White Lung - “Down It Goes”
I’ve been waiting for years for someone to pick up with Hot Snakes left off, and White Lung gets closer doing so than any band I’ve encountered. Savages got close, but their sound was never desperate enough, and their singer was clearly going for something. This is fast, raw, and brutal, approaching speed metal levels on “I Believe You” but generally striking a happy (and fiery) medium with tracks like “Face Down” and this one. Bonus points for having no song reach 3 minutes. (insound)
Marion Balac - Anonymous Gods, statues with faces blurred automatically by Google
John Constable (eng. David Lucas) - Weymouth Bay, Dorsetshire
Dntel (ft. Lali Puna) - “I’d Like to Know”
This collection of collaborations is a cheerier affair than suggested by the pessimistic title track (the only one not involving a second artist), and a consistently surprising one as well. Lali Puna meshes naturally with Dntel’s fuzzy electronics and ends up sounding like Ms. John Soda played at 33RPM, while the (excellent) Jenny Lewis track sounds more like a sadistic remix than . “I’d Like to Know” feels extremely carefully crafted, yet at the same time, its 3 minutes and 47 seconds melt away like cotton candy until the sadly brief little breakdown at the very end reminds you what you’re listening to. (insound)
If you’d told me a year or two ago that I would in 2014 be deeply engrossed in a web-published superhero serial longer than the entire Game of Thrones series to date — I probably would have admitted that it was a possibility, and asked where I might find such a work before that distant, fated date.
Wojciech Siudmak - Cosmopolis Nomad
Wonderful crests with uncommon English mottoes - Armorial Families (1929)
'Heed with speed' ~ 'I byde my time' ~ 'Watch and ward' ~ 'Live to live' ~ 'I will' ~ 'On'
The Drift - “Know Certain Future (Part Two)”
Travels in Constants Volume 19
You’re cheating by not listening to the 17-minute part one, but I think this jazzy odyssey hits its stride here. A bit of horn wankery aside, the driving drums and ominous bass line make it sound like the backing track for ritual dance performed by rhythm-minded demons. (temporary residence)
Al Capone’s FBI fingerprint file - saved from shredding