Last year, Yves/Son/Ace, the solo project of Matthew Ford (Factums, Love Tan, Evening Meetings), released a limited cassette on Night People called Unsung. Being as perceptive as it is, French label La Station Radar — responsible for 2012 albums like Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier’s An Age Of Wonder and Blanche Blancehe Blanche’s Papas Proof — figured the music was so good it had to press it on vinyl. The result is a 20-track, 44-minute, 33 RPM, limited-to-300 album that’s as gritty as it is immediate as it is drugged-the-fuck-out.
Unsung’s title track is the perfect example. The song is a desolate little number, with narcotic vocals and primitive beats nearly suffocating under the layers of yelping electronics. The accompanying video, by Robert Zverina, extends the detachment with hypnotic, distorted imagery that’s thoroughly disconnected and, quite frankly, terrifying. If this is the sound of pop as we draw closer to the apocalypse, we’re in for one dark and demented ride. If it’s not, then click play on the video below for “Unsung” and get ready for one dark and demented ride anyway.
You can also stream and/or download the track here:
Yves/Son/Ace’s Unsung, pressed on transparent red vinyl, is out now on La Station Radar.
I saw Guantanamo Baywatch play at a Burgerville, a local fast food chain in Portland, all of which share the same 50s burger-and-a-milkshake aesthetic. As McDonald’s is known by its golden arches, Burgerville is known by its jukebox. It’s a real throwback kind of place, and they do pretty well buying from local farmers and selling as fresh of food as they can, but no mistaking; it is definitely a fast food joint, and being a fast food joint, you have to deal with certain limitations. Most notably, that your food may be delicious and local and sustainable, but it’s still a heart attack on a bun. And that’s okay, as long as you don’t try and act like you’re something you’re not.
Guantanamo Baywatch (local, farm-fresh, sustainable Portlanders) know exactly where they stand, in the middle of a genre that reached its own limitations sometime in the late 60s: surf rock. It’s impressive, then, how much their new album, Chest Crawl, sounds as fresh, new, and energetic as the genre probably did 50 years ago. And seeing this kind of thing against a backdrop of burgers, jukeboxes, and kids in cut-off jean shorts and tank-tops was about as proper a venue as our nostalgia-dipped current landscape could provide for a band so true to surf rock’s original trends.
Listen to the title track, “Chest Crawl,” below, buy the record over at Portland’s own Dirtnap Records, and enjoy it over a nice cheeseburger and Cherry Coke. I imagine it’s how the band would want it.
Animal Collective just dropped the first single from the group’s forthcoming Centipede Hz on their new weekly radio show. It’s titled “Today’s Supernatural,” and as YouTube user bccapes described the track, it’s like the “fun-house of Merriweather meets the brawn and rock of Straw Jam.” Wow, my job is easy.
Check out Animal Collective Radio every Sunday night at 9 PM EST, and look for Centipede Hz September 4 via Domino.
Chocolate Grinder Mix 52
This mix began as an attempt to compile some “modern sounds,” songs that seem particularly of the time, that couldn’t have been made, say, 10 years earlier. But then I realized that Pekka Airaksinen was a crazy psychedelic jazz-electronic Buddhist avant-garde musician from the 60s and 80s — his music just sounded 20 years ahead of its time. And I decided to throw on something from the Maggi Payne reissue. So, fuck themes! Except there still is an undercurrent of weird, sleazy collage going on, of dance or beat music mixing with lo-fi aesthetics, heavy minimalist repetition, and noise goo. I should also disclose that the label I co-run released the Man Made Hill track included here, but it was too beautiful to leave on the cutting-room floor.
Stream below, and subscribe to our podcast here.
[00:00] Boy Snacks - “Kiwi Melon”
[02:35] Man Made Hill - “Glass Trap”
[05:23] YYU - “When You Said That”
[08:14] Black Dice - “Spy Vs. Spy”
[12:54] Moon Pool & Dead Band - “Inches of Mercury”
[19:48] SFV Acid - “Daddy Daycare”
[22:41] Pekka Airaksinen - “Suvarnaratnakaracchatrakuta”
[28:39] DJ Rashad - “CCP”
[32:19] Lasership Stereo - “Pole Position”
[34:02] Maggi Payne - “Gamelan”
“I Heard You Could See Baltimore From There”
We’re back with another exclusive premiere from Normal Love! On their latest LP, Survival Tricks, the Brooklyn-/Philadelphia-based band continues to push the boundaries of a hodgepodge of genres ranging from jazz to noise. This abrasive, eclectic approach extends to their videos as well. You might have caught our premiere of their robot-heavy epic “Lend Some Treats” a couple months ago. When it comes to this band’s art, formulating a convenient, insular interpretation is both impossible and pointless. It’s more like a Rorschach blot — heavy, intriguing, and infinitesimal in possible meanings, depending on who you’re talking to.
With regards to their latest clip, “I Heard You Could See Baltimore From There,” you could take several approaches. I, of course, see the title and think of my charmingly murky hometown. Well, Maryland’s largest city isn’t in this video — in fact, at times the shots are so blurry and zoomed-in you don’t know just what you’re looking at. While there’s some threatening, grainy footage that seems to suggest some grim sexual horrors, there are also jaunts through the forest in broad daylight, as cheerful and washed-out as that scene in Moonwalker where Michael Jackson dances around in a meadow. Much like their music, the video makes abrupt changes in scenery, framing, and mood. Stay on your toes and enjoy.
Survival Tricks is out now on ugEXPLODE and Public Eyesore. The band recently released tourdates as well, which you can find here:
07.27.12 - Philadelphia, PA - AUX (with Crash Course in Science, Psychic Teens, Coqui, Young Leaves, Hurry)
07.31.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Death by Audio (with Sightings, Tim Dahl/Elliott Sharp/Weasel Walter, MV Carbon)
08.01.12 - Providence, RI - Machines (with Magnets)
08.02.12 - Allston, MA - Gay Gardens (with Guerilla Toss, Bees)
08.03.12 - Montreal, QC - Playhouse Cabaret (with Wicked Crafts, Carnal Veil)
08.04.12 - Meaford, ON - Electric Eclectics Festival
08.06.12 - London, ON - Sweet Magic London Festival
08.07.12 - Milwaukee, WI - TBA
08.08.12 - Madison, WI - Dragonfly Lounge
08.09.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Hexagon Bar (with Hasps, Miami Dolphins)
08.10.12 - Iowa city, IA - TBA
08.11.12 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon (with Grandi Flora, Oils)
08.12.12 - St. Louis, MO - Lemp Arts (with Rick Weaver)
08.13.12 - Fayetteville, AK - Lightbulb Club (with Egyptr)
08.14.12 - Hot Springs, AK - The Exchange
08.15.12 - Memphis, TN - Lamplighter Lounge
08.16.12 - Chattanooga, TN - Sluggo’s North (with The Stacker Three)
08.17.12 - Lexington, KY - The Sidecar (with Wretched Worst, Live Island)
08.18.12 - Cincinnati, OH - The Comet (with Wasteland Jazz Unit)
08.19.12 - Chicago, IL - Township
08.20.12 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class (with Drake-Henry-Scheible Trio)
08.21.12 - Ithaca, NY - The Space (with Daads, Brian, Temuchin)
VANISHING VISION [album stream]
It’s only been roughly a month since we premiered INTERNET CLUB’s last full-length, DREAMS 3D (out now on Ailanthus), but the enigmatic producer has already dropped its companion piece, VANISHING VISION, an 11-track album of boardroom jams screwed so slightly that you’d be forgiven for mistaking the listening experience for a corporate training video. But as we continue to immerse ourselves in the hyperreality of this empty music, the wide-eyed optimism gives way to an existential dread, a vanishing vision, a prolonged experience of financial lows and downturns helped little by the superficial bounce of the music.
Stream the track “RENDERS” below, and download the entire album for free here via Sendspace.