Yeah, Tame Impala’s Currents was one of the LPs I’ve been hyped for all year. Once it came out, I found myself mumbling rhymes to the largely instrumental album-cut, ‘Nangs.’ That compulsion turned into a start-to-finish overnight session a few weeks ago, recontextualizing the joint as though it had always been a golden-era neck-snapper. Last night, Mary Anne Hobbs world premiered the introspective, psych-rap Lushlife flip of Tame Impala’s ‘Nangs’ on her BBC6 Weekend Music Show, so flatteringly calling it, “a masterpiece…”
A few weeks back, we rediscovered this rad video performance and I’m psyched to finally share it. Recorded a year-or-so ago, it’s an at-home weird vibes interpretation of Erik Satie’s ‘Gymnopedie’ featuring myself on piano, Eric Slick from Dr. Dog on percussion & tape recorder, and the homie Keith Hampson on prepared vibraphone and tenori-on. The video was directed by Peter English and edited by Larry DeMark.
Click here to watch Gymnopedie 1.2 via WXPN.
After a long stretch of silence, you’ll be hearing maybe way too much from me in the coming months. For starters, here’s a jam that I produced (and rapped on) for the homie, Antwon. The track, ‘Jacuzzi’ is built on top of Squarepusher’s so-extra-dope ‘Red Hot Car’ sample and features an outro guitar figure that I “appropriated” from Memory Tapes (sorry).
Click here to watch the weird, Smiths-inspired VHS video for ‘Jacuzzi’
Late last year, I released a 10+ minute, 4-movement rap epic about the strange Toynbee Tile meta-art conspiracy. The sweeping Toynbee Suite piece features contributions from RJD2, Nightlands, Yikes the Zero, and a full chamber group, while a beautiful making-of documentary was also filmed by the talented team at Shaking Through. Now, an interview about the whole affair airs this week via nationally-syndicated NPR program, Studio 360.
Listen to the Toynbee Suite interview on Studio 360 here.
Sometimes a tweet strikes a chord. In this case, I asked for some ’60s psych superlatives, and the dude, Botany came back with a flurry of replies that represent his personal favorites. Committed here for posterity are Botany’s Top Ten Psych Records of the 1960s.
10. Begin – The Millenium
09. Just Another Diamond Day – Vashti Bunyan (1970)
08. Surrealistic Pillow – Jefferson Airplane
07. Power Plant – The Golden Dawn
06. Silver Apples – Silver Apples
05. Tangerine Dream – Kaleidescope
04. Forever Changes – Love
03. The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter – The Incredible String Band
02. United States of America – United States of America
01. Suddenly One Summer – J.K. & Co.