Show #187 – 4/13/13

April 13, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

mic break music = synth meditation tape on life like
3:04 AM sujo ~ ondan ~ ondan ~ inam records
3:10 AM barn owl ~ the long shadow ~ v ~ thrill jockey
3:15 AM fluorescent grey ~ splatterbient ~ ambiente disc 1: the harmoniums reside in the caverns of mercury ~ record label records
3:19 AM vangelis ~ chromatique ~ opera sauvage ~ polydor
3:23 AM lidless eye ~ escape the split screen ~ 1-sided lp ~ life like
3:37 AM jim haynes ~ oscar ~ the wires cracked ~ editions mego
3:41 AM evol ~ track 8 ~ proper headshrinker ~ editions mego
3:44 AM electrosonic ~ sonic notions (part 2) ~ live at encore records, jun 9, 2012 ~ cdr
4:02 AM fwy! ~ any exit (anywhere) ~ any exit ~ moon glyph
4:04 AM lapalux ~ flower ~ nostalchic ~ brainfeeder
4:08 AM selector catalogue ~ the power ~ junk jams vol. 1 ~ united states of americore
4:13 AM autechre ~ jatevee c ~ exai ~ warp
4:17 AM µ-ziq ~ mushroom compost ~ lunatic harness ~ astralwerks
4:20 AM sonogram ~ futurist ~ how we saw tomorrow ~ simulacra records
4:24 AM bonobo featuring szjerdene ~ towers ~ the north borders ~ ninja tune
4:27 AM blanche blanche blanche ~ why the candle burns ~ wooden ball ~ nna tapes
4:38 AM dj koze ~ royal asscher cut ~ amygdala ~ pampa
4:45 AM arcade high ~ only in july ~ cdr ~ aphasia
4:49 AM kavinsky ~ grand canyon ~ outrun ~ record makers/casablanca
4:52 AM stygian stride ~ athanor ascension ~ stygian stride ~ thrill jockey
5:01 AM thee oh sees ~ sweets helicopter ~ floating coffin ~ castle face
5:04 AM alex calder ~ location ~ time ~ captured tracks
5:07 AM natural snow buildings ~ bear hunting ~ the snowbringer cult ~ ba da bing
5:11 AM primitive motion ~ small room ~ two ellipses ~ a guide to saints/room40
5:14 AM justin walter ~ improv 1048 ~ dark matter ~ life like
5:18 AM israel martinez ~ ojodeagua ~ the minutes ~ aagoo
5:25 AM derek piotr ~ open ~ raj ~ dpsr
5:34 AM art paul schlosser & david lebedz ~ i’m glad your not panicking ~ show me your crazy legs ~ self-released
5:35 AM merchandise ~ totale nite ~ totale nite ~ night people
5:44 AM troller ~ peace dream ~ troller ~ holodeck/light lodge
5:50 AM xander harris ~ something came for me ~ poison belt ~ synthseries
5:53 AM dreissk ~ what awaits ~ edge_horizon ~ n5MD

Sujo: Ondan CDr (Inam Records, 2013)

April 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Posted in Reviews | 1 Comment

Sujo: Ondan

Sujo: Ondan

Every couple months, we at WCBN get a mysterious package from Inam Records containing a super-limited CDR, usually from one of the label’s core projects (Olekranon, Sujo, Vopat, and sometimes Korperschwache). They’re all super high quality, and sometimes my radio show is thanked in the liner notes. Following Sujo’s LP debut on the Fedora Corpse label, a collab CDR with Sun Hammer and the previous Sujo CDR (Repent), here’s Ondan, which is actually an expanded edition of a digital EP. The title track starts us off with two and a half minutes of meandering fuzz before a sudden eruption of triumphant black metal drumming and riffs, which are clear and driving, but still shower everyone in sight with sparks of distortion. “Lost Numbers” is two minutes of screeching feedback and slow, reversed eerie tones. “Gaol” layers patterns of bashed drums and cymbals, rumbling noise and feedback, and gradually builds it and adds new layers and dimensions until it’s stunning on multiple levels. “Mrk 421” is a blur of distorted drone and far-away junky percussion. “Peste” brings back the black metal drums and riffs, and it’s dizzying and confusing at first, you’re not quite sure how to follow it, if it’s going fast or slow. But the slow, majestic chords lead the way through the choking feedback and fiery guitar noise. “Oxide” ends the disc with 8 minutes of bright electric drone with whirring and crackling buried underneath, with a really gorgeous oceanic feel during the second half. Again, more really incredible stuff from Sujo and Inam. Check it out here, as of now 4 copies are still available.

Jim Haynes: The Wires Cracked LP (Editions Mego, 2013)

April 6, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Jim Haynes: The Wires Cracked

Jim Haynes: The Wires Cracked

Rusty, crackly noise-drone, created from sounds of wires, metal screens, wind, air compression, and ways and means that escape even the album’s composer. Wheezing, crushing, slurping, vaporizing sounds, with lots of neatly compressed edits. It’s “drone”, but it’s not averse to snapping you out of it with a sudden addition of some ticking, clacking sound or a shift out of distortion and into something else. Lots of detailed stereo separation, also. I feel like there’s more variation on the first side than the second, but that’s arguable. “Oscar” starts the album out with 5 minutes of neatly arranged static and crackle with a tight glitch-off ending. “X-Ray” starts with controlled hissing noise, features frequent sputtering sounds, and ends with some distant, decaying machine beeps, and finally cold, frozen stillness. “November” (the second side) starts chattery and a bit noisy, gets calmer, subtly twists around, and ends eerie and hissy.

EVOL: Proper Headshrinker LP (Editions Mego, 2013)

April 6, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

EVOL: Proper Headshrinker

EVOL: Proper Headshrinker

Newest album from rave-noise deconstructionists EVOL. All tracks are exactly 3 minutes long and consist of one sound looped for the track’s duration, and they’re all squirmy, buzzy synth patterns. Sort of feels like an audio Magic Eye puzzle, the type of thing where if you sit and concentrate long enough, you’ll start to see something emerge. Or, more likely, you just won’t get it at all and think it’s a waste of time. Of course, if you actually do listen close enough, particularly on headphones, you do notice minor variations, and it produces some strange effects swerving and worming its way through your head. All the tracks stop cold at 3 minutes, so they jolt you out of whatever state you’re in for a few seconds before the next track starts. Oh, and of course, once you’re done listening, taking your headphones off and standing in silence will make your ears feel like they’ve been swabbed out with laced Q-tips. The tracks with slightly more variation and more complex patterns end up being the highlights (particularly the better moments on the second side), and it seems like something that could be easily used as a neat DJ or sound collage tool, but sitting and listening to the entire thing loudly in one shot is an experience that is bound to affect your brain in some way or another.

FWY: Any Exit tape (Moon Glyph, 2013)

April 6, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

FWY!: Any Exit

FWY!: Any Exit

Newest tape from Edmund Xavier of Teenage Panzerkorps and Horrid Red. Continues the sort of “lonesome desert highway drive” feel of last year’s San Clemente tape (also on Moon Glyph), but branches out a little. Still lots of minimal, tinny drum machine beats and New Order-ish guitar, with a bit more emphasis on ambience, and a tiny bit more dance-ness. “Any Exit (Anywhere)” starts the tape with leisurely drum machine, guitar and organ drone. “Irvine” is an 11 minute odyssey which pauses halfway through, dispenses with guitar and switches to a more intimate beat pattern, then ends with some soft 4/4 beats. “Evil Downtown” has a big driving bass guitar, and sounds like it’s a little furious at all the stupid people crowing the city streets, but then we get back on “710 Again” and everything’s pleasant, with more Peter Hook-like bass and some bongo-sounding percussion. “Orange Circle” sounds like a variation on the previous track, but without the bongos, and adding some creepy synth ambience. “Sepulveda” keeps it minimal with an upfront beatbox rhythm, clean guitar, soft synth, and a burst of loud, ringing guitar towards the end. “Garden Grove” has a 4/4 beat and gets somewhat dancey, especially with the bongo sounds added later in the track, which are used quite sparingly. The tape ends with “Pink Dust”, a quiet, melancholy piano-lead ambient track.

Show #186 – 4/6/13

April 6, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

3:02 AM sonogram ~ bloom ~ how we saw tomorrow ~ simulacra
3:05 AM inkblot ~ it contained all color ~ love your mother ~ audio dregs
3:09 AM bonobo ~ sapphire ~ the north borders ~ ninja tune
3:14 AM matt shadetek ~ madness ~ the empire never ended ~ dutty artz
3:18 AM dj koze ~ don’t lose my mind ~ amygdala ~ pampa
3:22 AM twigs & yarn ~ yuurei ~ mp3 ~ flau
3:27 AM white poppy ~ 01-12-11 ~ song a day ~ green burrito
3:31 AM outer space ~ scanlon ii ~ mp3 ~ unreleased
3:38 AM blanche blanche blanche ~ look at me now ~ wooden ball ~ nna tapes
3:40 AM the host ~ neo-geocities (web 2.0 rmx) ~ mp3 ~ planet mu
3:44 AM protector 101 ~ summer heat: los angeles ~ cdr ~ aphasia
3:48 AM kavinsky ~ deadcruiser ~ outrun ~ record makers/casablanca
3:52 AM stygian stride ~ drift ~ stygian stride ~ thrill jockey
3:56 AM xander harris ~ no reprieve ~ poison belt ~ synthseries
4:02 AM israel martinez ~ xiriah ~ the minutes ~ aagoo
4:11 AM derek piotr ~ hutan ~ raj ~ dpsr
4:14 AM kevin kastning/sandor szabo/balazs major ~ ninety degrees in view ~ becoming ~ greydisc
4:19 AM black pus ~ 1000 years ~ all my relations ~ thrill jockey
4:23 AM arrington de dionyso’s malaikat dan singa ~ jiwa dari jiwaku (soul of my soul) ~ open the crown ~ k
4:27 AM art paul schlosser ~ the airplane story ~ do you want to walk on water? ~ self-released
4:28 AM justin walter ~ (various tracks as background music) ~ dark matter ~ life like
4:39 AM merchandise ~ i’ll be gone ~ totale nite ~ night people
4:45 AM dead leaf echo ~ birthright ~ thought & language ~ neon sigh
4:48 AM wire ~ b/w silence ~ change becomes us ~ pink flag
4:52 AM white fence ~ make them dinner at our shoes ~ cyclops reap ~ castle face
4:57 AM purling hiss ~ she calms me down ~ water on mars ~ drag city
5:00 AM mmoths ~ one ~ diaries ~ sqe
5:02 AM low ~ just make it stop ~ the invisible way ~ sub pop
5:06 AM saturday looks good to me ~ obstacle + everyday ~ saturday looks good to me (blue vinyl reissue) ~ polyvinyl
5:12 AM twinsistermoon ~ understars ~ the snowbringer cult ~ ba da bing
5:16 AM primitive motion ~ unchanging light ~ two ellipses ~ a guide to saints/room40
5:20 AM troller ~ best ~ troller ~ holodeck/light lodge
5:29 AM date palms ~ night riding the skyline ~ split 2lp w/ pulse emitter, expo 70 + faceplant ~ immune
5:35 AM fall of saigon ~ blue eyes ~ fall of saigon ~ dark entries
5:37 AM informatics ~ new values ~ dance to a dangerous beat ~ dark entries
5:39 AM image in ruin ~ bottle ~ the thing from the crypt ~ dark entries
5:43 AM sapho ~ carmel ~ change the beat: the celluloid records story 1979-1987 ~ strut/celluloid
5:46 AM gay cat park ~ television ~ synthetic woman ~ medical records
5:53 AM dreissk ~ the rising tide ~ edge_horizon ~ n5MD

Sonogram: How We Saw Tomorrow (Simulacra Records, 2013)

April 4, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Sonogram: How We Saw Tomorrow

Sonogram: How We Saw Tomorrow

Todd Gautreau seems to have been operating under the radar in all of his long-running projects, from industrial/ambient Tear Ceremony, to shoegaze/indie Crushed Stars, to his downtempo/IDM alias Sonogram. Last year a 2cd Sonogram anthology called Apparent Microdots was released, which was my introduction to this project, and now here’s a new full-length. The 9 tracks here are usually around the 4 or 5 minute mark, feature chilled-out production and analog keyboard sounds, and crunchy beats. “Bloom” is a fragile ambient piano track, “Futurist” has slippery synths and drum machines that remind me of Stereolab circa Dots & Loops, and also Mouse On Mars (who produced some of that album) from that era. “Single Dwelling Structures” starts out still and ambient, but develops a bassline and some muted skittery beats, along with some other somewhat detached sounds. “Glasstop Hotels” is a frosty ambient track, and “Cosmonaut” returns to squishy beats and curious synth melodies and piano. “The Closer You Come, The Further You Are” has some calm, bright tones, and eventually a rumbling Autechre-ish beat, before a more pronounced beat steps in. “Outlands” ends the album with additional piano and ticking beats which aren’t too hard or intrusive but are always changing. The Sonogram sound certainly fits in with the sort of melodic downtempo IDM that n5MD releases, with a definite attention to sonic detail which prevents it from being merely background music.

Bonobo: The North Borders (Ninja Tune, 2013)

April 4, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Bonobo: The North Borders

Bonobo: The North Borders

Bonobo’s last album, 2010’s Black Sands, was a breath of fresh air for the downtempo/nu-jazz producer, as well as the sometimes samey Ninja Tune label, injecting some 21st century UK bass elements into a sound that definitely needed some updating. Of particular note was the addition of British soul singer Andreya Triana, who sang on 3 of the album’s songs, particularly standout “Eyesdown”. Bonobo produced Triana’s solo album Lost Where I Belong the same year, and while she doesn’t appear on Bonobo’s new album, instead we get none other than Erykah Badu, as well as promising newcomer Szjerdene, plus Grey Reverend (of Cinematic Orchestra) and Cornelia (who has a few solo releases and a lot of guest appearances). Musically, the album generally continues in the dancey direction of Black Sands, and while it seems at first that there’s less jazzy elements and a more electronic sound, the liner notes list plenty of live instrumentation credits (lots of strings, horns, and mallet percussion), which are seamlessly integrated into the sound. While 5 of the tracks feature guest vocalists, many others feature manipulated vocal samples, in line with what other recent Ninja Tune-released artists such as FaltyDL are doing. Highlights include the galloping two-step “Emkay”, choppy harp-driven dubstep track “Sapphire”, and both Szjerdene tracks. Nothing as blindingly gorgeous as “Eyesdown” here, but still at least as solid a full-length as its predecessor.

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