Show #305 – 8/29/15

August 29, 2015 at 6:44 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
3:00 AM Ryan Huber ~ Death of Institution ~ Aleksandr ~ Inam Records
3:05 AM Natural Information Society & Bitchin Bajas ~ Sign Spinners ~ Automaginary ~ Drag City
3:10 AM Big Drum In The Sky Religion ~ Dream Time Killing Floor ~ Give The People What They Pray For ~ Placenta Recordings
3:18 AM Liberty Ellman ~ Enigmatic Runner ~ Radiate ~ Pi Recordings
3:25 AM France Jobin & Fabio Perletta ~ Parallel ~ Mirror Neurons ~ Dragon’s Eye Recordings
3:26 AM Orphan Alias + 2 ~ ana damamate ~ xo eg ar gvawkobs ~ Psalmus Diuersae
3:36 AM Earthly ~ Glaze ~ Days ~ Noumenal Loom
3:39 AM AFX ~ MATRIXT1 ~ mp3 ~ Soundcloud
3:42 AM µ-Ziq ~ No Rules ~ mp3 ~ Soundcloud
3:49 AM Petrels ~ We Are Falling Into The Heart Of The Sun ~ Flailing Tomb ~ Denovali
3:58 AM Alan Sondheim/Azure Carter/Luke Damrosch ~ Oud ~ Threnody: Shorter Discourses of the Buddha ~ Public Eyesore
Hour 2
4:01 AM BLÆRG ~ Live @ Bangface ~ mp3 ~ Bandcamp
4:47 AM Locrian ~ KXL I ~ Infinite Dissolution ~ Relapse
4:54 AM Myrkur ~ Jeg er Guden, I er Tjenerne ~ M ~ Relapse
4:58 AM PD Wilder ~ Hymn 1 ~ O Tokke Hymns ~ Silber
Hour 3
5:00 AM Static Daydream ~ Run Into the Night ~ Static Daydream ~ Saint Marie
5:04 AM Bookwar ~ Life of Remarkable People ~ Insects Liberation Front ~ Placenta Recordings
5:11 AM Advance Base ~ Christmas in Milwaukee ~ Nephew in the Wild ~ Orindal
5:14 AM Red House Painters ~ Uncle Joe ~ Red House Painters (Bridge) ~ 4AD
5:20 AM Red House Painters ~ Mother ~ Red House Painters (Rollercoaster) ~ 4AD
5:34 AM Chihei Hatakeyama ~ End of the Night ~ Moonlight Reflecting Over Mountains ~ Room40
5:40 AM Chelsea Wolfe ~ Maw ~ Abyss ~ Sargent House
5:46 AM Silicon ~ God Emoji ~ Personal Computer ~ Weird World
5:48 AM Scissor Now! ~ Madronna ~ Now That’s What I Call Scissor Now! ~ Arbco
5:50 AM The Ghost Ease ~ Bad Girls ~ Quit Yer Job ~ Cabin Games
5:53 AM Skylab ~ Ghost ~ #2 1999 ~ Tummy Touch

Scissor Now!: Now That’s What I Call Scissor Now! LP (Arbco, 2015)

August 28, 2015 at 8:42 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Scissor Now!: Now That's What I Call Scissor Now! LP

Scissor Now!: Now That’s What I Call Scissor Now! LP

Ann Arbor’s best sax-driven prog-punk trio returns with their second full-length album. The album seems slightly more refined and accessible than their debut, with less Ruins-like intensity and maybe a bit more of a dance party vibe. The band’s angular version of “Into the Groove” is titled “Madronna”, condensing Ms. Ciccone’s best song into under 2 minutes, and sounding way more focused than Sonic Youth’s dubby deconstruction of the same song. A few tracks from their stopgap EP Shear Immediacy! make their vinyl debut here, including their “Billie Jean” cover, which actually appears uncredited at the end of the second side, with the groove spinning outward from the middle of the record. Likewise, their Britney Spears cover (whose original name I don’t know, nor do I care) does the same thing on side A. The album also includes the group’s second, slower version of Ann Arbor punk standard “Make Babies or Die Trying”, which takes the song in a much jazzier direction than their more punkish first version… at least until they start screaming the song’s title, with added emphasis on the “OR!!!” Also, similar to the first album’s “Ham Sandwich”, this one has another short song about food, namely “Pizza & Cheese”. Another fun, exciting, crazy LP from one of my absolute favorite local bands.

Ryan Huber: Aleksandr CDr (Inam Records, 2015)

August 28, 2015 at 8:26 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Ryan Huber: Aleksandr CDr

Ryan Huber: Aleksandr CDr

The newest full-length from the overwhelmingly prolific Ryan Huber contains nearly an hour of slowly creeping, droning pieces with brittle rhythms. A few tracks (such as “Death of Institution”) seem to have somewhat of a minimal techno rhythm before they melt into static and distortion. Others are the opposite, slowly developing clicks and pulses out of the ether. “Tribunal” is a pretty affecting bit of soft dubby pounding beats and moving ambient drone. “False Intuition” is closer to jittery, clicky IDM. “Aleksandr” and “Emerge” both have paranoid, queasy synth melodies. The digital version ends with the death-ambient drone “The Hidden Word”, and the limited CD-r includes that as well as its finale, the thumping, clicking “Parallel Form”. Huber releases tons of music and I haven’t posted about everything on this blog because I don’t want to repeat myself too much, but it’s all worth checking out, he’s constantly refining and updating his sound. This album’s available for free download on Bandcamp but I’m not sure where you can get the limited CDr version with the bonus track.

Slow Meadow: s/t (Hammock Music, 2015)

August 22, 2015 at 8:26 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Slow Meadow: s/t

Slow Meadow: s/t

Appearing as the first outside artist on post-rock band Hammock’s own label, this is an album of quiet, orchestral, soundtrack-like post-rock/ambient similar to Stars Of The Lid, Eluvium, or Rachel’s. The album is perfectly sad and weepy and exquisitely recorded/produced, and many of the tracks flow together, creating an hour-long suite of sorrow. Lots of swelling strings and echo, and some spooky choral undertones on a few tracks. “Every Mournful Breath” has some withered/fading textures, which add a nice touch. “The Grandeur of a Modest Moment” has some soft, slow, tremor-like beats. Some of this (especially the first few tracks) reminds me of Moby’s incredible ambient album Little Idiot, which barely anyone knows about because it was a bonus disc on import pressings of Animal Rights, his universally derided punk album, but some of his ambient stuff is actually quite astonishing. Anyway, this Slow Meadow CD is seriously lovely, I’m trying to get myself to listen to something other than the Red House Painters vinyl reissues that I just bought, and this is hitting the spot nicely.

Show #304 – 8/22/15

August 22, 2015 at 2:15 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
3:01 AM Red House Painters ~ Down Colorful Hill ~ Down Colorful Hill ~ 4AD
3:12 AM Advance Base ~ Summon Satan ~ Nephew in the Wild ~ Orindal
3:14 AM Slow Meadow ~ A Farewell Sonata ~ Slow Meadow ~ Hammock Music
3:21 AM Moby ~ A Season In Hell ~ Little Idiot ~ Mute
3:25 AM Kevin Greenspon ~ Opacity Of Man ~ Maroon Bells ~ Bridgetown Records
3:30 AM Clay Giberson ~ Eyesome ~ Minga Minga ~ Origin Records
3:35 AM Gavin Gamboa ~ Nocturnes I – 3 ~ Nocturnes I-IV ~ Bandcamp
3:39 AM Red House Painters ~ New Jersey ~ Red House Painters (Bridge) ~ 4AD
3:44 AM Red House Painters ~ Mistress ~ Red House Painters (Rollercoaster) ~ 4AD
3:48 AM Red House Painters ~ Shock Me ~ Ocean Beach/Shock Me ~ 4AD
3:52 AM Chelsea Wolfe ~ Iron Moon ~ Abyss ~ Sargent House
3:58 AM Kevin Greenspon ~ X.A. Assembly ~ Paradise A.D. ~ Bridgetown Records
Hour 2
4:02 AM Myrkur ~ Nattens Barn ~ Myrkur ~ Relapse
4:07 AM Herbcraft ~ No More Doors ~ Wot Oz ~ Woodsist
4:19 AM Tarentel ~ track 8 ~ Live Edits: Italy/Switzerland ~ Digitalis
4:23 AM Ducktails ~ Reprise ~ St. Catherine ~ Domino
4:27 AM El Ten Eleven ~ We Lost a Giant ~ Fast Forward ~ Fake Record Label
4:30 AM Laraaji ~ side B excerpt ~ Lotus Collage ~ Leaving Records
4:38 AM Alice Coltrane ~ Battle At Armageddon ~ Universal Consciousness ~ Superior Viaduct
4:45 AM Gagakirise and EYE ~ The Flash ~ 7″ ~ Thrill Jockey
4:49 AM Qwanqwa ~ Kemekem ~ Volume Two ~ FPE Records
4:54 AM Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention ~ Project X ~ Uncle Meat ~ Barking Pumpkin
Hour 3
5:00 AM Lawrence English ~ April 4 – And He Sleeps ~ The Peregrine ~ Room40
5:02 AM Gerty Farish ~ Hootars ~ Means Lots of Treble ~ Menlo Park
5:03 AM Kevin Greenspon + Nicole Kidman ~ Loser ~ Already Dead (digital version) ~ Bridgetown Records
5:05 AM Static Daydream ~ Game Of Pricks ~ mp3 ~ Bandcamp
5:06 AM Graham Repulski ~ In Waves ~ Success Racist ~ Shorter Records
5:08 AM Monogamy ~ Dreamt You Swam Here ~ Demo 2015 ~ self-released
5:10 AM The Pink Noise ~ Delusion (Easy Street) ~ Decay ~ Not Unlike
5:14 AM Smersh ~ Under Your Hoop ~ Super Heavy Solid Waste ~ Dark Entries
5:18 AM Transllusion ~ Negative Flash ~ The Opening Of The Cerebral Gate ~ Tresor
5:22 AM AFX ~ oberheim blacet1b ~ Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-2008 ~ Warp
5:26 AM Venetian Snares ~ Former Eagle ~ Your Face ~ Planet Mu
5:28 AM Five Star Hotel ~ 444 ~ Nazca Lines ~ Visual Disturbances
5:31 AM Chihei Hatakeyama ~ Prince of the Sea ~ Moonlight Reflecting Over Mountains ~ Room40
5:38 AM ltd. ~ Xing Cai ~ (soft) ~ Psalmus Diuersae
5:41 AM Bugbus1 ~ Pips 137 ~ Pinp ~ Psalmus Diuersae
5:43 AM Alan Sondheim/Azure Carter/Luke Damrosch ~ Threnrevrev ~ Threnody: Shorter Discourses of the Buddha ~ Public Eyesore
5:47 AM Kevin Greenspon ~ A Step Towards ~ To Leave A Mark ~ Bridgetown Records
5:51 AM Multicast Dynamics ~ Vaihe ~ Aquatic System ~ Denovali
5:57 AM Andrew Tuttle ~ Wave Triplet ~ Slowcation ~ A Guide To Saints

Crush Collision 8/20/15

August 21, 2015 at 12:08 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Hour 1
10:00 PM Cathode Ray Tube ~ One Day In May
10:07 PM AFX ~ NEOTEKT72
10:11 PM Florian Kupfer ~ Bruit Force
10:15 PM John Monkman & Pete Tong ~ Phoenix
10:19 PM Hunter/Game ~ Bermuda
10:27 PM Mike Dehnert ~ Beiwerk
10:30 PM Madben ~ Organic Drive
10:38 PM Phon.o ~ SOAG
10:42 PM Santiago Salazar ~ Brownout
10:47 PM Jessy Lanza ~ Fuck Diamond (Bambounou Remix)
10:52 PM Wa Wu We ~ B1
10:56 PM Francesco Terranova ~ Magnetica
Hour 2
11:01 PM Mr. Jones ~ The Truth About Robots
11:06 PM PVNV ~ Face Chemistry
11:11 PM Reeko ~ Dishonest Thoughts
11:14 PM Synthek & Audiolouis ~ Counterbalance (Kwartz Redefinition)
11:17 PM Inner8 ~ Praxis
11:23 PM qp ~ Puerto
11:24 PM Tallesen ~ Chime Ever (Thug Entrancer’s Astral Mix)
11:28 PM Chaams ~ All No Thing
11:31 PM Nocturnal Sunshine ~ Footsteps
11:35 PM Chevel ~ Alicia
11:39 PM Profligate ~ Ambient Metal Room (Impossible)
11:42 PM T_st & Dronelock ~ Further Than You Thought
11:44 PM AnD ~ Power Spectrum (Sleeparchive Remix)
11:48 PM AnD ~ Valid Point
11:53 PM Blastah ~ Acid SMS
11:56 PM RP Boo ~ Suicide

El Ten Eleven: Fast Forward (Fake Record Label, 2015)

August 19, 2015 at 9:44 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

El Ten Eleven: Fast Forward

El Ten Eleven: Fast Forward

Sixth (at least) album from an instrumental electronic post-rock duo who I could’ve sworn were more crescendo-core sounding, but this album is light, chilled out, and poppy, coming close to recent Tycho or a vocal-free Washed Out. “We Lost a Giant” definitely has the “Feel It All Around” vibe to it. Other tracks (“Scott Township”, “Be Kind, Rewind”) have New Order-esque guitars, which are pleasant. Some of this, especially the first 2 tracks, is surprisingly danceable. The press release describes how the drummer’s father died before the album was recorded, and it seems like there is a twinge of melancholy combined with a bit of a nostalgic overtone, but overall it’s definitely a sunny, enjoyable album.

Show #303 – 8/15/15

August 15, 2015 at 2:27 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
3:01 AM Qwanqwa ~ Hamalele ~ Volume One ~ FPE Records
3:10 AM Happy Flowers ~ I Ate Something Out Of The Medicine Cabinet ~ 7″ ~ Homestead
3:14 AM Happy Flowers ~ I’m The Stupid One ~ I Crush Bozo ~ Homestead
3:16 AM Happy Flowers ~ Why Didn’t You Tell Me You Were Bringing Home A Baby ~ My Skin Covers My Body ~ Homestead
3:18 AM Happy Flowers ~ Mom, I Gave The Cat Some Acid ~ My Skin Covers My Body ~ Homestead
3:22 AM Happy Flowers ~ My Frisbee Went Under A Lawnmower ~ I Crush Bozo ~ Homestead
3:24 AM Happy Flowers ~ I Saw My Picture On a Milk Carton ~ I Crush Bozo ~ Homestead
3:27 AM Happy Flowers ~ If This Gun Were Real (I Could Shoot You And Sleep In The Big Bed With Mommy) ~ Lasterday I Was Been Bad ~ Homestead
3:31 AM Happy Flowers ~ I Dropped My Ice Cream Cone ~ Flowers On 45: The Homestead Singles ~ Homestead
3:35 AM Old Skull ~ Hot Dog Hell ~ Get Outta School ~ Restless
3:38 AM Detroit 442 ~ Ted Nugent Sucks Dog Cock ~ Pigs ~ Hell City
3:40 AM The Blind Shake ~ Hurracan ~ Live In San Francisco ~ Castle Face
3:43 AM Scissor Now! ~ (It’s) Brr Cold ~ Now That’s What I Call Scissor Now! ~ Arbco
3:45 AM The Sediment Club ~ A Scary Part of Life (Tek) ~ Psychosymplastic ~ Wharf Cat
3:47 AM Royal Headache ~ Another World ~ High ~ What’s Your Rupture?
3:50 AM Graham Repulski ~ Funeral Games ~ Success Racist ~ Shorter Records
3:52 AM Monogamy ~ Cold Summer Water ~ Demo 2015 ~ self-released
3:57 AM Kevin Greenspon + Nicole Kidman ~ Already Dead ~ Already Dead 7″ EP ~ Bridgetown Records
Hour 2
4:01 AM Casiotone For The Painfully Alone ~ When The Bridge Toll Was A Dollar ~ Answering Machine Music ~ Cassingle U.S.A.
4:03 AM Casiotone For The Painfully Alone ~ Casiotone For The Painfully Alone In A Yellow T-Shirt ~ Twinkle Echo ~ Tomlab
4:06 AM Casiotone For The Painfully Alone ~ Young Shields ~ Etiquette ~ Tomlab
4:08 AM Advance Base ~ My Love For You Is Like A Puppy Underfoot ~ Nephew in the Wild ~ Orindal
4:11 AM Mascara-Sue ~ Carrot ~ Welcome To My World ~ Irritant
4:15 AM Cold Beat ~ Cracks ~ Into The Air ~ Crime On The Moon
4:19 AM Telepathe ~ Damaged Raid ~ Destroyer ~ BZML
4:22 AM HEALTH ~ Courtship II ~ Death Magic ~ Loma Vista
4:25 AM Smersh ~ The Land of Feeling Good ~ Super Heavy Solid Waste ~ Dark Entries
4:31 AM Kevin Greenspon ~ Window Pane ~ Paradise A.D. ~ Bridgetown Records
4:36 AM German Army ~ side A ~ Of Babongo ~ Discrepant
4:57 AM Time Ghost ~ Uber Orgone ~ Cellular ~ Load
Hour 3
5:04 AM Multicast Dynamics ~ Nebulous ~ Aquatic System ~ Denovali
5:07 AM Cyrnai ~ Sensitivity ~ Charred Blossoms ~ Mind Matter Records
5:10 AM Cyrnai ~ Windmill ~ Charred Blossoms ~ Mind Matter Records
5:12 AM Herbcraft ~ Push Thru the Veil ~ Wot Oz ~ Woodsist
5:17 AM Black Dirt Oak ~ Magic Hat ~ Presage ~ MIE Music
5:25 AM Our Love Will Destroy The World ~ Hades Iron Horizon ~ Carnivorous Rainbows ~ Ba Da Bing!
5:36 AM Somatic Responses ~ The Bystander ~ Deadmen’s Institute ~ Photon Emissions
5:42 AM Gila ~ This Morning ~ Deutsche Elektronische Musik ~ Soul Jazz
5:47 AM Amalgamated ~ Unworm Ascending ~ Amalgamated ~ Aubjects
5:53 AM Rand and Holland ~ Cobra ~ Rand and Holland ~ A Guide To Saints

Move Yr Ass 8/13/15

August 13, 2015 at 6:44 pm | Posted in Move Yr Ass | Leave a comment

Today’s edition of Move Yr Ass features “Fish Heads”, Charles Manson, “Yakety Sax”, and lots of annoying animal noises.
Move Yr Ass 8/13/15

The Blind Shake: Live in San Francisco (Castle Face, 2015)

August 12, 2015 at 10:33 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

The Blind Shake: Live in San Francisco

The Blind Shake: Live in San Francisco

I saw this band open for Thee Oh Sees at SXSW this year at a free show late at night inside a cramped, sweaty room, and all I can remember is that it was 100 degrees and I had to wait for an hour or so until the band performed and I was worried that my friend was getting impatient, even though she really wanted to see Thee Oh Sees. So I don’t really remember much about how this band sounded. Listening to this live album, they sound pretty decent, actually. Two brothers both snarling and playing noisy guitar and a third guy bashing away on the drums, no bass (so if you’re not into trebly garage rock with no bass, this might not be for you). With 2 exceptions, all the songs are under 3 minutes, usually about 2 and a half, and they’re mostly uptempo and smashy, owing equally to British punk and ’60s garage rock at its stompiest. The guitar effects are great, they definitely make good usage of such a limited palette. The whole album is over in 25 minutes, which is just perfect. I think I need to see these guys again and actually pay attention next time.

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