Friday Music News

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  • Phil Everum’s Mount Eerie project has already released one album this year (May’s Clear Moon), but he’ll keep this momentum going well into the latter half of the year with the release of a second LP and an extensive tour. The album, Ocean Roar, is due on September 4th through P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd and he’ll be on tour all the way through October, including two stops in Portland (Mississippi Studios on August 27th and Backspace on October 11th) and two in Washington (Rochester on August 25th and Olympia on September 2nd.) See Ocean Roar‘s tracklisting and art over at Consequence of Sound and listen to the title track below.

  • It’s never a dull moment when you’re Ariel Pink, so getting hit with a lawsuit might be seem like another Friday to the lo-fi musician. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti has been sued by former drummer Aaron Sperske, who claims to have been forced out of an oral partnership formed by the band - Pink, Sperske, Tim Koh, Kenny Gilmore, and Cole M. Grief-Neiil - in 2008. (The latter left the partnership of his own accord in 2010.) Sperske is claiming to be entitled to 25% profits of royalties from the band’s forthcoming Mature Themes album and future shows. Pink has yet to comment, but the whole lawsuit can be read here.

  • With only a few days to go before Animal Collective streams their forthcoming album, Centipede Hz, the Baltimore quartet have released a video for the album’s first single “Today’s Supernatural” and it’s a doozie. Cutting between a singing clown and a guy wearing a Chinese-dragon-style brain helmet on a dune buggy being chased by floating arms that club him whenever they catch up to him. (No, that doesn’t make any more sense when you watch it.) If your day hasn’t been weird enough, watch the video below.

  • After chilling with Grizzly Bear and Santigold earlier this week, Stephen Colbert finished off coverage of the StePhest Colbchella ’012 RocktAugustfest music festival with an evening with the Flaming Lips. (Because, would it really be a music festival without the Flaming Lips?) The band ripped through the Heady Fwends track “Ashes in the Air”, classic “Do You Realize?”, and a tune called “Drug Chart” that was featured in the gummy skull-encased USB drive the band sold last year. Yet somehow, things only got weirder when Colbert sat down with Wayne Coyne. Watch video of all three songs and the interview over at Colbert’s website.
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