The Bilinda Butchers
“Tulips”

Naming yourself after a member of My Bloody Valentine is one way to signal your intent to listeners. Another is to claim your genre as “Nostalgic Pop”, a term that comes with a lot of trappings in 2011. Our current obsession with nostalgia seems to position past eras as more pure and desirable than modern chaos – but is that simply a parochial view? I asked The Bilinda Butchers to expound on their nostalgic angle, and this is what they said:

We want to create music that encourages people to reflect on past events on their lives, both happy and sad, and sort of daydream about what could have been. We really want our music to coexist with people’s memories – to help them recreate scenes from their lives in their heads, and to allow them to sort of get lost in what happened, or maybe what they’d hoped would happen.

It’s a more bittersweet, regret-tinged take on musical revisionism than I had expected. Take a listen to the beautiful “Tulips” from their self-released EP and see what comes to mind, then stream the rest of the EP on bandcamp.

• The Bilinda Butchers: http://thebilindabutchers.tumblr.com/

Event Cloak

“Physical Computing”

Check out this visceral synth riffage from Event Cloak, aka Nick from Sundrips, who is apparently ripping of his gauzy-drone cloak in order to fully shred. I mean… every line here doesn’t always sync up perfectly to the metronomic drum pattern, but that – along with the slightly blown out and vibrant production style – makes “Physical Computing” a definite keeper in my book.

• Fadeaway Tapes: http://fadeawaytapes.blogspot.com/

Wu-Tang

“Legendary Weapons” [feat. Ghostface Killah, AZ, and M.O.P.]

Call it what you want — a “project,” a “compilation,” an “anthology,” etc. — but on July 26, the Wu-Tang Clan, minus GZA and Masta Killa, are releasing Legendary Weapons. You can hear “Only The Rugged Survive” here and the album’s title track above.

• Wu-Tang Clan: http://www.wutang-corp.com

M83

“Midnight City”

When the sax hits… that’s some real shit. Actually, pretty much all of “Midnight City” is unabashedly huge and cheesy, a beautiful continuation of the descent into our imaginary 80s fantasy world. If you absolutely need this mp3 on your person, grab it for the price of your email. Otherwise wait for the double M83 album, out October 18th on Mute.

• M83: http://ilovem83.com/midnight-city

Beastie Boys

“Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win” (Director’s Cut)

This is one of those videos that somehow doubles a four minute track’s runtime. Don’t watch if you want to hear the new Beastie Boys single uninterrupted. Do watch if you want to see Spike Jonze playing with toys.

• Beastie Boys: http://beastieboys.com

The Flaming Lips

three new “gummy fetus” tracks

Back in May, The Flaming Lips released a gummy skull with four new tracks. And now, before they release the much-anticipated-by-me gummy vagina (see video above [after work]), the Lips have sent out limited quantities of a gummy fetus featuring three new songs: “Enthusiasm For Life Defeats Existential Fear Part 2,” “Steven’s Moonbow,” and “Squishy Glass.” Thanks to Psych Explorations of the Future Heart for posting the tracks!

 

“Enthusiasm For Life Defeats Existential Fear Part 2”:

 

“Steven’s Moonbow”:

 

“Squishy Glass”:

• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com

  

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