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  • standard premiums – check reality – goaty tapes

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    Check Reality is not about social welfare; it’s a byproduct. Americans think the Dole is a kind of banana. Australians think the Dole is a reason to make music during the workday. What happens when people stop getting real and start chilling out? These are important political questions.

    Recorded in Northcote, Victoria near the 86 tram stop for Town Hall. Snare drum, guitar, bass, odds and ends, microphones, occasional laughter. Songs of laziness, melancholy, social (in)security. Recorded to four-track and dictaphone. “Got the dic”—Michael. September, 2011.


  • 苏维埃·波普 / soviet pop – record of adventures in the spider hole – goaty tapes

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    Recorded by Li Qing & Li Weisi at Rose Mansion Analog, Beijing. Inside the first Ring Road. Korg MS-20, modular synthesizer, floor tom, microphone.

    Soviet Pop let you choose between compositions and songs. This is a tape of songs, dark, minimal, and pedestrian. They even have names like “Worldview Song” and “Samurai Song.” Li Weisi does simple, groovable bass passages and stoic baritone vocals. Li Qing does rhythmic static, noise-generator backgrounds, timbrel burps. Coco Chanel used to say, “before you release your tape, look in the mirror and take three things off.”


  • touch of poison – moat – goaty tapes

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    Recorded in Gent near Sint-Pieters train station. Casio & Yamaha keyboards, tapes, spoken words, pre-set beats, free downloadable software & four-track. Dark melodies, terse lyrics, fours on the floors.

    Matthew Hopkins and I knew each other from USA/AUS. We ended up in Belgium at the same time. March 2012, it was particularly cold and dark quite early. Matthew was not interested in hanging out with University coeds. We ate frittes and watched The Raven. We liked the quiet, medieval inertness of the city. We also liked the goofiness of the old castles and stone streets. There was something not believable, almost comedic, the Atlantis Pavilion at Sea World. I don’t think we really understood. The recordings took on these dimensions: dark, still, a little ridiculous. The nacht winkel (night shop), tourists, guillotines, talking birds, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.


  • anthrax frankenstein / chang rider – goaty tapes

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    Two collaborations from Yogyakarta and Bandung. Anthrax Frankenstein play slomo pop songs, overamplified and underperformed. Guitar, vocals, noise. Sometimes the guitars sound despondent. Sometimes the noises “twinkle.”

    There’s a lotta caveman here—indecipherable passages, volume fluctuations—a D.G.A.F. attitude with the middle finger in the extreme foreground. At some point the singer starts dissing harsh noise. But the songs are so forlorn and reticent that you end up commiserating with these guys. Are they pissed or just depressed?

    Chang Rider play marginally faster, marginally cleaner rock/pop songs with marginally more sophisticated instrumentation. Snare drum, floor tom, microphone, synthesizer, and piano. Sometimes the singers change, sometimes the piano sounds “jazzy.”


  • mole house – demo – goaty tapes

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    Early demo recordings from Melbourne’s Mole House. Some real songs with drums and guitars and singing. Some fake songs as well.


  • banana head / rosemary krust – split – goaty tapes

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    Banana Head and Rosemary Krust obsess over the basic structures of popular music, deconstructing the same formulas until they dissolve into reflective plainness. Banana Head nods to the wedding ballad, schmatlz indulged to the point of confusion, eagerness and imprudence, a distant relative way too old to be that hammered bleeding an oldie-but-a-goodie into monotone. Rosemary Krust draws out the essentials of guitar-drums-keys, abstracts, flattens them into hissing post-pop atmospherics. Paired up like two Moby Dicks of dopeness.


  • el jesus de magico – ragtime hors – goaty tapes

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    EJDM finds that grey area where basement naiveté bumps up against wizened biker nonchalance. He’s still has a little angst and adolescent echo, but there’s definitely a hypnotic motorpipe repose/indifference going on—lots of propeller smoke and the blistering hogs-up-the-coast easy rider dust.
    -goaty


  • silk ears – bed room water – goaty tapes

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    New Aussie three-piece Silk Ears seriously push the limits of basement naiveté. Songs continually threaten to fall apart; slothful male/female vocals materialize briefly and then fall back behind the sweltering hiss of Dictaphone fidelity. Still, the Ears pack in a healthy range of moves; post-punk guzzlers, languid, syrupy off-beat pop, and some darker spooks. It only takes a second to trace their roots to the Nueve Invention of Door and the Window or the scummier bits of Flying Nun, but Silk Ears seem to take even greater cues from the Surreal: the House/domestic, the ‘schizophrenic’ and abnormal.


  • trudgers – bedrooms on fire – goaty tapes

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    Brent Mitzner’s Trudgers project seems so inert and so real, but somehow eludes simple account. It’s probs the disconnect between his meticulous multi-instrumental song craft and the thick austerity of his neo-goth baritone that makes this six track charger transcend the catalog. A vision of industrial unhappiness that condenses the whole history of popular music into bit-sized fuck you’s and synthesizes California sun daze with cold/late night cogency (read: almost danceable).
    -goaty