Hauschildt and BNJMN — like Timon and Pumbaa, except they aren’t the potential victims of numerous hungry carnivores, so they can afford to take the phrase “no worries” to extremely enjoyable heights! You’re likely more familiar with the long-running Kompakt compilation series Pop Ambient, but what started in 2011 was something a bit more innovative than your run-of-the-mill label showcasing. Air Texture is apparently a label offshoot of Kompakt, but so far it’s been dedicated exclusively to the release of the Air Texture dual albums — where two chosen artists are tasked (on their respective discs) with keeping to the stated mission: “to present a diverse array of electronic music that is not dance floor oriented.” You probably have some sense of what this means. Now close your eyes.
No wait! Open them again. Air Texture Volume IV has just been announced, and this time Steve Hauschildt (formerly of Emeralds), alongside the typically dancefloor-oriented BNJMN will be doing the honors after Deadbeat and DJ Olive regaled with last year’s stunning edition. Obviously, Hauschildt has personal expertise in “air textures” himself, but it’ll be interesting to hear BNJMN’s take on things. Techno and/or house seem to be at his heart.
Out November 3. Here’s some commentary from the curators themselves, and here’s the tracklisting:
Disc 1 (selected by Steve Hauschildt):
01. Steve Hauschildt - Watertowers
02. Mirror to Mirror - Crush Ambien
03. Le Révélateur - Another (Terminal)
04. Heathered Pearls - In Memory Form
05. Jonathan Fitoussi - Impressions
06. Pulse Emitter - Border Crossing
07. Dino Spiluttini - The Hostile Sea
08. Günter Schlienz - Dust
09. Forest Management - Remote Rail Ex
10. Event Cloak - One or Twice
11. Sarah Davachi - as the morning
12. Steve Hauschildt - Pismo
Disc 2 (selected by BNJMN):
01. BNJMN - The Gloom / Lovelight
02. Lukid - The Air You Breathe
03. Brighton - Sendme
04. Teebs - Whirling 84
05. Samoyed & Sam Playford-Greenwell - Bullocks Running
06. Legowelt - Vanished In Tromso
07. Best Available Technology - Sectomy
08. The Hers - Mindy
09. Vaghe Stelle - Sante
10. Herva - Seaside
11. BNJMN - Forgive
12. Hieroglyphic Being - Rumori Circostanti di Melody Pops & Clic & Silenzio
01. Alex Smoke - Cosm
02. Heathered Pearls - Pacific Summits (Pulse Version)
• Steve Hauschildt: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Steve-Hauschildt/296304210396894
• BNJMN: https://www.facebook.com/bnjmnmsc
• Air Texture: http://www.kompakt.fm/labels/air_texture
Rub those palms together and think about pizza dough, because PAN’s got a new full-length out right now and you’re a fool if you think I’m not going to use a bunch of food analogies to talk about it. The full-length is from the New York-based sound artist James Hoff, and it’s called Blaster. And get this: you know how sometimes you throw some salt into your soup to make it a little tastier? This Hoff guy did basically the same thing, except instead of salt it was a computer virus (called the “Blaster” virus) and instead of a soup it was 808 beats. He used “the mutated results as building blocks for seven new compositions” which make up side A of Blaster.
Side B is a long, stitched-together piece of many of the sounds Hoff made into a “scratch record for DJs” in order to act as a “point of potential transmission” to help these virus-sourced sounds to find new hosts (i.e. other compositions by other artists). Because that’s the whole deal with Hoff’s project here: he’s interested in the capacity of viruses and sounds to self-distribute and replicate throughout a network. Sort of like how sometimes you have two sandwiches, but then you give your buddy one of them because you couldn’t possibly eat both of them in one sitting and you feel like he’ll just get more use out of it. Except in this case imagine that the sandwich went to your buddy on its own accord, like it just sprouted legs and walked on over like a weird sandwich monster thing.
Blaster is a follow-up to Hoff’s 2011 PAN LP How Wheeling Feels When the Ground Walks Away, a release that drew together the sounds of historic riots and modern warfare, and it’s available now. Do I even need to tell you that’s it’s mastered by Rashad Becker? I mean, you probably guessed already, but if you didn’t, now you know. If you’re feeling hungry (or even just a little peckish), you can make Blaster yours over on Boomkat.
CAVE, the kraut-iest jam rock band around today, just announced that they’ll be putting out some previously unreleased material on the cheekily titled Release. Good news for people who thirsted for more CAVE after the release (see what I did there?) of last year’s Threace!
Release will contain “mostly 4-track stuff, plus some 8-track stuff,” and a lot of the material had to be transferred from VHS tape. These are tracks that didn’t make it onto their LPs or EPs, culling from various eras of the band’s work and giving listeners a good feel for CAVE’s “zealous non-album sound.”
The compilation will be out October 21, not long after the Chicago-based band gets back from an extensive European tour. Rockin’.
01. Butthash (harsh mellow mix)
02. Bobby’s Hash (feat. Bobby Conn)
05. The Ride
06. Party Legs
07. Thai I Am
08. Machines and Muscles
[Photo: Frank Van Duerm]
Aw man! Remember the other month when I totally made you LOL with the thrilling, entertaining, and deftly written and delivered bit of news that techno/experimental uber-dude Matthew Herbert was rekindling his 90s classic techno-style run of five albums with a new entry, Part 6? And, not only that, but also how it was gonna be released on his own Accidental Records?? I mean, remember how special it all felt and how happy we both were???
Well forget all that. Turns out, it wasn’t special. We weren’t happy. It was no big deal, after all.
Why? Simple, my friend. Dude’s already onto Part 7. Seriously. It’s coming out on Accidental on September 14. For real. There’s even a lead single for the thing streaming down below. It’s called “Bumps.” It’s cool. Maybe cooler than Part 6, even. Ugh, and it even reprises his use of vocalist Rahel from the London band Hejira! I know, I know. I think I’m going to be sick. And to think, we both thought we were witnessing Herbert History together… Ah, what fools we were back in June!
Part 7 tracklisting:
03. Get Strong
04. Pretty Daddy
Herbert World Tour 2014:
08.22.14 - London, UK - The Hydra
DJ Shadow a.k.a. Joshua Paul Davis’ profile in dance music has seen some dramatic highs and a few lulls, but the undeniably influential DJ and producer has returned with news of a record label and a new EP called Liquid Amber! Not since 2011’s The Less You Know, The Better have we seen an original release from the California artist, and this one is dropping on Davis’ own imprint, which shares the same name.
To inaugurate his primarily digital label, Davis wrote a letter that begins with “Dear Music Lover” (adorable) and includes info about his intentions, which are kind of hazy at the moment but still exciting. “Whatever feels right” seems to be the guiding mantra here — there’s no website for Liquid Amber yet, and no announced releases on the horizon, but don’t doubt that Shadow has something in the works. For now, Shadow’s Liquid Amber EP features two new compositions: the jungle- and footwork-inspired “Ghost Town” and the slinky bass weirdness of “Mob.” There’s even a remix of “Six Days” from Brooklyn’s Machinedrum.
So, budding producers! Send all your hottest cuts to Mike@djshadow.com and maybe you’ll be next on the Liquid Amber roster. Until that happens, the full Liquid Amber EP can be streamed below.
• DJ Shadow: http://www.djshadow.com
The Numero Group has announced it will reissue Bedhead’s whole discography in a box set, collectively titled Bedhead: 1992-1998. The Dallas slowcore standouts’ three albums, WhatFunLifeWas (1994), Beheaded (1996), and Transaction de Novo (1998), will be included in the box set. A fourth album, collecting the band’s singles, EPs, and outtakes, is being added to the reissue. The box set will be available on vinyl, as a five-LP pack, as well as on CD; both editions are accompanied by a 40-page book with unseen photos, artwork reproductions, lyrics, and a comprehensive essay on the band. The deluxe 5LP edition is limited to 2,000 copies.
The Texas quintet is rightfully remembered as one of the pioneering groups of slowcore. Their first album, WhatFunLifeWas, found them exploring the brooding side of the loud-quiet dynamics, showing they were already capable of writing cathartic crescendos, as “Haywire” and “Powder” attest. By their sophomore effort it was clear that Bedhead would not stick to sluggish rhythms and half-spoken vocals: the title track manages to recall Slint without breaking with Bedhead’s subdued charms. Something similar happens with the slide-guitar-laced “Withdraw” and the Lunafied “Roman Candle”. Their final album is where Bedhead came the closest to perfecting the slowcore ethos: stark soundscapes, dramatic build-ups, desolate lyrics, and undistinguished vocals — though the band also toyed with more complex song structures, shades of melody, and a rather earnest pace at given times. Transaction de Novo was recorded with Steve Albini and, some are willing to argue, is not just Bedhead’s finest work, but one of the best albums of the 90s.
The Bedhead: 1992-1998 box set is out on November 11, via the Numero Group.
• Bedhead: http://www.numerogroup.com/products/bedhead-1992-1998
• Numero Group: http://www.numerogroup.com
Thankfully, we’ve progressed in some marginal fashion since the fictional time of The Shawshank Redemption, so that now, prisoners aren’t compelled to look like potential UFO abductees whenever Mozart plays over the loudspeakers. Music isn’t literally unheard of, and prison libraries are certainly more commonplace, but let’s not act like these minor perks make up for the fact that shit is fucked, in due reference to the current state of America’s criminal justice system. Over-incarceration and a negligent approach to mental illness are just two of the issues we’re dealing with here, and god knows it’s going to take some sort of painfully gradual overhaul before we reach anything close to respectability.
John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees), Brian Lee Hughes, and Matt Jones are just three guys running a label, but now they’re doing their part to spread some happiness to those who may have fallen victim to the system. “Castle Face for the Incarcerated” is a new program that pledges the sending of any CD in the Castle Face catalog to an incarcerated person in the United States, free of charge, so long as you do the following: send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, put CASTLE FACE FOR THE INCARCERATED in the subject line, and specify all relevant inmate information. Obviously, you’re choosing the inmate here.
Hardcore, thy name is Coachwhips in a prison setting. Check here for full details.
• Castle Face: http://www.castlefacerecords.com
What what, shout out to that freshest of fresh Giant Claw jam, and additional shout out, if you please, to the upcoming Giant Claw full-length called Dark Web, stuffed to its brim with all sorts of even fresher Giant Claw jams. Disclosure, of course: Giant Claw’s Keith Rankin used to be an editor up in these parts. Additional disclosure: I just ate two cookies when I should’ve only eaten one.
With that out of the way, a quick rundown of the ways in which the game has been killed dead by one Mr. Keith Rankin: Orange Milk, the super-excellent label run by Mr. Rankin in partnership with one Seth Graham, which has shot into upper atmosphere a number of personal favorites of mine this beautiful 2014, including Scammers’ American Winter and EQ Why’s Chitokyo Mixtape (Rankin also makes the thoroughly sick artwork for most of the Orange Milk releases). Then, of course, there is the musical angle of the Graham/Rankin connection via Cream Juice, whose headphone-busting Man Feelings our beloved Birkut both did and did not review last year. And, as the final piece in my abbreviated list, there is Keith Rankin’s solo work as Giant Claw, evinced on releases like last year’s Impossible Chew on Field Hymns. Giant Claw, of course, brings us right back around to where I started this whole post, and as such seems as good a place as any to break paragraphs.
Giant Claw’s newest LP, and Rankin’s first release of 2014, is entitled Dark Web and will be out September 30 via Noumenal Loom. The album’s art is a collaboration between Rankin and the artist Ellen Thomas. The album is a tightly edited MIDI and sample monster, inspired by Rankin’s “late-night hours spent digging through the internet’s infinite crates.” “DARK WEB 002,” which was deftly debuted by FACT, is an off-kilter amalgam of smashed and wooshing beats, with sample stabs, clangy synth patches, and, yeah, a few trap-hats thrown in there for good measure. It’s embedded below. You can also check out “DARK WEB 001” via C Monster’s Chocolate Grinder write-up of the track from last year.
DARK WEB tracklist:
01. DARK WEB 001
02. DARK WEB 002
03. DARK WEB 003
04. DARK WEB 004
05. DARK WEB 005
06. DARK WEB 006
07. DARK WEB 007
08. DARK WEB 008
Meatbodies (formerly Chad and the Meatbodies) is Chad Ubovich, the bassist in Fuzz and guitarist in Mikal Cronin’s touring band. Now, the Los Angeles native has a self-titled album of his own, which will be released via garage and punk emporium In the Red later this year. Working in the same sonic landscape as his psych garage peers from San Francisco, Ubovich’s project harnesses a similar crunch and riffage as Ty Segall’s 2012 LP Twins, my personal favorite from Segall. And meatbodies are my favorite food, especially with some tangy barbeque sauce. Delicious.
Recorded in San Francisco with Eric “King Riff” Bauer — who previously produced records from Segall, Sic Alps, Mikal Cronin, Fuzz, Thee Oh Sees, White Fence, and others — Meatbodies also enlists friends like Cory Hanson from Wand, Erik Jimenez from Together Pangea, and Segall himself, all mixed by Chris Woodhouse. Before this meat-filled album is released on October 14, Ubovich will set out with Hunters and Purling Hiss on a North American tour. Until then, listen to the heavy jangles of lead single “Tremmors,” a blasted garage tune that coats Ubovich’s rousing harmonies in thick swaths of reverb. The full stream, album tracklist, and upcoming tour dates can be found below.
01. The Archer
11. Dark Road
12. The Master
08.16.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo Park Rising
08.28.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo %
10.10.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell #
10.11.14 - Las Vegas, NV - The Bunkhouse #
10.12.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court #
10.13.14 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive #
10.14.14 - Lincoln, NE - Vega #
10.15.14 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill #
10.16.14 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue and 7th Street Entry #
10.17.14 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle #
10.18.14 - Indianapolis, IN - Debbie’s Palace of Noise and Laundry #
10.19.14 - Detroit, MI - PJ’s Lager House #
10.20.14 - Rochester, NY - The Bug Jar #
10.21.14 - Kingston, NY - BSP Lounge *
10.22.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
10.23.14 - Brooklyn, NY - CMJ
10.24.14 - Brooklyn, NY - CMJ
10.25.14 - Toronto, ON - Silver Dollar *
10.26.14 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore *
10.28.14 - Allston, MA - Great Scott *
11.02.14 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter !
11.03.14 - Durham, NC - Pinhook
11.04.14 - Asheville, NC - Shotgun Club
11.05.14 - Atlanta, GA - 529 *
11.06.14 - Nashville, TN - The End *
11.07.14 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia *
11.08.14 - Austin, TX - FFF Nites
* Purling Hiss
% Ty Segall
! Purling Hiss, Together Pangea, AJ Davila, Mozes and the Firstborn
[Photo: Alice Baxley]
Mark your calendars: Grouper (a.k.a. Liz Harris) has a new album coming out on October 31 via Kranky.
Ruins was primarily recorded in Portugal, where Harris completed a 2011 residency set up via the art center Galeria Zé dos Bois, but one song is from 2004 and was recorded at her mother’s house. The tracks were recorded “pretty simply,” Harris said, “with a portable 4-track, Sony stereo mic and an upright piano.”
Harris said she hopes the new album is reminiscent of her time in Portugal, where she spent her spare time hiking to the beach, walking past demolished estates and a small village. The residency provided her with the opportunity to sit still for the first time in a long while, allowing her to work through “a lot of political anger and emotional garbage.”
“This album is a document, a nod to that daily walk,” she said. “Failed structures. Living in the remains of love.”
01. Made of Metal
03. Call Across Rooms
08. Made of Air