Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Top 5 - 7/28/10

Hello bleary-eyed new music seekers. In an attempt to expose some of our favorite bands and producers who are "under the radar" we will be featuring artists that we're excited about. This weekly list will include some new music, some old music, some extremely obscure music and some stuff you can hear on the radio. Our only criteria for our "top 5" list is that we have to be excited about it. So, without further ado....

1. Baths - Cerulean - Anticon Records

Baths has made quite a splash (ha ha, get it?) in the Los Angeles music scene this summer. His release on Anticon Records has garnered some amazing reviews, and for good reason. It's simply a great record.

2. ROFLOL - Rolling On The Floor Laughing Out Loud - Audio Dregs

ROFLOL is the solo music of Jacob Ciocci, founding member of the internationally renowned art collective, Paper Rad. The music of ROTFLOL is a "best of" collection of Jacob's solo music from the past decade, soundtracks from videos and animations, as well as a selected discography of self released cassettes, hand made CDRs, 7 inch vinyl, and live recordings.

This is a highly recommended LP/DVD/digital (combo) release.

3. Cap'n Jazz - Analphabetapolothology - Jade Tree Records

This 1998 posthumous release (the band broke up in 1995) catalogues almost every song recorded and released by Cap'n Jazz. This influential band was formed in Chicago in 1989 by brothers Tim and Mike Kinsella, who were joined by Sam Zurick and Victor Villareal. After a number of name changes and the addition of guitarist Davey von Bohlen the band began to earn a cult following in the Chicago area and the Midwest.

The band is on a reunion tour now, and while I cringe at reunions as a rule of thumb, this one I'm hyped about.

4. Cut Chemist - The Sound of the Police

You're probably no stranger to Cut Chemist, but if you are, click here. This master of the turn tables has a new project out where he uses one turntable, a loop pedal, a mixer and Ethiopian/Afro-Brazilian records.

You can stream the whole record at KCRW here:

5. mathewdavid - Disk Collection - Leaving Records

This 2008 collection of "post-psychedelic" tracks is fantastic. The limited, packaged in hand-crafted 5 1/4″ floppy disks is sold out, but you can hear a sample of the record at the Leaving Records link below. Get anything and everything you can from this artist...

Monday, July 26, 2010

Throwback Monday - 07/26/10 - "Me And My Rhythmbox" - Adrian Sings (Liquid Sky)

Happy Monday! This is a scene from the cult classic "Liquid Sky" that features the amazingly angular and stark track "Me And My Rhythmbox" by Adrian Sings (*side note: if anyone knows what happened to Adrian Sings, please email me). Schematic Record's act Phoenecia sampled the track The film itself is an exception document of the New York underground scene in the 80's, not to mention the face that film has a really interesting back story.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Tragedy at Love Parade Festival in Germany

Tragedy at Love Parade Festival in Germany

Between this, and the death in Los Angeles at a recent "rave," you have to wonder how promoters should handle these kinds of parties.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

7 Questions with: Tobacco - Managing the Meat of Maniac's

It's no secret that we're fans of Tobacco and Black Moth Super Rainbow. Following the trajectory of Tom Fec's creative endeavors has been an exercise in watching an artist create and evolve on his own terms. His video edits for BMSR and Tobacco, the creative direction of the live performances and a relentless experimentation with his production methods have made his work resonate with more and more people.

We recently had a chance to catch up with Tom (Tobacco) in the wake of the release of his Anticon release "Maniac Meat."

How did Tobacco become your primary project? Is BMSR over?

Really it just became the main and only thing i'm working on. Whatever i'm working on at the time is my primary project. The whole idea behind bmsr and being in a band had me burned out. Especially after eating us, it seemed like I had let it get too far and kind of lost the ability or motivation to rope it back in. The tobacco stuff is just really fun to work on and show live. With all that being said, i don't think bmsr is over, but it was definitely overdue for a long break.

Maniac Meat is a departure from your work with BMSR. What was the turning point for you?

I wrote bmsr songs knowing that people would hear them and building my own expectations on top of them. I didn't want to do anything too stupid or really embrace some of the more off-putting urges that I wanna explore in music sometimes. The breaking point for me was being on tour for eating us and realizing I was playing music that I couldn't stand. Don't get me wrong, I'm the only one to blame for that, but sometimes I get something in my head and just have to see it through to see if it works, whether it's right or not. And sometimes it takes a minute for me to realize that the little awkwardness I'm feeling might be part of something bigger.

Maniac Meat especially was about wanting to get back to when it was 100% about entertaining myself, like in high school when I knew no one gave a shit about what i was doing. It wasn't even meant to be an album released to the public. It was my jogging soundtrack.

Beck makes an appearance on this record. What's the story behind that?

Shaun at Anticon knew Brian Lebarton, who's beck's music director. They got to talking and brian mentioned they listened to fucked up friends, and right then i happened to be finishing up this jogging soundtrack that was becoming a real album. So the stars aligned.

Fucked Up Friends 2, the video companion to the record, was an amazing collection of videos you put together. Are there plans to do the same thing for Maniac Meat?

Probably not. It seems like a lot of people are on to the idea of splicing 80s/90s footage to music now, so there's no real need for me to do it anymore. Maybe something more grand in the future, but i don't know what that is yet.

On the topic of the visuals you use, what's the inspiration behind your aesthetic?

Pretty much just pure gross entertainment. I like stuff that looks like it was made for what i'm doing and maybe reminds people how fucked up shit was when they didn't realize it.

What are your touring plans with the new record?

I'll go out for all of september on the east coast, and then keep on throughout the u.s. and hopefully europe through next year.

(Yes, I am aware there is only 6 questions.)

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