Wizard Apprentice The digital folk musician and performance artist talks avatars, abuse, and new album “Dig A Pit”

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The digital folk musician and performance artist talks avatars, abuse, and new album “Dig A Pit”

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Mon, 2019-04-01

Much can be said about the work of Tieraney Carter a.k.a. Wizard Apprentice a.k.a U.R.L.G.U.R.L, but I’ll keep it short: their music is digitally based, raw, and minimal. Their latest record, I Am Invisible (2018) on Ratskin, was really great, and their forthcoming, Dig A Pit, is even better.

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Black Zone Magick Chant Voyage Sacrifice

[Shelter Press; 2019 ]

Styles: drone, magick, dark, hell
Others: Natural Snow Buildings, occultists, Sun Araw

I can see a dead fly in your cold brew, but you keep drinking it.

If you were serious about your initiation, you would have understood our command to kill an animal as, like, metaphorical.

It breaks my heart to feel from across the table your thoughts incinerating.

That clanging? That low hellish voice? That’s the music of choice for our meeting. That’s BZMC’s Voyage Sacrifice.

FKA twigs releases brazen new video for her first song since 2016

FKA twigs releases brazen new video for her first song since 2016
Single artwork: Matthew Stone

For years now, the only real way to keep up with FKA twigs — a self-described elusive in the pop world — has been through Instagram, where the singer/dancer/artist often showcases simply astounding skill in pole-dancing and costume.

It seems today like literally all of that has been practice — practice for “Cellophane,” a bold and brazen new video from twigs that finds her pole-dancing into heaven and flailing into the depths of inferno.

Kelly Moran announces Origin EP on Warp

Kelly Moran announces Origin EP on Warp
Photo: Tim Saccenti

Kelly Moran has unearthed new music: Origin, an EP available May 17 on Warp, is a compendium to last year’s Ultraviolet, featuring demos and unreleased material from that album. According to Moran, “These recordings show firsthand my musical discoveries in real-time for when I was having my major creative breakthrough.”

Bandcamp introduces its own vinyl service for artists lacquering a reliable vinyl guy

Bandcamp introduces its own vinyl service for artists lacquering a reliable vinyl guy
In case you weren't sure, those things up there = vinyl.

Because of the digital revolution, civilization is careening toward an era filled with obsolete signatures and Microsoft-built sexual companions. But luckily, there’s at least one company out there that’s still pushing back against our increasingly dominant CPU overlords.

♫♪  Ellen Arkbro - “CHORDS For Organ”

Composer and all-around TMT favorite Ellen Arkbro has returned to the world of recorded music with a piece titled “CHORDS For Organ.” The 16-minute track is off of her upcoming album, CHORDS.

Slikback The Uganda-based producer talks groundbreaking China residency, drawing lines between Shanghai and Kampala

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The sound of Kenya-born, Uganda-based producer Slikback may be hard to describe, but one doesn’t need to be a scholar in Boomkat or a specialist in East African music to be immediately smacked in the gut by it. Although the young producer has been making tracks for only two years, he’s already churned out over 400 of them and made recent appearances at Unsound in Poland and CTM in Berlin.

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♫♪  Lockbox - “Hardcore Vibes”

Around twenty seconds into the video for “Hardcore Vibes” by Lockbox, which he describes as a “simplistic” song “inspired by both the Serial Experiments Lain soundtrack Cyberia Mix and the writer Akutagawa,” someone stands at the top of what looks like a six-story parking structure and throws an electric scooter, made by the scooter-sharing company Bird, to the ground below. The first time I rode a Bird scooter was when I was visiting my family in Arizona a few months ago.

Carly Rae Jepsen shares Dedicated tracklist and album opener “Julien” (◡‿◡✿)

Carly Rae Jepsen shares Dedicated tracklist and album opener "Julien" (◡‿◡✿)
A Jepsen always pays her debts

We all love spoilers. That’s why I’m telling you now, without warning, that Jon Snow turns into a White Walker, Cersei gives birth to a dragon, and Samwell Tarly shits on the Iron Throne. If you want the other best thing about spring spoiled, then mosey THE FUCK on down to the video below and stream the first song off Carly Rae Jepsen’s forthcoming new album, Dedicated. It’s titled “Julien,” and it’s so _____!!!

Show Me the Body Dog Whistle

[Loma Vista; 2019]

Styles: I’m exhausted by myself, but you give me life
Others: That friend who you haven’t called

It’s 3:10 in the morning, and I’m coming back from a life not lived. I’m a hedged bet that doubles back on every depressive remark to protect myself. I’m cycling through the streets of Brooklyn, and I’m exactly where I want to be. I’m that image of myself that I had when I was 19 years old. But, my ears are filled with “Madonna Rocket” as I move through Willoughby’s emptiness. “When I meet someone that’s good, I want to die with them.

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