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

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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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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RIP: Arthur Doyle, legendary “free jazz soul” artist

It is with a heavy heart that we confirm the passing of Arthur Doyle, a performer of what he called “free jazz soul.” He died on January 25. We’ll be posting an essay on him next week, so for now, we’ll just leave you with some quotes and a few videos: one solo, one with drummer Sunny Murray, and one of a track off his 1978 debut, Alabama Feeling.

“You can’t separate the singing from the saxophone. You can’t separate the flute from the saxophone. You can’t separate none of it from the saxophone. It all revolves around one instrument, and that is Me, Myself.”

“I love being underground, man.”

“When I play in front of an audience I try to communicate all the things that happen to me in this life, the life before that, and the life after that.”

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Cloud Nothings to release new album Here and Nowhere Else, share new single on the internet (and nowhere else)

Hey! You didn’t forget about the indie rock band Cloud Nothings already, did you? And so soon after their 2012 release Attack on Memory made us all fall in love with Pixies and Pinkerton-emo all over again? Damn. How quickly we forget! Oh man, if only main man Dylan Baldi would put out another record so that you could remember his band again! Alas and alack!

Oh wait. He totally IS. It’s called Here And Nowhere Else. Say, do you want to hear him talk about it? Sweet! Me too!

For starters, it’s apparently a little less sad than the last one. “I was feeling pretty good about everything so I just made stuff that made me happy,” Baldi says. “I had nothing to be angry about really so the approach was more positive and less ‘fuckeverything.’ I just sat down and played until I found something that I like, because I was finally in a position to do that.” Cool! I feel less angry now than I did in 2012 too! I blame Occupy Wall Street. Anyway, so yeah, Baldi wrote a lot of these songs on the road and is even “pretty sure every song was written in a different country.” Then he met up with hot-shit producer John Congleton at Water Music in Hoboken, New Jersey (which, unfortunately, is only in one boring country) to record it all.

Oh wait, did you still want to hear more quotes about the sound from Baldi? Sure! Let’s do it: “It’s more subtle,” he says. “It’s not just an in-your-face rock record. There’s more going on.” You want some more? BAM: “You can listen to a song 20 times and still hear different little things in there that you didn’t notice before. Every time I listen I notice something that I didn’t even realize we did.” Satisfied? Well, I hope not, because the album will hit us like a wave of mutilation on April 1 via Carpark/Mom+Pop and is available for pre-order as of today on some place called In the meantime, you can stream the first single, “I’m Not Part of Me,” below and maybe make up your own quotes about what it sounds like and share them with your friends on Facebook and Twitter! Yeah! Do that!

Here and Nowhere Else tracklisting:

01. Now Hear In
02. Quieter Today
03. Psychic Trauma
04. Just See Fear
05. Giving into Seeing
06. No Thoughts
07. Pattern Walks
08. I’m Not Part of Me

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Isaiah Rashad releases Cilvia Demo today, nods to the basements and the skateparks

Down in a basement somewhere or maybe a skate park, some kid is handing out his band’s demo tape. Or maybe he raps. Or maybe she makes beats. Anything could be on this demo tape. And whatever’s on there, it’s probably bad. It’s probably really bad. But it might not be bad. It might be really good. Regardless, it tends to be an avenue solely occupied by new artists trying to get their work out into the world for the first time.

But it also appears to be the avenue of Isaiah Rashad, who happens to be signed to TDE. You may know TDE as the label that puts out very, very, very not obscure rappers like Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q. They’re also the label that put out Rashad’s Cilvia Demo today.

In fairness, Cilvia Demo may not be an actual demo. What it is actually remains a little hazy. Demo is in the title, yet demos don’t tend to get wide releases from large labels. Rashad has called the release an EP in the past, yet it’s 14 tracks, typically longer than the typical EP. Let’s leave it at this: Cilvia Demo is a new collection of music by Isaiah Rashad. It features appearances from TDE labelmates SZA, Jay Rock, and ScHoolboy Q. It is 14 songs long. It will probably not be handed out in a skatepark.

Listen to “R.I.P. Kevin Miller” below, and “Soliloquy” at the Chocolate Grinder.

Cilvia Demo tracklist:

01. Hereditary
02. Webbie Flow (U LIKE)
03. Cilvia Demo
04. R.I.P. Kevin Miller
05. Ronnie Drake (feat. SZA)
06. West Savannah (feat. SZA)
07. Soliloquy
08. Tranquility
09. Menthol (feat. Jean Deaux)
10. Modest
11. Heavenly Father
12. Banana
13. Brad Jordan (feat. Michael Da Vinci)
14. Shot You Down (feat. Jay Rock and ScHoolboy Q) (Remix)

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White Suns make a habit of crushing your soul (in a good way), announce Totem LP

So, you know White Suns, who hastily bowled over the TMT collective with their second full-length album and adequate annoyer of neighbors Sinews (TMT Review) back in 2012? Remember how that album epitomized relentlessness, save a pause on the first track? Forget all that. In the intervening two years since that album’s release, the Brooklyn-based trio have allegedly softened their approach, affected as they were by the mental tranquilizers induced by a series of marathon hot yoga sessions. It’s more like Rainbow Twinkles now. The vocal similarities of Kevin Barry and Art Garfunkel now exist to the point of being easily pointed out.


A press release does mention a “tempering” on their upcoming album Totem, but context reveals the ends and offers relief to enthusiasts of White Suns’ previous work: tempered by “deadened stares” and “slow-burn instrumentals.” That sounds like a more apparent interspersion of drone to me, but a lack of samples only leaves us to speculate. Totem comes out March 11 via The Flenser, and a noteworthy credit applies to Martin Bisi as the recording engineer, who has previously worked with the likes of Sonic Youth, Boredoms, and Swans. A fitting recruit, then. Might want to preemptively raise the volume for this one. Yes, raise.

Totem tracklisting:

01. Priest in the Laboratory
02. Prostrate
03. Disjecta Membra
04. Cathexis
05. Fossil Record
06. Clairvoyant
07. Line of Smoke
08. Carrion

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