Leaving today for 3 months in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I’ll try to keep it real for all y’all while I’m gone with that hot fire from the DRC. Take it easy and I’ll be stateside again right before Christmas.
Panda Bear takes Korallreven’s new single As Young As Yesterday on a psychedelic trip; taken from the duo’s new 12”, which is available now digitally on iTunes and on orange vinyl through Acéphale. An Album By Korallreven is out on November 15.
But I also went to see Neon and the Indians show last night with a sweet opening set (or so I hear) by my big homie Com Truise, who I got the chance to chat up for just a second. I was super stoked to hear that he had read my review of Galactic Melt in QRO Mag.
It was my third time seeing Neon Indian, the first time was in Alan Palomo’s hometown of Monterrey Mexico at a 3 day festival at an abandoned Drive-In Movie theater. It was an incredible experience that the NY Times documented here. The next time was in Atlanta at the Earl, possibly my favorite venue in ATL with it’s mid-sized room and low stage, the energy at that show topped both of the other performances that I saw, a totally sweat soaked evening. Last night was a more polished performance. The band has been touring for over two years more or less non-stop, and it’s clear that they’ve settled into a rhythm where they can pound out 60 minutes of music without breaking a sweat. I’m not complaining though as they kept the price on the low-low at $13.
They played a sleek set laced with the hits (Deadbeat Summer, Polish Girl, Fallout, Should’ve Taken Acid With You, Psychic Chasms, and my personal favorite - Mind, Drips).Hopefully it was just a Monday thing, but the show seemed kind of tame from where I was standing. No worries though, I’m still a true believer in analog synth rock. So for those of you that couldn’t be there here’s a remix heavy set of music from the chillest tour of the fall.
We rock-o rock-o rock-o rock-o rock-o her were go, yeah we rock-o rock-o rock-o rock-o rock-o rock-o nonstop.
Yeah we brought it to Athens, we did lots of dancin, we got out of the car and started shaking our asses. We saw Vockah Redu and his bad ass dancers too, they moved to Houston after Katrina rolled through. Vockah got Go bar jumping, the dancers hit the ground thumping. Everybody’s ass was pumping, everybody was sippin on something. The beats were so heavy i tell ya, ground was shaking like a tremor. I wish the party lasted forever.
Last night the best music in the state of Georgia was Vockah Redu at Go Bar in Athens, check the video below and be on point the next time he comes to your town.
In some sadder news, longtime Ed Banger record label stalwart, DJ Mehdi passed away on 9/13 due to the roof falling on his head while he was in his Paris apartment. As I’ve said before here, I am a huge fan of French electro house, a small but hugely influential universe that is surely reeling after this latest tragedy. So check out the intro to electro house mix I made back in March right here. And also please take the time to listen to the last mix that Mehdi made, opening with some haunting vocals from Anthony of …and the Johnsons fame.
There’s no denying that there has been quite a bit of dead air over the PoMo Air Waves as of late. So to rectify the situation I thought that I’d go ahead and hit you all up with a brand new mix full of new music with one or two classics worked into the dough, kind of like an old strain of yeast to let that puppy rise. And if you’re into unleavened bread, just wait for my next mix with a 70s/80s goth rock theme.
But this one here is a bit more experimental. I dust of my DJ Proxy Music monicker and commence the mashing. Nothing complicated and certainly no use of acapella or song stems, jsut a little beat matching and pitch shifting. Some of it is successful, some of it less so. Take a listen and please tell me what you think.
I mentioned this youtube collection below but I figured that I’d go ahead and reproduce it here. It’s really fun to play around with. I’ve been listening to them one at a time too, practically endless combos of noodling in B flat.
Here is the link to the page, copied from their website, the html is below.
Just a couple of things for funsies today. First being this sweet video that came out almost exactly one year ago for NYC hip-hop duo Das Racist's “Who'd That? Brooown!” This video was clearly made by New Yorkers for New Yorkers - hmmm maybe FNYBNY is a potential brand name. It is my opinion that Das Racist are some of the most creative rappers on the scene right now, almost like a hipster Outkast.
Secondly, while I was checking out the posts of my newest follower, Asphyxophilia, I uncovered this incredible link to a series of youtube videos that can all be played and mixed together to create a customizable collaborative multimedia performance of this pretty chilled out downtempo/jazzy song. It’s fun to play around with for a minute, give it a look-sy.
NPR has become the site for official streaming links. Hypemachine also does a good job oof putting out B and C string indie and electro albums, but when it comes to the creme de la indie, which is really the nu-mainstream, NPR has been front and center with streaming versions of this years most anticipated releases well in advance of the in-store date, a date which has obviously become more and more meaningless. Fucked Up, Washed Out, Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes, just to name a few, all chose NPR to release their 2011 releases, and now, chillwave’s last hope, Neon Indian, has decided to follow suit with their latest, Era Extraña. Check it out here.
So far I like what I’ve heard, lead singles “Fallout” and “Polish Girl” offer two vary different looks at where Alan Palomo and company are at right now. Fallout leans towards a dark 8-bit sound that’s only a bit less agro than Crystal Castles, while Polish Girl is almost blissful with it’s dancy synth-pop leaning. I’ll have to give the album some attention in the next couple days, but for now I’m still hung up on Ritual Union by Little Dragon.
Finally, I’ve mentioned it a few times before, but if you’re looking for leaked indie and underground music, the best non-torrent site I know of is nodata.tv You’re welcome!
I always get so humbled when genuinely good musicians start following my tumblr. All together there are close to a dozen bands or artists following me, so instead of cramming them all in one post I thought that I’d just pick a few for today and then feature others later on in the series. Here are a few that have been with me for a while now.
Nice Guy Vinny: West Coast experimental hip-hop beat maker extraordinaire. Super young dude still riding the tidal wave that J Dilla set off with Donuts. Following his tumblr is a window into the world that has churned out stars like Lil’B, Odd Future, and Kreyashawn.
Sally Whitwell: This Australian classical pianist has recently put out a record of her interpretations of Philip Glass recordings. I’ve been a huge fan of the Glassman since I was 16 years old and I heard Einstein on the Beach. Her album, Mad Rush, has gotten tons of accolades and is actually selling really well for a classical album. Following her has allowed me to see her relationship with the composer develop as she goes deeper and deeper into her research and understanding of his life and work.
Jecht Rye: I know I said that I’d feature the artists who have been with me for a while, but honestly Jecht Rye have only been following me for about three days. Nevertheless I was captivated with their extended soundcloud (embedded below) which captures such a hugely diverse palette of sounds and genres, from the Boards of Canada influenced opening track Birdcry to the industrial hip-hop of Bail it Out (remix) and then bringing it back to the electroacoustic Tortoise like post-rock sound of the final several tracks. I can’t remember ever hearing a group or artists actually engage with this many styles of music at such an early stage in their developmment, c’est tres pomo, non?