Gang Gang Dance— the psychedelic Egypt-influenced drum boomers from Brooklyn– have finally allowed the new single from their upcoming LP, Saint Dymphna, to slip from their fingers.  The single, entitled “House Jam”, was first revealed as a remix by xxxchange of Spank Rock; but now, anxious Gang Gang Dance fans (like me) can finally catch a listen of the real thing at fluxblog.

Rejoice!

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Good ‘ol Phil Elverum has come again bearing (more) gifts, when does he stop!  On his online shop he’s put up a brand new Mount Eerie / Julie Doiron & Fred Squire collaboration, Lost Wisdom, a Mount Eerie movie, Fog Movies Live, a Mount Eerie book (with 19 songs), Dawn, and a D+ album, What is Doubt For?.  Unfortunately, the fifth addition to the store, a re-issue of No Flashlight, has already sold out.

Mount Eerie is also touring so much that I’m not even going to attempt posting it here. Go here instead and scroll down.

Odditties Sodomies

August 14, 2008

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti have released a 17-song album full of rarities and unheard material entitled Odditties Sodomies.  It is being sold at shows and the Vinyl International label, but get your hands on it ASAP, it’s limited to 500 copies worldwide!

New Beach House Single

August 7, 2008

Beach House will be releasing a 7″ single on October 21 via Carpark.  The A-side is a new song entitled “Used to Be” and the B-side will contain a demo of “Apple Orchard”, a song released on their self-titled album.  I love the album artwork, it suits their style so well.

They’re also touring at the moment.  After a few more gigs in the US they’re vacationing around the world to Australia and New Zealand (and also performing there too).  I bet they’ll be staying in a beach house (hah… hah… uhh).

Tour:
08-09 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s w/ Cass McCombs, Tickley Feather
08-10 Baltimore, MD – Creative Alliance w/ Cass Mccombs, Viking Moses
08-12 Greensboro, NC – Square One
08-13 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle w/ Cass McCombs, Great Lakes
08-20 Sydney, Australia – The Hopetoun
08-21 Sydney, Australia – The Hopetoun
08-22 Melbourne, Australia – Roxanne Parlour
08-23 Brisbane, Australia – The Troubadour
08-24 Perth, Australia – Mojo’s
08-27 Melbourne, Australia – The Toff
08-29 Wellington, New Zealand – Bodega Bar
08-30 Auckland, New Zealand – Kings Arms
09-27 Big Sur, CA – Fernwood Resort

“Used to Be”:
01 Used to Be
02 Apple Orchard

Thanks Dublab for this excelent live video of Ariel Pink.  I’m loving the golden microphone.

Linkah! -> http://www.vimeo.com/1466535

‘Merica

August 5, 2008

Remember, lens flares make every music video more classy:

Ringtones Revisited

August 5, 2008

Ring tones seemed forever doomed to be that annoying cheesy tune coming from that guy’s phone in the subway; until now.  Luckily, Max Richter, a composer currently on the Fat Cat label, has come to the rescue.

In a news release by Fat Cat Richter shares his opinions on ring tones stating that they are, “very immediate, personal and democratic” that they have a special ability to “express our thoughts and feelings, tell stories, and connect people”.  With this he has created 24 Postcards in Full Color, a collection of ring tones composed on piano, strings, and electronics that will, he hopes, be able to connect to people in a unique way.

He stresses that these “songs” are not to be listened to as an album (even though they will be released as one), but as series of interconnected pieces that will connect no matter how they are played.

Richter’s live performance of 24 Postcards will require select audience members to download certain pieces to their phones that will be triggered by text message by Richter himself.  When these ring tones are triggered he hopes to create a sense of anticipation of news from another place, the idea behind the title 24 Postcards.

The album will be released 8/25/08 in the UK and 9/23 in the US and Canada.

Matt Furie is an artist who likes kittens and action figures, he also has an interest in human behavior and death.

Furie creates unique art that shows “cute” in another instance; it’s like seeing what children’s cartoon characters are doing at night.  This maturity in the face of immaturity creates an odd feeling.  When else do you see a character cute enough to be on Sesame Street spilling its colorful insides onto the ground?

That’s all I can say, it’s all in the art:

The sequel to last year’s 77 Boadrum is coming (and I’m missing it, again).  Just yesterday the drummers of this 88 man full drum set drum circle were released.  You can find the list here.  There’s just one thing perplexing me; why is Brian Weitz, a.k.a. Geologist from Animal Collective, listed as a drummer?  Since when did he play the drums?  Hmm… sounds as incredible as it was last year, I’m wishing for 99 Boadrum.