Show #419 – 11/25/17

November 25, 2017 at 11:42 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:02 am Quum ~ “Incidente En La Ciudad De Los Hombres Mecánicos” ~ Invenciones: La Otra Vanguardia Musical En Latinoamérica 1976-1988 ~ Munster Records 1982
2:07 am Hy Maya ~ “Left Brain Reflexions (Quantum Entanglement)” ~ The Mysticism of Sound & Cosmic Language ~ Smog Veil ~ 1972
2:15 am Niko Karlsson ~ “Linnoitus” ~ Valosta Valoon (new) ~ Feeding Tube ~ 2017
2:19 am Alexander ~ “II” ~ Alexander (new) ~ self-released ~ 2017
2:25 am Leila Gobi ~ “Mi Manda” ~ 2017 (new) ~ Clermont Music ~ 2017
2:29 am Distant Creatures ~ “Low Spirits” ~ Snares In Safe Harbors (new) ~ self-released ~ 2017
2:35 am Moebius ~ “Ruston & Monotron” ~ Ding ~ Bureau B ~ 2010
2:42 am Soft Location (local) ~ “Here It Is” ~ Land Electric (new) ~ Wet Tracks ~ 2017
2:45 am Upper Wilds ~ “Black Holes” ~ Guitar Module 2017 (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2017
2:49 am Godflesh ~ “Parasite” ~ Post Self (new) ~ Avalanche ~ 2017
2:53 am The Body ~ “Die By Ourselves” ~ A Home On Earth (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2017
2:55 am The Body & Full Of Hell ~ “Earth is a Cage” ~ Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2017
Hour 2
3:00 am Igorrr ~ “Robert” ~ Savage Sinusoid (new) ~ Metal Blade ~ 2017
3:03 am Aphex Twin ~ “Vordhosbn” ~ Drukqs ~ Warp Records ~ 2001
3:07 am Elevation & x.nte ~ “Mist” ~ Angel 93 (new) ~ Cock Rock Disco ~ 2017
3:10 am Smersh ~ “Sideways (JTC Remix)” ~ Sideways (new) ~ Dark Entries ~ 2017
3:16 am Terekke ~ “Mix 91” ~ Plant Age (new) ~ L.I.E.S. ~ 2017
3:22 am Equiknoxx ~ “Enter A Raffle… Win A Falafel” ~ Colón Man (new) ~ DDS ~ 2017
3:25 am John Maus ~ “Pets” ~ Screen Memories (new) ~ Ribbon Music ~ 2017
3:29 am Steve Moore ~ “ID-7” ~ Mayhem (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (new) ~ Relapse ~ 2017
3:32 am Profligate ~ “Enlist” ~ Somewhere Else (new) ~ Wharf Cat Records ~ 2018
3:37 am Hologram Teen ~ “Tracksuit Minotaur” ~ Between the Funk and the Fear (new) ~ Polytechnic Youth ~ 2017
3:42 am Patrick Cowley ~ “Leather Bound” ~ Afternooners ~ Dark Entries ~ 1982
3:48 am The Fall ~ “Touch Sensitive (Dance Mix)” ~ Singles 1978-2016 ~ Cherry Red ~ 1999
3:55 am The Fall ~ “Oh! Brother” ~ Singles 1978-2016 ~ Cherry Red ~ 1984
Hour 3
3:59 am The Fall ~ “No Bulbs” ~ The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall ~ Beggars Banquet ~ 1984
4:03 am The Fall ~ “Kurious Oranj” ~ I Am Kurious Oranj ~ Beggars Banquet ~ 1988
4:09 am The Fall ~ “Prole Art Threat” ~ Slates ~ Rough Trade ~ 1981
4:11 am Plastic Flowers ~ “Dark, Light, Dark” ~ Demo 1982-1983 ~ Spittle ~ 1983
4:15 am Young Marble Giants ~ “Zebra Trucks” ~ Salad Days ~ Vinyl Japan ~ 1979
4:17 am Doxa Sinistra ~ “Soviet Invasion” ~ Noise Reduction System: Formative European Electronica 1974-1984 ~ Cherry Red ~ 1982
4:19 am Conrad Schnitzler ~ “Die Rebellen Haben Sich In Den Bergen Versteckt (Schaltkreis Edit)” ~ Neu Decade (Mojo Presents A Compendium Of Modern European Music: 1970-1979) ~ MOJO ~ 1974
4:25 am German Oak ~ “Harpy & Peregrine” ~ Down in the Bunker ~ Now-Again Records ~ 1972
4:30 am Klaus Schulze ~ “In Cosa Crede Chi Non Crede?” ~ Mirage (40th Anniversary Edition) ~ MIG ~ 1977
4:42 am Carpenter Brut ~ “Obituary” ~ Trilogy ~ No Quarter ~ 2013
4:46 am Null + Void ~ “Asphalt Kiss” ~ Cryosleep (new) ~ HFN ~ 2017
4:51 am Dawn People ~ “Eurybath” ~ The Star Is Your Future (new) ~ DFA ~ 2017
4:55 am Four Tet ~ “You Are Loved” ~ New Energy (new) ~ Text Records ~ 2017
Hour 4
5:02 am Giraffage ~ “Edge” ~ Too Real (new) ~ Counter ~ 2017
5:05 am DJ Vadim & Blackstone ~ “Been Waiting All Night” ~ Double Sided (new) ~ BBE ~ 2017
5:09 am Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings ~ “Matter of Time” ~ Soul of a Woman (new) ~ Daptone ~ 2017
5:12 am Gary Lucas & Nona Hendryx ~ “Sugar ‘n Spiked” ~ The World of Captain Beefheart (new) ~ Knitting Factory ~ 2017
5:15 am Prince ~ “Gotta Stop (Messin’ About)” ~ The B Sides ~ Warner Bros. ~ 1982
5:18 am Frank Zappa ~ “Outside Now” ~ Joe’s Garage ~ Zappa Records ~ 1979
5:23 am Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White ~ “House Cat” ~ Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White (new) ~ Caldo Verde ~ 2017
5:32 am Siavash Amini ~ “Rivers of Tar” ~ Tar (new) ~ Hallow Ground ~ 2017
5:37 am Henry Kaiser ~ “Visions of a New Age” ~ Lemon Fish Tweezer ~ Cuneiform ~ 1973
5:38 am Beck ~ “Cyanide Breath Mint” ~ One Foot in the Grave ~ K ~ 1994
5:40 am Converge ~ “The Dusk In Us” ~ The Dusk In Us (new) ~ Epitaph ~ 2017
5:47 am ensemble, et al. ~ “Typewriters” ~ The Slow Reveal (new) ~ Imaginator Records ~ 2017
5:55 am Colleen ~ “One Warm Spark” ~ A Flame My Love, A Frequency (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2017

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Distant Creatures: Snares In Safe Harbors (self-released, 2017)

November 24, 2017 at 9:27 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Distant Creatures: Snares In Safe Harbors

Former WCBN DJ Chris Matthews sings and plays several instruments in this dream pop quintet based in Virginia. Their music is a lush mixture of electric and acoustic guitars, strings, synths, and vocals which aren’t rendered unintelligible by effects. The songs are generally uptempo and akin to classic indie pop (Sarah Records, et al) rather than zoned-out psych-rock, so that while they certainly explore the possibilities of highly textural arrangements, there’s no shortage of songcraft. The strings add a stroke of elegance to songs like “Unsure” and “In Real Life”. “Low Spirits”, an urgent, driving tune which seems to be about dealing with stress, depression, and the heaviness of life, reappears here after being included on their debut cassingle last year, and it still sounds magnificent. “Faith” is a bit closer to dark post-punk, with a heavier bass guitar sound and pounding drums. “Pause For Epiphany” is a bit more of a perky, playfully offbeat alternative rock song with some haunting synth sounds sprouting out on occasion. “Song For No Name” is a bit darker, more crushing, and more Chelsea Wolfe-like. CD and digital album available on Bandcamp.

Leila Gobi: 2017 (Clermont Music, 2017)

November 24, 2017 at 7:53 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Leila Gobi: 2017

Second domestically released album from Malian singer Leila Gobi, with lyrics sung in Songhoy, Tamasheq, and French (on “Les Enfants”). Generally pretty easygoing but still energetic and sophisticated, with basic instrumentation enhanced by electronic beats and synths, sounding polished but still earthy. The songs generally have positive, sometimes celebratory messages — “An Nia” advises to be alert and not waste time, “Tibo Gadeina” and “Eh Khanzam” are both related to the seasons, and “Wai Hidjou” is a wedding song. That as well as “Mi Manda” have nice, trippy half time rhythms, and “Mi Manda” is maybe the most upbeat, dancey song here. An incredibly lovely release which should be enjoyed by all.

Niko Karlsson: Valosta Valoon LP (Feeding Tube Records, 2017)

November 24, 2017 at 7:45 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Niko Karlsson: Valosta Valoon LP

The blurry, kaleidoscopic forest cover art couldn’t be more fitting for this LP of mysterious, primarily acoustic drone created by Finnish psych scene mainstay Niko Karlsson. Very lush and enveloping, but also dark and dusky. The tracks don’t seem too densely constructed, but it’s still hard to tell exactly what’s going on; the droning strings sound like moaning voices, or maybe vice versa. There’s some more straightforward ritualistic folk dirges like “Unen Oma”, and shorter pieces like “Kaste Laske” are imbued with dark magic. Most of the tracks on the second side are more vocal-driven, but the vocals seem more like dazed chanting than lyrics. “Linnoitus” is a bit more of an overwhelming collision of tones and textures; totally bewildering.

Alexander: s/t LP (self-released, 2017)

November 24, 2017 at 6:57 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Alexander: s/t LP

New Haven native David Shapiro (also of psych band Headroom) records solo guitar music as Alexander, and this unassuming white label record with a plain sleeve was presumably designed to look like a mysterious private press release from several decades ago. Put it on and you’ll hear a wide range of expressive fingerpicked acoustic guitar compositions, drawing from American folk and blues traditions, but also with some indie and avant-garde influences evident. Other than the leisurely “Catfish Blues”, the songs are given roman numerals for titles. “II” is the most epic, starting out faster and more hypnotic (but also quite warm and inviting) before ending up with a slower, more fragile section. “III” is short but dreamy, while “V” is sparse and kind of cold and solemn. “VI” takes a while to unfold, but its melody sticks with you, without being forced down your throat. The rest of the record seems to continue in a similar sort of slow, sparse, introspective vein. A nice record which appears to be simple, and doesn’t blast into the outer limits like some of the artist’s other work, but still goes a bit deeper than the average “dude with a guitar” record.

Crush Collision 11/23/17

November 24, 2017 at 12:51 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Still working on getting this laptop up to speed, so excuse the glitches.
Hour 1
10:01 pm Delia Gonzalez ~ “In Through the Light (Heatsick Remix)”
10:05 pm Bicep ~ “Metro”
10:09 pm Eletun Senola ~ “Untitled (Segv Detroit Mix)”
10:13 pm Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra ~ “Audio Track 5”
10:17 pm Erofeev ~ “Resin”
10:20 pm Cassy ~ “One (Cassy Reshape)”
10:28 pm François X ~ “Dirty Chat”
10:31 pm Ourea ~ “Deception at Mekone”
10:34 pm Caracoa ~ “Time in Reverse”
10:40 pm DJ Seinfeld ~ “Time Spent Away From U”
10:44 pm John Tejada ~ “Aisling”
10:47 pm Lake People ~ “Subsurface”
10:51 pm Zomby ~ “GASP!”
10:53 pm AudioBoyz ~ “Spotlight”
10:56 pm Matias Aguayo & the Desdemonas ~ “Supreme”
10:59 pm Factory Floor ~ “Relay (Charles Manier Remix)”
Hour 2
11:02 pm Tendril ~ “Rubber Rounds”
11:04 pm Sebastian Mullaert ~ “Broken Mirror”
11:10 pm Four Tet ~ “Planet”
11:16 pm Mak & Pasteman ~ “96 Scene”
11:20 pm Ankerkluese ~ “Cirrostratus (Christopher Rau Remix)”
11:25 pm DMX Krew ~ “Thin Hype”
11:28 pm Terrence Dixon ~ “Resonator”
11:33 pm DeepChord ~ “Wind In Trees”
11:39 pm Homemade Weapons ~ “Echoes (Sam KDC Remix)”
11:44 pm Paul Mac ~ “First of Many”
11:50 pm DJ Lily ~ “Paradigm”
11:55 pm A. Brehme ~ “Insan”

Hy Maya: The Mysticism of Sound & Cosmic Language (Smog Veil, 2017)

November 19, 2017 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Hy Maya: The Mysticism of Sound & Cosmic Language

Hy Maya was a collective founded by Robert Bensick which included musicians who would later form Pere Ubu. This is a collection of previously unreleased recordings from 1972-3, and it doesn’t seem like an exaggeration to refer to them as Cleveland’s equivalent of Destroy All Monsters. Some of it, particularly “Dance of the Electromagnetic ZZZ (A Space Event In Time)”, is even alien enough to draw comparisons to early Throbbing Gristle (but not quite as abrasive), and there’s even some jazzier excursions in the orbit of Sun Ra, such as “The Fabric of Time & Space”. There’s some heavy, driving rock moments which could be likened to Krautrock, like “General Relativity is Relative”, and there’s also a brief lullaby with rushing water sounds (“Albert’s Lullaby”). A few pieces near the end of the first disc, as well as “A Quantum Mechanic Mambo (Bigfoot)” on the second, are lonely, flute-heavy excursions. “Just One Day (The Illision of Time)” is more of a gentle free-folk song. The sound quality is understandably rough and muddy, but these recordings are a rare glimpse into a previously untouched chapter of avant-rock history.

Show #418 – 11/18/17

November 19, 2017 at 4:10 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:02 am Four Tet ~ “LA Trance” ~ New Energy (new) ~ Text Records ~ 2017
2:07 am Giraffage ~ “Earth” ~ Too Real (new) ~ Counter ~ 2017
2:10 am John Maus ~ “Find Out” ~ Screen Memories (new) ~ Ribbon Music ~ 2017
2:13 am CCFX ~ “2Tru” ~ CCFX (new) ~ DFA ~ 2017
2:17 am Escape-ism ~ “Almost No One (Can Have My Love)” ~ Introduction to Escape-Ism (new) ~ Merge ~ 2017
2:20 am Colleen ~ “Summer Night (Bat Song)” ~ A Flame My Love, A Frequency (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2017
2:25 am Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith ~ “I Am Curious, I Care” ~ The Kid (new) ~ Western Vinyl ~ 2017
2:30 am Bibio ~ “Phantom Brickworks III” ~ Phantom Brickworks (new) ~ Warp ~ 2017
2:38 am Bitchin Bajas ~ “Circles on Circles” ~ Bajas Fresh (new) ~ Drag City ~ 2017
2:47 am HOLOVR ~ “Hillraiser” ~ Likemind 05 (new) ~ Likemind ~ 2017
2:55 am STL ~ “Smooth Selector” ~ Nonzero Sonics (new) ~ Dark Matters ~ 2017
Hour 2
3:05 am Sentient Bleux (local) ~ “Act I” ~ An Expression of Extreme Disgust for White Nationalism: A Three Act Musical (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2017
3:12 am Throbbing Gristle ~ “National Affront” ~ The Second Annual Report of Throbbing Gristle (reissue) ~ Industrial Records ~ 1977
3:15 am Throbbing Gristle ~ “Convincing People (live)” ~ 20 Jazz Funk Greats (reissue) ~ Industrial Records ~ 1979
3:22 am Throbbing Gristle ~ “Something Came Over Me” ~ The Taste of TG ~ Mute ~ 1980
3:25 am Coil ~ “Baby Food” ~ Another Brown World/Baby Food ~ Sub Rosa ~ 1989
3:38 am Godflesh ~ “Mirror of Finite Light” ~ Post Self (new) ~ Avalanche ~ 2017
3:43 am The Body & Full Of Hell “Master’s Story” ~ Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2017
3:48 am The End “I See the Light” ~ Tears In My Eyes (1983-1985) ~ Spittle Records ~ 1984
3:50 am Hy Maya ~ “Dance of the Electromagnetic ZZZ (A Space Event in Time)” ~ The Mysticism of Sound & Cosmic Language ~ Smog Veil ~ 1972
Hour 3
4:00 am Tiger Village ~ “Pressure of Speech” ~ Tiger Village VI: Effective Living ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2016
4:02 am Technicolor Yawn ~ “Kaleidoscopic Surface” ~ Format C:/U {Enter} ~ Cluster-Flux ~ 2005
4:17 am Ben Frost ~ “Minesweeper II” ~ Super Dark Times (new) ~ The Orchard ~ 2017
4:20 am Ben Frost ~ “Sola Fide” ~ A U R O R A ~ Bedroom Community/Mute ~ 2014
4:27 am Exoteric Continent ~ “Posicions” ~ Referèndum ~ Hospital Productions ~ 2014
4:32 am MrDougDoug ~ “side A” ~ SOS Forks AI REM ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2016
4:43 am Smersh ~ “Sideways (JTC Remix)” ~ Sideways (new) ~ Dark Entries ~ 2017
4:49 am Patrick Cowley ~ “Surfside Sex” ~ Afternooners ~ Dark Entries ~ 1982
4:55 am Tony Carey ~ “Tojo” ~ Yellow Power ~ Medical Records ~ 1982
Hour 4
5:01 am Heatsick ~ “Tertiary” ~ Intersex ~ Pan ~ 2011
5:09 am Afterhours ~ “Night and Day” ~ Lowlife ~ Not Not Fun ~ 2014
5:13 am Grails ~ “Corridors of Power” ~ Deep Politics ~ Temporary Residence Ltd. ~ 2011
5:17 am Lightning Bolt ~ “The Metal East” ~ Start Your Own Fucking Show Space ~ Famous Class ~ 2014
5:21 am Sonicdriver ~ “In the Name of God” ~ Lethal Breaks ~ Dwarf Records ~ 1994
5:25 am Aquarelle ~ “A Flare” ~ August Undone ~ Students of Decay ~ 2013
5:31 am Steve Roden ~ “For You the Sunrise” ~ A Thousand Breathing Forms ~ Sonoris ~ 2008
5:49 am Soporus ~ “Ahmadi-Roshan” ~ Windscale Pile No. 1 (new) ~ Burnt Toast Vinyl ~ 2017
5:56 am Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings ~ “These Tears (No Longer For You)” ~ Soul of a Woman (new) ~ Daptone ~ 2017

Crush Collision 11/16/17

November 17, 2017 at 3:56 pm | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

I bought a new laptop because my old one just can’t handle mixing anymore. This one has lots of clicks and pops whenever I try to mix, though, so I’m trying to get in touch with Serato’s support in order to see if I can fix it. If not I’ll just have to return the laptop and get a better one. Despite the slight glitching, this mix seemed pretty ok, especially after it unexpectedly bumped up to a higher energy level, so I’m posting it.
Hour 1
10:01 pm Virginia ~ “Blue Pyramid (Khidja Remix)”
10:09 pm Achim Maerz ~ “Experiment IX”
10:12 pm Seth Schwarz & Westerby ~ “Zodiac”
10:17 pm S U R V I V E ~ “Wardenclyffe (Sam Haar Remix)”
10:24 pm Avalon Emerson ~ “One More Fluorescent Rush”
10:30 pm Jeals ~ “Flexx”
10:35 pm Affinity Projects ~ “It’s All Around You”
10:40 pm Shake ~ “My Computer Is An Optimist”
10:44 pm Addison Groove ~ “BassWarz”
10:47 pm Back For Good ~ “Running Out Of Planet (DJ Overdose Remix)”
10:52 pm M.E.S.H. ~ “Coercer”
10:57 pm Zuli ~ “Commproto”
Hour 2
11:00 pm Osheyack (feat. Milky He and Jordan Tierney) ~ “Pyre”
11:04 pm Dave Angel ~ “Rotation”
11:10 pm Deniro ~ “Don Dino”
11:15 pm Special Request ~ “Curtain Twitcher”
11:19 pm Benjamin Damage ~ “Montreal”
11:24 pm Project Pablo ~ “You Know”
11:31 pm Terrance ~ “N.A.G.”
11:35 pm DJ Bwin ~ “Afterlife”
11:39 pm Jonny Oso ~ “4 Those End Time Kids”
11:43 pm Pablo Mateo ~ “Fazing Trees (John Osborn Mix)”
11:47 pm John Heckle ~ “Changes”
11:54 pm Ben Long ~ “Fading (Jamie Bissmire & Ben Long Remix)”

Local Music Show 11/15/17

November 16, 2017 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Local Music Show | Leave a comment

This show was a preview for the Mini Moog Fest (Facebook event page) happening at the main downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library this Saturday afternoon! Mariah Cherem stopped by to talk about it, and Utica (with a cameo appearance from Fred Thomas) performed live in the studio!
Hour 1
9:00 pm Shigeto (local) ~ “Ice Breaker” ~ The New Monday (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2017
9:07 pm Matthew Dear (local) ~ “Laguna Madre” ~ EP1 ~ Spectral Sound ~ 2003
9:15 pm Charles Manier (local) ~ “At the Bottle” ~ Disco Nouveau Addendum ~ Ghostly International ~ 2002
9:18 pm Charles Trees (local) ~ “Matern” ~ EP (new) ~ Vanity Press Records ~ 2017
9:32 pm Ali King (local) ~ “Nebula” ~ EP (new) ~ Vanity Press Records ~ 2017
9:40 pm Utica (local) ~ “LIVE IN STUDIO!!!” ~ Local Music Show (new) ~ WCBN ~ 2017
Hour 2
10:00pm Utica live performance (continued)
10:25 pm Spencer & Saginaw (local) ~ “Real Talk (Instrmntl Mix)” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Portage Garage Sounds ~ 2017
10:31 pm Black Noi$e (local) ~ “232” ~ Time Crisis (new) ~ Portage Garage Sounds ~ 2017
10:37 pm Dabrye (local) ~ “Making It Pay” ~ Payback 12″ ~ Ghostly International ~ 2003
10:40 pm Dabrye (local) ~ “Hyped-Up Plus Tax (Outputmessage Remix)” ~ Payback 12″ ~ Ghostly International ~ 2003
10:44 pm Ectomorph (local) ~ “Subversion (or maybe Subversion Dub)” ~ Destroy Your Powercenters ~ Interdimensional Transmissions ~ 1999
10:47 pm NOMO (local) ~ “Nu Tones (Matthew Dear Remix)” ~ 12″ ~ Ubiquity ~ 2006

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