Thrill Jockey plans Heat Leisure LP for October release, featuring members of Pontiak, Guardian Alien

As a young professional leading a life marked by both warmth and relaxation — I own not one but two heating pads and I regularly trick my roommate into giving me foot massages — I feel uniquely qualified to tell the world about the upcoming Heat Leisure LP on Thrill Jockey. In fact, with a great deal of confidence I believe I can say that most of my life has been building up to the moment in the next sentence where I tell you the album’s title and release date. It’s called III & IV and it’s out October 21. You might be thinking that any old joker could’ve written that sentence, but that’s where you’re dead wrong.

Heat Leisure is a big ole collaboration between Pontiak’s Carney Brothers, Greg Fox and Alexandra Drewchin from Guardian Alien, Steve Strohmeier from Beach House and Arboretum, and Robert J. Otten III (featuring, as well, a guest appearance by Merry Prankster and Grateful Dead pal Ken Babbs), and III & IV was recorded over a series of late night sessions in the Carneys’ studio on their farm in Virginia. III & IV is a follow-up to the short film and 7-inch release of I & II back in 2012. In much the same way that my roommate does not limit himself to foot massages but often provides back, forearm, and thigh massages, Heat Leisure intentionally don’t want to limit themselves to just audio albums. The group was conceived as a “multi-media pursuit;” future releases or performances could really take any form the collective imagines.

So go ahead, friend: from one super-sweltering and all-splayed-out-like-it’s-vacation-all-the-time young professional to another, you should consider pre-ordering the LP today.

III & IV tracklist:

01. III
02. IV

• Heat Leisure: http://www.thrilljockey.com/thrill/Heat-Leisure
• Thrill Jockey: http://http://www.thrilljockey.com

Jamie Stewart provocatively undresses a new Xiu Xiu video while subversively announcing NYC events and European tour dates

Stop that, Jamie — everyone’s watching! What, you want them all to find out? That kind of takes the romance out of it, don’t you think? I guess… it’s fine. Maybe I should just tell them. It’s easier that way. You’ll just scare them.

Okay, sorry for the weirdness — Jamie and I wanted everyone to know that we’re making our first news announcement together today. We really didn’t want you to find out like this. But you can’t fuck with fate.

The first thing Jamie wanted everyone to know is that there is a new video for “Cynthia’s Unisex,” one of the songs off Xiu Xiu’s latest album, Angel Guts: Red Classroom. Florent Texier directed. SFW.

Also, Jamie wanted all of his friends in New York to come hang out while he takes over the city. Aside from a “standard” concert at Glasslands, Xiu Xiu will also take part in some “alternative” performances. “Metal” is a collaboration with conceptual artist Danh Vō that takes place at The Kitchen. As part of the piece, Xiu Xiu will perform syncopated rhythms side by side with two gold pounders from Thailand, presumably members of the workforce that generate the gold leaf used in Vō’s finished art, which will be hanging at the exhibit. “Metal” runs from September 27 - October 18, with an opening reception on the 27 at 6 PM. Xiu Xiu will debut another piece on September 28 at the Dumbo Arts Festival. “Kling Klang!” consists of 999 vibrating instruments attached to the copper sheets of Danh Vō’s art installation “We The People,” according to Jamie (and the press release).

Last but not least: Xiu Xiu’s going to Europe! Wait, Jamie, does that mean you’re just up and leaving me here in the ultra-banal USA, waiting for you until you return from Chuckleslovakia or wherever the fuck you’re going? You are dreaming, mister. Have a nice fuck of a life. (I miss you).

Video for “Cynthia’s Unisex”:

Xiu Xiu tour dates:

10.18.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
10.28.14 - Bologna, Italy - Lokomotiv (Gender Bender Fest)
10.30.14 - Warsaw, Poland - Center of Art Modern
10.31.14 - Prague, Czech Republic - Podnik
11.01.14 - Ebensee, Austira - Kino
11.02.14 - Vienna, Austria - WUK
11.03.14 - Budweiss, Czech Republic - Ostinato
11.04.14 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Kino Siska
11.05.14 - Budapest, Hungary - GMK
11.06.14 - Belgrade, Serbia - Gun Club
11.07.14 - Skopje, Macedonia - Art Cinema Frosina
11.08.14 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Eightball Club
11.09.14 - Athens, Greece - Six Dogs
11.11.14 - Lecce, Italy - ARCI Rubik
11.12.14 - Rome, Italy - Circolo Degli Artisti
11.13.14 - Milan, Italy - Masada
11.14.14 - Bern, Switzerland - Dampfzentrale (w/ Hidden Cameras)
11.15.14 - Le Locle, Switzerland - LUX
11.16.14 - Clermont Ferrand, France - Raymond Bar
11.17.14 - Paris, France - Espace B
11.19.14 - Brussels, Belgium - DNA (Autumn Falls Festival)
11.20.14 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who (Swans event)

• Xiu Xiu: http://www.xiuxiu.org
• Polyvinyl: https://www.polyvinylrecords.com

[Photo: James Wood]

RIP: Kenny Wheeler, jazz trumpeter, composer, and sideman for Anthony Braxton, Bill Frisell, and David Sylvian

From Ottawa Citizen:

Trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler, who was raised in Toronto and beloved in Canada despite having lived in London, England, for the last 60 years, died Thursday. He was 84.

For the last month or so, jazz musicians in the United Kingdom, Canada and elsewhere were hopeful that Wheeler, a towering if extremely humble influence on so many musicians, would get the better of health difficulties.

Some months ago, Wheeler was moved to a nursing home. More recently, he was hospitalised. His friend and long-time collaborator Norma Winstone emailed me earlier this week, after visiting Wheeler last week: “News of Kenny is not too good. He is back in hospital, after being in a nursing home for a while. I went to see him last Friday and he is very frail. I am sure he is grateful for all the messages of love and support he has received.”

• Kenny Wheeler: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Wheeler

RIP: Guided by Voices

From Guided by Voices:

Guided By Voices has come to an end. With 4 years of great shows and six killer albums, it was a hell of a comeback run. The remaining shows in the next two months are unfortunately canceled. Our sincere apologies to those that have purchased tickets and made travel plans. Thanks to everyone who has supported GBV.

9.26.14 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom *
10.4.14 Dayton, OH - Oddbody’s *
10.5.14 Cleveland, OH - The Grog Shop *
10.24.14 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge *
10.25.14 Fort Wayne, IN - C2G Music Hall *
11.8.14 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest *
11.11.14 Orlando, FL - The Social *
11.12.14 Miami, FL - Grand Central *
11.14.14 Atlanta, GA - Centerstage *
11.15.14 Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle *
11.28.14 Columbus, OH - Skully’s Music Diner *
11.29.14 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *

* Refunds available at point of purchase

• Guided by Voices: http://www.gbv.com

sunn O))) ready their capes for headlining appearance at Temples Festival, more bands announced

The mighty sunn O))) have been confirmed as headliners for the 2015 version of the Temples Festival in Bristol, England. The Seattle drone boys recently collaborated with cult crooner Scott Walker on the soon-to-be-released album Soused, which will drop October 21 via 4AD. No word on whether the silky-voiced Mr. Walker will also don a heavy cloak and jam out with sunn O))) on this one, but hey, who are we as a species without DREAMS.

Anyway, over the course of the weekend of May 29-31, bands like Goatsnake, Converge, Goatwhore, Torche, Between the Buried and Me, and many many more will take over Motion, an old Victorian warehouse that’s now a skatepark/music venue. (The festival name comes from the fact that the venue’s Bristolian neighborhood is called the Temples Quarter.) Converge will headline the Main Stage on May 29 and sunn O))) will headline the Main Stage on May 30. Loads of other bands will be announced but you can check out the acts confirmed so far and learn more about the festival here.

• sunn O))): http://sunn.bandcamp.com
• Temples: http://www.templesfestival.co.uk

Mirah reveals hot North American tour dates… tantalizing new music video, and… nothing else, you perverts!

Yeehaw! Daddies lock up your foolhardy sons and whatnot, cuz longtime indie-folk-cetera “artiste” Mirah is comin’ ‘round the mountain when she comes! Shoot, maybe she’ll be driving six white horses too, for all I know. All’s I know is she’ll be drivin’ whatever it is she’s drivin’ on the big ol’ North American tour she’s embarkin’ to endeavor on at the end of this very month. I know: women drivers! What’ll they think of next?!?

Turns out the whole Oregon Trail-esque escapade comes on the heels of her newest and fifth album, Changing Light, which I first saw up for sale over at yonder general store this past May. In fact, she seems to have made a whole, big-ol’ elaborate movin’ picture show jamboree out of one of the songs on the album. Don’t ask me how, but somehow all these pictures just sorta… shuck and jive and bob in time with the music! Darndest thing. The tune is called “No Direction Home,” and the “video” (as she’s a-callin’ it) was directed by Mirah’s partner (that’s what they call “husbands” out west) Todd Chandler, a fella that calls himself a “filmmaker,” whatever in tarnation that is!

Either way, folks, you can all by my guest and check out the whole cockamamie shenanigans down below! I had this scientist fella that I kinda know “embed” the thing, so’s if you click on it, it’ll up and start dancin’ for ya on command. Check ‘er out!

Mirah Mirah, on the tour:

09.26.14 - Portsmouth, NH - The Music Hall Loft
09.27.14 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
09.28.14 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen
09.29.14 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
09.30.14 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
10.01.14 - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes
10.02.14 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme
10.04.14 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10.06.14 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
10.07.14 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s
10.08.14 - Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox
10.09.14 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub
10.10.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Café
10.11.14 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
10.12.14 - Washington, DC - Black Cat Backstage
10.13.14 - Durham, NC - Pinhook
11.08.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
11.09.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11.11.14 - Eugene, OR - Cozmic Pizza
11.12.14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
11.13.14 - Olympia, WA - Northern
11.14.14 - Seattle, WA - St. Mark’s Cathedral
11.15.14 -Vancouver, BC - Media Club

• Mirah: http://www.mirahmusic.com
• K: http://shop.krecs.com

Lil B launches Basedmoji app to help you celebrate the life of Lil B

Forget those new emojis that were announced a few months ago. Sorry, “black hard shell floppy disk” and “man in business suit levitating,” but Lil B has you waaaaaaay beat with his new emoji app, “Basedmoji.”

The app, which is available now for iTunes users, was apparently created by the Based God himself to “have fun with your friends and family and celebrate the life of Lil B!” This might explain B’s relative silence so far in 2014 — he was just channeling his creative energy into this app instead of mix tapes.

Basedmoji icons include Lil B’s face (with sunglasses), Lil B’s face (with sunglasses and a text bubble that says “#BASEDMOJI”), Lil B’s face (with sunglasses and a text bubble that says “KOOL”), and Lil B’s face (no sunglasses, but now he’s got a crown).

App store review SuprenePeter123 notes, “This application is truly based, I have always looked up to the based god as my lord and savior so when I found out he made an emoji app I downloaded this faster than I would allow Lil B to have sex with my girl.” That’s a golden review if I’ve ever seen one.

• Lil B: http://www.basedworld.com

RVNG Intl. to collect Ariel Kalma’s previously unreleased early works in an archival anthology

The beloved electro-auteur label RVNG Intl. has announced a new addition to their already impressive (Craig Leon, K. Leimer, Sensations’ Fix, etc.) archival collection: An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972 - 1979), an anthology of visionary ethno-cosmic electronic composer Ariel Kalma’s early works. As indicated by the album’s title, it focuses on Kalma’s early years, sourcing from previously unissued music out of his private tapes, as well as self-released pieces from the same period. The French artist’s music has evolved through different stages along his four-decade career, but keeps a defining feature in its desire of mixing Western electronic experimentation with Eastern spiritual expressions — a tradition going back to, arguably, Schopenhauer.

Ariel Kalma was originally a horn player, and as a young man he studied sacramental music in India, a dual training which came to fruition when Kalma started mixing sustained aerophone notes with tape loops and synthesized drones. At the time the pieces comprising this anthology were composed, Kalma was just back from India, working as an assistant at Pierre Henry’s GRM lab. Again, the two influences are evident in the confluence of analogue delay units and ethno-musicological excursions heard on Kalma’s music through the early 70s. These compositions are clearly rawer than what one can find in Kalma’s later works, with the seams interlacing both musical strands still visible. To an extent, this compilation reveals Kalma’s aesthetic as a work in progress, leading to the superb modal marriage of electro jazz fusion and Indian sounds of Le Temps des Moissons (1975) and Osmose (1978), where Kalma processes nature sounds and integrates them into his modular synth tapestries.

Kalma’s music has famously defied categorization. It is not quite Ambient, it predates the rise of New Age and World Music as genres, the synth work is more meditative than Terry Riley’s (whom Kalma is sometimes compared with), with an overall mood more introspective than Klaus Schulze’s but less synth-bound than the Berlin composer, seldom falling in the unlikely intersection of Keith Jarrett and Don Cherry… one’s tempted to borrow the title from one of this album’s songs (“Ecstasy Musical Mind Yoga”) and slap it as an umbrella tag; but that would hardly describe a third of a collection that includes primitive drum machine workouts (“Chase Me Now”), a trancey tape prank (“Enuej Elleiv”) and even spoken word tracks (“Les mots de tous les jours”).

An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972 - 1979) is out on November 11 as a double LP, double CD, and digital release. The album includes liner notes by Jesse Jarnow.

An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972 - 1979) tracklisting:

01. Almora Sunrise
02. Ecstasy Musical Mind Yoga
03. Echorgan
04. Sunset Inside
05. Chase Me Now
06. Enuej Elleiv
07. Sister Echo
08. Les Mots de Tous Les Jours (Rêves Etranges)
09. Rainy Day
10. What Would You Say
11. Les Etoiles Sont Allumées
12. Voltage Controlled Wave
13. Montparnasse Morocco
14. Head Noises
15. Asalam Yamarek
16. Love and Dream
17. Yogini Breath

• Ariel Kalma: http://www.ariel-kalma.com
• RVNG Intl.: http://igetrvng.com

Vatican Shadow & Function collaborate for Games Have Rules LP on Hospital Productions

“Games have rules,” they, or more likely, the curmudgeon trying to ruin the game being played with a lax appreciation for rules would say. I’m thinking of the hypothetical recess monitor who righteously tries to explain how the rules of freeze tag literally require the complete cessation of movement, even the kind that occurs unconsciously as a result of the body’s normal subsistence. Just what kind of image are Vatican Shadow and Function trying to convey here?! Shall we imagine them in fluorescent vests, just waiting for a chance to blow their whistles marking the end of fun and (temporarily) marking the end of our sense of hearing? Such cruelty… I don’t believe they’re capable of it!

Let’s assume a more ironic perspective. “Games have rules” indeed, but here they are with a collaborative release, melding their respective electronic styles into something “free-flowing,” yet “stripped back” from their typical output, according to a press release. “Ambient in the most traditional sense” is the phrase actually used here, which isn’t too surprising when you consider Function’s rather atmospheric debut LP on Ostgut Ton, but with Vatican Shadow also in mind? It’s difficult to go from Middle East conflict as conceptual underpinning to… the enveloping sounds of NYC’s daybreak spirit. Equal parts rhythmic, though. But unspoken musical guidelines require a commitment to one style! I thought??

Games Have Rules is out mere days from now, on September 22. Live dates featuring the duo are scheduled for this Friday at Output in New York, this Saturday in L.A., and November 22 at Fabric in London.

Games Have Rules tracklisting:

01. Things Known
02. Things Unknown
03. The Nemesis Flower
04. A Year Has Passed
05. A Year Has Gone By
06. Red Opium
07. Bejeweled Body

• Hospital Productions: http://hospitalproductions.net

Ben Chasny’s Hermit Hut label re-releases super-limited album by Australian guitarist Chris Smith

Seems like only yesterday that multiple organ-admitter Ben Chasny announced the formation of a record label. Hermit Hut impressed with the Bhutanese guitar improv of Tashi Dorji, whose self-titled LP opened the label for business just last month. In an effort to keep up appearances, Chasny has found yet another disc of deranged guitar to hermitically hustle out into the available world.

Australian guitarist Chris Smith is the subject of said hustling. His music seems like a perfect fit for Chasny’s guitar-focused (so far) curation, especially considering most of Smith’s music has not made it out of his native land (it looks like Map Ends: 1995-2001 might have been his only American splash).

In an effort to right this ignorant wrong, Chasny has seen fit to reissue Smith’s 2007 record Bad Orchestra, which had previously only seen a limited CD run on Death Valley. Smith, inspired by The Germs, recorded the album with a full band as a way to work through a period of intense inner turmoil. I am so glad Chasny is not reissuing Smith’s LiveJournal entries from the same era.

Bad Orchestra’s vinyl rebirth will occur on October 14. Until then, enjoy the Crazy Horse frequencies of “Living Dead Blues” below.

Bad Orchestra tracklisting:

01. Goose Run
02. Living Dead Blues
03. Glue Factory
04. Grain Elevator Blues
05. The Orbit
06. Bobby and the Big O
07. Slight Problems (Intermission)
08. Jimmy’s Theme
09. Step Into the Light
10. Your Tunnel

• Hermit Hut: http://www.sixorgans.com/hermit-hut-records