Steve Gunn tours Europe to escape the wrath of the very real diaper mafia

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What follows will be a very serious news post. I know I joke around a lot on here. To be honest, I think it’s a defense mechanism. If I could swing it, my heart would be wrapped around in a prickly wall of dick jokes 24/7. My whole life I’ve been coasting, riding high on a spaceship powered by laughter, chortles, and retweets. Probably part of the reason I’ve felt comfortable joking like this is because I’ve never seen the human cost of my tomfoolery. That is, until now.

You might remember that back in April I wrote up a pretty glib little post about a new LP guitarist Steve Gunn was planning to release with Cian Nugent and John Truscinski as Desert Heat. The album is called Cat Mask in Huggie Temple so I did what was natural and made a couple diaper jokes. What’s the harm, right? Well that’s what we all thought, too, right up until the diaper mafia hits started happening.

It was a Friday afternoon. I was about to take a nap, and Steve Gunn was prepping for a little relaxing “time off” when people just started dropping like flies. Friends, families, neighbors, all of them. It turns out that not only is the diaper mafia actually a thing, but they also HATE being misrepresented, and they make “corrections” with a vengeance. There was never any Huggies® sponsorship. It was a dumb joke — I can see that now! That’s why I’m writing this from hiding, and why Steve is leaving for a European tour soon. He’s got to keep moving, and he’s traveling with bodyguards/rhythm section De Stervende Honden, which consists of Erik Heestermans on drums and Tommy De Nys on bass. Steve, I don’t know if you’ll ever read this, but if you do, know that I am so very sorry. If I had any idea that things would turn out this way, I would have never joked about you and about diapers. I would’ve kept my mouth shut. Things would’ve been different.

Dates:

10.12.13 - Barreiro, Portugal - Outfest #
10.15.13 - Vigo, Spain - Sinsal +
10.16.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Miscelanea +
10.18.13 - Paris, France - Espace en Cours *
10.20.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - OCCII *
10.21.13 - Ghent, Belgium - 019 *
10.22.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Ateliers Claus *
10.23.13 - Köln, Germany - King Gerog*
10.24.13 - Zurich, Switzerland - Elmo Delmo *
10.25.13 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Bourg *
10.26.13 - Torino, Italy - Blah Blah *
10.27.13 - Geneva, Switzerland - Cave12 *
10.28.13 - Bologna, Italy - Modo Infoshop +
10.29.13 - Rimini, Italy - Neon Club +
10.30.13 - Warsaw, Poland - Pardon To Tu +
10.31.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Din Nye Ven +
11.01.13 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Koloni +
11.02.13 - Moscow, Russia - Oldich Dress & Drink +

# duo show w/ Mike Cooper
+ solo show
* w/ De Stervende Honden rhythm section

• Steve Gunn: http://steve-gunn.com
• Paradise of Bachelors: http://www.paradiseofbachelors.com

Migrations in Rust announces Two Shadows LP for NNA Tapes, whilst dreaming of a cushy life in the Andromeda galaxy

Jesse Allen’s Migrations in Rust project — one of several (Hollow Seed, Goldeater, current performer in Cowards, former member of Cathode Terror Secretion), though this one has been given the most attention — stays true to the “migratory” bit if you contrast his previous, sometimes purely ambient work with the brand new track below, and presumably the album on which it appears, Two Shadows, due out October 29 on NNA Tapes.

Likewise, there’s a certain textural quality to the music that belies straightforwardness in favor of varied sources and element interspersion. When a press release describes this complexity as a diverse (if not necessarily conscious) draw from “noise, ambient, hip hop, musique concréte, and sci-fi R&B,” I can personally confirm that there isn’t a single exaggeration here, even if “sci-fi R&B” has yet to receive coinage among any particular musically inclined group. Would humanity open up to the idea of spontaneous probings if R. Kelly simply romanticized the idea a bit in his lyrics? Doesn’t the possibility of a violent machine uprising otherwise get the blood flowing to those alluring, candle-lit nether regions? Regardless, the soulful Holy Other comes to mind.

And it’s an aspect that really shouldn’t be underemphasized. Two Shadows, the creation of which coincided with Allen’s physical migration from NYC to Western MA, seems to be a release that avoids stasis but is nonetheless consistent in its emotion, as well as its fluid multifariousness. Probably a difficult thing to pull off in practice, but have a listen for yourself, and be convinced of its feasibility:

Two Shadows tracklisting:

01. Had We Left / Doors Between
02. Two Shadows Cast
03. Canticle for Melting Gold
04. Cradled Under Fern
05. Behind My Skin
06.You’re Near
07. Drawing Down the Moon

• Migrations in Rust: https://soundcloud.com/migrationsinrust
• NNA Tapes: http://nnatapes.com

Far-Out Fangtooth announce new album Borrowed Time, still won’t return the black lights you lent them

Oh, neat! An opportunity to write about a semi-brand new (c. 2009) psych outfit hailing from Philadelphia. Preceding the inclination to draw some sort of parallel between their moniker and the Hanna-Barbera character (initially named Snaggletooth), I decided to google “fangtooth” under the prediction that maybe it was the name of a rebellious, but lesser known older brother. Instead, I happened upon this monstrosity, the existence of which I can only explain by the overlordship of some evil deity of the underwater. What’s “far out” about a fangtooth, and why shouldn’t we harbor ill will towards the band for misleading us into revisiting nature’s “scurry”-ness, and then forcing us into home isolation for weeks on end?

Because their music is fucking trippy, maaaaan, as you’ll for sure realize if you take the time to listen to the tracks below (assuming their previous work hasn’t already met your acquaintance). Said previous work includes a self-titled 7-inch released in 2010, and their debut LP Pure & Disinterested released the following year, also on Siltbreeze. “Also” is in reference to their just-announced sophomore album Borrowed Time due out October 29.

A previously half-varying cast seems to have stopped its rotations, as the quartet of Vincent Alvaré, Nicholas Kulp, Joseph Kusy, and Tania Mesterhazy remain firmly in place for this second amalgam of fuzzy guitars and gloomy undertones. It’s certainly intriguing to hear a bass line reminiscent of post-punk as it joins noisy sequences, and vocals that at least sound like a harkening back to 60s-era activism. But don’t let me ruin it for you:

Borrowed Time tracklisting:

01. Bow Your Head
02. Mother Nature Fetish
03. Beyond Your Bones
04. Green Hands
05. Get Around
06. Admit It
07. Scalp
08. Girl (Like You)
09. Stretch/Lips

• Far-Out Fangtooth: http://faroutfangtooth.com
• Siltbreeze: http://www.siltbreeze.com

The Velvet Underground (or whomever) announce 45th anniversary edition of White Light/White Heat, now with more superness!

When it comes to anniversaries beyond the 10th, few things stand the test of time. High school reunions cease being worthwhile by virtue of being high school reunions, and tragic events like 9/11 fade from significance as if by rule, as the 10th anniversary comes and goes. Obviously this isn’t the case for everyone or everything in a particular context. There’s wedding anniversaries, the later of which start to become compulsions for third parties to wonder, “Hm, do they still… ?,” but are nonetheless seemingly more prized as time goes on. And then there’s The Velvet Underground, who were famously unknown during their period of most activity, but have more recently been hailed as legendary and superlatively influential.

Such facts allow for a rarely justified 45th anniversary release, that of their first post-fruit album, White Light/White Heat. Universal Music will be doing the sponsoring here, as December 3 will coincide with White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition, comprised of three discs: remastered versions of the album in mono and stereo, and bonus material consisting of alternate versions, as well as new mixes. Additionally, and of particular note, it’ll come with a previously unreleased live set recorded at The Gymnasium in New York on April 30, 1967. Non-WL/WH songs like “I’m Waiting for the Man” and “Run Run Run” reportedly garnish the setlist.

Thank Lou Reed and John Cale for the content, as they helped out with the curative duties on this rather unprecedented collection.

• Universal: http://www.universalmusic.com

Sub Pop to reissue Soundgarden’s Screaming Life / Fopp EP; must be time for them to pay the cable bill!

Lean times for the music industry, boys and girls. Even the indies gotta start repackaging their veterans. Case in point: on November 26, Sub Pop is reissuing its late-80s Soundgarden stuff — including their first record, Screaming Life, plus “bonus tracks from the Fopp EP and Sub Pop 200 compilation” — all rolled into one convenient package on CD, double LP, and digital. Hey, doesn’t that sound… like a thing to you?

All tracks have been remastered by Screaming Life producer Jack Endino, who had this to say about it:

I already knew Soundgarden pretty well, since they and Skin Yard had shared the stage many times in Seattle’s tiny club scene circa 1985-1986. Soon after opening Reciprocal Recording in July 1986, there I was with Soundgarden, trying to make the most of our eight tracks. Somehow, we found room for all of Matt Cameron’s “bonus tubs,” Hiro’s primordial Fender bass, and a whopping four tracks to share between Kim Thayil’s mad guitar psychedelia and Chris Cornell’s still-expanding voice. “Nothing To Say” was the song that made us all look at each other and go, “uh, holy crap, how did we do this?”

Sure, no one really likes Soundgarden anymore, but you could be a pal and help that pretty cool label (and maybe Kim Thayil too) keep the lights on at home and preorder the thing over at the Sub Pop site. I think it’s probably tax-deductible.

Screaming Life / Fopp EP tracklisting:

01. Hunted Down
02. Entering
03. Tears to Forget
04. Nothing to Say
05. Little Joe
06. Hand of God
07. Sub Pop Rock City
08. Fopp
09. Fopp (Fucked Up Heavy Dub Mix)
10. Kingdom of Come
11. Swallow My Pride

• Soundgarden: http://www.soundgardenworld.com
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

Arca to present &&&&& at Pitchfork-sponsored multimedia event in hopes that Pitchfork will then review &&&&&

Arca released &&&&& (TMT [Eureka!] Review) a few months ago as a free mixtape:

Visual artist Jesse Kanda made a grotesque moving image to accompany it:

Now Arca and Jesse Kanda are collaborating to turn &&&&& into a full-on grotesque multimedia experience, centered around a film that visually interprets a nice gooey chunk of the album. Just yesterday they made “the most beautiful mistake of all time”:

Said grotesque experience will be taking place this Sunday, October 6, from 4-7 PM in the VW Performance Dome at MoMA PS1 in Queens. The event was put together by FORMS (Pitchfork’s “multimedia initiative”) and Absolut (Pitchfork’s vodka of choice after their FORMS Festival didn’t happen). Along with the featured film, a vocal ensemble led by Abby Fischer will perform even-more-abstracted versions of Arca’s music, with Thunderhorse Ent. providing the light show. You can buy tickets for the event here.

• Arca: http://www.arca1000000.com
• Jesse Kanda: http://www.jessekanda.com
• MoMA PS1: http://momaps1.org
• FORMS: http://www.formsfestival.com

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