by Mike Ramos
on Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 3:31 PM
Here we have some rainy-day jazz goodness from LA's Brainfeeder camp. Peralta layers soulful keys over Thundercat's (real name Stephen Bruner) prodigious bass lines and fills while DJ/producer Flying Lotus mixes it all together and adds his trademark software-instrument accents. Not bad for a label known mostly for its psychedelic, beat-centric electronica.
If you missed out on Thundercat's FlyLo-produced August release, The Golden Age of Apocalypse, now is a good a time as any to catch up on the young bassist's future-thinking fusion compositions and ridiculous chops. Stream the whole thing on Brainfeeder's Soundcloud page here.
by Mike Ramos
on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 4:03 PM
Cecil Frena (formerly the brains behind Canada's dayglo-pop act Gobble Gobble) recently reinvented/renamed his project Born Gold and released a collection of singles called Bodysongs under his new moniker yesterday. Half new songs, half of them previously released with Gobble Gobble, Bodysongs is a ten-track sampling of Frena's weirdo future-pop stylings. A sense of apocalyptic foreboding seeps from everything from the constantly distorted washes of melodic noise to the severely cryptic lyrics ("I don't want to chew my tooth chips/I just want to boil the head til/It's sparkling and see-through like we'd hoped we were"), but rather than wallow in the paranoia Born Gold finds some closure, and more importantly, reason to wild out like there's literally no tomorrow, in this acknowledgement. Pop music that's appropriate for these end times.
Some of this stuff has a little too much candy-sweet, DDR-synth poppiness to it to completely enjoy, but Frena keeps the songs moving along briskly, piling on the melodies until you can't help but listen. Bodysongs is available for free on just about every existent Internet format, so before you start digging out your sad, mopey winter records and wallowing in your Seasonal Affective Disorder, stream or downloadBodysongs and get down one last time.
Souciant.com has an excellent post that introduces Italy's hiphop scene. One member of that is Karkadan. He is Tunisian and based in Milan. This is what Souciant has to say about "Ganja," a track Karkadan dropped last month.
Rhyming largely in Arabic over a classic reggae loop, the track’s gruff, druggy cosmopolitanism is the stuff legends are made of. Yellowman would be proud.
Mr. Bis speculated about the possibility of the band reuniting yesterday, and it would appear the band is reuniting, at least for now. Some more news from Hardly Art:
Hardly Art is proud to share the first new material from Carissa's Wierd in over seven years. The seminal northwest group - whose members went on to form Band of Horses and Grand Archives, and spawned the solo projects of Jenn Ghetto (S) and Sera Cahoone - has recorded two new tracks, which will be released on a 7" and digitally on September 13. It is fitting that these tracks are presented as odes, both of which pack a wistful wallop that has come to be expected from the group. The first, to "Tucson," the birthplace of Carissa's Wierd, with the violin lines of Sarah Standard beaming through the adage "you can never go home again" before things get a bit metal. The second, to "Meredith & Iris," a dramatic waltz number delivered with an intensity that implies it has been marinating for the past decade. Both tracks feature Mat Brooke (Grand Archives, Band of Horses) and Jenn Ghetto (S) on vocals, and both songs are exclusive to this 7". Stream the b-side, "Meredith & Iris," here.
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.
London has Burial. Barcelona has Downliners Sekt. Burial has practically stopped making dub; Downliners Sekt has not. Their website is packed with new dubs—dubs for what DJ Krush once called "big city lovers." With this zukunftsmusik, the city (lights) becomes a galaxy (stars). Begin this journey into deep space with the EP Make Hits, Not The Public.
Alter Echo and ERS-ONE (DJ Magneto), two talented Portlanders, have a mix, Matters of Dub Mix, that needs to be beating in your music machine. The space of this dub covers the deep past and the hyper-present, the now of dubstep.... What I wrote about Alter Echo nearly a decade ago can be repeated here:
Alter Echo's dub is for world-weary androids of the next century. It is a frightening dub in the galactic sense, and yet possesses in the depths of its electronic furies a calm and beauty that can only be described as the gleam you might see along the rusting shell of a space station rotating through the blue aura of earth's thinning stratosphere.
Cluster Mag has posted two mixes by Lamin Fofana, an African-born selector/producer who lives way up in Harlem. The first mix, "Romantic Sores," is the cookie. This space... is a deep and dark dub. Check out Holy Other's "Touch" in the mix. We end in a nebula of longing. Fofana is that brother from another planet.
by Dave Segal
on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 11:09 AM
Those jonesing for new Original Space Neighbors material can now sate themselves with Es Treq, 27-plus minutes of new music from MC Mic Mulligan and producer S. Future. The tracks here stealthily creep in a blazed twilight zone, somewhere between the sci-fi-cartoon scenarios of MF Doom and introverted, sampladelic weirdness of Madlib/Quasimoto. Bonus points for the use of the word "feculence."
The Rolling Stones of Seattle play tomorrow night, Friday, June 10th at the Comet. The Rolling Stones are a Rolling Stones cover band that put their own spin and take on the Stones’ songs and sounds. Members include vocalist Jordan Blilie (Blood Brothers, Past Lives), Justin Deary (Whalebones), Devin Welch (Shoplifting, Flexions, Blood Brothers), Nat Sahlstrom (Chromatics), reggae extraordinaire Chava Mirel, and drummer/locksmith Tyler Swan (Truckasauras, Flexions, Foscil, Linda & Ron’s Dad). Tyler, a child of the Rolling Stones' music, was brought up in a world of Stones listening, learning, and appreciating. In preparation for tomorrow night’s show, he made Line Out a couple of Stones-ish mixes:
Tyler Stones Mix 1: 1. “All The Tired Horses” -Bob Dylan, 2. “Country Boy” -Otis Spann, 3. “Walkin' Blues” -the Butterfield Blues Band, 4. “I Can't Quit You Baby” - John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, 5. “Mary Mary” -the Butterfield Blues Band, 6. “Anzio Ann” -Mick Taylor, 7. “Coming Your Way” -Fleetwood Mac, 8. “What Do You Want” —Yardbirds
Tyler Stones Mix 2: 1. “I'm Not Talking” —Yardbirds, 2. “Someone To Love” —Yardbirds, 3. “I Ain't Superstitious” -Jeff Beck, 4. “Baby (What You Want Me To Do)” -Ike and Tina, 5. “Mystery Train” -the Band, 6. “Yazoo Street Scandal” -Bob Dylan and the Band, 7. “Meet Me In The Morning” -Bob Dylan, 8. “I'm A Fool For A Cigarette/Feelin' Good” -Ry Cooder
Where is this music from? How does it tie into the Stones?
Tyler: These songs are from my Dad's old records. I think it was what people bought waiting for the next Stones record to come out. A lot of it is the mid to late sixties, even early seventies British and American blues/rock scene. Mick Taylor came to the Stones from John Mayall’s group after Peter Green and Eric Clapton. Jeff Beck from the Yardbirds later did stuff with Ron Wood and Rod Stewart - all old jam buddies with the Stones. Ike and Tina are featured in the Stones’ Gimme Shelter movie. Paul Butterfield's group was part of the American equivalent of the younger blues/rock scene. Ry Cooder played on a bunch of Stones stuff like Let it Bleed. In a way, everything on these mixes has a direct connection to the Stones except for maybe Dylan and the Band, but they probably do as well somehow. I don't know the shit just rules.
by Dave Segal
on Tue, May 31, 2011 at 1:44 PM
Wehrwolve, the former Seattle-based psychedelic project led by Anders Covert, bows out with "Vanishing Luna, Vanishing Sol," which is redolent of the quicksilver percussion and distant, morose melodies of '00s Autechre, with somber grand piano accompaniment dolefully tolling in the background. The track was written and recorded last summer. In September 2010, Covert told me, "I'm going to disappear... Leave the state and go to college. I'll be back with new music in a few years, nobody will know it's me. Thank you for your support and goodbye." Let's hope that wherever Covert is, inspiration continues to flow through him.
by Dave Segal
on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 10:49 AM
Bellingham producer Crazy Old Bat has a sonic response to the Rapture that—shockingly—didn't come to pass May 21. It's a massive, vituperative dirge that, if there were any justice in this world, would swallow up Harold Camping, chew him up, and then vomit him into the deepest circle of Hell (assuming Hell exists; further studies need to be conducted to confirm it). In the meantime, revel in the malevolent tarpit vortex of "Rapture (o o o p s)."
The producer, Zavala, of my favorite local hiphop album of 2010, Dark Time Sunshine's Vessel, recently released Vessel Instrumentals.
It says a lot about Onry Ozzborn, DTS's rapper, that he could successfully impress his mode and manner onto Zavala's thick and rich mixes. Most rappers would get overwhelmed by the force of all of those beats and melodies. This, I think, is what happened to Mau on the two Earthling records of the mid 90s—the Bristolian triphop beats swamped the rap. A hiphop producer ultimately works for the rapper; a triphop producer only works for the beats. Zavala certainly is about the beats, but this didn't trouble the rapper on Vessel in any way. Indeed, Ozzborn seems energized by Zavala's slamming productions.
by Dave Segal
on Thu, May 5, 2011 at 4:21 PM
Seattle techno producer/DJ Aaron Nesbit has delivered a strong mix for From 0-1, the SF-based label and blog run by former Emerald City minimal-techno mensch Justin "Milkplant" Pennell and Brian Sonnleitner. Nesbit maintains From 0-1's purpose statement of advocating for bare-bones, no-bullshit techno that drives hard and deep into mind-altering territory.
Tracklist: Secret Cinema - Elevate  Mark Broom & James Ruskin - Black Lines [Blueprint] Rod - Malmok Two [Klockworks] Samuel L Session - Off the Chain feat. Elbee Bad [Klap Klap] Ctrl Alt Dlt - Pet the Ceiling (Aaron Nesbit's Nothing Stays Still Remix) [From 0-1] DJ Pierre - I am Acid (Damon Wild Remix) Kevin Saunderson - Bounce Your Body To The Box (Mike Shannon's Flashback Mix) [KMS Records] Perc - Trapjaw (Xpansul's Dub Mix) [Perc Trax] Astronivo - Gito [eVapour8 Recordings] John Rundell - Damager (Marco Bailey and Tom Hades Mix) [Intec Digital] CoMa - Fameless [Kompakt]
Stereogum has posted up a new track from the upcoming Hella album and OH MY GOD DOES IT SHRED SO HARD. With the act pared back down to the meat-and-potatoes lineup of Zach Hill and Spencer Seim, "Untitled" instantly transports me to the good old days of Hold Your Horse Is /Devil Isn't Red era Hella - where fingertaps and 64th note drum rolls reigned supreme and song structures were anything but linear or predictable. Definitely looking forward to the new album by these guys, due out July/August-ish on Sargent House.
by Dave Segal
on Wed, May 4, 2011 at 10:31 AM
Huh?! Sounds like a fucked-up dream scenario, but action-flick star Vin Diesel (then known as Mark Sinclair) actually recorded with genius producer/composer Arthur Russell, a collab leveraged 25 years ago through the efforts of one-time Captain Beefheart guitarist Gary Lucas. Weird weird weird! And not very good... Diesel sounds tentative and stilted and Russell appears to be sabotaging him by trickily morphing the drums. Hahaha. If there's a bigger WTF? lurking in the vaults than this, please let us know.
Listen to the inchoate hiphoppery and read about the back story here.