In Tragedy, Julia Holter exhibits an extreme form of patient composition via recording herself recording… Err, recording is what that barren sound was on Tragedy, right? With “Marienbad,” Holter presents that same kind of patience, only through noticeably time-consumed pop music engineering. Like, there are almost, like, like mini-movements within this five-and-a-half-minute song. You think it has anything to do with the two different labels’ (Leaving Records and RVNG Intl.) coastal rivalry? Sounds from the West being more washed; sounds from the East being bopp’y. Respectfully, RVNG Intl. is fronting $crill for her next release Ekstasis on CD and double LP formats, to be released early March.
Burning Star Core
“Practice April 4th 2008”
C. Spencer Yeh, who we had the pleasure of interviewing late last year about his new album 1975 (review coming soon!), has released an almost four-year-old Burning Star Core practice on SoundCloud. The lineup features Robert Beatty, Mike Shiflet, and Trevor Tremaine, and it sounds infinitely better than any band practice that I was ever involved in.
Look, well listen -er… read this: I’m watching WALL-E right now and it’s pretty much telling me that technology will eventually inspire humanity to procreate and redevelop society for humans on Earth. Fuck that. Fuck you technology, in which I’m writing through. *Sigh* Damn you, Steve Jobs! And the fact of the matter is I got WALL-E as an indoor “date-night” movie. I know, Choco is filled with much masculinity. I argue this is the opposite. Maybe. Gonjasufi — master of terror-beats and whose MU.ZZ.LEs loaded — is dueting on “Feedin’ Birds” with his wife. Now, I don’t know the definition of “straight.” Cause who do really? Just, Gonjasufi is a totes straight kind of dude. Don’t let me tell you what to do. Or change our perception on language. But check out Warp Records January 24 for Gonjasufi’s MU.ZZ.LE CD or double 10-inch vinyl, including a screen-print poster.
Incidental Theater Music
Matt Mottel, a.k.a. the crazy synth dude from Talibam! and CSC Funk Band, has posted a four-track set of songs titled “Incidental Theater Music” via his SoundCloud. Here’s how he described it: “my father asked me to compose some music to be played between set changes during a theater piece…he had a few suggestions, and I followed them. this is what I came up with.” AWESOME. Check out the tracks below, and look out for Talibam!’s conceptual Atlantis album/comic book(!) with Sam Kulik on February 20 (trailer here) via Belly Kids. Full album title: Talibam! Goes To Bed with Sam Kulik and Discovers Atlantis.
The Magnetic Fields
“Andrew in Drag”
The Magnetic Fields have released a track off their new album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea. It’s called “Andrew in Drag,” and it has people rolling on the floor laughing! Check it out below, and look for the new album March 6 via Merge.
The third Kranky long player from Best Bandname contenders Disappears is coming out on the first of March, son. Recognize that solid back beat? Yeah, it’s Steve Shelley; he’s a full-time member now. So tack a post-it on your “I <3 Steve” bulletin board that says Pre Language right next to Two Dollar Guitar and Mosquito. Oh, dope guitar tone? Well, these tracks were recorded in Hoboken at Sonic Youth’s Echo Canyon West studio and mixed by John Congleton, so this album has quite a resume. Apparently there are direct references to Philip K. Dick and Joan of Arc in there somewhere. You had me in the first few seconds of this psych-ripper!