Bocumast Review: The BQE by Sufjan Stevens Finds Isometric Beauty and Adventure in an Expressway Artist: Sufjan Stevens Album: The BQE (soundtrack) Label: Asthmatic Kitty Shifty-classical construction, dancing, delightful, cherry. The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway inspires Sufjan's newest release and film. If you're like myself, you might prefer to come up with your own imagery before you see the film, or even the trailer for the film. Set forth, it opens, beautifully building, constructing. My thoughts trot forward, but take time to peruse this marvelous landscape of soundtrack magic. "Sleeping Invader" comes on like solid night and day advancing, meandering, unveiling history, giving way to passionate stories, romantic, yet unstable. It almost leaves you too soon, but gives way to "Dream Sequence in Subi Circumnavigation," a mythical partnership in waves, voice and pretend limbs, gently falling around horses, carried on the backs of other horses. At two thirds taking twists into sleepy hollow caverns and spikes on trees, torn apart eventually by an angry sun. Then Spring, rises and rises again, full, comfortable gazes on the foreheads of mountainous statues, creamy wet with white, pale pink paints. Birds escape into sockets of the cavernous eyes for brief damp shade, mocking bats playfully with horn-shaped beaks. Suddenly, "traffic shock" breaks into electric forms, mountains become mounds of chords, seedling robotic hands, sitting in metal chairs, gliding past power plants exploding with light and static, enveloped by force field sculptures, bathed in plastic grass packages and elastic sticker collages. Pyramids of light melt into stars into schools of fish. Then power, as old time armies march through ice capade traps, trees and bushes on skates, folding against reality, making light of soldiers keeping time with their elbows and knees, swallowing the gun barrels for their women, marking targets on the forest animals, taking aim.... The "Emperor of Centrifuge" changes direction. Animals fleeing in all direction, hiding, running, laughing, crying, digging massive holes. Pounds of flesh falling to the ground, through the leaves, pines, bark, and earth, into such giant holes. Forest creatures conquering armies of hunters like the shore swallowing waves. Then subtle pain and regret in "Postlude: Critical Mass," and an appropriate ending to an imaginative musical adventure. Status: Recommended For more information or to purchase this fine release go here: http://asthmatickitty.com/the-bqe
Steal This Track is THE spot to find out more about Denver’s hottest and most interesting musical acts. More than just a bunch of jittering pixels, this column also gives you the chance to actually HEAR those artists. Thanks to the depth to which our tentacles reach in the Colorado music scene, we’re able to bring you absolutely legal, absolutely free downloads every Tuesday. In many cases, Steal This Track might even be the first time a recording has seen daylight, and such is the case with this week’s delicious morsel. Jason Cain and Brittany Gould have no shortage of musical projects to keep them busy. read on and download track here
Deastro, Max Tundra, Tommy Metz (aka iuengliss), & Hideous Men @ Larimer Lounge this coming Saturday
Great lineup this Saturday at Larimer Lounge. Bocumast's Tommy Metz (aka iuengliss) and Hideous Men (BDRMPPL, Thundercade, Cougar Legs) are opening up for Deastro and Max Tundra. Deastro - 12pm - http://www.myspace.com/deastro Max Tundra - 11pm - http://www.myspace.com/maxtundra Tommy Metz - 10pm - http://www.myspace.com/tommymetz Hideous Men - 9pm - http://www.myspace.com/hideousmen Larimer Lounge Nov 21st 21+, $12
Bocumast Album Review: Flashbulb Fires Makes Eagles Wet Themselves. Band: Flashbulb Fires Album: Glory Label: TwentySomething Records Polished, bright, comfortable. Soda drenched alternative glides, full, electric and solid. First thoughts distraught pains, send needle arms through brain pockets, blown out conscious memory and worry. Three listens deep, "Glory" grows out like a two-headed tumor. And the name, well whats in a name these days. The name sticks out like pink cotton candy in a pink bowl, browned at the edges for over eager snack havers, or simply the hungry foster kids at all the malls, waiting for something to pick them up or give them a dollar for standing still. Taken by tides in time, sounds stand still, patient and relaxed, horns bust through cracks of reverberation, and sultry stacks built from hair and waves. At points thoughts of arcades and fires or even parades of wolves shelved at medium levels peaking out plays in the cold with bats made of fruit. Believable, poignant and elastic, drips of weather lash out at dollops of sewn sweater patches. Not to be confused for an appetizer or even dessert, "Glory" is a main course. Special taste forms into function a directive craft lasting out in spaces through "Ambulance." Soft animals sleep to portions of beautiful "blind leading the blind." Stomp your neighbors trolls and build a campfire using only matches to "heavy hands." Take this as seriously as they do and you will enjoy it. Its not just for the gooey mall-goers, waiting, standing still in corners. "Glory" will make you run until you run out of breath. Status: Recommended Check them out here: flashbulbfires.com myspace.com/flashbulbfires -Flashbulb Fires will be performing at the Hi Dive on Dec.18 2009 for their album release party.
Don't you love when you stumble across a band (or musician) that your like "holy shit I can't believe this! WTF! OMG! Holy buckets of gold this is insane! I fucking can't believe what is going on in my ear holes right now! Someone end me cuz this is too good to be true! Shit-ass oh my gosh!!!!"? We'll that happened to me recently with this guy. Loops haunt is honestly one of the best sound crafters I've heard in a while. So check it out and turn it up! Unfortunately I think he just took down his demo. Try and find it cuz it's incredible. But myspace will do for now until he releases something:
Listen to "Huarache" and "Impact Omnihammer". So sick.
Its not too often in this world of ours that we get a gift such as this. Its not too often that even those around us, above or below, get to share in those gifts. The following radio show is a gift in itself. We are honored to feature Bocumast artists on the program and simply cannot wait to tune in every sunday from 4-6: I'm speaking, of course, about SPIRITS REJOICE featuring music new and old from the best of the best, the amazingly avant garde, and the simplistically experimental. Spirits Rejoice sets new standards in Radio experience. It values the raw power of music and sound, exposing the emotional underbelly that is what Cecil Taylor called "the life blood of music." From the extraterrestrial flights of Sun Ra to the explosive emotion of Peter Brotzmann, this show aims to please and succeeds. I encourage everyone to tune in. Lets keep this great music alive in our hearts, minds, eyes, and most of all, our ears. I cannot express the simple joy in the experience of this magic art form given new life through this amazing radio show. Tune In. Sundays 4-6pm, radio1190.org (1190 am Denver/Boulder: Voted Denver's Best Radio Station 2009). learn more about the show here: http://www.myspace.com/spiritsrejoice
Are you a fiend when it comes to slipper vibrations that make your chest feel as heavy as the stars are vast? Friday's lineup at Meadowlark is just that. I'll see you there cuz I know you just decided your going. http://www.myspace.com/hollagramz http://www.myspace.com/hideousmen http://www.myspace.com/greencarpetedstairs http://www.myspace.com/blessedwater
Heads up! When the snow clears on Friday OCT 30, make your way to the Hi Dive in Denver, CO for a special event featuring Bocumast artists, Natural Selection performing with Snake Rattle Rattle Snake and Hallelujah the Hills. Find more info here: http://www.hi-dive.com to purchase the natural selection album "Lasers in the Jungle" try clicking on the button below. That should work.
Yes. You guessed it. The time has come for the people of the world to inject a bunch of awesomeness into their ear holes. This awesomeness might make you cry. Or even make you feel compelled to donate $100,000 to Hunter Dragon out of pure gratitude. None the less, this awesomeness will make you appreciate all aspects of our universe. We are proud to announce the new ep from Hunter Dragan called "So Be It". Where does the title come from you might ask? Well we asked hunter himself and he denied our interview cuz he was saving a bunch of children from starvation (ladies take note what a wonderful guy Hunter is!!!). So we came up with a story ourselves. He simply said "So Be It" when he realized this was his best work so far in his 65 years of existence on earth. Actually I think he is 26 or close to that. Anyways, it's a better story than the truth I'll bet. Please support this dude with your purchase at iTunes, emusic or wherever else online. It's only $4!! And stay tuned for his release party hopefully happening in December. http://www.myspace.com/hunterdragon
We are super stoked to help announce a new record label out of Denver. It's called "Laserpalace" and its run by our great friend and fellow Bocumast artist Thundercade (one half of BDRMPPL, one half of Hideous Men, and part Cougar Leg) and his wife Kristi (other half of Hideous Men)! They just put out their first tape release last week. A split between BDRMPPL and Alphabets, these cassettes were hand painted by Ryan Riss in very limited fashion. So go grab one while they last.
These releases will be available for digital download via bocumast in the near future. Visit laserpalace.com for info on current/future releases!
Jon Solomon reviews Naima's Grass Pajamas by The Bottesini Project on Bocumast Records available for digital download now: "On the Bottesini Project's outstanding self-titled debut, leader and saxophonist Paul Riola recruited high-caliber musicians like Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker and drummer Scott Amendola to play on tunes that were largely improvised. For its followup, Naima's Grass Pajamas, Riola assembled a new cast of players, among them Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, bassist Keenan Wayne, guitarist Janet Feder and laptop wizard CacheFlowe, to create an equally vivid collection of tunes that stemmed from a day of collective improvising. As Riola puts it, the tracks were then reconstructed during mixing to tell a more coherent and cohesive story. While it's intriguing to hear Cline in a completely different environment than, say, performing with the Nels Cline Singers, the other players make equally compelling contributions to this disc, which wonderfully straddles the organic and electronic." go here for more.