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If I Could Just Hear…

Chris Murray of too-many-projects-to-name recently disolved Square People and is atoning for his critical mistakes in life by releasing an exuberant and solipsistic album called “Master’s Voice” and wants to make money off of it. Will this bandcamp host all of Mr. Murray’s future releases in one, slick place? We’ll see. RSS that shit, yo.

Bounce it. It’s goofy and fun. GET YO FOOTWORK.

 

Hairpin’d & Coquettish

Back on the scene!

Now available from the Blacktooth Store and soon in all local Nashville record stores, the new EP from Hepatitties, ‘Balanlity Winkin” featuring the new EP in both stereo and mono, 3 remixes, and every demo they’ve ever done! The complete collectors edition indeed. Peaches would be proud with this crowded horse race.  Get your copy today. Yes.

Random: Fly Golden Eagle is back from their tour with Clear Plastic Masks and Banditos (it was awesome, so the legends go). Chrome Pony flexed a bit, both in town and out. More news from them soon. Majestico has a record coming out that’s not on us but that’s OK and they are working on an awesome video that holds the final resting place of some lovely ladies that we’ll show you all soon. Square People went on a little show-jaunt and watched a promoter get socked by a heroin-addict, Russel roofied himself in Mobile and came back from it more wise than we thought possible, giving us great advice which we’ll put into practice soon. Jeff gave us VHS footage, and Bill Rowe got Fly Golden Eagle to open up for Big Freedia.

In short: things are awesome. And we hope things are awesome for you, too. See you in the future primitive.

Blacktooth Records Presents: Hepatitties – Banality Winkin’

Hepatitties “Banality Winkin’” EP Press Release

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Peaches and the interim’s been not-too-rocky for her/for us. She’s quieted down a bit, is engaged to wed, has given birth.

Making the punk-anthemic odes to druggy lust and personal destruction of Hepatitties-past harder wrought.

So this time around, it’s all dream state/stream o’ conscious-luv and we enter into the PG unconscious. If its scary OK, but mostly we think it’s fuzzy and quaint introversion ripped open. Call it “Confessional Surrealism.” Call it a real load off.

As always, all lyrics are written from the perspective of Peaches Geldof and do not reflect the sentiments or tastes of their author.

Personnel:
Chris Murray: guitar, bass, vox
Tommy Stangroom: drums
Ben Trimble: additional guitar and vox

Streaming via thehepatitties.bandcamp.com available now thru the weekend only.

Special CD-R package containing stereo and mono mixes of the EP plus ringtones, demos and outtakes available via Blacktooth Records next week.

(Also: Square People perform tonight at Noa Noa with Hobbledeions and Les Rhinoceros.)


Slap Up

So much righteous stuff this week, we had to present it to you in a harvested form, 92% BTR approved. The USDA comes a-callin’ when we slap our stamp on produce.

Here are a list of things happening in Nashville this week that we will be at:

 

SUNDAY (4/29)—-

The Phantom Farmer//Chrome Pony//Calico Cat

The End//9pm

—-The Phantom Farmer is Joel Dahl’s (By Lightening) solo work and it’s first record release show. This guy has recorded many of the find projects that you (or will) enjoy around town, and a few you won’t. Prolific in his work ethic, unassuming in his nature, go hear this man spit the truth. He’s the doctor around these parts. Chrome Pony supports and you know we pop for that.

 

MONDAY (4/30)—-

Joey Molinaro//Chris Murray

1119 N 2nd St//9PM (FOR REAL)

—-Take yourself all the way there with this one. Joey Molinaro is  thrash, solo violinist and Chris Murray is a thrash, solo saxer that helms the Square People project. Free Jazz, Free Thoughts, Free Show (Save buying/donate to Joey the Tour). C’mon then.

 

TUESDAY (5/1)—-

Hot Chicken Night at the VFW followed by music:

Bombino//William Tyler//Cherry Blossoms

VFW Post 1970//$10 //8pm

 

<click!> to listen

—-Personally, I’m stoked on this one more than most things I’m usually stoked on. Bombino is a Tuareg guitarist from Niger, Africa who’s been exiled, had band members executed, all to be “welcomed back” by the nation(s) his protest songs are about. Serious business here, folks. This one is not to be missed, with two killer opening local acts and a fully engaged evening planned out.

 

WEDNESDAY (5/2)—-

Lushlife (Philly)//Cities Aviv (Memphis)//Jota Ese

Mercy Lounge-High Watt//$10//9pm

lounted in the basement by JOTA ESE

—-Who is Jota Ese? You’ve heard his two/too dope mix tapes, you’ve pondered his premises, now see he revealed. Debut live show?Lounted Hip-Hop? Enigma be gone? See you idiots there.

 

SATURDAY (5/5)—-

This day is insane and you probably already have plans. Oh Dang Lo Mein is playing at Local Taco and Fly Golden Eagle is playing at the End. That’s racist, know what I’m talmbout?

 

Call me Snap. Out.

Square People: Mysteries and Secrets Unzipped

It’s debatable whether or not the band Square People (or, for that matter, the individual members contained within) are indeed lazy and/or nervous. Sometimes they might be, other times not. Their latest release – a movie – fits perfectly within that continuum. Is it lazy or assiduous? Is the movie itself nervous or rather forthcoming? Yes. Heed it. They heed it. They heed.

“Mysteries and Secrets Unzipped” debuted at the Noa-Noa house last night, and there were moments of laughter, confusion, sensory-overload, and all smiles. I feel confident in saying this movie brought joy.  Someone artificially flavored the popcorn the flavor of lime. This is either a command or an anecdote.  We have decided, then, to understand the fledgling star in the press, especially when the gold-laden runs of distorted ideas actually arrive at some arrival point that they were forever returning to arrive at. Square People the band and Square People the movie do that. You can watch the movie below and download the songs at Square People’s bandcamp <click!>

 

Po’ Me Granite

Obliged, thank you, gratitude, etc.

Here’s a “wrap-up” for you and yours via The Blacktooth Camp and co. We asked some rad people in town who we think do rad things to compile their top 5 records of the year (some released in 2011 and some they just dug the most in 2011). A diverse sprinkling, both in terms of records and choosers, it’s of interesting note that a lot of locals show up, as well as the absence (barring a few exceptions) of solely, new, released-in-2011 records. Maybe that has something to say, maybe it doesn’t.

At any rate, in addition to the top 5′s, we’ve culled together a mix from some of our favorites in town. The bands are entities that we’ve (mostly) talked about on here, one way or the other, as well as bands who’s records we’ve put out (or would like to put out. Or are in). This is a fantastic run of demos/unreleased/new songs from some of the most talented people in town (or, in the case of Dungen, who came to town):

You’ve got a Chrome Pony jam from their demo release (a song that wasn’t re-recorded for their Illegal Smiles EP); a new demo from Fly Golden Eagle; The Phantom Farmer brings hot fire, which is from Joel McAnulty’s (By Lightning) forthcoming solo release, Home On the Frequency Range: Alpha; James Wallace visits weird city with Jen Turner of Here We Go Magic; Jota Ese remixes the unflappable Mark Morrison‘s early-90′s slow jam, “Return of the Mac” and sends it straight to atonal hell; Natalie Prass shows how sexy mumbling can be on her demo of the slow, well-tempered-synth jam, “Bird of Prey”; John McSparran, puppeteer-extraordinaire, gives us a short introduction track under a misnomer (which should direct you to his very-rare project Cigarette Trees); a ghost by the name of Odessa chills all over it; the post-mortem Hepatitties give a demo from their progenitor days that never made it onto the now-cult-classic A Taste for Peaches EP;  a more sentient and palliative state is where you will find Majestico; and the nubile and raw-as-real-time-revolution men in Ranch Ghost cut a new track over at BIV town with Jitch manning the boards that acts as the auditory whiskey you add to your apple cider. (Speaking of Jitch, he recorded the Dungen-Sweedz when they came through town last year and Ben T. made it sound right.)

Download the mix after the picture below, and read on to see the top 5′s.

Nashville rules. Thank you. Seriously.

Download “blacktooth on Blacktooth” here: <click!>

 

 

TOP 5

Andrew Krinks (Editor, The Contributor):

Tom Waits – Bad As Me
Gillian Welch – The Harrow & the Harvest
Radiohead – The King of Limbs
James Blake – James Blake
Wilco – The Whole Love

 

Ben Trimble (Fly Golden Eagle, Majestico, Hepatitties, Blacktooth Records):

The Limiñanas – (S/T)
Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas – (Compilation)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – (S/T)
Serge Gainsborough – Les Annees Psychedeliques (1966-1971)
Natural Child – 1971

 

Sean Thompson (Nikki Lane, utility for anyone):

Michael Daves And Chris Thile – Sleep With One Eye Open
Nikki Lane – Walk Of Shame
Louvin Brothers – Satan Is Real (repress by Light In The Attic, I know, but this is a really important album that a lot more people will hear now.)
Charles “Packy” Axton – Late Late Party 1965-67 (Another Light In The Attic Repress but goddamnit this record rules.)
Kenny Vaughan – V

 

Chris Murray (Square People, Square People Jazz Maturity, Hepatitties, Toadies 2):

5. Dope Body – Nupping
4. John Maus – We Must Become the Pitless Censors of Ourselves
3. Fat Worm of Error – Broods
2. James Ferraro – Far Side Virtual/Condo Pets EP
1. LMFAO – Sorry for Party Rocking

 

Josh Habiger (Chef, The Catbird Seat):

Wugazi – 13 Chambers
tUnE yArDs – w h o k i l l
Tom Waits – Bad as Me
The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Lost in the Trees – Time Taunts Me

 

Graham Fitzpenn (Majestico):

The Mattoid – The Glory Holy
The Velvet Underground – Loaded
Bob Dylan – Desire
The Royal Greek Festival Company – Greek Folk Songs and Dances
The Breeders – Last Splash

 

Joel Macinulty (By Lightning, The Phantom Farmer, records everyone/anyone):

Matt Moody – El Baile de los Muertos
Fly Golden Eagle – Swagger
Wilco – The Whole Love
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Chrome Pony – Illegal Smiles

 

Richard Harper (Fly Golden Eagle, Majestico B-squad, Oh Dang Lo Mein, Hepatitties, Blacktooth Records):

Psalters – Carry the Bones
James Wallace and the Naked Light – More Strange News From Another Star
The Stepkids – (S/T)
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
trog’low – Mellow Feats EP

Honorable mention for White Denim – D and Tinariwen – Tassili

 

John Stout (Jota Ese, Oh Dang Lo Mein, Day Old Records):

5 of my favorite albums of 2011 are:
Shlohmo – Bad Vibes
Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming
Samiyam – Sam Baker’s album
Blu – n o y o r k
James Blake – James Blake

5 of my favorite songs of 2011 are:

Panda Bear – “Last Night at the Jetty”
Radiohead – “Lotus Flower” (with the music video of course)
Tyler the creator – Yonkers
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – “New York is Killing Me”
Heavy cream – “Watusi”

 

John McSparran (Puppeteer, Wishing Chair Productions, Cigarette Trees):

FAVORITE ALBUMS THAT I FOUND OUT ABOUT IN 2011 (THOUGH THEY DIDN’T NECESSARILY COME OUT THEN)

1) John Adams – Nixon in China
2) The Caretaker – An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
3) Washington Phillips – Spreading the Word Through Song
4) Leonard Cohen – The Songs of Leonard Cohen
5) Mike Patton – The Solitude of Prime Numbers

 

Matt Jernigan (Chicago-based artist):

The top five albums I played loud enough from the hours of midnight – 6 am to piss off my upstairs neighbors in 2011. There’s never any particular order from midnight – 6am.

- Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
- James Ferraro – Night Dolls With Hairspray
- John Maus – We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
- Richard Pinhas & Merzbow – Rhizome
- Hepatitties – A Taste for Peaches

 

Tommy Stangroom (Square People Jazz Maturity, Square People, Toadies 2):

Deerhoof – Deerhoof v.s Evil
Bird Names – Metabolism (A Salute to the Energy of the Sun)
Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler/The Dream
Shannon and the Clams – Sleep Talk
Hepatitties – A Taste for Peaches

James Wallace (James Wallace and the Naked Light, Heypenny?, tons o’ others?):

Best Records of 2010-2011 (Released within these years)
1. Mr. Hazelwood – The Golden Age
2. The Parting Gifts – Strychnine Dandelion
3. Matt White – Something New From America Today
4. Ballpoint Pens -Calcutta
5. Kai Welch – Send it Down

 

Andrija Tokic (The Bomb Shelter Recording Studio):

Lee Hazelwood – Cowboy In Sweden
The Hives – Tyrannosaurus Hives
Fly Golden Eagle – Swagger
The Who – A Quick One
XTC – White Music

 

Davis Watson (Filmmaker, The Kodachrome Project, Good Piping, Saul Burke on the Radio):

T. Rex – (S/T)
Bob Dylan – Nashville Skyline
Townes Van Zandt – High, Low and In Between
Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years
Van Morrison – Common One


45

 

Sup? Blacktooth’s rival, Memetic Society, has officially tried to one up us by releasing 11 or so 45s of bands that we find dope and/or have put out records for ourself. So now, it’s on. However, these records are fantastic, beautiful, and well-done, so our envy level is low.

The 45s are a part of a project highlighting bands across Tennessee . You got Knoxville, you got Memphis, you got Chattanooga, and of course you got Nashville. Clockwise above are the records for Square People, Faux Ferocious, Majestico, and Fly Golden Eagle. You can check the Memetic website for a full list of the bands involved in the project.

The 45s will be for sale at shows and from the web site (ours as well! just soon, not now) and we hope you dig them because we think they are digable.

 

Come see Ranch Ghost and Fly Golden Eagle at the End TONIGHT (12/2) with Last Year’s Men and score some o’ dem records, main.

And here’s the A-side for !FGE’s No Shot 45, Moira.
Moira by Fly Golden Eagle by BlackToothMunch

Square People (SOLO) :: God’s Taste in Music

 

 

It’s not been a while since we’ve heard from the Square People camp and won’t be long before we hear from them again. What has been missing is a proper solo Square People record . Seriously: they used to come out 3 or 4 times a year. But it’s not like Chris Murray has been busy or anything.

At any rate, here it is, the first major solo Square People work in a long time: the tactfully named God’s Taste in Music. Mr. Murray debuted this set at that righteous Halloween bash we all played at and it’s great to hear it recorded down. “Ha” has a fantastic guitar solo in it.

God’s Taste In Music by SQUARE PEOPLE

 

Download the record by clicking here <click!>

It’s Hot and I Don’t Wanna Go Outside

Chris Murray of Square People sent over this mix and it’s filled with that good stuff. You know, the goooood stuff. The stuff that makes you wanna shake your shoulders, thrash about, or stand on the wall and look at everyone/thing around you and think, ‘all right, all right.’

Well, I assume it’s filled with the good stuff. I haven’t listened to it yet. But I inferred as much by the track listing.

At any rate, here’s what Chris had to say about the tunes, and if you aren’t familiar with Square People (or any other of their dimensions) you’re doing yourself a great disservice and you should really question how you spend your time. (We’ve written about them once or twice…) Ya’ll get back now.

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Here’s a mix around the theme of temporality: the tracks here are all stuff I’m real into. They’re not all one genre or mood or style or race or whatever. I just like them. And maybe won’t, come next summer. At least not as much. Cause we’re always changing (I think.) Plus music is always changing (I hope,) or how we find it, our listening habits, brain patterns.

I used a “hip” “vintage” compiling process, which leaves you with two large mp3s instead of individual tracks. So you’ll have to take it in one big gulp (obviously, not really cause you can just skip around in the little song progress bar in iTunes.) It’s not too serious like it’s “must be heard all the way through, in headphones.” I actually don’t know how well it flows cause I haven’t listened to it yet. It’s just me, you know, playing some cool music during one evening and doing “DJ Banter.” (I’ll go ahead and apologize now for the DJ Banter.)

Anyway, hope you enjoy. There’s some really sexually explicit rap in the middle of side A, so be ready for that. Also there’s stuff from some bands I dig in the “Nashville Underground” (I guess that’s what you’d call it,) and I encourage you to check them out in a live performance context.

I called it “It’s Hot and I Don’t Wanna Go Outside” because that is true about me.
Thanks!

 

Devo- Gates of Steel
Faust- The Sad Skinhead
Chain Gang- Gary Gilmore & the Island of Dr. Moreau
Malkauns- Electric
Jason Ajemian & the HighLife- TV/Animals
Eric Dolphy- Gazzeloni
Khia- My Neck, My Back
David Banner- Play
Busta Rhymes- Light Your Ass On Fire
Ambitious Lovers- Let’s Be Adult
John Maus- The Peace That Earth Cannot Give
Gary Wilson- I Wanna Lose Control

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Weather Report- River People
Terror’ish- Jungle Heaven
Deluxin’- I Thought You Were Cool
Toadies 2- Marshall Trucker Band Hat
Yoko Ono- Joseijoi Banzai (part 1)
James Moody- Unchained
Ramsey Lewis- Aufu Oodu
The Samps- FXNC
Constrobuzz- Mind-Responsible
Matrix Metals- Flamingo Breeze (excerpt)
R. Kelly feat. Boo & Gotti- Feelin’ On Yo Booty (Dirty South Mix)
Monotract- Con la Cabeza en la Escuela
Leslie Keffer- Dormant Torment
Jazz Free Future- Reflective/Reflexive

It’s Hot and I Don’t Wanna Go Outside (download)

 

Previously: Cock D’s Summer of Soul Mix

Block party = Square People

Part espionage, part get-off-da-grid, part an Immediatist Potlatch (re: Hakim Bey) but all party.

The other week Blacktooth Records threw a Happening that was co-occurring with the Nashville moped chapter The Dead Ped’s annual rally: R.I.P. One-million solipsistic fractions came together after weeks of scouting out a location that would be hidden to those governing authorities, and made known to the appropriate sources only by its google coordinates. The individual tribal leaders communicated between each other and then to their people, and we all convened at the appropriate local in a psycho-kinetic skill known as Freedom. Hendrix blared from a radio, drinks were in hand, and no cars were present (save the one acting as a jukebox). 150+ mopeds, bikes, skate boards and pedestrians all dancing on the outskirts of Metropolis, surrounded by bricks and left to our own outpouring.

Pictures by Mary Nell Jr. and co. below.

 

More Happenings will be happening. Keep our feelers out.

Sincerly.

BTR.

 

meanwhile, in other realms————————

Square People will be putting out Cosmic Sans vol. 2 on Cicada Shell. This compilation acts as a “best of” for Chris Murray’s more recent, non-Jazz Maturity releases (of which there are many. One must be supremely fastidious or extremely fool-hearty to undertake this task alone). Adjoining the compilation is a video, shot by our good friend Drew Mayard and designed by Sam White, for the song Unfettered. As Square People’s official biographer, I’ve always said Unfettered was the hit that never was. Check it out below.

Square People – Unfettered