The War on Drugs
“Snake Tongues”

Mirror Universe is soon releasing a cassette version of The War on Drugs new album, Slave Ambient. However, this filmy take will be more than just an alternative media format: the cassette version will be a half-hour longer than the one already released, with side 2 adding six all-new tracks. Whereas the meat and potatoes (and smoke) of the heretofore release of Slave Ambient can be largely described as straight-driving, American rock ‘n’ roll (plus some fuzz on the side for the sake of expanse), the new tracks promise to make good on the latter half of the album’s title. In other words, if Slave Ambient proper is a soundtrack for travel, then the new half-album of B-sides is the destination. And that destination is Space. It is this writer’s opinion that the band should amend their name thusly: The War, On Drugs. Take a hit of “Snake Tongues” to see why.

• The War on Drugs: http://www.thewarondrugs.net
• Mirror Universe: http://mirroruniversetapes.blogspot.com

Justice

“Audio, Video, Disco”

It’s kinda weird seeing this kinda normal video from “cool electronic group” Justice (I’m forgoing hyperbolic adjectives to describe artist’s you’re already an expert on – you’ve probably downloaded this video and watched it several times on your phone by now, right?) But, yeah, Justice… like, check it out, man. Directed by SO ME, check it.

• Justice: http://www.myspace.com/etjusticepourtous
• Ed Banger: http://www.edbangerrecords.com

DJ Taye

Track Or Die [teaser EP]

Juke, with its syncopated hyperbeats, schizophrenic samples, and sub-bass lines, can be a challenging listen to the uninitiated, which is why we’re going to keep exposing you to the sounds that soundtrack these furious dance circles. Last Friday, we posted our review of the unfuckwithable new full-length Flight Muzik (TMT Review) by DJ Diamond, a 24-year-old Chicago producer who’s been at it since 13. Today, we’re posting a pre-release EP for Chicago producer DJ Taye’s upcoming full-length, Track Or Die, set for release on Ghettophiles. While not as refined as, say, Rashad, Roc, or Spinn, DJ Taye is barely old enough to drive! (If you’re short on time, at least check out “Put Ya Money Up.”)

And since most of us are clearly outsiders looking in on a style of music that’s so dependent on presence, wouldn’t hurt to check out some actual footwork action. Here’s a clip, which starts with DJ Rashad’s “Ghost,” a track off his amazing Just A Taste:

• DJ Taye: http://soundcloud.com/byrslf_division/dj-taye-so-many-placez
• Ghettophiles: http://www.ghettophiles.com

Lucas Santtana

“Super Violão Mashup”

If you aren’t a professional dancer specializing in Brazillian music and you think you can dance better than the people in this video, you are most certainly lying to yourself (or, indeed, you are this man ). “Super Violão Mashup” is the ridiculously frenetic release from Lucas Santanna, a chap that can somehow make roughly 12 million noises from one guitar and mash them together into a song that sounds simultaneously cutting edge and traditional.

As you’ll gather from the clipped beats and choppy ambient glitches, this is not your average nu-bossa fare, which has been something of a stringent policy of the phenomenal Mais Um Disco (“The label releases music from Brazilian artists who fuse styles, disregard genres and irritate purists”). Santanna assembles electronic music’s vast array of editing tools and tastefully mangles the crisp, smoldering sounds of Brazillian music into something brilliantly unique. His album Sem Nostalgia is ready to be carted to your doorstep now.

• Lucas Santtana: http://www.myspace.com/santtana
• Mais Um Disco: http://maisumdiscos.net

The Savage Young Taterbug

“Golden Star Brother Supper”

If your brain was liquefied to the consistency of sizzurp, would your dreams melt together? As a staple on Night-People, The Savage Young Taterbug (a.k.a. Charles Free, a.k.a. Timothy Wind, a.k.a. lots of a.k.a.s) lends listeners licks on living life a little loony. Through all his Americana, cute punk-snot, mystic storyteller personas, he proves to be one of the few rambling-traveling slash Internet-lost American folk-heroes. Mix the soundtrack to your grandmother’s reoccurring nightmare with your uncle’s non-stop smashed karaoke machine, and you’ve Theme For Gasoline Weirdo. It was released on the last big batch of Night People tapes (round late June-ish); still on sale. He has another release on Cavelife under the moniker The Missing Paperboy. Cavelife will also be releasing a bootleg cassette of Savage Young Taterbug - maybe, so look out! And, if you can’t find him sleeping behind you or in Ryan Garbes’ backyard (this has been burnt down since), you can check out his recent “publicity” stunt.

• Night People: http://night-people.org
• Savage Young Taterbug: http://www.myspace.com/stayfarout

Quiet Evenings / Seziki Tetrasheaf

Split LP

Snagged some preview excerpts from this sure-to-be-glorious anniversary split LP between recent tourmates Quiet Evenings (Motion Sickness of Time Travel, Nova Scotian Arms) and Seziki Tetrasheaf (Xiphiidae, David Toro). Following their debut vinyl outing Intrepid Trips, drone spouses Grant and Rachel Evans offer a patient, thoughtful piece titled “Gold Coast” on one side:

On the opposite side is a scrambled pastiche of samples half-remembered in Tetrasheaf’s “Let’s Do Carpet Beach,” who have heretofore released only a smattering of tapes. Check this one here:

This will be a joint release (“heavy emphasis on joint” —Grant Evans) on their own labels, Hooker Vision and Rotifer, celebrating their 100th and 50th releases respectively. 300 copies pressed, with a few handmade art-box versions, mastered by Keith Fullerton Whitman. Look out for it this month, dudes.

• Hooker Vision: http://hookervision.blogspot.com
• Rotifer: http://rotifercassettes.blogspot.com

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