoller ****

Musicians:
Glen Phillips – Vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Sean McCue – Electric and High Strung Guitars, Percussion
Jim Connolly – Acoustic Bass, Piano
Alastair Greene – Electric and Steel Guitars
Tariqh Akoni – Electric Guitar
Bill Flores – Pedal Steel, Weissenborn, Mandolin
Anna Abbey – Piano
Tom Lackner – Drums

~Dan – np: Derek WebbStockholm Syndrome

Ben Folds Five & Fraggle Rock

18th Sep 12 (Tue) Leave a comment

Ben Folds Five & Fraggle Rock.  ‘Nuff said…

PS- BFF’s new album, The Sound of the Life of the Mind, just came out (via PledgeMusic).  I’ve spun it about 20 times already… love it!  You can also get it now via Amazon.

~Dan – np: John ZornRimbaud

Tori Amos “Flavor” (from the forthcoming ‘Gold Dust’)

31st Aug 12 (Fri) Leave a comment

Tori Amos is turning into too serious of an artist.  I still love her, though… here’s the premiere video for “Flavor” from the forthcoming album Gold Dust, out on Deutsche Grammophon on October 2nd, 2012.

~Dan – np: dredgThe Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion

Sigur Rós “Dauðalogn” (video)

29th Aug 12 (Wed) Leave a comment

Gorgeous new stop-motion video for Sigur RósDauðalogn” (from the album Valtari):

Form the Mystery Film Experiment. Video by Henry Jun Wah Lee, partly filmed over the lava fields in Yakushima Japan. Find more Valtari/Mystery Film Experiment videos at:

~Dan – np: Dan DeaconAmerica

Levi Weaver “Rogue Boat” (video)

22nd Aug 12 (Wed) Leave a comment

It seems like just weeks ago that singer-songwriter Levi Weaver was playing my living room… oh wait, it was (Eugene house show review here).  His latest music video just came out.  Check out “Rogue Boat” here:

“Rogue Boat” is from his latest EP, I Am Only A Tiny Noise.  Listen and buy that one over at Bandcamp or over at the Amazons!

~Dan – np: Levi WeaverI Am Only A Tiny Noise

Aimee Mann’s new “Charmer” (video)

17th Aug 12 (Fri) 1 comment

What a better double for Aimee Mann than Laura Linney?

Charmer” is from her upcoming album, also called Charmer, due out September 18, 2012.

She’s hitting the road, whether as herself or as a robot, this Fall…

AIMEE MANN – 2012 TOUR DATES

  • 27 SEPTEMBER 2012 The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA^^
  • 28 SEPTEMBER 2012 Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz, CA^^
  • 29 SEPTEMBER 2012 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA^^
  • 30 SEPTEMBER 2012 Uptown Theatre, Napa, CA^^
  • 02 OCTOBER 2012 Aladdin Theatre, Portland, OR^^
  • 03 OCTOBER 2012 Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA^^
  • 04 OCTOBER 2012 Egyptian Theatre, Boise, ID^^
  • 06 OCTOBER 2012 The State Room, Salt Lake City, UT^^
  • 09 OCTOBER 2012 Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO^^
  • 10 OCTOBER 2012 Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO^^
  • 11 OCTOBER 2012 The Lensic, Santa Fe^^
  • 12 OCTOBER 2012 Rialto Theatre, Tuscon, AZ^^
  • 13 OCTOBER 2012 Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Los Angeles, CA^^
  • 24 OCTOBER 2012 The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA^
  • 25 OCTOBER 2012 The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA^
  • 26 OCTOBER 2012 Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA^
  • 27 OCTOBER 2012 Town Hall, New York, NY^
  • 03 NOVEMBER 2012 Berklee Performance Center, Boston MA^
  • 04 NOVEMBER 2012 Higher Ground, S. Burlington, VT^
  • 06 NOVEMBER 2012 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON^
  • 08 NOVEMBER 2012 Capitol Theatre, Columbus, OH^
  • 09 NOVEMBER 2012 20th Century Theater, Cincinnati, OH^
  • 10 NOVEMBER 2012 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI^
  • 11 NOVEMBER 2012 Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI^
  • 13 NOVEMBER 2012 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO^
  • 14 NOVEMBER 2012 Park West, Chicago, IL^
  • 15 NOVEMBER 2012 Park West, Chicago, IL^
  • 16 NOVEMBER 2012 Stoughton Opera House, Stoughton, WI^
  • 17 NOVEMBER 2012 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN^
    ^ w/ Ted Leo
    ^^ w/ Field Report

~Dan – np: TristezaPaisajes

“Atlas” by Daniel Johns

20th Jul 12 (Fri) Leave a comment

Australian musician, Daniel Johns (of Silverchair & The Dissociatives), winner of 21 ARIA awards and three times winner of APRA’s songwriter of the year, has written, arranged and performed an epic new piece called “Atlas” in a unique collaboration with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Qantas Airways. The piece forms the soundtrack for the new Qantas brand and 2012 Olympics advertising.

Definitely different than his rockier Silverchair stuff, more in the epic arena he’d been moving in with their last two albums… file this under “interesting.”  I’m curious how / where he’ll take this.

~Dan – np: Tin Hat & e.e. cummingsthe rain is a handsome animal

Derek Webb ‘Ctrl’

11th Jul 12 (Wed) Leave a comment

8/13/12 update… nah, it’s not really an electronic album.  Singer-songwriter fare… good stuff, though, as usual from Derek.

So, perhaps Derek Webb is turning into an electronic artist?  OK.  Fine with me, I loved that progression from acoustic singer-songwriter on Stockholm Syndrome.

He’s putting out his newest album, Ctrl, on August 21, 2012 (online) / September 4, 2012 (physical).  Here’s all the relevant press for the album and Square Tour

Ctrl will be available for early/direct sale at 12:01AM on August 21, 2012 exclusively at derekwebb.com for two weeks before it goes on sale everywhere on September 4, 2012.

On August 23, Derek will also be launching THE SQUARE TOUR in support of Ctrl. Backed by a full band (including Ctrl co-producer Josh Moore), THE SQUARE TOUR promises to be the most musically and technologically ambitious live production of Derek Webb’s career. Every show on THE SQUARE TOUR will take place in a surprising, unconventional venue specifically selected to accommodate a unique four-sided stage and lighting/production rig designed and built exclusively for THE SQUARE TOUR.

Opening for Derek Webb on THE SQUARE TOUR is the band Page CXVI (which features SOLA-MI vocalist Latifah Phillips). All shows on THE SQUARE TOUR will also include a very special performance by SOLA-MI.  All tickets will be sold directly from derekwebb.com, and are AVAILABLE NOW. Follow @derekwebb on Twitter for additional cities as they’re added.

~Dan – np: Sigur RósValtari

Digital Noise Academy’s kickstarter reboot

26th Jun 12 (Tue) Leave a comment

Yikes! I haven’t blogged all month!  Keeping busy at work, not as many shows this month for me, and I suppose not much “new music” breaking in June.  Fiona Apple’s new album The Idler Wheel coming out today; so grab that!

Also, I posted a couple months ago about Digital Noise Academy’s Kickstarter.  The collaborative group is:

  • Ken Andrews (Failure, On, Year of the Rabbit, worked with Tool, A Perfect Circle, NIN, Tenacious D, Copeland, etc)
  • Sharky Laguana (Creeper Lagoon)
  • Charlotte Martin
  • Justin Meldal-Johnsen (NIN, Beck, Air, M83)
  • Fernando Sanchez (Lenka, Ben Jelen, Racheal Yamagata, Chris Cornell)
  • Jordon Zadorozny (Blinker the Star, Sam Roberts).

The original Kickstarter had lofty goals, but didn’t meet them (too much, too short of a window)… well, they rebooted it and are almost there – needing only another $4k with 45 days to spare.  I think it’s going to be a rad album!

Check it out and help them out!

~Dan – np: CelldwellerWish Upon A Blackstar

My Mind’s Own Melody (trailer) with music from Daniel Johns (Silverchair)

31st May 12 (Thu) 1 comment

As previously reported last June, My Mind’s Own Melody is a cinematic modern musical created by Josh Wakely and Daniel Johns (of Silverchair). A full feature film has been developed based on the concept but this trailer is for a short-film version. Keep an eye out for news of limited international screenings over the months ahead…

MY MIND’S OWN MELODY Trailer

A film by Josh Wakely, original music and lyrics by Daniel Johns (Silverchair), featuring the talents of Golden Globe winner Lisa Gerrard, starring David Lyons, My Mind’s Own Melody is a Grace films Production gracefilms.com.au.

~Dan – np: Sigur RósValtari

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