“Elastic Heart”

Catching Fire, the latest installment of the Battle Royale rip-off highly successful science fiction franchise, is set to hit theaters in only a few short weeks, and as expected, anticipation has reached feverish highs. Seriously, I’m pretty sure every last Subway restaurant in the New York metropolitan area has a life-size cardboard cutout of Jennifer Lawrence leering at me while I wait for my Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki®.

Anyway, “Elastic Heart” is the crown jewel of the film’s forthcoming soundtrack • which also includes cuts from Antony and the Johnsons, The National, and somewhat incredulously, Patti Smith. Brandishing her massive vocals with a battle-cry, Sia delivers a worthy theme for tough-as-nails heroine Katniss, all “thick skin and an elastic heart.” The Weeknd stops in from Kiss Land (TMT Review) to deliver a voice, his puppy-dog whimpers melting on the spot, kind of like my Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki® when it hits my tongue. Revisiting the icy palette that worked so well on Usher’s “Climax,” Diplo takes the productional helm, offering up some steely, staccato production to weave all the feels together. “Elastic Heart” is as moody as Hunger Games fanfiction, and yet it proves an irresistible listen. Like the stare of cardboard Jennifer Lawrence, it creeps into your head, never flinching once.

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Seth Graham

“Heirloom Sunday”

“Heirloom Sunday” hath cometh. Witness the eyes of infinite beyond. Flicker yourself into the next dimension of being. Have faith in the journey. Follow in the footsteps of pAthakanauts Seth Graham and Charles Barabé. They’ll bring you to the land where nothing stands. Live in the existence of worldly ouroboros. Continue to absorb throughout an eternal atmosphere.

Or, just scope out (my pal) Seth Graham’s “Heirloom Sunday” video (directed by Charles Barabé). It’s one of ten tracks off Seth’s tape Vision Burst on Los Discos Enfantasmes. It’s true prophecy. As is ALL Seth’s works, it’s straight up nothing you’ve ever heard EVER, so you should constantly be listening. The man is of funny/serious purity. He is the kiss on your cheek in the most lavish Creaky Clumsy fashion. He is all the noises that make you smile. So grip on Vision Burst (AND Creaky Clumsy) to see/hear/EXPERIENCE it all.

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• Los Discos Enfantasmes:

Fatima Al Qadiri

“Knight Fare (post-war Dub)”

War is a racket
War is over.
War is peace.
War is hell.

Get our of your search box and join the fight, coward.

“A theory of sonic warfare is particularly fascinated by [the] turbulent boundary layer between dance and violence.”


I’m late for the Grime Wars, but so is Fatima Al Qadiri. We’ll cruise the littered battlefield in our luminescent hovercraft, spraying tinny bullets, revving the Mario Kart engine, never upended by the synth-pad hillocks.

It’s a nice irony that nobody really knows who said “History Is Written by the Victors,” not even Jeeves. So we’ll plunge any old flag into the bleeding ground, and not write a thing.

• Fatima Al Qadiri:


Battered Sphinx

Wanna feel LAX while also getting your spacy on this Friday? As always, NNA Tapes is here to the rescue, reeling a SoundCloud stream for one of their three new tapes, Battered Sphinx by Ahnnu. And, “as always” seems to be a phrase catching up with the prophet Ahnnu these days.

However, today is Ahnnu day! See what I did there? ‘Cause Ahnnu does that consistently with sound. Thus, Battered Sphinx is no different from his other works in terms of subtly charming listeners. Sounds seep into your ears, warmly harness your brains, and gently deflate all swollen nodes.

Be good to your mind immediately. Enjoy a fresh mental cleanse. Listen to the digital of Ahnnu’s new Battered Sphinx cassette on NNA Tapes below:

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Rhys Chatham

Harmonie du soir [Excerpts]

Do0oO0dz and doOo0odettezz!! Rhys Chatham is such an underrated shredder, right? I know we all often place him next to Glenn Branca because Branca shreds equally hard and writes similarly minded minimalist guitar music, but it’s important we remember Chatham as a unique shredd-tastic shredder, and what a better way to do that than with a new album of pure unadulterated shred? And trust me, the three pieces on Chatham’s new record,Harmonie du soir shred.

The opening title piece is one of the most beautifully recorded examples of Chatham’s shred yet, with the guitars’ harmonics shimmering and resonating with more prominence than ever before. The second piece explores another side of Chatham’s shred with a beautiful slow burning work for brass ensemble and percussion, showing how effective Chatham’s large group writing techniques can be when applied to any number of instruments. Finally, the record closes with an awesomely rearranged Chatham shred classic. Look, you guys,Harmonie du soir shreds in a way that is distinctively Chatham, and it firmly reestablishes his position as a modern master of compositional and instrumental shred.

Harmonie du soir is out now on Northern Spy. You can stream excerpts of the record via Experimedia below.

• Rhys Chatham
• Northern Spy
• Experimedia


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