Friday, July 18, 2014

Turquoise Jeep 'Smang' Terminal West

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 7:00 AM

click to enlarge COURTESY OF TURQUOISE JEEP RECORDS
  • Courtesy of Turquoise Jeep Records

If there's any record label that's really living the American dream, it's most definitely Turquoise Jeep. The independent purveyor of irreverent hip-hop has sustained its career without the help of the corporate money machine, and as a result, its sound has remained just as vital and ridiculous as ever. Founders Flynt Flossy and Whatchyamacallit started their career path in 2009 when they posted public access-quality rap songs that garnered millions of views in the height of the viral video era. Classic joints such as "Lemme Smang It" and "Fried or Fertilized" became staple jams that struck the perfect balance between side-splitting absurdity and reckless accessibility.

The Turquoise Jeep aesthetic has risen far beyond its goofy Youtube antics and created its own genre, entitled Existing Musical Beings (EMB). Don't let the fake mustaches and purple jumpsuits lead you astray, Flossy and Whatchyamcallit are out for more than cheap laughs. They're here to carve their own musical niche, an outlet for unrestrained creative freedom ... freedom that even leads you to "Crotch Rock" a little bit. Turquoise Jeep is kind enough to unleash its game-changing tunes to the public tonight (Fri., July 18) at Terminal West.

The label is supported by arguably the most fitting opener imaginable, the inimitable DIP. Led by former Gun Party bassist Parks Miller, DIP is like a bored 12-year-old's attempt at trap music filtered through a Weird Al-like devotion to unrelenting farce. For four years, DIP has remained consistent in its releases, from its debut This Is Dip, all the way to last December's Merry Dipmas. If you start to ask yourself too many questions, remember that Miller's music is like grappling with a Zen koan, you don't have to understand it to appreciate it.

With Kooly Bros. $12. 887 West Marietta, Studio C. 404-876-5566. www.terminalwestatl.com.

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