Mark Van Hoen (Locust / Seefeel) returns with new album Nightvision

When you get to the higher echelons of the music business Illuminati, they reveal a lot of shit to you. One of the best-kept secrets in music is that L.A.-based/UK-born artist Mark Van Hoen is pretty much responsible for a large portion of the music/media we consume. The dude has been making tunes for three or so decades, collaborating with Seefeel’s Daren Seymour, Slowdive’s Neil Halstead and Nick Holton as Black Hearted Brother, Louis Sherman as Locust, and Martin Maeers with Children of the Stones. His career spans TV, radio, and film, and he has released records on Touch, Editions Mego, City Centre Offices, The Tapeworm, and Saint Marie Records.

His latest one is for Saint Marie Records, too. Nightvision is exactly what it sounds like: electro/drone for 4 AM, when everyone else is asleep. It comes out November 13 as an LP/CD/digital download.

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Widowspeak announce world tour, share Third Eye Blind cover

Only 90s kids remember.

Ah, the 1990s! That was a time when a Bill Clinton could be a Bill Clinton. Like all of us cursed with the brand, Brooklyn’s Widowspeak remember the 90s. They cannot stop remembering. To break the hex, they’ve offered a sacrifice to the 90s gods: a cover of Third Eye Blind’s “How’s It Going To Be.” Fight fire with fire, fight the 90s with the 90s. Listen to their sad-eyed cover of that vintage Third Eye Blind track right here.

One cannot escape the 90s, no matter how one tries. Widowspeak will attempt to escape, though, by touring the globe. Beginning in October in the United States, the group will traverse the earth by the end of November. In recent, non-90s times, the duo put out their fourth album All Yours via Captured Tracks.

Widowspeak dates:

10.02.15 - San Francisco, CA - Culture Collide Fest @ Swedish American Hall
10.09.15 - Boston, MA - Unitarian Universalist Church
10.10.15 - Kingston, NY - O+ Positive Festival
10.11.15 - Toronto, ON - Silver Dollar
10.12.15 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
10.13.15 - Chicago, IL - Chop Shop
10.14.15 - St. Louis, MO - Luminary Arts
10.15.15 - Norman, OK - Opolis
10.16.15 - Dallas, TX - Foundry
10.17.15 - Austin, TX - Lamberts
10.18.15 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa
10.19.15 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
10.20.15 - Asheville, NC - Mothlight
10.21.15 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.22.15 - Washington, DC - Comet Ping Pong
10.23.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Secret Brooklyn Rooftop Location
11.07.15 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place ^
11.09.15 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room ^
11.10.15 - San Diego, CA - The Void ^
11.11.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theatre ^
11.13.15 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar ^
11.14.15 - Vancouver, BC - Fox Cabaret ^
11.15.15 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern ^
11.21.15 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who
11.22.15 - London, UK - London Fields Brewery *
11.24.15 - Manchester, UK - Night and Day *
11.26.15 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club *
11.27.15 - Bristol, UK - The Louisiana *
11.28.15 - Brighton, UK - Mutations @ The Haunt *
11.30.15 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Merley *
12.01.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Stubnitz *
12.02.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega *
12.03.15 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Pustervik
12.04.15 - Lund, Sweden - Mejeriet
12.05.15 - Berlin, Germany - Kantine am Berghain &

^ Quilt
* Saintseneca
& Braids


[Photo: Shawn Brackbill]

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Pictureplane announces tour, drops track ahead of TMT-sponsored GOLDRUSH Music Festival

Ahead of Pictureplane’s performance tomorrow at the TMT-sponsored GOLDRUSH Music Festival, Mr. Top Goth has dropped a new track called “Riot Porn,” which appears on his forthcoming Anticon debut, Technomancer. Since I don’t know how to write about music, I’ll let Pictureplane a.k.a. Travis Egedy describe it:

Riot Porn isn’t really a political song, but it’s a song about frustration, alienation and freedom. A song about how when people are kept down for so long, its inevitable that they come together to rise up. The song is sung from the perspective of me being aroused by watching footage of another person causing destruction of property and rioting. Footage of riots is frequently called “riot porn” in anarchist communities.

In addition to the track, Pictureplane has announced a slew of North American dates with HEALTH, which begins in November, shortly after the release of Technomancer on October 30. Check out the dates below, and be sure to also make your way to GOLDRUSH if you’re around the Denver area. Two-day passes are still available, and they come with a free cassette and zine. :)

Pictureplane x HEALTH tour:

11.10.15 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
11.11.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
11.13.15 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
11.14.15 - Dallas, TX - Trees
11.15.15 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio
11.16.15 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s
11.17.15 - Atlanta, GA - E.A.R.L.
11.19.15 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
11.20.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Voyeur
11.21.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
11.22.15 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
11.24.15 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
11.25.15 - Montreal, QC - Le Ritz
11.26.15 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
11.27.15 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room
11.28.15 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11.29.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
11.30.15 - Omaha, NE - The Slowdown
12.01.15 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
12.03.15 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
12.04.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
12.05.15 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
12.07.15 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
12.08.15 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
12.09.15 - Portland, OR - Holocene
12.11.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
12.12.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom
12.13.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom

Technomancer tracklist:

01. Sick Machine
02. Esoterrorist
03. Joyrider
04. Death Condition
05. Street Pressure
06. Harsh Realm
07. Self Control
08. Chaos Radical
09. Technomancer
10. Riot Porn
11. Live Forever

[Photo: Worm Carnevale]

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Chief Keef streams Bang 3, Pt. 2 ahead of Friday’s hologram fest

It’s finally here. Chief Keef’s perpetual Bang 3 saga appears to have come to an end, after the second installment popped up on Audiomack earlier today. Twelve tracks, light on features (except a fuckin’ Lil B collabo!), and you get the impression that Sosa really ain’t playin’ no more. The two-year wait almost feels worth it. Repeat after me: BANG BANG!

The album is out via iTunes tomorrow, coinciding with his Bang 3 Hologram Fest concert in L.A., at which the Almighty will finally appear in hologram form.

Stream Bang 3, Pt. 2 RIGHT NOW:

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Heather Woods Broderick announces tour

Taylor Peters here, holding down the tour beat with a quick announcement re: one Heather Woods Broderick. Ya see, Woods Broderick is a human being planning to go on tour pretty soon, so she’s pretty much in my news-post wheelhouse. Add the fact that every night when I come home from work for the past few weeks, it’s been a game of “should I listen to her new LP Gliders or should I be an idiot and not do that?” and you’ve got yourself a hot piping stew of a report I’m dying to type up.

So: Heather Woods Broderick is going on tour starting in October. But you already knew that on account of my first paragraph, and hell, probably even the headline. You also know that she’s got a new album out on Western Vinyl, and that it’s wonderful in a ghostly, shimmering kind of way. I think my work here might be done? Peep the dates and embed of personal fave “Mama Shelter” below.


10.16.15 - Seattle, WA - Abbey Arts ^
10.27.15 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios %
10.28.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel #
12.06.15 - Allston, MA - Great Scott *
12.07.15 - Providence, RI - Aurora *
12.09.15 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar *
12.10.15 - Nashville, TN - Stone Fox *
12.11.15 - Dallas, TX - Three Links *
12.12.15 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk *
12.14.15 - New Orleans, LA - 1638 Clio St. *
12.15.15 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
12.16.15 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *
12.17.15 - Washington, DC - DC9 *
12.18.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Tin Angel *
12.19.15 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *

^ Ora Cogan
% Pure Bathing Culture
# Alela Diane, Ryan Francesconi
* Jesse Marchant

[Photo: Dusdin Condren]

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Kinski to embark on October tour

Space rock tends to be a slow, drifting, languorous thing. Weird thing about that: a lot of shit in space goes really fast. Asteroids, like, live in space, and they go thousands of miles per hour. So why so slow, space rock? Seattle’s Kinski wonder the same. Or, in recent years, they’ve been wondering it. Starting life as a your typical tortoise-speed space rock band, the group’s been dialing up the acceleration in recent years.

In support of this year’s 7 (Or 8), their latest album on Kill Rock Stars, Kinksi are hopping on The Kinski Jetski Jet for a quick October tour. Whuzzat now? Yes, Kinski have a jet that is also a jetski. And it belongs to them, Kinski. They’ll be dropping down into the rivers, lakes, or other accompanying bodies of waters for a number of cities located on the East Coast or in the Midwest. And then, before you even know it, they’ll be gone. Vroooom.

Kinski dates:

10.22.15 - Providence, RI - AS220
10.23.15 - New York, Ny - Cake Shop (w/ Oneida)
10.24.15 - Sommerville, MA - Cuisine en Locale
10.25.15 - Winooski, VT - The Monkey House
10.26.15 - Montreal, QC - Turbo Haus
10.27.15 - Toronto, ON - The Silver Dollar
10.28.15 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
10.29.15 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
10.30.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s

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Sean McCann’s Recital announces new albums from Ian William Craig and Idea Fire Company

Sean McCann just doesn’t know when to quit, does he? Since January, he’s released two LPs and a CD-R of his own work, but he knew that wasn’t going to be enough. No sir. He knew we were all going to be like: “Yeah whatever, Sean; you’ve had releases coming out the wazoo since day one. Sure they’ve slowed down a bit in recent years, but show me somethin’ I ain’t seen before.” So he decides to outmaneuver us with a reissue of Loren Connors’s gorgeous 1999 album Airs on his label, Recital. But then he realized that wouldn’t be enough either. Surely we’d all say: “Yeah big whoop, Sean; it’s just a reissue. The music was already out there; you barely had to do anything. Really pulled that one out the ol’ wazoo.” And though it hurts to know he imagines us all speaking in such a repetitively crass and inarticulate manner, maybe he’s right. You’ve gotta work hard if you want to survive in this crazy world of neoclassical “It” boys.

So it’s a good thing Recital just announced two new LPs before the year is out: Ian William Craig’s Cradle for the Wanting and Idea Fire Company’s Lost at Sea. Both will be released on November 10, and given the artists’ recent track records, both will be well worth acquiring.

Cradle, Craig’s follow-up to our sixth favorite album of 2014, was recorded over the course of a few months and relies only on voice and Craig’s repeating tape system to create remarkably lush and soaring music. At least that’s the effect on the first sample from the album, “Habit Worn and Wandering,” which you can stream down below.

Lost at Sea finds Idea Fire Company hearkening back to the stripped down sounds of 2011’s excellent Music from the Impossible Salon, and I’m simply going to leave the rest of the explaining to Recital’s press release, because it’s too good not to: “Lost At Sea imagines the Idea Fire Company as the bar band on a small cruise ship. There are approximately 40 passengers aboard. Around 2/3 of them are in the lounge for the nightly IFCO performance. Most of them seem more interested in drink than in music. The ship has become lost and seems to be endlessly circling. Well stocked with booze and food, etc., the ship continues on. IFCO, armed with only a piano and trumpet/ radio/ synth, provide the nightly entertainment.” I imagine now you probably want to experience a little bit of that for yourself, so check out “Lost at Sea II” below.

You win again, McCann. You win again.

Cradle for the Wanting tracklist:

01. Doubtshapes
02. Habit Worn and Wandering
03. No Cradle for the Whole of It
04. Each All in Another All
05. Glassblower
06. Empty, Circle, Tremble
07. Shipbreaking
08. Grace in Expectation

Lost at Sea tracklist:

01. Lost at Sea I
02. Distant Voices Singing
03. Red Sky
04. The Horse Latitudes
05. Lost at Sea II

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Fabrica Records releases 28-track compilation benefiting refugees

It’s easy to succumb to international apathy when you live in a huge and somewhat isolated country like the United States (separated as its citizens are from the seemingly eternal conflicts affecting parts of the Middle East and Africa), but more than occasionally, we do like to address distant tragedy with more than just verbal or mental sympathy.

Brooklyn-based label Fabrica is bolstering song-making among the list of compassionate actions with the release of You Are Welcome Here, a label compilation calling attention to (and hopefully benefiting) refugees in Europe, which has certainly been in the news recently as a result of related crises. The compilation features artists like Rambutan, Dan Melchior, STRNGLV, and more, and each of its 28 tracks is a previously “unreleased composition,” while at least some of those 28 appear to have been crafted deliberately with the relevant issue in mind. See track names like “Mediterranean Suite” by Luciernaga or the more explicit “Refugees Welcome - No Person Is Illegal” by Nocturnal Emissions.

You can download the entire compilation for free here, but be aware that doing so does kind of defeat the purpose. The folks at Fabrica recommend a donation of $5.00 or more, and all funds are being directed to the International Rescue Committee “to help support their work providing immediate assistance to refugees in Europe, including Greece, and to displaced people in Iraq, Yemen, and in other crisis zones around the world.”

Check the link below for more info on the org.

You Are Welcome Here tracklisting:

01. Matt Brislawn - Night Crossing
02. Public speaking + Valerie Kuehne - Cell Three 
03. Nocturnal Emissions - Refugees Welcome - No Person Is Illegal 
04. The Skull Mask - Kurdish Flowers
05. Remnants - Autumnal
06. Dan Melchior - Drinco’s Dream 
07. A Full Cosmic Sound - Humvee Javelin (El Drone De La Muerte)
08. Ariadne - Daily Water
09. Bob Bellerue - Blackened Prince 
10. Luciernaga - Mediterranean Suite
11. Sterile Garden - Labor/Factory 
12. Lazurite - When I Get To Where…
13. David First - Guitar Solo 
14. Causings - 5
15. Insect Factory - Rain
16. Alan Courtis - Rautaavesi
17. Shredderghost - Boundless Meridian
18. Rapoon - Shadow Ghost Of Fire 
19. Caulbearer - Melting Towers
20. Pas Musique - The Tpace Travel Solution
21. Mike Nigro - Video Beach
22. Silent Isle - Unreeled 
23. Rambutan - Apparent Horizon 
24. Parashi - Six Times Over 
25. STRNGLV - Wolf At The Door
26. Limax Maximus - Untitled 
27. La Mancha Del Pecado - Ayn Al-Arab
28. Collin McKelvey - Incantatory

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Young Thug to release Slime Season mixtape today

Young Thug, responsible for one of this year’s best rap releases, is releasing his long-anticipated Slime Season mixtape today via LiveMixtapes. The tape, originally set for release on July 4, sees Thugger pairing with producer London on Da Track. It’s dropping at 5:55 PM EST, according to an Instagram post.

Check out the video for “Best Friend,” which should find its way on the mixtape.

Next up: his debut album, Hy!£UN35.

• Young Thug:

Proto-punk legends Rocket From The Tombs return with new album Black Record, announce dates

Rocket From The Tombs, legendary members of Cleveland’s proto-punk scene, have announced a new album, Black Record, just the second official studio recording in their career. Originally active between 1974 and 1975, the band did not released any recorded music during such tenure, finally compiling their long-bootlegged material to re-record it in 2004, after a 30-year-long hiatus. The result of that reunion was Rocket Redux, which was followed by the band’s first album with new material, 2011’s Barfly. Their forthcoming album stands in the middle of both efforts, combining eight new songs with reworkings of old tracks, as well as a cover of seminal garage-rock deviants The Sonics. The same applies to the band’s lineup, mixing founding members Crocus Behemoth (Pere Ubu’s David Thomas) and Craig Bell with musicians who joined the group’s reunion and several members of This Moment In Black History.

Best known as the band whose demise led onto the formation of the equally mythical Pere Ubu and The Dead Boys, Rocket From The Tombs were an early dynamo of underground rock in Cleveland. Artists as distinguished as Peter Laughner, David Thomas, Cheetah Chrome, and Johnny Blitz (all early members), or Richard Lloyd and Steve Mehlman (in the 2000s reunion), have passed through the Rocket ranks, reassuring their place as a foundational art-punk unit. Sharing a timeline with fellow Clevelanders Mirrors and electric eels, Rocket From The Tombs’ sound was a trailblazing mixture that, with some hindsight, one can describe as art-damaged garage rock. Anyhow, their short original run saw them play alongside Television and open for Iron Butterfly, with an equally chameleonic influence following their breakup, having been cited as an influence by groups as diverse as Guns N’ Roses and Deerhunter.

Black Record is out November 13 via Fire Records. Check them out on tour:

12.01.15 - ChicagoIL - Empty Bottle
12.02.15 - PontiacMI - The Pike Room at The Crofoot
12.03.15 - ClevelandOH - Beachland Ballroom
12.05.15 - Jersey CityNJ - Monty Hall
12.06.15 - BrooklynNY - Baby’s All Right
12.07.15 - WashingtonDC - Rock and Roll Hotel
12.08.15 - AllstonMA - Brighton Music Hall
12.12.15 - LondonUK - The Brewhouse at London Fields Brewery
12.13.15 - LeedsUK - Brudenell Social Club

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