The first time I became familiar with The Flaming Lips name was in the early days of Rip magazine, when the magazine wasn’t afraid to show an alternate side to music before they became an all hard rock/heavy metal publication. Even the album reviews made them out to be wild musically and very few people, including themselves, thought they would be around 30 years later. Here they are, Oklahoma’s finest, still making fine music and productions. 2nd Cassette Demo (Lovely Sorts of Death) is self-explanatory, as it dips into the Wayne Coyne archives and shows the very young band from the late summer of 1983. They sound like a lot of punk bands from the area, but you’re hearing an Oklahoma perspective of what these guys wanted to be and eventually became. The rugged rock sounds like something you might hear on albums by The Stooges, MC5, Dead Kennedys, D.O.A., or the Sex Pistols. It very much has that lively spirit of “we want to rock and get the hell out of here, let’s see what we can do”, and what’s also heard is how the group were playing with volume and distortion. They were not the noisy mavens they would become three years later, but it’s obvious what they wanted to do.
Grass Punks (Crossbill, US/Tin Angel, UK) is the album Tom Brosseau has shared with the world today, and he has also shared his latest creation, a video for the song “Today Is A Bright New Day”. New days are to come and Brosseau will occupy his time by sharing his music with the world in a live setting. Check him and his music if you can at the following cities and venues, including a show tonight at Largo At The Coronet in Los Angeles, which will double as the album release party. These shows will help lead him towards this year’s SXSW in Austin in March.
January 21… Los Angeles, CA (Largo at the Coronet: Album Release Party)
January 25… San Francisco, CA (Sketchfest @ Verdi Club)
January 26… San Francisco, CA (Sketchfest @ Marine Memorial Theatre)
February 5… Cambridge, MA (Passim)
February 6… New York, NY (Rockwood Music Hall)
February 7… Philadelphia, PA (Ortlieb’s)
February 8… Hudson, NY (Half Moon)
February 14… Brooklyn, NY (Pete’s Candy Store)
February 12… Brooklyn NY (The Paper Box)
February 25… Portland, OR (Mississippi Studios) *
February 26… Seattle, WA (Fremont Abbey) *
February 27… Cottage Grove, OR (Axe and Fiddle) *
February 28… Davis, CA (Veteran’s Memorial Theater)
March 1… Sacramento, CA (TBA) *
March 3… Berkeley, CA (Freight & Salvage) *
March 4… Northern CA (Private Show) *
March 6… San Diego, CA (North Park Vaudeville & Candy Shoppe)
March 7… Santa Monica, CA (The Sanctuary: Presented by The Bluegrass Situation)
March 8… Lompoc, CA (Certain Sparks Dinner & Show: Presented by The Bluegrass Situation)
March 11-15… Austin, TX (SXSW)
* w/ Shelby Earl
Japanese animator Nanako Tusruta created this new video for “Doggy Paddle” by Cloud Becomes Your Hand and as can be expected, it is an eyeful as much as the music is a massive earful. The sound sounds like it was created in the same neighborhood where The Residents and Snakefinger live. The band are signed to Northern Spy Records, who will be releasing the new album Rocks Or Cakes on February 25th. You may pre-order by clicking here.
The video you’re about to see serves two purposes:
1) The process of cutting a record, which involves creating a “mother” disc where the grooves are etched from an audio source (i.e. digital file or audio tape) and onto a platter. This mother will then be used to stamp out the records that you’ll be able to play at home. At least that’s a basic way of describing it, and you’ll also see the mastering engineer write into the run-off groove, most likely the catalog or master number and perhaps a signature of some sort to let collector’s know “I was here”.
2) It’s a chance to hear a song from Beck’s forthcoming album Morning Phase and as you can see, Beck is now a Capitol artist. Since Capitol is now owned by Universal, it makes the conversion from Geffen a bit more easier. no inter-label hoo-haa. Morning Phase will be released on February 25th.
It’s not everyday that you see tampons in a music video, I was reminded that Method Man had featured them back in 1995 in his “All I Need” video. In 2014, you can thank Cherry Glazerr and director Jamie Heinrich for the imagery which opens “White’s Not My Color This Evening”. The song is taken from her Burger Records’ album Haxel Princess, released yesterday, which you may order below from the Amazon links or directly from Burger Records.
We’re exactly two weeks away from Engloria releasing an album called Evolver and with the help of director Brandon Stewart, they’ve created a video for a song from it, called “Gonna Be Late”. Who or what will be late? Looking at the quick screenshot above, I don’t have a clue. The Albany, New York trio have not announced any plans for a tour as of yet.
If this is the first time you’re about to hear or have heard about Mozes & The Firstborn, you might listen to the music and think they are from the United States, with that rustic indie rock feel with hints of folkiness. However, they call Eindhoven, Holland home and their music is sure to have a home-feel, no matter where home is for you so when they play near you, and Americans will get that chance when they perform in North America in February. For now, play “Skinny Girl” and watch how the American landscape moves them.
They have some shows in the next few days in the homeland before they take a two week break, leading them to North America. The album will be released while they’re here, on February 11th. To go over their tour dates, head to MozesAndTheFirstborn.com.
Shot a month ago in Portland at Mississippi Studios, this is Summer Cannibals performing “Not Your Turn” for everyone. The song is taken from their album, which was one of my favorite albums of 2013. My review of their album No Make Up (No Moss) can be read by clicking here.
From their album Sundowning comes a new one from Pink Frost, this one called “Ruins”. Note: none of the footage features will bring you to ruins so you are safe in watching this. Unless the music does damage to you, but that may be a good thing.
Many have asked what it would take for Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda to get together again? Fans of Cibo Matto have fortunately been treated with a lot of great music over the years but of course, people wanted what made their unified genius so cool to listen to an absorb. The answer was Reggie Watts, and it would make sense considering how eclectic each of them are in creativity and electronic music. The union was made, the end result is “MFN”. It is pleasing to the eyes and ears.