UNDER THE INFLUENCE: Suavity’s Mouthpiece.
Suavity’s Mouthpiece are a two piece, Pittsburgh-based post-punk/experimental outfit. Their songs are fucking crazy, I can imagine them being the house band for a film set in a post zombie-holocaust world that focuses on the new breed of club-kids, who, instead of getting all fluoro like Michael Alig and James St James, do stuff like grafting metal over half of their face and wearing platforms made out of animal skulls. I mean that in an entirely complementary way of course. Their debut full length is coming out in spring on Subspine Records, but until then, check out their influences.
Eternal Recurrence (J. Trafford)
It’s a deadly thing to restrict oneself to a dogma. That being said, as the dilapidated United States government can very clearly exemplify, it’s never a bad idea to think about something. I came across the concept of eternal recurrence when I was sixteen years old, and have thought about it in countless capacities since. What I have learned is that if thinking about something gives you confidence in what you are doing in life, then it is probably a good idea to not let it control every thought, every breath. There is always a percentage of error, always someone, somewhere with a big nose. Non-ambition leads to an unbreakable spirit, and cyclical time is a very advantageous ground for a fashionably ‘punk’ mentality.
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Project Trio (Meredith)
I played flute starting in 4th grade, and throughout my years of band class, I didn’t know a flute could kick so much ass until I came across this guy.
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Jascha Heifetz (J. Trafford)
Heifetz was the consummate working musician, and has for years held considerable stature in my favor as I perpetuated my work. Naturally, this is frowned upon, as how can a person who doesn’t consider himself much of a musician at all ‘fully’ appreciate the sheer virtuosity of an inconceivable master of Passions? Personally, I find absolutely no disagreement in switching from listening to Heifetz’s rendering of Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade Melancolique” one moment to listening to “Time’s Up” by the Buzzcocks the next. I’m given the impression that I should rack my brain for hours in attempt to find an explanation for this. Well, that’s pointless. It’s seamless to my ears. That’s how symphonic first wave punk was, and that’s how searing Heifetz’s dexterity was. Can’t hear it? Turn it up.
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Flea, in my opinion, is one of the greatest bassists in modern music. It would be one of my greatest honors to get to talk to him, and grab some tips. Slap bass is pretty rad, and something I’ve never been able to do.
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ANBB (J. Trafford)
No human’s voice resembles Blixa Bargeld’s. None ever has, nor ever will. His scream is not his own. It belonged deep inside the Heart of another, one who had lived an incomprehensibly tortured existence, and Blixa, being the scientist he is, came and stole it from that person. ANBB is one of the most important creative innovations ever conceived, and “Mimikry” is incontestably the most essential album of this millennium. It’s merely good old Neubauten intuition that it was birthed so early on, while 2000 – whole ERAS behind Blixa Bargeld and Alva Noto – was just getting used to being an only child. Why do you think ‘the world is in the state it’s in?’ I insist that it is because world leaders (who am I kidding, they have no power) are not listening to “Fall.”