Nine 11 Thesaurus: Ground Zero Generals
Ground Zero Generals is the debut album from Nine 11 Thesaurus, a collective of five MCs from East Brooklyn, and sees them collaborating with Tim Dewit (Gang Gang Dance), Matt Mehlan (Skeletons) and Sam Hillmer (Zs). This is the second installment in Representing NYC?s ground-breaking series that began with The Fly Girlz? Da Brats FRom Da Hood. Representing NYC are a youth development organization in Brooklyn that strives to bring young Hip Hop MCs to bigger audiences through collaborations with artists from Brooklyn?s underground music scene.
Zs: New Slaves Part II: Essence Implosion!
We are pleased to bring you the followup to Zs? 2010 2xLP New Slaves, aptly titled New Slaves Part II: Essence Implosion! This record serves as a companion (or sequel) to New Slaves, their epic and acclaimed double album from earlier this year. It features remixes of material from that record by such luminaries as Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, JG Thirlwell (Foetus), Gabe Andruzzi (The Rapture), Cex, Ecstatic Sunshine and Excepter?s Zebrablood. Zs also insinuate themselves in to the mix contributing the track ?MMW IV: Essence Implosion!,? a side long epic which uses the aforementioned remixes as a sound palette from which to compose. With this track, and release, Zs? continue to embrace the studio as instrument, including not just the faculties of a studio in their process, but outside remixers and producers as well, demonstrating the ultimately collaborative nature of their approach to music.
Highlife: Best Bless
Mini-LP from Highlife collects White Magic collaborator Sleepy Doug Shaw performing five spectacularly infectious tunes. Recorded in Trinidad and at London’s legendary Southern Studios, Shaw is backed by members of White Magic, Gang Dance and Ariel Pink’s Haunter Graffiti on a handful of these tracks. Having garnered pre-release praise in the (digital) pages of Pitchfork, Gorilla Vs Bear, Spin, NME & Hipster Run Off might qualify this as “highly anticipated” debut. LP edition includes the last track cut onto a 7-inch with a bonus track on the b-side to boot.
Nymph is a Brooklyn-based psychedelic-shred/avant-garde outfit whose tempestuously transcendent music has been penetrating the New York music scene with bared teeth. Nymph’s compositional palette encompasses an ebullient kaleidoscope of sound: imagine 13th Floor Elevators essaying a Rahsaan Roland Kirk jam and you begin to get the picture. Or maybe Steve Reich bonging out on pandit pran Nath and jamming with This Heat. The four-piece’s orgiastic din is composed and orchestrated by the nucleus of Matty McDermott (formerly of Coyote ? Birdman Records) and Eri Shoji; and currently featuring the thundering harmonic prowess of bassist Nickle Emmet, with Jason Robira (Dark Meat) pounding the skins.
: New Slaves
Ah, a new decade of experimental music is here and, no, it has nothing to do with making “weird” disco and throwing a Pro Tools filter over the top to make it sound like a cassette tape. Zs are ready to unload their first full-length for The Social Registry. It’s called New Slaves, and is the most physically visceral experimental LP we’ve heard in a minute. Hitting with a similar impact as Oughts giants like The Boredoms’ Vision Creation Newsun and Black Dice’s Beaches and Canyons , New Slaves is a true behemoth ? epic, unapologetic, painfully and artfully composed, mind-boggling in complexity, original in sound and intent, while maintaining a minimalist, chugging funk groove throughout its precise post-capitalist haze. It is arguably the most defnitive statement from a band that have been challenging listeners for a decade, demonstrating, over the course of 70 minutes, just how versatile their sound can be.
Forming out of the musical insurgence that was the NoiseFest at White Columns Gallery in 1981; Interference coalesced around three key figures of New York’s downtown scene: Anne DeMaranis, David Linton and Michael Brown. DeMaranis had just parted ways with an early incarnation of Sonic Youth and co-curated the NoiseFest with Thurston Moore. Linton had headed to NYC a few years earlier with then school/band mate Lee Renaldo, eventually hooking up with Rhys Chatham for a three year stretch. Brown, then a twenty six year old PhD candidate at NYU, had recently broke rank with Rhys Chatham and drafted a wholly unconventional percussive approach to the fender bass. From their inception through their eventual fragmentation 30 months later, Interference charted their course across the stages available to them: CBGB’s, The Mudd Club, The Kitchen etc., ultimately swelling to a quartet with the addition of fellow Rhys Chatham veteran Joe Dizney. In 1982 they recorded this LP at Radio City. Originally slated for release on Josh Baer and Glen Branca’s legendary Neutral records, the record has remained unreleased, until now.
Gang Gang Dance: God's Money
We are proud to present Gang Gang Dance’s second full length release entitled God’s Money. Recorded over the course of a year at Junkyard Audio Salvage the band utilized whatever means were available to them: drums of all shapes, sizes and circuits, various keyboards and synthesizers, midi-triggering guitar scenarios, vocals reconfigured via guitar effect pedal and even the occasional aluminum chair. Blending hypnotic rhythms into a highly structured compositional style or soaring in the lofty heights of practiced improvisation, this recording follows in the footsteps of their other output marking new ground for the band.