Spiritual America @ El Club, 2/25/17

February 26, 2017 at 8:26 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

Shigeto (DJ set)

Shigeto (DJ set)


Telefon Tel Aviv

Telefon Tel Aviv


JTC (Tadd Mullinix)

JTC (Tadd Mullinix)


JTC (Tadd Mullinix)

JTC (Tadd Mullinix)


Hieroglyphic Being

Hieroglyphic Being


Hieroglyphic Being

Hieroglyphic Being


Hieroglyphic Being

Hieroglyphic Being


Hieroglyphic Being

Hieroglyphic Being


Shigeto (closing DJ set)

Shigeto (closing DJ set)


Davin Brainard's Cloud Bridge

Davin Brainard’s Cloud Bridge

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Machine Girl megapost

February 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Machine Girl/Five Star Hotel: split tape

Machine Girl/Five Star Hotel: split tape

I’ve been pretty late to the Machine Girl phenomenon, I hadn’t bothered to listen to their music until they toured with Five Star Hotel a few months ago. I guess I always confused it with the Enduser/Line 47 project of the same name from a while back. As soon as I looked up the newer Machine Girl on Discogs, I knew it was something I needed in my life (just based on “breakcore” and “juke” being used to describe the same releases). I guess Machine Girl used to be one guy but now it’s two, one playing Lightning Bolt-worthy drums and the other causing calamity with electronics and screaming. Total bursts of concentrated power. Machine Girl and Five Star Hotel released a split tape for this tour, and while it doesn’t contain the live drumming, it’s still filled with breaks, noise, and harsh feelings. All of the tracks originated as sketches from their previous tour, and most of them are named after places. “Ohio3” is the type of dose of hard jungle that I need in my life from time to time, and “Luciferian Live Version” is an intense mix of trance, breakcore, industrial, and the occult which never feels like it’s going in too many directions at once. “Portland2” starts out faster and more adrenaline-spiked and then slows down into a mutated version of Baltimore or Jersey club. Five Star’s side flows together perfectly, seeming like it could be the program for one of his live sets. It’s not quite his noisiest, harshest material, it’s a bit more trappy, but it slowly seems to become unwound and unhinged. There doesn’t seem to be any screaming on this one, so it’s not quite as cathartic or painful as Five Star can be, but it ends with a darkwave ballad called “For a Moment” which adds an icy new perspective to the Five Star Sound.
Machine Girl: WLFGRL tape

Machine Girl: WLFGRL tape

I bought some of Machine Girl’s older albums at the show as well. WLFGRL originally came out digitally in 2014, and I guess was the first Machine Girl album after a few EPs. This one seems to veer closer to ecstatic breakbeat hardcore rather than juke/footwork, which is entirely alright by me. Kind of reminds me of Evil Robot Ted. There’s super-fun kawaii rave (especially the delightful “Krystle”) that never gets unbearably cutesy, and there’s more darkside-leaning moments. “Ghost” is a really trippy, wavy blend of juke and house. “Hidden Power” on the second side is such an epic, awe-inspiring piece. All of this is just really exciting, energizing combinations of hard breaks, ecstatic synths, a few spikes of pure evil, and sick edits. I guess this album is pretty legendary by now. The tape version that I bought actually contains 3 tracks that aren’t on Bandcamp, adding some extra acid-sugar-rave to the album.
Machine Girl: Gemini tape

Machine Girl: Gemini tape

Gemini, from 2015 and released by Orange Milk, takes the sound of WLFRGL even further into the dream world. Some of the rave parts and breaks are harder, but then there’s woozier textures and melodies that seem like they’re being played by holograms. There’s maybe a little less of the evil twinges present in the previous album, but the last track is called “Machine Girl Vs. The Demons Of Her Psyche”, so there’s some sort of internal conflict at play here. I guess if Lone was into the breakcore scene some of his music might turn out like this. Anyway, it’s great, all Machine Girl is great, grab all of these tapes if you can.

Vectors 3 2LP (Power Vacuum, 2017)

February 25, 2017 at 3:58 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

v/a: Vectors 3 2LP

v/a: Vectors 3 2LP

The third release in Power Vacuum’s compilation series brings together 8 artists doing blasted-out, noisy analog techno, industrial and electro. The breakout star here is Pan Daijing, whose scud bomb “Very Uncomfortable, Please” is a true mind-obliterator and one of my favorite tracks of the year so far. Later in the release, Bintus remixes Daijing’s “Druid” into jittery, haunted techno with whipcrack beats and ghost-like wailing synths. Dr. Skime’s “RX7 Jams” is as bashed-out and lo-fi as its title suggest, basically sounding like several different sessions on a cheap drum machine smushed into one 8-minute track. Beau Wanzer’s track “Up Chuck’s” isn’t much more than a slippery uptempo beat which seems like it’s sweating. My longtime buddy Duran Duran Duran makes a surprise appearance with a hard, cracking electro track called “Drap Jam”. Not quite the same as his gonzo breakcore tracks from the early ’00s, but it’s still a major headrush. Another highlight is the trippy, sliced-and-shredded track by Opal Tapes’ Bleaching Agent.

Hydropark: untitled fifth tape (Life Like, 2016)

February 25, 2017 at 3:02 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Hydropark: untitled fifth tape

Hydropark: untitled fifth tape

Hydropark released a series of excellent tapes leading up to their astounding full-length last year. This tape came out around the same time as the LP, but it seems to have came and went without a trace; it’s not even available online anywhere, as far as I can tell. This is a shame, as it adds more of an abrasive, electronic-heavy edge to their masterful Krautrock-y instrumental pop sound. The first side contains remixes by artists near and far, including Dykehouse, Lucky Dragons, Lymangrover, and Coyote Clean Up/Ice Cold Chrissy. It’s bass-heavy and blown out and crunchy, and it sounds fantastic. The first few mixes are a little breaky and hip-hop-leaning, kinda. Charles Trees’ mix tips toward cosmic drum’n’bass. Then it goes closer to trippy lo-fi house with David Shettler’s mix, and then two appropriately chilled (and chilling) dubby mixes from Chrissy under both his names. The second side seems to be some new jams from Hydropark, but they’re a little looser and synth-heavier than the album. “Evil Within” seems to be some sort of bubbly acid space rock with Black Sabbath riffs snuck in. Some tracks are more bashed-out garage-Kraut, and others like “What Do We Call You?” have the type of heavy, breakbeat-ish grooves of the mixes at the beginning of the first side. Super messy and casual, and sounds like it was recorded on an old, not-properly-functioning boombox, but this tape probably doesn’t exist outside of a few weirdos’ tape decks anyway. Maybe Fred still has some copies around?

Holy Motors: “Sleeprydr” b/w “Descending” 7″ (Wharf Cat, 2017)

February 25, 2017 at 1:38 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Holy Motors: "Sleeprydr" b/w "Descending" 7"

Holy Motors: “Sleeprydr” b/w “Descending” 7″

This is the second 7″ by an Estonian band doing the hazy, dreamy Mazzy Star thing, with the noir factor cranked up a bit higher. “Sleeprydr” is a lovely two-chord sleepwalker which sounds like it could be the theme to a modern spaghetti western film, or perhaps a really bummed-out surf movie. This mesmerizing song ends with a smoldering gutar solo, and the track’s six minutes float by quickly. “Descending” has more pounding drums and a bit more of a rainy day feel. The vocals aren’t over-expressive; they don’t need to be. This isn’t overtly ecstatic music, but it’s not a careless snooze either. It has its mood, and it expresses it well.

Staring Problem “Ghost” b/w “Lifelines” 7″ (Modern Tapes, 2016)

February 25, 2017 at 12:47 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Staring Problem: "Ghost" b/w "Lifelines" 7"

Staring Problem: “Ghost” b/w “Lifelines” 7″

This Chicago-based group were one of the biggest surprises for me at Barely Human Fest. I hadn’t heard of them at all, but they’ve been around for a while and have released a few tapes and 7″s already. Really hypnotic, dreamy post-punk which just hits the spot. This single came out a few months ago, and it’s two of their more uptempo tracks. Dark and driving but not super gloomy. Vocals are pretty distant and ghostly (fittingly enough), and the bass guitar is strong and upfront. Pretty straightforward but it does its thing really well. I think the B-side might be the winner here, but they’re both excellent. Listen/buy on Bandcamp.

Dregs One & Brycon: Invasion of the City Snatchers (Gurp City, 2016/Megakut Records, 2017)

February 25, 2017 at 12:32 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Dregs One & Brycon: Invasion of the City Snatchers (Gurp City, 2016/Megakut Records, 2017)

Dregs One & Brycon: Invasion of the City Snatchers (Gurp City, 2016/Megakut Records, 2017)

Powerful, highly focused album from a San Franciscan hip-hop duo. They waste no time on this brief, potent album; every song and interlude offers profound insight on inner city struggles, racist cops, and people from the outside who could do something to help, but don’t. It’s straight-to-the-point and truthful, but it’s not imposingly serious or angry, or pointing fingers. It’s still hopeful (especially on tracks like “Say a Prayer”) and they still seem intent on creating songs that are easy to vibe to. Musically, it stays true to the golden era — jazzy loops, breakbeats, smooth flows, sharp lyrics. It’s refreshingly gritty and unpolished rather than commercial-sounding or trendy. Near the end of the album is “A San Franciscan Eulogy”, an a capella freestyle poem performed live on the streets, backed only by turbulent wind and clanking bottles. Listen now on Bandcamp.

Show #383 – 2/25/17

February 25, 2017 at 11:50 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:02 am Mind Over Mirrors ~ “Splintering” ~ Undying Color (new) ~ Paradise of Bachelors ~ 2017
2:08 am Johan Agebjörn & Mikael Ögren ~ “The Lights Of Lakhkolampi Pass By” ~ We Never Came to the White Sea (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2017
2:14 am Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society ~ “Ride Under Trees” ~ Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society (new) ~ Six Degrees ~ 2017
2:20 am Noveller ~ “A Pink Sunset for No One” ~ A Pink Sunset for No One (new) ~ Fire ~ 2017
2:24 am Bing & Ruth ~ “Form Takes” ~ No Home of the Mind (new) ~ 4AD ~ 2017
2:32 am øjeRum ~ “Væv” ~ Væv (eilean 54) (new) ~ Eilean Rec. ~ 2016
2:39 am Eric Arn ~ “The Lure of the Labyrinth” ~ Orphic Resonance (new) ~ Feeding Tube ~ 2017
2:46 am Lawrence English ~ “Negative Drone” ~ Cruel Optimism (new) ~ Room40 ~ 2017
2:51 am Amp ~ “Le Petit Chat” ~ Switched On and Live (new) ~ Sound in Silence ~ 2016
2:55 am Visible Cloaks ~ “Mimesis” ~ Reassemblage (new) ~ Rvng Intl ~ 2017
Hour 2
3:00 am King Woman ~ “Hierophant” ~ Created in the Image of Suffering (new) ~ Relapse ~ 2017
3:08 am Sundays & Cybele ~ “Butterfly’s Dream” ~ Chaos & Systems (new) ~ Beyond Beyond Is Beyond ~ 2017
3:18 am Mukqs ~ “20 Nuyen” ~ Walkthrough (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2016
3:23 am Fire-Toolz ~ “To See My Hatred Clearly [Codename_Touch Accommodations]” ~ Drip Mental (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2017
3:27 am Baseck ~ “Excel” ~ Erisfall (new) ~ Deathbomb Arc ~ 2017
3:38 am Sherwood & Pinch ~ “Midnight Mindset” ~ Man Vs Sofa (new) ~ On-U Sound/Tectonic ~ 2017
3:41 am Moss Covered Technology ~ “R.M.15” ~ Eilean: [45] (new) ~ Eilean Rec. ~ 2016
3:44 am Letherette ~ “M63” ~ Where Have All the People Gone? (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2016
3:48 am Karriem Riggins ~ “Cheap Suite 4” ~ Headnod Suite (new) ~ Stones Throw ~ 2017
3:50 am Dregs One & Brycon ~ “A San Franciscan Eulogy” ~ Invasion of the City Snatchers (new) ~ MegaKut ~ 2016
3:52 am The Other People Place (local) ~ “It’s Your Love” ~ Lifestyles of the Laptop Cafe ~ Warp ~ 2001
Hour 3
4:00 am Moiré ~ “Magma Dream” ~ No Future (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2017
4:04 am Caracoa ~ “A Canaanite Reborn” ~ New Middle Passage (new) ~ Inam Records ~ 2017
4:08 am Conrad Schnitzler ~ “05/1975 A” ~ Filmmusik 2 ~ Bureau B ~ 1975
4:13 am Dieter Moebius ~ “Temperate” ~ Blotch ~ Bureau B ~ 1999
4:16 am Dieter Moebius ~ “Schleudergang” ~ Nurton ~ Bureau B ~ 2006
4:20 am Saal 2 ~ “Angst Vorm Tanzen” ~ Aus Grauer Städte Mauern – Die Neue Deutsche Welle 1977-85 Teil 2 ~ Bear Family Records ~ 1980
4:22 am John Bender ~ “38A1 Cities” ~ Plaster Falling ~ Superior Viaduct ~ 1981
4:27 am Λένα Πλάτωνος [Lena Platonos] ~ “Η Λάθος Αγάπη” ~ Μάσκες Ηλίου [Sun Masks] ~ Dark Entries ~ 1984
4:38 am Throwing Snow ~ “Cosms” ~ Embers (new) ~ Houndstooth ~ 2017
4:46 am Void Vision ~ “Not Much of Anything (Alternate Mix)” ~ split CD w/ Vice Device ~ Accident Prone ~ 2013
4:49 am Void Vision ~ “Vulgar Displays” ~ Sub Rosa ~ Mannequin ~ 2014
4:53 am Smersh ~ “The Home Circus” ~ Selected Deep House Anthems ~ Dark Entries ~ 1991
4:57 am Xiu Xiu ~ “Wondering” ~ FORGET (new) ~ Polyvinyl ~ 2017
Hour 4
5:01 am Sun Kil Moon ~ “Vague Rock Song” ~ Common as Light and Love are Red Valleys of Blood (new) ~ Caldo Verde ~ 2017
5:08 am A Tribe Called Quest ~ “Midnight” ~ Midnight Marauders ~ Jive ~ 1993
5:12 am Sophagus ~ “Mezzanine Lurching” ~ Dafuq Inqita ~ Feeltrip ~ 2015
5:15 am Graham Repulski ~ “Three ne n n nnn” ~ I’m Even Younger Now (new) ~ Shorter Recordings ~ 2017
5:18 am Staring Problem ~ “OCD” ~ 7″ ~ BLVD Records ~ 2012
5:20 am Novella ~ “Desert” ~ Change of State (new) ~ Sinderlyn ~ 2017
5:24 am POW! ~ “Necessary Call” ~ Crack an Egg (new) ~ Castle Face ~ 2017
5:27 am Palberta ~ “Why’d You Cry” ~ Bye Bye Berta (new) ~ Wharf Cat ~ 2017
5:29 am Floorplan (local) ~ “Above the Clouds” ~ Paradise ~ M-Plant ~ 2013
5:36 am Autechre ~ “Teartear” ~ Amber ~ Warp ~ 1994
5:43 am Grails ~ “After the Funeral” ~ Chalice Hymnal (new) ~ Temporary Residence Ltd. ~ 2017
5:53 am Brokeback ~ “On the Move and Vanishing” ~ Illinois River Valley Blues (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2017

Crush Collision 2/23/17

February 24, 2017 at 9:50 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Hour 1
10:00 pm Cass. ~ “Jelli”
10:05 pm Zavala ~ “The Cerebulator”
10:08 pm Nasty Boy ~ “Sky Jam”
10:13 pm Andy Mac ~ “Longships”
10:19 pm Age Coin ~ “Damp”
10:26 pm Driftmachine ~ “Vermiform Burrows (The Sight Below Rmx)”
10:31 pm The Empire Line ~ “Cafe Anglais”
10:37 pm Dorian Gray ~ “The Access to a Parallel Plane of Existence”
10:40 pm Mai Mai Mai ~ “Magois”
10:43 pm East Wall ~ “Ice of Fire”
10:45 pm With You. ~ “No Resistance”
10:48 pm Nina Kraviz ~ “Mystery”
10:59 pm Sandboards ~ “Visa (Space Dimension Controller’s 12it Late Tape Mix)”
Hour 2
11:02 pm Dead-Tones ~ “Juno Feathers”
11:05 pm Alexander Robotnick ~ “Peace and Love”
11:09 pm Thyladomid ~ “Decade”
11:13 pm Landside ~ “Signs of Change (Luke Hess Interpretation)”
11:19 pm Neville Watson ~ “Head First”
11:24 pm NHK yx Koyxen ~ “1038_lo_oct_short”
11:28 pm Unknown Archetype ~ “Tripp”
11:34 pm A Made Up Sound ~ “Waybackmachine”
11:38 pm Champion ~ “Tribal Vs Hyperfunk”
11:42 pm Blackdown ~ “Keysound Sessions Anthem (8bar Mix)”
11:45 pm REKchampa ~ “Rood Styled Taped Out”
11:49 pm Posthuman ~ “Kill It With Fire”
11:55 pm The Creatrix ~ “Love Is No Time”

Night of Noise 2/17-18/17

February 22, 2017 at 10:05 am | Posted in Night Of Noise | Leave a comment

This was our annual fundraiser Night Of Noise, and the last one Tyler was able to do before moving to California. I wasn’t present for all of it, but I was amazed what was happening while I was there. So many people came through the studio and so many incredible sounds were made. This definitely deserves to be archived for all to hear.
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