“Taking Names Blues”
The electric guitar is no stranger to the worlds of ambient and drone. Often we hear guitars drenched in layers of reverb and echo, serving as a melodic fixture within a bold ambient landscape. The guitar also frequently functions as the motor behind drone music and is probably too often mistaken as being analog synthesizers. Andrew Weathers makes music that certainly has ambient tendencies, but it stars the acoustic guitar in a drone-like setting. While modern drone music can often be witnessed mingling with shades of folk and Americana styles, Weathers makes modern Americana music while mingling with drone characters.
The sepia-toned-out video for “Taking Names Blues” does a very fine job of depicting the auditory happenings within the lead-off track of Andrew Weathers’ split cassette with Ancient Ocean — out on Rubber City Noise. The video features four separate quadrants of film. The first and fourth quadrants show visions of driving past leafless trees, icy bodies of water, and telephone wires; while the second and third quadrants feature spinning footage of these winter trees. The changing landscape follows Weathers’ aimless yet steady finger-plucking journey on his acoustic guitar through classic American raga themes, while the constant yet dizzying images imitate the rotating undertone of drone that sticks with the recording throughout. Ancient Ocean’s side of the tape also features mesmerizing guitar motifs, but they play a bit more of a supporting role.
Julia Holter & Jib Kidder
It’s been roughly a year since Jib Kidder made his debut in our Chocolate Grinder section (congrats again, Jib!). To mark this momentous occasion (aside from the balloons I blew up this morning), we’d like to share with you his most recent video for “My Baby.” The track is actually written by Julia Holter, who used Jib Kidder’s “Ringtone Cowboy” as source material. You can find the original on his forthcoming full-length Steal Guitars, an album that re-envisions country music in a similar manner to how Kidder’s All On Yall played with Southern rap. It’s out June 19 on States Rights. “My Baby” isn’t on it, but don’t fret Holter fanboy/fangirl: there will be a “remix companion” called Steal Guitars: Fencing Partners, too.
Ty Segall & White Fence
Hair [album trailer]
Who’s burning down the garage April 28? Drag City is, duh! Not since Ty’s collaboration with Mikal Cronin has he been this fired up with pal jamming. And after crushing the world with Woodsist news, White Fence is diversifying his bonds at Drag City. So what’s two young musicians to do? Go on tour of course! Also, yo, who thinks Burger Records is going to fresh out a tape of this sometime soon?
First, there was “House Shape,” now there is “Lone Bell.” As a certified Mount Eerie fan, I have to admit that I am, for once in my stupid life, happy. Check out “Lone Bell” below. It has moody horns, and it is modestly towering, and it is one of the better songs I’ve heard from Elverum since, well, “House Shape.” Listen to that bassline!
Clear Moon, the first of two Mount Eerie full-lengths due this year, is out May 22 on P.W. Elverum & Sun. I’ll be camping out starting this weekend. Who’s with me? JK. I’ll probably order online.
• P.W. Elverum & Sun: http://www.pwelverumandsun.com
The secret to grindcore’s glory is very simple: it says what it needs to say, very loudly, in seconds. The LA shredders in Sissy Spacek obey these tenets to a “t” — or rather, to a TNT: “Interlock” is a spazzy, unforgiving noisegasm that, at 33 seconds, wastes no time in launching its aural assault. Sure, your chances of deciphering the lyrics are nonexistent, but words are irrelevant when you’ve got music as acerbic and nitro-fueled as this.
• Sissy Spacek: http://www.gorejet.com
Space Ducks [album stream]
Who’s got kids out there? Who’s into kids out there #piedpiper? Who still feels like being a kid? Well this jammy-jam album, Space Ducks, is right up ya alley. It’s all about driving places with kids and singing along. Tonally, that is… Sweet, tonally is a word. Go teach that to ya kid so they don’t turn out like me. Even teach ‘em how to read with the Space Ducks accompanying comic book. Well, actually, I dunno. Comics would definitely not be my first choice to teach a kid how to read, but this experience is probz totes hawt-its. Damn, and maybe afterwards y’all put on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to further drop some knowledge. Oh, and your kids’ll be snoozing by that time in the back, so light up, ya dig?
• Daniel Johnston: http://www.hihowareyou.com