Phill Niblock all set to Touch you with microtones over the course of two discs on October 29

Phill Niblock all set to Touch you with microtones over the course of two discs on October 29

You know those women’s magazine spreads that are like, “Sexy at Any Age!!!!!” or some nonsense, and it’s basically a photoshoot of how you can wear a blazer with like, a mesh top and no bra if you’re 20, a ruffly blouse if you’re 30, a simple tank if you’re 40, and like, a thin shield of metal armor if you’re 50? Well, New York-based minimalist composer and founder of Experimental Intermedia Phill Niblock is like, the role model, for Cool At Any Age!!!!! How many 80-year olds do you know who have worked with Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore, inspired legions of avant-garde luminaries like Susan Stenger, Lois V. Vierk, David First, and Glenn Branca, and who currently has a fifth album on the way from Touch? After all, like Aaliyah said, age ain’t nothing but a number.

And Niblock, a man who has been pushing the boundaries of music for several decades, is doing something a little different on Touch 5. Says the man himself:

In 1998, Petr Kotik asked me to make a piece for orchestra, so, I began to make scores for the musicians to play from… .These are the instructions for the scored piece on the second CD, ‘Two Lips.’ The score was prepared by Bob Gilmore, from specific directions by me: ‘Two Lips,’ aka ‘Nameless,’ is conceived as two scores, A and B, to be played simultaneously, lasting 23 minutes. Each score consists of 10 instrumental parts. The 20 separate parts should be distributed randomly amongst the musicians of the ensemble; the ‘A group’ and the ‘B group’ are not separated spatially. In each part, one note changes to the next in a graded sequence of microtonal steps… .The piece calls for very subtle gradations of tuning in order to achieve a richness of ensemble sound, full of beatings of near-unison pitches, and with clouds of overtones and difference tones.

Touch 5 gives you three different guitar quartets’ take on the piece: you get Zwerm (Belgium), Dither (New York), and an international assemblage of musicians, Coh Da (Ad Hoc spelled backwards…..!!!!). Listen to a sample, see the details, and buy it at the Touch Shop.

Touch 5 tracklisting:

Disc 1:
01. FeedCorn Ear
02. A Cage of Stars

Disc 2:
01. Two Lips
02. Two Lips (Dither Guitar Quartet)
03. Two Lips (Coh Da Guitar Quartet)

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Upcoming 100% Silk documentary reportedly as shiny and smooth as the underpants you wear to the country club

When you’re hanging with rich white people at the country club or whatever and want your genitals to feel as pampered as weird sweaty royalty, you turn to 100% silk underpants. They’re the underpants you can trust. When you’re like, “Hey, I’m in the mood for some super sweet tunes to soundtrack me grinding up on these rich white people in my soft, shiny underpants,” you turn to the L.A.-based label 100% Silk, because it’s the label you can trust. With folks like Octo Octa, Maria Minerva, and Ital on the roster, both you and the rich white people you’re grinding up on are guaranteed to be grinning.

Well guess what? Now you have an excuse to open your eyes during all this grinding, because 100% Silk is about to enter the wide world of film. As XLR8R reports, the label, and in particular their 2012 European group tour, are slated to be the subjects of a film directed by Benjamin Shearn. It’s called Silk, which is about 100% shorter than what I would have predicted the title would be. In addition to following “the performances, cultural environments, and global scenes through which the troupe traveled” back in 2012, the film will make its artsiness absolutely clear by being intercut with dance sequences choreographed by performed by Mecca Vazie Andrews and the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company. The sequences are designed to convey elements of the featured artists’ philosophies and approaches that apparently a regularly movie just wouldn’t carry. That does sound pretty artsy, and boy howdy do I love artsy things!

The film is set to debut next month in Denmark at the Copenhagen International Film Festival. If your mind is an actual sieve, you’re probably not sentient. If your mind is only a little bit like a sieve, though, I’ll remind you that Massacred for Gold, a film soundtracked by the smoothest and shiniest guy named Tim that I’m aware of, Tim Hecker, will debut at the same festival. Hooray for coincidences! While you try to think of other things you know about Denmark that don’t have to do with Hamlet so you don’t feel like a globally unaware jerk, you can watch the trailer for Silk below.

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Strut Records to provide a Dance Mania history lesson with Hardcore Traxx comp

Dance Mania helped reshape the sonic landscape in the 1980s and 90s. To honor that, on January 24 Strut records will be archiving the influential Chicago label with a two-disc retrospective compilation called Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997.

Dance Mania took off with Ray Barney in 1985 and quickly became a reliable source for early house and acid, including releases from Duane and Co., Hercules, and Li’l Louis, among many others. The label’s reputation for uncompromising innovation made them a force to be reckoned with as “House Nation” by Housemaster Boyz went on to be an international hit. Dance Mania was on the cutting edge once again with the release of Traxmen & Eric Martin’s “Hit if From the Back.”

Hit it From the Back” helped define the Ghetto House sound; raw, stripped-down four-on-the-floor rhythms with 808/909 beats and lyrics explicit enough to make even a seasoned pornographer blush. The sound flourished and paved the way for the later Chicago juke and footwork scenes as well as leaving an impression on Daft Punk. Check out “Teachers” from Discovery. They name drop like half the dudes listed below.

Now that Barney (with some help from Parris Mitchell) has the label operating again, this collection from Strut follows the evolution of the label from its inception through basically the end of its “original” run. The album will feature rare photos, label history, and artist interviews from DJ Chrissy Murderbot.

Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997 tracklist:

Disc 1:
01. Hercules - 7 Ways (Club)
02. Victor Romeo feat. Leatrice Brown - Love Will Find a Way (Club)
03. The House Master Boyz and the Rude Boy of House - House Nation
04. Duane & Co - J.B. Traxx
05. Vincent Floyd - I Dream You
06. Da Posse feat. Martell - Searchin’ Hard
07. Club Style - Crazy Wild
08. Jammin’ the House Gerald - Black Women (Club)
09. Tyree - Nuthin’ Wrong
10. Strong Souls - Twinkles
11. 3.2.6 - Falling (Armando’s House mix)
12. Rhythm II Rhythm - A Touch of Jazz (Lifestyles of the Rich mix)

Disc 2:
01. DJ Funk - House the Groove
02. Paul Johnson - Feel My M.F. Bass
03. DJ Funk - The Original Video Clash: Video Clash II (Street mix)
04. Parris Mitchell Project (feat. Wax Master) - Ghetto Shout Out!!
05. DJ Deeon - Da Bomb
06. Houz’ Mon - Fear the World
07. Vincent Floyd - I’m So Deep
08. Tim Harper - Toxic Waste (Club mix)
09. Robert Armani - Ambulance
10. DJ Deeon - House-O-Matic
11. Traxmen & Eric Martin - Hit It from the Back
12. Top Cat - Work Out

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds announce new live album; I announce “hell to the YEAH.”

I get it. When you have a catalog as giant as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds currently do after their 1,001 years in business together, you’re sort of obligated to throw one or two live albums in the mix, I think. Cave and his gang, though? They’ve already got three under their belts. That seems like plenty of live albums to me. But then again… I’m just a monkey at a typewriter trying to fill space until the next guy takes over. What do I know? Besides, whether we like counting that high or not, according to The Quietus, live record number four is already on its way down the pipe. Entitled Live at KCRW, it will be released on December 2. Let’s just get over it already!

Plus, this one is a little different than most live albums anyway. It’s culled from a radio session that the band did this past April at Los Angeles’s KCRW studio in between their two performances at this year’s Coachella fest. You know, while they were pretty drunk, but not yet totally drunk. It’s being released on double vinyl, CD, and digital, and the vinyl will include “a couple of extra tracks not broadcast in the original session.” There’s a trailer for it at this place called the internet, but it seems to be set for private viewing only. You can watch it on that Quietus page I mentioned earlier if you want to, though. Or! Just jam along in your head to this kickass tracklisting I’m about to post the shit out of. That’s just as good, I assume.

Live at KCRW tracklisting:

01. Higgs Boson Blues
02. Far from Me
03. Stranger Than Kindness
04. The Mercy Seat
05. And No More Shall We Part
06. Wide Lovely Eyes
07. Mermaids
08. People Ain’t No Good
09. Into My Arms (vinyl only)
10. God Is in the House (vinyl only)
11. Push the Sky Away
12. Jack the Ripper

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Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors) to premiere new work and arrangements of Béla Bartók at The Met in November a.k.a. just another weekend for that guy

Flash TMT News Alert! Dave Longstreth from Dirty Projectors — you know, that guy who does all those awesome, complicated, annoying, simple, pretty, ugly, ambitious hi/low art/music things that the rest of us can’t ever even imagine doing? Yeah, he’ll be doing another one of those things again next week.

According to a recent post on Brooklyn Vegan, Longstreth will be premiering a new work of his, along with some fancy-shmancy string quartet arrangements of Dirty Projectors songs with the Calder Quartet, on Friday, November 1 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It’s part of this thing called the “Bartok Quartet Cycle Series”, which will also feature (no big deal or anything) “new arrangements by Longstreth of some of Bela Bartok’s music.” You know, because that kind of shit is no real hassle for that guy.

Tickets, which include general admission to the museum, are
on sale now at the Met’s website. So yeah. Jealousy aside, if you live nearby, get in there and culture-up, motherfuckers!

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A Tribe Called Quest announce dates opening for Kanye West, announce that these dates will be their final shows, announce that these shows will be on point all the time

GOODNIGHT, SWEET A TRIBE. Though A Tribe Called Quest haven’t put out a record since 1998’s The Love Movement, they’ve been active as a reunited touring act since 2006. But no longer! As reported by Complex, Tribe member Q-Tip recently said on Twitter that the group’s pair of shows opening for Kanye West this December would be their final performances. To be absolutely specific, those shows are on November 20 at Barclays Center and November 24 at Madison Square Garden.

“But… but… but… but… I live in California!” Well, tough luck. A Tribe Called Quest’s final California date has already come and gone. It happened this past August at Los Angeles’s H2O Music Festival. Were you there? Then, congratulations, you saw their last California show. If not, well, that’s just the scen… situation. That’s the situation in which you have found yourself.

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