Thursday, February 09, 2017

Monday, February 06, 2017

Daughter of a Tapehead: David Bowie (and Her First Record)

David Bowie
Released: 5.20.16
Originally released: 5.76

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Thrill Jockey Records & Thou Present: Many Waters — Baton Rouge Flood Relief 2017

Sludge metal beasts and sons of Baton Rouge, Thou, have, with the aid of Thrill Jockey Records, pulled together a compilation release to help benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank following the floods that devastated the area in 2016.  Featured are, of course, Thou along with The Body & Full of Hell, SUMAC, Yob's Mike Scheidt and Old Man Gloom to name a few. 

You can find a compilation trailer, some sample tracks, and information on the compilation below, all courtesy of Thrill Jockey Records. 

Thrill Jockey & Thou present:
Many Waters: Baton Rouge Flood Relief 2017 - Out now

Featuring exclusive singles and live tracks from: The Body & Full of Hell, Thou, SUMAC, Aseethe, Old Man Gloom, Mike Scheidt of Yob and many more

All proceeds to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank

Watch trailer by Chariot of Black Moth here:

Many Waters: Baton Rouge Flood Relief 2017 is out today, with all proceeds going to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank for relief from the Louisiana floods of 2016. The compilation features a range of exclusive tracks from acclaimed metal acts as well as Louisiana DIY mainstays, including The Body & Full of Hell covering Devo, Thou covering Neil Young, special live tracks from SUMAC and Old Man Gloom, and a solo live recording by Mike Scheidt of Yob, as well as contributions from Louisiana bands Heavy Mantle, Dovonan Wolfington, Caddywhompus and more.

The compilation is available only through Thrill Jockey or Bandcamp, with a digital booklet and the option to purchase an exclusive Many Waters t-shirt.

From Joshua Nee, drummer of Thou

“I spent the better part of three weeks after the [Baton Rouge] flood driving around neighborhoods looking for homes to help out. Every day after work and pretty much all day on the weekends was spent gutting damaged homes. You could tell by looking at a house, that if it didn’t have refuse and debris scattered around outside of it, it probably needed some help getting cleared out. We’d see a house without anything on the front lawn, and just go knock on the door and see if people needed help clearing things out. Once a house has had water in it for that long, all the wood gets swollen and rots and mold sets in, so you have to take it all out - sheet rock and all. A practice space we had been sharing with a slew of other bands was totally wrecked, and countless bands I know had their spaces and equipment destroyed.

When Mitch was getting this benefit together, he asked what organization would make sense to donate to. I told him the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, as they had been really amazing and helpful during the aftermath of the flood, and they themselves had even been completely flooded out.

I was thrilled to have so many local Louisiana bands on the compilation. All of those bands come from the same DIY community based background. Punk, pop, metal, whatever. They represent all kinds of music, but they all come from a similar, supportive culture.”

Watch the trailer for Many Waters by Chariot of Black Moth

Certain tracks were mastered by James Plotkin, while the whole compilation features mastering donated by Keith Souza and Seth Manchester at Machines With Magnets. Artwork was donated by Becky Cloonan, renowned for her work with DC and Marvel Comics.

Many Waters on Bandcamp: 

Many Waters on Thrill Jockey: 

Full tracklist:
1. Cikada - 30 Dollar Bag
2. The Body & Full of Hell - Gates of Steel
3. Thou - Don't Let It Bring You Down
4. Solid Giant - Dead Souls
5. Christworm - Mad World
6. Aseethe - Void
7. SUMAC - Hollow King (Live)
8. Thrush - Effete
9. Empty Vessels - Above Ground
10. The World Is A Vampire - Christian Brothers
11. Hand Grenade Job - Threat Assessment
12. Sandworm - Taverner
13. Old Man Gloom - Zozobra (I-III) [Live]
14. Recluse - Deluge
15. Cajun Clam - Seer Sucker Suits
16. Pudge - Moo Moo
17. Heavy Mantle - Weights and Measures
18. I'm Fine - Brindle Party Plus One
19. Donovan Wolfington - Slower Loris
20. Pope - The Ballad of Little Stevie
21. Black Abba - Demons
22. Gland - Kratom 8r
23. Mea Culpa - Ghost
24. All People - Ruff Dreams
25. Caddywhompus - First Date Anthem Part 2
26. Wildhoney - Thin Air (Drew Scott Remix)
27. Sharks' Teeth - Melting Belief
28. Ize - Heart on Your Sleeve
29. A Living Soundtrack - Expanding Consolidation
30. Treadles - Feral Human
31. Mike Scheidt - Throw off the Dark
32. Proud/Father - La Paz en la Aqua
33. Golden Void - Sickle Clowns

Letters From A Tapehead

Thursday, January 26, 2017

TRAX!: Rebecca Foon, King Champion Sounds, Hauschka, Oozepus, Joy, No Joy, Sunless, Parlor Walls

Rebecca Foon: "I Only Wish This For You" (via Rarely Unable/Constellation Records/Soundcloud)

King Champion Sounds: "Fool Throttle" (via mutante inc./KCS Press/Bandcamp)

Hauschka: "Familiar Things Disappear" (Terrorbird/Temporary Residence Ltd./YouTube)

Oozepus: "CYN" (via Earsplit PR/Malignant Records/Soundcloud)

Joy: "Cut to the Nerve" (Blood & Ink Records/Decibel Magazine/YouTube)

No Joy: "Califone" (via Forcefield PR/Grey Market/NPR/YouTube)

Sunless: "Urraca" (via Earsplit PR/Bandcamp)

Parlor Walls: "Play Opposites" (via Northern Spy Records/Bandcamp)

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No Ripcord: Uniform

Wake in Fright
Sacred Bones Records
Released: 1.20.17

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Music Pounding In My Head: Channels "Backpfeifengesicht" b/w "Airstrip One"

Channels released a new two-song single on Inauguration Day called "Backpfeifengesicht" b/w "Airstrip One", which timely documents the band's thoughts on the new commander-in-chief and the problems of xenophobia.  If you need some idea as to how the band aligns politically, "backpfeifengesicht" roughly translates to "a face in search of a lead pipe."  So, that should clear up any questions.

You can give it a listen below.  The single can purchased at Dischord Records.  If you like what you hear, please support the band.  

Found at Bandcamp Daily.

Letters From A Tapehead

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Fugazi: "And The Same"

"Yes I know this is politically correct
But it comes to you spiritually direct
An attempt to thoughtfully affect
Your way of thinking

That is if you believe in race
Or that you were born in the right time or place
This is a thought about face
Your way of thinking

Your way of...

And the same could be said
For all the people lying dead
For them to die was a distraction

And what they found out a bit too late
Got covered up with all that hate
And now its nothing but reaction

If you have to carry a gun
To keep your fragile seat at number one
This is a bullet you can't outrun
Your way of thinking

So wait and see it's coming round
Conscripted through the lost and found
And still we find so tightly wound
Your way of thinking

Your way of...

And the same could be said
For all the people lying dead
For them to die was a distraction

And what they found out a bit too late
Got covered up with all that hate
And now it's nothing but reaction

Action, Reaction, Action, Reaction."

— Fugazi

Letters From A Tapehead

Monday, January 16, 2017

Entrance: "Not Gonna Say Your Name" (proceeds to benefit Planned Parenthood)

Guy Blakeslee of Entrance has released a new protest track called, "Not Gonna Say Your Name," a folk-blues penned as indictment of our President-elect, Donald Trump

Blakeslee is offering the track for $1 with all proceeds being funneled directly to Planned Parenthood, an organization currently under threat of having its funding cut by the incoming administration.  You can check out the track here:

From Thrill Jockey Records:

With the Presidential inauguration almost upon us, ENTRANCE releases brand new protest song 'Not Gonna Say Your Name'

All proceeds donated to Planned Parenthood
Buy it here now

ENTRANCE's warming new album Book of Changes out February 24th on Thrill Jockey 

Today Los Angeles based musician Guy Blakeslee (aka ENTRANCE), releases a new track, 'Not Gonna Say Your Name,' in advance of the President-elect’s impending inauguration.

Blakeslee says of the song,
“I really wanted to write a song expressing my own feelings about the election and the state of things in our country – like many I was in a state of mourning. I wondered, how can I sing about this without saying his name?”

'Not Gonna Say Your Name' is now available via Thrill Jockey on participating DSPs, with all proceeds from song purchases and streams going directly to Planned Parenthood, an organization that Blakeslee holds near and dear to his heart.
“I decided to use the song to benefit PP because one of the things that is so shocking about the election result is that it sends such a negative message to women and girls,” he says. “It's the least I could do - for all of the women in the world, in my life, and especially for my mother - to fight back and make a clear statement that we will not accept this backwards agenda.” 

ENTRANCE will also be performing at a Planned Parenthood Benefit taking place in Los Angeles at the Teragram Ballroom this Valentine’s Day, alongside artists including Ty Segall, Kevin Morby, and King Tuff. 

'Not Gonna Say Your Name' is now available to stream and purchase via Thrill Jockey, Bandcamp, Spotify and iTunes, with all proceeds being donated to Planned Parenthood. 

ENTRANCE will also be releasing Book of Changes - his first full-length album for Thrill Jockey - on February 24th.

Check out 'Not Gonna Say Your Name' now via:  
Thrill Jockey // Bandcamp // Spotify // iTunes

Letters From A Tapehead

Friday, January 13, 2017

Music Pounding In My Head: thisquietarmy

Grains of Sand
Released: 2.13.17

For those relatively familiar with the often unsettling nature of thisquietarmy's ambient output, Métamorphose, the project's latest release, may sound a tad relaxed.  While molding tonal environs that do much to lull ones conscious self into sedate levels of being with the opening track, "Tu aimerais parfois te retirer de ta matière," the array of echoing signals in "En y glissant ton esprit comme dans un gant neuf" brings to mind some of Cluster's earliest sounds motifs, fields of sonic grit arriving slowly in an effort to swallow up the expanse.  It's an immersive listen to say the least and once the 11+ minutes of "Tu manierais ta peau afin de l’attendrir" begin to take shape, the rather somber pluck of reverberating strings calling out against its hazy backdrop, you're thankful to have an excuse for the moment of contemplation or personal reflection this track affords you.

For artifact junkies, Métamorphose will be available on CD on February 13th via Grains of Sand Records.  You can sample the album below.  If you like what you hear, please purchase the release and help support the band.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

TRAX!: Pissed Jeans, Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble, Unearthly Trance, David Bowie, Monolord, Pharmakon, Equinox, Ummagma

Pissed Jeans: "Ignorecam"  (via Sub Pop/YouTube)

Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble: "Undying Love for Humanity" (via mutante-inc./Drag City/Soundcloud)

Unearthly Trance: "Famine" (Earsplit PR/Cvlt Nation/Relapse Records/Soundcloud)

David Bowie: "No Plan" (via YouTube)

Monolord: "Lord of Suffering" (Us-Them Group/Metal Injection/RidingEasy Records/YouTube)

Pharmakon: "Trasmission" (via Rarely Unable/Sacred Bones Records/Soundcloud)

Equinox: "Goodbye (feat. Dementio13)" (via Shameless Promotion/Soundcloud)

Ummagma: "Winter Tale" (via Shameless Promotion/Bandcamp)

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