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It’s today. It’s delicious. It’s to help out a friend. Stop by and show support. Here’s a quick description but frankly, I think you get the picture. Figure I’m planning on going to Punk Rock Flea Market & then this so hit me up if ya wanna meet up, followed by Kurt Vile later that night so Sat = good times. Thanks and talk to ya soon.
“Last minute so here’s the deal. Couple of people are throwing Tim a Fish Fry in order to raise some money. There’s plenty of food along with a keg, and all of this is only $12! It starts up at noon but it should be going on just about all afternoon/evening so stop by whenever and show your support by eating delicious, homemade food!”
And here we are folks. I had told you nearly 3 months ago to go ahead and grab your early bird tickets. Today, at 10:00 am, you can probably see why. North Carolina’s Hopscotch Music Festival has announced their 2013 lineup, which will feature, among D.I.’s favorites, Spirtualized, Kurt Vile and The Violators, and The Rosebuds. Heck, on a personal note, I am extremely excited to see Earl Sweatshirt live for the first time.
Regardless, I’d highly suggest taking a look at the lineup for yourself and hell, try to snag a ticket as soon as possible. Prices will only go up and it’s definitely worth your while to see a particularly unique, city wide music festival experience which just recently got affirmation, once again, from Pitchfork. See ya in Raleigh, North Carolina this September and, of course, see ya next Saturday, May 4th for our joint show with Noise Level Magazine featuring Slow Animal, Wellboys, Canada, & Hairyman (the surprise final act) over at Race Manor. Oh, and get the hell outside: it’s beautiful.
Hours by a computer screen: it kinda makes you go insane at times. The internal interconnectedness of contemporary society creates both empathy and ambivalence of individuals and society as a whole. Yet with this split personality comes an appreciation of both the calm and frantic, the stable and fragile, the known within the unknown. I’m probably getting way ahead of myself already with this description (perhaps because I’m a little rusty) despite to say that it is with a sincere enthusiasm that I recommend the likes of Rounds for all those sympathizing with my initial rant.
Rounds are a British trio consisting of Robert Cooper (Vocals and Synths), Andrew Chapman (Guitar and Synths), and Ashley Kemp (Drums and Sampler). With a live set-up incorporating drums, synths and vocals along side a large array of digital instrumentation, their debut EP Escapist, came out on Austrian label Moun10 in July 2012, receiving the Number 7 spot in XLR8R’s Top 20 Downloads of July. Now with their latest EP ‘Falter’ off of Blind Colour they are able to shine in their full authenticity as well as allow others to basque in the creative destruction with the EP including a remix of the track “Falter” from Nottingham‘s Atlas (Coja/Symbols Recordings). To give you, the reader, a better appreciation of Rounds, the video for their single ‘Falter’, directed by Kimberly Jarrett and Greg Davenport, is available to watch below.
Overall feelings? The EP bounces from bubble popping ecstasy which brings to mind Aphex Twin to creepy yet blissful romps the likes of newer Liars meets Phantagram. So the short answer is yes: I will gladly pop this on whether alone or with guests. However it is definitely clear that the act is still young. I will wait to pour excitement their way until they begin to differentiate themselves a little further. However, considering Falter represents the 2nd EP: damn, not bad. Not bad at all. Take a listen and enjoy, I know I did.
In case ya didn’t gather by now, I live in Philadelphia but I am originally from North Carolina. With that kind of knowledge, as well as experience reading the material I produce, you could probably guess then that I have attended the Independent‘s Hopscotch every year since its inception in 2010. An affordable music festival with an amazing lineup of both the major acts as well as those niche groups, Hopscotch has always been a pleasure to attend between the city plaza shows and the smaller, venue shows going rampant throughout Raleigh, NC.
It is with this thought that myself, as well as Dissociative Identity Productions as a whole, would like to invite, nay, encourage each and every one of you to buy your early bird tickets, available this Friday, February 1st. Clearly the early bird special will have a limited quantity so be sure to try and buy it earlier in the day rather than later in order to ensure an amazing deal.
Anyways, I know this article comes across as just a sales pitch. And frankly, I guess it kind of is. But let me assure you no: I am not being paid or reimbursed for shoving this sales pitch to you. Rather I have fallen in love with this music festival, and so should you. Get your ticket this Friday and see ya in NC for another amazing Hopscotch Music Festival!
Currently, I work a 9 to 5. I guess, especially during these current stagnant economic days, that is nothing to be upset about. Emotionally, on the other hand, it means that I feel fairly drained and ambivalent. A contagious combination of apathy mixed with sheer exhaustion, the end product pushes me into an anxst which can only be relieved through thrashing and screaming. Sound familiar? I hope so for Dee and the Warlocks are able to take this sensation and imbue it into a self titled release gushing with aggressive complacency.
Opening with the exhilaratingly haunting “Secrets“, Dee and the Warlocks progresses extremely quickly into a classic grunge/garage rock sound, the likes of Screaming Females meets the more aggressive side of Des Ark. Yet, by the next track, the group is able to enter a far more melodic presence filled with echoing harmonies along the lines of Marine Girls and the Soft Pack. The album, as a whole, is quiet a remarkable album to pass the work day through as the vocals shiver your insides with a constantly present bass line which does not disappoint. Favorite track, you ask? Probably would have to stick with Spinning Dizzy and it’s coo’ing chorus matched by verses which seem to taunt the listener into a seemingly suspicious head bob at work. But then again, that’s just me.
Overall, I extremely enjoyed the album. It, bluntly, rocks without using obnoxiously easy hooks or percussion. Grab a free download or, for those who still value it, be sure to grab a hard copy of either the CD or Cassette (cause come on, how can ya resist?). The larger goal, however, is to catch Dee and the Warlocks and, ideally, fellow Baltimore native Two-Inch Astronaut on a tour up here in Philadelphia. What ya say: think we can make that happen?
That’s right folks. After a long hiatus, Dissociative Identity Productions is proud to present, exclusively through WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7 fm, The Downtown Club Live Instudio @ WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7 fm.Here is a quick description, as described by WKDU, for what you have ahead of you:
“The Downtown Club are a Philly based 3-piece band (not to be confused with the catering co…). The Downtown Club recently finished their Debut EP and will be giving us a fine, radio broadcast with a dabble of no-wave, lofi, shoegaze goodness.
Occuring next Friday, August 17th, from 1-2pm, get prepared for a sound that is made up of delayed female vocals, analog snyth, guitar, drums, bass and whatever else your imagination thinks you’re hearing. So tune in and enjoy a local Philly staple and be sure to check out the links for more information. Anyways, stay tuned, enjoy, and take a glimpse of local Philly’s finest up-and-comers. Thanks and your welcome, by the way.
*Cough Cough* The intention of these mixtapes are purely noncommercial: rather, it is simply to promote smaller acts that have a great sound to them. Furthermore, all releases within any and every mixtape include tracks that were provided for free by the artists themselves anyways. Well I’m glad to get that over with. It’s been awhile since the March ’12 Mixtape so it’s with great honor that us here at Dissociative Identity Productions introduce to you, the bored or possibly intoxicated viewer, the April ’12 Mixtape.
Since we are all done with the introductions, please take a listen and be sure to share it with friends, family, or just random folks. Downloads are available for free and are, as always, encouraged. You can decide what you like the most but as for myself? I’d say You Slut! who have been on the radio show many a times and I believe I have included them in one of the mixtapes a while ago. Despite to say, if you like some Math Rock with some balls, Track Clagg may be for you.
With that said, grab a download and decide for yourself. It’s been fun getting back into the swing of the monthly mixtapes so I assure you, May ’12 Mixtape should be even better. Anyways, see ya in a week for The Sound of Funk and be sure to catch our newest radio program, “BoerLore“, every Wednesday from 12:00 – 1:00 pm for some good, olde fashioned West African/Caribbean Psychedelic Rock and Reggae. Enjoy.
Produced by Vangelis Labrakis in the urban decadence of Berlin this 6 song EP takes what appears as simple rhythms and overly used pop melodies and ends up disassembling them and adding vocals which, for all intensive purposes, seem sincere, heartfelt, and almost tragic ranging from subjects as diverse as, “the ragged glamour of life, the beautiful crudeness of love …and cannibalism.” The Monsterheart EP was written from various countries and at least two continents stretching from Vienna and Berlin, to Tel Aviv.
Once more, at least, it takes me back to what first attracted me to Indie music as a whole. A younger me would’ve loved this, then gone through a phase of rejection, followed by reluctance acceptance. While it may sound sad, I feel this transition very informative and important. Essentially, what I always originally love about Indie acts is their ability to take something incredibly poppy, danceable, and admittedly generic and turn it into something entirely unique to their own personality. The moments of rejection are simply the uncomfortable acceptance that what you are listening to, is in fact pop. The final phase then is acceptance: yes, it’s pop, and I am a full grown man: get over it.
I guess I went a lengthy path to explaining why exactly this album, particularly the track “D.O.D.“, appeals to me. It’s young, it’s fun, yet it also has a deeper, personal connection to the artist and dare I say myself. To have this kind of heartfelt experience with a pop artist is unique, to say the least. Anyways, take a listen and judge for yourself despite to say, I see little likelihood of disappointment. It’s just too damn good to not like.
Stream the full EP here
free download of D.O.D.
With the successful launch of the three piece’s recent release, Empros, Russian Circles has announced that they will be doing a packed, month long tour throughout Europe and the UK including Vienna, Berlin, and London. What makes Empros so unique is that it is the first full length, in fact, to have a world-wide release thanks to their longtime recording associate, Sargent Records. Another more obvious reason why Empros is unique is it’s pure brilliance.
I love Russian Circles and have long been satisfied with their work since Enter. Still, I think it is safe to say that Empros is their best album yet and deserves such a massive tour to introduce itself. My biggest problem, however, relates to a previous dilema I mentioned when first announcing the album: really…no US tour dates? It feels very hurtful that the Chicago group rarely makes it back to the US and perhaps its our own fault since they receive far warmer receptions across the pond.
Still, if you are lucky enough to be in town during one of these tour dates (posted below), be sure to go out and check ‘em out or, frankly, see them again because I assure you, this time will be better with such grand material tucked in their sleeves. Yet for the band itself/tour managers: Please, Please give us another shot. Particularly Philly *wink wink*
RUSSIAN CIRCLES LIVE:
Apr 05 – Prague, CZ @ Matrix
Apr 06 – Vienna, AT @ Arena
Apr 07 – Munich, DE @ Feierwerk
Apr 08 – Dresden, DE @ Beatpol
Apr 09 – Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
Apr 10 – Warsaw, PL @ Hydrozagadka
Apr 11 – Vilnius, LT @ Propaganda
Apr 12 – Riga, LV @ Gertrudes 101
Apr 13 – Tallinn, ES @ Electric Storm Festival at Tapper
Apr 14 – Helsinki, FI @ Virgin Oil Company
Apr 15 – Moscow, RU @ Gogol
Apr 16 – Stockholm, SE @ Strand
Apr 17 – Oslo, NO @ Revolver
Apr 18 – Gothenberg, SE @ Truckstop Alaska
Apr 19 – Copenhagen, DK @ KB 18
Apr 20 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
Apr 21 – Utrecht, NI @ Tivoli
Apr 22 – Brussels, BE @ Magasin 4
Apr 23 – Esch-Sur-Alzette, LU @ Rockhal
Apr 25 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
Apr 26 – Belfast, IE @ Speakeasy
Apr 27 – Limerick, IE @ Dolan’s Warehouse
Apr 28 – Dublin, IE @ Button Factory
Apr 29 – Manchester, UK @ The Ruby Lounge
Apr 30 – London, UK @ Scala Theater
May 02 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
May 03 – Kortrijk, BE @ De Kreun
May 04 – Koln, DE @ Gebaeude 9
May 05 – Karlsruhe, DE @ Jubez
May 06 – Zurich, CH @ Rote Fabrik
May 07 – Geneva, CH @ Le Kab
May 08 – Milan, IT @ Magnolia
May 09 – Lyon, FR @ Le Clacson
May 11 – Bilbao, ES @ Azkena
May 12 – Porto, PT @ Hard Club
May 13 – Lisbon, PT @ Musicbox
May 14 – Madrid, ES @ Ritmo & Compas
May 15 – Barcelona, ES @ Apolo 2