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lrockhq on 07/21/2015 at 11:51PM
The Black Penguins recently released everything in ones and zeros, an homage to freedom fighting internet natives in the form of electronic music. The Black Penguins currently consist of eric toledo (homo sapiens sapiens) and Canelo the Pug (canine). The human half of the band, hailing from Chico, California, voip'd in with Doug and Tom of The Music Manumit podcast to talk liberal licensing, Ableton, the creative process, Ross Ulbricht, the NSA, whether or not Music Manumit's podcast audio has ever been graced by dogs claws treading on wood floors, and much more.
Featuring vast, layered constructs of telephonic tones, post-rocking guitar fuzz, and just enough drum programming, this new album is more ambient and noise oriented than much of The Black Penguins' back catalogue. It works.
lrockhq on 04/21/2015 at 04:50PM
State Shirt of Los Angeles was recently interviewed on the Music Manumit talk 'cast. He works with sound for pay at his "real job" and—increasingly—his musical labor of love is also returning a profit. A former Oberheim EchoPlex Pro operator, he's grown ingrained with the Circular Labs Moebius software looper as of late because, "It's ridiculous what that thing can do."
State Shirt is currently engrossed in learning to trust and build upon his compositional instincts with more speedy efficiency. His most recent album, Life is Easy, an experiment in improvisational live-looping and hopeless desolation, was released at Bandcamp under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Int'l license, and is also available here at the FMA.
Each song on the album was written and recorded live in one day—often starting out as an improvisation. Gently traveling from weird ambient swells, ghostly harmonies, funereal rhythms, freakish beatboxing, and disconcerting noises, Life is Easy takes you on a mournful march to the darkest corners of hopelessness.
"Portasoul" was written for Lost Hills, an upcoming State Shirt album to be released in Summer 2015.