Monday, November 17, 2014

Planning For Burial - How to Dress for Burial [Free]

Purportedly nothing more than drunken piss takes by Thom of Planning For Burial, this album is a lovely concoction of Twin Peaks style soundscapes and abstract synth-pop. The album title is of course a reference to slow-mo R&B act How to Dress Well, though this mixtape has no R&B influence to speak of, and the only resemblance to HTDW would be the ghostliness of it all. 

Untitled no. 1 is reminiscent of ‘In the Air Tonight’ but with drones and Untitled no. 2 sounds like Wreck & Reference at their sweetest/prettiest.  Untitled no. 3 is the weakest of the lot; a funeral mope that goes on forever. Untitled no. 4 has some pounding drum machine but the track never seems to really take off, while Untitled no. 5 ends the record on a hushed contemplative mood.  Overall this worth checking out if you are a fan of Planning For Burial. It’s currently up on Bandcamp as a “Name Your Price” option so you can download it for free, but we highly suggest contributing some money at least [there was a cassette version available which is now sold out.] ~P

Thursday, November 13, 2014

STN MTN/Kauai [FREE Download]

In October Childish Gambino put out his new mixtape STN MTN/KAUAI, a release that combines his 7th mixtape and 2nd EP. This free mixtape comes barely 10 months after the release of his last album "Because the Internet", and just may even be better than it as well. STN MTN is hosted by DJ Drama for his Gangsta Grillz series, which some may see as an odd pairing (probably even more so than the Little Brother Gangsta Grillz mixtape.) The collaboration works well however, as the pair creates an ode to Atlanta complete with skits imagining near-future Gambino as a multi-platinum, commercial success and ATL hero. The skits make sense with the album title referencing Stone Mountain and Glover spitting over well-known Atlanta instrumentals - it’s obvious that his hometown is important to him and recognition from that city even more so. This theme binds the two releases together, making his latest project one of his most cohesive.

The mixtape/EP features appearances from Kari Faux, Young Scooter and R O Y A L T Y (and Jaden Smith?!) as well as a few covers, remixes and surprises. Gambino does a remix of Kari Faux’s No Small Talk off the mixtape "Laugh Now, Die Later" and offers “U Don't Have to Call,” which is somewhat of an Usher cover, where he lays down some spoken word bars after singing the first verse of the song. Soon after the release of STN MTN some studious fans on the Childish Gambino message board discovered a hidden acapella within the code of the album. They later deduced that it matched up perfectly with the instrumental remix of 3005 on STN MTN, and Gambino confirmed it in a Tweet shortly thereafter. The mixtape ends with a tribute to the DJs and influential people who’ve supported Gambino throughout his career with his final track on the mixtape “Go DJ.” STN MTN/KAUAI proves that Donald Glover has come a long way from being an actor cum rapper and cements his place as a viable musician in his own right. ~Sumone

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Sunday, November 02, 2014

Fuck the Facts - Abandoned EP [Free, basically]

I was listening to Parlamentarisk Sodomi last night. While reveling on the pure fucking grind this one-man band from Norway puts out, I realized that he hasn't released anything under that project in almost 3 years (he is however slated to release a less traditional space-grind album this year under his project Psudoku.)

I was also thinking how Jon Chang's latest group Gridlink released Longhena this year and announced that it would be their last album. Although Japanese grind greats Swarrrm released a new album this year, it is currently unavailable in North America unless you want to pay a hefty premium to ship a copy in from Japan. All this has got me feeling that I am in desperate need of some good, new grind. Imagine my excitement when Fuck the Facts' latest EP popped up in my inbox!

Fuck the Facts are an amazing grindcore band from Quebec that has been together for almost 15 years. They released an EP titled 'Amer' last year, but haven't released a proper full length since 2011. We're still patiently waiting the followup to Die Miserable, but in the meantime Fuck the Facts have been gracious enough to pacify us with 'Abandoned!' This latest EP only has 3 songs yet is surprisingly long (as far as grind EPs go) at nearly 13 minutes. This time around there's a more noticeable melodic death metal influence going on, which adds a great thrash feel to the songs. But don't let all this melody fool you into thinking this is any less brutal, this EP still pummels and may be my favorite Fuck the Facts output in recent memory! The EP is being put out on their new independent label Noise Salvation and is currently on sale for $1 Canadian.

I know this is labeled as a free release but it's one fucking dollar, ONE FUCKING DOLLAR! You should be so lucky to get this many great tracks for the price of a single shitty bitrate iTunes track. We here at Idol Threat do know that times can get hard, and the band understands too, so if you are truly down and out you can email our site at the address to the right in the Disclaimer section and we will send you a download link (courtesy of Fuck the Facts themselves.) There is also a limited edition cassette of the EP available for those that want a physical copy. For now please check out their other releases on their Bandcamp and support. -GodzIL

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