Chelsea Wolfe – "Flatlands"
Chelsea Wolfe has a new, all-acoustic album due in October on Sargent House. Here’s the first track, a spare and haunting departure from the more densely layered, dark folk you’ll find on 2011’s Apocalypsis. The track features Andrea Calderón on violin, Ezra Buchla on viola and Ben Chisholm also on guitar.
John Maus – "Bennington"
John Maus’ We Must Become the Pitless Censors of Ourselves was a fun trip through the sort of cerebral art pop of Klaus Nomi or Kraftwerk but with goofy lyrics and sturdy hooks. “Bennington” is no different, boasting a raunchy synth groove and lyrics like “I miss those funky eyes.” A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material, collecting 16 tracks recorded over the past decade or so, is slated to come out July 17 on Ribbon Music. He’ll be at FYF Fest Sept. 1 (tickets go on sale at Amoeba today at 5!). I never realized what a babe John Maus is till today.
Everest – "Raking Me Over the Coals"
Sometimes you hear about an artist enough and finally decide to get off your ass and listen to them and discover, what do you know, they’re really good. Such is the case with me and Everest, whom I’ve heard about plenty but hadn’t bothered to listen to until “Raking Me Over the Coals,” a gorgeous alt-country-ish ditty whose breathy vocals and dusky production makes it the perfect aural approximation of a June gloom day. They’re at the Troubador July 24, and their new album, Ownerless, is due June 26.
Ariel Pink Announces Tracklist, Tour Dates
Two weeks ago Ariel Pink debuted the first song, a cover of Donnie and Joe Emerson’s “Baby,” from his upcoming album, Mature Themes. (Preorder the album at Amoeba here.) Now he’s unveiled the cover art, seen on the left, as well as the tracklist. “Baby” will be released as a one-sided limited edition 12”, while Mature Themes is due Aug. 21. Both will be released by 4AD. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti plays Bimbo’s 365 club in SF Oct. 1 and the Fonda in LA Oct. 5.
1. Kinski Assasin
2. Is This The Best Spot?
3. Mature Themes
4. Only In My Dreams
6. Early Birds of Babylon
7. Schnitzel Boogie
8. Symphony of the Nymph
9. Pink Slime
10. Farewell American Primitive
11. Live it Up
12. Nostradomus & Me
Shows this weekend:
Friday: Liars at the Henry Fonda Theatre ($20.50, 9 p.m.)
Saturday: Fun garage pop times at the Heroes + Heroines record release show at the Echo with Babies on Acid (members of Dios/Dios Malos), The Orwells, Thee Mary Wells (members formerly of Thee Makeout Party) (Free, 5 p.m.)
Sunday: Part Time Punks Shoegaze Festival! I can’t go to this and it makes me want to shoot myself in the leg. But you should go and then tell me it was awesome and that I suck for not going. Mark Gardener of fucking Ride will be there, performing Ride songs with Sky Parade. Also performing will be Weekend, Lorelei, Half String, Astrobite, The KVB, Tropic of Cancer, Whirr, Moonbeams, Tennis System and a DJ set from Brad Laner of Medicine. Brad Schelden’s and my hearts just skipped a few beats. It’s at the Echoplex, it starts at noon, it’s $18 advance, $22 at the doors, and it’s all-ages. Go at noon if you want to see Mark Gardener.