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Unruly Music Magazine October 2013

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TOP 5 05 NEW MUSIC 07 WE SAW YOU 08 ROBEDOOR 10 ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER 16 ÈLG 20

SCENE REPORT: MILAN 22 ART 28 AGENDA 33 SUBBACULTCHA! SHOWS 35 OTHER SHOWS 43 OVERVIEW 46

Maybe you once fell into a pool while actually playing pool or nailed your own finger to the wall and experienced those few seconds of shocked embarrassment before quickly trading them for crazy laughs-slash-yelps-of-pain-followed-by-laughs. Your lives are full of potential viral videos and the stories you tell your friends are the looped GIFs bound to be repeated over and over with the same hilarious results. Clumsy people, don’t be ashamed of your slightly different perception of time and space: be an endless source of fun! Page 3


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Who we are and what we do Subbacultcha! magazine is published by Subbacultcha! www.subbacultcha.be. magazine@subbacultcha.be Subbacultcha! Belgium Karperstraat 26, 9000 Ghent, Belgium Subbacultcha! Netherlands Da Costakade 150, 1053 XC Amsterdam, the Netherlands We are Editors: Herlinde Raeman and Nina Strebelle

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Selection of the month

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Book: The Acid Archives

The ultimate guide to the underground sounds of the ’60s and ’70s now comes packaged in a massive, expanded edition with 400 pages of reviews and details about the most obscure releases from the golden age of psychedelia.

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Label: Arc Light Editions

Arc Light Editions is the new label curated by Jennifer Lucy Allan (The Wire), whose mission is to make important albums available on vinyl. The first release is Arthur Russell’s comp Another Thought, never issued on wax before and due 14 October in a beautiful double LP edition.

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Expo: Ada Van Hoorebeke

‘The Shop Floor’ is a site-specific installation by Kortrijkborn artist Ada Van Hoorebeke and her first exhibition in Berlin. Belgian artists Eva Van Deuren, Hannah Giese and Wietske Van Gils provide the accompanying soundscapes.

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Birthday: Ten Years Art Cinema OFFoff

On 18 October, Art Cinema OFFoff celebrates its ten-year anniversary with screenings of films by renowned experimental filmmakers Andy Warhol and Dulac. Also on the programme: sounds by Smeltkop’s Mathieu Serruys and numerous DJ sets. It’s on!

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Home improvement: Freecycle

Just moved into a new flat but don’t even have a bed to call your own? Freecycle is a worldwide nonprofit network of over 5 million people getting and giving away stuff for free. Get in touch with your local Freecycle group and spread the goods! Page 5


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This month’s recommendation

New Music

Emily Reo

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With Olive Juice, her first proper album in years, American singer and synth-manipulator Emily Reo has taken her craft to a new level. Reo constructs deceptive pop songs with unforgettable, complex hooks. On the surface they always appear simple, but the deeper one digs into each tune, the more there is to be found. Her music comes in layers, like she’s trying to cram as many different, complementary melodies into the space of a five-minute track as she can. It’s enchanting. On ‘Blue Canoe’ and ‘Metal’, Reo mines darker territory, finally finding beauty beneath something ugly; ‘Peach’ is cathartic while ‘Coast’ feels positively ecstatic. With so much ground covered, it’s amazing how cohesive the album is, and she gets bonus points for ending the record with a spellbinding cover of Built to Spill’s ‘Car.’ Olive Juice sounds how I imagine people in the ’50s imagined pop music would sound in 2013, and Emily Reo is the forebear of this revisionist dawn. Say hello to the modern atomic age. Page 7


We Saw You

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Spotted at Subbacultcha!

Photo by Nina Strebelle


What is the last thing that slipped out of your hands? Normally I’m really clumsy but nothing recent comes to mind. So I’d say my patience, dealing with Belgian bureaucracy and having to leave Belgium after staying here for a year. The Belgian compromise, I think it’s called.

Andrew Parry, spotted at Cam Deas at Art Cinema OFFoff in Ghent on 12 September 2013.

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Robedoor

Britt Brown and Alex Brown of psychedelic drone duo Robedoor talk to us via Google Talk about trashing your house, lying shirtless in the sun, giving away your earthly possessions – and other ways of deconstructing your life down to the bare minimum Interview by Basje Boer Photos shot by Suzanna Zak in Los Angeles, USA

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‘The goal is to get lost and achieve a brain-dead sort of Zen state where the void just fills in the blanks’

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First construct, then deconstruct? Or the other way around? A: Totally construct, then deconstruct, then construct again. I love repetition. B: The deconstructing is the constructing – same thing. Rendering a deliberate intention is the act, whether you’re building or wrecking. A: I’ve been renovating my house and I’m really only qualified to destroy: rip shit up, haul out trash. I like building things for sure, but generally my qualifications keep me on the wrecking crew. Is your process of making music basically the same as when you first started out? Or is this process ever-changing? A: Our process is pretty set in stone – or rather, encased in mud. We’ve developed and evolved in the ease of creating the Robedoor language or whatever, but ultimately the way we make music has changed very little. There’s an initial idea, be that a riff, a beat or some doomy conception. Then we work around it. The goal is to get lost and achieve a brain-dead sort of Zen state where the void just fills in the blanks. How old were you when you started making music? A: I started playing the cello when I was a kiddo – bowl cut,

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gapped teeth, the whole thing. I remember being super into the heaviness of the bass and cello section at the orchestra. B: In eighth grade I started making action movies with a camcorder and sometimes there’d be sections where me and my cousins would wear masks and play Casios and Stratocasters. But it was definitely inane and anti-musical. Do you feel making music is a way to release emotions? A: Sure it’s cathartic – and don’t get me wrong, I’m aware of how fucking doomy and evil our jams are. But I’d like to think it’s beyond emotion – or at least specific emotions. It’s not like channelling anger or love or something. I find that kind of specificity fairly silly. Are there other ways to make your load of emotions somewhat lighter? A: You mean like drinking and drugs? Ha-ha. I mean, there are plenty of non-demonic ways to achieve the same sense of loss: sex, eating fruit, being in the desert at night, hanging with dogs. B: Living a life you respect, writing, having soulful, long-lasting relationships with people you’re captivated by. Lying shirtless in the sun, eating your favourite foods. Page 13


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‘Human life is vast, you should stumble through as many zones and pursuits as you can’

Is there any stuff in your life that you don’t really need? B: I used to be obsessed with giving away every book after I’d read it, and trading shirts with friends. Just passing things along through the cycle of life, to never hoard anything. But at a certain point you can fall in love and you want to create something slightly lasting. To do that sometimes it means you stay put more than you used to. Then you look up and there’s 500 cassettes stacked in a corner. What part of your life could use some deconstruction? A: I think of deconstructing my life like a vacation or something – it seems like it would be a blessed luxury to unpack all my proverbial boxes, sort shit out, toss some garbage, smash some old hats and then put everything back in order… Shit – I mean – my concept of being human is changing pretty rapidly: owning property, being someone’s life partner, being a boss, I got dogs, cats… Maybe I need to get back to unpacking. Maybe I need to deconstruct my ambiva-

lence to social media and get with the times… Nah. B: While I love running a label [Not Not Fun, BB] and working in music, I’m secretly curious about new worlds that unfold after, or in parallel with it. I want to make a movie or write a book. Human life is vast, you should stumble through as many zones and pursuits as you can. You sound like a very upbeat and relaxed person. B: Thanks! I’m a Libra – always been pretty balanced. Robedoor play Scheld’apen, Antwerp, on 12 October. The show is free for Subbacultcha! members.

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Oneohtrix Point Never

As Oneohtrix Point Never, experimental musician Daniel Lopatin has been creating abstract synth-drone soundscapes since 2007. His debut album for Warp Records, R Plus Seven, sees him experiment with more song-based structures. We caught up with the Brooklynite for a chat about the illusion of songwriting and the need for change

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‘I think untrained musicians can do interesting things because they require workarounds for their deficiencies – but you still need ears and rhythm to make music; technology won’t fill in the gaps for you’ Interview by Will Martin Photos shot by Timothy Saccenti

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You’ve spoken about the level of ‘trickery’ deployed by electronic music artists to make things sound right, because a lot of producers aren’t natural musicians. Do you think clumsiness, awkwardness or a lack of dexterity contribute to musicians being drawn to samplers and synthesizers? Perhaps for some. I enjoy the illusionistic aspect of recording a lot. I think untrained musicians can do interesting things because they require workarounds for their deficiencies – but you still need ears and rhythm to make music; technology won’t fill in the gaps for you. Unless it’s purely procedural music or something specifically devoid of structure – which is cool – but for me, it’s all about writing tunes. You’ve been quoted as saying, ‘I don’t care. Life is short. Nobody’s Mozart… I just play with stuff.’ Yet your music comes across as fairly intricate and laboured over. Were you ever put off by the potentially daunting nature of musical theory or the technological depth of synthesis? Yes to both, but you grow up and deal with the things you don’t understand if you wanna grow. Let’s talk about The Bling Ring. Brian Reitzell asked me to work on it on spec, basically, and the diPage 18

rector liked what we did and it stuck. I was pleased. Under the right circumstances I might consider more soundtrack work. In the press release, R Plus Seven is described as a major departure from your previous work. Are there any overarching conceptual themes? Not really, no. There are some cryptic themes but they are just that – cryptic. And is that going to affect the live show in any way? Yes, it’s been pretty enlightening developing this record for live performance. I’m getting into it. More space, more rhythm, more physicality. A lot of your earlier work is built around Juno-60 arpeggiated sequences, whereas post-Returnal the Roland SP sampler series seemed to dominate in the way you produce… Do you try to change your set-up with every release? I tend to reorient certain things when I’m either feeling bored or too comfortable, but I do feel like there’s a cryptic through-line from album to album and it doesn’t seem too shocking to me, but who knows? Have you been anywhere recently that has made you reconsider your music/the way you make music? Paul McCarthy’s WS show at the Armory in New York definite-


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ly got me thinking, but I’m still parsing it out. Did mixing the album in Iceland affect the final result? My engineer knew that room quite well so I felt like we could get what we needed over there. We mostly re-amped stuff and tried to give it some extra dimension of body which we couldn’t quite achieve when working strictly in the box. What do you see yourself doing in ten years? I wish I had an answer. Probably making music on some level, I would

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assume. I’m an addict... What one essential thing do you think modern society has lost touch with which we should try to regain? Travelling by sea? I don’t know. I’m not too nostalgic so it’s hard to say. Change is inevitable. Oneohtrix Point Never plays De Kreun, Kortrijk, on 05 October. The show is free for Subbacultcha! members.

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Èlg

Frenchman Laurent Gérard, who makes hypnotic cosmic pop under the Èlg moniker, wraps his sounds in droning layers of synth and musique concrète. After excellent releases Tout Ploie (Kraak/S-S Records) and Mil Pluton (Alter/ Hundebiss), another pearl came out, La Chimie (SDZ), a collection of tracks from mostly limited-run releases recorded in between those first two records. For fans of the PAN and Hundebiss sound Photos shot by Nina Strebelle in Brussels, Belgium

Èlg plays Les Ateliers Claus with Smegma, Lukas Simonis and Xentos ‘Fray’ Bentos, Brussels on 18 October. The show is free for Subbacultcha! members. Page 20


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Text by Jim Cristopher Nedd Photos shot by Piotr Niepsuj in Milan, Italy

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Living as an artist in Italy means you have to be completely self-supporting. You’ll never receive help from the government so basically you have three options: live at home with your parents, take a full-time job or become famous. People in Milan are really into alternative music, art and fashion. This is the most active city in Italy, so everyone wants something special, new and cool. It’s also a small city, so there’s a good connection between creative people so you can always keep evolving and gain better knowledge in each medium I’m Jim Cristopher Nedd, one half of Primitive Art. My friends and I are all connected to Hundebiss Records, the DIY label which Simone Trabucchi, aka Dracula Lewis, started here some years ago. He has released artists such as James Ferraro, Jaws, Hype Williams, Sewn Leather, Stargate, Lil Ugly Mane and so on. We all have crazy nights out together, skateboard, watch movies at home and organise insane synth crew jam sessions as CB21. CB21 nights simply mean fun and friend power. When you’re lost in Milan you

should go to Plastic, which basically is a gay club, but a funny and cheesy one. The music style is set to the late ’80s and ’90s. Dude Club is the best if you want to dance on a Friday or Saturday as it offers the best quality dance music in Milan. The PA is awesome and in their smoking area there are big windows looking into a gay Turkish sauna/pool. Q21 is really cool for deep house, techno and sometimes acid house during the winter. The parties there start around midnight and end at ten the next morning. It’s definitely the kind of club that turns you into a metroPage 23


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‘During the winter we tend to organise house parties. I used to have a huge flat and every two months we did a big-ass party with a hi-fi sound system six blocks high’ politan zombie. I’ve seen some loco weird shit over there… Go to Magazzini Generali on a Wednesday. It’s full of people from outside the city, basically farmers. Tough, but true Italian style, ‘The Real Guido’s Paradise’. Macao is one of the best places ever, super chill with an easy mood and cheap drinks. It’s an old hotel from the ’50s and ’60s, which has been closed for years. At the moment some students are using it as communal art studio space. It’s also a cool spot for concerts. I’ve played a Hundebiss showcase there with Primitive Art, Jaws, Sewn Leather, Dracula Lewis and Stargate. Buka, on the other hand, was a test hall for vinyl and laser vinyl. An ex-property of CGD records, they have probably the best acoustic setting in Milan. ‘Nagli zone’ is my block where all of us hang out. Pub Agharty looks sad from the outside but every Thursday there’s a great soul and hip hop Page 24

night called ‘Brutto posse’. The place is full of Italian wigga gangstas, and everything gets hot like in Nelly’s video ‘Hot in Herre’. That’s the reason it’s so hard to be alive on Fridays. I also go to Cape Town a lot, a typical city meeting point with good cocktails. I actually prefer the cigarette store just around the corner where you can buy cigarettes and drink a shot at the same time. Nobody knows the real name of the place, but we call it Da Peppuccio (Peppuccio’s), after the name of the owner. He was one of the best jazz drummers from the ’80s and has been collecting music for years, so you never hear the same track twice inside. There’s a golden plate on the wall, stating ‘Never ask about the music you’re listening to’. So I don’t ask him about any track. There’s a creepy and sad atmosphere inside, in addition to a lot of weird types hanging; homeless people, dealers, heroin addicts and lot of ex-punks from vi-


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rus milano. A real spot for locals, it makes me feel at home. During the winter we tend to organise house parties. I used to have a huge flat and every two months we did a big-ass party with a hi-fi sound system six blocks high. That was pretty crazy, a club in a house. My friends and I are making music while living in Italy but we’re not just making an Italian thing. I love my country but I prefer the idea of doing something international and then taking it back to Italy.

Essential Milan spots: Plastic, Dude Club, Q21, Magazzini Generali, Macao, Agharty, Cape Town, Da Peppuccio Essential Milan artists: Primitive Art, Lorenzo Senni, Stargate, Dracula Lewis, Canedicoda Primitive Art’s debut, Problems, is available on pre-order through Hundebiss Records. Page 27


Art

Featured Artist

Nina Vandeweghe

Nina Vandeweghe is a 25-years-old Ghentbased illustrator who likes to depict the human figure in all its grotesque, ridiculously round nature through an array of techniques. Her dynamic lines and collages take up different scales, from being spread out on walls to smaller paper drawings. She’s willing to admit her hand-eye coordination is defective but paint spillage and ink smears don’t scare her as she welcomes coincidence as part of the creative process. Artist selected, liked and approved by Ladda & Topo Copy www.ninavandeweghe.com

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Agenda

Shows in October

M u z i e kc l u b g e n t

ZO 20/10

VR 27/09

BIG NEXT

PARQUET COURTS, Mazes

65DAYSOFSTATIC Sleepmakeswaves

DO 07/11

CHARANJIT SINGH (live), DJ EDO BOUMAN, DJ Wild, Mo Disko

CHARLATAN

HANDELSBEURS

DE CENTRALE

WO 23/10 ZO 29/09

RAKETKANON, Traumahelikopter, Deer

VR 08/11

DANS DANS DOK GENT

DE CENTRALE

VOORUIT

WO 02/10

ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA ‘Roxy And Elsewhere 40th Anniversary Tour’

CD-VOORSTELLING

MOTEK

DO 24/10

WO 13/11

ÓLÖF ARNALDS

PRIMAL SCREAM DJ Vliegen, Dj Inspector Clay

MINARD

DE CENTRALE

WO 02/10

VR 25/10

CONNAN MOCKASIN Kirin J. Callinan DJ Borat, DJ Juice Blender

LADY, GREAT MINDS (Winne, Sticks, Jiggy Djé), Suff Daddy, DJ Thelonious

HANDELSBEURS

DE CENTRALE

VR 04/10

WO 30/10

VOORUIT LEFTO PRESENTS

VR 15/11

ALL EYES ON HIPHOP

DILATED PEOPLES, M.E.D., FOTOSYNTHESE VOORUIT

HEARTBREAKTUNES

VR 15/11

CAOUTCHOU RECORDS LABELNIGHT

HERRMUT LOBBY, CHROME BRULEE, Ninjato, Digi G’Alessio, Drafter VOORUIT

MA 14/10

ZAAL MIRY CONSERVATORIUM

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DJ Jona, DJ Liquid Brother

BIG NEXT

ZA 02/11

DI 15/10

HORSES

ZA 16/11

(25 years Solid Steel, AV Show), NIGHTMARES ON WAX (Warp), VOORUIT

‘SCREENPLAY’: THE FILM MUSIC OF JOHN PARISH, Sleepers Reign

CHARLATAN

VOORUIT

VOORUIT

DJ FOOD

KASKcinema

CD-VOORSTELLING

PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING CHARLATAN

WO 06/11

CD-VOORSTELLING

MINTZKOV

VR 01/11 OVERLAST

JUJU & JORDASH: ‘UNLEASH THE GOLEM’

DO 17/10

RUSSIAN CIRCLES, CHELSEA WOLFE

LEFTO PRESENTS

HIATUS KAIYOTE DE CENTRALE

WO 20/11

THE HELIOCENTRICS, 74 MILES AWAY HANDELSBEURS

DO 21/11 HEARTBREAKTUNES

ANDRE WILLIAMS AND THE GOLDSTARS

ERAAS, TEMPERS DJ Jasper CHARLATAN

CHARLATAN

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This portrait of Margaret Chardiet, aka Pharmakon, was taken by Grant Willing just before her show in New York City, USA.


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Indian Jewelry

01 October - Madame Moustache, Brussels 20.00 | €5 | Free for Subbacultcha! members

Throughout history, the state of Texas has steadily set itself up as one the US’s fertile grounds for psychedelic rock, with 1960s 13th Floor Elevators as the precursors. Sixty years later, Houston-based Indian Jewelry reaffirms this trend: stomping pedals as if their lives depended on it, they drown their live performances in druggy, noisy ambiance.

Amen Dunes + Ignatz

05 October - Madame Moustache, Brussels 20.00 | €8 | Free for Subbacultcha! members

Damon McMahon’s first album as Amen Dunes, a druggy and claustrophobic collection originally meant for McMahon’s ears only, was recorded in a cabin after which it was promptly shelved. He then moved to Beijing for a few years and basically stopped making music. In 2009 those early recordings were finally released. Inspired by the positive reception, McMahon returned to the US to form a band. The full-length album that followed, Through Donkey Jaw, built further on the ideas that were already present on his debut, fleshing them out into beautiful, benumbing lo-fi pop songs. His latest LP, Spoiler, contains experiments he recorded over the past few years. Spoiler alert: expect it to fall squarely into the abstract and leftfield camps. Accompanying him this evening is our favourite Belgian bluesman Ignatz, who will open the night with a solo set of his decaying ballads. Page 35


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Oneohtrix Point Never + Barn Owl 05 October - De Kreun, Kortrijk 20.00 | €16 | Free for Subbacultcha! members

Maybe you’re not too familiar with the artist known as Oneohtrix Point Never; it’s even possible you won’t pay too much attention to this gig. If we tell you, however, that it’s the recording name of Brooklyn-based Daniel Lopatin and that he contributed to Sophia Coppola’s latest film, The Bling Ring, wouldn’t that change the whole dynamic? Thought so. Opening tonight are Barn Owl, currently touring to promote newest album V.

Robedoor + Sand Circles

12 October - Scheld’apen, Antwerp 20.00 | tba | Free for Subbacultcha! members

For the past decade or so, prolific LA duo Robedoor, comprised of Alex Brown and Not Not Fun label head Britt Brown, has been churning out slabs of relentlessly heavy, distorted, bass-driven drone music. While their early work was heavily improvised, over time they’ve charted more song-oriented territories. On their latest album, the ominous and unforgiving Primal Sphere, they march like doomed but determined soldiers across a scorched, post-apocalyptic landscape. Kick off your night with a false sense of hope in the form of Sweden Not Not Fun signee Sand Circles’ woozy cinematic soundscapes, reminiscent of the new Boards of Canada album, as heard from the bottom of a swimming pool. Page 37


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The Holydrug Couple + Condor Gruppe

13 October - Cactus Club, Bruges 20.00 | €8 | Free for Subbacultcha! members

With a sound that evokes the dreamlike natural wonders of their homeland, the music of Chilean duo The Holydrug Couple doesn’t need much explanation. Like their fellow countrymen of Follakzoïd, Ives Sepúlveda and Manuel Parra are Sacred Bones signees and their sophomore album Noctuary a gem of dreamy neo-psychedelia. The Antwerp collective Condor Gruppe will kick off the evening with some groovy instrumentals.

Japanther

18 October - Madame Moustache, Brussels 20.00 | €5 | Free for Subbacultcha! members

Japanther is a two-piece performance-art/punk-rock project hailing from Brooklyn and led by Ian Vanek and Matt Reilly. These New Yorkers, known for their heavy, hilarious concerts, are always on tour and have been putting out a new album every year since 2001.

Smegma + Èlg + Lukas Simonis + Xentos ‘Fray’ Bentos 18 October - Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels 20.00 | tba | Free for Subbacultcha! members

One of the few Los Angeles Free Music Society members still active today, the now Portland-based, google-at-your-own-risk experimental group Smegma has been going on DIY noise adventures for over 40 years. For this occasion, they’ve invited Laurent Gérard to join them as they take their evening plunge into the depths of noise. The Frenchman known as Èlg creates hypnotic, cosmic pop wrapped in layers of droning synth and musique concrète. They will share the bill with Dutch experimental guitarist Lukas Simonis and The Homosexuals’ Xentos ‘Fray’ Bentos. Page 39

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Nouvelle Vague

18 October - KVS, Brussels 20.30 | €20 | Free for Subbacultcha! members

Lead by Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux, France’s most popular cover band turns new wave hits into sexy bossa nova tunes with contributions from a wide range of lush (mostly) female vocalists. The band plays KVS theatre in Brussels during the Festival des Libertés. Better come early!

Art Cinema OFFoff Ten Years 18 October - De Expeditie, Ghent 18.00 | tba | Free for Subbacultcha! members

On 18 October, Art Cinema OFFoff in Ghent celebrate their ten-year anniversary with a series of screenings, live music and a party to close it off. Included in the programme are the Andy Warhol film Couch, never shown in Belgium before, as well as projections by artists such as Floris Vanhoof and Kenneth Anger. Music-wise expect live performances by Smeltkop’s Mathieu Serruys, among others, and plenty of DJ sets.

Sean Nicholas Savage

19 October - Madame Moustache, Brussels 20.00 | €8 | Free for Subbacultcha! members

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out of the limelight. His acolytes include Mac DeMarco and Majical Cloudz. Savage likes to use cheesy, simplistic, adult-contemporary instrumentation as a medium to convey poignant and fairly devastating sentiments, as heard on his latest work.

Steve Gunn

21 October - 019, Ghent 20.00 | €7 | Free for Subbacultcha! members

Steve Gunn, one of Kurt Vile’s band mates and one half of the Gunn-Trusciniski duo, is back in Ghent after his mesmerising performance at this year’s Wastelands Festival. On his latest full-length album, Time-Off, the New York guitar master strayed from his previous solo work to deliver a more songbased version of his American Primitivism-inspired folk music, surrounding himself with a band for the first time.

Charanjit Singh

07 November - De Centrale, Ghent 19.30 | €13 | Free for Subbacultcha! members

Indian house music pioneer Charanjit Singh re-emerged with a bang a few years ago when his cutting-edge 1982 album 10 Ragas to a Disco Beat was reissued via the Dutch label Bombay Connection. Luckily for us, the 73-year-old Bollywood musician still performs his idiosyncratic club music around the world’s dance floors, so if you missed him last time around, here’s your chance to party with an oldie. Page 41


Agenda

Shows in October

Join Subbacultcha! for â‚Ź7 per month and access all our shows for free Coming Up:

Indian Jewelry Amen Dunes + Ignatz Oneohtrix Point Never Robedoor + Sand Circles Japanther Nouvelle Vague Sean Nicholas Savage Steve Gunn + Many more (see page 46 for a full list of concerts)

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Shows in October

Agenda

Fuck Buttons

Indian Jewelry

Amen Dunes + Ignatz

01 October - Madame Moustache, Brussels

05 October - Madame Moustache, Brussels

Decades after the psychedelic reign of 13th Floor Elevators, Houston-based outfit Indian Jewelry brings the Texas psych sound back to the stage with their seizure-inducing live shows. Read more on page 35.

Amen Dunes is back in Belgium for an experimental solo show to support the release of Spoiler, a collection of outtakes from the songwriter’s archive. Also playing solo is Ignatz, who will kick off the evening with his decayed blues sounds. Read more on page 35.

Fuck Buttons 04 October - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels Some might say Fuck Buttons are impossible to listen to live – ‘It’s too loud! It’s just noise!’ – but to those people we politely point out that this didn’t stop these electro-noise pioneers from having their track Olympians chosen for the Olympic opening ceremony in London last year. Come decide for yourselves at Ancienne Belgique.

Oneohtrix Point Never + Barn Owl 05 October - De Kreun, Kortrijk Oneohtrix Point Never, the alter ego of Brooklyn-based Daniel Lopatin, recently contributed to Sofia Coppola’s latest film, The Bling Ring. Barn Owl, on tour to promote new album V, will be completing the Page 43


Agenda

Shows in October

line-up at Kortrijk’s De Kreun. Read more on page 37.

Shangaan Electro 12 October - Beursschouwburg, Brussels Lead by charismatic producer and master of ceremony Nozinja, the fully costumed South African performers of Shangaan Electro mix traditional dance with restless Casio sounds. Be prepared to sweat as the BPM keeps rising and rising.

Robedoor + Sand Circles 12 October - Scheld’apen, Antwerp LA duo Robedoor produce relentlessly heavy, distorted, bass-driven drone music. Sweden Not Not Fun signee Sand Circles will kick off the night with his woozy cinematic soundscapes. Read more on page 37.

The Holydrug Couple + Condor Gruppe 13 October - Cactus Club, Bruges Read more on page 39.

No Age + Beach 16 October - Beursschouwburg, Brussels On this year’s An Object, LA noise pop duo No Age recover a bit of that youthful uncertainty by trimming away the newfound fat and ubiquitous fuzz of their early work to reveal their leanest collection of songs yet. Antwerp-based punk-pop trio Beach will join the line-up on recommendation of No Age themselves.

Majical Cloudz 16 October - Botanique, Brussels Canadian music project and performance event Majical Cloudz consists of singersongwriter Devon Welsh and live collaborator Matthew Otto. This evening signifies Page 44

the start of a true Montreal marathon in Belgium, as fellow Canucks Sean Nicholas Savage and Dan DeMarco also take the stage later this October.

Who Is Undecided? 17-21 October - La Galerie, Brussels Who Is Undecided? is the new multi-platform event from Undecided Productions. The four-day event features a photo exhibition, live gigs, a DJ workshop, films from Resident Advisor, a vintage market and even a BBQ.

Smegma + Èlg + Lukas Simonis + Xentos ‘Fr9ay’ Bentos 18 October - Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels Portland-based experimental group Smegma has been going on DIY noise adventures for over 40 years. Read more on page 3.

Japanther 18 October - Madame Moustache, Brussels Japanther is the performance-art/rock project of Brooklynites Ian Vanek and Matt Reilly. They’re known as riot-inducing, dinosaur-loving performers so expect the unexpected. Read more on page 39.

Ebo Taylor 18 October - Théâtre National, Brussels A vital figure on the Ghanian music scene for decades, highlife guitarist and composer Ebo Taylor still tours the world with his hipshaking West African funk.

Nouvelle Vague 18 October - KVS, Brussels Lead by Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux, France’s most popular cover band turns


Agenda

Shows in October

Sean Nicholas Savage

new wave hits into sexy bossa nova tunes. Read more on page 40.

Ten Years Art Cinema OFFoff 18 October - De Expeditie, Ghent Cinema OFFoff in Ghent celebrates its tenyear anniversary with screenings by renowned experimental filmmakers as well as numerous DJ sets. Read more on page 40.

Sean Nicholas Savage + Le Colisée 19 October - Madame Moustache, Brussels Sean Nicholas Savage uses cheesy, simplistic, adult-contemporary instrumentation as a medium to convey poignant and fairly devastating sentiments, as seen in his latest work. Read more on page 40.

Steve Gunn 21 October - 019, Ghent If you missed Steve Gunn’s astonishing performance at Wasteland, here’s your second

chance to hear his passionate guitar-driven blues and folk melodies. Read more on page 41.

Deafheaven + Pharmakon 24 October - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels San Francisco band Deafheaven caused quite the deflagration this year with their spectacular post-black-metal meets shoegaze debut album Sunbather. Also playing is Sacred Bones industrial noise act Pharmakon, aka Margaret Chardiet. A tinnitus-inducing night your eardrums will remember.

Acid Mothers Temple + Umungus 27 October - Magasin 4, Brussels Japanese psychedelic band Acid Mothers Temple was initially formed with the intention of creating ‘extreme trip music’. Umungus, a Belgian product, will be joining the party with their instrumental psychedelic jazz sounds in an attempt to become your new favourite band. Page 45


Overview of all Subbacultcha! shows in October

01 October

18 October

Madame Moustache, Brussels 20.00 | €5 | Free for members

Madame Moustache, Brussels 20.00 | €5 | Free for members

Cinema Zuid, Antwerp 20.00 | €5 | Free for members

18 October

21 October

Indian Jewelry

05 October

Amen Dunes + Ignatz

Madame Moustache, Brussels 20.00 | €8 | Free for members

05 October

Oneohtrix Point Never + Barn Owl

Japanther

Smegma + Èlg + Lukas Simonis + Xentos ‘fray’ Bentos Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels 20.00 | tba | Free for members

18 October

Nouvelle Vague

De Kreun, Kortrijk 20.00 | €16 | Free for members

KVS, Brussels 20.30 | €20 | Free for members

12 October

18 October

Scheld’apen, Antwerp 20.00 | tba | Free for members

De Expeditie, Ghent 18.00 | tba | Free for members

20 October

Zabriskie Point

Steve Gunn 019, Ghent

20.00 | €7 | Free for members

7 November

Charanjit Singh

De Centrale, Ghent 19.30 | €13 | Free for members

Robedoor + Sand Art Cinema OFFoff Circles Ten-Years

13 October

The Holydrug Couple + Condor Gruppe Cactus Club, Bruges 20.00 | €8 | Free for members

19 October

Sean Nicholas Savage

Madame Moustache, Brussels 20.00 | €8 | Free for members

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