Fis releases Iterations EP on Tri Angle, shares his fetal aspirations with new track

Fis releases Iterations EP on Tri Angle, shares his fetal aspirations with new track

Ha, Fis totally had you fooled! Considering his status as an emerging artist, I bet you thought Preparations was foreshadowing the imminent release of a new full-length, right? You may still be on to something if you broaden your time-frame a bit, but as far as the truly “imminent” goes, look no further than my exclusive fan dance celebrating the diminishing days of post-winter dreary. Do I have clothes on behind the shielding giant feathers? Attendance is your only enlightenment!

Also imminent: the release of Iterations, Fis’ second EP for Tri Angle, and a likely second display of the beauty of a label homecoming that was seemingly the product of fate. It was in his native New Zealand that Oliver Peryman scoured the web and local newspapers for his rumored “fairy godlabel,” which hovered in an incorporeal presence over his initial creations of ominous urbanism. The hovering persisted until said fairy godlabel was all, “I really shouldn’t be watching this dude sleep,” and then decided that a label fit for The Haxan Cloak certainly has room for his apparent (but more rhythmic) musical sibling. Credit to E. Nagurney for bringing up the familial aspect. A misanthropic Thanksgiving feast is for sure the expectation, despite the supposed spirit of the holiday.

Listen to a track off Iterations below; the EP is out now.

Iterations tracklist:

01. Iterations
02. Womb Dream
03. Fever Sweats
04. Her Third Eye (Drum Rain)

• Fis:
• Tri Angle:

Steve Reich and Philip Glass reunite after 30 years for Nonesuch Anniversary

There is an open secret in the avant-garde world: Steve Reich and Philip Glass were once a crime-fighting duo of superheroes, back in what was then the Silver Age of Superheroes. Using their then-newfangled powers of minimalism to take down mafiosos and small crooks, dispatch alien overlords, and defeat the entire Pentagon. Their exploits were renowned, especially when Reich used tape loops and Glass used hidden fifths together to stop the third Kennedy from being assassinated.

However, something went wrong, somewhere around 1971. Few know the details, but I was able to glean from the ghost of Lou Reed (who knew from his wife Laurie Anderson) that a dispute over an English Terrier that was to be their mascot/distress signal. A fight broke out, causing the English Terrier to be transported to another dimension on accident. This would trigger the end of the Silver Age: Each composer superhero blamed the other, started their own superhero teams (Steve Reich and Musicians and the Philip Glass Ensemble), drifting slowly apart until another unknown spat involving pulses caused them to cut each other off sometime in the late 1970s, which has remained since.

Fast forward to now. Nonesuch Records, trying to wash off the stains of dad rock from their floors and regain glory as an alternative classical label, sought to blow off the doors with their 50th anniversary celebration. While Robert Plant would be a surefire way to get people’s attention, he is one part Death Water, which isn’t that gratifying. They needed to go back to their roots. They needed to bring that legendary duo together once more.

So, after much bloodletting and sacrificing seventh chords (and Jeff Tweedy’s hair), Nonesuch called Glass and Reich into their office, and handed them the lost English Terrier. “He is called Judge now,” they said. “Will you get back to fighting crime for our sake?” The two looked at each other and shrugged. “Sure, I guess,” said Steven. “But we’ll need some time to set things up.”

Thus, opening Nonesuch’s 50th anniversary celebration at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Reich and Glass will have their superhero teams come together to play Music For 18 Musicians, Music in Twelve Parts, Einstein on the Beach, and Four Organs over the course of three nights in September. Then, the two will take to the skies of New York City, fighting off modern criminals such as dealers, investment bankers, and lobbying groups, while Caetano Veloso, Plant, and others play their hits.

Nonesuch Records at BAM:

09.09.14-09.11.14 - The Philip Glass Ensemble & Steve Reich and Musicians *
09.09.14 - Brad Mehldau **
09.10.14 - Brad Mehldau & Chris Thile **
09.11.14 - Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish **
09.12.14-09.13.14 - Alarm Will Sound **
09.12.14-09.13.14 - Youssou N’Dour *
09.18.14 - Rhiannon Giddens *
09.19.14 - Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt, and Iron and Wine *
09.20.14 - Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Amidon, and Olivia Chaney *
09.23.14-09.27.14 - Landfall, Laurie Anderson, Kronos Quartet **
09.24.14 - Rokia Traoré, Toumani Diabaté, and Sidiki Diabaté *
09.25.14-09.26.14 - Caetano Veloso *
09.27.14-09.28.14 - Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters *

* Howard Gilman Opera House
** Harvey Theater

• Steve Reich:
• Philip Glass:
• Nonesuch Records:
• Brooklyn Academy of Music:

Pharmakon announces European tour with Swans; tickets for a fall face-melting now available

Sometimes I wonder what could’ve been if Pharmakon hadn’t been forced to play an abbreviated set ahead of Zola Jesus at the show that I attended last fall. As it happened, the show took place at a combo restaurant/music venue, so as Pharmakon began, I couldn’t help but search with my eyes for the casual diners who were undoubtedly caught off guard by her abrupt screaming of sweet nothings. Still, it would’ve been all the more enjoyable had she been afforded the time to take some liberties, such as descending even further into the pit of consumed Asian fusion and single-handedly disrupting digestive processes. That’s not sweat seeping out of our pores; that’s… *sniff*… Cambodian dipping sauce!

Aspire for audience interaction, so says Margaret Chardiet herself, and since she had such a great time on her last European tour, why not do it again, with Swans, again!? The dates below reveal that she’s just beginning a (more or less) solo tour, but skip past August, which is pretty much a filler month for us humans anyway, and you’ll see the numerous shows scheduled for those super-lucky people across the Atlantic. I’m not even sure why I’m bothering to detail this; it’s not like I’m otherwise masochistic.

Stateside however, don’t forget that Swans’ll be embarking on their own tour tomorrow, with varying support from Jenny Hval, Xiu Xiu, and Carla Bozulich, and in support of their apparently astounding new album To Be Kind (TMT Review). Like a fine wine indeed. Check Pharmakon covering Nancy Sinatra below.

Pharmakon dates:

05.13.14 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
05.14.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Knockout
05.15.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Church on York *
05.24.14 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who?
05.25.14 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
05.26.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
05.27.14 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain Kantine
05.28.14 - Cologne, Germany - Baustelle
05.30.14 - Birmingham, UK - Supersonic Mini Festival
05.31.14 - Liverpool, UK - 24 Kitchen Street
06.01.14 - London, UK - BadVibrations #
06.04.14 - Paris, France - Villette Sonique Festival
06.05.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - OCCIII
06.14.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus Bar $
06.14.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right %
07.10.14 - Keflavik, Iceland - ATP Iceland

Pharmakon + Swans dates:

09.25.14 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Club
09.26.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso Music Hall
09.28.14 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
09.30.14 - La Rochelle, France - La Sirene
10.01.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Apolo
10.02.14 - Madrid, Spain - Shoko
10.03.14 - Durango, Spain - Plateruena
10.04.14 - Porto, Portugal - AmpliFest
10.07.14 - Fribourg, Switzerland - FRI-Son
10.08.14 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Grabenhalle
10.09.14 - Torino, Italy - Hiroshima Club
10.10.14 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon Club
10.11.14 - Roma, Italy - Circolo Degli Artisti
10.12.14 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz Milano
10.14.14 - Zagreb, Croatia - Pogon Jedinstvo
10.15.14 - Budapest, Hungary - A38 Ship
10.16.14 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Kino Kiska Centre for Urban Culture
10.17.14 - Vienna, Austria - Arena Big Hall
10.18.14 - Krakow, Poland - Unsound Festival
10.20.14 - Prague, Czech Republic - Lucenra Music Bar
10.23.14 - Leipzig, Germany - Schauspiel Leipzig
10.24.14 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaeude 9
10.25.14 - Hannover, Germany - MusikZentrum
10.27.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel
10.29.14 - Dresden, Germany - Beatpol
10.30.14 - Frankfurt, Germany - Mousonturm
10.31.14 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Jubez
11.01.14 - Munich, Germany - Feierwerk

* The Haxan Cloak
# Föllakzoid
$ Marissa Nadler
% Lust for Youth, Container, Croatian Amor

• Pharmakon:
• Swans:

[Photo: Jane Chardiet]

Sleigh Bells to tour in June, rocking fresh fresh fresh fresh sneaks

I’m no psychic. I can only see what’s in front of my face at this present moment. With that said, I will state with near-absolute certainty that the members of Sleigh Bells are wearing incredible sneakers right now. They just seem like the type to care about a good pair of kicks, even if they’re not exactly worried about keeping said kicks pristine. More of the belief that staining your sneakers with the blood of the enemies just gives a little extra flavor.

Sleigh Bells’ shoes (and Sleigh Bells themselves) are going on a quick tour this June in support of last year’s Bitter Rivals on Mom + Pop Music. If you see one tour this summer and your main criteria is the quality of shoes on display, this is THE tour to see. Personally, I have never judged anything by any other criteria. Give me one reason to change.

Sleigh Bells dates:

06.07.14 - Randall’s Island, NY - Governors Ball NYC Music Festival
06.09.14 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
06.10.14 - Providence, RI - Fete Ballroom
06.12.14 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
06.13.14 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom
06.14.14 - Indianapolis, IN - Vogue
06.17.14 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
06.19.14 - Toronto, ON - NXNE (Yonge Dundas Square)
06.21.14 - Dover, DE - Firefly Music Festival

• Sleigh Bells:
• Mom + Pop:

Legendary noise act Rubber (() Cement are coming to NY… and you’re on the guestlist!

Ten years ago, Bay Area experimental weirdos Rubber (() Cement (a.k.a. Rubber-O-Cement and Rubber-0-Cement) performed at the first edition of No Fun Fest, and it was one of the greatest, life-changing performances I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing. Led by the enigmatic artist               — an American noise/experimental music staple since the 1980s — Rubber (() Cement played an incredibly breathtaking, violent set, the processed thrift-store effect, guitar skronk, and exquisite costumes blasting through the homogeneity of the noise scene at the time and welcomingly ushering it toward the chaos, surrealism, and confusion that was all but absent by the time noise reached its inevitable apex/downfall. It was refreshing, but few gave a shit — people seemed more interested in waiting for industrial beat drops and high-profile improv collaborations than the bizarre assemblage of cardboard, foam, and tin foil that was Rubber (() Cement.

Of course, I’m dramatizing here. Many a noise artist (members of Wolf Eyes, Nautical Almanac, etc.) still cite               and his related projects (             ,              ) as a huge influence on their work, which is why it’ll be quite a reunion this week for noise lovers when Rubber (() Cement perform in New York a little over 10 years since that No Fun Fest set (and eight years since their last NY performance). The first is a gallery show tonight for “Insider Art Fair,” which was set up by Mark Flood; the second is Wednesday at Coco66 with Spiritual Recess; the third is in Queens at The Red Light District with Newton and Toe Ring (final show!); and the fourth is on Saturday with Robbie McDonald Growth System at Darren Ho’s release party for this beautiful lathe-cut record.

As one might say, “You will not want to miss this rare Errth opportunity to encounter the true electronic cardboard mental wisdom of Ape Canaveral ignorance & future cargo cult outlines.”

05.13.14 - New York, NY - Zach Feuer Gallery @ Center548 (Insider Art Fair)
05.14.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Coco66 *
05.15.14 - Queens, NY - The Red Light District #
05.17.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Navy Yard loft (50 Taaffe Pl, 3rd Floor) %

* Spiritual Recess
# Newton, Toe Ring
% Darren Ho, Robbie McDonald Growth Systems

• Rubber (() Cement:

Morrissey to put out 20th anniversary edition of Vauxhall and I, the ultimate party album

Ever go to a lame party? I’m sure you have. Ever go to a lame party where someone was pumping the Morrissey? Heck no, you haven’t, because such a thing has never existed, such a thing will never exist. Step 1 to having a good party is playing some Morrissey, and step 2 is shut up, there is no step 2. As a gift to the party people of the world, Morrissey, the ultimate good-time-haver, is reissuing his classic rager Vauxhall and I on June 3 through Parlophone.

In fact, Vauxhall and I is turning 20 years old this year, just one year before the mystique and danger of getting irresponsibly drunk fades away. The birthday boy/girl/genderless record is being honored with a new remaster by Bill Inglot, as well as a second disc containing an unreleased recording of a 1995 show at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Though, it should be noted that the live disc will only be available on the CD version, leaving the vinyl and digital versions without such a treat. Thankfully, all versions are said to contain unseen photos from the period of Vauxhall and I’s release. Look! Morrissey’s reading a book in this one! What a party monster.

Vauxhall and I tracklist:

01. Now My Heart Is Full
02. Spring-Heeled Jim
03. Billy Budd
04. Hold On To Your Friends
05. The More You Ignore Me the Closer I Get
06. Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself
07. I Am Hated For Loving
08. Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning
09. Used To Be A Sweet Boy
10. The Lazy Sunbathers
11. Speedway

Live at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 1995 tracklist:

01. Billy Budd
02. Have-A-Go Merchant
03. Spring-Heeled Jim
04. London
05. You’re The One For Me Fatty
06. Boxers
07. Jack The Ripper
08. We’ll Let You Know
09. Whatever Happens I Love You
10. Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself
11. The More You Ignore Me the Closer I Get
12. National Front Disco
13. Moon River
14. Now My Heart Is Full

• Morrissey:
• Parlophone: