Show #276 – 1/24/15: R.I.P. Edgar Froese and Ian Allen

January 24, 2015 at 1:21 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
3:04 AM Tangerine Dream ~ Sunrise In The Third System/Fly And Collision Of Comas Sola ~ Alpha Centauri ~ Ohr
3:22 AM Negativland ~ Theme From A Big 10-8 Place/A Big 10-8 Place Part One ~ A Big 10-8 Place ~ Seeland
3:40 AM Negativland ~ BABAC D’BABC… ~ Points ~ Seeland
3:46 AM Nurse With Wound ~ You Walrus Hurt The One You Love ~ The Sylvie And Babs Hi-Fi Companion ~ L.A.Y.L.A.H. Antirecords
Hour 2
4:04 AM G.I. Gurdjieff & Thomas de Hartmann ~ Hymns From A Great Temple, No. 10 ~ Journeys To Inaccessible Places ~ Editions EG
4:09 AM Tangerine Dream ~ Astral Voyager ~ The Dream Roots Collection ~ Essential
4:15 AM Tangerine Dream ~ Ricochet ~ Tangents 1973-1983 ~ Virgin
4:22 AM Tangerine Dream ~ Part II B ~ Rubycon ~ Virgin
4:30 AM Asmus Tietchens ~ Mineral 3/Modal 2 ~ Abfleischung ~ Hamster Records
4:36 AM Tangerine Dream ~ Cloudburst Flight [on 45 by accident] ~ Force Majeure ~ Virgin
4:42 AM Negativland ~ This Disco’s Out Of Sight, A Lot About Mucus, Sammy The Whammy, A Prayer To O.T.E., LIFE’s Unanswered Questions, No Other Possibility, Etc. ~ Over The Edge Vol. 1 1/2: The Starting Line ~ Seeland
4:51 AM Fennesz ~ Rivers Of Sand ~ Venice ~ Touch
4:55 AM Adrian Rew ~ side A ~ Slot Machine Music ~ Hanson
Hour 3
5:02 AM Chris Pottinger ~ Moist Membrane ~ Moist Membrane ~ Tasty Soil
5:11 AM Slither ~ Euro Neu-Rot ~ split 7″ w/ Sixes ~ Tasty Soil
5:16 AM Pharmakon ~ Vacuum ~ Bestial Burden ~ Sacred Bones
5:17 AM Aaron Dilloway ~ side B track 1 ~ The Beauty Bath ~ Hanson
5:28 AM Else Marie Pade ~ Glasperlespil II ~ Electronic Works 1958-1995 ~ Important
5:36 AM Can ~ Quantum Physics ~ Soon Over Babaluma ~ Mute
5:44 AM LA Vampires Meets Zola Jesus ~ Searching/Vous ~ LA Vampires Meets Zola Jesus ~ Not Not Fun
5:51 AM Yannis Kyriakides/Andy Moor ~ Psyche ~ A Life Is A Billion Heartbeats ~ Unsounds

Aaron Dilloway: The Beauty Bath LP (Hanson Records, 2014)

January 23, 2015 at 10:49 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Aaron Dilloway: The Beauty Bath LP

Aaron Dilloway: The Beauty Bath LP

Aaron Dilloway’s most recent solo LP was actually released in 2013 by a Japanese label called Rockatansky Records, but this 2014 picture disc version on Hanson contains about 50% different/reworked material, ostensibly making it the definitive version of the album. It goes along with the noise loop compositions he’s been known for, but it also spends plenty of time exploring silence and blank space, often building up loops/washes of noise only to drop them out and only have a few spare tones make sound for a few moments. The album’s second track is a long wash of white noise with a few bass tones uncomfortably poking out. It seems like some sort of bath, but I’m not sure how good it’ll do at beautifying. The 3rd track has an abstract, clunking rhythm that will sound familiar to fans of his Modern Jester album, but also some melancholy whistling and a light, mellow synth drone. Side B starts with a series of thick, discordant tones which get faster and angrier, until it’s just a shuddering, vibrating mess of sound. It eventually reaches a whistling pitch which makes it sound like a boiling tea kettle screaming at you. Then the final part of the album is another minimal, nearly quiet passage with a surprisingly melancholy melody (if it can be called that). This is eventually joined by a rhythmic loop which sounds like a small object sweeping and falling off some sort of surface. It all ends with some cricket-like chirping as the lonely calls out into the night.

Adrian Rew: Slow Machine Music (Ergot Records, 2013/reissued Hanson Records, 2014)

January 23, 2015 at 9:54 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Adrian Rew: Slow Machine Music

Adrian Rew: Slow Machine Music

Similar to Andy Hofle’s “Arcade Ambience” project (which consists of field recordings of early ’80s video game arcades), and the Golding Institute 7″s from the mid ’90s (field recordings of fast food restaurants, adult book stores and airport restrooms), this is another unusual, crazy, weird recording of American culture in action. This is what Midwestern casinos sound like. At any given point on this record, you’re hearing the sounds of dozens of slot machines, along with conversation, whistling, and whatever music is playing over the loudspeaker (there is most definitely some Def Leppard during side A of this record). It’s quite a hypnotic din, and listening to it could give you the urge to gamble your life savings away. You hear plenty of dinging and bleeping video poker and slot machines, lots of coins clinking, and even a few excited cheers of winners, but a lot of the time, conversations aren’t easily audible. It seems like everyone’s entranced by all the lights and sounds and just keeps compulsively gambling. On the first part of side B there’s a long stretch where a machine keeps dinging the same note rapidly, which makes you think that either it’s broken or someone’s winning a ton of money, but you don’t seem to hear anyone cheering about it. The final track doesn’t sound like a casino at all, but an outdoor recording of a train passing by very closely, with crickets chirping in the background. Only at the end do you hear some slot machine melodies, along with someone asking Rew what he’s doing, and him explaining that he’s recording the sounds. The liner notes explain that these casinos have strict security, and that these recordings are clandestine (usually the tape recorder is hidden in his pocket), so maybe it’s a guard questioning his act of recording. This was originally a limited CD-r release, but Hanson Records has released an amazing-looking picture disc LP of it. You can order it and listen to side A here.

i paid off my car so i bought records. and some tapes i bought last year finally showed up

January 22, 2015 at 5:48 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment
records and tapes

records and tapes

The Vaselines @ The Loving Touch, 1/20/15

January 22, 2015 at 5:46 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

The Vaselines

The Vaselines


The Vaselines

The Vaselines


The Vaselines

The Vaselines

Zola Jesus & Deradoorian @ The Loving Touch, 1/19/15

January 22, 2015 at 5:43 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

Deradoorian

Deradoorian


Zola Jesus

Zola Jesus


Zola Jesus

Zola Jesus


Zola Jesus

Zola Jesus

Pharmakon, Dorit Chrysler, Slither & Kuperus/Bell @ MOCAD, 1/18/15

January 19, 2015 at 4:24 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

poster

poster


Kuperus/Bell

Kuperus/Bell


Kuperus/Bell

Kuperus/Bell


Slither

Slither


Dorit Chrysler

Dorit Chrysler


Dorit Chrysler

Dorit Chrysler


Dorit Chrysler

Dorit Chrysler


Dorit Chrysler

Dorit Chrysler


Dorit Chrysler

Dorit Chrysler


Pharmakon

Pharmakon


Pharmakon

Pharmakon


Pharmakon screaming in people's faces

Pharmakon screaming in people’s faces


Pharmakon

Pharmakon


Pharmakon in the audience

Pharmakon in the audience


Pharmakon in the audience

Pharmakon in the audience

Weyes Blood, Failed Flowers, Bonny Doon & Tarpit @ UFO Factory, 1/17/15

January 19, 2015 at 4:10 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

artwork

artwork


artwork

artwork


Tarpit

Tarpit


Tarpit

Tarpit


Bonny Doon

Bonny Doon


Failed Flowers

Failed Flowers


Weyes Blood

Weyes Blood


Weyes Blood

Weyes Blood


Weyes Blood

Weyes Blood

Jan St. Werner: Miscontinuum Album (Thrill Jockey, 2015)

January 17, 2015 at 4:21 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Jan St. Werner: Miscontinuum Album

Jan St. Werner: Miscontinuum Album

Newest release from one of the founders of Mouse On Mars. This album features spoken word poetry/narration (on the intro, outro and “scene” tracks) by Dylan Carlson (of Earth) and has more of a minimalist opera feel to it. I’m thinking Robert Ashley. Markus Popp (of Oval) wrote the text Carlson is reading, and in some places the album feels like a Microstoria (his project with St. Werner) reunion, but it goes far beyond that too. Taigen Kawabe from Bo Ningen is all over this providing strange vocalizations and screams. “Cervo” has all sorts of Autotune-like vocal manipulations, which MoM have been doing for years, but this takes them into a more experimental context. No dance beats or pop deconstructions here. “Repedron” has lots of harsh metal shrieking over minimalist electronics. Surrounding the minute-long outro are two very long pieces, the 16-minute “Schwazade” and 25-minute “Amazonas”, which easily take up more than half the album’s length, and consist of more waves of minimalist electronics and wordless (or at least non-English) vocals. “Amazonas” might actually be the brightest and most melodic track on here, with the technological sheen of its synthesized sounds coming close to imitating orchestral instruments at some points, but also going far beyond anything acoustic instruments are able to produce.

Thurston Moore/John Moloney: Caught On Tape: Full Bleed (Northern Spy, 2015)

January 17, 2015 at 3:48 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Thurston Moore/John Moloney: Caught On Tape: Full Bleed

Thurston Moore/John Moloney: Caught On Tape: Full Bleed

Thurston’s saving his songwriter-y albums for Matador, but he’s still doing noise albums for other labels. This is a bunch of jam sessions with drummer John Moloney. He plays some particularly fuzzy metal-like distorted guitar, which also lapses into ear-piercing high-pitched feedback. Likewise, Moloney’s rhythms switch from doomy sludge to cacophonous free-jazz splatter with nary a moment’s notice. The album was recorded in one session in one day, and it definitely has a spontaneous jam-session feel. As such, there are no highlights, it all sort of ebbs and flows, but any track will be a good jolt of energy into your show. The only real exception is :Arguing With A Balloon”, which is a little bit more atmospheric and meandering. Also “Dispute” starts out with exaggerated metal riffs, but then gets more SY-ish in the middle, then back to more blown-out metal.

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