Welcome back. Here’s what’s new at the Disposable Underground blog along with some news bits I found around the Web. Enjoy.
New at the Blog
The Aggros is the band from Parris Mayhew of the Cro-Mags. It’s got that crunch of the classic NYHC band but it’s also got it’s own thing. The new album, Rise of the Aggros, is out now and is worth checking out at the blog.
Music books are a subject that I write about in a roundup post here and there. The latest one at the blog has books about money hacks, inspiring creative types, L.A. punk, drone music, writings from one of the guys from Dead By Wednesday, and poems from Genesis P-Orridge. Have a look at the post.
NASA has a new record out, if you can believe that. Space sounds is a sub-category of subjects I write about at the blog and the record, Universal Harmonies, has plenty of it—or I should say sonifications and amplifications of space data that you can listen to. Check it out at the blog.
Photo: NASA/Chandra Labs
The Senders was a classic NYC rock band and there’s a two-disc collection covering its legacy called All Killer No Filler. It’s got plenty of variety on it in any case, which is a good thing. More info is at the blog.
Mast Year is the name of a local band with a cool new noise rock record coming out. Knife has some tasty elements in it. Hear some of the tracks at the blog.
Tooth Choir played the local venue Rhizome in D.C. and I filmed a song from the set—somewhat laid back electronic material:
More Music News
M. Aundre sent over his “smooth boombap-inspired” track called “Altered State” for consideration. It’s up for streaming and purchase digitally. Give it a spin.
The Silver Lines sort of play Britpop but with more of a rock aggression. The single “Blow Dry” came in as well and is up on Spotify.
Tower Records has opened a creative space in Brooklyn, Tower Labs, where there will be activities like live music and listening parties. Not only that, Tower is going to relaunch its Pulse! magazine digitally, focusing on Tower Labs (currently Pulse! is a blog). Jem Aswad has more info at Variety.
Touring is a lively topic amongst working musicians. “The great touring gamble” by Leor Galil at Chicago Reader digs into the financial risks of hitting the road these days.
Merch cuts, a practice of venues that’s despised by many bands, is the subject of the #mymerch campaign from the Featured Artists Coalition, Union of Musicians and Allied Workers, and rapper Cadence Weapon.
They’re calling on venues to pledge not to take a cut of bands’ merch sales.
Music Declares Emergency, the environmental group that advocates for the music community to take action on climate, is having a protest in London this month. If you’ll be in town, check it out.
Rest In Peace
Mick Slattery of Hawkwind, the old-school band that storied musicians such as Ginger Baker and Lemmy have spent time in, died last month. Slattery was the band’s OG guitarist and co-founder. Corey Irwin has the story at Ultimate Classic Rock.
Glen Lockett, also known as Spot, the longtime producer for SST Records, died last month, Nina Corcoran writes at Pitchfork. Spot was not only a producer for legendary hardcore bands, but he wrote and was a photographer.
Ryuichi Sakamoto of Yellow Magic Orchestra died last month. He was a founding member of the band and also scored films, acted in them, and was an environmentalist. One of his bandmates in the Orchestra passed away in January. The BBC has the story on Sakamoto.
Seymour Stein died this month, Ben Sisario writes at the New York Times. Stein was a co-founder of Sire Records and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and signed many influential groups including The Ramones, Madonna, and Talking Heads.
Take care and see you next time!