The Garment District
“Cavendish on Whist”
Pittsburgh, PA multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Baron’s (The Garment District) debut LP, If You Take Your Magic Slow, suits any mage, any size. Practicing dewy mirages? Check “Secondhand Sunburn” for patrons of Le Sera, Copenhagen act Halasan Bazar, or the distorted rifts of At Echo Lake. If you’re rummaging around for a slowed, submerged graveyard imperial march a la Surrealistic Pillow or defunct Tallahassee ghouls Jane Jane Pollock, check The Garment District’s “Cavendish on Whist” out below. One of seven instrumentals on the LP, ranging from haunted creeps to heaven bent peaks: it’s waiting for you. Be the White Mage your mother always expected you’d become, increase your healing magic potency, and pre-order If You Take Your Magic Slow on wax from Night-People.
If You Take Your Magic is the St. Paul-based label’s 200th release and is out tomorrow. A Tiny Mix Tapes Jennifer Baron interview is also being transcribed as you read this post!
After showing us how to do dubai and urging us to try sexual, Lauren Devine is more than just a little ready to take over the world. With production help from Ryan Trecartin, Nightfeelings (Nick Weiss of Teengirl Fantasy), Michael Beharie, Sam Mehran (Test Icicles), Yen Tech, and more, the self-described “full time muse” and “part time popstar” has finally released her first full-length album, folkLaure, whose radiant mythology stems not from the beliefs, legends, and customs of “the people,” but from the beliefs, legends, and customs of the virtualized mainstream, a simulacrum of flesh and blood and unsubstantiated nothingness/wholeness. The performance — not performance art, but a performance of pop culture itself — is on full DISplay for our awe, bewilderment, and enjoyment, a pop effigy lovingly sculpted and then airbrushed after the conceptual turn.
Experience folkLaur here:
• Lauren Devine: http://www.laurendevine.net
In Melanie Gauer’s The Suburbs”, a wall of mist descends over a man walking his dog. It is an utterly banal scene that is about to devoured alive. It is domestic and violent in a deliberate, glacial fashion.
“Sweet Fade,” by Kenneth Herman’s (exitpost) project, also contains these frustrated scenes of domesticity and violence. The percussion kit is a many-roomed house: there is the kitchen, the golf course, the office, the garage. Sometimes it sounds like objects are being built from these samples. Other times it sounds like chairs and glass are breaking against the wall.
In another photo, a woman fixes her gaze on a point outside of the frame. In the background a monolithic Wal-Mart sized church proclaims: “Jesus is Loud.” I might have misread it. The summer is a time to do silly things.
• (exitpost): https://www.facebook.com/exitpost
“A Wish For Ouisch”
Ask any heads you meet laying out oscillators or stringing patch cables in the basement of a house venue what they’re in it for, what drives them to the next gig or the next tape release, and odds are they’ll say “the ritual” of live performance. They’re in it for the chance to lose themselves in the inhuman tones of synthesis, to shepherd the audience along with them across the threshold into another realm where time bends and words have no use. Whether or not they actually take you, the audience member, to this other realm remains to be seen. Some projects do little more than turn off the lights, queue up The Holy Mountain on BluRay, and hope the PA doesn’t give out. The ritual can become a lot less transportive with, say, a small pocket of the audience loudly discussing Game Of Thrones, or an iridescent Apple logo shining from the back of a laptop into the smoke. Of course, one person’s ritual can be another person’s bummer, and vice versa. Who am I to judge what really takes you there?
Enter Telecult Powers. They will take you there. The duo of Mr. Matthews (usually found in Brooklyn) and Witchbeam (usually found in Cleveland) has put in years of textural exploration, synth tinkering, and meditative live performance in the noise/drone underground circuit, and has emerged as one of the most consistently confounding projects that you’ll ever see conjure tones from boxes and buttons before your eyes. Using synths that Mr. Matthews developed himself in his one-man True Color of Venus workshop, the duo sidesteps any semblance of standard tones in their sessions in favor of fine grain whirrings, hissing circuits, and bottomless washes of low end. Above all, the ritual comes first, as Witchbeam’s “hoodootronic” ideologies (see: the shrine depicted on the album sleeve) and both members’ pronounced occult curiosities compound into a very serious desire to cross over way out of the blue and deep into the black — candles lit, walls shaking, eyes closed.
Their upcoming LP, entitled Black Meditations, is available now via Experimedia’s in-house imprint. Check out “A Wish For Ouisch” for a taste of the duo’s symbiotic synthesis, adorned with a hymnal vocal coda by Rachel and Grant Evans (Hooker Vision honchos, a.k.a. Quiet Evenings), and Kate McGuire — along with a splash of zoned guitar work from a certain prodigal son of the Ohio underground, codename: The Road Chief.
• Telecult Powers: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Telecult_Powers/
• Experimedia: http://experimedia.net/telecultpowers
MONOMYTH’s video for “Patsy” is fucking INSANE! And when Nathan Walker said this video is “fucking bananas,” I didn’t know how literal he was being. Not to spoil anything for you, but shit gets broken up, only in the worst way possible, and if you didn’t see that coming then… OK. Well, wait – not entirely “the WORST WAY” ‘cause that disco ball is still spinning. So he’s… a cat, what?
“Patsy” does good in the sense of pure garage rock jamming. MONOMYTH here sounds similar to Charlie and the Moonhearts, Strange Boys, Ganglians, and Trance Farmers, and it’d be wise of you to snag their LP SATURNALIA REGALIA! out July 22 on Mint Records. If it’s anything like “Patsy,” this album shows total musical humor and promise by way of just moving right along.
BIG QUESTION: can you hire these guys for ACTUAL wedding receptions you KNOW won’t be entirely ruined?