This week we learned how utterly strange artists like to be sometimes. Pfunkt’s latest video features some kid's head swirling around a psychedelic landscape, best viewed after ingesting a couple tabs of acid. Then, some macho dude hung out with his parents, his crew, and his cars in DJ Mehdi's "Signature" video. And Tobacco and Beta Carnage's "Hairy Candy," well, you'll just have to watch that one yourself.Read more »
Roots, Rock, Remixed is the first official Bob Marley remix album, and unlike many attempts to rework tracks of the masters, this compilation sees artists like King Kooba, Afrodisiac Sound System, and Jimpster using today's digital technologies to enhance and manipulate Marley's original genius with style. It's risky business, and it works wonderfully here.Read more »
We floated smoothly into the week with dreamy arpeggios and lush melodies from ambient maestro Ulrich Schnauss. Then, having had our fill of all things shoegaze, we moved on to guitar delays and feedback from Krautrock duo Cloudland Canyon. The mysterious figure known as Lorn took us to music's netherworld with his drum machine, A Plus dropped a lyrically mature track off his first solo album, and veteran musician Randolph gave us a slice of Detroit to take home for the weekend.Read more »
Label founder, TV personality, and radio-show host Tony Wilson has passed away at the age of 57. He was diagnosed with kidney cancer in February of this year, though the cause of death is reportedly a heart attack he suffered while undergoing treatment for the cancer.
Wilson, born in Manchester, UK, is credited as being the first person to book the Sex Pistols for a television appearance, on his So It Goes series in the late '70s. He was also one of the founders of the legendary Factory Records label and Hacienda nightclub in Manchester.
Far Out Recordings’ latest signing Zeep has just released its debut album, Nina Miranda and Chris Franck present Zeep. Former members of Brazilian influenced acts Smoke City and Da Lata, Zeep are inspired by a 1970s music ideology, when things were live, urgent, right-on, scruffy, funky, and folksy.Read more »
CMJ is Upon Us!
Almost, anyway. The New York City festival–a whopping 27 years old–will see Simian Mobile Disco (pictured above), Jesu, Devin the Dude, Crystal Castles, and a bunch of others invade the stage for five days, from October 16 - 20. Register by August 15 and save, uh, 19% off the $415 price tag for a badge. You do the math.
In the early ’70s, Hamburg-based Krautrock outfit Faust made history with its avant-garde, improvisational music. One signing with Polydor later, the band began to incorporate electronic cut-and-paste editing techniques, bizarre field recordings, and lush noise to its tracks, thus defining a new era of experimental music. The group eventually released the epic beast, Faust IV, on Virgin.Read more »
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