Thus Owls
“How In My Bones” (Live)

I’m a enthralled with Thus Owls’ performance of “How In My Bones” live at La Tulipe in Montreal. Sunday I saw CHVRCHES in McCarren Park and felt like I was in a Bubble-Yum commercial. And typically when I witness “live” “music,” I feel tacky. It’s like watching someone being emotional in a really weird way for (MAYBE) 45 minutes and then clapping (????) and walking away. However, Thus Owls really lays down a retro-psychedelic blues-rock vibe here that harnesses that before-its-time nostalgia. And they’re totally not afraid to feel it too. Also, I’m convinced that all good groups have vocals from everyone involved. I love it when tambourines are used in today’s musical world. Yes!!!

Turning Rocks, Thus Owls’ newest CD/LP is available through Secret City Records NOW/HERE/GRIP. You can snoop at that live video below of “How In My Bones” being given a nearly flawless performance by Thus Owls’ below:

• Thus Owls: http://thusowls.com
• Secret City Records: http://www.secretcityrecords.com

Q///Q

Jardim

Q///Q muffles the microphone, withholding secrets under its breath, finagled by stuffy delay. Toms and tambourines are die-cast; the stiff skeletons of hi-hats and rimshots strain through the molten lattice.

Further back, past the reticent vocalist, past the percussion molds, synthetic strings progress. They are distant, abandoned by their orchestra, nodding off in their surroundings, for a split second at a time, in spite of their melodic responsibilities. They are the weight and balance to Jardim’s coolheaded passages.

Jardim’s five sketches are cohesive: in tone, in texture, and in brevity. Their brevity causes desire for elaboration to well up inside of the listener. Starting with “Gom Gom” right through “Tourada A Corda,” the listener is settled in, prepared for a long ride in Q///Q’s compact. But, in a flash, the ride is over; the secrets are preserved; the rope is recoiled; the bull is at rest.

• Q///Q: https://soundcloud.com/qqsuits
• Self-help Tapes: http://selfhelptapes.bandcamp.com

Thus Owls

“How In My Bones” (Live)

I’m a enthralled with Thus Owls’ performance of “How In My Bones” live at La Tulipe in Montreal. Sunday I saw CHVRCHES in McCarren Park and felt like I was in a Bubble-Yum commercial. And typically when I witness “live” “music,” I feel tacky. It’s like watching someone being emotional in a really weird way for (MAYBE) 45 minutes and then clapping (????) and walking away. However, Thus Owls really lays down a retro-psychedelic blues-rock vibe here that harnesses that before-its-time nostalgia. And they’re totally not afraid to feel it too. Also, I’m convinced that all good groups have vocals from everyone involved. I love it when tambourines are used in today’s musical world. Yes!!!

Turning Rocks, Thus Owls’ newest CD/LP is available through Secret City Records NOW/HERE/GRIP. You can snoop at that live video below of “How In My Bones” being given a nearly flawless performance by Thus Owls’ below:

• Thus Owls: http://thusowls.com
• Secret City Records: http://www.secretcityrecords.com

The KutiMangoes

Afro-Fire

First-world problems: the weather forecast says 88 degrees, the landlord’s letter says the utility company will be turning off the power for 7 hours, the iMessage conversation with said landlord says nothing new, and the Tramp Records Bandcamp says the Afro-Fire CD by jazzy German afrobeat ensemble The KutiMangoes is all sold out.

First-world solutions: go to air-conditioned office, bring bags of perishable foodstuff to temporarily store in office refrigerator, report landlord to the Department of Homeland Security (make something up), and stream The KutiMangoes’ Afro-Fire below or Buy Now the Limited Edition Vinyl LP.

• The KutiMangoes: http://michaelblicher.dk/show.php?type=bands&id=46
• Tramp Records: http://www.tramprecords.com

Juliana Huxtable

“SV3 (POWER GOT CUT OFF)”

From House of Ladosha, artist Juliana Huxtable serves us the newest mix for her trans*queer Shock Value parties in NYC. Similarly to DJs from labels like Night Slugs and Gang Fatale, she combines cold, heartless UK instrumental grime with banging US hip-hop and R&B, creating a satisfying tension that is more feminine and American than the British artists mixing similarly. The fact that Juliana practices in different mediums is clear: the set is not only danceable, but visual, political, and emotional. In her sets, she likes to pepper in disparate musical genres and sound bites (anything from Judith Butler, to opera, to a GrubHub voicemail) that function to create a full world’s soundscape rather than just a set.

“SV3 (POWER GOT CUT OFF)” is notable for its layering of almost entire tracks over others, so much so that many of the transitions exist as their own equally appreciated track. In the past couple of months, Juliana has been rising in the New York scene as a DJ, becoming even more visible than she already is and developing a specific and important voice, which is both exciting and political in the large-majority white, cis male-dominated world of electronic production. Plus, check out her well-curated Instagram!

• Juliana Huxtable: http://t.co/6bll0G2etO

Charles Barabé

Adieu Fantôme B

Charles Barabé (pronunciation here) stole my TV! Psych! He just stole my breath. DOUBLE PSYCH! He just borrowed it. And he gave it back, eventually, after I had already passed out from lack of oxygen. Nice guy; a goddamn thief, but a nice guy.

Like nightmare television for the sleepless (does that even make sense?), the above clip is extremely representative of the rest of the cassette — alarming, spectral, foreboding. Entitled Adieu Fantôme and released earlier this month on (((Cave))) Records alongside Ala Vjiior’s Detours & Details and a split between Brian Beaudry and Gianluca Favaron, the c30 from which the audio is pulled is highly recommended, as are the other two releases. That is, if you don’t want to get to sleep tonight. Might as well stay up and get weird, right?

• Charles Barabé: http://vimeo.com/user16892672
• (((Cave))) Records: http://www.caverecordings.blogspot.com

  

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