Watersports
Natural History

Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse have a group called Blues Control. You probably know ‘em. But did you know Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse also have a group called Watersports? The so-called “new age” group has released music on various labels like Not Not Fun, White Tapes, Arbor, and Hand, but instead of trying to hunt down these out-of-print releases, you should head over to Dog Daze Tapes, who has collected eight tracks from these releases to make a “greatest hits” of sorts. It’s titled Natural History, and it’s available now as a double cassette.

• Dog Daze Tapes: http://dogdazetapes.blogspot.com

Den

“Saint of Killers”

A little bit This Heat, a little bit bro-metal, lots of noise skronk. But no space-age synth pads? According to Retrograde Tapes:

Noise rock for noise heads, Den offers shrill electronic abrasion, yet trades the formless distortion pedal army for structured heft, lifeless landscapes, Black Sabbath, and Jupiter.

• Den: http://soundcloud.com/noise-den
• Retrograde Tapes: http://retrogradetapes.blogspot.com/

Watersports

Natural History

Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse have a group called Blues Control. You probably know ‘em. But did you know Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse also have a group called Watersports? The so-called “new age” group has released music on various labels like Not Not Fun, White Tapes, Arbor, and Hand, but instead of trying to hunt down these out-of-print releases, you should head over to Dog Daze Tapes, who has collected eight tracks from these releases to make a “greatest hits” of sorts. It’s titled Natural History, and it’s available now as a double cassette.

• Dog Daze Tapes: http://dogdazetapes.blogspot.com

Bird Names

“Welcome to the Ghost Age”

In January, we posted Bird Names’ video for “Phantom & Fortune,” a track off their new full-length Metabolism: A Salute to the Energy of the Sun. Northern-Spy has since released the album, and because you’ve all been very good boys and girls, we get another video, this time for “Welcome to the Ghost Age.”

• Bird Names: http://www.myspace.com/birdnames
• Northern-Spy: http://northern-spy.com

Thomas Ankersmit / Valerio Tricoli

“Zwerm Voor Tithonus”

Berlin label Pan has recently released Forma II, a collaborative album between experimental saxophonist/electronic musician Thomas Ankersmit and avant-garde jack of all trades Valerio Tricoli. According to the label, “…the music consists of four electroacoustic pieces based largely on analogue synthesizer material and one long-form swarm-like composition for multiple overdubbed saxophones. Additional sounds range from metal foil floating on ultrasonic sound-beams to mechanical clickers recorded in the abandoned radar domes at Teufelsberg. The raw materials have been extensively processed and re-constructed using analogue tape and digital methods.”

Man, I love this stuff. The album is limited to 1000.

• Pan: http://www.pan-act.com
• Thomas Ankersmit: http://www.thomasankersmit.net

Oneida

“Horizon”

Oneida have done it: they’ve finally completed the Thank Your Parents trilogy! Check out the excerpted version of “Horizon” above. The bridge just before the final chorus is truly transcendent.

• Oneida: http://enemyhogs.com
• Brah: http://www.brahrecords.com
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

CHOCOLATE GRINDER is our audio/visual section, with an emphasis on the lesser heard and lesser known. We aim to dig deep, but we'll post any song or video we find interesting, big or small.