Head of NNA Tapes (thats Nu New Age for those still wondering) Toby Aronson has a predictably chilly, synthed-out, terrestrial-landscape gliding (I’m just making shit up) project of his own. Listen to the bizarre synthetic vocals on “Planet Waves,” which really make the track work for me.
• Toby Aronson: http://soundcloud.com/nnatapes/toby-aronson-picnic-point
• Cylindrical Habitat Modules: http://cylindricalhabitatmodules.blogspot.com/
What have you been up to lately? Cramming your face full of chips and soda while watching Game of Thrones? Yeah, me too. I guess not everyone can be as productive as James Kirby. This year, we’re lucky enough to be getting two albums by The Caretaker plus another under his Leyland Kirby moniker, along with a series of white label 12-inch records (TMT News). This flood of releases even led a fellow TMTer to refer to Kirby as “ballin’outofcontrol,” and I wouldn’t disagree.
The first of these 12-inch releases is already available in the UK and should be available in the States soon. For your pleasure, stream Kirby’s interpretation of John Denver’s “Annie’s Song” renamed “Ruined Visions” from the first volume of Intrigue & Stuff. Meanwhile, The Wire is offering a 45-minute in-depth interview with Kirby from his Mutek performance last year, which you can stream here.
• Leyland Kirby: http://brainwashed.com/vvm
Black Magic & Mustache [full-album stream]
Hey dude: check out Black Magic & Mustache by Simon Henneman. Not only does he play every instrument on the record, but he also clearly knows his way around the penny whistle. This limited-to-300 nugget was released last week on Assophon.
In my spare time, I watch According to Jim. In Eleanor Friedberger’s spare time, she records a full-length album. INDEED: On July 12, Friedberger is temporarily breaking away from The Fiery Furnaces (like her sibling Matthew) to release Last Summer. Her solo debut will be released July 12. Expect a supporting tour, too.
[Photo: Renee Fentress]
Watch the video for the closing track from John Maus’ upcoming We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves. I’ve got to say, there is something sad and beautiful about this combination of sound and visual, the way that so many elements – Maus’ affected voice, psychedelic digital color manipulation, the tiny drum machine, manic synth lines – all fail to obscure how soaring of a pop song “Believer” is.
• John Maus: http://www.myspace.com/johnmaus
• Ribbon Music: http://www.ribbonmusic.com/label/2011/03/john-maus-announces-new-album/