Last week found me hating on stuff. This week, I'm barely functioning. I somehow buttoned my duffle coat into the back of a seat on the bus the other morning and tore it as I stumbled from the seat in a malignant morning fug. Two days prior to that, I drooled on a man during the return commute. Worse still, I barked some creepy dissociated mumbo jumbo at him because I didn't fully snap out of it post drool. I don't know what I said exactly, only that it contained the word "Iran". The look of silent panic on his face suggested that it was something unhinged, and considering that my dreams are typically filled with wheeling spectres, evil intelligent birds and sentient objects, he had every right to shit himself. Miraculously, my notorious myoclonic kung fu kick hasn't hurt anybody yet, but it's only a matter of time.
I'm a jerky babbling half-mad disaster when it comes to falling asleep. In another century I would have been coated in holy water and garlic paste, prayed over, and burnt to death in a holy fire.
#19 KWJAZ - KWJAZ
this KWJAZ colour scheme was brought to you by your granny's wallpaper and the drug LSD
I'm still not entirely sure what this weird shit is. I discovered it on the excellent blog, No Fear of Pop (who subsequently selected it as their favourite album of 2011). It's a murky mystery of an album that will not be to everybody's taste. Indeed, a hilairiously brilliant bullshit-calling comment on No Fear of Pop probably speaks for many...
The best release of the year two thousand eleven consists of two side-long tracks, named “Once in Babylon” and “Frighteous Wane”, both roughly twenty-two minutes in length
twenty-two minutes in length!
once in babylon
Joey, Dee Dee, Johnny, please come back !!!
If that smart and seductive comment hasn't put you off KWJAZ, then prepare to go full weird. On the band's (I'm not sure if there is more than one person involved in this) last.fm page, instead of the usual extended artist description, there is the single sentence "shit's mysterious y'all". I love that sentence. It works as a manifesto for all the leaky, seepy, mangled music (from electronica to rap to, well, this shit) that's falling out over the top of the web right now, as the internet's engine and the generation at the controls take us into genuinely new and peculiar cultural territory.
A recent cokemachineglow review of Grimes' new LP tried to nail what is going on in music at the moment, and called Grimes the poster child of the "new weird". They are sort of on to something (like Grimes is great and all, but come on, she's not that weird, especially not on Visions which is practically a pop album). But they are right about there being a "new weird"; it manifests in its full glory on KWJAZ's couple of tracks, emerging from a rhythmic jazzy soup full of embryonic musical patterns and phrases, twitching, incubating, and growing freakish under the unnatural heat light of the internet.
MP3: KWJAZ-Once in Babylon (Excerpt)