James Ferraro
“QR JR.”

James Ferraro’s new album, NYC, HELL 3:00 AM, is a terrifying exploration into American decay, nihilism, and alienation. While Far Side Virtual’s themes were similarly bleak — its artificial ringtone jingles and boardroom music heightening the grotesquery of our simulated consumer society — it had an aesthetic approach that, at least on the most superficial of levels, felt comfortable and safe, sounds already so internalized that it barely registered as critique. NYC, HELL 3:00 AM, however, actually sounds like decay, nihilism, and alienation. It’s overwhelmingly dark, but incredibly emotional stuff.

Ferraro’s latest video is for “QR JR.,” and it appears to be a somewhat 11th-hour addition to the new album, the themes of which are laid out pretty clearly here. Check it out above (courtesy of V Magazine), look for NYC, HELL 3:00 AM this week on Hippos in Tanks, and catch him on tour if you can, too.

• James Ferraro: http://twitter.com/LIL_ICEBUNNY
• Hippos in Tanks: http://hipposintanks.net


Mixtape from the Du Pt.1

Mr P: dang, gobby just dropped a mixtape
C Monster: that’s ALL you, P
C Monster: do it
C Monster: hurry
Mr P: haha
C Monster: get on it
C Monster: i’ll get on it
C Monster: NO
C Monster: YOU GET ON IT
C Monster: do it
C Monster: spank dat
C Monster: talk about your dreams last night in relation to it
C Monster: maybe you manifested it to happen?
Mr P: what else should i talk about?
C Monster: LOL
Mr P: seriously haha
C Monster: perpetuate a lie
C Monster: talk about how you THINK he did some other stuff before hand
C Monster: or MAY actually be Arca in disguise
C Monster: or he has an unseen/hidden third arm
C Monster: i.e., he’s a mutant
C Monster: that’s why nobody has seen’t him
C Monster: that technically calling Gobby him or her is incorrect?
Mr P: should i mention his Fashion Lady LP and Lantern EP?
C Monster: i dunno
C Monster: unless it’s only in light of linking our writing
Mr P: he also had that collabo with James K as SETH
C Monster: Gobby owns a mango salsa booth at the Brooklyn flea market, but only charges $4 a bottle
C Monster: i like that SETH bit a lot too
C Monster: yeah, link that
Mr P: deforrest’s review is going up soon. it’s good
Mr P: this new Gobby mix is called Mixtape from the Du Pt. 1. bet a lot more is coming soon. he’s so prolific
C Monster: i was NOT into Fashion Lady
C Monster: but Lantern will make my top 50
C Monster: ima do 50 this year
Mr P: lantern is in my top 50 too
Mr P: would you be mad if i made this conversation the choco post?
C Monster: no, it’ll work
Mr P: serious? like, literally, i’d paste this conversation
C Monster: do it HAHAHa
Mr P: hahah ok, i better post the download link and embed in here too then

• Gobby: http://www.gobbygobby.com
• UNO NYC: http://www.unonyc.com

The Stranger

“So Pale It Shone In The Night”

James Kirby is nothing if not generous with his fans. For proof, one only needs to do a rundown of albums released in the last five years to see just how much he’s given. All of them worthy of your consideration:

- 2008 The Stranger - Bleaklow
- 2008 The Caretaker - Persistent Repetition of Phrases
- 2009 Leyland Kirby - Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was (triple CD/6 fucking LPs!)
- 2011 The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
- 2011 Leyland Kirby - Eager to Tear Apart the Stars
- 2011 Leyland Kirby - Intrigue & Stuff (three volumes worth!)
- 2012 The Caretaker - Patience (After Sebald) soundtrack

So what if he’s been quiet since mid-2012? That’s a pretty well-earned vacation. But it’s a vacation that ends on October 28, when Modern Love (Demdike Stare, Andy Stott, Vatican Shadow) releases a new album called Watching Dead Empires In Decay from Kirby’s The Stranger alias. Those who came to his work via The Caretaker or Leyland Kirby or, hell, even V/vm for that matter, may not immediately recognize Dead Empires on first pass. There’s little of the crackling hiss of ballroom 78s or the future-leaning synths and haunting melodic work in his namesake project. Instead, the common thread here would be that exacting sense of melancholy and dread, exemplified through slow-grinding percussive hits and a generally oppressive atmosphere. Check out new track “So Pale It Shone In The Night” and hear it for yourself.

• The Stranger: http://www.brainwashed.com/vvm/artists/the_stranger.html
• Modern Love: http://www.modern-love.co.uk

Oozing Wound

“Call Your Guy”

Put on Oozing Wound and send your mind back all those years to those afternoons when you and Richie sat cross-legged on the floor of your bedroom next to the little blue stereo with Rust In Peace on at full blast (with Bass Boost™ option activated), guitars wedged in laps, trying to snap your wrist back and forth at the right tempo to play along, but not quite moving fast enough. Maybe you’d succeed at every other bar. Maybe. What, that never happened to you?

What about the time Sound Of Perseverance came on the PA before the show and the resulting battle, especially during the double-time parts of “Spirit Crusher,” grew bigger and nastier than any other mosh the space would see for the rest of the night? Dudes got on other dudes’ backs for chicken-fight battles, some lined up against the walls and charged into the center from both sides in a tidal wave of pure brutality. You remember. No?

How ‘bout when all you wanted to do was score just a small and totally responsible amount of well, like, stuff, nothing crazy, before the weekend gets here, and you try to “Call Your Guy” but nothing takes and he doesn’t pick up and just what are you supposed to do?? You call other guys. Nothing. “It’s gonna be OK.” How is this going to be OK, dude?? Look at me, man. Keep it together. I’ll call my guy. “But your guy is my guy, and he’s not there, man. Maybe he’s dead?” What? Why are you looking at me like that?

Chicago-based neo-thrash shred-revivalists Oozing Wound can act out these sweat-stained narratives up there in your brain, if only you’ll let them. Put on “Call Your Guy” and lift a fist during the first riff. Let a few shrieks roll out of your chest. When you reach the halfway point, as the band stops on a dime for the three-note breakdown that repeatedly interrupts the galloping rhythm, feel free to tear off a piece of your clothing. When the coda riff hits, you’ll know what to do.

• Oozing Wound: http://oozingwound.bandcamp.com
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com/index.html
• Rotted Tooth: http://rottedtoothrecordings.net

Chief Keef

Almighty So

Chief Keef, Chicago drill rapper and controversial in-house nanny, released his long-anticipated, much-delayed mixtape Almighty So on Saturday at 10:17 PM (“Brick Squad o’clock”). It’s his eighth mixtape, and it sees Chief Keef doing what he does best: putting babies down in cribs without waking them up. Wow! He apparently raps on this here release, too, so do check that out.

• Chief Keef: http://www.chiefkeef.com

Chocolate Grinder Mix 93


Hi! My name is Clifford Jameson Morrissey. Like all of you, I am a slave to this world. I just returned from moving things with a pal, it’s 12:34 AM, and I’m enjoying one of my favorite things: sitting in the dark on my second-floor apartment porch. It’s windy out. I should probably take down the metal chime.

The neighbors downstairs were arguing loudly before I left. Their two babies were crying, and the eldest kid was calming them on the front stoop as I drove off. Incidentally, I unavoidably ran over a raccoon on the way home whilst listening to one of last year’s Angels in America tapes; I think they broke up.

Got a call from mom tonight. At 7:30 AM, I must move a television into Grams’ bedroom before work ‘cause they’re painting the walls around her usual sitting spot. A moment ago, there were raccoons banging loudly by the garage. Circle of life, right? The eldest son from downstairs chased ‘em off with a snow shovel and kicked a dual stroller on his way inside. His mother at the back door said, “They’ll be back Tuesday.” Right.

[Writer’s Note: Said metal chime fell during the night and tangled itself in the chair I was sitting on while writing all prior text before brackets.]

On a current note, this mix I made is hardly more than 22 minutes. Please, listen to it entirely. I implore you. It goes through a lot in such a short amount of time. Thank you for considering the sounds and reading. Hi!

Stream below, and subscribe to our podcast here.

[00:00] 20013 Heavy Meditation - “The Dreams”
[00:10] D/P/I “IN DREAMS”
[02:02] Sean McCann - “Character Change” [excerpt]
[03:24] Paisley Parks - “GMF” [excerpt]
[03:32] Ras G - “_G Spot Connection” [intro]
[03:34] Free Weed - “Ballbreaker (She’s Fine)”
[04:59] Giant Claw - “Wombs-Coda”
[05:04] Sun Araw - “TWO FROM THE DESERT: YUCCA VALLEY 2012” [into]
[06:03] Dean Blunt - “Four”
[06:15] Filthy Huns - “Sun Rider” [into]
[06:24] Ghostface Killah - “Beware Of The Stare” [intro]
[06:50] FAMILY EVENT - “SIDE B” [excerpt]
[07:33] Rice Master Yen - “Russian Blue”
[08:04] Rene Hell - “var_len 3” [excerpt]
[08:21] アドブロック+ - “못쓰게 만들다”
[08:56] Tech N9ne - “SMB”
[08:59] Arca - “Feminine”
[09:28] D/P/I - “VOID”
[09:33] Kool Keith - “Death Star Pimp Mobile” [excerpt/screw]
[10:07] Bataille Solaire - “Documentaires” [excerpt]
[10:22] d’Eon - “Putrid Water” [excerpt]
[10:23] Senator Ted Cruz - “Green Eggs and Ham”
[11:26] copeland - “Fit”
[11:30] Giuseppe Ielasi & Andrew Pekler - “07”
[13:28] Seth Graham - “Wet Shit”
[13:34] Lil Ugly Mane - “Side-Two” [excerpt]
[14:37] AyGeeTee - “Blue Preview”
[15:21] PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises - “Newgroup”
[15:28] Bigg K - “Freestyle on Sway in the Morning”
[17:02] Edward Snowden - “[PRISM secrets]”
[17:06] PLVS VLTRA - “私は小人”
[17:41] Miley Cyrus - “Wrecking Ball” [maybe]
[18:08] JFM - “How Many Hearts Do You Hold” [excerpt]
[19:01] 야광토끼 - “왕자님”


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