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This weekend, the Brooklyn-based record label Mexican Summer will celebrate five years in business with a two-day, indoor-outdoor festival featuring label artists, alumni, and friends at Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in Red Hook. With a lineup that spans from living legends (Spiritualized, Ariel Pink) to underground mainstays (No Joy, the Fresh… More »

It’s the last Monthly Mix of 2012, sweet people. We did it! It hasn’t been an easy run over in this corner of the blog, to be honest. This year saw an ever-diminishing store of free MP3 downloads, as artists increasingly preferred promoting their songs in a streaming fashion, via Soundcloud and its ilk. Which… More »

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Stream Blanck Mass Dumb Flesh

Blanck Mass is the side project of Fuck Buttons’ Benjamin John Power, who has put out two singles — “Dead Format” and “Detritus” — in the lead-up to the release of Dumb Flesh, his second full-length under his solo moniker. It’s filled with the same kind of knotted, sweeping experimental instrumentals that he does with… More »

By: James Rettig / May 4, 2015 - 6:27 pm

Blanck Mass – “Detritus”

Benjamin John Power, one half of Fuck Buttons, also runs the one-man noise project Blanck Mass, and he’s got the new album Dumb Flesh coming out next month. We’ve already posted a monster of a track called “Dead Format,” and now we’ve got one that makes that one sound like a pleasant Sunday brunch. The… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 22, 2015 - 12:29 pm

Blanck Mass – “Dead Format” Video

Benjamin John Power is one half of the great Fuck Buttons, and he also releases his own intense white-knuckle synth experiments as Blanck Mass. He’s got a new album called Dumb Flesh coming later in the spring, and first single “Dead Format” is a vein-constricting six-minute blare. Its new video, from director Konx-om-Pax, fits the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 30, 2015 - 10:58 am

Blanck Mass – “Dead Format”

Benjamin John Power is one half of Fuck Buttons, and he also records noisy, intense electronic music on his own as Blanck Mass. Power just signed a deal with Sacred Bones, and we posted his remix of new labelmate John Carpenter’s “Fallen” a couple of weeks ago. Now, Power has announced his follow-up to hi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 18, 2015 - 10:54 am

John Carpenter – “Fallen (Blanck Mass Remix)”

Tomorrow, the great horror/sci-fi/action movie director John Carpenter will release Lost Themes, his first-ever non-film-music album. This isn’t a moonlighting-celebrity situation; Carpenter, who’s basically retired from directing, did the music for most of his movies, and his creeping, atmospheric synthscapes had a huge effect on what electronic musicians are making decades later. Case in point:… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 2, 2015 - 12:55 pm

Stream Fuck Buttons’ Slow Focus

A lot has changed in the four years since we last heard a new Fuck Buttons album — the band has explored side projects, been played at the Olympics, and now seems to have finally gained the confidence to record an album without an outside producer. Slow Focus is now streaming here on Pitchfork Advance,… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 9, 2013 - 1:15 pm

Blanck Mass – “Icke’s Struggle” (Stereogum Premiere)

When we posted Blanck Mass’s “Land Disasters,” I quoted the man behind the project, Fuck Buttons’ Benjamin John Power, as saying, among other things: “Soundtracking nature documentaries would work out pretty well for me.” Of all the tracks on Blanck Mass’s self-titled debut, the pretty (and somehow Grouper-like) “Icke’s Struggle” comes closest to proving that… More »

By: brandon / June 20, 2011 - 1:32 pm

Blanck Mass (Benjamin John Power Of Fuck Buttons) – “Land Disasters”

Last year, Fuck Buttons’ Benjamin John Power recorded an album’s worth of material in his London apartment under the moniker Blanck Mass. The band name and cover art unfortunately evoke the Faint, but he puts his FB-toned synthesizers/noisemakers put to good use on “Land Disasters.”… More »

By: brandon / April 28, 2011 - 1:33 pm