July 2012

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ARE WE NOT MEN?
Official DEVO Documentary: 5-minute Previe
Kickstarter for a Devo documentary, HERE.



Produced in cooperation with DEVO, this authorized feature-length documentary has been in development for 3 years. Although the band has been notoriously secretive for nearly 4 decades, they granted us unprecedented full-access to their personal inner-workings and daily lives while on the road, backstage, and at home. Featuring new interviews with contemporaries (Iggy Pop), and fans (Dave Grohl, Tony Hawk), the official film reveals the truth about this important and misunderstood band. From their mysterious origins during the 1970 Kent State shootings to their latest album and tours, this film tells the funny and fascinating story of de-evolution.  
(Operated by JEFF E. WINNER)


by Tony Pemberton


Devo Documentary Kent State
For the final week of Kickstarter funding campaign for the DEVO documentary, this is an early edit preview focusing on DEVO’s mysterious origins during the Kent State shootings in 1970.


“Rhino Resurrected” Needs One Last Push!
(Rhino Records Doc: 77 min.)
by Keith Shapiro / Kickstarter page, HERE.


“Go to Rhino Records on Westwood Boulevard…” – Wild Man Fischer.

“Rhino Resurrected”is the iconoclastic story of a ramshackle little record store that became a hub of hardcore music misfits, a launching pad for influential music careers, and a groundbreaking and irreverent record label revered by music lovers worldwide. The inspiration for the film came last spring when the founder of Rhino, Richard Foos, opened a “pop-up” record store that aimed to re-create the “Rhino” vibe and quickly turned into a celebration of and elegy for a music culture that’s all but lost. The film features killer live performances from Richard Thompson, Mike Watt, Peter Case, Little Willie G and thee Midnighters, Dr. Demento, Temple City Kazoo Orchestra and so much more – it’s a must see for any music fan!


The July/August, 2012 The Believer magazine Music Issue is accompanied by “Love Songs for Lamps”, the mixtape Calvin Johnson curated for the magazine, it was mastered at Dub Narcotic. Buy a copy of this issue, HERE.
(Illustration by Charles Burns)

Tracklisting:
A1. Hysterics, “Leave Me Alone”
A2. The Memories, “Higher”
A3. Shana Cleveland and the Sandcastles, “Itching Around”
A4. Soviet, “Marbleyezed”
A5. Tomorrows Tulips, “Untitled”
A6. Laura Leif and Amber Phelps Bondaroff, “Love Song for Lamps”
A7. Skrill Meadow, “Takin’ My Time”
A8. MOM, “Boner Party (Tonite)”
A9. KMVP, “Montreal Screwjob”
A10. White Rainbow, “Darker Drift” (4:20 excerpt)
A11. The Great White Jenkins, “Where Shall I Be”
A12. Broken Water, “Normal Never Happened”

B1. Briana Marela, “Take Care of Me”
B2. The Shivas, “Thrill Yr Idols”
B3. Ruby Fray, “Love That Disease”
B4. Baby Island, “King’s Crossing”
B5. Erin Earthling, “Bike”
B6. Old Night, “Old Night”
B7. Margy Pepper, “Little Cat”
B8. Happy Noose, “One Way Ticket”
B9. Lovers Without Borders, “Athena from Bow”
B10. Mansion Music, “Maps”
B11. Sewn Leather, “How It Works”
B12. Priests, Diet Coke”



released 01 January 2012




released 26 February 2012

“Love Songs for Lamps” Roadshow
Aug. 10 ~ Aug. 23, 2012



The Sea and Cake – Harps


“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.”  –Sam Prekop

Listen to a brand new song ‘Harps’ off of The Sea And Cake‘s forthcoming 10th full-length album “Runner” which began as the companion piece to 2011′s “The Moonlight Butterfly.” Songs were designed in synthesizer experiments at Sam Prekop’s home studio were reimagined by the other members, and eventually recorded and mixed by John McEntire at Chicago’s Soma Studios. Due out on September 18th via Thrill Jockey, September 5th via Commons (Japan).



“Ever wanted to hear what Joao Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Pavement, Guided By Voices, Terry Riley and Steve Reich would sound like if their DNA’s were extracted, blended and re-grown as a single entity, given some cheap recording gear and been forced to record an album in a mad scientists filthy lab with really high ceilings? Just hit ‘Play’.”



released 21 July 2012


Hailing from Montreal, Expwy is a sunny brazilian / lo-fi / experimental pop influenced one-man-band project by Matt LeGroulx.



from “Bag of Waters,” released 12 April 2012



from “Total Gold,” released 14 December 2011

cover art by Aeron Alfrey



The Mountain Goats – Cry for Judas


“This here album track, anyway, is called “Cry for Judas,” it is about survival but that’s kind of an oversimplification, it’s also about building a vehicle from the defeated pieces of the thing you survived and piloting that vehicle through the cosmos, it’s kind of complicated but people who know what I’m talking about will kind of intuitively get the idea and the rest of you will I hope be able to get a sense of it through the song.”

Here’s the first single ‘Cry for Judas’ off of The Mountain Goats‘ forthcoming album, their fourteenth studio album “Transcendental Youth,” due out on October 2nd via Merge Records, also available around the same time via Tomlab (UK & Europe) and Moorworks (Japan). The album was produced by Portland, OR-based Brandon Eggleston (tUnE-yArDs, Miniature Tigers, Owen Pallett…), and Matthew E. White did horn arrangements. The single is available on iTunes, and for free download via Merge Soundcloud. “Transcendental Youth” pre-order, HERE.

Transcendental Youth, tracklisting:
1. Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1
2. Lakeside View Apartments Suite
3. Cry for Judas
4. Harlem Roulette
5. White Cedar
6. Until I Am Whole
7. Night Light
8. The Diaz Brothers
9. Counterfeit Florida Plates
10. In Memory of Satan
11. Spent Gladiator 2
12. Transcendental Youth



Old Smile – Statues

Old Smile is a solo project by Tom Herman Jr. formerly known as a co-leader of Philly psych-rock outfit Arches. And he has recently released Old Smile’s first full-length album “Hearing Static” which was recorded by himself using one mic and his laptop with a 40 minutes long family jams tape recorded by his family. “Hearing Static” (released July 5th, 2012) is available now on Old Smile’s bandcamp.



Old Smile – Hearing Static

“The saxophone on Quiet Nights, Passing By, and Hearing Static was played by my grandfather.  He wasn’t there to record it (he’s deceased) but I found a tape of him playing with my father on drums and someone on guitar.  When my parents were younger, they used to get together with friends and family and have these jazz jams, drink and hang out.  The tape was 40 minutes long and very quiet so it took me a while to get the saxophone to stand out and match everything.  On the song “Hearing Static,” the cymbals in the beginning of the song are from my dad playing drums, and the chatter is from my parents’ and grandparents’ friends when they were all younger.”  –Tom Herman Jr.



Old Smile – Quiet Nights
Footage from various Maya Deren films, “Emak – Bakia” by Man Ray, as well as footage from Alexander Petrov set to the song “Quiet Nights.”

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