What's new in the Bat Area -- excuse me, the Bay Area -- right now? Enclosed find some new sounds for the weekend courtesy of Frisco beatsmith Edison, who peddles grimy skip-hop jams made from a monome done up like a lunchbox. Here he/it is in action:
Not that Edison needs any particular reason to lay new music on us, but the story behind his new mix, "A Slow Doom," begins across an ocean or two in Jaipur, India, where this June workers renovating a tenth-century fort killed over 900 bats that were bothering them--by setting fire to them with kerosene and torches. The workers and contractor behind the batslaughter were detained for a minute and slapped on the wrists, and that was the last we heard of it. Or so we thought.
In August, not satisfied with this reaction, Def Jux syllable-packer and apparent chiropterophile Aesop Rock -- who lives here at least part-time now -- introduced a web portal called 900 Bats as a gathering ground for "arts, information and oddities" in memory of the "bats needlessly torched to death." Whatever it takes to start something cool, you know?
So far, the site has served up some righteous bat-themed art, advice on burger culture in Virginia from James McNew of Yo La Tengo, rehearsal footage of a Washington senior rock 'n roll choir filmed by Kimya Dawson, and a remix of Tom Waits's "Yesterday Is Here" by longtime Ace Rock producer Blockhead. In local interest, check out a screed about San Francisco in 2025 by comedian Nick Flanagan, a studio session here with Dirty Ghosts (an Aesop side project), and a brand-new creepy video inquiry into the local RC car circuit (or so they tell us).
According to Edison, the half-hour "Doom" mix is "all beats, bat noises, eighties "1-900" commercials and the sounds of torches." Beyond that, you can expect plenty of Edison originals, plus stripped down "remixes" of Def Jukies El-P and Rjd2, plus outliers like Yeasayer and Antipop Consortium. Oh, and he kind of kills it at the end with that Justin-Bieber-slowed-down-800% meme that's been floating around lately. It's yours for the price of an email address. Hit it.