Jonas Reinhardt, Mike Shettler, & Warren Defever @ UFO Factory, 4/16/16

April 27, 2016 at 5:22 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

veggie dog + fries from Laika Dog

veggie dog + fries from Laika Dog


wall art

wall art


empty stage full of gear

empty stage full of gear


i got the high score on Vanguard

i got the high score on Vanguard


Warren Defever

Warren Defever


Warren Defever

Warren Defever


David Shettler

David Shettler


Jonas Reinhardt

Jonas Reinhardt


Jonas Reinhardt

Jonas Reinhardt


Jonas Reinhardt

Jonas Reinhardt


Jonas Reinhardt

Jonas Reinhardt

AshTreJinkins: Zone of the Enders tape (New Los Angeles, 2016)

April 24, 2016 at 8:58 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

AshTreJinkins: Zone of the Enders tape

AshTreJinkins: Zone of the Enders tape

I thought this was going to be a cool tape of dusty, dirty lo-fi hip-hop breakbeats. There’s hip-hop on here, it has its beat tape moments, but it’s actually way more than that, way different. There’s lots of slow, knackered Andy Stott-like techno, lots of moments where it feels like sounds are melting off the reel. Then there’s dirty acid techno like “Home Burn”. When it does get to off-time hip-hop, as in “Next Area 1”, it feels like it’s being beamed down from a distant, shining UFO. Then there’s so many tracks that don’t have beats at all, they seem weightless, or tampered with by chemicals and slightly mutating. The longest track, “Breathe[n]”, has harsh distorted ambience and a panned hi-hat ticks in suggesting a beat, but the beat never actually comes, and it just sort of tricks your mind and takes it into a zone it wasn’t expecting. Final track “She is Gonna Be Here Soon” feels like being outside a club that’s playing trendy French house music, and you’re straining your ears to figure out what exciting things might be happening inside. A really creative, unexpected, mind-altering tape. Available on Bandcamp.

Suzi Analogue: Zonez V.1 (Never Normal, 2016)

April 24, 2016 at 8:33 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Suzi Analogue: Zonez V.1

Suzi Analogue: Zonez V.1

Suzi Analogue doesn’t release new music too often, but whenever she does it’s always incredibly inventive and high quality. Her newest album isn’t like her song-based R&B/hip-hop releases, it’s more instrumental, but it doesn’t sound like your average beat tape. Most noticeable off the bat is the presence of drum’n’bass on a few tracks, the bright, jumpy kind that sounds like Metalheadz or Reinforced circa 1994, but filtered through modern sampling and just a different perspective on production. The tracks that seem to lean towards R&B are filled with bizarre echoing sounds and beats which seem to bubble up and scatter and not really go in a straight line, but they’re still easy to follow and headnod to. Slow, gothy “Bottled Drizzy Tears” seems to poke fun at the whole sadboy thing without seeming like an obvious parody or joke. “Trak Girl Magic” hints toward DJ Paypal-like juke, especially with the chopped-up vibraphone sample, but somehow the jumpy beat doesn’t really feel as frantic, it almost strangely feels happy hardcore, a tiny bit. The last track “4 Yall” combines the oldschool jungle breaks with fast juke-ish vocal samples and a brief downtempo breakdown. It’s been said before, but Suzi really ought to be far more well-known than she is. Available on her Bandcamp page.

Ytamo: Mi Wo (Someone Good, 2016)

April 24, 2016 at 7:57 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Ytamo: Mi Wo

Ytamo: Mi Wo

Ytamo is a female solo artist from Japan who has worked with collage/abstract pop artist Oorutaichi. She’s been making music for a while, but this is her first recording available outside of Japan. Her music combines delicate vocals and acoustic instruments (woodwinds, pianos) with clicking electronic beats. It is every bit as sweet and dreamy as you would expect, with light music box melodies and soft atmospheric sounds in the background, but it’s still a bit more abstract and strange than it might seem. The beats have a bit of an 808 kick to them, and sometimes they approach being danceable, but it feels like just an incidental groove. The vocals feel the same way, they drift in and out through the songs rather than being the central focus of them. But that’s not to say that they aren’t important to the songs. The album is playful, sunny, fluttery, curious, shy, and blissful.

Housemeister: Transfer tape (Detroit Underground, 2016)

April 24, 2016 at 7:02 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Housemeister: Transfer tape

Housemeister: Transfer tape

Housemeister’s last album OP-1 was made entirely on a tiny old sampler that may as well be a toy. What could’ve been a gimmick actually turned out to be a really fun, creative album. His newest release is a hardware-only album which sounds totally different, it’s more downtempo, reflective IDM. Some of it gets sinister and a bit noisy (“Sternenwind”). Other tracks are like Kraftwerk-y electro, but a bit more roughed-up and growly (“We Are Data”). “Multiversum” is kind of both, but prettier. Definitely not what I expected after his last album, but it looks like all his albums are different and leaps in other directions. Quite impressive, this.

Show #340 – 4/23/16

April 23, 2016 at 2:09 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

R.I.P. Richard Lyons
Hour 1
2:01 am Andy Stott ~ “Forgotten” ~ Too Many Voices (new) ~ Modern Love ~ 2016
2:06 am Mr. Mitch ~ “The Man Waits (Gage Remix)” ~ 12″ ~ Gobstopper ~ 2015
2:11 am Guy Andrews ~ “Salem Remains” ~ Tessellations (new) ~ Houndstooth ~ 2016
2:15 am Raime ~ “Dead Heat” ~ Tooth (new) ~ Blackest Ever Black ~ 2016
2:19 am A Sagittariun ~ “The Naming of the Names” ~ Elasticity (new) ~ Elastic Dreams ~ 2016
2:25 am Carlos Niño & Friends ~ “Alice’s Chord” ~ Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening! (new) ~ Leaving Records ~ 2016
2:30 am Steve Roach/Robert Logan ~ “Second Nature” ~ Second Nature (new) ~ Projekt ~ 2016
2:37 am Negativland ~ “Ask Pastor Dick, Muriel’s Purse Fund, Bible Quiz” ~ Over The Edge Vol. 2: Pastor Dick: Muriel’s Purse Fund ~ Seeland ~ 1982
2:53 am Negativland ~ “The Drive Line: World’s Most Beloved & Exalted Status Symbol, Metallic Root Beer, Lada, etc” ~ Over The Edge Vol. 1 1/2: The Starting Line ~ Seeland ~ 1985
Hour 2
3:00 am Negativland ~ “The Worst Programming Ever, Mind Jamming, A Report by Rex Everything, etc” ~ Over The Edge Vol. 1: Jamcon ’84 ~ Seeland ~ 1984
3:07 am Negativland ~ “More More on Music, Suicide Man, Idle Threats, etc” ~ Over The Edge Vol. 4: Dick Vaughn’s Moribund Music of the 70’s ~ Seeland ~ 1983
3:15 am Negativland ~ “Dick Vaughn’s Memorial Concert: A Tape For All Deaths/The Hell-Bound Plane” ~ Over The Edge Vol. 4: Dick Vaughn’s Moribund Music of the 70’s ~ Seeland ~ 1993
3:27 am Negativland ~ “Lookin’ Out For #1” ~ Deathsentences of the Polished and Structurally Weak ~ Seeland ~ 2002
3:30 am Negativland ~ “The Perfect Cut” ~ Helter Stupid ~ Seeland ~ 1989
3:56 am Negativland ~ “Nesbitt’s Lime Soda Song” ~ Escape From Noise ~ Seeland ~ 1987
Hour 3
4:01 am Cluster ~ “Sowiesoso” ~ Sowiesoso ~ Sky ~ 1976
4:09 am Seth Graham ~ “Live At Experimedia 041616” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Experimedia ~ 2016
4:26 am Yoshimi ~ “Plated City” ~ Tokyo Restricted Area (new) ~ Dream Catalogue ~ 2016
4:32 am MM Studio ~ “Dub 92” ~ Good Star Dubs ~ Albumlabel ~ 2007
4:36 am Hvad ~ “Bleeding Grey Wall” ~ Conspiración Progresso (new) ~ Halcyon Veil ~ 2016
4:40 am Traxman ~ “Let Me Get Up” ~ Tekliving Pt. 2 (new) ~ Hoko Sounds ~ 2016
4:43 am Limit ~ “Limit#01” ~ Limit EP (new) ~ Halocline Trance ~ 2016
4:50 am Peder Mannerfelt ~ “Mother & Crow” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Peder Mannerfelt Produktion ~ 2016
4:54 am Space Camp 1991 ~ “Untitled 16” ~ Space Camp 1991 (new) ~ Aloe City Records ~ 2016
4:55 am Chelsea Wolfe ~ “Flame” ~ 7″ (new) ~ Sargent House ~ 2016
Hour 4
5:00 am Andrew Tuttle ~ “Forgotten Username?” ~ Fantasy League (new) ~ Someone Good ~ 2016
5:02 am Neuroshima ~ “Headspace (Ground Control Mix)” ~ Rave Archive (new) ~ All Caps ~ 2016
5:06 am Novelist ~ “Tax The MPs” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2016
5:10 am DJ Alina ~ “Bloodline” ~ Maniax (new) ~ Dream Catalogue ~ 2016
5:13 am Don’t DJ ~ “Gammellan (Dresvn Remix)” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Berceuse Heroique ~ 2016
5:21 am Tim Hecker ~ “Collapse Sonata” ~ Love Streams (new) ~ 4AD ~ 2016
5:25 am Julianna Barwick ~ “Wist” ~ Will (new) ~ Dead Oceans ~ 2016
5:30 am Tim Brady ~ “Freeze” ~ Instruments of Happiness (new) ~ Starkland ~ 2016
5:39 am Horse Lords ~ “Bending to the Lash” ~ Interventions (new) ~ Northern Spy ~ 2016
5:45 am Programm ~ “Underneath” ~ A Torrid Marriage of Logic & Emotion (new) ~ The Hand ~ 2016
5:50 am Ital Tek ~ “Aquamarine” ~ Hollowed (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2016
5:53 am John Carpenter ~ “Hofner Dawn” ~ Lost Themes II (new) ~ Sacred Bones ~ 2016
5:56 am Ash Koosha ~ “Feather” ~ I AKA I (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2016

Crush Collision 4/21/16

April 22, 2016 at 9:20 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Rest In Purple
Hour 1
10:01 pm Prince & the Revolution ~ “17 Days”
10:05 pm Prince ~ “Data Bank (Complete Take)”
10:12 pm Prince & the Revolution ~ “The Dance Electric”
10:19 pm Prince ~ “Possessed”
10:27 pm Prince ~ “Just As Long As We’re Together (Disco Mix)”
10:32 pm Prince ~ “Lisa”
10:37 pm 94 East featuring Prince ~ “One Man Jam”
10:42 pm Prince ~ “Chocolate”
10:47 pm Prince ~ “All Day, All Night”
10:52 pm Prince & the Revolution ~ “America (12″ Version)”
Hour 2
11:12 pm Prince ~ “Turn It Up”
11:17 pm Prince ~ “Baby I’m a Star [live at the Omni, Atlanta, 1985]”
11:39 pm Prince ~ “Purple Music”
11:49 pm Prince ~ “The Line”
11:56 pm Prince ~ “Neon Telephone”

v/a: Tessellations (Houndstooth, 2016)

April 19, 2016 at 6:20 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

v/a: Tessellations

v/a: Tessellations

The ever-intriguing Houndstooth label celebrates its 50th release with a compilation featuring new music from all of its artists so far. The first disc seems to be geared toward the label’s more abstract, downtempo, and vocal-driven side. Snow Ghosts and Soft As Snow (no relation, although Snow Ghosts is related to Throwing Snow, who also make an appearance) have the most dramatic vocal tracks, while Guy Andrews’ track is stunning, dark, and cinematic. Just steer clear of the 18+ track because, well, it’s really not good. The second disc is far more dancey, starting with a Detroit-esque track from House of Black Lanterns (who formerly recorded industrial dubstep on Ninja Tune as King Cannibal). The Akkord track is dark, evil jungle, and it’s amazing. Special Request’s track is faster darkside jungle; it’s not quite as in-your-face but it’s just as much of a headrush. The rest of the tracks are more straightforward techno, and they’re pretty decent. _Unsubscribe_ is an awesome band name (it’s actually a project of U.K. techno/electro veteran Dave Clarke), and their track is fast and frantic. The comp ends with a slower, dirty acid track from Marquis Hawkes, who uses the “I can’t stop” sample Moby sampled two decades ago for the track “Why Can’t It Stop?” released under the name Lopez.

MM Studio: Good Star Dubs (Albumlabel, 2016)

April 19, 2016 at 5:07 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

MM Studio: Good Star Dubs

MM Studio: Good Star Dubs

Recorded in Berlin in 2007 but unreleased until now, this is a dubwise collaboration between Ann Arbor’s Tadd Mullinix (Dabrye, JTC, SK-1, etc.) and Bus member Daniel Meteo (who also runs Shitkatapult and Albumlabel). This is tripped-out digital dub modeled after ’80s dancehall rhythms and given wacky Mad Professor-like delay effects. Wicked basslines which expand and burst in a storm of echo, all set to metronomic rhythms programmed on acid house drum machines. Two of the tracks on here are presented in alternate mixes, and all of these tracks seem to draw from the same sound palette, so it doesn’t stray too much from its sound. I have no complaints about that, though; this is a type of music I can listen to for hours on end and not get sick of. “Digidubx” is 16 minutes long and I wouldn’t have a problem if it took up the entire album. The briefest track, “Other Dub Mix II”, sticks in a 4/4 beat and comes a little closer to the dub-techno of Basic Channel, but the halftime snare keeps it in the dub realm. “Dub 100” is faster and has some heavily vocodered vocals. A couple tracks near the end throw in some scratchy guitar licks. Sweet album, definitely worth the decade-long wait it took for these tracks to finally see release.

Show #339 – 4/16/16

April 16, 2016 at 1:34 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:00 am MM Studio ~ “Digidubx” ~ Good Star Dubs ~ Albumlabel ~ 2007
2:15 am Junior Murvin ~ “Tedious” ~ Police and Thieves ~ Mango ~ 1977
2:20 am Higher Authorities ~ “If” ~ Neptune (new) ~ Domino ~ 2016
2:26 am Moby ~ “LA1” ~ Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep. (new) ~ self-released ~ 2016
2:36 am DeLIEN (local) ~ “Rose Covered Steel” ~ Identity Annex (new) ~ Detroit Industrial/Void ~ 2015
2:49 am Δkkord ~ “Vector” ~ Tessellations (new) ~ Houndstooth ~ 2016
2:54 am WMX ~ “#OpGITMO” ~ split 12″ w/ Bombardier ~ Void Tactical Media ~ 2014
Hour 2
3:00 am Kyoka ~ “Smash/Hush” ~ SH (new) ~ Raster-Noton ~ 2016
3:04 am Ling ~ “Jezmonite” ~ Attachment EP (new) ~ Codes ~ 2016
3:08 am Kepla ~ “Selfplex” ~ EP (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2016
3:12 am Babyfather feat. Arca ~ “Deep” ~ BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2016
3:15 am Vurado Bokoda ~ “Infinite Insight” ~ Jagged Orbit (new) ~ Ausland ~ 2016
3:19 am Quartz Safari ~ “Creations” ~ Syzygy (new) ~ Ginjoha ~ 2016
3:23 am Awlnight ~ “05garbage” ~ Dmitry Chaykin (new) ~ Ezhevika Label ~ 2016
3:25 am Com Truise ~ “Silicon Tare” ~ Silicon Tare (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2016
3:31 am Dino Sabatini ~ “The Untold Story” ~ Omonimo (new) ~ Outis Music ~ 2016
3:36 am Thousand Foot Whale Claw ~ “Cosmic Winds the Song” ~ Cosmic Winds (new) ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2016
3:47 am Ekin Fil ~ “Gogo” ~ Heavy (new) ~ No Kings ~ 2016
3:50 am Saroos ~ “Lanterns” ~ Tardis (new) ~ Alien Transistor ~ 2016
3:55 am Masha Qrella ~ “DJ” ~ Keys (new) ~ Morr Music ~ 2016
Hour 3
4:00 am Warren Michael Defever (local) ~ “Pull Yourself Out Of Your Time Position” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2016
4:19 am Tim Hecker ~ “Live Leak Instrumental” ~ Love Streams (new) ~ 4AD ~ 2016
4:21 am Pete Namlook & New Composers ~ “Russian Spring Part V” ~ Russian Spring ~ Psychonavigation Records ~ 2005
4:24 am Steve Roach/Robert Logan ~ “Atrium” ~ Biosonic (new) ~ Projekt ~ 2016
4:27 am Steve Roach/Robert Logan ~ “Mystic Drift” ~ Second Nature (new) ~ Projekt ~ 2016
4:35 am Ytamo ~ “Colorful Waves” ~ Mi Wo (new) ~ Someone Good ~ 2016
4:38 am Guy Andrews ~ “In Autumn Arms” ~ Our Spaces (new) ~ Houndstooth ~ 2016
4:42 am Lone ~ “Backtail Was Heavy” ~ mp3 (new) ~ R&S ~ 2016
4:46 am Ital Tek ~ “Cobra” ~ Hollowed (new) ~ Planet Mu ` 2016
4:50 am Ash Koosha ~ “Mudafossil” ~ I AKA I (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2016
4:53 am MMOTHS ~ “Body Studies” ~ Luneworks (new) ~ OYAE/Because Music ~ 2016
4:57 am Alex Barnett ~ “Dissociative Drift” ~ Chew From the Mind (new) ~ Midwich ~ 2016
Hour 4
5:02 am John Carpenter ~ “Bela Lugosi” ~ Lost Themes II (new) ~ Sacred Bones ~ 2016
5:05 am Ryan Huber ~ “Horaj” ~ Rule From Shadows (new) ~ Inam Records ~ 2016
5:08 am Klaus Johann Grobe ~ “Ein guter Tag” ~ Spagat Der Liebe (new) ~ Trouble in Mind ~ 2016
5:13 am Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band ~ “Doctor Dark” ~ Lick My Decals Off, Baby ~ Reprise ~ 1970
5:16 am Peter Thomas Sound Orchester ~ “High” ~ Oh Happy Day ~ All Score Media/Chris’ Soundtrack Corner ~ 1970
5:18 am Spacemen 3 ~ “Take Me To the Other Side” ~ Live at the New Morning, Geneva, Switzerland, 18.05.1989 ~ Space Age Recordings ~ 1989
5:22 am Fela Ransome Kuti and His Koola Lobitos “Lai Se” ~ Highlife-Jazz and Afro Soul (1963-1969) ~ Knitting Factory Records ~ 1966
5:29 am Robert Crouch ~ “3184 Pullman, Costa Mesa, 1974” ~ A Gradual Accumulation of Ideas Becomes Truth (new) ~ Line ~ 2016
5:40 am eighth blackbird ~ “South Catalina” ~ Hand Eye (new) ~ Cedille ~ 2016
5:51 am Troller ~ “Torch” ~ Graphic (new) ~ Holodeck ~ 2016

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