The Pixies’ Doolittle is turning 25! Which means the album can now get a rental car, make people a generation older than me feel worse than I felt when I saw the Interpol’s 10 year anniversary edition of Turn on the Bright Lights, and of course… be reborn as an extra-special, more expensive anniversary edition with MORE liner notes and BONUS tracks. Because that’s just what you DO to mark the special birthday of a special album.
And if it’s extra EXTRA important, that album will get a slightly newish name such as Pixies: Doolittle 25. Now, naturally this thing comes with demos, B-sides and — ladies and gentlemen, drum roll please — Peel Sessions. The 3CD version will wrangle you a hot 50 tracks, with disc one dedicated to the original album, six B-sides and two Peels on CD 2, and the complete demo version of the album plus many a bonus track on the third disc. A gatefold double LP is also in the works with a B-sides/Peel Sessions LP and an original Doolittle demos LP.
Pixies: Doolittle 25 tracklist:
Disc 1 - Doolittle
03. Wave of Mutilation
04. I Bleed
05. Here Comes Your Man
07. Monkey Gone to Heaven
08. Mr. Grieves
09. Crackity Jones
10. La La Love You
11. No. 13 Baby
12. There Goes My Gun
15. Gouge Away
Disc 2 - Doolittle: Peel Sessions & B-Sides
01. Dead (Peel Session)
02. Tame (Peel Session)
03. There Goes My Gun (Peel Session)
04. Manta Ray (Peel Session)
05. Into The White (Peel Session)
06. Wave of Mutilation (Peel Session)
07. Down To The Well (Peel Session)
08. Manta Ray
09. Weird At My School
10. Dancing The Manta Ray
11. Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf)
12. Into The White
13. Bailey’s Walk
Disc 3 - Doolittle: Demos
03. Wave of Mutilation (First Demo)
04. I Bleed
05. Here Comes Your Man (1986 Demo)
07. Monkey Gone To Heaven
08. Mr. Grieves
09. Crackity Jones
10. La La Love You
11. No. 13 Baby - VIVA LA LOMA RICA (First Demo)
12. There Goes My Gun
13. Hey (First Demo)
15. Gouge Away
16. My Manta Ray Is All Right
18. Weird At My School (First Demo)
19. Wave Of Mutilation
20. No. 13 Baby
21. Debaser (First Demo)
22. Gouge Away (First Demo)
• Pixies: http://www.pixiesmusic.com
Not Not Fun unleashes Filthy Huns, Robedoor, and Regional Curse this fall, has some new tapes coming out too
Ever up to their reputation of lords of all things horror, analogue synths, and playfully dark mischief, the folks at Not Not Fun have announced a new batch of tapes ready to soundtrack your Halloween: Filthy Huns’ Leopard on My Right, Robedoor’s Primal Sphere and Regional Curse’s s/t. They are also reissuing Samantha Glass’ Midnight Arrival (originally out in 2011) on vinyl, in case you prefer your music delivered in a pitch-black plastic container and punctured by a needle. There’s a very limited number of copies of Midnight Arrival available, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.
While the three tape releases are very much in line with NNF’s overall aesthetic, each one has intriguing particular features. Take Filthy Huns, Nick Koening’s (Daughters of the Sun) solo project, which sounds like something out of a damp Düsseldorf basement in the 80s, with a droning Neu! tinge, the deadpan delivery perfected by European minimal wave acts, and the leather-clad malevolence you’d expect from someone composing anthems for skeleton bikers. Robedoor, on the other hand, take a more mechanistic, quasi-industrial spin, subjugating the listener with a poisonous miasma of distorted synths and blunt drum-programming, to which they add unnerving Suicide-like vocals here and there; a nightmarish combination for your body to succumb to. Finally, Regional Curse, with her droning modular synths and skeletal beats, recalls the ominous darkness only John Carpenter’s scores capture. All in all, the perfect soundtrack for an incantation ceremony or a sinewave-gazing party, courtesy of Stacey Wilson (a.k.a. Rites Wilde, pictured above). The portentous C Monster wrote a bit more about her on our Chocolate Grinder section. Damn, he actually wrote about Filthy Huns too!
Regional Curse was mastered by Lawrence English and is limited to an edition of 100. Leopard on My Right brings artwork by Eric Carlson and Chris Hontos and is also limited to 100 copies. Primal Sphere is even more scarce, down to 50 chrome-tape copies of Robedoor’s debut album reissue. You can get them all via Not Not Fun right now.
• Not Not Fun Records: http://www.notnotfun.com
Noctilucence… it’s really more than a state of mind. Clouds that you can see in the night, shimmering on the water; that is true noctilucent bliss. It’s also the title of former Emeralds member Mark McGuire’s latest EP, which follows up this year’s exceptionally chill record Along the Way. Expanding on the cloud theme, McGuire says, “It’s a recording about the discovery and understanding of the shadow, entrance to the realm not controlled by the light of day, or the logic of reason.” And noctilucence is also a really cool word that most people (save for meteorologists and crystal healers) haven’t heard of or used before. In fact, the members of now-defunct prog band The Mars Volta are kicking themselves as we speak.
Along with the EP announcement, McGuire has shared the 12-minute title track, which sprawls out in waves of shimmering guitar, stiff low-end, and a cosmic, insistent rhythm. The song’s dynamic as hell, and it seems determined to bury itself deep in your psyche. Nobody blends new age style, heavy guitar texture, and an electronic pulse like McGuire. Before Noctilucence drops via Dead Oceans on November 11, gorge on the title track and ponder the next phase of our collective consciousness.
01. Freedom of Spirit
02. Earth Grid (Activation)
04. Entity (Presence)
05. Astral Projection
It seems a little surprising that an artist as recently active as M. Geddes Gengras would require two archival volumes of past work. However, Gengras’s work pace for the past seven years has been pretty damn astounding. Aside from collaborating with Sun Araw (on the Congos cooperation Icon Give Thank and Duppy Gun) and participating in Pocahaunted and Akron/Family, Gengras has also issued a hefty pile of solo works, most operating in the limited cassette format, which is a difficult world to keep track of.
Thankfully, Umor Rex is here to guide us hapless collectors through the labyrinth of Gengras fetishism. UR has announced a follow-up to their past archival release, Collected Works Vol. 1: The Moog Years, which came out last year.
On November 18, Rex will deliver Collected Works Vol. 2: New Process Music. Vol. 2 documents a time in Gengras’s development (2011-2012) when he began to apply lush, expansive post-production techniques to his already well-practiced long-form modular drones. For these recordings, Gengras limited himself to using only a small eurorack synth and magnavox tape echo.
Pick up New Process Music on sweet, sweet colored vinyl when it drops in November; until then, enjoy “The Last Time We Were Here” below.
Collected Works Vol. 2: New Process Music tracklisting:
04. Glass dance
05. The last time we were here
07. New Process
08. Pure (Reprise)
Warp Records describes electronic musician Clark as “more Berghain than Guggenheim,” which is both an awesome and sorta snotty way of saying his music is more “hands in the air” than “blip blip blip bloop blip.” But yooooooou knooooow, in a more CULTURED way than in a FRAT BRO way. In a “post-rave” way. In a “robots encountering humanity and vice versa” way, but not in a Daft Punk “get down and twerk to Robin Thicke” way, more in an “existential and lonely yet beautiful and dark” way.
But what good are words — cold, distant, overly quotation-mark-using WORDS — when you can actually peep this Clark track yourself? “The Grit in the Pearl” comes to us off of Clark’s upcoming self-titled album, due November 3 via Warp. Until then, you can catch the man/the mystery/the post-rave at a few events here in the ol’ USA, including doing a special ambient set before Massive Attack in L.A.
10.16.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Greek *
10.18.14 - New York, NY - The Bunker at Output
* Massive Attack
The cherished music catalog and online marketplace Discogs has announced its latest project, VinylHub, which aims to list information about every record store on Earth. This will be a much easier task than Discogs, of course, since record stores continue to be an endangered species and may only number in the thousands. Created for “diggers and travelers everywhere,” the new database helps reposition Discogs as an ally to record stores, rather than its main competition.
As of this writing, users have already uploaded info on 2,125 shops to VinylHub, and I was happy to learn that my day job — Bleecker Street Records in Greenwich Village — had already been added to the directory, along with details on legendary shops like Amoeba, Hardwax, Rubadub, and many others. Currently, the database allows members to enter a store description, address, phone number, hours of operation, a store URL, and a logo. There’s also an embedded Google Map that shows you exactly where the store is. Pretty basic, but it does the job. Anyone can sign up and contribute to the site, so if your favorite record store in the middle of nowhere still isn’t listed, you can create a page for it in a few minutes.
The most exciting aspect of VinylHub might be the “Explorer” page, which shows a map of the entire world and every record store documented so far. Right now, North America, Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand are covered in red Google pins. Angola, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan — not so much. But that’s sure to change in the coming months, as Discogs users hear about the new service, and then you can finally get directions to that goth metal shop in Oman that you keep hearing about.
• VinylHub: http://www.vinylhub.com
Usually reclusive and sporadic by nature, Scott Walker now seems to have decided to ditch that modus operandi since his excellent Bish Bosch from 2012, which had been preceded by a six-year silence since 2006’s The Drift. First he blew our minds by announcing a collaborative album with sunn O))) that will be available this month, and now comes the news that he’s scoring the film The Childhood of a Leader.
The Childhood of a Leader seems to be a pretty big, Hollywood kind of movie starring Robert Pattinson and directed by Brady Corbet. But rest assured, dark-minions-of-Scott-Walker, despite the high profile of the film, it’s a suitably “Scott Walker-esque” project, described as “a chilling fable about the rise of fascism in the 20th Century” and quite probably a film adaptation of go-to existentialist Jean-Paul Satre’s short story of the same name. So yeah, it’s going to be bleak and creepy.
There’s not too much more information at the moment, the film has only recently begun filming so it’s presumably a while before you can hear/see the project, however, you can tide yourself over with this photo posted on Instagram by one of the staffers on The Childhood of a Leader, which announces Scott Walker’s involvement and shows the man himself sans glasses and cap (which is pretty rare in and of itself):
Scott Walker is composing the score for our next film "The Childhood of a Leader" and we could not be anymore thrilled. http:/m.screendaily.com/5078575.article
• Scott Walker: http://www.bishbosch.com
So Lee Noble has just announced a European tour and I’m about to gin up some fake gossip about it. Here’s how it went down: early last year Liz Harris was building up a tree house of her very own and she invited Lee Noble over to check it out because she figured since they both make music that sorta touches on that intersection between drone and folk they’d get right along. Boy was she wrong! Noble came in all reckless, knocking over 2x4s, spilling paint, and generally ticking off the carpenters that Harris had hired. He felt pretty bad about it, all things considered, so he put out the album Ruiner as a sort of apology last year, but Harris wasn’t hearing it. She fired back with fiery invectives, inviting him to make like a man in a boat and go die.
Of course, Noble, who might be a little clumsy but is generally a pretty stand-up guy, kept up his attempts at reconciliation, releasing Forming as a part of Bathetic’s 11 tape batch early this year (Forming as in: “Hey Liz, let’s get about forming a new relationship and maybe also forming a new deck for your totally sick tree house”) but Harris was having none of it, firing back yet again with the announcement of her Halloween-released Ruins (Harris: “You, Mr. Noble, are the ruiner to my ruins!”). At this point, I imagine Noble saw the writing on the wall and decided to get the heck out of dodge for a while, which brings us back to something that’s actually true: Noble is going on a European tour starting at the end of October. He’ll be out through mid-November, joined on a couple of dates by Noveller. Peep each and every one of them below!
10.30.14 - Nantes, France - Soy Festival
11.01.14 - Paris, France - Espace B
11.04.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Spion
11.05.14 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Koffie & Ambacht*
11.06.14 - Courtrai, Belgium - Cinepalace
11.07.14 - Den Haag, Netherlands - Rewire Festival
11.08.14 - Liege, Beligum - L’an Vert
11.09.14 - Ghent, Belgium - Kinky Star
11.10.14 - Mainz, Denmark - Walpodenakademie
11.11.14 - Jena, Denmark - Glasshaus
11.12.14 - Hamburg, Germany - West Work*
It’s hard not to imagine Wilco’s rehearsal space/studio “The Loft” having a bell that Jeff Tweedy rings every morning, following which the various members of the Chicago band file in Seven Dwarfs style, sticking a ticket into a punch card machine and then getting down to the business of writing Wilco tunes. The volume, diversity, and quality of Wilco’s output, as well as their practically yearly world tours, is such that it would be hard to argue against the fact that they are a band that means business.
To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the band (and man didn’t that time just fly), Wilco have given us three reasons to remind ourselves of just what professionals they are:
1. They have lined up a six-night December residency at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago. Each night featuring a different set list that plucks gems from their entire back catalog.
2. A greatest hits compilation will be available on November 17 called What’s Your 20: Essential Tracks 1994 - 2014. To be honest, the 38-song tracklist is such that calling the songs “essential” is an understatement. They are all practically standards of modern American music.
3. For the Wilcophiles (this author included) who can never quench their thirst for Wilco recordings, the band have also compiled a four-disc box set of rarities called Alpha Mike Foxtrot for release on November 17. This mouth-watering collection goes beyond roping in the out-of-print collections like the (a href=”http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/8678-more-like-the-moon-ep/”>More Like the Moon EP and A Ghost Is Born Tour EP and includes demos from their earlier recordings, as well as Neil Young and Big Star covers and live collaborations with folks like Andrew Bird and Fleet Foxes. On top of that, you get essays and liner notes by the band and unseen photos. The vinyl of Alpha Mike Foxtrot will be limited to 7000 copies worldwide. I think I need to change my pants.
10.21.14 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
10.22.14 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
10.23.14 - Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theatre
10.25.14 - Raleigh, NC - North Carolina Museum of Art
10.28.14 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre
10.29.14 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre
12.03.14 - Milwaukee, WI - The Riverside Theater
12.05.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
12.06.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
12.08.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
12.09.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
12.11.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
12.12.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
• Wilco: http://wilcoworld.net
Mykki Blanco expounds on Gay Dog Food, featuring Kathleen Hanna, Cities Aviv, and Gobby in the corner office
Don’t let the apparent absurdity of the name fool you: Mykki Blanco’s choice of “Gay Dog Food” is likely more a commentary on her aversion to labels than anything else. And how strong that aversion must be that she’s using the project, not as a springboard into scientific research on dog food as a potential aphrodisiac, but as an outlet for matured artistry. As she remarked herself with nary a hint of an ironic smile: “Gay Dog Food is just the start of where I hope to go creatively and commercially, this moment now is really the beginning.” And who are we to disagree, given that her debut LP isn’t set for release until some time next year? Consider all these international tours and stuff (and Fem Slick) just a precursor!
Meanwhile, Gay Dog Food will make its debut via UNO NYC on October 28. The inimitable Gobby is billed as an executive producer on the mixtape (supplementing less executive work from Sasha DZA and Supreme Cuts), while the riotous Kathleen Hanna actually has her very own chopped spoken word track, intimately titled “A Moment with Kathleen.” Per a press release, Hanna has been a huge musical influence on Blanco, and Gay Dog Food marks their very first time collaborating.
A new track? A new track:
Gay Dog Food tracklisting:
01. Runny Mascara
02. New Feelings
03. For the Homey’s
04. Baby’s Got Big Plans
05. Self Destruction
06. Fulani (feat. Ian Isiah)
07. A Minute with Cakes (feat. Cakes Da Killa)
08. Moshing in the Front (feat. Cities Aviv)
09. Something Special (feat. James K)
10. A Moment with Kathleen (feat. Kathleen Hanna)
11. Solange in the Elevator (feat. Katie Got Bandz)
12. Cyber Dog
13. Lukas (feat. No Bra)
14. GDF Interlude