Wu Tang ft. RZA
“Only the Rugged Survive”
Since Wu Tang is now synonymous with crusty white people loving Wu Tang, here is new Wu Tang (featuring RZA). It sounds like Robert Diggs phoned this one in – in a literal sense, his voice is mid-range heavy, almost lo-fi below the contrasting soul beat. A new Wu Tang album is coming, titled Wu-Tang Legendary Weapons, which consists of remaining members rapping over music provided by Brooklyn R&B band The Revelations.
Soul Jazz Records
12-minute label profile
Slices, a free DVD magazine by Electronic Beats, has a nice little documentary about Soul Jazz, the label responsible for such amazing releases as Studio One Dub, Tropicalia, A Certain Ratio’s Early, and New York Noise. It’s only 12 minutes long. Watch it with your eyes.
Flaming Lips/Prefuse 73
Flaming Lips/Prefuse 73 EP
According to this guy’s flickr post, last month Wayne Coyne was giving out test pressings of the Lips/Prefuse 73 EP, the very EP that has now leaked all over the internet in the form of crappy YouTube videos. The songs are interesting, though Scott Heren’s presence seems fairly underplayed — or maybe it’s Steven Drozd who is absently floating around, or maybe the whole thing is? Still, I like that the band is experimenting with release formats post-Embryonic, even if they’re stuck in a bit of a haze.
“Stamping Bent Memory Lagoons”
Carl Calm is one half of TMT favorites Caboladies, so it’s not surprising that the new Dayglo Port release shares those gurgling and shimmering electronics found on Crowded Out Memory. This is definitely a more abstracted and fractured sound than most of the current knob-tweaking crop is used to. Check out the full release at Dekorder plz.
With a Moog Rogue, Korg Poly 61, and Funkhouser 1, Dylan Ettinger returns (as promised) with a cassette entitled Pattern Recursion. Take a listen to the first track and you’ll hear Ettinger in fact using looped recursive patterns — a pattern rule that defines, in this case, each successive note — to kick off the two side-long tracks. You won’t have to wait long, though, before he swiftly darts from the rule to form various square wave patterns, the excerpt above being a good example of one of the more melodic moments. The tape is out now on Moon Glyph, in an edition of 150.
Bonnie "Prince" Billy
“There Is No God”
Bonnie “Prince” Billy recently released a 10-inch with Matt Sweeney called “I Must Be Blind” (b/w “Life In Muscle”), and tonight he and The Cairo Gang will be performing a free show in Chicago at Millennium Park. But Bonnie and his beard are just getting started: today, he announced an even newer new 10-inch single, “There Is No God,” a charity track for Save Our Golf and the Turtle Hospital. The single (which is b/w “God Is Love”) will be released on Drag City on June 21. Watch the video for free above, and check out more free Bonnie shows here.