PAN preps end-of-year releases from Jar Moff and NHK’Koyxen, rubs it in your face

PAN preps end-of-year releases from Jar Moff and NHK'Koyxen, rubs it in your face

Short of offering a nauseating definition of the culinary “pan” straight out of Webster’s (which would be equally irrelevant), it’s worth considering the prefix as it relates to the label’s diversified catalog. In a recent feature hosted by an exciting new website, PAN founder Bill Kouligas offered some insight into the context by which music earns his formal support: “Well, as you know, there are so many things going on with PAN. There is always a starting point, but I like all of this music so much, and the reason it all fits in my head is because I can find a common ground with it.” An artistic depiction, thus, might have a two-button remote control wired to Kouligas’s skull, and only artists with the proper “stuff” will be authorized to press the OPEN button and crawl inside. I’m imagining an opening mechanism similar to that of Darth Vader’s meditation chamber.

The connection, though personally bordering on indescribable, exists, and it perpetuates through the final two releases of the year for the label, both of which are due out December 15: Financial Glam from fellow (in relation to Kouligas) Greek and long-time acquaintance Jar Moff, who released the wonderfully intricate Commercial Mouth earlier this year (followed by a Guest Mix on that new website); and Dance Classics Vol. III from NHK’Koyxen a.k.a. Kouhei Matsunaga, the earlier installments of which certainly allude to a paradox: can a tune be a “classic” if the year most fitting to its playback is 2047?

Both releases were mastered and cut by Rashad Becker (who himself had a release on PAN back in July) at Dubplates & Mastering, and both records feature artwork from Kouligas and Kathryn Politis, the latter of whom has contributed to PAN’s visual trademark since its inception. Obviously, tab-keeping is recommended for the foreseeable future.

Jar Moff — Financial Glam tracklisting:

01. Financial Glam
02. Kresentosiagona

NHK’Koyxen — Dance Classics Vol. III tracklisting:

01. 629
02. 501
03. 341
04. 768
05. 675
06. 811
07. 766
08. 762

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RIP: Junior Murvin, reggae singer best known for “Police and Thieves”

From The Independent:

Junior Murvin, the Jamaican singer whose hit “Police and Thieves” became one of the most distinctive songs in reggae music and an anthem in the British inner cities of the late Seventies, has died.

“Police and Thieves” was recorded in 1976 to reflect turf war and police violence in Jamaica but became closely associated with London’s Notting Hill Carnival, which ended in rioting that year. The song introduced many punk rockers to reggae and was covered by The Clash for their debut album in 1977.

“Police and Thieves” was the title track of a popular Junior Murvin album released by Chris Blackwell’s Island Records, also in 1977. The song was eventually a British chart hit for the Jamaican singer in 1980 and has been a staple of sound systems at Notting Hill Carnival for nearly four decades.

The falsetto singer, who was born Murvin Smith Junior, began his career under the name of Junior Soul and recorded over a period of more than 30 years. But he never managed to emulate the success of his greatest hit, which was produced by the eccentric Lee “Scratch” Perry. He died peacefully at his home in Port Antonio, Jamaica, on Monday. He was 64.

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Bruce Springsteen announces new album High Hopes, then dashes a few of those hopes by featuring Tom Morello on eight tracks

Yeah, oh well, huh?

It seems the Boss is comin’ ‘round the mountain again, following 2012’s non-terrible Wrecking Ball (TMT Review). It’s basically a less-than-new-but-kinda-sorta album of rarities called High Hopes, which Bruce himself describes in the record’s liner notes as a bit of a hodge-podge of “some of [the E Street Band’s] best unreleased material from the past decade.”

So yeah, speaking of wrecking balls, the album apparently features SEVERAL collaborations with Tom Morello. You know, from Rage Against the Machine? On the plus side, Morello is mostly on guitar (for reference, you can hear him ripping away on the title track “High Hopes” embedded down below, which was written by Tim Scott McConnell of The Havalinas and was originally released on the kinda random Blood Brothers EP back in the sunny 90s), except on a… (shudder)… remake of the song “The Ghost of Tom Joad” from 1995, on which he adds some of his golden voice to the proceedings.

Also on the plus side, though, Clarence Clemons also appears on several tracks! High hopes, indeed! Either way, the whole affair gets cranked out on January 14 via Columbia Records, whom I’m sure is just praying to God that the thing manages keeps their business afloat for another couple of months. Again: High hopes!

High Hopes tracklisting:

01. High Hopes [ft. Tom Morello]
02. Harry’s Place [ft. Tom Morello]
03. American Skin (41 Shots) [ft. Tom Morello]
04. Just Like Fire Would [ft. Tom Morello]
05. Down in the Hole
06. Heaven’s Wall [ft. Tom Morello]
07. Frankie Fell in Love
08. This Is Your Sword
09. Hunter of Invisible Game [ft. Tom Morello]
10. The Ghost of Tom Joad [ft. Tom Morello]
11. The Wall
12. Dream Baby Dream [ft. Tom Morello]

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Prefuse 73, Nosaj Thing, and FaltyDL announce Yellow Year tour, promoting a new Simpsons syndication deal

Watch out, world, The Simpsons are coming to cable! I’ll leave the details to other news outlets, but with a new syndication deal, 2014 is going to be a monumental year for America’s favorite family. To celebrate this television event, Prefuse 73 is taking his good friends Nosaj Thing and Falty DL on tour in tribute to what is sure to be a “Yellow Year.” Everything’s coming up Prefuse! The FaltyDL has disbanded! Dental plan! Nosaj Thing! Dental plan! Nosaj Thing! And so on.

In premonition of the upcoming Simpsons deal — or what may well be a coincidence — Prefuse 73 founded a new label called Yellow Year earlier this year with photographer Angel Ceballos. The label recently put out their first release, an EP by Prefuse and Teebs collaborative duo Sons of the Morning (TMT Review). That release is the first in a 12-part EP series called Speak Soon, but I’m sure you know all about that. Anyway, the point I’m getting at is, the man you knew as E. Nagurney is dead. Say hello to Miguel Sanchez.

Prefuse 73, Nosaj Thing, and Falty DL dates:

01.23.14 - San Francisco, CA - 1015
01.24.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
01.25.14 - Portland, OR - Holocene
01.29.14 - Denver, CO - Cervantes
01.30.14 - New York, NY - Output
01.31.14 - Toronto, ON - Hoxton
02.01.14 - Chicago, IL - Concord

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PIXIES® announce holiday layoffs, cut 25% of staff

With the departure of the seemingly irreplaceable Kim Deal from (the) Pixies back in June, one could’ve easily imagined an alternative scenario where that represented the effective end to the legendary band — and nobody, except for a few greedy fucks, would’ve complained. Instead, much to my personal skepticism, Frank Black et al. decided in relatively short order that the literal show must go on! From whence came the inclusion of The Muffs lead Kim Shattuck, who has been touring with the band over the past few months. Did they think nobody would notice? Did they think that humans in general have some kind of genetic predisposition towards confusing Kims, despite differences in physical appearance? Should we assume that the Kim of DPRK notoriety was also on the short list?

Regardless, for whatever reason, its been revealed that Shattuck’s involvement with the Pixies has ceased just as quickly as it began. In posts via Twitter and Facebook, she makes clear the… let’s say, spontaneity of her own removal:

Super disappointed to learn that my time with the Pixies ended today. Amazing experience. Looking forward to focusing my attention back on the Muffs and our upcoming new album. All the best to everyone.

Meanwhile, Pixies still have a solid amount of performances scheduled for 2014. If the new and presumed bassist addition interrupts sets with threats of nuclear obliteration, we’ll know for sure who they’ve chosen this time. “Here comes your man… THE GREAT LEADER, READY TO ANNIHILATE YOU AMERICAN IMPERIALISTS WITH A SPECTACULAR LAUNCH OF PLUTONIUM WARHEADS.”

I mean, absent an announcement before then.

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First-ever Look Alive Fest in Miami featuring Wolf Eyes, Indian Jewelry, Guardian Alien, and more finally gives you an excuse to visit your gammy in her new condo

Looking for an excuse to call in sick at the ol’ factory and visit your gammy down in America’s wang? Well, if your gammy posts up down near the tip, I’ve got just what the doctor-you’re-gonna-need-a-note-from-in-order-to-get-paid-leave-from-the-factory ordered. You see, those swamp-assed slices of home over at Ad Hoc just announced the first-ever Look Alive Fest in Miami, an event they’re curating alongside Spilt Milk Projects. And even though I’m generally against the verb “curate,” I’ve gotta hand it to them: with a lineup featuring Wolf Eyes, Indian Jewelry, Guardian Alien, Pontiak, and several others (gaze upon the full lineup below), it looks like it’s gonna be a pretty great event to not actually totally explain to your gammy before heading out after dinner. She’ll probably worry about you a little too much if you tell her you’re going to a “noise show.” I mean, I know you’ve got your shit together. You know it, too. Gammy may be a little skeptical, but have you scoped gammy’s tape collection? Shit is lacking.

Anyway, the fest is over two days, December 6 and 7, with each night starting at 8 PM, and… actually, you know what? I’m not even going to insult your gammy here with another joke about her age. She’s a great old bird, and I’ll bet you can guess where I would’ve gone with it anyway (hint: old people get tired easy). The first night is $8, and the second night is $FREE.99 if you RSVP before 10 PM the day of the event. The first 300 humans to RSVP will get priority on getting in before 10 PM; after that it’ll be open to the public. Got it? Cool. Say hi to your gammy for me. She hasn’t been returning my calls.

Friday, December 6 at Churchill
Wolf Eyes
Guardian Alien
Chronic Youth
Rubber O Cement (performance piece)
Cop City/ Chill Pillars

Saturday, December 7 at Gramps
Indian Jewelry
White Mystery
The Wiggins
Nerve City
Lil Daggers

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