Bob Blank on his legendary studio

From Strut:

This is the first in a series of web videos featuring Blank recounting the creation of the studio, and some of the timeless music produced there. Upcoming episodes cover work with Arthur Russell, Fonda Rae & others.

Bob Blank’s The Blank Generation: Blank Tapes NYC 1975-1985 comes out February 2 via Strut.

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Dirty Projectors

“Ascending Melody”

Dirty Projectors released a limited-edition 7-inch this week, featuring “Ascending Melody” and “Emblem of the World,” exclusively through Domino Mart. But you can also get the 7-inch free in MP3 form through DP’s website.

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Animal Collective


From Domino:

“Brothersport” is the new video from Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, directed by Jack Kubizne.

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“Mirror Kisses”

Citay are releasing a new LP titled Dream Get Together. Here’s a track from the album, called “Mirror Kisses.” Take a listen, and pre-order the LP here if you’d like to. BUT ONLY IF YOU’D LIKE TO.

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Let's Wrestle

“We are the Men You’ll Grow to Love Soon”

Merge has recently added British rockers Let’s Wrestle to their ever-growing roster. The three-piece band’s debut full-length, In the Court of the Wrestling Let’s, is set for release March 23, and you can preview a track from it by hitting the little play button. Titled “We are the Men You’ll Grow to Love Soon,” the song was described by singer Wesley Patrick Gonzalez as “Let’s Wrestle’s Barmitzvah from whence they turned from punk pre-teens into men who rock.” FYI.

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Chocolate Grinder Mix 25

“Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White”

My first love may be electronic music, as it has been since the early naughties, but that does not dampen my love of organic sound. This mix distills the finest guitar, jazz, and prefix-laden independent music, along with a little hops and barley, into a refreshing, full bodied lager that is FDA approved to cure road trip doldrums. I’m humbled and grateful to feature, in full-on, theremin-driven, post-rock glory, The Octopus Project [one of my favorite post-millennial collectives] as well as The Heavy, whose sophomore record grows on me a little more every time I hear it. You would also be well advised to remember the name Examples Of Twelves, as they comfortably rank among England’s finest purveyors of contemporary jazz. Sometimes good guys don’t wear white; sometimes good music comes from outside your comfort zone.

01. The Heavy - “Short Change Hero” (The House That Dirt Built)
Start time: 0:00; Links: Counter - The Heavy

02. Jamie T - “On The Green” (Kings & Queens)
Start time: 5:19; Links: Astralwerks - Jamie T

03. Experimental Dental School - “Dark Stars In Daylight” (Forest Field)
Start time: 8:50; Links: Terrorbird - Experimental Dental School

04. The Octopus Project - “Rorol” (Golden Beds EP)
Start time: 11:56; Links: Peek-A-Boo - The Octopus Project

05. 3 Shades - “Bombay Can” (Thank God For Beatnicks)
Start time: 17:49; Links: Alien Transistor - 3 Shades

06. Shona Foster - “Dance Of The Meanies” (Hard Work EP)
Start time: 23:48; Links: Beach Hut - Shona Foster

07. OOIOO - “O O I A H” (Arminico Hewa)
Start time: 27:11; Links: Thrill Jockey - OOIOO

08. Law Of Least Effort - “Massive Transaction” (Library Catalog Music Series - Vol 2: Music for Measurements)
Start time: 30:23; Links: Asthmatic Kitty - Law Of Least Effort

09. Hush Arbors - “Fast Asleep” (Yankee Reality)
Start time: 33:59; Links: Ecstatic Peace! - Hush Arbors

10. Examples Of Twelves - “Orange/Gold” (Impossible Ark: A Compilation)
Start time: 38:19; Links: Impossible Ark - Examples Of Twelves

Artwork: [Keith Kawaii]


CHOCOLATE GRINDER is our audio/visual section, with an emphasis on the lesser heard and lesser known. We aim to dig deep, but we'll post any song or video we find interesting, big or small.