Steve Hauschildt to Release Dissolvi

Since 2011, former Emeralds member Steve Hauschildt has quietly been releasing some of the most innovative electronic and ambient music around. After releasing four full lengths for the Kranky label, Hauschildt will release his debut for Ghostly International on August 3rd. Dissolvi follows 2016's superb Strands and was recorded in Chicago and New York. A preview of "Saccade" is available above. The track pairs Hauschildt with Julianna Barwick. Barwick's voice is perfect for Hauschildt's music, so it is no surprise this is a winning combination. As indicated by the tweet below, fans will be pleased to know that Hauschildt is still working with former Emeralds member John Elliott on what sounds like a massive overhaul of the beloved group's catalogue.

Marissa Nadler Reveals For My Crimes

Sacred Bones will release Marissa Nadler's new album For My Crimes on September 28th. The follow-up to 2016's Strangers is Nadler's third full length for Sacred Bones and eighth overall. For My Crimes was co-produced by Justin Raisen and Lawrence Rothman and features contributions from Angel Olsen, Mary Lattimore, and Sharon Van Etten. That is an impressive supporting cast. Preview the album's title track, which features backing vocals from Olsen. Nadler will open several U.S. shows for The Decemberists in October before heading out on a European tour this Fall.

Photo courtesy of Ebru Yildiz

Crooked Fingers' Red Devil Dawn Comes to Vinyl

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This may be controversial with Archers Of Loaf fans, but I am tempted to argue that Red Devil Dawn is Eric Bachmann's crowning achievement. Songs such as "Carrion Doves" are among the very best songs Bachmann has written. Released in 2003, Red Devil Dawn was the third release under Bachmann's Crooked Fingers moniker. Red Devil Dawn was never released on vinyl, but on June 29th, that will change thanks to Merge Records. This release features new artwork and also comes with a bonus download of demo recordings. In addition to the standard black pressing, a limited edition pressing on red vinyl is also available directly from Merge.

Bachmann is also preparing to release a follow-up to 2016's self-titled effort that was issued under his own name. The album features appearances from Bachmann's Archers Of Loaf bandmate Eric Johnson in addition to Avery Leigh Draut and Liz Durrett. No word on a title or release date yet, but Merge will handle the release duties once again. I should also mention that there is an excellent version of "Sleep All Summer" on the new Neko Case album, Hell-On. Case and Bachmann duet on the track, which first appeared on Crooked Fingers' 2005 release, Dignity and Shame.

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Lange

Update - 6/26/18: Shortly after this post was made, Merge announced that Bachmann's new album is called No Recover and will be released on September 7th. Preview the title track below:

John Lurie Returns as Marvin Pontiac

In recent years, John Lurie has been known more for his artwork and entertaining Twitter feed than his music career. An ongoing battle with Lyme disease has kept the former Lounge Lizards leader sidelined. In fact, his last formal release was 1999's The Legendary Marvin Pontiac. That changed on Friday when Lurie emerged with a brief statement announcing a new digital release:

The Asylum Tapes marks the return of Lurie's Marvin Pontiac alias. Lurie sings on the album and his stream-of-consciousness style is a direct compliment to his artwork. Pontiac is a fictitious, deceased mental patient that Lurie cultivated and even went as far to write a full biography for:

Marvin Pontiac was hit and killed by a bus in June 1977 ending the life of one of the most enigmatic geniuses of modern music. He was born in 1932, the son of an African father from Mali and a white Jewish mother from New Rochelle, New York. The father’s original last name was Toure but he changed it to Pontiac when the family moved to Detroit, believing it to be a conventional American name.

According to later tweets by Lurie, there are no plans for a physical release for The Asylum Tapes or any live appearances, but it sure is great to have him active in the music realm again.

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Grouper Releases Lost Track from Ruins

In light of recent threats from our incompetent President to ban members of the transgender community from serving in the military, Bandcamp has announced that they will donate 100% of their profits today to the Transgender Law Center. A long list of record labels and artists have announced that they will do the same. In honor of this event, Liz Harris of Grouper has published "Children," an unreleased track from 2014's Ruins. All of today's profits from the track will be donated to the three charities that Harris has included in her description below.

Towards the end of making RUINS I wrote a song that never made it onto the album. Though it felt aesthetically similar, something about the content and energy felt distinct in a way that didn’t fit the rest of the music. I pushed it away, unsure what to do with it, and eventually forgot I’d recorded it. This year, amidst chaotic and painful political times, while working on another project, it reemerged and made more sense.

I will be donating all the proceeds for the next 24 hours to Silvia Rivera Law Center, Transgender Law Center and Trans Assistance Project.
— Liz Harris

Image courtesy of Grouper Bandcamp