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

Issue #6 of Discoveries

28/05/15 – Mayen – Elegy

dream pop from Prague, Czech Republic

FILIP ZEMCIK PRESENTING LEW AND HENRY OF NICE LEGS

The best part of doing my music blog is meeting new people, whether in person or here in this virtual world. I have met Lew and Henry through music discoveries of our contributor Lar. I have also discovered that besides their solo projects Henry Demos and Lewtrakimou with a great cassette split on Fox Food Records, they all play in a band called Nice Legs based in Yogiga Gallery in Seoul, Korea. Both Lew and Henry have very interesting personalities and their music is really catchy. I have approached them with few questions to let them reveal a little bit more about their music, life story.

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How did you end up in Seoul, Korea?

Henry: Oh yeah something personal! Lew you go first!

Lew: I had a buddy Joe (Awkward Binoculars), who came here first, and asked me what the hell I was doing and told me to come on over and join the experimental music scene and etc.

Henry: Mine is easier! My wife and I really wanted to leave the US. We looked up what countries had really cool music and South Korea definitely had that going for it. So we chose it!

Your whole band is part of the community around Yogiga gallery. How did you become part of it?

Lew: My buddy Joe was already fully immersed in the Yogiga family, so I was accepted at default and felt that was my home from the first day until today, six years later. I owe a lot to those loveable weirdos and especially the head-weirdo Lee Han Joo, one of my best friends of life.

Henry: I actually went there my FIRST night in Korea. It was so strange and felt like basement shows back home. Beer all over the floor and clogged toilets… it was awesome.

Where are you all originally from?

Lew: This is the twilight zone segment of our story that NO ONE BELIEVES. I didn’t either, at first. A few years ago, Henry and I met, at Yogiga, of course, and at some drunken point we realized we were both from Arkansas. Then last year we realized we were actually born in the same year, about a month apart, in the very same hospital in North Little Rock. Our parents live about five minutes apart from each other.

What is the story behind your band?

Lew: I alllllllllllllllllways answer this one. Henry, it’s your turn, damnit.

Henry: Shit. Okay, so I am usually unemployed. My life partner Mary asked me to go busk for extra cash. It just so happened that Lew was sitting on our couch at the time. I asked her if she wanted to join me. We went out busking in Seoul improv sets for the next two weeks after that. It turned out we liked making music together. That works right?

Lew: Decent.

How did you come up with the name?

Lew: Don’t tell anyone, but it’s a line from a movie of supreme cinematic importance:  I’m sure you’ve heard of the director:  Dr. T. Wiseau.

I know you like DIY, bedroom style of making music. Why do you prefer it?

Lew: Because we’re lazy, for one thing. Also, it’s just the style that appeals to us. I’ve always been way more into fuzzy, slightly-off things, in art, film, and music, and humans in general.

Henry: Yeah, absolutely. We have both recorded in professional studios with great equipment and engineers but it never really felt honest. Like we were never in control of the outcome.  At home we are limited to really basic equipment of kids keyboards, some cheap mics, and guitars but with a little patience you can make really great stuff.

Do you prefer writing music alone or as a band?

Henry: Well, I can’t speak for Lew but absolutely as a band… Lew?

Lew: Definitely together. I still get surprised when what we both bring to the table comes together in a little bit of a magical way. And it’s just fun as shit playing music with your best friend.

What is the toughest part of a writing process?

Henry: Oh, I got this one. Knowing when enough is enough. Because it is home recording we can layer and layer and layer.

Lew: Because typically Henry records the music and then I write lyrics and melodies to it, sometimes it can be tricky. But when it comes together, it’s a great feeling.

Where do you get an inspiration for your lyrics, music?

Lew: As for the lyrics, they usually just come without any purpose. A lot of times they are stories, true and untrue about love lost or never had or unruly shenanigans or made up places and people. A lot of them end up being about my family or imaginary evenings.

Is it hard to write and play music in foreign country with a completely different culture?

Lew: No, not really. It’s been an incredibly friendly and accessible scene from the start.

Henry: I could be wrong here but I have a theory that people want to make loud music everywhere in the world. Plus you have all the outside influences around you that change your music for you.

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Do you speak Korean well?

Lew: I speak well enough that it’s more than just a party trick, but not so much that I could be of great use in a medical or diplomatic emergency. Henry knows how to say the Korean word for “sperm”.

Henry: Gotta keep people on their toes. Plus Lew totally speaks fluently and is just being fucking modest.

What is the toughest part of living in Korea?

Lew: Missing my family. My niece asked her parents the other day, “Does Lew have teeth?”

Henry: Just for context there… Lew’s niece is a toddler and not a crazy person. It is the same for me though. It can be tough not seeing my family whenever I want.

Lew: hahhaha. Thanks for clarifying.

What is your favorite thing about Seoul?

Lew: Our friends, daily unexpected adventures, little parks where everybody drinks, our neighborhood where everybody knows everybody but can’t remember their names and there’s always some reason to celebrate or put off doing whatever it was you were supposed to do.

Henry: Ditto. Those reasons alone should be enough for you to pack your bags and get the fuck over here.

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Are you digging Korean (Asian) culture?

Henry: Holy fuck yes. Every place is so wildly different and unique. Whenever I go back home I get some strange reverse culture shock and want to get right back on the plane and go back to Korea. Also Japan and Taiwan are totally amazing.

Lew: Perfectly stated.

Do you like any local bands?

Henry: Too many.

Lew: Yeah, so many greats: Anakin Project, Genius, Amatuer Amplifier, Third Line Butterfly…

Henry: And Table People, Tierpark, Vidulgi Ooyoo and holy fuck SILICA GEL. They rule way to hard.

What do you think about K-pop?

Henry: I try not to.

Lew: Is that a cereal?

Henry: Smart ass.

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Have you ever thought about moving somewhere else?

Henry: I think we are up for anything. How is Slovakia this time of year?

Lew: Slovakia.

I know your fans are mostly outside of Korea. Do you have an idea why it is like that?

Lew: We really lucked out with some UK exposure right off the bat.

Henry: Man, I wish I knew why but it feels really good.

What is your biggest music dream?

Lew: Just this I guess? Making music I love to play in my ratty old car when I’m back home.

Henry: I’m not that romantic. Touring for life is definitely my dream.

Lew: Oh, yeah. Shit. Yeah, me too me too. Touring forever and ever.

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What did you listen when you were a child?

Lew: Oldies radio. We were scared of the classical station.

Henry: My father listened to a ton of David Bowie so by… uh osmosis..that is probably the wrong word but anyway… I listened to Bowie. I also played Nirvana’s Nevermind until the tape died.

What is your favorite physical media?

Henry: These days tape for sure.

Lew: Vinyl or from like old videotape footage, more warped the better.

Henry: I take it back! VHS is my favorite! They had previews and terrible advertisements and other crap!

Name three last records you have bought.

Lew: Cancertron, Rj Myoto, Lee Han Joo/Sato Yukie, Table People

Henry: That’s four! Well, I got two Good, Good Blood and NEWFOUNDLAND

Lew: We can’t count too much.

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Henry: Thank you soo much.

Lew: Yeah, thanks a billion homie!

Questions by Filip Zemcik
Answers by Lew and Henry
Photos by Douglas Vautour

22/05/15 ~ Fleabite – TTYL

fuzz rock from Boston, Massachusetts, USA

What’s In My Car? ~ Episode 1 ~ by Lukas Foote

What’s In My Car? are series of videos featuring different people talking about music they listen in a car.

First episode by Lukas Foote, a contributor at START-TRACK.

Albums (in order):

Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen
Torches by Forster the People
Copperhead Road by Steve Earle
Sad Dreams by Lauren Hutchinson
Lucky Town by Bruce Springsteen

Shot by Ryan Longlade
Edited by Lukas Foote

15/05/15 ~ Children – Great River

psychedelic rock from Los Angeles, California, USA

Review ~ Katie Dey – asdfasdf­ ~ by Michael Charles Hansford

It’s been almost a year since my last album review, so I apologize if any of my writing seems a bit dreamy, misshapen, or short of wanderlust. However, the show must go on: and today, I reviewing my favorite album of the last two weeks. The debut release ”asdfasdf” from underground sensation Katie Dey.

I stumbled upon this album over a massive twitter selected post. From many lo-fi/DIY legends of our time: Sam Ray, Mat Cothran, and a few others. I immediately decided to check it out, and after the first 5 seconds of twinkle acoustic guitars and pitch affected vocals I sunk into the esquire of the wonderful world of Katie Dey. Although these days, the underground happenings of thrust ward “bedroom pop” can be oversaturated, Katie seems to break the surface, her instrumentation is stunning and the immense talent that lies within her writing outstanding. The freshness of this album itself is what always draws me to through it on after a long day at work. I actually listened to it a couple weeks ago on a train ride from Montreal to Toronto, and believe me: not only was it fitting, it was an escape.

When it comes to similar sounding artists or perhaps even influences I can hear sounds from early Krautrock experimental bands from the 1970’s: Can, Cluster, and even Neu! In more recent cases I can hear similar sounds capes to Radiohead, Ricky Eat Acid, Boards of Canada, and Aphex Twin. Thought again, I have to stress how originality is the nail-biting true love that blossoms from this album. I see great things in the future for this artist, and I hope you reading take some time to enjoy something new in this negative calorie world.

You can pick up the album for “pay what you can” on Katie’s Bandcamp.

Favorite track: “you gotta get up to get up”

Text by Michael Charles Hansford
Photo by Katie Dey

3 Discoveries of Lar Eade-Green No. 2

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

Review ~ Jimmy Pop – Varsity Blues ~ by Berkley Bragg

It seems as though the independent music community engulfed in the small town of Grand Rapids, Michigan is infinitely expanding, and Jimmy Pop is at the forefront.

Bands like Heaters, Ghost Orchard, Dear Tracks, CARE, SAPPHIC, and so many more. One of the more established musicians from the area, James Allen, has procured a substantial number of music projects in the last few years with Youth Camp, Jade TV, and more recently Jimmy Pop, who recently released the debut record, Varsity Blues. 

With these previous projects in mind, it is easy enough to discern the similarities and aspects of each within Varsity Blues. Without that background, it may just seem like a tasteful jangled album, but it really works either way. Varsity Blues does form it’s own shape apart from these separate projects in the fact that much of the record creates a more ascertainable instrumental atmosphere as opposed to Jade TV, a project that relies more on the inclusion of layered vocals.

A few singles released in the last few months are present here with, “Coca-Cola Crush” as well as, “Hang Around”, both of which co-exist on the same realm of relaxation. “Hang Around” provides a more melodic and airy feeling. If you meditate to spacious layers of reverb then I think you can find your addiction in “Hang Around”. “Coca-Cola Crush” closes the record off with a guitar and vocal melody fit for the credit scene to a really slow and emotional film. Not to say that Varsity Blues is exuberantly emotional as it does linger and soak through your pores in the kind of way you want after a long day.

Essentially, give a listen to the whole of Varsity Blues and drift away.

Text by Berkley Bragg
Photo by Jimmy Pop