Show #343– 5/21/16

May 21, 2016 at 1:57 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:02 am Pantha Du Prince ~ “You What? Euphoria!” ~ The Triad (new) ~ Rough Trade ~ 2016
2:07 am Thee Koukouvaya ~ “Drunk Machine” ~ This is the Mythology of Modern Death ~ Saint Marie Records ~ 2015
2:13 am Mark Pritchard ~ “Rebel Angels” ~ Under the Sun (new) ~ Warp ~ 2016
2:16 am Silvestre ~ “Ride” ~ Floresta EP (new) ~ Diskotopia ~ 2016
2:20 am Jameszoo feat. Arthur Verocai ~ “Flu” ~ Fool (new) ~ Brainfeeder ~ 2016
2:25 am Egon Elliut ~ “We Last” ~ TBT003 (new) ~ Truth Be Told ~ 2016
2:28 am Pete Namlook & New Composers ~ “Russian Spring Part XII” ~ Russian Spring ~ Psychonavigation Records ~ 2005
2:36 am Autechre ~ “feed1” ~ elseq 1–5 (new) ~ Warp ~ 2016
2:47 am Blood Rhythms ~ “Zippers With Eyes (Original Version)” ~ Skin Flint ~ Ka-Rye-Eye Tapes ~ 2015
Hour 2
3:05 am Konstruktivits ~ “Beirut” ~ A Dissembly ~ Dark Entries ~ 1983
3:10 am EXM ~ “Overscore (Nonima Rmx)” ~ Overscore (new) ~ Touched ~ 2016
3:17 am Iglooghost ~ “Peanut Choker (Maxo Remix)” ~ Little Grids (new) ~ Brainfeeder ~ 2016
3:19 am Cakedog ~ “Champions” ~ Champions (new) ~ Leaving Records ~ 2016
3:22 am Mattia Trani ~ “Traffic 2 Traffic” ~ The Hi-Tech Mission (new) ~ PushMaster Discs ~ 2016
3:27 am AMJ Meets RSD ~ “Depth Drop” ~ Sky Blue Love (new) ~ Astar Artes Recordings ~ 2016
3:31 am Agent 30 [Bogdan Raczynski] ~ “5L45H! 4TT4CK! 3NT3R K3Y!” ~ ’96 Drum n Bass Classixxx ~ Rephlex ~ 2002
3:36 am Ec8or & Moonraker ~ “Smash Him to Ground” ~ Harder Than the Rest ~ DHR ~ 1995
3:41 am JT Whitfield ~ “Hunting and Ingrown” ~ JT Whitfield (new) ~ Rural Isolation Project ~ 2016
3:49 am Gate ~ “Caked” ~ Saturday Night Fever (new) ~ MIE Music ~ 2016
Hour 3
4:00 am Sad Lovers and Giants ~ “50/50” ~ Lost in a Sea Full of Sighs ~ Dark Entries ~ 1981
4:03 am Kikagaku Moyo ~ “Silver Owl” ~ House in the Tall Grass (new) ~ Guruguru Brain ~ 2016
4:13 am Spray Paint ~ “Feel the Clamps” ~ Feel the Clamps (new) ~ Goner ~ 2016
4:15 am Landing ~ “Delusion Sound” ~ Third Sight (new) ~ El Paraiso ~ 2016
4:21 am Torn Hawk ~ “Under Wolf Rule” ~ Let’s Cry and Do Pushups At the Same Time ~ Mexican Summer ~ 2014
4:25 am Tallesen ~ “Strike Silver, Love Green” ~ Stills Lit Through ~ Software ~ 2014
4:30 am Cloudland Canyon ~ “Dambala” ~ Silver Tongued Sisyphus ~ Kranky ~ 2007
4:41 am Cloudland Canyon ~ “Heme” ~ Lie in Light ~ Kranky ~ 2008
4:48 am MJ Guider ~ “Lit Negative” ~ Precious Systems (new) ~ Kranky ~ 2016
4:53 am Vivien Goldman ~ “Launderette” ~ Resolutionary ~ Staubgold ~ 1981
4:57 am Young Magic ~ “Homage” ~ Still Life (new) ~ Carpark ~ 2016
Hour 4
5:01 am DJ Q ~ “Sonic” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Local Action ~ 2016
5:05 am Jessy Lanza ~ “It Means I Love You” ~ Oh No (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2016
5:10 am Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba ~ “Musow Fanga” ~ Ba Power ~ Glitterbeat ~ 2015
5:14 am Pretend ~ “Physical Flight” ~ Tapestry’d Life ~ Topshelf ~ 2015
5:22 am Trayer ~ “Wanderlust, Fast Shoe!” ~ One Over Zero ~ Porter Records ~ 2010
5:26 am LILLITH双生 ~ “Digital Wings (Funeral Parade of Roses)” ~ (Season_0) Hazard Garden (new) ~ Dream Catalogue ~ 2016
5:30 am Variant ~ “Enchanted” ~ The Setting Sun ~ Echospace [Detroit] ~ 2009
5:38 am JK Flesh ~ “Nothing Is Free” ~ 12″ ~ Downwards ~ 2015
5:43 am Retina.it ~ “Apeiron” ~ Semeion ~ Hefty ~ 2001
5:48 am Steve Roach/Robert Logan ~ “Biosense” ~ Biosonic (new) ~ Projekt ~ 2016
5:56 am Ital Tek ~ “Reflection Through Destruction” ~ Hollowed (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2016

v/a: Secret City Vol. 1 LP (See My Friends, 2016)

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

v/a: Secret City Vol. 1 LP

v/a: Secret City Vol. 1 LP

Neat little comp of current Portland indie pop bands. First and foremost, I like the fact that this compilation is at 45 RPM and is short. It does what it does and then it’s over and you have time to listen to something else. You get a small taste of each of the bands, and if you want more, you can do your research and hear more. Some of it is kind of more downcast and sort of like the Field Mice or Felt or the more fey, girlfriendless stuff on Sarah Records. The songs by Honey Bucket are the peppiest ones here, and also Mope Grooves’ “Shape of a Pocket”. Lamebrain’s “What a Mess” is a pretty decent bummer power pop songs. It wouldn’t be entirely accurate to call this “twee”, but if the phrases “indie pop” and “Northwest” bring to mind K Records and the surrounding scenes/communities, you’ll have a good idea of what this sounds like.

Steve Roach/Robert Logan: Biosonic + Second Nature (Projekt, 2016)

May 15, 2016 at 10:24 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Steve Roach/Robert Logan: Biosonic

Steve Roach/Robert Logan: Biosonic

Steve Roach’s all-modular Skeleton Keys album from last year won me over in a big way, and he’s never far from releasing a new album, so I’m excited to hear what’s coming next. He just simultaneously released two with younger UK musician Robert Logan. Biosonic is a blend of many different styles and approaches, with catalog’s worth of digital and analog synthesizers, sequencers, drum machines, you name it. It has its tribal trancey moments, some harder industrial ones, lots of glitching and intricate rhythmic patterns, lots of spacey drifting over everything. It’s really dense, really involved, and absolutely incredible. It feels like being in a giant warehouse full of machines, and every one of them is doing something different, and it’s easy to get lost trying to follow everything and figure out what they’re all doing. “Biosense” in particular is really rapid and complex, if I heard this blindly I would assume it was something on a post-Schematic netlabel. Pretty bonkers, and not the Steve Roach you might be expecting. The final track, “Amniotic Universe”, is 20 minutes long and gets pretty deep and droney after a while.

Steve Roach/Robert Logan: Second Nature

Steve Roach/Robert Logan: Second Nature

This is the space inhabited by Second Nature, a more “traditional” Roach ambient album. Four tracks, one of which is a half hour long. Slo-mo pianos, silvery shafts of light, a bit of darkness, but it’s all the name of reflection and solitude. Definitely not the ecstatic thrill ride that Biosonic is, but it’s certainly haunting and gorgeous, and worth sleeping to.

Pete Namlook & New Composers: Russian Spring (Fax +49-69/450464, 2005/reissued Psychonavigation Records, 2016)

May 15, 2016 at 9:56 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Pete Namlook & New Composers: Russian Spring

Pete Namlook & New Composers: Russian Spring

Confession time: I’ve never listened to Pete Namlook. At least not that much. I have a few tracks on compilations, I heard Alien Community once, I think, and I might’ve bought one of his trance 12″s in a dollar bin and gotten rid of it soon after. This is a reissue of an album from a decade ago, and I have no clue how it compares to the rest of his catalog, but it sounds pretty calming and relaxing to my ears. Really nice, lush ambient textures, but it’s constantly moving and detailed, with nature sounds and mystical voices providing occasional narration of spaced-out thoughts. There’s moments that drift in warped, altered environments, others that are more transportive, and still others that sort of flow out like some sort of neon fountain. Really rich and imaginative, I’m excited to dive into this guy’s catalog now.

Blood Rhythms: Assembly LP (No Part Of It/RRRecords, 2015) + Blood Rhythms: Skin Flint CDr (Ka-Rye-Eye Tapes, 2015)

May 15, 2016 at 9:42 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Blood Rhythms: Assembly LP

Blood Rhythms: Assembly LP

A couple months ago, I got an unexpected package in the mail from Chicago. Attached to it was an ’80s issue of Rolling Stone with Huey Lewis on the cover, which is too darn awesome. I didn’t keep it, because really what am I going to do with it, but I should’ve at least snapped a photo, but I don’t remember to do things like that. But anyway, there were a bunch of cool CD-r’s in it, and a tape I haven’t gotten around to listening to yet, and this LP. The record doesn’t have a cover, but it was packaged in this custom cardboard sleeve (and I didn’t realize there was a record in it at first and almost threw it out, I just thought it was weird that it was so heavy). The record was apparently recorded in an inactive meat locker with 3 mini disc recorders (a dead format recording in a dead space which used to hold dead animals). The record is “playable at all speeds”, but the A-side is 45 and the B-side is 33. “Coarse Land” on the A-side is a dirty, gray drone made of rusty horns, and it sounds even more like death at 33. The second side, “Cutter Magnolias”, is disturbing in a different way. Really abrasive horns which sound like they’re covered in gunpowder and the musicians are blowing their brains out. Then eventually these horns get cut into samples, and are looped into repetitive, ever-building patterns, until they’re all squonking in unison. Then it just keeps getting heavier and more punishing. At some points it feels like the record’s skipping, but then it changes and you realized how hard your head’s just been played. And then I think it actually does end in a locked groove. Definitely the most hypnotic free jazz/noise record I’ve ever heard.

Blood Rhythms: Skin Flint CDr

Blood Rhythms: Skin Flint CDr

The other Blood Rhythms release was the Skin Flint CDr, which features project founder Arvo Zylo (who sent me the package) along with Wyatt Howland, aka Skin Graft. The opening title track is a 22-mintue excerpt of an hour-long improv session, and it’s constant in-the-red bleeding-ears harsh noise, but it feels like there’s some really blown out melodies buried underneath. Am I just imagining things? It sounds like there’s something trying to break out from all the nullifying static. Is there any escape from noise? “Melt Compartment” starts with a fast pattering rhythm which turns into wet splattering which then somehow turns into an even faster, pulled-apart rhythm. Eventually this all gets swallowed by a pulsating vessel of noise. “Zippers With Eyes” (the unedited version of a track which appeared in shortened form on a split tape) starts with another static-y rhythm, the type Alec Empire might’ve started a track with back in the day. The rhythm splashes with echo between the speakers, and of course it gets built up with distortion, eventually being fashioned into some sort of mutating audio fireball. And then later the beat picks up and gets even more DHR-sounding, turning into some sort of hell-dungeon gabber. Finally it all falls dead on the floor and it takes a good minute or so for my consciousness to re-adjust.

JT Whitfield: s/t LP (Rural Isolation Project, 2016)

May 15, 2016 at 8:14 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

JT Whitfield: s/t LP

JT Whitfield: s/t LP

Austin’s Rural Isolation Project label has put out a few harsh, singeing, brutal, excellent LPs, but so far they’ve all been by Quttinirpaaq. Following a few cassettes, JT Whitfield has emerged on the label with another unforgiving listen. “Crawling Homes” grabs your attention immediately, with power electronics blasts and then a throbbing, convulsing industrial beat. “Hunting and Ingrown” starts quiet, then quickly plunges into thick, distorted noise. A spare, big-drum beat begins, and the noise bursts flare around it. It doesn’t exactly get brighter, but it gets less harsh as it goes. The second side is super bleak, though. “Pemphigoid” is seven minutes of droning and something violently crashing inside a huge, abandoned factory. And “Quarto Plate” sounds like something stumbling around and occasionally exploding and being shocked. For nine minutes. Super disturbing. Enter if you dare at Bandcamp.

v/a: Detroit Electronic Quarterly Volume 7: Spring Edition LP (Detroit Electronic Quarterly, 2016)

May 15, 2016 at 3:35 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

v/a: Detroit Electronic Quarterly Volume 7: Spring Edition LP

v/a: Detroit Electronic Quarterly Volume 7: Spring Edition LP

Detroit Electronic Quarterly is a magazine-plus-compilation series that has been in existence since 2005. They used to include CDs with their magazines, then they took a hiatus for a while, but last year they came back and started issuing vinyl records. Both the magazines and the albums aim to highlight some of the most exciting, lesser-known artists making waves in Detroit’s ever-growing, always exciting electronic music scene. The first side of this record focuses on house music, with straightforward, soulful tracks from Mike Clark (of Underground Resistance, not the ICP producer) and Todd Modes leading the charge. The Mike Clark track (“Just Can’t Wait”) is the most pop-leaning song here, Todd Modes’ “Serenity” has vocals, too, but it’s more of a band-based jam, with guitar and congas. Quinton McRae’s “Way of the Warrior” is a more stripped-down percussive track with primal cries. Marshall Applewhite’s “My Satellites” is down-and-dirty acid house, with a slower tempo, filthy distorted beat, pitched down vocal sample, and caustic acid squiggles. The second side of the LP is closer to techno, opening with “Song For 4B4A44” by The Valley and the Mountain, an incredible electro track which could’ve fit on one of Warp’s Artificial Intelligence compilations two decades ago. Discogs says this artist has 4 records out already, I’m seriously wondering why I haven’t heard of him/her/them at all before. Gustav Brovold is another new name (no records out, as far as I can tell), and his track the longest and most hypnotic one on the record. Steady, slowly building, minimal, driving, but with a bit of a spacey wash to it. Gary Martin’s “Charlotte” is even more minimal, with sly, ticking beat and a few stray guitar licks, eerie synth scans, and a howling vocal sample in the background. Even though this record just came out, there’s already an 8th volume on the horizon, which will be available this Memorial Day weekend in time for Movement, if all goes according to plan.

Dieterich & Barnes: The Coral Casino (LM Dupli-Cation, 2016)

May 15, 2016 at 2:16 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Dieterich & Barnes: The Coral Casino

Dieterich & Barnes: The Coral Casino

Collaboration between John Dietrich (Deerhoof) and Jeremy Barnes (Neutral Milk Hotel, A Hawk & A Hacksaw). As someone who has never been able to get into Deerhoof and completely burned out on NMH a decade ago, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. In all honesty, I think the fact that this album is instrumental helps me enjoy it so much. There’s nothing to distract me from the splashy drumming and colorful melodies. Apparently these two guys had never worked together before recording this album, but you’d never know it because their styles blend so fluidly here. It sounds like they came up with all of these tracks on the spot, yet there’s so much care put into them. There’s hints of Afrobeat rhythms, vintage soundtrack moods, some baroque-ness, maybe some influence from David Axelrod arrangements, and inevitably a whiff of Zappa. All of the tracks sound different, and it’s never predictable, yet it rarely sounds pretentious or calculated. The last track is about as manic and chaotic as it gets, and “Mummers” is a short burst of crashing drums. Other than that, it’s really spirited and exciting. “Philae Lands on Comet 67p_Churyumov-Gerasimenko” is a really cool jazzy/Krauty outerspace fantasy. “Sandwild” is really dense and frantic, but in an energetic way. “What” has the baroque harpsichord-like flourishes and a stumbling rhythm, but it maintains its composure and progresses in a thrilling way. “Brain Envy” recalls both instrumental Zappa and Can, but a bit more pumped-up than either. “The Frost Pocket” starts out with sorrowful strings and eventually builds to a thundering, dramatic climax. Quite a magnificent, dynamic album.

An Atomic Whirl: Mado Ni (self-released, 2015)

May 15, 2016 at 1:28 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

An Atomic Whirl: Mado Ni

An Atomic Whirl: Mado Ni

Second album from a Tokyo-based noise-rock duo who recently played at Far House here in Ann Arbor. It was the most packed I’ve ever seen that basement, and these guys lit the house on fire. Seriously legit, reminds me of the Boredoms and Lightning Bolt but not as weird or punishingly noisy, but still really good. The tracks on this album vary from being intense and shouty or a bit more brooding and swirly. Some of it gets a little complex and mathy, but not enough to give you a headache. Free download on Bandcamp!

Show #342 – 5/14/16

May 14, 2016 at 3:19 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

R.I.P. TOMITA :(((((
Bye Sally Shapiro :(((
In way more of a “personal favorites” mood this show than usual
Hour 1
2:01 am Tomita ~ “Clair de Lune” ~ Snowflakes Are Dancing ~ RCA ~ 1974
2:08 am Tomita ~ “Peer Gynt: Solvejg’s Song” ~ Kosmos ~ RCA ~ 1978
2:14 am Tomita ~ “Promenade/The Gnome” ~ Pictures At an Exhibition ~ RCA ~ 1975
2:19 am Tomita ~ “Mars, The Bringer Of War” ~ The Planets ~ RCA ~ 1976
2:31 am Tomita ~ “A Night on Bare Mountain” ~ Firebird ~ RCA ~ 1976
2:43 am Tomita ~ “Pavan For a Dead Princess” ~ Bolero ~ RCA ~ 1980
2:50 am Tomita ~ “The Dazzling Cylinder That Crashed in Tunguska, Siberia” ~ The Bermuda Triangle ~ RCA ~ 1979
2:58 am Tomita ~ “Arabesque No. 1” ~ Snowflakes Are Dancing ~ RCA ~ 1974
Hour 2
3:02 am Jean-Michel Jarre ~ “Equinoxe Part 5” ~ Equinoxe ~ Polydor ~ 1978
3:06 am Lopez [aka Moby] ~ “The Dirty Underground” ~ Why Can’t It Stop? 12″ ~ Trophy ~ 1995
3:16 am The Age of Love ~ “The Age of Love (Watch Out For Stella Club Mix)” ~ 12″ ~ Radikal Records ~ 1992
3:23 am The Valley And The Mountain (local) ~ “Song For 4B4A44” ~ Detroit Electronic Quarterly Volume 7: Spring Edition (new) ~ Detroit Electronic Quarterly ~ 2016
3:28 am Julian Kendall (local) ~ “Full Moon” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Vanity Press ~ 2016
3:34 am Sonia Sumner ~ “Love Impersonator (Danceteria Mix)” ~ 12″ ~ Metropolis Records [no, not THAT one] ~ 1986
3:43 am Peshay ~ “Piano Tune” ~ Points In Time 002 ~ Good Looking Records ~ 1993
3:52 am Baraka ~ “I’ll Be There” ~ 12″ ~ Boogie Beat Records ~ 1995
3:59 am Joanna Brouk ~ “Lifting Off” ~ Hearing Music ~ Numero Group ~ 1981
Hour 3
4:01 am Pita ~ “S200729” ~ Get In (new) ~ Editions Mego ~ 2016
4:07 am Sally Shapiro ~ “Find My Soul” ~ Disco Romance ~ Paper Bag ~ 2006
4:12 am Sally Shapiro ~ “If You Ever Wanna Change Your Mind” ~ 7″ (new) ~ Fika Recordings ~ 2016
4:16 am Young Magic ~ “Default Memory” ~ Still Life (new) ~ Carpark ~ 2016
4:19 am Video Liszt ~ “Fade in Hong Kong” ~ Cosmic Machine: The Sequel ~ Because Music ~ 1981
4:22 am DJ Stingray 313 (local) ~ “Lurker” ~ Communications System ~ Barba ~ 2015
4:27 am Aux 88 (local) ~ “Electro/Techno (Cirkit Remix)” ~ 12″ ~ Direct Beat ~ 1997
4:33 am Wilt ~ “Moon Diver” ~ Nocturnal Requiem ~ No Part Of It ~ 2014
4:44 am Drexciya (local) ~ “Bubble Metropolis” ~ Drexciya 2 – Bubble Metropolis ~ Underground Resistance ~ 1993
4:51 am The Third Eye Foundation ~ “Corpses As Bedmates” ~ Ghost ~ Domino/Merge ~ 1997
Hour 4
5:00 am Venetian Snares ~ “Magnificent Stumble v2” ~ Traditional Synthesizer Music (new) ~ Timesig ~ 2016
5:03 am Andy Stott ~ “Selfish” ~ Too Many Voices (new) ~ Modern Love ~ 2016
5:08 am Troller ~ “Storm Maker” ~ Graphic (new) ~ Holodeck ~ 2016
5:14 am Ital Tek ~ “Jenova” ~ Hollowed (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2016
5:20 am Alon Mor & Clockvice ~ “The Fifth Collaje” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Upscale Recordings ~ 2016
5:32 am Majeure ~ “Extreme Northern Lights” ~ Solar Maximum ~ Temporary Residence Ltd. ~ 2012
5:40 am Antwood ~ “Sneakers” ~ Virtuous.scr (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2016
5:45 am Ratkiller ~ “Machinery Responds” ~ Odor Orienting (new) ~ Crash Symbols ~ 2016
5:51 am Federico Durand ~ “El Grillo De Nácar (The Cricket Of Nacre)” ~ A Través Del Espejo (new) ~ 12k ~ 2016
5:53 am Taylor Deupree & Marcus Fischer ~ “Telegraph” ~ Twine (new) ~ 12k ~ 2015

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