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Oneida and Parts & Labor help launch the Emergencynth

Meet the Emergencynth a new boutique, limted edition synthesizer and sequencer that will be released tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 1). The device is designed and hand-assembled by Karl LaRocca AKA Kayrock. Members of both Oneida and Parts & Labor contributed to this project. The Emergencynth is limited to 350 copies available either at Main Drag Music in Brooklyn, or through the Emergencynth website HERE. More details:

“It has 8 oscillators which can be tuned in unison, spread out over a range of many octaves, or set to various preset harmonies. The oscillators can be set to one of 8 different waveforms: sin, two triangles, two saws, and three square waves. Switches control pitch sweep and 4 amplitude envelopes.

The 32 step sequencer has programmable memory for 8 patterns. It comes with preset patterns written by members of Oneida, Trans Am, Parts & Labor, and Roxy Pain, but you can save over them with your own creations.”

You can see the Emergencynth in action below:

 

Parts & Labor Cover Kanye West’s “Runaway” Tour Japan in July

Parts & Labor recently participated in The Onion’s Undercover series going for gold and putting together an amazing cover of Kanye West’s “Runaway” which you can watch HERE. When asked why they covered Kanye P&L’s Dan Friel responds “We found your list pretty challenging… So in the end we just decided to do the one that seemed the most difficult and ridiculous.” Well Parts & Labor nails it, adding their own signature squall and hard rocking aesthetic to Kanye’s tour-de-force.

In July Parts & Labor will make their first excursion to Japan for a week of shows (tour dates after the jump). P&L has released a number of their albums through Moorworks in Japan, and for the release of their 2008 album Receivers they recorded a version of the lead single “Nowheres Nigh” in Japanese, renaming it “Dokonimonai” check it out below. You can also catch Parts & Labor later this month at the Sled Island Festival in Calgary.

MP3: Parts & Labor “Dokonimonai” (“Nowheres Nigh” in Japanese)

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Parts & Labor Do Daytrotter

New Daytrotter session with Parts & Labor playing extended versions from their new album Constant Future. From Daytrotter:

The one thing that you can never deny this ultra-creative trio is that, even when it sounds like 20 drag races to the death, happening simultaneously, busting out windows with their hauling ass decibels, lighting their clothing, our clothing, the fields, the barns all on fire in doing so, waking everyone within a hundred miles up with its monstrous cacophony, it still comes to us, almost sweetly.

We couldn’t agree more. Check out the session HERE.

New Video: Parts & Labor “Echo Chamber”

In January, Parts & Labor participated in the “Sequence of Waves” art happening where over 60 artists took over St. Cecilia’s Convent in Brooklyn, collaborating for a one-day multi-media event. For their part, Parts & Labor constructed a house where bands performed throughout the day. Using this back drop Parts & Labor teamed up with Nicholas Chatfield-Taylor to produce a new music video for “Echo Chamber” from their new album Constant Future, which we are happy to share with you today. Chatfield-Taylor previously worked with Parts & Labor on their video for “The Gold We’re Digging”. As the band plays a house builds and falls around them, eventually growing to encapsulate them.

 

Parts & Labor, Shinji Masuko Contribute to Japan Relief Comp

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In the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan, our friends at Thrill Jockey Records have collected a staggering number of tracks in a compilation album to help relief efforts. Benefit for the Recovery in Japan Compilation is made up of contributions from over sixty diverse artists around the world, and is available for just $15 HERE. 100 percent of the proceeds go directly toward the recover and relief effort taking place in Japan.

Better yet, it includes tracks from our very own Parts & Labor, as well as Brah Records’ newest addition, Shinji Masuko. Check out the massive tracklist after the jump.

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How Can You Really by Foxygen
Cosmic Vibrations by Foxygen
Forever Dilating Eye by Sinoia Caves
Thousand Eyes by Lia Ices
Taking Chances by Sharon Van Etten
Every Time the Sun Comes Up by Sharon Van Etten
Lines of Latitude by Small Black
North Hollywood Microwaves by Pink Mountaintops
Fire-scene by S. Carey
Crown the Pines by S. Carey

Tiderays by Volcano Choir

Higher by Lia Ices

Forever Dilating Eye by Sinoia Caves

City Wrecker by Moonface

Angel Olsen
Lyon, FR - L'Epicerie Moderne

Besnard Lakes, The
Birmingham, UK - The Institute

Foxygen
Atlanta, GA - The Loft - Atlanta  w/ Dub Thompson

Lia Ices
St. Paul, MN - Myth  w/ Phantogram

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