The Flaming Lips
“Two Blobs Fucking” (all 12 tracks mixed together)

One of the shittiest things you can do to Zaireeka, The Flaming Lips’ grand audio experiment from 1997, is mix all four discs down to one track on the computer and listen by yourself on headphones. And yet, people have done it, including… ahem… me (hey, fuck you too!). Well, it’s really no surprise that someone has also mixed all 12 YouTube videos of “Two Blobs Fucking,” the group’s latest Zaireeka-esque experiment (TMT News), into one video, thus eliminating the need for you to get off your ass in order to hear the song.

So, please feel free to ruin the experience, but remember that it’s not my fault. It’s not like you have to press play…

You’ve already hit play, haven’t you?

• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com
• Two Blobs Fucking: http://www.youtube.com/flaminglipsfree

Destroyer

“Downtown”

DID YOU KNOW: in 2010 TMT didn’t give a single five star review?? This year we’ve already handed out TWO!!! Destroyer’s Kaputt was one of them. Is it worthy? No it’s not. Just kidding, that isn’t for me to decide. Watch Dan Bejar and his band play this spot-on rendition of “Downtown” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon while wishing you learned sax instead of guitar as an attention-craving teen.

SSPS (Jon Nicholson of Excepter)

Highly Sensitive Safeguards Secure

Jon Nicholson (a.k.a. Porkchop) of Excepter has released a solo cassette as SSPS. The release, titled Highly Sensitive Safeguards Secure, is pro-dubbed and pro-printed via Obsolete Units. In other words, it won’t sound like your typical RRRecycled noise release.

• SSPS: http://www.pyramidsnake.com
• Obsolete Units: http://www.obsoleteunits.com

Kontravoid

“Native State”

A lot has been made of chopped and screwed vocals recently. I think part of the appeal – especially in a dance context – is that slowed or distorted voices often suggest androgyny. There is a certain otherness to these morphed phrases that fits perfectly with the glamorous but vapid backing tracks we hear so much of now. Not everything being said in this track by Kontravoid is apparent at face value – first you have to decode a cold exterior. At the heart is the vocal track; a deadpan, deeply ambiguous rant that nonetheless provides a necessary humanizing anchor. (via Don’t Die Wondering)

Native State by Kontravoid

• Kontravoid: http://soundcloud.com/kontravoid

Parts & Labor

“Rest”

Check out “Rest” from Parts & Labor’s forthcoming album, Constant Future. It’s due March 8 on Jagjaguwar, the label of champions.

• Parts & Labor: http://www.partsandlabor.net
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

OvO

“Marie”

OvO are releasing Cor Cordium on April 18 via Supernatural Cat (TMT News). Check out “Marie,” perhaps the cutest track I’ve ever heard. (via Rock-A-Rolla)

• OvO: http://www.myspace.com/ovobarlamuerte
• Supernatural Cat: http://www.supernaturalcat.com

  

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