Life Sim
This Life

PC Music is the best thing that’s ever happened to music, objectively speaking. And the label — who some of us have objectively fallen in love with — has just released a new mix. This one’s by Life Sim, titled This Life, and it follows last year’s All Life mix. Without being influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice — that is, based purely on external facts, independent of how I feel or what might effect me on a personal level — I can say that this mix is [REALLY GOOD, AND THAT I WANT LIFE SIM IN MY BODY, LIKE, ~LITERALLY~ IN MY BODY SO I CAN BECOME LIFE SIM AND MAKE MUSIC THIS BOUNCY AND WEIRD AND PRETTY ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT. ACTUALLY, IT’D BE REALLY COOL IF ALL I HAD TO DO WAS SIT RIGHT NEXT TO LIFE SIM BEFORE OUR BODY PARTS WOULD BLEND INTO EACH OTHER AND WE’D BE THIS LIKE WEIRD MUTANT THING FOR AWHILE UNTIL WE FULLY SUBSUMED ONE ANOTHER, MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO BE IDENTIFIED BY ANY CONVENTIONAL MEASURES — LIKE, FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY WOULD JUST BLOW UP AT THE SIGHT OF US AND THOSE THUMBPRINT LOCKS ON SELECT LAPTOPS WOULD JUST MELT AT OUR TOUCH!!!]

Anyone have Life Sim’s address?

• Life Sim: https://soundcloud.com/lifesim
• PC Music: http://pcmusic.info
This Life: http://thislife.pcmusic.info

PERIOD

“Four”

Hey there, friend. Do you know PERIOD? No, no, not the punctuation mark, you dummy. If I was talking about the punctuation mark would I have intentionally caps-locked my way through the word up there? I’m talking about the improv/experimental/maybe-sort-of-metal-sometimes-but-other-times-not-really band featuring Charlie Looker, Chuck Bettis, and Mike Pride. Somebody once described them as sounding like Derek Bailey covering the Melvins, so, yes, confirmed, they sound like my dreams coming true. Hows about I list some of the members’ side projects to, I don’t know, jog your memory? Well, Looker’s used to be in a little group called ZS, and he also headed up Extra Life. Now he’s currently all about that Seaven Teares life and that Psalm Zero life. Bettis is primarily associated with his work in the improv duo Mossenek, as well as the bonkers sonic assault of Brown Wing Overdrive. Pride leads From Bacteria to Boys as well as Drummer’s Corpse, and he’s collaborated with a whole bunch of folks who will probably make you say, “Oh neat!” like, for example, Nels Cline, Keiji Haino, Matana Roberts, and Otomo Yoshihide.

Okay, with all that listing out of the way, we can get to what my youth pastor used to called the “real spiritual meat” of this here Choco post. You see, many moons (read: 8 years) ago, PERIOD put out their debut album PERIOD, and that shit sold out almost immediately (as of right now, though, you can grab a digital version of it off of Mike Pride’s Bandcamp). So naturally, the guys in PERIOD were like, “Let’s wait eight years and put out another record.” And now, thanks to the kindness of Public Eyesore Records, that new new PERIOD record is finally here. It’s called PERIOD 2 because yes, I agree, making up titles for things sucks. Right now we’ve got an extra special premiere of “Four” from the album going on below. “Four” is the second track on PERIOD 2, which is sort of like how Ben Folds Five only had three people in it.

Anyhow, “Four,” is an exercise in riding that Painkiller-ish line between metal sonics and free improv. Consisting quite simply of Pride’s wall of drums, Looker’s almost-chiming baritone guitar, and Bettis’ wailing reverbed-out vocals, the thing sounds nevertheless massive, pummeling. I want to attribute a substantial chunk of this specifically to Mike Pride, who manages to wring out a surprising range of dynamics and textures, even when playing comparatively traditional parts like the blast beats early in the song’s nearly 12-minute length. Bettis and Looker, too, sound totally jacked in to what Pride is doing, smart enough to lay out when they need to, and carefully just those frequency and timbre ranges left untouched by Pride, springboarding the whole thing up in to the upper atmosphere.

PERIOD 2 features special guests Darius Jones of Little Women, and Sam Hillmer of ZS, and it’s out May 29, as evidenced by the record release show that’s happening on that day in New York. For that show PERIOD will be joined by the clarinetist Jeremiah Cymerman, which is convenient for me because it gives me a reason to include one last Relevant Media Link: here’s Cymerman interviewing Looker on Cymerman’s own 5049 podcast.

• Chuck Bettis: http://chuckbettis.com
• Charlie Looker: https://twitter.com/charlielooker
• Mike Pride: http://mikepride.com
• Public Eyesore Records: http://www.publiceyesore.com

DYNOOO

These Flaws Are Mine To War With

DYNOOO is a leading provider of biorepository, biobanking, and laboratory services with more than three decades of experience serving the life science industry. DYNOOO collaborates closely with clients to customize and perform clinical research services, spanning from pre-clinical research to late-stage clinical trials. DYNOOO specializes in a variety of immune-monitoring techniques, and its biorepository facilitates a fully-integrated approach for drug or vaccine development. DYNOOO also offers primary human cellular products essential for understanding biological systems, pathways, and drug mechanisms. Its goal is to offer a number of different product and service options to accelerate our client’s research needs and speed-time to market.

These Flaws Are Mine To War With follows last year’s DYNOOO’s Mesh N2 Air, which was released on Astro:Dynamics. Grab it now via DatPiff.

• DYNOOO: https://soundcloud.com/DYNOOO

Desert

“Saps prou bé”

….banking off Mondo Sonoro’s premiere in Spanish, here’s the American premiere (the TMT way) in English:

DEEP Spanish vibing here. Total West Coast Euro beach lax style too. And as the walk to shore always feels like a desert, Desert is here to ease the heat pain on your soles or sores where the sand landed in your sandal band. But I definitely don’t believe Google’s translation capabilities on the title, “Saps prou bé.”

The first thing I’m in LOVE with in the beginning of Desert’s “Saps prou bé” is that tape electric pulse static apparently I only hear when playing a tape near any technology newer than it. The second bit I dig a lot too is the combination of Beach House and Sigur Rós vocals. The last bit is more of an interest in how they reclaim that sorta Washed Out and Neon Indian chillwave/kosmistiche sound in the instrumentals. It’s all purely smashed together in a post Catalan folk-esque manor, and shit gets a little trippy, a little laid back, and a little breezy.

Now I’m itching for a day on the beach, yo! So bust out your briefcase vinyl players, y’all – ‘cause WiFi at the beach (should be) nonexistent, for SURE – Desert is popping out a 12-inch entitled Envalira on Minty Fresh Records and Buenritmo Records June 10. It’s JUST in time for a good week to lead into them ocean waves. Do yourself a favor: take a dip in Desert’s newest single “Saps prou bé” below and enjoy:

• Desert: http://desertgrup.tumblr.com
• Minty Fresh Records: http://mintyfresh.com
• Buenritmo Records: http://www.buenritmo.es/webapp

Demitasse

Blue Medicine [Excerpts]

Demitasse is the latest permutation of the San Antonio based Buttercup who, in many ways are one of the most important bands I ever encountered in my life. The musical landscape south of Austin in Texas during the early-mid 2000’s was pretty spare and often Americana and/or punk driven and Buttercup stood out in the best way possible with their melancholic weirdo pop. I’m still fairly convinced that their 2005 debut Sick Yellow Flower is the most complete record to come out of San Antonio and it’s focus on feebly spare pop instilled a fascination with the power of fragmented melody and negative space in me that remains to this day. Every song on Sick Yellow Flower seemed so frail that they appeared to be on the verge of collapsing at any second. Even lushly arranged uptempo numbers like “In Spain” and “Cutting Daisies” threatened to either explode or collapse under their more expansively raucous arrangements. Buttercup was also great at writing catchy and cathartic rock music and these songs wound up dominating much of their followup album which seemed to somewhat mistakingly establish them as a sleek power pop band. Buttercup definitely owned this identity as well but I often got the sense from subsequent releases that these dudes were much more interested in how far they could strip away their songs and further warp the intimacy of their debut. As a result, Buttercup remained and became more of a straightforward pop band while the exact same songwriters decided to dedicate two respective projects to their exploration of melancholic intimacy. Demitasse is one of these bands.

Demitasse’s debut, Blue Medicine is largely born of familial tragedy but instead of amplifying these moments into grandiose anthems or intensely sincere confessionals , Demitasse create warm spacious reductionist pop. Most tracks are built around minimal guitar/voice tracks with drums, piano, and droning synths occasionally intruding. The liveness of these recordings often allows certain phrases and rhythms to linger long after they normally would. This coupled with the muted instrumental palette makes tracks like “The Executioner’s Song” and the excellent “Couples Therapy” reminiscent of other reductionist pop artists such as Souled American and Mark Hollis. The duo’s commitment to rich chord progressions and melodic invention amidst the space is also evocative of 90’s chamber pop artists like the Pernice Brothers and Eric Matthews but Demitasse’s work is far more bleak and spare than even the darkest songs of those artists. However, despite the gravity of these recordings, Demitasse manages to find some self-conscious black humor in their brooding on tracks like “I Remove My Penis,” “The Power of Positive Thinking,” and the aforementioned “Couples Therapy.” Throughout, it remains clear that these dudes are better than ever at crafting perfectly fractured spare pop.

Blue Medicine is out now via the band’s Bedlamb imprint. You can listen to four songs from the album below:

• Demitasse: http://www.bedlambrecords.org/demitasse
• Bedlamb: http://www.bedlambrecords.org/content

Burial

“Rival Dealer”

So, in light of this video barely scrapping the surface of fun in Burial’s “Rival Dealer,” although I don’t think Dealer is the ACTUAL music video for the track, I’m just gonna go for PURE viewer/listener reaction:

“I just ordered Rival Dealer on vinyl 2day. I think the editing for Dealer sux. Too on the nose. What is this 2004? I feel like I’m watching Snatch.” – Jeff Ravioli

“WTF – Why they kill him?” – Lenny Cagz

“It’s a long one” – MB Weltz

“It’s no mariah carey” – P-dizzle

“…lord. I saw that it happened, but…..” – DF

• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net

  

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