Chocolate Grinder Mix 57
Tomorrow’s September 1st, people. We have made it through August. And it’s still hot as fuck, and that pisses me off, but at least it’s September. And it’s the end of a long-ass work week, the start of a three-day weekend — how could anyone be upset about that? It is impossible to be upset about that, that is the answer. If this mix has a theme at all, I think it’d be something like “pre-fall music for not being upset,” although I’m not entirely sure that works across the board. For the long weekend, I imagine many folks are packing up the Subaru and planning to GTF outta town (like I am), so maybe load this one up to the ol’ music playback device before you leave, yeah?
The mix came together a little strange — lots of different styles, from rock to pop to jazz to dance to hypnagogic-whatever — but it came together nonetheless. It flows, but perhaps not always in the direction you’d think. Flow with it anyway, folks, because this one’s got some of my absolute favorite jams of the year in it, stuff that I’ve been meaning to share for a long, long time. Heavy Midgets came to me all the way back in January and has found heavy rotation since then. Chris Weisman’s entry here is from his recent Feeding Tube reissue. There’s even a new one from Chicago Underground Duo, highlighting the insane Bill Higgins-meets-Tony Williams drumming of my hero Chad Taylor. You’ll like it. Promise. It’s me, Strauss. Trust.
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[00:00] Chris Weisman - “999”
[03:56] Minden - “Big Because”
[08:37] Heavy Midgets - “Indian Summer”
[14:21] Mirror To Mirror - “Take a Day”
[17:04] Paco Sala - “Gifts of the Bloom”
[20:54] Each Other - “Freak Heat”
[22:59] Chicago Underground Duo - “Moon Debris”
[27:09] High Counsel - “Circadian Rhythm”
[31:26] Black Eagle Child - “Eighteen and Six”
Shader [album stream]
New Dreams Ltd., the umbrella moniker of 情報デスクVIRTUAL, Macintosh Plus, Laserdisc Visions, and more, has reached its likely conclusion. Listen to how it all ends with Shader by Sacred Tapestry, then read the following announcement from Prism Corp. and prepare your body accordingly:
Subject: New Life Now! A Critical Alert From Prism Corp. Executive Branch, Hong Kong.
The life as we know now, after death therefore moves on to another form of life based on the merits and demerits it accumulated in its current life. The path to becoming a supreme soul is to practice non-violence and be truthful.
Prism Corp urges You, SUBJECT A5587505618800000, to finalize your body transmigration as scheduled on THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2012. We are honoured and deeply humbled to receive Your host body donation and look forward to Your continued involvement in the Genetic Re-Engineering Program (GREP). Thank you all for visiting Virtual Casino during our final transmission.
We look forward to reconciling with You in the New World Embassy!
Report to the New Dreams(TM) Body Chamber Facility at address code MEM# 046D:0880 when you are ready to enter hibernation.
Prism Corp. Integrated Solutions, Hong Kong Branch
• New Dreams Ltd.: http://newdreamsltd.tumblr.com
aaronmaxwell’s back, making sweet, fuzzy beats with his SP-404 and manipulating them to no end, this time on a track called “Socks.” The song comes off aaronmaxwell’s side of a synth-heavy split cassette called Twins via Microwaved Meows. Not sure who the other beat maker is, but the preview on the label’s website sounds fucking tasty. Listen to “Socks” here:
Meanwhile, do yourself a favor and check out aaronmaxwell’s latest full-length, Dianetics, also available on cassette via Microwaved Meows.
The only really, truly, positively “groovy” track on that amazing compilation tape from Tranquililty is by the one and only Imperial Topaz. It’s got a bass line in it. And some drums. There’s more of all that on this little pay-what-you-want single, plus a slinky guitar line to boot. But that’s not even the real draw here: it’s Caroline Teagle’s voice. So noncommittal, so “I don’t care about you,” so nonchalant… did I just say the same thing three times in a row? Gah, and it’ll drive you nuts! She is so in the complete, exact zone of this jam it’s not even funny, which of course is why I’m smiling so wide and have the damn thing on repeat. At least this one is digital (whereas with “Angel of the Overpass” on the tape, I had to keep hitting the rewind button and waiting for a minute). Okay, enough. Obsess, you!
“Big Game Hunter”
This week sees the release of Moist Ghost’s debut LP, Big Game Hunter. The Atlanta-based producer strings together a whole slew of styles — from dubstep to dancehall, ambient to 2-step, — resulting in a mutated club album whose hybridity would be annoyingly jagged were it not for the percussion-forward aesthetic and ambient washes smoothing things over. And he’s like 20 years old or some shit. Check out the Paul Jones-directed video for the album’s title track above, especially if you like knives, guns, bombs, fire, blood, and nudity.
Big Game Hunter is out now on Astro Nautico.
• Astro Nautico: http://astronautico.com
The Fringes of Occupied Space [album stream]
It’s been a while since I’ve heard something as dark and creepy as it is warm and comforting. It’s also been a while since I’ve let my mind be melted by Future Hunter. Funny how life’s little dilemmas just end up solving themselves on their own — below this paragraph are three new tracks from Brooklyn’s Matthew Taplinger (this time joined by someone named R. Muller) that delve into the deepest corner of the human psyche, pick around inside your brain, give your subconscious an adequate spook, then carry your ego out into the stratosphere to swim with the stars. Found sounds, synths, guitar, bass, percussion, and probably a bunch of stuff it’d be silly for me to try and pinpoint flood this music without overwhelming the mix. Nice use of stereo space, otherworldly reverberations and effects, sandstorms of static, weirdo blip-accompaniments, and more: the most sinister of psychedelia is here for stimulating the senses of the undead (and the living too, I guess).
• Future Hunter: http://futurehunter.bandcamp.com