Are you a best dressed man at your place of employment, school, or the laundromat you go to? Are you considered the finest lady in your vicinity with the freshest clothes? These new songs may not be helpful but it’s a way to say hey, Deathbomb Arc have released a new compilation for you and it’s free of charge to download, but definitely use the “Name Your Price” option if you care enough. It’s called Best Dressed and it features previously unreleased music by True Neutral Crew, whose Margot Padilla also has a song of her own, plus Books On Tape, Joel Jerome, William Hutson, Stupid Future and many others. You know how Deathbomb Arc are so you know how adventurous and/or left-of-center it can be, and that can be a (very) good thing. Learn about these artists if you’re not familiar already, then learn about yourself. Again.
Doctors is what True Neutral and Signor Benedict The Moor are going to call their forthcoming spring tour beginning next week in Los Angeles, which will take them from coast to coast for fun and adventures, hopefully with you, the audience. Check them out, for it will be a must.
May 15… Los Angeles, CA (CES Contemporary)
May 28… Phoenix, AZ (Trunkspace)
May 29… Albuquerque, NM (TBA)
May 30… Denver, CO (Goldrush event at Rhinoceropolis)
May 31… Wichita, KS (Rock Island Live)
June 1… Kansas City, MO (Jackpot Music Hall)
June 2… Chicago, IL (Archer Beach House)
June 3… Cincinnati, OH (Cide Central)
June 4… Pittsburgh, PA (TBA)
June 5… New York, NY (Ad Hoc / Northern Spy event at Aviv)
June 6… Cambridge, MA (Boston Hassle event at Lilypad)
June 7… Monclair, NJ (Meatlocker)
June 8… Columbus, OH (The Summit)
The good people of Deathbomb Arc have released a new compilation featuring the artists they’re currently working with, people they’re friends with, people they were in previous incarnations and technically still are but… if you know of Deathbomb Arc, you know about their power so here’s another comp to absorb. No Children features music from I.E., the awesome True Natural Crew, tik///tik, clipping., and six more. Margot Padilla (b/k/a I.E.) did the artwork for this one. On top of the music, this effort is free of charge so snag it.
You may have enjoyed True Neutral Crew’s music but have been curious about what they’re like in a live setting. Here’s the perfect way to find out, a 20-minute short film that is the group displaying themselves on stage in a way that is sure to bring you and everyone else to see them when they play near you. The people you’ll see and hear in this include Margot Padilla (I.E.), Signor Benedict The Moor, and Daveed Diggs of clipping., all of which represent the hip-hop perspective of the group. The musical creations are made by Brian Kinsman, Boo Hiss, and tik///tik. Now that you know, get to know them a bit more.
The adventures continue once again with True Neutral Crew, who have released a nice 7-song EP called #POPPUNK, which could sound like a mixture of pop and punk but because you know what to expect from these guys, you know you’re not going to expect that at all.
There’s different styles in each song, one track might sound like the guy from clipping. decided to enter the studio or basement and rhyme (which makes sense, considering Daveed Diggs is in a song or so). Another time, you’ll hear a female presence and realize that’s that Margot Padilla of I.E., or hear another guy rap and doodle and know it’s not only more, it’s Signor Benedick The Moor. It feels like an open house but you also know what True Neutral Crew are born to do, not to do, as well as undo. #POPPUNK is music for those who don’t care if a library book is overdue.
What does evil mean? Is evil an easy path towards death and if so, what to make of artists like Miles Davis and Black Sabbath who called their albums Live Evil? Maybe there is no connection, but artists like Black Pus, True Neutral Crew, Signor Benedick The Moor, diss1, Sissy Cobb, ParallaxScroll, Dreamcrusher, and more have contributed a song to a new Deathbomb Arc compilation album called EVIL. All contributors were asked to simply do a song about evil, in whatever way they felt like doing. All proceeds from the sales of this album will be donated to Rolling Jubilee, an anti-debt charity. For more information on their mission and current activities, click here.
You may have watched “I Guess”, the latest video from True Neutral Crew and said “wow, this is just brilliant” or “what in the hell did I just watch, and how come I can’t get it out of my mind?” If you happened to be someone who enjoyed it, I would simply like to say “awesome”.
Oh wait, there’s more.
There’s now a remix of the song and it features Catfish Candywrappa and Signor Benedick The Moor, which twists things even more. What things? Get to know True Neutral a bit better and you’ll discover those twists.
How crazy can True Neutral Crew get? This crazy. The video for “I Guess” may be minimal in its approach but it offers maximum pleasure, if you allow yourself to absorb that much from the visuals.
As I’ve said a few times before, normally I have reservations of posting “trailers” for songs, albums, EP’s, or anything relating to music since to me, the proper music video is a trailer in itself. I take exception to this. True Natural Crew is a group featuring Margot Padilla, Daveed Diggs, and Brian Miller and while you may recognized their names from other projects (Padilla makes music as I.E., Diggs is with clipping., Miller is a part of Foot Village), this is a completely different beast altogether, and it’s a beast worth paying attention to. They’re about to release a street album called #MONSANTO, the name of which is an immediate attention grabber but there may be a reason for using this distinctive hashtag as a title. We will find this out perhaps when the album is released next month.