Valen is a Chicago based musical act that is often heavy enough to suppurate sludge from skin and decrease mental capability a considerable amount while listening, flogging their listeners’ ears in a slow-motion abuse of instrumentation and electronics. Rumors abound about Valen and will continue for many years, but little is known about them at this point. Check out their 2013 release Zorse Recoat on Soundcloud or keep your ear to the
ground for the developing news.
Cansei de Ser Sexy – CSS is a Brazilian rock band from Sao Paulo. The band was labeled as part of the explosion of the new rave scene. Their songs are in both English and Portuguse. Cansei de Ser Sexi literally translates as “ I got tired of being sexy”. CSS formed in September 2003, consisting of a group of friends. Their name was taken from a reported quote by Beyonce, who allegedly declared that she was “tired of being sexy”. CSS has sold as many as 60,000 copies in Europe and the United States.
Wesley Willis was a Chicago icon who rapidly achieved cult status. He began his career singing in the street, accompanied by his Technics KN 2000 keyboard. In 1989, Wesley was diagnosed as schizophrenic; he explains that writing, performing, and recording helped quiet the voices in his head. His songs are simultaneously disturbing, hilarious, blunt and intoxicating; most of which feature the same “built-in” keyboard beats. By the time of his death at the age of 40 in 2003, Wesley had recorded more than 50 albums and had drawn and sold an untold number of pen and marker drawings to people all over the world.
Key Tracks: “Rock and roll McDonald’s”;
“I’m sorry I got fat”
This one goes out to CHI
Erkin Koray is widely acclaimed to be the first person to ever play rock and roll in Turkey in 1957. Since then he pioneered psychedelic in the Instanbul music scence with his first single Anma Arkadas in 1967. Being a controversial figure, he was once being assaulted in the streets for having long hair. Koray, with his power trio released a fantastic discography of melodic, Turkish influenced, psychedelic music ranging from beautifully haunting ballands to heavy fuzz psych-outs. Think: Jimi Hendrix of Turkey. Listen to him on the Wizard, and dive into psychedelic history of Turkey!
Key Track: Istemem
Key Album: Elektronik Turkuler