Hausu Mountain unveils February releases by Euglossine & Sharkula x Mukqs, premieres new tracks and a full album stream

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Heyo, here I am: another resident TMT correspondent reporting for duty, with

big news.

And what news it is!

Hausu Mountain, baby (ever heard of it?). It’s a label based in Chicago, but also (maybe moreso?!) in the nebulous Networked Sea of Cyberspace. Hausu Mountain’s tentacles reach far and wide, seeking forward thinking artists from various backgrounds and music scenes, culminating in an eclectic roster that’s always full of surprises.

Which brings me to the reason you and I are here, on this w-e-b-p-a-g-e, swimming in this vast Sea Network I’m talking about. Hausu Mountain has some exciting stuff coming out in February. Let’s discuss!

First up: the inimitable Euglossine (who hails from Gainesville, Florida but swims about in the Networked Sea of Cyberspace quite often himself) will be dropping his first ever Hausu Mountain release Coriolis on February 15. The operative referent of Coriolis is smooth jazz fusion, but embedded in a wax-nostalgic framework of elevator music and video game soundtracks. Euglossine takes these nuanced, context-oriented sounds/moods and resets them in a bed of optimism that absolutely drips with lush melodies. Using various instruments (guitar, keys, programmed percussion, modular synthesis, etc.) as his brush, Euglossine paints jazz fusion in a style that reaches far beyond imitation, taking us into a futuristic world haunted by the faint ghosts of forgotten technologies. Pre-order it over here and sample a couple exclusive tracks below!

But first: brace yourself for ANOTHER (yes, ANOTHER!) February release from the lush coral reef that is Hausu Mountain. Label co-founder Max Allision aka Mukqs has teamed up with oddball hip-hop extraordinaire Sharkula to create Prune City, a sprawling album that sees Mukqs on production twisting and sampling and swirling everything from noise to techno to sound collage — while Sharkula tumble-rhymes a blurred landscape of surreal images, pop culture references, and stream-of-consciousness head scratchers. The result is an improv heavy symbiosis not dissimilar to those fish that surf on turtles.

Prune City drops on February 1, but WAIT! I’m here to tell you that we at TMT have the honor of PREMIERING THE FULL ALBUM STREAM! Right now!! That’s right folks: the ocean awaits, and it’s beckoning you to swim with Sharkula & Mukqs as you pre-order here and listen to Prune City in full down below.

February might be the shortest month of the year; but in the vast Networked Sea of Cyberspace, time is a forgotten, useless construct of the Physical. You know this. Hausu Mountain knows this. Just imagine how fast these 28 days are gonna go by as we swim in all this new music. Get your scuba gear (I’ll wait). Then, hit PLAY already:

Coriolis tracklisting:

01. Blue Dream
02. Coriolis
03. Naturalist
04. Eternal Mouse
05. Boudreaux
06. Egret
07. Zig Zag
08. Cloud Bop
09. Daytime
10. World Behind The Eyes

Prune City tracklisting:

01. Wipe Your Booty With a Bandana
02. Expand Your Mind
03. Hitchhiking on the Mic Device 04:46
04. Mustache Like Pringles
05. Bigass Beard
06. Screamin’ On Your Booty
07. The Love Boat

♫ Listen: Pepper Mill Rondo – E.D.M.

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Refried beans. They’re great on tacos, burritos, enchiladas … I mean, the possibilities are just endless. You cook some beans, you strain em, you mash em up, then you fry em. Refried. Pepper Mill Rondo takes a similar approach to music, cooking up the “drippiest, meltiest nonsense we could conjure,” straining it, mashing it up, then frying all of it in the bowels of a karaoke machine. Also samplers. The result is pure chaos, madness that was clearly so much fun to create that Doug and Max, the Pepper Millers, also unpaid interns (I think) at Hausu Mountain, couldn’t stop at a rational cassette tape length, bulbing the final product out to a bizarre C100 that tests the very confines of patience.

Refried zones.

Well, patience really isn’t an issue, since these 33 tracks are basically approximations of attention deficit disorder set to music. That means nothing sits still, and everything is a surprise. Listening to “E.D.M.” is like stepping inside an F5 tornado that’s picking nothing up off the ground except for functioning radios. I mean, “I’m Sitting in a Room” is simply a communication of [something, I lost track] built from song snippets, single words culled from the tunes and unceremoniously jammed together to form sentences and phrases dictated by Max and Doug. That’s just one thing, though — nothing is off limits within the singular imaginative framework of “E.D.M.” “Pepperoni Stick is Bout 2 Breakup” is a metal/nu metal slurry. “Nintendo Legacy” is an 8-bit Nintendo sound card slurry. Everything’s slurry — watch yourself, you’ll slip on whatever spills on the floor in here.

When it comes down to it, if you guys listen to Tabs Out Podcast (check the special P3PP3R R0ND0 episode) — all those triggered samples and dog noises and shit — then you’re going to get what’s going on. Pepper Mill Rondo has pretty much got you covered for the breaks in between recording sessions — almost literally with this massive beast.

Did I mention it only costs a single dollar to buy the physical manifestation of these musics in cassette format? What the hell are you waiting for! This is your McDonald’s dollar menu now, no more empty calories. But if you need more convincing, try before you buy here:

E.D.M. by Pepper Mill Rondo

♫ Listen: Shnabubula – “Eye Trickle Scuba Wagon”

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I made a bet with myself before I popped in this tape: I was SURE I could come up with a much more ridiculous artist name than “Shnabubula.” Turns out I couldn’t even come close; the best of my list ended up being “Horsebutter,” “Hollywood Lobster Trio,” and, to completely dive off the deep end and not make any sense, “!!!,” which you would pronounce like “chk chk chk” or “pow pow pow,” depending on how stupid you were feeling at any one moment.* After that it just devolved into Simpsons references, and then I took a nap.

No, “Shnabubula” won out in the end.

Game Genie is Shnabubula’s 651st release,** and that’s because New York nutbag Samuel Ascher-Weiss has been unstoppable since 2015, which is when his Bandcamp page dates from. He’s been blasting so much fucked chiptune up the tailpipe of your parked Lincoln that you probably won’t be able to start it when the cops come and tell you to move along, this is a no-parking zone. He’ll likely end up stealing the quarters from your glovebox along with your city map, too.

Which makes him a great match for Hausu Mountain. Not the tailpipe-blasting or quarter-robbing, but the fucked chiptune, presented ever-so-progly so that it will fit in super nicely to the HausMo catalog. Because nobody does far-out electronic experimentation than the Hausu boys Doug and Max, and Shnabubula ticks all those boxes and then another one: restlessly inventive and intricate video game music.

Eh, eh? Got you hooked there, didn’t I? Plus, you’ve seen the cover of Mukqs’s Walkthrough, right?

Apply Game Genie to any experience, and watch as its magical cheat codes transform the situation into uninhibited bacchanal. I borrowed somebody’s Game Genie once, and it never worked like that, I’ll tell you. The Gameshark I had for my PlayStation worked OK, but you had to feed in individual codes, so it was kind of a pain if you wanted anybody else besides the main character in Chrono Cross to be leveled up all the way from the start, and it never worked in real life. Somehow, Samuel Ascher-Weiss figured out the impossible: how you and everybody in your party can be fully powered up, all the time.

Game Genie drops November 2 on Hausu Mountain. Stream “Eye Trickle Scuba Wagon” while you wait.


*Right? You get it?


Game Genie by Shnabubula

Premiere: Fire-Toolz – “Screamography” / “Second Life”

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This ain’t the first Fire-Toolz video we’ve posted for Skinless X-1, and if we all behave ourselves here at Tiny Mix Tapes, it won’t be the last. We’re doing OK so far — Skinless made our Third Quarter Favorites list (buried at the bottom of page 4, but still), and some brave, brilliant writer — not gonna say who — (it was me) — dropped some sweet dopey love on that sucker. In fact, I’m gonna go so far as to say that if Skinless doesn’t make the year-end 50 albums list, I’m gonna eat my glasses. That’s some straight-up future-peeping premonitional knowledge right there.

So, today you’re in for an extra-special treat, a “twofer” according to Hausu Mountain label co-head Doug Kaplan (I don’t use imaginary words like that). Not only does this head trip of a video contain the music of the song “Screamography,” it also features the bonus track “Second Life”! Well, it’s not really a bonus so much as it’s the second part of the package deal — let’s just say you’re getting two songs for the price of one in this video* (and the price is free!).

Oh — that’s what “twofer” means.

Peep the video below, and buy Fire-Toolz’s Skinless X-1! Hype machine winding… down…

* red sphere in water animation: manda boling
analog footage in second life: christine janokowicz
everything else: angel marcloid

Astral Spirits temporarily descend to the earthly plain to announce Tape Batch 18

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Whether you’re in the market for sphincter-clenchingly outré free jazz (presumably) named after an iconic Little Caesers menu item, or for more pastoral fare abstracting folk traditions, September 21 is your lucky day — that’s when Astral Spirits’ newest batch of free jazz and experimental confections is droppin’.

The batch, which is the label’s 18th, will include releases by Brandon Seabrook Trio, East of the Valley Blues, Brandon Lopez, and Crazy Bread.

Here’s the rundown:

  • Crazy Bread is the duo of Hausu Mountain’s Max Allison and noted Chicagoan and Switchfoot fan Ryley Walker. Their album, Vocoder Divorce, consists of live-recorded improvisations for guitar and tape deck.
  • The Brandon Seabrook Trio’s Convulsionaries sees guitarist Brandon Seabrook joined by upright bassist Henry Fraser and cellist Daniel Levin on a set of Seabrook compositions that merge improv with complex composition. Convulsionaries will be released in a limited run of 150 cassettes and 200 CDs.
  • East of the Valley Blues’ Ressemblera is the fourth album of guitar-based improvisation by brothers Kevin and Patrick Cahill, which follows up last year’s Fayet.
  • Bassist Brandon Lopez’s new album, the last in the batch, is titled Quoniam Facta Sum Vilis, which translates to the very metal “for I have become vile in the eyes of the lord,” and it is composed as the inverse of the musical logic of Bach’s cello suites—an exercise in rendering “something florid and beautiful
    from the violent and erratic and [denying] the supremacy of the wrote in
    favor of the intuitive.”

Exciting, no? Yes. For the next three weeks, be sure to keep your eyeballs glued to Astral Spirits Bandcamp page, and in the mean time, dig in to some enticing live vids from Seabrook and East of the Valley Blues to help yet your mind feelin’ free.

Watch: Fire-Toolz – “Experience ☆ Slips ☆ Away”

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It’s been a strange week. THREE days in a row I heard Mr. Big’s “To Be With You” at a grocery store (different times of day, different stores), and lately, I can’t turn on the TV without being confronted by a brain-decaying commercial for instant coffee. I dunno. I haven’t switched medication or slipped between dimension cracks. The one thing I do know is that if the best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup, then your day is going to be a shit tornado.

Not today, my friends! The best part of waking up is a new Fire-Toolz video in your beautiful ugly mugs! Now, you already knew that Angel Marcloid’s new Fire-Toolz album, Skinless X-1, was coming out THIS FRIDAY on Hausu Mountain, but above is a half-week tease for it, in the form of a video for the track “Experience ☆ Slips ☆ Away.”

Directed by Marcloid, who ups the fear quotient like a pro low-budget horror-maker, “Experience ☆ Slips ☆ Away” is textbook F-T: hulking and aggressive, but also possessing hand-made melodic qualities and tense little twists. Oh, it’s also informed by mid-period Rush, of course, as explained by Marcloid below.

The song embodies a gentle longing to be truly present. It is not about being present, but the lightly distracting quality of the longing itself. The song’s implied sentiment is inspired by Rush’s “Time Stand Still.” The spheres represent consciousness. My partner Manda Boling animated the red soccer balls (which represent the/my mind), and everything else is either manipulated stock and YouTube garbage, or whatever I was able to film in my bedroom with an iPhone.

Sax prodigy Andrew Bernstein to release new album An Exploded View of Time on Hausu Mountain

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Making an album is tough. Just ask Guns N’ Roses, or The Avalanches, or The Avalanches again in 31 years when their third album comes out. Overthink things too much, and you could start sliding down a slippery slope, second-guessing every decision until suddenly it’s years later, and all you’ve got is a half-baked album and health problems from eating too much Half Baked. Really, it’s best to keep it simple, play what comes to you, and go from there. And hey, if what comes to you are solo compositions that bend expectations of the kinds of sounds a human should be able to produce from the alto saxophone, then go for it!

That’s what Andrew Bernstein did anyway, for An Exploded View of Time, his first full-length LP. Recorded over the course of a single day, Bernstein’s saxophone playing prowess is on full display. Without the aid of looping or delay — save for one track that uses a custom resonance software developed by Bernstein in the music coding language Pure Data — Bernstein blows and blows (and then blows for like way more than you’d think humanly possible) on his instrument of choice, crafting songs that manage to be minimalist, yet also so complex they sound like they could only have been created by some sort of machine. Like a cool, saxophone-playing A.I. whose only data sources are Terry Riley albums and seminars about math formulas.

Seriously, Bernstein’s finger work and breath control are so impressive, they could respectively put Steve Vai and Guybrush Threepwood to shame. Time stretches out into forever as Bernstein shifts moods and techniques, often within the same song, juxtaposing hypnotic runs through scales alongside squalls of pure noise with ease. The songs seem as though they could go in literally any direction, yet the one they end up going feels like the correct one to take.

You’re just going to have to hear it for yourself; listen to Bernstein run laps around the saxophone-playing A.I. community on the song “Broken Arc,” down below. An Exploded View of Time is out September 28 via Hausu Mountain, and can be pre-ordered here.

An Exploded View of Time tracklisting:

01. Vesica Piscis
02. Boogie Woogie Phase
03. Deus Ex Machina
04. Pressure Wave Meditations I – XXIII
05. Broken Arc
06. Dust
07. Round Up

Dustin Wong to teach us Fluid World Building 101 With Shaman Bambu via new album on Hausu Mountain

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Dustin Wong has grown so FUCKIN’ bored with his usual methodology that he’s decided to SWITCH THINGS UP for the brand new album he just announced1. Yup: he’s throwin’ down some TOTALLY DIFFERENT SYNTHS AND ELECTRONICS, and he’s on a TOTALLY DIFFERENT LABEL, BABY (!!!).

Wait, did I just say new album? Yes! Yes, I did! Wong’s new album is called Fluid World Building 101 With Shaman Bambu, and it’s out both on cassette and digitally via the aforementioned totally different label, Hausu Mountain, on September 14.

The album is Wong’s first solo full-length since 2013’s A Mediation of Ecstatic Energy. (He has, however, put out some collaborative work in the intervening years.) The album complements Wong’s usual guitar with sampling keyboards, and improvised electronic flourishes, according to a press release. “It’s a much less-regimented / grid-oriented affair than his previous solo albums,” sayeth the HausMo folks, “with a lot more improvisation, studio-vibes, and non-guitar instruments.”

Wong has shared a track from the album, “Shaman Bambu’s Portfolio,” which you can listen to below, but if you’d prefer to hear tiny pieces of all the tracks, he’s got you covered too — you can check out a sweet little album trailer below as well, and look at the cover art and full tracklisting while you’re at it.

Fluid World Building 101 With Shaman Bambu tracklisting:

01. Nite Drive with Shaman Bambu
02. World Builder Imagines a City
03. Dawn Thru the Marble Pantheon
04. はずかしがらないで (Don’t Be Ashamed)
05. Village Made of Zephy
06. Shaman Bambu’s Portfolio
07. Cup of Seashells At Neural Tower
08. Desert Via Hovercamel
09. New Societies Interacting, Let’s Zoom In

1. At least I assume this was how things went down.

♫ Listen: Mondo Lava – “Air Walk”

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When Hausu Mountain first dropped Mondo Lava’s hypnotic album Parrot Head Cartridge in 2014, I was swept away by the Davis, CA duo’s blurry drum-circle hallucinations, which followed in the steps of foragers like Dolphins Into the Future in mapping out the trailheads of an island halfway faded to a mirage. Now, the partnership of Jame Kretchum and Leon Roc Hu have returned, taking their jams even further down the path of exotica with the loungey, haunted “Air Walk.” Somewhere between a particularly luscious elevator zone-out and an alternate theme song for that weird resort island in the live-action Scooby-Doo movie, it’s a slippery slide of a track that hints at great, bizarre things to come from Mondo Lava’s forthcoming album, Ogre Heights.

Ogre Heights comes out July 20th on Hausu Mountain, so peruse the vegetation of “Air Walk” until then.

Fire-Toolz announces new LP Skinless X-1 for Hausu Mountain, shares new video

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*Sigh…* You know, sometimes writing for Tiny Mix Tapes is hard. It more or less requires that you try and pin some tacky tags like “post-internet” or “nonbinary breakbeat hypo-information vaporcore” to music that is just downright impossible to define. Yeah, yeah I’m whining… But how would you describe the music of Chicago’s resident transcendent transfemme Angel Marcloid? Huh? If it’s so easy, why don’t you do it!?

That’s what I thought, wise guy person. Lucky for you, you don’t have to take my word for it. Hausu Mountain will be releasing a new full-length record from Marcloid’s Fire-Toolz project on August 24. It’s called Skinless X-1 and is sure to blast your skin clean off. Happy now? And since you just can’t wait to hear for yourself the indescribable sonics of this record, you can stream a gorgeous CGI video for “Ἠλύσιον πεδίον 「Elysian Fields」” below, animated by Dane Patterson and edited by Marcloid herself.

I don’t need to tell you what Hausu Mountain is (you’re reading Tiny Mix Tapes for chrissakes!) As for Marcloid, if you’re unfamiliar with her lineage of solo projects, pen names, and collaborations; or are ignorant of last year’s absolutely wicked Interbeing EP, well then that’s just too bad! Man, you really want me to describe this music huh? Well the press release claims her music is sculpted from signifiers of “genres including jazz fusion, electro-industrial, new age, black metal, vaporwave, and noise improv.” Satisfied????

Ughh, I need to go take a walk. Leave me alone, will you? Just run along and pre-order Skinless X-1 on LP, CD, digital, and t-shirt formats. Oh, sorry, wait, my editor says I still haven’t hit my damn word-count quota for this article: internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet internet.

Skinless X-1 tracklisting (emojis not included):

01. Theme
03. Experience ☆ Slips ☆ Away
04. Screamography
05. Second Life
06. Response To Subdivisions ☾
07. Shadowfacts
08. Upper Peninsula ②⓪①⑧
09. μακάρων νῆσοι「Fortunate Isles」
10. Ἠλύσιον πεδίον 「Elysian Fields」
11. Λήθη「Lethe 」
12. In The Computer Room @ Dusk
13. Proxy Bay