Another teardrop trickles out the eye of Skullflower, faithful. How DOES one follow up an album called Fucked On A Pile of Corpses anyway!? The two headed hydra of Matthew Bower and Samantha Davies has risen from a bleak English countryside to scorch any ear within the blast radius of the Cold Spring offices with fiery dragon breath. THEY reference Bathory and Popol Vuh, but we know that there isn’t another outfit on this earth that sounds like Skullflower and what you’re going to perceive here is just more blood from their wellspring. Atonal twin guitar wall noise which raises the stakes on ye olde “holocaust section” of My Bloody Valentine’s “You Made Me Realise” x 1000. Screeching, hypnotic, psychedelic cacophony from the blackest pit of despair. That’s “Alien Awakening” and it’s on a new double album coming soon from Skullflower called Draconis that has something to do with this I think….
Swim Team Kush
Before there was AOL, there was Home Music Store, arguably the first on-demand music service. Developed by the man who would go on to found America Online, Bill Von Meister, Home Music Store was to “make home taping for a fee available to those with cable tv.” This was back in 1982, and the record labels weren’t having it, nor were the record stores for that matter.
Fast-forward 32 years and consumer demand for Yung AOL tapes is so great that all cassette copies of his Swim Team Kush have sold out less than one week after the album’s August 29 release. Of course, this was Brooklyn label Astro Nautico’s first official cassette release, ANC001, and everybody loves firsts … and Brooklyn … and VHS porn. Be that as it may, if you want to get your crusty offline hands on the Swim Team Kush cassette, your best chance now is to barter with TMT resident CJ C Monster at the Cassette Store Day Tape Meet on September 27. [Editor’s Note: I will be bringing and using this cassette during my “set.”] Of course, you could also listen to it on demand via bandcamp and tape it your damn self, but that’s a different story.
食品まつり a.k.a foodman
Back on the peacefully over-zealous sonic “attack” is 食品まつり a.k.a foodman, with a spoon full of DOGUU. And on this EP, he reflects light off sound that spikes and varies throughout waves of prisms and fractals. Images have never been clearer in the listeners’ collective mind than 食品まつり a.k.a foodman’s newest DOGUU EP, as sound hallucination within is at an all-time high. Lemme give you an example (of-which was 食品まつり a.k.a foodman’s own submission/offering): make sense of DOGUU EP’s cover-art, and then get back at me with a bit of meaning. Seriously, mull it over for an entire weekend locked in the basement, or some closet, and become anew! Create your life decisions on your own. But getting a little help from old 食品まつり a.k.a foodman isn’t cheating. It’s not even miss- or guided. Simply, DOGUU EP exists (on Sound of Romances) as of this past Monday. Grip an idea and hang on to it forever:
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Subject: $1,000 for listening to music
We will give you $1,000 for listening to music! Tiny Mix Tapes is proud to announce the start of a new contest. Each day until January, 31 1999, one lucky Internet or AOL user who listens to music of our choosing will be randomly picked to receive $1,000! And you could be the winner! I know that’s an incredible statement, but bear with me while I explain. You have already deleted mail from dozens of “Get Rich Quick” schemes, chain letter offers, and LOTS of other absurd scams that promise to make you rich overnight with no investment and no work.
My offer isn’t one of those.
What I’m offering is a straightforward computer-based service that you can run full- or part-time like a regular business. All you have to do is listen to Guy Akimoto’s BaeBae EP on repeat. This music runs automatically while you sleep, vacation, or work a “regular” job. If you’re the lucky chosen one, we will send you a check for $1,000. If you’re not the lucky chosen one, you will have been blessed with a sparkly EP by a sparkly artist who is playing a sparkly gig in NY later this month.
“NEAR DARK” (produced by Palmistry)
Hundebiss Records does it right because of Dracula Lewis (also, owner of the label; a.k.a. Simone Trabucchi). So what better than follow up his last album, Use Your Illusions, with a mixtape (that is potentially popping off on DatPiff, if I’m not mistaken) entitled Technical XTC. Following the label’s lineage, after popping off a slew of noise, dance, and weirdo releases, the label-head is going straight hip-hop. –Err, contextually… in the same way Rick Ross will release Mastermind on double LP, but come out with a mixtape – just as long (digital) and just as good – a year after. Not to mention, Dracula Lewis employees a smattering of A-List undergrounders: D/P/I, Jaws, Helm, Ramzi, Three Legged Race, Sewn Leather, and Palmistry.. who produced the teaser track “NEAR DARK.”
And I used “teaser” there because “NEAR DARK” sounds like it adds to the suspense of finally hearing the entirety of Technical XTC. As if Dracula Lewis and Palmistry KNEW they were making “NEAR DARK” as a lingering and pensive jam that’d introduce the album to the world, but leave people waiting for that STAB that is Technical XTC. To be honest, I’m ready for the mixtape to murder the FUCK outta me, but I’m willing to wait. Stoked to interview Simone next week too! Got plenty of stuff to ask him. Maybe I’ll toss in, “What’s your favorite part of the movie, Near Dark?” Though, now that I typed that out, it appears way lamer in text than in my mind. Hi!