Sun Tribes

Tome to the Weather Machine is proud to premiere a new video by Brisbane, Australia artist Benjamin Thompson who operates under the name Pale Earth. This halting, sea-sick track is filled with keyed-up Eastern vocal samples and deep, adjacent percussion that have the same audio depth of a door being slammed really hard in another part of a large, Victorian mansion. When these are folded in somewhat reliably into the glitching, VHS-on-pause scanning lines of the milieu of this track the entire thing takes on bodily, rhythmic lurch that slams your chest into the desk you are writing at. Keep your eyes trained to the screen of something that is either an appropriation of a direct-to-video Malaysian crime thriller or some startling found footage. The fist-fight around 2:00 looks waaaay too realistic, but then the dissolve (at that exact perfect moment) brings us back into artifice. It is impossible to tell. So much guilt and sadness in these faces. Spider-bite or gunshot? Bordello or convent? Do these distinctions matter?

You can purchase Pale Earth's new record over at A Guide to Saints.

Pale Earth - Sun Tribes from ROOM40 on Vimeo.

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)

Dan'l Boone has a membership pedigree that would make this project seem like a terrifying aural assault by just reading the liner notes. Dan'l Boone is: Alexander Moskos (Drainolith/AIDS WOLF), Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) and Neil Hagerty (Howling Hex/Ex-Royal Trux) playing a placid, druggy, deconstructed rock music filtered through inner sea swelling dub rhythms (plastered with tons of diving board reverb), tape manipulations, creeping bass lines and crystal organ lines. 2014 was one hell of a year for supergroups (we will hopefully be saying a year from now) as we are waiting on the Nels Cline/Greg Saunier/Nick Reinhart/Mike Watt collaboration to come out later this year. Until then, get your mindface melted by this lovable troupe of rapscallions.

Fun fact: Both Neil Hagerty and Nate Young played this years Goldrush. Both sets were totally incredible for different reasons. Also, check Dan'l Boone at this year's Cropped Out fest in Louisville, KY on 10/26.

Monday, September 22nd, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)

Jerry Paper has officially parted the veil into how music/video production/everything works. There is nothing left to see or hear, ever. Now you know how it's done. Green screen. Teleprompter. CGI. Guitar. Drums. Bass. Synths. There is no mystery left anymore. Only the great vastness of whatever is beyond death. But don't go there yet. Chameleon World awaits. A place you can live forever through a gnostic reality of consciously constructed immortality and capability on the web. The stinkin' internet. Everything's on there, man. Big Pop for Chameleon World is out with our friends Orange Milk Records over there in Brooklyn, NYC. On the internet and in the lousy physical world.

Big Pop for Chameleon World Bandcamp

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)

We here at the Tome have been big-time fans of Canadian video artist Rob Feulner for a long time. In fact, the whole Videodrone thing was started largely to feature video artists like Rob and his ilk who use the format of "music video" as a venture into collaborative art-making that bleeds together the boundaries of video art, montage and installation pieces into something startling and indelible. Feulner has put together an "advertisement" of sorts for the Goldrush Music Festival (which we at the Tome are busy organizing) featuring performing festival artist Eric Copeland's (of Black Dice) recent single "Masterbater" (DFA, 2013) paired with Feulner's incredible trove of cable-access TV shows, direct to VHS movies and visual ephemera picked up at yard sales and unclaimed storage containers. Feulner is a master and innovator in this field. Pairing the absurd with the pedestrian, Feulner uses scanning lines like brush strokes. Plus, this video is INFORMATIVE. Watch and the complete line-up with dates will appear. All will be revealed. Remember, Goldrush Music Festival 2014. September 13-14th - Larimer Lounge/Meadowlark. Denver, CO. Be there.

Goldrush Website

Goldrush Music Festival 2014 from Rob Feulner on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)

Campo-Formio has been one of my favorite finds of 2014. It isn't so often that unsolicited e-mails lead to rich and fertile relationships with artists. But so it is with this Puerto Rican surf, punk, prog threesome eternally riffing on some sweet, golden mean between the three. Then there's this video. A perfect approximation of straight-toVHS classics where guys in open collar shirts scream at each other on over-sized cell phones and wait endlessly for boats coming in with drugs or guns. In this case it's guns. And Campo-Formio and havin' none o fit. Until they get what's coming to them. It's not pretty. Enjoy at maximum, ear-bleeding levels.

Pick up the 2014 2xLP here.

Videodrone brought to you by Ryan H.

Friday, August 15th, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)

This has happened to us all, right? Gone back to our childhood homes only to find the apparations of ourselves and past (passed) lovers still inhabiting it years after it has been abandoned. Right? In a world created somewhere between that infini-ride bassline, shockCHATTER of that electric guitar and Laurence Strelka's bloodless spoken word delivery, these things happen. Because in that otherworldly state that this Nova Scotian duo create, the living and the dead exist on the same astral plane. Super stoked on their full-length Highway just released on Snake Power Records. Giving you the link to their digital release because half of all digital sales go to Amnesty International. What, are they tryna get all Heligator Records on us? Seriously though, this is a band to watch.

Download Highway here.

Thursday, August 7th, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)

"Can't Stop Loving You" works as a triumphant fade-out on True Neutral Crew's latest EP #Poppunk which we covered earlier. This song/video is too good to not share as a stand alone single piously struggling under the weight of slowmotion, cavernous punk. TNC's pairing with Venezuelan musician Algodón Egipicio and I.E's ode to falling straight in love like consecrated fire with director Joshua Studham's blaringly beautiful use of gold palate and visceral overlays is a fine thing of beauty. Plus, however he got I.E to stand still enough to deliver her rhymes in a deadpan, upper-torso isolated movement is beyond me. 

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)