“Spit in My Life”
Volcom Entertainment (yep, Volcom as in the skate brand sported by pretty much every upper-middle-class rapscallion in the country) is gearing up for another exciting summer of Vinyl Club releases! To kick it off, they’re releasing a split 7-inch, featuring some previously unheard cuts by two rowdy Californian crews: The Shrine and Zig Zags. The Shrine’s contribution, “Spit in My Life,” continues the surly streak that we first saw on last summer’s Primitive Blast. Over a bluesy groove that sounds cherry-picked from a dusty crate of Deep Purple B-sides, sawtoothed guitars churn and lead singer Josh Landau yowls some ornery oaths: “Spit in my life/ Stab me in the back/ One of these days, I’m gonna make you cry.” Accenting the anger further is the song’s opening, ripped from the Gospel according to the Q-Man:“We’re gonna lead ten thousand skateboarders through the street,” he warns, “and you get in our way, and we’ll be goose-steppin’.”
These damn weirdos and their clever band names disguised within the names of famous people. Philip Grass. Jeans Wilder. Dil Withers. That Run DMT dude is now going by Salvia Plath. The list is surprisingly long, and they all do their origins justice. This new one, “Onit,” from Portland, OR’s Philip Grass sputters through about four different beats like classical movements, compressing it all into four minutes of pulsing walls of short-circuited vocal samples and FM radio synth blats, spinning just shallow enough to avoid any kind of “the club” comparisons. The track is part of six featured on Gem Drops Three, the first vinyl release from the Pacific Northwest’s Dropping Gems label, and the other songs are just as great.
Listen to “Onit” below and follow these blue words over to the Dropping Gems SoundCloud page to hear the other five tracks.
“Cake” / “Cardiocleptomania” [18+ remix]
Virtual animations slowed down to a crawl, voyeurism aestheticized, fetishistic lyrics, obsession, sexuality, violence: I FUCKING LOVE 18+. Seriously, watch this. Then watch this. And then watch this! Really, it’s worth watching all of their videos. The group, a “Boy”/”Sis” duo from L.A., have released two mixtapes so far (M1XTAPE and MIXTA2E), and their output hasn’t really slowed down. Within the last couple weeks, 18+ has released two new videos: one for new song “Cake,” which you can view above, and one for a remix of “Cardiocleptomania” by LOGO, which you watch here:
18+ are currently on a European tour, so catch them if you can.
“Undone (The Sweater Song)”
This cover of a Weezer classic comes courtesy of Canadian multi-instrumentalist (and verified dreamboat) Mac Demarco. Last year, the glazy-eyed crooner hit it big with two solid full-lengths: the flange-heavy Rock and Roll Night Club and the flange-heavier 2, the latter of which contained the best musical cigarette endorsement in recent memory. The A.V. Club approached Mr. Demarco to take part in A.V. Undercover — an online series where bands pick covers from a list of songs (a program that has resulted in such delightful oddities as a Clientele cover of M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” and a rendition of Kansas’ “Carry on My Wayward Son” performed by GWAR).
So what’s behind the choice? “I remember looking at the list and I said, ‘Oh, there’s a Weezer song. Very chill. Probably easier than covering another song.’ We were able to learn it in the car.” The slacker ambition paid off. While the chorus is every bit as crunchy as the original, DeMarco adds many an idiosyncratic spin: playing the song’s classic, spindly riff slightly out of tune and mumbling over his bandmates during the infamous inter-versal banter. It would have been really cool to hear a Canadian’s impression of the whole “hey brah!” bit, but alas, DeMarco slyly opts for gibberish. And in that sense, that’s what makes the cover so great — it’s titularly, well, undone. Rivers Cuomo would be proud.
In case you’re currently fucking your life up right now by missing and not listening to Paisley Parks’ Бｈ○§†, here’s the video for the intro track “G.H.O.S.T,” juked out with flying feet in negative color. Demi Moore makes a forced appearance. It’s hella offensive, if you’re into burying your dead and not dancing on their grave/plot. Yet this “G.H.O.S.T” video really accentuates Paisley Parks’ nonchalant progressive trolling that only developed antics can precede. Do you even care who’s in this video aside from Demi? Are them boii or gurl legs? Who died der and der and herrrr? Do you shake that “G.H.O.S.T” in your third-eye? Nathan, where can I buy this as an LP via PayPal/internet money? DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
&bull: PAISLEY PARKS: https://soundcloud.com/paisleyparks
So, that Travis Egedy guy of Pictureplane fame has a song on the new DC Comics fighting game, Injustice. How did this happen? I don’t know really, but the game is from the people who made Mortal Kombat, the song is called “Pure War,” and it’s just as sweaty, dirty, and awesome as any other Pictureplane song I’ve heard, so I guess not even the video game platform can clean Egedy up. The game is out on on all platforms as of this month, so go figure out how to kick Superman’s ass using Harley Quinn, listen to some Pictureplane, and try not to geek out to much.