Never mind the editorial bit at the top or what we said the last time, you’ve read all this already, just jump down to the music. Exact same thing again today, another five (or so) slices of musical things that can do all the talking themselves and however you slice it and of course it was the price of fish and here comes the introduction to the latest Five Music Things feature thing. Five? There’s something rather compelling about five. Cross-pollination? Five more? Do we need to do the editorial bit again? Is there another way? A better way? A cure for pulling flying dogs out of the clouds? Is there a rhyme? Is there a reason? Was there ever a reason? What do reasons make? Five more? Snake foil? Everything must go and same as last time (and the time before that) five, and no, we never do and the proof of the pudding is in that proof reading. When we started this thing, oh never mind, it doesn’t matter why we started this damn thing and like we asked last time, does anyone bother reading the editorial? Does anyone ever actually look down the rabbit hole or is it all just method acting? We do really try to listen to everything that comes in, we do it so you don’t have to, we are very (very) very very picky about what we actually post on these fractured pages or about what gets played on the radio or indeed what we hang in a gallery. Cut to the chase, never mind the editorial, there’s loads of music further down the page, well five or so pieces of music that have come our way in the last few days and cut cut slash and cut it, who needs an editorial or words or worms in general? What’s Wordsworth? Just facts and links and sounds then. Here you go, play the music, grab your five, eat your greens, go eat some art, go eat some fresh music and don’t forget whatever it was we said last time,
1: Abertooth Lincoln – The question today is where’s a kid like you gonna learn shit? Gory Rhythm is taken from Abertooth Lincoln’s album, Algorithms Ate My Neighbors. Out now via Riot Records. The rather good looking video was directed by Bobby Tewksbury. Shot at Haus of Sequins in Dayton OH, not that you or I care that much about where it was shot, great video though, rather like the visual and musical urgency here which is why the video and the piece of music is parked here
2: Desert Mambas – Buzz Cut Blues is out via our old friends at Kill Rock Stars around about now, the song kind of says it all, the melody is delightful, the tune, the new hair cut, sometimes you really don’t have t osay too much….
3: Snõõper sound rather urgent, in some kind og hurry to get somewhere, or nowhere to whereever ot whatever, probably with a new rose or, here it is, you form your own opinion, I got paint to throw, this five pieces of music thing is just about throwing five pieces of music up…….
“Today, Nashville-based DIY outfit Snõõper present the rousing new single/video ‘Fitness’, taken from their forthcoming debut album Super Snõõper, 14th July via Third Man Records – Jack White’s label”, not really sure what “DIY outfit” means here? Hipster record label Third Man hardly seems DIY, neat neat neat kind of tune though,, here’s the hype that came in from the not very DIY not very repsonsive PR company, the press release should tell you all you need ot know, I;d rather let the music do the talking…
‘Fitness’ maintains the high octane speed of frantic lead single ‘Pod’, and its accompanying video — directed by vocalist Blair Tramel — showcases the puppetry used in their live performances. Almost all of the props and puppets in the video were made and reassembled by Tramel, and the video offers a glimpse of the playful mayhem that can be expected at one of their storied concerts.
On ‘Fitness’, Tramel states: “‘Fitness’ was written just for fun without much thought, which is exactly the way I think working out should be. This song is about competition, doing things for the validation of others, and how ridiculous that can be. Before our first show, I made a paper mache weight to use during this song. It was our very first prop and the only prop we used for a while. ‘Fitness’ is a special song to us because it is still one of our most fun songs to play live.”
Snõõper is a band who, in a 33⅓ RPM world, make 45 RPM music they play at 78 RPM. They maintain super precise instrumentals and skillfully melodic vocals, even though they’re flooring it almost the entire time. Snõõper doesn’t play fast; they play at the speed of Snõõper. The project began in 2020 as a collaboration between local Nashville punk mainstay Connor Cummins (guitar) and Blair Tramel (vocals), an early education teacher with a sideline in wickedly funny animation and art. As their cassette tapes and homemade videos began to find scattered fans around the world, the duo brought the project to the live stage in late 2021 with the addition of Cam Sarrett (drums), Happy Haugen (bass), and Ian Teeple (guitar). Thus, Snõõper was born.
Their debut album Super Snõõper was recorded at The Bomb shelter in Nashville. It follows EPs Music For Spies (2020), Snõõper (2021), and Town Topic (2022), as well as the live album LIVE AT EXIT/IN 11-23-22, released in February. Given the brief glimpses into Snõõper’s music from their 7”s, EPs, and thrilling live performances, one might wonder if the group could hold the line for a full album. The answer is an enthusiastic yes. In the words of Henry Rollins, “Speaking selfishly, I want Snõõper to hurry up and make another album. Super Snõõper is a really cool record.”
Super Snõõper is out 14th July 2023 via Third Man Records, more here
And here a Bandcamp thing….
4: Gentle Giant – There’s a new video that goes with the 2023 Steven Wilson Remix of the album and track that is interview. This is;nt new music, the remix is really jsut a tidy up, nothing radical, pretty true t othe original. Interview was the eighth studio recorded album of Gentle Giant and was released in April 1976. We know damn well some of you only pay attention to these five new pieces of music pages and look to us for fresh sounds and new bands, you never look at all the other stuff, the reviews of people like Can Der Graaf or Chris Squire or March Violets. Gentle Giant still sound fresh and new to us, new and now, timeless maybe, cutting edge certainly. We did cover the album a couple of days ago, if you need to know mnore about the band or where to get the release then – ORGAN THING: Classic prog from Yes man Chris Squire, Something rather special from the space rock orchestra known as Flowers Of Hell, the ever rewarding Gentle Giant’s Interview, three vital albums reissued…
5: Nathan Micay has a second album ready to go, here’s a rather tasty taster track for you to grab a taste of….
“Nathan Micay presents his second album To The God Named Dream… a haunted library record and roll playing game for the large language age. Expanding his music beyond clubs has proven a revelation for Micay, who has synthesised score work, downtempo and club music into one of the electronic records of the year.
“Jumanji meets Hellraiser” – To The God Named Dream depicts a mystical being ripping though the sleeve. Within the vinyl packaging players will find an original multiplayer board game to accompany the album. “
… a lot of electronic music became very serious and lacked any sense of character. Any sense of humour. I’m often invited to evoke melodrama in my score work and I think this naturally pushed my music towards something altogether different” he continues “… these things are part of me. If you want orthodox Dance Music™ there’s a lot of it out there already. This one is for me” …This Summer, LUCKYME® & Nathan Micay invite you to roll the dice”. More
And while we’re here, more new music….