We missed the boat on posting this song when it was still fresh and shiny (it came out in January), but we couldn’t pass up making sure more people had a chance to hear it. All-around talented guy Mark McGee (Makr, To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie, Marijuana Deathsquads, Father You See Queen, Votel, RONIA, etc) giving the remix treatment to Brute Heart, one of the very best bands in our scene? Yes, please. Listen below to his hypnotic but not overtly aggressive handling of the trio’s trademark haunted post-pop. McGee manages to warp the band’s sound every so slightly, but leaves the spirit of what makes the band so great. Maybe this remix is an indication of a future project together? If it is, we will be so excited about it that we will probably only wait three months after it comes out to cover it.
I often find myself thinking/saying/writing that Moon Glyph is “on a good run,” but then I realize that statement implies that there has been a point where Moon Glyph was releasing material that wasn’t outstanding, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Either way, their latest release is from Food Pyramid member Chris Farstad’s 555 project in the form of a nine song LP titled Nine Gates. The albums follows up his solid if underrated debut Solar Express, also released on Moon Glyph. Ratcheting up the tempo on his new release, Farstad still delivers lush and hypnotic synth work, but a bit more dancy and bright than his debut’s ambient and Kosmische leanings. It is an collection of songs that both zone in and zone out, a soundtrack to what the label describes as the “now age.” Check out two tracks below to get a sense of the cosmic glow. Buy the tape from Moon Glyph HERE.
Below this quaint little post is a link to an Animal Lover LP that will pummel your eardrums and shatter your quiet Thursday morning. The trio hails from Fargo, and they have a no-frills, post-hardcore sound that combines noise and hard rock in a way that sounds very tightly executed while at the same time straying near the edge of a nervous breakdown. Local Label Learning Curve seems like an obvious home for such a sound and sure enough, they are releasing Animal Lover’s new LP Guilt this Spring (5/20). If you can’t wait a few days, the band will be kicking off their U.S. tour tonight at the Turf Club with STNNNG, Solid Attitude and Les Deux Maggots. Shoul;d be a terrific show!
Larry Wish and his Guys have been fixtures of the underground Minneapolis music scene for a number of years now. They constantly play small venues and DIY shows, though thus far it hasn’t added up to a huge amount of coverage locally. A label in NYC has taken notice, however. Brooklyn based Orange Milk recently put out the newest Larry Wish Cassette Free Willy Style (available here). You can stream a single from the album below, and if “Up To Me Books” is any bellweather, the rest of the cassette should be pretty awesomely full of proggy rock weirdness.
Matthew De Gennaro’s Chuang Tzu Motherfucker was a great and unexpected find last year. The experimental artist is something of a hermit and flies about as far under the radar as you can get. Luckily local eclectic label Soft Abuse released De Gennaro’s 2013 album and those lucky enough to hear of it were richly rewarded. Now apparently De Gennaro has already prepared the material for a second album, and Soft Abuse will be releasing that one as well. Old Jack Somebody will be released on cassette format sometime in the near future. You can hear the first track from it “Sick Payador at Your Door” below. It’s a pretty instrumental tune that combines De Gennaro’s pastoral guitar/string arrangements with chimes and keys. Without any radical departures from De Gennaro’s established modus, the new track sounds more accessible than anything that I have heard of his in the past and would likely make a great introduction to the artist. Look to Soft Abuse for more details as to when Old Jack Somebody will become available.
Shabazz Palaces stormed into our existence in 2011 with their amazing Black Up LP — my favorite record of that year — but outside of a few great shows here, we haven’t heard much from the duo since. Luckily this changed earlier this week when they not only announced their next LP Lese Majesty, they released the great track “They Come in Gold,” which is part of the “The Phasing Shift” suite. Like their previous material (they had two independently released LPs before Black Up), the beats are soulful yet murky and Ishmael Butler is as obtuse and confident behind the mic, almost blending in with the haze that he creates with Nep Sidhu. The record is 18 tracks that are grouped into seven suites, and the whole LP is as amazing as the lead single leads one to believe. Needless to say, this album is making a beeline for the front of the “best of 2014″ list, and it isn’t even out for two months. If purple vinyl and a bonus 7″ are your thing, pre-order the record HERE.
Warehouse Eyes may look like a duo from their band photo, but according to their bio the band is comprised of five: Jennie Lahlum (vocals/synth), Christopher Williams (keys/synth), Jason McGlone (drums), Colin Sheffield (guitar), and Kevin Scott (bass). The local quintet produces moody, ethereal dream pop that is focused around the vocals of Lahlum. And Lahlum has a good voice – the kind of prettily breathy alto that is perfectly suited to this genre. Thus far, Warehouse Eyes only has a single track available for streaming so it is difficult to describe the range of their sound beyond the single track. “Through the Glass” sounds pretty promising though. Though still labeled “demo” it has a nice, clean sound and a pretty melody. The band will presumably be including more tunes on their debut EP, which is called Carvings and will be released on Friday, May 23rd at the Turf Club.
Need a pick-me-up on a overcast Wednesday? How about the hyper post-punk of “Sunbathing Animal,” the title track from the forthcoming Parquet Courts LP. The guitars are languid and fuzzy in a 90’s revivalist way, the vocals are manic and almost ornamental, and the drums seem to be constantly near the point where they might go flying off the rails as they gallop forward to 200 miles per hour. It is a track that is almost overwhelming in its execution and it certainly gets the most out of its nearly four minute lifespan. If you like what you hear, grab Sunbathing Animal from Mom&Pop Records when it comes out on June 3rd.
I haven’t really kept track of songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield over the past few years – I loved her melancholy-soaked country/folk debut With Blasphemy So Heartfelt but then, as so often happens, I lost track of her. Listening to tracks on her new record Make My Head Sing it appears that a lot has changed since 2008 (Mayfield also released Tell Me in 2011, a record that I similarly missed). Whereas I knew Mayfield as a master of the woebegone, regret-filled ballad, the leading tune off of her new album, “Oblivious,” is a raucous, distortion-filled, rocker. It is definitely a change, but I think it’s a good one – Mayfield’s evocative alto is as well suited to garage/grunge as it was to country and it’s a refreshing update to her sound. Mayfield will be performing at the Turf Club this Thursday night with Dylan LeBlanc (another talented artist I have admired but not kept very good track of). You can get tickets here or at the door.