Fergus and Geronimo are about to drop 'Funky Was The State Of Affairs' on the internets. You may think 'oh yes - I know Fergus and Geronimo', but - err ... you won't after 'Funky Was The State Of Affairs', as they have done the biggest stylistic turnabout, since, errr, people started to refer to themselves as 'brands' and not musicians. Psychedelic concepts? Oh yeah. As they put it '...sometimes templates have to be changed, dude'. We had no choice but to get them in for this week's Questions of Doom
Will Carruthers, of course, played a pivotal musical role in the classic Spacemen 3 saga, playing on Dreamweapon, Playing with Fire, and Recurring. In this week's Questions of Doom, we talk to Will about the formation of those albums (Dreamweapon, Playing with Fire, and Recurring), the rise and fall of Spacement 3 (and the inevitable discussion on whether Spacemen 3 would ever reform)...
Babe, Terror is about to drop a veritable summer time 'high impact' drone onto unsuspecting citizens of the internet, via Erol Alkan's Phantasy records. Srsly into this new record. Babe, Terror has been updating the tropicalia templates, and has moved into a mash of Beach Boys melting in 98 degree heat, whilst Madlib is heard, on a balcony, dropping beats, whilst somewhere in the distance, he directs lo fi choirs and attaches it onto the 'tracks'. It is a symphonic dance move coming from the unconscious. Can't say enough good things about Babe, Terror. So much so, that we had no choice but to get him into Bad Vibes world and have him answer the Questions of Doom.
Kinda super into the Memories at the moment. It's like they channel super summer AM 'memories' of pure and perfect pop songs, that are concise, as they are charming. and seemingly drenched in THC. Kinda the 'whole package' - and interestingly enough - the complete opposite of singer Eric Gage's noise creeps 'White Fang'...and reminds me of the 'paisley' underground in LA, where punk morphed into acid punk and everything seemed all right with the world.
Ask Jack Tatum what ‘Wild Nothing’ means and he’ll answer: ‘the contradiction'. If asked about himself? ‘Achingly normal'. Tatum just happened to write one of the finest cult pop records of the summer of 2010, whilst ensconced in his junior year at Virginia Tech, in a collegiate ghost town in the middle of America. Tatum lives in contradictions. You'll often hear Wild Nothing referred to as a 'one man pop band'. Jack creates in the studio. Alone. On the road? He's with a band. There are two Wild Nothings. There is a certain hurried paradoxical charm of Wild Nothing. This urgency was translated on this critically acclaimed debut ‘Gemini’, underpinned with childhood summery longings, and shot through with the instant dichotomy of anxiety and almost whimsical paranoia. The songs were processed via the aesthetic of the 80s DIY scene. Jack uploaded it onto ‘MySpace’ (remember that?) and days later got signed to Captured Tracks. Wild Nothing became a kinda big deal on the internet. Why? Listen to the songs. People responded. People always love a good pop song. And Jack can create them.
Doldrums are kinda my new thing. It is pretty much indescribable music. You could say something like 'the final killing scene in your favorite spy movie', but then again - that would be wrong. Possibly J Dilla and John Barry collaborating? Could be. There is probably a reason why Portishead invited Doldrums to record the flip of their 12" of 'Chase the Tear' after viewing some of the Doldrums YouTube videos ...they were out to capture the indescribable and found it with Doldrums. All we knew was we had to get Doldrums in for a Questions of Doom set.
Goddammit. Don't you hate words like revelation? I do. It just seems so fake and phoney and dilutes the experience when you do hear something akin to a revelation. I testified to Quilt's genius in late 2011, and it seems as if I'm paying daily ritual to their debut album on Mexican Summer. I kinda thought it was their 'Os Mutantes' vibe, and instead of just hanging on the past, it is almost as if they had started their own external revolution. Quilt sound as if you put your entire internets to music. Yeah. That good. We had no choice but to get them in for this week's Questions of Doom.
In this white box, I'll be honest - I usually try and pitch you on why the person who I interviewed is important. Every artist we get and participate in our interview series is 'important' (to us) and Pictureplane? He's the real deal. When asked: 'All I will say is that I am a real artist, and I don't do this for fame or for money. I do this because I have to. It is who I am and it is in my blood.' ' You can't fake his funk. It's too real. We had no choice but too get Pictureplane in for this week's Questions of Doom!
Just got Lea Cho of Blues Control in for this week's Questions of Doom. I've always been into Blues Control, something completely undefinable about their sound. Sure, you could scratch your chin but you'll always be like '...not sure if chillwave or lo fi'. Its also kinda indescribable, sorta like they are making music 3.0 just for you. For me, ever since I got their Holy Mountain record, Blues Control lives inside their own world. On new record Valley Tangents, they have taken their sound further. Kinda had no choice but to get Lea in for this week's Questions of Doom!
Georgia are Justin Tripp and Brian Close. Got into it via RVNG Intl., who are helping out with their debut record. Kinda hard to sum up Georgia's sound in succinct fashion, but the closest I feel towards it was yesterday, when I was watching a streamed movie of early Argento, and a million different youtube links started to pull themselves up, It's almost as if Georgia want to shut off everything, and stream it into Giallo sounds, but can't and thus, its incredibly interesting. As they put it: ' a Beverly Hills Cop space jamming its way towards it's obscure object of desire... with Brakhage doing the light show. Actually we both love movies -but Ernest & Julia Gallo is probably more of an influence'.