Julia Holter & Jib Kidder
“My Baby”

It’s been roughly a year since Jib Kidder made his debut in our Chocolate Grinder section (congrats again, Jib!). To mark this momentous occasion (aside from the balloons I blew up this morning), we’d like to share with you his most recent video for “My Baby.” The track is actually written by Julia Holter, who used Jib Kidder’s “Ringtone Cowboy” as source material. You can find the original on his forthcoming full-length Steal Guitars, an album that re-envisions country music in a similar manner to how Kidder’s All On Yall played with Southern rap. It’s out June 19 on States Rights. “My Baby” isn’t on it, but don’t fret Holter fanboy/fangirl: there will be a “remix companion” called Steal Guitars: Fencing Partners, too.

• Jib Kidder: http://jibkidder.bandcamp.com
• Julia Holter: http://juliashammasholter.com
• States Rights: http://www.statesrightsrecords.com

Ty Segall & White Fence

Hair [album trailer]

Who’s burning down the garage April 28? Drag City is, duh! Not since Ty’s collaboration with Mikal Cronin has he been this fired up with pal jamming. And after crushing the world with Woodsist news, White Fence is diversifying his bonds at Drag City. So what’s two young musicians to do? Go on tour of course! Also, yo, who thinks Burger Records is going to fresh out a tape of this sometime soon?

• Ty Segall: http://ty-segall.com
• White Fence: http://www.myspace.com/whitefenceband
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Mount Eerie

“Lone Bell”

First, there was “House Shape,” now there is “Lone Bell.” As a certified Mount Eerie fan, I have to admit that I am, for once in my stupid life, happy. Check out “Lone Bell” below. It has moody horns, and it is modestly towering, and it is one of the better songs I’ve heard from Elverum since, well, “House Shape.” Listen to that bassline!

Clear Moon, the first of two Mount Eerie full-lengths due this year, is out May 22 on P.W. Elverum & Sun. I’ll be camping out starting this weekend. Who’s with me? JK. I’ll probably order online.

• P.W. Elverum & Sun: http://www.pwelverumandsun.com

Sissy Spacek


The secret to grindcore’s glory is very simple: it says what it needs to say, very loudly, in seconds. The LA shredders in Sissy Spacek obey these tenets to a “t” — or rather, to a TNT: “Interlock” is a spazzy, unforgiving noisegasm that, at 33 seconds, wastes no time in launching its aural assault. Sure, your chances of deciphering the lyrics are nonexistent, but words are irrelevant when you’ve got music as acerbic and nitro-fueled as this.

• Sissy Spacek: http://www.gorejet.com

Daniel Johnston

Space Ducks [album stream]

Who’s got kids out there? Who’s into kids out there #piedpiper? Who still feels like being a kid? Well this jammy-jam album, Space Ducks, is right up ya alley. It’s all about driving places with kids and singing along. Tonally, that is… Sweet, tonally is a word. Go teach that to ya kid so they don’t turn out like me. Even teach ‘em how to read with the Space Ducks accompanying comic book. Well, actually, I dunno. Comics would definitely not be my first choice to teach a kid how to read, but this experience is probz totes hawt-its. Damn, and maybe afterwards y’all put on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to further drop some knowledge. Oh, and your kids’ll be snoozing by that time in the back, so light up, ya dig?

• Daniel Johnston: http://www.hihowareyou.com


“You Paid for It”

Dominic Alexander, where are you? Alexander Moskos — a.k.a. Drainolith — wants to know. The Montreal noise-music maestro specializes in minimalistic oddities mixing fried guitar riffs with sparse 808 bumps. “You Paid For It” features Ted Nugent-style rambling about checking out girls in hotel lobbies and waiting for this Dominic Alexander character, over chiming chunks of hair-metal guitars. It’s also tagged with the term “torched blooze,” and even though we all have absolutely no idea what that means, it all somehow seems to fit.

• Drainolith: http://www.facebook.com/Drainolith
• Spectrum Spools: http://editionsmego.com/releases/spectrum-spools


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