Dan Deacon @ Populux (formerly the Magic Stick), 5/19/15

May 20, 2015 at 8:28 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

Dan's tourbus

Dan’s tourbus


a fan gives Dan a new toy

a fan gives Dan a new toy


inside the bus

inside the bus


me and Dan

me and Dan


setting up at the newly remodeled Populux

setting up at the newly remodeled Populux


Prince Rama soundchecking

Prince Rama soundchecking


downtown Detroit from the deck

downtown Detroit from the deck


Ben O'Brien

Ben O’Brien


Ben O'Brien

Ben O’Brien


looking out from the deck after dark

looking out from the deck after dark


Prince Rama

Prince Rama


Prince Rama

Prince Rama


Prince Rama

Prince Rama


Dan Deacon giving a long, hilarious monologue before his set

Dan Deacon giving a long, hilarious monologue before his set


Dan Deacon starting the dance contest

Dan Deacon starting the dance contest


dance contest!!!

dance contest!!!


Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon


Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon


Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon


dividing the crowd for another dance participation segment

dividing the crowd for another dance participation segment


Dan with his band

Dan with his band

Real Adult: Fake Person tape (Gold Bolus Recordings, 2015)

May 16, 2015 at 7:44 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Real Adult: Fake Person tape

Real Adult: Fake Person tape

Cory Bracken’s debut tape as Real Adult is harsh, disorganized, haphazard, and all around not pretty. It erupts in fits and starts, sometimes relying on electrical noise bursts, and other times utilizing crashing percussion and bells playing rapid, nervous clattering sounds, somewhat similar to that David Van Tieghem collaborative LP RVNG Intl released in late 2013. The 5-part “God Holes Suite” takes up side A, and the more shivery 7-minute “A Course In Miracles” begins side B, and then the tape ends with the metallic detritus of “Idiot Shivers”. Available on Bandcamp.

Mazhar Ve Fuat: Türküz Türkü Çağırırız! (Yonca, 1973/reissued Shadoks, 2015)

May 16, 2015 at 6:05 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Mazhar Ve Fuat: Türküz Türkü Çağırırız!

Mazhar Ve Fuat: Türküz Türkü Çağırırız!

I know nothing about Turkish music and I don’t really follow the endless glut of obscure/private press psych reissues that will never cease, but Shadoks has always been a label that’s unearthed some of the more interesting rarities, to my ears at least. Mazhar Alanson and Fuat Güner ended up founding hugely successful Turkish pop group MFÖ, but this is an earlier album the duo recorded in 1973. This album is closer to folk-rock than psych, but it has its mystical, ethereal side. The album’s title translates to “We are Turks, we sing Turkish folk songs”, and the opening title track is appropriately declamatory. “Sür Efem Atını” is as close as we get to fuzzy psych-rock, but there’s nothing “acid” about this album. “Derdimi Dökersem Derin Dereye” and “Türkmen Güzeli” feature lead vocals from Mazhar’s wife Hale Alanson, and both tracks are gorgeous, chilling hauntological loner-folk which transcends any language barrier. “Upside Down” is the album’s only English track, and it sounds like it could’ve been taken from any number of American folk-rock LPs from 1973.

Show #289 – 5/16/15

May 16, 2015 at 1:00 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

R.I.P. Ben Deitz (Math Head)
Mic break music = Brainworlds: •••••
Hour 1
3:01 AM Math Head ~ Skyjacker ~ 12″ ~ Ruff
3:08 AM Math Head ~ Dying For The Night ~ The Most Lethal Dance ~ Reduced Phat
3:11 AM Math Head Vs. Violent Ramp ~ Fist In The Air ~ Kamikaze Club 04 ~ Peace Off
3:15 AM Math Head ~ Edge Wiseness ~ Six Records Breaks Your Heart Again ~ Six Records
3:17 AM Math Head ~ loc.cit ~ Nobody Compilate ~ Nobodyunderthesun
3:23 AM Math Head Vs. Mad EP ~ 7 Pounds (Remix) ~ The Madlands Trilogy ~ Ad Noiseam
3:30 AM Math Head & Drop The Lime ~ Stitches ~ Trouble & Bass 12″ ~ AD AAD AT
3:35 AM Math Head ~ Dream Tigers ~ Dirty Deeds ~ Terminal Dusk
3:40 AM Math Head ~ Last ~ Stab City ~ Ad Noiseam
3:52 AM Circuit des Yeux ~ Dream Of TV ~ In Plain Speech ~ Thrill Jockey
Hour 2
4:00 AM Programm ~ Like The Sun ~ Like The Sun EP ~ Bandcamp
4:05 AM Vaadat Charigim ~ Klum ~ Singing As a Stone ~ Burger Records
4:13 AM Kuba Kapsa Ensemble ~ No. 1 ~ Vantdraught 10 Vol. 1 ~ Denovali
4:21 AM Anla Courtis ~ Anga Amda ~ B-Rain Folklore ~ Yogoh Record
4:25 AM Opaline ~ Memory Drain ~ Memory Drain ~ Constellation Tatsu
4:38 AM Aphex Twin ~ Medievil Rave Mk2 ~ mp3 ~ Soundcloud
4:43 AM Pressboard ~ Sweet Fourteen ~ God Bless America ~ Topscore USA
4:49 AM Vert ~ Scope/Lifetime ~ Mewantemooseic ~ Sonig
4:56 AM Metamatics ~ Metamatic ~ EP04 ~ Clear
Hour 3
5:06 AM Russell E. L. Butler ~ Bankole ~ God Is Change ~ Opal Tapes
5:12 AM MGUN ~ 90 Sumtin ~ Resin EP ~ Don’t Be Afraid
5:17 AM Roedelius ~ Puente (Peaking Lights Remix) ~ Remixes 12″ ~ All Saints
5:37 AM Bernard Szajner ~ Bene Gesserit ~ Visions Of Dune ~ InFiné
5:45 AM Xeno & Oaklander ~ Preuss ~ Sentinelle ~ Wierd Records
5:48 AM Xeno & Oaklander ~ Blue Flower ~ Vigils ~ Wierd Records
5:52 AM Arandel ~ Section 13 ~ Solarispellis ~ InFiné
5:58 AM Sergeant Sawtooth ~ Autopia ~ This Is Tomorrowland ~ Scolex Recordings

Gordon: Bleu Merle (Infiné, 2015)

May 13, 2015 at 11:35 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Gordon: Bleu Merle

Gordon: Bleu Merle

Gordon used to go by the name Gordon Shumway (after ALF), but several other artists used that name, so now he’s just Gordon, because that’s obviously way less confusing. Regardless, the French DJ has been kind of behind the scenes for a while contributing remixes and compilation tracks here and there. This is his third EP but first for Infiné, and it’s pretty straightforward melodic techno. “Bleu Merle” is pretty calm with a fluttery, insistent synth riff which blossoms and sparkles as the track progresses. “Line 93″ has a “Shari Vari”-esque arpeggio, synth pads reminiscent of Coil circa “The Snow”, and a very straightforward 4/4 hi-hat beat. “Gull” is a bit more lush, with a knocking future-garage beat and woozy synth textures. “Fagus” is more straightforward Detroit-y techno, but it’s got Amen breaks crashing away in the background. Bonus track “MK Ultra” is minimal and a bit quizzical, with some mysterious voices chanting and wailing in the background. Can’t really choose a highlight, they’re all decent, and different.

Arandel: Solarispellis (Infiné, 2014)

May 13, 2015 at 10:51 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Arandel: Solarispellis

Arandel: Solarispellis

Second album from an anonymous French artist who claims to use all analog synthesizers with no sequencing or samples, although plenty of this album (especially the live drums on sections 11 and 9) sounds far too lushly orchestrated and layered to be completely recorded live. The tracks are all movements and sections rather than individually titled compositions. Sounds a hell of a lot like Jean-Michel Jarre, doesn’t it? Definitely yes, but this is clearly influenced by more modern developments in electronic dance music. “Section 7″ is close to hazy midtempo kraut-disco, and “Section 11″ is a peppy chiptune-like number. “Section 13″ is where the heavy cosmic arpeggios come in, with Philip Glass-like organs meeting Goblin-esque synths. “Section 12″ starts with clicking sounds and minimal keyboards, then builds into an ominous cinematic techno track. A lot of the interludes and shorter tracks sound like RPG themes. The whole album is charmingly retro, but at the same time doesn’t try to hard to recreate something it probably wasn’t around for in the first place.

Opaline: Memory Drain tape (Constellation Tatsu, 2015)

May 10, 2015 at 2:20 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Opaline: Memory Drain tape

Opaline: Memory Drain tape

The name Opaline doesn’t sound too different from OPN, and I’d be lying if I said this was something other than serene, arpeggiated synth-drone. This tape is definitely tech-savvy and neon-colored, and it hits the right notes as far as new agey synth tapes go. Ultimately, this one is best for just letting your brain get sucked into a vortex and zoning out. Another winner from the can’t-go-wrong Constellation Tatsu label. Sold out but you can download it on Bandcamp for free.

NY/NJ/CT trip, April/May 2015

May 9, 2015 at 9:56 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

boarding the cruise to the Statue of Liberty

boarding the cruise to the Statue of Liberty


Ellis Island

Ellis Island


Manhattan from the ship

Manhattan from the ship


Ellis Island

Ellis Island


Manhattan from the ship

Manhattan from the ship


sailing away from Ellis Island

sailing away from Ellis Island


sailing towards the Statue of Liberty

sailing towards the Statue of Liberty


the statue looking at Manhattan

the statue looking at Manhattan


closer view of the statue

closer view of the statue


Manhattan from Liberty Island

Manhattan from Liberty Island


Manhattan from the pedestal of the statue

Manhattan from the pedestal of the statue


Bareburger, Astoria, Queens

Bareburger, Astoria, Queens


Bareburger, Astoria, Queens

Bareburger, Astoria, Queens


walking through Astoria

walking through Astoria


Tapioca Story, Astoria, Queens

Tapioca Story, Astoria, Queens


Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, Queens

Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, Queens


Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, Queens

Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, Queens


Papa Ganache, Matawan, NJ

Papa Ganache, Matawan, NJ


Amarin Cafe, Brooklyn

Amarin Cafe, Brooklyn


Amarin Cafe, Brooklyn

Amarin Cafe, Brooklyn


Captured Tracks, Brooklyn

Captured Tracks, Brooklyn


Arthur Russell portrait from RBMA mural, Brooklyn

Arthur Russell portrait from RBMA mural, Brooklyn


a lovely Brooklyn sunset

a lovely Brooklyn sunset


skeleton car in Brooklyn

skeleton car in Brooklyn


Peabody Museum, New Haven, CT

Peabody Museum, New Haven, CT


Peabody Museum, New Haven, CT

Peabody Museum, New Haven, CT


Peabody Museum, New Haven, CT

Peabody Museum, New Haven, CT


Peabody Museum, New Haven, CT

Peabody Museum, New Haven, CT


Peabody Museum, New Haven, CT

Peabody Museum, New Haven, CT


Yale University Art Gallery

Yale University Art Gallery


Lucibello's, New Haven, CT

Lucibello’s, New Haven, CT

Sergeant Sawtooth: This Is Tomorrowland (Scolex Recordings, 2015)

May 9, 2015 at 7:50 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Sergeant Sawtooth: This Is Tomorrowland

Sergeant Sawtooth: This Is Tomorrowland

Industrial musician Rob Robinson (formerly of Hate Dept. and Kevorkian Death Cycle) has been using the Sergeant Sawtooth moniker for his more experimental IDM and synth-pop recordings for over a decade now. This album (which was actually released as an 8-track cartridge and reel-to-reel tape, as well as CD and free Bandcamp download) is based on Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, and samples vintage audio from long-retired rides. The music itself is primarily made using old analogue synthesizers, giving it that retro-futuristic feel. It sort of sounds like Raymond Scott’s electronic experiments updated for the electro-industrial era. It’s also somewhat like Public Service Broadcasting’s music, but synth-pop instead of post-rock. Rides and attractions such as the Matterhorn and Space Mountain are represented, and there’s loads of remixes. The whole album seems like a huge labor of love, and is a fun listen even for people like me who aren’t crazy about anything Disney-related.

Show #288 – 5/9/15

May 9, 2015 at 12:09 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
3:00 AM Godspeed You! Black Emperor ~ Piss Crowns Are Trebled ~ ‘Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress’ ~ Constellation
3:13 AM The Eye Of Time ~ ANTI ~ ANTI ~ Denovali
3:29 AM Kid606 ~ F Minor ~ Recollected Ambient Works Vol. 1: Bored Of Excitement ~ Tigerbeat6
3:34 AM Smurphy + D/P/I ~ FERNS (HE.YY WOM.AN WATCHYR.BACK) ~ mp3 ~ Soundcloud
3:40 AM Fis ~ Womb Dreams ~ Iterations ~ Tri Angle
3:45 AM Spheruleus ~ Merus ~ Peripheres ~ Eilean Records
3:49 AM Vert ~ Through With Looming ~ Mewantemooseic ~ Sonig
3:50 AM Honzo ~ Vert Venin ~ Das Unheimliche ~ Haunter Records
3:54 AM James Plotkin ~ Forensics (For Guitar) Part 3 ~ split 12″ w/ Pimmon ~ Fatcat
Hour 2
4:01 AM Pursuit Grooves ~ Cautious Paths ~ Mythico ~ What Rules
4:06 AM HD Sunrise ~ Rolling Over Little Islands ~ HD Sunrise ~ Player Press
4:09 AM Portopia ’81 ~ Sea Of Clouds ~ Jet Stream ~ Constellation Tatsu
4:14 AM Celer ~ Tangent Lines ~ Sky Limits ~ Baskaru
4:20 AM Coppice ~ While Like Teem Or Bloom Comes (Tipping) ~ Cores/Eruct ~ Category Of Manifestation:
4:33 AM Leandro Fresco ~ Sol De Medianoche ~ El Reino Invisible ~ Kompakt Pop Ambient
4:38 AM Ilhan Mimaroglu ~ Agony ~ Electronic Music ~ Turnabout
4:48 AM Oneohtrix Point Never ~ Bullet Hell Abstraction I ~ Commissions II ~ Warp
4:54 AM Pryapisme ~ V ~ Futurologie ~ Apathia Records
4:56 AM Ah! Kosmos ~ Trace Of Waterfalls ~ Bastards ~ Denovali
Hour 3
5:02 AM Dan Deacon ~ Feel The Lightning (Anamanaguchi Remix) ~ mp3 ~ Domino
5:07 AM Smurphy ~ Wicked ~ A Shapeless Pool Of Lovely Pale Colours Suspended In The Darkness ~ Leaving Records
5:11 AM Prefuse 73 ~ Still Pretending ~ Forsyth Gardens ~ Temporary Residence
5:14 AM SlowPitch ~ Lo-Fi-Sci ~ Emoralis ~ What Rules
5:16 AM Elusive ~ Star Child ~ Harmony In Free Form ~ Alpha Pup
5:19 AM Great Dane ~ June 2nd ~ Great Dane ~ Alpha Pup
5:23 AM Somatic Responses ~ Stare Contest ~ The Motor of Decay ~ Photon Emissions
5:34 AM Matthew Mercer ~ Swoon ~ Supernatant ~ Bandcamp
5:39 AM Benjamin Finger ~ Optical Senses ~ Pleasurably Lost ~ Eilean Records
5:42 AM Paul de Jong ~ Golden Gate ~ IF ~ Temporary Residence
5:46 AM Courtesy ~ Black Hole ~ Slow Bruise ~ Moon Glyph
5:48 AM Ela Orleans ~ We Are One ~ Upper Hell ~ HB
5:53 AM Mike Osborne ~ Aggression ~ Dawn ~ Cuneiform

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