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Noiseweek: Sunn O))), Golden Void, John Carpenter, JAMC and more

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

The sights, sounds and words of the week in noise.


A friendly reminder that Le Guess Who? in the Netherlands boasts the best festival line-up of the year. Deerhunter, Swervedriver, A Place to Bury Strangers, METZ, Blanck Mass, Lightning Bolt, Total Control; a Constellation Records-curated stage with Ought and Last Ex, and a Sunn O)))-curated stage with OM, Chelsea Wolfe, Magma, Julia Holter and Goatsnake. Ugh.

Speaking of which, Sunn O))) just announced their next LP: Kannon Kommeth, out through Southern Lord on December 4.

Per Pitchfork, director John Carpenter will be making his live debut at next year’s ATP Iceland in July.

SBS News mistakenly flashed a picture of music vlogger Anthony Fantano of The Needle Drop during their reportage on Chris Mercer, the gunman responsible for the school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. More at Noisey.

Lush are reuniting to play their first show in almost two decades.

In other reunion news, per a recent Time Out New York interview, the Jesus and Mary Chain are working on their first new record in 17 years.

Pitchfork Radio will begin its first broadcast this Monday from Willy’s Detroit.

True Widow’s first two records, I.N.O. and As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth, are now available on Bandcamp.


Something on the outside: Cold Chisel reconsidered | The Monthly

“Someone somewhere in Australia is listening to a Cold Chisel song right now. Perhaps it’s you, tarrying with the ever-present ‘Khe Sanh’, or with ‘Choirgirl’, ‘Cheap Wine’, ‘Breakfast at Sweethearts’ or ‘Forever Now’. Maybe, without even needing to tune the radio to the nearest Classic Hits station or dig out the records, you can hear those songs in your head, like I can hear them, as if each were a part of some interior musical script learnt off by heart so long ago now that you can’t recall a time when you didn’t know it. What can I tell you about Cold Chisel that you don’t already know?”

Dissonant Joy: A Guide to Europe’s Punk Foremothers | Pitchfork

“Early punk histories tend to focus on New York and London, with hardly any credit given to the movement’s mainland European acts—and even less so when the creative forces behind those bands were women. Additionally, the continental identities of relatively celebrated female UK punk cornerstones like the Slits or the Raincoats are often overlooked. So while many of these European punks didn’t necessarily wield a significant amount of cultural influence, their lack of careerist ambition to appoint themselves as the faces of a scene is actually what distinguishes them.
A bona fide embrace of amateurism linked many of these groups; for them, punk’s anything-goes ethos wasn’t just a line to tote about while quietly cultivating expertise undercover. For most of their male peers, punk underscored natural freedoms, but the style’s sense of possibility offered these women a sense of liberation that was more radical, and they committed to exploring punk’s limits with dissonant joy.”

An Excerpt from the Memoir and Cookbook Red Velvet Underground by Freda Love Smith (the Blake Babies, Antenna) | The Talkhouse

“Being a musician on tour was the life experience that shattered my uptightness and helped me embrace a more flexible diet. Touring in a band presents a host of particular challenges: how to stay stable in constantly shifting surroundings; how to stay sane in often-crazy circumstances; how to stay civil in the close quarters of a van with four other humans; how to stay healthy in booze– and smoke-filled bars — and on the slim pickings of truck-stop food.”


A Swarm of the Sun — Deliver Us From Our Dreams

Caspian and Mogwai meet in a starry sky in this cut from Swedish duo A Swarm of the Sun. Taken from the sessions of their latest record The Rifts, this is the kind of thing you want to listen to from the window seat of transcontinental plane journey, when you’re bleary-eyed and trying to determine if the sun is rising or setting behind the horizon.


Golden Void — Burbank’s Dream

Is this real life or a video game? The Isaiah Mitchell-led Golden Void favour cheesy vistas and visual blending to accompany the bluesy Burbank’s Dream. It’s like a Windows Media Player visualisation come to life, but somehow it works. The track is taken from the group’s second record, Berkana, out now through Thrill Jockey.