January 23rd, 2009 | Work
January 23rd, 2009 | people I know
* A little disturbed that R Stevens has taken to calling himself "Sex Batman" in private messages.
* Happy birthday Melissa Gira, who commented earlier: "Today I’m 31. That’s like 80 in Facebook years."
* Ben Templesmith’s PRESIDENTS OF THE USA is out next week, from IDW:
January 23rd, 2009 | brainjuice
The new Animal Collective album isn’t a bad album, by any means. What it is, is relentlessly bright. It sounds like a rain of silver dollars clattering down on a magnesium countertop for an hour. It stays in that upper register for so long that it is, to me, the aural equivalent of eating something with so much sugar in it that my teeth start to hurt. It’s diificult to listen to the thing all the way through because I find myself wanting to buy shades for my ears, just to get rid of the fucking glare and hear what else is going on. If I could slice off all that toppiness, I imagine I’d find a very good Animal Collective album — certainly an interesting one, a biographical step on from Panda Bear’s solo work, moving from the euphoria of finding joy in your twenties to three childhood friends feeling slightly adrift in the onset of real adulthood. It’s a collection of ideas for a Great Album, but the execution and production isn’t quite there yet. Animal Collective fans thought MERRIWEATHER would be a game-changer. I think it’ll be the next one, once they’ve got the distance to look back with clarity on what will be ten years in music.
January 22nd, 2009 | brainjuice
January 22nd, 2009 | podcast
The 4am is a selection composed entirely of music sent to me by artists. If you want your music (and, hell, I’ll even take field recordings and spoken-word) to be played on The 4am, email your 128kbps-plus mp3 files directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your website address, please. The 4am is mixed down to 128kbps, is of no set length and is released on no set schedule. If you like the 4am, please tell people. The 4am shits fireworks and baby heads.
The podcast feed for The 4am is: http://warrenellis.com/?feed=podcast
Maddest Kings Alive – “Measles” (4:02)
Clique Talk – “Sputter” (6:29)
Xykogen – “My Unquiet Mind” (4:04)
Bokeh – “In October We Will” (7:28)
Electronic noises, this week. Just brief notes again, sorry:
Maddest Kings Alive get as close to 8bit postrock as I’ve ever heard. Or will probably ever hear. Clique Talk are from Chicago and I know nothing else about them save that they claim to be fanboys. Xykogen have a new, free album out this month, at this link. Bokeh is Mandy Matz, known to longtime readers & listeners as Theory Anesthetic, working with Mykel Boyd, multitalented founder of the Somnimage label.
I hope you like what you find. Next week will probably be all guitars.
EDIT: apparently the mp3 Xykogen sent me was fucked up somehow, and they desire that you go here to listen to “My Unquiet Mind” in the form they intended (and also you can download it and the rest of the album it’s on for free!).