Jookabox, in case you haven’t heard, have broken up. I know this because I read TMT. The band’s final album, The Eyes Of The Fly, is due April 26 on Asthmatic Kitty. Check out “Drops,” the album’s first single and Jookabox’s last first single. SNIFF!!
C V L T S
Umberto released two monumental albums last year (Prophecy of the Black Widow and From the Grave) so I’m beyond excited about a new split 7” on Collective Crowd Records. The more slow-burning C V L T S handles the other side of the split, providing an interesting contrast to Umberto’s mid-tempo pop-horror. Above is the video for “Angel Chromosome,” directed by Zahid Jiwa (via Rose Quartz and Altered Zones). Pre-order the 7” instantly.
“Corn Maiden’s Rite”
On April 12, TMT favorite Rhys Chatham is releasing Outdoor Spell on Northern-Spy, the first of two Chatham albums expected from the label. Listen to “Corn Maiden’s Rite,” which features Chatham foregoing the guitar for trumpet and Beatriz Rojas playing the cajón (a Peruvian percussion instrument). Then read our news story for more information, which includes dates that start today. Then go shopping and buy yourself a new shirt. You’re looking a little homely lately.
“In Her Frown”
The stigma is still going strong: classical music has its head up its own ass. There’s the pretension, the stodgy harmonic rules (if perfect fifths move in parallel motion you are done for), the… old people. Rattling jewelry n’ shit. Of course, young modern composers are doing everything in their power to change this perception.
Case in point: this new track from up-and-coming Danish composer Simon Steen-Andersen. It’s an experiment with ultra-close microphone recording techniques. From the liner notes:
In Her Frown for two musicians continues with the use of close microphones. Most of all, the piece consists of a whole multitude of voice and mouth sounds, some of which can be perceived as words. But we do not know precisely which. Paradoxically, the words seem to be a declamation of the two entries ‘communicate’ and ‘perceive’ from the Internet dictionary dictionary.com. In other words it is about saying something clearly and understanding it correspondingly; but it is said in a way that makes these very things impossible; for example with a closed mouth or while a football horn brutally drowns it out.
Coincidentally, the piece shares some resemblance to our recent Eureka! pick from Chris Cogburn, Bonnie Jones, and Bhob Rainey. Best if played loud.
• Simon Steen-Andersen: http://www.simonsteenandersen.dk/
• DACAPO: http://www.dacapo-records.dk/en/recording-simon-steen-andersen–pretty-s…
Thymolphthalein, featuring TMT favorite Anthony Pateras and four other presumably awesome musicians, have released Ni maître, Ni marteau. According to Editions Mego, “Due to the extreme dynamic frequency range, this record was cut at 45rpm at a lower level. PLAY LOUD!”
• Editions Mego: http://www.editionsmego.com
“Trouble Ain’t Nobody Seen, But Me”
Anyone else notice the increase of trumpets in drone music? The instrument definitely creates a unique, melancholic vibe on this track from Brooklyn band Grasshopper. They sidestep a lot of the stagnation in modern drone, feeling both static and dynamic at once. Cool!
Hear more on a split with fellow Brooklynites OPPONENTS, out soon on Baked Tapes.