St. Vincent
“Surgeon”

“Surgeon” begins somewhat tentatively before slipping into an elegant, Eastern-style mid section. Then the song smirkingly defies odds by exploding into quite the tantalizing second half jam, trembling synth solo and all. I always liked St. Vincent’s proggier left turns, so let’s hope her new record follows suit.

• St. Vincent: http://www.ilovestvincent.com/
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com/

St. Vincent

“Surgeon”

“Surgeon” begins somewhat tentatively before slipping into an elegant, Eastern-style mid section. Then the song smirkingly defies odds by exploding into quite the tantalizing second half jam, trembling synth solo and all. I always liked St. Vincent’s proggier left turns, so let’s hope her new record follows suit.

• St. Vincent: http://www.ilovestvincent.com/
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com/

Locrian

“Dort Ist Der Weg” (Popol Vuh cover)

Dark metal crawlers Locrian pretty much nail this Popol Vuh cover, which is the A side of their upcoming 7” on Flingco Sound System. Listen to the Popol Vuh version first, then observe how Locrian conjure the brooding underbelly lurking beneath the original’s ethereal vocals.

• Locrian: http://www.myspace.com/thelocrian
• FSS: http://www.flingcosound.com

Jim O'Rourke

live @ Tokyo’s Roppongi SuperDeluxe

Since moving to Japan in 2006 (wah!!!), Jim O’Rourke has performed many times at Tokyo’s Roppongi SuperDeluxe venue, playing alongside Carlos Giffoni, Fire!, and Lasse Marhaug/Paal Nilssen-Love, among others. But he also performs solo there. In fact, the first track on his recently released Old News 5 was recorded at SuperDeluxe. So, now that I’ve gained your trust, you should check out the video above, an excerpt from a recent solo performance. Special thanks to The Wire, which has an O’Rourke primer in issue #330, for sharing the video.

• Jim O’Rourke: http://tisue.net/orourke
• SuperDeluxe: http://www.super-deluxe.com

The Bilinda Butchers

“Tulips”

Naming yourself after a member of My Bloody Valentine is one way to signal your intent to listeners. Another is to claim your genre as “Nostalgic Pop”, a term that comes with a lot of trappings in 2011. Our current obsession with nostalgia seems to position past eras as more pure and desirable than modern chaos – but is that simply a parochial view? I asked The Bilinda Butchers to expound on their nostalgic angle, and this is what they said:

We want to create music that encourages people to reflect on past events on their lives, both happy and sad, and sort of daydream about what could have been. We really want our music to coexist with people’s memories – to help them recreate scenes from their lives in their heads, and to allow them to sort of get lost in what happened, or maybe what they’d hoped would happen.

It’s a more bittersweet, regret-tinged take on musical revisionism than I had expected. Take a listen to the beautiful “Tulips” from their self-released EP and see what comes to mind, then stream the rest of the EP on bandcamp.

• The Bilinda Butchers: http://thebilindabutchers.tumblr.com/

Event Cloak

“Physical Computing”

Check out this visceral synth riffage from Event Cloak, aka Nick from Sundrips, who is apparently ripping of his gauzy-drone cloak in order to fully shred. I mean… every line here doesn’t always sync up perfectly to the metronomic drum pattern, but that – along with the slightly blown out and vibrant production style – makes “Physical Computing” a definite keeper in my book.

• Fadeaway Tapes: http://fadeawaytapes.blogspot.com/

  

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