Blackest Ever Black preps dark, scary new release from Barnett + Coloccia (members of Oakeater, Mamiffer)

Blackest Ever Black preps dark, scary new release from Barnett + Coloccia (members of Oakeater, Mamiffer)

“Dark and scary, ordinary /
Explanation, information /
Nice to know ya, paranoia /
Where’s my mother, biofather?”

— Blink-182, “Aliens Exist”

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may because a SYNONYM FOR “DARK” new record is on the horizon for Blackest Ever Black. This latest release pairs Faith Coloccia (of Mamiffer and Everlovely Lightningheart) and Alex Barnett (of Oakeater) for their collaborative debut under the totally predictable band name Barnett + Coloccia. The album’s called Retrieval. All signs indicate that this record, out on LP December 2, will be of a piece with the consistently high quality, SYNONYM FOR “DARK”, and SYNONYM FOR “SCARY” music we’ve come to expect from those rascals over at Blackest Ever Black.

Though Barnett and Coloccia live several thousand miles apart, the bulk of the recordings came about as a result of “condensed in-person meetings,” because, all things considered, composing by way of online file sharing is really not SYNONYM FOR “DARK” or SYNONYM FOR “SCARY” enough. Combining treated vocals, tape-manipulation, AM radio sounds, synths out the wazoo, and drum loops so SYNONYM FOR “SCARY” your jaw will drop, over a series of short and intense sessions, they arrived at Retrieval. The album is reportedly a big-ole-grab-bag-pile of everything from techno and psychedelia all the way into straight noise. That’s definitely pretty SYNONYM FOR “DARK” sounding, but maybe not so SYNONYM FOR “SCARY” since it is more or less typical Blackest Ever Black fare. I don’t know though, reader. You can decide for yourself; after all, you’re the one who gets to fill in all these adjectives later! Check out “Hallway” off the album below. You can also preorder the thing over at the Blackest Ever Black site.

Retreival tracklisting:

01. Harbor
02. Switch
03. So How Much Do You Know About Me?
04. Hallway
05. Repeating Pit
06. Retrieval
07. Birds Eye

• Mamiffer:
• Oakeater:
• Blackest Ever Black:

Actress unveils new 3xLP Ghettoville, box set with remastered debut, a fest he plans on playing, and maybe nothing-else-ever!

Oh yeah, baby; it’s happenin’. All of it. Ghettoville, baby, Ghettoville. Talkin’ fuckin’ Actress, mo-fos. Talkin’ fuckin’ January 27 release via Werkdiscs/Ninja Tune. Talkin’ triple-disc-ass-mother-fluxin’ follow-up to 2012’s wicked R.I.P. (TMT Review) and press-release-touted “sequel” to bangin’ 2009 debut Hazyville (TMT Review). Also-talkin’ some long-awaited vinyl release of some Hazyville shit, totally-remastered and made all-available as part of this Ghettoville box set that I’m about to lay out for ya (it’s got a 32-page booklet, triple-vinyl Ghettoville, and double-vinyl Hazvyville). Yo, you digging this? I SAID YOU DIGGING THIS?

Well… good, because all hype aside, the press release seems to indicate (it’s hard to say, really; it’s even more of a cryptic mess than my first paragraph up there) that this might be Darren Cunningham’s final release under the Actress moniker.

Ghettoville is the bleached out and black tinted conclusion of the Actress image. Where the demands of writing caught the artist slumped and reclined, devoid of any soul, acutely aware of the simulated prism that required breakout. Four albums in and the notes and compositions no longer contain decipherable language. The scripts now carry tears, the world has returned to a flattened state, and out through that window, the birds look back into the cage they once inhabited. Spitting flames behind a white wall of silence, the machines have turned to stone, data reads like an obituary to its user. A fix is no longer a release, it’s a brittle curse. Zero satisfaction, no teeth, pseudo artists running rampant, but the path continues. R.I.P Music 2014.


Well, maybe you can ask him to clarify this shit yourself when you go see him play as part of this year’s Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival on November 9. Either way, let’s see: new record and vinyl debut release in January; Pre-order for the new one over here; festival appearance in like four days; maybe the end of the whole damn project. You with me? Good, because that’s about as clear as it’s gonna get.

Ghettoville tracklisting:

01. Forgiven
02. Street Corp
03. Corner
04. Rims
05. Contagious
06. Birdcage
07. Our
08. Time
09. Towers
10. Gaze
11. Skyline
12. Image
13. Don’t
14. Rap
15. Frontline
16. Rule

Actress World Tour 2013:

11.09.13 - New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg (Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival)

• Actress:
• Werkdiscs:
• Ninjatune:

Mogwai keep doing even MORE stuff like touring North America (like the good stouthearted, stifflipped North American lads they freakin’ WISH they were!)

Remember last week when I was all like: Mogwai keep making new albums and touring like the good stouthearted, stifflipped British lads they are? And I told you about their new album, Rave Tapes, coming out in January and some tour dates in Europe and all that junk?

And then I felt all stupid when you guys pointed out that they were, sorta, you know, technically Scottish and not British???

Well, now it turns out that we were BOTH wrong! Yeah. Seriously. Mogwai have just taken to the internet to announce that they’re actually… North American. Yup. No kidding. I’m sure of it. I just read all this stuff that their PR people sent me about all the time they plan on spending in the US and Canada and stuff next spring after their European tour is finished. They’re even celebrating their homecoming by playing a bunch of shows that tickets go on sale for this weekend. What’s more American than that? Case closed. I’m going home for the day.

For real, though, there’s no reason to even double-check that shit. Besides, none of this bullshit happens ‘til next year anyway, so there’s plenty of time to suss it all out… IF I’m mistaken… which I’M FUCKING NOT.

Old-as-shit European tour dates:

11.28.13 - Cambridge, UK - Junction
12.01.13 - Camber Sands, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties “End of Era”
01.22.14 - Newcastle, UK - Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre
01.24.14 - London, UK - Royal Festival Hall
01.25.14 - London, UK - Royal Festival Hall
01.27.14 - Manchester, UK - Bridgewater Hall
01.28.14 - Glasgow, UK - Royal Concert Hall
01.30.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
02.01.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
02.02.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
02.03.14 - Paris, France - Olympia
02.04.14 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
02.05.14 - Munich, Germany - Backstage Werk
02.06.14 - Berlin, Germany - Temperdrome
03.23.14 - Gotherburgh, Sweden - Konserthuset
03.24.14 - Stockholm, Sweden - Cirkus
03.25.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Koncertsalen
03.26.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Grosse Freiheit
03.27.14 - Zurich, Germany - Volkshaus
03.29.14 - Nimes, Italy - Paloma
03.30.14 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon
03.31.14 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
04.01.14 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Substage
04.02.14 - Cologne, Germany - E-Werk
04.03.14 - Lille, France - Aeronef

New and sensational North American tour dates:

04.21.14 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
04.22.14 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
04.23.14 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
04.24.14 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
04.25.14 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
04.26.14 - Raton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theatre
04.27.14 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
04.29.14 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
04.30.14 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Ybor
05.01.14 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham Theatre
05.03.14 - Nashville, TN - Exit In
05.06.14 - Charlotte, NC - Amos’ Southend
05.07.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05.08.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
05.09.14 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
05.10.14 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
05.11.14 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
05.13.14 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
05.14.14 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
05.15.14 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
05.16.14 - Chicago, IL - The Vic Theatre
05.17.14 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly’s
05.18.14 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
05.20.14 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
05.21.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
05.24.14 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
05.25.14 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre

• Mogwai:
• Sub Pop:
• Rock Action:

Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova missing after prison transfer following hunger strike

For today’s Depressing News and Sobering Reminders that Music People in Other Parts of the World Pay a Heavy Price for Things Many of Us Take for Granted, jailed Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova has gone missing following a jail transfer. One of two members of the Russian punk rock band to receive jail time after a performance in a Moscow church protesting Vladimir Putin (which garnered the women a two-year prison sentence for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”), Tolokonnikova had recently grabbed headlines around the world once again for her hunger strike to bring awareness of the desperate conditions where she was imprisoned.

Her family reported the musician missing after being transferred from a Mordovian prison nearly two weeks ago, with the hunger strike considered a prime factor in the disappearance. Tolokonnikova’s husband Petya Verzilov told Lord of the Listicles and Apparent Sometimes Receiver of Actual News Buzzfeed that his wife had presumably been removed by Muscovite authorities in an attempt to “cut her off from the outside world.” It might feel like lazy internet activism, but hey, you know, sometimes signing something from Amnesty International really works.

• Free Pussy Riot:

Panda Bear curates Lisbon’s Green Ray music festival, scores a “big get” by booking Panda Bear

It’s happened: Panda Bear has finally hit the big time. After years of being in a fairly popular band, releasing fairly popular solo records, and collaborating with fairly popular electronic artists, Panda Bear (or Noah Lennox to the superfans/regular people) is getting a shot at curating a music festival in Lisbon, Portugal. Like the old saying goes, you’re garbage until you get to curate a music festival in the city in which you live; now start curating or get the the hell out of my office. As Pitchfork reports, Noah Lennox is no longer garbage, because Noah Lennox is curating the Green Ray festival, taking place on December 13 at Lux Frágil.

So who’d he get? Sit down. Panda Bear’s major score, his big get for Green Ray, is a little fellow by the name of Panda Bear. Not bad for your first (?) attempt at curating a festival in Lisbon, Portugal. Beyond that coup, the festival will also feature the likes of Actress, Niagara, bEEdEEgEE (Gang Gang Dance’s Brian DeGraw), and Eric Copeland. Furthermore: DJ sets! Many first-time curators of music festivals in Portugal make the mistake of not booking any DJ sets. This is not a mistake Lennox has made, as he’s booked DeGraw, Gala Drop, Marcellus Pittman, and Ron Morelli.

Tickets are available here. The site is in Portuguese, proving that the festival is, in fact, in Portugal.

• Panda Bear:

Gary War and Purple Pilgrims take a break from headlining Space Arena shows to release split LP on Upset the Rhythm

Across the solar system, on a planet ruled by giant cats where it’s always Halloween, Gary War and Purple Pilgrims are huge, galactic superstars. Miley Cyrus is nothing. There is no Nancy Grace. Schoolchildren are required to learn entire pages of dialogue from Tarkovsky’s Solaris, and sure it’s just a lot of silence and pensive yearning looks aimed at SPACE, but still. Kids know it. It is from deep within this alternate wonderland that Upset the Rhythm releases records, and from whose mythical forge the upcoming Gary War/Purple Pilgrims split LP was birthed.

The UK-based label’s release is available as a silver or black vinyl record or digital release (whatever tickles yer fancy) come November 4. You get four tracks from Gary War and three from Purple Pilgrims, but one is called “Druidical Dreamer,” which counts for at least seven because it talks about druids and how awesome they were. Yankee dude Gary War has previously crafted records for Sacred Bones and Captured Tracks (as well as Spectrum Spools for his most-recent release) and this is Hong Kong via New Zealand sisterly duo Purple Pilgrims’ first label release since a private press debut that only Volcanic Tongue heard, apparently. Both groups are in the middle of touring Europe, with a few dates to go.

Gary War/Purple Pilgrims split LP tracklisting:

01. Gary War, “Alone at the Box”
02. Gary War, “Wasted Place”
03. Gary War, “Can’t Breathe”
04. Gary War, “Silver Beams”
05. Purple Pilgrims, “Druidical Dreamer”
06. Purple Pilgrims, “Skin Sight”
07. Purple Pilgrims, “Earthly Heaven / Joon”

Joint tour dates:

11.07.13 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Roodka Pje
11.08.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Kraniche
11.09.13 - Berlin, Germany - Team Titanic
11.10.13 - Vienna, Austria - Rhiz
11.11.13 - Prague, Czech Republic - Pilot Club
11.13.13 - Utrecht, Netherlands - DB’s
11.16.13 - London, UK - Shacklewell Arms

• Gary War:
• Purple Pilgrims:
• Upset the Rhythm: