So, I came about Sontag Shogun as I was e-mailed by their newest label/home, Palaver Press. At first they were poppin’ this video of “The Musk Ox” at me, which is the second-last track off Sontag Shogun’s forthcoming album Tale. The video is super fucking lush and subtly maximalist, but also WAY controlling. Not just of the listener’s ears and eyes, but of tension between the focal character, the scenario, and the perfection in which it’s captured, so KUDOS to editor/director Isabel Nao for nailing some obscurely moving visuals to it’s sonic counterpart, “The Musk Ox.” Scope:
Oh, but HELL no I ain’t finished. These pleasant lingerers – Sontag Shogun that is – had their Tale record release party two Thursdays ago at Body Actualized Center, and I missed it. However, my love for this post-yoga venue and them having their album release party there just further interests me in their scene, older releases, and surrounding crew-/label-/bill-mates. Well, to answer SOME of that, Sontag Shogun is the formation of ex-members of The Slowest Runner In All The World, Marble Fawn, Trio, Szilárd, Kenneth Gorelick. Ring any bells? Well, listen to their newest bit Tale and you’ll probably hear some vibing out. And courtesy of my man, late-nighter, and Sontag Shogun member Jeremy, we’ve the pleasure of filling this Tuesday with some solid ear contentment. Listen to Tale below and refrain from melting in your office today, please:
Gene The Southern Child
You read the song title “Smackman” and you think that this is a tune about dealing and/or using heroin. You would be incorrect. Like “Artillery Splurgin’” before it, this song is about “shooting any fucking thing that moves.”
That’s my quote. Here’s one from Gene The Southern Child: “I’ll tell your ass what you need to know/ I’m hungry and completely broke/ Step on the scene looking mean at folk/ I got a chopper, let it clean the Flo.”
This latest shot of wanton violence by Alabama-based rapper Gene The Southern Child and New Jersey-based producers Parallel Thought comes to us from the trio’s third full-length, Southern Meridian, which is due out July 8 on Williams Street Records, the same cartoonists-turned-tune-thrifts that brought you Killer Mike and El-P’s R.A.P. Music, another North-South hip-hop team-up.
Looking for some more confrontational kumbaya? Then, after you play the lead single below, check out the semi-exclusive Southern Meridian album trailer, featuring Gene in the woods with mad guns, rapping over the “Deep Cover” instrumental.
“Of A Feeling”
Mmmm fuck yes! So chill, you know? Like, that Giving Up/Sarah Lee tape. Or maybe more hi-fi Banana Head. But what makes me feel like DrewPrice is the dopeness is if I went to his place for a show, I don’t think he’d consider me a cop. Consider it “Of A Feeling,” but it seems like the dude is so vibed, especially when considering his meandering Monday music, LOL pictures, and smooth lyrics.
Got an e-mail about this fellah DrewPrice last Friday from mutual good pals Noumenal Loom, and unfortunately I couldn’t get it out any faster than today. However, it’s like PERFECT Monday music. And also, I feel like DrewPrice don’t mind. LOL - shoot, I should also probably avoid words like unfortunately and avoid in this post too, cause “Of A Feeling” is just so wonderful to have any sorta negative language written surrounding it. So sit back. Enjoy some tea, ‘cause it’s like 80 out today. Watch some plants grow. Seed you mind with these DrewPrice lyrics in “Of A Feeling.” Find his new tape via No Cool Studios!
So what if it’s late. It’s “10k Summa.” Technically, it’s early. On the real, IT shoulda BEEN a WHILE ago. Lil B fucked worlds with 05 Fuck Em. Guess what… it’s still happening. And Tiny Mix Tapes is ALWAYS down to celebrate 10k ANYTHING. Especially if it’s 80 out and that ride home YOU KNOW be feelin’ that “10k Summa.” Always. Without question. I love all of you. You’re beautiful. Send me shit. Do it all!
“Theme I (Edit)”
Broadcasting soon to all stylus-based phonographic translation units of the 21 century: Conveyor re-imagined George Lucas’s THX 1138 in their newest LP Prime on Gold Robot Records.
Backlog: A dystopian future finds Earthlings being subjected to a medicated, sexless existence. The film is sterile and ivory. Every minute deviation of the populace is monitored and controlled by android police. There is no violence – deviants are subdued through mind control or sever electrocution. There is no love – roommates are assigned based on algorithms and share “nothing but space.” There is no protest. The pills stifle protest. You swallow the pills and your voice together. THX 1138 erases any trace of instinctual behavior or nature, bathing the viewer in the irritating fluorescent glow of a future where everything is held constant and is therefore economically efficient.
Prime is executed in thirteen separate instances, performed live by the band during screenings of the film. The LP is an extreme left turn for Brooklyn four piece Conveyor, whose previous releases are fuzzed out, pastoral rock and roll. “Theme I” begins tightly coiled, translating the neurotic, noisy environment of Lucas’s future Earth into seismographic waves. Very soon, the electronic thrashing gives way to a horn section, and in an instant Conveyor has boldly recolored THX 1138 like a schizophrenic methodically and ferociously graffitiing anatomical illustrations with a box of crayons. Prime can be enjoyed separate from its point of reference – each theme explores one or more motifs – but the thirteen works are excellent subversions of Lucas’s film. Where the director intended to erase any trace of psychological imagery, Conveyor play Freud in coaxing out THX 1138’s (that’s the name of Robert Duvall’s character.) frantic mind as it faces freedom from drug-induced conformity.
In an effort to contribute to the greater efficiency and long term happiness of the people, the Conveyor unit will also be touring this summer:
05.16.14 – Boston, MA - TT The Bear’s Place
06.29.14 - Indianapolis, IN - Joyful Noise Recording Studio
06.30.14 - Louisville, KY - Haymarket Whiskey Bar
07.03.14 - Austin, TX - Alamo Drafthouse (Performance w/THX 1138)
07.19.14 - New York, NY - Joe’s Pub (Album Release Show)