This should be the collective sound of America right now. Pure, unrelenting, howling rage. Trump is not playing politics to avoid his base. He is not pandering to his base. Motherfucker is his base. Fuck that guy and the white power horse he rode in on.
Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light is out on November 17 via Thrill Jockey Records. Check it out here.
Chicago labels Thrill Jockey and Antiopic, with help from Front Porch Productions and a wealth of talent, are making it easy for music lovers to donate to the relief effort in Japan with the release of Benefit For The Recovery In Japan. This massive, 64-track compilation features almost five hours of music from a vast array of artists from around the globe, many of whom often work from the outer edges of experimental music, and every song here is sure to offer a unique listening experience. Certainly, this compilation is worth far more than its $15 price tag, and 100% of the proceeds go towards the recovery and relief effort in Japan following the March 11 earthquake and resultant tsunami and nuclear emergency.
Artists who contributed to this compilation include Fennesz, School of Seven Bells, Tom Carter (Charalambides), Akron/Family, Ben Frost, Rhys Chatham, Prefuse 73, Growing, Sam Prekop, Giant Sand, William Tyler, Mountains, Parts & Labor, Shinji Masuko (Boredoms/DMBQ), The Ex, Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox, and many others. Proceeds go to the emergency response organization Civic Force, a “Japanese not-for-profit organization that…developed from experiences learned during the Niigata Earthquake of 2004, and was established to provide faster and more effective disaster relief by cooperating closely with NGOs, the business community and government of Japan.” Learn more about Civic Force here.
Benefit For The Recovery In Japan is available now as a digital download. Buy it here and feel good.
Here’s a live version of the William Tyler track that appears on the compilation…
Dave Heumann, singer, guitarist, and main songwriter for Arbouretum, has spent time as a backing member of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, and his songs are certainly connected to a similar folk rock sound. But where Will Oldham’s project has, over the years, dug deeper into the American songbook and embraced a country rock attitude, Heumann has looked across the pond for inspiration, and Arbouretum feels more closely tied to the British folk tradition. On Arbouretum’s latest, The Gathering, this penchant for British folk is filtered through overdriven amps and fuzzed out guitars, creating a sort of metal/folk hybrid that comes off like a stoner-rock Fairport Convention. The Gathering is said to be inspired by Carl Jung’s The Red Book and a “narrative of ‘losing one’s way and finding it again'”, and the songs here, both lyrically and musically, reflect the kind of soul-searching such a narrative suggests.
The Gathering is out now via Thrill Jockey Records. Check it out here.
For their latest album, Peer Amid, Swedish experimental rockers The Skull Defekts hooked up with legendary Lungfish singer Daniel Higgs, and together they grind out some seriously ominous grooves that will bore inside your head and take over, leaving you at the mercy of their dark pounding. The band describes their music as the “circle of sound,” and they couldn’t have picked a better vocalist to close that circle than the shaman-like Higgs. His low, foreboding, meditative vocals seem channeled from deep within nature’s chasms and combine with the band’s rhythmic and repetitive yet relentlessly propulsive chug to create something dense, menacing and heavy. Dark clouds gathering slowly on the horizon and blacking out the sun heavy. The slow roil of the gray, endless ocean heavy. Dig it.