As a frequent staple to Drag City’s world music-esque sounds, Yonatan Gat changes label courses and finds a delightfully happy home at Joyful Noise Recordings. Fitting into Joyful Noise’s motif of releasing everything smile inducing in the world (forever), “Escorpião” hits dimples everywhere, fingering licks between a pick and a bend and a plethora of pressed strings. The neck of this guitar must be the smoothest bit of wood in Portugal too. Specifically Estúdios Sá da Bandeira in Porto where the new Yonatan Gat Iberian Passage 12-inch was recorded. Actually, what’s funnier, is that the “Escorpião” (Rough Mix w/ Field Recordings) premiered on SPIN last October as just a taste of what is to be heard as the final piece. And Yonatan Gat’s finished version of “Escorpião” (streaming below) is nothing short of pure rock and roll contentment.
Shoot, even the Village Voice honored the fellah as “Best Guitarist of 2013.” So, if titles like that impress you, which in this case they should (but don’t let me tell you what to do), Yonatan Gat is your MAN on the axe. Yo, actually, it’s almost unnecessary to mention the man’s accolades, including his participation in the monumental Monotonix, ‘cause his personal brand of rippage is flagrant throughout “Escorpião.”
Iberian Passage will be released May 27 on vinyl & digital. The first 400 copies are hand-numbered and pressed on picture disc vinyl featuring art by Baker Overstreet.
Catch Yonatan Gat on tour too, starting tomorrow:
5.2 - New York, NY @ Piano’s
5.3 - Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium
5.27 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
5.28 Washington DC @ Paperhaus
5.29 Raleigh, NC @ King’s
5.30 Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
5.31 Atlanta, GA @ 529
6.1 Chattanooga, TN @ Sluggo’s (Day show: 4pm)
6.1 Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox (Evening show: 9pm)
6.2 Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar
6.3 Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
6.4 Indianapolis, IN @ Joyful Noise
6.5 Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
6.6 Akron, OH @ Musica
6.7 Brooklyn, NY @ Death by Audio w/ State Champion
Porky Pig pops out of the WB bass drum, but is too hungover to get his catchphrase out. “T-t-t-thh-th-th-thha-thah–aa-aa–aaaa.” He swivels around, curly Q-tail up in our grills, and vomits a stomach full of slop and Sailor Jerry into the void. “S-b-b-b-b-sshhh-bu-bb-bu–b-shit.” 1000 years of suffering drag onward.
Pepe Le Pew claws for the zipper at the nape of his neck. He unzips his skin only to reveal another full Pepe Le Pew underneath — no zipper visible. His sub-fur harbors mites, splotches of dried butter, and black mold blended into its surroundings. He dances for a mate, and only insects approach.
Marvin the Martian circuit bends his death ray into a tranq ray, dialing the pain knob down to a level barely short of the ecstasy of a violent death. He removes the device from its charging port, places it inside his mouth, and fires it roughly where a uvula would be located on a human being. Just to feel something.
Brian Blomerth (a.k.a. Narwhalz of Sound) has been terrorizing DIY spaces since the mid-00s, armed with a Game Boy, a tape deck, some pedals, a mic, and a continual Wegman-core mental montage of his pomeranian playing inside his brain. His maximal noise-improv/musique-concrète explorations blast his sound sources into uniquely disfigured chaos, bloated with queasy sample fuckery and spastic synth “rhythms” or “melodies” or “detritus” or what have you – whatever, man; just like, just use yer damn ears for this one [BAOAA BAOAOA BAOAOA]. Blomerth drops a new tape called Pork Dust via his website sometime soon, and it’s stuffed with enough childhood-corrupting aural savagery to keep you riveted for at least 24 minutes. Peel your bloodshot eyes for the physical product, peep the incredible cover art by Blomerth himself, and stream both sides below.
• Brian Blomerth / Narwhalz of Sound: http://www.brianblomerth.com
“Back 2 School”
Bands like Fat Creeps are keeping rock and roll in the FUN zone. And as they take listeners “Back 2 School,” soup and friendship and dancing and jamming and (DEFINITELY) a chef hat all become part of the best Thursday morning you’ve ever had. See that group of people running across the street? Make some friends and go with ‘em on their adventure. Yo, wait, is that an astronaut? How sweaty you think that fool be?
My grandma always had this trick that’d make her appear to be the world’s strongest lady. She’d lightly tap the north, sound, east, and west sides of a container’s lid on the counter or floor (when nobody was looking, of course), and then just pop it right open. But here in “Back 2 School,” one of the Fat Creeps ladies IS actually the strongest person in the world. Must Be Nice. Oh, what I mean by Must Be Nice is that’s the title of Fat Creeps’ debut album, which is where this tease of a track “Back 2 School” appears.
Since forming, Fat Creeps has been involved with deep labels such as Feeding Tube Records and KLYAM. Now, their first full-length journey Must Be Nice is poppin’ off early this summer on LP from Sophomore Lounge Records and on cassette from Gnar Tapes. And if “Back 2 School” is just the tip of the Fat Creeps peak, then I’m VERY jacked on what’s to come. So scope their cute teaser video below and be on the look out for Must Be Nice sometime next month-ish. OH SHIT, is that Simon from Guerrilla Toss in the astronaut outfit??
Slap me. I’ve written about two tracks in the same week entitled “Internet.” Well, close enough. Fuckin’ people still livin’ with they parents, yo. Shit, this Sativa Flats some dark web “Internet” jamming. Like, you could PROBABLY find this on Napster in its hay-day, but maybe. Maybe not, though. Like, I only know what’s up. And what’s up is Steve “I got the tunes” Rosborough running one of this year’s premium labels, Moon Glyph.
Not to get my tongue stuck up some ass here, but Moon Glyph been on a role. This Sativa Flats cassette runs hard in the paint without there begin much paint to slip in. The minimalism of their work is perfect through the reflection of sound upon sound, and tune within a melody’s reach of happiness. But it’s that’s not directly the fulfillment of “Internet.” It’s more of a reminder that you STILL won’t be known by many after you’re dead. THAT is fucking dark web, y’all. And the more you read others in this same, desperate, and Facebook-status stricken life, the more you’ll draw away from that cellphone light and further into the darkness that lies at night, as you sit on your patio drinking and smoking, reeling that new Sativa Flats off Moon Glyph you bought today. Sound off their one-of-two singles “Internet” below:
Between TREE, Serengeti, GOD, Danny Brown, Quelle Chris, Denmark Vessey, and Willie the Kid, the Midwest has produced more than its fair share of highly talented MCs during the past five or so years. With that many great new artists coming out of the same region, it can be easy to overlook the consistently crafty veterans, like Columbus, Ohio’s Blueprint, who has been quietly holding it down as his state’s strongest rapper/producer since the late ’90s. Don’t believe me? Watch this and this and this and this and the above. Keep in mind, though, Blueprint is several critically acclaimed albums beyond having to explain how dope he is. Hence, the video scrapbook for “Silver Lining” is something much deeper and more deserving of your undivided attention. It’s also the second single off Printmatic’s new album Respect the Architect, which is currently available on MP3, CD and red LP with all sorts of collectibles on the side.