Junk Culture

"Junk Culture is a new project by Deepak Mantena, a recent signing to Illegal Art, home of Girl Talk, Steinski, Bran Flakes and more. Junk Culture's debut EP, "West Coast," features sound tapestries created from mixing fractured vocals with pop hooks and samples, all run through a handheld recorder, which gives his constructions a gritty, lo-fi, loop-based sound, and an overall euphoric warmth. Leading up to this release, Deepak would capture field recordings, samples of songs he really liked, and samples of himself playing instruments on a cheap pocket recorder, all of which sounded fresh to his ears. "West Coast" embodies these "fresh" sounds, and employs them for what Deepak describes as "a love letter to outer space -- it gets desperate and schizophrenic as the record plays out, but is a sort of celebration of spirit as a whole." It is essentially Deepak's manifesto of energetic raw sound that transcends rigid genres, and is textural, emotive and compelling."

Some may remember Deepak Mantena from his short stint in 2007 as a Brooklyn Vegan contributor (and a big Animal Collective fan). Check out the self-titled track from his new EP (out October 27, 2009), for free and legal/illegal MP3 download, above. His second still-unnamed EP will follow "in the spring of 2010".

Catch Deepak's label-mate Greg Gillis aka Girl Talk this Sunday, August 23rd, at the Williamsburg Waterfront aka this week's free JellyNYC Pool Party which I (and everyone) predict will be MGMT-packed (unless it rains maybe). Max Tundra and Wiz Khalifa open.

Catch Deepak (Junk Culture) when he opens for Girl Talk at three non-NYC shows in September. Those and other dates are below...

Junk Culture - 2009 Tour Dates
Fri. 09/18/09 Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo *
Sat. 09/19/09 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom *
Sun. 09/20/09 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom *
* w/ Girl Talk, Brother Reade

Girl Talk - 2009 Tour Dates
Sun 08/23 - Williamsburg Waterfront, Brooklyn NY w/ Wiz Khalifa, Max Tundra
Fri 08/28 - Street Scene 2009 San Diego CA
Sun 08/30 - Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia MD V-Fest
Sat 09/12 - Monolith Festival Morrison CO
Wed 09/16 - McDonald Theatre Eugene OR Brother Reade
Thu 09/17 - Roseland Theater Portland OR w/ Brother Reade, Guidance Counselor
Fri 09/18 - Showbox Sodo Seattle WA **
Sat 09/19 - Commodore Ballroom Vancouver BC **
Sun 09/20 - Commodore Ballroom Vancouver BC **
Mon 09/21 - Showbox at the Market Seattle WA w/ Junk Culture
Fri 10/02 - Minglewood Hall Memphis TN w/ Mad haPPy, Total Savage
Sun 10/04 - Austin City Limits Austin TX
Sat 10/17 - Treasure Island Music Festival San Francisco CA
Mon 11/02 - House of Blues Boston MA w/ Senior Discount
** w/ Brother Reade, Junk Culture

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