Posts tagged with "Not Not Fun"

Video Salon – ‘S/T’

June 2, 2017

Video Salon – ‘S/T’ Listening to music, you’re likely to come across the occasional fragmentary but focused, explosive but short track that offers nothing but a few critical coordinates, just a direction or orientation. The sort of bits that music writers tend to call “gestures” or “moves,”... 

Premiere: Skeppet – “Coast Rider”

December 16, 2015

Premiere: Skeppet – “Coast Rider” Skeppet is Andreas Malm and Henrik Wallin, a longstanding Swedish duo and proprietors of the Kosmisk Väg label — a team that comes with all of the attendant psych proclivities you might imagine from the heads behind a label named Kosmisk Väg, “cosmic road” in English. They reconvened... 

Week in Review #97

December 5, 2015

Week in Review #97 “I had mentioned at the end of the last episode that a feature on Pumice was in the works for the weeks ahead, and I can assure you that is indeed still the case. But, in the interest of showcasing some more new music, along with a few recent record fair scores, I thought I’d go ahead and squeeze... 

Premiere: Beat Detectives – “Something Temporary”

July 13, 2015

Premiere: Beat Detectives – “Something Temporary” If you’re a fan of the recently silent Maria Minerva, then Climate Change — the debut LP from Beat Detectives, after a long string of tapes — is bound to tickle your fancy. With proper leisure vibes spread out over 14 tracks, the Brooklyn/Minneapolis trio (Oakley Tapola, Chris Hontos,... 

Video Premiere: Night Court – “Night Court”

June 15, 2015

Video Premiere: Night Court – “Night Court” Not Not Fun’s emphasis on imagined sonic worlds and soundtracks for unmade films has always been a strong facet of the label’s charm. Be it Umberto, Xander Harris and Dylan Ettinger’s early output with NNF, or Sand Circles’ fairly recent cassette, the imprint never shies away... 

Video Premiere: Policy – “Shipai”

February 18, 2015

Video Premiere: Policy – “Shipai” Last year, Francis Hsueh’s Postscript LP as Policy sneaked by as one of the more deserving statements in the dance music of 2014. Having peddled his wares in a series of 12-inches with Rush Hour, Argot, and Green Village, Hsueh finally hit a vibrant, long-form stride with Postscript‘s... 

Dwight’s 2014: Last Year, What Year? Just Say Hello

January 30, 2015

Dwight’s 2014: Last Year, What Year? Just Say Hello As I wrote in the introduction to yesterday’s label feature, 2014 looked like a good year for labels — we admittedly see and try to treat with a large number, but isn’t that any aspiring capitalist’s ideal vision of shopping? A world of choice, with access to varied experiences.... 

Week in Review #41

October 18, 2014

Week in Review #41 This week I’m excited to share information on the newly-minted Eastern Daze festival, a celebration of the intersection of ancient and modern that gives the world “trance music” (broadly speaking). According to the organizers, Eastern Daze is “…a collaborative effort between... 

Premiere: Filthy Huns – “Fake Ass Muthas”

September 19, 2014

Premiere: Filthy Huns – “Fake Ass Muthas” You may recall early last month when we premiered a track from the recently release Ride to Die LP from Minneapolis/LA trio Daughters of the Sun. “Lonely at the Top” was a melancholy, sun-burnt slow jam off of an album that’s soundtracked the end of my summer. Filthy Huns, the side... 

As Long As It Has the Right Vibe: An Interview with Skeppet

August 8, 2014

As Long As It Has the Right Vibe: An Interview with Skeppet The first time you listen to the epic “Den Nya Kusten” (Swedish for “The New Coast”) by Sweden’s Skeppet, you’re likely to be thoroughly drawn in by the hypnotic collision of sounds that ooze from your speakers. There are only a handful of musical elements at work in these recordings (guitar,... 

Premiere: Daughters of the Sun – “Lonely at the Top”

August 7, 2014

Premiere: Daughters of the Sun – “Lonely at the Top” Though based in Minneapolis (known for its brutal cold), Daughters of the Sun’s most recent musical offerings seem to be an ideal match for the sun-drenched Cali psych labels Not Not Fun and Moon Glyph, with whom they’ve released an LP and a cassette, respectively. With a video premiere... 

Week in Review #23

June 14, 2014

Week in Review #23 Twenty three installments into the Week in Review, a little more than half a year into the practice (yea, we skipped a couple weeks for Christmas the first time around), I thought I’d open one with a quick word on the site. We’ll be adding several new contributors over the summer and we’ll... 

Premiere: Doll Food – “Speed Freaks in Love”

June 5, 2014

Premiere: Doll Food – “Speed Freaks in Love” The lo-fi, warped haze of “Speed Freaks in Love” constitutes the first single off of the new cassette from Iowa City weirdos Doll Food. Improvising on mostly broken electronics and ethereal, looped vocals, Doll Food build a distinctly unsettling atmosphere on Marrow Deep. “Speed Freaks... 

Premiere: I IM EYE MY – “Streetcat Bonfire”

April 29, 2014

Premiere: I IM EYE MY – “Streetcat Bonfire” From an upcoming tape for L.A.’s Not Not Fun, I IM EYE MY is made up of Philadelphia musicians Al Creedon and Sean Hamilton (of Spacin’ and Bleeding Rainbow). “Streetcat Bonfire,” the preview track offered by the label,  is a deliriously primal slab of spaced-out drones, pummeling... 

Video Premiere: Skeppet – “Den Nya Kusten”

April 14, 2014

Video Premiere: Skeppet – “Den Nya Kusten” Excerpted from the lengthier 20-minute version that will appear on their upcoming debut LP for Not Not Fun, “Den Nya Kusten” finds Swedish instrumental trio Skeppet venturing deep into the unknown. With hypnotic grooves expertly paired with director Danilo Stankovic’s slow-moving images... 

Video Premiere: LX Sweat – “Living In The City (No Way Back)”

April 2, 2014

Video Premiere: LX Sweat – “Living In The City (No Way Back)” Directed by Phung-Tien Phan, the video for LX Sweat‘s “Living In The City (No Way Back)” is a sedated trek through all things indulgently mesmerizing. Excessively quenched by sizzurp and edited together with curious obsession, images of YouTube ephemera pop into frame, some pleasantly... 

Magic Eye – “Bollywood”

February 3, 2014

Magic Eye – “Bollywood” A new lo-fi-as-hell cassette from Not Not Fun? Oh yes, friends. It’s called Babylon and comes from Edinborough trio, Magic Eye. Here’s a track appropriately titled “Bollywood.”  This is a strange one; immediately turning me off with shrieking highs, I assumed this was a sort... 

Sapphire Slows, ‘Allegoria’

January 17, 2014

Sapphire Slows, ‘Allegoria’ Not Not Fun, 11/5/2013 There are moments while listening to a new record that I wonder about the course my taste in music has followed. Over the past six or seven years I’ve been immersed in electronic music; club jams and minimal techno to  more experimental, noise-inflected works. It’s still... 

Afterhours – “Defragment #2”

January 15, 2014

Afterhours – “Defragment #2” Sleepwalker, Afterhours’ debut 12-inch on Not Not Fun in 2012, hosted four concise tracks of groggy fluorescence and nocturnal slow jams, each pointing toward a different strain of lethargic dance music. The LA-based project hinted at both sultry sci-fi score vibes, mid-90s UK electronic, and... 

Blackhoods – “Doomhound”

November 5, 2013

Blackhoods – “Doomhound” “Doomhound” is the first taste of the new Sunk cassette from Blackhoods, soon to be released on Los Angeles label Not Not Fun. As the title implies, “Doomhound” is a dark, primal, and utterly engaging slice of sun-fried psych-rock. This near 7-minute burner grabs a hold and doesn’t... 
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