Show #204 – 8/24/13

August 24, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

3:01 AM Peter Mergener & Michael Weisser ~ Sunbeam ~ Beam-Scape ~ Innovative Communication
3:12 AM Olekranon ~ Nine Streams ~ Danaus ~ Inam Records
3:17 AM Stave ~ The Fear ~ Reform ~ Flingco Sound System
3:22 AM Swans ~ Yr Property ~ We Rose From Your Bed With The Sun In Our Head ~ Young God Records
3:34 AM Dark Day ~ Hands In The Dark ~ Hands In The Dark ~ Dark Entries
3:36 AM Nagamatzu ~ Bird, Spider, Fly ~ Shatter Days ~ Dark Entries
3:39 AM Eleven Pond ~ Watching Trees (Bedroom Demo) ~ Assemblage ~ Dark Entries
3:45 AM Xex ~ Trust In Machines ~ Change ~ Dark Entries
3:49 AM Algebra Suicide ~ (A Proverbial Explanation For) Why No Action Is Taken ~ Feminine Squared ~ Dark Entries
3:51 AM Los Microwaves ~ La Voix Humane ~ Life After Breakfast ~ Dark Entries
3:54 AM German Army ~ Verbal Hemisphere ~ Endless Phonics ~ Monofonus Press
4:02 AM Russian Tsarlag ~ Feels So Good ~ Gagged In Boonesville ~ Not Not Fun
4:05 AM Palm /|\ Highway Chase ~ Dark Movie Screens ~ Escape From New York ~ Spectrum Spools
4:07 AM µ-Ziq ~ Smooch ~ Chewed Corners ~ Planet Mu
4:10 AM RP Boo ~ No Return ~ Legacy ~ Planet Mu
4:14 AM Qixoni ~ Divergent Thinker ~ Penk ~ Brokecore
4:18 AM Sensate Focus ~ X ~ 1.66666 ~ Sensate Focus
4:28 AM Henry & Hazel Slaughter ~ B7 ~ Endless Power Cycle ~ Fedora Corpse
4:33 AM Interplanetary Prophets ~ Running Out Of Time ~ Zero Hour ~ Planet Mu
4:39 AM PAS Musique ~ The Strobe Wheel ~ Abandoned Bird Egg ~ Alrealon Musique
4:45 AM Shigeto ~ Ringleader ~ No Better Time Than Now ~ Ghostly International
4:50 AM Julianna Barwick ~ Forever ~ Nepenthe ~ Dead Oceans
4:56 AM Sarah Neufeld ~ Breathing Black Ground ~ Hero Brother ~ Constellation
5:05 AM Esmerine ~ Hayale Dalmak ~ Dalmak ~ Constellation
5:08 AM Liam Singer ~ The Dance Of Cupid And Psyche ~ Arc Iris ~ Hidden Shoal
5:09 AM DIANA ~ That Feeling ~ Perpetual Surrender ~ Jagjaguwar
5:13 AM Julia Holter ~ Hello Stranger ~ Loud City Song ~ Domino
5:19 AM Jacqueline Humbert & David Rosenboom ~ Wishes ~ Daytime Viewing ~ Unseen Worlds
5:25 AM Marina Rosenfeld with Okkyung Lee and Warrior Queen ~ Hard Love ~ P.A. / Hard Love ~ Room40
5:33 AM CFCF ~ Lamp ~ Music For Objects ~ Paper Bag
5:37 AM Legendary Pink Dots ~ A Stretch In Time ~ The Gethsemane Option ~ Metropolis
5:44 AM R. Stevie Moore ~ I’ve Begun To Fall In Love ~ Personal Appeal ~ Care In The Community
5:47 AM Raffertie ~ Gagging Order ~ Sleep Of Reason ~ Ninja Tune
5:51 AM Ikonika ~ Let A Smile Be (Y)our Umbrella ~ Aerotropolis ~ Hyperdub
5:55 AM Eat Lights Become Lights ~ Electromagnetika ~ Modular Living ~ Rocket Girl

Local Music Show 8/14/13

August 14, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Posted in Local Music Show | Leave a comment

Hour 1
9:01 PM Henry & Hazel Slaughter ~ tracks A1 and A2 ~ Endless Power Cycle ~ Fedora Corpse
9:08 PM Nate Young ~ Only Fallen Heads ~ Blinding Confusion ~ NNA Tapes
9:16 PM Julia Holter ~ This is a True Heart ~ Loud City Song ~ Domino
9:19 PM Saturday Looks Good To Me ~ New City ~ One Kiss Ends It All ~ Polyvinyl
9:22 PM Shells ~ Raining ~ In A Cloud ~ Life Like
9:29 PM Justin Walter ~ Lullabies & Nightmares ~ Lullabies & Nightmares ~ Kranky
9:38 PM Justin Walter ~ Western Tears ~ Lullabies & Nightmares ~ Kranky
9:41 PM Supercollider ~ LIVE ~ WCBN Local Music Show ~ WCBN
Hour 2
10:00 PM Supercollider ~ LIVE [continued] ~ WCBN Local Music Show ~ WCBN
10:22 PM Mounds ~ Pontiac ~ Mounds Of Earth ~ Symbolic Capital Records
10:27 PM Ritual Howls ~ Rosabelle Believe ~ Ritual Howls ~ Urinal Cake
10:30 PM Minus9 ~ Eat The Dead ~ Drown ~ Flying Blood Records
10:33 PM His Name Is Alive ~ Baby Fish Mouth ~ Mouth By Mouth ~ 4AD
10:36 PM Pity Sex ~ Honey Pot ~ Feast Of Love ~ Run For Cover
10:38 PM Congress ~ Kissing Upstairs ~ Maker EP ~ self-released
10:41 PM Floorplan ~ Eclipse ~ Paradise ~ M-Plant
10:46 PM Dangling Ganglion ~ Side That ~ Bump Tiddy Bump Tiddy ~ Silent, But Deadly

Demdike Stare @ Empty Bottle, Chicago, 8/10/13

August 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

Pizza and root beer @ Root's

Pizza and root beer @ Root’s


Street corner outside Root's

Street corner outside Root’s


Show poster

Show poster


Karl Meier

Karl Meier


Stave (who was seriously amazing and I wish I bought his record at the merch table before it sold out)

Stave (who was seriously amazing and I wish I bought his record at the merch table before it sold out)


Duane Pitre

Duane Pitre


Demdike Stare

Demdike Stare


Demdike Stare

Demdike Stare


Demdike Stare

Demdike Stare


Demdike Stare

Demdike Stare


Demdike Stare

Demdike Stare

Show #203 – 8/10/13

August 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

3:01 AM The Orb ~ Towers Of Dub ~ U.F.Orb ~ Big Life/Mercury
3:16 AM High Wolf ~ Alvarado ~ Kairos: Chronos ~ Not Not Fun
3:30 AM Bataille Solaire ~ Microsupernova ~ Documentaires ~ Constellation Tatsu
3:41 AM Grapefruit ~ Escape ~ Stolen Highway ~ Constellation Tatsu
3:45 AM Panabrite ~ Cortex Meridian ~ Cortex Meridian ~ Constellation Tatsu
3:53 AM Interplanetary Prophets ~ Zero Hour ~ Zero Hour ~ Planet Mu
4:01 AM Fudge Buttons ~ Year Of The Dog ~ Slow Focus ~ ATP
4:02 AM Longmont Potion Castle ~ Deiter’s Heat ~ 10 ~ D.U. Records
4:06 AM Henry & Hazel Slaughter ~ A4 ~ Endless Power Cycle ~ Fedora Corpse
4:09 AM Russian Tsarlag ~ Green Woman ~ Gagged In Boonsville ~ Not Not Fun
4:15 AM German Army ~ Human Limbs ~ Endless Phonics ~ Monofonus Press
4:19 AM Palm /|\ Highway Chase ~ Ghost Cars ~ Escape From New York ~ Spectrum Spools
4:21 AM µ-Ziq ~ Twangle Melkas ~ Chewed Corners ~ Planet Mu
4:23 AM Eat Lights Become Lights ~ Los Feliz To Griffith ~ Modular Living ~ Rocket Girl
4:24 AM Longmont Potion Castle ~ Beck’s Lawyer ~ 4 (Expanded Anniversary Edition) ~ D.U. Records
4:33 AM Julia Holter ~ Maxim’s I ~ Loud City Song ~ Domino
4:39 AM Julianna Barwick ~ One Half ~ Nepenthe ~ Dead Oceans
4:43 AM Jacqueline Humbert & David Rosenboom ~ Bareback ~ Daytime Viewing ~ Unseen Worlds
4:48 AM Algebra Suicide ~ (A Proverbial Explanation For) Why No Action Is Taken ~ Feminine Squared ~ Dark Entries
4:50 AM Legendary Pink Dots ~ Grey Scale ~ The Gethsemane Option ~ Metropolis
4:56 AM R. Stevie Moore ~ Pretend For A Second That You Are Very Intelligent ~ Personal Appeal ~ Care In The Community
5:02 AM Marina Rosenfeld with Warrior Queen and Okkyung Lee ~ I Launch An Attack… ~ P.A. / Hard Love ~ Room40
5:05 AM Eugene Carchesio ~ 3 ~ Concert For One Person In A Small Room ~ Room40
5:06 AM PAS Musique ~ Esoteric Funk Classic ~ Abandoned Bird Egg ~ Alrealon Musique
5:12 AM Rodion G.A. ~ Zephyr ~ The Lost Tapes ~ Strut
5:17 AM Ikonika ~ You Won’t Find It Here ~ Aerotropolis ~ Hyperdub
5:20 AM Zomby ~ Reflection In Black Glass ~ With Love ~ 4AD
5:22 AM Raffertie ~ Known ~ Sleep Of Reason ~ Ninja Tune
5:27 AM CFCF ~ Ring ~ Music For Objects ~ Paper Bag
5:31 AM Ken Camden ~ Antares ~ Space Mirror ~ Kranky
5:38 AM Lumerians ~ Dogon Genesis ~ The High Frontier ~ Partisan
5:44 AM Food Pyramid ~ GmbH ~ Ecstasy & Refreshment ~ Intercoastal Artists
5:48 AM Los Microwaves ~ La Voix Humane ~ Life After Breakfast ~ Dark Entries
5:51 AM Poison Dwarfs ~ Do It Again ~ Labil ~ Timezone
5:55 AM His Electro Blue Voice ~ Tumor ~ Ruthless Sperm ~ Sub Pop
5:57 AM Ashrae Fax ~ Daddystitch ~ Static Crash ~ Mexican Summer

His Electro Blue Voice: Ruthless Sperm (Sub Pop, 2013)

August 9, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

His Electro Blue Voice: Ruthless Sperm

His Electro Blue Voice: Ruthless Sperm

Whoa! Somehow I wasn’t expecting this to be as relentless and aggressive and noisy, yet accessible, as it is. Maybe the name made me think it was going to be synth-pop or something. Instead, it’s closer to the kind of noisy alt-rock Sub Pop made its name releasing, except this has a little bit of a goth/death-rock thing to it. Killing Joke is definitely a big reference point here. Opener “Death Climb” is like a less electronic version of a Wolf Eyes fist-banger, and “Spit Dirt” is a long repetitive Kraut-rocky thing, but it’s so tense and paranoid, especially if you read the lyric sheet. My god, these lyrics are frustrated and troubled and bleak. Sometimes it truly comes through in the music, but other times it’s somehow a bit more dulled down, especially on the longer tracks, I think they get more to the point with the shorter ones. “Sea Bug” definitely has a big anthemic ’80s college rock quality to it, reminding me of Husker Du quite a bit, with a big pounding rhythm, wall-of-sound guitars and a great guitar melody repeating and building throughout the second half of the song, plus heavily (Italian) accented vocals. “Tumor” is a short, pounding, almost industrial blast, with shouted vocals (pretty shocking, FCC-unsafe lyrics) and a feedback breakdown in the middle, and some squiggly acid synth ending the song. “The Path” is deceptively uptempo and melodic, disguising more terrifying (and also FCC-unfriendly) lyrics. “Born/Tired” almost sounds like it could be a Pixies song, but instead of the loud intro/quiet verse/loud chorus/etc. formula, it starts with a more melodic part and shouted lyrics, barrels on with the same repetitive rhythm and cools down, starting with softer, almost whispered vocals, and then instrumental guitar and piano soloing. “Red Earth” ends the album on this more calmed-down mode, with deceptively cool/clean-sounding guitars, keyboards and drums, but quite creepy (and, again, FCC-unsafe) lyrics. Also it fades out at about 5:45, is silent for about 15 seconds, and then the last minute is slitherning keyboards and a spooky voice that almost sounds like it’s being choked.

Lumerians: The High Frontier (Partisan Records, 2013)

August 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Lumerians: The High Frontier

Lumerians: The High Frontier

Seriously good psych-kraut-space-rock. Intricate synth and guitar melodies, drum machines and live drums, droning organ, and non-obscured vocals. I don’t know why this album surprised me as much as it did, maybe I heard something by them before and wasn’t into it, but this album is just really well done. The songs generally run about 5 or 6 minutes, but they don’t seem to go on too long or get bogged down with endless soloing. They stay fresh and energetic and even funky, in a Can sort of way, especially “High Frontier”. “Koman Tong” is sort of like Afrobeat space-rock. “Smokies Tangle” is instrumental, and “Life Without Skin” starts with spoken female vocals in Spanish, before kicking into a faster, chase-like rhythm, then calming down with wordless vocals and vibraphone (or similar instrument), and then heating up with a hot organ sound and hand percussion. Really solid stuff.

Henry & Hazel Slaughter: Endless Power Cycle LP (Fedora Corpse, 2013)

August 9, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Henry & Hazel Slaughter: Endless Power Cycle

Henry & Hazel Slaughter: Endless Power Cycle

Fedora Corpse presents the first non-American Tapes release by Henry & Hazel Slaughter, a new solo venture of John Olson from Wolf Eyes. This is supposedly his “demented techno project”, according to a little note sent with this promo, but it’s not even close to the sort of actually danceable techno that Moon Pool & Dead Band do. This is seriously corroded, staggering, stuttering, short-circuiting dead-drunk electronic music, with swarming synth-scapes, noise bursts, backwards beats, and oblong rhythms. In Wolf Eyes terms, it emphasizes the shuddering, thudding drum machine rhythms, does away with vocals and guitar thrashing, and mostly frames the noise onto distorting the jagged, skipping machine rhythms. If you want to try to frame this in a dance music context, this might be like going to some illegal dance party, drinking something far more spiked than you expected, and when you sit down you feel like you’re in an electric chair, while the DJ keeps trainwrecking and all his records are skipping. At one point (A5) it sounds like the DJ’s just cueing up records, as the rhythm keeps fading out and coming back in like it’s just a bunch of preview clips. On side B some dub spectres come to haunt the place, turning the place into some sort of haunted electrified dancehall. But even these ghosts seem more concerned with flying and crashing around and breaking stuff and causing physical damage than actually having a dance party. Totally fun stuff. Of course, the record is pressed to highlighter yellow see-through vinyl, so it’s hard to tell which track is which, and there’s no track titles anyway, so it’s not the easiest record to DJ with, but that’s not the point. Also, side A ends in a locked groove, but the track itself has such a pattering, skipping rhythm that it sounds like a locked groove already, except you’re wondering why you can hear subtle differences in the electronic droning in the background, so that when it actually does reach the locked groove, you don’t even notice it’s just repeating and not actually evolving, but you still feel like you hear different sounds coming in and out of the mix somehow.

Crush Collision 8/8/13

August 9, 2013 at 10:28 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Crush Collision 8/8/13
10:00 PM Moderat ~ Milk
10:07 PM Carl Taylor ~ Only U
10:10 PM The Analog Session ~ N5 From Outer Space
10:16 PM Nights ~ Output
10:21 PM µ-Ziq ~ Pulsar
10:23 PM White Knight ~ Acid Dub
10:25 PM Helena Hauff ~ Break Force
10:31 PM Woozee ~ Nevwr Gonna Know
10:36 PM Airbird & Napolian ~ Special
10:37 PM Damarii Saunderson & L8M8 featuring Ann Saunderson ~ The Anthem (Ian O’Donovan Remix)
10:44 PM Dantiez Saunderson featuring Mike Anderson ~ Can’t Stop Us (Dub Mix)
10:49 PM Ikonika ~ Eternal Mode
10:53 PM Evy Jane ~ OHSO (Max Ullis Remix)
10:57 PM Floorplan ~ Baby Baby

Julia Holter: Loud City Song (Domino, 2013)

August 7, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Julia Holter: Loud City Song

Julia Holter: Loud City Song

WCBN’s former music director continues her upward trajectory in the music world, delivering easily her most accessible and most exquisitely orchestrated album to date. First-rate orchestral avant-pop with lots of strings and horns, continents away from the lo-fi stuff she was doing half a decade ago. As with all of her music, this is going to take a long time for me to fully digest and appreciate, and opener “World” doesn’t do a whole lot for me at first, but immediately “Maxim’s I” is striking me as a truly gorgeous song. “Horns Surrounding Me” starts with close-miked running and whispering, then has minimalist organ, a “Running Up That Hill” type rhythm, and all manners of experimental yet accessible textures. “In The Green World” is the first single, and seems like a peculiar choice at first; it takes a couple minutes to really reveal itself and turn into a hummable song, but it’s representative of the album in that way. “Hello Stranger” is another slowly revealing, and very gorgeous ballad draped in reverb and strings, that sounds like it’s from the most ethereal musical ever made. “Maxim’s II” is a weirder, less ethereal, more skronky and kind of dissonant version of “Maxim’s I” (same lyrics). “He’s Running Through My Eyes” is another short piano, string and vocal piece. “This Is A True Heart” starts with trombone and some synths that can’t help but remind me of certain moments of The KLF’s Chill Out, before Julia’s vocals and a drum and standup bass rhythm come in, plus some horns and mysterious background sounds (running, car horn honking, maybe). A classy, sophisticated tune. “City Appearing” is a slow, drifting tune with a calm drumbeat and standup bass. It kind of drifts away and leaves your mind somewhere else and then album ends before you know it.

The Boats: Our Small Ideas (Our Small Ideas, 2008/flau, 2012)

August 4, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

The Boats: Our Small Ideas

The Boats: Our Small Ideas

Reissue of an earlier album by IDM/drone/post rock/modern classical group The Boats, originally self-released on their own label which shares this album’s name. The songs are mostly pretty short, and often contain small clicky beats, acoustic instruments (guitar, xylophones and similar things, strings), plus crackling, ambience, field recordings, etc. “You Need To See Through Better Eyes” has some humming, and “Please Return” has a little bit of vocals, but “Raindrops Remain (First)” has full vocals, and I guess is the most poppy song here by default. “We Sometimes Forget” has vocals too, and they’re somewhat filtered/phoned-in-sounding, and there’s some deep bass thuds, and some sort of melting atmosphere in the background. “Procedure Details” has some soft beats with acoustic guitars in front. “This Song Has Been Intentionally Left Blank” does have some mysterious vocals and a veil of static. “They Gave Me This To Keep Quiet” has some more (appropriately) quiet, buried vocals. Tracks after that tend to be quieter instrumentals. “Raindrops (Version)” is a more synth-heavy version of “Raindrops (First)”. “Little Song At Little Time” gets a trip-hoppy remix by Aus. “The List Of Our Mistakes (Boats Remix)” has some static-drenched vocals, strings and glitchy guitar bits. “You Didn’t Expect Me To Care” has woodwinds, small clicky beats, bass, and some filtered vocals, and these elements swirl around a bit and you’re not entirely sure if it works at first. “May Our Enemies Never Find Happiness (Boats Remix)” has more heavily static-ed vocals and a tiny beat that blips panned left/right in the speakers.

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