I just got word that Ghost Box is getting their catalog distributed here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. Finally! But more importantly, will they help me revive Trish Keenan by turning her into the Six Million Dollar Woman? The only thing more awesome than Broadcast is robot Broadcast, right? While I go through the Ghost Box catalog and ponder all the “what if” situations that could have come from the Broadcast/Ghost Box associations following Broadcast and The Focus Group’s Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age, you can check out the new video for Belbury Poly’s “Summer Round” by Focus Grouper Julian House (and Ghost Box label head). The track is off their new album, Belbury Tales, due February 24 on Ghost Box. I don’t know if it was the drugs or what, but somehow House managed to get me into his DeLorean, and we’ve gone back to my grade school science class. I suppose the drugs would definitely explain all the trails I’m seeing in this video…
Barry Andrewsin Disko
So, ye faithful readers of TMT, can you find Rovaniemi and Turku on a map? Well, Barry Andrewsin Disko (the nom de rock of a Mr. Jukka Herva) probably doesn’t know where you live either. Hailing from those Finnish cities, so far he’s released two cassettes and is preparing his first album for release this year on Fonal Records.
And there’s at least two pieces of indisputable evidence in B.A.D.’s favor:
(1) He goes by Mr. Disko.
(2) Rovaniemi, Lapland, Disko’s hometown, is also the official hometown of Santa Claus. Which makes sense if you’ve already listened to “Lampatia,” the track streaming below. While not exactly “Disko,” it does sound like the sort of sad, lilting tune Santa might actually listen to. Consider the big man’s hundreds of years of life, the extent of his travels, his necessary power for empathy. Consider his calloused hands, his unreal craftsmanship, the millions of poverty stricken, distraught abodes he enters year after year. Consider the fortitude required to do it again and again with such single-minded strength and the melancholy wisdom that must be his to keep going on and on and on. I think Disko’s eldritch beauty is right on target. This is the music made when all your life, through good and bad, is spent on Christmas. Happy February!
• Barry Andrewsin Disko: http://soundcloud.com/barry-andrewsin-disko/tracks
• Fonal Records: http://www.fonal.com
Abtu/Anet [full-album stream]
As my cousin Rob used to always say, “It makes me want to kill myself that there’s just not enough tunes fusing Radiophonic-era electronics, musique concrète, early European folk music, and 1920s film scores.” That’s where Gultskra Artikler and his latest release, Abtu/Anet, come in. The album, set for release next week on Miasmah, is somewhat of a ‘reissue,’ as it consists of music from a limited 3-inch CD-R from 2007 and an unreleased companion EP from that time. But it’s also somewhat not a ‘reissue,’ as it consists of music from a limited 3-inch CD-R from 2007 and an unreleased companion EP from that time. Anyway, who cares. Just listen and think about my cousin Rob, who is dead.
Why can’t I watch “Wintermute” at my day job?
- Because it’s more awesome than work.
Is my home laptop working wee-fee style?
- No. I stole it from my day job and it’s on their network.
How does my life revolve around money?
- My sig-oth needs a stable fellah and a place to sleep.
What’s the limit on Lifetime of Romance?
- 40 minutes around March 6. #roughly
Can’t it just last forever?
- Cause that’d be Not Not Fun… ;;;;;;;)
You remember Lockett from Deerhunter, right? He has a solo project called Lotus Plaza, and “Come Back” is a nine-minute dream pop song off his new collab/split 10-inch with Nice Weekend (his fiancé), set for release on Valentine’s Day via Audraglint Recordings. This glistening track has all the depth of a solo home-studio recording, layer upon layer of reverberating instruments — hours of overdubs — but without the isolation of a lonely musician up all night recording. This feels like a more euphoric exercise. Discs come in old-school tip-on record sleeves. Should serve as a primer for a new Lotus Plaza full-length on Kranky due later this year.
“I Am The Queen”
Errybody’s footworking now: white people, Derrick Rose look-alikes, tennis players, babies. Even you. And the women? While some are hip rolling and others are bobbing, there are plenty of female footworkers who are killing it in circles. Jlin, who runs with DJ Roc’s Bosses Of The Circle clique, is the only female footwork producer I know. You’ve probably heard “Asylum” and “Erotic Heat” from the second Planet Mu footwork comp, and you might have also heard her breakout track “808,” but you should probably hear more. Her latest track is “I Am The Queen,” a song she’s dedicated to the “lady footworkers.” I feel like I should make a Lady Foot Locker joke here. Anyway, check it:
• Jlin: http://soundcloud.com/ju-ju-1