New music for April 27, 2012: Sun Araw, Clams Casino, Nikhil Banerjee

Researching new music, gearing up for ID Music’s monthly transmission, coming up next Sunday, May 6 on Marfa Public Radio. Here are some righteous tunes we’ve unearthed in our survey, from rare Sunburned Hand of the Man side-projects to mixes of the New-Agey hip-hop beats that we touch on from time to time.

• Our friends Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras made a record with the Congos (yep, those Congos) down in Jamaica last year, and it’s finally out. Icon Give Thank is Nyabinghi drone gospel perfect for the next Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church picnic. The making-of documentary is up at the top there, and you can stream the tunes over at RVNG INTL.

• Cameron’s Sun Ark label also has a lovely reissued cassette from Houston synth guru JD Emmanuel, and more jingle-jangle drones from High Wolf. Still available (cheap!) in the Sun Ark Shop.

• Two fresh “cloud rap” mixes surfaced this week, the first a 25 minute “Evolution of” mix from ID Music mainstay Clams Casino for BBC Radio 1. Starts out with his immediately recognizable hazy purple ambience for A$AP Rocky, then goes into more unfamiliar territory. The trainspotters are decoding a tracklist that already includes Actress over at Self-Titled, where you can also either stream or download the mix.

The second is a 75-minute Ryan Hemsworth mix of what the heads at Fool’s Gold are calling “spacy trap gems,” including washed-out remixes of of Main Attrakionz, Clams Casino and Araabmuzik. Listen or download at Soundcloud. [via Fool’s Gold]

• Must-read obscuro music blog Mutant Sounds posted a delight for those of us eager for new music from your favorite crust punk’s favorite jam band, Sunburned Head of the Man. It’s a 1990 side project called Balls from future Sunburned player Phil Franklin, plus someone from Gamelan Son Of Lion and a guy who would go on to be in … uh … The Presidents of the United Sates of America (?!). Three bass players and a drummer work through hypnotic rhythms that wouldn’t sound out of place on classic Sunburned albums like Jaybird or Headdress. Give it a listen at Mutant Sounds.

• The new Black Dice album, Mr. Impossible, is as good as everyone’s saying, more music in the same vein as Sunburned and Boredoms’ resinous noise vibrations. Up there with  Beaches & Canyons and Creature Comforts. Our favorite song, “Outer Body Drifter,” is accurately described by Pfork as sounding “like a couple of fun-loving dudes trying to get a party started, but their voices have been ripped from their throats and packed together into a single gooey, wholly unintelligible ball.” Yep. Listen at Soundcloud.

• Likewise, the new Actress album, R.I.P., lives up to the hype. Less suffocated techno. More shiny fractal ambience. “Shadow from Tartarus” sounds like ice tinkling off the conning tower of Porter Ricks‘ submarine after surfacing in the sparkling glare of Arctic sunlight. Preview at Honest John’s.

• We’ve also been perusing the archives at our favorite blog for ragas — Raga Blog, natch —  where we came up on these golden sitar zones from one of our favorites, Nikhil Banerjee. Perfect music when we’re hiding from the burning afternoon sun, or watching meteor showers on the back porch. Ahh. Calming down. Listen to The KPFA Tapes – Berkeley 1967 at Raga Blog.

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New music for April 27, 2012: Sun Araw, Clams Casino, Nikhil Banerjee

New M. Geddes Gengras music

The last time we saw M. Geddes Gengras he was eating sweet potato hash in our kitchen here in Marfa with Matthewdavid, Sun Araw Band, Rene Hell and the rest of the Tonalism crew. We were trying to remember why we got kicked out of that yurt the night before … was it because we were bumping Juicy J mixtapes too loud, or something more scandalous? All we know for sure is the beer was gone by dawn.

Ged has a new 3-cassette release on 905 Tapes. Essential galaxy-melting modular synth listening. Get it here.

New M. Geddes Gengras music

New Grouper Music

New music from Liz Harris abounds: First there was her collaboration from late in 2011 with ID Music fave Ilyas Ahmed, Visitor, a mellow guitar ‘n’ treated tapes affair that in-the-know heads have been listening for ever since hearing their inter-mingled vibrations at the On Land Festival back in 2010, a happening circulated widely via the YouTubes.

This was followed soon after by a Grouper cover of Dead Moon’s “Demona” on 7-inch accompanying the new issue of high class goner ‘zine Yeti,  and then by Mirroring’s Foreign Body, an album-length collaboration with Jesy Fortino of Tiny Vipers. The latter of which sounds to our ears like the interstitial ambient pieces — e.g. “Rainbow Illness” — from the last Wolves in the Throne Room album drawn out to epic proportions.

And now, Violet Replacement Parts I and II, a CDr on Harris’ Yellow Electric label.  These two long-form ambient works — 90 minutes of music broken into two sets — go along with her European Tour of the same name (details at the Yellow Electric website). According to her website, “tape collage” is what she’s doing here, guitar echoes, field recordings and muffled keyboard tones that drift in and out of spaces that are much noisier than anything on her last few albums, sort of Pete Swanson’s Ghost O’Clock  slowed and throwed, Yellow Swans in amber.

No doubt the CDr — limited to 100 copies — will sell out on tour, but it’s available online at places like the iTunes store, where you can also download the sublime Grouper “Water People/Moving Machine” 7-inch she recorded when Ballroom brought her out here to Marfa in May of 2010. Check out photos and a brief Q&A on the Ballroom Marfa blog.

New Grouper Music

Inter-Dimensional Music 20120401

Namaste, amigos. Here’s what we were nodding along with (and nodding off to) during the second hour of tonight’s Inter-Dimensional Music … links to music or more info.

Music by Siinai, images from Jodorowsky’s Holy Mountain

How Sweetly I Am Loved – Ashan – To Return To / Friend of Time Blues (live from a Marin County Barn) – Brightblack Morning Light – Live Journal ‘One’ Instrumentals EP / Janus – PanabriteSoft Terminal / Left Side Drive – Boards of Canada – Trans Canada Highway EP / Goddess Eyes II – Julia HolterEkstasis / Come True – Balam Acab – Self-released / E-CIG – Bodyguard – Silica Gel / Coach Doames – Inner Tube – Inner Tube / Marathon – SiinaiOlympic Games

Inter-Dimensional Music 20120401