If there is one thing in the world that no one can resist, it’s reggae music. If there is one thing in the world that I cannot resist, it’s a saxophone solo. In fact, I think the rest of the world may be having a thing with sax solos right now, too. I mean, you can’t go wrong when you lather the off-beats thick with reverberating vibes, and then drop a big, fat, juicy, passionate saxophone cherry on top. Oh, wait, yeah you can — big time.
Well anyway, Co La did it the right way with “Egyptian Peaches,” from his debut LP Daydream Repeater, which is to be released by NNA Tapes on November 15. But this sunny feel-good jam is just the soft gooey center to an album that stretches from strung-out industrial avant-garde to organic saxophone trills and cricket recordings. So, put that in your six-foot bong and smoke it.
I was in LGA booz-/DXMing the day after Thanksgiving — three or four or five years ago — waiting for a flight to Dayton, OH. Then a fella approached me, took myPod, and was like, “What are you listening to?” It was totes the Red State Gowns’ album. After he popped my bubble, and I lost some of my drink, the fella showed me a press pass and license to prove he was Kurt Loder from MTV. He asked me where I was going, I burped O’hiii-ah, finished my hooch, and left the bar.
Later, as the plane ascended, Kurt Loder got up, stumbled into the empty seat next to me, and talked to his assistant across the aisle from us about the Hawthorne Heights bassist that had died. I’m thinking shiiiiit, wait — whaaaaaat? He then raped my ear about interviewing musicians, gave me children’s motion sickness pills (was really ecstasy), lost my mind, took me in his limo to my apartment, met my property manager, and around noon:thirty, my property manager, Kurt Loder, his assistant, and I were all in the Diamonds Cabaret champagne room.
Needless to say, EMA and Growns now remind me of Kurt Loder. And mixing drugs. Yo, she’s hot this year; Stephen Reese still has my EMA cassette, and this here “Angelo” is a B-sides off a 7-inch of hers available November 21 on Souterrain Transmissions.
On “Collapse,” Wolf Eyes co-founder Nate Young bucks his M.O. with a nice reversal: while the bulk of Young’s work can be handily summed up as “noise sculpting” (kneading raw noise material until it develops a digestible shape and structure), “Collapse” instead begins with conventional music — a looping, Hitchcock-esque piano crawl — that sizzles and boils towards its ultimate dissolution. It’s not exactly that the piano melody disappears, so much as it becomes flattened by its own repetition. The track’s title, of course, fits nicely.
What’s really rad is the expectation/fulfillment system that Young manipulates. The piano melody, which, as already mentioned, has a slasher-type vibe to it, sets the scene of a dark road, flickering street lamps, static in the air. More than ambient, the track is dissonant, which is a clear and important difference. When the louder buzzing starts up, we can’t help but anticipate some grizzly scene. And while the music does push the dissonance, there’s never really a catharsis. From the beginning, we expect the road to be leading somewhere huge and devouring. Instead, it keeps going. In fact, the track eventually fades out…
If you’re a fan of Young’s work with Wolf Eyes and Stare Case, be sure to check his solo LP, Stay Asleep, to which “Collapse” is the closer. It’s out November 15 on NNA Tapes, with a supporting tour following through December. Check here for dates, and don’t forget to read our interview with Young here.
So, let’s set the record straight, cause I’ve kinda boned this before: it’s Burger Records. Although, they “operate in the Burger time zone” w/ a milli <3.
Check the YouTube comments for this clip. “This isn’t our music video.” -thenightbeats, 2 months ago 10 [thumbs up]. Like, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Enter the Void, and it’s probably visual garbage for this song, but the fuzzy imagery mashes well with the smear-finger fucked guitar licks of Night Beats, and that shit “Ain’t Dumbo,” brahh.
Which means, this is all goofball untrustworthy narration. Especially in the digital age. Don’t believe me? Don’t believe me. ‘_’ But find Night Beats’ self-titled album on cassette at Burger Records. Also, the “LP/CD available from Trouble In Mind Records!”
DOOM with Thom Yorke/Jonny Greenwood
As we recently reported, DOOM has teamed with Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, Oxford’s most blunted, on a new track for Lex’s compilation celebrating its 10-year anniversary. You can check out the track, lovingly titled “Retarded Fren,” streaming on Lex’s SoundCloud. (via P4k)
• Lex: http://lexrecords.com
“Hit and Run”
Ready for some new punk of yesteryear? This is old-school, no wave, truly legit stuff. Apparently Jack Ruby hid their musical testimony pretty deep, because only now have their first recordings been exhumed from some vault, lost since the band’s run (1974-77) nearly 40 years ago. They hail from good ol’ pre-Giuliani NYC, no less. Sounding like a more punk-infused Lou Reed, vocalist Robin Hall leads us in with some appropriately vague musings on quick violence and general indifference before the rest of the band walks us off with squeals and discord. The mix is swell, too, the bass pulling things along and the guitar crackling static throughout with pretty much no resolution. The whole long lost album is on sale now from ugEXPLODE records.
• Jack Ruby: http://weaselwalter.bandcamp.com/track/hit-and-run?permalink
• ugEXPLODE: http://nowave.pair.com/ugexplode