spoileR alert has started this new thing where we try to seduce people from our own homes And, get this, it’s all through the internet. the iDea is that we throw our audio/visual inTo binary, translate it to trinary, strEam it to your computEr which then traNSlates it to sanskrit, then back to regular audio/video so you can watch it. last night we did our second web stream with the newly added feature of having actually listenable sound, as showcased by GRNDRER, dontdie, Minivan Markus, TΔNDEM, & Bored Lord.
beCause it was as gOOd an excuse as any, we used the stream as a puLpit for the message of spoiler alerT 7- an odysEy of OutEr Space CruNk 3500 with exclusiveS from purplecatjane & binaural beat, curated by one of our own space experts TΔNDEM. download is up, feel free to make 1 or 10 digital copies.
This week and beats or whatever. To start, we put up an interview I did with 10th Letter that’s a great read. This guy is yet another example of someone way to talented for so few soundcloud followers, so do yourself a favor and check out his soundcloud for an hour or two.
Onto new music-
The Hudson Mohawke track ‘Pleasure Principle’ had only previously released exclusively to vinyl. All that changed this week when Hudmo put the energetic dance blitz up for d/l on soundcloud.
One thing about spoiler alert that seems to be a near constant is our tendency to share all sorts of shit. PS1 games, responsibility for vomiting in someone’s parents house while playing a roadshow, perspectives of social contract theory, and occasionally even kitchen sinks.
With this in mind it comes to no surprise that some of the best tips I get on music are from my best friends. 6 months back, Moniker Twist turned me onto the detailed beats of 10th Letter. If you’re unfamiliar with the producer’s sounds, 10th Letter makes futuristic beats with a vignette blur. His works are patchworks of textures, samples and synths that are all layered together to create a big picture image heavy on aesthetic and atmosphere.
Though some inspirations from artists like Flying Lotus(or Brainfeeder co. in general) might be apparent, 10th letter has many obscure elements about his compositional style that will keep any heady listener coming back for a 7th or 8th listen. In lieu of his recent release “Weapons” I found time and ability to talk to the South Carolina-based producer.
DD: You just released a remix of Cloudeaters‘ “Not Enough.” How’d that come about?
10th: I met the guys of Cloudeater through playing gigs in the Atlanta area. One day Nolan (from Cloudeater) hit me up and asked if i would do a remix and here we are.
DD: Speaking of recent releases, Weapons is still a recent release, Tell me about that release. What does this album mean to you and what was the process of writing/building it like?
10th: That release was very personal. Each song definitely has its own story. Most of them are from events that were happening in my life at the time. The actual title derived from a concept I had to make an album dedicated to self preservation and the tools to achieve it.
I’m kinda getting bored of how ‘newsy’ some music blogs can be. Before you take that as sounding ignorant as hell, I just mean I wish that sometimes ‘music’ blogs would cut the shit and just throw me some good tracks. I really don’t care about who Azaelia Banks has twitter beef with this week or who Nardwuar blew away with his amazing ability to tell an artist the color of their soul.
Just like in wc3, if you take a small party of explorers out into the wild, you’re liable to find other small collectives workin’ their own neck of the woods. So, through the vast unexplored territory of the world wide web and connections of old, Spoiler Alert recently made internet make-out buddy status with Nashville’s Knockturn Alley.
The monthly event that takes place at a divebar called Springwater (which has the opposite aesthetic as the name would imply), deploys a slew of underground hip hop and electronic wizardry through a select few Nashvillians. Knockturn Alley 3 was a special night for both crews as we had some Spoiler Alert rep (dontdie, cvlt45, & dinoDNA) play along side native Knockturnals (Zukavicz, Red Beard, & Binauralbeat) with the added benefit of having 2 knockturn MC’s (Camp Capsize & Ghostferatu) host the event and drop their own rhymes in between the acts .
Bringin’ all this heat together was enough of an occasion to make some fire— so here’s the Knockturn Alley x Spoiler Alert mix, curated by Cvlt45.