SOME STUFFS: Cut Chemist gets global as he moves forward to “Die”

One Day on Earth the music video – by Cut Chemist from One Day on Earth on Vimeo.

Tonight, Cut Chemist performs in front of the United Nations in New York City in support of One Day On Earth, a documentary film that simply captures various filmed images from around the world on one specific day. What Cut Chemist did was gather some of the best sounds from the film and create a song. If you think of a track like Coldcut‘s “Timber”, it’s similar in nature but a bit more advanced and updated to represent the world today, which perhaps is not so different as the world (and people) of the past.

With a visit to NYC, Cut Chemist will be doing an all 45’s set at the Bowery on Monday before heading back home (or looking for more radio spots), as he prepares to complete his next album, Die Cut He’ll then be heading to Brazil for a show and then return home for a visit to the I Love This City Festival in San Francisco at the end of the month. Chaotic? I wish I was able to do that kind of traveling, Mr. Chemist. For you, the fan of Cut’s chemistry, here is where you’ll see him in the next month:

April 23… New York, NY (Bowery Electric)
May 11… Sao Paulo, Brazil (Sonar)
May 25… San Francisco, CA (I Love This City Festival)

Meanwhile, his “Outro (Revisited)” single (on A Stable Sound) can be purchased on the trusty vinyl format, along with the trendy digital ones. You can buy vinyl directly from the official Cut Chemist store @ BigCartel.

SOME STUFFS: La Sera announces more tour dates

La Sera has a show tonight in Mammoth Lakes, California at Hyde Lunch, so with luck, you’re reading this while:

1) getting out of the shower
2) putting on make-up
3) you’re drunk and you don’t give a shit how you look, dress, or smell before the show.

It’s all on you, but along with tonight’s show, she has announced a few more concert dates for May.

April 22 – Mammoth Lakes, CA – Hyde Lounge*
May 10 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
May 11 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
May 12 – Ottawa, ON – TBD
May 13 – Toronto, ON – The Shop under Parts and Labour
May 14 – Detroit, MI – Lager House
May 15 – Chicago, IL – Township
May 16 – Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog
May 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – 31st Pub
May 18 – Washington, DC – Red Palace
May 19 – New York, NY – Cameo Gallery

* w/ Neon Indian

VIDEO: Andrew Stamps’ “My Sunshine”

Andrew Stamps – My Sunshine from Freedom Hall on Vimeo.

Andrew Stamps is a new component of the Freedom Hall collective, it may seem a bit different but what’s wrong with stepping out of expected comfort zones?

To find out more about him and his music, head over to his official ReverbNation page.

RECORD CRACK: Slabdragger/Meadows split 12″ EP is on its way

Fans of stoner, sludge, doom, and crust metal will want to keep an ear and eye out for a forthcoming 12″ from the Head Of Crom label out of the UK, for they are releasing a split 12″ between Slabdragger and Meadows.

You can pre-order the 12″ directly from Head Of Crom by clicking here. Those outside of the UK should keep in mind that the cost of postage will be considerably high, so if you don’t want to pay the postage rate, feel free to ask if the record will be available elsewhere for ordering. You can have an audio preview by clicking the Bandcamp player below (or if it’s not showing up, click here.)

REVIEW: Marriages’ “Kitsune”

Photobucket Marriages are a new trio to my ears who consist of Emma Ruth Rundle (vocals, guitar, piano and flute), Dave Clifford (drums), and Greg Burns (bass guitar, synth), and their style of rock goes towards the progressive and the ethereal. There are some elements of Kitsune that sound quite beautiful and dreamy, if not meditative, and their tendency to add a minimalism appeals to me. Then you’ll have a track like “Ten Tiny Fingers”, where everything is delicate and sensitive (Latifah style) but then out of nowhere comes a blast of guitar and bass bashing and it feels like being locked in a heated room and opening it to discover an incredible cool breeze. It’s that sense of angst and relief.

Along the way, you’re pulled into the music even deeper. I like the use of reverb in Rundle’s voice, where it’ll sound very distant and you may picture yourself extending a metaphorical hand to join her, Clifford, and Burns into whatever worlds they will be going into next.

What I found that worked about this is that just as you’ve collected your thoughts with one song, they come back with an all new arsenal and it’s an all new voyage. You begin to have a slight feel for their capabilities, you put your faith into what they do, and just go along with it. When they get into a bit of rhythmic noise collage, they head into Sonic Youth territory, and then right back into the pop that makes you drift away. It’s a clash that they organize quite well, and I for one have now become a fan of Marriages because of it.

(Kitsune will be released on May 1st and will be available from Bandcamp. Vinyl and CD’s will also be sold through their online store.)

REVIEW: Bully Blinders’ “Moon Under Eyelids”

Photobucket Bully Blinders are back with a new album called Moon Under Eyelids, and if you have heard of them by name but haven’t had a chance to hear them, this would be a good place to chart. They tend to have a quirky side when they rap, but then there’s also a nice pop side that could easily make them appealing to fans of the various Anticon offshoots over the years. On the rap side, they do things as trippy as cLOUDDEAD and Reaching Quiet but when it comes to their pop side, they show a side of eclecticism that is nice to hear, without a sense of sarcasm of jokes on their behalf. It comes off like some of Flaming Lips‘ best works, and then they’ll dip into dropping some nice rhymes. It balances well, and I hope others will enjoy the balance too.

REVIEW: Backburner’s “Heatwave”

Photobucket Heatwave (Hand’solo) is a collection of various artists rhyming for the common cause of simply rhyming, making music, and entertaining one another. It sounds like the kind of hip-hop that was active and hyperactive before the internet’s first hip-hop community found itself, but as if they all knew there was more to this music than what was discussed in a digital realm. This can be considered the kind of hip-hop that hip-hop itself forgot it used to be.

Backburner represents everyone that is on this album, which includes Jesse Dangerously, Thesis Sahib, More Or Les, Psybo, Ambition, Timbuktu, Wordburglar, and many others, doing the kind of songs that are about taking the music, lyricism, and themselves to a next level, even if that level means simply having a chance to create more music again. If you’re a fan of indie/underground hip-hop, and like the tendencies for the rappers to move towards levels that are sometimes considered unacceptable by the mainstream these days, you will like this, as some of it comes off as unexpected. What I hear are lines, verses, and songs that have the “wow factor” and while that term might sound like something one might hear from judges on a televised talent show, let me put it this way. There was a term in the era of cassettes where you would talk about rewinding the tape over and over so you could hear that line that just made you go “oh shit!” Each of the MC’s here sound different from one another, so while Backburner may be united by name, they’re not playing verbal hopscotch by becoming copy machine-style rappers. That has always irked the shit out of me, to be in a group and sound like four other guys, only so that when the main MC runs out of breath, the three other MC’s can rhyme in place of you for a few seconds. This is not so much a multi-headed, same-sounding beast but a group of rhymers who display their influences with pride and take their love of hip-hop to the future. Not everyone is going to be a fan of each and every person on this, but there are more than enough MC’s on this to become a personal favorite.

REVIEW: Zammuto’s self-titled album

Photobucket Zammuto is a new project from The Books‘ member Nick Zammuto, and the self-titled debut album (Temporary Residents Ltd.) shows a brief hint of what you may have known him for, and it’s sure to surprise those who have made expectations for him.

The album shows a deep love for electronic sounds, be it funk, dance, or simply upping all of his instrumentation into new worlds and realms through layering via multi-track recording. Imagine a mixture of elements you love from Black Moth Super Rainbow/Tobacco, Beck, Laurie Anderson, The Yes Album-era Yes, and that guy at the farmer’s market who stands there playing music for loose change while everyone heads the other direction looking for zucchini and corn. That’s Zammuto, playing some incredible sounds that bleeds through the mixture of real instrumentation and programmed sounds. This will definitely carry over if this music is taken to festival circuits, even though much of it sounds like it was recorded over a cool weekend in a basement surrounded by his favorite bowls of cereal. A good portion of it would be accessible in an Owl City, fashion, but while Owl City sounds forced and fortunate, Zammuto is that uncool kid that you want to be down with because he knows better.

REVIEW: Lenny Marcus Trio & Friends’ “Sun Ray: A Tribute To Ray Bryant”

Photobucket Sun Ray: A Tribute To Ray Bryant (self-released) is an album that shows the utmost respect for jazz, a musician, and a friend. The album by the Lenny Marcus Trio (Marcus on piano, Larry Scott on drums, and Rick Eckberg on bass) is the kind of diversity and jazz you come to love, expect, and respect from albums released throughout the 1960’s, where you’ll hear a bit of be-bop, something traditional, a bit of Brasilia with a dash into bossa nova, and a ballad or two, and the playing here is very exquisite. Everyone on this album stands out, but when Marcus gets into a mean solo, as he does in “Cubano Chant”, you can not only hear hints of what Marcus taught up, but Marcus offering acknowledgment to his mentor. It gets quite deep when you hear one of three Marcus originals, the title track that might make a few hip-hop producers go “oh!, I want to use that”. Not without permission, of course. Impressive album from start to finish.

BANDCAMP SUGGESTIONS: Ethel Cee/Dumhi’s “Seven Thirty”

Photobucket If you’ve heard some of Dumhi‘s projects in the last few years, you may have heard of rapper Ethel Cee in a few songs, but now there’s a major push to push her into the forefront. Welcome her.

Seven Thirty is an EP showing how female MC’s should be doing it, but at this point in hip-hop’s recorded history, some might feel it’s difficult to separate the differences between male and females. No reason. Ladies have been tearing it up on the mic for years, but in the last 12 years, it seems if you are a woman, you have to struggle 20 times as hard to be heard, leaving many to fade away. For me, that’s even more of a reason to take a serious listen, as she has the kind of power that made Queen Mother Rage and Isis/Linque once shared with the world. You may hear others, but I could easier hear Ethel Cee do tracks with Amplify Dot, RoxXxan, Eternia, Rakaa, Prie, Wizdom, or Black Thought.

On the musical side, Haj continues to create tracks not only for the singular, but also for a broader scope, and I like that. In other words, while he is producing individual tracks, when you hear it as part of a full project, I sense a bit of continuity, or at least an effort to make a series of songs connect. That may happen by adding sound effects to tie them in together so that it becomes a cinematic feast for the years, and listeners will be able to hear/see/envision the broader picture of what is Seven Thirty.

Even if it was made to be a simple EP of songs, there’s some sense of structure that shows me not only do Ethel Cee and Dumhi know what they’re doing, but they can also play sound games if need be. Participate by listening and have fun.