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!
“With Its Slow Decay”
California’s William Ryan Fritch has a driving passion for music. Since the age of 12, he taught himself to play over 40 instruments, finding enough time therein to develop his talent as a composer. Between 2007 and 2011, he eponymously issued Music For Honey and Bile as part of Asthmatic Kitty’s groundbreaking Library Catalog Music Series, contributed to several Sole and/or The Skyrider Band and Tokyo Bloodworm releases, and released two full-length albums under the name Vieo Abiungo.
Maintaining his momentum, he’s kickstarting 2012 with a, um, Kickstarter pledge drive, set up in the hopes of funding his latest Vieo Abiungo endeavor, a CD/DVD release titled Thunder May Have Ruined the Moment. If the video for “With Its Slow Decay” is any indication, this will be a mesmerizing mix of softly psychedelic visuals and Fritch’s tasteful brand of experimental orchestral music. If it does indeed get funded, the project will see release by Lost Tribe Sound sometime in March.
My friend has a tattoo of Leonard Cohen, so it is with his sexy body in mind that I post about “Darkness,” a new track off his new album, Old Ideas. It’s out January 31 on Columbia. Listen to “Darkness” here, friends:
Shit gets quique in Spain (maybe). Like hearing the foreign version of “Call Me.” Only Blonde sung that in Spanish, and Beach House don’t do Catalan as good as Granit. The Barcelonian base group is made up of Alba (Extraperlo, Albaialeix) and Cristina (vocalist for El Guincho’s Pop Negro), and they self-releasing 300 copies of a four-song 10-inch engineered by Eloi Caballé. They super fresh too, having only played five shows, one with Diva Dompe. That’s it. Hii-byye!
• Granit: http://granit.bandcamp.com