Sunday, December 21, 2014

Pharmakon, Bestial Burden

Sacred Bones

Margaret Chardiet described the anchor of Bestial Burden as a “desire to show the body as a lump of flesh and cells that mutate and fail you and betray you—this very banal, unimportant, grotesque aspect of ourselves.” I can def relate because organs are weird as fuck. Thinking a lot about them and it's unsettlingly fascinating how full of things we are, how guts and lumps of pulsing flesh keep us alive and so much could go wrong that doesn't and weird and wow and ew. I used two Pharmakon songs spliced together for a video project last year.

Popcaan, Where We Come From

Dancehall/reggae/vibe out

I listened to a lot of dancehall this year. Actually, that's a lie. I listened to Apache Indian, various really bad “dancehall” Christmas songs, and then this album. Can you guess which one I liked the most? Jamaica is supposed to be beautiful but it's also tragic as all hell.

Protomartyr, Under Color of Official Right

Hardly Art

I think a strangely large amount about Detroit. The quintessential post-industrial failure. A lotta people who are way too into rock n'roll come out of Detroit, but Protomartyr isn't one. Sorta remind me of Interpol but I like them a lot more. Also really dig the album art.

Rich Gang, Tha Tour

Cash Money
Hip-hop/da club/$$$

I've been all about Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan these days. Well, maybe not all about. But I like them. Birdman (not the movie) is someone I forgot about but here he is in Rich Gang rapping about being rich and what have you. Anyway, you've seen a huge trend in the last few years toward melancholy/sad/man look how far I've come/melodramatic rap music lately. Usually this shit was reserved for one or two tracks on a Tupac album or whatever. everyone wanted to project the image that they were "hard" but harbored a TORTURED SOUL or some shit. I think people are more inclined toward dramatic TORTURED SOUL shit than anyone wants to admit. We want people to think beneath whatever surface there is a TORTURED SOUL YOU WOULDN'T UNDERSTAND even if we know we might be less tortured than we think. Anyway, more rap music is fucking with this sort of feeling/sound, and its interesting. The rise of the mixtape has facilitated the rise of honesty/genuineness/strangeness the likes of which a lot of people have. People aren't afraid to take risks and look ridiculous and be skewered by YouTube commenters type folk. Fucking with autotune, singing off-key, rapping with ridiculous sounding voices (real or otherwise). Less concerned with what's cool and safe in the hip hop world. bBazing their own path even if people just want more things that sound like Big KRIT (disclaimer: I love Big KRIT).

Self Defense Family, Try Me

Post-hardcore/spoken word/suburbia

I met a girl on Tinder who took the photo for an early Self-Defense Family release so that is neat. Patrick Kindlon is almost a terrible person but is actually not. His voice always reminds me of early Hold Steady or Lifter Puller. The second thing out of Upstate NY that stole my attention in 2014. SDF prolific as fuck and apparently put on a hella good live show.

Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

High Top Mountain
Country/hallucinatory drugs/aliens

I've been waiting for something like this for longer than I ever thought. A perfect combo of earnest country songwriting and an infatuation with sci-fi and the theosophical. It's surprisingly difficult to find good country, but you can do it if you try!

Sunn 0)) & Ulver, Terrestrials / Sunn 0)) & Scott Walker, Soused

Southern Lord
Drone/ambient/Scott Walker

Sunn 0))) have been fucking killin' it this year. Two collaborations with one of my favorite black metal acts and another with my all-time-favorite normal-60s-guy-turned-fucked-up-weird-songwriter-guy Scott Walker. Drone is such a magnificent genre, IMO. Scott Walker never gets the respect he deserves for how far he's come.

A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Sea When Absent

Dream pop/ambient

A Sunny Day in Glasgow has been one of my go-to bands for spacing the fuck out since high school. Always excited whenever they drop new shit. Sorta borders between reverb-soaked dream-pop and ambient oceanic soundscape. Sea When Absent is a lot more lively than some of their early stuff, a lot more melodic and poppy. I dig it.

White Lung, Deep Fantasy


White Lung is fun for the whole family, maybe. At least fun for a lot of your friends. Like with Perfect Pussy, I was hella anticipative of this album. It did not disappoint. Maybe I should break up with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and date Mish Way instead??

Yung Lean, Unknown Memory

Sky Team
Hip-hop/cloud rap/Sad Boys

Kool AD called Yung Lean “fake #BASED” which is actually a pretty apt description. People like to give Yung Lean and Sad Boys shit, but not me. They legit as fuck, IMO. Stockholm is a pretty weird place. If Swedish rap music didn't sound like Yung Lean it would sound very bad. The whole Sad Boys posse is actually great. Production work blows my mind.

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