Kommissar Hjuler Und Frau
“Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm”
According to artiste Kommissar Hjuler, who performs with his wife as Kommissar Hjuler Und Frau, they have made the “greatest album of the century” in Jacob und Wilheim Grimm. Check the sample to hear for yourself. It certainly does make most music we call “experimental” these days seem a bit rote, as if musicians picked up a basic set of ‘avant-garde’ rules somewhere along the way and we never really let go. Of course, Kommissar’s music has been labeled Neo-Dada, so what do I know? Feeding Tube Records claims that Jacob und Wilheim Grimm is a “hearty mix of sound poetry, musique concrète, absurdist performance and pornography” and that it’s “not always an easy sell. Add to that the group’s discography, which is approaching the 300 count, and it can become difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff.” In the spirit of dadaism I’m going to call Feeding Tube out for setting any sort of Wheat vs Chaff precedent. The wheat and the chaff are one, man.
Motion Sickness of Time Travel
Hobo Cult records will be handling the new tape from Rachel Evans, aka Motion Sickness of Time Travel, which sports the kind of tape art that makes me love tape art. Rachel will also be touring as one half of Quiet Evenings in August, so be sure to pick up some releases while you can.
“Welcome to the Chill Zone”
Umberto’s Prophecy Of The Black Widow was one of my absolute favorite records of 2010. Although his output since hasn’t quite scaled Black Widow’s burnt out horror-themed heights, I can still feel magic beating at the heart of a piece like “Welcome to the Chill Zone”, a more ambient, moody cassette on the Solid Melts label. Check out Side A of the tape, a continuous ten minute build that culminates in chilling, sparkling dissonance. Kinda makes me want to knife a young girl to death.
Strand of Oaks/Nihiti
“Sterling” (Nihiti remix)
Check out this bizarre, labyrinthine offering from Nihiti, a remix of Strand of Oak’s “Sterling”. The track seems to build and build layers without clear payoffs or textural shifts, creating an oddly ambient effect out of more traditional songwriting elements. Compare and contrast with the original here:
According to Nihiti, their next EP will build on elements of their remix, scrapping electronics for an entirely acoustic session.
Norway’s KILLL, which features members of Jaga Jazzist and JR Ewing, are releasing their self-titled debut album on September 15 via Fysisk Format. The album consists of various live tracks from 2005-2009 and will be released as a CD+DVD package. This metal/noise hybrid is definitely raising the bar with the extra L in its name.
“Love Theme” & “Big Clouds”
Seattle’s Emmul (a.k.a. Kyle Iman) has released tapes on Digitalis, Stunned, Monorail, and others, but he’s just released his first LP on Digitalis. It’s called The Drawing of the Line, and it’s out now at your favorite Best Buy. Stream two tracks, “Love Theme” and “Big Clouds,” above.