Otomo Yoshihide / Sachiko M / Evan Parker / John Edwards / Tony Marsh / John Butcher
Quintet/Sextet [preview]

Guys, Quintet/Sextet is it: the experimental music equivalent of The Expendables. Just think about it, like The Expendables this record brings together a myriad of the genre’s stars that have all entered interesting phases of their careers. For instance, Sachiko M is definitely the Sylvester Stallone of the group because she’s been pretty quiet in recent years except for big collaborative releases similar to Quintet/Sextet. However, her prior landmark work precedes her, and her iconic sine tones’ presence alone are something to celebrate in the same way that we celebrate Stallone’s mountain of a face. In that case, Otomo Yoshihide is unquestionably the Bruce Willis of the ensemble; the dude that’s continuously done big respectable work in a number of genres and generally followed his muse wherever it’s led him. The detailed comparisons could go on forever, but I’ll just say that Evan Parker is definitely Jason Staham, John Butcher is Mickey Rourke, John Edwards is Terry Crews, and the late/great Tony Marsh was unequivocally Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Thankfully, unlike The Expendables, this track preview finds the sextet working as a true ensemble to create a texturally arresting piece. The track manages to work its way through pointilistic noise to sustained drones and even a lovely jazz inflected middle before returning to the opening sounds. It’s a surprisingly greater whole than its parts that should firmly establish this ensemble is the ultimate free improv super group.

The release is available from Cafe Oto now.

• Cafe Oto: http://www.cafeoto.co.uk
• Otomo Yoshihide: http://www.japanimprov.com/yotomo/
• Sachiko M: http://www.teamsachikom.wix.com/sachiko-m
• John Butcher: http://www.johnbutcher.org.uk/
• Evan Parker: http://www.evanparker.com

DJ Rashad & DJ Gant-Man vs. Future

“HONEST [Foot Work rx Snip]”

Rashad and Gant-Man, I’m Just Bein’ Honest.
Teklife In This Bitch, I’m Just Bein’ Honest.
Hopped On That New Future Joint, I’m Just Bein’ Honest.
Finna Have Clubs On Smash, I’m Just Bein’ Honest.
That New-New Sound, I’m Just Bein’ Honest.
Auto-tune At 160, I’m Just Bein’ Honest.
This Shit Got Me Buggin’, I’m Just Bein’ Honest.
The Vanguard Of The New, I’m Just Honest.
Them Teklife Synths Smooth, I’m Just Honest.
Collab Str8 Meant 2B, I’m Just Honest.
Geeked-Up Off Dis Shit, I’m Just Bein’ Honest.
Too Bad It’s Just A Snip, I’m Just Honest.
Always New Teklife Shit On Deck, Who Knew?
I Was Gon’ Lie To U But I Had 2 Tell The Truth
I’m Just Bein’ Honest…

• DJ Rashad: https://soundcloud.com/djrashadteklife
• Gant-Man: https://soundcloud.com/djgantman
• Future: http://www.futurefreebandz.com

White Poppy

“Without Answers”

Caressed with the warmest fuzz, White Poppy (a.k.a. Crystal Dorval) blankets only the soft of smiles “Without Answers.” Complimented by the artistic mesh of Strawberry Jacuzzi’s visual talent, “Without Answers” comes at listeners/viewers with a gentle serenity to such a harsh acceptance. Taken from her newest S/T album (TMT Review), White Poppy washes away desire and presents the audience with proper being and earnest reality. While we’re always in demand for deeper meaning, maybe the importance of beauty is most located within uncertainty. Shoot, maybe it’s located within “Dreams of Ireland.” Yet, the overall feel of purity is at the core of White Poppy’s music. A calm is all around and nothingness is merely the immersion of one and a zone of another.

Find White Poppy’s newest album S/T at Not Not Fun headquarters and scope the video for “Without Answers” below:

• White Poppy: http://hellowhitepoppy.tumblr.com
• Not Not Fun: http://www.notnotfun.com

James Franco & Seth Rogen

“Bound 3 (Vague)”

“[James Franco] will [NOT] appear on today’s episode of Ellen. Here, from [a] taping, is the [fuckin’] debut of [James’] video for what’s arguably [YouTube’s] most [mildly] approachable song, “Bound 3 (Vague)” featuring Charlie Wilson. Directed by [probz Fader’s FUCKING MARKETABLE MOTHER; BOOOOM!!!!], the clip features [Franco] and ([flagrantly] topless) [artistic collaborator Seth Rogen] against screensaver-type backdrops. [Franco] previously debuted 2008′s [Pineapple Express] on [cinema screens in Wherever-The-Fuck, America]; today’s video launch is pegged to [Franco’s currently filming movie The Interview], which hits [theaters sometime in 2014, kay?].” by Naomi Zeichner of Fader

Devin KKenny

“Tell Me”

New York City and Los Angeles-based artist Devin KKenny’s just released a video for his new single “Tell Me.” The video is a rather genuinely touching visual riff on the now infamous performance piece “The Artist Is Present” pulled off by (the love-her-or-hate-her) Marina Abramović as part of the retrospective exhibit MoMA provided her back in 2010. Minimally orchestrated, squeaking seconds past four minutes, Devin KKenny’s video for “Tell Me” can pack an emotional punch, but most of all, it underscores and complements his monologue musings on finding human connections in a constantly emergent and contemporaneous, post-everything world.

• Devin KKenny: https://soundcloud.com/devin-kkenny
• Devin KKenny: http://devin-kkenny.bandcamp.com

High Wolf

“Freedom Or Death” (EXTRACT)

From the crucial mind-magic and thought-blooming of High Wolf comes a totally new extent of improvisational imagination: Freedom or Death. Now on cassette, via long-time High Wolf pals Shelter Press, listeners can finally become one with the audible clairvoyance of “Good/Evil, Cocaine/Salad, Man/Dog, Fridge/Freezer, Doing it/Winning it.” Everything constructed has a natural pathos, and as you can hear in the “Freedom Or Death” extraction below, High Wolf has established a way, piped you along the trail, and is managing to machete through the treachery of unknown reality. All of this is out there and becoming. Thus, managing the psyche is to be without loss.

Though fear not! High Wolf reels the unsettling statement of Freedom or Death as a duet between composer and audience. Duality fights what is promised in progression. Listeners try to stabilize meaning. High Wolf means to stabilize the intent to try. And try we all must when facing certainty in the realm of blind creativity. If you choose to follow the paws of High Wolf, dare to reel Freedom or Death from Shelter Press immediately (edition of 150), and taste the extract below in the mean time:

• High Wolf: http://highwolf.bandcamp.com
• Shelter Press: http://shelter-press.com

  

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