“On the Massachusetts-Virginia Border”
Glenn Jones, formerly of Cul de Sac, is from the “American Primitive” school of steel string guitar playing. This means he’s a pre-modern human who loves to eat bananas, but boy can he play guitar! He has a new full-length, The Wanting, in the bag, and it’s due September 13 on Thrill Jockey. In the meantime, check out “On the Massachusetts-Virginia Border,” a track off his Record Store Day split with the Black Twig Pickers.
Bureau B is probably most recognizable for reissuing old Sky records. Now they’re dipping into 80s electronic label Cue Records’ back catalog for some extreme cosmic pop from the band You. Their album Time Code builds on the Kraftwerk template more than anything, adding a crystalline pop sheen with heavy doses of melodic sugar. That’s not to say that there aren’t some heavy synth-crazed moments. In my humble opinion, a pretty astonishing balance is met here between the corners of German electronics via 1983, making this somewhat of a lost classic.
• Bureau B: http://www.bureau-b.com/
“Never Ever Ever Ever Again”
Siskiyou, a Vancouver duo consisting of Erik Arnesen (Great Lake Swimmers) and Colin Huebert (ex-Great Lake Swimmers), have always hated geese, so it is presumably with great pleasure that they unveil their latest video for “Never Ever Ever Ever Again.” The track is off the group’s self-titled album, released last year on the Constellation (who, just this year alone, are responsible for such fantastic albums as Matana Roberts’ COIN COIN, Efrim Manuel Menuck’s Plays “High Gospel”, and Colin Stetson’s New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges).
While you wait for Siskiyou to finish up their new album (it’s nearly done, according to Constellation), feel free to stream their eponymous album here:
“Staircase” [new track, live on From the Basement]
Radiohead posted a new song today on Dead Air Space. It’s called “Staircase,” and it features two bald drummers, the other being Clive Dreamer. He drummed on Beth Gibbons’ Out of Season and I think (because I looked it up) Mark Springer’s Nature Music Food The Stars & The Planets. The clip is from their upcoming session on the BBC’s From The Basement.
Radiohead have sure come a long way, haven’t they?
When Moon Glyph is on point, they put out some real gems. This time, we have a collection of demos from synth-progger Steve Moore, member of Zombi. There is a directness to the tracks that I find interesting, and if the samples are any indication, the tape could pass for a proper 2011 synth opus. According to Moon Glyph:
“Demo 2004” is exactly what it says – a series of songs Steve Moore recorded in his home before the release of Zombi’s “Cosmos”. In collecting the batch, Moore said, “I never gave any thought to releasing them. I liked the idea of keeping them for myself.”
Moore reveals himself as a greedy dick.
P.S. amazing album art.
Prepare yourselves: Melbourne, Australia’s noisy post-punkers Fungus Brains are getting resurrected. A reissue of the band’s 1983 album, Ron Pistos Real World, is available now through Load and captures a young, presumably incorrigible Mick Turner (Dirty Three) on guitar. If you’re into Turner’s other early projects — Sick Things, The Moodists, Venom P. Stinger — or even The Birthday Party and Swell Maps, then Fungus Brains will be right up your alley.
• Load: http://www.loadrecords.com