“The Passing of Clouds”
“The Passing of Clouds,” the second track off of Karla Borecky’s Still in Your Pocket, is a dose of deep-thinker’s medicine. Repetitious, gorgeous, melancholic, and well paced, it can yield to extracting the buried thoughts which can be lost to too much change or alteration. As clouds pass overhead, an awnings of sound deflects the indented arrangements of leaves falling from the trees. The lines build, peacefully, growing bit by bit. Grow with it. Get deep. Or remain stagnant and remember what’s worth remembering.
Mostly known for her 25 plus years as half of the prodigious duo Idea Fire Company, Still in Your Pocket has the destinction of being Borecky’s first solo album to date. Originally recorded between 2007 to 2010 and released in 2011 as a limited cassette on Entr’acte, Sean McCann’s Recital imprint is re-issuing the collection of seven vignettes on October 21st in a vinyl edition of 285 copies. And while the press release makes a case for an “undercurrent of playful humor” a la Satie, I have no reservations saying I could sit in this furniture all day.
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.