Jared Brenner at The Hatchet, the independent student newspaper of George Washington University (in Washington, DC), has written an excellent article highlighting the construction of a DC Hardcore archive at GWU’s Gelman Library. This unique archive is rivaled only by one at the Library of Congress, which obviously means that curator Dr. Mark Yoffe is keeping good company. I can only hope that this resource will pose merely a minor threat to all of the other work that I need to do.
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Phil Kay is a busy man… his main project, Working for a Nuclear Free City, has a new album releasing 12 October and he has this intriguing side musical partnership with French songwriter Idrisse Khelifi under the Motorifik moniker. Like Working for a Nuclear Free City, Motorifik is interested playing with space and texture in their tunes, evoking a certain pastoral sensibility, as well as an obvious nod to their shoegazing forebearers. The idea with this group was to be a bit less experimental than WFANFC and a bit more rooted in a pure pop aestethic. Motorifik’s Secret Things releases 9 November via Modern Language Recordings and we have the premiere today of the title track as well as Kay discussing the song in his own words.
Phil Kay: “Recorded 2007, from an early demo recording made by Idrisse Khelifi. Obvious Phil Spector references happened accidentally, at the time I was recording in a massive echo-ey dining room, with gives this kind of sound. The beat was probably more of an effort to create something like Jesus and Mary Chain than anything else. But when this was put against my very layered style of recording present on most things i do, it started to sound very ‘wall of sound’. Ed from Working For A Nuclear Free City played bass on this track. Contains a sample of the bass guitar crashing on the wooden floor of the living room—sounded good so we used it as a kind of explosion sound through out the track. Initially had a long intro but in the interests of pop sensibilities was cut down.”
It’s either genius at its most inventive or someone with just too much time on their hands. However, Toronto’s James Cochrane took a bunch of old electronic devices and computer parts, including printers, along with a handful of household items, to create the Bit-52s – a robotic cover band of the B-52s. Creating a series of Rube Goldberg-like contraptions, Cochrane was able to replicate the B-52s’ ‘70s seminal hit “Rock Lobster” in its entirety in what appears to be his basement. The only question that really remains after watching this video is: does the “band” take requests?
British rapper Roots Manuva hooks up with producer Wrong Tom for a collection of remixes of tracks from previous Manuva albums. They play about with the titles as well as the music (full track list is listed after the jump). The album, Duppy Writer, released on 6 September in the UK and is coming out 21 September in the US via Big Dada. The label has released this mini-mix sampler for the album to whet your appetite. Heavy on the dub, Duppy Writer features a new tune from Roots Manuva and Ricky Ranking called “Jah Warriors” among all the re-imagined songs.
The lead off track for Either/Orchestra’s latest album Mood Music for Time Travellers, “The (one of a kind) Shimmy”, is available for free download provided you give the website allaboutjazz.com a little bit of information about you. The song also comes with a video complete with makeup, bad hats, and some interpretive wall hugging. And in case you were wondering what Russ Gershon and company were up to early in the decade, another track is up for grabs from the their Live in Addis album.