"95 Til Infinity" - Joey Bada$$
We’re all understandably excited for inimitable, undeniable game-changer Kanye to drop the beautifully brazenly-titled Yeezus. Though Yeezus is the most important release of the summer (whether you like that fact or not), it’s hardly the only interesting rap album to drop in the next few weeks.
While Kanye looks to the future, Brooklyn’s rapidly rising rap wunderkind Joey Bada$$ draws from the rich vein of the 90’s rap game. His Summer Knights mixtape may have been delayed until July 1st, but the quick-spitting throwback has dropped another single. Following up lauded lead single “Word is Bond,” still drips with 90’s nostalgia even as Lee Bannon imbues it with trill 20teens production. No one’s touching Kanye this summer, but there’s a lot to be said for how much Joey Bada$$ is killing it right now.
- Tyler Hanan
Show Review: Tyler Hanan [6/11/13]
Friday, June 7th, marked the middle of a metal marathon at The Pyramid Scheme of Grand Rapids, MI. Sandwiched between nights of Kylesa (whose new album Ultraviolet is deservedly raking in rave reviews) and Baroness (a show that actually sold out), the Torche, KEN mode, and Lo -Pan faced a crowd smaller than what that lineup merits and gave it a raucous little show.
"Lee (Columbine High Harmony" - Coma Cinema
Happy Saturday, all. Whether this be the first or fifteenth time you’ve stumbled upon the news of Coma Cinema’s Posthumous Release being made available on Bandcamp, hopefully all informed have made or will make time in their day for Mat Cothran’s elegant, incredible opus. Mat’s accompanying words:
we’ll talk more about this later. but here is 3 years of my life captured onto tape. i love every one of you who has kept me going for so long. god bless every one who has taken care of me. this is my statement, this is the record i was born to create. i hope you like it. i love you all.
I take this to mean that Mr. Cothran will say a bunch of intelligent, eye-opening things about the album that will leave any observations I spout off coming off woefully misguided.
Misguided musings will have to wait, though. We’ll be talking about this quite a bit more - and more extensively - in the near future, even moreso than before. For now, take time to dive into what is one of the best album’s I’ve heard in a quite a while.
Besides already familiar singles “Satan Made A Mansion" and "Burn A Church,” as well as the recently posted on 420 love songs “Virgin Veins,” the above track and “Partners in Crime” are two of the most immediate, striking songs of 2013. The third-last track, “Survivor’s Guilt,” accomplishes the impossible in being just as heartbreaking as the Elvis Depressedly original.
The entirety of the intimate postmortem is worth remarking upon. Few others craft intimate, beautiful songs that reach far beyond their brief running time like Cothran. Go forth and feel over this deeply personal gem [link].
- Tyler Hanan
"Eulogy" - Panopticon
I first stumbled upon this five-song Vestiges/Panopticon split over at Cactus-Mouth, where Panopticon’s track “A Letter” was posted and praised in all its resplendent black metal/insert other genre fusion glory. Also taken was mention of Deafheaven making bigger black metal waves in the greater public consciousness, so I’ll have to find another angle. Well behind the cultural bandwagon, we are, breathing deeply of that thick dustcloud we find ourselves left behind in.
This split, a team-up of two prolific, those-who-know favorites, was brought to mind again when I kicked up a week-old press release from The Flenser. It further fleshed out each band’s qualifications and led me to The Flenser’s bandcamp, where there are links for LP purchase and free download accompany the 37+ minute release.
Vestiges’ two tracks blend into an alternately pretty and perilous 18-minute trek, cathartic in both its barn-burning peaks and drone noise interlude moments. Panopticon provides three eclectic tracks that push beyond the boundaries of metal. Sometimes the music’s fuzzy, other times funky. It even gets outright melodic, all post-rock with incomprehensible shouting over those pretty guitars. “North American Folk Metal" - facebook bios explain all.
It’s a rad split, certainly another piece that could appeal to people who “don’t like black metal - well, not the usual black metal.” It’s definitely worth a few dollars, though no judgements will be made by the poor college kids running this site [link].
- Tyler Hanan
"HW:R" - True Widow
Slow burn trio True Widow have announced their follow-up to 2011’s well-received album As High As the Highest Heavens and From the Center to the Circumference of the Earth. Balancing out the karmic scales, or possibly taking a kinder eye to would-be music journalists, the new album is simply titled Circumambulation. The album is to be released on July 23rd by Relapse Records.
This first single, debuted by Noisey, sees the band continuing in their accustomed way. In addition to (likely) being even bigger than 2011’s breakout-of-sorts, the album will also (likely) give critics another opportunity to walk that ever-present tightrope of defining just how genre-defying, but also genre-refining, a certain genre-flippant band really is. It will also give others ample opportunity for others to make fun of this trend while also undercutting the jokes by doing the exact same thing, like so:
"Whether skewing closer to shoegaze or slowcore or tongue-in-cheek "stonegaze," the trio returns with a particularly tart taste of Texas. Bringing back that heavy and thoughtful shoecore or slowgaze sound we so enjoy verbally bumbling over, True Widow looks to offer something a little more low-key in the summer of Yeezus."
I feel dirty, but this is an album that should be anticipated. Listen.
- Tyler Hanan
"Permanent State of Daylight" - Calculator
Capping a fine week of Calculator news, the California quintet’s Kickstarter was funded this Monday evening. Functioning as a preorder of sorts, the Kickstarter ended with $1,762, well beyond the $1,000 goal. This means the repressing of These Roots Grow Deep will be going forward, as will the pressing of the new full-length This Will Come To Pass. In the meantime, Zosia Mamet is still waiting on another $30,000 to make that music video. Stay strong, Zo.
The successful funding of a Kickstarter that actually has a shred of humanity wasn’t the only Calculator news, though. After debuting new songs from the album on PunkNews and SiqShit, the band posted the album on Bandcamp on Saturday. The album is streaming in full, all 13 thrilling tracks, and the album is sounding as exceptional as fans had been sure it would. It’s replete with all the requisite emotional charge and frenetic, kinetic energy. We’ll cover that more later, though; for now, dive in for yourselves.
- Tyler Hanan
"Ancient Questions" (live) - Mount Eerie
Mount Eerie, NSB favorite and crafter of two incredible 2012 albums, will soon be releasing a live 12” that’s likely to inspire just as many tears as, well, every other Phil Elverum album. Live in Bloomington, September 30th, 2011 is slated for a July 9th release from XRA Records, who shared this album track with those clever wordsmiths and fellow fans over at Tiny Mix Tapes.
This cut is particularly… cutting, with Elverum’s voice ringing out as clearly as crystal (which I’ve been told on completely uninformed authority actually is quite clear) overtop similarly serene keyboard plinking and a particularly sway-friendly guitar. Take a glance at the tracklist; I see one of my favorite 2012 singles, “House Shape,” right at the top. The buried lead: there’s also a Microphones track. Gird your hearts and tear ducts.
- House Shape
- Between Two Mysteries
- Ancient Questions
- Karl Blau
- No Inside, No Out
- The Place I Live
- Lone Bell
- See Me
- Stone’s Ode
- The Place Lives
- Tyler Hanan
"Rachel" - Foxes In Fiction
Apart from a small collaborative EP in February, ambient musician and co-owner of record label Orchid Tapes, Warren Hildebrand (Foxes In Fiction), hasn’t had a major release in several years from the looks of it. A sudden tumblr post in the middle of the night led to the release of his latest download, “Rachel,” a beautiful manipulation of a three-second vocal warm-up from fellow musician R.L. Kelly. It’s available for download on Hildebrand’s website, alongside this choice quote: “Something I quickly made and then excitedly posted at 3:30 AM last night. Listen w/ headphones if you can <3.” Keep that in mind the next time you feel unproductive in the wee hours of the night.
- Kyle Minton
"Teenager" - Jeff Rosentstock
Bomb the Music Industry! may be no more, but, as is often the silver lining with breakups, the parts have caromed off into new and different (to varying degrees) things. At least, that’s what I’ve been telling myself since I had to end the Ben & Jerry’s binge.
The ringleader of everyone’s favorite definers of DIY and punk - by the way, every BtMIs album is still available for free - has released a new song. Rosenstock brings back those fond, wistful memories even as he gets listeners dancing badly and boldly across their messy, empty bedrooms.
The song is one of two available on a 7” now up for preorder. The kicker, though, is that uppity, carefree kicker is only one of nine songs that can be had through said preorder. Available through Really Records, the preorder promises the two song 7” and a new summer recording every two weeks. It also promises a 45 RPM adapter, which is just nice. The Summer Seven Club, it’s called, and there’s no more fitting music to be had through such a thing than the summer-synonymous songs of Rosenstock [link].
- Tyler Hanan
"In my dreams we’re almost touching" - Ricky Eat Acid
When we last heard from Sam Ray’s solo ambient project, Ricky Eat Acid, he was busy breaking our collective heart. Now, he’s installing strobe lights and insisting that we give dancing a chance. “In my dreams we’re almost touching” is a shift in confidence and emotional landscape for Ricky Eat Acid. It forgoes any sullenness or cynicism in favor of overwhelming production dipped in a golden sheen, all while utilizing a Drake sample and swelling beats to spill out rather than invite listeners in. It’s not exclusionary; Ray’s sense of longing hasn’t been lost, and his less-is-more approach has been traded in for a vigor suited for a more impressive longing than the kind he usually croons about. It’s our first taste from Three Love Songs, the first Ricky Eat Acid release since his excellent split earlier this year with Blithe Field.
- Kyle Minton