The sweet overlapping middle sector of the Venn diagram of the noise and free-jazz traditions continues to expand. A great harsh static jammer or electronics manipulator, like a great drummer or a great guitarist, can be transplanted into any sympathetic musical context and make his or her mark known in a diverse ensemble — just as a great guitarist or drummer can skronk with a ferocity analogous to an overdriven oscillator. With their mammoth catalogs preceding them, we can ID those infinitely versatile heavyweight players who can lock into informal collaborations, shred out some raw improv, and emerge with something unprecedented, simply because such a opportunity to work together hadn’t come along before.
Enter Flying Basket, the forthcoming 2xLP mega-jam monolith, featuring more noise/free-jazz heavyweights than one room should seemingly be able to contain. You’ve got living legend Akira Sakata pouring out the unhinged sax spirals, not content to rest on the laurels of four decades of boundary-pushing post-jazz transgressions. You’ve got Jim O’Rourke ripping out lacerating distorted guitar leads, taking a break from being a world-class producer, songwriter, synthesist, electro-acoustic wizard, bassist, etc. You’ve got Chris Corsano on the drums and Darin Gray on the bass, who shred so fiercely in their tandem hive mind (not to mention separately) that they’ve earned one name between them (Chikamorachi). And… you know, just one more casual bud thrown into this crew: Masami Akita a.k.a. Merzbow. No long explanatory clause necessary. And this is the first time Akita has ever played with Sakata??? What??
There’s this photo that appears around the 30-second mark of the album trailer video above, in which O’Rourke appears to be yelling into the pickups of his own guitar, Sakata is busy wailing, Gray and Corsano are vibing, all while Merzbow peers through sunglasses at his laptop like he’s the supreme yokozuna don of Noiseville. It’s beautiful. Enough to inspire me, for the first time, to utter the phrase “squad goals”* sincerely.
If the trailer doesn’t sate your hunger for shred, stream the nine-minute sample below, and look for Flying Basket September 18 via Family Vineyard.
Flying Basket tracklist:
01. Flying Basket, part 1
02. Flying Basket, part 2
03. Flying Basket, part 3
04. Flying Basket, part 4
• Family Vineyard: http://family-vineyard.com
Little Wings extends his fall tour (after determining that his wings are too small to extend in any meaningful way)
Kyle Field, a.k.a. Little Wings, is a guy who DOES STUFF. In fact, shit; he’s already DONE ENOUGH STUFF in 2015 to call it a day and feel pretty good about it, including putting out the damn fine album Explains on the Woodsist label, playing plenty of gigs to support it, possibly taking a voice lesson or two, and learning how to make a halfway decent pour-over coffee at home.
But Kyle Field is NOT about to rest on his laurels, kids. Kyle is not DONE DOING STUFF. Nope. Not at all. Instead of chillaxing and cooling his tired little wings this fall (which is most certainly what I’d be doing), he’s decided to do STUFF in like two dozen places across the United States. Like, every day.
Okay, well, not literally “every day.” That’d just be way too much stuff. He’s not an idiot or a masochist or anything.
Little Wings fall tour:
09.05.15 - Portland, OR - Space Gallery #
09.06.15 - Portsmouth, NH - 3S Arts Space #%
09.08.15 - New Haven, CT - Lyric Hall #
09.09.15 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre #
09.10.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade #
09.12.15 - Baltimore, MD - The Crown #
09.14.15 - Harrisburg, PA - Stage On Herr #
09.15.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s #
09.16.15 - Lynchburg, VA - Speakertree Records #
09.17.15 - Durham, NC - Pinhook
09.18.15 - Asheville, NC - Mothlight
10.15.15 - Seaview, WA - Sou’wester Lodge
10.16.15 - Astoria, OR - Shively Hall
10.17.15 - San Juan Island - Cattle Point Barn Show
10.19.15 - Anacortes, WA - Anacortes Music Channel
10.20.15 - Victoria, BC - Copper Owl
10.21.15 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
10.22.15 - Bellingham, WA - The Shakedown
10.23.15 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
10.24.15 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios *
# = Weyes Blood
% = Wovenhand
* = Helvetica, Sam Coomes
Basilica SoundScape 2015 reveals set times, brings in Godspeed You! Black Emperor for pre-event show
As 2015’s sea serpent September curls and flops into view, a lot of us are getting anxious. Some because we have to go back to school, some because we want summer to last forever (‘cause sweating and sunburns are funalicious!), and some still because we haven’t gotten our Basilica SoundScape 2015 tix. Naturally, I’m here for the latter, because it’s high time y’all hopped to.
And if you’re on the fence, well, get down off that fence! Those spires are gonna rip you up, man! Clamber down and click BUY for an early fall fest that seems to cater to the roiling dead leaf mulch in all of us. Doom and gloom, resplendently strapped with fervor and artistic purpose, await us all in that rusty miracle factory they call Basilica. I was there earlier in the summer for their 24-hour, all-night Dronefest and am happy to report that there is still no better place for immersive live listening in the northeast. The venue is as much of a destination as Perfume Genius, Wolf Eyes, Actress, and any of the other juggernauts it is housing on September 11. It is spacious and wander-friendly, with a nice out-of-the-way bar area and bathrooms with a shared ceiling. And they don’t just hurl a bunch of sets at you. Art, film, music, poetry, and food (an open-to-the-public brunch and small farmer’s market starts at 11 AM on Sunday) are deftly woven into the experience.
Peep the newly-announced, full-schedule details, including set times, and BUY like the wind.
And if two nights of the best experimental/dark pop going (plus these two, whom I’m probably most looking forward to) isn’t enough, there is a pre-show event on Tuesday, September 8. Canadian instrumental rock legends Godspeed You! Black Emperor will be mowing you down with their glorious tremolo anguish at 8 PM on that day. Purchases of this show will net you a discount for the weekend pass, so stop draggin’ those tootsies. Don’t bend, ascend! Lift them skinny fists! Git er done! Make like an exclamation point and flailingly declare yourself present!
• Basilica SoundScape: http://basilicasoundscape.com
Last year, Kevin Drumm and Jason Lescalleet teamed up to release The Abyss on the venerable Erstwhile label. TMT writer Matthew Phillips gave it a 5/5, and the album ended up slotting in at #5 on our year-end list. This week, the pair excitingly teams up again for Night and Day, a two-track digital EP released on Lescalleet’s Glistening Examples imprint.
“Celebrating the energy of the night, this release serves as a precursor to the duo’s upcoming album on Erstwhile Records,” according to the label.
Until the release of that Erstwhile album, which is expected in October, you can stream Night and Day below and grab a digital copy here.
In related news, Glistening Examples released Jean-Louis Huhta’s NO HISTORY NO FUTURE late last month, while Lescalleet recently dropped the 11th volume of his massive This Is What I Do series. Now go. Listen to ‘em all.
• Glistening Examples: https://glisteningexamples.bandcamp.com
Frank Ocean owes us an album. Just kidding! But really, Frank Ocean owes us an album, so while it sucks that Frank has canceled his appearance at FYF Fest — “on his own terms,” as the press release puts it — perhaps he’ll surprise-drop the album this weekend?? Probably not, but if it’s any consolation, up-and-coming rapper/producer/megastar Kanye West is now headlining Saturday night’s main stage.
But wait, doesn’t that fucker owe us an album too!?
Kidding about calling him a fucker. I love Kanye. He should totally bring out Frank Ocean during “New Slaves.”
FYF Fest kicks off this Saturday at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena & Exposition Park.
• FYF Fest: http://fyffest.com
Surprise! Similar to last year’s Mr Noah release, Panda Bear has surprise-dropped a new EP. Titled Crosswords, the EP takes its name from track #4 off his latest album, Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, which was released earlier this year on Domino. The EP includes reworks of a couple tracks (“Crosswords,” “The Preakness”) and three new ones, “Jabberwocky,” “Cosplay,” and “No Mans Land,” the latter of which was premiered via Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show minutes/hours/months/years/decades/”fuck you!!!” ago, depending on when you’re reading this.
Panda Bear will be in New York during CMJ, headlining a few shows at the Bowery Ballroom. Dates are below, preceded by the EP’s tracklist. The EP’s out now digitally, but will be out physically too on November 13 via Domino.
Crosswords EP tracklist:
01. Crosswords (EP Mix)
02. No Mans Land
04. The Preakness
10.09-11.15 - Miami, FL - Soho Studio (Ill Points Festival)
10.10-11.15 - San Diego, CA - CRSSD Festival
10.13.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
10.14.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom %
10.15.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom !
10.17-18.15 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
# PC Worship
% Image Man
! Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, The Present
With the decidedly goth ambition of wanting to sound like a ghost, Gracie has assembled a group of people who can actually play instruments to record an album of melodic guitar jams with a downer bent — or in her own words, “bummer jams.”
As depressing as the material is in both sound and subject, Gracie has already failed in her ambition to sound like a dead thing, for the simple fact that her lead single “Jesse” off her album, which will be called Gracie and released via Ghost Ramp on September 18, totally brims with life and is kind of uplifting via some bizarre trick of fate. Depression never sounded so good.
Chicago’s Locrian have just announced that they will take the diminished tonic chord that is at their very core on a tour of the East Coast this September. This announcement does not arrive without its fair share of struggle, however. Throughout the tour-scheduling process, the band was once again beset by the tonal hangups of a litany of very real and very devout venue owners who find the diminished fifth, or augment fourth, which forms the cornerstone of the band’s musical identity, to be “fundamentally evil.”
Carlton Sparburger, a real human being who also owns a mid-sized venue in Connecticut, was quoted as saying, “This is definitely something that I and a lot of real people are actually concerned about. And I’m not just saying this because I am an invented character in a glib music news post on the internet. No siree, Bob!” Against these odds, the band did manage to schedule a brief jaunt through the month of September, including a performance at Hopscotch Festvial. They were even featured on the website of a well-respected, if difficult to pronounce, musical instrument manufacturer to boot!
All of this hullabaloo (if you’ll excuse the informality) comes in the wake of the group’s most recent album, Infinite Dissolution, which came out July 24 via Relapse Records. It’s available via Bandcamp.
09.10.2015 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery !
09.11.2015 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot and Saddle @
09.12.2015 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Day Party #
09.13.2015 - Richmond, VA - TBA
09.14.2015 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus $
! Barbelith, Birth (Defects), Curse
@ Sannhet, Planning For Burial
# Vattnet Viskar, MAKE, The Hem Of His Garment
$ Insect Ark
Like plucking a blade from the world’s collective grasslands: that’s the minimal dent we’re making whenever we discover a new artist, and it might actually be a source of music-lover depression were it not for the supremely enjoyable process. An additional lifetime still wouldn’t allow us to listen to all of the music in the world without us enduring an obscene amount of unkempt body hair, so our best option, given the limited amount of time that we have, is to consciously enter a permanent state of denial! Genres might exist that I’m not even acquainted with, but who’s to say that I won’t totally resolve this shortcoming after a marathon month of music discovery? Anyone who claims my inability clearly doesn’t appreciate how fast I can click.
Electronic music from Slovenia? Now there’s a melodic arena to which most of us could use an introduction, and thankfully a crew from Slovenia’s Radio Študent and its associated record label ZARŠ recently released a relevant compilation that does most of the work for us. Ctrl N: Poglavje slovenske elektronike features 17 tracks of varied and experimental electronic music, and none of the artist monikers happen to ring a personal bell. But I’m inclined to remember after a listen, as at least one track bangz to the point of embarrassment over my Western assimilation.
The compilation itself is available now for purchasable download, with a vinyl version also available. Thanks to Radio Študent’s Dino Lalić, Božidar Plesnik, Andrej Tomažin, Jaka Špiler, Žiga Pucelj, Tilen Ločniškar, Anže Zorman, and Christian Kopač for doing the artistic exposing.
Here’s a choice track:
Ctrl N: Poglavje slovenske elektronike tracklisting:
01. Sunny Sun - When We Smoke
02. Žiga Murko - Cap-d’Ail
03. Borka - Lo Fi Hi Five
04. Jozo Elektronik - Kristal IV
05. DJ Verh - Cacophony
06. Birches - Starlight And Other Fields
07. Apofenia - Distant
08. Warlord Chipmonk - Lou
09. Tonros - AtensionDizorder
10. C9|2 - #1 (edit)
11. Smrgoda - Decision
12. Pier - Far Away
13. Oknai - D’accord
14. Evano - Vimāna
15. Christian Kroupa - Deprived
16. Timo Chinala - Waterworld
17. Timo Chinala - Waterworld [Hibrid Version] (Bonus Track)
Bikini Kill reissue 1991 demo Revolution Girl Style Now, share previously-unreleased “Playground,” find bikinis more distasteful now than ever before
THIS JUST IN: the 90s is COOL again, man. (You’re shocked, I know. But it’s true. It is. Flannel. Skateboards. Fear of cholesterol. Pretty much everything except Desert Storm. That was never cool.) Especially the early 90s! And what 90s year could possibly be any earlier than 1991?
For one thing, that’s the year that fem-punk superheroes Bikini Kill originally self-released their demo tape Revolution Girl Style Now, which they are now set to reissue September 22 via their own (appropriately enough) Bikini Kill Records. In addition to seeing release for the very first time on vinyl, CD, and “digital” (since that particular word meant “alarm clock” in 1991), this new 2015 version will feature three previously unreleased tracks: “Playground,” “Ocean Song,” and “Just Once”.
And dude, you’ll never even guess what! You can listen to the track “Playground” right now on Rolling Stone’s website. Only downside is then you have to hang out at Rolling Stone’s website… Bummer, but yeah. Although there’s also a “trailer” thingy that you can watch right down below.
Also, though! The first 500 pre-orders also come with a “limited edition poster”… and the first 300 CD pre-orders come with a “free button & sticker.” Buttons? Stickers?? Posters??? Yup. Sounds like 1990s stuff to me. I can’t wait to have a hip, backwards-hatted conversation about how to recycle all of those things and save the planet with my own idiot children. Thanks, Bikini Kill!
Revolution Girl Style Now tracklisting:
02. Dadd’s L’il Girl
03. Feels Blind
04. Suck My Left One
06. This Is Not a Test
07. Double Dare Ya
09. Ocean Song
10. Just Once
• Bikini Kill: http://bikinikill.com