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Fall down the rabbit hole with the Claypool Lennon Delirium

Just when you think things couldn’t get any weirder, along comes the joint venture of Sean Lennon and Les Claypool, in the form of The Claypool Lennon Delirium. Claypool, of course, was the driving force behind Primus, and Sean Lennon shares John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s DNA, so there’s that. In addition, though, they make a pretty good rock-psych band.

They’ve released a lyric video for their single “Cricket & The Genie (Movement I, The Delirium)”. Prepare to be mesmerized by the changing kaleidoscope of colors for the video, to say nothing of the album artwork:

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The Monolith of Phobos is an actual thing: It’s a big rock, like a monolith, on the surface of Mars’ moon Phobos.

Meanwhile, Claypool calls his and Lennon’s collaboration a “glorious freak stew:”

“Sean is a musical mutant after my own heart. He definitely reflects his genetics — not just the sensibilities of his dad but also the abstract perspective and unique approach of his mother.”

The Claypool Lennon Delirium will be on a U.S. tour throughout the summer, supported by JJUUJJUU, Chicano Batman and the Dean Ween Group.

Monolith of Phobos is out June 3 on ATO Records.

Tracklist via Consequence of Sound:

Monolith of Phobos:

01. The Monolith of Phobos
02. Cricket And The Genie (Movement I, The Delirium)
03. Cricket And The Genie (Movement II, Oratorio Di Cricket)
04. Mr. Wright
05. Boomerang Baby
06. Breath of a Salesman
07. Captain Lariat
08. Oxycontin Girl
09. Bubbles Burst
10. There’s No Underwear In Space
11. Ohmerica

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Joanna Newsom’s “Divers” a breathtaking journey through time

Harpist, singer and composer Joanna Newsom is not everyone’s cup of tea. On much of her catalog, you may have to pause and look up a word just to glimpse her plane of thought.

But that’s just part of what Newsom is so good at: She transports you to another time, puts you in a breathless reverie and sweeps you up into her stories of lost love and vast, desolate landscapes.

There are layers of meaning packed tightly within each song on her new album, “Divers,” and when you think you’ve figured it out, further research will only unravel more secrets.

But deciphering the whole of “Divers” is an endeavor far greater than can be squeezed into a review; suffice to say, “Divers” is an emotional celebration of the sanctity of life and death and all of its regrets, described through shockingly vibrant imagery Newsom’s created amid often-delicate pastoral scenes. It’s an incredible album.

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Those who are already fans of Newsom’s complex work are familiar with her use of polyrhythms and classical instruments – she knew she wanted to learn the harp when she was 4 and hasn’t looked back.

Newsom often changes tempo and time signatures within lengthy songs, and her use of traditional instruments — pedal harp, harpsichord and flute — all lend to her classical style. She never sticks with that genre though, and is most well known as an indie/folk artist.

“Divers,” her fourth album, sees Newsom adding physical drums to her repertoire, along with violins, fiddles, electric guitar and flute. She also blends soulful blues notes, psychedelic pop, Appalachian and country, classical, ephemeral, and period-piece music into “Divers,” sometimes all in one song, but she’s just as comfortable letting her solitary voice and a bare piano or pedal harp do the work.

Although her songs are deeply woven, it’s still easy to fall into the album’s natural pace and its trance.

Songs like “Goose Eggs” and “Waltz of the 101st Lightborne” have a country bent to them, whether it’s slide guitar, or a slow rolling melody, or hints of fiddle.

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On “Goose Eggs” in particular, Newsom delves into more conventional pop/country/ chamber-pop music, even mixing in ‘60s psychedelic organ, displaying her broad musical agility.

Throughout “Divers,” Newsom weeps for the loss of time, and of mortality, then in the next measure will sing joyfully of transient life and its delicate beauty.

On “The Things I Say,” she laments how people keep their life “like a deck of cards,” keeping it safely packed away to use for a day that never actually comes.

On “Time, As a Symptom,” Newsom continues to speak of those “bleeding out their days in the river of time,” but through the chorus, reinforces the “nullifying, defeating, negating, repeating joy of life.”

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“Why is the pain of birth lighter borne than the pain of death?” Newsom asks on the title track, a heartbreaking ancient sea tale of a woman waiting for true love and knowing she might die without fulfilling that need. “I’ll hunt the pearl of death to the bottom of my life,” she sings resignedly.

On “A Pin-Light Bent,” Newsom romanticizes the story of a flight attendant’s fall from the sky, and the beauty she would have seen as she fell to earth. With the song composing only her voice and the tense, repeating notes of her harp, deeply personal lyrics of the briefness and fragility of life are revealed.

“My life came and went/My life came and went /Short flight, free descent,” she sings sadly. Comparing tiny, lit homes seen from high above to a mass of honeycomb is somehow gorgeous to imagine.

There are so many things about “Divers” that’s open to personal interpretation. Much of the time, it’s well enough to just let Newsom’s elegant language, the slow pace of each song, and her wondering voice wash over you.

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Psych-pop band Gardens & Villa share a video for “Everybody”

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Psychedelic-pop group Gardens & Villa have released a video for their Beatles’ throwback tune “Everybody,” the second single off “Music For Dogs.”

Its rolling, whimsical piano melody and marching, shuffling drum beat mimics the fluctuating sound between late-era Beatles and John Lennon’s early solo work, which keeps the tone light. By the bridge, it breaks into a progressive and whimsical piano melody that is purely vintage.
As the song builds, synth notes, piano melody and drums fall in on themselves, adding to the layered sound.

Watch the video below for “Fixations,” which takes place in a hippy LSD party, where everyone’s tripping out. Later there’s a drone-like thing on the attack and possibly an android, but it’s all a blur.

“Music For Dogs,” Gardens & Villa’s third studio album, was just released last week on Secretly Canadian. The band will head out on tour next month, with supporting acts like Palehound, De Lux, James Supercave and American Wrestlers.

GARDENS & VILLA TOUR DATES
Tue. Sept. 15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom w/ James Supercave
Thu. Sept. 17 – Austin, TX @ The Parish w/ Palehound
Fri. Sept. 18 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada w/ Palehound
Sat. Sept. 19 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues/Bronze Peacock w/ Palehound
Sun. Sept. 20 – New Orleans @ Gasa Gasa w/ Palehound
Tue. Sept. 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5 w/ Palehound
Wed. Sept. 23 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle w/ Palehound
Thu. Sept. 24 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel w/ Palehound
Fri. Sept. 25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Palehound
Sat. Sept. 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle w/ Palehound
Tue. Sept. 29 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Wed. Sept. 30 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB w/ Palehound
Thu. Oct. 1 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison w/ American Wrestlers
Fri. Oct. 2 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory w/ American Wrestlers
Sat. Oct. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall w/ American Wrestlers
Sun. Oct. 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry w/ American Wrestlers
Tue. Oct. 6 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Wed. Oct. 7 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge w/ James Supercave
Thu. Oct. 8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon w/ James Supercave
Fri. Oct. 9 – San Diego, CA @ IRENIC w/ James Supercave
Sat. Oct. 10 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s w/ James Supercave
Thu. Nov. 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy w/ De Lux
Sat. Nov. 14 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub w/ De Lux
Mon. Nov. 16 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile w/ De Lux
Tue. Nov. 17 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt w/ De Lux
Wed. Nov. 18 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge w/ De Lux
Fri. Nov. 20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent w/ De Lux

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra releases “Multi-Love” video and app

Unknown Mortal Orchestra Photo by Dusdin Condren

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Photo by Dusdin Condren

Unknown Mortal Orchestra has released the video for “Multi-Love,” along with a downloadable video-game app that coincides with the song. Multi-Love is also the name of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s new album, due on Jagjaguwar on May 26.

“Multi-Love” begins with a Styx-like keyboard melody, then opens up into a full disco-tech beat and a killer pulsing drum line. The video features a multitude of psychedelic, fluorescent colors that constantly regenerate. Watch “Multi-Love” on Youtube.

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Director Lionel Williams explains the app: “It is meant to represent the vacuum of space by impressing upon inter-dimensional unfolding, immaterial objects, and time-driven reverberation of events. The virtual space allows for most 3D objects to trail in time – based on the directions one moves. You can construct & paint the objects in space to stretch them in any direction, to create infinitely vast compositional spaces.”

Game instructions: W, A, S, and D keys move you around and your mouse/trackpad controls where you look. Download the “Multi-Love” app:

Mac: http://smarturl.it/UMOMLmac

PC: http://smarturl.it/UMOMLpc

Unity Pro Source File: http://smarturl.it/UMOMLunity

Check out their folksy video for “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark)”: It’s got Pinocchio-like puppets that are sometimes doing unmentionable things.

The band has also announced additional tour dates lined up through September:

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA TOUR
May 7 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
May 9 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
May 10 – Spokane, WA – The Bartlett
May 20 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
May 21 – London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
May 22 – Coventry, UK – Warwick University
May 23 – Liverpool, UK – Sound City
May 25 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Bitterzoet
May 26 – Berlin, Germany – Berghain Katine
May 27 – Brussels, Belgium – AB Club
May 28 – Paris, France – La Fleche d’or
May 28-30 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound
May 29-31 – Nimes, France – This Is Not a Love Song
June 2 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
June 3 – Montreal, QC – Fairmount Theatre
June 4 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
June 5 – Pontiac, MI – Pike Room
June 6 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
June 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
June 9 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
June 10 – St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
June 11 to 14 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
June 13 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
June 14 – Carboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
June 15 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
June 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot and Saddle
June 17 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot and Saddle
June 19 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
July 16 to 19   – Southwold, UK – Latitude Festival
July 23 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
July 26 – Vancouver, BC – Imperial
July 28 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
July 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
July 31 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Aug 1 – Santa Fe, NM – Skylight
Aug 2 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Aug 3 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
Aug 5  – San Diego, CA – Casbah
Aug 6  – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre
Aug 7 to 9 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands
Sep 20 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Vredenburg Pandora
Sep 22 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
Sep 23 – London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sep 24 – Birmingham, UK – The Library at the Institute
Sep 25 – Manchester, UK – The Ritz
Sep 26 – Dublin, IE – Whelan’s
Sep 28 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Sep 29 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Sep 30 – Glasgow, UK – QMU

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Listen to the new track from Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra's "Multi-Love" is due for release May 26

Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “Multi-Love” is due for release May 26

Unknown Mortal Orchestra has announced it’s back, and released details of their new album, “Multi-Love,” due out May 26 on Jagjaguwar.

According to Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s singer, songwriter and guitarist Ruban Nielson in a press release:

“It felt good to be rebelling against the typical view of what an artist is today, a curator,” Nielson says. “It’s more about being someone who makes things happen in concrete ways. Building old synthesizers and bringing them back to life, creating sounds that aren’t quite like anyone else’s. I think that’s much more subversive.”

Check out the title track, “Multi-Love,” at Soundcloud.

MULTI-LOVE TRACKLISTING
1. Multi-Love
2. Like Acid Rain
3. Ur Life One Night
4. Can’t Keep Checking My Phone
5. Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty
6. The World Is Crowded
7. Stage or Screen
8. Necessary Evil
9. Puzzles

Their tour begins May 7 in Oregon.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA TOUR DATES:
Thu. May 7 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
Sat. May 9 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Sun. May 10 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
Wed. May 20 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
Thu. May 21 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
Fri. May 22 – Coventry, UK @ Warwick University w/ Django Django
Sat. May 23 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Sound City
Mon. May 25 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
Tue. May 26 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
Wed. May 27 – Brussels, BE @ AB Club
Thu. May 28 – Paris, FR @ La Flèche d’Or
Fri. May 29 – Sun. May 31 – Nîmes, FR @ This is Not a Love Song Festival
Sat. May 30 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
Tue. June 2 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Wed. June 3 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
Thu. June 4 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
Fri. June 5 – Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
Sat. June 6 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Mon. June 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
Tue. June 9 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
Wed. June 10 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
Thu. June 11 – Sun. June 14 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
Sat. June 13 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Sun. June 14 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Mon. June 15 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
Tue. June 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Wed. June 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Fri. June 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw

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Ty Segall to go unplugged for brief tour

Psychedelic rock-fusion artist Ty Segall will be heading out, sans fuzz, for a brief acoustic tour starting April 21. Cities include the biggies — LA, NYC and Chicago. Segall’s album “Manipulator,” was out last summer, which seems like ages ago, but it should still be in your iPod rotation– Check out the LSD-fueled video for the title track here.

Here are the tour dates: Tue. April 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite #

Wed. June 24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right *

Thu. June 25 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bellhouse *

Fri. June 26 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (early show)

Fri. June 26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade (late show)

Sat. June 27 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle

* w/ Christian Peslak

# w/ Cory Hanson (Wand), Emmett Kelly (The Cairo Gang)

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Let Panda Bear warm up your Snowmageddon with his live show at Warsaw

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To fit in with the snowy, dune-like world the Northeast will find itself in Tuesday morning, settle in tonight with an equally foreign, yet inviting piece of music, courtesy of Panda Bear.

RBMA Radio has released the live audio of Panda Bear’s show at Warsaw in Brooklyn as part of Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York 2014.

At times futuristic and progressive, and other times droning and mesmerizing, the show is a continuous stream of Panda Bear’s wandering thought, which keeps morphing sound until you find yourself in new, uncharted landscapes with no clue as to how you got there.

Panda Bear, also known as Noah Lennox, also known as part of Animal Collective, also recently released his Fireside Chat on RBMA Radio: Listen to that here.  Check out Warsaw for upcoming shows.

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Felix the Cat takes a bender in BC Camplight’s new video

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BC Camplight gives Felix the Cat a psychedelic makeover in his new video for “You Should’ve Gone To School.”

The animated video blends the cartoon character from the silent-film age with modern quotes like “Yo Cuz! Let’s go to town!” and “Why’s everyone always jamming me up?”  Fits and starts of psychedelic color creep in more and more toward the end of the video as Felix slowly gets trashed.

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The repeated phrase “You Fool!” with its disco flourish, is euphoric and uplifting, while serving up a harsh lesson for the perils of cutting out of school/chores/piano practice. But it sure makes skipping school sound like a hell of a lot of fun.

BC Camplight’s “How To Die In the North” is out now on Bella Union.

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BC Camplight’s “How To Die In The North” streaming now

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BC Camplight’s new album, “How To Die In The North,” is streaming now and already gaining momentum ahead of its release.

BC Camplight (songwriter Brian Christinzio) originally hails from New Jersey. After moving to Philadelphia, he signed a deal with One Little Indian and released “Hide, Run Away” and “Blink of a Nihilist” in 2005 and 2007, respectively. In 2011, he moved to Manchester, England. Christinzio has played with The War On Drugs and on Sharon Van Etten’s 2011 “Epic.”

Just by listening to the first few notes of “Just Because I Love You,” you might be struck by its easygoing dream-pop style, which puts you in good hands. He has a penchant for blending that romance with blindingly honest bitterness, and it catches you off-guard.

“I stuffed her with my heart but the bitch bled me dry,” he pleads on “Just Because I Love You.”

Also check out the link to his song, “You Should’ve Gone To School.”

“How To Die In The North” will be out Tuesday on Bella Union.

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Wand releases new song, announces “Golem,” tour dates

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Wand on Thursday announced a follow-up to last year’s “Ganglion Reef,” tour dates and a new song.

The single is called “Self Hypnosis In 3 Days” and it’s definitely rough around the edges, much like some of their gritty psychedelic work on “Ganglion Reef,” blending a bit of surf-rock and post-punk.

According to a press release, Wand’s sound was influenced by bands like Swans, Talking Heads, and Melvins, along with heavy-metal grandfathers Black Sabbath and new-wave/electronic master Gary Numan, “and the weird city of Sacramento.” The press release also states they recorded “Golem” in less than two weeks (12 days, to be exact.)

“Golem” Track list: The Unexplored Map Self Hypnosis in 3 Days Reaper Invert -Melted Rope Cave In – Flesh Tour – Floating Head – Planet Golem – The Drift

“Golem” is out March 17 on In the Red Records.

Wand has tour dates up through mid-April with Ty Segall; Once & Future Band; Walter TV; The Gooch Palms; Death Valley Girls; BABES; and Heaters.

Thu. Jan. 29 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall + ^

Fri. Mar. 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo # $ %

Sat. Mar. 14 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar # $ %

Sun. Mar. 15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar (Rampage Fest) # $ %

Mon. Mar. 16 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace # $ %

Tue. Mar. 17 – Mar. 21 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

Sun. Mar. 22 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia >

Mon. Mar. 23 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone >

Tue. Mar. 24 – Nashville, TN @ The End >

Wed. Mar. 25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl >

Thur. Mar. 26 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook >

Fri. Mar. 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Black Box in Underground Arts >

Sat. Mar. 28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right >

Sun. Mar. 29 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge

Wed. April 1 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East >

Thur. April 2 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz P.D.B.

Fri. April 3 – Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall ~

Sat. April 4 – Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog ~

Sun. April 5 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle ~

Tue. April 7 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue and 7th Street Entry ~

Thur. April 9 – Missoula, MY @ Stage 112

Sat. April 11 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt

Sun. April 12 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

Tue. April 14 – Santa Rosa, CA @ Arlene Francis Center

Wed. April 15 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill

Thu. April 16 – Costa Mesa, CA @ The Wayfarer

Wand Self Hypnosis

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