Mincemeat or Tenspeed

“Big Daddy Sunshine”

David Harms T^!@$&% produces squalling {(!#%^ workouts of &!M%! rhythmic noise >”:!#@%< tethered to !#^(()( a steady !%@$# pulse and &?:;:”:: goaded into ^!@$T& ecstatic overdrive !^@%$!@ by whatever !@$&% tone obfuscating *)(^&!#)^ death gear &^!@*% he sprawls }}{@!}$ before him !@&%^^$* in skull-shattering !$#%@^&*()::: live performances.

☑ Mincemeat
☒ Tenspeed
☃ Mincemeat or Tenspeed

On new “{}@$ album Waiting @:#!#%Y For Surfin’ |}{^2[\];. Bird, Harms @$?<:| eschewed the >:^)#&* feedback-loop-based compositional !$?”% processes of }&%!><” classic previous &!@%& releases (remember “%>|@// Strange Gods?) &%$#%^ in favor _=_+|%% of somewhat ^$%!), “more traditional” %$!>< synths and ?”)(&% drum machines.

☞ mutant techno
☭ technoise
☻ no-wave
☷ no-rave

I hear *J&%$! this track :><*!&@ “Big Daddy *&!%@ Sunshine” and *%$# relish in “}+&^% its clipped *!@&% synth voices, &!@($ finely grained &!@%^ static blasts &!@^*&% and blitzkrieg %&!Y forward motion, “}{_(* observing that &!@%^ a somewhat })&^$ more legible |}”:{)* mindfuck is ^&!@^$ still a *!@($& mindfuck no ^!@%$ matter which }”{:>? way you |}{_)&! slice it.

Stream Waiting for Surfin’ Bird on the to-date-100%-dope Decoherence Records’ Bandcamp, or buy the LP direct from the label.

• Mincemeat or Tenspeed: http://mincemeatortenspeed.bandcamp.com
• Decoherence Records: http://www.decoherencerecords.com



The MNLF is not an artist so much as it is an acronym standing for Moro National Liberation Front — a secessionist political organization in the Philippines. “Whistling” is not a song title so much as it is a description of what you hear when you press play below — one MNLF member’s “instrument” of choice for a field recording documented by David Blair Stiffler in 1988.

It is fitting that the MNLF’s slightly ominous, if also gloriously captivating, “Whistling” should close out the forthcoming Music From the Mountain Provinces compilation, as it was an MNLF breakaway faction called the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (yes, MILF) that kidnapped recordist David Blair Stiffler and his wife, Elpidia, and held them for ransom on the southern island of Mindanao for two weeks, presumably not long after their recordings of “cultural groups living lives of extreme isolation in the mountainous Philippine regions of Nueva Ecija, Aurora, and Luzon” were made.

News of the Stifflers’ release remains archived by the Associated Press. However, as fate would have it, the recordings themselves have been shelved ever since the Stifflers returned home with them almost 26 years ago. The songs were originally intended to be cataloged by Moses Asch’s Folkway Records, for which Stiffler had previously recorded eight LPs, but after Asch died in 1986, the label’s business papers and files were acquired by the Smithsonian Institution, and for one reason or another, Smithsonian Folkways never picked up the Philippine field recordings, so they’ve remained in a kind of archivist limbo, captured on tape and held hostage by circumstance … until now, that is.

On July 1, 2014, Numerophone, “The Numero Group’s vinyl-only legacy imprint,” will spring Music From the Mountain Provinces on the public, freeing it from decades of obscurity. Pre-orders for the LP and MP3 releases are available here, along with 30-second clips of the album’s 12 tracks. Please take a moment to enjoy the last of those, in its entirety, below.

• MNLF: http://mnlfnet.com
• Numerophone: http://numerogroup.com/labels/numerophone

Ben Vida

Slipping Control [video preview]

YO! This video is BUGGED!!! It’s like, how can we make the commercial for 5.∞ surround sound? Or would it be ∞.∞ surround sound? Well, it don’t matter questioning, cause Ben Vida been “Slipping Control” via Shelter Press in an unprecedented and completely fucked video of vocal effects. It’s like the fellah IS and ISN’T of some plane that became Earth. He’s RIGHT THERE, in front of you, and just BARELY can one hear his actual voice, but it’s mostly just a mesh of electronics that cocktails any set of ears into an oblivion of sound. The textures are of that you cannot touch. And it’s infinite tonal awkward brevity puts listeners in a place of pleasure and *funny face*. So, shit is still nice/pleasant, in an extremely awkward way.

Pressed at Pallas, in an edition of 500 copies, Ben Vida’s Slipping Control gets deep in LP length, put out by Shelter Press, and mastered and cut by Helmut Erler at D+M. It’s available to grip ASAP ASAP ASAP at Shelter Press!!!

• Ben Vida: http://benvida.blogspot.com
• Shelter Press: http://www.shelter-press.com

Hiss Tracts

Shortwave Nights

It’s all fucking drastic that’s indescribable for a premiere, appropriately. But IT has mostly something to do with all the late nights, spiked hair, mood stains, assholes, discord in youth to [what?], transitional nothingness, shadows, and shit. It’s all about not getting sticky. And I’m takin’ my time with this introduction, ‘cause Hiss Tracts does the same. This first track on Shortwave Nights goes into a deep realm lethargy where all them decade-old post-rock bands (Godspeed, Explosions, Mono, Boris [even], etc.) left off. Like, fuck the time gap between the last time you felt up Mr. Beast and listened to this here. Shortwave Nights is so far from your comprehension now that it’ll never matter quite the same again. Don’t believe me….

Why do you think it’s different every time you go to your hometown in suburban USA? It’s because (a) you don’t want to listen to the music you listened to THEN, and (b) the music you listen to now does NOT fit that environment. Thus, Shortwave Nights by Hiss Tracts is exactly the remedy you need for any future hometown visits. Think of when Explosions in the Sky did the soundtrack to Friday Night Lights. Not to relate any bit of your youth to celebrity or reality television, but you encapsulate every moment of your teens as a figment of imagination, at this point in your life. Would you like guidance through this trivial crisis in terms of knowing that all hope ISN’T lost? Shortwave Nights is your key to that spirit trail.

It’s honestly a melt on your backyard lawn. Having thrived over mowing and raking it all earlier, there’s an appreciation in the air that’s thicker than the smoke you’re blowing, classically as your parents are asleep. The next-door neighbor also puffin’, but on a thick cigar. He calls you to the fence for a toke, you oblige, and it’s like he hasn’t lunged a load in a minute. A violent cough or two later, you’re alone again, and stars have never been brighter alongside them Shortwave Nights.

Hiss Tracts is David Bryant (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Set Fire To Flames) and Kevin Doria (Growing, Total Life). Oh, holy shit, I LOVE Total Life, nice! Shoot, I guess you can hear all these bands influenced in Hiss Tracts. WHOA!! I also forgot about how deep Set Fire To Flames was too. GRIP Shortwave Nights by Hiss Tracts on Constellation Records a week from today (May 13, next Tuesday). And scope out all it’s goodies here, including CD and 180 gram LP (‘cause Constellation don’t FUCK around) and their first single via Decoder!

• Constellation Records: http://cstrecords.com


p. y . t.e . p

You never know what you’ll get with Satanicpornocultshop, the batshit crazy Japanese group who takes juke/footwork/appropriation/plunderphonics/etc. to new, extreme levels. Some of it’s funny, some of it’s not. Some of it’s downright breathtaking. Their latest assemblage is called p. y . t.e . p (P.Y.T EP), and it pays homage to Michael Jackson by violently cutting his music up and reassembling it, John Oswald-style, into a perverse monstrosity whose aesthetics are more in line with tripping on the sidewalk than dancing in the circle. The loops are wrong/right in all right/wrong ways, resulting in a confusing yet wild void-filler.

• Satanicpornocultshop: http://satanicpornocultshop.bandcamp.com



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