The Garment District

“Cavendish on Whist”

I’m willing to bet “Cavendish on Whist” was a late night burner for The Garment District (a.k.a. Jeniffer Baron). Sounds like not being able to fall asleep while tryna finish that video project you’ve been working on for the past week. The past week has been sleepless in a fade of VHS lines across your eyes. Images can’t stick around on tape longer than they linger your mind. Thus is the haunting quality of “Cavendish on Whist.”

The Garment District has been stirring up the music pot since her new LP If You Take Your Magic Slow popped on Night People last month. Not only did the cover art make TMT’s Art Fetish: July 2014 feature, but I interviewed the gal around mid-July, and it was published recently here (or just click the sidebar). After reading and then listening to “Cavendish on Whist” (but mostly If You Take Your Magic Slow), I feel like y’all’ll be able to pick up on all the MUCHAS and GRACIAS nuances in her musical tendencies and artistic natures.

The video above was made by deep post-Pittsburgh/current-Iowa City multimedia guru, Thad Kellstadt. He also helped Jeniffer with the video for “Secondhand Sunburn and is working on a remix of one of If You Take Your Magic Slow’s tracks. And a lil birdie told me, “Stay tuned for [the two] to collaborate on new music in the future!”

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This Will Destroy You


Texas post-rock quartet This Will Destroy You is set to release their new LP, Another Language, on September 16. We gave you a taste of the record with “Dustism,” and now, TWDY has unleashed another tune, “Invitation,” in anticipation of the album’s release. In addition to the vinyl, CD, and digital versions, Austin’s Holodeck Records (who released TWDY founder Christopher Royal King’s solo debut as Symbol, Online Architecture, earlier this year) are putting out the cassette version and, as you can see above, it’s looking mighty fine in its “Tape Wallet” format. The label is putting out about five hundred of these tapes, and you can pre-order a copy right here, and be sure to catch them on tour this fall, where some shows include support from Holodeck founder Silent Land Time Machine. Suicide Squeeze Records will also be releasing Another Language on CD, 2xLP, and digital, and Hobbledehoy Records will be handling all the AUS/NZ customers!

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“Hunt for Vapor”

Through Thomas Beal’s fractures, churned-up liquid smoke is exotic fantasy distanced from reality. Wild forces to be reckoned with become gorgeous fountains of saturated sputum spurting in time behind a chandelier filter.

Aloonaluna’s music wall has soft spots of flam – manual clock bumps, phasing key lights, low attack synthesizers, vocal steam on cavern walls – indicating the indispensable involvement of flesh and blood (with a ghostly complexion); therefore, “Hunt for Vapor” is lifted in a plume above its machines. It glows by Colonial candlelight.

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Barnaby Bennett

“First We Take Manhattan (Leonard Cohen cover)”

Typically, I’m NOT a covers guy. Dare I say, I’m not even really THAT big of a Leonard Cohen fan. But Barnaby Bennett does my ears good every-single-time. And knowing that he’s covering “First We Take Manhattan” …just makes me smile in the sense of ultimate evil versus ultimate evil. Could you just imagine? Oh, Leonard Cohen, I KNOW what you tried to do in NYC. Props for trying to destroy everything. Thanks for pointing Barnaby in the right direction, as the demise of Manhattan is really my only way out. Actually, untrue. I’d be stuck on Long Island – which is arguably a bigger shit-hole – considering Manhattan is my only REAL way out. But in this case, I’d swim.

I admire Barnaby’s intent with the song, both in his interpretation and the way he deploys his interpretation. It’s darker, maybe? DEFINITELY not as clear-cut in sound. Just mostly wonderful that he’s gripping from the dance/beat side of production and then adding a layer of fuzzed guitar atop it make things hazy, but in a polluted skyline sense. So, “First We Take Manhattan (Leonard Cohen cover)” is pretty much 2014’s “Come With Me.” You be the judge and scope it out below:

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Travi$ Scott

Days Before Rodeo

If there’s one thing the entire human race can agree on, it’s that Travi$ Scott’s ad lib game is mean as all hell. Unmatched in 2014 I’d say, without a doubt. Lil B’s “Figaro!” comes close, but “Straight Up!” is on some God-tier shit.

I wasn’t expecting much from Days Before Rodeo to be honest, but it ain’t half bad, though. There’s some genuine slappers on here, including a few flashes of brilliance too: if you don’t fuck with La Flame’s hook on “Don’t Play” then you need to check your pulse, my G. I wouldn’t say Days Before Rodeo necessarily sheds it overbearing Kudi influence, and Kanye’s shadow still looms large, but it’s leagues ahead of Owl Pharoah. Peewee Longway, Young Thug, and Migos pop in for a bit too. That’s always fun. STRAIGHT UP!

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