“For What It’s Worth”
You know, everyone is putting out beat tapes these days. Clams Casino. Constrobuz. That dude from Wavves has that Sweet Valley beat-making side project. Basically every release on Astro Nautico. It’s like this medium that used to be circulated around, picked apart, and repurposed is suddenly being released to the general public as albums, and standing up surprisingly well considering we’ve been trained to expect some mad lyrical poetry over beats this good.
“For What It’s Worth,” from Portland’s Tough Fuzz, is one of the most complete non-rapped beats I’ve heard. With some serious Good Vibration orchestration, it progresses like it’s split into movements rather than verses and choruses. It throws every knob twist, twirl, and click at you along the way, and when that perfect beat fades in at the end, bouncing like a bunch of kids jumping on a trampoline, I just want it to last forever, but it fades as quickly as the summer sun.
While everyone is putting out mixtapes and playlists to try and keep the summer alive, maybe this one is coming out at the perfect time to top off all the summer vibes and to put all this beach-obsessed pop music back into the bedroom in the comfort of air conditioning and the glow of the computer screen.
Listen to “For What It’s Worth” below and look for the full tape in September on Portland’s EWE OF NOW RECORDS.
• Tough Fuzz: http://toughfuzz.bandcamp.com
“Strange Daze” [feat. ☪♀co ᴐaᴚᴃ☉ᵯᴃ]
Really channeling them Angels in America noise pop vibrations and nut-wave vocals, spf5Ø gives their best impression of snuff film straight-face. That’s jood, I’m jood, we jood with that witch-house backsplash, yeah? I like — no, love — what ☪♀co ᴐaᴚᴃ☉ᵯᴃ did on this track too. Menacing and/or garnishing spf5Ø’s brand of brand in branding darkness. Shadowy shit should shed skin @salamander @shhh. But back to all this witch-house revival. Errp, wait. Is everyone past witch-house now? Can we pull out post-witch or witch-dub? None of that applies to this. Just throwing it all out there, in a general “I can’t handle all this micro-genre shit, but I want it inside me, oh my gawwwd.” Let spf5Ø handle you with their mass amounts of releases here-here-here:
• spf5Ø: http://spf50.bandcamp.com
No days off is right, because this video kills it. Check it out: Mykki Blanco scores some pills from a dude in Chinatown and proceeds to go ham in back of a truck and back of a club. She’s seriously unfuckwithable right here, and that means the haters gonna be coming out the woodwork in a minute, just watch. They all gonna be like, “[hateful content redacted]!” But it doesn’t matter. This music is alive, it makes people come alive, it’s made by a person who’s come alive. Comma-splicing enthusiasmmmm. Queer (/queer-friendly) or GTFO! If you’re not at least considering dressing in clothes that you’re supposedly not supposed to be dressing in by the end of this video, you got the wrong feeling, ya feel me? Just dance, already.
• Mykki Blanco: http://soundcloud.com/mykkiblanco
Ever since last year’s King Krule EP, I (and many, many others) have been scouring live videos and music blogs for any news of an upcoming full-length or any tracks to add to the six or seven I’ve been playing on repeat over the past year. And after nearly a year of waiting, I am happy to announce a BRAND NEW(!!!)… single. A 7-inch single. All that waiting for a damn A-side/B-side teaser. Hasn’t the release order always been something like 7-inch, EP, full-length? What gives, King Krule? How long must we wait?
At least this single, “Rock Bottom,” rules. This kid is just perfecting his weirdo freestyle take on that lounge sound. And when the drums kick in at the end as he borrows that “It’s the end of something I did not want to end…” lyric from that Streets song “Empty Cans,” it’s as heavy as when Mike Skinner sang it, only he capped off an entire concept album with it. King Krule here achieves the same heaviness in just over four minutes. I’ve gotta keep my eye on this one.
Check out “Rock Bottom” below and look for the single to be released September 24 on Rinse.
Have you heard? Of course you have! But because I need to fatten up this here post (got an asshole editor breathing down my neck), let me reiterate: Lightning Bolt are releasing an archival EP called Oblivion Hunter on Load. The EP, due September 25, collects seven tracks recorded over the last several years, and if “King Candy” is any indication, expect to hear a softer side of Lightning Bolt. Now, turn your speakers way up (music starts off incredibly quiet), and chill out to new age sounds of “King Candy” here:
The Slow and Painful Birth of Nehemiah St-Danger [album stream]
Nehemiah St-Danger is well-equipped to work with others. Not only has he played music with members of Pocahaunted, Silver Jews, Psychic Reality, The Gris Gris, and more, but he’s also a member of Arrington De Dionyso’s amazing Malaikat Dan Singa, which in my book automatically puts him into the TMT Hall of Fame. Hell, he even had a (very) brief stint at this here rag! But Nehemiah can do it solo too. His debut release, The Slow and Painful Birth of Nehemiah St-Danger, almost didn’t see the light of day (short story: poverty, three hard drive failures, re-recording/restructuring sessions), but after years and years of waiting — since 2005, to be exact — Nehemiah St-Danger is all set, all ready, all geared up to finally unleash this slow-motion birth of an album.
The album, however, doesn’t sound slow-motion at all. This 15-song, 4-track-recorded set is as melodic, restrained, direct, and inviting as it is dissonant, epic, complex, and challenging. From the stuffed-nose vocals and c(h/l)unky guitars to the weirdball structures and choppy keyboards, the album is clearly articulating a particular aesthetic from a particular songwriter. But this album, an “autobiographical meta-operetta about Post-9/11 America, Antediluvian Mysteries and Self-Aggrandizing Myth,” screams spirituality, not individuality, a fuzzy transmission from a strange, fractured dimension of conspiracy-theory, freedom-bible, hypnagogic dadrock. Listen to The Slow and Painful Birth of Nehemiah St-Danger here:
The Slow and Painful Birth of Nehemiah St-Danger is out September 11 on Post-Consumer Records.