“Please Hold the Line”
“Please Hold the Line” is the feeling I get while waiting for Time Warner to transfer my call to somebody in India, who don’t know good American-English or culture, aiming to explain — through shit reception — how to fix my internet connection. Because of the digital age, I can only imagine the vice versa of this pictographic scenario happening internationally due to the reality of the internet. Thus, my life begs for boring avant-garde. And ceiling tits.
Yeah-yeah, “Please Hold the Line” is more like your niece trying to make music. But is your niece’s next album release party taking place at Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal? Because AIDS Wolf’s premier of their new double LP Ma vie banale avant-garde will be (the album’s out October 4 on Lovepump United). They’ll also perform in “eye-popping” 3D images, what? So, if you’re into collecting eye-goop, buy a ticket to Canada and the show.
Here’s what I know about this one: “mysterious mix consisting of quirky re-edits from a totally ‘unknown’ DJ duo from Spain called CAN COSMIC. ENJOY the mysteries of life.. [sic]”
Enjoy, indeed! My cosmopolitan girlfriend tells me that in Spanglish “Can Cosmic” means Cosmic Dog! Here’s 1/24 of your day spoken for. The above quote and mix are culled from Italians Do It Better, a label about whom you can expect to hear more in the future, thanks to their man Johnny Jewel’s recent soundtrack work for the movies Bronson and Drive. For the moment, though, here’s an hour of Spanish concoction. It starts with foreign murmurs akin to the beginning of Nicolas Jaar’s recent excellent record, but eventually makes broad, ecstatic departures. By 1:45, you’ll hear something even more familiar through the slant of some endearing euro accent.
• Italians Do It Better: http://vivaitalians.blogspot.com
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma & Paul Clipson
Live at Cafe OTO
Speaking of Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, here’s a live performance at London’s Cafe OTO that features 8mm film work by the ever genius Paul Clipson. Jefre is playing a guitar here and is somehow also making this sound. Meanwhile Clipson, his longtime visual collaborator, is seriously upping the ante in the age of poor digital art with these authentic handmade images, which are what every psychedelic found-footage whatever-wave video is trying to be. You can’t beat real light falling on real objects or shimmering lens flares through actual glass. Beautiful.
“Ghost of Structure”
What’s scarier: losing sleep over an Annie Lennox joint or this? The answer is Lee Noble’s new Horrorism 12-inch on Bathetic Records, duh-ruuuur. Mmm, I’m not totally familiar with Lee Noble’s work, but upon first glance it appears I have been subconsciously stalking him. This year, he’s been on three of my staple-labels: Deep Tapes, Sweat Lodge Guru, and Bridgetown Records, and he’s a big-reeler. Did I mention he’s TMT’s own Lee Michael? #plug His brand of drift/spook-pop isn’t far from his fellow progressive “pop” peers: dub-pop, grivewave-pop, nuweird-pop. And with “Ghost of Structure,” the song’s first beat *cranial*, afloat melody, and fleeting guitar and flute rifts, pulling you along serene-seas of fuzz blanket-ism. October 4 on Bathetic Records, keeeeeed. Get the Horrorism 12-inch in time to scare them zones out’cha mind.
“Loop Current, part 2”
I’m sure you all remember April 20, 2010 (…hehehe 420!… no I’m serious) when the BP oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded due to greedy negligence in the Gulf of Mexico. The explosion was caused by a blown wellhead that spewed oil into the ocean for three months, totaling about 210 million gallons of oil polluting the gulf. It was the worst offshore platform spill in history, by a long shot. Thousands of animals were killed, and dozens of species now face critical endangerment. But beyond the horrific reality of this disaster, there were serious concerns about the impact this might have on humans. One of the most unnerving possibilities was the potential stalling effect that the oil would have on the Loop Current, which pulls warm water from the Gulf of Mexico between Florida and Cuba and into the Atlantic Ocean. It is believed that if this current is halted, there would be serious changes in temperature and weather for Atlantic countries — kinda like The Day After Tomorrow. Although the ghost of the spill is still haunting the gulf, it never got to the point of total human annihilation.
But when Mike Weis, drummer/percussionist for Chicago-based abstract project Zelienople, was mastering his first fully-solo recording back in the summer of last year, the oil was still gushing into the sea, terrifying the US and the world alike. According to Barge Recordings, the label set to release this recording, Weis claims that he was particularly interested in the Loop Current issue. His interest in the matter really seems to penetrate deep into his new album, Loop Current / Raft, which contains two three-part tracks entitled (of course) “Loop Current” and “Raft.” The entire album retains a deep, dark, and cold feel. Soft, suspenseful drone tones flow consistently throughout the recording, while Weis adds drifting, distant drumming. Weis’ worldly experience with rhythm allows him to add an unmistakable tribal overtone, bringing a blatant human element into the picture. Just like the petroleum industry, Loop Current / Raft brings up frightening possibilities and devastating consequences, while remembering clearly the disquieting implications of man.
The vinyl LP is available starting today. As Barge mentioned in the press release: “The irony of this being a petroleum based product is not lost on us.”
• Barge: http://www.bargerecordings.com