Mamaleek: Via Dolorosa LP (The Flenser, 2015)

September 30, 2015 at 10:34 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Mamaleek: Via Dolorosa LP

Mamaleek: Via Dolorosa LP

The Flenser has been releasing plenty of great metal/not-metal in the past few years, and this album is another eye-opener. Boundary-pushing metal which sounds like it could have been recorded in a Transylvanian dungeon as well as a seedy New Orleans jazz club or a Crooklyn basement circa ’97 with Scotty Hard on the console. There’s harsh growling, but instead of being drowned out by walls of guitar noise or blastbeats, there’s damaged lo-fi rock, trippy beats or crunchy drums, restrained jazz guitar, and static-covered piano. It really, truly does not sound like any other record I’ve ever heard, and it’s awesome. I’m guessing this the only illbient jazz metal band in the world, but I am totally open to being proven wrong on that one. (Edit: Now that I think of it, that description reminds me of Praxis and a few other Bill Laswell projects, but this sounds leagues away from any of them to be honest. Anyway, just listen to it!)

The Orb @ Magic Bag, 9/26/15

September 27, 2015 at 4:22 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

The Orb played at the Magic Bag in Ferndale, a suburb of Detroit. The club usually does not have electronic shows, it’s usually cover bands or singer/songwriters or washed up classic rock or something. (I did see Mark Kozelek there last year though.) The crowd and the opening DJ were stuck in the ’90s; Faithless was playing when I walked in and I saw someone wearing an URB magazine hoodie. The Orb were awesome though. Thomas Fehlmann was mixing beats from a laptop and Alex Patterson was throwing in dub effects and soundbites. Lots of samples from The KLF’s Chill Out, lots of Kompakt-y dance beats, a bunch of the hits from the first album (I don’t think they played anything from U.F.Orb or Orbvs Terrarvm), and an Eminem/”Toxygene” mashup (because, you know, Detroit). The visuals crapped out halfway through but they eventually got them running again.









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Show #309 – 9/26/15

September 26, 2015 at 3:08 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

The Orb will be playing at the Magic Bag in Ferndale tonight!!! 😀
Hour 1
3:01 am The Orb ~ “White River Jvnction” ~ Orbvs Terrarvm ~ Island ~ 1995
3:10 am The Orb ~ “Towers of Dub” ~ U.F.Orb ~ Mercury ~ 1992
3:24 am The Orb ~ “Perpetual Dawn” ~ The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld ~ Island ~ 1991
3:35 am Gaussian Curve ~ “Ride” ~ Clouds ~ Music From Memory ~ 2014
3:40 am Suns of Arqa ~ “Asian Rebel” ~ Science Fiction Dancehall Classics ~ On-U Sound ~ 1981
3:46 am Boom Boom Satellites ~ “4 a Moment of Silence (Trapezoid Mix by Jack Dangers for Meat Beat Manifesto)” ~ 12″ ~ Epic ~ 1999
3:52 am Dax J ~ “In the Shadows” ~ Shades of Black ~ Monnom Black ~ 2015
3:55 am College Hill ~ “Dredwerkz” ~ mp3 single ~ Car Crash Set Ice Rink ~ 2015
Hour 2
4:00 am Steve Roach ~ “Outer Weave” ~ Skeleton Keys ~ Projekt ~ 2015
4:05 am Alix Perez & Eprom ~ “Into Light” ~ Shades ~ Alpha Pup ~ 2015
4:09 am Darkstar ~ “Pin Secure” ~ Foam Island ~ Warp ~ 2015
4:14 am Doc Rhymin’ ~ “Dictionary Rap” ~ Practioner of Rhymes ~ Numero Group ~ 1987
4:18 am Botany ~ “Raw Light Overture” ~ Dimming Awe, The Light is Raw ~ Western Vinyl ~ 2015
4:21 am Helvetia ~ “A Dot Running For the Dust” ~ Dromomania ~ Joyful Noise ~ 2015
4:25 am Express Rising ~ “Perishable Looks” ~ Fixed Rope ~ Numero Group ~ 2015
4:29 am Gigi Masin ~ “The Word Love” ~ Talk to the Sea ~ Music From Memory ~ 2014
4:36 am Marianne Nowottny and the Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra ~ “Tomorrow Never Knows” ~ 7″ ~ Abaton Book Company ~ 2015
4:38 am AFX remixing DJ Pierre ~ “Box Energy 4 Remix 1” ~ mp3 ~ Rephlex ~ 2001
4:45 am Venetian Snares ~ “Simpleton” ~ Thank You For Your Consideration ~ Bandcamp ~ 2015
4:48 am Caspian ~ “Dust and Disquiet” ~ Dust and Disquiet ~ Triple Crown ~ 2015
Hour 3
5:02 am El Ten Eleven ~ “Scott Township” ~ Fast Forward ~ Fake Record Label ~ 2015
5:06 am Dan Friel ~ “Lungs” ~ Life ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2015
5:11 am Girl Band ~ “In Plastic” ~ Holding Hands With Jamie ~ Rough Trade ~ 2015
5:14 am Graham Repulski ~ “Gallant Bluffing” ~ Success Racist ~ Shorter Recordings ~ 2015
5:16 am Helen ~ “Covered in Shade” ~ The Original Faces ~ Kranky ~ 2015
5:17 am Julia Holter ~ “Feel You” ~ Have You In My Wilderness ~ Domino ~ 2015
5:21 am Deradoorian ~ “Ouneya” ~ The Expanding Flower Planet ~ Anticon ~ 2015
5:26 am Jens-Uwe Beyer ~ “Moonshine Tangerine” ~ The Emissary ~ Kompakt Pop Ambient ~ 2015
5:33 am The Necks ~ “Vertigo (excerpt)” ~ Vertigo ~ Northern Spy ~ 2015
5:42 am Nick Mazzarella Trio ~ “Abacus and Astrolabe” ~ Ultraviolet ~ International Anthem Recording Co. ~ 2015
5:46 am Low ~ “The Innocents” ~ Ones and Sixes ~ Sub Pop ~ 2015
5:51 am Natural Snow Buildings ~ “Sun Tower” ~ Terror’s Horns ~ Ba Da Bing! ~ 2015
5:55 am Simon Scott ~ “Swanbark” ~ Insomni ~ Ash International ~ 2015

Marianne Nowottny and the Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra: “Tomorrow Never Knows” b/w “Strawberry Fields Forever” 7″ single (Abaton Book Company, 2015)

September 26, 2015 at 2:28 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Marianne Nowottny and the Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra: "Tomorrow Never Knows" b/w "Strawberry Fields Forever" 7" single

Marianne Nowottny and the Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra: “Tomorrow Never Knows” b/w “Strawberry Fields Forever” 7″ single

Veteran experimental pop artist goes to Ypsilanti and records faithful yet fresh-sounding covers of 2 of the trippiest Beatles songs, backed by an ensemble of saxophone and percussion players lead by Ben Miller, formerly of Destroy All Monsters. You may think you never need to hear another Beatles cover in your life, and you may be right, but these covers are both truly fantastic. The songs themselves are both obviously masterpieces, but the saxophones are arranged creatively, with some backwards effects and all manners of panning and dynamic control. And the thundering drums on “Strawberry Fields Forever”. And is she saying “I buried Paul” at the end? Awesome.

Ahleuchatistas: Arrebato (International Anthem Recording Co., 2015)

September 19, 2015 at 6:06 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Ahleuchatistas: Arrebato

Ahleuchatistas: Arrebato

Ahleuchatistas have been around for over a decade, releasing albums on Cuneiform and Tzadik as well as several smaller labels, and generally being sort of a well-kept secret in the noise-rock/math-rock underground. Once a trio, the group is now just the duo of Ryan Oslance (drums) and Shane Parish (guitar). This album is surprisingly more accessible and clean-sounding than anything else I’ve heard by them. There’s not as much harsh, thundering drums or complicated riffs or time signatures. “Rincon Pio Sound” is short, sweet, and positively heart-tugging. Other tracks are shimmering and repetitive, building sounds and excitedly splashing them into each other. “La Faena” features springing guitar effects which often sound like keyboards rather than guitars, and the 10-minute track takes a long time to end, hitting one big chord, letting it ring all the way out, and then hitting it again, several times over the last few minutes of the song. The album’s second half is a little rougher and more angular than the more melodic first half. “Shelter in Place” gets a little more furious and rumbling, and gets a bit woozy during the last couple minutes. “Erosion” seems to scramble and careen, never quite getting up on two legs and moving straightforward.

Magic Castles: Starflower (A Recordings, 2015)

September 19, 2015 at 5:34 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Magic Castles: Starflower

Magic Castles: Starflower

Pretty decent droney psych-pop from Minneapolis. Male/female vocal harmonies and layers of pleasantly fuzzy guitars and keyboards. Sort of like Beach House but with more of a bite to it. “Lost in Space” is a really great spacey drum machine and echo track in the vein of Suicide’s softer moments like “Cheree”. The band clearly has a preoccupation with the moon, sky, and space, not just evident in the song titles but in the spacey, skygazing feel of the music. They also get points for brevity; the entire album is under a half hour, and none of the songs exceed five minutes. Not that there’s anything wrong with a psych band zoning out for long periods of time, but their songs tend to establish a mood and not really move beyond them, so they sound pleasant enough for their lengths. Most of the songs have a variation on the guitar/keyboard midtempo psych haze, except for the aforementioned “Lost in Space” which is more electronic, and the slower, more electronic instrumental “Samara”. “See You Shining” ends the album with a slow, dreamy ode to the stars.

Show #308 – 9/19/15

September 19, 2015 at 2:06 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
3:01 am Natural Snow Buildings ~ “The Rising Portal” ~ Terror’s Horns ~ Ba Da Bing! ~ 2015
3:13 am Simon Scott ~ “An Angel From The Sea Kissed Me” ~ Insomni ~ Ash International ~ 2015
3:20 am Chihei Hatakeyama ~ “Prince Of The Sea” ~ Moonlight Reflecting Over Mountains ~ Room40 ~ 2015
3:28 am Yuki Aida + Tomotsugu Nakamura ~ “Tetra” ~ Ēchóchrōma ~ Audiobulb ~ 2014
3:33 am Robert Crouch ~ “The Propaganda of History” ~ Organs ~ Dragon’s Eye ~ 2015
3:35 am Mind Over Mirrors ~ “Strange(r) Work” ~ The Voice Calling ~ Immune ~ 2015
3:41 am Jonas Reinhardt ~ “Noctornum” ~ Palace Savant ~ Further Records ~ 2015
3:47 am Andrew Tuttle ~ “Vernon City Limits” ~ Slowcation ~ A Guide To Saints ~ 2015
3:53 am Ryan Huber ~ “False Intuition” ~ Aleksandr ~ Inam Records ~ 2015
Hour 2
4:00 am Donato Dozzy ~ “Concert for Sails” ~ The Loud Silence ~ Further Records ~ 2015
4:03 am Derek Piotr ~ “Sunlight, Fruit Trees” ~ Bahar ~ Bit Phalanx ~ 2015
4:11 am System ~ “SK20” ~ Nils Frahm: LateNightTales ~ LateNightTales ~ 2002
4:13 am Flatland Sound Studio ~ “Dogfish Fantasies” ~ Maximum Vacation Plus ~ Bedroom Research ~ 2015
4:17 am Deef & Anne & Friends ~ “R.I.P. Panowitz” ~ Klaparkett Not Yet Preziosi ~ Bedroom Research ~ 2015
4:21 am Hosmoz ~ “Swolle” ~ Fading Mechanisms ~ Bedroom Research ~ 2014
4:27 am Polyklinik ~ “Mandel Handle” ~ Mental Market ~ Bedroom Research ~ 2014
4:30 am France Jobin & Fabio Perletta ~ “Mimesis” ~ Mirror Neurons ~ Dragon’s Eye ~ 2015
4:36 am Venetian Snares ~ “Sweet And Fruitful” ~ Thank You For Your Consideration ~ Bandcamp ~ 2015
4:40 am µ-Ziq ~ “J – Shiete” ~ mp3 ~ Soundcloud ~ 1994-1995
4:43 am Konx-Om-Pax ~ “Astro Belter” ~ µ20 ~ Planet Mu ~ 2014
4:47 am Helena Hauff ~ “Funereal Morality” ~ Discreet Desires ~ Werkdiscs/Ninja Tune ~ 2015
4:51 am Shiva ~ “Reception” ~ The Art of Allowing ~ Alpha Pup ~ 2015
4:55 am King Midas Sound/Fennesz ~ “On My Mind” ~ Edition 1 ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2015
4:59 am Evan Caminiti ~ “Wire” ~ Meridian ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2015
Hour 3
5:03 am Hideo Yamaki & Bill Laswell ~ “Untaken Path” ~ Untaken Path ~ M.O.D. Technologies ~ 2015
5:18 am Steve Hauschildt ~ “A Reflecting Pool” ~ Where All Is Fled ~ Kranky ~ 2015
5:21 am Monokle ~ “Neon Sign” ~ Rings ~ Ki Records ~ 2015
5:26 am Seapony ~ “New Circle” ~ A Vision ~ Burrito Thirty ~ 2015
5:29 am Graham Repulski ~ “Untilted” ~ Success Racist ~ Shorter Recordings ~ 2015
5:31 am Ken Camden ~ “Time Ben” ~ Dream Memory ~ Kranky ~ 2015
5:36 am Mild High Club ~ “You and Me” ~ Timeline ~ Circle Star ~ 2015
5:39 am Magic Castles ~ “Lost in Space” ~ Starflower ~ A Recordings ~ 2015
5:44 am Skylar Spence ~ “All I Want” ~ Prom King ~ Carpark ~ 2015
5:47 am Ahleuchatistas ~ “Rincon Pio Sound” ~ Arrebato ~ International Anthem Recording Co. ~ 2015
5:49 am Chelsea Wolfe ~ “Survive” ~ Abyss ~ Sargent House ~ 2015
5:55 am Yo La Tengo ~ “The Ballad Of Red Buckets” ~ Stuff Like That There ~ Matador ~ 2015

Crush Collision 9/17/15

September 18, 2015 at 8:16 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Hour 1
10:01 pm Ekoplekz ~ “Detroit”
10:08 pm Dwn Cx ~ “Fractal Scan”
10:18 pm Gary Martin ~ “Eastward Course”
10:21 pm Monokle ~ “Borealis”
10:24 pm Senking ~ “Swarming”
10:28 pm Superpitcher ~ “Freiherrr”
10:33 pm Cooly G ~ “Trippin B”
10:35 pm Erdbeerschnitzel ~ “Die Leiden Des Jungen S”
10:46 pm FaltyDL ~ “Bookaloo”
10:50 pm Stefan Weise ~ “Caesura”
10:55 pm Chevel ~ “Low Roof”
10:58 pm Lakker ~ “Halite (Eomac Remix)”
Hour 2
11:02 pm Rhythm & Sound ~ “Mango Drive”
11:05 pm Jeff Rushin ~ “Facing The Truth”
11:08 pm Claudio PRC & RVO ~ “Field 2”
11:14 pm Roberto ~ “Perisphinctes”
11:19 pm Paul Mac ~ “Stroll Through”
11:23 pm Helena Hauff ~ “L’Homme Mort”
11:29 pm DVA ~ “Perxoflyf”
11:31 pm Sandhu ~ “Shaula”
11:35 pm Shlømo ~ “Avadon (Part 1)”
11:38 pm Mark Broom ~ “Decay”
11:42 pm Jake Slazenger ~ “Produit”
11:46 pm Terminal 11 ~ “Metacognition”
11:52 pm K-Hand ~ “Global Warning (Underground Mix)”
11:54 pm The Advent ~ “Diverse Scope”

Show #307 – 9/12/15

September 12, 2015 at 2:15 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

R.I.P. COLIN FAVER (Rabbit City, Kiss FM, U.K. acid house/techno/hardcore pioneer)
Hour 1
3:00 AM Aphex Twin ~ Digeridoo ~ Analog Bubblebath 2 ~ Rabbit City Records
3:07 AM Force Mass Motion ~ Explosion ~ Chase EP ~ Rabbit City Records
3:12 AM Force Mass Motion ~ Vanishing Point ~ Psycosis EP ~ Rabbit City Records
3:17 AM Razor Boy & Mirror Man ~ Beyond Control ~ 12″ ~ Rabbit City Records
3:28 AM Remarc ~ Thunderclap (Dubplate Mix) ~ µ20 ~ Planet Mu
3:33 AM Venetian Snares ~ Accidents In Skyland 2 ~ Thank You For Your Consideration ~ Bandcamp
3:37 AM µ-Ziq ~ Crusty Plume Alert ~ mp3 ~ Soundcloud
3:42 AM Aphex Twin ~ His Eyes ~ mp3 ~ Soundcloud
3:47 AM Erdbeerschnitzel ~ Ein Tag Namens Highke ~ Pathetik Party ~ Blockstoff
3:53 AM DJ Taye/Jalen/DJ Manny ~ Kno U Want Some More (No Limiter) ~ mp3 ~ Soundcloud
Hour 2
4:00 AM Hakobune ~ Curtains Far Seen ~ Love Knows Where ~ Constellation Tatsu
4:03 AM Natural Snow Buildings ~ King In Yellow ~ Terror’s Horns ~ Ba Da Bing!
4:13 AM Sarah Kirkland Snider ~ The Barn ~ Unremembered ~ New Amsterdam
4:17 AM Low ~ Landslide ~ Ones and Sixes ~ Sub Pop
4:27 AM Helen ~ Pass Me By ~ The Original Faces ~ Kranky
4:29 AM Graham Repulski ~ James Run ~ Success Racist ~ Shorter Records
4:32 AM Dang Olsen Dream Tape ~ Smokey Ruxpin ~ Just Roll ~ Constellation Tatsu
4:36 AM Tropical Painforest ~ side B ~ split tape w/ Grim Kirby ~ Placenta Recordings
4:50 AM チェスマスター ~ 永遠に ~ 非実体 ~ Dream Catalogue™
4:53 AM Gavin Turek/TOKiMONSTA ~ Breath Strokes ~ You’re Invited ~ Young Art Records
4:55 AM Panda Bear ~ Jabberwocky ~ Crosswords EP ~ Domino
Hour 3
5:01 AM King Midas Sound/Fennesz ~ Waves ~ Edition 1 ~ Ninja Tune
5:08 AM Deison & Uggeri ~ Stasis (Bathroom) ~ In the Other House ~ FinalMuzik/Old Bicycle Records/Oak Editions/Loud!/Grey Sparkle
5:12 AM Dwn Cx ~ Empire Scan ~ Helix Scans I ~ PowerElectronics
5:22 AM AUN ~ Palejoy ~ Multigone ~ Crucial Bliss
5:30 AM Alpturer ~ Feist (Somatic Responses Remix) ~ Circumplanetary ~ Component
5:36 AM Ricardo Donoso ~ Incumbent Operator ~ Machine to Machine ~ Denovali
5:42 AM Good Willsmith ~ SMEO-FBI ~ Snake Person Generation ~ Hausu Mountain
5:47 AM Scallops Hotel feat. S.al ~ Glottal Stop ~ Plain Speaking ~ Ruby Yacht
5:49 AM Praxis ~ Stronghold ~ Sound Virus ~ M.O.D. Technologies
5:50 AM Jeffrey Lewis and Los Bolts ~ Outta Town ~ Manhattan ~ Rough Trade
5:53 AM Homeshake ~ Give It To Me ~ Midnight Snack ~ Sinderlyn
5:56 AM Yo La Tengo ~ Automatic Doom ~ Stuff Like That There ~ Matador

Hakobune: Love Knows Where tape (Constellation Tatsu, 2015)

September 11, 2015 at 10:43 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Hakobune: Love Knows Where tape

Hakobune: Love Knows Where tape

Impossibly serene ambient. Like Kyle Bobby Dunn, this guy isn’t reinventing the wheel at all, but he’s incredibly good at what he does, so it’s not hard to see why he’s so beloved. KBD is fairly prolific, often releasing multi-disc albums, but Hakobune is too prolific to keep up with, with over 50 releases listed on Discogs, not including collaborations/side projects. The three pieces on this album are calm and engrossing, but get gradually darker, playing out like a transition from day to evening to night. “Rapids” is the more soothing A-side, “Curtains Far Seen” is like a gorgeous sunset, and the title track is like a cloudy (but not stormy), slightly chilly night. Absolutely perfect for the turning-into-fall weather right now.

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