Show #273 – 12/28/14 BEST OF 2014 PART 2

December 28, 2014 at 6:12 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
3:00 AM Rob Mazurek and Black Cube SP ~ Oh Mother (Angels’ Wings) ~ Return the Tides: Ascension Suite and Holy Ghost ~ Cuneiform
3:16 AM Chicago Underground Duo ~ Blink Out ~ Locus ~ Northern Spy
3:22 AM Lost Here… ~ The Day Before The Operation (Getting The Electrodes Glued To My Head) ~ Hospital Music ~ Fur Tuxedo
3:26 AM Akkord ~ HTH020 (The Haxan Cloak’s Cloud of Witness) ~ HTH030 ~ Houndstooth
3:37 AM Thug Entrancer ~ Death After Life IV ~ Death After Life ~ Software
3:44 AM S U R V I V E ~ Parousia ~ MF064 ~ Monofonus Press
3:48 AM Todd Terje ~ Alfonso Muskedunder ~ It’s Album Time ~ Olsen
3:51 AM Brian Eno/Karl Hyde ~ Moulded Life ~ High Life ~ Warp
3:56 AM Brett Naucke ~ Pala ~ Seed ~ Spectrum Spools
Hour 2
4:00 AM Charles Barabé ~ Insultes (Hommage à John Cage) ~ split tape w/ Black Givre ~ La Cohu
4:19 AM Oneohtrix Point Never ~ Music For Steamed Rocks ~ Commissions I ~ Warp
4:26 AM Seth Graham ~ Piano Goop ~ Goop ~ Noumenal Loom
4:31 AM Panabrite ~ Regent ~ Pavilion ~ Immune
4:40 AM Lewis ~ We Danced All Night ~ Romantic Times ~ Light In The Attic
4:43 AM /f ~ parts ~ pq:f ~ Psalmus Diuersae
4:46 AM Holly Herndon ~ Chorus ~ 12″ ~ Rvng Intl
4:52 AM Bok Bok featuring Kelela ~ Melba’s Call ~ Your Charizmatic Self ~ Night Slugs
4:56 AM Jo Johnson ~ Ancestral Footsteps ~ Weaving ~ Further
Hour 3
5:00 AM Longmont Potion Castle ~ Teary Eyed ~ LPC 11 ~ D.U. Records
5:11 AM Negativland ~ Relatively Optimistic Notions ~ It’s All In Your Head FM ~ Seeland
5:17 AM Crowhurst ~ No Dollar Menu Items After Midnight ~ Crowhurst And Montage ~ Bandcamp
5:23 AM Ensemble Economique ~ Make-Out In The GDR ~ Melt Into Nothing ~ Denovali
5:30 AM Kyle Bobby Dunn ~ Rue de Guy-Mathieu ~ Kyle Bobby Dunn & The Infinite Sadness ~ Students Of Decay
5:36 AM Weyes Blood ~ Some Winters ~ The Innocents ~ Mexican Summer
5:42 AM Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler ~ The White Balloon ~ Slant Of Light ~ Thrill Jockey
5:45 AM Golden Retriever ~ Flight Song ~ Seer ~ Thrill Jockey
5:52 AM Pinkcourtesyphone with Evelina Domnitch ~ I Wish You Goodbye ~ Description Of Problem ~ Line

Show #272 – 12/27/14 BEST OF 2014 PART 1

December 27, 2014 at 4:07 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
12:00 AM Andy Stott ~ Violence ~ Faith In Strangers ~ Modern Love
12:06 AM Arca ~ Thievery ~ Xen ~ Mute
12:09 AM Suicideyear ~ Caroline ~ Remembrance ~ Software
12:12 AM Tallesen ~ Strike Silver, Seize Grey ~ Stills Lit Through ~ Software
12:15 AM patten ~ Agen ~ ESTOILE NAIANT ~ Warp
12:20 AM Sculpture ~ Materialising ~ Membrane Pop ~ Software
12:24 AM Pursuit Grooves ~ Carbon Elements ~ Modern Day Minerals ~ What Rules
12:27 AM Dreamcrusher ~ Novokuznetsk ~ Suicide Deluxe ~ Hausu Mountain
12:32 AM Evian Christ ~ Waterfall ~ Waterfall ~ Tri Angle
12:36 AM The Bug ~ Function ~Angels & Devils ~ Ninja Tune
12:41 AM Korma ~ Sky Hook ~ Skyline ~ Car Crash Set
12:45 AM Gage ~ Telo ~ 12″ ~ Crazylegs
12:50 AM Sd Laika ~ Great God Pan ~ That’s Harakiri ~ Tri Angle
12:55 AM Angel 1 ~ One Wish – Shah ~ Allegra Bin 1 ~ 1080p
Hour 2
1:00 AM Lawrence English ~ Hapless Gatherer ~ Wilderness Of Mirrors ~ Room40
1:03 AM Rezzett ~ Zootie ~ 12″ ~ The Trilogy Tapes
1:09 AM Lee Bannon ~ Cold/Melt ~ Alternate/Endings ~ Ninja Tune
1:13 AM Fis ~ Fever Sweats ~ Iterations ~ Tri Angle
1:18 AM Ena ~ Faction ~ Binaural ~ Samurai Music Group
1:21 AM Broken Bone ~ Blood On Your Hands ~Willowbrook ~ Aperture
1:28 AM Killing Sound ~ Six Harmonies ~ Killing Sound ~ Blackest Ever Black
1:35 AM VHS Head ~ Don’t Look In The Closet ~ Persistence Of Vision ~ Skam
1:38 AM Objekt ~ Ganzfeld ~ split 12″ w/ Dopplereffekt ~ Leisure System
1:44 AM DJ Earl x DJ Taye ~ Do This Again ~ Teklife: Next Life ~ Hyperdub
1:48 AM Venetian Snares ~ Amazon ~ My Love Is A Bulldozer ~ Planet Mu
1:52 AM Watabou ~ Ingrained Social Reflexes ~ Plasticity ~ self-released
1:55 AM Millie & Andrea ~ Corrosive ~ Drop The Vowels ~ Modern Love
Hour 3
2:01 AM Chris Herbert ~ Disjxet ~ Constants ~ Room40
2:04 AM Oberman Knocks ~ Dilankex (Autechre Remix) ~ 12″ ~ Aperture
2:20 AM Gábor Lázár ~ EP3 ~ EP16 ~ The Death Of Rave
2:23 AM D/P/I ~ 008 ~ MN.ROY ~ Leaving Records
2:25 AM Sophie ~ Hard ~ 12″ ~ Numbers
2:28 AM Siavash Amini ~ The Violet Hour ~ Till Human Voices Wake Us ~ Umor Rex
2:35 AM Ben Frost ~ Venter ~ A U R O R A ~ Mute
2:41 AM Pharmakon ~ Autoimmune ~ Bestial Burden ~ Sacred Bones
2:46 AM The Body [produced by The Haxan Cloak] ~ Alone All The Way ~ I Shall Die Here ~ Rvng Intl
2:51 AM White Suns ~ Cathexis ~ Totem ~ The Flenser
2:54 AM Planning For Burial ~ 29 August 2012 ~ Desideratum ~ The Flenser
Hour 4
3:02 AM Symbol ~ Clear Passage ~ Online Architecture ~ Holodeck/Light Lodge
3:05 AM Scott Walker & Sunn O))) ~ Herod 2014 ~ Soused ~ 4AD
3:16 AM Black Hat ~ Imaginary Friends ~ Thought Of Two ~ Hausu Mountain
3:25 AM Black To Comm ~ Providence ~ 12″ picture disc ~ Dekorder
3:40 AM Paper Armies ~ Walls ~ Trying ~ Bridgetown Records
3:45 AM Fennesz ~ Bécs ~ Bécs ~ Editions Mego
3:50 AM Ian William Craig ~ On The Reach Of Explanations ~ A Turn Of Breath ~ Recital
3:56 AM Aphex Twin ~ Aisatsana ~ Syro ~ Warp
Hour 5
4:03 AM Storm Ross ~ The River ~ The Green Realm ~ self-released
4:10 AM Sun Kil Moon ~ I Watched The Film The Song Remains The Same ~ Benji ~ Caldo Verde
4:20 AM Grouper ~ Clearing ~ Ruins ~ Kranky
4:25 AM Angel Olsen ~ Windows ~ Burn Your Fire For No Witness ~ Jagjaguwar
4:29 AM Fear Of Men ~ Atla ~ Loom ~ Kanine
4:32 AM M.B. ~ Seventeen Minutes And Fifty Seconds ~ An Hour With… ~ Placenta Recordings
4:37 AM Ballerine Nadiya ~ I’m Quiet On Purpose Or Whatever ~ Ballerine Nadiya ~ Singapore Sling Tapes
4:40 AM Dean Blunt ~ Molly & Aquafina ~ Black Metal ~ Rough Trade
4:44 AM SALES ~ Vow ~ EP ~ self-released
4:47 AM Rebel Kind ~ Very Vivid Personality ~ Today ~ Urinal Cake
4:48 AM Makthaverskan ~ Outshine ~ II ~ Run For Cover Records/Luxury
4:51 AM His Name Is Alive ~ See You In A Minute ~ Tecuciztecatl (vinyl LP) ~ London London
Hour 6
5:00 AM Future Islands ~ Light House ~ Singles ~ 4AD
5:04 AM Copeland featuring Actress ~ Advice To Young Girls ~ Because I’m Worth It ~ self-released
5:09 AM Xeno & Oaklander ~ Par Avion ~ Par Avion ~ Ghostly International
5:13 AM HTRK ~ Chinatown Style ~ Psychic 9-5 Club ~ Ghostly International
5:18 AM 36 ~ Always ~ Dream Tempest ~ 3six Recordings
5:26 AM SWANS ~ Bring The Sun/Toussaint L’Ouverture ~ To Be Kind ~ Young God

Part 2 coming 12/28/14 3-6AM

Crush Collision 12/25/14 BEST OF 2014 MIX

December 26, 2014 at 12:15 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Hour 1
10:01 PM Andy Stott ~ How It Was
10:06 PM Frank & Tony ~ Bring The Sun
10:09 PM Simian Mobile Disco ~ Calyx
10:11 PM Terekke ~ Untitled (A1)
10:14 PM Khotin ~ Why Don’t We Talk
10:18 PM Barnt ~ Cherry Red
10:24 PM Farben & James Din A4 ~ Please Excuse My Face
10:26 PM Leon Vynehall ~ Butterflies
10:29 PM Lone ~ Airglow Fires
10:33 PM Geena ~ Niagara Galleries
10:35 PM Moiré ~ No Gravity
10:38 PM Dntel ~ Fringes of Focus
10:40 PM Ital ~ Coagulate
10:43 PM Esteban Adame ~ Home Sick
10:47 PM Gesloten Cirkel ~ Thomas Mensch
10:48 PM Hieroglyphic Being and the Configurative or Modular Me Trio ~ Calling Planet Earth
10:53 PM The Cyclist ~ Daisy Spirals
10:55 PM DJ Fett Burger & Luca Lozano ~ Totally Tangerine
10:58 PM Head High ~ Megatrap (Real Mix)
Hour 2
11:01 PM Ossie + Phrh ~ Ugly Observation
11:04 PM Throwing Snow ~ Pathfinder
11:07 PM Lee Gamble ~ HMix
11:09 PM Hashman Deejay ~ Sandfish
11:12 PM Population One ~ Inner City Circus
11:15 PM Tessela ~ Rough 2
11:18 PM Untold ~ Strange Dreams
11:22 PM Kangding Ray ~ Blank Empire
11:24 PM Lewis Fautzi ~ UVB-76
11:28 PM Call Super ~ Hoax Eye
11:30 PM Answer Code Request ~ Haul
11:33 PM SHXCXCHCXSH ~ Elocution
11:38 PM Container ~ Slush
11:40 PM Randomer ~ Stupid Things I Do (New School Mix)
11:44 PM Marco Shuttle ~ Sing Like A Bird
11:52 PM Ekoplekz ~ Pressure Level
11:56 PM FaltyDL ~ Dånger

Pod Blotz, Aaron Dilloway, Metal Dungeon & Jimbo @ UFO Factory, 12/20/14

December 24, 2014 at 9:18 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

Suzy Poling artwork

Suzy Poling artwork


Suzy Poling artwork

Suzy Poling artwork


Sun Ra poster

Sun Ra poster


Parliament poster

Parliament poster


arcade games

arcade games


snack table

snack table


Metal Dungeon

Metal Dungeon


Metal Dungeon

Metal Dungeon


Pod Blotz

Pod Blotz


Pod Blotz

Pod Blotz


Pod Blotz

Pod Blotz


Pod Blotz

Pod Blotz


Jimbo

Jimbo


Jimbo

Jimbo


Jimbo

Jimbo


Aaron Dilloway

Aaron Dilloway


Aaron Dilloway

Aaron Dilloway


Aaron Dilloway

Aaron Dilloway


Aaron Dilloway

Aaron Dilloway

Show #271 – 12/20/14

December 20, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour #1
3:03 AM Autechre ~ Drane ~ Peel Session EP ~ Warp
3:13 AM Arca ~ Failed ~ Xen ~ Mute
3:17 AM Jo Johnson ~ In The Shadow Of The Workhouse ~ Weaving ~ Further
3:26 AM Mica Levi ~ Lonely Void ~ Under The Skin ~ Milan
3:30 AM Bing & Ruth ~ The Towns We Love Is Our Town ~ Tomorrow Was The Golden Age ~ Rvng Intl
3:36 AM Symbol ~ Syn Con ~ Online Architecture ~ Holodeck/Light Lodge
3:42 AM Dalglish ~ Aonaich ~ Dorcha Aigeann ~ Ge-stell
3:47 AM Gabor Lazar ~ IV ~ ILS ~ Presto!?
3:51 AM Lorenzo Senni ~ Forever Headline ~ Superimpositions ~ Boomkat Editions
Hour #2
4:00 AM Chris Herbert ~ Sea Holly ~ Constants ~ Room40
4:06 AM /f ~ (cs)_0(t) ~ pq:f ~ Psalmus Diuersae
4:18 AM Mr. Oizo ~ Torero ~ The Church ~ Brainfeeder
4:21 AM L.O.T.I.O.N. ~ Goodbye Humans ~ Second Audio Document 2014 ~ self-released
4:23 AM Beau Wanzer ~ Mob Boss ~ Untitled ~ self-released
4:25 AM Dark0 ~ Black Rose ~ Fate ~ Gobstopper
4:32 AM Lawrence English + Stephen Vitiello ~ Encased In Blue Marble ~Fable ~ Dragon’s Eye Recordings
4:37 AM Demdike Stare ~ Collision ~ Testpressing #001 ~ Modern Love
4:45 AM Demdike Stare ~ Null Results ~ Testpressing #004 ~ Modern Love
4:52 AM Andy Stott ~ Damage ~ Faith In Strangers ~ Modern Love
4:56 AM Diamond Version, Bikya & Wetrobots ~ DV_BK_WR_06 ~ Ten Cities ~ Soundway
Hour #3
5:01 AM Tapes and Topographies ~ Fits In Your Palm ~ Tapes and Topographies ~ Simulacra
5:07 AM Ian William Craig ~ TEAC Poem ~ A Turn Of Breath ~ Recital
5:09 AM Grouper ~ Made Of Air ~ Ruins ~ Kranky
5:20 AM Dean Blunt ~ X ~ Black Metal ~ Rough Trade
5:29 AM Philip Corner ~ Air of the Order ~ Satie Slowly ~ Unseen Worlds
5:33 AM SALES ~ Renee ~ EP ~ self-released
5:36 AM Sciflyer ~ The Nation ~ They Only Believe In The Moon ~ Clairecords
5:40 AM Itasca ~ Colt In Hiding ~ Unmoored By The Wind ~ New Images
5:43 AM Weyes Blood ~ Bad Magic ~ The Innocents ~ Mexican Summer
5:49 AM Secret Pyramid ~ Her Spirits ~ The Silent March ~ Students Of Decay
5:56 AM Jonathan Badger ~ Sickle’s Compass Come ~ Verse ~ Cuneiform

Best of 2014 shows next week: 12/27/14 12-6AM + 12/28/14 3-6AM

SALES: EP (self-released, 2014)

December 19, 2014 at 6:12 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

SALES: EP

SALES: EP

We’re in the no-mans-land time period of the music industry, in between the last week of CMJ charting this year and the first of next, and there’s almost no new music coming into the radio station now. Fortunately, this indie-pop duo waited until now to send us their EP, because this one’s jumping out at me while I’m scrambling to catch up on all the music I missed this year in order to find music for my Best of 2014 shows. This male/female duo hails from Florida and initial press I can find about them seems to emphasize how minimal they are (just guitar, drum machine and vocals), and while their songs are short and compact, they’re catchy and leave enough of an impression that they don’t feel underdone or demo-ish. “Vow” in particular has the type of swoon-worthy chorus melody that causes me to play it several times in a row, and the doe-eyed naive voice of the singer certainly helps. Even though they’re American, these songs wouldn’t sound out of place in a set with any number of sweet-sounding Scandinavian indie-pop groups, although the more uptempo “Chinese New Year” sounds a little closer to a stripped-down Camera Obscura. Closing song “Toto”, the song’s most atmospheric and beat-driven track, appears in two versions: the two-minute original and a remix by xxyyxx, which slows things down and spaces it out to 3 minutes, but somehow it actually ends up feeling shorter and more sketchlike than the original. There may actually be more elements to the song, but they’re spaced out more, and the vocals are treated as samples rather than lyrics. The whole EP is an unexpected end-of-year treat.

Crush Collision 12/18/14

December 19, 2014 at 9:32 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Hour 1
10:03 PM Aloa Input ~ Rubbish (Sam Irl Rmx)
10:06 PM Demdike Stare ~ Eulogy
10:12 PM glacial23 ~ The Modern Thing (Extra Modern Version)
10:16 PM Romare ~ Roots
10:22 PM Barnt ~ How Do I Know What Solutions X Form?
10:27 PM Geoff White ~ Wedding Party
10:30 PM Khotin ~ Infinity Jam
10:35 PM FaltyDL ~ Rolling (µ-Ziq Remix)
10:38 PM Flug 8 ~ Hohenkammer
10:43 PM Bruce ~ Not Stochastic
10:48 PM Frank & Tony ~ Novella
10:53 PM Leon Vynehall ~ Be Brave, Clench Fists
10:58 PM Hashman Deejay ~ Mercury
Hour 2
11:04 PM Moodymann ~ Iguessuneverbeenlonely
11:06 PM Sumsun ~ Avey Oliver
11:09 PM DVA ~ Polyphonic Dreams
11:14 PM Echologist ~ Confusion
11:18 PM Lee Gamble ~ Caudata
11:22 PM Hieroglyphic Being and the Configurative or Modular Me Trio ~ The Human Experience
11:25 PM Blacknecks ~ Spudgun! Dave Hedgehog!
11:32 PM Answer Code Request ~ Status
11:36 PM DJ Dodger Stadium ~ Trouble
11:39 PM Ital ~ Oche
11:44 PM Gesloten Cirkel ~ Submit-X
11:46 PM Objekt ~ One Stitch Follows Another
11:49 PM Robert Hood ~ Who Taught You Math (Alt. Mix)
11:55 PM Quirke ~ There’s Half A Moon In Your Mouth
11:57 PM Head High ~ Hex Factor

Best of 2014 mix next week!

Jonathan Badger: Verse (Cuneiform, 2014)

December 13, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Jonathan Badger: Verse

Jonathan Badger: Verse

Intriguing album of textural guitar pieces from an artist I’ve not heard of before. He loops, layers and transforms several electric and acoustic guitars, using computers to twist the sounds and create atmospheres, and generally create an orchestra out of relatively few instruments. There are contributions from musicians playing strings and horns, as well as vocalists, but Badger’s guitar playing and manipulations are center stage. There’s definitely some minimalist moments, and some parallels to Dustin Wong’s solo work, but Badger throws in a lot of curveballs and goes in unexpected directions. “The Bear” is a 2-minute raga drone-out with banjo and hand percussion, and it leads into the ambient-Pet Sounds reverie of “Nimbus”, with wordless vocals and gentle guitars, which get chopped up ecstatically in the middle of the song, in a way that reminds me a little of Dan Deacon. The song ends with some of the few lyrics on the album, about pestilence and drinking blood, but ending with the words “we are lucky.” “The Valley Of The Shadow” starts with shifting electronic sounds, and then eventually settles into a human beatbox rhythm, which gets electronically processed and delayed, along with guitars which also have layers of delay and gated effects on them. “Limbec” has a more relaxed post-rock-ish guitar melody, along with somewhat dramatic horns and strings, and some curious electronic beats and effects. “Bouge” uses tranquil yet urgent pianos over pitter-pattering electronic beats, and eventually chorus vocals come in. “Erbarmen” also alternates between pianos, guitar melodies and soft glitchy beats, for another slowly building (and slowly ending) piece. “Sickle’s Compass Come” ends the album on the slow, piano-driven note it’s been going on, this time with more dramatic horns, which get diced up a bit electronically. A really hard to define album which goes off in a few different directions and shows off several sides to this composer in its relatively short runtime (under 40 minutes). Curious to hear more from him.

Show #270 – 12/13/14

December 13, 2014 at 6:24 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
3:01 AM Rob Mazurek and Black Cube SP ~ Oh Mother (Angels’ Wings) ~ Return the Tides: Ascension Suite and Holy Ghost ~ Cuneiform
3:16 AM Jonathan Badger ~ Limbec ~ Verse ~ Cuneiform
3:23 AM Led Bib ~ New Teles ~ The People In Your Neighbourhood ~ Cuneiform
3:28 AM Steve Daubenspeck ~ Beat 82 Dub ~ Black Dog Duppy ~ SMD Recordings
3:35 AM The Bug Vs. Earth ~ Cold ~ 12″ ~ Ninja Tune
3:40 AM Evian Christ ~ Waterfall ~ Waterfall ~ Tri Angle
3:45 AM Borja ~ Resolving Discontent ~ Infinite Journey ~ Droidsong
3:50 AM Objekt ~ Ganzfeld ~ split 12″ w/ Dopplereffekt ~ Leisure System
3:56 AM Gabor Lazar ~ EP3 ~ EP16 ~ The Death Of Rave
3:59 AM Panabrite ~ Balsam ~ Pavilion ~ Immune
Hour 2
4:03 AM Jar Moff ~ Financial Glam ~ Financial Glam ~ Pan
4:29 AM Maxwell August Croy & Sean McCann ~ Column Of Mirror ~ I ~ Students Of Decay
4:33 AM Ian William Craig ~ The Edges ~ A Turn Of Breath ~ Recital
4:39 AM Einsturzende Neubauten ~ How Did I Die ~ Lament ~ BMG
4:46 AM Lorenzo Senni ~ xxx1 ~ Superimpositions ~ Boomkat Editions
4:48 AM Melodysheep ~ Chasing Infinity ~ Midnight Sun ~ self-released
4:54 AM Les Sins ~ Call ~ Michael ~ Company Records
4:58 AM Tapes and Topographies ~ Touch Me, I’m Cured ~ Tapes and Topographies ~ Simulacra Records
Hour 3
5:03 AM Daniel Johnston ~ Dream Scream ~ Rejected Unknown ~ Gammon Records
5:07 AM Martin Bresnick ~ A Message From The Emperor ~ Prayers Remain Forever ~ Starkland
5:18 AM Dean Blunt ~ 50 Cent ~ Black Metal ~ Rough Trade
5:21 AM Andy Stott ~ No Surrender ~ Faith In Strangers ~ Modern Love
5:25 AM Supersilent ~ 12.2 ~ 12 ~ Rune Grammofon
5:29 AM Loscil ~ Catalina 1943 ~ Sea Island ~ Kranky
5:37 AM Dreamcrusher ~ Novokuznetsk ~ Suicide Deluxe ~ Hausu Mountain
5:42 AM Mouse On Mars & F.X. Randomiz ~ Fromm ~ 21 Again ~ Monkeytown
5:45 AM Boylan ~ He Watching Us ~ Teklife: Next Life ~ Hyperdub
5:49 AM Fhloston Paradigm ~ The Phoenix ~ Hyperdub 10.4 ~ Hyperdub

Led Bib: The People In Your Neighbourhood (Cuneiform, 2014)

December 12, 2014 at 11:23 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Led Bib: The People In Your Neighbourhood

Led Bib: The People In Your Neighbourhood

Super-fun spacey funk-jazz. Heavy grooves, horns, smashing drums, and tons of cool keyboard sounds. Almost kind of Acid Mothers Temple-ish in how they use spacey keyboard sounds, but in more of a jazz idiom. Not quite out there enough to be Sun Ra, but nobody is. “Giant Bean” starts out sounding like it’s quoting “Black Sabbath”, but then it goes into a different direction. But it still has that heavy plodding feel to it, just with a bunch of wailing saxes, before the tempo picks up. It cuts off very sharply at the end, as if to say “screw it, it’s over, just cut it, no need for a proper ending.” “Angry Waters (Lost To Sea)” starts out quiet and deceptively solemn, and surely isn’t as playful as some of the other tracks, but it gets a bit worked up by the end. “This Roofus” has a bit more of a festive feel, and gets frantic and a bit spacey as it goes. “Imperial Green” plays with a “Little Drummer Boy”-esque melody. 10 brings back some of the spacey synths, but on many of the other tracks they keyboards use piano or more Rhodes-sounding tones. Closer “Orphan Elephants” crawls along for 9 minutes, and gets really quiet for a while in the middle, before inching towards its finale. A pretty long, drawn-out album, but it’s pretty enjoyable.

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