We’ve never been shy about our support for the Hardly Art camp, having recently interviewed Gem Club, Gold Leaves, and La Sera (with more to come). The team over there has always been really supportive of us (and small zines in general) and really helpful in every way related to journalist-label relations.
Plus, most importantly, they sign really great fucking bands. And The Beets are no exception. According to Hardly Art: “The Beets are the best band to ever exist from Queens, NY, and this is their third full-length record.” Cool.
I was also pretty excited to check the mail today and find Hardly Art’s new zine, which included a limited-edition Seapony and Magic Trick (Tim Cohen of The Fresh & Onlys) split red flexi-disc. So, thank you guys for thinking of me.
Recently, we featured Florida-native Nicole Miglis’ solo project. Since then, my nostalgia and ever-changing memory have fixated upon that state in which I found my ear, my voice, and my teeth. I miss Florida dearly, but have no desire to return if not for a funeral or perhaps wedding. Instead, I’ve written friends to tip me off to what else is happening on that decrepit, sinking landmass.
I’ve decided to call the project What Once Was Home, possibly to be a sub-series for cassette releases within my Plywood Violins project.
Facts: DAY JOY is from Orlando; Animal Noise EP is wonderful from beginning to end; this article is a feature on the entire EP, not just the single; it appears that they are charging for the download to satisfy Bandcamp, but then secretly giving it away for free via Mediafire; I’m told they still just play coffeehouses and such, but they deserve so much more.
I heard you made your mind up of faith in odds and gods and talks of terror. I heard I’m not within you. No, I am barely witness. So heat the streets so we can sleep forever. Now you are your own. You are whatever you want. I heard of buildings burning. I wonder who discerns when they call it quits and let them all burn down. The devil is a liar. The devil is desire. And we’re helping him build his lake of fire. Now you are your own. You are whatever you want.
I picked an available single from what was available online, but I really intend to just promote the album in it’s entirety. Recorded in 28 days as a challenge from NPR, We Are Rising feels like a modern classic, as well as a serious departure from the general tone of this gallery. It’s also our first feature from the mostly-hip hop oriented anticon records. I’ve been a huge fan of anticon’s output for years, but after deciding to maintain a certain aethetic/genre-bound direction for this project have been unable to feature any of their work, until now.
I just ordered the sea-foam colored vinyl, so I’ll probably update this piece with a new single when that arrives.
It’s also interesting to note that Son Lux has just announced that he’d formed a group with Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti, and that they’ll soon be releasing an album as s / s / s.