Nate Young (Wolf Eyes), Charles Ballas (Formant), Neil Hagerty (The Howling Hex), and Alex Moskos (Drainolith) melt their brains into one, and the result is… horrifyingly, Dan’l Boone!
For those who don’t partake in the vigorous study of Appalachian history, the actual Daniel Boone was some crazy wack American explorer who survived captivity in the hands of the Shawnee, and who single-handedly discovered Kentucky after gliding over the land using a man-sized, custom flying squirrel costume. I might have the minutiae slightly incorrect, but he was an explorer, and though his legacy has reportedly been exaggerated to a ridiculous degree, that fact alone may have been enough. Uniformly adventurous musicians Nate Young (Wolf Eyes), Neil Hagerty (The Howling Hex, formerly of Royal Trux), Alex Moskos (Drainolith), and Charles Ballas (Formant) have just formed Dan’l Boone, and nothing makes any sense.
“I’d come downstairs into Charles’ basement and Nate and Neil would be making competing diagrams that represented the record. I was so lost,” says Moskos. And to supplement the visual philosophizing, Hagerty stated the following, “cryptically,” in a voicemail to Ballas: “To create music by reverting to zit-popping thrash, you must believe that the prognosis is so dismal that it takes time to hear them retain enough for your face before summary dismissal.” Context might’ve been helpful here, or you might just want to skip right to the psychoactive aids. So confused right now.
Perhaps thank Hagerty for the Drag City connects, though! The self-titled LP is out September 23.
Dan’l Boone tracklisting:
01. Pasadena Rings
02. Thee Testimonye of An Maiden
04. Paper Tree Alley
06. Hostage Rock
Hot summers make people do insane things that they normally wouldn’t do. Sweating is a bitch. The mean streets get meaner. Instead of getting your shiv out the next time someone looks at you the wrong way, you could satisfy your bloodlust with Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks. Just the name should be enough to keep you calm, but not too calm, as then you might be crossing genres in slacker flicks, which is more Richard Linklater’s territory, not Sam Raimi’s. What about slasher slacker films? Is that a film area worth exploring? I think it probably is.
These are some things you might want to think about and there’s no better place to do that than in August when it’s hot as finuck and you are out there in a crowd listening to Avey Tare and his Slasher Flicks bug out hard and bug out live. Catch the video for Enter the Slasher House highlight “Strange Colores” below, then check the tour dates and remember just how freak-nasty things could get for you in August.
07.18.14 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
07.19.14 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07.22.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
07.23.14 - Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
08.23.14 - Los Angeles - FYF Fest
08.24.14 - San Francisco - Great American Music Hall
08.25.14 - Santa Cruz - The Catalyst Atrium
08.27.14 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
08.28.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
08.29.14 - Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
Busdriver raps about updos, downdos on new LP Perfect Hair, debuts “Ego Death” featuring Aesop Rock, Danny Brown, and production by Jeremiah Jae
Perhaps as you already know, Busdriver is the L.A.-based underground rapper Regan Farquhar. He is known, as many rappers are, for doing rap occasionally, and also other things (alas, this humble news post could never hope to contain a representative list of the other things that rappers are known for). Today I am happy to announce that Farquhar has done another rap, or rather, he plans to. Or, actually, he has probably already done the rap, and he would like to tell us about the doing of it, and would like for us to know that one day soon we will have the chance to have the rap that he has done done upon us, if we so desire (and, as Freud teaches, desire indeed we do!). This completion of a subset of rapping activity comes after a series of other similar completed activities, such as 2012’s Beaus$Eros, and a 2011 cover of an Animal Collective song.
Simply put, Farquhar has, yes, achieved another rapping, or rather a series of rappings. These rappings have been collected under the umbrella of a rap album entitled Perfect Hair, and is a tribute, generally speaking, to luscious locks of every stripe. The artwork for Perfect Hair is provided by the painter John Lurie. Toward the end of informing the general populace about his capacity to achieve rapping that can described with positive adjectives such as nimble, quick, and cool, Farquhar has made available the first single from Perfect Hair, which is called “Ego Death.” The track features contributions from mouth stylists Aesop Rock and Danny Brown (the latter of which still has a few live rapping appearances slated this year), and production from Jeremiah Jae. If this sounds amenable to you, know that I have done my duty and discovered the pre-order link for this album. It is here. The album will be released worldwide on September 9.
08.02.14 - Pomona, CA - The Fox Theater (Mindclouder Festival)
• Busdriver: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Busdriver/58174070929
• Big Dada: http://www.bigdada.com
Though Seattle may not be recognized as a hardcore/punk hub to rival D.C. or L.A., the city’s breeding grounds were at least fertile enough to give the world Brotherhood. The band was formed by guitarist Greg Anderson in 1987 after stints as a vocalist in various other local outfits. After a bit of personnel shifting, Anderson congealed the lineup around bassist Nate Mendel, vocalist Ron Guardipee, and drummer Victor Hart in 1988 for a string of recordings that proved to be hugely influential in the hardcore scene. Brotherhood were straight edge with a staunch stance against homophobia, racism, and sexism, a rarity especially in their divisive scene, and their intense, confrontational shows made their politics well known. Like any great band that can play faster than you can run, they only lasted another year, and disbanded in 1989.
Members of Brotherhood went on to do other things that are perfect to mention in the second paragraph of this article before I transition to the whole point of this history lesson. Mendel did well as a bassist for the stars — he plucked them strings for Foo Fighters, Sunny Day Real Estate, and The Fire Theft, as well as getting his very own SIGNATURE FENDER P-BASS. Anderson kind of just twiddled his thumbs, sat around, worked on his solo albums, and in his spare time started Southern Lord Records, Goatsnake, and motherfuckin’ SUNN O))). Pretty damn good afterparty for a hardcore band.
This September, Southern Lord will release a thorough, remastered collection of every 7-inch and demo the band recorded. Till Death is getting a deluxe LP and digital package; no confirmed release date yet, but pre-orders should be up soon. Whet your appetite with the title track below:
• Brotherhood: https://www.facebook.com/pages/BROTHERHOOD/222802281064924
• Southern Lord: https://www.southernlord.com
Okay, let’s be real. Watching Liturgy frontman Hunter Hunt-Hendrix shriek over a drum machine while Bernard Gann noodled away on the guitar was never the same as watching the original four-piece lineup shred. Since drummer Greg Fox left the band in 2011, keeping busy with new project Guardian Alien and his solo work, it seemed hard to believe that the group would ever reunite.
But dreams really do come true: the metal band will be reuniting later this year as a quartet!!! The gang’s all here, guys: Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Greg Fox, Bernard Gann, and Tyler Dusenbury (who departed the band shortly after Fox) will be taking their transcendental black metal show on the road starting late August.
Are you squealing with joy yet? No? How about this: Liturgy will also be re-releasing its out-of-print LP Renihilation through Thrill Jockey. AND there’s going to be a totally new Liturgy album in 2015! No word yet on whether the new LP will feature the entire quartet or not, but maybe if you clap your hands three times and say “I do believe in fairies,” we’ll get lucky.
08.23.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Pioneer Works
09.26.14 - Cincinnati, OH - MidPoint Music Festival
09.27.14 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
09.28.14 - Champaign-Urbana, IL - Pygmalion Music Festival
09.30.14 - Chicago, IL - Land & Sea Dept.
10.01.14 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class Lounge
[Photo: Mike Vorrasi]
Chromeo a.k.a. Tha Funk Lordz are hitting the road for White Women this fall. Calling it the Frequent Flyer Tour, the sexed-up duo claim it’s presented by Mallard Air, some probably fake airline that they made up for shits and giggles and press coverage. You can probably not fly on this airline, but if you could we imagine a lot of cocoa butter, coconut lotion, g-strings, midgets, garter belts, oversized teddy bears, gold chains, mustaches, electric blue Kool-Aid, Puff Daddy, blinking neon lights that spell out S-E-X, designer sunglasses, an Elton John-heavy jukebox, glitter, Nerf guns, disco balls, Mama Africa wooden necklaces, caramel kettle corn, satin robes, vodka-filled Super Soakers, vintage Reeboks, nipple tassels, ball gags, electric love eels, sunburnt old ladies resembling the Golden Girls, gold grilles, velour jumpsuits, flying V guitars, pantyhose, extra overhead storage, and seatback luvvvvvvin!
One can hope for at least five of those things to feature heavily in their stage performance this fall.
Frequent Flyer Tour dates:
09.25.14 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
09.27.14 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
09.29.14 - Washington, DC- 9:30 Club
10.02.14 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
10.03.14 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
10.03-05.14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
10.06.14 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
10.08.14 - San Diego, CA - Soma
10.09.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Expo Hall
10.10.14 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
10.10-12.14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
10.13.14 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
10.14.14 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
10.16.14 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
10.17.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
10.20.14 - Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Centre
10.22.14 - Calgary, AB - Flames Central
10.23.14 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
10.28.14 - Portland, OR - Roseland
10.29.14 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
Non-Frequent Flyer dates:
07.26.14 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
07.27.14 - Kelowna, BC - Center of Gravity Festival
08.01.14 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Music & Arts Festival
08.03.14 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.05.14 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
08.07.14 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
08.08.14 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands
08.15.14 - Somerset, WI - Summer Set Festival
08.30.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Made in America Festival
09.12.14 - New York, NY - Central Park
• Chromeo: http://chromeo.net
Worried you won’t have the perfect music to pump up your annual lazy river float this summer? Fear not. Preservation, the Australia-based archive of all things drift and drone, recently released a couple albums that are sure to set your mind a-wanderin’.
First up is the full-length debut (though certainly not first release) of German synthesist Günter Schlienz. Contemplation showcases Schlienz’s homemade modular set-up and features majestic drones and pastoral, raga-like constructions. “Humble” features Norm Chambers a.k.a. Panabrite in full-on kindred spirit mode.
Preservation’s second offering is Neverended, a new album from Dusted Lux, the Hartford, Connecticut-inhabiting project of Lee Camfield. Acoustic folk pairs well with ghostly, distant ambience, and Camfield seems well aware of this, cause he managed to squeeze out 44 whole minutes of the stuff. Neverended also features mastering by the master of masters Sean McCann.
Both of these are available in editions of 300 on compact disc; both feature artwork designed by Mark Gowing; only one album is green, the other looks more like a sort of maroon, but it’s tough to tell from the internet. Check out a couple samples below.
01. Sun Dogs
03. First Day, Last Day
04. What Is True
05. A Horse In The Orchard
06. Flight Of Sparrows
07. Mono No Aware
Bleached run the risk of coming across as pretty unprofessional. Sure, their tunes are all hazy-blissed-out-summer-perfection, but for the recording of their forthcoming For the Feel EP, the Clavin sisters apparently turned up to the studio without an amp, which, if you know much about rock & roll, is kind of essential to the process. Luckily for them (and now us) they had The Kinks’ (yes, THE Kinks) on speed dial and were able to borrow their amp.
You can listen to the title track below and then compare the amp tone to that of “Waterloo Sunset”. Once you’ve done that, come back and try and tell me that it’s not the same amp.
For the Feel is released digitally on July 22 (i.e. perfectly timed for summer) and the 7-inch will be available September 16 through Dead Oceans. The cover art is above, and the first thing you’ll probably notice is that it looks to be about 1:30 PM by the way those shadows are cast.
Bleached are also totally thinking about possibly touring extensively soon, but for the time being they are playing two shows in California:
06.27.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex #
08.02.14 - Santa, CA - The Observatory - Burger a-Go-Go! $
# Zig Zags
$ Best Coast, Dum Dum Girls, Shannon & The Clams, The Coathangers
[Photo: Chloe Aftel]
Gonzo Records releases a Captain Beefheart 1980s bootleg, lets us hear him right before he got “too good” and had to quit
Legend has it that Don Van Vliet (a.k.a. Captain Beefheart, or the Cap if you’re into the whole brevity thing) abandoned a three-decade-long music career (to pursue painting full-time) because he had gotten “too good” at it. Not like he was into crusty skronk, but no doubt an intuitive, unpolished approach befitted his extravagant music. Anyhow, at the moment he decided to step down, his band was going through a new career peak — a momentum perhaps deflated by the lack of a landmark album like Trout Mask Replica. The infamously lost Bat Chain Puller was supposed to fill that role, but it got shelved due to contractual disputes and its songs ended up spread and reworked through the Cap’s last three albums: Shiny Beast (1978), Doc at Radar Station (1980), and Ice Cream for Crow (1982).
That’s what makes this new bootleg, Harpo’s Detroit Dec 11th 1980, interesting: it showcases Beefheart and the Magic Band right at the middle of this period, touring in support of their Doc at Radar Station LP, less than two years before retiring. Not that one could infer this from the music, with Van Vliet as fierce a vocalist as ever, and the band acing through their inimitable cubist boogie. On the contrary, the Cap and his crew seem determined to make sure everyone knows who heralded No Wave, at moments sounding like a bluesier Pere Ubu or The Contortions fronted by Howlin’ Wolf.
As the title suggests, the bootleg registers a show at Harpo’s in Detroit, played on December 11, 1980, a quasi-mythical gig that had been passing around fans’ and collectors’ hands for some time. The album is out now via Gonzo Records.
Harpo’s Detroit Dec 11th 1980 tracklisting:
01. Nowadays a Woman’s Gotta Hit a Man
02. Abba Zabba
03. Hot Head
04. Ashtray Heart
05. Dirty Blue Gene
06. Best Batch Yet
07. Safe as Milk
08. Doctor Dark
09. A Carrot Is as Close as a Rabbit Gets to a Diamond
10. One Red Rose That I Mean
11. Bat Chain Puller
12. My Human Gets Me Blues
13. Sugar and Spikes
14. Sheriff of Hong Kong
15. The Dust Blows Forward, the Dust Blows Back/Kandy Korn
16. Suction Prints
17. Big Eyed Beans from Venus
Zammuto relates the virtues of having sweet rural digs, announces new LP Anchor on Temporary Residence
I don’t like being in touch with my emotions. I want to embrace the coming Apocalypse with a stoicism that sends the Four Horsemen back on their heels with a “god damn, that guy really doesn’t give a shit,” and I want to submit to steamy (yet emotionless) extraterrestrial sex that leads to the creation of the Vulcan race. Why’d you have to disrupt my atypical aspirations, Zammuto? Why?
While the music of The Books was almost entirely divorced from the personal emotions of members Paul de Jong and Nick Zammuto, an appreciable change happened post-breakup, as Zammuto reignited his eponymous project through the self-titled LP that was released in 2012. Especially toward the latter part of that album, you could actually discern feeling from Nick, which is understandable given the context of an intriguing musical duo that reluctantly had to part ways. As he explained to P4K regarding Zammuto: “I was a pretty raw nerve through most of the process, but it was very refreshing and therapeutic at the same time.”
So now we may have reached a point of resuscitated stability. Anchor, out September 2 on Temporary Residence, reportedly continues the evocations, as “vocals delivered with a confident intimacy” reflect a comfort uniquely felt at home. Nick’s home (pictured on the cover) is where the album was recorded, mixed, and mastered, with minimal noise complaints from the local woodland creatures. Rumors of the compositions having “more space” similarly reference the seemingly isolated location.
Isolation until… tour dates!! Check the list of Anchor-supporting shows below.
01. Good Graces
02. Great Equator
04. Henry Lee (Trad.)
05. Need Some Sun
06. Don’t Be a Tool
07. Electric Ant
09. Stop Counting
11. Your Time
08.28.14 - New Haven, CT - The Outer Space
08.29.14 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen
08.30.14 - Portland, ME - SPACE Gallery
09.06.14 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
09.07.14 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
09.09.14 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
09.10.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
09.11.14 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
09.12.14 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake
09.13.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
09.15.14 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
09.16.14 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
09.17.14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
09.19.14 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place
09.20.14 - San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar
09.21.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
09.23.14 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
09.24.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Last Exit
09.25.14 - Tucson, AZ - Flycatcher
09.27.14 - Austin, TX - Holy Mountain
09.28.14 - Dallas, TX - Index Fest