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Oakland based duo Plattenbau recently dropped their debut Body Of Desire via Glowing Dagger Records. Dustin Khebuzo (Bubonic Bear, Kerosene, Pale Shelter), and Megan Biscieglia (Bad Braids, Black Magic Family Band) working together combines disciplined industrial doom with elements of silky smooth goth touches. Remaining clear throughout, Plattenbau is a soundscape that represents DIY at its finest. The title track, "Body Of Desire" leaves quite a bit of open space to be filled with vocals that sync well with the backbone of the track. "Silent King" and "A Circle In The Fire" gives way to what it is they're exactly going for. What sets them apart is the intention, the crafting of the tracks. Slowed down and thought out Plattenbau has given us a complete package with a bright future ahead of them.
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You see the photo above? That’s him, five years ago. Another boy in black, another creep on the street, another vamp in the night. Five years passed so much change within so little time. He always saw the world as a fight, a battle, surrounded with psychological warfare, nothing ever felt right. He tried, and tried hard he did.
He was a boy with a camera, capturing moments of nothing. In Dan Gilroy’s film Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal had his throat cut and served to him for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This is of course the first twenty-two minutes of the film, the first quarter of the game. At halftime, he was capturing moments that carried weight. Enough weight to write on a platform that wasn’t and isn’t PG rated. The brother that built the label from the ground up provided that platform. A music critic’s heaven. That’s where the Ego lies, deep within online services. However, for the brother that constructed the label earned the right of the Ego. There is an art to the Ego that his brother perfected with grace. The brother and he aren’t the same, but similar in many different ways. Louis Bloom is a sociopath, a manipulator, a crazed soul in the night. What did Louis receive in the end? Success within business. In 1960, a quixotic company called Xanudu set out to build a two-way communication network between all computers-a sort of early, synchronous version of the World Wide Web. After more than three decades of futile effort, Xanudu folded just as the web was becoming commonplace. Louis never folded, he won the game. It’s not relevant, but that’s entirely the point.
In Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks played Captain John H. Miller, Vin Diesal played Private Caparzo, Adam Goldberg played Private Mellish, Barry Pepper played Private Jackson, Matt Damon played Private RYAN. The list goes on, but the point is that these are all men. Fiction or non-fiction, the point stands. That’s what he thinks about current day at punk shows when he sees 17-year-old kids with Swastika tattoos, MG 42 symbols, and bullets clipped on their key grip. We’re they on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944? We’re they in the 716th Infantry Divison manning the German MG 42’s turning US soldiers into folded meat? We’re they in the German tanks as the 21st Panzer Divison? No. It’s not their fault that they didn’t exist yet, however the thought of the men that gave their hearts to the beaches of Normandy that day never crossed their minds. The only man that did was Hitler, a man who created his own category of evil. The kids are the weak.
North County, a bubble of fiction. Boys he once knew are lost souls. Working retail for six years, trips to Indonesia, then working construction for the family. What was the line of thinking behind those decisions? Most likely, there was no thinking at all. This gives way to the typical Southwest Bro, usually surface area, and no depth whatsoever. This isn’t everyone in North County by any means, but the boys know that this is true. This saddens him, because he knows they could do better. A lot better, but they choose not to. Why? The question is unresolved. He lives with two men who worked their Asses off to get to where they are, and so did he. Is he better than them? No, but different. Surfing is the only sport you can do where you can completely escape reality. He goes alone on early weekday strike missions to the reefs of La Jolla. There is nothing out there but fog, kelp, and waves. Not a soul for miles. Weekday morning he’s there, giving it his all. But he does it for him, not anyone else. Surfing is an escape from reality, not a jock sport. This can raise debate, which it has at the 2014 Surfer Poll Awards when Noa Deane took stage with the entire Globe team accepting best surf film of the year and slurred FUCK THE WSL in front of the entire surf industry. Did he ruin his career? No, instead he got last part in Kai Neville’s new film Cluster. What does that say about surfing? It’s political. Much like business. Shakespeare proves the superior guide. Inside a firm, people become obsessed with their competitors for career advancement. Then the firms themselves become obsessed with their competitors in the marketplace. Amid all the human drama, people lose sight of what matters and focus on their rivals instead.
This writing can be written off now, if the audience chooses to do so. He views this online platform as his stage, his area of expression. The above is exactly that. If you call yourself a writer, you’re not supposed to care what people think, especially when you’re young. It’s hard to do, but if you achieve that you win the game. And I’ll still wear the black hat, but in a different way.
“A Punk band, a Post-Punk band. Capital P punk is not like a particular sound or look or fashion or anything it’s like a space that you exist in. It’s liberation. You can be a punk band and sound like anything in my opinion. It’s more about not putting yourself into a corner.” These are the words of Jake Casarotti, drummer of Bay Area band CEREMONY. The L-Shaped Man, a conceptual record to say the least, considering the titles of the tracks and the order they lie in. CEREMONY is here to tell their story. Open spaces aren’t filled; the five-piece band has a knack of maintaining discipline with a minimal approach. Tracks like “Exit Fears” and “Your Life in France” one can hear those open spaces that reference Hot Snakes’ Suicide Invoice considering John Reis produced the record. Ben Moore was behind the decks as main engineer, recorded entirely at BIG FISH STUDIOS. CEREMONY knows exactly what it is their going for. Capital P punk isn’t a genre; it’s a space you exist in.
5. ONLY YOU (PART 1)
6. ONLY YOU (PART 2)
7. HOTEL MOVIE (PART 1)
8. LAFAYETTE HOTEL MOVIE (PART 2)
9. LEONARDO DICAPRIO
10. JAMES FRANCO
11. MARK RUFFALO
12. PAT BUCHANAN 1992
13. TECH BOOM BAY
14. DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH
15. MOULIN ROUGE
16. NATALIE PORTMAN SELLING THE WORLD
17. THE LIGHTS ARE BACK ON
18. ELIMINATION ENTIRELY
ALL ORIGINAL PHOTOS EXCEPT IMAGES 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17
A violet light flickers, glam clad button downs are worn, and luscious atmospheres are filled. A temple on the hill is built as an empire to be knocked down by pop rock stars. The late 1960’s movement is redefined and packaged as what Oracular Spectaculars could have been. Those days are in the past, Temples presents the future.
A night spent walking down the zone a tone is formed that cannot be replaced. Only you can control thoughts that make you feel a certain way. That how James Bagshaw felt when he released his four songs on the Internet just two years ago with fellow band mate Thomas Warmsley. Back in 2012, psych was led by bands like Tame Impala with nothing more than a Epiphone rarity and a barefoot beat intertwined with a sense of darkness. In 2014 Temples shined the light on psychedelia and made it bright again. MGMT did this in 2008 with a dream left drenched in DAYGLO. Temples dug it out and customized a twilight reality. That reality is lived through nights in venues, a drink or three, a collection of Gretsch equipment, a Heavenly record label, a lengthy drive, a studio.
Sun Structures is how to thread a sound and maintain continuity throughout. With James working as his own producer, the quartet collectively share the same vision with streams of consciousness’s continuously coordinating. The album is twelve glitter covered gold tracks with each one building in sound. It’s a full sound, all instruments sharing equal parts with guitar and keyboard melodies standing out of the violet room leading the lights tuned and dropped out. We dropped out and didn’t really care as long as that fire continues to burn. That inspiration is there and sometimes you might have to wait for the arrival connection. The connection that only we understand. The elite.
A track like “Mesmerise” fills the chest with warmth and a pearl cool that cannot be put into words really. Other than the words I just wrote. A track like “Move With The Season” makes you want to make moves towards that DAYGLO dream drenched in sweat and glam because we are rock stars over here. I don’t really care about things otherwise because there isn’t anything else but the truth screaming out and lies left in the wake. It’s called clarity control. Fall is here and leaves will fall on the ground.
The ground gathers this review back in order as a full completion. Nonetheless Temples created an album that will galvanize a movement if you choose to follow or join or whatever you want to think about it. The future holds the light Temples just knocked it down. Go ahead and go pick it up.
Syro is a boy in a living room with blue carpet, an off centered couch, a lamp, a broken TV screaming static in the distance. Bells and wind chimes move slowly out on the porch. A computer is on with a list of plans in order to complete the next Aphex Twin album. A boy said Sigh Ro and out it came.
Aphex Twin's Syro is a complicated piece of work to contemplate. Consisting of twelve tracks the album holds a collection of songs that fit an unusual dynamic. Whether it be the amount of gear Richard James used, the titles of the songs, or the artwork. A mystique is represented that could parallel to the 41st Century.
Back in the 1990’s, James was known as an influence sponge, a genius that could take ideas and run them through his highly idiosyncratic filter. Part of this is the fact that he could make piano music more beautiful, pop more unsettling, jungle weirder etc. Syro absorbs all these sounds, but in a more confident way than before, there are no “Girl/Boy Song” or “Come to Daddy” but a collection of material that can ring a bell with non-electronic music listeners. This is easily proved on tracks like “produk 29 ” and “aisatsana ". The artwork proves my point of confidence as this is presented as a one man show, a complete list of what it took to make Syro come to life. I guess branding is everything for electronic musicians. Read the fine print above.
The equipment and spaces involved range from a Cirklon Sequencer to a C-Shaped Room. James’ sound sounded good in 1996, but not quite this good. The upgrade to better machines parlays to the backbone of the album. Momentum. The tricks used in sequencing are identifiable as the accents dance on or around the beat. Each track is carefully crafted and presented with titles one may find in a sacred geometry textbook from the late 19th Century.
Syro holds a math sense, a sense of confidence, a sense of perfected sound. It’s not like James completely went away, he returned with clarity control. That fall day when clouds were above and the wind chimed with the sounds of bells. That boy who sighed Sigh Ro.