Very strange and very surreal new jam from TEEN. Different direction from the young group, mixing doo-wop, pseudo avant garde indie (think Dirty Projectors) and R&B. Keep eye out for more soon with new LP The Way And Color to be released on April 22nd on Carpark Records.
Animal Collective mastermind Dave Portner’s newest project has released its first video, and it’s a charming freak show. Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks’ excellent lead single “Little Fang” is represented in a short narrative by a brand new Jim Henson puppet, strange color saturation and a trip to the circus, and none of this it is shocking given the deranged and whimsical video history that Portner and his sister Abby have accrued over the years. That’s not to say the feline Little Fang itself isn’t a charming character in a world of well-depicted animosity and deceit. Abby’s ability to match her brother’s lo-fi psychedelia with a memorably furry protagonist is top notch. Watch the story unfold below and get ready for Slasher Flicks’ debut LP Enter The Slasher House, out April 7/8 on Domino.
If you’re in DC, catch them at U Street Musical Hall on Apr. 25.
Cultural decontextualization, there is a can of worms. Think twerking, a dance phenomenon erased from a localized context and turned into mass market pop. Tracking these things is a depressing game for anyone interested in the popular culture. Watch punk morph into its commercial antithesis or, in the case of this song, watch Madonna steal her dance moves from an NYC drag queen. This track comes from DJ Sprinkles’ 2009 magnum opus 120 Midtown Blues, an album in which he chronicles his time in NYC’s unglamorous late 1980s and early 1990s underground. It’s a deep house track that ends with a monologue about Madonna’s theft of the Vogue dance move from a broke and strung out drag queen. Who knows if it’s true but I’ll take DJ Sprinkles at his word. Enjoy.
Charlie Brand of Miniature Tigers is a true indie rock chameleon. He’s moved through unrequited love scenarios and vocal sneers over three full lengths and a slew of EPs, always transforming into a different embodiment of a passionate vocalist and guitarist. After channeling the subversive sexual charge of Of Montreal’s Georgie Fruit and the sincerest of nineties alt. rock stars, he’s pushing Miniature Tigers in a more pop-oriented direction with “Swimming Pool Blues”, the first single from the band’s upcoming Cruel Runnings. The track is an overwhelmingly joyous mixture of Real Estate’s nostalgia and Chairlift’s plastic catchiness, where Brand sells his own aerated vocals through the echoing rumble of the refrain. “If we swim we can make it, oohh/I wanna make it with you”: this type of positivity in love and lust is a pleasant one eighty from the envy and resentment that Miniature Tigers have perfected on past singles.
Listen to “Swimming Pool Blues” above, in advance of Cruel Runnings’ May 27 release.
Someone rolling on ecstasy once eloquently dubbed PAPA, ex-Girls drummer Darren Weis’s power rock project “necessary music”. That’s something entirely subjective and variable, but it doesn’t take much time with the west coast outfit’s debut album Tender Madness to get what the guy meant. Weis and his longtime musical companion Danny Presant make ebullient American rock that fills space and time with warmth and vitality. Taking cues equally from Fugazi and Bruce Springsteen, PAPA is all about the essence of youthful sincerity and ambition. You can hear that in the anthemic piano melodies combined with Weis’s stadium drums and low baritone, which all swirl together to make a statement that’s firmly routed in the present moment.
Fittingly, the band’s live performance has gained a reputation for its positivity and electric energy. Since last October’s debut of Tender Madness, Weis has published a tour-inspired collection of poems and drawings and also aided in the recording and release of the Tender Madness Sessions EP. The four-song collection epitomizes PAPA’s live aura in the best way possible, and is accompanied by live footage of sets at the El Ray Theater in Los Angeles.
Watch the live counterpart of Tender Madness standout “Put Me To Work”. Visit PAPA’s website for more on upcoming tour dates, including stops at SXSW and Governor’s Ball, as well as more live footage.