When I saw Free Weed play “Rainier Beer” from their Lillerne Tapes release Free a few weeks ago in Portland, main man Erik Gage and his on-stage dance support, Unkle Funkle, pantomimed (because the bar didn’t have it) shaking, opening, and spraying tall boys of Rainier all over each other. It was like a scene from some early-90s teenage movie celebrating beer, drugs, and summer break. In fact, Free in its entirety is just pop-punk and fun enough to soundtrack an entire film from the irresponsible-teenagers-making-bad-decisions genre.
Listen to it below, buy the album from Lillerne Tapes, and prepare yourself for some serious bro-ing down.
Before I get to the track review let me just share a little story: on Election Day, I ran into the Game outside of a TGI Friday’s restaurant near Madison Square Garden. I had assumed the mob was because the TGI Friday’s had been designated as a polling place, but then I saw him standing there, taking pictures with fans and just in general being a very nice dude – so I’m gonna just go and declare him the king of that TGI Friday’s.
Anyway, “Black Jesus” is a Sap-produced track that didn’t make Jesus Piece, the California rapper’s upcoming album (it’s set to drop December 11). It’s a very chill track, with a repetitive hook, some zen instrumentals, and a convenient list of luxury items available in the color black. Check it out.
Various Artists: Moon Glyph
Opal Vol. 1 & 2
Like the middle part of a Venn diagram, where the otherwise diverse subjects represented by each circle overlap, Moon Glyph has been using “psychedelic” to piece together a number of different artists for their genre-spanning label for nearly four years. Recently, Moon Glyph released a two-volume compilation of previously unreleased tracks from most of their contributing psychedelic-[insert genre here] artists, spanning 26 tracks and over two hours of music.
You can watch the The Mamas & The Papas-sounding video for Halsan Bazar’s compilation contribution, “Everybody Dies,” below and download the entire mix for free over at the Moon Glyph website.
• Moon Glyph: http://moonglyph.com
Oh man, remember when you couldn’t fucking wait for Microsoft Train Simulator 2?! Yeah, me neither, but I bet it would have been sick! Train Simulator 2 is one example of what the computer industry calls vaporware — software, hardware, and games that were announced and anticipated, but were never actually released to the public. In 2012, we music nerds have a similar word, vaporwave, but it means something different entirely. This digital, sample-driven, cheese-laden, cyber-pop seems to come out of nowhere, with zero hype whatsoever. Maybe I’m just not paying close enough attention, but to me, this music seems to be made by completely anonymous individuals on some Sim island at the surreal midpoint between Los Angeles and Tokyo, who record 2-3 albums a day, and release them on the internet for free every other month or so. Whoever/wherever/wheneverthefuck this shit is coming from, I’m not sick of vaporwave yet. And now that we’re getting deep into fall, the waves are getting smaller and the vapor billows in thick like the autumn mist at dawn.
Infinity Frequencies is one of these mysterious producers, who has released several full-length records in the past few months and has just posted a new one called Sunset Limited. With some familiar samples, creamy sax solos, and extra cheese, Sunset Limited makes for the perfect record to cruise through the drizzle with the heater blasting and the windows down.
Monopoly Child Star Searchers
The Garnet Toucan
Coming down from his prior 2012 release Inner Tube with Mark McGuire, Spencer Clark fills all our Living Room Visions with star-searching on the highest astral planes, thanks to Underwater Peoples. The Garnet Toucan, Clark’s new album, beholds the final work of his “Romance Audio Trilogy,” succeeding Bamboo for Two and Make Mine Macaw.
I’m heavily influenced as a thinker by Spencer’s creative music and writing. I read The Garnet Toucan poem by Clark in a free zine called Linda (co-curated by me!), which originally came in an order from Tomentosa in April. Actually, ALL the releases I own by Spencer has some form of literature in them. As a companion to his musical works, his writing is spot on and presents the most neolithic science fiction creativity known to Earth. Here’s what he had to say about his “Romance Audio Trilogy”:
The intention in these works lies in finding a symbolic, exotic, animal to unleash a psychoactive environment expression that leads one to an elaborate meeting with the natural world. The Garnet Toucan completes the trilogy by uncovering the symbolic animal’s transfiguration into the outerzone of infinite space. The Parrot or Toucan is thought of as a mediator between human and nature…
And listen to The Garnet Toucan here:
The Garnet Toucan is out tomorrow, November 20, on Underwater Peoples. I’ll be conducting an interview with Spencer Clark in January, so keep your eyes peeled or hit me up with questions to ask!
“Diamonds (Rihanna Cover)”
Zola Jesus is largely indebted to 80s icons like Kate Bush and the Cocteau Twins, but she’s recently come out with a cover of Rihanna’s recent (and sort of underwhelming) single, “Diamonds.” Her throaty wails have a lot more heft than those on Ri’s original take, while the instrumentation and effects are decidedly trippier, draping the mid-tempo anthem in gauzy atmospherics. As usual, one of the most intriguing aspects of ZJ’s vocal is how it manages to be so rough around the edges — and at times, even slightly out-of-tune — but also so potent and affecting. Those looking for a spot-on rendition of the more polished original might not like this goth-ier cover, but they’re missing out — the New York chanteuse continues to intrigue.