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

Daily Dose: Wei Zhongle, “Mute”

Daily Dose: Wei Zhongle, "Mute"

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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.

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OUT NOW: Little Mazarn – “Little Mazarn”

Little Mazarn Album Cover

The self-titled debut album from dark folk balladeer Little Mazarn dropped on Friday, Dec. 15th! Taking the name from a river in Arkansas, sole constant member and creative force Lindsey Verrill began playing banjo in earnest in 2014 and writing songs about “pretty things, boring things, and the garbage that is humanity.” Much of these early feelings and experimentations have come to form the basis of Verrill’s work as Little Mazarn. The debut album is available from the Self Sabotage Records webstore in both vinyl and CD.

PRE-ORDER: Wei Zhongle – “The Operators”

Wei Zhongle The Operators

Chicago’s avant-garde/experimental pop group Wei Zhongle are starting off 2018 with a new album, The Operators! Evolving slightly from their prior albums, The Operators errs more on the experimental pop side while still showcasing their signature electronic oboe and groovy style. You can pre-order The Operators here (album drops February 16th).

PRE-ORDER: Marriage + Cancer – “Marriage + Cancer”

Marriage + Cancer

Portland natives Marriage + Cancer also have a new album due out in early 2018. Champions of noise rock, Marriage + Cancer are a healthy mix of dissonant distorted guitars, heavy drums, and a near grunge-influenced vocal performance that will have you banging your head almost immediately. Pre-order their self-titled album here (drops February 9th).

PRE-ORDER: Terminal Mind – “Recordings.”

Terminal Mind Recordings

Formed in 1978, Terminal Mind were one of the early first-wave punk bands in Austin, Texas. Drawing influence from a wide range of sources, including Cleveland proto-punk band Pere Ubu and early English punk/post punk outfit Wire, Terminal Mind grew rapidly and influenced many bands after them in spite of their short tenure. Recordings. is a mixture of previously released material (most of which is near impossible to locate) as well as demos and outtakes that have never been previously released. Pre-order Recordings. here (due January 19th).

Tiny Mix Tapes Review of “On Its Way” From Wei Zhongle

♫♪  Wei Zhongle – “On Its Way”

Mystic Piebald Snake by Joshua Calleja: Cover Photo for Wei Zhongle’s The Operators

Painting the puffer fish in the snake pit with a Rubbermaid lid as my palette. Quaaludes to the shake of a tail, yellow and black yayue. The canvas is damp with my spit and pill foam but otherwise blank. Down in the pit, there’s so much going on. Who needs colors: I’m in the dark and hypnotized by the world’s ten fattest non-lethal snakes. One bops its fat head against the glass, smearing venom snot, the pet-friendly kind.

Finally they picked me to be the canary in the coal mine. They lowered me into the depths during the dormancy cycle. Like loaded dice, it comes up at two. He comes around too with my snifter and my beer, sliding Nicolas Cage in an Alii Lole down a puffer spike for garnish. Nice touch.

Wei Zhongle Premiere New Track ‘On Its Way’


by Dan Goldin (@post_trash_)

All praise Chicago’s Wei Zhongle, experimental pop polymaths who have been developing and disfiguring their sound the turn of the decade. Set to release their latest album, The Operators, on February 16th via Self Sabotage Records, the quartet’s shape-shifting grooves continue to evolve and expand, forever pushing forward into their own unique landscape of psychedelic exploration and brain-stem dripped art pop. It’s becoming increasingly hard to stand out when seemingly everyone is embracing their weirder side, but there’s only one Wei Zhongle.

“On Its Way,” the record’s first single is a warped and bubbling slice of progressive experimentation, a song that captures a pop sensibility in structure, and stays firmly rooted in the avant-garde on all other fronts. Distorted clarinet and heavily effected guitar create a twitchy melody, zigging and zagging into hypnotic depths and dropped out visions. The band balance rattling static and detached funk rhythms with seesawing melodies and infectious vocals, distorted but welcoming; like a friendly alien come to make new earthling friends. Skronks, blips, and electronic inconsistencies add character to each verse, coloring with rapid textures and vividly sputtering layers of manipulated sound.

Wei Zhongle’s The Operators is out February 16th via Self Sabotage Records.