Gultskra Artikler
Abtu/Anet [full-album stream]

As my cousin Rob used to always say, “It makes me want to kill myself that there’s just not enough tunes fusing Radiophonic-era electronics, musique concrète, early European folk music, and 1920s film scores.” That’s where Gultskra Artikler and his latest release, Abtu/Anet, come in. The album, set for release next week on Miasmah, is somewhat of a ‘reissue,’ as it consists of music from a limited 3-inch CD-R from 2007 and an unreleased companion EP from that time. But it’s also somewhat not a ‘reissue,’ as it consists of music from a limited 3-inch CD-R from 2007 and an unreleased companion EP from that time. Anyway, who cares. Just listen and think about my cousin Rob, who is dead.

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Dylan Ettinger


Why can’t I watch “Wintermute” at my day job?
- Because it’s more awesome than work.
Is my home laptop working wee-fee style?
- No. I stole it from my day job and it’s on their network.
How does my life revolve around money?
- My sig-oth needs a stable fellah and a place to sleep.
What’s the limit on Lifetime of Romance?
- 40 minutes around March 6. #roughly
Can’t it just last forever?
- Cause that’d be Not Not Fun… ;;;;;;;)

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Lotus Plaza

“Come Back”

You remember Lockett from Deerhunter, right? He has a solo project called Lotus Plaza, and “Come Back” is a nine-minute dream pop song off his new collab/split 10-inch with Nice Weekend (his fiancé), set for release on Valentine’s Day via Audraglint Recordings. This glistening track has all the depth of a solo home-studio recording, layer upon layer of reverberating instruments — hours of overdubs — but without the isolation of a lonely musician up all night recording. This feels like a more euphoric exercise. Discs come in old-school tip-on record sleeves. Should serve as a primer for a new Lotus Plaza full-length on Kranky due later this year.

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“I Am The Queen”

Errybody’s footworking now: white people, Derrick Rose look-alikes, tennis players, babies. Even you. And the women? While some are hip rolling and others are bobbing, there are plenty of female footworkers who are killing it in circles. Jlin, who runs with DJ Roc’s Bosses Of The Circle clique, is the only female footwork producer I know. You’ve probably heard “Asylum” and “Erotic Heat” from the second Planet Mu footwork comp, and you might have also heard her breakout track “808,” but you should probably hear more. Her latest track is “I Am The Queen,” a song she’s dedicated to the “lady footworkers.” I feel like I should make a Lady Foot Locker joke here. Anyway, check it:

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Talibam! and Sam Kulik

“Squeeze My Nuts In The Barnyard”

Who’s up for an adventure? Get this: “Squeeze My Nuts In The Barnyard” is a track off Talibam! and Sam Kulik’s newest release Discover AtlantASS about Franklin (a teen abducted by Atlantis) and Stinge (a fish) combating an oil spill eradicating the undersea community. It’s 80 minutes of “Wait, what the fuck? Oh-oh, for the win” moments that Talibam! strives to achieve. Take the trip February 25. Will they save Atlantis? Or will the sea forever be covered in oil?

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ScHoolboy Q

“NigHtmare On Figg St.”

Tuuuuuuuuuuuuuesday suuuuuuuuucks!!!!!!!!! Yo, this post may be late to the game, and “NigHtmare On Figg St.” may be so 2011 with its “Niggas in Paris” reference, but it’s totally deserved for the slam. #skeetskeet Habits & Contradictions dropped *hard* January 14, but this post is your #stillneedareminder to pick it up if you haven’t yet. Perfect for a slow mid-week day, like today. And the instrumental got that “old, but new” school vibration: piano key firing, don’t-look-back snare, and that car-seat-lean bass. You’re still reading? You haven’t picked up Habits & Contradictions yet? Your car’s system (no matter how shitty) will love you for it!

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