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

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

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

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

No Joy
Connan Mockasin
Co La
Lilacs & Champagne
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:

Pixies still touring and making videos and talk-singing and stuff

The Kim Deal-less Pixies continue to march onward as the revitalized group continues its cash in comeback with another set of tour dates to support EP-1 as well as a new music video (via Consequence of Sound).

The 32 newly added dates are all across North America, so now’s your chance to hear them play all the hits like “Indie Cindy” and “What Goes Boom” in your city. Fidlar, Cults, and Best Coast will all open at various points during the tour to make sure the kids come out.

As for the “Andro Queen” video, it was directed by two-time Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Documentaries winner Ondi Timoner (of Dig! fame). That’s cool, right? The video has some familiar faces in it, as it stars the band Shakey Graves and features Marco Benevenuto in a tiger mask with his fancy piano. So I guess technically it doesn’t have Benevenuto’s face. Whatever, you get what I mean.

Here’s the video and look below for tourdates.

Tour dates:

10.08.13 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys
10.09.13 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys
10.10.13 - Prague, Czech Republic - Lucerna Music Hall
11.01.13 - Vienna, Austria - Gasometer
11.02.13 - Geneva, Switzerland - Thonex
11.04.13 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
11.05.13 - Toulouse, France - Le Phare
11.07.13 - Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
11.08.13 - Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
11.09.13 - Lisbon, Portugal - Coliseum
11.11.13 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Rockhal
11.13.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Falkoner
11.14.13 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene
11.15.13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Munchen Brewery
11.18.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia
11.19.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia
11.21.13 - Manchester, UK - Apollo
11.22.13 - Glasgow, UK - Barrowland
11.24.13 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
11.25.13 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
01.15.14 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall *
01.16.14 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis *
01.18.14 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre *
01.19.14 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre *
01.21.14 - Newark, NJ - New Jersey Performing Arts Center *
01.22.14 - New Haven, CT - Shubert Theatre *
01.24.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory *
01.25.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Carnegie Music Hall *
01.26.14 - Washington, DC - Strathmore *
01.29.14 - Richmond, VA - National Theatre *
01.31.14 - Durham, NC - Durham PAC ^
02.01.14 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium ^
02.03.14 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium ^
02.04.14 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle ^
02.06.14 - St. Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House ^
02.07.14 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion ^
02.08.14 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore ^
02.09.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre ^
02.11.14 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theatre ^
02.13.14 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium #
02.14.14 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Tavern #
02.15.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Great Salt Air #
02.17.14 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre #
02.18.14 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre #
02.19.14 - Portland, OR - Schnitzer Auditorium #
02.21.14 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre #
02.22.14 - San Jose, CA - The Joint #
02.24.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre #
02.25.14 - Albuquerque, NM - Kiva Auditorium #
02.27.14 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center #
02.28.14 - Dallas, TX - South Side Ballroom #
03.01.14 - Austin, TX - Music Hall #

* Fidlar
^ Cults
# Best Coast

• Pixies:

Kelela drops debut mixtape CUT 4 ME, featuring Kingdom, Jam City, NGUZUNGUZU, and more dog-piling the production duties

An immediate draw of the Night Slugs crew is their seemingly innate ability to churn out brutally funky rhythms conducive to dancing — not normally, but with a certain awkward aggressiveness. Anecdotally, I recall listening to the first edition of their All Stars compilation, and despite taking precautions to ensure my tranquility (donning a microwaved neck pillow and having a nice cup of herbal tea), it was but two tracks into the album before I found myself having an air altercation with a mythical (and, needless to say, imaginary) dragon. That’s what it looked like, anyway. Album complete, and numerous fire dodges later, a realization came: “it wouldn’t hurt for them to soften things up a bit.”

Enter Los Angeles-based vocalist Kelela Mizanekristos, who isn’t officially affiliated with Night Slugs, but whose brand new (and debut) mixtape CUT 4 ME is literally filled with NS (and Fade to Mind) production credits, to quite complementary ends. As it happened, Fade to Mind founder Kingdom had discovered Kelela in Los Angeles, and after being sufficiently enamored, the feeling then spread to such artists as Girl Unit, Jam City, NGUZUNGUZU, and Bok Bok, who are all featured on the mixtape.

Kelela herself was born and raised outside of Washington, DC, and despite third-party insistence to the contrary, she never received formal vocal training during her younger years. Having just listened to CUT 4 ME, I was initially going to remark on her style being a little too subdued given the backdrop, but that feeling quickly faded by album’s end. The emotion subtly becomes apparent. Here’s the release in full:

Cut 4 Me tracklist:

01. Guns & Synths (prod: Bok Bok, Napolian, Tariq & Garfield)
02. Enemy (prod: NGUZUNGUZU)
03. Floor Show (prod: Girl Unit)
04. Do It Again
05. Go All Night: Let Me Roll (prod: Morri$)
06. Bank Head (Extended) (prod: Kingdom)
07. Cut 4 Me (prod: Kingdom)
08. Keep It Cool (prod: Jam City)
09. Send Me Out (prod: Kingdom)
10. Go All Night: Let it Burn (prod: Morri$)
11. Something Else (prod: NGUZUNGUZU)
12. A Lie (prod: Bok Bok)
13. Cherry Coffee (prod: Jam City)

• Kelela:
• Fade to Mind:

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:
• Moon Glyph:

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.


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:
• Paradise of Bachelors:

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):
• PAN: