Filed under: Editor Picks | Tags: Editor's Picks, electro, Electronica, Gang Gang Dance, M.I.A., Manimal Vinyl, Rainbow Arabia
PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Rainbow Arabia’s “Omar K” MP3
20 Watts’ staff recently spent a good two hours arguing about the top albums of the decade. I was pushing really hard for an M.I.A. entry on the list — a request that everyone, including my managing ed, summarily dismissed. Okay, sure, “Paper Planes” was way overplayed. But the blend of party-ready beats and tribal ululations? The whole East-meets-West-on-a-dance-floor deal? The world needs more of that.
Fortunately the world has Rainbow Arabia, an “ethnotronica” duo so compulsively danceable — and so pleasantly disorienting — that even our picky staff might be won over. Hailing from Echo Park, Cal., Rainbow Arabia force world music through an electro-dance sieve, resulting in a global neon cacophony like few you’ve ever heard. Think M.I.A. meets Gang Gang Dance meets LSD. Intriguing, right?
Rainbow Arabia have released one EP, The Basta, and one “mini-LP,” Kabukimono, on Maninmal Vinyl. They are not currently on tour, although they are playing a string of L.A. shows throughout November.
— Caitlin Dewey, Editor in Chief
Filed under: Features | Tags: Black Moth Super Rainbow, blank dogs, dan friel, electronic, Electronica, gimmicks, river to river, shitgaze, South Street Seaport
So far this summer, River to River’s free independent music shows have yet to disappoint. From Anthony Gonzalez of M83 to The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s great set, River to River has consistently showcased great artists with great results, and yesterday was no different. Though Blank Dogs failed to impress, opening DJ Dan Friel and Black Moth Super Rainbow wowed both the crowd and 20 Watts.
The action began at 6:25 when a guy in shorts with curly, strawberry-blond hair walked out on stage, sat down on a folding chair, and got to work. The first song started with layered atmospherics and quickly went into progressively faster bass beats, accompanied by poppy synth melodies and echoing feedback and reverb effects. His other songs were all just as interesting, and watching him make such eclectic, dance-worthy music from a lap-size set-up was very impressive. Continue reading
Filed under: Releases of the Week | Tags: Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Atlantic Records, Electronica, From First To Last, Grindcore, Pig Destroyer, Releases of the Week, Sonny Moore
Although active since 1994, Agorapocalypse is only the second, proper full-length that these Massachusetts grinders have put out. To give some background, Agoraphobic Nosebleed features Scott Hull, the guitarist of the infamous Pig Destroyer. He not only plays guitar for this project, but he programs drums. In fact, Agoraphobic Nosebleed are mainly responsible for influencing the surge of “cyber-grind” bands in the recent past.
With Agorapocalypse, the group expanded their sound to include elements of thrash, speed-metal and hardcore to the previously total-grind attack. The inclusion of vocalist Kat Katz (who looks more fit to be on a runway than in the extreme metal scene) propels the aggression factor to new levels with terror-inducing screams. Her voice fits perfectly among the equally brutal pipes of Richard Johnson and J. Randall. The tri-vocalist approach stands out on the groovy “Trauma Queen”, a track that finds Agoraphobic Nosebleed at their sludgiest.
Described as a slab of “gonzo violence”, Agorapocalypse is the product of years of drug-abuse (just look at the album art if you don’t believe it). The deranged and warped sound that is produced will certainly not appeal to everyone. In fact, I know a handful of metal-heads that cannot handle the absolute onslaught that is Agoraphobic Nosebleed. For those of us that can understand the artistic appeal, this album surpasses expectations and will undoubtedly be a candidate for AOTY.
Filed under: Emerging Artists, Music Videos | Tags: Blänk, Dance, electro, Electronica, Emerging Artists, Fun, Sweden, Techno, Video, Visuals, Young Ivy
Okay, so maybe I’ve been on a bit of a techno kick lately, but this is a video that I discovered months ago that I thought you all would enjoy to watch. It is from an unknown Swedish trio called Blänk, and while the lyrics may seem a bit foolish and elementary, the video is creative and impressive for an artist of this size. It meshes the human and computer aspects of the video together pretty well, and definitely shares the artists’ sense of humor with the audience. I’m not saying that this is equivalent to a Justice or OK Go video, but it’s innovative for a small band. So enjoy the electronic string section and dope visuals; and approach this with light heart because you’ll definitely dig what you’re about to see.