Sub Rosa’s 7th and final Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music glides down from the heavens on a golden beam of light

Sub Rosa's 7th and final Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music glides down from the heavens on a golden beam of light

So, you could be an active listener of Merzbow, Wolf Eyes, Pan Sonic, and all of their off-shoots and justifiably consider yourself an enthusiast when it comes to noise or experimental electronic music. Unfortunately, Belgian label Sub Rosa has a different plan for your ego: that of rapid deflation, but in a way that simultaneously appeals to your masochism. Their Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music series garners your appreciation at the same time that it makes you keenly aware of unexplored corners, despite a diligence in keeping up with modern developments in the genre(s). First a-Chronology 1921-2001 arrived in 2002 with two discs (or three LPs) and a 52-page booklet inadvertently highlighting your ignorance. The five subsequent editions adhered to a similar, ambitious structure, and now, Sub Rosa will take things a step and a disc further with Seventh and Last a-Chronology 1930-2012, out… no time for anticipation-building! It’s out now, apparently.

In addition to the third disc in this final edition, the booklet is also about a third longer than previous editions, at 84 pages. Given the whole of this anthology series, which consists of 176 tracks and nearly 18 hours of sonic exhaustion, you might expect a little gloating on the part of its compilers — namely, Sub Rosa director Guy Marc Hinant. But that’s clearly not their style: “Our coverage is obviously incomplete, as there will be new emergences, through means unknown to us, from places we are unaware of.”

Get in touch with your own humility. Wait… who?

Seventh and Last a-Chronology 1930-2012 tracklisting:

Disc 1:

01. Henry Jacobs - Sonata for Loudspeakers (1953-4)
02. Tziga Vertov - Radio-ear Radio Pravda (1930)
03. Bebe & Louis Barron - Bells of Atlantis (1952)
04. Luciano Berio - Thema (Omaggio a Joyce) (1958)
05. Bülent Arel - Electronic Music (1961)
06. Don Preston - Analog Heaven #6 (1975)
07. Slawek Kwi + Siobhan McDonald - Lava Samples
08. Benjamin Thigpen - Thread0 (2011)
09. Helmut Schäfer - Infuse (2005-6)
10. Novi_sad - The insolence of a poppy (2011)
11. Saule - Paperfilm (2002)
12. E-L Scott de Martinville - Au clair de la lune (1860)

Disc 2:

01. John Oswald - Vertical Time
02. Israel Quellet Pour - percussion et saturation (2007)
03. Dennis Wong / Sin:Net - Decomposition
04. Alan Courtis - Mind Broncoespasmo
05. Fausto Romitelli - Trash TV Trance (2002)
06. Justin K. Broadrick - Guitar Three (1995)
07. Storm Bugs - Cash Wash/Eat good Beans (1980)
08. E.A.R. - Beyond the Pale (1992)
09. Henry Cow - From Trondheim (1976)
10. Osso Exotico - Rota de inverno (1994)

Disc 3:

01. Eugeniusz Rudnik - Collage (1965)
02. Eduardo Polonio - Transparencias (2011)
03. Cabaret Voltaire - Chance versus Causuality (1979)
04. Mika Vainio - Transformer in 7 (2011)
05. Alma Laprida + Juan Jose Calarco - Contorso (2011)
06. Klangkrieg - Korpus 1 (1996)
07. Gintas Kraptavicius - 4m (2011)
08. Warong Rachapreecha - Shambles (2012)
09. The New Blockaders - Blockade is Resistance (1983)
10. GX Jupitter-Larsen / The Haters - Fuechen (1985)
11. The Rita - Skate (2009)
12. To Die - Terhempas luka / Jurang nestapa (2011)
13. Agro / B. Spivey + R. Anderson - Only Those Who Attempt The Impossible Will Achieve The Absurd (1995)
14. Jamka - Wild Rosa Tree (2010)
15. Erin Sexton - Suspend / 2 Electromagnetic Amplifiers (2011)
16. Gustavo Serpa - Astro Metal (2008)
17. Anonymous - Untitled (unknown)

• Sub Rosa:

James Ferraro provides another reason for fireworks: new album NYC, HELL 3:00 AM out in October on Hippos in Tanks

According to his until-now uncharacteristically quiet Facebook page (I seriously just checked it yesterday, thinking it’s been a minute since we’d heard from our Lil Icebunny), James Ferraro has a new album called NYC, HELL 3:00 AM. The album, which follows last year’s Sushi and this year’s Cold mixtape, is out October 15 on Hippos in Tanks and has an amazing trailer to go with it. Check it out here:

And why not sing along:

This world is dark. So dark. 40th floor. Marble floors. God is money. Money is god. This model is so gross. Coked-out and sloppy and looking out the window, feeling unbound. Love is shaded with hate. The dark heaven and the power of the buildings, sentinels, made us feel alone, pushing us to pretend humanity…

• James Ferraro:
• Hippos in Tanks:

Chris Corsano’s Hot Cars Warp label to release Byron Coley’s Dating Tips for Touring Bands on July 23

Byron Coley — author, music journalist, poet, and head of Ecstatic Yod Records — is releasing his first full-length spoken word LP on psycho-drummer Chris Corsano’s Hot Cars Warp label (the hot car thing happened to one of my LPs once and I was furious).

Byron Coley has been a part of your life, and some of you probably didn’t even realize it because you’re some tween millennial with his thumb up his ass talking about the new Kanye record when there is no reason you should give a shit about that. You see, Coley is one of the first music writers to really document indie rock from its inception to the present day, having written for Forced Exposure, NY Rocker, Boston Rock, Take It!, Spin, The Wire, and Arthur. His label, Ecstatic Yod (a.k.a. Father Yod), has put out music by Destroy All Monsters, Picks & Lighters (remember their record with the stovetop eye burned into a blank vinyl jacket? no? fuck you), Gang Wizard, and Nels Cline. He has contributed liner notes to records by Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Yo La Tengo, and the Flaherty/Corsano duo. When you watched those documentaries on Half Japanese and The Minutemen, Coley was one of those experts in there giving you the FACTS. You’ve also probably read his biography on Chuck fucking Norris.

Anyway, the record, titled Dating Tips for Touring Bands, is due out July 23, and it features, on the A-side, segments of underground cultural history done in verse, and then on the B-side, Coley reads an abridged chapter from his forthcoming novel, Dominoes.

Side A tracklist:

01. Beefheart
02. Club For Friars
03. Go! Tigers!
04. Dating Tips for Touring Bands
05. Superman 2
06. Kanada
07. Peter Cooper Village
08. Birds Poem
09. Birth Of A Nation
10. Living & Dining in the West
11. Fuck You Lew
12. Semiotics of Rock
13. One for Jack
14. Punk Day

Side B tracklist:

01. Closer (excerpt): from the forthcoming Byron Coley novel Dominoes

• Hot Cars Warp:
• Ecstatic Yod:

Jenks Miller (Mount Moriah, Horseback) announces solo record on Northern Spy, befriends a wild fox

The fine folks at Northern Spy thought they knew what they were getting into with Jenks Miller. All they wanted was to put out a solo record from the guitarist, he of country-folk act Mount Moriah and art-metal outfit Horseback. Here was a guy they could get behind and, in fact, they did get behind him. They’re releasing his new solo record Spirit Signal later this year. But they did find it weird when he brought the fox.

“This fox is my friend,” Jenks Miller said.

To the surprise of the Northern Spy crew, Miller had brought a live fox to the meeting, who appeared to be his constant traveling companion. “Oh, that’s cool,” they had to respond, admittedly a little weirded out by the fact that he was constantly feeding the fox tiny little peppermints. Afterwards, the fox went to sleep and he told them of his plan to conceive, track, and mix each song in one day. And that’s exactly what he did.

Mount Moriah will be playing Hopscotch Festival on September 5. The fox will not be playing.

• Mount Moriah:
• Northern Spy:

[Photo: Elysse Thebner]

Disappears use their mysterious, magical musical powers to conjure up new album Era, use plain old ordinary SoundCloud to share track from it

Contrary to whatever their band name might suggest, Chicago space-jammers Disappears seem pretty determined to hang around this whole “music industry scene” for a while. Let’s get reflective for a moment here, shall we? Why, it seems like only yesterday that I was telling you all about their latest KONE EP in all of its reverby, experimental rock glory. But it wasn’t yesterday, readers! It was like five months ago. Jesus, what the hell have I been doing??

Anyway, KONE also marked the, ahem, “disappearance” of Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley on drums and the arrival of his definitely-not-Steve-Shelley replacement, Noah Leger. But now that Leger is fully integrated into the line-up and people like me have finally shut up about their Sonic Youth connection, the band is throwing down hard with their fourth full-length album. It’s called Era and was recorded this past winter at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio in Chicago with John Congleton. Those are cool people and place names, so you know this thing is good and serious.

How good and serious? Well, the press release calls the new album, which is due August 26 via Kranky, “insular and dark,” and talks about the band’s “love of dub, minimalism and repetition” really coming into play in a classic, 80s post-punky way. I don’t know, though. Does that sound like a thing to you? I can’t even tell anymore. But hey, luckily, you don’t have to rely on some shitty prose description that I’m totally not confident in; because you can just stream a new track from the album below and make up your own to suit your personal taste, expectations, vocabulary, and background experience. Isn’t life easy in 2013? Cheers, reader.

Era tracklisting:

01. Girl
02. Power
03. Ultra
04. Era
05. Weird House
06. Elite Typical
07. New House

UK tour dates:

11.24.13 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store
11.25.13 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
11.26.13 - London, UK - Lexington

• Disappears:
• Kranky:

King Khan & The Shrines will overwhelm you with all their upcoming stuff

It’s been quite a while since King Khan & The Shrines got together to record a new album; six years since 2007’s What Is?, to be precise. Now that the band is with Merge Records, the album drought is about to end, because on September 3, you can get your grubby mitts on a copy of Idle No More. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, they’re notorious for blending genres: King Khan’s sound is something akin to a rockabilly Sly Stone with stacks of well-worn garage records at home backed by a punk jazz band. Judging by the song below, Idle No More is a bit more refined than their previous efforts. Check out Idle No More’s opening track, “Born to Die” here:

In addition to the new album, King Khan is taking his eight-man strong Shrines unit to not one, but two continents. They’re making a trek around Europe late this summer before coming to the US and Canada this fall. King Khan & The Shrines tend to put on a raucous, sweat-filled spectacle each night, so I expect any Philadelphia area garage rock fans to be at Union Transfer on Halloween. Given King Khan’s penchant for costumes and mischief, the show on Halloween in Philly will be bonkers. The Mischief Night show in New York will certainly be unpredictable as well. Even if the new record is a bit more polished than their older stuff, the live show is still sure to be grimy as hell. Side note: Does knowing something will be unpredictable make it predictable?

On top of the tour, there’s even more coming up for King Khan. Here’s the music video for “Bite My Tongue,” a track that was released on a split single with Mikal Cronin. The video’s been floating around for a while, but “Bite My Tongue” is going to be on the new album, too. You can watch as Super KK flies around causing (relatively minor) mayhem, ultimately leading to a showdown with prankster Jesus.


08.28.13 - Luxembourg - Exit07
08.29.13 - Haarlem, Netherlands - Patronaat
08.30.13 - Salisbury, UK - End of the Road Festival
09.01.13 - London, UK - XOYO
09.03.13 - Brighton, UK - The Blind Tiger Cluv
09.04.13 - Paris, France - Trabendo
09.05.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Magasin 4
09.06.13 - Vineland, Netherlands - Great Wide Open Festival
10.11.13 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
10.13.13 - San Francisco, CA - Slims
10.14.13 - Portland, OR - Dante’s
10.15.13 - Vancouver, BC - The Rickshaw Theatre
10.16.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
10.17.13 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
10.18.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.19.13 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
10.20.13 - Kansas City, KS - The Record Bar
10.21.13 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
10.22.13 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
10.23.13 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
10.24.13 - Cleavland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
10.25.13 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
10.26.13 - Toronto, ON - Legendary Horshoe Tavern
10.27.13 - Montreal, QC - La Tulipe
10.29.13 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
10.30.13 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10.31.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.01.13 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
11.02.13 - Durgam, NC - Motorco Music Hall
11.04.13 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
11.05.13 - Birmingham, AL - Nottletree
11.06.13 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
11.12.13 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
11.13.13 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom

• King Khan and the Shrines:
• Merge Records: