Empyset’s Borders was released earlier in 2017 via Thrill Jockey. Check out their new single “Eye II” below. It is on their new EP, Skin, out today.
The second collaboration from alt-folk guitarists Bill Mackay & Ryley Walker, SpiderBeetleBee, will be released on October 20th via Drag City. A lovely video below of railway travel in eras past accompanies their song “Lonesome Traveler.” Another track streams, as well as ordering instructions (you will want those), via their Bandcamp page (below).
Last week, Thrill Jockey recording artist Dan Friel released Guitar Module 2017, an album by his new trio Upper Wilds. Guitars rife with distortion and layered vocals populate the LP’s propulsive songs.
“UFO” is the album’s second single. It encapsulates the Upper Wilds’s approach to music-making, with the vocals interspersed with copious amounts of instrumental soloing and guitar switching back and forth between the roles of doubler and foil. Guitar Module 2017 is a versatile and compelling piece of work, likely to be appealing to hard rock and indie fans alike.
Upper Wilds tour dates:
Oct. 7 – New York City, NY – Alphaville w/ E
Nov. 9 – Baltimore, MD – EMP Collective
Nov. 10 – Cleveland, OH – Survival Kit
Nov. 11 – Chicago, IL – Situations w/ RLYR
Best known for his work with Sonic Youth, in recent years Lee Ranaldo has carved out an interesting solo career. “Moroccan Mountains” is the lead off track from Electric Trim, his first LP for Mute (out 9/15/17). Check out the evocative, seven-and-a-half minute long video that accompanies the song below.
This October (the 20th to be precise) one of the releases I’m most looking forward to is Nicholas Deyoe’s for Duane (Populist). His second album on the imprint, if features five new, typically audacious, chamber pieces. Check out some streamed selections via the Bandcamp link below. Deyoe also appears on Ashley Walters’ October Populist release, Sweet Anxiety (video below).
Two articles I wrote over the summer are finally out.
An article on mentorship in music, which includes interviews with Fred Hersch, his student James Shipp, and James’s student Ian Burroughs, has been published in Carnegie Hall’s 125th Anniversary Magazine, Beyond the Stage (read here).
On August 14th at Merkin Concert Hall, International Contemporary Ensemble will give the U.S. Premiere of Liza Lim’s How Forests Think as part of a Mostly Mozart Festival concert featuring music by female composers. The program also includes a US premiere of Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Aequilibria and Earth Ears by the recently departed Pauline Oliveros. All three composers are favorites of mine – great programming ICE!
(7:30 PM start time; tickets here)