The ancient lake has no idea what it's got coming — which is a weird way of saying the Ride the Snake, Boston's most impending local label of fantastically fringy rock musics, is even closer to fully arriving. This Saturday, January 24, at 7 pm sharp, the collective will take its devotion to endangered media (vinyl, cassette) one step farther and release — yes! — an official 'zine at the Democracy Center (45 Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge). You can pick up a copy of its flagship release (a keen Life Partners seven-inch) and get a faceful of what the label has in store. Plus, the whole thing's a benefit for the Papercut Zine Library.
Reports, "Bill Wyman Metal Detector"
At long last, a new Reports track has arrived like a flaming aircraft through the very roof of the Internet. Fans of white noise, echo, and post-everything pop that's scratchy and catchy as hell will wreck many an earbud to this treat — a taste of what's to come on RTS perhaps?
General Interest, "What's a Darfur?"
"I can't keep up with the world!" exclaims the protagonist of "What's a Darfur?" before asking, "Can it be a video game? Is it some kind of sex position? Will it cure my runny nose?" This is a smart, well-placed scratch across the face of a culture swept up in self-improvement as the world falls apart.
Life Partners, "Teenager in Trouble"
This asthmatic little ditty is a not-so-empathetic portrait of a recently knocked-up young lady. Life ain't so pretty in the world of the Life Partners — and there's music to match. Dirty, sludgy, aggressive but logy, they reach each nerve and pinch it hard. This song is the B-side of their recently released "AIDS of Spades" seven-inch — one sec while we roll our eyes at that joke. There.
Baba Yaga, "Dear Sister"
A gorgeous track from an oft-overlooked force o' beauty in town, "Dear Sister" finds the two-girl team of Baba Yaga at their not-quite-psych-folk finest. RTS will "eventually" release a seven-inch of these songs, which really do deserve the cushy preservation of a vinyl groove. Support them now and it'll pay off later.