Iamdeadsmiles58 brings you his newest album A Different Animal and I have to say this is his best release to date. Today is also Daniel’s 22nd birthday and what a way to celebrate it then with a great release. This album has a little bit of everything, noise, grindcore, rap, just to name a few. At times this album make you feel as if you have just wandered into a spiraling whirlpool of frothy egg whites. Your mind will enter a melting chamber as the high pitch vocals tear through your ears like anal rape. But in the end you are left with something inside of you that wasn’t there before, A Different Animal has been placed within, who knows what the future holds from this point on. -RR!
Happy Birthday Daniel! Have a great one from all of us at ROBO! Robotica.
So is this pro choice or the other one? Either way I Killed Techno and Kangaskhan’s Baby bring you a trip of a split. You get some dirty electro punk on the IKT side and some morbid acoustic squeaks on the KB side. All wrapped up at the end with a sick collaboration between not only I Killed Techno and Kangaskhan’s Baby but also ZX Jon and Porygon. This record will make you think twice about getting an abortion or not, its not my call, I really don’t give a rat’s behind what you do but please do download this and all the other releases here on ROBO! Robotica, home of the free music you cant keep off your hard drive. -RR!
A new EP of sorts by A Beautiful Lotus. Some of the tracks are throw backs from years past but put together again to put together a 15 minute dance party suited for hipster cats. The reality is that this is just a pinch in the arm to the hipster community whoever they may be. Put on some granny glasses and some khakis this party is gonna get hippin wild. -RR!
Xrin Arms has managed to go from harsh grindcore to eerie hip hop with the same honest underground & punishing attitude, over the past few years Anthony Vincent has produced songs for Wu-Tang affiliates to UK underground artists to Northwest powerhouses, with not single sign of stopping anytime in the near future. Xrin Arms has decided to show his appreciation to fans & artists by releasing a pile of free beats for rappers to use or simply for your listening pleasure. Feather Crown is a group of beats that you could drive through the desert too or just sit in your home with a bag of mushrooms & bottle of tequila.
What we are gonna do is ask for you to send us whatever you record and we will upload it to a page that will be constantly updated with new stuff as you send it. Remember you can use all of these beats for free to do what you like with them, you just need to give credit where credit is needed. If you use a track for anything and would like to contribute it this massive compilation please email the track with all info to firstname.lastname@example.org -RR!
Its been a long time coming but finally it has arrived. Taking a really long trip from a far far universe to your desktop comes Super Hyper Impact by the one and only space demon himself NVR-NDR. The very first official release from the man who has made a big name for himself in such a short amount of time. Taking on plenty of projects at once you begin to wonder, this guy has to be from space. Drawing from a diverse array of influences including breakcore, eurobeat, and happy hardcore this free live EP of NVR-NDR featuring guitar by POLO, cover artwork by David Pursley (concept artist for Startcraft & Diablo), Photography by Marianne Williams, and remixes by Sheldon James, ICUH8N, and Tetsujin. This album will cause random spastic movements and the incredible urge to eat a pizza or four. Click download, go to bandcamp, and get this great album now! When have we lied to you? -RR!
Get your Speedbass boots and Speedbass pants on your going for a wild ride. In this dual release with NKS International based out of Montreuil, France put together by Chicago breakcore native tooth_eye in an attempt to revitalize the speedbass.net website and community. Truly a sick and twisted listen from start to center to finish, with just enough distorted bass to get your rocks off. The Jersey Shore kids are fist-pumping to the wrong music if you can catch my drift. We are proud to bring you this piece of Speedbass history and hope you bust a speaker or two. Listen at maximum volume even if your mom tells you she wont read you Alice in Wonderland before bed. Get into recovery, push play, speedbass! -RR!
Artwork by: G4z
[tlr] – “Never Ender”
The year has come to an end and here we are again, another year older trying to figure out what kind of bullshit to try and keep to the coming year. With every year comes that one song that stays in our heads and just cant get it out. It could be anything really, something with a great beat, a great woman singing her ass off, a drum blast over a synth, anything really. Since the start of RR we have tried to release as much different stuff as we could without getting carried away. Sometimes its hard to say no to people, and when you come from a background of having your own project you know getting told no is the worst feeling ever. Over the course of a year and a half or so RR has put out 60 releases from a variety of great musicians. We got humans from Texas, The UK, Indonesia, Denmark, just to name a few. This year we put together a compilation in the Spring with good intentions and to date it still has the most daily, weekly, and monthly downloads from all the releases put out before and after it. The first installment of Spring Cleaning Music made a ton of noise and had such a great lineup of music that I still cant believe we put it out. On that album was a song called “Never Ender” by San Diego native Taylor Shechet who goes by alias [tlr]. I cant speak for everyone but this song really stuck out to me (notice how I go from we to me/this is a one man show) from the moment I got a hold of it. Personally I was having a funk of a year when it came to producing music for my project A Beautiful Lotus. I had a daughter and she took up most if not all my time. Yes she sat on my lap as I wrote most of the ambient albums I put out but I couldn’t do more than that at the time. I became really good e-friends with Taylor and was inspired by his motivation and drive towards music production and anything art in general. I myself found myself feeding off of our AIM conversations for knowledge and inspiration which I had little of the past few years. With the song “Never Ender” it touched a nerve inside of me with the never ending diaper changes, bottle feedings, rocking to sleeps, not getting laids, running out of weeds, being brokes, house payment to dam highs, McDonalds, masturbating, sweeping, dishes, cleaning the litter, pizza boxes, not getting laid, showers, long drives, and so on. I guess what i’m trying to say is that this song really got me through some tough times and with that I pick this as the song of the year here at ROBO! Robotica. Taylor will receive a round trip bus trip to the location of his choosing, an all day at the spa package from our good friends at Whank it out, and also an all you can eat all year gift card to Pizza Mountain the home of the Pizza Mountain. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in making this net label what it is today and will be tomorrow. I really love giving you another outlet for free music to be put out onto the world and for free no less. We are looking for 2011 to be one hell of a year so we hope you stay here with us at RR and well keep helping kill your hard drive. From all of us (me Phil) here at ROBO! Robotica id like to wish you a Happy New Year and please put rockets in your butts with caution. And always remember life will always be a NEVVERR ENDDDERR -RR!
The last release of the year for us and we bring it hard. Several years back a high school student decided to do something different with computer generated music and with it was born Hara-Kari Kitty. Hailing from Alamo Texas, which is just a few miles away from the RR headquarters Christopher Perez brought something to life that was totally life changing for me and alot of others. I was dating a girl who was really into a bunch of the same kind of music I was listening to at the time and I had started writing music very slowly for my project A Beautiful Lotus, she seemed to enjoy what I was doing with it at the time. During this time I had no idea what was going down just a few miles away. My girlfriend at the time would tell me about these house shows that featured alot of nakedness and kids doing electronic music. I was like well I don’t really want to go out and see a bunch of high school kids play out of an iPod, id rather go do a death metal show and try to grope you trough your pants. So what I did was did some research on the once booming Myspace to find such bands as Happy Sucky! Basil the Mouse and Hara-Kari Kitty. I wasn’t too into the other two bands but I totally respected them for what they were doing. But HKK wasn’t doing something that I would just tend to brush off. I was totally enthralled by what I was listening to from the second I pushed play. I hadn’t played live yet and hadn’t planned on doing so just because I didn’t think it would be worth it, and I figured people were so closed minded they would be like whatever…but thats a whole other story. Hara-Kari Kitty pushed the envelope for its short time in existence and paved the way for the whole sub-genre (s) that was created from then on. It was posted on a blog that the reason HKK was killed was for the massive growth in shit in the micro, cyber, electro, midi, and so on grind categories. I know there is a ton of genres and sub genres that get thrown around very loosely and i’m not too into using them but if you were around at the time of the peak of the Myspace micro movement you know how congested it got. A ton of great bands got lost in the mix due to the massive amount of bullshit that got put out at that time. What I have set out to do from day one was to bring you the history of what we do. This little piece of history will be set in stone forever and my goal is to keep it in everyones heart and or mind. This did happen and you shouldn’t forget about it. Enjoy the discography of the artist that totally changed my view in life musically and gave me the strength to grow out of my shell and do what I needed to do. All good things come to an end and when that day does come all we have is the memories. Here I bring you another memory for you to keep stored away in your hard drives for all eternity. Thank you again and have a happy and safe new year. There is a ton of new in 2011 so prepare for even more great FREE releases and a whole lot more. -RR!
Since it was a little late last night I realized there was a few things and people I failed to mention. First of all id like to thank John of the infamous Brokecore, without the start of this net label this super sub-genre would not have had the life it had. Brokecore put out some of the most eclectic electronic music not really before heard before then, unless you were making it yourself. I do believe without Brokecore records alot of us would be doing something else with our lives. Without that first chance to put something out there for the world to hear none of this wouldn’t have been possible.
Also brought to my attention by m@ of Bubblegum Octopus was some missing files in the HKK discography from the One Dead Seagull split. Keep in mind me and Chritopher of HKK put this disco together and not once did he mention that split, nor did I have any recollection of it. I emailed Chris and he told me that he completely forgot about that split happening. If you happen to have a copy of that split that you can get to us we would gladly appreciate it. The good thing about this archive is that we can add to it when and if ever needed. There is also one remix that HKK did of a Hentai Cum Dragon song which will be sent to me very soon.
Once again thanks to everyone involved in getting this discography together and helping us remember what we forgot to add. Once again without any of you this could not be possible. -RR!
Christopher has left some great info on the comments section of this blog post but I will post them on here for the people who cant see the comments.
thanks for the kind words. Most of my hard copies of CDRs, floppies, etc are in a box at my parents’ house with the rest of the things I bought or traded during high school.
HKK occupies an unforgettable part of my life, when I moved from an interior, artistic landscape to being an artist-in-the-world with my feet planted within a particular scene. At the time, the Valley was somewhat conventional, even within the underground music scene. Aside from hardcore punk bands and others that can generally be labeled as “emo,” not much was going on. I had already heard the phrase “Keep Austin Weird.” Well, I wanted to “Make the Valley Weird” as well as hopefully create a sound that was representative of my influences. I was very much digging Gravity-styled bands like Antioch Arrow and Heroin, as well as almost everything on 31G, like the Locust. More straight-up grind bands like Charles Bronson, or screamo bands like Orchid and Saetia, were on heavy rotation. Gigantic Brain, The Smile Adventure, 50 Ways to Kill Me, and the Electrocutionerdz also interested me in the technical/aesthetic aspects of HKK.
The band allowed me to truly do some crazy shit, like attach fireworks to my body, scream nonsensical lyrics, travel and sleep on floors in Austin, wear costumes and make sets. And so much more. What matters to me, though, was that the project helped introduce an alternative to the alternative. Mat of Basil the Mouse was instrumental in lending us his garage, and when that wasn’t available, we had shows in public places, like parks or Broadway Hardware, which were departures from tried and true venues, like Athena’s or the VFW.
José of Happysucky provided artistic support in ways I had never experienced and very much helped me create my idea of an artistic community. Even though our music rested on opposite sides of the musical spectrum, we shared many commonalities, and he passed me so many drum packs, vsts, samples, etc, as well as dreamed with me as we set up the “next big show.”
Of course, there’s the Baby’s Lunch from San Antonio, and the Totally Wreck crew of Austin, artists who were similarly doing unbelievably strange and new and heartfelt things with music, and who helped the Valley become at least somewhat visible within Texas as a whole, but what I’m trying to get at is that HKK represents and was part of something much bigger than itself. For everything the project might lack musically (I say this now, more experienced after more than five years of musicianship and performance), I think the mentality, energy, and communal necessity inherent in HKK is what made the band and helped it rise to, if not momentary popularity, at least recognition.
Toward the end, I was interested in finding a sound that was a little more put together, not so dada, pastiche, collaged. Songs like “Pizza Baroness” and “Grimfvkkerkvuntglugugli” sort of subverted the 8-bit sound as well as experimented with new genres. “Pizza Baroness” features a classic d-beat, for instance. Even so, it wasn’t enough to keep the project going. I moved to Austin to attend college and, barraged with new aspects of life, I stopped playing shows and making music as HKK. It’s true that the influx of 8-bit digi-grind or nintendo grind bands pushed me out of the scene, but it was mostly so because I felt disillusioned with the tropes that were being statically progressed within the genre. It was being augmented by exaggeration rather than change or innovation. Several great groups did come out of the nintendogrind craze, but I was ready to try something new. Plus, I was more interested in continuing Black Jesus, which was a weird-folk, psychedelic project I had concurrent to HKK.
Whether anyone’s interested, I don’t know, but I’ve several things going on. Trash Stache is a group with James Mallard of the Baby’s Lunch fame, and it’s an improvisational band working within the realm of electronics, punk, negative grunge, etc. With the advent of Soundcloud and Bandcamp, Myspace is sort of post-apocalyptic, but we do have a profile:http://www.myspace.com/trashstache.
I’ve also a solo project called Roman Candle, that’s dark, minimal synthy wave. A four-way split cassette is in the works with Ezra Buchla, Seth Nemec, and Omebia, and will be out on Mind Magnetic tapes, a label out of Austin.http://www.myspace.com/537290537
My largest passion, though, is writing, and I’m pursuing a Creative Writing MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts in New York. I attend during June and July, and am spending the rest of my time in Capital Federal, Buenos Aires.
Anyways, once again, I want to say thanks for the thoughtful post and the collection of all my material. We played some fun shows together, and if I remember correctly, was it first at the Boiler Room?
ahh, yah BROKECORE!
It seems that I’m forgetting everything and everyone. John was truly helpful in cultivating the scene in a wider sense that extended beyond the physical location of the Valley.
My correspondence with him, whether it was about music or just bored Friday night chatter, marked a great friendship, and in a lot of ways, John was one of my heroes I looked up to. Evil Robot Ted said no to a lot of trends as well as a lot of conventions, and the project persisted in its sound. Brokecore, as a label, released some great releases.
As for the missing songs, quite a few are missing. I dind’t know whether songs I remixed would be included, too. Since it seems like the Hentai Cum Dungeon remix will be, then there’s also:
Broke033 – Hara-Kari Kitty Vs Evil Robot Ted – 40 Million Oz Of Evil Robot Kitty (3″ONLY! No download).
As well, the song “Radioactive Vomit (Kiss Me)” appeared on the compilation Treasures and Pleasures and is not included in the discog, though “Hentai Fanclub Meeting Behind the School Library” is, and that was part of the Brokecore compilation.
Also, there’s “Double Dragon Fisting,” which was on the Myspace player for quite a long time. I eventually removed it and placed the songs that are currently on the player, but after my computer crashed, I lost everything, including, apparently, my memory.
as for the one dead seagull split, i’ll ask to see whether mat has the files saved anywhere.