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New Goo "Distancer"

New Goo has released the first single, "Distancer", from their forthcoming album, Even More Goo, which is due out on March 11th. The single is accompanied by a Aspen De Rosa directed video that can be viewed below.

This is the Experimental Pop sounds of Dot Ashby and "Distancer" is the first new music from them since their 2021 album, Sitting on a Sign.

   

Maurice @ Montrose Saloon (2.18)

Experimental Jazz and Rock group Maurice recently released a new EP called "At The Piano". This is the first new music from the ensemble since their 2020 album Playtime.

The EP features an array of local musicians but at its core Maurice is the work of James Davis, Tim Edwards, David Grant, Jonathon Kirk, and Corey McCafferty.

You can catch Maurice at Montrose Saloon with Roseloft and Dylan Doyle on Febraury 18th.

   

Jason Blake “Obscured Clarity”

Jason Blake has released the second single, "Obscured Clarity”, from his forthcoming album, Imaginary Cages, which is due out on February 25th via Wayfarer Records.

Blake, a member of Aziola Cry, is a masterful Warr Guitar player and this project is an instrumental meditation on many sounds and melodies that it can produce.

   

Guerilla Toss delivers cannibalist manifesto on latest single

Guerilla Toss is a band that specializes in dance-punk-acid-house-party-rock anthems that sound like they’ve been beamed to this planet straight from the Big Red Spot of Jupiter because much like that celestial “beauty mark” (actually a raging centuries-old storm bigger than the entire planet Earth) their music is a swirling sonic vortex that pulls in all manner of sonic space junk from the surrounding atmosphere which gets all mashed up and mutated in the eye of the storm re-emerging as a molten musical liquid metal that gets shot back into space via electromagnetic waves audible through this planet’s primitive stereo receivers and equalizers and discontinued iPods

Granted, this may sound like a crackpot analogy but it’s supported by the band’s own lyrical exegesis on songs like “Meteorological” (from 2018’s Twisted Crystal), “Can I Get the Real Stuff” (from 2017’s GT Ultra), and “367 Equalizer” (from 2014’s Infinity Cat Series). And you can hear the interplanetary vibes with your own ears just by putting on Guerilla Toss’s latest single “Cannibal Capital” (music video directed by Lisa Schatz) from their upcoming Sub Pop debut full-length Famously Alive due out on 3/25, a song that seems to mix and mutate the various stages of the band’s own musical history—from the noisy experimentalism of their early releases to the mutant funk of their more recent DFA releases—a song that by their own account “makes everything sensory.”

The song opens with a sound-collage intro that appears to incorporate the sounds of a Merzbow cassette being eaten by malfunctioning tape deck, a leaky toilet, an air rifle, and a cat suffering from intestinal distress—all in the first 15 seconds or so. It just goes to show how much Guerilla Toss takes making everything sensory very seriously indeed. 

Meanwhile a twitchy-tail-shaking-percolating-mid-tempo groove emerges from the sonic murk and while it seems to vanquish it at first the sonic murk keeps seeping back in around the edges with squelching synths and blasts of power chords and so forth thus setting up a disintegration/reintegration dialectic that fits perfectly with the song’s opening lyric (“you need help / melt in every dimension”) and it’s not the only case of lyrical/musical synchronicity either like later where vocalist Kassie Carlson poses the question “can I escape gracefully?” and the vocals veer out of time on cue escaping the rhythm of the tightly wound groove for a few moments.

Closing arguments: On “Cannibal Capital” Guerilla Toss have proven once again that pop will eat itself and and that there's a cultural capital to cannibals just as Brazilian poet Oswald de Andrade observed back in 1928 when he wrote the Cannibalist Manifesto which advocated the notion that “Brazil’s history of cannibalizing other cultures was its greatest strength and had been the nation’s way of asserting independence over European colonial culture” a notion that went on to inspire the late ‘60s art and music movement movement called Tropicália—whose best-known proponents were Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Tom Zé, and Os Mutantes which literally means The Mutants—likewise frooted in a collage aesthetic where the "sacred enemy" is disgested and transformed, and with all this in mind I'd say it’s fair to say that Guerilla Toss are our modern-day tropicalistas, i.e. modern primitives, likely transplanted from outer space no less, or Boston, one or the other, sent to Earth/NYC to absorb our musical traditions "body snatchers style" and spit 'em back out in capitvatingly mutated form. (Jason Lee)

   

Wøunds "No Beauty In The World"

Wøunds is the ambient drone project of Igor Imbu and just released his latest project, No Beauty In The World, via the Indianapolis label Past Inside the Present.

The focuses around the theme of finding the brief moments of beauty in a world that is consistently so dark and cruel.

The albums features collaborations with guitarist Carlos Ferreira and drummer and synthesist Phillip Stosberg.