The Submissives (Montreal)

Easily the most interesting indie pop band out of Montreal. The catch being they don’t make indie pop. The Submissives is the brainchild of someone named Deb Edison and they do very funky takes of old american country ballads, but with total beginner’s chops. The result is intensely catchy songs falling apart at the seams. Dolly Parton on sizzurp, the Shangri-La’s on methadone. This is drug-related, in a cool creative way. And the disheveled retro visual aesthetic is effortless and strong.

https://submissives.bandcamp.com/releases

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Patsy (New Orleans)

Alrite ladies and bitches, it’s Patsy! goes the band’s tagline on records and t-shirts. Patsy is Candice from Mystic Inane on vocals. The first band I know of where she does vocals. I already knew she was responsible for the hardcore underground pop weirdness of Mystic Inane (the guitar licks are Machiavellian) and Patsy seems like the next step towards defining that ultimate sound. Never the ones to miss out on emerging punk weirdness, Total Punk Records out of Florida, took to releasing their first two singles back to back!
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In this rare filmed performance, you can see what the vibe is all about. Candice struts around the stage around the jumpy grooves of the rhythm section and bellows out what sounds like animal calls. True primitive punk trash done with style, or “Violent Polka-Beat” as Total Punk called it.

Once again, it looks like even in the underground, dopeness converges. Urochromes work with Lumpy Records, who work with Total Punk, who work with Patsy. Even the New York Times is listening.

Don Delillo – “Zero K”

sp_cerok_201602251703Don Delillo will be releasing a new book on May 19th. This one is about cryogenics! A secret cult called Convergence undergoes a freezing operation in order to be thawed to life into the future! Obsession with immortality, or just a desire to stop time? Guaranteed to be an interesting read. Don Delillo’s talent lies in his artisan way of constructing sentences. He often eludes discussing the politics of his stories, to instead speak about the formal qualities of language. One sentence in this book has seventeen words, and only one of them is more than one syllable. Lol. A very funny writer who is also poetic. His ‘Underworld’ is a formative classic around these parts. Not just for the Cold War history lesson, but the purity and authenticity, and tragedy of his principal characters. I wish I could write as neat.
List of interviews and review of Zero K. Pictured below, cover of the Spanish edition.

 

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