Tripper [full album]

A sudden trend has developed on the web thingy for kids with their gadgets and gizmos: breaking street date with early online releases of new music. I remember not long ago witnessing a riot on Facebook as friends were scrambling with anxiety to download that new Radiohead record. Their previous plans to wait by the computer till midnight had been foiled, and they feared being only the second or third to hear Thom’s new jams. The joke was on them, huh? And to add insult to injury, the album was The King of Limbs. All that trouble for nothing.

Yesterday, abiding by this trend, Hella whispered into a few ears, “Pssst! We already have Tripper on Bandcamp! Teehee!” Upon hearing the news, kids were cutting school, adults were quitting their jobs, and then an earthquake occurred. Now, I’m not saying Hella is responsible for that devastating natural disaster that shook a cup off of my table, but I’m just saying.

Listen to Hella’s new album Tripper (TMT News) above, and buy it at their Bandcamp page. Then go buy their older shit on the cheap at the Kill Rock Stars sale on 5RC merch.

• Hella: http://www.myspace.com/realhella
• Sargent House: http://sargenthouse.com

The Flaming Lips and Lightning Bolt

“I’m Working at NASA on Acid”

A month ago, The Flaming Lips and The Lightning Bolts (JK, I know their name!) released a trippy video for their collaborative track, “I Wanna Get High But I Don’t Want Brain Damage.” It was great, but it only left us wanting a video for “I’m Working at NASA on Acid,” too. A petition to get a video for the track started circulating around the TMT offices, and last I looked, we collected at least 18 signatures. I’m assuming someone sent it to Wayne Coyne, because the cuties at Consequence of Sound have tipped us off to the new, equally trippy video. Now how should we go about getting Lightning Bolt to cover Soft Bulletin in its entirety?

• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com
• Lightning Bolt: http://laserbeast.com


“Sea Balm”

I never had a Nintendo or Sega when I was young. Not because my family was completely impoverished or in the shit, but because my young American mind saw those colorful, dazzling new technologies as an out of reach fantasy. When I was a little older, the same went for synthesizer music by the likes of Vangelis and Francis Rimbert. This is true: when I heard Vangelis’ theme from Cosmos I thought “this is my favorite thing in the world!” but I never got the fucking album! What? Are there any mental disorders where you don’t let yourself have what you want the most even though it’s right in front of you? (Masochism.) Jesus christ, at least now there’s enough spiraling synthesizer music to last several lifetimes.

So let me stop being a narcissistic dumbass and mention Panabrite, aka Norm Chambers, one of the current crop of “synth explorers” (to use a term Vangelis never thought would be cliche but cosmically has) who continues to blur the line between drifting ambiance and a sense of through composition. “Sea Balm”, a track from his new Tranquility Tapes release Wind Rider, veers towards the meditative side of things, though the sustained drone is broken up by a seemingly wordless vocoder track. When a faint arpeggio drops near the end it’s just icing on the cake, and you hardly realize that the entire thing has essentially hovered motionless over a single chord. It’s also worth looking into Norm’s other releases this year, particularly the Omni Center CD-R which is an absolutely crystal clear recording that I might share with benevolent visiting Aliens if they asked what this synthesizer shit was all about.

• Panabrite: http://panabritesounds.blogspot.com/
• Tranquility Tapes: http://tranquilitytapes.blogspot.com/

Mick Barr


Mick Barr, the man behind/in front of Ocrilim, Orthrelm, and Octis, has a new solo album, Coiled Malescence, due September 13 via Safety Meeting. The album, which I haven’t heard but am expecting to blindly love, is available for pre-order right now. It reportedly “shreds.” (via Pitchfork)

• Safety Meeting: http://www.safetymeeting.net

Ricardo Donoso

“Conditional Formatting (Descent)”

Progress Chance, the new album by Brazil’s Ricardo Donoso (who is now situated in Boston — you want his mailing address too??), is out this week on Digitalis. The idea for the album, according to the label, “was to strip out the four-to-the-floor beats and any other drum programming and create his own version of the ‘morning dance music’ he grew up with in the Brazilian rave scene.” Any remixers want to overdub some shitty four-to-the-floor beats? No? Good. Check out the terrifying video for “Conditional Formatting (Descent)” above.

• Ricardo Donoso: http://rdonoso.com
• Digitalis: http://www.foxydigitalis.com/rec_index.html

Stylus Rex

“Blatant Elephant”

It’s been a long time coming, and getting increasingly longer, but underground breakbeat sensation Greg Marshall (a.k.a. Stylus Rex) is closing in on the release date for his debut album. Initially slated for release in early 2011, Ground Level Records boss Andy McAllister assures fans it will see the light of day in December (fingers crossed). In the meantime, the label has just released an official video for “Blatant Elephant.” Set to the work of a few visual artists, the A/V experience gives the viewer a slice of yummy nostalgia, sending us right back into that mid-90s warehouse then of necessity and now of legend. Here’s looking forward to that Christmas present.

• Stylus Rex: http://www.myspace.com/stylusrex
• Ground Level Records: http://www.groundlevelbreaks.com


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