MMx059 The Society of Poor Academics – Negative Polarity

He came. He shouldn’t have, but he still came. Looking around, he knew immediately that it had been a mistake. This wasn’t his sort of place, and these weren’t his sort of people. But there he was, and there was nothing to do about it now. He might as well make the most of it.

Now and then, you just need to forget what you’ve learned, get back to basics, and have some unpretentious, unadulturated, unarticulated fun.

A brand new, free of charge EP from the as of yet fairly uncontroversial one-man non-band the Society of Poor Academics, containing both old and future classics.

All songs and tunes were performed on a Casio PT-80, recorded on a Cowon iAUDIO U2 digital audio player. All songs written by Eivind Kirkeby, except for “California Song” which was originally written by John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats. Album cover art by Pål Gauslaa Sivertzen. If your hunger is not sated, you can consult bandcamp.

01. With You
02. Excess Overflow
03. Mysteriumssangen
04. Occupy My Heart
05. California Song (The Mountain Goats)
06. Skal Det Være Mere Te Til Kaffen?
07. Så Smil!
08. Jonas Alaska: Drømmeknuser

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MMx041 Wooly Uli – Mesolimbic Disarray

Do you remember the 80’s? Haha, what were we up to back then? We, or shall I say they, looked so stupid. Thankfully, we have now learned, so that we won’t look as stupid twenty years from now, thank God. Let’s look at these old photos and laugh at how stupid we looked. Haha. Over to you Barbara.

Basically Ulf has made a new record, it sounds like it’s from the 80’s and it’s about Ulf’s fascination with mental disorders. It’s very catchy, has some really cheesy sound effects every now and then, and Ulf is singing on some of the tracks.

In all honesty though, there’s a very serious underlying tone to this record, with lyrics and an atmosphere exploring and questioning certain elements of human (distorted) perception. How can our only true vehicle for experiences (our consciousness) dissolve, and what are we then?

01. You Know You Don’t Know
02. Machine
03. On Your Own
04. Screaming Silence
05. In Front of My TV
06. You Can Be Blue
07. Paranoid
08. Broken Promises

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MMx009 Ars Gratia Artis – Lesbian Race

This is the ying or the yang of Amor Fati, the same setup that made a contemporary masterpiece for the label’s first ever release. It’s strictly acapella, and it lasts for about three minutes and a half. The first track, which could and should be a serious radio hit contender, ‘Lesbian Race’, is a homage to the lesbian race, a bumper car competition in southern New Zealand every summer (where only lesbians can enter). The second track is a bit more of a mystery. ‘Third Rail Pick Up Shoe’, sounds like a Mars Volta-title, which ain’t bad, not bad at all. Props to Nara Vieira da Silva Osga who took the brilliant photo for the cover, photoshopped by Morten.

01. Lesbian Race
02. Third Rail Pick Up Shoe

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