January 23rd, 2008


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Another iPhone annoyance: There is no physical camera button, so it's freakin' hard to take a picture of anything with one hand...


Lest I forget: new Max Tundra available for download, for free

Long time friends of mine may have noticed that I harbor immense fondness for Max Tundra; to me, he's simply the most innovative, inventive, humorous, and challenging artist I've heard in this century.

It's been almost five and a half years since he released his last LP, Mastered by Guy at the Exchange; Pitchfork gave it a 9.3, called it "a massive achievement" as well as "accessible, catchy and brilliantly simple," and got its title wrong in their review.

He's said to be releasing a new LP at some point in 2008, but until then, you can download two excellent tracks from his MySpace page:

1. A remix of Hold Music by Architecture in Helsinki: If you're not an AiH fan, well, your loss, as they say. Here, you get all of the upbeat, crazy joyous energy of the band mixed up with typical Max Tundra exuberance. It's really hard not to sing along with this in the car on the way to work.

2. A remix of Bullets by a fairly obscure band called Tunng. This is a bit more somber but still a hell of a lot of fun to sing along with - and thankfully their singer's range is about the same as mine, making it way easier. I've just picked up their debút album but haven't heard it yet, so until then, there's this remix of their first single.

To download these tracks, mute your PC, visit Max's MySpace page, and click the Download links in the music player. Very, very worth it.

Coming soon: There's a new, original Max Tundra track on Worried Noodles, a double CD that sets David Shrigley cartoons to new compositions. More info on this project here; sadly, I had to buy the CDs to get that one track as it wasn't available as a MP3 download at the time. I'll figure out a way to post it soon, I hope, so that other may enjoy.