Gabriel Saloman (ex-Yellow Swans) announces new album, headbutts Pete Swanson in the chest

Gabriel Saloman (ex-Yellow Swans) announces new album, headbutts Pete Swanson in the chest

It’s been five years since Yellow Swans disbanded, three years since they left us with their final album, the massive Going Places (TMT Review). Since then, the Pete Swanson half of Yellow Swans has kept busy with some fairly high-profile releases, like his Man with Potential LP and the pair of EPs that followed. The duo’s other half, guitarist Gabriel Saloman, has kept a somewhat lower profile, putting out only the occasional smaller release. Last year, he released Adhere, his first LP under his own name. Now, he’s got two plans. One, to release a follow-up LP called Soldier’s Requiem on November 8 through Miasmah Records. Two, to headbutt Pete Swanson in the chest really, really hard.

“I don’t have anything against Pete,” Saloman may or may not have said. “I just really want to headbutt him.” There you have it, the scoop on Gabriel Salomon possibly headbutting Pete Swanson sometime in the near future. As for Soldier’s Requiem, the scoop there is that it consists of four intense but restrained tracks constructed out of piano, guitar, and drums. Listen to one of those four haunting requiems, “Boots on the Ground,” below (via a stream from FACT). Then headbutt another person.

Soldier’s Requiem tracklist:

01. Mine Field
02. Marching Time
03. Boots on the Ground
04. Cold Haunt

• Gabriel Saloman:
• Miasmah:

Bardo Pond announce new LP Peace on Venus for all the Paracelsus superfans out there

Paracelsus fans! Now is your time to shine! It seems like every year, album after album comes out, without even one touching on the works of 16th-century German-Swiss physician Paracelsus. Considering every album that is released each year, you’d think at least one would mention this titan of Renaissance thought. And, yet, no! Until now. Philadelphia psych mainstays Bardo Pond are returning with a new album, their first since 2010’s self-titled album (TMT Review). On October 29, Fire Records will release the band’s ninth album, Peace on Venus.

What does this have to do with Paracelsus? It’s a matter of Quintessence. Don’t ask a lamebrain like me to explain this concept, take it from Paracelsus himself:

Nothing of true value is located in the body of a substance, but in the virtue thereof, and this is the principle of the Quintessence, which reduces, say 20 lbs. of a given substance into a single Ounce, and that ounce far exceeds the 20 lbs. in potency. Hence the less there is of body, the more in proportion is the virtue thereof.

In the context of Peace on Venus, Bardo Pond member Michael Gibbons says that the band is following Quintessence by attempting to make an album as potent as possible while being confined to a single LP. Keep that in mind while listening below to the record’s second track, “Taste.”

Peace on Venus tracklist:

01. Kali Yuga Blues
02. Taste
03. Fir
04. Chance
05. Before the Moon

• Bardo Pond:
• Fire:

Autechre announce L-event EP, because downtime is an outdated concept

Ugh. Fine, since nobody else seems to want to cover this totally worthwhile (no sarcasm) news, I guess I’ll do the nice thing here and take the reigns, despite the fact that coverage serves as a personal reminder of my hopelessly delayed schedule of music-listening. Autechre’s massive double album Exai saw its release earlier this year, to much critical acclaim. Elaborate beyond that, I wish I could, but I’m still trying to determine the philosophical depth of Ace of Base’s “The Sign” while wearing a flannel shirt and jean shorts. The legendary electronic duo’s prolificacy — referring to Autechre now — avoids surprise among the acquainted, and just as appreciated is their surgically-attached relationship with Warp. Twenty years on, and the bed’s still shaking on the regular.

Following up on and serving as an extension to the already lengthy Exai, Autechre have announced new EP L-event, out October 29 on…. Check out the neat packaging here. You might be able to stream the entire thing here.

Justifying my earlier lack of elaboration, an epiphany: it’s gotten to the point where Autechre don’t need journalistic elaboration. Their legend has been established, and their style of music, reliable and reliably innovative. For lack of a better analogy, they’re like your favorite obscure alcoholic beverage, for which the formula may change slightly, but never enough to prevent you from getting classily inebriated whenever the situation warrants. You know what to expect — oh yes, liquid deliciousness.

L-event tracklisting:

01. tac Lacora
02. M39 Diffain
03. Osla for n
04. newbound

• Autechre:
• Warp:

Noveller announces dreamy new full-length No Dreams, out next week on Important Records

Sarah Lipstate and her guitar have agreed to polyamory, though it’s only the former who’s taking advantage, because guitars don’t have brains and can’t actively seek out different hands. Meanwhile, despite offering her own description of Noveller as a “solo electric guitar project,” her newest album No Dreams promises the extra-utilization of synths, “pulsing throbs of electronic beats,” and “haunting piano,” all the while maintaining her distinct sound of… something not quite drone (in my opinion), but we’ll call it drone, because genre pigeonholing is the name of the game, sir/madam!

Her name might be relatively new, but in terms of accomplishment, Noveller is inching in on veteran territory. No Dreams, set for release October 22 via the humbly named Important Records, is her sixth full-length album, and it supplements the film scoring and film producing that Lipstate does under her own name. So the story goes, it was her collaborative film score work with Nathan Larson that inspired the incorporation of new elements on Noveller’s new album. Listen to some of that film score work over here, and frowningly tilt your head as you wonder why we haven’t heard more of this lovely piano playing until now, apparently.

Eh, I guess this is a tolerable explanation:

For me, that’s really exciting, as well, combining these different elements. But guitar is still the instrument that fascinates me the most. There’s so much you can do, and even if there are a million people out there playing it, or even if every sound that’s possible has been created, for me, there’s still things I find that keep me in love with this instrument. I think there’s a lot more to explore.

No Dreams tracklisting:

01. Fighting Sleep
02. Mannahatta
03. No Dreams
04. Purchase
05. Gathering the Elements
06. Rue de Montmorency
07. The Fright
08. Outro

• Noveller:
• Important:

RIP: Jan Kuehnemund, founder of female metal band Vixen

From Vixen’s official website:

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Vixen founder and lead guitarist, Jan Kuehnemund, who lost a fierce battle with cancer on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Though most well known for her gifted guitar playing and other musical talents, Jan was a rare friend and beautiful in every sense of the word. Humble, thoughtful, loyal and kind, she was the most gracious of women, possessing the quiet strength of a true warrior. She genuinely loved and appreciated her friends and fans more than most could ever know. Those who were most fortunate to have known her and loved her are heartbroken at the loss of Jan, whose spirit will shine through her music eternally.

Jan was very courageous. Never complained. Never gave up. The cancer beat her body but it NEVER broke her spirit at any point. Up until the actual moment that she died, she really believed she was going back home.

Jan… you will be missed.. but never forgotten.

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Dais Records plans new COUM Transmissions (pre-Throbbing Gristle) release Home Aged & the 18 Month Hope, because that coum ain’t gonna transmit itself

Way back in 1969, Led Zeppelin released their first album, Wes Anderson got ejected from a uterus, and Sesame Street had its television debut. As years go, it was pretty alright, except, of course, for the fact that nobody was really transmitting any coum. Zero coum transmitted. Zilch. Genesis P-Orridge took note of that fact, and late in the year, s/he founded the group COUM Transmissions while at school in Hull, Yorkshire. From there s/he set about transmitting all the coum that was humanly possible (not as gross as it sounds, I promise!) Between 1969 and 1976, with a rotating membership including John Shapiro, Cosey Fanni Tutti, and Spydeee Gasmantell, COUM Transmissions completed various tasks related to the effective transmission of coum, including being generally confrontational, making some pretty cool music, and opening for Hawkwind. In 1976, having deemed the amount of coum transmitted adequate, P-Orridge formed Throbbing Gristle alongside fellow members of COUM Transmissions.

Flash forward a whole bunch of years and everybody’s all ga-ga about Throbbing Gristle but about half of them are like “COUM Transmissions who?” because, turns out P-Orridge et. al. totally forgot to convert all the recordings they made way-back-when into MP3s, because, surprisingly, MP3s were not a thing in the 70s. But never fear, the kind folks at Dais Records have arrived to save the day! Back in 2009 they began what they said would be an ongoing process of making COUM Transmissions recordings a bit more widely available with The Sound of Porridge Bubbling, followed by Sugarmorphoses in 2011. Now they’re planning yet another release, which is entitled Home Aged & the 18 Month Hope. Out October 29, it collects material from between 1971 and 1975, and includes everything from live performances to poetry readings to radio interviews. It’s even got audio from that time the group played with Hawkwind! It’s limited to 1000 copies, so, in my professional opinion, you should hop on that preorder train yesterday.

Home Aged & the 18 Month Hope tracklisting:

01. Interview with Genesis P-Orridge on Arena Radio Humberside by Jim Hawkins for Fanfare Arts Festival, January 6, 1973
02. Doo Dah (Excerpt)
03. Prescott & Williams 1932
04. Edna and the Great Surfers in St. Georges Hall, Bradford, October 22, 1971
05. Cement Men - My Granny Goes Grave Digging
06. 18 Month Hope
07. Home Aged
08. Genesis P-Orridge talks with David Mayor at 5 Beck Road

• COUM Transmissions:
• Dais Records: