Multicultural Sounds travels the world for contemporary reinventions of cultural staples. This post is a miniature celebration of a couple of globe-trotting musician and producer Diplo's latest works.
Bonde do Rolê
Turning genre-mashing into a gun-slinging festivity of high delights are the theatrical Bonde do Rolê, who have a new album coming out later this summer on Mad Decent. Come June 26th, the world shall see Diplo's production chops at work on Tropicalbacanal, which will also be fucking bananas in terms of guest starrage: Caetano Veloso, Das Racist, The Death Set, and plenty of others help the band usher in what the press release describes as "the fresh wave of avalanche tropical (the bossa nova of modern Brazil)."
Continued below, another Diplo special, in the form of beats on "Knock Out" featuring South Korea's G-Dragon and TOP, from the boy bad Big Bang.
Bands don't always show signs of aging by their third album, but Here We Go Magic have grown up with their latest, A Different Ship.
The band was never loud and brash before, but they seem to have taken a turn for the drastically mellow on this album. They have clearly become more in touch with their later "Yo La Tengo phase" than their mystical, vibed-out phase of yore that was on trend with indie experimentalists like Animal Collective. In this vein, my initial recommendation for the album's title track of would have been the super relaxed "Made to Be Old," although in the end I see how the trippy, feedback-laden "A Different Ship" was appropriate.
Walk with me while I explain.
HERE WE GO MAGIC - A DIFFERENT SHIP ALBUM REVIEW CONTINUED BELOW
Oh, but of course Oakland's Randy Colosky is the main artist showing at this month's Gallery Hijinks (2309 Bryant St., San Francisco) show (stated in a knowing-yet-pleasantly-surprised way)!
Nondeterministic Algorithm. shown below, is a series of seven ink drawings on paper that use repetition of the same shapes to plot unique paths in three-dimensional space, like slithering cosmic Slinkys. Given their color palettes, one might almost expect for them to pop out and swallow you into a cascading vortex, upon one's donning of a pair of 3-D glasses -- or perhaps even without.
The show is on display through April 28th, 2012. Below, Colosky gives some insight into his artwork.
"Pop music shouldn't always get a bad rap," says Top Pops!, a recurring selection of pop music highlights across a selection of styles.
Gardens & Villa
We've covered these Santa Barbara groovesters quite a bit, but their trajectory this year is upwards-bound at an intense and exponentially-terrifying rate! If you haven't seen them yet, now is the time; constant touring and being on the road have catapulted them to new heights of live performance expertise, just in time for showing off to Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre at Coachella. We've just posted a series of live tour videos on YouTube, with more to come. Scope out unreleased track "Avalanche" below, from their show last year at Holocene in Portland. They will be returning again to Holocene after Sasquatch, on May 30th -- to play with another band we support: Swahili. Stream a demo of a new Swahili track, below.
A recurring series of audio WTFs and head-twitching, spine-tingling experimental fun (k)icks.
Giant Claw's limited edition 12" will soon be released through Wool Recordings! For your easy listening enjoyment are four songs from release, now available digitally. More of their albums, complete with marvelous album cover artwork, are available on their Bandcamp.
For a four-dimensional experiment in listening amusement, take such amusingly-named tracks as "Hobo-Cop" and "Spirit Heal Me" and custom-tailor them to a narrative of your own choosing, as devised in your mind's eye! The results are guaranteed to be cinematic in the most bizarre of '80s-sci-fi-meets-stoner-late-night-TV ways.
The nine-person Brooklyn disco band Midnight Magic have released a suite of materials in the past week, in celebration of their new EP, What The Eyes Can't See, out today on Midnight Sun Sound! Included in this post are their new video for "Drop Me A Line," a Holy Ghost! remix of the same track, and a catchy B-side single called "Psycho For Your Love." RAWR.
What The Eyes Can’t See EP Tracklist
1. What The Eyes Can't See
4. Calling Out
5. Psycho For Your Love (Bonus)
6. Magic Midnight (Bonus)
Listen to Holy Ghost!'s remix for Midnight Magic's "Drop Me A Line" – DOWNLOAD MP3 Listen to Midnight Magic's "Psycho For Your Love" – DOWNLOAD MP3
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