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Animal Collective give Feels an overdue vinyl reissue, share live bootleg circa 2004

Once upon a time, the lads in Animal Collective released an album called Feels. Critically acclaimed, the album was, as the kids used to say back in 2005, “quite sick.” Our own review called it “a psychedelic wonderland filled with life-affirming warmth.” Sound like an album you want to pick up on vinyl, get lost in, and completely wear out necessitating buying multiple copies? Before today, you’d have been out of luck; Feels has long been out of print on vinyl.

Fortunately, we all live in 2018, a futuristic utopia (first and only time anyone’s gonna say that) where Animal Collective has at last remastered and reissued Feels on vinyl.

In commemoration of the occasion, Animal Collective are also releasing an old live bootleg. A FREE old live bootleg. Recorded by Sparkle Girl in 2004 at Neumos in Seattle, the performance features what are most likely the earliest recorded versions of a handful of the tracks off of Feels. It was also the reason the band was able to convince Scott Colburn to serve the album’s producer. Historic!

Commenting on the performance, lead headlamp-wearer-in-charge-of-the-band Brian Weitz says:

The show was the first time [producer] Scott Colburn heard any of the Feels songs. We had already asked him to record the album but we didn’t have demos and he wanted to hear the material first. He was playing in Climax Golden Twins at the time, who were also on the bill with us and Black Dice that night, so this was the test. Luckily, our set sealed the deal and we all moved into his house six months later to start tracking. A small part of us never left.

You can get the Feels vinyl reissue here via My Animal Home, and listen to the 2004 Neumos performance here, via Animal Collective’s Soundcloud. The requisite album art and full tracklisting for Feels, as well as the set list for the bootleg, are below. This album is still great, and “Grass” would totally make great entrance music for a relief pitcher based on Avey Tare’s yelping alone.

Feels tracklisting:

01. Did You See The Words
02. Grass
03. Flesh Canoe
04.The Purple Bottle
05. Bees
06. Banshee Beat
07. Daffy Duck
08. Loch Raven
09. Turn Into Something

Animal Collective - Live At Neumos (Seattle, WA - 08/22/04):

01. Wastered
02. Did You See the Words
03. Kids On Holiday
04. People
05. Loch Raven
06. Banshee Beat
07. The Purple Bottle

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Vessel transmogrifies his sound once again, announces new album Queen of Golden Dogs

Biological rebirth isn’t officially in the technological cards just yet for humanity, but in lieu everyone becoming their own veritable Jesus Christ with terminator arms, some people are satisfying their desire for renewal through more practical means.

Vessel — a.k.a. Sebastian Gainsborough — remarked in a 2015 interview about his impulse to “start again from square one” following an accomplishment, and the evidence was clear even before the Bristol-born musician announced his new album Queen of Golden Dogs, out on Tri Angle this November. His previous album Punish, Honey was a gritty and dissonant departure from the relatively straightforward danceableness of his debut; and, like a person who refuses the same seat due to the variability in butt cushioning out there, Gainsborough is taking things in a noticeably different direction with this new one, both for the sake of his own education and in order to push the boundaries of his capabilities. “What justice am I doing to my butt if I resign myself to the same worn-down computer chair every evening?”

Queen of Golden Dogs has a notable and previously nonexistent hint of chamber music to it. The album was conceived and recorded in isolation over an 18-month span in rural Wales, and it contains a couple of guest features: Vessel’s as-yet-unnamed “violinist lover” and singer Olivia Chaney, who we assume contributes vocals on a track or two. Listen to the track “Argo (For Maggie)” below to get a sense of how this classical infusion works with Vessel’s seemingly trademark habit of roughing the edges (the edges at least).

The album’s out digitally on November 9 and on limited edition vinyl November 23. Pre-order here.

Queen of Golden Dogs tracklisting:

01. Fantasma (For Jasmine)
02. Good Animal (For Hannah)
03. Argo (For Maggie)
04. Zahir (For Eleanor)
05. Arcanum (For Christalla)
06. Glory Glory (For Tippi)
07. Torno-me eles e nau-eu (For Remedios)
08. Paplu Love That Moves The Sun
09. Sand Tar Man Star (For Auriellia)

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Fielded announces new album Drip Drip, premieres music video for “Light It Up”

“Wow! That is some big news.”
- The Tiny Mix Tapes staff when we got this big news

New York-based sound artist Fielded has announced that she’ll be releasing a new album, titled Drip Drip, on October 12 via Deathbomb Arc. Moreso, we’ve paired up with the artist to premiere the beachy music video for, “Light it Up,” the first single from the record, exclusively here on TMT.

“Wow! I love Fielded and Deathbomb Arc. I bet this is going to be some good music! Big music fan right here.”
- A big music fan right there

Drip Drip, is the fourth full-length from Fielded. “[She] finds empowerment in the vulnerability of her lyrics and the intensity of her production,” the label said in the record’s press materials. “The cutting-edge sense of rhythm, electronic arrangement, and hip-hop influenced vocal phrasing exudes a power and freshness that compliment the message of finding one’s courage and intuition.”

“Wow! This keeps getting better. I like all of those adjectives! I want support this artist and label when the record comes out. I hope that there’s a pre-order link available. I love supporting hard-working musicians and labels.”
- A person who wants to support hard-working musicians and labels

Drip Drip will be available as a special limited cassette with tincture made by the artist, a regular cassette, and digitally; you can pre-order it digitally here and grab the cassette over here.

Drip Drip tracklisting:

01. Persephone (Intro)
02. Baby Boys
03. Fix Ya
04. Set in Stone
05. Light it Up
06. Am I All
07. Drip Drip
08. Higher Love
09. Married to the Body
10. The Vow
11. Heart of Darkness
12. Too Much Fire
13. Loving a Man You Can’t Touch

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♫ Listen: 공중도둑 (Mid-Air Thief) - 무너지기

South Korea’s 공중도둑, or Mid-Air Thief, specializes in the kind of autumn vibes that all of us in the northern hemisphere are craving hard. So it may be a good thing that 무너지기 (Crumbling) took a little while to make its way out of Seoul. It’s hard to tell exactly where the buzz came from, but at some point in late August, this broke into the top 25 rankings for 2018 on RYM, whose lists are always full of left-field gems.

Outside of progressive metal and a certain subset of experimental rap, there isn’t much that holds the community’s taste together, so when an album as tough to pin down as Crumbling unites the site’s users, it’s a testament to the strength of the music, its translatability across borders. And that’s an apt way to talk about Crumbling, which takes everything rustic you loved about Grizzly Bear’s Yellow House and peppers it with arpeggiating synths and childlike melodies (with help from vocalist Summer Soul). It is, much like its spiritual predecessor, alternately chillaxed and maximalist, calming and rousing.

Much as the music, everything about Mid-Air Thief oozes humility and privacy. There seems to have been no press push for this stuff outside of Korea. The artist has, consciously or not, resisted posting any photos. Most endearingly, the liner notes on Bandcamp include a passage that Google translates as: “I can master it with a cassette, and it sounds a bit strange, but it sounds good to my ears. Sidie is going to sell it at [Gimbab Records]. Have a nice day!”

Thankfully, this nice music made by this nice person (/nice people) has made it far beyond Gimbab Records. Stream Crumbling below, and click through to buy it on Bandcamp if you dig it.

무너지기 (Crumbling) by 공중도둑 (Mid-Air Thief)

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♫ Listen: 憂鬱 - “Aero”

I’m looking forward to the sincerity renaissance. When irony gets buried under some gravel and we go back to the flourishing, empathetic sounds of whatever falls north of new age. Some spontaneous takeoff is in order, billowing open chords thrown under the wings to keep afloat. Embracing that level of sincerity bordering on emotional catharsis with no fucks given is sort of in the atmosphere of “Aero”. No doubt, Yu-Utsu’s cirrus synthscaping is turbulent when passing through the lo-fi layers, rippling reverb bearing down on your skull like depressurization. But when you’re finally acclimated to the height, bless yourself…

and enjoy the flight.

ロゴ by 憂鬱

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