First off, the idea here is to pose a question, so I want to advise readers that this is not intended as a full-fledged debate on the pros and cons of the death penalty. That is a very broad argument that is far too large in scope for a piece of this size. Rather, this is simply a question regarding the impact of the presence of a death penalty in any society. This is something I’ve wondered about for years, and while I am a somewhat reluctant advocate of the death penalty as a result, the question has never undermined my sincere belief that there are some people who should be evicted from life in general. Regardless, I’m curious how others might respond to the query I speak of.
This Will Destroy You – Moving On The Edges Of Things (Magic Bullet Records)
A sizable number of people thought that they had This Will Destroy You pegged. Devotees of effects-pedal happy instrumental rock bands considered them the second coming of Explosions In The Sky. Those less inclined towards crescendo-heavy post-rock thought pretty much the same thing, only without meaning the comparison as a compliment. Evangelical Christian groups also latched onto This Will Destroy You, using their music in a variety of Christian propaganda in spite of the band’s lack of religious affiliation and without contacting them for permission or compensation. All these people had This Will Destroy You filed away in a comfortable niche, but with their most recent release the band proves all of them wrong.
Previous albums like Young Mountain and their self-titled second album were fairly standard entries into the instrumental post-rock canon – introspective, slow-paced, full of quiet-to-loud build ups. Nothing terribly unpleasant, but nothing terribly original either – a criticism which could just as easily be directed towards the majority of the genre itself, characterized as it so often is by even its best practitioners rarely straying from a formulaic approach. But while it was difficult not to immediately compare the band’s earlier releases with a handful of more popular bands working along similar lines, it is difficult to come up with any individual reference point with which to compare their most recent release.
You saunter along the city block on your accustomed routine to the local library, when a red blinking hand holds you still just long enough for fate to shove your mediocre life into an aromatic cloud of luxury. In the coffee shop straight ahead you see the everyday leisure of coffee shop regulars. A whiff of today’s roast teases you relentlessly, begging you to meander from your path and join the fun. But as you slouch in baggy jeans and rub your dried out contacts, you suddenly realize these people have something special. They are coffee shop artists and they rule the coffee kingdom. You want to be one.
DJ RNS aka Manotti Da Vinci has hit us up with his second mix for RVA RADIO - the "Electrik.Dance Mix". A hip-hop inspired banger set that gets heads bobbing with his own remixes of popular trax mixed throughout. After the first listen, I am hooked by the selection and the production level is top notch.
Check out more at www.DJRNS.com
Manotti ft. Drake - show me a DAMN good time (elektremix)
Manotti da Vinci - The F'in Boss
It's been nearly 8 years since stoner-noise-grunge hardcore band The Catalyst rolled out of Richmond, VA and started tearing down stages and clubs all over the country. Here they are back in our studio playing "I Hate The Future" from their album Swallow Your Teeth available here.
More information can be found at www.myspace.com/thecatalyst
THE CATALYST "Swallow Your Teeth" LP/CD
Out now and available for order from The Perpetual Motion Machine. After seven long years, numerous mind-bending demos, eps, and splits, and a litany of tours criss-crossing the United States and Europe, Richmond, Virginia’s best kept secret THE CATALYST offer up their first full length album, Swallow Your Teeth, a noisy, mathy, spacey, heavy, feedback-soaked behemoth of sonic destruction. LP comes packaged in a full color jacket with full color inner sleeve; colored vinyl available thru mailorder.
Order online at: http://www.theperpetualmotionmachine.com
People Eating People - Self-titled (Control Group)
A collaboration between ex-members of Mon Frere and the Blood Brothers, People Eating People is a dark, piano-driven cabaret pop project that resembles the work of Fiona Apple and Amanda Palmer and is equal, or superior, to the best work of both. An excellent album from an unlikely source.
Snuffaluffagus - Brazilwood Poetry (Wizard Spit)
Snuffaluffagus base their sound on Brazilian tropicalia, a style I'm not too familiar with. Instead, I hear indie reference points, like Devendra Banhart and Neutral Milk Hotel. But the smooth, mannered production sound of this album keeps me from getting too excited about it. It needs more sandpaper.
We Were Skeletons - Self-titled (Topshelf)
Mathematically complex hardcore with intense vocals and extreme shifts in emotional dynamic. We Were Skeletons jump instantaneously from quiet, single-note guitar passages to frantic, screaming breakdowns, and excel at both. These passionate epics deliver powerful emotions, but please don't use the 7-letter 's' word. It drives me crazy.
DJ FM has been on the Raleigh, NC scene for awhile and recently connected with us at RVALUTION with a nice set that got people moving in Richmond. Be on the look out for him as RVALUTION expands into Raleigh and becomes REVOLUTION: RALEIGH. He is set to light the Lincoln Theatre ablaze with his mix of wobble house and catchy dance trax.
Here's the tracklist:
1. "Disco Falls (Original Mix)" - Digital Freq
2. "308 (Original Mix)" - Sebastian Krieg, Jerome Isma-Ae
3. "Girls Who Like Girls (Original Living Room Club Mix)" - Alexis, Darmon,
Eran Hersh, George F
4. "Air Miles (2000 And One & DJ Madskillz)" - Christian Smith, Reset Robot
5. "Feed The Freezer (Original Mix)" - Nic Fanciulli
**6. "Gone (DJ FM Remix)" - Triple Threat**
7. "Slap (Original Mix)" - Umek
8. "Blau! (Original Mix)" - Laidback Luke, Lee Mortimer
9. "Get Ill (Dubjack remix)" - Jackinori
10. "Disco Decay (Felguk Mix)" - Neelix
**11. "Sometimes (Original Mix)" - DJ FM** (NEW original track)
"Gone (DJ FM Remix)" is available now on beatport -
Can't wait for Raleigh Revolution!
All the best,
Jon G (FM)
Treehouse Audio & Design
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Via Wooster Collective, from Best Ever. Multi-media works of faces that appear to melt and meld together; this appears as a dream sequence to me. The forms are certainly human, although I question that in some ways... Just because a work has a face and a body, is it definitely a human form that is being expressed? I'm not so sure in this case. What do you think?