Weekend Round-up: The Best of Week 16
by juli boggs
Here you have it. The best of the best of the best of week 16, 2011.
Starting with some craziness, TV On The Radio bassist Gerard Smith died this week, age 36. He was diagnosed with lung cancer shortly after the group finished recording their recently released album Nine Types of Light. Reason number infinity to not smoke, ya hear?
The Project of punk-centric illustrator Rita Gomez, Wasted Rita is full of crude line illustrations and snarky one-liners that I can’t get over. Looks like something you would pull out of a junior high boy’s math notebook, but cooler. She’s definitely refined a certain scumy something and I love it. Feature image seen above is also hers.
Kyle Fields is an illustrator whose style reminds me a lot of Marcel Dzama. Sweet, surreal figures with an underlying spookiness. Really love the clean lines and smooth colors. Gives the image a lot of space without looking sparse.
One more band piling onto the growing mountain of dreamy weird goth pop, here comes Montreal’s Claire Boucher of Grimes. Citing influences from “R&B, Industrial, goth, hip hop and Western medieval organum,” (your bet is as good as mine) this synthy melodic track is off her just-released split Dark Bloom with fellow Montreal artist d’Eon, out now via Hippos In Tanks/ Arbutus.
Listen up! Grimes – Vanessa
If you can’t get enough of that grimey sound, tune in to this fuzzed out synth track from Atlanta, GA artist Washed Out. “You and I” is pulled from his upcoming debut Within and Without, due out on Sub Pop this July. With the help of Ben Allen, co-producer of Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion and Gnarls Barkley’s St. Elsewhere, “You and I” shares that same textured depth that gives your ears something to chew on (yowza). Sound familiar? Washed Out is also the creator of the theme song for IFC’s new series Portlandia, which I positively cannot get enough of.
Listen up! Washed Out – You And I
One final track to kick off your weekend, this one’s by a group from Oregon (hippies) known fantastically as Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Combining elements of funk, soul and psych, it feels pretty good. Their debut is due out this June on Fat Possum, the only label to ever tout the honest motto “We’re Trying Our Best.” Love it.
Listen up! Unknown Mortal Orchestra – How Can U Love Me