Balinese Beast

“Pronounce”

Go riding along the pine rafter’s rails where splinters, grooves, shrills, and repeaters are props for the possibility of slapstick. Physical harm, as a goal, is likely to be achieved, due to inner imbalance, not external factors. An unsteady ride such as this should not be undertaken under our current conditions. The body stiffens, fumbles, falters; natural vision is in error.

As previously stated, external forces are no longer a threat. The borders are clear. Prohibition repealed. To celebrate: a run along the frets of an upright. The upright is joined by sectionals of strange electronic matter. Go run along the obstacle course with its uneven streets, reckless and teetering, barely upright.

• Balinese Beast: http://balinesebeast.com
• moremars: http://moremars.org

White Poppy

“Jennifer” (Faust cover)

Holy crud. I can’t take how serene White Poppy (a.k.a. Crystal Dorval) covered “Jennifer” by Faust. Real light drumming, a chorus that could put the world asleep, guitar work only a walk can contemplate, dolphins makin’ bubble circles and swimming through ‘em –you know, typical White Poppy flourishings. Annnnnnnnnnnnnnd, you can snag her cover of “Jennifer” for free-download at her Bandcamp page RIGHT HERE!

Ok, well ACTUALLY… can you keep a secret? I can’t. Last night, Crystal dropped a BIG TEASE on me: Not Not Fun is releasing her next LP early next Spring; late next Winter; around February/March. Did you just die with that information? ‘Cause I did and now my ethereal being came back to Earth just for this moment to write it up and spread the news. I can go back to dead now. Enjoy White Poppy’s cover (AND VIDEO!!!) of Faust’s “Jennifer” in the mean [but nice] time!

• White Poppy: https://whitepoppy.bandcamp.com

Mannequin Pussy

Gypsy Pervert

Formerly from New York, but more recently Philadelphia-based, the trio led by Marisa Debice known as Mannequin Pussy so effortlessly switches back and forth between slower and melodic post-Charlottes tunes, and fast-paced dirty thrash-punk numbers rarely passing the one minute-mark on their debut album, Gypsy Pervert, that you almost couldn’t be blamed for thinking no one’s doing it better these days. Fittingly enough, a sort of post-lo-fi noise/grime/filth pervades Pervert throughout. The kids’ll love it.

• Mannequin Pussy: http://mannequinpussy.bandcamp.com
• Tiny Engines: http://www.tinyengines.net

All These Fingers

Blanche

That the 18 beats comprising Blanche are almost considered throwaways by All These Fingers — who writes, “While working on the upcoming release HOODS, the tracks on this tape began stacking up simultaneously. Rather than keeping it in the archives for an undetermined amount of time, I just decided to release it.” — is far scarier than his music’s overall aesthetic, which is pretty damn spooky in its own right.

On the other hand, All These Fingers is, at least based on his bandcamp page, a member of the current beatmaker generation, which is known for achieving prolificity over a relatively short period. Indeed, Blanche is his fourth release of 2014 and at least the 35th (including singles, EPs, LPs and beat tapes) since his first full-length LP came out in 2008.

If you think this speaks to a lack of quality control, then think again. The beats on here are so good it’s scary.

Scarier still, all this work is available for whatever price you want to pay. Somebody, put this kid’s stuff out on cassette and/or vinyl. (CD format just wouldn’t do.)

• All These Fingers: http://allthesefingers.bandcamp.com

Banana Head

Phones the Public [preview?]

That feeling you get waking up in a pile of your own dust. Tumbles of bunnies whisk away from your being. Hair follicles into the corners of your mouth. Sandwiches stacked like cards that mold to your monitor. Thirst and hunger and going to the bathroom are at an all-time “MEH.” Feelings? Oh, right: emotion. So, what’s for dinner? Again, I’m not hungry.

Banana Head feels you while he Phones the Public about the matters at his hands. And I don’t remember where I saw this, but the Goaty Tapes label owner (Banana Head, a.k.a. Zully) popped Phones the Public at like C45. More. Compared to his last four-track tape[slash]7-inch, this creep-crooner goes in on all sorts of “What the fuck am I doing with my life?” zones, while providing some beige and navy instrumentals.

No matter, Banana Head Phones the Public is out NOW on Goaty Tapes, and awaiting your nod:

• Banana Head: http://bananahead.bandcamp.com
• Goaty Tapes: http://goatytapes.com

  

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