Prime Cuts Playlist: Experimental Electric Stocking Stuffers

Weekly Playlist

For this week’s Prime Cuts playlist we stuff your stocking with a trio of experimental freak folk cuts from Castanets, the Drug Opera and Deathbot.

Raymond Raposa (a.k.a. Castanets)

Raymond Raposa (a.k.a. Castanets)

Castanets are the one-man band of Raymond Raposa, a Portland-based composer who records his songs with a rotating cast of swooning singers, percussion pounders and horn toodlers.

Raposa has spent the last several years touring the world by bus, selling CD-R’s out of the trunk and entertaining audiences with his unique brand of indie/psych/folk neo-gothic avant-garde.

He’s recorded a number of albums for Asthmatic Kitty, most recently 2009’s Texas Rose, the Thaw and the Beasts.

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The Drug Opera

The Drug Opera offer something a little less solemn than Mr. Raposa’s rambling neo-gothic tone poems. Opting instead for a heart-thumping swirl of psychedelia, “Welcome Song” is as to-the-point as it gets. At just a minute long, it’s more a snippet than a song but it says what it has to say with startling poignancy.

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Deathbot

Just in time for Christmas, it’s Deathbot! Former frontmen of New York punk rappers Turbulence and Calibrate and Cali alt-country outfit Big Wheels, Deathbot are R. Mansfield and Joseph James. Blending together indie, alt and American influences, Deathbot are like a lo-fi Pink Floyd meets Neil Young.

Doesn’t everyone want a little Deathbot in the bottom of their stocking?

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