Madness! Eric Copeland Single, Black Dice Music Video + Blues Control LP, FRKWYS w/ Laraaji

MADNESS!
A recurring series of audio WTFs and head-twitching, spine-tingling experimental or chaotic fun (k-k+st)icks.

Eric Copeland

Does it sound like Black Dice? It sure does. That’s because it is Black Dice — or, at least, it’s a core member of Black Dice gone solo without sacrificing the madness. Eric Copeland’s album single for Limbo, “Louie, Louie, Louie” is like a more restrained but just as chaotic and visually-evocative counterpart to any Black Dice Song, and the album cover alone speaks volumes about the tendecy of this music. It’s a burst of pattern, certainly not lacking in energy and intricacy, but lacking a wee bit o’ color (I’m still comparing it to Black Dice, though, not to Coldplay). Limbo comes out June 5th on Underwater Peoples. Tracklisting for Limbo below, where you can also stream the entirety of his previous album, Waco Taco Combo!

LIMBO TRACKLISTING
1. Double Reverse Psychology
2. Louie, Louie, Louie
3. Muckaluk
4. Fiesta Muerta
5. Tarzan and the Dizzy Devils
6. Lemons

 


 

Black Dice

Today’s a big day for Black Dice; their new video for “Rodriguez” has just dropped, their national tour kicks off today, and they have announced a limited 7″ for “Rodriguez” and the b-side “Pissed In A Cave.” Art by band member Bjorn Copeland, and it will be available on tour! As with their last video for “Pigs,” which you can see HERE, this isa colorful, barfy collage of images. Once again, a summary courtesy of YouTube’s comedians:

“I feel like this is what it would be like to drink Powerthirst and then get high…” – soyraison
vs.
“Having done that I can say that this is slightly more intense.” – LokiGuitar
&
“240p all the way” – fuckmaster1997
vs.
“1080p, thank heavens. thank you” – PerryNoydicus

Stream Black Dice’s Upcoming Record, Mr. Impossible, and See Full Tour Dates

 

Blues Control

Blues Control have recently signed to Drag City and will be releasing Valley Tangents on June 19th. The album title Valley Tangents kinda sums it up. Prog-psych all-over-the-place-ness meandering up and down valleys of different genre types, sometimes like a bad ’80s TV show theme, sometimes like a sci-fi movie paired with elevator music. Anything, whatever, where? It’s cool. Don’t worry about it.

Blues Control – “Iron Pigs”
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VALLEY TANGENTS TRACKLISTING
Love’s A Rondo 5:08
Iron Pigs 4:44
Opium Den/Fade to Blue 6:16
Walking Robin 3:48
Open Air 6:19
Gypsum 8:09

Additionally, they have recently done a operatic and ambient RVNG INTL. FRKWYS segment with multi-instrumentalist Laraaji. Two tracks, “Freeflow” and “Awakening Day”, are embedded below, and you can listen to the five-track record in its entirety and purchase it HERE.

BLUES CONTROL TOUR DATES
Thu. June 21 – Baltimore, MD @ Floristree Space
Fri. June 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA w/ Birds of Maya, Slow Tongued Beauty
Sat. June 23 – Brooklyn, NY @ 285 Kent w/ Purling Hiss, Tonstartsbandht, Jordan Redaelli, DJ Brian Turner, DJ Paul Major
Wed. July 25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooski’s
Thu. July 26 ¬- Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
Fri. July 27 – Chicago, IL @ Hideout w/ Chandeliers
Sat. July 28 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups w/ Pink Reason, Day Creeper
Sun. July 29 – Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog
Mon. July 30 – Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
Tue. July 31 – Toronto, ON @ Parts & Labour
Wed. Aug. 1 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore w/ Natural Child
Thu. Aug. 2 – Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen
Fri. Aug. 3 – Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s Pub

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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