Sarah Kirkland Snider: Unremembered (New Amsterdam, 2015)

September 11, 2015 at 10:33 pm | Posted in Reviews | 5 Comments

Sarah Kirkland Snider: Unremembered

Sarah Kirkland Snider: Unremembered

5 years after Snider’s heartbreaking song cycle Penelope, she returns with another one, Unremembered. Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) appeared on that album, and she returns here, delivering operatic vocals which possibly sound even better here than on her own recordings. DM Stith and Padma Newsome (of Clogs) appear here as well. This album is another dense, layered epic, with poetic, dramatic lyrics intertwined with vibrant, complex arrangements performed by The Unremembered Orchestra. Much of the album is floating and ethereal, but centerpiece “The Witch” is more percussive and exciting. The lyrics are included in the liner notes, and are all accompanied with illustrations which help tell the story.

Midday Veil: This Wilderness (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond, 2015)

September 7, 2015 at 11:35 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Midday Veil: This Wilderness

Midday Veil: This Wilderness

I reviewed a Midday Veil album for Foxy Digitalis a long time ago, and I remember not being crazy about it. It was kind of meandering psych with power ballad tendencies, if I remember correctly. This is an entirely different beast. It’s a much different, and surprisingly funky type of psych-rock. Bernie Worrell from P-Funk plays clavinet and organ on this! And there’s strings by Eyving Kang and sax by Skerik. There’s plenty of drums and synths and horns. It’s all cosmic and mystic and you feel like you’re being driven somewhere. “I Am the War” is a disco-funk odyssey that seems to have a bit of David Bowie’s “Fame” in its bassline, but it launches off into a heavily orchestrated and vocodered galaxy. Not all of the songs are uptempo and funky, but even the slower ones seem like they’re touching upon something, and have colorful instrumentation (tablas, thumb pianos). Really eye-opening and exquisite.

Detroit Jazz Festival 9/6/15

September 7, 2015 at 11:08 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

Ron Carter and Pat Metheny

Ron Carter and Pat Metheny


Ron Carter and Pat Metheny

Ron Carter and Pat Metheny


Dave Douglas Quintet

Dave Douglas Quintet


Dave Douglas Quintet

Dave Douglas Quintet


Oliver Lake Organ Quartet

Oliver Lake Organ Quartet


Oliver Lake Organ Quartet

Oliver Lake Organ Quartet

Deison + Uggeri: In the Other House (FinalMuzik/Old Bicycle Records/Oak Editions/Loud!/Grey Sparkle, 2015)

September 5, 2015 at 7:19 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Deison + Uggeri: In the Other House

Deison + Uggeri: In the Other House

Pretty eerie collaboration that will make you double-check every room in your house to make sure everything’s normal. Maybe even install some sort of high-tech security. Lots of spare, dark space, with stray guitar lines, creaking doors, and surveillance camera whirrs. When you hear piano during “Micro Drama (Kitchen)”, you have to assume it’s being played by a ghost. “Prelude, Largo (Stairs and Cellar)” sounds like several alarms going off but nobody’s around to do anything about it, so they just keep beeping loudly into the void.

Laurice: Best of Laurice, Vol. 1 (Mighty Mouth Music, 2011/reissued 2015)

September 5, 2015 at 6:33 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Laurice: Best of Laurice, Vol. 1

Laurice: Best of Laurice, Vol. 1

Originally released on vinyl in 2011, this CD collects several early-to-mid-’70s tracks by Laurice, an openly gay musician originally from Wales who released a handful of pop 7″s under different names, and recorded plenty more glam-rock tunes that have barely been heard until now. Apparently he became a legit disco star later in the ’70s under the name Laurie Marshall, and he’s now 71 and living in Canada and still making music (he has a new album coming out called G.A.Y.D.A.R.). This collection mostly focuses on his glam/rockabilly/power pop stuff from the early half of the ’70s, and most importantly it includes both sides of the single he released under the name Grudge in 1973. I heard “I’m Gonna Smash Your Face In” on WFMU years ago and couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It’s the catchiest, sunniest power pop song ever, and the lyrics are completely hateful and violent (he threatens to throw acid in your face, among other things). It’s astounding. You just need to hear it. The other side of the single (“When Christine Comes Around”) is also about smashing someone’s face in. It’s hard to really top a single like that, but the rest of the album is worth digging into. He has kind of a wild rockabilly side to him, and also a penchant for really catchy pop hooks (“Shy Baby” is another highlight). “He’s My Guy” is as much of an over-the-top gay anthem as you’d expect. The later tracks head toward revved-up guitar-heavy disco, which he would later have success with, producing a more heavily-produced 1977 single called “The Disco Spaceship”. There’s a Volume 2 of this collection out too, which features two more songs about spaceships.

Monokle: Rings (Ki Records, 2015)

September 5, 2015 at 5:38 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Monokle: Rings

Monokle: Rings

Second album from a Russian electronic artist. Less Warp-ish and less James Blake-y than his first album. A few songs have full vocals, and others have manipulated vocal textures, without necessarily having lyrics or song structures. Plenty of acoustic instruments incorporated, sampled, etc. “Rouse” is an atmospheric intro track with an upfront plucked melody and fluttery sonics. “Calypt” is a slow thumping track with depressed sounding vocals and live drums along with the 4/4 thump. “Umbriel” picks up the pace and adds some clippy beats and nice melodies, and some chopped up vocal samples used as musical elements. “Blew” is a dark R&B-ish song which ends up with a thumping, shadowy 4/4 beat. “Backwash” is another shadowy, melodic tech-house track. “Loss” is kind of a crunchy, wobbly downtempo interlude with somewhat explosive, crashing-sounding beats and a constant looped voice that sounds like it’s saying “cone”. “Neon Sign” has a nice crunchy, skippy beat and neat sound design. “Holytin” has a xylophone-ish melody which has a sound that makes you think a download finished or something (you’ll know what I mean when you hear it), and is another decent track with a shuffling, kinda glitchy beat. “Kay” is another short, drifty, clattery, kinda angelic interlude. “Borealis” is another solid, sort of subdued tech-house track. “Radiant Pieces” is a slow, melancholy track with the same vocalist as “Calypt”.

Show #306 – 9/5/15

September 5, 2015 at 3:23 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
3:00 AM Ślepcy ~ Absent Opera ~ Absent Opera ~ Kool.Pop Recordings
3:09 AM Ślepcy ~ What The Hell Am I Doing Here? ~ Absent Opera ~ Kool.Pop Recordings
3:10 AM Ślepcy ~ Darkwave Breakbeat Sessions ~ Absent Opera ~ Kool.Pop Recordings
3:15 AM OVe-NaXx ~ Warte (Ambivalence Remix) ~ Bullets From Habikino City HxCx: The Remixes ~ Cock Rock Disco
3:18 AM Venetian Snares ~ Meeting a Buddha ~ Mu 20 ~ Planet Mu
3:26 AM Heathered Pearls ~ Thought Palace ~ Body Complex ~ Ghostly International
3:30 AM Lakker ~ Oktavist (Mark Fell Remix) ~ Tundra Remixed ~ R&S
3:38 AM Pictureplane ~ Total Confusion (Rabit Remix) ~ Hyper Real Remixes ~ iHC 1nfinity
3:46 AM Ash Koosha ~ XXXL ~ GUUD ~ Olde English Spelling Bee
3:49 AM Squarepusher ~ My Red Hot Car [by request] ~ Go Plastic ~ Warp
3:54 AM FKA twigs ~ Figure 8 ~ M3LL155X ~ Young Turks
3:55 AM DJ Rolando ~ Knights of the Jaguar [by request] ~ Somewhere In Detroit Mix Series Vol. 1 ~ Electrofunk Records
3:57 AM FKA twigs ~ *continued*
Hour 2
4:02 AM Evan Caminiti ~ Signal ~ Meridian ~ Thrill Jockey
4:04 AM Prefuse 73 ~ Jacinto Lyric Range ~ Rivington Não Rio ~ Temporary Residence
4:08 AM Rayon ~ Il Collo e la Collana 08 ~ Il Collo e la Collana ~ Alien Transistor
4:12 AM Lloyd Cole ~ Slight Orchestra ~ 1D Electronics 2012-2014 ~ Bureau B
4:21 AM Phil Collins ~ I Don’t Care Anymore ~ Hello, I Must Be Blowing! ~ Virgin
4:26 AM Nw & Ripit ~ 2 ~ ADC ? DAC ~ Placenta Recordings
4:35 AM Ryan Huber ~ Chronology of Events ~ Aleksandr ~ Inam Records
4:40 AM Empress Of ~ Kitty Kat ~ Me ~ Terrible Records
4:42 AM ODESZA feat. Little Dragon ~ Light ~ In Return (Deluxe Edition) ~ Counter Records
4:46 AM Monokle ~ Loss ~ Rings ~ Ki Records
4:49 AM Georgia ~ Nothing Solutions ~ Georgia ~ Domino
4:52 AM Dam-Funk ~ The Hunt & Murder Of Lucifer ~ Invite the Light ~ Stones Throw
4:55 AM AFX ~ serge fenix Rendered 2 ~ Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-2008 ~ Warp
4:58 AM Venetian Snares ~ Your Face When I Finally (Glass Version) ~ Your Face ~ Planet Mu
Hour 3
5:02 AM Public Image Ltd. ~ Double Trouble ~ What the World Needs Now… ~ PiL Official
5:05 AM The Ghost Ease ~ Pareidolia ~ Raw ~ Cabin Games/K
5:08 AM Helen ~ Allison ~ The Original Faces ~ Kranky
5:11 AM Yo La Tengo ~ Friday I’m In Love ~ Stuff Like That There ~ Matador
5:14 AM Jenny Hval ~ Heaven ~ Apocalypse, girl ~ Sacred Bones
5:19 AM Chelsea Wolfe ~ Simple Death ~ Abyss ~ Sargent House
5:24 AM Advance Base ~ Might of the Moose ~ Nephew in the Wild ~ Orindal
5:27 AM El Ten Eleven ~ Be Kind, Rewind ~ Fast Forward ~ Fake Record Label
5:33 AM France Jobin & Fabio Perletta ~ Parallel ~ Mirror Neurons ~ Dragon’s Eye Recordings
5:39 AM Laurice ~ I’m Gonna Smash Your Face In ~ Best Of Laurice Vol. 1 ~ Mighty Mouth Music
5:43 AM The Sediment Club ~ XF-Ray Emit Threat ~ Psychosymplastic ~ Wharf Cat
5:45 AM Graham Repulski ~ Octopus Bribes ~ Success Racist ~ Shorter Records
5:47 AM Andrew Tuttle ~ Charm Intersection ~ Slowcation ~ A Guide To Saints
5:50 AM Derek Piotr ~ Forest Floor ~ Bahar ~ Bit Phalanx
5:53 AM Chihei Hatakeyama ~ Broken Mirror ~ Moonlight Reflecting Over Mountains ~ Room40

Crush Collision 9/3/15

September 4, 2015 at 9:38 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Hour 1
10:01 PM OVe-NaXx ~ The Opera in Clouds of Smoke (Brain Rays Remix)
10:05 PM Potions ~ Lake Swim
10:08 PM Earthly ~ Wink
10:11 PM Florian Kupfer ~ Explora (Slave)
10:18 PM Heathered Pearls ft. Shigeto ~Abandoned Mall Utopia
10:22 PM Monokle ~ Holytin
10:26 PM Reinhard Voigt ~ The Buddy
10:29 PM Partok Matushka Apfelberg ~ Station
10:35 PM Shao ~ Sensi
10:43 PM Ken Karter ~ MX-04.11
10:47 PM Jeff Rushin ~ Coda
10:51 PM Gary Martin ~ Galaxy Style (Rolando Remix)
10:55 PM Oscar Mulero ~ Pain
Hour 2
11:00 PM Patrice Baümel ~ The Vanishing
11:06 PM Sascha Rydell ~ Believe
11:09 PM Luis Martinez ~ House Muzic (Ben Long & Oliver Way Remix)
11:14 PM Lakker ~ Three Songs (Kyoka Remix)
11:19 PM Helena Hauff ~ Spur
11:22 PM Zombi ~ Sequence 5
11:26 PM System of Survival ~ Foundation
11:33 PM Bjorn Torske ~ Maurenes marsj
11:37 PM Ingen / Dronelock ~ Pearls (Velmay Remix 2)
11:41 PM Ctrls ~ Onto Them
11:45 PM Jay Clarke ~ Entity
11:48 PM µ-Ziq ~ Buddy’s Best
11:53 PM Mazzula ~ Doors
11:57 PM AFX ~ simple slamming b 2

Move Yr Ass 9/3/15

September 3, 2015 at 6:37 pm | Posted in Move Yr Ass | Leave a comment

I don’t have any original ideas so this is basically similar to the last couple MYA’s I did this summer. Lots of screaming animal noises from YouTube and off-center records. And Doug Hream Blunt.
Move Yr Ass 9/3/15

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