情報デスクVIRTUAL
“(from Sacred Tapestry)”

情報デスクVIRTUAL, a subsidiary of LASERDISC VISIONS/NEW DREAMS LTD., recently released 札幌コンテンポラリー, a massive 25-track, 70-minute album of early-morning seminar jams, staff-meeting jingles, and pre-boarding lounge tunes in the key of e-Asia circa 1995. Similar to the cassette version of Macintosh Plus’ monumental Floral Shoppe (OMG) — 情報デスクVIRTUAL’s other release from late 2011 (digital) / early 2012 (physical) — the mysterious entity behind these various projects has recorded another outstanding bonus track, this time to go with the limited-edition CD version of 札幌コンテンポラリー.

Titled “(from Sacred Tapestry),” the track sees 情報デスクVIRTUAL appropriating the intro to a song that, well, I won’t name because it’s funner that way. But it’s soooooo fucking good that you sorta have to watch the video multiple times.

The physical version of 札幌コンテンポラリー is out this week on Beer On The Rug. There are only 150 CDs available, so act quick.

• LASERDISC VISIONS/NEW DREAMS LTD.: http://newdreamsltd.tumblr.com
• Beer On The Rug: http://beerontherug.com

18+

“EXECUTION” / “REMI RED”

Tunnel virtual violence pro-no. Deeply rooted wire-string tapping. “Oh, fuck. She’s home.” Desire stripping digital flesh. The recycling bin on your computer. Tracking beyond the screen before you. Never finding the right body to be complete. Insertion that trails on and continues to rattle. International living room party camera. High internet dealer on the low. Reality is pussy versus snake, universally. Crossing over dimensional boundaries via breaking rules. Shattered scattering shards suspending self selection. Closing your eyes to a loading screen. Feeling the ping surrounding ear drums. Bandwidth your mind to “EXECUTION.” Click 18+ to enter. Washed down smoove with that “REMI RED” frying at the core.

• 18+: http://18plus18plus18plus.tumblr.com

Sweet Valley

“Total Carnage”

Whooooaaa. That dude Nathan from Wavves has gone 404! Which basically just means he put down the distortion pedals and joined the ranks of white boys making beats in their bedroom. Pretty good, though. I like that 45 at 33 sound. I think that’s another genre on the rise.

Listen to “Total Carnage” below. It doesn’t really sound like total carnage. Maybe he meant Maximum Carnage. Who knows? That would certainly be relevant, by which I mean 90s. Buy it from Fool’s Gold using a real currency on August 7, and expect to hear some rapping over it in the coming months.

• Wavves: http://wavves.net
• Fool’s Gold: http://foolsgoldrecs.com

Minden

“Gold Standard”

Hello, and welcome to a great music video by a great band. Minden comes from Portland, although the group has some ties to Kansas City, where I believe this brilliant clip was created and the band was originally formed by the very talented songwriter Casey Burge. Decoder just excellently premiered the excellent lead cut from the band’s excellent forthcoming debut recording, Exotic Cakes. Further research (i.e., going to the band’s website) revealed this gem of a video, which… well, it sort of speaks for itself, and loudly — as in the obnoxiously loud, hot pink spandex’d booties shakin’ it in the yarn store here. Everything about Minden is everything that I love about life. And ultimately what I’m trying to say is that Minden is a band that is all about sex. It seethes from this music’s deep pockets of rhythm, effervesces from the smokey vocal harmonies, then kicks you where it hurts when the genius turns of lyrical phrase and sizzling one-liners make you realize it doesn’t all necessarily have to be about sex. But the bass playing? Sheer, unadulterated sex, people.

The self-released Exotic Cakes hits vinyl this Fall. Sex.

• Minden: http://www.mindenband.com

Actress

“ShockTherapy101”

Darren Cunningham, known best as Actress, has once again nonchalantly dropped a new track via Twitter. “ShockTherapy101,” which follows one of the year’s strongest releases, features cyclical beats and stuttering electronic chords searching for a center, a sort of outside-the-club quest for home. And the best part is that home’s never found, mirroring both the fleeting nature of this song’s release and our own never-ending search for purpose. Check out the track here:

• Actress: https://twitter.com/ctress_a
• Werk Discs: http://www.werkdiscs.com
• Honest Jon’s: http://www.honestjons.com

Arca

“Self Defense”

After having released the scariest video of the year (for “Ass Swung Low”) and collaborated with the likes of Mykki Blanco and $hayne, Arca is back with a new track called “Self Defense.” The song features stuttering beats and claustrophobic electronics, all tightly wound up with mutated vocals rapping “Dumb luck, numb fuck/ Come out with your motherfucking hands up.” It’s freaky and suffocating and I love it.

Look for Stretch 2, his excellent debut release for UNO NYC, on August 6.

• Arca: http://soundcloud.com/arca-2
• UNO NYC: http://www.unonyc.com

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