Chocolate Grinder Mix 52
Pole Position

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”

Normal Love

“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)

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• Public Eyesore:


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.

• Ailanthus:
• Hexagon:


1 [album stream]

Wacky, weird, wonderful vibes coming out of mysterious L.A. artist Exaveyur in association with Duckhouse Recordings, and seemingly the only thing associated with Duckhouse Records entirely. From lazy dance licks on “Goth Party” to zoned-out guitar musings on “Home And Alone,” Exaveyur paints an easy-going yet detailed soundscape for the peak of summertime chill. And it’s all fo’ free!

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• Duckhouse:


“(from Sacred Tapestry)”

情報デスクVIRTUAL, a subsidiary of LASERDISC VISIONS/NEW DREAMS LTD., recently released 札幌コンテンポラリー, a massive 25-track, 70-minute album of early-morning seminar jams, staff-meeting jingles, and pre-boarding lounge tunes in the key of e-Asia circa 1995. Similar to the cassette version of Macintosh Plus’ monumental Floral Shoppe (OMG) — 情報デスクVIRTUAL’s other release from late 2011 (digital) / early 2012 (physical) — the mysterious entity behind these various projects has recorded another outstanding bonus track, this time to go with the limited-edition CD version of 札幌コンテンポラリー.

Titled “(from Sacred Tapestry),” the track sees 情報デスクVIRTUAL appropriating the intro to a song that, well, I won’t name because it’s funner that way. But it’s soooooo fucking good that you sorta have to watch the video multiple times.

The physical version of 札幌コンテンポラリー is out this week on Beer On The Rug. There are only 150 CDs available, so act quick.

• Beer On The Rug:



Tunnel virtual violence pro-no. Deeply rooted wire-string tapping. “Oh, fuck. She’s home.” Desire stripping digital flesh. The recycling bin on your computer. Tracking beyond the screen before you. Never finding the right body to be complete. Insertion that trails on and continues to rattle. International living room party camera. High internet dealer on the low. Reality is pussy versus snake, universally. Crossing over dimensional boundaries via breaking rules. Shattered scattering shards suspending self selection. Closing your eyes to a loading screen. Feeling the ping surrounding ear drums. Bandwidth your mind to “EXECUTION.” Click 18+ to enter. Washed down smoove with that “REMI RED” frying at the core.

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