David Greenberger & The Pahltone Scooters: Fractions By Stella (Pel Pel Recordings, 2014)

November 23, 2014 at 3:54 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

David Greenberger & The Pahltone Scooters: Fractions By Stella

David Greenberger & The Pahltone Scooters: Fractions By Stella

This album was recorded in the mid-’90s and originally released in 1999 under a different title (I Still Feel Like Myself) in an edition of 100 copies by a label called Ponk Records. The album features David Greenberger reciting monologues based on conversations with members of the Duplex Nursing Home and an elderly center in Schenectady, and features a cast of backing musicians including Frank Pahl and Eugene Chadbourne. I haven’t really dug into the numerous Duplex Planet CD releases over the years, but I’m assuming they’re along the lines of this one. The main thing on this album that sticks out to my ears is “Everything Belongs To Someone”, which is based on a conversation with Jack Mudurian, whose stream-of-consciousness rambling-geezer opus Downloading The Repertoire is essential listening. On this song, Mudurian (channeled by Greenberger) rattles off a list of things that apparently belong to someone (appliances, vehicles, household objects), but he doesn’t say who they belong to. He even stops a few times and says he can’t think of anything else, but then he remembers more and keeps on going, just like on Downloading. And he stops and tells David he needs a new belt, and he ends it all by stopping and says he needs a drink of water. Can’t even imagine what having a conversation with that man would’ve been like. Besides that, this album has songs about headaches, eggs, snow, smoking, drumming, Frankenstein, and some sort of murder mystery. The instrumentation is the kind of eclectic, often found/prepared instrumentation typical of the artists involved (Chadbourne plays an electric windshield wiper on “Mechanical Men”, and there’s prepared instruments, toy instruments, and things like harmoniums, ocarinas, zithers and conch shells), and the pieces are mostly short miniatures which musically illustrate the brief snippets of conversation and then make their exit.

Show #265 – 11/22/14

November 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

mic break music = Fabio Frizzi: The City Of The Living Dead
Hour 1
3:01 AM Andy Stott ~ Damage ~ Faith In Strangers ~ Modern Love
3:05 AM DJ Earl x DJ Taye ~ Do This Again ~ Teklife: Next Life ~ Hyperdub
3:10 AM Clark ~ Winter Linn ~ Clark ~ Warp
3:12 AM Machinedrum ~ Only 1 Way 2 Know ~ Vapor City Archives ~ Ninja Tune
3:17 AM Lee Bannon ~ MFS-3 ~ Main/Flex ~ Babygrande
3:21 AM Dorian Concept ~ 11.04.2012 ~ Joined Ends ~ Ninja Tune
3:24 AM Burial ~ Lambeth ~ Hyperdub 10.4 ~ Hyperdub
3:31 AM Supersilent ~ 12.4 ~ 12 ~ Rune Grammofon
3:36 AM Child ~ Drug-Free Youth ~ tape ~ Life Like
3:42 AM Glacial23 ~ Cheval De Frise ~ 12″ ~ Savage Quality
3:48 AM Aaron Dilloway ~ Stunt 2 ~ Medicine Stunts ~ Hanson
3:50 AM His Name Is Alive ~ The Way It Was ~ Dark Reflections ~ cd-r
3:53 AM Mega Bog ~ Year Of Patience ~ Gone Banana ~ Couple Skate
3:56 AM Hungry Cloud Darkening ~ I Am Seen ~ Glossy Recall ~ Off Tempo
Hour 2
4:00 AM Songs: Ohia ~ Two Blue Lights ~ Didn’t It Rain ~ Secretly Canadian
4:02 AM Grouper ~ Clearing ~ Ruins ~ Kranky
4:06 AM Vashti Bunyan ~ Blue Shed ~ Heartleap ~ DiCristina
4:08 AM Weyes Blood ~ Hang On ~ The Innocents ~ Mexican Summer
4:12 AM Dean Blunt ~ Molly & Aquafina ~ Black Metal ~ Rough Trade
4:16 AM Panda Bear ~ Untying The Knot ~ Mr Noah ~ Domino
4:19 AM Slim Twig ~ Maintain The Charade ~ A Hound At The Hem ~ DFA
4:22 AM Medicine ~ Don’t Be Slow ~ Home Everywhere ~ Captured Tracks
4:26 AM Nots ~ Monochromatic ~ We Are Nots ~ Goner
4:27 AM Nod ~ Apology ~ split LP w/ Attic Abasement ~ Carbon Records
4:35 AM Jim Norton Collective ~ Fudgesickle Built For Four ~ Time Remembered: Compositions Of Bill Evans ~ Origin Records
4:40 AM Wayne Horvitz & The Royal Room Music Collective Ensemble ~ Daylight ~ At The Reception ~ Songlines
4:48 AM Johann Johannsson ~ London, 1988 ~ The Theory Of Everything ~ Back Lot Music
4:51 AM Verckys et l’Orchestre Veve ~ Bassala Hot ~ Congolese Funk, Afrobeat & Psychedelic Rumba 1969-1978 ~ Analog Africa
Hour 3
5:02 AM David Greenberger & The Pahltone Scooters ~ Everything Belongs To Someone ~ Fractions By Stella ~ Pel Pel Recordings
5:04 AM Negativland ~ This Thing Is Not Good ~ It’s All In Your Head FM ~ Seeland
5:10 AM Youth Code ~ Wear The Wounds ~ An Overture ~ Dais
5:13 AM Museum Of Love ~ The Large Glass ~ Museum Of Love ~ DFA
5:17 AM ACI_Edits ~ side A track 2 ~ tape ~ Aught
5:24 AM Icky Boyfriends ~ I’m Not Fascinating ~ Live In San Francisco ~ Castle Face
5:25 AM The Dead Milkmen ~ Anthropology Days ~ Pretty Music For Pretty People ~ self-released
5:33 AM Scott Walker & Sunn O))) ~ Brando ~ Soused ~ 4AD
5:42 AM Fred Frith and John Butcher ~ Butterflies Of Vertigo ~ The Natural Order ~ Northern Spy
5:46 AM David Shea ~ Emerald Garden ~ Rituals ~ Room40
5:55 AM Lawrence English + Stephen Vitiello ~ A Fable For The Chime ~ Fable ~ Dragon’s Eye Recordings

Crush Collision 11/20/14

November 21, 2014 at 9:40 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Hour 1
10:00 PM Andy Stott ~ How It Was
10:06 PM Lord Raja ~ De Lia Lu Lu
10:09 PM Marshall Applewhite ~ Dimension 8
10:14 PM Machinone ~ Flower Stamp (Wim Remix)
10:15 PM Heiko Laux ~ Rowing
10:23 PM Principles Of Geometry ~ Suntunnel (Oceanic Drama Floor Rework)
10:26 PM The Third Man ~ Double Dawn (John Heckle Remix)
10:32 PM Plants Army Revolver ~ Diaspora
10:37 PM Grey Branches ~ Binate
10:40 PM Ruhig ~ Nibelheim
10:46 PM Mark E ~ Being Hiding (Laszlo Dancehall Remix)
10:50 PM Raudive ~ Last
10:57 PM Servent ~ Multypli
Hour 2
11:01 PM Walton ~ 808 Vybzin
11:04 PM Xhin ~ Blade Moth
11:10 PM 97 Bad Masters [Alexander Robotnick] ~ Caramba
11:15 PM Hieroglyphic Being ~ Star Time
11:20 PM Makaton ~ Dstabilise
11:25 PM Italcimenti ~ Pollunk
11:28 PM Robert Hood ~ Minimal Minded
11:35 PM Ascion & D. Carbone ~ Substructures One
11:36 PM Dronelock ~ The Oath
11:39 PM Blastah ~ Car Crash Riddim
11:41 PM Cosby ~ Slow Jam Hotline (Korma Neo-Club Mix)
11:45 PM PVNV ~ Consortium (Sterac Remix)
11:51 PM Gavrom ~ Funkered
11:58 PM Jonas Kopp ~ Plant Mu

Child: untitled tape (Life Like, 2014)

November 16, 2014 at 5:57 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Child: untitled tape

Child: untitled tape

This was a super-secret limited-to-20-copies tape that Child created for his performance at Far House a couple days ago. The entirety of his performance was the first track on this tape, a 2-minute eerie synth-drone-sample-plus-delay piece called “What The Sermon Said”. After that piece blusters and fizzles out, a trippy, fuzzy, fun synth-arpeggio song called “Drug-Free Youth” starts, and continues for the remainder of the side. “Glass Box (Version)” takes up the entire B-side, and it’s a much darker, more distorted thing, getting noisier and more horror-summoning as it progresses, especially with the presence of a creepy melody that sneaks into for the final few minutes.

Supersilent: 12 (Rune Grammofon, 2014)

November 16, 2014 at 5:31 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Supersilent: 12

Supersilent: 12

Supersilent is a long-running Norwegian improv supergroup, consisting of Rune Grammofon regulars Arve Henriksen (trumpet), Ståle Storløkken (keyboards) and Helge Sten (“audio virus”). Sten recorded a series of groundbreaking dark ambient albums under the name Deathprod in the ’90s and ’00s, which were collected on an incredible box set in 2004. Since drummer Jarle Vespestad left Supersilent a few years back, the group’s sound has shifted a bit closer to that dark ambient Deathprod sound, but also reminiscent of early pre-arpeggio Tangerine Dream and Popol Vuh, as well as other dark eerie soundtrack artists from the ’70s. Some of the group’s earlier albums are sprawling, patience-requiring sessions, but this one is relatively concise, with 13 mostly-short tracks totaling 43 minutes. Generally dark and shadowy and slow-moving, with some theremin-like sounds (as on “12.2”), woozy vibrations and rusty clanging (“12.4″), solitary trumpet (“12.5″, “12.7”), bugged-out distorted organ (“12.6″), and a couple notes of stumbling, murmuring piano (“12.10″). Closing track “12.13” is the longest at nearly 6 minutes, and begins with chaotic synth washes, rumbling, and bell-like tolling, then gets quiet and alien for the second half.

Andy Stott: Faith In Strangers (Modern Love, 2014)

November 16, 2014 at 4:39 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Andy Stott: Faith In Strangers

Andy Stott: Faith In Strangers

Andy Stott’s Luxury Problems album from 2012 was truly an eye-opener, taking the “knackered house” sound he’d been developing and transforming it into something more otherwordly, with angelic vocals and a few harsh jungle breakbeats. His newest effort, Faith In Strangers, goes even further leftfield in several more directions, and is even more fascinating. When “Violence” first started making the rounds online, I was immediately in love, and at this point it’s probably my favorite song of the year. It starts out sparse with hushed vocals and alarming distorted synth tones, and then when the beat hits a few minutes into it, it just swarms and gets really powerful. Completely addictive. And of course, the rest of the album doesn’t sound quite like it, but it also uses space and ambience and distortion and ethereal vocals and harsh beats and bass in different combinations and almost always ends up with something thoroughly engrossing. “Time Away” starts the album with a simple-enough drone to set the mood, but after “Violence”, “On Oath” shifts through skeletal, clanging beats and lunging bass tones, and more faint, echoing vocals. “Science & Industry” adds some vintage drum machine beats, adding a minimal-wave pulse, along with more clanging beats, bass tones and gorgeous vocals. “No Surrender” starts with a metallic cascade of distorted synth chords, and after this dissolves into chiming sounds, the track REALLY begins, with severely blown-out bass and mutilated, slurred, mushed-up breaks, taking the “diseased” sound of his previous works to new levels. “How It Was” brings Stott back to the “knackered house” sound he was exploring a few years ago, with a corroded 4/4 beat and sickly, muffled bass. “Damage” sounds like Stott’s fractured take on grime, with lurching beats and distorted bass pings shooting straight into the gutter. “Faith In Strangers” is the most accessible, poppy song on the album, with post-punk bass guitar, a sprightly tempo, a bit brighter synths (but still a bit dark and gloomy) and ghostly-yet-catchy vocals. “Missing” ends the album with another dark, funereal dirge, with hollowed-out bass guitar emanating from a distance and some faint chiming synth sounds, and shadowy vocals reminiscent of Zola Jesus’ background vocals. A truly wondrous albm, confounding expecations even from his previous diversions into unknown territory, and the second brilliant album Stott’s released this year (the other being Millie & Andrea’s Drop The Vowels, which explored jungle/juke permutations and was more dancefloor-focused).

Quintron + Miss Pussycat, Aaron Dilloway & Rebel Kind @ The Blind Pig, 11/15/16

November 16, 2014 at 3:20 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment


poster by Jeremy Wheeler

poster by Jeremy Wheeler


DJ Mariah Cherem

DJ Mariah Cherem


DJ Jeremy Wheeler

DJ Jeremy Wheeler


Rebel Kind

Rebel Kind


Rebel Kind

Rebel Kind


Aaron Dilloway

Aaron Dilloway


Aaron Dilloway

Aaron Dilloway


Miss Pussycat's puppet show

Miss Pussycat’s puppet show


Miss Pussycat's puppet show

Miss Pussycat’s puppet show


Miss Pussycat's puppet show

Miss Pussycat’s puppet show


Miss Pussycat's puppet show

Miss Pussycat’s puppet show


Miss Pussycat's puppet show

Miss Pussycat’s puppet show


Miss Pussycat's puppet show

Miss Pussycat’s puppet show


Miss Pussycat's puppet show

Miss Pussycat’s puppet show


Quintron

Quintron


Quintron & Miss Pussycat

Quintron & Miss Pussycat


Quintron & Miss Pussycat

Quintron & Miss Pussycat


Quintron visited the downtown Ann Arbor library and demonstrated two of the instruments he invented and uses in his music and performances: the Drum Buddy and the Weather Warlock.
Drum Buddy

Drum Buddy


Quintron demonstrating the Drum Buddy

Quintron demonstrating the Drum Buddy


Quintron demonstrating the Drum Buddy

Quintron demonstrating the Drum Buddy


Quintron explaining the Weather Warlock

Quintron explaining the Weather Warlock


Quintron explaining the Weather Warlock

Quintron explaining the Weather Warlock


theremin demonstration

theremin demonstration


more instruments from the AADL instrument collection

more instruments from the AADL instrument collection

Little Animal, Ryan Power, Asbo Action Squad + Child @ Far House, 11/14/14

November 15, 2014 at 1:17 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

I didn’t take any photos during Haunted’s set because it was a short spoken word set and it was very quiet and my camera would’ve made noise and I didn’t want to interrupt it.

flyer art by Josh Hedges

flyer art by Josh Hedges








Child

Child


Asbo Action Squad

Asbo Action Squad


Asbo Action Squad

Asbo Action Squad


Asbo Action Squad

Asbo Action Squad


Ryan Power

Ryan Power


Ryan Power

Ryan Power


Ryan Power

Ryan Power


Ryan Power

Ryan Power


Little Animal

Little Animal


Little Animal

Little Animal


Little Animal

Little Animal


Little Animal

Little Animal

Show #264 – 11/15/14

November 15, 2014 at 12:47 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
3:00 AM Andy Stott ~ Violence ~ Faith In Strangers ~ Modern Love
3:06 AM Cooly G ~ 1st Time ~ Wait ‘Til Night ~ Hyperdub
3:09 AM Akkord ~ HTH020 (The Haxan Cloak’s Cloud of Witness) ~ HTH030 ~ Houndstooth
3:20 AM Supersilent ~ 12.3 ~ 12 ~ Rune Grammofon
3:26 AM Matthew Collings ~ Silence Is A Rhythm Too ~ Silence Is A Rhythm Too ~ Denovali
3:38 AM Negativland ~ Relatively Optimistic Notions ~ It’s All In Your Head FM ~ Seeland
3:44 AM His Name Is Alive ~ cassette-only bonus track ~ Tecuciztecatl ~ London London
3:52 AM David Shea ~ Meditation ~ Rituals ~ Room40
Hour 2
4:00 AM Steve Roden ~ Straightforwardness ~ Flower & Water ~ Dragon’s Eye Recordings
4:07 AM Child ~ What The Sermon Said ~ tape ~ Life Like
4:09 AM Lawrence English + Stephen Vitiello ~ Forecast The Dawn ~ Fable ~ Dragon’s Eye Recordings
4:14 AM His Name Is Alive ~ See You In Forever ~ Dark Reflections ~ cd-r
4:22 AM Rash ~ Nidanam ~ The Weight Of The World ~ Carbon Records
4:34 AM Vapour Theories ~ Descend, Part 1 (For Bailey) ~ split LP w/ Loren Connors ~ Carbon Records
4:42 AM Tom Carter ~ untitled ~ split 7″ w/ Gate ~ Carbon Records
4:46 AM Fred Frith and John Butcher ~ Delirium Perhaps ~ The Natural Order ~ Northern Spy
4:49 AM Q Electronics ~ You Can Do It ~ Drum Buddy Demonstration LP Volume 1 ~ Rhinestone Records/Skin Graft
4:53 AM Quintron ~ Mood ~ The Frog Tape ~ Skin Graft
4:54 AM Aaron Dilloway ~ Tremors ~ Modern Jester ~ Hanson
4:57 AM Rebel Kind ~ I See ~ Today ~ Urinal Cake
Hour 3
5:01 AM Quintron ~ Frogs ~ The Frog Tape ~ Skin Graft
5:04 AM Blanche Blanche Blanche ~ Tragic Bios ~ Termite Music ~ OSR Tapes
5:06 AM Angel 1 ~ One Wish – Shah ~ Allegra Bin 1 ~ 1080p
5:09 AM Machinedrum ~ 2 B Luvd ~ Vapor City Archives ~ Ninja Tune
5:13 AM Lee Bannon featuring Deejay Earl ~ MFS-2 ~ Main/Flex ~ Babygrande
5:16 AM Clark ~ Snowbird ~ Clark ~ Warp
5:20 AM DVA ~ Monophonic Nightmare ~ Hyperdub 10.4 ~ Hyperdub
5:24 AM Little Animal ~ Sleeping House ~ mp3 ~ Soundcloud
5:28 AM 18+ ~ Iawa ~ Trust ~ Houndstooth
5:32 AM Philip Corner ~ Gnossienne No. 1 ~ Satie Slowly ~ Unseen Worlds
5:36 AM Glacial23 ~ The Last Evenings Of Summer ~ 12″ ~ Savage Quality
5:41 AM Torn Hawk ~ I’m Flexible ~ Let’s Cry And Do Pushups At The Same Time ~ Mexican Summer
5:47 AM Dorian Concept ~ The Few ~ Joined Ends ~ Ninja Tune
5:52 AM Submotion Orchestra ~ Chrome Units ~ Alium ~ Counter
5:56 AM Jon Hopkins with Raphaelle Standell ~ Form By Firelight ~ Asleep Versions ~ Domino

Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa @ MOCAD, 11/9/14

November 12, 2014 at 10:55 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment






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