“Blood Will Run”
What drives someone to violence? Or gun violence, for that matter? Is it simply the lack of restraint? Or is it the self-assured sense of power that comes with bringing someone down to bear? Context tends to matter. Most violence, especially those involving guns, tend to be heat of the moment situations, and thus the former seems to be the most likely reason for harm. Rare is the one that occurs in the latter category. But when it does happen, it tends to happen for the most infantile of reasons.
Consider the case of Jordan Davis. A teenager, he was shot and killed in front of a gas station convenience store in Jacksonville, Florida back in late 2012. The perpetrator, one Michael David Dunn, claims the whole thing was a case of self-defense. But while the matter of whether or not Mr. Dunn’s claim that the victim had a shotgun at hand is true, or whether there is some greater racial aspect to this crime, remains a matter of debate; one thing is incredibly certain: What escalated things was the fact that Mr. Davis’ vehicle, filled with teens, were playing loud music.
For some reason, Dunn had to take issue with the music. Which is strange: At any point, prior to his girlfriend leaving the car, he could have drove off to another convenience store if it was that much a problem. He knew that it would not take his girlfriend that long to make a purchase at the convenience store. Perhaps the music was obnoxious, but the problem is that Dunn knew this “nuisance” was to be temporary. It was only when he bothered the teens to turn down the music that things happened the way they did.
This is where it becomes the latter case: There was no reason for him to ever bother the teens in the first place, especially given that this occurred at a gas station, in what would have likely been a 5-minute stop. Yet, for some reason, Mr. Dunn felt compelled to extend his personal bubble approximately 30 feet, pretend he was in a situation he could not escape, and see the teens as though they were invading his front lawn, even though said lawn was at least a two hour drive away in Brevard County. He felt a need to express power over them in a way that made him feel better, even though the situation was only transient.
The insolence on display by Mr. Dunn toward these teens, and toward Mr. Davis in particular, is truly despicable. If he could not deal with music that loud, he should not have left his little home at all. Mr. Dunn’s actions match that of an immature man-child, and that it led him to shoot at people, regardless of whether or not his life was at risk, shows how disgusting people can be. Such situations can make one scream, with no mask or filter to hide the rage.
The Black Pus/Oozing Wound split LP will be out on Thrill Jockey June 17, and is up for pre-order now!
Sam Shalabi & Stefan Christoff
Last year, Sam Shalabi and Stefan Christoff released their sublime debut LP, Rodina. The album featured four outstanding tracks that expand musically on a dialogue spiraling somewhere between Cairo and Canada. It’s language was explored using both oud and piano, which embellished the incredible textures and depth within the music.
Shalabi, an Egyptian composer and musician, recorded Rodina with Christoff in his home town of Montreal, and in the winter months of 2014 they came together once again to assemble their followup.
It’s a wonderful opportunity to be able to premiere “Flying Street,” which is a delicate, yet poignant demonstration of how the themes explored within the artists’ conversations evolve. Reflections on identity, the feeling of belonging, of isolation, of seclusion, are all apparent here as they merge between the foreground and the distance, like a mirage cast by smoke, envisaged through the mirror of the mind’s eye.
The as-of-yet untitled album will be launched in July at Casa del Popolo in Montreal. It was recorded at La Sala Rossa concert hall in Quebec, by Adrian Roy Taylor.
• Howl Arts: http://howlarts.net
AS LIVE 
Amnesia Scanner just dropped one of the more captivating releases of the year with AS LIVE . Ostensibly capturing a live performance from 3/15/2014 (see: cover art), the 23-minute set positions Amnesia Scanner as a force to be reckoned with. Little is known about the producer: s/he produced Mykki Blanco’s “Booty Bamboo,” seems to have ties with UNO NYC, and has been releasing a bunch of thematically consistent videos since late last year (many of which didn’t make this set). But nothing really prepared us for this exhibition of sound, where HD explosions and reversed cymbals meet F2M drama and dance music caught mid-stream, with digital shards of glass stabbing you as you’re violently jerked around its sterile world. It’s a hyperextension through the digital muck: aestheticized chronos, sentient beats, all dynamics: noisy, disorienting, & exhilarating, running on its own cold, mechanical inertia: the moment when you realize the security camera is no longer for your security at all.
Download AS LIVE  here, and stream the whole thing here:
• Amnesia Scanner: http://www.amnesiascanner.net
Feel that bubbling in the back of your brain? It’s okay. It’s your friends OWN BOO. And not “Their own, boo.” But them psych’d out rippers from Italy, OWN BOO. No? Dumb play on words? K! But not only do they get spastic and colorfully retro in their video for “Edie,” as the music twinkles right along, but it appropriately matches the track’s sound in time-travel. This video gives OWN BOO that old-school psyche feel to their music, as “Edie” reverbs back to around 1969, grappling every bit of wigging out, and brings their new self titled cassette to the modern era via Mirror Universe Tapes (PRE ORDER HERE!!!!)
Aside from this fantastic video, I’m proud to provide (below) the four-track C33 album stream via the Mirror Universe Tapes’ Bandcamp. And since you can’t REALLY take the internet to the beach, or at least that should be the least of your worries when sanding-out, listen to OWN BOO’s new four tracks below while you await for the tape’s arrival!
• OWN BOO: http://ownboo.tumblr.com
• Mirror Universe Tapes: http://ownboo.tumblr.com/http://mirroruniversetapes.blogspot.com
Helllll yes! 555 (Food Pyramid’s Christopher Farstad) is laying out the straight BEAT against synths set on stun. Like baby steps into the pool, “Som Hassel” notices your frigidness to the body of water, and before you know it, your head is two feet below the water-line, as 555 straight up tossed your ass in! And in less of a drowning sense, but more flailing, “Som Hassel” makes big splashes utilizing a plethora of sounds and shapes. Shapes? Uh, yeah. It’s like watching a plant grow in fast motion to sped up “classical” music.
Frantic is more of a subtly to 555’s “Som Hassel,” so it could sure put you in a “Let’s get to work” mood. Oh, SICK. Our pals at Decoder also scoped out “Som Hassel,” along side the other single “Killing Joke.” Listen to “Som Hassel” below, head to Moon Glyph NOW NOW NOW for the new Nine Gates tape from 555, and enjoy the movements!!