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.
Zs: 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.
Sian Alice Group: Troubled, Shaken, Etc.
Sian Alice Group - a collective of UK musicians Sian Ahern, Rupert Clervaux and Ben Crook, amongst other collaborators - are back with their sophomore album, Troubled, Shaken Etc. The band hones in on a genre-busting combination of organic improvisation, process-driven experimentation and the focused strength earned from a year of extensive travelling and touring the world together. You get your minimalist trances, electronic experimentation, techno thump, jazz motifs and Eastern music tropes in a joyous and complete listening experience. It's a snapshot (or, more closely, a yearbook) from an eventful 2008 that is more raw, emotional and loud than anything they've released thus far.
IUD: The Proper Sex
The Social Registry is proud to break your bones with I.U.D. - Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance’s (vocals, percussion) new project. Teaming with Sadie Laska of Growing and Extreme Violence (the duo is known here as Mr. Egglesby and Lil’ Pickle - they have different names for each release), The Proper Sex is a downright brutal industrial clusterfuck that’s sure to fog the glasses of experimental music nerds and provide the catalyst for many a record store argument. Put The Boredoms, Einstu?rzende Neubauten, Meat Beat Manifesto, Tribe 8, Front 242 and some black metal tropes in a blender and then serve chilled at a party hosted by hyper-feminist vampires and you’re getting close to the sound on this one.
The record opens with “Daddy” ? a dubbed out introduction that is immediately set aflame with clanged-out percussion, collaged loops and rapidfire 8-bit jet streams. “Glo Balls” mixes abrasive screaming with roaring guitars and inventive drum work. “Monk Hummer” is a pastiche of porn samples (harkening back to the band’s Dead Womb 7”) mixed with Himalayan chants ? like Drum’s Not Dead-era Liars but more visceral and textured.
“911” opens Side B with a mid 90s Boredoms/Crash Worship style drum breakdown. Samples clog the mix and rapidly fly across the spectrum on top of punk-inspired percussion. “Mary Unmargaret” catapults this formula into a religious nightmare. Bells clash with heavy distortion and a phase-shifted trance creates a dizzying effect. “Girls Just Wanna (Time To Have Sex)” closes the record and already wins the “best song title of 2009” competition. Featuring some dark, chugging guitar work from Rites of Spring hero Mike Fellowes (Mighty Flashlight, Will Oldham), the track is a disconcerting tribal take on black metal.
Recorded at Vacation Island Studios by Matt Boyton AKA Professor Funkenstein, The Proper Sex is creepy, relentless and (most of all) extremely fascinating. It’s a varied listen that reflects its influences and cover art ? which mimics Sparks ? to a stunning effect. Like Gang Gang Dance, these rhythms are already cemented in a listener’s head. It’s just that this journey might be a descent into the inferno rather than up to the heavens.
Mike Bones: Fool For Everyone
A Fool For Everyone is Mike Bones’ second album and was recorded by Mitch Rackin at Seaside Lounge and mixed by Nicholas Vernhes at Rare Book Room. The record features a number of musicians including Matt Sweeney (Bonnie Prince Billy, Chavez, Zwan), Parker Kindred (Antony & The Johnsons), Ken Griffin (Favourite Sons), Brad Truax (Jah Division), members of Sian Alice Group (Rupert Clervaux, Ben Crook, Sasha Vine and Eben Bull) and Douglas Armour. It provides another ample demonstration of Mike Bones’ compositional range and depth as a songwriter, and stellar talents as a lyricist. With A Fool For Everyone he continues his journey to the top of the songwriter/guitar god heap.
Psychic Ills: Mirror Eye
NYC experimental luminaries Psychic Ill’s second full length, Mirror Eye, finds the quartet incorporating a sound palette of samples and synchs to their usually guitar/bass/drum configuration as they create a transcendent combination of music’s that symbolizes how far the band has and continues to evolve.
Gang Gang Dance: Saint Dymphna
Gang Gang Dance continue to push the musical envelope with Saint Dymphna, the first proper studio recorded follow up to the bands 2005 critically acclaimed break through album God’s Money. Tempering the finer elements of Pop, Dance, Ambient and Experimental music; Saint Dymphna is both the bands most challenging and forward thinking release to date.
Growing: All The Way
All The Way, the debut full-length from Growing on The Social Registry, concludes a epic trip. Through six tracks Kevin Doria and Joe DeNardo complete the conceptual arc initiated on their 2006 album, Color Wheel. If we still bought into genres, we would say that this record finally achieves a perfect balance of noise and pop, yet what we can say is that you’ll potentially hum melodies long after your headphones are out. Recorded by Barry London at his Ocropolis Studio during the 2007-08 winter, All The Way sounds like some sort of frozen urban chaos taking place at a superclub on another planet.
Douglas Armour: The Light Of The Golden Day, The Arms Of The Night
And now for something different... Fulfilling the promise of his impeccable entry in our 7-inch series, The Social Club, The Social Registry is proud to announce The Light Of A Golden Day, The Arms Of The Night -- the debut LP from Los Angeles located Douglas Armour. This album finds the artist expertly blending tons of our favorite poptones from days past to create a hyper-literate pastiche that’s equal parts nostalgia and forward thinking. Echoing its title, the LP has a structure that plays off binary oppositions to create one of the most varied pop albums we’ve heard in a long time.