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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

Spooky Tricks VHS Promo Unearthed by Matt Bomarr

I can't even begin to describe this video myself, so I'll let mr Doseone sum it up for you:

"Spooky Tricks was given to the founding members of anticon as it was being founded. DJ Stef, bay area OG and awesome all around person, had it sent to her and later handed it to us and our lives would never be the same again... This was the tail end of the tape trading days, and the internet was just a pup, mp3s didn't exist ... and Spooky Tricks only existed in VHS form. Over the next 6 months every one in anticon memorized, rehearsed, performed and compared impressions of all the awesome Australian goodness that is Spooky Tricks. In 2001 Jel Sole and myself were lucky enough to tour Australia and on our 2nd night there, wer were drunk and randomly started doing Spooky Tricks impressions. Next thing you know the guy beside us says... "how the fuck do you guys know that shit?" and follows it up with "those guys are in the next room."... So Sole and I performed Spooky Tricks out takes for one of the guys in Ill D the Doctor.... The rest is history, and now for the first time since then, Spooky Tricks has been "dug up" and is now available for you appreciation and enjoyment. love doseone"

Jel adds:

"This video cassette became endless entertainment for many early anticon pajama jammy jams."

For me, this brings back vivid memories of Sole constantly, in his best Australian accent, reciting the Spooky Tricks line "feel the fucking kids get fly," or whatever it is they say there.

(Thanks to Colin Guthrie for the tip)

 

Civil Civic - "Lights on a Leash" by Matt Bomarr

civil civic - "lights on a leash" (download) [audio http://www.divshare.com/direct/15182182-94f.mp3]

Civil Civic are an instrumental duo (trio if you count their drum machine) from Australia. They put out this limited 7" back in December. At points, they sound like Ratatat on speed, and at other points, they morph into their own unique, high energy sound. They have a whole bunch of stuff that you can pick up over at their Bandcamp page, and they also have an Indie Go Go campaign (similar to Kickstarter) going right now and they're only about $500 away from their goal. You can also preview their new single "Airspray", which comes out July 11.

The Easybeats - "Sorry" by Matt Bomarr

the easybeats - "sorry" (download) [audio http://www.divshare.com/direct/14211327-cd4.mp3]

Apparently, George Young, the rhythm guitarist for Australian garage rockers The Easybeats, is AC/DC guitarist Angus Young's older brother. These guys were mostly popular in the mid-to-late 60's, and had one hit, entitled "Friday on My Mind," which was covered by David Bowie on his Pin Ups album.  They were managed by a real estate agent at the time. These guys have basked in relative obscurity over the years, but every once in a while, a gem like this gets resurfaced, and people get reminded just how brilliant and overlooked these guys were. buy

Catcall - "Swimming Pool (JM Re-Edit)" by Matt Bomarr

catcall - "swimming pool (jm re-edit)" (download) [audio http://www.divshare.com/direct/13838574-60b.mp3]

This song has a very distinct 80's sound. It sounds like it could be playing in the background of a Karate Kid-style montage. Rightfully so, considering that this "re-edit" was produced by producer Julian Mendelsohn, who is known for his production/engineering/mixing work with artists such as the Pet Shop Boys, Elton John, Jimmy Page, Paul McCartney and Bob Marley, to name a few. Catcall is a one-girl production, from the mind of Catherine Kelleher of Sydney, Australia. She's released a 12" single of this song, and also a digital remix EP which you can get right here. No word on a full length record yet. website twitter

Talons - "Redheads (SPOD Shacksmix)" by Matt Bomarr

[audio http://www.divshare.com/direct/10797498-d74.mp3]

From their self-titled debut full length on Rice Is Nice. Talons are an Australian punk band. Raw and catchy. Here, fellow Australian SPOD takes on their song "Redheads.". This is a bit different than the stuff I usually post, and I'm not really sure what to compare this to, but I've been enjoying the song lately.

Empire of the Sun - "Walking On A Dream" by Matt Bomarr

empire of the sun - "walking on a dream"

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Australia's Empire of the Sun get a thumbs up for having the most amazing album cover of 2008, as well as naming themselves after the well-known JG Ballard book/Christian Bale film. Empire of the Sun is actually a "side project" for The Sleepy Jackson's Luke Steele and Pnau's Nick Littlemore. They've had quite the buzz going for them for the past year since the album's release, and even had a top 10 single from the record in Australia. This song has been burning up my headphones for quite some time now, and a lot of you may have already heard it, but I had to show my love for it. Classic 80's pop sound with that over the top irony and silly lyrics. What's not to love about it?