U.S. Girls announce Half Free out on September 25th, Woman’s Work streaming now
U.S. Girls, the work of Illinois-born, Toronto-based artist Meg Remy, has evolved from the coarse 4-track fidelity found on her early recordings to more luscious and unabashed works, packed with a fiery pop sensibility. Half Free (September 25th via 4AD) is the next step in this impressive transformation, an honest and lyrically jarring exploration of emotions, drenched in a bath of raw beats and loops that have become the hallmark of her work with producer and frequent collaborator Onakabazien. Other album guests include Slim Twig (DFA), Ben Cook (Fucked Up, Young Guv), Amanda Crist (Ice Cream) and Tony Price.
The second track to be heard from the album, ‘Woman’s Work’, debuts online today, accompanied by another hypnotic video directed and edited by Remy.
Following up on the release of the mutant dub of ‘Damn That Valley’ earlier this year, ‘Woman’s Work’ builds further anticipation and intrigue; Remy has delivered a nagging, arpeggio-laced stormer, picking away at the themes of beauty and neurosis, with a video that examines our collective paralysis in the face of ageing.
U.S. Girls is currently on tour in Europe, with further tour dates planned in North America for later this summer and fall, including support dates for Peaches. Canadian dates include:
August 21st – Ottawa Arboretum Festival,
September 10th – Montreal Le National (Special Guest of Timbre Timbre)
October 6th – Vancouver Commodore Ballroom (Special Guest of Peaches)
PAVEMENT ANNOUNCE THE SECRET HISTORY VOL. 1
The 30 tracks, 25 of which will be available on vinyl for the first time ever, include b-sides, unreleased session tracks, John Peel sessions, and a 1992 live concert from the Slanted and Enchanted era (1990-1992).
The deluxe double LP contains essays by Stephen Malkmus and Spiral Stairs, plus essays from Matador Records, Billions Corporation, and Drag City bosses, and a gorgeous gatefold designed by Rob Carmichael (Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors).
The strangest thing about Pavement? Not that there were ever many non-strange things about Pavement? Even though they made their era’s finest rock albums, the albums only told half their story. Pavement also made some of the Nineties’ best albums that never happened. Until now.
Every proper Pavement album, from the out-of-nowhere debut Slanted and Enchanted to the summer-upper Terror Twilight, was accompanied by a flurry of slay tracks and stray slack—songs that got scattered on B-sides, EPs, compilations, radio sessions. But Pavement were too busy writing and recording great songs to worry about where to stash them, and they moved too fast to leave a tidy trail. So they left these songs off their albums. Some never got released at all.
Pavement made five proper album-as-albums: Slanted and Enchanted (1992), Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994), Wowee Zowee (1995), Brighten The Corners (1997) and Terror Twilight (1999). Each has its own sound. Each has its own legend. But each of their official albums has a shadow album—and it’s usually as strong as the album that actually did come out. It’s time for the world to hear the albums Pavement could have made, if they’d been a little less ambitious about music and a little more ambitious about the music business. If they’d been the kind of band to sweat the legacy. But if they were that kind of band, would they have written so many great songs? Much less these great songs? No.
Matador is finally releasing a series of these shadow albums. The first, naturally, is The Secret History, Vol. 1, collecting the songs that got away during the era of Slanted and Enchanted, which Stephen Malkmus, Scott Kannberg and Gary Young recorded on the cheaper-than-cheap in January 1991. The Secret History, Vol. 1 collects gems from Peel Sessions (“Kentucky Cocktail,” “Circa 1762”) and seven-inches (“Baptist Blacktick”) as well as live slop from the first European tours, with Mark Ibold and Bob Nastanovich in the fold. Some are outtakes from Slanted—imagine leaving these tunes off your first album, when as far as you know or imagine, it’s your only album. These tracks (some of which had never been rumored among Pavement freaks) came out on the 2002 Slanted and Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe double CD reissue. But they’ve never been separately available as an album in their own right, and many of them have never been on vinyl before.
1. Sue Me Jack
2. So Stark (You’re A Skyscraper)
3. Summer Babe (7” Version)
4. Mercy Snack: The Laundromat
5. Baptiss Blacktick
6. My First Mine
7. Nothing Ever Happens
8. Here (Alternate Mix)
10. Circa 1762 (Peel Session 1)
11. Kentucky Cocktail (Peel Session 1)
12. Secret Knowledge Of Backroads (Peel Session 1)
13. Here (Peel Session 1)
14. Rain Ammunition (Peel Session 2)
15. Drunks With Guns (Peel Session 2)
16. Ed Ames (Peel Session 2)
17. The List Of Dorms (Peel Session 2)
18. Conduit For Sale [Live Brixton 1992]
19. Fame Throwa [Live Brixton 1992]
20. Home [Live Brixton 1992]
21. Perfume V [Live Brixton 1992]
22. Summer Babe [Live Brixton 1992]
23. Frontwards [Live Brixton 1992]
24. Angel Carver Blues Mellow Jazz Docent [Live Brixton 1992]
25. Two States [Live Brixton 1992]
26. No Life Singed Her [Live Brixton 1992]
27. So Stark (You’re A Skyscraper) [Live Brixton 1992]
28. Box Elder [Live Brixton 1992]
29. Baby Yeah [Live Brixton 1992]
30. In The Mouth Of A Desert [Live Brixton 1992]
RATATAT DEBUT “ABRASIVE” WITH NEW MUSIC VIDEO
Rich with the signature RATATAT guitar sound, “Abrasive” is one of the densest song’s the duo has ever made. Sometimes reaching as many as 30-layered guitars, each playing a different part but all still in harmony with each other. The animated video, hand drawn by RATATAT’s own E.VAX, is equally as dense using over 4000 illustrations, some even taken from the bands recordings sessions for Magnifique.
For Magnifique RATATAT returns to their core guitar-driven sound, which they spoke to Spin about in-depth recently. Recorded over the course of the last four years in various studios in different locations including Jamaica (the country), upstate New York, Long Island, NY and their home studio in Brooklyn, the explained the lengthily recording process to to Spin:“Because it’s instrumental music, you can’t just be half-assed with the music and then like, ‘Oh someone will sing on this,‘” says Mast. “It makes it a bit more of a challenge.”
Consequence of Sound reviewed the band’s recent show in Pomona noting: “fans’ rabid reaction thought this performance spoke volumes about the outfit’s perhaps underrated impact and popularity…their 75-minute set was nothing less than explosive from beginning to end.”
YO LA TENGO BREAK OUT THE FAKEBOOK FOR NEW ALBUM "STUFF LIKE THAT THERE" OUT AUGUST 28 ON MATADOR RECORDS
Fresh from celebrating their 30th anniversary as one of the most beloved and adventurous bands in rock history, Yo La Tengo announce that they will release Stuff Like That There on August 28 via Matador Records and will embark on a world tour.
The trio of Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew now return as a quartet, reuniting with former member Dave Schramm on electric guitar as they revisit the original concept of their beloved Fakebook (a mix of cover songs, “covers” of Yo La Tengo songs, and brand new originals) on its 25th anniversary.
This unprecedented live set-up – Ira on acoustic guitar, Georgia up-front on a small kit, and James on upright bass – marks the first occasion of this particular Yo La Tengo incarnation touring together (and since it took them 31 years to get around to doing so, could very well also be the last).
The quartet will perform four Canadian shows including:
Sled Island – June 26th
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto – September 30th
Corona Theatre, Montreal – October 2nd
Vogue Theatre, Vancouver – November 21st
Beirut No No No
Zach Condon and his band Beirut will release fourth album ‘No No No’ on September 11, 2015 via 4AD.
Coming four years after ‘The Rip Tide’, and recorded over a two week period during one of the coldest New York winters – with blizzard after blizzard raging outside – ‘No No No’ is Condon’s most vibrant and spirited record to date.
‘No No No’ will be available digitally and on LP and CD on September 11th.
To coincide with ‘No No No’, Beirut will tour throughout North America and Europe including the free Grand Opening Concert at this year’s Festival International de Jazz de Montreal as well as the following Canadian shows:
June 26th – Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (Rio Tinto Grand Opening Free Concert)
June 28th – Ottawa Jazz Festival
July 16th – Pemberton Music Festival
November 13th – Danforth Music Hall
November 14th – Danforth Music Hall