DJ Diamond grabs his spelunking equipment and takes you Deeper Than Trax with new digital EP

DJ Diamond grabs his spelunking equipment and takes you Deeper Than Trax with new digital EP

Over at le Grinder de Chocolat, C Monster provided a nice overview of the initial version of Deeper Than Trax, but unfortunately most of the links offered have since been rendered inactive. Where’s Leo? I need his permission to go deeper to find Deeper. The tracks aren’t hidden among the substantial cleavage of the other DJ Diamond; I know, because I spent a considerable amount of time looking, for research purposes. Diamond’s SoundCloud probably satisfies the frugal, but what about those with a penchant for fidelity, footwork, and making it rain (in $15 increments)? Why, surf over to Juno or check out the iTunes Store to purchase the complete, newly released, and downloadable version of the Deeper Than Trax EP, which is sponsored by the Amsterdam-based label, Liquorish Dubz.

Please ignore the dubious opinions of RYMers, and put your trust in TMT. This stuff is gold, or shall I say, oh… you know.

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Small Black head out on summer tour, have new single, new beer

Well, here we are. Summer will be bearing down at any moment now. Technically, that moment comes in roughly a month-and-a-half, but it will feel like summer for much of the nation long before then. Brooklyn’s Small Black will be using these summer months to head out on tour with their buddies Heavenly Beat. While they’ll be beginning their tour in the milder climates of Canada and the Northeastern United States, it will take them to more hellish summer destinations like Texas and Arizona. They’ll end up back in their homebase of Brooklyn at the tour’s end, presumably thankful that it’s (probably) not 100+ degrees there.

Those summer months are ideal beer-drinking months, according to many people who enjoy drinking beer in the summer. Appropriately, Small Black now have their own beer. Stillwater Artisanal Ales has worked with the band to create a Small Black beer, following Lower Dens as the second entry in the brewery’s Sensory Series. The beer is a 5% ABV black saison inspired by the band’s song “Breathless” with a base of German malts and a debittered roasted barley. Aside from the ABV part, I hardly understand what any of that means, but I bet it’s good. Even if it’s not, the beer does contain a QR code that lets you watch a live video of “Breathless” recorded in Brooklyn and Nashville, so there’s that.

Tomorrow, May 14, Jagjaguwar is releasing Small Black’s second record, Limits of Desire. Check out the video for “Free At Dawn” here:

Small Black dates:

05.29.13 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
05.30.13 - Montreal, QC - Club Lambi *
05.31.13 - Toronton, ON - Wrong Bar *
06.01.13 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch *
06.03.13 - Chicago, IL - Schubas *
06.04.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center *
06.07.13 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret *
06.08.13 - Seattle, WA - Barboza *
06.09.13 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar *
06.11.13 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop *
06.13.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
06.14.13 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar *
06.15.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Last Exit Live *
06.17.13 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada *
06.18.13 - Austin, TX - Red 7 *
06.19.13 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s *
06.21.13 - New Orleans, LA - Hi-ho Lounge *
06.22.13 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn *
06.23.13 - Nashville, TN - Exit In *
06.24.13 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *
06.25.13 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel *
06.26.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Morgan’s Pier *
06.30.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
07.20.13 - Denver, CO - THE UMS

* Heavenly Beat

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Okkyung Lee prepares a coarse, ungarnished dish of Ghil, out June 24 on Ideologic Organ

Not to generalize or be one of those people, but it seems to be a recognizable motif of popular music that — absent a genuine desire to find talented musicians — producers and engineers have no choice but to resort to musical overdressing, designed to obfuscate what would otherwise be an all-too-apparent vapidity. Compress this, compress that. Add a backup vocal track from someone who can actually sing here. ALERT: hackneyed song about heterosexual relationships coming down the pipeline. Quick, Steve, muster all the synthesized strings you can find! No, you can’t have too many, you son of a bitch!

It’s the musical equivalent of orcs at a masquerade ball, but luckily, the world’s been blessed with its opposite: orcs playing tackle football? No, wait.

The opposite is music stripped to its essence, and Ghil, the newest solo release from Korean cellist/composer Okkyung Lee, reportedly takes that very approach. Out June 24 on Ideologic Organ, the album was produced and recorded by Norwegian artist Lasse Marhaug using a secondhand portable cassette recorder. And that’s it. There were no effects added before, during, or after the fact, and there was no overdubbing. Excepting what was some presumably minor editing and minimal mastering, Ghil takes Lee’s experimental cello work and offers it bare, raw, and appropriate for the parent label, noisy. Contrast the track below with her earlier, more jazzy work, and it barely sounds like she’s playing the same instrument.

Who’s up for some soul-staring? Pre-order the LP here.

Ghil tracklisting:

1.1. The Crow Flew After Yi Sang
1.2. Two To Your Right, Five To Your Left
1.3. Strictly Vertical
1.4. The Space Beneath My Grey Heart
2.1. Cheol-kkot
2.2. Hollow Water
2.3. Two Perfectly Shaped Stones
2.4. Meolly Ganeun
2.5. Over The Oak, Under The Elm

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Hospital Ships’ June 18 album release makes ships friendly again

Hospital Ships is a band that conjures so much in my mind, including the idea of a Grey’s Anatomy-style hospital drama on the high seas, but they also make me think of good music. Like my conception, the band started as a bedroom-recording project of Lawrence, Kansas’s Jordan Geiger, and like my birth they’ve prematurely evolved into a full-fledged four-piece. According to their Facebook, they even have a manager named Marshmallow the Cat!

If you like hearing music then you’ll want to check out Hospital Ships’ new album, With Destruction in Yr Soul, out June 18 on the Graveface Records and Curiousities imprint. This third album features fuzzy, gospel-like sounds that will make you feel safe and warm, unlike scary movie Ghost Ship, or depressing Chris Hardwick reality series Shipmates. Hear album track “Come Back to Life” here:

Yr gonna see da Ships on tour:

05.13.13 - Chico, CA - Cafe Coda
05.14.13 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
05.15.13 - Santa Cruz, CA - TBA
05.16.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Undertow Music
05.17.13 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
05.18.13 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
05.19.13 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
05.20.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad

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Death Grips to soundtrack original Zach Hill film; breaking things to receive its most comprehensive guide since the 1970s

Stopping just short of causing permanent blindness, the collective overdose of adrenaline that crowds in Europe are currently experiencing as a result of the Death Grips tour hasn’t been enough to stop people from noticing the absence of Zach Hill. After all, during those lapses in time when MC Ride isn’t implicitly motivating you to punch babies in a rage or sort of, kind of, making you fear for your own safety, the inclination is to look in the direction of the trio’s superlatively skilled drummer.

Case in point: here’s a statement released last Friday explaining Hill’s whereabouts and preoccupations, now that certain corners of the music world have begun to ask questions. Via Pitchfork:

Zach is currently writing, directing and soundtracking an original feature film. The movie is of his own creation, fictionally based and not related to the group. The film will be soundtracked with all new Death Grips music. He is also working on and recording the new Death Grips album at the moment. Death Grips is Stefan. Zach. Andy. Zach is very much still in Death Grips.

Points for concision, but for the sake of getting you all riled up: Zach Hill is off working on an original feature-length film, which will be soundtracked by all new Death Grips material, and in addition to that, a new Death Grips LP is in the works. Given Hill’s concurrent interest in the visual arts, it’s not surprising he’s working on a feature-length film, but there remains a curiosity about the film’s content. People throwing stuff? People setting things on fire? Yelling? Explosions? Think of the destructive possibilities…

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Stellar OM Source announces existence of new album, single, and civilization of intelligent aliens who use space rocks as currency

In space no one can hear your skin slowly melt off the bones because you touched the wrong space rock. Space is infinite, buddy, everybody’s got other shit to do, and they definitely do not have time to sit around and figure out whether your skin is sloughing off or not. Here’s my advice: leave the space rock-touching to the professionals. They’ve got years of experience on you. They know exactly where to put their fingers.

Case in point, Christelle Gualdi a.k.a. Stellar OM Source, who is both a master of the analog synth and of space rock-handling protocols. She’s got a new full-length called Joy One Mile coming out June 11 on RVNG Intl. which is the next in a long and getting longer line of full-lengths, singles, and CD-Rs over the past several years. The album reportedly follows the more beat-driven sound that she first started to develop on last year’s Image Over Image 12-inch. This sound is a bit of a shift from the likes of 2010’s Exises and is no doubt a result of the recent extra-terrestrial influence on Gualdi’s process. Preceding the full-length’s release, RVNG will also drop a 12-inch single, “Elite Excel” (listen below), on May 14 that features a remix from the space rock Padawan Kassem Mosse. Keep sharp, Kassem! Those rocks are treacherous!

Joy One Mile tracklist:

01. Polarity
02. Par Amour
03. The Range
04. Trackers
05. Elite Excel
06. Fascination
07. Natives / Most Answers Never Unveiled

12-inch tracklist:

01. Elite Excel
02. Elite Excel (Kassem Mosse Remix)

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