Kevin Drumm dramatically re-invents “the cassette” as you know it by releasing a new cassette on Editions Mego!

Kevin Drumm dramatically re-invents "the cassette" as you know it by releasing a new cassette on Editions Mego!

Hey, happy 2014, dear TMT readers! If you’re anything like me, you’re probably barricaded inside your shitty apartment right now, using your oven to stay warm, listening to the music from Twin Peaks on repeat, and trying not to think about how you don’t have any coffee or cigarettes on-hand while the full polar fury of the Norse gods of old rages outside, prohibiting you from leaving the goddamn premises. Sound about right? Yeah… what we need right now is a HOT slice of cherry pie-style news before we all start hallucinating…

But oh shit, what’s THIS? I think it’s… it’s… Kevin Drumm! It’s all a little hazy, but I think he’s walking into the room in reverse and backwards-talk-announcing the release of a new cassette on Editions Mego! His words are a little hard to make out, but here’s the gist: appropriately titled Shut In, the thing is coming our way on February 18 and is described on the Editions Mego site as, simply, a “beautiful piece of Easy Listening for Cabin Fever courtesy of Kevin Drumm.” The cassette edition is limited to 250 (you can pre-order it now), but it comes with some sweet “archival artwork from the artist himself.” And don’t worry; there’s also a digital version if you can’t get your hands on the physical thing. Also, more good news! He says they’re going to start making that gum you like again.

Somethin’ tells me we’re gonna be alllll-right, readers!

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sunn O))) to release new 12-inch LA REH 012, in case the engines of holiday travel just weren’t the same

And so the winged creature, a biological cousin of the malevolent species inhabiting Oz, flew with intent and an air of rightful ownership as it carried a dejected-looking, massive stone head to a place of relative security. But was that the whole story? Why, no! Revealed through the cover art of the seeming sequel to Rehearsal Demo Nov 11 2011, the head was stolen through elaborate deception, as its former possessor was casually directed by its imminent thief, “Whoa, Bob! Looks like someone lost a penny!” / “What? Where? I really don’t see… ohhhhhh, that son of a bitch.” What soundtrack could possibly serve as the rightful accompaniment to such premeditated deceit?

LA REH 012 from the reliably ominous sunn O))) sees the (blinding!) light of day January 20 in a limited edition of 1500 copies — just over 100 of which are still available for preorder at the time of writing — on 180g rainbow-colored… I mean, black vinyl. Supplementing the similarities of visual artistry, both LA REH 012 and Rehearsal Demo Nov 11 2011 were recorded in Los Angeles and mixed in Paris, while the former’s audible creation succeeds the other by about a year. Rehearsals both, if we take a stab at the unabbreviated “REH,” so if drone regardless of how honed is your thing, head on over here. Or possibly here at some point. Or to the associated Bandcamp page for a digital version when the time comes.

Separate but related, the collaboration between sunn O))) and Ulver, Terrestrials, will come out February 4. Here’s a track excerpt that’s been released in the interim since we last reported on the subject:

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Dean Blunt uploads footage of next Hype Williams album and a Redeemer outtake, severs ties with Hippos in Tanks

Over the extended holiday season Dean Blunt has been uploading, removing, and reshuffling all types of material to the “cplnd” SoundCloud, all of it involving Joanne Robertson to some degree. On “Love Me Thru This” and “DEF freestyle” she’s a soothing background heartbeat to Blunt’s brooding synth headaches, but the real Xmas cracker is “50 CENT”’s tag-team lyrical dosey doe, apparently a “lost tape” meant for The Redeemer (TMT Review). Robertson also goes it alone on the Blunt-produced “X” single.

ALSO of interest is the just-uploaded video “[1080 HD] 2014” that again mentions A Bullet In Yr Eye, Throwin Money 2 Tha Sky, the presumed title of the next Hype Williams release:

[Update: video’s gone.]

Whoever ends up being involved in the sounds of that album (certainly feels more “Hype Williams” than his current solo output), its release will definitely not be handled by the group’s (fairly) long-time label Hippos in Tanks, as Blunt outlined in an emailed statement yesterday: “There will be no mo future Dean Blunt projects released with the label Hippos in Tanks.” No word on who did what or why.

2014! It’s a new year!

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[Photo: Nata Moraru]

RIP: Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells, Secret Machines, Tripping Daisy

From The Dallas Observer:

We here at DC9 at Night are extremely saddened to report the passing of Benjamin Curtis. Last night in New York, Curtis lost a year-long battle with cancer at the age of 35.

Though a native Oklahoman, Curtis was a Dallas resident and treasured member of the local music scene from the ’90s well into the 2000s. In the mid-’90s, Curtis and his brother Brandon were members of local rock outfit UFOFU with Joe Butcher, before Ben left to spend a few years playing drums for Tripping Daisy. In 2000, the Curtis brothers started the spacey three-piece Secret Machines. Their debut full-length project, 2004’s Now Here Is Nowhere, broke nationally to much critical acclaim. It will long be remembered as a Dallas classic. […]

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RIP: Zbigniew Karkowski, noise musician

From SPIN:

Zbigniew Karkowski, a Polish experimental musician whose work amplified the boundaries of noise music — and also its volume — died today, according to his friend and collaborator Anton Lukoszevieze. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just 10 weeks ago. He was 55.

Karkowki was regarded in experimental-music circles as one of noise music’s most fearlessly extreme practitioners. Stories circulate that his music once cracked a toilet at San Francisco’s Bloody Angle Compound studios; a 2001 performance at Montreal’s FCMM, playing needle-nosed sine waves tuned to the resonant frequency of the room, sparked a fire in a speaker and sent chunks of the ceiling tumbling to the floor. But he was also known as one of noise music’s most contemplative thinkers. (When a reporter asked him if he was afraid of damaging his hearing, following the FCMM performance, he replied, “Sound is like a wild animal; it will only hurt you if you are afraid of it.”)

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RIP: Akifumi Nakajima a.k.a. Aube, experimental musician

From experimental musician Eric Lanzillotta’s post on I Love Music (via The Stranger’s Line Out blog:

I have gotten the sad news that my old friend Akifumi Nakajima passed away in September. It seems the news is only just creeping out and took a while to reach everyone outside of Japan. Nakajima was probably best known for his work under the name Aube, which was one of the more prolific, and for me most interesting, noise acts from Japan in the 1990s. He had an impeccable sense of design and appreciation for the materials, taking packaging beyond just using regular old paper. His label G.R.O.S.S. presented an impressive selection of international artists and was an important part of the Anomalous Records catalog. I could really go on and on about his achievements and biography, but I think it is well documented online.

I would just like to add that I always appreciated his support and friendship, and greatly respected his honestly and commitment to quality. In 2004, I spent two weeks in Japan. Eight of those days were in Kyoto and I saw Akifumi almost every day. Seeing the temples and shrines, as well as record stores I would have never found on my own, with him gave the city much more depth than I would have found there on my own. It is heartening to know that he has left a vast recorded legacy for people to appreciate, but sad to lose such a good soul.

In memory of him, I want to share the recording of our one live performance together:
This is a little different than the noise music some may associate with him, and I suppose points forward towards the analog electronic revival that started to appear not long after this concert.

Unfortunately, this also comes in a wave of other deaths in the experimental community as albrecht/D., Bernard Parmegiani and Sten Hanson have also left this world. All three had long and productive careers. These are just more reasons to appreciate those that are still with us!

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