Unsound Festival accused of satanism, forced to cancel shows and find new venues

Unsound is a music festival that has been running since 2006, originating in Krakow, Poland, and having since hosted iterations in New York, London, Toronto, and Adelaide. Until recently, nobody had accused the fest of having any satanic affiliation. That streak ended when a Polish website, in a letter to St. Catherine’s Church, claimed that Unsound promoted and propagated satanism.

Unsound has made a full statement denying the claims. Here is an excerpt:

With great shock, it has come to our attention that accusations have been posted on a Polish Internet website that our festival — as preposterous as it is to even repeat — allegedly promotes and propagates Satanism. These accusations, initially made in a letter to St Catherine’s Church, are completely unfounded, unreasonable, and slanderous. They undermine the good name of the festival, which since 2003 has been an enthusiastic participant in Krakow’s cultural life, and we reject the accusation unequivocally.

Part of the claims toward satanism were directed specifically at Current 93, whose leader David Tibet identifies as part of the Christian faith. Due to the accusations, the group has been forced to relocate its Unsound appearance, originally taking place at the aforementioned St. Catherine’s. Pitchfork also reports that “three additional surprise sets at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul have also been canceled because of those same accusations.”

Tibet has made a statement, which can be found on the same page as the Unsound statement, denying any affiliation with satanism. An excerpt from Tibet’s statement:

I have declared many times that I am Christian. Nearly all of my work manifests this belief, both my music and my artwork — and this conviction remains no less true even if my work often displays a dark humour — as well as my studies, including those in Coptic, which I learnt in order to work on apocryphal New Testament texts.

Unsound’s 2015 festival in Krakow will be taking place October 11-18, with this year’s theme being “Surprise!” Performers at the festival include Andy Stott, Galcher Luswerk, Tim Hecker, Matana Roberts, Liturgy, Jlin, and more. Tickets for the entire festival are sold out, but tickets to individual shows may be available.

• Unsound: http://www.unsound.pl
• Current 93: http://www.davidtibet.com

Soul Jazz releases new edition of “100% Dynamite!”

Soul Jazz is giving you another chance to get your Taki-stained sweaty hands on their biggest-selling reggae release, the now classic 100% Dynamite: Ska, Soul, Rocksteady and Funk in Jamaica. Originally released just shy of 20 years ago, this thing reps Jackie Mittoo, The Upsetters, Toots & The Maytals, Tommy McCook, Cedric Brooks, and Lennie Hibbert. You’ll also get reggae takes on soul joints like Marlena Shaw’s “Womanof the Ghetto,” Aretha Franklin’s “Rocksteady,” Syl Johnson’s “Is It Because I’m Black,” and William DeVaughan’s “Be Thankful.”

What makes the 2015 remastered and expanded editions is not just that is has been remastered and expanded and is shiny and new — no! You’ll also get cuts from Jamaican producers Clement Dodd, Lee Perry, and Winston Riley (Techniques). Coming atcha as a CD, double vinyl (+download), or digital release.

New Expanded tracklisting:

01. Willie Williams - Armageddon Time
02. Toots & The Maytals - Night And Day
03. The Marvels - Rocksteady
04. The Upsetters - Popcorn
05. Bunny Clarke - Be Thankful
06. Tommy McCook - Green Mango
07. Brentford All-Stars - Greedy G
08. Lennie Hibbert - Real Hot
09. Horace Andy - My Soul
10. Johnny Osbourne - We Need Love
11. Bunny Brown - I Love the Way you Love
12. Jackie Mittoo - Stereo Freeze
13. Phyllis Dillon - Woman Of The Ghetto
14. Cedric Brooks - Give Rasta Glory
15. Alton Ellis - Son of Man
16. Sound Dimension - Granny Scratch Scratch
17. Lloyd Robinson - Cuss Cuss
18. Sound Dimension - Drum Song
19. Ken Boothe - Is It Because I’m Black

• Soul Jazz: http://www.souljazzrecords.co.uk

RIP: Koopsta Knicca, founding member of Three 6 Mafia

From The Commercial Appeal:

Memphis rapper, Three 6 Mafia alumnus and Da Mafia 6ix member Robert “Koopsta Knicca” Phillips has died. The 40-year-old died early Friday morning at an undisclosed Memphis hospital from complications of a stroke he suffered on Sunday.

The news of Mr. Phillips death was confirmed by Da Mafia 6ix publicist Dove Clark, and his group mate and producer “DJ Paul” Beauregard (the official word followed premature reports of his passing online on Thursday).

In a statement, DJ Paul referred to Mr. Phillips as “my group member and brother for over 20 years,” noting that the he “went in peace…Everyone who knew Koop knew he was very funny and the coolest guy ever. He will be missed. We made classics together that’ll live on.” […]

• Three 6 Mafia: http://www.three6-mafia.com

The Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs to receive vinyl box set reissue

Long before the jokesters of Twitter, The Magnetic Fields were on that 69 tip. Proving themselves the most prescient musicians of their day, the band released 69 Love Songs in September of 1999. This kicked off the 69 renaissance we enjoy today, because, you see, 69 is a sex number.

Not that 69 Love Songs should be reduced to its pre-emptive capturing of the internet humor zeitgeist. It’s an expansive, ambitious record that really has 69 songs, all of which are about love (in one form or another). People like it, and when people like a thing, you reissue that thing’s out-of-print vinyl box set. On November 6, Merge will reissue 69 Love Songs as a limited-edition box containing six 10-inch records.

To add an extra layer of exclusivity to this limited-edition item, the first thousand pre-orders will come on colored vinyl. Heck, multiple colors of colored vinyl at that, precisely two black, two red, and two clear. After those fancy colored vinyls are gone, all that will be left are vinyl as cold and black as a dying love. In that case, maybe distract yourself by reading the set’s 24-page color booklet featuring liner notes written by author Daniel Handler. Purveyors of fine children’s novels may better know Handler by a certain pen name, one involving a citrus — never mind, he’s Lemony Snicket.

Pre-orders are available now through Merge and should arrive by the November 6 release date.

• Magnetic Fields: http://www.houseoftomorrow.com
• Merge: https://www.mergerecords.com

Italian producer Herva gets interstellar attention from Planet Mu, announces album

It’s true, or at least that seems to be the situation from my distant American perch: either Italy is decidedly lacking in quality electronic musicians (and blue skies are actually a democratic reflection of most people’s favorite color), or it’s just unusually tough trying to make a rhythmic name for yourself in that country, relative to other parts of Europe. The Florence-based Herva a.k.a. Herve Atsè Corti has confirmed the latter in prior interviews, where he’s recalled the familiar trials of sending demos to labels, only to be ignored in favor of spontaneous beach excursions, but now, it seems that life happenings have offered a boost to the man’s optimism. Exposure = achieved. Planet Mu = Rafiki during the presentation of Simba.

After a couple of well-received releases on Euro labels Bosconi and Deslin, Herva has just announced Kila, his debut album for Planet Mu. And it’s a fitting sponsor for his music, too, as the new album is essentially a continued confluence of electronic sub-genres, occasionally tinged by the soul and hip-hop influences that exist close to Corti’s heart. Artist comparisons are difficult because things might easily change on the next track, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Actress due to a shared sense of unorthodoxy. There’s more energy with Herva’s stuff, though.

Kila is out November 27. Pre-order here and get a taste with a non-album track below.

Kila tracklisting:

01. All Good On Your Side
02. Trying To Fix Invisible Textures
03. Seat Behind Mirrors
04. Kila
05. Video Volume
06. Mistakes Dealer (Solid State)
07. Disk Atk
08. Fading Above Smoke
09. Dust Cover
10. Fog

• Herva: https://www.facebook.com/hervamusic
• Planet Mu: http://www.planet.mu

The Cure to tour North America, thereby curing North America from its erstwhile malady of a distinct lack of North American Cure tours

The fucking CURE, man… Robert Smith and his illimitable goth pop institution definitely comprise one of the only acts I know (and care about) that can just… “throw it out there” that they’re kinda, sorta, more or less planning on touring North America in 2016 — WITHOUT revealing any actual DETAILS of the tour — and still make their way to the top of the damn News Queue.

But wait a sec, surely Pitchfork has more details on the band’s first full-on, non-festival-oriented jaunt through the US and Canada in nigh-on eight years?? Oh. Nope. Only a few super-noteworthy stops at the big stadium places in Chicago, L.A., and New York over the summer. No complete list.

Or maybe our friends at Consequence of Sound have a bead on the itinerary and some pertinent information about whether the tour will include stops at next year’s Bonnaroo or anything like that? Yeah, not so much. Just another embedded video of Robert Smith’s damn face.

Oh well. Who the hell am I to complain? The point is: The Cure is touring North America in 2016 with The Twilight Sad in SOME legit capacity, and that’s all we know. And that’s all we need to know. And, fuck, you know what? Here’s Robert Smith’s face.

The Cure 2016 As-of-now/Fuck-you-this-is-all-you-get Tour Dates:

05.22.16 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl *
06.10.16 - Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion *
06.18.16 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden *

* = The Twilight Sad

• The Cure: http://www.thecure.com

Courtney Barnett to release Jack White-produced single, announces special edition of latest album

Combining the killer one-two combination of witty, wry observations and toe-tapping rhythms, Courtney Barnett has pretty much owned the hearts and minds of music fans on both sides of the hemisphere in 2015. Short of being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, it’s hard to imagine anyone having a better year ever. But let’s try…

Somehow, this golden run is continuing with the news that Courtney Barnett will cap off The Year of The Courtney Barnett (I’m in the process of petitioning the Chinese Horoscope Authorities to have this officially recognized) with not only a killer re-release of her incredibly popular debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit (which will now be accompanied with a bonus disc of a live session she recorded with her band at Electric Ladyland and a John Cale cover), but also a single for Third Man Records’s “Blue Series.” The single was recorded by Jack White and will feature an A-side of “Boxing Day Blues (Revisited)” and a B-side cover of Rowland Howard’s goth ballad “Shivers” (made famous by another totally grouse Aussie Nick Cave during the Boys Next Door era).

Oh, and just to confirm that Barnett is officially “so hot right now,” Musicfeeds has just announced that she’s scored a swag of nominations at the ARIAs (Australia’s answer to the Grammys), including Album of the Year, Best Female Artist, Best Independent Release, Best Rock Album, Breakthrough Artist, Best Australian Live Act, and Best Video. Oh, and she also won the ARIA for Best Cover Art, which she drew herself.

The special edition of Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit will be released on November 6 while the “Boxing Day Blues (Revisited)” single is out October 16. You’ll also be able to catch Barnett on tour, with some dates with Blur.

Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit: Special Edition:

01. Elevator Operator
02. Pedestrian At Best
03. An Illustration Of Loneliness (Sleepless In New York)
04. Small Poppies
05. Depreston
06. Aqua Profunda!
07. Dead Fox
08. Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party
09. Debbie Downer
10. Kim’s Caravan
11. Boxing Day Blues

01. Lance Jr (Live at The Electric Lady Studios)
02. Canned Tomatoes (Live at The Electric Lady Studios)
03. Scotty Says (Live at The Electric Lady Studios)
04. History Eraser (Live at The Electric Lady Studios)
05. Avant Gardener (Live at The Electric Lady Studios)
06. David (Live at The Electric Lady Studios)
07. Close Watch (Written by John Cale)

Courtney Barnett - “Blue Series”
A. Boxing Day Blues (Revisited)
B. Shivers


10.20.15 - Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, CA *
10.21.15 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
10.23.15 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY *
10.29.15 - Umeda Club Quattro - Osaka, Japan
10.30.15 - Ebisu Liquid Room - Tokyo, Japan
11.05.15 - Bodega - Wellington, New Zealand
11.06.15 - St. James - Auckland, New Zealand
11.07.15 - Foundry - Christchurch, New Zealand
11.20.15 -Technikum Kultfabrik - Munich, Germany
11.21.15 - Postbahnhof am Ostbahnhof - Berlin, Germany
11.23.15 - Bürgerhaus Stollwerck - Cologne, Germany
11.25.15 - The Forum - London, UK
11.26.15 - The Forum - London, UK
11.27.15 - Wulfrun Hall - Wolverhampton, UK
11.29.15 - ATP Festival - Prestatyn, UK
11.30.15 - The Ritz - Manchester, UK
12.01.15 - O2 Academy - Liverpool, UK
12.02.15 - O2 ABC - Glasgow, UK
12.04.15 - O2 Academy - Bristol, UK
12.05.15 - Gaite Lyrique - Paris, France
12.28.15 - 12.31.15 - Falls Festival - Australia
01.07.16 - Astor Theatre - Mount Lawley Wa, Australia
01.08.16 - Southbound Festival - Busselton Wa, Australia
01.16.16 - Enmore Theatre - Newtown, Australia
01.22.16 - Palais Theatre - Melbourne, Australia

* w/ Blur


• Courtney Barnett: www.courtneybarnett.com.au
• Mom + Pop: http://www.momandpopmusic.com
• Third Man Records: http://thirdmanrecords.com

Midwich Productions announces two new 12” releases by Mick Travis, Viands

The Chicago-based label Midwich Productions soldered on its cyborg faceplate and sparked into life earlier this year with the release of inaugural 12-inch slabs from Moon Pool and Dead Band (featuring Nate Young of Wolf Eyes) and label founder/formative “mutant techno” journeyman MAGAS (Jim Magas of Bulb Records, Lake of Dracula, Couch, etc.). On October 30, Magas will unleash the next two Midwich burners into the wild, thereby suspending a few more morsels of abstracted post-industrial experimentation into wax and waveforms that await our wholly zoned investigations.

Face Disappears After Interrogation is the first vinyl release from Mick Travis, a wandering noise deconstructionist based in the UK who was previously responsible for cassette transgressions issued by his own Medusa label and Aaron Dilloway’s Hanson Records. An occasional member of Dilloway’s rotating extreme ensemble The Nevari Butchers, Travis loosely orbits the Michigan <-> Ohio underground circuits that spawned the dense network of projects branching out of the Bulb/Wolf Eyes/Hanson family tree — though Travis’s approach to rhythmic analog terror skulks off into its own corner a few degrees removed from the no-wave and noise-rock-inspired roots of this lineage. Our first taste of Face Disappears is “Multiple Roles,” a quivering mass of beat grids and synth squeals that kicks out of the gate with a weighty pulse and gradually accrues layers of static and percussion. The track manages to streak forward while standing still, as Travis gently tempers his system with flashes of textural manipulation that peek around the edges.

Viands’ Temporal Relics captures an extended improvised session and/or synthesizer exorcism executed by two Detroit underground vets, Joel Peterson and David Shettler (also of Moon Pool and Dead Band). The duo treats its wide mix as an empty cavern waiting to be flooded with droplets of ominous keyboard melody and near-randomized drum machine patterns. The performance recalls the organic electronic communiques once pumped out of Cluster’s rural laboratory — all synth sequences soaked in delay, all beats squished into dripping shards of rhythm that patter on both in and out of step with the other machines in the arsenal. Temporal Relics evokes the dark impulses and claustrophobic harmonies of late-era electric Miles Davis or the winding, vocal-formant-like leads of Jon Hassell’s excursions into the fourth world. Peterson and Shettler transmute these touchstones into an unpredictable session that swells in real time with strata of interlaced analog inputs.

• Midwich Productions: http://www.midwich.net

Rick Ross announces Black Market, previews single with Chris Brown

The Teflon Don has never really stemmed his output, but it’s fair to say that last year’s albums, Mastermind and Hood Billionaire, were kinda lacking in gold-standard Rozay material. He’s always worth sticking ‘round for, though — Black Dollar was the most vital transmission from MMG’s head honcho in a minute, even copping a piece from Jackson in TMT’s Favorite Mixtapes of September feature.

So, yeah, onto Black Market. It’s gonna be a fully fledged, capital-a Album, arriving in December. The rest is marketing gush, of course, but if Market taps into the same vein as Dollar, it should be well worth the price of admission. The Chris Brown-featuring “Sorry” is the single, and boy does it sound it: the smooth, soaring pop hook and a despondent-sounding Ross are primed and ready for yet more chart success. Check it out down below.

• Rick Ross: http://twitter.com/rickyrozay
• Maybach Music Group: http://www.mmgselfmade.com

The Go! Team announce first US shows in 5 years

It’s been a while since The Go! Team played on American shores. Five years, in fact, all the way back in 2010, the heart of Barack Obama’s first term as president. A lot has changed since then: the group released two albums (including this year’s The Scene Between); Drake became more and more powerful; the Olympics happened, both summer and winter editions; Barack Obama served the rest of his first term and almost three years of his second; I moved a few times.

With all these happenings, it’s about time for The Go! Team to check up on us. In January, the group will play a smattering of shows in these United States. Once those seven shows are over, you may have to wait until Barack Obama’s third or, hey, even fourth term to see this band again. That should be enough, but to sweeten the deal, the band’s live lineup will include original members Ian Parton, Ninja, and Sam Dook, along with new blood Cheryl Pinero, Maki, and Simone Odarnile.

The Go! Team dates:

01.16.16 - Chicago, IL - Venue TBA
01.18.16 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
01.19.16 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy
01.21.16 - New York, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
01.22.16 - Boston, MA - Sinclair
01.23.16 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
01.24.16 - Washington, D.C. - Black Cat

[Photo: Jo Bowker]

• The Go! Team: http://thegoteam.co.uk