Mandelbrot & Skyy
“TT Races”

Check that cover art out. I like the random placement of orange; the whole thing really takes a minute to sink in, but it’s hard not to look. “TT Races” is kind of similar, seeming a bit subdued, cheesy, out-there, random, geometric, colorful etc. It comes courtesy of Mandelbrot & Skyy, a new project from Rene Hell (Jeff Witscher) and Driphouse (Daren Ho, who was also in Racoo-oo-oon). I wish this project was called Witscher’s Ho. You can grab the album, titled OD-Axis, at Foxy Digitalis. (via Altered Zones. Though… dudes, you spelled Mandelbrot wrong.)

• Foxy Digitalis: http://www.foxydigitalis.com/digiv027.html

TV On The Radio

“Will Do”

Hey, new TV On The Radio! “Will Do” is the first song to be unveiled from their forthcoming album Nine Types Of Light, due out April 12th from Interscope. If this song is any indicator, the new album will be even more accessible than 2008’s excellent Dear Science; clocking in at 3’44” and boasting a really catchy chorus, “Will Do” is arguably the most radio-friendly song the band has ever released. But, ya gotta wonder – are they brushing up on pop sensibility or are they just a bunch of big fucking sellouts now? Nah, I’m jus’ kiddin’, it’s good.

TV On The Radio - “Will Do” by Interscope Records

• TV On The Radio: http://www.tvontheradio.com/
• Interscope: http://interscope.com/

The Flaming Lips

“Two Blobs Fucking” (all 12 tracks mixed together)

One of the shittiest things you can do to Zaireeka, The Flaming Lips’ grand audio experiment from 1997, is mix all four discs down to one track on the computer and listen by yourself on headphones. And yet, people have done it, including… ahem… me (hey, fuck you too!). Well, it’s really no surprise that someone has also mixed all 12 YouTube videos of “Two Blobs Fucking,” the group’s latest Zaireeka-esque experiment (TMT News), into one video, thus eliminating the need for you to get off your ass in order to hear the song.

So, please feel free to ruin the experience, but remember that it’s not my fault. It’s not like you have to press play…

You’ve already hit play, haven’t you?

• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com
• Two Blobs Fucking: http://www.youtube.com/flaminglipsfree

Destroyer

“Downtown”

DID YOU KNOW: in 2010 TMT didn’t give a single five star review?? This year we’ve already handed out TWO!!! Destroyer’s Kaputt was one of them. Is it worthy? No it’s not. Just kidding, that isn’t for me to decide. Watch Dan Bejar and his band play this spot-on rendition of “Downtown” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon while wishing you learned sax instead of guitar as an attention-craving teen.

SSPS (Jon Nicholson of Excepter)

Highly Sensitive Safeguards Secure

Jon Nicholson (a.k.a. Porkchop) of Excepter has released a solo cassette as SSPS. The release, titled Highly Sensitive Safeguards Secure, is pro-dubbed and pro-printed via Obsolete Units. In other words, it won’t sound like your typical RRRecycled noise release.

• SSPS: http://www.pyramidsnake.com
• Obsolete Units: http://www.obsoleteunits.com

Kontravoid

“Native State”

A lot has been made of chopped and screwed vocals recently. I think part of the appeal – especially in a dance context – is that slowed or distorted voices often suggest androgyny. There is a certain otherness to these morphed phrases that fits perfectly with the glamorous but vapid backing tracks we hear so much of now. Not everything being said in this track by Kontravoid is apparent at face value – first you have to decode a cold exterior. At the heart is the vocal track; a deadpan, deeply ambiguous rant that nonetheless provides a necessary humanizing anchor. (via Don’t Die Wondering)

Native State by Kontravoid

• Kontravoid: http://soundcloud.com/kontravoid

  

CHOCOLATE GRINDER is our audio/visual section, with an emphasis on the lesser heard and lesser known. We aim to dig deep, but we'll post any song or video we find interesting, big or small.