There are Cults and then there are C V L T S. Not to spend this news story badmouthing the band Cults (they’re fine), but know this: C V L T S could chew them up, digest them, and then spit out an infinite stream of negative space and capital V’s. It’s just fact! Funny thing, though, C V L T S aren’t even a terribly tough band. They make soundscapes, many of which are fairly warm. Still, tougher than Cults, tough enough to put out music on Beer on the Rug. Music like their new cassette, Intentions, out now.
Act now on this tape, lest you end up in a void of regret. What I mean by this is that the cassette is limited to a mere 75 cassettes, though all of those cassettes do come with download codes. If you really, really act quickly (possibly into the past, but maybe not), you can receive a piece of raw black tourmaline, the likes of which is packaged with the first seven cassettes. You hear that? RAW. BLACK. TOURMALINE. Beyond that, all the cassettes come in a purple tinted shell and all have been pro-duplicated on chrome tape. But, at that point, you’ll have to get tourmaline yourself.
Heatsick a.k.a. Steven Warwick has a brand-spanking-new full-length coming soon (November 29) on PAN. It’s called Re-Engineering because it plans to “re-engineer” your concept of what a record album can be by being both familiar (it has songs on it like all the others!) and unfamiliar (I’ll bet you bitcoins to buttercream frosting you haven’t heard any of these songs unless you’re Rashad Becker, or Bill Kouligas, or Warwick, or maybe Warwick’s mom). You might remember Warwick as the fellah who made some major waves in the electronic music community because instead of using super fancy electronic machines to make his music, he used slightly less fancy electronic machines to make his music. If you’ve hit your head or slept since then, I’ll remind you that at first folks were kinda skeptical about that, but then eventually they were less skeptical, which is a pretty cool demonstration about how things change over time.
Warwick describes the record as a “cybernetic poem” about “hypermodernity in crisis,” which are some real cool sounding words that make me think about robots, which is something I really like to do. Also, to be totally candid, I’m pretty stoked about the whole robot angle here because if poetry really is dead, I imagine robot stuff is just the ticket to get it breathing again. If you’re in the mood to get hyped and also think about robots, you can check out a recording of Warwick’s set at this year’s PAN_ACT festival below, or maybe catch him on one of his several international tour dates which are also below.
05. Clear Chanel
08. Après Moi, Le Déluge!
09. Dial Again
10.17.13 - Nantes, France - Pôle Etudiant*
10.23.13 - Bristol, UK - The Exchange#
11.09.13 - Sydney, Australia - Sound Summit Festival
11.14.13 - Brisbane, Australia - TBA
11.15.13 - Perth, Australia - Connections Nightclub$
11.16.13 - Melbourne, Australia - Boney
11.20.13 - Dunedin, New Zealand - Chicks Hotel
11.21.13 - Auckland, New Zealand - Whammy
11.22.13 - Wellington, New Zealand - Puppies
11.23.13 - Christchurch, New Zealand - Third Door Down
11.24.13 - Palmerston North, New Zealand - The Fish
11.30.13 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Novas Frequencias Festival%
12.01.13 - Rio De Janiero, Brazil - Panel Discussion
# Shangaan Electro
$ Tama Sumo
% Lee Gamble, Miles
RIP: Ronald Shannon Jackson, jazz drummer/composer who collaborated with Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Albert Ayler
Ronald Shannon Jackson, a drummer and composer who worked largely within the realms of free jazz, funk and fusion, died this morning, Oct. 19, in Ft. Worth, Tex. Jackson’s passing was confirmed by his cousin, Tobi Hero, on Jackson’s Facebook page. No cause of death was cited, however, Jackson was suffering from leukemia and had been living in a hospice. He was 73.
• Ronald Shannon Jackson: http://ronaldshannonjackson.com
sunn O))) reissue Black One on Southern Lord for RSD Black Friday; where do we stand on Record Store Day again?
Hello, sir | madam, I’m here today to tell you about some news: the legendary | refrigerator-like drone duo sunn O))) have got plans to reissue their 2005 release Black One on Black Friday, November 29. Black Friday, of course, is the day that families come together to shop for great deals | the people of America become inexplicably even more willing than usual to be pulverized in the great meat grinder of capitalism. Like last year, there’s now a Record Store Day on Black Friday which is another cool way to get people excited about supporting local record shops | pouring money into the pockets of greedy corporate overlords all in the name of yet another random Bob Dylan reissue and/or Lana Del Rey picture disc. That fact that sunn O))) decided to participate by reissuing Black One in particular makes a lot of sense to me | me want to drown myself in turkey gristle even though I’m a vegetarian, since it’s coming out on Black Friday and both things have the word “black” in them. Wow | Ughh!
Black One was a bit of a shift for sunn O))) when it first came out. Featuring somewhat shorter songs and significant guest spots from the likes of Oren Ambarchi, Xasthur’s Maelfic, and John Wiese, it now serves as a clear entry point into the band’s somewhat intimidating | uniformly refrigerator-y discography. If you’ve not yet made its acquaintance, you can check it out over on their Bandcamp, where literally pretty much everything they ever recorded is available to stream, or even purchase if you’re not a(n) freeloader | internet activist. This particular reissue comes from Southern Lord as a double LP limited to 1,000 copies on black vinyl, and 1,000 on white which is a neat way to make the album collectible for fans | a transparent method of artificially driving up demand. There’s also a silver disc version that will be available only in Europe. The album is available for preorder now, and preorders will ship in early November.
Cymbals Eat Guitars announce fall tour, promise 2014 LP full of songs about alien mountains and a big ocean
“Why are there so many songs about mountains?
— Paul Williams/Kermit the Frog, “Mountain Connection”
This is also basically what classic-indie-rock recreationists Cymbal Eat Guitars named their first record, give or take or move a few words. As suggested, most of the songs on that record were about mountains. Later, they put an album that I believe was about aliens, the second most popular subject for songs. Now, thinking about mountains and aliens is all well and good, but sometimes, you’ve gotta get out there yourself. As such, Cymbals Eat Guitars are going on tour in November, in search of mountains (easy) and aliens (harder). Why else would they be going on tour? Just to play shows? You are naive.
While on search for mountains and aliens, the band will also be playing live some of the new songs they’ve written. These songs are expected to make it to a new record due out next year, following up 2011’s Lenses Alien (TMT Review). Unconfirmed rumor: this new record is a concept album about an alien who is also a mountain. Remember, this is unconfirmed. Wink. Wink. Wink.
Cymbals Eat Guitars dates:
11.05.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite ^
11.06.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel ^
11.08.13 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
11.09.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s Crystal Ball
11.13.13 - State College, PA - Chronic Town #
11.14.13 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch *
11.15.13 - Chicago, IL - Schuba’s *
11.16.13 - Madison, WI - Der Rathskellar *
11.17.13 - Grand Rapids, MI - Founders Brewery, Co. *
11.18.13 - Oberlin, OH - Dionysus Disco *
11.19.13 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop *
11.20.13 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups *
11.21.13 - Washington, DC - DC9 #
11.22.13 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fire #
11.23.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory #
^ Mrs. Magician
* Stagnant Pools
• Cymbals Eat Guitars: http://cymbalseatguitars.com
Pere Ubu are a bunch of witches. David Thomas made a deal with the devil in exchange for musical genius. David Thomas associates with Lucifer himself, guitarist Keith Moliné is a vampire, synth dude Robert Wheeler is the creepy ghost that lives inside bathroom mirrors when you’re awake after 2 AM, other synth person Gagarin is a malevolent forest elf, bassist Michele Temple is a large black cat that speaks human language (with sassy flair!), and drummer Steve Mehlman is a spOoOoky wizard. All rumors, sure, but I mean, how else do you explain this? How else do you explain how this band has been making innovative, awesome, shocking music for more than three decades?
Surely science can offer no truly rational explanation as to why Lady from Shanghai (TMT Review), Pere Ubu’s newish album (it came out on Fire Records in January), is so damn good. It is for us to interpret the signs, to respect Pere Ubu’s dark dealings, and to try not to piss them off till we know if their coven exists to do good :-) or evil :-(. Judging by how many seminal punk and underground bands Thomas and co. have inspired, the more likely answer is: “good.” But don’t take MY word for it. (After all, I’m just a giant sentient swamp blob with the ability to type out weekly news stories for Tinymixtapes.com. Everyone has a different dream!) You can go see them on tour this winter, if you’re a resident of one of the following swell West Coast cities.
12.12.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
12.13.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
12.14.13 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
12.17.13 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
12.18.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
12.19.13 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
Cross Record is the newest member of the (ever-growing) Ba Da Bing! family, and like any good family member would, the label will be reissuing Emily Cross’s debut record. Originally released in a small run of 300 LPs on Lay Flat Records, Be Good acted as the debut full-length after a handful of digital releases through Bandcamp. Ba Da Bing will be distributing the last remaining copies of the LP version of the album (it comes on white wax with a poster insert), as well as releasing Be Good on CD for the first time.
Emily Cross, it turns out, sent her music to Ba Da Bing’s office after seeing label rostermates Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and Xenia Rubinos play live in Chicago. The folks over at Ba Da Bing liked it so much they not only agreed to re-release the first album but will also be putting out the forthcoming follow-up. See kids, dreams still can come true.
There’s a video for the track “Maybe I’m Crazy” featuring a lot of upside-down fun. You can check it over at Vimeo, or, for your convenience, right under this sentence:
Be Good tracklist:
01. Watching Something Nice
02. Little Orange
03. Cups in the Sink
04. Maybe I’m Crazy
06. Dirt Nap
07. Skins of Fishes
08. Hungry, Thirsty
09. Not Quite White Light
10. Be Good
Dosh takes a holiday from the mystical land of Narnia for a tour with Matthew E. White and a new album release
Hearing new music from Dosh — Martin Dosh — is a little bit like opening the door into Narnia for the first time. What at first seems a little strange suddenly seems familiar, and then shit gets weird again. Like Dosh’s electronic and abstract hip-hop elements are the wintry wood and then OH SNAP the haunting looped vocals are the friendly faun man peering at you inquisitively from around a tree. And such is the magic of Dosh, a one-man band who has worked with Andrew Bird and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, and most recently with Wilco’s Glenn Kotche on a 25-minute collaborative piece at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
That song, “Legos (for Terry),” along with six other tracks, comprises Dosh’s latest for Graveface, Milk Money. The album is due October 22, and just about a month later, Dosh takes to the road for a short East Coast tour with Matthew E. White. Until then, stream the full album at PopMatters, or watch a Beats Per Minute video of the man himself hanging out, making music in his underground bunker… er, faun lair:
Milk Money tracklisting:
01. We are the Worst
02. Death Set
04. 20 Year
05. Unto Internity
06. Golden Silver
07. Legos (for Terry)
11.23.13 - Duluth, MN - Tycoon’s Alehouse
12.04.13 - Allston, MA - Great Scott *
12.05.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
12.06.13 - Philadephia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
12.07.13 - Washington, DC - Rock ‘n Roll Hotel *
12.20.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
* Matthew E. White
Hey there, Football fans. Remember liking Chan “Cat Power” Marshall’s music at some point in your live previous to now? No? Oh, sorry. Of course not. Um, let me try this again.
Hey there, Cat Power Fans! Remember liking Chan “Cat Power” Marshall’s music at some point in your lives previous to now? Well, good, because NOW is exactly when your chance is coming to relive that love, as she pitter-pats her way across the US this fall on a small solo tour. “WHY is she touring?” you ask? Good question. According to her label, Matador, because it’s… starting to get… cold outside? Huh.
Well, either way, who are you kidding? You’ll fucking take it. You’re a goddamn Cat Power Fan.
Cat Power dates:
10.21.13 - New York, NY - Glasslands (Elliott Smith tribute show)
11.06.13 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley
11.07.13 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
11.08.13 - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
11.10.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
11.13.13 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I Historic Synogogue
11.14.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Masonic
11.15.13 - New Haven, CT - Center Church on the Green (Meeting House)
11.16.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
11.18.13 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
11.20.13 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop (early and late shows)
11.21.13 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk Music (early and late shows)
Damn, Death Grips, how’d you get so goddamn good at this shit??? I mean, let’s face it: most bands have NO IDEA how to be assholes. They just seem to go around faking it: biting chickens’ heads off and kissing one another and saying inane shit about guns and politics and playing “My Sharona” over and over again at live shows and, I don’t know, BEING Lars Ulrich or whatever. You guys seem to just roll out of bed, and BAM! controversial records! BAM! No-show at the after-party! Etc. etc. I tell ya, these guys do it right.
And now, according to a recent Fun Fun Fun Fest Facebook post (at which the Grips were scheduled to “appear” in some shirtless capacity on their upcoming fall tour), they’ve gone and just CANCELLED THAT ENTIRE FALL TOUR. BAM! FTW! It’s like: that’ll teach all you music-lovin’ motherfuckers to be so lame and typical in your lame-ass enjoyment of music! NO FUN FOR ANYONE! PISS IN YR BEER! DO NOT PASS GO; INSTEAD, GET CANCER. How DO they DO that??? Maybe it’s all the caps lock?
Anyway, as for the festival slot itself, apparently No Age will be filling in for them. Which… is cool and all, but I’d kinda rather they fly Death Grips’ equipment out there anyway so the fans can just smash it up for a while, wouldn’t you? Then again… they’d probably just find some way to SUBVERT THE FUCK OUT OF THAT TOO. I know I would if I ruled as hard as Death Grips do.
Or DO they?
OR DON’T THEY?!?!
• Death Grips: http://thirdworlds.net