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ange on 04/09/2013 at 03:00AM
With winter and the hiccup of daylight savings time behind us, our taxes filed, our yearly vacation time used up already and our New Year's resolutions long forgotten, we set to the tasks of re-populating the Earth and making beautiful music.
For this Spring Compilation from Peppermill Records, enjoy a lovely string of more acoustic-based artists to brighten your weeks. Some of my favorite gems here include the bouncy French indie pop opening track from Montag, and the intimate and textured vocal duos in "Pony Rides" by Candy Claws.
jason on 03/29/2013 at 02:00AM
Ak'chamel, The Giver of Illness hail from Hexas. That's Houston, Texas, under a spell.
Inspired by Sun City Girls, Master Musicians of Bukkake, Hayvanlar Alemi and related strains of psychedelic improv and raw international music, the collective's self-released cassettes would sound right at home on Sublime Frequencies ("Radio Hexas?"). Tune into Old Norse Mara and The Divine Vine Tapes as throat singing and mysterious glossolalia meld with analog percussion, wind instruments, metal strings and chimes to cast a malevolent witch-doctor spell.
Houston may not be the most receptive environment for Ak'chamel's shamanic performances, but they have graced a handful of unconventional venues around town, including a laundromat, a clothing store, and an attic. Formerly known as Chairs, you may encounter Ak'chamel at FMA, Bandcamp, Facebook and beyond.
jason on 03/06/2013 at 08:45PM
Moscow's Post-Materialists (Пост-Материалисты) are too weird for Moscow's conservative venues. But they don't care. Inspired by freeform experimental groups like The Residents and Big City Orchestra, and in-league with locals like Asian Women on the Telephone and Arabian Horses, the Post-Materialists' sound is best heard in Moscow's basements and abandoned factories.
Sergey founded Post-Materialists in 2008, starting out as a half-improvised duo with Kobyla. Sergey is a saxophonist, riff-master and lyricist who performs solo as Fish Eye, and plays in everything from hip-hop to noise rock groups. Kobyla cut his teeth on post-punk guitar and synth-pop. Additional members join in on anything from effects pedals to violin, so even as songs take shape, Post-Materialists keep the spirit of improv and continue to evolve.
The group has developed a following not only in the fringes of Moscow, but all over the world thanks to releases on international labels like Cack Tapes, Retrotrasher, Underground Pollution and Hiroshima Toy Pet. I first heard about them through a tape on Portland Oregon's Eggy Records with art by Massachusettes experimentalist Sam Gas Can.
Of the 25+ tracks that Post-Materialists have shared here on the FMA, I've picked out a few of my favorites below. "Jazz Flutes" and "I'm Sitting On You" are from the sax-surfin-on-sludge release Teenage Gigantizm. "Glyptique" is some of that hypnotic synth burble from their twisted new 7". "Mathematic Nightmare" recalls coconspirators AWOTT and can be found on Junky Tapes alongside an industrial take on "Venus in Furs". "Backward City" is indicitive of the lo-fi downbeat drone incantations from Post-Pop, originally released on a cassette on Russia's Cack Tapes. And their First EP finds roots in a pot'n'pan approach to no wave, in the vein of "Evening Event."
Check out a live rendition of "Teenage Giganitizm" and a music video called "Singer of Sad Songs" after the jump.
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jason on 02/21/2013 at 01:15AM
"I've snowboarded once," Michael Stasis admitted when I asked him about Snowboarder, his new collaboration with Jason Kick and David Nichols. "It's like the Beach Boys didn't surf." The trio's got harmonized pop songcraft to back up that reference, but instead they list "devils" as their primary influence and "hell" as their general manager.
Snowboarder's self-titled debut offers seven tracks of warped, hook-laden jams for your real or imagined snowboarding trips. The opening track "Sled Dogs" takes off on a bent guitar wail over jangle pop powder, then flips a 180 into a cinematic bridge. The next verse describes some kind of coke iditarod, landing unexpectedly in a torrent of radical metal riffs. Elsewhere, Snowboarder rides everything from 80's dance pop ("Poppers") to industrial nursery rhymes on Sulfur Hexafluoride ("Going Up The Mountain").
Jason Kick is best known for his work in San Francisco synth-pop favorites Maus Haus whose motorik, hypnotic rhythms earned them "Band of the Year" in SF Deli Mag. They also seem to have influenced some of the recent work of Snowboarder collaborator Michael Stasis. A talented solo artist, Stasis first caught our ear via Phoning It In's tip on his Natural Resources cassette: "a perfect lo-fi pop-psych-folk concoction in the lineage of Ariel Pink or Guided By Voices."
ange on 02/15/2013 at 09:30AM
This debut EP by the Glasgow four-piece Machines In Heaven declares war in its title, begins with a national athem, and goes on to invade borders between Pop, Post-Rock, Electronic and Hip-Hop. This is a new collaboration between Graham Crossan (previously The Great I Am) and producer Magic Daddy (Optimo, Stuff, Oscarr), who took Crossen's lo-fi aestetic and transformed it into a multilatered production. While all three tracks are well worth a download, the Glasgow reviewer RaveChild describes the closing track as "the band at their most ambitious, encompassing everything from skittering RnB rhythms to a widescreen Killers-esque guitar line." Watch out for their debut album in March out on Black Lantern Music.
jason on 02/13/2013 at 12:30PM
The opening track "GFGDGT" stands for Good Food, Good Drinks, Good Times. It conveys all that and more with its grinding anchor of a beat and a cosmic synth lead that toes the line between Dam Funk and Dabke (that spirited solo about 2 minutes in particularly recalls this vibe). More highlights include the talkbox-infused spacious groove of "Favrit Flayvah" and the hop-along organ beat of "Happy Money."
Wiggle was released by Urban Home Companion. The Twin City activist/art collective is a home for music by Dr. Wylie, Toussaint Morrison, and their talented collaborators. It's also a platform for forays into film and theater. We're looking forward to new releases by both Dr. Wylie and Toussaint Morrison this April!
ange on 02/08/2013 at 09:30AM
Forget what's outside your window. It's laid back Spring afternoon with flowers on the trees and sunshine in your face when you listen to the warm sounds of the Spanish indie pop duo Jenifer Ávila. According to their MySpace page, the band started one day when they found a guitar just sitting inside a garbage bin with a name written on it: Jenifer Ávila. A couple days later, the duo started writing songs.
This release comes to us from Enough Records, a netlabel run as a hobby by a couple of wonderful Portuguese folks to distribute and promote free music.
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ange on 02/04/2013 at 11:00AM
For every week of 2012, Sick to the Back Teeth wrote a new song. The phrase "sick to the back teeth" literally means to be fed up with something, but that never happened to the solo-artist behind the project.
This might have to do with SBT's flexibly in sound and style. After 10 years performing, he still makes "just whatever music I feel like" including rock, metal, noise, folk, electronic music, sometimes all of these things combined. As a result, listening to the lengthy 52-track album Counterpoint is kind of like visiting a soda fountain. Sometimes you get distinct flavors like a Cherry Coke, Dr. Pepper, or Sprite, and sometimes you get a shot of all of them in the same cup. You'd think combining sodas would get gross, but it usually tastes pretty good.
A couple of the songs on the album, including "Dream Song" and "A Hole in the Ocean," came straight from dreams, where SBT imagined himself recording before frantically waking up and transcribing the sounds. Many of the songs are mellow transportive instrumentals, like the week 33 song "Venerate" (video).
When listening to this project, you have to wonder if a weekly songwriting campaign can really sharpen your teeth, so to speak, as a musician. SBT says, "Nah." When asked what's next, he says, "Martini?"
ange on 01/31/2013 at 07:45AM
Minneapolis slam poet Toussaint Morrison is a hopeless romantic and a super-villain. Abandoning a decade of front man’ing for live bands The Blend and Lazlo Supreme, Morrison joined forces with the evil Dr. Wylie, producer and confidant to produce this album in a series of three highly literary kickstarter funded projects.
bseretan on 01/24/2013 at 07:04AM
Don't let the album art fool you - this collection of stank nasty beats is not family friendly. And it has barely anything at all to do with the circus.
Snaps and cowbells, pitched-down vocal samples, swampy bass, even Hot97 style air horns - yup, this sounds like some nice, nice trap. But with Cirque's twists and turns, it's kind of hard to imagine anyone actually dropping rhymes over these snare cracks. Plus there are those sections that sound more like 90s techno. And those moments of totally dry silence interspersed. Oh well, might as well just let your head nod. Let's hope Drake and Digi never meet up.