My Bloody Valentine
“Rough Song”

YouTube user Steve At Gigs has posted a live video from My Bloody Valentine’s set at Electric Brixton in London from January 27, which you can watch above. What you’ll notice is that they’re playing a brand new song that has been affectionately dubbed “Rough Song” in all the clips sprouting up online like fungus in the last few hours.

The quality is not great since the performance was likely captured on a phone, but the music is clear enough to get a good idea of what to expect. Fear not: it’s good… quite good. If you’ve ever heard the Loveless outtake “Sugar,” which was compiled recently on the remastered EP’s 1988 - 1991 reissue from 2012, then you’ll have heard the closest antecedent to the new MBV sound — or at least the sound on display in this song. There’s what sounds like a pitched-up flute sample not unlike the one in “Sugar,” “To Here Knows When,” or “When You Sleep,” accompanied by both Shields’ trademark “glide guitar” and some sleepy Belinda Butcher vocals that are the least discernible thing in the video. The quality makes it difficult to ascertain whether or not the blown-out bass here is actually part of the song or just a byproduct of shitty recording equipment. Either way, the song holds up, and if we’re to believe Kevin Shields’ recent (as in floating around the internet tonight) claims that the new MBV album might drop in the next two or three days, then this should adequately wet your whistle until that happens. Fingers crossed.

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Chocolate Grinder Mix 70

Chilly FriFri: Hi!

Friday. Friday Friday, Friday. Friday Friday, Friday, and Friday; Friday-Friday. Break out that cold mold and take this adventure with me, please. Friday Friday (Friday Friday), Friday. Friday Friday Friday, Friday/Friday #Friday @Friday. HI!

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[00:00] ™CENTURY - “Adulthøød”
[00:10] Three Legged Race - “Traces of a Wet Crowd”
[01:31] Danny Brown - “Baseline”
[01:38] Kevin Drumm - “Return” [expert]
[03:24] 18+ - “I Found You”
[05:30] coolmemoryz - “バンブー L O F T”
[05:54] Inga Copeland ft Martyn - “A&E”
[06:51] Freeband Gang - “INTL Swagger”
[07:12] Pete Swanson - “Life Ends at 30”
[11:01] Mystikal - “Hit Me”
[14:38] Henry Dawson - “Grinding Bobby’s teeth”
[15:40] Jerusalem in My Heart - “Yudaghdegh El-ra3ey Walal-Ghanam”
[18:49] Lil B - “I Love You Interview”
[19:46] Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Big K.R.I.T. - “1 Train”
[23:58] Gobby - “Trans.09”
[25:17] SMASH TV - “Memorex Intro”
[25:32] Dean Blunt - “The Redeemer”

Sam Kulik

“So You Want to Be a Slug”

I think I can give you this gist of this video. I’ll try, at least. (If you hate spoilers, I recommend actually watching before you take in the following prose).

There are exactly two main advantages to being a slug. The first is the fact that slugs, outside from being squished on the sidewalk, are rarely intentionally murdered by people. The other advantage of being a slug is that they are very gross.

If you don’t get it, I don’t exactly blame you, but there is hope. A little background might be useful: This here is a video for a track from the new record by Sam Kulik. For this project, the New York musician and Talibam! collaborator has written several compositions in the style of the song poem, which is a form popularized decades ago by magazines, comics, and tabloids wherein amateur poets would send publications a set of lyrics, to which the magazine would respond by hiring a semi-professional musician to compose and record a song set to the submitted words. They would print the recording either in single copies (typically on 45 RPM records or cassette tapes) or include them on larger compilations. The music, which was often produced in single takes, would come out pretty shoddy, use recycled melodic material, and feature whoever happened to be in the studio at the time of the decision to use any given lyrical submission. The idea at once seems like a lazy attempt to give hopeful authors a false sense of importance in exchange for a quick buck on behalf of the publications. But the results, to Kulik, were certainly more artistically and culturally fruitful than just that. Hence, we have this incredibly weird record, Escape from Society.

Kulik based his music around submitted lyrics as well, and though the tunes carry a similar sort of carefree whimsy, the conscious adherence to the approach in and of itself makes his recordings sound much more careful and composed. In the specific case of “So You Want to Be a Slug,” which features lyrics by Steve Hockensmith, Kulik uses a hypnotic scale to give this simple riff an intensely heavy Sun Ra dose of psychedelia that is extremely effective, even more psychedelic given the deadpan nature of the performance, mirrored in Kulik’s serious stares throughout the clip. The whole thing slaps you in the face with exactly what it is and what it’s about, over and over again: An insane trip of self-referentiality/spiritual discovery. And a lot of slugs.

There’s much, much more information about the record on Kulik’s website and a really interesting podcast with detailed explanations of the tracks that appear on the record, the influence behind each, and insight into Kulik’s obsession with song poems. Highly recommended.

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Vaporwave is dead. Long live vaporwave! What does it mean when a genre reaches its maximum saturation and influence to date long after its obituary has been written? Especially when that genre is so closely related to hauntology? And when its methods are so easily replicable? Or appear to be? At what point is a replica of a genre entirely premised on the logic of the replica (which is also to say its impossibility) no longer good enough? Which of vaporwave’s many afterlives will endure? And which will fade into the ether?

By pushing the genre’s techniques in new and interesting directions, Vektroid has already begun to answer some of these questions. With ECO VIRTUAL, things are less clear. On one level, this is total vwave boilerplate, a perfect clone. And yet there’s something really nice about the conceptual integrity here (the videos, courtesy of EcoVirtualTV work particularly well). Not so much innovative as a perfect realization of the genre’s already extant associations with weather: both its corporate soundtrack and the connotations of climate, ambiance, mood alteration, biomanagement, and perhaps even the stratospheric or transcendent.



“The Hearse”

Not that band names always signify what that band will sound like, but it seems that Wampire is finally embracing the undead aspect of their name. First of all, this song is called “The Hearse.” And then you press play and that creepy organ begins wobbling from your speakers. It isn’t until the crunchy, driving drum beat comes in when you can even recognize it as a Wampire song, and even then it takes all of these eerie twists and turns like a jam band playing a Halloween house show. But by the time that final chorus kicks in and those cold-wave synths toss us into the setting of The Lost Boys, “The Hearse” has summoned us so far into its Bad Vibrations atmosphere that we find ourselves suited in black, dancing along with the funeral procession, and wondering how we ended up here. Lots of blood and fog, I think.

You can check out “The Hearse” below and buy the 7-inch now from Polyvinyl Records. The full-length, Curiosity is due in May.

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Diamond Terrifier and The Black Ceremony

“Ascribing Essence”

Traveling across land and sea, our brass-bellowed hero returns with “Ascribing Essence” to a chilly home front. Yamantaka Vajrabhairava, the Diamond Terrifier, turns with many faces to accept ritual with Black Ceremony, breathing life into the inanimate and dimensional, exhaled into warped winds of wonder, tapped upon by the mighty fingers of manipulation and notion. Journeying beyond the beloved Zebulon, Diamond Terrifier seeks ritual refuge at the Mega Fortress. Awaiting his arrival, Mega Fortress glimmers in layers of glass and ice, sirening stutters of “My Favorite Girl” yet shattering frost in spurts of vocal glory. Upon Diamond Terrifier’s entrance into the Mega Fortress, witnesses will experience the blending of PRACTICing spiritual forces ascending planes of existence to here and there and where you farewell.

A.K.A.: ZS are back from Japan, so kicking off Sam Hillmer’s new PRACTICE space at Public Assembly, he and Mega Fortress will be conducting a (sure to be) MONUMENTAL collaboration Monday, January 28. Bring your grandma or a new friend, and listen to their track “Ascribing Essence” below:

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