Tabs Out: Laser Focus #2
Hooker Vision

Tabs Out is an all-cassette podcast that’s been documenting the prolific tape underground with joyful obsession and humorous expertise since 2012. Tiny Mix Tapes has teamed with Tabs Out for a show called Laser Focus, in which tape aficionados/fetishists Mike Haley, Dave Doyen, and Joe B hone in on a specific label or artist. Check out the archive here.


For the past five years, the lawfully wedded duo of Grant and Rachel Evans have been dispensing generous amounts of drone and synth chillers on their label Hooker Vision. With releases by their own projects (Motion Sickness Of Time Travel, Crippling, Quiet Evenings, etc.) and a proficient crew of worldwide jammers, they have racked up well over 100 releases, mostly on cassette.

We talked with Grant and Rachel about their home/noise lives and played tapes from the Hooker Vision catalog by Coyote Image Classic, Cliffsides, Sparkling Wide Pressure, Crippling, Motion Sickness Of Time Travel, and Rambutan.

Here is a list of what we played:

- Coyote Image Classic - Coyote Image Classic 2xCS (HV129)
- Cliffsides - Liquid Mirrors C72 (HV091)
- Sparkling Wide Pressure - Pretending Eternal C38 (HV127)
- Crippling / Digtal Natives - Split C24 (HV123)
- Motion Sickness Of Time Travel - Eclipse Studies C41 (HV133)
- Rambutan - Partial Wires C30 (HV101)

Hooker Vision proprietors Grant and Rachel Evans

Hooker Vision gear + cat

Hooker Vision gear + cat pt. II

Hooker Vision cassettes

• Hooker Vision: http://hookervision.blogspot.com
• Hooker Vision (SoundCloud): https://soundcloud.com/hooker-vision
• Hooker Vision (Facebook): http://on.fb.me/1b6MOAY
• Tabs Out: http://www.tabsout.com

Chaz & Alex

“More”

And as 2013 comes to a satisfying end, Chaz & Alex begs listeners to continue their venturing ears on a journey that could potentially be never ending. “More” got that footwork baby soul, digital punk-tude, and distant haze synth that just beckons all to the shores of 2014. Shouting “Land ho!” in the warmest of sands, feet buried beneath the tide-line, waving you into the friendliest and most accepting of all parties is Chaz & Alex. Anything goes because why the heck not! Astronauts playing world soccer. Babies grippin’ that golden mic begging for seconds, thirds… ENLIGHTENMENT. Blooming white pedals in bursts of love and smiles. Tigers wearing diamond studded collars licking palms and gettin’ sweet. Starry Nitez glitter-style dancefloor, ceiling, walls, drinks, hairdos, irises, EVERYTHING.

There is no FUCKING way Chaz & Alex are stopping anytime soon. Pop progression better be settin’ sights on these boiis, ‘cause they ain’t never finished. Holy shit this baby soul auto tune stutter is just burin’ Monday right now. If you thought this was fun, or this intro was deep, just WAIT for what Chaz & Alex got in store for the future. OH THE FUTURE!!! Get “More” of their future below, and keep an eye on their SoundCloud constantly.

• Chaz & Alex: https://soundcloud.com/chaz-alex

18+

Resort collections, Models Cards - Vogue Italia December 2013

Anonymous L.A. producers 18+ have taken their second plunge into the the world of commercial marketing. Vogue Italia launched its Resort collections, Models Cards video for December 2013 on Thanksgiving, and it’s set to the beat of “Crow,” the first track from the brilliant MIXTAP3 (TMT Review) to feature on a fashion spot. Photographed by Steven Meisel, the video features slow-motion models smoking cigarettes and looking ultra-serious as “Boy” and “Sis” sing about pretending to be happy.

The video comes two years after the 18+ track “Drawl” was used for the Prada Womenswear Fall/Winter 2011 clip, which removed the original vocals and replaced them with a distant, sensual whisper. This time around, it’s all about 18+, with no room for creative negotiation.

Download MIXTAP3 here.

• 18+: http://18plus18plus18plus.tumblr.com

Bhob Rainey

“Levitate”

Out of all the experimental musicians I love, I find that Bhob Rainey is among the most consistently interesting ones working today. Even though Rainey’s compositions often employ a wide variety of different tools and span an array of experimental sub-genres, all of his work is united in it’s subtle use of space, dynamics, and texture. “Levitate” is Rainey’s soundtrack to a film by Leah Ross, and the piece finds the composer working in a surprisingly ambient vein while still maintaining many of his oeuvre’s signifiers. “Levitate” doesn’t have any of Rainey’s signature sax playing on, it but his use of various field recordings and toys often sound eerily similar to some of his nmperign work. Throughout, Rainey’s electroacoustic sounds blend with Chris Forsyth’s lovely guitar harmonics and some truly guttural low frequencies to create a lovely piece that’s reminiscent of the work of Olivia Block and Oren Ambarchi. However, “Levitate” remains distinctly Rainey’s own, and his decision to highlight found-sounds similar to his own playing style serves to show both the influence of the outside world on his approach to saxophone and how his compositional voice shines through, no matter what tools he chooses to work with.

You can listen to and/or download “Levitate” from Bhob Rainey’s soundcloud below:

• Bhob Rainey http://www.bhobrainey.net/music

Keith Moliné

“Crritic!”

Not one to mince his words, Keith Moliné has minced his previously unminced words into sound mince. Hatchet job is a pantheon to critical assassination under Moliné ‘s pen, tossing ten years of negative writing (burnished by the sonorous tones of simple text) into a Large Hadron Collider of hate. By contrast, I Only Asked smothers recordings of questions asked of his own musical practices in sound, reducing his interviewers to a mere bunch of rusty gasping robots.

What to make of Moliné’s mince? Is it rejection of the critical process as nothing but an inane exercise? Is it an attempt to build creativity out of the ashes of an essentially negative process? You decide...

• Keith Moliné: http://keithmoline.wordpress.com
• Entr’acte Records: http://www.entracte.co.uk

Tiger Hatchery

“ESP-Disk’ 50th Anniversary Party” [live]

Free-jazz/noise/avant-rock warlords Tiger Hatchery recently finished up a midwest -> east coast tour that had true heads raving across the nation. The band stopped in Brooklyn to pound out a typically mammoth set in honor of the release of their album Sun Worship and the 50th Anniversary of their label ESP-Disk’ — and by the grace of some heathen god, they’ve posted a video of the full set, complete with legit audio quality and a camera angle from which one can view the trio in action at all times. Without spoiling too much, I can tell you that the set: [A - showcases three savage improvisers wailing together, in duo configurations, and solo] [B - features inspired use of props] [C - will knock you on your ass]. After Part 1 ends, Parts 2 and 3 beckon you from the related videos on the right side of the screen.

Since November 1 marks the beginning of the Holiday Season on the time-bending and malevolent calendar of international commerce, I’ve chosen to interpret this Tiger Hatchery set as a personal gift from Mssrs. Billington, Forbes, and Young to us, wrapped in snapped bass strings and drumstick shrapnel, conveyed across the webtubes, and smashed into our slack-jawed faces. We should all chip in and buy them a personalized mug that reads “World’s Greatest Shredders,” which the trio can then mail back and forth between their respective homes on opposite sides of the country. Each sip taken from this mug will compel the Hatch men to shed the responsibilities of their families and day jobs, reunite again, and get back on the road to tour forevermore. This is a brilliant plan and it will succeed.

Sun Worship is available now on LP and CD and if you haven’t ordered your copy yet, I just don’t know what to say to you anymore.

• Tiger Hatchery: http://www.polarenvy.com/thc.html
• ESP-Disk’: http://espdisk.com/official

  

CHOCOLATE GRINDER is our audio/visual section, with an emphasis on the lesser heard and lesser known. We aim to dig deep, but we'll post any song or video we find interesting, big or small.