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Thursday, May 28, 2015

REVIEW: Ted Tyro - Quick Oats

Ted Tyro
Quick Oats

Ted Tyro make some really sublime indie-pop, without peer in the Louisville scene. There is a really creative drive here to explore sounds that aren't wholly alien, but just a little tilted, a little off-center, that makes for a compelling listen, like the guitars sound almost like how aliens weaned on 8-bit Nintendo would interpret guitar. There is an 80's new-wave punk sensibility here too, undeniable in it's hushed tones and stripped down approach. To my ears, this sounds like a some of the lost This Heat stuff, or the more relaxed Camberwell Now stuff, a touch dub oriented, and definitely interested in doing their own thing. The production reminds me of Udu Wudu era-Magma, which is meant as a high compliment, even if they didn't invent their own language to convey the space exodus of a persecuted people; we can't all tell the story of Battlestar Galactica in a pretend language to the most prog-rock of all prog-rock.

Quick Oats is a solid listen from start to finish, and apparently a two-sided tape. You know, like how tapes have two sides. I say this, because the Bandcamp serves as a tease featuring just Side One. You might wonder where side two is, and the magic of $5 is the key to that puzzle. I can say that the A-Side alone sounds very much worth it, with a sound that is unlike anything else going on in Louisville now. This is smart stuff, made by people with a clear passion for what it is that they do, and well worth checking out. And, you know, artists should probably get paid for their work, except when I say "probably," I mean "definitely," so the $5 is worth it on every level. Check it out below for yourself.

(Editor's note: at the time of this writing, there were two sides, but the B-Side has since been pulled.)

Listen for yourself below.

LISTEN: The Waves - "Drifting​/​Away From You "

Psychedlic pop rock duo The Waves have a pair of new songs streaming on their bandcamp page, each of which is also available as a free download. These two tracks serve as my introduction to the band, as I hadn't had the chance to listen to them yet, but after a few sessions I'm reminded of  early Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, and a hint of The Beach Boys circa Smiley Smile. If catchy, toe-tapping psychedelic noise gets you off, then I can't recommend The Waves enough, as the music presented here is pretty awesome. 

Listen to "Drifting" and "(I Can't Seem To Get) Away From You" below, then download the songs here for free! 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

REVIEW: Nmesh - "Seagate® Backup Plus Desktop Drive 5TB (.860kg)"

Seagate® Backup Plus Desktop Drive 5TB (​.​860kg)
The creativity, ability, and knowledge of tools of the second (maybe one and a half?) generation of digital natives are reaching maturity. I'm talking about the kids who grew up with or at a fairly young age were exposed to not only computers, but what has proven to be more important from a cultural and social perspective: the Internet. The Internet has pushed music creation and creativity to a saturation point that has allowed genres to become r-selected species, existing in alcoves of common interest: frequently visited forums about nothing in particular or specific topics, bands, musicians, anything-really (including-things-you-never-wanted-to-see).

The effect is tremendous: aesthetics, techniques, ideas and styles that would have died from obscurity are reaching a critical mass. Not a critical mass in the sense that the genres of yesteryear would find at their inception, the kind that would lead to world tours, lots of ca$h, and ubiquitous fame; it's the kind that creates a community just large enough to allow unfamiliar ideas the support and room to flourish and mature. It's dozens of vital local music scenes in abstract; only forming on a physical level where the diaphragm of your speaker modulates the air that vibrates the tiny hairs in your ears, primarily existing on the hard drives and in the minds of the participants themselves. This is the world in which Nmesh, better than any other musician I know of in Louisville, exists and operates. The world of today and of social experiences that exist outside of meatspace.

The collection in question, “Seagate® Backup Plus Desktop Drive 5TB (.860kg),” is a monument of an individuals prolific creativity, discipline, development and obsession, documenting over a decade of Alex Koenig's work as Nmesh. Over the course of the 360 track reverse chronological back-up Nmesh demonstrates a great understanding of dynamics, the stereo field (and how to best situate disparate sounds within it), and audio collage aesthetics.

It's particularly interesting that many of the primary techniques used throughout the collection remain consistent; the deconstruction and reassembly of sampled material, often over synthesized percussion. The permutation of cultural spheres from which the samples are pulled is the main way various eras of Nmesh's career can be identified. While the Internet, Pop, Television, and Video Game Cultures are clearly and thoroughly plundered in more recent material the deeper you get into The History of Nmesh the more obscure, harder to identify, and sparse the samples get, unless the samples in the earlier eras were pulled from more inherently musical material. Part of what makes the newer songs so interesting is the re-contextualization from a commercial context to a musical one and the skill with which Nmesh integrates the samples with the digitally synthesized material.

Starting with wholesale remixes (from the likes of Weezer, Autechre, Aphex Twin, Ween, and severely under-remembered/under-appreciated Louisville act Ayin), to the primarily synthesized beats sprinkled with samples-as-percussion-or-rhythmic-elements and eventually on to the contemporary era of dense sample assemblages, the progression of this collection reads like a musical version of The Hero's Journey (or at least a journey of artistic self discovery). This isn't an album to be listened to in its entirety (or an album at all really), especially not in one sitting (unless you have a solid collection of bedpans and nonperishable food goods on hand), but more a reference manual or an origin story, a guide to bring you up to speed with one of Louisville's most exciting, prolific, and relevant musicians.

Listen for yourself here:

Nicholas Daniel a.k.a Nick Sturtzel a.k.a gigasturtz is half of improvisational electronic duo Exacta Cube and co-runs Louisville cassette label City State Tapes. His sounds can be heard here

WATCH: Kogan Dumb & Dr. Dundiff Team Up for "Her + Art"

Pictured Above: Kogan Dumb & Dr. Dundiff
Get a load of the latest music video from Kogan Dumb which features a fantastic collaborative track with Dr. Dundiff called "Her + Art." The song in question was originally showcased on Kogan Dumb's badass six-song effort Yen AM Dollar Sign, which was released late last year. Watch the new video below, then download the album here for free:

LISTEN: Dick Titty Blood Punch - "Sports"

If you’ve never said the words Dick, Titty, Blood, and Punch in that order then you probably have never heard the song “Sports” by punk rock five-piece Dick Titty Blood Punch. In which case I would tell you that I feel sorry for you. Your life is lacking some joy that could easily be given by this quick two-minute song.

“Sports” is an in depth look at the ridiculous nature and utter despicableness that is American sports and athletes. Lyrics like “Take a left. Take a left. Nascar. Sports.” question what it means to be an American sports fan even.

The song also serves as an attack on some of the total d-bags in sports, i.e. Adrian Peterson and Jerry Sandusky. Mostly though, this song is just fun. Listen to "Sports" below, and be sure to check back with Never Nervous for more information (as it becomes available) on their upcoming release with Little Heart Records. Basically, this is your home for all of your Dick Titty needs.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

LISTEN: TinyForest - "Dreams"

It's entirely appropriate that the newest from producer and Bird Zoo member TinyForest is entitled Dreams. There is certainly an ephemeral, sort of hazy quality imbued in the music here that gives it a sleepy vibe, insomuch as that can be accomplished while still having a definitive forward momentum. This is the soundtrack to those really awesome lucid dreams you have, where you drift off to sleep on a warm, but not too humid Sunday afternoon watching reruns of Battlestar Galactica or something, where you can fly or have laser vision. Too specific? I don't know about the rest of you, but if laser vision or flight aren't appealing to you, you're maybe the most boring person in the universe.

As always, TinyForest proves that he's a force in local hip-hop, which is saying something given the already impressive array of local talent. His work stands out, here as before, as especially trap heavy in the percussion department, but with a thick ambient fog as the music. Anyone familiar with Clams Casino will hear that influence here, as I've point out time and again in my writing, but I will posit that TF's output is consistently of higher quality. This is easy stuff to listen to that comes with a high standard that is always met.

You can listen below and write comments here or on Facebook or something, and tell us or TinyForest how much you love him. Or us. As you should. We need the validation.

Monday, May 25, 2015

MOVIE MONDAYS: Jacob Miller on the Flame-Thrower Guitar in Mad Max, His Need for Dinosaurs, and a Movie Worse than Battlefield Earth!

Pictured above: Jake crushing it at CiCi's.
Full disclosure: I've known Jacob Miller for, sigh, almost twenty years now. To be clear, my hesitation there is at the fact that I've known anyone for twenty years, not that it was Jacob, who I've played with in early incarnations of The Seaside Panel and City of Ghosts, and who later went on to front Lee Van Cleef, a band that formed post Teen Pregnancy!. Post LVC, Miller has gone on to help form the band Cat Bite, who will see their recorded debut on Flagrant Fouls Volume 1, the upcoming Never Nervous free cassette that we're giving away at the door to the show on June 19th at the New Vintage with Discount Guns, Aphids, and Scuzz Master. I wrote questions to Jake about movies and stuff, and he was gracious enough to answer.

Never Nervous: What's the best movie you've seen this year so far?

Jacob Miller: I'm rollin' with "Mad Max: Fury Road." I felt special as I watched it- as if George Miller had tailor-made a movie just for my inner 10-year-old. It's mandatory viewing as far as I'm concerned, and one of the few cases where Flava Flav gets it wrong- you should totally believe the hype.

NN: Is there any way that Mad Max: Fury Road could have been more awesome?

JM: It could've been twice as long, had twice as many ridiculous stunts, and twice as many motorcycle-riding assassin grannies.

NN: Relative to this, would you play that flame-thrower guitar in Cat Bite? Tell us how you picture the show would go if you did play that guitar. If you wouldn't, what's wrong with you? Do you hate fun?

JM: I'm all in, but only if everybody else gets such rad gear. We're a democratic bunch. Also, we'd need that amazing "rolling metal-show" rig from the film. The "show" would just involve us tearing up and down I-65, jammin' our jams, and blastin' commuters off the hospital curve.

NN: If you were going to score a movie, how would you do it? What instruments would you play and why? What kind of movie would it be?

JM: I could definitely see myself doing a horror flick. I'd have to go the "damaged instrument" route. I've got a harmonium that is totally out of tune with itself, a little broken concertina that sounds like a dying bobcat, and I'm a big fan of prepared piano. I'd like to chuck a handful of broken glass in an un-maintained baby grand someday. Goals.

NN: Is there a worse movie than Battlefield Earth? Defend your answer.

JM: Man, that's a challenging one, but I'm at the point now where I've watched "Battlefield Earth" on purpose at least five times. If somebody is subjecting his or herself to something so frequently, can they really think it's "the worst?" I've developed a love affair with that celluloid turd. The 45-degree angle shift that seem to be constantly flip-flopping with every shot tickles some lizardy part of my brain, and has made me a willing victim.

As far as a movie worse than "Battlefield Earth," I'm gonna have to go with "Juno." Everything about that movie made my fucking skin crawl. I know that's not much of a defense, but really- I couldn't stand the direction, the acting, the premise, all the frickin' snark.

I'd watch the hell out've a "Battlefield Earth" sequel, though. But only if they got the same incompetent crew back together, and used the same (noticeably older) actors. I like my cinematic atrocities to go big, and I'll be damned if that movie didn't.

NN: What movie are you most looking forward to for the remainder of the year?

JM: I hate to be such a typical fanboy, but I'm dying to see "Jurassic World." Dinosaurs and I go way back, and who doesn't wanna see Chris Pratt ride a motorcycle and kick ass with his gang of trained velociraptors? If that ain't a recipe for something amazing, I dunno what is. I'd like to give a more "art-house" answer, but I'm just a simple boy with dinosaur needs.
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