[All photos © Audrey Melton]This past Saturday Youth Lagoon and Young Magic played at the Motorco Music Hall in Durham. It was only hours before the show that Audrey and I discovered it was going on, but all other plans were dropped. Young Magic's set was nothing short of awe striking; combining tribal elements, vocal mysticism, stunning electronics and guitar. There isn't a more fitting term than magic to describe their presence. Youth Lagoon closed things out with one of the most beautiful live sets I've ever heard. Trevor's vocals left both Audrey and myself practically begging for a live album to be made. Both he and Logan had enough energy to keep the crowd interested without detracting from the heartfelt presentation of each song. It's been a couple days since the show and I'm still recovering from the dreamy state it left me in. Stay tuned after the jump for more photos.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
[All photos © Audrey Melton]A couple of weeks ago Zola Jesus played a set at the Local 506 in Chapel Hill. While unfortunately I was unable to be there, Audrey made sure to show up and shoot plenty of wonderful photos of the set. Check out one of my favorite tracks from her newest release, Conatus, while you peruse.
MP3: Zola Jesus - Vessel
Conatus is available now via Sacred Bones in the US and Souterrain Transmissions in the UK.
Check out more photos of Zola Jesus live after the jump.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Among a slew of other great tapes in the recent outpouring from Iowa's Night People Records is Melody Elder, the debut LP from the Garment District, the solo moniker of Jennifer Baron, who - surely to the delight of the good-heartedly acquisitive Elephant Six completists out there - was around in Brooklyn in time to help start The Ladybug Transistor. Melody Elder is defined in large part by a very textural experience of the cast of analog instruments Baron made use of during recording. Everything seems to have the sense of a button or key being deliberately depressed, creating the sharp short weeze of synthesized organs, and held, to draw out longer winded tones. Being aware of her connection to Elephant Six, there are plenty of links to be drawn between her music and the collective's noisier luminaries, but the ambition and organization on Baron's solo debut sets it apart.
Grab the limited edition tape from here.
KDVS Recordings is an incredible record label run under the auspices of the University of California's campus in Davis, making them the only university funded record label that I know of that operates on a not-for-profit basis. Their latest project is a new subscription style cassette of the month club, inaugurated with a split from Luis Gutee and A White Hunter. According to them:
Each cassette will be a split between one 'local' musician/band (Davis/Sacramento) and one "out-of-town" musician/band attempting to make connections between what is going on microcosmically within our immediate music scene and what is going on with other artists outside direct contact but in similar musical realms/with similar musical ideas. Each tape will also feature a physical artist that will create work for the cover.
Subscribe to the series here.
Beacon is Thomas Mullarney III and Jacob Gossett, who together walk a novel line between the melodramatic arena pop we're all still weening ourselves off and a more ambiguous ambient-chilled R&B, Gossett's spare beats forming the backdrop for Mullarney's crystalline vocals
Mp3 :: Beacon - No Body
Grab the entire No Body EP from Moodgadget.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Devin Dart recently sent over a few jams that I've fallen in love with. In the vein of NNF artists such as Dylan Ettinger and Cankun, Devin Dart creates vast soundscapes that somehow incite images of an exploratory trip through the cosmos. Soft thuds that teeter between organic and mechanic guide the whirling sounds of wind pushing astral dust across a barren plain. An immediate jump to a lush forest filled with bizarre creatures that only your mind could conjure. With Devin Dart their are no stylistic boundaries; only the need to explore these new worlds.
Devin Dart - Now, I elevate
Devin Dart - Haha, whoa dude did you know yer fingers are made of lightning?
Hear more from Devin Dart over at Soundcloud.
Real Estate recently premiered the video for their new single, "It's Real", over at The Fader. This is my first listen to any of the new album, Days, and it's a pleasant surprise. The production on this track leads me to believe the new album is a lot cleaner sounding than Real Estate, but after repeated listens it's obvious that cleaner production doesn't detract from Real Estate's charm. It'll be hard to get this one out of your head once it gets in there.
Stream: Real Estate - It's Real
Pick up Days now in vinyl, CD or cassette format via Domino.
Perhaps this is my lack of a degree in music speaking, but when a record label describes a band they're working with as a "pan-Asian psych-pop collective" I tend to just look confused. That being said, the best way I can describe the same band to you is that they're fucking amazing. Yamantaka // Sonic Titan is about as weird a name for a band as their description, and yet all of it makes sense once you've pressed play. They just recently released their debut album, YT//ST, on the Montreal-based Psychic Handshake. Minimal orchestration helps to establish a mood while ethereal female vocals grab fleetingly at your heart-strings. Furious build-ups retain the energy and vibrance of the band, taking only those moments to really show off how expansive their talent is. YT//ST is an album that will certainly see numerous spins before the year's end.
MP3: Yamantaka // Sonic Titan - Hoshi Neko
Stream: Yamantaka // Sonic Titan - Reverse Crystal // Murder of a Spider
Pick up YT//ST in CD or vinyl formats via Psychic Handshake, and hit up the bandcamp to stream the album in full.
Friday, November 4, 2011
o F F has recently changed his name to o F F Love, and with that announcement comes a new single. "Close to U" is from the upcoming debut full-length, Probably Love, on the newly founded label M=MAXIMAL. His syrupy, auto-tuned vocals sound more crisp than ever on this one, showing o F F Love exploring the R&B elements of his music deeper than before. A slow paced step that only builds slightly through the songs keeps the mood dark while your heart is twisted deep inside your chest.
Stream: o F F Love - Close to U, I'm Not
Probably Love drops January of next year via M=MAXIMAL.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
For the past few months I've fantasized about living in Berlin. There is so much cool stuff happening there, and PURGE is yet another reason I wish I was there. Our good homies at Gucci Goth are presenting their first Berlin party with BL4CK M4G1CK and The Darkness at Chez Jacki. HTRK and BRUISES will be playing live, along with DJ sets from the presenters and Son of Cataclysm. If you're in Berlin (or Berlin-bound by Nov 10) then this is the place to be.
Stream: Tom Ass for PURGE
A couple of weeks ago my favorite MC in the underground, Shady Blaze, dropped a new mixtape with Nem270 on full production duties; titled Blessed Or Cursed. If Nem270 rings a bell then you've probably seen his name as a production credit on various other Green Ova projects. He creates some of the most brain rattling beats of the whole green ova production crew. Shady is never one to back down from a beat and attacks every note as fiercely as ever, showing off both the versatility of him and of Nem270 in only the intro; with one track you're hooked. Once you slide into the title track there's just no turning back, and "Mad Speakers" is sure to become an anthem for late nights, riding down the block while passing the blunt.
Shady Blaze - Mad Speakers
Shady Blaze - Stars Will Light A Way
Head over to Nem270's Bandcamp to check out Blessed Or Cursed in full.
Our pal Mikey, bka Blackbird Blackbird, is back with a new banger! "Tear" comes to us as the first single from the upcoming Boracay Planet EP. Some of Mikey's more recent track have leaned dark, but this one sees him stepping back into the light to write a song that ends up being less heart-breaking (as the title might suggest) and more heart warming. It's great to hear some new Blackbird Blackbird, and this track has me more than excited for the EP to drop.
MP3: Blackbird Blackbird - Tear
For the past month I've been working at a haunted house here in Wilmington. Trying to stack the dollars pulled me away from the blog a minute, and all the while Andy over at MJ MJ continuously told me how I would adore Slyy once I had the time to give it a chance. I can't begin to tell you how right he was. It's hands down my favorite beat tape I've heard this year. Something about the immediate groove that Slyy presents in each track just keeps me hanging on every synth line, bouncy kick and twisted sample thrown my way. Throw the headphones on, fire up a blunt and bliss out to this one.
Slyy - Booze Crooze
Slyy - Hot Fight
Head over to the MJ MJ Bandcamp and pick up Serious Sauce Vol 2 now on cassette.
I just got a load of great jams dropped in my inbox by JerseyKLAN and Kool Kidz of Kolor. One of the first things to hit me right in the sweet spot is the video for Klan member Moruf's "Darryl Strawberry". The track is featured on the self-released Garden State of Mind: Ready To Live. Deep, swollen bass is about all that guides Moruf as he rips apart the beat slowly and meticulously but with enough fierceness to make a tiger back down. We'll have more from this Jersey-based crew real soon.
MP3: Moruf - Darryl Strawberry
Grab all of Garden State of Mind for free over at Moruf's Bandcamp.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
I first came across Superhumanoids thanks to a (great) remix our mutual friend Eric Steuer had done, so appropriately enough he put us in touch and here I am posting about another one, this time from the erstwhile and amazing Clive Tanaka. In the original "Mikelah" male and female vocals set complementary tones, though the male contrasts most strongly with the song's orchestral instrumentation - the addition of cello and a capable use of string drones gives it a full bodied baroque sound - which ultimately proves the backbone of Tanaka's extended vocal mix, clocking in at more than twice the original's length. The addition of a pleasant groove and a playful sounding wrap-up, that pits the original vocals briefly against some simple, vaguely tropical percussion, make it one of our favorites from Tanaka's growing stable of remixes.
If you're out here in The West, try looking up Superhumanoids at one of their upcoming dates:
11/4 in Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
11/5 in San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
11/6 in Flagstaff, AZ @ Green Room
Order the Mikelah 7" now from InSound.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
After a wait that felt like forever (due to so much excitement), Born Gold's video for "Lawn Knives" is finally here! It's a pretty awesome little clip that somehow manages to even instill a bit of the live shows energy into it. Now quit reading and press play!
MP3: Born Gold - Lawn Knives
There are still some copies left of the Bodysongs 12" on white vinyl at Insound, but remember, they're limited to just 300 so they won't be around forever.
A few days ago, the shadowy French government organ responsible for administering the Nobel Peace Prize nominated digital singles label, Beko-DSL, asked us to put together a mix of 10 of our favorite tracks from their back catalog. It's got a few uncommon b-sides from their early releases, including the-artist-formerly-known-as-Gobble-Gobble's "Cat Eggs", and a handful of singles that have been constant in our rotation. Hope you love it!
Crash Symbols says "Beko!"
Watch out for more tribute mixes here.
Neon Gold just sent over word about their newest release from Savoir Adore. "Dreamers" is one of the best pop tracks I've heard this year; combining shimmering synth lines, the always favored claps, just the right amount of subtle percussion along with stunning male and female vocals that at times combine to form glorious harmonies. Turn the lights down low, grab a partner and hit the dancefloor. Tonight is for lovers.
MP3: Savoir Adore - Dreamers
Pre-order the Dreamers 7" now via Neon Gold, complete with a stellar remix from Xaphoon Jones on the b-side.
[Director: Malcolm Elijah]
Pure X recently premiered a new video for "Surface", the title track from their new record on Acéphale. Hopefully your Halloween night played out something like this as well, otherwise you did it wrong.
MP3: Pure X - Surface
Surface is available now via Acéphale.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sean Posila of High Pop has a brand-new solo project that he's calling boy crush. We included one of his new songs on the Crash Symbols Halloween compilation, and he released the rest of his new tunes today. The seven tracks that make up his album, Hauntr, are each a small, delicate, lush bouquet of fuzz-pop; most of the tracks are only around two minutes long, so they all bear much repeating to fully savor their lo-fi goodness. "Girls Don't Like Me" gets a little funky in its opening step, while "Darling Duh" is a short excursion into velvety garage-rock simplicity. Sean recorded these tracks in a haunted house, so be on the lookout for ghosts while you're jamming to these misty tunes.
Grab the whole album for freeeee over heeeeeere.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
From the Metronomicon Audio Compilation 5.0, available here.
Sun Araw's "Get Glazed Mix" is perfectly titled. I can only imagine how conceptually gratifying it might have been to take a fun instance of Zun Zun Egui's spastic, poppy art-rock and flatten it out, smoothing those bombastic flares into the drunken rumblings of a nascent schizophrenic, tiredly letting slip tones from the original guitar and distant sounding vocal loops.
Cowboy (Sun Araw Get Glazed Mix)
When Daniel Trudeau announces on facebook that he's done a one minute Pregnant tune for an upcoming compilation on Norwegian label Metronomicon Audio I feel justified in investigating purely on its pedigree, but the lamentably brief "Photography" proves its merit as a pocket epic unfolds, forecasting exciting new tunes as he presses on from his big-label debut on Mush.
Grab Pregnant's track from bandcamp, by itself as we wait for more compilation details, and check out some other releases from Metronomicon here.
RAJA's 33-song, 42-minute Red is the first in Astro Nautico's three part themed mixtape collection with the young New York producer, together titled the The October Series, which the label characterizes as a tribute to "the origins of contemporary beat music in Madlib and Dilla". If that's "Red" than who knows what other colors and sounds will come, but whatever the case might be they'll be emerging over the next 48 hours or so from Astro Nautico, and Red is the perfect, jazzy beat tape to pass the time with.
Download the entire mixtape for free at Astro Nautico.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Here it is! Crash Symbols' newest compilation, Dope Halloween Fuck. Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I was super excited to put together this delicious treat (and the album art) for y'all. All of the bands that contributed did an amazing job, and I think all of the tracks work really well together to create the perfect atmosphere -- whether it's a pleasant autumn moment, the anticipation of getting ready to go trick-or-treating when you were a kid, or getting psyched for a creepy-fun time at a party. The compilation features a ton of unreleased songs (from The New Lines, Bone Quida Ida, Daniel Sex Jr., Nomadic Firs, and more), as well as the first track from boy crush (Sean Posila of High Pop fame). The Electric Nature/Pop Culture Shaman track even samples Twin Peaks. Put this mix on while you're putting on your facepaint and enjoy. Here's to Halloween!
1. Karma Vision - Teeter Totter
2. Bone Quida Ida - The Witches
3. boy crush - Lizzy Locke
4. Field Dress - Easy Shade (Shadow Mix)
5. The New Lines - The Phylactery of a Spring Street Malcontent
6. Nomadic Firs - In The Morning
7. Red Hook - Lavender Punch
8. Colored Girls - The Third Policeman
9. Rabbit Punch - Watch The Elbow
10. Daniel Sex Jr. - Prowl
11. Goat Lightning - I Am Blue
12. The Electric Nature with Pop Culture Shaman - Shut Yr Eyes and You'll Burst Into Flames
Please download the whole shebang right HERE!
Friday, October 28, 2011
Zac Nelson's Towards Your Own Worlds is as open and varied an opus as the name suggests. Though narrative is tough to find, relationships seem to swell in places. Constructed in subtle sections of activity and arrangement, they connect to one another and suggest the emergence of a larger entity, tangibly "present" by comparison to evacuated periods of ambience and less significant structures. It is, in effect, a pocket electro-opera, shifting focus constantly and only occasionally settling on something it likes, weighted throughout by muted, glassy loops. Another gem from Field Hymns.
Mp3 :: Zac Nelson - Glassy
Buy the limited edition tape here.
I can't claim any great familiarity with Twin Sister, but LA producer Grand Atrium took their track "Kimmi in a Rice Field" for a serious ride, adding a much more complex beat and although it largely preserves the original's vocals, they've been subverted to more upbeat purposes by an energetic new synth section.
Look for a new Grand Atrium EP in early 2012.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Abstrakt Muzak's stunning White Ninja LP, Sounds Like Cocoon Fever, is one of a handful of really special things that I delayed posting about while I got my nuptials checked out, because it's an opus that merits more than a cursory cogitation. More than anything, I'd like to think that the name is some reference to an imaginary craze for Ron Howard's 1985 sci-fi geezer-fest Cocoon, but perhaps that's too much to hope for. Like all meritorious things, Sounds Like Cocoon Fever is constantly in the throws of a bright, bouncy beat, and ultimately the entire album sounds like a focused attempt to construct different songs along that one constant - synths and stuttering tones of electronic gibberish cavort around it, giving way and changing most compellingly around the intonations of White Ninja himself.
Grab the limited edition cassette from big ol' Texas label called Abstrakt Muzak.
Former NME illustrator David Bailey's video "Dog", off of Pregnant's new LP Life Hard: I Try - just out in the UK - is a shambling assemblage that beautifully syncs the song with a diverse set of found footage clips. It's a charming and effective effort to convey that sort of literal song interpretation that seems to be less fashionable recently, the video becoming an equally impressive counterpoint to Daniel Trudeau's beautifully and evocative lyrics.
If you're one of them "Crown Brittania" peeps than buy the new UK CD edition of Life Hard: I Try here.
Reed Parker, whom we've talked about before in his Boylant guise, recently called to our attention the inaugural jam from his brand spanking new guise: Rosaries, and it's even better than a group of rose garlands, believe you me. Parker remains a talented multi-instrumentalist so the sound remains active and lively, evoking a sort of stripped down, catchy instrumental pop
along the lines of the very first Cloud Nothings singles that we all got so excited about.
No album or EP plans yet, but his soundcloud has a few other incomplete jams to enjoy in the meantime.
It's been some time since I first heard Korallreven, making it that much harder to believe the duo has only just confirmed their first ever live shows. To add to the excitement they've also dropped a new track featuring Julianna Barwick on us. "Sa Sa Samoa" will be featured on Korallreven's debut album, An Album By Korallreven, set to release November 15. It's a sparkling pop jam that feels destined to be a winter anthem. Lightly plucked strings and shimmering synth pads build a crystal ballroom around Barwick's vocals as the track continuously transforms into an almost tropical masterpiece.
MP3: Korallreven - Sa Sa Samoa (ft Julianna Barwick)
Pre-order An Album By Korallreven now, arriving around November 15 via the inimitable Acephale.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
New Jersey duo Brick+Mortar just released "Heatstroke", a fresh new single that comes in with wonderfully hard-hitting drums right off the bat. They're joined by idiosyncratic vocals, powerful lyrics ("the strongest thing I ever felt was feelings for you") and a poppy, catchy chorus. It's definitely piqued my interest in seeing what these guys do next.
MP3 :: Brick+Mortar - Heatstroke
You can grab some crazy t-shirts of theirs, as well as check out their EP from last year, here.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Though not as prolific as Celer, her project of many years with husband Will Long, Danielle Baquet-Long's solo recordings as Chubby Wolf are numerous even if they are outnumbered by those from her shared endeavor. The most recent collection of her recordings under that name, titled Turkey Decoy, recently came out from Digitalis, making the album one of the most formal releases of her work since she passed away in 2009. It's a stirring set of songs, together composing a cycle of ambient soundscapes that move and gently shift around one another across layers that feel like the intersection of some odd tandem chant, like the call and response of daemons; hierophants conducting souls hither and yon. That sense of mysticism contrasts beautifully with individual track titles which, like the name of the album itself, are evocative and textural; "Rattling Mandibles" conjures up a human jaw vibrating like a hummingbird, singing a gentle, eleven minute drone, while "If There's an Elephant in the Room, Introduce It" is a haloed Ganesh emanating the same. The more explicit or whimsical titles, like "Short Dick" and "Scalloped Toes" compose a more nebulous realm of idiosyncrasy that seems too intimate to scrutinize, but they're nonetheless endearing, if not more so for that reason. Turkey Decoy is sublime.
Last week NPR posted audio from a live set with Zola Jesus at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. Her beautiful voice flows like smoke, wrapping delicately around every snare pop and cymbal ride. Almost tribal drum work keeps your heart pounding. The only bad thing about this recording is how bad it makes me wish I were there. Or how much I wish I was seeing her tonight in Chapel Hill at Local 506. Fortunately Audrey will be there getting photos of the whole thing for us. Any readers in the Triangle, listen and take note. Tonight you get one of the most astounding performers of our day.
Stream: Zola Jesus live at Le Poisson Rouge
Sunday, October 23, 2011
kuxxan SUUM's new Binary EP is the kaleidoscopic sound of an android one man band laying down skewed beats as it moves tersely along an endless spectrum of effects and samples, some of which seem to pop up only a few times before being replaced with a new line from a different oddity.
Download it from End Fence, kuxxan SUUM's own collaborative imprint, or via the friendly glowing widget above.
Demo B is our first introduction to Polish producer baklu, and it's a solid outing in spite of the oblique name. Though the tone is down tempo, interesting sample arrangements and confident beats keep it feeling deceptively energetic. I'd call it witty, even with my internet's lamentable streaming today. (via Crack in the Road)
Grab Demo B for free here.
Opening with another mysterious jaunt from Ender Belongs To Me, Beko's latest is a moody collection of songs curated by gallant Thibault, one of our favorite writers at French website Hartzine. From the outset, the mix is eclectic, shifting from vaguely claustrophobic electronica into an ambient interior, shot through with more gregarious flashes of bigger sounding pop - Ela Orlean's amazing cover of "Beat Goes On" was a particular highlight for us. Definitely one of our favorites from Beko.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Here's a Saturday afternoon treat for you all: Field Trips (who are from Leipzig, Germany -- not Oakland, as I learned from my last post about them) have released another track from their upcoming album. "Cards 'n' Hearts" is reminiscent of Animal Collective (and Panda Bear) in its layers of rhythmic, chanting vocals and loops of guitar-strums, yet there's still something about the way that Field Trips crafts songs that is entirely unique...the repetitive, hypnotic quality of their psychedelic-pop ensures that this track will be on repeat for awhile.
You can check out a few other songs by them here while we wait impatiently for a full-length to drop.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Mrs. Magician just announced their newest 7" release via Grizzly Records, Prescription Vision. The total time of both tracks is only 3:38, upsetting only in that two such wonderfully crafted pop songs don't continue for far longer. It's a brief single that after only the first listen will likely remain in your head for days.
MP3: Mrs. Magician - Prescription Vision
Listen to the b-side and order your copy of the Prescription Vision 7" over at the MM bandcamp.
Last week we premiered the opening track to Blissed Out's new mixtape, I. Now today we have the full release, eight effervescent tracks that are perfect Halloween ragers. It's easily my favorite release from Alex yet, with him seemingly more willing to embrace the collision of frantic dance music and hip-hop rather than lean heavily on one or the other. There's also a killer guest spot from Ritualz that compliments well to Blissed Out's style. Hopefully we'll continue to see more from the two.
Stream/Download: Blissed Out - I
Just over a week ago Silky Johnson released his newest beat tape, titled Hater Of The Year. Many of these bangers already have rappers ready to jump on them; specifically the Green Ova crew whom Silky already has an extensive working history with. "Nothin' Gonna Change" was one of my favorite tracks from Main Attrakionz 808s & Dark Grapes II, and this album proves that the hits don't stop there. Check out the stellar video above for "Chasin Paper", and if that's not enough you can catch a clip for "Fuck The Money" over here.
MP3: Silky Johnson - Chasin Paper
Pick up Hater Of The Year in full over at bandcamp.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Dormant for months now, the world's most fatefully named record label, MJ MJ is back and they've prepared an announcement. That is to say they've crafted a seventeen song mixtape called Back in Bizniss to herald their return, weighted down with freak pop and noisey garbage, and some seriously beautiful lo-fi vocal harmonies. Bizness is the perfect, effusively positive counterpoint to the theft that originally kept them from attaining to their proper place in the burgeoning constellation of tape labels that journalist's have aptly named "I saw a tape once!" Download it for free at yon bandcamp.
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Apparently Acid Glasses were just deported from the UK, aborting only one of many American planned liberation attempts for the impoverished Britons. The band has opted to make the most of it, announcing that they're going to give away what was originally planned as a tour only cassette and kicking off a new imprint to house it, called Sunday Firs, in their hometown of Memphis (famous for it's failed oversees military interventions). From the horse's mouth...
"For your own free copy of Tape, Deported please send your name + address to firstname.lastname@example.org"
Don't get caught without one.
Jeffrey P. Palmer calls his new video for musician Eric Sarmiento a "meditation on movement and performance" that creates a "magical space of mindfulness", that I think most viewers will easily find as well. Images fade and solidify at odd speeds, but effective points within Sarmiento's music - a series of pictures of a hand against the void create the sensation of flight as a hushed vocal recording meanders across their mysterious stop-starting, creating only the first in a series of pleasant juxtapositions of pace and time.
"Bilumsman" comes from Sarmiento's most recent album, The Friend is This Animal, available now over at Alchemist Records.
Web Walk... delves into the inner workings of a technology-damaged psyche with a sort of macabre sense of humor, via punk-fueled, claustrophobic electro pop. -Don't Die Wondering
Biologically-Sound Cyber-Bodies is a grotesque artifact, carried back from the death of an alternate future and embellished by a cult of delusionals for a decade until its commitment to highest-fidely chrome reel. It's the latest from our imprint Crash Symbols and we hope it makes your implants tingle.
Mp3 :: Featureless Ghost - Web Walk
Preorder the particularly limited cassette edition right over yonder.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Music as evocative as the stuff made by ideo—master of the transporting synth odyssey—necessitates videos that are nothing short of cinematic. Hence the fully blown-out treatment for “Brokendate,” which rolls everything from eighties cop noir to Blade Runner retro-futurism to slo-mo Hype Williams nods into one five-minute world unto itself.
If this isn't already on television, I say we start a letter writing campaign. (via Smoke Don't Smoke)
Monday, October 17, 2011
Pittsburgh Track Authority is a fresh injection of nostalgia for me, hailing from the post-industrial mini-metropolis of their own, eponymous, hometown, just a couple hours north of mine. Even the music fits my perception of the city; mostly restrained and vaguely acidic, with bubbly synths that have no place in my "this is like Pittsburgh" scheme, though they certainly bear mentioning.
Buy the fucking incredible looking transparent yellow (green?) vinyl here.
Taken from Nouveaunoise's recent Sequence Consequence EP, "Believe" has the pop sucked out of it in Lemonada's remix, turning the schizophrenic four minute track into a stripped down, five minute exposition of the original's shifting interior nonsense bits.
Nouveaunoise - Believe (Lemonada Remix)
Grab Nouveaunoise's Sequence Consequence EP here.
Clocking in at roughly 18 minutes each, Spencer Gilley and Corbin Ordel's two videos for Tonstartssbandht's latest may not be something you want to try and watch if you're getting ready to leave for work. In a perfect universe, I'd project them on our wall for atmosphere while we make breakfast this morning... which might just be a religious experience. "Sinkhole Storm and Sandwich" begins with a claymation intro and ends in chaos, the collapsed dream of some endless boogie jam, while "Hotel For Gods" is the higher brow experience that perhaps the name suggests. Brothers Andy and Edwin skateboard for a day, goofing off and periodically hugging like the park is the best place they've ever been. Brotherly love or quasi-religious skateboard advocacy? Who knows, but it's all there.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Before moving to Oakland and the East Bay, I could never have imagined quite how the area defined itself within and without the shadow of San Francisco, which seems sometimes less the partner or patron I might have imagined. Although a mixtape of East Bay music wouldn't have actually filled in all of the particulars necessary for understanding that relationship, it would have helped with the legwork. Adam Myatt of Oakland band James & Evander made this one for The Bay Bridged and though it's not exhaustive, it's a great introduction to exactly what you'd think.
1. shortcircles - Everythingyoulove(disappearsovernight)
2. Benefitz - Nite Ripper
3. Aaron Ferguson - Farming in My Nike Dunks
4. Parentz - Back It Up
5. Yalls - Germs
6. James & Evander - Constellating (Ander Remix)
7. Forest Floor - Middle
8. Kapowski - Look Alive
9. B. Hamilton - Outside a Hexagram
10. Man/Miracle - Up
11. Silian Rail - Halcyon Days
12. Tall Grass - Goat Masks
Download the entire mix here.
I hear from our buddy Waylon that down in Florida they got something called the Shithouse that he and this band Honey Train are in, which is more than enough information to justify investigating the latter. Turns out their latest is ostensibly a set of eight demos, though each track sounds complete and fully realized; thick with reverb, warbling croon, and a persistent jangle. (via Mother-Fucking Waylon Thornton)
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Philadelphia solo act SHAPE BREAKER just released his first album and he's clearly not messing around. All seven tracks on no fun. are a well-balanced blend of shambling, fuzzed-out psych-rock and raw punk energy. I'm particularly digging "Dead Eyes"; sinister organ is layered between hooky guitar riffs, woolly vocals, and on-the-spot drums to make a track that brings to mind all things thrillingly spooky.
MP3 :: SHAPE BREAKER - Dead Eyes
Download the album for free at the bindcomp.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Honestly, Oakland may be too hot right now (at least in our apartment) to appreciate music of any kind, but Mode7's Dusk Drops EP is helping to take a little bit of the edge, for more reasons than just its name. If glitchy instrumental hip hop is good for a chill down, we're trying to think of the logical extreme... maybe we need some more skwee this week.
For the next couple of days, the EP is available for free on Mode7's bandcamp.
The original "July" comes from Long Beach's Rizzo and their totally ambivalent, one and only EP, titled EP. Honestly, whoever let that band go defunct really fucked up, but at least their former guitarist and our current chum, Michael Stein (currently of School Knights) thought well enough to pass on this swinging remix from The Great Rafiki, who picks up on the lyric "we could get high" and drives away with it into the same kind of effortless perfection that Rizzo somehow tapped into so consistently.
Rizzo - July (The Great Rafiki Remix)Check out a few more The Great Rafiki joints over on his soundcloud. It also bears saying that EP was one of the best, so grab the entire thing here.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
I was just recently turned on to FIDLAR's particular brand of dirty garage rock. Minimal at points, the tracks always build into a storm of energy. The band just released a four-track EP on White Iris, titled DIYDUI. It's a pretty fitting title when you consider the acronym that is their name stands for "Fuck It Dog Life's A Risk". If you're lucky enough to be in New York next week for CMJ you can catch FIDLAR at several shows on the 19th and again on the 21st. Catch the full details over here.
MP3: FIDLAR - Max Can't Surf
White Iris also recently put up "Oh" for free, which you can get in exchange for an email address over here. You can also pick up the DIYDUI 7" via the White Iris webstore.
Muscle Drum is the eccentric home recording project of Robert Spector (formally from Spector Protector and Fuckwolf, he also now makes up a third of the psychedelic art-dance trio Bronze). San Francisco-based record label Break Up recently put out Muscle Drum's first "real" album (as opposed to the CD-Rs of the past), and it's also the label's first release.
The record, Fog Hag, is a mixed treat bag of minimalist synth jams, jangly guitar bits, waves of drum machines, and the one-off dark, fuzzed-out metal track. Spector's vocals are consistently sincere as they burn through the album's "off-kilter pop haze". Check out "Compromise" (a lovely reverb-heavy psychedelic thing) and "Room To Hide" (the aforementioned weird dark track) -- their stark differences highlight the variety that can be found on Fog Hag, and they're both awesome.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
As someone that likes to be able to have every proper noun in my posts link through to something - a bandcamp, facebook, wikipedia page, etc - it's particularly difficult to write about Moon, because I can link you to the bandcamp it's on and nearly nothing else besides. Apparently it's the second of a mixtape series from LA's homotownrecords, for whom I can find no web presence. Even their bandcamp has only this mixtape. I'd like to think that all of the bands on it were made up exclusively for the mixtape by housemates or neighbors of the label, which might explain it's consistent quality and its fun shifts from lo-fi noise freak outs to reserved bursts of inventive, but significantly more conservative, jazzy weirdness - Architect's interspersing "Moonludes" are a particular treat. If they had a website that I could find, I'd tell you to watch, but in the meantime download this thing for free here. (via Foxy Digitalis)
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The Bombay Sweets, a Minneapolis-based duo consisting of Nathan Grumdahl and Jeff Brown (who uses a cocktail drum kit, which is fucking awesome), have managed to craft a truly unique blend of surfer-garage-rockabilly, and early rock 'n roll raucousness. Phantom Form recently released their first real collection of studio-recorded songs (a self-titled EP), and all six songs are warm, dusty gems -- like some old, awesome record you might find in your parents' vinyl collection and listen to over and over, whenever you want to feel like a hot-blooded teenager growing up in the 1960s. I'm really digging the opening track, "I Take You Alone"; like the other tracks on the album, it's chock-full of primitive, straightforward percussion, Grumdahl's soulful, haunting vocals, and tasty guitar riffs that all work together at a pace that will keep you panting.
You can purchase the gorgeous one-sided, lime green and pink 12" (or a digital download via iTunes) right here, y'all.