Joe Goddard and Raf Rundell are The 2 Bears. They have a couple “homemade” videos out — the campaign being “follow the bears” as they go about their day. Forget the videos because the tracks are what should be gaining your interests. Look for the EP out on Southern Fried.
Iconic Australian Electronic music producers Itch-E & Scratch-E are releasing a new album towards the end of the year. The single “Other Planets” features New Yorker MDNA and is some of the first remnants of what is to come. Big track and includes even bigger remixes by the likes of Magik Johnson and this one by Style Of Eye in 320 glory!
Steed Lord is back full force with a new single “Bed of Needles” which will be released digitally everywhere on April 13th. This track is dripping the best of 90s club mixed with some darker contemporary elements. We have the SonicC for download which plays up the original by adding just that much more club & distortion:
Richard Norris is the modern king of psychedelic music, and he’s no stranger on Bigstereo. His Set Phazer to Stun album from his The Time and Space Machine moniker is finally getting released to the world via lovely UK label Tirk. Its oh so amazing. Word on the street says he’s taking The Time and Space Machine on tour. Bring on the acid tabs.
Continuing on the day of videos we present to you the new All Leather video for their single “Mystery Meat”. Their new album is eventually going to be released on Dim Wak records, and by eventually I mean whenever they get their shit together. Having pushed the release a handful of times and promoting the remix Bloody Beetroots did of this song instead of focusing on the original is the way they roll I guess.
As you may know All Leather is Justin Pearson’s new vehicle fueled by Nathan Joyner and fellow paisa Jung Sing. At first glance it seems it may just be another hardcore band. This time around though the magical production hands have converted this could be monotony from San Diego trapped in the 90′s to a future styling and push forward to the San Diego we are coming to love today. The electronic vibe only adds science and magic to the screeching and shit coated lyrics and nonsense. “We don’t expect anyone to get it” is the kind of vibe JP’s bands usually want to portray. This time with hope of something new and less forward I have to say this video and the way they are being sold pinched a nerve. Maybe that mentality is exactly what they were going for and I’m just an idiot.
Growing up I really understood the in your face mentality of Three.One.G, it’s something we needed. As a gay teen I thought of how being in your face was the only way to get society to see we are a force not to be reckoned with. The in your face politics in conservative San Diego was fun and needed. Never had we thought we’d come this far, was it JP kissing a man on Jerry Springer? No, it was most likely Will and Grace and reality Bravo TV, unfortunately. Not that JP didn’t help and hell he even got some boys questioning their sexuality, which I obviously didn’t mind.
This video is a bit too late though, and just does not fit the vibe of what All Leather represents, to me at least. Using the same recurring subjects as other JP fittings like straight boys kissing, shit, vomit, zombies, and animal abuse just isn’t controversial anymore. Now that it is on Dim Mak records too, it just makes me even more upset as it’s being marketed and promoted by a label that thrives on commercializing artists that should only work on an underground level and to the hateful and shameful masses. The kind of place appropriate for fist pumping, gay bashing, and prohibited ass grabbing.
I’m not going to lie, I love All Leather the music and the boys in the band, but this strategy is just not working for me. Am I the one deciding their fate? Of course not. Am I over analyzing? Of course. Let me just show you a quote Dim Mak put up on their site about All Leather, thinking they were promoting the band. This brutally sick commentary is “not meant to be prejudice” and the words are being used by a white heterosexual male, in the same vain as a white rapper using the word “nigger”. It doesn’t matter how much you can relate to the people being stereotyped this sort of language should be kept for inappropriate inside jokes and not as a way of promoting anything or to be controversial, as we all know some ignorant people just don’t get the joke and end up hating the people you are trying to protect.
“All Leather is what one would find on the (dance) floor of a seedy gay bar … the sonic perception of the last true socially accepted prejudices. One can hear, “Fucking faggots”, being yelled over and over as the poor brown and white trash trio make their way to the charts among all the social dick suckers, looking for some sort of justification in their own lives. You know, the lives full of thievery and legitimate trash. The band calls for more irony, more distortion, more annoying tones, as well as bleeps, zips, snaps, and glitchy jabs. Yeah, they are over it, as its pretty apparent. They could not give two measly shits if anyone cared. Take a look at the world we are living in, it only makes sense. One would write them off as some gay band with tight trousers, but none of these cats are sucking anyone’s dicks just yet…”
Has this guy even gone to a gay bar? What’s with mentioning all the dick sucking like it’s a terrible thing. Trust me it can be quite magical, maybe that old man’s never gotten one, and no I would never offer it to him. The references of “White and Brown trash” only make me more confused.
It’s this sort of propaganda I am talking about, controversy for exposure. It might have worked back then, it might even still be working, but I refuse to believe people aren’t smarter than this. I refuse to believe All Leather isn’t smarter than this. Dim Mak not so much. Beyond the political awareness and care JP seems to promote in his real life through his lyrics and interviews he’s done. There’s still a small doubt in my mind I think other people will get the tongue in cheekiness. Exposing the cruel torture that is the meat industry is by far one of the main things I remember about being that young vegan punk kid in the 90′s and early 00′s and having in common with JP. Now he’s sporting leather costumes for All Leather’s shows, claiming he’s not gonna eat his jacket. Maybe I just don’t get it but it reminds me of people saying they aren’t racist because they “have a black friend”. So what’s up with the puppy bashing? Is it so smart maybe I just don’t get it?
I’ve heard the album in its entirety and I have to say I really love this album, apart from all that other shit I just fed you. It’s incredibly smart and fits the moment like no other. Let’s face it, shit hit the fan with Bush and even though we are fed to believe everything is going to be ok now with Obama in office, it really isn’t. People are struggling, people are frustrated. This album envelopes all of this perfectly. People want to dance and people want to scream, and now it’s all in one package. I just want the image to suit the mentality and with this video there is no intelligence required.
Justin, Nathan, and Jung you guys have the talent, you have the power, fuck you even have the brilliant record. Now make this happen. Screw the man for real, no matter how tight his pants are or how long his hair is.
Also send some love to Jung out in Mexicali where the earthquake hit, hope everything’s alright over there.
Hunx and His Punx are back with another video, this time for their single “You Don’t Like Rock N Roll”, which to be honest is how I feel about the gays all the time. The boy in the video he’s singing to is pretty rock n roll looking so it’s pretty funny, and he’s a babe. Most people might not get this band but if you ask me I can listen to them over and over. To me it’s a John Water’s movie with instruments. Think Desperate Living playing at CBGB’s, think Dreamgirls the movie but called Dreamgays instead with a Suburbia twist. Swoon.
Our friends Midnight Juggernauts are set to release their new album “The Crystal Axis”, lucky for us! It’s about damn time too. Their long break has us fiending for more, but they’ve supplied a few doses here and there. I expect nothing but good things from these guys. Their last album couldn’t have been more worked on my stereo.
Devo is coming out with a new album finally, and to be honest it sounds fucking awesome. They want you to go pick the songs for the new LP, so go give it a try and make your voice heard. Have some fun here, voting starts Thursday.
Google Complicated Universal Cum and you can bet you’re not exactly sure what to expect, but coming across this band is a pleasant surprise. “I Can Hardly” wait has a bit of an Air quality to it. Air = welcoming. And of course with a name like Complicated Universal Cum we can expect a sensual and sexy video to accompany… settle down boys and girls.
Today is our fifth birthday. In dog years we’re thirty five. In blog years we’re probably a hundred. Five years feels like a milestone.
The two questions I am asked the most about BIGSTEREO are why the name and why did you start.
The first question is easy. BIGSTEREO borrowed its name from the Tracy + the Plastics song “Big Stereo.” The song is about as personal for me as it gets for reasons I won’t bore you with. I’m sure for Wynne Greenwood it has an entirely different meaning, but that’s the beauty of music. We each get to create our own meanings and stories for songs. They become our own. And like our own stories, songs become even better when we share them with friends and family and even strangers.
The name is a good lead into the why. 2004 was a depressing year for a lot of reasons, but mostly because music was all about crappy indie-rock that had no soul and George W. Bush was elected for a second term. Plus, I was in a dead end job in a cubicle minefield doing something that I didn’t even believe in. There just didn’t seem to be a lot of hope for the future.
2004 was also a very good year because Tracy + The Plastics released Culture For Pigeon, perhaps one of the best albums penned to date, or at least penned in 2004 (don’t argue with me on this one, you’ll lose). The problem though was nobody paid it any attention. Well almost nobody. It didn’t have a huge budget so it certainly wasn’t getting press and the Internet was in love with the polar opposite – soulless indie rock. I knew there had to be a better way for great artists and albums and songs to get attention.
The blog feels like a monster. A tame monster — but a monster none the less. It needs lots of love and nurturing and ego stroking — and it needs to be fed music daily. It’s definitely a third person, an entity of its own.
And like a proud parent, I’m proud of what it has accomplished so far. It has been featured in publications worldwide. It has thrown parties on half the world’s continents. It most recently started a record label. It has created 2,243 blog posts with 12,896 comments and has transferred 1.66 terabytes of data. It took five years, but it did it.
Yes, there are days when I want to pull the plug on this monster. But there are still more days that I just can’t get enough. And no matter what day it is I still do all all of this out of love. There is no big paycheck — heck, we’re lucky when we break even. But we keep going forward one foot in front of the other. Maybe others do it better and maybe we can’t write and maybe we lose site of the ball sometimes, but what we lack we make up in commitment and loyalty and, well heck, love.
So here’s to all the amazing people we’ve met on this crazy road. To all the amazing tunes we’ve heard. To all the amazing bands and artists who’ve been kind enough to share their talent with us. And here’s to five more (or thirty five more in dog years).
Sydney duo Light Year has remixed the likes of Classixx and Bag Raiders and now they are releasing their debut original release “Night Vision” on none other than Bang Gang 12 Inches. The release is pretty darn rad… there are elements of filtered house and there is heavy usage of samples. Definitely taking some influences from the french producers which we all love.
Ohmygod. Wolf Gang’s “Back to Back” was already an instant favorite. But this acoustic YouTube performance pretty much wins every prize ever. Amazing. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a proper mp3 version so that my browser isn’t permanently parked on YouTube. I dare say I even like it better than the original.
Active Child also has a remix of “Back to Back” which is only ok when compared to the acoustic video. But on its own it’s pretty damn good.
It’s most definitely Spring because all the warm weather mp3s have been hitting the inbox. NightWaves new jam “Sweet Carrie” is one such track. The song/video pretty much sums up everything we love about warm weather — carefreeness, windows down, youth, first loves, long days. All that.
You’ll have to wait until Tuesday to get the original when it is released on dubFrequency, but to hold you over here’s the Beaumont remix:
Gosh, if you’re a regular here then by now you know BIGSTEREO loves We Have Band — we’ve been following their every move since their formation. The good news is their debut album is finally being released on April 5th, and you can stream the entire thing for free right now on their MySpace!!
We Have Bands latest single is “Divisive” (we posted the video back here last month)… but the band is perhaps the most generous band and seem to be giving away the entire remix package. We’re going to be totally non-editorial and let you vote for the fav. It can be like American Idol but better because it’s We Have Band Idol.