Angel Olsen
“Tiniest Lights”

Last month, Angel Olsen re-released her 2010 cassette Strange Cacti on vinyl. The video for “Tiniest Lights,” the album’s haunting leadoff track, features the song “played three times and filmed on a single roll of celluloid,” providing an ethereal spookiness befitting of the song. Visit Bathetic Records for more info on the 12-inch.

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Demdike Stare


Manchester’s Demdike Stare premiered a new video for “Violetta” at The Wire. This heretofore unreleased track wasn’t on Tryptych (TMT Review), but you should buy the album anyway because it will change your world. Check out Wire issue #328 for Demdike Stare’s Invisible Jukebox.

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La Big Vic


Last week, La Big Vic released Actually, their debut album on Underwater Peoples. The group currently resides in Brooklyn, but these cosmonauts — Toshio Masuda on guitar, Peter Pearson on synth, former TMT contributor/current Altered Zones editor/Visitation Rites mastermind Emilie Friedlander on vocals and violin — make music that sidesteps geography, that deterritorializes. For a clear example, check out the stream for “Musica” (via The FADER). Also, be sure to take a close look at Robert Beatty’s artwork above. If you adopt a ‘critical gaze,’ as your friendly intellectual might suggest, you might recognize where it comes from. I have no idea.

Plenty of La Big Vic fun over at Pixelhorse; click here for more.

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Tom Trago

Iris [full-album stream]

Last month, Rush Hour Records — don’t you ever touch a black man’s radio! — released Iris, a new full-length by Amsterdam’s DJ/producer/spaceward adventuralist Tom Trago. Hear it for the first time ever, right here at the Chocolate Grinder.

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Forma [full-album stream]

Many thanks to Altered Zones for the full stream of Forma’s new self-titled record. From note one, this thing is striking in its live setting, a real, crystal clear performance captured on tape for our pleasure. And thank Jesus, because these are the kind of thrilling improvisational snapshots that are too often undocumented, left to soak into some grimy practice-space floor.

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Jackie-O Motherfucker

“In The Willows”

Portland’s Jackie-O Motherfucker have delayed the release of Earth Sound System, their 15th album, until next month (July 5, to be exact). As an apology, JOMF’s Tom Greenwood (no relation to Colin or Jonny, sorry) has created a mix of rare tracks for you to enjoy:

But that doesn’t quite make up for it, does it? Perhaps this is why they’re also released “In The Willows,” a track off their forthcoming album. I love promotional apologies! Stream it above.

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