THE DOCUMENT OF THE NEW L.A. MUSIC SCENE!
One night. Forty bands. Two minutes to make their mark.
In the tradition of underground rock movies like THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION
and URGH! A MUSIC WAR
, comes an instant cult-classic: 40 BANDS/80 MINUTES!
On one night in Hollywood, over forty of Los Angeles’ most amazing, experimental and eccentric bands join together with one daring goal: to present their uncompromising musical visions to the world in two minute blasts! Using shared equipment, each band has only one chance to get it right. No second takes allowed, everything captured live with multiple cameras and audiophile-quality sound!
These bands fuse electronic, rock, dance, metal, jazz, noise and punk within one amazing community. This is your glimpse into the future of music…
This is 40 BANDS/80 MINUTES!
Between 2003’s Ear Drung
and 2006’s Bloodshot Mama
became something altogether new. Once a spoken word artist turned M.C. turned abscratch expressionist Bizzart
now occupies a circuit-bent performance art hip-hop space that none before him have occupied. A reformed poet who has lost faith in words alone, Bizzart
has tucked Alkalyne’s
boom bap into bed with Accident
’s live noise comprovisations and together they dream of childhood and pray to a distant God.
The album features contributions from a staggeringly diverse group of artists including I Heart Lung
, Awol One
, Yarah Bravo
, Justin Vollmar
and Dulok Shaman
An ambitious compilation of noise, electronic, hip-hop, free jazz, prog and experimental music, Strata- A Young Person’s Guide To Experimental Music
is a primer for those of any age. Featuring rare, new and unreleased tracks from: Create (!), Bizzart, Melk The G6-49, Lafcadio, Soul-Junk, MakeShift:Shelter, Manners For Husbands, Receptor Sight, Electric iLL
Collected from the Sounds Are Active
and Joyful Noise
record labels, Strata- A Young Person’s Guide To Experimental Music
, presents both previously unreleased and downloadable tracks with album cuts.
Sounds Are Active
and sister label Asthmatic Kitty
have pooled their collective talents to put something beautiful into the world: the 2004 Sampler. Over over 74 minutes of music from these two unceasingly original record labels. The Asthmatic Kitty
“Side” features songs from Sufjan Stevens
’ first three albums, as well as three tracks from the unrelentingly joyous Half-Handed Cloud
. Songs by Liz Janes
and Viva Voce
round out the 11 tracks- 3 heretofore unreleased.
The Sounds Are Active
“Side” teems with spastic new work from Melk The G6-49
. New and unreleased tracks from Soul-Junk
, Vla Hemia
and Create (!)
. Softer pieces contributed by Xn.
(featuring a slick remix from hip-hop producer supreme Omid
) and the brooding “Two Planes for Elliott Smith” by the Constantine/Levin/Phillips/Schlarb/Shadduck
Live free-jazz breakouts and lo-fi bass heavy glitch combine with Bizzart’s complex/abstract lyrical patterns. Ear Drung
contains over 40 minutes of experimental hip-hop for fans of Bjork
Over a 6 years in the making (yes, six), the album features incredible contributions and collaborations with DJ ESP
, who appears on 4 tracks, Soul-Junk
who produce “Nivek” and co-produce “Pink Summer in Hell” with Accident
also contributes vocals to “Nivek” along side other M.C.’s Freedom80
), on “Negative Gravity” and Zane
(of Tunnel Rats
) on the incredibly dirty “Infinite Zero”. Also contributing to the sounds and structures are NOTICE contributors Peter Chan
who lays down saxophones and clarinets on 5 cuts, Justice Constantine
and Andrew Pompey
who play live drums on one track each (”Protocol” and “Infinite Zero” respectively). Create (!)
performs on the groove-based deconstruction that is “Stock Options on the Inner Reconstruction of Man” and Slo-Ro
) also contributes sounds to two additional tracks (”Ear Drung/Illuminate” and “Infinite Zero”).
By sheer force of flim-flam genius slight-of-hand, this outing finds Soul-Junk
following up the critically acclaimed 1957
with a release that manages to be simultaneously more deconstructed and yet more accessible. This is the crossroads that Soul-Junk
delights, dancing across the pavements and avoiding bus rides into the played out regions of the current electronic/hip-hop landscape. But rather they cannonball into pools and puddles unafraid of no diving rules and whistle blowing purists.
With a MUCH wider instrumentation / influence / and an amazing love of noise, Soul-Junk
returns after cooking another potluck sized serving of hip-hop, sliced/diced/smothered and covered. From Gamelon influenced choral dizzy-clash, calypso-noise-fusion, baroque chamber music cut-ups, atari glitch funk, and campfire sing-a-longs, the album arrives with a juiced up sample palette and ground breaking production. Disturbing crookedness and collaborations with Kidnastypup
, free-jazzer Daniel Carter
and avant-trumpeter Greg Kelley
, DJ Mizzicah
and the ever elusive Prof. Kermit
(aka Golden Poultry Error
This little gem of an E.P. is not the norm from your everyday “Man yo, I’m ill! I’m the hardest! And other such hyperbole!” type M.C. You know what I’m sayin’? Anyhow, what we have here is a 6 track 12″ that features the very catchy and unconventional “L.A. Approach” produced by Fourever
and an incredibly dirty digital/analog experimental track from Accident
Reconstruction of “Wax” is a rare instrumental reworking of the track that would later appear on Bizzart
’s groundbreaking album Ear Drung
. The 12″ also includes another non-album track with the classic spoken word a cappella “You Suck.”
Built around the unsolved murder of his father, Everybody’s Mouth
, is an emotional and raw exchange of sadness, recollections, cinematic translations and introspections. Tracks such as “Stereo-typical” examine the process of predjudice, while “I Felt It!” gives insight into Bizzart
’s childhood and relationship with his father.
Although not the tour-de-force that would follow with Ear Drung
, Everybody’s Mouth
is the debut album that started it all. The raw beats and earnest lyrics make for a compelling listen almost a decade later.