3 Discoveries of Lukas Foote No. 3

Tonight I had an epiphany. It was as if an enormous, hazy cloud was lifted from my vision and my thoughts were clearer. I instantly felt the need to rush back to my Mac and beginning banging away at yet, another 3 Discoveries. Maybe it was the Hank Moody Blundstone’s I copped that inspired me, or it was taking a break from binge watching Seinfeld, but I finally found some time to type.

Lately, I haven’t been enthused on many musical releases, with the exception of a few-track EP’s. I’ve found myself recently searching through my Father’s old CD collection in hopes of finding old tunes, but new for me. That in it’s self has been pretty amusing. However, between rummaging through old classic Dad-Rock that our parents probably got high to in the 80’s, and the music that’s happening down in Atlanta, without further adieu- here are my 3 Discoveries of this week:

Hell or High Water by David Duchovny

David Duchovny: AKA Hank Moody/Fox Mulder/Denise Bryson/J.P Prewitt. Whether you may know him as an alcoholic novelista federal agent that battles extraterrestrialstransgendered FBI agent or a deranged hand model, you can now add musician to the list because Duchovny now has formed a rather trite Dad-Rock band. David Duchovny’s self-titled band is to release a début LP entitled “Hell or High Water” (a term that I have also heard from my newfie Father use about to participate in a pub-crawl). David Duchovny’s band, which is backed by the Berklee College of Music, could be described as Americana-Classic Rock with the vocal melody similar to one of a Kurt Vile. What I find really appeasing about David Duchovny’s band is that Duchovny isn’t trying to play rock star. And by that I mean David Duchovny admits that he isn’t really a “true musician”, but rather just a guy who can strum a couple chords. It’s pretty cool that he views his newly formed band as just another extension of his artistic creativity and nothing more or nothing less.

Below is the self-titled single of his new record due out this spring.

The L-Shaped Man by Ceremony

When I first heard the singles simultaneously released off The L-Shaped Man – The Separation + The Understanding I was very much intrigued. The simple, yet catchy guitar riff had me captivated. Then once Your Life in France was dropped, I begun to notice the pattern that I hoped the whole L-Shaped Man album would be. That pattern being simplistic drums, deep bass, repetitive guitar riffs and droning vocals. That sentence isn’t meant to be satirical; I honestly hoped the whole album would be similar to the two singles. The L-Shaped man came out May 15th on Matador Records and has been on repeat ever since on my Spotify. Despite the incredibly low Pitchfork Review of 3.3, I believe this album is a tentative release from the Rohnet Park band. What’s really interesting about Ceremony that I particularly like is how each album they release is completely different from the previous. If you take a look at where the band is at today since Violence Violence, its rather note worthy and needs to be acknowledged. I personally think where Ceremony’s new sound is at today is the best it’s ever been.

The Crucifixion of Rapper, Extraordinaire Slug Christ by Slug † Christ

This pick in rap this month is straight from the ATL, and apparently I’ve been sleeping on the rap scene in Atlanta, Georgia. Slug Christ is a white, redneck-looking Southern Georgian rapper. Solely based on appearance, you wouldn’t think so however. Slugga is part of the Atlanta based record label: Awful Records, from whom home such up and coming artists of 2015 like Father, Keith Spacebar and most notably ILoveMakkonnen. Slug Christs’ raps however aren’t for anyone. He has a unique homegrown style. He admits that his style of rap isn’t for most people so you either love it or hate it. Slug Christ’s raps could be described as a guy that takes too much xanax and has some deep-rooted depression issues. Slug’s latest release on May 5th titled: The Crucifixion of Rapper, Extraordinaire Slug Christ is a third follow up to his other mixtapes: IGLESIA: Olde Testament and I feel the Sadness in My Legs and The Happy in My Head. Slug Christ in Rapper, Extraordinaire is finally self-proclaimed “crucified”, where as the other two earlier releases were just preludes leading up to his crucifixion. As you can tell, Slug is a pretty eccentric and dramatic type of dude. But between the visuals that accompany him in his music videos and his original delivered rap flow, Slug Christ is one to convert to.

Text by Lukas Foote

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Ripped/ Twisted by Thumbuster

Sheffield now has its very own super-group in the form of Thumbuster, a three-piece comprising of members from Radical Boy (Harry Plomer), Nai Harvest (Lew Currie) and Best Friends (Ed Crisp). Ripped/ Twisted stars on the trio’s debut EP, recorded at Delicious Clam Studios (set up by Thumbuster’s very own Ed Crisp). I have been singing my own mumbly version of the track all day – I think they should release Ripped/ Twisted as their single and have my mumbly version as their b-side. On Friday I braved a downpour to get to Thumbuster’s very first show, alongside Long Limbs and The Orielles. I then drank copious amounts of alcohol and continued to tell main-man Harry about my plan to “kidnap” him from his job at our local convenience store; an idea that was first planted in my head by my dad – a fine artist trapped in a 9 to 5 office job. I will then continue to free other artists/ musicians who have to work dead end jobs and lots of super-groups will be formed!

Amitriptyline by Long Limbs

Next up, is Sheffield’s Long Limbs! I walked in slightly late to their show supporting The Orielles at The Rocking Chair but got instantly excited by them! I also want to note that The Rocking Chair later served me the strongest “single rum and coke” I have ever had at a pub. Long Limbs have released Amitriptyline and b-side Fan Fic via Delicious Clam Records!

Heroines by Free Cake For Every Creature

May5to12songs is a song-a-day project starring Bellows, Eskimeaus, LVL UP, 100%, Told Slant, Small Wonder and Free Cake For Every Creature! With 7 new uploads of musical goodness each day it has been hard to pick a track to feature but I have gone for Heroines by Free Cake For Every Creature (AKA Katie Bennett)! She also has a song called ‘(I Can’t Wait To) Walk Outside After It Rains’ and it features one of my current favourite song lyrics “roast the whole bulb of garlic and plop it in my pasta”. I love garlic.

Text by Lar Eade-Green

Issue #5 of Discoveries

3 Discoveries of Lukas Foote No. 2

As a contributor and avid music lover I try to shed light on various genres of music, especially when it comes to my personal write-ups on the ‘3 Discoveries’ section. My objective in these discoveries is to showcase different bands or artists from a vast amount of different genres, ranging anywhere from our familiarity of lo-fi pop to even trap or other forms of hip-hop. I discover a wide array of music daily, and each 3 Discoveries on my behalf will uphold a very versatile musical taste each contribution. I hope each and every reader may find some sort of attraction to the music on hand, even if it may appear outlandish.

Here are my are my 3 Discoveries this week…

Sad Sack by Milk Teeth

Milk Teeth are a 4-piece punk band from Bristol, UK. Although they self proclaim they are punk, you could call them even grunge in this day and age. Milk Teeth are pretty distinctive and could be compared to the likes of old-school Title Fight. Sad Sack was released this year back in April and has been playing aloud on my Spotify repetitively this past month. What makes Milk Teeth a force to be reckoned with is their prominent vocal chemistry between members Becky (Bass/Vox) and Josh (Guitar/Vox).  I strongly recommend throwing this on your aux cord this summer while driving around in your car.

Lush by Creepers

If you’re not familiar with Shiv Mehra, you may know him from being the guitarist of the black metal/post-shoegaze band Deafheaven. This 7-track EP released from his side project Creepers came out late October and is a really haunting and tentative release. Lush sounds ghostly and has an uncanny atmosphere all throughout the EP. I urge fans of bands like Grave Babies or Night Sins to give Creepers’ Lush a thorough listen to.

Derek Wise

This is perhaps my favourite pick in this section. Derek Wise is a dude straight from Toronto and his soundcloud is packed with a unusual, unique breed of rap/hip-hop unlike what I’ve ever heard before. Wise is an XO affiliate and his style could be described as a relaxed and effortless one, but remains on point with his rapping delivery. Derek Wise has an upcoming project out soon called Moms Basement, but in the mean time scroll through his soundcloud and listen to bangers of a track like my favourites- Kenzo, Lake, Rose Gold.

Text by Lukas Foote

Issue #4 of Discoveries

3 Discoveries of Berkley Bragg

I feel as though each of these three records work well with the seasons and have certainly done their part in keeping me collected in the last few weeks. They are also some of the more unique pieces that I have stumbled upon in a long while and as such, deserve as much credit as I can give.

Katie Dey’s Asdfasdf is something between a really wonderful dream and an unstable nightmare. In both ways the record works to perfection, providing the most bizarre warped vocals that i’ve ever heard, but still soothing me to sleep at the same time. I am at that point in my life where brooding, depressing sounds have found their way into the “recently added” section of my iTunes library, with “Fear o the Dark” being my most played. The best part about this record, however, is the completely off-the-wall, happy-go-lucky Wes Anderson styled anthem that is “Unkillable”. I couldn’t believe the amazing transition that Dey created between “Fear o the Dark’s” verge of death lament and the treetop screamer in “Unkillable”. That transition alone makes the entire album worth every minute. I really can’t say enough incredible things about Asdfasdf.

Stay Cool Forever’s Among My Slime is another mess of abrasive bliss that i’ve been absolutely enthralled with. On the surface, Among My Slime feels silly, almost childish in a sense, but the eccentric instrumentation is just one layer of the sound. If you strip that away you’ll have something much more endearing. Tracks like, “Fun Wound” and “Cecilia” teeter on the edge between playful and semi-serious, just the way I like it.

I Dont Wanna Die In Here’s self titled effort has been an ever expanding release considering every time I return to their Bandcamp page, the album has another two songs. Right now, I Dont Wanna Die In Here is my go-to for something sweet and serene. Much of the record sounds as if it was recorded on a mid 20th century telephone, giving it the essence of an “ultimate” lo-fi release. “Never Stay but Dont Leave” as well as “Stop Fight” also work with playful emotions (do you notice a trend?) evoking wistful and exuberant energy and at the same time, something so unperturbed.

Text by Berkley Bragg

Issue #3 of Discoveries

3 Discoveries of Lukas Foote

Creepin’ by Sad Actor

In case you were uhh.. ‘preoccupied’ and hazy on April 20th of this year, chances are you probably missed Philadelphia’s own: Sad Actor’s third release entitled Creepin’. Creepin’ is a fuzzy, grungy, emo-esque EP compiled with discontent and despair. This 2track EP is a great follow up from their previously (and my favourite) EP called Try To Remember that came out last November. I suggest ya’ll get in on that Philadelphian music scene; that city has released nothing but great bands and songs.

Outta Control by Acid†Priest

This stoner-rock n’ roll band hailing from Toronto, Canada has been filling my ear buds with intense emotion. It’s no secret this band absolutely rips. Their début EP Outta Control has drawn in some serious attention and not just within the Southern Ontario music scene. Alexisonfire/Gallows member Wade MacNeil -who now DJ’s a rock station in T.O- has even given the deserving band radio airtime. Also, in the words of Wade: “Congrats on finding a kick ass band name in 2015”.

Nightfall (Prod. Lederrick) by Wicca Phase Springs Eternal

If you weren’t aware of this newly founded project by ex- Tigers Jaw member Adam Mcllwee, now you do. Adam in Tigers Jaw was known for his scratchy guitar tones and personal style of his intriguing, droning, unique voice. It seems now he has now taken those abstract vocals to a new location, in the form of an electronica/trap project under the moniker Wicca Phase Springs Eternal. As Adam himself puts it, his music could be described as “Morrissey meets Chief Keef”. That’s a pretty interesting and badass hybrid if you ask me.
His forthcoming album called Abercrombie & Me is releasing soon and this is a single off of it called Nightfall I’ve been jamming to lately. I do recommend scrolling WPSE’s soundcloud and figuring out for yourself- what you should think of it.

Text by Lukas Foote

Issue #2 of Discoveries

3 Discoveries of Lar Eade-Green

I Was Trying To Get There But It Was Hard To See From The Balloon by Henry Demos & Lewtrakimou

Pants, jumper, headphones on tangled hair and the stamp from last nights gig transferred onto my face. I have dedicated the morning to listening to the whole 23 tracks of the Henry Demos & Lewtrakimou split and I am feeling very content. Jingly Jangly sad core: combined they have pretty depressing song titles Sad As Buckets, Useless, Worried, Starve…. And the list continues! ‘Sad As Buckets’ just repeats the lyrics “sad, sad ,sad, sad, it’s fucking sad… she’s really sad” but then there are tracks like Man, Tie A Sucker Down which make me want to sofa dance. There is also an ambience to a lot of the tracks that makes me feel like I should be listening to the album in a cathedral, with Henry and Lew dressed in robes.

Holiday by Dog Legs

Dog Legs are the duo Moe Meade and Liam Bradbury, haling from Brighton, UK. On bandcamp they are tagged as alternative, garage, indie, noise, shoegaze, pop. At HQ (my house) we have been listening to their Holiday EP cassette on repeat and have been making alternative genres for Dog Legs… so far we have come up with “direct pop” and “not beating around the bush pop”! I have never been good at remembering lyrics but find great pleasure in shouty singing the few words I can remember on loop, so a band that will release a track purely consisting of the lyrics “I TRUSTED YOU” are my kind of band!

01112014 by Sitcom

Sitcom (AKA Jake Lazovick) is bedroom pop from Baltimore. Sitcom’s latest bandcamp release is 01112015, a very colourful live album consisting of blue shoes, green hats and yellow jackets! My love for Sitcom started with Yellow Jacket (and a live version of this song features on 01112015). I remember discovering Yellow Jacket back in January, just before heading off to my night shift. I finished my shift only with the memory that I found a really great track the day before, with no idea of the artists name and no recollection of where I found it. I went on “operation search for THAT track” and then stropped when I thought the song had run away from me forever… I remember eventually finding it, listening to every single one of Sitcom’s bandcamp uploads and going to sleep happy.

Text by Lar Eade-Green

Issue #1 of Discoveries