Symmetry is one of those weird words that does not sound or look anything like what it describes. And Mule Death’s debut release SYMMETRY is much the same – it feels symmetrical and technically is close to being symmetrical, but it isn’t. It’s an intense synthesizer track that evolves and twists darkly and begins and ends almost the same way, but not as symmetrically as the title indicates.
Mark Sharpe, the musician behind Mule Death, hails from Portland, Oregon and we are damn delighted to release this album.
We have a brand new album out! It’s called DEATHLESS, by Small Craft. It’s ambient drone and the CDs selling fast, which is weird, because it’s ambient drone. Small Craft just played some shows in Seattle, Portland, Oakland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles in support of the album and will be playing shows around Washington, D.C. in the not-so-distant future.
Jeffrey Prosser, a D.C. graphic designer and integral part of the Washington, D.C. experimental music scene as both musician and promoter, passed away on April 3, 2015. He was an exceedingly sweet and generous man with many friends across D.C.’s various music and arts scenes and beyond. Shortly after his death, two memorial concerts were organized in Adams Morgan and Fredericksburg, Virginia. Now, some of his musician friends have put together a compilation in his honor, titled Thirsty and Miserable, a phrase Jeffrey was particularly fond of.
The compilation features twenty-one artists (twenty-two for the downloadable version) who knew and loved Jeffrey, featuring both locals and musicians from farther afield. The artwork includes designs by Jeffrey, including art for flyers he designed to promote shows around the DC area. Proceeds from sales of the compilation go to Bread for the City, a charity selected by the Prosser family.
Halfbytes’s debut, dewch draw eto heddiw, is here! It is available now for pay-what-you-want, even free, if need be. It’s a wide-ranging album showcasing the band’s experimentalism using a mix of toys and instruments and their ability to stay remarkably on with their sound.
TĀLĀ spread some love for the FACE-EATERS OF HONG KONG in a handful of interviews. Specifically, she digs the track This Jamba Juice turned me into a woman and I’d like my money back please. Wonderland, the BBC, and The Fader each rocked a TĀLĀ playlist with the song.
The track, along with the rest of the EATING FACES EP, is available here.
There’s something about the word afoot that is fun to say. Maybe it’s because of Sherlock Holmes. 2016 is looking to be quite the year for the Panda after a slow 2015. First up will be Halfbytes, the glitch art project of J.S. Adams and Chester Hawkins. Halfbytes’s debut will be of the Temporary Release variety. This will be followed up by another Temporary Release Program album, also including J.S. Adams: BLKTAG. From there, we’re looking at the long-awaited drone compilation Excerpts from Ten Innovative Workout Tapes.
DJ Jukie Jinx + Timmy Sells His Soul. This is the most frenetic thing we’ve released. It’s like a mix of vaporwave and Melt Banana. Other than that, the best thing to do is to listen this insane EP from two extremely creative people.
A few new releases are on the way! Oddly enough, two are by bands that capitalize their entire band names.
FACE-EATERS OF HONG KONG is up first. Their debut EP, EATING FACES EP, will be available in August on a pay what you want basis. It was recorded in Texas and DC and sounds like super crazy music from the future.
After that, we’ll have the debut of the cross-country drone band RETIREMENT. Based in DC and California, RETIREMENT does glacially-paced intense drones. Their EP is brought to you by Small Craft and STUPID CHILDREN.
We will also be releasing a drone compilation, featuring a number of great artists from DC. There will be more on this later, but it sounds awesome.