Just drove into Detroit from Canada. Fuck the snow. Fuck ice. Its been too long since I've posted music on here. Gotta get back in the groove. Since I now know what winter is actually like I thought I would post these demos and a remix for the song "Winter Vacation" from the Atlas Sound album.
Hope you guys are enjoying the atlas sound shows out there. i guess he can't get to this so much so i made a song today to go up here (nevermind he posted above me just now). it's called dot gain. it's pretty sloppy. have a good leap day. bye lockett
things are going really rad. we've had a few headaches to deal with. we are riding in deerhunter's virtually brand-new van which has never had any problems. suddenly it started stalling out. long story short we left it with wzt hearts jason and the rad people at a warehouse in baltimore and rented a van to do the philly and nyc shows here is a recap of what's been going on so far.
wednesday - chapel hill rad place. rad soundguy. i thought he would hate me because last time i was there was the single worst deerhunter show we have ever played (i had the flu and lost my voice, josh's bass amp blew, etc.) everyone there was seriously nice and had a great since of humor about it. people seemed to really enjoy the show. i chewed gum and it made me feel sassy. we ate burritos with one of the drummers that played in rollins-era black flag.
thursday - washington d.c. i love the blackcat backstage. i love the ladies who run it. i liked the kids i got to talk to before and after the show a lot to. there was a deep/serious ice storm threat so it was nice for so many kids to make the effort to come out. we decided to drive to baltimore so we could stay with our friend jason from wzt hearts who lives in a rad warehouse where other members of ecstatic sunshine and other rad bands live. wham city (dan deacon's komedy kult) were rehearsing some kind of avant garde theatre adaptation of "jurassic park" downstairs, so there was constant bizarre screaming. i also awoke to find two kittens wrestling on my chest. the kittens were ultra rad. it was a nice place to get to and chill while we dealt with the van situation.
friday - phillidelphia kristin and the gang were in full force dealing with the van situation, arranging rentals, organizing gear etc. they like to keep me out of the way, so i sat around listening to kanye west and playing with kittens. we ended up showing up at johnny brenda's in philly HOURS late. dave and amber from dirty projectors loaned us amps and Adam and Honey's rad friends found us a punk rock bass rig and H.C. Basement-style drums. (H.C. = hardcore). the show was really funny and we had a great time. philly rules.
saturday - manhattan
we drove back to baltimore to rent a bigger van so we would not have to backline (borrow gear) for the nyc shows. it took forever and again we showed up really late to the venue. our good friend matt littlejohn (king of soundmen) did sound for us at our two nyc shows. (he is incredible, he's worked with Grizzly Bear, TVOTR, among many others.) the show itself was a little less funny and enjoyable, mainly for me, due to a headcold that came on pretty strong and made me feel supershitty. john norris came from MTV news. he is fucking rad. really awesome guy. got to see lots of old friends and make some new ones. i had my jewish godmother in LA (judy, queen of pr) priceline me a fucking boss 4-star hotel room for CHEAP so that i could soak the fluish grossness out of my bones and sleep soundly. I highly recommend the Barclay on east 48th street in manhattan. priceline is welfare for touring tired punks. i am now addicted.
sunday - brooklyn
this show fucking ruled. good times. i started the day by having kristin meet me at the hotel so we could go to mtv studios to film a news segment with John Norris and CJ, who are super nice and rad and sincere dudes. It was such a trip to be in that building. its in times square and and everyone stands around it with fancy cameras waiting for amy winehouse or somebody to come walking out. the news segment was fun, despite the fact that i was super tired. i tried to do a cover of kanye west's flashing lights to show how i make songs really fast for the blog, but that song is so fucking tight that i don't think i came close to doing it justice. anyway, there was no pressure and all the dudes there were really cool so it was a lot of fun. i went to uniqlo afterwards and dug it as usual. ran into kristin, jane, and julie (all three members of the alphabets in one old volvo) which ruled cause i didn't have to take a train into brooklyn. the williamsburg show was totally fun and i think everyone there had a pretty cool time. i'm trying to make some new songs to put up. i want to make an entire van ep like the one i did in europe last year. expect new stuff in the next day or two.
I was super nervous and had about five panic attacks till the family told me to fucking chill. never had stage fright before in my life. its complicated to translate a record you made kind of on the fly while in an mentally agitated state into a feasible structured live performance. honey, adam, and brian all arrived friday night from portland and l.a. so this was kind of a warm up / practice show. we were all kind of winging it. the set will probably be much different and more expanded by the time we hit a town near you. my mom came and brought me a flower from my aunt's yard. (the first sign of spring, she explained.) Our friends Mike White and Sloan Simpson where there and made photos and an audio recording, respectively. Our buddy Lynn also came by as well as my cousin Kelly. My mom can be clearly heard as the loudest most supportive audience member. Also it should be noted that when I am nervous (especially when i get around my folks) I tend to develop an extremely weird gay / southern drawl that embarrasses me somewhat. With that said... here are some pictures:
See the rest of the pictures from the night at Mike's rad photo website, Deadly Designs.
Check out Sloan's audio recording at his equally rad audio website, Southern Shelter.
Kristin's oral review of the show, delivered to me afterwards: "It was pretty good I guess, even if 90% of it was stand-up comedy..."
This is the actual rip from the cd-r. I'm not sure if the version previously posted in the comments section was correct. Some of this stuff is pretty rough sounding as it was recorded all in one Saturday afternoon onto a four-track with dirty tape-heads.
1. Sparks - Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth 2. Olivia Tremor Control - Grass Canons 3. The Chap - Younger People 4. Terrestrial Tones - The Sailor 5. Jimmie Rodgers - Frankie and Johnny 6. BBQ Killers - Chester Drawers 7. Camper Van Beethoven - Oh No! 8. Everly Brothers - I Wonder If I Care as Much (another version) 9. The Feelies - It's Only Life 10. Link Wray - Jack The Ripper 11. "Little" Peggy March - I Will Follow Him 12. Otis Redding - That's How Strong My Love Is 13. Aphex Twin - Nannou 14. Edward Clayborn - Death Is Only A Dream 15. Knyfe Hyts - Smoke The Milk 16. Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating In Space
Hey guys here is a new atlas sound jam. Its about discomfort and terror. Its called "Cloves." PostGRUNGE death trip. Smoke a spliff before you dig into this one.
years were spent uh huh prayer addict uh huh quit smoking those cloves praise the dawn uh huh reach the top uh huh keep walking towards the creek save your crimes uh huh bored to death uh huh save your crimes until you need them until you need them
1. Orange Ohms Glow (3:06) 2. Activation (4:06) 3. Hunting Quail (2:01) 4. Coriander (3:27) 5. Humidity (2:37) 6. Valley of the Saroos (Joe Meek Cover) (4:54)
Orange Ohms Glow: (Instrumental)
Activation: coral or uneven cloth under mirror-like surface activation in the abyss mouth on mouth was catalyst change the way you feel back home change the way desire folds predict the maze and plan escape as tens of thousands of portraits fade avoid the signal trace the call abandon reason break his jaw activation was described guard your land set traps and hide coral or uneven cloth under mirror-like surface activation in the abyss mouth on mouth was catalyst change the way you feel back home change the way desire folds predict the maze and plan escape as tens of thousands of portraits fade as tens of thousands of portraits fade
Hunting Quail: When they bring four eyes when they told me surprise they bring whole eyes keep the heads frozen they print change of scene will i be older? will i be older? my father took me on a trip hunting we didn't catch a thing blame it on the weather we went back home to the cabin prepared for us build a fire, will you? bring the wood, bring the wood i would not count on it i would not count on it someday even murder my own memory
Coriander: (Instrumental, full disclosure - this is a total attempt at making a Casino Versus Japan song)
Humidity: Caroline you've grown into quite the beast responsible and quick have you seen my keys? trying to count my hens trying to count my hens Caroline you've seen your t-shirt was burning steal across the field haunt the hares and feel remote and free remote and free remote and free Caroline you've grown hardly recognize glass mosaic piece reflected in your eyes fire burns the palms the mountain wind is calm stare out your door stare out your door stare out your door
Valley of the Saroos (Joe Meek Cover): (Instrumental)
sorry about the sudden drop off in activity. i am feeling a little under the weather. i have a bunch of stuff waiting to go up here, its just been a rough week. the ghetto cross 7" might be delayed a little as cole and i failed to get together to finish it this week, and he's leaving for tour today. stay tuned for new stuff.