Wednesday, March 31, 2010
How To Dress Well keeps burnin up the Soundcloud circuit, dropping a new jam this morning called "Decisions" (featuring Turkish artist Yüksel Arslan on fretless inspiration). The track will appear on his upcoming EP Can't See My Own Face - The Eternal Love 2, which also contains a track from Volume 4 of the Friendship Bracelet Club quarterly compilation series (P.S. - THAT SHIT'S DROPPIN SOON).
I'm also pleased to announce a How To Dress Well tour of Sweden, France and London this July. More details to be revealed as Summer approaches. This trek comes just about a month before the dude moves back to the U.S. where, who knows, maybe he will be playing some more shows or something. Keep fingers cross'd, ya heard?
decisions feat. yüksel arslan by howtodresswell
I don't know Ras G personally. I've never spoken with him in any sense of the word, unless you count reading his Twitter which, most of the time, just alerts the follower of his return to this planet Earth after his frequent trips elsewhere. If you follow him for longer than a day you'll know what I mean.
Ras may be mentioned in the same breath as a bunch of other L.A. beatmakers, but doing so does him little-to-no justice. He churns out beats, sure, but his meditations run deeper. Collages of recycled sound bleed in and out of the mix, snaking around drum snaps, flowing magma-thick downhill from the source. The initial experience erodes softer portions of the ear, each listen piling atop the previous listen, which has solidified slightly and clung to the hardened remains of the listen before that and the listen before that.
This is to say that with each voyage into a span of Ras G's music there lies bits and pieces of sounds you didn't hear the last time you hit play. There's divots to trip you up, ditches in which samples hide and ravines from which his own beats emerge. On his new cassette release El Aylien (out April 27 on Leaving Records), Ras even goes so far as to employ audio clips of interviews as some of the few tangible and comprehensible passages from an EP which is otherwise cryptic and unsettling.
El Aylien is a collaboration between Ras G, Leaving Records and visual artist Kristian Henson, who designed the J-Card art (pictured above) as well as four variations of a digital download card included with every tape. The EP contains four tracks plus remixes from dak, GB and Leaving's own matthewdavid.
Peep a preview mix of the tape HERE then grab the first track leaking out of that monster, "Discipline09-4," below. This piece is an all-collage track which concludes the EP (if you're wondering, his beats ARE featured on the other few tracks) so sit back, take it all in and do yourself a favor - remind yourself to order the tape once it becomes available towards the end of April.
Ras G - Discipline09-4
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Last week Don't Die Wondering hosted the lads of Peace Age in symbiotic fashion, letting them take over the site and basically turn DDW into their own song-by-song Rock & Jock All Star Extravaganza. The only thing missing was Dan Cortese himself.
Nearly the entire Peace Age family was spanned so here's a run-down of almost all of the (mostly brand new) shit that was posted:
Rad little pop song, not really what I was expecting after the other few Best Hits jams I had heard. The older stuff seemed verging on club banger status. This reminds me more of that new Run DMT track or some lovely lil Ariel Pink ditty.
For whatever reason I haven't fully immersed myself in Polyester Raincoat despite a bunch of dudes (Peace Agers + Speculator Nick) telling me to. This collaboration with CH-Rom reversed that curse. I know I just said the previous track reminded me a bit of Ariel Pink, but I can't help but make the John Maus comparison here.
Digging on the 'new direction' over at Geist HQ. Their previous album Spiritual Exercises got the Peace Age ball rolling with some slightly subdued jams alongside more chaotic, less immediately booty-shaking zones. These new cuts, including "Night On Fire," sound like they could burst into a Go-Gos chorus at any moment.
4 Shrur) would be a supreme introduction to anyone who had never heard the words "Peace" and "Age" simultaneously uttered before. You got CH-Rom, you got Twins, you got C Powers. I mentioned all-stars before for a reason.
Down this milk and work up a nice thirst -- new Mane Mane to drop on Friendship Bracelet Club Volume 4, out sooner than you think.
6. Cruisin - Outstanding Miracles
Peace Age's self-descriptions consistently leave the reader/listener feeling as though it would be silly to try and add or subtract anything to or from the conversation. Case in point:
"Like, if Frank Sinatra was Powerman 5000 and they had a kid, on acid."
And I'm fine with that. Cruisin is the Peace Age "mega-supergroup." Their album has been on the shelf since last summer, that is until recently. Shit absorbed some sense, jumped off the shelf and landed in your convertible, driving away with your dollar store sunglasses on and your million dollar gal in the passenger seat. You'll never see her again but it's okay - she was too cool for you anyway.
(image via Charlemane himself)
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Michael Pigott is a fellow Pittsfield, MA resident who runs the small Americas-spanning label MASSTROPICAS (who brought you that El Hombre Orquesta tape which, by the way, is still available through the OESB Shoppe).
I first met Mike around when his awesome Green Mansions LP dropped last year. I went over his house, picked up a copy and listened to him play records for like an hour. Joe Meek and Black Randy and Peruvian records I had never dreamt of. This mix is culled from his immense collection of LPs and 45s, all vinyl rips of mostly bubblegum and exotica and weird pop I've never heard before. I urge you to listen to the whole thing, it's truly fantastic. Especially the Sensations Fix track. Shit's killer.
Green Mansions is Mike's collaboration with Peter Bonneman. Look out for some more of their music to be released sometime soon, as well as some live performances this summer. Sample some of those jams HERE.
FRIENDSHIP BRACELET FRIENDSHIP CLUB #4 - MASSTROPICAS
ROBERT CALVERT - ALL THE MACHINES ARE QUIET
MARINE GIRLS - DISHONESTY
SENSATIONS FIX - THE FLU
KLICHE - MILIT SKVINDER
BOBBY SHERMAN - HEY, MISTER SUN
RON DANTE - HOW DO YOU KNOW?
PROF. MORRISON LOLLIPOP - OO-POO-PAH SUSIE
1910 FRUITGUM CO. - STICKY STICKY
UP N ADAM - RAIN MAKER
JOEY LEVINE - COME ON BABY
OHIO EXPRESS - ZIG ZAG
OHIO EXPRESS - BITTER LEMON
LANCELOT LINKS - FEVER
CATTANOOGA CATS - BIRTHDAY SUIT
PROF. MORRISON LOLLIPOP - DURBA-DURBA-DO
OHIO EXPRESS - WINTER SKIES
OHIO EXPRESS - MAKE LOVE NOT WAR
MICHEL POLNAREFF - LE ROI DES FOURMIS
MICHAEL HOLM - BARFUB IM REGER
LES GUITARES - SPATIAL SLOW
ARTHUR LYMAN - HIILAWE
MARTIN DENNY - BEYOND THE REEF
ARTHUR LYMAN - LOVE DANCE
THE SURFERS - BAMBOO
MARTIN DENNY - QUIET VILLAGE
ENOCH LIGHT - WATERMELON MAN
TINY TIM - THE OTHER SIDE
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Friday April 9 come pre-game for yer end of week Pioneer Valley party action with FRIENDSHIP BRACELET PRESENTS Family Portrait, dANA and DOM. Jams kick off right around 8PM since we're supposed to be outa there by 11PM. Shit's totally free but we do encourage throwing a couple dollars in for gas for the bands because they all gotta get there somehow. If you seek further information or up-to-the-minute notifications on this event, CLICK HERE AND RSVP.
EDIT: BIG TROUBLES WILL NOT BE PLAYING THIS SHOW. UPDATES TO FOLLOW.
EDIT 2: MANY MANSIONS WILL BE PLAYING THIS SHOW.
Family Portrait - Mega Secrets
Family Portrait - Babyskins
Family Portrait - It Turns
Many Mansions - Ocean Temple Pt. 1
Many Mansions - Sparkly Portal
Many Mansions - Oneness + Lightninging
(via Delicious Scopitone)
dANA - Hang On
dANA - Y Car
DOM - Jesus
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I recently asked frequent e-aquaintance William Cody Watson a.k.a. Pink Priest to hit me with a little guest mix for Friendship Bracelet's fledgling FRIENDSHIP BRACELET FRIENDSHIP CLUB feature. His mix was fantastic, and right around then he asked me to hit him back with a mix on the more ambient side of things for posting on his new ambient mix blog simply titled + | +.
I obliged, finished the mix before traveling to SXSW and it has been posted up all proper-like today. Click the link below to drown yourself in cigarettes and honey.
FRIENDSHIP BRACELET'S + | + GUEST MIX
FYOELK - LIVE ON WMUA (Excerpt)
DUCK DIVE - TAKING LIQUID HORIZON (Excerpt)
MARK MCGUIRE - FORECAST
MONOPOLY CHILD STAR SEARCHERS - AQUEDUCTS OF CHANNEL ISLAND SIDE ONE (Excerpt)
KANE POUR - CAT ON A PAISLEY SHAWL SIDE ONE (Excerpt)
STELLAR OM SOURCE - WHEN RE-ETERNIZE?
SKYRAMPS - SKYRAMPING
PWIN TEAKS - BEACH BUBBLE
ETHEREA - EYE ONE TWO
SPECIALIST MORGEN J - POKER FACE
FLOWER MAN - KEENLAND
WO - TONING THE SUN
BUON GIORNO LUAMADA - SOKKYO KYOKU
Daniel Lopatin continues his lustful relationship with the screwed-up and smeared (see items A and B), providing visuals to oOoOO's down-tempo jam "Seaww." The track appears on the B-side of a new 7" split with White Ring's "Roses," out now on new Swedish imprint Emotion. I'd recommend U.S. purchasers to hold off on nabbing one until OESB starts carrying it, since it'll end up costing a pretty penny, but there's only 500 of them and you sure don't want to be the sucker who missed out, right? (EDIT: Actually, you can order the 7" from OESB now through their distro section)
Head on over to Emotion to stream both tracks and order the 7" from Scandinavia.
Keyboards Is Drunk offered up oOoOO's CD-R a while back. Maybe you can still cop that.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Finally a way to get EVEN MORE EXCITED for the Sensitive Homeboyz' SHAKE SOME ACTION SXSW PARTIES, brought to you by Weekly Tape Deck, Transparent Blog, Indie-Verse Radio, Yours Truly, Underwater Peoples and of course FBUS. These two Mediafire downloads contain 35 freely shareable tracks of music from almost all of the acts we're showcasing, including some tried and true jams, new and previously available fare and of course a good dose of UNRELEASED EXCLUSIVES (Sleep Over, Rangers, Speculator, Coasting, Fergus & Geronimo). The two-disc sampler will be available FOR FREE (while they last) at our shows, complete with a logo slapped on there and a track list.
Sorry if there's some unclean bits on ends of tracks or beginnings of tracks - this one's labor was induced unnaturally, making for slight awkwardness/bashfulness. The spirit is there and the songs are meant to give one a tiny two-hour taste of what one might expect at our shows, even down to the track list (very nearly) reflecting the set times as bands run throughout the three days.
ONCE AGAIN, we will be invading Karibu Ethiopian Restaurant (1209 East 7th Street in Austin) next week from March 18-20 with bands playing from noon til 10PM each day. SEE YOU THERE.
SHAKE SOME SAMPLER PART 1
1. TRUMAN PEYOTE - MAGENTADOOR II
2. RXRY - SOBR VOKBULRY
3. COASTING - WHAT YOU WANTED
4. MILLIONYOUNG - CHLOROPHYL
5. MANTLES - TRUST
6. WEEKEND - TIARA
7. AIR WAVES - KNOCKOUT
8. BIG TROUBLES - FREUDIAN SLIPS
9. WOODSMAN - CHANTS
10. FERGUS & GERONIMO - NEVER SATISFY
11. READING RAINBOW - RESTLESS
12. ETERNAL SUMMERS - SAFE AT HOME
13. HIS CLANCYNESS - OTTAWA BACKFIRED SOON
14. LA PANZA - ALPHABET SOUP
15. RAINBOW BRIDGE - ON YO FACE
16. MY GOLD MASK - VIOLET EYES
17. THE COATHANGERS - TOOMERHEAD
18. FLUFFY LUMBERS - HARRY DOLLAND'S
SHAKE SOME SAMPLER PART 2
1. FUNGI GIRLS - PACIFICA NOSTALGIA
2. SO COW - CASABLANCA
3. YOUNG PRISMS - FEEL FINE
4. CLOUD NOTHINGS - MORGAN
5. CAMPFIRES - GONNA MAKE IT HAPPEN (DEMO)
6. DEAD GAZE - STAY, DON'T STAY
7. BANJO OR FREAKOUT - UPSIDE DOWN
8. SLEEP OVER - SUN SPOTS
9. RANGERS - DEATH OF RANGERS (EXCERPT)
10. TOTAL SLACKER - CRYSTAL NECKLACE
11. SPECULATOR - TIME TO DIE
12. PILL WONDER - GONE TO THE MARKET
13. TWIN SISTER - I WANT A HOUSE
14. TREASURE MAMMAL - BROMANCE/IPOD
15. PURE ECSTASY - EASY
16. BASS DRUM OF DEATH - SPARE ROOM
17. WOVEN BONES - IF YOU'RE GOLD I'M GONE
Monday, March 8, 2010
Here's the third edition of the FRIENDSHIP CLUB here on FBUS, a series of guest-curated mixes worked out by carefully selected individuals for us all to enjoy while on our grind.
This week's jams are brought to you by How To Dress Well. Been following this gentleman for a while now (and now you can follow him too, get it?) and have been thoroughly amazed by his half dozen 3" CD-Rs/free digital downloads, so much so that I asked him to contribute a track to the last Friendship Bracelet Club compilation.
By now you might know what to expect - dude's been tip-toeing the line between thick terror pieces (see the Xiu Xiu below), spacious tundra-scapes (see the Current 93 into Grouper below) and sensual R&B (see just about everything else). The combination is really natural for whatever reason, as evidenced by this mix.
I've got to say, seriously listen up for that "Money To Blow" edit.
FRIENDSHIP BRACELET FRIENDSHIP CLUB #3 - HOW TO DRESS WELL
ERIC B & RAKIM - CHINESE ARITHMETIC
NOSAJ THING - 2222
CLIPSE - COUNSELING ('MY SHRINK EVEN THINK MY BEHAVIOR'S SICK' MIX)
MAXWELL - PHOENIX RISE (HTDW DROP)
LINDSTROM & CHRISTABELLE - HIGH AND LOW
ZAZEN BOYS - SABAKU
oOoOO - SEDSUMTING
THE DREAM - PUT IT DOWN
DJ MOE - MONEY TO BLOW (DRAKE AND WEEZY HTDW EDIT)
BLACK COW - PURPLE SMOKE
XIU XIU - BROOKLYN DODGERS
BURIAL - FOSTERCARE
CURRENT 93 FT. ANTONY - IDUMEA (HTDW CHAPEL RE-UP)
GROUPER - PULSE
HOW TO DRESS WELL - MY BODY
HOW TO DRESS WELL - READY FOR THE WORLD
TEENGIRL FANTASY - NEW IMAGE EVERY DAY (OUTRO)
Sunday, March 7, 2010
I been on this Termeric shit for a bit. If you know FBUS you know we like our C Powers-related jams and you know we like em like we like our ladies -- thick n' fat like a chest full of Sunday brunch, good n' plenty like mediocre licorice candy.
"Bunt Cold" is a new jam Mr. Powers sent over a few weeks ago. Played it on the radio a bit and never got around to posting it, so now's your chance to grab it plus a couple older jams been kickin around. I also noticed one I hadn't heard before on his Soundcloud page called "Grass St. Star," which you can stream below.
I could go on and on about how and what this shit makes me feel, but clearly what's more important is how and what it makes you feel. Dive deep, the water's black.
Termeric - Bunt Cold
Termeric - Search
Termeric - Grass St. Star by cpowers
Termeric - Stryde Off
C Powers - Tea Each
C Powers - Pashuniv
C Powers - Wake(outstudio)
Mane Mane - Skin Fox
Mane Mane ft. CH-Rom/Charlemane - Rain Mane
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
CH-Rom just alerted me to a new Wo jam on the SKYMALL blog. "Toning the Sun" is suspended in a transparent gel reminiscent of some more watery Ferraro or Flower Man jams, far from some of the abrasive and pummeling Wo tracks streaming from the Myspace player.
Wo - Toning the Sun
How To Dress Well does it again, this time dropping not a whole EP but a single track made available through a mysterious and secret link portal in a not-so-secret blogpost. Does the hidden nature of the song make you feel like you earned it? It doesn't matter - if you're reading this now, then it's too late.
"Mr. By & By" once again rubs me exactly the right way. Really can't get enough of this dude. Stay tuned for a little treat from HTDW very soon.
How To Dress Well - Mr. By & By
(image via Google Search)
Monday, March 1, 2010
Here's the second episode of the Friendship Bracelet Friendship Club, something I think will keep arriving on Tuesdays as a treat both for you all and for myself. It's like listening to me on the radio, but someone else mixed it instead of me, you can listen whenever you want and there's no mouth-breather microphone muffles.
Edition #2 is curated by Pink Priest, a.k.a. half of the duo behind great tape label Bathetic Records. His Endless Love tape was just released on Family Time Records, Bathetic just sold out of his Some Nights Are Better Than Others tape and his God of Blues tape is due out soon on Mirror Universe. Check out his blog for updates and things.
Dude's Bathetic tapes drop in batches, the last of which was composed of a Taped Hiss/Neon Pulse split (each project's first physical release), a well-received Could Nothings/Campfires split and Lee Noble's Darker Half tape which I really have got to hear after repeated samplings.
On the way is a tape from Phillip Oskar Augustine and a CRAZY two-cassette four-way split between oOoOO, Sleep Over, Terminal Twilight and S U R V I V E.
FRIENDSHIP BRACELET FRIENDSHIP CLUB #2 - PINK PRIEST
(BOTH IMAGES DONE UP ALL NICE BY PINK PRIEST. HE CREDITS DANA GOLDSTEIN)