Other Music Recording Co. announces the signing of Tall Tales and the Silver Lining, an L.A.-based musical project of songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Trevor Beld-Jimenez, with the release of the new track “Unknown Forces.” Self-described as “California gospel pop,” with songs performed live and in the studio by Beld-Jimenez and a steady cast of musicians, poets, filmmakers, and fine artists, Beld-Jimenez is putting the finishing touches on his album, to be released on OMRC this winter. Beld-Jimenez was born in the Inland Empire, lived for many years on the coast, and now resides in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
The band is in the midst of a September residency at L.A.’s Harvard & Stone, and will be performing in NYC during CMJ 2014. All live dates below.
UPCOMING TALL TALES AND THE SILVER LINING PERFORMANCES
Sep 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Harvard and Stone w/ Two Sheds
Sep 23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Harvard and Stone w/ Little Wings
Sep 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Harvard and Stone w/ The Blank Tapes
Oct 11 - Riverside, CA @ Back to the Grind
Oct 18 - Paso Robles, CA @ Calcareous Winery w/ Sparrows Gate
Oct 23 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool (Other Music Recording Co. CMJ showcase w/ Xylouris White, Invisible Familiars & 75 Dollar Bill)
Shintaro Sakamoto's upcoming full-length, Let's Dance Raw, premiered today, streaming in its entirety on Noisey in North America, and The Line of Best Fit in the UK and EU. Describing the former Yura Yura Teikoku frontman's new solo album, TLOBF writes, "It's another fascinating addition to Sakamoto’s canon. Bask in the surreal apocalyptica that he weaves. Congealing themes of mortality, utopia, happiness and death, he flies through jazzy AM radio, Latin beats, post-war Japan, post-war USA, and all manner of exotic, temporal and extraterrestrial twangs.
With a headline that reads "Shintaro Sakamoto's Let's Dance Raw is here to funk your day up," Noisey goes on to urge its readers to "dance to some music that sounds like a long-lost breakbeat masterpiece." Click either of the respective links above to stream the album in full, and pre-order Let's Dance Raw here. (Out Tuesday, September 16 in the US, and Monday, September 15 in the UK and EU.)
Netflix will premiere “Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn,” stand-up comedian Wyatt Cenac’s sophomore comedy special, on Tuesday, October 21 in all territories where Netflix is available. That same day, “Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn” will be released as a 1,000 piece limited edition vinyl LP via Cenac’s production company, Amalgamated Bear, and distributed by Other Music -- Pre-order LP here. A/V Club has premiered a short documentary shot in a Brooklyn record factory showing the making of the comedy LP, with cameos from a puppet Cenac.
The forthcoming special is entitled “Brooklyn” in part because it was recorded in Brooklyn at Union Hall, a mainstay of the New York comedy scene for the last decade, but also largely due to the fact that Wyatt doesn’t enjoy thinking up titles for things. In it, Wyatt spends his time sharing his observations ranging from the weirdness of adults giving each other hickeys, to watching the neighborhood where his grandmother lived for decades become the backdrop for at least three network sitcoms, a cop drama and probably a reality show about cheesemongers. In keeping with the DIY spirit that has turned Brooklyn into an adjective, “Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn” is directed by Cenac and features puppets as well as cameos from comedian Eugene Mirman (“Bob’s Burgers”) and Gbenga Akinnagbe from “The Wire.”
Cenac will also embark on a coast-to-coast U.S. comedy tour, “Wyatt Cenac Live in Brooklyn in ___(insert city name here)___,” on October 21 in support of the special in the following 12 cities:
10/21 - LOS ANGELES - Largo
10/22 - SAN FRANCISCO - Cobb’s Comedy Club
10/23 - ST. PAUL - Turf Club
10/24 - MADISON, WI - Majestic Theatre
10/25 - CHICAGO, IL - Laugh Factory
11/13 - RALEIGH, NC - Lincoln Theatre
11/14 - ASHEVILLE, NC - The Mill Room
11/15 - CHARLESTON, SC - Theatre 99
11/16 - ATLANTA, GA - Laughing Skull Lounge
11/21 - PITTSBURGH, PA - Club Café
11/22 - PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Trocadero
11/23 - WASHINGTON, DC - Black Cat
Underground music icon Jim White (Dirty Three, Cat Power, Nick Cave, Will Oldham) has teamed up with Cretan folk musician George Xylouris on a new project known as Xylouris White. The duo makes their album debut with Goats, produced by Fugazi's Guy Picciotto, out October 14 via Other Music Recording Co. This morning, the New Yorker and the UK's the Quietus premiered a live film performance by director Jem Cohen for the track "Psarandonis Syrto."
Xylouris White will be touring the United States this fall before heading to Europe, which includes several shows with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy -- a full listing of the dates are below the video. Pre-order Goats here on Other Music Recording Co. (Album will be shipped to arrive on or near the October 14 release date).
October 2 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
October 4 - Detroit, MI @ MOCAD w/ Peter Jefferies
October 5 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ Peter Jefferies
October 7 - Durham, NC @ The Carrack
October 8 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
October 9 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool w/ Big Brave
October 10 - Beacon, NY @ Quinn’s
October 11 - Kingston, NY @ O Positive
October 16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
October 18 - Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre
October 19 - Portsmouth, NH @ The Red Door
October 23 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool (OMRC CMJ Showcase)
November 18 - London (UK) @ Church of St. John w/ Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Tickets Here
November 19 - London (UK) @ Church of St. John w/ Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Tickets Here
November 20 - Brussels (B) @ AB w/ Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Tickets Here
November 21 - Utrecht (NL) @ Le Guess Who? w/ Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Tickets Here
November 22 - Boulogne-Billancourt (F) @ BBMix Festival w/ Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Tickets Here
November 26 - Leicester (UK) @ The Musician - Tickets Here
November 27 - Glasgow (UK) @ King Tuts - Tickets Here
November 28 - Leeds (UK) @ Howard Assembly Room - Tickets Here
November 29 - Newcastle (UK) @ The Cluny - Tickets Here
November 30 - Coventry (UK) @ Coal Vaults - Tickets Here
Ahead of his second full-length, Let's Dance Raw, the former frontman of legendary Japanese psych-rockers Yura Yura Teikoku, Shintaro Sakamoto, has revealed "Like an Obligation," a slink, sensuous, six-minute piece at the heart of the album. Beneath its breezy exterior, the track's off-kilter rhythms and vibrant sax solos bely what is quite possibly Let's Dance Raw's most bittersweet moment, with Sakamoto oft-repeating: "Beautiful, like an obligation/loving each other, like an obligation." It's another twist in a suite that continually upends expectations on what you can expect from the former YYT man.
The track just premiered on The 405, who writes: "It's also a pretty sublime taster of what to expect from his forthcoming second album, Let's Dance Raw, which is out September 15 [in the EU/UK] via Other Music." The album sees release on September 16 in the US, and can be pre-ordered here.
Other Music Recording Co. re-releases Mutual Benefit’s 2011 EP, The Cowboy’s Prayer, ahead of a massive fall tour in North America. Previously available only as a Bandcamp download, The Cowboy’s Prayer was the real introduction of the lush orchestral folk sound that many first heard on Mutual Benefit’s breakthrough Love’s Crushing Diamond LP. The Cowboy’s Prayer EP has been remastered and is available in physical formats for the first time, with all new artwork, as a gorgeous one-sided etched 12” and CD, as well as download. Vinyl and CD formats are available for order here. The EP has also been included as bonus tracks on a deluxe download version of Love's Crushing Diamond, which can be downloaded off of iTunes.
Ahead of its August 25 release in the UK and EU, The Line of Best Fit featured The Cowboy's Prayer, where you can currently stream the EP in its entirety.