Too much, too much. Be apart, don’t talk about. Keep your shit together. Brothers be eyein’ each other and shit gets shaky. Tellin’ people what to think or how to be. I’ll stop. Can we chill? Want to head to West Africa con mio? Oh, that ain’t Amharic? I’m jood on that. Still chilled. Can we make friends anywhere? They got the internet up in that Ethiopia? Maybe we’ll network before we head out. Yo, shoot ‘em this track “Ethio Song.” They’d be totally down, maybe. Or, do you think this is way too American-sounding for anyone international to dig? Also, maybe. Hot on that Beach Boys guitar-stroking. Oo, we should bring up The Beach Boys to Ethiopian pals too. They totally know The Beach Boys. Maybe bring over some gifts. Just snag a couple 7-inches and distribute to new pals. And keep one for yourself. Don’t let this go unnoticed, please. OMG: who doesn’t love fruit? #languagebarrier
• Amen Dunes: http://amendunes.bigcartel.com
Ever wonder what would happen if Devo, Chrome, Mission of Burma, and some obscure grindcore band got mixed with a little Chemical X and got left to sit out overnight? Probably “Flu Factory,” Microwaves’ just-released cut from their upcoming Psionic Impedance. There are some faint hints of no-wave boogie here, but the real star attraction here are the riffs, piercing and heavy as a ton of bricks, rendering the MP3 framework so useless that the sounds resemble those of a dying Game Boy. This isn’t just a “Flu Factory” — it’s free jazz with a full-blown case of the rabies.
• ugEXPLODE: http://nowave.pair.com/ugexplode
Hippos In Tanks isn’t fucking around. Its latest signee is Triad God, a Vietnam-born, Hong Kong-raised, London-living aritst named Vinh Ngan. An album, according to The Quietus, is due in 2013, but he also has a free mixtape out right now called NXB. The mixtape, which saw release recently via UUU Tapes, features production work by Palmistry. Check it out. James Ferraro calls it “so dangerous.” And… I think he’s singing mostly in Cantonese.
Download it here and/or stream below. 古惑仔之人在江湖:
The Secret History
“Sergio (Plastic Flowers Remix)”
It could be argued that the art of the remix has never been more culturally ascendant. Every album release seems to be followed closely by a disc of remixes, and the sheer proliferation of amateur bloghouse remixers has occasioned the creation of hugely popular cloud services and blog aggregators devoted to the things. And yet it still seems rare that a remix is actually memorable, that it actually elevates the source material and alters one’s conception of the original song. That’s why this remix stands out.
The Secret History formed from the ashes of beloved cult indie-pop band My Favorite, and their forthcoming album is called Americans Singing In The Dark. “Sergio” is the first single from the album, a plaintive slice of pop with shades of The Magnetic Fields. It’s nice enough. Maybe a bit slight. But someone had the good sense to hand the stems over to Plastic Flowers, the Brooklyn-based synth-pop project of Sean Earl Beard, who released his debut single last year on Wierd Records, home of minimal wave revivalists Xeno & Oaklander. A full-length album is due out at the end of the summer.
The result is something else entirely, a gloomy, reverb-drenched dance tune that expands the best parts of The Secret History’s original track, creating a desolate mood that matches the existential meander of the lyrical refrain: “I don’t know what we are.” Steal the future below, before it rots.
Last Remaining Pinnacle
“7 Dollar Room”
It’s almost summer, and you know what that means: it’s time for the fuzz-rock! Virginia Beach duo Last Remaining Pinnacle has made available for free download their new single “7 Dollar Room,” from their upcoming full-length Visitors, out May 21 on Custom Made Music. The industrial drum sample lends a certain danceability to the robotic fury of the guitars, while Dave Allison’s deadpan vocals make the haze all the more mesmerizing. The beats are so distorted they practically ooze from the speakers (or perhaps, that’s just because this sounds best played at a volume that melts your listening device of choice). Be sure to snag this free track, and remember: always wear sunscreen when you play loud rock this sweltering.
Charlemagne Palestine & Janek Schaefer
Day of the Demons [album preview mix]
The incomparable Charlemagne Palestine: a man whose image is wild and eccentric, but whose music is achingly soft-spoken and minimal. A man who sincerely loves his stuffed animals and cognac. But really, this guy has made so much music in his life it’s incredible. His ability to completely skew everything we understand about rhythm and musical structure is remarkable, and is an undeniable forefather to so much of the minimal and experimental worlds we know now. He has paved the way for totally-bonkers minimal artists since 1974 with the mindfucking Four Manifestations On Six Elements, and he’s still going.
His latest achievement is a collaboration with the equally creative-as-fuck sound artist Janek Schaefer. (If you don’t know about his Recorded Delivery piece, then click here). They have come together to produce a haunting and uneasy LP with Desire Path Recordings. The record is called Day Of The Demons and has a flame face on the cover, so you can see what they’re getting at without me trying to explain it. You really should just hear the album teaser and see what Desire Path says about it on the SoundCloud page; then you’ll really get freaked out.