I’m reviving an old music blog at the end of 2021?

Maybe it’s foolish, and maybe I’m the only one who misses the blog ol’ days, but I’m gonna give it a shot. I’ll be working on restoring some of the old content, though much of it was lost. If there’s interest, I’ll try to figure out how to safely share some of the old remix sunday archives.

For now though, you can find all the label’s releases here, on bandcamp, or anywhere you listen to music these days. I’ve also still got copies of some of the old vinyl releases, and I’m planning a set of charitable cassette compilations to raise awareness about the continued [mis]use of broken windows policing methods.

Plus I’ve put together a playlists section with a handful of spotify lists that hopefully start to capture a [slightly] updated version of the moods we used to peddle. Give those a listen and a ❤ if you would be so kind. If people want me to put together soundcloud playlists, or something else, give me a holler.

– Haldan/Boody

  • New Hots Hots 7

    moktar – “Silk” (sc)

    Logic1000 & Big Ever – “Natural” (sc)

    Posthuman – “Terror Police” (DMX Krew Remix) (sc)

    image/ Margaret Bourke-White

  • Main Phase – Hear Them

    I was legitimately excited to find out that Main Phase, whose work quality has been unwavering in recent years, used to be a member of a crew of Danish 14 year olds that would regularly submit remixes to Palms Out in the way back whens. While I wouldn’t do him dirty by sharing any of those old submissions, I will tell you he always had the spark. He recently announced his latest record, Lost City Archives Vol. 5 on the homonymous imprint, which includes the song below. Pre orders are open now, but it’s gonna sell out quick.

    Main Phase – “Hear Them” (sc)

  • Sola – You Don’t Have To Say

    Sola – “You Don’t Have To Say”

    This song is from Sola‘s recent self-produced record, Feels Like a War, out on Jamz Supernova’s Future Bounce imprint, and written in collaboration with Moses Boyd, Ife Ogunjobi, Raven Bush, and Tora-i. Since Sola told us we don’t have to, I won’t say any more, except that this is good music.

    Sola – “You Don’t Have To Say” (sc)

  • 1-800 GIRLS – Your Love or Mine?

    As another artist whose name doesn’t necessarily evoke quite the right imagery to describe the music I make, I have personal appreciation for the moments of dissonance listeners may experience when discovering 1-800 GIRLS via his more recent work. Digging a little deeper into his catalog, the name might make a bit more sense. The first two songs are from from his latest, the self-released Your Love or Mine?, and the last one is the title track from last year’s Slipping on Lost Palms.

    1-800 GIRLS – “By Your Side” (sc)

    1-800 GIRLS – “In Youth” (sc)

    1-800 GIRLS – “Slipping” (sc)

  • DJLP – BLSSMS

    DJ LP BLSSMS

    I know virtually nothing about DJLP, except that they’re based in London, and they’ve only released a handful of songs so far. I’d like to think that BLSSMS is a reference to the holiness of the text message, but I don’t know that either. I stumbled across this song somehow a couple of months ago, right after it was released in July, and it’s just another example of how perennially effective this type of midtempo breakbeat will always be, at least to me. The mp3 is available below, but make sure to show your support on DJLP’s bandcamp.

    DJLP – “BLSSMS” (mp3)

  • TOKiMONSTA – Naked (Nosaj Thing Remix)

    Nosaj Thing recently delivered a deceptively simple remix for this TOKiMONSTA single with Channel Tres from earlier this year. It’s out on Toki’s own imprint, Young Art Records.

    TOKiMONSTA – “Naked” (Nosaj Thing Remix) (sc)

    While I’m on the topic of Los Angeles powerhouses, Young Art also just released Transmission, an album from old friend of the site Kingdom with songwriter Rush Davis. It includes this excellent song with Rochelle Jordan.

    Kingdom & Rush Davis – “Anyway” (ft. Rochelle Jordan) (bc)

  • James Shinra – At the End of the World

    On a day like today, it’s hard to feel like the world isn’t repeatedly sending us the same gruesome message.

    That justice isn’t real; murderers will go free while innocent people will languish. And we’re supposed to be thankful that at least the state didn’t sanction the murder of one innocent black person today, it will only keep him in prison forever; even while it simultaneously gleefully rewards an actual killer for his whiteness.

    That no amount of collective work and personal responsibility will save the world; if the powerful continue to insist on sacrificing the world to pursue their own mania, it won’t. And we’re supposed to be thankful that one of those maniacal villains decided to share 1/3rd of what he’ll leech today with actual humans, instead of only building spaceships for his friends–but only today.

    I don’t have any words to alleviate any of these feelings. They’re justified and terrifying. All I will say is that it’s no less ethically excusable to route those feelings into something superfluous or numbing than it is to muster the energy required for active vigilance.

    A segue here is impossible, but I want to at least mention what an impact this song had on me a couple of years ago, when it was released. Among others I picked up at the time, it gave me the itch to start writing about music again. There’s something simple and right about it, and its name seems to imply that Shinra might have been using it as a way to express his own apocalyptic anxieties. He’s one of those artists that should be a household name, so here’s me contributing to that just a touch.

    James Shinra – “At the End of the World” (sc)

    For good measure, here’s another older song of his that I’ve also gotten comfort from.

    James Shinra – “Plannt” (sc)

    Both 12″s are unfortunately long sold out, but you can buy them digitally and support James Shinra on bandcamp.

  • Ross Fish – 8 Songs about Absolutely Nothing

    Ross Fish says he’s not funny. He is though.

    Ross Fish makes synthesizers and pedals and songs. He names his things after a WWII-era radio jamming eliminator that allowed Dutch citizens to listen to Radio Oranje broadcasts during the occupation.

    These songs are from a tape he put out last year. He says the songs are about about absolutely nothing, but I read that to mean they’re probably about that something that’s really nothing; that thing that leaves you sitting, broken hearted.

    Ross Fish – “VARIATION #2” (bc)

    Ross Fish – “VARIATION #8” (bc)

    Ross Fish – “VARIATION #3” (bc)

    This tape is sold out, but it’s still available digitally, and he’s got other good tapes too.

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    Also listen to this 15-minute thing he did in 2016 on a split tape with Kyle Landstra on Oxtail Recordings. Some of the best music released by a fish ever.

    Ross Fish – “Noodles” (bc)

  • Club Cab – Bustas

    Club Cab is from Dallas. He contributed this little bop to the fourth volume of Club Designs‘ CDMUSIC compilation series.

    In other cab news, NYC taxi drivers recently won a hard-fought battle to restructure their paralyzingly large medallion loans, after the value of those medallions plummeted in the transformed landscape of unregulated ride-sharing-behemoth dominance. Driver power. Union power!

    Club Cab – “Bustas” (sc)

    Buy CDMUSIC004 on bandcamp.

  • The Spongetaker – Everywhere At The End Of Bikini Bottom

    I really can’t describe this better than Liminal Garden already has.

    Some view parody as merely making fun of something, but in the right hands parody can actually serve as a pretty powerful tool to drive home a particular point or narrative. Case in point: Everywhere At The End Of Bikini Bottom by The Spongetaker.

    They say parody is the sincerest form of flattery, and that certainly holds true for this album, which is spoofing Leyland Kirby’s emotional masterpiece Everywhere At The End Of Time, setting it in a universe that most people in this audience have an intimate familiarity with and feel genuinely nostalgic about.

    Producer Vappasko (as The Spongetaker) absolutely delivers on the humorous side, because the album is simply hilarious: everything from the whimsical track titles, the sample choices, the heavy effects perfectly emulating EATEOT, to even the cover artwork itself are just a lot of F.U.N. But at the same time it’s a genuinely haunting listening experience, making you painfully aware how memories of days gone by are unavoidably washing away in the steady stream of time.

    If we are the protagonists of our own memories, then I don’t think Spongebob is any less relevant a foil for many than Al Bowlly is for Kirby’s characters.

    Listen after the jump.

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  • House of Venus – Dish & Tell (Bitch Mix)

    Venus absorbs and tempers the masculine essence, uniting the masculine and feminine in mutual affection. She is assimilative and benign, born of sea foam, a charm, a magic philtre.

    You’ve no doubt heard this Loleatta Holloway-sampling 1990 classic by the polyonymous Dutch trio composed of Eddy de Clercq, Gert van Veen, and Erik van Putten. If not consciously, then probably on a dancefloor somewhere. But it’s out of print now, and doesn’t appear to be available to stream, at least not stateside. I’ve got a few higher quality versions of this, but none sound quite as good as this vinyl rip. It’s got too much noise and crackle, but whoever ripped it had some kind of nice natural compression going on in their system that cut off the edges of the 909 in the right places and gave it the kind of heft it deserves.

    House of Venus – “Dish & Tell” (Bitch Mix) (mp3)

  • Anz & George Riley – You Could Be

    “Every perfect day starts with a lie-in, no alarms, just sunlight. No one texting, calling or emailing me. Garage in the evening. A party with me and my friends playing, no pressure on anyone. A good afters, and the next day in the park. It’s like when I went to uni and first realised I wouldn’t get in trouble if I didn’t go in, and literally watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off instead.”

    Anz on her day dreams

    That sentiment is pretty consistent with the way this song makes me feel. Hard to disagree. Listen below, and check out a little more of George Riley after the jump.

    Anz – “You Could Be” (ft. George Riley) (sc)

    Buy the record on bandcamp.

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    George Riley – “TRIXXX”
  • Goitia Deitz – Land

    It was Ben’s birthday yesterday. I hope you’re doing alright wherever you are, Ben. Miss you. ♡

    Goitia Deitz – “Land” (sc)

    Goitia Deitz – “Sunday Shimmer” (sc)

    Goitia Deitz – “Temples” (sc)

    Goitia Deitz – “An Ocean” (sc)

  • Kahvi Collective – Tangents

    I remember in the Napster and Limewire days how often I’d find tracks that were mislabeled in order to mislead people into thinking they’d stumbled across the long lost Boards of Canada or Aphex Twin song, or whatever, and how hard my young ears would have to work to discern if these were in fact the real thing or a hoax. Those dummy songs would take on lives of their own, and without an app like Shazam, would establish their own value as they persevered in anonymity among those of us in blissful ignorance.

    It’s nice that some out there are willing to totally embrace the nostalgia of those times, heedless of all who might say art is only worth doing if it centers currentness completely. It’s also not surprising that some of them would be those same diehard Boards of Canada fans, still so eager to find that long lost BoC song that they simply decided to just write it themselves with no pretension or pretense about so-called originality. Kahvi Collective has, in spirit, collected 28 of those dummy BoC songs, all made purely in celebration of BoC’s innate nostalgia. I’ve selected a few for you here, and you can download the rest on their bandcamp for whatever you wish to pay. Actual nostalgia over “future” nostalgia.

  • qwqwqwqwa – Untitled

    I don’t know much of anything about qwqwqwqwa, except that they’re from St. Petersburg. This is apparently the only song they’ve released in this style–which they’ve told me is one they’re no longer exploring. That’s unfortunate, because you rarely hear this kind of ominous and measured take on the breakbeat delivered so well. “Untitled” is taken from the We Hate Breaks compilation released in 2019 on urwaxx, all of which is very much worth a listen.

    qwqwqwqwa – “Untitled” (bc)

  • Haider – Maracuja

    Maracujas are related to passion fruit. When they’re ripe, their skin goes all shriveled and leathery, leading many people to believe they’ve become rotten. But that’s really when they’ve become sweet. It’s been so long since I regularly shared music here that a lot of the music I’ve been loving lately isn’t exactly brand new. But even if a song like this one by Haider is a year or a few old, it might be so good that it’s actually especially ripe for sharing.

    Haider – “Maracuja” (sc)

    Buy the 12″ on Haider’s bandcamp.

  • Boys Noize & Abra – Affection

    It seems fitting enough for the first post in upwards of ten years to feature an old blog house favorite. Boys Noize was not only a favorite of blogs during that now oft maligned period of music history, but he was also kind enough to release my record with Le1f back in 2012. Moreover, the sound of this song, featuring Abra, also aligns nicely with the girly freestyle/electro style that was a consistent undercurrent for many years on Palms Out, sometimes to the chagrin of readers who came for the bangorz, but always to my own delight.

    Boys Noize & Abra – “Affection” (sc)

    Buy it on bandcamp.

  • DonChristian – My Crew

    DonChristian – “My Crew”

    In case you missed The Fader premiere, here is the gorgeous video for DonChristian‘s “My Crew” — from his debut tape, The Wayfarer — out on Greedhead/Camp&Street. It’s real good.

    DonChristian – The Wayfarer mixtape (mediafire zip)

  • Lady – Pussy Be Yankin

    The feeling be strong.

    Lady – “Pussy Be Yankin” (sp)

  • Udachi – Put Down De Bong

    Lots of love to Palms Out fam Udachi. <3 <3 <3

    Listen to the full 6+ minutes below…

    Udachi – “Put Down De Bong” (sc)

    From the future: our old friend Udachi just released a set of 30 demos on his bandcamp: Lost in Time (Demos for TikTok Demons)

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