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loresrococo
05-06-2008, 11:59 AM
FINALLY! Here's the news we've all been waiting to hear (confirmed):

The Music Tapes release Music Tapes For Clouds and Tornadoes August 19th and announce Athens Popfest appearance

It's been nine years since First Imaginary Symphony for Nomad, the first album from The Music Tapes, was released on Merge. The Music Tapes is the recording and performance collective formed by Julian Koster. Julian is perhaps best known as the purveyor of the haunting sounds of the singing saws in Neutral Milk Hotel.

In recent years, Julian has hidden himself away concocting new games, inventing new band members, such as the Orbiting Human Circus Tapdancing Machine, and hosting an occasional magical gathering for those lucky enough to stumble upon his secret invitations.

He has also been working on a story album entitled 2nd Imaginary Symphony for Cloudmaking, narrated by Brian Dewan and accompanied by bowed banjos, singing saws and sound effects. Portions of the story were aired in early 2003 on WNYC in New York, and were met with great enthusiasm by Music Tapes fans longing for new material.

Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes spotlights Julian's songcraft and distinctive vocals, his almost religious devotion to the singing saw, and numerous contributions from other musicians in the Elephant 6 orbit. As on previous efforts, recording was done using an array of antique hardware, giving Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes a timeless, texturally rich sonic palette. It is the sound of Julian's world poking through the curtain surrounding objective reality. In his words, "I just find the imaginary more real than the physical. Magic, the way we find things beautiful, the light behind eyes, kindness, and how we want to serve and protect the things we care about - these things seem like the real foundation of the world to me. I hope that the songs on this record can be more than just postcards from a world, but an invitation to it, to anyone at all who may find such a place comforting and nice."

Julian, Static the Television, the 7 Foot Tall Metronome and a few human friends will perform at Athens Popfest on August 15, 2008, at the 40 Watt Club. This event will involve much more than just a rock show, so make your travel plans now!

lou2ser
05-06-2008, 12:07 PM
:)

wilson
05-06-2008, 12:08 PM
Decided not to link to the mp3 (http://www.mergerecords.com/audio/musictapes/musictapes_majesty.mp4) or video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpw5_A7s6lM)? :D

wilson
05-06-2008, 12:13 PM
Julian, Static the Television, the 7 Foot Tall Metronome and a few human friends will perform at Athens Popfest on August 15, 2008, at the 40 Watt Club. This event will involve much more than just a rock show, so make your travel plans now!

Also: Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy

el topo
05-06-2008, 01:02 PM
Yeah, I just saw this newsletter and was floored. I also posted the MP4 and video at OA.

http://opticalatlas.com/?p=1263

tralala
05-06-2008, 01:48 PM
WOW my day sucked until this! hooray!!!!

Harnk
05-06-2008, 02:27 PM
will this be the same thing I heard on NPR with the story that wouldn't sound out of place following an episode of Davey and Goliath?

lou2ser
05-06-2008, 02:30 PM
will this be the same thing I heard on NPR with the story that wouldn't sound out of place following an episode of Davey and Goliath?

Don't think so. The video and song sound much more like the 1st album and the 7"s.

Soma
05-06-2008, 02:32 PM
I love the song! I simply can't wait...

thekingisdead
05-06-2008, 03:16 PM
HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT


best news i've had in several years.

plex
05-06-2008, 05:26 PM
am i awake right now?
I think i made the perfect decision to make this year the year i actually go to popfest...

BigBlackSmoke
05-06-2008, 07:39 PM
finally..I really almost stopped caring, until today when I lent 1st imaginary symphony to my girlfriend, and all of a sudden it was back in my head. my prayers have been answered, and only a mere 3 hours later.

BigBlackSmoke
05-06-2008, 07:46 PM
love the new songs too

Code_J
05-06-2008, 08:17 PM
holy





i am unbelievably excited.

rogersbowne
05-06-2008, 08:47 PM
Any date given?

lou2ser
05-06-2008, 09:47 PM
Any date given?



The Music Tapes release Music Tapes For Clouds and Tornadoes August 19th

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lou2ser
05-06-2008, 09:47 PM
Where have I seen that framed picture being worn outside?

A.M. Thomas
05-06-2008, 11:29 PM
Very exciting!

A.M. Thomas
05-06-2008, 11:52 PM
A question: Is Nesey Gallons another one of Julian Koster's personalities?

I think maybe.

sashwap
05-07-2008, 05:33 AM
best news (and new songs) in a long time.

el topo
05-07-2008, 07:43 AM
A question: Is Nesey Gallons another one of Julian Koster's personalities?

I think maybe.

No, it's a friend of Julian's, though Julian has collaborated with him.

So did the August 19 date just appear, or was it there yesterday and I completely missed it?

rogersbowne
05-07-2008, 07:44 AM
No, it's a friend of Julian's, though Julian has collaborated with him.

So did the August 19 date just appear, or was it there yesterday and I completely missed it?

I didn't see a date before Lou2ser showed it.

lou2ser
05-07-2008, 07:50 AM
No, it's a friend of Julian's, though Julian has collaborated with him.

So did the August 19 date just appear, or was it there yesterday and I completely missed it?

You missed it in your excitement. Hopefully we'll be able to pick up the new album at Popfest

el topo
05-07-2008, 08:14 AM
Hopefully!

grantly
05-07-2008, 08:20 AM
A question: Is Nesey Gallons another one of Julian Koster's personalities?

I think maybe.

No, Nesey is a very dear friend of Mr. Koster's.

sashwap
05-07-2008, 08:21 AM
these new songs are SO GREAT. maybe my friends will actually like this album.

that horn breakdown in "minister of longitude" is straight-up neutral milk hotel. wow. think jeff is drumming there?

wilson
05-07-2008, 11:42 AM
Hopefully we'll be able to pick up the new album at Popfest

I believe The Plan is to have it at Popfest, yep. We will see how closely life goes with The Plan.

wingedfeetxc
05-07-2008, 03:13 PM
Consider me uber-excited. The world needs more Music Tapes. The new stuff sounds fantastic too.

lou2ser
05-07-2008, 03:34 PM
think jeff is drumming there?

The video has old footage of Eric Harris drumming.

Other things I've noticed:
We get a closeup of the mice from the latest entry on www.orbitinghumancircus.org
Much of the live footage is available here in complete form: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1117026603010123518 and http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5151184829011157549

Wilson, Any chance of getting us a non-youtube version of the video?

tsuxiit
05-07-2008, 05:31 PM
Awesome! I had high hopes for 2008!

sashwap
05-07-2008, 05:58 PM
The video has old footage of Eric Harris drumming.


i was actually was pondering if jeff was drumming on the new song. it sounded on avery island-esque to me.

wilson
05-08-2008, 07:17 AM
Wilson, Any chance of getting us a non-youtube version of the video?

I've got good quality compressed mp4v for ipod/zune video watching. I'm just waiting an official "okay!" before sending it along

lou2ser
05-08-2008, 07:37 AM
I've got good quality compressed mp4v for ipod/zune video watching. I'm just waiting an official "okay!" before sending it along

I was hoping for Blu-Ray, but that should work. Thanks!

wilson
05-08-2008, 07:39 AM
I'm uploading it to the e6live ftp video section right now--should be done in about 5 minutes, if you'll take it from there!

lou2ser
05-08-2008, 07:47 AM
Moved to a safe directory:

http://e6live.com/video/musictapes/

lou2ser
05-08-2008, 10:07 AM
Audio rip of the video

http://e6live.com/music/musictapes/The%20Music%20Tapes%20-%20Minister%20of%20Longitude.mp3

A.M. Thomas
05-08-2008, 12:56 PM
These new songs are just fantastic!

robonuckket!
06-05-2008, 07:15 AM
Ahh! My friends and I were debating on going to popfest, and well, now we have our answer.
This is very exciting news, of course.

Aqualad
06-05-2008, 04:49 PM
wow. I'm considering going to popfest now.

keithblock
07-04-2008, 02:26 AM
Is that Brian Dewan from Drink Me?

BigBlackSmoke
07-04-2008, 12:22 PM
Im just really excited to have a return to the elephant 6 I fell in love with a few years ago. this album is going to bring back so many memories for me. thank you julian. I cant wait.

Dihnekis
07-06-2008, 09:43 AM
Very cool, I think I will have to come to Popfest.