Rob Magill, born Dreamcolour, is set to release a new tape called Dedicated To Those Who Recently Lived. According to Deep Tapes, the cassette is “an homage to friends & artists past, who have left this dimension.” Since I’m unable to form my own thoughts, I’d like to also mention how spot-on Deep Tapes is when describing Magill’s music as “sweaty, emotional folk sounds subconsciously channeling twisted visions of Captain Beefheart, Wildman Larry Fisher and Albert Ayler.” Check out “Talking: 1” and hear for yourself, and then look for the tape February 28 on the deepest of all tape labels.
• Rob Magill: http://deeptapes.com/artists/robmagill
• Deep Tapes: http://deeptapes.com
Spiritualized’s got a new one coming out. It’s called Sweet Heart Sweet Light, and it’s the best thing that I’ve ever heard. Okay, I haven’t heard it yet, but I did think their last album, Songs In A&E, was pretty great. New one’s out on Fat Possum, April 17. Check the first single, “Hey Jane,” which is available on heavyweight 7-inch vinyl through Double Six. The track gets all Ladies & Gents at around the 7-minute mark.
• Spiritualized: http://www.spiritualized.com
• Double Six: http://www.doublesixrecords.com
• Fat Possum: http://www.fatpossum.com
OH MY GOD. Lightning Bolt just started a bandcamp, and their first upload? A 20-minute unedited, director’s uncut, free-form mindfuck titled “I FOUND A RING IN MY EAR,” recorded straight to a Tascam cassette 4-track (hey, I still have one of those!). Perhaps it’s an answer to The Flaming Lips’ six-hour “I Found A Star on the Ground”? Maybe! In any case, the track is available for free or as a ‘name-your-price’ at bandcamp, but do the right thing and let me tell u how to spend yr money.
I just listened to the track two times in a row, and I’m ready to go right back to sleep. I fully expect to dream about a new Lightning Bolt album. FEATURING RYAN GOSLING. Yummmmmm.
• Lightning Bolt: http://laserbeast.com
• Load: http://www.loadrecords.com
The look of this video reminds me of Gowns’ “Fargo.” Seems fitting as a foreword to the friendship-tribute feel of “Take One Two.” Ohhh, I just watched all this video too. It’s sweet. The song is totes sweet, too. My pal Stephen is going to love this song. Are you in PMS mode? Cause this song maaaaaaay break you right now #WARNING. Oooo, and the “Take One Two” single will benefit the Jamie Issacs Foundation, too. So you should probably $crill up on this one. One last thing: “Take One Two” …take 2012?
• EMA: http://cameouttanowhere.com
• Jamie Issacs Foundation: http://www.jamieisaacsfoundation.org
Portland’s finest cosmic synthesizer musician, who is one of the most established contemporary drone/ambient artists with releases stretching back to 2003 (a veritable lifetime) on every decent label from Gneiss Things to RRRecords, has joined the Aguirre Records ranks this year and will release a new conceptual LP called Aeons, a four-track rumination on different eras in time. The label explains that this track, “Pangaea,” is about ancient Earth, while another, “Immortality,” is about a “distant future where consciousness has been uploaded to computers and people live without bodies.” Big thoughts and not too many notes from this one-man pantheon of new age music. While you’re waiting for your pre-order to queue, hark back to a touchstone of his catalog, the Meditative Music series, compliments of Root Strata. Also note the appropriately nebulous artwork (a fingerprint or a galaxy?) from Tranquility Tapes in-house designer Caroline Teagle.
• Pulse Emitter: http://synthnoise.com
• Aguirre: http://www.aguirrecords.com