Étant Donnés: La Vue (Bain Total, 1981/reissued by Klanggalerie, 2018)

April 14, 2019 at 9:05 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Étant Donnés: La Vue

Extremely sickly tape manipulations recorded back in 1979. I’m not sure how many people heard this tape but I feel like a lot of the more absurdist noise and industrial artists would’ve taken a lot of cues from this. Very heavy rhythmic loops with some occasional nonsensical gibberish chatter voices, and most notably, some very thick, intrusive stop-start rewinding and fast forwarding similar to what the Boredoms would do on Super Ae in the late ’90s. The slower bits have a sort of proto-vaporwave quality to them, but they don’t last long — nothing here does. It’s basically a sort of punk version of musique concrete, made by people who delight in hearing funny voices and hard, slamming sounds. And again, this was recorded before the advent of turntablist culture — you can imagne this duo doing horrific things with vinyl, although it might have been crazy in a different way. Unless they actually are using turntables on this? It sounds like tape loops but who can tell. Anyway, this is way, way ahead of its time and the entire time I’m listening I can’t believe what I’m hearing. How on earth was this made 40 years ago!?!?!

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Asnakech Worku: Asnakech (1975/reissued by Awesome Tapes From Africa, 2018)

April 14, 2019 at 1:45 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Asnakech Worku: Asnakech

The first time I started listening to this, I immediately had to lay down and focus all of my attention on it. I didn’t want anything else to distract me. This just completely took me into another world and I wanted to inhabit it for as long as possible. Afterwards, I finally read the liner notes and found out that Asnakech was a cultural icon in Ethiopia, beloved as an actress, musician and dancer. She played an ancient harp known as a krar, and on this album she’s joined by Hailu Mergia, who is still alive and producing brilliant music today. Everything about this recording sounds strange and magical. The organ whines away in the background and gives it a bizarre horror movie atmosphere, barely audible drums drift away in the background, and the echo makes Asnakech’s krar playing seem detached and ghostly. And of course her vocals are just unbelievable, incredibly haunting. Just listen, I don’t have any further words for this.

Dina Maccabee: The Sharpening Machine (Geomancy, 2019)

April 13, 2019 at 7:41 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Dina Maccabee: The Sharpening Machine

Dina Maccabee attended the University of Michigan a long time ago, and since then she’s collaborated with Feist, Tune-Yards, Vienna Teng, and many others. She currently records and tours with Julia Holter, and she wrote the score for a musical which will be premiering in St. Paul, Minnesota at the end of this month. This is forward-thinking experimental pop combining primitive drum machines, electro-acoustic fragments, and an intricate web of acoustic instrumentation, along with Dina’s multi-tracked slightly reverby vocals. It seems a little hazy but at the same time it’s very focused and deliberate. It gets rootsy (“Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad Song” has banjos and a fiddle solo, “Little Bite” is a toe-tapping country-ish tune that happens to have trombones) but at the same time it’s also a bit psychedelic. Songs like “Tall Trees” and “It Doesn’t Have to Be OK” are really relaxing but also slyly catchy. It might be worth mentioning that Holter appears on two songs, but the album has its own strange and wonderful vibe.

Tatira: Ghosts of Fall River (Inam Records, 2019)

April 13, 2019 at 7:05 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Tatira: Ghosts of Fall River

Tatira’s newest album goes beyond the new wave-inspired melodies of last year’s Blood Return, reaching a new level of accessibility for the artist. Improbably, this basically sounds like his version of an EDM album. “Ghosts of Fall River” is a pretty standard chugger, but then “Birdsong” is an atmospheric trap banger. “Clearest Night” is a pretty standard, loopy tech-house track, while “Candle and Stone” is a haunted downtempo cave journey. Then “Hell in a Cell” is a surprise peak-time festival bomb which could pass for a Deadmau5 track (except this is way better). “Witch Hunt” continues in a similar mode, while “Spectre” is a lengthy, minimal midtempo trek. Appearances at next year’s WMC and Tomorrowland are unconfirmed as of yet.

Show #489 – 4/13/19

April 13, 2019 at 4:39 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:01 am Étant Donnés ~ Transports ~ La Vue ~ Klanggalerie ~ 1979
2:08 am Dave Saved ~ Empty Blooms Still Withering ~ All You Can Hold In The Falling (new) ~ Hypermedium ~ 2019
2:19 am Angus MacLise ~ Tunnel Music III ~ The Cloud Doctrine ~ Sub Rosa ~ 1965
2:22 am Ragnar Grippe ~ Part III ~ Symphonic Songs ~ Dais ~ 1980
2:41 am Asuna & Jan Jelinek ~ Pulsating Primary Structure ~ Signals Bulletin (new) ~ Faitiche ~ 2019
2:52 am JAB ~ Chanterai por mon coraige ~ Erg Herbe (new) ~ Shelter Press ~ 2019
2:59 am Twin Talk ~ Weaver ~ Weaver (new) ~ 37d03d ~ 2019
3:05 am Cornelius ~ Lazy ~ Fantasma (reissue) ~ Lefse ~ 1997
3:10 am Rejoicer ~ Shibuya Zen ~ Heavy Smoke (new) ~ Stones Throw ~2019
3:13 am Sheefy McFly (local) ~ Laser Jit ~ Jittin’ Aint Dead (new) ~ Databass ~ 2019
3:17 am Sonic ~ Empty Bar ~ 110174 (new) ~ Western Lore ~ 2019
3:23 am Bogdan Raczynski ~ 309 14ae2 ~ Rave ‘Till You Cry (new) ~ Disciples ~ 2019
3:26 am Watabou (local) ~ Phantasmagoraphobe ~ Coaxial Chaos (new) ~ Realicide Records ~ 2019
3:30 am Duke ~ Duke Bit Puyo ~ Uingizaji Hewa (new) ~ Nyege Nyege Tapes ~ 2019
3:37 am Forrest Fang ~ Her Fading Image ~ The Fata Morgana Dream (new) ~ Projekt ~ 2019
3:42 am Girl Unit ~ Pure Gold ~ Song Feel (new) ~ Night Slugs ~ 2019
3:45 am Jayda G ft. Alexa Dash ~ Sunshine in the Valley ~ Significant Changes (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2019
3:50 am Tatira ~ Hell in a Cell ~ Ghosts of Fall River (new) ~ Inam Records ~ 2019
3:55 am Catnip ~ The Yin & Yang Cat ~ Deep Tics ~ Deep Tics ~ 2003
4:02 am JT Whitfield ~ Bleak Speak ~ Eminent Domain (new) ~ L.I.E.S. ~ 2019
4:07 am cEvin Key ~ ChromaDOG ~ Brap and Forth Vol. 8 ~ Artoffact ~ 1984
4:09 am Richard Devine ~ Astra ~ Sort\Lave (new) ~ Timesig ~ 2018
4:13 am Slicker ~ VAHZ_mon ~ Confidence.In.Duber ~ Hefty ~ 1998
4:19 am Orson Hentschel ~ Cyber Circus ~ Electric Stutter ~ Denovali ~ 2017
4:23 am Turning Jewels into Water ~ Cave Rain Drumming In My Ear ~ Map of Absences (new) ~ FPE ~ 2019
4:27 am Eki Shola ~ Looped ~ Possible (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
4:31 am Chronotope Project ~ Opening the Hand of Thought ~ Lotus Rising (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2018
4:39 am Wild Belle ~ If I Should Lose My Mind ~ Everybody One of a Kind (new) ~ Love Tone ~ 2019
4:43 am Budos Band ~ Peak of Eternal Night ~ V (new) ~ Daptone ~ 2019
4:46 am Shlohmo ~ Panic Attack ~ The End (new) ~ Friends of Friends ~ 2019
4:51 am Quelle Chris ~ PSA Drugfest 2003/Sleeveless Minks ~ Guns (new) ~ Mello Music Group ~ 2019
4:56 am Hermetic Order ft. GZA and Killah Priest ~ 3rd Day ~ Siren Song (new) ~ Lion’s Den ~ 2019
5:01 am Asnakech Worku ~ Tche Belew ~ Asnakech ~ Awesome Tapes from Africa ~ 1975
5:05 am Jonathan Richman ~ A Penchant for the Stagnant ~ SA (new) ~ Blue Arrow ~ 2018
5:08 am Joep Beving ~ Ab Ovo (CFCF Remix) ~ Conatus (new) ~ Deutsche Grammophon ~ 2018
5:14 am Common Eider, King Eider ~ Sinew Stretched Over Crumbling Bones ~ A Wound of Body (new) ~ Cyclic Law ~ 2018
5:21 am Craig Padilla & Marvin Allen ~ Tidal Disruption ~ Toward the Horizon (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2019
5:34 am Janek Schaefer ~ What Light There Is Tells Us Nothing (for Robert Wyatt) ~ What Light There Is Tells Us Nothing (new) ~ Temporary Residence Ltd. ~ 2019
5:57 am Axel Rigaud ~ Unexpected Victory ~ Transformation (new) ~ n5MD ~ 2018

Jonathan Richman: SA (Blue Arrow Records, 2018)

April 8, 2019 at 11:48 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Jonathan Richman: SA

One of the patron saints of college radio returns with another set of poetry, folk rock, and wide eyed optimism. The nearly 68-year-old troubadour is joined here by former Modern Lover and Talking Head Jerry Harrison, and Jonathan’s wife Nicole Mantalbano plays tambura on most songs, giving it a droning, Eastern feel, but otherwise it’s the type of sound you’d expect from old Jojo. “My Love She Is From Somewhere Else” is pretty fun and offbeat, and my favorite song here. “The Fading Of An Old World” is basically a riff on the Modern Lovers’ “Old World”, except instead of saying he still loves the old world, he’s saying he doesn’t want to go back. Here he’s talking about not wanting to go back to the days of corsets, but you know he’s alluding to not wanting to play his old material. “O Mind! Let Us Go Home” has a hypnotic sort of Krautrock vibe, like an unplugged Can, but with Jonathan singing. Really, a lot of this album has a sort of improvised jammy feel unlike usual Richman albums. If you’ve ever wanted to hear an 8-minute Jojo zone-out, check out “O Mind! Just Dance!” “This Lovers’ Lane Is Very Narrow”, however, is a sort of weird existential ego trip mantra. “Alegre Soy!” is the perhaps-obligatory Spanish tune, and it’s quite charming, really. A bit more cloying is “Yes, Take Me Home”, which is sung from the point of view of a dog in a kennel wanting badly to be adopted. Like a lot of Richman’s solo albums, this one’s no masterpiece, but it’ll do if you’re already a fan and you need a quick pick-me-up.

Show #488 – 4/6/19

April 6, 2019 at 1:18 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:00 am Fennesz ~ We Trigger the Sun ~ Agora (new) ~ Touch ~ 2019
2:09 am Dolphin Midwives ~ Labyrinth I ~ Liminal Garden (new) ~ Sounds Et Al/Beacon Sound ~ 2019
2:14 am Forrest Fang ~ The Mouth of the Sea ~ The Fata Morgana Dream (new) ~ Projekt ~ 2019
2:25 am Janek Schaefer ~ Tree at the End of the World ~ What Light There Is Tells Us Nothing (new) ~ Temporary Residence Ltd. ~ 2018
2:33 am Craig Padilla & Marvin Allen ~ Toward the Horizon ~ Toward the Horizon (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2019
2:40 am Prins Thomas ~ Ambitions ~ Ambitions (new) ~ Smalltown Supersound ~ 2019
2:52 am Gramm ~ Type Eins ~ Personal Rock ~ Faitiche ~ 1999
3:00 am Mana ~ Swordsmanship ~ Twelve Steps Behind (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2019
3:04 am Tiger Village ~ Tightly ~ Modern Drummer (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2019
3:07 am Bogdan Raczynski ~ 355 44ir ~ Rave ‘Till You Cry (new) ~ Disciples ~ 2019
3:11 am Bogdan Raczynski ~ Trance and Burn ~ Ibiza Anthems Vol. 4 ~ Rephlex ~ 1999
3:15 am Bogdan Raczynski ~ Fnck You DJ ~ Thinking of You ~ Rephlex ~ 1999
3:19 am Bogdan Raczynski ~ track 24 ~ Boku Mo Wakaran ~ Rephlex ~ 1999
3:23 am Bogdan Raczynski ~ Samurai Masu Bitsu ~ Samurai Math Beats ~ Rephlex ~ 1999
3:29 am Bogdan Raczynski ~ 5L45H! 4TT4CK! 3NT3R K3Y! ~ ’96 Drum n Bass Classixxx ~ Rephlex ~ 2002
3:36 am Massergy ~ Lunar Cinema ~ Fire Opal (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2019
3:42 am Seahawks ~ Run Through My Mind ~ Eyes of the Moon (new) ~ Cascine ~ 2019
3:46 am Avey Tare ~ K.C. Yours ~ Cows On Hourglass Pond (new) ~ Domino ~ 2019
3:52 am River Spirit (local) ~ Home At All ~ Me I Fall (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
3:55 am Weyes Blood ~ Andromeda ~ Titanic Rising (new) ~ Sub Pop ~ 2019
4:00 am Deadbeat & Camara ~ Sweet Jane ~ Trinity Thirty (new) ~ Constellation ~ 2019
4:05 am Daniel Blumberg & Hebronix ~ Life Support ~ Liv (new) ~ Mute ~ 2018
4:11 am R.E.M. ~ Country Feedback ~ The Best of R.E.M. at the BBC ~ Craft Recordings ~ 1998
4:18 am R.E.M. ~ Perfect Circle ~ Songs for a Green World ~ Leftfield Media ~ 1989
4:22 am R.E.M. ~ 9-9 ~ Right On Target ~ Smokin’ ~ 1984
4:26 am d’Voxx ~ Akalla Söder ~ Télégraphe (new) ~ DiN ~ 2019
4:35 am New Order ~ Temptation ~ NOMC15 ~ Mute ~ 2015
4:44 am Ministry ~ Wait (1983 Demo) ~ Trax! Rarities ~ Cleopatra ~ 1983
4:48 am Ministry ~ Flashback ~ The Land of Problematic Album Titles ~ Sire ~ 1988
4:53 am Diamanda Galás ~ Pardon Me I’ve Got Someone to Kill ~ All the Way ~ Intravenal Sound Operations ~ 2017
4:58 am Slayer ~ Mind Control ~ Monsters of Rock 1994 ~ Hobo ~ 1994
5:01 am Sigh ~ Hands of the String-puller ~ Heir to Despair (new) ~ Candlelight/Spinefarm ~ 2018
5:06 am Watabou (local) ~ Composite Compassion ~ Coaxial Chaos (new) ~ Realicide Records ~ 2019
5:10 am ARIISK ~ Ominous Playback Transmission ~ Eminent Domain (new) ~ L.I.E.S. ~ 2019
5:14 am Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein ~ Chicago ~ Stranger Things 2 ~ Lakeshore ~ 2017
5:17 am Morricone Youth ~ Clunes Town ~ Mad Max ~ Country Club ~ 2017
5:20 am George Harrison ~ Red Lady Too ~ Wonderwall Music ~ Apple ~ 1968
5:22 am Charlie Parker ~ April In Paris ~ Bird soundtrack ~ Columbia ~ 1949
5:26 am Duke Ellington and His Orchestra ~ Newport Up ~ Ellington at Newport ~ Columbia ~ 1956
5:31 am Hideki Matsutake ~ Nemureru Yoru (Karaoke Version) ~ Kankyō Ongaku (Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980 – 1990) ~ Light in the Attic ~ 1983
5:38 am Jimmy Smith ~ Confirmation ~ House Party ~ Blue Note ~ 1958
5:48 am Asnakech Worku ~ Kand Yerega Deg New ~ Asnakech ~ Awesome Tapes from Africa ~ 1975
5:54 am Turning Jewels into Water ~ Warm Winds of Jaipur ~ Map of Absences (new) ~ FPE ~ 2019

Crush Collision 4/4/19

April 5, 2019 at 8:48 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

10:00 pm Dorisburg, Johanna Knutsson, Mathew Jonson, Sebastian Mullaert, Steevio ~ Live At Freerotation 2018
10:05 pm Orbe ~ Edelweiss
10:09 pm Pontus Björland Ft. Love Karlsson ~ Limits
10:13 pm SCB ~ Extinct (ANNA Remix)
10:18 pm Sinfol & Octual ~ Absolute Infinity (Gerd Janson Remix)
10:23 pm Anno Stamm ~ La Vinde
10:25 pm Faerber ~ 070717
10:29 pm Regina Demina ~ Pyromane (Fifth Era Remix)
10:33 pm Marc Vain ~ Samurai
10:36 pm DJ 3000 ~ Sofra
10:40 pm Yaleesa Hall X Malin ~ Cahen
10:42 pm Frazier ~ Rhythm of Spirits
10:45 pm Scalameriya & VSK ~ Helix
10:49 pm Keeno18 ~ Inquiry
10:52 pm Mershak ~ Acid Tammy
10:55 pm Minimal Violence ~ Travel By Night
10:57 pm Perc & Truss ~ Leather & Lace (Ghost in the Machine Remix)
11:05 pm Antigone ~ Infinity Limit
11:09 pm Black Asteroid ~ Metal Drums (Regis Remix)
11:12 pm Brecon ~ Half Light (Nicolas Bougaïeff Remix)
11:16 pm Hemka ~ 707 Collision (Tripeo Remix)
11:20 pm CRVL ~ VEO I
11:24 pm Mella Dee ~ Heavy Coupla Weeks
11:28 pm Stripper ~ The Devil’s Purse
11:33 pm SP-X ~ Process Control
11:37 pm Nicolas Bougaïeff ~ Panic Time Tryout
11:41 pm Shlømo ~ Obsession (Oscar Mulero Remix)
11:46 pm Lårry ~ systems_obfuscate
11:50 pm Phoboz ~ Shifted Bias
11:55 pm Donato Dozzy ~ Duetto

Teeth of the Sea: Wraith (Rocket Recordings, 2019)

March 31, 2019 at 1:47 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Teeth of the Sea: Wraith

From their last album, I had the idea that Teeth of the Sea were some sort of warped, futuristic psych-rock band, even if they didn’t really sound like what you might normally associate with the genre. This album is further from any sort of arbitrary labeling; it’s just bold, expressive music from a highly creative entity. The first track is called “I’d Rather, Jack” and it’s a storming electro number with blazing guitars, twilit trumpet, and Moroder-ish soundtrack synths. It’s dark, furious, and surges with a messy, fervid intensity. “Hiraeth” is slower and more spaced-out, maybe approximating some sort of future Spaghetti western score. “Fortean Steed” is the only song with upfront vocals here, and it’s a haunted piece of Projekt-style ethereal folk, filled with strange forest-like noises. Absolutely lovely. Then “Visitor” is another extended sequencer jazz wig-out. The other big stand-out is “Gladiators Ready”, which turns eerie sci-fi synth melodies into the sort of squelchy electronica that was seemingly in vogue during the late ’90s.

Craig Padilla & Marvin Allen: Toward the Horizon (Spotted Peccary, 2019)

March 30, 2019 at 6:07 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Craig Padilla & Marvin Allen: Toward the Horizon

Gotta be honest, when I first saw this I had the artist confused with José Padilla and I was expecting Ibiza chill-out type music. This is just as far from being aggressive, but it’s an entirely different mind state. Bringing to mind System 7 and Brain Machine, it’s cosmic ambient space-rock with expansive synths and farthest-nebula guitars, and occasionally it works up into dance beats. Almost all of the tracks are over 10 minutes, so it’s perfect for extended zone-outs. “Tidal Disruption” is the biggest track here, starting off with robot-wars drifting before gaining overdriven guitars and automotive beats. After that, it gets darker and deeper, and a lot more minimal. Really soothing and sometimes brain-stimulating.

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