Best of 2012: Ty Segall

Prolific yet unpredictable, Ty Segall is a standard bearer for the most recent group of artists who have managed to resuscitate garage rock and punk, genres that some thought had already been mined of all their freshness by several previous such returns. The Ty Segall Band’s In the Red release Slaughterhouse is one of three recordings on which Segall appears in 2012: he also recorded Twins under his own name via Drag City and Hair with White Fences.


There’s little doubt that Iggy Pop and the Stooges are patron saints of Segall and company. The singer’s throaty cries also channel Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Eric Burdon in places. Yes, he has collected the right records; but Segall’s isn’t living the garage punk experience secondhand. The seemingly restless creativity that fuels his prolific streak also inhabits the nervous energy and chaotic spirit of Slaughterhouse, Twins, and Hair. All three recordings exude a swaggering ebullience that can’t be faked or finessed by hype proliferators.


“How Does Kevin Costner Keep Getting Work?”

Out now via Hooker Vision (HT to Steve Smith for mentioning it), a new tape from Kevin Costner Suicide Pact. And yes, this is much better than the band’s name might suggest!

Rangda: “Majnun” (SoundCloud)

Out today on Drag City, Formerly Extinct, the sophomore release from Rangda. Guitarists Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls), Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance), and drummer Chris Corsano (Sunburned Hand of the Man) have enough studio credits between them to earn the designations “formative players” in both the psych rock and no wave arenas.

Below, we’ve included a SoundCloud embed of album track “Majnun.” Its outer sections set up a fulsome, Middle Eastern inflected groove, while the central section includes plenty of crunching guitar riffs leavened with walls of noise.

Animal Collective: “Today’s Supernatural” (Video)

The video for “Today’s Supernatural,” a song from Animal Collective’s new recording Centipede Hz is, in many ways, reflective of the impressions one takes away from the LP itself. Boisterous, colorful, busily attired, kaleidoscopically varied, and dizzying in the juxtaposition of its gestural and stylistic vocabularies, Centipede Hz is both a confirmation of the long term overarching trajectory of Animal Collective’s music making and an upping of the ante of indie pop’s penchant for postmodern juxtaposition.

If 2009′s  Merriweather Post Pavillion was Animal Collective’s dalliance with the indie mainstream,  Centipede Hz finds them back in more musically challenging environs. Whether the band will continue further down this pathway of experimentation, or instead return to the (relatively speaking) more pop functional language found on Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective seems destined in the future to find still more ways to surprise its listeners.

Centipede Hz is available now via Domino Records.

Golden Tree on Important Records (Review)

Kawabata Makoto & à qui avec Gabriel

Golden Tree

Important Records

Kawabata Makoto is best known for his work with the group Acid Mothers Temple, a post-psych noise rock collective that can melt paint off of walls with the amplitude of their recordings. When the guitarist joins forces with accordionist and vocalist à qui avec Gabriel for the album Golden Tree (Important Records), he creates an entirely different sound world.

The album consists of three extended duets; one, “Solid Torus,” lasting in excess of half an hour. Balancing with long held tones on the accordion, the guitar lines provide an uneasy counterpoint that, while less subdued than the torrents of fuzzed soloing one hears on AMT releases, is no less focused. Indeed, there is a sense that the energy Makoto is keeping in reserve could at any moment be unleashed; released like a tightly coiled spring. Instead, most often balance is sought by both parties, with guitar harmonics and the occasional feedback flirtation blending with the accordion’s treble register drones and ephemeral clusters. à qui avec Gabriel also has a beautiful soprano singing voice, which she sometimes lends to the proceedings in sustained lines and repeated tones. Golden Tree is at its most beguiling when vocalized tones, sustained guitar lines, and accordion drones dovetail together in an intense dovetailing of dolphin-like song.

Blues Control: “Walking Robin” (Video; Tour Dates)

Queens duo Blues Control begins their US tour tonight (Dates below).

They also have a new video out for the album track “Walking Robin,” from their new LP Valley Tangents (Drag City).

Video by Clémence Hébert.

Blues Control Tour Dates (new dates in bold)

Wed. July 25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooski’s

Thu. July 26 – Louisville, KY @ The Cat House

Fri. July 27 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout

Sat. July 28 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups

Sun. July 29 – Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog

Mon. July 30 – Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar

Tue. July 31 – Toronto, ON @ The Shop at Parts & Labour

Wed. Aug. 1 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore

Thu. Aug. 2 – Burlington, VT @ Monkey House

Fri. Aug. 3 – Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s Pub

Sat. Aug. 4 – Hoboken, NY @ Maxwell’s (with Chain & The Gang)

Sat. Aug. 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kensington Picnic (with Meg Baird)

Sun. Aug. 26 – Emmaus, PA @ Emmaus Farmers’ Market

Sun. Sept. 9 – Rock Island, IL @ Rozz Tox

Tue. Sept. 11 – Lexington, KY @ Void

Thu. Sept. 13 – Atlanta, GA @ 529

Fri. Sept. 14 – Durham, NC @ Duke University Coffeehouse

Sat. Sept. 15 – Greensboro, NC @ CFBG’s

Blues Control: “Love’s a Rondo” (Video; touring)

This week, Queen’s experimental rock duo Blues Control released Valley Tangents, their latest LP via Drag City.

Check out album track “Iron Pigs.”

We also have a list of tour dates below (starting tonight in Baltimore). And, a special treat, a beautiful new video for album track “Love’s a Rondo,” featuring exquisite plastique movement from mime Tarik Davidson. Yes, File Under ? has finally done a post about mime!

“Love’s a Rondo.”

Directed by Tara Sinn. Filmed by William Strobeck.

Featuring Tarik Davidson aka Allstar the MTA Mime.

Valley Tangents


Thu. June 21 – Baltimore, MD @ Floristree Space

Fri. June 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA w/ Birds of Maya, Slow Tongued Beauty

Sat. June 23 – Brooklyn, NY @ 285 Kent w/ Purling Hiss, Tonstartssbandht, Jordan Redaelli, DJ Brian Turner, DJ Paul Major

Wed. July 25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooski’s

Fri. July 27 – Chicago, IL @ Hideout w/ Chandeliers

Sat. July 28 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups w/ Pink Reason, Day Creeper

Sun. July 29 – Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog

Mon. July 30 – Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar

Wed. Aug. 1 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore

Thu. Aug. 2 – Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen

Fri. Aug. 3 – Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s Pub