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Smog Veil still working on Peter Laughner box set

The label ensures fans it “will be worth the wait”

Ohio’s Smog Veil has confirmed that it is still going ahead with Peter Laughner, a five disc set of Pere Ubu co-founder Laughner’s music. Label owner Frank Mauceri said: “I want to be certain that this box set, the definitive statement of the life and work of Peter Laughner, is as perfect as it can be. If it takes a little extra time to get this released, just be assured that it is for the better.

“We spared no expense,” continues Mauceri. “Fans will notice the care we put into this. Test pressings have been approved and final layouts are in process. We appreciate the patience that everyone has shown and want you to know the reward will be worth the wait."

Focusing on the period between 1972–77, the five LP/CD set Peter Laughner will include previously unreleased performances by Laughner’s groups Rocket From The Tombs, Cinderella Backstreet, Cinderella’s Revenge, Fins, Friction and The Original Wolverines, as well as solo and collaborative works. The set is completed by a 100 page book featuring Laughner’s writings, reviews and poetry published in Creem, Exit, Zeppelin and Star.

The Pere Ubu co-founder died in 1977, aged 24.

Soundtrack to Lament From Epirus released as download

Christopher C King's survey of some of Europe's oldest folk music now available on Bandcamp

Tompkins Square has released a soundtrack to Christopher C King's recent publication Lament From Epirus: An Odyssey Into Europe's Oldest Surviving Folk Music, published on Norton this year. The book traces the history of the genre back to its roots, with recordings collected during the author's explorations in North Western Greece, while asking what these songs mean for the history of humanity.

Reviewed in The Wire 415, Frances Gooding explains, “Lament From Epirus is a feverish memoir of the ecstasies and traumas of a music obsessive, and a gonzo account of the deep, transporting meaning of music itself. Our guide through the labyrinth of his own foibles and into the underworld of the musical past is Christopher C King, a sort of grumpy Henri Michaux of shellac.”. In August, King compiled a playlist for The Wire, which featured tracks from the book (the majority of which are featured in the Tompkins Square release), and with explanations as to what each track is.

You can buy Lament from Epirus Soundtrack on Bandcamp.

Resonance FM launches expansion of digital sister channel Resonance EXTRA

“The more radical alternative to the radical alternative” now broadcasting on DAB in London, Bristol, Cambridge and Norwich

Award winning London arts station Resonance FM has announced a major expansion of its DAB sister station into four new cities in the UK. Resonance EXTRA, which began as a digital station in Brighton, is now broadcasting in city centres in London, Bristol, Cambridge, and Norwich.

Resonance EXTRA, the “more radical alternative to the radical alternative on Resonance FM,” is programmed by Peter Lanceley, and presents a parallel channel of shows, experimental sounds, radio art and sound collage, with regular shows by Dylan Nyoukis, female:pressure, First Terrace records, and many more. You can pick it up on DAB digital radio devices, as well as via the Resonance FM website.

The new reach of the station gives listeners a new way to hear our weekly Resonance broadcast, Adventures In Sound And Music. Each show, which goes out at Thursdays at 9pm, is simulcast on Resonance and Resonance EXTRA, giving you another way to keep track of the hot sounds of your favourite underground music magazine, if you’re out and about, driving around, or next to a DAB radio somewhere in the cities that are part of the new project.

You can read and hear more about Resonance EXTRA on the Resonance website.

Mumdance's Shared Meanings out today as free download

32 exclusive tracks make it on to Jack Adams's sixth major project in six years

Mumdance aka Jack Adams has released a major mix project featuring 32 exclusive tracks selected with the idea of a 'shared dance floor experience' in mind, ones that, we're told, transcend both location and language to unite people. The project is an extension of the ideas and inspirations he took from his Radio Mumdance project, that over the course of 40 shows had Adams DJ with Nina Kraviz, DJ Stingray, DJ Storm, Surgeon, Ben UFO, Josey Rebelle and others.

Among those on the release you'll find SØS Gunver Ryberg, Space Afrika, Caterina Barbieri, Chevel, Szare, JK Flesh, Abyss X, Sleeparchive, Peder Mannerfelt, Nkisi, D Carbon, and ZULI. Also included is Mumdance & Logos’s “Teachers”, a riff on the Daft Punk classic that pays tribute to musicians before them.

Shared Meanings is out today as a free digital download. Individual track download, a cassette edition, and a vinyl release (featuring five of the tracks) is released on 23 November.

Time is everything for Jennifer Walshe and Timothy Morton in new opera

A musical and philosophical reflection on the multiple layers of time premieres in February

A new work commissioned by Borealis from composer Jennifer Walshe and philosopher Timothy Morton will make its debut in Norway next year. The opera TIME TIME TIME has Walshe perform onstage with MC Schmidt, Lee Patterson, Áine O'Dwyer, and Norwegian ensembles Streifenjunko and Vilde & Inga. Not much has been revealed about the piece, although festival director Peter Meanwell describes it as a “non-opera art-museum opera about time,” explaining that it's an attempt to “dig into our obsession about time, dying, technology, the anthropocene etc”.

It was commissioned in collaboration with Sonic Acts in the Netherlands, MaerzMuzik in Germany, London Contemporary Music Festival/Serpentine Galleries in the UK and Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival in Norway. It will premiere in the Netherlands at Sonic Acts on 24 February 2019, followed by a Norwegian premiere on 9 March at Borealis in Bergen, which runs between 6–10 March. Artists on the line-up are yet to be confirmed.

Sunn O))) tour Europe in 2019

Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson will perform with long time collaborator Tos Nieuwenhuizen and selected guests, marking two new albums

Sunn O))) will kick off a tour next year, making for the first one since their 2016 stint. The show will feature their first ever French tour, although it doesn't include Paris. Instead they'll be visiting Lyon, Nancy, Dijon, Rouen, Tours, Nantes, La Rochelle and Bordeaux. They'll also return to Kampnagel in Hamburg, Paradiso in Amsterdam, and will headline Elevate festival in Graz, and Divadlo Archa in Prague.

Although full details are yet to be revealed, the tour marks two recently completed album epics. “Rejoin them in their glorious pursuit of the monumental heaviness,” says the announcement. Support acts include Puce Mary, Golem Mecanique, Lingua Ignota, and Robin Fox presenting Single Origin.

Full dates can be found on Facebook.

Boiler Room continues documentary venture with Palestine Underground

25 minute documentary follows key members of Palestinian techno and hiphop collectives

Boiler Room has released another documentary on their 4.3 platform, this time on the Palestinian underground music scene. Following a crew of techno and hiphop producers, DJs and rappers, the film was shot in the lead up to a Boiler Room party in Ramallah last June, and sheds light on the constraints placed on Palestinian artists with restricted movement due to Israeli government policies, and a midnight curfew set by the Palestinian authorities.

The documentary follows Jazar Crew, a Palestinian music and arts collective from Haifa in the North of Israel, who have been traveling to the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the West Bank to play parties with Saleb Wahad, Bltnm, Oddz and Sama.

Palestine Underground was directed by film maker and journalist Jess Kelly and produced by Boiler Room’s Anaïs Brémond. You can also watch the Boiler Room Palestine set (programmed by Debora Ipekel) on YouTube.

Glasgow's Counterflows 2019 announced

Four days of “myriad radical and exploratory music” taking place in April

“We’ve spent the last year investigating and challenging what Counterflows is and should be” says the festival in its announcement for the 2019 edition. “Fighting the creeping isolationist agenda and loom of age-old hierarchies, our desire to work locally and internationally – to hold onto and mutually nurture everyone’s capacity to be deeply human, deeply connected and deeply alive – is stronger than ever.”

Taking place at various venues in Glasgow from 4–7 April 2019, Counterflows will feature live performances, club nights, discussions, film screenings and general hang-outs. So far announced are Dakim, Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, Ailie Ormston & Tim Fraser, MC Carol, Katz Mulk, Myriam Van Imschoot & Doreen Kutzke, and Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid & Alexander Hawkins. More acts are still to be announced. Early bird tickets are on sale now.

Rewire shares first acts to appear at 2019 edition

Line-up includes Low, Jlin & Company Wayne McGregor, Tim Hecker and Yves Tumor

The Hague's Rewire festival has made its first announcement. Happening between 29–31 March, this ninth edition of the festival for adventurous music will feature new projects and collaborations, and explore emerging technologies such as AI. As usual, it will feature concerts, interdisciplinary performances, talks, workshops and screenings.

Artist announced are Andrea Belfi & Valerio Tricoli, Astrid Sonne, Bamba Pana & Makaveli, CURL, Diamanda Dramm, Eli Keszler, Flohio, Gazelle Twin, Giant Swan, Haron, Henry Vega & Jan-Willem Troost, Ipek Gorgun, Jessica Sligter, Jlin & Company Wayne McGregor present Autobiography Edits, John Bence, Kampire, Kelly Moran, Kit Downes & Ensemble Klang, Lafawndah, Lotic: Endless Power, Low, Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, Nicolás Jaar, Otim Alpha, Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones, Tashi Wada Group, Tim Hecker, William Basinski & Lawrence English, YEK: Mohammad Reza Mortazavi & Burnt Friedman, and Yves Tumor

Festival passes are on sale with €20 discount until 16 November.

Rustin Man debuts on Domino

Drift Code is released on 1 February 2019

Former Talk Talk bassist Paul Webb has announced his return under the solo alias Rustin Man. He's previously worked under the name once before, for the 2002 album Out Of Season which featured Portishead's Beth Gibbons on vocals, but now, 17 years later, he will make his Rustin Man debut for Domino and release Drift Code.

“Through the necessity of recording over a long period of time, the album has a kind of unfixed or uprooted quality. As if the songs belong nowhere so hopefully belong everywhere” says Webb.

Recorded at his home in a converted barn in Essex, three miles from the nearest village, the release features Webb on vocals. We're told that demos were written on a dictaphone and drums were played by Webb's former Talk Talk bandmate Lee Harris. Each instrument for each arrangement was recorded in a linear fashion. So once all the guitars for each song had been recorded, he would return to track one to record the bass for each track, then the keyboards, and so on.

Watch the video for “Vanishing Heart” below.

Pre-orders are being taken now.