Mixtape #111

With immense technical ability and creativity, Alexander Noice is one of the most interesting contemporary musicians out there. Over the last decade, Noice has played a vital role in the LA music scene and abroad, performing, recording and collaborating with a slew of artists and projects, including his own ensembles Falsetto Teeth and NOICE. A phenomenal composer, guitarist, producer and bandleader drawing from an amalgam of genres, from art-rock and jazz to minimalism, opera and electronic music, Noice released an exhilarating and inventive self-titled album last year, which made it to our Album Picks of 2019. So we’re ecstatic to catch a glimpse of his wide range of influences in this month's mixtape!

  1. The Zombies – This Will Be Our Year [Epic]
  2. Thelonius Monk – Brilliant Corners [Riverside]
  3. Deerhoof – Milking [Free Porcupine Society / ATP Recordings]
  4. Minutemen – Viet Nam [SST Records]
  5. Ornette Colenman – Folk Tale [XL Recordings / Interscope Records
  6. Charlie Parker – Kim [Clef Records]
  7. Talking Heads – Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) [Sire]
  8. Nino Rota – O Venezia, Venaga, Venusia [Cam]
  9. Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble & Rupert Huber – Christian Wolff In Cambridge [Hänssler Classic]
  10. Charles Mingus – Solo Dancer [Impulse!]
  11. M.I.A. – Steppin Up [XL Recordings / Interscope Records]
  12. Michael Nyman Band and Orchestra – The Draughtsman’s Contract [Venture]
  13. Broadcast – America’s Boy [Warp]
  14. Cornelius – New Music Machine [Matador]
  15. Dirty Projectors – Not Having Found [Western Vinyl]
  16. Philip Glass – River Run [Virgin]
  17. Fugazi – Turnover [Dischord]
  18. Iggy Pop – Funtime [RCA]
  19. John Coltrane – Configuration [Impulse!]
  20. David Bowie – What In The World [RCA]
  21. Arthur Russell – Being It [Upside Records / Rough Trade]
  22. Leadbelly – Green Corn [Folkways Records]

Mixtape #83

The Evil Usses are a band like no other. Their wild and exhilarating live shows flow fluidly between thoughtful composition and improvisation as they venture into a dense jungle of sounds and influences, clearing their singular path with sharp melodies and heavy grooves. All of this, as well as the wide dynamics and playful humour of this unique Bristolian quartet can somehow be found in the mix they made for us this month. Press play and enjoy!


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Deerhoof share new video ahead of international tour

Deerhoof

Last year Deerhoof gave us La Isla Bonita, which was one of our 15 Album Picks of 2014. So we’re excited to know the band is heading to Europe for a month-long tour in support of the album, with a stop in London at the Oval Space on February 26th. They’ll head back to the US in March for more shows, including appearances at SXSW. Check all their dates and other info here.
To celebrate the upcoming tour, the foursome unveiled a video for ‘Black Pitch’, featuring Satomi on a boat going down the river Thames before disappearing into the North Sea. Gary McQuiggan directs. Watch it below.

Deerhoof reveal second track off upcoming album La Isla Bonita

Photo: Photo Yasuhiro Ohara

Photo: Photo Yasuhiro Ohara

Following the punky and catchy first single ‘Exit Only’, Deerhoof have shared a second track from their forthcoming album, La Isla Bonita. The rebellious ‘Paradise Girls’  is a call for smart and strong women to challenge and fight against a patriarchal society. Our heroes on this song are Joan Jett, Janet Jackson, Kim Gordon, Kathleen Hanna. It’s about how girls are and have always been smarter, said drummer Greg Saunier. Here it is.


La Isla Bonita is out on November 4the via Polyvinyl.