Released just this week on Kranky, Précis marks the first official full-length album for Thomas Meluch, known here as Benoît Pioulard. It might mark the first "official" release, but the 21-year old has actually been making music for some time now, layering guitars and his own vocals on top of bells, dulcimers, feedback, and others sounds on numerous homemade CDRs and cassettes.Read more »
Brooklyn-based clothing company Triple Five Soul has been expanding internationally for a few years now, pushing their brand of lifestyle gear into Europe, Australia, The Philippines, and other countries, and gaining a presence with different music and cultural communities. The new Japan flagship store, which opened officially on October 7, marks their first serious venture into the East.
Maybe all that violence the US is wrapped up with in the Middle East is coming back to bite us in the arses, or maybe the industry players are fed up with a lackluster year in music. Whatever the cause, there's definitely been an increase in artist violence over the last week:
You know Matt Mehlan's ever-changing project as Skeletons & The Girl Faced Boys, and from the band's 2005 album Git. Always ready to mix things up a bit, the band has seen new members in the last year and a name change as well.
You probably know them from their photos dressed as giant eyeballs in top hats. Originally from Louisiana, The Residents, whose music is the definition of psychedelic eccentricity, moved to the Bay Area in the 70's and began incorporating SF counter culture into the dark tales of the South told in music and video format. Over their numerous releases since then the band has continued to elude fans, never giving interviews and remaining shrouded in a variety of masks, the most common of them being the top hat/eyeball variation.
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