Damien Jurado
“Cloudy Shoes”

Aw, shucks, cloudy shoes. Nothing ever goes right for Damien Jurado! Saint Bartlett is due May 25 via Secretly Canadian. Knowing his luck, it’ll get delayed or something.

• Damien Jurado: http://www.saintbartlett.com
• Secretly Canadian: http://www.secretlycanadian.com

Ellen Allien

“Our Utopie”

Ellen Allien. Dust. May 25. BPitch Control.

• Ellen Allien: http://www.ellenallien.de
• BPitch Control: http://www.bpitchcontrol.de

The National

“Bloodbuzz Ohio”

The National are getting quite the bloodbuzz lately. HA HA.

• The National: http://highviolet.com


“That Will Never Get Blood Out Of A Clown Suit”

Chicago group Locks, a self-described “co-dependent, self indulgent, 2 man solo project,” will release their new album, Suicides Don’t Commit Themselves, June 15 on Static Station. The video above, for the track “That Will Never Get Blood Out Of A Clown Suit,” is the group’s “first-ish” video (not sure what that means, but the Chocolate Grinder likes it!) and features some dolly/lighting work by Ben Chandler and Brian Henry. If only every video had Chandler and Henry doing dolly/lighting work.

• Locks: http://www.locksism.com
• Static Station: http://www.staticstation.com

Crooked Fingers

“Gentle On My Mind” [John Hartford cover]

Eric Bachmann (a.k.a. Crooked Fingers) will release a new EP, Reservoir Songs Volume II, on Foreign Leisure. The release, Bachmann’s second EP of covers, will be available digitally and on vinyl, funded by you via Kickstarter. The EP has a July 6 release date. OH MY GOD FUND IT NOW!

• Eric Bachmann: http://www.ericbachmann.com
• Foreign Leisure: http://www.foreignleisure.com
• Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com

So Percussion / Matmos


The Chocolate Grinder loves So Percussion. The Chocolate Grinder also loves Matmos. Here’s the first track off So Percussion and Matmos’ upcoming collaboration album, Treasure State, due July 8 digitally and July 13 via Cantaloupe. (The Chocolate Grinder loves Cantaloupe too, by the way.)

• So Percussion: http://www.sopercussion.com
• Matmos: http://brainwashed.com/matmos
• Cantaloupe: http://www.cantaloupemusic.com


CHOCOLATE GRINDER is our audio/visual section, with an emphasis on the lesser heard and lesser known. We aim to dig deep, but we'll post any song or video we find interesting, big or small.