Tabs Out: Laser Focus #1
Tabs Out is a fantastic all-cassette podcast that’s been documenting the prolific tape underground with joyful obsession and humorous expertise since 2012. Tiny Mix Tapes has excitingly teamed with Tabs Out for a monthly show called Laser Focus, in which tape aficionados/fetishists Mike Haley, Dave Doyen, and Joe B hone in on a label or artist for 30- to 60-minute episodes. Enjoy!
On the inaugural episode of Laser Focus, Tabs Out talks with Headboggle about his Krautrock past, collaborating with his father, and setting up synthesizers on his bed. We also play a sampling of HB cassettes on Baked, Hyperdelic, Excitebike, A Soundesign Recording, and Tusco/Embassy.
Headboggle doing the sad-face hunch-over at The Lab in San Francisco, CA
More Headboggle gear
“Live at KFJC” cover art by Bonnie Banks
Cover art by John Elliott for self-titled release on Spectrum Spools
DJ Sí Sí Sí Gracias & D/P/I
“HALLO WEE TWENTY THIRTY”
Drawing upon the raw energy of Alex Gray (D/P/I) and the funk-inspired spastic control of Cameron Stallones (DJ Sí Sí Sí Gracias), “HALLO WEE TWENTY THIRTY” comes at you filth-live recording style. It’s nearly 15 minutes of mind gunk intended to clog each creative vessel within your brain’s crevasses. Synaptic nodes snap and spin out of control like a loose fire hose aiming full-blast at the toilet. Mess and mayhem ensue the mind in sheer electronic grime, stretched across a spectrum of universal hearing.
Influence is negated here, the sense of time filters being, and transcendence of the physical breathes in a mode of abstract dance. Catch yourself falling into the circle swaying next to the stage. Slam your head against the nearest speaker, either on purpose or by accident, and finally understand the mentality and deposition of the flow and feel DJ Sí Sí Sí Gracias & D/P/I possess together. Get your best twerk flowing, and feel their live colab “HALLO WEE TWENTY THIRTY” below:
In the last couple years, DJ Rashad and the TEKLIFE crew have put footwork so forcefully on the map that it’s easy to forget just how many artists on Planet Mu’s Bangs & Works comps weren’t from that crew. Which is also to say: many of the footwork tracks a lot of us initially fell in love with back on those first two comps were produced by lesser-heard artists, many of whom haven’t been as visible (or at all) since the Ghettoteknitianz took the spotlight. Of course, respect was due to footwork’s progenitors, so it made sense, but Rashad has been swimming in international waters lately, and since a lot of the more paranoid, schizophrenic Chicago-based music was brushed aside by The Great Teklife Upswing, often the way to hear the weirder strands of footwork was to look to other countries (namely Japan, with the likes of Paisley Parks, Foodman, and Satanicpornocultshop).
But producer EQ Why has been going strong throughout. Former member of the now-defunct all-star crew Bosses of the Circle (which boasted DJ Roc, DJ Diamond, Young Smoke, Jlin, etc.), EQ Why first made his presence widely known with a few tracks on the second Mu comp as DJ T-Why — including this hot number — and now, after releasing on labels like Moveltraxx, Booty Call Records, and Duck N Cover, he’s back with another album, The Dynamic Time, an 18-track footwork monster that comes from the school of RP Boo minimalism and DJ Roc suspense, with several juke- and ghetto house-flavored tracks.
“Grind” is an exemplary cut: rhythmically tense with the barest of elements; sub-bass tempering the violent, chaotic Morse code-like synth; complexity more befitting of an underground footwork circle than a fashionable European dance club — more dirt, less sheen; mood over matter. It’s one of the rawest footwork tracks of the year, a reminder that, while the TEKLIFE crew is making the headlines, there are plenty of gems if you dig beneath the footwork mainstream.
Brooklyn guitarist/composer/filmmaker/Radiolab collaborator Sarah Lipstate is Noveller. Her newest record No Dreams just came out on Important Records, and it’s amazing (!!!!). This video accompanies the title track “No Dreams,” which shows off Lipstate’s experienced technical ability — she’s a heavily trusted guitarist to many, having contributed her talents to projects like Rhys Chatham’s Guitar Army and pop-art band Parts & Labor — as well as her natural psychedelic instinct. The visuals here capture the complexity and intricate organization behind the seemingly free and organic sounds of Noveller. Definitely worthy of a listen and a drug or two.
Chocolate Grinder Mix 95
“Day of the Dead: The Halloween Hangover Mix”
Awaken to the ticking time bomb of impending hangover. Enjoy these final seconds of drunken delirium, for the temple knives are about to turn, slowly grinding skull to bone ash. The pain is so unspeakable that uncontrollable diarrhea comes as a welcome reprieve, and yet each toxic release brings flashes of last night’s ceremonial madness — animalistic rage, anarchistic mayhem, inhumanity as the last rite of passage.
Drifting again from nightmarish corporeality, the disembodied mind retreats to relative comfort in the familiarity of folkloric superstition and primal fear, but not even these can maintain control of a consciousness exposed to the eldritch truth of primordial existence. From the cradle to the grave, languageless wails give way to entombed tongues. Perhaps ritual is the only means of escape. Perhaps…
Fuck it, here are some of my favorite dark/scary/weird songs of 2013 accompanied by samples culled from my collection of novelty horror LPs. Hopefully, it provides the perfect soundtrack to the phantasmic phantasmagoria of your own Halloween hangover. ¡Felíz Día de los Muertos!
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[00:16] The Body - “Melt Away”
[03:59] Gore Elohim - “Lord of Plagues”
[07:42] Chasms - “Darker Outside”
[12:39] Gucci Mane - “Decapitated”
[15:37] Nickelus F - “Da Reaper”
[20:11] Dismembered Cattle Fireworks - “Churches are the real faggots”
[20:12] 3:33 - “BB-6”
[23:09] Wormlust - “Á Altari Meistarans”
[29:14] Killah Priest - “Shadow Landz”
[32:52] Armand Hammer - “Duppy”
“Perdition (Austral Road)” featuring Ann Deveria
When you wake up, your head is splitting. You left the window open just a crack — just enough for the spit of the midnight thunderstorm to push its way inside, wetting the pane. At least the sun-rays aren’t lancing your eyeballs. At least it’s still gray, still dark enough that you lay back and try to coax your screaming brain into sleep.
“Perdition,” it’s called? That state of damnation — although, really, it’s probably just like being stuck in a waiting room forever and ever — they told you about in Sunday School that one time? The teacher — a Greek lady with the skin that smelled like paper and a bum-hip limp — she used the word “eternal” in describing it. She said, “It’s impossible to avoid, but we can lessen the brunt of the never-ending blow if we follow Him,” and you cross yourself. You tried to heed her advice, but here you are, bedridden and miserable.
Of course you’re not in hell, silly. You’ve just got a headache. And hey, those spasms behind your eyes and in your teeth — there’s poetry in that. Relish it.
“Perdition (Austral Road)” is off Oikos’ upcoming LP, Vigilia, out November 1 through new label Knockturne records.