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2018-12-07
Anal Trump: The First 100 Songs

The true identities of Rob and Travis Trump remain shrouded in mystery. Whatever the origin of these mystery men, they found only one way to deal with the insanity happening in the political world: they became Anal Trump. Anal Trump come from a rich tradition of politically-motivated extreme music. Grindcore’s origins date back to Margaret Thatcher’s Britain, when a collective of teenage anarcho-punks decided to call themselves Napalm Death and throw thrash metal and hardcore punk in a blender set to “loudest” and “fastest.” The First 100 Songs pays tribute to classic Anal Cunt (AxCx) album titles like The 110 Song CD and 5643 Song EP. Rob feels their appeal lies in that gray area. “They took hate so far beyond everything that all meaning seemed to invert at some point and back again so often that it became impossible to take seriously.” Whatever the intent, they succeeded in horrifying parents everywhere. Anal Trump have one distinct advantage over Seth Putnam’s trailblazing act: whereas Putnam and his collaborators had to come up with their own sleazy subject matter, Rob and Travis have a ready-made supply of parent-offending quotes straight from the Oval Office. Produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Rob Trump, The First 100 Songs boasts a hundred songs in eleven minutes -- their entire recorded output to date. Rob and Travis Trump aren’t going to fill your ears with talk of universal healthcare or equal voting rights or any of that socialist stuff -- although they donated 100% of the proceeds from their EPs to non-profit organizations like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. They just want to point out that the most powerful man in the world is a hate-mongering clown, using shrieks and micro-riffs as their chosen vehicle.

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Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio: Live At KEXP!

The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio may have this KEXP session to thank for much of the notoriety they have received since it first premiered. Since then, they've secured a record deal, a world renowned booking agent, a publishing deal, international sponsorships, and will be embarking on a national tour this spring. This session was released on vinyl for the first time for Record Store Day 2018, marking the first full KEXP session ever to be pressed on vinyl. Now it's available once again on black vinyl, CD, and cassette.

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HXXS: MKDRONE

When recording their EP 'MKDRONE,' duo Jeannie Colleene and Gavin Neves - a/k/a HXXS - were cramped in a San Jose warehouse, sharing a wall with a porn studio. Despite their vocal takes periodically interrupted by even louder and harsher vocal takes echoing in the halls, MKDRONE came together. But similar to life with no health insurance and recording music wedged in the walls of a porn studio, HXXS live somewhere between the uncomfortable and the alluring. Their live show, which consists of any hardware they can get their hands on - drum machines, synthesizers, samplers - is built on loops, making the songs feverish and at times deliberately frenzied to a point of anxiety. However the duo anesthetize this angst with more subdued nods to electronic and post-punk acts of the 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and Present.

While their music is undeniably erotic - a tip of the hat to their vocal San Jose neighbors - the EP is what happens when your intrigue with pop culture media and conspiracy theories from the 60's to present turns obsession. Contemplating the bombardment of modern media and those ill served by it. Women, the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, victims of white supremacy and the patriarchy.

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LCD Soundsystem: I Used To (Dixon Rework b/w Pulse v.1)

Last year, LCD Soundsystem released their long-awaited fourth album american dream. The band's first record since 2010's This Is Happening garnered critical fervor - Pitchfork raved that the songs "couldn’t sound timelier" and "Murphy and company have never sounded so invigorated," while The New York Times hailed "call the police" as "a quietly ambitious protest song… except that instead of searing, it motors." Noisey embraced "american dream" like "a warm blanket."

Now the band return to the fold with two new 12"s, featuring the previously digital-only single "pulse (v.1)," and remixes of "i used to" and "oh baby" by Dixon and Lovefingers. Berlin DJ Dixon (named Resident Advisor's #1 DJ four years in a row) takes on the broodiness of "i used to" and opens it up into a club space, a logical choice for the Innervisions head and Muting The Noise owner. LA native and ESP Institute founder Lovefingers puts two different spins on the sincere "oh baby," making the original track a bit more upbeat and psychedelic. Both Dixon and Lovefingers are prolific selectors and continue the impressive lineage of LCD remixes.

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LCD Soundsystem: oh baby (Lovefingers Remixes)

Last year, LCD Soundsystem released their long-awaited fourth album american dream. The band's first record since 2010's This Is Happening garnered critical fervor - Pitchfork raved that the songs "couldn’t sound timelier" and "Murphy and company have never sounded so invigorated," while The New York Times hailed "call the police" as "a quietly ambitious protest song… except that instead of searing, it motors." Noisey embraced "american dream" like "a warm blanket."

Now the band return to the fold with two new 12"s, featuring the previously digital-only single "pulse (v.1)," and remixes of "i used to" and "oh baby" by Dixon and Lovefingers. Berlin DJ Dixon (named Resident Advisor's #1 DJ four years in a row) takes on the broodiness of "i used to" and opens it up into a club space, a logical choice for the Innervisions head and Muting The Noise owner. LA native and ESP Institute founder Lovefingers puts two different spins on the sincere "oh baby," making the original track a bit more upbeat and psychedelic. Both Dixon and Lovefingers are prolific selectors and continue the impressive lineage of LCD remixes.

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Richard Swift: The Novelist / Walking Without Effort

Richard Swift's duo debuts, The Novelist and Walking Without Effort, are fraternal twins wrestling with same Big Questions in opposite ways - one toiling in a cinderblock basement slugging typewriter coffee; one lost on the Pacific Coast Highway, looking again and again for something in a sunset that just ain't there. One's wheezing through a crusty gramophone in some Artie Shaw air-conditioned nightmare; one's gliding on the soft tape of an 8-Track, fat tears welling up behind those outlandish 70s sunglasses. Taken together, they speak to Swift's wild, preternatural shapeshifting ability, an auteur's understanding of mood and place. Yet, you always know you're seeing these new places through Swift's translucent, wolven eyes. These two recordings are his 8½, both the portal and the Rosetta Stone to Swift's singular musical universe and language.

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Richard Swift: The Hex

Richard Swift believed in and sought real beauty. And so, even at its most caustic and sardonic, his masterpiece swan song The Hex is beautiful. Conceived in pieces over the last several years and completed just the month before his passing, The Hex is the grand statement Swift acolytes have been a-wishin-and-a-hopin' for all these years. After a career of sticking some of his finest songs on EPs and 45s, here are all his powers coalescing into a single, long-player statement. At its core, The Hex is an aching call out into the void for Swift's mother ("Wendy") and his sister ("Sister Song") whom he lost in back-to-back years. You hear a man at his lowest and spiritually on his heels. The pain fueling Swift's cries of "She's never comin' back" on the absolutely gutting standout "Nancy" is some sort of dark catharsis for anyone who's ever lost a loved one to the cold abstraction of Death. Over a slow, Wall of Sound kick and a warbling synth, Swift's cries climb higher-n-higher-n-higher into what may be his most devastating vocal performance on record. A cry of pain so real and so raw Swift had to treat the performance with just a little studio effect, without which the recorded grieving might be too much to bear. The Hex is presented here as "The Hex For Family and Friends." An obsessive fan of Wall of Sound doo-wop, early Funkadelic, Bo Diddley, Beefheart and Link Wray, Swift gives them all a moment with the flashlight around The Hex campfire, one moment to make a strange shadow-cast face for us, his family and friends.

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Sufjan Stevens: Lonely Man of Winter

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In 2007, Sufjan Stevens wrote and recorded "Lonely Man of Winter" and, as part of a holiday marketing contest to promote Stevens' Songs for Christmas boxset, traded ownership of the song to the winner, Alec Duffy. In turn Duffy gifted his song, "Every Day is Christmas," to Stevens.

But instead of widely releasing "Lonely Man of Winter," Duffy held listening sessions in his home and around the world, sometimes pairing the private listenings with cookies and hot chocolate.

In an end to that years-long project, Duffy - now founder/Artistic Director of the non-profit Brooklyn performance venue JACK - has decided to release the song "Lonely Man of Winter" on Asthmatic Kitty Records, digitally and on limited edition 7 inch, with funds going to support JACK's mission of fueling experiments in art and activism.

The 7-inch, which arrives in early December, includes the originally-shared song on side A (called "The Greatest Song No One Will Ever Hear" by the Wall Street Journal and "gorgeous" by the Village Voice) and an updated mix by Doveman (Thomas Bartlett) featuring Melissa Mary Ahern.

The digital single, released on November 9th, 2018, includes both versions, and "Every Day is Christmas" by Alec Duffy.