Keith Fullerton Whitman adds 12-hour collection of pop deformations to SoundCloud; corporate America grinds to a halt as thousands of workers call in sick

Keith Fullerton Whitman adds 12-hour collection of pop deformations to SoundCloud; corporate America grinds to a halt as thousands of workers call in sick

Who knew all it would take to bring capitalism to its knees was 12 hours of new music from Keith Fullerton Whitman all at once? I don’t know about your neighborhood, but outside my window I can see two abandoned semi-trucks, several small fires, and an Arby’s in the process of being looted. All of this happened because apparently everyone called in sick today so they could listen to all 12 hours of Whitman’s Greatest Hits. With everyone at home faking coughs, industry just kind of… stopped.

Whitman, as opposed to literally every other human in the country, never calls in sick and is also possibly a machine (maybe a Voight-Kampff one, eh? eh?). He says he started working on these tracks back around 2003 when he began taking bits and pieces of pop songs from his youth and running them through a variety of processes and effects, making what he calls “automatic enhancements,” which sounds both awesome and an awful lot like a CSI: Miami joke. You can find the first 100 tracks on Whitman’s SoundCloud now. He says making them was a sort of therapy over the years, and that he feels the end results shine “a flashlight into the dark corners of each selection, revealing the ghosts lurking within,” the ghost part of which sounds pretty scary to me given the fact the electrical grid is clearly on its way out here and it’s getting dark now. Check out some of the songs over at the Chocolate Grinder.

Hopefully your experience of hearing these tracks in our new era is pleasant and not at all post-apocalyptic. For what it’s worth, though the tracks seem to sound uniformly excellent and the Arby’s near my house is still closed, so this whole “post-capitalist” thing has been kind of a mixed bag for me so far.

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The Music Tapes announce a Traveling Imaginary tour through magic and carnivals and dreams everywhere

You’ve just walked into a circus tent. Maybe it’s painted with cerulean and mint stripes, or maybe it’s stitched with tiny crescent moons. You wander between old-fashioned carnival games, then you notice cartoons projected onto a fabric screen. Rabbits wearing top hats picking flowers from clouds. Garden gnomes riding a ferris wheel. Reindeer ice skating between mountains made of candy. You hear the wobble of a singing saw, and when you follow the sound, you notice a smiling television. And the tallest metronome you’ve ever seen. And the tallest snowman you’ve ever seen.

Is this some dream from a surreal picture book?


Just a Music Tapes show.

Last year, The Music Tapes released Mary’s Voice (TMT Review) and launched a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign to fund their most elaborate tour yet. They’ve lined up their first string of nationwide dates as The Traveling Imaginary, and they’ll hop across the pond to tour Europe on June 24. Watch the trailer below to see what beautiful and fantastic surprises Julian Koster has in store for you:


04.22.13 - Purchase, NY - The Stood Center at SUNY Purchase
04.25.13 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church (early show)
04.25.13 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church (late show)
05.01.13 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge (2 shows)
05.07.13 - Portland, OR - Mission Theatre (2 shows)
05.09.13 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project (2 shows)
05.12.13 - San Francisco, CA - TBA
05.14.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theatre (2 shows)

• The Music Tapes:
• Merge:

More Speck Mountain, please: Chicago space rock outfit tours, inspires horrible hot chocolate metaphors

Chicago-based foursome Speck Mountain make music that Wikipedia says “can be described as space rock.” Sure, you could call it that, but that’s like saying the Dos Equis guy is a cool dude who sometimes drinks some kind of beer. NO. He is SO much more than that. (I refuse to hear that he is not real. Don’t even try to go there with me.) And this BAND is so much more than that. Space rock HA! Maybe if space rock was a giant, sweet, melancholy marshmallow floating in an endless sea of the warm, toasty Ovaltine of longing. Maybe THEN we could start talking about what it’s like to swaddle oneself in the music of Speck Mountain.

But why talk about music when you can listen to it, eh? That’s what the stereotypical Canadian version of the Dos Equis guy says. That guy’s fun; he knows how to party. And he owns even more flannel shirts than you. So take his wisdom. Absorb it. Listen to Speck Mountain’s new album Badwater in full via SoundCloud, soon to be released on Carrot Top Records. And whilst Speck Mountain are out, dallying along the country roads between say, charming rural hamlets Chicago and Brooklyn, why not venture into their spacey/psychy/ambienty world? They’re ringing in America’s Favorite Holiday (Record Store Day, duh) at Reckless Records in Chicago, venturing to all those cities people talk about moving to one day, and then wrapping their spring tour at a concert with Sharon Van Etten in Chicago’s Millennium Park.


04.20.13 - Chicago, IL - Reckless Records
04.27.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Cameo Gallery *
05.15.13 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
05.17.13 - Olympia, WA - Le Voyeur
05.22.13 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
05.23.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Bar
05.25.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Permanent Records
05.29.13 - Denver, CO - Merchants Mile High
06.03.13 - Chicago, IL - Millennium Park **

* Lazy Eyes & Modern Rivals
** Sharon Van Etten

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[Photo: Julia Stotz]

Chrissy Murderbot releases Greatest Hits ★★★★★, including America’s greatest Waffle House tribute

Somewhere in America (Chicago), lives a man unafraid to take chances, a man unafraid to make you sweat till you bleed, a man unafraid to write a tribute to the time “after the party,” during which one goes to the Waffle House. (It’s called “Waffle House,” the song.) That man is dance music DJ/producer Chrissy Murderbot, self-declared “purveyor of stupid party music.” He runs 17 labels (okay, maybe more like three: aptly named sleaze house label Sleazetone Records, juke label Loose Squares, and jungle label Dead Homies Recordings) and is on the verge of releasing a new album on Murder Channel Records.

That album, Greatest Hits ★★★★★, drops — when else — April 20. Don’t groan on me, gentle reader! It’s so perfect. This thing comes out as both a CD and digital release and features a bunch of REMIXES at the end. So basically, it’s like your EARS are going to an EAR Waffle House, and they just ordered up some kinda obscene Cap’n Crunch and Skittles EAR milkshake for dessert. It’s that sweet. Listen to previews of a bunch of the tracks below:

Greatest Hits ★★★★★ tracklisting:

01. Get Wet Baby
02. Slang It
03. Waffle House
04. What Should I Do
05. What You Are to Me
06. Pew Pew
07. Why
08. Pew Pew (Star Slinger RMX)
09. What Should I Do (Slick Shoota RMX)
10. Why (Cardopusher & Pacheko RMX)
11. What Should I Do (Pixelord RMX)
12. Get Wet Baby (DJ Fulltono RMX)
13. Slang It (Sidney Looper RMX)
14. Pew Pew (Makumba Sound RMX)

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Old Apparatus announce Compendium collection on Sullen Tone, would be totally happy to help you fix your toilet

Is your apparatus getting old, rusty, and unreliable? Here’s an easy, six-step DIY guide to building your very own new apparatus:

1. Release a series of acclaimed singles on Deep Medi (if possible, complete this step in 2011). One of them is allowed to be self-titled, but name the other one something pretty normal. Use a word that everyone knows the definition of, like Zebulon.

2. Start your own label, give it a cute name (e.g. Sullen Tone).

3. Put out a few EPs on your new label throughout a year that begins in “20” and ends in “12.” It’s important to get a good number of tracks under your belt (this will be important for later). These tracks can vary in style. Instrumental hip-hop, house, experimental electronic, and dubstep are all great! (Advanced tip: Try integrating elements of folky guitar for an added zest!)

4. Maintain an air of mystery.

5. Consult your Resident Advisor before selecting your favorite tracks from the first four EPs (Derren, Realise, Harem, Alfur) and put them all together in a Compendium.

6. Put the 10 tracks on your new Compendium into the largest kiln you can find until June 3, at which point you can release it on Sullen Tone Records (not before it’s cooled down though!). Be sure to check back periodically while it’s baking to make sure that everything is browning evenly.

Compendium tracklist:

01. Zimmer
02. Mernom
03. Derren
04. Dourado
05. Lingle
06. Cauliroot
07. Boxcat
08. Chicago
09. Octofish
10. Realise

• Old Apparatus:
• Sullen Tone:

Butterclock tours with Maria Minerva, does her best to make surrealists, cooks, and electro fans all happy

The name Butterclock is just weird. The word itself summons images of Dalí-lite kitchen tables covered in timepieces that would make Paula Deen’s mouth water. In actuality though, it’s the moniker for an electro-poppy music maker named Laura Clock, who has been active with bands like oOoOO for a bit now. This, oddly, makes more sense, but the lack of food-lubricant or minute-hand-relevant imagery in her music is a bit disappointing. What is not disappointing, however, are her beats. She has beats in spades. Another thing she has is an EP coming out on April 15 called First Prom. Apparently, Fantasy Music have already released it as a very limited CD but are releasing it again come April 15. It’s all very confusing. Check out “Holograms” from this already present but also impending EP below.

On a less confounded note, Butterclock is playing a series of shows with the superlative Maria Minerva. There’s only a few across the states, but if enough people show up perhaps she’ll bring her not-actually-artery-clogging or timekeeping-related synthesizer to a few more cities next time around.

First Prom tracklisting:

01. Crystal Eyes
02. Don’t
03. Holograms
04. Milky Words
05. Sorry Love


04.16.13 - Chicago, IL - Reggies Live
04.18.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Cameo #
04.19.13 - Seattle, WA - Lo-Fi Performance
04.20.13 - San Francisco, CA - Public Works #

# Maria Minerva

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