Paste Magazine Premiere “I Want To Die Young” From Terminal Mind

Daily Dose: Terminal Mind, “I Want To Die Young”

Daily Dose: Terminal Mind, "I Want To Die Young"

Daily Dose is your daily source for the song you absolutely, positively need to hear every day. Curated by the Paste Music Team.

Some of the best punk/post-punk/new wave bands are the ones that burned out quickly, loudly and brightly. Often that was for bittersweet or tragic reasons, but a great many of them simply dissipated as the follies of youth evolved into the responsibilities of adulthood. One such group was the Austin, Texas outfit Terminal Mind.

Inspired by the late ‘70s noise of artists like John Cale and Pere Ubu, Terminal Mind released one spiny 7” EP of herky-jerky, politically-minded rackets as well as dropping a couple of bombs on some local compilations during their four short years together. Each one has the insinuating allure of a sermon but delivered with a scabrous intent and raw musicianship. The group also scored a few coups in their time, getting a chance to open for Iggy Pop and play alongside fellow Texan rabble rousers, Big Boys.

While the scattered pieces of Terminal Mind’s discography have been difficult and expensive to pull together, the good people of Sonic Surgery Records have done all the heavy lifting for you. This month, the label will release Recordings, a compilation of everything the group released during its short lifespan and some unheard gems from their archives. This is essential listening for students of American punk history or anyone that just wants to get a little riled up in front of their stereo on a Friday night. To get a clearer sense of what we mean, stream the lead track from this compilations “I Want To Die Young” right here.

Premiere of Wei Zhongle’s “Mute” at Paste Magazine

Daily Dose: Wei Zhongle, “Mute”

Daily Dose: Wei Zhongle, "Mute"

Daily Dose is your daily source for the song you absolutely, positively need to hear every day. Curated by the Paste Music Team.

Rob Jacobs and John McCowen thrive on restlessness. Their joint project Wei Zhongle has maintained a rotating cast of musicians through the five albums they have released under that name. Their work—guitar/vocals and amplified clarinet, respectively—have been the only constants. That free-flowing, open door policy has meant that, much to the delight of avant rock fans, their music constantly surprises. 2015’s Nu Trance was smashed together motorik rhythms with the swirl of North African melodics where Raised High/Brought Low from 2013 dabbled in jazz textures and an almost country-like rambling.

The latest pleasant shock to the system from this Chicago-based outfit is the new album The Operators, out on January 26th via Self Sabotage Records. This latest full-length finds Jacobs, McCowen and their new bandmates Pat Keen and Phil Sudderberg getting almost accessible. At least as accessible as, say, Fear Of Music’s more challenging moments got. The record is bouncy and bubbly yet cut through with hard angles and sharp points. Give a listen to this slithery beast of a song from the new LP and take care not to let it wrap around your cerebral cortex too tightly.