Brian Gibson
“A Total Change in Lifestyle”: Lightning Bolt Bassist By Night, Video Game Designer By Day

Brian Gibson (the bassist half of TMT favorite Lightning Bolt) has been working as the “lead artist” for a new game being developed for Harmonix (makers of Guitar Hero and Rock Band). He’s interviewed here about “the history of Lightning Bolt, Brian’s Barkley character (the impetus for the band), Providence, RI’s burgeoning art and music scene, and get a look at Thumper, the upcoming, sure-to-be-a-hit game Brian’s creating as we type,” according to VBS.tv’s Motherboard series.

• Motherboard: http://www.motherboard.tv
• Lightning Bolt: http://laserbeast.com

Matthew Larkin Cassell

“Heaven”

Some white guys just have the funk in them. Case in point: Matthew Larkin Cassell. Although his name doesn’t quite flow, his beats do — in fact, they flow so effortlessly that Madlib unknowingly (and illegally) sampled his work for Madvillainy 2: The Madlib Remix. Somehow, someway, Cassell heard the sample and this eventually led to Stones Throw issuing a complete collection of his work. Don’t worry — it’s a happy story, and you can/should read it here.

• Stones Throw: http://www.stonesthrow.com

Zs

“Acres of Skin”

Zs’ new album, New Slaves, is due May 11 on The Social Registry. But you knew that already because we posted a live video of “Acres of Skin” earlier this month. Why are we posting again? Because the Chocolate Grinder LOVES it some Zs.

• Zs: http://www.myspace.com/zstheband
• The Social Registry: http://www.thesocialregistry.com

Kurt Vile

“Invisibility : Nonexistent”

Kurt Vile holds a special place in the Chocolate Grinder’s crotch. His new EP, Square Shells, is due May 25 on Matador.

• Kurt Vile: http://www.kurtvile.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

The Black Keys

“Next Girl”

Stroke your wiener or rub your hoo-ha: The Black Keys’ new album is called Brothers, and it’ll be out May 18.

• The Black Keys: http://www.theblackkeys.com

Joan of Arc Presents

Don’t Mind Control Variety Show [live soundboard recording]

Polyvinyl has made available a soundboard recording of Joan of Arc’s Don’t Mind Control Variety Show from earlier this year at Chicago’s Empty Bottle. The performance features over 30 musicians, including a surprise reunion set by Cap’n Jazz. You can download the 24-song set here.

Don’t Mind Control live album tracklist

01. Euphone w/Tim Kinsella - Friend in Common
02. Euphone w/Tim Kinsella - King Missile Lizard King Jam
03. The Zoo Wheel - The Prize/Water
04. The Zoo Wheel - Hi Honies
05. Owen - No More No Where
06. Litesalive - Tele / Shoulders / Alone and One / Blue-Bronze Player
07. A Tundra - Beer Plugs
08. A Tundra - Fallen Awake
09. A Tundra - The Doug McComb Over
10. Jeremy Boyle - Thanks Todd and Theo
11. Disappears - The 15th (Wire cover)
12. Disappears - Sound of Confusion (Spacemen 3 cover)
13. Cap’n Jazz - Little League
14. Cap’n Jazz - Oh Messy Life
15. Cap’n Jazz - We Are Scientists
16. Cap’n Jazz - Que Suerte
17. Joshua Abrams - [amalgamation of many tunes]
18. Birthmark - Untitled New Song
19. Birthmark - Untitled New Song
20. Birthmark - Untitled New Song
21. Vacations - Friday the 13th Pt. 2
22. Vacations - New Friends
23. Vacations - Ewoks in Domes
24. Slick Conditions - Spit in Layers

• Polyvinyl: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com

  

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