Move Yr Ass 7/2/15

July 2, 2015 at 11:36 pm | Posted in Move Yr Ass | Leave a comment

3 spoken word exercise/motivation records, sometimes (usually) played incorrectly, and some animal sounds from Youtube. Pandora’s Lunchbox is the second half of the hour (I don’t have time to edit it out).
Move Yr Ass 7/2/15

Colleen @ Constellation, Chicago, 6/20/15

June 27, 2015 at 2:06 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

Colleen played a show in Chicago, so I used that as an excuse to drive there for the weekend, and the whole weekend was incredible.

driving into Chicago

driving into Chicago


driving into Chicago

driving into Chicago


driving into Chicago

driving into Chicago


driving into Chicago

driving into Chicago


Kitchen 17 (best vegan restaurant on the face of the universe)

Kitchen 17 (best vegan restaurant on the face of the universe)


Kitchen 17 (best vegan restaurant on the face of the universe)

Kitchen 17 (best vegan restaurant on the face of the universe)


Buffalo Greek burger

Buffalo Greek burger


peanut butter shake

peanut butter shake


Reckless Records

Reckless Records


Reckless Records

Reckless Records


Reckless Records

Reckless Records


rainy afternoon in Chicago

rainy afternoon in Chicago


trippy mural

trippy mural


Colleen

Colleen


Colleen

Colleen


Colleen

Colleen


Colleen

Colleen


Colleen

Colleen


Colleen

Colleen


I had to go back to Kitchen 17 for brunch

I had to go back to Kitchen 17 for brunch


they were making deep dish pizza (!!!!!!!)

they were making deep dish pizza (!!!!!!!)


Kitchen 17

Kitchen 17

Show #295 – 6/27/15

June 27, 2015 at 1:34 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
3:01 AM Conrad Schnitzler ~ Zug ~ Zug ~ M=Minimal
3:21 AM The Orb ~ Lunar Caves ~ Moonbuilding 2703 AD ~ Kompakt
3:30 AM The Orb ~ Oxbow Lakes (Everglades Mix by A Guy Called Gerald) ~ 12″ ~ Island
3:38 AM Blue Sausage Infant ~ Motion Parallax ~ Negative Space ~ Zeromoon
Hour 2
4:00 AM The Slaves ~ Born Into Light ~ Spirits Of The Sun ~ Digitalis
4:12 AM White Poppy ~ Telepathic Love ~ Natural Phenomena ~ Not Not Fun
4:15 AM Rolf Trostel ~ Der Prophet ~ Deutsche Elektronische Musik 2 ~ Soul Jazz
4:25 AM Earth Crown ~ Walking Down The Dirt/Dead Car ~ split LP w/ Kites ~ Arbor/Night People
4:34 AM Grandmaster & Melle Mel ~ Melle Mel’s Groove ~ 12″ ~ Sugar Hill
4:38 AM Colleen ~ I’m Kin ~ Captain of None ~ Thrill Jockey
4:43 AM Meat Beat Manifesto ~ I Control- Audio Collage #3 (Remix By Matt Skylab) ~ Offbeat: The Red Hot Remixes ~ Wax Trax!
4:50 AM Kit Clayton ~ side B ~ The Mimic And The Model #1 ~ no label
Hour 3
5:00 AM Container ~ Appliance ~ LP [2015] ~ Spectrum Spools
5:04 AM Funkadelic ~ Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow ~ Free Your Mind… And Your Ass Will Follow ~ Westbound
5:14 AM Drexciya ~ Aquatic Cataclysm ~ Digital Tsunami ~ Tresor
5:19 AM Atropa ~ Me Versus Capslock ~ Shimo & Hono 001 ~ The Consumers Research & Development Label
5:26 AM Pub ~ Summer (Arovane Amx1) ~ Summer Pt2 ~ Vertical Form
5:34 AM David Van Tieghem X Ten ~ Slippery Slope ~ FRKWYS Vol. 10: Fits & Starts ~ Rvng Intl/The Sound Of White Columns
5:51 AM Paco Sala ~ Spiral ~ Ro-Me-Ro ~ Digitalis
5:57 AM Ryan Huber ~ Tuileries ~ Astor ~ Inam Records

Show #294 – 6/20/15

June 21, 2015 at 9:16 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
3:00 AM Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian ~ Piece For Ornette ~ Hamburg ’72 ~ ECM
3:10 AM Chris Potter Underground Orchestra ~ Imaginary Cities 3: Disintegration ~ Imaginary Cities ~ ECM
3:19 AM Ryan Huber ~ Merchant Deceit ~ Astor ~ Inam Records
3:25 AM Datach’i ~ We Are Always Well Thank You ~ We Are Always Well Thank You ~ Caipirinha
3:30 AM Gurun Gurun ~ Atarashii Hi (Pawn Remix) ~ Atarashii Hi EP ~ Home Normal
3:33 AM Gurun Gurun ~ Koe / Sukuu ~ Kon B ~ Home Normal
3:40 AM Villages ~ Tell the Butcher ~ Procession Acts ~ Bathetic
3:44 AM Pas Musique ~ Cerebral Vacuum ~ Inside the Spectrum ~ Alrealon Musique
3:51 AM [PHYSICS] ~ Alluvial Fantasy ~ Only Forever ~ Constellation Tatsu
3:53 AM Helm ~ Sky Wax (London) ~ Olympic Mess ~ Pan
Hour 2
4:00 AM Dictionaraoke ~ Take On Me ~ mp3 ~ The Internet
4:04 AM Cold Cave ~ Beaten 1979 ~ Full Cold Moon ~ Heartworm Press
4:07 AM Dean Blunt ~ Son ~ Babyfather ~ Hyperdub
4:10 AM White Poppy ~ Confusion ~ Natural Phenomena ~ Not Not Fun
4:13 AM Damaged Bug ~ Der Mond ~ Cold Hot Plumbs ~ Castle Face
4:16 AM Wume ~ Ostinaut ~ Maintain ~ Ehse Records
4:24 AM German Army ~ Colony ~ In Transit ~ Dub Ditch Picnic
4:26 AM Horse Lords ~ Untitled (Ear) ~ Esopus #22: Organs ~ Esopus Magazine
4:31 AM Tyondai Braxton ~ K2 ~ HIVE1 ~ Nonesuch
4:36 AM Maribou State ~ Natural Fools ~ Portraits ~ Counter
4:41 AM The Acorn ~ Influence ~ Vieux Loup ~ Paper Bag
4:46 AM Blindness ~ Sunday Morning ~ Wrapped In Plastic ~ Saint Marie
4:50 AM Vaadat Charigim ~ At Chavera Sheli ~ Sinking As a Stone ~ Anova/Burger Records
4:54 AM Joanna Gruesome ~ Last Year ~ Peanut Butter ~ Slumberland
4:57 AM Downtown Boys ~ Santa ~ Full Communism ~ Don Giovanni
4:58 AM Triac ~ Day Two ~ Days ~ Line
Hour 3
5:02 AM Colleen ~ Lighthouse ~ Captain of None ~ Thrill Jockey
5:08 AM Evan Caminiti ~ Collapse ~ Meridian ~ Thrill Jockey
5:14 AM Ken Camden ~ The Melatonin Chamber ~ Dream Memory ~ Kranky
5:20 AM Container ~ Appliance ~ LP [2015] ~ Spectrum Spools
5:23 AM BOAN ~ Secretos ~ Mentiras ~ Holodeck
5:30 AM Colin Stetson/Sarah Neufeld ~ With the Dark Hug of Time ~ Never Were the Way She Was ~ Constellation
5:37 AM Jamie xx ~ The Rest is Noise ~ In Colour ~ Young Turks
5:42 AM Nocturnal Sunshine ~ Skipper ~ Nocturnal Sunshine ~ I/AM/ME
5:46 AM Rone ~ Calice Texas ~ Creatures ~ InFiné
5:50 AM Blanck Mass ~ Lung ~ Dumb Flesh ~ Sacred Bones
5:55 AM Lapalux ~ 1004 ~ Lustmore ~ Brainfeeder

Crush Collision 6/18/15

June 19, 2015 at 1:49 pm | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Hour 1
10:01 PM BOAN ~ BOAN ACID
10:12 PM Arthur’s Landing ~ List of Boys (Alkalino Mix)
10:14 PM Blanck Mass ~ Double Cross
10:19 PM Ekoplekz ~ Canon’s Marsh
10:21 PM German Army ~ Holocene Epoch
10:24 PM Reinhard Voigt ~ The Buddy
10:28 PM Andre Bratten ~ Common Misconception
10:31 PM Dave DK ~ Veira
10:35 PM Nozinja ~ Xihukwani
10:37 PM Jaga Jazzist ~ Oban (Todd Terje Remix)
10:45 PM Patrice Baumel Vs Colder ~ Turn Your Back
10:50 PM Thug Entrancer ~ Bronze
10:53 PM Ellen Allien ~ Lou
Hour 2
11:00 PM Temple Invisible ~ Sudden Acts (Liar Optimix)
11:04 PM Inigo Kennedy ~ Journey To The Stars (Efdemin Remix)
11:09 PM Antigone ~ Artefakt
11:16 PM Array Access ~ Variation 2
11:21 PM Ritzi Lee ~ Fire
11:25 PM CTRLS ~ The Disparates
11:30 PM Eric Cloutier ~ Raxeira [my ex-coworker!]
11:34 PM FAR ~ Carrier
11:38 PM Fleck E.S.C ~ CTRL
11:43 PM Tudor Acid ~ UL 404
11:53 PM MKFN ~ Somewhere, Here
11:57 PM N.d ~ Destroyer (Solenoid Remix)

Gurun Gurun: Kon B + Atarashii Hi EP (Home Normal, 2015)

June 14, 2015 at 6:26 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Gurun Gurun: Kon B

Gurun Gurun: Kon B

This is the second album by this Czech group who combines acoustic instrumentation and electronic processing for an overwhelming mass of tightly composed, multi-elemental sound. There’s glitchy electronic parts as well as masses of strings and percussion and seemingly every other instrument imaginable. These are dense sound constructions, but vocals by Cokiyu and Cuushe help to shape them into songs. They definitely help put a gentle, human face on these monstrous aural sculptures.

Gurun Gurun: Atarashii Hi EP

Gurun Gurun: Atarashii Hi EP

As with their first album, this one has an accompanying remix EP, which takes their conundrum-like compositions and makes more sense out of them. Marihiko Hara’s mix of “Mado” focuses on a string part and loops it into a rhythmic cue (not really a “hook”) along with gentle beats. Pawn’s remix of the EP’s title track seems the most excited and active, with animated pulses and blips along with diced vocals and spare, measured beats. Nanonum’s mix of the same track seems to be more scattered and swarming, taking the original and kind of flattening it out digitally. The last track on the EP seems to be the entire Kon B album rewound really fast.

Villages: Procession Acts LP (Bathetic, 2015)

June 14, 2015 at 4:52 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Villages: Procession Acts LP

Villages: Procession Acts LP

Villages (Ross Gentry) has a pretty hefty discography, with tapes, LPs and CD-r’s on labels like Hooker Vision, Sacred Phrases, and Kimberly Dawn, but I haven’t heard much besides a split 7″ I reviewed for Foxy Digitalis a few years back. This is his fourth release on Bathetic, and it’s a stunner. It’s ambient/drone stuff, but it seems to consist of clouds of mostly acoustic instruments, including plenty of strings and pianos and guitars. There’s some processing and static, but not so much that it distorted or blacks out the instruments. It just has a very natural feel; instead of villages, it feels more like forests. I guess Sean McCann or Barn Owl would be somewhat close comparisons, but these feels more haunted and mystical than either of those artists. Somehow it reminds me of some of Colleen’s early stuff, too, but fuller and more consuming. Seriously wonderful.

Pas Musique: Inside the Spectrum (Alrealon Musique, 2015)

June 14, 2015 at 1:22 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Pas Musique: Inside the Spectrum

Pas Musique: Inside the Spectrum

Pas Musique follow up their excellent 2013 album Abandoned Bird Egg with another spacey, trippy journey into subconsciousness. This one is more focused on space travel and extraterrestrials, with tracks like “Listening to Interstellar Space” featuring vintage samples from old instructional films about space. The tracks are framed by trancey electronic rhythms, but the beats are just a starting point, rather than the focal point of the tracks. “The Soul Catcher” has deep bass and light acid synths, but they’re more incidental than the grounding elements of the song. Other tracks have ethereal vocals, grinding guitars, and astral synth trails. “Cerebral Vacuum” has an offbeat, thudding percussion loop and clusters of electronic sound loosely joined together. Hard to really put into words, but it’s fascinating. Can’t wait to see this group at Mental Spaghetti Fest in Detroit next month.

[PHYSICS]: Only Forever tape (Constellation Tatsu, 2015)

June 14, 2015 at 12:31 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

[PHYSICS]: Only Forever tape

[PHYSICS]: Only Forever tape

It’s been two years since Spectramorphic Iridescence, [PHYSICS]’ debut LP on Digitalis. This new tape is less beat-driven, and closer to the cosmic/new age realm, but darker. If there’s dark ambient, why not dark new age? It’s not all dark-sounding, but there’s definitely some moments that feel like they’re summoning dark forces rather than just meditating or making pleasant background zone-out music. These tracks are all really busy, too, always swooping and transforming and ducking down one astral pathway or another. It’s like staring into a night sky and noticing that it’s alive and constantly moving, full of comets and asteroids. Up on Bandcamp.

BOAN: Mentiras LP (HoloDeck, 2015)

June 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

BOAN: Mentiras LP

BOAN: Mentiras LP

BOAN (pronounced “bone”) is a new project of José Cota (SSLEEPERHOLD) and Mariana Saldaña (ex-//TENSE//), both of whom were also in Medio Mutante together. I’m only familiar with SSLEEPERHOLD solo out of all of those names, but this is definitely way brighter and poppier than the dark, lo-fi electro of his solo stuff. The vocals here seem to be spoken in a monotone rather than properly sung, but they’re still more structured as proper songs than the more poetic monologues of labelmate Marie Davidson. The songs here are pretty repetitive, and the vocals are pretty minimal and repeat the songs’ titles a lot, but the songs are just so inventive and energetic that you don’t mind endlessly repeating the words along with them. “BOAN Acid” is like their attempt at an EDM club anthem, but from a lo-fi analog perspective. Actually it sounds like late ’80s Belgian new beat more than anything else, especially with the S&M connotations to the lyrics (“I am your master”) and demands to “jack your body to the beat”. Tracks like “Freaksnake” and “Mentiras” almost resemble a less-polished minimal wave counterpart to Purity Ring, and that this group should be touring with them and winning over their audience.

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