Ghostly Updates: Com Truise Conceptualizes, HTRK Find “Blue Sunshine,” and Tobacco Fans Crash Hotline

Ghostly International WallpaperThree recent creative outputs from Ghostly International have captured my ears and peaked my interest in the last couple of weeks. While I’ve yet to try the Ghostly Huron River Roast, these are three upcoming and released projects by some of the finest of the first quarter of 2014 on the record label.  Whether you still envision Tom Cruise when listening to Com Truise, don’t know how to pronounce HTRK (hint, it’s Hate Rock) or you’re trolling 1-900 numbers with Black Moth Super Rainbow’s Tobacco, these three artists have some great tricks up their sleeves that I’m happy to listen to in between recording, report on, and share here.

11183LPjacket(2010)-Wave1OLAccessible sci-fi textures and analogue melodies brilliantly find their way into Com Truise’s recent concept EP Wave 1. Released February 18th, the extended play finds New Jersey artist Seth Haley expounding upon the 2011 LP Galactic Melt concept about the world’s first synthetic/robotic astronaut. Outstandingly structured, the songs sequence uniquely as a narrative that instrumentally explores a universe the project is named after. Auditory, the songs encompass musical power as well as evoke lighthearted imaginary visuals. Electronics soar through up-tempo floor stomps like “Mind” and the polished throwback pop-vibed “Declination (featuring Joel Ford),” eventually segueing into the shining “Subsonic” and slower title-track. Wave 1 is available now through Ghostly. Com Truise is also on tour.

HTRKJonnine Standish and Nigel Yang bravely recorded the eight songs embodied on Psychic 9-5 Club on their own after the death of Sean Stewart, which makes sultry-laced HTRK release a bittersweet one. Nevertheless, the project’s lead single “Blue Sunshine” dismally flickers against gleaming minimalist-production, leading the song to pour soul-ripping emotion about turmoil that yearns for a healthy dose of inner peace, dying to have it. Ghostly states that a theme of love runs throughout this release and lyrically, Psychic 9-5 Club contains an over all theme of “exploring the complexities of sexuality and the body’s reaction to personal loss, though there’s room for wry humour—a constant through much of the best experimental Australian music of the past few decades.” The album is currently up for pre-order at Ghostly, and is due out April 1st, 2014.

Tobacco Ultima II Massage 2020kFellow Pittsburgh Native and 2020k favorite Tobacco announced a new record called Ultima II Massage, which will be his first release on Ghostly (Fucked Up Friends and Maniac Meat were released on Anticon). While no new material has fully surfaced, the artist did display some new sonic ground through a short-lived hotline number that debuted on his Facebook page yesterday. The 1-844-TOBAXXO number was instantly crushed with calls and forced offline, but expanded upon the wonderfully immoderate display of character that accompanies Tobacco videos and shows (and sometimes gets him into trouble). Within the four lubricious and vulgar recording options to choose from contained buzzy synthesized beats and a prank call conversation that contained two Western Pennslyvania “Yinzers” discussing various hilarity. While the number might come back eventually, Radcult.net is currently prepping for and vinyl pre-orders, as well as offering new T-shirts that are available now. A first round of tour dates have also been announced.

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The State of 2020k blog

2020k

Hello there.

I’m happy to share with you that over the last few months, I’ve been working on a project that is shaping up to be what will become my first full length record. More than a handful of songs have been crafted through hours of solitude in my studio, during hour long commutes to and from work, through small iPhone notes in the middle of dinner, in the dead of night, in the early morning, some with friends, some alone.

Fruition of some of this music to your ears is tentative for this year.

Live performance is imminent.

The artist in me has such an urge for creation. It’s an urge that can no longer be ignored – the pressure needs release.

This blog will update less frequently. The focus of it from here on out will be directed more toward infrasound articles, interviews, information regarding innovative projects, and sometimes shorter, but potent content (my articles at ATV, OTM, and Netlabelism will remain spaciously in tact).

Keeping in contact (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr) won’t change, in fact I encourage you to keep the conversation going. It drives me. The best part of technology is having a mutual platform to exchange words, images, ideas, etc. That said, these outlets will still contain things that inspire me, as well as be a space to communicate as much as possible with you. Follow them for developments as they come about.

Even more, I’m resigning my full time position as a customer service representative to completely dedicate my life to music. This is not a move I recommend to anyone. It’s risky. I’m hoping the customers that interact with me and sometimes purposefully hurt my feelings will understand. But, I’m hoping even more that the readers and supporters of my work will follow and enjoy this metamorphosis. Ultimately, this is for you.

With that said, thank you for reading this. I appreciate each and every one of you more than I can express. As soon as I can, I promise to assault your ears with audible touches, Contagious lyrics, and more as projects complete.

RJ

All proceeds donated to the 2020k EP will go toward creative funding. Download.

Keep updated at twenty20k.com

I WILL WIN A FUCKING GRAMMY. MULTIPLE GRAMMY AWARDS. ALL OF THE GRAMMY’S.

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Infrasound: xSDTRK’s Party is Filled With Sharp Knife “Chaos”

xSDTRK Chaos ArtWant nightmares? Check out the artwork for Yonatan Ayal, aka xSDTRK‘s latest musical piece, “Chaos”.

Want to live those nightmares? Those awesome, dense electronic nightmares? Listen to the song itself, created by multi-instrumentalist.

As part of an upcoming project called the Canvas EP, “Chaos” reigns in a progressive look inside an electronic world that’s seemingly un-illuminated, built from disillusioned party talk, and scorched inside unfeigned pandemonium. xSDTRK paints the after-hours feeling of combatant disruption through a progressive song structure, bordering along a more impenetrable expansion of Burial experimentation, and a lingering vibe that’s reminiscent of the quiet moments in “Tetsuo: The Bullet Man Theme [listen]” from industrial-crossover veterans Nine Inch Nails.

All roots aside, Ayal’s capability as a producer and composer continue to show absolute strength, and countless instances of sonic expansion that portray kosher despair in deeply emotive blood, as much as it shows technically skill.

Jump into the Chaos below, grab the free download, and follow xSDTRK on Twitter and Facebook.

Welcome to the party.

If you missed our feature on Toronto based xSDTRK last year [here], then here’s your chance to hop on board again.

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Northern Lights: The Foreign Films, Colornoise, Ohio, Morgan Doctor

The Foreign Films

This is a monthly infrasound guest post by Amber Waves over at Open ‘Til Midnight. Inside of these issues are five tracks – mostly independent acts from Canada – that have found their way onto Waves’ radar. Be sure to check out this month’s posting by 2020k on OTM’s blog monthly as well with the same premise, called Hidden Gems.

Happy February, 2020k!  If you’re reading this on posting day, allow me a little pride strut as Team Canada is leading the medals board for the first time EVER.  Rah!  Aren’t our skiing sisters the coolest?  I adore their support of each other.

Being as I’m feeling a little international, allow me to share a mix of tracks from all over the world to brighten those snowy commutes (or, for you lucky souls in warmer climates, accompany your sunshine-y days) and get you grooving.

“In Between Living And Dying” – Morgan Doctor

With an impressive resume stretching back to age 10, when she first laid hands on drumsticks, Toronto’s Morgan Doctor is a force to be reckoned with.  Having shared stages and touring line-ups with The Cliks, Cyndi Lauper, Tegan and Sara and Andy Kim, Morgan also creates her own solo works.  On her third album, Major Over Minor, Doctor locked herself away and chose to craft an instrumental album.  The results are subtly confessional and intriguing listens.  Have a listen to one of my favourites, a tune evocative of the darkest days of the year.

“Fall Of The Summer Heart” – The Foreign Films

Hamilton’s The Foreign Films has carved out this wonderful new genre of sound you might call “cutting-edge nostalgic”. Blending the timeless sounds of the 60′s greats who created a path for generations of artists with ingenious electronic elements, the man behind the moniker — Bill Majoros — has built a world where the familiar pulls the heart in while the innovative engages the mind.  Foreshadowing his forthcoming new album, single “Fall Of The Summer Heart” is a 13-minute song cycle and it’s stunning — the ambitiousness of the concept truly pays off for listeners.

“No Name” – Colornoise

Costa Rica’s Colornoise bill themselves as experimental noise rock, but don’t mistake them for the hipster sort of the genre (I’m looking at you, old school Sonic Youth).  Think of them more as the introspective stoners who toe the line between traditional prog and more of a meandering post-rock.  Their latest album, Polychronic is a series of cautionary messages about societal control, conformity and a failure to embrace what we love fully.

“Face To Face” – Ohio

Contrary to their moniker, Ohio hails from Toronto, although the sly hints of rockabilly beneath their synth rock might conjure up the Delta more readily than the dusted hills of snow I glare at on my daily commute.  Known for their playful and sardonic lyrical sense (aside:  they’ve written a song about Rob Ford — excited, RJ?), “Face To Face” is an odd track with no album to call home that doesn’t want to belong to your status quo of albums anyway.  So there.

“Stand By Me” – Playing For Change

This song isn’t new.  This version is six years old.  So why am I sharing it right now?

Well, it’s a bad-ass cover.  Let’s be real.  It’s true to the original without lacking in its own spirit and flavour.  What makes it truly remarkable and inspiring at this time is the way it was assembled:  each musician was added piece by piece as the song traveled the globe.  The result:  a piece of music that unites us all in message and in its existence alone.

In thinking of Sochi and the atrocious way LGBTQ people are being treated, in examining the highly questionable financial decisions made by Russia and the pockets lined, it’s heartwarming to see our athletes focused on sports, on a universal language of hope and hard work.  It’s amazing to see artists like tatu take a risk and push the limits of restraint.

No matter where you are, 2020k readers, stand by the ones you love and the ones who need our love all over the world.

Be sure to swing by Open ‘Til Midnight, where 2020k shares his own highlights of the month! 

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Infrasound: “Lydia” by Jessica Bassett

Jessica Bassett Lydia
Someone tries out for American Idol and was rejected by the judges. This is a predictable bedtime story. Since the beginning of the shows run on Fox, we’ve seen talentless gimmicks pushed through to the audition process while worthwhile talent is pushed aside. It’s an obvious attempt at ratings that unfortunately causes enough mild-mannered humor for ratings to skyrocket each year. It’s a shame. We all watch with disappointment each year as talent is turned away and can’t do a thing about it but yell at the TV and continue gushing over the celebrity judges (I do love Jennifer Lopez).

For once we’re seeing a revival of this wrongdoing through the success of an original song called “Lydia” that 22 year old Jessica Bassett elegantly sang in front of the national audience. She was turned away, but her song, which was released on iTunes on Friday February 7th, 2014 has skyrocketed through the Apple charts in Canada and the United States.

2020k Fun fact: The last entry in my teenage journal contemplates trying out the American Idol audition process, only to come to terms at the end of its entry that the disillusioned process and strict winning contracts would cause more artistic imprisonment than one could bargain for. A few days ago, I contemplated once more with friends before ultimately coming to the same conclusion. Jessica’s success only reinforces this notion that hard work does not go unnoticed.

It seems that a lot of this wouldn’t be possible without the help of Ellen DeGeneres, who’s went to bat for her  the second the American Idol judges declined to progress Bassett along. In fact, a quick Google of the songwriter and song title pulls up almost The Ellen Show links exclusively.

We’re here to give her an extra push. This song is too good to be ignored and we want more.

In Jessica’s words, the song’s inspiration is a cinch, but it’s delivery is anything but. “It was a couple months ago and my best friend Lydia had written on Facebook that she was having an awful day and that just didn’t sit well with me – she’s my best friend. So, I sent her a video of a song I was written and she loved it. It made her feel better, luckily.” Strictly guitar and vocals, the live performance of “Lydia” lies in a realm that recalls that of more accessible Stan Getz compositions or other jazz/pop wonders of yesterday, interpolated with a more 21st century vocal delivery.

Currently, Jessica Bassett has a phenomenal YouTube channel full of cover songs and a humble Twitter handle that shows she’s currently in the studio cooking up something.

“Lydia” and its artsy artwork is currently available for $0.99 on iTunes and is also streaming on Beats Music.

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t.A.T.u Perform “Not Gonna Get Us” at 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Sochi

tatusochiinstagramThe Forward thinking Russian synthpop duo t.A.T.u performed “Nas Ne Degonyat” at the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Sochi, Russia yesterday.

As part of a signature pro-LGBTQ movement the duo has stood for since the beginning of their careers (which was originally brought to surface by controversially taking on the role of  lesbians), the two held hands and were seemingly ready to kiss at the end of the show, instead opting for a more friendly, but politically effective conclusion to the song that speaks for young lovers who run away to cut ties with those who don’t understand their love.

Sound interesting, Putin?

The performance is ironic due to Russian politics so outrageously against homosexuality that it’s debatable to hold public demonstrations in favor of gay rights, speak in defense of gay rights and distribute material related to gay rights, or to state that gay relationships are equal to heterosexual relationships. See Madonna, who was sued for breaking a law that was passed in 2013 aiming to “ban promoting homosexuality to minors.” Eventually, the allegations were thrown out of court.

The performance continues to be ripped from video uploading services, so please continue to post links in the comments section of this article to keep it alive. The most updated link seems to come from Rutube.

“Nas Ne Dagonyat” was also an international hit in the English speaking world under a translated re-working of the song called “Not Gonna Get Us.”

The song was later mashed up with Queen’s “We Will Rock You” during the ceremony.

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Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Lindsey Buckingham’s 2014 Grammy Rehearsal Footage Leaks

Nine Inch Nails Queen of the Stoneage Lindsey Buckingham Dave Grohl Grammy 2014Of the arbitrary tweets from the 2020k account on the night of the 2014 Grammy Awards, an act of aggravation in regards to CBS cutting the outstanding Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, and Dave Grohl of Nirvana/Foo Fighters performance off in favor of advertisements was one of them. No regrets. Fist bump to the Rock it Out Blog. Click.

Later, Trent Reznor joined in, several full cut versions of the presentation were uploaded only to be removed for copyright reasons, and now we have full rehearsal footage on YouTube courtesy of a Nine Inch Nails archive website Reflecting In The Chrome.

Most likely, this footage will be taken down at some point, so grab a stream and a download before it’s too late. Hysterical moments include fake crowd noise and an announcement of Red by Taylor Swift for album of the year winner (the real winner that night was Random Access Memories by Daft Punk), but the performance is a seamless, superior rendering of the aired telecast.

The talented gang perform extraordinary versions of Nine Inch Nails’ “Copy of A” and Queens of the Stone Age’s “My God is the Sun”.

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