As you can imagine, perusing the internet in search of new music is one of my favourite pastimes. However, one of my main hubs for new music, Facebook, has been completely infiltrated as of late by something called neknominations. This stunt involves teenagers filming themselves chugging a beer and then passing the ritual on to a close friend or acquaintance. What started as the harmless sharing of the act of beer drinking has escalated to kids attempting to showcase their bravado by chugging large quantities of hard alcohol on camera and instead proving themselves very sick or in the hospital. I have been known to drink a few beers myself, but never as a way to prove myself to others or in such excess that I wind up getting my stomach pumped. The neknominations were a great idea to start but in this day of binge drinking being so publisized, it’s easy to see how one could get carried away. Keep it in moderation kids, you don’t want to end up all over the news in a puke-covered Lebron James jersey, and much less injure your precious little body. What’s especially worrisome is that the nominations are still going strong even though the deaths of four teenagers have been linked to this ridiculous stunt, which begs the question, when will it end? Hopefully soon, because I much prefered when my news feed was filled with new music rather than silly post-pubescant boys drinking their unshaven faces stupid. You don’t need to prove yourselves kids, we will love you anyway -Cheers, Ron Johhnson
Thank you for reading this short message; luckily I have still managed to rustle up some interesting music to share with you on this Tuesday afternoon. This one comes from Dave Portner (aka Avey Tare), one quarter of psychedelic whatever band Animal Collective. If you have ever listened to the wildly trippy music of Animal Collective, you will notice a shrieking, turbulent aspect that brings to mind a carnival on acid. That is Avey Tare for you. The more spaced out, Beach Boys-y side comes from our other friend Panda Bear, which can be noted on his own solo releases. It’s interesting to listen to the solo acts of Animal Collective members and see where each piece of the collective fits in. Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks is Dave Portner’s newest solo endeavour, which he has described as “a group of three hippies on a road trip through the backwaters of 2013s rural music scene fall prey to a murderous cannibalistic band making…” Little Fang is perhaps not as strong as an Animal Collective tune, but still holds true to that carnival-esque sound that Avey Tare is known for. Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks will release their debut album Enter the Slasher House on April 7, 2014 for Domino Records.