Boy Friend: "Egyptian Wrinkle"

Between their known history and stylistic similarities, Christa Palazzolo and Sarah Brown's current project, Boy Friend, is destined to be compared to their former band-turned-solo-project, Sleep ∞ Over. But in "Egyptian Wrinkle," the Austin duo's  title track from their upcoming debut proper for Berlin's Hell, Yes Records, they breathe an urgency into the wall of organ, synth, and slide guitar that is unique from the layered bedroom meditations of Forever, and more in line with this past year's Lovedropper 7" or their old work on the Outer Limits 7". On record, you can the electricity of their live set; Christa's lively, dancing croon while calmly multitasking behind her keys and Sarah's stoic, ruminating stance while methodically manipulating her echoing guitar seem as vivid in your mind as they would in real life. --Matt Sullivan, Altered Zones

MP3: Boy Friend: "Egyptian Wrinkle"

The Egyptian Wrinkle LP is due to drop February 6th, 2012 on Hell, Yes Records

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Posted by alteredzones on 11/21/2011 at 10:33 a.m..

Today we are treated to the collaborative fruits of recently profiled artist Hubble and the telescope itself.  Ben Greenberg, aka Hubble, crafted the ambient drone and mesmerizing fret taps of Hubble Drums' cut "Hubble's Hubble" to soundtrack the cosmic imagery captured by The Hubble Space Telescope in the video above.  This science-meets-art pairing is all the result of two dudes listening to tunes over a Thanksgiving dinner.  In an interview with NPR's Lars Gotrich, Ben Greenberg, aka Hubble, explains:

The collaboration was the brainchild of two great men over a great meal, and naturally I wasn't either of them. Michael Azerrad wrote the book Our Band Could Be Your Life (and, more important to my early musical development, Come As You Are: The Story Of Nirvana) and Max Mutchler works at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI for short, he also discovered Pluto's second and third moons — so cool!). Michael showed Max my music over last year's Thanksgiving dinner, and a short while later I received an email from Max proposing that we work together. Max set me up with Tiffany Borders over at STScI, and I brought in Sheena Callage to help put the whole thing together.  As obvious as this may seem in retrospect, there's no way I could have come up with it on my own.

Greenberg clarifies that what we are looking at in this video is the M81 galaxy:

Its spiral arms wind all the way down into the nucleus and are made up of young, bluish, hot stars formed in the past few million years, while the central bulge contains older, redder stars. Zooming directly into this red center, we wind up in the midst of the glowing gas ejected by a dying Sun-like star called a planetary nebula. We continue to explore other planetary nebula forms with amazing and confounding shapes. They dance for us, and morph into one another, entrancing and beautiful, inviting reflection on our place in the Universe, tenuous as it is. At the musical, physical, and emotional climax, we confront a light echo, the expanding illumination of a dusty cloud around a star, pulsating along with the music, echoing the grand celestial end, but also foreshadowing an inevitable and shattering re-birth.

Hubble Dreams is out now on Northern Spy. Release party at 285 Kent in Brooklyn tomorrow night. --Mark Craig, Altered Zones via NPR

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Posted by alteredzones on 11/18/2011 at 4 p.m..

Fall's arrival has left me reminiscing about 2011's best music, and the ghostly R&B echoes of Holy Other's zoned in EP, With U, come quickly to my mind. In this YouTube video of his live performance at this year's Rewire Festival in Den Haag, standout track "Touch" is accompanied by light work that highlights the staccato clips of percussion with bright, sudden strobes. The economic set-up allows for the negative spaces to pop out between his mayor-of-the-graveyard podium presence and the subtle shades of blue on the screen behind it, letting the darkness take the driver's seat. --Matt Sullivan, Altered Zones

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Posted by alteredzones on 11/18/2011 at 2 p.m..

Former Yellow Swans member Pete Swanson harnesses crystalline polyrhythms toward militant ends in "Misery Beat," a brash house music monster from his new Type Records LP, Man With Potential. The abusive four-on-the-floor sneaks in under the ripple of radar blips, framing synth peels that sound much more euphoric than pained. In the Megazord-cut clip above, laser beams and strobes set the groundwork for dancefloor madness. Only when the smoke clears from the test pattern is it clear that "Misery Beat" offers stern warnings on the hypnosis of sound and light. The NYPD would be wise to blast this on LRAD. -- Dale W. Eisinger, Altered Zones

Man With Potential is out now on Type Records

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Posted by alteredzones on 11/18/2011 at noon.

Grabbel and the Final Cut: "The Finest Thing"

Out of feedback squalls and a rushed drum count-off comes a massive guitar banger, "The Finest Thing," the newest of Captured Tracks' 7" shoegaze reissues, this one from German noiseists Grabbel and the Final Cut. The band formed in 1989, two years after The Cure released "Just Like Heaven," which may point to the band's influence here--riff much on that guitar line, Grabbel? "Psycho Popsong" and "Out of Work and on the Dole" grace the 7" as well, dropping January 24. -- Dale W. Eisinger, Altered Zones

MP3: Grabbel and the Final Cut: "The Finest Cut"

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Posted by alteredzones on 11/18/2011 at 9 a.m..

Culture Dealer Accepting Song Poem Submissions

Run DMT's Culture Dealer imprint is accepting lyrics submissions to make your very own song poems. For those unfamiliar with song poems, you should really watch PBS' documentary, Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story, but the basic concept is as such: you send your poetry to a company who, for a nominal fee, will make and record a song based on writing and send it back to you. As one might expect, the kind of people who would actually do this tend to be a tad wacky, a trend that has blessed us with the batshit insanity of gems like Caglar Juan Singletary's "Non-Violent Taekwondo Troopers" or, my personal favorite, Ramsey Kearney's acid-fueled proverb, "Blind Man's Penis." If you want to make it to the big time and keep this tradition alive, send your lyrics, band name, and whatever else to Culture Dealer Studios where The Doobie Sisters Family Band will record your song to cassette as a split with another aspiring song poet. If you're up for it, you may even be featured as part of their One Hitter Wonders Compilation series. --Matt Sullivan, Altered Zones

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Posted by alteredzones on 11/17/2011 at 4 p.m..

Keep Shelly In Athens: "Campus Martius"

Greece's Keep Shelly in Athens just dropped the title track from their forthcoming EP for Planet Mu. "Campus Martius" thickens as its layers of synth melodies envelop this appropriately autumnal groove's piano loop. --Matt Sullivan, Altered Zones via Boiler Room



Campus Martius drops December 5th on Planet Mu

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Posted by alteredzones on 11/17/2011 at 3:13 p.m..

Galapagos: "Feel Things Inside"

18-year-old Phoenician Jacob McNaughton, aka Galapagos, posted a chopped and chipmunked rework of Jennifer Hudson's "No One Gonna Love You" that has enough hiccuping pitch-shifted vocal stabs and dizzying arpeggios to keep you watching the young producer through the new year. Go ham on his Bandcamp and download his discography, and keep your eyes on his Soundcloud for more tracks to come. --Ric Leichtung, Altered Zones

MP3: Galapagos: "Feel Things Inside"

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Posted by alteredzones on 11/17/2011 at 1:23 p.m..

In the undulating analog clip for "Red Song," the face of Suuns' Ben Shemie gets flexed by fingers and torqued in tracking. It could almost function as a surreal hostage tape for the self, if we could decipher any of Shemie's soft-sung demands. "Red Song" makes a paranoid progression that jives with the steady panoptic gaze here, Shemie turning even his insides out for all to see. He explains the process and in-cutting:

The video was shot on an old VHS recorder that we picked up on tour somewhere in the southern United States for 4 bucks, which gives it that old video look. We also grabbed a handful of old home videos and some other tapes; some self-help stuff, excercise tapes, some religious videos, and a Dragonball-Z animation. Just randomly threw the tapes in and started recording clips. Mostly it came out fuzzy or obscured. We didn't really try and select cool parts, just whatever turned up on the screen. The Dragonball-Z parts just seemed to fit well: pretty intense action scenes that are bleached out from sitting on a shelf for however many years. There appears to be a kind of resurrection scene in those clips that compliments the relatively static nature of the video. --Dale W. Eisinger, Altered Zones

"Red Song" takes the b-side for the new Sunns 12" Bambi, out now on Secretly Canadian

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Posted by alteredzones on 11/17/2011 at noon.


Dark Brooklyn duo Light Asylum graced the downstairs stage of Altered Zones' CMJ showcase alongside Atlas Sound, Eric Copeland, and Captured Tracks up-and-comers Dive for a set not to forget. Peep their live rendition of "End of Days," which might just end up on their forthcoming full-length on Mexican Summer next year. --Ric Leichtung, Altered Zones

Light Asylum "End of Days"

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Posted by alteredzones on 11/17/2011 at 11:26 a.m..

Steve Hauschildt: "Already Replaced"

The Emeralds synth man's last song, "Batteries May Drain" might've made you worry about the mortality of your everyday portable electrochemical cells, but with this new MP3, you don't have to live your life worrying anymore. Hauschildt consoles us with a song of regenerative introspection in "Already Replaced," taken from his latest, Tragedy & Geometry, which dropped yesterday on CD and double LP on Kranky. --Ric Leichtung, Altered Zones via The Fader

MP3: Steve Hauschildt: "Already Replaced"

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Posted by alteredzones on 11/17/2011 at 10:22 a.m..

Denver's very own gothstar, Pictureplane, made this video for "Black Nails," taken from his sophomore LP for Lovepump United that was released earlier this year. Pictureplane gathered some film footage while hanging out in the Russia Federation's heavy industrial landscape-- which "smelled of poison" and felt "apocalyptic" to him-- and spliced it with animation by Rhinoceropolis founding member, Milton Melvin Croissant. The shots that appear in the little box throughout were actually taken by Egedy using his pocket dgital camera, showcasing cathedrals, da Vinci paintings, and crowd footage of a show with '90s thrash metal gods Master. Egedy says the footage aimed to "capture the amazing spirit of Russian culture and to portray the classic 'Russian soul' that my Russian friends say is becoming lost." --Ric Leichtung, Altered Zones

Pictureplane: "Black Nails"

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Posted by alteredzones on 11/16/2011 at 5:09 p.m..

Co La: "Vanity Plate"

Matt Papich served up a new Co La cut from his latest, Daydream Repeater, which dropped just yesterday on Vermont's NNA Tapes label. Sink your teeth into this sputtering song, "Vanity Plate," and keep your eyes for the full album stream next week. --Ric Leichtung, Altered Zones

Co La: Vanity Plate

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Posted by alteredzones on 11/16/2011 at 2:01 p.m..


About a month ago, we hosted our sold out CMJ showcase with araabMUZIK, Trash Talk, Grimes, Eric Copeland, among others at the New Museum. Pitchfork TV was there on the scene filming some of our favorite artists, and caught this live rendition of Teengirl Fantasy's "Dancing in Slow Motion." Stay tuned for more videos from Light Asylum, Trash Talk, and more. --Ric Leichtung, Altered Zones

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Posted by alteredzones on 11/16/2011 at 12:43 p.m..

The Barreracudas: "Don't Roll Your Eyes"

There's something about 2011 that just seems perfectly aligned for a massive influx of garage punk with a heavy dose of power-pop glitter and plenty of glam swagger. Sitting on the shelf next to your newly purchased Bare Wires, Bad Sports and Mickey releases, you'll need to clear a slot for the latest offering from The Barreracudas. The cheekily titled Nocturnal Missions sounds carved straight out of the '77-'81 reign of wide-eyed power poppers, even going so far as to cover a nugget from the Cheap Trick catalog. The biggest contrarian arguments I've seen against the current crop of garage pop-a-teers seems to be that they're not breaking any new ground. To that I say, "I'm sorry I can't hear you, this Barrercudas record is way too loud." New ground or not, these are some damn fun records that deserve your feet to be dancing and your worries packed away for tomorrow. --Andy French, Raven Sings The Blues

MP3: The Barreracudas: "Don't Roll Your Eyes"

Nocturnal Missions is available from Douchemaster Records

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Posted by ravensingstheblues on 11/16/2011 at 10:50 a.m..

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