Ah yes, another Free Music Friday, which differs from every other free music day at LET in ways that are hard to explain, but they’re there. Or i simply couldn’t come up with a better intro paragraph today, so this is what you get. The price is right, so deal.
Tobacco’s Maniac Meat is quickly becoming one of my favorites CDs of 2010. His chopped up style of electro/sampling just does something for me. Which is probably why i’m really digging Junk Culture, a new project by Deepak Mantena with his younger brother, Nitin, on skins for live performances . i’m obviously not the only one who hears the similarities, as JC will be joining Tobacco and Dreamend (whose So I Ate Myself, Bite by Bite, is another fave CD this year) on their tour this September. Unfortunately, i missed their headlining spot at IOTA just the other night, but i’ve already got my tickets to their DC9 gig on September 9. i recommend you do the same.
For those familiar with the Rentals, you’re obviously familiar with last year’s Songs About Time Project. For the rest of us, the band decided to create three-hundred and sixty-five days of photography, fifty-two weeks of film, and four albums of music. Initially, very little was released, but the Rentals have come back with a vengeance with a new boxed set, appropriately entitled Songs About Time, that gives us gems like this dream-pop number.
mp3: Honey Life (left click to download) (The Rentals from Songs About Time Chapter Three The Future)
While white guy piano rap may or may not be the next big thing, Chilly Gonzales finds a way to make it work. Sure, his cadence is a bit stilted, but i think that’s supposed to be part of the charm. Regardless, the man definitely has a way with his rhymes, which is saying more than you can for half the shit getting pushed these days. Which is nice.
LET stalwarts The Raveonettes dip their toes into the remix pool with their spin on The Drum’s “Let’s Go Surfing.” Remix may not be the best description, on further thought, as it really sounds more like the Ravenonettes simply playing over the record itself. The end result, i think you’ll agree, speaks for itself on this fuzzed-out, surf-rock number.
mp3: Let’s Go Surfing (The Raveonettes Remix) (left click to download) (The Drums from Let’s Go Surfing)
Digital Underground alum Money B. has a new project, M.A.S.K. While i assume it stands for Money (B.) And Scott Knoxx, i’d like to think it’s also an homage to the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand. While it appears an album still is in the works, both cats show they’re still at top form on these two head nodders.
For the summer of 2010, i’ve pretty much crowned Best Coast as your best bet, go to band for appropriate soundtracking. The folks at Converse Shoes, of all places, must have agreed. Check out this team-up between them, Kid Cudi and Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend. (Quick note to Cudi–dude, no need to be lonely. i’ll smoke with you any time you want.) While it’s a bit much to declare this THE song of summer 2010, it certainly should make the playlist.
At long, long last, it appears Autolux FINALLY is going to release the hotly anticipated (at least by me) follow-up to their freaking phenomenal debut, Future Perfect. Transit Transit is expected to drop this August 3rd. The band trotted out a few numbers their last time in town at the Black Cat, and i, for one, cannot wait to hear the entire thing on wax. If this single is any indication, expect more of that spacey, fuzzed out alt-rock goodness. Do the smart thing and see them when they return to the Black Cat on September 1st. If nothing else, it’s another opportunity for you to not introduce yourself at yet another concert i’ve plainly told you i’ll be attending myself.
And to close out this edition of Free Music Friday, Black Lips are back with their own style of blues-infused rock. Whereas some might go the purist route, the Lips sound like they’d be more comfortable taking it out behind a shed, getting it shitfaced on corn liquor and high on mushrooms before taking advantage of it. Whether or not the Blues was asking for it is a question i shall not even attempt to answer. Check out this one and decide for yourself.
mp3: Best Napkin I Ever Had (left click to download) (Black Lips from Scion A/V Garage: Black Lips / Pierced Arrows)