The Belbury Circle and John Foxx announce new EP on Ghost Box; ghosts are real and many of them are my friends

The Belbury Circle and John Foxx announce new EP on Ghost Box; ghosts are real and many of them are my friends

Are you tired of your one friend always scoffing when someone says, “Hey, you guys, I think I feel a presence in this room and it really wants us to watch The Big Lebowski instead of Reservoir Dogs,” during movie nights? Or are you just sick to death of having to go through the whole runaround every time you tell that friend about the translucent figure you accidentally made eye contact with in the bathroom during lunch? Well worry no more, because Ghost Box Records has yet again announced plans to loose its titular box of ghosts upon the music-listening public, effectively rendering all discussions of whether ghosts are “actually a thing” moot. This time they’ve got Empty Avenues from The Belbury Circle and John Foxx on offer.

First announced back in late June, Empty Avenues is the debut collaboration of Jim Jupp of Belbury Poly and Jon Brooks of The Advisory Circle as The Belbury Circle, and they’re joined on vocals by the eminent John Foxx (Foxx began as the lead vocalist for Ultravox, though he left that group in 1979 and has since created all manner of synth-oriented music with a wide cast of partners). Empty Avenues is out September 6 on CD and 10-inch vinyl (with different artwork for each format), though you can preorder it now. The EP features six total tracks, one of which is a remix of the title track by Pye Corner Audio. If you’re super anxious to get your friend to quit ruining social gatherings with his naysaying about ghosts and their scientifically verifiable capacity to haunt, you can check out a preview of three of the EP’s tracks below.

Empty Avenues tracklisting:

01. Empty Avenues
02. Almost There
03. The Right Path
04. Suit
05. Time of Your Life
06. Empty Avenues and Dark Corners (Pye Corner Audio Mix)

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Interpretations’ new music and creative improv monthly concert series starts next month

It’s pretty staggering to think of a concert series lasting a quarter-century, especially considering the vicissitudes of new and experimental music programming, but this fall marks the 25th concert season of Interpretations, a new music and creative improvisation series curated in part by vocalist Thomas Buckner and the Mutable Music imprint. Buckner’s connection to avant-garde composition and free music goes back at least to the early 1970s, when he ran the 1750 Arch concert series in Berkeley, as well as the 1750 Arch Records imprint (with releases by Gerald Oshita, Roscoe Mitchell, David Rosenboom, Infinite Sound, and many others). Buckner returned to his native New York in 1983, and began the Mutable label in 2000. Interpretations is an appropriate moniker, considering the fact that improvisation and new music composition sometimes appear like different branches of the same tree.

Buckner’s connection to the Chicago axis of free music is made clear from the series’ first concert of 2013, featuring solo and ensemble music from pianist and Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) founder Muhal Richard Abrams (pictured). Improvising composers such as reedman Yusef Lateef and percussionist Adam Rudolf will have their works performed by the Momenta String Quartet (Emilie-Ann Gendron, violin; Adda Kridler, violin; Stephanie Griffin, viola; Michael Haas, cello), and works by Walter Marchetti, Annea Lockwood, Gene Coleman, JG Thirwell, Pauline Oliveros, Anthony Braxton, and Joan LaBarbera will be performed in a variety of instrumental and vocal settings. Look out for bassist James Ilgenfritz’ solo and chamber interpretations of new and historical compositions from the books of AACM-ers and industrial musicians alike, an evening which also features the music of Oliveros and Marchetti. Excepting January, the concerts will be monthly, starting on September 26, 2013 with Abrams and closing on April 24, 2014 with music from electronics artist Tom Hamilton and reedman-composer Ned Rothenberg. All concerts will take place at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn, a large-scale venue for left-field music.


09.26.13 - Muhal Richard Abrams solo / ensemble
10.17.13 - Gene Coleman // Momenta string quartet
11.13.13 - Anne LeBaron // Ross Bolleter with Tos Mahoney
12.12.13 - James Ilgenfritz // Reineir Van Houdt
02.20.14 - Bruce Gremo // Joan LaBarbara
03.20.14 - Thomas Buckner: Works by Tim Brady, Eric Griswold, John Encarnacao, Annea Lockwood
04.24.14 - Tom Hamilton // Ned Rothenberg

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Helm announces Silencer EP on PAN and Alter, perfect music for hissing at people/things

I don’t know if there’s been a definitive lapse in the amount of disturbing non-metal music being released over the last couple of years, but I know back around 2010, I was all about wallowing to new additions to the Miasmah catalog (for instance), with the lights in my apartment turned off and attempts at human interaction met with literal hisses. Such attempts included text messaging, deliveries from UPS, and the mere presence of my living room lamp over in the corner, which I deliberately attired with a coat and dress shoes just so that I could hiss at it. Have you tried indiscriminately hissing at things/people? There’s a reason why most (if not all) snakes hiss, and it only partially has to do with deterring would-be aggressors; the other part, because it’s enjoyable as fuck.

Anyhow, for 2012, there were but two albums on the dark end of the music spectrum that really caught my ear: the first was the Kreng box set Works for Abattoir Fermé 2007 - 2011, and the other was Impossible Symmetry from London-based sound artist Luke Younger a.k.a. Helm. Listening to the latter’s seamless incorporation of electroacoustic elements brought a welcome freshness… that made me want to weep and curl into a ball for its duration. I thank my relative emotional stability for keeping me upright.

Following up on that absolute (and absolutely ominous) achievement, Helm has new EP Silencer due out September 10 on PAN and Younger’s own Alter label. Four tracks long, you can count on an eerily disarming combination of aged, repeating rhythms and hypnotic drones. Certainly an artist to keep tabs on, in my opinion.

Silencer tracklisting:

01. Silencer
02. Mirrored Palms
03. Bergamo
04. The Haze

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Cyril Hahn and Ryan Hemsworth embark on tour together, capitalizing on the burgeoning Canadawave trend

Hey kids! You’re young and you’re hip. You love sugary booze, discovering sex, and making 20 different songs your new favorite song in a given week. It’s an exciting, terrifying life where you must stay on top of every new trend before it passes you by and you look like an idiot. Great news for you: I’ve got the new trend. It’s a little thing everyone’s calling Canadawave. Oh, what’s the hook? The hook is that it’s from Canada, you little dum dum! And it’s coming to you, in the form of Canadian producers Cyril Hahn and Ryan Hemsworth’s upcoming tour.

Here’s the story on Cyril Hahn: he’s a hip-hop and electronic producer from Vancouver. Here’s the story on Ryan Hemsworth: he’s a hip-hop and electronic producer from Halifax. Hahn’s got a new EP called Perfect Form coming out October 7 through PMR, while Hemsworth recently self-released the Still Awake EP, available as a free download on this website. Together, they’re touring Canada and the US under what they call the Feeling’s Mutual tour. And you, kid? You’re gonna love them.

Cyril Hahn and Ryan Hemsworth dates:

09.18.13 - Vancouver, BC - Faded
09.19.13 - Victoria, BC - 9one9
09.20.13 - Kelwona, BC - Level
09.21.13 - Portland, OR - Rotture
09.26.13 - San Diego, CA - Bang Bang
09.27.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Lure Patio
09.28.13 - Seattle, WA - Decibel Fest @ Crocodile
10.03.13 - Montreal, QC - Le Belmont
10.04.13 - Toronto, ON - Hoxton
10.05.13 - New York City, NY - Dark Disco @ 88 Palace
10.06.13 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
10.10.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
10.11.13 - Chicago, IL - The Mid
10.12.13 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
10.23.13 - Washington, DC - TBD
10.24.13 - Miami, FL - Bardot
10.25.13 - Denver, CO - NORAD
10.26.13 - Houston, TX - Something Wicked Festival
10.27.13 - New Orleans, LA- Hi-Ho Lounge
10.30.13 - Nashville, TN - Scene
10.31.13 - Austin, TX - TBD
11.01.13 - San Francisco, CA - 1015 Folsom #

# Nina Kraviz

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Goldrush Festival 2013 is here to blow what’s left of your brain after last year: Noveller, MV & EE, Lee Noble, more!

So a lot of ya’ll reading this missed out on the best two days of music in Denver last year. I’m talking about Goldrush. Sure, it was pretty packed on both days; standing room only and crowds spilling out into hallways are always good signs. But some of your lovely, glowing faces were not seen amongst the crowds. There are any number of excuses for this: “it’s too hip,” “my girlfriend was on fire,” “it’s not hip enough,” “my grandmother’s gallbladder was infested with rats,” “my grill was on its period,” “my car broke down,” etc., etc. Listen up though: none of them were good enough. That’s why your body has been punishing you for this last year with bouts of tinnitus and that weird in-grown hair; you didn’t allow it to feel the sounds of Barn Owl, Former Selves, Aloonaluna, Ttotals, and Caddywhompus present, loud and in living color.

However, your moment of redemption is at hand: Goldrush 2013, a fest created by our very own Strauss, is upon us and it’s shaping up to be the screaming orgasm last year’s festival of foreplay promised. Lee Noble, Scammers, Derek Rogers, Cop Circles, Giant Claw, Accordian Crimes, Noveller, MV & EE, and M. Sage make up about half the lineup that will be rolling into Denver on September 27 and 28. If that alone doesn’t get you dripping and/or hard, pills or therapy are probably good options. At the risk of over-stimulating and making a mess, here is another tidbit of info: two-day tickets are $15 for a limited time and a mere $20 after that. How is such a thing possible? Satanic magic, drugs, international conspiracies, and technology from the far future transported back in time to bring unknown auditory pleasures to the Sidewinder Tavern in Denver, one month from now. And all you have to do is buy a ticket and show up. You’re so spoiled.

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Boards of Canada to reissue catalogue on vinyl, bringing to the future the past’s sounds of the future on the format of the past

Back in the 1990s, Boards of Canada were considered the sound of the future. But, honey, this ain’t the 1990s. It’s 2013 and Boards of Canada are… still kind of considered the sound of the future. We’ve acknowledged that maybe the idea of the future hasn’t changed a whole lot since 1998, but, hey, nobody said when we were going to arrive at the future. Perhaps this year’s Tomorrow’s Harvest (TMT Review) is just looking toward the same future that Music Has the Right to Children was. That said, perhaps we thought we’d be done with some of the old media formats by now. Surely, by 2013, we’d only listen to Boards of Canada’s future music on future formats, right?

Nah. Not right. If that was the case, Warp would not be reissuing the Boards of Canada catalogue on vinyl. On October 21, the label will be reissuing the band’s first three albums: 1998’s Music Has the Right to Children, 2002’s Geogaddi, and 2005’s The Campfire Headphase. After the prime meat of the Boards of Canada discography is out of the way, the label’s second wave is coming in November 18: 1995’s Twoism mini-album, 2000’s In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country EP, and 2006’s Trans Canada Highway EP. All of these releases will also include a download code and an original Boards of Canada sticker with a design from the appropriate era. And that era is… THE FUTURE. No, they’re all from roughly whatever year the album came out.

Considering that this Boards of Canada reissue business is a booming market, Warp isn’t the only one getting into it. At some point in the year, Skam Records will reissue 1996’s Hi Scores EP. When will this reissue come out? When will it happen? It will happen in the, yeah, you know, the future.

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