Posts Tagged ‘No Age’


Heavy Rotation 63

February 20, 2011

Featuring Tobacco, Glitter Bones, No Age, Slowdive and The Fauns. Damaged electro followed by the soothing sounds of various -gazes, nu- and old skool shoe-. Would you like a track removed? Email me at


Learn how to do stuff from self-annointed “experts” over at The Content Farm. The first step to paying off your credit card debt? Get money. It seems obvious now, but your lack of expertise probably blinded you.

How J.C. Penney gamed the search engine system. Yeah. J.C. Penney. Even the most staid of mall anchor stores are hacking their way back to relevance.

Multiple links here. All good. The story behind security firm HBGary and one man’s idiotic attempt to take on notorious hacking hivemind Anonymous. To quote one of the many: “Moral of the Story: Don’t drum up business by banging on a hornet’s nest.”

1. The Man Who Knew Too Little: Behind Aaron Barr’s (of HBGary) convoluted plot to bring down Wikilinks.
2. How Aaron Barr tracked down Anonymous and paid heavily: 68,000 company emails made public, 1.5TB of data flushed, Twitter account hacked, website defaced, and more.
3. After Anon’s preliminary attack, Aaron Barr confronts his attackers. Bitch-slappage ensues.
4. Anonymous details the hack.
5. The complete IRC chat log of Barr’s “face-to-face” with Anonymous.

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Tobacco – Six Royal Vipers.mp3

Tobacco makes a particularly unhealthy form of electronica, one that sounds like it’s composed in a roomful of lengthy wiring and dust bunnies, lit with a single, flickering fluorescent bulb. You can almost picture him hunched over a jury-rigged beatbox, surrounded by overflowing ashtrays and unsleeved LPs, coaxing out distorted melodies and warped tones, occasionally interrupted by tripped circuit breakers and periodic hits from his n2o cartridge.

Clinking through the discarded cartridges, he presses REC on the reel-to-reel which is loaded with decaying tape originally purchased from a boot sale somewhere in the darker parts of Mile End, along with a set of ancient pornographic comic books, a stack of which are currently in use leveling out the mid-70s console stereo.

Finally happy with his efforts, Tobacco dumps it all into the aging Atari ST (don’t knock it: Fatboy Slim still uses one) and, with a flip of the circuit breaker and some wire rearranging, sends it to the waiting vinyl press. One the grooves are imprinted, Tobacco grabs the fresh acetate and drills an off-center hole in it and quickly inscribes “???: ? RPMs” on the label.

No Age – Losing Feeling.mp3

When not confidently speeding through Pavement-damaged angular indie rock, No Age like to wind their way down a poppier, melancholic path lit only by filtered sunlight and bright chords which intermittently expose the darkness just below the surface. This is the way indie pop should be done: kiss to the brain melodies coasting on frictionless sounds just left enough of radio to avoid being tagged “sellout.”

The Fauns – Road Meets Sky.mp3

Nu-gaze that conjures up the best Lush tracks with a bit of Slowdive (see below) thrown in for good measure.

Glitter Bones – Race to Heaven.mp3

Like a slightly more cheerful Slowdive, making use of the same softly focused palette but with brighter colors mixed in. Kind of as if Slowdive had hied the fuck up out of watery Reading and relocated to somewhere with a few more months of steady sunlight. Like Ibiza.

Glitter Bones‘ dreampop sounds a little poppier and a little less like the suicidal teen down the block and hits your ears like a love letter written on a sugar rush.

Slowdive – Machine Gun.mp3

For comparison. (Also works fine as a stand-alone piece.)



Heavy Rotation Vol. 34

February 28, 2010

Another week, another Heavy Rotation. This one comes free of any tenuous connections or references to the “Hand Jive.”

Submitted for your approval: five artists; five songs; five stolen photos. Enjoy.

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Suede – Introducing the Band.mp3
If you’re going to hit the stage, there is no better intro than this track. Swaggering, bruising, bittersweet and suicidal all in one thunderous package. Normally known for their glammed-up Smith’s derivatives, Suede (or London Suede as we know them in the US – for no fucking apparent reason – some other Suede out there cranking out ambisexual glam rock stateside, I suppose) lay down a bottom-heavy foundation on which to strut their “fifty-knuckle shuffle heavy metal machine.”

Parents, lock up your daughters. And your sons. The British re-invasion begins now.

Dog man star took a suck on a pill
And stabbed the cerebellum with a curious quill
Europe, America, Winterland
Introducing the band

Hick thug stuttered through a stereo dream
A fifty knuckle shuffle heavy metal machine
The tears of suburbia drowned the land
Introducing the band

So steal me a savage, subservient son
Get him shacked-up, bloodied-up and sucking on a gun
I want the style of a woman, the kiss of a man
Introducing the band

And as the sci-fi lullaby starts to build
See them whipping all the women, cracked governments killed
Oh, let the century die to violent hands
Introducing the band, introducing the band
Introducing the band, introducing the band

No Age – Eraser.mp3
Comprising of two Los Angeles natives, No Age set up shop at the corner of Shoegaze and College Rock. Sounding like the best parts of Ride and My Bloody Valentine underpinning the best parts of Pavement and Dinosaur Jr./Sebadoh without the elliptical lyrics or bizarre detunings.

Catchy as fucking hell. Like Grade A Smallpox. In your brain.

Micro Titanic – Interplanetary Hunters.mp3
Straight outta the Netherlands, it’s Micro Titanic with an attack of cut n’ paste beats that brings to mind Close (to the Edit) by the Art of Noise and Beat Dis by Bomb the Bass. All good stuff, with a great 80’s vibe and some great horn samples. And hey, at 2:37, it’s not going to wear out its welcome anytime soon.

The Abrahammer – What Was Your Childhood Like?.mp3
From the 80’s into the 90’s with your host, The Abrahammer, whose mash-up skills take the Who, Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys, the Rugrats theme and hit “blend smoothly.” Fun stuff. Prepare to nerd out completely around the 4:15 mark, when a very familiar videogame theme song kicks in and drags Missy Elliott  Amanda Blank (correction via the Abrahammer himself) around the block in an 8-bit Caddy.

Jay-Z vs. the Verve – Bittersweet Dirt Off Your Shoulders.mp3
From artist(s) unknown comes this blissful mashup of Bittersweet Symphony and Dirt Off Your Shoulders. It’s amazing how well Jay-Z’s anthem meshes with “the best song the Rolling Stones recorded in the last 25 years.” It’s also amazing how many royalties nobody’s earning every time this rolls.

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