Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea
Rob Booth (Houndstooth)
8/5/2015 [Solid Steel Radio Show]
Some Pepper seems hell bent on making music to annoy and terrorize the human race, and I sincerely thank him for it. Oh god. Uhhhhhhhhh. I’m clawing at my own head in public. I’m staring blankly over the heads of passersby in the direction of the most offensive element of the stereo spread. Turns out it’s all offensive. I’m squinting around at nothing with my head cocked to one side like a confused dog. My ears don’t feel so hot and I am turning up the volume. Some Pepper is a cruel master and I will invite him back for another chance to destroy me.
Not quite a harsh noise wall, not quite a mutant techno session, 800% foul tonal abuse. “Changeling” starts off looking like your child, if your child is a jittering mass of damaged synth tones that pulses occasionally to the beat of a muffled bass drum. At the halfway point, your child changes into a whole ‘nother child and you’re just left there gaping all, “like I can’t tell the difference.” But upon closer inspection, the new incarnation of this child seems satisfactory based on the standards by which you judged the previous incarnation of this child. More static this time around. More of a swirling miasma of looped low-end hell and screeching feedback, instead of like, a swirling miasma of looped upper register synth.
If you can escape the fetal position for long enough to open a new tab, go order Some Pepper’s upcoming Nightshades cassette from Decoherence Records.
Who are you in the new Vince Staples video for “Señorita?” Mr. P is definitely the dude with the tatts and book, duh. Grant is the cowboy playing the piano who gets shot in the beginning because he’s from Texas and is the first one we crucify when ONE WORD is taken out of a feature (we love you, Gumshoe; we’re all babies, u kno). Adam Devlin is the big dude falling with the muscle shirt because he always swaying right like that after a few. ZP and Jeff Ravioli are the heated gals Vince ignores (but I see you, boos). That’s Bort and me grillin’ in the front driveway gettin’ our COOK on. In the lawn chair is Paul Bower getting his nails did by Ben Pearson. jDav is the hero posting up as Vince’s hench, for sure. Simon, Max Power and Birkut are the ones doming all our punk asses, keeping us together. The gal toward the end is obviously Mike McHugh with the OUTTA NOWHERE swag. Ariel is the one in a black trench coat hiding the universe within. And the three people outside our kingdom are Pitchfork Media Inc., The Fader, Inc., and A+E Networks.
“Señorita” was made by Ian Pons Jewell in support of Vince Staple’s upcoming debut album Summertime 06 out June 30.
• Vince Staples: http://www.vincestaples.com
T o S t r e a m A C u r s e
Straight up, my favorite releases to listen to digitally are short. All the GFOTY, Arca, Amnesia Scanner, easyFUN, Dog Food Mix, Into The Mirror, Smear’s Here, etc. So when them shorter papi’s pop along your ear canal on SoundCloud, especially if they like T o S t r e a m A C u r s e, you initially think about it as a long-form track than a five-part release. But then you realize it’s a short-form release upon seeing this at the bottom:
| T o S t r e a m A C u r s e - 1 |
1. It Pretends, It Does Not LOVE
2. Through This Life I Have LOST
3. I Understood One Cannot GIVE
4. Anything At ALL
5. I Run With Euphoria ALONE
It’s about the 10th time you’ve listened to Warm Places’ T o S t r e a m A C u r s e. Nothing seems the same each round through. It’s like Thomas Pynchon did this mans music editing, and condensed every bit of sound into what’s heard in T o S t r e a m A C u r s e. Then you recognize a sample, on the tip of your tongue, you’re like, “This is, ummm.” And then it’s torn to shreds. Next is some angelic primes obliterated with the sloshing-out of sound into another sound creating sound at birth. Hair on your head is plucked. You feel Warm Places everywhere now. T o S t r e a m A C u r s e turned into a blessing. Feel the lore below:
• Warm Places: https://soundcloud.com/warmplaces