“That Will Never Get Blood Out Of A Clown Suit”

Chicago group Locks, a self-described “co-dependent, self indulgent, 2 man solo project,” will release their new album, Suicides Don’t Commit Themselves, June 15 on Static Station. The video above, for the track “That Will Never Get Blood Out Of A Clown Suit,” is the group’s “first-ish” video (not sure what that means, but the Chocolate Grinder likes it!) and features some dolly/lighting work by Ben Chandler and Brian Henry. If only every video had Chandler and Henry doing dolly/lighting work.

• Locks: http://www.locksism.com
• Static Station: http://www.staticstation.com

Crooked Fingers

“Gentle On My Mind” [John Hartford cover]

Eric Bachmann (a.k.a. Crooked Fingers) will release a new EP, Reservoir Songs Volume II, on Foreign Leisure. The release, Bachmann’s second EP of covers, will be available digitally and on vinyl, funded by you via Kickstarter. The EP has a July 6 release date. OH MY GOD FUND IT NOW!

• Eric Bachmann: http://www.ericbachmann.com
• Foreign Leisure: http://www.foreignleisure.com
• Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com

So Percussion / Matmos


The Chocolate Grinder loves So Percussion. The Chocolate Grinder also loves Matmos. Here’s the first track off So Percussion and Matmos’ upcoming collaboration album, Treasure State, due July 8 digitally and July 13 via Cantaloupe. (The Chocolate Grinder loves Cantaloupe too, by the way.)

• So Percussion: http://www.sopercussion.com
• Matmos: http://brainwashed.com/matmos
• Cantaloupe: http://www.cantaloupemusic.com


“Party With Children”

“Party With Children” is off Ratatat’s new album, LP4, due June 8 on XL Recordings. Let’s just hope this party isn’t sexual in nature.

• Ratatat: http://www.ratatatmusic.com
• XL Recordings: http://www.xlrecordings.com

Gabriel Prokofiev

Import/Export: Suite for Global Junk [performed by Powerplant]

If you love the music that the Chocolate Grinder loves, then you too might love music composed of packaging materials like Glass Fanta bottles, plastic bags, oil drums, and wooden pallets. Check out excerpts of Import/Export: Suite for Global Junk, a multimedia piece by Gabriel Prokofiev, as performed by Powerplant. Naxos of America will release a CD/DVD set this month.

• Gabriel Prokofiev: http://www.myspace.com/gabrielprokofiev
• Naxos of America: http://www.naxos.com


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.