Abstract Comics – Steel Pole Bath Tub’s Lurch comic

Steel Pole Bathtub is my favorite noise rock band from the 90s. Dale Flattum aka CC Nova, did visuals for his band and their other project, Milk Cult, which took the sampling and industrial crunch of their rock outfit and made the kind of music Flying Lotus might like if Milk Cult came out today. In 1993 I went to San Francisco by Amtrak with my friend Seven Brothers, and found some of CC Nova‘s comics in an underground paper I picked up at a Haight bookstore, as well as bought his two latest albums, Miracle of Sound in Motion, and the Milk Cult soundtrack for Love God (best weirdest soundtrack ever recorded?). When I moved to Vancouver the first album I bought at Scratch was C.C. Nova’s Dispatch, a collection of his Satanic vinyl & masking tape experiments.  I also found SPBT’s e.p. Lurch on vinyl when I moved to Vancouver. It came with a comic book featuring Flattum’s art and that of some others, including Satan Lee. I have the comic in front of me now. It’s kind of a noisy mix of horror comic tropes, Bay Area punk ‘zine and vinyl insert collage tactics, and a toss of Fluxus fuckery.

A while back I went looking to see who else on the internet has this old comic book, and came across Andrei Molotiu‘s blog attached to his Fantagraphics book Abstract Comics. AC is doing an amazing job covering off almost every size, shape, and concept that artists have employed to rethink the panel form. And the blog features some hi-res scans of the centrepiece of the Lurch comic book, Dale Flattum’s black ink garble narrative treatment of “Hey You.” And there’s so many others surrounding Flattum’s work on the blog that are worth checking at Abstract Comics. It’s become one of my favorite sites.

Here’s a couple more examples from the Lurch comic that I’ve scanned from my own copy… Read the rest of this entry »

Seven Brothers – The Sinch mp3

Brand-new tune by Northern Canada’s Seven Brothers — ‘The Sinch’: Very oily synths like sour squeaks of metal on metal as Deepwater beats explode in concatenated blasts, spewing out toxic snares and buckets of compressed kettledrum. Making it look easy.

I promised Conrad Black next week I will drop the classic 7 Bros tune ‘Winnipeg Exodus.’

download Seven Brothers – The Sinch mp3

Babe Rainbow’s Lindsay Lohan remix mp3

In tribute to her iron vacation, Warp Records first-ever Vancouver signee, Babe Rainbow, just sent me his draggy spooked remix of Lindsay Lohan’s tune ‘Stuck’ and the match is pretty hellish hot. Babe Rainbow will premiere the remix at MoMA’s Warm Up Show on July 31st, so if you are near the five boroughs around that time, check him out. Update: Just learned the track also appears on this free Triangle mixtape with a few other mean-muggin’ witch house artists remixing Lohan. Incarcerated Babefaces.

download ‘Stuck’ – a Lohan remix by Babe Rainbow

Tassels


Vancouver is always a place to go for weird noise of all variety. I’ve been a fan of weird Vancouver noise for fifteen or twenty years, since the days of when I could see Chanchre and Pork Queen play live, anyway. But the city is fresh again — it freshens up every year with new crucial groups — and right now with a storm of strange ambient noise music, beat-making, post-dub nightmare, lo-fi bedroom recording weirdos. Noise has been a city staple for decades, yes, definitely, punk and improv and onkyo and feedback, but it’s been a while, or maybe never, that Vancouver has had really super-solid laptop artists. But that’s starting to happen. I’m really big into Babe Rainbow, and his CBC playlist of local music covers a great deal of the most mindblowing stuff like Calamalka, Myths, Basketball, and Tassels. I’m also getting into the creepy vinyl tapeloop simplicity of all that Tassels is doing. At first I misspelled it. But I am feeling Tassels. Reminds me of CC Nova’s stuff for Milk Cult or a funkier Philip Jeck. A few nights a week I see Tassels live because the composer plays soccer outside where I live, and I know him as a photographer and writer as well. Tassels. Click on some Tassels for links to his tunes. Tassles.

Dipset Reunion will be Reality TV

download the reunion of Harlem’s favorite sons, about the best anthem thing Cam’ron, Jim Jones, and Juelz Santana have ever dropped. Gossip of contract negotiations aside, this is healthy fun, stupid ridiculous, with beats bolstered by the creative frenzy of producer Araab Muzik

download  The Diplomats new single ‘Salute

Mp3 – Seven Brothers – ‘Goodnight Kitty’

This is my second post featuring a free mp3 tune by Seven Brothers. Not written expressly for Lohan, I think it was composed a few years ago, but maybe I can still describe ‘Goodnight Kitty’ as something of a bleach-blonde melody over a dusty-shoed beat — almost a tribute to the psychological vastness of incarcerated days.

download Goodnight Kitty

MP3 – Seven Brothers – ‘Salmon’

Up in Northern Canada, where it often stays colder than -50 degrees centigrade for months on end, Seven Brothers  has been making some chilly-sweet lo-fi electro demos of beats and melodies. His sound kind of reminds me of Amber-era Autechre, or the some of the new beats I’m hearing from The Knife, White Ring, Tapes, and early Aphex. Thought I’d host a few mp3s for anyone who is interested in listening. The first I’ll post is a tune called “Salmon.”

download ‘Salmon

Heard the new Salem?

new Salem single: King Night

holy cows, this is taking the group’s drag – trip style to a whole new level. This band is already considered so influential as to have spawned this new genre “drag” which is just a nice way of saying slow, creepy, Argento-esque nightmare synth music. What began as a horror metal uptake on DJ Screw’s “screwed & chopped” remix style has really evolved into something truly and spectacularly dark. I’m into this track, it kind of reminds me of early Third Eye Foundation, but with the incessant drum&bass breakbeat replaced with new Gucci Mane-flavored Atlanta 808 synth-snaps.  Drumma Boy or Zaytoven as white teenage meth zombies.

Rock D, Big Boi — DDT

One half of Altanta rap duo Outkast, Big Boi is about to release his first solo record Sir Luscious Left Foot, and I’ve been following the leaks assiduously, the man is a musical genius, lyrical breakdancer, and his beats are way beyond the average production. I was vexed when the Purple Ribbon Allstars amounted to a fat zilch in the rap scene, considering the heavy verbal flows of all Boi’s second-line rappers. Especially vexing to me was the lack of tracks by Rock D, who stole “Kryptonite” with his opening verse. Rock D had a couple verses on some Killer Mike mixtapes, but that’s all I’ve heard. Well, and this. Here’s a link to download a recent Rock D single that I don’t think was ever properly released, featuring bossman Big Boi. Sweet beat, killer 16 by the son of Chico Dusty, and hopefully a sign of more to come from the young Rock D.

Rock D, feat. Big Boi — DDT

Casablanca – Mzo Bullet

I follow South African pantsula township house as closely as possible, and this track “Mzo Bullet” by Casablanca is a total mystery to me, but an amazing drumbeat and video that I’ve watched plenty often over the last few years. The video is full of twerking pantsula jive moves and township references that fascinate me. You can get the track if you download Ngoma 6, the latest mixtape by Dj Zhao with this tune and more quality African tech house post-kwaito funk, Dj Mujava, Dj Cleo, and others, including and a tightly edited version of a Dj Dikota tune “Pitori Streets” that I’ll offer here.

Download:

27 Dj Dikota – Pitori Streets

Bad Newsz – Live 4 Ever

Who is Bad Newsz? — all I know is he’s a Cali rapper with a fresh tongue on the hip hop tip. Check out this song from his free mixtape, D.R.U.G.S.

download mp3:

Bad Newsz – live4ever

I Can See Them Haters Runnin’

Dirty South fans, can you tell me who is rapping on this track? I found it on a leak or mixtape preview of Shawty Lo’s debut Units in the City, but when that album actually came out, this track wasn’t on it. It doesn’t sound like Shawty Lo, but is probably one of his boys, possibly named Tony. Not sure. Anyway, it’s a sweet track, sounds like a radio is playing somewhere in the background underneath the fingersnaps and low end bass theory. Probably one of the best tunes I’ve heard that I know nothing about.

download mp3:

I Can See Them Haters Runnin’

Audio: The Man Game reading at the IFOA

The Globe and Mail posted an audio clip of a reading I did at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto. You have to kind of scroll down the Globe’s page of readings to find it, and there’s plenty more amazing authors’ readings to distract a person from the short 7min thing I did. I read on Wednesday, October 29 with the other amazing nominees for the Writers Trust Award.

 


A Reading from The Man Game

This reading was recorded at Artspeak in Vancouver on March 27, 2008 as part of their Frontierism series.

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