NEGATIVLAND – NO BRAIN EP is at Top 200 and Electronic Radio Now!!!

If you’ve been around the scene for a long time, you know these guys are absolute freaking legends, titans of the sound-collage genre, coiners of the term “culture jamming”, once even sued by U2. But even if you’ve only been a part of college radio for a year or two hopefully you at least remember them from the last two campaigns I ran for their two most recent albums! Can’t believe how lucky I am to get to do a third. This one is not a full album, but rather a lil EP intended to complement those last two, a capper on this whole thing as a larger interconnected project. It fits in with True False and The World Will Decide quite nicely as a thematic and aesthetic set!

Also, tour!!! Negativland is finally hitting the road after a long pandemic wait, hitting the Northwest in September and the Southwest in November. Dates are below – if you’re in their path and would like to do something about it (come out to a show? Have them stop by the station or call in for an interview? Give away tix?) I would love to hook you up – just drop me a line!

I don’t have any CD copies of this EP unfortunately, they don’t exist – so if you’re a radio station rep, make sure you download it, and if you somehow got this far on my website but aren’t getting my emails (and you’re the music director or equivalent position at your college/non-comm radio station), please do hit me up!

NEGATIVLAND

NO BRAIN EP

Seeland Records

Four songs in just under nine minutes: what do they have in common? They’ve got NO BRAIN, and they’re the new vinyl EP from your grandparents in NEGATIVLAND. No Brain is a conceptual continuation of the interconnected Negativland albums True False and The World Will Decide.

Just as all those decades of Media Literacy courses finally seemed to be sinking in, along came Social Media to scramble our lines of sight on where all these voices are really coming from.  Every tactic we modern citizens used to resist the one-way feeds of Broadcast Media — from skepticism, to research, to signal jamming — is just as easily used against us in today’s all-way environment.  The four songs on this record juxtapose the voices of media experts from the ancient 90’s with voices culled from the modern landscape of Social — from the users still operating under the old rules, to the rationalizations of tech CEOs making billions off the software that’s eaten them.  How does one follow the money on a free platform?  Who’s got the megaphone? Can non-sequiturs exist?  What takes less time to update: a website’s auction to determine which ads are being loaded onto your page, or your own perceptual mechanism making a call on everything you don’t need to know?

All of this and more, made hypnotically catchy through Negativland’s time-honored use of Funny Noises and Weird Beats and including guest artist Prairie Prince (The Tubes, Byrne/Eno, XTC) on drums, could be coming soon to a nervous system that is You.

MORE ABOUT NEGATIVLAND…

Since 1980, the 4 or 5 or 6 (or more) Floptops known as Negativland, a multimedia collective originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, have been creating records, CDs, video, fine art, books, radio and live performance using appropriated sounds, images, objects, and text. Mixing original materials and original music with things taken from corporately owned mass culture and the world around them, Negativland surreally re-arrange these found bits and pieces to make them say and suggest things that they never intended to. In doing this kind of cultural archaeology and “culture jamming” (a term they coined way back in 1984), Negativland have been sued twice for copyright infringement.

Over the years Negativland’s “illegal” collage and appropriation-based audio and visual works have touched on many things – pranks, media hoaxes, advertising, media literacy, religion, death, the evolving art of collage, the bizarre banality of suburban existence, creative activism in our media-saturated and multi-national world, file sharing, intellectual property issues, wacky surrealism, evolving notions of art and ownership and law in a digital age, and artistic and humorous observations of mass media and mass culture.

“Declared heroic by their peers for refashioning culture into what the group considers to be more honest statements, Negativland suggests that refusing to be original, in the traditional sense, is the only way to make art that has any depth within commodity capitalism”- NEW YORK TIMES

“Collage pioneers…..genre-defying, densely layered, strangely accessible” – WASHINGTON POST

“Negativland were definitely not what the EDM kids at Bumbershoot were expecting. The experimental San Francisco sound collagists don’t make music as much as sonic mayhem: audio think pieces that are subversive and enlightening, vexing and revelatory. Negativland are political to the core.” – SEATTLE WEEKLY

RIYL: Girl Talk, People Like Us, Matmos, Yes Men, The Residents, Plunderphonics, Mouse On Mars, Faust, and culture jamming / sound collage

Start With: 3, 4                  

FCC: 4 (but clean edit included in radio download)

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

https://negativland.com/no-brain-pre-order

https://www.facebook.com/Negativlandland/

https://www.instagram.com/negativlandland/

Negativland & visual artist SUE-C on tour:

  • 9.15.21: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
  • 9.16.21: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
  • 9.17.21: San Francisco, CA @ Gray Area
  • 9.18.21: Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
  • 9.20.21: Portland, OR @ Holocene
  • 9.21.21: Eugene, OR @ Old Nick’s Pub
  • 9.22.21: Olympia, WA @ Capitol Theater
  • 9.23.21: Seattle, WA @ Clock-Out Lounge
  • 9.25.21: Yakima, WA @ The Seasons Performance Hall
  • 11.7.21: Bisbee, AZ @ Central School Project
  • 11.9.21: Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
  • 11.10.21: Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
  • 11.12.21: Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
  • 11.13.21: Albuquerque, NM @ Guild Cinema

ANTHONIE TONNON – LEAVE LOVE OUT OF THIS is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

I am so excited to get to help bring you the newest release by my old friend, ANTHONIE TONNON!! In a fun showing of competitor/buddy synergy, I’m psyched to get to work alongside my pals at Terrorbird to help promote this masterpiece – my third release from him over this past decade. This guy is an absolute gem, from New Zealand (a nation I’m slowly conquering by way of promoting their indie-pop princes). I’ve loved his music, with its droll sense of humor, impeccable indie-pop sensibility, and deep love for humanity and for concepts like place, land, and home, for almost a decade now, and if you are new to this party I am very excited for you to join in!!

ANTHONIE TONNON

LEAVE LOVE OUT OF THIS

Misra Records

The world is full of singer-songwriters, but few of them forge the kind of paths that Anthonie Tonnon has. His work has developed into a unique blend of music, art and advocacy, and shows that are creative works in themselves. He has used live performance to experiment with new technology and approaches, leading to the immersive shows that have seen him touring planetariums, or taking audiences to distant venues on unloved public railways. His upcoming record, Leave Love Out Of This, has a mixture of synth based tracks and more acoustic sounds.

Though his sound has evolved over time, a constant has been Tonnon’s lyrics. The artist tackles the rise to the top of the television industry in ‘Entertainment’ as deftly as he did for evolution and the future of work in ‘Two Free Hands’, and regulatory failure in ‘Mataura Paper Mill’. Tonnon has been long-listed for esteemed New Zealand songwriter title the APRA Silver Scroll Award three times, making it to the top five for ‘Water Underground’, his excoriation of the mismanagement of fresh water and local democracy in Canterbury.

RIYL: Destroyer, Deerhunter, Girls, Dirty Projectors, Courtney Barnett,

Jens Lekman, Jonathan Richman, Jonathan Bree

Start With: 1, 4, 9

FCC CLEAN

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

https://www.anthonietonnon.com/
https://www.facebook.com/anthonietonnon
https://twitter.com/anthonietonnon
https://www.instagram.com/anthonietonnon/

REVERSELS – LASABRE is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

This genre-bending band was actually introduced to me by the extremely cool pals of Negativland; although they don’t have a ton in common sonically, they do share an adventurous, taboo-smashing spirit and headquarters in North Carolina. Take a look at their bio below and you will find some wild stuff about their backgrounds! And then if you take a look at that RIYL list below THAT and conclude “how can these possibly be all for one band?”, well that’s a reasonable reaction, but take a listen to this thing and you’ll see. Some of this record is gauzy dream-pop, often with a voice in a higher register (a la Cocteau Twins etc). Then some of it is harsher, almost industrial or darkwave-leaning rock, often with a voice in a lower register (a la Nine Inch Nails etc). One track really reminds me of Black Moth Super Rainbow and another really reminds me of Nick Cave. It’s all in there!! Give it a listen and let me know what your favorite parts are, this is one I anticipate everybody having a different answer to that question. For FCC purposes I’ve made sure to let ya know in as many places as I can, that track 9 is the only one with actual Swear Words, but depending on how conservative your station/listenership is, you may find some of the sexually-explicit non-cuss stuff in tracks 8, 10, and 13 a little too much as well, so take a look at the lyrics sheet if you want to make sure (that’s included in my download link if you’re a station rep)!

REVERSELS

LASABRE

Self-Released

By sheer coincidence, both members of this queer doom pop band were raised in different cults. The leader of the cult that Pretty Boy Floyd was immersed in pressured families to have vasectomy reversals, glorifying limitless procreation. The children born after these procedures became singers in the leader’s “Reversal Choir,” children who were told they owed their existence to him.
 
In the beginning of 2018, Pretty Boy and Story began discussing what would eventually become their own Reversels, a dynamic sonic departure from the predatory, misogynistic, homophobic, and authoritarian environments of their youth.
 
The band continually strives to reverse these harmful teachings through their music, an attempt to sing-into-being a world of gender diversity, sex positivity, individual growth, and healing.
 
Two albums and numerous live shows later, Reversels’ sound continues to evolve with their third full album release, LaSabre. Dancing both poignantly and playfully through themes of queer love and loss, the band continues to advocate for the underdog and the demonized, rejecting oppression and celebrating life & death in all of their majesty.

RIYL: Black Moth Super Rainbow, Casket Girls, Nine Inch Nails,

Blonde Redhead, Cocteau Twins, Nick Cave, King Woman

Start With: 2, 6, 8

FCC: 9
(8, 10 & 13 are sexually explicit but w/o swears)

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

https://reversels.bandcamp.com/
https://reverselsmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/reverselsmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/reversels_music/

THE TIN CAN COLLECTIVE – AXIOMATIC ALARM CLOCK is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

These buds are an indie/emo/punk band from Long Island, NY. They cover a pretty good amount of sonic terrain – you’ll recognize some of Cursive‘s moody layered guitars; some tracks with a female vocalist remind me a bit of Hop Along; but most prominently, you’ll notice the punk/indie/emo-leaning spirit reminiscent of Jeff Rosenstock, AJJ, and Joyce Manor. The record comes close to being a concept album, focusing on the struggle to find meaning in life while working a 9-to-5. I really think you’re going to dig it. This is one to keep an eye on that FCC warning depending on how strict your station is – it doesn’t have any of the Big Swears but a couple little ones if you have to be extra conservative with your vetting (I get it).

THE TIN CAN COLLECTIVE

AXIOMATIC ALARM CLOCK

Tin Can Records

The Tin Can Collective is an indie/emo/punk band from Long Island, NY.
 
John Warren started the Tin Can Collective in 2011 as a recording project, enlisting a rotating cast of friends to complete the outfit. Among the ragtag group were Jess Warren (John’s sister and co-writer on many of the songs) and Ken Russo, who both quickly moved from frequent collaborators to fulltime members. Brian Kish joined the band in 2017, and Nick Femister joined shortly thereafter, rounding out the lineup.
 
Always pure of heart and full of intention, The Tin Can Collective has schlepped around the country in a rented minivan, playing their brand of beer-soaked indie emo punk for anyone who would listen, including on shows with Jeff Rosenstock, Teenage Halloween, Julien Baker, AJJ, and Laura Stevenson. They quickly became cult favorites for their chaotic live shows and became what could be described as “a band’s band”.
 
Axiomatic Alarm Clock addresses the perils of adulthood and the struggle to find meaning in a 40 hour work week. The band’s fourth album, it is their most focused and biting set of songs to date.

RIYL: Jeff Rosenstock, AJJ, Say Anything, Pixies, Joyce Manor, Hop Along, Cursive

Start With: 8, 14 10

FCC: 10 says “god damn”, 14 says “hell”, otherwise CLEAN

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

https://tincancollective.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/tincancollective/
https://www.facebook.com/thetincancollectivemusic/
https://twitter.com/thetincancollec

GHOUL TALK – MAGICIAN EP is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

Please join me in adoring the pleasantly spooky Ghoul Talk!! This is is a Seattle-based lady-fronted project that ranges from gothy dark rock to synth pop. Check it out ASAP!! KEXP has added it already, what are you waiting for?! I was lucky enough to have a pretty huge number of hard copies to send out (with some fun bonus stickers also!), so unless I know your station to be off the air for the summer or that you specifically prefer downloads, it’s almost definitely there waiting for you!

GHOUL TALK

MAGICIAN [EP]

Death Certificate Records

Grungy and gritty, melodic and lush – Ghoul Talk’s Magician is a noble self-released debut and marriage of opposite worlds. Part indie noise rock, part synth pop, Magician is a séance of moody vocal harmonies, shimmering synths and chaotic fuzz. Though Magician’s arrangements swell and burst, there’s a structure to it – and where you start is not where you end. 
 
At first entrance, Magician is a dark room with the shades drawn. As “Migraine/Headache” – a sludgy tribute to ’90s rock, chronic pain and dangerous doses of acetaminophen – culminates to a thick, gluey guitar solo embellished with French horns and glockenspiel, any expectation of full-on grunge gives way to an ecstatic burst of synthesizers with the opening of synth-rock banger “Materialize.”
 
One roaring guitar solo and surprising string quartet later, Magician finds its soft, sweet ending with the aptly-named “Sleeper”, a shoegaze pop ballad steeped in a haze of lead guitar harmonies and reverberating drums. Sleeper’s unexpected dreaminess highlights Magician’s greatest trick: Ghoul Talk’s dynamic songwriting and ability to set expectations, only to reveal there’s more behind the curtain.  
 
Born in 1993, singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist R.K. King is on the 27th year of her goth phase. Drawing inspiration from horror film scores, Riot Grrrls and noise rock, Ghoul Talk first materialized in Seattle, WA in 2018. Ghoul Talk’s music is self-released via Death Certificate Records.

RIYL: Warpaint, Weyes Blood, Wolf Alice, Veruca Salt, Hole, L7, Garbage, PJ Harvey

Start With: 1, 2 (release is only 3 tracks long)

FCC CLEAN

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

https://www.ghoultalkband.com/
https://www.instagram.com/ghoultalkband/
https://twitter.com/ghoultalkband
https://www.facebook.com/ghoultalkband

Photo credit: Rachel Bennett

HALLEY GREG – AMERICAN HARLOT is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

Halley Greg is a Seattle artist who found me via a mutual friend, but then we had to put this campaign we were planning on hold for a few months – because she got onto The Voice! Yeah, the reality singing competition show! She clearly DOES have the pipes to go the distance, so it’s no surprise she landed a spot on Team Kelly, but she’s also full of indie rock bona fides, with this album giving off big burlesque show vibes IMO (sex/queer sexuality positivity, sometimes a bit vampy about it even) among other things, so it’s not time to write her off if you ignore mainstream pop music (which tbh I largely do myself). Her RIYL comparison points are Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, Sharon Van Etten, Sara Bareilles, & Amanda Palmer, all of which I think will make sense to you when you give this thing a spin. How FCC-friendly it is depends a bit on whether your listeners can handle “Damn” and “Goddamn” so keep an eye on that FCC warning where I did carefully spell that out for ya!

HALLEY GREG

AMERICAN HARLOT

Self-Released

Halley Greg is a 29-year-old pop rock singer-songwriter who, since entering the Seattle music scene in 2019, has quickly picked up steam and gained a devoted following, even through the pandemic. After years of suffering from crippling stage fright and hiding herself in choirs and as a backup singer, she eventually built up the confidence to start writing and sharing her own music, and in a mere nine months went from playing at her first open mic to forming a band, recording an album, and selling out her first headlining show. 
 
In January of 2020, she had so much music momentum going that she decided to resign from her day job of teaching high school science (albeit with the plan of finishing out the school year). Of course, two months later COVID-19 hit and the music scene disappeared, but shortly thereafter she was contacted by a recruiter for NBC’s The Voice, and ended up getting a blind audition in Season 20 (currently airing) and landing a spot on Team Kelly.  Greg’s music has been called “the love child of Katy Perry and Joan Jett,” with some songs setting up light-hearted indie pop vibes and others delving much more into deep dark blues rock territory.  Decidedly lyric-driven and intentionally sassy, she paints a picture of feminist empowerment, exploring non-traditional relationship narratives and poking repeatedly at the patriarchal and puritanical roots of American society. 
 
She is currently in the process of recording an EP and a second full studio album, the former set to be released this summer and the latter by the end of 2021. 

RIYL: Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, Sharon Van Etten, Sara Bareilles, Amanda Palmer

Start With: 4, 1, 6, 10

FCC: *3, 8, 9*
also 2 says “Damn” (only)
and 5 says “Goddamn” (only)

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

https://www.facebook.com/halleygregmusic
https://www.instagram.com/halleygregmusic

WARREN DUNES – GET WELL SOON is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

It hasn’t been very long so hopefully you still remember the Warren Dunes single of theirs I worked last fall – Seattle’s sweethearts are back!! The two tracks from that single are included on this album as well, although one of them (“Cool Mom”) is actually resurrected in new form, with an added rap verse by Tacoma’s Chris Blount! As you may remember from last time: this band is so great. It’s tropicalia- or even reggae-influenced indie rock, uplifting carefree stuff with a real original spirit. At points it’s almost surfy lady-fronted pop a la Best Coast; at other times its world-rhythms-influenced mathy rock reminds me of a band like MuteMath; their infectious joy (and the fact that the band contains a gleefully happy romantic couple) is even reminiscent of Matt and Kim. You’re gonna love it!! I’m personally particularly impressed that band leader Julia Massey plays two keyboards at once – one with each hand, positioned on opposite sides of her body – while singing. You’ll also catch the vibe that this album is pretty specifically about these times we’re going through, with themes of civil unrest and social justice woven deeply into its fabric (without being so preachy as to sacrifice these songs being absolute bops). The album title isn’t a coincidence. Also fyi, this band is available for interviews if you’d like to have them call in to talk to you! Just hit me up and I’ll connect you! KEXP is already on board (including featuring them on a recent Sound & Vision podcast!), as are BTRToday and Flood Magazine. What are you waiting for?!

WARREN DUNES

GET WELL SOON

Big Wawa Records

Gold pants, red hair, and a Kevin Durant jersey are the first things that catch your eye at a Warren Dunes show. You might compare the Seattle power trio on stage to what it may look like if the summer camp counselors started a band, and wonder if maybe you weren’t at a rock show. Then lead singer, Julia Massey, begins to thank everyone in the crowd for coming, and each person starts looking around because they could have sworn she was talking directly to them. The band starts to play and you notice that Massey is spread-eagle between two keyboards, brothers Jared and Dominic Cortese are all smiles in anticipation of what’s to come, and an arresting crystalline voice begins to trumpet above a palette of tropicalia-infused art rock. Your problems and worries melt away, people are dancing, some are crying, there are neon palm trees on the stage, and for the next hour you feel like you are under the warm sun on a tropical post modern beach somewhere far away. The world is ok. 
 
On Get Well Soon, Warren Dunes’ debut LP, Julia, Jared, and Dominic want to bottle up that experience from their live shows, and do their part in the healing process. “We named the album Get Well Soon because we wanted this record to be like a Hallmark card to everyone who lived through 2020,” says guitarist (and Massey’s husband) Jared Cortese.  Drummer Dominic (and Jared’s brother) adds, “we all just lived through some crazy shit, and we wrote an album that we hope acknowledges all we’ve been through, and helps people move forward.” Creating a soundtrack that drives you back to the present moment is one of Massey’s central goals, who has been cultivating this technique ever since an early event with death led her to the path of songwriting. After losing her father to cancer at fifteen, Massey developed a way of making sense out of chaos. “When I lost my Dad the only things that really made a difference were comforting words from friends and family, and music.” 
 
Get Well Soon slides seamlessly through anthemic choruses, introspective ballads, and meditative chants that follow an arc of danceable beats and grooves you can sink your teeth into. On “Quit Takin A Side”, Massey implores, “listen to the feelings in between every single thought floating in your head/hear what is there instead.” On “Be Good”, one of the record’s more pertinent tracks, Massey asks, “why would you be good to someone who’s bad to you/to somebody whose job it is to be good to you?” but leaves the answer open. This offering of contemplative lyrics that require self-reflection on the part of the audience pervades the record, and creates a conversation between the listener and the band, eloquently avoiding the pitfalls of tackling sensitive subjects head on. This is Massey’s superpower.
 
Brothers Jared and Dominic Cortese spent their youth running through the shifting sands of Warren Dunes State Park in Southwest Michigan. Drawn together by their shared love of music, Massey and the Cortese brothers decided to form a true family band, and the name came easy. With a reputation for bringing their audience to tears and guaranteed hugs after a performance, not being in the same room with their fans has been burdensome for Warren Dunes. Get Well Soon, which includes the band’s 2020 single “Fishbowl” (#18 on NACC’s Singles chart and KEXP’s Song of the Day), is the band’s offering of love, hope, and healing for Dunesfolk of the past, present, and future.
 
Based on the belief that we can all be #smallbutmighty, Warren Dunes donates proceeds from live performances to a variety of charitable organizations. For more information, please visit their Beneficiaries page.

RIYL: Best Coast, Tune-Yards, Matt & Kim, MuteMath

Start With: 8, 4, 6

FCC: 8 says “asses”, otherwise CLEAN

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

https://warrendunes.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/warrendunesband/

NEGATIVLAND – THE WORLD WILL DECIDE is at Top 200 and Electronic Radio Now!!!

I can’t tell you how psyched I am to get to bring Negativland’s second full-length album in as many years to college radio. This one is like a companion piece, a sequel, a continuation: title of this one is THE WORLD WILL DECIDE. It’s unheard of for Negativland to make two records in back-to-back years like this, but they made them all together, to be of a piece with each other. If you’ve been around for any length of time with an interest in experimental/outsider music, you definitely know these guys: the weirdos who pioneered the art of sound collage, specifically a version of mashups they call “culture jamming”; who got sued by U2; who get their work and ideas taught in college classes. Like last year’s, this album is this weird conglomeration of mashed up spoken word, chopped-and-screwed music, and some original instrumentation/vox, so as you can imagine it’s a bit of a genre bender. While also still being totally listenable simply as music (you don’t HAVE to approach this as an art project, if you don’t want to!) It is shooting for your Top 30s (the general charts that get compiled into the Top 200), and it is also shooting for your Electronic charts, where it hopes to find a home among some of your more experimental/open-minded but still dance-oriented DJs. It’s political, philosophical, timely, playful, dark, weird. Alongside this album there is also a skill set for Alexa and a Chrome extension (plus some very detailed visual art) – Negativland are multidisciplinary weirdos!

NEGATIVLAND

THE WORLD WILL DECIDE

Seeland Records

Since 1980, the 4 or 5 or 6 (or more) Floptops known as Negativland, a multimedia collective originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, have been creating records, CDs, video, fine art, books, radio and live performance using appropriated sounds, images, objects, and text. Mixing original materials and original music with things taken from corporately owned mass culture and the world around them, Negativland surreally re-arrange these found bits and pieces to make them say and suggest things that they never intended to. In doing this kind of cultural archaeology and “culture jamming” (a term they coined way back in 1984), Negativland have been sued twice for copyright infringement.

Over the years Negativland’s “illegal” collage and appropriation-based audio and visual works have touched on many things – pranks, media hoaxes, advertising, media literacy, religion, death, the evolving art of collage, the bizarre banality of suburban existence, creative activism in our media-saturated and multi-national world, file sharing, intellectual property issues, wacky surrealism, evolving notions of art and ownership and law in a digital age, and artistic and humorous observations of mass media and mass culture.

The mirror image sequel to last year’s True False, The World Will Decide turns the focus away from our very human inability to accurately define reality, and towards the technologies being built to do a better job at it. But if sorting true from false seemed like a full time job back when all we had to keep track of was our own minds, life alongside the machines built to connect us only seems to multiply the uncertainties. On this album those uncertainties are made almost deliriously danceable: a netweb of densely sampled voices melting speech back down into music and back again, into what we can all agree are the real questions — Did that firefly really land on your finger? Would you like to be arrested? Does this app connect you to people, or replace them? Is this post an example of inauthentic behavior? Do people have to die? Or, as one of the many sampled voices on this work will assure you: we can really feel like we’re here.

And, finally, just who’s even in Negativland these days? Didn’t half of them die a few years ago? For The World Will Decide, Negativland consists of Mark Hosler, vocals by David “The Weatherman” Wills, Peter Conheim, and Jon Leidecker (the Thurston Moore Group), as well as the dearly departed Don Joyce, Richard Lyons and Ian Allen. The album also contains tapes from the earliest years of the band (including dozens of samples that will be very familiar to regular listeners of their KPFA radio program Over The Edge), as well as guest artists including Prairie Prince (The Tubes), Matmos, Ava Mendoza, Jem Doulton (Thurston Moore Group), Tom Dimuzio, Kyle Bruckmann, Nava Dunkelman, Erich Hubner (Man or Astroman?), and Kevin Blechdom (plus Marc Maron’s voice in samples).

“Declared heroic by their peers for refashioning culture into what the group considers to be more honest statements, Negativland suggests that refusing to be original, in the traditional sense, is the only way to make art that has any depth within commodity capitalism”- NEW YORK TIMES

“Collage pioneers…..genre-defying, densely layered, strangely accessible” – WASHINGTON POST

“Negativland were definitely not what the EDM kids at Bumbershoot were expecting. The experimental San Francisco sound collagists don’t make music as much as sonic mayhem: audio think pieces that are subversive and enlightening, vexing and revelatory. Negativland are political to the core.” – SEATTLE WEEKLY

RIYL: Girl Talk, People Like Us, Matmos, Yes Men, The Residents, Plunderphonics, Mouse On Mars, Faust, and culture jamming / sound collage

Start With: 2, 7, 10, 13                  

FCC: *1*; also 13 says “Goddamn” (only)

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

https://www.negativlandtruefalse.com/about

https://www.facebook.com/Negativlandland/

https://www.instagram.com/negativlandland/

V/A – THE MARSHMALLOW GHOSTS PRESENTS THE WITCHING HOUR is at Top 200 Radio Now (with a Halloween Streaming Event Premiere)!!!

I’ve got a really special and out of the box Event-type thing to talk about for my newest radio add. I can’t describe what this is any better than the text below, so I’ll keep this short, but I’ll just say that working with Graveface Records is always one of my greatest pleasures, and Ryan Graveface really outdid himself making this Halloween as covid-friendly AND spooky as possible, all in a lil thing that’s thoughtfully designed specifically for radio. Also please note if you’re not learning about this until after Halloween, I’m also still working this as a compilation album thru the end of the year; as individual tracks, they’re not so explicitly Halloween-y as to be inappropriate in November and December (except maybe the one track called “DRACULA” lol, it’s a take-off on “Tequila!”). It’s just good music from Graveface Records! Read on for more about this!

VARIOUS ARTISTS

THE MARSHMALLOW GHOSTS PRESENTS THE WITCHING HOUR

Graveface Records

The Marshmallow Ghosts are the Graveface Records annual spooky Halloween band. It’s a rotating cast of characters, often-times pulling musicians from within the active Graveface roster—a very collaborative affair. 2020 marks the 12th annual Halloween LP release and it’s extra-elaborate and radio focused:
 
This year’s LP is a 37-minute presentation that basically amounts to a radio play. It’s got music tracks as well as spoken-word interstitial parts, constructed and stitched together to sound like it’s an actual radio show (the narrator character of the interstitials is a radio DJ), on the fictional radio station KLME. This DJ is taking calls and hearing stories about people’s spooky encounters, and getting increasingly freaked out at the station, culminating in getting a call from a person in their life who’s supposed to be dead. In between calls, the DJ keeps introducing (and spinning the full tracks of) actual music you’ll want to be spinning anyway, and there’s even a couple of fake commercials in the middle—which can be edited out and left instead as a break in which your station could put in a real voice break or PSAs if you need to – these digital files are set up like a vinyl record and the “commercials” happen at the end of Side A and the beginning of Side B. Feel free to request edited versions with any alterations you need! The whole thing is spooky and deliciously creepy, in a fun-spirited Halloween way (nothing actually seriously dark or gross or horrible or FCC-noncompliant). Like telling ghost stories around a campfire, but mixed with the idea of a War of the Worlds-type hoax radio broadcast.
 
The big idea is to get a bunch of stations all on board to broadcast this thing all at the same time: we’re shooting for 9pm ET/6pm PT on Halloween itself. At that time, people can tune in all over the country at the same time and they’re all getting this same creepy broadcast from all kinds of different, unaffiliated stations. This is where it’s at if you’re looking for a creative, unconventional way to celebrate this strange unconventional 2020 Halloween we’re facing!
 
There’s also a version of this whole thing with just the music, tracks broken apart separately and without the interstitial narrative parts (presented as a compilation album; both versions available for download or streaming preview for stations now). The artists include Night School, Fawning, Joel Grind, Velvet Gentlemen, and Sondra Sun Odeon alongside The Marshmallow Ghosts – all very Graveface-y stuff; fans of the Casket Girls will love the Marshmallow Ghosts and Fawning tracks, and fans of Best Coast will love the Night School one. This compilation will also end up running as a regular Band Mom radio campaign, to go for adds November 3rd, the Tuesday after Halloween (so if you’re not able to spin on Halloween, you still get a chance to do something with it) – but that’s really icing on the cake bonus stuff; the Halloween simultaneous streaming event is really what this is all about.

RIYL: Graveface Records, spooky campfire stories, War of the Worlds-type hoax broadcasts, The Marshmallow Ghosts, Casket Girls, Best Coast

Start With: 7, 3, 5

FCC CLEAN

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

graveface.bandcamp.com
instagram.com/graveface_recs
graveface.com

WEEKEND LOVERS – I LOVE U IN REAL LIFE is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

Allow me to introduce you to the jewel of Tucson: Weekend Lovers! I mailed out a very few hard copies of this one – I only had the smallest handful of physical CDs to work with this time, so if we’re regularly in touch and I know you need them you’ve probably got one at your station by now; otherwise, yours is probably a digital copy (although I just got a tiny handful more to send out as requests, so hit me up asap if you need one!) – either way it’s time to jump on board with this good stuff!! This fun post-punk-meets-dream-pop lady-fronted band came to me via Totally Real Records, a new label which is run by, guess what, my old pal Bryan of Mount Sharp!! It’s all connected. Those two bands are not exact soundalikes, but they’re in a similar ballpark, so odds are very good that if you liked that Mount Sharp record I worked this past spring, you’ll likely dig this Weekend Lovers record as well. Marta De Leon, bandleader of Weekend Lovers, has (previous to her current home of Tucson) lived in Seattle and Brooklyn – much like me! – although in the opposite order of my wanderings, so we never actually crossed paths IRL. Until now, when I get to work her super cool record!! Check it out, it’s got a cover of George Michael’s “Father Figure” and a bunch of other stuff you’re gonna like!! (And PS regarding the extra-specific FCC warning you’ll note below: I know most stations can play “asses”, but some like to know about even the mildest swears too, so it’s better safe than sorry to just let you know – and I want you to know you can trust my info on this kinda thing! Track 8 says “asses” and that’s it; if that’s not a problem for you than this whole album is FCC Clean!!) Weekend Lovers yes!!!

WEEKEND LOVERS

I LOVE U IN REAL LIFE

Totally Real Records

Bassist, vocalist and songwriter Marta De Leon cut her musical teeth in Seattle indie bands before relocating to NYC, where she fronted Brooklyn-based art pop band The Meaning of Life. Tucson-based band Weekend Lovers marks a return to De Leon’s desert roots, a street smart modern indie rock band kissed with dark clouds and monsoons, combining infectious hooks, soul-wrenching lyrics and punch-to-the-gut rock swagger, and laced with just enough 80s pop and new wave magic to make the songs seem both brand new and achingly familiar.
 
The band’s debut album, When U Were Weird (2018), gained the band a devoted hometown following and garnered local and national press in such outlets as Tucson Weekly, Tucson Sentinel, Impose Magazine, Turn Up The Volume and Jangle Pop Hub.
 
Now, De Leon and her bandmates, guitarist Danny Perez and drummer Gabi Lisk, aim to invoke their MTV era spiritual forebears with their sophomore album, I Love U In Real Life, featuring some of the band’s best material to date.
 
The new album’s first single, “Baby”, quickly earned a place in the rotations of Arizona’s indie radio stations. Next, original track “2Soon” is a bass-driven, harmony rich indie gem that explores the parallels between personal and creative loss, with inspiration from Stevie Nicks, Scorcese and the hazy gauze of not-quite 2020 hindsight. “Father Figure” is a gender-flipped take on the 1987 George Michael classic, subversively weird and coyly flirtatious, but unabashedly nostalgic. Perfect for any quarantine new music playlist.
 
I Love U In Real Life was produced and engineered by eight-track wiz/vintage studio guru Matt Rendon of The Resonars. The tracks were recorded at Midtown Island Studio in Tucson, studio home to a host of bands including The Resonars, The Exbats, The Rifle, and Lenguas Largas.


RIYL: Mount Sharp, Rainer Maria,Blondie, Death Valley Girls, Electrelane, George Michael (cover)

Start With: 8, 4, 6

FCC: 8 says “asses”, otherwise CLEAN

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

https://weekendloversaz.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/weekendloversaz
https://www.instagram.com/weekendloversaz
https://twitter.com/WeekendLovers1
https://www.facebook.com/weekendloversz