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TELE NOVELLA ANNOUNCE ALBUM
HOUSE OF SOULS
OUT SEPTEMBER 23 VIA YELLOW YEAR RECORDS
PREMIERE "HEAVY BALLOON" ON NPR ALL SONGS CONSIDERED
US TOUR STARTS THIS WEEK
Austin, TX macabre-pop band Tele Novella have today announced their forthcoming album House of Souls, scheduled to be released September 23rd, 2016 on Yellow Year Records. This will be their first album on the label. The band previously released EPCosmic Dial Tone on LA label Lollipop Records.
NPR All Songs Considered gave us the first taste of the new album, premiering single "Heavy Balloon" this morning and noting, "Inspired by the classic Velvet Underground song "Caroline Says," this track by the Austin-based band Tele Novella is going to make you so happy."
Tele Novella kicked off a tour of the US this week which will see the band making stops inPhoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, LA as well as a hometown show in Austinwith Deerhoof. See below for a full rundown of dates.
Photo Credit: Angel Ceballos
More About Tele Novella:
Tele Novella is an inspired macabre-pop band out of Austin, TX. They are dreamy, they are spooky, and they write real fucking songs. While one may detect the influence of the nocturnal jungles of Os Mutantes or the lapelled, knee-socked smarts of Belle and Sebastian, they have cobbled together a special kind of mineral all their own worth making room on the Table of Elements for. Earnest, yet sinister; Vampy, but sentimental. The precise recipe that goes into this concoction cannot be revealed, but it is a delightful snow globe of warm, colorful darkness.
In 2014, they won a contest for free recording time at Dub Narcotic Studios in Olympia, WA. This resulted in their first single, "Trouble in Paradise," that was later featured in the ABC television series Pretty Little Liars. Not long after that in 2015, their EP Cosmic Dial Tone was released on Los Angeles label Lollipop Records on the heels of a Wes Anderson tribute compilation (American Laundromat Records), to which they contributed a contagiously glad version of "Stephanie Says" by The Velvet Underground.
Upcoming US Tour Dates:
7.26.16 - Rebel Lounge - Phoenix, AZ
7.27.16 - Wayfarer - Costa Mesa, CA
7.28.16 - Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA
7.29.16 - The Lobby - Merced, CA
7.30.16 - Old Nick's Tavern - Eugene, OR
7.31.16 - Liquor Store - Portland, OR
8.1.16 - The Valley Bar - Tacoma, WA
8.3.16 - Chop Suey - Seattle, WA
8.4.16 - Richard's Goat - Arcata, CA
8.5.16 - The Uptown - Oakland, CA
8.6.16 - The Hideout - Sacramento, CA
8.7.16 - The UNchurch - Grass Valley, CA
8.8.16 - Resident - Los Angeles, CA
8.9.16 - Hideout - San Diego, CA
8.10.16 - Hotel Congress - Tucson, AZ
8.11.16 - House Show - La Luz, NM
8.12.16 - The Lost Horse - Marfa, TX
8.13.16 - Limelight - San Antonio, TX
8.14.16 - Walter's Downtown - Houston, TX*
8.16.16 - Mohawk - Austin, TX*
8.17.16 - Trees - Dallas, TX*
* = w/ Deerhoof
Lee Scratch Perry "Must Be Free"
coming September 23rd
The dub reggae legend returns to the studio with a wide-ranging narrative
in collaboration with Spacewave
On "Must Be Free", the Grammy-winning artist, songwriter, and producer doesn't hesitate with his unexpurgated commentary on his spirituality, good and evil, the human condition, and aliens. Featured styles include reggae, dub, dubstep, acid jazz, and electronic music. Special guests include Subatomic Sound System, The Groovematist, and IAmPhloboi.
Perry was one of the pioneers in the development of dub music with his early adoption of effects and remixing to create new instrumental or vocal versions of existing reggae tracks. He has worked with Bob Marley and the Wailers, Junior Murvin, the Congos, Max Romeo and many others.
Perry has over 60 albums to his name, can read minds, once put a curse on the BBC for not playing his records, and was turned into Superman by Haitian zombie drugs. He's the kind of cosmic entity that has inspired everyone from the Beastie Boys, Andrew WK, Animal Collective, to Keith Richards with some of his mystic dub magic.
"Must Be Free" Track Listing
House of Sin
Too Much Is Too Much
Must Be Free
House of Sin (Remix)
Hi Res Cover Art: http://mvdb2b.com/i/300dpi/MEGW0452.jpg
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NOTS: "INHERENTLY LOW"
NEW ALBUM COSMETIC
OUT SEPTEMBER 9 ON GONER RECORDS
Photo: Don Perry
Cosmetic fearlessly attacks the rough edges between desire, deceit, appearance and reality. The inevitable immersion in the constant news about the U.S. election was a huge influence for lyricist Natalie Hoffmann. Nots' strenuous tour schedule and long drives pushed her to continuously write down reactions to life - good, bad and evil - along with the constant and "incredibly horrifying" flow of hate mongering and violence taking place.
"Inherently Low" was difficult for her to write about, Hoffmann explains, "it deals very much with depression and loss. The chorus describes a feeling of being trapped in your current state of mind, so much so that it begins to feed upon itself and falsely make you believe that you always were and always will be that way. I believe that in many ways this feeling is created and perpetrated by a society that is set up to purposefully keep many people low - undereducated, unable to be healthy, and just generally depressed at the current state of affairs in the world - in order to benefit a select group who hold the strings, and who will do anything to keep control."
NOTS have arrived at the next level of their attack with a confidence and a music that lays waste to the wasteland without romantic attachment to a thing. Still a wild guitar band, but above and below the guitar, bass and drum pound, Alexandra Eastburn's analog synth blurps melodies and nonsense, teasing squiggles of freedom which defy the false grid of modern life. Cosmetic? Emetic? "Monotone Lust" indeed. With Hoffmann on guitar and vocals, Eastburn on synth, Charlotte Watson beating drums, and Meredith Lones steering a solid path through the chaos on bass, NOTS are neither content with the smug "stare at your shoes" approach of bands from both coasts, nor an Earth-hugging "we need to get back to nature" hippie copout.
Album Artwork: Natalie Hoffmann
September 9, 2016
1 - Blank Reflection
2 - Rat King
3 - Cold Line
4 - New Structures
5 - Cosmetic
6 - No Novelty
7 - Inherently Low
8 - Fluorescent Sunset
9 - Entertain Me
"epic...every moment...essential" - Stereogum
"It is not easy to make garage-punk sound vital in 2016-no less when it comes in the very psychedelic shape of a wah'd-out krauty highway jam-but the commitment here hits hard. It's raw and real." - Pitchfork
Cosmetic was recorded with Keith Cooper and Andrew McCalla in Memphis.
Mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering.
NOTS LIVE DATES:
7/30: Acid Kat Fest 4 - St. Louis, MO
8/12: Helter Swelter Fest - New Orleans, LA
9/16- 9/18: Riot Fest - Chicago, IL
9/29: Gonerfest - Memphis, TN
10/1: Project Pabst Atlanta - Atlanta, GA
....more dates TBA.
Wovenhand premiere first track from forthcoming new album via Stereogum
Hear & share "Come Brave" (Soundcloud)
Wovenhand announce their forthcoming new album Star Treatment today with a premiere of the first track via Stereogum. Star Treatment will be available on Sargent House worldwide -- excluding Europe, where it will be released by longtime Wovenhand label Glitterhouse Records -- on September 9th. Hear and share "Come Brave" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud).
The band plays Psycho Las Vegas fest on August 26th before embarking on an extensive European tour with main support from Emma Ruth Rundle, also of the Sargent House family, on all shows except Helsinki and Reeperbahn Fest. Please see complete dates below.
The music of Wovenhand and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist David Eugene Edwards has always had an unparalleled intensity. Edwards' rich, billowing and emotive voice is always the driving force of his music, but it's catapulted by his spellbinding ability to transform instruments that many people might consider mundane relics - be it banjo, accordion, lesser-known folk instruments from around the world, or even an electric guitar - into devices of dark fury and poignant beauty.
From the apocalyptic revivification of antique Americana of Sixteen Horsepower in the 90s to the threadbare balladry of Wovenhand's early releases, Edwards' music has maintained its celestial heaviness as it evolved. But now in its current incarnation, Wovenhand is a band that fully expands that power with exacting and inventive skill. It's a sound so distinctive and compellingly crushing that even the heaviest of metal bands can't match.
Wovenhand's current lineup includes guitarist Chuck French, bassist Neil Keener (both of Planes Mistaken For Stars) and drummer Ordy Garrison, now joined by piano/synth player Matthew Smith (Crime & The City Solution). Star Treatment was recorded at Steve Albini's legendary Electrical Audio in Chicago with engineer Sanford Parker, who also helmed Wovenhand's 2014 album Refractory Obdurate.
While Wovenhand ought to be a familiar name to anyone interested in forward-thinking music, the album title Star Treatment isn't a reference to our celebrity culture obsession. Rather, it's a clever reference to concepts of astrolatry, or humanity's enduring interest in the stars of the night sky.
"It's ethereal in its concept," Edwards explains. "There are many layers, as always. I've been paying attention to the stars in the sky and in literature, and it's a theme throughout the album." He adds, "There's more love song style on this in general, which is nice. The idea of what love is and how it's expressed and all these different atmospheres."
Star Treatment kicks off full tilt with the anthemic charge of "Come Brave" - the song's galloping four-on-the-floor drums driving churning swells of droning, chiming guitars and organ as Edwards' soaring voice compels us to rise and join the fray. "The Hired Hand" takes a more Western bent with swaggering guitars awash in reverb and a throbbing bass line before the chorus erupts with massive open guitar chords as Edwards howls, "give up your dead." Further, "Crystal Palace" sounds like Eastern European folk driven through a massive wall of amplifiers while a full gospel choir sings just beneath the gurgling surface of guitars. "Crook and Flail" sounds exotic in its twanging acoustic instruments and tabla/dumbec drum pattern. Elsewhere, "Golden Blossom" is a lush and beautifully unabashed love song, strummed out in a simple, catchy melody that builds to crescendo with the chorus refrain, "only you, my love and your light." Throughout, Wovenhand deftly merge the outer reaches of rock and world folk sounds with increasing urgency and force.
Star Treatment will be available worldwide excluding Europe on LP, CD and download via Sargent House on September 9th, 2016.
WOVENHAND TOUR 2016:
08/26 LAS VEGAS, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Psycho Las Vegas
09/12 COLOGNE, DE @ Gebäude 9 *
09/13 FRANKFURT, DE @ Zoom *
09/15 BERN, CH @ ISC *
09/16 ZURICH, CH @ Bogen F *
09/17 VIENNA, AT @ Flex *
09/18 BUDAPEST, HU @ A38 *
09/20 SALZBURG, AT @ Rockhouse *
09/21 MUNICH, DE @ Ampere *
09/22 LEIPZIG, DE @ UT Connewitz *
09/23 BERLIN, DE @ Heimathafen *
09/24 HAMBURG, DE - Reeperbahn Festival
09/26 ARHUS, DK @ Train *
09/27 OSLO, NO @ John Dee *
09/29 HELSINKI, FI @ Tavastia
09/30 STOCKHOLM, SE @ Nalen *
10/01 LUND, SE @ Mejeriet *
10/02 COPENHAGEN, DK @ Vega Jr. *
10/04 EINDHOVEN, NL @ Effenaar *
10/05 AMSTERDAM, NL @ Melkweg *
10/06 LEUVEN, BE @ Het Depot *
10/07 GENT, BE @ Handelsbeurs *
10/08 CHARLEROI, BE @ L'Eden *
10/10 LILLE, FR @ L'Aéronef *
10/11 PARIS, FR @ La Maroquinerie *
10/13 ORLEANS, FR @ L'Astrolabe *
10/14 GRENOBLE, FR @ La Belle Electrique *
10/15 FEYZIN, FR @ L'Epicerie Moderne *
10/16 TOULOUSE, FR @ La Rex *
10/18 LONDON, UK @ The Dome *
* w/ Emma Ruth Rundle
Corbu stream new track, ‘Better Better Off’
Debut album, Crayon Soul due 5th August 2016
via 3 Beat (EU) & Big Picnic (US)
Ahead of the release of their soaring debut album Crayon Soul, New York’s Corbu are streaming the new single ‘Better Better Off’. A swirling anthem, ‘Better Better Off’ perfectly balances trippy desert rock with glacial stargazing. Corbu’s Crayon Soul is released August 5th via 3Beat (EU) & Big Picnic (US).
The band recently gave an insight into their vivid and fully realised world with the animated video to the track ‘Battles’. The video hints at the narrative that began to unfold as frontman Jonathan Graves was writing the record. Each track tells a different part of the story, taking the listener on a true journey through Corbu’s vibrant imagination. Despite taking inspiration from science fiction and psychedelia, the album also pulls from the band’s real life experiences to create a body of work that is both otherworldly and deeply personal.
Crayon Soul is produced by Corbu and mixed by Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT, The Flaming Lips). It follows two acclaimed EPs, We Are Sound and Everything You Imagine Is Real, which garnered praise from the likes of NYLON, Stereogum, The Guardian, NME and more, as well as capturing the attention of Jessie Ware, who personally requested the band to remix her song ‘You & I (Forever)’.
Crayon Soul is released 5 August 2016 via Big Picnic (US) and 3 Beat (EU).
Aug 1st Philadelphia: Black Box
Aug 2nd Washington DC: DC9
Aug 3rd Pittsburgh: Brillobox
Aug 5th New York: Mercury Lounge - Album release show http://ticketf.ly/28S5Odi
Sept 30th Austin: Austin City Limits Festival