Xander Harris
“Tanned Skin Dress”

Xander Harris (also a character from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) has a new album on Not Not Fun called Urban Gothic (also a TV horror show). Check out this killer (literally) video, directed by Amanda Brown (LA Vampires, 100% Silk, co-founder of Not Not Fun) and Ben Shearn. (COOL!)

• Xander Harris: http://xanderfuckingharris.blogspot.com
• Not Not Fun: http://notnotfun.com/now.html

Golden Retriever

“Distant Fog”

You’re probably sick of slow-drifting synth landscapes, aren’t you? This will be the last one, I promise. I found this Golden Retriever excerpt while posting about Matt Carlson’s new tape yesterday. According to his website, Carlson and Golden Retriever are “Northwestern American cohorts.” In actuality, I think they might be the same person, though with so many name changes and alternate aliases floating around, I’ve somewhat stopped caring. I really enjoy this track though.

• Golden Retriever: http://bucketfactory.com/Store.htm

Matana Roberts

COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres (album mix)

On May 10, Montreal’s Matana Roberts will release COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres, an improvisational avant-jazz album with roots in punk, modern composition, and performative theater. The track streaming above is a mix of several passages from the album. Look for the album on CD/2x10-inch courtesy of Constellation.

• Matana Roberts: http://www.matanaroberts.com
• Constellation: http://cstrecords.com

Blank City

A documentary about No Wave [trailer]

Check out this trailer for Blank City, a new documentary about No Wave, the seminal art, music, and film movement of late-70s/early-80s New York. The film premiered earlier this week at NY’s IFC Center, but there are plenty of screenings coming up. Here’s a synopsis for Blank City:

Take a trip back to a time when New York City wasn’t all glitz and glamour as filmmaker Celine Danhier offers a look at the birth of “No Wave Cinema” and the vibrant art scene that exploded out of the East Village in the late ’70s. In the years before Ronald Reagan took office, Manhattan was in ruins. But true art has never come from comfort, and it was precisely those dire circumstances that inspired artists like Jim Jarmusch, Lizzy Borden, and Amos Poe to produce some of their best works. Taking their cues from punk rock and new wave music, these young maverick filmmakers confronted viewers with a stark reality that stood in powerful contrast to the escapist product being churned out by Hollywood. Interviews with the aforementioned artists as well as Debbie Harry, Steve Buscemi, John Waters, John Lurie, Lydia Lunch, and Thurston Moore reveal how a group of young visionaries pooled their resources to birth a film movement that produced some of the most challenging art of the 20th century.

Ah, fuck — now I have to listen to Buy (TMT Review) right now.

• Blank City: http://www.blankcityfilm.com

Times New Viking

“Ever Falling In Love”

On April 26, Times New Viking will release Dancer Equired on their new home, Merge. And yes, it was actually recorded in a studio (Columbus Discount Recording). How dare they give a shit!

• Times New Viking: http://www.myspace.com/timesnewviking
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

Matt Carlson

“Bird Level”

This short video samples a track from Gecko Dream Levels, Carlson’s new Gift Tapes release. I like what Keith Fullerton Whitman had to say about the record:

A squeaky-clean take on free-time (seriously, there’s not a motor-rhythm to be found anywhere within) electronic agglomerationings that beckons the listener / user closer with one gesture while simultaneously / aestheically revolting with another.

Gift Tapes also put up two more creepy, oozing 3D vids created by Brenna Murphy for Spare Death Icon and Million Mists.

• Gift Tapes: http://gifttapes.com/
• Matt Carlson: http://bucketfactorial.blogspot.com/
• Spare Death Icon: http://sparedeathicon.com/

  

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