For fans of ambient, industrial, and all out “out there” music, you’ll want to pick up a new split cassette by Liturgia Maleficarum and Fungi From Yuggoth. Fungi From Yuggoth is described as “raw and primitive ritual industrial, in the vein of early Current 93, Ain Soph, Zero Kama” while Liturgia Maleficarum is “blackened doom ambient noise, hellish screams, dissonant riffs (with) haunting synth lines.” Both offer five songs each, and if their descritions may sound a bit perplexing, you are able to stream it all for free, no cost to you. If you’re into it, purchase the cassette (only 47 copies made) or the digital files.
The last time we heard from The Flaming Lips, they made a fantastic album called The Trial (my review of which can be read by clicking here.) After having a bit of surprise success with their cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon in full, the Oklahoma gentlemen decided to get into their mushroom storage shed again to cover another classic rock album, this time The Beatles’ highly cherished Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The new album is called With A Little Help From My Fwends (Warner Bros.), called this because the Lips are joined by a number of special guests, some welcomed, some unwelcomed, some surprises, others not so much. Overall, it is a split effort. Some songs work fairly well while others fail miserably, even within the context of The Flaming Lips. Some of the more demented stuff is quite good, including versions of “With A Little Help From My Friends” with Black Pus and Autumn Defense), “Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite” (with Maynard James Keenan, Puscifer and Sunbears), “Lovely Rita” (featuring Tegan and Sara, Stardeath and White Dwarfs), and “When I’m Sixty-Four” (with Def Rain & Pitchwafuzz). Surprisingly, it is Miley Cyrus’ two contributions (yes, two) to the album are some of the best songs here, playing roles in “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” (which also features Moby) and “A Day In The Life” (featuring New Fumes). If Cyrus ever steers towards making more serious music, she may become a huge influence on a generation or two of many young singers. That’s not a joke.
The absolute best track is “With A Little Help From My Friends” not only because it has Black Pus but because it’s the noisiest on here. Would I listen to this on a regular basis, not really. I prefer other Flaming Lips albums and EP’s and I like The Beatles’ album a bit too much, even though I do enjoy the way they’ve always reinterpreted other people’s works. It may work very well for other listeners so if your mind is open up to this, definitely plug it in. Despite the fact that a good part of it sounds like a total failure (and definitely feel freel to define “failure” in your own way), the good thing about this is that all proceeds from record sales will go to The Bella Foundation, an organization in Oklahoma City that helps provide veterinary care to needy pet owners. Buy it for that reason.
If the phrase “minimal industrial/wave” is opening up your eyes, ears, and pores, prepare yourself for Pure Ground. They are a Los Angeles duo who started two years ago, they’ve released two cassette EP’s, both of which have been remastered and will be collectively found on the album The Daylight & Protection. You can stream it in full below via Bandcamp. Not only do they support audio cassettes, but they release VHS tapes as well. An excerpt from it can be watched below as well.
They’ll be in Europe next month for a tour, they’d love for you to see and hear them, and say hello.
May 13… Gothenburg, Sweden (Skjul Fyra Sex) ⛂
May 15… Stockholm, Sweden (Kollaps Records)
May 16… Växjö, Sweden ˤ
May 17… Berlin, Germany (DEATH # DISCO @ Marie-Antoinette) §
May 22… Antwerp, Belgium (Stadslimiet)
May 23… Paris, France
May 24… Brussels, Belgium (Fantastique Nights) ¿
May 28… Barcelona, Spain (Niu)
May 30… Madrid, Spain (El Perro de la parte de atras del coche)
June 3… Vienna, Austria (rhiz vienna)
June 5… Budapest, Hungary
June 6… Prague, Czech Republic (Rare @ Basement bar) ƛ
⛂ = w/ Trepaneringsritualen
§ = w/ Echo West
ˤ = w/ Soft Metals
¿ = w/ Soft Metals & Sally Dige
ƛ = w/ Animal Bodies
This is what is known about Casual Strangers: not much. Phrases like “natural psychedelics”, “ex-drummer, who is now out of prison”, and ” a cosmic jam on a tropical beach” were made available but how this was meant to influence getting a placement on a website, I am unsure. But “Caribbean Cask” is a song by the Austin, Texas group who like to play as if there were no curfews at venues, or where you’d go to a barn at 9pm and wake up to the band playing the same song at 4:37am. They seem to be that kind of band, although they may be willing to shorten their playing time. Maybe. I think Casual Strangers are a group that will be a learning process for the potential fan and longtime listener, a group that is only willing to reveal as much (or as little) as they want when they feel like it. For now, they’re into making music with feeling. I feel that.
Mark Deutrom, one-time producer of and one-time member of Melvins (among other things), has a new 12″ ready for sale. Ruckus Juice (Rock Is Hell) is a three-track EP featuring “Bo Diddley” and “Eat The Light”, along with the title track. Only 200 copies of this have been made, to be sold in two different color variations:
The three songs are on one side of the record, while the B-side features an etching.
The record will be released on October 7th, and you may pre-order your copies from Rock Is Hell.
On top of this, Deutrom released a new album (his 5th) last week called Brief Sensuality & Western Violence, which you may stream below via Bandcamp.
Almost a month to the day, I presented you a nice video by Moodoïd called “Je suis la Montagne”. Right now, I’d like to present to you another song and video from this French group with a piece called “De Folie Pure”. The song is from their self-titled EP, which was released today. If you prefer your music on vinyl, the EP will be relased as a limited edition (only 200 copies) 12″, available through Third Side Records in France.
Scott Miller and Lee Camfield, former members of Sutekh Hexen, found a way to put together a collaboration with noise genius Masami Akita, the man you may know as Merzbow. What resulted was No Closure, who ended up making a blend of industrial, doom, black metal, and psychedelic music, and even if you are a fan of these gentlemen, they decided to do things that would be considered different from their norms. No exhausting feedback or noise, nothing uncontrolled, which may surprise some Merzbow fans but this is why this collaboration was put together. If there is one thing to be expected, it’s the length of the two songs, ending up with a 44-minute album. Are you prepared for this?
Vinyl pressing can be purchased here, only 200 copies are being made, all done with heavy printed covers on eco-stock, all copies on black vinyl. Compact disc fans will be able to buy it from Coldspring, and cassette enthusiasts can purchase it on tape from Wands’ online store.
Back On The Planet (Brainfeeder) is the next psychedelic adventure for Ras G. This L.A. producer is not quite like anyone out today, but makes music that you could loosely call soul, funk, and jazz. If he is to stand alongside anyone, it would be people like Madlib and Georgia Anne Muldrow, for the both play solid tracks but also incorporate off-the-radar sample sources that makes it sound like these guys have been spending a lot of time in outer space. Or at least, it sounds like Sun Ra’s great grandson making some beats of the native and funky varieties, adding space and dimension into his works but then flipping it upside downs, running around with the sounds backwards, and then going underwear just to see what happens when he twists his music this or that way. Some of it sounds like the type of electronic music you’d find on records from the 1960’s or 1970’s, but with a healthy and funky groove to it, and you’re allowed to define funky in whatever you want with this music. It’s psychedelic in the sense that if you do smoke something of interest, it might take you to a new realm or 12. But even without it, at times the mind isn’t sure how to comprehend what is being heard, but it sounds so good that you run with it so that you allow the music to take you through the battlefield of sound.
Now, if we are to judge the music based on the title, then this is Ras G’s sound diary of what he discovered in space. If I am to judge it on that alone, I just hope he will get back to outer space for more experiments, and I hope he’ll continue to take those of us who are Earth bound along with him.
Director Jérôme Walter was perhaps the right choice when creating the video for “Je suis la Montagne”, a new song by Paris’ Moodoïd. Created by Pablo Padovani, Moodoïd has every intention on being heard by those who seek quality sounds, and those quality sounds will be represented with the release of his debut EP on Les Disques Enterprise.
You may know Moodoïd as the guitarist for Melody’s Echo Chamber, but he has been wanting to expand his sound outside of those confines in order to show and share more of his talents, and he’ll do so with the EP. The first single from The EP is a song called “Je suis la Montagne” (“I am The Mountain”), the video of which you may view above. The forthcoming release will be available digitally as well as a 12″, only 200 copies have been made. You may pre-order it from France through Third Side Records.
Moodoïd will be playing his first show in the UK at the Ooh La La Festival in London on October 21st so if you attend, make him feel welcome.
Deep Trip (Sacred Bones), right? I mean, Arizona, that’s the state where people are. Destruction Unit, who are not related to New Jersey’s Flavor Unit, are a group. August 20th is when that Deep Trip will start and everyone will be moving around their hands as if they’re spinning the magic ball at a rave.
Okay, maybe not, but Destruction Unit are indeed a band from Arizona and Deep Trip is a forthcoming album that will be ready for release on August 20th. Their brand of music is rich with the psychedelic and folk wonders of the mid to late 60’s, back when people would head to clubs or basements, open up a lava lamp, pour it over themselves and get off on the trippy vibes. It has that victorious sound that will please fans of early Pink Floyd, David Bowie, and 13th Floor Elevators, with a bit of Sonic Youth thrown in for extra texture. A song called “Bumpy Road” may represent the road that they’re about to embrace beginning in a few weeks, and leading them close to the end of the year. They’ll be touring in both North America and Europe, so have a preview of Deep Trip below and then save a place for yourself (and maybe a friend or two) at the Destruction Unit show to come.
August 23… San Diego, CA (VOID)
August 24… Los Angeles, CA (Complex)
August 25… Bakersfield, CA (Munoz Gym)
August 26… San Francisco, CA (The Hemlock)
August 28… Portland, OR (Mississippi Studios)
August 29… Seattle, WA (Barboza)
August 30… Olympia, WA (Dumpster Values)
August 31… Vancouver, BC (Sun Fest Vancouver) $
September 1… Boise, ID (The Crux)
September 3… Denver, CO (7th Street Arts Collective)
September 4… Omaha, NE (Middle House)
September 5… Chicago, IL (TBA)
September 7… Detroit, MI (Trinosophes) %
September 8… Toronto, ON (The Drake Hotel)
September 9… Montreal, QC (Il Motore)
September 11… New York, NY (Mercury Lounge) +
September 12… Philadelphia, PA (Kung Fu Necktie) +
September 14… Washington DC (Rock N Roll Hotel) +
September 15… Baltimore, MD (Metro Gallery) +
September 17… Charlotte, NC (The Milestone) +&
September 18… Athens, GA (Caledonia) +
September 19… Atlanta, GA (529) +#
September 22… Houston, TX (Mangos) +
September 24… Denton, TX (Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios) +
September 25… Memphis, TN (Gonerfest 10)
October 9… Berlin, Germany (West Germany)
October 11… Stockholm, Sweden (Southside)
October 12… Goteborg, Sweden (Koloni)
October 14… Copenhagen, Denmark (Stengade)
October 15… Hamburg, Germany (Hafenklang)
October 16… Hannover, Germany (Sturmglocke)
October 17… Uthrect, Holland (DB’s)
October 18… Harlem, Holland (Patronaat)
October 19… Antwerp, Belgium (Kavka)
October 20… Kortrijk, Belgium (The Pit’s)
October 21… Liege, Belgium (Carlo Levi)
October 22… Paris, France (Point FMR)
October 23… London, UK (Old Blue Last)
October 24… Newcastle, UK (The Tyne Bar)
October 25… Sheffield, UK (The Washington)
October 26… Brighton, UK (Prince Albert)
October 27… France (TBA)
October 28… Bordeaux (TBA)
October 29… Barcelona, Spain (Lupita del Raval)
October 30… Madrid, Spain (Wurlitzer Ballroom)
October 31… Libson, Portugal (ZDB)
November 1… Guimaraes, Portugal (CAAA)
November 2… Bermeo, Spain (Beleza Malandra Ateneo Kulturala)
November 3… Vitoria, Spain (Ibu Host)
November 4… Tolouse, France (Les Saint Des Seins)
November 5… Lyon, France (TBA)
November 6… Torino, Italy (United Club)
November 7… Roma, Italy (Dal Verme)
November 8… Milano, Italy (Cox 18)
November 9… Luzern, Switzerland (Sudpol)
November 10… Verona, Italy (White Rabbit)
November 11… Lubiana, Slovenia (TBA)
November 12… Wien, Austria (Arena)
November 13… Konstanz, Germany (Horst)
November 14… Karlsruhe, Germany (Alte Hackerei)
November 15… Leipzig, Germany (Ut Connewiz)
November 16… Berlin, Germany (Auster Club)
$ w/ Nu Sensae
% w/ Human Eye
+ w/ Ukiah Drag
& w/ Pharmakon
# w/ Pop 1280
Vinyl and CD pressings of Deep Trip may be pre-ordered from Sacred Bones Records.