Join Visitation Rites and International Tapes for a night of debauchery at Coco 66. The LA DJ sensation Where’s Yr Child featuring Cameron Stallones of Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras is gonna set the dancefloor on fire after live performances from Sex Worker (Daniel Marin-McCormick of Mi Ami) and Psychic Reality, who recently put out a split together on Not Not Fun called Bored Fortress. Get your dancin’ shoes and bring the parents. Dad’s been under a lot of stress lately and really needs to unwind.
Word on the street is that U.S. Girls mastermind Meghan Remy recently relocated to Mississippi, and that she has a new split coming out with Toronto’s Slim Twig, the stage and screen persona of musician/actor/alt celeb Max Turnbull. “If These Walls Could Talk,” which may or may not be thematically related to the ’90s dramatic film, channels flashes of ’60s bubble gum and psychedelic tribalism through her signature tunnel of warpage, which seems to have a lot to do with the effect that she uses on her voice. This one, however, sounds a whole lot more hi-fi than any thing I’ve heard from her before– and perhaps a bit more charging.
U.S. Girls: “If These Walls Could Talk”
Words: Emilie Friedlander
U.S. Girls/Slim Twig split 12″ drops June 20th in Europe, and August 16th in North America. Grab it from FatCat sister imprint Palmist Records. Check Altered Zones for dates for Ms. Remy’s upcoming tour with Brooklyn’s Noveller.
Almost one year ago to this day, I reviewed The Joshua Light Show Festival at Abrons Art Center on the Lower East Side. Those shows showcased the music of luminaries such as Woods and Silver Apples against the psychedelic background of The Joshua Light Show. This year, the Joshua Light Show has joined the American Museum of Natural History to present a one-off experience in the storied Hayden Planetarium. Entitled Fulldome, the program is a sensory experience designed specifically for the unique environment of the planetarium with music from Z’ev, Laraaji, Nick Hallett and Oneida.
The Joshua Light Show’s visuals have always transcended the “Pink Floyd Laser Show” stigma of cheesy visual/musical presentations, instead opting for a more abstract, disciplined and inclusive approach. The complete lineup of the current Light Show includes musicians, sound designers and visual artists. For the Fulldome presentation they have crafted a uniquely formatted show tailored specifically to the Planetarium environment. The Fulldome collaboration should provide the group with ample opportunity to demonstrate their unique and essential take on the intersection of visual arts, music and sensory experience.
Atlanta-via-London producer C Powers– full name Chris Powers– is on a rampage this year. Whether he’s working solo or playing in Mane Mane or Shur (formally Shrur)– a face-melting ménage à trois that also includes Twins and CH-Rom– C Powers has been churning out jagged dance floor gold all year. Like previous releases, C Powers’ latest effort, Labour, sizzles with the energy of constant movement. In standout “French Alex,” it’s as if the stuttering samples, shards of guitar, throbbing bass, and flickering drum loops are trying to break free from the confines of the song altogether. Like a schizoid-disco anthem, “French Alex” exemplifies C Powers’ knack for maintaining a feeling of irresistible warmth, even when you’re constantly catching onto its coattails.
Words: Daniel Gottlieb
Labour is available now as a freshly tracked CD-R on our good friend Friendship Bracelet’s UUUTAPES, and also as a free download from the C Powers Bandcamp. If you like what you hear, you can catch C Powers on both Friday and Saturday of this week. Check here for details.
“Black Wizard” is six-and-a-half minutes of ramshackle freak rock from Brooklyn’s Flower Orgy, who have the particularity of consisting of three females and one male, and of residing in Brooklyn’s peninsular Red Hook neighborhood, which is actually shaped like a hook. Full of gristled licks, co-ed vocal harmonies, and surprise chord changes, this Alex Bleeker-recorded guitar stomper could easily be a lost New England fire pit jam between the defunct Vermont psych-folk collective Feathers and the Magik Markers at their most unhinged. Especially like the half-screamed, half-sung “I don’t know what you’re doing to me” refrain– presumably addressed to the black wizard himself– and the guitar free-for-all near the end, which is one beautiful mess if I’ve ever seen one.
Flower Orgy, “Black Wizard”
Melbourne’s James Wallace–aka Wintercoats–has aptly named this new track with Canadian vocalist Sea Oleena. The track owns its title’s adjective in every measure. Softly picked guitar and ambient noise wrap you in a quiet-time cocoon while Oleena’s voice echos in powerful-yet-wispy fashion against its walls. Lyrically, Oleena accompanies these delicate vibes by painting an Atlas-like image of a woman struggling to hold up the clouds. But this image seems to clash with the relaxing nature of “Delicate Position”’s sounds. Or maybe it doesn’t. Perhaps the real message here is a statement on the very idea of relaxation; that its often not as easy as taking a chill-pill. Wintercoats and Oleena guide you in the right direction here, but–be warned–being a “chill bro” is a lot harder than it sounds.
Wintercoats, “Delicate Position (ft. Sea Oleena)” (Self-Released)
Words: Marc Picciolo
You can download/stream this track on Wintercoats’ bandcamp page. Hear more from Sea Oleena over on her page.
It is said that Cumbia music originated in Latin America, in the regions that are now known as Colombia and Panama. It was honed by the African slave population, through the fusion of African rhythms and the music of the tribes that were native to the region. It was often the soundtrack to an elaborate dance of courtship amongst the slave population. As genres tend to do, Cumbia has taken on many iterations since this seminal period. Los Angeles crate digger DJ Lengua has mastered a delightfully psychedelic rendition of the old dance by taking vintage Cumbia records, and re-imagining them to a blaring hip hop beat. Treading on the groovy territory of Deee-Lite, Lengua’s washed out beats mine the sonic palette of a late night boom box throw down.
DJ Lengua, “La Jungla”
As Summer officially begins to rear its frizzy head, the urge for seasonal jams becomes hard to control. Luckily DJ MGG just made this dance hall reggae mix that is making us sweat with joy. His recent trip to Jamaica has been the source of much inspiration, which is the good news for all of us. Although the mix is deep with club bangers, there are some instrumentals that tow the line between dance hall and minimal techno.
Instantly smitten with this ramshackle psych-folk number by New York’s Devin Gary & Ross, the visually inclined trio of cartoon animator Devin Flynn, photographer and sign painter Ross Goldstein, and illustrator, designer, and all-around Renaissance weirdo Gary Panter, perhaps best known as the art director for “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.” Pete Nolan of Spectre Folk is putting out their debut EP, Four Corners Bounce, on his own Arbitrary Signs imprint, and we can definitely hear the family resemblance. Think Velvet Underground-era VU meets Alexander “Skip” Spence meets the equally LSD-infused solo output of Germany’s Juergen Gleue, only WAY more deadpan.
Devin Gary & Ross: “4 Corners”
Life on the internet often involves taking on many personas. How dull would it be if we always had to be ourselves? Sometimes these personas are born for the sake of a user’s amusement, but sometimes they come out of necessity. Recently I took on a new persona for the very necessary purpose of protecting my good name. I will not reveal that alias here, but I will tell you that she is also a writer, and the material that she covers has taken me down some strange paths. Interestingly enough, she took me to The New Wave Theatre very recently. The New Wave Theatre was a Los Angeles based public access show in the early 1980s. It became a spot on the television dial for local (and not so local) punk, new wave, and other weirdness. The broadcasts featured live performances by bands that went on to have huge followings, such as Black Flag and X, and bands that we barely heard from again. Much of these performances are available on YouTube. Here are some of my favorites:
Heroic Struggles, “I’m Life”
There isn’t much info out there on this band, but the singer might be the king of anti-charisma. The oboe breaks get me every time…
45 Grave, “Wax”
While I don’t approve of her tasteless pun of a name, Dinah Cancer and co make some incredible off tune punk music, with classic “barely trying” vocals. This rubs my teen angst button in just the right way.
Oblong Rhondas, Performance of “Sleep” by Voice Farm
When you say “New Wave interpretive dance troupe” I say “why am I not doing this at every show?”
Ju Ju Hounds, “Up From The Deep”
Looking for some Liquid Sky vibes? Well, you came to the right place. Top it off with some Elvis tinged vocal vamping, and you’ve got something special. Ju Ju Hounds might have been blowing up when this performance was shot, but there is very little info about them online. For now, this video will have to suffice.