Autechre announce L-event EP, because downtime is an outdated concept

Autechre announce L-event EP, because downtime is an outdated concept

Ugh. Fine, since nobody else seems to want to cover this totally worthwhile (no sarcasm) news, I guess I’ll do the nice thing here and take the reigns, despite the fact that coverage serves as a personal reminder of my hopelessly delayed schedule of music-listening. Autechre’s massive double album Exai saw its release earlier this year, to much critical acclaim. Elaborate beyond that, I wish I could, but I’m still trying to determine the philosophical depth of Ace of Base’s “The Sign” while wearing a flannel shirt and jean shorts. The legendary electronic duo’s prolificacy — referring to Autechre now — avoids surprise among the acquainted, and just as appreciated is their surgically-attached relationship with Warp. Twenty years on, and the bed’s still shaking on the regular.

Following up on and serving as an extension to the already lengthy Exai, Autechre have announced new EP L-event, out October 29 on…. Check out the neat packaging here. You might be able to stream the entire thing here.

Justifying my earlier lack of elaboration, an epiphany: it’s gotten to the point where Autechre don’t need journalistic elaboration. Their legend has been established, and their style of music, reliable and reliably innovative. For lack of a better analogy, they’re like your favorite obscure alcoholic beverage, for which the formula may change slightly, but never enough to prevent you from getting classily inebriated whenever the situation warrants. You know what to expect — oh yes, liquid deliciousness.

L-event tracklisting:

01. tac Lacora
02. M39 Diffain
03. Osla for n
04. newbound

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Noveller announces dreamy new full-length No Dreams, out next week on Important Records

Sarah Lipstate and her guitar have agreed to polyamory, though it’s only the former who’s taking advantage, because guitars don’t have brains and can’t actively seek out different hands. Meanwhile, despite offering her own description of Noveller as a “solo electric guitar project,” her newest album No Dreams promises the extra-utilization of synths, “pulsing throbs of electronic beats,” and “haunting piano,” all the while maintaining her distinct sound of… something not quite drone (in my opinion), but we’ll call it drone, because genre pigeonholing is the name of the game, sir/madam!

Her name might be relatively new, but in terms of accomplishment, Noveller is inching in on veteran territory. No Dreams, set for release October 22 via the humbly named Important Records, is her sixth full-length album, and it supplements the film scoring and film producing that Lipstate does under her own name. So the story goes, it was her collaborative film score work with Nathan Larson that inspired the incorporation of new elements on Noveller’s new album. Listen to some of that film score work over here, and frowningly tilt your head as you wonder why we haven’t heard more of this lovely piano playing until now, apparently.

Eh, I guess this is a tolerable explanation:

For me, that’s really exciting, as well, combining these different elements. But guitar is still the instrument that fascinates me the most. There’s so much you can do, and even if there are a million people out there playing it, or even if every sound that’s possible has been created, for me, there’s still things I find that keep me in love with this instrument. I think there’s a lot more to explore.

No Dreams tracklisting:

01. Fighting Sleep
02. Mannahatta
03. No Dreams
04. Purchase
05. Gathering the Elements
06. Rue de Montmorency
07. The Fright
08. Outro

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RIP: Jan Kuehnemund, founder of female metal band Vixen

From Vixen’s official website:

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Vixen founder and lead guitarist, Jan Kuehnemund, who lost a fierce battle with cancer on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Though most well known for her gifted guitar playing and other musical talents, Jan was a rare friend and beautiful in every sense of the word. Humble, thoughtful, loyal and kind, she was the most gracious of women, possessing the quiet strength of a true warrior. She genuinely loved and appreciated her friends and fans more than most could ever know. Those who were most fortunate to have known her and loved her are heartbroken at the loss of Jan, whose spirit will shine through her music eternally.

Jan was very courageous. Never complained. Never gave up. The cancer beat her body but it NEVER broke her spirit at any point. Up until the actual moment that she died, she really believed she was going back home.

Jan… you will be missed.. but never forgotten.

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Dais Records plans new COUM Transmissions (pre-Throbbing Gristle) release Home Aged & the 18 Month Hope, because that coum ain’t gonna transmit itself

Way back in 1969, Led Zeppelin released their first album, Wes Anderson got ejected from a uterus, and Sesame Street had its television debut. As years go, it was pretty alright, except, of course, for the fact that nobody was really transmitting any coum. Zero coum transmitted. Zilch. Genesis P-Orridge took note of that fact, and late in the year, s/he founded the group COUM Transmissions while at school in Hull, Yorkshire. From there s/he set about transmitting all the coum that was humanly possible (not as gross as it sounds, I promise!) Between 1969 and 1976, with a rotating membership including John Shapiro, Cosey Fanni Tutti, and Spydeee Gasmantell, COUM Transmissions completed various tasks related to the effective transmission of coum, including being generally confrontational, making some pretty cool music, and opening for Hawkwind. In 1976, having deemed the amount of coum transmitted adequate, P-Orridge formed Throbbing Gristle alongside fellow members of COUM Transmissions.

Flash forward a whole bunch of years and everybody’s all ga-ga about Throbbing Gristle but about half of them are like “COUM Transmissions who?” because, turns out P-Orridge et. al. totally forgot to convert all the recordings they made way-back-when into MP3s, because, surprisingly, MP3s were not a thing in the 70s. But never fear, the kind folks at Dais Records have arrived to save the day! Back in 2009 they began what they said would be an ongoing process of making COUM Transmissions recordings a bit more widely available with The Sound of Porridge Bubbling, followed by Sugarmorphoses in 2011. Now they’re planning yet another release, which is entitled Home Aged & the 18 Month Hope. Out October 29, it collects material from between 1971 and 1975, and includes everything from live performances to poetry readings to radio interviews. It’s even got audio from that time the group played with Hawkwind! It’s limited to 1000 copies, so, in my professional opinion, you should hop on that preorder train yesterday.

Home Aged & the 18 Month Hope tracklisting:

01. Interview with Genesis P-Orridge on Arena Radio Humberside by Jim Hawkins for Fanfare Arts Festival, January 6, 1973
02. Doo Dah (Excerpt)
03. Prescott & Williams 1932
04. Edna and the Great Surfers in St. Georges Hall, Bradford, October 22, 1971
05. Cement Men - My Granny Goes Grave Digging
06. 18 Month Hope
07. Home Aged
08. Genesis P-Orridge talks with David Mayor at 5 Beck Road

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Zacht Automaat announce new LP on Calico Corp., remain unaware their band name sounds like a Final Fantasy character

Let’s cut the crap: what’s the best Final Fantasy game? I’m liable to say it’s Final Fantasy VI, but I still have very fond memories of Final Fantasy VII. Then again, I played Final Fantasy V for the first time a few years back, and, I have to say, the job system in that one is very rewarding. Huh, what’s that? Tiny Mix Tapes isn’t a Final Fantasy fansite? I’ve been writing here for four years, I should know that? Okay, I see your point, but I’m reading a press release for Zacht Automaat, who I am fairly certain is a Final Fantasy character. Oh, turns out they’re an avant-rock duo from Toronto? Well. That puts a damper on how the rest of this story was going to play out, namely the poll about which Final Fantasy protagonist is the dreamiest. A: Cecil Harvey.

Zacht “We Are Not a Final Fantasy Character” Automaat have put together an imposing discography, numbering 11 albums in the past three years. To wrangle this massive pool of material — much like wrangling Chocobos in the Final Fantasy VII minigame — Calico Corp. has released a self-titled double LP from the band, compiling many of the best moments from their records. The album is out now in digital format, as well as in limited-edition vinyl consisting of 333 hand-numbered copies. Check out a commercial for the record or skip all that and just listen to a stream of it on Calico Corp’s Bandcamp. If that makes you want to listen to the rest of Zacht Automaat’s records, all of them are available on their Bandcamp page for free.

Anyway, best Final Fantasy game? Let’s talk.

Zacht Automaat tracklist:

01. Ancaster Heights
02. We’re Glad You Agree
03. Don’t Worry It Will Be Fine
04. Untitled 1
05. Lost in the Peak District
06. Disturbed Ground
07. Voyage 4
08. Voyage 5
09. Voyage 6
10. Long, Long, Long
11. The Smiling Wilderness
12. A Celestial Event
13. A Trip to See McLean on Holiday pts. I, II & III
14. Room B10
15. Reprise Surprise / Brief Resolution
16. Museum Robbery Pts. II, III & IV
17. The Green Hills of Earth
18. Tim’s Vox
19. There’s Nobody Home
20. Untitled 2
21. Close the Gate
22. Untitled 3
23. Triumphant Bridge
24. Special Dinner
25. George Martin Bit
26. Malnutrition
27. For Mark Robots / A Passing Phase

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• Calico Corp.:

Ramones box set comprising their first six albums is coming this month to save punk rock for the fifth time!

Man, I don’t know if you’ve ever done it (because why would you?) but, let me tell you: lots of dumb shit happens when you Google “The Ramones.”

One thing that happens that isn’t so dumb, however, is that you end up learning (not much, but some stuff) about RAMONES: THE SIRE YEARS (1976-1981), a new box set arriving October 29 from Rhino Entertainment that collects their first six albums.

You know the first six, right? Their 1976 self-titled debut, 1977’s Leave Home, also-1977’s Rocket to Russia, 1988’s Road to Ruin, 1980’s End of the Century, and 1981’s Pleasant Dreams? Oh good. I was afraid you didn’t. Well, each will be presented with its original running order and all of that unbeatable original 1970s/80s-style artwork. Mmm-mmm-mmm. I’d say “Hey, ho, let’s go!” at this point, but that’d be cheap and shitty, I think.

Speaking of cheap and shitty, there’s also gonna be a digital version! [Actually, the digital version is kinda cool because it’s expanded to comprise 11 albums instead of six. Titled THE SIRE YEARS (1976-1989), it’s got all that stuff I mentioned before, plus subsequent albums Subterranean Jungle (1983), Too Tough to Die (1984), Animal Boy (1986), Halfway to Sanity (1987), and Brain Drain (1989).] What happened to The Ramones after the Sire years came to a close? According to Google, no one really knows.

• The Ramones:
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