Tom Trago
Iris [full-album stream]

Last month, Rush Hour Records — don’t you ever touch a black man’s radio! — released Iris, a new full-length by Amsterdam’s DJ/producer/spaceward adventuralist Tom Trago. Hear it for the first time ever, right here at the Chocolate Grinder.

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Forma [full-album stream]

Many thanks to Altered Zones for the full stream of Forma’s new self-titled record. From note one, this thing is striking in its live setting, a real, crystal clear performance captured on tape for our pleasure. And thank Jesus, because these are the kind of thrilling improvisational snapshots that are too often undocumented, left to soak into some grimy practice-space floor.

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Jackie-O Motherfucker

“In The Willows”

Portland’s Jackie-O Motherfucker have delayed the release of Earth Sound System, their 15th album, until next month (July 5, to be exact). As an apology, JOMF’s Tom Greenwood (no relation to Colin or Jonny, sorry) has created a mix of rare tracks for you to enjoy:

But that doesn’t quite make up for it, does it? Perhaps this is why they’re also released “In The Willows,” a track off their forthcoming album. I love promotional apologies! Stream it above.

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Le Révélateur

“Bleu Nuit”

Gneiss Things will be releasing a new LP from Le Révélateur titled Fictions this summer, and you can preview a track and it’s accompanying video right here. “Bleu Nuit” is a finely crafted, slow-building epic, with some of the most careful synth-usage I’ve heard in some time.

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Eleanoora Rosenholm

“Valo Kaasumeren Hämärässä”

A rectangular video that takes advantage of the fact that these kind of things are watched exclusively on computer screens? Why hadn’t I thought of that? Eleanoora Rosenholm’s tiny stature transposed behind apocalyptic imagery brings a weird inevitable sadness to this track, though part of that interpretation might be my inability to understand what she’s saying. Check out the album Hyväile minua pimeä tähti on Fonal, who are clearly on to something after all these years.

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Captain Ahab

“The Shadow of Heaven” [puppet show live on WFMU]

On Captain Ahab’s recent US tour, the band performed a 15-minute puppet show, entitled “The Shadow of Heaven,” which explained the origins of their dancer Jim. They recently went on Marty McSorley’s show on WFMU, who helped document it with fancy cameras. Check it out above — it’s amazing.

Captain Ahab’s third full-length, The End of Irony (TMT Review) was released last year on Deathbomb Arc.

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