Most people, when they do a special pre-order, toss in a t-shirt, colored vinyl, and a couple stickers and call it a day. Not former Parts and Labor man, Dan Friel. Pre-order his new album, Total Folklore, from Thrill Jockey, and you can win a music box of the track, “Thumper.” That’s a prototype of the music box version, embedded above. And that’s his cat in the video, too. Below, you can stream “Thumper,” in the more traditional manner, complete with the type of electronic squeaks and tweaks Friel once crafted for his noise-punk band. Instead, here, instead of a rousing anthem, there’s a pop song with a relatively clean keyboard lead.
- April 2, 2015
Death Grips' double album, The Powers That B, features both the best and worst of these Sacramento noise-rap agitators. On the first album, subtitled, Niggas on the Moon, we get principals MC Ride and Zach Hill indulging their worst impulses. I'll be damned if there's a song here, but there's a lot of busted up beats and slobbering spit takes from MC Ride. Believe it or not, Icelandic national treasure, Bjork is on here, too. Unfortunately, her vocals and pitched, cut up and wrecked to the point where she's no more than another source of irritation, perhaps the primary irritation. Read More
- March 26, 2015
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