Peg Simone
“Oh Holy Night”

After a couple self-released full-lengths (The Deeper You Get, Branded Heart) and an EP on Catdolls Records (Swoon), Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Peg Simone has managed to find herself in the company of some of the Chocolate Grinder’s favorite current musical heroes — Oren Ambarchi, Rhys Chatham, John Fahey, Tony Conrad, Fennesz, Jon Mueller, Thurston Moore, Stephen O’Malley — as she’ll be releasing her new album, Secrets from the Storm, on Table of the Elements/Radium. The track above, “Oh Holy Night,” sees Simone in a unique, unsettling collaboration with writer/poet Holly Anderson, who was a lyricist for Mission of Burma and Consonant. Anderson also supplies lyrics for two other Simone tracks, “Boilermakers” and “1927.”

Secrets from the Storm is due May 25. You can download “Oh Holy Night” here.

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“M. Wilson, American”

Like Chicago improv? According to their publicist, “[Male] features the core group of Jonathan Krohn, Ben Mjolsness and Todd Mattei (Joan of Arc), joined by Jason Adasiewicz, Josh Berman and Mike Reed (all Exploding Star Orchestra), Steven Hess (Pan American, Haptic, Fessenden), Nick Butcher and Dave Rempis.” Yummy. Male’s second full-length, German for Shark, will be released digitally and on limited-edition grey vinyl July 6 via the mighty Other Electricities.

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The Most Serene Republic

“Jelly Chamber”

The Most Serene Republic are releasing a new EP, Fantasick Impossibliss, tomorrow on their own label, Home Of The Rebels. The Chocolate Grinder has never heard this band before, but you know what? Fuck it. I’ll watch after it’s published.

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Robby Moncrieff


Robby Moncrieff (The Advantage What’s Up, Dirty Projectors) has teamed up with Zach Hill (Hella) for an album called Who Do You Think You Aren’t. It’s due on Porter Records.

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Brian Gibson

“A Total Change in Lifestyle”: Lightning Bolt Bassist By Night, Video Game Designer By Day

Brian Gibson (the bassist half of TMT favorite Lightning Bolt) has been working as the “lead artist” for a new game being developed for Harmonix (makers of Guitar Hero and Rock Band). He’s interviewed here about “the history of Lightning Bolt, Brian’s Barkley character (the impetus for the band), Providence, RI’s burgeoning art and music scene, and get a look at Thumper, the upcoming, sure-to-be-a-hit game Brian’s creating as we type,” according to’s Motherboard series.

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Matthew Larkin Cassell


Some white guys just have the funk in them. Case in point: Matthew Larkin Cassell. Although his name doesn’t quite flow, his beats do — in fact, they flow so effortlessly that Madlib unknowingly (and illegally) sampled his work for Madvillainy 2: The Madlib Remix. Somehow, someway, Cassell heard the sample and this eventually led to Stones Throw issuing a complete collection of his work. Don’t worry — it’s a happy story, and you can/should read it here.

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