Rafael Toral / Davu Seru
“First Third” [excerpt]

I don’t like you, and you don’t like me. But I think we can all agree that we do like Rafael Toral, whose third volume in his Space Elements (TMT Review) series (jazz via electronics) weaseled its way to #33 on our favorite albums of 2011 list. No word yet on a fourth volume, but Toral just released Live in Minneapolis on jazz label Clean Feed, which features a stunning 2011 performance with percussionist Davu Seru. Check out an excerpt of the first track here:

• Rafael Toral: http://rafaeltoral.net
• Davu Seru: http://davuseru.com
• Clean Feed: http://www.cleanfeed-records.com
• Taiga: http://taigarecords.com
• Staubgold: http://www.staubgold.com
• Tiny Mix Tapes: http://www.tinymixtapes.com

Black Eagle Child

“Eighteen and Six”

Black Eagle Child serves as the moniker for Michael Jantz, a guy with what used to be considered a formidable discography yet now looks like creative restraint in these days, especially for a guy who rubs shoulders with the mightily prolific Sean McCann. This release, from drone overlords Under The Spire, sees Jantz corral the meandering tones of his previous efforts into more of a rhythmic, repetitive template (hence the album title, “Go Around, Again”). The result is, as predicted, lush.

• Black Eagle Child: http://blackeaglechild.com
• Under The Spire: http://www.underthespire.co.uk

Everything Is Terrible

“Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez!” [trailer]

You thought this was cute? Nahh, dude. At the right amount of DMT and reefer-laced coffee, this Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez! (TMT Review) movie could potentially take you to dog heaven and back within an afternoon. Yo, who out there is going to be turning this DVD around as a limited-run VHS? Each edition should come with individual fucked/warped tape spots. Like, find a stack of 50 tapes at the thrift store, retape over all them with this DVD, and turn it around online for a couple bucks a pop. Cause everything is terrible, right? Bootleg that shit. Hit up Canal Street with a trash bag full of ‘em and start selling like madness. That or just snag a DVD for yourself and watch it until you’ve melted. Seriously, the video alone may make this happen.

• Everything Is Terrible: http://www.everythingisterrible.com

Massacooramaan

“Trainwreck” [ft. DJ Rashad & RP Boo]

You know how you’re always going on about finding some next-level shit? Something that’ll shake you from that hazy dream-state that you call living, that’ll disrupt your floundering and slap you in the face with a paradigm-shifting, eye-widening, freshly-scented aesthetic? Well, check out “Trainwreck,” a new track by Massacooramaan, a.k.a. DJ/writer/photographer Dave Quam, featuring footwork legends/pioneers/gods DJ Rashad and RP Boo. The Reverend has spoken, and he says “fuck yall”:

• Massacooramaan: http://massacooramaan.tumblr.com
• Dave Quam: http://davequam.wordpress.com

Panabrite

“Rainbow Sequence” / “Camembert Symphony”

Do you ever watch old nature documentaries or sci-fi flicks from the 1970s just for the loopy soundtracks? You know, the kind of spacey arpeggios and synth chords that were designed to accompany footage of a Galapagos tortoise, but somehow transcend the dated schtick of it all? Panabrite (the nom de plume of Seattle keyboardist Norm Chambers) makes music like that: fibrilating whorls and whooshes that inhabit that strange space between the intimate and the epic. “Rainbow Sequence” and “Camembert Symphony” are two cuts off this year’s Soft Terminal LP: the former a glittering, skittering mid-tempo song with a flourish of R&B, the latter a more driving, persistent dance track. Both selections recall Epcot, circa 1979: futuristic, fun, and heartwarmingly campy.

• Panabrite: http://panabritesounds.blogspot.com
• Digitalis: http://www.foxydigitalis.com/rec_index.html

Pond

“Pond in a Park”

I like when the soundwave visuals for a track on SoundCloud are maxed-out for the whole song. Alas: “Pond in a Park” does show some white space, but only a pair of seductive slivers. That, I would think, is the band’s invitation for you to slip inside. Take a sip. Settle down. Stop taking your music so seriously, pardner.

It’s a B-side from the new album by Pond, a band that shares members with the magnificent Tame Impala, who sincerely seem to just wanna rock. They turn the vastness of lo-fi into the agility and precision of hi, and this time all with a vaguely Southern hemisphere (read: deep deep deep South [they’re from Australia!]) country twang. The album is called Beards, Wives, Denim, which, I guess, when you get down to it really are a few of life’s essentials. Don’t expect life-changing epiphanies though — Jay Watson himself, one of the Impala-Pond cross-pollinators, says the band’s meant to be dumb. Which means don’t read into it. I know you hate that. But it’s straight from the horse’s mouth, and the horse has a better beard, better partner, and way better denim than you ever will.

Beards, Wives, Denim was released by Modular in the US earlier this month.

• Pond: http://modularpeople.com/artists/pond/2593.html
• Modular: http://modularpeople.com/

  

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