Extracurricular: Dean Wareham on the new LP by The Vacant Lots

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Guitars on Departure by Dean Wareham

Sonic Cathedral are releasing the new LP by The Vacant Lots next week. The album, Departure, features Dean Wareham on guitars on the track Tomorrow.

You can order the LP direct from Sonic Cathedral, or from all the usual suspects and initial copies from certain outlets will have a free bonus CD of singles, remixes and demos.

Buy Departure by The Vacant Lots from Amazon UK
Buy Departure by The Vacant Lots from Amazon US

The Vacant Lots are touring the UK from Saturday with The Brian Jonestown Massacre. They also play a launch event for the album on Monday at The Social in London.
http://youtu.be/OV00gx45z5sThe Vacant Lots - Departure poster

Extracurricular: Dean & Britta on new Chris Stroffolino 7″

Dean & Britta guest on Piano Van man Chris Stroffolino’s 7″ single being released on Munster Records:

Stroffolino recorded these tracks with Sundance award-winning director Jeff Feuerzeig (“The Devil and Daniel Johnston”) handling the production. Here he is accompanied by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips on the Alice Cooper version ‘I Never Cry’.

Here’s Dean & Britta performing Luna’s Lost in Space with Chris – this track isn’t on the single!

Extracurricular: Naomi Yang collaborates with Gary Graham on a video for Molly Drake’s Dream Your Dreams

Naomi Yang has collaborated with fashion designer Gary Graham and lighting and lighting designer Susanne Sasic on this beautiful video for Molly Drake’s Dream Your Dreams.

Inspired by the idea that Hope and Dreaming are potential evils and destructive forces, this film uses cut outs and print motifs from [Gary Graham's] Fall 2014 collection as characters to illustrate Molly Drake’s song “Dream Your Dreams.”

Molly Drake was singer-songwriter Nick Drake’s mother and Dream Your Dreams is from a collection of recordings made at the Drake family home in the 1950s and recently released by Squirrel Thing Recordings.

Extracurricular: Damon & Naomi round-up

A couple of news items that slipped me by last week.

Damon has written another piece for Pitchfork: The New Analog: How analog technologies aren’t just relics in today’s digital world but rather essential tools that can help us reconnect with our surroundings—and each other

Music has been at the forefront of the assault on analog, and perhaps it can point the way toward its survival as well. Looking at the way we interact with sound can help define a “post-digital analog,” which could solve problems for our digital communications on an even broader scale. And what better place to consider our relationship to analog and digital sound than the two points of audio contact we make with our smartphones all day: through our ears and through our voice.

Naomi has another video:

Short video I edited for fashion designer Gary Graham showing the hypnotic jacquard loom weaving the fabric for the coat Gary designed for the upcoming show “Folk Couture.”

And a reminder that Damon & Naomi’s Exact Change ezine is available for iPhones and iPads.

New release on Damon & Naomi’s 20-20-20 label

Kassin, slowly dreaming

Damon & Naomi have just announced the next record on their 20-20-20 label. The release will be by Brazillian musician Alexandre Kassin. The album, released under the name Kassin, is called Sonhando Devagar (which translates as Slowly Dreaming) and was originally released in Brazil in 2011. It is now getting its first release on vinyl and outside of Brazil.

Kassin’s first songwriting project since the +2’s, and his first proper solo release, is likewise a concept album: a set of songs about dreams. This is no routine mishmash of oneiric whimsy, however; Kassin’s unconscious turns out to be both lucid and precise. He dreams (and therefore sings) about eating zebra (“Natural World”) and bananas (“Potassium”); about losing cell phone signal (“Out of Service”) and his heart (“When You Are Dancing Samba”); about sex in a handicapped bathroom (“Gym Pants”), and the similarities between ice cream and bodily fluids (“Absorb You”). It is a journey as deadpan as it is surprising. And you can dance to the whole thing.

The album is available on LP through 20-20-20 and comes in a 3D gatefold sleeve (with a download code of course).