Mutual Benefit

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Jordan Lee has spent the last few years moving from Ohio to Austin to Boston, and most recently Brooklyn, running the wonderful Kassette Klub label, touring with friends’ groups, and leading an amorphous project called Mutual Benefit, a one-man-band or a sprawling collective, depending on where he is and who is around that day. After self-releasing two limited cassettes and playing scores of house shows, Lee completed his debut album, Love’s Crushing Diamond, a record of lush, watery, pop songs, pieced together over the past several years and inspired by the kinetic energy, goodbyes, and blurred landscapes of life on the road. The songs are heartfelt and powerful with Lee’s fragile and beautiful voice as the centerpiece, and the recordings are an instantly engaging blend of high and low fidelity, mixing lush studio productions, featuring keys, guitar, violin and banjo, with clattering homemade percussion and found sounds. While the album is certainly Lee’s brainchild, the recordings are very much a collaborative effort featuring contributions by friends and others met along the way.

News

Mutual Benefit Touring UK In May

2014-01-23
 
Having sold out their debut London performance two months in advance, Mutual Benefit have announced a short UK tour in May, including a 900 seat capacity headline show at London's Union Chapel. 

Shows:

20th May - Deaf Institute, Manchester - Tickets On Sale Now

21st May - Mono, Glasgow - Tickets On Sale Now

22nd May - Brudenell, Leeds - Tickets On Sale Now

23rd May - Union Chapel, London - Tickets On Sale Now



Love's Crushing Diamond is out now in the UK and Europe:

Amazon - http://smarturl.it/MutualBenefitAmazon
iTunes - http://smarturl.it/MutualBenefit
Rough Trade - http://www.roughtrade.com/albums/78341
Rise - http://smarturl.it/mutualbenefitrise

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'The Space Project' Collection on Lefse Records

2014-01-22


Listen to "Worms" by Youth Lagoon above.

Last Thanksgiving, Matt Halverson, who runs the Portland-based label Lefse Records, was talking with his brother in law, Exogenesis President and Chief Scientist Sean Anklam, who described a trove of recordings the NASA-launched Voyager space probes had made in the outer solar system. Halverson, the Walter White to Anklam’s Hank Schrader, was overtaken by an idea: to commission imaginative artists to create songs and soundscapes out of the Voyager recordings. The interest among musicians—including , Spiritualized, Beach House, The Antlers, Mutual Benefit, Blues Control and others—was overwhelming. Lefse will release the resulting album, entitled Space Project, on April 19, Record Store Day. It will be available on vinyl, CD, and as a 7” box set.

The audio tracks that form the raw material for Space Project were recorded by the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes that NASA launched in 1977 and still uses to study the outer solar system. The satellites carry numerous instruments fine-tuned to record in different portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. The “sounds” recorded by the Voyager probes aren’t sounds in the conventional sense; rather, they are electromagnetic radiation fluctuations in the magnetosphere of the planets, moons and large asteroids the Voyager probes traveled near. Each celestial body is composed of different elements, has its own size and mass, and therefore sounds unique.

Space Project Track Listing

Jupiter:
A: Porcelain Raft, “Giove”
B: The Antlers, “Jupiter”

Miranda
A: Mutual Benefit, “Terraform”
B: Anna Meredith, “Miranda”

Neptune
A: Spiritualized “Mississippi Space Program,” “Always Together With You (The Bridge Song)”
B. The Holydrug Couple, “Amphitrites Lost”

Rings of Uranus
A: Youth Lagoon, “Worms”
B:  Blues Control, “Blues Danube”

Saturn
A: Beach House, “Saturn Song”
B: Zomes, “Moonlet”

Earth
A: Absolutely Free, “EARTH I”
B: Jesu, “Song of Earth”

Io
A: Benoit & Sergio, “Long Neglected Words”
B: Larry Gus, “Sphere of Io (For Georg Cantor)”

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New Releases: 01/14/2014

2014-01-14

 

Self's "Subliminal Plastic Motives" is available now.

CD
Vinyl
Digital
iTunes
Amazon

Mutual Benefit "Love's Crushing Diamond" is now available in Europe. 
European buy links below.

Amazon
iTunes
Rough Trade
Rise

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New Releases: 1/7/2014

2014-01-07

 

Mutual Benefit "Love's Crushing Diamond"
Now available on vinyl!
CD
LP
iTunes

Leo Welch "Sabougla Voices"
CD
LP
iTunes

Bobby Bare Jr. "Shame On Me"
7"

Louisiana Red "Dead Stray Dog"
CD
iTunes

Roosevelt Sykes "Music Is My Business"
CD
iTunes

John Lee Hooker "Alone"
CD
iTunes Vol.1 
iTunes Vol.2


Alec Seward "Late One Saturday Evening"
CD
iTunes

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On Tour Now

  • 3 Sep
    Strange Matter
    Richmond, VA
  • 5 Sep
    The Mothlight
    Asheville, NC
  • 6 Sep
    Atlanta, GA
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    Oxford, MS
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    Birmingham, AL
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    Rock & Roll Hotel
    Washington, DC
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    New York, NY
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    Cambridge, MA
  • 19 Sep
    Ukrainian Federation
    Quebec, Canada
  • 20 Sep
    Lee's Palace
    Toronto, Canada
  • 22 Sep
    Crofoot Ballroom - Pike Room
    Pontiac, MI
  • 23 Sep
    Cleveland, OH
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    Columbus, OH
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    Cincinnati, OH
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    The Frequency
    Madison, WI
  • 1 Oct
    7th St Entry
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    Denver, CO
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    Casbah
    Charlotte, NC
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    Los Angeles, CA
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    Santa Ana, CA
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    Club Congress
    Tucson, AZ
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    Red 7
    Austin, TX
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    Dallas, TX
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    Main Site Contemporary Art
    Norman, OK
  • 25 Oct
    Czar Bar
    Kansas City, MO
  • 27 Oct
    The Luminary Center for the Arts
    St. Louis, MO
  • 28 Oct
    Louisville, KY
  • 30 Oct
    Pittsburgh, PA