Daren Ho, a.k.a. Driphouse, has an upcoming release on Root Strata titled Root 91. In the sample track “Chompers World,” you can hear a slightly bizarre combination of sterilized machines pulsing below a brazen upfront piano melody. It’s an interesting juxtaposition.
Driphouse will be going on tour starting April 15 alongside Caboladies, Carl Calm, and Dariius. Watch the plant-themed promotion vid for the tour below, featuring some particularly inspired new material from Caboladies.
“Gonna Tune Right In On You”
Tom Carter (Charalambides) has a new tape All Ahead Now on Root Strata. It’s limited to 120 and has been described as “Dark bliss of feedback and harmonic brick layering feed from the streets of NYC.” Check out the clip above if you’re into dark bliss of feedback and harmonic brick layering feed from the streets of NYC.
“Tanned Skin Dress”
Xander Harris (also a character from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) has a new album on Not Not Fun called Urban Gothic (also a TV horror show). Check out this killer (literally) video, directed by Amanda Brown (LA Vampires, 100% Silk, co-founder of Not Not Fun) and Ben Shearn. (COOL!)
You’re probably sick of slow-drifting synth landscapes, aren’t you? This will be the last one, I promise. I found this Golden Retriever excerpt while posting about Matt Carlson’s new tape yesterday. According to his website, Carlson and Golden Retriever are “Northwestern American cohorts.” In actuality, I think they might be the same person, though with so many name changes and alternate aliases floating around, I’ve somewhat stopped caring. I really enjoy this track though.
• Golden Retriever: http://bucketfactory.com/Store.htm
COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres (album mix)
On May 10, Montreal’s Matana Roberts will release COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres, an improvisational avant-jazz album with roots in punk, modern composition, and performative theater. The track streaming above is a mix of several passages from the album. Look for the album on CD/2x10-inch courtesy of Constellation.
A documentary about No Wave [trailer]
Check out this trailer for Blank City, a new documentary about No Wave, the seminal art, music, and film movement of late-70s/early-80s New York. The film premiered earlier this week at NY’s IFC Center, but there are plenty of screenings coming up. Here’s a synopsis for Blank City:
Take a trip back to a time when New York City wasn’t all glitz and glamour as filmmaker Celine Danhier offers a look at the birth of “No Wave Cinema” and the vibrant art scene that exploded out of the East Village in the late ’70s. In the years before Ronald Reagan took office, Manhattan was in ruins. But true art has never come from comfort, and it was precisely those dire circumstances that inspired artists like Jim Jarmusch, Lizzy Borden, and Amos Poe to produce some of their best works. Taking their cues from punk rock and new wave music, these young maverick filmmakers confronted viewers with a stark reality that stood in powerful contrast to the escapist product being churned out by Hollywood. Interviews with the aforementioned artists as well as Debbie Harry, Steve Buscemi, John Waters, John Lurie, Lydia Lunch, and Thurston Moore reveal how a group of young visionaries pooled their resources to birth a film movement that produced some of the most challenging art of the 20th century.
Ah, fuck — now I have to listen to Buy (TMT Review) right now.
• Blank City: http://www.blankcityfilm.com