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Upcoming New Deerhoof Album
Ever since catching an intimately sized Deerhoof show in 2005 during their The Runners Four tour, I’ve been a diehard fan. At the time I hadn’t even heard of Deerhoof, but friends of mine were excited, and it was a free show on my campus. The show was in this smallish lodge like venue that used to be the campus bar. In all the dozens of shows I’ve attended in that space since (Girl Talk, Widowspeak, Adventure, Total Slacker have been some of the highlights…), usually there weren’t more than 50-75 people there. Tiny venue, small stage sorta thing.
At Deerhoof it was far over maximum capacity (200?), with people literally spilling out every door trying to get a peek. Despite this being near ten years ago, their performance has has always stuck with me as epic. There’s nothing quite like watching the petite Satomi Matsuzaki screech out a voice that seems to big for her body at times.
I’ve followed their highly active recording and releasing career since, and I’ve always appreciated that their sound is constantly evolving and changing. Its that talent that allows them to have released over a dozen albums and still excite me. This latest single sounds among their best, and I couldn’t be more excited for a whole album of more.
Deerhoof - La Isla Bonita LP pre-order is now up, with the Early Bird Edition on Ltd to 500 Yellow Vinyl
Blame it on the Ramones. After Deerhoof finished recording demos forLa Isla Bonita this past February, they began rehearsing for an upcoming tour. Halfway through a run-through of a long-time Deerhoof live favorite, their cover of the Ramones classic “Pinhead,” someone offhandedly asked, “Why don’t we ever write a song like this?” So Greg quickly dashed off a song on a scrap of paper, showed it to the band, and they recorded the breakneck stomper “Exit Only” in one take.
La Isla Bonita was recorded in guitarist Ed Rodriguez’s basement. Situated next to a parking garage, it was perfect for making noise till the wee hours. They recorded live, DIY style, “a weeklong sleepover arguing over whether to try and sound like Joan Jett or Janet Jackson, cracking each other up, one guitarist whose name starts with J always putting too much red chile into the rations,” says Greg. But more than that La Isla Bonita is about the eclectic worldwide community that has supported them.
You’ll hear them pay musical tributes to their improbable list of heroes-turned-fans: David Bowie, Ric Ocasek, The Roots, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Sonic Youth, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, Beck. Of course their intent is never reverence, but provocation. They are always on the hunt for that perfect union of the hilarious and the terrifying that one hears in other bands of their generation like Bikini Kill and Lightning Bolt. 2014 has been a killer year for young, aggressive female-fronted bands (St. Vincent, Tune-Yards, Perfect Pussy, Karen O, Speedy Ortiz) and La Isla Bonita is also partly a discourse with them.
To produce the vocals they tapped former journalist-turned-label owner and producer Nick Sylvester, and that’s where the album’s pop side comes out: Satomi’s singing is front and center, and if it sounds like she’s commanding the band, it’s because she was. “Satomi determined the direction the music would go,” says Greg. As the inevitable temptation to sweeten the mix and edit down the takes crept in, Satomi kept everything focused on repeating grooves and simple arrangements. This is the glorious sound of four musicians owning their own hard-won and richly deserved legacy.
This shit is so fresh. Already loved Peaking Lights, but this is bringing them to a whole new level. Nuff said.
Peaking Lights - Cosmic Logic Deluxe LPcomes with a limited edition bonus 12” (housed in gatefold), which features two exclusive remixes by Peaking Lights: BreakDUB and Bad With The Good Euromix. Pre-order from Weird Wordl now
Front & Follow, in collaboration with The Outer Church, present a stunning new EP from Pye Corner Audio – The Black Mist EP.
The EP features an extended mix of the title track Black Mist (the original featured on last year’s Outer Church compilation), new track Bulk Erase and a remix of Black Mist by fellow OC collaborators Old Apparatus.
Pye Corner Audio - The Black Mist EP is available on Ltd to 500 heavyweight 180g vinyl, including a digital download code. Order from Front & Follow, their BnDcMp here, or Boomkat here.
Pye Corner Audio is the audio recovery project of the Head Technician, a mysterious and studious figure who has developed the ability to travel sideways through time and space via a) the use of rewired analogue recording equipment and b) the judicious application of moss and fog. Alongside the self-released Black Mill Tapes research series (recently collected on vinyl and CD by Type Records), the Head Technician has released music through Dekorder, Type, The Tapeworm and Boomkat Editions, not to mention a full-length album, Sleep Games, on Ghost Box. Earlier this year, he was coaxed out of the lab and indeed the British Isles to join Mogwai on their European tour, where he took considerable pleasure in sampling the lichen of foreign lands. The Head Technician claims not to know where the bodies are buried, but would be happy to show you his reels.
Old Apparatus were specially selected by the Head Technician to remix Black Mist, and have turned in a distressed deconstruction in keeping with their rusted iron aesthetic. A collective of shady individuals most often found muttering obscure invocations in the low-rent drinking dens of North East London, their stubbornly uncategorisable sound debuted in 2011 with a hissing, creaking self-titled 12” on Mala’s esteemed Deep MEDi label. Their debut album, Compendium, was released on their own Sullen Tone label in 2013. The outfit has in addition birthed a number of intriguing offshoots such as Harem, Saa and Penny. One of them may be standing behind you right now, reading this over your shoulder. Don’t look.
Much imitated but never equalled, The Outer Church is a shadowy Brighton-based organisation dedicated to the promotion of uncanny sound and vision. Its semi-human representative is music writer and persistent meddler Joseph Stannard (The Wire, Mojo, Red Bull Music Academy, The Quietus etc). Since its inception in 2009, The Outer Church has presented live audiovisual performances from Demdike Stare, Raime, Pye Corner Audio, Some Truths, Ekoplekz, Kemper Norton, Hacker Farm, Umberto, High Wolf, Grumbling Fur and many, many more. “Magnum Innominandum. A random access myth. The clarion signals the opening of the portal. Remember to take a reading. A hex and a pox and the land is ours.”
Growing steadily, but now confirmed, my far my favorite new electronic artist, Pye Corner Audio has been an unstoppable force with release after release. I just barely got my Intercepts 12”(OOP from Boomkat, and looks like Bleep’s pink variant it gone too) split between Pye Corner Audio and Not Waving yesterday, and already I find another PCA 12” release shipping. Heavy laden with dark coldwave sounds, listening alone can induce paranoia. I’m honestly surprised PCA hasn’t blown up with BOC and Aphex Twin fans hopping on board, but I guess any vocal lacking music is always slow to hit mainstream.
The quality of PCA and Not Waving releases never fails to disappoint, and the game has been upped with the gorgeous screen prints included in the Intercepts 12”. Any fans of Not Waving on here have likely seen the beautiful screen prints that have accompanied his slew of super limited cassettes, and it certainly looks like that was the driving influence behind the Intercepts screen prints. Check em out below.
Pye Corner Audio - The Black Mist EP is Ltd to 500 copies on heavyweight 180g vinyl and available for order directly from Front and Follow or via Boomkat. Records started shipping yesterday the 18th.