Free Music from BATHS Side-Project ‘Geotic’

A small bear confronts the wilds. (Hanna Dryland Shapiro)

Okay, side-project may not be entirely accurate considering Will Wiesenfeld founded Baths last September, but while the fruits of that better-known project bounce around the blogosphere, it’s a good time to dig up a little more of the 21-year-old Valley-dweller’s past.

Wiesenfeld also makes music as Geotic, and it’s beautiful stuff. Far more minimal, often ambient, though decidedly not drone-y, these songs are excellent for headphones, lazy afternoons and night driving. And best of all, they’re entirely free. Download Geotic music here. We recommend you start with the Eyes LP and the “Waterway” single.

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News Roundup: No Age, Sister Crayon, Tonalism, Free The Robots, Mishka, Host A Hoedown!

I’ve been neglectful. Terribly so. Below you’ll find some recent bloggins from the L.A. underground. Click on the links to get the full story, each of which hails from LA Weekly‘s growingly excellent West Coast Sound blog.

tonalism

Some old school Tonalism.

  1. No Age Debuts Songs On Daytrotter, Dean Reminisces
  2. Video Premiere: Sister Crayon’s “(in) Reverse”
  3. Dublab’s Ambient All-Nighter ‘Tonalism’ Headed To Portland
  4. MP3 Exclusive: Free The Robots, “Jupiter,” Forthcoming on Alpha Pup
  5. Mishka Opening To Feature A. Milonakis, Wavves, Best Coast [NSFW]
  6. Host An Indie-Folk Hoedown in Your Kitchen!

Review: Fuck Buttons, ‘Tarot Sport’

As part of The A.V. Club’s annual “stuff we missed” roundup:

Fuck Buttons, Tarot Sport (ATP)

Fuck Buttons, 'Tarot Sport'

If the duo’s 2008 debut, Street Horrrsing, represents the uncontainable results of the group’s exploratory atom- smashing, the follow-up, Tarot Sport, is an attempt to capture that unwieldy energy and bend it into recognizable shapes.

Grade: A- (via The Onion / A.V. Club)

If the duo’s 2008 debut, Street Horrrsing, represents the uncontainable results of the group’s exploratory atom-smashing, the follow-up, Tarot Sport, is an attempt to capture that unwieldy energy and bend it into recognizable shapes.

Best Of Supplement: Coffee + Stones Throw, Shafiq Husayn, HEALTH’s Golden Ticket, & Leaving MP3s

Four more for good measure: L.A. bests from the Weekly’s blog, half-disguised as news stories, all worthy of your attention. If you like it, then you better put a tweet on it.

*This is taking place of the “news roundup” for the week.

Feature: For Beauty And Terror

Andrew Broder, best known for his work with the criminally slept-on Minneapolis outfit Fog, has churned out no fewer than ten the new albums this year. But they’re not what you’d expect. These digital, label-less releases are improvised and edited instrumentals for guitar, turntables and various noisemakers. Moreover,  they’re inspired by drone music and doom metal. Click over to Decider Twin Cities to read my interview with Broder, and check out the other half of the piece here, with streaming audio and reviews of each record.

Further listening: In the Lala player, you’ll find my very favorite Fog song, “Us Beneath” from 2006’s Loss Leader EP (Lex Records). The lyrics hit home:

The other night, a firefight / Bursts of sewing machine gun fire
From your position / Barricaded behind the piano.
I return with small arms / Stuttered shots from typewriter keys.

And yet in the silence / Between the volley
The hearts of weary camps / Sing to each other

However faintly / As we each seek to claim / Disputed territory
T
he us beneath the other / Which is rich / In natural resources.