Upcoming 100% Silk documentary reportedly as shiny and smooth as the underpants you wear to the country club
When you’re hanging with rich white people at the country club or whatever and want your genitals to feel as pampered as weird sweaty royalty, you turn to 100% silk underpants. They’re the underpants you can trust. When you’re like, “Hey, I’m in the mood for some super sweet tunes to soundtrack me grinding up on these rich white people in my soft, shiny underpants,” you turn to the L.A.-based label 100% Silk, because it’s the label you can trust. With folks like Octo Octa, Maria Minerva, and Ital on the roster, both you and the rich white people you’re grinding up on are guaranteed to be grinning.
Well guess what? Now you have an excuse to open your eyes during all this grinding, because 100% Silk is about to enter the wide world of film. As XLR8R reports, the label, and in particular their 2012 European group tour, are slated to be the subjects of a film directed by Benjamin Shearn. It’s called Silk, which is about 100% shorter than what I would have predicted the title would be. In addition to following “the performances, cultural environments, and global scenes through which the troupe traveled” back in 2012, the film will make its artsiness absolutely clear by being intercut with dance sequences choreographed by performed by Mecca Vazie Andrews and the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company. The sequences are designed to convey elements of the featured artists’ philosophies and approaches that apparently a regularly movie just wouldn’t carry. That does sound pretty artsy, and boy howdy do I love artsy things!
The film is set to debut next month in Denmark at the Copenhagen International Film Festival. If your mind is an actual sieve, you’re probably not sentient. If your mind is only a little bit like a sieve, though, I’ll remind you that Massacred for Gold, a film soundtracked by the smoothest and shiniest guy named Tim that I’m aware of, Tim Hecker, will debut at the same festival. Hooray for coincidences! While you try to think of other things you know about Denmark that don’t have to do with Hamlet so you don’t feel like a globally unaware jerk, you can watch the trailer for Silk below.
Dance Mania helped reshape the sonic landscape in the 1980s and 90s. To honor that, on January 24 Strut records will be archiving the influential Chicago label with a two-disc retrospective compilation called Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997.
Dance Mania took off with Ray Barney in 1985 and quickly became a reliable source for early house and acid, including releases from Duane and Co., Hercules, and Li’l Louis, among many others. The label’s reputation for uncompromising innovation made them a force to be reckoned with as “House Nation” by Housemaster Boyz went on to be an international hit. Dance Mania was on the cutting edge once again with the release of Traxmen & Eric Martin’s “Hit if From the Back.”
“Hit it From the Back” helped define the Ghetto House sound; raw, stripped-down four-on-the-floor rhythms with 808/909 beats and lyrics explicit enough to make even a seasoned pornographer blush. The sound flourished and paved the way for the later Chicago juke and footwork scenes as well as leaving an impression on Daft Punk. Check out “Teachers” from Discovery. They name drop like half the dudes listed below.
Now that Barney (with some help from Parris Mitchell) has the label operating again, this collection from Strut follows the evolution of the label from its inception through basically the end of its “original” run. The album will feature rare photos, label history, and artist interviews from DJ Chrissy Murderbot.
Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997 tracklist:
01. Hercules - 7 Ways (Club)
02. Victor Romeo feat. Leatrice Brown - Love Will Find a Way (Club)
03. The House Master Boyz and the Rude Boy of House - House Nation
04. Duane & Co - J.B. Traxx
05. Vincent Floyd - I Dream You
06. Da Posse feat. Martell - Searchin’ Hard
07. Club Style - Crazy Wild
08. Jammin’ the House Gerald - Black Women (Club)
09. Tyree - Nuthin’ Wrong
10. Strong Souls - Twinkles
11. 3.2.6 - Falling (Armando’s House mix)
12. Rhythm II Rhythm - A Touch of Jazz (Lifestyles of the Rich mix)
01. DJ Funk - House the Groove
02. Paul Johnson - Feel My M.F. Bass
03. DJ Funk - The Original Video Clash: Video Clash II (Street mix)
04. Parris Mitchell Project (feat. Wax Master) - Ghetto Shout Out!!
05. DJ Deeon - Da Bomb
06. Houz’ Mon - Fear the World
07. Vincent Floyd - I’m So Deep
08. Tim Harper - Toxic Waste (Club mix)
09. Robert Armani - Ambulance
10. DJ Deeon - House-O-Matic
11. Traxmen & Eric Martin - Hit It from the Back
12. Top Cat - Work Out
I get it. When you have a catalog as giant as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds currently do after their 1,001 years in business together, you’re sort of obligated to throw one or two live albums in the mix, I think. Cave and his gang, though? They’ve already got three under their belts. That seems like plenty of live albums to me. But then again… I’m just a monkey at a typewriter trying to fill space until the next guy takes over. What do I know? Besides, whether we like counting that high or not, according to The Quietus, live record number four is already on its way down the pipe. Entitled Live at KCRW, it will be released on December 2. Let’s just get over it already!
Plus, this one is a little different than most live albums anyway. It’s culled from a radio session that the band did this past April at Los Angeles’s KCRW studio in between their two performances at this year’s Coachella fest. You know, while they were pretty drunk, but not yet totally drunk. It’s being released on double vinyl, CD, and digital, and the vinyl will include “a couple of extra tracks not broadcast in the original session.” There’s a trailer for it at this place called the internet, but it seems to be set for private viewing only. You can watch it on that Quietus page I mentioned earlier if you want to, though. Or! Just jam along in your head to this kickass tracklisting I’m about to post the shit out of. That’s just as good, I assume.
Live at KCRW tracklisting:
01. Higgs Boson Blues
02. Far from Me
03. Stranger Than Kindness
04. The Mercy Seat
05. And No More Shall We Part
06. Wide Lovely Eyes
08. People Ain’t No Good
09. Into My Arms (vinyl only)
10. God Is in the House (vinyl only)
11. Push the Sky Away
12. Jack the Ripper
• Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: http://nickcave.com
Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors) to premiere new work and arrangements of Béla Bartók at The Met in November a.k.a. just another weekend for that guy
Flash TMT News Alert! Dave Longstreth from Dirty Projectors — you know, that guy who does all those awesome, complicated, annoying, simple, pretty, ugly, ambitious hi/low art/music things that the rest of us can’t ever even imagine doing? Yeah, he’ll be doing another one of those things again next week.
According to a recent post on Brooklyn Vegan, Longstreth will be premiering a new work of his, along with some fancy-shmancy string quartet arrangements of Dirty Projectors songs with the Calder Quartet, on Friday, November 1 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It’s part of this thing called the “Bartok Quartet Cycle Series”, which will also feature (no big deal or anything) “new arrangements by Longstreth of some of Bela Bartok’s music.” You know, because that kind of shit is no real hassle for that guy.
Tickets, which include general admission to the museum, are
A Tribe Called Quest announce dates opening for Kanye West, announce that these dates will be their final shows, announce that these shows will be on point all the time
GOODNIGHT, SWEET A TRIBE. Though A Tribe Called Quest haven’t put out a record since 1998’s The Love Movement, they’ve been active as a reunited touring act since 2006. But no longer! As reported by Complex, Tribe member Q-Tip recently said on Twitter that the group’s pair of shows opening for Kanye West this December would be their final performances. To be absolutely specific, those shows are on November 20 at Barclays Center and November 24 at Madison Square Garden.
“But… but… but… but… I live in California!” Well, tough luck. A Tribe Called Quest’s final California date has already come and gone. It happened this past August at Los Angeles’s H2O Music Festival. Were you there? Then, congratulations, you saw their last California show. If not, well, that’s just the scen… situation. That’s the situation in which you have found yourself.
• A Tribe Called Quest: http://atribecalledquest.com
Like a magical rainbow hung in a cloudless sky by two chubby baby angels, the words rang out across the blogosphere: “Neneh Cherry Announces First Solo Release Since 1996.” The creepy horny fauns swilling it up at the Elf Bar paused in their frolicking. The unicorns looked away momentarily from braiding one another’s hair. And lo! The voice spake once more: “Featuring production from Four Tet and a guest appearance by Robyn.” And then the entire world exploded in a horrible yet awesome catastrophe and that, boys and girls, is why we don’t have fauns or unicorns anymore. (We do have elves; check under your bed tonight.)
But, dear friends of the enchanted realm, it’s all true. The good people over at Smalltown Supersound are releasing Neneh Cherry’s upcoming 2014 album in collaboration with RocketNumberNine. Crafted over a five-day period, the as-yet-untitled project is the first since Cherry’s 1996 solo effort Man and is the follow-up of sorts to The Cherry Thing, her collabo with Scandinavian free jazz/noise group The Thing; revisit “Dream Baby Dream” from that one below, and expect more info soon.
[Photo: Kim Hiorthøy]
A reason for Oval’s avoiding my auditory acquaintance may lie in the surname of the now principal figure behind the project; Markus Popp’s variation on glitch is paradoxically just too damn accessible! — at least relative to the equally German folks over at Raster-Noton, who regularly inspire security in one’s aspirations to be an imperturbable cyborg. Contrarily, even before Popp assumed control over the project, when Sebastian Oschatz and Frank Metzger both offered equal support, there was seemingly nothing overtly uncomfortable or dissonant about their output, the newness of both their sound and their production methods aside. “Do While” is, simplified, an ambient track. Calidostópia!, released earlier this year, was recorded in Brazil and features seven guest vocalists from South America. I mean, it’s cool if you’re into the whole “melody” thing, I guess…
In fact, it’s probably an imperative if you’re awaiting Oval’s next release, which is actually his now release, and which is more or less an extension of Calidostópia!. Voa carries over the vocal presence, as it’s comprised mostly of previously unreleased “A-selection” recordings, which took place concurrent with the sessions that led to the preceding album. There’s also brand-new Oval material, though presumably in short supply, because only two tracks among the 18 exceed three minutes. Samples of mere glitch ornamentation, as well as the option to purchase, here.
I like the cover. It makes me think of an abstract rendition of a senior Smurfette.
01. Drift (feat. Agustín Albrieu)
02. Stop Motion I (feat. Dandara)
04. Emocor (feat. Hana Kobayashi)
05. Mersey (feat. Aiace)
07. Hmmm (feat. Maité Gadea)
08. Credit Line (feat. Andrés Gualdrón)
10. Heroic (feat. Dandara)
11. Oslo (feat. Hana Kobayashi)
13. Sediment (feat. Agustín Albrieu)
14. Flageo (feat. Aiace)
16. Latvia (feat. Andrés Gualdrón)
17. Habitat (feat. Maité Gadea)
• Oval: http://markuspopp.me
Compound Eye (Coil’s Drew McDowall and Psychic Ills’ Tres Warren) intend to confuse the hell out of travel agents, release 2xLP Journey from Anywhere
Silly me for not appreciating the fact that a “compound eye” is actually the technical term for those bulbous protrusions commonly found on flies and other insects. First Far-Out Fangtooth deliberately (read: unintentionally) trick me into becoming aware of deep-sea Devil descendants, and now, Tres Warren (of Psychic Ills) and Drew McDowall (formerly of Coil) have me seeing, to personal fright, compound eyes in nearly every spherical object. Fucking Epcot isn’t a fabulous display of technology and the gateway to a Disney form of cultural exploration; it’s a giant FLY half stuck in the Earth. What was Walt thinking, building an amusement ride in a goddamn giant insect?? This will be the end of us!
Compound Eye, the somewhat unpredictable collaboration between McDowall and Warren, have a new album out, and it’s called Journey from Anywhere, released on Editions Mego. The aforementioned associations shouldn’t necessarily be a draw, because really, at least judging by the track below, the project sounds harsher than “The Sea Priestess,” and is a far cry from the structured psychedelia of Ills. Electronic improvisation is the unstated goal here, and Warren refers to it as an ongoing “recording project,” buoyed by a lack of formula and an impulse to add things as the creative mind warrants. “Journey” is aptly used, in other words.
This mutual interview gives some good insight into the two figures, so I’d suggest giving it a read, if you’re interested. And McDowall’s into cicadas. Naturally.
Journey from Anywhere tracklisting:
02. Archaic Atmosphere
03. The Hydraulic Regime Vibrates from Within
04. Journey into Anywhere
05. Open Interval 1
06. Cosmic Exhaust: The Selector (Cut-up composition)
07. Open Interval 2
08. The Outer Sphere
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com
[Photo: Benedict Brink]
Rhys Chatham announces release of Harmonie du soir, plans debut West Coast performance of “A Secret Rose,” continues to evade simple questions like, “Where’s a guy like you get all those guitars?”
I have but one question for the inimitable Rhys Chatham: “Mr. Chatham, just where did you get all of those guitars?” For years, Chatham has hidden behind layers of press handlers, interviewers too starstruck to ask the tough questions, and his status as master composer and probable father of noise rock (imagine that episode of Maury), but no longer. The people demand to know, and I won’t write this news post about your new Northern Spy release Harmonie du soir until you answer us!
Okay, so it’s 30 minutes later now, and I just got off the horn with Squeo, the news editor over here. He says we’re “not in the business of holding the news hostage,” which I think is bullshit and makes me wonder exactly what business we are in. I’m up for my pension soon, though, and I don’t want to rock the boat. Harmonie du soir is out November 12 from Northern Spy on both CD and LP. The release features three pieces, the first of which, “Harmonie du soir,” is Chatham’s first recorded composition for six guitars, bass, and drums since 1986’s Die Donnergötter. The second is another new composition for 70-piece brass band entitled “Harmonie de Pontarlier: The Dream of Rhonabwy,” and the final is a “burning re-imagination” of 1982’s “Drastic Classicism” (this final track is only available on the CD version and the bonus download with the vinyl edition). You can preorder the record from Northern Spy right now.
What’s more, in what feels like a targeted attack against those of us brave enough to ask the real questions, Chatham is also planning the first West Coast performance of “A Secret Rose,” a piece written for an orchestra of 100 electric guitars. The performance is on November 17 at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California. You can grab tickets right now if you’re the type of nerd who “plans ahead for events.” He’s also got a few other dates coming up, including a solo trumpet performance at the Hunters Moon festival in Ireland, and a collaboration with Charlemagne Palestine in the United Kingdom.
Harmonie du soir tracklisting:
01. Harmonie du soir
02. Harmonie de Pontarlier: The Dream of Rhonabwy
03. Drastic Classicism Revisited
10.27.13 - Carrick on Shannon, Ireland - Hunters Moon Festival
11.02.13 - Birmington, UK - Library of Birmingham *
11.17.13 - Richmond, CA - Craneway Pavilion
* Charlemagne Palestine
Neil Young to release 1970 performances Live at the Cellar Door this December, then complain that the audio is shit
Folks, I’m sure this goes without saying, but: ol’ Neil Young fucking rules. But I’ll tell you something else: the man’s “extravagant-batshit-curmudgeon-upstart-artist” lifestyle is no easy or cheap thing to maintain. So I’m sure you’ll agree that we’ll have to forgive the guy for continuing to package up and sell-off his old live shows like some jacked-up senior citizen on Antiques Roadshow, right? Good, cuz here’s a bunch of information about a new one.
Live at the Cellar Door, the latest in his Archives Performance Series, will see the light of day on December 10 (via some label called Reprise Records). I know, I know; you’re already SOLD, but let me at least tell you a little bit about this one. According to its press release, it “collects recordings made during Young’s intimate six-show solo stand at The Cellar Door in Washington D.C. between November 30th and December 2nd, 1970, a few months after Reprise released his classic third solo album After The Gold Rush in August.” In other words, dude was IN THE ZONE when this shit got cut. So don’t sleep on it.
The album primarily features Young on acoustic guitar and piano (oh yeah, there’s totally a “rare solo version of ‘Cinnamon Girl’, performed on piano rather than guitar” from 1969’s Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, which seems awesome!) and includes, well, all the good stuff: tunes from After the Gold Rush (“Tell Me Why,” “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” “Birds,” “Don’t Let It Bring You Down,” the title track), Buffalo Springfield jams from all over the catalog (“Expecting to Fly,” “I Am a Child,” “Flying on the Ground Is Wrong”), and even some “early, raw performances of songs that wouldn’t appear until subsequent Young albums,” such as “Bad Fog of Loneliness” (which appears on the 2007-issued Live at Massey Hall ‘71 that we all already love, and “Old Man” (two years before it’d show up on 1972’s Harvest)! Hell-to-the-yeah. You’re gonna folk out to this shit so hard during those mellow, dying-down-hours of some idiotic wintertime loft party, I just know it!
The performance was recorded by Henry Lewy and produced by Young. As per the other stuff in the Archives series, Live at the Cellar Door will be released on horrible-sounding digital, okay-sounding CD, and cock-suckingly-transcendent 180 gram vinyl (mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and pressed at Pallas in Germany). So yeah; let’s all keep Neil Young in the black! What the hell are you waiting for?! Oh, that’s right; December 10. Yeah, right on… me too.
Live at the Cellar Door tracklisting:
01. Tell Me Why
02. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
03. After the Gold Rush
04. Expecting to Fly
05. Bad Fog of Loneliness
06. Old Man
08. Don’t Let It Bring You Down
09. See the Sky About to Rain
10. Cinnamon Girl
11. I Am a Child
12. Down by the River
13. Flying on the Ground Is Wrong