Over the last couple years, there’s been a small but growing festival called Synästhesie taking place in Berlin. Its roots are very much specific to its city. The festival is booked and run by the people behind 8MM, a dive bar and a staple of Berlin’s music community (and for musicians passing through town); the … More »
When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »
A decade is an arbitrary measurement. They seem confined, these neat little symmetrical 10-year runs, but it’s only in hindsight that we define them, that their signifiers and trends and shorthand become codified. In reality, there are bleeds, the timbre and events of one chunk of time sliding over the border into another. If you’re … More »
So yeah. Seems Deerhunter are embarking on a large-ish tour of the Euro-America this weekend, with Cate Le Bon supporting at London, Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham shows. (You may recall that Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox and Cate Le Bon worked together on a 7-track EP which just came out via Mexican Summer.)
But seeing as how A) it’s been almost a year since Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared appeared via 4AD, and B) you and I are stuck here in lousy Regular-America this month, the band has mercifully thrown us the bone by releasing a new track, the nearly 13-minute “Timebends,” all-up-over the internet. (That’s, like, appreciably longer than Fog Hat’s “Slowride,” by the way.)
This “partly improvised stream-of-consciousness outpouring” was recorded in a single, semi-improvised session back on September 12 and is being EMPHATICALLY publicized as having been recorded “live direct to tape and in one take with minimal overdubs and mastered using a completely analogue signal chain.” So, if that sorta shit impresses you, then clear your (presumably analogue) calendar; because you’re gonna be busy for a little while.
Check out the video for “Timebends” (directed by Cox) below, followed by the list of those European dates I started talking about earlier, before shit got all avant-garde back there like WHOA.
11.02.19 – DUBLIN, IE – Whelans **SOLD OUT**
11.02.19 – DUBLIN, IE – Whelans [3pm matinee performance]
11.03.19 – LONDON, GB – Roundhouse
11.04.19 – BRIGHTON, GB – Concorde 2
11.05.19 – BRISTOL, GB – SWX ^
11.06.19 – MANCHESTER, GB – O2 Ritz ^
11.07.19 – BIRMINGHAM, GB – The Crossing ^
11.08.19 – UTRECHT, NL – Le Guess Who? Festival
11.10.19 – KORTRIJK, BE – Sonic City Festival
11.13.19 – LYON, FR – Epicerie Moderne
11.14.19 – BOLOGNA, IT – TPO
11.15.19 – YVERDON-LES-BAINS, CH – L’Amalgame
11.16.19 – MUNICH, DE – Technikum
11.17.19 – BERLIN, DE – Synasthasie Festival
11.21.19 – TAVROS, GR – Fuzz Live Music Club
11.22-23.19 – ISTANBUL, TU – Babylon
^ Kate Le Bon
At the beginning of the year, Deerhunter released their new album Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? Tomorrow, Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox is releasing the collaborative EP Myths 004 with Welsh singer-songwriter (and Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? co-producer) Cate Le Bon. And today, out of nowhere, we’re apparently getting a new … More »
Bradford Cox joined Stereolab on stage last night at their show at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. The Deerhunter leader jammed out with the band on guitar during their encore, doing “Blue Milk” from Stereolab’s 1999 album Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night. Cox has named that album as … More »
Offices almost universally suck. Like, there’s nothing good or worthwhile about having to be in one. Hell, you’re probably bored out of your mind in an office right now, taking a much-deserved mental health break to catch up on what’s new in “the musics.”
Well, what’s new is “Secretary,” a collaboration between Cate Le Bon and Bradford Cox off their forthcoming collaborative EP — and fourth in Mexican Summer’s Myths series — Myths 004.
“Secretary” is Le Bon and Cox’s hymn for the beleaguered office worker, messing up their eyesight and back in equal measure, filling in needless spreadsheets while hunched over the keyboard with minimal lumbar support behind them. It conjures a “surreal and beautiful daydream,” one where the mundane day-to-day grind is left behind in a haze of mascara-brushed plains and disconnected phone calls.
Listen to “Secretary” and check out the full tracklisting and artwork for Myths 004 down below. The EP itself is — as you might have guessed — the fourth in a series of collaborative EPs from Mexican Summer that includes prior entries from Dev Hynes and Connan Mockasin, Weyes Blood and Ariel Pink, and Dungen and Woods. Additional contributors include Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa, Sweet Baboo’s Stephen Black, White Fence’s Tim Presley — who previously collab’d with Le Bon on last year’s DRINKS — and Samur Khouja. (Le Bon and Cox also worked together on this year’s Deerhunter release Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?.)
Myths 004 is out November 1 via Mexican Summer and can be pre-ordered here.
Myths 004 EP tracklisting:
03. Companions In Misfortune
07. What Is She Wearing
Bradford Cox is known to pull some weird stunts. Back in 2012, he covered “My Sharona” for an hour straight at an Atlas Sound show. Yesterday, he had a ten-minute conversation with a heckler in the middle of his Deerhunter concert at Seattle’s Showbox. Stereogum tipster Daniela B. shared footage of the incident, … More »
8 Things You Didn’t Know About Dirty Projectors! #5 Will Surprise You!
No, don’t worry. We would never point you good, good people to bad, bad click bait. But that doesn’t mean we can’t dangle some Dirty Projectors eyeball enticements! For instance, there might actually be NINE things you didn’t know about your heroes until now, because NINE upcoming tour dates co-headlining with Deerhunter have been announced!
The Dave Longstreth-led gang head out west with Bradford Cox and co. starting with a LA date at the Hollywood Palladium on July 17. East coast dates run in September and will feature the current lineup of Nat Baldwin (bass), Felicia Douglass (percussion/vocals), Maia Friedman (guitar/vocals), Mike Johnson (drums), and Kristin Slipp (keyboards, vocals) — alongside head Projector Longstreth.
Anyway: expect extreme, EXPANSIVE sets of BOLD EXPERIMENTAL POP this July!!! Tickets for the shows with Deerhunter go on sale Friday, May 3; but there are a few before those listed below.
Dirty Projectors tour dates:
05.25.19 – Hudson, NY – Hudson Hall
05.26.19 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom
05.30.19 – Barcelona, Spain – Parc del Forum, Primavera Sound
05.31.19 – Barcelona, Spain – Parc del Forum, Primavera Sound
06.01.19 – Nîmes, France – This Is Not A Love Song Festival
06.05.19 – Peterborough, NH – The Thing in The Spring #
07.17.19 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium $
07.18.19 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic $
07.19.19 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater $
07.20.19 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo $
09.04.19 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse $
09.07.19 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore $
09.08.19 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club $
09.10.19 – New York, NY – Webster Hall $
09.13.19 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club $
# Dirty Projectors (Solo)
Long before he was the most unlikely avant-garde singer of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the late Scott Walker was a pop star — and, during the decades in which being a pop star meant being an interpreter, an alternately remarkable and frustrating one. With the not-actual-siblings Walker Brothers, Scott made a popular … More »