Drained Of Connotation is a collection of synth improvisations recorded by Stefan Jaworzyn in 1982, recently rediscovered by the artist when trawling his cassette archive for the 2013 Skullflower KINO reissue/compilation series.
Writer, musician and misanthrope Jaworzyn was a notorious and energetic presence in the UK underground of the 1980s and ’90s. Following a brief stint in Whitehouse, in ’86 he formed Skullflower with Matthew Bower and remained the band’s guitarist for four years, playing on Birthdeath (1988), Form Destroyer (1989) and Xaman (1990), among others. In 1990 he established the Shock label, which, like the annual Shock Around The Clock film festival, grew out of Shock Xpress – the seminal, vigorously outspoken horror/exploitation zine edited by Jaworzyn for most of its lifespan. Shock Records was a resounding boot to the arse of the narrow-minded, welcoming artists as disparate as Lol Coxhill, Coil, Drunks With Guns, The Dead C and Ramleh into its fold.
Today Indiana psyche post-punks, TV Ghost, enthrall us with a brand new video for “Others Will be Born” which appeared on their third full-length LP, Disconnect, from In The Red Records earlier this year. Receiving critical acclaim from Spin, Interview, Pitchfork, Noisey, etc – Disconnect pushes TV Ghost even further down their collective tunnel into a lush torrent of sound. Spectral guitars and industrial drums infectiously stir together into a grinding, goth sludge – somehow managing to be disorienting and beautiful at the same time. They kick off their North American tour with Holograms today in D.C which rounds them through the Northeast, Chicago and down the west coast this December – view a full list of dates below.
In October, Best Coast released their EP ‘Fade Away’ to rave reviews, including being named one of Rolling Stone’s best albums of 2013. Today, the band is excited to reveal the lyric video they made with comedy video website, Funny or Die. The video is for the song “This Lonely Morning” and features bandmates Bethany and Bobb in a dueling tennis match.
Best Coast is currently in the studio working with producer Butch Walker (Taylor Swift, Pink, Weezer)
on their next record and will be playing some new material while on tour with The Pixies in February, dates are below.
When people associate composer David First with his musical resume, anyone goes straight to his late 70′s avant punk band, The Notekillers and their influential 1980 single “The Zipper”. Prior to his time in the basements of Philadelphia, he had already played in Cecil Taylor’s ensemble and after the Notekillers broke up he moved to New York City in the early 80′s, taking root in the downtown NYC avant garde scene. It was there that First honed his craft for experimental composition and ambient drone which still continues to the present day.
COLOR WAR is a Brooklyn-based electronic duo. Billy J and vocalist Lindsay Mound originally bonded as visual artists in 2004. A natural creative symmetry forced COLOR WAR into existence in 2009, their first musical endeavor. The band soon began forging songs through hazy improvisational sessions, with J piecing together beats and synth textures and Mound responding as a medium, channeling melodies and lyrical content in real-time.
Their forthcoming album It Could Only Be This Way (to be released March 4, 2014 on Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse) illustrates the depth and transcendence of their sound. Mound’s vocals crest and slink thru arrangements that conjure a familiar pop cadence stretched across dark and glimmering soundscapes. Their layered, gauzy sound and transporting live shows have captivated fans and propelled them into band-to-watch status. COLOR WAR and their live visuals collaborator, Brandon Sciarrotta, produced the record with co-production and mixing by legendary techno wizard, John Selway.
Over the summer, COLOR WAR shared their first single “Obelisk”. Available to stream at Pitchfork. Today, they announce their debut full-length album, It Could Only Be This Way, with a brand new track “SOS”. Check it out now at Noisey.
desire is proud to announce two new Live Skull reissues, the critically acclaimed ‘Cloud One’ album and the 1986 12″ ‘Pusherman’.
Of the eight records Live Skull released throughout the 1980s, Cloud One is probably the one most often cited as the definitive LS album. This was the record that fine tuned the band’s sound, transforming the polarizing power of the original No Wave into music that got under your skin and stayed there. A tightly-knit collection of songs and anti-songs years ahead of its time, Cloud One’s chaos-scrambled hooks were a direct influence on the later breakthrough projects of Sonic Youth and Swans, Live Skull’s co-conspirators in the so-called “noise scene” that emerged out of New York City in those years.
Be Forest debuts “Colours” from their upcoming full-length album, Earthbeat, which will be released Feb 4 on WWNBB. Combining a hypnotic progression with ethereal form, the track is streaming now at Stereogum.
Gregg Foreman is a Musician and DJ who has played for the likes of ; Cat Power . Pink Mountaintops . The Delta 72 . The Black Ryder . The Meek and more … Gregg has been the Musical Director of Cat Power’s band since 2012 . He started Dj’ing 60s Soul and Mod 45’s in 1995 and has Dj’ed around the world . Gregg currently lives in Los Angeles , Ca and divides his time between playing live music , producing records and djing various clubs and parties from LA to Australia .
The Pharmacy is a music / talk show playing – Heavy Soul . Raw Funk . 60′s psych . Girl Groups . Krautrock . French ye ye . Hammond organ rituals . Post Punk transmissions and Ghost on the highway testimonials and features interviews with the music makers of our times …
Boston art-rock band Guerilla Toss are set to release their new album ‘Gay Disco’ on December 10 via experimental cassette/record label NNA Tapes (Oneohtrix Point Never, Ahnnu, Blanche Blanche Blanche, Co La, etc.)
Two weeks ago the band shared the first taste of their upcoming album with the frenetic “Trash Bed.” Now the band returns with the abrasive dance track “Pink Elephant.” Hear it over at SPIN.
Next week the band kicks off a two-week long East Coast tour with labelmates Blanche Blanche Blanche. Dates listed below.