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.

01. Chet - “Saint Jerome, My Baby Tames Lions” (Chelsea Silver, Please Come Home)
Start time: 0:00; Links: Absolutely Kosher - Chet

02. Woodpigeon - “Such A Lucky Girl” (Die Stadt Muzikanten)
Start time: 3:49; Links: Boompa - Woodpigeon

03. Gigi - “The Hundredth Time feat. Duffy Driediger & Ryan Peters” (Maintenant)
Start time: 10:44; Links: Tomlab - Gigi

04. The Fugitives - “Snail Shell” (Eccentrically We Love)
Start time: 14:15; Links: 604 - The Fugitives

05. Anaïs Mitchell - “Flowers (Eurydice’s Song)” (Hadestown)
Start time: 17:56; Links: Righteous Babe - Anaïs Mitchell

06. Old Man Luedecke - “Foreign Tongue” (My Hands Are On Fire and Other Love Songs)
Start time: 21:26; Links: Black Hen - Old Man Luedecke

07. Oh No Ono - “Swim” (Eggs)
Start time: 24:30; Links: Friendly Fire - Oh No Ono

08. Oy - “Snake” (First Box Then Walk)
Start time: 29:05; Links: Creaked - Oy

09. Rafter - “No Fucking Around” (Animal Feelings)
Start time: 32:16; Links: Asthmatic Kitty - Rafter

10. Birds & Batteries - “The Villain” (Up To No Good)
Start time: 35:30; Links: Eightmaps - Birds & Batteries

[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.

• Blue Water White Death:
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The War on Drugs

“Comin’ Through”

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.

• The War on Drugs:
• Secretly Canadian:

Bill Baird


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:

Arcade Fire

“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:

• The Wilderness Downtown:
• Arcade Fire:
• Merge:


CHOCOLATE GRINDER is our audio/visual section, with an emphasis on the lesser heard and lesser known. We aim to dig deep, but we'll post any song or video we find interesting, big or small.