REVIEW: Zs’ “Xe”

Xs photo Zs_cover_zpsxt1y2kmx.jpg Zs are a Brooklyn based trio who come off as a group who like to throw in anything into the mix at any given time. There is a bit of spontaneity in what they do but there’s some sonic choreography so people can be sure they are on their mission to go through the music from star to finish. With the use of the saxophone, they may come off like the ghosts of Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, Smegma, or Hell Cows and while those comparisons are/can be impressive, they show something that opens them up to the possibility of everything, which is what they do on Ze. The guitar work may sound like random doodling in spots while it may find its way to a goal in other portions, but the thing is the listener isn’t sure where things bein, end, or came from somewhere else. Or at least that’s one way of describing what they do. There are times when the rhythms go well beyond the math rock quota but a few seconds later, they may get into experimental mode and it sounds like a sandpaper circle being played at 78rpm.

What I also found impressive is that if you don’t pay attention to when the songs change, you will not know when songs actually begin or end. I would love to see how these guys do it in a live setting for while the noisy parts is what I love, I also really like when there are general melodies, as they do in “Corps” complete with unique rhythms and a twisted sax solo. Hearing this made me want to be deliberately on the edge. We’re just wrapping up month two of 2015 but I have already found one of my favorite albums of the year.

SOME STUFFS: Qui are busy with new video, split 7″, and a tour

Life, Water, Living… (Cobraside) is the new album from Qui and for their latest video, they bring in former vocalist David Yow, who you may also know for his time with The Jesus Lizard. The clip involves dogs and dressing up in underwear.

Away from bedtime apparel, the group are going on tour in a few weeks:

September 21… Los Angeles, CA (The Smell) ᵫ
September 25… Plzen, CZ (Divadlo Pod lampou)
September 26… Brno, CZ (Vegalite_
September 27… Vsetin, CZ (Vesmir)
September 28… Kosice, SK (Tabacka)
September 29… Oradea, RO (Cafe Moszkva)
September 30… Szeged, HU (Live Music Club)
October 1… Vienna, AT (Ruiz) ឪ
October 3… Ceske Budejovice, CZ (Ostinato)
October 4… Prague, CZ (007 Klub) ឰ
October 5… Halle, DE (Hühnermanhattan)
October 6… Hamburg, DE (Hafenklang)
October 8… Den Haag, NL (Haags Pop Centrum)
October 9… Brussels, BE (m4) ठ
October 10… Paris, FR (Nouveau Casino) ៷
October 11… Gerardmer, FR (Le Grattoir)
October 16… Geneva, CH (L’Usine) ᠀
October 18… Valeggio sul Mincio / Verona, IT (Villa Zamboni)
October 19… Loreto / Ancona, IT (Circolo Reasonanz)
October 21… Osio sopra / Bergamo, IT (Joe Koala)
October 23… Milano, IT (Bloom) ᢆ
October 26… Pisa, IT (Borderline Club)
October 27… Cremona, IT (Il Fico)
October 28… Brescia, IT (Lio Bar)
October 31… Velenje, SL (Klub eMCe plac)
December 4… Los Angeles, CA (El Rey Theater) ᧖
December 5… San Diego, CA (Brick By Brick) ᧖

ᵫ = w/ Head Wound City
ឪ = w/ Arktis/Air
ឰ = w/ Hammerhead,
ठ = w/ Zs
៷ = w/ OFF!
᠀ = w/ Vaz
ᢆ = w/ Sebadoh
᧖ = w/ Moving Units

As the band head out to tour, they will be releasing a split 7″ single with Sacret Fun Club on Three.One.G. Have a listen to Qui’s side, “Feel My Body”.


SOME STUFFS: Northern Spy & Tiny Mix Tapes put together an unofficial SXSW show

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What is a Unisex Earplug? In this case it’s a showcase put together by Northern Spy Records and Tiny Mix Tapes that will be presented during SXSW but is not an official part of the festival. It will be held in East Austin on March 15th from 1pm to 2am, a solid 13 hours of music and more, at The Museum of Human Achievement, described as “a multi-disciplinary arts space (and former sex toy factory)”. The show will be an all-ages free show, and you don’t have to have a SXSW badge to get in.

First, the music. These are the people who have been invited for the party, with more promised:

Caught On Tape (a Sonic Youth/Sunburned duo)
Dustin Wong
Mykki Blanco
Sun Araw
Guardian Alien

There will also be a live remix art installation called Score created by ZS. If you’ve had enough SXSW activities and want to check out more incredible artists, check out the Unisex Earplug showcase. You can RSVP by heading to