Sunday, October 18, 2015

Exclusive: Onomatopoeia Playlist Series: Vol.7 – “Tout de suite"

Much like the last time I shared a new playlist six whole months have gone by so it’s gonna be another long one for y’all with volume 7, entitled Tout de suite. At this point you probably know the deal, this is ninety tracks at five and a half hours representing sounds from the past, present and future along with some remixes and exclusives that span a multitude of genera’s.  

I will not be posting any of the track information here or in the metadata normally attached to the mp3 files. If you would like a copy of the full track list you can contact us via email and we will gladly send it your way. 

Onomatopoeia Playlist Vol. 7  -  Tout de suit
90 Tracks, 5 hours 27 minutes
Design: Jediak


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Video: Doomtree "Heavy Rescue"

Doomtree released the latest video from their stellar LP, All Hands this week. If I recall the record came out sometimes around January and I’m still getting lots of mileage out of it. “Heavy Rescue “ is one of the many highlights on the record so sit back and enjoy some visuals that were directed by Stef Alexander, aka P.O.S. and don't be afraid to bob your head. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Listen: Arca – “Soichiro”

Experimental electronic producer Arca shared some new music from his forthcoming record titled Mutant earlier this week. “Soichiro” is a wild ride of glitchy, scattery percussion and twisted synth sounds juxtaposed in moments of stark, minimal hums and swooshes. 

Mutant does not currently have an official release date but should be out before year’s end.

Video: The Icarus Line – “Solar Plexus”

The Icarus Line continue to be a criminally overlooked band, unfortunately I don’t really see that changing any time soon given the musical climate of the last 5 years or so, but for those who are looking for a good dose of psychedelic punk rock that adds some Nick Cave and Stooges take note.

"Solar Plexus" is the latest song to be shared from the bands forthcoming LP, All Things Under Heaven, due October 2nd via American Primitive and it’s got a video shot by Aric Lorton to boot.

Purchase the limited edition vinyl release from Rough Trade here and make sure to check the band out live if you get a chance, I’ve seen them 6 times over the years and its always a good time. Was looking forward to seeing them this Friday at Saint Vitus but the show was canceled for some reason.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Listen: Deafheaven – “New Bermuda” (Full LP Stream)

San Francisco’s Deafheaven are dropping a new LP and follow up to the largely successful Sunbather next week on October 2nd via Anti-. New Bermuda falls in line with the Sunbathers sound, ie. The sound of the underground in 1999-2003 or so. That’s by no means a dig, I love the era of punk music which is why I like Deafheaven and can happily state that I enjoy their latest album as well... But for those of you who missed the last record and have no idea what these guys sound like think lots of Chaos with bits of ambience mixed in along the lines of Orchid, Jeromes Dream, Saetia and anything coming out on RoboticEmpire and Hydrahead during their most prolific years.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Video: Everything is a Remix (Remastered)

I am a remix junky, there is nothing that tickles my fancy more than being able to call out a reference or sample that’s been re-contextualized and re-packaged for public consumption. Some people truly make an art form out of it, surpassing the inspiration and flipping it on its head for something altogether unique and exciting.

Kirby Ferguson celebrates the remix as much as I do and has made his well-known series “Everything is a Remix” available for the first time ever as one long play video.  Although some of this content has been around for 5 years now, everything has been given a polish and new transitions to make it all work even better in celebration of the series anniversary.

Grab some popcorn and a drink, get comfortable and enjoy the 40 minute clip,  it might even surprise some and change your outlook on what makes something original and why we are attracted to the things that we are in the first place.

Everything is a Remix Remastered (2015 HD) from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Listen: Meow the Jewels - "Oh My Darling Don’t Meow"

Clearly I’m not posting as much as I used to, simply put I’ve just become a little more selective. I’m sure now that winter is around the corner again I’ll be spending more time in front of the computer screen, my loss will be your gain in theory.

Last week Killer Mike and El-P shared another Meow The Jewels tune from the forthcoming remix project due out by the end of September. Just Blaze take’s on “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry” turning it into “Oh My Darling Don’t Meow.” It’s another winner for sure but misses some of that brilliant playfulness that Boots captured when he manned the deck for “Meowrly.” The cat sounds could be a lot higher in the mix and there could be more of them but that’s just me nitpicking at the end of the day.

Listen: Joanna Newsom - "Leaving The City"

New Yorker’s love to leave the city, it makes them feel special to reconnect with nature, they even pay top dollar to escape their overpriced apartments to go do yoga and play farmer for the weekend. They do so in areas that often resemble the various countries and rural towns around the world they ran away from in the first place!  It’s all very confusing but the point is Joanna Newsom has shared another new song off her forthcoming album Divers and it's called "Leaving The City."

Divers is out on Drag City on October 23rd and along side Newsom herself the record features arrangements from Nico MuhlyDirty ProjectorsDave Longstreth, and Ryan Francesconi.  Steve Albini is behind the boards again with Noah Georgeson.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Video: Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”

Tame Impala shared a video for Currents cut "Let it Happen". The tune might be my overall favorite on the excellent record and the video captures the mood of the song quite well, although this is a radio edit which kind of bums be out since it is such a killer tune. The band team up with David Wilson to handle directing duties again for this frightening journey into one man’s mind.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Video: HEALTH – “Stonefist”

HEALTH have released a video for a radio edit of "Stonefist" off their new album Death Magic. I already shared the audio stream multiple times so you know how I feel about the song and band but just in case you missed it, or still need some convincing, maybe this clip will push you over the edge. Directed by NAKED FACES, “Stonefist” sees the band undergoing plastic surgery to both humorous and disastrous effect.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Video” Youth Lagoon – “Highway Patrol Stun Gun”

As previously reported Trevor Powers is gearing up to drop his latest LP, Savage Hills Ballroom on September 25th. Our second taste of the LP, and first video, comes in the form of “Highway Patrol Stun Gun.” The song was inspired by the hailstorm of police brutality that’s been on many peoples mind this last year and the isolation he feels living so far removed from it. Directed by Kendy Ty.

Video: Joanna Newsom – “Sapokanikan”

Joanna Newsom shared the first taste of her forthcoming LP, Divers today in the form of “Sapokanikan.” The Paul Thomas Anderson directed clip see’s Newsom walking the streets of NYC while singing her tale, day turning to night.

I’ve never really thought of Newsom’s albums as a series of singles, they are parts of a larger world that has to be experienced in its entirety to get the complete picture. Thats being said “Sapokanikan” has several movements in itself changing throughout and  steadily building up.  The song clocks in at just over 5 minutes but it actually feels longer as there is quite a lot to digest lyrically.

Divers is out on Drag City on October 23rd and along side Newsom herself the record features arrangements from Nico Muhly, Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth, and Ryan Francesconi.  Steve Albini is behind the boards again with Noah Georgeson.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Video: Clarence Clarity – “Will To Believe”

My man Clarence Clarity dropped a new video on us earlier this morning for NO NOW cut, “Will To Believe.” The clip was directed by Vinyl Williams and like the fantastic song keeps things jittery and jerky. There will be a follow up to the clip that is completely interactive but what that entails exactly and when it will drop are still a mystery to me.

NO NOW continues to be my favorite album of 2015, certainly the most adventurous; so if glitchy alternative R&B sounds like your thing, or perhaps you just want to hear something different, then  make sure to check the album out in full. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015


I’ve been praising HEALTH for years and come next week when the LA band releases their new LP, Death Magic, I’m fairly certain many others will finally take notice. Death Magic follows in stride with the direction the band has been moving towards for the better part of the last five years. The collection of songs is infinitely more poppy and the electronics are more prominent then on Get Color. This version of HEALTH probably has most in common with “USA Boys” or “Tears” and for better or worse tones down on the noise elements found on earlier works. I’ve heard the record a whole lot in the last five days and love it but my personal tastes wish a little bit more of the noise was retained or even sustained in the songs that do go down that road and from past recordings. The record is well sequenced with songs, not directly flowing into the next per say, but more so rhythmically or sonically. If you don’t like what you hear in the first four songs then this record isn’t for as it’s a killer lead-in as far as these things go and offers a good blend of poppy HEALTH vs. noisy HEALTH.

Studio engineering comes from the Haxan Cloak, Mars Volta engineer Lars Stalfors, and longtime Kanye West engineer Andrew Dawson which only adds list of things that will make the record more high profile then anything the band has done before. It’s well deserved, the record is great and they are always amazing live so do yourself a favor, if you like what you hear, make sure to catch them next time they are in your town.

On a final note I hope the band continue with their tradition of releasing a remix album for this record as well, they always have really interesting people tinkering with their songs, often to great results and possibly even acting as inspiration or a stepping stone for where the band sonically finds themselves today. DEATH MAGIC is out August 7th.


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Listen: Meow the Jewels - "Meowrly"

El-P and Killer Mike finally shared a full track from their Meow The Jewels Project last night via their Beats Radio 1 show, WRTJ. "Meowrly" is our first proper taste of the “joke campaign” that became a reality late last year. But the cat version of "Early", which features Boots, who also helped with the remix is definitely no joke; in fact I would say the production on this is even better than the original!

Meow The Jewels has no official release date at this point as it was originally scheduled to drop in December of 2014; but if the rest of the record sounds as good as this then it will be well worth the wait.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Onomatopoeia Exclusive Download: /ˈjedˌīak/ - “The Blank Beat” (LL Cool J Vs. Taylor Swift) & “Simply Magnifique” (Lynyrd Skynyrd Vs. Ratatat)

Some new live remix’s to share this evening, well technically something new and something old. I originally laid down “The Blank Beat” back in January of 2014 but sat on it; LL Cool J does his thing over Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space.”  And just earlier tonight I threw Lynyrd Skynryrd together with Ratatat for “Simply Magnifique.” You can stream, share and download from the players below.

Soundcloud has gotten stricter with their policies so  sometimes they disappear without warning.

/ˈjedˌīak/ - The Blank Beat (LL Cool J Vs. Taylor Swift)
LL Cool J – “Feel The Beat” vs. Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
January 2014 in LIC, NY
99.89 BPM Key Fm
Art by Jediak

/ˈjedˌīak/ - Simply Magnifique (Lynyrd Skynyrd vs. Ratatat)
Lynyrd Skynyrd - “Simple Man” vs. Ratatat – “Magnifique”
Recorded July 2015 in LIC, NY
120.21 BPM Key C#m
Design by Jediak

Listen: Despot - "House Of Bricks"

Well this is a pleasant surprise right here; Despot, the Queens rapper and co-owner of NYC venue Santos Party House, dropped a studio single. For those who follow the elusive emcee “House of Bricks” should be a familiar live staple but with a solo album that’s long been in the works with little to no sign having been shared, HoB is a good indication that this thing might actually see the light of day. E*Vax of Ratatat fame, handles production duties.

Listen: Youth lagoon - "The Knower"

It’s been so long since I we have heard anything from YouthLagoon. Trevor Powers returned to the Internet this week with news of his first new music since 2013. “The Knower,” starts out simple enough with a somber barebones approach but then gets quite jittery and closes things off with some orchestration that would make Beirut proud; good stuff. Savage Hills Ballroom is due on September 25th.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Video: "The Devil's Toy"

A thing of beauty, thanks to my buddy Anthony for sharing it with me.  

"This short 1966 documentary dedicated "to all victims of intolerance” depicts the dawn of skateboarding in Montreal. A new activity frowned upon by police and adults, skateboarding gave youngsters a thrilling sensation of speed and freedom. This film - the first Canadian documentary ever made about the sport - captures the exuberance of boys and girls having the time of their lives in free-wheeling downhill locomotion."

Directed by Claude Jutra, music by Pierre F. Brault.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Video: Death Grips – “Powers That B”

Death Grips new video for “Powers That B” juxtapositions the bands extreme sound with the very mundane act of cleaning a floor. If that doesn’t excite you, don’t worry you’re not alone, but it falls in-line with what the band does, bringing home video into the mix and letting the music tell the story.  

Here is something kinda funny, try muting the track and throwing up some pop music, video ends up looking like a montage in some feel-good film.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Listen: HEALTH - "Stonefist"

Back in April I mentioned that HEALTH would be releasing a new LP on August 7th titled Death Magic. First single, “New Coke,” pushed forward with the LA noise group’s more dance oriented sound, but that should come as no surprise as they’ve been aggressively going that direction for quite some time now. “Stonefist” follows in those same footsteps with its immediately catchy pulsating rhythms and sharp sterile stabs that really has become something that defines the band’s sound. Whatever the case it’s another awesome tune from the group who I’ll be checking out again this Thursday when they roll into town to preview the new material live.

As a reminder Death Magic will see some studio engineering from the Haxan CloakMars Volta engineer Lars Stalfors, and longtime Kanye West engineer Andrew Dawson and is coming out via Loma Vista.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Video: Avalanches – “ Artzone Documentary”

It’s been a hot minute since I shared anything from The Avalanches;  Of course for the most part the collective hasn't actually given us anything new in well over a decade, but I've seemingly made it my duty to offer up a handful of treats to our readership each year to keep the name and interest alive.

What we have here is an ultra-rare short documentary about The Avalanches and the creation of their classic album Since I Left You and rehearsing their live sets. The clip was produced for and originally appeared on the Artzone TV show in 1999 and was written/directed and photographed by Philippe Charluet.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Exclusive: Onomatopoeia Playlist Series: Vol.6 – “Online Dating"

Wow it’s been six months since I last shared a new playlist, it was October, almost Halloween and the long winter was just about to get started with us. Well It’s late April now and we are starting to hit those much needed sunny days so it only seemed right I buckle down and finish this extended edition to make up for the long gap with something to play on those outdoor adventures and road trips.  Online Dating is what I’m calling Vol.6 in the series and its an eclectic eighty-eight song long mix including five and a half hours of music from the past, present and future, spanning a wide range of genera’s that's sure to have a little something for every internet personality. 

I will not be posting any of the track information here or in the metadata normally attached to the mp3 files. If you would like a copy of the full track list you can contact us via email and we will gladly send it your way. 

Onomatopoeia Playlist Vol. 6 -  Online Dating
88 Tracks, 5 hours 29 minutes
Design: Jediak


Friday, April 24, 2015

Video: Clarence Clarity – “Buck Toothed Particle Smashers”

The new Clarence Clarity LP, No Now is without a doubt one of my favorite records from the last couple of years; I've already made push to get it heard by more people, and I hope my efforts thus far have worked on a handful of you at least.  "Buck Toothed Particle Smashers," is the latest memorable tune from the record to get the video treatment; in the clip a collage of VHS projections act as the breeding ground to a series of figures who jerk and jolt to the glitchy rhythms provided by the singer/producer. 

Video: HEALTH - “New Coke”

Fuck yeah! I love me some HEALTH and the L.A. band have finally announced Death Magic, their first studio album since 2009's Get Color. The record will be released on August 7 via Loma Vista and with the announcement comes a new song and video for "New Coke.” As with most things HEALTH the experience can be a tense one, the clip was directed by the bands own John Famiglietti and the song checks off all those boxes that make HEALTH one of my favorite bands, ghostly vocals, interesting rhythms, thoughtful breakdowns and more. 

Death Magic will see some studio engineering from the Haxan Cloak, Mars Volta engineer Lars Stalfors, and longtime Kanye West engineer Andrew Dawson, I’ve started counting down the days till this drops already.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Video: San Fermin – “Jackrabbit”

San Fermin returns to the scene tomorrow with a new LP by the name of Jackrabbit. I was a big fan of Ellis Ludwig-Leone’s last offering a couple years back, the record actually made my year-end list and Jackrabbit continues down the same chamber-pop path laid out in 2013. Ellis is still the acting writer/composer for all the material but the eight-member group will be joining for the tour that kicks off this Thursday. The title track is definitely a highlight on the record that I’ve played to death in the last couple weeks and should please those who fell in love with previous offering like “Sonsick.” In the video that was released today vocalist Charlene Kaye runs through the hillsides with two K9’s in hot pursuit.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Onomatopoeia Exclusive Download: /ˈjedˌīak/ - “Income Tax $wag (Danny Brown Vs. HUCCI)

I’ve been sitting on this bad boy for a hot minute now waiting for today to hit; wouldn’t you know I got so busy with work I almost forgot to do the post all together which would have really bummed me out all things considered.

So it’s Tax Day, most folks hate it, I love it because it’s cash in my pocket but regardless of what side of the line you fall on this  live remix of Danny Brown’s “Lie4” with Hucci’s “Sheild” is up for streaming and free to download, I hope y’all enjoy it and get some smiles when filing that paper work!

/ˈjedˌīak/ - Income Tax Swag (Danny Brown vs. HUCCI)
Danny Brown – “Lie4” vs. HUCCI – “Shield”
February 2015 in LIC, NY
142.00 BPM Key Gm
Design by Jediak

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Video: Heems – “Sometimes”

Former Das Racist emcee, Heems, teamed up with Adult Swim for a video for Eat Pray Thug track  “Sometimes.” The satirical video features Eric AndreHannibal Buress and fellow Das Racist member Dapwell in the setting of an infomercial aimed towards products that can change your skin color and improve your life.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Video: Liturgy – “Quetzalcoatl”

Brooklyn’s Liturgy dropped a video for “Quetzalcoatl” off their recently released Thrill Jockey effort, The Ark Work. The visuals are super trippy and have an epic nature to theme even though there is no traditional narrative happening, it’s pretty hypnotic and fits the bands sound and overall esthetic very well.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Video: Death Grips – “I Break Mirrors With My Face in the United States"

Death Grips have just shared the video for "I Break Mirrors With My Face in the United States", from their upcoming album Jenny Death, which coincidentally is fantastic for those who haven't heard it in one form or another yet. Like much of the groups output the video and song are seemingly an exercise in how to be intense!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Video: Run The Jewels feat. Zack de la Rocha - "Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**k)"

Run the Jewels have released the video for "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)", their Run the Jewels 2 track featuring Rage Against the Machine's Zack De LaRocha. The clip was directed by A.G. Rojas and is topical given the current social political climate here in the U.S.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Listen: Clarence Clarity – “No Now” LP Sampler

UK based producer Clarence Clarity (named after the popular meme) recently dropped his debut LP, No Now, via Bella Union. The reception has been pretty much nonexistent thus far which is surprising to me because the record is a brave and impressive hour plus journey into a distinctively dense and cacophonous re-imagining of pop and R&B music.

You may be thinking to yourself oh this is another ethereal bedroom R&B producer who’s married traditionally commercial themes with dramatic, sleek, minimal, dark, undertones to satisfy those who prefer their smoothness to mirror Autre Ne Veut over something like Jodeci? Well I’m here to tell you that while Clarence clearly knows what the Autre Ne Veut and How To Dress Well’s of the universe are doing with their takes on the genre, this is not that, this is maximalist, disjointed and glitchy, this is taking that idea of mixing 70% of that traditional R&B flavor with 30% experimenting and reversing the percentages so that the experimentation is now at 70%. No Now probably shares more in common sonically with the Animal Collective and is very much here and now, it completely encapsulates the all consuming nature of the Internet and the overwhelming beauty and ugliness it can sometimes create in today's society.

The unique take isn’t the result of production alone; Clarence’s eccentric vocal delivery will catch some off-guard and like last year’s FKA Twigs record, must have been extremely difficult to even pull off in these nontraditional musical environments. But somehow it all works and it all works extremely well in my opinion, providing the listener with one of the most original records I’ve heard in recent memory that could function on both a dance-floor and at home.

I hope people get to hear the record, it dropped earlier in the month and I haven’t really heard or seen much about it, which is why I’m even sharing a post that is closer to a record review than a heads up to readership that I usually would provide at this point. Get a taste of No Now from the five track sampler below and if you like what you hear pick up a digital copy from the usual places or a special edition physical copy from Rough Trade that also includes the instrumentals.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Listen: Zu - "Corta Tordo" (Full LP Stream)

Italian noise act Zu are gearing up to drop their fifth record via Ipecac Recordings on March 24th. Corta Tordo was recorded in Bologna, Italy and for those not acquainted with the bands sound it’s a combination of atmospheric, heavy, sludgy moments (Think Melvins) and super chaotic outbursts (Think The Locust). While I wouldn’t compare them in sound, people who found themselves enjoying the last Deafheaven record unexpectedly might have a similar experience with Tordo, as there are some hypnotic moments wrapped up in otherwise abrasive compositions. Give the record a spin below…


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Video: Death Grips – “On GP”

Death Grips shared “On GP,” their newest song from their upcoming LP Jenny Death. The track was shared with a video of a man doing random weird activities, it’s a different sound for the trio and reminds me a little more of Zach’s work with Hella. Look for Jenny Death to drop at the end of the month.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

GIF Magic

Really not much to say about this other than it's awesome and it was awarded GIF of the year, check out the other winners HERE.

Video: “Here Is A Gift For You” Old Man Gloom Documentary

As the title above states “Here Is A Gift For You” is a 42-minute documentary on metal super-group,  Old Man Gloom (Cave In, Converge and ex-Isis). Kenneth Thomas put together the feature which chronicles the band up to the making of their 2014 album, “The Ape Of God.” The film is a great mix of interviews from various musicians, family remembers and scenesters that often retain a very dry and sarcastic sense of humor. A must for fans of any of the bands these guys are involved with or if you consider yourself a fan of gloomy psychedelic metal. 

OLD MAN GLOOM: HERE IS A GIFT FOR YOU from kenneth thomas on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Video: Shlohmo – “Beams”

Yes I’m still here, just getting a little choosier about what I post these days…

Shlohmo’s new album Dark Red is scheduled to drop on April 7 via True Panther/WeDidIt and with that date swiftly approaching, Shlohmo has returned with his next video and single. Jack Irving directs the video for “Beams” which matches the fast paced drum & bass roots the single lives in. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Video: Banksy Does Gaza

Earlier today, Banksy shared some photos and a video of what he’s currently getting up to. Apparently the artist is in Gaza at the moment as seen in the aforementioned clip titled "Make this the year YOU discover a new destination." The video is a tongue and cheek nod to the tourism industry via travel commercial and sees Banksy entering an “illegal tunnel” and emerging in Gaza.  Several new pieces are put up among the urban decay including the one above which is a play on Niobe, the Greek goddess that was punished for pride in her children. The project seems to be a commentary on Israel’s Operation Protective Edge and the subsequent hardships suffered by Palestinians, check it out below…

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Video: Old Man Gloom - "The Lash"

Late in 2014 super group Old Man Gloom released their latest record, Ape of God, to much acclaim in the “metal underground.” Now in 2015 we get a video for lead “single” "The Lash." The clip was directed by Andrew Cox who of course also makes music under the names Axed Crown and Andraus.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Onomatopoeia Exclusive Download: /ˈjedˌīak/ - "Super Banjo" (Charlie XCX Vs. Clark)

I’m off to conduct a secret mission up north for a bit so I thought before leaving why not share another exclusive I’ve been sitting on since November of last year. Todays live remix pairs together end-of-year favorite Clark with pop star Charlie XCX for something I call  Super Banjo.”  Listen, download and share from the player below…

/ˈjedˌīak/ - Super Banjo (Charlie XCX Vs. Clark)
Charlie XCX – “Superlove” vs. Clark – “Banjo”
November 2014 in LIC, NY
123.67 BPM Key Gm
Design by Jediak

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Go Buy These: Curve – Love Is…

More Valentines Day type stuff for today, this time it’s in the form of some art work you can purchase for that special someone.  Curve started cartooning at an early age and naturally gravitated to graffiti art, which he first discovered in his hometown of New Haven, CT. Today he spends his time with Illustration, animation and graphic design, the piece below made me smile and it along with some other clever designs can be purchased HERE.