[SIZE=2]April 9th - The Residents at the Regent Theater
April 23rd - Parov Stelar at Club Nokia
May 2nd - Tortoise at the Teragram Ballroom
May 6th -*Sunn O)))*at the Regent Theater
May 7th - Melvins, Melt Banana at the Troubadour
May 16th - Brötzmann/Adasiewicz/Edwards/Noble at Zebulon
ATP Iceland, July 1-3, 2016*
FYF Fest, August 27-28, 2016*/SIZE]
God damn that Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe is sexy as fuck! like Maxwell sexy!
I remember the days when water was free and porn cost money.
Pitchfork reviewed this EP by Fins and it sounded interesting, so I went to their bandcamp and checked it out. It's a cool little record, very reminiscent of the Milk Music EP that so floored me a few years ago. Dirty guitar tones, lots of yelling and good, compact songs. There's nothing particularly innovative about it, but who gives a shit when the songs are entertaining?
I've been really digging this new Circuit Des Yeux album Overdue, the first four songs of which you can stream here. It reminds be a lot of Nico's solo stuff, but it's also worth a listen for those who enjoyed the Julia Holter, Chelsea Wolfe, and/or Julianna Barwick albums from this year. Really nice for a rainy day like today, too.
Free Time - Free Time (Underwater Peoples Records will be enjoyable for fans of lackadaisical, free spirited jangle jams akin to Real Estate.
And yeah, really digging the new Wooden Shjips.
Still whittling down my yearly listening, came across three albums that have stood out a bit:
Comanechi - You Owe Me Nothing But Love: Particularly raucous and hooky garage/punk/indie jams with female vocals. Slight shades of riot grrrl and L7 with a bit more sugar in the melodies, it's not the most original thing out there and isn't essential listening by half, but if you like this kind of thing, it's an absolute blast and a couple of the songs really stick. Love Is The Cure
Dinos Chapman - Luftbobler: Apparently this guy is a controversial visual artist who often works with his brother, but this is his debut music release. It's mostly just IDM leaning electronic music sketches with a playful side. It's kind of bedroom knob twiddling stuff, but with that naive charm and surprising novelty that comes from an outsider's perspective. Nothing feels fully formed, but just about every track has some compelling element that makes them feel like a fascinating little sonic contraption to marvel over. It's "experimental" electronic dance music that is fun, accessible, and endearingly slight.
The Icarus Line - Slave Vows: One of those "hey, maybe rock isn't dead after all" kind of albums. These guys have been around for awhile and I'm only passingly familiar with them, but this album is a beast. Nasty noise rock bluster, hypnotic motorik grooves, skeezy garage rock abandon, slow burn tension that explodes into a wall of feedback, a healthy dosing of Raw Power adoration. It's well worn territory, but this kind of sexy, dirty, dangerous rawk doesn't go out of style. The longest track is the opener at 11 minutes, which is all psych rock build up with no release, and the shortest is just under 2 minutes and sounds like a noise rock version of something off Suicide's second album.
I'm recommending Logos - Cold Mission to anyone who is a fan of how James Blake explored the negative space in dubstep, because there is a lot of that going on here, but in the grime/jungle genre. There's a TON of negative/silent space explored here, strange, ambient beats.
Gave Akkord - Akkord a couple of listens and really think this may be my favorite of the recent slew of intricately produced bass, grime, jungle, techno revival album releases from the UK this year. Akkord is closer to the sounds of Livity Sound than the jungle led beats of Special Request (Akkord is also released on Houndstooth) but in my opinion has a better flow as an album and is more influenced by industrial techno sounds. Starts off dark and bass heavy before getting into the more techno influenced tracks while still keeping the UK sound, or at least their take on it. Definitely should listen on good speakers or headphones. As mentioned before, this UK revival seems to be the new flavor in dance music right now and I was skeptical in how genuine the music would be but I've been impressed so far with the recent releases and their ability to bring something different to the table. A good way to cap the year.
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10/19 Octo Octa @ F8 | 11/2 Kornel Kovacs @ F8 | 11/3 Lauren Hill, NAS @ Bill Graham | 11/14 OM @ Independent | 11/18 Black Madonna @ PW (?) | 11/19 Route 8 @ F8 | 12/10 Tamo Sumo, Prins Thomas, Dorisburg @ PW | 12/11 Michael Kiwanuka @ Fillmore (?) | 12/11 Moderat @ Fox Theater (?) | Day for Night 12/17-12/18
Mish Way (lead singer of White Lung) wrote a funny review on The Talkhouse
"Cupid Deluxe is a big, fluffy piece of rainbow angel food cake that you can't stop yourself from biting into."
I love how the final track on that Blood Orange album is essentially a combination of "It Is What It Is" and "Champagne Coast" off his previous album.
I'm gonna mention it out here rather than the metal thread because how good it is: Oranssi Pazuzu's album Valonielu is another of those great, nominally metal albums released this year that could connect with a larger audience. They work in a weird mix between krautrock, pysch and black metal, with some great instrumental work, lots of repetition and necro vocals blending to create a unique and entrancing whole. I haven't heard any of their previous work, but this album is a pretty great statement of intent from a band with a unique sound. I think Tallguy would love the shit outta this.
Heatsick's Re-Engineering, which is streaming here, is another really strong entry into the PAN catalog, and is one which feels a lot more accessible compared to much of what the label has released in the past. Well worth a listen.
Those of you who enjoy Julia Holter will probably find a lot to like about Colleen - The Weighing Of The Heart. There's a similar aesthetic of classically informed, intricate yet intimate bedroom/chamber pop. It's enchanting stuff that's very easy to get comfortable with.
Also, Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program - Back On The Planet is like Sun Ra summoned via trip-hop and is mostly as awesome as that sounds.
I'm sure it's been discussed, but the Fuzz record has sort of been blowing my mind lately. I listened to it a lot when it first came out, then I took a break and lately I've been listening to it again and something about it just really clicked for me. I can't keep up with all of Ty Segall's different projects and releases but this record is easily my favorite thing he's ever done and definitely one of my absolute favorites of the year. Not sure if he's touring with this record but I can imagine it would be great in a live setting.
So I'm finally getting around to putting on the Darkside album...what a fantastic late night record. Not that that should come as a surprise, but hot damn. Great stuff.