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

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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: http://faroutfangtooth.com
• Siltbreeze: http://www.siltbreeze.com

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

• Soundgarden: http://www.soundgardenworld.com
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

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.

• Arca: http://www.arca1000000.com
• Jesse Kanda: http://www.jessekanda.com
• MoMA PS1: http://momaps1.org
• FORMS: http://www.formsfestival.com

King Khan and The Shrines promise to play new songs for you on upcoming tour

King Khan is back! He wasn’t gone, but he’s back. While King Khan himself remained a relatively prominent presence over the past few years, it was a full six years of silence from his group, King Khan and the Shrines, until last month when King Khan was like “Oh yeah” and decided to put out a new record on Merge, called Idle No More. To prove this happened, here’s a song from that album by the title of “Born to Die” (very popular title):

If you’re still not convinced that King Khan is back, well, what’s your problem? What’s a man got to do to convince you he’s back? Go on an extensive tour of North America through October and November? Deal. King Khan and the Shrines are going on that very tour. If you go to those shows and you see them and you’re still not convinced that King Khan is back, then I don’t know what to tell you, buddy.

King Khan and the Shrines dates:

10.11.13 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
10.12.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Culture Collide Festival
10.13.13 - San Francisco, CA - Slims
10.14.13 - Portland, OR - Dantes
10.15.13 - Vancouver, BC - The Rickshaw Theatre
10.16.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
10.17.13 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
10.18.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.19.13 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
10.20.13 - Kansas City, KS - The Record Bar
10.21.13 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
10.22.13 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
10.23.13 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
10.24.13 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
10.25.13 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
10.26.13 - Toronto, ON - Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
10.27.13 - Montreal, QC - La Tulipe
10.29.13 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
10.30.13 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10.31.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.01.13 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
11.02.13 - Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall
11.04.13 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
11.05.13 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
11.06.13 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
11.12.13 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
11.13.13 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom

• King Khan and the Shrines: http://kingkhanmusic.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

The Flaming Lips finally quit goofing around, release one EP inspired by a sci-fi movie and another EP of Tame Impala covers. Never mind, definitely still goofing around!

Yeah, the Lips seemed to get a little serious on us for a minute or two this past spring when they put away the animal costumes and shit and savagely dropped some terrifyingly terrifying terror on us. But I think they maybe just needed to eat a Snickers bar or something, because now they’re back to doing what elder statesmen of psych-rock should be doing with their time and given status: recording EPs of vanity-style covers and incidental movie music for films they think are cool!

As Consequence of Sound tells it, Coyne and co.’s first forthcoming EP, entitled Peace Sword, was “inspired by” the forthcoming Hollywood movie Ender’s Game. It comes out on November 26 and features a healthy six (Dave Fridmann-produced) jams with such Flaming-Lips-title-esque titles as “Think Like a Machine, Not a Boy,” “Wolf Children,” and “Assassin Beetle/The Dream Is Ending.” In discussing the project with the Huffington Post back in August, Coyne remarked that he and the band “really ended up liking (the movie)” and that “Steven [Drozd] and I both remarked, ‘Man, I’d like to do some more music associated with this,’ and we think they’re going to let us… I think it could work out.” Sounds like it must have? (BTW: Coyne is all-too-aware of Ender’s Game creator Orson Scott Card’s recent controversial remarks about same-sex marriage and made sure to let everyone know via Instagram that “we try to do cool things with cool people that, obviously benefit us and the cool people we doing stuff with… occasionally these benefits extend to abstractly connected people who are NOT so cool… So we try to choose…” And they’re also planning on etching “Hey Orson Scott Card You Are Wrong” and “Gay People Are Cool” on both respective sides of the EP’s vinyl edition. So, yeah, chillax.)

In addition to that EP, though, there’s also another casual offering of goofy goodness in the works: A split EP with kindred psych spirits Tame Impala. The two bands will be crossing paths a few times on tour next month, and attendees at those shows (and probably all shows) will be able to pick up an “exclusive tour-only vinyl featuring a pair of covers from each band.” For their part, Coyne and the boys are tackling Tame Impala’s “Elephant” and “Runway, Houses, City, Clouds”, while Tame Impala will impossibly attempt to further-psychify the Lips tunes “Are You a Hypnotist?” and “Silver Trembling Hands.” Check out some footage of the Lips tracking “Elephant” below. Or don’t if you don’t like your Flaming Lips doing fun stuff. Cuz this seems pretty fun.

• The Flaming Lips: http://flaminglips.com
• Warner Bros.: http://www.warnerbros.com

Mika Vainio & Stephen O’Malley to soundtrack your newly anarchist life with new LP as ÄÄNIPÄÄ on Editions Mego

We have no federal government right now, and that means a lot of things. Let’s discuss the least important thing that this all means: you are going to need a soundtrack to your newly anarchist life. Something bleak, dark, and noisey, something that epitomizes the apathy of this downhill nation. It should kind of rock out too, just because.

Oh look, Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic) and Stephen O’Malley (sunn O)))) have a new project (under the moniker ÄÄNIPÄÄ) with an LP coming out via Editions Mego titled Through a Pre-Memory. This should do the trick.

Pan Sonic and sunn O))) first collaborated together on a Suicide cover version for a Blast First Petite series in 2007/8, and Mika and Stephen decided to collaborate further with what eventually became the ÄÄNIPÄÄ sessions. The record was tracked at Einstürzende Neubauten’s Andere Baustelle Ton studio in Berlin and mixed at Avast! (Soundgarden, Earth) in Seattle, and it captures the signature motifs of both players, resulting in a crushing block of sound rich with distortion and gritty unholiness.

Sure, the record isn’t due out until November 11, a time by which our government will likely regroup. But there’s at least a SoundCloud sample below that sounds as sweet as a Congressman’s face being smashed by your foot. Preorder here.

• Mika Vainio: http://www.media-loca.com/mikavainio
• Stephen O’Malley: http://www.ideologic.org/home
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com/

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