“Aim To Please (Shoot To Kill)”
Trending-trending-trending. This morning the radio was banging “Crooklyn.” Going between that and some new Lil Wayne cash-in made me think of modern day hip-hop intricacies: ScHoolboy Q taking the tough-guy route. Rick Ross living forever. Based God spitting whatever. Blue Sky Black Death gone nacho. Hip-hop is all about nationalism.
Later, “Aim To Please (Shoot To Kill)” infiltrates my YouTube playlist, and I came to the conclusion that all music should make me feel like the dude around the 2:39 video mark. Nationalism still applies to Redhead, but what’s his schtick? Figure it out via his newest mixtape The Schemata. #goodtimingg
• Redhead: http://www.myspace.com/redheadpg
Hyperdub is streaming Kindred, the new EP by London electronic artist Burial. His real name is William Bevan, but we all know that because he’s an attention-hogging, spotlight-stealing media darling who participates in various social activities and spends a significant amount of time entertaining and being entertained at fashionable upper-class events.
Stream Kindred here: http://www.hyperdub.net/releases/view/149/HDB059
• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net
I just got word that Ghost Box is getting their catalog distributed here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. Finally! But more importantly, will they help me revive Trish Keenan by turning her into the Six Million Dollar Woman? The only thing more awesome than Broadcast is robot Broadcast, right? While I go through the Ghost Box catalog and ponder all the “what if” situations that could have come from the Broadcast/Ghost Box associations following Broadcast and The Focus Group’s Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age, you can check out the new video for Belbury Poly’s “Summer Round” by Focus Grouper Julian House (and Ghost Box label head). The track is off their new album, Belbury Tales, due February 24 on Ghost Box. I don’t know if it was the drugs or what, but somehow House managed to get me into his DeLorean, and we’ve gone back to my grade school science class. I suppose the drugs would definitely explain all the trails I’m seeing in this video…
Barry Andrewsin Disko
So, ye faithful readers of TMT, can you find Rovaniemi and Turku on a map? Well, Barry Andrewsin Disko (the nom de rock of a Mr. Jukka Herva) probably doesn’t know where you live either. Hailing from those Finnish cities, so far he’s released two cassettes and is preparing his first album for release this year on Fonal Records.
And there’s at least two pieces of indisputable evidence in B.A.D.’s favor:
(1) He goes by Mr. Disko.
(2) Rovaniemi, Lapland, Disko’s hometown, is also the official hometown of Santa Claus. Which makes sense if you’ve already listened to “Lampatia,” the track streaming below. While not exactly “Disko,” it does sound like the sort of sad, lilting tune Santa might actually listen to. Consider the big man’s hundreds of years of life, the extent of his travels, his necessary power for empathy. Consider his calloused hands, his unreal craftsmanship, the millions of poverty stricken, distraught abodes he enters year after year. Consider the fortitude required to do it again and again with such single-minded strength and the melancholy wisdom that must be his to keep going on and on and on. I think Disko’s eldritch beauty is right on target. This is the music made when all your life, through good and bad, is spent on Christmas. Happy February!
• Barry Andrewsin Disko: http://soundcloud.com/barry-andrewsin-disko/tracks
• Fonal Records: http://www.fonal.com
Abtu/Anet [full-album stream]
As my cousin Rob used to always say, “It makes me want to kill myself that there’s just not enough tunes fusing Radiophonic-era electronics, musique concrète, early European folk music, and 1920s film scores.” That’s where Gultskra Artikler and his latest release, Abtu/Anet, come in. The album, set for release next week on Miasmah, is somewhat of a ‘reissue,’ as it consists of music from a limited 3-inch CD-R from 2007 and an unreleased companion EP from that time. But it’s also somewhat not a ‘reissue,’ as it consists of music from a limited 3-inch CD-R from 2007 and an unreleased companion EP from that time. Anyway, who cares. Just listen and think about my cousin Rob, who is dead.