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How do you say “crowdfunding” in Portuguese? Tribal-futurist electro-rock weirdos Blasted Mechanism have just launched a campaign on a Kickstarter-like Portuguese site called PPT to raise fan funding for their “eighth generation,” or “eighth album” as other, less tribal-futurist bands might call it. They’re hoping to rake in 8,000 Euros by Jan. 7th, 2014, so go visit their campaign page and give generously.
We probably should have figured this out back when we made them our Weird Band of the Week earlier this year, but apparently Blasted Mechanism totally reinvents their look with each album—hence the “generation” term. Past looks, as handily recapped in their PPT project video, include Mind at Large, Namaste and our favorite, the totally bonkers, Japenese-meets-Aztec (Japaztec?) superhero outfits from their fifth generation, Sound in Light. Actually, the costumes from each generation are pretty freaking cool—except maybe generation one, Balayashi, when they kinda looked and sounded like a bad Red Hot Chili Peppers knockoff. But hey, it’s cool. We all made bad style choices in the ’90s.
So what form will the eighth generation of Blasted Mechanism take? We’ll just have to chip in and find out.
Jolly good news, ladies and gents: Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer has announced the arrival date for his latest chap-hop opus, Can’t Stop, Shan’t Stop. It shall arrive in all antique and modern formats (save, alas, for wax cylinder) on November 5th. You can pre-order it here for a mere £10, which I believe is equivalent to five guineas, four sovereigns, a half crown, two shillings and sixpence. At least I hope that’s right, because that’s all the change I could find in the cushions of my chaise longue.
Can’t Stop is the fourth Mr. B long player, following up last year’s redoubtable Tweed Album. You can sample a little solo piano rendition of one of the album’s most titillating ditties after the full tracklist below.
1. Shelltoes Or Brogues
2. Ladies Have Friends Who They Hate
3. (I’ve No Wish To) Keep It Real
4. Hip-Hop Was To Blame After All
5. Pop Song
6. Grammar Song
7. In A Club
9. Rude Britannia
10. It Doesn’t Pay To Turn Up Late To An Orgy
11. Reasons To Be Unsuccessful (Part One)
12. The Corinthians
13. The Neglect Of My Duties
14. Brushed Tweed In The Hour Of Chaos
Is Mr. B touring in support of his latest masterwork? You bet your brass buttons he is. Here are the dates.
1st: Whitby, Steampunk Central, Whitby Rifle Club
8th: Southampton, Orange Rooms
9th: Brighton, Concorde 2
16th: Leeds, Wet Spot @ The Wardrobe
18th: New York, I Am Dandy book launch
27th: New York, The Slipper Room
29th: King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania USA, Gilded Festival
6th: Canterbury, Penny Theatre
7th: London, The Grand Anarcho Dandyist Ball, Bloomsbury Ballroom
12th: Doncaster, Cast
13th: Brighton, The Haunt
20th: London, Lost Theatre, Wandsworth
21st: Portsmouth, Beats And Swing @ The Wedgewood Rooms
If you’re still mourning the passing of cult sound-collage duo The Books: Well, first of all, you really need to get over it. Get some therapy or something. But in the meantime, you can now cry yourself to sleep every night listening to Music for a French Elevator and Other Oddities, a double LP set of B-sides, soundtracks and other Books miscellanea previously only available on last year’s massive A Dot in Time box set. I know, you probably already have a shrine to that box set in your living room—but get Music for a French Elevator anyway. Maybe it will help give you some much-needed closure.
Music for a French Elevator is a vinyl-only release limited to 2,000 copies, and last we checked there are only 154 copies left. So as a late-night informercial that The Books might sample might say: Don’t delay, order your copy now!
In other Books news: Nick Zammuto continues to release a steady trickle of groovy tracks from the forthcoming second album of his post-Books project, Zammuto. And Paul de Jong continues to enjoy his new life as a Christian minister in New Zealand. Kidding! He’s actually been working on a solo show called Mild Stimulants. Here’s a sample.
Here’s a SoundCloud player featuring a few of Nick Zammuto’s favorite tracks from Music for a French Elevator, along with the collection’s full track list.
Music for a French Elevator and Other Oddities track list:
4. It’s Musiiiiic!
5. The Joy of Nature
6. Meditation Outtakes
7. A Long Villainous Sequence
8. Millions of Millions
9. Of the Word God
10. Ghost Train Digest
11. You’ll Never Be Alone
12. ‘Ah…, I See’
13. Three Day Night
14. Classy Penguin
15. 8 Frame
16. Smack My Bishop
17. Biospheric Quiet
18. Happy Lawyers
20. John’s Arp
21. Foreign Country and Western
23. Biospheric Doubletime
24. Drowned But Survived
25. Pickup Dark
27. Circle of Fifths Loop
28. Past Comes Welling Up
29. Electro Lawyers
30. Mars, OK
31. Biospheric Dark
33. Running Down
34. 8 Tons of Oxygen
35. 10,000 Crows
36. John’s Epiphany
37. Lawyer Lullaby
38. Hokie Ranch
39. 2over3 Lawyers
40. Glass Glass
41. Biospheric Zither
42. Found Frozen Corndog
43. Cello Song Feat. Jose Gonzales
If you live within shambling distance of Nashville, Tennessee, we strongly advise you to pack up your Cowbelt and get your ass down to Music City U.S.A. to cheer on Here Come the Mummies as they mug for the cameras of their next concert documentary. We’d get our own asses there, but Jake can’t get off work in time to make the 28-hour drive. Also, I swore off trucker meth in the ’90s.
For those of you who can make the trek: It all goes down Friday, Oct. 4th at the historic War Memorial Auditorium. (Atoms for Peace is playing the night before, so maybe HCTM percussionist/hype man Java will bust out some Thom Yorke dance moves.) You can buy tickets to the show here. The Mummies promise something called “Rejuvannihilation” to all who attend—which sounds like the name of a death metal day spa, but it’s probably way cooler than that.
Lest you doubt the awesome power of a fully operational HCTM concert, here’s our review of their show at the West Hollywood House of Blues last year. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
We will leave you with the new lyric video for “Everything But” off the Mummies’ most recent album, Cryptic. And I know, most “lyric videos” suck—but trust me, you’ll actually want to watch this one. If you don’t, you’ll never know what a “fader-mum” is.
Splatter punks Haunted Garage have played a few reunion shows in the years since they broke up in 1993, but they’ve mostly been one-off type deals. But this time, if we can believe the band’s Facebook page, they’re cranking things up a notch. Apparently mousetrap-loving frontman Dukey Flyswatter has assembled an all-new lineup and is rehearsing for some fall shows and a four-song EP. Here’s Dukey’s most recent Facebook update, typos and all, posted this past Friday:
Hellz Bellz!!! Haunted Garage 2013 just had it’s first rehearsal and it sounded pretty good. New guys, New engergy. WE need weird guest performers and props and newbies to showcase their make up and other skills. Were almost back to square one with the stage show but it wont’s take long.
You read right, kids: Dukey wants YOU to help him make this back-from-the-dead version of Haunted Garage the greatest and goriest one yet. Sounds like they’re set for musicians, but if you can contribute some crazy visuals, hit the man up.
We’ll keep you posted on Haunted Garage 2013 as more details emerge. In the meantime, here’s a little taste of Dukey’s other band, the Undead Kennedys, a zombie DK tribute band featuring members of our pals the Radioactive Chicken Heads. How did we not know about this sooner? We need to get out more.
When The Onion A.V. Club asked avant-electronic duo Matmos to cover “I Want Candy,” the classic ’60s stomper made even stompier in the ’80s by Bow Wow Wow, you just knew they were going to twist and tweak it some unexpected ways. But turning it into a homoerotic paean to NSA leaker Edward Snowden? Gentlemen, you’ve outdone yourselves!
WordPress and the A.V. Club’s video player don’t get along, so you’ll have to go over to their site to watch all the fun. Suffice it to say there are shakers, squiggly keyboards and distorted vocals involved. And of course, that sweet, sweet Bo Diddley beat, which for the most part Matmos chose not to fuck with. Some things just can’t be improved upon.
It’s that time of the month: Time for us to hand you the keys to this here hoopty of a blog and hope you don’t drive it off a cliff. Yep, it’s poll time! Y’all ready to vote your little asses off? Good. Cuz we got us a good one.
As usual, we’ve got five bands clamoring for your votes and attention, so read up on them below and pick your fave. I’ve already got mine, but I ain’t tellin’. Let’s just say they’re named after my second and third favorite bodily functions.
[Sorry, this poll has closed. Check back here Wednesday, when the winner will be revealed. And bookmark this page to partake of future polls. We do a new one every month(ish).]
Here’s more on this month’s bands:
These guys are from England and describe themselves a “steampunk/stoner/psychedelic rock” band. I’m pretty sure they didn’t have wah-wah pedals in Victorian England, but whatevs. It gives them an excuse to dress up like bad guys in those Robert Downey Sherlock Holmes movies and make zany videos. Also, they sometimes hang out with Professor Elemental. Here’s their website.
Ben & Amy
Our next contenders for Weird Band of the Week honors are from…England again? What is this, a tea and crumpets party? Actually, they have a song called “Tea,” so maybe it is. They’re a brother/sister duo from Surrey and one of the albums on their Bandcamp page is tagged “electronic english nonsense experimental rock,” which is actually pretty accurate.
I don’t even have to explain this one, do I? They wear freak masks and they’re called Fartbarf. Here they are performing in a strip club, and here’s their website. Oh, and they’re from right here in Los Angeles, California. SoCal represent!
O Bo de Vil
O Bo de Vil is a Spanish dude named Vil Häuser who calls his stuff “polka-punk.” It kind of sounds a Spanish Wesley Willis sing-shouting over cheap keyboards and oom-pah beats…and we mean that in the nicest possible way. Here’s his Bandcamp and here’s his Facebook page.
Peculate is another solo project from Spain, but this one is 100% polka-free. Ben Norton, an American musician/artist/activist/anti-copyright crusader…yep, all his shit’s available free on his website, so dude puts his money where his mouth is. He calls his music…and pardon me while I do some stretching exercises before typing this…”Progressive experimental metal jazz electronic gospel ambient glitch mathcore contemporary classical post-rock 12-tone metalcore dubstep art rock punk avant-garde technical death metal.” Got all that? Here’s a new drinking game: Go listen to his album Pax Tecum on Bandcamp and every time it switches genres, do a shot. Did you pass out during the first track? Yeah, me too.
So there you have it. Vote early and often, and may the weirdest band win!
Oh and one other thing…voting closes Sunday, July 28th. Tick tock, bitches!