by Dave Segal
on Sun, Jul 31, 2011 at 12:09 PM
American soul singer/songwriter Eugene (aka Gene) McDaniels passed away July 29. He was revered by hiphop producers and other crate-diggers for his classic LPs Outlaw and Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse (from 1970 and 1971, respectively). A powerful vocalist with a tendency for quirkily over-the-top emoting, he scored a hit single in 1961 with “A Hundred Pounds of Clay” and also wrote “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” which reached no. 1 on the charts for Roberta Flack in 1974. McDaniels reportedly died in his sleep in his Maine home. He was 76.
So I'm not at all a fan of the much-discussed situation that produced this, but that's something best saved for a face-to-face conversation. In the meantime, this shit is RICH. We are very much anointed.
Due to various dumb publishing-industry-related mishaps, Stacey Levine's latest story collection, The Girl with Brown Fur, has debuted three times in two years. But let's pretend it's gotten three debuts because it's such a fucking great book.
High School Shootings, Buttercream Gang, Prawnyxx, Badluck
(Comet) I first heard the Buttercream Gang's "I Know 'Bout You" in 2008, and it remains the only BCG song I've ever heard, so I can't exactly claim to be an expert on the Napa band. But in three years, I've never gotten sick of that track, and I still spin it all the time. The song cropped up on my radar right around the time that Animal Collective's influence was unmistakably proliferating among the indie music underground, and the song—while hardly derivative—clearly belongs to that post–Strawberry Jam era, with its thunderously tribal drums, aqueous guitar, hummed hook, creepy bird-sex sounds, and outlandish, clattering outro. At five and a half minutes, "I Know 'Bout You" is a euphoric epic in the vein of like-minded performers Blastoids or Truman Peyote, with an ecstatic chorus that never fails to elevate. Here's hoping it sounds that good live. JASON BAXTER
Thrash/"dance punk" trio Footwork are among my favorite local bands (or, "bands I won't shut the fuck up about"). Their new six-song EP is online now at their bandcamp page. I recommend giving "Get Lost" a spin—it's got a barbed, post-Flexions grooviness and a serious sense of momentum. The second half of this track is a rager; let's "get lost" together in it's swarming mosquito-storm of hard-edged decibels:
Unfortunately, the band's not around to be high-fived on behalf of a grateful city—at the moment, they're touring the west coast with cassette copies of the EP. To follow their "tour twitter," check them out here.
I think watching a bunch of 8-year old girls play on the Neumo's stage—fighting back stage fright, nervousness, and insecurity was one of the top ten neatest things I've ever seen. And when the group "Another Name For Awesome" got everybody to chant "GIRLS ROCK! GIRLS ROCK!"—I got a little teary eyed—and I don't even have kids!
Find out more Rain City Rock Camp For Girls right here. My great-biggest high-fives to all the girls who played today. YOU. ARE. AWESOME.
When I listen to Ty Segall on record, I hear garage-rock in the vein of the Troggs, but the live experience is something else altogether. The Bay Area multi-instrumentalist likes Seattle, and vice versa, but I've missed every one of his shows until last night at the Crocodile, where all the tracks I knew became harder, faster, louder. It's a mixed blessing, because the guy can write a song.
Oh, and he can also play, but I didn't feel as if his guitar strumming got short shrift. It's more that I wanted more from each selection. Not more energy, just more build-up and release. There was a lot of the former, but not a lot of the latter, which kept things humming along, and the crowd ate it up. It's an interesting dichotomy, because the 24-year-old sounds wise beyond his years in the recorded context, but in the live arena, he plays up the bratty punk angle. I'm not suggesting that it's an act: the man contains multitudes.
by Dave Segal
on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 4:06 PM
Hans Grüsel's Krankenkabinet came in from the Bay Area to drop a ton of weirdness on the Rendezvous' Jewelbox Theatre last night. A husband/wife duo, HGK crouched over a mind-boggling array of effects units and a Korg keyboard while wearing odd headgear shaped like a house. It looked very uncomfortable. Thus outfitted, HGK proceeded to unleash a grotesque stream of mutated electronics, something akin to '80s/'90s Nurse With Wound gone gangrenous. At its most chaotic, the set sounded like a busy day at the abattoir or like a crisis at the chicken-rendering factory. The performance concluded with a guy (Sean Curley from the Midget and the Druggies) dressed in a tree-stump costume, getting into the faces of people in the audience, and singing a cantankerous version of Black Flag's "Rise Above." It was a baffling end to a uniquely perverse show. Please come back soon, Hans Grüsel's Krankenkabinet.
They play this Sunday, and Cult of Youth, Grave Babies, and King Dude are also on the bill—tickets are available here.
But you could also win them!
We have an extra pair of tickets that we would just love to give to you. All you have to do is e-mail email@example.com with Iceage in the subject line. A winner will be chosen at 5 pm tonight! And then notified by e-mail.
Anders Behring Breivik sprawling 1500-page manifesto European Declaration of Independence has a section that expresses his thoughts on the culture of hiphop, a culture he participated in as a teen in the mid 90s. His opinion? What will his pure Europe, the Europe without Arabs and other brown people, do with hiphop? Surprisingly, It's nothing like the Nazi's "entartete kunst" (degenerate art). It's in fact the kind of opinion you'd expect from an underground head: "separate the good stuff from the junk."
As for the fate of the hiphop industry; banning it altogether is not the optimal solution as it would cause overwhelming short term outcry and it would eliminate positive aspects as well. However, I believe significant restrictions in the rights of media companies which will include censoring negative and destructive lifestyles. An alternative is to limit such marketing to future “liberal zones”. Certain positive aspects of the hiphop movement should be allowed to survive such as break dance and positive genres of the music as long as it positively influences the self confidence of European youths and only if it can be re-defined as a European tradition and not portrayed as a ghetto/ethnic/multiculturalist lifestyle.
Many of us also want the positive aspects of the culture to build the confidence of our inner city youths. This murderer is one strange fish.
This summer, trusty and persistent Unpaid Intern Tyler King has been dispatched to the city streets with a digital camera to ask people what they're listening to on their headphones. We will periodically post some of his findings.
This guy was listening to a film podcast called Battleship Pretension.
This young man is enjoying some K'naan.
She's listening to Sarah Groves.
Guess what this guy's listening to? Answer after the jump.
Morrissey Explains Norway Shooting vs. Fast Food Comments: "If you quite rightly feel horrified at the Norway killings, then it surely naturally follows that you feel horror at the murder of ANY innocent being. You cannot ignore animal suffering simply because animals 'are not us.'"
Guess Who's Been Added to the A.V. Fest Lineup: Motherfucking HUM!
Jesse Lortz upcoming solo debut as Case Studies, The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night, drops August 16 on Sacred Bones. Individual tracks have been appearing on the internet since last last year, which isn't surprising. The record is a collection of new material, demos, and unused material from previous projects. In an interview we did with Lortz way back in September of 2010, he had this to say about Case Studies, "we had just put out a D/D record, so if I wanted to do anything with it, it had to be a solo thing. Now it has turned into a crazy project that is integrating lots of parts of my life and skills that I wasn't really exercising Turning into an art project." Read the whole thing here.
Check out new tracks "Lies" and "My Silver Hand" via Stereogum and MTV Hive. And if you haven't seen the video for “Daggers,” then check that out, too.