Long Distance Poison: Lama Nada tape (Hausu Mountain, 2015)

November 29, 2015 at 9:46 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Long Distance Poison: Lama Nada tape

Long Distance Poison: Lama Nada tape

LDP take their longform lunar modular/analog explorations to Hausu Mountain on one of their most recent tapes (it’s hard to keep track of this prolific group sometimes). The two sidelong space probes take a while to unfold (in typical LDP fashion), but eventually sputtering beats vibrate into vast unending space while everything shimmers and reflects dust. Second side “Eardian Mana” is more varied and twitchy, sometimes verging on malfunctioning or overheating, but it’s all controlled and eventually it edges back to the steady, slowly evolving rhythm. Just wait for that end sequence. Available on Bandcamp.

Prairie: Like a Pack of Hounds (Shitkatapult, 2015)

November 29, 2015 at 8:32 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Prairie: Like a Pack of Hounds

Prairie: Like a Pack of Hounds

It’s officially end of year list season, so (for music geeks like me) it’s time to frantically find music that came out this year that I missed. If you’re in a similar mindset, this is an album you shouldn’t overlook if you’re into strange, dark, unpredictable music. I’m digging through mountains of promo CDs from my job (long story) and this one ended up in my possession, and I put it on without any expectations and was floored. It starts out as dark, broken drone with field recordings, then goes through intense, decaying guitar loops and backwards textures, ending up with some murder folk and shredded guitar noise. This CD also includes the entirety of Prairie’s earlier EP titled I’m So In Love I Almost Forgot I Survived A Disaster. A lot of that EP sounds like Fuck Buttons, but it’s way better, partially because Fuck Buttons is such a terrible band name. Seriously though, Prairie is doing some pretty incredible dark ambient noise folk and shouldn’t be overlooked.

Linear Downfall: Sufferland (self-released, 2015)

November 29, 2015 at 7:57 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Linear Downfall: Sufferland

Linear Downfall: Sufferland

This Nashville-based group has collaborated extensively with the Flaming Lips, but this is the first I’ve heard of their music. Of course, this band’s music is trippy, but it’s also harsh and noisy and violent and schizophrenic. It alternates between sweet and fragile, and thrashy and noisy, echoing some Digital Hardcore bands as well as early Crystal Castles. I missed this group when they played in Detroit this past weekend (I wanted to go, Warren Defever was opening!) and I can only assume they had trouble fitting all their synths on the tiny PJ’s Lager House stage. The synths are always buzzing and on the verge of malfunctioning, and sometimes the beats or rhythms seem off balance. There’s all sorts of rhythmic explosions and glitches, and some of the vocals sound vulnerable and scared. Some of it gets pretty unhinged. There’s some heavy Krautrock-like rhythms, and at one point there’s strange gospel-ish vocals floating around in space. Very unpredictable, bewildering album. Also, like Hit to Death in the Future Head, it ends with at least half an hour of some hard-panned repetitive noise that nobody needs to listen to all the way through. Other than this loop, you can hear/buy the album at Bandcamp.

Show #318 – 11/28/15

November 29, 2015 at 1:35 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
3:00 am Gary Bartz NTU Troop ~ “Celestial Blues” ~ Spiritual Jazz 6: Vocals ~ Jazzman ~ 1971
3:06 am Tom Collier ~ “Harmonious Effusion on Olga Street” ~ Across the Bridge (new) ~ Origin ~ 2015
3:12 am Wapassou ~ “Trip” ~ Wapassou ~ Lion Productions ~ 1974
3:26 am Goblin Rebirth ~ “Mysterium” ~ Goblin Rebirth (new) ~ Relapse ~ 2015
3:32 am Les Tourbillons Lacrymaux ~ “La Frequence Respiratoire” ~ split tape w/ Diane Valence ~ THRHNDRDSVNTNN ~ 2015
3:35 am Weyes Blood ~ “Cardamom” ~ Cardamom Times (new) ~ Mexican Summer ~ 2015
3:40 am Shoc Corridor ~ “In An Empty Room” ~ Experiments in Incest ~ Dark Entries ~ 1983
3:43 am Exhaustion ~ “Colleague (Rites Wild Rmx)” ~ Phased Out 12″ (new) ~ 12XU ~ 2015
3:48 am André Bratten ~ “Philistine” ~ Gode (new) ~ Smalltown Supersound ~ 2015
3:52 am Liquid G ~ “Liquidation” ~ Liquidation ~ Dark Entries ~ 1989
3:57 am Flying Saucer Attack ~ “Instrumental 5” ~ Instrumentals 2015 ~ Domino ~ 2015
Hour 2
4:00 am Parquet Courts ~ “Monastic Living I.” ~ Monastic Living (new) ~ Rough Trade ~ 2015
4:06 am Anla Courtis ~ “Microtonal Drifts 2” ~ Microtonal Drifts (new) ~ Invisible City Records ~ 2015
4:16 am DØT ~ “Self Licking Cat” ~ Supadorai (new) ~ Car Crash Set ~ 2015
4:19 am Dax J ~ “Afterlife” ~ Shades of Black (new) ~ Monnom Black ~ 2015
4:21 am Lone ~ “Atoll Mirrored” ~ Lemurian ~ R&S/Magicwire ~ 2008
4:23 am DJ Rush ~ “The Reactor” ~ Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness ~ Strut/Dance Mania ~ 1991
4:27 am Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and the Rajasthan Express ~ “Roked” ~ Junun (new) ~ Nonesuch ~ 2015
4:31 am Jaki Liebezeit/Holger Mertin ~ “Surfangel” ~ Akşak ~ Staubgold ~ 2015
4:37 am Omar Souleyman ~ “Bahdeni Nami (remix by Legowelt)” ~ Bahdeni Nami (new) ~ Monkeytown ~ 2015
4:42 am Sinn Sisamouth ~ “Dance a Go Go” ~ Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll ~ Dust-to-Digital
4:45 am Jerusalem In My Heart ~ “A Granular Buzuk” ~ If He Dies, If If If If If If (new) ~ Constellation ~ 2015
4:52 am SK Kakraba ~ “Guun” ~ Songs of Paapieye (new) ~ Awesome Tapes From Africa ~ 2015
4:59 am Elliott Sharp/Orchestra Carbon ~ “Proof Of Erdős (movement 1)” ~ The Boreal (new) ~ Starkland ~ 2015
Hour 3
5:03 am Food ~ “Sinking Gardens of Babylon” ~ This Is Not A Miracle (new) ~ ECM ~ 2015
5:07 am Chris Forsyth & Koen Holtkamp ~ “Alternator” ~ The Island (new) ~ Trouble in Mind ~ 2015
5:12 am Shawn Pinchbeck ~ “Seer” ~ CJSW 90.9 FM Level Up (new) ~ CJSW ~ 2015
5:22 am Matchess ~ “Melts Into Air” ~ Somnaphoria (new) ~ Trouble in Mind ~ 2015
5:29 am Luigi Archetti ~ “75” ~ Null VII ~ Die Schachtel ~ 2015
5:40 am Guided By Voices ~ “Planet Score” ~ Motivational Jumpsuit ~ GBV Inc. ~ 2014
5:42 am Soldiers of Fortune with Dan Melchior ~ “Pure Shame” ~ Early Risers (new) ~ Mexican Summer ~ 2015
5:45 am Linear Downfall ~ “Memory Prison” ~ Sufferland (new) ~ self-released ~ 2015
5:47 am Mark McGuire ~ “Belief” ~ Beyond Belief (new) ~ Dead Oceans ~ 2015

Crush Collision 11/26/15

November 27, 2015 at 12:43 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

This was a post-Thanksgiving feast food coma edition, I played everything slowed down about 16 RPM or so. Not surprisingly, a lot of it ended up sounding like Andy Stott!
Hour 1
10:01 pm Idjut Boys ~ “Kenny Dub Headband”
10:09 pm Rim Kwaku Obeng ~ “International Funk (Instrumental)”
10:13 pm Cage Suburbia ~ “Copkiller”
10:19 pm Shoc Corridor ~ “Artificial Horizon”
10:25 pm Deutsche Wertarbeit ~ “Auf Engelsflügeln”
10:29 pm Marshall Applewhite ~ “Knock It Off”
10:33 pm Maribou State ~ “Wallflower (Ross From Friends Remix)”
10:37 pm Hoshina Anniversary ~ “Tough (D’Marc Cantu ‘Dirty Dancer’ Mix)”
10:41 pm Rex the Dog ~ “Musik Hypnotises”
10:45 pm Alexander Robotnick ~ “Dorian”
10:48 pm Tuff Little Unit ~ “Master Plan”
10:52 pm Primitive World ~ “Azimuth”
10:59 pm Luxus Varta ~ “Ieloh”
Hour 2
11:03 pm Deepbass ~ “Alto”
11:07 pm Prequel Tapes ~ “Dragon Keys”
11:12 pm Deepchord ~ “Cmos Therapy”
11:19 pm Hanetration ~ “Aurora”
11:22 pm Tripeo ~ “Untitled #13”
11:27 pm Airbird & Napolian ~ “Special”
11:29 pm K-Hand ~ “The Box”
11:36 pm Four Tet ~ “Morning Side”
11:45 pm Egyptrixx ~ “Conduit (Repo)”
11:51 pm Kangding Ray ~ “Sleepless Roads”
11:56 pm Steve Poindexter ~ “Computer Madness”

Exhaustion: Phased Out 12″ EP (12XU, 2015)

November 25, 2015 at 8:32 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Exhaustion: Phased Out 12" EP

Exhaustion: Phased Out 12″ EP

Melbourne-based hypnotic repetitive noise-rock. Kind of reminds me of what HEALTH used to sound like. Mark Barrage, an incredible, unique experimental noise artist, is on this recording, so that grabs my attention immediately. “Phased Out” starts out fast and pounding and rhythmic, but then breaks down into formless feedback halfway through. “Colleague” starts out slow and low, with drilling guitars and moaning vocals, but eventually works up a frantic tempo without really changing much otherwise. The second side consists of remixes of the first side’s tracks, but they transform them so much that it’s hard to even hear the resemblance between the remixes and the originals. Mikey Young’s mix of “Phased Out” has a low-bit, thumping electronic beat and lets the lyrics shine, revealing a repeated chant of “crashing down”. A few hints of the original’s piercing guitars appear, as well as some new synth lines. It takes a little longer on this mix for the rhythm to dissolve, and even when that happens, there’s still some looped vocals left over. “Colleague” is remixed by Rites Wild, an incredible Australian darkwave artist who released a great album on Not Not Fun in 2012, and some more tapes as Regional Curse afterwards. Her mix is appropriately slow, minimal, and haunted, and ends with serrated guitar noise echoing in the background underneath the slow, dusty beats.

Les Tourbillons Lacrymaux/Diane Valence: /// split tape (THRHNDRDSVNTNN, 2015)

November 21, 2015 at 8:36 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Les Tourbillons Lacrymaux/Diane Valence: /// split tape

Les Tourbillons Lacrymaux/Diane Valence: /// split tape

The first side of this hissy tape seems to bubble up from out of a dark fuzzy blue fog. Then it floats through a windy, weird-feeling night, the type that makes you feel extra cautious, but everything’s actually fine and there’s nothing to fear. It’s still super windy and it feels like the weather is somehow warping the earth. The last transmission on the A-side is still enshrouded in mist, but there’s a playful pulse suggesting that whatever spirit is lurking inside, it’s smiling somehow. The second side inhabits a similar terrain, but it’s a bit more expansive and certainly more melancholy. It seems like something is calling out from a distance, even if it’s not totally audible. The final piece gets deeper and more overwhelming, but there’s still the familiar cassette warble and hum to contain it and keep it from getting too overpowering. Some of the 30 copies of this tape are still available on Bandcamp.

DØT: Supadorai EP (Car Crash Set, 2015)

November 21, 2015 at 7:44 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

DØT: Supadorai

DØT: Supadorai

Super crazy hard-to-pin-down d’n’b/juke/hardcore madness. This artist has also contributed to the Car Crash Set label as part of similarly nutty projects Pasta Condom and Planet Soap. Hard-edged distorto noisy breaks, shuffling juke/jungle breaks, rapidfire claps, and vaporized rave synths. “Self Licking Cat” is the headspinner, with widdling bass, tough snapping beats, horn blasts, and just piles and piles of pulverizing breaks. The bullit.

Dax J: Shades of Black (Monnom Black, 2015)

November 21, 2015 at 7:29 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Dax J: Shades of Black

Dax J: Shades of Black

Mesmerizing deep-space techno. The straightforward 4/4 tracks pull you into orbit. but then the jungle tracks smack you in the face. “In the Shadows” rivals Special Request for throwback ruffness. “Afterlife” ends the album with more smudged breaks, and it should be longer than 2 minutes. OK, I’m basically skipping over the techno tracks and just talking about the jungle ones. I’m slightly biased. It’s all solid though.

Show #317 – 11/21/15

November 21, 2015 at 12:59 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
3:01 am Chris Forsyth & Koen Holtkamp ~ “Sun Blind” ~ The Island (new) ~ Trouble In Mind ~ 2015
3:06 am Holger Czukay ~ “Hiss ‘N’ Listen” ~ On the Way to the Peak of Normal ~ Grönland Records ~ 1981
3:10 am Rachel Grimes ~ “In the Vapor with the Air Underneath” ~ The Clearing (new) ~ Temporary Residence Ltd. ~ 2015
3:14 am Rafael Anton Irisarri ~ “Empire Systems” ~ A Fragile Geography (new) ~ Room40 ~ 2015
3:23 am Prequel Tapes ~ “Scarlet Fog” ~ Inner Systems (new) ~ R’COUP’D ~ 2015
3:31 am Dave DK ~ “Veira (Leandro Fresco Mix)” ~ Pop Ambient 2016 (new) ~ Kompakt ~ 2015
3:38 am Egyptrixx ~ “Transfer of Energy [Feelings of Power]” ~ Transfer of Energy [Feelings of Power] ~ Halocline Trance ~ 2015
3:41 am Sd Laika ~ “Mostly Trash” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2015
3:48 am Plaitum ~ “LMHY (Rabit Remix)” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2015
3:52 am SPC ECO ~ “Let It Be Always” ~ Dark Matter (new) ~ Saint Marie Records ~ 2015
3:55 am FKA twigs ~ “Mothercreep” ~ M3LL155X (new) ~ Young Turks ~ 2015
Hour 2
4:00 am Arca ~ “Mutant” ~ Mutant (new) ~ Mute ~ 2015
4:07 am Rabit ~ “Pandemic” ~ Communion (new) ~ Tri Angle ~ 2015
4:10 am Oneohtrix Point Never ~ “Freaky Eyes” ~ Garden of Delete (new) ~ Warp ~ 2015
4:16 am Carter Tutti Void ~ “𝒇 = (2.3)” ~ 𝒇 (x) (new) ~ Industrial Records ~ 2015
4:24 am Kode9 ~ “Respirator” ~ Nothing (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2015
4:29 am Four Tet ~ “Evening Side” ~ Morning/Evening (new) ~ Text ~ 2015
4:36 am Floating Points ~ “Argenté” ~ Elaenia (new) ~ Luaka Bop ~ 2015
4:41 am Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith ~ “Escapade” ~ Euclid ~ Western Vinyl ~ 2015
4:44 am Made of Oak ~ “Side Rides” ~ Penumbra (new) ~ Partisan ~ 2015
4:50 am Lone ~ “Banyan Drive” ~ Lemurian ~ R&S/Magicwire ~ 2008
4:53 am Pete Rock ~ “Air Smoove” ~ PeteStrumentals 2 (new) ~ Mello Music Group ~ 2015
4:54 am D/P/I ~ “Collage for CJSW” ~ CJSW 90.9 FM Level Up (new) ~ CJSW ~ 2015
Hour 3
5:00 am Luigi Archetti ~ “27” ~ Null III ~ Die Schachtel ~ 2012
5:04 am Bang On A Can All-Stars/Christian Marclay ~ “Fade to Slide” ~ Field Recordings (new) ~ Cantaloupe ~ 2015
5:11 am Damien Depannemaeck ~ “Stadt Test” ~ XXXII° Concorso Internationale Di Musica Elettroacustica E Rumore ~ Monochrome Vision ~ 2010
5:20 am Juan Manuel Cáseres ~ “Buenos Aires Implosión” ~ Festival Internacional Sonoimágenes Volumen 3 ~ Universidad Nacional de Lanús ~ 2007
5:24 am Aaron Ximm ~ “Buriganga Canon” ~ Drift: Resonant Cities ~ New Media Scotland ~ 2007
5:32 am Christopher Riggs and Carl Testa ~ “Sn” ~ Sn (new) ~ Gold Bolus Recordings ~ 2015
5:46 am Mihailo Trandafilovski ~ “Magnets, Lava, Crystals” ~ Five (new) ~ Innova ~ 2015

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