Mexican Summer to host two-day festival in honor of five years, still young enough to appreciate that “infernal racket”

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Absent any genuine white coat-wearing, glasses-adjusting, clipboard-holding scientific research into the subject, we’re only left to assume the difficulty of an independent record label sustaining itself for at least five years. It’s probably pretty difficult, especially during the formative (or early) stages, during which cash is probably being blown even more than one of those ridiculous money blowing machines. At some point in the future, and like all things, dollar bills will have circuits inserted into them, and as so many novels and movies have pointed out, sentience inevitably follows. Inevitably following that, self-enlargement, until notes are grabbing desperately at you in the tacky human blowing machines! Ahahahaha.

The Brooklyn-based label Mexican Summer has achieved not only sustenance, but relevant to our aural pleasure, a noteworthy list of artist relationships. There’s the Daniel Lopatin-run Software offshoot, which garners personal fondness, but otherwise, releases from Best Coast, Washed Out, Peaking Lights, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Kurt Vile, and The Alps have all been etched into the Mexican Summer catalog. An achievement worth celebrating, no?

This weekend, on Friday (10/11) and Saturday (10/12), the label will host a festival at the Pioneer Works Center For Art and Innovation in Red Hook, Brooklyn, to celebrate five years since its inception. Rockabus is offering transportation, Ariel Pink, Spiritualized, Tamaryn, and (many) more are performing, and the Mexican Summer-affiliated CO-OP 87 record store will be setting up a “pop-up shop” on site with vinyl collectibles aplenty. Go here for full festival details.

But wait, there’s more! With just 10 easy payments… er, there’s also an 11” x 11” 250-page book telling the Mexican Summer tale set for release sometime following the festival. Limited to 1000 copies, the aptly-titled Mexican Summer: Five Years, will, according to a press release, feature “unique and unseen art and ephemera, photos and written contributions from a host of Mexican Summer artists.” And bundled with the book: a 10-inch record of exclusive collaborations! Check out the tracklist below the fest lineup.

Christ, let’s hope they don’t go broke from this one.

Friday, October 11, 6:00 PM — 3:00 AM:

Ariel Pink
Tamaryn
The Fresh & Onlys
Bobb Trimble’s Flying Spiders
Mike Wexler
Home Blitz

Saturday, October 12, 3:00 PM — 3:00 AM:

Spiritualized
No Joy
Connan Mockasin
Lansing-Dreiden
Co La
Lilacs & Champagne
Quilt
Linda Perhacs
Happy Jawbone Family Band
Soldiers of Forturn
Weyes Blood

Mexican Summer: Five Years tracklist:

01. Jorge Elbrose (Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink), “Called to Ring”
02. Bay of Pigs (Spiritualized, Soldiers of Fortune, and Neil Hagerty), “Bay of Pigs”
03. Bobb Trimble and Quilt, “Starry Eyed Dreamer”
04. Autre Ne Veut and Fennesz, “Alive”
05. The Lonely Sailor and Renée Mendoza-Haran (members of Total Control, Lace Curtain, and Ashrae Fax), “Holdin’ On”

• Mexican Summer: http://www.mexicansummer.com

Hey! Look! Clipd Beaks have a new album out on Moon Glyph!

It’s hard to believe Clipd Beaks have been making ears bleed (in a good way) with their particular brand of psychedelia for a decade. It feels like it was just yesterday we thrilled to the sounds of 2007’s (!) Hoarse Lords and 2010’s excellent To Realize (TMT Review), but it’s true.

So, after self-releasing a couple releases last year, the Oakland-based outfit is back with a release from a proper label. Lost Offerings, the newest release from the band, is now available from Moon Glyph. Available on the delightfully antiquated cassette format, it’s a four-song EP that sees the band shifting their tactics; while known for their blasting, cacophonous sound, Lost Offerings is dense with a stronger emphasis on refined melodies, dynamics, and structure.

To see what I mean, you can check out “All Ways Closer” directly below this sentence:

Lost Offerings tracklist:

01. Womb to Tomb
02. Black Vacuum
03. All Ways Closer
04. Tied Sky

• Clipd Beaks: https://www.facebook.com/clipdbeaks
• Moon Glyph: http://moonglyph.com

Steve Gunn tours Europe to escape the wrath of the very real diaper mafia

What follows will be a very serious news post. I know I joke around a lot on here. To be honest, I think it’s a defense mechanism. If I could swing it, my heart would be wrapped around in a prickly wall of dick jokes 24/7. My whole life I’ve been coasting, riding high on a spaceship powered by laughter, chortles, and retweets. Probably part of the reason I’ve felt comfortable joking like this is because I’ve never seen the human cost of my tomfoolery. That is, until now.

You might remember that back in April I wrote up a pretty glib little post about a new LP guitarist Steve Gunn was planning to release with Cian Nugent and John Truscinski as Desert Heat. The album is called Cat Mask in Huggie Temple so I did what was natural and made a couple diaper jokes. What’s the harm, right? Well that’s what we all thought, too, right up until the diaper mafia hits started happening.

It was a Friday afternoon. I was about to take a nap, and Steve Gunn was prepping for a little relaxing “time off” when people just started dropping like flies. Friends, families, neighbors, all of them. It turns out that not only is the diaper mafia actually a thing, but they also HATE being misrepresented, and they make “corrections” with a vengeance. There was never any Huggies® sponsorship. It was a dumb joke — I can see that now! That’s why I’m writing this from hiding, and why Steve is leaving for a European tour soon. He’s got to keep moving, and he’s traveling with bodyguards/rhythm section De Stervende Honden, which consists of Erik Heestermans on drums and Tommy De Nys on bass. Steve, I don’t know if you’ll ever read this, but if you do, know that I am so very sorry. If I had any idea that things would turn out this way, I would have never joked about you and about diapers. I would’ve kept my mouth shut. Things would’ve been different.

Dates:

10.12.13 - Barreiro, Portugal - Outfest #
10.15.13 - Vigo, Spain - Sinsal +
10.16.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Miscelanea +
10.18.13 - Paris, France - Espace en Cours *
10.20.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - OCCII *
10.21.13 - Ghent, Belgium - 019 *
10.22.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Ateliers Claus *
10.23.13 - Köln, Germany - King Gerog*
10.24.13 - Zurich, Switzerland - Elmo Delmo *
10.25.13 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Bourg *
10.26.13 - Torino, Italy - Blah Blah *
10.27.13 - Geneva, Switzerland - Cave12 *
10.28.13 - Bologna, Italy - Modo Infoshop +
10.29.13 - Rimini, Italy - Neon Club +
10.30.13 - Warsaw, Poland - Pardon To Tu +
10.31.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Din Nye Ven +
11.01.13 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Koloni +
11.02.13 - Moscow, Russia - Oldich Dress & Drink +

# duo show w/ Mike Cooper
+ solo show
* w/ De Stervende Honden rhythm section

• Steve Gunn: http://steve-gunn.com
• Paradise of Bachelors: http://www.paradiseofbachelors.com

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): https://www.facebook.com/pages/OST/30279863388
• PAN: http://www.pan-act.com

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

• Migrations in Rust: https://soundcloud.com/migrationsinrust
• NNA Tapes: http://nnatapes.com

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

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