Pine Hill Haints
“Rattle Them Bones”

Writing about how this song reminds me of waking up around 2 AM in a mill outside a nearly abandoned suburb (Springfield, OH), trying to find the way home using constellations, after an alley lady only gave me directions to buy cigarettes but I don’t smoke, would be too easy. Even if hoot’n holler ain’t your thing, upon seeing that washtub-base, you want one. It also accentuates how bare these folks are, without heavy emphasis on minimalistic song structure. But what’s with cropping out the washboard? First of all: a lady playing the washboard [dot dot dot]. Second, I went to a Paul Simon concert when I was six or so and saw this dude pull off a five-minute washboard solo. It was madness. And Pine Hill Haints should make that a staple during every live performance. Um — what happened to the Squirrel Nut Zippers?

Anyhow, Pine Hill Haints’ new cassette The Evening Star is on Burger Time Records. Also, K put faith in two of they’s albums in 07 and 09. So, yeah, grab The Evening Star and reel it on through autumn in light of vegetable art, rotting teeth, and leaving piles. This music practically begs for the fall.

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Greenwood Sharps

Things Familiar [Full EP]

Greenwood Sharps is an electronic musician from the UK, somewhere between London and Cambridge. His debut EP, Things Familiar, is a shifting, syncopated ride through a land populated with subtle maraca-in-a-wind-tunnel percussion, laid-back organ riffs, and vocals processed with a light enough hand that you almost don’t notice the chopping and warping.

If you’re a fan of Mount Kimbie, Four Tet, Burial, and/or James Blake, you need to give this guy a listen.

Oh, are we still calling this stuff “post-dubstep” with a straight face? Then yes, this is that.

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Queen Victoria


Here’s a brilliant gem by the elusive L.A. art-folk savant and former Sun Araw member Queen Victoria, released in the final batch of tapes from criterion Stunned label (along with albums from such underground heavyweights as M. Geddes Gengras, Warm Climate, and Pimmon). The distant, mystical acoustic arrangements on The Present Tense constitute a considerable addition to Nick Malkin’s sparse discography, and his outside-of-time, knowing vocals – carrying more gravitas than ever – are certain to enrapture every listener. One hundred and eleven of these precious items were set free on Monday, and as of this very moment copies are still available. As Stunned signs off and more tape labels burst forth, I am hopeful that the slack will be picked up and QV will find a fitting home for the next release, which I’m already anticipating. Also look out for Nick as a Warhol screen test model in this recent Peaking Lights video and on tour in L.A. Vampires band.

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Ryan Howe

Pimples in 3-D CS [preview]

Using sunn 0))), Umberto, or (dread) witch house as examples of what “horror” sounds like these days is too Sheen. So, like, omniscient-ambiance, knife-sharp synths, and *screw-screw-chops* are fly and all, but it’s becoming commonplace, no? For nostalgia’s sake, try creating a mental mashup of all your unplay-tested NES games, VHS-taped commercials, and loops of PBS science videos. Now, like, anachronistically think back to missing out on those sounds when you were little: waiting in the car for hours, being abandoned at parks, sitting in school detention. Pimples in 3-D creates a totally perplexed tease-horror soundtrack to your life being skewered by everything you hated during the pre-digital age. Let 2011 soak in. The shit we got now (a.k.a. the cell phone I’m listening to this clip on because of a power outage) is “what’s up,” and if you want some straight nostalgia-horror, Howe is where it’s at! Yeah-yeah, and check out all his other stuff through the link below. He was also honored as being a part of the last batch of tapes before El Tule turned SEO.

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Vieo Abiungo

“What Lay To Waste” [feat. Joan Jeanrenaud of Kronos Quartet]

Yesterday, Vieo Abiungo (a.k.a. William Ryan Fritch) released And The World Is Still Yawning, the 13-track follow-up to his 2010 solo debut, Blood Memory. Mastered by Miles Whittaker of Demdike Stare, the album is available digitally and on 180-gram vinyl via Lost Tribe Sound, who are also offering a deluxe edition that includes a limited-edition remix CD. In addition to remixes by Benoît Pioulard, Sven Kacirek, and Tokyo Bloodworm, the 78-minute, 16-track CD features a unique collaboration between Vieo Abiungo and Joan Jeanrenaud, cellist for Kronos Quartet. Check it out above, readers.

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Balam Acab


You have to turn it up until it dropzzout. Thug-lean that four-door. And shit’s rattling #yourchange ;) Don’t be ashamed blasting that 100% high school vibe; just feel it. Suggestion: if you proceed to ride Tri Angle, continue for the visceral experience. Cuz, that beat freshens errrything. The vocals are a nice touch of hushed-harmony too. Even that thunder clap-clap intro invokes some sort of competition to turn up the volume. It’s perverse almost. Almost. And then the song plays again and how does my chell-faun work(?) and where is my computer and this song again? You can get the new BALAM ACAB album Wander/Wonder off TriAngle in LP, CD or digital formats (sales began 8/29). Play once daily for supreme satisfaction. Leave it at one moment each day. Then you straight.

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