Cindy Lee – Model Express (2018)



Patrick Flegel’s post-Women nofi “pop” outlet. Very difficult to pin down; reminds me a lot of “All Tomorrow’s Parties” by the Velvet Underground and Nico, but covers more ground — there’s some rad synth soundscapes, and some pure dissonance. Has Spotify destroyed the concept of music being a physical product? Lot harder to make money on music once it’s an infinitely-copyable cloud-based commodity. Why are you reading this?

Sacrifice – Forward to Termination (1987)



Nine years ago, Propagandhi released “Supporting Caste,” which instantly became the only record I listened to for months on end. I knew that “The Banger’s Embrace” was about the dudes getting fuckin’ stoked on seeing Sacrifice on their reunion tour, but I didn’t realize the little sample at the beginning was plucked directly from a Sacrifice track:

How cool is that? Nearly a decade of loving that record, and I just uncovered a little secret hidden Easter Egg. Love that kind of stuff. Who do you think will be the President of the United States in the year 3018?

Crisis Of Conformity – Fist Fight! (“~1983”)

Could this be described as hyper-real hardcore punk? I.e., more real than the real thing? SNL had a skit recently where Fred Armisen gets his old band, “Crisis of Conformity,” back together at his daughter’s wedding. Even though the skit / band are fictional, the song they wrote for the skit is like 80s hardcore punk boiled down to its essential components — so it’s an artifact intended to sound like it was produced in the 1980s, but was written in the last few years. The skit is a simple recipe for slapstick wackiness, but the song itself holds merit. The only thing indicating this recording is recent is that the production value is far too clean for a typical shoestring budget early-80s punk 7″ EP. To really complete the effect, the drums would have to sound like cardboard boxes and the guitars would have to sound like chicken scratch stratocasters played through a transistor radio. Regardless, this song rips.

Cheetahmen (90’s Techno Remix)

In the 90s, some company made an unlicensed NES cartridge called “Action 52,” which contains 52 mini-“games.” If you have any experience with these kinds of offerings, they are 100% scams meant to fool the game-buying parents that buying one cartridge with 52 games is a better deal than buying 52 individual cartridges. Unfortunately, as is typically the case, all of the games are complete garbage and hardly qualify as “games.” The featured sub-game on Action 52 was called “Cheetahmen.” It was reportedly unplayable garbage (as expected), but somehow got a decent theme song. Somebody remixed the theme and it’s classic Mega Man techno-tronic action music. What will video games be like in the year 2118? Will Cheetahmen ever get the sequel it doesn’t deserve?

Elektron Digitakt

I’m a perennial no-money-haver, but I’ve been eyeing this Elektron Digitakt for some time now and am getting more and more convinced I need to snag one. Do you think the Soviet Union would have produced a digital sampling workstation/groovebox like this? Vote for Kodos.