>> Summer has fled, and the drabness of autumn now presses upon us once again. It’s miserable, of course, but every scenario has a silver lining, and one we can spot right away is the emergence of BABE, who gigged around town with some fierce fuckin’ ubiquity this summer and now carry a bit of clout in this scene. They also have a two-song EP—if we’re still using that term for digital releases. Simply titled Babe Practice, this gothy, punkish quartet lay out two real mission-statement tracks, far better sounding than most bands’ first two songs tend to be. The fluttering verses of “Warm-Up Song,” with its skeletally-thin guitar lines and melodic, teeter-tottering bassline, makes a very strong impression before riding out its proto-punk lifeline. And we love how “The Boyfriend Song,” armed with a hypnotically Bauhaus-y riff, gets to the heart of the matter quick: “I don’t need a boyfriend, I just wanna fuck them…I don’t need a boyfriend, I do great without one.” The world is getting drabber by the minute, but these tracks have given us a healthy little blush. Guaranteed to break the ice at any Halloween house party; downloadable at babeisgirlcore.bandcamp.com.
>> There has never been an easier time to delve into the works, indeed the entire world, of I DM THEFT ABLE. The musique concrete artist (and Strange Maine-stationed cultural worker extraordinaire) has uploaded no fewer than eight full-length albums onto Bandcamp recently, all of them indicative of his utterly unclassifiable sound (in real world terms). Like Arborea, 6gig, possibly even Rick Charette, id m theft able is the sort of niche artist who enjoys the peculiar status of being adored in numerous pockets of the world, sometimes far greater than they’re appreciated at home. Of course, the live setting is the theft able-experience de rigueur—the visual appeal of the man’s show is undeniable—but these tracks are a perfectly acceptable way to wriggle into the world of this crucial Maine noise artist, whose activity and dedication to the form since the mid-‘90s is a riveting thing to behold. Visit idmtheftable.bandcamp.com. ^