Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Images - Know What I Mean Available Today, album stream

Happy to announce that Images newest release Know What I Mean is available today and ready to order. We've definitely been hyping the album for a bit in these parts and for good reason! To mark the occasion we're offering a limited stream of the album available now. Beyond all the digital confusion we have also made up a special art-edition cassette version of the album. We've outdone ourselves with this one and look forward to continuing the trend.

Images have a been hard at work prepping new material and have some other releases on the horizon. Those in Brooklyn can also catch Images later this week (Feb 2nd) at Death By Audio for their album release show with Woodsman, Hubble, & Man Forever.

Images Know What I Mean is available today via Last Nights Records (Cassette) & AMDISCS (Digital)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Porter Ricks - Biokinetics

Porter Ricks - Biokinetics by _type

It's kinda hard to imagine calling albums from the mid-late 90's as classic but that's exactly the kind of praise Porter Ricks debut full-length opus calls for. Essentially defining the sound of a whole new breed of era in techno & dance music whose influence continues to this day. A compositional form that is minimalist by nature, aquatic by design, & versatile enough to be found in a club or bedroom setting simultaneously.

In retrospect it is also easy to view this album as a precursor to a lot of dubstep in it's use of dub-like techniques and sonic qualities. The deep bass sound while not wobbling to and fro is still a deep & moving force. With this release Type records is continuing their reputation as a forward thinking avant label even while digging a little into the past only to reveal a landmark release for contemporary music.

Porter Ricks' Biokinetics is available now via Type records.

Last Nights Presents: Jonas Reinhardt, The Present, Driphouse

Last Nights Presents:

Saturday February 11th
89 Varet St. Brooklyn, NY 11206
9pm | $8 | All Ages

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mind Alien - From Roswell with Love

The first couple copies of Mind Alien's From Rosewell With Love came with a bag of Doritos. Not that I think anyone is trying to promote the brand (& the larger corporation they are a wing of), or anything here, in all honesty the dude probably bought the chips himself . I just think they kinda say a lot here. For example I really get the vibe that Mind alien expects us to have the munchies while listening to this. As "Alien Home World" offers a dense mesh of aquatic bubbling & otherworldly incantations from the nether for one to sit back in and explore with a corn-based snack at hand.

Anyway Mind Alien is Shane 3McDowell (also of the Portland duo Twins, also, if I can be sidetracked for a moment, this is the 2nd underground music reference to the movie Twins starring former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger & Danny Devito. The other being Mudboy's R.A.F.) I ran into this by way of the wonderful Dog Daze Tapes who you may still be able to pick up a copy from.

Mind Alien's From Roswell With Love is available now via CGIFRIDAY, though we probably missed out on the chips as only the first 23 copies came with those. You can buy your own bag though, I'm sure.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Images - "Not Peeking"

Images album Know What I Mean is being co-released by AMDISCS & our extended record label self at Last Nights Records one week from today (it being Tuesday Jan. 24th, the album will be available on cassette/digitally Jan 31st). As such it seems time to share another track from the album, this time it is the lysergically infused "Not Peeking".

With former member Kai Lord-Farmer's vocals taking center stage the songs takes cues from contemporary indie music while also harkening back to the duo's passion for world music. Lord-Farmer in particular is able to display some fantastic call & response vocal maneuvers that may be influenced more or less by his musical heritage (his step-father being drumming instructor who immigrated into the US from Guinea). While at the same instance swirling wah-wah inflected guitars stream throughout the recordings adding a hallucinogenic atmosphere to the overall proceedings.

Images Know What I Mean is available via Last Nights Records (cassette) & AMDISCS (digital) Jan 31st. For those in New York Last Nights also curated a show Images will be playing that is a record release-esque show Feb. 2nd at Death by Audio with Woodsman, Hubble, & Man Forever.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Bola - "Abayetidu Ma"

Bola "Abayetidu Ma" by awesometapesfromafrica

From the get go here it's almost impossible not to get lost in heading nodding groove, depending on where & what your doing when you hear this maybe that groove has spread to other parts of your body. Bola and the track "Abayetidu Ma" take the listener by storm once the programmed drums & keyboard's low make their entrance.

Hailing from Ghana Bola takes on traditional forms of song-craft & instrumentation and fuses them with modern touches. His use of the Kologo at once being a sign of history and cultural meaning while the inclusion of the drum machine is made particularly striking when heard in contrast, itself being the most notable hallmark of contemporary songwriting. As the press release notes "Traditionally, Kologo performances occur at pito (local beer made from fermented millet or sorghum) bars, weddings, funerals, festivals or spontaneous jams on the street, which is where Bola honed his craft as a solo musician." So pretty much like most indie bands, minus the funerals & street jams (these indie bands probably have garages for all their spontaneous needs).

Unlike most indie bands though this track seems to stretch for something a bit more down to earth as "Bola has taken a dynamic instrument used by traditional healers and herbalists to sing to god in search of advice and taken it to futuristic heights." A spiritual element many incorporating West African compositional motifs into their can not necessarily relate to.

Bola's Volume 7 (originally released by the artist in 2009) is available via Awesome Tapes From Africa April 2nd.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Dustin Wong - "Diagonally Talking Echo"

Dustin Wong - Diagonally Talking Echo from Thrill Jockey Records

Minimalism has really spread into contemporary indie culture rather seamlessly hasn't it? If I were in academia I might discuss societies penchant for assimilation and the marks of fringe-cum-pop culture and use Dustin Wong's newest single as a prime example. Alas I am not so this will not be, anymore than it already is, a rambling yet detached look into social & cultural habits. Regardless Dustin Wong really takes on key elements that personify the more high-culture musical movement/genre.

Yet at the same time Wong is also working towards extending the groundwork he laid with his previous group Ponytail. In fact many moments on "Diagonally Talking Echo" wouldn't be wholly out of place on any Ponytail track, yet he's never attempting to recreate that sound rather aspects of it's experience. In place of a mere facsimile of that band's (former) power, Wong's own voice can be seen in retrospect to be a guiding force now set to go about it's own particular paths.

Dustin Wong's "Diagonally Talking Echo" is taken from his forth coming full-length Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads is available February 21st via Thrill Jockey.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Family Portrait - "Dark Roast"

Dark Roast the newest EP from Family Portrait sees a bit of aural changes that seem to be totally fitting of the times. Most notable is the strong presence of electronic drums and a more studio inclined slickness missing from the previous recorded outings. Some of this makes sense when compared to some of their peers and label-mates such as James Ferraro & La Big Vic, though Family Portrait are going in their own direction altogether.

It's nice to see a sonic progression from the group's last outing, this time fully incorporating modern electronic instrumentation into the tunes. "It Turns" retains singer & group leader Evan Brody's distinctive vocal delivery in place, while the title track "Dark Roast" lets the rhythm section take the forefront which lets the slow burning melody relax and follow the crowd a bit. All in totally bumping up a phil collins vibe in my mind mixed with some contemporary songcraft, but that's just me. And I'm digging this.

Family Portrait's Dark Roast EP is available now via Underwater People's.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Mike Wexler - "Pariah" & new album

It's been a few years since Mike Wexler first caught my attention with his last full length offering, 2007's Sun Wheel, & it seems like he's ready to build upon that album's foundation. "Pariah", taken from his upcoming album Dispossession, utilizes all of the familiar elements heard on previous recordings while adding a new layer of sheen & polish to the whole thing.

Here Wexler's unique guitar styling & songwriting, which takes cues from English folk & Eurocentric structuring devices, "without a trace of 'Americana'" as the press release will tell us, is a driving force for which swirling synth & organ tones may dance around. These keyboard arrangements themselves are the main cohesive element glueing the proceedings together though, providing the needed atmosphere & dramatic swells the songs search for. Definitely an album to look out for in 2012.

Mike Wexler's Dispossession will be available March 6th via Mexican Summer.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Street Gnar - "East Quiver" video

I'm digging this music by Street Gnar, a nice blend of a half-baked Kraut-rock groove & classic psychedelia. Case Mahan (aka Street Gnar) has been releasing stuff on great labels like Night People & Eggy Records for a little bit now but I'm only getting my first taste with "East Quiver."

Using some familiar tools (samples, guitars, drums) to create some heady daydream music. The video itself seemingly captures this spaced quality by using sped up footage taken from moving subways trains, bikes, skateboards, swings and other such events which allow for such shifted perspectives of time. At only two and a half minutes the song too seems to defy time, making me wish it was twice as long.

Street Gnar's Poking The World With A Stick is available now via Night People & for free on his bandcamp.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Woods - "Any Other Day" video

Though by this time Woods' new video for "Any Other Day" has surely made it's way around the entangled internet web it's still definitely rad enough to have some mention here. After all the mellow psych-pop of Woods is always welcome in these parts especially when perfectly matched by Eyebodega's accompanying animation.

To longtime fans of Woodsist records, or Woods themselves, the drawings presented through the video will appear strikingly familiar as they are made up of Woods main-man Jeremy Earl's drawings. They twist and turn throughout becoming entangled in the song's irresistibly catchy melody and tremelo laden fuzz guitar. Even though it's winter this song is bringing back some hazy memories of spinning some classic 60's folk-rock on warm nights.

Woods' latest album Sun and Shade is out now via Woodsist.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Black Dice - "Pigs" video & announce new album Mr. Impossible

It's always good news in these parts when Black Dice announce a new album and and even better day when they also release a new video for one of their tunes. "Pigs", taken from their upcoming LP Mr. Impossible, follows a similar sonic terrain that the trio have been developing for the last couple of years; a onslaught of electro-noise with a penchant for the dance floor, or in lieu of reaching those heights the DIY punk space near you.

The accompanying video made by the group brings their sonic pranks to life. A collage of swirling neon fruit & whacked out dangly eyed freaks groove along through out. Those who have caught some of Black Dice's other video output for bands like !!!, Wooden Shjips, or even the group's involvement with Animal Collective for the Creator's Project will surely be aware of the particular aesthetic approach taken by the visual/musical group.

All in all this makes today pretty great.

Black Dice's Mr. Impossible will be available April 10th in an edition of 350 hand numbered and silkscreened LP's via Ribbon Music.

M. Geddes Gengras - Kiss of Life CS on SicSic Tapes

M. Geddes Gengras has been at for a bit in the underground synth scene (should i say movement? How many synth heads does it take to create a movement?) and is offering up his latest release on SicSic Tapes. Some may know Gengras through one of his myriad cassette releases through top notch labels such as Stunned, Digitalis, & Ekhein to name a few. Did I mention that he also plays in the live Sun Araw band.

Kiss of Life offers up some bubbling, rolling synth sequencing & glimpses into some unforeseen dystopian dream. Playing out as the soundtrack to some great lost sci-fi flick from the late 70's where apes wearing streamlined attire eat soylent green.

M. Geddes Gengras's Kiss of Life cassette is out now via SicSic Tapes.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Ocrilim - Groundrest

Groundrest is Mick Barr's (aka Ocrilim or Octis) latest entry into his ever growing catalogue. Recorded between 2007-2010 the album sees the musician trading in the long form thematic compositional structures for shorter aesthetically isolated miniatures. The arc of conjured emotions and concepts located here are as diverse as Barr has provided on a single release to date. It is perhaps this reason that the album is explained as being "not necessarily Ocrilim, or Octis, or Or:12r3."

His (seemingly) mathematically precise guitar shred is of course present, while other tracks showcase some unlikely synth sheen, sporatic drum machine workouts, & exotic come minimalism along with Barr's own unique style of metal/classical. While not each track throws each of these disparate approaches into the mix each feels comfortably at home next to each other in Barr's hands.

Groundrest is available now via Mick Barr's bandcamp.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Indian Jewelry - "See Forever" video

Indian Jewelry have been at it for a couple years now. Always treading the waters between noise, psychedelic rock, & electronics while never settling down into any of those genre's predefined niches. "See Forever" and its accompanying video, taken from the group's newest release Sufi Headbangers, is a daunting almost claustrophobic track that if anything continues the band's trajectory over time.

The video wrapped in a dark, occult-leaning mystique, combines a continuous rapid succession of images & (presumably) live footage of the band in a manner that may not be best viewed by the faint of heart or those prone to seizures. Those who

Sufi Headbangers is available via Indian Jewelry's own Girlgang Records & Tapes.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Agail Ag Amoumine - Takamba

Agail Ag Amoumine's album Takamba on Sahel Sounds & Mississippi/Change records marks a fine beginning to a new year. Amoumine's electric folk is something of a transcendent process that is one part songcraft, two parts
technical prowess, & one part showmanship and a deserved one at that. When considering the music which has been pouring out of Africa, particularly the West and North, the past few years contributing to countless compilations & reissues that have spread like wildflowers/fires. Add to this the increasingly larger group of fantastic contemporary musicians and bands that have been releasing and playing music on these shores, most notably including Tinariwen who have toured with the Rolling Stones.

Takamba is Agail Ag Amoumine's first album issued in this part of the globe. The recordings are an immediately awe inspiring form of rough & raw folk music. Amoumine's buzzing tehardent, a lute-like variant, is the driving force here some slight vocal and percussive additions here and there always reminding of the musics social context, that is to my and I believe many of it's english speaking listeners ears will be at once familiar in intent while obscured in meaning.

Even so the album finds traits of familiarity to those already exposed to the music of the region, most notably Group Doueh & to a lesser extent Group Inerane. Both of these groups release their music in the United States through Sublime Frequencies. Fans of the afore mentioned groups will find much to love in this release while finding it's own eccentricities.

Agail Ag Amoumine's Takamba is available now on LP and mp3 via Sahel Sounds & Mississippi/Change records.