Sleeper: From Beyond tape (A Guide To Saints, 2013)

January 12, 2014 at 12:55 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Sleeper: From Beyond tape

Sleeper: From Beyond tape

Not to be confused with the ’90s Britpop band Sleeper (who I actually still quite like), or the experimental hip-hop musician, or dubstep producer, or emo band, or anyone else who’s ever used that name. This is a New Zealand musician doing drifty tape-drone stuff. Side A starts with some sort of medieval melody, which barely lasts a minute before it gets consumed by shrouded echo, and then turns into a long, slow distant drone, which sounds slightly faded and warped, and continues to sound even more so as it goes on. You’re wondering if the tape is just going to straight up break, but it keeps going and keeps returning like a slow dark decaying wave. Side B is another slowly repeating wave of darkness, but doesn’t sound as decayed, and instead of beginning with a different, more melodic part, this one ends with one, namely funeral march horns, which sound like they’re about to pick up right as the tape ends.

Rangefinder: Harmony State tape (A Guide To Saints, 2013)

January 12, 2014 at 12:22 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Rangefinder: Harmony State tape

Rangefinder: Harmony State tape

Seriously gorgeous cassette of ambient synth jams from Will Long (Celer). A nice series of miniatures (4.5 minutes tops, mostly around 2 or 3 minutes), with all those lovely bubbling arpeggios and warm textures that are designed to be calm and inviting, and never stop being soothing, at least to these ears. There’s a few moments of slightly aggressive distortion (“Balance Drive”) and hints of industrial tension (“Rolling Planets”), but overall, it’s a smooth, sunny, sky-gazing ride. “Sunrise Aftertouch” has hard panned delay and a bright hopeful melody and it’s only 2 minutes and I can listen to it on loop forever. “Peaks And Downfalls” is only a minute long but manages to pack such an expressive punch and could easily go on for hours and I wouldn’t mind. “Theme For Kissy Suzuki” is appropriately themelike, seems like there’s a touch of some sort of introspectiveness, maybe some lost/sad feelings. “Carrier” is an appropriately bittersweet goodbye, but not in an overly dramatic way, just a sweet sendoff. Amazing tape, up there with Celer’s Menggayakan as the best work I’ve heard from Will Long.

Show #226 – 1/11/14

January 11, 2014 at 6:30 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
3:03 AM Foom ~ This Lonely Life ~ No Fidelity Audio ~ No Fidelity Audio
3:14 AM Sore Eros & Kurt Vile ~ Jamaica Plain ~ 10″ EP ~ Care In The Community
3:21 AM Dhow ~ Azimuth ~ Dhow ~ Inam Records
3:24 AM Orphanage ~ Your Clothes ~ Anachronology 2011-2013 ~ CDr
3:30 AM Interbellum ~ We Are All Micromentalists Now ~ This Was An Important Place In Their Lives ~ Flingco Sound System
3:38 AM Rangefinder ~ Theme For Kissy Suzuki ~ Harmony State ~ A Guide To Saints
3:41 AM Nate Young ~ A Song For Twig Harper ~ Less Self Is More Self ~ Ecstatic Peace!
3:46 AM With Moths ~ Behind The Gate ~ For Silence ~ A Guide To Saints
3:48 AM Rafael Anton Irisarri ~ The Witness ~ The Unintentional Sea ~ Room40
3:55 AM Sleeper ~ Slumber ~ From Beyond ~ A Guide To Saints
Hour 2
4:02 AM Human Mesh Dance ~ Sunken Garden ~ Two A.D. ~ Waveform
4:06 AM B12 ~ Basic Emotion ~ Electro-Soma ~ Warp
4:11 AM Catdog ~ Energizing ~ Rotting Ravers ~ Bandcamp
4:14 AM MoonDoctoR x DJ Rashad ~ Can You Feel It ~ Nodical ~ Freshmoon/Teklife
4:18 AM Wizard Of ~ B0RED0M ~ J&c. Sampler #1: A Year’s Care And Good Feeding… ~ Jehu And Chinaman
4:24 AM Syphilis Sauna ~ The Slip (Khrysalis Remix) ~ Confabulation – Memory Loss – Unresolved Guilt ~ Scolex Recordings
4:30 AM LFO ~ Tied Up (Spiritualized Electric Mainline Remix) ~ Tied Up ~ Warp
4:40 AM MB009 ~ White As Alpine (Deceptik Remix) ~ Better Late Than Never ~ Scolex Recordings
4:45 AM Kokechi ~ Oxygen ~ Untitled ~ Scolex Recordings
4:50 AM Bubblegum Octopus ~ Rembowave (2012 Arr.) ~ My God Is The Cat King (split CDr with Dental Work, 2012 edition) ~ Placenta Recordings
4:52 AM Crochetcatpause ~ These Ghosts Are Mega ~ Coolteeth ~ Placenta Recordings
4:54 AM Klavonivs ~ Born Again Atheist ~ Deferred Success ~ Scolex Recordings
4:57 AM Gravewell and Xervious ~ Binary Dragon ~ Freakin’ Electronix ~ Scolex Recordings
Hour 3
5:00 AM i AM esper ~ Stalagmites ~ Stalagmites ~ Smell The Stench
5:03 AM Jeff Carey ~ Lock ~ [3:30] ~ Forwind
5:06 AM Vulgar Disease ~ Sadico Burdel ~ Mary Bell/Las Poquianchis (split CDr with Bagman) ~ Placenta Recordings
5:12 AM Blevin Blectum ~ Basically Chunnelled ~ Emblem Album ~ Aagoo
5:19 AM Foetus ~ Danger Global Warming ~ Soak ~ Ectopic Ents
5:24 AM Patrick Cowley ~ School Daze ~ School Daze ~ Dark Entries
5:29 AM Simon James Phillips ~ Set Ikon Set Remit ~ Chair ~ Room40
5:34 AM Figure Study ~ Wait ~ Figure Study ~ Dark Entries
5:38 AM Max + Mara ~ Concrete Lines ~ Less Ness ~ Dark Entries
5:43 AM Chris & Cosey ~ Driving Blind ~ Metal Dance 2 ~ Strut
5:50 AM Group Rhoda ~ BLKMTL ~ 12th House ~ Not Not Fun
5:54 AM Vatican Shadow ~ Contractor Corpses Hung Over The Euphrates River ~ Remember Your Black Day ~ Hospital Productions

Jeff Carey: [3:30] (Forwind, 2013)

January 11, 2014 at 1:51 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Jeff Carey: [3:30]

Jeff Carey: [3:30]

Harsh, clanging laptop noise from a Baltimore composer who previously went by the name 87 Central and released albums on Staalplaat, ERS and JDK Productions. Entirely laptop generated, no guitars or synths. “Ballast” is filled with metallic clanging and some shredding sounds. “Phosphor” is a bit more ponderous, covering low humming in a layer of static. “Node” is also kind of low and minimal, fluttering and crunching and morphing tones. “1001” is another harsh, clanging, shredding one, fantastically blown-out and headcrushing. This is the one to rock out to. “Sink” is the least noisy, most drifty track, with some sputtering, splintering tones spread out among lots of quietness. “Lock” is back to the harshness, with clattering blastbeats almost coming close to approximating breakcore, especially when the beats get shredded. OK, THIS is the one to rock out to.

Dhow: s/t CDr (Inam Records, 2013)

January 11, 2014 at 1:18 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Dhow: s/t CDr

Dhow: s/t CDr

Yet another ultra-limited Inam CDr, with Ryan Huber and Lid Emba reprising their 2008 collaboration under a new project name. Slow, trudgy doomgaze with drums, guitars and noise. “Brightwork” has a relaxed slow tempo, nice steady rhythm, heavenly layers of melodic guitar fuzz, and some buried voices, and the rhythm fades away in the last minute and a half. “Corinthian” is the most melodic and rhythm-driven, but breaks down 2/3 of the way through into scraping and static sounds, and sort of free-floats into fog for the remainder. “Act of Grace” is another gorgeous fuzz drone with crashing drumbeats, almost sounding like if Clams Casino went shoegaze/post-rock or something. “Genoa” steps away from rhythm, instead utilizing rustling and clanging noises over a tense synth-string drone. “Azimuth” is shorter and more relatively upbeat, with more distorted drumbeats and tape-manipulated vocals under a sunny noisy guitar rhythm. “Oakum” ends the album on a reflective note, sounding like the ending scene of a dramatic, bittersweet film or TV show.

Crush Collision 1/9/14

January 10, 2014 at 9:30 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Hour 1
10:01 PM Spectra Ciera ~ Day 3
10:04 PM Ou Ou ~ Magnus
10:11 PM John Lemke ~ Walizka
10:11 PM Maxmillion Dunbar ~ Woo
10:16 PM FOODMAN ~ Tekuno
10:18 PM Kloke ~ Operation (Part 2)
10:23 PM Matt Diamons ~ Glass
10:30 PM Mekha ~ Immersion (Reshape)
10:31 PM Nathan Cearley + Mark Dwinell ~ Modular Solstice
10:53 PM Pursuit Grooves ~ Dearest Nature
10:58 PM Unicorn Hard-On ~ Rock Salt
Hour 2
11:03 PM Teams ~ Cotard Delusion
11:09 PM Florian Kupfer ~ Feelin
11:15 PM Blood Vibes ~ 2112B
11:21 PM Heavy Goods ~ Don’t Be
11:26 PM Soft Metals ~ Tell Me
11:29 PM Roberto ~ You Will Rise Again
11:35 PM Leatherette ~ After Dawn (Barker & Baumecker Remix)
11:40 PM Small Change & DJ Reagonomics ~ Downtown Soulville
11:42 PM KW Griff ~ Swift’s Revenge
11:44 PM Cooly G and her mum ~ Hurt Me
11:47 PM Black Deer ~ Strike 3
11:52 PM B12 ~ Metropolis
11:55 PM LFO ~ Tied Up (Sweep Mix)
11:58 PM Paul Mac ~ Old

Show #225 – 1/5/14

January 5, 2014 at 6:04 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
3:02 AM Vangelis (with special guest James Hetfield) ~ Beaubourg, Part II ~ Beaubourg ~ RCA
3:22 AM Patrick Cowley ~ Tides Of Man ~ School Daze ~ Dark Entries
3:31 AM Francois Bayle ~ Solitioude (1ere Version) ~ L’Experience Acoustique ~ Recollection GRM
3:37 AM Insect Deli ~ The Joy Of Macrobiotics ~ split tape w/ Lil Princess ~ No Sides
3:50 AM Blevin Blectum ~ Harpsifloored ~ Emblem Album ~ Aagoo
Hour 2
4:00 AM CDR & Laskfar Vortok ~ Volcanon 2013 ~ Thinking About Hi-Hats ~ Naboamusic
4:06 AM Trailblazer ~ Gut Reaction ~ 7″ ~ Moniker
4:10 AM Teaadora ~ Sans Facade ~ Virgin Forever ~ Hot Releases
4:17 AM Secret Boyfriend ~ Cracked With Soft Recall ~ split LP w/ Russian Tsarlag ~ Hot Releases
4:20 AM R. Stevie Moore ~ Intelligence ~ Clack! ~ The Prince’s Stable
4:24 AM Inspector 22 ~ Blasphemy ~ Passin’ Time ~ Hot Releases
4:26 AM Quttinirpaaq ~ Vamos A Matar Santana ~ Let’s Hang Out ~ Rural Isolation Project
4:34 AM Ezra Buchla ~ Hail Nothing ~ At The Door ~ Care Of Editions
4:38 AM Profligate ~ Suppression ~ Come Follow Me ~ Hot Releases/More Records
4:42 AM VVAQRT ~ A Child’s Cellphone/Cupid On Toast ~ Than On Eother And You Have 0 Answers ~ Hot Releases
4:46 AM X-Ray Pop ~ Contakt ~ The Dream Machine ~ Dark Entries
4:47 AM Figure Study ~ Rain ~ Figure Study ~ Dark Entries
4:50 AM Max + Mara ~ Lake ~ Less Ness ~ Dark Entries
4:55 AM Haves & Thirds ~ Make The Stand ~ It’s Mostly Guess Work / It’ll Clean You Out But It’ll Leave You Hollow Inside ~ Hot Releases
Hour 3
5:00 AM Bezier ~ Ensconced ~ Ensconced ~ Dark Entries
5:04 AM R. Tyme ~ Illusion ~ Techno-1 ~ KMS
5:09 AM Policy ~ Big Beast Anthem ~ Postscript ~ 100% Silk
5:16 AM Monster Rally ~ Dusty ~ Return To Paradise ~ Gold Robot
5:19 AM [# / Tau] – Boris Hegenbart ~ Tripel ~ First / Dew ~ Care Of Editions
5:22 AM Jeff Rehnlund ~ Deadcry ~ Smoke From The Mirror ~ Hot Releases
5:25 AM Scott Cazan ~ In Rooms ~ Swallow ~ Care Of Editions
5:29 AM Boyzone [the noise group, not the boy band] ~ Menarche ~ Menarche ~ Hot Releases
5:42 AM Jefferson Mayday Mayday ~ Open All Gates/Absolute Resolution/Visions Of Devastation ~ G Threshold ~ Hot Releases
5:57 AM Boyzone ~ Menarche [continued] ~ Menarche ~ Hot Releases

Show #224 – 1/4/14

January 4, 2014 at 8:14 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
3:01 AM Patrick Cowley ~ Journey Home ~ School Daze ~ Dark Entries
3:14 AM Neuronium ~ Reprisal ~ Heritage ~ Huygen Corporation
3:26 AM Jean-Michel Jarre ~ Magnetic Fields, Pt. 4 ~ Magnetic Fields ~ Disques Dreyfus
3:35 AM Harald Grosskopf ~ Synthesist ~ Synthesist ~ RVNG INTL
3:43 AM Vangelis ~ Alpha ~ Albedo 0.39 ~ RCA
3:48 AM Borghesia ~ Cindy Sherman ~ Clones ~ Dark Entries
3:52 AM ADN’ Ckrystall ~ Tam-Tam Samba ~ Jazz’ Mad ~ Dark Entries
3:56 AM Conrad Schnitzler ~ Das Tier ~ Metal Dance 2 ~ Strut
Hour 2
4:03 AM Leæther Strip ~ You Don’t Look The Same To Me (Instrumental) ~ Teenage Demos ~ Dark Entries
4:07 AM Inhalt ~ Panopticon ~ Occupations ~ Dark Entries
4:11 AM Bezier ~ Nautilus ’78 ~ Ensconced ~ Dark Entries
4:16 AM Max + Mara ~ Another Cop ~ Less Ness ~ Dark Entries
4:20 AM Group Rhoda ~ Disappearing Groud ~ 12th House ~ Not Not Fun
4:24 AM Figure Study ~ Bad Side ~ Figure Study ~ Dark Entries
4:27 AM Maria Minerva ~ Sweet Synergy ~ Will Happiness Find Me? ~ Not Not Fun
4:36 AM Blanck Mass ~ Polymorph ~ 12″ ~ Software
4:46 AM Oneohtrix Point Never ~ Along ~ R Plus Seven ~ Warp
4:51 AM Jar Moff ~ B. Aldrian ~ Re-Synthesist ~ RVNG INTL
4:55 AM CFCF ~ Strange Form Of Life ~ Outside ~ Paper Bag
Hour 3
5:03 AM Mauthausen Orchestra ~ Edge Of No Control ~ 7″ ~ Placenta Recordings
5:07 AM Sujo ~ Kahane ~ Kahane ~ Fedora Corpse
5:12 AM Trailblazer ~ Mallard ~ 7″ ~ Moniker
5:15 AM B4by F4c3 ~ Eat It ~ Unknown 3″ cdr ~ Scolex Recordings
5:18 AM Tarmvred ~ A Light And Hectic Place ~ Dark Transmissions ~ Force Of Nature Productions
5:25 AM Jake Mandell ~ Untitled 27 (Phoenicia Mix) ~ Lily Of The Valley ~ Schematic
5:33 AM Forsides ~ Noodlephunk Vol. 1 ~ 3″ cdr ~ Scolex Recordings
5:47 AM Daedelus ~ Abandon ~ Drown Out ~ Anticon
5:51 AM Darkside ~ The Only Shrine I’ve Seen ~ Psychic ~ Matador

Show #223 – 1/1/14

January 1, 2014 at 3:59 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
3:01 AM Phoenicia ~ Monday (Disjecta Rmx) ~ Lily Of The Valley ~ Schematic
3:07 AM Celebrate Music Synthesizer Group ~ Worm = Spice ~ Celebrate Music Synthesizer Group ~ Sun Ark
3:16 AM Seers ~ side B excerpt ~ tape ~ self-released?
3:28 AM Foom ~ Whun ~ Surface Noise And Imperfections ~ No Fidelity Audio
3:37 AM Hiss & Hum ~ one of the two sides, I can’t tell which ~ Shut-In Tape #35 ~ self-released
3:53 AM Profligate ~ Against The Wall ~ Come Follow Me ~ Hot Releases/More Records
3:57 AM VVAQRT ~ Lunule ~ Than On Eother And You Have 0 Answers ~ Hot Releases
Hour 2
4:02 AM Max + Mara ~ Hands ~ Less Ness ~ Dark Entries
4:05 AM Group Rhoda ~ Dust ~ 12th House ~ Not Not Fun
4:09 AM Figure Study ~ Rain ~ Figure Study ~ Dark Entries
4:12 AM Esplendor Geometrico ~ Necrosis En La Poya ~ Metal Dance 2 ~ Strut
4:16 AM Long-Sam ~ Tomorrow ~ Magneettinen Kasetti Vol. 2 ~ http://www.pcuf.fi/~plaa/oh.html
4:25 AM O. Sam. A. ~ Meilahti Stomp ~ Magneettinen Kasetti Vol. 2 ~ http://www.pcuf.fi/~plaa/oh.html
4:36 AM Leæther Strip ~ Never Trust Anyone At The Carnival ~ Teenage Demos ~ Dark Entries
4:40 AM Bezier ~ Ensconced ~ Ensconced ~ Dark Entries
4:45 AM Inhalt ~ Programming ~ Occupations ~ Dark Entries
4:49 AM Roland Tings ~ Roland’s Beat ~ 12″ ~ 100% Silk
4:54 AM Ron Morelli ~ Slow Drown ~ Spit ~ Hospital Productions
Hour 3
5:01 AM Hiss & Hum ~ side A ~ Psychic Death ~ self-released
5:28 AM Luc Ferrari ~ Presque Rien Avec Filles ~ Presque Rien ~ Recollection GRM
5:42 AM Francois Bayle ~ La Preuve Par Le Sens ~ L’Experience Acoustique ~ Recollection GRM

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