Chocolate Grinder Mix 37
“In Deep & Ant Mew Sick”
Electronic music may be my first love, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the rich variety and engrossing lyricism rock has to offer. From Oy’s tale of overcoming fears to take a wizz in the middle of the night and The Fugitives’ detailed investigation of their apartment building society to Woodpigeon’s heart-wrenching survival of a broken relationship and a selection from Anaïs Mitchell’s engrossing acoustic rock opera, “In Deep & Ant Mew Sick” is as much a collection of short stories as it is a mix tape. This mix is just as interesting musically as it is lyrically, though, featuring everything from toe-tapping, banjo-driven folk to offbeat, psychedelic synth pop.
[Artwork: Keith Kawaii]
Blue Water White Death
“Song for the Greater Jihad”
Blue Water White Death, featuring Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart and Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg, are debuting their self-titled album on October 12 via Graveface. The extremely short bit of “noise” during “Song for the Greater Jihad’s” interlude (around 3:15) gets two thumbs up from the Chocolate Grinder. LOVE IT.
The War on Drugs
Future Weather, the new mini-LP by The War on Drugs, is due October 26 via Secretly Canadian. Read Nobodaddy’s news story for some drugged-out fun.
Bill Baird, best known for his work in Sunset, has released a deliciously experimental album called Silence! on Autobus. We just posted a review of it, so we thought — HEY, LET’S POST A BILL BAIRD VIDEO IN THE CHOCOLATE GRINDER TOO!! And here, after weeks of preparation, is both the post and video.
• Autobus: http://www.autobusrecs.com
“We Used to Wait” [interactive video called “The Wilderness Downtown”]
With help from the Google “Chrome Experience” and HTML5, Chris Milk has “milked” state-of-the-art web technology to create an “utter”ly weird multi-window, interactive video experience called “The Wilderness Downtown,” where trees will literally (well, graphically) pop-up right outside your childhood window and birds will fly onto your doodling. The video features Arcade Fire’s “We Used to Wait,” off their acclaimed album, Nacho Time!! (TMT Review). Check it out here: http://thewildernessdowntown.com