Lucky Dragons
Existers [album stream]

Do you remember elementary school music class? I was taught melody, timing, and harmonies by doing exercises like splitting the class into three sections to sing “Row, row, row your boat” all starting at different times, or having different parts of the room make rain noises by stomping their feet or rubbing their hands together. The music teacher signaled the start and end of each part, and it all kind of degenerated into noise in the middle, only to have it kind of come together at the end. What is the adult version of that? A bunch of people sitting around in a circle, pressing play at designated times on their laptops or smartphones? It would be like a “Kumbaya” for the digital era. Why would I clap my hands together when I can press a button that makes the noise for me?

Never forget Existers. And you won’t, because Lucky Dragons are timeless. The album’s title track is a singalong campfire song, except the campfire is one of those electric fireplaces and everyone is wearing neon colors and sitting “Indian-style.” How did those uncoordinated kids turn into this? From drowning in pixels.

• Lucky Dragons: http://luckydragons.org

Chocolate Grinder Mix 47

Slower Combing Eggs

Chris Corsano is on some crazy shit. Maybe I just made this cause I wanted to start a mix off with a drum solo? It’s weird, though, because White Suns come in right after “Famously Short Arms” stops, but their metal chug almost sounds like it could be from the same band. Maybe all music is more or less the same, at least to alien ears. That is, if aliens were landing on earth. They’d demand to hear native humanoid music, and we’d show them Francis Bebey and Dean Blunt (because it’s the future, and that shit has become legendary), and they’d be like “What is this primitive timbre-based waveform? All humans are equally stupid.” Then they would blow our minds open with pure psychic projections that render our concepts of music obsolete. Until then, we can keep banging on drums and playing “slap bass” and “synth shit.”

Stream below, and subscribe to our podcast here.

[00:00] Chris Corsano - “Famously Short Arms”
[04:19] White Suns - “Footprints Filled”
[08:46] Starring - “The Best”
[13:58] Colin Webster & Mark Holub - “The Claw”
[15:58] Dean Blunt & Igna Copeland - “12”
[18:32] Blanche Blanche Blanche - “Jason’s List”
[21:37] Paborsk - “The Nest”
[25:28] Francis Bebey - “Savanah Georgia”
[28:53] Axxess - “Slow Combing Eggs”
[31:20] Suzanne Ciani - “Eighth Wave”
[34:35] Tyme. x Tujiko - “world 世界”

Yyu

“your hands/ moo .3”

Yyu, fronted by a guy named Ben from California, has released a bizarre yet cozy little album, TIMETIMETIME&TIME. The release sees Yyu mashing samples sourced from both himself and presumably not-himself, fucking with their temporal logic, and then cut-and-pasting it all together in a sample-/loop-based record that sounds satisfyingly warm, playful, and performative. Beats jerk around and discontinuities abound, sure, but there’s a well-defined, honed-in aesthetic that sounds at once incredibly disciplined and incredibly out of control: one moment you’re gently nudged forward with a delicate buzz of guitar strings, the next you’re trapped in a loop going nowhere but in circles.

Listen to the album’s first track, “your hands/ moo .3,” here:

Meanwhile, give the full album a stream here, courtesy of Beer On The Rug (a label that I’m growing to truly ♥), and don’t forget about Yyu’s free EP from earlier this year, Ghost Toast.

• Yyu: http://soundcloud.com/yyu
• Beer on the Rug: http://beerontherug.com

Lockbox

“Macarena (cover)”

|||||||| DISCLOSURE |||||||| YES |||||||| FUN |||||||| DUST |||||||| HARSH |||||||| APPLY |||||||| FREE |||||||| SUMMER |||||||| CRYSTAL |||||||| HELLO |||||||| VIEW |||||||| MANIC |||||||| BUTTON |||||||| TRAFFIC |||||||| CH’SHH |||||||| ANTIQUITY ||||||||

Also, be on the look out for more goofin’s of Sir Jesse Briata (Lockbox) on Animal Image Search July 1.

• Lockbox: http://lockbox.bandcamp.com
• Animal Image Search: http://animalimagesearch.bandcamp.com

Dirty Projectors

“Dance For You”

Dirty Projectors just released a second track from their forthcoming album, Swing Lo Magellan (out July 10 on Domino). It’s called “Dance For You” and has an amazing video to go with it. PLEASE watch it full screen:

• Dirty Projectors: http://www.dirtyprojectors.net
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

Co La

“Dr. Oblivion Soundcheck”

Oh, yeah! Remember last year when TMT sucked NNA dry? Well, the juice was worth the squeeze, because they keep on rockin’ it. Not only are they pimping Ryan Power, KFW, and Dolphins into the Future already, but here’s a new Co La release, Soft Power Memento. ON TAPE! (Or CD if ya in love with the format @Hands In The Dark). And it’s an EP, ya heard. Only, no you haven’t. Unless you bought it already and it’s come to ya house. If ya haven’t, “Dr. Oblivion Soundcheck” is your taste (supreme). It’s nice. Like, same old CD-scratched mixing, but way more mellow, less abrasive than before. The whole EP is that. This’ll probz be my summer EP. It’s all one-sided too, so just flip a bitch and replay that sex-talk. Find it now on NNA before they all out and you all like :( …Er you can pop it as a CD off Hands In The Dark’s new website!

• Co La: http://meltersdelight.tumblr.com
• Hands In The Dark: http://handsinthedarkrecords.com
• NNA Tapes: http://nnatapes.com

  

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