New Age Outlaw Dylan Ettinger has a new 7” single out on “it” label Not Not Fun (which is spotlighted in the cover story from this month’s issue of The Wire). His lurching, dark synth piece has that faint hint of anamorphic blues that lingered in the backdrop of the LA Vampires and Zola Jesus collaboration. The visuals, on the other hand, are vapor trails and closeups that’d make Carl Dreyer salivate, HD and clear-focused, without a hint of nostalgia.
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A transient video that’s abstract and fluid, centering around a mountain made of magick and infested with sperm or surrounded by tentacles that eventually turn into neon fish exoskeletons. Okay, it’s essentially a hi-tech screen saver, but it’s pretty to look at nonetheless. The computer animation is crisp and specific, even if it doesn’t show us anything relatable at a larger-than-cellular level. Without the images, the music would suffice- melancholy piano, ethereal wall-of-sound strings, and scatting sampled chanteuses are all the right ingredients.
Reuters is reporting that Apple has completed work on it’s online cloud service ahead of Google music. There has been long speculation about what Apple has been up to these past few years, after a flurry of activity which has included buying Lala.com, building data farms, and engaging in closed door talks with Sony, EMI, UMG, and WMG.
The implications of this can be massive, as Google is still spinning it’s wheels trying to get a similar deal worked out with the four majors and will not be able to provide a rival service on their Android device. To date, those talks have not produced a deal, and by many accounts, they are not going to have an agreement in the near future.
An iTunes locker/sharing service between multiple Apple devices will be a major step forward for the development of “cloud-based” music, bringing them far ahead of Amazon own 5GB locker service and even closer towards the music lover’s fantasy of a celestial jukebox.
On 20 April, Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros were killed in Libya.
Hetherington talks about the film and his photography in a recent PBS interview.
And Hondros discusses his ninth trip to Iraq, in a 2007 NPR interview.
Trailer for Restrepo:
Voxhaul Broadcast covered Smashing Pumpkins’ rarity, “With Every Light”, on Last Call With Carson Daly. The track appeared on the Pumpkins’ largely under-recognized concept album Machina/The Machines of God (2000). This cover is most unique, I think, mainly due to Voxhaul Broadcast’s decision to play it acoustically, though Corgan himself has performed it electrically and acoustically. On the record, however, one can barely hear any sort of guitar sound.