A$AP Rocky
“Purple Kisses”

DON’T WATCH THIS ONE AT WORK! Not only are there bare butts, but also plenty of boobs and doobs. So if you’re on break at the local law firm/Thai restaurant/dog groomery, consider yourself warned. All disclaimers aside, with his new, controversial “Purple Kisses” clip (it’s been removed from YouTube once before, though it appears to be back up), A$AP continues to push the boundaries of rap vids by taking us on an unprecedentedly trippy, hedonistic journey fueled by all the substances you were told to stay away from in sixth grade health class. There’s a part where A$AP takes out some jolly ranchers, and you wonder if things are going to be G-rated. But nope, it’s just another ingredient in the sizzurp-du-jour (On a related note, why didn’t he opt for the blue-raspberry flavor, which is clearly superior? Never mind.) Between the kaleidoscopic shots of derrieres and the slow-motion, drugged canoodling going on in the hot tub, this isn’t just downright decadent: it’s rap’s equivalent to “The Picture of Dorian Gray.”

“Purple Kisses” is off the upcoming A$AP Mob mixtape, Lord$ Never Worry, slated for release 8/28 on livemixtapes.com.

• A$AP Rocky: http://www.asapmob.com

Good Willsmith

Is The Food Your Family Eats Slowly [album stream]

I love the guitar string squeal, that little fret noise when switching notes. It sounds like the children playing at the kindergarten nearby the community garden I sometimes walk through at night. Slowly. And I always touch all of the leaves. Someone caught me once, and I was embarrassed, considering they aren’t my plants, but she just smiled and continued pulling tomatoes from her plant. It was a scene in a movie, you see. I remembered it when my friend started talking about Will Smith at work, which then reminded me how I put that new Good Willsmith album on my iPod, which then reminded me how I played it at the bar and everyone left because that slow-churning ambience is bad for bar business.

Thankfully, it works well as a soundtrack for walking through the garden next to the playground still muddy from all of the kids tramping around in the rain. Download Good Willsmith’s Is The Food Your Family Eats Slowly and give it a try. I think you’ll agree. Then you can buy the tape and share the experience with a friend using your Sony Walkman, each inserting one of the two earbuds. You have to walk close together so it doesn’t get pulled out, but it’s worth it.

• Good Willsmith: http://goodwillsmith.bandcamp.com
• Hausu Mountain Records: http://hausumountain.com

Black Pus

PUS MORTEM [album stream]

Black Pus (from Ancient Greek phlegein, “Brian,” and puhs, “to Chippendale”) (semantically opposite of White Castle) is medically recognized as a mental and emotional condition in which a person experiences intense feelings of well-being, elation, happiness, ecstasy, excitement, and joy.[1] Technically, Black Pus is an affect,[2] but the term is often colloquially used to define emotion as an intense state of transcendent happiness combined with an overwhelming sense of contentment. It has also been defined as an “affective state of exaggerated well-being or elation.”[3] The phrase derives from Old English blæc, meaning “put down yr acoustic guitar ‘n’ fuck my ears with noize.”

As they say, only an idiot would release a new digital album at 6 PM on a Tuesday. Here you go: Black Pus’ PUS MORTEM, available for whatever price you want:

1. Ren & Stimpy, “Space Madness,” season 1, episode 3.
2. http://public.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/affect.html
3. This is the footnote.

• Black Pus: http://blackpusone.blogspot.com

Mark Feehan

“Stoned Pilot B”

Last year, Bill Orcutt of 90s gnarly Miami noise group Harry Pussy blasted the bejesus out of blues with a beat-up guitar and blew us all away with How The Thing Sings to get a spot on our favorites of 2011. Now, Orcutt’s buddy Mark Feehan, who frequently played spastic guitar for Harry Pussy, is releasing his first solo record, MF, with old Harry Pussy promoters Siltbreeze Records. Feehan’s independent work is somewhat similar to Orcutt’s acoustic binges of raw Americana, but it echoes louder his punk roots: on some tracks, it is through pure loudness, and the rest hold subtle rock-like structures from which Feehan’s modal musings materialize.

But it’s not the similarity to former bandmates that’s interesting here. Apparently, Feehan has spent a lot of time in the last few years submerged in his exact replica of Confederate submarine the H.L. Hunley — what better place to conceive new twisted takes on classic American guitar playing! Grab Feehan’s MF, which is out today, and check out “Stoned Pilot B” here:

• Mark Feehan: http://www.discogs.com/artist/Mark+Feehan
• Siltbreeze: http://www.siltbreeze.com

Hooded Menace

“Summoned in to Euphoric Madness”

Finnish doom band Hooded Menace is preparing to release its Relapse debut, Effigies of Evil, in early September. Although they’ve definitely planted a flag on Planet Sabbath, this band cherry-picks other genres to increase the brutality factor — listen for the familiar grinding grit of death greats like Cannibal Corpse and Napalm Death mixed in with all the sludge. There’s no Ozzyesque bleating here, just brutal guttural goodness that only makes the ear-bludgeoning sweeter.

• Hooded Menace: http://hoodedmenace.bandcamp.com
• Relapse Records: http://www.relapse.com

Black Marble

“A Great Design”

Pop music in the 80s was really in no hurry. It makes you wonder what it says about the times. Take any pop song from the 50s and 60s and the first verse is thrown at you within the first 20 seconds. We don’t have time for your damn instrumental intros! We gotta get things moving! And then the 80s roll in like a calm ocean with their minute-and-a-half synth-layering introductions and four-plus-minute pop songs. It’s like we lost interest in what comes next. That’s probably why all of that 80s [insert word here]-wave is still being pushed and explored today. But while most bands who lean that way tend to get stuck in that same laxidasical rut, bands like Brooklyn’s Black Marble still seem to be asking, “What comes next?”

“A Great Design,” from their forthcoming Hardly Art full length, A Different Arrangement, is an archaeological dig, dusting off some of the oldest coldwave trends and realizing we still have a lot to learn from them. Listen to “A Great Design” below and pick up the CD/LP from Seattle’s Hardly Art records in October.

• Black Marble: http://www.blackmarblenyc.com
• Hardly Art: http://hardlyart.com

  

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