(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)
The cinematography of this live shoot is perfection, and you can really feel it from the gorgeous stills that come out (see below). So psyched to finally be catching Tennis live after following them since their triple decker debut across two 7”s and a cassette back in ‘10. Anyways, I’ll be at the Pearl St. Northampton show, hope to catch anyone there.
Tennis - Ritual in Repeat LP on 180g vinyl just started shipping this week of September 9th, and is available here to order. Definitely and definitively in my top 2014 albums, as its been on constant rotation for the past two weeks already :)
I’m going to leave you with something very special to me: our live video for Bad Girls. A long-standing and probably excessive fascination with David Lynch led its creation. I wanted a performance that was completely live but felt fake; a hat tip to the bizarre yet lovely performance of “Just You And I” from Twin Peaks. I love the melodrama in contrast with the blandness of a suburban living room. My dear friend Tiffany Meese provided backing vocals, and the lovely Kristy Koopman teased our hair to sufficiently ridiculous heights. —xx, Alaina
New Grouper track from the album Ruins, available 10/31
Love everything Grouper, but I’ve definitely been appreciating the more vocal orientated direction her later work has been taking. This sounds like perfection to my ears.
“Recorded pretty simply, with a portable 4-track, Sony stereo mic and an upright piano. When I wasnʼt recording songs I was hiking several miles to the beach. The path wound through the ruins of several old estates and a small village.
The album is a document. A nod to that daily walk. Failed structures. Living in the remains of love. I left the songs the way they came (microwave beep from when power went out after a storm); I hope that the album bears some resemblance to the place that I was in.” —Liz Harris on Ruins
RUINS, GROUPER, 10/31/14, KRANK189/GR-014. Two versions—Kranky, and self/YELLOWELECTRIC (print edition, x 500; letterpressed, insert, CD of a thunder storm field recording taken at residency; not taking orders for this yet.)