Chocolate Grinder Mix 83
Elements: Its Every Crease
Hi! So, this week I had some hardcore technology meltdowns. From tape recorders failing to my phone constantly dying to Audacity hating me and my time and my computer. Since I’m writing this before redoing the mix on lunch, I’m hoping you’re listening to it today: FriFri. I realize I could write/edit this post-mixing, but I’m into this intense readiness to complete a mix within an hour. All the files are downloaded, listed in order, and ready to fly. And since my phone has been a BITCH and is seeking out “similar problems,” the original mix I had planned to create fell through (more on that later). In light of that, Mr P suggested I do a straight-up hip-hop mix. Which I did, and it’s not mixed or edited. Total genuine CD-mix style, being sold in Times Square right now, only you can hear it below, ‘cause I get my people traffic on TMT. Hi!
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[00:00] RIA EKIN - “SEARCHING FRIENDS” (excerpt)
[00:23] Mack Maine - “Kobe or Ginolbli”
[02:22] Nmesh - “Bayside High As Fuck” (excerpt)
[02:35] The Underachievers - “Herb Shuttles”
[04:55] Lou Tennant - “COPS SIDE-A” (excerpt)
[05:08] Lil B - “Lifes Hard”
[07:12] Action Bronson - “No Time” (excerpt)
[07:26] 18+ - “BITCH”
[09:00] Dracula Lewis - “Cheetah”
[11:34] Knx - “KwunsStrongr.ntro” (excerpt)
[11:46] Mykki Blanco - “Ace Bougie Chick”
[14:28] French Montana - Garbage Bag Money
[15:35] Rick Ross & Birdman - “Addiction”
[18:11] Spaceghostpurp feat. Nell - “No Trouble”
[19:37] Tree - “Busters”
[21:30] Free Weed - “Superstar”
Daftside: Random Access Memories Memories
Flicked over to FACT today for random FriFri giddy, and found that our pal Nicolas Jaar remixed Daft Punk’s entire new album and REtitled it: Daftside: Random Access Memories Memories. Check it out. Especially if you hated Random Access Memories. Lotta crawl-warp-style noise remix slurred destruction going on here in its most beautifully danced-out moments. Scope below!
• Nicolas Jaar: http://www.nicolasjaar.net
Hunx & His Punx
“Street Punk Trilogy”
Wanna see a new Hunx & His Punx music video? How about three, all wrapped up into one triple-feature creature? In anticipation of their upcoming full-length Street Punk, the Francisco rockers proudly present their “Street Punk Trilogy,” a trio of clips for three of the album’s tracks: “Bad Skin,” “Everyone’s a Pussy (Fuck You, Dude),” and “Don’t Call Me Fabulous.” The whole thing opens up with that oh-so-familiar opening from Masterpiece Theater — or, in this case, it’s Masterbates Theatre — before proceeding on to a monstrous matinee of angry moms, zits, street gangs, and punk shenanigans. We’ve seen frontman Seth Bogart wear a number of masks: the brooding lover, the hairdresser, the heartbreaker. Busting up laptops, wearing crazy pants, and throwing up the finger with aplomb, he plays the tr00 punk role surprisingly well. But even though he and his punx look and sound tougher this time around, they haven’t lost their penchant for overblown theatrics; as the trilogy shows, the corrosive and the campy are anything but mutually exclusive.
I lean back and let this one float over me — solo piano, hovering somewhere between dissonance and enlightenment, like Scriabin in his most pensive moments (maybe “Vers La Flamme”), clawing at unconventional tonalities while keeping a few fingers in a consonant headspace we can all sink into. Portuguese composer Tiago Sousa’s 33 minutes of Samsara take us down an aural passageway through life to death to rebirth to life to death to rebirth, each milestone audible in delicate upper-register phrases or left-hand block chords or accelerating swells through emotional ivory territories. One might not expect to find such work on wax within the realm of the “drone/avant/experimental” underground, yet here Sousa sits, pressing the sustain pedal gently, breathing and sighing in pauses between rhythms. Unsurprisingly, Immune Recordings backs this beauty — which, though more stripped-down in terms of instrumentation and atmosphere, fits neatly in the catalog alongside the crystalline sonics of Minamo and Lawrence English or Pulse Emitter.
Samsara is available now on LP and CD. Put it on your turntable and it won’t be hard to imagine Sousa right there next to you. He bends over the piano, closes his eyes, and ekes out a musical vision of the afterlife (and beforelife [and life]); you roll up the blinds, recline, and see what you can see of the sky.
“Heaven’s Bells Have Called Mother Home”
I found a pretty good spot to be listening to this Adderall Canyonly track. (I mean, besides the place you’re about to hear it, which is here, down below, first, because that matters.) That spot is his website. You can just push play at the top and scroll down for a while through the museum of GIFs. But do it slow. It’s about seeing those repetitions happening, those cycles spinning around themselves in a loop of visible time. But what’s cool is that the time, despite being locked within itself, is also moving in an actual direction. And that direction is up — an appropriate trajectory, especially once the faux violins make their entrance to give this mini-suite just a little more sweetness, helping to raise this one up on downtempo high.
Yeah, play it here, and then play it again there, and then actually just let it keep playing, because this also works for Canyonly’s older songs too (which run through previous tape releases, with the likes of Under the Spire, Tranquility Tapes, and Rubber City Noise). So, potentially, you could be scrolling down like this for a very long time, but that might not be so bad, right?
And then, finally, play it back over here again and make sure you know the details: that the track above is from Between the Rays Lies Fear but also Joy, which is the 10th tape release from Jehu & Chinaman to date, available in an edition of 40.
“Red Hand Blues”
New batch of Sun Ark tapes freshing some sweet licks from Warm Climate in SUMMER SPEECH THERAPY. Led by nice-guy jammer Seth Kasselman (ex-TMTer) and backed by both steady drum beats from Caitlin Mitchell and walked-out bass lines by M. Geddes Gengras, Warm Climate get their downright groove on here with their B-side banger “Red Hand Blues.” The rhythm is steady and right there, drummed out of a space primarily explored by light-to-heavy guitar meanders, wrapping around bass lines following the lead, swaying hips everywhere. And just the sweetest vocals whipped up top for maximum cream-stache sneers.
“You warming up or dancing?”
“Take me by the waist and find out.”
“Oo, that’s that feel, muscles.”
“The name is Pat, Jackie.”
“How’d you know my name?”
“It’s on your name-tag. Caught red-handed.”
“Red Hand Blues, Pat. Let’s dance!”
SUMMER SPEECH THERAPY by Warm Climate is out now on cassette via Sun Ark Records!