Archive for May, 2012


When we put up version 3 of the Merck Records website many years ago, I had a great little idea to set up a script that would randomly choose a page title for the website, every time someone hit the site. Proswell was clever enough to whip one up for me, and I made up a list of fun titles. I added a little bit to them over the years, but most of these were the originals. Here is the list we amassed over the years (minus any of the boring ones).

merck records – the elaborate brothomstates fan club
merck records – severly electronified hiphop
merck records – pony machinedrum racquetball shawnphase sexcat sexcat
merck records – post-IDM, pre-nerdcore
merck records – when trading magic cards just isn’t enough
merck records – quitting while the quitting is good
merck records – the doorbell rings first at our house
merck records – what all your imaginary friends are listening to
merck records – make every record count, kid!
merck records – making electronic record collector kandy
merck records – revolutionizing grindcore
merck records – breaking up is hard to do
merck records – and shave those sideburns mattingly
merck records – Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge
merck records – what twerk thinks it should sound like
merck records – experimental christian rock
merck records – build me a robot, and name him orlando

Feel free to ask questions about the source of any of these if you’re curious.

A little gift for you all. Here is a digital version of ‘the other’ remix that Secede did of Machinedrum for the Half The Battle CD. It didn’t appear on the original Merck CD release, but it did appear on the Japanese version of the release, as well as the Half The Battle 2 12″, and in a little video that got put together of some live show footage from NYC (yes, thats Brothomstates, Jimmy Edgar, and Machinedrum playing a *collaboration* live set at the end of the vid. Sick). Heres a VBR mp3 to download, and a view of the video as well.

Machinedrum – Yo What Uh Yeh (Secede’s Dirty Indian Mix)

Meant to include this in the previous post, but it probably deserves a post of its own anyway. In case anyone missed it, earlier this year Travis posted up his new beats that hes been working on for the year in a nice concise mix on Soundcloud. Its quite an excellent little teaser, check it out if you enjoy Room(s) as much as I do.

May News

A couple bits of news for you all:

-First off, based off my last post, I’ll share as well, that Adam J is now a student of the Visual arts, as well as Audio, and he has a portfolio of some of his work up here: http://theythemselves.com/

-I recently submitted a mix for a Spanish electronic music website called Planeta Modular. I’ll get you guys a link to check it out once its gone live with them. It’s an ambient mix, though more on the chin strokey side (music for people who read The Wire is how I describe it).

-I have a pile of reviews I’ve been meaning to write up, just havent sat down with a beer in hand and the music blasting, to write out my comments and feelings. Here is a rough list, so I don’t forget, and so you can start digging if you’d like: Phantogram, Kryptic Minds, Dirty Ghosts, Consequence, Damu The Fudgemunk.

-Helios just released a free album to members of his mailing list, called Moiety. Its all ambient, and I’m not sure if its still gettable or what, but look into that if you’re a Helios fan. Also, if you’re one of those people who thinks that Drive is one of the greatest movies ever made (mostly because it has a hipster soundtrack), you should check out Keith/Helios’s side project called Mint Julep. Its got that same vibe, though a bit more shoegazey.

-Aesop Rock has a new album coming out, heres a preview track:
http://soundcloud.com/rhymesayers/04-zero-dark-thirty/

-And last but not least, Thom York of Radiohead playing Machinedrum at Coachella: