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Fall down the rabbit hole with the Claypool Lennon Delirium

Just when you think things couldn’t get any weirder, along comes the joint venture of Sean Lennon and Les Claypool, in the form of The Claypool Lennon Delirium. Claypool, of course, was the driving force behind Primus, and Sean Lennon shares John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s DNA, so there’s that. In addition, though, they make a pretty good rock-psych band.

They’ve released a lyric video for their single “Cricket & The Genie (Movement I, The Delirium)”. Prepare to be mesmerized by the changing kaleidoscope of colors for the video, to say nothing of the album artwork:

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The Monolith of Phobos is an actual thing: It’s a big rock, like a monolith, on the surface of Mars’ moon Phobos.

Meanwhile, Claypool calls his and Lennon’s collaboration a “glorious freak stew:”

“Sean is a musical mutant after my own heart. He definitely reflects his genetics — not just the sensibilities of his dad but also the abstract perspective and unique approach of his mother.”

The Claypool Lennon Delirium will be on a U.S. tour throughout the summer, supported by JJUUJJUU, Chicano Batman and the Dean Ween Group.

Monolith of Phobos is out June 3 on ATO Records.

Tracklist via Consequence of Sound:

Monolith of Phobos:

01. The Monolith of Phobos
02. Cricket And The Genie (Movement I, The Delirium)
03. Cricket And The Genie (Movement II, Oratorio Di Cricket)
04. Mr. Wright
05. Boomerang Baby
06. Breath of a Salesman
07. Captain Lariat
08. Oxycontin Girl
09. Bubbles Burst
10. There’s No Underwear In Space
11. Ohmerica

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TEEN masters the ’80s cable-access TV look for the video ‘Free Time’

You have to admire TEEN for doing things exactly how they want. The Brooklyn-based female quartet has always leaned toward the abstract, warped side of things, mixing space rock with indie-pop and ’70s psychedelic ephemera. No one makes music quite like TEEN, and they go all in, right down to their new video for “Free Time,” below.

The purple-hazy video features dancer Becca Kauffman from Ava Luna, and who also directs the video, which was shot straight to VHS (!) by Mika Altskan at Rollgate Studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

According to Kauffman:

‘Free Time’” was inspired by the 1980’s public access television performances of R. Stevie Moore, the post-punk choreographer Michael Clark’s videodance collaborations with his musical contemporaries, and the barebones production quality and interpretive dance accompaniment to Sid Harvey Fisher’s Astrology Songs.

Listen to “Free Time,” “All About Us” and “Tokyo” on Soundcloud:

“Free Time” is off their new album Love Yes, out now on Carpark Records. They’ve kicked off their North American tour and will perform at SXSW on March 16-20.

Feb 19 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar

Feb 20 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s

Feb 21 Chicago, IL @ Hideout Inn

Feb 22 Cincinnati, OH @ Monday Night at the Comet

Feb 24 New Haven, CT @ BAR FREE SHOW

Feb 25 Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen

Feb 26 Stony Brook, NY @ Stony Brook University

Feb 27 Hudson, NY @ Half Moon

Mar 09 Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5

Mar 10 Asheville, NC @ Tiger Mountain

Mar 11 Charleston, SC @ Tin Roof

Mar 12 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn

Mar 13 Birmingham, AL @ Syndicate Lounge

Mar 14 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
Mar 16-20 Austin, TX @ SXSW

Mar 21 El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace

Mar 24 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress

Mar 25 San Diego, CA @ Whistle Stop Bar

Mar 26 Los Angeles, CA @ Breezer Vol. I at Fais Do-Do

Mar 28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

Mar 29 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive

Mar 31 Omaha, NE @ O’Leaver’s

Apr 01 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s

Apr 02 Grand Rapids, MI @ Ladyfest GR

Apr 04 Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar

Apr 05 Toronto, ON @ The Silver Dollar Room

 

 

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Hear Bibio’s stained-glass view of life in “Feeling”

Bibio (Stephen Wilkinson) is streaming two new songs before his seventh album, “A Mineral Love,” drops April 1 on Warp Records.

Wilkinson’s song “Feeling” takes on a distinct ’70s feel with the opening saxophone notes, but funky guitar hoists a hefty pile of soul onto Wilkinson’s wide-ranging vocals. Bibio smartly blends even more layers of genres into “Feeling,” through swirling experimental synth notes and new-R&B feel. Wilkinson directed the dizzying, psychedelic video.

Bibio shared his thoughts on the new album, emphasizing his love for making records and using influences that reach back to the ’60s. Wilkinson also says A Mineral Love is meant to celebrate “human insecurities” and his need for “variety.” Wilkinson, who taught himself how to write music and play instruments, says the entire album is free of samples, although he wants it to have that “sampled” sound.

He ends his note by saying his music is “just a view through my stained-glass telescope.”

“This album celebrates the sacred and precious struggles of human insecurities through many windows of familiar musical forms. It’s also a celebration of my love of the craft of record making, drawing influences from many sources across all decades from the late sixties to the present. All these referential forms have a twist, some are more full on cocktails.

The album as a whole is an unashamed expression of my fondness of, and need for, variety. The juxtapositions between tracks are well considered and I’m comfortable with them – this is how I enjoy music. This is not a purist record, it is not trying to authentically recreate a specific time or genre but rather use familiar forms as a common language to communicate new ideas and new messages. I want to sing about struggle and tragedy with warmth, sympathy and respect. I want sadness to have bittersweet hope. 

The whole album was made from scratch with no samples from other records. I partly want it to sound like sampled records, but by crafting every single detail myself and colouring it to have familiar textures that resonates people’s forgotten memories. I enjoy the challenge of writing songs that reference the unique qualities and colours of music from different eras. It’s all guesswork though, I have no real reliable knowledge of why certain records sound the way they do, I taught myself how to play instruments, write music and produce. This album is my personal, filtered take on those forms and qualities. Some tracks are influenced by records I listen to often and some from ghosts of memories of things I heard while growing up, like ’70s/’80s American TV themes or ’90s dance. Sometimes a filtered and tinted memory of a period is a more exciting source of inspiration than close study and mimicry.

 I feel this album is built more from those memories and an exposure to music of many styles rather than close analytical study of any particular one. I think that’s why it all sounds like me, regardless of the deliberate references and nods to artists and records of the past. It is after all just a view through my stained-glass telescope.”

Watch the video for “Feeling” below:

No less impressive is Bibio’s warbly and jazz-influenced song “Petals.” It sounds entirely different from “Feeling,” which may indicate the variety of sounds Wilkinson is seeking on A Mineral Love.

A MINERAL LOVE TRACKLIST:
01. Petals
02. A Mineral Love
03. Raxeira
04. Town & Country
05. Feeling
06. The Way You Talk (Featuring Gotye)
07. With The Thought Of Us
08. Why So Serious? (Featuring Olivier St. Louis)
09. C’est La Vie
10. Wren Tails
11. Gasoline & Mirrors (Featuring Wax Stag)
12. Saint Thomas
13. Light Up The Sky

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