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12Jan/13

VIDEO OF THE DAY: “MECHANICAL MAMMOTH” BY MYSTICAL WEAPONS

After bumping into each other when their bands were playing in San Francisco, Sean Lennon (the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Plastic Ono Band) and Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) improvised a jam and decided to form a new art rock supergroup. Mystical Weapons consists of Lennon, Saunier, and multimedia artist and activist Martha Colburn, who incorporates politics and pop culture in short animated collages that have included “Anti-fracture Mining Film,” “Triumph of the Wild,” “Join the Freedom Force,” “Dolls vs. Dictators vs. Deerhoof vs. Evil,” and the Deerhoof music video “Wrong Time Capsule.” On their eponymously titled debut album, which is streaming for free here through January 18, drummer Saunier and guitarist-keyboardist Lennon power through thirteen experimental instrumentals that venture across multiple genres, from psychedelia, futuristic noise, and prog rock to horror and spaghetti Western soundtracks and even a taste of Tin Pan Alley balladry on such tracks as “Impossible Shapes,” “Whispers of the Blue Tongue,” “Gross Domestic Happiness,” and “Gilbert Releases His Pet Salamander into the Wild.” Mystical Weapons will be at Big Sky Works in Brooklyn on Saturday, January 12, at 9:00, with Miles Robbins and DJ Alix Brown also on the bill. And yes, you can expect multiple mad drum solos.

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