Jorge Elbrecht ft. Caroline Polachek | I.V. Aided Dreams
Ok so this Jorge Elbrecht character has sort of come out of nowhere this year (yeah yeah, he was in Violens and Lansing-Dreiden but hey that’s pretty much nowhere), but he has been releasing some of the most interesting music of 2013. His collaboration with Ariel Pink made me interested in Ariel Pink again (sorry, Mature Themes just doesn’t do it for me), and his track with Caroline Polachek of Chairlift really just goes above and beyond.
This is pretty much my SOTY.
It’s a haunting track, almost to the point of distress, that utilizes movements of looped yelling and Polachek’s dreamy vocals to create a feel that causes me to simultaneously want to curl away from it but turn it up much, much louder. I’ve had it on repeat for the last few weeks.
Toni Young, of the 1980s Washington, D.C. punk band Red C.
In early 1981, Tomas, who had just moved to the D.C. area from Switzerland, was walking down M street and smoking a pipe when he ran into a whole crew of D.C. punk rockers. They were being interviewed by the Washington Post for an article on the punk scene. It was through that meeting that he was introduced to Eric L., from Potomac, a suburb in Maryland. Eric was looking for a drummer and Tomas was looking for a band, and they ended up forming Red C with Leo and Toni. Leo only played a few shows with the band and was then replaced by Pete, who had been rumored to have been a member of the mysterious band The Stab, along with John from GI.
The name Red C may well have come from a favorite Ethiopian restaurant in D.C. called Red Sea, though there were other theories floating around and the band wasn’t telling. They had a unique approach to music and this resulted in a sound quite different than what most of the other bands were playing at that point in time.
Red C only played six or seven shows before breaking up, but they managed to record a demo tape at Hit & Run studios at some point during the summer of ‘81 and songs from that session appeared on the “Flex Your Head” sampler. There may have been a second demo recorded in their basement that featured more of their songs, but the tapes disappeared after Toni died of pneumonia in the mid-80’s.
This is a new song. I’m playing a show on Friday at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor at 8pm with Carter Moulton, and I’d love it if you could make it! It’s the first show I’ve played in some time, and I’m real excited about it.