2014 has been the year I crawled back to the temple of rock and begged for reentry. After a near decade of techno, ambient meanderings, I finally said to myself, “Fuck it. I just wanna rock!” And rock I did. Coming straight out of the heartland, Milwaukee’s Platinum Boys are absolutely killin’ it with their grooves. While their recorded output thus far is pretty slim, they hit the road this past month and are ready to invade your home stereo systems with their debut LP, Future Hits. The first single, “Candy,” is too damn good. You just have to listen for yourself to know what I’m talking about. I have yet to hear the rest of the record, but if my friend’s text is any indication (“sounds like Weezer covering no woman no cry”), then we’re in for a treat. The album comes out early 2k15 on tape (via Forged Artifacts) and vinyl (Dusty Medical Records).
• Platinum Boys: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Platinum-Boys/448240731944353
Sound the alarm: new G-Toss video.
*The sound of a chicken cackling escapes from the PA into your basement*
You gather the buds and sit in a crescent formation around the laptop. Play is pressed.
Two minutes in and your pupils are fully dilated.
“What is this even?”
You turn to ask and it turns out that your friends have turned into stuffed animals:
Dragon, tie-dye bear, goat, miniature fireman.
Maybe they were always like that, though.
You remember them talking at some point.
Maybe that was just you.
You propose a toast and they all agree.
“367 Equalizer” is the title track of Guerilla Toss’s single sided 12” on Feeding Tube Records, as well as a now sold-out cassette edition via Infinity Cat Recordings. Its video was animated and directed by Alessandra Hoshor and Addison Adams. Your brain is directed and animated by you yourself, and was formed by zygotes contributed by your parents. Watch a monochrome donut hang in dead space. Watch a watermelon creep into the frame. X. #1. Little purple corvette shakes and ascends to heaven. Alamo Alamo. Cereal mosaic. A wig in the snow.
You wipe off the condensation. You need a nap.
An Endless Conjecture. A knot the size of Tennessee. Crosswinds on fire. Painting a hominid without eyes. None pizza with left beef. Nick Storring. Larry Johnson. Candles without wicks being gnawed at by rats. Peace. A toothy smile. Running your fingers along broken pegs. Orange Milk Records. The moon, hung low, ripe and bright, with an underlined smoke-trailed black V over top of its glow. Mock turtlenecks. 2014.
Brendan O’Keefe’s Cuticle project holds a special place in my heart: his debut LP, Mother Rhythm Earth Memory was one of the first, if not the first, records I purchased from L.A. label Not Not Fun. In the three years since I don’t think I’ve revisited a record as much as I have with MREM, and those syrupy vibes still get me every time. As luck would have it, Cuticle’s got a new LP, and we’re pleased to present a new track. Mind Holding Pattern carries on the vibe of Brendan’s debut, all while piling on more of those slippery synths and goopy beats. “Faberge Tear,” streaming below, is a dance-driven cut off the record, but do not be fooled, for Mind Holding Pattern is some seriously zoned out future space bachelor pad music. Buy it now via Not Not Fun.
Nocturnal Dance Concert
Stretching In The Moonlight
I always get a different image in my head of Rob Magill recording/performing. Like, Nocturnal Dance Concert’s usual guitarist, Dan Masiel, is studying for a Ph.D. in some SUPER SPECIFIC history right now at some school in Connecticut or Pennsylvania, and I picture Rob on tenor and Celeste M. Evans on them sticks, in some basement with longing faces, blurring the lines of emotion and musical talents, swaying and thinking of Dan coming to the door with the, “Hey, y’all. I’m back. Screw academics. Let’s JAM!” However, don’t be mistaken with what I’m writing here, ‘cause Stretching In The Moonlight is that rare moment recorded when a band is missing a third, and also longing in musical form, so the diversity is completely within-its-own-time. And recordings like that are undeniable to pass up, and sometimes unforgettable.
Stretch along with Nocturnal Dance Concert on Weird Cry Records in Stretching In The Moonlight, streaming below:
• Weird Cry Records: https://weirdcry.bandcamp.com