“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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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!
“(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.
“EXECUTION” / “REMI RED”
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.
Whooooaaa. That dude Nathan from Wavves has gone 404! Which basically just means he put down the distortion pedals and joined the ranks of white boys making beats in their bedroom. Pretty good, though. I like that 45 at 33 sound. I think that’s another genre on the rise.
Listen to “Total Carnage” below. It doesn’t really sound like total carnage. Maybe he meant Maximum Carnage. Who knows? That would certainly be relevant, by which I mean 90s. Buy it from Fool’s Gold using a real currency on August 7, and expect to hear some rapping over it in the coming months.
Hello, and welcome to a great music video by a great band. Minden comes from Portland, although the group has some ties to Kansas City, where I believe this brilliant clip was created and the band was originally formed by the very talented songwriter Casey Burge. Decoder just excellently premiered the excellent lead cut from the band’s excellent forthcoming debut recording, Exotic Cakes. Further research (i.e., going to the band’s website) revealed this gem of a video, which… well, it sort of speaks for itself, and loudly — as in the obnoxiously loud, hot pink spandex’d booties shakin’ it in the yarn store here. Everything about Minden is everything that I love about life. And ultimately what I’m trying to say is that Minden is a band that is all about sex. It seethes from this music’s deep pockets of rhythm, effervesces from the smokey vocal harmonies, then kicks you where it hurts when the genius turns of lyrical phrase and sizzling one-liners make you realize it doesn’t all necessarily have to be about sex. But the bass playing? Sheer, unadulterated sex, people.
The self-released Exotic Cakes hits vinyl this Fall. Sex.
• Minden: http://www.mindenband.com