Sharon Van Etten to Support Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds on North American Tour

The big news keeps coming with Sharon Van Etten. After completing her final U.S. tour of 2012 in support of Tramp, which culminated with a very special Town Hall show featuring guests including Thurston Moore, Aaron Dessner, Jenn Wasner, Brad Cook, and Peter Silbermann, and releasing the deluxe edition of Tramp a couple of weeks back, Sharon is honored to announce she’ll be touring this spring with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds! The North American tour kicks off in Dallas on March 14th and currently runs through April 3rd in Denver. Tickets go on sale on Thu. Dec. 6th at 10am local time. Dates are below. Also, on Wed. Jan. 16th, Sharon will join John Cale at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for Life Along the Borderline: A Tribute to Nico.

Additionally, fans of Boardwalk Empire, perhaps you heard Ms. Van Etten’s stunning rendition of Irving Berlin’s “What’ll I Do,” on last night’s season finale? We won’t share any spoilers, but she performed it with a full orchestra a few months ago and it played during an epic scene with Boardwalk favorite, Richard Harrow.

In the meantime, keep an eye out as Tramp is landing on a slew of year-end lists. It’s only Dec. 3rd and already Uncut, MOJO, NME, The Fly, and Paste have recognized it as one of the year’s best. Much more is sure to come!

(* with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds)
Mon. Dec. 3 – London, UK @ Shepherds Bush Empire
Sun. Dec. 9 – Cardiff, UK @ Glee Club
Sat. Dec. 29 – Lorne, AU @ Falls Festival
Sun. Dec. 30 – Melbourne, AU @ The Corner
Mon. Dec. 31 – Marion Bay, AU @ Falls Festival
Wed. Jan. 2 – Brisbane, AU @ The Zoo
Fri. Jan. 4 – Busselton, AU @ Southbound Festival
Sun. Jan. 6 – Sydney, AU @ The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney Festival
Tue. Jan. 8 – Sydney, AU @ The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney Festival
Wed. Jan. 9 – Sydney, AU @ The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney Festival
Thu. March 14 – Dallas, TX @ McFarlin Memorial Auditorium *
Sat. March 16 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium *
Sun. March 17 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel *
Tue. March 19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Keswick Theatre *
Wed. March 20 – Bethesda, MD @ Music Center at Strathmore *
Fri. March 22 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis *
Sat. March 23 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall *
Sun. March 24 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre *
Thu. March 28 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre *
Fri. March 29 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre *
Mon. April 1 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre *
Wed. April 3 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre *

Flock Of Dimes, Featuring Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, Premiere (This Is Why) I Don’t Wear White

Click Here To Listen To “(This Is Why) I Don’t Wear White” On Pitchfork

On November 20, Frenchkiss Records will release “(This is Why) I Can’t Wear White” b/w “15,” the third in a series of 7-inch singles from Flock of Dimes, the solo project of Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner. Limited to 1,000 copies, each 7-inch includes a download coupon for both tracks. The album will be released digitally as well.

Jenn launched Flock of Dimes in 2011 as a way to explore more experimental recording and songwriting outside of the burgeoning success of Wye Oak. A tour opening for Sharon Van Etten followed, and a debut 7-inch, “Prison Bride” b/w “I Can’t Tell You Why (screwed mix),” was released by Baltimore-based Friends Records in April of 2011. A 2nd 7-inch was released this past September through Merge Records. This 3rd release was produced by Mickey Free once again and features beautiful cover art by Beth Hoeckel.

Matmos Share Details of New Album, The Marriage of True Minds

Expanding upon the ambitious premise of their recently released “The Ganzfeld EP,” Baltimore-based electronic duo Matmos (Drew Daniel and M.C. Schmidt) are about to release their first new full-length album in five years on Thrill Jockey records: The Marriage of True Minds.

Matmos are known for making toe-tapping rhythmic pop out of odd and unusual sound sources. They have always worn genre loosely, but it’s safe to say that this is the first electronic album to start with tap dancing and end with doom metal. Comprising stomping techno, eerie synth jams, musique concrete, Latin rhythms, and Ethiopian music, at once at home in the academy, the art gallery, the nightclub and the noise warehouse, the dizzyingly diverse assemblage which is The Marriage of True Minds is driven by a tightly unified conceptual agenda: telepathy.

For the past four years the band have been conducting parapsychological experiments based upon the classic Ganzfeld (“total field”) experiment, but with a twist: instead of sending and receiving simple graphic patterns, test subjects were put into a state of sensory deprivation by covering their eyes and listening to white noise on headphones, and then Matmos member Drew Daniel attempted to transmit “the concept of the new Matmos record” directly into their minds. The resulting transcripts of the videotaped psychic experiments became poetic and conceptual scores used by Matmos to generate the nine songs on this album.

On The Marriage of True Minds, guest musicians including Dan Deacon, Dominique Leone, DJ Dog Dick, Leslie Weiner and Holger Hiller (Palais Schaumberg), Jason Willett (Half Japanese), Angel Deradoorian, Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak) and more all go under the digital editing knife as they are chopped into tight, surprisingly listenable songs which-for the first time in Matmos’ work- prominently feature vocalists and voices. The album features an array of sonic tactics, and a broad swathe of musical styles, but this diversity is joined together with a common purpose: the translation of this archive of psychic experiments into a delirious hybrid of conceptual noise and electronic pop.

The Marriage of True Minds is out February 19th on Thrill Jockey Records.

The Marriage of True Minds tracklisting:
1. You
2. Very Large Green Triangles
3. Mental Radio
4. Ross Transcript
5. Teen Paranormal Romance
6. Tunnel
7. In Search of A Lost Faculty
8. Aetheric Vehicle
9. E.S.P.

Matmos – Very Large Green Triangles from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.