Unknown Mortal Orchestra
“How Can U Luv Me”

Unknown Mortal Orchestra gave me $1,000 to post their track, “How Can U Luv Me.” But hey, I’m still keeping it real because the going rate is $1,500 for just a Chocolate Grinder post, and that doesn’t include all the forthcoming pre-album hype that I’ve tossed in for free. Like this sorta hype: “The group just signed to Fat Possum! Their debut will be out in June! Sounds like Radiohead and James Blake and Panda Bear and Odd Future (and maybe even Oneohtrix Point Never)!”

• Unknown Mortal Orchestra: http://unknownmortalorchestra.com
• Fat Possum: http://www.fatpossum.com


“Chompers World”

Daren Ho, a.k.a. Driphouse, has an upcoming release on Root Strata titled Root 91. In the sample track “Chompers World,” you can hear a slightly bizarre combination of sterilized machines pulsing below a brazen upfront piano melody. It’s an interesting juxtaposition.

Driphouse will be going on tour starting April 15 alongside Caboladies, Carl Calm, and Dariius. Watch the plant-themed promotion vid for the tour below, featuring some particularly inspired new material from Caboladies.

• Driphouse: http://www.discogs.com/artist/Driphouse
• Root Strata: http://rootstrata.com

Tom Carter

“Gonna Tune Right In On You”

Tom Carter (Charalambides) has a new tape All Ahead Now on Root Strata. It’s limited to 120 and has been described as “Dark bliss of feedback and harmonic brick layering feed from the streets of NYC.” Check out the clip above if you’re into dark bliss of feedback and harmonic brick layering feed from the streets of NYC.

• Tom Carter: http://www.wholly-other.com
• Root Strata: http://rootstrata.com

Xander Harris

“Tanned Skin Dress”

Xander Harris (also a character from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) has a new album on Not Not Fun called Urban Gothic (also a TV horror show). Check out this killer (literally) video, directed by Amanda Brown (LA Vampires, 100% Silk, co-founder of Not Not Fun) and Ben Shearn. (COOL!)

• Xander Harris: http://xanderfuckingharris.blogspot.com
• Not Not Fun: http://notnotfun.com/now.html

Golden Retriever

“Distant Fog”

You’re probably sick of slow-drifting synth landscapes, aren’t you? This will be the last one, I promise. I found this Golden Retriever excerpt while posting about Matt Carlson’s new tape yesterday. According to his website, Carlson and Golden Retriever are “Northwestern American cohorts.” In actuality, I think they might be the same person, though with so many name changes and alternate aliases floating around, I’ve somewhat stopped caring. I really enjoy this track though.

• Golden Retriever: http://bucketfactory.com/Store.htm

Matana Roberts

COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres (album mix)

On May 10, Montreal’s Matana Roberts will release COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres, an improvisational avant-jazz album with roots in punk, modern composition, and performative theater. The track streaming above is a mix of several passages from the album. Look for the album on CD/2x10-inch courtesy of Constellation.

• Matana Roberts: http://www.matanaroberts.com
• Constellation: http://cstrecords.com


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