5 months ago

Don’t you wonder sometimes
'Bout sound and vision
Celestial Shore creates “Die For Us” in their own Shaking Through documentary episode, out today

Some days, you have to move way fast to slow way, way down. This summer, Celestial Shore drove their van to Philadelphia and walked into a studio. For two days, with the help of their bff and former bandmate Lorely Rodriguez (Empress Of), Celestial Shore gave life to “Die For Us,” a brand new song from the band whose debut album, 10x, continues to bloom since its release on Hometapes this past September.

The recording process was captured for Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through project, an exquisite documentary film series that wrangles and reflects every kind of studio electricity. From a spinning Leslie speaker to a perfectly-timed sunset, Shaking Through lives up to its name: it’s not just good gear and a good song that make great music — it’s the dream that rides between those lines.

Full immersion starts here » Shaking Through: Celestial Shore
MP3: Celestial Shore “Die For Us”
WATCH: Celestial Shore: The Story
WATCH: Celestial Shore: The Recording Process

5 months ago
We are gathered here today to eat your brains: Hello, Adam Schatz.
STREAM/DOWNLOAD: Adam Schatz What I Am Capable OfA two-song single, given eternal life by Hometapes.1. What I Am Capable Of (Zombie’s Lament)2. Mellow Out (JEFF the Brotherhood Cover)

We met Adam Schatz at Friend Island this year, seven years into our annual manicfestation at SXSW. We were about halfway through the day and I was sitting on the cold concrete floor of Zorch’s Museum of Human Achievement. J.D. Emmanuel was playing. I’d been waiting for this all day. All my life, really. That moment when the music that you understand the most is just right there in front of you. Right next to me, half-blocking the liquid Texas sunlight pouring through the door, was Adam Schatz.
That day he’d joined Akron/Family and Matthew E. White on sax. A month later, I learned about Father Figures, alongside many others, when their Tiny Desk Concert came out. I’d already been listening to a piano demo for "I Pledge Allegiance (To Your Body)" almost every single day. I’d chase it with "Above My Ground" by Adam’s main brain, Landlady. When the recordings landed for their new album, I’d already walked around the globe with him. I’m not sure how long it was before I knew he played in Man Man. Adam Schatz and I accidentally and totally-on-purposefully started to decipher the world together. Even if it means making our own planet.
Today we catch a passing comet: What I Am Capable Of is the first clue in an expanding universe between Adam Schatz and Hometapes. These two songs are our candy for you, the title track sung in fluent zombie, and “Mellow Out” — a JEFF the Brotherhood cover — completely infected with oozing vibe. A trick and a treat.
Adam Schatz Live
11/04/13Adam Schatz & Thomas White’s Option Copter IVRock Shop (249 4th Ave., Brooklyn, NY)10pm
11/13/13Adam Schatz & Friends…playing the music of Big Star, and each other’s songs.Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn)11pm sharp, FREEFeaturing: Indigo Street (Shy Hunters), Sam Cohen (Yellowbirds), Ian Davis (Landlady), Brian Betancourt (Hospitality), Mike Riddleberger (lots of bands with drums in them)
November/DecemberMan Man US and EU Tour
Visit the Adam Schatz solar system:AdamLouisSchatz.comadamschatz.bandcamp.comsoundcloud.com/adamschatzinstagram.com/adamlouisschatz

"The night’s most stirring moment came earlier…While his band was slated to play a few blocks north that night, Man Man’s Adam Schatz hopped up onstage with a bevy of horns and street drummers to do a New Orleans-style take on "In the Lost and Found," drunken yet elegant. Schatz then did a solo read of "Waltz #2" as a free jazz player like Joe McPhee or Albert Ayler might, moving from human plaint to horn shriek. With a circling of his hands, the whole room sang the chorus: "I’m never going to know you now / But I’m going to love you anyhow." It was a sentiment that resonated through a crowd too young to have ever known the man in the flesh, yet their love was evident." -SPIN on Schatz’s performance at last week’s Elliott Smith Tribute Show, alongside Cat Power and Sky Ferreira, etc.

We are gathered here today to eat your brains:
Hello, Adam Schatz.

STREAM/DOWNLOAD: Adam Schatz What I Am Capable Of
A two-song single, given eternal life by Hometapes.
1. What I Am Capable Of (Zombie’s Lament)
2. Mellow Out (JEFF the Brotherhood Cover)

We met Adam Schatz at Friend Island this year, seven years into our annual manicfestation at SXSW. We were about halfway through the day and I was sitting on the cold concrete floor of Zorch’s Museum of Human Achievement. J.D. Emmanuel was playing. I’d been waiting for this all day. All my life, really. That moment when the music that you understand the most is just right there in front of you. Right next to me, half-blocking the liquid Texas sunlight pouring through the door, was Adam Schatz.

That day he’d joined Akron/Family and Matthew E. White on sax. A month later, I learned about Father Figures, alongside many others, when their Tiny Desk Concert came out. I’d already been listening to a piano demo for "I Pledge Allegiance (To Your Body)" almost every single day. I’d chase it with "Above My Ground" by Adam’s main brain, Landlady. When the recordings landed for their new album, I’d already walked around the globe with him. I’m not sure how long it was before I knew he played in Man Man. Adam Schatz and I accidentally and totally-on-purposefully started to decipher the world together. Even if it means making our own planet.

Today we catch a passing comet: What I Am Capable Of is the first clue in an expanding universe between Adam Schatz and Hometapes. These two songs are our candy for you, the title track sung in fluent zombie, and “Mellow Out” — a JEFF the Brotherhood cover — completely infected with oozing vibe. A trick and a treat.

Adam Schatz Live

11/04/13
Adam Schatz & Thomas White’s Option Copter IV
Rock Shop (249 4th Ave., Brooklyn, NY)
10pm

11/13/13
Adam Schatz & Friends
…playing the music of Big Star, and each other’s songs.
Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn)
11pm sharp, FREE
Featuring: Indigo Street (Shy Hunters), Sam Cohen (Yellowbirds), Ian Davis (Landlady), Brian Betancourt (Hospitality), Mike Riddleberger (lots of bands with drums in them)

November/December
Man Man US and EU Tour

Visit the Adam Schatz solar system:
AdamLouisSchatz.com
adamschatz.bandcamp.com
soundcloud.com/adamschatz
instagram.com/adamlouisschatz

"The night’s most stirring moment came earlier…While his band was slated to play a few blocks north that night, Man Man’s Adam Schatz hopped up onstage with a bevy of horns and street drummers to do a New Orleans-style take on "In the Lost and Found," drunken yet elegant. Schatz then did a solo read of "Waltz #2" as a free jazz player like Joe McPhee or Albert Ayler might, moving from human plaint to horn shriek. With a circling of his hands, the whole room sang the chorus: "I’m never going to know you now / But I’m going to love you anyhow." It was a sentiment that resonated through a crowd too young to have ever known the man in the flesh, yet their love was evident." -SPIN on Schatz’s performance at last week’s Elliott Smith Tribute Show, alongside Cat Power and Sky Ferreira, etc.

5 months ago

Leverage Models Share Video for Sweep, feat. Sharon Van Etten
An NYC dreamscape featuring Van Etten, shot entirely on iPhone

WATCH:
Leverage Models “Sweep (Feat. Sharon Van Etten)” Official Video

In the wake of critical acclaim and multiple NYC shows surrounding our release of their self-titled debut album, today Leverage Models released the brand new video for “Sweep.” Starring Sharon Van Etten, who is also featured as a guest vocalist on the track, the video takes us on a journey through the city — from the street to the subway to the beach — and into the unbuttoned world of Leverage Models. Check it out on VEVO today and see Leverage Models at Mercury Lounge this Friday. Between the striking new LP (featuring the art of Peter Ravn — see the image below) and the band’s explosive live show, the “Sweep” video stands as your perfect invitation. And it was shot entirely on an iPhone. More from the co-directors Rob Hatch-Miller and Puloma Basu:

We were thrilled when Shannon Fields asked us about collaborating on a Leverage Models video. When he sent us the song “Sweep” we were immediately excited by the cinematic and dreamlike quality of the track. We met with him and decided on two main elements right away: the narrative would be loosely related to the mysterious Peter Ravn painting of twins on the album cover, and we’d shoot the video on an iPhone. The twin idea appealed to us because Rob is a twin and we thought it would be fun to look at the depiction of twins in films like The Shining and Gummo for inspiration. Shooting on an iPhone was a gimmick born out of economic necessity—there was literally no budget—but it ended up being crucially important to the visual aesthetic of the video. We used an adapter kit that allows you to attach a DSLR lens onto the phone and it gave the footage a really unique, film-like look. We were really happy that Sharon Van Etten made time to shoot with us because her part of the song is so beautiful, eerie and distinct from the rest of it. We couldn’t be more proud of how all the elements came together and how well the visuals the complement the music.

5 months ago

Brad Laner’s third planet: Nearest Suns
The Medicine founder’s third solo album out today

LISTEN: Brad Laner “Be Gone” (SPIN premiere)
WATCH: Brad Laner “Be Gone” (the ‘making of’ video)

Before Neighbor Singing and Natural SelectionsBrad Laner’s two solo albums that brightened an entire decade of Hometapes, there was Medicine. This year saw the return of Brad’s pioneering shoegaze group, with the release of To the Happy Few and the reuniting of a band made legendary by its sheer defiance of the calendar. Nothing ever ends. And nothing ever happens in isolation. In tandem with the kindling of this old flame was the swirling dream of Brad Laner, alone, in his home studio in southern California. Nearest Suns, out today on Hometapes (alongside our friends Drawing Room Records; full disclosure: they’re from Arkansas, too), is the song that keeps playing once the house lights come up and you hop in your car to make that windows-down drive home.

Along with the release of the single “Be Gone” (check it out via today’s SPIN premiere) is a handmade video showing just how Brad’s music is made. He’s continuing a tradition of home recording that has been his language for decades. The result? He’s really, really good it at. Check out Nearest Suns today. Take the long way home and visit Neighbor Singing and Natural Selections, too. You pass by them every day — and once you see them, you won’t believe you’ve never seen them before.

Nearest Suns is pressed in a limited edition of 1000 LPs. Five hundred are available in wild red/yellow haze vinyl. All include deluxe packaging with an 18”x24” poster, all designed by the wizard Robert Beatty. All mailorder customers get colored vinyl, while supplies last. Click click!

BUY:
Hometapes LP
Hometapes Digital
iTunes

HT060/DR00005
Brad Laner - Nearest Suns LP

Track List:
01. Be Gone
02. Time Balm
03. Catapult
04. Summer Rudder
05. Dream Drug
06. Equals Sky
07. Nearly Hospital High
08. Holiday King
09. Puncture
10. A Blue Morning
11. None of the Above
12. Eight Question Marks

FEATURING ART by Robert Beatty

6 months ago
All Tiny Creatures: All Die Out MixtapeFeaturing Dosh, Aquarelle, and a new song from Dark Clock

"beautifully far out" - SPIN

Today, All Tiny Creatures is releasing the All Die Out Mixtape, the next illumination in the series of expanded audio accompaniments to their second album, Dark Clock. Check out this morning’s premiere at SPIN.
Like The Book and A Lone Sound before it, the new All Tiny Creatures mixtape takes an album single and asks the question: what if you could hear this song’s past, present, and future, all at once? 
All Die Out is the answer, a twenty-two minute exploration that includes a remix byDosh and contributions from longtime collaborator Aquarelle. The All Tiny Creatures mixtape tradition has become an indispensable commentary track for their albums. Every mixtape, including the inaugural duo that accompanied the release of 2009’s Harbors, is now available in an over two-and-a-half-hour complete set via Soundcloud.
STREAM/DOWNLOAD: All Tiny Creatures All Die Out MixtapeAll Tiny Creatures: The Complete Mixtape Collection
All Die Out Mixtape Track List:1. Dinoplax2. Second Language (feat. Aquarelle)3. All Die Out4. Holography (Dosh remix)5. Third Language (feat. Aquarelle)6. Mond
All Die Out Mixtape art by Adam Heathcott, Hometapes.
________________________________
Since the release of Dark Clock this summer, All Tiny Creatures’ Thomas Wincek, Andrew FItzpatrick, and Matthew Skemp have been tending the fires of their parallel pursuit,Volcano Choir, who released their second album, Repave, last month. To accompany the unfolding story of the Volcano Choir family tree – which includes Bon Iver, Collections of Colonies of Bees, the Altos, and Jon Mueller – Jagjaguwar released the Comrade Remix EP, featuring an out-of-this-world remix of “Comrade” by All Tiny Creatures. It takes the Volcano Choir single to new heights and offers listeners a window into where Dark Clock and Repave converge.
STREAM: Volcano Choir “Comrade (All Tiny Creatures Remix)”WATCH: Volcano Choir on City of Music/Pitchfork.tvWATCH: Volcano Choir on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

All Tiny Creatures: All Die Out Mixtape
Featuring Dosh, Aquarelle, and a new song from Dark Clock

"beautifully far out" - SPIN

Today, All Tiny Creatures is releasing the All Die Out Mixtape, the next illumination in the series of expanded audio accompaniments to their second album, Dark Clock. Check out this morning’s premiere at SPIN.

Like The Book and A Lone Sound before it, the new All Tiny Creatures mixtape takes an album single and asks the question: what if you could hear this song’s past, present, and future, all at once? 

All Die Out is the answer, a twenty-two minute exploration that includes a remix byDosh and contributions from longtime collaborator Aquarelle. The All Tiny Creatures mixtape tradition has become an indispensable commentary track for their albums. Every mixtape, including the inaugural duo that accompanied the release of 2009’s Harborsis now available in an over two-and-a-half-hour complete set via Soundcloud.

STREAM/DOWNLOAD: 
All Tiny Creatures All Die Out Mixtape
All Tiny Creatures: The Complete Mixtape Collection

All Die Out Mixtape Track List:
1. Dinoplax
2. Second Language (feat. Aquarelle)
3. All Die Out
4. Holography (Dosh remix)
5. Third Language (feat. Aquarelle)
6. Mond

All Die Out Mixtape art by Adam Heathcott, Hometapes.

________________________________

Since the release of Dark Clock this summer, All Tiny Creatures’ Thomas Wincek, Andrew FItzpatrick, and Matthew Skemp have been tending the fires of their parallel pursuit,Volcano Choir, who released their second album, Repave, last month. To accompany the unfolding story of the Volcano Choir family tree – which includes Bon Iver, Collections of Colonies of Bees, the Altos, and Jon Mueller – Jagjaguwar released the Comrade Remix EP, featuring an out-of-this-world remix of “Comrade” by All Tiny Creatures. It takes the Volcano Choir single to new heights and offers listeners a window into where Dark Clock and Repave converge.

STREAM: Volcano Choir “Comrade (All Tiny Creatures Remix)”
WATCH: Volcano Choir on City of Music/Pitchfork.tv
WATCH: Volcano Choir on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

6 months ago

"a propulsive but ponderous 10-track wonder that hits all of the pleasure centers—that is, you will dance and sing”

Today, Grayson Currin reviewed Leverage Models’ debut LP for Pitchfork. Between the lines of Shannon Fields’ new music is the longstanding world from which it springs. We’ve been dancing to that song for years – and the beat’s picking up. We’re thankful for this piece of writing and its gift of context. Here it is in its entirety. Find your copy of Leverage Models today.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Shannon Fields didn’t disappear so much as escape: In 2007, his band of nearly a decade, a large and quixotic collective of sound benders named Stars Like Fleas, released its third album, The Ken Burns Effect. The record, like its predecessors, was a tremendous tangle of possibilities. The tender coos of folk songs abutted generous passages of abstruse misdirection, putting Stars Like Fleas not among the moment’s freak-folk horde but in a more rarified and truly exploratory realm. The Ken Burns Effect demanded a next step, new music that took any number of Stars Like Fleas’ dozens of implied influences in more definitive directions. “I’m pretty good at making myself uncomfortable,” Fields had said in an interview while the record was being made, “and am always trying to make the people around me uncomfortable.” Yet you wanted Stars Like Fleas to get a little bit comfortable, to settle in and let the inchoate nature of its music solidify just a tad.  
But that never happened. Stars Like Fleas imploded just before finishing its next album, and its components have since scattered in enough directions to give new credence to the band name. Fields headed north to a small farm near Cooperstown, N.Y., to take a break from New York City and to try and build something of his own. After two years of digital EPs, singles, covers and compilation contributions, Fields has finally emerged with the self-titled debut LP Leverage Models, a solo endeavor fortified by a dozen friends and a dance record that might pad some expectations of that phrase. Though Stars Like Fleas never had its chance to settle, Fields did. The result is a propulsive but ponderous 10-track wonder that hits all of the pleasure centers—that is, you will dance and sing—while offering a supple-enough sound to become something of a headphone symphony, not unlike the more recent works of Matthew Dear. Leverage Models, then, makes a mostly clean break with Fields’ past but, yet again, extends an enticing arrow toward his future.
These concise and swift songs key on heaps of synthesizers, electronic drums and manipulated vocals woven into crisscrossing patterns. Consider his breathless lead vocals during the anxious “Night Falls on the General Assembly” or his italicized verses during lead single “Cooperative Extensions”: Fields is clearly the star here. But Leverage Models is more generous than a solo production made in the bedroom of an isolated farmhouse. Slap-bass bubbles from the cracks beneath verses and choruses of that first track. A saxophone squiggles out of the bridge during “The Chance to Go.” Sharon Van Etten provides the unleavened, plaintive voice onto the tragic hero for “Sweep”. Indeed, though this is Fields’ project and his harbor, the massed-ensemble approach of Stars Like Fleas remains; more than a dozen musicians contributed to Leverage Models, from Mr. Bungle bassist Trevor Dunn to classical violinist Jim Altieri.
Such an esteemed cast gives Fields a wide sonic palette, allowing him to fill these instant hits with all manner of layers and textures and twists. The irrepressible “Hunting Safety”, for instance, swells and stops and starts again, shifting from nervy arpeggios and skittering rhythms to a wide-open, full-throated sing-along. It eventually grinds into the same noisy futuristic funk that shapes the best parts of Gayngs’ Relayted, an album that shares stylistic precedents with this one. In less than four minutes, “Out in the Open (Propositional Representations)” changes countenances a half-dozen times; one section that recalls the sprawl of Neu! abuts a span of seductive Prince-like winks. You could spend a month mapping the parts written into these three-minute tunes and still find something new on the next listen, such as the piano that traces the melody 90 seconds into “Cooperative Extensions” like a set of phantom steel drums. This is vivid and immediate music, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be intricate.
Though Leverage Models borrows the old band’s personnel approach in execution, the record’s development seems to have sat mostly with Fields. These songs seem too focused to be formed by committee, too swift and steady to be anything but bursts of ideas later repaved by a bigger band. “Night Falls on the General Assembly” is all momentum and memory, while the lifting keyboard chords and sleigh-bell jangle of “The Least of Your Brothers” is a product of pure pop concentration. Stars Like Fleas’ music was rife with references and influences, and so are these tracks. From Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and David Byrne to Gary Numan and Bill Laswell, you can hear the giants of Fields’ record collection, hopefully nodding along to his own beats. You can hear the influence of his peers and friends, too, labelmates and tourmates such as Bear in Heaven and Helado Negro. But Fields starts from these touchstones now and moves forward rather than simply folding them into his own music. That new intimacy radiates in Fields’ lyrics, too. Careful reflections on private pain, from domestic abuse and political apathy, his words reflect much the same arrival as this music, even if they do so in grays and blacks that run counter to these neon synthesizers.
During the last few years, Fields has participated in a number of experimental ensembles. To some extent, Stars Like Fleas was one, but he’s also played in Rhys Chatham’s massed guitar pieces and with Duane Pitre, a composer whose remarkably approachable work hinges on just intonation and computer-generated chance. You won’t necessarily leave equal temperament or notice aleatoric sound design during Leverage Models. But if you listen to these songs again and again, you will hear a systemically restless musician returning to the core he loves. But he does it the favor of fucking it up, of reworking every rubbery groove and feathery melody until they become something that’s at once familiar and foreign. 

"a propulsive but ponderous 10-track wonder that hits all of the pleasure centers—that is, you will dance and sing”

Today, Grayson Currin reviewed Leverage Models’ debut LP for Pitchfork. Between the lines of Shannon Fields’ new music is the longstanding world from which it springs. We’ve been dancing to that song for years – and the beat’s picking up. We’re thankful for this piece of writing and its gift of context. Here it is in its entirety. Find your copy of Leverage Models today.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Shannon Fields didn’t disappear so much as escape: In 2007, his band of nearly a decade, a large and quixotic collective of sound benders named Stars Like Fleas, released its third album, The Ken Burns Effect. The record, like its predecessors, was a tremendous tangle of possibilities. The tender coos of folk songs abutted generous passages of abstruse misdirection, putting Stars Like Fleas not among the moment’s freak-folk horde but in a more rarified and truly exploratory realm. The Ken Burns Effect demanded a next step, new music that took any number of Stars Like Fleas’ dozens of implied influences in more definitive directions. “I’m pretty good at making myself uncomfortable,” Fields had said in an interview while the record was being made, “and am always trying to make the people around me uncomfortable.” Yet you wanted Stars Like Fleas to get a little bit comfortable, to settle in and let the inchoate nature of its music solidify just a tad.  

But that never happened. Stars Like Fleas imploded just before finishing its next album, and its components have since scattered in enough directions to give new credence to the band name. Fields headed north to a small farm near Cooperstown, N.Y., to take a break from New York City and to try and build something of his own. After two years of digital EPs, singles, covers and compilation contributions, Fields has finally emerged with the self-titled debut LP Leverage Models, a solo endeavor fortified by a dozen friends and a dance record that might pad some expectations of that phrase. Though Stars Like Fleas never had its chance to settle, Fields did. The result is a propulsive but ponderous 10-track wonder that hits all of the pleasure centers—that is, you will dance and sing—while offering a supple-enough sound to become something of a headphone symphony, not unlike the more recent works of Matthew DearLeverage Models, then, makes a mostly clean break with Fields’ past but, yet again, extends an enticing arrow toward his future.

These concise and swift songs key on heaps of synthesizers, electronic drums and manipulated vocals woven into crisscrossing patterns. Consider his breathless lead vocals during the anxious “Night Falls on the General Assembly” or his italicized verses during lead single “Cooperative Extensions”: Fields is clearly the star here. But Leverage Models is more generous than a solo production made in the bedroom of an isolated farmhouse. Slap-bass bubbles from the cracks beneath verses and choruses of that first track. A saxophone squiggles out of the bridge during “The Chance to Go.” Sharon Van Etten provides the unleavened, plaintive voice onto the tragic hero for “Sweep”. Indeed, though this is Fields’ project and his harbor, the massed-ensemble approach of Stars Like Fleas remains; more than a dozen musicians contributed to Leverage Models, from Mr. Bungle bassist Trevor Dunn to classical violinist Jim Altieri.

Such an esteemed cast gives Fields a wide sonic palette, allowing him to fill these instant hits with all manner of layers and textures and twists. The irrepressible “Hunting Safety”, for instance, swells and stops and starts again, shifting from nervy arpeggios and skittering rhythms to a wide-open, full-throated sing-along. It eventually grinds into the same noisy futuristic funk that shapes the best parts of Gayngs’ Relayted, an album that shares stylistic precedents with this one. In less than four minutes, “Out in the Open (Propositional Representations)” changes countenances a half-dozen times; one section that recalls the sprawl of Neu! abuts a span of seductive Prince-like winks. You could spend a month mapping the parts written into these three-minute tunes and still find something new on the next listen, such as the piano that traces the melody 90 seconds into “Cooperative Extensions” like a set of phantom steel drums. This is vivid and immediate music, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be intricate.

Though Leverage Models borrows the old band’s personnel approach in execution, the record’s development seems to have sat mostly with Fields. These songs seem too focused to be formed by committee, too swift and steady to be anything but bursts of ideas later repaved by a bigger band. “Night Falls on the General Assembly” is all momentum and memory, while the lifting keyboard chords and sleigh-bell jangle of “The Least of Your Brothers” is a product of pure pop concentration. Stars Like Fleas’ music was rife with references and influences, and so are these tracks. From Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and David Byrne to Gary Numan and Bill Laswell, you can hear the giants of Fields’ record collection, hopefully nodding along to his own beats. You can hear the influence of his peers and friends, too, labelmates and tourmates such as Bear in Heaven and Helado Negro. But Fields starts from these touchstones now and moves forward rather than simply folding them into his own music. That new intimacy radiates in Fields’ lyrics, too. Careful reflections on private pain, from domestic abuse and political apathy, his words reflect much the same arrival as this music, even if they do so in grays and blacks that run counter to these neon synthesizers.

During the last few years, Fields has participated in a number of experimental ensembles. To some extent, Stars Like Fleas was one, but he’s also played in Rhys Chatham’s massed guitar pieces and with Duane Pitre, a composer whose remarkably approachable work hinges on just intonation and computer-generated chance. You won’t necessarily leave equal temperament or notice aleatoric sound design during Leverage Models. But if you listen to these songs again and again, you will hear a systemically restless musician returning to the core he loves. But he does it the favor of fucking it up, of reworking every rubbery groove and feathery melody until they become something that’s at once familiar and foreign. 

6 months ago
Here, there, and everywhere: Hometapes at CMJ.
Next week in NYC, go Hometapes every night. We’re excited to announce our showcase with longtime friends Team Clermont and a week full of performances and new-record-reveals by Celestial Shore, Leverage Models, and Pattern Is Movement. 
Team Clermont 2013 CMJ Showcase presented by Hometapes!Wednesday, October 16thUnion Pool (484 Union Ave, Brooklyn NY) 7pm-12:30am
07:00 Paperhaus07:45 Laser Background08:30 Norwegian Arms09:30 Celestial Shore10:30 Leverage Models11:30 Pattern Is Movement
21+, Admission with CMJ badge or $10 cover
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Celestial Shore at CMJ
10/14/13 - New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge - w/ Luke Temple (of Here We Go Magic)
10/15/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right - Force Field CMJ Showcase
10/16/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool - Team Clermont/Hometapes CMJ Showcase
10/18/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo Gallery - Double Denim CMJ Showcase
10/18/13 - New York, NY @ Pianos - The Deli CMJ Showcase
Leverage Models at CMJ
10/13/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool - w/ Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band (Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio)
10/16/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool - Team Clermont/Hometapes CMJ Showcase
Pattern Is Movement at CMJ
10/16/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool - Team Clermont/Hometapes CMJ Showcase 
10/17/13 - New York @ Webster Hall  - w/ Menomena and Helio Sequence
10/19/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands - Popgun CMJ Party - w/ Hospitality, The Building

Here, there, and everywhere: Hometapes at CMJ.

Next week in NYC, go Hometapes every night. We’re excited to announce our showcase with longtime friends Team Clermont and a week full of performances and new-record-reveals by Celestial ShoreLeverage Models, and Pattern Is Movement

Team Clermont 2013 CMJ Showcase presented by Hometapes!
Wednesday, October 16th
Union Pool (484 Union Ave, Brooklyn NY) 
7pm-12:30am

07:00 Paperhaus
07:45 Laser Background
08:30 Norwegian Arms
09:30 Celestial Shore
10:30 Leverage Models
11:30 Pattern Is Movement

21+, Admission with CMJ badge or $10 cover

_________________________

Celestial Shore at CMJ

  • 10/14/13 - New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge - w/ Luke Temple (of Here We Go Magic)
  • 10/15/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right - Force Field CMJ Showcase
  • 10/16/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool - Team Clermont/Hometapes CMJ Showcase
  • 10/18/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo Gallery - Double Denim CMJ Showcase
  • 10/18/13 - New York, NY @ Pianos - The Deli CMJ Showcase

Leverage Models at CMJ

  • 10/13/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool - w/ Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band (Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio)
  • 10/16/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool - Team Clermont/Hometapes CMJ Showcase

Pattern Is Movement at CMJ

  • 10/16/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool - Team Clermont/Hometapes CMJ Showcase 
  • 10/17/13 - New York @ Webster Hall  - w/ Menomena and Helio Sequence
  • 10/19/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands - Popgun CMJ Party - w/ Hospitality, The Building
6 months ago
Show us your a-side: Pattern Is Movement “Suckling”
STREAM: Pattern Is Movement “Suckling”
Pattern Is Movement’s new limited edition 12-inch, set to be unveiled at their big Oct. 24 show in Philly, is also your first pulsing clue on the technicolor map to their brand new album. Check out the Stereogum premiere of “Suckling” and commence the tumble of thinking+feeling that Ward and Thiboldeaux so exquisitely set into motion.
Today you can download and stream the single from digital stores worldwide, as well as pre-order the 12-inch from Hometapes and receive a download code for the songs via email as soon as your order comes in.
PRE-ORDER:Pattern Is Movement Suckling / Untitled (How Does It Feel?) 12” Single
DOWNLOAD:iTunesAmazon

Show us your a-side: Pattern Is Movement “Suckling”

STREAM: Pattern Is Movement “Suckling”

Pattern Is Movement’s new limited edition 12-inch, set to be unveiled at their big Oct. 24 show in Philly, is also your first pulsing clue on the technicolor map to their brand new album. Check out the Stereogum premiere of “Suckling” and commence the tumble of thinking+feeling that Ward and Thiboldeaux so exquisitely set into motion.

Today you can download and stream the single from digital stores worldwide, as well as pre-order the 12-inch from Hometapes and receive a download code for the songs via email as soon as your order comes in.

PRE-ORDER:
Pattern Is Movement Suckling / Untitled (How Does It Feel?) 12” Single

DOWNLOAD:
iTunes
Amazon

6 months ago
Leverage Models debut LP out today!More dates announced + a release day gift for you
Ok, presents first.MP3: Leverage Models “Sweep (feat. Sharon Van Etten)”
Release days are for listening. Download that and take it with you.
Release days are for seeing. The new Leverage Models LP is a real knockout. Both formats are limited edition, packaged in heavyweight full color packaging featuring the art of Peter Ravn. Both formats include the album lyrics. They resonate even in complete silence. Order now and we’ll email you a link to download the album today.
ORDER: Leverage Models Leverage Models LP/CD/DIG
Release days are for the day after. Leverage Models is announcing more NYC-area performances, including a release show this week and a special spot on the Team Clermont/Hometapes CMJ showcase.
10/03/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands - Album Release Party *10/13/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool &10/16/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ CMJ / Union Pool ^11/01/13 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
* w/ Maria Minerva, Beca, Tippy Toes& w/ Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band (Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio)^ Team Clermont/Hometapes Showcase, w/ Pattern Is Movement, Celestial Shore, & more

Leverage Models debut LP out today!
More dates announced + a release day gift for you

Ok, presents first.
MP3: Leverage Models “Sweep (feat. Sharon Van Etten)”

Release days are for listening. Download that and take it with you.

Release days are for seeing. The new Leverage Models LP is a real knockout. Both formats are limited edition, packaged in heavyweight full color packaging featuring the art of Peter Ravn. Both formats include the album lyrics. They resonate even in complete silence. Order now and we’ll email you a link to download the album today.

ORDER: Leverage Models Leverage Models LP/CD/DIG

Release days are for the day after. Leverage Models is announcing more NYC-area performances, including a release show this week and a special spot on the Team Clermont/Hometapes CMJ showcase.

10/03/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands - Album Release Party *
10/13/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool &
10/16/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ CMJ / Union Pool ^
11/01/13 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge

* w/ Maria Minerva, Beca, Tippy Toes
w/ Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band (Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio)
^ Team Clermont/Hometapes Showcase, w/ Pattern Is Movement, Celestial Shore, & more

6 months ago

How does it feel? Pattern Is Movement is back.
A new song, a new video, and new 12-inch, and live dates announced!

WATCH:
"Untitled (How Does It Feel?)" Official Video (via Stereogum premiere)

PRE-ORDER:
Pattern Is Movement “Suckling Untitled (How Does It Feel?)” 12-inch

Founded in Philadelphia by Andrew Thiboldeaux and Christopher Ward, Pattern Is Movement and its twelve year history map a vast territory of internal exploration and external output. As the band recorded a series of albums over the past decade — The (Im)possibility of Longing, Stowaway, and All Together — they also shifted in membership and in stylistic focus, eventually solidifying into a powerful duo: Thiboldeaux on Rhodes, synth, bass, and vocals, and Ward on drums. Deeply soulful and natively genre-defying, they toured extensively, joining bands like St. Vincent, The Roots, and Shudder to Think, before delving into their fourth album and, along with it, the brightest and darkest corners of composition, orchestration, and collaboration.

Their first reveal is a limited edition 12”, featuring the new song “Suckling” backed with the long-awaited studio recording of fan favorite “Untitled (How Does It Feel?),” Pattern Is Movement’s sweltering cover of D’Angelo. The pressing of only 500 will see its physical release at Pattern Is Movement’s Oct. 24 show at Union Transfer. If you’re not in Philly, you’re still in luck: we’re making the 12” available via pre-order via our mailorder store.

Today we’re sharing “Untitled (How Does It Feel?)” in the form of a hypnotizing music video. Directed by Hometapes’ Adam Heathcott, it answers Pattern Is Movement’s version of the D’Angelo song by “covering” the wildly intense original video for the song (directed by Paul Hunter and Dominique Trenier). Captured in color, light, and  blurry cosmic tension, Heathcott’s video is a whole new kind of climax. 

Pattern Is Movement Live:

10/16 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool *
10/17 New York @ Webster Hall #
10/19 Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands ^
10/24 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer +
11/07 Stony Brook, NY @ Stony Brook University

* Hometapes/Team Clermont CMJ Showcase w/ Celestial Shore, Leverage Models
# w/ Menomena and Helio Sequence
 w/ Hospitality, The Building
+ w/ The Spinto Band, Norwegian Arms, Worshyper, WYYLDSTYLE DJs

In a family way: All Tiny Creatures, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Chris Rosenau, and Altos remix their band, Volcano Choir.
LISTEN: Volcano Choir “Comrade” Remix EPWATCH: Volcano Choir on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Some days, Volcano Choir is the only music that makes sense. Born on the same snowy Wisconsin road as Hometapes family All Tiny Creatures, Collections of Colonies of Bees, and Megafaun (who formed DeYarmond Edison with Justin Vernon), it is the sonic convergence of some of the most important people in our lives: our closest friends and the people who make our favorite music. 
Volcano Choir’s new remix EP, released alongside the announcement of their EU tour in November, is a dive straight into the wave that graces the cover acclaimed new album Repave. Four songs open the door to a timeline of creation that has defined the musical mood and trajectory of an entire region, one that we’re honored to be a part of both — through our hearts and though what we make. You’d be surprised how close the two are sometimes.
VOLCANO CHOIR + HOMETAPES ROLL CALL:
All Tiny Creatures Dark Clock LP/CD/DIGHarbors 2xLP/CD/DIGSegni 12”/DIGAn Iris Mixtape CASS/DIGGlass Bubbles Mixtape CASS/DIGJust Talk | Sleepless Single DIGThe Book Mixtape DIGA Lone Sound Mixtape DIG
Collections of Colonies of BeesGIVING LP/CD/DIG
Jon MuellerDeath Blues LP/DIG
Chris RosenauComing soon. Check out his song on our last holiday comp.
And in that spirit: Volcano Choir “Comrade” Remix EP cover art (above) by Adam Heathcott of Hometapes.

In a family way: All Tiny Creatures, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Chris Rosenau, and Altos remix their band, Volcano Choir.

LISTEN: Volcano Choir “Comrade” Remix EP
WATCH: Volcano Choir on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Some days, Volcano Choir is the only music that makes sense. Born on the same snowy Wisconsin road as Hometapes family All Tiny Creatures, Collections of Colonies of Bees, and Megafaun (who formed DeYarmond Edison with Justin Vernon), it is the sonic convergence of some of the most important people in our lives: our closest friends and the people who make our favorite music. 

Volcano Choir’s new remix EP, released alongside the announcement of their EU tour in November, is a dive straight into the wave that graces the cover acclaimed new album RepaveFour songs open the door to a timeline of creation that has defined the musical mood and trajectory of an entire region, one that we’re honored to be a part of both — through our hearts and though what we make. You’d be surprised how close the two are sometimes.

VOLCANO CHOIR + HOMETAPES ROLL CALL:

All Tiny Creatures 
Dark Clock LP/CD/DIG
Harbors 2xLP/CD/DIG
Segni 12”/DIG
An Iris Mixtape CASS/DIG
Glass Bubbles Mixtape CASS/DIG
Just Talk | Sleepless Single DIG
The Book Mixtape DIG
A Lone Sound Mixtape DIG

Collections of Colonies of Bees
GIVING LP/CD/DIG

Jon Mueller
Death Blues LP/DIG

Chris Rosenau
Coming soon. Check out his song on our last holiday comp.

And in that spirit: Volcano Choir “Comrade” Remix EP cover art (above) by Adam Heathcott of Hometapes.

6 months ago

Hear the new Leverage Models album, streaming on Pitchfork!

LISTEN & WATCH: Leverage Models Leverage Models 
BUY: Leverage Models Leverage Models LP / CD /DIG

Order now and we’ll send you the full album download today. Leverage Models available everywhere next Tuesday October 1!

7 months ago

Celestial Shore and the Dream of “Hour Minute”

It’s perfect. Stereogum just premiered a new video for one of 10x's best tracks, handmade by and starring the band…and a roomful of kids.

WATCH: Celestial Shore “Hour Minute” Official Video
Made by the Art Colony Daycamp at the Children’s Museum of the Arts

"The track is a whirlpool of drum change-ups, trippy bass lines, and surf guitar — in other words it’s just as unpredictable and awesome as everything Celestial Shore has put out so far." -Stereogum

"When Celestial Shore use the foundation of mathy song structures and instrumentation to build strangely personal pieces of rough-edged art pop, 10x becomes a gorgeous jewel of a record." -Pitchfork

Celestial Shore 10x out now.

7 months ago
In a caveThe kind you wake up inCelestial Shore 10x Out Now
I’m gonna play this for you today. We can sit side-by-side and work and we’ll just have it on. I’ll tell you about that middle gray spring day when I was listening to it and it actually started listening back. The same instruments nearly everyone holds in the hands of three guys I’d met for a minute while I was hanging colored garlands and singing another song. I’ve got thousands of records, I’ve created dozens of my own, there’s a formula to the non-formula, right? I’ll ask you this while I see your lips cracking a smile and you’re remembering something you thought you forgot. Celestial Shore 10x is all the proof I need to keep listening, to know that a gentle step here cracks the earth open over there, to see that friends can make each other better, to bleed over the knowledge that some people should be able to play music at any cost, and to say, without and with fear, that songs — yeah, songs — are wired directly to the truth you wake up looking for every day. Oh, release day. Every day is release day. 


Celestial Shore 10x LP/CD/DIG Hometapes 063 / Local Singles 001
BUY:Celestial Shore 10x LP, CD, and Deluxe Package…we’ll leave the pre-order packages up through the week.Now available here…iTunesAmazon…your favorite store…the Celestial Shore merch table
LISTEN/WATCH (for a little longer):Celestial Shore 10x Pitchfork Advance
LISTEN:Celestial Shore “Valerie”Celestial Shore “Stairs Under Stars”Celestial Shore “Swimmer’s Sinking Feeling”
WATCH:Celestial Shore “Valerie”
Celestial Shore Tour Dates: New dates added here
(ABOVE)The back cover photo from 10x, manifested by visual artists Prince Rama.

In a cave
The kind you wake up in
Celestial Shore 10x Out Now

I’m gonna play this for you today. We can sit side-by-side and work and we’ll just have it on. I’ll tell you about that middle gray spring day when I was listening to it and it actually started listening back. The same instruments nearly everyone holds in the hands of three guys I’d met for a minute while I was hanging colored garlands and singing another song. I’ve got thousands of records, I’ve created dozens of my own, there’s a formula to the non-formula, right? I’ll ask you this while I see your lips cracking a smile and you’re remembering something you thought you forgot. Celestial Shore 10x is all the proof I need to keep listening, to know that a gentle step here cracks the earth open over there, to see that friends can make each other better, to bleed over the knowledge that some people should be able to play music at any cost, and to say, without and with fear, that songs — yeah, songs — are wired directly to the truth you wake up looking for every day. Oh, release day. Every day is release day. 

Celestial Shore 10x LP/CD/DIG 
Hometapes 063 / Local Singles 001

BUY:
Celestial Shore 10x LP, CD, and Deluxe Package
…we’ll leave the pre-order packages up through the week.
Now available here…
iTunes
Amazon
…your favorite store
…the Celestial Shore merch table

LISTEN/WATCH (for a little longer):
Celestial Shore 10x Pitchfork Advance

LISTEN:
Celestial Shore “Valerie”
Celestial Shore “Stairs Under Stars”
Celestial Shore “Swimmer’s Sinking Feeling”

WATCH:
Celestial Shore “Valerie”

Celestial Shore Tour Dates: New dates added here

(ABOVE)
The back cover photo from 10x, manifested by visual artists Prince Rama.

7 months ago

FLY YOUR BULLSHIT TO THE MOON:
Ape School has a new EP and a new video

..aaand they’re playing tonight in Philly with Mac DeMarco

LISTEN / BUY: Ape School Quitting Time EP
WATCH: Ape School “Fly Your Bullshit To The Moon” Official Video
GO: Ape School w/ Mac DeMarco, tonight, Milkboy, Philadelphia, PA

Michael Johnson is forever. Chase last year’s Junior Violence with six new Ape School songs and a video directed by Anthony Zagarella. It says it all. Engage in one of life’s greatest pleasures and read the EP’s track list below.

Ape School Quitting Time EP

1. Fly Your Bullshit To The Moon 
2. Idiot’s Grin, President’s Chin
3. Leave That Crack Alone
4. White Tie, Third Eye
5. Waggling White Asses
6. Repaid In Meat