Boston Hassle Fest 6 announces killer lineup: Body/Head, Lescalleet/Dilloway duo, Bill Orcutt, Jana Hunter, more

Boston Hassle Fest 6 announces killer lineup: Body/Head, Lescalleet/Dilloway duo, Bill Orcutt, Jana Hunter, more

Another day, another festival with a killer lineup that I probably can’t attend.

Boston Hassle Fest VI, which last year featured Lightning Bolt, Black Dice, and Keith Fullerton Whitman, is BACK. The festival, put on by the Boston Hassle arts organization (which oversees the Boston Hassle website, the Boston Compass newspaper, and an extensive list of shows happening in the Boston area) will take place November 7 and 8, with day passes costing $17-$20.

And this year’s lineup is just as spectacular: Kim Gordon and Bill Nace’s project Body/Head, Nautical Almanac, Bill Orcutt, No Joy, and Jana Hunter are all slated for this year, plus Aaron Dilloway and Jason Lescalleet will be performing as a duo, PLUS Horse Lords and Prostitutes and Quicksails and so many more and I think my head just exploded.

Boston Hassle Fest 6 promises “ear exploding sonic exploration, pop that sticks to your rib, undead rock music, fearless electronics, sounds of Underground USA” and more. Don’t sit this one out.

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Cassette Store Day tape meetup in Brooklyn featuring rooftop flea market, cassette-only set by C Monster himself, every tape in existence

Wait. What? You wanna party on Cassette Store Day (September 27, FYI) and you come to me, a dude who is an Indiana-bound desk jockey by day on this gummed-up morrow of Midwest rain and clouds to be all like, “Taylor, you got a Facebook link to an event in Brooklyn?” I mean, yeah, I do, but how did you know I would have one? Seems like a weird misuse of your psychic abilities to predict that I would have the event link instead of, you know, just predicted the details yourself. It’s cool though. I really like typing the HTML code for link embeds, so here you go: a link to the Cassette Store Day Tape Meet in Brooklyn, hosted by Paxico Records. Come fly with me to paragraph two where, as I’m sure you have psychically predicted, several details will be paraphrased!

Okay, where to start? The whole deal is a rooftop slammer/jammer and it kicks off at 3 PM, reportedly running until 9. There will be tapes everywhere, piled ankle-high at least. It’ll look like a giant monster of tapes suddenly just fell apart and its innards (which were tapes) just fell into neat, easily-gripped piles everywhere. Certified tape-slingers like Bootleg Tapes, Dirty Tapes, Never Normal Records, and more will be in attendance, popping up shop and knocking off those glistening Norelcos, gooey centers and all. will hang to slang clothing, and representatives from TMT and Potholes in My Blog will be there to hold down the “web-based-shareable-careable content” angle, too. There will also be a special limited edition of Staycation 2 by Josh Hey, a tape art exhibition by Chris Hound, and all manner of BBQ chicken and rice dishes catered by Chef Boy P. If you’re feeling saucy (or, if you prefer, Soused), you’re also encouraged to bring your own tape collection to the party.

And! On the head, shoulders, knees, toes, ones, and twos, they’re gonna have a crew of heroic cassette jockeys reeling out jams all day, including Lord $M$, Da Ruffneck, Zona Tapes, and C Monster. “Wait, you mean that C Monster?” One and the same, pal. He, the monster of the deep and unknowable C will emerge forth from the four walls of the Choco and the occasional sick feature piece and walk amongst us meatbags, $wagged up maximum. Get there.

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Nick Anthony Simoncino announces Abele Dance EP on L.I.E.S., so hit up the ATM ASAP

Italian techno producer Nick Anthony Simoncino (who I shall refer to as NAS for the remainder of this article because things are getting a little too perspicuous around these parts) is following up his slew of amazing 12-inch singles with, whoop-de-do, another presumably great 12-inch single. This one’s coming out on L.I.E.S. on August 22.

Speaking of lies, NAS dropped his new single recently, and don’t be fooled, it is not remotely beyond the dance. It is deep in the bowels of dance and the 808 handclaps start less than a minute into the song, which is a great reason to listen to a track, but dammit if Simoncino didn’t lie straight to my face. Actually, slightly to the left or right to my face. My ears.

Listen below:

Abele Dance tracklist:

01. Abele Dance
02. Beyond the Dance
03. Spirit of Transmat
04. iO Rhythm

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Darkside call it quits “…for now,” share final shows and two B-sides

New York musicians Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington started their Darkside project just a few years ago, and now they’re already calling it quits. Along with the announcement, the duo shared their final tour dates, which will see them hit Los Angeles, cross Europe for a string of festivals, and bow out with one last show at Brooklyn’s Masonic Temple on September 12. Tickets for this show sold out promptly after they went on sale, and right now they’re going for as much as $200 a pop online. Because if there’s one thing that card-carrying Brooklynites love, it’s telling everyone that they saw [insert band name or short-lived DIY venue here] for the last time, everrrr. [Full disclosure: I will be at this show guys!]

It seems Darkside knew that this sad news would jaar your systems (had to), so they saved two B-sides from Psychic to cushion the blow. “Gone Too Soon” takes a dingy disco approach, with some David Byrney yelps and a tribal cadence, and “What They Say” rides a skeletal, analog sequence blended with pinging guitar lines. Both cuts and the final tour dates can be found below; if you want to see Darkside play one last time, jump on those tickets soon before Kiev is your only option. Keep in mind, the band’s break-up tweet did say “darkside is coming to an end, for now” after all. There’s always room for a reunion tour.

Darkside tour dates:

08.24.14 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
08.27.14 - Pula, Croatia - Dimensions Festival
08.29.14 - Zurich, Switzerland - Zürich Openair
08.31.14 - Izmir-Cesme, Turkey - Orange Date
09.02.14 - Istanbul, Turkey - Orange Date
09.03.14 - Kiev, Ukraine - Studio G13
09.04.14 - Vilnius, Lithuania - Loftas Fest
09.05.14 - Berlin, Germany - Berlin Festival
09.06.14 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival
09.12.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Masonic Temple (sold out)

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[Photo: Jed Demoss]

Diagonal Records please you with unpleasant new Shit and Shine album, out this week

What to make of Craig Clouse and his music as Shit and Shine? He does not give a damn about you, clearly. Yet that does not seem to matter. His music is “difficult,” noisy, freewheeling between rock, disco, and techno, proving those terms pretty ineffective. His live shows are occultish affairs, with multiple drummers syncopating or just banging away over blasts of synthesized noise. Then there’s Clouse’s recorded music, which sounds as though he’s found an old song on a cassette and then overdubbed it and then pulled the tape out of it and then crumpled it all up in his hands, cackling, and then spooled it back in. And it sounds oh so good, which I can assert with no concern for judgment because you’re a TMT reader and you tend to like unappealing things (and links).

Shit and Shine’s last album was 2012’s Jream Baby Jream for Riot Season and there’s no use in describing that one, so just listen to this. Next will be Powder Horn, Shit and Shine’s second release (the first being a self-titled EP) on techno-deconstructionist, electro-anarchist, rave-reactionist Powell’s totally whack label Diagonal. As of this Tuesday it’s available for purchase. The press release describes the album as “deviant funk, wiry disco and burnt-out acid,” but also “tactile and affectionate.” Well hey, sounds good!

Listen to “Pearl Drop” below and check out the tracklist down below.

Powder Horn tracklist:

01. Astro’s Hat
02. Who’s Your Waitress
03. Pearl Drop
04. Bingo
05. Hiss
06. Acid Minor
07. You Can’t
08. PG 13
09. Spray Bottle

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Thurston Moore and John Moloney announce new Caught on Tape album, Full Bleed

Thurston Moore is now on record as saying, “Black metal is music made by pussies of the lowest order.” That’s a fitting epitaph for the guitarist, maybe, although it’ll have to beat out “Confusion is sex” and “All the girls there playin’ on a jelly roll” (because tombstones should be nothing if not emblematic of a person’s work and also completely perplexing).

So Moore has come out against the “sound and attitude” of the current black metal scene, calling it a “loss of self, life, light and desire,” but don’t worry — he’s also going to fix it, supposedly, with his new record Full Bleed, a collab with drummer John Moloney.

Moore and Moloney have worked together a bunch in various projects, including Chelsea Light Moving. Oh, and they also know each other from the time when Moore’s old band — you know, that ol’ troupe called Sonic Youth — enlisted Moloney’s collective Sunburned Hand of the Man for a tour.

The new album contains “nine Herculean sludgefests dripping of gnarly-metal damaged heaviosity and punk-jazz-skronk-splattered fury,” per Northern Spy, who will be releasing the album. Okay! The album includes tracks with titles like “Arguing With a Balloon” and “Rubber Grandma,” so… it all sounds like fun.

Full Bleed is out October 21, which, coincidentally, is the new release date for the Scott Walker/sunn O))) project. Hopefully you don’t have to choose between the two collaborations. That would be brutal.

Full Bleed tracklist:

01. Age Limit
02. Nothing Glamorous
03. Full Bleed
04. Self-Rule
05. Arguing With a Balloon
06. Dispute
07. Reverse Funeral
08. Unsupervised
09. Rubber Grandma

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