Thursday, July 15, 2004

Indie catch phrases

Emperor X- Extrerminata Beat: Chad Matheny, also known as Emperor X was given a brand new Casio SK-1 for Christmas at the tender age of eight. And like you, I am also surprised the recipient of such technology would go on to lord over a dangerous yet lucrative indie lo-fi scene. Exterminata Beat is the opening track from his album of sample-heavy synth-pop "Tectonic Membrane/Thin Strip on an Edgeless Platform" (released June 8, 2004, Snowglobe), and it starts things off just right. It's fun, accessible, poppy, Chad's vocals sound like a subdued Isaac Brock, and the instruments sound almost toyish. That's the idea though right, instruments bought on indie cred, hopelessly tuneless, yet ernest vocals and the master recordings made on tascam four-tracks dad found in a pawn shop. Well it works for me anyway.

Buy This Record from insound.

Emperor X the master web page. And a really great web page that proves Florida is composed of provinces.

I Am the World Trade Center- Future Sightings: Athens Georgia, home to the 40 Watt, the Black Lips (banned from the 40 watt), and Of Montreal is also home to I am The World Trade Center. This track was taken from 2004's "The Cover Up" LP, available on both CD, and limited edition white vinyl. Once you can get past the opening bar of synth hits reminiscent of a mid-nineties car commercial trying to emulate "freedom" or "escape" this turns out to be a great song. The chorus sounds just like the Cansecos track "This Small Disaster" (which I would like to post when Shaw fixes my server accounts) the arrangements are tight and the production is good.

Click To Buy from I am The World Trade Center.

In related news... Amy Dykes, the vocalist for I am The Workd Trade Center was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system click here for more info) on april 27 of this year. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy and is on blood thinner, yet she still goes out to DJ the IATWTC party on Wednesday Nights at the Go bar in Athens. My best friend got cancer last year and spent 120 days in the hospital. The hospital is boring, painful, it smells funny and you usually end up with tubes and needles all day. Not to mention how uncomfortable chemotherapy is. My friend used to say he could taste the chemicals when he was getting the chemotherapy injections. Amy is probably spending most of her week in the hospital and would likely appreciate any sort of diversion from hospital life. So if you would like, you can send correspondence to:

Amy Dykes
PO BOX 829
Athens, GA, USA


Blogger max wood said...

emperor x doesn't use samples and is it really synth pop?

also: what makes you think he lords over the indie scene?

he's immature and sucky. listen to the rest of the record.

HAVE A GOOD DAY!!! :-) :-) :P !!! weeeee

10:21 PM  
Blogger Tyler Fedchuk and Paul Devro said...

Okay Distortion Pedals, I guess you didn't get the joke. I don't think this emperor x is lording over any scene, if anyone lords over the lo-fi scene it's the original Unicorns record. But I can't help but lend my support to these artists. If you have some problem with that then I guess it's just too bad for you.


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