Public Spreads the News
Treat Yourself [album stream]

Public Spreads The News is the culture jamming mission of Wes Ables, and Treat Yourself is a 10-track, re-appropriated Tom Haverford mantra that straddles the line between psychedelic bedroom funk and mixtape hip-hop instrumentals. This Ailanthus Recordings issue relies on loops and samples, but rather than layering elements into oblivion, Ables opts for sturdy, sleek structures that he then breaks and rebuilds. Ables is flexing as a craftsman with the display of the grooves he’s molded from a small set of simple sounds.

• Public Spreads the News: http://publicspreadsthenews.com
• Ailanthus: http://ailanthusrecordings.bandcamp.com

Good Willsmith

Is The Food Your Family Eats Slowly [album stream]

I love the guitar string squeal, that little fret noise when switching notes. It sounds like the children playing at the kindergarten nearby the community garden I sometimes walk through at night. Slowly. And I always touch all of the leaves. Someone caught me once, and I was embarrassed, considering they aren’t my plants, but she just smiled and continued pulling tomatoes from her plant. It was a scene in a movie, you see. I remembered it when my friend started talking about Will Smith at work, which then reminded me how I put that new Good Willsmith album on my iPod, which then reminded me how I played it at the bar and everyone left because that slow-churning ambience is bad for bar business.

Thankfully, it works well as a soundtrack for walking through the garden next to the playground still muddy from all of the kids tramping around in the rain. Download Good Willsmith’s Is The Food Your Family Eats Slowly and give it a try. I think you’ll agree. Then you can buy the tape and share the experience with a friend using your Sony Walkman, each inserting one of the two earbuds. You have to walk close together so it doesn’t get pulled out, but it’s worth it.

• Good Willsmith: http://goodwillsmith.bandcamp.com
• Hausu Mountain Records: http://hausumountain.com

Black Pus

PUS MORTEM [album stream]

Black Pus (from Ancient Greek phlegein, “Brian,” and puhs, “to Chippendale”) (semantically opposite of White Castle) is medically recognized as a mental and emotional condition in which a person experiences intense feelings of well-being, elation, happiness, ecstasy, excitement, and joy.[1] Technically, Black Pus is an affect,[2] but the term is often colloquially used to define emotion as an intense state of transcendent happiness combined with an overwhelming sense of contentment. It has also been defined as an “affective state of exaggerated well-being or elation.”[3] The phrase derives from Old English blæc, meaning “put down yr acoustic guitar ‘n’ fuck my ears with noize.”

As they say, only an idiot would release a new digital album at 6 PM on a Tuesday. Here you go: Black Pus’ PUS MORTEM, available for whatever price you want:

1. Ren & Stimpy, “Space Madness,” season 1, episode 3.
2. http://public.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/affect.html
3. This is the footnote.

• Black Pus: http://blackpusone.blogspot.com

Mark Feehan

“Stoned Pilot B”

Last year, Bill Orcutt of 90s gnarly Miami noise group Harry Pussy blasted the bejesus out of blues with a beat-up guitar and blew us all away with How The Thing Sings to get a spot on our favorites of 2011. Now, Orcutt’s buddy Mark Feehan, who frequently played spastic guitar for Harry Pussy, is releasing his first solo record, MF, with old Harry Pussy promoters Siltbreeze Records. Feehan’s independent work is somewhat similar to Orcutt’s acoustic binges of raw Americana, but it echoes louder his punk roots: on some tracks, it is through pure loudness, and the rest hold subtle rock-like structures from which Feehan’s modal musings materialize.

But it’s not the similarity to former bandmates that’s interesting here. Apparently, Feehan has spent a lot of time in the last few years submerged in his exact replica of Confederate submarine the H.L. Hunley — what better place to conceive new twisted takes on classic American guitar playing! Grab Feehan’s MF, which is out today, and check out “Stoned Pilot B” here:

• Mark Feehan: http://www.discogs.com/artist/Mark+Feehan
• Siltbreeze: http://www.siltbreeze.com

Hooded Menace

“Summoned in to Euphoric Madness”

Finnish doom band Hooded Menace is preparing to release its Relapse debut, Effigies of Evil, in early September. Although they’ve definitely planted a flag on Planet Sabbath, this band cherry-picks other genres to increase the brutality factor — listen for the familiar grinding grit of death greats like Cannibal Corpse and Napalm Death mixed in with all the sludge. There’s no Ozzyesque bleating here, just brutal guttural goodness that only makes the ear-bludgeoning sweeter.

• Hooded Menace: http://hoodedmenace.bandcamp.com
• Relapse Records: http://www.relapse.com

Black Marble

“A Great Design”

Pop music in the 80s was really in no hurry. It makes you wonder what it says about the times. Take any pop song from the 50s and 60s and the first verse is thrown at you within the first 20 seconds. We don’t have time for your damn instrumental intros! We gotta get things moving! And then the 80s roll in like a calm ocean with their minute-and-a-half synth-layering introductions and four-plus-minute pop songs. It’s like we lost interest in what comes next. That’s probably why all of that 80s [insert word here]-wave is still being pushed and explored today. But while most bands who lean that way tend to get stuck in that same laxidasical rut, bands like Brooklyn’s Black Marble still seem to be asking, “What comes next?”

“A Great Design,” from their forthcoming Hardly Art full length, A Different Arrangement, is an archaeological dig, dusting off some of the oldest coldwave trends and realizing we still have a lot to learn from them. Listen to “A Great Design” below and pick up the CD/LP from Seattle’s Hardly Art records in October.

• Black Marble: http://www.blackmarblenyc.com
• Hardly Art: http://hardlyart.com

  

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