Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Sunday Candy

chance_socexpMy boy Chance has crossed my path again with some of his special brand of music, my own boy turned me onto him way back when and now he’s on my radar. As I did back then, after I listened to some of his newest work, I continue to find myself amazed. I don’t know too much about the genre, but I feel like this guy is a one of a kind type of spirit, at times deeply rooted here on earth and other time soaring through the clouds. The young man is definitely putting in his time and surrounds himself with other like minded creative minds. On this latest tour, he’s been doing a cover of the theme song for the cartoon Arthur (I remember watching that show with my son back in the late 90s), “Wonderful Everyday”. On the studio version, among others, it features Wyclef Jean. Such a thoughtfully optimistic and cheerful song…
Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment – Wonderful Everyday: Arthur
Most recently, as in I just heard about it the other day a new tune and another forth coming album (mixtape?) called “Surf”. I laid the tune on my son Liam, for his thoughts and his reply, “I don’t know about you but I loved it…so fresh so new…so different.” No lie huh, Chance is like the first person to set foot on another planet, and his reply back to us is in his music. This newest tune/release is called Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment and features Chance with three other like minded folks (the back up female vocalist Jamila Woods has an otherworldly voice). This thing is pretty much like anything Chance has a hand in, solid, as in a solid block of gold…
Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Sunday Candy

Movment – Broken Down CD

m-bdBeen so preoccupied with my own release, practically locked up in a room, that I’ve neglected those occasional email from bands, requesting that I give their shit a spin. Listening to this band Movment, I was left kicking myself that I didn’t give them a listen as soon as they hit me up and missed the release day for the CD, November 17th. Actually, it was Jack of the Distort the Scene label that served me up this sweet dish and when I wrote back I told him, “Movment take me back in their post-punk-ness to the 80s, ala Joy Division or maybe even Sonic Youth, without being some lame band trying to copy that vibe. A modern band that comes to mind is the Thermals (most specifically the tune “Never Listen To Me”).” Coldwave? What a perfect band to break me into doing reviews again. Out of Mullingar, Ireland this is their bio from their WEBSITE, “Following a break of several years, Movment have created a collection of songs that contain all the elements of their previous musical incarnations while still including all that is good about modern rock music. On one level the songs use a simple set of instruments – Drums, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals. It also combines all the elements that make contemporary music’s fusion with technology so compelling. Raw, intense, engaging, and real, their alternative rock influenced sound is created with guitars, electronics, hard sounding rhythms and experiments with sound.
Lineup:
Martin Kelly – Vocals, Drums
Kevin Kelly – Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
Writing and recording music is much more involved now for artists. Movment use technology & instruments to produce their sound. Where this leads going forward, time will tell.” The very first thing that struck me was the vocals. I don’t know if it’s his skill as a vocalist or the effects on the vocals…it’s probably both, sort of a dreamy, murky quality, he pleads the listener. The music itself is fairly minimal, no freaky shit or unnecessary noodling, these guys focus their melodies and rhythms on being ultra catchy. Catchy in this sort of dark or brooding way, it’s not depressing, but it’s definitely not rainbows and unicorns. This is like the soundtrack to one of Shakespeare’s tragedies. I like that it’s just two guys too, three of them would be too much talent…hahaha. Seriously though, these guys tear up their instruments and I dig that there’s “technology” in the mix, shit it’s hard to believe it’s just two minds at work here. The hit is the tune “Driven” I’m assuming, as that’s the single, but all these songs are hits, there isn’t a dud from beginning to end. As I said, this thing is released by Distort The Scene, so start there if you want to take my word for it that these guys definitely know what the fuck they’re doing, but “digital copies of the album are in most online digital stores including iTunes, CD Baby, 7 Digital, and Amazon Music.” Get the jump on it too my fellow Americans, because this isn’t due to be released until 2015 in Europe….
You can listen to all the tunes at Soundcloud or Bandcamp


..and because these guys mean business and really have their shit together, they have a killer vid for the tune “Driven”…

¯_(ツ)_/¯

Martyred Heretics 700x700My Martyred Heretic electro-comp is officially out now, check it out at Mustard Relics Records. No greater variety of electronic bands has ever been released, so much variety that a guy is guaranteed to like at least one song and likewise guaranteed not to like all of them (otherwise you would be like me and one of the most eclectic mother fuckers on the planet). 18 tracks, running around 80 minutes, 10 bands, from 4 different countries melting brains and sipping them through a straw. You can’t beat that for only $6 ppd.

IMG_NEWMade the paper again. If you’re new to me making the paper, just know that in a county with around 2000 people, everyone makes the paper. 10 years baby. My next longest job was 5 years, that was 15 years ago, and I’m making the same paycheck now that I was then. Back then I cleaned puke and shit out of bathrooms, pulled syringes and broken glass out of play grounds. Now it’s all about being somewhat of a social worker for adults with developmental disabilities. Not sure if there’s a connection. I’ve already decided that I’ll be working until I die and if I don’t quit smoking, that may be sooner than later.

My buddy Sean turned me onto this vid, actual World War I footage with some CGI thrown in. Some people don’t like CGI, but those are also people who probably don’t like electronic music. I marvel at the ability of folks to use the latest technology to create art. When you stop to think about it, a flint knife, at one time, was the latest technology.

Also by way of Sean is this vid, Din Of Celestial Birds (2006) – E (too big to direct link to), just perfect to accompany a couple of caps and stems. The vid is well worth watching, but if your just in an aural mode, here’s the audio…
Din Of Celestial Birds (2006) – E

I was thinking about when I was SPK-ed in 1987 and remembered, somehow, that my first exposure to electronic music must have been in about 1978 with Kraftwerk…
Kraftwerk – die Roboter
My buddy Roy “Hamsterhead” Miyake’s Mom was pretty hip, the house was decorated with abstract things, furniture with legs that weren’t straight, lots of just black and white, and she was into Kraftwerk. At the time I couldn’t wrap my young brain around what I was hearing, but I enjoyed the catchy rhythms. It wasn’t until much later that I learned how important they were. Dudes have been around forever, check out this 4th song from their 1st release in 19 fucking 70…
Kraftwerk – Vom Himmel Hoch
This is perhaps their best known tune…

With the release of my electro-comp, I’ve still got industrial on the brain (heavily as in a giant lead block’s worth), but more specifically I have found a cubby hole in that broad genre, by way of something called Power Noise (aka, Rhythmic Noise, Noize, Distorted Beat Music). Blowing me away right now and to think that it all began with the almighty Spanish…
Esplendor Geometrico – Motores
…quite a bit later in the early 90’s another forefather of the genre from Belgium…
Dive – There’s No Hope
…not to long after that, from Germany…
Asche – Move!
…and also from Germany…
Morgenstern – Into the Great Glacier
…back to Belgium in the late 90’s…
Axiom – Hâve
…Canadians 1996…
Orphx – Sepsis
…into the 00s, a bit more ambient…
Iszoloscope – Phobos II
…another 00s, with a techno edge…
Nocore – Nocore Rave
…starts out neo-classical and then…
Antigen Shirt – Bio Emperative
…I really could go on and on, but you’re better off sampling these and then going and buying their shit. A great place to start would be Ant Zen.I will leave it though with one I just discovered with an atmospheric ambient bent…
Dead Fortress – The Garrison are Dead