“Girls Gone Wild”
Although Captain Ahab minces no words in the joyful, shameless dance lunacy that is “Girls Gone Wild” (a sample lyric: “I wanna show my tits on television”), the track’s video, by Patrick Kennelly, is a textbook case of mincing and blending, going savage with visual cues and our music video expectations. Girls Gone Wild, the infomercial and product from whence this track’s inspiration came, has significantly (sadly? triumphantly?) become a widely recognized cultural staple over the past decade. What does that say about us and our society? Captain Ahab says it means we wanna dance! Look out for social memes represented, such as the iconic arrows of Dance Dance Revolution, which harnessed the freedom of bodily movement and mutated it into a mindless series of stomps; the warning played before movie trailers, which lets us know that nudity and blood have been processed and compressed into the approvable label of “R”; and then, plainly, Mardi Gras beads. And yeah, there are some boobs.
But beware the mid-track bridge, which undermines simple pop sensibility with hints of sugarcoated violence and maudlin tragedy. The result: a PCP-fueled rampage? A mind so wrecked it’s left with little more than static-distorted images of pornography and exploitation? Yes, please! Ahab has found our culture’s great white whale, to be hunted rabidly out into the dark black void of the sea… the Girls of the lost and glorious Wild…
Ahab sets off on a European tour in mid-November.
• Captain Ahab: http://www.captain-ahab.com
Stitched In Fire (album preview)
This one’s just as much about the medium as the music. I’ll let False Records sell themselves: “Limited pro dubbed and imprinted chrome cassettes in deluxe hand stamped cotton lined kraft jewelry boxes with vellum belly bands and inserts. Includes download code coupon.”
False has three cassettes available now, and the one we’re playing here is a tape of 13 aural visions based on Aaron Martin’s 2010 album Worried About The Fire. Although featuring only spliced samplings from the album, the streamed track is 15 minutes of some surprisingly varied and well-executed sounds. There’s a good mix of mechanical buzzing with classic analogue effects, plus even a melody or two. It’s vast and deals with oblivescence without delving towards the darkness into which so much similar music seems to slip. Be sure to check out 9:16, so you can actually hear the words. Of course, you’ll have to get the tape to hear the complete album, but is that such a huge sacrifice? Hand stamped cotton lined kraft jewelry box! Belly bands!!
Check False’s site to see who’s responsible for the interpretation of each track.
• False: http://falserec.tumblr.com
the earth as arch and cold end [full album]
“[In] promotion of Innercity’s new Terrestreality LP on Aguirre Records, which is out [now]; I made the new full length the earth as arch and cold end available (only) for free download on the [Innercity] bandcamp page.” —Hans Dens
“Hans never seems to edit ANYTHING. He just sets up a loop and lets it play for 35 minutes and is, like, “There’s a new song.” That ‘hands-off’ style of weirdo electronics; not many people do that as much these days.” —Britt Brown
• Innercity: http://innercitydiscography.blogspot.com
Nova Scotian Arms
The universe is righting itself with plans for an overdue Nova Scotian Arms vinyl to be released on Digitalis this fall. Thank you, Halloween Gods, for Cult Spectrum, which will certainly show Grant Evans doing his usual best to scare up a thick sonic dust cloud of tape loops and keyboard granules. And if you’re close to Asheville for Halloween weekend, you’ll want to see Grant’s other project Quiet Evenings, along with a smattering of other bottomfeeder drone heads and tape weirdos, play at FoogMess. Uh, you’re welcome.
You will remember this track’s namesake as the pouty-lipped French angel in Mission: Impossible. Certainly a choice objet du désir, and the strange, free jazz/drone electronics combination that has become the signature of this Italian wunderkind is shown here in full force — it’s definitely worthy of her name. “Emmanuelle Béart” is actually an older piece by Valerio Cosi, originally released in a box set called Ode to France on Ruralfaune. But Cosi has recently teamed up with keyboardist Cosimo Friscira to form TUIN▲LS whose honorable aim is to create an “alien soundworld inspired by 78 RPM recordings.” Eyes peeled for a full-length out later this year. Meanwhile, dreams of Emmanuelle.