NGUZUNGUZU announce Skycell EP, travel around Europe in their ISUZUISUZU

NGUZUNGUZU announce Skycell EP, travel around Europe in their ISUZUISUZU

Everyone’s favorite all caps’d duo, with the name that either makes you think of an aggressive pluralization of weaponry or a Yoda interpretation of a zoo taken over by a miscellaneous sticky substance, NGUZUNGUZU, have been plenty busy not releasing a full-length album, but, importantly, not not doing anything at all. Of particular note due to its temporal proximity and the quality of the release itself, they produced two of the tracks (“Enemy” and “Something Else”) on Kelela’s debut mixtape, capably succeeding in their task of creating relatively sparse, bass-heavy rhythms to complement the vocals. Likewise, NA (Daniel Pineda of NGUZUNGUZU) also recently made his solo debut with the EP Xtreme Tremble, released a short while ago. I feel like that title could use some more X’s.

You’re noticing it too: a secret hatred of long plays that continues into the present, as evidenced by the announcement of Skycell, a new EP on Fade to Mind (out November 5 digitally and November 19 on vinyl), their sixth EP overall, and possibly a hybrid of their mutual love for Skyfall and Splinter Cell. Go on, resist the temptation after you read the EP being described as a “game…”. Continuing: “a game you don’t know your [sic] playing, a hostile environment where your mind takes a vacation, but your body is in a cage.” So, you know, sure. Expectations are of something not dissimilar to their previous work, and as has been belabored, not something much longer either. It’s all good. No, really, forgiveness:

Skycell tracklisting:

01. Foam Feathers
02. Harp Bell
03. Vision of Completion
04. Break In
05. Tumultuous
06. Mecha
07. Skycell


10.18.13 - Mexico City, Mexico - NAAFI party
10.22.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Viper Room
10.25.13 - Zurich, Switzerland - Longstreet Bar
10.26.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Stengade 30
10.30.13 - Berlin, Germany - Panorama Bar
10.31.13 - Paris, France - La Machine du Moulin Rouge
11.01.13 - Stockholm, Sweden - RBMA Ljunggrens
11.02.13 - Moscow, Russia - Solyanka
11.08.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Fade to Mind

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C V L T S release cassette on Beer on the Rug, spit a thousand V’s and spaces at that other Cults

There are Cults and then there are C V L T S. Not to spend this news story badmouthing the band Cults (they’re fine), but know this: C V L T S could chew them up, digest them, and then spit out an infinite stream of negative space and capital V’s. It’s just fact! Funny thing, though, C V L T S aren’t even a terribly tough band. They make soundscapes, many of which are fairly warm. Still, tougher than Cults, tough enough to put out music on Beer on the Rug. Music like their new cassette, Intentions, out now.

Act now on this tape, lest you end up in a void of regret. What I mean by this is that the cassette is limited to a mere 75 cassettes, though all of those cassettes do come with download codes. If you really, really act quickly (possibly into the past, but maybe not), you can receive a piece of raw black tourmaline, the likes of which is packaged with the first seven cassettes. You hear that? RAW. BLACK. TOURMALINE. Beyond that, all the cassettes come in a purple tinted shell and all have been pro-duplicated on chrome tape. But, at that point, you’ll have to get tourmaline yourself.

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Heatsick preparing new album Re-Engineering for PAN, slowly saving up for a better keyboard

Heatsick a.k.a. Steven Warwick has a brand-spanking-new full-length coming soon (November 29) on PAN. It’s called Re-Engineering because it plans to “re-engineer” your concept of what a record album can be by being both familiar (it has songs on it like all the others!) and unfamiliar (I’ll bet you bitcoins to buttercream frosting you haven’t heard any of these songs unless you’re Rashad Becker, or Bill Kouligas, or Warwick, or maybe Warwick’s mom). You might remember Warwick as the fellah who made some major waves in the electronic music community because instead of using super fancy electronic machines to make his music, he used slightly less fancy electronic machines to make his music. If you’ve hit your head or slept since then, I’ll remind you that at first folks were kinda skeptical about that, but then eventually they were less skeptical, which is a pretty cool demonstration about how things change over time.

Warwick describes the record as a “cybernetic poem” about “hypermodernity in crisis,” which are some real cool sounding words that make me think about robots, which is something I really like to do. Also, to be totally candid, I’m pretty stoked about the whole robot angle here because if poetry really is dead, I imagine robot stuff is just the ticket to get it breathing again. If you’re in the mood to get hyped and also think about robots, you can check out a recording of Warwick’s set at this year’s PAN_ACT festival below, or maybe catch him on one of his several international tour dates which are also below.

Re-Engineering tracklisting:

01. Re-Engineering
02. E-Scape
03. Mimosa
04. Watermark
05. Clear Chanel
06. U1
07. Speculative
08. Après Moi, Le Déluge!
09. Dial Again
10. Emerge
11. Accelerationista


10.17.13 - Nantes, France - Pôle Etudiant*
10.23.13 - Bristol, UK - The Exchange#
11.09.13 - Sydney, Australia - Sound Summit Festival
11.14.13 - Brisbane, Australia - TBA
11.15.13 - Perth, Australia - Connections Nightclub$
11.16.13 - Melbourne, Australia - Boney
11.20.13 - Dunedin, New Zealand - Chicks Hotel
11.21.13 - Auckland, New Zealand - Whammy
11.22.13 - Wellington, New Zealand - Puppies
11.23.13 - Christchurch, New Zealand - Third Door Down
11.24.13 - Palmerston North, New Zealand - The Fish
11.30.13 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Novas Frequencias Festival%
12.01.13 - Rio De Janiero, Brazil - Panel Discussion

* Sculpture
# Shangaan Electro
$ Tama Sumo
% Lee Gamble, Miles

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RIP: Ronald Shannon Jackson, jazz drummer/composer who collaborated with Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Albert Ayler

From JazzTimes:

Ronald Shannon Jackson, a drummer and composer who worked largely within the realms of free jazz, funk and fusion, died this morning, Oct. 19, in Ft. Worth, Tex. Jackson’s passing was confirmed by his cousin, Tobi Hero, on Jackson’s Facebook page. No cause of death was cited, however, Jackson was suffering from leukemia and had been living in a hospice. He was 73.

• Ronald Shannon Jackson:

sunn O))) reissue Black One on Southern Lord for RSD Black Friday; where do we stand on Record Store Day again?

Hello, sir | madam, I’m here today to tell you about some news: the legendary | refrigerator-like drone duo sunn O))) have got plans to reissue their 2005 release Black One on Black Friday, November 29. Black Friday, of course, is the day that families come together to shop for great deals | the people of America become inexplicably even more willing than usual to be pulverized in the great meat grinder of capitalism. Like last year, there’s now a Record Store Day on Black Friday which is another cool way to get people excited about supporting local record shops | pouring money into the pockets of greedy corporate overlords all in the name of yet another random Bob Dylan reissue and/or Lana Del Rey picture disc. That fact that sunn O))) decided to participate by reissuing Black One in particular makes a lot of sense to me | me want to drown myself in turkey gristle even though I’m a vegetarian, since it’s coming out on Black Friday and both things have the word “black” in them. Wow | Ughh!

Black One was a bit of a shift for sunn O))) when it first came out. Featuring somewhat shorter songs and significant guest spots from the likes of Oren Ambarchi, Xasthur’s Maelfic, and John Wiese, it now serves as a clear entry point into the band’s somewhat intimidating | uniformly refrigerator-y discography. If you’ve not yet made its acquaintance, you can check it out over on their Bandcamp, where literally pretty much everything they ever recorded is available to stream, or even purchase if you’re not a(n) freeloader | internet activist. This particular reissue comes from Southern Lord as a double LP limited to 1,000 copies on black vinyl, and 1,000 on white which is a neat way to make the album collectible for fans | a transparent method of artificially driving up demand. There’s also a silver disc version that will be available only in Europe. The album is available for preorder now, and preorders will ship in early November.

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Cymbals Eat Guitars announce fall tour, promise 2014 LP full of songs about alien mountains and a big ocean

“Why are there so many songs about mountains?
— Paul Williams/Kermit the Frog, “Mountain Connection”

This is also basically what classic-indie-rock recreationists Cymbal Eat Guitars named their first record, give or take or move a few words. As suggested, most of the songs on that record were about mountains. Later, they put an album that I believe was about aliens, the second most popular subject for songs. Now, thinking about mountains and aliens is all well and good, but sometimes, you’ve gotta get out there yourself. As such, Cymbals Eat Guitars are going on tour in November, in search of mountains (easy) and aliens (harder). Why else would they be going on tour? Just to play shows? You are naive.

While on search for mountains and aliens, the band will also be playing live some of the new songs they’ve written. These songs are expected to make it to a new record due out next year, following up 2011’s Lenses Alien (TMT Review). Unconfirmed rumor: this new record is a concept album about an alien who is also a mountain. Remember, this is unconfirmed. Wink. Wink. Wink.

Cymbals Eat Guitars dates:

11.05.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite ^
11.06.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel ^
11.08.13 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
11.09.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s Crystal Ball
11.13.13 - State College, PA - Chronic Town #
11.14.13 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch *
11.15.13 - Chicago, IL - Schuba’s *
11.16.13 - Madison, WI - Der Rathskellar *
11.17.13 - Grand Rapids, MI - Founders Brewery, Co. *
11.18.13 - Oberlin, OH - Dionysus Disco *
11.19.13 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop *
11.20.13 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups *
11.21.13 - Washington, DC - DC9 #
11.22.13 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fire #
11.23.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory #

^ Mrs. Magician
* Stagnant Pools
# Grooms

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