What would the Chocolate Grinder be without some grind? Pig Destroyer, the undisputed kings of the genre, are set to release Book Burner on October 22, and judging from this preview, “The Diplomat,” we’re in for a treat. The blast-beats are bludgeoning, the guitar riffs as writhing and relentless as ever, and J.R. Hayes’ vocals are as cathartic and caustic as ever. It’s been five years since we last heard from the Virginia quartet, so it’s nice to see them back on their daily grind (sorry, couldn’t help the pun). The new LP will cram 19 tracks into 32 minutes — hope you’re ready. Listen here.
The voice of postmodern Shanghai is Stalin Gardens, and it’s fuckin weird. Helmed by precocious high-school harsh noise enthusiast Achmed (birth name: Julien), they take the China-brand no-wave/post-punk thing started by bands like P.K.14 and 8 Eye Spy and shove it down a deep k-hole into the grimiest parts of the Shanghai metropolitan subconscious, and all in time to get home before curfew. I saw them play once. Half their set was Achmed strumming disembodied riffs from “Smells Like Teen Spirit” or “Stairway to Heaven” or something while repeatedly saying “This is experimental rock” and telling the audience to shut up in between songs. (The audience was five people.)
Anyway, SG just dropped a nine-song LP called Shanghai Void. In terms of hard-left-field music, Shanghai is pretty damn empty. So it’s good we have Stalin Gardens to send this plodding slow-burner — which moves from an opening Nas reference to songs about post-national consumerism and bone cancer — screaming into said void.
Stream the full album below, download it for free on their SoundCloud, and find some other odds & ends on their douban. (That’s the equivalent of Myspace/Facebook for Chinese bands. You’re not on douban? Get on douban.)
• Stalin Gardens: http://site.douban.com/sg
“Haze.Boogie.Life” [produced by Sinden & Matrixxman]
Mykki Blanco’s been blowing up lately, having been featured in a shit-ton of magazines, signing new contracts, and passing down judgments on American Idol. Blanco’s latest single is “Haze.Boogie.Life,” a nervous, skittering track that features production by Sinden and Matrixxman. A video is dropping Friday via the single’s very own Tumblr, but for now, the music:
After a deep chapter of #-track recording bass-fused w33p-pop, Diva Dompé [slash] DIVA now brings softer shades and roaring fashion-pits — roaring from currently being in the L.A. BABES output, and softness possibly developed while joining Pocahaunted’s swan song. But in this video, directed by the extraordinary Miko Revereza, the colorlessness, singularly framed DIVA , draby clothing, and minimal accessories all develop an encompassing simplicity to her lyrics and lush high-scale DIY production value.
DIVA’s Moon Moods album is out on CD and LP formats via Critical Heights and can be streamed via the ever-commercial FADER. But if simplicity is your ting and paying in £s is not, Leaving Records is releasing a limited number of cassettes starting TODAY.
Chocolate Grinder Mix 62
Slumber Midget Fire Sandwich
Preheat the mood with anticipation of abstract Venezuelan hip-hop sanity excursions. Cut wickedly tasty free releases into quarters and slice each one lengthways. Spread a bountiful helping of bathdub and cyberfuck across the length of the mix before layering it with some sumptuously fuzzy R&B, lo-fi phlegmatic dub, and spooky 2-step. Lightly coat the wonderfully outré electronic muddle with vinyl surface crackle and skewer the filling with under-reported, vox-heavy ambient punk. Season with Cantonese abstraction and serve diagonally across a playback device of your choosing.
Stream below, and subscribe to our podcast here.
[00:00] Arca - “Dignity”
[03:52] aaronmaxwell - “it’s like that”
[04:50] i/o - “I’d Be Lying”
[07:35] Friendzone - “Follow Me”
[09:39] HEAT WAVE - “WATCH YR BACK”
[11:25] SEEKERSINTERNATIONAL - “InVoiceDub”
[15:44] Triad God - “Top Level Club Prostitute”
[19:02] Charcuterie - “Caravan Caravas”
[22:59] Moist Ghost - “Keeping Tabs”
[25:38] Arca - “Manners”
Oren Ambarchi & Robin Fox
Oo the ‘ardest working experimental artist of 2012? Maybe it’s Oren Ambarchi [and friends]. Let’s say he the krankiest. And he’s giving y’all that Fri-/work-day suspense, along with pal Robin Fox, the modern man. MAYBE. Tension is right up there with “Standing Mandala,” boring souls in your mind’s core and pulsating into eye-flickering euphoria. Oren was definitely my jam shit while sleeping back some day prior to this one. Like, and I’d totally hit him up still if I hadn’t a bedfellow. Don’t think that’s an option at this point, but maybe. Mm, and new album on Kranky. October 22. Scare someone with the LP this Halloween holiday season. #allthatbeef