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Sunday, December 29, 2013
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Ransom Riggs has made a short video about his home town of Engelwood, Florida. I really enjoy this man's videos and this one is no exception. As someone who has a certain voyeuristic interest in my own hometown, there's an appeal in watching an author whose work I love turn on a camera and attempt to get at what it is about where he came from that powers the person he has become.
Again, via Exclaim!. This is blowing my mind - Kinda Gallon Drunk, kinda Butthole Surfers. And if you notice, I believe that is not Wayne on vocals but their original singer, Wayne's brother if I remember correctly. Details, including a list of stores stocking this 7 inch are here and there's another link on that Exclaim! link above.
Friday, December 27, 2013
There are a lot of reasons to love the newest Man Man record On Oni Pond (13 of them in fact). This is probably my favorite of those reasons. Honus Honus has really developed a heartfelt mode of expression that really hits home with me and it's made the difference between Man Man being a cool, weird band I like to being something that moves me deeply and occupies a very consistent place in my heart.
Thank you Man Man!
WOW. Thanks be to Exclaim! and Slicing Up Eyeballs on this one. Talking Heads playing an instrumental track David Byrne introduces as "Theme" during a gig opening for Television in 1976! Read more about it on Talking Heads fan site here.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
These guys are really something else. Unless I'm miscounting, that's four new songs released after their full length, I Love You.
Keep 'em coming guys!
Awesome new single by B'zwax accompanying this new Yak House film starring Dragon House. This track is available over at B'zwax's bandcamp at $Name Your Price$ so dig deep and support this awesome independent artist.
I was originally turned onto B'zwax instrumental hip hop stylings by technoccult with another number which I posted here.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Via mxdwn. You know, if my friend Manny (RIP and I miss you this day of the year most of all sir) hadn't turned me on to Kate Nash like six years ago I would have thought she was a new artist based on this. I dig the song first and foremost because she's British, second because it's catchy, but what did it for me was FIDLAR scrawled on her guitar. Fucking awesome.
And that's Christmas folks. Merry.
I keep forgetting to post these trailers for Ransom Riggs' sequel to the spectacular Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Hollow City is out January 14th and it's not soon enough as I feel as though I've been waiting for it forever! The first book is the story of Jacob, a young boy who has his world turned upside down after witnessing the death of his grandfather at the hands of what he believes to be a monster. This leads to an examination of his grandfather's things and a forlorn letter from a mysterious Miss Peregrine. Investigation of the letter leads Jacob to travel with his father to the tiny island of Cairnholm off the coast of Wales and it is there that things get really weird. The narrative is peppered with a fascinating assortment of freaky old time photos Mr. Riggs (who youtube, twitter and various other online enclaves are just loaded with awesome content) acquired from private collections and various out-of-the-way places and is an effortless and completely consuming story of peculiarity, Hollowghasts, time-distortion and coming of age. Soooo good.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Trevor Dunn of Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, Tomahawk, Trevor Dunn's Trio Convulsant and Melvins Lite has at least one other band than those I just listed, and it's Madlove. The group's 2010 record White With Foam is a grand rock album that reminds me A LOT of Faith No More's King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime record. Not sure why, there's no direct crossover personnel. It's just a tone thing. Start to finish White With Foam is amazing. I've been caught in its thrall again lately and brother, it feels GOOD.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Via consequence of sound, who tell us we only have twelve hours while this is streaming free. I own this, it was a gift from Mr. Brown a couple years ago. The audio is amazing. The visuals are amazing. But unfortunately it has the worst dialogue ever. I mean really. I'm not talking shit. I do not like to spout negative shit online (I used to, then I grew up). I'm just saying. I'm telling you if you've ever had an inkling to see this you should, just be prepared. And try not to hold the dialogue against the Lips.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
The Neighbourhood's I Love You is in my top 10 albums of 2013 (that list coming this week on Joup). The band's been busy, they released two newer songs over the last six months (here and here) and now in the midst of touring they've released this beautiful new number along with the announcement that a new record is coming in 2014. #000000 & #FFFFFF (or Black and White) is due "soon" according to the band. More deets on It's All Indie here.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
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Is yet another outcry to convince those not currently reading Terry Moore's Rachel Rising to give it a shot! Read the column on here on Joup.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
I know that's a fairly hyperbolic statement, but Tommy from Heavenisanincubator just killed it. The focus isn't so much on the actual music related, but on the aesthetics of our relationship with music via technology. Reading this gave me that warm, fuzzy feeling that analog does and made me want to run upstairs, grab one of the several dozen still shrink-wrapped Maxell C-90's in a closet and get to making a mix-tape. Now that's inspiration!
The link to the article is embedded in the image - just click, link and read! Oh, and listen.
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@joe_hill I'm still on it but the orders keep dropping like the comic is bad. So frustrating. I ended sip when it got this low. Frustrating.
— Terry Moore (@TerryMoore) December 17, 2013
This can't happen people!
Now Moore wasn't stating that he was ending Rachel Rising, but the frustration and hurt was there. And it should be because not only is Rachel Rising an amazing book but it is completely INDEPENDENT - put out through Moore's own Abstract Studio. This post isn't an ad for a kickstarter or anything, I'm just imploring to those who read comics to drop into your local comic shop or hit up amazon and pick up the first trade or an issue or anything. Trust me - you will LOVE this book. The art is amazingly detailed B&W and the story is just getting batshit crazy while still retaining the 'sophisticated horror' element that a show such as American Horror Story conveys. And really, this new season of AHS is most definitely influenced by Rachel Rising, as it too revolves around Witchcraft (though to what degree I don't know because I haven't seen it yet).
Terry Moore is an icon - please give him and his wonderful book Rachel Rising a chance!
Monday, December 16, 2013
Mr. Brown, if you read this you just made my day good sir! Not the traditional 12 days you know, this is specific to Twin Peaks and is sung by actual cast members. And the kicker - it was apparently recorded for my beloved Kevin and Bean back in 1990!
...and apparently shows us nothing. I saw this last night and immediately had qualms about posting it because most of it appeared to be stock NASA footage, which is cool, but not exactly what anyone was expecting. However, upon careful consideration there are two reasons that have made me change my mind. A) I LOVE Christopher Nolan's films, esp. the ones that come between the Dark Knights (nothing against the DK's and yes, I realize this is not between them as the series is over, but you know what I mean, it's immediately after it so it kinda fits into that criteria). And B) There may be more in this teaser than I originally thought, so I'm going to mull it over a bit (there's a great annotation of some of the images over on space.com here). In the meantime, here's the synopsis that went with the trailer and that if nothing else is something that makes me salivate:
A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
World Inferno Friendship Society have a new one coming out. This is another one of the great bands my wife turned me onto when we first met. I'd be lying if I said I'd kept up with everything they've done, but they're a great band and any new music by a great band is worth promoting as much as possible!
Read more on Brooklyn Vegan here.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
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It's funny, I'm traveling this week, hanging out in Florida for the first time and I brought all of the volumes of the book I discuss with me on the trip, only to realize that DC never released a trade collecting the final volume of their original Fallen Angel run. This has left me unable to read the series as I'd planned - I'm stuck on a raft between DC vol. #2 and IDW vol. #1. Also as I talk about in the column I have all the DC in original issue format, however when I get home tomorrow I'm now going to have to really dig through my long boxes to find them.
Still, the payoff will most definitely be worth the effort, as Fallen Angel is just one fantastic book!!!
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Chester Whelks conducts a fantastic interview with Patrick Tape Fleming of Gloom Cookie on Joup here.
Buy the Gloom Cookie record You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Disaster/Fix the Sunshine Parts 1-7 on their bandcamp here.
Friday, December 13, 2013
As a high school metal head interestingly enough I pretty much avoided death metal at all costs. Sure, because of my girlfriend at the time I saw Deicide two or three times but into them? Not so much (awkward teenage sex to Dead by Dawn is NOT a good thing). Anyway...
Fast forward years later and Cynic's Focus (specifically the track "Textures") was my introduction to the idea that there were good bands that employed the gnarly 'Ghhhhaaaa' vocals. It's all about not relying on it but using it where appropriate. Patton did this and Cynic definitely did this on Focus, where the vocals ranged between the haunting female vocals, the vocodor-ed vocals I always thought of as representing some form of celestial entity and the snarling, spitting vocals more associated with death metal. These techniques fit perfectly over instrumental passages that - while I'm not a huge fan of the very solid-state sounding distorted tone on the guitars - move poignantly between sophisticated jazz, complex rhythmic prog and intricate metal.
And now there's some new Cynic.
Why did this band break-up in the first place? Viva! La Woman was fantastic and then Stereo Type A - I'll never forget when that album came out and we all just sat around floored at the maturation Yuka and Miho had achieved 3 years. I mean, Viva is fun, but Stereo Type is viable as one of the top ten best albums of the 90's in my opinion. Moonchild? Come on...
Anyway, Mr. Brown sent me the link to this video recently with a reminder that Cibo Matto's new record, Hotel Valentine, will be out on, appropriately enough, on Valentine's day 2014.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
I've been on a HUGE Lips kick after reading Mark Richardson's wonderful 33 1/3 entry on Zaireeka. Great version of a song that I believe may be one of the greatest songs ever written - but that also always makes me cry so - as happiness does - so I'm careful with the exposure.
I know I'm tangenting here, but I've never done Zaireeka. I was at the BoomBox Experiment live in 1998, but have never done the home listening experience.
That's about to change.
I've got a xmas bonus coming soon and one of the few things I intend to purchase for myself with a part of that is Zaireeka on cd so I can finally get around to throwing some Zaireeka parties.
Geez, how many times in one post can I say 'Zaireeka'?
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Monday, December 9, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
I have to completely plagiarize Josiah Hughs from Exclaim!'s story from this morning and post this great news along with the same video he used because honestly I completely missed Burial's EP last December. So the above is from that and I'm tripping on new-old Burial music and the fact that two days after I just said to someone, "When the hell is Burial going to release something new?" I get this and then two weeks later I get more.
Exclaim has the full story here.