Chris Douglas invites you to stretch out your freakishly long calves with his new Dalglish full-length on PAN

Chris Douglas invites you to stretch out your freakishly long calves with his new Dalglish full-length on PAN

Are you just sick to death of not having any legroom when you listen to music? It’s about as cramped as flying coach on an airplane, right? And don’t even get me started on the food! It’s despicable! Should be totally banned! Doesn’t even count as food if you ask me. Anyhow, I just flew in and my arms are totally exhausted, so I’ll get right to the point: I’ve got a solution to your no legroom conundrum in contemporary electronic music. It’s a brand-new release from Chris Douglas (a.k.a. O.S.T.) as Dalglish. Out on PAN November 8, it’s called Niaiw Ot Vile, which, according to Google Translate, is an old Swahili proverb meaning “such ot niaiw.”

Using the last 20 years of legroom technology combined with years of experience putting on his own ambient techno shows and getting all chummy with folks like James Stinson (Drexciya), Mike Banks (Underground Resistance), and Autechre, Douglas has finally perfected making a record big enough for even those of us with pathologically long calves. This will be Douglas’ first release with those legroom-jockeys over at PAN, and they’ve described it as “cavernous,” with “clangorous landscapes,” and “expanses even Leonid Stadnyk would be totally down with.” Niaiw Ot Vile is dedicated to Douglas’ late friend Wai Cheng, founder of Isolate Records. The artwork comes from Bill Kouligas (PAN label head) and Kathryn Politis, with mastering by… can you guess? You are correct: Rashad Becker.

Niaiw Ot Vile tracklisting:

01. Venpin
02. Noscrlu
03. Viochlm
04. Out_Kutzk
05. Ciaradh
06. Donsfe
07. Seit Nuin
08. Sclunt
09. Mothlitz
10. Oidhche

• O.S.T. (Chris Douglas):
• PAN:

Migrations in Rust announces Two Shadows LP for NNA Tapes, whilst dreaming of a cushy life in the Andromeda galaxy

Jesse Allen’s Migrations in Rust project — one of several (Hollow Seed, Goldeater, current performer in Cowards, former member of Cathode Terror Secretion), though this one has been given the most attention — stays true to the “migratory” bit if you contrast his previous, sometimes purely ambient work with the brand new track below, and presumably the album on which it appears, Two Shadows, due out October 29 on NNA Tapes.

Likewise, there’s a certain textural quality to the music that belies straightforwardness in favor of varied sources and element interspersion. When a press release describes this complexity as a diverse (if not necessarily conscious) draw from “noise, ambient, hip hop, musique concréte, and sci-fi R&B,” I can personally confirm that there isn’t a single exaggeration here, even if “sci-fi R&B” has yet to receive coinage among any particular musically inclined group. Would humanity open up to the idea of spontaneous probings if R. Kelly simply romanticized the idea a bit in his lyrics? Doesn’t the possibility of a violent machine uprising otherwise get the blood flowing to those alluring, candle-lit nether regions? Regardless, the soulful Holy Other comes to mind.

And it’s an aspect that really shouldn’t be underemphasized. Two Shadows, the creation of which coincided with Allen’s physical migration from NYC to Western MA, seems to be a release that avoids stasis but is nonetheless consistent in its emotion, as well as its fluid multifariousness. Probably a difficult thing to pull off in practice, but have a listen for yourself, and be convinced of its feasibility:

Two Shadows tracklisting:

01. Had We Left / Doors Between
02. Two Shadows Cast
03. Canticle for Melting Gold
04. Cradled Under Fern
05. Behind My Skin
06.You’re Near
07. Drawing Down the Moon

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• NNA Tapes:

Far-Out Fangtooth announce new album Borrowed Time, still won’t return the black lights you lent them

Oh, neat! An opportunity to write about a semi-brand new (c. 2009) psych outfit hailing from Philadelphia. Preceding the inclination to draw some sort of parallel between their moniker and the Hanna-Barbera character (initially named Snaggletooth), I decided to google “fangtooth” under the prediction that maybe it was the name of a rebellious, but lesser known older brother. Instead, I happened upon this monstrosity, the existence of which I can only explain by the overlordship of some evil deity of the underwater. What’s “far out” about a fangtooth, and why shouldn’t we harbor ill will towards the band for misleading us into revisiting nature’s “scurry”-ness, and then forcing us into home isolation for weeks on end?

Because their music is fucking trippy, maaaaan, as you’ll for sure realize if you take the time to listen to the tracks below (assuming their previous work hasn’t already met your acquaintance). Said previous work includes a self-titled 7-inch released in 2010, and their debut LP Pure & Disinterested released the following year, also on Siltbreeze. “Also” is in reference to their just-announced sophomore album Borrowed Time due out October 29.

A previously half-varying cast seems to have stopped its rotations, as the quartet of Vincent Alvaré, Nicholas Kulp, Joseph Kusy, and Tania Mesterhazy remain firmly in place for this second amalgam of fuzzy guitars and gloomy undertones. It’s certainly intriguing to hear a bass line reminiscent of post-punk as it joins noisy sequences, and vocals that at least sound like a harkening back to 60s-era activism. But don’t let me ruin it for you:

Borrowed Time tracklisting:

01. Bow Your Head
02. Mother Nature Fetish
03. Beyond Your Bones
04. Green Hands
05. Get Around
06. Admit It
07. Scalp
08. Girl (Like You)
09. Stretch/Lips

• Far-Out Fangtooth:
• Siltbreeze:

The Velvet Underground (or whomever) announce 45th anniversary edition of White Light/White Heat, now with more superness!

When it comes to anniversaries beyond the 10th, few things stand the test of time. High school reunions cease being worthwhile by virtue of being high school reunions, and tragic events like 9/11 fade from significance as if by rule, as the 10th anniversary comes and goes. Obviously this isn’t the case for everyone or everything in a particular context. There’s wedding anniversaries, the later of which start to become compulsions for third parties to wonder, “Hm, do they still… ?,” but are nonetheless seemingly more prized as time goes on. And then there’s The Velvet Underground, who were famously unknown during their period of most activity, but have more recently been hailed as legendary and superlatively influential.

Such facts allow for a rarely justified 45th anniversary release, that of their first post-fruit album, White Light/White Heat. Universal Music will be doing the sponsoring here, as December 3 will coincide with White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition, comprised of three discs: remastered versions of the album in mono and stereo, and bonus material consisting of alternate versions, as well as new mixes. Additionally, and of particular note, it’ll come with a previously unreleased live set recorded at The Gymnasium in New York on April 30, 1967. Non-WL/WH songs like “I’m Waiting for the Man” and “Run Run Run” reportedly garnish the setlist.

Thank Lou Reed and John Cale for the content, as they helped out with the curative duties on this rather unprecedented collection.

• Universal:

Sub Pop to reissue Soundgarden’s Screaming Life / Fopp EP; must be time for them to pay the cable bill!

Lean times for the music industry, boys and girls. Even the indies gotta start repackaging their veterans. Case in point: on November 26, Sub Pop is reissuing its late-80s Soundgarden stuff — including their first record, Screaming Life, plus “bonus tracks from the Fopp EP and Sub Pop 200 compilation” — all rolled into one convenient package on CD, double LP, and digital. Hey, doesn’t that sound… like a thing to you?

All tracks have been remastered by Screaming Life producer Jack Endino, who had this to say about it:

I already knew Soundgarden pretty well, since they and Skin Yard had shared the stage many times in Seattle’s tiny club scene circa 1985-1986. Soon after opening Reciprocal Recording in July 1986, there I was with Soundgarden, trying to make the most of our eight tracks. Somehow, we found room for all of Matt Cameron’s “bonus tubs,” Hiro’s primordial Fender bass, and a whopping four tracks to share between Kim Thayil’s mad guitar psychedelia and Chris Cornell’s still-expanding voice. “Nothing To Say” was the song that made us all look at each other and go, “uh, holy crap, how did we do this?”

Sure, no one really likes Soundgarden anymore, but you could be a pal and help that pretty cool label (and maybe Kim Thayil too) keep the lights on at home and preorder the thing over at the Sub Pop site. I think it’s probably tax-deductible.

Screaming Life / Fopp EP tracklisting:

01. Hunted Down
02. Entering
03. Tears to Forget
04. Nothing to Say
05. Little Joe
06. Hand of God
07. Sub Pop Rock City
08. Fopp
09. Fopp (Fucked Up Heavy Dub Mix)
10. Kingdom of Come
11. Swallow My Pride

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• Sub Pop:

Arca to present &&&&& at Pitchfork-sponsored multimedia event in hopes that Pitchfork will then review &&&&&

Arca released &&&&& (TMT [Eureka!] Review) a few months ago as a free mixtape:

Visual artist Jesse Kanda made a grotesque moving image to accompany it:

Now Arca and Jesse Kanda are collaborating to turn &&&&& into a full-on grotesque multimedia experience, centered around a film that visually interprets a nice gooey chunk of the album. Just yesterday they made “the most beautiful mistake of all time”:

Said grotesque experience will be taking place this Sunday, October 6, from 4-7 PM in the VW Performance Dome at MoMA PS1 in Queens. The event was put together by FORMS (Pitchfork’s “multimedia initiative”) and Absolut (Pitchfork’s vodka of choice after their FORMS Festival didn’t happen). Along with the featured film, a vocal ensemble led by Abby Fischer will perform even-more-abstracted versions of Arca’s music, with Thunderhorse Ent. providing the light show. You can buy tickets for the event here.

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• Jesse Kanda:
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