Mixtape Monday – Tape 7: Side B – “that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.”

by, Art Carny

Summer is over and this time for good.  A distant bittersweet memory captured only in the recollections of what was and wasn’t.  Back to school we go, backpacks shouldered and full with anticipation of the coming Fall.  We return to the autumnal classrooms that have collected moss and the first wave of fallen leaves.

I, much like the birds, will take to flight with the coming seasonal transformation.  My destination, though, will not be the Floridian swamplands or cascading hills to the West.  Rather, I will be leaving Earth to travel across the galaxy to a cosmic location remote and far away from the limitations of terrestrial existence.

I’ve prepared my belongings and readied the equipment.  Most importantly, I’ve made myself a mixtape to enjoy on the way.  This vessel has only room for one passenger, so I am afraid you cannot join me.  So until next Summer, Rogue men and women.

I wonder if the aliens will like my flip-flops.

Oneohtrix Point Never – I Bite Through It

by The Insomniac

New track from Daniel Lopatin AKA Oneohtrix Point Never – “I Bite Through It” is the first single to be released from OPN’s newest album Garden of Delete, out this November.

This one wakes you up immediately, but you awake to find yourself on a different planet, or plane of existence. A burst of repeating, pulsing, robotic glitch and screech, the song starts off like a bad nightmare of the digital apocalypse Daft Punk might have had last night. War drums eventually yield to a setting with more serenity, something seductive. War and sex sell, Marketing 101. This dance of stillness and gritty electro malfunctioning continue and leave you wondering. This next LP should prove to be a bit less subtle and lot more sheer, bright, and piercing than 2013’s R Plus Seven.


Top 10 Albums of the Week

by, Art Carny

Albums, albums, albums.  Ten to be exact.  All nicely sorted, ranked, and available for your listening pleasure.  The links provided will take you to the artist’s individual Bandcamp sites where, if you like what you’re hearing, you can lend a few dollars and support.  Go on searching Apes at any cost.

10. Weird Little Birthday, Happyness (Bar None, 2015)

“…they cite the stormy narrative turns of American author Cormac McCarthy as a major influence, but to me there’s more of a Kurt Vonnegutishness to the absurd, nonchalant, thinly murderous twists their tales of sex and sickness in the suburbs take…” – NME

9. To Where the Wild Things Are, Death and Vanilla (Fire, 2015)

“Just imagine John Barry’s spytastic Ipcress Files soundtrack re-engineered by Delia Derbyshire and Brian Wilson with a soupçon of “ye olde folklore” for added mystery machine.” – Pop Matters

8. Rosy Maze, Marker Starling (Tin Angel, 2015)

“Heavily influenced by the flicker of 16mm cinema, I might best characterize Cummings as a Lynchian angel (à la Sheryl Lee) of sincere nightclub kitsch.” – Chart Attack

7. “don’t let them begin”, Trust Fund (Reeks of Effort, 2013)

“There’s power in truth. Trust Fund produces an honesty that we’re afraid to utter – even to ourselves.” – Gold Flake Paint

6. Cosmic Troubles, Faith Healer (Mint, 2015)

“On the opening track for Faith Healer’s debut record Cosmic Troubles, Jessica Jalbert clutches onto the train of “Sweet Jane“’s dress and drags her down into an anti-drug PSA.” – Stereogum

5. Mind Frames, Twin Peaks (self-released, 2015)

“You could listen to Mind Frames on its own, without having heard the official album Wild Onion, and think it’s a stand-alone project, from a band who can’t seem to put a foot wrong.” – Safe Kind of High

4. Potty Mouth EP, Potty Mouth (self-released, 2015)

“But the oomph of “Cherry Picking” can’t just be chalked up to expert mimicry: It’s the sound of a good band becoming great.” – NPR

3. Depression Cherry, Beach House (Sub Pop, 2015)

“There’s a place I want to take you,” she sings, over a subtle beat that builds toward a pop crescendo that never quite comes. Who needs it to? Foreplay this good is an end unto itself.” – Rolling Stone

2. Mr. Face, Ty Segall (Famous Class, 2015)

“It’s Segall’s greatest attribute, perhaps, that his extensive absorption of American and English musical culture―from Hawkwind to the Kinks to Bowie to Alice Cooper, etc.—goes in one ear and pings around for a while before coming emerging, canon-like, into yet another batch of fantastically infectious tracks.” – Paste

1. Hermits on Holiday, DRINKS (Birth, 2015)

“Dry, scratchy and clankingly awkward at times… replicates the feel of proper outsider art, its creators chewing up words and music like psychedelic wasps, building a nest around themselves to protect a curious internal logic.” – MOJO