PAN announces more releases than you could possibly hope to carry in that little backpack of yours from Black Sites, Bass Clef, Valerio Tricoli, and more

PAN announces more releases than you could possibly hope to carry in that little backpack of yours from Black Sites, Bass Clef, Valerio Tricoli, and more

There’s so much news I have to cover in this post, I’m sweating already. Seriously: forehead, pits, the whole works (#sorrynotsorry). I mean, there are four EPs and a full-length coming out on PAN that I’ve got to tell you about — not to mention that toddler birthday party I have to plan — and I’m guessing you’ve got people to meet later because you’re so cool and popular, so I’m really feeling the time crunch. And I mean, the pressure is really on because at the rate PAN is putting cool new stuff out (there was Jar Moff, NHK’Koyxeи, Dalglish, and Heatsick all toward the end of last year and Helm’s The Hollow Organ already this year) I’m going to be working my poor news-writin’ fingers to the bone for the foreseeable future.

EP number one comes from that great little producer on whose name I always almost add an extra “f,” Bass Clef. It’ll be called Raven Yr Own Worl and it’s out February 17. Check out the straight bumpin’ opener “Self-Perpetuating Fun Loop” or over on PAN’s SoundCloud if you’re not suddenly afraid of your mouse and/or track pad for some reason. EP number two is a self-titled release from Beneath, the dark and shadowy producer who favors hoodies that make it so you can’t see his face over, you know, smiling for pictures, and it’s due out March 17. It’s his first release with PAN, and it follows releases spanning from Tectonic, Keysound, and No Symbols (his own label). Track two of the A-side, “Occupy,” is knocking at your door, ready to pour its grimy clatter all down the front of your shirt right here.

EP number three is from Black Sites, the collaborative project of Helena Hauff and F#X. Arriving on April 14, Unit 2669 follows last year’s Prototype (TMT Review) and continues Black Sites’ ongoing project of attempting to punch their techno thud straight through your brain and see what happens when it comes out the other side. Don’t believe me? Open your ears to hear. Big number four is from the Berlin-based producer M.E.S.H., who up until now has only an EP and remixes of Dan Bodan and Fatima Al Qadiri under their belt. There’s not a release date yet, and it seems to just be titled EP, but if the scratchy swirl of the track “Siren Server” on PAN’s SoundCloud is any indication, it’ll raise some eyebrows at that toddler birthday party I mentioned, but will otherwise be pretty sweet.

And last but not least, there’s the full-length! It’s a double LP planned for February 24 from Italian mastermind Valerio Tricoli. It’s Tricoli’s first solo release in six years, following collaborations with PAN’s own Bill Kouligas, and Thomas Ankersmit. According to Resident Advisor, the release pulls from a 2011 sound installation and features “a healthy dose of spoken word, including writings from Dante, excerpts from Ecclesiastes and text from Tricoli himself.” Check out the track “Le Qoheleth ✚” here.

Bass Clef - Raven Yr Own Worl tracklisting:

01. Self-Perpetuating Fun Loop
02. Fluorescent City Shining City
03. Euphoric Nihilism
04. Adventures Unventured, Tenderness Untendered

Beneath - Beneath tracklisting:

01. Bored 2
02. Occupy
03. One Blings
04. Stress 1

Black Sites - Unit 2669 tracklisting:

01. Unit 2669
02. Москва

M.E.S.H. - M.E.S.H. EP tracklisting:

01. Siren Server
02. Interdictor
03. Captivated
04. Imperialsewers
05. Glassel Finisher

Valerio Tricoli - Miseri Lares tracklisting:

01. La Distanza
02. Hic Labor Ille Domus Et Inextricabilis Error
03. Error
04. In The Eye of The Cyclone
05. Das Schräg Haus
06. Le Qoheleth ✚
07. Miseri Lares
08. In Your Ruins Is My Shelter

• Bass Clef:
• Beneath:
• Helena Hauff:
• F#X:
• M.E.S.H.:
• Valerio Tricoli:
• PAN:

of Montreal shares new video, new tour dates, and sensible polo-and-khakis outfit

of Montreal are going on tour this spring. Attendees can expect a subtle, low-key performance from the Athens-based musicians. “We have always believed that music comes first and all theatricality serves only as a distraction,” frontman Kevin Barnes said in a real interview. Sources report that the band has chosen its stage attire, a sensible polo-and-khakis combination.


Last year, of Montreal released Lousy With Syvianbriar through Polyvinyl. Stereogum recently premiered a video for their single “She Ain’t Speakin’ Now,” directed by Yuan Liu and Owen Donovan. Kevin Barnes is currently swimming around in a Scrooge McDuck vault of glitter.

of Montreal dates:

02.03.14 - Honolulu, HI - Republik
03.22.14 - Natchitoche, LA - DemonFest @ Northwestern State University
03.27.14 - Mexico City, MX - Vive Latino Festival
03.29.14 - Athens, GA - Velena’s Birthday Party @ The 40 Watt Club
03.31.14 - Greensboro, NC - The Blind Tiger
04.01.14 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie’s
04.02.14 - St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room
04.03.14 - Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival
04.04.14 - Wichita, KS - The Crown Uptown
04.06.14 - Memphis, TN - The Hi Tone
05.02.14 - Little Rock, AR - The Revolution Music Room
05.03.14 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest
05.04.14 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
05.05.14 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
05.06.14 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
05.07.14 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
05.08.14 - Orlando, FL - The Social
05.09.14 - Charlotte, NC - Chop Shop
05.10.14 - Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar
05.11.14 - New York, Ny - Le Poisson Rouge
05.12.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
05.13.14 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
05.14.14 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
05.15.14 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
05.16.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
05.17.14 - Cincinnati, OH - The Taft Ballroom
05.18.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle

• of Montreal:

Pharmakon announces some highly sensual, experiential, exponential, and experimental US dates with Helm, Godflesh, Cut Hands (and a few totally normal-ish Japanese shows)

Pharmakon, man. This industrial-noise superwoman just kills it to death on everything she does. But not only that, but she also manages to stay in excellent shape the whole time! Can you say that? No, you can’t. You’re a bum. A lazy bum!

Hopefully, though, you’re a lazy bum with money. Because it turns out she’s doing a handful of shows. Her schedule/exercise regimen entails ripping open a wormhole in space and time and jogging through it to Japan for a few shows with Croatian Amor, Lust For Youth, and Vår; and then power-swimming (wormholes only work one way, duh) all the way back home to New York to play with UK-based sound artist Helm and Copenhagen’s Damien Dubrovnik. As if that wasn’t extreme enough, she’ll then head out on a hang glider for a few more shows in Boston and Philly with Godflesh and William Bennett’s (ex-Whitehouse) newest project, Cut Hands. Honestly, the absolute least you can do is get off the couch and go to one of them. Bring some ear plugs though. If you’re unfamiliar with some of these names I’ve been throwing at you, suffice it to say that things might get… noisy.

The dates, y’all:

02.08.14 - Tokyo, JP - Vacant Harajuku ≈
02.08.14 - Tokyo, JP - Sodom ¶
02.09.14 - Tokyo, JP - Fish
02.18.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right ¥
04.10.14 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza †
04.11.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts †
04.13.14 - Boston, MA - Royale †

≈ Vår & Lust For Youth
¶ Croatian Amor
¥ Helm & Damien Dubrovnik
† Godflesh & Cut Hands

• Pharmakon:
• Sacred Bones:

Dean Blunt drops woozy 26-minute mixtape Skin Fade with Joanne Robertson; listen now!

Dean Blunt has just dropped what appears to be a 26-minute mixtape titled Skin Fade, featuring seven new hypnotic tracks of the typically woozy, disorienting nature. As expected, there’s no concrete information available about the release — which at the moment seems to be a SoundCloud-only joint — except that it once again features Joanne Robertson, who has been collaborating heavily with Blunt since The Redeemer on tracks like “Love Me Thru This,” “DEF freestyle,” and “X.” Robertson’s vocals take center stage on the bulk of the songs, but this release — at turns ethereal, noisy, narcotic, and as evasive as the artists themselves — has “classic” Blunt written all over it.

Stream Skin Fade here The SoundCloud stream is gone, but you can still download it direct from Blunt via this WeTransfer upload NO YOU CAN’T.

No official word yet on a new Hype Williams release, but we can feel it coming.

Meanwhile, Dean Blunt’s 2013 releases, The Redeemer and Stone Island, made it to #2 and #19, respectively, on our Favorite 50 Albums of 2013 list, so you know, check ‘em out if you haven’t already, etc.

• Dean Blunt:
• Joanne Robertson:

Slowdive officially reunite; London and Barcelona to receive initial auditory drowning

Blah blah blah, history is repeating itself. In three months’ time, I’ll find myself confidently droppin’ Js on my elementary school classmates and crying to the teacher about how a fiendish fourth grader unjustly claimed my best friend as his own. Oh, the forearm smudges of a left-handed-pencil-user practicing cursive — I refuse to endure such graphite-fueled cruelty again! Also during the early 90s: that whole (relatively short-lived, but sweet) shoegaze thing, of which arguably the two most principal emissaries, My Bloody Valentine and now, Slowdive, have reunited roughly 20 years later for some fun-time sneaker perusal. Assuredly, human eye-contact remains overrated.

Forgive the perception of unoriginality. Even if MBV did recently enamor the masses with an extensive global tour, and ultimately, the surprisingly atemporal — it sounded like they’d hardly skipped a beat — m b v (TMT Review), Slowdive are their own, equally worthwhile entity, undeserving of belaboring associations. The band’s collective venture into social networking, with four of the group’s members (Christian Savill, Rachel Goswell, Nick Chaplin, and Simon Scott) doing the initial following, marked the first hint. This week, they publicly confirmed performances at Primavera Sound 2014 in Barcelona, and the Village Underground in London on May 19, with additional shows explicitly said to be announced in the near future. Setlist musings by Goswell over at The Quietus indicate “all the old favourites and a couple of different ones. We’re going for the epic.”

Meanwhile, self-proclamations that Slowdive are back would suggest even more. The first rehearsal after officially reuniting was a “fun” and mostly intuitive experience, Neil Halstead remarked; we’ll see if the “initial impetus” leads to full-length fruition.

• Slowdive:

Heavy rockers The Shrine emerge from the primordial sludge with a new LP for Tee Pee Records

Somewhere in Venice Beach, CA, is a garage that time forgot. A garage filled with ratty brown couches, cheap bear, your long-haired older brother circa 1979, and some heavy riffs. Now imagine… nuclear slime!!! SEEPING INTO THE GARAGE!!! And then from the depths of a slime — in a plot line not dissimilar to the conception of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and like, human evolution in general — emerged The Shrine. The power trio of Josh Landau (guitar/vocals), Courtland Murphy (bass) and Jeff Murray (drums) have toured with Red Fang, Earthless, Dinosaur Jr., Graveyard, and Black Flag’s Chuck Dukowski, who also produced the band’s early output.

Now The Shrine are back with a new album for Teepee Records, Bless Off, which drops March 11. This ish was recorded on reel-to-reel tape with old school gear, and features “The Duke,” a track with lyrics originally written by friend-of-the-band Dukowski in 1983 for Black Flag. The album art includes the band’s favorite animal, the wolf, because DUH all bands like wolves, and is a tribute to the iconography of Dogtown Skateboards and show flyer artist Ric Clayton (Suicidal Tendencies.)

Bless Off tracklisting:

01. Destroyers
02. Worship
03. Tripping Corpse
04. The Duke
05. Nothing Forever
06. Bless Off
07. On the Grind
08. No Penalty
09. Spit in My Life
10. Napalm
11. Hellride

• The Shrine:
• Tee Pee:


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