MarQ Spekt x Blockhead
“Hangliding Thru The City”
As MarQ Spekt hang glides through Atlanta like the schizoid hero from whom he takes his name, time slows down like Franklin’s special driving ability to the point where symbols like mph and $/hr become exactly that — symbols: nothing more, nothing less. Therefore, as we prepare for the sonic boom and subsequent jetlag sure to accompany Jus Play Witit — Spekt’s forthcoming full-length collaboration with cranial hip-hop producer Blockhead — it might do our senses some good to establish a timeline of these artists’ 2013 works heretofore.
- July 15: UK-based hip-hop excavator Chopped Herring Records begins taking orders for MarQ Spekt’s Mark of the Beast EP, an eight-song vinyl consisting mostly of previously released material, but including a few unheard tracks too.
- July 30: In a subtle preview of good things to come, Blockhead and MarQ Spekt’s first (released, but probably not their first recorded) team-up hits the net in the form of “Tinseltown Remix,” a brilliant reworking of the Dour Candy single.
- September 14: The above video is uploaded to Dallas Penn’s Vimeo page.
- September 18: I get an email about it and spend nearly half my work day putting this post together.
If you’ve ever fantasized about being locked in a car wash with four demented dentists and a scratched Big Black record for four minutes and thirteen seconds, well then have I have just the song for you. It’s coming atcha fresh from legendary Melbourne synth-punks Primitive Calculators, contemporaries of The Birthday Party and Boys Next Door, who’ve been enjoying a resurgence due to a few recent reissues and a 2009 appearance at the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in Australia. Despite a few live recordings and compilation tracks, the band has never released a proper studio album since forming in 1978, but that will change on November 1, when Chapter Music releases The World Is Fucked. “Dead” is the name of the first single, a fact that you could probably discern from the first 10 times lead vocalist/guitar player Stuart Grant’s snarls it into the microphone with equal hopelessness and ferocity. With abrasive electronic textures, forcefully nihilistic lyrics, and the rhythm of a repeated stabbing, “Dead” breathes some much-needed life into the now sometimes sadly retrod territory of punk and noise music.
Primitive Calculators’ debut album, The World Is Fucked, is out November 1 on Chapter Music.
Goldrush Music Festival
2013 Companion Cassette [Side B]
One of the most earnest things you can experience is witnessing people converse in a language neither party is native to speaking. The situation is so genuinely endearing that the development of the conversation becomes that of voyeuristic intrigue, and then you pump your gas full, drop the cap, bend over to pick it up, and your Goldrush Festival 2013 Companion Cassette pops out your shirt pocket, landing on Side B. And helllll yes, it’s reeled to and ready to begin.
SMASH CUT TO: September 27 and 28, 2013, sittin’ on a stool at Sidewinder Tavern or Crash 45, and you trying to talk to your best new pal while ringing rips through your ears after [anyone on this list] just pummeled your psyche, and neither of you know whether it’s noon or midnight. But it don’t matter, ‘cause the language of smiling and laughing is way deeper than just observation. Yet, making the trip out to Colorado and being a part of a culture that people are all in and out and transient feels good in connection to natural enjoyment, happily honing in new auras and vibrations.
So, in continuation with last week’s Side A of the Goldrush Festival 2013 Companion Cassette — Goldrush Music Festival, by the way, is being put on by our very own Strauss and features the likes of Cop Circles, Giant Claw, Lee Noble, Derek Rogers, Thollem Electric’s Keyngdrum Overdrive, and a birth-load more — Tiny Mix Tapes is proud to introduce Side B! Two-day passes are still available, which includes a free Goldrush Festival 2013 Companion Cassette, but iffin’ ya can’t make it out and still wanna grip a tape, hit up Planted Tapes to pre-order one now, shipping October 1!
In the meantime, hit up that young Side B below:
[00:00] Cop Circles - “Sound Delivery”
[04:00] Accordion Crimes - “Ivey”
[07:32] Lee Dockery - “Drop”
[11:40] Saguache - “Discovery Bell”
[18:04] Giant Claw - “Jersey Christ”
[24:29] Pythian Whispers - “Séance Frequency”
[29:20] The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact feat. Crawford Philleo - “Vibe Drone 2”
[36:20] MV & EE - “Green is the Colour”
“Song for the People of Syria”
Here at Tiny Mix Tapes, we tend to talk about social, political, and cultural contexts as much as “the music itself,” but in the case of Dustin Wong’s “Song for the People of Syria,” the work has been done for us. It’s in the title, and the depth of meaning and emotion behind the track, with regard to the crisis to which it refers, is communicated through Wong’s rare reliance on vocal loops to form the song. That choice alone makes the song a standout, both musically and worldly. Listen to it here:
Wong’s latest album, Mediation of Ecstatic Energy (TMT Review), is out this week on Thrill Jockey.
“The Loin King”
Like smashing your nose, blood rushes to your head/face immediately and immensely. A blur of this magnitude hasn’t happened since ‘02. But dancing like you’re drowning helps take the pressure off your mind. Feeling the frenzy has never been so overwhelming on all muscles in your body. Your sinews and proteins are ripping together, building a tensely hard ball of groove in your core as sweat beads pool in a crown around your head; eyes roll back and submit your mind to song. You have become “The Loin King” on this club floor.
Instead of bowing, attendees and witnesses are all following your moves and creating an aura of heat through all the movement. White tees become nipples. Head bands melt. Chest paint was once on faces. Shoes are off and elsewhere. Something is yelled about cocktails by the back bar, but the exclamation fades like a sample within the music. Nobody moves in any specific direction. Everyone is both stationary and flailing. And it’s more than art or movement. It’s life in the fullest. It’s PARADISE 100.
100% Silk won’t stop until they got the whole world dancing. PARADISE 100’s four-track 12-inch comes out on October 1. Also, scope the new pink silk vinyl cover art!
• 100% Silk: http://www.listentosilk.com
Half Measures [mixtape]
Historically speaking, Armand Hammer was a wealthy industrialist and art collector who chaired Occidental Petroleum, pissed off his PR agent, and rubbed shoulders with numerous Soviet and American politicians, surely hatching many a nefarious self-serving scheme in the process; conspiracy theorists be damned.
Today and from here on out, Armand Hammer is a Brooklyn rap duo consisting of billy woods and Elucid, who — between Dour Candy and For Madmen Only — are already individually responsible for two of 2013’s best albums.
Today, I will repeatedly stream their debut mixtape Half Measures, wondering if the title comes from that Breaking Bad episode. It must, right?
Tomorrow, I will continue eagerly anticipating their debut album Race Music, coming October 22 on Backwoodz.