Prurient releases new LP Bermuda Drain in July; writer muses on the concept of romantic sperm

Prurient releases new LP Bermuda Drain in July; writer muses on the concept of romantic sperm

Whether I like it or not, “prurient” is a romantic word, and it’s also the stage name of Dominick Fernow’s noise project that has flourished for over a decade. I also like to think that Fernow makes romantic noise music, if such a thing exists.

Prurient’s new album Bermuda Drain will see release on July 19 on Hydra Head. Those are some watery, sexy words right there and it’s makes me want to line the bathtub with gothic candles and just unwind to some melodic electronics. The album will be available on CD, 2xLP, and limited-edition cassette (with bonus tracks). You may also know Fernow as the head of shop and label Hospital Productions and as a contributor to Wes Eisold’s Cold Cave.

Recently, I contemplated on Twitter regarding why there are no romantic words for male ejaculate. Then, by chance or fate I write this new story. Fernow is a busy-ass man and deserves recognition, which is why I am officially naming sperm “Prurient.” You’re welcome. Now go write a poem about the pristine flow of your prurient while listening to the engaging synthesizer loops of Bermuda Drain.

Bermuda Drain CD/2xLP tracklist:

01. Many Jewels Surround the Crown
02. A Meal Can Be Made
03. Bermuda Drain
04. Watch Silently
05. Palm Tree Corpse
06. There Are Still Secrets
07. Let’s Make a Slave
08. Myth of Sex
09. Sugar Cane Chapel

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New Matt “MV” Valentine album What I Became out tomorrow. Have a happy period.

Since what seems like the dawn of time, Matt “MV” Valentine has been cranking out (and cranking out) albums from the back of his little grass shack in Kealakekua… er, Vermont. Normally, such obsessive ejaculating of music eventually paralyzes creativity and castrates consumer interest, but with MV each sweet release is always a fresh endeavor. We can’t help it; those irresistible rural psych nuggets make us weak in the nards and in the cookies. Haven’t experienced that uncertain feeling south of the equator? Well, the best time to get into MV may have been years ago but don’t fret… the nth best time is right now because he is to release his latest record, What I Became, tomorrow!

Valentine can be a consummate cavorter, hooking up and downing tracks with a bevy of partners. This time around he is the lone wolf, recording (most of) What I Became by himself at his Maximum Arousal Farm studio/home. And from what we’ve heard, it is yet another lovely change o’ pace from this steady seducer. What I Became is out this week on Woodsist and features very little help from Jeremy Earl (Woods), Mike Smith (Muskox), and constant twin spirit Erika “EE” Elder.

What I Became tracklist:

01. Continuing the Good Life
02. Hit the Trails
03. PK Dick
04. Stay
05. Ease My Eyes
06. Ave B
07. Sweet Little Indian Girl

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RIP: Seth Putnam, founder of grindcore band Anal Cunt

From Roadrunner Records:

ANAL CUNT’s publicist, Kim Kelly of Catharsis PR, has confirmed via Twitter that the band’s frontman, Seth Putnam, died earlier today (Saturday, June 11) of a suspected heart attack. He was 43 years old.

Commented Kelly on her personal blog: “Yes, it’s true. Seth Putnam, one of the most infamous musicians that extreme metal has ever seen, the grindcore GG Allin, has passed away due to a heart attack.

“I handled all the promotion for ANAL CUNT’s last album, ‘Fuckin’ A’, and Seth was always happy to oblige any request I sent his way. The band had been working on a new album before his passing, so chances are his musical career’s epitaph has yet to be inscribed.

“I want to remind everyone that no matter how outrageous and controversial his musical career has been, Seth was still a human being with friends and family that loved him. I’m hoping that the Internet will remember that. This is a very sad and trying time for those that knew him, and the last thing they need to see is an outpouring of message board hate. The man lived and died by his own rules; if anything, respect him for that.”

Putnam was known for his brutal screaming and lyrics that either shock, offend, or invoke morbid humor. Throughout his career, Putnam was involved in many side projects, including providing backing vocals on PANTERA’s “The Great Southern Trendkill” album.

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Guided by Voices add a little 90s nostalgia to your summer festival experience

Guided by Voices are the best band of the 1990s. There, I said it. And if you disagree with me, well, I guess I’ll just have to smother you in hugs and kick you like the little elf you are. They’re such a good band that my head literally exploded when I heard that the classic lineup of the band would be doing a little tour together and, even though I spent big money on head replacement surgery, it literally exploded again with today’s annoucement: Guided by Voices (the best band of the 90s) have announced that they will be playing a handful of festival gigs over the summer.

Now, maybe it’s just that I’m getting “older” and I’m starting to forget that the 90s weren’t all that cool, but I’m psyched about the whole idea of 90s nostalgia. I can’t wait for the “Grunge Reborn” tour, or the eventual cast reunions for my favorite 90s shows Home Improvement and Roseanne, and I am so fucking excited for West Coast Gangsta rap to get its own Time Life collection, which I would title, California in the 1990s: Life Was Dangerous, Life Was G-Funky. Whenever our current climate of media recycling turns its full-focus to my third-favorite decade, I promise to do my best and not have a cow, man.

In actuality, I am declaring these GBV dates as the official kick-0ff for full-blown 90s nostalgia and I hope you’ll join me as we celebrate the decade that gave us both Guided by Voices and Saved by the Bell.


06.17.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
06.18.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Northside Festival
07.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
08.11.11 - Oslo, Norway - Øya Festival
08.13.11 - Omaha, NE - Maha Festival
09.08.11 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival

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Battles announce fall tour and say that they’ll be spending their winter months “doing anything but being on a tour”

Battles, who just last Tuesday loosed their newest album Gloss Drop upon the world via Warp, have planned a pretty busy summer for themselves, with dates throughout June, July, August, and September. However, they’re not making it any easier on themselves because the band has just announced that they’ll be playing a month-long tour of the US in October. Included in the announcement is a statement by the band that (may or may not) states: “After our sixth month in a row of heavy touring, we have decided, as a band, that we would really like to be home for a while, sleep in our beds, take shits in our own toilets, and get beers from the fridge rather than a nameless bartender with an extravagant beard.”

“We know that we’ll be sick of diner food and hamburgers,” the band continued, “and we just don’t think that we can give more than six months a year to our fans. We promise that we’ll rest up, program a handful of fantastic drum beats, and be back on the road in no time. Keep writing the stellar reviews.”

The newly announced tour kicks off on October 1 in Boston and is sure to leave a trail of musicians wishing they’d spent more time learning about electronics.

Battles October US tour:

10.01.11 - Asbury, Park, NJ - ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror
10.02.11 - Boston, MA - Royale Nightclub
10.03.11 - Montreal, Quebec - Le National
10.04.11 - Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Concert Theatre
10.05.11 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
10.06.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Via Festival
10.07.11 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
10.08.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
10.10.11 - Edmonton, Alberta - Starlite Room
10.13.11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
10.16.11 - Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
10.17.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theater
10.18.11 - Scottsdale, AZ - The Venue
10.20.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
10.21.11 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
10.22.11 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
10.24.11 - Nashville, TN - Exit In
10.25.11 - Birmingham, AL - Work/Play
10.27.11 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
10.28.11 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
10.29.11 - Asheville, NC - Moogfest
10.30.11 - Washington, D.C. - 9.30 Club
10.31.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of the Living Arts
11.01.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall

Other Battles dates:

06.23.11 - Rome, Italy - Villa Ada
06.24.11 - Bologna, Italy - Link
06.25.11 - Glastonbury, UK - John Peel stage (Glastonbury Festival)
06.26.11 - Cardiff, UK - Solus (Cardiff University)
06.27.11 - Birmingham, UK - HMV Institute
06.28.11 - Bristol, UK - The Trinity Centre
06.30.11 - Paris, France - Cabaret Sauvage
07.01.11 - Belfort, France - Eurockeenes Festival
07.02.11 - London, UK - Wireless Festival
07.03.11 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.05.11 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
07.06.11 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
07.07.11 - Ljubljana, Croatia - Kino Siska
07.08.11 - Trencin, Slovakia - Pohoda Festival
07.10.11 - Naples, Italy - Neapolis Festival
07.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.16.11 - Madison, WI - UW Madison Memorial Terrace
07.17.11 - Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose Tap House
07.18.11 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theater
07.19.11 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
07.20.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
07.22.11 - Victoria, BC - Sugar Nightclub
07.23.11 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
07.24.11 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
07.29-31.11 - Niigata, Japan - Naeba Ski Resort (Fuji Rock Festival)
08.10.11 - Cannes, France - Festival Pantiero
08.12.11 - Hertfordshire, UK - Standon Calling Festival
08.13.11 - Saint-Malo, France - Festival la Route du Rock
08.18.11 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08.26.11 - Katowice, Poland - Festiwal Nowa Muzyka
12.09-11.11 - Minehead, UK - ATP

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[Photo: Hiroko Masuike]

RIP: Shizuo

From Foxy Digitalis:

According to posts made on Facebook by Cobra Killer and Hanin Elias, David Hammer (a.k.a. Shizuo) has died, presumably of an overdose. Shizuo only released one album (1997′s Shizuo Vs. Shizor) and a handful of singles, but his music had a junky, lo-fi aesthetic that truly sounded like nothing else at the time, and barely anything that’s happened since. Unlike the music of Digital Hardcore labelmates such as Atari Teenage Riot, there was no political sloganeering; this was a truly warped short-attention-span trip that sounded like it was made on a barely-functioning sampler, featuring some of the most blown-out distorted breakbeats ever recorded.

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