Kishi Bashi

You may not know the name K Ishibashi too well, but you might’ve heard him before. Dude has played with everyone from Regina Spektor and Sondre Lerche (your favorite!) to Alexi Murdoch and of Montreal, of which he is a member. He also helped found new wave synth group Jupiter One, who you might also not be familiar with but may have heard while playing EA games like Madden NFL 08 and NHL 08. (Or maybe you’re more of a Leisure Suit Larry kind of gamer?)

But K Ishibashi seems less interested nowadays in soundtracking games and more interested in getting his mug/music out there under the moniker Kishi Bashi: he released the Room for Dream EP last May, started a YouTube channel late last year, and is now set to release his debut full-length, 151a, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Kishi Bashi will be on tour starting in March, opening for of Montreal and playing shows with the likes of Deerhoof, Cults, and Loney Dear. Check him out virtuoso’ing on violin in the live video for “Manchester,” a track off 151a. The album, produced with the help of Kevin Barnes, is due April 10 on Joyful Noise.

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The Caretaker

Extra Patience (After Sebald) [free mini-album]

James Kirby, record spinner of morose ballroom jams and all-around distinguished gentleman, is currently offering a free download addendum to his new Caretaker album Patience (After Sebald) via his bandcamp page. This one’s called Extra Patience (After Sebald), natch. The man is just full of kindness and generosity.

And in case you’ve been living in a cave, his An Empty Bliss Beyond This World LP (TMT Review) made #4 on TMT’s favorite albums list.

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Head Boggle

“Big Box of Evil”

Spectrum Spools, the fantastic imprint curated by John Elliott of Emeralds (and distributed by Editions Mego), is set to release Head Boggle’s first vinyl full-length, Headboggle. The album features Derek Gedalecia on everything from Moogs, EMS Synthi, and Serge Modular to drums, violin, and Irish harp. It’s a towering album, let me tell you. Look for it March 20 on Spectrum Spools.

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Magic Castles

“Death Dreams”

You want romance? Well, ya ain’t gonna get it while “Poppin V” in your 20s. I don’t know what y’all are into. And I’m TOTES not into this Magic Castles track “Death Dreams,” but yo, it sounds so rom-com kitsche. Perfffs for V-Day too. It’s the soundtrack to the best dick-on-my-sleeve date: menacing through an arcade, huffing gas-rags behind batting cages, skirt-lifting piss into the mini-golf waterfall, holding children hostage in the playpen for more pizza. Spitting shining copper badges when they arrive. Sand paper shitter tissue in the holding cell. Vomiting in the top of a toilet you think is a sink. Being released to sunlight and noises the next day. Good thing the Magic Castles double album ain’t coming out until March 20 on ‘a’ Records. Am I right?

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“The Reaping”

Appropriately, UZALA’s first album was released Sunday (February 12th) by At War With False Noise. If you’ve been burning for the first 2012 #1 doom release, melt no further: UZALA is solid. Not sludge-psychedelia and never “epic,” just straight-up marking listeners with impending DOOM. IMO Darcy Nutt’s vocals are way more threatening/provoking than Chad Remains’ end-game growling. They should release their next album entirely on VHS and see what video-art guru Miko Revereza could do with it. Maybe it’ll just be one long torture video of someone being suffocated with honey. Or how about people gardening and a fast forward of plants seasonally dying. Doom is my gardening music.

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Lil B

“Pussy On My Face”

Lil B has dug deep within his soul this year and has emerged with a throbbing boner. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! His latest video is called “Pussy On My Face,” and according to the description on YouTube, his “notty”-ness is being supported “heavily” by the girls. Opening lyric spoiler: “Girl, put that pussy on my face.” The track is definitely up there with “Tiny Pants Bitch,” “Bitch of the City,” “Watch Yo Bitch,” and “BasedGod Fucked My Bitches” from the new (but “old,” in the Lil B universe) White Flame mixtape.



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