UPDATE: RAD CULT SOLD OUT OF THEIR BATCH PRETTY QUICK! MORE COPIES AVAILABLE OVER AT GHOSTLY! I’VE UPDATED THE “BUY NOW”-LINK TO REFLECT THIS.¬†
Evil analogue synth-lord Tobacco (Black Moth Super Rainbow/half of Demon Queen w/Zackey Force Funk) is once again serving up a psychedelic, delicious dish of weird vibes and dark exotica! From his crypt deep within the woods of Pennsylvania he has spawned his third full length as Tobacco. I’m pretty sure this is one going to be just as uncomromising and extreme as his other works.. Oh joy!
I’ve been following Tobacco (his parents named him Tom Fec) close since the brilliant “Dandelion Gum” by Black Moth Super Rainbow back in 2007. That one hit me like a bat to the brain with it’s heavy, spaced out sounds and esthetics, and since then I have spent many hours (and dollars..) on retrieving the limited stuff he’s released. His limited editons usually stick with his die-hard fans, and these come in numbers (the die-hard fans, that is..)!¬†Of course these editions are out of the ordinary rad, as they always are… Hand-dipped vinyl by New Fumes (the guy who does the Flaming Lips ones), so every vinyl is unique! Here’s a quick rundown on your options for this one ;¬†
*Ultima II Massage HAND-DIPPED VINYL ¬†¬†¬† –LIMITED TO 1000 (400 here in the Rad Cult store)
- Ultima II Massage Hand-Dipped, One-of-a-Kind* (by New Fumes in Dallas, limited to 400 units in the Rad Cult store, matte finish jacket, records in black dust sleeves) 2XLP Set
- X-Ray Saint Sticker
- Ultima II Massage Download Card
*Ultima II Massage ULTIMA SPA DAY PACKAGE¬†¬† -this is the most limited and exclusive version! No number on the amount at this time, but my guess is between 50-100 bundles.
- Silk-Screened 18″x24″ Poster only available with preorder
- Ultima II Massage Tri-blend TShirt only available with preorder
- Ultima II Massage Hand-Dipped, One-of-a-Kind* (by New Fumes in Dallas, limited to 300 units in the Rad Cult store, matte finish jacket, records in black dust sleeves) 2XLP
- Ultima II Massage CD (matte finish 6-panel digipak with spot gloss)
- Ultima II Massage Cassette (8 panel fold out J-card, yellow cassette)
- X-Ray Saint Sticker
- Ultima II Massage Download Card
Also available on yellow vinyl 2xLP, cd and cassette!¬† In addition to these, you can pick up some exclusives T-shirts and silk screened posters for this limited pre-order time.
The Cult of Tobacco is already all over this through the Tobacco/BMSR-forum, so be sure to act quick if you want a slice of this madness. They are most likely to take their limited editions to their graves…and back!
From RAD CULT;
Ultima II Massage HAND-DIPPED VINYL
LIMITED TO 1000 (400 here in the Rad Cult store)
SHIPS ON OR AROUND MAY 20 (slight delay possible because of special vinyl)
Ultima II Massage Hand-Dipped, One-of-a-Kind* (by New Fumes in Dallas, limited to 400 units in the Rad Cult store, matte finish jacket, records in black dust sleeves) 2XLP Set
X-Ray Saint Sticker
Ultima II Massage Download Card
From GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL;
Pre-orders include an instant download of the track "Eruption (Gonna Get My Hair Cut at the End of the Summer)" with complete LP delivered on release day. Physical orders ship on or around May 13. If you order additional items with your physical purchase the order will be held to ship complete.
TOBACCO can‚Äôt have nice things.
On his third album, the Pennsylvania snake-synth-charmer deepens his approach to aural depravity. Ultima II Massage widens a jagged swath through the dude‚Äôs own weird catalog, each disparate track damaged to the point of contributing to some sort of greater, lurching Frankenstein-like state. ‚ÄúI spent a lot of time breaking it in all the right places,‚ÄĚ says TOBACCO. ‚ÄúIt ends up making the whole thing breathe ‚ÄĒ sometimes gasp for air. It feels more alive.‚ÄĚ Immediately after finishing 2010‚Äôs Maniac Meat, he went to work on the beat-addled series begun with Fucked Up Friends in 2008. There were notable breaks en route to now ‚ÄĒ a surprising commission to remix White Zombie‚Äôs ‚ÄúThunder Kiss ‚Äė65,‚ÄĚ a new BMSR record (Cobra Juicy), and producing Demon Queen‚Äôs Exorcise Tape with vocalist Zackey Force Funk ‚ÄĒ but he saved the worst for last, amassing the most misanthropic material for Ultima. To wit, SPIN dubbed early share ‚ÄúLipstick Destroyer‚ÄĚ a ‚Äújunkyard takedown of Daft Punk‚Äôs beloved, pristine electro.‚ÄĚ
TOBACCO explains his modified approach: ‚ÄĚI wanted to push each song just enough, so that even when the album‚Äôs at its wildest, it‚Äôs something you can zone out to. It feels like a definitive end to a concept I‚Äôve been trying to perfect forever. Maniac Meat was linear. This time I wanted to do a lot of different things and have them come together as one meditative piece. At least for myself.‚ÄĚ
Which, oddly enough, makes sense. This is easily TOBACCO‚Äôs most diverse set to date ‚ÄĒ his own Stereopathetic Soulmanure, but about that 1-900 hotline life: massage parlors, plasticized sleaze, fake tans, old dial-ups to the fan clubs of dead B-actors. Fittingly, the album‚Äôs only contributor is Beck music director Brian LeBarton who shrieks as Notrabel on the grimy freak-out ‚ÄúStreaker.‚ÄĚ At 17 tracks, Ultima is stacked with beautifully perverse hits ‚ÄĒ from the sickly sticky ‚ÄúEruption,‚ÄĚ to the wobbly demon swaggerer ‚ÄúFace Breakout,‚ÄĚ to the distorted punk spazz of ‚ÄúDipsmack,‚ÄĚ to the apocalyptic sepia ambience of ‚ÄúSpitlord.‚ÄĚ You may hear disembodied bits of Boards of Canada, early Def Jam records, and Gary Numan, or maybe just public-access TV and bad VHS dubs of ‚Äė80s horror flicks. Or the sun exploding and everything you‚Äôve ever loved melting. Again, TOBACCO was just trying to make meditation music.
But to find that rotted sweet spot, as always, he had to subvert his pop urges. TOBACCO went back to the cassette decks he started off with ‚ÄĒ analog weapons of distortion to compliment his hissing vocoder and blown rhythms. Any moment that felt ‚Äújust right‚ÄĚ was brutally assaulted until ugly again. All to accomplish one end: ‚ÄúThis might be my most purposely difficult album yet, but I promise if you let it in, it can fuck you up.‚ÄĚ
Ultima II Massage. No happy ending.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive