VIDEO: Vex Ruffin’s “Living For The Future”

A self-titled album by Vex Ruffin is on its way via Stones Throw on November 12th, but before the chocolate is oozed, you get a chance to squeeze with this video for one of its songs, “Living For The Future”. You say it can’t happen here? It can, like a rainbow.

CAUTION: Do not rest on your speakers while listening to this. Then again, maybe you should, as it could be a remedy for any ills you may suffer from.

SOME STUFFS: Andrew Poppy to release new album, followed by a three-night concert series in London

The first time I heard of Andrew Poppy was in the mid-1980’s, when I was absorbing and collecting anything and everything that was Zang Tuum Tumb. Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Art Of Noise, Propaganda, das psych oh rangers, Anne Pigalle, all of it. Then came The Beating Of Wings (or The Cheating Of Things or The Seating Of Kings, depending on how you looked at the album cover equation). At the same time I was becoming more familiar with Frank Zappa’s works and that was the closest thing I had to classical music stepping out of the classical norm. This was adventurous and while I had no idea at the time what to call it, I found myself loving it. “32 Frames For Orchestra” seemed to be a piece that could go on and on, the mixture of 4/4 and 3/4 time signatures in “Listening In” was incredible, and “Cadenza” was brilliant as it seemed to be focused on a musical phrase that would slowly peel itself until it placed a focus on a singular note. Over time I found myself liking certain styles of music for different music, be it jazz, progressive rock, or hip-hop, and would later discover that the drones I admired and what some would call monotonous was called minimalism. When I started exploring the music of Terry Riley, I got into his composition “In C”, which lead to me discovering that Poppy’s “Cadenza” was in honor of Riley and “In C”. It made me appreciate The Beating Of Wings and his other works even more.

Poppy will be releasing an album on the 27th of November called Shiny Floor Shiny Ceiling (Field Radio), and for this he has collaborated with Claudia Brücken, James Gilchrist, Guillermo Rozenthuler, Margaret Cameron, Lula Pena and Bernardo Devlin, which means the album is a mixture of music and voices, and before the album is released, Poppy will be doing a three-night stand at the Jackson Lane Theatre in London from November 8-10th, highlighting the new release.

A review of Shiny Floor Shiny Ceiling is forthcoming.

REVIEW: The Hand To Man Band’s “You Are Always On Our Minds”

Photobucket Interesting album here, as the band sound like they’re unpacking their instruments as they’re playing it, some of it sounds off-key but they’re playing it out in the hopes of being in-tune. But they never quite get there, and there creates the mission. The Hand To Man Band play music that goes all over the place, but do it in a way that is interesting. You Are Always On Our Minds (Post-Consumer) sounds like Side 4 of Pink Floyd’s Ummagumma if they were raised on Sun Ra. It seems they take on the theory at there are no wrong keys, for if the ear hears something that’s off, they will eventually get to a note that you can comprehend. Within the band’s stormy wars is a sense of musicianship that could be interpreted as anything from avant-garde rock to twisted funk, and there’s good reason for that.

The group is a supergroup featuring Mike Watt, Thollem, John Dieterich, and Tim Barners, so if you’re familiar with Deerhoof, Silver Jews, Jim O’Rourke, The Minutemen, and fIREHOSE, this is a continuation of what they are as musicians. Will you hear shades of these bands? Let me say this: don’t expect familiarity. Okay, you might hear Watts’ bass intro to “They Pretty Right” and go “YES, THIS SOUNDS LIKE” this and that and whatever, but knowing who is in the band, you go into it for the adventure of their ride, not to relive past glories. The glory in The Hand To Man Band is being together to create new music, and yes, it’s full of twists that is just exciting as what you know them for. Now know “them”.

(MP3 and CD versions can be purchased below via If you’d like to purchase it on vinyl, order directly from Post-Consumer Records.)

REVIEW: Silver Swans’ “Forever”

Photobucket The brand new album by Silver Swans sounds like something that would’ve been perfect in 1982, 1992, and yes, in 2012, as the elements that I hear that might be nostalgic is something I think is missing in a lot of today’s music. Then again, this style of dreamy, synthy pop has never been that mainstream and when it does get co-opted, it sounds like crap. Forever (Twentyseven) sounds like the kind of music that could become the soundtrack to someone’s youth, especially a track like “Diary Land”, where one will be able to document ones life and be able to tie it in with a song like this. These songs of reflection will become someone else’s music of reflection, so it’s perfect.

These songs are incredibly catchy and listen to this enough times, you’ll be singing them at the bus stop or boat bungalows. They are accessible enough to where they could be used in movies and television, and the music nerd in you wants to hold them within so no one steals the music and majestic power you feel. Why not share that with someone who feels the same way you do? Again, it’s dreamy pop that makes you want to stay up to enjoy everything life has to offer.

VIDEO: The Flaming Lips + Lightning Bolt’s “I’m Working at NASA on Acid”

If you did not suffer too much brain damage from the first video, then make a path for this new one. This is from the collaboration between The Flaming Lips and Lightning Bolt. The video looks like something left over from the Yoshimi video sessions, and really when you got good bands like this, who cares? Let it in like you’re a Wings hit song.

BTW – I’m referring to this one.