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35 Conferette adds Cut Chemist, John Grant, Esben & the With and of course more

11 Jan

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s TUESDAY! Yes, Tuesday, the day when our local “little  festival that could” rolls out even more bands and, well, today’s list is heavy with acclaim as MOJO’s Album of the Year holder John Grant jumps on board the fest. Full Press release as follows.

DENTON, Texas (January 11, 2011) –35Conferette is elated to announce ten more acts will join the festival’s line-up, including former Czars’ frontman John Grant and hero remixer Cut Chemist. A richly diverse roster, touting the likes of Mavis Staples, Outkast’s Big Boi and Dr. Dog, is scheduled to take over downtown Denton, Texas March 10-13.

Four-day wristbands via Prekindle.comare available for $85 for a limited time.

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Denver-based singer-songwriter John Grant will make a stop in Denton betwixt U.S. and Europe tours, riding the waves produced by his debut solo album Queen of Denmark—which was recorded with Denton’s own Midlake as his backing band. Enjoying a joyous reception in the U.K., and even performing on Later with Jools Holland, the mercurial artist has risen from the ashes of the defunct Czars with his album full of “contemplative epics, works of slow-burn grandeur played on piano and woodwind, pitched somewhere close to perfection by Grant’s aching baritone.” – The Independent

Credited as one of rap outfit Jurassic 5’s founding members, Cut Chemist has been present in the hip-hop community for over 20 years, and has collaborated with fellow mixtaper and remixer DJ Shadow. Currently crafting his sophomore album, the Chemist released two cross-genre tracks for free download on the eve of 2011 on his new Sound Cloud profile.

Seven groups join John Grant and Cut Chemist in today’s announcement:

-Matador’s haunting English psych-rock trio, Esben and the Witch

-Newgrass artist the David Mayfield Parade from Kent, Ohio

-New York’s darkly disturbing folk metal band O’Death

-Seattle’s soulful indie-folk group Ivan and Alyosha

-Baltimore-based electro-pop artist Adventure, ranging from chiptunes to disco theatrics, of Carpark Records

-Texas’ gritty roots blues one-man-phenomenon Possessed by Paul James

-Seattle transplant singer-songwriter Mansions

2010’s event in Denton saw the North American debut of Australia’s The Middle East [Brooklyn Vegan], a keynote address by seminal punk icon Steve Albini, and a free outdoor show featuring The Flaming Lips with Denton’s Midlake supporting that earned the number one spot on the Dallas Observer’s DC9 At Night-penned Best Shows of 2010 list.

Eleven venues were used for regular programming and about 225 bands from Denton [Best Music Scene, Paste, 2008] to Dublin were on the lineup, deemed a “scorcher” by the Austin American-Statesman. An estimated 20,000 people attended over the weekend.

35 Conferette is committed to improving the economics and quality of life in Denton. We reach for these goals via programmatical rocksploitation, rousing community union, and providing meaningful travel coupon codes.

Word is wristband prices will change soon, so uh, get on that. Also, after the jump check out the full line up.

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35 Conferette adds Dr. Dog, Dan Deacon, White Denim, Big Freedia, Mother Falcon, COOLRUNNINGS and more

7 Dec

 

Word just came that the little Denton festival that could (not our words) has landed themselves a little coup as they added Philadelphia garage-pysch rockers Dr. Dog to the lineup along with Dan Deacon, White Denim, Big Freedia, COOLRUNNINGS and more. Check out the full Press release below.

DENTON, Texas (December 7, 2010) — 35 Conferette welcomes a feast of standout performers — Dr. Dog, Big Freedia, and Dan Deacon — to its 2011 roster today. Accordingly, we’re passing on the first-graf-lede introduction and providing one for each headliner that will join Mavis Staples, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Reggie Watts and many more in Denton, the other, smaller music town in Texas, March 10-13, 2011.

 

 

Presale tickets for 35 Conferette via Prekindle.com are available at a discounted price of $70 for a very limited time.

 

Dr. Dog, a long-beloved Philadelphia psych-rock collective formed in 1999, toured with the likes of Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and the Raconteurs before singing to Anti-Records. The “distinctive mix of exuberance and melan-cholia” [Spin] that is 2010’s Shame, Shame totes the single “Where’d All the Time Go,” which you may have heard if you’ve flipped on your music-formatted public radio station in the last hour. Paste hails the track for its “mellotron undulating like high tide, a wave of backing harmony and a set of quick guitar licks, all playing like a Pet Sounds B-side.”

 

Queen Diva of Bounce and ringmaster of the New York Times Magazine-profiled sissy movement, Big Freedia explodes rooms and expectations as the liberator of crowds. From her native New Orleans outward, Freedia has drawn attention to the power of cross-dressing/transgender-aware sissy bounce’s detachment from traditionally narrow attitudes in mainstream hip-hop. She has shared stages and bills with Spank Rock, De la Soul, and 35 Conferette-mates Japanther among others.

 

Dan Deacon’s connective, accessibly artful spirit has been known to send him to the floor, level with his audience. The absurdist composer and electronic musician has performed alone and with a 15-piece orchestra in spaces like the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and at the Montreal Pop Festival and Bumbershoot among others. In an attempt to qualify the anticipation for Deacon’s 2009 community-themed record BromstPitchforkexplains how he “creates a dense rush of sound and then guides it through changes as broad as mountains, these shifts that slide together like blocks and burrow straight into some basic pleasure center deep in the gut of the western scale.”

 

White DenimMondo DragHousesCoolrunnings , and Mother Falcon have also joined the lineup.

 

2010’s event in Denton saw the North American debut of Australia’s The Middle East [Brooklyn Vegan], a keynote address by seminal punk icon Steve Albini, and a free outdoor show featuring The Flaming Lips with Denton’s Midlake supporting. Eleven venues were used for regular programming and about 225 bands from Denton [Best Music Scene, Paste, 2008] to Dublin were on the lineup, deemed a “scorcher” by the Austin American-Statesman. An estimated 20,000 people attended over the weekend.

 

35 Conferette is committed to improving the economics and quality of life in Denton. We reach for these goals via programmatical rocksploitation, rousing community union, and providing meaningful travel coupon codes. Follow us onTwitter, like us on Facebook, and check 35Conferette.com soon for news and updates.

 

Expect more from the fest in the coming weeks.

 

35 Conferette adds Jessica Lea Mayfield, Reading Rainbow, Davila 666, Nite Jewel and more

2 Dec

I’m telling you people we’re almost psychic. Yesterday we posted a video of Ohio’s Jessica Lea Mayfield, and then a few minutes ago 35 Conferette went ahead and announced Stereogum’s number 27 most anticipated album holder would be performing. Add in current Pitchfork darlings Reading Rainbow and our personal favorite Nite Jewel and we can’t help but be overtly excited for this fest. Check out the full release.

(Ed. note: We are not psychic. We knew this was coming.)

DENTON, Texas (December 2, 2010) — 35 Conferette welcomes Nonesuch Records darling Jessica Lea Mayfield to the lineup for 2011. The 21-year-old singer-songwriter will appear at the festival, March 10-13, supporting Tell Me, her sophomore album produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys slated for release  February 8th.

A Place to Bury Strangers, who hold the unofficial yet potently true title of “loudest band in New York,” emerging bedroom fuzz-pop duo Reading Rainbow, and Davila 666 of San Juan, Puerto Rico, known for theatrical, interactive sets involving exotic dancers, are also confirmed to perform. Other breakout acts and sonic craftspeople recently announced to play 35 include The MumlersPterodactylFranz NicolayDavid Dondero, and Nite Jewel.

Presale tickets for 35 Conferette via Prekindle.com are available at a discounted price of $70 for a very limited time. The festival NPR’s Texas Music Matters deemed “the little conference that could” has already confirmed Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples, whose recent record You Are Not Alone was announcedas a Grammy contender for best Americana album last night, T-Bone Burnett protegees The Secret Sisters, comedian/musician Reggie Watts, neo-psych bandRoyal Bangs, art-rock duo Japanther, and indie-folk artist Damien Jurado in its earliest announcements regarding the 4-day event programmed in the heart of Denton, Texas’ central business district.

As a 15-year-old in Kent, Ohio, Mayfield made her first EP, White Lies, in her big brother’s bedroom. They printed just 100 copies, one of which fell into the hands of Auerbach, a fellow Ohian. The first fruit of a collaborative bond between the budding artist and the new-bluesman stewed for two years in Auerbach’s home studio: Mayfield’s debut full-length, 2008’s With Blashphemy So Heartfelt.

Pitchfork stamped the record with a score of 8.2, deeming it “fascinating and endlessly listenable.”

Tell Me is available for pre-order. You can download the first single here.

2010’s event in Denton saw the North American debut of Australia’s The Middle East [Brooklyn Vegan], a keynote address by seminal punk icon Steve Albini, and a free outdoor show featuring The Flaming Lips with Denton’s Midlake supporting. Eleven venues were used for regular programming and about 225 bands from Denton [Best Music Scene, Paste, 2008] to Dublin were on the  lineup, deemed a “scorcher” by the Austin American-Statesman. An estimated 20,000 people attended over the weekend.

35 Conferette is committed to improving the economics and quality of life in Denton. We reach for these goals via programmatical rocksploitation, rousing community union, and providing meaningful travel coupon codes. Follow us onTwitter, like us on Facebook, and check 35Confereette.com soon for news and updates.

Awesome, really simply awesome. the only thing they have to worry about is the potential riot they’ll have on their hands when the Denton male populace gets a sight of JLM’s drummer, it’ll be like when they first saw Stella from Warpaint all over again.

Update: Flowers of God

21 Sep

I have raved and raved about The Flowers of God this year, and it’s a lot of talk for a virtual one-man band with a handful of songs and no live shows (so far … ). But grab the new EP, In and Out of Love with the Flowers of God (which is, yes, something I’ve raved about) and I think you’ll get it. The EP is only $2, but after Sunday, September 26, the price will go up. Hell, I’d be willing to pay two bucks for “Tunnelvisionary” (featuring local songstress Sarah Jaffe) alone.

This is Awesome: Sufjan Stevens randomly releases an EP

20 Aug

We’re pretty sure we’ll never see the end of the 50 states project, and we wonder if we’ll ever get that collaboration he’s been working on with The National. We are, however, excited to see that Sufjan Steven’s went all Prince on us and dropped an EP without telling anyone.

Here’s the description via the download page:

All Delighted People is built around two different versions of Sufjan’s long-form epic ballad “All Delighted People,” a dramatic homage to the Apocalypse, existential ennui, and Paul Simon’s “Sounds of Silence.” Sounds delightful, yes! The song was originally workshopped on Sufjan’s previous tour in the fall of 2009. Other songs on the EP include the 17-minute guitar jam-for-single-mothers, “Djohariah,” and the gothic piano ballad “The Owl and the Tanager,” a live-show mainstay (and Debbie Downer if you ask us; what’s it doing on a “Delighted” EP?).

Raise Your Hands!

Alrighty then. Sounds interesting. And you could just stream it or pony up $5 to download it (holy shit he used Band Camp for this!). Completely up to you.

(Hat tip to the entire internet)

Bonus Track of the Day: Jesse Woods–Mind, Drips (Neon Indian cover)

28 Jul

ZOMG NEW NEON INDIAN!

From the Press Release

Psychic Chasms [sic], the debut full-length from Neon Indian, will be released as a newly mastered deluxe edition on CD and double Vinyl [sic] on September 28, 2010 and digitally on August 31 via FADER Label / Static Tongues.  The new version of the album, which is augmented by Mind Ctrl: Psychic Chasms Possessed, contains nine bonus tracks consisting of exclusive remixes and cover versions by Toro Y Moi, DNTEL, Bibio, Javelin, YACHT and more. The band will also tour this Fall [sic] with Prefuse 73 and Miniature Tigers, in addition to their previously announced headlining dates, and shows with Chromeo and Phoenix [sic].

Jesse Woods – Mind, Drips (Neon Indian cover)

Verdict: Wait … there are no synths. How are we supposed to dance to this? What do you mean it’s a cover? I demand Alan and his vest! Oh, it’s part of a bunch of covers and remixes coming with the album’s re-release? Awesome, sounds good. Now that I think about it, it’s kind of haunting and awesome. Hmm … maybe this album is gonna be worth picking up.