~ Massive video update at UPHQ to start off the year ~
Eric Epstein’s video provides “an enchanting collection of sun-flecked skies” for Ian Drennan’s “Bishop’s Lace”. Taken from Ian’s new album “Flower of Low”, Eric explains, via Fader.com. how the track inspired his video:
“Like most of the tracks on Flower of Love, ‘Bishops Lace’ is named after a flowering plant,” he continued. “So starting with the perspective of something pointed up to the sky, existing in a different time-scale, dependent on sun and rain, felt right. And having the graphic elements depict subdivision and radial growth is maybe abstractly plant-y. The video wasn’t meant to convey a clear concept, but it was helpful to guide its structuring.”
Premiering on Tiny Mix Tapes, King Cyst’s video for their instant classic “Chinese Wind”, showcases a subdued but striking cafe performance via the band’s principal song writer and singer, Luka Usmiani. Directed by Johann Rashid, the song is featured on their sophomore LP, “King of New York”
Hot off a minor relocation to Melbourne and the announcement of their forth coming LP, the lads of Free Time have managed to find the time to drop a vid for the album’s first single, “Who Owns The Moon?” The video premiered over at Impose.com with some insights on inspiration for the song and the video’s concept from the band’s ring leader, Dion Nania.
“Most of the conceptual outline for this video came from Martin Frawley, our current bass player in Melbourne. The night time, the black-and-white, and the locations came from his response to the song…The out-of-car stuff is all shot on the south side of Melbourne around St Kilda. This is where the music scene used to be, but, since the 1990s, most music people in our orbit have lived and played on the north side, so maybe he was thinking the imagery woud be less familiar, and there were more kind of stark and alien options, and the beach is there, which is a stand in for the surface of the moon. Also I think an aspect of his initial inspiration was to present like a south side 1980s band going from gig to gig. One shot early in the clip is a tip of the hat to the amazing Reels video for their cover of ‘Bad Moon Rising’. [My] outfit is a doorman ‘costume’ from a costume rental place, because one of the central characters in the song, Jenaro, is a Park Avenue doorman.
“This song is a cut up assemblage based on a film which was never made, and never intended to be made. At some point in 2014 Sylvia Jeffriess and I hit upon the idea of making a soundtrack to a film which doesn’t exist; I would do the music and she would do the images and create some stills to photograph to go with it. We came up with a super basic plot outline to hang it all off. At the time I was walking dogs uptown, so I was in and out of Park Avenue doorman buildings. That setting and that kind of service with a smile for the rich was a daily experience. Basically it was a forbidden romance story, the love interest being between the doorman and a resident in the building, with her husband being the villain. The name ‘Jenaro’ is taken from a Chilean man who claimed ownership of the moon in 1953. The query, ‘Who owns the moon?’ is posed by Jenaro’s child, who’s curious about the social order. What I mean by cut up is that the lyrics slide in and out of the perspective of characters in a way in which it is not really possible grasp just from the lyrics themselves.”
OUT NOW! TARZANA “ALIEN WILDLIFE ESTATE” LP - SPENCER CLARK X JAN ANDERZÉN
Very excited to announce that the newest release from Pacific City Sound Visions, “Alien Wildlife Estate” by Tarzana, is out and shipping to your head now! A long time in the works, this LP documents the collaborative works of Pacific City don Spencer Clark (Monopoly Child Star Searchers, The Skaters) and Finnish artist Jan Anderzén (Kemialliset Ystävät, Tomutonttu).
“Alien Wildlife Estate” is a kulmination of both artists recording Pacific City Studios and finnishingoff the compositions in a “YOUR MY FAVORITE ALIEN penpal flare! The music is engaged as a Fruitopian vision of a rescattering of all elements within an International Airport to be presented as Audio exhibit! With songtitles like”DEEP OCEAN IBEX ARENA” and LI SHEN SU’S PEACOCK MANTIS SHRIMP REPERTOIRES” one can glare the “Up-To-The-Minute”synthetic textures as they coalesce with the impressionistic voices and sound effects of the Symbiotic relationship of thee Modern Airport with that of an Earth Alien ZOOLOGICAL GARDEN. Don’t hesitate to venture the link below for an audio example of these rather wild textual explanations…
Snag your copy at the UP online shop before it is too late. For whole sale/ bulk orders please hit up the man himself here: CLARKSR99@YAHOO.COM
Also Tarzana will be hitting the European road — “In honor of this new insect we travel by slime through Europe with the ensemble of Jan Anderzén, Spencer Clark and Flors Vanhoof from November 20th – December 6th, look below for Out Of Your Tentacles Tour 2015″
TARZANA EUROPEAN TOUR 2015
21.11.2015 – WEST GERMANY, BERLIN, GERMANY
22.11.2015 – PRAGUE TBC
23.11.2015 – RHIZ, VIENNA, AUSTRIA
24.11.2015 – STUTTGART, GERMANY
25.11.2015 – CAVE12, GENÈVE, SWITZERLAND
27.11.2015 – MILANO, ITALY
28.11.2015 – GROUND ZÉRO, LYON, FRANCE
29.11.2015 – PARIS, FRANCE
30.11.2015 – GHENT, BELGIUM TBC
01.12.2015 – COACHWERKS, BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM
02.12.2015 – THE VICTORIA DALSTON, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
03.12.2015 – ROODKAPJE, ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
04.12.2015 – HET BOS, ANTWERPEN, BELGIUM
05.12.2015 – FRIESE, BREMEN, GERMANY
Ian Drennan Premier’s “Asclepias”, Flower of Love LP Out Now
Ian Drenna’s new album “Flower of Love” is out now!! In honor of it’s release we are very happy to reveal a track off the new album. Take a listen to Asclepias:
A collection of defamiliarized love songs, Flower of Love was composed using samples gathered from the intimate spaces Drennan inhabited while in the company of others. Thwarting the lone-artist model dictating so much electronic music production, Drennan construed Flower of Love through a process of opening and affirmation, sharing his process rather than stealing moments here and there to compose privately. Tonal sequences across Flower of Love service this approach less metaphorically than performatively, as the album’s practical context becomes just one element of Drennan’s immersion into unprecedented aural environments.
Ian’s new album is out now and can be found at the UP online shop, your local record store or favorite mail order site.
King Cyst is back! Three years after their debut album Real Pussy graced our ears and minds, the band will return this summer with a new effort, King of New York.
Our first taste of the 42-minute odyssey comes by way of the song “Chinese Wind”, which premiered via The Fader last week. “…Made up of layers of comforting sounds,” including, “…pastoral flutes, gooey guitars, recorded nuggets of actual human laughter, and the tender baritone of principal songwriter Luka Usmiani,” you can get your listen in below. Be sure to stay tuned for more King Cyst news coming soon!
UNDERWATER PEOPLES X PACIFIC CITY – FOURTH WORLD MAGAZINE VOL. II
Pacific City Sound Visions has relocated it’s massive headquarters to Belgium. To insure Americans direct access to Spencer Clark, his latest triceratops, and future gems of unimaginable worth, Underwater Peoples Records is proud to announce an official corporate partnership. As of today, Underwater Peeps will be handling Pacific City’s distribution and direct order sales to The United States of America. International orders will continue to be fulfilled by Pacific City.
Our first offering is of course, Fourth World Magazine Vol. 2 – Pinhead In Fantasia – AVAILABLE NOW. Purchasers receive the 12″ LP + a 12 page opus. “Art and text to blow your mind by” by AR FAUST (film envisioner), Spencer Clark, and David Keenan.
The album was recorded in an Open Air theater and in a golden metal box simultaneously. If you are interested in the incredibly limited companion cassettes and DVDs (Privatemovies), please email us.
1. PINHEAD IN FANTASIA
– A NEW IMAGE OF MAN
– LAMENT CONFIGURATIONS IN WALT DISNEY
2. FEMALE CENOBYTE’S DESCENT INTO KOMODO GARDEN
3. FROLICKING AND MONSTERS
– BUTTERBALL CAPRICCIO
– CHATTERERBOX INTERMEZZO
– ALLEGRO FOR CD
4. THE FANFARE OF THE ASCENSION OF THEE FACEHUGGER
All this and more is available on The Dolphins Into The Future/ Monopoly Child Star Searchers Europe Tour. 2014. – happening now.
Free Time have released a video for Guess Work along with their new 7″, premiering on Brooklyn Vegan. Directed by Johann Rashid, the beautiful video was “shot in stark black and white … [and] fits the song’s vibe, a quiet portrait of New York City that looks like it could’ve been made by Beth B or Jim Jarmusch in 1980.” Check it out below and get your copy of the 7″ now.
Free Time have a string of shows with some other great acts leading up to this year’s CMJ Festival:
September 21 – Glasslands – w/ Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Cassie Ramone and Liam Betson (Tickets)
September 26 – Death by Audio – w/ Dick Diver, PC Worship and Dark Blue.
UP Mixtape #9: The Lost Art Of Telephone Repair – Andrew Cedermark
The latest addition to our mix series is brought to us by NJ native and long time UP artist Andrew Cedermark. In “The Lost Art Of Telephone Repair” Andrew guides us through close to an hour of some of his favorite tunes, both new and old, giving some insight into the inspiration for his own work. Check the mix + tracklisting below:
Richard Brautigan reads from Trout Fishing in America
Chris Cohen — “Heart Beat”
Milton Nascimento/Miles Davis interlude ft./ Werner Herzog and Eddie Van Halen
Daryl Hall w/ Robert Fripp — “Babs & Babs”
John Lennon — “Aisumasen (I’m Sorry)”
Pure X — “Shadows and Lies”
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles — “Ooh Baby Baby”
Milton Nascimento/Sacred Harp interlude ft./ Philip Larkin reading “Aubade” and Eddie Van Halen
Fairport Convention — The end of “Matty Groves”
Ronee Blakley — “Dues”
Lou Reed — “Waves of Fear”
Aaliyah — “Choosey Lover” ft./ Tuvan throat singer Soriah getting voted off “America’s Got Talent”
Bob Dylan & The Rolling Thunder Revue 1975 — “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You”
Randy Newman — “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today”
Andrew has released two LPs (Moon Deluxe, Home Life) via Underwater Peoples over the past few years. Both LPs are available via the UP Online Shop.. Stayed tuned for more upcoming Andrew Cedermark news and show announcements.
Free Time will be releasing a new 7″ this August, “Esoteric Tizz” / “Guess Work”, and you can listen to the Martin Courtney -recorded “Guess Work” right now over at Stereogum. “Over glowing organs and crisp guitar strums, the band muse on the unpredictability (and clearly the “guess work”) that comes with love,” writes Stereogum’s Martin Bowe. The striking cover art was designed by Sylvia Jeffriess, who also did the poster for the release show on August 7th at Baby’s All Right below.
Head over to Pitchfork Media Advance to stream Melted Toys debut LP in full. Visual accompaniment is provided by Anibal Bley. The stream will be up and available to listen to until the album’s release date on July 15th, 2014.
The band will also be hitting the road this month for a US tour. Make sure to check their merch-table for limited tour edition LPs, tshirts and more. Check the dates below for the show nearest you.
7/14/2014 • San Francisco, CA • Slims w/ Love Cop
7/15/2014 • Los Angeles, CA • La Cita w/ Devon Williams, Catwalk
7/16/2014 • Phoenix, AZ • Parliament w/ Pretty Things
7/17/2014 • Austin, TX • Cheer Up Charlies w/ Street Gnar
7/18/2014 • New Orleans, LA • The Pool w/ Street Gnar
7/19/2014 • Atlanta, GA • 259 w/ Street Gnar
7/20/2014 • Nashville, TN • Betty’s
7/21/2014 • Lexington, KY • Sidecar w/ Street Gnar
7/22/2014 • Washington, DC • The Commune w/ Street Gnar, Go Cozy
7/23/2014 • Philadelphia, PA • Kung Fu Necktie w/ Street Gnar
7/25/2014 • New York, NY • Cake Shop w/ Street Gnar, Free Time, Tonstartsbandhit
7/26/2014 • Cleveland, OH • Happy Dog w/ Street Gnar
7/28/2014 • Chicago, IL • Empty Hole w/ Street Gnar, The Lemons
7/29/2014 • Minneapolis, MN • Organ Haus
7/30/2014 • Kansas City, MO • Replay Lounge
7/31/2014 • Denver, CO • Hi Dive w/ Fresh & Onlys
8/2/2014 • Boise, ID • The Crux
8/3/2014 • Portland, OR • East End w/ Love Cop, Honey Bucket