Biko, Isla Vista California Jan. 2014
“My name is Robert Magill, and believe it or not, you’re a part of me.” Best introduction ever.
Rob Magill still keepin’ it real, everyone. And thank goodness, ‘cause there ain’t nothing more genuine than someone outside Brooklyn tryna get some face-time with peeps. ESPECIALLY in the sprawl of California, shoot. But it’s good to keep that guitar-and-mic vibe while also switching lanes to something a little more free-form. For about the first 15 minutes is a solid Rob and his lyrics, and then the back up comes on board, with Dan Masiel and Shaine Scarminach on guitars and Sean Scanlan pummeling drums. Making it a lovely stage.
Rob’s been gettin’ buck this year with his newly formed label Weird Cry too, including releases by Dreamcolour (along-side Alex Gray) and Redundant Orchestra Ensemble. As well as having popped out a tape on Sun Ark. So, as usual, be on the look out for more Magill this year, as I heard the fellah is grippin’ a computer here soon and I imaging faster turn-around will ensue!
Hideout Residency [excerpts]
In the most polite way possible – via sound, of course – Bitchin’ Bajas stole the soul of the entire Chicago, Ill. during their Hideout Residency. Luckily, Bathetic Records caught a recording of this mass exodus and now YOU can hear it in a three-cassette collection of pure temporal grave stones. Etched in the grain of hiss, Bitchin’ Bajas expands melons past the threshold of fruit. Mush and pulp have never been as burdened in pure sound and mystique. A drop of a coin. The lick of an afterthought. Metric within measurement of why we stopped exploring space.
Jon Hency been runnin’ a tite-ass ship at the Bathetic Records office. Hideout Residency comes out along side Angel Olsen’s Burn Your Fire For No Witness (TMT Review) cassette and a split from Rale and Lolly Gesserit. As well, Bitchin’ Bajas just can’t quit, as they released Bitchitronics (TMT Review) on Drag City, a split with Shockwave Riderz, and Krausened on Permanent Records and Golden Cloud Tapes. So grip they’s first 2014 release Hideout Residency ASAP before it’s all gone from Bathetic Records’ inventory. In the mean-time, fuzz out to excerpts below:
It seems by the time I get back around to thinking to check the PARTY TRASH Bandcamp page (yeah, still haven’t caught onto the whole “Follow” thing), a new release has been posted. And not just a song or four demo tracks from a new EP. Thirty-something song tracklists. Perfect vignettes of party trash. Last night’s playlist resembled the ears of that guy who blacked out three times in total. Young drunks not knowing how to throw ‘em back. “What’s happenin’?” Thirty-five shots? Someone get this kid to the fucking hospital.
Three bones for switch hitters? That’s only eight-something cents a track. Upturn the couch cushions. Take back last night’s cans. In fact, get rid of all this PARTY TRASH and let’s clean up a bit, while we’re at it.
• PARTY TRASH: http://partytrash.bandcamp.com
Guest Mix: Ba Da Bing & Northern Spy
SXSW 2014 Showcase Mix
Last year, Tiny Mix Tapes had the pleasure of throwing a big party with Northern Spy at SXSW called Unisex Earplug. This year, TMT’s sitting this one out due to a torn ACL, but Northern Spy’s back in Austin once again to fight the good fight, this time putting on an official SXSW showcase with like-minded Brooklyn label, Ba Da Bing. Their showcase features a tasty experimental-/psych-leaning lineup of Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl), DVA, NYMPH, Slothrust, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, and Cross Record. Watch the trailer for the “best showcase if you just wanna be held” here, and then RSVP to the whole shebang here.
In anticipation for the showcase, we’ve asked both Northern Spy and Ba Da Bing to create guest mixes. And they did! Check them out below, and if you’re out at the clusterfuck that is SXSW 2014, then check out their showcase this Friday at Palm Door.
Ba Da Bing:
[00:00] Arnold Dreyblatt & the Orchestra of Excited Strings - Group Velocity
[04:00] Helado Negro - “Mamember”
[11:06] Heaven’s Gate - “I’m Forgetting”
[13:30] Slothrust - “Magnets Pt. 2”
[18:18] Fall of Saigon - “The End” [The Doors]
[27:25] Cross Record - “Cups In The Sink”
[32:05] Phurpa - “Emanating the Retinue of the Deity”
[38:10] Circuit Des Yeux - “My Name is Rune”
[43:12] Cüneyt Sepetçi & Orchestra Dolapdere - “Karsimila”
Since December, Northern Spy has been booking a weekly series (Thursdays!) at Trans-Pecos, a performance space in Ridgewood, Queens. To highlight the incredible bands that have graced the non-stage, we put together a lengthy mix. Many of these bands are local Brooklyn/Queens/NY, a few are from out of town, all deserve your attention.
[00:00] Bob Bellerue & Philip White - “Live at Trans-Pecos 2/27/2014”
[16:44] Gnaw - “Worm”
[21:22] Invisible Things - “Rockets”
[27:38] Helado Negro - “Lechuguilla,Bassapella”
[31:41] Dva - “Durango”
[34:40] The Kinematics - “Asterism”
[39:12] Ancient Ocean - “Diamante”
[46:03] The Dreebs - “Baby Shower”
[49:36] Josephine Foster and the Supposed - “(You Are Worth) A Million Dollars”
[56:16] Sam Kulik - “Bellarthur an Albino”
[51:57] Alien Whale - “5 Oz. To A Gram Exchange Rate”
[59:56] Platinum Vision - “Pinot Grigio”
[60:02] Horse Lords - “Wildcat Strike”
[78:18] Blood Warrior - “Snake Seer”
[81:24] Andrew Barker Trio - “Inner Vortex”
[85:21] Marry Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler - “White Balooon”
[88:29] Deblase/Fisher/Millions “No Mind”
[97:54] Notekillers - “Braindance ‘Splosion”
[105:11] Sunshine Soldier - “Liek (excerpt)”
[107:10] Peter Kerlin Octet - “Bulbs”
[113:00] A.M. Gems - “Married Girl”
“Mad Ambrosia” is pissed! Channeling his earthly frustrations through a virtual storm of saturated, Post-Yeezus synth distortion while he wriggles his way through a matrix of shapeshifting etherchromes lined with flossy technicolor ectoplasms (courtesy of video artist Helen Jackson-Adams and cinematographer Corey Hughes), Ambrosia throws his head back in abandon, half-overwhelmed and half-exulted, lightnight bolt synth crackin’ thru his fuckin’ mind and out into the network. So Ambrosia, y u mad? [Editor’s note: OH, DAMN! oh, snap?]
“Three shots in the head/ I ain’t dead/ Instead/ I was fed/ Red wine and coco bread.”
Trauma. Pacification. A cycle of hope and doubt. Abdu Ali, the Baltimore-based rapper/performance artist/scene figurehead behind all this madness, has this to say about his incarnation as Ambrosia:
“mad ambrosia; a furious feral fucka, who’s blessed to be a blessing to humanity,by provoking visions in the visionless, a voice in the voiceless, and giving weight to the weightless. ambrosia can not be mad too though. in this song, ambrosia is very frustrated and fed up and almost at a quits, yet ambrosia finds the fire to keep blazing, like weezy f bb. ambrosia will be young money. no ambrosia will be bby money. trust and believe.”
Bless up. Stream and download PUSH + SLAY, the mixtape to which “Mad Ambrosia” belongs, here, and look for new ish from Abdu Ali on the not-so-far horizon.
• Abdu Ali: https://soundcloud.com/abduali