Anders Hana - Dead Clubbing
(Drid Machine Records, 2011)
Anders Hana is the "Ha" in MoHa! and Dead Clubbing, his single-sided debut LP is, well, it's gorgeous--perfect even. Six intense and gritty machinations, each with perilously gridlocked percussion set in looped propulsions, destined to fall off their prescribed track.
Dead Neanderthals - We Are Dead Neanderthals
(Self Released, 2011)
If you're a fan of Anders Hana or MoHa! you'll find a lot to like about Dead Neanderthals. Operating most often in controlled (or barely controlled) bouts of noise jazz and free rock, the duo (on drums and saxophone) have put out three violently delicious 3" CDs, two of which came out last year (including We Are Dead Neanderthals), and all of which are downloadable on their Bandcamp page (which also features their newest 10", a mind-bashing endurance test for the sadomasochists among us). Did I mention that Dead Neanderthals alerted me to Anders Hana's Dead Clubbing? Thanks Dead Neanderthals!
Zac Nelson - Sound a Sleep Sound
I hate this album cover so much, you better believe this album is amazing. Otherwise I wouldn't be posting this stupid thing on FG. Providing something of a reprieve from the pummel-heavy obliterations of Anders Hana and Dead Neanderthals, Nelson's work here is lush and mesmerizing, but in some ways no less chaotic. Sound a Sleep Sound is brilliantly flowing, scattered electronics in the same solar system as acts like Caboladies and Shark's Teeth. The A side, "Cloud Mine," is pretty much perfect. Nelson is pretty prolific and all over the place stylistically as well, on other releases, but always really good. It's just, this cover sucks so bad...