“Invasion,” from unhappybirthday’s new Crash Symbols tape, Sirup, sounds an awful lot like Future Islands covering some part of the Mega Man X soundtrack. And then I found out that unhappybirthday was actually from some little city in Germany, which explained why most of the song titles on the album were indiscernible to my US eyes. The whole tape is touched with that kind of downtuned 80s tiredness that was surely shaped in the basements of bored teenagers messing around with synthesizers and playing video games. Kind of sounds like when I lived in Iowa.
Listen to the whole tape below, buy it from Crash Symbols, and dust off the old Super Nintendo. You won’t regret any of it.
• Crash Symbols: http://crashsymbols.bandcamp.com
Various Artists: Night People
Spent Minds [compliation]
Whoever doesn’t keep up with the Night People homepage usually misses out on compilations like Spent Minds, with tapes being bought up like WHOA. Label owner Shawn Reed is always pimping the freshest musics such as Blanche Blanche Blanche, Femminielli, Blonde God, Outside World, Fancy Books, Lazy Magnet, etc. OMG, and this Happy Jawbone Family Band is the NAZZZTY. That Scott and Charlenes Wedding LP split. Reppin’ the Gem Jones. And of course Ry-Ry “der” Garbes. Also, fucking, huge October sale: “Buy 4 tapes get 1 Free, or buy 6 tapes get 2 Free to anywhere in the world.” And three LPs on the “soon” and “later” horizons from Featureless Ghost, Goldendust, and Merchandise. Flagrancy is a stinky cologne.
Check out the compilation HERE, then the website, and then your physical releases and to the future!
• Night People: http://raccoo-oo-oon.org/np
“Fatty Boom Boom”
This video’s got Gaga pissed off. After the zef crew rejected her offer as an opening slot on her upcoming tour and responded with this incendiary bit of cinematic godness, she took to Twitter, saying: “i fink u freaky but you don’t have a hit. hundred thousand tickets sold in SA. #thatmyshit… i guess its not a good idea to tell someone you’re a fan. never mind! we get it, you’re not a little monster.” And you can’t blame her — the video includes Gaga in some interesting misadventures, including, among other things, a grim gynecologist’s appointment, a run-in with armed rebels, and a fatal encounter with an African lion. Oh, and Die Antwoord cosplay as Kratos from those God of War games. Don’t watch this one with the kiddies around, but be sure to revel in all the anti-Gaga goodness.
I don’t really know anything about 1991. I was 4, so I can’t remember anything. As a band, 1991 is equally difficult to find any information on. Here’s what I know: (1) they (he/she?) take that warbly VHS tape sound more in the direction of ambiance, rather than covering it with heavy drum beats; (2) they (he/she?) released their (his/her?) album, High-Tech-Cold-Life, on UK label Opal Tapes; and (3) the track posted below is only an excerpt from that album, meaning the rest of the tape is probably just as dreamy and wonderful.
Feel free to test your search-engine skills and see what else you can dig up on this mysterious band, but it will probably just lead you right back here, so you might as well just listen to the excerpt below and use the links I’ve already provided you.
I wish you would just trust me.
• Opal Tapes: http://opaltapes.tumblr.com
Cabin Fever 2 [mixtape]
Wiz Khalifa’s gonna be a daddy soon, but that hasn’t stopped him from releasing mixtapes. Cabin Fever 2 is the second installment of Wiz’s Cabin Fever series; hosted by DJ Holiday, the mixtape includes numerous cuts with Juicy J, as well as some tracks with French Montana and Chevy Woods. As usual, Wiz loves to rap about weed (“Smokin Drink,” “MIA,” “Stu”), but then again, what else would you expect? The beats are typical boom-bap, bass-heavy bangers, and the mixtape overall continues the Pittsburgh native’s return to legitimacy after the poppy Rolling Papers. I wonder if the maternity ward will let him smoke while his kid is being born. Probably not.
Keys To The Suite
SIIIIIIIIIIIGH for one more g’aught damn time. Ya huuurd that Sunup Diskette Romances tape IRL-style? ‘Cause at first glance, it looks like a C60, but turns out the music plays for about 10 minutes, and then it’s about 55 minutes of silence, which I raw mic-recorded over with two AM stations meshing together while driving along the harbor. Yet, here comes release #2 for Diskette Romances this year, entitled Keys To The Suite, and it’s slightly longer than the self-titled. It’s the same old-style elevator [slash] office bathroom jamming. “Champagne in Hong Kong” is my personal favorite, defining exactly what I think Diskette Romances sounds like: dingy post-consumer aura’d ambiance that breaks into searing paradise, while “slush” closes the Suite’s program on the exact note it started on. That note being consummately developed around something once listened to, as if Keys To The Suite has been played in your head before but you’re not quite able to put your finger on it. Push>pinch>plop>flush and download the new joint from Diskette Romances meow!
• Diskette Romances: http://soundcloud.com/diskette-romances