Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Witzard Presents: Peanut Butter Lovesicle - "Dragon Disease" (self-released B-side)

"Trust this trio to make contagiously vibrant Psych-Rock that's this hideously cool. Prepare to have your brain cells stolen and shoved in a Rock "N" Roll grinder," laments Spoonfed UK... Even having grown up a proud New Jerseyan, it's still a little hard to believe that a modern Hard Rock band such as Peanut Butter Lovesicle was essentially birthed at The Jersey Shore. While they're currently based out of New York City, brothers Mike & Jake D'Arc grew up in Pennsylvania along with their cousin and drumming frontman, Timmy Miller; not unlike most East Coasters, PBL seemingly spent their childhood summers down at Ocean City, NJ, where they still frequently record at Ice Box & Ice Palace and play shows at local venue, Yesterday's Restaurant & Bar. Peanut Butter Lovesicle gained notoriety when their two singles, "State of I" and "Black-Eyed Blues," were featured on a recent season of Gossip Girl. @PBLovesicle's newly-released single, "Dragon Disease" is actually an unreleased B-side from the same sessions that yielded last year's non-album single, "Jealous Minds."

"[It] will be the last single we release before we take a break to peruse some other musical projects," Peanut Butter Lovesicle stated in an email transmission dated late last week, adding that bassist Mike D'Arc is featured on lead vocals throughout the duration of "Dragon Disease." It's evocative of their hybrid-Rock sound, which I would best describe as a mix of the unique stylings of The Black Keys, Cage The Elephant, and Classic Rock forefathers, Cream. Uploaded to an array of music streaming services last Thursday, "Dragon Disease" is currently available as a name-your-price download and in stark contrast to it's softer-leaning A-side, Peanut Butter Lovesicle's latest concoction is a little more of a brooding, Heavy Metal-influenced composition. While D'Arc often sings secondary back-up vocals on many of the band's tracks, hearing him sing lead vocals should be a welcome change for long-time fans. It's unknown what exactly Peanut Butter Lovesicle's members have cookin' up next, but in the meantime, their Dirty Pride & Heavy Daze Wildcat Craze EP's are currently available for purchase, in addition to a number of non-album "loosies."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Now-Again Presents: Madlib, Freddie Gibbs, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ & Ransom - "Knicks" (Remix)

Not entirely unlike his previous rapper-producer efforts – Jaylib, MADVILLAINY, and OJ Simpson – veteran Stones Throw beatsmith Madlib's latest collaboration with Freddie Gibbs (MadGibbs), might be one of his most ambitious, critically-acclaimed projects in years. Madlib and Gibbs rolled out three preemptive annually-released teaser EP's between 2011-13, leading up to their recent [Cocaine] Piñata full-length. "Bittersweet moment: the last @freddiegibbs 'Piñata' related release #Madlib and I will have the honor of releasing on Madlib Invazion. It's been a great ride, and I'm proud of every release," Now-Again founder Egon wrote in a heart-felt Instagram message Monday afternoon; hot on the heels of Madlib & Freddie Gibbs' just announced Knicks Remix EP assisted by XXL Freshmen alumni Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$, along with Brooklyn-based emcee Ransom. Despite "Knicks Remix"'s apparent basketball-referencing title, okayplayer further notes that "the trio respectively warn of the perils of the dimes and nicks game," which I'm assuming is a thinly veiled allusion to drug trade.

"Same night Chris Childs punched Kobe / It was a Sunday, I had the Hyundai / Then I crashed it, leather jacket like Slash did / Face melted off like acid," Bronson ferociously raps in his newly-appended 16 bar second verse, which additionally includes effortless references to Christopher Lloyd, Downtown Julie Brown, Mike Tyson, Don Johnson, Little Richard, and of course, "rosemary on the strip [pork] loin." It's really an excellent coast-to-coast posse cut, but Action Bronson is the undeniable Rap super-star here; while Egon confirmed, as I expected, that they were never actually all in the SAME studio... it's pretty awesome that Bronson was able to rhyme atop a hand-crafted Madlib beat! Their freshly-pressed 6-track Knicks Remix EP is now available for pre-order on Madlib Invazion via Rappcats, which they expect will start shipping around Halloween and will become available world-wide soon thereafter on November 18th.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pissed Jeans Cast Jennifer Lawrence's BFF in "Boring Girls" Video-Single (Sub Pop)

"Power-dirge from Pennsylvania; Pissed Jeans are noisy as a motherf*cker and proud of it on this, their debut full-length, which sounds like a big pile of mud and broken glass ripping through your stereo speaker in the most killer way imaginable," reads a juicy chunk of Sub Pop's overtly descriptive Shallow re-issue mini-press release. Frontman and part-time music critic Matt Korvette along with his fellow Pissed Jean-ers enlisted frequent collaborator Joe Stakun, who previously directed Honeys stand-outs "Bathroom Laughter" and "Romanticize Me," to shoot a clip for "Boring Girls" from their newly-remastered nine-year-old Shallow album (2005). Not entirely unlike Stakun's former creations, "Boring Girls" is an oddly disjointed visual presentation, which perfect matches Pissed Jeans' whole self-imploding Noise-Rock aesthetic; it starts out resembling your run-of-the-mill clip, with our long john-outfitted protagonist, Clay Tatum, seemingly getting ready for bed... until a sudden squealing guitar-backed gust of wind ushers in a flurry of multi-colored birthday balloons and an eerily ecstatic bed-side tap dancer.

For reasons largely unknown, Tatum receives an urgent night-time mail delivery, as the mail lady exclaims, "Are you ready for your big date... You have a big date tonight." Clay Tatum frantically jumps into a suit, as his bedroom suddenly morphs into a quaint Italian restaurant and his date, (Jennifer Lawrence's BFF) Laura Simpson arrives at his door. "There's only one type of girl on my mind. She's always on my mind," Tatum passionately bellows across the table, but before long, his date abruptly goes sour, as Simpson storms out after noticing her picture on his nightstand. While I'm not entirely sure what happens next, "Boring Girls" seems to transform into some sort of twisted, strobe light-laden nightmare/reality, wherein Clay Tatum plunges from the sky back into his bed. And it just gets more and more demented from there on out for the final minute-long duration of Joe Stakun's latest video treatment, until Tatum awakes, choking on his retainer backed with a stock laugh track. Pissed Jeans' newly-remastered and re-issued 10-track Shallow is now available in a variety of audio formats and assorted bundle packs on Sub Pop's online mega-mart, preceding their week-long West Coast mini-tour this upcoming November.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Party Supplies, Action Bronson & Black Atlass - "The Light In The Addict" (Fool's Gold)

"BEAUTIFUL NEW MUSIC BY MY BROTHER @xpartysuppliesx AND I. ADD @BlackAtlass AND WE HAVE A MASTERPIECE..." @ActionBronson exuberantly Tweeted, along with a link to the Billboard premier of "The Light In The Addict." It was seemingly debuted live at a colorful Sonos Studios/Soundcloud showcase held about a week or so ago, wherein "PS frontman Justin Nealis [was] clad in jogging shorts and a David Lee Roth tee, while Bronson sported a Brazilian flag doo rag." "The Light In The Addict" will likely be included amongst a gaggle of previously unreleased Soundcloud-debuted loosies on Party Supplies' long-rumored Tough Love vinyl/CD re-issue, which is currently slated for a November 25th release on Fool's Gold Records. Party Supplies simply summed up the track's underlying theme as "nothing is perfect... It's the sound of hope and survival and the crossroads of good and bad," when recently speaking with Billboard.

Nealis himself likened "The Light In The Addict," or at least it's scat-singing close-out riff, to Van Morrison's 1977 chart-topper, "Moondance." Not unlike Action Bronson & Party Supplies' most recent genre-blending collaboration, "Easy Rider," their latest creation could be described as off-kilter Hip-Hop; borrowing more characteristic elements from Psych-Rock and Blues-Smooth Jazz than traditional sample-based Golden Era Hip-Hop. Bronson and Fool's Gold Records' own budding crooner, Black Atlass take turns belting out hyper-emotive lines like, "I nearly lost my mind... All a mothaf*cka got is time, time, time" over Party Supplies' billowing piano-laden instrumental, in what has quickly become one of my personal favorite moments during "The Light In The Addict"'s all too short 5-minute run-time. Ahead of Tough Love's long-awaited November 25th re-release, Action Bronson & Party Supplies' former critically-acclaimed Blue Chips 1-2 mixtapes are currently available online for your mass consumption and enjoyment.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Warp Records Presents: Flying Lotus & Kendrick Lamar - "Never Catch Me" (Electro-Jazz Fusion)

Flying Lotus' latest Warp Records-released creation, You're Dead! features a wide array of contributions from an unlikely gamut of collaborators including Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, Angel Deradoorian, frequent collaborator Thundercat, and even Lotus' own rapping alter-ego Captain Murphy; but according to a flurry of late night Tweets the other night, for whatever reasons, additional tracks recorded with super-star guests Pharrell, Chance The Rapper, Mac Miller, and supplementary Kendrick Lamar material were ultimately scrapped. Aside from dwelling on what could have been... Flying Lotus unleashed the first Lamar-assisted single from You're Dead!, "Never Catch Me" nearly one week prior to the album's release, last Wednesday, October 1st. It's an oddly heartwarming life-affirming, death-defying clip, which only showcases a brief milli-second glimpse of Steven Ellison (Lotus) himself, who's quietly seated at the funeral mass of two young children.

Director Hiro Murai has managed to create a brilliant music video treatment, which perfectly suits "Never Catch Me"'s jittery piano-laden beat; "I can see the darkness in me and it's quite amazing / Life and death is no mystery and I wanna taste it," Kendrick Lamar ferociously raps as our two life-less corpses miraculously rise from the dead. None of the seated church on-lookers seem to notice the morbid/awesome event that just occurred right before their eyes, as the kids dance and twitch down the length of the aisle along with Lotus' infectious beat, fleeing their own Requiem Mass. Bursting out into the sunlight once again, they perform a quasi-choreographed dance routine outside the church in front of a group of school children, yet still, no one appears to notice the two undead adolescents; before long, they hop into the back of their own hertz, in which they decide to go for a triumphant "joy ride," ultimately cruising off into the sunset as "Never Catch Me" abruptly fades out. Flying Lotus' genre-blending 19-track Electro-Jazz Fusion album, You're Dead! is now available in a number of assorted audio formats on Warp Records.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Somewhere In America: Mastodon - "The Motherload" (Reprise Records)

"Somewhere in America, Miley Cyrus is still TWERKIN,'" that now-infamous Jay Z line single-handedly sums up the cultural assimilation of yet another once "cool" African-American trend, TWERKING. It's just something that "white bread" middle American women, not entirely unlike Taylor Swift, really shouldn't even be attempting to do in the first place. Atlanta-based Prog-Metal behemoths, Mastodon's latest video treatment, "The Motherload" could likely coexist somewhere in the unlikely cross-hairs nestled in-between Sir-Mix-a-Lot and Danzig. "We weren't trying to make fun of Hip-Hop videos. It was a fine line, because I didn't want to come off as being sexist, so I thought that maybe the females took center stage and looked powerful and had this dance battle," Mastodon drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor recently explained to Pitchfork. Dailor additionally notes that he and his Mastodon bandmates along with directors Jonathan Rej & Thomas Bingham drew inspiration from 90's-era MTV Heavy Metal videos from Marilyn Manson, Metallica, and Nirvana. "The Motherload" is essentially a Hip-Hop-inspired TWERK-fest with Satanic undertones that could likely be the end-all-be-all of an outpouring of 2013-14 TWERK-based videos ass-tastically ushered in by Miley Cyrus & Robin Thicke's now-infamous "cheeky" VMA's performance. The Brann Dailor-fronted track's accompanying video treatment is littered with black-and-white scenes of what appears to be Adam & Eve, side show freaks, lizard people, numerous "dance battles," and one particular zebra print-wearing TWERKER who's suddenly morphed into kaleidoscopic images, all inner-spliced amongst some seriously badass Mastodon performance footage. "The Motherload" is the third single extracted from the band's sixth studio album, Once More 'Round The Sun, which for whatever reasons, doesn't include their recent brooding Adult Swim singles creation, "Atlanta," recorded with one of the forefathers of 90's Alternative Rock, Butthole Surfers frontman Gibby Haynes.