Listed: King Midas Sound + Mincemeat or Tenspeed
King Midas Sound
King Midas Sound is the duo of Kevin Martin (a.k.a. The Bug) and poet Roger Robinson. The two have been working on and off together since 2001, when Robinson contributed to Martin’s Techno Animal single, “Dead Man’s Curse.” This time around, however, Robinson isn’t just talking. He’s singing along to Martin’s calmest productions yet. Dusted’s Brad LaBonte wrote earlier this week of King Midas Sound’s new album for Hyperdub, Waiting For You, "[W]hen accompanied by the lighter-than-air vocals of Roger Robinson and Kiki Hitomi, they’re an appropriate and welcome addition to a label that typically only looks forward." Waiting for You ranked No. 10 on The Wire’s best albums of 2009, and the group’s contribution to Fact Magazine’s mp3 mix series was picked as the best of 2009. Not bad for a record that came out December 8. Martin took part in this week’s Listed.
10 Productions/Producers That Made Me Wanna Produce
1. Public Image Ltd. - Metal Box
2. Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
3. Joy Division - Closer
4. Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
5. 23 Skidoo - Seven Songs
6. Scientist - Scientist Wins the World Cup
7. Brian Eno - Music For Airports
8. Godflesh - Streetcleaner
9. African Headcharge - My Life in a Hole in the Ground
10. Method Man - Tical
Tenspeed or Mincemeat
Philadelphia’s David Harms started making music with effects pedals as Mincemeat or Tenspeed in 2006, and quickly garnered a dedicated following. Baltimore whiz Dan Deacon claimed that Harms was his favorite performer in 2007, and S-S Records head Scott Soriano wrote in the Z Gun fanzine "This is loud minimalism and full of all kinds of great ideas." Harms doesn’t use a guitar to create his noise -- just the pedals and a mixer. In fact, in Harms’ liner notes to his latest album Strange Gods (Zum), he wrote, "No synthesizers, samplers, sequencers, drum machines, computers, musical instruments." More power to him.
Instead of doing one top ten list I thought it’d be better to put my top ten number ones from ten different lists to keep it the creme de la creme. Enjoy!
David Wightman is really good at eating. If you go to Burrito place, he’ll order a quesadilla. If you go to a hot dog place, he’ll get a milkshake. If you go to a donut place, he’ll get like 50 of these little creme filled things with a funny name that no one wants to eat. This dude was always keeping me guessing, a totally unpredictable, totally true unto itself eating style. (His music and life philosophy is also excellent, check out "This Music Is My Life.")
Really beautiful inspiring music. Always brings me back to a simpler, more joyful time in my life filled with screaming pedestrians, scornful fathers, and simple attainable goals. Perfect for when everyone hates each other and/or is really sad about all sorts of stuff.
Great 7" by a totally crucial Philly band. Kinda like the Kinks if their songs were a minute long and they never repeated a part. Comes with a lyric sheet written by one of the band member’s dad.
The best guidance anyone could ever get, ever concerning playing music. Extremely inspiring and a big influence on me, my life as well as music.
Zola Jesus is getting really popular right now, so I won’t talk too much about her haunting beautiful music with a touch of Phil Spector. Nero is kinda like Castlevania themes matched with breakcore rhythms. He would definitely argue he’s not goth, BUT he does have goth fans at almost every show, AND knows a thing or two about the ways of their heart (synth strings he tells me, is the key), so I’ll let you be the judge.
I hear this guy everywhere, all sorts of folks are cribbing his style. His movies are also amazing. The next time you listen to that slow deliberate contemporary synth record you’ve been jamming, think about how much poorer we’d all be without him. Seriously.
Not that super goofy jam by Hank Williams Jr. The instrumental that’s been around forever. Equal parts epic, catchy, and downright ridiculous. One of the most conflicted and driving pieces of music running. Also excellent, for serenading that special someone.
Tone perfect instrumental 1970s funk made by some guy (named Rob) born in the 1980s from Murfreesboro, TN. Everything about this tape is perfect, from cover to the fidelity, totally unbelievable. Totally one of the best tapes I’ve ever heard.
I guess this’s the best one from a musical viewpoint. Personally, I prefer vibrate mode.
If you’re in a band that people like, and you ask for "a fucking beer," someone will usually give it to you. Also, punk totally rules and Black Flag are one of the best bands of all time.
By Dusted Magazine