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 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

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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.

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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.

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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

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Neil Young announces new album A Letter Home; fans can’t wait to hear it in glorious, convenient MP3 format

Okay, here it is, folks. Neil Young doesn’t mince words; so neither will I. Let’s get you your news!

Point 1: Some sort of music industry awards ceremony — wherein people who work in the music industry sit around and pat themselves on the back for continuing to sally-forth as an industry — seems to have gone down over the weekend. And, according to Consequence of Sound, Young received something called the President’s Merit Award at something else called the “Producers and Engineers Wing’s annual Grammy party.”

Point 2: While he was at that thing, he seems to have confirmed that he’ll be releasing his newest album, entitled A Letter Home, in March of this year. Perhaps significantly, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Young called the making of this album “one of the lowest-tech experiences I’ve ever had,” and if you’re a fan of his album Tonight’s the Night, that’s kinda saying something.

Point 3: Some people seem to think that Jack White and/or Third Man Records is involved in this record and have been speculating that perhaps the album is an album of duet cover songs, but Young’s Facebook page (yup, he’s got one of those) has indicated that that information is “false.” But that doesn’t necessarily mean that White wasn’t involved in some capacity, now, does it? I mean, maybe White tuned his guitars for him? Or maybe Neil Young used him as a stool to sit on while he was tracking parts? That’d be cool, wouldn’t it?!? Or would it? I don’t even know. Either way, just sit tight. Some Neil Young shit is coming out soon, and it might sound gnarly.

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Blackest Ever Black release Weekend’s The ‘81 Demos on vinyl (ex-Young Marble Giants, not naughty-sex-man)

Another band named Weekend! Just what the world needed! But wait — this is the first Weekend, the trio of Alison Statton, Spike Williams, and Simon Booth, an ex-Young Marble Giants project that swooned its way through the sad post-punk hearts of 1981-1983. And the good people over at Blackest Ever Black are set to release the band’s The ‘81 Demos as a 12-inch. Doing the Lord’s Work they are, surely.

Out March 3, the Demos include the first versions of “Drumbeat” (a.k.a. “Drumbeat for Baby”), “Red Planes,” “Nostalgia,” and “Summerdays,” all of which appeared on Weekend’s 1982 Rough Trade release La Varieté, but which are even more beautiful and violintacular here. Vinyl Japan released this thing as a CD back in 1995, and the tracks were included as bonus material on the recent Cherry Red CD reissue of the band’s debut full-length, but this limited 12-inch marks the first time it’s been available on sweet sweet vinyl. Check out the gorgeous “Red Planes” here:

The ‘81 Demos tracklisting:

01. Drumbeat
02. Red Planes
03. Nostalgia
04. Summerdays Instrumental

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