When I found out about this collaboration between Columbus, OH multi-disciplinarian Mike Shiflet and Rhode Island's finest guitar snake-charmer John Kolodji (High Aura'd) it was like the veil split and I got a fist-bump from god. In our little corner of the universe collaborations like this are massive and it is even more affirming when a piece of music delivers on every promise made. First, the cover. A non-musical aspect of ephemera that adds to the listening experience in so many ways. This is the image I immediately jump to whenever I hear about opium dens. The music that follows tracks lucid, reality-augmenting stimulus like any good (or socially corrupting) drug. The twin-guitar explorations carve out space for delicate passages over the faint roar of reverb and distortion on "Covered Bridge" and passages on "Demon Haunted World" counter noisy, full-throttle dives into troubled seas of heaving and serrated drones on "Still Life with Wound". The video for the album opener "Parlour Games", was shot by Mike Shiflet, and depicts the relationship between two women set to September's last grasp at summer idyll before settling into winter's temporary death. Shiflet's color saturation gives the short film a distinctly drawn-in effect, reminiscent of the silent films that "Parlour Games" pays homage to. The result is a completely rejuvenating, renewing effect on the piece of music. Against the backdrop fo the subtle cream color palate and the blown-out, yet mysteriously subtle greens, the washes of feedback seem to recede and the delicate melodies that Shiflet and Kolodji weave around each other immediately jump to the foreground. This is some required 2015 listening.

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Thursday, February 19th, 2015 | Add New Comment (0)

This video is a 2001 type odyssey through some subconscious minecraft training exercise and the soundtrack is a banger. Baltimore's Abdu Ali is something to behold. Totally authentic, radically positive auteur scrawling tome-length messages of hope and transcendence in drill beats and warped elevator music. We should be so lucky to have someone spitting such paralyzing truth with a barrier to entry so low. 

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Thursday, February 12th, 2015 | Add New Comment (0)

Brandon Locher (maven responsible for a shit-ton of great records and visual art on My Idea of Fun and most recently of the excellent Electronic-Jazz free-form collective The Meets) and Gerald Mattis have created a new group called Stage Hands which will release their debut record early next year. Until then they've teamed up with Joshua Rogers (Broken Machine Films) to create a video that could be footage from a prescient Commodore 64 who glimpsed our future and is now trying to warn us of some dire urban apocolypse. Remember that old cliche, "I buy punk on vinyl because it sounds warmer" (said with snooty, mansplaining affect)? I would say the same for VHS tapes, but only because it is true and I'm not an elitist iconoclast douchebag. It is weirdly comforting how that medium that can blur the edges and flatten the glare of a futuristic early-CG future-scape with scanning lines and analog fuzziness. I only watch Babylon 5 and Lawnmower Man on VHS because it looks warmer. Rogers' use of  several VHS players to run the source material and graphics is next level brilliant. So is this track. Can't wait to listen to it on vinyl, because it will sound warmer. And it's so cold in these streets.

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)

New material and a killer new video from SLC-based VCR project, VCR5. Dying eclipse solar flare burning Thrashin' onto the back of your eyelids assuring that this 1986 consumerism as counter-culture masterpiece will be the last thing you see when you die. Post-IDM banger of several VCRS spilling their analog guts in unspooling piano lines and crisp, glitching beats. Fresh AF.

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Monday, November 24th, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)

This is the newest joint by Berlin-based-by-way-of-Portugal Pedro Maia, one of our favorite filmmakers working in the world of shortform music video. Maia has racked up an impressive series of films shot on Super 8 and processed with an eye on bright, bold colors and surrealistic imagery for artists ranging from Lee Ranaldo to Fennesz to Panda Bear, to Sandro Perri to Demlike Stare (I could literally go on). This latest film cobbles together film shot in various times (1978, 1984, errr...Prehistory?) and in various locations including China, Peru and in an unspecified location in the Baltics. Sink deep into the erotic mystery that is this film. Herzog's fever dreams on some mefloquine in the tropics type shit. Plus, this new track by Gala Drop is infectious slow burn of a jam.

The fact that some of this is "found footage" is slightly terrifying. 

Monday, November 10th, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)

I know this record came out early 2014 but Doce has been burning holes on my turntable lately. Novy Svet is a duo from Vienna, Austria who spent the past 12 years recording in various cities and in various languages throughout Europe. Doce, the album that this videdrone is taken, is a retrospective of from their musical exploits 1998-2012. The first song off this record is treated to the wonderful and visceral treatment from our old friends Moduli TV. When I first heard this song I had to walk back to my turntable a few times. Was it the right speed? Was it playing backwards? "Punished with Longing" is a looping, lurching, heavily rhythmic slab of brilliant European-neo-folk-meets-loop-based-weirdness. Those horns, the martial drumming, that voice that sounds like it is recorded backwards but then learned to be sung forwards. Phew. And this video...We are huge fans of Moduli TV's looped film distortion and color palate that matches the green seasickness that this song induces. Perfect in every way. Seriously, pick up this record over at Kill Shaman. It's a weird and wooly world inside.

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Nový Svět - Punished With Longing from Moduli TV * on Vimeo.

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Monday, November 3rd, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)

Although this may disrupt the typical peaceful vibes here on the Tome, this band is crucial. Monitor Lizard is a crushing six-piece hardcore band from Cincinnati, OH. And honestly, I have never seen the Queen City so meticulously detailed than in this group's debut video. Giant crocs, dinosaur-aliens, pterodactyls, misfiring laser guns, murderous triceratops...Don't even get me started. Shit's real in these streets. We don't play. Neither do Monitor Lizard. Except when they do. And it's awesome. Enjoy.

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