Party of One

“Watch While the Heads Roll”

Eleven years after their first and only album to date saw the light of day, Eric Fifteen’s Party of One is back from the dead with “Watch While the Heads Roll.” A quick flashback to 2003 when Fat Cat distributed Caught the Blast – the album, while receiving a variety of positive reviews, got caught up in a riptide of narcissists calling the album narcissistic in artless, catch-all I-HATE-PAVEMENT rants. Let bygones be bygones, but damn it’s a lo-fi pop punk record, calm the fuck down.

Hey, we’re in something that resembles the future where both 13 year old and 24 year old me are stoked about; hoverboards are real and Party of One is back at it. With a new band in tow consisting of Monet Wong (sweet name Monet), Matthew Wayne, and Kyle Joe Holland, Party of One is noticeably subdued with Eric Fifteen’s noted dark wordplay calmly telling us to not cry when the cops come. Eric’s nasal voice and forward demeanor have a relaxed Gary Numan vibe and I imagine the rest of the group are two-steppingswaying back and forth in unison and sporting sunglasses.

The band appears to have a cassette ready for Minnesotan record store turned part-time label, Go Johnny Go. The album, Streetside Surprise, is depicted on their Facebook and listed in GJG’s online catalog as a $4.45 fall 2014 release, but is not up for stream or purchase yet.

Patience, people.

• Party of One: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Party-of-One/194609910555651
• Eric Fifteen: https://soundcloud.com/eric-fifteen

Nerftoss

Maiden Powers

Nerftoss is clever with the use of production sounds and performance. Like in the Leaving Records’ release of Spirit Advantage this year, Maiden Powers also travels across terrain that is both adventurous and relaxing. As one journeys across landscapes throughout the day, Nerftoss also guides listeners in the relaxation of camping that night, by the fire, under the tree, eating game caught throughout the quest. But back into the groove come morning, as Maiden Powers works the action and the calm. She is the whirlwind whisking against the dual horizons, breathing subconscious and goal-oriented dreams into all our imaginations. Nerftoss is the navigator, but the decision is really up to you. Be controlled by Maiden Powers below:

• Nerftoss: http://johnjon.es
• Ehse Records: http://ehserecords.bandcamp.com

Ohbliv & Akeedro

OHBLEEDRO

Isn’t it strange how a layered snap or snare can give new life to a repurposed song? How an added blown out kick can make you feel more than the original ever did? Is it that we’re so guided by cheap direction that we slobber at the sound of an anchor dropped? I hope not. I hope its not that simple.

Two dispersed chaps by the names of Akeedro and Ohbliv get this, I think. Their collaborative album, OHBLEEDRO, makes riled up shit-kickers stop what they’re doing. Its actively calming. Less and more. Yes and no. Fuck it. It is what it is. And it is everything. Action and relaxation. Up and down. With the track list littered with songs like “1nceyeluvu” and “Tuned Out The Darkness,” how couldn’t you foresee such positive vibes? And then there’s “Night Luv,” “Moan in,” and “Pack n”. Things are apparent ‘round these parts. Horn.

Oh gawl, I almost forgot to talk about the music! How could I forget?! 80’s R&B and soul ballads and general cheese get demolished on OHBLEEDRO. The rubble gets glued together with kush ash, fingers, and file sharing sites, while bright lights are dimmed by hazed time and head-bent work atop 404s and crates. Go at this. Go in it. Am I done ripping off C, yet? Yeah, I suppose.

• Ohbliv: https://ohbliv.bandcamp.com
• Akeedro: https://soundcloud.com/akeedro

Band Aid 30

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
[Bob Geldof, Net Worth: $150,000,000]

It’s Christmas time – there’s no need to be afraid – [One Direction, $70,000,000]
[background drums] – [Roger Taylor, $170,000,000]
At Christmas time – we let in light and we banish shade – [Ed Sheeran, $16,000,000]
And in our world of plenty we can spread our smile of joy – [Rita Ora, $145,000,000]
Feel your arms around the world at Christmas time – [Sam Smith, $15,000,000]
But say a prayer and pray for the other ones – [Paloma Faith, $3,000,000]
At Christmas time its hard but while you’re having fun – [Emeli Sandé, $8,000,000]
There’s a world outside your window and it’s a world of dread and fear – [Elbow, indeterminate]
Where a kiss of love can kill you – [Bastille, $30,000,000]
Where there’s death in every tear – [Angelique Kidjo, indeterminate]
And the Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom – [Chris Martin, $90,000,000]
Well tonight we’re reaching out and touching you – [Bono, $600,000,000]
Bring peace and joy this Christmas to West Africa – [Seal, $15,000,000]
A song of hope where there’s no hope tonight (ooh) – [Ellie Goulding, $10,000,000]
Why is comfort to be feared, why is to touch to be scared – [Sinead O’Connor, $6,000,000]
How can they know it’s Christmas time at all – [Bono, $600,000,000]
[strings] – [Clean Bandit, $2,000,000]
Here’s to you – [One Direction, $70,000,000]
Raise a glass to everyone – [Olly Murs, $2,000,000]
Here’s to them – [Bastille, $30,000,000]
And all there is to come – [Sam Smith, $15,000,000]
Can they know it’s Christmas time at all – [Rita Ora, $145,000,000]
Chorus – [Everyone, $1,301,000,000*]
Feed the world let them know it’s Christmas time again
Feel the world let them know it’s Christmas time again
Heal the world let them know it’s Christmas time again
Feed the world let them know it’s Christmas time again
Feel the world let them know it’s Christmas time again
Heal the world let them know it’s Christmas time again
Feed the world let them know it’s Christmas time again
Feel the world let them know it’s Christmas time again

#ebola2014

• Partners in Health: http://www.pih.org [charity navigator]

Kowton

Bits & Pieces

Kowton’s “Bits & Pieces” from his new 12-inch Whities002, via Whities, could fit into a club, or a construction site, or perhaps even a hotel lobby. Machinal techno beats and some jazzy, simple synth work paired together equals a kind of club music that has only been made possible by the innovations happening in the past couple of years. Post dubstep, post industrial, post Night Slugs has made the whole genre thing a little outdated, but that’s fine. Kowton is making solid club music. Though all three tracks are major in their own ways, “Bits & Pieces” hits hardest because of its intense simplicity and attention to detail. It’s hypnotic without being sleepy, calculated without being cold, experimental without being over-complicated.

• Kowton: https://soundcloud.com/kowton
• Whities: https://soundcloud.com/whities

  

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