Benni Hemm Hemm
Benni Hemm Hemm’s third EP, Retaliate, is available now on Kimi Records. He sings in English, so check it out because English rules! GO USA!
Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, Fantômas, Radiohead, Green Day) has a new album, Mondo Cane, released yesterday on Ipecac. The track above is a cover of The Blackmen, a late-60s song about the Civil Rights movement. So, to those of you who thought Patton hated the Civil Rights movement, here you go.
“Oh Holy Night”
After a couple self-released full-lengths (The Deeper You Get, Branded Heart) and an EP on Catdolls Records (Swoon), Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Peg Simone has managed to find herself in the company of some of the Chocolate Grinder’s favorite current musical heroes — Oren Ambarchi, Rhys Chatham, John Fahey, Tony Conrad, Fennesz, Jon Mueller, Thurston Moore, Stephen O’Malley — as she’ll be releasing her new album, Secrets from the Storm, on Table of the Elements/Radium. The track above, “Oh Holy Night,” sees Simone in a unique, unsettling collaboration with writer/poet Holly Anderson, who was a lyricist for Mission of Burma and Consonant. Anderson also supplies lyrics for two other Simone tracks, “Boilermakers” and “1927.”
Secrets from the Storm is due May 25. You can download “Oh Holy Night” here.
[Photo: Jonathan Kane]
“M. Wilson, American”
Like Chicago improv? According to their publicist, “[Male] features the core group of Jonathan Krohn, Ben Mjolsness and Todd Mattei (Joan of Arc), joined by Jason Adasiewicz, Josh Berman and Mike Reed (all Exploding Star Orchestra), Steven Hess (Pan American, Haptic, Fessenden), Nick Butcher and Dave Rempis.” Yummy. Male’s second full-length, German for Shark, will be released digitally and on limited-edition grey vinyl July 6 via the mighty Other Electricities.
The Most Serene Republic
The Most Serene Republic are releasing a new EP, Fantasick Impossibliss, tomorrow on their own label, Home Of The Rebels. The Chocolate Grinder has never heard this band before, but you know what? Fuck it. I’ll watch after it’s published.