Guillermo Scott Herren's (prefuse 73, savath y savalas, and a bunch of other aliases) tour cd somehow sneaked pass my radar back in 2003. -from discogs "Tour CDR in regular CD jewel case with handmade artwork (front and back inlays) that was sold (for $25) on 2003 Prefuse 73 tour with Four Tet and Manitoba"
anyway, the album sounds like a savath y savalas release (and some of the tracks are from savath y savalas albums). folky, glitchy, and sleepy. NASCAR!
"I want to shout out God." Heh. I'm serious here. Ok, if there is one period of hip hop i'm not as familiar with, it's the early 90's version of new agers that took the native tongue style waaaay left, ie Arrested Development and PM Dawn. I never really took PM Dawn seriously, but for some reason had been wanting to hear this album, and, to little surprise, found it very cheaply used. It's on some weird, happy, ish, with the regular breakbeat behind some crystalicious (that's a real word, ha), shiny brass buddha statue jazz samples in a contorted new jack swing gone Enya styling. Lyrics like "Reality used to be a friend of mind," and something about Christina Applegate not wanting to get it on with Prince Be, "I wanted her to be a big PM Dawn fan" but that's "just how it goes" he guesses. He raps like a short bus version of Erick Sermon, that slightly homosexual slur and stutter. But really, in retrospect it's not as bad as all this sounds or as harsh as it's critics say, and is almost nice, if you aren't afraid to be cheesy sometimes. Most recognizable here is "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss." I actually kind of like it, bloated abstractions about Jesus included (except 'Shake' which is inexcusable). 320. Prince Be is a singer/ songwriter. So, Pascal, this inane post goes out directly to you (I'm not letting you live that down)
I love those days when you don't know something exists, then you fall face first into it, and life is awesome. Bobb Bruno is the best dude, and this is a tape i just happened across. If you liked the one from DNT from late last year, you will like this. Rain Bows is a really great jam, along the lines of Snail's Pace, i guess. It has that same weird soul slithering sound.
Man, i went to a show of his over a year ago at the Metro in chicago. he had the whole place in like a soul train line zig zagged and we all had to dance through it then add on to the end and put our hands up like a canopy above the dancers. he lets crowd members push the buttons on his machinery... siked to hear this. He told me, after having signed my shirt with a seeing eye pyramid and winged-2012 symbol, that his next album (he was promoting Spiderman Of The Rings, of course, thus referring to Bromst) will be his most popular, then people won't like him as much. real cool dude. you should go to his shows.
(if this review doesn’t seem cohesive, im sorry. im watching brasil vs italy right now. and holy shit, this is a good game. brasil is playing the beautiful game like they should.)
about a month ago i received an email from Jeune Été Records (<---link) looking to get some promotion. they sent me the first two releases from their catalog asking me to do to a review. i often get artists wanting reviews but rarely review, mostly because im lazy, but also because i don’t really care for their music. this isn’t the case for sister crayon and j. irvin dally (i'll post a review for that later along with the plains review). for a new label to release quality like this is impressive.
sister crayon: beautiful voice. think cat power + bat for lashes + cocorosie. i could very easily turn this review into an article from haterville daily, because the influences are worn on the sleeves of sister crayon. but all is forgiven because the talent is vast. the music on ‘loneliness is my mother's gun’ is broken up into acoustic, keyboard, MPC goodness. im not one to pay much attention to lyrics, so i wont try to delve into what the lyrics mean (even if they are straight forward.. i wouldn’t get it), but the feeling is there and that says more to me than what the words actually are. one gripe i have with the album is how long it is (over an hour long). all the songs are album worthy, but it gets tiresome at points. other than that one complaint, sister crayon is VERY promising and i expect the next release to be even better. take note people... and buy the cd, as they are very limited and is very much worth your money.
so i uploaded this courtesy of my kind neighbor. here is some home listening for you guys that like to lay on the floor and chill. it sounds a bit like vincent gallo + tortoise + trip hop style drums. i read a review complaining that it sounds somewhat disingenuous... the style (record static over the whole track while no record sample is being used, out of tune/guitars drenched in chorus for an old recorded effect) at times can come across that way, but im guessing they did it all for the nookie, so its okay.
Not sure why inanely named this post that, but it almost fits. Released sometime last year or maybe late 07, it Changeling had another winner for Not Not Fun. This music is kind of like what if you drowned and died and when you died your soul was forced to float around in the sea rather than getting to go back above surface, and how would that sort of haunting sound. This is what I study Philosophy to.
Just making sure. Supposed to be the best construction of Smile from the old BWilson analog recordings, and it's good, though i don't agree with it completely. Worth while for sure. Someone needs to do a DJ Screw Purp Chick version and call it TusSmile or something.
ps - sorry for all the megaupload lately. these files are all over 100mb and, if nothing else, Goldenhymn taught me that if you Mediafire big files in two parts at least 1/2 downloaders will only do the first part, which is bizarre to me.
Is Predator Vision the greatest band name ever or what? duhnduhduhnduhdundundunduuuhn. that's what the guitars sound like to me, if i could squash that line with a rolling pin then throw it into the blender on FUCK YEAH setting. I miss doing over-exuberant blurbs. INANE
Boy, NNF described "Spirit Soul" as slinky pow-wow dance, and they weren't lying. they rarely do, i guess. shit, this is on some garage funk bass/electric then the keyboards hit, wow. man, i was going to pick this up on my last order and now regretting it. here goes another 6 bucks well spent. This is going to sound gooooooood come summer time. Please hurry up, summer time.
I don't care anymore. Illformed is always going to beat me to posting stuff like this, but i don't care. Ducktails is by favorite guy. His new tape is a little different, more drone raga stuff, but once the 5 minute mark hits (i don't want to spoil it too much, but, you know), awwww. It starts off like the transitional parts of a gang gang dance song, but in raga form, the switches in a matter of moments into some super beach chill stuff on side A. Side b is like the first half of side A travelling through a black hole or something.
Listen, I want more of his stuff. Like tape trades and stuff. I have music things i am willing to part with for these Ducktails tapes. Right now i have the DNT tape, Predator Vision 2, Traum Ecke, and the new Sun Araw split. I need the rest and am willing to give up early PHaunt stuff or whatever else. Hit me up.
Never knew this existed before tonight. Picked it up as a whim used at the record store, and it's from 96 and on Kranky records. Imagine what Kranky puts out now with a Portishead/Massive Attack time stamp. Somewhere said it's drone-n-bass, which seems about right. Good late night vibing here.
since my uploads haven't been working, i'll post a mix by flying lotus for bbc radio 1. lately i haven't been able to get enough of this guy (maybe homo). this mix is essential if you're a fan of this flylo's work. if you're not, ess a dee (yes homo).