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Jel + Odd Nosdam's New Project: GLASS CUTTERS by Matt Valerio

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Jel & Odd Nosdam just surprise released a new project that has been in the works for the past 7 years. Recorded throughout Northern California’s East Bay between 2012-2019, the project features production wizardy from both of the aforementioned producers, as well as vocal contributions from Joji Kojima, Martin Carlos Ward and Jel himself. The record is gritty and full of trunk rattlers. If you’re a fan of any of these guys, you’re going to dig this. It may even make your week. The whole record is available for free download right here.

Full production credits below:

1 A WARM WELCOME (vocals by Martin, Jel, Joji, Nosdam / music by Jel)
2 YOU IN TROUBLE (vocals by Jel, Martin / music by Nosdam)
3 THIS GOD (vocals by Martin, Jel, Joji / bass by Mike Walti / music by Jel)
4 FLY TO THE IN THE SKY (vocals by Joji / music by Nosdam)
5 RACE THE GRIND (vocals by Jel, Martin / music by Jel)
6 SUPANOVA (vocals by Joji, Sin, Mike Fish, Martin, Jel / music by Nosdam)
7 MAMA SAID (vocals by Martin, Jel / bass by Mike Walti / music by Nosdam)
8 PENNIES (vocals by Jel, Martin / music by Jel)
9 NO METAL (vocals by Jel, Martin, Joji / music by Nosdam)




Video: Pictureplane Releases "Technomancer" Video by Matt Valerio

I remember back in the early 00s, when a young man named Pictureplane was an active contributor on the old Anticon and Restiform Bodies message boards. Constantly hustling, promoting his art and music to anyone who will listen. More and more over the years, his name would come up. He'd open for us on tour, let us crash at his old warehouse (he used to live at the awesome DIY spot Rhinoceropolis in Denver....which every band and their mom has most likely played and/or crashed at). He's since become a great friend and tourmate to HEALTH, and recently came full circle and has finally released his own LP via Anticon this past Friday. 

Go ahead and pick it up here.

Background Noise, Episode 80: MRtoll by Matt Valerio

THE BACKGROUND NOISE PODCAST SERIES FOCUSES ON THE MUSIC THAT ARTISTS LISTEN TO WHEN THEY WORK, WHAT MUSIC INSPIRES THEM, OR JUST MUSIC THEY LIKE. THIS WEEK, IN EPISODE 80, THE FOCUS IS ON MR. TOLL

THE BACKGROUND NOISE PODCAST SERIES FOCUSES ON THE MUSIC THAT ARTISTS LISTEN TO WHEN THEY WORK, WHAT MUSIC INSPIRES THEM, OR JUST MUSIC THEY LIKE. THIS WEEK, IN EPISODE 80, THE FOCUS IS ON MR. TOLL

I've seen Brooklyn artist MRtoll's work in various states of decay. Sometimes, his colorful clay creations are new, freshly epoxied onto carefully chosen walls. Other times, you only see what's left after someone tries to remove it to take home for their home. I doubt anyone has gotten one of these pieces off a wall in one piece, which is a testament to why these beautiful pieces of art should stay where they belong. 

Raised in Australia, Jamie Toll is no stranger to straying from the pack. As so many artists are relying on paint and stencils, MRtoll is sculpting for the streets. When other artists are blowing up their own Instagram feed with one dimensional photos of their work, he's taking people to Arizona via a virtual reality installation to view his sculptures in a remote desert. (You can download that for free right here).

His work can be found in many places outside of Brooklyn, including Colombia, Los Angeles, Miami, Arizona, Asia, Australia and Malaysia, to name a few. He is also one of the handful of artists to have participated both the East AND West Coast "Surplus Candy" art shows that Hanksy has put on. 

You can find more of MRtoll's work over on his Tumblr page

What was your first concert?
Arrested Development in Canberra , Australia

Last concert/show?
FKA Twigs at art Basel Miami 2014

First album you bought?
Supertramp

Last album you bought?
Bomba Estéreo

Was there one record that made a significant impression on you?
Radiohead -  OK Computer

Who is your musical hero?
Thom Yorke  

How important is music to your creative process?
Music is very important to my artistic process. I use music to set the pace of my sculpting and the mood and feel for the work. If I'm working to a deadline I may put music on that has up-tempo pace to make me work faster. 

Radiohead - How To Disappear Completely
Radiohead - Everything In Its Right Place
Radiohead - A Wolf At the Door
Thom Yorke - Harrowdown Hill
Atoms For Peace - Default
Atoms For Peace - Amok
The National - Hard To Find
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Into My Arms
Erik Satie - Gnossiennes No. 4
Die Antwoord - I Fink U Freeky
Bomba Estereo - Somos Dos
The Weekend - The Hills
FKA Twigs - Glass and Patron
Future Islands - A Dream of You and Me
Glass Animals - Black Mambo

PASSAGE Releases New Digital EP "Wreck Center" by Matt Valerio

Brand new PASSAGE digital EP, recently released on the impressive Illuminated Paths label. This 4-song EP acts as a precursor to PASSAGE's upcoming "Worked On" release, which will be released on floppy disk and feature a bonus rare live CD-R.

"Wreck Center" features remixes by Skyrider, Power Pill Fist and Cloudsound. Have a listen below, where you can also buy it for only TWO DOLLARS.

Background Noise, Episode 58: Killer Acid by Matt Valerio

THE BACKGROUND NOISE PODCAST SERIES FOCUSES ON THE MUSIC THAT ARTISTS LISTEN TO WHEN THEY WORK, WHAT MUSIC INSPIRES THEM, OR JUST MUSIC THEY LIKE. THIS WEEK, IN EPISODE 58, THE FOCUS IS ON KILLER ACID

THE BACKGROUND NOISE PODCAST SERIES FOCUSES ON THE MUSIC THAT ARTISTS LISTEN TO WHEN THEY WORK, WHAT MUSIC INSPIRES THEM, OR JUST MUSIC THEY LIKE. THIS WEEK, IN EPISODE 58, THE FOCUS IS ON KILLER ACID

Rob Corradetti (the man behind Killer Acid) has built up quite a body of work over the years. He's amassed an impressive musical discography, featuring work with many different bands... Mixel Pixel, Snack Machine, Eastern Stars, Fab Fur, Pink Void.....it goes on and on. And it's through music that I first met him, so it was only fitting that he participate in this Background Noise project.

I first encountered Rob when I shared an apartment in Oakland with Mixel Pixel's then-label head Aaron McEvoy of Mental Monkey Records. It was through Aaron that my old band, Restiform Bodies, started doing shows with Mixel Pixel, which later led to Rob not only drawing the absolutely insane artwork for our TV Loves You Back LP for Anticon, but also the corresponding (and 5 years late) TV Loves You Back Remixes artwork.

Over the years though, Rob has become a hot commodity when it comes to designing album covers, t-shirts, posters, what-have-you. His trippy, colorful creations (which are very fitting with the Killer Acid name),  have led to him designing tour posters for Wiz Khalifa, a t-shirt for Macaulay Culkin's Pizza Underground band, and album artwork for Mac Demarco, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips and MANY others. Oh, and he even designed a Camel cigarette pack years back that was sold in stores for a limited time.  Nothing is off limits. Go see for yourself over at his website.

What was your first concert?
Lollapalooza 1994 was the first one I can really remember - with P Funk, Beastie Boys, The Breeders, L7, etc.

Last concert/show?
It was GayC /DC with Mac Sabbath

First album, tape or cd you bought?
Tape was George Michael, and after my nuts dropped I got Jane's Addiction on CD

Last album you bought?
Karen Dalton

Was there any album that made a significant impression on you?
The Chocolate Watchband was a High School favorite - and also Beck, One Foot in the Grave

Who is your musical hero?
Jimi Hendrix

How important do you think music is to your creative process?
It's pretty important. I prefer to listen to instrumental, mostly zoned out stuff when I'm drawing (the basis for this mix). I also like psych rock, and weird hazy rock.

Check out Rob's mix below, download it directly here, or subscribe to the Background Noise podcast on iTunes. Be sure to like Background Noise on Facebook for updates on future episodes. You can browse ALL the Background Noise episodes here.

1. Ananda Shankar - Romantic Rhino
2. Nguashi N’Timbo - Shauri Yako
3. Los Indios Tabajaras - Adios, Mariquita Linda
4. Lloyd Charmers / The Hippy Boys - Psychedelic Reggae
5. The Tornados - Earthy
6. The Noblemen - Dragon Walk
7. Jan Davis - Watusi Zombie
8. Link Wray - I’m Branded
9. The Chocolate Watch Band - Expo 2000
10. Sinoia Caves - Naro Way
11. Strawberry Alarm Clock - Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow
12. Thee Oh Sees - If I Stay Too Long
13. Happy Birthday - Subliminal Message
14. Glass Candy - Rolling Down The Hills (Spring Demo)

Passage interviewed by Yoni Wolf by Matt Valerio

My longtime friend and former bandmate David Bryant (Passage) sat down with Yoni Wolf recently for Yoni's excellent podcast series The Wandering Wolf. If you've ever been a Restiform Bodies fan, or ever known David, this is an absolute must-listen. The dude has been through a lot. Throughout the hour and a half discussion, they talk about David's history, his battles with addiction, and his plans for the future. Check it out above, or download it for free on iTunes

Restiform Bodies - TV Loves You Back Remixes by Matt Bomarr

5 years later....the RB's FINALLY get around to releasing their long sought-after remix record. And it's FREE! Featuring remixes from a diverse cast of characters including Tobacco, Odd Nosdam, Genghis Tron, Lazer Sword, Wallpaper. , Mochipet, Alias, Broken Spindles, Anon Day and many more. An unmastered treat for the ears, and a true gift for those with patience..

Download it for free via Bandcamp

dream tiger "self" LP out now by Matt Bomarr

If you've been following the blog for a little while, you're probably more than aware of my love for dream tiger  and everything she does. She's released some amazing cover songs over the past couple of years as well as a few recent singles in her off time from touring and recording with the WHY?  band.

"Self" is a self-released masterpiece that hit the internet not too long ago and to my astonishment, still remains a buried treasure. Seriously people, you need to listen to this record. It's amazing in headphones. This record would be on all your favorite music blogs' "Best of 2013" list if only they heard it. So spread the word. Tell your friends, share on the interwebs, and show people what they're missing.