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Above all else, the Wikipedia entry on post-rock exemplifies how difficult it can be to pin down movements in music: Did the genre begin in the ’90s? The ’80s? The term was coined a little over 20 years ago, in 1994, by Simon Reynolds in the pages of Mojo. Perhaps, however, its vocabulary of texture… More »

Of all the moderately popular bands with the word “fuck” in their band name, Fucked Up is and will always be my favorite. But London’s Fuck Buttons, now three albums deep into a career that turns noise into planetarium music, do the most to earn their “fuck.” The “fuck” in Fuck Buttons’ name doesn’t remotely… More »

A few days late but stacked with excellence, here is your collection of May’s absolute jams. For optimal ease of consumption, you’ll find it here in three forms: a 12-track downloadable zip of the month’s best free MP3s, a 15-song Spotify playlist of May’s finest Spotify-enabled tracks, and to close it out, a 46-track Soundcloud… More »

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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

CMJ 2013: Fuck Buttons, Lichens, Mystery Skulls @ (Le) Poisson Rouge, NYC 10/18/13

You can tell a lot about a band and the way people feel about them based on their opening acts. I learned something about both bands when I saw Chelsea Wolfe open for Swans earlier this year, and I learned a lot when I saw LCD Soundsystem open for Arcade Fire in 2008 (I. Was. More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 19, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Fuck Buttons – “Brainfreeze” Video

The British duo Fuck Buttons called their excellent most recent album Slow Focus, and their new video for the pounding, blaring, generally unrelenting “Brainfreeze” sure doesn’t bother too much with focus. The video might be a little easier to watch, though, if it were more unfocused. Andrew Hung, one half of the duo, directed the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 2, 2013 - 10:52 am

Moby – “The Perfect Life (Fuck Buttons Remix)” (Feat. Wayne Coyne)

Moby has been doing a lot with his new single featuring Wayne Coyne, “The Perfect Life.” There was the recent acoustic sing-along, and this week we finally saw the incredibly over-the-top music video. Now there are some remixes coming out for it, and first up are Fuck Buttons (whose recent record was our Album OfMore »

By: Miles Bowe / September 6, 2013 - 2:17 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

Fuck Buttons – “The Red Wing” Video

UK noiseniks Fuck Buttons are back with a record four years in the making, titled Slow Focus. It’s out this summer, which isn’t soon enough. “The Red Wing” is its third track, and the band’s Andrew Hung has made it a video true to the song/album title (very red, less-than-focused). Slow Focus the band’s first… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 18, 2013 - 10:55 am

Fuck Buttons – “The Red Wing” (Edit)

We got the goods on the new Fuck Buttons (new FUCK BUTTONS!) record a couple weeks back, and now, some music: “The Red Wing” is the third track on the duo’s third LP, Slow Focus, and it’s presented here as an edit. The full version will appear on the LP, as well as in single… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 30, 2013 - 9:51 am

Fuck Buttons Slow Focus Details

The Bristol duo Fuck Buttons have been taking their time crafting their latest tsunami of chaotic skree and psychedelic gloop. The staggering Tarot Sport, their last album, is now four years old, and Fuck Buttons are only now getting around to announcing the follow-up Slow Focus. The new album, which arrives later in the summer,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 16, 2013 - 11:54 am

Arctic Monkeys – “Come Together” (Beatles Cover)

Last Friday, a few of us spent the end of our Friday afternoons attempting to watch choppy illegal streams of the BBC’s Olympics coverage — exactly the sort of thing NBC was trying to prevent us from seeing. Those of us who succeeded in tuning in saw some perfectly ridiculous things during the Ceremony, which… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 30, 2012 - 9:10 am

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

ATP NY 2010: Sleep, Sunn, Skinny Dipping

At this point people know what to expect from Kutscher’s: The faded Catskills resort’s crumbling walls held together by mold, broken everything (we were forced to do our own DIY toilet plumbing, heard about another one that flushed boiling water), that lost-in-time Tammy Faye Makeup Counter. What we didn’t expect was the persistent skinny dipping… More »

By: brandon / September 8, 2010 - 9:30 am

Fuck Buttons – “Olympians” Video

The video clip for “Surf Solar” transformed a rookery of spastic penguins into a kaleidoscope. Going a more straightforward route, the treatment for the Tarot Sport’s “Olympians” finds the Bristol BTW soundtracking one man’s street-lined karate demonstration. Very simple, very awesome. It doesn’t take much because like Godspeed before them, Fuck Buttons have a way… More »

By: brandon / March 26, 2010 - 3:35 pm

10 Years Of ATP In Photos

When the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival first launched, the idea of canonizing an iconic album with a track-for-track live performance was still a novel concept. A decade later the album-recreation bit has become another salable gimmick for non-ATP acts trading on nostalgia to line their post-prime coffers, and even ATP has on occasion conferred the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 14, 2009 - 12:03 pm
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